DailyCandy service, Television Without Pity website closed down

NEW YORK — The entertainment news and lifestyle service DailyCandy will close April 4 after 14 years, parent NBCUniversal said Thursday.

With handy alerts and tips across digital sites, DailyCandy covers a broad range of interest areas, including fashion, beauty, celebrities, food, parenting, and home design and decor. It was “no longer viable,” according to a company statement.

DailyCandy was founded in 2000 by a New York writer, Dany Levy, and sold about eight years later.

The NBCUniversal statement said it was also closing the TV forum and review site Television Without Pity for the same reason, though the chat forums will remain open until May 31.

A total of 67 jobs will be affected, but NBCUniversal said it would try to absorb as many as possible.





Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh share their fitness secrets at Body Power Expo

New Delhi, Mar.30 (ANI): ‘Gunday’ co-stars Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, along with Hrithik Roshan’s mom Pinky Roshan, were recently spotted sharing their fitness secrets at the biggest Body Power Expo held in Mumbai.

Spilling the beans on his fitness, Kapoor said that he used to weigh 140 kilos, when he started out and it took him 4 years to lose about 55 kilos.

“Ever since that time I look back and I don’t want to look like that so I am as discipline as possible. I work out as much as possible, without taking breaks. I train about 6 days a week minimum regardless of my shooting schedules even if it’s late at night. As far as diet is concerned, it’s basically protein, chicken mainly, fruits, vegetables, very simple balanced diet,” he said.

Whilst speaking on what health and fitness means to him, Singh said that fitness for him is a life style.

“I think till the age of 14 I was little chubby, over weight. But when I started losing out all that baby fat and when I started body building I realized that it does wonders for your self confidence,” he said.

Singh said that he feels amazing when he is in good shape so for him it’s a feel good factor.

“It constitutes a large part of self confidence, especially when you are working in visual medium and you are in the so called lime light all the time it helps if you have that inner confidence and that comes from fitness. So for me it’s a choice, it’s a life style choice and I would recommend it to everyone,” Singh added. (ANI)

MH370: Chinese relatives arrive in Malaysia to demand answers

More than two dozen Chinese relatives of passengers on Flight 370 arrived in Malaysia on Sunday to demand to meet top officials for more information about what happened to the airliner that has been missing for more than three weeks.

Two-thirds of the 227 passengers aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared 8 March en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur were Chinese, and Beijing has urged Malaysia to be more open about the investigation.

As the 29 family members arrived in Kuala Lumpur, the search for the missing airliner was continuing with 14 aircraft from seven different countries scouring an area in the southern Indian ocean about the size of Norway.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said an Australian navy ship with a US-supplied “black box” locator on board had been dispatched to the area 1,800km west of Perth.

Debris sightings by Chinese, Australian and New Zealand planes on Saturday did not yield any solid clues in one of aviation’s greatest mysteries, compounding the frustration of families who have been waiting more than three weeks to discover the fate of their loved ones.

The relatives of the Chinese passengers were ushered through a VIP area at the airport when they arrived in Kuala Lumpur and led onto two large buses that drove them to a hotel about half an hour away.

About 30 Malaysian volunteers in pale blue polo-shirts led the relatives from the buses to the hotel. Some of the volunteers linked arms to prevent reporters from getting near and nudged cameramen aside.

The Chinese were mostly reticent. Some wore white T-shirts with light blue Chinese characters that said “Praying that MH370 returns home safely.”

A man named Jiang Hui said the relatives would speak at greater length later.

“Now that we’ve come here, we will disseminate comments in a unified way. We don’t reject the media, but please give us a bit of time.”

Another man who gave only his surname, Xu, said in brief comments that the relatives want to meet officials “at the very highest levels.”

In Beijing before they boarded the flight, one relative said they would demand to meet the prime minister and the defence minister, who is the chief spokesman for the government.

“We have questions that we would like to ask them in person,” said Wang Chunjiang, whose younger brother, lawyer Wang Chunyong, was on flight MH370.

“We know what we can do is insignificant, but we will do whatever we can do for our beloved ones,” said Wang, who was unable to make the trip because of a family issue. “We want to know what could have happened to them in the six hours the plane kept flying, and if they had to endure any mental and physical pains.”

He said some relatives were hoping for a miracle. “It cannot be completely ruled out before we see the wreckage of the plane or the bodies of our loved ones.”

When Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak confirmed on March 24 that based on radar and satellite analysis the plane had crashed somewhere in the southern Indian ocean, there were lingering questions because there was no physical evidence.

That wariness on the part of the relatives has been fuelled by the missteps at the beginning of the search, which started in waters off Vietnam, then swung to areas west of Malaysia and Indonesia, and then as radar and satellite information was further analysed, to southwest of Australia and now to a second zone farther northeast.

Later Sunday, Ong Ka Ting, the Malaysian prime minister’s special envoy to China, went to the hotel to greet the relatives.

“I’m sure in Beijing they’ve already had a lot of discussions and we understand their feelings, and we know that definitely by coming over here there will be a lot more discussions and meetings,” Ong said. ” So we try our best to assist them.”

In Perth, Australia, where the search is based, Australia set up a coordination centre for the multinational operation. Possibly in anticipation that wreckage of the plane will be found, officials said the centre will also be a contact point for the families, including interpreter services and counseling.

Raiders steal £1,500 charity money from Norbury vets

Raiders steal £1,500 charity money from Norbury Pet Health Centre

By Robert Fisk, Chief Reporter

This man was captured on the Norbury Pet Health Centre’s CCTV

A vet’s marathon fundraising efforts have ‘gone to lowlifes’ after thieves broke in to her surgery and stole £1,500 of sponsorship money.

The cash was intended for Cancer Research and the Mayhew Animal Home, two charities Nicky Gurrin will be running the London marathon in aid of on April 13.

But she has had to start fundraising again after the money was taken during a nighttime raid on Norbury Pet Health Centre, London Road, Norbury.

CCTV footage filmed in the premises shows men got into the building by climbing over a fence at about 12.45am on March 19 and were in there for just under two hours.

During that time as well as stealing the money from the safe they emptied things all over the floor and stole dog bones but did not take any drugs.

Ms Gurrin said: “I’m angry someone has come in and done that but the people that take it, they don’t care.

“It makes me sick that they have come in and taken what’s not theirs.

“The money that was raised has gone to lowlifes.

“It’s just made me more determined to raise money.

“I feel really angry that someone was on my property and he looked as bold as brass with his screwdriver.

Her dog barked during the night of the break in and she looked out to see a suspicious car in the street but went back to bed after not hearing or seeing anything else out of the ordinary.

And she said she has been left thinking whether the people who took the money had been visitors to the surgery in the days leading up to the theft.

She added: “It seems strange to rob a vet surgery if you are just after money so I’m wondering if they had been in and had seen the charity collection.”

Croydon police are investigating the burglary and have not yet released the CCTV to the Croydon Guardian as other enquiries are still ongoing.

There have been no arrests.

Anyone who knows anything about the burglary is asked to call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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NBCUniversal closes DailyCandy, TV Without Pity

NEW YORK (AP) — The entertainment news and lifestyle service DailyCandy will close April 4 after 14 years, parent NBCUniversal said Thursday.

With handy alerts and tips across digital sites, DailyCandy covers a broad range of interest areas, including fashion, beauty, celebrities, food, parenting, and home design and decor. It was “no longer viable,” according to a company statement.

DailyCandy was founded in 2000 by a New York writer, Dany Levy, and sold about eight years later.

The NBCUniversal statement said it was also closing the TV forum and review site Television Without Pity for the same reason, though the chat forums will remain open until May 31.

A total of 67 jobs will be affected, but NBCUniversal said it would try to absorb as many as possible.





Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez 'Planning to Get Married'

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, who allegedly rekindled their romance earlier this year, are reportedly planning to tie the knot.

According to Life Style magazine, the 21-year-old Come And Get It singer and Bieber are planning on walking down the aisle and starting a family soon.

“They think they’re Romeo and Juliet,” an insider told the publication. “The harder people try to keep them apart, the more they want to be together.”

“Justin has always told her he’d love to marry her,” the source said. “They both act on impulse — he’d marry her in a heartbeat, and I can totally see her running off with him.”

However, Gomez’s mother Mandy and stepfather Brian Teefey are worried about her. The insider added that Mandy would “flip out” if they got married.

“She’s made Selena get an annulment,” the source said.

“Justin isn’t trying to cause problems between Selena and her family,” a different source told Hollywood Life. “That’s not his style. All the boy wants to do is keep her close to him through any and all circumstances. He can’t control what her folks think of him. She makes her own money. She has her own career. She doesn’t have to answer to anyone, not even her parents.”

Last year, during an interview with In Touch, Bieber stated: “I can’t wait to have a beautiful wife and little kids running around, but those things are in God’s hands, not mine.”

“I’m not going to lie. It’s fun to be young, fall in love and be in love. My mum taught me how to treat a woman right, so I enjoy taking a girl out and doing nice things for her. Everyone deserves to feel like they are the most special person in the world,” he added.

US woman jailed for pushing new husband off cliff

An American woman who pushed her newlywed husband off a cliff has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after a judge rejected her request to withdraw her guilty plea to a charge of second-degree murder.

Jordan Linn Graham, 22, took the stand during her sentencing hearing to offer a tearful apology to the family of Cody Johnson, 25, who died eight days after their wedding last summer.

But the district judge Donald Molloy indicated he had continuing doubts about the defendant’s honesty. “There’s only one person in this room that knows what happened, and I don’t think she’s been entirely truthful about what happened,” Molloy said.

Prosecutors had recommended a prison term of 50 years to life. They said Graham, of Kalispell, Montana, lured Johnson to the top of a 91-metre (300ft) cliff in Glacier national park on 7 July and pushed him over, then lied repeatedly to investigators in an attempt to cover up the crime.

In December, while the case was being heard by a jury, Graham dropped her claims of innocence and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder just before closing arguments in the trial. Prosecutors in return dropped a first-degree murder charge and a count of making a false statement.

Before her sentencing, Graham addressed the judge and assembled friends and family members. She claimed still to love Johnson and apologised for the pain she had caused. “It was a moment of complete shock and panic,” Graham said of the events surrounding Johnson’s death. “I have no other explanation.”

Prosecutors painted a more sinister image of the defendant. They said she drove away from the murder scene without checking whether Johnson had survived the fall. The absence of any drugs or alcohol in the case meant the defendant “was thinking very clearly”, said the assistant US attorney Kris Mclean.

In the days leading up to her sentencing, her attorneys sought to withdraw Graham’s guilty plea after prosecutors recommended up to life in prison. They described their client’s actions as “extremely reckless but unintentional” and argued that a 10-year sentence was appropriate.

They portrayed her lies to investigators as “distorted statements” that Graham later sought to clarify because she could not bear the burden of her guilt. “Embedded within her false narrative were pieces of the truth that the defendant would ultimately reveal [to law enforcement] in pursuit of catharsis,” her lawyers wrote in documents submitted to the court this month.

Before he accepted her plea in December, the judge asked Graham to tell him what happened. Graham said she wanted to confront her husband about her marriage doubts but did not know how he would take it. She said the couple climbed down a treacherous slope below a popular spot in the park called the Loop and spoke on a narrow ledge, hundreds of feet above a ravine.

She told Johnson she was unhappy, they argued, and at one point, she said, he grabbed her by the arm, and she thought he was going to pull her. She told the judge she got angry at Johnson, brushed his hand away, then pushed him, with one hand on his arm and one on his back.

“I wasn’t thinking about where we were … I just pushed,” Graham said.

Graham initially told investigators that Johnson left their house on 7 July with unknown friends. But Johnson’s friends testified that they were suspicious of the story and suspected Graham played a role in his disappearance. Graham showed police a fabricated email – purportedly from a friend of Johnson – that said Johnson was dead and to call off the search.

Graham acknowledged she was with Johnson on the cliff after investigators confronted her with a security camera photo of the couple entering the park.

Prosecutors presented dozens of text messages between Graham and a friend from church that documented how Graham’s nervous excitement at the prospect of the wedding turned into despair over the week that followed.

Johnson was reported missing on 8 July when he failed to show up for work. His body was found three days later when Graham led a group of searchers to where she had pushed him off the cliff.

Porky and Buddy Pet Health – Top 10 Categories Of Pet Poisoning Calls

Dear Readers,
Time to get on your party clothes! It’s National Poison Prevention Week!

Seriously, the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center has compiled a list of the top 10 categories of pet poisoning that they get calls about.

Read through it and think about what you can do to make your home safer for your pets  (and probably your people, too)!

1. Prescription Human Medications
The top three types of medications that animals were exposed to include: heart medications, antidepressants and pain medications. A common way this happens is when a human accidentally drops his medication and an enterprising pooch snatches it up. We all know dogs that sit in the kitchen waiting for us to drop something, don’t we?

2. Insecticides
Insecticides are used in the yard, home and on our animals. Some are very toxic. Always read the label before using any insecticide on your pet, in your home or in your yard. And store them very carefully.

3. Over-the-Counter Human Medications
Over-the-counter human products, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and herbal supplements can be tasty to pets, and some can be life-threatening if ingested. We all know dogs that sit in the kitchen waiting for us to drop something, don’t we?

4. Household Products
Household toxins range from fire logs to cleaning products. Think storage, storage, storage. Think of your pets as toddlers and toddler proof your home.

5. People Food
Human foods are especially appealing to pets, and most especially dogs. Dogs can get themselves into serious trouble by ingesting onions/garlic, grapes/raisins and xylitol, a sugar substitute which can be life-threatening for animals.

6. Veterinary Products and Medications
Flavored tablets make it easy to give your pet pain or joint medication, but it also makes it more likely for them to ingest the entire bottle if given the chance. Toddler proof your home.

7. Chocolate
Chocolate is still the number one people food that pets ingest. Too much chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, high heart rate and seizures. Save your chocolate for yourself and everyone will be happier.

8. Rat poisons
When putting out baits to kill mice and rats, never underestimate the resourcefulness of your pet to find and eat those tasty morsels. Depending on the type of poison, ingestion can cause internal bleeding, kidney failure or seizures. Toddler proof your home. Or, better yet,  get a cat!

9. Plants
This is one category that cats lead dogs in the number of exposures. Lilies can cause kidney failure and death in cats. The ASPCA has a comprehensive list of toxic and non-toxic plants on its website.

10. Lawn and Garden Products
Fertilizers, which can be made of dried blood, poultry manure and bone meal (Yum!) are very attractive to pets. Toddler proof your gardening shed. Cocoa bark mulch smells heavenly but can harm dogs because it contains chocolate. Find another mulch.

If you have any reason to suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, don’t wait.

Please contact your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435.

Speaking of things that pets eat – could you donate some dry Purina cat or kitten food to the Humane Society?

We use a lot of it for our foster cats.

You could just drop it off any time is our outer office at 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY or call us at 207-1070 and we will make arrangements. Thanks!

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.

Email: ochscontact@hotmail.com

Website: www.oswegohumane.org

Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other!

HitFix Launches HitFix Video, Multi-Platform Entertainment and Advertising Channel Delivering 90 Million Monthly Video …


HitFix (www.hitfix.com), the fastest-growing entertainment news brand in the US, today announced the launch of HitFix Video (www.hitfix.com/videos), a multi-platform channel delivering a mix of original content and highly targeted advertisements through 90 million monthly video streams to a compilation of 300 million monthly viewers, both in their home and on the go. Breaking new ground for video distribution, this includes desktop, mobile, and social, as well as digital out-of-home elements that extend HitFix Video to movie theaters, college campuses, retail outlets, and airports nationwide.

HitFix was developed from the beginning to go far beyond the desktop, embracing multi-platform distribution of its content. As such, HitFix Video delivers original video content across millions of screens daily via HitFix’s out-of-home and online partners such as National CineMedia (covering 19,000+ movie theater screens across the US), Hulu, IZ ON Media (Quick Service Restaurants across the nation) and Campus Nation (providing video distribution across hundreds of college campuses). Sample advertisers include Summit (a Lionsgate company), USA Network and AMC.

With an editorial team comprised of many of Hollywood’s most respected critics and editors such as Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny, Melinda Newman and Kristopher Tapley, HitFix Video’s original content includes:

  • Exclusive Interviews
  • Live Event Coverage
  • Breaking News
  • Short-form Comedy
  • HitFix Originals

“We are thrilled to formally launch HitFix Video, as it provides a great multi-platform consumer experience for those looking to get their entertainment fix, along with many highly targeted ways for advertisers to reach our fast-growing audience comprised largely of 18-34 year-olds,” said Jen Sargent, HitFix CEO. “For us, video is something that has to go way beyond YouTube. In addition to the more traditional desktop and mobile distribution, we developed HitFix Video to be seen in places like airports, universities, movie theaters and even point of purchase retail locations.”

According to Sargent, HitFix has a scalable, turnkey formula to develop and deliver its content in many different formats, lengths and across many different platforms in a cost-efficient and timely way. This enables HitFix Video to generate massive exposure for individual videos and advertisements. For example, HitFix can partner with a studio to deliver video distribution and reach that far exceeds what a YouTube channel, TV network or other entertainment player can deliver in a very short period of time.

About HitFix

HitFix is the fastest-growing provider of authentic entertainment news and video on movies, music, TV and events, reaching one of the highest compositions of 18- to 34-year-old consumers in entertainment. With its influential editorial voice and engaging journalistic and video content, HitFix’s nationally recognized team drives consumer discovery, conversation and choices around what’s next in entertainment. HitFix delivers the influential content consumers want, and advertisers need, across millions of screens daily. Delivering 90 million monthly videos streams and driving the entertainment choices of 300 Million monthly viewers both in their home and on the go, HitFix is rapidly becoming The Entertainment Authority. Everywhere.

Jessica Simpson Picks Her Sister, Best Friend And Stylist For Bridesmaids

Jessica Simpson and her fiancé Eric Johnson have had trouble with some of their wedding plans so far, but the choice for Jessica’s bridesmaids was not one of them.

“She’s selected three women to be her bridesmaids,” an insider told Life Style. “She’ll definitely have [sister] Ashlee Simpson and her BFF CaCee Cobb. She’s also chosen her stylist, Nicole Chavez.”

Jessica asked her sister Ashlee to stand by her side as a bridesmaid for the wedding. (WENN)

Eric proposed to Jess in 2010, but they had to delay their marriage plans due to the births of their two children, daughter Maxwell and son Ace.

Another trouble spot in the couple’s wedding plans is the constant fighting between the bride-to-be’s parents, Joe and Tina, who divorced last year after 34 years of marriage.

“It’s beyond upsetting for Jessica that this is happening,” a source told In Touch magazine.

The Weight Watchers spokeswoman recently started speaking to her father again and asked him to officiate her wedding, which didn’t make her mother happy as she burst into tears at hearing the news.

The bitter feud may have lead to another big change in plans when Eric and Jess decided to move their destination wedding to Capri, Italy back stateside to California.

“The wedding will now be in California,” the insider told Life Style. “There was some family drama involved.”

But the pop songstress claims she favors the American location for its accessibility to family and it’s easier to plan a wedding not on the other side of the world.

They “decided to keep it simple,” a source told Us Weekly on March 13. An L.A. wedding would be “easier to plan” and “less expensive.”

Let’s hope everyone behaves appropriately on the big day.

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