Naya Rivera horses around after wedding Ryan Dorsey

Glee star Naya Rivera, 27, married actor Ryan Dorsey last Saturday (July 19) in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The news was a shock to fans, who had not expected her to find love again so quickly - just three months after breaking off her engagement with US hip-hop artist Big Sean.

But Rivera seems to be enjoying married life. She posted photos on Instagram of herself horsing around on July 20.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In case you're wondering what Dorsey looks like...

 

 

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Smokin' hot Fifty Shades Of Grey trailer released

The trailer for highly-anticipated film Fifty Shades Of Grey was released on Thursday, and as one might expect, it was smokin' hot.

The movie is based on writer E.L. James' erotic romance best-seller of the same name. 

The book, which is part one of a trilogy, has been translated into 50 languages and sold more than 70 million copies worldwide. 

The story revolves around manipulative billionaire Christian Grey and naive Anastasia​ Steele, whom Grey introduces to the world of kinky sex, S&M and triple X-rated bedroom “contract” games.

Northern Irishman Jamie Dornan plays Grey, while US actress Dakota Johnson plays Steele.

The tension was almost palatable at the tail end of the trailer when Grey unveiled his Red Room of Pain.

A stripped-down version of Beyonce's 2003 hit Crazy In Love played in between the dialogue and helped drive the tension further up a notch.

The International Business Times reported that the trailer was "too-hot-for-morning-TV", with NBC playing only a shortened version on its Today show.

What do you think?

Sources: The International Business Times, Variety, The Telegraph, E! Online

Stimpson lands first Commonwealth gold

England triathlete Jodie Stimpson claimed the first gold medal of the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland.
England triathlete Jodie Stimpson claimed the first gold medal of the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland.

England’s Jodie Stimpson won the opening gold of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Thursday.

Stimpson, a silver medal winner in the World Triathlon Series in 2013, sprinted clear with 400 metres remaining of the final 10km run to win a thrilling race that started with a 1.5km swim in and a 40km cycle around Strathclyde Loch.

Canada’s Kirsten Sweetland claimed silver, with England’s Vicky Holland taking bronze in warm, sunny conditions.

“I was nervous about the swim but I had an awesome swim actually,” said Stimpson.

“The race was brutal and the bike was definitely a challenge. It was important to be aware and sensible. --AFP 

Air Algerie flight crashed, officials confirm

An Air Algerie flight crashed on Thursday en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said.

An Air Algerie flight crashed on Thursday en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said.

There were few clear indications of what might of happened to the aircraft, or whether there were casualties, but Burkino Faso Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedrago said it asked to change route at 0138 GMT because of a storm in the area.

“I can confirm that it has crashed,” the Algerian official told Reuters, declining to be identified or give any details about what had happened to the aircraft on its way north.

Almost half of the passengers were French citizens, an airline official said.

French fighter jets looking for plane

Two French fighter jets based in the region have been dispatched to try to locate the airliner along its probable route, a French army spokesman said. Niger security sources said planes were flying over the border region with Mali to search for the flight.

Algeria’s state news agency APS said authorities lost contact with flight AH 5017 an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso, but other officials gave differing accounts of the times of contact, adding to confusion about the plane’s fate.

Swiftair, the private Spanish company that owns the plane, confirmed it had lost contact with the MD-83 operated by Air Algerie, which it said was carrying 110 passengers and six crew.

A diplomat in the Malian capital Bamako said that the north of the country – which lies on the plane’s likely flight path - was struck by a powerful sandstorm overnight.

Bad week for aviation

Whatever the cause, another plane crash is likely to add to nerves in the industry after a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed over Ukraine last week, a TransAsia Airways crashed off Taiwan during a thunderstorm on Wednesday and airlines cancelled flights into Tel Aviv due to the conflict in Gaza.

An Air Algerie representative in Burkina Faso, Kara Terki, told a news conference that all the passengers on the plane were in transit, either for Europe, the Middle East or Canada.

He said the passenger list included 50 French, 24 Burkinabe, eight Lebanese, four Algerians, two from Luxembourg, one Belgian, one Swiss, one Nigerian, one Cameroonian, one Ukrainian and one Romanian. Lebanese officials said there were at least 10 Lebanese citizens on the flight.

A spokeswoman for SEPLA, Spain’s pilots union, said the six crew were from Spain. She could not give any further details. -- Reuters

 

Transfers: Spurs sign Swansea duo, Everton close on Besic

Fullback Ben Davies is one of two Swansea players signed by Spurs.
Fullback Ben Davies is one of two Swansea players signed by Spurs.

Tottenham have made a double Swansea swoop for Ben Davies and Michel Vorm.

The Welsh left-back and Dutch goalkeeper have been tied down to White Hart Lane on four-year contracts while Gylfi Sigurdsson moved in the opposite direction.

After failing to make a big impact at Spurs, the Icelandic midfielder, who signed a four-year deal with the team from Wales, will be hoping to emulate his 2011/2012 loan spell at the Liberty Stadium where he scored seven goals in 18 appearances.

Bosnia midfielder Muhamed Besic at the World Cup. | PHOTO: REUTERS

Everton are closing in on their second signing of the summer in £4 million ($8.4m) man Muhamed Besic.

The Bosnia international midfielder, who was one of his country's stars at the World Cup, has been photographed on Merseyside and, according to the Mail Online, has been training with the Blues.

If the deal with Hungarian side Ferencvaros goes through, the 21-year-old will be Roberto Martinez's second new acquisition after Gareth Barry.

England midfielder Frank Lampard at the World Cup. | PHOTO: AFP

Frank Lampard has officially been unveiled as a New York City FC player.

The midfielder, who was spotted at JFK airport before his big reveal, parted ways with Chelsea at the end of his contract and has been linked with Manchester City's America-based franchise.

Despite online fan protests after the New York Daily News recapped a drunken incident involving him in 2001 following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre, Lampard has joined the new Major Soccer League team as a designated player - a marquee status which allows NYCFC to pay him a wage above the team's salary cap - on a two-year contract.

Source: AFP, Mail Online, Liverpool Echo, MLS official website

'Weird Al' Yankovic bags top spot on Billboard chart

File photo of US comedian-singer "Weird Al" Yankovic at the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California on Feb 12, 2012. Yankovic has scored a career-first No. 1 album following a viral video campaign parodying the biggest hits of the past year.

"Weird Al" Yankovic, the parody singer and cult figure, on Wednesday earned his first No. 1 album on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on the strength of several viral videos released online.

 

 

Parodying pop hits such as Pharrell Williams​' Happy and Lorde’s Royals, Yankovic’s Mandatory Fun album sold 104,000 copies in its debut week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

 

 

Billboard said it is the first comedy album to top the chart since 1963, adding that Mandatory Fun had the most weekly sales for a comedy album since 1994.

Yankovic had launched a promotional campaign releasing eight new music videos in as many days.

 

 

The 54-year-old is famed for his 1984 spoof of Michael Jackson's Beat It. He has also scored hits over the past 30 years with parodies such as Like A Surgeon (Madonna’s Like A Virgin) and Amish Paradise (Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise).

 

 

The next three spots on the Billboard 200 were all claimed by debutantes: singer-songwriter Jason Mraz was No. 2 with Yes! selling 81,000 albums, rock band Rise Against’s The Black Market was No. 3 with 53,000 copies and Kidz Bop Kids’ Kidz Bop 26 was No. 4 with 46,000.

The soundtrack from Disney’s animated hit Frozen held on to fifth place, extending its run in the chart’s top five to 31 weeks.

If you haven't heard Yankovic's take on Pharrell​'s Happy, check it out below.

 

You can watch the other videos here.

Source: Reuters, AFP

DiCaprio raises $31 million for his foundation at French charity gala

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio representinghis foundation during the second and the final day of the "Our Ocean" conference in thie file picture from June 17, 2014.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio representinghis foundation during the second and the final day of the "Our Ocean" conference in thie file picture from June 17, 2014.

Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has raised more than US$25 million (SS31 million) at a charity gala in France for his foundation which aims at protecting the environment and endangered species.

The fundraiser late Wednesday in the chic Riviera seaside resort of Saint-Tropez included an auction of Hollywood and rock and roll memorabilia and works by Damien Hirst and Pablo Picasso, reported AFP.

It also included DiCaprio’s Harley Davidson motorbike bearing the signatures of Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro and a guitar belonging to U2 frontman Bono.

DiCaprio told the 500 guests – who included stars ranging from US soap star Joan Collins to French actress Marion Cotillard – that animal and flora species were rapidly disappearing on a scale last seen when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Guests shelled out between US$7,000 and US$130,000 to attend the event.

A sculpture by British artist Damien Hirst was snapped up for $6 million by Russian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik, while South African tycoon Patrice Motsepe paid US$1 million for a Picasso drawing. -- AFP 

 

Parents of children killed in MH17 crash say living in ‘hell beyond hell’

A photo supplied by the Maslin family to news agencies of (from left) Mo, 12, Otis, 8, and Evie, 10, who were on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

The family of three Australian children killed on board Malaysia Airlines flight​ MH17 has described how they are living in a “hell beyond hell” as they struggle to deal with their loss.

Mo, 12, Evie, 10, and Otis Maslin, 8, died with their grandfather Nick Norris when the plane they were on went down over Ukraine.

Evie, Mo and Otis Maslin.

In a statement issued through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris said “our pain is intense and relentless”.

“Our babies are not here with us – we need to live with this act of horror, every day and every moment for the rest of our lives,” they said.  

“No one deserves what we are going through. Not even the people who shot our whole family out of the sky.”  

Love is stronger than hate

They said they drew comfort from the love and support of friends “because this expression of love is what is keeping us alive”.  

“No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for our children, for Mo, for Evie, for Otis,” they said.  “No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for Grandad Nick.”

The Maslin children were returning to Perth with their grandfather to get ready for the school term after a family holiday in Europe.

MH17, a Boeing 777 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed in eastern Ukraine last Thursday, killing all the 298 people aboard.

 


Full statement from the parents:

A message to the soldiers in the Ukraine, the politicians, the media, our friends and family. 

Our pain is intense and relentless. We live in a hell beyond hell.

Our babies are not here with us – we need to live with this act of horror, every day and every moment for the rest of our lives.

No one deserves what we are going through.

Not even the people who shot our whole family out of the sky.

No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for our children, for Mo, for Evie, for Otis.

No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for Grandad Nick.

No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for each other. 

This is a revelation that gives us some comfort. 

We would ask everyone to remember this when you are making any decisions that affect us and the other victims of this horror. 

So far, every moment since we arrived home, we’ve been surrounded by family and friends. We desperately pray that this continues, because this expression of love is what is keeping us alive. We want to continue to know about your lives, all the good and all the bad. We no longer have lives that we want to live by ourselves. So we’d like to take the chance to thank everyone, all our incredible friends, family and communities, and to tell you all that we love you very much. 

We would also like to thank the people at DFAT; the local coordinator Claire and most sincerely, Diana and Adrian from The Hague, without whom we would not be here. We ask the media to respect the privacy of our family and friends – pain is not a story. 

Yours truly,
Anthony Maslin & Marite Norris.

 


Source: Xinhua

Air Algerie loses contact with plane over west Africa

An Air Algerie flight crashed on Thursday en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said.

Air Algerie said it lost contact with one of its passenger aircraft bound for Algiers nearly an hour after takeoff from Burkina Faso on Thursday .

A company source told AFP that the missing aircraft was a DC-9 and that some 110 people of various nationalities are listed as being on board the flight.

The source said contact with the flight was lost while it was still in Malian airspace approaching the border with Algeria.

“The plane was not far from the Algerian frontier when the crew was asked to make a detour because of poor visibility and to prevent the risk of collision with another aircraft on the Algiers-Bamako route,” the source said. “Contact was lost after the change of course.”

Emergency plan initiated

The airline announced that the plane had gone missing in a brief statement carried by national news agency APS.

“Air navigation services have lost contact with an Air Algerie plane Thursday flying from Ouagadougou to Algiers, 50 minutes after takeoff,” the statement said.

It added that the company initiated an “emergency plan” in the search for flight AH5017, which flies the four-hour passenger route four times a week.

One of Algeria’s worst air disasters occurred in February this year, when a C-130 military aircraft carrying 78 people crashed in the mountainous northeast, killing more than 70 people.

And in March 2003, an Air Algerie passenger plane crashed on takeoff after one of its engines caught fire​, killing all but one of 103 passengers.

Source: AFP

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Botched execution took almost two hours

Joseph Wood is pictured in this undated handout booking photo courtesy of the Arizona Department of Corrections.
Joseph Wood is pictured in this undated handout booking photo courtesy of the Arizona Department of Corrections.

America’s death penalty debate raged Thursday after it took nearly two hours for Arizona to execute a prisoner who lost a Supreme Court battle challenging the experimental lethal drug cocktail.

Convicted killer Joseph Wood gasped and snorted during the 117 minutes it took him to die on Wednesday after he was injected with a relatively untested combination of the sedative midazolam and painkiller hydromorphone, witnesses and his lawyers said.

It usually takes 10 minutes to put an inmate to death using a lethal injection.

It was the second botched execution in the United States so far this year, prompting outrage from death penalty abolitionists and critics.

“He gasped and struggled to breathe,” attorney Dale Baich said after the execution in the southwestern US state.

So drawn out was the procedure that Wood’s lawyers fielded an emergency motion during the execution to try to cut it short and revive their client.

Killed girlfriend and her father

Wood had been convicted for the 1989 murders of his girlfriend Debbie Dietz and her father Gene.

But the victims’ family rejected claims that Wood had died an agonizing death.

“You don’t know what excruciating is. What’s excruciating is seeing your dad lying there in a pool of blood, seeing your sister lying there in a pool of blood,” Jeanne Brown told reporters.

“That’s excruciating. This man deserved it. I don’t believe he was gasping for air. I don’t believe he was suffering. Sounded to me as though he was snoring.”

Court challenge

Wood was one of several inmates to resort to the courts to seek greater transparency about the method being used to put them to death, amid concern about the efficacy of the lethal drug protocol.

Outrage grew after another execution went awry in Oklahoma in April, with the inmate appearing to suffer before he died.

Wednesday’s execution was the 26th in the United States, and the first in Arizona since October. - AFP
 

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