• Virginia couple wins North American Wife Carrying Championship



    A Virginia couple took home the grand prize--$630 and 12 cases of beer--after competing in the North American Wife Carrying Championship in Maine Saturday.

    According to a report, Jake and Kirsten Barney finished second in the race last year, trudging through water and jumping over logs, all the while Jake carrying Kirsten on his back.

    The competition, which is based on the Finnish legend of "Ronhainen the Robber," features 60 couples who take home the wife's weight in beer, and five times her weight in cash.

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  • Asgegenew Ashko’s big break this weekend on Coke Studio Africa 2017

    September 29, 2017- Addis Ababa, Ethiopia- He always has a bright smile on his face that lights up the ambiance. Same goes for his songs. Asgegnew Ashko is currently one of the most favorite artists in the country. And now, Asge is featured on the fifth season of Coke Studio Africa.

    Asgegnew expressed his excitement to be on Coke Studio Africa on a press conference at Nairobi, Stanely hotel in August. Speaking at the conference on being one of the Ethiopian artists participating on this year’s Coke Studio Africa and the contribution of the platform for the growth and exposure of African music in general Asge said, “Since childhood, the music industry has been dominated by music from the western world and I used to be jealous of those artists. But now we are at a very good time.

    African music is being heard and appreciated globally. I’m also grateful that I have grown to be part of that; I have crossed one border with Coke Studio Africa from Ethiopia to Kenya taking my country’s music and flavors. And this stage is going to take me to the rest of Africa and the world, I’m very happy about this”.

    Coca-Cola brand manager in Ethiopia Tigist Getu says, “In the first three episodes of Coke Studio Africa 2017, we have witnessed the colorful New Year song by this season’s Ethiopian Coke Studio Africa artists, Dawit Nega’s journey to Coke Studio Africa, Sami Dan firing up the stage with his dancehall performance and Betty G putting tears in the eyes of Tanzanian artist Nandy with her phenomenal cover performance” Tigist said. Adding, “we expect Asge’s collaboration with Sheebah to be the same; big and euphoric. We invite everyone to enjoy it”.

    This week’s headline artists, Kenyan rap king Nyashinskiand South African supergroup Mafikizolo join up to discover more about each other’s music and create something special while DRC-born South African resident Tresor, and Cameroon’s multi-talented Locko, have some fun with the Coke Studio Africa Throwback.

    Ugandan dancehall dominator Sheebah and our very own Asge also join up to discover more about each other’s music and create something awesome. Speaking on his collaboration with Shebbah on big break episode Asge said they’ve made amazing music adding that everyone should anticipate great collaboration. The two artists will also be working with Future star Tanzanian rapper Bill Nass in music collaborations that will be produced by Gemini Major – acclaimed music producer.

    Asgegnew Ashko’s Coke Studio Africa experience exclusively airs on ebs TV on Sunday at 5:30 PM.&nb

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  • Mexican Modeling Agency Cancels Male Beauty Contest After Failing to Find Handsome Candidates

    The “Mr. Model Tabasco 2017” male beauty contest was supposed to bring together the most handsome men in the Mexican state of Tabasco, but the modeling agency behind the event recently announced its cancellation, after failing to find candidates that met their beauty requirements.

    In order to be accepted as contestants for the Mr. Model Tabasco pageant, candidates needed to have a height of at least 1,78 m, be between 17 and 27 years old, have a “harmonious face and body”, have a college degree or an education equivalent to their age, speak English, have a valid passport, and not be a stripper. Apparently, these requirements proved to be a big problem, as just a few days before the contest, organizers had only selected 6 candidates. Those didn’t really meet the agency’s beauty standards either, so they ultimately decided to cancel the whole event.

    “The National Organization of Mr. Model Mexico regrets to inform you that the Mr. Model Tabasco 2017 event has been canceled until further notice, due to the candidates not meeting the physical requirements established by the organization,” the agency said in a statement. “Mr Model Tabasco will continue to work hard to find the perfect example of masculine beauty in the state.”

    The agency conducted several photo shoots with the accepted contestants, promoted the event on TV and online, and at one point rebranded it as “the best national and international male modeling event”, but they still couldn’t attract men that fit their strict requirements. Many believe that the height requirement was very restrictive, considering that Mexicans are not exactly known for being tall.

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  • Copenhagen University offers course on Beyoncé

    Students at Copenhagen University are being offered classes on “Beyoncé.

    Already 75 students at the university - which dates back more than 530 years - have signed up for the course.

    The class, entitled “Beyoncé, Gender and Race” will be taught in much the same way as other cultural courses such as opera, the Local reported.

    Such is the interest in the class that it has been moved to a larger lecture hall.

    Erik Steinskog told the Danish broadcaster, TV2 that the work of Beyoncé Knowles was a matter of academic interest.

    “We will analyse her songs and music videos. There will be a focus on gender, sexuality and race," he said.

    "One of the goals [of the class] is to introduce black feminist thought, which is not well known in Scandinavia. We want to explore the kind of entity feminism is,” he said.

    “Beyoncé is important in understanding the world we live in. Beyoncé is one of the biggest pop artists today, which makes her important in an analysis of contemporary times,” Prof Steinskog added.

    Copenhagen is not even breaking new ground. Rutgers University in New Jersey launched a Beyoncé course several years ago.

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  • Ethiopia police stop Teddy Afro event in Addis Ababa

    Authorities in Ethiopia have stopped singer Tewodros Kassahun, popularly known as Teddy Afro, from launching his much-acclaimed album, Ethiopia.

    On his Facebook Page, Teddy Afro says police asked him to have a permit for the launch that was to be held at a hotel in the capital, Addis Ababa, a demand he has termed as ridiculous.

    A BBC reporter, who was attending the launch, says federal police showed up at the hotel hours before the launch and prevented Teddy's sound team from setting up equipment for the gig.

    His manager told the BBC, that they are yet to get official reasons as to why the launch was cancelled. His concert scheduled for the eve of Ethiopian New Year, which falls on 11 September, has also been cancelled in unclear circumstances.

    Teddy's 15-track album has made history as the quickest selling album since its release in May this year and for weeks topped the Billboard World Albums chart.


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  • Boy arrested in Saudi Arabia for dancing in street freed with road safety warning


    The boy performed his dance routine in front of five lanes of cars stopped at traffic lights

    The youngster was detained after a clip went viral of him grooving to a 1990s hit in a busy Saudi Arabian street.

    A 14-year-old boy arrested after dancing the Macarena on a Saudi Arabian street has been released with a warning about road safety.

    The child went viral on social media as he was filmed moving to the popular 1990s hit song by Los Del Rio in front of five lanes of cars stopped at traffic lights.

    Police said the youngster, who wore shorts, a striped t-shirt and headphones in the video, was held because he had shown "improper public behaviour" and caused disruption.

    The boy, whose name and nationality have not been given, was later released without charge, after he and his legal guardian were summoned for questioning, said the interior ministry.

    It said: "They signed a written pledge that the teen will not engage in behaviour that could endanger his life and the life of others again.

    "The notification was solely intended to warn the boy about potential consequences for his own safety, as well as to safeguard the overall safety of motorists and pedestrians."

    In the clip, which has been shared thousands of times, the child can be seen dancing back and forth amid heavy traffic in the background.

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