February 7, 2015

Top News Stories –

Miss Universe asked to negotiate with rebels –
Newly crowned Miss Universe Paulina Vega is invited by the Colombian rebel group Farc militia to help their peace negotiations with the government in a statement on their website. During interviews prior to winning the title on January 25th 2015, Ms Vega, who is also Miss Columbia, had said she wanted to see peace in Colombia. So far she has not responded to the offer.
Paulina_Vega_Miss_Universe_2014Paulina Vega

NBC Nightly News anchor embarrassment –
Brian Williams, “the most-watched” news presenter in the US temporarily steps down from his NBC Nightly News anchor role after he admitted his story about being in a helicopter that was shot down in Iraq was false. He revealed that he was actually in an aircraft following the one shot down after veterans who were in the helicopter recalled he wasn’t on the flight. Williams blamed a “fog of memory” for the lapse.
Brian_Williams_2011_ShankboneBrian Williams

Price gets it right –
Katie Price formerly known as the model Jordan wins UK TV Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother despite only being in the “house” for 10 days when other contestants had been in for a month. She beat ex-Apprentice candidate Katie Hopkins into second place; Calum Best came third.
Katie PriceKatie Price

Classic Ferrari sells for $16 million –
A classic California Spyder Ferrari found in a French farmhouse under a load of magazines is sold at a Paris auction for €14.2m (£10.5m; $16.2m). Only 37 of the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB were made and this dark blue one had been owned by French actor Alain Delon but was hidden for over 50 years. In May 2008 British DJ Chris Evans paid a reported £5.6 million for a 1961 250GT short-wheelbase California Spyder that once belonged to Hollywood actor James Coburn.
1961-ferrari-rcA 1961 250 GT California Spyder
256px-Alain_Delon_Cannes_2013Alain Delon in 2013

Video of the Day –

Miss Columbia Paulina Vega’s Miss Universe interview

List of the day –

Miss Universe title winners by country

Country Titles Winning Years
 USA 8 1954, 1956, 1960, 1967, 1980, 1995, 1997, 2012
 Venezuela 7 1979, 1981, 1986, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2013
 Puerto Rico 5 1970, 1985, 1993, 2001, 2006
 Sweden 3 1955, 1966, 1984
 Colombia 2 1958, 2014
 Mexico 1991, 2010
 Japan 1959, 2007
 Canada 1982, 2005
 Australia 1972, 2004
 India 1994, 2000
 Trinidad & Tobago 1977, 1998
 Thailand 1965, 1988
 Finland 1952, 1975
 Philippines 1969, 1973
 Brazil 1963, 1968
 Angola 1 2011
 Dominican Republic 2003
 Panama 2002 (Successor)
 Russia 2002 (Dethroned)
 Botswana 1999
 Namibia 1992
 Norway 1990
 Netherlands 1989
 Chile 1987
 New Zealand 1983
 South Africa 1978
 Israel 1976
 Spain 1974
 Lebanon 1971
 Greece 1964
 Argentina 1962
 Germany 1961
 Peru 1957
 France 1953

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