Schwarzenegger Returns Home After Open Heart Surgery

Action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger is back home in Los Angeles and in good spirits after undergoing open heart surgery following complications with a routine operation, his spokesman said on Friday.

The 70-year-old “Terminator” and “Predator” star and former governor of California were at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, near Hollywood, to have a valve replaced on March 29 when doctors opted for the emergency procedure.

“Update: Schwarzenegger comes home,” his representative Daniel Ketchell posted on Twitter, later clarifying to AFP that Schwarzenegger had been released Friday afternoon and was “recovering at home in fantastic spirits.”

The former Mr Universe underwent non-urgent heart surgery in 1997 to have the valve put in, due to a condition he said was congenital and had nothing to do with steroids.

“That 1997 replacement valve was never meant to be permanent, and has outlived its life expectancy, so he chose to replace it… through a less-invasive catheter valve replacement,” Ketchell said after the successful operation.

Schwarzenegger has been tweeting during his stay at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, telling fans on Monday that “It’s true: I’m back!” — a play on his famous catchphrase “I’ll be back!”

He has used the line — or close variations — in numerous movies, including “The Terminator,” “Commando,” “Raw Deal,” “The Running Man,” “Twins,” “Total Recall,” “Kindergarten Cop,” “Last Action Hero,” “Jingle All the Way,” “The 6th Day” and “The Expendables II.”

The Austrian-born former bodybuilder was voted in as governor of California in a historic 2003 recall vote — but proved the win was no fluke by routing opponent Phil Angelides to get re-elected.

“I went to sleep expecting to wake up with a small incision and woke up with a big one — but guess what? I woke up, and that’s something to be thankful for,” Schwarzenegger tweeted from the hospital.


U.S. Officials Conduct Vast Immigration Sweep In Los Angeles

US Officials Conduct Vast Immigration Sweep In Los Angeles
File photo: JOSEPH EID / AFP


US federal agents said Friday they arrested 212 people in Los Angeles for violating federal immigration laws.

The vast majority — 88 percent — of those arrested “were convicted criminals,” the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said in a statement.

The arrests were carried out in a five-day operation that ended Thursday in the second most populous US urban centre.

Los Angeles is a “sanctuary city” that does not collaborate with federal officials on detaining people suspected of violating immigration laws.

“Because sanctuary jurisdictions like Los Angeles prevent ICE from arresting criminal aliens in the secure confines of a jail, our officers are forced to conduct at-large arrests in the community,” said ICE Deputy Director Thomas Homan.

This puts “officers, the general public and the aliens at greater risk and increasing the incidents of collateral arrests,” he said.

While the focus of the sweep was to arrest undocumented migrants with a criminal record, others without such a record were also picked up.

“All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States,” the statement read.

ICE did not specify those arrested by nationality when asked by AFP.

The agents also served 122 notices of inspection to Los Angeles-area businesses, warning “that ICE is going to audit their hiring records to determine whether or not they are in compliance with the law.”

If they fail the audit, the businesses “will face civil fines and potential criminal prosecution,” the statement said.


Las Vegas Gunman’s Girlfriend Arrives In Los Angeles From Philippines

The girlfriend of a retiree who killed 58 people and then himself in a shooting rampage in Las Vegas arrived from the Philippines in Los Angeles on Tuesday (October 3), where FBI agents hoped to question her about the massacre, law enforcement officials said.

Marilou Danley, who U.S. authorities have described as a “person of interest” in the investigation, left Manila on Tuesday evening aboard Philippine Airlines Flight PR 102, according to Philippines immigration spokeswoman Antonette Mangrobang.

The non-stop flight arrived as scheduled at about 7:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday (October 03) (0230 GMT Wednesday) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), according to the airline tracking website and passengers from the flight. Mangrobang told Reuters by text message there was no information about whether Danley was travelling with anyone else.

A police official in Manila and a law enforcement official in the United States, both speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that Danley left the Philippines unescorted but was being met by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents in Los Angeles.

The U.S. source said Danley was not under arrest but that the FBI hoped she would consent to be interviewed voluntarily. The police official in Manila said Danley’s trip back to the United States “was co-ordinated with FBI authorities” and that she was returning to clear her name of any involvement in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Acclaimed Actor, Harry Dean Stanton Dies at 91

This file photo taken on May 10, 2007 shows cast member Harry Dean Stanton arriving for the premiere of “The Wendell Baker Story” at the Writers Guild theater in Beverly Hills, California. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK

Harry Dean Stanton, whose grizzled looks and acclaimed acting talent earned him a prolific Hollywood career playing mainly supporting roles, died at a Los Angeles hospital on Friday. He was 91 years old.

He “passed away from natural causes” at Cedars-Sinai medical center, according to his agent John S Kelly.

Despite over 150 television and film appearances spanning six decades, including roles in the “Alien,” “The Green Mile,” “Pretty in Pink” and “The Avengers,” Stanton was not a household name — though his weathered, drooping face is instantly recognizable.

One of his rare leading roles came in the 1984 road movie “Paris, Texas” where his turn as a father suffering from amnesia helped director Wim Wenders win the 1984 Palme D’Or.

A close friend of Hollywood luminaries Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn and Marlon Brando, the drinker and smoker worked with David Lynch on TV’s “Twin Peaks.”

“The great Harry Dean Stanton has left us. There went the great one,” the filmmaker Lynch wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.

“Everyone loved him, and with good reason. He was a great actor — actually beyond great. And a great human being,” Lynch went on.

Stanton’s more recent work includes playing polygamist patriarch Roman Grant in TV’s “Big Love” and a voice role in animated feature “Rango” with Johnny Depp.

One of his last appearances, “Lucky”, the spiritual journey of an atheist also working with David Lynch, will be released in late September in the United States.

Late American film critic Roger Ebert raved that “No movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad.”

A passionate musician, he also founded the eclectic “The Harry Dean Stanton Band” known for its mix of mariachi, jazz and other genres.

A keen harmonica player, he liked to sing the blues with Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson, and the mariachi repertoire which he played until the end of his life in a warm, whimpering voice.

Born July 14, 1926 in Kentucky, Stanton was the eldest of three children of a hairdressing mother and a tobacco-growing Baptist.

Stanton, whose roles were often strange mixes of tenderness and reserve, was the epitome of cool, actress Olivia Wilde said on Twitter.

The actor himself told The New York Times Magazine back in 1986 that: “I know I’ve got the ability to bring a sense of menace to the screen. I have that specific competence, and it’s generally kept me working.”


Paris, Los Angeles Confirmed As Olympic Hosts


Paris 2024 bid Co-Chairman Tony Estanguet celebrates during the 131st International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Lima on September 13, 2017. Martin BERNETTI / AFP

The International Olympic Committee named Paris and Los Angeles as hosts for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics on Wednesday, crowning two cities at the same time in a historic first for the embattled sports body.

Loud applause rang out at the Lima Convention Centre shortly after the IOC membership voted to approve a deal hashed out in July which arranged for Paris to be given 2024 and Los Angeles 2028.

Paris and Los Angeles bid leaders joined International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on stage as the award was confirmed, embracing after an outcome hailed as a “win-win-win” by the IOC.

Both Paris and Los Angeles made final presentations to IOC delegates before the formality of the rubber-stamp vote was taken.

“You can’t imagine what this means to us, incredible, so strong,” Paris 2024 co-chairman Tony Estanguet told delegates shortly before the vote.

It marked the final act of a campaign that had been stripped of the usual intrigue ever since Paris and Los Angeles agreed to carve up 2024 and 2028 in July following encouragement from the IOC.

Paris 2024 officials hugged and cheered following the vote, basking in victory after three previous failed bids to land the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

The 2024 Games will mark the third time Paris has staged the Olympics, coming exactly 100 years after they last hosted the Games.

Los Angeles 2028 officials also celebrated the return of the Olympics to US soil.

The 2028 Olympics will be the first held in the United States since the chaotic 1996 Games in Atlanta.

It will also mark the third time that Los Angeles has hosted the Olympics following successful editions in 1932 and 1984.

“Los Angeles reflects the face of America’s future and the heart of American values of inclusiveness, generosity and unity,” Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti said during his final pitch to IOC members.

– ‘Too many losers’ –

Paris and Los Angeles emerged from the initial bidding race for the 2024 Games after a number of cities withdrew citing waning public support and concerns over budget.

Hamburg, Rome, Budapest and Boston all fell by the wayside during the competition, reflecting the political difficulties in persuading voters that staging the Olympics is worth the multi-billion-dollar price tag.

IOC chief Bach first signalled publicly that the double-award of an Olympics could be on the agenda in December last year, lamenting that the bidding process produced “too many losers”.

As the tussle for 2024 unfolded, and as the field thinned to leave just Los Angeles and Paris, the IOC’s determination to secure two high-quality bids for the next two summer games became apparent.

In July, the IOC announced it would award the staging rights for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics at the same meeting in Lima, laying the way for a swift agreement between the two over the running order.

The drama-free conclusion to the race also eliminates the risk of the vote being tainted by the sort of scandal that has embroiled the ballot for the 2016 Olympics.

The IOC was left tackling a fresh wave of graft allegations last week when investigators in Brazil swooped on the country’s Olympics chief Carlos Nuzman.

Nuzman stands accused of plotting to bribe IOC members into awarding Rio de Janeiro the 2016 Games at a 2009 vote in Copenhagen.

The allegations swirling around Rio’s bid revived memories of the Salt Lake City bribery scandal, which led to 20 IOC members being either kicked out of the Olympics’ ruling body or pleading guilty to accepting bribes for votes.

French investigators meanwhile have already announced they are investigating the 2013 vote in Buenos Aires which awarded the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo, following reports of secret payments into a Singapore-based bank account linked to the son of disgraced former world athletics chief Lamine Diack.


Largest Wildfire In Los Angeles History Forces Hundreds To Evacuate

A wildfire on the northern edge of Los Angeles rapidly grew on Saturday into what the mayor called the largest blaze in the city’s history, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of people and the closure of a major highway.

The 5,000-acre (2,023-hectare) La Tuna Fire, named after the canyon area where it erupted on Friday (September 1), has led authorities to evacuate more than 700 homes in a north Los Angeles neighborhood and in nearby Burbank and Glendale, officials said.

Authorities warned of erratic winds that could force them to widen the evacuation zone after the fire destroyed three houses in Los Angeles on Saturday.

The fire was only 10 percent contained with more than 500 firefighters battling it.

The blaze in thick brush that has not burned in decades was slowly creeping down a rugged hillside on Saturday toward houses, with temperatures in the area approaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), the Los Angeles Fire Department said in an alert.


Los Angeles To Host 2028 Summer Olympics

Los Angeles will host the 2028 Summer Olympics after reaching a deal with Olympic organisers, a source close to the negotiation told Reuters on Monday, a move that paves the way for Paris to host the 2024 Games.

An announcement from the International Olympic Committee was expected later on Monday.

Los Angeles – the site of the Summer Olympics in 1932 and 1984 – had argued that it could host a low-cost Olympics given that it already has all the necessary infrastructure in place, while Paris would need to build several expensive structures.

But recent bids by Paris had been passed over, and many felt the French capital was due to get the nod for the 2024 Games, which will mark 100 years since the last time it hosted a Games.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has said that while Los Angeles would prefer to host the Games in 2024, it was not outright opposed to hosting in 2028 instead.

Aminu Nets Eight Points In Blazers Win

al-farouq-aminuNational Basketball Association (NBA), D’Tigers forward, Al-Farouq Aminu, scored eight points as the Portland Trail Blazers continued its push for the playoffs with a 112-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The 26-year-old old Nigerian, shot four of five from the field to go along with six rebounds and two steals in 27 minutes of play.

Portland is currently 9th in the Western Conference and also got 32 points from shooting guard, C. J. McCollum.

They would visit the Los Angeles Lakers in their next game come Sunday.

13 People Killed in California Tour Bus Crash

Accident, Palm Springs, Los AngelesOfficial reports say 13 people were killed in southern California, US after a tour bus ran into the back of a lorry.  

The crash which occurred on Interstate 10, near Palm Springs on Sunday, also left 30 people with various degrees of injury. Five of the injured passengers are reportedly in critical condition.

Most of the passengers are believed to be from Latin America and were on their way to Los Angeles.

Officials say they are investigating what may have caused the crash. One of the theories they are working with is whether the truck driver had fallen asleep or had a heart attack before the bus veered into the rear of the lorry.

They are also looking to see if it could have been caused by some sort of mechanical failure.

The lorry involved in the accident damaged extensively and clear-up operations have started at the crash site.

The crash has been called the ‘deadliest’ in California for many decades as officials say identifying victims of the accident could take a couple of days.

Chinese Man Jailed In US For Stealing Military Information

Military Information, Chinese ManA Chinese businessman, Su Bin has been jailed in the United States for stealing the US Military information.

He pleaded guilty to hacking sensitive military information and has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison in the US.

Su Bin admitted collaborating with hackers in the Chinese Military to steal data from US Defence companies between 2008 and 2014.

In a statement, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, John Carlin said, “Su Bin’s sentence is a just punishment for his admitted role in a conspiracy with hackers from the People’s Liberation Army Air Force to illegally access and steal sensitive U.S. military information.”

The 51-years-old was arrested in Canada in 2014 and extradited to the US.

The arrest came after the Chinese government repeatedly denied any involvement in hacking foreign companies or governments.

In addition to the 46-month prison sentence, the Los Angeles court also ordered Mr Bin to pay a $10,000 fine.

Runtown Drops ‘Lagos To Kampala’ Video

runtownEricmany Entertainment signed artiste, Runtown, has dropped visuals for his song, ‘Lagos to Kampala’.

The video which was shot in Los Angeles, features Wizkid.

‘Lagos to Kampala’ was directed by Sesan.

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Wizkid Acquires New Home In L.A.

WizkidNigerian recording artist and songwriter, Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known by his stage name ‘Wizkid’ has purchased a house in Los Angeles in the United States.

For couple of days, the 25-year-old Star Boy CEO has been showing off pictures of his new L.A. home on Instagram with the tag ‘Crib so big I got no neighbours’.

Check out the Instagram pictures of Wizkid’s new home below: