Congratulations are in order for Penelope Cruz and new hubby Javier Bardem who are pictured above in the movie “Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and were married sometime in July at a friend’s house. The couple who met in 1992 but started officially dating in 2007 joins a slew of celebrities to be married in the last month or so. Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green, Carmelo Anthony and Lala Vazquez, Martin Lawrence and Shamicka Gibbs, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, Carrie Prejean and Kyle Boller, Mena Suvari and Simone Sestito, Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher, Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman, and Zoe Saldana and Keith Britton – are all newly inducted card carrying members.
Daily Archives: July 14, 2010
After making some pretty harsh comments about LeBron James after he left his team, NBA owner Dan Gilbert was fined $100,000 on Monday by NBA Commissioner David Stern for comments he said were a little “extreme”. But fans in Cleveland love Dan so much for standing up for the city they’re actually coming forward and offering to help him pay his fine. Here’s hopefully the last time we’ll hear him talking about this:
“The humbling offer by so many is another reflection of the strength of Cavs fans and the people who live and work in this region and are always the first to step up and have each other’s back. I will pay this fine myself, but would be grateful and highly appreciative for any fan who redirects the dollars they kindly offered to contribute towards this fine to the Cavaliers Youth Fund, which will positively impact our region’s kids through the numerous local charitable groups the Cavaliers Youth Fund supports.”
Nearly six months after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, Wyclef Jean is continuing to speak on his native land.
The Former Fugee’s organization Yele Haiti contributed over $1 million to the country’s relief efforts.
Now according to Clef, the relief efforts are far from over and he says the progress is going at the “speed of a turtle.”
Wyclef reports that at least 1.6 million people are still homeless and living in tents and the country’s unemployment rate is at 70 to 80 percent.
Wyclef shared the shocking news in a blog for CNN saying,
“It’s been almost six months since the January 12 earthquake that devastated my beloved Haiti. Speaking for myself — not for my organization Yéle Haiti — I will say it: Speed is of the essence. I feel that progress is being made at the speed of a turtle.
With the amount of money that has been raised to help our country, I was expecting to see construction projects. I was expecting to see thousands of heavy tractors and loaders lifting up rubble. I was expecting to see people relocated from tents and starting to get into temporary housing. And yet, during my last visit, just a few weeks ago, I saw very few, or none, of these…”
Clef also says he and his wife Claudinette spoke with Haiti’s special envoy to the United Nations and shared with him an idea to make temporary housing that would eventually turn into a city called “Exodus.”
“Then we showed him the most important project we’re working on: the temporary housing that we want to create that would become permanent homes. We’re proposing a city called Exodus. We could then start to relocate families who don’t have homes into this new place…the goal for Exodus is to eventually build 1,000 homes, which translates to housing for 5,000 people. We are working with the government on agreeing to a site in the area of Croix-des-Bouquets for building our first hundred units.”
Ultimately Clef wants the speed of Haiti’s progress to increase, with a renewed focus on jobs and education.
“We need to bring business back to Haiti, we need to focus on jobs — and, of course, education. As we reach the six-month mark, let’s make a renewed commitment to cooperate, collaborate, do whatever it takes to make sure the next six months are eventful in terms of real progress. Let’s do what we have to do to see things start to move more quickly. No more turtle speed; let’s try to pick up the pace of Haiti’s rebirth.”
Check out the rest of Wyclef’s CNN blog here.
Linebacker Lawrence Taylor has pleaded not guilty to an indictment that alleges him of having sex with a 16-year-old girl.
The former NFL star allegedly paid $300 to the girl for their encounter in May. Taylor pleaded not guilty through his lawyer to third-degree rape, patronizing a prostitute, sexual abuse and endangering a child.
Earlier, when a reporter asked outside court if he was guilty, Taylor responded,
Taylor was arrested May 6, after the girl’s uncle contacted New York City police. He is facing charges that can lock him up for four years with no bail.
A potential witness is a 23-year-old woman who told investigators that she heard the girl say,
“It was weird. … We didn’t even have sex.”
Nearly 60% of American voters say
they lack faith in President Barack
Obama, according to a new
Washington Post/ABC News poll
published Tuesday. The results show
a reversal of what voters said at
the start of Obama’s presidency 18
months ago when about 60% expressed
confidence in his decision making.
Rihanna and her ex-boyfriend Chris
Brown have been in telephone
contact since his emotional
performance at the BET Awards. The
singers had reportedly not been in
touch since Brown was sentenced to
180 days of community labor and
five years of probation for beating
her in Feb. 2009.
Former boxing champ Mike Tyson has dedicated the rest of his life to caring for others – because he considers himself a “pig” who has “wasted” so many years of his life.
Tyson shot to fame in 1986 when he became the youngest boxer to ever win the World Boxing Council (WBC) world heavyweight title at the age of 20.
The boxer, nicknamed Iron Mike, went on to become the undisputed heavyweight champion before troubles in his personal life, including his allegedly abusive marriage to actress Robin Givens, began to overshadow his sporting achievements.
Now retired, Tyson admits he let his early fame and fortune go to his head and he regrets the first 44 years of his life as a “f**king waste”.
He tells Details magazine, “The first stage of my life was just a whole bunch of selfishness. Just a whole bunch of gifts to myself and people who didn’t necessarily deserve it. Now I’m 44, and I realise that my whole life is just a f**king waste. ‘Greatest man on the planet’? I wasn’t half the man I thought I was.”
But Tyson has vowed to make amends for his past behaviour – by doing all he can to help others.
He says, “So if there’s a big plan now, it’s just to give – it’s selflessness, caring for the people who deserve it. Because I think I’m a pig. I have this uncanny ability to look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘This is a pig. You are a f**king piece of s**t.’”
And the sporting icon admits the tragic loss of his four-year-old daughter Exodus last year (09) made him realize his mistakes: “All these people reached out (after her death) and I realized: I just want to be of service to people. I need to help. I need to have something, finally, finally, that I can offer people in this world.”
Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents are training monkeys to use weapons to attack American troops, according to a recent report by a British-based media agency.
Reporters from the media agency spotted and took photos of a few “monkey soldiers” holding AK-47 rifles and Bren light machine guns in the Waziristan tribal region near the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The report and photos have been widely spread by media agencies and Web sites across the world.
According to the report, American military experts call them “monkey terrorists.”
As a form of cruel political means, wars are launched to meet political goals through conquest, devastation, assaults and other means.
In a sense, the emergence of “monkey soldiers” is the result of asymmetrical warfare. The United States launched the war in Afghanistan using the world’s most advanced weapons such as highly-intelligent robots to detect bombs on roadsides and unmanned aerial vehicles to attack major Taliban targets. In response, the Taliban forces have tried any possible means and figured out a method to train monkeys as “replacement killers” against American troops.
Analysts believe that apart from using “monkey killers” to attack the American troops, the Taliban also sought to arouse Western animal protectionists to pressure their governments to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
An American official responded that the Taliban forces have started training “monkey soldiers” after suffering heavy losses, implying that they have exhausted their tricks. Nevertheless, the Taliban believe that the emergence of “monkey soldiers” indicates that they have found smarter and more effective ways to cope with American troops.
Ironically, the initiators of “monkey soldiers” are the Americans. Between the 1960s and the 1970s, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) trained massive “monkey soldiers” in the Vietnam War and dispatched armed monkeys to dangerous jungles to launch assaults on Vietnamese soldiers. Today, the Taliban forces have given the American troops some of their own medicine.
When armed animals enter interpersonal wars, what kind of world will we face? This cannot but arouse our reflections and concerns.
Lindsay Lohan is fed up with all the media and critics focusing only on the negative aspects of her life.
There has been very little good press regarding the ‘Mean Girls‘ star in the last several years. Instead, we have seen countless photos of the actress falling coming out of clubs or asleep with her mouth wide open after a hard night of partying.
The latest and maybe last straw for Lindsay was her sentencing last week to 90 days in jail followed by another 90 days of drug treatment. The punishment is for probation violations stemming from a 2007 DUI case.
Many observers feel the punishment may have been too harsh.
Lindsay took to her Twitter account to tell her haters how she really feels. Quoting lyrics from 50 Cent’s hit “Patiently Waiting” off the album ‘Get Rich Or Die Tryin‘.
Drake would have been a much bigger story if Eminem did not drop the week after he did. Eminem keeps rolling towards double platinum with 229,000 sold this past week, while Nas’ ex Kelis debuts with 7,800 sold first week on Interscope backed by Pharrell. Safe to say it is over for her. Was it bad karma? Drake keeps pushing his platinum plus release. The Dream is in the 70,000 range after 2 weeks. He needs that new girl-wifey drama publicity badly.