Is Taylor Swift feuding with Katy Perry? Here's what they say

In an interview with the Rolling Stone, Taylor Swift admitted that a new song Bad Blood was inspired by an unidentified frenemy, who many believe is Katy Perry.
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Taylor Swift admitted that a new song Bad Blood was inspired by an unidentified frenemy, who many believe is Katy Perry.

Are Taylor Swift and Katy Perry in a celebrity feud?

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine released earlier this week, Swift talked about a song 'Bad Blood' that was inspired by an unidentified frenemy.

The song, from upcoming album 1989, is about a female artiste who "tried to sabotage an entire arena tour".

Swift said: "For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not. She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, 'Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?'"

Swift added that the artiste had "tried to hire a bunch of people out from under (her)" and that made her think: "Oh, we're just straight-up enemies."

Many people online quickly guessed she was talking about Katy Perry, who also dated Swift's ex John Mayer.

 

According to some reports, three of Swift's dancers left in the middle of her Red tour for Perry's Prism tour. 

And if anyone is looking for any confirmation from either star, Perry's cryptic tweet is the closest thing you are going to get.

 

 

Regina George, played by Rachel McAdams, is one of the characters in cult film Mean Girls.

Who's up for round 2?

Sources: Examiner, E Online, Rolling Stone

WATCH Puppy best friend helps cheetah cub recover from surgery

Raina the puppy check on her unlikely furry best friend right after surgery.

A video of Ruuxa the cheetah cub going through surgery is making viewers go "Awwww".

But it's not just the cute factor that brings out the smiles.

Rather, it's the inter-species friendship at work that tugs at your heartstrings, like how puppy best friend Raina was on hand to help Ruuxa take his first post-op steps.

This odd coupling isn't part of a Disney cartoon but an actual incident at the San Diego Zoo. 


Odd pairing? Real life is like that. Photo:YouTube/thelionking340

Vets recently diagnosed Ruuxa with a "growth abnormality" in his forelegs.

If left untreated, he is likely to suffer pain and problems walking later in life.

Zoo staff posted the surgery footage - which took place last Wednesday (Sept 3) - online.

 

It turns out Ruuxa and Raina have been best friends ever since they were one month old reported American media site, Today.

The zoo paired them up because Ruuxa did not have any siblings to play with after his mother rejected him.

Raina, a Rhodesian ridge-back puppy (or "dog" to those of us unfamiliar with the various breeds) showed her concern for her best bud after he didn't wake up right after the surgery. 

"She licked him and nuzzled him," said Susie Ekard, the zoo's animal training manager. "When he awoke, she lay with him and seemed very content to know her cheetah (pal) was okay."

Like the Disney movies, there is a happy ending to this story.

Ruuxa is expected to make a full recovery and hang out again with his best friend.

Sources: YouTube, Today

Tags: animal, zoo, Cheetah and dog

HTC to Apple: Welcome to the 'big screen' party, as new watch and iPhone 6 launch

Apple CEO unveiled its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus yesterday.
Apple CEO unveiled its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus yesterday.

It's finally here. Apple has unveiled the new iPhone 6 (and bonus iPhone 6 Plus) and the equally hotly-anticipated iWatch.

And the tech company certainly delivered at the event earlier.

In fact, they even delivered a free U2 album and it's already in your iTunes library!

Here's what you missed from the Apple announcement earlier.

1. iPhone 6/ iPhone 6 Plus

Apple has finally announced its new generation of phones with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that will be available on Sept 19 here. 

Time to start queuing?

Both are bigger and thinner than ever.

The smaller iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch screen while the Plus boasts a 5.5-inch screen.

Both phones also, thankfully, offers a better battery life than its predecessor iPhone 5S.

The smaller iPhone 6 will have 10 hours more talk time than the 5S' 4 hours and an additional hour of Wi-fi browsing time. The 6 Plus will have a better battery life compared to the 6.

Users can also enjoy faster performance with a new A8 processor.

Many were excited about the larger screens although other brands have long since entered the 'phablet' market that the 6 Plus is breaking into.

And this didn't go unnoticed as HTC "welcomed" Apple to the 'Big screen' family. Meow!

 

 

The iPhone 6 will be available for $988 (16GB) and the iPhone 6 plus (16GB) will start at $1,148.

2. Apple Watch

Remember when iPhones (or smartphones) rendered the watch almost obsolete (for many of us at least)?

Apple is expecting you to change that.

Now they want you to wear a watch - their watch (and it's not called iWatch).

The biggest surprise? It's not called the iWatch.

The watch is also set to revolutionise flirting. Yes, flirting.

With the watch, you are now able to send someone your heartbeat.

So if you tell someone that he makes your heart beat faster, you're going to actually have to prove it.

More importantly, it includes a fitness app that monitors activity throughout the day. It also has a workout app to remind you just how lazy you are being.

The apps will also give you summaries of your fitness and workout data.

 

 

The watch, which will be out next year, comes in two sizes and three finishes including one in 18-karat gold.

But there are two obvious flaws here.

First, you need an iPhone to use the watch. 

Timex noticed.

 

 

Then, left-handed people can be left feeling a little miffed.

 

 

 

 

3. Apple Pay

Apple is trying to replace the plastic credit cards with its new mobile payment system, which will be available in the US for now.

Simply tap and pay - it's as easy as that.

For those concerned with security, the phone will not be storing your card details. Instead it creates a dynamic security code by taking an image of your card. 

Apple's Touch ID function will then be used to confirm transactions. 

 

 

4. Apple launches... U2's free new album?

U2? Really? The band released its new album, which, like it or not, we all already have it in our iTunes library. And it's free.

They must really want us to listen to the Irish band.

At least, it got us this really weird moment.

 

 

Sources: CNET, The Verge

 

Why I stayed: Abuse victim defends husband on her Instagram account

Janay Rice sitting next to her husband Ray Rice at the press conference earlier this year.

There's a video of her getting punched unconscious by her then-fiance turned husband.

Now that the clip has been released online by TMZ, with abuse hurled in his direction, she has come out to defend him on her Instagram page.

Janay Rice, the wife of former star National Football League (NFL) player Ray Rice not only spoke up for him but also lambasted the media for bringing to light what was a private moment of pain in their relationship.


Photo: Instagram

The Baltimore Sun later confirmed that the statement was indeed released by Rice.

The episode happened in the lift of the Revel Casino in Atlantic City in February. 

TMZ website, which brought the video to light, said the couple were married one month after the bust-up.

Newspaper The Baltimore Sun reported that the couple have been attending counselling.

Why stay?

While Janay Rice's statement of love and support for her husband might confuse those unable to understand why she would choose stay in an abusive relationship, writer Beverly Gooden used her experience of being in an abusive relationship to share with the world why she personally stayed in one.

 

 

 

 

Social media users have since used the hashtag #WhyIstayed to share their own heartbreaking stories of why they personally stayed in abusive relationships.

 

 

 

 

Ray Rice has since been dropped from his team the Baltimore Ravens.

The NFL has also barred him indefinitely after first banning him for two games, a move which the NFL commissioner said was made without them initially watching the video.

Sources: Instagram, TMZ, Baltimore Sun, Twitter, CBC News

Tags: abuse and NFL

Euro 2016 qualifier: Dutch fall to late Czech winner

Vaclav Pilar of the Czech Republic celebrating his goal against goalkeeper Jasper Cliessen of the Netherlands during their Euro 2016 qualifying soccer match in Prague September 9, 2014.

The Czech Republic snatched a last-gasp 2-1 win over the Netherlands, thanks to Vaclav Pilar’s added time goal.

The winner comes after a dreadful mistake by Dutch defender Daryl Janmaat in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier on Wednesday morning (Sept 10, Singapore time).

Janmaat attempted to cushion a header back to Jasper Cillessen inside the penalty area but the ball beat the Dutch keeper and struck the post only for Pilar to tuck the rebound into the net.

The result delighted home fans.

Czech Republic's first goal came when David Lafata controlled a cross into the box, before laying it off to Borek Dockal whose left-foot shot slammed off the post into the net to give the hosts the lead.


Borek Dockal scoring the Czech's first goal. Photo: Reuters

The Dutch, third-place finishers at the World Cup in Brazil, responded with Stefan de Vrij driving a header into the back of the net - after a cross from new Manchester United boy Daley Blind in the 55th minute.

The Dutch began taking more control in the second half but they could not beat the organised Czechs and goalkeeper Petr Cech. 


Petr Cech in excellent form. Photo: Reuters

The Czechs have been struggling in recent matches. But they looked dangerous on the break and scored the winning goal when the Dutch mix-up presented them with a dream start to the Euro 2016 campaign.

The result also gave coach Pavel Vrba, who took over following their failure to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil, his first victory at the helm. 

The match was Guus Hiddink’s first competitive game in charge of the Dutch national team. Unfortunately he tasted a second successive defeat since taking over from Louis van Gaal, who had stepped down to take charge of Manchester United.

Hiddink lost his first game against Italy in on Sept 4.

Source: AFP

Motor racing: Former F1 champ Schumacher leaves hospital to recover at home

Former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has left a Swiss hospital and will continue his treatment at home.
Former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has left a Swiss hospital and will continue his treatment at home.

Michael Schumacher has left hospital to continue his recovery at home.

But the former Formula One champion faces "a long and difficult road ahead" after his skiing accident last year, a statement said on Tuesday.

His rehab will take place at his home by Lake Geneva.

"Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months," the German's manager Sabine Kehm said.

"We ask that the privacy of Michael's family continue to be respected and that speculation about his state of health are avoided."

A spokesman for the university hospital in Lausanne confirmed that the seven-time world champion, 45, had been discharged earlier in the day.

There were no details about his condition.


Photo: AFP

Schumacher suffered severe head injuries in a ski accident in the French Alps on Dec 29. He was transferred to Lausanne in June after emerging from a coma.

He underwent nearly three months of treatment in an outdoor section of the hospital known as Jardin des Sens or Garden of the Senses. The area is shielded from view and specialises in the recovery of severely traumatised neurological patients by exposing them to water, various scents and other elements.


Schumi's fans gather outside the Grenoble University Hospital Centre to mark his 45th birthday. Photo: AFP


Scuderia Ferrari's supporters hold a banner in support of Schmacher at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 4, 2014, ahead of the Italian Formula One Grand Prix. Photo: AFP

Last month, a man suspected of leaking Schumacher's medical files was found hanged in his police cell, Zurich's cantonal prosecutor said.

The man, who was not named, had been involved in Schumacher's transfer to University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV).

The French daily Le Dauphine Libere reported in July that leaked documents were offered to European media for some 60,000 Swiss francs (S$81,200).

Schumacher's family, via his agent Kehm, said criminal charges and damages would be sought against anyone involved in the illegal sale or publication of his confidential records.

Schumacher, who won a record 91 F1 races, left the sport last year after a disappointing three-year comeback with Mercedes. He had come out of retirement after leaving Ferrari at the end of 2006. - Reuters

JB cops foil drug addict's get-away in hearse, no body on board

No body else on board: A drug addict in his 20s drove off in a hearse parked outside the crocodile sanctuary in Johor Bahru.

High on drugs, a man trespassed near a crocodile sanctuary in Pasir Gudang, Johor Bahru.

That was when he spotted a hearse parked outside and hopped on.

It seems the drug addict was the only person in the vehicle, which belonged to the Pasir Gudang Municipal Council. No body was onboard.

The man in his 20s drove away, with council workers in hot pursuit. The workers had been cleaning the pond in the sanctuary on Saturday afternoon and the driver had left the key in the van.

The council in a statement yesterday: "Our staff tried to chase the man, but he managed to drive away. “We immediately called the police for assistance."

Both the police and the council’s enforcement unit caught up with the van a few kilometres from the sanctuary.

Seri Alam OCPD Supt Abdul Samad Salleh said the man had tested positive for drugs.

Source: The Star

Tags: foil, croc, hearse and drugs

WATCH: Labelled a diva, Ariana Grande defends herself

Recent media reports in Australia called US breakout star Ariana Grande a diva after she walked out on photographers during a photoshoot after they had waited for an hour.

It was quite a bumpy start to the Australian leg of her tour after she arrived in Sydney on Monday (Sept 8) to promote her latest album My Everything. 

The 21-year-old singer was rumoured to have left the first shoot of the day because she wasn't pleased with how she was looking on camera, The West Australian reported.

Not long after, Grande's entourage sent the rest of the photographers home empty-handed after they and reporters had to wait for an hour in a hotel room.

The Bang Bang singer eventually appeared wearing a short navy and gold sequinned skirt and black top as she politely greeted everybody in the room, the publication reported.


Grande later addressed the issue saying "it does suck" for her to be in the situation although the rumours were "totally untrue and annoying."

But she wasn't about to go down without a fight.

Grande confronted and destroyed, during a radio interview with jocks Mike E and Emma on the Australian radio station 96.1, the "diva" label that she was given almost as soon as she arrived.

Check out this video and see what she has to say about her behaviour: 

 

 

We can't decide. Do you think she's a diva? 

Sources: The West Australian and YouTube

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