Malaysia falls silent for a minute as remains of 20 MH17 victims return

Soldiers carrying a coffin with the remains of a Malaysian victim from the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine during a ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on Aug 22.
Malaysia Airlines flight attendants cry during the arrival of the Malaysian remains who perished aboard flight MH17 that was downed in eastern Ukraine outside Bunga Raya complex in Sepang on August 22, 2014.

In a solemn ceremony on Friday morning (Aug 22) Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 6129 returned home the remains of 20 Malaysians who died when MH17 crashed in Ukraine in July.

The flight touched down on the tarmac of Kuala Lumpur Airport (KLIA) at 9.55am.

Malaysia’s King Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, Prime Minister Najib Razak and other top officials were on hand for a solemn ceremony to receive the coffins.

Dressed in full ceremonial gear, pall bearers silently transferred the remains from the plane to the hearses that were waiting on the tarmac a short distance away from the plane.

Photo:AFP

According to a report in the Star Online, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said that three of the 20 remains had been cremated in the Netherlands and would be brought home in urns.

Seventeen coffins and three urns, all wrapped in the flag of Malaysia, were transferred from the plane.

After all 20 bodies were transferred, Malaysia stood silent at 10.54am as a minute of silence was impeccably observed all over the country.

Day of observance

The authorities had earlier asked citizens of the Muslim-majority country to refrain from festive activities and don black attire out of respect for the victims.

According to an AFP report, the plea was observed as commuters that streamed into the bustling streets of the capital Kuala Lumpur earlier in the morning were overwhelming black-clad, while state television aired recitations from the Koran and flashed photos of the Malaysian victims.


Black mastheads of newspapers in Malaysia.  Instagram screengrab/@wenjun26

Malaysia has said 30 of its citizens on board MH17 had so far been identified.

Further remains will return in the coming days.

The search for further remains was called off earlier in August due to clashes between Kiev and the pro-Moscow rebels.

Investigations are continuing into who was responsible for the tragedy.

Source: The Star Online, AFP

Tags: MH17

Chris Pratt steals Star-Lord costume to visit sick children in hospital

Chris Pratt donned his Star-Lord costume and visited sick children in a hospital in LA.
Chris Pratt donned his Star-Lord costume and visited sick children in a hospital in LA.

If anyone doubted Chris Pratt's unofficial title of the nicest guy in Hollywood, this may make you change your mind.

The Guardians of the Galaxy star donned his Star-Lord costume and visited sick children in a hospital at LA.

Pratt also visited Dylan Prunty (below), who suffers from mitochondrial disorder and is nicknamed the "Lego Kid" because of his passion for the toys. So Pratt, who voiced the lead character Emmett in the movie, read lines from the movie with him. Awww.

Pratt had said in a recent interview that he stole pieces of his Star-Lord costume so that he could one day visit sick children in the hospital as the character if the movie was successful.

"I stole the jacket and some of the wardrobe so that, if this movie comes... I can follow the example of... Russel Wilson, and go visit kids," said Pratt. Russell Wilson is a football quarterback who visits children's hospitals every week. 

He continued: "If it was a big enough movie, to where it would mean something to a kid who's sick in the hospital for Peter Quill or Star-Lord to come visit them, I'll do that.

"That would give me real meaning for this movie, you know?"

Good on him for keeping his word!

Sources: Reddit, Huffington Post, ABC News 

Have a laugh with the #NewEmmyCategory posts

The 66th annual Emmy Awards is just several days away and is already being talked about a lot.

With Seth Meyers hosting the ceremony this year, Billy Crystal honouring Robin Williams, and incredible shows like House of Cards, Breaking Bad, Parks and Recreation and Game of Thrones (GoT) being some of the incredible nominees, the show is set to be a hit.

The internet has also been abuzz about how shows are getting nominated for categories they shouldn't even be in.

Specifically, it doesn't make sense that S​hameless and Orange is The New Black are under the category of Comedy, not Drama.

So in reference to that and to get everyone in the mood for the Emmy's, Huffington Post TV started a new hashtag on Twitter, #NewEmmyCategory to get twitter users to submit what they want to see as new categories in future.

The submissions are hilarious!

(Note: HIMYM is How I Met Your Mother.)

 


Photos: Twitter

The 2014 Emmy Awards is set to air in Singapore on Aug 26, 7.30am.

Sources: Huffington Post, Twitter, In Touch Weekly

 

 

Tags: emmy, award and categories

US World Cup hero Tim Howard takes a break from national team

Goalkeeper Tim Howard will be taking a 1 year break from the US national team.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard announced on Friday (Aug 22) he will not be donning the goalkeeper jersey for the United States.

Don't fret fans, it's only for one year and he is doing it to spend more time with his family. 

Confirming his decision on his Facebook wall, he said that he was thankful for coach of the United States, Jurgen Klinsmann's, decision to allow him to take a break from the game. 

 

Klinsmann said he supported Howard’s decision to not be available for selection until September of next year, even though it means he would miss next year’s Gold Cup. 

“We had a very good and productive conversation. I totally understand Tim’s situation,” Klinsmann said.

“I told him as long as he is the same Tim Howard that we always see performing well, he will be welcome back with open arms and right back competing for a spot. He knows that he has to prove that he deserves to be back.

“This gives us a huge opportunity to see Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando going forward and fighting for the number one spot,” Klinsmann added. 


Brad Guzan (left) and Nick Rimando (right) now have a chance to shine. Photo: AFP

Howard’s stellar performance in a round-of-16 loss to Belgium was considered the high point for the Americans in their World Cup run in Brazil two months ago, making him an Internet sensation

The 35-year-old has 104 caps and played every minute for the US at the past two World Cups. 

Source: AFP

Tags: Tim Howard and USA

Porn star plans sex marathon to pay for boob job

A porn star is organising a sex marathon to pay for breast implants.
A porn star is organising a sex marathon to pay for breast implants.

This porn actress really wants to have bigger breasts.

So the Quebec adult actress, who goes by the name Zoe Zebra, is going to do what she does best to pay for the breast augmentation surgery. 

She is planning a sex marathon,  Boule-o-thon, which is scheduled to take place early next month. Boule is french for Ball.

A porn company, AD4X, will bankroll the surgery in exchange for filming the 22-year-old  having sex with 25 men, who will be picked randomly from the crowd at the party.

Mayor: Shameful

The event has drawn the ire of Gatineau mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, who called it "shameful".  

“We want an image of healthy women,” he told Le Droit .

“We don’t want young girls to have an obsession with a certain body shape that is not accessible in many cases, and the values driven by this event are contrary to all of that.” 

Source: The Daily Dot, Huffington Post  

 

Usain Bolt: I'll call van Gaal if United lose again

Sprinter Usain Bolt says he will call Louis van Gaal if Manchester United lose to Sunderland on Sunday.
Sprinter Usain Bolt says he will call Louis van Gaal if Manchester United lose to Sunderland on Sunday.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt claims he will phone up Louis van Gaal if Manchester United lose to Sunderland on Sunday.

The world's fastest man is an avid supporter of the Red Devils and has previously declared his interest in playing for United when he calls it a day from the athletics scene.

After van Gaal's competitive spell opened with shock 2-1 defeat at home to Swansea City, the 28-year-old - who is a good friend of former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson - is prepared to give the Dutchman a ring should a repeat occur against the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light.

Bolt said: "I haven't talked to him yet. He lost the first game so I'm giving him some time and I'll wait to see if he does any better on Sunday.

"But if he doesn't I'll probably need to give him a call."

He also reiterated his desire to land a trial with United adding: "I definitely want to try (trial for United). So hopefully I'll do a few trials and see if I'll be any good."

Source: Mail Online

Woman hears cat sounds inside wall, rescues feline that was at 'death's door'

Lazarus was discovered near death and trapped in a wall of an empty house that was listed for sale.
Lazarus was discovered near death and trapped in a wall of an empty house that was listed for sale.

A  US cat has used up one of its nine lives after it was discovered near death and trapped in a wall of an empty house that was listed for sale.

Named Lazarus by staff at the Utah Humane Society, the 4-year-old male Lynx Point and Siamese mix was found last month at the height of Utah's steamy summer heat, Carl Arky, a spokesman for the society, on Thursday.

He said a female appraiser working at the home in Layton, about 40 km north of Salt Lake City, heard noises coming from behind a sheetrock wall and made a hole to rescue the cat.

Temperatures in the home were thought to be well above 38 degrees Celsius, as it was unoccupied and the air conditioner was off.

"He was near death's door," said Arky.

"I give a lot of credit to that woman who drilled a hole in the wall to get him out."

Humane Society staff thought Lazarus might be dead, but he eventually lifted his head to eat.

He was suffering from burns and dehydration, but has since been nursed back to health and is now ready for adoption.

An advertisement says he loves having his cheeks scratched, and that he gets on well with other cats and dogs. 

"No one knows for sure how he got inside that wall," the ad reads. "But we do know he's a true survivor who deserves a new lease on life." - Reuters

Downton Abbey cast banned from wearing modern underwear

After the "Bottlegate" crisis where a water bottle was seen in a publicity shot, the cast members of Downton Abbey have been banned from wearing modern underwear.
After the "Bottlegate" crisis where a water bottle was seen in a publicity shot, the cast members of Downton Abbey have been banned from wearing modern underwear.

How do you solve a problem like a sneaky plastic bottle of water on the set of period drama Downton Abbey?

Well apparently, the solution is to ban everything that is remotely contemporary.

And that includes modern underwear, reports the British media.

The show had a "bottlegate" gaffe when a bottle of water was left on the mantlepiece as actors Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael posed for a publicity shot as their characters on the show.

Fans, who have been vocal about time period inconsistencies, were quick to point out the discrepancy.

The cast soon responded by posing with bottles in a cute, tongue-in-cheek shot to promote the work of international charity WaterAid.

 

 

 

But it seems they are taking the crisis more seriously.

One member of the cast said: "Modern watches and jewellery are out and so even is modern underwear as the danger is apparently too great it could be seen if we bend over."

Series creator Lord Julian Fellowes said: "They have relented in the case of prescription glasses and asthma guns, but that's about it."

Source: Telegraph, Vulture

Watch Fandi Ahmad take the ice bucket challenge

Fandi Ahmad preparing to take the ice bucket challenge.

He might be in the hot seat but Fandi Ahmad is cool enough to take the ice bucket challenge.

Singapore's favourite football son and current coach of the LionXII took a short time off in the evening to take up the challenge laid down by his son Ikhsan.

The video was posted on the LionsXII Instagram and it showed the 52-year-old gamely taking on the social media challenge that is sweeping the Internet.

The ice bucket challenge aims to raise awareness for a debilitating disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis​ (ALS).

Throwing a bucket of ice water over yourself might seem silly but according to The New York Times, the challenge has helped to raise US$41 million (S$51.2 million) so far and at the rate things are going, it may raise a lot more than that. 

The LionsXII travel to Johor Baru to face Johor Darul Ta'zim II this Saturday (Aug 23).

Source: Instagram, New York Times 

Vogue's ice queen Anna Wintour does the Ice Bucket Challenge

Even the ice queen Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of glam magazine Vogue, accepted her daughter's nomination to do the Ice Bucket Challenge.

She let her famous bob haircut, which is always perfectly set, be ruined for a good cause.

If Vogue's editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, and her family of seven others can participate willingly in the Ice Bucket Challenge, then anybody can. 

She was nominated for the challenge by her daughter Bee Shaffer.

Check out the super happy faces of the kids who dunked the woman who is referred to as the most powerful force in the fashion industry.

In the video, which was posted on Vogue.com, Wintour nominated tennis champ Roger Federer and English actor Dominic West and his family to help continue raise awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

ALS is a neurodegenerative disease characterised by muscle spasticity.

Before she was dunked in ice cold water, she sternly, in typical boss style, reminded her two nominees that they had 24 hours to comply.

Source: Vogue.com

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