Monday, March 31, 2014

New Michael Jackson Album Release Date Announced

Yep, there's a new Michael Jackson album...five years after his death. Sony and Epic Records today announced a plan to release a posthumous Michael Jackson album titled Xscape

Epic CEO L.A. Reid handpicked eight previously unreleased tracks by Michael Jackson, which have been 'contemporized for modern ears' and added new production by Timbaland and Rodney Jerkins.

The album drops May 13th.

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French PM Resigns After Election Debacle, Valls Takes Over

France's new prime minister, Manuel Valls. ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
French President Francois Hollande has confirmed that Interior Minister Manuel Valls is to become the country's new prime minister. Valls will replace Jean-Marc Ayrault, who resigned after an election debacle.
Hollande confirmed the widely expected appointment of the 51-year-old Valls in a televised address to the nation on Sunday.

In his speech, Hollande said he had decided it was "time to begin a new chapter" in his presidency in reaction to the rout of his party in municipal elections.

Song of the Week: Happy- Pharrell Williams

[Verse 1:]
It might seem crazy what I’m about to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break
I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don’t care baby by the way

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

[Verse 2:]
Here come bad news talking this and that, yeah,
Well, give me all you got, and don’t hold it back, yeah,
Well, I should probably warn you I’ll be just fine, yeah,
No offense to you, don’t waste your time
Here’s why


Hey, come on

Bring me down
Can't nothing bring me down
My level's too high
Bring me down
Can't nothing bring me down
I said (let me tell you now)
Bring me down
Can't nothing bring me down
My level's too high
Bring me down
Can't nothing bring me down
I said

[Chorus 2x]

Hey, come on

Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down… my level's too high…
Bring me down… can’t nothing…
Bring me down, I said (let me tell you now)

[Chorus 2x]

Come on

Venezuela: battleground for Canadians backing protests

For Canadians with friends and family in Venezuela the extent of the violence sweeping that country is hard to watch, but many are also working to overcome government crackdowns on local news to ensure the world knows exactly what's happening.
Ana Maria Roa, a Toronto resident of 22 years, came to Canada when she was 18 and makes regular visits to Venezuela. She recently returned from her hometown where she attended a family reunion.

Mum Killed 4yr old son because she thought he was gay

25 year old Jessica Dutro (pictured above) has been arrested and charged with murder by abuse and second degree assault after allegedly subjecting her 4 year old son, Zachary Dutro-Boggess, to deadly beatings because she thought he was gay.

Prosecutors say Zachary died on August 16th, 2012 of blunt-force trauma to his abdomen and a delay in medical treatment.

MP Steven Fletcher says doctor-assisted suicide is 'inevitable'

Conservative MP Steven Fletcher holds a news conference to discuss his two private member's bills on the right to die, on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa Thursday March 27, 2014.
Conservative MP Steven Fletcher holds a news conference to discuss his two private member's bills on the right to die, on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa Thursday March 27, 2014. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press)
Conservative MP Steven Fletcher says he believes physician-assisted suicide is "inevitable," on the same day he introduced two private member's bills on the issue in the House of Commons.
At a press conference on Thursday on Parliament Hill, Fletcher said it's "something Canadians are demanding more and more of."
"There is a demographic shift that's occurring in Canada where people who have been empowered their entire lives will find themselves not and they will ask for this," Fletcher said. 

When I was Black Poem

Rob Ford mayoral debate: Skirting around the crack issue

'People have heard the story. It’s rewind, rewind, rewind,' Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said at the first televised mayoral debate, when asked about the crack cocaine scandal.
'People have heard the story. It’s rewind, rewind, rewind,' Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said at the first televised mayoral debate, when asked about the crack cocaine scandal. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

It may be that the four Toronto mayoral candidates sharing the stage with Rob Ford Wednesday night just wanted to appear statesmanlike and not sully themselves with the details of the scandal that's made the chief magistrate an international sensation. 
But there must have been some satisfaction among the four when, nearly 75 minutes into the 90-minute first televised mayoral candidate debate,CityNews reporter Cynthia Mulligan bluntly raised the issue with the mayor.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Juno Awards 2014 Full List of Nominees and Winners

Arcade Fire
Avril Lavigne
Céline Dion
Drake Cash
WINNER Justin Bieber
Michael Bublé
Robin Thicke
Serena Ryder
Walk Off the Earth
Reflektor, Arcade Fire
Inner Ninja, Classified
It’s a Beautiful Day, Michael Bublé
What I Wouldn’t Do, Serena Ryder
WINNER Closer, Tegan and Sara
WINNER Unorthodox Jukebox, Bruno Mars
The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem
Night Visions, Imagine Dragons
Take Me Home, One Direction
The Truth About Love, P!nk

Debit card fraud suspects nabbed in $1M bank ATM scam

RAW: SQ explains debit card fraud

A $1-million debit card machine scam operated by people in Quebec and Ontario has been dismantled, Quebec provincial police announced Thursday.

Four suspects were arrested in St-Sauveur, Que., near Montreal, and in Toronto. Four more are being sought in Toronto and North York.

Capt. Richard Gauthier of the Sûreté du Québec said police believe the suspects installed cameras and card-reading devices on automated teller machines at Canadian banking institutions. The card-reading devices skimmed the cards for bank information, while the cameras read customers’ banking PINs.

Family is Everything

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith: Bin Laden's son-in-law convicted

An image from a video showing Suleiman Abu Ghaith seated left of Osama Bin Laden, on 12 September 2001Abu Ghaith appeared alongside Bin Laden in a video just one day after the 9/11 attacks

Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who was an al-Qaeda spokesman after 9/11, has been convicted of terrorism-related charges at a trial in New York.

He could face life in prison when he is sentenced in September for conspiracy to kill Americans and aiding al-Qaeda.

The Kuwaiti clergyman was captured in Jordan last year and brought to the US. He is the highest-ranking al-Qaeda figure to face trial on US soil since the attacks.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mick Jagger leads tributes at L'Wren Scott funeral

Mick Jagger and L'Wren ScottMick Jagger and L'Wren Scott - his 'lover and best friend' - had been together since 2001

Family and friends of fashion designer L'Wren Scott have attended her private funeral in Los Angeles, where partner Sir Mick Jagger led the tributes.

A family spokesperson confirmed the service at Hollywood Forever Funeral Home included "memories and words of tribute" from the Rolling Stones singer and Scott's brother Randy Bambrough.

Sir Mick's daughters and grandchildren also gave readings.

Scott took her own life in her New York apartment on 17 March.

Google Crazy Acquisition of dozen Companies

Google is now the second most valuable U.S. company. The tech giant's  market capitalization is $395.42 billion U.S. Apple is number one with  $463.55 billion.
Google is now the second most valuable U.S. company. The tech giant's market capitalization is $395.42 billion U.S. Apple is number one with $463.55 billion. (Reuters)

Take a look at a list of Google’s 144 latest acquisitions and you’ll notice most seem to have little in common. The seemingly random pattern of buyouts has a number of technology experts wondering just what the company is up to.
This week Google bought SlickLogin, an Israeli startup that uses high-frequency sound waves as the basis of a smart-ID login system. A few weeks ago Google bought Nest, a company that develops thermostats and smoke alarms that are connected to the internet.

Friday, March 28, 2014

A Steady Path to Supreme Court as Gay Marriage Gains Momentum in US

Rainbow flags flew at San Francisco City Hall in June to celebrate two Supreme Court rulings bolstering same-sex marriage. Credit Noah Berger/Associated Press        
A sweeping decision on Thursday night struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage and continued a remarkable winning streak for gay rights advocates, putting new pressure on the Supreme Court to decide the momentous question it ducked last summer: whether there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
Since June, when the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples are entitled to equal treatment in at least some settings, federal judges in Oklahoma, Utah and Virginia have struck down laws barring same-sex marriages. In state legislatures and state courts, too, supporters of same-sex marriage have been winning.

Senator Claim Travel Expense for Prayer Meeting

Senator’s travel expense claim for prayer meeting under scrutiny
Sen. Don Meredith at his Faith Alliance and Computer Learning centre in Richmond Hill, Ont., Aug. 28, 2013.
A Conservative senator’s spending is under special scrutiny from the Senate itself, after he made a trip to Washington that the Senate’s leadership didn’t approve.

Sen. Don Meredith, a pastor from Toronto, spent five days in Washington for the National Prayer Breakfast, a gathering of some 3,000 international politicians and diplomats that included U.S. President Barack Obama and members of the United States Congress.

Senate sources say Conservative whip Sen. Beth Marshall didn’t approve the trip, yet Meredith still went. The Senate’s own rules allow senators to take trips to Washington. The Hill Times newspaper reported that Meredith expensed business class flights for him and his wife, and a claim of $1,294 for hotel, taxis and meals.

N.Korean Students Compelled To Get Kim Jong-un Leader Haircut

Male university students in North Korea are now required to get the same haircut as their leader Kim Jong-un, it is reported.
The state-sanctioned guideline was introduced in the capital Pyongyang about two weeks ago, Radio Free Asia reports. It is now being rolled out across the country - although some people have expressed reservations about getting the look.

"Our leader's haircut is very particular, if you will," one source tells Radio Free Asia. "It doesn't always go with everyone since everyone has different face and head shapes.

Strong People Lift Others Up

Saudi Man Oust From Leave Canada after Choking Daughter

A Newfoundland judge has ordered Saudi man Khalaf Ashaek to leave Canada. 

A Saudi man who admitted to choking and threatening his daughter has been ordered by a Newfoundland judge to leave Canada or face arrest.

Provincial Court Judge James Walsh handed down a suspended sentence with a year’s probation Tuesday on condition that 56-year-old Khalaf Alshaek leave the country immediately or otherwise face arrest.

Alshaek reportedly attacked his 30-year-old daughter after she carried on a secret relationship with a Newfoundland man, whom she married earlier this month.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Before You Judge Others

Gywneth Paltrow and Chris Martin split after 10yrs of marriage

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay front man Chris Martin have separated after ten years of marriage and two children. Gwyneth took to her website today to announce the split, titling it, "Conscious Uncoupling." See what she wrote below...
"We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separate, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate.
Continue to see the rest of what she wrote ...

Facebook buys Oculus start-up for $2bn

Why did Facebook spend $2bn on virtual reality? Rory Cellan-Jones reports.
Facebook has announced it will buy Oculus VR, a Californian company which specialises in virtual reality products, for around $2bn (£1.2bn).
The start-up's flagship product, the Oculus Rift, is a goggle-like "immersive" headset for video gaming.
It was developed with funds raised through crowdfunding site Kickstarter, and subsequent investment.
Facebook's boss, Mark Zuckerberg, said Oculus' technologies could "change the way we work, play and communicate".

Starting a Family make Men Promoted than Women counterparts

Having children make men 'redouble' their commitment to their job, according to the 30% Club
  • 74% fathers have five or more promotions, compared to 65% childless men
  • Children make a man 'redouble' commitment to his job, report claims
  • Stereotypically, serves as distraction for mothers choosing to 'have it all'

  • Many women fear having a family will slow down their career. But it seems fathers needn’t worry - because the opposite is true for them. Men with children are more likely to be promoted in their jobs than any other types of workers, including women with no children and even men with no children, a report revealed yesterday. Continue....

    Five Solid Tips for Better Conversations with Your Kids

    If you are a parent, you probably understand the value of maintaining open communication with your kids. But getting there is not always easy – for parents, or for kids themselves.

    “There are a lot of concrete things parents can do to have better conversations with kids and teens,” says Alisa Simon, VP of Counselling Services and Programs at Kids Help Phone. “Building trust and communication is really important, and it's an ongoing process.
    Here are some tips from Kids Help Phone:

    Canada, Russia continue to talk as part of Arctic Council meeting

    Canada, Russia continue Arctic talks
    Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq answers a question during question period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Thursday, January 30, 2014. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

    Canada may be upset at Russia over Ukraine, but conversations with the bear continue over the Arctic.

    Government officials confirm that a Russian delegation is attending a meeting in Yellowknife this week held by the Arctic Council, an eight-member group of countries that ring the North. All members are attending, even though the council includes some of Russia's harshest critics, such as Canada and the United States.

    Flood Disaster victim Wins $1m show home in Alberta

    William Rader, along with son Ethan Rader and wife Tonya, pose with their cheque at the STARS Emergency Link Centre in Calgary in this undated handout photo.Forced out of his home by flooding in southern Alberta last year, Rader has won a show home worth almost $1 million. (Handout)

    A man who was forced out of his home by flooding in southern Alberta last year has won a show home worth almost $1 million.

    High River resident William Rader was out of his house for almost two months when flood waters swamped most of the town south of Calgary last June.

    When will Canada finally say farewell to winter?

    A man shovels out after a winter storm hit St.John's. N.L., Sunday, Jan.5, 2014. (Paul Daly / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
    Spring has arrived on Canada’s west coast, but the rest of the country is still firmly in winter’s grasp.
    Vancouver is enjoying balmy, double-digit temperatures while the east coast gets hammered with a massive spring snow storm Wednesday that could set new records.

    With below-normal seasonal temperatures forecasted for the near future, most Canadians are still left wondering: when is winter going to finally end?

    Environment Canada meteorologist Matt MacDonald said Canadians may need to hold onto their mitts, hats and toques for at least another two weeks of cold.

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    Parking Meters Stolen in St John

    The stolen parking meters were lopped right off their poles, police say. (CBC)

    The Saint John Police Force is investigating a recent string of parking meter thefts in the uptown area.

    Nineteen meters have disappeared from Sydney and Charlotte streets since Jan. 19, including five last weekend alone, says Sgt. Jay Henderson.

    It's unclear how they're being removed or whether it's possible to get coins out of them, said Henderson.

    BlackBerry sued software chief to stop him leaving for Apple

    BlackBerry sued to keep one of its top executives at the company and stop him from leaving for a job at Apple, court documents show. (Canadian Press)
    BlackBerry Ltd. sued one of its top executives to stop him from jumping ship and joining Apple, keeping him stuck at the smartphone maker until June, court documents show.

    Sebastian Marineau-Mes, the senior vice-president of the company's software division, had been in talks to leave the company for months and was offered the position at Apple of vice-president, core OS. He accepted the offer, and gave two months notice to BlackBerry.

    Philippines to buy Canadian helicopters to bolsters Military

    Philippines to buy Canadian helicopters as it bolsters its military forces

    The Philippines will spend more than $100 million to buy eight Canadian-built helicopters as the country bolsters its military with new equipment, including fighter jets, to counter Chinese interests in the region.

    The first of the Bell 412 helicopters are to be delivered next year, said Philippines Defence Undersecretary Fernando Manalo.

    Manalo described the helicopters as “combat utility” aircraft but also added that some of the choppers would be used to fly government officials.

    British grandmother claims semen is the best anti-aging product

    A UK grandmother, Stella Ralfini, (pictured above) says her wrinkle-free face is all thanks to a semen therapy which she does on her face by applying semen from her lover after sexual intercourse.
    Stella, 67, said she learnt the bizarre anti-aging method while in India studying a unique sexual therapy called Tantra. According to her, all you need is a lover with healthy sperm residue..

    Smartest Thing Jimmy Fallon Did on His First Tonight Show

    I was struck by one small, but in retrospect very important, thing that Fallon did starting out: Not as in “Hi, I’m Jimmy Fallon, and I’m looking forward to this!” He very deliberately walked the audience through who he was, who his supporting stars were and what kind of show he was going to do. He literally, at one point, pretty much explained how a late-night show works, down to the fact that a host comes out from behind a curtain and tells topical jokes.

    At first blush, it seemed incredibly obvious. It may just have been incredibly brilliant. Consider the situation a new host like Fallon walks into.

    NSA whistle-blower Snowden Get Role in UK University

    A picture of Edward Snowden, a former contractor at the National Security Agency, is seen on a computer screen displaying a page of a Chinese news website
    NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden has been elected rector of Glasgow University in Scotland, a ceremonial position that lasts for three years — but, luckily, doesn’t require any personal appearances.

    The 30-year-old fugitive, who currently resides in Moscow while his Russian asylum application is processed, received just over half of the 6,560 votes cast in the second ballot round, reports the Scotsman.

    Dating: Don't Cry Girl

    Kim and Kanye's Vogue cover shoot revealed

    In one adorable inside shot of Kim and Kanye's Vogue cover shoot, a shirtless Kanye West is seen cradling his naked daughter, while Kim places her hand over the little girl's bum bum.  Check more below

    Age breakdown of people who signed for Insurance

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

    Tips For Ladies About Makeup

    High-Interest Web Banks on the Rise in China

    Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, says regulations are stifling investment and savers. Credit Peter Parks/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
    SHANGHAI — Last June, an affiliate of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba made an offer to its hundreds of millions of users: Give us your cash, and we will pay more than Chinese banks will.
    Savers swamped the company seeking interest rates that were significantly higher than the low rates fixed by the government.
    By early February, 81 million people had signed up for the company’s money market product called Yu’e Bao, which translates as “leftover treasure.”
    The fund, which was established by Alipay, a unit of Alibaba, now has $40 billion in assets under management, making it the country’s biggest money market fund

    Kattwilliams on the true meaning of struggle

    Jay Z fires shots at Drake 'Mrs Drizzy'

    In his last interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Drake made a comment about Jay Z always using art references in his raps, which he described as corny.
    "It's like Hov can't drop bars these days without at least four art references. I would love to collect art at some point, but I think the whole Rap/art world thing is getting kind of corny." Drake was quoted as saying

    Monday, March 24, 2014

    Russia Imposes Indefinite Sanctions on 13 Canadian Officials

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has imposed retaliatory sanctions on 13 Canadian officials including five members of the Conservative government, two Liberals and one NDP MP, banning them from entering Russia.

    In a statement issued today, Russia's foreign ministry said the sanctions are being imposed "as a response to the unacceptable actions of the Canadian side." Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, who is in The Hague with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said the sanctions are "a badge of honour."

    See the 13 Canadian officials barred below including speaker of the house

    Chris Brown not eating, sleeping, going gaga in jail

    Chris Brown is cracking under pressure according to tales from his time in lock-up...

    Sources tell Hollywood Life
    “It’s bad, all bad for Chris. He’s not doing well at all.”
    “He’s not eating, not sleeping, and he’s out of his mind. He talks to himself. He’s tired and frustrated and feels like he’s trapped like a small hamster in a cage.”

    India Strides in Polio Eradication

    10 Ways You May Be Cutting Your Life Short Without Knowing It

    While we fully ascribe to the idea that you are only as old as you feel, some of us still engage in behaviors that hurt our chances of feeling good as we age. Topping out the calendar at 100 may not be a personal goal, but how about staying healthy and active as you age gracefully? Who doesn't want that? How many of these 10 statements have you said?

    1) There is no such thing as a bad potato chip.
    Chips are the enemy. You can bake them instead of frying them and that may help a little, but at the end of the day a bag of potato chips will never be something your body needs. Sure, go for it if you can just eat one chip -- but if you are anything like us, you don't stop until you drain the bag into your open mouth and then say something like "why did I just do that?" Most commercially produced chips -- corn chips, potato chips, tortilla chips -- are high in trans fat, which raises your level of bad cholesterol. High cholesterol leads to heart disease and strokes.

    The Richest 400 Americans Getting Richer

    Daniel Acker | Bloomberg | Getty Images
    The richest 400 Americans are significantly richer in 2013 than they were last year and younger Americans are accumulating wealth at a faster clip than their baby boomer counterparts, according to two reports released recently.

    The annual Forbes 400 wealthiest Americans list showed that total wealth climbed 19 percent in the last year to $2.02 trillion, up from $1.7 trillion, with an average net worth per individual of $5 billion, up from $ 4.2 billion in 2012. It now takes $1.3 billion in assets just to get on the list.

    Difficult does not Mean Impossible

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

    Lindsay Lohan's list of 36 celeb sex lovers includes Timberlake, Efron, Kutcher ...

    Actress Lindsay Lohan has slept with 36 famous men. Yes 36! And she listed the names herself. 

    While talking about men and sex with her friends on a drunken night at the Beverly Hills Hotel in LA on January 30 2013, Lindsay took a pen and paper and wrote down the names of well known men she's slept with. It was her conquest list. And when they were done talking about it, Lindsay forgot to burn the paper or at least chew it, instead she left it at the hotel and now we all know all the celebrity men she's allegedly been with. For a lady who's only 27, Lindsay has really been around. See some of the famous men she's allegedly been with below...

    'You're gay because there are demons in you': Dr Christian Jessen

    Dr Christian Jessen, the British TV doctor who presents Embarrassing Bodies, tonight goes undercover in an alarming documentary, testing various therapies which claim to 'rid' people of homosexuality.
    In the Channel 4 documentary, Undercover Doctor: Cure Me I’m Gay, openly gay Dr Jessen explores the various controversial methods being deployed in the UK and US to ‘cure’ gay patients.
    These include 'aversion therapy' in UK and 'gay rehab' in the US.
    We see Dr Jessen given bottle of ipecac syrup to drink, to make him vomit for hours while looking at pictures of naked men and listening to tapes telling him he is ‘worthless,’ that being gay was evil and that he should want to have sex with women.

    NFL Memes: Cowboys Fans Be Like

    Don't Stop Believing. HOPE is the key