BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – In six weeks, Miss USA 2014 will be crowned in Baton Rouge.
The city-parish council has approved one million dollars worth of improvements to the River Center.Managers said those funds will stretch far beyond the pageant stage.
On June 8, some of the most beautiful women in the country will take center stage at the River Center arena. That puts the capital city under a bright national spotlight. It is exciting news, especially for General Manager Todd Mitchell. “We were on a national stage during football season. But this is a national stage with a completely different audience and people all around the world will watch this event,” Mitchell said.
The 37-year-old facility has got to shine. That includes painting, polishing floors, making repairs, and bringing technology up to the speed of the 21st century, in just six short weeks. “You’ve got to get in. It’s a challenge, let me tell you.”
The biggest improvement will be to the arena’s Wifi network. Mitchell said the upgrade will allow virtually every person who attends the pageant to connect to the outside world through their smart phones. “Our current network can handle about 500 people at the same time. We’re going to be expanding that to be able to host 5,000 people.”
Mitchell said it was one of the requirements set by the Miss USA Pageant, but it is an upgrade that will benefit Baton Rouge in the long run. “It’ll expand past this event and help us market other events we have not been able to bid on certain events because we just couldn’t fulfill their network.” He said the possibilities are endless, once the star of the riverfront looks and feels like a million bucks. Mitchell said, to date, there are only on thousand tickets remaining.
What: Miss Universe Gabriela Isler Presents at the 25th Annual Billboard Latin Music Awards
When: Today! Thursday, April 24th
Where: Miami, Florida
Time: 8 p.m. ET
The Billboard Latin Music Awards are the largest and longest-running event dedicated to Latin music in the world.
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Former Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo has a role in “The Other Woman.” After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on (Leslie Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB. In theaters this Friday. Learn more about the movie here.
Eventually, everyone ends up back at their old pirouetting grounds.
Riyo Mori, who held the Miss Universe title in 2007, stopped by the Quinte Ballet School of Canada Monday to teach a workshop for the current professional students.
Mori attended QBSC from 2004 to 2006 and, as one of four international students at the time, split her focus into three parts: academic school, ballet school and a dance teacher course.
“Being an international student, you need to fully understand your purpose [at the school],” said Mori. “Coming from that far away, you have to work for your goals. You have to work hard.”
The workshop, both ballet and jazz focused, was meant to help students hone their skills and give them a taste of what Mori has been up to for the past eight years. Read the full article
THE 2014 MISS TEEN USA® COMPETITION RETURNS TO THE WORLD FAMOUS ATLANTIS, PARADISE ISLAND BAHAMAS ON AUGUST 2
The 2014 MISS TEEN USA® Competition will stream LIVE from the Atlantis, Paradise Island Bahamas on Saturday, August 2, 2013 on http://www.missteenusa.com. Cassidy Wolf, Miss Teen USA 2013, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the event. The competition will feature contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Contestants will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview.