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I can’t believed what I read in some news today that the fireworks shown in the opening ceremony of olympic 2008 at Beijing were faked or computer generated.

“What they did not realise was that what they were watching was in fact computer graphics, meticulously created over a period of months and inserted into the coverage electronically at exactly the right moment.”[link]


“London’s Telegraph newspaper reports that some of the fireworks which appeared over Beijing during the television broadcast of the Olympic Opening Ceremony were actually computer generated. But — hold on — it’s not necessarily as bad as you think.

The faked fireworks were actually set-off at the stadium, but because of potential dangers in filming the display live from a helicopter, viewers at home were shown a pre-recorded, computer-generated shot. It sounds dishonest, but I’m not sure it’s such a terrible thing.” [link]

But for me, either it was faked or not, I still loved what I saw, it was really wonderfu! They made an amazing performance. 🙂


I’ve been searching the net since morning to know what will be the start time of Olympic Games in China tomorrow but I cannot find it, I want to watch the Grand Opening Ceremony which is my favorite part but I don’t have any information about the time. Anyone of you here guys knows about, please inform me….. 😦

Actually, the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, will be celebrated in Beijing, People’s Republic of China from tomorrow August 8 until August 24, 2008. If you wnat to know more about it, here’s the official website


Accordingly, fireworks will highlight the opening ceremony.

“For the first time, the shape of the Olympic Rings will be formed in the sky,” said Wang, adding that Olympic symbols and elements will be a part of fireworks’ designs with an aim to promote Olympic ideals.

Firing skills will feature compressive air launches, chamber pressure launches and computerized ignition technologies, employed for the first time in the display of fireworks, he told the media attending a press conference in Beijing.

To reflect the “Green Olympics” concept, some of the fireworks will use less smoking powder to minimize smoke and dust pollution, Wang said.

The designers intend to highlight the fireworks’ effect both on the ceremony’s stadium and larger areas around the facility so that the Olympic central zone will be an extension of the ceremony owing to the splendid fireworks. [link]

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Miss Venezuela, Dayana Mendoza, 22 , was crowned as the Miss Universe 2008 on Monday held in Vietnam. She was once kidnapped in her homeland and says the experience taught her to remain poised under pressure.

The runners-up were:
1st runner-up: Taliana Vargas (Colombia)
2nd runner-up: Marianne Cruz (Dominican Republic)
3rd runner-up: Vera Krasova (Russia)
4th runner-up: Elisa Najera (Mexico)

Other Awards were:
Best in National Costume: Miss Thailand
Miss Congeniality: Miss El Salvador

Additional Info:
Miss USA Crystle Stewart fell down again during the evening gown competition, if you may recall, during the 2007 Miss Universe contest in Mexico City, Miss USA Rachel Smith also tumbled during the evening gown competition and became an unintended star on You Tube, where the video was shown over and over again. Like Smith, Stewart quickly stood up after her fall and continued on as if nothing had happened.

Never ever allow anybody, especially strangers to use your mobile phones, it may put you at risk, read on:

OFW Landed in Jail after Lending Own Cellphone!

An overseas Filipino worker who lent his cellphone to a friend was sent to jail for one month and was fined Qatar Riyal (QR) 3,000 for a crime he did not commit

Overseas Filipino worker Roy Palaoag did not realize his cellphone could send him to jail.

On April 25, Palaoag was excited to go home for a vacation. He went to the Doha airport for his flight bound to Manila. He was surprised when he was held by Airport Immigration Police. The police said that the computerized data system showed that he has a pending case.

According to Palaoag’s wife Florence, sometime in October 2006, an Indian national friend borrowed her husband’s cellphone. Unknown to Palaoag, his friend called a woman and uttered words that were seriously hurtful and threatening to the woman. Feeling humiliated and threatened by the Indian national, the woman reported and lodged a complaint to the local police.

Upon investigation by the Qatar Police, the cellphone number was traced to Palaoag.

On May 20, 2008, the Qatari Court ruled and sentenced OFW Roy Palaoag to one month imprisonment and imposed a fine of QR3,000.

John Leonard Monterona, Migrante Middle East (ME) regional coordinator, said that SIM cards are regulated by the government of Qatar. The Qatar government requires those who ask for permission to buy a SIM card to fill out a form and to submit a copy of his/her Iqama (residence permit). Then, the Qtel, Qatar’s national telephone company, enters the user’s personal information to the government’s centralized information or data system.

Monterona said Palaoag has already served a month of imprisonment but he needed to pay the QR3,000 for his release. Migrante, along with other OFW organizations in Qatar, would spearhead a contribution drive to raise the amount.

He advised other OFWs, “Never allow anybody to use your personal mobile phone, it may put you at risk. If it was lost or stolen, report it immediately to the host government’s national telephone company or to the local police.”

Vol. VIII, No. 20, June 22-28, 2008