Former Boxing Champ Muhammad Ali Dies

Muhammad Ali, the three-time heavyweight champion passed away at the age of 74. He had charmed millions of fans with his confidence and wit in the ring and inspired millions with his contribution to the humanitarian causes. He fought a 32-year old battle with Parkinson’s disease. Ali was declared dead from septic shock caused by unspecified natural causes, said Bob Gunnell, the family spokesperson. His body was all set to be sent to his hometown in Kentucky within two days. His family will hold a private funeral in Louisville, his hometown and the same will be followed by a public memorial service.
At a press conference in Phoenix, Gunnell said that Muhammad’s extraordinary boxing career encompassed over half of his life. The other half was dedicated to sharing the message of peace with the world. Adhering to his wishes, his funeral will reflect his principals and be a celebration for everyone. Asaad Ali, the late boxer’s son, posted on Instagram that he is grateful for everything he was given. Hana Ali, his daughter tweeted that he was a Humble Mountain and that he has gone home to God. She also posted a lengthy statement about her dad’s passing and the emotional final moments with him. She said that even after his organs failed, his heart was beating for 30 minutes before he died.

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Rodrigo Duterte Wins Philippine Elections

Rodrigo Duterte, the Maverick anti-crime candidate has won the presidential elections in the Philippines after the withdrawal of those who contested against him. Although the result is yet to be declared, Mar Roxas, the main rival admitted his defeat after the polls gave Mr Duterte an impregnable lead. Mr Duterte stated that he accepted the directive with extreme humility. He stirred controversy during his campaigning with provocative comments. He has credited his victory to his tough bearing on law and order.
Other driving issues related to the election campaign were the influential corruption and inequality and poverty experienced by several Filipinos despite the economic growth under Benigno Aquino, the outgoing President. The 71-year old Duterte is a man called by his rivals as an executioner who could bring terror to the land. He has won the presidency elections by a very clear margin involving almost twice as many votes as the nearest rivals. One thing remains to be unclear and it is what Duterte will do with this job. His promise to sweep the criminals and corrupt officials has won him the support of millions of people who are weary of the previous ineffective governments.
So far, he has offered a few policy details. A spokesman already pledged an essential overhaul of the country’s political system. The human rights groups have also warned that he might repeat what took place in the southern part of Davao, where he being the mayor is accused of letting death squads to murder hundreds of suspected criminals. The upcoming President definitely has a formidable task in the country that is hampered by poor infrastructure and poverty. Election officials stated that there was a record turnout at the voting stations with more than 81% of the 54 million voters casting a vote. The statistics seem to be bleak and stark. Experts claim that anywhere between 40% and 80% of the legislators in the Philippines are connected to the dynasties of politics with vested interests. It is only a few families that control most of the wealth of the country and 25% of its population are still under the poverty line.


A Romantic Leap! Adele Helps Woman To Propose!

Adele started a world tour in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland on February 29. While playing to a Leap Day tradition, she urged a woman to propose to her boyfriend on the stage in front of the numerous concert goers. Going by the old Irish tradition, on Leap Day, women can propose to men. When the singer invited the hopeful ladies to the stage to enact the live proposal on Leap Day, Hayley Consuegra was singled by the songstress. The very first attempt of the singer’s search for a woman who was engagement-ready was a bust.
The second woman who was invited to the stage was Hayley and she quickly fulfilled the dreams of Adele of a Leap Day engagement in real life. Hayley called out for her boyfriend, Neil, who was left in the throes of the concert attendees. Hayley explained she already proposed to him before the show and that she was ready to do the same once again. Neil had not responded to Hayley’s proposal earlier with yes, but said that he may accept it in a little while, she added. Adele told Neil that he need to say yes and he smiled sheepishly from the arena floor. Some of her fans started booing and she called to him saying he has to say yes.

Usually, Adele’s popular actions have led to more breakups than proposals. The singer wasn’t going to continue with the show without at least a single Leap Day engagement and after rousing 11,000 audiences to chant “Come on, Neil!”. She was literally jumping up and down in her Burberry sequined gown customized for her. Neil offered a big yes, shaking his head so that his bride-to-be and the singer could see the sounds of applause and cheers of the crowd. Finally, Adele got a hug from the singer, who threatened to put him on the cover of the tour DVD if he did not get married to Hayley.