Divorce selfie might just be the best selfie ever

Keith Hinson and Michelle Knight posted a divorce selfie after receiving their divorce documents.
Keith Hinson and Michelle Knight posted a divorce selfie after receiving their divorce documents.

Think you've seen all the selfies out there?

Think again. The most recent edition to go viral was taken by two lovely people who just got divorced. Yeah, you heard right.

Orlando couple Keith Hinson and Michelle Knight got their divorce finalised last Thursday after a three-year marriage.

But they're still on friendly terms. See the proof below.


Photo: Keith Hinson/Instagram

Keith, 36, said the reason they snapped it was to show their friends and family that they were okay.

Their loved ones won't need to pick sides.

"Michelle and I have a good sense of humor about this," Keith told the Huffington Post.

"And we also wanted to let people know that this didn't have to be a negative experience... We've been separated a year, and throughout that time, we've both been committed to preserving our friendship."

Michelle, 35, knows families and friends find the arrangement is unconventional but are happy with how it worked out.

"They first balked at our dog custody arrangement, which requires us to see each other each weekend with the dog! But ultimately, I think they are proud of how we are handling things. It makes it easier on our friends for us to be friendly."


Photo: Keith Hinson/Facebook

Although the marriage was just three years, they don't regret any bit of it.

"To share that kind of bond with another is one of the most divine gifts given to us," Keith said. "I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to love and be loved in return. I truly smile because I lived in that beautiful sunlight of love for a bit."

Now if only all divorces were this beautiful!


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Sources: Huffington Post, Instagram, Facebook

Tags: divorce, selfie and marriage

Super Junior, Kpop fans mourn after Ladies' Code singer EunB dies in car crash

Ladies' code's EunB died after the van she was in slipped on a rainy road.
Ladies' code's EunB died after the van she was in slipped on a rainy road.

Member EunB, 21, from Korean pop girl group Ladies Code died in a car crash this morning.

The popular act was involved in a fatal accident on their way back to Seoul.

The van that the group was in slipped while driving down a rainy road at about 1.30am.

The wheel came off after the van slipped, causing the vehicle to spin several times before hitting a guard rail and hitting a protective wall.

Ladies' Code's agency Polaris Entertainment said: "Due to this, EunB unfortunately passed away."

The statement also said: "The other members, Rise is in critical condition while So Jung is injured and hospitalised and currently receiving treatment."

The group's two other members were not seriously injured.

The agency also said: "Our staff (are) also unable to recover from the shock and are in great sorrow right now," continued the statement. "We want to apologise to all the fans and everyone who have received much shock, and we ask for everyone to pray for the quick recovery of the members." 

Ladies' Code released their debut album in March 2013. Their single Kiss Kiss came out last month.

 

 

Fans mourned the stars' death on Twitter:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stars also took to Twitter to express their condolences and a speedy recovery for the injured members.

Super Junior's Kyuhyun, who was involved in a serious car accident in 2007, expressed sympathy as he tweeted: "Someone else's business is different.. (Implying that she didn't make it like he did.)  If you see this, let's pray together a lot. Also let's pray to hear good news for the members undergoing treatment." 

miss A's Suzy: "I respectfully send my condolences. My heart hurts so much.. I hope the other people may recover one day sooner.. I will pray."

2AM's Changmin: "I read the news and my heart is at a loss.. I respectfully send my condolences... Please pray for them... The injured members and the families and friends in sorrow.."

2PM's Jun.K: "My heart hurts so much from the news about Ladies' Code. I respectfully send my condolences.. My heart is at a loss. Let's all pray together and keep praying..."

 

Sources: Allkpop, Daily Korean pop news

Beat the addiction! Women in university spend 10 hours a day on their phones

A study revealed that students in university spent 10 hours on their phones.
A study revealed that students in university spent 10 hours on their phones.

Are you always wondering where all that time has gone to?

Well, the answer may be right in front of you... literally.

A new study from Baylor University revealed women studying in US colleges spend ten hours a day on their mobile phones.

Men aren't trailing far behind as they spend eight hours on their phones every day.

And 60 per cent of the 164 students polled also said they were addicted to their phones. These are the same students who are more inclined toward social media like Facebook.

Lead researcher James Roberts said: "As cellphone functions increase, addictions to this seemingly indispensable piece of technology become an increasingly realistic possibility."

The study lists some of the top mobile phone activities below. For all you mobile phone addicts, we've provided some alternatives you can consider to beat the addiction.

1. Texting (1 hour and 35 minutes)

Alternative: There's no need to update your significant other or friends of your every moment!

Save all the stories for the next time you see them, so you don't have to end up talking about the weather. 

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2. Sending emails (48.5 minutes)

Alternative: Keep all your work emails in the office!

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3. Checking Facebook (38.6 minutes)

Alternative: Ask your friends about their exciting weekend instead of piecing a story from Facebook photos.

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4. Surfing the Internet (34.4 minutes)

Alternative: If you're surfing the Internet to pass time on public transport, try a book instead.

You won't be as frustrated with the terrible reception in the trains.

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5. Listening to music on the phone (26.9 minutes)

Alternative: How else are you able to enjoy buskers at the MRT stations?

 

Source: New York Magazine

All a-flap as police chief kills boy's pet chicken

Ashley Turnbull made a formal complaint against a Police Chief decapitated her 5-year-old son's pet chicken.
Ashley Turnbull made a formal complaint against her local police chief decapitated her 5-year-old son's pet chicken.

A mother is upset with the cops.

Ms Ashley Turnbull is so angry, she has made a formal complaint against the police chief of a Minnesota department - for trespassing on her property and killing her 5-year-old son's pet chicken.

The fowl play took place on August 16.

Police chief Trevor Berger told the West Central Tribune that city laws forbade keeping fowl. He was simply enforcing the order after repeated complaints from a neighbour.

Turnbull says she was warned on Aug 7 to remove the three chicken and two ducks. But she insisted that beating her son's small red hen to death with a shovel and then decapitating it was not right.

Like a puppy

She said the pet had been her son Phoenix's birthday gift.

“The chicken was like a puppy dog to my son,” she added. “You wouldn’t do that to a puppy.”

Berger said when he reached the home, he chased the chicken for about 15 minutes before grabbing a shovel. He did not want to use his gun as children were nearby.

He exited the yard with the carcass but forgot to take away the severed head left behind.

“I guess I don’t regret it, because it’s like taking care of any rodent in town,” Berger said.

“I still feel he owes my son an apology and he owes us a chicken," Turnbull said.

Sources: Huffington Post, West Central Tribune

Tags: chicken, police, severed and fowl

Chris Brown pleads guilty to punching fan for photo-bombing

Chris Brown pleaded guilty on Tuesday to misdemeanor assault and told a court he was sorry for breaking the nose of a fan.
Chris Brown pleaded guilty on Tuesday to misdemeanor assault and told a court he was sorry for breaking the nose of a fan.

Grammy-winning singer Chris Brown pleaded guilty to assault on Tuesday.

His misdeed this time: Breaking the nose of a fan, after the man tried to thrust himself, uninvited, into a picture with the R&B star last year.

The R&B artiste was sentenced to time served in jail, which works out to two days. He was also ordered to pay US$150 (S$188) in court costs. Brown, 25, had rejected a similar plea deal in June.

"I would like to say to the court I am sorry," Brown said.

He had faced six months in jail and a US$1,000 (S$1250) fine. But Judge Franklin Burgess Jr. said he would accept a plea bargain that called for a more lenient sentence.

"I feel he has suffered consequences for what he has done here," Burgess said.


Photo: AFP

As part of the plea agreement, Brown admitted to punching Parker Adams, 20, when he tried to put himself into a photo with two women outside Washington's W Hotel in October 2013.

Brown's bodyguard Christopher Hollosy, 36, was convicted in April on an assault charge for the same incident.

Adams has filed a US$1.5 million(S$1.88 million) lawsuit against Brown and Hollosy.

Last year's scuffle occurred while Brown was on probation for a 2009 felony assault against his then-girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna.

As a result of that assault conviction in Los Angeles, Brown will remain on probation until early 2015. Jailed for nearly three months, he must serve 500 hours of community service.

Brown made his mark in the music world as a teenager. Despite several brushes with the law, he has been able to bounce back professionally.

U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr. said in a statement: "No matter your status or celebrity, you will be held accountable for such conduct in our city." - Reuters

Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen denies getting breast implants, wants apology

Dethroned beauty queen May Myat Noe holding a press conference at a restaurant in Yangon on Tuesday. She denied any wrongdoing and said she would not return the crown until she received an apology from the organisers.

A Myanmar beauty queen dethroned for alleged misconduct said on Tuesday she would only return her pricey crown if South Korean pageant organisers apologised.

She also denied accepting free breast implants worth US$10,000 (S$12,500).

May Myat Noe, 16, was training to become a K-pop star in South Korea after winning the Seoul-based Miss Asia Pacific World beauty pageant in May.

But last week, event organisers stripped her of the title for alleged dishonesty. They accused her of absconding with the US$100,000​ crown and breast implants, which they say they funded to enhance her budding singing career.

On Tuesday, the beauty queen hit back and demanded an apology from the organisers.

She said at a press conference in Yangon: "It is natural for me to feel that an apology should be demanded to rectify the damage they have done to the integrity of my country."

"I will return the crown only when they apologise to Myanmar, for the dignity of our country."

The teen also denied accepting free breast implants.

"I was put under duress to undergo head-to-toe cosmetic surgery which I refused... I didn’t have breast implants, but I don’t want to go into details, to preserve my dignity," she said.

Event organisers have accused her of being hard to manage, saying her behaviour had left them "very angry".

"She lied a lot to us about many things. Our past queens also complained – because of her, their reputations will suffer," event spokesman David Kim told AFP from Seoul.

Read our earlier report here.

Source: AFP

School in Canada bans homework for a year

A school in Quebec has put a ban on homework for pupils in Grade 1 to Grade 6.

Pupils at an elementary school in Quebec won't be getting homework for a whole year.

Why? Because the school itself has banned homework. Imagine that.

The pupils can be assigned reading and studying work, but there won't be copious amounts of math problems, grammar exercises or anything of the sort, reported CTV News.

All 339 pupils in Grade 1 to Grade 6 of College de Saint-Ambroise will be under this homework ban, reported Toronto Sun.

Ms Marie-Eve Desrosiers, spokesman for the Jonquiere School Board, said: "It's based on research that homework time is becoming more and more difficult."

"Often children are away at daycare from 7am to 5pm, and a lot of families are finding it increasingly difficult, and so we've decided to try this out at a school."

Sources: Toronto Sun, CTV News

LOTR star to Pope: Wanna join me for football match?

Actor Viggo Mortensen poses with a banner of Argentinian football fans as he arrives for the screening of the movie "Loin des Hommes" presented in competition at the 71st Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2014.

"Lord of the Rings” star Viggo Mortensen is an avid football fan.

His team of choice? Argentine club San Lorenzo.

Even in the middle of making the movie promotional rounds - this time in Venice for the premier of his latest film “Far From Men" by French director David Oelhoffen - he still has the Beautiful Game on his mind.

Specifically, he hopes to persuade fellow football buff Pope Francis to join him at a match. (Psst, you'll find out why soon)

Mortensen broke off from interviews yesterday to pose in front of the team’s flag and chat about this year’s FIFA Club World Cup.

Tthe 56-year-old said with a grin: “I want to invite the pope to see the film and attend the match in Morocco between San Lorenzo and Real Madrid for the Club World Cup.”

You and me both, Pope

The Danish-American actor was born in New York but speaks fluent Spanish, having moved to Venezuela.

He then settled in Argentina where his father managed chicken farms.

As for the pope, he has been a supporter of the Buenos-Aires based outfit since he was a boy. - AFP

Tags: Pope, lotr, Football and match

Terrorist group ISIS beheads second American reporter

The Islamic State released a video purporting to show the beheading of Sotloff, a monitoring service said on Tuesday, as the militant group raised the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes on its fighters in Iraq.
The Islamic State released a video purporting to show the beheading of Sotloff, a monitoring service said on Tuesday, as the militant group raised the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes on its fighters in Iraq.

​Terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) has beheaded a second American reporter, according to a video released on Wednesday morning (local time).

The latest video shows a masked militant with a British accent cutting the throat of the US captive.

It also shows the 31-year-old reporter Steven Sotloff calmly addressing the camera to say he is a victim of President Barack Obama's decision to press on with air strikes against the jihadists.

At the end of the five-minute video, the militant, clad in black, threatens to kill another captive who was identified on screen as a British citizen.

The jihadist said: "I'm back, Obama, and I'm back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards Islamic State."

Just last month, a video was released showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley in a similar fashion. The militant in the earlier video spoke in a London accent.

In the latest video, the fighter condemns recent US air strikes on the area around the Mosul Dam in Iraq.

He declared: "So just as your missiles continue to strike the necks of our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people."

Sotloff's family, who live in Miami, believe that the video is authentic.

The issued a statement that said: "The family knows of this horrific tragedy and is grieving privately. There will be no public comment from the family during this difficult time."

Sotloff freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines.

Ethnic cleansing

A US spokeswoman said Washington was trying to authenticate the “sickening” footage.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said it depicted an “absolutely disgusting, despicable act.”

This video comes admidst an Amnesty International report that accused the terrorist group of war crimes and ethnic cleansing.

In June, it swept through much of the Sunni Arab heartland north of Baghdad before storming minority Christian and Yazidi areas.

The extremist faction has carried out beheadings, crucifixtions and public stonings, and Amnesty accused it of "mass summary killings and abductions" in areas it controls.- Reuters

Tags: ISIS and beheading

Reddit has an AMA app and you won't believe it looks like that

Social-news website reddit rolled out its own mobile app on Tuesday.

Hugely popular social-news website Reddit has just rolled out its own app for its Ask Me Anything (AMA) interviews.

Unlike the website itself, the app is incredible stylish and colourful. (Huh, who would have guessed. Stylish and reddit in the same sentence.) Take a look.

Reddit's website.

Reddit's AMA app.

Talk about a mismatch. 

Unfortunately, it's only available to Apple users at the moment. Android users will have to wait a while longer.

If you're wondering what's AMA, it's a section whereby Reddit users pose questions to famous people - astronauts, movie stars, singers, scientists and world leaders - and ask them about anything.

In an exclusive interview with Variety, Ms Ellen Pao, the senior vice-president at Reddit who oversees the company’s mobile efforts, said: "We want to make it easier for new users to join Reddit and experience all the awesome content.

"That’s part of the overall goal of becoming a more mature company."

This is not the first time Reddit has launched a mobile application. Its initial app, launched in 2011, didn't take off because of poor design and other problems.

The site had more than 133 million unique monthly users last month. 

Sources: Variety, Mashable, Tech Crunch

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