Wednesday, March 12, 2014

How the half-Indian porn starlet Belle Knox got her ticket to education

Move over Sunny Leone.

News blocks are abuzz with reports of half-Canadian, half-Indian Punjabi girl Belle Knox a.k.a Lauren using a not-so-new and oft-repeated method of getting her ticket to Duke University for a decent education.

According to reports, the undergraduate was left no choice when her parents - her father's an American physician who served in Afghanistan, and her mother's Indian - cut off her education funds. And she did what she thought would best help her cope with the high cost of her education.

The sad truth in the matter is how her father, a devout catholic, returned home to find that his daughter was now popular, but not for the reasons a college-goer's parent might expect. Add to that the sad matter of the media, as a whole, the world over, not sparing any details on the girl, not even her identity or the names of her friends and family.

Suffice it to say, the entire state of affairs has made Lauren's younger siblings and parents quite unhappy.

Most media houses have dug deeper and tried to analyse the real reason behind her choice. Most suggest that this was her way out of a sexually-repressed way of living. What she really sought after was sexual independence.

Lauren, on the other hand, reportedly took to Realcleareducation to make her real thoughts about the current education system felt. She called the 'perception' of financial aid for students 'wrong'. And went on to claim that no one - upper middle class, or low income families - are spared the horror of debt.

While other students choose to bridge the money gap by taking up jobs, Lauren made a conscious decision to choose otherwise. Why? Because she makes $1,000 for two hours doing what she does, while the 'other' students barely make with a taxable salary, Lauren has claimed.

Here's what other media names are saying:

The Hollywood Gossip wrote "Before she was the Duke porn star, the youngest of three college-aged kids was an A student at Gonzaga Prep, a private school her parents paid $11,000 a year for."

"Her participation in a porn movie was exposed by a fellow Duke student after he had seen her on the internet," claims International Business Times which in turn quoted Jezebel, one of the few to first reports the news.

Jezebel reported that "a porn CEO has outed the freshman who originally connected the dots re: the "Duke porn star," claiming suggesting he's a subscriber to"

Dailymail even shared a video of Lauren's interview for an adult film.

Amongst other things said that "the petite brunette is majoring in women's studies at Duke, the prestigious private school in Durham, N.C. She said she plans to be a women's rights or civil rights lawyer."

Meanwhile RYOT talks about "How Duke University Porn Star Belle Knox is Over-Glamorizing Sex Work". shares "Belle Knox's "Army Dad Not 'Heartbroken' She Has Sex On Camera".

SpiceJet, Boeing ink mega deal

SpiceJet has inked an agreement with Boeing for purchase of 42 737-MAX 8 aircraft, costing Rs. 26,000 crore ($ 4.4 billion), on the inaugural day of the Hyderabad Air Show-India Aviation 2014. File photo: Nagara Gopal

S. L. Narayanan (left), Group Chief Financial Officer, The Sun Group, and Dinesh Keskar, Senior Vice-President, Asia-Paciļ¬c and India Sales, Boeing, after signing the MoU in Hyderabad on Wednesday. Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

SpiceJet places order for 42 737 MAX jets with Boeing

The biggest-ever deal of Rs.26,000 crore ($4.4 billion) at an Indian air show was signed between Boeing and SpiceJet as the India Aviation-2014 got off to a flying start here on Wednesday.

The MoU was inked between the two companies in the presence of Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh during the inaugural session of the five-day India Aviation-2014 show with SpiceJet placing the order for 42 Next Generation 737 MAX 8 aircraft with Boeing.

Dinesh Keskar, Senior Vice-President of Asia-Pacific and India Sales, Boeing, told reporters that the delivery of the aircraft would begin from 2018. He said 737 MAX was 14 per cent more fuel-efficient and the plane, a variant of the 737-800, came with a new engine and bigger wings. He said the first aircraft would be handed over to South West Airlines in 2017.

S. L. Narayanan, Group Chief Financial Officer, The Sun Group, said the induction of 737 MAX would further modernise the airline’s fleet, improve customer experience and ensure that it operated the most efficient fleet well into the future.

Inaugurating the event, Mr. Ajit Singh said allowing 49 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) into Indian airlines was the biggest game-changer. “This is in addition to the FDI of $350 million by Etihad into Jet Airways,” he said. Mr. Singh said the Regional and Remote Area Air Connectivity Policy offered several concessions to operators connecting regional and remote area airports.

Besides, work on more than 50 low-cost airports, located in remote and interior areas had already been initiated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI). He announced that a civil aviation university was being set up to enhance capacity to produce world-class skilled manpower.

Andhra Pradesh Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan, who was the chief guest, said India’s first Aerospace SEZ, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, would offer a wide range of products to meet the needs of aerospace, nuclear, space and defence sectors. He said the State government was planning to set up a Civil Aviation Board to oversee development of new airports in Tier-II cities.

Secretary, Civil Aviation, Ashok Lavasa, said India made tremendous strides in aviation as passenger and cargo throughput registered an impressive CAGR (compounded annual growth rate) of 13 per cent and 10 per cent, respectively during 2003-13. The overall air traffic was expected to grow at 10.1 per cent this decade. He said that in addition to greenfield airports at Navi Mumbai, Goa, Kannur and Kushainagar, the AAI had identified six airports under the PPP (public private partnership) route.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

WGC-Cadillac Championship: Patrick Reed wins by one shot

  • -4: P Reed (US)
  • -3: B Watson (US), J Donaldson (Wal)
  • level: R Sterne (SA), D Johnson (US)
  • +1: T Jaidee (Tha), S Gallacher (Sco), B Haas (US)
  • Selected others +2: G McDowell (NI)
  • +3: MA Jimenez (Sp)
  • +4: S Garcia (Sp), P Mickelson (US)
  • +5: L Donald (Eng), A Scott (Aus), R McIlroy (NI), T Woods (US)
  • +6: L Westwood (Eng), J Rose (Eng)
  • +12: I Poulter (Eng), E Els (SA)

American Patrick Reed claimed his third PGA title as a one-under-par final round 71 gave him a one-stroke win in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.
Two ahead overnight, Reed, 23, the world number 44, soon moved four ahead with three birdies in his first four holes and finished on four under.
Welshman Jamie Donaldson shot a 70 to share second with Bubba Watson.
World number one Tiger Woods, who began three shots off the lead, had more back trouble in his 78 and was nine adrift.
A total of 249 balls finished in the water during the first three rounds and although conditions were tranquil on Sunday, with light winds and clear skies in Florida, the severity of the remodelled Trump National course caused more pressure for the players.
Woods was a strong favourite to capture the title for the eighth time following his superb 66 on Saturday.

But after failing to birdie the opening par five, his second shot at the third finished short and right and plummeted into the water and it needed a majestic pitch to three feet to limit the damage to just one shot.
Another bogey followed at the fourth when his tee shot found the bunker and he missed from five feet.
Woods, who withdrew from the final round of last week's Honda Classic with a back injury, appeared to aggravate the problem playing out of a fairway bunker at the sixth, where he dropped another stroke.
Reed, in the final day red shirt and black trouser outfit favoured by Woods, had been four strokes ahead and in complete command until the 14th when he missed from three feet for a par and then put his tee shot at the next into the bunker.
But a magnificent escape from the sand finished inches from the cup. He elected to take an iron off the tee at the par four 18th and took three to find the green, but two putts for a bogey was enough to make him the youngest winner of a WGC title.
"My putting was outstanding and when that happens a lot of pressure comes off your full swing - I believe I am one of the top five players in the world," said Reed, who is yet to play in a major championship but will move into the top 20 in the rankings with his victory.
Former Masters champion Watson had a bogey-free 68, and saved par with a neat chip and putt from behind the 18th green after his second shot careered into the grandstand.
But Donaldson produced a superb approach to within a foot of the flag at the 17th for his fourth birdie of the round to edge ahead of the American and within one of Reed.
However, the 38-year-old Welshman pushed his second at the final hole into an awkward spot in a greenside bunker and missed a 16-footer for par, giving him a round of 70 and Reed a two-shot advantage up the last.
Scotsman Stephen Gallacher, eight back after round three, birdied four of his opening eight holes, sinking a putt from off the green at the fifth and coming within inches of an eagle at the eighth.
The 39-year-old found the water at the 16th to drop his only shot of the round but finished with a round of 69 to tie for sixth place at one over.
Graeme McDowell bogeyed the final two holes to finish in a share of ninth at two over and Rory McIlroy returned a 74, with only one birdie at the first, to close on plus five and a tie for 25th.
US Open champion Justin Rose produced a fine run of six birdies in seven holes to get back to level par for the tournament but shanked a bunker shot and suffered successive double bogeys, recording a 73 for a six-over total and a share of 34th.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

U.N. rights chief slams treatment of women

slams treatment of women
Outgoing United Nations human rights chief Louise Arbour hit out on Monday against mistreatment of women and gays in many countries and called for equal condemnation of rights violations wherever they happen.

In a farewell speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council, she also urged it to condemn anti-Semitism as well as Islamophobia, and to speak out against abuse of minorities, immigrants and people from perceived lower castes.

"A key aspect of women's legal disenfranchisement in many countries is the limitation placed on their ability to own or manage property, including through unjust divorce or inheritance laws," she told the 47-nation body, where Islamic countries have a strong hold on the agenda.
The "perpetuation of prejudices continues to deny equal rights and dignity to millions worldwide on the basis of nothing more innocuous than their sexual identity or orientation, or their ancestry in the case of caste discrimination," she said.

Some Islamic and African countries in the Council, which have a majority when backed by their frequent allies Russia, China and Cuba, have frequently been angered by Arbour's views, although she has also often spoken out against Israeli policies.

Many countries in the majority group have made little secret of their wish to bring the high commissioner's office under the control of the Council. The post is currently responsible to the U.N. Secretary-General, who nominates its occupant.

Arbour, who on Monday also criticised prejudice and actions against illegal immigrants in Europe, especially in Italy, recognised that there was still scepticism about the Council, set up two years ago to replace a discredited predecessor.

Independent human rights groups complain that major abuses -- especially in developing nations -- are ignored because groups of states in the Council block discussion or action on complaints that might embarrass their members.

Arbour herself warned that "regional or communal positions" or "narrow parochial political agendas" in the body could prevent it from ever becoming effective.

Western diplomats say that countries that in the past benefited from U.N. pressure on their governments over rights -- like South Africa -- are now among the first to reject what they regard as interference in internal affairs.

In her farewell address, Arbour suggested that the failure to bring the Yangon regime to book over long-term rights violations had encouraged it to refuse to allow in most outside help after last month's devastating hurricane.

Myanmar's government has since responded to international outrage by saying it will admit all "legitimate" foreign aid workers, but several aid workers are still complaining that red tape is hampering their efforts.

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More people in U.S. lack health insurance: Census

The number of people living in the United States without health insurance rose to 46.3 million in 2008 from 45.7 million a year earlier, a U.S. Census Bureau official said on Thursday.

David Johnson, who heads the Census Bureau's housing and household economic statistics division, told a telephone conference the data were collected in March of 2008 -- before the sharp economic downturn in the latter part of the year which saw many more people lose jobs and health insurance.
The new census numbers could feature in arguments over President Barack Obama's plans to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system and dramatically expand medical insurance coverage.

Johnson said that anyone who had insurance earlier in the year and lost it because of unemployment in the latter part of 2008 would have been counted in the report as having medical coverage -- meaning next year's uninsured numbers could be far worse.

The data showed that the number of people who were covered by private insurance fell between 2007 and 2008 and those enrolled in government health programs rose.

The report said that between 2007 and 2008 the number of those with private coverage fell to 201 million in 2008 from 202 million in 2007. The number of people enrolled in government programs climbed to 87.4 million in 2008 from 83 million in 2007, it said.

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Paychex Insurance Agency Ranks 28 on Top 100 List of U.S. Insurance Firms

Paychex Insurance Agency, a wholly owned subsidiary of Paychex, Inc., ranks number 28 on Business Insurance magazine’s 2012 list of the Top 100 Brokers of U.S. Business. This marks the agency’s second appearance on the list, up from number 30 last year. In its annual list, Business Insurance, the leading trade magazine for the commercial insurance industry, ranks agents and brokers based on revenues generated by U.S.-based clients.
“It’s a tremendous honor to see the Paychex Insurance Agency ranked among these industry leaders,” said Kevin Hill, Paychex vice president of insurance and HR Solutions services. “With revenues of $92.3 million, and more than 24 percent year-over-year growth from this time last year, the advancement of the Paychex Insurance Agency is a testament to our unique business model, our exceptional customer service, and talented workforce.”
Paychex Insurance Agency, serving over 100,000 clients, is a full-service agency offering flexible, scalable insurance solutions for business owners and their employees. Insurance services include:
The Paychex Insurance Agency primarily focuses on the needs of America’s small- and medium-sized businesses and is uniquely positioned in the industry with the ability to use the latest technology to seamlessly integrate with Paychex payroll, significantly streamlining insurance administration. The agency currently works with more than 150 national and regional insurance carriers to design services that make insurance more affordable.
“As the country’s businesses continue to navigate through the ever-changing regulatory landscape, especially in light of health care reform, the Paychex Insurance Agency will continue to be an essential partner to them—offering products and services that help meet critical business objectives and better serve employees,” added Hill.
For example, as part of the regulations mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Paychex can leverage clients’ payroll and insurance data to help them meet the new W-2 reporting of employee health coverage requirement. Paychex also helps businesses simplify the process of claiming the Small Business Tax Credit by providing details on employees’ hours, wages, premiums, and withholdings.
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Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) is a leading provider of payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses. The company offers comprehensive payroll services, including payroll processing, payroll tax administration, and employee pay services, including direct deposit, check signing, and Readychex®. Human resource services include 401(k) plan recordkeeping, section 125 plans, a professional employer organization, time and attendance solutions, and other administrative services for business. A variety of business insurance products, including group health and workers' compensation, are made available through Paychex Insurance Agency, Inc. Paychex was founded in 1971. With headquarters in Rochester, New York, the company has more than 100 offices serving approximately 567,000 payroll clients as of May 31, 2012. For more information about Paychex and our products, visit

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sex After Drinking A Pint Of Whisky

Sex After Drinking A Pint Of Whisky

In court: Katherine Goldberg, 25, outside Uxbridge Magistrates Court this morning. She was on a flight from South Africa to Heathrow when she assaulted the crew member by grabbing his crotch, it was claimed
A woman teacher groped a Virgin Atlantic steward at 33,000ft and demanded sex after drinking a pint of whisky, a court heard.

Katherine Goldberg grabbed the man's groin during a flight from Johannesburg to Heathrow, it is alleged.

The 25-year-old is accused of sexual assault and being drunk in an aircraft.

Prosecutor Stella Waata said: 'Miss Goldberg was on a flight from South Africa to Heathrow and she was drunk.

'She proceeded to sexually assault one of the crew members by demanding to have sex with him and grabbing his crotch area.

'She was believed to have drunk at least 50 centilitres of whisky.'

Fifty centilitres is equivalent to ten large pub measures of the drink and equates to almost a pint.

Goldberg, who is of South African heritage, is understood to have been returning from visiting relatives when the alleged incident took place on an Airbus A340-600 at 5.30am British time on August 24.

On Tuesday her lawyer, Francis Brennan, told magistrates in Uxbridge, West London that he hoped his client would be let off one of the charges with a caution.

‘It is a serious allegation but there are good reasons why it would be in the public interest for the Crown to deal with her by way of a caution,’ he said.

‘I have told the court that admissions were made in interview and if matters are not dealt with by way of a caution there will be a plea of guilty at the next occasion.’ 

Goldberg, from Ealing Common, West London, was granted unconditional bail and will appear at the same court next Wednesday.

A spokesman for the airline said: ‘Virgin Atlantic can confirm that the VS602 from Johannesburg was met by police on arrival at Heathrow and a passenger was arrested.’ 

The allegations come a few weeks after a court heard how a drunk passenger forced an airline pilot to abort a landing at Manchester airport as she fought cabin crew and other passengers. 

Lynn Grimes, 41, had a phobia of flying and drank during most of the easyJet flight from Athens last December. She was invited to sit with cabin crew at the rear of the aircraft because they knew of her condition, but as the plane prepared to land she refused to return to her seat. She kicked a steward in the stomach and grabbed a fellow passenger’s hair and scarf.

Grimes, of South Shields, Tyne and Wear, who said she had run out of Valium for the trip, admitted endangering an aircraft and two assaults. At Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester, she was given an eight-month jail sentence suspended for 18 months.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cash Strapped American Lawyer Turns To Exotic Dancing To Pay Her Debts

A lawyer has told how she turned to stripping to pay bills after struggling to find a legal job in recession-weary America.

The attorney, giving her name only as Carla, graduated from law school ten years ago.
But after being made redundant in 2009, she had to take drastic action to avoid drowning in a sea of student loans and other debts.

Cash Strapped American Lawyer Turns To Exotic Dancing To Pay Her DebtsAfter working as a waitress and a cashier in a gas station, she told MSNBC she became so desperate she took a job as an exotic dancer.

And now she has turned her finances around - and is earning enough to pay her fees for a Masters degree in law.

'Did I ever think I’d be taking my top off for rent money? No. I was in my mid-30s and had never danced before,' Carla, using her stage name, told MSNBC.

'As a little girl, I never thought to myself, "I just want to grow up and be a stripper," or, "All I ever wanted to do in life is climb in the lap of a sweaty stranger and take my top off." But, with our economy the way it is, especially in smaller cities ... you strip or you starve,' she added.

Carla moved to California in the late 1990s to take law in college after growing up the Midwest.

All went well and she managed to get a good job after earning her degree, but the economic downturn left her without a job.

'I went around to see if could get a job as cocktail waitress, but there was not a single retail or waitress job. No one was hiring, except for the topless places,' she said. 'It was an act of desperation.'

Now she earns an average of $20 an hour on weekdays and as much as $50 an hour at weekends.

'Sometimes it sucks, it’s degrading and I hate it, but it is necessary right now and I’m glad I have the option of doing it.

'My parents and a few friends know and they were horrified at first. 

'But now they are proud of me for sucking it up and doing what I have to do.'

She draws the line at dancing in private rooms, even though it can be much more lucrative and the bar she works in doesn't allowed full nudity, which is just as well with her. 

Carla is hoping to bade farewell to the stripper pole for good in about six months.

'While I am proud of making a living by any legal means available to me, I realize that some will think of me as just a glorified legal prostitute and I would very much like to move on with my life and career at the earliest available opportunity,' she said. 

She told MSNBC that she had some close shaves with some aggressive customers.

Some have tried to 'grab her, bite her, kiss her, or get their hands under the bottoms I wear' before the bouncers can come to her rescue.

'I've had men overcome me,' she said. 'Luckily help has arrived and nothing has happened. But I have been scared.'

But after working among the legal sharks, she said there is much greater camaraderie among the women she works with.

'I thought the other women I worked with would be competitive and not supportive. 

'We are fighting over the same dollars. But my female coworkers are the best coworkers I've ever had.'

'I work with war widows, a nurse, a med student, women who have had to go to work to save their home after their husbands have lost their jobs, and others who do this as a means to an end and who do not fit the profile of junkie/prostitute/dancer. 

'What we all have in common is being in a tight spot financially and living in an economy that provides limited options right now.

'I'd be willing to bet that there are women like me working in it all over the country, out of necessity and not because our goal in life was to appear topless in front of creepy guys.'

'While there are some real creeps that come in, there are also some very sweet guys who are regular customers and who I genuinely enjoy knowing. 

'The stereotype that says that only dirty old men frequent nudie bars is incorrect,' she said in the interview.

'I am no better than the next dancer by virtue of my education or previous work experience. 

'The universe has a funny way of putting a person in their place,' she added.

Source : Daily Mail

Confiscated Journals Reveal 20 Year Old Babysitters Love For 14 Year Boy

Confiscated Journals Reveal 20 Year Old Babysitters Love For 14 Year Boy
Babysitter's seduction: Loni Bouchard is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy who she was hired to look after.
She knew her trysts with the boy she was hired to babysit were illegal, but said the law can’t decide who she fell in love with.

Journals of Loni Bouchard, 20, who was arrested July 12 after the boy’s mom discovered the affair, are revealing more about the relationship.

In the books, seized by cops after her arrest, Miss Bouchard writes about the 'amazing' sex she had with the boy and professed her love for him.

She wrote that their age difference shouldn’t matter, and that she has finally found 'the guy who treats me right.'
Confiscated Journals Reveal 20 Year Old Babysitters Love For 14 Year Boy
Bailed: Loni Bouchard faces charges
that she had sex with the boy
she was babysitting.
She wrote: 'I don't care about the law. I just want to be with him and not have to hide it.'

She added: 'How can the law tell us who to fall for, who to like and who to love and especially who to date? I thought America was a free country.'

Miss Bouchard, of Clinton, Connecticut, was taken into custody after his mother found an exchange of messages on the boy’s Facebook page.

She reportedly sent the boy's parents text messages after they found out about the affair, asking if they could 'work this out.'

She also allegedly told them they 'don't need to call the police' and 'let's act like adults.'

The boy's parents filed a restraining order against Miss Bouchard in May.

Around that time, she wrote in her journal: ‘His mom absolutely HATES me because of the situation and I understand why, but she's being immature about it.’
Confiscated Journals Reveal 20 Year Old Babysitters Love For 14 Year Boy 
She also wrote that she was cutting herself and used a bracelet the boy gave her to cover the scratches.
In a separate notebook seized from her home, police found letters written to the boy, where Miss Bouchard said she was upset his parents had filed the restraining order, and missed waking up next to him.

Bouchard, who has been freed from jail after posting $1,000 bond, faces charges of second-degree sexual assault, purchasing alcohol for a minor and two counts of risk of injury to a minor.

She also told police she was involved with another underage boy from the same town, the Hartford Courant reported.

Miss Bouchard is due back in court on October 3.

The woman’s mother, Kimmy Bouchard, was also jailed last month and charged with providing marijuana and alcohol to the boy.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Two Mothers Arrested For Encouraging Daughters To Fight On Facebook

Two Mothers Arrested For Encouraging Daughters To Fight On Facebook
Two mothers have been arrested on suspicion of egging on their teenage daughters in a girl-fight video posted on Facebook, police said.

Brandy Mills, 33, and Teresa Mendenhall, 38, both from Indiana, were videoed allegedly goading the 16 and 17-year-olds against each other.

Mills, of Union City, and Mendenhall, of Portland, were also seen preventing others from stopping the melee, officers said.

Both women were arrested for neglect of a minor and their daughters could face charges of disorderly conduct.

Two Mothers Arrested For Encouraging Daughters To Fight On Facebook
Arrested: Police say Brandy Mills, 33, (left) and Teresa Mendenhall, 38, were seen in the video cheering their daughters
If convicted, the women could face up to 18 months behind bars. Both were later released from the Randolph County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

The video was taken by a teenager not involved in the fight and posted on his Facebook wall.

Two Mothers Arrested For Encouraging Daughters To Fight On Facebook
Grapple: The Indiana girls face-off in front of the camera
Two Mothers Arrested For Encouraging Daughters To Fight On Facebook
Coming to blows: Both teenagers get a hold of each other
Two Mothers Arrested For Encouraging Daughters To Fight On Facebook
From behind: The teenagers are arm in arm as a girl looks on
Captain Bill Bradbury, of Union City Police, said: 'Officers also witnessed several other adults and teenagers watching as the fight was ongoing, none of which contacted the police department.

'Nearly 20 onlookers have been identified and have been … (banned) … from entering the park in the future.'

Union City Police Chief Cobie Wells said he was shocked by the people who stood by and didn't intervene.

Two Mothers Arrested For Encouraging Daughters To Fight On Facebook
On her knees: The girl in blue is forced down as the girl in pink is in control
He added: 'We will not tolerate acts like these, and we will seek criminal charges against anyone involved, including those who stand by and do nothing.'

Police said they would have no further comment on the case.

Protest Over Advertisement Of Pakistan

Furore over Pakistans 9 11 ad in US paper
New York: The Wall Street Journal is the largest-circulated newspaper in the US. It is read by policy makers in Washington and certainly by almost everybody on the Wall Street. On September 11, the readers of the journal woke up to the expected coverage of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and something a little more unusual - on page 10, a half-page advertisement by the government of Pakistan.

The advertisement lists several statistics aimed at highlighting the impact of the 9/11 attacks - and the subsequent war in Afghanistan - on Pakistan. Through this ad, the Pakistan government touts its efforts against Al Qaeda and praises itself for its role in America's war on terror. In fact, it even goes on to suggest that Pakistan is fighting terror for the rest of the world.

In the advertisement, which has a picture of the assassinated former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan asks, "Which country can do more for your peace?"

It goes on to give statistics of bomb blasts and assassination plots against Pakistani leaders and civilian and military casualties that a "nation of 180 million" suffered while "fighting for the future of world's seven billion". The advertisement notes that despite sacrifices, the country is still engaged in "the war for world peace". "Can any other country do so? Only Pakistan," it adds.

The advertisement has invited flak from all quarters and has not gone down well with most readers. Some are calling the ad a "joke" and questioning how a country where Osama bin Laden was hiding safely for years can "claim to be a victim of terrorism".

Readers posted their reaction to the half-page advertisement on 'The Threat Matrix,' a blog of the Long War Journal, which is a publication focused on providing analysis on the global war against terror.

"This is quite humorous. They could do a hell of a lot for world peace by destroying their plethora of militant groups. Does any other nation have such an inflated sense of self worth (sic)," reads one of the comments posted on the blog.

Another reader comments, "It would be nice if you would purge the ISI of Taliban/al Qaeda sympathisers, then launch assault into the FATA supported by heavy weapons and armour".

On May 2 this year, Americans woke up to the news that Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, had been living in Pakistan for the past few years while the US and the Pakistani government had reportedly been looking for him in Afghanistan. He was killed that day by US navy SEALs, but the average American's perception of Pakistan plummeted and it will surely take more than ads like these to reverse that. (With agencies Inputs).


Leila Lopes Miss Universe 2011 crown awarded to Angola contestant

Leila Lopes Miss Universe 2011 crown awarded to Angola contestantLeila Lopes, the new Miss Universe, wants to help her home country of Angola escape a history of war and poverty.

She also said she wants to help fight HIV around the world.

"As Miss Angola I've already done a lot to help my people," the 25-year-old said after taking the crown.

"I've worked with various social causes. I work with poor kids, I work in the fight against HIV. I work to protect the elderly and I have to do everything that my country needs," she said. "I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more."

Lopes said she has never had cosmetic surgery.

Her three tips for beauty are to get a lot of sleep, use sunblock even when it's not sunny and to drink lots of water.

She said her smile was her best weapon in the competition.

The Angola native is one of the few blacks ever crowned Miss Universe. When asked about racism, she replied "any racist needs to seek help."

"It's not normal in the 21st century to think in that way."

Lopes is the first winner from Angola. She beat 88 other competitors to win the world's biggest beauty pageant.

The first runner-up was 23-year-old Olesia Stefanko of Ukraine; the second runner-up was Priscila Machado of Brazil.

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Leila Lopes Miss Universe 2011 crown awarded to Angola contestant
 Leila Lopes Miss Universe 2011 crown awarded to Angola contestant
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Militants Launch Attack on U.S. Embassy in Kabul

Militants Launch Attack on U.S. Embassy in Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan — Insurgents launched a complex assault against the American Embassy and the nearby NATO headquarters on Tuesday, pelting the heavily guarded compounds with rockets in an attack that raised new questions about the security of Afghanistan’s capital and the Westerners working there.

At least 10 explosions — apparently from rockets launched by militants — and waves of automatic weapons fire were reported amid the drone of sirens and English-language warnings telling Americans inside the embassy to take cover.

Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said that two attackers had been killed, as had one policeman. At about 4 p.m. local time, three attackers were believed to be still fighting. Kerri Hannan, a spokeswoman for the American Embassy, said that no embassy personnel had been hurt.

It was unclear precisely how many assailants were behind the assault or whether they were attacking from a single or multiple locations. The attackers were holed up on several floors of a tall, partly built concrete building that offered a bird’s-eye view of the secured diplomatic and military compounds about a half mile away. Flashes from gun barrels could be seen as the militants fired from their perch. Afghan security forces returned fire from the ground, sending puffs of concrete dust into the air as bullets slapped the building.

“We don’t know how many suicide bombers are in the building,” said Col. Abdul Zahir, of the criminal investigative division of the Kabul police. “They’re shooting at the embassy. We’re still in fighting position. We can’t say anything.”

Two explosions were also reported near the Afghan Parliament, but it was unclear whether militants were specifically trying to attack the government building or other targets.

The embassy assault, which began around 1:15 p.m., was the latest in a string of attacks that have chipped away at a tenuous sense of security in the capital. In August, militants killed eight people in an attack on a British cultural center, and in June, nine suicide bombers breached layers of security to attack the hillside Intercontinental Hotel.

By 3:10 p.m., two Blackhawk helicopters circled the building, but did not immediately open fire.

The streets surrounding the site of the attack, normally choked with the traffic of minibuses, bicycles and Toyotas, were deserted on Monday afternoon of all but security forces and people racing for cover.

“We don’t know what’s happening,” one Afghan soldier said. “Everywhere you can hear shooting.”

Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack in a text message, saying the Taliban had set out to attack the embassy, a NATO base and Afghan government buildings. His claim could not be immediately confirmed.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force confirmed there were continuing attacks against the embassy and ISAF headquarters, and said in a Twitter message there were “forces responding quickly,” but provided no other details. The attack came less than two months after Afghan forces assumed formal responsibility for security in the capital, one of several corners of the country where security was officially handed over in July.

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Hawaiian Humane Society granted full custody of seized dogs

 Hawaiian Humane Society granted full custody of seized dogs
A judge has ruled more than 150 dogs and nearly 80 puppies currently in foster care should be forfeited to the Hawaiian Humane Society by owners of the breeding facility they were rescued from.

The accused puppy mill owners have the chance to post a bond by Thursday morning which would retain their rights as owners through the end of a separate criminal case. Their attorney says that bond could reach the millions of dollars.

The Hawaiian Humane Society petitioned for forfeiture of all of the living dogs rescued in February from Bradley International's breeding site in Waimanalo. They also asked for custody of 79 puppies subsequently born to the already pregnant mothers.

"There is probable cause to conclude that each and every one of the dogs impounded in feb was in fact subjected to violation(s)," said Judge Glenn Kim. "The puppies necessarily follow their mothers."

The ruling elicited cheers and tears in the courtroom where Humane Society workers, volunteers and foster families looked on.

"She's really gotten a lot better and she's just a love. I am so very happy that I get to keep her," said foster caregiver Julia Ward.

"Both the dog mother and the puppies are not having to go back to a horrible breeding situation," said foster caregiver Sheree Revilla.

But the facility owner still has a chance to retain ownership if they post a sizeable bond at a Thursday morning hearing.

"We're ecstatic, and we really hope at this point bradley international understands and heard what the judge said and we ask that they do not post a bond for their care and let us finally find homes for these animals," said Keoni Vaughn of the Hawaiian Humane Society.
The bond would have to cover the cost of care from the beginning of the seizure through the eventual end of a still pending criminal case

"The bond amount keeps going up the longer the trial is postponed, the bond amount could be in the millions of dollars by the time the case actually goes to trial," said Bradley International attorney Jason Burks.

The forfeiture related to Bradley International as a corporation. The defense attorney says individual owners could try to sue to intervene.

"Our concern is that we can free these animals from a life of prison," Vaughn says. "I hope this sends a message to all large-scale breeding operations where profit is more important than the animal's welfare."

Foster caregivers have the opportunity for permanent adoption pending the outcome of the bond hearing.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

USS New York Returns To New York Which Was Made From Wrakage Of Twin Towers

uss new yorkA relic of the fallen World Trade Center is in New York Harbor today, honoring in a vivid and lasting way the memory of those who died 10 years ago.

The USS New York is built around seven and a half tons of very special steel - girders recovered from the wreckage of the World Trade Center. The U.S. Navy ship is a symbolic presence on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

William Herrmann, commander of the USS New York, said "It represents the resolve the U.S. has to overcome any obstacle, and it represents hope."

Many volunteer rescue workers risked their lives 10 years ago to save others at the World Trade Center disaster zone. They were invited to join the USS New York's crew to mark the anniversary of those tragic events.

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Frank Silecchia drove from South Carolina to see the ship and express his gratitude to the servicemen and -women on the ship's crew. "I'm here to say thanks to these fine young men and women. They put their life on the line," he said.

The USS New York, an amphibious transport ship, was commissioned in 2009. It has 360 sailors, some of whom were only eight years old at the time of the 2001 attacks.

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Sailor Ben McDowell, a USS New York crewman for more than two years, has a deep sense of pride in the ship and what it represents. "You put the steel in a warship [and] you've got a crew that exceeds expectations, what the Navy expects from us. I can't think of a better memorial," he said.

McDowell hopes all visitors to New York will feel safer when they see the USS New York keeping watch in the city's harbor, as a symbol of strength and national resolve.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Kim Kardashian's wedding wish

Kim Kardashian wishes she had "more time" to enjoy her wedding.

Kim Kardashians wedding wish
The 30-year-old socialite - who married basketball star Kris Humphries in a lavish ceremony in California last month - admitted while she was "really, really calm" on the day of her nuptials, she is sad the event went by so quickly, with the couple only spending five days on their honeymoon.

She said: "The wedding day, I was actually really, really calm that day.

"My one regret is that I wish I had more time to really enjoy the wedding, because there's so much going on that you're running around and now that I look back, I'm like, that day happened so fast I wish I had more time."

With Kris' romantic proposal documented on Kim's reality show 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians', the brunette beauty confessed she was "shocked" that her husband agreed to pop the question on camera.

In an interview with US TV show 'Good Morning America', she added: "It's like the best home movies. It's just so cool to have this set of home videos that we would never capture any of this.

"I was so shocked that Kris even allowed one camera in there when he proposed to me, because that was something that I didn't think that he would ever do, so I was not expecting that at all for me to walk in and that to happen at that moment."

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Chained Up With The Dog The Chinese Boy Kept-as Slave By Uncle

Dismal: Cai Changqing is chained in a shabby shelter every day - and it's claimed that it's for his own good.
 This 12-year-old Chinese boy has been chained up by his uncle for the past two years.

It’s claimed that this is for his own safety because he’s mentally handicapped – but most people will find these images truly shocking.

Cai Changqing, from Erlongshan village in Harbin, north-east China's Heilongjiang Province, is shackled each day to a shabby shelter outside his uncle's home.

Squalor: Cai Changqingis plays in the dirty yard with a dog.
The uncle, Cai Quan comments: ‘The kid can't speak at all. Originally his parents thought he would speak late, but later they found he is mentally handicapped.’

According to Quan he has to chain his nephew up because, otherwise, he runs away.

In 2009 Changqing ran out into the road in the city and was severely injured after being run over by a van.

Quan was left to care for Changqing after the boy's mother died and his father was left paralysed from an accident.

Heartbreaking: Cai Changqing ran off in 2009 and was hit by a van, which his uncle uses as a reason to chain him up.
Following the van accident Changqing started to chain his nephew up each day, using a 16ft-long length of iron chain wrapped around the youngster's waist.

His treatment brings to mind other instances of cruelty to children in China.

Last December pictures emerged of 12-year-old twins Li Luqin and Li Shuangqin tied up by their father Li Wancheng in Yunnan Province.

He began binding them ten years ago for fear they would hurt themselves.

Twins Li Luqin and Li Shuangqin sit slumped after being tied up by their father Li Wancheng in Yunnan Province.
The family currently lives along the roadside in China’s Yunnan Province. The father is trying to save enough money to get medical treatment for the girls.

He is adamant his daughters are not safe to be allowed to roam and the pair have to make do with a life that involves being tied to a fence or a tree – or to each other – every day.

Passers-by often react angrily as they watch the young girls trapped in their confines, with the ropes cutting into their wrists as they try to wriggle free.

‘When they were two they were found to be not normal,’ says Wancheng. He hopes they can be "cured" once he pays for them to be seen by a doctor, but says: ‘We only have 1000 Yuan (£100) of savings. We don’t have extra.’

Another shocking case that came to light last year was that of a two-year-old boy, Cheng Jingdan, who was pictured chained to a lamp post to stop him getting away while his father worked as a rickshaw driver and his handicapped mother scavenged through rubbish.

Jingdan has since become a pupil at a nursery in the Chinese capital Beijing thanks to the generosity of those who read about his plight.

Source : Dailymail