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  1. sugarplum892 added a post in a topic: Mag Lam denied plastic surgery: It is very painful   

    Mag Lam denied plastic surgery: It is very painful
    Monday May 25, 2015 Hong Kong

    Singer Mag Lam (林欣彤) accepted an interview and when mentioned she had 'bread' face as newcomer at that time but had V face now, she denied plastic surgery: "I was very fat at that time and filmed movie with Eric Tsang (曾志偉) when I joined the first year. Other than that time, I became skinny and it was horrifying due to sickness. Although 'bread' face cannot be considered beautiful from beauty angle, but I am most happy at that point and still happy now too. Many people asked me if I went for plastic surgery and touched my nose after obtaining my permission. (Able to accept plastic surgery?) I will puke whenever looking at the mirror if I really go for plastic surgery. There is no way I can accept plastic surgery as it is very painful. (If your partner goes for plastic surgery?) No choice if he goes for plastic surgery before knowing me."

    Source: ON.CC (HK)
    Translated by: tvfan @ Asian E-News Portal
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  2. sugarplum892 added a post in a topic: At 69, Cher Is a Marc Jacobs Model   

    Call me a cynic, but when Marc Jacobs invited Cher to be his date at the Met Gala, it seemed a bit suspicious. The iconic singer, who’s shied away from the spotlight in recent years, only making rare appearances at charity galas like amfAR, or other causes she supports, seemed to make an exception for the fashion designer — but why? Because 69-year-old Cherilyn Sarkisian is the new face of Marc Jacobs.
    Wearing a floor-length pleated skirt with lace panels, a tuxedo-like leather jacket, and leather gloves, the “If I Could Turn Back Time” singer is pictured sitting in a metal chair against a red backdrop. Her long black hair is voluminous and textured, in a messed-up bedhead kind of way (and made even more wispy with the obvious help of a wind machine). The legend gives photographer David Sims a “come here — but not too close” mug for the ad, which appears for the first time in print in Women’s Wear Daily. 

    Jacobs, the designer, has long been a fan of the singer (like oh so many). For his last collection as artistic director at Louis Vuitton, he dedicated it to many women who inspired him, including Cher, as well as the “showgirl in all of us.” (Much like he used Jessica Lange’s voice to narrate the fall 2014 collection of his eponymous line, just before naming her the face of Marc Jacobs cosmetics.)
    “This has been a dream of mine for a very, very long time,” Jacobs told the New York Times of collaborating with Cher for the Met Gala. “Other boys were out fascinated by other things…I was like, no, I’d really much rather see what Cher’s wearing this week.” If this is the level of enthusiasm conjured for one date night (a fancy important one, but still just a party), then the ad partnership must be a dream come true. 
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  3. sugarplum892 added a post in a topic: [Current Mainland Chinese Drama 2015] The Cage of Love 抓住彩虹的男人   

    Episodes are being subbed in English on viki here!
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  4. sugarplum892 added a post in a topic: [Upcoming Mainland Chinese Drama 2015] Master of Destiny 風雲天地   

    Chinese title: 風雲天地 / Fēngyún tiāndì
    English title: Master of Destiny
    Genre: Modern, Revenge, Romance
    Episodes: 32
    Screenwriters: Wáng jīng, Liú Zhènmíng, Zhèng wěiwén
    Director: Wáng jīng
    Broadcast Period: May 28, 2015
    Liza Wang
    Hawick Lau
    Tiffany Tang
    Edwin SIu
    Wong Tak Bun
    Tang Fei,
    Wayne Lai (guest star)
    Selena Li (guest star)
    Coming soon...
    Coming soon...
    Edwin Siu - Lethal Earth
    Coming soon...
    Additional Links:
    Master of Destiny 風雲天地 Weibo Page
    Master of Destiny 風雲天地 Raw Episodes
    Don't post any requests for subs!Anything unrelated to the drama character/plot is considered spamming. Don't quote images.
    01.Due to the copyright/legal problems, no illegal streaming links will/should be posted on this thread as there had been major crackdowns going on lately.
    02.Any complaints about any streaming links will be counted as spam and will be reported to the mods.
    03.Any complaints of the respective companies such as Viki, youtube, Etc.. should be report to the respective companies instead of posting your complaints here.
    04.Those who are caught breaking the Soompi posting rules more than 5 times will have their Id/IDs reported the mods. 
    05.Those who are caught promoting/posting illegal streaming links with subs ( those without permission from the original subbers and doesn't have copyrights like Viki,Dramafever or Crunchyroll) will have their Id reported to the mods for endangering Soompi to legal issues for illegal streaming sites promotions.
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  5. sugarplum892 added a post in a topic: [Hong Kong TVB Drama 2015] Limelight Years 華麗轉身   

    Highest ratings for Limelight Years series was at 29 pts
    TVB announced the ratings for primetime slots for last week and the highest ratings for the series, Limelight Years (華麗轉身) was 29 pts, around 1.88 millions audiences, while the average ratings for finale on Sunday was 26 pts. It achieved average ratings at 24 pts on weekdays. The ratings and good reviews of Limelight Years starring Liza Wang (汪明荃) as main lead proved that she continued to be well-loved by the audiences. It was estimated that TVB will be broadcasting the new series, Master of Destiny (風雲天地) directing by Wong Jing (王晶) in June. In the series, Liza 'Jie' acted as the mother of Hawick Lau (劉愷威), Edwin Siu (蕭正楠) and Wong Tak Bun (黃德斌). Lastly, The Empress of China (武則天) series starring Fan Bingbing (范冰冰) maintained the average ratings standard at 25 pts.

    Source: ON.CC (HK)
    Translated by: tvfan @ Asian E-News Portal
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  6. sugarplum892 added a post in a topic: Taylor Swift And Calvin Harris Hold Hands During Date Night In NYC   

    Taylor Swift And Calvin Harris Hold Hands During Date Night In NYC
    Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris are still going strong since the last time we saw them being absolutely adorable at the Billboard Music Awards earlier this month.
    On Tuesday, the pair was spotted leaving Swift's $20 million Tribeca apartment, as they headed out to dinner at L'asso in New York's Little Italy area.
    Swift and Harris, who were first spotted together in March, held hands as they made their way through the crowd of fans and paparazzi. Looks like this relationship isn't going down in flames anytime soon.

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  7. sugarplum892 added a post in a topic: Khloé Kardashian Angers Followers With 'Habibi' Instagram Photo   

    Cultural faux pas? Khloé Kardashian is currently in Dubai, and while visiting the famed city in the United Arab Emirates, the reality star, 30, is seemingly trying to adhere to its conservative style.
    On Tuesday, May 26, Kardashian donned a niqab and hijab — garments worn by women in the Muslim community to cover their head and face.
    “Habibi Love,” she captioned the Instagram image, which sparked a series of angry comments.
    “Women getting killed and beaten up for wearing the niqab, but you keep pretending it’s a fashion accessory, the disrespect,” one commenter wrote.
    “I have never been more offended in my whole entire life,” another added. “My sister wears the niqab and she gets vilified daily. you can wear it and it gets sexualised and praised. i am deeply offended and was a fan of yours, i am disgusted. “
    Others speculated that Kardashian had confused the word “habibi” — an Arabic word meaning “my baby” or “my darling” — with the word “hajib.” Though many of the comments were negative, Kardashian got support from fans who thought the on-off girlfriend of Muslim rapper French Montana was attempting to be culturally sensitive by dressing appropriately.
    “She [is] not wearing it as a fashion statement!” one commenter wrote. “She is in Dubai where it is respectful to cover up! And her boyfriend is a Muslim so she is probably just trying to make a good impression.”
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  8. sugarplum892 added a post in a topic: $2M for beating death of girl, 5, by former soldier father   

    HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. government will pay an Atlanta woman $2 million for the Hawaii beating death of her 5-year-old daughter at the hands of a former soldier.
     The settlement amount was announced Tuesday at a brief hearing in federal court in Honolulu.
    Tarshia Williams filed the lawsuit against the government over the 2005 death of her daughter, Talia. The lawsuit, filed in Honolulu in 2008, claimed the military didn't report to the proper authorities that Talia's father and stepmother "abused and tortured" her throughout the seven months she lived in Army housing in Hawaii.
    "I will never have complete closure because my daughter is gone," she said by phone after the hearing. "And all the abuse she went through, I will never get over that. My healing will never be complete."
    In what was the first death penalty case to go to trial in the history of Hawaii's statehood, Naeem Williams was convicted of murder in his daughter's death and sentenced to life in prison without possibility for parole.
    Talia's stepmother, Delilah Williams, testified against her husband as part of a deal with prosecutors for a 20-year sentence. She provided disturbing details of abuse that included withholding food for days at a time, keeping her out of school to hide from others the physical signs of beatings and whipping the child while she was duct-taped to a bed.
    Talia died July 16, 2005, after prosecutors say her father dealt a blow so hard it left knuckle imprints on her chest.
    The settlement brings some relief because it ends years of litigation and prevents Tarshia Williams from having to return to Hawaii for a nonjury trial that was scheduled for June, she said.
    "I just been through it last year," she said of testifying at the murder trial and sitting through graphic accounts of what Talia suffered. "I don't have to go through all the things that happened to her all over again. It will always be in my mind. It will never go away."
    At Naeem Williams' trial, she testified that the last time she saw Talia was when the child left South Carolina to live with her father in Hawaii. She said the last time she spoke to Talia was by telephone on July 2, 2005.
    The settlement has been approved by the Justice Department and will be paid in about six to eight weeks, Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Helper said in court. He declined to comment after the hearing.
    Tarshia Williams and her Honolulu attorneys want to work on federal legislation that that would require the military to directly report child abuse to state child protective services, said one of her attorneys, Mark Davis.
    "We hope that what may come out of this case are some fundamental, systemic changes," Davis said. "There were so many opportunities that were missed to try to remove this child from this toxic environment."
    A judge's 2010 ruling noted some of those missed opportunities, including one on June 29, 2005. "The military police responded to the Williams' home, but despite finding Talia, 'naked and mute, in a room standing near feces on the floor' and thinking 'something did not look right,' no reports were ever made to CPS," said the order by U.S. District Judge Alan Kay in allowing the lawsuit to move forward.
    "She would be about 15 now," Tarshia Williams said. "She would be in high school."
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  9. sugarplum892 added a post in a topic: Kenyan lawyer offers livestock to wed Obama's daughter: report   

    Nairobi (AFP) - A Kenyan lawyer has offered US president Barack Obama 50 cows and other assorted livestock in exchange for his 16-year old daughter Malia's hand in marriage, a report said Tuesday.
    Felix Kiprono said he was willing to pay 50 cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats in order to fulfil his dream of marrying the first daughter.
    "I got interested in her in 2008," Kiprono said, in an interview with The Nairobian newspaper.
    At that time President Obama was running for office for the first time and Malia was a 10-year-old.
    "As a matter of fact, I haven't dated anyone since and promise to be faithful to her. I have shared this with my family and they are willing to help me raise the bride price," he said.
    Kiprono said he intended to put his offer of marriage to Obama and hopes the president will bring his daughter with him when he makes his first presidential visit to Kenya, the country where his father was born, in July.
    Obama's Kenyan grandmother, who is in her early 90s, still lives in Kogelo, in western Kenya, home to a number of the president's relatives.
    "I am currently drafting a letter to Obama asking him to please have Malia accompany him for this trip. I hope the embassy will pass the letter to him," he said.
    Kiprono dismissed the notion he might be a gold-digger.
    "People might say I am after the family's money, which is not the case. My love is real," he insisted.
    The young lawyer, whose age was not revealed, said he had already planned his proposal, which would be made on a hill near his rural village, and the wedding at which champagne would be shunned in favour of a traditional sour milk called "mursik".
    Kiprono said that as a couple he and the young Obama would lead "a simple life".
    "I will teach Malia how to milk a cow, cook ugali (maize porridge) and prepare mursik like any other Kalenjin woman," he said.
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  10. sugarplum892 added a post in a topic: Ohio man posts message on his SUV: 'Got kidney? I need 1'   

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man in need of a kidney donor is taking his search on the road in unusual fashion, with bright yellow letters taped to the rear window of his SUV.
    The message on Neal Raisman's silver-blue vehicle reads: "Got kidney? I need 1." It includes a phone number for interested callers.
    The Columbus Dispatch ( reports a similar message is taped on an SUV belonging to Raisman's daughter, who lives not far from her father's home in the Columbus suburb of Bexley. They took the SUV ad approach after Raisman's relatives were ruled out as donors because of diabetes and other medical reasons.
    "If the sign doesn't work in one way, perhaps it will in another," said Raisman, a former college president with expertise in the written word and in marketing. "The more front-facing I can get the issue, the greater the possibility that someone will be a donor, not only for me."
    The connections between kidney patients and their donors are sometimes thin: A friend of a friend from church, an old high school friend reunited on Facebook or even a stranger, said Robin Petersen-Webster, living-kidney donor coordinator at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center.
    "I've heard a story about a man standing on exit ramps with a sandwich board for his wife," Petersen-Webster said.
    The 67-year-old Raisman says he has heard from a few people, including one offering — illegally — to sell him an organ, but there's no matching donor yet.
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  11. sugarplum892 added a post in a topic: McDonald is accused of assaulting woman who was holding a baby   

    More and more details are emerging regarding the Monday morning arrest of Bears defensive lineman Ray McDonald. And more and more time is passing with his current employer saying nothing.
    Via NBC Bay Area, McDonald specifically is accused of “physically assault[ing] the victim while she was holding a baby.” The alleged victim apparently is McDonald’s ex-fiancée, who reportedly had been residing with the child in an apartment paid for by McDonald.
    McDonald reportedly asked his ex-fiancée to leave the apartment. He then left the premises and, when he returned, the police had been called. McDonald was arrested at the home of former 49ers teammate Justin Smith.
    McDonald’s ex-fiancée also was involved in the August 2014 incident for which McDonald was arrested but ultimately not charged. The 49ers were criticized heavily for taking no action against McDonald. The team then cut him after a separate accusation of sexual assault was made against McDonald later in the year. (McDonald contends that the claim of sexual assault is false.)
    The Bears, meanwhile, have said nothing — not even the perfunctory “we’re looking into it” non-statement statement. They’ll be expected by many to say, and to do, something strong in response to this latest incident involving McDonald.
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  12. sugarplum892 added a post in a topic: Jolin Tsai's new song, We're All Different, Yet The Same was banned in Singapore   

    Jolin Tsai's new song, We're All Different, Yet The Same was banned in Singapore
    Jolin Tsai's (蔡依林) song, We're All Different, Yet The Same (不一樣又怎樣) was based on lesbian as the theme. In the MV, Jolin and Ruby Lin (林心如) had kissing scene. According to Taiwan media reports, the song We're All Different, Yet The Same (不一樣又怎樣) was recently banned in Singapore due to strong lyrics and lesbian theme. As such, Jolin's manager expressed that Jolin hoped to show her views about the marriage, but it will be a pity and also respect for different views.

    Source: Ming Pao (HK)
    Translated by: Admin @ Asian E-News Portal
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  13. sugarplum892 added a post in a topic: 7 suspects face charges in senior prank that released swarm of ladybugs in high school   

    CHAPTICO, Md. –  Police have charged seven suspects in a senior prank that released 72,000 ladybugs in a public high school.
    The St. Mary's County's Sheriff's Office says in a news release that early May 20, five people forced open a door at Chopticon High School in Morganza, Maryland.
    Deputies say the pranksters, who were wearing masks and hoodies, released a swarm of ladybugs throughout the school while two others waited in a car.
    One suspect ordered the ladybugs online, deputies say.
    Four juveniles have been charged with burglary, property destruction and disruption of school activities. They were released to their parents. Deputies say three adults will be charged by criminal summons.
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  14. sugarplum892 added a post in a topic: Filipina maid photographs "modern slavery" in Hong Kong   

    Xyza Bacani, 28, poses next to her photograph during an exhibition in Macau March 22, 2015. The 28-year-old left her home in Nueva Vizcaya, north of Manila, in 2006 to join her mother and help look after her employer's six grandchildren. She soon began shooting photos with a camera bought with money loaned to her by her employer. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
    LONDON, May 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Filipina maid in Hong Kong has published stark photographs of burned and beaten domestic workers to highlight the "modern slavery" she says has long been the city's shameful secret.
    "Hong Kong is a very modern, successful city but people treat their helpers like slaves," said Xyza Cruz Bacani, whose black and white portraits won her a scholarship from the Magnum Foundation to start studying at New York University this month.
    "The abuse happens behind doors. It's common but no one talks about it, so I want to tell their stories, I want to tell people it's not OK to treat your domestic workers that way."
    Bacani is one of the 330,000 domestic workers in the former British colony, most of them from the Philippines and Indonesia.
    She told how maids are frequently forced to sleep on toilets, kitchen floors, cabinet tops or even baby-changing tables because they are not given beds.
    Many work up to 19-hour days. Some are underpaid or not paid at all. Others are denied food or beaten, she said.
    "It was a big shock to me when I listened to their stories and they told me they slept on toilets, that their boss slapped them or their boss didn't even feed them," Bacani, a self-taught photographer, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by telephone.
    "It shocked me how people could treat other people like that. It's very barbaric. When I talk about it I feel angry."
    Bacani, who comes from a village in Nueva Vizcaya, moved to Hong Kong when she was 19, giving up her nursing studies so she could help pay for her younger brother and sister's schooling.
    For the last decade she has worked alongside her mother for an Australian-Chinese businesswoman in the affluent Mid-Levels neighbourhood on Hong Kong island.
    She rises at 5:30 most mornings, serves breakfast, cleans the apartment and looks after her boss's six grandchildren, who visit almost daily.
    But whether she is shopping in the market or taking the children to the park, she always has her camera in her bag.
    Last year Bacani volunteered at Bethune House, a shelter for abused domestic helpers, and was horrified by what she saw.
    "Many work until 1 a.m. and start again at 5. They work every day without stopping. I have friends who are underpaid and others have been physically hurt," she said.
    "It's modern slavery. It's 2015 and people should be more educated, but still it happens."
    Bacani's most shocking photos are of a Filipina woman called Shirley who suffered extensive third degree burns when a pot of boiling soup fell on her after someone left it on a rack.
    Her boss said it was an accident, but Bacani says he refused Shirley medical leave and fired her after she fainted.
    The maid started legal proceedings but appeared to be getting nowhere. Bacani says things changed when the CNN website reproduced her photos of Shirley's burns.
    "After we published some of the images her boss paid her compensation for her injuries, her dismissal and three years of salary because she cannot work," Bacani said.
    Shirley's story is not uncommon. The abuse suffered by the city's domestic workers made headlines this year when a Hong Kong woman was jailed for six years for attacking and abusing her Indonesian maids and threatening to kill their relatives.
    The case sparked calls for Hong Kong's government to revise its policies on migrant workers.
    Campaigners say domestic workers are often reluctant to report abuse for fear of being deported, trapping them in a cycle of exploitation.
    The government stipulates employers should provide reasonable accommodation, free food and a minimum monthly wage of HK$4,110 ($530).
    But Bacani says many maids are paid less, especially Indonesians who are often treated worse than Filipinas, partly because of the language barrier.
    She describes herself as "one of the few lucky ones". She says her boss is a "great lady" who encouraged her to apply for the Magnum programme, which aims to help photographers tell stories that can advance human rights in their home countries.
    Bacani plans to return to Hong Kong later this year to mount an exhibition of her images of domestic workers.
    "Awareness brings change," she says. "I hope my work can change people's perspective on domestic workers and help end this modern slavery." (Reporting by Emma Batha, Editing by Katie Nguyen)

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  15. sugarplum892 added a post in a topic: Cause of death of child in swing undetermined after autopsy   

    Cause of death of child in swing undetermined after autopsy
    BALTIMORE (AP) — An autopsy has been completed on a child who was found dead in a park swing as his mother pushed him, but the cause of death remains under investigation, police said Monday.
    Charles County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said that there were no findings on the cause or manner of death of the 3-year-old found Friday in La Plata, Maryland.
    Richardson said further investigation and toxicology tests are needed. The 24-year-old mother was taken to a hospital Friday. Richardson said she remained hospitalized Monday. Officials haven't identified her. They've said she may have been at the park for hours before the boy was discovered.
    Richardson says detectives are working to establish a timeline of the days before his death. Previously, she said there were no obvious signs of foul play but that it hadn't been ruled out.
    Meanwhile, a woman who identified herself as the child's maternal grandmother to a TV station, told the broadcast outlet that her daughter ordinarily "would never harm my grandson in any type of way."
    Vontasha Simms also told WUSA-TV that her daughter had been diagnosed with a mental illness a few months ago and was seeking help. She didn't give specifics.
    Police have not commented on details of the investigation or whether mental illness played a role.
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