Monday, February 13, 2017

MARIAH CAREY DROPS $100K A MONTH FOR 90210 ZIP

Mariah Carey doesn't need a billionaire to live like one ... she's paying $100k for a place to call home.
She's leasing a 9 bedroom, 10 bath Bev Hills estate, complete with a pool, tennis court, theater, and 2-lane bowling alley.
The 15,000 square foot home retails for $23 mil.
So Emil Hartoonian, Mariah’s realtor, doesn't just sell big estates, he works with tenants too ... if they're rich enough to drop more than a mil a year in rent.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

‘Ice cream killer’ is so dangerous, she’s headed to a men’s prison

Watch out, guys!

An Austrian femme fatale known as the “Ice Cream Killer” will have plenty of new men to choose from at her new lockdown.
Estibaliz Carranza, 38, will be transferred to an all-male prison because she’s too dangerous to be locked up at a women’s facility, but authorities might be playing right into her hands.

The maniacal murderess has a history of luring men into her web and then killing and slicing up their bodies with a chainsaw.

In 2012, she was sentenced to life behind bars for the dismemberment murders of her ex-husband and her onetime lover on separate occasions. She shot them both in the head, carved up their bodies, stored their parts in a freezer and buried their remains under the concrete floor of her sweet shop. She then hung air fresheners to hide the smell of their rotting corpses.

After her conviction, Carranza was incarcerated at a women’s prison in Schwarzenau, Lower Austria, but will now be moved to a “special” all-male penitentiary in Asten, Upper Austria, The Mirror reported Monday.

Carranza will be the first female prisoner to be housed at the state-of-the-art facility, which currently holds 91 men. Thirteen additional female inmates will be transferred there in the near future.

The staff consists of 45 nurses, 18 therapists, four doctors and eight prison guards, The Mirror said.

Prisoners can cook meals together in their single and double cells – and freely roam around the grounds. They can also kick back and watch TV in the lounge.

In 2008, Carranza walked up behind her ex-husband, Holger Holz, as he worked at his computer, pressed a .22-caliber Beretta against the back of his head and squeezed the trigger.

She confessed that she was furious when Holz wouldn’t leave their Vienna home after their divorce. She also called him “violent and lazy.”

The two had originally met when she was an Au Pair in Germany before she became the proprietor of an ice cream shop in Vienna.

Two years later, Carranza whacked her ice cream salesman boyfriend, Manfred Hinterberger, in a similar fashion.

She pumped several bullets into the back of his head when she went to confront him about an alleged affair he was having, but he was passed out drunk.

After disposing of his corpse, she got a manicure to repair her damaged nails.

In June 2011, plumbers stumbled upon the remains of both victims as they were doing work in the cellar of Carranza’s ice cream shop.

Carranza went on the lam to Italy, but was captured by authorities several days later.

She was two months pregnant by a third man at the time of her arrest and has since gotten married to him while in prison.

She has written a memoir titled, “My Two Lives: The True Story of the Ice Lady

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Attacker Dressed as Santa Claus Opens Fire in Istanbul Club, Killing 35: Reports

An attacker reportedly dressed as Santa Claus opened fire inside a nightclub in Istanbul just after midnight on New Year’s Day, according to multiple reports.

The attacker reportedly killed at least 35 revelers and injured dozens more, according to The New York Times.

At least 16 foreign nationals are among the dead, according to authorities.

Istanbul governor Vaspil Sahin called it a “terrorist attack,” according to CNN.

The Associated Press reported that the assailant, who has not yet been public identified, was armed with a long-barreled weapon and killed a policeman and civilian outside the Reina nightclub in Istanbul’s Ortakoy district. The attacker then began shooting at people partying inside the club. It is unclear if the attacker acted alone or if there were multiple assailants.

According to NTV, a Trukish television network, more than 500 people were inside the club, which was holding a party for New Year’s Eve. The attack took place just before 2 a.m., according to the AP and CNN.

Istanbul has been the target of several terrorist attacks in the past year, leaving at least 180 dead in total.

ISIS is planning a chemical attack on Britain


Britain's Security Minister Ben Wallace has warned that ISIS could be planning a chemical attack on the UK.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Wallace said the terrorist group wants to build on chemical attacks in Syria by bringing the weapons to Europe.

He pointed to a foiled plot in February 2016 in Morocco where weapons were being created by an ISIS cell to cause mass casualties.

"Moroccan authorities dismantled a cell involving chemical weapons," Wallace explained. "They recovered toxic chemical and biological substances and a large stock of fertiliser. The substances found could have been used to produce homemade explosives and could have been transformed into a deadly toxin."

The Security Minister added: "The ambition of IS [Islamic State] or Daesh is definitely mass-casualty attacks. They want to harm as many people as possible and terrorise as many people as possible.

"They have no moral objection to using chemical weapons against populations and, if they could, they would in this country. The casualty figures that could be involved would everybody's worst fear. We have certainly seen reports of them using it in Syria and Iraq [and] we have certainly seen aspirations for it in Europe."

Wallace told The Sunday Times that UK security chiefs have carried out exercises to prepare for a chemical attack, which he described as the country's "worst fear."

Istanbul New Year nightclub massacre kills 39, attacker on the run

 Thirty-nine people, including many foreigners, were killed Sunday when a gunman went on a rampage at an exclusive nightclub in Istanbul where revellers were celebrating the New Year.

As police launched a dragnet for the assailant, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the carnage sought to sow chaos and undermine peace, but Turkey would never bow to the threat.

The attack on the waterside Reina nightclub began when 2017 in Turkey was just 75 minutes old, after a year of unprecedented bloodshed that saw hundreds die in strikes blamed on Kurdish militants and jihadists.

The assailant shot dead a policeman and a civilian at the club entrance and then went on a shooting spree inside where up to 700 people were feting the New Year.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the attacker had escaped and was now the target of a major manhunt, expressing hope the suspect "would be captured soon".

He added that of 20 victims identified so far, 15 were foreigners and five were Turks. Another 65 people were being treated in hospital.

"The attacker -- in the most brutal and merciless way -- targeted innocent people who had only come here to celebrate the New Year and have fun," Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said at the scene on the shores of the Bosphorus.

Many revellers threw themselves into the water in panic and efforts were under way to rescue them, NTV television said. Dogan news agency said the gunman was dressed in a Santa Claus outfit, although this has yet to be confirmed.

Soylu said the gunman had arrived with a gun concealed underneath an overcoat but subsequently exited the venue wearing a different garment.

The nationalities of the victims have yet to be disclosed although Israel said one of its nationals was wounded and another missing and France said three of its nationals were wounded.

- 'Create chaos' -

Television pictures showed party-goers -- including men in suits and women in cocktail dresses -- emerging from the nightclub in a state of shock.

Dogan reported that some witnesses claimed the assailants were "speaking Arabic" while NTV said special force police officers were still searching the club.

Erdogan said in a statement that with such attacks, "they are working to destroy our country's morale and create chaos."

Turkey would deploy every means to fight "terror organisations" and the countries supporting them, Erdogan said, without giving details on which groups or nations he was referring to.

But Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said it was too early to talk about responsibility. "We are not yet at the point where we can say it is this organisation," he told NTV.

The attack evoked memories of the November 2015 carnage in Paris when Islamic State jihadists went on a gun and bombing rampage on nightspots in the French capital, killing 130 people including 90 at the Bataclan concert hall.

- 'Walking on top of people' -

From Sydney to Paris, Rio to London, security had been boosted over fears that the New Year festivities could present a target for violent extremists.

In Istanbul, at least 17,000 police officers had been deployed and some, as is customary in Turkey, dressed themselves as Santa Claus as cover, according to television reports.

"Just as we were settling down, by the door there was a lot of dust and smoke. Gunshots rang out," witness Sefa Boydas, a professional footballer, told AFP. "When I was walking, people were walking on top of people."

Turkey has been hit by a wave of attacks blamed on Kurdish militants and IS jihadists and 2016 saw more attacks than any other year in the history of the country.

On December 10, 44 people were killed in a double bombing in Istanbul after a football match hosted by top side Besiktas, an attack claimed by the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), seen as a radical offshoot of the outlawed PKK rebel group.

In June, 47 people were killed in a triple suicide bombing and gun attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport, with authorities blaming IS.

- 'No crime more cynical' -

Mainly Muslim Turkey's religious affairs agency Diyanet condemned the attack, saying the fact it took place in a nightclub "was no different to it being in a market or place of worship".

Turkey is still reeling from a failed July coup blamed by the government on the US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen that has been followed by a relentless purge of his alleged supporters from state institutions.

"It's hard to imagine a crime more cynical than the killing of civilians during a New Year's celebration," Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a condolence message to Erdogan.

Two weeks ago, off-duty policeman assassinated Russia's ambassador to Turkey in an Ankara. Putin assured Erdogan that Moscow was a "reliable partner" in the fight against terror.

The United States and France voiced outrage at Sunday's attack and said they stood alongside Turkey, their ally in NATO, in its fight against terror.

The bloodbath came as the Turkish army wages a four-month incursion in Syria to oust IS jihadists and Kurdish militants from the border area, suffering increasing casualties.

Turkey is also spearheading a ceasefire plan with Russia aimed at creating a basis for peace talks to end the near six year civil war.

Dozens dead in New Year’s Eve nightclub 'Santa Claus' attack in Istanbul, Turkey

An assailant believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations Saturday, killing at least 35 people and wounding 40 others in what the province’s governor described as a terror attack.

Gov. Vasip Sahin said the attacker, armed with a long-barreled weapon, killed a policeman and a civilian outside the club before entering and firing on people partying inside. He did not say who may have carried out the attack.
“Unfortunately (he) rained bullets in a very cruel and merciless way on innocent people who were there to celebrate New Year’s and have fun,”

Thursday, December 29, 2016

This stunning SUV will be Lamborghini's first electric hybrid


 The new Lamborghini Urus will be a different type of Lamborghini.

Although it won't be the first SUV to emerge from Sant'Agata, it will be the brand's first hybrid when it arrives sometime in 2018.

In an interview with Autocar, Lamborghini R&D chief Maurizio Reggiani confirmed that the upcoming Urus will be offered with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

According to Reggiani, Lamborghini purists need not fear, for hybridization will not spread beyond the Urus SUV.

Rumors of a production Lamborghini hybrid have been floating around the industry from some time.

At the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the Italian supercar maker teased the public with the hybrid Asterion concept.

In a 2015 interview with Business Insider, then-Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann ruled out the hybridization of the brand's supercars, but hinted at the possibility of a hybrid Urus.

 In the interview, Winkelmann, who left Lambo to become the new boss at Audi Sport earlier this year, called the Urus the "supercar of SUVs" that is designed with passenger comfort and usability in mind.

The idea of a hybrid Lamborghini isn't as far fetched as one might think. The Urus will be built on VW Group's MLB-evo platform. The award-winning modular platform also underpins, among others, the Audi Q7 SUV which is already available in plug-in hybrid guise.

In addition to the hybrid, the Urus will also offered with a 4.0 liter, twin-turbocharged V8 sourced from parent company Audi.

The production variant is not expected to stray very far from the Urus Concept that made its world debut at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show.

Upon its arrival, the Urus will become the latest entrant into the new ultra-luxury SUV segment. Others in the segment include the Bentley Bentayga — a fellow MLB-evo platform vehicle— and Rolls-Royce's upcoming Project Cullinan.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Exxonmobil sacks 150 Nigerian workers

Exxonmobil has sacked about 150 Nigerian workers in what its management described as a regular evaluation of its operation as part of a disciplined management process.

But the Chairman of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Exxonmobil branch, Mr. Paul Eboigbe, in a telephone interview with Daily Sun, said the sacking of the workers did not follow due process, and cannot stand in the face of the law.

Eboigbe said while discussions and negotiations were still ongoing, and a final agreement yet to be reached, the management unilaterally abandoned talks and went ahead to issue sack letters to the 150 affected workers.

He said the ploy deployed by the management was to exit Nigerian workers and in return bring in expatriates to take up the jobs that Nigerians were capable of executing, lamenting that the salary of an expatriate could pay the salaries of 10 Nigerians.

The union leader said a couple of sectional heads and General Managers were sacked in an undignified manner to pave way for the employment of the expatriates, saying PENGASSAN would not allow that to happen. ‘‘We adjourned the meeting to reconvene at a later date. And while waiting to continue talks, the management started issuing sack letters to the affected workers. This ill treatment cannot stand. And we will do all we can to resist it.”

On what the next line of action would be, Eboigbe said he has directed all his members in offshore location to down tools while similar instruction is being carried out at the Exxonmobil headquarters in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Responding, Exxonmobil Manager, Media and Communications, Mr. Oge Udeagha, explained that ExxonMobil regularly evaluates its operations as part of a disciplined management process and continually strives to operate its business in as safe and efficient a manner as possible.

‘‘We invest for the long term and are focused on maintaining a stable, well-developed workforce and are committed to treating our employees with respect and in accordance with applicable rules and regulations,’’ he said.

According to him, the development is a limited programme that will impact a relatively small fraction of employees, adding that special benefits specifically introduced for this purpose will be paid to affected employees consistent with existing labour agreements.

The company, he said, is also arranging special programmes to support the transition from the company for those affected, saying that Exxonmobil respects the rights of its workforce and will continue to engage with them to resolve the situation.