December 6, 2013
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died at age 95 of complications from a recurring lung infection.
The anti-apartheid leader and Nobel laureate was a beloved figure around the world, a symbol of reconciliation from a country with a brutal history of racism.
Mandela was released from prison in 1990 after nearly 30 years for plotting to overthrow South Africa’s apartheid government. In 1994, in a historic election, he became the nation’s first black leader. Mandela stepped down in 1999 after a single term and retired from political and public life.
Born Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela in Transkei, South Africa, on July 18, 1918, he was one of the world’s most revered statesmen and revolutionaries who led the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.
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December 1, 2013
US actor Paul Walker who starred in the Fast & Furious series of action films has been killed in a car crash in California, his publicist says.
A statement on his Facebook page said Walker, 40, had been a passenger in a friend’s car which crashed north of Los Angeles.
He was said to be attending a charity event at the time.
He starred in The Fast and The Furious in 2001 and featured in the sixth film in the franchise which opened in May.
Walker also starred in the suspense drama Hours, a movie that is set for release this month.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department said the crash happened in the community of Valencia.
It said deputies found a car engulfed in flames when they responded to a report of a collision. Two people found in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.
Images showed the burned-out wreckage of a red Porsche sports car by the side of the road.
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November 25, 2013
This project seeks to raise funds to buy much-needed essential items for the Sri Lanka Cancer Hospital, Maharagama (National Cancer Institute of Sri Lanka).
The hospital is in great need of medical supplies to help treat its patients, most of whom come from modest economic backgrounds. Every dollar donated will go a long way for those in need!
There are approximately 800 patients who reside in the wards of the Cancer Hospital. Many seek treatments that involves the following drugs, which are currently out of stock: Vincristine injection (Cost: US$ 10), Methotrexate injection (Cost: US$ 3), Meropenum injection (Cost: US$ 5), Folinic acid (Cost: US$4) and more.
This project is being conducted in coordination with doctors working at the hospital. Therefore, we are confident that the needs outlined above are accurate.
$2,000 of the targeted funds raised will be used towards the purchase of the medical supplies detailed above. The remaining funds will be used to buy non-medical supplies (milk powder, sugar, soap, etc.) for the patients.
You can contact us for more details. Thank you in advance for your contribution towards a good cause.
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November 22, 2013
It’s the end of an era as media player Winamp is calling it quits after more than 16 years of faithful service. The program rose to prominence in the late ‘90s and early 2000s as the go-to solution for listening to MP3s and streaming radio stations but popularity has clearly waned in recent years due to the proliferation of mobile devices and streaming audio sources like Rhapsody, Pandora and Spotify.
Created by Justin Frankel and Dmitry Boldyrev, the first version of the media player hit the web on April 21, 1997 and quickly grew in popularity. The software has seen a number of revisions over the years and was notable for supporting multiple formats, skins, visualization plug-ins and playlists.
During its peak in 2002, AOL purchased the application for $80 million in stock and has held on to the property ever since. The company eventually released a version of Winamp for Android and Mac although it never reached the level of success the Windows client enjoyed years ago.
It’s unclear exactly why Winamp is closing as no official reason was given but odds are, it’s simply no longer popular enough to sustain. As Ars Technica pointed out last year, the app has survived essentially on life support for years although those involved didn’t feel it was quite dead just yet.
You have until December 21 to snag the latest release before it’ll disappear forever although older (and arguably better) versions are still readily available for download on the web.
November 20, 2013
Actor Rowan Atkinson aka Mr Bean is the latest celebrity who has become a victim of celebrity death hoax.
Rumours started from a fake source that the 58-year-old actor committed suicide after a producer removed him from Johnny English 3 film project.
The fake death report read: “English Actor Comedian Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) died at 58 after committing suicide. The comedian committed suicide right after the producer remove him on Johnny English 3. Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) recorded a suicide video with a message to his producer and fans around the world. (watch more).”
This is not the first time Rowan Atkinson’s hoax death reports have surfaced. Earlier in Februray 2012, Wikipedia was fooled into believing Atkinson’s death. There were updates to his page on the website, including a date of death – 26 February, 2012 which were soon corrected.
Representatives of Atkinson have confirmed that the English actor is still alive and doing fine.
Many stars in past including,Jackie Chan, Celine Dion, Will Smith, Shaggy, Oprah Winfrey, Eminem, Angelina Jolie and Miley Cyrus, have become victim to death hoax.
November 9, 2013
Planning a wedding is a major undertaking for any couple, but not for Nisansala and Nalin from Sri Lanka who married this week at a Guinness World Record breaking ceremony near the capital city of Colombo.
The bride and groom had a staggering 126 bridesmaids – easily beating the previous record of 96 held by a Thai couple – all dressed by Nisansala’s sister-in-law Champi Siriwardana, who first suggested they go for the world record bid.
Of course it probably helped that Champi happens to be one of the Asian island’s leading wedding planners and dress designers.
It also didn’t hurt that the guest of honour was Sri Lanka’s First Lady, Shiranthi Rajapaksa, wife of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The spectacular ceremony was elaborately staged at the Avenra Gardens in Negombo, 30 kms from Colombo in front of hundreds of family and friends.
All of the wedding party – bride, groom, 126 bridesmaids, 25 best men, 20 page boys and 23 flower girls – were dressed in richly embroidered traditional costumes in shades of purple and gold.
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November 6, 2013
More than 150 soldiers in Bangladesh were sentenced to death Tuesday for murder, rape and arson during a 2009 mutiny.
“The convicts will be hanged by the neck until death,” ruled Mohammad Akhteruzzaman, a senior judge at the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Court, in pronouncing the sentences for the 152 paramilitary border guards.
Seventy-four people, including 57 army officers, were killed in the mutiny at the headquarters of Bangladesh’s border guards in Dhaka in February 2009.
Investigators initially brought charges against 850 people, including 23 civilians, but the final judgment was against 846 people. Four suspects died in custody.
The accused troopers were indicted on charges of murder, rape, arson, looting weapons and conspiracy.
“We had long been waiting for the verdict and it has cleansed the image of the force stained by the massacre,” said Maj. Gen. Aziz Ahmed, who now leads the border guards.
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