Photo Shoots, Airplanes, & Another Top Secret Project – Perez’s Pics From This Jet-Setting Week!

It’s official!

We’ve wrapped our top secret project!

But we’re not gonna slow down because we’re already set with ANOTHER one.

We can’t talk too much about it, but just know we’re really excited.

But we’re even more excited for Halloween!!!

There’s just one week until we get to be in our costumes, and don’t worry, we’ll make sure to document everything on Instagram!

So what are you waiting for!?

Wanna see what our week was like?

CLICK HERE to view the gallery, “Perez’s Pics Of The Week: Oct. 18th – 24th, 2014″!!!

CLICK HERE to view the gallery, “Perez’s Pics Of The Week: Oct. 18th – 24th, 2014″!!!

CLICK HERE to view the gallery, “Perez’s Pics Of The Week: Oct. 18th – 24th, 2014″!!!

CLICK HERE to view the gallery, “Perez’s Pics Of The Week: Oct. 18th – 24th, 2014″!!!

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Kuwait urges Gulf reforms as oil prices fall

Kuwait has a production capacity of over 3.2 million bpd and pumps most of its exports from the Al-Ahmadi refinery, just north of Al-ShuaibaKuwait's finance minister on Saturday called for economic reforms by energy-dependent Gulf states to cope with a drop in oil prices that has hurt their public finances. Saleh said the Gulf states must diversify their economies and "reduce dependence on oil". "Implementing these policies has become inevitable," Saleh told the meeting, which International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde was also attending. Forecasts indicate a healthy economic growth for the six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) averaging 4.5 percent in 2014-2015, Saleh said.


Protesters Call for Justice for Transgender Filipina Allegedly Killed by Marine

On Wednesday evening, around 100 people gathered in San Francisco’s Union Square to hold a candlelight vigil for Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old transgender Filipina woman who was allegedly murdered by a U.S. Marine in the Philippines last Saturday night.

The event was spearheaded by BAYAN-USA and GABRIELA-SF and supported by local Filipino, people of color, women’s rights, and LGBT activists. Gatherers expressed sadness and anger at Gaude’s murder at the hands of U.S. Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton.

Late Saturday night, Jennifer Laude apparently checked into a hotel in Olongapo City, northwest of the capital Manila, with Pemberton, a white male U.S. Marine she met at Ambyanz Disco bar.

Soon after, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, “Laude was found lifeless on the bathroom floor of one of the rooms of Celzone Lodge after checking in allegedly with Pemberton. The victim’s head was slumped in the toilet.” Laude died of asphyxiation and, according to police, was possibly strangled.

Protesters condemned the routine violence against transgender women of color and U.S. foreign policy in the Philippines. A 2013 report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) found that of the more than 2,000 incidents of anti-LGBTQ violence, 73.1% of anti-LGBTQ homicide victims were people of color and 53.8% were transgender women.

Isa Noyola of EL/LA Para Translatinas explained to The Post that Laude’s death is one example of the systemic violence transgender women of color face. The root of this violence, she said, is “patriarchy and our society’s view on how trans lives are disposable.”

Protesters’ major demand was to hold Pemberton accountable in the Philippines rather than U.S. military jurisdiction. Pemberton is currently detained aboard the USS Peleliu in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, about 50 miles northwest of Manila.

However, the 1999 U.S.-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) grants the United States jurisdiction over crimes committed by U.S. military personnel in the Philippines. It also allows for joint military exercises and training between the U.S. and Philippine militaries, largely to fight Islamic militant groups as part of the U.S. War on Terror and counter Chinese influence. The recent Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) grants the United States greater access to Filipino military bases.

Protesters argued that these agreements benefit American military hegemony at the expense of Philippine self-determination and dignity. Faye Lacanilao, an organizer with BAYAN-USA, told The Post that ending VFA and EDCA was another demand, along with “letting us figure out how we can also defend ourselves, prioritize other things like creating national industry, supporting education, having solid healthcare, and not busying ourselves with dealing with [the] American military.”

U-Turn: Weekly Recap: Tesla’s sales ban fortified in Michigan as franchise laws draw fire

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“Tesla’s quest to own its stores has brought to light issues that have long faced the industry.” – Adam Jones

Tesla’s fight to challenge dealer franchise laws moved to the home state of the American auto industry this week, as the governor of Michigan signed a controversial bill that excludes Tesla from selling its electric cars directly to consumers.

Experts agree it was probably already illegal for Tesla to sell cars in Michigan, as the state’s franchise laws require that cars be sold through dealerships. But, the legislation closed a gap in the law that Tesla might have been able to exploit.

Ironically, the bill sailed through both houses of the state legislature with little fanfare this year, as voters and officials have been preoccupied with midterm elections. It’s not even a new law: just an amendment to an existing rule that touches on a number of issues, including transaction fees charged by dealers to consumers during the sale process.

The controversy seemingly exploded overnight, as a last-minute change in the language of the bill – which appeared aimed at Tesla – strengthened Michigan’s franchise laws. It wasn’t until the bill was already on the desk of Gov. Rick Snyder that most of the public was even aware of it, or of the implications of the 11th hour changes.

Not surprisingly, Tesla was peeved.

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Big Apple Circus Transforms Lincoln Center For Show ‘Metamorphosis’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Big Apple Circus is back in the Big Apple, and its once again transforming Lincoln Center into all things fun.

Which is fitting considering this year’s production is called “Metamorphosis.”

Ringmaster John Kennedy Kane joined CBS 2’s Diane Macedo and Andrea Grymes on Saturday morning to offer a preview on what circusgoers can expect from the show.

Click on the video player above for the full interview with Kane.

For those who don’t know, The Big Apple Circus is a not-for-profit organization and is as much about education as it is entertainment.

For more information on the show and tickets, head over to www.bigapplecircus.org.

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5 Things You Missed: 2014 World Series, Game 3

By Daniel Rathman

In the last 56 World Series that began with the road team earning a 1-1 split, there has been no home-field advantage for the hosts in Game 3. They were 26-30 at the start of play on Friday, including the 2002 affair between the Giants and Angels, in which San Francisco took one of two in Anaheim, but fell in its return to AT&T Park and eventually lost in seven games.

Now, they are 26-31.

Manager Ned Yost and the Royals did not play by the National League book in Game 3. They did not steal, hit-and-run or bunt, even in a close game. They did not pinch-hit, pinch-run or make a double switch, even though their starter left with nobody out in the sixth. And yet, they prevailed by a final score of 3-2.

Here are five things you didn’t know about the game.

1. The 458th major-league start of Tim Hudson’s career marked his first time toeing the rubber in a World Series game. When he kicked and dealt to Royals leadoff man Alcides Escobar, he handed over what had been the league’s longest drought among active pitchers to the Mets’ Bartolo Colon, who is at 436.

He also handed the Royals a runner in scoring position, with a fastball that sailed high and tempted Escobar enough for the shortstop to swing at the first pitch and hammer it off the base of the left-field wall for a double. Two productive ground balls later, the Royals were up, 1-0.

2. While the Giants stuck with the same eight regulars who led them to the pennant, the Royals — stripped of designated hitter Billy Butler — made a change. Norichika Aoki rode the pine, as Yost bumped Alex Gordon up to the no. 2 spot in the order, slid Lorenzo Cain over to right field and deployed the much rangier Jarrod Dyson to cover AT&T Park’s spacious gap in right-center. Dyson, previously utilized in a pinch-runner and defensive-replacement role, hit eighth in the revised lineup.

The returns on those moves were mixed.

On the one hand, Cain’s superb defense spared visiting starter Jeremy Guthrie two early-inning hits, which might have sparked a game-tying rally. On the other, Dyson’s feeble bat in the no. 8 slot may have cost the Royals a chance to add on before Hudson settled in. As the adage goes, you can’t steal first base, and Hudson ended the second inning by getting Dyson to bounce into double play with runners at first and second to keep it a one-run game.

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3. Guthrie rendered that setback moot by silencing the Giants through the fifth, but Hudson matched him batter for batter, as they combined to retire 20 in a row. Guthrie himself was the 20th out in that streak, but his sixth-inning ground out preceded an Alcides Escobar single and Alex Gordon double that made it 2-0 before Giants manager Bruce Bochy could warm up a reliever. Hudson got Cain to ground out and departed in favor of Javier Lopez, who matched wits with Eric Hosmer in what would be the biggest at-bat of the game.

The chess match between lefty specialist and lefty hitter lasted 11 pitches, and on the 11th — a full-count, get-me-over fastball that signaled Lopez would rather go after Hosmer than use an open first base to take on Mike Moustakas — the first baseman roped a single that put the Royals up by three.

They’d need that insurance tally to hold off a spirited Giants rally that chased Guthrie in the sixth and put Kelvin Herrera on the ropes. In the end, Hosmer helped Guthrie not only to get the win, but also to make history in the process.

Guthrie is the first starting pitcher to be credited with a “W” in the postseason after recording no more than 15 outs and notching zero strikeouts since the New York Giants’ Hugh McQuillan in Game 3 of the 1924 World Series. The catch: McQuillan pitched just 3 2/3 innings in that contest, so he only got the win because that game predated the five-inning requirement.

4. Yost’s plan to go from Guthrie to the “HDH” crew of Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland got derailed when Herrera walked Hunter Pence to begin the last of the seventh. The right-hander fanned Brandon Belt, but Yost opted to use lefty Brandon Finnegan with the like-handed Travis Ishikawa and Brandon Crawford due up.

In doing so, Yost made Finnegan the first pitcher in baseball history to appear in the College World Series — for Texas Christian University — and the major-league World Series in the same year. The 17th-overall pick in the June draft, Finnegan retired pinch-hitter Juan Perez on a fly ball and struck out Crawford to strand Pence at first and keep the Royals on top 3-2.

5. Davis and Holland teamed up to go six up, six down to crush any Giants’ hopes of an 11th-hour comeback. In doing so, they gave the Royals their first World Series lead in franchise history.

The Royals won the pennant in 1980, but they lost the first two games of that World Series to the Phillies and only managed to tie it before going down in six. They captured both the pennant and the world championship in 1985, but that series went the distance, and the Cardinals squandered 2-0 and 3-1 advantages.

Now, in their third trip to the Fall Classic, the Royals are up 2-1 against a Giants franchise that has lost eight straight World Series when starting with a 1-1 split.

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Daniel Rathman is a writer and editor for Baseball Prospectus. He has previously been a new media intern for New England Sports Network and served as editor-in-chief of The Tufts Daily during the spring of 2012. Daniel is also a second-year urban planning student at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University and a research assistant at the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management.

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