Saturday, September 17, 2011

Mayweather vs Ortiz: Aging star faces brash champ - CBS News


LAS VEGAS - His family disputes make interesting reality television. His legal issues could land him in jail. Worse yet for Floyd Mayweather Jr. is that he's getting older by the fight and Manny Pacquiao keeps stealing his spotlight.

One place he doesn't expect to have any problems, however, is in the ring Saturday night against Victor Ortiz.

"I believe in my skills. I believe in my talent," Mayweather said. "This fight will not go the distance."

Mayweather returns to the ring for the first time in 16 months in an intriguing matchup against a young slugger who vows to give him his first loss. He'll make millions to fight Ortiz on pay-per-view television, largely because he's found a way to sell himself as must-see TV on the HBO channel.

Oddsmakers don't figure he'll have trouble against Ortiz, and neither do most boxing observers. But Mayweather is 34 now and he hasn't fought in such a long time that the predictions may be little more than guesses.

Ortiz says he has nothing to lose and nothing to fear in the biggest fight of his life. But other fighters have said that, and Mayweather remains 41-0, a fighter who may not be great but has a record that makes him look close to it.

"I'm going to finish you off," Mayweather told Ortiz at Wednesday's final prefight news conference at the MGM Grand hotel.

Mayweather said he was already at the 147-pound weight limit for the welterweight title that Ortiz won by upsetting Andre Berto in his last fight, which is not surprising since Mayweather is never out of shape. But there are questions even inside his own camp about the length of his layoff and the advance of age that eventually claims every fighter.

TOni Vallen hopes she will be able to watch this awesome fight.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Brad Pitt suggests life with Jen was boring

Brad Pitt has opened up about his time with Jennifer Aniston, saying he was bored and trying to "pretend the marriage was something that it wasn't".

The actor, who now has six children with partner Angelina Jolie, said he had an epiphany in the 1990s, realising he wanted to play characters with an interesting life because he found his own life boring.

"I think my marriage [Jennifer Aniston] had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn't," the 47-year-old star said in an interview with Parade magazine, which goes on sale in the US this weekend.

Pitt said he spent most of the 90s trying to get away from the celebrity lifestyle but found he spent all his time sitting on a couch smoking marijuana, saying it made him feel "pathetic".

Pitt married Friends actor Aniston in 2000 and the pair divorced five years later amid rumours he was seeing his co-star in Mr & Mrs Smith, Jolie.

One month after the divorce paparazzi photographed Pitt with Jolie and her adopted son Maddox on a beach in Kenya.

Jolie confirmed she was pregnant with Pitt's child Shiloh in January 2006 and the couple went on to have twins, Vivienne and Knox two years later.

They also have three adopted children, Maddox, Zahara and Pax.

"Not cool, Brad" says Toni Vallen.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Miss Universe Awards to Beautiful Women From Around the World |

Top winners at the 60th Miss Universe pageant in San Paolo, Brazil were Miss Angola Leila Lopes, Miss Ukraine Olesia Stefanko and Miss Panama Sheldry Saez.

The 60th Miss Universe pageant, held in San Paulo, Brazil on September 12, 2011, was televised live on NBC. The annual pageant was an international event that gathered beautiful women from around the world to compete for the title of Miss Universe.

Miss Universe Top Titles

Miss Universe Angola Leila Lopes was crowned Miss Universe 2011. The first runner up, who takes the responsibilities in the event that something happens to the titleholder was Miss Ukraine Olesia Stefanko. The Best National Costume award went to Miss Panama Sheldry Saez, for her feathery creation. Miss Congeniality was Miss Montenegro Nikolina Lomar. The Most Photogenic Award went to Miss Sweden Ronnia Fornstedt.

Miss Universe in the top title of the pageant, which is currently run by NBC and Donald Trump, but there were also winners for Miss Congeniality, Most Photogenic and Best National Costume. Just being in the pageant is an accomplishment, as the contestants have to compete in local and national pageants to win the opportunity to represent their country at the global pageant.

The contest was enjoyed by millions. Toni Vallen particularly thought Ms Philippines had a good chance at the top spot.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Toni Vallen slideshow video on 911 Heroes

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A short video in memory of 911 victims and in celebration of heroes by Toni Vallen

"Game Time: Tackling the Past" Airs on Saturday

CINCINNATI, Sep 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) and Walmart (NYSE:WMT) will premiere their latest movie in the Family Movie Night initiative, "Game Time: Tackling the Past," just in time for fall football season. This exciting sports drama showcases how a person's true value is measured and is sure to get families revved up in time for the 2011 season opener. The movie stars Beau Bridges, Ryan McPartlin, Catherine Hicks and Josh Braaten, and airs on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 8/7c on NBC.

Pro football star Jake Walker (Ryan McPartlin, "Chuck") is just one season away from setting an all-time receiving record that will guarantee him a spot in the Hall of Fame. But when he gets news that his father, Frank, (Hollywood legend, Beau Bridges, "Brothers & Sisters," "The Fabulous Baker Boys" and upcoming "The Descendants") has suffered a serious heart attack, Jake leaves training camp and returns to Riverton, the small hometown he's avoided for nearly 15 years.

Past memories of glory and regret resurface as Jake is forced to reconnect with the family and community he abandoned in pursuit of his career; including his peace-keeping mom, played by Catherine Hicks ("7th Heaven" and "Ryan's Hope") and his brother, Dean (Josh Braaten, "Semi-Pro").

Already dealing with those emotions, a call from his agent delivers another crushing blow - Jake's contract is not being renewed. Stripped from the thing he cares about most, the real Jake begins to emerge from behind his armor to see that life is more than the accumulation of personal stats. But when he's offered a lucrative new contract with another team, Jake must decide whether to go back to the career he thought he loved, or stay in Riverton and embrace the people who have always been there for him. "Game Time: Tackling the Past" is a captivating sports drama with themes that the whole family can relate to and appreciate.

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AT&T to Bring 5,000 Call Center Jobs Back to U.S. Following T-Mobile Merger Close|AT&T

AT&T to Bring 5,000 Call Center Jobs Back to U.S. Following T-Mobile Merger Closing

Commits Merger Will Not Result in Job Losses for Existing U.S. Wireless Call Center Employees of T-Mobile and AT&T

Largest Return of Jobs by Any U.S. Company Since 2008

Dallas, Texas, August 31, 2011

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) today committed that after closing its proposed merger with T-Mobile USA, it will bring back 5,000 wireless call center jobs to the United States that today are outsourced to other countries. 

Today’s commitment results from AT&T developing detailed analysis focused specifically on identifying opportunities with the T-Mobile merger to bring good-paying wireless call center jobs back to the United States. 

In addition to bringing jobs back, AT&T committed that the merger will not result in any job losses for U.S.-based wireless call center employees of T-Mobile USA or AT&T, who are on the payroll when the merger closes.   

The 5,000 new wireless call center jobs at AT&T will offer among the nation’s most highly competitive wages and benefits. AT&T, which has not yet determined where in the U.S. the new jobs will be located, is the nation’s largest employer of full-time union employees and the only unionized major U.S. wireless carrier. 

“At a time when many Americans are struggling and our economy faces significant challenges, we’re pleased that the T-Mobile merger allows us to bring 5,000 jobs back to the United States and significantly increase our investment here,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO. “This merger and today’s commitment are good for our employees, our customers and our country.” 

Today’s announcement represents the largest commitment by an individual American company to bring jobs back to the U.S. since the economic crisis began in 2008. 

Also, AT&T has committed as part of the T-Mobile merger to increase its U.S. infrastructure investment by more than $8 billion. According to an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute that was commissioned by the Communications Workers of America, AT&T’s increased investment is estimated to produce up to approximately 96,000 new U.S. jobs. 

AT&T said today’s jobs commitment does not change its previous guidance on the expected overall merger synergies. 

Beyond the jobs created, AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile USA provides a fast, efficient and certain solution to the impending exhaustion of wireless spectrum in many markets, which limits both companies’ ability to meet the ongoing explosive customer demand for mobile broadband. The uniquely complementary nature of AT&T and T-Mobile’s network assets will allow the combined company to add wireless network capacity – the functional equivalent of new spectrum – sooner than any other alternative. 

This additional wireless network capacity will enable AT&T to offer better service — fewer dropped and blocked calls, and faster data speeds. Plus, the economic scale, additional spectrum and other benefits resulting from the merger will enable AT&T to deliver high-speed 4G LTE mobile broadband service to 97 percent of the U.S. population, or 55 million more Americans than it would without the merger. Reaching 97 percent of the population with LTE will create a much more extensive and robust mobile broadband platform that will fuel growth and investment throughout the country. 

The benefits of the AT&T and T-Mobile merger have been recognized by numerous elected officials throughout the country, including 27 governors, more than 100 mayors, 11 state attorneys general, 79 Democratic Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and more than 150 chambers of commerce from 40 states, as well as a dozen labor unions and dozens of high-tech companies, such as Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo! and Oracle. 

For more information on the AT&T and T-Mobile merger, including background information and factsheets, visit

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Carpathian Closes $20 Million Strategic Placement by Barrick Gold Corporation

TORONTO, ONTARIO, Aug 12 (MARKET WIRE) -- Carpathian Gold Inc. (TSX:CPN) (the "Corporation" or "Carpathian") is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously announced agreement (the "Agreement") with Barrick Gold Corporation ("Barrick") for a non brokered CDN$20 Million private placement to purchase 38,461,538 common shares (the "Private Placement" and the "Common Shares") of the Corporation at a price of $0.52 per share. The Common Shares will be subject to a four-month hold period. As previously announced on July 18, 2011, the proceeds from the Private Placement will be exclusively applied to the Corporation's ongoing exploration and development work on its wholly owned Rovina Valley Project ("RVP") situated in west-central Romania. Rovina Valley Project (RVP) Background RVP is comprised of three Au-Cu porphyry systems (Rovina, Colnic and Ciresata), which were discovered by the Corporation. From 2006 to 2008, 181 diamond drill holes totaling 71,375 m have been completed on the project prior to the present drilling program. In late 2008, PEG Mining Consultants Inc. ("PEG") completed a NI 43-101 resource estimate ("2008 Resource"). A detailed NI 43-101 compliant Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") was released on March 23, 2010. The PEA was completed by PEG, which led a consortium of specialists assembled for the study. The PEA, utilized conventional open-pit mining for the Colnic and Rovina deposits with the Ciresata deposit mined by bulk-underground methods. Ore processing will utilize industry-standard crush-grind and flotation process at a rate of 40,000 tonnes per day to produce a gold-rich saleable copper concentrate. This process does not require the use of cyanide. The study considered a 19 year mine-life over which a total of 6.22 million Au-eq ounces would be produced. At metal prices of US$1,250/oz gold and US$3.00/lb copper the study arrived at a pre-tax NPV of US $870 million based on a 10% discount rate. Further details of the study are presented in previous news releases of the corporation. According to the cautionary statement required by NI 43-101, it should be noted that this PEA is preliminary in nature as it includes inferred mineral resources that cannot be categorized as reserves at this time and as such there is no certainty that the preliminary assessment and economics will be realized. The full Study of the PEA is available on About Carpathian The Corporation is an exploration and development company whose primary business interest is developing near-term gold production on its 100% owned Riacho dos Machados Gold Project in Brazil, which is currently focusing on activities surrounding permitting and construction, along with progressing its exploration and development plans on its 100% owned Rovina Valley Au-Cu Project located in Romania. On a company wide basis, the Corporation currently hosts NI 43-101 resources of 4.0 million ounces of gold in the measured plus indicated categories and 4.5 million ounces of gold in the inferred category, as well as 759.1 million pounds of copper in the measured plus indicated category and 663.1 million pounds of copper in the inferred category. The Riacho dos Machados Gold Project is targeted to produce in the order of +/-100,000 ounces of gold per annum, with construction targeted by management to be initiated by mid 2011 with an anticipated goal for the commencement of production in late 2012 or early 2013. The Rovina Valley Project will enhance the Corporations growth profile as a mid-tier gold producer. Forward-Looking Statements: This press release includes certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". Forward-looking statements are frequently characterized by words such as "plan", "expect", "Project", "intend", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate", and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions "may" or "will" occur. All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts, that address future exploration drilling, exploration activities and events or developments that the Corporation expects, are forward-looking statements. Although the Corporation believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated statements. The Corporation undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The TSX does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release. Contacts: Carpathian Gold Inc. Mike O'Brien or Shobana Thaya Investor Relations +1(416) 368-7744 +1(416) 260-2243 (FAX) Paradox Investor Relations Montreal +1(514) 341-0408 or 1-866-460-0408 +1 (514) 341-1527 (FAX) Seton Services, UK Toni Vallen +44 207 224 8468 Copyright 2011, Market Wire, All rights reserved.