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Death Penalty For Porn Producers

Iranian authorities voted to introduce harsh new measures against porn stars, cameramen and anyone involved in making erotic films or DVDs this week, with miscreants facing death.

Parliamentarians voted by 148 to 5 for a bill which said "producers of pornographic works and main elements in their production are considered corruptors of the world . . . and could be sentenced to punishment as corruptors of the world," Reuters reported, which the news agency said means execution.

In more bad news for the adult entertainment industry, African newspaper the Nigerian Tribune complained that local men devoting themselves to studying the finer details of 419 internet fraud schemes at internet cafes are being increasingly distracted by pornography, with potentially devastating effects.

"A chance masturbator stands the risk of nervous-depressing permanent insanity, premature death, especially for those with high blood pressure, diabetes, blood diseases, inability to perform sexual act naturally, etc," the paper warned.

 "Other dangers attached to masturbation sexes include inability to pull out of the act. It has even been documented to cause more deaths among boys in Europe than any plaque (sic) or war."

 

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Underwear Outlawed In Another US Town

Fashion criminals in Delcambre, Louisiana face up to six months in jail under new laws which outlaw public display of underwear, the BBC reported this week.

"This is a new ordinance that deals specifically with sagging pants," Delcambre attorney Ted Ayo told Associated Press, "It's about showing off your underwear in public."

Mayor Carol Broussard warned miscreants they face further fines of $500 and suggested 'they're better off taking the pants off and just wearing a dress'.

The town's no knicker ban matched similar legislation drawn up in Virginia in 2005, when councillors introduced what became known as the "droopy drawers" bill though local politician Algie T Howell was more circumspect when introducing the law.

"It's not an attack on baggy pants," Mr Algie stressed when outlining the details of the 'below-waist undergarment' ban.

"To vote for this bill would be a vote for character, to uplift your community and to do something good not only for the state of Virginia, but for this entire country," he added.

In more cover up news, a new protest group in Spain launched a campaign to ban 'skimpy bikini bottoms and thongs' from beaches along the Costa Blanca this week, with topless bathing also something they hope to eradicate.

"As things stand at the moment, children are having to see things they are yet to be taught by their families," Maribel Martinez, president of the Family Beaches group told the Metro newspaper.

'We have already got nudist beaches and beaches where smoking is banned. Why can't we set aside beach areas for the enjoyment of families?" she proposed.


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ImageNew device combines a beautiful fold design with quick cover keys to bring substance to style.


Nokia introduced earlier a trimmer fold model to its Nokia Nseries line up, the Nokia N76, a new multimedia computer that brings the complete Nokia Nseries experience to a sleeker body, with little compromise. With the Nokia N76 multimedia computer, technology and design come together to create a revolution in design for a multimedia computer. Using premium materials to enclose world-class Nokia Nseries features and experiences, Nokia has created a very eye-catching device.

It all started in Sydney Australia when Juan Mann gave out free hugs and started a worldwide movement. Thanks to You Tube and a last count of14 million views, the Free Hugs movement has gone from country to country, city to city.

Now it’s coming to Hong Kong.

FOX International Channels Asia cordially invites you or your representative to the FX Free Hugs Nite next Friday, June 15, 2007 at 9pm where our gorgeous FX girls will be handing out free hugs in Lan Kwai Fong.

FX is the first and only 24-hour ultimate entertainment channel dedicated to men from FOX International Channels. In Hong Kong, FX is exclusively available on now TV Channel 524.

Details of the event are as follows:

Date
 :
 June 15, 2007 (Friday)
Time
 :
 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Venue
 :
 Lan Kwai Fong
 

*Subject to weather condition on the event day

(information provided by the pr company)

The Putman, Hong Kong’s exclusive über-luxurious boutique hotel apartment was officially launched last night at a private party hosted by its designer, Madame Andrée Putman. 

The Putman will provide executive accommodation for discerning long-stay business travellers who are looking for comfort, space and designer-style in Hong Kong’s Central district.  

The boutique hotel apartment is entirely purpose-built to Madame Putman’s specifications as she oversaw site design, development, space-use, exterior elevation and interior decoration. 

“I have tried to create a sentiment of opulent yet understated elegance,” comments the innovative French designer.  “By creating a dialogue between the façade and the interior, the outside and the inside, I aimed to create an oasis of calm amid the bustle of Hong Kong.  The Putman’s design represents a fresh and subtle energy driven by an ambitious desire for comfort.”

Each of the 1,300 square foot one-bedroom apartments will be full-floor suites with private dual-lift lobbies.  Inside the apartments will be three distinctive living areas - all inter-connected by glass doors, open hallways, high ceilings and a chic neutral décor for versatile living.  

Apartments will be fully fitted with state-of-the-art gadgets and furnishings including two Toshiba 42” HD LCD televisions, Siemens and Krups kitchen appliances and a stand alone Villeroy & Boch bathtub.  On-site management will provide daily housekeeping services as well as full porter, maintenance and concierge services. 

Other facilities in the block will include a café located on the ground floor, and a chic lobby area. 

Prices for the one-bedroom suites will average HK$50,000 per month, with the top four floors boasting sensational sea views. 

The development is a collaboration between world renowned designer Andrée Putman and Hong Kong’s leading luxury property developer National Properties Holdings Ltd.  Citigroup Property Investors, the real estate investment management business of Citigroup, is the financial partner in this development.

 “Our company wanted to extend our expertise in luxury developments to the boutique hotel/serviced apartment sector,” said Loewe Lee, Managing Director of National Properties.  “We envisioned creating a stylish yet inviting space with all the comforts of home.  Through Madame Putman’s inspirational and innovative designs, we will realise our first luxury hotel/serviced apartment project.”

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A Wisconsin man who claimed to be a shape-shifting werewolf when cops arrested him for breaking into a house, was this week beginning a six month jail term after pleading guilty to criminal trespass.

Robert Marsh, 40, had reportedly been up for 3 nights consecutively and drinking heavily when he started speaking in tongues and smashed down the door of a house belonging to a woman who'd been helping him after he was released from jail several days before. US media said Mr Marsh repeatedly told his victim he was a werewolf with special magic powers.

Following his arrest, London's Metro newspaper quipped that 'police are not yet believed to have investigated the possibility that he actually is a werewolf', even though numerous well documented cases exist of a related medical condition called lycanthropy

"Persons suffering from this disorder often believe that they actually can turn into a wolf," says esoteric website Paranormality.com.

"They are often reported behaving in a wolf-like manner by howling at the moon or attacking people using their teeth and fingernails.  This particular disorder, although rare is occasionally still reported in Europe."

The topic was covered in detail in the American Journal of Psychiatry in 1977, in a report which described a 49 year old woman who would regularly experience 'delusions of a wolf-like metamorphosis.'

"She would gaze into the mirror and see "the head of a wolf in place of a face on my own body--just a long-nosed wolf with teeth, groaning, snarling, growling . . . with fangs and claws, calling out "I am the devil."    Others around her noticed the unintelligible, animal-like noises she made," the Journal reported.

Investigating doctors Harvey Rostenstock, M.D. and Kenneth R. Vincent, Ed.D. pointed out that 'delusions of being a wolf or some other feared animal are universal' throughout all civilizations and linked the case to 'bizarre and chaotic sexuality'. The lady in question (who was apparently cured) suffered from 'chronic pseudo-neurotic schizophrenia', they suggested.

"Patients whose internal fears exceed their coping mechanisms may externalize them via projection and constitute a serious threat to others," the doctors added." Throughout the ages, such individuals have been feared because of their tendencies to commit bestial acts and were themselves hunted and killed by the populace.  Many of these people were paranoid schizophrenics," they suggested.


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The Washington Post published a fresh feature on the state of male grooming this week suggesting body hair awareness should be added to 'slack gut, man-boobs, back fur and being regarded as a metrosexual' as issues real men should now worry about.

"Guydom, manhood, it's all different now," Post columnist Neely Tucker advised,

"Guys used to attract women with their confidence, muscle, power, fearlessness. Now you've got to have a position on shoulder sprigs (hair)."

GQ columnist Glenn O'Brien agreed, declaring 'body hair is a major category of what guys worry about, it's in the realm of 'What color socks match my shoes and pants?' though (bearded) British DJ Very Very Very Wrong Indeed promoter Tim Sheridan was not so sure.

"I think it's more of a gay/lady thing to give it any thought," Tim claimed. "Personally I'm not very hairy on the body but it doesn't bother me in other people of either gender."

Electro-rock-new rave DJ Joost Van Bellen told Skrufff he also doesn't groom his body hair, explaining "I don't have much hair and it's blonde.' though added 'pubic hair needs a cut nowadays,

"Having a goatee hanging underneath is disgusting."

The (happily gay-looking) Dutch star admitted, however, that he spends plenty of time grooming his moustache, which he grew on the advice of the Glimmers and Princess Superstar after wearing a fake one when dressed as a pirate at Avenue D's Miami underwear party two years ago.

"My moustache is very reddish blonde, ginger as you may call it," said Joost " So I have it coloured at the hairdressers and it I don't have enough time I use mascara, a very dry one, otherwise I get into trouble when I drink. I also trim it myself every couple of days, as I hate moustaches that cover your upper lip, they're not chic."

Joost said his moustache means he gets more grief from customs and immigration officials as well as teasing from girl clubbers 'disgusted by it',

 "When girls say they don't like my moustache, I tell them I don't like theirs too. which helps, they all get very offended," he laughed, "My Mum hates it too."

Tim Sheridan said the amount of time he devotes to his beard varies ('it depends entirely on the particular style one is sporting. A "Huntsman" is fairly low maintenance but a "Dali" is constant preening') though revealed it's become easier the longer he's had a beard..

"There are unguents and waxes and even little hairnets that you wear in bed but a true 'grower' tends to find that after some years your facial hair goes into shape of it's own accord," said Tim, "If I leave mine untouched for a few weeks it tends to form a curly 'tache of its own volition. I believe it's called "hirsute memory" in medical circles."

He also said, like Joost, his facial hair draws mixed reactions from clubbers when he's out and about,

"It's like being in a wheelchair, some people are nice, some avoid you and some come on like retards. Having a beard or 'tache is like having X ray spex. You immediately get a fair impression of someone by their reaction to you," he said.

"The best people tend not to appear to even notice. Some people, often young girls, get a bit freaked out and ask "is it real?" As if I would answer "No, I spend a couple of hours putting on an uncannily convincing false moustache every day."

"I think there is a general body dysmorphia which is sadly an epidemic these days," Tim concluded,

"Young women and gay men hate their bodies very subtly and are alarmed by anyone who doesn't care or is too uncommon. They spend so much time, money and energy on their own appearance and judging others it disturbs them when confronted with an apparent freak," he suggested

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Yearning for the wonderful moments that you, as a kid, spent with your dad? The piggyback rides, your first swimming lesson, learning to ride a bike, soccer games and all the other fun and adventurous things that you did together?  Although, there are no more piggyback rides nowadays, he loves you just as much, and even more so. He loves doing fun and adventurous things with you just as much as when you were young.

So why not take advantage of this coming Father’s Day and plan something exciting for the both of you? You are only clicks away from bringing back the good old days. Visit www.zuij.com.hk right away and choose from the great Father’s Day package deals that ZUJI has especially assembled for you and your dad.

ZUJI Father’s Day Package Deals


 Ho Chi Minh 3D2N Mekong Delta Cruise tour for HK$1,927+

·         Boat along the vast network of canals that create the famous Mekong Delta and visit the floating markets for a fascinating experience. Then cruise though the lush green vegetation of the canals to an orchard, where you are treated to a delicious lunch complete with tropical fruits.

·         United Airlines

·         3-star hotel

·         Travel period: 21 May – 30 June, 2007

·         Sales period: 21 May – 23 June, 2007
 


 
 Bangkok 3D2N Thai Boxing tour for HK$2,172+

·         Sit ring side and watch the exciting competition of Muay Thai, or ‘Thai boxing’, the national sport of Thailand. Enjoy the VIP seats with your Dad as you watch the enthralling bouts.

·         Sri Lankan Airlines

·         3-star hotel

·         Travel period: 21 May – 31 October, 2007

·         Sales period: 21 May – 24 October, 2007
 

 

 

 


 Tokyo 3D2N Ninja Theater tour for HK$3,951+

·         Visit Toshogu Shrine for its famous colourful and beautifully decorated buildings; then visit “Nikko Edo-Mura” for the mysterious Ninja performances of combat techniques and the display of tools developed by them.

·         Dragonair

·         3-star hotel

·         Travel period: 21 May – 25 September, 2007

·          Sales period: 21 May – 18 September, 2007
 

 

 

 


 Bali 3D2N Eco Cycling tour for HK$4,524+

·         Experience the wonderful tropical island by cycling past streams, lush and fertile vegetation, and local craftsmen at work. Learn to cook delicious Balinese cuisine, visit the village of Gulingan, Mengwi, famous for its traditional Balinese cooking lessons, and enjoy a delicious Indonesian buffet lunch.

·         Cathay Pacific Airways

·         3-star hotel

·         Travel period: 21 May – 20 December, 2007

·         Sales period: 21 May – 13 December, 2007

 


 
 Melbourne 4D2N Harley Davidson tour for HK$7,720+

·         Tour Melbourne on a Harley. Experience the adventure of a Harley Davidson motorbike ride, visiting sites from the West Gate Bridge to Williamstown Strand, then back across the Yarra River and along the beach front to St Kilda.  Finish with a ride around the famous Albert Park’s Formula One Grand Prix circuit.

·         Qantas Airlines

·         3-star hotel

·         Travel period: 21 May – 6 July, 2007

·         Sales period: 21 May – 30 June, 2007

Hong Kong-based lifestyle guru and interior designer Louise Kou has been commissioned by Canvas Developments, the developer of the exclusive new St. Regis Resort & Residences, Bali, to design interior styling concepts for the two and four bedroom private residences.

Ms. Kou’s chic designs were presented at her unique lifestyle boutique “KOU” in Hong Kong’s Central district at a private reception held on Thursday, May 10. 

The event preceded the official sales launch and exhibition of the luxury St. Regis Resort & Residences, Bali at The Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong on Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13.

The Residences, designed by Grounds Kent Architects and Samson Almario, are bought unfurnished but come immaculately finished and complete with fixtures and fittings including flooring and bathroom and kitchen appliances.  Owners of the two, three and four-bedroom residences are now being offered the opportunity to commission ‘Lu’ Kou to decorate and furnish their villa with her exclusive interior designs. 

The opulent new resort, nestled in an enclave on Bali’s most beautiful beach at Nusa Dua and bordered by Bali’s leading golf club, is scheduled for completion in 2008.  It is the first and only luxury property of its kind in Bali which offers residences for private ownership and is situated on the last beachfront site within the Nusa Dua area.

Kou is a veteran of the global fashion industry, having held top management positions with some of the world’s leading luxury fashion brands including Joyce, Swank and Escada Asia. Her lifestyle consultancy KOU Concept specialises in sourcing high-quality furnishings from the best of the world’s designers, ranging from handpicked crystal glassware from Belgium and France and exquisite cutlery from Thiers, the ‘capital of cutlery’, to outdoor furniture by Kettal, the most renowned label in Spain, and luxury books from Taschen.

Her chic range embraces works of art and sculptures by masters, antiques collected from around the world, unique ornaments, Persian rugs from Isfahan and Baluchi tribes, exotic accessories by Tina Barratt of France and themed table settings which include the best European tableware and flatware, while her kitchens are styled with top quality cookware and accessories. KOU Concept has designed the homes of numerous Hong Kong socialites and business professionals.

“We are delighted to be working with a prominent Hong Kong designer of Louise Kou’s stature, who provides the absolute best in unique, high quality designs, products and materials. This will be of enormous value to our residence owners who will be offered the opportunity to commission her work,” said Peter Chambers, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, Rajawali Corporation, the parent company of Canvas Developments. 

The new St. Regis resort is the first in Asia to provide buyers with the opportunity to own luxury residences managed, maintained and marketed by one of the world’s most admired hotel and resort operators – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

With beach and golf-view locations and set in their own landscaped gardens with private pools, the 22 residences now available are generously sized, from 483 to 900 sqm of land area and 259 to 451 sqm of built up area, and are designed by international architects, Grounds Kent Architects, in traditional Balinese style.

Ms Kou said: “Creating harmony in lifestyle is the essence of my philosophy and vision for interior designs of the residences at St Regis Resort & Residences, Bali. Every detail reveals a passion, experience and sense of style. The very best of fashion and homeware items from around the world has been hand-picked to express style and individuality.”

ABOUT ST. REGIS

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts includes the most celebrated properties in the world.  Founded by John Jacob Astor with landmark St. Regis Hotel, New York over a century ago, the company will unveil highly anticipated St. Regis properties in Punta Mita, Mexico (2007), Singapore (2007), Anguilla (2008), Atlanta (2008), Bali (2008), Costa Rica (2008) Deer Valley® (2009), Mexico City (2008), Bahia Beach, Puerto Rico (2009), Macao (2010), Bal Harbour, FL (2010) and Baha Mar (2011) that will further enhance the brand’s legacy.  Personalized service and amenities, enviable locations and luxuriously localized design are recognized worldwide as hallmarks of the St. Regis experience. For more information on St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.stregis.com.

For more information on St. Regis Resort and Residences, Bali, please visit www.stregisresidences.com/bali. Kou Concept’s website is http://www.kouconcept.com/.

(information provided by the pr company)

To celebrate Novotel Citygate Hong Kong’s 1st anniversary in June, we are offering the ever popular Tung Chung 360 Local Package at the ever best value of $998nett per room per night from 1 May to 30 June 2007.

For only $998, you will enjoy one night accommodation, 2 return tickets on Ngong Ping 360 Skyrail and many more privileges. The pre-paid ‘Skyrail’ vouchers allow you to redeem tickets in the express line. Discover the new face of Tung Chung in 360 degrees and experience new landmark attractions including Citygate Outlets, SkyPlaza and the greenery on Lantau Island. Children can enjoy breakfast for free and families can book an additional inter-connecting room at a special rate of $550nett per night.
Tung Chung 360 Local Package
From $998 nett per room per night

One night Superior Room accommodation
2 return tickets of Ngong Ping 360 Skyrail
Buffet breakfast for 2 persons at Essence
Welcome drink for 2 persons at Andante
30% discount on spa and facial treatments in SPA MTM (first visit only)
Free breakfast for children
Free use of gymnasium and 20-metre swimming pool
Free overnight parking and extra bed for child
Upgrade to Deluxe Room for HK$80 per night (Level 15 - 19)
An additional inter-connecting room for children at $550 per night (exclude Skyrail tickets)

Remarks:
• Package valid from 1 May – 30 June 2007
• Rates are inclusive of 10% service charge and 3% government tax
• A supplement of HK$100 for booking on Friday, Saturday, public holidays and public holidays’ eve
• Package confirmation is subject to hotel’s availability at time of request
• Up to two children age 16 or below enjoy breakfast for free when dining with parents
• Reservations is required for 30% discount in SPA MTM
• Free parking and extra bed is subject to availability
• The package is only applicable to Hong Kong and Macau residents only, valid ID card is required to present upon check in

Address:    Novotel Citygate Hong Kong, 51 Man Tung Road, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
Reservations Hotline: 3602 8800

(information provided by the hotel)

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