Woman on 14-year hunger strike freed from prison hospital

Irom Chanu Sharmila, also known as the 'Iron Lady of Manipur', staged a 14-year hunger fast in protest against alleged army atrocities.
Irom Chanu Sharmila, also known as the 'Iron Lady of Manipur', staged a 14-year hunger fast in protest against alleged army atrocities.

An Indian human rights activist who has been on hunger strike for the last 14 years in protest against alleged army atrocities walked free on Wednesday from a prison hospital where doctors had force-fed her to keep her alive.

Irom Sharmila’s release comes after a trial judge found no evidence to support charges filed in 2000 by prosecutors in the northeastern state of Manipur that she was trying to commit suicide by refusing food.

“It is hard for me to believe that I am free now. My battle against injustice and crimes committed by the army in Manipur will continue,” Sharmila told Reuters by telephone as she waited to leave the hospital in state capital, Imphal.

Hunger strike continues

TV pictures later showed Sharmila emerging from the hospital.

 “I have suffered for 14 years but my struggle continues. This is my war against a draconian law and I do not want or expect anyone to sing glory songs about me,” she told reporters, vowing to continue her hunger strike.

The 42-year-old, known as the Iron Lady of Manipur, began her fast in November 2000 after 10 people were killed in a shooting at a bus stop near her home in Manipur, a remote state that borders Myanmar.

Activists blamed the army for the killings, which included two children. Police registered a case but no arrests were made.

Despite calls from judicial inquiries and human rights groups, the federal government has kept in force an anti-terror law that gives soldiers virtual immunity from prosecution in regions hit by insurgencies.

Shocked by the failure to bring those responsible to justice, Sharmila started her hunger strike, vowing only to end it when the law was repealed.

Source: Reuters

Wolf of Wall Street is going to be a TV show

Wolf of Wall Street's Jordan Belfort is teaming up with director Brett Ratner and Australian billionaire James Packer to produce a Mad Men-style TV show about the excess of Wall Street in the 1980s.

Jordan Belfort, whose life was chronicled in the award-winning Martin Scorsese film Wolf of Wall Street, will be part of a team creating a "Mad-Men style" TV show about the excess of Wall Street in the 1980s, reported Page Six.  

Belfort will be teaming up with with Rush Hour director Brett Ratner and Australian billionaire James Packer to work on the show.

The 52-year-old motivational speaker, who was convicted of fraud crimes related to stock market manipulation and running a boiler room as part of a penny stock scam, told The Australian that "the idea was to come up with a show about that period with really interesting characters". 

No word yet on what the show will be called or who its main stars will be. 

Sources: Page Six, The Australian

Johnny Depp to co-star with teen daughter in Yoga Hosers

Lily-Rose Depp, 15, landed herself a starring role alongside her father Johnny Depp in the upcoming comedy Yoga Hosers, scheduled to be released next year, directed by Kevin Smith.

It's becoming a family business in Hollywood.

On Tuesday (Aug 19) it was revealed that Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp will star alongside his 15-year-old daughter Lily-Rose Depp (below), who he has notoriously kept out of the public eye, in the upcoming comedy Yoga Hosers, Mail Online reported.

Depp will star as an ex-cop and man-hunter while daughter Lily-Rose and film director Kevin Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn, also 15, are set take the lead roles in the comic book-style film that will see the two teen yoga enthusiasts battle an ancient evil, The Guardian added.

Kevin Smith (left) and his daughter Harley Quinn (right)

"People always ask me ‘are you ever going to make a comic book movie?'," said Smith, Variety reported.

"This is it – but instead of yet another dude saving the day, our anti-heroes are the most feared and formidable creatures man has ever encountered: two fifteen year old girls."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the comical production which is set to be released in 2015 is Smith’s follow-up to Tusk, which premieres at the Toronto Film Festival in September, and is the second installment in Smith’s True North trilogy of movies that are steeped in Canadian myths and culture.

I'm already excited, are you?  

Sources: Mail Online, The Guardian, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter

Photo: Instagram (@thatkevinsmith) and Twitter (@Lilyrmdepp)

Mum mourns US journalist beheaded by militants

Islamic State insurgents released a video on Aug 19 showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago.

The mother of US journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by Islamic militants, said on Tuesday her son gave his life to expose the suffering of the Syrian people and she asked his kidnappers to release their other captives.

“He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person,” Diane Foley said in a post on a website set up by the Foley family.

James Foley was abducted in Syria in November 2012 while reporting on the conflict there for GlobalPost.

A video released on Tuesday by Islamic State, an al-Qaeda offshoot that has overrun large swathes of northern Iraq and Syria, showed Foley being beheaded.

Another journalist's life in danger

The Sunni militants also threatened to kill another US journalist, Steven Sotloff, who went missing in Syria in July 2013, unless the United States stops its airstrikes against the group.

“We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world,” Diane Foley said in the statement.

“We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people,” she said.

On Twitter, hundreds of users urged the public to neither watch nor share the video.

“All distributing James Foley lifeless body accomplishes is helping ISIS promote itself, helping them spread their terror beyond Iraq,” Washington-based foreign policy expert Joshua Foust tweeted.

Source: Reuters<

Two held for killing S Africa farmworker 'with oranges'


Two farmworkers have been arrested for allegedly killing a colleague by pelting him with oranges, South African police said Wednesday.

A quarrel on a farm outside Tzaneen in the northern Limpopo province on Monday turned deadly when the two men armed themselves with fruit, said Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe.

“Babanto Chauke, 38, and two men had a quarrel. The two allegedly started throwing loose oranges at him until he died,” Ngoepe said.

“The paramedics found that the man was dead when they arrived on the scene. He had been hit very badly by oranges.”

A post-mortem would be carried out to determine the cause of death and the two accused, aged 27 and 30, were due to appear in court later Wednesday, he said.

Source: AFP

WATCH: Lion City Kia - best Singaporean song right now

Lion City Kia, local rapper Shigga Shay's latest rap single, has soared to 10,000 views in less than 24 hours of the star-studded video being up on YouTube.

“Welcome to Lion City where we grew up HDB / Party on River Valley / with all of my Karang Gunis." 

Yes, hip-hop with Singaporean-isms is a thing, and yes, Shigga Shay makes it sound good.

Really good.


After last year's iTunes No. 1 hit LimPeh, rapper Shigga Shay, whose real name is Pek Jin Shen, is back with a new song, Lion City Kia, that's sure to go viral. 

Not only that, he takes racial harmony to a whole new dimension by teaming up with Malay rapper Akeem and Indian rapper Lineath, both of whom rap in their mother tongue. 

Another plus factor: The video, released Aug 19, has so many local celebrity cameos you'll need more than two hands to count 'em!

Here's the list:

1. Tosh Zhang, Ah Boys To Men actor

2. Wang Weiliang

3. Sam Williows member Benjamin Kheng

​4. Alyph from local duo Sleeq

​5. Musicians Jack and Rai

6. Stand-up comedian Fakkah Fuzz

7. Patricia Mok

8. Jade Seah

9. Chua En Lai

10. DJ Rosalyn Lee (a.k.a Rozz)

11. Former 987FM jock Dee Kosh

Let's not forget the two featured rappers on the track:

​12. Akeem

11. Lineath

The video has already garnered over 12,000 hits on YouTube. 

One word for you, Shigga: Respect!

Source: YouTube

Guru who sparked global yoga craze dies aged 95

Indian yoga exponent BKS Iyengar.
Indian yoga exponent BKS Iyengar.

BKS Iyengar, the Indian yoga guru credited with helping to fuel a global explosion in the popularity of the ancient spiritual practice, died on Wednesday aged 95, his website said.

Iyengar started his yoga school in 1973 in the western city of Pune, developing a unique form of the practice that he said anyone could follow.

He trained hundreds of teachers to disseminate his approach, which uses props such as belts and ropes to help novice practitioners achieve the poses.

He wrote many books on yoga, which has been practised in Asia for more than 2,000 years, and has in recent decades become hugely popular around the world.

His insistence on perfecting the poses – or asanas – won him a huge following, among them celebrity fans ranging from the cricketer Sachin Tendulkar to the writer Aldous Huxley.

It was an encounter with the violinist Yehudi Menuhin, who came across Iyengar during a trip to Mumbai in the 1950s, that prompted his move to take his practice global.

“Perhaps no one has done more than Mr. Iyengar to bring yoga to the West,” said the New York Times in a 2002 profile of the guru.

Source: AFP


Tags: yoga and bks iyengar

Fifa reject Barca appeal on transfer ban

Barcelona have failed in their appeal to lift a transfer ban imposed by Fifa.
Barcelona have failed in their appeal to lift a transfer ban imposed by Fifa.

Barcelona have been banned for two consecutive transfer windows after an appeal was rejected by Fifa.

The Catalans were found guilty of breaching rules regarding the transfer of under-age players in April and banned from the transfer market for 14 months.

While the ban was suspended for the appeal process, football's world governing body have upheld their original ruling and fined Barcelona 450,000 Swiss francs ($616,640) while getting their house in order.

A statement on Fifa's official website read: "The Fifa appeal committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF) and to confirm in their entirety the decisions rendered by the Fifa disciplinary committee in the respective cases relating to the protection of minors.

"As such, FC Barcelona is to serve a transfer ban which will see the club prevented from registering any players at both national and international level for two complete and consecutive transfer periods, starting with the next registration period (January 2015) given that the appeal of the club had been granted suspensive effect by the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee.

"FC Barcelona has also been ordered to pay a fine of 450,000 Swiss francs and been given a period of 90 days from today in which to regularise the situation of all minor players concerned.

"Meanwhile, the RFEF has been ordered to pay a fine of 500,000 Swiss francs and granted a period of one year in which to regularise their regulatory framework and existing system concerning the international transfer of minors in football.

"The terms of the decisions taken by the Fifa appeal committee were communicated to FC Barcelona and the RFEF today."

Source: Fifa

Watch Sergio Ramos' sly punch on Mandzukic

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos appears to punch Atletico Madrid Mario Mandzukic in the first leg of their Spanish Super Cup tie.
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos appears to punch Atletico Madrid Mario Mandzukic in the first leg of their Spanish Super Cup tie.

Sergio Ramos might be an excellent defender, but discipline hasn't been one of his strong suits.

Having received a club record 19 red cards during his nine-year career at Real Madrid, the 28-year-old was up to his old tricks again during the first leg of Real Madrid's Spanish Super Cup tie with Atletico Madrid.

After being flattened by Mario Mandzukic during an aerial duel, Ramos appeared to exact a little revenge with a sneaky little jab to the Croat's face as he tried to get up.

While the Spaniard tried to brush it off as an accident, it's hard to give Ramos the benefit of the doubt with his history of ill-discipline.

Watch the clip above and see for yourself if Ramos intended to punch Mandzukic or not.

Sources YouTube, 101GreatGoals

Do you think this human barbie is all natural? She claims she is

Lolita Richi is the newest &#039;human barbie&#039; on the block and claims she got the look without plastic surgery, dieting or photoshop.
Lolita Richi is the newest 'human barbie' on the block and claims she got the look without plastic surgery, dieting or photoshop.

Just like Barbie, she boasts an improbable 20-inch waist and a 32F bra size.

The 16-year-old Lolita Richi also wears contact lenses to emphasise her doll-like beauty.

Not only is she laying claim to being the youngest 'Human Barbie' out there, the Ukrainian teen also says it's all natural.

That's right - she is saying that she was born with such a figure. 

No plastic surgery, no photoshop and no dieting. Sure.

Richi says: "I had great features to start with and I just improved on them."

She wears special contact lenses that give her a wide-eyed, innocent look that is seen in dolls.

She also adds: "My big breasts are natural although I sometimes wear a push-up bra to enhance them.

"I have a gorgeous figure so I don't even have to diet. I just eat whatever's available in the fridge whether that's sausages or fruit."

What do you think? Natural or not?

Source: Mail Online