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Photo of the Day: Under the Sun

A baboon sits in the sun at the zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Martin Meissner/Associated Press)

Winter 2012: Beautiful Images of Snow-Clad Places from across the World


A Red-bellied Woodpecker perches on a suet feeder during a winter storm in the village of Nyack, New York, Jan. 21, 2012. The first major winter storm of 2012 to hit the northeast U.S. was expected to drop up to eight inches of snow on the region. (REUTERS/Mike Segar) Continue »

Photo of the Day: Northern Lights

The aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, are seen near the city of Tromsoe, Norway. Stargazers were out in force in northern Europe on Tuesday, hoping to be awed by a spectacular showing of northern lights after the most powerful solar storm in six years. (Rune Stoltz Bertinussen/Scanpix Norway) Click image to zoom.

Bear&Mary: Characters & Mascots

Your Mascot as an unstoppable pro-active force in Brand Promotion!

Bear and Mary agency dedicated to a creation of characters and mascots for brands and personal business for a clients around the world.

The co-founders and employees of the Bear & Mary agency have lots of experience creating cartoons, mascots, journal characters, brand personas, animation heroes and characters for many different customers, and communicate with fellow creators all around the world as necessary, as part of their extended family.

Mustique Island: Kate Middleton’s Caribbean Retreat

Kate Middleton has escaped the British winter to holiday on the posh Caribbean island of Mustique.

Mustique calls itself the world’s finest private island retreat. Located in the Grenadines — most of which form part of the nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines — it boasts about 100 private villas, nine pristine beaches flanked by coral reefs, the Cotton House boutique hotel, the Firefly, world renowned basil’s Beach Bar, and a health spa, scuba-diving facility, equestrian center, and thriving tennis club.

Raw, natural beauty, elegant accommodation, and a simple lifestyle draw those with means to this luxurious 1,400-acre getaway each year.


Simplicity Beach, Mustique (Jason Pratt) Continue »

Megaupload Boss Kim “Dotcom” Schmitz’s $30 Million Mansion and Luxury Cars

Kim Doctom, the founder of now defunct file-sharing and online storage site Megaupload, was ordered to be held in custody by a New Zealand court on Monday, even as he denied charges of Internet piracy and money laundering. Dotcom (aka Kim Schmitz), 37, was running his multi-million dollar empire from a sprawling mansion, which was valued at $30 million.

When the New Zealand police raided Dotcom’s residence on Friday, they were shocked to see the opulence lifstyle Dotcom led and the luxuries he indulged in. At the time of his arrest, the police seized and towed away nearly 30 vehicles in his garage, ranging from a 1959 pink Cadillac and several Mercedes-Benz to a rare Lamborghini, Maserati, Mini Cooper, Cadillac and Harley Davidson.

Several cars had vanity license plates that read “HACKER,” “MAFIA,” “GOOD,” “BAD,” “EVIL,” “GUILTY,” “CEO,” “KIMCOM,” “POLICE,” “WOW,” and “STONED.” A Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead coupe was also found in his garage, bearing the license plate “GOD.” Among other items seized were Samsung and Sharp LCD TVs, rare artwork and sixty Dell computer servers.

If there is one thing Dotcom did not believe in – it is keeping a low profile. And why should he? According to the FBI, Dotcom made $42 million from pirated materials in 2010 alone.

“He is not the sort of person who will pass unnoticed through our customs and immigration lines,” defense lawyer Paul Davison said, referring to the 6 foot, 6-inch tall Dotcom, whose bail ruling will be announced on Wednesday.

Here is a sneak peek of the luxurious life led by the Megaupload boss.


A general view shows the Dotcom Mansion, home of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, in Coatesville, Auckland, New Zealand January 21, 2012. (Reuters) Continue »

Photo of the Day: Solar Storm

A solar flare erupts on the Sun’s northeastern hemisphere. Space weather officials say the strongest solar storm in more than six years is already bombarding Earth with radiation with more to come. It’s mostly an issue for astronauts’ health and satellite disruptions, and it can also cause communication problems for airplanes that go over the poles. (NASA/Associated Press) Click image to zoom.

Microweber: Make Websites by Drag and Drop

Let’s face it! There is not even one good enough website building machine out there to help us, regular users, create high quality websites of our own choosing fast, easy, and foremost for FREE. May be you too, like me, wanted at some point to create your own website or blog, or even an e-platform for selling something online or simply to have a little beautiful place on the internet for storing and sharing your creative ideas, art, pictures, videos or articles. However most popular free platforms available are either very limited in functionality or too complicated to operate, and we, the regular users, quite often get a bit confused and eventually fail in trying to produce a nice blog or an e-shop. Continue »

Guatemalans Protest Atop Volcano, Decry Violence

Thousands of Guatemalans climbed atop a volcano and staged a demonstration calling for an end to the surging domestic violence in their country.

Nearly 12,000 people, mostly youngsters, joined the event which was named the “walk for life” on top of Volcan de Agua or “Water Volcano”. The country’s new president, Otto Perez, also joined the campaigners. Perez descended on the peak of the mountain in a helicopter and presented a national flag to the protesters.

According to figures, nearly 700 women get killed each year in the country in cases of domestic violence. The 12,3800-feet peak, close to the city of Antigua, is inactive. It is situated nearly 45 miles southeast of Guatemala City.


People climb up the Volcan de Agua to participate in the Subida por la Vida event to campaign for peace, about 60 km from Guatemala City. (Reuters) Continue »

Chinese New Year 2012: Pictures of Dragon Decorations in China


Pedestrians walk past an art piece with images of a dragon and other Chinese Zodiac figures created by cutting patterns in paper as part of Lunar New Year celebrations at a shopping mall in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on Jan. 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. (REUTERS/China Daily China Dail) Continue »

Photo of the Day: Looking for the Landing

A mallard looks for a place to land amongst the hundreds of ducks wintering over at the Cuddy Family Midtown Park in Anchorage, Alaska during below zero temperatures. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News) Click image to zoom.

Photo of the Day: Men Feed Birds


Men feed birds from a boat on the River of Yamuna as it is enveloped by winter morning fog in New Delhi, India. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press) Click image to zoom.

Royal Ascot Tightens Dress Codes, Bans Mini Skirts and Fascinators

New dress codes released by the organisers of the Royal Ascot event have set some strict standards following allegations that visitors, particularly ladies, were too casually dressed for the occasion.

According to guidelines released by the organisation, fascinators, a millinery style head-piece often worn by the likes of Kate Middleton, Elizabeth Hurley and Princess Beatrice, has been prohibited from the event. In its place, headpieces which have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (above 4 inches / 10cm) will only be permitted.

Apart from this, women are also required to wear dresses and skirts of modest length falling just above the knee or longer. Moreover, strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than one inch (2.5cm) are not permitted.


A racegoer stands near a dustbin on the fifth day of racing at Royal Ascot in southern England June 19, 2010. (Reuters) Continue »

Snowmageddon: Seattle Snow Storm Hits Northwest


The Space Needle is seen as snow flurry clouds surrounded downtown Seattle on Jan. 17, 2012. (REUTERS/Anthony Bolante) Continue »

Satellite Image Shows Stricken Costa Concordia From Space


A new image has been released showing the half-submerged cruise ship Costa Concordia taken by the WorldView-1 satellite.

The 114,000 tonne cruise liner, which had 4,200 crew and passengers on board, has been slowly sinking after it hit a rock and capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio. The death toll from the accident stands at 11, with a further 29 people still missing. The ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, has been accused of manslaughter and abandoning ship while passengers were still trapped inside. He could face up to eight years in jail. Continue »