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Monday, December 19, 2011

Meet North Korea’s New Leader, The Twenty-Something With a Nuclear Arsenal

Kim Jong-Il's successor is his youngest son, Kim Jong-Un. It's time to meet the most powerful twenty-something in the world: an enigmatic basketball fanatic and four-star general with a bad case of fat cheeks and an itchy trigger finger.

He's Young

In some ways, Kim Jong-un is just your normal millenial: After a stint away at school in 1998, he moved back home with his parents. Although in Kim's case the school was a Swiss boarding school, and his time back home was spent studying at North Korea's premier military academy and being groomed to succeed his father. Kim Jong-Il apparently chose Kim Jong-Un to succeed him over his two older brothers because they're seen as too soft and irresponsible to lead.

He's a Mystery

Unlike most people his age (including his cousin) Kim Jong-Un is definitely not on Facebook. Kim has been kept so tightly under wraps—he was enrolled at his Swiss boarding school under a fake identity—that the world didn't really know what he looked like until he was "unveiled" at a military parade last year, a newly-made four star general.

He's got Hobbies

Kim Jong-Un likes to the pass the time playing basketball and video games, and launching sudden military strikes against South Korea. It's thought that Kim Jong-Un coordinated the bombardment of a South Korean island and the sinking of a South Korean warship last year to consolidate his role as the Great Successor. But it's not all business: Former classmates told theWashington Post Kim was obsessed with basketball, had a stash of expensive Nikes and "spent hours doing meticulous pencil drawings of Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan." His taste for consumer goods has survived: Last year, a train full of televisions and watches thought to be meant for Kim was derailed on its way way from China.

He's Mean

This according to a former cook of Kim Jong-Il's who goes by the name Kenji Fujimoto:
Dressed in a military outfit, the young Jong-Un "glared at me with a menacing look when we shook hands" the first time they met, Fujimoto wrote in Kim Jong-Il's Chef. ''I can never forget the look in his eyes which seemed to be saying, 'This one is a despicable Japanese.'"

He's Fat

Kim Jong-Un, like his father, is a serious chubster. Maybe he bulked up like Robert De Niro inRaging Bull to look more like his fat grandfather, North Korea's founder Kim Il-Sung, whom he's reportedly purposely styling himself after right down to the flat-top hairstyle. Or maybe it's some unspoken rule among North Korea's regimes that all its leaders have to be exceptionally rotund, to underscore the the millions of its citizens who have starved in famines.
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PHOTO: Nollywood Actress Tonto Dikeh Visited The Tomb of Late Rapper DaGrin

Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh yesterday visited the tomb of late rapper Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun, aka DaGrin at Atan cemetery, Yaba, Lagos to show some love at xmas and also laid a wreath.

What a way to remember a fallen hero especially at the festive season.

It would be recalled just of recent the actress handed scholarships to two students during a xmas event held at Troy Lounge, Ogba, Ikeja on 11 December 2011….




Beyonce's Parents Finally Divorce After 31 Years Of Marriage

It's been a slow process, but Beyonce's parents Tina and Mathew Knowles have finally divorced after 31 years of marriage. The couple were issued a final decree of divorce in a Texas court last month - two years after stylist Tina originally filed legal papers.

The couple separated in 2009 after it emerged Mathew - who managed his daughter until earlier this year - had fathered a love child. Their original divorce filing was dropped last year after both failed to appear in court, leading Tina to file a divorce petition again in August this year.

In court documents, Tina, 57, said the marriage was 'insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities' which 'prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation', according to TMZ.com.

Tina's original divorce filing came just a month after it emerged Mathew, 60, had fathered a child with former Scrubs actress Alexsandra White, who was pregnant at the time. White, 40, gave birth to their son Nixon on February 4 2010 following an 18 month affair with Mathew.


Although Mathew Knowles initially denied he was the father, a DNA test later proved otherwise. In March, Beyonce severed business ties with her father, but insisted she was not estranged from him on a father-daughter level, despite her parents' split.



VIDEO: Justin Bieber and Stevie Wonder Perform "Someday at Christmas"

On December 17, 2011, Justin Bieber was joined on stage by the legend himself Mr. Stevie Wonder at Stevie’s 16th Annual House Full of Toys benefit concert at Nokia Theatre.

The pair performed a cover of Donny Hathaway’s ”Someday at Christmas”, which appears on Beibers Christmas album Under The Mistletoe.

Following the performance the 17-year-old singer took to his Twitter;
Showing Appreciation on Twitter...
Justin Bieber: Honoured...
VIDEO:



Saudi’s Kingdom Holding Buys $300 Million Stake in Twitter

Saudi billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal has several high profile investments in western companies including Citigroup and News Corp



Saudi billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal and his Kingdom Holding Company have bought a strategic stake in microblogging site Twitter for $300 million, they said in a statement on Monday.


Kingdom said that the investment was “the result of several months of negotiations.”

“Our investment in Twitter reaffirms our ability in identifying suitable opportunities to invest in promising, high-growth businesses with a global impact,” al-Waleed said in the statement.

Al-Waleed, a nephew of the Saudi king and who has several high profile investments in western companies including Citigroup and News Corp, recently announced plans to launch a news channel.


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PHOTOS: Britney Spears and Jason Trawick Celebrate Engagement & Jason’s 40th Birthday in Las Vegas

Pop singer Britney Spears and her new fiance Jason Trawick flew to Las Vegas Friday night (Dec 16) where they celebrated their newly announced engagement at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.

The couple was also in Sin City celebrating Jason’s 40th birthday, and to kick off the festivities, Spears and Trawick had dinner at the Sugar Factory American Brasserie, where they reportedly feasted on salmon and ate the eatery’s famous chocolate pizza.

Right before midnight, the duo and 30 of their closest friends & family members hit the Chateau nightclub where Spears presented her new fiance with a two-tier red velvet birthday cake.

According to Radar Online, Britney and Jason don’t plan on getting married until two lawsuits against Britney are settled and her conservatorship is lifted, which is all supposed to happen in the coming months.







PHOTOS OF THE DAY: Michelle Obama, Mother Xmas?

Michelle Obama recently visited the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign where she passed out hundreds of Christmas gifts…



WHO OWNS THE LOOK?: Keri Hilson vs. Rihanna vs. Kourtney Kardashian… EGYPTIAN MARA HOFFMAN DRESS


It's the battle of the Hollywood stars rocking an Egyptian inspired Mara Hoffman gown. Please read on to decide who rocked it best...

Keri Hilson was spotted wearing this Mara Hoffman dress, which she paired with Christian Louboutin pumps, while celebrating her 29th birthday in Hollywood this last week.

Rihanna was first caught  wearing the full-length Mara Hoffman gown in 2008 when she attended the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party.

Also in 2008, Kourtney Kardashian wore the mini dress version by the designer to the Victoria's Secret Fashion in Miami and combined it with a Chanel clutch and YSL pumps.



***BONUS***
In 2008, Tyra Banks was also spotted wearing the blouse version by the designer while shopping with pop icon Janet Jackson. 



BREAKING: North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il, 70, Has Died...YOUNGEST SON NAMED SUCCESSOR

Kim Jong Il, North Korea's mercurial and enigmatic leader whose iron rule and nuclear ambitions dominated world security fears for more than a decade, has died. He was born on 16 February 1941 (wikipedia).

Kim's death 17 years after he inherited power from his father was announced Monday by the state television from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. The country's "Dear Leader" - reputed to have had a taste for cigars, cognac and gourmet cuisine - was believed to have had diabetes and heart disease.

Kim Jong-un, the youngest son of the deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, has long been expected to succeed his father.

According to the Wall Street Journal, North Korean State TV has announced that Kim Jong-un will take over as the leader of North Korea.

Although his exact age is unknown, Kim Jong-un is believed to have been born between 1983 and 1984. As Reuters notes, he is groomed to look like his late grandfather, Kim Il-sung.

The younger Kim, also know as the 'Young General,'made his public debut last year when he was appointed a four-star general.

In a "special broadcast" Monday, state media said Kim died of a heart ailment on a train due to a "great mental and physical strain" on Saturday during a "high intensity field inspection."

Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008 but he had appeared relatively vigorous in photos and video from recent trips to China and Russia and in numerous trips around the country carefully documented by state media.

Kim Jong Il inherited power after his father, revered North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, died in 1994. He had been groomed for 20 years to lead the communist nation founded by his guerrilla fighter-turned-politician father and built according to the principle of "juche," or self-reliance.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Lindsay Lohan – Nude Playboy Photo Edition Is Breaking Sales Records...

Fresh reports suggest Lindsay Lohan's nude Playboy shoot is actually selling like hot cakes. Early indications indicated the January edition of the mag was not performing that well.

But according to TMZ, the issue is selling out across the country - and vendors are ordering additional copies.  A source told the website that major cities including New York and Los Angeles - along with cities which don't usually order more copies - have asked for extra magazines to shift.
The insider added that there has been a large rise in subscription sales to the online service iPlayboy.com.  When the magazine hit newstands on Friday, it was suggested the 25-year-old actress's Marilyn Monroe-inspired cover had failed to impress.
Elated Hugh took to twitter...
Playboy creator and owner, Hugh Hefner also confirmed the huge sales in a tweet. Hugh tweeted, “The Lindsay Lohan January-February Double Issue is breaking sales records.
Pick up a copy! Lohan has urged her fans to buy the issue on Twitter


PHOTO: Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola Making Payment at Lekki Toll Gate

Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola leading by example earlier today on the same road that claimed many casualties yesterday during the Lekki Toll Gate Fees Protest...
On a lighter mood...Dramatic Lagos indeed…But thank Goodness, God is still working in our lives in Lagos far more than Fashola is working in Lagos…LOL





PHOTOS & VIDEO: Brave Women of Egypt Brutally Beaten With Metal Poles By Vicious Soldiers

Brutal: This shocking image shows Egyptian army soldiers dragging this helpless woman on the ground and kicking her hard in the chest after ripping her clothes from her body

After being viciously beaten by a 10-strong mob of Egyptian male soldiers, this woman lies helplessly on the ground as her shirt is ripped from her body and a man kicks her with full force in her exposed chest.

Moments earlier she had been struck countless times in the head and body with metal batons, not content with the brutal beating delivered by his fellow soldier, one man stamped on her head repeatedly. 

She feebly tried to shield her head from the relentless blows with her hands.
Outnumbered: This woman screams in pain as she is surrounded by five male soldiers during protests in the Egyptian capital and beaten with poles

Brutally injured: This woman is left barely conscious and splattered in blood after being beaten the military in violent clashes between rock-throwing protesters and military police

Shameless: Egyptian army soldiers use brutal force to arrest this female protester and drag her by her hair during clashes with military police near Cairo's Tahrir Square

Violent: The heavy handed Egyptian army soldiers drag the arrested a woman protester off by her hair

Man-handled: Egyptian soldiers clash with this female protester and two male protestors near Cairo's Tahrir Square

Watch Video here: WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT


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HORROR: Elderly Woman Is Burned Alive In an Elevator in Brooklyn

Police released stills from the surveillance video of the attack seeking to identify the man they say incinerated a woman in an elevator in a Brooklyn apartment building.
AN elderly New York woman was killed when a masked man dressed in an exterminator suit doused her with a flammable liquid and set her ablaze inside a building elevator, local media reported.

The New York Daily News identified the woman as Delores Gillespie, saying she was about to step out of the elevator at her home in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, when she was met by a man with a barbecue lighter, a bottle and a jug of combustible fluid.

A surveillance camera has captured the attacker spraying Gillespie with the fuel, then lighting a Molotov cocktail and setting her on fire, the report said.
Arrested: Jerome Isaac appears in public for the first time since his arrest for burning a woman to death with the left side of his face visibly singed
Gillespie, who was in her 60s or 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene on Saturday, and police are now hunting for her killer, the paper noted.

The Daily News quoted neighbours as saying that Gillespie had been living in the building for years and appeared to be mentally ill.

She often complained that upstairs tenants were stealing from her, the report said.

In recent months, her son, who neighbours said was also mentally ill, was staying with her, the paper added.


BREAKING: Meet the New Super Eagles Press Officer, Ben Alaiya of SportsDay Newspaper

Ben Alaiya, the New Press Officer to Super Eagles...  image facebook
Colin Udoh has been replaced as the Press Officer to the Nigerian Senior football team, Super Eagles. Colin Uhoh revealed this in a tweet minutes ago when he tweeted, “REPLACED”.

Udoh was replaced with Ben Alaiya of SportsDay Newspaper.


PHOTOS: Terrible Accident on Third Mainland Bridge…

Terrible Accident occurred about an hour ago between Adekunle exit & Oworo along 3rd Mainland resulting in heavy traffic on both sides…

Motorists who must visit the Island today, Sunday, 18 Dec., 2011  are advised to take alternative routes like Ikorodu Road...
 A couple are said to be trapped in the car underneath the truck



Vaclav Havel, Czech Playwright and ex-President Dead, Aged 75

Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright who became the Czech Republic's first post-communist president, has died at the age of 75.

The former leader, who suffered from prolonged ill-health, died in his sleep on Sunday morning, his secretary Sabina Dancecova said.

As president, he presided over Czechosvakia's transition to democracy and a free-market economy.

He oversaw its peaceful 1993 split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.


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