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  • LeBron James: Why Miami Heat Star Won’t Dare Join the Los Angeles Lakers

    A LeBron James-Kobe Bryant Big Two sounds good on paper and makes for savvy media sound bites.

    Salary cap aside, I can think of three reasons the Miami Heat star won't ever leave South Beach or sign with the Los Angeles Lakers when the 2014 NBA free agency season rolls around.

    Another Cleveland Cavaliers debacle is sure to happen

     This maniacal debate was set in motion recently by ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, who said this about the possibility LeBron leaves the Miami Heat when he becomes a free agent: "At Least 50-50 he leaves Miami."

    Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of the outspoken and usually dead-on sports prognosticator. However, I've dug deep on this one and respectfully disagree with his forecast on LeBron James' future.

    Remember "The Decision" on July, 8, 2010?

    Ordinarily, I'd leave it there, but this argument deserves a little debate before the last rites are given.

     Back then when James sat in the chair on live television and shocked the world, the equivalent of a zombie apocalypse followed.

    Cavs majority owner Dan Gilbert joined the anti-James movement by writing an "open letter" about LeBron's shocking decision to bail from his roots to the glitz of South Beach.

    Gilbert referred to the then two-time NBA MVP's decision as "selfish," "heartless" and "cowardly betrayal," among other things.

    Current and former NBA players criticized his LeBron's move and at one point James acknowledged that race could be a factor in the fallout from his decision to move on from Cleveland.

    Who am I to feel this way, but I found myself feeling sorry for Bron-Bron. I thought he'd never recover from that public tsunami.

     Fresh off that prediction, others suggested when he does leave, the Lakers is a likely landing point.

    Imagine that?

    Kobe Bryant isn't built to share the big stage: Ask Dwight Howard

    Taken from a page of National Geographic and the University of Michigan, the Black Mamba snake is solitary and prefers to be alone.

    It's no secret that Kobe loves the stage in Tinseltown with the spotlight firmly planted on him -- and him only.

     The Lakers star bumped heads with Shaquille O'Neal, Dwight Howard, and perhaps a handful of others who chose to remain tight-lipped and just play the game.

    Rumor is Howard was so fed up with the attention given to the aging star -- and the lack of love given him -- he passed on $30 million to leave the circus show.

    Poonam Pandey Movie Review Nasha

    After reading this review you must recommend me for a bravery award. Poonam Pandey's Nasha is a cheap and forgettable film, despite all the loud claims she made on Twitter. The storyline is weak and the acting is pathetic. Nasha is such a bad film that it needs to be ranked 'Minus Zero'. This is because some see a wee bit of positivity in a zero too. Therefore to dispel any such remote notions, it's a  Minus Zero.

    It is the story of a school in Panchgani where the students are loud, shameless and boisterous. They do not mind sharing cheap jokes and making adult comments. Poonam Pandey's entry in this school as a theatre teacher is all that was needed! A boy called Sahil falls for her and then comes her boyfriend Samuel who, much to the chagrin of Poonam, begins to trouble Sahil.

    Samuel is actually the story's villain who breaks Poonam's heart as she discovers his other affair and his bad habits (he is caught in a rave party!) Sahil comes to support his heart-broken Ma'am. But this moralistic teacher says she must go away as this relationship is immoral - but not before she has a steamy sex session with her student!

    Poonam Pandey is a disaster in the name of acting. Her husky voice sounds terrible on screen. Her acting in the film is so pathetic that when she was shouting, people in the cinema hall were laughing!

    This 'upright' teacher teaches the most immoral lesson of love - "Love is like summer vacations, it gives different type of pleasure every year," says Poonam and the crowd hails it with a loud applause! The screenplay is cliched and the songs are mediocre. Amit Saxena has failed miserably as a director. His Jism was classy because it had the Bhatt camp background, but Nasha is nothing but P-grade (Poonam Grade).

    Sahil is average, his Ma'am is horrible and Samuel is good. Camera work is average and editing is quite poor.

    Those who want to go to theatres in hope of watching bold scenes will be in for disappointment because everything bold has been shown in the promos.

    This film has exposed the 'acting' skills of Poonam Pandey and I am sure any sensible film maker will think twice before signing her. It is a cheap and dangerous Nasha that should be avoided at all costs!

    Bollywood Mourns Death of Quintessential 'cop' Jagdish Raj

    The last rites of the actor were performed yesterday evening at the Pawan Hans crematorium.

    Celebrities expressed grief over the demise of veteran actor Jagdish Raj, who had the record of playing a police officer 144 times in various Bollywood films.

    Jagdish, the famous police officer of Bollywood, passed away yesterday at his Juhu residence following respiratory ailment. He was 85.

    "He was not keeping well for the past two years. He had lung and respiratory problems. He passed away yesterday due to respiratory problems," the actor"s son-in-law Rakesh Malhotra said.

    "Shri Jagdish Raj, the official "Polive Inspector" of the Indian film industry, passed away. RIP," director Rahul Rawail wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.

    Filmmaker Ashok Pandit said, "Sad to know Jagdish Raj is no more. The industry lost its grt Police officer. RIP." "RIP Jagdish Raj, the quintessential police officer for generations in Indian films. Your works will live on," actress Soumya Tandon said.

    "Not seen any news channel cover the demise of Jagdish Raj. Sad," Tanuj Garg of Balaji Telefilms said.

    The last rites of the actor were performed yesterday evening at the Pawan Hans crematorium here.

    "Only family and close friends had come for the last rites. From the industry, Rishi Kapoor, David Dhawan, Rahul Rawail had come. The "chautha" will be held tomorrow," Malhotra said.

    Born as Jagdish Raj Khurana in Sargodha, British India (now part of Pakistan), he acted in films from 1960 till retirement in 1992.

    Some of his popular movies include "Deewar", "Don", "Shakti", "Mazdoor", "Imaan Dharam", "Gopichand Jasoos", "Silsila", "Aaina" and "Besharam".

    Though Jagdish occasionally played a villain and a couple of times essayed the role of a judge, he was best known for being cast a record 144 times as a police officer.

    Loretta Lynn's eldest daughter dies at 64

    Country legend Loretta Lynn is mourning the loss of her eldest daughter, Betty Sue Lynn, who died on Monday from complications of emphysema, reports the Associated Press. She was 64.

    A statement from the family released to the press revealed the details, indicating Betty Sue died in Waverly, Tenn, near her mother's ranch in Hurricane Mills.

    Betty Sue is the second of Loretta's children to precede her in death; in 1984 her son Jack Benny Lynn, then 34, drowned on the family's property reported People magazine at the time. Betty and Jack's father, Oliver Vanetta Lynn, died in 1996.

    "The Lynn Family appreciates all your prayers, love, and support of our family. Betty was Loretta's oldest daughter. Betty leaves two daughters Lynn Markworth and Audrey Dyer," a statement on Loretta's website indicated.

    Loretta Lynn's life was portrayed her autobiography, "Coal Miner's Daughter," which was the title of one of her biggest hits. It was made into a movie in 1976.

    Nargis Fakhri Goes For Hindi Classes Photo

    Bollywood actress Nargis Fakhri who has been brought up in New York is working really hard to Learn Hindi. The actress born to a Pakistani father and a Czech mother has been taking Hindi classes since a year. She says that she is adapting and adjusting in Bollywood by working on her Hindi diction every day.

    The actress wishes that she should have learnt Urdu during her younger days."I'm still learning everyday, and I'm learning to adapt and adjust. I work as much as I can. I have learnt to read and write, I try to watch films without subtitles so that I can understand Hindi better. I wish I would have learnt Urdu when I was a child," said Nargis.

    Nargis Fakhri Goes For Hindi Classes Madras Cafe Nargis Fakhri Madras Cafe Story Cast & Crew Fanspeak Videos Photos View All Nargis got an opportunity to star in a big Bollywood movie Rockstar but she was denied to give her voice for her lines in the movie. Now she will be seen in Madras Cafe as an European Journalist, so the audiences will not speaking in Hindi this time. Nargis looks forward to speaking her own lines in future and also mentions that she wants to do films that she would love to watch as an audience.

    "I started taking Hindi classes one year ago. I understand at least 80 percent. I'm trying really hard, but I don't understand many jokes. But I'm happy now people cannot talk about me in Hindi, because I understand that," Nargis explained.

    In the gap between her debut film and the upcoming Madras Cafe, Nargis had a busy schedule. "I was busy reading scripts, dance classes, Hindi classes, travelling to see my family, moving my stuff from New York to Mumbai and adjusting,"

    Child Sex Trafficking Rescue FBI Saves 105 Victims in 'Operation Cross Country' (PHOTOS)

    The FBI has rescued 105 child sex-trafficking victims, FBI Assistant Director Ronald Hosko announced Monday.

    The youngest of the rescued children was 9 years old, according to Reuters.

    One underage victim told officials she became involved with prostitution when she was 11, according to CNN.
    "Many times the children that are taken in in these types of criminal activities are children that are disaffected, they are from broken homes, they may be on the street themselves," FBI Acting Executive Assistant Director Kevin Perkins said, according to the network. "They are really looking for a meal, they are looking for shelter, they are looking for someone to take care of them."

    Another victim, identified as "Alex," told interviewers she became a prostitute at the age of 16, when she felt she had no other options to feed and clothe herself.
    “At first it was terrifying," Alex told interviewers, "and then you just kind of become numb to it. You put on a whole different attitude—like a different person. It wasn’t me. I know that. Nothing about it was me.”

    The raids also resulted in the arrests of 150 "pimps" and other individuals, according to an FBI press release.

    The rescues were the product of Operation Cross Country, a three-day nationwide initiative to aid victims of underage prostitution.

    Operation Cross Country is a part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative, a joint program by the FBI, the Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children created to fight child sex trafficking in the United States.

    Since 2003, the Innocence Lost National Initiative has netted the rescue of more than 2,700 children.

    Heart Surgery in India for $1,583 Costs $106,385 in U.S.

    Devi Shetty is obsessed with making heart surgery affordable for millions of Indians. On his office desk are photographs of two of his heroes: Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi.

    Shetty is not a public health official motivated by charity. He’s a heart surgeon turned businessman who has started a chain of 21 medical centers around India. By trimming costs with such measures as buying cheaper scrubs and spurning air-conditioning, he has cut the price of artery-clearing coronary bypass surgery to 95,000 rupees ($1,583), half of what it was 20 years ago, and wants to get the price down to $800 within a decade. The same procedure costs $106,385 at Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

    “It shows that costs can be substantially contained,” said Srinath Reddy, president of the Geneva-based World Heart Federation, of Shetty’s approach. “It’s possible to deliver very high quality cardiac care at a relatively low cost.”

    Medical experts like Reddy are watching closely, eager to see if Shetty’s driven cost-cutting can point the way for hospitals to boost revenue on a wider scale by making life-saving heart operations more accessible to potentially millions of people in India and other developing countries.

    “The current price of everything that you see in health care is predominantly opportunistic pricing and the outcome of inefficiency,” Shetty, 60, said in an interview in his office in Bangalore, where he started his chain of hospitals, with the opening of his flagship center, Narayana Hrudayalaya Health City, in 2001.

    Out-of-Pocket

    Cutting costs is especially vital in India, where more than two-thirds of the population lives on less than $2 a day and 86 percent of health care is paid out of pocket by individuals. A recent study by the Public Health Foundation of India and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found that in India non-communicable ailments such as heart disease are now more common among the poor than the rich.

    Spain Train Crash Video Shows Horrific Derailment

    Francisco Jose Garzon Amo, 52, posted a picture on his Facebook account in March last year showing a speedometer on a train under his control reaching 200kmh (125mph).

    During a Facebook conversation underneath the picture he even boasts about breaking the speed limit and triggering a fine for Spain’s train operator RENFE.

    Both drivers of yesterday’s crash near Santiago de Compostela survived the disaster.

    One was taken to hospital, while the other has been placed under formal investigation for speeding.

    A train derailed in Northwest Spain on Wednesday, killing at least 80 people and injured over 100 more. The crash was said to be one of Europe's worst train accidents.

    A video posted to YouTube on Thursday appears to show raw footage of the crash. Watch it above, but be aware, it's pretty terrifying.

    In the conversation on the social network last year, one friend wrote: “Man, you are going flat out, brake!!"

    Mr Garzon Amo replied: “I'm at the limit, I can't run any faster, otherwise they'll fine me.”

    His friend then said: “Rubbish, you're going at 200.”

    Garzon Amo again added: “The speedometer is not rigged.”

    And when someone else said: “If the Civil Guard catch you, you'll be without [licence] points," Garzon Amo replied: “What fun it would be to go parallel with the Civil Guard and pass them by triggering the speed radar.

    Prince George revealed as royal baby's name; 6 past British kings named George

    Royal officials said the new prince has been named George Alexander Louis, ending speculation over what moniker Prince William and his wife, Kate, would pick for their first child.

    Kensington Palace said the royals are "delighted to announce" their son's name, adding that the infant prince, third-in-line to the throne, will be known as "His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge."

    Six previous British kings have been named George, and the name was a favourite of British bookmakers in the run-up to Wednesday's announcement.

    For now, the baby is expected to stay out of the spotlight after making his first "public appearance" in the arms of his parents outside of London's St. Mary's Hospital on Tuesday.

    After leaving the hospital, the couple introduced their son Wednesday to his great-grandmother, the Queen, who was keen to see the baby before she starts her annual summer vacation in Scotland later this week.

    Then the young family headed to see Kate's parents in their village near London.

    Now that Kate and William have chosen a name, they are expected to soon choose a photographer for the baby's first official portrait.

    ‘Musty, lifeless’ Prince George celebrates royal baby

    The B.C. city of Prince George may be celebrating the naming of His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge but not everyone is in love with the moniker

    Just over a year ago then Abbotsford Coun. Simon Gibson sent an email to officials of the city of 80,000, telling them Prince George sounds “musty, old-fashioned and lifeless” and suggested the city seriously consider changing its name as Lower Mainland residents frequently confused the locale with the also royally-named Prince Rupert.

    “All I want to do is plant the seed. I think sometimes Prince George gets a bad rap,” he wrote in the email. “I think rebranding Prince George ... will bring it more into the mainstream.”

    Gibson, who is now MLA for Abbotsford-Mission, declined to comment Wednesday on the royal baby name, but the city of Prince George is not letting naysayers bring down its celebratory mood.

    Mayor Shari Green was fielding calls all day from national and international media outlets.

    “This is a real chance for us as a city, and us as residents in our community, to share with the world what’s great about the city of Prince George and why we’re so proud to call this place home,” she said.

    A brainstorming session at city hall produced a press conference where the mayor announced the municipality would be extending a formal invitation to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to bring their young son to Prince George in 2015 to share in celebrating a variety of city milestones.

    Green said the city also wanted to spread some of the wealth and joy within the community. A crib is set up in the city hall foyer to accept donations of baby clothing, gifts and toys, which will then be passed out to needy Prince George families with new children.

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