Jamal Khashoggi, Other Journalists Are Time’s Person of The Year 2018

Slain Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi and other journalists that Time magazine called “the guardians” were named Time’s Person of the Year for 2018 on Tuesday. Khashoggi and the group were chosen over special counsel Robert Mueller, Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Trump, who were listed as finalists on Monday.

Mr. Trump was named the first runner-up Tuesday. Mueller was the second runner-up.

The other journalists named with Khashoggi were the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland, where five people were killed in a mass shooting earlier this year; imprisoned Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo; and Maria Ressa, founder and editor of a news site in the Philippines. Time recognizes the person or group of people who most influenced the news and the world “for better or for worse” during the past year.

Khashoggi was killed two months ago. The journalist, who had lived in the U.S. and wrote for The Washington Post, had been critical of the Saudi regime.

U.S. intelligence officials determined that Saudi security officials were most likely acting on orders from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman when they killed and dismembered Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Turkey. Mr. Trump, who views the crown prince as an ally, has been reluctant to accept the CIA’s findings.

“His murder has prompted a global reassessment of the Saudi crown prince and a really long overdue look at the devastating war in Yemen,” Time’s Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal said on NBC’s “Today” show. Khashoggi was the first deceased person named Person of the Year, Felsenthal said.

In addition to Mr. Trump, Mueller and Putin, the magazine said six other finalists made its shortlist for this year. They were:

Christine Blasey Ford

“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler

March For Our Lives Activists

Meghan Markle

South Korean President Moon Jae-in

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Beyonce Performs In India As Asia’s Richest Man, Mukesh Ambani Hosts Daughter’s Wedding

US singer Beyoncé has performed as part of the lavish festivities at the latest extravagant Indian celebrity wedding.

Isha Ambani, the daughter of India’s richest man, is tying the knot with Anand Piramal, son of another Indian billionaire, this week.

Beyoncé was one of many celebrities flown in, along with Bollywood stars and figures like Hillary Clinton.

It comes on the heels of several recent Indian weddings competing for glamour, excess and attention.

The Ambanis themselves recently attended the wedding of Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh.

And last weekend, Isha Ambani was a bridesmaid at the wedding of actress Priyanka Chopra to US singer Nick Jonas.

 

The actual wedding of the daughter of business tycoon Mukesh Ambani is on Wednesday but the festivities leading up to it kicked off over the weekend.

It is likely to be one of India’s richest and most glamorous weddings, and the many guests include former US First Lady and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, media giant Arianna Huffington, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal.

According to media reports, guests had been flown in on 100 chartered flights.

Celebrity bloggers, entertainment writers and lifestyle magazines have been scouring Instagram to keep up with festivities.

Beyoncé took to the stage on Sunday night for the sangeet, an evening of music and dance that typically precedes the wedding.

She shared photos on her Instagram account of her jewel-studded outfit and elaborate gold jewellery.

Her fee hasn’t been made public, but would likely not have been a problem for the Ambanis. Mukesh Ambani, managing director of Reliance Industries, has a personal fortune of around $47bn (£37bn).

 


Seun Kuti Nominated For 2019 Grammys

Seun Kuti, Afrobeat singer and son of the late legend, Fela, a pioneer of the musical genre, has been nominated for the 61st Grammy Awards.
Nominees for the award, which is widely acclaimed as music’s most prestigious prize, were announced on Friday morning.
Kuti who had reportedly submitted his recent album ‘Black Times’ for consideration by the awards panel in October, was nominated with his band, Egypt 80, in the Best World Music Album category alongside Bombino (Niger Republic), Fatoumata Diawara (Mali), the Soweto Gospel Choir (South Africa) and Yiddish Glory (Canada).

According to the Grammys, the category is “for albums containing at least 51 per cent playing time of new vocal or instrumental World Music recordings.”
Seun’s older brother, Femi, is a four-time Grammy nominee, having been recognised in 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Other previously nominated Nigerians are juju legend, King Sunny Adé, and late traditional drummer, Babatunde Olatunji.

The award, presented by The Recording Academy, is scheduled to hold on February 10, 2019, at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, United States.

Priyanka Chopra Becomes First Celebrity To Wear Ralph Lauren Customised Bridal Gown

Priyanka Chopra looked like a dream in her Ralph Lauren white bridal gown. She was also the first celebrity to don a customised bridal gown by the legendary fashion designer.

Speaking about the gorgeous ensemble, Priyanka reportedly said that it wasn’t about fashion and that she wanted something unique. The actress stated that both the dresses – red and white – were personalised for her. She also added that she wanted the longest in the world and she got that. The outfits were personal choices.

Priyanka’s veil was 75-feet long making the longest in the world ever. Her strapless column dress embellished with pearlescent sequins was overlaid with a hand-embroidered, high-neck coat with scalloped sleeves and satin-covered buttons. The embroidery reportedly included eight significant words and phrases selected by the bride, like “Family,” “Hope,” and “Compassion.”

After taking their nuptial vows at the Umaid Bhavan Palace in Jodhpur, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas hosted their first wedding reception in Delhi which was graced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and many others last night.

The newlyweds will also be hosting another wedding reception in Mumbai for her Bollywood counterparts in mid-December.

Cardi B Splits With Husband Offset – ‘We Just Grew Out of Love’

Rapper Cardi B announced on Wednesday she is seeking a divorce from her husband Offset after just over a year of marriage, saying “I guess we just grew out of love.”

In an Instagram video, the “Bodak Yellow” singer, one of the biggest names in the music industry this year, said although she and Offset were good friends and business partners, “things just haven’t been working out between us for a long time.”

Cardi B, 26, and Offset, 26, a member of rap trio Migos, married secretly in September 2017 and had a child in July.

“It’s nobody fault. I guess we just grew out of love but we are not together anymore. I don’t know. It might take time to get a divorce and I’m going to always have a lot of love for him because he is my daughter’s father,” she said.

She captioned the video, “There you go … peace and love.”

Offset responded to her Instagram post with the comment, “Y’all won.”

Cardi B has reached success in the past year with hit singles “I Like It,” “Girls Like You,” with Maroon 5, and the Bruno Mars collaboration “Finesse.”

The singer’s brand of female empowerment and sexuality won three American Music Awards and three MTV Video Music awards earlier this year. She is expected to figure highly in Grammy nominations to be announced on Friday.

Fame has also brought run-ins with the law. On Monday, a New York judge threatened to issue an arrest warrant after she failed to appear in court on an assault charge over a strip club fight in August.

In September, Cardi B was pictured leaving a party in New York with a large bump on her head after throwing a shoe at rival rapper Nicki Minaj.

Africa Magic Celebrates 15 Years of Entertainment

Africa Magic, the leading provider of entertainment content for Africa by Africans, is celebrating 15 years of magic, quality content and the continuous development of the local African television entertainment industry. According to the Channel Director, Africa Magic Channels, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu:  “For 15 years, the Africa Magic channels have entertained viewers and audiences with the best content coming from some of the most amazing talents behind and in front of the cameras. In doing this, we have also undoubtedly led the development of the current African television entertainment scene, a role we continue to play.” Beginning with just two channels in 2003, the Africa Magic channel roster now includes six channels with three local language channels: Africa Magic Yoruba, Africa Magic Igbo and Africa Magic Hausa. Speaking on the milestone, the CEO of MultiChoice Nigeria, Mr John Ugbe said: “The celebration of Africa Magic is also the celebration of Africa’s film and television industry. The growth witnessed in the industry can be linked to the impact of the Africa Magic channels in operation across 53 countries on the continent. The Africa Magic channels have also consistently proven to be a platform for the unearthing, promotion and celebration of existing and up and coming film and TV talents, and the channels’ various means and models of industry partnerships ensure a steady line of critical investment in the industry.” Over the years, Africa Magic has developed original content that continues to entertain Africa: from the flagship TV drama, Tinsel, which already holds the record for the longest running series in Sub Saharan Africa; to the Pan African drama series, Jacob’s Cross, magazine shows 53 Extra and Jara; and comedy series, The Johnsons and Hustle. The channels also include the telenovelas which have become television staples over the years including Hotel Majestic, Hush, Battleground, Ajoche, Forbidden and Eve.

George W. Bush and Michelle Obama’s Friendship On Display At George H.W. Bush Funeral

When President George W. Bush greeted former presidents and their spouses at the funeral for his father, George H.W. Bush, he offered more than a handshake to former first lady Michelle Obama. He appeared to slip her a piece of candy, causing Obama to break out in a wide smile.

It was a oddly lighthearted moment in the midst of a funeral proceeding, a microcosm of the unusual friendship between the 43rd president and the former first lady. Bush also snuck a cough drop to Obama during former Sen. John McCain’s funeral in September.

Obama described the viral “cough drop moment” at McCain’s funeral in an interview with “TODAY” in October.

“President Bush and I, we are forever seatmates because of protocol, and that’s how we sit at all the official functions,” Obama said about her relationship with the former president. “He’s my partner in crime at every major thing where all the ‘formers’ gather. So we’re together all the time.”

Obama and Bush’s friendship has become a model of bipartisan bonhomie since former President Barack Obama was in office. They famously shared a hug at the National Museum of African American History and Culture dedication ceremony in 2016.

Bush told People Magazine in 2017 that he and Obama shared a kinship thanks to their mutual sense of humor.

“She kind of likes my sense of humor. Anybody who likes my sense of humor, I immediately like,” Bush said. “[The Obamas] are around serious people all the time and we just took to each other.”

e5e5c20b-7ef9-4526-aedf-65d936ce6c2b.gifBush acknowledged in another interview with Ellen DeGeneres in 2017 that his and Obama’s friendship often surprises people, as it shows “that people on opposite sides of the political spectrum can actually like each other.”

The Obamas were joined in the first pew at the National Cathedral in Washington for George H.W. Bush’s funeral by President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, as well as former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton and former President Jimmy Carter and Rosslyn Carter.

PHOTO NEWS: Rio De Janeiro Culture Secretary Visits Lagos Ministry Tourism, Arts and Culture

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture received a delegation of Nigeria- Brazil Culture and Business Initiative (NBCBI) today. The team led by the Culture Secretary of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mrs. Nilcemar Nogueira, was in Lagos as part of an ongoing effort to promote cultural exchange and business between Nigeria and Brazil
 

It’s My Deal, No Deal Or No Brexit At All- UK PM, Theresa May

Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday said British lawmakers faced a choice ahead of a vote on her Brexit deal, approving her deal or facing an exit with no deal or even the reversal of Brexit.

May said she was speaking to lawmakers about giving parliament a bigger role in whether the Northern Irish backstop arrangement would be triggered, though she gave few details.

She said some in parliament were trying to frustrate Brexit and that she did not think another referendum on Brexit was the right course.

“There are three options: one is to leave the European Union with a deal, the other two are that we leave without a deal or that we have no Brexit at all.

“It’s clear that there are those in the House of Commons who want to frustrate Brexit and overturn the vote of the British people and that’s not right,” May told BBC radio.

May repeatedly sidestepped questions on whether she would delay the Dec. 11 vote, however did hint at possible concessions on the Northern Irish backstop.

“There are questions about how decisions are taken as to whether we go into the backstop, because that isn’t an automatic.

“The question is: do we go into the backstop? Do we extend what I call the implementation period?” she said.

She did not directly answer the questions when asked repeatedly what her “Plan B” would be if her deal was rejected.

 

Jamal Khashoggi: CIA Boss Haspel To Brief US Senate

CIA Director Gina Haspel will give a closed briefing to leaders of several U.S. Senate committees on Tuesday on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a source familiar with the planned meeting.

Some lawmakers were angry Haspel did not participate in a Senate briefing by Trump administration officials last week on Khashoggi’s death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The CIA has assessed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government.

The Wall Street Journal first reported that Haspel would conduct a briefing.

At last week’s briefing, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said there was no hard evidence the crown prince was behind the killing and urged senators not to downgrade ties with Saudi Arabia over the incident.

Haspel will brief the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations, Armed Services and Appropriations committees, the source said, adding that the Senate Intelligence Committee already had been briefed by the CIA chief.

The CIA had no immediate comment.