Saturday, 27 August 2016
Party, not party? While we wondered if Liam would include 10 Secret Story , we believe it is unfortunately not come back pounding the pavement of the Plaine Saint-Denis and TF1 trays. Many of us have to be surprised (and disappointed?) To see Liam leave without even get a foot in the House of Secrets. The young woman, despite a sulfurous personality, was beloved of the public who saw in her the "big mouth" of the season. His pronounced style and sincerity have made her one of the outstanding personalities of premium yesterday . It is therefore very surprising not to see the mainstream home! Unfortunately, in melty, we think it's definitely dead ...
As we do our job well, we spent the day investigating Liam , 22. So when we came across the Facebook profile of the roof- and it was found she posted a picture of her in the afternoon. Liam, whose sexy photos were revealed , would be back in the South because geolocation indicates "Marseille" . Unless this is a huge bluff from TF1 ( and in these cases, hat ), is thought to be simply returned home and for her Secret Story is over, and she not return tomorrow ... And you, do you think Liam will make his comeback?
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INDIANAPOLIS -- If there is one thing the Eagles know how to do, it is impress in the third preseason game.
One year after dominating the Green Bay Packers in their third preseason game, setting the expectations for last year's team sky high, the Eagles turned in another strong showing Saturday night in Indianapolis, beating the Colts 33-23 in what should be the final action for the starters before Week 1.
Here is a look at how each unit did, and a grade for each:
Offense: Most of the questions coming into the night were focused on the offense, and the first-team unit did they best they could to answer those questions.
Quarterback Sam Bradford finished 17/20 for 167 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, with the pick only coming because of the ball bouncing off of wide receiver Nelson Agholor. Bradford had plenty of time to throw, with the offensive line turning in their best showing of the preseason.
The Eagles offense finished with 17 points, 177 total yards and committed just one penalty in the first half.
The receivers, outside of Agholor, also shined for the first time since camp opened. Josh Huff and Dorial Green-Beckham both had touchdowns, and combined for four catches for 75 yards and a touchdown (Huff's score came on the ground).
The biggest takeaway from the receivers? Only one drop, an issue the Eagles have been dealing with over the past few seasons. GRADE: A
Defense: The Eagles' first-team defense has been strong throughout the preseason, and that continued against the Colts.
The defensive line was dominant, spending nearly all of the first half in the Colts backfield, harassing quarterback Andrew Luck. It wasn't just the usual suspects of Fletcher Cox and Bennie Logan -- who both had strong games -- but the defensive line got production from everywhere, even from backups such as Beau Allen and Taylor Hart.
The secondary was strong as well, with newly-starting cornerback Nolan Carroll backing up the coaches decision to put him with the first unit, coming away with an interception in the third quarter.
The defense gave up just 129 yards and three points in the first half. GRADE: A
Overall: Will the win over the Colts translate into regular season success?
As the preseason has taught us in the past, it is hard to take too much from what we saw on Saturday night, but it is hard not to feel encouraged by how the Eagles played.
Not only was the offense better, but they cut down the penalties, and moved the ball on a few long, nice drives -- something they struggled with mightily this preseason.
Combine the strong showing from the offense with the usual dominant defensive performance, and the blueprint for how the Eagles can win this season was on display.
Assuming, of course, they can do it when it counts. GRADE: A
At some point, on some future day, Gary Sanchez will no longer be the hottest hitter in baseball. He will regress into the promising player he was assumed to be when the Yankees called him up this month, rather than the dominant force he has become since joining them. Sanchez will, most likely, stop hitting like Barry Bonds in pinstripes.
That day, however, has not come just yet. Instead, Sanchez, 23, remains on his torrid streak. His debut month has been one for history, and it only got better Saturday. He hit another home run, his 11th this month, in the fourth inning of the Yankees’ 13-5 home victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Unlike his previous home runs, it was no moonshot, just a defensive swing with two strikes that sent a 94-mile-per-hour fastball from Dylan Bundy skimming over the right-field wall. It was one of six homers in the game, but the only one to bring on a curtain call, with the fans at Yankee Stadium chanting Sanchez’s name for a second straight day.
It continued a remarkable stretch for Sanchez, and the Yankees. After going without a home run in his first 27 major league plate appearances this year, he has hit 11 in his last 63 appearances and nine in his last 10 games. He now has more homers with the Yankees than he hit in four months in Class AAA, and he has reached that total faster than any player in major league history.
“It was great,” Sanchez said of setting the record, speaking through an interpreter after the game. “Let’s see if I can keep on going.”
And in the midst of all that, the Yankees continue to pull closer to a wild card. They have scored 27 runs in two games against the Orioles and piled up 18 hits in each one. Starlin Castro had four hits, including his 18th homer of the year, and three runs batted in.
Their victory over their American League East rivals lifted the Yankees to two and a half games behind Baltimore for the final A.L. postseason spot, though they were separated by two other teams. The Yankees are a season-high six games over .500 and have been on an upswing since completing three major deals before the trade deadline that were widely perceived as a decision to put aside serious playoff hopes for 2016 and look to rebuilding for the future.
“That’s what you think when they trade Beltran, Miller and Chapman,” Chad Green, the Yankees’ starting pitcher Saturday, said of Carlos Beltran, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman. “You think they’re giving up, but we still have great players in here.”
Sanchez has been the brightest among them. He signed with the Yankees at age 16 out of the Dominican Republic, earning a $3 million signing bonus that was then the largest the Yankees had ever paid to an amateur international free agent.
He was one of the Yankees’ top prospects entering this year, and a top-100 talent among minor league systems across the sport, according to scouting publications. Although he made his debut in the majors on the second-to-last day of the 2015 season, he did not gain a starting job until the organization promoted him on Aug. 2. Since then, he has been a challenging matchup for opposing pitchers.
Still, the Yankees have seen this before, or at least a close approximation. Twenty-six years ago, Kevin Maas made his debut for the club and hit 10 homers in his first 79 at-bats. Buck Showalter, the Orioles’ manager and a coach on the Yankees’ staff in 1990, thought of him Friday night as he watched Sanchez.
“What happened to Kevin?” he asked before the game Saturday. “How did that work out?”
Maas turned out to be a supernova. He was promoted to the Yankees at 25 and never played a game in the majors after 30. He hit just 55 more homers, and his career wound down with stops in the minor leagues and in Japan.
Sanchez, however, comes with a more significant pedigree. While his power is evident, his defensive skills as a catcher and his strong arm — he has thrown out six of the nine base runners who have tried to steal on his watch — have drawn praise from, among others, Showalter, who also warned against placing high expectations on a young player.
“You worry about so many situations up here — not just in New York, but everywhere — they run them so quick up the flagpole and threw all these expectations that nobody can meet,” Showalter said. “Sometimes, the adulation, all the stuff that happens, it’s kind of like eating your young. Just let him be. He’s a good defender, so he’s not going to have an issue.”
It has been “fun to watch,” he added about the start to Sanchez’s major league career. “For somebody.”
Showalter’s lack of enthusiasm is understandable. The Orioles have lost six of their past nine games and have fallen into a funk this month that has cost them the lead in the A.L. East. Now the Yankees are among the teams nipping at their heels for the final playoff berth.
The Yankees’ offense has been revived in that time, turning a yawning, aging lineup into a formidable one despite the loss of Beltran, their lone offensive All-Star. The catalyzing factor has been obvious, even if neither Sanchez nor his teammates can quite explain his feats.
“It’s unbelievable,” Castro said about Sanchez’s streak. “It’s unbelievable.
Little League World Series scores and bracket 2016: New York, South Korea advance to championship game
new York won the U.S. championship at the 2016 Little League World Series to set up a title game with International champion South Korea. The two teams won their respective championships Saturday and will play Sunday to decide the overall winner of this year's tournament.
The team from Endwell, N.Y. outlasted the kids from Goodlettsville, Tenn. on Saturday, 4-2, to win the United States title, the first for New York since Staten Island in 1964. New York had a four-run lead with two outs in the sixth inning before Tennessee answered with a two-run home run, but the rally was short-lived.
New York is the only undefeated team left in the tournament, outscoring opponents so far 27-15 in their four games.
South Korean pitcher Youbin Choi was dominant on the mound in the International championship game. He struck out 14 hitters and spread six hits over six innings to limit Panama to just two runs. Once the offense packed on five runs in the second inning to blow the game open, Choi had no problem protecting the lead.
The two teams traded runs in the first inning before Korea's second-inning outburst made it 6-1. Another run in the third inning extended the margin to six before Panama scored one more in the bottom off the fifth inning of the six-inning contest.
Seum Kwon, Jaekyeong Kim and Wontae Cho all hit home runs for South Korea. Kwon and Kim each hit two-run homers in the second inning, while Cho finished off the team's scoring with the third-inning solo shot. Carlos Gonzalez recorded three of Panama's six hits.
The Little League World Series championship game is set for 3 p.m. ET on Sunday. It will be broadcast live by ABC.
Game 27: South Korea 7, Panama 2
Game 28: New York 4, Tennessee 2
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CHICAGO -- Bears third-string quarterback Connor Shaw suffered what appeared to be a serious left leg injury late in the fourth quarter of the team's 23-7 preseason loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday.
Shaw crumpled to the ground in pain after the lower portion of his left leg bent awkwardly while he moved to his right in the pocket.
Shaw's leg was immediately placed in an air cast, and he was lifted onto a cart and driven back to the locker room.
Bears coach John Fox called the injury "very serious" in his postgame remarks, and said Shaw was taken to the hospital.
"Thoughts and prayers are with him and his family," Fox said.
Fellow QB Brian Hoyer sympathized with injury.
"It's tough, especially for me, because I've been with Connor since his rookie year [in Cleveland]," he said. "I remember when he got released I said that I hoped someone would pick him up, and here he is playing here. He's worked really hard. You never want to see anyone get hurt, but especially not a guy like Connor, who always does the right thing and works hard. It's heartbreaking, really, not just for him but even for the guys close to him.
"Injuries are part of the game. It happens. But Connor is a resilient guy. His resiliency will carry him through this. He's going to need that. And we are going to be here to support him."
Week 1 of Cleveland Browns High School Game of the Week presented PNC Bank and in association with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Postgame Notes
Final 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Fairview 0 7 6 0 13
Rocky River 7 16 17 13 53
R – Crawford, 20 yard rushing TD (PAT good)
R – Crawford, 4 yard rushing TD (2-pt Josh Ranc)
F – R. Provenza, 29 yard reception from Filkill (PAT Good)
R – Rodgers, 10 yard reception from Blue (2-pt Jack Aerni)
R – Crawford, 18 yard rushing TD (PAT Good)
R – Konrad, 22 yard field goal
F – J. Provenza, 4 yard rushing TD (2-pt failed)
R – Crawford, 3 yard rushing TD (PAT Good)
R – Sekic, 43 yard reception from Blue (PAT Good)
R – Holian, 11 yard rushing TD (2-pt failed)
Coach of the Week: Josh Wells
MVP of the Game: Dameon Crawford (RB #8)
Key Stats (by player):
1. Josh Filkill (QB #5) 8/12 125 passing 1 TD, 16 carries for 45 yards rushing
2. Jack Provenza (RB #15) 5 carries for 56 yards rushing, 1 TD
3. Jason Sassano (WR #12) 1 catch for 56 yards receiving, 1 TD
1. Cameron Blue (QB #4) 9/15 passing 2 TD, 6 carries for 53 yards rushing
2. Dameon Crawford (RB #8) 20 carries for 244 yards rushing, 4 TD
3. Josh Sekic (WR #2) 2 catches for 72 yards receiving, 1 TD
Cleveland Browns First and Ten
While visiting a different community each week for the Cleveland Browns High School Game of the Week, we come across an overwhelming amount of selfless individuals who help make high school football so special in their respected communities. This week we met Fairview volunteer, Dave Afanador. Dave volunteers his time announcing at the Fairview High School home football games. Dave has spent the last 6 years announcing for the Warriors and has been involved with youth football and coaching for the 26 years. He currently coaches for the Fairview 7th and 8th grade youth football teams. Dave is a Business Develop Manager for Hyload, handling roofing and water projects for the company. Through his job, he was able to donate loud speakers to Fairview’s Dr. James B. Daley Stadium to utilize during various events.
How are you giving back? Share your stories using #give10.
Learn more and take the pledge to #give10http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/community/firstandten.html
Stats courtesy of Fairview’s Jeff Belko and Rocky River’s Jeff Hammond.
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Friday, 26 August 2016
Bayern started brilliantly in the new Bundesliga season. Against a chance-less Werder Bremen won the German champions 6: 0 (2: 0). Xabi Alonso was responsible for the early lead (9 minutes), Robert Lewandowski shone with a hat-trick (13th, 46th, 77th), the rest of the goals were scored by Philipp Lahm (66) and Franck Ribéry (73)
Bayern dominated the game from the first minute.Werder came barely out of their own half - and was punished quickly. Bremen's Luca Caldirola defended a pass from the right still head off, but the ball went directly to Alonso. The Spaniard hit from 20 yards with a remarkable shot, Werder's goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald was still there, but had no chance Defence (9).
Only four minutes later came the second goal. For a long pass from Ribery the entire Bremer Defence reacted too late, Robert Lewandowski graduated from the left from an acute angle freely into the far corner from - 2: 0 (13). Immediately before had been Thomas Müller and Ribéry one each scoring opportunities missed (11).
As a result, the record champion withdrew phased something Werder nevertheless did not take place in the offensive. The next great opportunity to score had again Müller. Approximately 30 meters from goal, he came with a lot of space on the ball. Its good conclusion flew the post (32), Lewandowski missed the rebound the empty net. Shortly afterwards Fin Bartels was lucky: He cleared the ball on the edge of his own keeper so that he landed on the crossbar of the gate Bremen (35th).
Even before the break, followed by the third aluminum Results: About Ribéry and Müller the ball landed at Lewandowski, Wiedwald drew its conclusion the bar (39). 42 seconds after the break Lewandowski made it better: In a pass from Müller he was there and scored his second goal of the season (46th).
Latest order was decided the game, but it did not stop. Within ten minutes, scored Bayern three more goals. Lahm hit from half right on the left inside of the post into the net (66), Ribery overcame Wiedwald from eleven meters from goal (73), both goals had prepared Müller.Lewandowski then made a penalty his hat-trick (77th). Earlier, just substitute Maximilian Eggestein had kept the fellow substitute Rafinha the shirt, then the Brazilians had gone very easily to the ground.
FC Bayern Munich - Werder Bremen 6: 0 (2: 0)
1: 0 Alonso (9)
2: 0 Lewandowski (13)
3: 0 Lewandowski (46.)
4: 0 Lahm (66)
5: 0 Ribéry (73)
6: 0 Lewandowski (77.) Munich: Neuer - Lahm (74 Rafinha), Martínez, Hummels, Alaba (78th Bernat) - Thiago, Vidal, Alonso (64th Kimmich) - Müller, Ribéry - Lewandowski Bremen: Wiedwald - Gebre Selassie, Sané, Diagne, Caldirola - Fritz Bauer - Yatabaré, Grillitsch (74. M. Eggestein), Bartels (88. Thy) - Johannsson (63. Sternberg) Yellow cards: Sternbergreferee: Christian Dingert (Lebeck mill) spectators: 75.000 (sold out)
The daughter of Michael Jackson, who is 18, regularly shows fans on social media just how loved up she is with her beau Michael Snoddy.
But this latest snap – which shows the adorable pair in Disneyland in California – has confirmed that young love is most definitely in the air.
The sweet shot, which shows Paris happily on the back of her boyfriend, revealed a huge tattoo written across her ankle – with the word 'Snoddy' clearly visible on her skin.
The loved-up couple were inseparable as they headed for the magical resort, with Paris dressed in a casual grey t-shirt dress, a chequered jacket and Converse trainers.
Meanwhile, Michael showed off his heavily tattooed arm and nipple piercing in loose fitting Motorhead vest top, complete with light jeans and a black baseball cap.
Paris looked to be channelling her inner rockstar, with peroxide blonde hair combined with an extremely dark smokey eye.
Since her 18th birthday, it seems Paris hasn't stopped getting ink – even getting the word "MoTLEY" tattooed on her lip for her favourite band, Motley Crue.
And drummer Tommy Lee – who founded the Girls, Girls, Girls band with bassist Nikki Sixx in 1981 – was VERY complimentary about Paris' tattoo.
Along with a snap of the teen showing off her bottom lip, he tweeted: "Omfg!!!! @ParisJackson you are a beautiful creature."
Paris later responded to her idol, explaining why she'd decided to get the small tattoo.
She wrote: "Most lip tattoos are temporary and y'all have been my favorite since i was 12, so i figured why not. glad you like!!"
But ink hasn't always been a positive talking point for Paris and her beau – as recently Michael faced backlash for a certain tattoo of his own.
Paris' beau faced hateful comments after getting a tattoo of the Confederate Flag on his arm.
The drummer was labelled as racist after showing off the new tattoo on his arm in a now-deleted Instagram post.
When asked about the accusations in an interview with TMZ, Michael said: "I wouldn't be dating a black girl if I were a racist."
Paris has not commented on the race row her boyfriend is embroiled in, but shared a picture of him drawing on her arm.
Paris herself has got a huge collection of tattoos accumulating, including the demon rabbit from the 2001 film Donnie Darko on her right arm.
She was Michael Jackson's only daughter and second child by his first wife, Debbie Rowe.
Her older brother, Michael Jackson, Jr, is one year older than her.
Her younger brother and the Thriller singer's youngest child, Prince Michael 'Blanket' Jackson II, is now 14 years old and was born via surrogacy.
MISSE YOU ALREADY Anders Lindegaard splits from reality TV star Wag Misse Beqiri as former Manchester United goalkeeper cites ‘irreconcilable differences’
Preston goalkeeper and Real Housewives of Chesire star married in 2014 and have a three-year-old son together
ANDERS LINDEGAARD will divorce his gorgeous reality TV wife after two years of marriage.
The Preston North End goalkeeper cited ‘irreconcilable differences’ with half-Swedish, half-Albanian babe Misse Beqiri, who stars on The Real Housewives of Cheshire.
The former Manchester United keeper, 32, and Misse have a three-year-old son Julian.
In as statement, the pair wrote: “Because of irreconcilable differences we have taken the difficult decision to live separate lives.
“The care for our son remains the main priority to both of us.
“We would kindly ask that our privacy gets respected in what is a difficult and upsetting time for all of us.
“We will make no further comment on this matter.”
They married in Mauritius in 2014 having been together since 2011.
However, their relationship has clearly hit the rocks in recent months.
Misse used to regularly post pictures of the happy couple on her social media accounts – but the Dane has not appeared on her Instagram account in almost six months.
Lindegaard left Manchester United in 2015 having made only 29 appearances in five years at Old Trafford.
Gracyanne Barbosa appeared in powerful looks for test to the photographer Samuel Melim. With scenery style "junkyard," she appears in a black bathing suit in one of the photos. In another click, the Belo woman is top and red vest.
In conversation with the EGO on Friday, 26, she explained her lifestyle. "In the search for an ideal fitness, quality of life and health must come first. It is very important to be accompanied by qualified and competent professionals, each in your area. When u make the choice of eating right and it becomes a matter of lifestyle, change habits, there is no effort or sacrifice. so there is no such "distress" out of diet or be tempted ... It's my day to day, my choice and our choices need to give us pleasure, bring us comfort, "she said.
The pump Jimena Barón in Barcelona Photo: Stripped lomazo on the beach topless, thong and sensuality
After his second separation Daniel Osvaldo , the actress organized a meeting between his sonMorrison and footballer. For that, he traveled to Barcelona , where he also showed his absolute freedom hottest side
Jimena Baron lived a first separation Daniel Osvaldo absolutely scandalous, even more media reconciliation, but as previous experience learned, the second separation of the footballer was much quieter and away from the cameras.
For your child does not lose touch with his dad, Jimena and Morrison traveled to Barcelona for the reunion: "In our careers, reconciling times is not easy. This return, without strips or recordings, I could approach it my son and Daniel thanked me. For thefirst time, he felt it was okay what happened " , confessed to People magazine .
Yes, Jimena is clear that she and Osvaldo only the memory of a great love and a child in common: "There we avoid spending all the time in threes. Momo always try the 'mommy' and 'daddy' together. But after many talks explaining that despite much love ourselves and we are not a couple, it would make your head a salad " .
The truth is that while for now does not think a relationship and hopes that the right man appears, Jimena is dedicated to fully enjoy his bachelorhood. That with such lomazo (worn with grace and sensuality on the beaches of Barcelona), candidates should not be in want.
So similar to Lindsay Lohan , another exchica Disney took his bisexuality. This is Bella Thorne (18), who rose to stardom with his character CeCe in Shake It Up.
The actress, who has nearly 6.5 million followers on Twitter , surprised everyone when it was shown in a video on Snapchat kissing another woman. "Oh, God, I'm so glad I found you, " he said after the goddess kiss your partner.
Then, the actress thanked the thousands of messages of support from their fans 2.0.
For the Mechanic: Resurrection premiere red carpet earlier this week, Jessica Alba actress served up some serious ’60s vibes with a soft, smoky cat eye and a romantic blowout — a sexy, sultry combination that easily made it our favorite Look of the Week. And, as her makeup artist, Honest Beauty creative color consultant Daniel Martin explains, Pinterest actually inspired this little throwback moment.
“Jessica’s a visual person, so she likes to see images for inspiration,” Martin tells PeopleStyle. “I put together mood boards on my iPad or show her images from my Pinterest page. I created a private board just for her of references for us to draw from.” Once the pair came together creatively, Martin got to work on what he calls “a tribute to [Brigitte] Bardot and [Catherine] Deneuve.”
To create the look, Martin applied the Smoked Aubergine and Blackened Burgundy shades from the Honest Beauty Falling For You Makeup Palette to the star’s lids, then added a dab of the Honest Beauty Magic Balm to create a slight sheen effect on the lids. As for the winged cat eye, Martin recommends painting an angled liner brush against the mascara wand (to pick up pigment), and then sweeping the brush along the upper lash line to define the outer edges.
“Jessica has a lot of great eye space to play with, so I love doing her eyes,” says the pro. “You can also get too carried away, so there’s a balance.”
He left the finishing touches up to Alba. “We have our rhythm down to a science, so she does her own mascara and lipstick,” Martin says. “I’ll go over after she’s finished to clean up any mishaps.”
The star applied a few coats of the Honest Beauty Truly Lush Mascara + Lash Primer to her lashes and topped her pout with a rosy gloss (Honest Beauty Lip Gloss in Creative Kiss).
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So, what did Alba think of the look? “I think she said it was ‘dope,'” he laughs.
Kim Kardashian West‘s trailblazing sartorial skills extend far beyond the red carpet … and onto the shores of Mexico. The star who is known for wearing corsets over clothing, underwear as outerwear and bringing lampshading to the forefront of street style, has just one-upped herself with a DIY bikini look we’re bound to still be talking next summer.
Mrs. West continued her “Snap Back Queen” parade, flaunting her slimmed-down, post-baby curves while vacationing in Mexico this week. She’s worn a number of super-sexy looks, from a high-cut Turbo Thot one-piece (from her Kimoji merch apparel line) to a second-skin peach stunner to a white cut-out monokini that was custom-made to fit her exact measurements. But the most eye-catching and perplexing swim look of all is the white T-shirt that she cut, tied and totally DIY-ed into a bikini top. She paired it with the tiniest black string bottom (which could very possibly be a pair of thong underwear) and just-out-of-the-ocean hair.
We have a feeling the look might be part of an upcoming “secret photo shoot” which will later be revealed on Kim’s website and app. Or maybe her carefully curated vacay wardrobe will be documented in the next installment of her Selfish book. One thing’s for sure: Her Mexico tan will be the perfect base for whatever skin-baring outfits she’s preparing for New York Fashion Week early next month.
It's 1989 in the new movie Southside With You, and two attractive young lawyers are going out for the first time. Were their names not Michelle and Barack, we might not be along for the ride. But they are, and the ride is sweet in the idyll constructed by first-time feature-writer/director Richard Tanne.
These two not-yet-lovebirds may work together at a prestigious law firm in Chicago, but on this particular morning, it's their folks who are doing the cross-examining. Michelle's parents quiz her over breakfast about why she's all dolled up on a Saturday, while Barack gets the third degree from his grandmother on the phone.
Played by Parker Sawyers, the on-screen Barack looks a lot like the future president, though with less prominent ears. His voice is higher, but you figure it'll deepen with all the smoking he's trying to conceal from Michelle when he picks her up.
She is played by Tika Sumpter with warmth and a future first lady's confidence. And she quickly realizes that smoking's not all he's keeping from her. When she discovers the community meeting isn't for hours yet, and that he has planned an outing to an Afro-centric exhibit at the Art Institute, she's annoyed.
"This is not a date," she says, echoing words she'd uttered to her parents an hour or so earlier.
"OK, it's not a date," he replies, muttering more quietly as she turns away, "until you say it is." Still, as long as they're just a few blocks from the art exhibit, would it kill her to look at it with him?
No, it would not, she concedes. And the images they discover there prove a balm to soothe nerves. The future president quotes a bit of Gwendolyn Brooks' poem, "We Real Cool." Michelle reminisces about piano lessons and the father she idolizes. In short, they relax. And as the afternoon progresses to lunch, a stroll, and that community meeting, their verbal sparring gradually becomes conversation.
One of the things you realize watching Southside With You is how seldom budding relationships are allowed to just be on screen — not pushing the plot forward, or setting up a tense standoff or a joke. Of course, conceptually, devoting a whole movie to a single date puts pressure on a screenwriter: He's got to keep things moving, and varied, and lively, while in this case laying in background that squares with what we already know about two of the most famous people in the world. Filmmaker Richard Tanne appears to have conceived Southside With You as sort of an origin-story, with occasional shout-outs to the political-ascendance sequel we've witnessed in real life.
The Obamas have talked on occasion about their first-date-that-was-not-a-date, so its basic outline is decently well known: They did go to the Art Institute, and they grabbed ice cream, and caught Spike Lee's just-released Do The Right Thing. And if that wasn't the afternoon that Michelle first got to see Barack's skills as community-organizer-in-chief, the film makes a decent case that it should've been.
"You sounded a little professorial," she tells him, "but you definitely have a knack for making speeches."
The film isn't likely to make converts of those who aren't already fond of the first couple, but coming so late in their tenure at the White House, it at least doesn't play like a political ad.
Can't say it makes me yearn for a presidential first-date series, exactly — a flirty Millard and Abigail Fillmore? Not as appealing — but a Hollywood romance that's adult, smart and engaging counts as a rarity these days. And in that context, Southside With You is a charmer.
Mayors of French towns who banned the controversial "burkini" swimsuit have been warned they must heed a court ruling suspending the action.
Human rights lawyer Patrice Spinosi said if any mayors did not comply, he would take each case to court.
At least three mayors have said they will keep the bans on their beaches.
On Friday the Council of State found the ban in one town, Villeneuve-Loubet, "seriously and clearly illegally breached fundamental freedoms".
The decision is expected to set a precedent for all the 30 or so French resorts, chiefly along the Riviera, that issued similar bans.
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Villeneuve-Loubet's mayor, Lionnel Luca, responding to the ruling, said: "We need to decide if we want a smiley, friendly version of sharia law on our beaches or if we want the rules of the [French] Republic to be implemented."
The burkinis were not mentioned by name in the bans, with the order simply saying beachwear must be respectful of good public manners and the principle of secularism.
Authorities said they were concerned about the public order implications of the religious clothing, especially after attacks in Nice and Paris carried out by people influenced by Islamist extremism.
But while opinion polls suggested most French people backed the bans, they ignited fierce debate in France and around the world, with Muslims saying they were being unfairly targeted.
The controversy deepened when images circulated showing police on a beach appearing to enforce the ban, and a woman removing an item of clothing.
The council of state will make a final decision on the ban's legality at a later date.
Mr Spinosi represents the Human Rights League (LDH) which, along with the anti-Islamophobia association (CCIF), took Villeneuve-Loubet to the highest administrative court in the land.
"It is a decision that is meant to set legal precedent," Mr Spinosi said to reporters outside court. He said people who had been fined could claim their money back.
CCIF head Marwan Muhammad praised the ruling but said it "cannot take back the harm which was caused",
However, town hall authorities in Nice and Frejus, as well as in the Corsican village of Sisco, have vowed to keep the bans in place.
The far-right mayor of Frejus, David Rachline, told the AFP news agency that his ban was "still valid" and there was "no legal procedure" against it.
A spokesperson for Nice town hall said it would "continue to fine" women wearing full Islamic coverings on the beach.
In the town of Sisco in Corsica, mayor Ange-Pierre Vivoni said the ban would remain "for the safety of property and people in the town".
Mr Sisco said it followed clashes this month between villagers and Muslim bathers.
French PM Manual Valls wrote on Facebook in support of the bans, saying burkinis were "the affirmation of political Islam in the public space".
What is a burkini?
A burkini is a full-body swimsuit that covers everything except the face, hands and feet
The name is a mix of the words "burka" and "bikini"
Unlike burkas, burkinis leave the face free
Burkinis are marketed to Muslim women as a way for them to swim in public while adhering to strict modesty edicts
The French bans have referred to religious clothing and as they were loosely phrased, came to be understood to include full-length clothing and head coverings worn on the beach - not just burkini swimsuits
Why have the bans been imposed?
After a militant Islamist ploughed a lorry into families on the seafront at Nice on 14 July, killing 86 people, the city's authorities said a ban was "a necessity".
Local leaders have described their actions as appropriate and proportionate.
But the bans are not just a response to a spate of deadly jihadist attacks on French soil. France has long-standing laws on secularism, and the Nice ban focused on "correct dress, respectful of accepted customs and secularism, as well as rules of hygiene and of safety in public bathing areas".
What French law says on secularism and religious clothing
In 2010, France became the first European country to ban the full-face veil in public
A 2004 law forbids the wearing of religious emblems in schools and colleges
The 1905 constitution aims to separate Church and state. It enshrines secularism in education but also guarantees the freedom of religion and freedom to exercise it. The original text made no reference to clothing
Ninety-eight percent of the time the internet is cruel (leave a couple points for sleeping). Yung Joc felt that wrath last night (August 25) after his new hairdo made its way onto Twitter.
The Shaderoom caught the “It’s Goin’ Down” rapper pictured with a much different hairstyle, which features it parted across the top. Apparently, Joc was ready for a fight with social media as he followed up the initial picture with a couple of Instagram videos explaining himself.
“BIG Screen flow..... I know y'all gonna hit me with all the Shade in the Room and thats totally fine because i know how Blessed i am,” he captioned next to the video. “Never been scared to be the Center of attention without trying.......#whatwouldjocdo #WWJD.” It sounds like his new hairstyle may be for a movie role?
Yung Joc also defended the actual style of his hair and believes he’s setting a trend with his new look.
"See, it's cool to be a follower, I guess," he said on Instagram Thursday night. "All y'all wanna look alike. But what if I just chose to do something different because I knew yo m*****f****n’ a** was gonna talk about it? I won."
With a title like Glory, you might think Britney Spears fancies herself a blessing from the heavenly pop gods. After all, this is the woman who is adoringly called The Holy Spearit by her fans. But the name of her ninth album also suggests another, less majestic meaning: she's vowing to reclaim her former glory after 2013's widely panned Britney Jean.
In search of musical redemption, Spears, 34, hit the studio with rising producers like Mattman & Robin (Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas) and Nick Monson (Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP), among others. Together, they ditched her usual EDM-inspired club-bangers in favor of minimalist hip-hop ("Just Luv Me"), fizzy R&B ("Slumber Party"), and brassy soul ("What You Need"). It’s her most adventurous album in a decade, one that recalls the after-hours experimentation of her 2003 opus In the Zone. It's also her most engaging vocally: her new partners hit the sweet spot between lending a little studio magic to her voice and turning her into Auto-Tune Barbie. As a result, Spears sounds more present and enthusiastic than she has in years. When she dims the lights on the breathy bedroom romp "Invitation," it’s like she's cooing into your ear.
f only her collaborators spent as much time on the songwriting as they did the ambiance. To score a winning pop song, Spears doesn't need a strong melody (her titular command in 2013's "Work Bitch" gets the job done) or even discernible words (those oh-oh-ohs of 2011's "Till the World Ends" still sound euphoric today). Yet the generic bass drop of "Clumsy" and the half-baked hooks of tracks like "Love Me Down" are missed opportunities given Glory's three-year gestation–the second longest of her career.
Since hitting her tabloid nadir in 2007, Spears has become one of America's most guarded celebrities, and in recent years she has tried to entice fans with access, calling Britney Jean her "most personal record yet." Fans will glean little of Spears' life from Glory's flirty tales of adult sleepovers, yet these songs still manage to be more revealing. In the run-up to Glory, Spears' collaborators spoke of how hands-on she was in the studio, eager to deliver the unexpected. Even weaker tracks, like the grating strip-tease "Private Show," feel like glimpses of the real Britney–her musical tastes, her voice–imperfections and all. Not everything is glorious, but it might be something better: human. Finally, Spears is having as much fun as her songs sound.
Sunday, 21 August 2016
Brad Pitt Angelina Jolie Divorce Rumors: Angie Not Jealous With Marion Cotillard Despite Infidelity Rumors
Angelina Jolie is never jealous and insecure about Marion Cotillard despite rumors that the French actress has an affair with Brad Pitt. Meanwhile, sources are speculating that Cotillard may grab an Oscar win in their upcoming movie Allied.
The trailer for Brad Pitt's upcoming movie, 'Allied' is finally out this week leaving a streak of positive remarks which prompted some speculations that Marion Cotillard, the actor's co-star and alleged lover, may be up for an Oscar Award. Will this make Angelina Jolie jealous?
Sources cannot help but compare 'Allied' with Brad and Angie's 'By The Sea' considering that they are both set in World War II. The latter, however, was previously mocked by critics as being 'one of the worst movies of all time' for its 'lackluster performance.'
Now, here comes 'Allied'. a movie centered on the story of two assassins, Brad and Marion, who fall in love but have to make a crucial choice as one is found out to be a double agent and should be killed. Familiar?
Yes, critics also drew out a resemblance between 'Allied' and the couple's 2005 blockbuster Mr. and Mrs. Smith where they first met. But then, after the box office hit, no film has been at par with its fame with Jolie not even ranked to receive an Oscar win.
The filming of 'Allied' was previously accompanied by infidelity rumors with sources claiming that Pitt and the French actress were 'hooking up when not working.' Some even reported to have seen the pair sharing a kiss in public.
The rumors, however, remained as they are--rumors without further proof. The recent rumor of Jolie getting jealous for Cotillard's possible Oscar win was even debunked as a 'non-sense' report and 'has no truth.'
Also, the source pointed out that the brunette beauty also has her share of successes in Hollywood considering the success of the well-received Disney film Maleficent and Kung Fu Panda 3.
News hounds were also on the lookout for the truthfulness of the prevailing divorce rumors between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. However, in a recent interview, the actor can only tell about the good things about how 'supportive' his wife is towards his career. Also, he talked about how they lived a pretty normal life with his six kids.
To date, it has been rumored that Pitt and Jolie is considering adopting a seventh memberof their brood. The truthfulness of such reports, however, is yet to be investigated.
Wednesday, 17 August 2016
With more than 200 gold medals to their name, China have become one of the dominant nations in the Olympics since their debut in 1984.
In that time, Great Britain have never finished above them in the medal table.
But after nine days of the Rio 2016 Games, Team GB sat second in the standings, level with the Chinese on 15 golds but three ahead on silver medals.
With seven days to go, could Britain retain their hold on second?
How have they done so far?
Statistics accurate up to and including the ninth day of competition.
Team GB are well on their way to achieving their target of at least 48 medals in Rio, which would be their best-ever haul from an 'away' Olympics.
They have 38 so far - 15 gold, 16 silver and seven bronze - and one more than they had at the same stage in 2012 and 13 more than in Beijing in 2008.
Britain have secured medals from 14 different events, performing best in cycling, swimming, gymnastics and rowing.
After day nine, China have 45 medals - 15 gold, 13 silver and 17 bronze - from 12 sports. They have achieved stunning success in the diving and weightlifting, with a glut of medals to come in badminton and table tennis, too.
Gold Silver Bronze Total
Great Britain & N. Ireland 15 16 7 38
Athletics 1 1 1 3
Canoeing 1 1 0 2
Cycling 4 2 1 7
Diving 1 0 1 2
Equestrian 0 1 0 1
Golf 1 0 0 1
Gymnastics 2 2 1 5
Judo 0 0 1 1
Rowing 3 2 0 5
Rugby sevens 0 1 0 1
Sailing 0 1 0 1
Shooting 0 0 2 2
Swimming 1 5 0 6
Tennis 1 0 0 1
Gold Silver Bronze Total
China 15 13 17 45
Athletics 1 1 0 2
Cycling 1 0 0 1
Diving 4 1 1 6
Fencing 0 1 1 2
Gymnastics 0 1 4 5
Judo 0 0 2 2
Rowing 0 0 2 2
Sailing 0 1 0 1
Shooting 1 2 4 7
Swimming 1 2 3 6
Table Tennis 2 2 0 4
Weightlifting 5 2 0 7
How have they fared at previous Games?
China have topped the medal table just once - at their own Games in Beijing in 2008, when they finished with 15 more gold medals than the United States.
In eight Summer Games, they have only been out of the top four once - in 1988, when they were down in 11th after winning five gold medals.
In that same period, GB have never finished higher than third and were a lowly 36th in 1996, when Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent won the men's coxless pair for the team's one and only gold medal in Atlanta.
How could the final table look?
Great Britain and China will definitely add to their gold medal tally between now and the end of the Games.
Team GB are guaranteed a gold in the sailing, for example, with Giles Scott assured of victory in the men's finn class.
They also have good medal prospects in reigning champions Charlotte Dujardin (dressage), Nicola Adams (boxing), Mo Farah (5,000m), Alistair Brownlee (triathlon) and Jade Jones (taekwondo).
China can expect to pick up more medals in the diving. They have four gold medals already but look strong in the three remaining events, the men's 3m springboard and the men's and women's 10m platform.
Qiu Bo, runner-up in London 2012, will be favourite for the 10m platform gold, with GB hopes resting on Tom Daley.
Then there are the badminton finals to come. China won all five gold medals in London and most of those champions are chasing more glory in Rio.
Simon Gleave, head of analysis at Gracenote, which produces a Virtual Medal Table for the Olympics, predicts a GB haul of 60 medals, with 22 golds.
That is "unlikely" to be enough to beat China, reckoned Gleave, but he said the "gold medal race looks like it could be close".
He added: "Britain looks like taking the lead in gold medals today. That lead should last until at least Wednesday, but Britain will need to pick up more gold medals than the seven we currently project to take second place.
"Predicting medals per event is a very challenging process, particularly if trying to get the colour of the medal correct.
"The smallest things can change medallists and order of medals in sports in which margins between the top competitors are already tiny."
How close can we get to the USA?
Not just yet.
USA have topped the medal table at four of the past five Games and they will do again in 2016. Since Atlanta 1996 they have achieved 100-plus medals four times and average 101.6.
What is stark is how GB have closed the gap on their transatlantic rivals, as the table above shows.
If GB continue to improve their medal tally at future Games, and deny USA in some events, that difference could keep coming down.
Donald Trump reshuffled his presidential campaign late Tuesday, appointing two new leaders: Stephen Bannon, the former banker who runs the conservative outlet Breitbart News, and Kellyanne Conway, the veteran Republican pollster Trump initially hired to fix his image with women.
“I have known Steve and Kellyanne both for many years,” Trump said in a statement. “They are extremely capable, highly qualified people who love to win and know how to win.”
Conway’s campaign ascent has been rapid. She became a senior adviser to Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on July 1. Now she’s co-steering the whole ship.
She built much of her nearly three-decade career around a persistently difficult task: Helping conservative men win over women voters. No Republican presidential candidate has achieved that feat since George H. W. Bush first pursued the White House in 1988.
Last month, I spoke to Conway over lunch after she wrapped an interview with Katie Couric about how Trump will appeal to female voters — a demographic that national polls show generally and dramatically dislikes him. (All year long, at least 65 percent of women surveyed in The Washington Post-ABC polls have reported an “unfavorable” view of Trump.)
The interview revealed how, exactly, Conway counsels Trump. She described a delicate dance: You can’t just tell Trump what to do, she said. Commands could insult him.
Here’s more of what I learned, excerpted from my profile of her last month:
Conway trained under Ronald Reagan’s pollster:
Conway grew up in Atco, N.J., 43 miles northeast of Atlantic City. Her mother, grandmother and aunts raised her. The half-Irish, half-Italian women posted prints of the pope and the "Last Supper" on the walls. They prayed before meals. They celebrated faith and grinding work.
She found her professional niche in 1988, working for Dick Wirthlin, Ronald Reagan’s pollster, in the summer before she graduated from George Washington University Law School. Her first assignment was to demystify the gender voting gap: How could the GOP attract more women?
In 1995, Conway founded The Polling Company/WomanTrend, a consulting firm that specializes in market research. A decade later, she co-authored a book titled “What Women Really Want: How American Women Are Quietly Erasing Political, Racial, Class, and Religious Lines to Change the Way We Live.”
She met Trump when she lived in one of his buildings — and initially resisted joining his campaign:
Conway met Trump in 2006, when she served on the condominium board at Trump World Tower in Manhattan. She said Trump seemed surprisingly hands-on, showing up at meetings to hear the residents’ concerns. She thought then he was much kinder than his public persona suggested.
He called her over the years, following a familiar prompt: I saw you on Hannity. I saw you on CNN. What do you think of this?
In March 2015, Conway said, they met to discuss his presidential bid. She declined to work for him, thinking: I’m not sure if this guy would ever care about polling. She worried about how the public would perceive their partnership. “Like, ‘What are you doing there?’” she said. “Riding on a plane? Whispering in his ear about what he should say to women?”
She linked up instead with Sen. Ted Cruz and ran his super PAC, Keep the Promise. When Cruz's campaign collapsed, Trump called again. Conway realized he was a serious contender.
Her previous clients weren't exactly popular with women, either.
Conway likes a challenge. Her past clients include Newt Gingrich, Cruz and Trump’s pick for vice president, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who lost women by five points in his 2012 race. None have been popular with the demographic.
“With all due respect, Kellyanne is very good at understanding Republican women. But working with candidates like that and trying to not make them look like cave men — that’s a tough job,” said Katie Packer, a Republican strategist who worked on the Romney campaign. “She has created a niche where candidates can check a box and say, well, they've got a woman advising them.”
“There’s a deeper problem that goes beyond any single individual in Republican politics,” added Sabrina Schaeffer, executive director of the Independent Women's Forum, a conservative think tank in Washington. (Conway sits on the board.) “Republicans for many years simply didn’t take gender differences seriously. ‘We can ignore certain issues, and that’s fine.’ But it’s been politically tremendously damaging.”
She isn’t a fan of Trump’s insult-hurling.
Trump has called comedian Rosie O’Donnell “disgusting” with a “fat pig face” and Arianna Huffington “ugly inside and out.” He asserted supermodel Heidi Klum is “no longer a 10.” He said Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever.” He threatened to “spill the beans” on former rival Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi, while retweeting an unflattering picture of her. Last week, he attacked the sanity of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, widely hailed as a feminist icon, claiming her “mind is shot.”
Conway doesn’t like the name-calling. “Maybe,” she said, “it’s just the mother in me.”
She also said she wants Trump to avoid criticizing people's looks and mental capacity.
She has a sense of humor.
Sometimes, spontaneously, she goes off message. Before a recent NBC appearance, a hair stylist brushed her blond locks and talked about a certain someone going bald. “That’s okay!” Conway said. “Women in my focus groups, they say a bald man is trustworthy. He has nothing to hide.”
‘I'M BEWILDERED' Ex on the Beach’s Jess Impiazzi shocked by Celebrity Big Brother’s Stephen Bear cheating on Lillie Lexie Gregg with Chloe Khan
Jess Impiazzi is shocked that her Ex on the Beach cast mate Stephen Bear cheated on his now ex-girlfriend Lillie Lexie Gregg with Chloe Khan on Celebrity Big Brother.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun Online, Jess revealed that she’s been left “bewildered” by Bear’s behaviour as the former couple “got on so well”.
She said: “He’s going out with Lillie and dumped her on the show, I’m just bewildered as I thought they were really tight.
“I thought they got on really well.
“I don’t know Bear well enough to say he’s a cheat, but he said he’d never cheat on anyone and he went in there and did that and I was like, ‘Wow.’
“He’s a very odd character.”
This comes as Lillie’s friends have said that Bear went into CBB to earn money for anengagement ring for her.
Lillie also lashed out at Chloe on Twitter after she admitted that she knew that Bear had a girlfriend but was intimate with him anyway .
Speaking of her humiliation at seeing him get increasingly sexual with the mum-of-one, she said: “Bear is completely to blame.
“But to continue a physical relationship after you knew he had a girlfriend who he hadn’t broke up with? Erm, #girlcode?”
Chloe has since revealed that she loves Bear, and is hoping to pick up where they left off when he gets evicted from the CBB house.
Meanwhile, viewers will get to see the start of Lillie and Bear's love affair when Ex On The Beach returns to screens tonight.
They already know they don't get a fairytale ending, but perhaps seeing the circumstances that they got together in will add a new bittersweet dimension to their doomed romance.
TAKE THAT BODY SHAMERS Jess Wright shows off her amazing figure on holiday… after hitting back at body shamers who said she had ‘put on weight’
The Towie babe looked hot in LA, just a day after she posted a video talking about “hurtful” pictures
JESSICA Wright flaunts are amazing curves on holiday, just a day after slamming ‘body shamers’ for claiming she had put on weight.
The star has been enjoying a sunshine break in LA, but claimed she was waking up to see awful pictures of herself enjoying her holiday – with some saying she had got bigger.
But the Towie babe clearly has nothing to worry about as she showed off her enviable figure by the pool in Beverley Hills in two different bikinis
She looked happy and healthy in a green bikini, and was pictured laughing with a male friend.
The 30-year-old then changed into a pink two-piece to cool off in the pool after sitting in the Californian sun.
Yesterday the brunette stunner slammed “body shaming” snaps of herself by sharing a video of herself in a bikini.
She was angered after waking up to “invasive, unflattering and upsetting” pics of herself on holiday.
Jess took a quick video showing off her tanned, toned figure in a white and red bikini.Next to the vid, she wrote: “This is a video I’ve taken this morning having woken up to once again more invasive, unflattering and upsetting photos of me during a private holiday where I felt completely comfortable around family and friends.”
PEOPLE - "Magnifaik". Julien Doré and Cristina Cordula were teased by tweets interposed Monday, August 15. In response to a message Cheri FM on Twitter showing the queen of shopping beside a pool in Corsica, the singer decided to imitate.
In a photo published on its behalf, the interpreter of "Paris Seychelles" takes the same pose as Cristina Cordula, bikini less. Set of arms, footwork, sunglasses, he imitated to perfection. To the question posed by Chérie FM: "Where are you on this beautiful day of 15 August," Julien Doré replied: "No more."
Bella Hadid has followed in the footsteps of her older sister Gigi, 21, and posed nude for a high-end fashion magazine.
The 19-year-old stunner—who is currently dating Canadian R&B crooner The Weeknd—will grace the cover of the coveted September issue of Vogue Paris alongside fellow model Taylor Hill. While Gigi was nude, and solo, on the March cover of Vogue Paris, Bella appears fully clothed in matching black numbers with Hill on their cover, with the gals giving their best “blue steel.”
Inside the magazine, however, were topless shots of the model taken by Mert Alas and Marcus Pigott, the same photographers that shot Gigi.
Both Bella and Gigi are the daughters of real estate magnate Mohamed Hadid and Yolanda Foster, star of the Bravo reality series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. They’ve occasionally made appearances on the show themselves, and the Malibu, California, gals are of Palestinian and Dutch descent. Bella was a champion equestrian in high school, but had to drop the sport after she, like her mother, was diagnosed with Lyme disease. She signed to IMG Models in 2014, befriended the Kardashian Klan, got a massive Instagram following, and her career’s skyrocketed ever since.
It goes without saying, but The Weeknd is a lucky man.
Performing on the most pressure-packed stage of her career in front of millions on television hasn't fazed Simone Biles one bit.
After all, it's not like it was as nerve-wracking as meeting crush Zac Efron in person or anything
Biles, 19, may be an Olympic superstar, but she's still like many teenagers when it comes to the hunky actor.
In a surprise orchestrated by TODAY's Hoda Kotb, the star of the U.S. gymnastics team nearly needed a defibrillator when she met the actor whose life-sized cardboard cutout sits in her bedroom.
Watch Zac Efron surprise the Final Five on NBCOlympics.com
"If you bring him out, I think I'm gonna pass out,'' Biles told Kotb Tuesday night
Efron then came out to give her a big hug shortly after she had won her fourth gold medal in Rio de Janeiro and her fifth overall in the Games.
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"Stop, you're lying,'' a flustered Biles said. "Stop, no way, no way.
"Ahhh, oh my God! Stop, is this real life? Oh my God. Stop."
Biles had told Hoda in an earlier interview that she would pass out if Efron ever came to watch her perform in Rio. That's about the only time you'll see her on the ground and not flying through the air in Rio.
An enthusiastic supporter of Team USA, Efron flew to Rio on Tuesday to congratulate Biles and teammates Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian.
"Their story just blew my mind,'' Efron told Hoda and Matt Lauer on TODAY Wednesday. "When I found out Simone and this team were fans, I was like, 'What kind of guy am I if I don't show up?''
The powerful legs that helped Biles dominate the competition turned to jelly at the sight of Efron, who was hiding at the media center next door to the gymnastics venue.
"They won gold medals, they were crushing it the entire Olympics, and I was like hiding in a closet waiting to come in, so I didn't know what to think,'' Efron said. "I kind of was getting nervous myself, but it ended up being so sweet."
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When the U.S. team thought they were doing a routine interview with Hoda, Efron made his entrance as their jaws dropped and they rushed to hug him.
"He's even more gorgeous in person!" Biles said after meeting him.
Canada’s men’s volleyball team fell 3-0 to Russia in the quarterfinal tournament in Rio Wednesday.
The Russians dominated the match from the beginning, delivering precision strikes over and over through the Canadian squad. Canada also had some difficulty when it came to serving, which didn’t help when Russia kept the pressure on them.
Russia decisively won every set: 25-15, 25-20 and then 25-18 to finish off the game.
Canada is now out of the men’s volleyball tournament, finishing with a record of 3 wins and 3 losses, including preliminary rounds.
Russia will face either Brazil or Argentina in the semifinal on Friday.
Donald Trump’s new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway is a mother of four and GOP pollster tasked with helping Trump improve his image with women.
Saying, “I want to win,” Trump shook up his campaign on Aug. 17, naming Conway as campaign manager and Breitbart News Chairman Stephen Bannon as his campaign’s CEO, Politico said.
“I’m bringing on fantastic people who know how to win and love to win,” Trump said, according to Politico, which added that Paul Manafort, who had been running Trump’s campaign, will remain in his position.
Conway is regarded as a conservative gender gap expert who has worked for years on women’s trends in polling but has had her own controversies relating to comments about women’s issues, such as once calling for femininity instead of feminism in a speech. She also once advised that Republicans stop talking about rape during campaigns, according to a 2013 Politico article.
Trump’s campaign shakeup comes after Hillary Clinton has risen in the 2016 presidential polls. The RealClearPolitics polling average shows her up 6.1 percent in national polling; her numbers have climbed since the Democratic National Convention.
Here’s what you need to know:
Politico describes Conway “as a pollster for Trump’s running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence” and says she “has been working with the Trump campaign since July.”
In 1995, she founded The Polling Company, Inc., which calls itself “a nationally-regarded primary research and consulting firm based in Washington, DC, with offices in New York City.”
She frequently appears on national television shows to discuss the campaign, and her firm conducts political market research. National Review says that “when the Clinton-impeachment struggle ensued, a team of ‘brainy blond barristers’–Kellyanne Conway, Ann Coulter, and the late Barbara Olson–appeared on television night after night to fearlessly defend the Constitution against the likes of Susan Estrich, Ellen Ratner, and Eleanor Clift.”
In a press release announcing her hire, the Trump campaign said, “Ms. Conway, a highly sought-after pollster, will work on messaging and travel frequently with Mr. Trump, while working closely with Mr. Bannon and Mr. Manafort on all aspects of the campaign moving forward.”
Conway is a mother of four; she once asked her 11-year-old daughter, Claudia, to change out of a turquoise shirt on Memorial Day and into a blue one because “it wasn’t a shade available to Betsy Ross when she stayed up through the night sewing the damn flag,” according to The Las Vegas Review Journal.
The newspaper says Conway was raised in New Jersey in a half-Irish, half-Italian family where women “posted prints of the Pope and the Last Supper on the walls.”
On Twitter, Conway calls herself: “Pollstress. Pres.,The Polling Company/WomanTrend since 1995. Mother of 4 Fabulous Children. Senior Advisor and Pollster to Trump-Pence 2016.”
She is married to George T. Conway III, and they have four children, according to her company bio. Her husband is a “a litigation partner at the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz” and her maiden name was Fitzpatrick.
George Conway’s law firm bio says he is a partner who joined the firm in September 1988 and has litigation experience “in securities litigation, mergers and acquisitions litigation, contract litigation, antitrust litigation, and other litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels.” The website says he worked on cases involving a Swiss artist and worked on a case for Philip Morsein which ABC News ended up publicly apologizing “for asserting in a news program that two giant tobacco companies add extra nicotine to their cigarettes.”
The New York Times said that apology was criticized by anti-smoking advocates, quoting one professors as saying, “Philip Morris has bullied a major television network into apologizing for what was essentially a true story.”
The Observer claims that Conway worked on the Paula Jones lawsuit against Bill Clinton and may have been a source for Matt Drudge, which has not been proven. The New York Times named George Conway as one of a “small secret clique of lawyers in their 30’s who share a deep antipathy toward the President” and who helped push the Paula Jones case “into the criminal arena and into the office of the independent counsel, Kenneth W. Starr.”
Of Conway, specifically, The Times said he was “a New York lawyer educated at Yale” who “shared Mr. Marcus’s low view of President Clinton. When the Jones case led to Ms. (Monica) Lewinsky, (another lawyer) and Mr. Conway searched for a new lawyer for Mrs. (Linda) Tripp.”
The Times added, “Mr. Conway wanted his role kept hidden as well, because his New York law firm, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, included influential Democrats like Bernard W. Nussbaum, a former White House counsel. Mr. Conway’s name does not appear on any billing records.”
George Conway also represented the NFL in trademark litigation against the Dallas Cowboys and “his pro bono work includes his successful representation in the Second Circuit of crime victims and public-interest groups as amici curiae in opposing claims that federal law requires the State of New York to allow felons to vote while still incarcerated,” the website of his New York law firm says.
The Las Vegas Review Journal says she lives in New Jersey and met Trump in 2006, “when she served on the condominium board at Trump World Tower in Manhattan.”
Mother Jones says Conway previously backed Trump’s primary rival Ted Cruz. “She served as a strategist for Keep the Promise I, a pro-Cruz super-PAC bankrolled by hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer that ran attack ads against Trump during the primary campaign, including one blasting the real estate mogul for supposedly supporting government-run healthcare,” said Mother Jones.
Her company’s website says she has worked for a variety of Republican political figures, including, “late Congressman Jack Kemp; President Reagan’s pollster, Richard Wirthlin; Congressmen Marsha Blackburn, Lee Zeldin, Steve King; Vice President Dan Quayle; Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich; Sens. Fred Thompson and Ted Cruz, and Gov. Mike Pence.”
The Review Journal says Conway has been criticized before for comments she made about women. “She caught flack for telling women to embrace femininity, not feminism, in a 2011 speech at the Conservative Women’s Network. She caught more in 2013 for advising a group of House Republicans to stop talking about rape,” the newspaper said.
In the latter incident, Former Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) had sparked controversy when he said a woman could terminate a pregnancy resulting from a “legitimate rape,” according to Politico. Soon after, Conway “dispensed the stern advice” that Republicans should avoid talking about rape in campaigns, calling it a “four-letter word,” according to Politico.
Politico said Conway made the comment “as part of a polling presentation she made alongside fellow GOP pollsters David Winston — an adviser to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) — and Dave Sackett. The comment was described by several sources in the room.”
Conway was Akin’s consultant and also created controversy when she compared him to cult leader David Koresh, said CNN.
Conway’s company bio says “The RNC tasked Kellyanne with helping to defeat the so-called ‘War on Women.’” One division of her polling company, WomanTrend, tracks “the social, cultural, financial, professional and health trends influencing—and being influenced by—women,” the company website says. The Review Journal says she was hired to fix Trump’s image with women by urging him to show more compassion and not insult their looks.
Her company biography calls her a “fully-recovered” attorney, and says she is admitted to practice law in four jurisdictions (Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia). “She has practiced law, clerked for a judge in Washington, DC and for four years, was an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law Center,” says the bio.
She earned a B.A. in political science from Trinity College, Washington, D.C., studied at Oxford University, and earned her law degree, with honors, from George Washington University Law Center, the bio says.
Conway’s views on feminism were discussed in an Atlantic magazine article on conservative women’s views on feminism. In that article, she said, conservatives want women “to see that there’s even an alternative to the progressive, liberal orthodoxy that has every woman constantly thinking about abortion, contraception, being a victim of the patriarchy” and said conservatives present “an alternative of fun, engaging accomplished women.”
Two days before the shakeup, Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was named “in an investigation by Ukrainian authorities looking at whether he and others received millions in illegal payments from Ukraine’s former pro-Russian ruling party,” CNN said.
CNN said the investigation is looking into the administration of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, “for whom Manafort worked as a political consultant” before Yanukovich was ousted.
A New York Times story alleged that investigators found Manafort’s name in a secret ledger outlining a $12.7 million payout to Manafort; Manafort fervently denies the allegations.
Friday, 12 August 2016
One can’t possibly mention the sport swimming, and not immediately think of 25-time Olympic gold medalist, Michael Phelps. The 31-year-old prodigy has performed beyond anyone’s wildest dreams, and continues to add new feathers to his swimming cap. However, things haven’t always been ideal for the ace swimmer, especially when it comes to his troubled relationship with his father, Fred Phelps. For eager fans of the star athlete who are Googling terms like, “where is Michael Phelps father?”, “who is Michael Phelps father?”, “Michael Phelps dad died,” “Michael Phelps Fred Phelps,” “Michael Phelps dad,” and “Michael Phelps father,” we’ll let you in on all details revolving around the Phelps family.
Here are four facts to know about Michael Phelps’ father, Fred Phelps:
#4 Michael Phelps and his Father are Estranged
Swimming fans have seen Michael’s mother, Debbie Phelps, fiancee, Nicole Johnson and his adorable son, Boomer in the Olympic grandstand, cheering him on several times. But the question is, where is his father, Fred Phelps? Naturally, fans are wondering why Fred Phelps isn’t at the Olympics, screaming his son’s name from the stands as he earns medal after medal.
Unfortunately, Fred and Michael are estranged, and they share a troubled and complicated relationship. At the age of 9, Michael had to stand by and watch his parents get divorced, so understandably, he feels some resentment towards his father. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Michael stated, “For me, not having a father always there was hard. I had Bob [Bowman], and I had Peter [Carlisle], these guys who acted as father figures. But deep down, inside, it was hard. That was something that was a struggle for me to talk about for a long time, even with friends or my mother. Getting that off my chest in therapy was this huge weight off my shoulders.”
#3 Fred Phelps and Debbie are Divorced
Michael Phelps’ parents, Fred and Debbie were high-school sweethearts who wed in 1973, but got divorced in 1994. Debbie Phelps was a teacher by profession, and was forced to single-handedly raise Michael and his two sisters, Whitney and Hilary. Although Michael and his father were reasonably close after the split, they became distant once Michael’s swimming career started blowing up. In an interview with ESPN magazine, Fred revealed, “I kept trying and trying, but he always had something to do.”
Michael’s mother, Debbie, defended her husband in an interview insisting that, “My ex-husband loved his kids. He loves his kids. It bothered him. But I don’t think he knew how to fix it. So, Michael just kept on escalating and escalating and things were going OK, so he didn’t feel like he needed his dad.”
Debbie Phelps also explained how she managed the single-income household on a teacher’s salary. “We were a team. My two daughters are two years apart, my daughter and Michael are five years apart, and we all relied on each other. I had three kids at three different pools with three different practice times, and then at one point in my life, I just had to go back to college to get my degree. But I like to keep things hopping; it gives you excitement in your life. I’ve got a great group of friends around me, and we all supported each other.”
#2 Fred was Confronted by Michael after his Rehab Stint
31-year-old Michael Phelps was arrested for DUI after leaving a casino in 2014. He went for a voluntary 45-day rehab stint, where he faced his issues of abandonment and avoidance towards his father, Fred. Fred visited his son in rehab, and the two worked out their issues. According to Michael, one of the major problems he had with his father while growing up was due to Fred’s failure to show up for a swimming meet, even after he promised to do so. It was the day Michael set his first short-course record. Another time was at Michael’s first Olympics in Sydney, when Fred brought his new wife along without informing his then 15-year-old son beforehand.
In an interview with SI, Michael confessed, “I felt abandoned. I have an amazing mother and two amazing sisters. But I would like to have a father in my life, and I’ve been carrying that around for 20 years. That’s a long time. It does something to you. To a kid, especially. Right now I’d like to be able to talk to my father and have him be able to talk to me. Is my family perfect? Far from it. My parents had issues where they thought it was healthy to split. It wasn’t ideal. It wasn’t easy. But what we went through as kids made us as strong as we are. And now my father and I communicate. It’s not fixed. You don’t fix something like that. But it’s better.”
#1 Fred Phelps is a Retired Policeman and Former Footballer
65-year-old Fred Phelps is a retired police officer from Maryland. He was on the police force for 28 years and obviously his work hours contributed to his rocky relationship with his son. In 2001, Michael broke a record at a swim meet in Annapolis and refused to hear any excuses when his father couldn’t attend the event because of a shift. Fred Phelps was a high school football player, and had dreams of playing for the NFL one day. He tried out for the Redskins but failed to make the team. Fred currently works in commercial vehicle enforcement training and is married to his third wife.
For more on Michael Phelps and information on his amazing performances at the Olympics thus far,
A young boy is in the hospital after falling off of a roller coaster at the Idlewild and SoakZone amusement park Thursday in Pennsylvania.
The accident happened on a ride called "Rollo Coaster," which was built in 1938 and does not have seat belts. Instead, it uses a lap bar to secure riders, reports CBS News correspondent Vinita Nair.
According to police sources, the three-year-old was riding the wooden roller coaster with his older brother, when he was ejected on the last turn of the ride, falling from a height of around 12 feet and landing on the tracks near a fence.
It's unknown how severe his injuries are and his family has requested privacy. But the child was reportedly talking to family members as he was taken to the hospital.
"The boy was conscious while being treated on site and airlifted to a local hospital," said Jeff Croushore, a spokesperson for the amusement park.
This latest incident comes just days after two other accidents involving amusement park rides. On Monday, three girls - ages six, 10 and 16 - were hospitalized, after falling more than 30 feet from a Ferris wheel at a county fair in Greeneville, Tennessee.
"The smallest child fell right beside me. The other two came right behind her," said a witness.
And on Sunday, 10-year-old Caleb Schwab - the son of Kansas State Representative Scott Schwab - died while riding down a 17-story water slide at Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kansas.
Rules and regulations over rides at fairgrounds, amusement parks and water parks vary from state to state. The recent rash of incidents is raising questions of safety and oversight.
"There are no federal requirements for oversight or reporting as far as injuries or fatalities for this industry," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council.
Records show the Rollo Coaster was inspected by Pennsylvania State officials last week. Idlewild park officials say the 78-year-old ride is inspected by its workers daily.
• Johnson-Thompson takes early lead after high jump personal best
• Ennis-Hill wins 100m hurdles then records her be
st jump for four years
The cream quickly rose to the top on the opening day of the heptathlon with Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Jessica Ennis-Hill producing spectacular performances in the first two events with the Canadian Brianne Thiesen-Eaton, who leads the standings this year, also deep in the mix for gold.
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Day seven brings the start of the athletics, with Jessica Ennis-Hill on the track, plus Bradley Wiggins in the velodrome
Ennis-Hill made a typically fast start during the morning’s action, winning the 100m hurdles, and then cleared 1.89m in the high jump – her best since the UK Indoor trials of February 2012. Johnson-Thompson kept the pressure on as she recovered from a so-so hurdles to make a series of first-time clearances that culminated in a personal best of 1.98m in the high jump.
It meant that after two events Johnson-Thompson led with 2,264 points, with the Belgian Nafissatou Thiam, who also cleared 1.98m, second on 2,252, and Ennis-Hill just behind on 2,242. Theisen-Eaton was fifth on 2,151 but has her stronger events to come.
Before the start of every heptathlon Ennis-Hill’s mere presence sows doubts in her rivals’ minds. They know that the opening event is her strongest and they will be playing catch-up from the off. Through repeated experience, they also know that Ennis-Hill always delivers close to her best, whatever her physical condition. Some people allow pressure to engulf them. The Olympic champion is so strong mentally she is able to brush it off.
Johnson-Thompson was the first of the major contenders to appear in the 100m hurdles, in the penultimate heat, and produced a solid time of 13.48sec. It was not quite as quick as her performance at the world championships in Beijing last year but it was good enough to score 1,053 points.
Then it was Ennis-Hill’s turn. Outside her was Thiesen-Eaton. Both looked nervous: Ennis-Hill slapped her hamstrings and shook her shoulders, trying to release the tension, Thiesen-Eaton managing only the thinnest of smiles.
When the gun went off, Ennis-Hill was out of the blocks fastest and over the hurdles smoothest, coming through to win in 12.84. She ran 0.08sec faster at the Anniversary Games last month and it was 0.30sec slower than when she won gold at London 2012, but the 30-year-old from Sheffield was happy to take the time and the lead with a score of 1,149. Thiesen-Eaton was sixth with 1,097.
In the heats of the men’s 800m Britain’s Michael Rimmer did well to avoid the trouble in a tetchy third heat to qualify for the semi-finals in third behind David Rudisha, who looked easy in winning in 1min 45.09sec. Rudisha then issued an ominous warning: “I’m in good form, there’s no doubt about that,” he said. “I’m finding my last power in finishing, the last 100m. I think I’m in a position to control the end of my races.
“There’s a lot of pressure coming here as defending champion and the world record-holder but I feel like almost close to my good years of 2010 to 2012.”
Rimmer, who ran 1:45.99, said he was not entirely satisfied with his form. “It didn’t feel great out there, I felt a bit sluggish,” he said. “I’ve tapered off quite a bit longer than normal, just to try something different, because in the past I’ve always struggled to get out of the semi-finals. But hopefully that means I’ll be a bit more switched tomorrow.
“There was a lot of pushing and shoving,” he added, “but it was nice to get that back straight in nice and smooth and not be boxed in.”
“I’ve never got to a global final and I think if I finish my career without that happening it would be a waste of talent so that’s the aim.”
“I’ll put myself in the best position I can tomorrow and hopefully the legs turn up with me and I can run a good race. I think it will take a big season’s best, so I’ve got to be ready for that.”
There was disappointment for Britain’s other 800m runner, Elliot Giles, who went out after finishing seventh in his heat in 1:47.88. Giles, who has had a hamstring niggle, said: “I didn’t get through because of that, I didn’t get through because I just didn’t have enough left for the last 100m. I thought I felt good but I tried to go and I just couldn’t get going.
“There’s no excuses besides I just wasn’t good enough. It’s not a learning curve, it’s just an experience and what I could do different from now I just don’t know. The first lap was slow so I should’ve been fine but I just had no get-go. There just wasn’t anything left in the tank. You live and learn.”