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first_imgThe dispute began two years ago when the pianist philanthropist, in a glistening gown, won the Miss Ventura County crown. Only a week before the October 2004 contest, the stately redhead had a quickie wedding in Las Vegas – later annulled – in violation of pageant rules. The Ventura County Scholarship Association, which runs the competition, then stripped her of her title and sued her for $5,000, alleging that she’d misrepresented herself as single so she could compete. The association was awarded $3,121 by a Ventura County Small Claims Court, which Gushwa paid. Then last month, the association filed a theft report against her for failing to return her crown, commemorative ring and $2,600 in prizes. For deposed 2005 Miss Ventura County winner Hilary Gushwa, beauty never got uglier – or messier. The Camarillo beauty queen stripped of her crown over a drunken wedding has waged a tug-of-war with pageant officials who have accused her of stealing her tiara. And she defended her honor Friday amid allegations that a rival beauty-pageant mom and contest official had abused her law enforcement privileges while trying to repossess the crown. “I have survived much more difficult situations in my life than some angry beauty-pageant mother who is upset that her daughter lost a competition,” said Gushwa, 24, a Cal State Northridge coed. Pageant officials claimed she’d perjured herself in court by telling a judge she’d been too drunk and medicated to remember nuptials with her longtime boyfriend. “Only girls that are entitled to it are deserving to own the crown,” Jackie Youngern, an association committee member, told the Ventura County Star this week. “This program runs on trust, and she’s broken that trust.” Only what Youngern didn’t disclose was that her daughter had competed against Gushwa for the crown. Or that she worked as a specialized peace officer for the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, which has declined to bring charges against Gushwa. Ron Bamieh, an attorney for Gushwa, said not only did Youngern make false accusations against his client, she misused her badge to “intimidate witnesses, obtain statements and solicit clerks at government offices to obtain records” on the deposed beauty queen. Legal defense The District Attorney’s Office forbids workers from using their position to conduct unsanctioned investigations. “I understand that some people were upset that their daughter lost a pageant, but at some point their actions become ridiculous and inappropriate,” said Bamieh, a former Ventura County prosecutor who once worked with Youngern. He said Gushwa did not misrepresent herself because she applied as single to compete long before the pageant took place. In addition, she doesn’t owe any further damages because she’s already paid her fine. Youngern, as well as pageant association officials, did not return phone calls seeking comment. A lead D.A.’s investigator said his office is investigating any potential malfeasance by Youngern, but could not comment on personnel issues. “Obviously, we take these types of allegations seriously and we are looking into the matter,” said Rob Briner, chief investigator for the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office. Gushwa, who says she suffers from two potentially fatal heart conditions, said she’d gone to Las Vegas to visit her boyfriend’s parents the weekend before the beauty competition. Charity concerns She drank on top of her medication and never remembered the wedding chapel, the kiss or the wedding ring, she said. The groom’s family has reportedly said Gushwa was not drunk during the wedding or rehearsal and has purportedly produced photos of a smiling Gushwa getting married in a Las Vegas chapel. “I never believed or thought for one moment that I was married,” insisted Gushwa, who has light blue eyes and flowing eyelashes. “… Later, I found out about the ceremony and immediately took steps to annul the proceedings.” Gushwa said she was especially worried at how the publicity would affect her charity, Heart2Heart, which has raised more than $50,000 for the National Marrow Donor Program. As for her Miss Ventura County tiara? She said she gave it to a girl suffering from lymphoma and will donate the remaining proceeds to her charity. “The girl I gave it to is a true beauty,” Gushwa said, “and I pray that she wears it in good health for the rest of what I hope is a very long life.” [email protected] (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device Police in Mobile, Alabama have issued an arrest warrant for former Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, USA Today reports.The mother of Cousins’ son recorded a phone conversation in which a man is heard telling her he will “put a bullet in your (expletive) head.” She told police the person on the other line was Cousins.She filed a police report on the call and sent a copy of …last_img read more

first_imgA gala dinner marking the end of the Nicholl awards week in 2010. The late Gee Nicholl gives a speech at the 2001 event. (Images: Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting) MEDIA CONTACTS • Natalie Kojen  Publicist: Ampas RELATED ARTICLES • Made in 48 hours, Joburg style • African film is focus at Fespaco • Big grant for African filmmakers • SA filmmaker wins top enviro award • New Afrikaans film a hit Valencia TalaneThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Ampas) in Hollywood will honour the latest recipients of the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on Thursday 8 November.Among the five is South African filmmaker Sean Robert Daniels, from Pretoria in Gauteng. He wrote Killers, the story of a female contract killer whose dying mother asks her to come back to her hometown to end her life.As the story unfolds, it explores the relationship between the two women and the mother’s doctor.The 2012 edition of the competition had attracted over 7 000 entries from around the world, and since May the judges have been narrowing the entries down to the best five.“When I first discovered that I had been awarded the fellowship I felt stunned,” Roberts shared in an interview with Media Update in October. “It was a surreal experience.”For the past 26 years, Ampas – the body behind the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars – has awarded these fellowships for the scripts that they consider most deserving.Exciting honourAn additional honour for Daniels is that he is the only non-American in the group, and the first South African to become a Nicholls fellow. The fellowships are each valued at US$35 000 (R301 969), with the money disbursed over the year of the fellowship, US$7 000 (R60 393) every quarter.To mark the beginning of their fellowship year, the group spends seven days in Los Angeles during the Nicholls awards week, where they are encouraged to network with industry experts during, and take part in, seminars. The week culminates in the awards dinner. Previous fellows also attend, along with the judging committee.The goal for the year ahead, according to the committee, is to have each of the fellows write a feature-length screenplay, the deadline of which is the end of the fellowship year.Finalists’ profiles are also distributed to producers, agents and executives in the field of talent development in LA to help encourage their entry into the world of film.Daniels studied film and television in Australia, completing an honours degree in screen arts. He currently lectures at the Open Window School of Visual Communication in Centurion, Pretoria. The school’s website recognises Daniels’s accomplishment as one of the notable achievements of 2012.Speaking about his excitement at the prospects of the year ahead, Daniels told Media Update that since the announcement of the winners, he had been approached by several producers from Hollywood. His students, he said, are the most excited, and he hoped that they can learn from his achievement that their own dreams of making films can happen.The competitionThe first Nicholls fellowship script to be made into a feature film, Closet Land, was written by Radha Bharadwaj, who had won a place in the programme in 1989, three years into its existence.Other notable scripts linked to the fellowship include Doug Atchison’s Akeelah and the Bee, a film that was released in 2000, starring Laurence Fishburne and Angela Basset. Atchison won a National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People Image Award for best screenplay.Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, was co-written by 1996 fellow Ehren Kruger, who also wrote Arlington Road, The Ring and the forthcoming Transformers: Dark of the Moon.The screenplay for the Julia Roberts film Erin Brockovich, which was nominated in the 2000 Oscars, was written by a previous fellow, Susannah Grant.The fellowship was named – by his wife, actress and fellow writer Gee Nicholl – after producer and writer Don Nicholl, who died in 1980, five years before the programme was initiated.Having started as a competition only for aspiring writers in the US, it was broadened to accommodate writers from other countries whose scripts are written in English. One of the strict rules of the competition is that work translated from other languages does not qualify.last_img read more

first_imgTags:#enterprise#Products Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… You probably know Zoho as a SaaS company with enterprise collaboration and productivity tools. What you might not know is that they also offer on-premise deployments for companies with more than 10,000 employees. While this has been an important option for large enterprises not ready for the cloud, its limitation has always been the hardware requirements that went along with it. Starting today, that limitation disappears via partnership with VMware to get Zoho’s apps running on the vSphere “private cloud” behind the firewall. Quietly Offering On-premiseZoho is best recognized for its software as service offerings, a suite of 19 applications ranging from a Google Docs competitor to a low-cost CRM. But for some time now the company has allowed larger enterprises to purchase appliances that replicate Zoho’s own datacenter, but keep the data behind the firewall and allow for better integration with other enterprise applications. “Not many people know that we do on-site deployments for companies that have at least 10,000 employees,” said Zoho evangelist Raju Vegesna. Vegesna also mentioned that they sell Zoho apps to service providers who can rebrand and sell them independently, a move which has allowed the company to penetrate markets in China and Japan. The downside with selling appliances is that it forced customers to use the hardware configuration provided by Zoho. Running the apps on VMware’s vSphere creates an alternative to that by providing a virtual appliance. The architecture ultimately tries to create a private cloud behind the firewall, though there have been fierce critics of the notion that this approach is anything like the public cloud. Adapting to the Needs of EnterpriseWhen we asked whether Zoho really presents this as an equal option or just a failsafe, Vegesna said that “all these enterprises are already using or experimenting with Zoho, and they come to us asking if we offer on-site deployments…we clearly put the advantages and disadvantages right in front of them.” He compared their collaborative software to real estate, “SaaS is like an apartment. If you’re big enough you’ll buy a house, but if you don’t have the money you’ll rent an apartment.”It’s interesting to see one of the more successful SaaS companies embrace the need for on-premise implementations. Rather than try and convert all companies to the cloud, Zoho is one of a class of SaaS companies adapting their product rather than turning away those not ready for the cloud. Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img steven walling Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

first_imgIran’s Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz has spoken ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Quarterfinal match between his side and China.In what is the last tournament for Carlos Queiroz as coach of Iran, he will join Colombia after the competition, he has warned his players of the China threat.Iran and China will meet on January 24 in the Quarterfinals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.“We know how much the China team has progressed, especially under (coach) Marcello Lippi. It will be another difficult game, as will all the matches going forward,” Queiroz told MENAFN.“We cannot waste chances as we did against Oman, we must play with a killer instinct and we need to put the ball in the net.”“In knockout football, it is important to kill the game early, it gives you a tremendous advantage. The most important thing for the next game is to be calmer, to be smarter,” he added.Iran ended up in the first place of Group D in the tournament after collecting seven points.Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.The Persians trashed Yemen 5-0 in their first game, then defeated Vietnam 2-0 in the next matchday.But in the political-charged game against Iraq, both teams ended up tying 0-0.And on the Round of 16, Iran beat Oman 2-0 to advance to the Quarterfinals where they will meet China at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on January 24.Meanwhile, China ended up second on Group C, three points behind South Korea.The Chinese defeated Kyrgyzstan 2-1 and then the Philippines 3-0.Their only loss came at the hands of the South Koreans 2-0 in the last group matchday.China met Thailand on the Round of 16, beating them 2-1.last_img read more