global 2013

FBI Director James Comey says “absolute privacy” no longer exists in America

  • “Absolute privacy” does not exist in America, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday during a conference on cybersecurity in Boston.
  • “All of us have a reasonable expectation of privacy in our homes, in our cars and in our devices,” Comey said. “But [a reasonable expectation of privacy] also means with good reason, in court, government, through law enforcement, can invade our private spaces.”
  • “There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America.”
  • Comey was discussing the rising prevalence of encryption software since Edward Snowden revealed information about the National Security Agency’s global surveillance programs in 2013; such software prevented the FBI from accessing 1,200 of the 2,800 devices it was granted permission to search at the end of 2016. Read more (3/9/17 12:49 PM)

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Watching 2013 VIXX Global Showcase made me realise how far these tall, gorgeous, occasionally violent men have come.

No official lightsticks yet.
0 wins for now. Half a month in and they’ll have their first win and they’ll make all of us cry with N’s heartwarming message.
Official introduction is still clear. All letters are enunciated. lol
Ravi’s rap is still rusty. Damn, imagine his reaction if he hears himself now. :)
Tiny Hyuk! Well, not so much but still tiny and innocent and non murderous.
Hongbin’s arms were starting to get larger and his voice deeper.
Ken and Leo’s vocals are already top notch, with ocassions cracks lol, and beautiful.
N’s booty and smirk were already legends.
They all look like babies!

So much love and respect for this group. They, and the fandom, have grown so much over the years.

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Happy 4th Anniversary One Direction!

Auditioned as solo artists for the 7th series of the British televised singing competition The X Factor but failed to progress to the “Boys” category however they were put together as a group during the “bootcamp” thus qualifying for the “Groups” category then came third on the X Factor 2010, signed a 2 million record contract with Syco Records. 

One Direction’s two albums Up All Night and Take Me Home, released in 2011 and 2012 respectively, broke several records, topped the charts of most major markets, and generated hit singles, including “What Makes You Beautiful” and “Live While We’re Young”.

One Direction performed “Little Things” at the 2012 Royal Variety Performance in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II, and headlined a sold-out show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on 3 December 2012 and they performed “What Makes You Beautiful” at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in London. In February 2013, One Direction released a cover version of “One Way or Another” and “Teenage Kicks”, “One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)”, as the 2013 Comic Relief single

One Direction: This Is Us, a 3D documentary and concert movie about the group directed by Morgan Spurlock and produced by Spurlock, Ben Winston, Adam Milano and Simon Cowell, was released by TriStar Pictures on 30 August 2013. The film features the song “Best Song Ever”, released on 22 July 2013. “Best Song Ever” slated to serve as the lead single of the group’s third studio album Midnight Memories. The film was a box office success, topping the UK and US box offices and grossing over $60 million worldwide. It is currently the fourth highest grossing concert movie. 

Midnight Memories was released globally on 25 November 2013. The album was described by the band as edgier and as having a “slightly rockier tone” than their previous efforts. The album debuted at number one on the Irish Albums Chart and number two on the Dutch Albums Chart. On 29 November 2013, it was announced that it had become the fastest-selling album of 2013 in the UK, with 187,660 copies sold in four days.It was revealed on 1 December 2013, that the album had sold in excess of 237,000 copies in its first week in the UK. It became the best-selling album of 2013 in the UK with 685,000 copies sold for the year.      

On 16 May 2013, the band announced their first stadium tour, the Where We Are Tour, which is set to commence in April 2014. They plan to donate £200,000 of the tour’s ticket sales to the Stand Up to Cancer charity. It was also announced that when the tickets went on sale on May 25, 2013 it sold out in minutes.

+ The June 28 and 29, 2014 shows at San Siro in Milan, Italy were recorded and will be released on DVD in December 2014.

“I hope when we look back in how many years when we’re granddads, and we look back in the band, I just hope that when we look back on it and think ‘We had the most amazing time and that we’ve actually stayed true to ourselves.” - Louis

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PAKISTAN. Outskirts of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Daily life of Afghan refugees. For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world’s largest refugee communities: the more than one million Afghans who have fled years of war in their home country. This massive and persistent population remains vulnerable to multiple dangers, from outbreaks of disease to violence spilling over from the war next door. AP photographer Muhammed Muheisen has spent the past several years in Pakistan, documenting the lives of these refugees, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable: the children caught up in the chaos as their families try to keep them safe.

(1) An Afghan refugee, her burka billowing, holds her daughter as she walks to her home through an alley of a poor neighbourhood on September 16, 2013.

(2) Afghan refugee girls, background, repeat verses of the Quran after their classmate Mohammed Akbar, 7, during a daily class to learn how to read verses of the Quran at a mosque in a poor neighbourhood on March 24, 2010.

(3) Rozeena Zaman, 7, an Afghan refugee, watches other children playing in a poor neighbourhood on February 10, 2010.

(4) An Afghan refugee hides in a wooden cart near his home in a poor neighbourhood on February 2, 2014.

(5) Afghan refugee Samiullah Afsar, 5, smiles while carrying a puppy he found in a pile of a garbage on October 18, 2012.

(6) Afghan refugees play a traditional fighting game in a field, as the sun sets on January 24, 2014.

Photographs: Muhammed Muheisen/AP

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GLOBAL * FASHION’S TOP 10 POSTS OF 2013

  1. Jin Dachuan & Rock Ji - 37,439
  2. Nidhi Sunil & Radhika Nair - Grazia India - 19,782
  3. Suneet Varma, The Golden Bracelet- India Bridal Fashion Week 2013 - 13,218
  4. Lish Jecinta - 12,848
  5. Karene B - 10,967
  6. Kiki Kang, Jazz Age Harper’s Bazaar China June 2013 - 7,786
  7. Dominique Hollington, Fernando Cabral, Nykhor Paul, Taejahn Taylor - Elle Mexico June 2013 - 6,050
  8. Omahyra Mota - Galore Magazine F/W 2013 - 5,981
  9. Lee Yeon Hee - Vogue Korea  September 2013 - 5,582
  10. Lianne La Havas - Glamour US August 2013 - 3,110

Thanks for following!

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Awards won

Ama’s

2013 Favorite Pop/Rock Album

2013 Favorite Pop/Rock Group

Aria’s

2012, 2013 Best International Artist

Bambi’s

2012 Pop International

BBC Radio 1

2012 Best British Album

2012 Best British Music act

2012 Best British Single

2013 Best British group

2013 Best British single

BenBoard’s

2012 Best Album

2012 Best Group

2013 Best Group

2013 Best Fans

2013 Best Pop Song

Billboard’s

2013 Top Group

2013 New Artist of the Year

2013 Top Pop Artist

2013 Breakthrough

Bravo Otto

2013 Super Band Pop/Rock

BRIT’S

2012 British Single of the Year

2013 BRIT’S Global Success

2014 BRIT’S Global Success

2014 Best British Music Video

Capricho

2012 Best Book

2012 Best Cover

2012 Best Video

2012 International Band

2012 International Hit

2013 Best Real Couple (Zerrie)

2013 International Band 

2013 International Cat (Liam)

2013 Years Fan Club

FIFI 

Fragrance of the Year: Consumers choice.

Demand Honours 

2011 Best Fans 

2011 Best group

2011 Best Guest

2011 Best Song

2011 Best Video

Japan Gold Disc 

2013 New Artist of the Year

2014 Artist of the Year

2014 Album of the Year

2014 One of the Best 3 Albums in Western Music

JIM’s

2012 Best Newcomer-International

2013 Best Group

2013 Best Pop

2014 Best Band International

Los Premios 

2012 Best New Artist

2012 Best International Artist

2012 Best New International Artist

2013 Best Album

2013 Best Group

MTV’s

2012 Artist of the Year

2012 Best New Act

2012 best UK & Ireland Act 

2012 Best New Artist

2012 Best Pop Video

2012 Most Share Worthy Video

2012 International Artist

2012 Biggest Fans 

2013 Best Song of the Summer

2013 Best Band

2013 Best Fans

2013 Best Look (Harry)

2013 Best Northern European Act 

2013 Best Pop

2013 Best UK & Ireland Act

2013 Hottest Summer Superstar

2014 Best Band

MYX

2013 Favorite International Video

NewNowNext 

2013 Foreign Import of the Year

KCA’s

2012 International Group (Argentina)

2012 Favorite Song (Argentina)

2012 Favorite International Artist (Brazil)

2012 Favorite Song (Mexico)

2012 International Artist (Mexico)

2012 Favorite Band (UK)

2012 Favorite Band (UK)

2013 Favorite International Song (Argentina)

2013 Favorite Music Act (Australia) 

2013 Favorite Song (Australia)

2013 Favorite Song (Mexico)

2013 Favorite Band (UK)

2014 Favorite Song (Australia)

2014 Favorite Music Group (Australia)

2014 Favorite Band (UK)

2014 Favorite Fan Family 

NRJ

2013 International Group of the year

2014 Video of the Year

2014 International Group of the Year

Peoples Choice 

2013 Favorite Album

2013 Favorite Song

2014 Favorite Band

Pure Beauty

2013 Best Female Fragrance

Radio Disney 

2013 Fiercest Fans

2013 Best Music Group

Social Star 

2013 Most Popular Music Group

2013 Most Popular Artist  in West Europe 

2013 Most Popular Artist In UK

2013 Most Popular British Musicians

TCA’s 

2012 Breakout Group

2012 Love Song

2012 Music Star Group

2013 Music Group

2013 Love Song 

2013 Single - Group

2013 Summer Tour

Telehit 

2012 Most Popular Artist in Telehit 

2012 Best International Pop Group

2012 Song of the Public

2013 Boyband of the Year

2013 Most Popular Video on Telehit

Sun Bizarre Readers

2011 Best Pop

2011 Shagger of the year

2012 Best Pop

UK Music Video 

2012 People’s Choice

We Love Pop

2012 Best Group in Pop

World Music Awards

2014 World’s Best Selling Group 

2014 World’s Best Selling British Act

2014 World’s Best Selling Recording Act 

2014 World’s Best Selling Pop Act

Youth Rock 

2011 Breakout Group of the Year

2011 Best Breakthough 

2011 Best Group 

2011 Best Video 

2012 Best Group

4Music Video Honours 

2011 Best Breakthrough

2011 Best Group

2011 Best Video

2012 Best Group

Updated since the 4 year anniversary.

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PAKISTAN. Islamabad. Portraits of Afghan child refugees. For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world’s largest and most protracted refugee populations in the world: the more than 1.6 million Afghans who have fled years of warfare in their home country. 

Living in temporary shelters along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, this massive and persistent population remains vulnerable to multiple dangers, from outbreaks of disease to violence spilling over from the war next door. Thousands of them still live without electricity, running water and other basic services.

(1) November 12, 2013. Afghan refugee Hasanat Mohammed, 5, poses for a picture while standing outside his home in a poor neighbourhood.

(2) Robina Haseeb, age 5. Photo taken on January 24, 2014. “The hard life they live is so obvious to see in their faces. Their beauty is mixed with the rough life condition they endure everyday.”

(3) Afghan refugee Gul Bibi Shamra, 3, poses for a picture, while playing with other children in a slum on January 24, 2014. “They are so young in age but, unlike most children they are old in experience and know how to persevere.”

(4) Awal Gul, age 12. Photo taken on January 24, 2014. “I am always amazed how the Afghan refugee children enjoy their time with nothing. They create elaborate games with no money and they are so creative.”

Photographs: Muhammed Muheisen/AP

CASTING NEWS!

RAPPER/ACTOR COLSON BAKER (AKA MACHINE GUN KELLY) JOINS OUR NEW PILOT ROADIES

Rounding out the casting of our new comedy pilot ROADIES is rapper and actor Colson “MGK” Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly, Beyond The Lights). He’s set to play “Jesse,” Kelly Ann’s (Imogen Poots) big-hearted twin brother, who thrives around guitars and espresso machines. ROADIES follows the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes – the crew members who get the show on the road. Luke Wilson (Old School, The Royal Tenenbaums), five-time Emmy Award nominee Christina Hendricks (Mad Men),Imogen Poots (The Look of Love), Rafe Spall (One Day), Peter Cambor (NCIS: Los Angeles) and Academy Award nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) were previously announced as stars of the ensemble cast. The one-hour comedy pilot will begin production in Vancouver later this week.

Rapper and actor Colson “MGK” Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly) made his feature film debut on the big screen in November 2014 in the musical-themed drama Beyond The Lights. He will next appear in the horror film Viral, and the long-awaiting sequel to the Cannes and Sundance Film Festival cult-hit SLC Punk entitled Punk Is Dead. Bakerburst onto the music scene in 2004, and was nicknamed Machine Gun Kelly (or MGK by his fans) because of his rapid-fire delivery. He released his first mixtape “Stamp of Approval” in 2006 and built a loyal fan base performing at local Cleveland venues. MGK became the first  rapper in history to win the talent show at New York’s famed Apollo Theater. He secured a record deal with Jimmy Iovine’s Interscope Records through Sean Combs’ Bad Boy Records imprint in 2011. That year, his songs “Invincible” and “Wild Boy,” featuring Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame, opened the door to more exposure, and MTV selected him as the Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2011. “Wild Boy” would go on to be certified Platinum. “Invincible” would be certified Gold, and became the Cleveland Cavaliers’ theme song for the 2012-2013 season.

In 2012, MGK released his first official album via Bad Boy/Interscope entitled Lace Up. The album debuted at number two on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop album chart, and MTV awarded MGK its Breaking Woodie Award for 2012.  He also garnered an MTV European Music Award for Next Artist to Go Global. In 2013, he was also honored withMTV’s fan-selected Woodie of the Year Award. His tour schedule included opening for Tech N9Ne on his marathon Hostile Takeover Tour, where they criss-crossed the United States performing ninety cities in ninety-nine days, the Warped Tour, Rick Ross’s MMG Tour with Meek Mill and Wale, and finally his own headlining Lace Up tour hitting Europe and Canada. MGK is currently recording his sophomore album, slated for release in Spring 2015. Last week, he dropped his first single entitled “Til I Die” which debuted on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap sales chart in the Top Ten with the corresponding video attracting half a million views within the first 3 days.