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    Michael Jones, 55, is in jail awaiting trial for carrying out indecent acts against minors and paying for child prostitution

    This disturbing video shows a suspected British paedophile leading an 11-year-old Cambodian girl up to his rented room.

    Michael Jones, 55, is currently in jail awaiting trial after being charged with carrying out indecent acts against minors and paying for child prostitution.

    Undercover surveillance, given exclusively to MirrorOnline, shows Welshman Jones nonchalantly strolling through the back streets of the country's capital Phnom Penh followed by an 11-year-old girl.

    They then climb up a ladder to a rented hotel room.

    The girl later told police a man paid her just £3 for sex. She says she has been abused a total of four times.
    In other footage, Jones, originally from South Wales, is followed by three half-dressed eight and nine-year-olds from an impoverished local family.

    The children follow him to a restaurant where Jones is said to have bought them pizza and ice cream.

    Their parents say Jones asked to take them away in exchange for paying their rent.

    They refused but allowed him to spend time with the children.

    The girls have since alleged he touched them inappropriately.    

    Charity campaigners Action Pout Les Enfants (APLE) took the pictures and video after being tipped-of about Jones' alleged activity with underage girls.

    He is later filmed being confronted by police who arrested him at a taxi rank in him in front of his 22-year-old Cambodian girlfriend.

    California Quietly Adopts Landmark Condom Law To Protect Sex Workers

    Last week, without fanfare or media attention, California became the first state in the nation to adopt a law aiming to protect sex workers from being prosecuted as prostitutes merely because they're carrying condoms. The police practice of targeting for arrest those in possession of multiple condoms undermines critical efforts to help this vulnerable population avoid sexually transmitted diseases, advocates for sex workers argue.

    The advocates applauded California's legislation as a step in the right direction, but they said the measure as written doesn’t go far enough.

    "It's great that the California Legislature has contemplated this issue and taken it seriously," Sienna Baskin, managing director of the New York-based Sex Worker Project at the Urban Justice Center, told The Huffington Post. "That said, I do think a more comprehensive bill would be more effective."

    The California legislation, which Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law on Sept. 19, requires a court to state explicitly that the presence of condoms is relevant to the individual case before prosecutors can use them as evidence of prostitution. The original bill, authored by California Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), would have banned the use of condoms entirely as evidence of prostitution, but it didn’t have the votes to pass.
    "Right now, there’s no process, and condoms are admitted into court even when they aren’t actual evidence," Wendy Hill, Ammiano’s senior legislative assistant, said to HuffPost. "There are very few cases [against sex workers] in which an actual condom is listed as a valid piece of evidence."

    A report released by Human Rights Watch in 2012 looked at prostitution cases in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington. It found that in all four cities, police officers frequently seized condoms from sex workers and used them as justification for arrest. "The practice makes sex workers and transgender women reluctant to carry condoms for fear of arrest, causes them to engage in sex without protection, and puts them at risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases," stated the 112-page report, published in advance of that year's International AIDS Conference.

    Advocates for sex workers hope the additional legal requirement under California’s new law will act as a deterrent against specifically targeting those sex workers who carry condoms. "We believe that the process of having to seek a court’s permission on a repeated basis will ultimately prove too burdensome for many district attorneys to pursue," Whitney Engeran-Cordova, senior director of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s public health division, said in a statement. "As a result, sex workers, prostitutes and others may now possess more than one condom without the current -- and rational -- fear of incriminating themselves."

    Shilpa Shetty, Raj Kundra meet with an accident

    Shilpa Shetty and her husband Raj Kundra met with an accident. Fortunately, they escape unhurt. While coming back from Jalandhar, Shilpa and Raj narrowly escape the mishap. The couple went to Jalandhat to address some promotional event.
    The accident took place when the other car tried to overtake Shilpa’s car at the venue and at the last minute major clash was averted. They were all saved because of skills of Shilpa’s driver. The rash driver almost hit Shilpa's car. The scene turned worse when Shilpa and Raj’s bodyguard got down to thrash the rash driver.

    The incident was reported to the police station.  Restless and frightened Shilpa said that due to the blessings of Maa Durga their lives were saved. a

    Female Farmers Make Nude Calendar To Raise Money For New Land

    Two Florida women hope that by selling a pin-up calendar featuring naked female farmers and strategically placed produce, they can raise enough money for a down payment on some new land.

    That's the pitch behind an Indiegogo campaign from Ten-Speed Greens Urban Farm. The company's owners, Claire Mitchell and Danielle Krasniqi, are currently farm-less; the landlord of their previous farm wanted to build homes there instead. So the ladies and their friends decided to strip down -- tastefully -- and rally folks to donate to their cause.

    There was a time when Ten Speed Greens Urban Farm, in Tallahassee, totally cranked. With only a six-person staff, it produced about 90 pounds of salad greens -- arugula, red mustard, kale, broccoli shoots and more -- every week for restaurants, local markets and their community-supported agriculture program. The farm produced more than a ton of tomatoes in its first year.

    But they were just renting their land. Now, Krasniqi and Mitchell have decided they wanted a more permanent arrangement. "We wanted it to be an urban farm," Krasniqi told The Huffington Post, "but land is more expensive in the city." Being close enough to the city to deliver their produce by bike is important to them (hence their name, Ten-Speed Greens), so they started brainstorming ways to fund the dream.
    According to their Indiegogo page, they "looked around one day and realized, 'All our friends are babes! Let's put them in a calendar with our vegetables, and raise money for our future urban farm.'"

    Their "Farmer Tans Calendar" will feature 12 months of women wearing nothing but fruits, vegetables and their farmer tans.

    The photos were snapped by a volunteer at the farm who is also a professional photographer, Jess Drawhorn.

    "For most of the photos, not only were we completely naked but we were at the farm on a busy street without a lot of personal coverage," Krasniqi (Miss January and November) said. "It resulted in a lot of funny moments because people like to stop by randomly to see if we’re open. We’d be in the tomatoes and someone would say, 'Hello?' So there was a lot of laughter in every single shoot that we did."

    Krasniqi said she's already thinking about next year's calendar. "I'm also a massage therapist, so I love bodies and the human figure. I think celebrating that and being able to celebrate it with the other job that I love so much, farming, is awesome." Next year, she says, she wants to do a "work-oriented calendar, so tools, tractors, that kind of aspect." And, of course, naked ladies.

    Sony launches Xperia Z3 & Z3 compact flagship smartphones in India

    Sony has launched its latest flagship smartphones in India.

    Sony has officially announced the launch of its Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact smartphones in India. The smartphones are priced at Rs. 51,999 and Rs. 44.990 respectively. Sony also announced plans to launch the Smartband talk and Smartwatch 3 in December.

    The Xperia Z3 is the latest flagship from Sony. Successor to the Xperia Z2, the new Sony smartphone has 5.2-inch full HD display. It is powered by 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset along with 3GB RAM.
    The smartphone has 20.7MP camera with 1/2.3-type EXMOR-RS CMOS with G Lens, CMOS image, BIONZ for mobile -4K video capture (3840×2160 pixels/30p) with SteadyShot image stabilization, and 2.1MP front camera. The Xperia Z3 is water and dust proof with IP68 certification.  Check out our detailed Sony Xperia Z3 Review

    The Xperia Z3 Compact has a 4.6-inch 720p display. The smartphone is powered by a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset along with 3GB RAM. The smartphone has 20.7MP camera with 1/2.3-type EXMOR-RS CMOS with G Lens, CMOS image, BIONZ for mobile -4K video capture (3840×2160 pixels/30p) with SteadyShot image stabilization, and 2.1MP front camera.

    “The launch of the Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact reinforces Sony’s commitment to offer the latest cutting-edge technology to our customers. With the two size options, customers now have the option of choosing the form factor that fits their individual requirement, without compromising on either technology or design. We are very encouraged with the response to Sony Xperia smartphones in India, and are targeting 40% contribution from Xperia sales to our sales turnover of FY14. We are expanding our distribution to 10,000 retail touch-points including 250 exclusive Xperia Stores in FY14," says Mr. Kenichiro Hibi, Managing Director, Sony India

    Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro India Launch Expected at Firm's September 30 Event

    Lenovo has sent out invites to an event on September 30, where the company is widely expected to launch the Vibe Z2 Pro in India.

    The invite to "Make way for the Pro" includes an image of the Vibe Z2 Pro's rear panel with a tagline that says, "The Pro awaits you."

    Interestingly, the Chinese handset maker has listed the Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro on the company's India website - pointing to an official launch soon.

    Another smartphone that can be expected to launch alongside the Vibe Z2 Pro is the Lenovo Vibe X2, which was listed on the company's India website on Wednesday. The official listing of the Vibe X2 does point to an imminent launch soon; however, there is no word from Lenovo.
    The Vibe Z2 Pro was announced last month with an expected availability of September. The Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro sports a 6-inch Quad-HD (1440x2560 pixel) display, which will be up against the likes of the LG G3 and Oppo Find 7, which also sport QHD displays.

    It runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box with the company's proprietary Vibe UI 2.0 on top. The Vibe Z2 Pro supports dual-SIM functionality, and is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon (MSM8974AC) 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, coupled with 3GB of RAM. Currently, the flagship devices currently in India from HTC, LG, Samsung, and Sony are powered by the same SoC series.

    The new Lenovo flagship packs a 16-megapixel rear camera and also houses a 5-megapixel front camera. The Vibe Z2 Pro's rear camera comes with OIS (optical image stabilization), 4K video recording functionality, and dual LED flash.

    India play China in crucial last game, need draw to progress

     Shattered after the close 1-2 loss against arch-rivals Pakistan, Indian men’s hockey team will have to regroup themselves quickly and eye atleast a draw in their last crucial Pool B fixture against China in Incheon on Saturday, to qualify for the semifinals of the 17th Asian Games.

    After dishing out an insipid display, both in attack and defence, against Pakistan on Thursday, The Sardar Singh-led side will need to tighten their belt and come up with a much more convincing display against China.

    A draw on Saturday would be enough for India to seal their semifinal berth as the second best team from Pool B as they enjoy a better goal difference than the Chinese.

    India, thanks to their superior goal difference of plus 17, are lying second in the pool ahead of their crunch game against China which they have to win or draw to ensure their berth in the last four.

    But if they manage to qualify, it won’t be easy for India in the semifinals as they clash against hosts and four-time champions South Korea, who will end up in the top spot in Pool A.

    The danger of going in with a defensive mind-set to force a draw in the match might just backfire for the Indians which was the reason for chief coach Terry Walsh to say that his wards needed to win the game against China after the defeat against eight-time champions Pakistan.
    While the Indian forward-line functioned disjointedly against the skilful Pakistanis with hardly any support from the midfield, besides missing a few gilt-edge chances.

    The Indian defence was also panicked whenever the rivals attacked deep into their area.

    India hardly produced a defence-splitting pass during the entire duration of the game and failed to stitch together enough number of passes to break through the determined Pakistan defense.

    Surprisingly, even the ever dependable Sardar Singh did not have a great match as he was called upon more to bolster the fumbling defence and, as a result, could not control the midfield as he does.

    Roving forward Akashdeep Singh and Ramandeep Singh were guilty of not grabbing the chances that came their way which cost India dear.

    Even though India are above China in world ranking, it would be a mistake to take them tomorrow and Walsh also warned his wards not to be complacent.

    “We have a very big game coming up against China tomorrow and we have to win that match to reach the semifinals. It’s not going to be an easy game as China are a tough team to beat,” said the former Australia forward.

    China and India have both come to this stage after winning by big margins against minnows Sri Lanka, back in Asiad fray after 32 years, and Oman and losing to Pakistan.

    Sierra Leone Restricts Travel For Over 1 Million To Stop Ebola Spread

    Sierra Leone on Thursday took the dramatic step of sealing off districts where more than 1 million people live as it and other West African countries struggle to control the Ebola outbreak that has claimed thousands of lives.

    With three new districts under quarantine, about one-third of Sierra Leone's 6 million people are now living in areas where their movements are heavily restricted. In parts of Sierra Leone and in neighboring Liberia where these cordons have been used in this outbreak, food prices have soared, some markets have shut and the delivery of goods has slowed.

    "There is a desperate need to step up our response to this dreaded disease," the Sierra Leone government said. "The prognosis is that without additional interventions or changes in community behavior, the numbers will increase exponentially and the situation will rapidly deteriorate."

    President Barack Obama warned a meeting at the United Nations on Thursday that the world is not doing enough to stop the outbreak, saying there is "a significant gap between where we are and where we need to be."

    The Ebola outbreak, the world's largest ever, has hit Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea hardest and is believed to have sickened more than 6,200 people. Senegal and Nigeria have also had Ebola cases, but it appears the disease has been contained in those countries.
    U.S. health officials warn that the number of infected people could explode to 1.4 million by mid-January, adding that the outbreak could peak well below that if efforts to control the outbreak are ramped up.

    The outbreak's unprecedented scale and geographic spread have pushed governments to impose severe measures like the cordons, but the disease has continued to overwhelm efforts to contain it.

    In an address to Sierra Leone on Wednesday night, President Ernest Bai Koroma put Port Loko, Bombali, and Moyamba districts under isolation with immediate effect, allowing only people delivering essential services to enter and circulate within these areas. The restrictions will remain in place until the chain of transmission is broken, officials said.

    In other parts of Sierra Leone, including the capital, Freetown, homes will be put under quarantine when cases are identified, according to a government statement. Security forces surrounded a house in a Freetown slum on Wednesday, quarantining residents inside, after a popular herbalist who lived there died from Ebola. The forces will ensure that no one leaves or enters until it's clear that no one else in the house has been infected.

    India at kissing distance of Mars; Indian scientists script history

    India Wednesday created space history by becoming the first country in the world to enter Mars' orbit in its debut attempt. A beaming Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wearing a red jacket symbolic of the Red Planet, described it as "achieving the near impossible", congratulated the feat of Indian scientists and called for challenging the next frontier.

    India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) traversed over 650 million km through deep space for over nine months to successfully reach the planet's orbit. The US, Europe and Russia had failed in their first attempts.

    "The spacecraft (Orbiter) successfully entered the Martian orbit at 7.55 a.m. and is located at about 515 km from its surface...," a senior space official told IANS at the mission control centre here.

    Radars at the earth stations of NASA at Goldstone in the US, Madrid in Spain, Canberra in Australia and India's own deep space network at Baylalu near Bangalore received the radio signals from the Orbiter, confirming its insertion into the Mars orbit.

    Modi, who witnessed the event from an Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) facility in Bangalore, said that the successful Mars mission "must become a base for challenging the next frontier".

    The success "will go down as landmark in history", said a visibly delighted Modi.

    India's Mars mission is "a shining symbol of what we are capable of as a nation" and we have gone beyond boundaries of human enterprise and imagination, he added.

    The 475 kg (dry mass) Orbiter will take 77 hours or 3.2 earth days to rotate around the red planet over the next six months and will study its surface and mineral composition and scan its atmosphere for methane gas in search of life-sustaining elements.

    The prime minister said that the MOM was built "indigenously, in a pan-Indian effort".

    "With today's spectacular success, ISRO joins an elite group of only three other agencies worldwide to have successfully reached the Red Planet," he added amidst applause.

    Modi, who spoke in English and Hindi, said that the "odds were stacked against us".

    "Of the 51 missions attempted across the world so far, a mere 21 had succeeded. But we have prevailed...Travelling an incredible distance, of over 650 million or 65 crore km, we have gone beyond boundaries of human enterprise and imagination."
    Indians, including those living abroad, were elated and many took to Facebook and Twitter saying "mission accomplished".

    #Mangalyaan #MissionMars #proudindian were some of the top trending topics on Twitter and Facebook since Wednesday morning.

    The success of the Mars mission has made India join the elite club of the US, Europe and Russia, which reached the second smallest planet of our solar system after initial failures.

    The state-run ISRO became the fourth international space agency after National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the US, Russian Federal Space Agency (RFSA) and European Space Agency to have undertaken successful missions to Mars.

    India also became the first Asian country to have entered the Mars sphere of influence (gravity) Tuesday, as a similar mission by China failed in 2011.

    The success of the mission to Mars will "inspire our scientists to make even greater strides", said President Pranab Mukherjee who described it as a "historic achievement".

    The final orbiting exercise began at 4.17 a.m. Wednesday.

    After rotating the Orbiter towards Mars at 6.57 a.m., the main engine was ignited at 7.17 a.m. for enabling the spacecraft enter its orbit from the sun orbit, where it cruised for over nine months and 24 days during its voyage to Mars from the Earth.

    During the crucial operation, when a solar eclipse occurred on Mars from 7.12 a.m., the main engine started its burn at 7.30 a.m. and lasted for 24 minutes till 7.54 a.m. to swing the spacecraft into the Martian orbit. The speed of the spacecraft was also reduced.

    Chloe Grace Moretz Answers “Naughty” Question About Brooklyn Beckham

    Chloe Grace Moretz addressed her relationship with Brooklyn Beckham during an appearance on Monday’s “Watch What Happens Live.”

    Let’s just say the young actress doesn’t like labels.

    When a caller asked Moretz to confirm whether she and Beckham are “more than friends,” she replied, “That’s naughty! That was a naughty question!”

    Host Andy Cohen and fellow guest Billy Bush both leaned toward the young star in anticipation of her answer.

    “You have a 16-year-old daughter,” she told Bush, “You can ask her these questions, too.”
    After stalling for as long as she could, Moretz replied,  “Um, I don’t know. He’s a very good guy. He’s a good person. I enjoy hanging out with him.”

    Cohen continued to dig for more, asking Moretz if she wasn’t giving a definitive answer because she didn’t want to define Beckham as a “boyfriend” and “put a label” on their relationship.

    “Maybe,” she said with a smile.

    But Moretz had no problem gushing about her rumored beau’s mom Victoria Beckham.

    “She’s an amazing person,” she said. “I really admire her work ethic. I love her line. As a family, they’re awesome people.”

    Jasmine Tridevil Gets Third Boob 'Because I Don't Want To Date Anymore'

    A Florida woman spent $20,000 to get a third boob surgically implanted on her chest in a twisted attempt to look less attractive to men.

    "I don't want to date anymore," Jasmine Tridevil, 21, said in a recent radio broadcast when asked why she added the extra mammary complete with an artificial nipple and tattoo to resemble an areola.

    But she's still proud of the triple nipple.

    On her Facebook page, she thanks followers for sharing YouTube videos featuring her swiveling her hips in a tri-cup bikini. She also hired a camera crew to follow her around so she can pitch a reality show to MTV.

    She told Real Radio 104.1 that she reached out to more than 50 doctors before one agreed to perform the surgery. The operation involved taking skin tissue from her abdomen, adding a silicon implant and grafting it between her two, natural breasts.
    "It was really hard finding someone that would do it too because they’re breaking the code of ethics," she said. "But I got a breast implant and a mini implant to make it look like there’s a nipple poking out."

    Tridevil -- a pseudonym -- says her parents aren't fond of the surgery.

    Even in carnival sideshows, Tridevil's physique would strike many as out-of-this world.

    "You couldn’t have done that in the early 20th century," Marc Hartzman, who literally wrote the book on American Sideshow, told HuffPost Weird News. "That kind of cosmetic surgery wasn’t around. People aren’t born that way, and I haven't even seen any sideshow actors with three breasts that I can recall."

    Our own HuffPost UK thinks Tridevil may have taking the idea from Total Recall, a film that made one woman with three breasts famous in 1990. And since Tridevil isn't revealing who her doctor is, the site also casts doubt on the boob's authenticity:

        We think you’ll agree [Total Recall's] prosthetics are pretty convincing –- could it be that Tridevil simply followed suit and hasn’t been under the knife after all?

    Why didn't Katie be Katona's bridesmaid?

    Former model Katie Price was upbeat about being a bridesmaid at Kerry Katona's wedding, but she pulled out last minute because her size eight dress didn't fit her.

    Price gave birth to daughter Bunny just five weeks ago and her post-baby body, which she has been flaunting via sensual selfies, became furious after she couldn't squeeze into gown she had been to wear for her friend's D-day, reports dailystar.co.uk.

    Price had refused to stand alongside Kerry, and instead attended the wedding as a guest, wearing a black and white jumpsuit.
    "Kerry was disappointed, but wasn't going to let it ruin her day. Katie was not even prepared to consider wearing a dress that didn't fit her properly. As soon as she found out, she pulled out of her official role altogether," a source told The Sun newspaper.

    Nevertheless, Katona had three bridesmaids - bandmate Liz McClarnon, school friend Karen Belton and Mel B's sister Danielle Brown, by her side.

    Katona married George Kay Sep 14 at Totworth Court Hotel, Gloucestershire.

    Khoobsurat- Royal pain in the neck :MOVIE REVIEW

    Khubsoorat
    Director: Shashanka Ghosh
    Actors: Sonam Kapoor, Fawad Khan
    Rating: *1/2

    It’s one thing for a smart, carefree, sassy kind of girl to enter an uptight sort of household to loosen things up and have fun along the way. That was Rekha in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Khubsoorat. It’s quite another thing altogether when that same chilled out character comes across as a certified imbecile (Sonam Kapoor), perpetually prone to behave like an over-friendly dement, because her Punjabi mom, who she calls by the first name Manju (Kirron Kher), behaves even more demented.

    This film is as much a remake of the gentle, warm Khubsoorat (1980) as Rohit Shetty’s Bol Bachchan was a nod to Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s subtly charming Gol Maal (1979). The film is produced by Disney. Most people who have even seen its trailers will liken it more to the American hit, girly, teen franchise The Princess Diaries (2001).
    Sonam plays a physiotherapist in the movie. She gets appointed to treat the jobless king of a mythical empire in the desert. Aamir Raza Husain plays this sombre king. Those who’ve grown up savouring the vibrant theatre scene in Delhi will know Hussain as the master director of stellar productions like The Fifty Day War (2000) and The Legend Of Ram (2004). It’s great to see him on the big screen. He looks and behaves every bit a blue-blooded royal, although talking in a decidedly UP accent, which is only mildly strange for an ‘emperor’ from contemporary Rajasthan.

    Stranger by far is the Rajput king’s son. Together with the father and the bored mom (Ratna Pathak Shah), this thoroughly serious looking, busy as hell prince dude (Fawad Khan) lives in a massive palace that, by all accounts, appears to be located quite far away from urban civilisation. I suspect he works in the hospitality business, though it’s very hard to tell. Throughout the film and all through his day, all you can see him do is strut around in an astounding range of super-formal designer suits and bandhgalas, walking around all alone, inside his own house, between the drawing room, study or perhaps the restroom. No, seriously, who are these people?

    Karan Johar launches new girl Disha Patani for new sex comedy

    After Introducing Alia, Sidharth and Varun to tinsel town Bollywood, ace director Karan Johar is all set to launch Disha Patani, former Femina Miss India first runner up in his upcoming flick ‘No Sex Please, W are Indians’. As the name suggests the movie  is believed to be a sex comedy.
    If we believe on gossip mills, Karan Johar has teamed up with daily soap queen Ekta Kapoor for this film. However, the male lead is not finalised yet.

    The yet-to-be Bollywood actress has appared in many advertisements and now she is all set to make her Bollywood debut.

    Facebook says won't miss out on key stories for its users

    The social networking site Facebook is updating its news feed to feature right content at the right time, so that users do not miss out on key stories.

    "We have heard feedback that there are some instances where a post from a friend or a Page you are connected to is only interesting at a specific moment, for example when you are both watching the same sports game, or talking about the season premiere of a popular TV show," said Facebook in a blog post.

    Facebook is also going to factor in the rate at which people are liking or commenting on a post, Forbes magazine reported.
    Facebook currently looks at the total number of likes that a post received, but now it will look at when people like, comment and share posts.

    For people that engage with the story shortly after it is posted means that it was most interesting at that time, but will be less interesting at a later time.

    The update to the news feed will be based on two factors - trending topics and engagement.

    "This means that posts that receive likes, comments and shares faster will be posted higher in the news feed," Facebook added.

    Islamic State: Kurds issue new call to arms against advancing militants in Syria

    Kurdish militants in Turkey have issued a new call to arms to defend a border town in northern Syria from advancing Islamic State (IS) fighters, and the Turkish authorities and United Nations prepared for a surge in refugees.

    About 70,000 Syrian Kurds have fled into Turkey since Friday as IS militants seized dozens of villages close to the border and advanced on the frontier town of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish.

    Carol Batchelor, the United Nations refugee agency's (UNHCR) representative in Turkey said the real figure may be more than 100,000 as Turkey faces one of the biggest influxes of refugees from Syria since the war there began more than three years ago.

    "I don't think in the last three-and-a-half years we have seen 100,000 cross in two days," she said.

    "So this is a bit of a measure of how this situation is unfolding and the very deep fear people have about the circumstances inside Syria, and for that matter Iraq."

    A Kurdish commander on the ground said IS militants had advanced to within 15 kilometres of Kobani, whose strategic location has been blocking the radical Sunni Muslim militants from consolidating their gains across northern Syria.

    A Kurdish politician from Turkey who visited Kobani on Saturday said locals had told him IS fighters were beheading people as they went from village to village.
    Video: Syrian Kurds cross the border into Turkey as Islamic State sweeps over northern Syria. (ABC News)

    "Rather than a war this is a genocide operation ... They are going into the villages and cutting the heads of one or two people and showing them to the villagers," Ibrahim Binici, a deputy for Turkey's pro-Kurdish HDP, told Reuters.

    "It is truly a shameful situation for humanity," he said, calling for international intervention.
    Five of his fellow MPs planned a hunger strike outside UN offices in Geneva to press for action, he said.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors Syria's civil war, said clashes overnight killed 10 insurgents, bringing the number of IS fighters killed to at least 39. At least 27 Kurdish fighters have died.

    IS has seized at least 64 villages around Kobani since Tuesday, using heavy arms and thousands of fighters.

    It executed at least 11 civilians on Saturday, including at least two boys, the Observatory said.

    "We now urgently need medicines and equipment for operations. We have many casualties," Welat Avar, a doctor in Kobani told Reuters.

    "ISIL (IS) killed many people in the villages. They cut off the heads of two people, I saw it with my own eyes," he said, referring to an incident in the village of Chelebi, near Kobani.

    The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a rebel group which has spent three decades fighting for autonomy for Turkey's Kurds, renewed a call for the youth of Turkey's mostly Kurdish south-east to rise up and rush to save Kobani.

    "Supporting this heroic resistance is not just a debt of honour of the Kurds but all Middle East people. Just giving support is not enough, the criterion must be taking part in the resistance," it said in a statement on its website.

    "ISIL fascism must drown in the blood it spills ... The youth of North Kurdistan (south-east Turkey) must flow in waves to Kobani," it said.

    Hundreds of security forces cleared the border area south of Suruc of a couple of thousand people who had gathered in solidarity with Kobani for a third day on the Turkish side of the barbed wire fence, where many of the refugees have crossed.

    BJP, Shiv Sena trying to salvage alliance

    BJP and the Shiv Sena were on Sunday trying to to make last ditch efforts to salvage their alliance in Maharashtra for the upcoming Assembly polls after the Uddhav Thackeray's final offer of giving 119 seats to the coalition partner was rejected.

    Hours after Uddhav Thackeray's tough talk on seat-sharing and that Sena cannot give beyond 119 seats, BJP told its old alliance partner that it was the duty of both the parties to continue the tie-up and sort out issues instead of going through the media, in remarks directed at the Sena chief.

    Squabbling over seat-sharing showed no signs of resolution during the day with the BJP saying there was "nothing new" in Shiv Sena's final offer to give it 119 seats and hoped it can be mutually settled. In Mumbai, Shiv Sena made it clear that it won't make any more concession for BJP, offering to cede it only 119 out of the total 288 seats in Maharashtra Assembly for the next month's polls, and said this was "the final attempt" to break the logjam over seat-sharing.

    Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray also reminded Prime Minister Narendra Modi that late Sena supremo Bal Thackeray had backed him in the aftermath of the 2002 Gujarat riots.

    "Today I am making a final attempt to ensure that the Mahayuti (grand alliance of opposition parties) stays intact. Sena had initially asked for 160 seats. But now we are ready to part with nine seats. Shiv Sena will fight on 151 seats, leaving 119 seats for BJP. The remaining 18 seats will be given to our allies," he said.
    Suggesting a way out to end the standoff, BJP leaders of opposition in Maharashtra Assembly and Legislative Council Eknath Khadse and Vinod Tawde said here the party wants Sena to re-negotiate on such seats that they never won in the last 25 years, so that they are not given to the NCP-Congress alliance on a platter in the upcoming polls. .

    "There is nothing new in the latest Shiv Sena offer as BJP has been contesting 119 seats ever since the alliance came into being. We want the alliance to continue. It is the duty of both Shiv Sena and BJP to maintain the alliance.

    "We have 25 year-old ties and seat-sharing issue can be sorted out mutually through face to face talks and not through media (TV)," Tawde told reporters in a hurriedly convened press conference.

    Khadse said, "Shiv Sena has been losing on 35 seats while we have been losing on 19, if these were to be re allocated then we would all benefit instead of these seats going automatically to Congress-NCP alliance."

    "Many such seats had been lost by narrow margin in the previous elections. That was the thought and mindset behind the proposal for the 135 seats," he said. However, the BJP leaders also said they were ready to accept 130 seats --five seats down from its earlier demand.

    Jennifer Lopez & Iggy Azalea's 'Booty' Video Is Definitely About Butts, In Case You Were Confused

    In case you haven't heard, butts are in style right now. Furthering that proof: Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea, women who have butts, sing about them in "Booty." The video for the painfully repetitive song was just released (though it will probably be better enjoyed if you hit the mute button before watching, since it was written by Chris Brown).

    That said, "Booty" has everything you'd expect in a video for a song called "Booty."

    Big Rumor About 'Into The Woods' Debunked

     Musical theater fans can rest easy. According to Disney, a cast listing in which Into the Woods characters were listed as their Disney counterparts on Disney.com was incorrect, and the page has been edited. This post has been updated to reflect this.

    Playbill and other sites, including EW, pointed out that on the official website for the Stephen Sondheim adaptation, Cinderella’s Stepmother was listed as Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s Prince was Prince Charming, and Rapunzel’s Prince was Flynn Rider. The generic names of the musical were altered so as to match the Disney-specific versions of those characters. Lady Tremaine and Prince Charming are the names of characters Disney’s 1950 Cinderella, while Flynn Rider is the love interest in 2010’s Tangled. In fact, that was not the case, and, according to Disney, all of the characters will retain their names from the original Broadway musical.

    The Into the Woods movie has already faced some backlash over potentially sanitizing changes to the plot of the musical based on statements made by Sondheim himself, though both Sondheim and director Rob Marshall have sought to placate fans. “I’m actually really impressed Disney’s doing this film, because it’s very brave,” Marshall told EW. “I don’t feel we’ve watered it down in any way, shape, or form. We’ve just made it a film. But I never thought in terms of ‘the Disney’ of it all, ever. None of us did.”

    Delhi University Recruitment 2014 – Sr Technical Asst Posts

    Delhi University Recruitment 2014 – Sr Technical Asst Posts: Delhi University has issued notification for the recruitment of Senior Technical Assistant vacancies on contractual basis. Eligible candidates may send the applications on or before 26-09-2014. Other details like educational qualification, selection process, how to apply are given below…

    Delhi University Vacancy Details:
    Total No.of Posts: 01
    Name of the Post: Senior Technical Assistant

    Educational Qualification: Candidates should possess Post Graduation in the relevant subject with two years experience.

    Selection Process: Candidates will be selected based on interview.
    How to Apply: Eligible candidates may send the applications on plain paper with self attested copies of certificates, mark sheets, testimonials etc to the Head, Department of Operational Research on or before 26-09-2014.

    Last Date for Submission of Application: 26-09-2014

    For more details like age limit, educational qualification,selection process, how to apply and other information click on the link given below…

    Click here for Recruitment Advt


    Delhi University Recruitment Senior, Jr & Library Assts, Assistant – 07 Posts

    Delhi University Recruitment 2014 – Apply Online for Non-Teaching Posts: Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University has issued notification for the recruitment of Non-Teaching vacancies. Eligible candidates may apply online with in 21 days from the date of this advt. Other details like age limit, educational qualification, selection process, how to apply are given below…

    Delhi University Vacancy Details:
    Total No.of Posts: 07
    Name of the Posts:
    1. Senior Assistant: 01 post
    2. Assistant: 01 post
    3. Junior Assistant: 04 posts
    4. Library Assistant: 01 post

    Age Limit: Candidates age should be below 30 years for post 1,2 & 4, below 27 years for post 3 as on last date of submission of applications.
    Educational Qualification: Candidates should possess Graduation with 50% marks for post1, Graduation from a recognized university for post 2, Senior Secondary School certificate (+2) or its equivalent qualification from a recognized board/ university with at least 50% marks for post 3, Passed Sr. Secondary or equivalent examination conducted by state board of education/ university/ govt. recognized institutions for post 4.

    Selection Process: Candidates will be selected based on interview.

    How to Apply: Eligible candidates may apply online with in 21 days from the date of advt.

    Important Dates:
    Date of this Advt: 03-09-2014
    Last Date to Apply Online: within 21 days.

    For more details like age limit, educational qualification, selection process, how to apply and other information click on the link given below…

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    Goa University Department of Marine Sciences SRF, JRF, Field Assistant 04 Posts

    Goa University Department of Marine Sciences Department of Marine Sciences is looking for prospective candidates for filling up the position of research fellows at Department under different projects funded by INCOIS of Min of Earth Sciences (MOEs), Space Physics Lab of Indian Space Research Organization ( ISRO) and Naval Research (NRB) under the guidance of Prof . Harilal B. Menon. The positions are purely temporary and on a project mode initially for a period of one year. Candidates fulfilling the presc ribed conditions may apply on or before 29 th September 2014.

    Details of INCOIS sponsored project : 

    Title: Optical characterization of Case II waters and retrieval of colour components from an optical sensor”

    1 . Fellowship: SRF (1 post) – Rs: 18000 + 20% HR A for NET qualified candidates and Rs: 16000+20% HRA for those who are not NET qualified.

    Qualifications.

    Master’s degree in Marine Sciences with specialization in Physical Oceanography/ Marine Biology/Marine Chemistry/ Master’s degr ee in Physical Oceanography/ Hydrochemistry/Marine Biology/ Master’s degree in Physics/Atmospheric science/Meteorology /Master’s degree in Geoinformatics /Environment Science . M - T ech in Geoinformatics. B - Tech/BE in amy brancj. Consistent excellent Academic rec ord from SSC onwards. CSIR - NET candidates will be given preference. Knowledge of programming in FROTRAN/C language. Two years of research experience in field trip related to coastal water optics. Experience in processing water samples for deriving opticall y active substances and operating in - water radiometer and to generate radiance and irradiance values.

    Details of ISRO sponsored project :
     a. Establishing a n etwork station at Goa University for atmospheric boundary layer measurements under the noble project of ISRO – GBP

    . b. Aerosol radiative forcing over India under ISRO - GBP

     a. Fellowship : JRF - Rs: 16000+ 20% HRA (one post ) .

     b. Fellowship : JRF – Rs. 12000 + 15% HRA (one Post)

    Qualifications:

     Master s degree in Marine Sciences with specialization in P hysical Oceanography/ Master s d egree in Physical Oceanography/ Master’s degree in Physics/Atmospheric science/Meteorology /Mathematics/Master’s degree in Geoinformatics /Environment sciences . BTech/BE degree in any branch. Consistent excellent academic recor d from SSC onwards. CSIR - NET candidates will be given preference. Knowledge of programming in FROTRAN/C language

    Big honour to lead India in Asiad opening ceremony: Sardar Singh

    The honour to carry India's flag in the opening ceremony of 17th Asian Games couldn't have come at a better time for hockey team skipper Sardar Singh, who feels it will not only spur him but the entire squad to break their 16-year gold jinx in the continental event.

    Sardar was on Thursday named as the flag bearer of Indian contingent for Friday's opening ceremony in Incheon, and the star midfielder said he is already getting goose bumps.

    "It is definitely a big moment for me. It is a big honour to lead the nation in the opening ceremony of a mutltisport event like the Asian Games. Tomorrow will definitely be one of the best moments of my career. I am already getting goose bumps," Sardar told PTI from the South Korean city.

    "It is a big honour to lead the nation in the opening ceremony of a mutltisport event like the Asian Games, said Sardar. (Getty Images)

    Asked if the responsibility would bring added pressure on him, Sardar said: "I don't think there will be any added pressure because it is a off-field activity. But it will definitely motivate me and the my teammates to give our best on the field.

    "Our mission is to win the gold here and that is what we aspire from this event. We are determined to come back with gold," he said.
    India last won a gold in the mega-event in the Bangkok Games in 1998.

    Placed in Pool B alongside arch-foe Pakistan, the Indian men's team will open their campaign against Sri Lanka on Pool B match on September 21.

    Sardar said the team are well prepared for the task at hand and raring to take the turf on Sunday.

    "Our preparation is going on very well. We defeated Japan in a practice game today," he said.

    "We have worked on the mistakes which we committed in the Commonwealth Games and have devised strategies to counter those areas."

    Sardar said having arrived in Incheon much earlier, they have managed to get a feel of the conditions.

    "We came here well in advance and it worked in our favour because we have become familiar with the weather and turf here," the skipper said.

    Sardar had words of praise for the new format which is going to be introduced in hockey in the Asian Games.

    Shahid Kapoor And Shraddha Kapoor Promote Haider With Club Samsung

    Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor were spotted promoting their movie ‘Haider‘ at the launch of Club Samsung. While Shraddha Kapoor chose to wear an orange dress, Shahid Kapoor wore a black attire; black shirt and jeans and a long chain. Shraddha looked hot and Shahid looked cool.

    Shraddha Kapoor interacted with the media and said: “It is really cool that this app, this product that has come, is at the palm of your hands and you can stream whatever you like. Club Samsung makes life convenient, so that is awesome.”
    Famous singer duo Sajid- Wajid were also seen performing an act with comedian Cyrus Broacha.

    Haider releasing alongside ‘Bang Bang‘ on October 2, both are predicted to be a good film.

    Haider, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj and co-written by Bharadwaj and Basharat Peer, is a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare‘s Hamlet, set in Kashmir. The film stars Shahid Kapoor as Haider, Tabu as his mother and Shraddha Kapoor as Arshia, a journalist by profession and Haider’s love-interest.

    Reasons Why I'm Not Having Children

    I've been on the receiving end of these statements because I've chosen not to bear children.

    My reasons to remain childfree are plentiful (and nobody's business). Yet I'm constantly asked to justify my choice.

    Here's a sampling:

    1. Economics: Children are expensive. As of August 2013, the average cost for a middle class family to raise one child for 18 years is $304,480. Giving birth can cost between $3,296 and $37,227. Sending a child to college costs between $8,893 to $22,203 per year, per child. I'll go make myself a stiff drink; those numbers make me dizzy.

    2. Logistics: In spite of social and cultural advancements, women are still default caregivers, especially in a child's formative years. Raising a kid before s/he begins school is more than a full-time job. It's 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with no time off for good behavior. I'm not fit to be around adult human beings when sleep-deprived, let alone a child dependent on me for Every. Little. Thing.

    3. Environmental: There are an estimated 153 million orphans on Earth. Why add another mouth to an overpopulated planet for an ego-driven biological imperative I don't feel? If anything, I'll adopt.
    4. Physical: My body has been through enough physical trauma in its 35 years of being knocked about this world. Post-traumatic stress disorder from surviving a gun crime has wreaked havoc on my nervous system. I also grew up abroad and wasn't exposed to the additives and preservatives rife in American food. Adding just one child to my family means no more organic and clean eating because we can't afford it. Well, we also can't afford cancer.

    5. Emotional: Every day I struggle to manage PTSD. Having the freedom to be sleepless when the pain tsunami hits has been a godsend. Being able to sleep for 12 hours uninterrupted if need be has been a savior. I work from home and set my own hours, an ideal situation. Add a child and what happens when depression hits and I can't get out of bed? Or I cry for an entire week? Or during bouts of rage in which I lose complete control?

    6. Social: Last time I checked, this world is messed up. There is a school shooting almost every week in this country. Also, there's this gnarly thing called "rape culture" and it permeates every aspect of our society. Many of the children of today will likely be its victims or perpetrators in the not-so-distant future. I'll go ahead and make myself another drink, that is one Big Bad.

    Jersey Shore a 'Herpes Nest' - Quips & Quotes

    From Angelina Jolie's maternal instincts to Madonna's desperate attempt to recapture her youth, PopEater Canada brings you the sartorial successes and big messes from the red carpets of Hollywood.
    This week: 'Jersey Shore' producers open up about the "herpes nest" they've created with the show's ever "mixing" actors, 50 Cent explains his shocking weight loss and vanishing tattoos, clean-shaven Ashton Kutcher talks testosterone envy, Lady Gaga takes her wardrobe and hereditary disease seriously on 'Larry King' and Amy Winehouse's family claims she's moved on to a normal guy while she lets her boob hang out.

    Miley Cyrus Flag Twerking Incident Prompts Mexico To Seek Penalty

     A Mexican state legislature has asked the country's federal government to fine singer Miley Cyrus after one of her dancers spanked Cyrus's backside with a Mexican flag as she "twerked" during an independence day performance.

    Cyrus, 21, who has grabbed headlines for her admitted drug use, sexually suggestive dancing and wearing as little as a pair of boots in a music video, was performing in Monterrey in the northern state of Nuevo Leon.
    Local lawmaker Francisco Trevino said that the Nuevo Leon state legislature had approved a warrant for the Interior Ministry to enforce the law on use of the flag.

    She or her team could be fined up to the equivalent of around $1,200 or be detained for 36 hours, Trevino said.

    Mexican authorities are often sensitive toward signs of disrespect for national symbols. In 2008, singer Paulina Rubio was fined for posing without clothes but wrapped in the country's flag. (Reporting by Gabriela Lopez; Writing by Christine Murray; Editing by Ken Wills)

    Meghan Trainor Covers Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' On A Ukulele

    Meghan Trainor isn't just about that bass. During a visit to 2DayFM's "The Dan & Maz Show," the singer covered Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" on a ukulele, and it's pretty damn awesome. Trainor even put her own spin on some of the lyrics: "So Taylor, shake 'em off / don't let 'em get to ya / go ahead and dance like there ain't nobody watchin' ya / shake like a Polaroid picture / you got the fans like 'we wanna dance witcha.'"

    Best Job Posting Ever Seeks Sex-Loving Pothead

    Do you like sex and marijuana? Well then this job is for you.

    Last week, The Denver Post's marijuana news site The Cannabist posted what may be the best job description -- and job -- ever.

    "Sex columnist, with weed focus (apply by Oct. 1)," the headline for the job listing reads.

    And of course the punning for such a position has already begun on Twitter:

    The Cannabist launched just days before Colorado's legal recreational marijuana dispensaries first opened their doors to sell weed to adults on Jan. 1, 2014. It has since covered all things marijuana -- from business to politics to strain reviews -- and will now, apparently, cover sex.
    So, what exactly will a "sex columnist, with a weed focus" write about? Here's what's required for the job:

        Our new freelance columnist will write about sex, relationships, intimacy, gender issues and more as it all relates to a world where marijuana is becoming legal -- and oftentimes present in the bedroom. Our columnist will write about his or her own history, address trends, review related products and answer reader questions. This is a paid freelance position, and our ideal candidate will truly put him or herself out there.

    So dust off your resumes, vaporizers and sex toys, but no hiding behind your keyboard and pseudonym -- this job requires the right candidate to "write about sex and marijuana publicly under your given name."

    BSNL launches free data packs on Micromax smartphones

    Micromax and BSNL announced a strategic partnership to drive data growth in the country. Under this partnership, Micromax and BSNL will extend unique reverse bundling handset offers of free data usage of up to 2GB per quarter.

    Under the partnership agreement, six Micromax devices will be bundled with the BSNL offers. Four mobile handests- X070, X088, A37 and A37B along with P410i tablet and MMX377G data card.
    The offer package includes 2GB data per quarter for 12 months, Free voice calls (on net) – 500 minutes per quarter for 12 months, Activation of freebies – customer to get plan voucher of Rs. 153. Validity of freebies – 12 months from the date of activation.

    “BSNL’s association with Micromax, one of the largest indigenous Mobile handset and data card manufacturers in the country, will create immense opportunities for customers by offering them high speed 3G data. BSNL has already provided 3G coverage in more than 2300 cities and towns of India and is committed to provide 3G coverage to additional towns. BSNL is providing best affordable 3G data services with free roaming facility,” said  A. N. Rai, CMD, BSNL.

    There's enough of Hrithik's dance moves and Katrina's curvy beauty to keep fans happy

     The title song of Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif's film Bang Bang has just been released and if fans were expecting a Dhoom: 2-esque number, chances are they will be left with mixed feelings.

    While the lack of loud beats and high energy that pulsed through Dhoom Machaale is somewhat surprising, there's enough of Hrithik's dance moves and Katrina's curvy beauty to keep fans happy.

    The song starts with the stunning Hrithik and Katrina in a bedroom. But things don't proceed as one might expect - instead of moving along the romantic lines, like the passionate embraces of Meherbaan , the song quickly moves onto a dance floor reminiscent of the disco-themed '70s and '80s.
    The song starts slow but picks up tempo in the manner of an RnB track from the Eighties. Strobelights, mirrors and disco balls crowd the scene. Katrina and Hrithik take to the floor with their back up dancers and, unsurprisingly, outdo them in the dance department.

    The song also features a section where the lead pair are seen dancing on a floor full of water which clearly reminds us of the scenes from Hollywood's Step Up franchise.

    In the last sequence, Hrithik tries his hand, and leg, at some of the iconic moves of his dance idol Michael Jackson and he makes them his own with an ease that only comes to him. Tiger Shroff should be taking notes. (Also read: Tiger's MJ tribute review)

    Overall, the song is not one which will be strewn across dance reality shows with kids imitating Hrithik ala Dhoom Machaale, but one will grow on you over time with its catchy beats and easy lyrics. This is for sure - we'll be listening to it on the radio and dancing to it on the floor for the next few months.

    Best Job Posting Ever Seeks Sex-Loving Pothead

    Do you like sex and marijuana? Well then this job is for you.

    Last week, The Denver Post's marijuana news site The Cannabist posted what may be the best job description -- and job -- ever.

    "Sex columnist, with weed focus (apply by Oct. 1)," the headline for the job listing reads.

    And of course the punning for such a position has already begun on Twitter:
    The Cannabist launched just days before Colorado's legal recreational marijuana dispensaries first opened their doors to sell weed to adults on Jan. 1, 2014. It has since covered all things marijuana -- from business to politics to strain reviews -- and will now, apparently, cover sex.

    So, what exactly will a "sex columnist, with a weed focus" write about? Here's what's required for the job:

        Our new freelance columnist will write about sex, relationships, intimacy, gender issues and more as it all relates to a world where marijuana is becoming legal -- and oftentimes present in the bedroom. Our columnist will write about his or her own history, address trends, review related products and answer reader questions. This is a paid freelance position, and our ideal candidate will truly put him or herself out there.

    So dust off your resumes, vaporizers and sex toys, but no hiding behind your keyboard and pseudonym -- this job requires the right candidate to "write about sex and marijuana publicly under your given name."

    Elisabetta Canalis Marries Fiance: George Clooney's Ex Weds Brian Perri in Italy

    As the world waits for confirmation of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's highly-anticipated nuptials — which are set to happen later this month — one of the A-lister's exes tied the knot on Sunday, Sept. 14 in Sardinia, Italy. Elisabetta Canalis married her orthopedic surgeon fiance Brian Perri.

    The Italian actress, 36, was photographed entering the Sassari Cathedral dressed in a white lace gown and holding a bouquet of white flowers.

    Later in the evening, Canalis tweeted in Italian, "#Italia I still do not understand but I'm realizing how much I will miss all this #Amici #Famiglia."
    The brunette stunner, who is a Sassari native, also tweeted, praising her town Alghero, writing in Italian, "Thanks for making this dream possible. Thanks to all the people for the affection you have shown me!"

    Canalis dated George Clooney for almost 18 months before splitting in June 2011. After they split the Monuments Men actor dated professional wrestler and TV personality Stacy Keibler for two years until they split in July 2013. Keibler also moved on, marrying entrepreneur Jared Pobre, and the couple welcomed their daughter Ava Grace in August.

    Jessica Simpson Wows In White Bridesmaid Dress At Sister Ashlee's Wedding

    Jessica Simpson is still relishing her moment as a bridesmaid in her sister Ashlee's wedding to Evan Ross over Labor Day weekend.

    The elder Simpson sister took to Instagram on Sunday to share a tender photo of herself with daughter Maxwell at the ceremony, captioned, "Bridesmaid and flower girl for @ashleesimpsonofficial and @eross88. I am madly I love with this moment!" The darling mother-daughter duo held hands in matching white dresses on the special day:
    The mother of two also took the time to wish her husband Eric Johnson a happy 35th birthday on Monday, sharing a photo of herself with the former NFL player on her Instagram account:

    Simpson and Johnson tied the knot on July 5 in a magical "Great Expectations"-themed ceremony held at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California.

    Beyonce Celebrates Her Birthday In A Bikini With Blue Ivy And Jay Z

    The superstar singer shared some snapshots from her family vacation in Italy for her 33rd birthday on Beyonce.com. In one snapshot, she poses lovingly with Jay Z on a yacht. In others, Blue Ivy can be seen playing in the sand.
    Beyonce donned a printed bikini and gold foil tattoos while in the picturesque European locale. In one photo, she wears a crown on her head decorated with bees reading "Queen Bey."

    Contractors Ready to Cash In On ISIS War

    America’s rapidly-expanding war against ISIS won’t involve large numbers of U.S. troops on the ground, President Obama is promising. And it’s clear that airstrikes alone won’t beat back the extremist group. Which means that if the President wants to have any hope of meeting his far-reaching goal of destroying ISIS, he’s going to have to rely on private military contractors.

    At least, that’s what the contractors are hoping.

    At the height of the Iraq war, these firms hired hundreds of thousands of people: guns-for-hire, IT geeks, logistics specialists, interrogators, and short order cooks to ladle out the slop at the military cafeteria. Over time, some of those contractors became the symbol for everything that was wrong with the Iraq war: hugely expensive, ineffective, and indifferent to Iraqi life. Contractors were at the middle of the war’s biggest scandals, from Abu Ghraib to Nissour Square. And it was the abductions and murder of Blackwater contractors that sparked one of Iraq's biggest battles.

    None of the five current and former contractors who spoke with The Daily Beast expected a replay of last decade’s Iraq war. But they all said a major opportunity was coming—both for them, and for Obama, who could use the private armies as a way to conceal just how many people will be fighting in this new conflict.
    “Iraq this time around is not going to be as big as it was before,” said Roger Carstens, a former special operations officer who has served as a contracted military adviser in Somalia and Afghanistan. “That said, this new war will present an opportunity for the companies that have a resident train and advising capability to contribute to this new effort.”

    President Obama has asked Congress to authorize $500 million to train a new Syrian opposition out of Saudi Arabia. That money would be part of a $5 billion fund Obama requested this spring from Congress to help train and equip U.S. allies to fight terrorists.

    One U.S. military contractor working in Iraq who asked not to be named said, “I can tell you the contractor-expat community is abuzz thinking this will lead to more work. We expect a much larger footprint than he is showing right now.”

    Those expectations were whet earlier this summer, as ISIS was gaining ground in northern Iraq and the first U.S. special operations teams were arriving in Iraq, when the Pentagon asked military contractors to participate in two important surveys.

    Why The Internet Thinks Taylor Swift's Song 'Bad Blood' Is About Katy Perry

    Ain't no drama like T. Swift drama cause the T. Swift drama don't stop.

    As cover star of Rolling Stone's September issue, Taylor Swift told the magazine that "Bad Blood," a track off her upcoming album "1989," is aimed at a fellow pop star. Since then, the Internet has run wild with speculation: who in the depths of Hollywood could be, as she put it, "straight-up enemies" with T. Swift?

    Though everyone from Miley Cyrus to Carrie Underwood is considered a possible frenemy, the World Wide Web seems to focus its investigation on one prime suspect: Katy Perry.

    Why? Some have taken the easy route and pointed out that, helllloooooo, they have an ex-boyfriend in common:
    "And it wasn't even about a guy!" she told Rolling Stone. "It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me."

    Hmmm. Others have pointed out that, according to an article in the Examiner from December 2013, three of Swift's backup dancers left mid-tour to join Katy Perry's troupe.

    "I was with Taylor for the first six months,'' backup dancer John Brownlie told the Examiner. "It was a great experience and she's a great person to work with, but then Katy contacted us.''

    Brownlie, who had previously toured with Perry on her California Dreams world tour, told the Examiner, "Obviously we were with Katy for two and a half years. She's like family to us, so we were, like, 'absolutely.'"

    'Ray Donovan' Star Steven Bauer, 57, Steps Out With 18-Year-Old Girlfriend

    "Ray Donovan" star and "Scarface" actor Steven Bauer, 57, stepped out for lunch with his 18-year-old girlfriend, Lyda Loudon, on Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Studio City, California. The two were photographed leaving the organic eatery SunCafe.

    Us Weekly confirmed Bauer and Loudon's romance in July after they attended the "Magic in the Moonlight" premiere together.

    At the time, Loudon's mother, Gina Gentry Loudon, wrote a candid blog post about her daughter's relationship with Bauer for WorldNetDaily. She described how their family dealt with the relationship and admitted she wondered "why Mr. Bauer did not walk the moment he realized where all of this was going."
    "My daughter’s choice has challenged me," wrote Gentry Loudon, an author and Fox News contributor. "In perspective, this was a choice regarding love. She did not choose to break the law, harm an innocent or betray our country. Several friends asked us to consider whether love really is a choice. Others beseeched us to embrace that she found a special love with a special, gentle man. These were defining questions."

    Bauer was previously married to Melanie Griffith. They have a 28-year-old son, Alexander Bauer.

    Rahul Gandhi Logs More Flying Hours Than Anyone Else, Says His Party

    Senior Congress leader Ambika Soni has described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a "communicator who has changed the agenda" to avoid delivering on the promises he made in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls. (100 Days of Modi Government: His Top 10 Quotes)

    "Mr Modi is a communicator; he plays with words, that's one of his strong points. You saw that from the ramparts of the Red Fort, he changed the agenda. He didn't talk of high prices becoming higher. He talked about girls and boys and how parents should talk strongly to their sons but he didn't talk about the number of cases, where a girl's dignity has been violated, which has gone up," said Ms Soni. (Rate the Government's Performance)

    Like other leaders of her party, Ms Soni too accused the Modi-led government of following UPA's policies. But the former Information and Broadcasting minister on the UPA government admitted that the Congress could not match the BJP-led NDA's campaign strategy.
    "We were not as successful in communicating our achievements as we should have. We realised that during our Lok Sabha campaign. We realise that today much more when we see them using our schemes, changing their names and making different types of allocation and counting it as their own achievement. Our Vice President certainly travels a lot and if you were to count his flying hours, he would out beat anybody," said Ms Soni.

    When asked why the party's top leaders, like vice president Rahul Gandhi, didn't communicate more effectively, Ms Soni came to Mr Gandhi's defense.

    "We have a different way of communicating. It is not necessary that one has to speak only in Parliament. They (Congress leaders) speak in rallies and when they travel to different parts of the country," she said.

    ISIS releases beheading video of another US journalist

    A new video surfacing on Tuesday purported to show the beheading of another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

    Sotloff, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy was last seen in August 2013, and has featured in the earlier video of the execution of James Foley.

    “We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of US citizen Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).  The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity,” said White House spokesperson Bernadette Meehan in a statement.

    “If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends,” she added.

    Looking into the camera, Sotloff said in the video, “I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing.” He was dressed in the same orange jump suit worn by Foley and inmates of US prisons.
    “Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be for preservation of American lives and interests, so why is it that I am paying the price of your interference with my life?”

    The ISIS terrorist standing by side then says that as long as the United States continues “to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people”.

    Foley’s executioner had made a similar threat, but airstrikes against ISIL positions in Iraq have continued, now expanding beyond in and around Mosul Dam to also cover Amirli and Erbil.

    The central command said Monday it had carried out 123 airstrikes across Iraq since the start of the air-campaign on August 8.

    Sotloff’s mother, Shirley Sotloff, had appealed for mercy for her son in a video message last week. “I am sending this message to you, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Quraishi al-Hussaini, the caliph of the Islamic State. I am Shirley Sotloff. My son Steven is in your hands. You, the caliph, can grant amnesty. I ask you please to release my child. I ask you to use your authority to spare his life.”

    “As a mother, I ask your justice to be merciful and not punish my son for matters he has no control over.

     I ask you to use your authority to spare his life and to follow the example set by the Prophet Muhammad, who protected People of the Book. I want what every mother wants, to live to see her children’s children, I plead with you to grant me this.”

    Amber Rose Twerks To Husband Wiz Khalifa's 'Ass Drop'

    Amber Rose is proud of her husband Wiz Khalifa and she's not afraid to show it. The model and mother of one posted a video to Instagram August 29, in honor or her husband's album "Blacc Hollywood" hitting no. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart -- a first for the rapper, Billboard notes.
    Rose captioned the sexy video "In honor of my Hubby's #1 Album #blacchollywood #AssDrop," referencing the track in background.

    Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj, take note:

    Mark Wahlberg Missed His Brother's Wedding Photo

    When Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy tied the knot on Sunday, at least one famous relative was not on hand for the nuptials.

    Mark Wahlberg tweeted his congratulations and posted an Instagram video for the new couple the day before. The actor's rep said his daughter Ella's 11th birthday was scheduled to take place in Los Angeles over the weekend. (The McCarthy/Wahlberg wedding was at Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois, minutes from McCarthy's childhood home.)
    TMZ has another story, though. The site reports that Mark Wahlberg and his wife are not especially close with Donnie and are not particularly fond of his new bride. TMZ also wrote that another Walhberg brother, Bobby, wouldn't be an in attendance either, nor would Donnie's mother, because she's afraid of flying. Brother Paul, on the other hand, was expected to attend.

    HuffPost Entertainment contacted a representative for Mark Wahlberg for comment on the TMZ report; this post will be updated if and when they respond.
    Donnie didn't seem too distraught by his brother's absence, returning his well wishes on Twitter.

    Teen With Amazingly Long Neck To Undergo Surgery

    Surgeons are helping a teenager save his neck by shortening it.

    Fu Wengui, 15, of Beijing, is preparing to go under the knife because he's reportedly caused immense pain by the three extra vertebrae in his neck.

    The teen has 10 vertebrae in his neck while the average person has seven, according to Quirky China, which released photos of him at the hospital. The vertebrae compress his nerves, making it difficult for him to walk.

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    "When he was six he was diagnosed with congenital scoliosis and abnormal chest frame," Wengui's father, Fu Genyou, told agency.

    Congenital scoliosis is a spinal deformity caused by abnormally formed vertebrae, and usually occurs in early development, according to the Scoliosis Research Society. Wengui's surgery will reduce the size of his neck and hopefully enhance movement and reduce pain.

    A Beijing-based charity will sponsor his surgery at Chaoyang Hospital, which is working on a treatment plan, according to Quirky News' press release.

    "I just hope I can have a normal neck," Wengui said.

    Katzen Hobbes Turns Herself Into Tiger Woman

    When Katzen Hobbes was a toddler, she had dreams where she saw herself covered in tiger stripes.

    When she was 18, she started making that dream a reality.

    Now, at the age of 40, 90 percent of her body is covered in stripes.

    "I still need a little bit of work under the right armpit and right ear, but I'm pretty close to completion," Hobbes told The Huffington Post. "But I might add something more."

    Hobbes considers her body like a sculpture.

    Unlike many people who start with one small tattoo and add others on without a firm goal in mind, she always wanted just tiger stripes.

    "I wanted to be covered in tiger stripes when I was young, but it wasn't until I was 9 and living in Japan that I realized how I could do it," she said. "My mother said, 'Wait until you're 18."
    Most of the feline tatting occurred between the ages of 18 and 28. More than 227 different tattoo artists have inked her up, including 23 at one time.

    Hobbes isn't as catty as she used to be. For 14 years, she had plastic whisker piercings through her facial skin.

    "I had them removed because I started to feel they affected my field of vision," she said. She turned to scarification and had six scars on her face to allude to the whiskers.

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    Hobbes works as a tattoo artist in Austin and as a sideshow performer for the 999 Eyes Freakshow. She feels both jobs allow her to show people that beauty comes from within.

    "Most of us are more than skin deep," she said. "I feel more beautiful this way."

    Hobbes will have a chance to demonstrate that in spades because she is one of the people who has been selected to appear in the newest Ripley's Believe It Or Not! book, "Reality Shock!" debuting Sept. 9.

    Carrie Underwood Announces Pregnancy

    Country star Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher chose the Labor Day holiday to announce they are expecting their first child.

    Underwood and Fisher posted the announcement on their social media accounts on Monday. Underwood's publicist confirmed the couple will be expecting their first child in the spring.
    The 31-year-old Underwood shot to fame after winning "American Idol." She has won six Grammys and sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. She was the first woman to twice win the Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year award.

    She will be co-hosting the upcoming Country Music Association Awards with Brad Paisley this November.

    Fisher, a 34-year-old center for the Nashville Predators, is recovering from a ruptured left Achilles tendon and is expected to miss the start of the season.

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