Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Evil mother and stepfather starved 4 yr old son, battered him and left him to die in a box room for 33 HOURS

  • Daniel Pelka, four, died after sustaining massive blow to the head
  • Mother Magdalena Luczak and partner Mariusz Krezolek found guilty of murdering the schoolboy after months of abuse
  • Daniel was forced to scavenge food from school bins in the final weeks of his life because he was so hungry
  • He arrived at school with a black eye and ended up looking 'like a bundle of bones' but no one stopped the abuse
  • Broken arm suffered 14 months before he died was investigated by police
  • But despite looking 'like an old man' and regularly injured he was not saved 
  • Schoolboy's biological father says he hopes the killers rot in jail 
  • He was 'imprisoned' in a tiny box room and forced to sleep on an old mattress in a room which stank of urine
  • To donate to a fund set up in memory of Daniel Pelka click here

Running after his mother, Daniel Pelka appears to be just like any other child in the playground at the end of a school day.

But 36 hours after this CCTV footage captured him leaving his friends, he was dead, murdered by his evil mother Magdelena Luczak, 27, and stepfather Mariusz Krezolek, 34.

They were both found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court today of the murder of the four-year-old who was starved so badly that he was forced to scavenge food from school bins and steal from classmates.

He suffered months of abuse in which he was regularly imprisoned in a locked room at the family home in Coventry, force-fed salt, and made to perform arduous punishment exercises.

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Final hours: Daniel (circled in green) is seen leaving Little Heath Primary School in Coventry with his mother (circled in yellow) just 36 hours before he died

Mother who would murder him: Daniel, aged four, runs after his mother Mariusz Krezolek hours before he was killed

Murdered schoolboy: Daniel Pelka, aged four, died severely malnourished after being starved in the months leading up to his death by his mother and stepfather

The couple - who tried to blame each other for the abuse Daniel suffered - face life behind bars when they are sentenced on Friday.

  • Black eyes, a broken arm and reduced to a 'bag of bones' who scavenged from bins: The catalogue of missed chances to save Daniel Pelka
  • Cleaner to killer: The evil mother whose own sister and friends said she put love of drugs, alcohol and vile boyfriend before Daniel's basic needs
  • An overpowering stepfather who used Polish Army experience to speed boy's starvation and did not show a shred of remorse during 17 hours in the witness box

But despite the horrific abuse meted out by his mother and stepfather, teachers, the NHS and social workers missed all chances to save Daniel.

During his last two months of life, the child was also sent to school with two black eyes and observed by his class teacher to have bruising on his neck.

A serious case review into the horrifying circumstances of his death will examine why opportunities to save him were missed. The inquiry, set up by Coventry's Safeguarding Children Board, is also expected to scrutinise a failed investigation that was launched after Daniel's left arm was broken 14 months before he died.

After the case, Detective Inspector Chris Hanson described it as 'a callous and wretched murder'. He said the boy's mother and stepfather 'showed him no compassion, no care and not an ounce of kindness'.

Eryk Pelka, Daniel's biological father, said he hoped the two killers would 'rot' in prison.

The two killers, both originally from Poland, hid the horrifying abuse by claiming Daniel had an eating disorder.
Starved, beaten and left to die. Daniel Pelka's final movements
Jurors were told how Daniel was left to die in his unheated 'cell' for around 33 hours after suffering a fatal head injury at his Coventry home on March 1 last year.

For at least five months before his death, Daniel was kept in the boxroom where he was imprisoned with nothing but a flimsy, stained mattress.

Luczak and Krezolek used vanilla-scented air fresheners to mask the smell of urine in the shabby room.

PHOTO: Simon Cowell cuddles up to the 'mother of his child' Lauren Silverman ... as her husband looks on

  • Lauren, 36, is said to be '10 weeks along' in the pregnancy
  • Pictures show pair on holiday with Lauren's husband, Andrew Silverman, in St Barths in January 2012
  • Real estate mogul appeared to spot his wife running her hands through the hair of the music boss
  • Andrew Silverman filed for divorce earlier this month, sources confirmed to MailOnline
  • Pair have been seeing each other 'for a year and viewed houses together in Los Angeles'
  • Lauren told friends a few weeks ago that she wanted to marry the X Factor judge
It came totally out of the blue when it was claimed on Wednesday that Simon Cowell had fathered a baby with a New York socialite.
Pictures show the 53-year-old music mogul putting on a tactile display with Lauren Silverman, 36, as they enjoyed a cosy Caribbean holiday in January 2012 alongside her husband.
Whilst real estate mogul Andrew Silverman was just a mere matter of feet away, the striking brunette was seen tenderly running her hands through the hair of the X Factor boss.
Close friendship: Simon Cowell's close friendship with Lauren Silverman, who is said to be the mother of his unborn child, was clear to see as the pair holidayed together in St Barths in January 2012
Holiday trio: Lauren's real estate mogul husband, Andrew Silverman, emerged onto the deck to see his wife appearing to tickle Cowell's head
Too much sun: Andrew watched his wife giggle away with the millionaire music mogul
Enjoying a new year break in St Barths, the trio seemed to be in high spirits as they sat on-board Cowell's luxury yacht soaking up the sun as the sipped on glasses of orange juice.
And while the group appeared to be chatting away amiably, the pictures show the pop mogul certainly only had eyes for one of the Silvermans, with him seeming utterly unable to distract himself from the alluring Lauren.
With Andrew looking on, Cowell leaned in closely to the stunning socialite, with a smirk spreading across his face as he indulged in a close conversation with the beauty.
Close: The striking brunette tenderly ran her hands through the hair of the X Factor boss
Friendly: Both Lauren and her husband Andrew appeared to be close to the music boss as they enjoyed a Caribbean jaunt on board his luxury yacht some 18 months ago
Jolly holiday: Enjoying a new year break in St, Barths, the trio seemed to be in high spirits as they sat on-board Cowell's luxury yacht soaking up the sun as the sipped orange juice
But it wasn't long until the property entrepreneur got some quality time with his wife, as he tenderly cupped Lauren's bottom as Cowell looked on.
The star appeared utterly amused by the entire debacle, and grinned away as he stared at the couple.
After the two men enjoyed a brief chat, Lauren and Cowell made their way over to a sun lounger, where they kicked off a rather friendly display.
Close conversation: While the group appeared to be chatting away amiably, the pictures show the pop mogul certainly only had eyes for one of the Silvermans, with him seeming utterly unable to distract himself from the alluring Lauren
Sharing a secret? With Andrew looking on, Cowell leaned in closely to the stunning socialite, with a smirk spreading across his face as he indulged in some very close conversation with the beauty
Reclining with their heads tilted into each other, the pair appeared to be sharing a joke as they giggled away in the sunshine.
And despite her husband being in full view, the socialite ran her hands through the music mogul's hair, with the duo even posing for a phone picture together at one point.
Following their playful display, Lauren hopped up off the lounger, and appeared to bend down to treat the star to a friendly peck.
Man time: The two men then made their way to the side of the boat for a chat
Amorous: It wasn't long until the property entrepreneur got some quality time with his wife, with the tables turning as he tenderly cupped Lauren's bottom as Cowell looked on
While her face couldn't be seen in the angle of the shot, Lauren put her arm across Cowell as she leaned into him with her hair tumbling around her shoulders.
After his close pal wandered off to another part of the yacht, Cowell then stretched out with his arms behind his head and a huge smirk on his face.
A close friend of the X Factor multimillionaire confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that Lauren was expecting his child, and claimed she wanted to marry him.
Something to smile about? Rather than suffer from an attack of the green-eyed monster, the star appeared utterly amused by the situation, and grinned away as he stared at the couple
After the two men enjoyed a brief chat, Lauren and Cowell made their way over to a sun lounger, where they kicked off a rather close display
Although Lauren and her husband, who have a son together, have holidayed together on numerous occasions over the past four years, it wasn't until the socialite and her real estate mogul husband ended their union around a year ago that her friendship with Simon turned to romance.
A friend of Lauren's told of MailOnline: 'Lauren loves Simon, she says that she wants to marry him. And with the baby, she's going the right way about it! But I think this could be really good for Simon.'
Another friend confirmed the baby news and said 'yes, all true'.
Reclining with their heads tilted into each other, the pair appeared to be sharing a joke as they giggled away in the sunshine
Close friendship: Despite her husband being in full view, the socialite ran her hands through the music mogul's hair
Happy families: Lauren's husband was by their side for most of their morning on the yacht
Watchful eye? Andrew appeared to be keeping a close eye on his wife and the music mogul as they soaked up the sun on deck
However, Lauren's sister-in-law, also named Lauren, who works in real estate in New York told MailOnline: 'I have read the gossip. I have no knowledge whatsoever. I don’t know anything about it.'
Lauren, is said to be 'around 10 weeks along' in the pregnancy, according to Us Weekly magazine.
Cowell and Lauren's situation is made more complicated by the fact that she is still married to Andrew.
But sources have exclusively told MailOnline that the property magnate filed for divorce earlier this month.
Snap happy: The pair even appeared to be leaning in for a photograph together at one point
The couple, who have a seven-year-old son called Adam, are now officially separated. It is not known whether Mr Silverman filed the legal papers after learning of his wife’s pregnancy with Simon Cowell, although their break-up does leave his estranged wife free to start a new life with the music mogul.
He is being represented by Manhattan family lawyers Cohen Goldstein and filed his affidavit on July 24.
Cowell and Lauren are believed to have met while on vacation in Barbados some years ago through Mr Silverman.
However, a source revealed that there had been issues in the Silvermans' marriage right from the start – as Mr Silverman’s parents Eleonora and Allen never attended their wedding.
Fun in the sun: Following their playful display, Lauren hopped up off the lounger, and appeared to bend down to treat the star to a friendly peck
A source told MailOnline: ‘Andrew’s parents boycotted their wedding because they had their doubts about Lauren. They thought she was suspect.’
Andrew now believes Lauren started cheating on him with Simon during one of the many vacations they all shared together.
The pal added: ‘They would organise these month-long trips and Andrew would go for two weeks and then leave for business and Lauren would stay behind.
‘And people talked when she left their little boy at home and stayed away for a month.'
Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman at event on 30 Dec 2012
Good pals: While her face couldn't be seen in the angle of the shot, Lauren put her arm across Cowell as she leaned into him with her hair tumbling around her shoulders
Cowell, 53, and Lauren have been seeing each for at least a year, according to friends, and were even seen viewing houses together in Los Angeles in October 2012.
Cowell made no reference to impending fatherhood when he opened up to Chelsea Handler during an interview on her talk show on Tuesday night, sticking to topics including One Direction and his recent health kick.
It remains to be seen just how the news that he is to be a father will go down with Cowell, who has never made a secret of the fact that he doesn't believe he is the right material to become a parent.
Parents to be? A close friend of the X Factor multimillionaire confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that Lauren was expecting his child, and claimed she wanted to marry him
Firm friends: Although Lauren and her husband have holidayed together on numerous occasions over the past four years, it wasn't until the socialite and Andrew ended their union around a year ago that her friendship with Simon turned to romance
In an interview in 2009, Cowell said: 'God, no. I couldn't have children. If I had them here drawing on the walls I'd go nuts.
'With kids, you've got a routine you can't escape from. You've got to be up at a certain time. Got to listen. When all you want to do is sit in a corner thinking.'
However, in a more recent interview in April this year, Cowell appeared to have somewhat changed his mind, saying: 'I haven’t ruled it out. If I knew I could be - how do I put this delicately - faithful, I would.
Bundle of joy? Another friend confirmed the baby news to MailOnline and said 'yes, all true'
Plenty to talk about: The pair seemed to be deep in conversation as they kicked back and relaxed on board the luxury yacht
Plenty to smile about: After his close pal wandered off to another part of the yacht, Cowell was left looking like the cat who'd got the cream as he stretched out with a huge smirk on his face

25 Yr Undergraduate lynched to death by policemen, hoodlums

Policemen attached to the Badagry Police Division, Lagos State, and some hoodlums have been accused of killing a 25-year-old undergraduate of Delta State University, Ifechukwude Nwainokpor, and his friend, identified simply as Kazeem.

An eight-minute video clip of the gruesome killing showed the two victims handcuffed together. They were covered in their own blood and beaten to death with sticks. Tyres were also put round their necks.

An irate mob could be seen in the video, shouting, “die, die, burn them, burn them.”

At some points in the video, a policeman was seen interviewing the boys. He asked who sent them (victims) to rob the area, an accusation they denied. One of the hoodlums, holding a sharp object attempted to cut off the private part of one of the victims.

Nwainokpor could be seen pleading with the hoodlums and policemen to spare his life, saying he could identify himself if given a chance. His plea, however, fell on deaf ears.

A source, who visited the family of Nwainokpor on Tuesday, learnt that the lynching took place around 3pm on July 21, 2013 in Ajara area of Badagry, a community not far from Nwainokpor’s family home.

His father, Samuel said that his son was arrested while passing through a street in the area but a misunderstanding later ensued and the hoodlums pounced on him and Kazeem.

He added that Nwainokpor, who was nicknamed Ify, was a final year student of Geology and Mining.

He said, “On that particular day, I was in Ghana when I received a telephone call that I should come immediately. My wife was in Delta State taking care of her mother.

“When I arrived two days later, my relatives and the caretaker of my house told me that my son was killed in the Ajara area along with his friend. I was devastated.

“I got my son a temporary job with a Customs licensed agent since their lecturers were on strike. He worked everyday except on Sundays when he visited his friends. On that day, he went to see Kazeem and they were strolling around Ajara.”

Samuel said because there had been a robbery in Ajara four days earlier, some of the residents were on the lookout for strange faces.

He added that when the youth saw two unknown young men, they accosted them and an argument ensued.

He said the youth called the head of the vigilante group in the area, one Asiribo.

He said, “Asiribo came to the scene with a locally-made pistol and handcuffs. He handcuffed my son and his friend before asking them questions.

“Later, it was decided that the boys be taken to the Baale, Agano Oniyon of Agamade Ajara. But as they were going, Asiribo, while trying to return his gun into its pouch, mistakenly shot himself in the stomach and died.”

Samuel said Asiribo’s death infuriated the youth, who blamed the boys for his death.“The mob picked up sticks and beat them to death. Policemen were there,” he said.

Holding back tears, the retired immigration officer added that the police treated the matter as a robbery case. Beating his chest, Samuel said there was no way his son would have been involved in armed robbery.

Nwainokpor’s boss, Aloysius Onyenibedi, described him as an honest and hardworking person.

“I trusted him to the extent that I used to keep a lot of money with him. He was good to my children and was honest,” he said.

The Nwainokpor family berated the Divisional Police Officer, Badagry Police Station, Dankoli Mohammed, for the manner he treated the case.

The spokesperson for the state police command, Ngozi Braide, said, “The incident is quite pathetic. Even if they were armed robbers, no one has the right to take the life of another. Why then do we have the police and the judiciary? The Nigerian police as well as the law condemn mob action and jungle justice. The commissioner of police has set up a high- powered investigation body to investigate the matter.”


President Jonathan's Convoy Involved In Auto Crash, 14 Injured

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Umar Shehu, has on Tuesday confirmed that the convoy of President Goodluck Jonathan was involved in an auto crash the day before, leaving 14 persons injured.

According to the eyewitnesses, three confessional policemen, three mobile policemen, one member of the civil defence corps, as well as one official of the state branch of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and six civilians were "seriously injured".

Mr Shehu claimed the state government had since released funds for the treatment of all the victims. He added that some of the victims have been discharged but those who have serious fracture were still at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia.

According to him, the accident happened when the vehicle of a prison officer ran into the convoy of the president and collided with one of the riders, who somersaulted and thereafter ran into the crowd.

"They are all responding to treatment at the hospital. Some have fractures on their legs.

"The prison officer sustained minor injury. He is still in police custody while investigation is ongoing," he said.

It will be recalled that the president was in Lafia for the inauguration of the newly constructed Federal High Court and Ta'al Model School constructed by the present administration in the state.

He was represented by Vice-President Namadi Sambo.


Ireland - Father questioned over sons’ deaths after release from hospital ...sons had been dead in the vehicle for several hours before the crash

Sanjeev Chada has been arrested by gardaí investigating the murders of his two sons, ten-year-old Eoghan and five-year-old Ruairí Sanjeev Chada has been arrested by gardaí investigating the murders of his two sons, ten-year-old Eoghan and five-year-old Ruairí

Gardaí are treating as a murder inquiry their investigation into the deaths of Ruairí (5) and Eoghan (10) Chada after postmortems on their remains found they had died at the hands of a third party.

The investigation into the murders of young brothers Eoghan and Ruairí Chada intensified today as their father was discharged from hospital and taken into Garda custody.

Sanjeez Chada was taken to Westport Garda station in Co Mayo at 12.30pm for questioning under caution about his sons’ deaths.

The arrest comes as other family members are in Westport preparing to bring the bodies of the boys back to their Co Carlow home today ahead of their funerals in coming days. Their bodies were released this afternoon following the completion of post mortems.

Mr Chada’s detention under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act gives investigating gardaí a maximum of 24 hours to question him. When that period expires he must either be charged with a criminal offence or released from custody without charge.

However, if gardaí detain Mr Chada overnight, his questioning could be suspended and would officially recommence tomorrow morning. In that event, the 24 hours of questioning time would not expire until tomorrow evening.

If released without charge, he could be arrested again at a future time if and when the Garda investigation into the killings throws up new information gardaí may want to put to him.

Mr Chada has been in hospital in Westport since he was taken from the scene of a car crash at Cloonen, Rossbeg, near Westport on Monday at 3.30pm.

He had been reported missing with his sons at 1.30am on Monday after he failed to return to his home with Eoghan (10) and Ruairí (5) on Sunday night.

They had left their home at Ballinkillen near Bagnesltown in Co Carlow at 6.30pm on Sunday ostensibly to go bowling in Carlow town.

Mr Chada’s wife and the boys’ mother, Kathleen Chada raised the alarm in the early hours.

However, despite an intensive Garda investigation from the early hours of Monday and through the day, no trace was found of Mr Chada, his two boys or the green Ford Focus car they were in until the vehicle crashed into a wall at high speed just outside Westport on Monday afternoon.

As Mr Chada was being assisted for his injuries at the crash scene, gardaí searched his vehicle and found the bodies of his two sons Eoghan and Ruairí in the boot.

Post mortems on their remains later revealed they had died unlawfully and had been dead in the vehicle for several hours before their bodies were found.

When those results were confirmed last night, a murder investigation was begun. And when Mr Chada was discharged from hospital at around 12.20pm today, he was taken to Westport garda station for questioning.

While the results of the post mortems on the dead boys have not been released, Garda sources have told The Irish Times they died of asphyxiation, apparently from strangulation.

Concerns for the safety of the boys were high from the time they went missing because Ms Chada was unable to contact her husband by phone and because staying away from the home in unexplained circumstances was completely out of character for him.

Mr Chada, an out of work IT consultant, had also been under financial pressure of late having suffered losses on the stock exchange online and spread betting.

In the hours after he and his children were reported missing at 1.30am on Monday, he made a phone call to a family member and was in a very distressed state, heightening the concerns for his and his children’s safety.


Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Mother gives birth to a giant baby girl weighing 13lb4oz WITHOUT a C-section

  • Baby Jasleen was born in July 26 at 13.47 pounds and 22.6 inches long
  • She was born naturally at University Hospital in Leipzig, German
  • Babies her size are usually born via a caesarean section
  • Mother discovered she had a undiagnosed case of gestational diabetes
  • Can cause macrosomia, when a baby is born at a very high birth weight
Consultant physician Matthias Knuepfer and nurse take care of Germany's heaviest newborn Jasleen
The mother gave birth at University Hospital in Leipzig and discovered she had a previously undiagnosed case of gestational diabetes, German newspaper Der Spiegel.
This condition, which develops at around the 24th week of pregnancy, can lead to a larger than usual baby size.
Although both mother and daughter are doing well, Jasleen remains in the neonatal care unit.
The mother, who gave birth at University Hospital in Leipzig, discovered she had a previously undiagnosed case of gestational diabetes which can lead to a larger than usual birth weight
Jasleen was born in Leipzig (pictured), and is now officially the largest new-born in Germany
She is now officially the largest new-born in Germany.
Jasleen was born at University Hospital Leipzig (pictured) on July 26

Lagos: Wicked woman sets 11-yr-old housemaid ablaze over piece of meat

Policemen at Bode Thomas division of Lagos State command, Tuesday, arrested a woman who allegedly set her 11-year-old house maid ablaze in Surulere area of Lagos, for stealing a piece of meat from her pot of soup.

The maid identified as Ita Bassey-Eno who reportedly escaped death by the whiskers, is currently at the Burns and Trauma Centre of the Gbadaga General Hospital, with doctors battling to save her life.

The victim, Ita Bassey-Eno on her hospital bed….

Although her mistress, a staff nurse at an undisclosed hospital in Surulere, Mrs Nkese Iroakazi, reportedly denied the allegation at the police station, the ailing girl was said to have managed to state that she allegedly poured kerosene on her before striking a stick of matches to set her on fire.

The incident, as gathered, occurred last Saturday at 7, Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, after Ita rushed out of the apartment with fire on her, apparently in an attempt to plunge into a gutter. Unfortunately, she reportedly fell before she could get to the gutter.

One of the residents was said to have succeeded in putting out the fire with the aid of a fire extinguisher, before she was rushed to the hospital.

Eyewitness account :

A resident who simply identified herself as Morakinyo told Vanguard: “I was just alighting from the bus when I saw people gathered in front of the building. When I got there, I saw Ita whom we all call Eno on the floor. Then, the flame had been put out.

“Two men who attempted to carry her into a car could not because the skin at that time had peeled off. They had to get a slab, placed her on it and rushed her to the hospital. From what I gathered, the girl has spent barely one month in Lagos before the incident.

“She was brought from her village in Akwa Ibom State last month alongside another girl called Happiness. Since then, we have not seen either of them going to school.

“We heard that while Happiness was in the sitting room, there was a cry from Ita in the kitchen and before she (Happiness) knew what was happening, Ita rushed out of the kitchen and straight to the road shouting for help.

“How could someone who has children of her own treat another’s like this? It was even the residents that alerted policemen who came to pick Mrs Iroakazi.”

95% burns:

When Vanguard visited the hospital, Tuesday, a doctor who spoke on condition of anonymity expressed fear about the victim’s condition, revealing that she suffered 95 per cent burns.

“It will take a miracle for her to survive. In any case, we are trying all we can to ensure she gets back on her feet. That will entail some surgeries because her private part was badly damaged.

“Currently, she wears pampers and that area needs immediate surgery after the injuries would have healed.”

Ita was sighted with bandage all over her body, except her face and feet. When a nurse approached her to administer the day’s treatment, she groaned in pains.

As at 3 p.m yesterday, police sources told Vanguard that the suspect would be transferred to the state Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba for further investigation.

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Real Life Barbie, Valeria Lukyanova, opens up in a new documentary about her experiences beyond our earthly reality.

real life barbie documentary

With her large breasts, tiny waist and doll-like features, Valeria Lukyanova's physical dimensions have been making eyes pop for quite some time. But the Ukrainian model known as the "real-life Barbie doll" is raising eyebrows this month for dimensions of a rather different variety, as she opens up in a new documentary about her experiences beyond our earthly reality.

In "Space Barbie," a new documentary short created by VICE, Lukyanova reveals that she's not your run-of-the-mill Barbie lookalike. Instead, the young woman -- who shot to fame last year when photos and videos of her began spreading around the Internet -- explains that she's really a spiritual guru who is using what she calls her nearly "perfect" physical form to enlighten the general public.

"The aim of my life is to come to this planet to help people to realize that it is necessary to move from the role of the 'human consumer' to the role of 'human demigod,'" a costumed Lukyanova explains in the documentary, her face adorned with a silky blond beard and her body bedecked with two large snakes. "I am everything. Everything is love. Love is God. I am you and you are me."

Lukyanova, whose spiritual name is Amatue, goes on the explain that she started seeing spirits from "other dimensions" when she was 12 or 13. She says she later came to realize that she's been reincarnated many times on planets far and wide. In one of her past lives, Lukyanova says she was a king.

"I use my appearance to promote my spiritual ideas. It works perfectly well. That's why I will always use this tool," she said, adding that it's "wonderful to look like a doll," though she never planned for it to turn out that way.

"Even though people call me Barbie, I never tried to look like a doll. I just like everything beautiful, feminine and refined. It just so happens that dolls are based on the image of refined girls," she said.

(Watch the full documentary -- complete with candlelit seance, spiritual sisters and otherworldly costumes -- below.)

Lukyanova, who has posted many YouTube videos discussing her "spiritual ideas", has been lampooned in the past for her plastic appearance and behavior. Some critics say the online phenom has achieved her look through surgery or photoshop -- a claim that the "Living Barbie" has denied.

"Many people say bad things about people who want to perfect themselves," Lukyanova told V Magazine last year. "It’s hard work, but they dismiss it as something done by surgeons or computer artists. … But I don’t take them seriously. I’m even flattered! It’s what success is like. I’m happy I seem unreal to them, it means I’m doing a good job."

WARNING: Some explicit language is used in the video.


7 things you need to know about what Pope Francis said about gays

The press is buzzing right now with claims that Pope Francis has taken a sharply different line than his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, on the subject of homosexuality.
Some are suggesting that the new pope has announced that "gay is okay."
What did Pope Francis really say, and how unusual is it?
Here are 7 things to know and share . . . 

1) Where did Pope Francis make these remarks?
He made them during an 80-minute interview with reporters aboard the plane returning from World Youth Day in Brazil.

2) What was he asked that led to the remarks?
We may not know exactly what the question was until a transcript is released, but apparently, he was asked about the reputed "gay lobby" at the Vatican.

3) What exactly did he say?
According to the best current accounts, he said:
There's a lot of talk about the gay lobby, but I've never seen it on the Vatican ID card.
When I meet a gay person, I have to distinguish between their being gay and being part of a lobby. If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them? They shouldn't be marginalized. The tendency [i.e., same-sex attraction] is not the problem ... they're our brothers.
Here is a fuller presentation of the exchange. Big hat tip to Salt and Light!
The Question to Pope Francis from Ilse, a journalist on the Papal flight
Ilse: I would like to ask permission to pose a rather delicate question.  Another image that went around the world is that of Monsignor Ricca and the news about his personal life.  I would like to know, your Holiness, what will be done about this question.  How should one deal with this question and how does your Holiness wish to deal with the whole question of the gay lobby?
The Pope’s Answer
Regarding the matter of Monsignor Ricca, I did what Canon Law required and did the required investigation.  And from the investigation, we did not find anything corresponding to the accusations against him.  We found none of that.  That is the answer.  But I would like to add one more thing to this: I see that so many times in the Church, apart from this case and also in this case, one  looks for the “sins of youth,” for example, is it not thus?, And then these things are published.  These things are not crimes.  The crimes are something else: child abuse is a crime.  But sins, if a person, or secular priest or a nun, has committed a sin and then that person experienced conversion, the Lord forgives and when the Lord forgives, the Lord forgets and this is very important for our lives.  When we go to confession and we truly say “I have sinned in this matter,” the Lord forgets and we do not have the right to not forget because we run the risk that the Lord will not forget our sins, eh?  This is a danger.  This is what is important: a theology of sin.  So many times I think of St. Peter: he committed one of the worst sins denying Christ.  And with this sin they made him Pope.  We must think about fact often.
But returning to your question more concretely: in this case [Ricca] I did the required investigation and we found nothing.  That is the first question.  Then you spoke of the gay lobby.  Agh… so much is written about the gay lobby.  I have yet to find on a Vatican identity card the word gay.  They say there are some gay people here.  I think that when we encounter a gay person, we must make the distinction between the fact of a person being gay and the fact of a lobby, because lobbies are not good.  They are bad.  If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge that person?  The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this point beautifully but says, wait a moment, how does it say, it says, these persons must never be marginalized and “they must be integrated into society.”
The problem is not that one has this tendency; no, we must be brothers, this is the first matter.  There is another problem, another one: the problem is to form a lobby of those who have this tendency, a lobby of the greedy people, a lobby of politicians, a lobby of Masons, so many lobbies.  This is the most serious problem for me. And thank you so much for doing this question. Thank you very much!

4) What does this mean?
The first part of the statement seems to downplay the who "gay lobby" issue. He's not denying that there is one there, but he's suggesting that the talk is somewhat overblown.
He then explains his approach to dealing with gay people: He distinguishes between their "being gay" and "being part of a lobby."
What he means by "being gay" is something he further unpacks.
In ordinary parlance, "being gay" can mean anything from having same-sex attraction to leading an active "gay lifestyle" to endorsing and advocating a pro-homosexual ideology.
The last of these would be functioning as a member of a lobby, and he indicates that this is not what he is talking about.
He then describes those he is talking about as people who "accept the Lord and have goodwill."
He then seems to further clarify who he is talking about by saying that "The tendency [i.e., same-sex attraction] is not the problem ... they're our brothers."
Taking his statements together, what emerges is a portrait of individuals who have same-sex attraction but who nevertheless accept the Lord and have goodwill, as opposed to working to advance a pro-homosexual ideology.
This would definitely include people with same-sex attraction who strive to live chastely (even if they sometimes fail).
It also, possibly, could include individuals who are not living chastely but who are not actively lobbying a homosexual agenda. It would be nice if he'd said a little more to clarify the point further.

5) What does he say about people in this category?
He says that he does not think he is in a position to judge them and that they should not be marginalized.
He also says that the mere tendency (same-sex attraction) "is not the problem," and that "they're our brothers."

6) How new is this?
Not very.
Disclaiming a right to "judge" others is something that goes back to Jesus. It does not mean a failure to recognize the moral character of others' actions, however.
One can form a moral appraisal that what someone else is doing is wrong (Jesus obviously does not forbid that) without having or showing malice toward them.
The statement that they should not be marginalized is similarly in keeping with the Holy See's approach to the subject, as 1986 Vatican document On the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons.
The statement that same-sex attraction "is not the problem," when understood correctly, is also nothing new. "The problem," as Pope Francis seems to here be understanding it, is going beyond merely having a sinful tendency--a temptation to which one is subject.
Obviously, temptations are problem, but if we resist temptation we do not sin. "The problem," on this understanding, is giving into the temptation and sinning or--worse--building an ideology around the sin and trying to advocate the sin.
Finally, the statement that "they're our brothers" is also no novelty. Christians, like everyone, have struggled with every sort of temptation all through history.
Same-sex attraction is just one temptation among numerous others, and the fact that a person suffers from this temptation no more deprives him of the status of being a brother in Christ than any other temptation does.

7) How different is any of this compared to Pope Benedict?
The press has been (as usual) trying to make unfavorable comparisons to Pope Benedit, noting that during his time the Holy See issued a document saying that those with deep-seated homosexual tendencies should not be ordained to the priesthood.
Pope Francis did not mention that document or its policy and so has done nothing different than Benedict there.
Neither are any of Francis's remarks contrary to the approach Benedict took during his pontificate.
In fact, Benedict himself (as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) was the signer of the previosly-mentioned letter on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, as well as the follow-up document on non-discrimination regarding homosexual persons.
So, as usual, the press is painting a false picture by contrasting the "good" Francis and the "bad" Benedict.


New 'wonder' product promises to help women who suffer from 'embarrassing' inner-thigh chafing

A new 'wonder' product has hit the market for women who suffer from painful inner-thigh chafing.

Bandelettes are six-inch thick, garter-like lace bands that fit around the upper thigh to stop skin-to-skin rubbing under dresses, skirts or shorts.

Priced at $14.99 they come in round measurements ranging from 21 to 30 inches. The website deems them a 'functional yet glamorous' innovation, designed to combat a 'common problem' that's 'rarely discussed'.

An end to thigh chafing: Bandelettes, are six-inch thick, garter-like lace bands that fit around the upper thigh to stop skin-to-skin contact under dresses or skirts

To help the 'bandelettes' stay in place there is a strip of silicone along the top and bottom edges.

They are also made from elasticated lace, which makers say is breathable in warm weather.

Guardian style writer, Lilli Pascuzzi said that she wore them 'religiously' during two hot weeks in New York this summer and found them to be the 'closest thing to the perfect cure' for 'chub rub'.

Previously she said that she had tried everything to prevent sores appearing on her legs including wearing bike shorts, lotions, baby powder and deodorant.

Similarly Lauren Wayne, a mother-of-two from Seattle who runs the parenting blog Hobo Mama, gave 'bandelettes' a big thumbs up.

'They covered amply all the areas that would normally swish together when I walk,' she explained.

'They covered amply all the areas that would normally swish together when I walk - I had no irritation, no heat rash'

'I had no irritation, no heat rash, no little bumps. In short, I was comfortable and carefree all day long! I was so pleased, I even wore them indoors with just a long shirt on while I was doing sweat-intensive home improvement projects.'

She also said that as soon as she slipped them on she felt 'kinda pert [and] saucy.'

Touching on the issue of thigh-chaffing in a recent article for xovain, pus-sized blogger Katie Frost wrote: 'If you’ve ever dealt with inner-thigh chafing, then you understand the pain and embarrassment that comes along with it. 

'My thighs touch. There, I said it. In the age of the coveted thigh gap, mine smush together. For the most part, this is fine; but once the weather warms up, the problems begin.

'When you combine sweat and friction together, you create chafing - a painful, burning rash. It takes forever for the spots to heal because it's nearly impossible to keep your thighs from touching for the week or so it takes to clear up.'

New York-based Bandelettes launched in February. The leg bands come in nude and black and can be shipped worldwide.


Ireland - Missing boys, 10 and 5, found dead in car boot after crash which left their father injured

  • Eoghan and Ruairi Chada were found dead near Westport, County Mayo
  • They had disappeared with their father Sanjeev, 43, on Sunday evening
  • Their bodies were found after Mr Chada crashed his car into a stone wall
  • Mr Chada is said to have suffered 'non life threatening' injuries
  • A post mortem examination is set to be carried out later today
  • Detectives believe the children may have been dead before the crash

Tragic: The bodies of Eoghan Chada, 10 (right) and his brother Ruairi, five, (left) were found in the boot of their father Sanjeev Chada's (centre) car after he crashed into a wall in County Mayo, Ireland, yesterday

The bodies of two brothers were found dead in the boot of a car driven into a wall by their father a day after their disappearance sparked a nationwide search in Ireland.

Sanjeev Chada, 43, went missing with his two sons Eoghan, 10, and Ruairi, five, after leaving the family home in County Carlow in south east Ireland, on Sunday evening.

But police found the bodies of the two boys in the boot of Mr Chada's car following the crash around 300km away near Westport, County Mayo, yesterday.

Detectives believe that the boys were dead before the crash with a post mortem set to be carried out later today.

Mr Chada, known to friends as Sanj, was treated in hospital after the crash and is expected to be interviewed by detectives today.

Father Declan Foley, a priest who has been comforting the boys' mother Kathleen and the rest of the family described the moment the police broke the news of their deaths as 'like an earthquake had hit the house.'

Mr Chada, who is of Indian descent but said to have been brought up in the UK, and his children's disappearance had sparked a widespread search operation on Sunday evening with gardai issuing the country's first ever Child Rescue Ireland Alert.

The father and his two sons were last seen at around 6.30pm when he told wife Kathleen he was taking the children out and they left home to go to the Dome Bowling Centre in Carlow town centre.

But Mr Chada failed to return home with the children.

At the time the alert was issued, gardai said they had no knowledge of any breakdown in relations in the family and insisted that the couple were not estranged.

Detectives have appealed for anyone who may have seen the father of two in his green Ford Focus, registration number 06 CW 238, as it travelled across the country.

They urged workers in petrol stations, shops, B&Bs and hotels and motorists who may have seen the car between Sunday and Monday to come forward in a bid to identify the route it took.

Teams of officers in both Mayo and Carlow are working on the case.

The bodies were found after police responded to reports of a crash involving a single car yesterday.

Investigation: A post mortem examination into the deaths of Eoghan, 10, and Ruairi, five, (pictured left) is to be carried out today. The pair had disappeared with the father Sanjeev after he told wife Kathleen (right) that he was taking the children out

Police probe: Gardai stand guard at the family home where Mr Chada, Eoghan and Ruairi went missing from on Sunday

Two local men reportedly spoke to Mr Chada shortly after the crash happened.

One of them lent him a mobile phone to make a call.

Eoghan and Ruairi were described as extremely popular and 'two little sports fanatics' by neighbours.

They were members of their local junior hurling club, Ballinkillen in rural County Carlow, and had played at under-10 and under-six level.

Mrs Chada, a nurse, was originally from the area and lives near where her parents Willie and Patsy Murphy have a home.

Sanjeev Chada, 43, (right) was injured in the crash but police found the bodies of his two children Eoghan, ten (left) and Ruairi, five, (centre), in the car boot