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Uruguay FA Board Resignation Might Jeopardize The Country’s World Cup Place

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Image by Jimmy Baikovicuis | Flickr

The recent resignation of Uruguay’s Football Association (UAF) board has fueled World Cup fears. The South American country is set to feature in Group D alongside England, Italy, and Costa Rica.

 Barras Bravas

The reported cause of the move seems to be the decision of the country’s government to withdraw police protection in high-profile matches involving big clubs Nacional and Penarol. Called the “barras bravas,” the fans of the two football clubs are infamous for their violence.

Violent incidents have marred recent football matches. The latest was in the 4-2 home defeat of Nacional to Newell’s Old Boys in a Libertadores Cup match.

World Cup Fears

In the resignation letter, Sebastián Bauzá said, “The well-publicised acts that have occurred in recent times show the need for [the AUF board to take] a step to one side and allow other political views to govern our football.”

This has prompted speculations about Uruguay’s chances at the World Cup. Other fans, however, believe otherwise. “Fifa is a bit more serious. I don’t think Uruguay’s place at the World Cup is at risk,” CONMEBOL President, Eugenio Figueredo, said.

Nepal Plans To Help Hikers In Distress With Free SIM Cards

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Nepal officials announced Thursday, March 27, that they plan to provide free SIM cards to hikers going to remote areas. The suggestion came after a number of foreign trekkers went missing or were attacked for the past years.

Highest Mountains

Eight of the world’s fourteen highest mountains are in Nepal, including Mount Everest. The country attracts thousands of foreign hikers and climbers annually. The disappearances and killings of trekkers, however, have resulted in serious concerns on tourist safety.

“When a trekker is lost, it becomes easy to find out the location by tracking the SIM card,” senior Nepal Tourism Board official Sharad Pradhan told Reuters. According to the official, hikers with emergencies can call specific numbers for rescue or help.

Solo Trekkers

While local helpers accompany group climbers, many solo hikers trek the remote Himalayan foothills and national parks, making emergency rescues difficult. About 30,000 independent hikers visiting remote areas will benefit from the free SIM cards.

The government will give the SIM cards to trekkers with their permits.


Beatles’ ‘Help!’ Coats Sell For £115,000

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Memorabilia jackets that Ringo Starr and George Harrison wore in 1965 have sold for £115,000 at an auction.

Past estimated value

Harrison’s jacket bagged £54,000, while Starr’s possession fetched £61,000, both of which include buyer’s premium. The final price of the items went past the estimated value during pre-sale valuations, which pegged the items between £20,000-£30,000.

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Image by United Press International | Wikimedia

Both jackets were from the 1965 film “Help!,” in which the members of the Fab Four wore the clothes for five days during filming. The apparel also appeared on the album cover.

A South American collector acquired a piano that Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon used for £57,500.

The piano was used to write songs found in “Help!” and the hit piece “Yesterday.”

American director Richard Lester sold the items at an auction in Liverpool.

Nothing from McCartney

A few of Sir McCartney’s belongings, however, were pulled out of the auction after his lawyers challenged the legality of selling them. The contents included a sheet of handwritten lyrics, a suit, and a cape.

“Unfortunately the lawyers have claimed that Paul would never have given any clothing away,” said auctioneer Paul Fairweather.

Wining Lottery Tickets Sold In Florida And Maryland

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State lottery officials said the winning tickets in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing with a jackpot of about $400 million, the third largest in its history, were sold in Florida and Maryland.

According to a report by, the Florida winning ticket was purchased at a Sunoco gas station on Merritt Island in Brevard County.

The Lucky Numbers

The Mega Millions winning numbers for Tuesday night are:

11-19-24-33-51 Gold Mega Ball 07

The jackpot swells after no one matched all six numbers in the drawing held last Friday, March 14.

Biggest Jackpots in Mega Millions History

The biggest jackpot in the game’s history was $656 million, which was split among winners from three states in March 2012. The second was $648 million, which went to the lucky winners from Northern California and Atlanta in December 2013.

The game is offered in Illinois and 42 other states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The store that sold the winning ticket can receive up to $1 million in winnings, depending on the size of the jackpot.

Amazon Raises Prime Membership Fee

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The cost of an Amazon Prime membership was increased, a service which provides members free two-day shipping on millions of eligible items.

Price increase

Amazon announced the annual membership will now cost $99 every year, up from $79, while a student membership will cost $49 annually.

In its nine-year existence, this is the first time Amazon has decided to increase the annual fee.

Prime members get two-day shipping at no extra cost, apart from the right to access Kindle books and stream more than 40,000 movies and television shows.

Fuel and shipping costs

The e-commerce giant blamed the increase in fuel and shipping costs.

“Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has remained the same,” Amazon said in an e-mail statement. “If you consider things like inflation and fuel costs, a Prime membership valued at $79 in 2005 would be worth more than $100 today.”

Amazon also sent this statement to some Prime customers to explain the increase.

20 Strangers Kissing: Tatia Pilieva’s Short Film Went Viral

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Filmmaker Tatia Pilieva paired up with Wren Studio to bring 20 strangers together and kiss for the first time in front of cameras, which became a viral hit.

Awkward result

The result seems like real-life romance. The twenty strangers talked  to each other awkwardly at first.

But once they’ve kissed, they suddenly became intimate and even compassionate toward each other.

After the awkwardness, the pairs just go for it.

Instant hit

“It’s cute to see the strangers be all hesitant at first (as most sane and sober people would be!) but once they go for it, it’s like watching fireworks, man (as barf-fully cheesy as that sounds),” Gizmodo’s Casey Chan said in a statement. “It’s unexpectedly touching, like watching a documentary turn into a romantic comedy that doesn’t suck.”

The post has received more than 4 million views since it was uploaded and is still climbing.

Facebook Regulates Gun Posts

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facebook likeSocial networking giant Facebook has imposed stricter measures on posting anything related to guns.

Removal of posts

Facebook said that posts from users who “indicate a willingness” to commit breaches against the law to sell firearms would be removed. The site would also restrict access to posts relating to the sale of guns to users over 18 years old.

Some groups have lobbied and pressured Facebook to change the site’s policy regarding the issue.

Speech may have consequences elsewhere’

“People sometimes use our free tools to discuss products that are regulated or controversial,” wrote the company in a blog post, following reports that some users have expressed concerns about the private sales of guns on the site.

“It is one of many areas where we face a difficult challenge balancing individuals’ desire to express themselves on our services, and recognizing that this speech may have consequences elsewhere,” said Facebook.

Facebook collaborated with various stakeholders including New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in drafting the new policies which will also apply to Facebook-owned photo-sharing site Instagram.

The 86th Annual Academy Awards: The Complete List of #Oscars2014 Winners

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Tinseltown’s biggest night ended with some well-deserved wins across the board, as the 86th Annual Academy Awards, more popularly known as The Oscars, was held Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

Here’s the full list of winners:

BEST PICTURE: 12 Years a Slave

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave

BEST DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity






BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life











BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave


Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher Reportedly Engaged

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Mila Kunis is reportedly engaged to his boyfriend Ashton Kutcher.

‘Crazy’ in love

Mila Kunis

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According to a report, the former “That 70s Show” lovers are all set to tie the knot and Kunis was even seen wearing a diamond ring while out shopping in Los Angeles.

A source confirmed, saying, “She is crazy about him!”

The two started dating in 2012 but they kept it under wraps early on. Kutcher finally made it official as he finalized his divorce from Demi Moore in 2013.

Officially hers

A source said the couple, who have been together for two years now, have been getting more and more serious about their romance.

Kunis is wearing what appears to be an engagement ring on her left finger while shopping.

Kutcher and Kunis met in 1998 as co-stars of the popular sitcom, in which they played an on-screen couple.

Mean LinkedIn Rejection Makes Internet Rounds

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A rejection letter posted on LinkedIn is making the rounds on the Internet as people deride it as unprofessional and demeaning.

A Heck of a Rejection Letter

The letter comes from a Cleveland professional who runs a job bank with over 7,300 subscribers, but has shut down her Twitter and LinkedIn accounts since the controversy. The professional in question has not yet made any official comment on the matter.

Some excerpts from the letter read: “Your invitation to connect is inappropriate…beneficial only to you and tacky. Wow, I cannot wait to let every 26 year-old jobseeker mine my top tier marketing connections to help them land a job

She ends the letter by saying: “I love the sense of entitlement in your generation and therefore I enjoy denying your invite…you’re welcome for your humility lesson for the year…Don’t ever write me again.”

Inevitable Backlash

According to social media experts, the exchange may have risen from a misunderstanding about the job bank’s policy on who it accepts invites from. The letter has since appeared on Facebook and Twitter, drawing angry responses for its rudeness and unprofessionalism.