Thursday, January 31, 2008

US: Judge Sets Bail At $275000 For American Mom Jailed After Trip To Nigeria

US: Judge Sets Bail At $275000 For American Mom Jailed After Trip To Nigeria

A judge Wednesday set bail at $275000 for a mother accused of abandoning her children to go to Nigeria to marry a man she'd never met in Nigeria.

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When I read the story, I simply recalled my article Why Do Fools Still Fall in Love?.

Why do fools still fall in love?

She must be a fool for love to have abandoned her 1-year-old baby and five other young children for a useless romantic trip to Nigeria to marry a Nigerian con man she had only met online. Oprah Winfrey would have called her another American “mugu” fooled by another Nigerian Internet scammer to abandon her six children in the US in a foolish quest for love in Nigeria.

Why do fools still fall in love?

5 Things You Did Not Know Your Phone Can Do‏

5 Things you didn't know your phone can do‏

There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be alife saver or an emergency tool for survival.
Checkout the things that you can do with it.

Subject: Emergency

The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112.
If you find yourself out of the coverage area of yourmobile network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number, 112, can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out. (I have entered itin my cell phone number directory)

Subject: Have you locked your keys in the car lately?

Does your car have remote keyless entry?
This may come in handy someday.
Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at home pressthe unlock button, holding it near their cell phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you.
Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone that has the other "remote" for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).

Editor's note: It works fine! We tried it out and itunlocked our car over the cell phone.

Subject: Hidden Battery Power

Imagine your cell phone battery is very low. To activate, press the keys Star 3370 pound (*3370#).
Your cell phone will restart with this reserve power and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery power. This reserve will get recharged when you charge your cell phone next time.(I have entered the access number in my cell phone number directory.) *3370#

Subject: How to disable a stolen mobile phone

To check your mobile phone's serial number, key in thefollowing digits on your phone: Star pound 06 pound(*#06#). A 15 digit code will appear on the screen.This number is unique to your handset.
Write the number down and keep it somewhere safe. When your phone get's stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then beable to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless.
You probably won't get your phone back, but at leastyou know that whoever stole it can't use or sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones. And finally, I have made a note of my phones serial number.

Subject: Information calls (for those of you in the US)

Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more for 411 information calls when they don't haveto. Most of us do not carry a telephone directory around in our pocket or vehicle, which makes this situation even more of a problem.
When you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial (800) FREE 411 , or 800-373-3411 without incuring any charge at all.
Program this into yourcell phone now. I have entered this number, 800-373-3411 , in my cell phone number directory

Sent By Tolu Oladipo.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I Thank God for My Birthday!

Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
~ Psalm 103:5

I am a year older today.
I am very glad and grateful to God for all the beautiful and wonderful things He has been doing in my life from birth.
I thank God for my mother, Gladys Eke of blessed memory and I thank God for my father, Sunday Eke of blessed memory.
I thank God for my brothers and sister and others God has brought into my life.

I thank God for making me one in a million.
I thank God for making my future secure.
For God is my life insurance.

I thank God for the Queen of my heart who called me this morning from Abuja in Nigeria, and for loving me like no other woman has ever loved me since I was born.
She is one in a million.

Psalm 103 (King James Version)

1. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

2. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

3. Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

4. Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

5. Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

6. The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

7. He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

8. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

9. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

10. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

11. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

12. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

13. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

14. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

15. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

16. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

17. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

18. To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

19. The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

20. Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

21. Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

22. Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

March for Babies

March for Babies

Our new name makes it very clear who we¹re walking for: all babies.
We need your help in getting the word out. Whether it's in a blog, an e-mail to friends, or by putting a badge, widget, logo, or banner on your websites every mention of our new name helps.

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Getting Engaged is Just the Beginning ... Now What?

Bridal Keepsakes Giftware by Lenox(R) available at and select Bed Bath & Beyond(R) locations. (PRNewsFoto/Bed Bath & Beyond) UNION, NJ UNITED STATES 01/25/2008

28 Jan 2008 11:07 Africa/Lagos

Getting Engaged is Just the Beginning ... Now What?

Advice from the Experts at Bed Bath & Beyond(R) to Help Make Your Wedding Planning a Breeze

UNION, N.J., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ --

Are you one of the thousands of couples who got engaged over the holidays? You're about to share your lives with each other, let the experts at Bed Bath & Beyond share their expertise with you.

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"This is the time for you and your soon-to-be to get everything you ever wanted," commented Kristen Schoenfield, Director of Bed Bath & Beyond's Bridal & Gift Registry. "The time to start from scratch; to upgrade, expand and replace. To turn a whole bunch of mismatched mine and yours into a lifetime of ours."

Schoenfield offers the following advice:

Don't Rush it. A lot of couples get overwhelmed, feeling they have to get it all done at once. This is totally normal. When it comes to registering, relax, take your time and have fun. Go back to the store as many times as you need, or update your registry online.

Options are a Good Thing. Your guests will appreciate a variety of products and price points to choose from. So make sure to scan fine china and measuring cups.

Get Free Stuff. Many manufacturers offer great gifts when you include their products on your registry. Ask your bridal consultant about them.

Register Now, Because You Won't Buy it Later. You may think you will ... but you won't. Trust us. Now is the time to splurge and let others get you the stuff you'd never buy yourself. Remember, your family and friends want to buy gifts for you. Let them.

Don't Forget the Luggage. Creating a home is more than just sheets, towels, pots and pans. At Bed Bath & Beyond, you can register for an espresso maker, a wine cellar and even luggage. Then, when someone says, "you two have serious baggage," you can take it as a compliment.

Refresh and Replenish. Don't forget to periodically update your registry by adding more products if you need to, even after the wedding. Be kind to procrastinators.

Once you've set up your bridal registry, take advantage of our Bridal Toolkit(TM), the complimentary wedding planning tools available at, including your own personal wedding website, task manager and timeline, guest list manager, gift tracker and even a seating arranger. This way, all of your information can be stored in one convenient place.

When you register at any Bed Bath & Beyond store or at, you make it easy for your guests to shop nationwide or online. Guests will enjoy complimentary gift packaging and you'll love the hassle-free return and exchange policy. So, congratulations and best wishes on your engagement. Now get registering and let the gift giving begin!

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Monday, January 28, 2008

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Tyra Banks Is Now Ready For Marriage

Supermodel, host and producer of the Tyra Banks Show and America's Next Top Model, Tyra Banks, 34, says she is tired of being single and lonely whenever she comes home and there is no husband or children waiting to welcome her with hugs and kisses. So she is now ready to wed her banker lover of six months, John Utendahl, who is 50.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Forever My Love

Forever My Love

I thank God I found you
Only heaven knows how much I love you.

When I look into your beautiful brown eyes
I can see the visions of our love
The greatest joy in life is to find your true love
And the thought of you fills my heart with joy.
Words are not enough to tell you how much I love you.
Because, what I feel is more than words can say
It is so extraordinary
The symphony of such an awesome love
The crescendo of my heartbeat echoes in my ears
I am so happy to be in love with you.

You are forever my love
Forever my dearest
Forever my sweetest
You are forever my love.

You are forever my love
Because, my love will never end
I will cherish you my sweetest
You are the one I want to kiss when I wake up in the morning
And the one I want to kiss before I fall asleep in the night.
I always want to be by your side
To do my best to make you happy
I do not want you to worry
Because, I will always be here for you
As long as you will believe in our love
I will love you forever.

You are forever my love
Forever my dearest
Forever my sweetest
You are forever my love.

~ By Orikinla Osinachi


The love ballad, Forever My Love will be released with my R & B song, She Comes On Sundays, which I recorded in 2003 and broadcast only on the BBC Radio.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Memories of Heath Ledger

Memories of Heath Ledger We have memorable photographs of Heathcliff Andrew Ledger (April 4, 1979 – January 22, 2008), the Academy Award-nominated Australian actor. You can view the Memorial Gallery by clicking on the title above.

NY: CINEMA SOCIETY SCREENING OF "I'M NOT THERE" - Tag ID: sipaphotos867900Heath Ledger - 13 November 2007 - New York NY - The Cinema Society and Hogan host a screening of "I'm Not There" held at the Clearview Chelsea West. Photo Credit: Billy Farrell/ Press/- 2415 x 3150 Color JPEG - 477 KB - SIPA

HEATH LEDGER MATILDA · HEATH LEDGER SIGHTING 092307 - Tag ID: acephotos084712September 23 2007 New York City....Actor Heath Ledger was spotted giving his daughter Matilda a ride around Soho.....Please byline: NANCY RIVERA- ACE PICTURES.... *** ***..Ace Pictures Inc: ..web:- 1506 x 1980 Color JPEG - 537 KB - Ace Pictures

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2008 - Marc Jacobs Front Row - New York City - Tag ID: krtabacaphotoslive289047Actor Heath Ledger sits front row at the Marc Jacobs show during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2008 at New York State Armory in New York City USA on September 10 2007. Photo by Gregorio Binuya/ABACAUSA.COM (Pictured : Heath Ledger)- 1993 x 3000 Color JPEG - 720 KB - KRT

heath and michelle 3 300306 - Tag ID: wennphotos250004Grimm brother Heath Ledger is a true family man - as he proved on a family stroll in Brooklyn New York this morning. The Brokeback Mountain star joined girlfriend Michelle Williams and the couple's baby daughter Matilda for a shopping trip. The...- 2540 x 3000 Color JPEG 300 DPI - 711 KB - WENN Photos

heath and michelle 3 300306 - Tag ID: wennphotos250000Grimm brother Heath Ledger is a true family man - as he proved on a family stroll in Brooklyn New York this morning. The Brokeback Mountain star joined girlfriend Michelle Williams and the couple's baby daughter Matilda for a shopping trip. The...- 2336 x 3000 Color JPEG 300 DPI - 668 KB - WENN Photos

73336551WL010_RBS_6_Nations · RBS 6 Nations: England v France - Tag ID: gettylive793123LONDON - MARCH 11: Actor Heath Ledger watches the action during the RBS Six Nations Championship match between England and France at Twickenham on March 11 2007 in London England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Heath...- 1903 x 3000 Color JPEG - 963 KB - Getty
78917342_Heat_v_Kknicks - Tag ID: iconphotos761611Actor HEath Ledger in the first half at Madison Square Garden in New York. January 26 2007. - 2060 x 3000 Color JPEG - 1684 KB - Icon Sports Photos
31st Toronto International Film Festival - Heath Ledger - Tag ID: dpaphotos051721Australian actor Heath Ledger arrives at the premiere of his new film 'Candy' at the Varsity 8 theatre during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto Canada Friday 8 September 2006. Photo: Hubert Boesl- 2047 x 3071 Color JPEG - 1001 KB - Deutsch Presse Agentur
2006 Vanity Fair Oscar Party - Arrivals - Tag ID: krtabacaphotoslive081945Heath Ledger and his girlfriend Michelle Williams arriving at the 2006 Vanity Fair Oscar Party held at Morton's in Los Angeles CA USA on March 5 2006. Photo by Hahn-Khayat-Nebinger/ABACAUSA.COM (Pictured : Heath Ledger Michelle Williams)- 1859 x 2928 Color JPEG - 853 KB - KRT
The 21st Annual IFP Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles - Tag ID: krtabacaphotoslive080735Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger attend the 21st Annual IFP Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica. Los Angeles March 4 2006. (Pictured: Michelle Williams Heath Ledger). Photo by Lionel Hahn/ 2848 x 4288 Color JPEG - 1234 KB - KRT
58th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards - Press Room - Los Angeles - Tag ID: krtabacaphotoslive070846Heath Ledger Ang Lee and Jake Gyllenhaal pose in the press room of the 58th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards. Los Angeles January 28 2006. (Pictured: Jake Gyllenhaal Heath Ledger Ang Lee). Photo By Lionel Hahn/ 4288 x 2848 Color JPEG - 1741 KB - KRT
IFP's 15th Annual Gotham Awards - New York - Tag ID: krtabacaphotoslive062115Australian actor Heath Ledger and his fiancee American actress Michelle Williams pose together as they arrive at the IFP 15th Annual Gotham Awards held at Chealsea Piers in New York on Wednesday November 30 2005. (Pictured : Heath Ledger Michelle...- 2701 x 1852 Color JPEG - 1268 KB - KRT
62nd Venice Film Festival - Casanova - PhotoCall - Tag ID: krtabacaphotoslive040392Heath Ledger attends the "Casanova" photocall at the 62nd Venice Film Festival. Venice Italy September 3rd 2005. (Pictured: Heath Ledger). Photo by Lionel Hahn/Abaca.- 2490 x 2848 Color JPEG - 621 KB - KRT
62nd Venice Film Festival - Brokeback Mountain - PhotoCall - Tag ID: krtabacaphotoslive040000Heath Ledger Ang Lee and Jake Gyllenhaal attend photocall of the "Brokeback Mountain" at the 62nd Venice Film Festival. Venice Italy September 2nd 2005. (Pictured: Jake Gyllenhaal Heath Ledger Ang Lee). Photo by Lionel Hahn/Abaca.- 4288 x 2848 Color JPEG - 1198 KB - KRT
HEATH LEDGER MATILDA · HEATH LEDGER SIGHTING 092307 - Tag ID: acephotos084707September 23 2007 New York City....Actor Heath Ledger was spotted giving his daughter Matilda a ride around Soho.....Please byline: NANCY RIVERA- ACE PICTURES.... *** ***..Ace Pictures Inc: ..web:- 1942 x 3084 Color JPEG - 981 KB - Ace Pictures
62nd Venice Film Festival - Brokeback Mountain - Screening - Tag ID: abaphotos035536Heath Ledger attends the screening of the "Brokeback Mountain" at the 62nd Venice Film Festival. Venice Italy September 2nd 2005. (Pictured: Heath Ledger). Photo by Lionel Hahn/Abaca.- 2728 x 4048 Color JPEG - 1213 KB - ABA
62nd Venice Film Festival - Brokeback Mountain - PhotoCall - Tag ID: abaphotos035416Heath Ledger attends photocall of the "Brokeback Mountain" at the 62nd Venice Film Festival. Venice Italy September 2nd 2005. (Pictured: Heath Ledger). Photo by Lionel Hahn/Abaca.- 2848 x 4048 Color JPEG - 875 KB - ABA
Heath Ledger2042.JPG - Tag ID: phlphotos074771NORTH AMERICA-CANADA SALES ONLY.Venice Italy 4 September 2005."The brothers Grimm" HEATH the 62nd Annual Venice Film Festival.Digital Photo by ?Elisabetta .- 3504 x 2336 Color JPEG - 338 KB - PHOTOlink
Venice Film Festival - Heath Ledger - Tag ID: dpaphotos025535(dpa) - Australian actor Heath Ledger smiles at the premiere event of 'Casanova' at the International Film Festival in Venice Italy 3 September 2005. Photo: Hubert Boesl- 2333 x 3500 Color JPEG - 639 KB - Deutsch Presse Agentur
Venice Film Festival - Heath Ledger - Tag ID: dpaphotos025479(dpa) - The picture shows actor Heath Ledger prior to the premiere of his latest movie 'Brokeback Mountain' at the International Film Festival in Venice Italy 02 September 2005. Photo: Hubert Boesl- 2333 x 3500 Color JPEG - 1012 KB - Deutsch Presse Agentur
heath_ledger_14_wenn1726702 - Tag ID: wennphotos780592Heath Ledger sporting a beard on the set of his new film 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' London England - 18.01.08 Credit: (Mandatory): Kavi/ WENN- 2174 x 3000 Color JPEG 300 DPI - 720 KB - WENN Photos
wenn1555537 · Ledger Dating Supermodel Ward - Tag ID: wennengtop002318Ledger Dating Supermodel WardAuthor WENN20080111
Oscar-nominated Heath Ledger is getting over his split from fiancee Michelle Williams by dating Australian supermodel Gemma Ward.
The Brokeback Mountain star separated from Williams ...- Text Document - 0 KB - WENN English Top Features
HEATH LEDGER · BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL - Tag ID: allstarphotos077343HEATH LEDGER ACTOR BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL POTSDAMMER PLATZ BERLIN GERMANY 15 February 2006- 2327 x 3480 Color JPEG - 1456 KB - Allstar Picture Library
im not there photocall 040907 - Tag ID: wennphotos667155Heath Ledger 64th Venice Film Festival - Day 7 'I'm Not There' - Photocall Venice Italy - 04.09.07 Credit (Mandatory) : Zibi/WENN - 2010 x 3000 Color JPEG 300 DPI - 506 KB - WENN Photos
ITALY-VENICE-FILM-FESTIVAL-I'M NOT THERE - Tag ID: gettylive961978US actor Heath Ledger poses during a photocall of "I'm not there" during the 64th Venice International Film Festival at Venice Lido 04 September 2007. "I'm not there" is presented in competition for the Golden Lion Award. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI...- 3200 x 2226 Color JPEG - 951 KB - Getty
Venice Film Festival - Heath Ledger - Tag ID: dpaphotos025530(dpa) - Australian actor Heath Ledger smiles at the premiere event of 'Casanova' at the International Film Festival in Venice Italy 3 September 2005. Photo: Hubert Boesl- 2333 x 3500 Color JPEG - 755 KB - Deutsch Presse Agentur
broke_heath_wenn298257 - Tag ID: wennphotos114072HEATH LEDGER Film Premiere for 'Brokeback Mountain' at the Venice Film Festival Venice Italy - 02.09.05 Credit: (Mandatory) Vince Maher/WENN- 1196 x 1800 Color JPEG 180 DPI - 123 KB - WENN Photos

Yes. God Answers Prayers

God answers prayers.
I am the living testimony.

God answers prayers.
I am the living proof.

We are the evidence of the existence of God.

I am glad and grateful to Him
For great things He has done and He is still doing for me
Those you cannot see are more than those you can see.
Jesus Christ has set me free
That is why I am very happy.

God answers prayes

The rhema came while I was bathing in the morning on Friday, January 25, 2008.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Pamela Anderson & Shawn Marion Pre-Super Bowl Party

24 Jan 2008 01:44 Africa/Lagos

Pamela Anderson & Shawn Marion Pre-Super Bowl Party

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

The following event announcement is being issued by Margo Media:


Pamela Anderson and NBA All Star Shawn Marion host Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, celebrities, philanthropists, and sports fans from all over the world that are coming to the Valley of the Sun to enjoy the Super Bowl, and donate their time and money to worthy causes.


Hearts and Helmets is the only event of the week that Anderson is proud to put her name on as it will be designating the net proceeds to a dozen different charitable causes. This is in alignment with Anderson's vow "to be proud of every single day and make sure I do not veer from the path." Anderson included beneficiaries: The National Police Activities/Athletic League and PETA. Recently, Marion launched his own Foundation.

Hearts & Helmets, Pamela Anderson's & Shawn Marion's Celebrity Party & Charity Poker Tournament is expected to be the most well attended Celebrity Party of the night with over 100 RSVPs from Hollywood and professional athletes. The night will be star-studded, with entertainment including: Raquel Aurilia during the exclusive celebrity Meet & Greet, Ne-Yo (a personal friend of Marion's), and Zowie Bowie. The World Famous Tempe Improv lined up several high profile comedians to perform and host. Along with the charity poker tournament, golf putting range, dancing, entertainment, hosted bars, catered food, and raffle, there are silent & live auctions featuring an Original Victor Ostrovsky painting, an all inclusive vacation for 12 on a private Jet to Cabo San Lucas, Suns-Spurs floor seats and Super Bowl Tickets!

Charities include Brad Pitt's Global Green USA Project for rebuilding New Orleans, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Fournier Center for Empowerment, Free Arts of Arizona, ICAN International Center Advocacy Network, The Shawn Marion Foundation, and more.

Hearts & Helmets Individual tickets to the party are $500 each in advance, $1000 at the door.

For more information visit or call 480-236-2237

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
5:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. (Exclusive Meet & Greet is from 4:30 to 5:30)


The Venue of Scottsdale, 7117 E. 3rd Avenue, Scottsdale , Arizona 85251 480-236-2237

Source: Margo Media

CONTACT: Jackie Martin or Margo Kesler, +1-602-264-2655, both of Margo

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Lock Lips, Not Braces This Valentine's Day

23 Jan 2008 14:15 Africa/Lagos

Lock Lips, Not Braces This Valentine's Day

From kissing to metal detectors: orthodontists dispel myths about braces and orthodontic treatment

ST LOUIS, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ --

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) sets the record straight on some of the biggest myths surrounding braces and orthodontic treatment. Currently more than four million children and one million adults in North America wear braces. Below are the answers to some of the most popular -- and strange -- questions AAO members have received from their patients during the past year:

If two people with braces kiss, can their braces become locked together?
With today's smaller sleeker braces it is extremely difficult - almost
impossible -- to lock braces while kissing. Also, braces are not
magnetic, which means any "attraction" felt is on the part of the wearers,
so pucker up!

Will my braces set off the metal detectors in the airport?
You are cleared for takeoff - the lightweight materials used in braces
will not affect metal detectors.

Can braces rust?
No. Today's braces are made of new stronger materials, like titanium
alloy, and will not rust.

Once braces are removed, my teeth will remain straight forever, right?
Wrong. Teeth move throughout one's lifetime, therefore it is important to
hold on to retainers and wear them as prescribed by your orthodontist to
maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

Will my braces interfere with radio signals or electronic devices?
No. Radio-loving gadget fanatics can rest easy.

Am I too old for braces?
Absolutely not. Healthy teeth can be moved at almost any age. Currently
one in five orthodontic patients is an adult. As people live longer and
healthier lives, patients in their 60s, 70s and 80s are experiencing the
benefits of orthodontic treatment.

Can I play a musical instrument?
Yes, that is if you could play a musical instrument before you got braces.

Now that I have braces, can I still play sports?
Yes, but be sure to wear a mouth guard. Mouth guards are one of the least
expensive pieces of protective equipment available. Not only can mouth
guards save teeth, they may also protect against jaw fractures. Mouth
guards are advisable for anyone, whether they wear braces or not.

Will braces increase my chance of being struck by lightening?
No. With or without braces the chances of a lightening strike remain the
same which, in the U.S. in any one year, according to, is one is 700,000.

Will my braces attract unwarranted attention from fish?
Scuba aficionados take heart: there is no need to cancel your next dive.
The small brackets used in today's braces, especially ceramic or
tooth-colored brackets, will not attract attention from unsavory fish or
sea life.

For more information about orthodontics or for the names of AAO member orthodontists in your area, visit Your dentist also can provide recommendations on orthodontists near you.

About the American Association of Orthodontists

The AAO comprises 15,500 members in the United States, Canada and abroad. Founded in 1900, the AAO supports research and education leading to quality patient care and promotes increased public awareness of the need for and benefits of orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists are uniquely qualified to correct improperly aligned teeth and jaws. They receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this formal education may call themselves "orthodontists," and only orthodontists are eligible for membership in the AAO.

Aimee DeVoll, 314-552-6744

Pam Paladin, 314-993-1700, ext. 524

Source: American Association of Orthodontists

CONTACT: Aimee DeVoll, +1-314-552-6744,, for
American Association of Orthodontists; or Pam Paladin, of American Association
of Orthodontists, +1-314-993-1700, ext. 524,

Web site:

Sunday, January 20, 2008

NEWSWEEK: Newsweek's Annual Oscar Roundtable Brings Together Biggest Names of 2007: Clooney, Day-Lewis, Jolie, McAvoy

20 Jan 2008 18:26 Africa/Lagos

NEWSWEEK: Newsweek's Annual Oscar Roundtable Brings Together Biggest Names of 2007: Clooney, Day-Lewis, Jolie, McAvoy

On Prospect of no Oscars: "Nobody is going to cross the picket line," Clooney says.

"We're all going to George's house," says Angelina Jolie.

NEW YORK, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ --

If the Oscars come around and there's still no resolution to the writer's strike, "The world will end. It's fact. It's official. I was told so. [laughter]," James McAvoy tells Newsweek at the 11th annual Oscar Roundtable. "Nobody is going to cross a picket line. Nobody would even consider it. Would you want to be the only person at the awards?" George Clooney -- the class clown-says. "We're all going to George's house," Angelina Jolie adds. McAvoy, Clooney, Jolie, plus Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard and Ellen Page participated in Newsweek's annual event, moderated by Senior Editor and Movie Critic David Ansen and Senior Editor Devin Gordon.

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Highlights include:

Clooney on getting involved in political campaigns:

"You know, Michael Moore -- and I like Michael a lot -- but that speech he gave at the Oscars was polarizing. It became Hollywood versus the heartland, and I always find that it's best not to raise the rhetoric at that point. I've been a big supporter of Barack Obama since his Senate run and I'm a friend of his, but I said to him, "I stay completely out of it." I don't show up at those things. And believe me, it's not because his group doesn't say, "Come on, help us out." It's just not the attention you want. I worry about that a lot, because you don't want to do harm."

Jolie on capturing the essence of Mariane Pearl and the symbolism of working with a diverse cast in "A Mighty Heart":

"She never came on the set. She was going to come the first day, and she walked in on me in a costume fitting for her wedding dress. I think she just realized in that moment that she could not see any of it. She said it looked absolutely exact, and then we had dinner, and then she said she was going to leave the next morning." On the cast diversity and political aspect of the film, Jolie told Newsweek, "Just having all those actors at the table was a nice balance, because during this time when our country is at war and there's so much happening, to be in India and Pakistan with Indian and Pakistani actors, who usually also don't work together and don't cross each other's border, to have them asking us questions about politics, to actually have open discussions about 9/11, about Muslim culture, American culture, sharing food, sharing ideas, writing each other's kids' names down -- that did something for us. It was really exciting to say, "God, that Pakistani actor or that Indian actor is one of the best actors I've ever worked with," and I don't often think of actors beyond, you know, the list we're all used to. I think that is very symbolic of what the piece represented."

Day-Lewis on acting with his 10 year-old co-star in "There Will Be Blood":

"He was just a great companion. He was my partner. I miss him a lot, actually. His mom was a state trooper, and his dad was a cowboy. They didn't know anything about the movies. There was a moment, which could have gone awry at the very beginning, when his mom quite rightly thought, "What kinds of people are going to be involved with my son?" She wanted to see what I was going to be like, because she knew he would be spending a lot of time with me. So she rented a copy of "Gangs of New York." [Laughter] And there was a flurry of phone calls. And the studio dispatched a copy of "The Age of Innocence" very quickly."

Cotillard on what she did to pass the time while getting makeup done:

"I slept all the time. We had almost 30 days of heavy makeup. I wanted to kill everybody, and especially everybody wanted to kill me. So they put me in a bed, and they did the makeup while I was sleeping. It was very funny because there's a guy who came to shoot video of me almost every day getting this done. And I saw the video, and they were doing things to me and I can't believe I didn't wake up. It was acrylic painting and latex and prosthetics, so there's glue and all that. Sometimes I had nightmares, and I would wake up with a big scream and cry. One day I was crying while I was sleeping, so the makeup artist's assistant had to spend four hours with tissues around my eyes, so the salt from my tears didn't spoil the makeup."

McAvoy on his experience with the paparazzi:

"I've only ever had anybody waiting outside my house once. We got in our car and we were followed, and it was very weird and disconcerting. We thought we would just go about our daily life and just ignore it, all that kind of thing. I think because we had once read that Clive Owen said just ignore it. Like, do whatever Clive Owen does -- he's a solid guy. We were going into town to buy something for the house, and we went into a parking lot that costs 10 pounds Sterling an hour, and on seeing the price of the parking, the paparazzi went, "F--- that." They left us alone. So the lesson is, if you're being chased by paparazzi, don't drive fast. Just find a really expensive parking lot, and you will be fine."

Clooney adds, "I just found out about 10 days ago that I must live 300 or 400 yards from Britney Spears. I found out because I came home at 10 at night and there's all these helicopters over my house with these spotlights on ... I thought someone had broken out of prison. Like something out of "Die Hard." I get my baseball bat, which is what you always do in every film ... and I called up my assistant, who I thought was in the guesthouse, and I said, "Are you OK?" And she said, "Yes." ... And I go out and I'm running around with a baseball bat in my robe. And it turns out it's paparazzi over at Britney Spears's house. So now I have to move. [Laughter]

Page on the movie that was the impetus for choosing to be an actor:

"It wasn't until I was about 15, when I shot a film with this Canadian actress named Molly Parker, who I just absolutely adored and looked up to, and became inspired by. For the first time, I felt something different. I felt myself being overcome by something I can't necessarily explain. But I wanted to keep feeling that and finding out what that was and learning more about it."

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Whisper "I Love You" Day

Whisper "I Love You" Day [Jan 19]

I left Aaliyah and headed out to Brooklyn Heights where everyone was meeting up for dinner at Le Petit Marche. Adrian hadn't been there before and I really wanted him to try the lamb! There was Kate, Adrian, Megan and me. It was one of our weekly "catch up meets". And of course, Kate had a big announcement.

Kate and Jeffrey have benn going out for a week or two now and they're totally in love. They knew it but hadn't said it to each other. You know how it is of the big pressure with saying those three little words! Between Christmas and New Year, they were still getting used to just being with each other. Anyway, the surprising thing is, it wasn't our Kate who said it first!Jeffrey, being the romantic maestro whispered, "I love you" into her ear as she was leaving the subway to come to the restaurant. "Then the doors closed on me. I didn't even have the time to react!

He was smiling when the train moved and then he was out of sight." Kate explained.

"That is so romantic," said Megan, teary eyed.Frankly, I wasn't ready for all this mushy stuff, so I just said, "Why wasn't he man enough to wait for your reaction?" And of course the women were appalled at my comment.

"Maybe he didn't want a reaction. Maybe it was his way of saying, 'No matter how you feel, I'll still love you' kind of a thing. Ya know?"

Megan continued. Adrian all of a sudden said, "Ya! Maybe he wasn't ready for a reaction." Oh great, even my best buddy's against me! I can't help being cynical. I've been through a lot and this mushy stuff was hard to hear. I decided not to dwell on the matter and I think the others sensed my unease too. Megan took up the subject of steak fries and how fantastic the Coq Au Vin, is. Thank goodness for Megan, I was totally saved from the mushy "I love you" stuff.

~ By Bob, the Editor of 123 Greetings Newsletter

Friday, January 18, 2008

Clinton and Obama Battle for Votes at

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Clinton and Obama Battle for Votes at

America Is Listening!

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Popular online music streaming site is hosting the race between the Clinton and Obama musical performances, Hillary's Choice Cuts and Barack Around The Clock, in a competition that will continue through the national primaries. As of mid-January, Barack's stream was ranked at #7, just ahead of Hillary's at #9. The ranking of the performances is based on the number of listeners tuning-in to each station.


Hillary's Choice Cuts contains songs that she told the New York Post were some of her favorites, including the Beatles "Hey Jude", Aretha Franklin's "Respect", the Eagles "Take It To The Limit", and U2's "Beautiful Day". "I've got everything -- a total smorgasbord," Senator Clinton said, "I'm a child of the '60s and '70s."

Barack Around The Clock contains music that embodies his cool jazz, Motown roots. "I'm old school, so generally, I'm more of a jazz guy, a Miles Davis, a John Coltrane guy, more of a Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder kind of guy," Obama told New York City radio station Hot 97, "But having said that, I'm current enough that I've got a little bit of Jay-Z, and a little Beyonce."

CEO of, Hank Risan, comments: "Of the leading Democratic hopefuls, we can better relate to them not only as politicians, but personally through their expressed musical tastes. Hillary and Barack have chosen songs from artists that helped shape and change American culture. It's good to know that our candidates are still listening." offers listeners the opportunity to create their own music playlists for webcasting, called "Be The DJ." These performances are made available for anyone in the world to enjoy through

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Martin Luther King, Jr: Love Is Life

"Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it."

~ Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Fighting for your rights and standing up for them is what America is all about. I can't find a more patriotic cause than that. So I was really excited when I met Frederick Gray in my usual bar. He was talking to Pete - our regular bartender. He was so enthusiastic that I just had to introduce myself.He's a seven foot tall big guy with really long dreads. He's named after the abolitionist and reformer Frederick Douglass. He was passing out postcards for a Black History Month poetry slam down at the Lower East Side poets’ cafe. We bought each other drinks and we talked about his experiences in the Civil Rights Movement. We talked about Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and the Black Panthers.

It was really a great discussion of how people can change the course of history together.For me it was uplifting, I mean here I was so concerned about my breakup and being so self-centered. Then a guy like Fred walks into my life and changes my whole outlook. It only happens in New York, I tell ya!

This week's Zen quote comes from Martin Luther King, Jr. he said, "Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it." Spread the love brother, ya know what I'm saying? I've decided to not hate or be bitter about stuff. I think no matter what the future holds, I’m going to have a positive outlook on things. I'll let you know how I'm doing next week!

Hafsat Abiola To Shine in 7 "Vital Voices" World Premiere on January 21 in New York

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Seven 'Vital Voices' are the Subject of Jan. 21 New York Premiere

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Seven, a documentary theatre piece based on the real-life stories of seven extraordinary women who are part of Vital Voices Global Partnership, will make its staged debut at the 92nd Street Y on Monday, January 21, at 8pm.

The production, featuring seven individual monologues told by seven actresses, is a collaboration between Vital Voices and seven award-winning playwrights, including Anna Deavere Smith, and is directed by OBIE winning director Evan Yionoulis. The other playwrights are Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, and Susan Yankowitz. The actresses include Linda Emond, Danai Gurira, Mercedes Herrero, Christine Toy Johnson, Mahira Kakkar, Joan MacIntosh, and Heather Raffo.

The lives of these diverse and courageous women illuminate the work of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international women's nonprofit in Washington, DC, that identifies, trains, and connects emerging women leaders around the world. Seven is part of Vital Voices' year-long celebration of its first decade of serving woman around the world. "Vital Voices is proud to be collaborating with such distinguished playwrights on this groundbreaking work of documentary theatre," said Melanne Verveer, Chair and Co-Founder of Vital Voices Global Partnership. "The lives of these women provide a portal through which audiences will be able to experience a diversity of cultures while bearing witness to the varied ways in which individual women have overcome seemingly insurmountable hurdles to justice and freedom. We hope the Seven stories will inspire audiences to commit themselves to changing our world for the better."

The playwrights interviewed the women and created a script that resounds with the women's own, individual voices from around the globe, including those of:

Hafsat Abiola, Nigeria, an advocate for human rights and democracy following the murder of her activist parents, founded the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy, which provides skills-training and leadership opportunities for young women across Nigeria. She now helps build bridges between African and Chinese women, as China increases its engagement in the African continent.

Farida Azizi, Afghanistan, became an activist fighting the marginalization of women under Taliban rule in her native country. Because of threats on her life, she has gained asylum and now lives in the United States with her two children and works on women's rights and peace-building in Afghanistan.

Annabella De Leon, Guatemala, raised herself and her family out of poverty by getting an education. She has been a Congresswoman since 1995 and has received death threats because of her fight against corruption and for the rights of the poor, particularly women and indigenous peoples.

Marina Pisklakova-Parker, Russia: Against tremendous odds in 1993, she founded the first hotline for victims of domestic violence, which has since grown into Center ANNA, part of a coalition that has provided crisis and counseling services for 100,000 Russian women.

Mukhtar Mai, Pakistan: Gang raped by four men and forced to walk home almost naked in retribution for an alleged "honor crime," Ms. Mai and her harrowing story grabbed headlines across the world. Instead of taking the traditional "women's" route of committing suicide, she brought her rapists to justice, built schools to improve the condition of women, and became an advocate for education in her country.

Inez McCormack, Northern Ireland, is an activist for women's and human rights, labor, and social justice and a former President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. She now chairs a program, the Participation and Practice of Rights Project, that helps the disadvantaged access resources and services in Ireland, both North and South.

Mu Sochua, Cambodia: The former Minister of Women's Affairs in Cambodia (one of only two women in the cabinet), she was co-nominated in 2005 for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work against sex trafficking of women in Cambodia and neighboring Thailand.

Vital Voices Global Partnership ( envisions a world of peace, justice, and economic opportunity for all, where the voice of every woman is heard and respected. Based in Washington, DC, the nonprofit, nongovernmental organization (NGO) invests in emerging women leaders and builds the capabilities, connections, and credibility they need to unlock their potential as catalysts of global progress. Through leadership development and local empowerment programs around the world, Vital Voices works to expand women's role in generating economic opportunities, increasing political participation, and protecting human rights. The Vital Voices Global Leadership network of 5,000 women in 85 countries represents the vital voices of our time. For more information, please contact: Eileen White Read, Media Relations, 202-861-2625, x 3003;

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The New York Times Non - Fiction Best Seller List for January 2008


EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert. (Penguin, $15.) A writer’s yearlong journey in search of self takes her to Italy, India and Indonesia.

THE INNOCENT MAN, by John Grisham. (Delta, $16; Dell, $7.99.) Grisham’s first nonfiction book concerns a man wrongly sentenced to death.

THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. (Penguin, $15.) A former climber builds schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

INTO THE WILD, by Jon Krakauer. (Anchor, $12.95.) A man’s obsession with the wilderness ends in tragedy.

CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR, by George Crile. (Grove, $14.95; $14.) A chronicle, by a veteran producer for “60 Minutes,” of a congressman’s efforts in the 1980s to steer billions to the anti-Soviet side in Afghanistan.

THE AUDACITY OF HOPE, by Barack Obama. (Three Rivers, $14.95.) The Illinois senator proposes that Americans move beyond their political divisions.

90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN, by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey. (Revell, $12.99.) A minister on the otherworldly experience he had after an accident.

THE OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA, by Michael Pollan. (Penguin, $16.) Tracking dinner from the soil to the plate, a journalist juggles appetite and conscience.

* SMOKE, MIRRORS, AND MURDER, by Ann Rule. (Pocket, $7.99.) Tales of true crime.

THE GOD DELUSION, by Richard Dawkins. (Mariner, $15.95.) An Oxford scientist asserts that belief in God is irrational.

THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls. (Scribner, $15.) The author recalls a bizarre childhood during which she and her siblings moved constantly.

THE TIPPING POINT, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Back Bay/Little, Brown, $14.95.) A study of social epidemics, otherwise known as fads.

BLINK, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Back Bay/Little, Brown, $15.99.) The importance of instinct.

THE WORLD IS FLAT, by Thomas L. Friedman. (Picador, $16.) A new edition of the Times columnist’s analysis of 21st-century economics and foreign policy.

* THE PORTABLE ATHEIST, edited by Christopher Hitchens. (Da Capo, $17.50.) Dozens of readings for nonbelievers

I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER IN HELL, by Tucker Max. (Citadel, $12.95.) Reflections of a self-absorbed, drunken womanizer.

THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC, by Daniel J. Levitin. (Plume, $15.) A rocker-turned-neuroscientist on the connection between music and human nature.

THE END OF AMERICA, by Naomi Wolf. (Chelsea Green, $13.95.) A defense of democracy and civil rights.

THIS I BELIEVE, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman with John Gregory and Viki Merrick. (Holt, $14.) Eighty essayists complete the thought begun in the book’s title; based on the NPR series.

THE LANGUAGE OF GOD, by Francis S. Collins. (Free Press, $15.) A geneticist argues that faith in God and in science can coexist within a person.

Also Selling
DREAMS FROM MY FATHER, by Barack Obama (Three Rivers)

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY, by Jean-Dominique Bauby (Vintage)

TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE, by Ann Rule (Pocket)


NOT ON OUR WATCH, by Don Cheadle and John Prendergast (Hyperion)

THE LOOMING TOWER, by Lawrence Wright (Vintage)

KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL, by Anthony Bourdain (Harper Perennial)


KABUL BEAUTY SCHOOL, by Deborah Rodriguez with Kristin Ohlson (Random House)

UNIVERSE IN A SINGLE ATOM, by Dalai Lama (Broadway)

THE END OF FAITH, by Sam Harris (Norton)

THE FAITH CLUB, by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner (Free Press)

WHOLE NEW MIND, by Daniel H. Pink (Riverhead)

LEFT TO TELL, by Immaculee Ilibagiza with Steve Erwin (Hay House)

THE WORST HARD TIME, by Timothy Egan (Mariner/ Houghton Mifflin)

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Rankings reflect sales, for the week ending Jan. 5, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket, discount department stores and newsstands. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indicates that some bookstores report receiving bulk orders. Among those categories not actively tracked are: perennial sellers; required classroom reading; text, reference and test preparation guides; journals and workbooks; calorie counters; shopping guides; comics and crossword puzzles.

A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton

Editorial Reviews

"A Woman in Charge:The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton" is Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Carl Bernstein's illuminating account of Hillary Rodham Clinton, revealing the complex of motivations and machinations behind her extraordinary life and career. Drawing on over 200 interviews with Clinton associates (both colleagues and adversaries), as well as major pieces written by and about the former First Lady, Bernstein has constructed an indelible portrait of perhaps the most polarizing figure in American politics, from her midwestern roots to her own presidential ambitions; but don't take our word for it--read an excerpt from the first chapter and decide for yourself.

Read an excerpt from "A Woman in Charge"

'I'm a Happier Person Than I Was Before': Actress Elizabeth Perkins of Showtime's 'Weeds'

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'I'm a Happier Person Than I Was Before': Actress Elizabeth Perkins of Showtime's 'Weeds' Shares Her Story of Diagnosis, Treatment, and Coping With Type 1 Diabetes in Hollywood

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Actress Elizabeth Perkins has come a long way in the few years since she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 44. "I'm actually a happier person than I was before I was diagnosed," she tells the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) consumer magazine, Diabetes Forecast, in the February 2008 issue. In this exclusive interview Perkins discusses her diagnosis, treatment regimen, and the ways in which having diabetes has made an impact on her Hollywood career.

Perkins, who has received multiple award nominations for her role in the critically acclaimed Showtime series Weeds, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2005 while filming the first season of the show. "I felt completely overwhelmed that first year on the show, and I didn't tell anybody I had diabetes. All of a sudden I was in my trailer at work, testing my glucose, and shooting myself up, and I was really scared and felt very alone and completely in over my took me a good year and a half to embrace this and say, proudly, 'I'm diabetic and I'm in control of my disease.'" Type 1 diabetes commonly develops in children, but can occur at any age.

Although Perkins was already familiar with healthy dieting and regular exercise to stay fit for the cameras, having diabetes allowed Perkins to make another important change in her lifestyle. "I really learned to listen to my body and to know what I needed. And there are times I need to rest, and before I never allowed myself to do that."

The experience of coping with the illness has helped Perkins to develop her Weeds character, Celia Hodes. "I was testing my blood, learning how to draw syringes, and injecting myself, unbeknownst to everybody around me...I think that definitely translated into my character: I was just sort of out on a limb, on my own, and there was not going to be anybody to save me except myself." And now? "I'm actually a happier person than I was before I was diagnosed. I have a much greater perspective on the world around me."

Also in this issue:

More American women than men -- twenty-nine percent -- die of heart disease. Recent research has revealed that heart disease differs in crucial ways between men and women, including the symptoms of and age at which a heart attack occurs and the sudden increase in risk of heart disease during and after menopause, as compared to a gradual increase in risk for men as they age. This information, along with articles that share tips about protecting your heart and keeping your feet healthy, are in a special section of Diabetes Forecast in recognition of American Heart Month.

In addition, the February 2008 issue brings you stories about:
-- Everything you need to know about hypoglycemia.
-- ADA's newest National Youth Advocate.
-- Recipes that give staple winter fruits fresh new flavors.

Diabetes Forecast has been America's leading diabetes magazine for 60 years. Each full-color issue offers the latest news on diabetes research and treatment. Its mission is to provide information, inspiration, and support to people with diabetes, helping them to live a healthier lifestyle, control their diabetes, and prevent or treat its many complications. The magazine is published monthly by the American Diabetes Association.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's premier voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. The Association's mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Founded in 1940, the Association provides services to hundreds of communities across the country. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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Monday, January 14, 2008

NEWSWEEK: Cover: Hillary Clinton: 'I Found My Own Voice.'

NEWSWEEK: Cover: Hillary Clinton: 'I Found my own Voice.'

"What I realized is that the reason I do this, why I get up every day, why I believe in our country and the importance of leadership, was not getting across the way that I wanted it to," Clinton tells Newsweek.

Editor Jon Meacham on Hillary, Race and Gender

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In the January 21 issue, "'I found my own voice.'" (on newsstands Monday, January 14) Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham examines Hillary Clinton's dramatic comeback win in New Hampshire and whether the battle for the Democratic nomination is one that will be determined by the historically complicated issues of race and gender.

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To say it is late in the game for a major politician to have found one's voice is too glib, Meacham writes. Many public figures are works in progress, and they are all certainly human. Clinton's primary victory is a new chance for voters to get to know her beyond the caricatures, positive and negative, that have so long defined her. "Everyone forgets she went to law school when women were not 50 percent of each law-school class, and certainly not seen as litigators," says Maria Echaveste, a senior adviser to Clinton's campaign. "When you were breaking down walls, it wasn't enough to be equally tough. You had to build a shell to protect yourself. That's what she did."

That shell cracked a bit in New Hampshire, Meacham writes, and Clinton now believes it has to stay cracked. "What I realized is that the reason I do this, why I get up every day, why I believe in our country and the importance of leadership, was not getting across the way that I wanted it to," Clinton told Newsweek about Iowa.

She continued, "I get so focused on what I want to do as president that I get a little wonky. I get a little out there, with details, with five-point plans for this and 10-point plans for that, and I think that what I'm proposing really is both achievable and important, but it's not what gets me up, so why should it get voters excited?" she says. "But in the presidential campaign I think I sort of pocketed too much of that. I thought, well, I've been in the public eye for so long now ... I don't think that was a smart assumption for me to make, or for my campaign to make, very honestly."

This is not the year for making any assumptions. Meacham reports that many Democrats have been waiting a lifetime for a viable female presidential candidate or a viable black one -- and now they have one of each, and in the aftermath of Iowa and New Hampshire, the two camps are fighting over a great deal more than just endorsements. "I understand that," Clinton tells Meacham in an interview last Friday. "What a good problem to have. Two leading candidates for president, a woman and an African-American ... I wish it didn't have to be a choice. I think a lot of people who are torn between us feel that way," she says.

"Torn is a tough word," Meacham writes. "But it aptly captures how many Americans, and not just Democrats, already feel about 2008 ... And these are early days: we are only just beginning to grapple with the questions of race and gender that the campaign will raise again and again through November." The campaign now moving out of the largely white states of Iowa and New Hampshire to the rest of the country will soon mean that the politically engaged across America will be presented with the likelihood that a woman or an African- American will be the Democratic nominee and perhaps the president. And, as Clinton says, it's a good "problem" for America to have, he reports.

"But this is a contest," Clinton says, "and the contrasts have to be drawn and the questions have to be asked because, obviously, I wouldn't be in this race and working as hard as I am unless I thought I am uniquely qualified at this moment in our history to be the president we need starting in 2009. And I think it is informed by my deep experience over the last 35 years, my firsthand knowledge of what goes on inside a White House."

Also in the interview, Clinton discussed issues that ranged from her childhood in suburban Park Ridge, Ill., to John Wesley, Reinhold Niebuhr, Martin Luther King Jr. and, of course, Barack Obama. When asked if Senator Obama is right enough or experienced enough to be vice president, Clinton tells Meacham, "Well, I'm going to stay focused on where I am right now. I'm an admirer of his; I campaigned for him; I raised money for him... I am a very big admirer of his, and I think the sky is the limit for him -- in the future. [Laughs.]"

Also in the cover package:
-- Senior White House Correspondent Richard Wolffe and Chicago
Correspondent Karen Springen report on the reality of Barack Obama's
central claim as a candidate -- that he is a change agent, a lifelong
reformer who will heal Washington by bringing together feuding
politicians of both parties -- examining his voting record in the U.S.
Senate and in the Illinois Senate.

-- Senior Editor and Columnist Daniel Gross reports that America's
faltering economy may be the deciding factor in the 2008 election.
-- Investigative Correspondents Michael Isikoff, Mark Hosenball and
Editor-at-Large Evan Thomas report that 2008 promises to be a banner
year for gutter politics, and technology serves as a force multiplier
for crude partisan passion. A Newsweek investigation suggests that
political hit jobs are already rampant and likely to get worse.
-- White House Correspondent Holly Bailey talks with John McCain on the
campaign trail, two days after his New Hampshire primary win, about how
he found his footing, the war in Iraq -- and his lucky nickel.

-- Senior Editor and Columnist Jonathan Alter profiles the chief
strategists for the Clinton and Obama campaigns. "Hillary's man Penn is
a pollster by profession and the quintessential Beltway guy. Obama's
'Axe,' is a hardheaded reformer," Alter writes. "Penn's weapon is his
brain; Axelrod's is his gut."

-- Senior Political Correspondent Howard Fineman writes that, "Rudy
Giuliani sees Florida as his Cape Canaveral: the launching pad for his
better-later-than-never campaign ... Of the three groups that compose
the modern GOP ... Rudy has yet to find a home in one."

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Spare a Thought and Stay Alive

Since the weekend, I have been saddened by the bad news of a US Marine, Maria Lauterbach who was raped and when she reported the crime, the suspect was not arrested. He later murdered her, burnt her and buried her in a shallow grave. He fled before her corpse was found. Then, did you know of the lunatic Egyptian Muslim cab driver who murdered his two teenage daughters, Sarah and Amina Said on New Year’s Eve, because they were dating non-Muslims in Texas, US?

Honor Killings are common in Islamic countries, but for a Muslim immigrant to commit such a heinous crime in a civilized nation such as the United States, he must be a raving lunatic. This Fifty-year-old Yaser Abdel Said must be found and brought to justice.

The world would be a better and safer place without these lunatic fringe elements in our midst.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Heidi Klum Wins Video of the Year

11 Jan 2008 20:49 Africa/Lagos

Heidi Klum Wins Video of the Year

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ --, a new video website featuring professional video content from over 200 channel providers, announced the winners of its Videos of the Year awards. Webcastr's viewers, along with its editors voted amongst over 2,500 professionally produced videos on the website to pick the best video clips of the year for 2007. Thirty finalists were chosen by the staff of the webbery with the final clips being voted on by viewers during the last two weeks of December.


The winning clip, 'Heidi Loves Her Bazooms' was a Victoria's Secret promo spot featuring supermodel Heidi Klum, wearing a selection of the lingerie maker's latest bras in a comedic, combative yet playful series of video vignettes to promote the companies' Holiday Fashion Special on CBS last December.

The other winners are:

-- D*ck In A Box (The popular SNL skit featuring Justin Timberlake and
Andy Samburg)

-- Led Zeppelin Reunion Concert in the UK

-- Acting for the Greenscreen (a comedy sketch from Body of Art)

-- Bob Dylan Cadillac Commercial

-- Britney Spears VMA Parody (featuring Chris Crocker from National

-- Don't Taze Me, Bro (from the John Kerry speech at Univ. of Florida)

-- Snoop Dogg in the UK (where the US rapper was hassled by Heathrow

-- The Chemical Bros. "Salmon Dance" (computer animated music video)

-- Bush vs. Miss South Carolina (a comedy mashup)

Honorable mention:

-- SUV Driving Through a Shopping Mall (video surveillance tape)

The winning videos are currently on display at

Unlike the majority of video sharing sites, Webcastr features clips that come from licensed sources of professional and semi-pro content. "With so much of the user generated content out there being of questionable quality, we are happy to present these awards in recognition of the efforts of pro content creators who increasingly understand the value of the short form online video medium," said Webcastr CEO, Tim Devine.

Webcastr features video clip content covering the fields of news, sports, music video, comedy, celebrity coverage, film, gaming, technology, animation and informational content updated throughout the day from a variety of content providers. The site is the opposite of user generated video sites that rely mostly on uploads of amateur video content from their members.

The site currently has deals with nearly 200 different content providers including CBS News, MTV News, Daily Variety, FHM, Dow Jones, CelebTV, Automotive TV, Warner Music, Sony/BMG, TV Guide Broadband, the Green Energy Channel, Digital Daily, Media Bytes, the Space Channel, Cycling TV, Ford Models TV, Election TV, ShortBrain TV, Vanity Fair and many others.

Started in June of 2007 by former Sony Music exec, Tim Devine, Webcastr has seen its audience grow around the world as well as enjoying a 1,500% viewership increase in its ratings as determined by internet tracking service Alexa. "We now have viewers tuning in from over 150 countries," says Devine. The site, still in beta phase, expects to go public by the end of next month.


Jennifer Wetzel

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

From the Bottom of My Heart

Dear Orikinla,

You and I surprised a lot of people tonight!

In the days after Iowa, I turned to you and asked you to stand with me. When I needed you most, you came through with flying colors.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

All the best,

Hillary Clinton

God Bless New Hampshire for Voting for Hillary Clinton

We thank the Almighty God who gave us victory in New Hampshire.

After Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton lost to Senator Barack Obama in the Iowa Caucuses, the legions of the anti-Clinton cult increased and swarmed the American mainstream news media to frustrate her and accelerate the momentum of the over-hyped Barack Obama into New Hampshire, to defeat Hillary Clinton again. But, I did not give up my support for her good cause. I continued my campaign for her victory on my blogs and websites and other sites.

I am learning many lessons of life from American politics. The lessons I know would be of immense benefit to my country, Nigeria, and me.

Before the polls, I went down on my knees to ask God for divine intervention to give her daughter Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton victory over her enemies and God answered my prayer. I did not wait for the results last night before going to bed. I woke up this morning and prayed as usual in my early morning devotion to God. After my prayers, I went to the main house to greet my younger sister Stella and her children and she greeted me with the good news that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has won the New Hampshire primary of the Democratic Party. The news was on Sky News and on the CNN. I was elated as I jumped up praising and thanking God for giving us this victory. I went down on my knees and lifted up my hands to thank God with tears of joy in my eyes.

To God be all the glory for our victory!
HillRaisers are jubilating all over America and the rest of the world.

I love you New Hampshire!
I thank you for voting for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
I thank you for giving her the great lift to get her grove back!
I thank you for not losing faith in our hope for the restoration of the American Dream and for the great leadership of America in the world.
God bless New Hampshire!

God bless America!

Do not give up your hope, no matter the negative forces or voices of opposition against you, because as long as you are still breathing, and looking ahead, you will make it.
Keep on doing your best for the common good of humanity and you will succeed.
Trust God always, because God answers prayers.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Karen Mok designs own lingerie collection

Karen Mok poses for her own lingerie collection Passion Play. (Photo:

Hong Kong singer and actress Karen Mok designs a collection for lingerie brand Passion Play, and poses for it by herself.

Karen recently announced the news of her breakup with longtime lover, 33-year-old Hong Kong singer/actor Stephen Fung, during a mini concert in Shanghai.

"27 Dresses "premieres in Los Angeles

Actress Katherine Heigl poses on the red carpet at the premiere of "27 Dresses" in Los Angeles Jan. 7, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Esai Morales' Former Girlfriend Spoke Regarding Her Rape Accusation

Esai Morales with a female companion

3 Jan 2008 06:01 Africa/Lagos

Transcript of Elizabeth Mazzocchi Press Conference

Esai Morales' Former Girlfriend Spoke Regarding Her Rape Accusation

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ --

The following transcript is distributed on behalf of Elizabeth Mazzocchi regarding her lawsuit against Esai Morales:

Held December 28, 2007
Thank you all for coming out today.

I. Background

My name is Elizabeth Mazzocchi. I am the CEO of a company called Critical Mass Entertainment Group. Critical Mass provides strategic marketing, consulting, and talent management services.

In January 2006, Esai Morales and I began dating. Shortly afterwards, our relationship evolved into a business relationship and I became his talent manager as well as his girlfriend. In March of 2006, I moved into his Los Angeles home, where we lived together as boyfriend and girlfriend for over one year. The initial months of our relationship were the happiest times of my life. I was deeply in love with Esai, and he told me that he felt the same way.

In April of 2006, everything changed. Esai began to physically and verbally abuse me. His physical abuse often caused bruising and bleeding. His most vicious attack occurred on May 19, 2006 when, despite my objections and attempts to escape, Esai Morales held me down and forcibly raped me.

Throughout the rape, he screamed that I "wanted it" and he called me a whore.

After the rape, Esai Morales gave me gifts, and warned me that I should never speak out about the rape. He said he did it because he was upset, and that deep down he loved me. Though it seems almost inconceivable to me as I stand here before you today, I believed him. I wanted so much to believe that the wonderful, gracious and caring person I had come to know was incapable of being such a monster.

Though this is very humiliating for me to admit today, Esai also gave me herpes, from which I will suffer pain and humiliation every day for the rest of my life. When I learned I had herpes in September 2006, I confronted him, and he told me that he had known since long before we began dating that he had the disease. He also said, "So what -- 30 million other people have it too." Esai Morales also confessed to me that he had frequently had sex with other women during our relationship, at least one of whom subsequently confirmed that she, too, contracted herpes from Esai Morales.

II. Lawsuit

Many of the details of Esai Morales' conduct are set forth in the civil complaint that I filed through my prior counsel. My current attorneys, who are here today, can provide you with a copy of the complaint if you would like.

Since I initiated my lawsuit against Esai Morales, I have been approached by a number of people who have told me that they too were sexually assaulted and/or violently raped by Esai Morales.

Two of these women have provided me with sworn declarations describing Esai Morales' conduct in detail. They are both prepared to assist me in my lawsuit and to speak to the press to shed light on what a monster Esai Morales actually is. One of these women in particular describes a scene when, as a college student, she went out on a date with Esai Morales. When she went to pick up him at his house at the beginning of the date, Esai Morales asked her to come in and then violently and viciously raped her. Just like he had done with me, he told her she "wanted it," and called her a "whore." Then, he threatened her and stalked her to keep her quiet. She is ready to break the silence, as am I.

III. Why I Am Coming Forward?
Let me explain why I have called this press conference.

I am coming forward today and holding this press conference for 4 main reasons:

First, I feel like I have an obligation to Esai Morales' prior victims who have bravely come forward to tell their nightmarish stories of rape and sexual assault. As I mentioned, when my case first became public and various media outlets reported on the case, a number of people came forward -- totally unsolicited -- with information concerning Esai Morales' prior rapes and sexual assaults. So far, 2 of these women have provided sworn declarations, detailing instances of violent rapes and sexual assaults against them by Esai Morales. These women came forward despite fears for their safety, fears based on the fact that Esai Morales had previously stalked and threatened them -- as he did to me. I have an obligation to these brave women to honor their courage and fearlessness in coming forward. It is for these prior victims -- who have recently come forward and are finally getting a chance to raise their voices -- that I am speaking out today.

Second, I feel like I have an obligation to Esai Morales' prior victims who have not yet come forward. I understand how these women feel. I was in their shoes: Esai Morales had abused, raped, and threatened me too. I too feared for my life based on his threats. But I have found strength in the other brave women victimized by Esai Morales who have come forward and signed declarations detailing his prior sexual abuse. I feel empowered to carry on and fight the good fight. Because these brave women empowered me, I want to share this sense of empowerment with other women who are currently out there who are perhaps lonely, perhaps scared, but who all share the common trauma of having been sexually abused by Esai Morales. It is for these women -- who have not yet had a chance to raise their voices -- that I am speaking out today.

Third, I feel like I have an obligation to all of the innocent women out there who may one day be victimized by Esai Morales. Hopefully, by coming forward together with Esai Morales' prior victims, we can prevent him from raping any more innocent women. It is for these women -- who have not yet and hopefully never do suffer at the hands of Esai Morales -- that I am speaking out today.

Finally, I feel like I have an obligation to myself. As a result of Esai Morales' rape and subsequent threats of physical harm against me if I came forward, I have been forced to move from my home and live like a fugitive. I have been living in fear and in hiding for too long. I have chosen to retake control of my life. It is my hope that by coming forward and publicizing my story, Esai Morales will be less likely to carry through with his threats to physically harm me. So, it is for my physical safety that I am coming forward.

Knowing Esai Morales, it is predictable how he will react to my coming forward. He will try to discredit me by calling me names and publishing a host of lies about me. He will call me a jilted ex-lover. But that will not deter me. By telling my story in front of a judge and jury, and receiving the support of all of Esai Morales' other victims, I will prevail. And together, we will make sure Esai Morales is unable to rape another innocent woman, or give a sexually transmitted disease to any other woman.

IV. Closing/Pleas
In closing, I would like to make two pleas to the public.

First, I would like to make a plea to any other woman who has been raped or sexually assaulted by Esai Morales to please come forward. I know it's difficult, and you're fearful, but if you have been a victim of a rape or assault at the hands of Esai Morales, I encourage you to come forward and contact me. You can reach me at "". There is strength in numbers, and together we can help ourselves and our fellow women.

Second, I would like to make a plea to anybody else out there that may have information concerning a prior rape or sexual assault by Esai Morales. If you come forward and gather the courage to speak out about the truth, you will not only help the victim that was raped or sexually assaulted by Esai Morales, but you will help all of those other innocent women out there right now who may be future victims of Esai Morales. Again, if you have any information and want to come forward, you can reach me at "".

Thank you for your time and attention.

Source: Elizabeth Mazzocchi

CONTACT: Cara Morrissey, +1-310-454-3080, cell, +1-310-499-3033,; or The Law Firm of Eisner & Frank, +1-310-855-3200,
both for Elizabeth Mazzocchi