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Madonna took a nasty fall during her performance at the BRIT Awards last week. The singer then blamed the embarrassing and painful incident on the cape that she claimed was tied too tight around her neck. The cape's designer Giorgio Armani has now defended his creation, saying the whole thing was Madge's own fault. "Madonna, as we know, is very difficult," the designer said in an interview with Associated Press. "This cape had a hook and she wanted a tie, and she wasn't able to open it with her hands. That's all there is to it." At last week's BRITs, Madge was performing her single "Living for Love" on a platform when one of her dancers pulled the cape. Things, however, didn't go as planned as the cape failed to come off. The iconic diva fell and hit the ground pretty hard. After the incident, she posted an illustration of the cape on her Instagram account and told her followers she was okay. "Armani hooked me up! My beautiful cape was tied too tight!" she wrote, before adding, "I'm fine!" She shared more details on the cape as she appeared on the U.K.'s "The Jonathan Ross Show". "Everybody was worried that my cape was going to slide off because it's quite heavy, so they tied it really tight around my neck," she explained. "So here I am marching in like a queen, and I got to the top of the stairs and I pulled my silky string, and it would not come undone," she continued. "And my two lovely
Ahead of Bobbi Kristina Brown's birthday, her boyfriend Nick Gordon tweeted some desperate messages on Tuesday, March 3. Nick posted, "I'm so hurt I wanna do myself in, I know I have to strong." He then posted a photo of him watching Bobbi's favorite movie "The Hobbit" from the bed. "I have the best publicist in the world @Joseycrews @REALbkBrown I am watching the hobbit 2-3 our fav movie baby. I'm Close to you baby," he wrote alongside the photo. Nick also retweeted a posting from a fan which read, "@nickdgordon Do you know how mad BK and WH would be at you? Stop talking like that! You are way stronger then you think man... #love #pray." Earlier in the day, Nick once again slammed Bobby Brown, saying he wanted to save people that the New Edition singer hurt. "I am the new edition to Bobby saving women you hurt. Only 25 and dealing with all this thanks to you. I don't see how 2 ppl that rep the same go against each other. B4 anybody finds out I'm going a hospital #beinghonest. So sick of tired of being humble." Nick also commented on rumors that Bobby's family was filming a reality show while Bobbi's fighting for her life at the hospital. "Bobby you're just a center fold. You're doing shows I would be there by her side 24/7 non stop taking care of our baby." He added, "I miss when we where all together and had fun I hate this. You all blame me but I tried my best and it wasn't good enough for you sorry." He also posted a photo of Bobbi being kissed by her dog. "I love you soooooooo much plz wake up," he captioned it. On the same day, Nick also admitted that he was not Bobbi's husband after dissing her father. Nick wrote, "@KingBobbyBrown take king off your name. I'm tough daddy." A Twitter user then responded to his tweet, "Leave the man alone you both are going thru it do not keep bashing him. that is his daughter." Nick replied, "That's my fiance I think I care more."
Chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd believes India are formidable opponents but says a disciplined West Indies effort can see the reigning World champions beaten, when the two teams meet at the WACA Ground here Friday. India are unbeaten in three outings in the ICC Cricket World Cup while West Indies have lost two of four games, and both teams will be eyeing victory as crucial especially with a place in the next round looming. “The point is that we have a good bowling attack, good batsmen, and a good all-round side,” Lloyd said here Monday. “If we bat, we have to make enough runs to win and defend. We do have the bowlers to do so. This pitch is quite good – it’s got very constant bounce. It’s a good cricket pitch. They (India) have won three out of three, so we can’t fault their bowling or their batting.” He added: “One-day cricket is about who plays well on the day and gets their disciplines right. If we do that, we give them a good run for their money. They’re defending champions and they want to be in this World Cup as long as possible. “It’s obvious that this game is important to us, and to you for that matter. We want to do well and if we play to our ability, we’ll be able to do so.” India opened their campaign with a 76-run victory over Pakistan and followed up by crushing South Africa by 130 runs. They overpowered minnows United Arab Emirates to win by nine wickets. Despite India’s form, Lloyd said he was hoping to see West Indies put up a strong challenge. “India’s always a formidable side and they’ll continue to be so. But when you set a standard, people expect you to keep that standard all the time,” he pointed out. “India are doing well, but I hope they don’t do too well on Friday. It will be a good game. India will be good opponents. They’ve been playing well and we’ve been sporadic in our play but we’re hoping that this pitch will suit us quite well. It should be quite an exciting game.” West Indies’ recent record against India does not make for good reading. They have lost their last four series and have suffered defeats in 13 of their last 20 meetings. On last October’s ill-fated tour, they won the first game of the series convincingly before going on to lose the aborted series. Lloyd noted the Caribbean side was coming up against the core of the same squad from last year. “It’s nearly the same sort of side. Your pace bowling seems to be pretty good and you have a good spin bowler in (Ravi) Ashwin,” the legendary former Windies captain said. “You’ve got a good variety, and I think you have good all-round strength. Virat Kohli has been a tremendous player over the last two years and now you have the likes of (Shikhar) Dhawan coming through. I think you should do well.”
MediaTakeOut uploaded a video of Mary J. Blige with caption "Mary J. Blige Is Back On That COCAINE Again!" on Monday, February 2. The blog suggested that the singer/actress was high on drug while dancing wildly in the video. Her representative, however, has denied the story, telling Gossip Cop that "there is nothing" to the allegation. The website indeed didn't provide valid evidence that Blige was using cocaine. The website made a similar report on Blige back in 2012. It was reported that Blige, who was sitting at a Nets game in Brooklyn with half-shut eyes, passed out. The report was posted with a comment which read, "Hopefully she ain't BACK ON THAT STUFF again." In 2013, Blige revealed that she had been battling drug addiction. She blamed childhood abuse for her depression which led to her drug addiction. She stated, "It only happened once, but after that there was so much else in my childhood that happened. So many dark moments-which all added up and that's what sprung on the drug addiction, trying to numb it all with the drugs." The hip-hop and R&B legend even admitted that she was high on cocaine when she won her first Grammy Award in 1995. However, the death of Whitney Houston who was also battling drug and alcohol addiction crushed Blige. She said, "Her death is another reason I stopped. I really do think I'm done. I looked at how that woman could not perform anymore." She motivated herself to lead a cleaner life. Forgoing rehab, the singer decided to pray and to seek God on her own. Her faith on God helped her maintain her sobriety.
Legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara is ready to throw his hat in the ring and contest the post as president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). In an exclusive interview with the Trinidad Guardian, Lara, who is currently doing television commentary at the World Cup in Australia/New Zealand, said he is becoming increasingly concerned at the deficiencies in the management of the sport here in the Caribbean, and he would have no hesitation in accepting a nomination and contesting the top post as president of the WICB. Lara said he is frightened by the breakdown of an institution that has been mostly responsible for giving him the opportunity to become the person he is today. “If you are a West Indian, and understand what cricket means to us, you have to feel that we could do a lot better than we are currently doing. We have had so many talented young men coming up and suddenly, they just disappear off the scene, while our cricket continues to decline. Nobody appears to care about them.” Lara said there was too much bickering and fighting between players and administrators, and it appeared that people in top positions did not understand their roles. He said he was approached some months ago by T&T Cricket Board president Azim Bassarath to get involved in the administration. “Mr Bassarath had suggested that I should get involved and he and his Board would seriously consider supporting me. I am here in Australia with most of the top administrators and players, and even they appear to be concerned at the state of our cricket. The way they speak is like they have little faith in our future. I am ready to get involved.” Contacted, T&TCB president Bassarath said he was delighted that someone of Lara’s stature was interested in taking charge of West Indies cricket. “I believe that Brian would be an ideal person to lead West Indies cricket, and as a matter of fact, I approached him a few months ago about such a possibility. But unfortunately, he is too late for us to nominate him for the elections which will take place on Saturday. The constitution of the WICB does not allow us to nominate him at this late stage, since nominations closed one month before the elections.” Bassarath said that his Board would be supporting another former West Indies cricketer, Joel Garner, on Saturday. The T&TCB will also support Baldath Mahabir as vice-president. Bassarath said he hopes that whoever wins the elections would heal the current wounds in West Indies cricket and lift the region’s credibility. He said it was reassuring and refreshing to know that whatever the outcome of the elections, Lara was waiting in the wings for the chance to serve. “The presence of someone as great as Lara on the West Indies Board can give us so much credibility and stature in the eyes of the rest of the world. It’s a pity he is unable to be part of this year’s process.” Incumbent Dave Cameron will contest Garner for the job at the WICB’s annual general meeting on Saturday. Cameron has been under fire for his handling of the recent aborted tour of India, and has angered West Indian fans with a retweet of an attack of West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle, which suggested that he should pack up and leave West Indies cricket.
Grenada will be taking nothing for granted when they face Puerto Rico in their opening tie of the CONCACAF 2018 World Cup qualifiers in June. The Spice Boys are currently ranked 155th in the world, seventh notches higher than Puerto Rico but Grenada FA president Cheney Joseph said they would be preparing intensely and leaving nothing to chance. “If we had gotten to play against Montserrat or Anguilla, or we had gotten to play against Costa Rica or the United States, we would have taken the game in the same speed,” Joseph said recently. He added: “We will take Puerto Rico very seriously and we’re hoping for the best. I will admit that it will be very unfortunate for us not to play a World Cup game in the newly opened stadium when it is ready in August. “We’re hoping we’ll be able to have a massive crowd in September when we have the chance to play another game so I’m just hoping that we will go past Puerto Rico and face the likes of whoever the survivors are.” The CONCACAF stage of the qualifiers kick off March 23rd with the first round but Grenada will enter the competition from the second round when they travel to San Juan on June 8. They will host the return leg here on June 16th. Round three will run from August 31st to September 8th with Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz and Haiti joining the ten winners from round two. Joseph said Grenada were expecting a strong challenge from Puerto Rico who boasted several experienced players campaigning in North American leagues. “As a former player myself, statistics are good just for the books,” Joseph said. “The reality is that Puerto Rico has, in my honest opinion, a lot more players based in Puerto Rico who are playing at a higher level, mainly in the NASL (North American Soccer League) and one or two I think who have played in the MLS (Major League Soccer).” He continued: “The 24 players [we have in training] are home-based and our season ended in November so it’s that kind of thing. The good news is that our season restarts in April so the players will definitely be in match shape.” The GFA said he also expected strong competition for places on the national squad, further fuelling the players’ hunger to do well. “Some of the guys who have represented Grenada in the past few years but may not have made the cut [recently] have a kind of desire to prove to themselves that they should have been there.” Grenada will intensify preparations this weekend when they travel to Bermuda for a pair of international friendlies.
West Indies were on Sunday feted at a Caribbean day organised by the Western Australia government, as the team took time out from their preparations to mingle with the large West Indian community here. The side arrived in the coastal city on Saturday to begin preparations for their fifth game of the ICC Cricket World Cup against reigning World champions India next week. Caribbean music – mainly calypso and reggae – and the smell of West Indian food filled the air at the Perth Cultural Centre as fans got the chance to meet with the West Indies stars. As expected, among the biggest drawing cards were talismanic opener Chris Gayle and former Test and One-Day International captain Darren Sammy, who took photos with and signed autographs for numerous excited fans. Team manager Sir Richie Richardson and bowling coach Sir Curtly Ambrose, both former stars, were also mobbed by eager fans. However, it was Gayle who stole the show. He joined the live band on stage to showcase his singing and dancing skills, and was joined by fellow Jamaican Andre Russell who also entertained the crowd. West Indies will turn their attention to their preparation on Monday with a full training session at Murdoch University. They have had a mixed run in the World Cup to date, losing two and winning two of their four games, with form that has lurched between spectacular and substandard. They opened their Group B campaign with a shock four-wicket defeat to minnows Ireland before rebounding to hammer Pakistan by 150 runs in Christchurch. The Windies then scaled new heights when they piled up 372 for two to beat Zimbabwe by 73 runs in Canberra but then plummeted to the joint worst-ever defeat in World Cup history with a 257-run loss to South Africa in Sydney just days later. A victory at the WACA ground on Friday would see them take a huge step towards qualifying for the second round.
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has expressed optimism about plans by the regional airline, LIAT, to streamline operations to cut costs and become more efficient. “The changes do provide a basis for optimism. I think some courage is finally being applied to deal with the situation with LIAT,” Anthony told reporters. The airline recently announced plans to cut 180 jobs, dispose of its Dash 8 fleet and reduce the number of aircraft based in Antigua and Barbuda. The plans are aimed at putting more capacity into Barbados with two additional aircraft from the end of October 2015, resulting in fewer flights out of Antigua. “Obviously it is not going to be easy for the government and people of Antigua, but they have to understand that governments cannot continue to pump money year after year into LIAT, despite the carrier’s losses.” He added that LIAT’s shareholder governments have understood that the time has come to take “dramatic action” to deal in a deliberate way with the problems of the carrier. “Caribbean people need LIAT badly,” Anthony said, adding that decisive action was necessary to restore the loss-making airline to viability. LIAT recently announced that it would re-locate four of the airline’s new ATR aircraft at the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados , while Antigua will have two. The remaining two aircraft will be based in Trinidad.
West Indies and T&T batsman Lendl Simmons is being sued by a former girlfriend for posting intimate photographs of her on social networking sites after their relationship ended. The woman, an account executive, is seeking compensation from Simmons for breaching the confidentiality of their relationship by broadcasting the images, taken by him during a sexual encounter, without her permission. Whatever the outcome, the lawsuit will be considered a landmark case as it is the first time an act of internet “revenge porn” has been litigated in T&T. Currently, there is no specific law which makes the act a criminal offence, thus forcing the woman to file a civil lawsuit against Simmons. According to her witness statement filed before High Court Judge Frank Seepersad, the woman is claiming that she and Simmons started the relationship when they met at a party in 2013. After a year-and-a-half together, the woman said she broke up with Simmons after she discovered that he was engaged to be married while involved with her. The woman admitted that she then contacted Simmons’ fiance at the time, now his current wife, to inform her of the situation. In response, she claims Simmons allegedly used several mobile apps, including Viber, to send photos of sexual acts they took while together to her former boyfriend and to several of his friends, including his local and regional team-mates—Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard—who are expected to be summoned by the woman as witnesses in the trial. Besides damaging her reputation, the woman is claiming the release of the images also caused her significant emotional distress. Sex encounters Simmons is denying he was in a relationship with the woman which warranted the level of confidentiality she is claiming. Instead, through his lawyers, he is alleging their encounters were strictly sexual. On June 5 last year, Justice Ronnie Boodoosingh granted the woman an injunction against Simmons, ordering him to delete the images and to refrain from distributing them further. Details of the case had initially been deemed as confidential, with only the parties’ lawyers being allowed to attend pervious hearings. But the seal over case was lifted when it was transfered to Seepersad, who will preside over the trial. Seepersad held a brief case-management conference in the Port-of-Spain High Court yesterday, where he met lawyers for the two parties to discuss the case. Simmons, who played for Mumbai Indians in last year’s Indian Premier League, was not present for the hearing as he is with the West Indies team in Australia preparing for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup. The woman is being represented by Naveen Maraj and Christian Chandler, while Ken Wright appeared for Simmons. The case comes up for another case management conference on March 23. Revenge porn Revenge porn is defined as the distribution of a sexual image of someone without their permission and with the intent to cause them distress. The issue has received significant international attention since the practice became popular with the advent of numerous photo-sharing and social media apps over the past few years. With lawmakers being unable to keep up with rapidly evolving technology, many offenders have gone unpunished. Last November, 21-year-old Luke King became the first person in the United Kingdom (UK) to be jailed for engaging in revenge porn. Like T&T, the UK does not have any specific legislation which outlaws the practice. As such, King was prosecuted under that country’s harassment laws for failing to adhere to two previous warnings from police when he decided to post a nude image of his former girlfriend on instant messaging app Whatsapp. The UK Parliament is debating the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill 2013–14, which makes revenge porn an offence punishable by a maximum jail term of two years.
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