Monday, 15 May 2017


A New Jersey man says he and his family were kicked off a JetBlue flight in New York over a birthday cake, marking the latest in a series of recent controversial incidents involving passengers on a variety of airlines.
An airline spokesperson said they refused to remove their items by request of the crew members and then "cursed and yelled" at them.
Minta Burke and husband Cameron Burke were flying with their two children to Las Vegas for a surprise trip earlier this month and had brought with them a buttercream birthday cake for her 40th birthday, The New York Daily News reported. They said they stored it in an overhead bin. Cameron told the outlet a flight attendant told him to store it under the seat in front of him instead and that he complied. He said another flight attendant then got into an argument with the first one.
"You know, you could see the gestures—then she was pointing to her, 'Did you tell him he couldn't put anything in the overhead compartment?'" Cameron told WABC-TV. "I had approached them, and I said everything was fine, and she said, 'Sir, this does not involve you.' When she told me I had been non-compliant, then I said 'Ma'am, had you been drinking?' because her behavior was not normal."
Cameron told The New York Daily News that another JetBlue employee asked him to leave the flight with his family and that he refused and instead pulled out his cell phone and started recording. He said two airport police officers then boarded the plane, took down his information and then left.
As seen in Cameron's video, the family's 7-year-old son Cameron Jr. began crying, while their 9-year-old daughter Camille appeared scared as the dad calmly talked to officers.
JetBlue reps then told all passengers they had to exit the plane in order to get the Burke family off and that the four were ordered to leave, Cameron said, adding that their tickets were refunded. However, their luggage remained on the flight and flew with the other passengers to Las Vegas.
A JetBlue spokesperson told the outlets Cameron's family "refused multiple requests from the crew" to remove the cake and "became agitated, cursed and yelled at the crew, and made false accusations about a crewmember's fitness to fly."
"After the customers refused to speak with a team leader about the situation, the Port Authority Police Department was called and the entire aircraft deplaned," the spokesperson said, adding that the pilot made the call to boot the family and have the other passengers reboard for the flight to Vegas.
"The passengers were very understanding. They knew that this was a strange situation," Cameron told WABC-TV.
 "It's just crazy. I'm surprised. I'm surprised. I thought highly of JetBlue before," Minta added.
Last month, United stirred controversy after a passenger refused to give up his seat and was dragged off a plane to make room for crew members. The airline also made headlines that month with a giant rabbit died while being transported in the cargo hold. Also in April, a passenger was booted off a Delta flight for using the restroom during a 30-minute tarmac delay.


Kourtney Kardashian ultimately pulled the plug on any hopes of rekindling her relationship with ex Scott Disick in Sunday night's episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
In the aftermath of learning Scott had secretly flown a woman out on the family vacation, Kourtney decided it was finally time to end that chapter once and for all. "I think after everything that's happened here in Costa Rica, Scott knows it's done," she said, "But just saying those words just lets both of us move on."
In a private moment together by the pool, Kourtney flat-out told him, "I think the moral of the story is we are never getting back together."
Prior to that moment, Kourtney had slammed Scott at the confrontational dinner for inviting a female guest on the trip. "There's a level of respect and appropriateness that should just be known," she told him. "But, apparently it's not. That is so disrespectful."
In an attempt to defend his actions, Scott replied, "Every night you f--king go to bed with our kids and I have to sleep alone, sad and miserable. That's my life."


Miss District of Columbia Kára McCullough was crowned Miss USA 2017 on Sunday night. Competing against 50 other women, Kára wowed the judges with her beauty, bikini, talents and intelligence at the annual beauty pageant broadcast live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
While there was plenty to celebrate in the final moments, the final three ladies went through several big tasks before a winner was crowned, but Kara was the one who walked away with the crown.
Miss Minnesota Meredith Gould was the second runner-up and fan favorite Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg was runner-up for the title.
In the Final Question round, the final three women were each asked, "What do you consider feminism to be?"

Dancing With the Stars' Julianne Hough and Terrence J hosted the competition that featured dance numbers by the 51 competitors, as well as performances from Pitbull and country star Brett Eldredge.
The show featured a performance by Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson ONE, Pitbull and Brett Eldridge. Ashley Graham served as the backstage host. Halima Aden, Carson Kressley, Brooke Lee, Nancy Lublin, Jeannie Mai and Janet Mock were on the judging panel.


Kevin Hart and his wife Eniko Parrish took to Instagram on Mother's Day to announce that they were expecting their first baby together.
The funny family man posted a series of photos announcing the good news to his 51.8 million followers earlier today.
In one pic of the happy couple, the Central Intelligence actor wrote, "Celebrating Mother's Day with my beautiful wife. We are laughing at the fact that this time next year we will be celebrating her 1st actual Mother's Day. #Harts #Blessed."
In another photo, the king of comedy let fans in on the fact that the newlyweds were having a baby boy. The actor also shared a photo of Parrish's ultra sound. 


Wednesday, 10 May 2017


The Cross River Police Command on Wednesday said it had arrested a couple, [names withheld], for allegedly selling their six-year-old daughter for N400,000. Presenting the couple before newsmen, Mr Hafiz Inuwa, the state Commissioner of Police, said the suspects were arrested at Ikom Local Government area on April 26 following a tip-off.

According to Inuwa, the couple sold the child to enable them offset their house rent and open up a small provision shop. “On April 26, 2017, following a tip-off, our men arrested a couple, George-Sunday Udoh and his wife Victoria, for allegedly selling their daughter at the cost of N400,000. “The suspects were arrested by our operatives attached to the Ikom division. “The case has been transferred to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department here in Calabar and investigation is ongoing,’’ he said.
The father of the child, however, denied selling the child in an interview with newsmen. . “It is true that we don’t have money and things are very hard with me and my wife, but we did not sell our baby for N400,000,’’ he said. Newsmen report that the commissioner also paraded 28 armed robbery suspects, cultists and others for various offences. The commissioner said on May 2, officers attached to the Akamkpa local police division arrested five robbery suspects who allegedly broke into a corps members’ lodge at Government Secondary School, Akamkpa. He said that the suspects carted away a laptop, handset and N3,800, adding that investigation into the case was ongoing. “On May 3, we also arrested a security guard at Ekorinim area of Calabar Municipality for defiling the 11-year-old daughter of his boss. “The case was reported by the mother of the girl,’’ he said. The suspect told NAN that he had a mutual agreement with the girl before he had sex with her. “I did not defile nor rape her, we both agreed to have sex and I was arrested four days after the incident happened. “I am sorry that I slept with my madam’s daughter, but I did not defile or raped her because we both agreed to have sex,’’ he said. The Commissioner also paraded three armed robbery suspects suspected of snatching a Toyota Avalon car with registration number ANA 369 CK belonging to one Obi Joseph-Funmi on January 25, 2017.
He added that in all the cases, the police had recovered five locally made pistols, two vehicles, an ax, machetes, live cartridges, and other weapons.