Category Archives: 苏州美甲

  • Corby to begin life outside Kerobokan prison today



    Schapelle Corby knows freedom from a Bali jail is hours away – now what matters most is when the postman arrives.


    As Corby nervously prepares for life on parole, Indonesians are debating whether the Australian “ratu ganja” – drug queen – is getting off lightly.

    The boss of Kerobokan Prison, Farid Junaedi, confirmed on Sunday the documents needed for Corby’s release had been sent from Jakarta.

    If he gets the critical paperwork by Monday morning, the Australian could be free to go that afternoon, after serving nine years for drug smuggling.

    On Sunday, the Jakarta Post newspaper’s headline read: “RI (Republic of Indonesia) losing ground in drug war”.

    It quoted a spokesman from anti-drugs group Granat arguing that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was sending the wrong message by cutting five years off Corby’s 20-year sentence in 2012.

    Without his clemency, Corby would have had to serve two-thirds of her original sentence before being eligible for parole.


    The deputy to the minister who granted Corby’s parole, Denny Indrayana, appeared on television to defend the move.

    He told Indonesia’s TV One that since 2004, only 15 per cent of sentence reductions sought by prisoners on drugs charges had been granted.

    Australians holidaying in Bali were more relaxed in their views of Corby.

    Emily Lewin, a Perth student, said she had read the book Hotel K, about life inside Kerobokan jail, and believed Corby would have had a tough time.

    “After nine years, and because even now she can’t leave the house, I think that’s long enough,” she told news agency AAP.

    Oscar Gentner, a regular visitor to Bali from Albury in NSW, also wished Corby well.

    “She’s probably done her time and deserves to move on,” he said.

    When Corby, 36, emerges from the prison’s steel doors, she will be plunged into a media pack that has grown in size and excitement since last week.

    Corby’s family members are expected to do all they can to protect her from the media, she’s been reportedly suffering from depression for several years and emotional scenes are expected as she realises her freedom after nine years behind bars.


    From Kerobokan, officials say she will have to go to a parole office in Denpasar for fingerprinting.

    The next stop is the corrections office, also in Denpasar, where she will be interviewed further about the conditions of her parole.

    Corby will then be free to go to the Kuta home of her sister Mercedes and brother-in-law Wayan Widyartha.

    The agreement says she must live there, but authorities say she can move elsewhere in Bali, provided she advises them of her new address.

    It may be necessary, given the number of reporters visiting Wayan’s home daily, and the fact one of Corby’s parole conditions is that she doesn’t create “unease in society”.

    The traditional Balinese compound that’s home to Wayan’s extended family is down a narrow laneway with a steady flow of motorbike traffic.

    Around the corner, on a bustling Kuta street, is Wayan’s small surf shop, Kuta Boardroom, which will sell a range of bikinis Corby intends to design while on parole.

    The former Gold Coast resident was arrested in 2004 for smuggling 4.2 kilograms of cannabis into Bali.


    Reading More >>

  • Lego Movie earns $US69M on debut in US


    The Lego Movie clicked with moviegoers, assembling an exceptional $US69.


    1 million ($A77.33 million) on debut at the weekend US box office.

    The better-than-expected result made the Warner Bros. collaboration with the Danish toy company easily the biggest hit of the year so far. A sequel is already in development for the 3-D animated film, digitally drawn to mimic a world composed entirely of Lego bricks.

    The film has drawn raves from critics. Co-directors and co-writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) gave the film a playful tone to capture the whimsy of a child playing in a box of Lego. Characters are largely voiced by comic actors like Chris Pratt and Will Ferrell.

    The film marks the biggest animation hit for Warner Bros., a studio that despite popular live-action franchises has struggled to develop animated hits on par with other studios.

    “I can’t imagine this not turning into a long-term franchise,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak.

    “This is such a runaway success that Warner Bros is now a major player in the animated genre.”

    Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner Bros., said the film, made with a production budget of $US60 million, resounded because of the popularity of the Lego brand. This is the first feature film for the toy company. Fellow toy-maker Hasbro has seen mixed results since the launch of the Transformers franchise, which was followed by G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra and the notorious flop Battleship.

    George Clooney’s World War II caper The Monuments Men, starring Australian Cate Blanchett, opened in second place with $US22.7 million. Reviews have been weak for the based-on-a-true-story tale about the mission to retrieve artwork stolen by the Nazis.

    The Sony Pictures film was postponed from a Dec. 25 release because, Clooney then said, more time was needed to finish the visual effects. Clooney served as director, co-writer, producer and star on the film.

    The Monuments Men, based on the nonfiction book by Robert Edsel and Brett Witter, was particularly popular with older moviegoers, with 75 per cent of its audience aged 35 and older.

    “It’s right where we hoped to be,” said Rory Bruer, head of distribution for Sony. “There’s a lot of love for George and the ensemble cast.”

    Sliding to third was the cop comedy Ride Along, with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. After three straight weeks atop the box office, the Universal film earned $US9.4 million.

    The Weinstein Co.’s bid for a young adult franchise, Vampire Academy, opened poorly with just $US4.1 million. The PG-13 film, based on Richelle Mead’s young adult novels, is about mortal vampires at a boarding school.

    Before opening in North America next weekend, Sony’s RoboCop took in $US20.2 million overseas.

    Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theatres, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.

    1. The Lego Movie, $US69.1 million ($US18.1 million international).

    2. The Monuments Men, $US22.7 million.

    3. Ride Along, $US9.4 million.

    4. Frozen, $US6.9 million ($US24 million international).

    5. That Awkward Moment, $US5.5 million ($US1.1 million international).

    6. Lone Survivor, $US5.3 million ($US1 million international).

    7. Vampire Academy, $US4.1 million.

    8. The Nut Job, $US3.8 million.

    9. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, $US3.6 million ($US5.3 million international).

    10. Labor Day, $US3.2 million.

    Reading More >>

  • Coetzee gets maiden win in Joburg


    South Africa’s George Coetzee claimed his first European Tour title, winning the $US1.


    77m Joburg Open at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club on Sunday by three shots.

    Coetzee, who started the final round fours shots off the lead, closed with a 66 for a 19-under winning total.

    Three shots back and in a share for second place were Justin Walters of South Africa (73), Tyrrell Hatton of England (66) and South Korean Jeong Jin (71).

    Coetzee, who had finished in the top 10 on the European tour on 24 previous occasions, said he was “lost for words”.

    “I’ve been waiting a while and I started doubting, so I am very happy,” he said.

    “I get to share this with my family and friends and my caddy.

    “It was my mum’s birthday yesterday and I wanted to win it for her because I forgot to get her a present.”

    The win also qualifies Coetzee for the British Open at Hoylake in July.

    He birdied all three par fives on the front nine, including a ten-footer at the fourth, going out in 33.

    The 27-year-old took the lead for the first time at the tenth.

    His victory was confirmed by a slice of luck at the 15th.

    Coetzee’s drive was heading towards a stream when it hit a tree and ricocheted back onto the fairway. He then birdied the hole.

    Three pars at the final three holes left him waiting on compatriot Walters, who needed an eagle on the 18th, but he ended up posting a bogey.

    Coetzee, who received a winner’s cheque of 206,050 euros ($A315,000), is the sixth South African to triumph in the eighth staging of the Joburg Open.

    The top three players automatically earned qualification for the British Open, with the unlucky Hatton missing out to Jeong and Walters, because of his lower world ranking.

    Reading More >>

  • Bank of England rates policy to be axed


    The Bank of England’s flagship forward guidance policy linking interest rate decisions to unemployment is widely expected to be ditched – in its current form – this week, after just six months.


    The guidance pledges that policy makers will not even consider a hike in rates from their current low of 0.5% until joblessness has fallen to 7%, but this now looks likely to be achieved much more quickly than previously thought.

    Bank governor Mark Carney told business leaders in Davos last month that the policy needed to “evolve” with changing circumstances – signalling that this would begin at its quarterly inflation report on Wednesday.

    The aim of guidance is to assure households and businesses that the cost of borrowing will remain low for some time, giving them the confidence needed to help the recovery take hold.

    Economists expect that it will now be tweaked to take into account a broader range of factors, in a way designed to bolster that message.

    When the policy was announced in its current form in August, the bank did not expect the unemployment threshold be achieved until 2016 but since then it has dropped much more quickly than forecast.

    Latest figures showed the jobless rate had fallen to 7.1 per cent, within a whisker of the target.

    It has brought forward expectations of an interest rate hike, with some predicting they will rise as early as this year.

    But policy makers have stressed they are in no hurry to increase the cost of borrowing. Any pressure to do so will have been eased by the fact that inflation has now fallen to the bank’s target of two per cent.

    Reading More >>

  • Packer ‘thought Corby was guilty’


    Kerry Packer didn’t believe Schapelle Corby was innocent even though his TV network became a “cheerleader” for the convicted drug smuggler’s innocence, according to a media report.


    Uniting Church pastor Tim Costello has told Fairfax media he had asked the dying mogul in 2005 if he thought Corby was guilty.

    “And Kerry said `yes, I think she is’,” Costello says in the report on Monday.

    “I remember saying, `But Nine is the cheerleader for her innocence. And Kerry told me that this was how current affairs TV works – the audience was totally convinced of her innocence and so the network goes with what the public feels passionate about.”

    Nine aired its much awaited telemovie Schapelle on Sunday night, a day earlier than originally scheduled, after she was granted parole on Friday.

    If prison bosses receive the necessary paperwork by Monday morning, the Australian could leave in the afternoon.

    The drama about the arrest, trial and conviction of Corby, stars Krew Boylan as the former beauty school student who was sentenced to 20 years’ jail after marijuana was found in her boogie board bag in Bali in 2004.

    On Friday Nine announced it would carry “rolling coverage” on the parole hearing and latest developments in Indonesia “as events surrounding the impending release of Schapelle Corby continue to build momentum”.

    This has fuelled speculation the network has secured exclusive interviews with the Corby family, but a Nine spokesperson would not confirm that.

    Schapelle, which also stars Colin Friels and Denise Roberts, is based partly on Eamonn Duff’s book Sins of the Father. It was made by FremantleMedia for the Nine Network.

    Reading More >>

  • Egypt uncovers Brotherhood ‘military wing’


    Egypt’s interior ministry says it has broken up a “military wing” of the Muslim Brotherhood, in the most detailed accusation yet implicating the group in militant attacks.


    The Brotherhood, the group of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, says it rejected violence decades ago and believes in peaceful protest against the new, military-installed government.

    The government designated it a terrorist organisation in December after the suicide car bombing of a police headquarters that killed 15 people without offering any proof of the Brotherhood’s involvement in the attack.

    The interior ministry said on Sunday it uncovered a cell organised by a Brotherhood leader that killed five policemen in an attack on a checkpoint south of Cairo last month.

    If the accusation is true, it would confirm suspicions some Brotherhood members are joining a growing militant campaign amid a massive crackdown on the Islamists.

    “Information showed that leaders of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood instructed a member of the administrative office… to form a military wing,” the statement said.

    Scores of policemen and soldiers have been killed in bombings and shootings since Morsi’s overthrow in July.

    An al-Qaeda-inspired group based in the north of the Sinai peninsula, a hub for militant activity, has claimed the deadliest attacks.

    The interior ministry said police have arrested five suspects in the Brotherhood “military wing” so far, including a young man shown on state television confessing his involvement in the January 23 attack on the checkpoint.

    The ministry identified him as the son of a Muslim Brotherhood leader.

    Reading More >>

  • I didn’t sell drugs to Hoffman: Vineberg


    The musician accused of selling drugs to Philip Seymour Hoffman says the actor was a “hard-core” heroin addict and insists he’s not responsible for the Oscar winner’s death.


    Robert Vineberg, also known by his stage name of Robert Aaron, says he’s been made the “scapegoat”.

    Vineberg was one of four people arrested following a raid on a New York apartment last week.

    Police conducted the raid after investigators found heroin at Hoffman’s home.

    Vineberg, 57, has been charged with posessing heroin with intent to supply.

    He denies the charge and has now spoken out to insist he had nothing to do with Hoffman’s death from a suspected overdose.

    Vineberg, who has worked with stars including Wyclef Jean and Amy Winehouse, tells the New York Post, “He was my friend. I could’ve saved him. If I knew he was in town, I would’ve said, ‘Hey, let’s make an AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meeting.’ If I was with him, it wouldn’t have happened. Not under my guard.

    “He was a normal guy … He loved his kids. I offer my condolences to his family,” Vineberg said.

    Vineberg goes on to claim he last saw the Capote star in October and received a message from the actor two months later, when he claimed to be sober: “He left me a voicemail in December saying, ‘I’m clean’.”

    The musician is convinced Hoffman’s attempts to clean up actually worked against him when he relapsed, adding, “When you’re clean for that long, your body can’t take as much. Your body doesn’t have the tolerance. He was using needles. He was a hard-core addict … Don’t you understand? I’m a scapegoat.”

    Vineberg’s lawyer adds, “All of the evidence adduced to date has indicated that Robert did not provide to Mr Hoffman the narcotics that caused his unfortunate death.

    “Robert and Mr. Hoffman were true friends who had bonded over and struggled with the dangerous use of narcotic drugs,” the lawyer said.

    Hoffman was found dead at his New York City apartment on February 2. An autopsy proved inconclusive and officials are waiting for the results of toxicology tests to determine how the actor died.

    Reading More >>

  • Messi lifts Barcelona back to the top of La Liga


    Barca’s defeat at home to Valencia last weekend meant they surrendered the lead for the first time since the beginning of last season and allowed Atletico Madrid to climb above them into first place.


    Atletico crashed to a shock 2-0 reverse at promoted Almeria on Saturday and Real Madrid, 4-2 winners at home to Villarreal, were the overnight leaders.

    Barca’s victory at the Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville means the top three all have 57 points with 15 matches left, with Barca leading Real on goal difference and Atletico in third.

    Barca started shakily on a foul night in Andalusia and looked in trouble when Alberto Moreno’s deflected shot put Sevilla ahead in the 15th minute.

    The home side had two more clear chances, with Carlos Bacca nodding against a post, before Alexis Sanchez levelled with a header from a Messi free kick in the 34th minute.

    Messi, who looks to be getting back into his stride after a two-month injury layoff, fired Barca ahead with a typically brilliant effort 10 minutes later.

    With the rain beating down and puddles dotting the playing surface, he picked up the ball on the edge of the area and lashed it into the far corner.

    Sevilla had a couple of chances early in the second half before Messi’s second in the 56th.

    Andres Iniesta skipped through the centre and fed the Argentina forward, who took one touch before sidefooting in off a post.

    Cesc Fabregas came off the bench and scored a delightful dinked effort to finish off a move he started two minutes from time.

    (Reporting by Iain Rogers, editing by Rex Gowar)

    Reading More >>

  • Star power and foreign policy don’t mix


    Feted actress Scarlett Johansson is denounced as the “poster girl of Israeli apartheid,” Dennis Rodman enters rehab after leaving North Korea, Kim Kardashian is the butt of jokes for tweeting her love of Bahrain.


    When celebrities wander into complex foreign policy issues, it can be a minefield, leaving diplomats and human rights campaigners scrambling for damage control.

    To be fair, many stars such as Bob Geldof, Bono, George Clooney or Angelina Jolie have used their fame – and often their personal fortune – to successfully highlight atrocities or abuses flying under the radar.

    “Those guys have really got in root and branch and understand the issues in a way that is equal to or better than many human rights or humanitarian professionals,” said Brian Dooley, a director at the advocacy organisation Human Rights First.

    “They can hold an astute conversation and lobby very effectively and more effectively than NGOs can in certain contexts.”

    But the problem comes when some stars, perhaps naively, accept big-paying engagements that can be used to shine a more favourable light on controversial companies or oppressive regimes.

    With star power comes a great deal of responsibility and we hold our idols to a higher standard than most other people, said Dooley.

    “I do feel a bit sorry for them. If you’re a celebrity and you want to use the power of your brand for a good cause, it’s a minefield,” he said.

    “So those that do it and do it properly really ought to be applauded rather than sneered at.”

    But it’s all too easy for things to go wrong.

    Hence the kerfuffle around Johansson, who quit Oxfam last month after a dispute over her Super Bowl ad campaign for a firm operating in an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank.

    Former basketball star Rodman has also been in hot water for his links to repressive North Korean leader Kim Jung-un, who he calls “my friend.”

    To the chagrin of the State Department, actively working to try to secure the release of a devout Korean American Christian jailed in the reclusive country, Rodman made comments suggesting Kenneth Bae’s guilt, which he later retracted.

    In 2012, TV reality star Kardashian was heavily criticised for tweeting about her visit to Bahrain.

    “Everyone from the States has to come and visit,” she urged, apparently oblivious to a brutal opposition crackdown by the ruling monarchy.

    Syracuse University pop culture professor Robert Thompson said: “I can understand how for the people in the State Department, this stuff drives them crazy.

    “They’ve got policy, they got to control a whole bunch of different things in a very complex world,” he added.

    Accepting gigs in faraway places with exotic names should already sound a warning bell for celebrities to do their homework.

    Last year, pop diva Jennifer Lopez was left red-faced after singing happy birthday to Turkmenistan’s hardline leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov at a concert in the isolated nation.

    She would have abstained if she had known of “human right issues of any kind,” a spokeswoman said at the time.

    “The Kardashians and Paris Hilton make a very, very handsome fortune pretending to be dumb. I have never for a minute believed that they are,” said Thompson.

    To go to such countries “is a complex enough logistical event, that I find it hard to believe that somewhere along the line, someone didn’t hear that there may be some problems,” he added.

    Kardashian had in fact turned down an offer from Human Rights First and other organisations to brief her on the situation in Bahrain, possibly because some stars “immediately worry about brand reputation or the specter of a boycott,” said Dooley.

    But he insisted the conversation these days is “more nuanced” and advised that stars be guided by local activists on the ground – much as in the days when rock music became a tool to crack open the Iron Curtain.

    Reading More >>

  • Russia claims gold, Mayer takes downhill


    Veteran Yevgeny Plushenko and precocious Julia Lipnitskaia lifted Russia to its first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics while Austrian skier Matthias Mayer stormed to the blue riband men’s downhill title.


    Under the watchful eye of Russian President Vladimir Putin, 31-year-old Plushenko and slender 15-year-old sensation Lipnitskaia ensured a much welcome home triumph in team figure skating on Sunday.

    Plushenko took the men’s free skate final and Lipnitskaia then sealed victory with a stunning performance to a standing ovation at the Iceberg Skating Palace.

    Plushenko scored 168.20 for the free skate to The Best of Plushenko with Canada’s Kevin Reynold achieving 167.92 and Japan’s Tatsuki Machida 165.85.

    Lipnitskaia then outshone her more experienced teammate who won his first world medal before she was born.

    To the music of Schindler’s List she skated sublimely to score a personal best 141.51 and to seal the title ahead of America’s Gracie Gold and Italy’s Valentina Marchei 112.51.

    Earlier Sunday, Mayer, the 23-year-old Austrian, defied a host of headline acts to win the men’s downhill in 2min 06.23sec on the 3.5km-long course at Rosa Khutor, high above the Black Sea.

    It was the first Austrian downhill gold since Fritz Strobl at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City.

    “Of course it means a lot to me,” an emotional Mayer said. “It’s really difficult to go down the track without mistakes.”

    Italian Christof Innerhofer took silver at just six-hundredths of a second behind while Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud claimed bronze a further 0.04sec adrift.

    World downhill champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was fourth while another strong favourite, Bode Miller of the US, was a disappointing eighth.

    Russia had got on the medals table earlier when Olga Graf took bronze in the 3,000 metres women’s speed skating behind winner Ireen Wust of the Netherlands and silver medallist Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic, the defending champion.

    Jamie Anderson gave the US a slopestyle snowboarding double following Sage Kotsenburg’s victory in the men’s competition.

    Finland’s Enni Rukajarvi was second while Jenny Jones took third to give Britain its first ever Olympic medal on snow.

    Defending champion Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia became the first woman to win two Olympic titles in the same individual biathlon when she claimed the 7.5km sprint.

    The Russian-born Kuzmina won in a time of 21min 06min 8sec to see off Russia’s Olga Vilukhina who was 19.9sec behind. Vita Semerenko of Ukraine took bronze, 21.7sec back from the champion.

    Switzerland’s Dario Cologna took the men’s Nordic skiathlon, hanging on for the second Olympic gold of his career.

    Cologna finished in 1hr 08min 15.4sec ahead of Marcus Hellner of Sweden, with Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway claiming bronze.

    Poland’s World Cup leader Kamil Stoch won the ski jumping title on the normal hill with jumps of 105.5m and 103.5m for a total of 278 points.

    Slovenia’s Peter Prevc was second and Norway’s Anders Bardal claimed bronze.

    Switzerland’s Simon Ammann, 32, who came to Sochi as the reigning champion at both normal and large hills, which he won in 2002 at Salt Lake and in 2010 in Vancouver, failed to earn a record fifth Olympic gold, finishing in 17th.

    Germany’s Felix Loch retained his luge singles title with the 24-year-old upsetting Russian Albert Demchenko’s hopes of becoming the oldest ever Winter Olympic individual champion at the age of 42.

    Loch finished with a combined time of 3min 27.526sec after four runs.

    Demchenko was 0.476sec behind with double Olympic champion Armin Zoeggeler of Italy third at 1.271sec.

    Zoeggeler set a new Winter Olympics record with a sixth medal at consecutive Games

    Reading More >>