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un-VOGUE


Carine Roitfeld exits Parisian style bible and bids VOGUE adieu...

Roitfeld has decided to call it quits in a personal move to focus on various, other projects, after 10 years of dedicated service to American VOGUE's chic, sister-magazine.

(Carine Roitfeld)

Last month (on December 17th, 2010), Roitfeld announced her retirement from the publication, and simultaneously, Condé Nast (the owner/publisher of the VOGUE brand), issued an official statement from Jonathan Newhouse (CEO of Condé Nast International), addressing the issue.

Newhouse says, "It is impossible to overstate Carine's powerful contribution to VOGUE and to the fields of fashion and magazine publishing. Under her direction, VOGUE Paris received record levels of circulation, advertising and editorial success...

(VOGUE Paris, tear sheet. Dree Hemingway)

"VOGUE Paris has established itself as one of the most iconic magazines in the world, with huge influence in the field of fashion and photography... Carine herself has become widely known as a beacon of style, fulfilling the role with charm and graciousness. She has become a giant in her profession. Carine will be deeply missed. I am extremely grateful to her for what she has achieved."

(VOGUE Paris, November 2005 issue)

Replacing Roitfeld, is Emmanuelle Alt, former Fashion Director for VOGUE Paris.

(Emmanuelle Alt)

Having served under Roitfeld for 10 years, Alt is already keen on the aesthetics that Condé Nast (and Newhouse), has come to expect from the brand.

(Emmanuelle Alt with Carine Roitfeld)

On February 1, 2011, Alt will take up the duties of Editor in Chief, adding her own personal touch to ALL the pages of the magazine.

(Emmanuelle Alt)

Bon Appétit! xo

;-D

References:
www.google.com, www.foracertainworld.blogspot.com, www.vogue.co.uk

flying high


Michael Vick spreads his wings for the Eagles!

In just three-short-years after being in a heap of trouble over federal crime convictions/bankruptcy/drug-test failure/etc., Vick has made a triumphant return to playing football in the NFL.

(Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback)

Vick began his career in the National Football League (in September of 2001), as a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, and by 2003 he became a player for the Atlanta Falcons, where he stayed for 3.5 years. During his tenure with the Falcons, Vick made NFL history with phenomenal passing and rushing yards, and he also signed endorsement deals with mega-brands such as Coca-Cola, and Nike. But Vick's image began to deteriorate after flared tempers led him to a number of obscene gestures towards fans at his football games, with things really taking a turn for the worst in the summer of 2007, when Vick was found to be guilty of arranging and participating in illegal dogfighting.

(Michael Vick, 2007 arraignment)

According to wikipedia.org, in July of 2007, Vick was federally charged in "an unlawful interstate dog fighting venture known as 'Bad Newz Kennels'." He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth (Kansas), for 23 months; he was released on July 20, 2009.

(Michael Vick, 2007 detainment)

Ironically, although the Falcons never fully-terminated Vick's contract, he did not return to the team after serving his prison sentence. In August of 2009, Vick signed a 1-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, under the guidance and recommendation of his mentor Tony Dungy, and later became a full-member of the team in 2010. In February of 2010, BET premiered The Michael Vick Project, a reality-TV series that documented Vick's 'rise from the ashes' surrounding his troubled career, circa 2007-2009.

(BET, 2010 TV series)

Moreover, as Vick continues his climb to the top (post-prison), his football performance began to peak last fall, during week 10 of the 2010 NFL season. On November 15th, 2010, Vick passed for 333 yards and four touchdowns, while he rushed for 80 yards and another two touchdowns against the Washington Redskins, and during week 15 (on December 19th, 2010), Vick led a fourth quarter rally to erase a 21-point deficit and scored three touchdowns, against the New York Giants.

(Michael Vick, December 2010. Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants)

Vick holds the NFL quarterback records for most rushing yards in one game (173), most 100-yard rushing games (8), and most rushing yards in a single season (1,039). Yet, in contrast to Vick's road-to-redemption, there are people in the public who are -still- upset over his past, dogfighting actions. Comcast news reported that Fox analyst Tucker Carlson gave Vick a tongue-lashing, saying the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback "should have been executed." On the other hand, NBC's Peter King reported that President Barack Obama called Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, to congratulate him for giving Vick a second chance after his release from prison. According to King, the President said that "released prisoners rarely receive a level playing field," and that "Vick's story could begin to change that."

(President Obama)

When he's not on the field, Vick works with the Humane Society, speaking to school and community groups about the cruelty of dogfighting and plans to obtain a dog -as a pet- for his children, once his probation is over in May 2012; that's several dog years from now!

(Michael Vick, Humane Society event)

References:
www.google.com, sports.yahoo.com, en.wikipedia.org, www.nydailynews.com, www.sonsofsimmons.com, www.comcast.net

WIKIS LEAKED

How Julian Assange rocked the world and brought international securities to its knees, is currently the hottest story-in-the-making.

(Julian Assange)

WikiLeaks.org, which started out -in 2006- as a simple website for unknown and discreet exchanges of top-secret information, has since become -in 2011- an Internet hot-spot targeted for espionage and government sabotage.

(WikiLeaks, logo)

Managed with strict confidentiality and as stated on its homepage, wikileaks' "primary interest is in exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be of assistance to people of all regions who wish to reveal unethical behaviour in their governments and corporations." Contributors (international journalists and whistle-blowers), receive no compensation for information that is shared, and 'freedom of speech' is protected via wikileaks' secure web server(s) located in Sweden; Swedish government offers protection to people who provide confidential information.

(Sweden, map)

Recently, the site (along with its self-proclaimed founder, Assange), has come under fire for releasing logs of information on U.S. involvement with the Iraq and Afghanistan war(s). Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reportedly condemned Assange and wikileaks as having performed an illegal act in making such information available, and former Alaska-governor Sarah Palin has reportedly compared Assange's website to that of a Taliban-esque operation.

(Secretary Clinton)

(Sarah Palin)

Assange -and his staff- are frequently reported as being harassed and/or questioned by government/secret-service/FBI authorities (because of their association with the site and the information being shared). Assange has cited several attempts of various entities trying to secure information (read: sources) from him. But, because such attempts have failed, authorities have brought up past charges of sexual assault (committed by Assange), in a continued effort to gain access to what he knows. And, because of the recent turmoil surrounding the site's U.S. war logs, wikileaks has been forcibly 'shut down' on numerous occasions, either due to restricted or tampered access to the site, thus prompting Assange to change the domain name to www.wikileaks.ch; there are also several mirrors for the website.

Presently, Assange is a free-man, but only time will tell if he and wikileaks will remain secret for years to come...

References:
www.google.com, b (free daily newspaper), www.wikileaks.org/ch