Archives for April 2014

Couple Committed Suicide Together

This is the ultimate love story. A couple in upstate New York have killed themselves in an apparent joint suicide by jumping in front of a freight train on Sunday.

Earl and Mary Myatt were killed by an oncoming train on tracks near Verona just moments after calling their son and apologizing for what was about to happen.

‘He called me at 1:35, and at 1:37, they were dead,’ the couple’s 30-year-old son Brad Myatt said.

Died together: Earl and Mary Myatt, both 59, had been married for 42 years and called their son to say goodbye just moments before jumping in front of a freight train on Sunday in upstate New York

Died together: Earl and Mary Myatt, both 59, had been married for 42 years and called their son to say goodbye just moments before jumping in front of a freight train on Sunday in upstate New York

‘He just said he loved me and he was sorry,’ Brad told the Utica Observer-Dispatch.

Police found a suicide note in Mr Myatt’s car and surveillance footage indicates that they were purposefully waiting for the right moment. 

‘We have witnesses who said they heard a warning horn … but there is video that shows they stood right on the tracks waiting for it to come,’ state trooper spokesman Jack Keller told the Utica Observer-Dispatch.

Mr Keller said that is is not clear why they chose that particular point in the train’s path, as Verona is about six miles away from their hometown of Oneida.

He added that the investigation is still ongoing and they are talking to family and friends to get a better understanding of what happened leading up to their deaths.

Troopers will also be staging a reconstruction of the crash to see if the train slowed at all before hitting the long-married couple.

The stress of deteriorating health was weighing down heavily on the couple, who were both 59-years-old, as Mrs Myatt was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm in late January.

She spent a month in intensive care and underwent several surgeries, the most recent only two weeks ago.

Close: Brad Myatt (right) said that his father (left) had been stressed in the wake of Mary's brain aneurism and ensuing operations

Close: Brad Myatt (right) said that his father (left) had been stressed in the wake of Mary’s brain aneurism and ensuing operations

Her two sons and husband visited her constantly but struggled to see her in pain as her motor functions and abilities were reduced to that of a toddler.

Even in her final moments, when Mr Myatt put his wife on the phone with Brad, he said ‘I’ll see you soon’ and he was unable to understand her response, which he said was common after the diagnosis.

‘He was saddened by what she had been reduced to… He missed his wife,’ Brad Myatt said.

‘We’re devastated… but I want everyone to know that my father was a good man, and my mother was an angel who would do anything for anybody.’

End scene: State police troopers said surveillance footage shows that they ignored a warning horn and looked to be purposefully waiting until the exact time that the train was approaching to get on the tracks

End scene: State police troopers said surveillance footage shows that they ignored a warning horn and looked to be purposefully waiting until the exact time that the train was approaching to get on the tracks

The couple met when they were 17 years old and had been married for 42 years at the time of their death.

He rearranged his work schedule at the Mohawk Valley Community College bookstore so that he started at 3.30am and was able to finish earlier in the afternoon in order to spend more time with his ailing wife.

‘We were spoiled in receiving two fantastic parents,’ Brad told Syracuse.com.

‘She was his world.’

So sad. My heart goes out to their family. 🙁

Source Daily Mail

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Dance Brother! Dance!

THIS is why I love New York! You just never know what to expect when you walk out the door. There’s never a dull moment! Check out “Mary Magdalene” earning his keep dancing the hours away without a care in the world. And yes, he’s making major bucks one dollar at a time in heels….TAX FREE!

You gotta love America!

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By Royal Appointment, A Charity Gala

20140424_194727lowxSpecial thanks to some of you dear friends who helped decide on facebook the final ensemble I wore to the royal charity gala. I opted for Ralph Lauren white gown, Louboutin white shoes (sorry forgot to picture it), Escada pink swarovski encrusted clutch and finished the look with vintage diamond and fresh water pearls jewelry collection created by various designers from my collection. The gala was in honor of His Royal Highnesses Karl Friedrich von Hohenzollern which was a success. I was delighted to see some of my friends like Caroline (pictured below) and made many more new friends. I think I forgot to wear my mascara though. Oh well! Shortly after that, I headed downtown to salsa the night away with friends and family. I’m still recovering! TGIF!

 

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News Anchor Sue Simmons Dropped The F Word!

OMG!!!! Sue Simmons a 30+ years TV news anchor dropped the F word mid broadcast! The word came from the belly with sincerity and guts! However she has since apologized for the fiasco. This goes to show how we are all human even while under duress. Oh dear! Poor Sue! Hang in there sister! OUCH!

See this video to hear it for yourself. It’s kind of funny though. 🙂

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President Obama May Never Visit Nigeria

Barack ObamaAllegedly, according to Sahara, President Obama may never visit Nigeria under these circumstances.
Barrack Hussein Obama is not only the leader of the most powerful nation on earth, but he is the celebrated black president of the United States. Love him or not, he is at a pinnacle for the black race on the earth today. However, the black president of America has thus far refused to visit the biggest black nation in the world and by all projection, will not do so till he completes his second term as U.S. president if things remain the same with Nigeria. Why will Obama not visit Nigeria?
 
Here are some of the reasons:
The Nigerian government is a bunch of bandits.Continue readingThe military leadership of the nation aids and abets terrorists.
The military leadership of Nigeria lies that it has freed captive girls.
Repeat: The military leadership of Nigeria lies that it has freed captive girls.
Nigeria’s military chiefs, ministry of defense and heads of state security lead the deliberate massacre of innocent civilians and soldiers.
Abuja, the nation’s capital is the residence of thieves and hideout of terror sponsors.
Abacha, a dictator, killer and treasury looter is honored in Nigeria.
Al Mustapha, M.K.O. Abiola’s wife’s murderer and an Abacha marksmen team leader is freed.
Bayelsa, the home state of Nigeria’s president is the most toxic piece of land on planet earth with 40 oil spills recorded every month.
Nigeria pollutes the sea more than any oil producing nation on earth.
Nigeria today does not arrest sponsors of terror whose money now finances Al Shabaab and Al Qaeda.
There are more kidnappings in Nigeria than any nation.
Nigeria currently hosts the most dangerous high sea piracy events on the planet.
Nigeria this 2014 has succeeded in scoring the highest number and worst cases of death and violence from terror than any nation on earth.
Nigeria’s youth are the most deprived on the planet, considering the nation’s immense wealth.
Nigeria’s government steals from almajiri (beggars), the youth and unemployed to give to the government bloated thieves and Cabal.
Nigeria is the only nation on earth that rather than developing is regressing.
$20-127 billion dollars, oil revenue has been stolen by Nigeria’s government officials and their partner, billionaire Cabal. #WhereIsOurMoney?
Nigeria’s fourth republic civilian regimes are worse than its military dictator regimes.
Nigeria has an oil goddess, Diezani Allison-Madueke.
Nigeria has achieved the highest level of government corruption ever recorded in the history of planet earth.And finally:
Not only is Nigeria’s government clueless, and recklessly hopeless, but so are its people also recognized to be for permitting such a Cabal regime and system to remain in power.
There have been civilians like Gandhi and soldiers like Rawlings who have walked their nations out of the mess, but of its 168 million victims of the treacherous, lootocratic fourth republic, Nigeria does not have a single civilian or soldier, talk less thousands willing and able to deliver its children, elders and most helpless.
This is why president Obama does not only not visit, but does not even talk of or remember Nigeria, a nation in a new dark age.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah
OUCH!

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Just How Strong Is Your Passport?

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The Singapore passport remains one of the most welcomed by countries around in the world. As of last year, holders of the passport got visa-free access to 167 of 219 countries surveyed for the latest Visa Restrictions Index. It was ranked sixth internationally – alongside Australia and Greece – for the unrestricted access it offers.

Citizens of Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom held the best passports for global travel last year, with visa-free access to 173 countries.

How do other countries rank? And which citizens have it the hardest with their passports?

View the Visa Restrictions Index below:

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Scandal Movie Is In The Works!

scandal_2012_624x351I’m praying this is not a hoax because I’m a huge fan of the Scandal TV series and would love to see it on the big screen as well….with none other than Denzel Washington!

Sources have revealed that due to the enormous success of the Scandal television series, Shonda Rhimes has planned a Scandal movie, which is tentatively set to be released in the spring of 2015. The film will feature Denzel Washington in the starring role as the Mayor of Atlanta.

Details are still cloudy about the film, but Kerry Washington is confirmed as a co-star alongside Denzel Washington (no relation).  Shonda Rhimes sat down with Zay of www.MapeNation.com to discuss some of the ideas behind the film.

“Scandal has really gained a lot of loyal fans of the show,” she said. “I’m very proud to be able to provide a series that keeps people so glued to their television sets. So I wanted to take it to the next level.  I wanted to bring Scandal to the big screen…and trust me, you haven’t seen anything yet.”

Some of the stars rumored to be appearing in the film include: Denzel and Kerry, Columbus Short, Tony Goldwyn, Guillermo Diaz, Tyler Perry, and Nene Leakes.  Small appearances by some of the other cast members of Housewives of Atlanta cast are also expected.

When asked for a teaser about the plot, Shonda revealed, “I can’t say too much, but Olivia Pope finally leaves DC for a new start.  She ends up working as crisis management for the Mayor of Atlanta (Denzel Washington) and that’s when things get hairy.”

Apparently, Shonda Rhimes, writer of Scandal and other known hit series such Grey’s Anatomy, wants to create the ultimate drama film.  Denzel Washington also appears to be excited about that project.  “I’ve been watching the series and I’m really proud of Ms. Washington for all the success she’s having,” Denzel said. “I want to offer my talents to such an amazing story. I think it will be well received.”

Filming will begin after Washington, who is currently pregnant, births her child and recovers.

The interest in this film is sure to skyrocket, considering the success the show has seen.  Every Thursday, fans are glued to their television sets to watch the drama of Olivia Pope unfold.  If the show goes to the next level as Shonda promised, I’m sure it’s going to set box office records and make a lot of people happy.

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Bal A Versailles, A Night To Remember

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While many companies moonlight as “non-profit” organizations throwing lavishing galas and pocketing the majority of the profit as “proceeds for charity”, a little known catering company “Fleurimond Catering” celebrated a 12 year anniversary of organizing lavish galas except that it’s for profit with proceeds going to charity! Now, that’s what I call a selfless act of courage! The brains behind the operation is non other than a petite hardworking Nadege Fleurimond who has taken advantage of her personal and professional networks to put together a party that could rival any mega million dollars and star studded fete. Yearly, she gathers her well established friends and colleagues dressed up to the nines as if going to the Oscars, and yes I mean complete elegance to dance, eat and network while at the same time donating some of the proceeds to charity! You see, she calls it what it is by making it transparent from the start that it’s not a “non-profit” affair. Annually, she chooses a charity organization of choice to benefit from the fete. This year, the the honor of the masquerade ball theme event went to Haiti Cultural Exchange. Nadege is Haitian by heritage, so it’s only befitting that she would use the opportunity to give back to her community.10272487_10101223464005122_1408718635900524281_o

I was honored to represent Shoeholics as one of the esteemed guests. For such a selfless cause, it was a no brainer to get the magazine to participate as well. Every lucky guests went home with a copy of Shoeholics magazine in their gift bags! I even came close to winning an iPad for “Best Mask”! I was the first runner up, loosing out to a lovely lady in gold lace mask whose picture I couldn’t stop taking prior to the contest. Her ensemble was old Hollywood glamour and the way the light kept hitting her as she danced made her a perfect photographer’s subject. I was enamored with her, along with about 3 other photographers who couldn’t get enough of her either. With a unique mask like that with draped white feathers over her gown certainly is deceiving of the award. I was happy to loose to such an elegant sight. I was so carried away that I completely forget to ask for her name! Silly me. Nevertheless, I had so much fun and made loads of new friends! Merci Beaucoup Fleurimond Catering! A bientot mon cheri!

To further help their cause please visit the Haiti Cultural Exchange

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Jews To ID Themselves In Ukraine. Holocaust All Over Again!

Well folks, it looks like we might have the Holocaust on our hands yet again. This was after all how Adolf Hitler started! According to CNN…

U.S. officials Thursday denounced what one called a “grotesque” leaflet ordering Jews in one eastern Ukrainian city to register with a government office, but the Jewish community there dismissed it as a “provocation.”

The fliers were handed out by masked men in front the main synagogue in Donetsk, where pro-Russian protesters have declared a “People’s Republic,” Jewish leaders there said. The document warned the city’s Jews to register and document their property or face deportation, according to a CNN translation of one of the leaflets.

Geoffrey Pyatt, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, told CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” that a respected Jewish leader in Ukraine showed him a photograph of one of the leaflets. He called the document “chilling.”

And in Geneva, where diplomats held emergency talks on the Ukrainian crisis, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the leaflets “grotesque” and “beyond unacceptable.”

But the Jewish community statement said relations between the Jews of Donetsk and their neighbors were amicable, and the self-proclaimed head of the “People’s Republic,” Denis Pushilin, denied any connection to the fliers.

Pushilin told CNN the handwriting on the flier wasn’t his, and the title attached to his name was not one he uses. It wasn’t clear who had distributed the leaflets, but the chief rabbi of nearby Dnipropetrovsk said, “Everything must be done to catch them.”

“It’s important for everyone to know its not true,” said the rabbi, Shmuel Kaminezki. “The Jews of Donetsk will not do what the letter says.”

The reports come as Ukraine’s Western-backed interim government has been struggling to contain uprisings by pro-Russian political movements in several eastern cities, with both sides invoking the historical horror of Nazism in their disputes. Pyatt told CNN that radical groups may be trying to stir up historic fears or create a provocation to justify further violence.

“It’s chilling. I was disgusted by these leaflets,” Pyatt said. “Especially in Ukraine, a country that suffered so terribly under the Nazis, that was one of the sites of the worst violence of the Holocaust. To drag up this kind of rhetoric is almost beyond belief.”

The leaflets were handed out on Tuesday, during the Jewish holiday of Passover, the Jewish community statement said. They stated that registration was required because Jewish leaders had supported the “nationalists and bandits” in Kiev, where a popular revolt ousted pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February.

“All citizens of Jewish nationality over age of 16, living on territories of Donetsk People’s Republic, have to register with DPR commissioner of nationality before May 3rd, 2014 at the Donetsk Regional Administration, room 514, registration fee is $50,” read a photographed copy of the leaflet translated by CNN. “Must have in person $50 cash, passport, all available IDs, and documentation of ownership of real estate and transportation.”

The men also hung posters with the same message, it said.

“Who is behind this is an open question,” Rabbi Pinkhas Vishedski said in the statement. But he said the act was a provocation “and should be treated accordingly … full stop and end of topic.”

Provocation or not, the U.S.-based Anti-Defamation League condemned their distribution and what it called their “cynical and politically manipulative” exploitation of anti-Semitism.

“We are skeptical about the flier’s authenticity, but the instructions clearly recall the Nazi era and have the effect of intimidating the local Jewish community,” ADL Director Abraham Foxman said in a written statement.

Pyatt said that in Kiev, where the Jewish community is a vital part of political life, there is “no sympathy for this approach.”

“It’s almost inconceivable that this kind of thing could be happening in the 21st century,” Pyatt said.

And Kerry said all parties at the Geneva talks unanimously condemned anti-Semitism and other forms of religious intolerance.

“Any of the people who engage in these kinds of activities — from whatever party or whatever ideology or whatever place they crawl out of — there is no place for that,” he said.

Preview the video footage below. So sad.

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Taylor Swift Has A Fear of Black Men

taylor-swift-afraid-of-black-men-620x400I don’t know why Paula Dean comes to mind when I first heard about this story. Is it something about being country or being from that region of the US? Please someone say it ain’t so!

Apparently, according to TheNewsNerd, Pop singer Taylor Swift has a strong case of “Negrophobia”. She is said to have revealed that she has an extreme fear of black people. A source close to the 24-year-old singer said she has been seeking counseling for the condition with the hope that she recovers from it.

The source stated Swift has always had a slight fear of black people, but it reached its pinnacle after her run-in with Kanye West in 2009. When Kanye West rushed the stage during her acceptance speech for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards, she believed she was going to be attacked. Though Kanye did not inflict any physical pain on her, the ordeal left her with an emotional scar that festered into a fear of being accosted by black men.

Taylor Swift has taken the stage with various rappers since the ordeal with Kanye, such as T.I. and B.o.B., but that fear remained present. Swift said the condition has grown and is beginning to affect her financially and emotionally.

The source who revealed the news stated, “Taylor is a very good girl and one of the kindest people you will ever meet. Kanye really did a number on her emotionally, but she is still working hard to recover. She breaks out into a nervous sweat and has trouble breathing whenever there is a black man around. This is a medical condition and has nothing to do with hate for anyone. Taylor loves everyone. I actually told her that the best way to get over it is to take one into your bed. I too had a fear of black men, but now they are all I date. That old saying is true, ‘once you go black, you never go back.’”

“Taylor will be fine, she just needs to jump back on that horse,” she said while laughing.

Taylor Swift could be suffering from Negrophobia, which Google defines as an intense fear of black people. In Taylor’s case however, the fear only extends to men. There is no known cure.

The country crooner last released Red on October 22, 2012. The album debuted at number one after selling an astounding 1.28 million copies in the first week of release. The debut became the biggest opening for a female since Britney Spears’ ‘Oops … I did it Again’ in 2000. The album also spent a total of 16 weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 Chart.

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