Indian men harass girl for using mobile phone, then set her on fire

A teen was attacked by a group of men when she ventured outside her home on Saturday night to relieve herself.

A 17-year-old girl died after four men attacked her and set her on fire, India police said on Monday.

The teen had ventured outside her home in the Uttar Pradesh state on Saturday night to relieve herself when she was set upon by the men.

The girl had earlier been harassed by the attackers, who were members of her village, for using a mobile phone, an act they deemed immoral, a police officer said.

The teen had argued against the men’s directive to stop using the phone, her family told police.

Died from injuries

Local police superintendent Akhilesh Chaurasiya said: "The girl’s father has accused (a man called) Mukesh and three others of killing his daughter by setting her on fire when she had gone out to answer nature’s call."

The girl was taken to hospital but died on Sunday from injuries sustained in the attack in Auraiya village.

Mr Chaurasiya said initial criminal cases have been registered against all four men, and that the leader of the group has fled the village.

Source: AFP

Tags: India news, Murder and fire

No selfie sticks! Luxury travel company offers assistant to take Instagram pics for you

Luxury travel company Bruvion is offering selfie-less travel packages that allow 24/7 social media assistants to tag along and snap picture-perfect photos.
Luxury travel company Bruvion is offering selfie-less travel packages that allow 24/7 social media assistants to tag along and snap picture-perfect photos.

We've all had that problem.

You're on holiday at a beautiful destination but somehow you can't seem to take a nice enough photo for your Instagram or other social media platforms.

Want a picture with the E​iffel tower? You have to contort yourself in an awkward position or end up with a blurry photo after asking someone else to take it.

Well, luxury travel company Bruvion Travel is offering a solution: A selfie-less travel package where clients can have a social media assistant tagging along. 

These assistants would snap flattering photos where they catch you in the best angles and light.

These assistants will focus on "capturing and documenting every aspect of the travelers vacation, edit photos and share those memories over Facebook, Twitter and Instagram."

And if you need to correct a flaw or two, they are also adept in editing photos... phew.

The cost for a picture-perfect vacation? $500 per day including all travel expenses.

You decide if it's worth all the likes on Instagram.

Source: ABC News,

Tags: instagram and travel

Peter Lim buys a stake in Manchester United Class of '92's club

Businessman Peter Lim has bought a 50 per cent stake in Salford City FC, which is owned by former Manchester United players Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt (pictured above) as well as Paul Scholes and Phil Neville.
Businessman Peter Lim has bought a 50 per cent stake in Salford City FC, which is owned by former Manchester United players Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt (pictured above) as well as Paul Scholes and Phil Neville.

Singapore businessman Peter Lim has entered into partnership with five former Manchester United players and taken a 50 per cent share in Salford City FC, who play in the eighth tier of the English league system.

Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt have equal shares in the other 50 per cent of the club, who are top of their division.

The former United players took a stake this year with the goal of developing local talent and ultimately taking the club into the Football League.

Lim was linked with a move to buy Liverpool in 2010 and is poised to buy a 50 per cent stake in Spain’s Valencia. He is estimated by Forbes magazine to be worth around £1.5 billion pounds ($3.1 billion).

In a statement, the ex-United quintet said Lim’s experience would be invaluable as they continue with their unlikely quest to turn Salford, located on the outskirts of Manchester, into a football force.

The statement read: "When we set out upon this journey we always knew at some point we wanted external partners involved, people who would share our vision for Salford City FC.

"Peter's love of sport, above all football, is well documented. He has an incredible track record in business as well as youth and community engagement, especially at grassroots level. Peter's experience and knowledge can help take the club to where we believe they can be."

The move is awaiting approval by the English FA which should be a formality.

Salford’s chairwoman Karen Baird said: "It's been a great start to the season, we are very excited about the future for the club and what can be achieved.

"The most important aspect for us is that we continue to bond with our community and city and we have assurances this will happen."

Source: Reuters

EPL Hits and Misses: Foxes smash Man United's glass cannon to come out tops

Leicester City top the Hits list for their stunning dismantling of Manchester United, Mesut Oezil answers his critics, City's Frank Lampard snatches a draw against his former club and Sam Allardyce gets the better of Liverpool. Right this way for EPL Hits and Misses...

Leicester City duo Jamie Vardy and Leonardo Ulloa celebrate during their 5-3 thrashing of Manchester United.
Leicester City duo Jamie Vardy and Leonardo Ulloa celebrate during their 5-3 thrashing of Manchester United.

HITS

Leicester City
Top dogs for a top performance. Where most clubs would roll over and switch to damage limitation mode once Manchester United take a two-goal lead, such a thought never seemed to cross the Foxes' minds. Just when things looked to be going United's way once Angel di Maria's superb solo effort sailed in over Kasper Schmeichel's head, Nigel Pearson's men showed great determination to pull one back almost immediately through their own in-form Argentinian Leonardo Ulloa, who is quickly looking like a bargain for his club record £8 million ($16.6m) fee. Even when Ander Herrera restored United's advantage in the second-half, Leicester did not surrender as their persistence battered the Red Devils into the unlikeliest of captitulations. Most of all, it wasn't just the Ulloa show as Jamie Vardy and Esteban Cambiasso embodied the team's never-say-die attitude that sees them level on eight points with Manchester City in seventh place. Admittedly, Leicester benefited from some contentious refereeing decisions but as the saying goes, fortune favours the brave.


Arsenal & Mesut Oezil
Needless to say, this was a much-needed pick-me-up for Arsenal after their dreadful drubbing in Dortmund especially with many of their title rivals floundering this weekend. It was also the perfect riposte for Mesut Oezil, who's been a target board for critics lately. The German international certainly reveled in being handed a central role behind Danny Welbeck by Arsene Wenger and showed just why he's so highly-valued by the Frenchman in a span of two minutes. After ghosting though the Aston Villa defence to calmly slot home a through ball from Welbeck, Oezil repaid the favour with a neat little cross for the striker to open his account for his new club. The key now for Arsenal is to keep the schemer firing in the next few weeks and find the rhythm needed to mount a serious push for the title.

Southampton
Fourth last week, second this week. The Saints are happily marching along despite pundits everywhere pinning them up as surefire candidates for relegation. Football sure is a funny game.

Sam Allardyce
A big surprise victory for Big Sam Allardici. Who would have ever imagined Stewart Downing putting ex-teammate Steven Gerrard in the shade?


Frank Lampard
It had to be him, didn't it? While it is still a very strange sight to see him in don another shade of blue, Lampard's leveler against his former club was something that Chelsea fans would have seen repeatedly during his 13 years at Stamford Bridge. While Jose Mourinho claimed that the midfielder's love story with Chelsea was over when he left, it's certainly not the case for Lamps, who looked almost apologetic after scoring the goal to deny his beloved Chelsea three points at the death.

Papiss Cisse
Alan Pardew must be grateful to the Senegalese striker for re-discovering his scoring touch at just the right time to save him from the sack for another week. Kudos to Cisse for dedicating his brace to teammate Jonas Gutierrez, who is currently battling testicular cancer.

MISSES


Manchester United
Suddenly, that 4-0 thrashing of QPR seems centuries ago. However, despite what the pundits say, it certainly wasn't a false dawn for Manchester United. Rather, Louis van Gaal is paying the price for assembling the footballing equivalent of a glass cannon. Sure, the signings of Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria certainly mean goals aplenty as the two players demonstrated when United took a 3-1 lead, but their fragility at the back means calamity won't be far behind. As I mentioned after transfer deadline day, United are sorely lacking an experienced head at the back to make sure everything continues to tick over following the departures of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra. United might feel a tad aggrieved by Mark Clattenburg's officiating, but there really is no excuse for a Manchester United side to let slip a two-goal advantage and roll over. Adding to van Gaal's list of headaches is the injury to Jonny Evans as well as Tyler Blackett's red card, leaving Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo as the likely centre-back pairing for United's next match again West Ham. Failing to land Mehdi Benatia could be a costly miss for United and until their defensive crisis is sorted out, United fans can expect more rollercoaster emotions this season as their scintillating attack tries to paper over the cracks of their porous defence.

Rafael da Silva
After working so hard over the past few years to erase the reckless edge that dogged his game, the Brazilian reverted to type as he was baited into a needless jostle in the box with Jamie Vardy to give away the penalty that marked the start of Leicester's recovery.

Mark Clattenburg
Never mind the first penalty decision - how Ritchie de Laet stayed on the pitch for 90 minutes will remain a mystery of the universe except to the man referred to by commentators as England's top official. Shocking.

Wilfried Bony
A deserved entry in the misses section for his brainless pair of bookings that led to Swansea's 1-0 defeat.


Liverpool
Another week in the Premier League, another insipid performance. Mario Balotelli might be laughing at Manchester United, but Liverpool's defending at West Ham was of equal comedic value. Unlike last season, however, there was no joyful attack to spare the Reds their blushes. Save Raheem Sterling's sumptuous strike (Balotelli deserves a shout here for the ridiculous ease with which he plucked Jordan Henderson's cross of of the air from that led to the goal), Liverpool were uncharacteristically blunt and flat in the final third - compounded no doubt by their return to the Champions League. Brendan Rodgers has some serious work to do with his side, who are already being written off as title challengers after just five games.

Everton
Overhauled by Crystal Palace at Goodison Park after impressing in the Europa League? Definitely suffering from a European hangover.

Spurs
Ditto, except West Brom's form has been a lot more dire than Crystal Palace's.

Police investigating Balotelli racist abuse

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli was subjected to racist abuse on Twitter after he taunted Manchester United.
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli was subjected to racist abuse on Twitter after he taunted Manchester United.

Police have launched a probe after Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli was subjected to racial abuse on Twitter.

Following Manchester United's shock 5-3 defeat to newly-promoted Leicester City, the Italian international took to social media to have a laugh at his rivals.

 

 

While Balotelli probably anticipated a backlash from furious United fans, the situation escalated as racial slurs were directed at the 24-year-old.

Vile abuse

According to PA Sport, one particularly vile tweet aimed at the ex-Manchester City striker from a user going by the handle of @CraigSainsbury - an account which now seems to have been since deleted - read: "F*** you Mario you f****** n*****. Go eat some bananas and get ebola you dirty monkey."

A complaint was filed by anti-racism campaigners Kick It Out, prompting Merseyside police to investigate.

A statement from the police read: "We can confirm officers are looking into offensive comments made on Twitter about Mario Balotelli earlier today."

Known for his controversial nature on and off the pitch, Balotelli has been subjected to racist abuse in the past in his homeland while playing for Italy as well as previous clubs Inter Milan and AC Milan.

Source: PA Sport

Need a hug right now? This app can help you get one

Need a hug? Now you can get one anytime, anywhere.

A new app called Cuddlr helps you find people near you who are up for a cuddle.​

While snuggling with a stranger does sound pretty strange, it's probably useful for when you're sad, alone and in desperate need of a human touch.

But it's all strictly platonic and those who try to get frisky risk being rated badly.

Users get to scroll through a list of people and choose someone they would like to cuddle with.

Here's the tricky bit: The other person has got to want to cuddle with you too.

If you're already down in the dumps, getting rejected by a stranger for a hug is probably going to make you feel a whole lot worse.

(Cuddlr is only available in the Apple app store.)

 

Asian Games: Tao Li takes silver in 50m butterfly

Tao Li at 2013 SEA Games.
Tao Li at 2013 SEA Games.

Singapore swim star Tao Li failed in her bid to make it a hat-trick of golds in the women's 50m butterfly at the Asian Games.

The butterfly sprint queen had won the last two golds in the event at the 2006 Doha Games and the 2010 Guangzhou Games, but came in second at the 2014 Incheon Asiad, when she finished behind China's Lu Ying on Monday.

Lu posted a time of 25.83sec, a new Games record, while the Singaporean finished with a time of 26.28.

Rihanna's nude pics uploaded in hackers' round two release

Rihanna are among the celebs who were attacked, by having their personal nude pictures posted online, in the notorious hacker's second round of releases.

Barbadian​ singer Rihanna, 26, was among the list of celebrities victimised in Saturday (Sept 20) night's release of nude photos by hackers.

In this latest nude picture scandal, Rihanna's shots, which look like they were taken during a fitting, went up online briefly over the weekend before they were removed, reported Sky News. 

The naked pictures of other stars including reality star Kim Kardashian, US actresses Gabrielle Union and Vanessa Hudgens were exposed as well.

Most of the victimised celebs in the hackers' second-round release have not made a statement except Union.

She said she intended to contact the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation).


Gabrielle Union in a sexy Instagram post. PHOTO: Instagram

The Telegraph reported Union saying in a statement: "I can’t help but to be reminded that since the dawn of time women and children, specifically women of colour, have been victimised, and the power over their own bodies taken from them.

"These atrocities against women and children continue worldwide."

Hunger games actress Jennifer Lawrence suffered a second blow as more of her naked pictures went up online over the past weekend on top of being attacked in the first round of nude pictures released in earlier this month.

The first round of pictures included snaps of US model Kate Upton and singer Avril Lavigne, among others. 

Sources: The Telegraph and Sky News.

WATCH: Kid mimics Friends lines and performs Phoebe's Smelly Cat

Annie Spohr, a three-year-old little, shows how big of a Friends fan she is this cute little YouTube video.

Meet Annie Spohr, an adorable three-year-old who just happens to know so many lines from hit TV show Friends.

And she even perfectly mimics Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow).

You're bound to fall in love with this little one.

The clip was uploaded last year but recently went viral after Buzzfeed picked it up for the show's 20th anniversary. 

Watch the full video here

Sources: Buzzfeed, YouTube

Tags: friends, tv and viral video

OldTown White Coffee in M'sia probing alleged racist hiring notice

A new OldTown White Coffee branch in Johor Bahru has come under fire from netizens - after a recruitment advertisement went viral on social media.

The advertisement is being investigated, the cafe chain said today.

"The recruitment notice was posted by the franchisee for the new outlet at Austin Heights, Johor Bahru," the chain said on its official Facebook page.

"We are currently in contact with the franchisee as the recruitment notice was drafted by him. We would like to clarify that OldTown White Coffee management was not aware of the contents of the said recruitment notice." 

The full statement was posted on Facebook after netizens voiced their disapproval.

They said the ad was racially discriminating and did not represent harmonious living in Malaysia.

The advertisement stated that it was looking to hire 12 wait staff, six cooks and four supervisors , with priority being given to Malay and Chinese applicants.

OldTown White Coffee apologised and said action would be taken. 


Photos: Facebook

"On behalf of the Franchisee, Oldtown White Coffee management would like to sincerely apologise for the unacceptable and offensive content on the recruitment notice.

"As a home grown Malaysian brand, we value everyone equally and it has never been our intention or the intention of the franchisee to make any individuals feel slighted or offended in any way," it said.

For the record, the franchisee is neither Chinese nor Malay. He's Indian.

Source: The Star

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