Melissa Joan Hart: I made out with Ryan Reynolds

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Ryan Reynolds made out with Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Yes, really!

In a new interview with Life Style, Melissa Joan Hart has revealed that back in the mid-’90s, she and the now-36-year-old “Green Lantern” star made out in her hotel room on his last day of filming the TV movie “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.”

“I remember that his lips were pretty wonderful, plus he has these big hands and shoulders that completely swallowed my petite frame,” Hart recalled. “It was a terrific distraction from how strongly he smelled of hair product.”

The “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” TV movie became the pilot that kicked off the series of the same name, which ran from 1996 to 2003. Though Reynolds didn’t appear in the TV show, in the movie he played Seth, Sabrina’s crush, on whom she uses her magic to get him to notice her. The Canadian actor was only 19 at the time.

In her new autobiography, “Melissa Explains All” (hitting stores Oct. 29), Hart reveals that Reynolds gave her a Bulova watch on his final day of shooting the TV movie, which resulted in the duo making out in her hotel room.

But don’t worry — the Vancouver native’s current wife, Blake Lively, will not be taken by surprise with this news. In fact, she already knew about it. Hart told Life Style that she confessed to Mrs. Reynolds about the make-out session last year when Hart was helping out with a birthday present for Reynolds.

“It’s funny. I told her, ‘Just so you know, I’m coming out with a book,’ and she was like, ‘OK!'” Hart said. “We are actually friendly with each other.”

The 37-year-old TV star’s book also details her make-out sessions with Jerry O’Connell and Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, not to mention her difficulty getting along with Ashton Kutcher. We wonder if she’s spoken to Mila Kunis about that!

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Qatar promises crackdown over deaths of World Cup construction workers

Qatar has promised to crack down on private building companies who exploit migrant workers, following a Guardian investigation that revealed alarming numbers of labourers are dying in the building boom prior to the 2022 World Cup.

Qatari labour minister Saleh al-Khulaifi said the Gulf state would recruit more inspectors to mount raids and checks on companies to ensure they comply with labour laws and hire more interpreters to speed up the treatment of complaints from foreign workers.

The move, announced on Monday, is the clearest admission yet from a senior official of serious problems in Qatar’s handling of its 1.2 million migrant labourers. It follows warnings that unless Qatar’s punishing labour system is changed, at least 4,000 workers could die before a ball is kicked at the World Cup.

Al-Khulaifi said Qatar took allegations of maltreatment very seriously, and told reporters: “We will not hesitate to take necessary action to protect the rights of [the] expatriate workforce.”

His remarks followed a review that pointed blame at contracting companies who recruit migrant workers from across south Asia to toil on a huge range of building projects as the gas-rich kingdom ploughs more than $20bn (£12bn) a year into new infrastructure.

The boom will see at least $100bn spent on up to nine football stadiums, a new airport complete with a separate terminal for the Emir, a highway to Bahrain, a railway and metro network and 29 new hotels. One of the biggest projects is an entire new city, Lusail, which is scheduled to host the World Cup final.

From 4 June to 8 August this year, 44 Nepalese workers died, about half from heart failure or accidents.

Workers have described being forced to work in 50C heat without a supply of drinking water by employers who withhold salaries for several months and retain passports to prevent workers from leaving the country. Endemic sickness and hunger in overcrowded and insanitary quarters has been reported.

The pro-government Peninsula newspaper reported: “The ministry takes the issues of labourers very seriously. The inspection of contracting companies is going on to check how they are dealing with their workers. Companies are under scrutiny to make them comply with the provisions of the labour law regarding health, safety, accommodation and salaries, among others.”

The news comes just days before a meeting of Fifa’s executive committee in Zurich, where it is due to consider the impact of allegations of abuse of foreign labour in Qatar on World Cup preparations. Pressure has been growing on Fifa and Qatar to act, with FifaPro, the global alliance of professional footballers’ unions, saying last week it was deeply alarmed at the deaths of workers.

But there is concern that Qatar’s labour ministry may not be in full control of the pre-World Cup building programme and that the separate Qatar 2022 supreme committee is more influential. On Monday night, the response was attacked by international union leaders as “extremely weak and disappointing”.

The International Trade Union Confederation said the promised raids and checks did nothing to abolish the Qatari system which strips migrant workers of their passports, renders them powerless to complain about conditions, and traps them in Qatar, unable to leave.

“They already have labour inspectors and they have no impact,” said Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the ITUC, who has previously met the Qatari labour minister for talks in Geneva on the issue. “What is needed are laws that protect workers’ rights to join a union, bargain collectively and refuse unsafe work, and only then can inspectors do their job.

“As it stands, there are laws that give employers total control over workers so no worker will feel able to speak to a labour inspector.”

Human Rights Watch, the New York-based group which produced a June 2012 report that found “pervasive employer exploitation and abuse of workers in Qatar’s construction industry,” welcomed the move but called for prosecutions to create a deterrent effect and “end the culture of impunity”. “This is an unprecedented acknowledgement of the problem from an official body in Qatar and I don’t think we have heard anything like this from any labour ministry in the Gulf,” said Nicholas McGeehan, Gulf researcher for HRW. “They have to be prepared to criminally sanction Qatari employers and they must not scapegoat non-Qatari companies at the bottom of the food chain. An increase in inspections is necessary and a step forward, but there needs to be legal reforms to end the ‘kafalah’ system, which binds workers to one employer.”

India revealed over the weekend that 41 of its nationals in Qatar died over the summer, 27 of them in August, the hottest month of the year when daytime temperatures hovered in the mid to high 40s. The Indian embassy said on its website that more than 230 nationals had died in Qatar in each of the past three years, although it did not provide a complete breakdown of the causes of death. Some died of natural causes, others in road accidents.

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Porky and Buddy Pet Health – At what cost spaying and neutering?

Dear Porky and Buddy,
All of my pets are spayed or neutered because I am a firm believer in the importance of having that done. But I know people who have not had it done and when I nag them about it, which I do all the time without apology, they sometimes tell me that the only thing keeping them from getting it done is the cost.

So my question is, are there programs out there to help with the cost of spaying and neutering? Does the Humane Society have any programs? What can I tell them that would be more helpful than just guilt?

Dear Tony,
Thank you for being a busybody and a nag.

We need more people like you on this really important issue. We also have no problem with guilt. Whatever works.

The first thing to suggest is that they just call their own vet and ask if there are any options available through the vet’s office.

Most veterinarians do not work on the installment plan, obviously, but many have access to outside financing sources  (Care Credit is one.) that they can refer clients too and sometimes even assist with.

If that doesn’t work, then yes the Oswego County Humane Society has a spay/neuter clinic for cats in low income households.

But it is a small part time clinic with a long waiting list and families must meet income qualifications to get on the list.

You can find out more by calling the office at 315-207-1070.

If waiting is not an option, or a family does not meet the income restrictions, there is a program in Syracuse called Spay and Neuter Syracuse (SANS for short) that provides low-cost services. You can find out more at their website or by calling 315-422-7970.

And finally the national organization, Friends of Animals, offers reduced price certificates for spaying and neutering at participating veterinarians.

You can find local vets who will accept the certificates at or by calling them at 1-800-321-7387.

As you can see, there are options out there.

We hope everyone spreads the word about these very important services.

Better yet, how about adopting a pet that is already neutered, so you don’t have to worry about that expense?

For a mere pittance, $50 for an older cat and $75 for a kitten, you can find your new lap warmer to get you through the winter, that we all know is coming, at the Humane Society’s upcoming adoption day on October 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oswego Armory, West First Street.

You can check out the Humane Society’s booth at Pumpkinfest and then come across the river to find the new love of your life.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY.

Phone (315) 207-1070.


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Kiss and Tell: Melissa Joan Hart’s Scandalous ’90s Memories

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Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina the Teenage Witch, in 1996

By now, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Clarissa Explains It All fans have probably heard (from Life Style) that star Melissa Joan Hart‘s upcoming memoir reveals some of her more scandalous secrets. Though the book, Melissa Explains It All—available Oct. 29—emphasizes the “normal” qualities of her life, she also discusses experimenting with drugs, being high during her infamous racy Maxim photo shoot and hooking up with guys like Jerry O’Connell.

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But that’s not all that Hart reveals, from her early days auditioning for commercials to her current life as a working mom: Melissa Joan Hart’s memories of the 1990s will get your nostalgia going.

For example, the kissing didn’t stop at O’Connell. Her first onscreen kiss was with James Van Der Beek—even though she had begged the producers to cast anyone but him, since she didn’t think he was attractive.

Hart also claims that, during the Drive Me Crazy period of her life, she was the first person to ever sneak Britney Spears into a nightclub, a decision that seemed innocuous at the time. Hart was six years older than Spears, who Hart remembers are extremely sheltered and supervised. Hart told Spears’ bodyguard that they were going to have a homemade meal at Hart’s house but instead they went to Club Cherry in L.A.

And then there’s Ryan Reynolds. In the 1996 TV movie version of Sabrina—a character to which Hart’s mother had purchased the rights for her daughter, and which they used for a TV movie before going to series—he played her crush on-screen and, by the end of the shoot, off. Though Hart had a boyfriend at the time, Reynolds’ decision to give her an expensive watch when the movie wrapped convinced her that he had been flirting all along—and she decided to give him a kiss in return. They “fooled around,” Hart writes in her book, and his “wonderful” lips were a “distraction from how strongly he smelled of hair product.”

The book isn’t scratch and sniff, unfortunately, but take a look at a clip from the movie and see if you don’t get a whiff of that mousse…

Iran’s president greeted in Tehran by supporters, protesters with tomatoes

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, center, waves to supporters Saturday in Tehran upon his return from the U.S.

TEHRAN – Opponents of President Hassan Rouhani booed and threw tomatoes, eggs and shoes at his car after Iran’s new leader returned from a ground-breaking visit to the United States, according to several witnesses.

The episode involving dozens of protesters lasted less than a minute.

Meanwhile, a larger crowd of supporters of the president, whose historic telephone conversation with President Barack Obama capped a publicity blitz streak that began with his sit-down with NBC News’ Ann Curry last week, sacrificed a lamb in his honor and cheered him at the airport after his plane landed. 

The different groups held up competing placards, according to the New York Times’ Thomas Erdbrink.

Obama revealed on Friday that he had talked with Rouhani, marking the first time leaders from the U.S. and Iran have directly communicated since the 1979 Iranian revolution.

“Just now I spoke on the phone with President Rouhani of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said from the White House.

Rouhani spent the last few days at the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York, making a number of public addresses indicating that Iran might be open to a deeper relationship with the U.S. and the West, and resolving conflict around his country’s nuclear program.

This was not met as a positive step by some in Iran. news website said there was no justification for Rouhani to talk to the “Great Satan,” a term for the United States, adding that the conversation was “useless.”

Javad, a student and teacher who was at the airport, agreed with this stance.

“I am against talks with America,” the 30-year-old told NBC News. “We did not have a revolution to make friends with America. Our new president is making a mistake if he thinks the Americans will honor a deal. We must stand firm or they will try and ruin our country.”

Iran and the United States severed diplomatic ties in 1980 after students supporting the Iranian revolutionaries who overthrew the U.S.-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran took 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.

But supporters of Rouhani in Tehran, who decisively won the June election, were also making themselves heard.

“We have been waiting a long time for this,” said Marjan Samiee, a 33-year-old housewife. “I was very happy to hear that both our leaders spoke, I never thought this would happen. Let’s us hope this good will continues and we can put our differences aside.”

Architect Layla Rezaei said she was surprised and happy that the two sides were talking. 

“I did not think it would happen, especially this quickly,” said the 41-year-old architect. “This is an opportunity that has not happened in 30 years and both sides should not waste the opportunity.”

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, who heads parliament’s foreign policy and national security committee, was quoted in the media as saying that the 15-minute telephone conversation between the two presidents showed Iran’s “might.”

Iranians are desperate for a removal of the sanctions, which have devastated the economy, with unemployment and inflation sky-high as a result of them. Ordinary tasks such as banking and getting medicine for sick patients are next to impossible. And Iran’s oil output has plummeted, costing the country millions per year.

On Tuesday, Rouhani told the U.N. General Assembly that Iran poses “absolutely no threat to the world” and that the sanctions imposed by the U.S. are “violent — pure and simple” and “intrinsically inhumane.”

As his stay at the U.N. wrapped up on Friday, Rouhani had nothing but kind words to say about the United States in a news conference: “The atmosphere is quite different from the past,” he said. “Our goal is the shared interest between the two nations. Our goal is resolving problems, our goal is step-by-step creating trust between the governments and peoples.”

Obama noted that his conversation with Rouhani, which took place as the Iranian president headed to the airport, “underscores the deep mistrust between our countries, but also indicates the prospect of moving on that difficult history.”

Rezaei, the architect, agreed that any process of reconciliation would be a difficult and slow one, but rapprochement was possible.

“I don’t think our government and the Americans will be best friends tomorrow but it could improve a bad atmosphere that has existed since the revolution,” she said. “We and the American people have a lot in common and it would be good to have relations. But I feel it is still early days.”   

NBC News’ Brinley Bruton contributed to this report.


Pet Medical Center raised $4,025 for Paws for Life

September 27, 2013

Pet Medical Center raised $4,025 for Paws for Life


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The Edmond Sun

Fri Sep 27, 2013, 10:29 PM CDT

Pet Medical Center of Edmond had its fourth annual Pet Health Fair on Sept. 21.

This event is a free community service event focusing the center’s efforts on raising money for Paws for Life, the nonprofit organization supporting Edmond Animal Welfare. The funds raised help supply vaccinations, food and supplies to the shelter and helps with general care of the pets.

This is the third year that Pet Medical Center’s event has benefited Paws for Life.

“Each year we set our goal a little higher and each year the community and local businesses seem to get more and more involved. Their involvement and donations are what help this event be such a success,” said Beth Burney, practice manager.

This year’s event was a success in raising $4,025 for Paws for Life.

“We want to thank all who donated to the auction and raffle, as well as those attendees who came out to support us. This event would not be possible without all of you,” Burney said.

Several local businesses, vendors and rescues had booths at the event.


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Whedon: Avengers isn't perfect

Whedon: Avengers isn’t perfect

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Joss Whedon isn’t too bothered that Avengers Assemble wasn’t perfect

Joss Whedon has revealed that he is proud of Avengers Assemble, despite its “imperfections”.

The filmmaker, who’s working on the sequel, Age Of Ultron, admitted that he is glad he achieved making a film he always dreamt of.

“When I think of a great film, I think of something that’s either structured so perfectly like The Matrix or made so lovingly like The Godfather Part II. There was haphazardness in the way it comes together – not just the people, but the scenes,” he told Entertainment Weekly.

“I don’t think you’d look at it and go, ‘This is a model of perfect structure.’ You’d go, ‘This is working.’ I like it.

The 49-year-old added: “I’m proud of it and I like its imperfections. The thing I cared most about – making a summer movie like the ones from my childhood – is the thing that I pulled off.”

Joss has used his experience on Avengers Assemble to make some tweaks to his approach on the follow-up.

“I want to be clearer about how I engage the audience, and where I take them. I want more control visually, more time to prep it,” he said.

“There’s only so much you can do when you’re making a summer film when the ball is already rolling as fast as it was when I got in. Why do it again if you can’t do it better?”

Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Samuel L Jackson are all expected to reprise their superhero roles for the movie, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen in talks for roles. James Spader will play villain Ultron.

Production is set to get under way in London in March 2014, with the film to be released in May 2015.

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Melissa's wild past revealed

In Melissa Joan Hart‘s new autobiography, “Melissa Explains It All,” a play off of her Nickelodeon show’s title “Clarissa Explains It All,” the former child star goes into great detail about her wild and crazy past, which included drug use and some hard partying, according to Life Style, which got a first look at the book.

“I experimented with weed, Ecstasy, mushrooms and mescaline for about a year and a half,” Hart tells the magazine.

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Among the stories in the book that include drugs is a tale about taking Ecstasy at the Playboy Mansion, kissing a girl in the limo on the way home and then doing a photo shoot for Maxim while still high. “That was my third or fourth time on Ecstasy,” she says of the incident, which happened in 1999.

In the book, Hart also reveals that. Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and Jerry O’Connell were among the men she’s had makeout sessions with.

“Melissa Explains It All” will be released on Oct. 29.

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Hornet attacks kill dozens in China

Twenty-eight people have died and hundreds have been injured in a wave of attacks by giant hornets in central China, according to reports.

Victims described being chased for hundreds of metres by the creatures and stung as many as 200 times.

Most of the attacks in the past three months were in remote, rural, wooded areas in southern Shaanxi, the province’s China Business newspaper reported.

In the city of Ankang alone, 18 people have died from the stings, health official Zhou Yuanhong told Associated Press. People in the cities of Hanzhong and Shangluo have also been injured.

The insects‘ highly toxic stings can lead to anaphylactic shock and renal failure. An official from Ankang’s disease control centre urged people to seek medical help if they received more than 10 stings, and warned that emergency treatment was required for those stung more than 30 times.

One woman in her 50s said she had spent almost a month in hospital and was still incontinent after receiving more than 200 stings. A man from her village died of kidney failure.

The hornet attacks are a recurring problem in the area from May to as late as November. According to Ankang police, 36 people died in the city and 715 were injured by the creatures between 2002 and 2005. But Zhou said the issue had been particularly severe this year, possibly because of weather changes.

Experts have suggested in the past that warmer temperatures in the area have led to hornets breeding more successfully, that labourers have been moving deeper into areas where they may disturb nests, and that the insects are sensitive to chemicals found in food and cosmetics.

Li Jiuzhou, deputy director of the Shaanxi Bee and Wasp Industry Association, said that hundreds or even thousands of hornets could live in a single nest. They attack humans only if disturbed, he added. But they are carnivorous and can quickly destroy bee colonies.

Ankang’s fire service has removed over 300 hornet nests this summer, but experts said that the problem was unlikely to end entirely until the temperature drops.

Wang Zhengcai, an official from one of the affected villages, said authorities had warned people to be careful if they enter the woods. Local authorities have also promised to help patients pay for the treatment, because of the heavy cost for the rural poor.

The culprit appears to be the Asian giant hornet or Vespa mandarinia, which grows up to 5cm long with a 6mm sting, although the area is also home to the smaller Asian hornet, Vespa velutina nigrithorax.