IT Show trade-in program is now closed

The trade-in programme at the IT Show has been closed.

The programme, which let visitors exchange old gadgets for cash vouchers to spend at the electronics fair at Suntec Singapore, was such a hit that a second booth had to be opened, The Straits Times had reported.

But the organisers said it would not be available today, the last day of this year’s IT Show.

The cash vouchers have been fully redeemed, said a statement from Exhibits Inc.

“We will not be able to accept any more trade-in enquiries...” But it added that visitors can look forward to “our next trade-in programme during Comex”, a similar fair that takes place in September.

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Pele: I prefer Messi to Ronaldo

 Cristiano Ronaldo hands a microphone to Lionel Messi  after being selected to the 2014 FIFA FIFPro World XI during the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony in January this year
Cristiano Ronaldo hands a microphone to Lionel Messi after being selected to the 2014 FIFA FIFPro World XI during the FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony in January this year

Brazil great Pele has stirred the pot ahead of Sunday’s El Clasico.

He said he would rather have Barcelona’s Lionel Messi as a teammate than Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.  

The 74-year-old Pele, who scored a record 1,281 goals said he preferred Messi because he is a superior team player.

“To compare Ronaldo and Messi? It’s a hard question. They are different kinds of footballers,” he told reporters in London’s West End on Friday (March 20). 

“Messi is more for the team, preparing the game and assisting, but Ronaldo is maybe more like the Brazilian Ronaldo and scores more. 

“But in my team I would decide Messi, but both are fantastic. 

Different

“Messi now is playing completely different to Ronaldo. Ronaldo plays only in front.”  

Pele is in England to attend the Liverpool versus Manchester United Premier League game on Sunday (March 22) at Anfield in his role as global ambassador for sandwich chain Subway.

He said: “I think the good players would score goals in any era. After all I managed to score 1,000 goals!”  

Messi, the all-time leading scorer in La Liga with 253 at more than one a game, has struck 32 league goals this season for leaders Barcelona. Ronaldo is on 30.

On Sunday, Pele will get to run the rule over a young Brazilian, Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, who is still to establish himself as part of the Selecao

Said Pele: “He is a good player and he is getting a good experience to play in Europe, but it’s too early to start talking about the national team because they have a lot of options.”

Source: Reuters

Human remains found in wood stove may belong to pregnant Food Network Star contestant and her husband

Cristie Schoen Codd (left), 38, and Joseph "JT" Codd (right), 45, were allegedly murdered by Robert Jason Owens.

US police have arrested a man they believe killed season eight finalist of cooking show Food Network Star, Cristie Schoen Codd, 38, and her husband Joseph "J.T." Codd, 45.

The couple were reported missing on Sunday (March 15) by Mrs Codd's father, reported KTLA 5.

Officers visited the couple's house in Buncombe County, North Carolina and discovered it had been broken into.

That same day, police got a call about a suspicious man throwing large bags into a dumpster.

The bags were found to contain Mrs Codd's belongings, reported Citizen-Times.

Based on the description provided by the caller, police nabbed 36-year-old Robert Jason Owens, a neighbour of the couple.

COUPLE KNEW THEIR KILLER

Owens did not admit to killing them, but he told cops he had broken into the couple's home and that he had stored and destroyed their bodies.

Human remains have been found in a wood stove in Owens' home, according to search warrants released at a press conference on Friday (March 20). They have not been positively identified as the couple.

Owens' wife, however, told police that her husband told her he had killed Mr Codd with the man's own truck, reported The Times-Picayune.

The victims got married in September last year and Mrs Codd was pregnant.

They knew Owens, having previously hired him to carry out remodelling work at their home.

CHARGED WITH MURDER OF UNBORN CHILD

The Codds are believed to have been killed sometime on Thursday.

Owens has been charged with first-degree murder, murder of an unborn child, breaking and entering and larceny, reported USA Today.

He allegedly stole a laptop, jewellery and a handgun worth a total of $1,500 from their home.

Sources: USA Today, The Times-Picayune, Citizen-Times, KTLA 5

Tags: US news and Murder

'Little people' found guilty of possessing hoard of stolen Picasso art

Pierre Le Guennec (R) and his wife Danielle (L) are surrounded by the media following the verdict of their trial at the courthouse in Grasse, southeastern France, March 20, 2015

On Friday a French court handed down a two-year suspended sentence to a former electrician and his wife, who hid 271 Picasso works in their garage for close to 40 years.

The court in the French Riviera town of Grasse found Pierre and Danielle Le Guennec guilty of possessing stolen goods, after a trial that made headlines worldwide.

The works have been seized by authorities and will be returned to the Picasso Administration, which represents the artist’s heirs.

As yet, no value placed on the collection but Le Guennec has been ordered to return the art pieces.

“We’re disappointed,” mumbled Pierre Le Guennec, now 75 and retired.

“We’re honest people. Perhaps we don’t know how to speak...” he added, before his wife blurted out: “We’re just little people. We don’t have a great name.”

Prosecutors had called for the couple to receive a five-year suspended jail sentence. The couple’s lawyer, Evelyne Rees, said she would appeal the verdict.

“At 10:00 am, we had a solar eclipse and this decision eclipses the truth,” she said.

Pierre Le Guennec insisted throughout the trial that the art legend and his wife gave him the treasure trove when he was working on the last property they lived in before Picasso died in 1973.

“ Picasso had total confidence in me. Maybe it was my discretion,” Le Guennec told the court.

“Monsieur and Madame called me ‘little cousin’.”

He said that one day, Picasso’s wife Jacqueline came up to him and gave him a box with the 271 works inside, saying “this is for you.”

When he got home, he found what he described as “drawings, sketches, crumpled paper.”

Uninterested in the haul, he put the box in his garage only discovering it again decades later in 2009.

He went to Paris the following year to get the works authenticated at the Picasso Administration, but the artist’s heirs promptly filed a complaint against him.

One of the artist’s children, Maya Widmaier- Picasso, said: “It’s a downright cheek to try and make us swallow that story.”

“These works should never have been removed from the estate and from the history of art,” said her half-brother, Claude Ruiz- Picasso.

During the trial, all 271 works, created between 1900 and 1932, were beamed onto a giant screen in respectful silence.

The court saw drawings of women and horses, nine very rare Cubist collages from the time Picasso was working with fellow French artist Georges Braque and a work from his “blue period,” when he mainly employed shades of blue and blue-green.

Other more intimate works also graced the collection, including portraits of his mistress Fernande, drawings of his first wife Olga or a drawing of a horse for his children.

A lot of the evidence during the trial centred around why none of the works were signed, with several witnesses saying the artist would sign everything – partly to ensure against theft.

According to Gerard Sassier, the son of Picasso’s long-time chambermaid, the artist once said after a theft attempt: “Anyway, nothing can be stolen as nothing is signed.”

The defence argued that it would have been extremely difficult to steal from Picasso as the artist had “an amazing memory” and his property was heavily protected like a “fortress.”

One of the few plaintiffs to have known Le Guennec when he was employed by the Picasso family, the artist’s grand-daughter Catherine Hutin-Blay, acknowledged during the trial that the electrician did have a special relationship with the artist.

“We really trusted him. He was someone who was very familiar in the house and had an absolutely friendly relationship,” she told the court.

- AFP

Brawler escapes... just not very far

The annual South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival is happening right now in Austin, Texas.

It's packed with bands, moguls, film stars and plenty of people who struggle to handle their drink.

On Thursday, Twitter user @jtorres0510 captured footage of the aftermath of a fight in front of a pub.

Police handcuffed one of the brawlers and left him to sit on the sidewalk while they dealt with another combatant using a stun gun.

But the cuffed man had other ideas. 

With some energetic leg thrusts, he managed to get to his feet, balance and then make a break for it through the crowd.

 

Speaking to Statesman, JR Torres whose footage quickly went viral said:  “We were just standing there and my friend said ‘look fight!’

Torres was too slow with his phone to capture the fight, but well-placed to view the escape attempt

While the video looks like an amazing escape, Statesman reveals that freedom was short lived

One of its contributing photographers showed the man sat on a nearby curb flanked by two officers. He was also sporting a cut over his left eye.

Austin police said the man was charged with evading arrest, while the man shot with the stun gun was charged with resisting arrest and interference with public duties.

 

Source: Twitter, Statesman

Miley urges New York Governor to spend on homeless youth

Miley Cyrus arrives at the 2015 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party in West Hollywood on Feb 22. The singer is campaigning to help homeless youth.

 

Think Miley Cyrus, think outrageous outfits, naked pictures, twerking (of course) and just some outright weirdness. 

But there is another side to the pop star.

While some thought that Miley Cyrus asking a homeless man to accept her trophy at last year's Video Music Awards was a stunt, Cyrus takes the issue of homeless youth very seriously.

She set up her Happy Hippie Foundation specifically to help young people without homes an on the streets.

On Thursday, the 22-year-old posted a heartfelt letter on Instagram that she has sent to the  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asking for $4.75 million (S$6.54 million)  in the state budget to help protect homeless youth.

 
 

Speaking up so homeless youth in NY can have a place to sleep!!! #makingchange #HappyHippies @happyhippiefdn

A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on

According Cyrus' figures, the numbers are rising and shelters cannot cope.

Cryus writes:

“As you probably know, 1.6 million kids across the US are homeless, and the problem is especially serious in New York.

Between 2009 and 2012, the number of kids turned away from homeless youth shelters in New York grew from 570 to more than 5,000.”

Explaining the plight of these teens on the streets, Cyrus wrote:

They've been kicked out of their homes or are fleeing abusive parents. And too often they're forced into dangerous situations just to find a place to sleep

Time reports that since starting the foundation, Cyrus has been raising funds by hosting backyard concerts with a variety of guest artists - from punk band Against Me to Ariana Grande

 

 

A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on

 

 

A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on

 

Source: Time, Instagram

Infant survives near drowning after 101 minutes of CPR

A 22-month-old US infant who underwent one hour and 41 minutes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) after nearly drowning has made an extraordinary recovery.

Gardell Martin was playing with his two brothers outdoors on March 11 at about 6pm when he fell into an icy creek near his Pennsylvania home, reported The Patriot-News.

He was swept downstream for about 400m in frigid waters.

A neighbour found the boy stuck among branches of a partially-submerged tree less than 30 minutes later, reported canoe.ca. But by then, Gardell had no pulse.

Emergency personnel performed CPR on the lifeless body while in the ambulance, at the community hospital, while on board a medical helicopter and finally, at a children's hospital near the town of Danville in California, reported The Patriot-News.

'Extraordinarily rare'

Gardell's temperature was 25 deg C when he finally arrived at the hospital, 12 deg C below the normal body temperature of 37 deg C.

It took a team of about 50 people to bring the boy back to life, WGN TV reported Dr Frank Maffei as saying.

The doctor said Gardell suffered a few broken ribs due to the CPR effort, reported The Patriot-News.

Gardell was discharged from hospital on Sunday (March 15).

On Thursday (March 19), doctors said the boy had made a full recovery.

CBS News quoted Dr Maffei as saying: "It's not only extraordinarily rare that we got the kid back, but what's even more extraordinary is the rate at which he recovered and the completeness of his recovery."

He added: "The stars and moon aligned, and he had an angel on his shoulder."

Sources: The Patriot-News, canoe.ca, CBS News, WGN TV, AL.com

 

Tags: US news, cpr and drowning

WATCH: Ellen DeGeneres finally gets pranked by The Today Show's Matt Lauer

Ellen DeGeneres is known for her pranks during her show.

She especially loves to pull pranks on Matt Lauer, the host of The Today Show.

The 57-year-old television journalist has been the victim of many cheeky digital edits of his show by DeGeneres and her team. He and his co-workers have been made to look like they had a Fifty Shades of Grey makeover and kinky foot fetishes. 

No other celebrity has ever managed to prank the sharp Degeneres, but Lauer did.

He said, "It took a lot of balls to pull this prank." 

Literally.

 

He waited for the taping of DeGeneres' show to fill her car with 20,000 table tennis balls. 

When she discovered the mess, it didn't take her long to figure out who did it. 

"I'll get you, Matt Lauer!" she screamed. "Damn you, Lauer! He's littering. This is against the law!"

Although they ended up laughing and declaring their love for each other, Lauer admitted he knew he was in trouble. 


Photos: YouTube

He said on The Today Show, "You know the definition of a nanosecond? That's the period of time between feeling good about getting her back and being scared for your life."

Source: E! Online, The Today Show

US woman found guilty of forcing granddaughter, 9, to run until she died

Joyce Garrard , 49, was convicted of murdering her granddaughter by forcing the nine-year-old to run back and forth in a yard carrying wood for almost three hours as punishment.

She ate chocolates – something she had been forbidden from eating. Then she lied about it.

As punishment, nine-year-old Savannah Hardin was forced by her grandmother to run non-stop at her home in Alabama in 2012.

She ran back and forth carrying wood in the yard for almost three hours before collapsing and going into seizures.

She died days later in  hospital from dehydration and low sodium, authorities said.

On Friday (March 20), Savannah's grandmother, Joyce Garrard, 49, was convicted by a jury of murder.

A spokesman for the local sheriff's office said: "There was a verdict in the case guilty of capital murder."

Acted like a drill instructor

Etowah County assistant district attorney Marcus Reid told the jury during opening statements that Garrard had acted like a drill instructor.

He said Garrard gave different accounts about what had happened when police and paramedics arrived at the home: that the girl had fallen in the yard, that she had a seizure, or had a neurological problem.

Defense attorney Dani Bone argued that Savannah did not die as a result of dehydration but had retained too much water in her body.

The girl suffered from unspecified medical issues that resulted in frequent visits to doctors, according to court documents.

Garrard said in a conversation with a bus driver captured on video: "She's going to run till I tell her to stop."

Hardin had a bladder condition and was not allowed to have anything containing caffeine, Garrard told the driver.

The child's stepmother, Jessica Mae Hardin, has also been charged with murder for allegedly witnessing the punishment and failing to intervene.

Source: Reuters

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