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Reggie Miller Asks Twitter For Help Finding Missing Niece

Nikki Miller, 16, may have run away, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said. UPDATE: Miller was found safe Monday night.

Retired NBA player Reggie Miller asked his thousands of Twitter followers Monday to look out for his missing 16-year-old niece.

Nikki Miller disappeared from her Yorba Linda, California, bedroom sometime between 10:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. Sunday night to Monday morning, her parents told the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

“We are treating this as a runaway-type situation,” Lt. John Roche told BuzzFeed News Monday evening.

When her family discovered she wasn't in her room Monday morning deputies arrived to investigate. Her room had been arranged to make it seem like she was still asleep, Roche said, and there was no sign of a struggle or forced entry.

But there also wasn't any sign of why she might have left. She had no history of running away, and there had been no argument or turmoil within the family, Roche said.

“We don't know why this occurred,” he said.

Deputies searched the area for several hours, and bloodhounds were called in to look for any trace of her. Authorities in neighboring cities were also alerted, and her name and description were entered into a missing persons database.

[source BuzzFeed]

Rihanna’s Best Collaborations – New Spotify Playlist

We’ve created another Spotify playlist for you! Since Spotify is getting more and more popular… and what’s most important – it’s completely legal and free… we thought it’s a nice way to support Rihanna. While we’re waiting for #R8 and any new music you can enjoy her Greatest Hits and Collaborations we’ve selected! And like we said, this way you support Rihanna in the same way as if you bought her album or song! Streams even count in Billboard charts! Rihanna Navy, don’t wait then! All you have to do is register for free.

Make sure to check all our Spotify playlists.

- Rihanna’s Greatest Hits

- The Monster Tour Songlist

- Rihanna’s Best Collaborations

[source rihannadaily]

Reader Discussion: What Were You Playing At This Time Last Year?

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Put away Destiny for a little while. Shelve your hype for Shadow of Mordor. Ease your foot off of Forza Horizon 2’s gas pedal. We’re going to take a trip in the wayback machine.

Thing back to the end of September 2013. You didn’t have a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One yet. In fact, you may not have even seen one in person.

Even though you may have been looking ahead, there was something on Steam or your consoles that grabbed your attention. Were you dungeon diving in Diablo III? Perhaps you were exploring the vastness of the California countryside in GTA V. Maybe you were saving the world as one of the colorful, Wonderful 101.

Looking back on 2013, what do you remember about your fall gaming? Have any of those games stuck out as new favorites to which you’ve returned, or have they faded into history? Need a quick refresher? Here's our list of 2013 release dates.

 Reader Discussion: What Were You Playing At This Time Last Year?

T.I. and Tiny The Family Hustle Season 4 Episode 16 Recap: Fear Niq Niq and the OMG Girlz!

Monday on T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle Season 4 Episode 16, Tiny and her posse took center stage as the focus shifted to their life on the road.

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Tiny took Niq Niq and the OMG Girlz to a class taught by Divas in Defense, which made for a classic B-story in a reality show that is more like a sitcom.

If you stumbled on T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle Season 4 Episode 16, you could be forgiven for thinking this were some ’90s-era family comedy.

That’s what it feels like with hilariously staged events such as Tiny and Co. enrolling in a self defense program to prepare them for life on the road.

Because on the road … who only knows what kinds of things might happen to Tameka “Tiny” Cottle. One best be prepared for all things, no doubt.

The instructor had an unusual way of teaching her moves, which made for some conflict, as Tiny wondered if the girls were taking the class seriously.

How did they respond? Well, you’ll have to watch T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle online to find out, but the real star of this episode was again Tip.

This week’s episode saw T.I. installing cameras in the house and watching from an actual surveillance van to catch his kids in the act of mischief.

Again, this feels like a plot lifted straight out of Modern Family, and the results were almost as funny as a five-time Emmy winner could’ve produced.

“It seems when I’m around, they’re on their best behavior, and when I’m not … anarchy. The kids need a little bit of a lesson in respect,” quoth Tip.

“But,” he adds, first, “I need to catch ‘em.”

Suffice it to say, seeing rapper T.I. install nanny cams with his associate Major and then reacting to his discoveries from afar is nothing short of hilarious.

There is almost no effort to hide the fact that this is scripted comedy, and coming from a man who recently fought Floyd Mayweather, why should there be?

He is who he is, and the Family Hustle have joined their beloved patriarch in creating an unexpected “reality show” (term used loosely) gem for VH1.

Last week’s episode was equally classic:

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[via thehollywoodgossip]

What I Learned About Afghan Politics by Selling Rugs

The inauguration on Monday of Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, has left Afghans profoundly conflicted—simultaneously hopeful for a better future and anxious over the many unresolved issues that his election has created.

Since the June 14 voting and the long recount and protracted negotiations that followed, Afghans have been grappling with the unfamiliar concept of a “winner-take-all” race, deeply worried about what the loser might do. This summer, Abdullah Abdullah, who claimed to have beaten Ghani in the runoff election, declared that his supporters would not accept results he called fraudulent, amid hints of a “civil uprising” from his well-armed followers.

Afghans’ concerns are well-founded. Look at the horrors that commanders of competing factions unleashed during Afghanistan’s brutal civil war, which raged from 1992 to 1996 following the Soviet withdrawal from the country. My family and I lived through all that in Kabul—the endless rocket attacks, the bodies in the streets—and I still live with the memories. I know better than most what it will mean if the hard-fought deal between Ghani and Abdullah that led to this week’s inauguration falls apart.

Yet, I am optimistic.

You see, before I became a writer, I was a carpet seller. I was brought up in a family of carpet traders. For many years, we had a shop on Chicken Street at the heart of Kabul’s carpet bazaar. There I was taught from a very early age how to bargain for hours, and sometimes for days, to get the best price on a carpet.

I was 17 years old when I purchased my first carpet. My father took me with him to a friend’s carpet shop on Chicken Street. As we were about to enter, he asked, “Do you know what to do?”

“Yes, Father,” I assured him.

“Good. If you master the art of bargaining,” he told me, “you will know how to resolve any disagreements you ever encounter, whether they are between people, or families, or even tribes.”

It took me years to truly grasp what Father told me on that sunny day. His words echoed in my head when my grandfather resolved a dispute between two branches of a large family in our neighborhood, using the same skills required for bargaining over a carpet.

That dispute centered on two cousins, Abdul and Haji, who had grown vegetables for years on a shared piece of land. When the cousins died, each left two sons. Abdul’s sons wanted to build a house on the land, while Haji’s sons opposed the idea. Their argument lasted for weeks and then grew violent, with the disputants hitting one another with shovels. It was time for the neighbors to intervene.

The neighbors forced the family to solve their problem through a shura, a local assembly. First the disputants had to identify a mediator, a senior community leader or a local notable known for his honesty and good deeds. That person happened to be my grandfather. As the mediator, Grandfather heard from both sides. Then he formed a shura of the community elders to whom he presented the details. The shura considered the case for weeks until its members reached a consensus on a solution that satisfied both parties, with each feeling they had gotten at least part of what they wanted.

The land was separated into four pieces. Abdul’s two sons built a large mansion on their share, while Haji’s two sons kept their land and farmed.

At its heart, this is a very pure form of democracy in Afghanistan that has worked for millennia. The tradition of the shura—or its national-level equivalent, the jirga—forms the very foundation of Afghan society. Shuras exist across all ethnicities, all language groups. Special shuras of female elders are held to deal with women’s issues.

Over the past six months, Secretary of State John Kerry visited Afghanistan twice, seeking to ease the differences between Ghani and Abdullah. In effect, he was taking on the role of an elder. Each time he came, Ghani and Abdullah shook his hand, smiled, and raised their arms together in front of television cameras. But within days, they went back to their old ways, as if everything they had said to the media with Kerry present had never happened. This was no surprise to me. They simply had not yet finished their bargaining.

While others grew impatient over the delays, and a long parade of political analysts expressed opinions and made predictions, some dire, I just waited. I asked myself, “Why should I watch a movie for which I already know the ending? Ghani and Abdullah are Afghans. They were raised in educated families. They know the ancient protocols deeply rooted in our culture.”

Eventually, they agreed that Ghani would be the president and lead the Cabinet, while Abdullah would fill a newly created position of chief executive officer and head a Council of Ministers. Tellingly, the deal included a commitment to hold a jirga within two years to change the constitution and create an executive prime minister’s office to replace the undefined role of the chief executive.

This means that the real bargaining has only just begun.

And that is no surprise. The bad feelings between Ghani, Abdullah, and their supporters echo the anger Afghans feel about many things that have happened to us over the past four decades. It will take years to work that out.

As I walked into that carpet shop on Chicken Street at age 17, I told Father, “I will bargain like you.”

“Don’t be in a hurry,” he reminded me, though he had told me this many times before. “There is an art to making a deal, son, and it takes time.” Father greeted the shopkeeper with all the required formality, asking about his health, his family, his father, and so on. Then he sat on a chair in the corner and left the rest to me.

The owner started rolling out one carpet after another, stroking his beard as he did. I inspected each one closely. After four hours, I put three carpets aside, then chose one. The bargaining began and went on for an hour. I was getting exhausted and wanted to walk out of the shop without buying anything. On the way there, I had seen hundreds of carpets through the large windows of other shops on both sides of the street. My father saw the fatigue on my face. When the shopkeeper stepped out of the room to make tea, my father whispered into my ear, “Son, you can’t walk out of here empty-handed.”

“But he doesn’t come down with his price, Father.”

“As a carpet dealer,” my father cautioned me, “once you start to bargain seriously, you can haggle over the price for hours and days, but at the end you have to buy. If you don’t, you will gain a bad reputation. Word will spread, and no other carpet seller will trust you or ever do deals with you.”

It took me two days, but I managed to buy my first carpet at the price I had in mind. This was my first step in gaining the trust and respect of the carpet dealers on Chicken Street.   

Ghani and Abdullah are each driving a hard bargain. But I am confident that in the end, they will make it work. They have to, or they will lose their reputations. Both are surrounded by individuals and groups who have too much to lose if they walk away. Through these years of turmoil, some of their supporters have made so much money that they cannot risk losing everything, again. They know all too well that war is not the solution.

Abdullah, for his part, does not want anybody to know the vote count from the recent election (he threatened to boycott the inauguration over the weekend after Ghani’s supporters posted what they claim is the official vote count, showing Ghani winning by 10 percentage points). Given the high price Afghans have paid for their new government, I understand why Abdullah does not want to talk about the votes. When someone bargains seriously for a carpet in Kabul, he is unlikely to reveal its true cost.

“If you love a carpet and are happy with it, what difference does the price make?”

We say that all the time to our customers on Chicken Street. Maybe I said it once to you.

This article was originally published at http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/09/afghanistan-politics-carpets-election-ghani-abdullah/380924/

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Menswear Mondays

Today we’re going to focus on Dan Stevens. For the last few weeks he has really impressed me with his style!
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Guyana women’s hockey team moves into final stage of preparation for CAC Games

In their preparation for the Central American & Caribbean (CAC) Games being

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Flashback of Guyana contingent, including the women’s hockey team, at the last CAC games four years ago in Puerto Rico.

held in Vera Cruz, Mexico from November 15 to 23, 2014, the Guyana National Women’s Hockey Team played its final selection match on Saturday 27th September at Bourda.  Following the match the national selectors met to shortlist the final team of 16 players who will be making the journey to represent the Golden Arrowhead at the prestigious games.
The Guyana women competed in the last CAC Games four years ago in Mayguez, Puerto Rico where they entered as the 8th and final seed in the rankings but came out in 5th position.
As a result of their international success over the past few years, the Guyanese ladies now find themselves ranked a much more respectable 3rd.  A final placement of 3rd or higher will qualify Guyana for a position in the Pan American Games of 2015 being held in Toronto, Canada.
In this year’s CAC Games, Guyana has been placed in Pool B along with defending champions Trinidad, the Dominican Republic and Bermuda.  Pool A comprises of hosts Mexico, Cuba, Barbados and Jamaica.  Guyana will open its bid for a medal on November 15th against the Dominican Republic.  The two sides have never met in previous competitions but the Dominican Republic made the semi-finals at the last CAC Games four years ago and is likely to give the Guyanese a tough challenge.
Guyana is then scheduled to face the highly regarded Trinidadian side, fresh off their Glasgow Commonwealth Games appearance in July.  Guyana complete its pool round against Bermuda against whom they have one victory and one draw in the past four years.
After Saturday’s match, the national selectors have narrowed the field to 23 players and will bring

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Guyana defensive stalwart, Ulrica Sutherland clears a ball against Jamaica during the last CAC games.

that down to the final 16 in one week’s time.  Those selected to the squad are:
Alysa Xavier (GK), Jonelle Webster (GK), Briawna Gordon (GK), Sarafina Phillips(GK), Ulrica Sutherland, Ashley DeGroot, Tiffany Solomon, Maria Munroe, Trisha Woodroffe, Aliyah Gordon, Marzana Fiedtkou, Janella Munroe, Leigh Sandison, Gabriella Xavier, Rebecca Xavier, Latacia Chung, Kerensa Fernandes, Chantelle Fernandes, Dacia Woodroffe, Samantha Fernandes, Shebiki Baptiste, Tekeisha Deleon and Princessa Wilkie.

[via kaieteurnewsonline]