Source & Story Credit: Yahoo – Shine – Sarah D. Bunting
Photo Credit: The Ghana News Agency
Posted: Thursday June 7, 2012 @ 1:30 p.m PST
According to Yahoo/Shine, A farm dog in Ghana has attained hero status after spending a night protecting an abandoned newborn human. Authorities say the dog, along with its two-week-old charge, was found under a bridge in Winkongo (which is near Bolgatanga, the Upper East Regional Capital of Ghana), near the farm where he lives – with the tiny baby snuggled against him.
A search party had been convened to look for the dog, not the baby, when the pooch’s worried owner got concerned that her pet hadn’t returned home in the evening.
Searchers spent most of the night tracking the hound through nearby fields and woods, and came upon the unlikely pair quite some time later; finally locating him under the bridge near the farm he calls home, they were surprised to find the dog curled around a human infant.
Madam Rosemary Azure, Director of Health for the Talensi-Nabdam District, shared the remarkable story with the Ghana News Agency at a ceremony for a different occasion entirely – the launch of two vaccines that will help prevent diarrhea and pneumonia .
The baby himself is in relatively fine fettle after his adventure. His umbilical cord had not been cut, and had gotten infected, but the little one was otherwise unharmed; he’s had all his vaccinations, and is currently in the custody of a local health directorate until new, non-bridge arrangements can be made for him.
Azure noted that she couldn’t say what had led to the baby’s desertion by his mother, but speculated that the parents were teenagers, and took the opportunity to caution locals against unprotected sex. Police are investigating.
Source & Story Credit Yahoo – OMG! – Jennifer Kucsak
Media Credit: OMG!
Posted: Friday June 1, 2012 @4:55 p.m PST
According to OMG!, Madonna’s adorable son Rocco Ritchie joined his mom on stage to help her kick off her MDNA world tour in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Thursday. Check out his multiple costumes — including a priest’s robe!
Chelsea’s John Terry has been banned for three matches for his dismissal in the Champions League semi-final.
UEFA have confirmed the Blues captain will miss Chelsea’s next two European matches following his red card in the semi-final second leg against Barcelona.
The defender sat out Chelsea’s victory over Bayern Munich in the final, as he served a mandatory one-match ban. UEFA’s disciplinary panel added two more games to the suspension, after ruling Terry was guilty of violent conduct when he struck his knee into the back of Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez in the April 24 clash.
The centre-back is now ineligible for the Super Cup match against Europa League winners Atletico Madrid in August, as well as Chelsea’s first Champions League group-stage game in September. Terry and Chelsea have three days to decide whether to appeal against the decision.
Meanwhile, midfielder Juan Mata has vowed to improve next season despite shining for the Blues since joining the club last summer.
Mata, 24, moved to Stamford Bridge from Valencia last year and was a pivotal part of the side which ended the season with success in both the FA Cup and Champions League under interim manager Roberto Di Matteo.
He said: “My focus is to continue improving. I am young as a footballer and I have to improve my game and my statistics over the next year, this is what I will try to do. You cannot rest on what you have achieved, you must look to the future and hope for more success.”
He said: “Lifting the Champions League was an unbelievable experience – the biggest club trophy you can win – and, for me, winning the Player of the Year trophy makes me feel very happy, proud and grateful.” According to, The London Standard.
TILLMAN’S CORNER, Ala. — Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley has been arrested in Alabama on charges of driving under the influence and attempting to elude police, his second arrest in his home state in two months.
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Alabama state troopers say the 24-year-old passed a state trooper early Sunday morning at 100 mph in his Cadillac Escalade in unincorporated Mobile County. After initially refusing to stop for the trooper’s emergency lights and siren, Fairley pulled over and seemed impaired. He was arrested without incident.
Fairly was also cited for reckless driving, no proof of insurance and open container. Fox10TV.com reported Fairley posted $1,750 bond and was released shortly after 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Lions spokesman Bill Keenist says the team is aware of the reports and is gathering information. Fairley’s agent did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment Sunday.
Fairley also was arrested April 3 in Mobile on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge after citizens called to complain that Fairley’s Escalade was speeding through a lower-middle class neighborhood in Mobile.
Fairley was a standout at Auburn and the Lions’ first-round draft pick in 2011. As a junior, he was the Lombardi award winner as the nation’s top lineman and helped lead the Tigers to the 2010 national title.
However, Fairley struggled through his rookie year, playing in just 10 games because of a foot injury. He finished the season with 11 tackles and one sack.
Lions running back Mikel Leshoure also pleaded guilty earlier in May to a marijuana possession charge, two months after police discovered him with pot in his mouth during a traffic stop in southwestern Michigan. Leshoure was also a member of the Lions’ 2011 draft class, taken with the 25th pick of the second round.
Source & Story Credit: New York Post – Chuck Bennett
Photo Credit: New York Post
Posted Tuesday May 29, 2012 @12:30 a.m. PST
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore pulled strings to get her family’s live-in housekeeper food stamps, cash assistance and Medicaid benefits, according to an internal report from the county’s Department of Social Services.
For the past year, Social Services has been probing how DiFiore’s housekeeper was suddenly approved for welfare benefits after having been previously denied three times for inconsistencies in her applications, The Post has learned.
“Okay we got to the bottom of this case. This was a political favor for Janet DiFiore’s maid. It is COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE,” Dhyalma Vazquez, a county anti-fraud investigator, wrote in an internal e-mail June 30, 2011.
Vazquez, who also chairs the Yonkers Independence Party, alleged in the e-mail to Department of Social Services Commissioner Kevin McGuire that DiFiore’s housekeeper, Jamaican immigrant Marina Buchanan, should never have received benefits.
In a series of e-mails from June and July of last year, Vazquez claimed that DiFiore, a Republican-turned- Democrat, had Buchanan’s case file improperly re-opened after the Yonkers branch office denied benefits.
Buchanan, 58, was paid $200 a week in cash by DiFiore and got $315 a month in Social Security disability benefits, according to documents obtained by The Post.
It is unclear from the documents if Social Security taxes were paid on Buchanan’s wages.
Buchanan, who claimed she was a nanny and housekeeper for DiFiore since 1987, also didn’t disclose receiving the Social Security disability benefits while still working up to 18 hours a week for the DA.
Further, she had a credit card with a $55,000 limit, sources said, yet still sought county benefits.
“The question is why the special favor. Why are cases being opened in Central Office . . . Just because she is the District Attorney does not mean she is above the law!” Vazquez wrote.
County investigators are looking at the actions of a former Social Services official who is active in local Democratic politics, sources said.
Reached by phone, Vazquez, who has been with Social Services for 20 years, cited the ongoing investigation and declined to comment.
DiFiore’s spokesman, Lucian Chalfen, said, “It is a personal issue that is related to her and her husband and I can’t comment.”
Her three children are now all in their 20s. It’s unclear if Buchanan still works for DiFiore, who was first elected DA in 2005.
Buchanan, who could not be reached for comment, wrote in documents that she left the DA’s employ in May 2010.
Media Credit: Photo (Yahoo Shine) / Video (YouTube unimeddioagencia)
Posted: Monday May 28, 2012 @8:55 p.m. PST
One of the most unbelievable pregnancy claims has been confirmed as a hoax. Karla Vanessa Perez told a major Mexican news station she was pregnant with nine kids.
Mexico’s main broadcaster Televisa broke the story of the 32-year-old mother’s record-breaking multiple pregnancy Thursday, andmajor news outlets around the world picked it up overnight. Gawker already has a tabloid-ready nickname for her: “Nonomom.”
But by end of day Friday, the local newspaper in Perez’s Mexican town challenged her claims. According to a reporter from El Diario de Coahuila who spoke with Perez’s mother, she is not pregnant at all. A Telemundo reporter also claimed to have evidence that Perez is lying, according to MSNBC. By Friday evening, Reuters, one of the first major U.S. news outlets to pick up the original story, confirmed what we were already beginning to think. We’d been had.
Televisa says she provided them with very convincing evidence of her condition, including an ultrasound. Health officials and local politicians were rallying behind her and she was willing to speak on camera about the whole thing. In the video of a news broadcast, Karla appeared remarkably calm considering what she said lay ahead. That should have been a tip off.
But maybe the world just wanted to believe. The idea of the ‘mega-multiple mom’ has become a modern day Icarus story. A symbol of how medical advancements can lead to amazing physical feats and unexpected problems. See Kate Gosselin’s rise and fall, and Octomom’s perpetual tragedy. The less well-known moms of septuplets (an average of one per year in the U.S.) grapple with the very serious health risks of carrying so many children, and later the financial burdens of raising them. For those who know them it’s a personal challenge, but for the public at large, it’s a curiosity, and one that an entire network once rested its laurels on (yes you, TLC). In popular culture, mothers of 6 or more multiples are considered acrobats, superheros, biological anomalies and reflections of our complicated relationship toward motherhood. The thought that a woman, namely Perez, had taken it all one step further was just curious enough to stifle our cynicism.
It’s not clear how many people were involved in Karla’s hoax, but her story roped a lot of people in. After claiming financial hardship, her town mayor Ernesto Cepeda Valdes, promised to be “like godparents to those babies and give all the support we can.” He’ll probably be taking that promise back now.
Just over the border in Houston, an undisputed mother of mega-multiples is recovering after her emergency delivery. Laura Perkins gave birth at 30 weeks to three boys and three girls ranging in size from 1 pound 10 ounces to 2 pounds 15 ounces. Five of the babies are doing well, though Perkins reports on her blog that one is in more critical state. “One baby is sick, but making progress,” reads a blog update on the Perkins’ site. “In the NICU, things change hourly so we’re constantly getting updates.”
In contrast to the great Nonomom fiasco, Perkins is a sobering reminder. Multiple pregnancy is very real, very serious and something nobody can pretend to understand unless they’ve been there.
According to MSNBC, reports that a Mexican woman is pregnant with nine babies are not true, according to El Diario de Coahuila, the local newspaper in the town were the woman lives.
Mexican television stations aired interviews with Karla Vanessa Perez of the northeastern state of Coahuila, which borders Texas, where she claimed fertility treatments led to this multiple pregnancy and also that she already had triplets.
The story was widely reported by various media outlets, including msnbc.com.
But when reporters from the Mexican newspaper investigated, they learned she’s actually not pregnant at all. Her mother, Francisca Castañeda, told El Diario de Coahuila that Perez has three children, ages 15, 12 and 4 and after the last was born, had an operation to prevent her from getting pregnant again.
David Vila, a reporter with Telemundo, also contacted the office of Mexico’s Secretary of Health, which confirmed she wasn’t pregnant. The office had initially reached out to her to offer to help.
José Salvador Gallegos Mata, a member of the Mexican Society of Gynecology and Urology told the newspaper that someone who would make such false claims “needs to urgently say ‘I’m here. Please look at me, I exist.’” He added, “That woman needs urgent psychological treatment.”
Source & Story Credit: Daily Mail Reporter – Will Stewart
Photo Credit: Daily Mail
Posted: Monday May 28, 2012 @ 7:34 p.m. PST
Mikhail Kravchenko’s neighbour believes he may have been intended target
Vakha Evloev drives identical Mercedes and survived previous assassination
He is also Moscow representative for volatile region with terrorist problem
Kravchenko, 46, has also lived through two botched attempts on his life
His furniture business had been raided by police and set alight four times
Friend: ‘He knew he was in danger, but didn’t want to live in security bubble’
The murder of Princess Michael’s Russian ‘toyboy’ could have been a case of mistaken identity, according to the politician who believes he was the intended victim.
A senior official and neighbour, who drives an identical Mercedes car and was previously targeted by an assassination squad, has been told by police they are probing whether the killers got the wrong man.
Furniture tycoon Mikhail Kravchenko, 46, who accompanied the princess on a four-day break in Venice in 2006, was buried last week after he was gunned down just 50 yards from his home in an elite village near Moscow.
His neighbour, Vakha Evloev, 51, is the Moscow representative for Ingushetia, a volatile republic in the Caucasus region of southern Russia with a significant terrorist problem.
He said: ‘There is a suspicion that I was the true target, not Kravchenko, and they just mixed us up. We both drove dark blue Mercedes cars of the same model.’
But it also emerged today that Kravchenko knew for years that someone had wanted him dead after surviving two bungled murder attempts as well as four arson attacks at his Moscow factory.
It is understood Kravchenko – who despite his fears had no bodyguards – was killed close to Evloev’s high-security home near the historic village of Peredelkino, where writer Boris Pasternak penned Dr Zhivago.
‘I live not far from here and have CCTV cameras on my cottage, maybe they captured the killers,’ he said. ‘I have picked up the videotapes and passed them to police.’
Evloev is now understood to be under increased security.
A cousin of the ex-president of Ingushetia, Ruslan Aushev, Evloev was severely wounded in May 2008 when his car was shelled by automatic firearms in Nazran, the regional capital.
While the men do not look similar, the shooting – using handmade weapons – was at around 2am in a dimly lit lane.
Police say that Kravchenko, who built his business empire around his £130million-a-year March 8 furniture brand, was shot up to ten times before being hauled from his car and finished off with a bullet to the head.
Kravchenko’s circle claimed initially he had no enemies and was not concerned over his safety.
But a close friend has now said that he knew he was a marked man.
‘He knew he was in danger. We discussed it many times, but he didn’t want to live in a security bubble, the source told the Sunday Times.
‘He was reluctant to discuss security but, especially recently, he felt more at risk.’
After his funeral in Moscow last week, attended by several thousand mourners led by his elderly parents, friends also alleged he was under pressure from sinister forces seeking to grab his business assets.
He had been subjected to police raids in a move seen as pressurising him into giving up his assets.
The retail furniture business is seen as a notoriously shady sector in Russia and friends said he had battled various attempts to seize his company.
Kravchenko himself had complained of his sofa designs being pirated, yet he seemed unconcerned over any threats.
‘Mikhail had problems with the law-enforcement organs,’ insisted retail consultant Dmitry Potapenko, a close friend.
‘People were after his assets. The murder was not an accident. These people knew what they were doing. He was the head of the holding, he was the key figure, uniting the companies.’
He claimed collusion between the police and shadowy business figures led to Kravchenko’s murder.
Yet a close friend, famous TV presenter Nikolai Drozdov, with him shortly before he died, said Kravchenko was not concerned about his personal safety in his final hours.
‘He did not have a bodyguard, he drove himself everywhere in an old Mercedes,’ he said.
Another close business ally said: ‘This version of mistaken identity is certainly possible.’
Police are understood to be working on a number of theories and are checking his computers and mobile phone for clues.
Kravchenko was at the centre of a royal scandal in 2006 after being photographed hand-in-hand with the married princess in Venice, raising questions about the state of her marriage to Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent.
Both denied an affair.
The princess – and her husband, who also knew Kravchenko – was last week said to be ‘very distressed’ over her friend’s murder.
Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are investigating claims against pop star Justin Bieber by a paparazzo who says the 18-year-old got into a scuffle with him Sunday.
According to the department, the photographer in question told deputies that he’d been taking pictures of Bieber at the Commons at Calabasas when he got into a physical altercation with the star. Bieber was reportedly with his 19-year-old girlfriend, Selena Gomez, at the time.
The photographer also said Bieber and Gomez left before deputies arrived at the scene.
According to the sheriff’s department, the pap complained of pain and was taken to a hospital for treatment. He was later released.
TMZ reports that detectives want to speak with Bieber, Gomez and anyone else who witnessed the alleged incident.
Although Bieber hasn’t publicly addressed the report – and his reps haven’t responded to requests for comment – he did tweet after midnight Monday that he was “gonna focus on the important stuff. the music.” According to CNN.
*Smells like someone is after Bieber’s money – De De Tillman
Media Credit: Lee Averiss (Please Support His Channel)
Posted: Monday May 28, 2012 @ 8:23 a.m PST
According to Newscore, Will Ferrell and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay put their bodies on the line for charity as a celebrity-filled soccer friendly in the UK turned ugly.
Ferrell limped off the field in considerable pain with a leg injury late in Sunday’s annual Soccer Aid game at Manchester United’s Old Trafford but will have counted himself more fortunate than Ramsay, who earlier was hospitalized following a heavy challenge.
“Hell’s Kitchen” star Gordon Ramsay was stretchered off the field while receiving oxygen, after being flattened by former England international Teddy Sheringham midway through the second half. He later was released from the hospital.
Source & Story Credit: The Washington Post – Gabriela Melendez-Olivera
Photo Credit: zocalo.com.mx
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Posted: Sunday May 27, 2012 @7:05 p.m PST
According to The Washington Post, Thursday night’s Howard Theatre concert — one of only six stops on a mini-tour of the United States — was a rare stateside performance by Babasonicos.
The Argentine rock band, which co-headlined Puerto Rico’s Indie Fest with psychedelic rockers MGMT last month, is accustomed to playing huge, sold-out venues in Latin America, and the audience of about 200 was treated to a (relatively) intimate show.
The band’s moniker combines the name of Indian guru Sai Baba of Shirdi and the Spanish title of “The Jetsons” cartoon (“Los Supersonicos”) — an unlikely juxtaposition that reflects its eclectic sound. Layering cheeky, brutally honest lyrics over a trippy electro-pop beat, the group can deliver lullaby-soothing balladry one minute and full-on rock-and-roll bluster the nex
Drawing from almost 20 years of material, Babasonicos’s set list was a good mix of old and new, highs and lows, obscurities and fan favorites. Charismatic lead singer Adrian Rodriguez energized the audience, which seemed to know every word to songs like “Irresponsables” (“Irresponsible”) , “Los Calientes” (“The Sexy Ones”) and “El Colmo” (“The Last Straw”). The show reached its emotional peak with “Yegua” (“Mare”), a song that had the crowd’s vocals drowning out Rodriguez’s.
Photo Credit: Yahoo Singapore – The Pond Photography
Posted: Sunday May 27, 2012 @2:15 p.m. PST
If you “heart” Emma Yong, mark the date — 15 June — as her fellow thespians come together for a memorial concert that will feature the late singer-actress’s favourite songs.
Yong, better known as one-third of musical cabaret group Dim Sum Dollies, died from stomach cancer on 2 May at the age of 36.
Besides tunes from The Dim Sum Dollies routines, concert-goers can expect romantic ballads from local musicals like “Beauty World”, “Cinderella” and “Aladdin”, as well as the theatre actress’s favourite Disney selections and jazz standards.
Starring some of the most well-loved names in Singapore theatre including Adrian Pang, Glen Goei,Pam Oei, Selena Tan and Tan Kheng Hua, the memorial concert will also raise funds for a cause Yong was passionate about. The Emma Yong Fund gives aid to theatre practitioners in Singapore suffering from all critical illnesses.
Both concerts on 15 June, one at 7:30pm and another at 9:30pm, will take place at the Esplanade Concert Hall. Ticket prices begin from S$50 and go up to S$1,000 for seats within the VIP Box.
All proceeds from the concerts, including the S$3 SISTIC handling fee, will go to The Emma Yong Fund, which is administered with the assistance of The Community Foundation of Singapore as well as The Singapore Cancer Society.
If you wish to make a donation to The Emma Yong Fund, please make a cheque out to The Community Foundation of Singapore, with your full name, IC/Passport number, contact number as well as the words “The Emma Yong Fund”.
Media Credit: Photo (Review Star) / Video (YouTube kim701004)
Posted: Saturday May 26, 2012 @8:40 p.m. PST
Kim Hyun Joong was surrounded by bodyguards / escorts when a female fan passed him a letter/note on May 20, 2012 at Jung Jun Ha wedding according to the YouTube uploader.
However, at first, the bodyguards /escorts took the letter and gave it back to the fan from behind but Hyun Joong was able to see the female fan tried to give it to him, so, he grabbed the letter from behind secretly.
Source & Story Credit: La Tray/ BNT News / Wikipedia / Yes Asia
Media Credit: Photo (bntnews)/ Video ( YouTube JX1522 via KBS Music Bank) (chB1A4)
Posted: Saturday May 26, 2012 @7:12 pm PST
B1A4 appeared on KBS Music Bank and performed “Baby Good Night”.
B1A4 is signed with WM Entertainment and they debuted in June 2011. The group consists of CNU, Jinyoung, Sandeul , Gongchan, and Baro. The groups name was formed by their blood types, four out of five members have A blood type and one member has B blood type.
According to Yes Asia, B1A4’s first album Ignition is getting a Special Edition repackage! The Special Edition includes all the tracks from the original album, plus two new songs and two more instrumental tracks. Their new title song Baby Good Night is a retro synth-pop dance number composed by leader Jin Young, with lyrics co-penned by Jin Young and Baro.
This edition comes with a random member photo card and 72 postcards.
Source & Story Credit: Korea JoongAng Daily – Carla Sunwoo
Posted: Saturday May 26, 2012 @3:59 p.m. PST
After spending most of Wednesday being interrogated, an arrest warrant for entertainer Ko Young-wook was rejected.
“We have insufficient evidence on the matter to issue an arrest warrant,” the Seoul Western District Prosecutors’ Office said.
Ko was allowed to go home while police continue to investigate the sexual assault charges brought against him by three minors.
As he was leaving the police station on Wednesday night, Ko said he was sorry for “causing a disturbance,” and vowed that he would continue to cooperate with the police.
The first accusation against the ’90s dance group member was brought by a teenager and aspiring entertainer in March who claimed that the singer raped her after he suggested meeting up in order to talk about launching her career.
Since then, two other girls have also stepped forward to file similar complaints against the Korean entertainer.
According to Yahoo, Bristol Palin’s baby daddy is broke. Sources tell Us Weekly, that the “thrilla from Wasilla” is penniless and living with his mom.
The insider tells the publication that the Playgirl cover model blew $1 million that he made on “guns, boats, and four-wheelers.” The 22-year-old has a son with Sarah Palin’s daughter, and another on the way with girlfriend Sunny Oglesby.