domingo, 31 de enero de 2010

Organizer backs out of 2010 Miss World contest

The authorized organizer of the 2010 Miss World pageant in Vietnam on Friday made a surprise withdrawal from the event, claiming it did not want to get embroiled in an inter-provincial dispute.

Chairman of US-based Rare Antibody Antigen Supply (RAAS), Hoang Kieu, said his company would not organize this year’s pageant as it does not want to “hurt the relationship between Khanh Hoa and Tien Giang,” the provinces caught in a dispute over the official venue for the event.

Both the government and the Miss World Organization have authorized RAAS as the organizer of the event in Vietnam.

At first, the company planned to hold the pageant in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa and intended to build a resort there as the event venue.

But the resort project was criticized by experts on concerns it would destroy the environment of the Nha Trang Bay, causing RAAS to drop the plan in November 2008.

About a year later RAAS said it would shift the event to Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta and would construct a five-star ecotourism resort for the pageant.

The administration of Khanh Hoa Province, however, said the central government has granted the right for Khanh Hoa to host the event and that a venue change could not be decided unilaterally by RAAS. The province had already hosted the Miss Universe contest in August 2008.

Now that RAAS has withdrawn from the beauty pageant, Khanh Hoa Province will have to confirm with the Miss World Organization that it has the US$10 million needed to organize the event itself by February 12.

Le Xuan Than, deputy chairman of Khanh Hoa People’s Committee, said Friday that provincial authorities would decide whether to hold the event next week.

The Performing Arts Department, under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said the government will not allocate state budget for the pageant, suggesting Khanh Hoa should raise funds from both foreign and domestic sponsors to organize the event.

Reported by Do Tuan-Hoang Phuong

martes, 26 de enero de 2010

Kaiane Aldorino, Miss World 2009 visits Japan

Miss World 2009, Kaiane Aldorino of Gibraltar visits Tokyo, Japan on January 2010. She was accompanied by Miss World Chairman, Julia Morley and they are welcomed by Eruza Sasaki, Miss Japan 2009 who represented Japan in Miss World 2009 and Hiroko Matsunaga, Miss Japan 2010 who will compete in Miss World 2010 to be held in Vietnam.

Kaiane's trip to Tokyo also includes her visit to Korea and next trip will be on Brunei.

Visit to Korea where she met Cha Ye Rin, Miss Korea 2009 who competed in the Miss World 2009 beauty pageant and Ryu Ji Kwang, Mister Korea 2010 who will compete in the Mister World 2010.

Visit to Tokyo, Japan:

domingo, 17 de enero de 2010

Miss Belgium 2010

Miss Belgium 2010

Cilou Annys will be Belgium's candidate to both Miss Universe and Miss World 2010 competitions. The French-Spanish translator won the Miss Belgie 2010 title during the finals night shown at VijfTV. Lien Aernouts was the 1st runner-up, while Binta Telemans became the 2nd runner-up.

Miss Luxembourg World 2010

Miss Luxembourg World 2010

Shari Thuyns, a nineteen year-old student will represent Luxembourg at 60th Miss World contest in Vietnam. She was chosen over seven other candidates during the finale of the Miss Luxembourg 2010 contest finals held at Chateu d'Uspelt.

Miss Rwanda World 2010

Grace Bahati, 18 and 1.76, was crowned Miss Rwanda 2010 at the Kigali Serena Hotel. She will represent Rwanda in Miss World 2010 in Vietnam marking the debut of this African nation in the international pageant.

Miss Angola World 2010

Miss Angola World 2010

Ivanita Jones from Zaire was the 1st runner-up and will compete in Miss World 2010 in Vietnam.

Miss South Africa World 2010

Miss South Africa World 2010

Nicole Flint from Pretoria was crowned as the 52nd Miss South Africa titleholder at the Sun City Superbowl. Matapa Maila, was the 1st Princess of the pageant for the 2nd time around (she was a former Miss Earth South Africa as well); while Lisa Van Zyl placed as the 2nd Princess. Nicole will represent South Africa at Miss Universe and Miss World competitions for 2010.