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Katie Holmes came first in the list. In photo: Actress Katie Holmes arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2008 in New York City.

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The list featured Lesley Garrett in the second place. In photo: Actress Lesley Garrett attends an after party at the Albannach restaurant, following the performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical ‘Carousel’ at the Savoy Theatre, on December 02, 2008 in London, England.

w3 Gwyneth Paltrow in a selection from Stella McCartney, came up third. In photo: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends a screening of ‘Iron Man’ hosted by the Cinema Society and Michael Kors at the Tribeca Grand Screening Room on April 28, 2008 in New York City.

w4 Mary-Kate Olsen in Missoni came up fourth. In photo: Mary-Kate Olsen attends the New Yorkers for Children celebration of ‘New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fete’ presented by Missoni at the Mandarin Oriental on April 16, 2008 in New York City.

Madonna brought up fifth position on the list. Madonna performs during her ‘Sticky & Sweet’ tour at Madison Square Garden on October 6, 2008 in New York Citys5

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Quake hits Indonesia’s West Papua, four dead

A series of quakes off the northern coast of West Papua, Indonesia, early on Sunday killed four people, injured several others, and flattened several buildings, officials and local television said.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said a magnitude 7.6 quake occurred some 150 km northeast of Manokwari in the Indonesian half of the island of New Guinea, at a depth of 35 km. An official at Indonesia’s meteorology agency said there were several quakes in the area during the night.

“Hotel Mutiara and tens of houses are flattened to the ground,” Pitsau Amafnini, an eyewitness, told Reuters.

Rescue teams were still looking for people trapped under buildings, while hundreds of people had gathered at a football stadium seeking medical aid for minor injuries, Elshinta radio reported.

However, an important BP-led liquefied natural gas (LNG) project close to the area was not affected, a BP spokesman told Reuters.

Manokwari, with a population of about 161,000, is in a remote, sparsely-populated part of Papua which attracts tourists thanks to its diving sites, wildlife, including birds of paradise, and spectacular scenery.

Predominantly Christian Papua, which occupies the western half of New Guinea island, has fewer than 3 million inhabitants out of Indonesia’s total population of 226 million.

Several different tribes, some animist, live in this part of Indonesia, which was under Dutch rule until 1963 and which, despite its vast natural resources, tropical forests, and mineral wealth, remains one of the poorest and least developed parts of the country.

The quake triggered a small tsunami that hit the Japanese coast but there was no damage, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said. The Indonesian authorities also issued a tsunami warning for Papua, but lifted it shortly afterwards.

INTENSE SEISMIC ACTIVITY

Indonesia is located in an area of intense seismic activity and frequently experiences quakes and tsunami warnings. A 9.15 magnitude earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004 triggered a massive tsunami, killing about 230,000 people in Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and other countries around the Indian ocean.

Priyadi Kardono, spokesman for the disaster management centre, said that the health ministry had confirmed four deaths from the quakes. Metro TV reported that six people had been hospitalised.

Kardono said buildings had been damaged and power supplies cut in the area. Hotel Mutiara in Manokwari was damaged, with one of the three buildings in the complex flattened, he said.

The BP-led Tangguh LNG project is near the area affected by the quakes.

“There is no significant impact, only a crack in the office building. The work continues,” BP spokesman Nico Kanter said, adding that employees at the Tangguh operations had felt the tremblors.

BP’s Tangguh project includes an operating site in Bintuni Bay, which is about 100 km south of Manokwari, as well as offices in Babo, Sorong, Manokwari, Bintuni and Fak Fak, according to its website.

A spokesman for Australian disaster relief agency Emergency Management Australia told Reuters that the quakes were felt in Papua New Guinea, and in the northern Australian city of Darwin, but there were as yet no reports of major damage or injuries.

PNG generally calls on Australia for help when major natural disasters occur.

“It was certainly felt but as far as we understand there is no report of damage or injury or people hurt. That is our information so far,” the spokesman said.

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The much awaited film by Bala is going to be released this pongal.The audio was launched here in chennai,the music was scored by the maestro Ilayaraja it is penned by kavinyar vaali and the cast for the movie is starring Arya and the female lead done by Pooja.Arya has worked hard  for 3 years for the movie wish him good luck for his hard work.

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NBA’s Lakers stand firm in economic stand

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So far, so good for the high-flying Los Angeles Lakers, whose impressive on-court form this season has been matched by their robust resistance to the global financial crisis.

Although the U.S. recession has forced the National Basketball Association and the National Football League to cut jobs and Major League Baseball to freeze budgets, the Lakers have been remarkably unaffected.

While their players have again set the standard in the Western Conference with a stirring win-loss record of 25-5, Lakers’ home attendances and the number of season ticket holders for 2008-09 have held firm.

“As of this point, we have not been adversely affected but we feel fortunate that this is the case,” John Black, vice president of public relations for the Lakers, told Reuters.

“If the current economic climate continues to worsen, at some point we would imagine it will impact us in some way, as it is doing or will do with most every other business in the country.

“We have been very fortunate and have sold out each of our 17 home games so far this season. And our season ticket renewal rate for the current season was 99 percent, which we are also very pleased with.”

Although the NBA slashed 80 jobs from its U.S. workforce in October because of the financial downturn, Black does not expect the Lakers to follow suit.

“We have not laid off any staff, nor do we have any plans to do so,” he said.

Asked whether the economic crisis might change the way in which the Lakers coaching staff would be able to work with their players, Black replied: “Finances and economics would not impact the relationships between coaches and players.”

GLITZY LAKERS

Ranked by Forbes magazine as the second most valuable team in the NBA behind the New York Knicks, the glitzy Lakers have long been regarded as recession-proof.

Home games at the Staples Canter in downtown Los Angeles are regularly watched by Hollywood actors such as Jack Nicholson, Denzel Washington and Cameron Diaz and rising prices do not appear to be too much of an issue for Lakers stalwarts.

“I don’t know if we would use the term ‘recession-proof’ in describing our franchise,” Black said.

“We certainly do not take for granted the tremendous support we have received, and are continuing to receive, from our loyal fans and corporate partners.”

Lakers fan Bryan Gore, a 45-year-old business consultant who lives in Orange County, does not expect to cut back on the number of games he watches because of the recession.”It isn’t really going to affect me,” he told Reuters. “I’m not a season ticket holder and I usually get tickets from friends or business contacts.

“I’m prepared to pay a couple of hundred dollars per ticket and once in a while I don’t mind paying a bit more to get a good seat or get into a big game.

“In LA, I think only big ticket numbers are really going to affect people,” Gore added. “All these people at Staples Center are long-time fans, and there is a fair amount of disposable income that’s still left around here.”

Led by league MVP Kobe Bryant, the Lakers return to action on Friday when they host the Utah Jazz for their first game of 2009. Once again, the Staples Center is certain to be packed.

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Colorado school chief gets Senate seat

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Michael Bennet, head of the Denver public school system, was named to replace Sen. Ken Salazar, the Colorado Democrat who is leaving the Senate to become secretary of the interior in the Obama administration, Colorado’s governor said on Saturday.

Bennet, 44, a lawyer who has served as superintendent of Denver’s schools since 2005, will serve the remaining two years of Salazar’s term, Colorado’s Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter said in a statement on his web site.

President-elect¬†Barack Obama in a statement hailed Bennet as “one of the nation’s leading education reformers” and said he would bring fresh ideas to Washington.

In 2010, Bennet and anyone else interested in holding the seat would have to run for a full, six-year term.

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