Friday, May 25, 2012

'American Idol' no longer No. 1 show on TV

Judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson onstage at part 1 of FOX's American Idol Season 11 Finale, Top 2 Live Performance Show on May 22, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

The fading favorite succumbs to a billion-dollar juggernaut's primetime ratings challenge.

Is "American Idol" no longer the cultural titan it once was? The numbers are in for last night's season finale. Not even the notoriously kind Judge J.Lo would have been impressed.

For the first time in a long time, “Idol” won’t finish as the top-rated program in primetime. According to preliminary numbers, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” will go down as this season’s top-ranked program. The NFL game of the week averaged around 20.7 million viewers, while "Idol's" Wednesday edition averaged 19.7 million viewers this season. With big NFL ratings come big numbers for the league. Last December, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “the NFL pre-emptively renewed TV rights deals with CBS, Fox, and NBC for nine years (through 2022) at an average increase of 7 percent per network that will take revenue for the NFL from $1.93 billion annually to $3.1 billion by 2022.”

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Shoes that every woman should own

10 shoes every woman should own

Must-Have Shoes: Nude Peep-Toe Pumps

Peep-toe pumps that match your skin tone are the ultimate leg-lengtheners and a chic showcase for a fresh-from-the-spa pedicure. Plus, they go with almost everything under the sun.

Black City Boots
Black City Boots


Must-Have Shoes: Black City Boots

Whether you prefer the cool knee-high boot look, or the sexy over-the-knee style, sleek black leather boots with a not-too-high heel will take you places in this world.
Ballet Flats
Ballet Flats

Must-Have Shoes: Ballet Flats

Giving everyday dresses and jeans a chic Parisian flair, ballet flats are essential to your wardrobe, especially after a long night out (or even just a half hour) in those daring high heels. To liven up the mood, pick ‘em up in a bright color.
Wooden Platform Sandals
Wooden Platform Sandals

Must-Have Shoes: Wooden Platform Sandals

You can’t really go shopping or have brunch in sparkly Loubs, but sometimes plain-ol’ flats won’t do either. Instead, try wooden platform sandals—they’re daytime shoes with a fab nighttime attitude.
Canvas Sneakers
Canvas Sneakers

Must-Have Shoes: Canvas Sneakers

Slip on canvas sneakers on those days when you’ve really got your hands full. You’ll be comfy and look chic. Now if only every outfit warranted that description!
Must-Have Shoes: Black Pumps One-Piece
Black Pumps

Must-Have Shoes: Black Pumps

Made of recycled nylon-and-spandex, this one-piece design has a bowed band placed just under the bust to draw the eyes up from the middle.
Metallic Sandals
Metallic Sandals

Pitt: No wedding date set

Actor wants one more thing to happen before marrying.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's engagement could be a long one! A month after the actor slipped a custom-designed diamond ring on his lady love's finger, he says they aren't rushing to the altar.

"We actually really, truly have no date," Pitt, who is promoting his new gangster flick "Killing Them Softly," said at a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday. And they're not abandoning their previous position that they would like same-sex marriage to be legalized before they take the plunge. "We're still hoping that we can figure out marriage equality in the states before that date."

Poll: Romney now leads in crucial state

Mitt Romney has taken a 6-point lead over President Barack Obama in the battleground state of Florida.

A new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found Romney now besting Obama 47 percent to 41 percent among likely Florida voters. That's a shift from earlier this month, when a Quinnipiac poll found Romney and Obama statistically tied in the state. In March, Obama led Romney 49 to 42 percent in the Sunshine State.

NFL's new uniform rule could annoy players

NFL's new rule on uniforms could annoy players. (Getty Images)

The league votes to bring back a mandatory safety requirement that all players must follow.

If the NFL has its way, players will be forced to wear knee and thigh pads beginning in 2013. The NFL might not get its way.

The competition committee will discuss the impending rule with the NFL Players Association and there is some expected backlash from players who may believe the additional padding will affect their mobility. The pad rule wouldn't go into effect until 2013 so equipment manufacturers can refine the design for speed and comfort.

Jillian Michaels reveals two children

Jillian Michaels, former star of "Biggest Loser," has two kids (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)

The former "Biggest Loser" trainer adopts a 2-year-old and welcomes a son with her partner.

Jillian Michaels is diving into motherhood at full throttle. The trainer has not one but two new little ones at home.

After a two-year journey, Michaels finally became a mother to the Haitian girl she had long been matched with. The lengthy adoption process was completed earlier this month and she brought Lukensia, 2, home to Los Angeles.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Erin Andrews dating younger TV actor

ESPN's Erin Andrews is dating a younger 'Gossip Girl' actor. (AP Photo)
The famous ESPN reporter's new beau also happens to be Tony Romo's brother-in-law.

Erin Andrews reportedly dating ‘Gossip Girl’ actor Chace Crawford, who also happens to be Tony Romo’s brother-in-law.

(Getty Images)
ESPN sideline reporter and "Dancing With the Stars" alum Erin Andrews is dating "Gossip Girl" actor and Tony Romo's brother-in-law Chace Crawford, according to US Weekly.

Chace Crawfords latest fling

Chace Crawford is dating an American television presenter eight years his senior.
The 26-year-old actor - who plays Nate Archibald in the teenage soap Gossip Girl - has been out on "a couple" of dates with sports newscaster Erin Andrews.
The 34-year-old past 'Dancing With The Stars' contestant and Chace attended a vodka event together recently and were also spotted dining at a New York City basement restaurant.
A source told Us Weekly: "They're getting to know each other."

EUR/USD Intraday Technical Levels for May 22, 2012


Breakout BUY Level   : 1.2874.
Strong Resistance     : 1.2866.

Original Resistance   : 1.2854.

Inner Sell Area         : 1.2842.

Target Inner Area    : 1.2811.

Inner Buy Area        : 1.2780.

Original Support      : 1.2768.

Strong Support        : 1.2756.

Breakout SELL Level : 1.2748.

Today EUR/USD has support and resistance at 1.2768 and 1.2854 and is accompanied by strong support at 1.2756 and by 1.2866 as strong resistance.

If EUR/USD breaks out and closes below a 1.2748-level today, then this will indicate considerable bearish strength, while if EUR/USD manages to break out and close above a 1.2874-level, then this will denote high bullish strength. Alternatively, you can trade in a way to open a BUY position at the level of 1.2780, and at 1.2842– a SELL position, in this case both targets should be located at the level of 1.2811.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Morning Signal 22/05/2012


                        Buy @ 1.2775

                   TP : TP : TP : 1.2810

Zuckerberg wedding another smart move

Zuckerberg wedding another smart move. This photo provided by Facebook shows Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan at their wedding ceremony in Palo Alto, Calif., Saturday, May 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Facebook, Allyson Magda Photography)

Getting married right after Facebook's IPO could prevent a messy court fight down the road.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Getting married was a smart business move as well as a personal milestone for Facebook (FB.O) chief Mark Zuckerberg, with the timing of the wedding, the day after the company's initial public offering, potentially proving particularly advantageous, California divorce lawyers said on Sunday.
Assuming the couple signed a prenuptial agreement, as most wealthy Californians do, Zuckerberg and Chan would have agreed exactly how to split assets, including his Facebook stock, if their marriage dissolved in future. Even without a prenup, the wedding's timing would help establish the value of their assets in the event of any future divorce battle, lawyers said.

Restaurants for serious steak lovers

In a country obsessed with beef, a new generation of renowned butchers and restaurants is redefining what makes a great American steak city.

(Photo: Courtesy of Gibsons Restaurant Group)

Chicago’s Union Stockyards were the center of the American meatpacking industry for the first half of the 20th century and helped perpetuate the Midwestern city’s legacy as a steak town (even if the shameful stockyard conditions depicted in The Jungle led to national food safety initiatives). Founded in 1893, famous Allen Brothers built a strong reputation and still supplies legendary steak houses like Gene & Georgetti as well as Chicago-founded Morton’s. The new Butcher & Larder, opened by former chef Rob Levitt, is now in the spotlight for being the city’s first shop dedicated to butchering locally sourced whole animals. 

Expatriates to project positive Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged the Bangladesh Diaspora in SA to project positive image and the successes the country achieved during the last three years of present Awami League government changing lives of people qualitatively.

File Photo
Every sector of the country is progressing fast and our successes have brought qualitative change in the society and economy as well as in improving the standard of living, she said.