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US-based preacher ‘saddened’ after ban prevents town visit .


US based Preacher “saddened” after ban prevents him from entering UK

Todd Bentley
 
Todd Bentley

THE controversial US-based preacher Todd Bentley has spoken of his disappointment after he was banned from appearing at a three-day healing event in Portadown.

 Mr Bentley, whose unorthodox approach to healing – including choking and kicking people – provoked wide-spread international criticism, had been due to appear at The Christian Centre on September 1, 2 and 3.

The former drug addict, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a child when he was a teenager, had been invited to Portadown by Pastors George and Irene Elliott who run the Tandragee Road-based church.

However, the Home Office announced this week that it was refusing to permit Mr Bentley entry to the UK via an exclusion order. He had also been due to preach in England. A spokesperson for the Home Office explained, “The Government makes no apologies for refusing people access to the UK if we believe they’re not conducive to the public good.”

Mr Bentley reacted to the Home Office decision by publishing a statement on the Fresh Fires Ministries Church, an American church he is affiliated to.

He said, “I am deeply saddened by the recent decision of the UK government regarding my entry into the country. At this point, we are thankful to God for the support from our friends in the UK who truly love Jesus and embrace the supernatural, faith and healing.

“We know and believe that the UK has a great destiny, and we are praying for the leaders and those in government. Please continue to stand with us in prayer regarding this decision and our return to the UK.”

When news broke that the Canadian-born preacher was due to fly to Northern Ireland and mainland UK, town clergymen expressed their fears that such a visit by the 36-year-old would ‘exploit’ the most vulnerable in society. Clips of the preacher on video-sharing website, YouTube, show Mr Bentley hitting a man in the stomach with what he describes as his “holy knee”. Another clip shows Mr Bentley speaking about how he banged a crippled woman’s legs “like baseball bats” off the ground.

The Rev Jim Campbell, Rector of St Mark’s Church, and Pastor Johnny Brown of Portadown Elim Church both said they felt Mr Bentley’s style of healing was at odds with Biblical teachings. And local psychologist, Dr Arthur Cassidy, told the paper that Mr Bentley’s ‘healing’ events could potentially lead ill people to stop taking their medication.

The Portadown Times contacted Pastors George and Irene Elliott for their response. However, they said they did not wish to make any comment.

From the: Portadown Times N Ireland…..http://www.portadowntimes.co.uk/

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Drivers refunded after traffic wardens issued fines for cars parked on snow-covered double yellow lines.


 

Drivers refunded after traffic wardens issued fines for cars parked on snow-covered double yellow lines

Yahoo! NewsBy Simon Garner

This is the moment a traffic warden was caught ticketing parked cars – by kicking snow off double yellow lines.
Pensioner Anthony Wilkinson, 70, captured two officials as they slapped penalty notices on dozens of cars during the cold snap in November 2010.

This is the moment one of the traffic wardens was caught illegally ticketing parked cars The law states parking tickets can only be issued if the double yellow lines are visible.
Mr Wilkinson claimed he caught two traffic wardens shuffling the snow away with their feet before putting penalty tickets on the car windows to make it appear the lines could be seen.
Despite not being issued a ticket himself, Mr Wilkinson has successfully battled against the fines which were issued by Nottingham City Council.
After viewing his footage of the underhand wardens, all the drivers who were issued a ticket outside Mr Wilkinson’s home in Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, were told they could get a refund.

Pensioner Anthony Wilkinson (Picture: NTI / SWNS)


Mr Wilkinson, who was today told his appeal against the fines had finally been accepted, said: "I think it has highlighted a possible culture of deception and disdain for the public among the employees of the parking industry.
"When I saw the footage on my cameras I just thought to myself ‘no, it is wrong’. I couldn’t believe what I saw. How sneaky and underhand can you get?"
The council today admitted the wardens – employed by private firm NSL – should not have issued the penalty tickets.
A council spokesman said: "We instruct the civil enforcement officers that they must be able to see the lines and the windscreen in order to be able to issue.
"This would normally cover snow, standing water, frost, leaves and similar.
"It is clear the penalty charge notices should not have been issued.
"The conduct of the civil enforcement officers was not and would never be condoned by Nottingham City Council.
"In this instance the enforcement was certainly not fair or accurate and was not consistent with the high standards of enforcement expected."
The council no longer uses NSL and its own staff now enforce parking regulations.
A spokesman from NSL said: "This incident was bought to our attention in January 2011, not long after it took place. The matter was dealt with in accordance with our usual processes and appropriate action was taken."

 

Drivers refunded after traffic wardens issued fines for cars parked on snow-covered double yellow lines – Yahoo! News UK

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WikiLeaks to release vast dossier of 2million incriminating emails sent by Syrian officials | Mail Online


 

WikiLeaks to release vast dossier of 2million incriminating emails sent by Syrian officials

By Ian Garland

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prepared a statement from his hiding place in the Ecuadorian Embassy

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prepared a statement from his hiding place in the Ecuadorian Embassy

WikiLeaks has announced it has begun publishing more than two  million embarrassing and incriminating emails from Syrian government officials.

In a news conference, the whistle-blowing website’s spokesman Sarah Harrison revealed the emails were sent by political figures, government ministers and companies between August 2006 and 2012.

She read a statement from the website’s controversial founder Julian Assange – currently holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London – claiming the emails contain material embarrassing to both ‘Syria and its opponents’.

Assange, who is attempting to avoid extradition to Sweden to face allegations of rape and sexual abuse,  wrote : "The material helps us not merely to criticise one group or another, but to understand their interests, actions and thoughts. It is only through understanding this conflict that we can hope to resolve it.’

WikiLeaks said the emails, which it has called ‘The Syria Files’, would shine a light on the inner workings of the Syrian government and economy, and ‘also reveal how the West and Western companies say one thing and do another.

 Syria Files: WikiLeaks announce the release of the leaked emails online

Syria Files: WikiLeaks announce the release of the leaked emails online

There are more than eight times as many documents in "The Syria Files" as the number of diplomatic cables WikiLeaks published in 2010, when it angered Washington by disclosing confidential information relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where Assange is reportedly sleeping on a blow up mattress

The Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where Assange is reportedly sleeping on a blow up mattress

The range of files extends from the intimate correspondence of the most senior Baath party figures to records of financial transfers sent from Syrian ministries to other nations, WikiLeaks said.

The emails are in several languages and include 68,000 in Russian. Moscow is one of Syria’s main arms suppliers and has shielded its long-standing ally President Bashar al-Assad from tougher U.N. sanctions over his crackdown on a 16-month uprising.

The revolt, which started with peaceful pro-democracy protests in March 2011, has turned into a something approaching a civil war as the government’s crackdown triggered an armed uprising.

Opposition leaders and Western governments say more than 15,000 people have been killed in the uprising. The government says "terrorist gangs" steered from abroad have killed several thousand troops and police.

WikiLeaks said that although it had not yet verified all the emails due to their significant volume, it was "statistically confident" the vast majority of files were genuine.

WikiLeaks to release vast dossier of 2million incriminating emails sent by Syrian officials | Mail Online

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Julian Assange Seeks Asylum at Ecuador Embassy – ABC News


 

Julian Assange Seeks Asylum at Ecuador Embassy

PHOTO: On June 19, 2012, Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino announced in Quito that Julian Assange is seeking asylum at Ecuador's embassy in London, and that Ecuador's government is studying the request.

On June 19, 2012, Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino announced in Quito that Julian Assange is seeking asylum at Ecuador’s embassy in London, and that Ecuador’s government is studying the request. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Photo)

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is seeking political asylum in Ecuador after taking refuge in its embassy in London Tuesday.

The Ecuadorian embassy in Washington, D.C. confirmed to ABC News that the 40-year-old Australian national, who faces extradition to Sweden over allegations that he sexually assaulted two women, was on the grounds of the embassy in London and had requested asylum. The Ecuadorian government said in a statement that it is "evaluating the request of Mr. Julian Assange and whatever decision that we adopt about him will take into account the respect for the norms and principles of international law."

According to the Ecuadorian government’s statement, Assange said he was seeking asylum because his home country "had declared that they will neither defend nor guarantee the least [of my rights] in front of any government."

"These statements make it impossible for me to return to my home and place me in a state of indefensibility," the statement quotes Assange as saying.

Assange accused Sweden of investigating him because of "political crimes" in the United States, "a place with the death penalty for said offenses."

Though it remains unclear how Assange reached the Ecuadorian embassy, news first broke of his seeking asylum on the Wikileaks twitter account, which tweeted "Julian Assange has requested political asylum and is under the protection of the Ecuadorian embassy in London."

 

 

PHOTO: On June 19, 2012, Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino announced in Quito that Julian Assange is seeking asylum at Ecuador's embassy in London, and that Ecuador's government is studying the request.

Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Photo

On June 19, 2012, Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino announced in Quito that Julian Assange is seeking asylum at Ecuador’s embassy in London, and that Ecuador’s government is studying the request.

 

 

 

Ecuador’s deputy foreign minister had indicated publicly in 2010 that Assange could come live in the South American country. "We are open to giving him residence in Ecuador, without any kind of trouble and without any kind of conditions," said Kintto Lucas. Lucas is no longer the deputy foreign minister.

Assange has been under house arrest in a mansion in the British countryside since December 2010. He has hosted a television talk show on the international cable channel Russia Today, or RT, from the house since March. Last week, the highest court in Britain rejected his appeal to block his extradition to Sweden.

In August 2010, police in Sweden began investigating accusations of sexual assault against Assange made by two women. According to British police documents, one of the accusers claims Assange pulled her clothes off, pinioned her arms and legs and refused to use a condom. She told a friend that the act was both violent and the worst sex she’d ever had. A British attorney representing Swedish prosecutors told the court earlier this year that Assange had raped the second woman while she was sleeping.

Assange has denied any wrongdoing.

Last month, in a 5-2 vote, the British Supreme Court upheld the validity of an arrest warrant made by a Swedish prosecutor to question Assange over the assault accusations.

In its ruling, the court dismissed Assange’s argument that the Swedish Prosecution Authority, which issued the warrant in November 2010, did not have the legal authority to do so.

But the court also granted a request from Assange’s attorney for 14 days to make an application to reopen the case. The court rejected the bid to reconsider his case on June 14, clearing the way for him to be extradited to Sweden before the end of June.

Julian Assange Seeks Asylum at Ecuador Embassy – ABC News

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56 stars tattooed on Belgian woman’s face still visible a year after she planned to have laser surgery | Mail Online


 

Still star struck: Young Belgian’s misery three years after she had 56 tattoos on her face

By Lyle Brennan

A disastrous mistake looked set to cost Kimberley Vlaeminck more than her looks after the young Belgian had 56 stars tattooed on her face.

Last summer she was preparing to shell out £9,000 for laser surgery and said she hoped to have the design removed by the end of September.

But, almost three years after the 21-year-old decided to go under the needle, the constellation shows little sign of fading.

Clear as the night sky: Kimberley Vlaeminck still bears the 56 tiny black stars she said she planned to have surgically removed

Clear as the night sky: Kimberley Vlaeminck still bears the 56 tiny black stars she said she planned to have surgically removed

In June 2009, Miss Vlaeminck lied to family and reporters that she had asked tattooist Rouslan Toumaniantz for just three stars near her eye.

As her regret sank in, she claimed he kept adding more and more after she fell asleep at the Tattoo Box in Coutrai, Belgium.

She promised to sue the tattooist for the cost of removal, claiming a language barrier meant the Flemish speaker had misunderstood when she gave instructions in French and English.

Miss Vlaeminck said she avoided going out in public because the tattoos made her feel like a ‘freak’.

But a week later she confessed to a Dutch TV station that she had been awake throughout and had indeed asked for the full 56 marks.

She said she lied because she was afraid of how her father would react.

Fresh: Miss Vlaeminck at the age of 18, shortly after she asked tattooist Rouslan Toumaniantz to cover her face in black stars

Freshly inked: Miss Vlaeminck at the age of 18 in 2009, shortly after she asked tattooist Rouslan Toumaniantz to cover her face in black stars

Even still, Mr Toumaniantz – whose own face is covered in tattoos and piercings – offered to pay half the cost of laser removal, saying he did not want to leave a customer unsatisfied.

He later retracted this offer, leaving Miss Vlaeminck to cover the cost alone.

Though laser treatment has been shown to be a effective way of removing ink, even the most advanced technology would leave white marks across her face.

According to Belgian media, Mr Toumaniantz said he did not regret tattooing Miss Vlaeminck, adding that it had given him publicity.

He has since started asking all his customers to give written consent to his designs.

Kimberly Vlaminck, who wanted three stars tattooed on her face and got 56

Rouslan Toumaniantz

Bizarre: Tattooist Mr Toumaniantz (right) originally offered to pay half the cost of Miss Vlaeminck’s laser removal – even though she threatened to sue him and lied that she had asked for only three of the 56 stars

56 stars tattooed on Belgian woman’s face still visible a year after she planned to have laser surgery | Mail Online

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David Cameron fundraising scandal: Guest list of Tory donors who had dinner at Downing Street | Mail Online


 

Cam dine with me: The guest list of Tory donors who had dinner with Dave and Sam at No. 10 and Chequers

By Jason Groves and Emily Allen

The guest list of Conservative Party donors wined and dined by David Cameron and his wife Samantha at Downing Street and Chequers has been revealed today.

Lord John and Lady Sainsbury, secretive tycoon David Rowland – once branded a ‘shady financier’ – and billionaire City businessman Michael Spencer, are among the 26 people who have been invited for supper with the Prime Minister either at Number 10 or his country residence Chequers.

Mr Cameron – who sometimes cooks – confirmed he had dinner with ‘significant’ Conservative Party donors at his flat on three occasions since becoming Prime Minister, as well as at a post-election dinner in No 10 in 2010.

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Close relationship: Tory treasurer Peter Cruddas, left, boasted that he could give donors private access to David Cameron, right

Close relationship: Tory treasurer Peter Cruddas, left, boasted that he could give donors private access to David Cameron, right

Today he pledged to publish a quarterly register of any future meals at official residences with people who have given more than £50,000 to the Tories.

The announcement came as Mr Cameron was put under huge pressure over claims by former Tory co-treasurer Peter Cruddas that individuals could secure meetings with ministers and influence policy formation in return for a ‘premier league’ donation.

Mr Cruddas quit on Saturday after the Sunday Times published secret recordings in which he urged undercover reporters to give more than £250,000 in return for direct face time with senior ministers.

David Rowland

MURDOCH MACLENNAN

Invited: David Rowland in an early picture and right, Telegraph Media Group chief executive Murdoch MacLennan, who is not listed by the Electoral Commission as a donor to the Tories

Mr Cameron yesterday denounced his comments as ‘completely unacceptable’ and announced an internal party inquiry to ensure there would be no repeat.

And senior Tory Francis Maude this morning appeared to hope that this had drawn a line under the affair, telling BBC Radio 4’s Today programme it was ‘a bit of a nonsense’.

CITY BOSS MICHAEL SPENCER.

Billionaire city boss Michael Spencer went for dinner at Number 10 in February

But it was later announced that Mr Maude would give an oral statement to the House of Commons this afternoon to update MPs on reform of political party funding.

And Mr Cameron broke into a scheduled speech on dementia care in London to address the Cruddas affair head-on.

He confirmed that he had held a post-election ‘thankyou’ dinner for supporters, including some major donors, in 10 Downing Street in July 2010, followed by three private dinners in the flat above Number 11 where he lives with wife Samantha.

He denied that any of those invited had been recommended by Mr Cruddas, describing most of them as people he had known for many years. Neither had Mr Cruddas – himself a big donor to the Tories – ever attended a Downing Street dinner.

‘In the two years I have been Prime Minister, there have been three occasions on which significant donors have come to a dinner in my flat. In addition, there was a further post-election dinner which included donors in Downing Street itself shortly after the general election,’ said Mr Cameron.

‘None of these dinners were fundraising dinners and none of these dinners were paid for by the taxpayer. I have known most of those attending for many years.’

Sir Anthony Bamford

Lord Sainsbury

Dinner date: Sir Anthony Bamford of JCB and right, Lord Sainsbury who attended dinner on July 14 2010

It was publicly known that the Conservatives held regular dinners with the PM and other ministers for the ‘Leader’s Group’ of donors who give more than £50,000, said Mr Cameron. From now on, the party will publish a register of attendees at these events.

Mr Cameron dismissed Mr Cruddas’s promise that major donors’ concerns would be fed into a Downing Street ‘policy committee’.

No such committee exists, and members of the Number 10 Policy Unit had never met anyone as a result of a request from the former co-treasurer, he said.

Mr Cameron added: ‘To avoid any perception of undue influence, from now on we will put in place new procedures in which if any ministerial contact with a party donor prompts a request for policy advice, the minister will refer this to his or her private office, who can seek guidance from the permanent secretary.’

Secretive tycoon David Rowland and billionaire City businessman Michael Spencer, are among the people who have been invited to either Number 10 or his country residence Chequers (pictured)

Secretive tycoon David Rowland and billionaire City businessman Michael Spencer, are among the people who have been invited to either Number 10 or his country residence Chequers (pictured)

The internal Conservative inquiry into the Cruddas affair will be led by Tory peer and prominent lawyer Lord Gold, said the Prime Minister. It had earlier been reported that Tory co-chairman Lord Feldman would lead the probe.

Labour former Cabinet minister Jack Straw said that today’s announcement was ‘symptomatic of the pandemonium that has broken out in the Conservative Party and in the higher reaches of the Government.’ He told BBC Radio 4’s World at One: ‘I think that we will still need an independent inquiry.’

WHO HAD A DINNER INVITE TO DAVE AND SAM’S?

May 31, 2010 – Chequers – lunch

– Michael Spencer and his partner

June 6, 2010 – Chequers – lunch

– Lord Ashcroft and his wife

July 14, 2010 – 10 Downing Street. Described as a ‘thank-you dinner’ inside Number 10 itself, while flat was being refurbished

– Anthony and Carole Bamford

– Michael and Dorothy Hintze

– Murdoch and Elsa MacLennan

– Lord John and Lady Sainsbury

– Andrew Feldman

– Jill and Paul Ruddock

– Mike and Jenny Farmer

– Michael and Clara Freeman

August 8, 2010 – Chequers – lunch

– David Rowland and his wife

November 7, 2010 – Chequers – lunch

– Fares Fares and his wife

February 6, 2011 – Chequers – lunch

– Howard Leigh and his wife

February 28, 2011 – Downing Street flat.

– David Rowland and his wife

– Andrew Feldman also attended

October 15, 2011 – Chequers – A charity fundraiser in aid of Mencap and three smaller charities in aid of disabled children, attended by a large number of people, including donors to both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party.

November 2, 2011 – Downing Street flat. Described as a ‘social dinner for strong and long term supporters of the party, with whom the PM has a strong relationship’.

– Henry and Dorothy Angest

– Michael Farmer and wife

– Ian Taylor and wife

February 27, 2012 – Downing Street flat. Said to have been a ‘social dinner’

– Michael Spencer and partner

Lord Feldman is said to have visited Chequers on ‘several occasions’ as Conservative Party co-chairman.

The Prime Minister renewed calls for Labour to agree on a cap of £50,000 on donations to parties, but insisted that this limit must apply not only to individuals and companies but also to unions – something Labour has always resisted.

Labour leader Ed Miliband will respond to Mr Maude’s statement in the Commons this afternoon, and said he had contacted Downing Street to say that it was Mr Cameron – and not his Cabinet Office minister – who should address MPs.

The Conservative Party said that a post-election ‘thank-you dinner’ was held at 10 Downing Street on July 14 2010, attended by Anthony Bamford of JCB, hedge fund tycoon Michael Hintze, Tory peer Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover, Lansdowne Partners chief executive Sir Paul Ruddock, City financier Mike Farmer and Michael Freeman, as well as their spouses.

Telegraph Media Group chief executive Murdoch MacLennan, who is not listed by the Electoral Commission as a donor to the Tories, also attended.

On February 28 last year, property tycoon and major donor David Rowland, who had previously been appointed party treasurer but quit before taking up the post, attended a dinner in the flat, along with party co-chairman Lord Feldman.

Mr Rowland spent some 40 years as a tax exile and on his return to Britain, began giving generously to the Tory Party, eventually donating over £4million.

He has had an extremely controversial business career, being once described as ‘shady’.

He attracted unproven accusations of misallocating millions of dollars in New Zealand, and also of asset-stripping.

On November 2 last year, Mr Cameron held a ‘social dinner for strong and long-term supporters of the party, with whom the PM has a strong relationship’, including banker and Tory donor Henry Angest, Mr Farmer and oil company boss Ian Taylor.

And on February 27 this year, he held a social dinner with former treasurer and major donor Michael Spencer and his partner.

An aide to the Prime Minister said he would not be releasing retrospective records of party dinners at Chequers as it would be difficult to provide an accurate record, but added that there had been no ‘donor only’ meals at the grace and favour estate.

News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch, whose own meetings with politicians have come under intense scrutiny as a result of the News of the World hacking scandal, called for an independent inquiry into the ‘cash for access’ affair.

Sir Christopher Kelly, Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life

Leader of the opposition Ed Miliband

Appalled: Sir Christopher Kelly, Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, said the revelations were ‘not an isolated incident’ while Labour leader Ed Miliband called the news ‘disturbing’

Writing on Twitter today, Mr Murdoch said: ‘Of course there must be a full independent inquiry on both sides. In great detail, and with consequences. Trust must be established. Without trust, democracy, and order will go.’

'Business deals': Mr Cruddas was secretly filmed telling undercover reporters he could arrange private meetings with senior Conservatives

‘Business deals’: Mr Cruddas was secretly filmed telling undercover reporters he could arrange private meetings with senior Conservatives

Sir Christopher Kelly, chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, last night warned that the revelations were ‘not an isolated incident’.

He added: ‘As long as we have a system in which the main political parties are reliant on very large donations from very rich individuals – or organisations, in the case of the Labour Party – then events of this kind are almost bound to happen.

‘It is a cancer which needs to be addressed.’

The revelations are deeply embarrassing for Mr Cameron, who pledged two years ago to crack down on the shadowy world of lobbying.

The existence of secret dinners with donors also undermines the Coalition’s much-vaunted transparency drive, which allows the public to see who ministers have met in their official capacity.

Downing Street insisted that the Government had been ‘more transparent’ than any previous administration.

Asked about the actions of Mr Cruddas, the spokeswoman said: ‘We are just as flabbergasted as you guys.’

David Cameron fundraising scandal: Guest list of Tory donors who had dinner at Downing Street | Mail Online

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Christian Solidarity Pastor Nadarkhani’s lawyer is trying to confirm reports


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Pastor Nadarkhani’s lawyer is trying to confirm reports that the Iranian authorities have decided to execute the pastor. There are grave concerns that the death sentence could be carried out at any time without prior notification and that the authorities will merely announce it later, a practice that is not uncommon in Iran.

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Toddlers and Tiaras pageant moms given beauty queen makeovers – with scary results | Mail Online


Is it just me or is there something very disturbing and wrong about this !!..jboy2244

My, how you’ve grown! Toddlers and Tiaras pageant moms are given beauty queen makeovers – with scary results

By Daisy Dumas

We thought the day would never come – but, for the first time ever, a group of indomitable and infamous pageant moms have been given the beauty queen treatment, transforming them into adult-sized versions of their daughters.

Anderson Cooper and his team have taken TLC’s Toddlers and Tiaras’ four most famous mothers and given them pageant makeovers – even going as far as dressing them in copycat outfits to mimic their daughters’ favourite competition costumes.

Little and large: Pageant moms are given the beauty queen treatment by Anderson Cooper. The results are hilarious, if a little disturbing

Little and large: Pageant moms are given the beauty queen treatment by Anderson Cooper. The results are hilarious, if a little disturbing

The results, while hilarious, are an attempt by the talk-show host to encourage the controversial women to think differently about dressing their young girls up and asking them to perform in the revealing outfits and make-up.

Six-year-old Alana Thompson, aka Honey Boo Boo Child, looked like a miniature version of her mother, June Shannon, from McIntyre, Georgia.

The self-proclaimed ‘Coupon Queen’ said she found the corset a little tight, but apart from that she was determined to see the humorous side of the get-up, echoing the mothers’ attitudes towards the pageant world as a whole.

Look at mummy! Honey Boo Boo Child, aka Alana, looks very pleased to see her mom in the hot pink outfit

Look at mummy! Honey Boo Boo Child, aka Alana, looks very pleased to see her mom, June Shannon, in the hot pink outfit

Toddlers & TiarasToddlers & Tiaras

The self-proclaimed ‘Coupon Queen’ said she found the corset a little tight, but apart from that she was determined to see the humourous side

‘We have had a blast,’ she said of the day at the studio. ‘This is something we’ll laugh about for years to come. This is fun, this is all about having fun.’

When questioned ether the outfit may make her change her philosophy towards child beauty pageants, it became clear the embarrassing makeover experience had made no impact.

‘I don’t rethink any decision that I’ve made for my daughter as far as pageants,’ she said.

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The tiny electric blue spandex number was a touch on the revealing side for the mother-of-three Alicia

‘This was all in fun for us today, yeah, the corset is a little tight. With her, she enjoys doing it, so we are going to continue doing it.’

She insists on the programme, airing tomorrow, that the highly criticised pageant world is nothing more than a sport.

‘To us women who do it everyday it is a sport. Alana, she loves doing it, she’s not into the basketball or the baseball or anything like that.’

Honey Boo Boo Child and the coupon Queen: Mother and daughter look eerily alikePretty Woman: Paisley Dickey with mother Wendy Dickey. The mom famously dressed her child in a prostitute outfit for a show, aged just three

Honey Boo Boo Child and Pretty Woman: Alana Thompson and June Shannon, left, and Paisley with mom Wendy Dickey, right. Wendy famously dressed her child as a prostitute for a show when aged just three

When asked whether she had indulged in any ‘GoGo Juice’ – the caffeine-heavy mix of Red Bull and Mountain Dew she famously uses to energise her child – the larger-than-life June pointed out that Anderson and the audience had drunk it all. Indeed, at one point, the host takes a swig from a bottle and declares that the potent mix is ‘very sweet.’

‘I don’t give her GoGo Juice everyday of the week,’ explains June. ‘Sometimes I don’t give it to her at pageants at all, we may use another remedy that day which may be pixie sticks or candy or just a regular caffeinated drink.’

The mother of eight-year-old Laci was a little less enamoured with her Lady Gaga costume. The tiny electric blue spandex number was a touch on the revealing side for the mother-of-three Alicia, whose daughter’s verdict of the outfit was simply: ‘Weird.’

What a pair: EverRose Sims with her mother Kayla SimsStreet style: Laci Crews poses with mother Alicia Morgan - in their teeny, tiny electric blue Lady Gaga leotards

What a pair: EverRose Sims sparkles in pink and purple with her mother Kayla Sims, left, and Laci Crews with mother Alicia Morgan, right, in their teeny, tiny electric blue Lady Gaga leotards

Mr Cooper suggested that the audience had found the diminutive outfit ‘surprising’ for such a young child, but the mom disagreed.

‘Not at all. I mean, she doesn’t have anything, it’s different for children, it’s not showing anything, it’s a swimsuit for her.’

Happily for the mothers, there is another team of parents – namely, Lifetime’s Dance Moms – who are perhaps even more eyebrow-raising than they.

‘They are worse than us, they make us look really good’ said June, while Kayla, who famously encouraged her daughter to diet and lose 10 pounds, said of the Dance Moms: ‘I think they are mean, they seem mean-hearted.’

Throw it back: Anderson tries the famous GoGo Juice - a mix of Red Bull and Mountain Dew that June uses to energise Alana before showsGoGo Juice: Anderson winces, saying the mix is very sweet

Throw it back: Anderson tries the famous GoGo Juice – a mix of Red Bull and Mountain Dew that June uses to energise Alana before shows. He winces and declares the mix to be ‘very sweet’

Speaking about eight-year-old EverRose’s diet, Kayla said she simply did not want her children to ever reach the weight of 300 pounds – as she once had.

‘Obviously it does look like my child lost ten pounds in a couple of weeks,’ she said of TLC’s editing. ‘If I could do that I would bottle it, I would sell it and I would be a millionaire. Also, I would be skinny too.

‘We watch what we eat all the time, not just a couple of weeks… Ten pounds she probably put on over the summer because she did not do as much activity. She takes dance, gymnastic and cheer. Over the summer that usually stops, so she was a little more sitting around. So she probably easily put that on over the summer.’

Beauty queen scene: The infamous pageant moms defended the beauty queen scene to Anderson, with June saying it just like a 'sport'

Beauty queen scene: The infamous pageant moms defended the beauty queen scene to Anderson, with June saying it just like a ‘sport’

She explains that she aims to teach her children to be as conscious of diet and exercise as they can be so that they do not have to deal with the bullying caused by obesity.

‘I have four children and I want them all to not live the things that I have lived, as we all have experienced things in our lives that we don’t want our children to deal with,’ she emotionally revealed.

Toddlers and Tiaras pageant moms given beauty queen makeovers – with scary results | Mail Online

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Gorilla trafficking in DR Congo: Baby ‘Shamavu’ rescued from poacher’s bag.


We all need to do more to protect these animals and our Planet…make your voice heard…before there is nothing left….. jboy2244

Terrified face of the trafficked gorilla: Little Shamavu found cowering in poacher’s bag after his family were killed

  • Only 790 mountain gorillas remain on the planet
  • ‘We are powerless to control the international trade in baby gorillas’

By Oliver Pickup

With fearful eyes and defensive body language, baby gorilla Shamavu does not realise how close he came to being sold by poachers on the black market for £25,000.

The one-and-a-half-year-old animal was rescued by the Congolese Wildlife Authorities rangers earlier this month in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga national park in the latest sting operation designed to halt an upsurge in trafficking.

The illegal trading, which is threatening the existence of the already endangered species, is being stamped out – this was the fourth such incident since April – but there are still many gorillas who are not as fortunate as Shamavu.

Scroll down to see a video of Shamavu’s rescue

Lucky escape: The Congolese Wildlife Authorities rescued little Shamavu earlier this month - but how many other baby gorillas are sold on the black market?

Lucky escape: The Congolese Wildlife Authorities rescued little Shamavu earlier this month – but how many other baby gorillas are sold on the black market?

Never before have so many poachers been caught in one year – a figure which highlights the high risks they are willing to take in order to try and secure a pay bonanza

According to the latest figures there are believed to be only 790 mountain gorillas left on the planet – and almost 500 of them are found in the Virunga volcanoes, a conservation area, which is spread across DR Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.

The other 300 or so creatures can be found in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda.

Shamavu, the one-and-a-half-old mountain gorilla, is one of four rescued from the clutches of poachers since April

Shamavu, the one-and-a-half-old mountain gorilla, is one of four rescued from the clutches of poachers since April

The tiny gorilla is nursed back to health by the workers at the Congolese Wildlife Authorities centreThe tiny gorilla is nursed back to health by the workers at the Congolese Wildlife Authorities centre

 

The tiny gorilla is nursed back to health by the workers at the Congolese Wildlife Authorities centre

Feeding time: Shamavu is given some vital nutrients having been found in a tiny rucksack

Feeding time: Shamavu is given some vital nutrients having been found in a tiny rucksack

‘We are very concerned about a growing market for baby gorillas that is feeding a dangerous trafficking activity in rebel controlled areas of eastern DRC,’ director of Virunga national park, Emmanuel de Merode, told the Guardian.

‘We are powerless to control the international trade in baby gorillas, but our rangers are doing everything they can to stamp it out on the ground.

‘Four baby gorillas seized in less than a year is unusually high … [but] it’s only the tip of the iceberg, as we only manage to catch a small proportion of the offenders because the wildlife service is under-resourced in Congo.’

Dr Jan Ramer, pictured, said of Shamavu: 'He appears to be quite healthy other than some parasites and dry skin.'

Dr Jan Ramer, pictured, said of Shamavu: ‘He appears to be quite healthy other than some parasites and dry skin.’

Saved: The one-and-a-half-year-old baby mountain gorilla is one of only 790 in the world

Saved: The one-and-a-half-year-old baby mountain gorilla is one of only 790 in the world

The Congolese Wildlife Authorities have begun to pose undercover in order to catch out poachers – and that is how Shamavu was rescued on October 6, in Kirumba, a town on the western border of the national park.

The rangers, led by Christian Shamavu – whose name was taken and used for the baby gorilla – dressed in normal clothes and successfully negotiated a price for the animal, which was hidden in a small backpack.

When the time was right, they arrested the trio of poachers for possession of a gorilla and Mr Shamavu told the Guardian: ‘It’s very likely that the mother and other gorillas were killed because it’s very difficult to take a baby gorilla from its family.

‘The poachers will never admit to this, though.’

Earlier this year there were three more instances of poachers being caught red handed in DR Congo with baby eastern lowland gorillas, in April and June, and also August, when Rwandan police stopped poachers from smuggling a gorilla over the border.

The poachers mistreat the creatures, who become traumatised through the process.

On of the rangers checks the tiny gorilla's reactions - and he is in good shape despite being abducted by poachers

On of the rangers checks the tiny gorilla’s reactions – and he is in good shape despite being abducted by poachers

After his ordeal, which saw the rangers arrest a trio of poachers on October 6, Shamavu has some well-deserved shut-eye

After his ordeal, which saw the rangers arrest a trio of poachers on October 6, Shamavu has some well-deserved shut-eye

‘Many of these infants are injured from ropes around their hands, feet or waist, and some are quite ill, which is not surprising as they are generally in close contact with their human captors, extremely stressed, and with very poor nutrition,’ Dr Jan Ramer, a vet with Mountain Gorilla Veterinarian Project (MGVP), partners with Virunga national park, was quoted as saying in the Guardian.

Dr Ramer added of Shamavu: ‘He appears to be quite healthy other than some parasites and dry skin.’

But where is the demand for the endangered animals? Ian Redmond, chairman of the conservation group the Ape Alliance, believes ‘the Middle East is a likely source of demand, wealthy animal collectors and a tradition of giving big gifts to curry favour … and maybe wealthy Russians, but there is little hard evidence.

‘What we do know is that just the rumour that someone is looking to buy a baby ape can be enough for penniless hunters to think: "I could get one of those and sell it for $$$$!" And in eastern DRC, once one is captured it is likely to be smuggled eastwards through either Rwanda or Uganda, the traditional trade routes for all goods in that area.’

Emmanuel de Merode added: ‘Surveillance is the key, at the borders, in the towns, along the roads. The local community are the best surveillance system, if they are on our side.

‘A lot more could be done with respect to international trade, especially in the market countries where there is demand for baby gorillas. There, it’s a question of enacting legislation and enforcing.

‘As far as I know, very little has been done that’s effective with respect to baby gorilla trafficking.’

Gorilla trafficking in DR Congo: Baby ‘Shamavu’ rescued from poacher’s bag | Mail Online

October 18, 2011 Posted by | Animals, Blog, Blogroll, CELEBRITY, Disgusting, Food, fraud, Internet, Just Wrong, nature, People, Politics, scams | | Leave a comment

Killer cuteness: The slow and painful death of slow lorises, the latest ‘must have’ pets.


 

Killer cuteness: The slow and painful death of the real-life Furbies that have become a  YouTube sensation

Their cuteness has made them an internet sensation. But ther popularity is now threatening their very survival.

Thanks to millions of hits on YouTube slow lorises have become a must-have pet – and are being plucked from their natural habitat in the rainforests of south-east Asia and traded for up to £3,500.

But what happens to them before they are ‘customer ready’ makes their plight even more distressing.

They have to have their teeth ripped out with nail clippers so that they don’t cause an injury to their new owners.

Scroll down for a video. WARNING: Graphic image below

Their large eyes add to the cuteness of the slow lorises but there are fears the primates will soon become extinct

Their large eyes add to the cuteness of the slow lorises but there are fears the primates will soon become extinct

THE REAL-LIFE FURBIES

Slow lorises are found in south and south-east Asia, including Indonesia, Burma, Singapore, Vietnam and Cambodia.

They live in rainforests and mangrove forests, preferring high dense canopies they can easily travel across.

The creatures are omnivores, eating insects, small birds and reptiles, eggs, fruits and other vegetation.

As a defence mechanism lorises will bite aggressors, producing a toxin to infect the wounds. To humans the bites cause a painful swelling, but the toxin is mild and not fatal.

The single reported case of human death by loris bite was believed to have resulted from anaphylactic shock.

There is a global high protection order under endangered species conventions meaning they can’t be transported to the UK but the black market is rife and it is feared that many are smuggled in.

The population of slow lorises has declined to the point that there are now fears over their survival and they could soon become extinct.

Two of the endangered primates were smuggled aboard a Brisbane-bound flight from Singapore but had to be put down by quarantine officers.

The crew on the Emirates flight found them in the cabin during the filght and when the plane landed in Australia customs officials took the animals.

A spokesman said: ‘Slow lorises can carry several diseases… including rabies and they also have a bite that is toxic.’

The creatures have their teeth removed with nail clippers before they are sold as 'pets'. They usually become infected and, unable to eat, die a slow and painful death

The creatures have their teeth removed with nail clippers before they are sold as ‘pets’. They usually become infected and, unable to eat, die a slow and painful death

The charity International Animal Rescue campaigns to raise awareness to try and stop people from taking one of the primates.

On it’s website, the charity says: ‘These harmless little animals suffer terrible stress from exposure to the sunlight at these markets where they are dumped in cramped cages. These timid creatures normally move about quietly in the darkness of the night.

‘The markets, where they are surrounded by other animals and people, are a nightmare for them. Tragically, many of them die from trauma even before they have been sold.

The robotic 'furby' has a striking resemblance to the slow loris

Richard Moore from Oxford Brookes Uniersity is studying lorises as part of conservation research in Java on behalf of International Animal Rescue

The popular children’s Furby toy has a striking resemblance to the slow loris. Student Richard Moore, left, is working on conservation research in Java on behalf of International Animal Rescue to help their survival

‘To prevent them from using their venomous bite, traders cruelly cut their teeth using wire cutters. This ghastly mutilation causes terrible infections, often leading to a slow and painful death.

‘In some areas of Indonesia, slow lorises are brutally killed for use in traditional medicine. This is having a huge impact on wild loris populations.

‘Numbers of this endangered primate are difficult to assess; status surveys have found them to occur in dramatically low densities when compared to other primates inhabiting the same forests. ‘In some countries where they were known to be abundant, few to no lorises can found in the wild today, suggesting that illegal trade may be the cause of population decline.’

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