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With just a few hours to go, here's my best shot at some sort of prediction as to what we've got in store in Vienna.

Unlike previous years, there really isn't one stand-out song for 2015. Quite a few have their merits and, as rehearsals have come and gone, several have gone down well with the audience there but not always the same ones each time! There are good songs and good performances but not necessarily do the two come together, or, at least, few have so far and none have combined the best of both.

There is a clear Top 3 from which the winner is likely to emerge: Sweden, the almost permanent bookies' favourite to date, Russia and Italy. Now, on a normal Eurovision night, Italy would walk this with Il Volo having experience, lots of fans as they've been doing this for ages and it's a superb moody, operatic type of song that even people who don't go to operas quite admire and can be inclined to vote for. The trouble is that, so far, the three guys have not exactly stunned observers with their performance and it is all about the vocals; there are no marks for the nice suits.

Russia would love to win and give two fingers to Europe as it celebrates a year since annexation of Crimea and they have the absolute classic Euro ballad and a lovely lady to sing it. She sings it extremely well and has hardly put a foot wrong throughout the build up but somehow I feel she'll be pipped at the post by someone.

Sweden have a good late 80s number and some fabulous graphics on our screens and it may well be their night but I just don't see it. They'll get loads of huit points but I just feel the douze points will be dished out very broadly and they'll be close but not kissing the beard at the end. Actually, that's probably a good reason  why Russia might prefer to come 2nd after all. Not the sort of thing they'd want to show on the old Soviet Station Entertainment Channel.

After those three there are a couple who have been battling away all week: Belgium and Australia. Belgium have a weird song but an inspired young lad singing it and he has been one of those few that have really got high approval ratings from the people listening and watching. Belgium came from being completely ignored and maybe not even getting through the Semis to a definite contender for at least 4th place at one point. Australia also have a cool chap singing and it's a pretty current sort of track but I think it's a bit bland. He can sing and perform well but however hard he tries, and he will try, there's something missing in the whole thing. So, all those waking up early in Oz to watch the show will be disappointed, I reckon. And anyway, surely you can't invite some country on the other side of the planet to join in your 60th Anniversary celebrations and then let them win the prize for the night, do you? No. They wouldn't even get to host the damn thing next year so it would all be cocked up and some runner-up or, probably United Kingdom, will have to stump up the cost of it next time. I suppose we could give it to the Scots to host. They'd like that.

So it could be Belgium but that would require voting groups to be pretty young and spaced out. If they're old or don't like chocolate then they'll choose Italy or someone else.

That someone else might be from the third group: Estonia, Serbia and Norway. No, let's rule out Estonia and Norway straightaway. They have excellent songs and very good singers but Norway's is quite worryingly dark and we never do get to find out what he did as a child. No way can that be allowed to win and we're not going to humming that in the car on the way to work on Tuesday. Estonia's is nice an catchy but it's also pretty gloomy and it would take voting groups comprising near suicidal thirty somethings to give this douze points. It will do well, for sure but not well enough. That leaves Serbia. Now, the jolly fat lady that sings this has a sort of vive la difference approach and this is all jolly politically correct. Now we haven't got to sit through 2 minutes of Finland's special needs chaps croaking at us out of time and out of tune, Serbia is the natural choice for the do-gooders out there in voting land. Terrible song but when the fat lady sings it might be all over as she really can belt it out and many supporters of all sizes will like that. I don't but I have to accept it is a contender.

We're now down to the lower regions of the left hand side of the board and there are several scrabbling to make the Top Ten and in amongst these are a couple of possible winners. First, there's a 16 year old who looks about thirty eight singing about Mama for Israel. It may not be Mama at all but it sounds like that at the start. he also has the most annoying lyrics of the whole competition and we all know how well songs with crap lyrics do. Listen out for the Leave -Tel Aviv rhyme! He, like Belgium's lad, had lots and lots of audience approval and rehearsals have been great for him. Such a bad song, though. But still, he has a chance. I'll hate it happening after several years of reasonably good results but maybe it's time for crap again. If it weren't Israel then it would be rather more possible but as Israel seldom gets great support across the forty voting nations I think they'll finish up Top Ten and that's not bad.

The other contender in this batch is Spain. Now I love this one. It has a really powerful structure and all the key changes and expression that a big ballad type of number needs to satisfy lots of nation's older voters. It's my personal choice to win but I remember having similar enthusiasm for a similar Spanish entry a few years ago which got about eight votes in total and that was probably from Portugal. So I am wise enough to accept that Spain simply doesn't cut it with the rest of what comprises Eurovision for some reason my knowledge of history is too poor to fathom. If, however, the voters are also similarly lacking concern for whatever may or may not have gone before then this would be a strong contender. there are signs that the young lady performing has done a good job so far and is up there with Russia on the looks and voice front, possibly also the front front now I think of it too. So if Italy's boys disappoint and voters still disapprove of Big Red's antics over the year then Spain will be the nation that gets the ballad lovers votes and may be in with a chance after all.

Sharing the scrabble for the left side of the board are the old USSR states Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. They may dislike each other quite a lot but they dislike most of Western Europe as much so will be guaranteed not only to stifle the points tally for contenders like Italy, Sweden, Spain and the boy Belgium but also to award each other and Russia douze points as well as doling out the twelves to the likes of Slovenia and Latvia and maybe even Lithuania. It is for that reason that Azerbaijan always comes in the top five and even won once. They have lots of money and neighbouring states don't particularly want to argue. Even Russia feels it needs to keep in with Azerbaijan. So they'll do well. they won't win as it is not a good number at all but they'll get plenty of points.

Georgia has one of the sexiest girls on the stage and she'll be doing things with feathers and wings that may frighten us but it's all good traditional Eurovision stuff. And there isn't that much around this year so Georgia will be up there doing fine, maybe even beating Azerbaijan. Both will knock Armenia into a cocked hat unless some deals have been done behind the scenes. Armenia hold quite some sway from the southern parts of the old Soviet Union and, again, may do well with a terrible number.

So, who's left? Slovenia and Lithuania have lovely catchy Europoppy numbers. If they happen to perform exceptionally well then their sort of half-way-house status between East and West may just get them enough sixes and sevens to complicate the top part of the board. I feel it's unlikely. Slovenia were once very much fancied but their performances have been lacklustre when they needed to be really sparkly to work. All is not yet lost but I don't see them making the top spot now.

Oh, yes, then there's United Kingdom. I honestly have no idea how they'll do this year. we have had a disastrous run so far. Last year we tried the cliches but it was flawed lyrically and uninspired performance-wise. This year I think the couple will put on a good show and sing well but a 1920s style mixed up with slightly sad electro-pop may only appeal to half a dozen people in Latvia or Lithuania. I don't see any douze points coming our way at all but we won't be bottom.

Bottom has plenty of contenders already. This is the 'other' group. they're hardly worth mentioning as they're all pretty bad. Well, Montenegro isn't bad at all but it is extremely old-fashioned and with so few Baltic states in this year they simply won't get enough friendly support to win. Germany has a dreadful 1940s look and feel about it. Not a good look or sound. Apparently the girl singing is actually not the act that won the competition for the Germany entry this year. Austria have an appallingly boring band of blokes with 1970s hair. Clearly Vienna doesn't want the cost and inconvenience of this charade again in a hurry! Latvia, Poland and Portugal will both shout at you a lot. Good times to make some tea or heat up the pizza.

Romania, Albania, Greece and Cyprus are the others you'll hear but probably not notice. The Cyprus bloke is a pleasant chap and the song trundles along but unless he does something exceptional he will stay with the others in this bottom section where nothing is likely to happen, France have a nice song but you'll not recall anything about it afterwards.

Last in my commentary come Hungary. Hungary could have taken the whole show but keep messing up their rehearsals and voters appear to have given up now. At one point I might have had them as a potential winner but now I fear they might come last. Quite an extreme situation and they are worth watching as they might just upset everything on what could be a close night.

So a class performance from Italy, Belgium or Spain could make any of them top five. It'll be Russia in second place and hopes for a #1 slot could be all over for Sweden after the fat lady has sung. Serbia might just win.

The Honest John website is one of the most popular online destinations for people looking for reviews before deciding on a new car (or used one) in the UK. Yesterday, they announced the winners of the  5th annual Honest John Awards., The winners were the most popular models with the website's two million users.

Ford won a number of awards this time with the Ford Mondeo winning both Car of the Year and Most Popular Large Family Car. The Fiesta was also crowned the Most Popular Small Hatchback category while the Transit Custom won the Most Popular Van title for the second consecutive year.
Here is the full list of award winners:

Full list of award categories and winners:

Car Of The Year: Ford Mondeo

Most Popular Large Family Car: Ford Mondeo

Most Popular Van: Ford Transit Custom

Most Popular Small Hatchback: Ford Fiesta

Most Popular City Car: Hyundai i10

Most Popular SUV: Hyundai Santa Fe

Most Popular Large Executive Car: BMW 5 Series

Most Popular Performance Car: BMW i8

Most Popular Compact Executive Car: Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Most Popular Classic Car: Mercedes-Benz W124

Most Highly Rated Car: SEAT Ibiza ST

Best Real MPG Performer: Honda Civic Tourer

Most Popular Small Family Car: Citroen C4 Cactus

Most Popular MPV: Volkswagen Golf SV

Most Popular Crossover: Nissan Qashqai

Most Popular Convertible: Mazda MX-5 RC

Most Popular Luxury Car: Audi A7 Sportback

All seems not rosy for Big Brother lovebirds, Pokello and Elikem. The two seem to have hit a rough patch again.

Lately their lovey dovey antic has been on the decline and Pokello has been posting cryptic updates on her Instagram alluding to love troubles.

The self-styled Queen of Swagger in one message said : “Your Actions will never change how I do me. But they will change how I do You.” In another she said : “Don’t allow anyone to become comfortable with disappointing you.”
Pokello and Elikem at it again.
Meanwhile in Ghana, Elikem appeared at the Golden Movie Awards wearing black. He said :” All black because I’m mourning.”

The pair had a very public bitter fallout last year over Elikem’s ex sugar mama, the wife of some Ghana footballer. Apparently Elikem has an incorrigible penchant for them older ladies. The two later patched things up but it appears the long distance between them is proving a huge challenge.

Source:Mafaro/ Instagram

Controversial gospel musician Gift Mahlupeka has taken a dig at fellow gospel musician Mathias Mhere on Facebook and accused him of peddling rumours about his wife.

Through the Facebook post, Gift insisted that he never cheated with Mhere’s wife and accused the later of destroying his marriage for fame.

“Yeah they have started again, now hanzi my better half is now paralised kkkkkkkkkkk. Handidzore tsvimbo; am singing for the glory of God not for fame yet they are destroying their marriages for fame. I thought they sacrificed my life zvikakwana, vasiye varonge. My sweetheart isn’t paralysed as they want her to. You can persecute my flesh but as long as my heart pumps, I will carry on. luv u ol mwaaaa. remember ukasimudzwa nenyika ndiyo ichakuwisira pasi,” posted Gift on Facebook.
Gift Mahlupeka says Mathias Mhere is targeting my wife.
Gift is infamous for being implicated in an adultery scandal by Mhere who accused him of dating his wife in a story that rocked the gospel music industry a couple of months ago. Gift said he will continue singing for the Lord despite attacks to his reputation.

“Hapana chokumirira, they can persecute to the last but kana vasati vabata mweya wangu I will sing for the Lord. As for the Mhere isue, I have decided that I will not comment anymore,” he said.

Word has gone round alleging that Gift’s wife had a stroke, claims which he dismissed. He also took to social networking website Facebook to register his displeasure, suspecting that the Mhere camp could be the one spreading the rumour.

“My wife is fine. She never stroked as they are saying. It is painful that someone wishes for the ailment of someone but I’m happy she is fine. I know he is the one saying my sweetheart stroked but Mwari wandonamata mukuru, she cannot be paralysed because someone wants her to be,” he wrote.

When reached for comment, Mathias Mhere said he hard about Gift’s Facebook post but said he is not following it.

“I have heard that he posted something on Facebook. He even sang about it (his response to the adultery scandal) in his song but I can no longer comment about it. This is something that happened some time back and I’m no longer following it,” said the Favour hit maker.

Despite the Facebook post, Gift also said he will not comment about Mhere anymore, insisting that he is focusing on his career. He released a song titled Simudzwa naJesu after the scandal with Mhere and he was explaining himself in the song. The controversial musician who reportedly has a pending rape scandal with the police further claimed that he never cheated with Mhere’s wife, Susan Dzinamarira. He said Mhere was fabricating the issue for fame in a bid to market his latest album, Glory to Glory.

“I am an artiste and a minister of the word. After a terrible life experience I learnt something. So as an artiste I had to share the lesson with others,” he said.
Source:H-Metro

Photos of The NIgerian Army Undergoing Special Training in Russia
Some Nigerian soldiers are currently in Russia to receive special training in the fight against Boko Haram. Meanwhile check out some of the power machinery our military is using to tackle Boko Haram members.
Photos of The NIgerian Army Undergoing Special Training in Russia
Photos of The NIgerian Army Undergoing Special Training in Russia
Photos of The NIgerian Army Undergoing Special Training in Russia
Photos of The NIgerian Army Undergoing Special Training in Russia
Photos of The NIgerian Army Undergoing Special Training in Russia
Photos of The NIgerian Army Undergoing Special Training in Russia

All his life when he recorded his debut single in 1975 to this day – 61 albums on – Oliver Mtukudzi has written and performed some of the most heart rending music against hatred and violence. He has composed music appealing for restraint, for tolerance…music about self-discipline and peace amongst the people of the world. His music has continued to touch people in many different ways, guiding and stirring past generations in the same manner the compositions will impact on the future. In this abridgement of Oliver Mtukudzi: The music…the man…the story, SHEPHERD MUTAMBA attempts an insight into the work and philosophy of one of music’s own legends.

In the beginning

Oliver’s musical career started at the age of 23 with the 1975 release of his debut single, Stop After Orange. He only went professional two years later in 1977 teaming up with Thomas Mapfumo at the famous Wagon Wheels Band and recording Dzandimomotera which was inspired directly by Zimbabwe’s 1970s war of liberation. The song depicted the black man’s life struggles under the minority white settler regime.
Tuku Tribute: Oliver Mtukudzi Biography
In 1979 Oliver left Wagon Wheels to launch a solo career and forming his own band The Black Spirits – a group of rag-tag young stylish ghetto boys who were to become a sure force on the music scene, progressing into a household name in the ensuing years.

Oliver recalls: “When we left the Wagon Wheels, we thought we would continue using the same name (Wagon Wheels) but the management we had left behind put together another band which they called by the same name. Naturally we thought the continued use of the name would confuse people and we came up with our own name, The Black Spirits.”

In terms of lyrical composition, in the period leading to Zimbabwe’s 1980 independence, Oliver’s music was a mix of the revolutionary jam songs with undertones targeting the repressive Rhodesian regime. Yet he also composed the day-to-day social context music about life and the essence of ubantu (humanity).

Music against oppression

“Before independence it was the fight against the Rhodesian regime. My music then spoke against oppression and the repressive regime and how we were suffering at the hands of the regime. I left school and for three years I couldn’t find a job yet I was one of the few guys among my peers with a fine secondary education. But I couldn’t get a job because I was black. My music then helped people identify themselves…who we were and what we wanted to be.”

In all his music in pre-independence Oliver never took on the Rhodesian regime head-on preferring the power of metaphor to communicate meaning.

“I wasn’t afraid of anyone. The beauty of the Shona language (the majority vernacular language in Zimbabwe) is that it is endowed with all those rich idioms and metaphor…and the beauty of art is that you can use the power of language to craft particular meaning without necessarily giving it away. So, I used the beauty of Shona to communicate in my own way and people got the message.

“At independence I did praise songs just like most of the artists during that era because it was justifiably celebration time. I did songs like Zimbabwe that was celebratory music…songs like Gore reMasimba eVanhu (Year of the People’s Power). I was celebrating the demise of the regime and the advent of black majority rule. But over and above celebrating I was also singing about self-discipline and restraint in that new era be it at social or political level.”

To this day Oliver incorporates the aspect of self-discipline and tolerance in his repertoires. He is emotional about the socio-cultural norms and principles that govern the Shona traditional way of life particularly the respect for the next person.

The West Nkosi experience

As his music made waves in the 1970s his popularity rose. His writing prowess and style of singing attracted big names among African producers among them West Nkosi – a respected South African who came to Zimbabwe in search of music.

Was Oliver’s music to lose its originality after Nkosi’s South African influence?
“I don’t think the influence of South Africa was there. It’s just that I introduced the keyboard in my music. And South Africans then were using the keyboard a lot in their music. So when I introduced the keyboard people said West Nkosi was influencing me.

“One thing about our music and South African music is that the music is the same, really. If it weren’t for a handful of people who created these geographical boundaries we would be the same people in many respects. West Nkosi came to produce me because he was looking for new sound and if he was to influence my music he was going to get the same sound that he was running away from in South Africa. He wanted fresh music so he got me, Zexie Manatsa, Susan Mapfumo…all of us.”

Success did not come easy for Oliver who also hit hard times along the way, splitting with his band but moving on with other backing groups notably the KweKwe based Zig Zag Band in Zimbabwe’s Midlands province, 213 kilometers south of Harare, where Oliver relocated and also lived for many years.
Institution of The Black Spirits

Despite splitting with The Black Spirits, reuniting but losing other members in the process, over fundamental business etiquette, Oliver has always spoken well about the institution of The Black Spirits and the many members who have been part of the band over the last 35 years.

“It is quite obvious that every member of The Black Spirits, past and current, is unique in his and her own way and I truly believe God does not duplicate talent. All the guys I have played with had their own individual contribution to my music.

I cannot be said to have mentored all those I have played with in The Black Spirits because we are talking about talent here and not education. The education part only came when and where I would advise them on how the song would go but I am and was always open to their contributions when arranging music. I actually learnt a lot from all the band members.”

SOUTH AFRICA – Two members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) based in the North West have been involved in a sex scandal after an image of them in bed made its rounds on social networks.

Speaking to The Citizen, Sehloho said he had been dating Montsho for over a year and they were both unmarried
EFF rocked by sex scandal: report
The two members, Thabo Sehloho and Diseko Montsho are senior officials of the party.

Sehloho is the acting secretary while Montsho is a member of the provincial executive. The Citizen reports that an image of the two in bed, taken by a friend, started circulating on social media. A complaint was then laid and the matter escalated to Commander in Chief, Julius Malema.


The image was posted to a Facebook group, seemingly run by an insider. The post reads in part: “Our source also revealed that Diseko has also bragged that she sleeps with executive members as a token of appreciation for being roped in as a Provincial Command Team member.”

The post goes on to point out that other members of the party are involved in sex for favours affairs, citing Montsho and Sehloho as prime examples.

Malema is said to have dismissed the complaint after Sehloho said he wanted the party to act against the people who posted the image.

Sehloho however, was under the impression a video was leaked and because an image was circulated instead, Malema declined to investigate further. Speaking to The Citizen, Sehloho said he had been dating Montsho for over a year and they were both unmarried. Times Live

OMG! Christina Aguilera's impressions of fellow celebrities Miley Cyrus, Cher, Britney Spears, Sia, Lady Gaga, and Shakira almost stole the show on Tuesday, May 19's The Voice finale!

The "Beautiful" singer, who came into the finale show without any contestants left to mentor, ended up having a totally starring role when she dressed up as a bunch of her favorite stars and did impersonations of them auditioning for roles as judges on the programme.
Christina Aguilera
The 34-year-old singer already showed off her impressive impersonation skills during a game on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show back in February, when she sang “This Little Piggy” to the tune of Spears' song "Hit Me Baby (One More Time)."

PHOTOS: Christina's hair evolution

But the amazingly talented mom-of-two took her performance to a whole new level on Tuesday, carrying off her portrayal of her fellow artist so impressively it felt like a Saturday Night Live sketch!

Her totally hilarious dead pan impersonation of Cher, questioning if Adam Levine is her accountant, and who the heck Blake Sheling (Shelton) is, will have you in stitches! Not to mention Shakira's long, endless, intensely serious descriptions of a contestant's performance, and Spears' totally ditzy glee at getting to take a ride in the spinning chair ("Again! Again!").

PHOTOS: Britney's Us Weekly covers through the years

Watch the whole amazing sketch in the video above and tell Us: Will Britney think it's funny?!

Tuesday night (May 19) marked the season finale of Dancing With the Stars and not only did viewers find out who the winner of Season 20 is, but Sia also stopped by to give another unexpected performance.
Watch Sia's Performance of 'Elastic Heart' on 'Dancing With the Stars' Finale
[SPOILERS AHEAD]

First up, Rumer Willis went home the champ this season, gaining not only bragging rights but also the show's famed mirror ball trophy. The actress, and her pro dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy partner, beat out musician and Glee actor Riker Lynch as well as former United States Army soldier Noah Galloway.

As for Sia's performance of "Elastic Heart," the singer, of course, appeared with her face disguised as siblings Derek and Julianne Hough served up enough dancing theatrics to keep everyone entertained.
Featuring Derek and Julianne mini-me's, as well as the dancers themselves, the performance was an emotional interpretive dance. While the two sets of dancers performed in mirroring dances, Sia sang in the back of the stage, narrating their on-stage struggles.

You can watch the performance below.

Asked to make a comment on his sentiments toward Star FM, this is what the producer had to say. Please note that the content of this article have been solely provided by the producer.

I tried to deal with Star FM confidentially but now I am coming out in the public, Id like to take this time to remind all the Star FM DJs that, the radio is not your personal jukeboxes. All corrupt personnel will be dealt with accordingly, Male DJs who want sex for airplay will be dealt with. For the confidentiality of the female personnel involved I will only release the list and photo evidences in court. It doesn't make sense when only 5 out of 20 songs on Star Fm charts are local. This is a breach of Zimbabwe broadcasting act.

What happened to the 75 percent local content. These so called DJs are so busy promoting the Beyonces and Jay Z who contribute nothing to our economy and who do not pay tax in Zimbabwe. The link below is my open letter to Star FM. Please forward this until relevant authorities see this unpatriotic act by Star FM personnel.
Zim Producers says Star FM is a disgrace to all who died for our Liberation?
Mbuya Nehanda, Sekuru Kaguvi, Leopold Takawira, Hebert Chitepo did not die so that we can play Beyonces on our radio, Robert Mugabe was not arrested for more that 10 years so DJs can promote American and British music.


If Nehanda was alive would you play Jay Zee for her. The entire station is boycotting Soul Jah Love just because he had a fight with one of Star Fm Dj. I don't know which law they used to boycott him or if they had a court order to do so. These Star FM sellouts are becoming big headed, Soul Jah Love makes music for the nation, not for himself but for millions of Zimbabweans, now how do you justify depriving the entire nation off good music? If Soul Jah love was so bad how about fraudsters, murders, corrupts and thieves working for the radio, why are they not fired? Munhu akatukana nemunhu just because vatorerana mabhebhi otonouraya whole career yemunhu?

Did our war Heroes die that we could play American music on our Radio Stations?
Star FM; don't use the radio to get ladies and sex and most of you are blinging with clothes and jewelry from promoters, Radio is a Public Service and i have a constitutional right to a public opinion and scrutiny. This is a dispute and should be addressed immediately, I am a guy who never gets tired of fighting for my country. Attached Below is my Notice to Star FM which i have decided to turn into an open letter. No offense is intended and if any of Star FM staff is offended by my epistle then they are a sellout, Dzakutsaku. https://www.sendspace.com/file/dffnm3

Pretty much everyone agrees that Kim Kardashian's Met Ball dress this year was basically Beyonce's Met Ball dress from last year. And, to say that the reality star occasionally gleans fashion inspo from Queen B isn't exactly a stretch.
Beyoncé Embraces Colorblocking Trend In Head-To-Toe Neon
But, Beyoncé may have just — inadvertently, of course — figured out a way to put an end to the copycatting. Yesterday, she was spotted in New York City wearing tropical hues from head to toe. Kim hasn't worn anything brighter than beige practically since she started dating Kanye (he even famously threw away all of her pre-Yeezy clothes). It’s safe to assume she's not about to start now.

Regardless of Kanye's current preferred palette, he'd undoubtedly be down with B's outstanding colorblock outfit. The orange pencil skirt and fuchsia blouse are certainly not an obvious pairing, especially teamed with royal blue Prada platforms and a matching trench. But, it all comes together seamlessly, because the silhouette is understated and she kept accessories to a minimum. Here’s how to steal the outfit (unless you’re a Kardashian, in which case, you likely already know). Continued Here

Gibson Mhaka
A pastor with a Bulawayo church allegedly “legalised” a degree of incest by reportedly solemnising the marriage of one of his congregants and his cousin which was allegedly “frowned” upon by the two’s close relatives.

The union of Lewis Makoni (37) and his biological aunt’s daughter, Portia Sibanda (22), smacks of incest, as the two are closely related. The arrangement means Lewis’ aunt is also his mother-in-law.

According to a source from the church, senior members from the two lovebirds’ families allegedly snubbed the wedding which was held on 2 May at Selbourne Park Christian Church claiming it was a “curse and disgrace” to the family.
A pastor with a Bulawayo church allegedly “legalised” a degree of incest by reportedly solemnising the marriage of one of his congregants and his cousin which was allegedly “frowned” upon by the two’s close relatives.
“Although the wedding was attended mostly by church members, senior members from the Makoni and Sibanda families were conspicuous by their absence. The arrangement caused serious disagreements within the Makoni family.

“Lewis is alleged to have defied his elder brothers, other aunts and uncles’ order to stop him from marrying Portia.

He bluntly told them that even though he knew that Portia was his cousin he was following his heart to marry her.

The church proceeded with the wedding with the blessing of the two lovebirds’ parents,” said a source that preferred anonymity.

A senior member of the Makoni family who spoke to B-Metro confirmed that the marriage took place but it was without their blessings.

“I can confirm that the marriage took place but we didn’t go there as we felt it was a disgrace to the family. Some church members confided with us that the two were joined at their church but some of us feel the arrangement was really a sham to the family,” said a member of the church who also requested anonymity.

When contacted for comment Portia who chose to keep tight-lipped handed over the phone to her husband, who said:

“What is it that you want to know from us? Go and inquire from those people who gave you the story. It is not our business to discuss such matters with you.”

Portia’s mother Christine Banda refused to speak to this reporter saying she was not at liberty to discuss family issues in the newspaper.

Urban grooves star Trevor Dongo is officially off the market after paying lobola for his long time sweetheart Ashley Maumbe last weekend.Trevor D, as he is popularly known in the musical circles, got engaged to Maumbe in April last year. She is a model who was Miss Global International Zimbabwe finalist in 2013.

Dongo paid the bride price at Maumbe’s parents’ home in Zimre Park.

The musician confirmed that he had paid lobola saying he was grateful to God that he has finally married the woman of his dreams.
Trevor Dongo is officially off the market
“I just want to thank God that I managed to pay lobola for someone I really love. She is just the one for me and she makes me complete. I cannot look for anyone else. I am grateful to God for her,” he said.

The two love-birds have never hidden their affection for each other as shown on their social media platforms, especially Facebook, where the two would post their pictures accompanied with love captions.

“Chihera vabata havo shaya, aiwa chikonaz musavatyire, vanokuda zvakadzika kudarika gungwa. (My fiancé is thinking of me, don’t worry, my love for you is deeper than the ocean),” read one of Trevor’s recent post whilst he was on a musical tour in UK.

Dongo also revealed that his hit song “African Girl” from his latest album “Handisi Kumira” was a direct dedication to Ashley.

“She is the African girl that I was talking about on that song and wedding bells are just around the corner,

“Ndikuda kukurovai nesurprise attack . . . (I am going to surprise you). The wedding is going to be sooner than you might think,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dongo has released the video for the song “African Girl” that is expected to be a hit when it hit the big screen soon.

Though he has had a fair share of ups and downs since he shot to fame in the late 2000s, Dongo remains a force in the urban grooves genre.
Trevor D and Ashley Maumbe
He was once accused of impregnating an 18-year-old dancer early last year but he denied the allegations and claims Maumbe had already ‘stolen’ his heart.

Vocal-wise, Dongo effortlessly delivers the music to the people and there is no denying the fact that he surely knows how to rock his fans.

Those who have been following his music would attest to the fact that he is not getting enough recognition from the industry although he is talented basing with his performance at the Miss World Zimbabwe finals recently.

It's been almost four months since Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unconscious in her bathtub and sadly, the 22-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown shows no signs of recovering.

Bobbi Kristina has been removed from the hospital, but she remains on life support at a nearby rehab facility.

Now, Radar Online is reporting that Bobbi will be brought home some time in the next few weeks so that she might live out her final days in familiar surroundings.
Bobbi Kristina Brown to Spend Final Days at Home "Surrounded By Photos of Her Mom," Source Claims
“They are planning to keep her in Georgia and possibly bring her back to the townhouse,” says an insider.

“That was her home and her mom’s home and if they can bring her back it would be great...If she’s alive, let her be home and surrounded by beautiful photos of her mom. It’s as good as it gets in such a bad situation.”
The website reports that Bobbi Kristina's aunt and uncle, Pat and Gary Houston, have already begun preparing the home for arrival.


Pat Houston was recently named one of Bobbi Kristina's co-guardians, along with Bobby Brown.

There's no word on whose decision it was to move Bobbi home (and, in essence, give up on the idea of her recovering through medical treatment), but as her father has repeatedly stated that he's still hoping for a miracle, many believe the decision to give Bobbi a calm, quiet place to live out her remaining days was made by the Houston family.

Some celebs are very open about their background and ethnicity, while others don't mention it as often. These are stars whose faces you've seen, but you may not know they have black ancestors.
Jennifer Beals
Although she may not look like it at first glance, Jennifer Beals has an African-American father and an Irish-American mother. She's been vocal about how her race has affected her life, saying that she felt like an outsider because of it.
Vin Diesel
Although he may not know exactly where his ancestors are from, Vin Diesel has said that he considers himself a person of color. His mother is German, Irish, and Scottish, and he most likely has links to many other cultures as well.
Troian Bellisario
Troian has a wide variety of cultures in her genes, with her mother being African-American, French, and English, and her father Serbian and Italian.
Wentworth Miller
This handsome actor is also a melting pot of cultures. His father is African-American, English, German, Jamaican, and Cherokee, while his mother is Russian, Dutch, Lebanese, Swedish, Syrian, and French.

Mariah Carey
Mariah has been open about her heritage, stating that her father is African-American and Cuban, and her mother is Irish.
Rashida Jones
Having two famous parents, it might be easier to guess Rashida's background. Her father is Quincy Jones, who is predominantly African-American, but also has English, French, and Italian roots to name a few. And her mother is Peggy Lipton, who is Russian, Latvian, and Jewish.
Jessica Szohr
This "Gossip Girl" actress has a rich background, which can probably be guessed thanks to her distinct look. She has both African-American and Hungarian roots, although there are probably a few other cultures mixed in her genes as well.
Slash
Even if you may not see much of his face except for his signature curly hair and shades, you can probably guess that Slash has a rich background. His mother is African-American, his father is English, and both were involved in the music industry. It's no wonder Slash is such a gifted guitarist!
Meghan Markel
A successful model and actress, Meghan also comes from a diverse background. Her mother is African-American, and her father is both Dutch and Irish.
Dwayne Johnson
It may be easier to guess that The Rock comes from a rich background. His father is Black Nova Scotian and his mother is Samoan. He comes from a long line of wrestlers, with both his father and grandfather choosing the same profession, and his grandmother was also a wrestling promoter.
Pete Wentz
Probably one of the most surprising members of the list is Pete Wentz, singer, bassist, and lyricist for Fall Out Boy. His mother is Jamaican, and his father is English and German. We would have never guessed he had Jamaican roots!
Nicole Richie
Although she's more well-known for being Lionel Richie's adopted daughter, her biological father--Peter Escovedo III, a close friend of Lionel's--is African-American, Mexican, and Creole.

According to  recent report, of all European brands sold in Malaysia in 2014, Volkswagen performed the best with sales of 8916 units. They were followed by BMW (7808 units) , Mercedes-Benz (7131 units), Peugeot (5498 units) and Volvo (with 1210 units).

Mercedes-Benz may very well overtake VW this year with the German automaker seeing record breaking sales of 967 units in the first quarter of this year (up 13%). This growth was largely due to the sales of the new locally-assembled E300 Blue TEC Hybrid  (638 units) and the S400L Hybrid (270 units).


Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID

If you're looking for the best odds on Eurovision then the next few days are likely to represent the best opportunities. So far, all anyone has really heard or seen have been the tracks released on the promotional videos. These will usually be well engineered and, other than the live show performances, artists had the chance to fix things that didn't quite go right or notes that didn't get reached. The audition performances where they are playing or singing in front of a large audience can be more reliable but even then there could be a backing track that they may not be able to use in Vienna.

So, so far, we don't really know how well they'll sound on the Vienna stage, live, with just the permitted backing and band. The rehearsals will start early next week and that's when there will be some changes. Those who don't do terribly well will see their odds grow and there will also be those who are increasingly fancied after they do a good job. Good songs can turn to rubbish overnight and previously dull or uninspiring numbers can acquire a new lease of life or personality.

How the acts interact with the many journalists writing about the competition, and how local fans react will also either increase or decrease expectations and, in inverse proportion, their odds.

There are three clear favourites at the moment: Sweden, Australia and Italy. I am still not convinced about Sweden's entry winning but, yes, it is the sort of song that is highly likely to be up there in the Top Few. Australia I feel similarly about. I can see them getting plenty of votes just because absolutely no-one should worry about giving them a few points long the way but I don't see that many 12s. Rumour has it that the guy can and will perform well and the novelty value will almost certainly bring them some consolation of a Top Few place. Of the three I fancy Italy and believe that the three singers are experienced enough to create a good atmosphere and strong song on the night. Their video is pretty poor so, in a sense, they should only get better! It has been a while since an operatic number has won and this could be the year and Vienna would be a suitable venue for that.

The next three I believe would be Iceland, Estonia and Denmark. Iceland's entry is very catchy but well constructed too. It also has girls in off-white dresses and no shoes who seem to do pretty well. It is a bit of a copy of Emmilie De Forest's winning entry from a couple of years ago, though but it looks a very good bet for the Top 10 if not the Top 5 and odds are looking generous

Estonia are already well discounted and currently predicted to come 4th. Theirs is a powerful girl and boy song and I am pretty sure that will be well liked and hit the Top 10 although I would expect Iceland to beat them still.

Denmark seem ridiculously unfancied at the moment and I don't see why. They have a great, catchy and appealing number that could have been performed by One Direction and no-one would notice much difference. They have a fan base too. The guys look a bit clean and anaemic in the video and the two girls.could have been copied from the 1970s but if they all perform well and look a bit less chocolate boxy on the night this is a potential winner in my opinion. At odds of several hundred to one and around 8-1 just to make the Top ten this is well worth thinking about. If their rehearsals go well expect those odds to shorten massively. This reminds me, odds-wise, of The Netherland's Common Linnets last year. They were way out at 600-1 and came second.

The other Top 10 contenders are Lithuania, Spain, Slovenia and one of Russia, UK and Azerbaijan.

Spain's entry is classic Euro-ballad. Very strong song and if the girl who sings it looks more human and less photoshopped but still produces such a powerful and accurate performance then she ought to follow the excellent example set by Ruth lorenzo last year and get Spain back in the top flight. However, I also recall a gorgeous track either one or two years previously that only just scraped off the bottom of the whole thing. So Spain cannot be relied on for the popular vote for some reason.

Lithuania have a cheery number which includes kissing and that's always going to get some votes. It should do well across borders too, the country having quite a few friends in the Baltic as well as East European voters.

Slovenia's girl is quite sexy, an unusually scarce quality this year, sounds a bit like Lulu and several other more recent chart successes here and she is definitely one who will either do much better or much worse depending upon how she manages the stage on her own. Her cracked voice and slightly down lyrics may not please everyone but enough, possibly, for the Top 10.

Russia have what seems to be an almost manufactured song with all the right words in all the right places and most of the notes in the right register too. The singer is almost too perfect looking in another heavily air-brushed video and you just feel that old Big Red is trying too hard again. they'd so much like to win but I don't see this doing it. They always get far more votes than I predict so I guess they will be the one act that makes the Top 10 out of these last three but there were one or two notes that weren't quite right and something was missing in the one performance I've heard so far and that says that it isn't at all certain.

That means United Kingdom have a chance. I always think we ought to have a chance but recent years have not been good. Blue almost made the Top Ten a few years ago but since then we have done really quite badly. This year we're taking another big chance with a 30s style song that is quite unlike anything else that is in the mix this year. That's quite a good thing and, if the voters across the nations get it, UK could do very well indeed as I feel we would get a good flow of reasonable numbers from everywhere. However, a; less than inspiring performance, bum notes or just a mood that's not consonant with the rhythm of Electric Whoever will see them way over on the right side of the board once more.

If Russia bores us and United Kingdom annoys us then there's always Azerbaijan. No commentators particularly want to go back to Baku, though, and they do have some influence locally. The Azerbaijan entry is a bloke who sings remarkably well but he does have an odd shaped face. Great notes and all good traditional Euroballad that is bound to get marks from almost everyone. That's not just because they're a bit frightened of Azerbaijan but it is a good average number and will get good average votes. That might be enough, with Russia's twelve points to push them into the Top 10.

So now's the time to get some good odds on winning or things like Top 10 positions. Once you see odds falling next week for some acts then that may well be an indication that they've done well at rehearsal and, whilst they may still have Semi Finals to get through, if it's an act I've mentioned or you fancy then catch it before it drops further. After that, you have the Semi Finals when we'll get a very good indication of not just how people will perform live but also how they look like attracting votes generally. That's the second time odds will tumble and when you'll need to jump quickly. The third time, of course, will be on the night as they perform and the fourth and final time to get anything like decent odds will be when the first few actual votes are cast and we get a glimpse of real potential results.


A couple of months back I wrote about "Rejuvenating an old car - repairs on a Proton Wira 1.3 M". Well, I was having a chat with some of my friends, discussing the pros and cons of repairing and modifying old cars over buying new ones.

I feel that Malaysians in general take good care of their cars but once they pass a certain number of years, apart from irregular service, they kind of stop replacing worn out parts, there are dents and scratches everywhere, rust in various parts are left untreated, their headlight turn yellow with age, the bumpers are nearly falling off and the you tend to hit the speed bumps whenever you go over them as the shock absorbers are way past their due date.

The dilemma facing a lot of owners of old cars is that you do not want to repair/ replace the parts as "it is an old car" and you are thinking of upgrading to a newer car. But you continue driving the same car until one day, the bumper falls off or worse, breaks down in the middle of the highway. A friend was telling us that it would cost thousands to repair/replace everything in his old car which set me thinking: How much modifications/ improvements can you do on your car with just RM1000?

I was lucky I had the ideal car for this project - my dad's old Proton Wira Aeroback. Based on the Mitsubishi Lancer platform, this car is a favourite among car modification enthusiasts in Malaysia, mainly because of the wide range of accessories and aftermarket parts available and of course the affordability.

The car is still running beautifully without any major issues. As mentioned in my previous post, the timing belt had been changed last year and I recently had the shock absorbers and a few other parts changed. However, it was clear that the car had seen better days. The paint is pealing off on the rear bumper, the Proton logo in the front has also fallen off.

Of course I have to clarify that all the mods I plan to do are mostly remedial and/or aesthetic. I do not plan to do anything related to performance enhancement or the engine. I also plan to do most of the work myself whenever I can to reduce the cost and keep under the budget.

First of all, I had to think about all the parts which were essential. So I went about replacing the old wipers. I bought Genuine Bosch (BE17+BE20) Proton Wira ECO Wiper Blades for RM54 on Lazada. This is one of the things that we can do ourselves and do not need to go to a workshop for. This is not my first time and I had the new wipers on in a couple of minutes.

Next I sent the car off to painting specialist M. Spray Work in Taman Mayang Jaya and got the rear bumper painted. The big ugly patch on the bumper was really lowering the image of the car. That cost me RM200, which took a big chunk out of my small budget. However, Mr. Tan did a really good job and the bumper looks as good as new.

Before

After

Sometime back I had read an article on car soundproofing kits which helped to reduce vibrations and noise in the car. After a bit of searching online, I found a seller -Fsmotoersport on Lelong.com.my, selling soundproofing kits for Proton Wira cars. It cost me RM40 for the custom made bonnet soundproofing kit and it finally arrived day before yesterday. The pieces were custom cut to fit the spaces on the car bonnet and the experience was like doing a jigsaw puzzle as I had to figure out which piece went where. There was no need to use glue as the pieces were self adhesive with easy peel away backing and it was all done in less than half an hour. I was quite unsure whether it would work but was quite happy after driving around our neighbourhood. There is a noticeable reduction in the engine noise.
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After

Of course, I also had to get a new emblem/logo to go on the front grill. The font looks quite plain without the logo. I initially thought of replacing it with the original "old" Proton logo - the one with a star and crescent moon but then while going through Lelong.com.my, found someone selling the new Proton Tiger logo/ emblem. Though it is meant for the Proton Iswara, I think it will fit perfectly on the Wira as well. It cost me RM19.90 and I am waiting for it to arrive.

All together I have now used a total of RM313.90 which leaves me with RM686.10 for other improvements.

What should I do next?

Read: Proton Wira modifications under RM1K project: Part 2

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