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Ben Affleck, out of rehab, calls addiction a lifelong struggle

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Oscar winner Ben Affleck said on Thursday he had completed a 40-day residential alcohol rehab programme but said that battling addiction “is a lifelong and difficult struggle.” Affleck, 46, who also...

ADB provides $500k grant for Vanuatu volcano disaster response

MANILA, 28 SEPTEMBER 2018 (ADB) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Vanuatu Thursday signed a US$500,000 grant agreement to support the second Vanuatu Manana Volcano Disaster Response Project. Up to US$150,000 of the amount will be used for emergency and humanitarian costs, which the government has incurred to date in response...

Cher turns back time with album of ABBA cover versions

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Making a cameo in the “Mamma Mia!” movie sequel gave Cher a taste for the music of ABBA. Now the singer and actor is releasing an album that will feature cover versions of the Swedish pop group’s hits, and going on tour to promote it. “Dancing Queen,” to be released next...

Turkey fines TV channel for Pink’s video with dancing of ‘homosexual nature’

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey has fined a television channel for showing a music video by Pink that featured “erotic dance figures of a homosexual nature”, a ruling made by its television watchdog showed. Broadcaster AS TV was fined by the Turkish Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) over the video for “Secrets”, which it said...

Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ heads for huge Labor Day weekend

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – The summer 2018 box office is officially ending on a high note. An August surge is thanks partially to “Crazy Rich Asians,” the Warner Bros. romantic comedy that is still doing crazy good business in North America. Jon M. Chu’s film will top the domestic box office for the third week...

Bishop sorry for embrace of Ariana Grande at Aretha funeral: report

(Reuters) – The bishop who officiated at Aretha Franklin’s funeral has apologized for being “too familiar” when he embraced singer Ariana Grande after her tribute to the Queen of Soul. Bishop Charles H. Ellis III of the Greater Grace Temple was criticized by many social media users for appearing to touch the side of the...

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Fans pay their last to Aretha Franklin

DETROIT (Reuters) – Aretha Franklin’s body lay in repose on Tuesday while her soaring voice poured out from loudspeakers outside a Detroit museum, stirring fans to sway and sing along and others to weep as they lined up for a last glimpse of the Queen of Soul. Franklin died last week at the age of...

Eagles hits album tops ‘Thriller’ on all-time sales list

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Eagles’ greatest hits compilation featuring rock classics such as “Take It Easy” and “Witchy Woman” has dethroned Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as the top-selling album of all time, according to industry data released on Monday. The album, called “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975,” has racked up sales or streams of more than...

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies aged 76 – AP

NEW YORK, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Aretha Franklin, the preacher’s daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning “Queen of Soul” with such hit songs as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” died on Thursday at the age of 76, the Associated Press reported. Franklin, who won 18 Grammys and had some 25 gold records, died...

Marika is 2018 Kaila! Star

SEVENTEEN year old Marika Bosekoviti is the 2018 Kaila Star! The Yawe, Kadavu-lad proved his star quality when he belted Michael Buble’s classic “Feeling Good” wowing the thousands of people that turned up at the Kaila Star Search finale at the Valelevu Grounds in Nasinu. The John Wesley College student survived the tough rounds of...

Sky Pacific introduces new movie channel

SKY Pacific has introduced a brand new 24-hour Hindi movie channel from today/ The new channel – Star Gold movie channel – will replace B4U Movies on Sky Pacific. Digicel Fiji chief executive officer Mike Greig said the decision to replace B4U Movies was driven by market demand and Star Gold in a Premium channel....

Singing for ‘Lucky’

DETERMINED to walk away with the Kaila! Star Search 2018 award, Kathleen Hill says all preparation towards that is for her late friend Akuila Salavuki. Mr Salavuki, commonly known as ‘Lucky’, was allegedly murdered at the Suva Foreshore in May. The 21-year-old Hill, who was a close friend of Mr Salavuki, said when she was...

Round two of the 2018 Kaila! Star Search

IT was a night mixed with flawless and not so flawless performances at the Kaila! Star Search on Friday night. Twenty-five contestants took to the stage to sing and dance their hearts out in front of a packed audience at Village 6 cinemas in Suva. But it was marred by a few forgotten lines and...

2018 RWC 7s: Salman Khan shows support for Fiji 7s

BOLLYWOOD superstar Salman Khan has wished our national sevens rugby team well as they prepare for the Rugby World Cup 7s in San Francisco from July 20-22. The star posed with the Fiji flag whilst in Vancouver to further show his support for Team Fiji. Khan was in the United States and Canada for his...

Actress D’Cruz to visit few places in Fiji

BOLLYWODD actress Ileana D’Cruz is expected to visit Nadi, the Coral Coast, Mamanuca Islands, Pacific Harbour and Savusavu during this visit to Fiji. D’Cruz , who is the brand Ambassador for Tourism Fiji, visited Rampur Primary School in Navua yesterday. Fiji’s Minister for Industry, Trade, and Tourism Faiyaz Koya said her experience during her visits...

D’Cruz set to return to Fiji as part of tourism campaign

BOLLYWOOD actress Ileana D’Cruz is returning to Fiji as part of a campaign to promote Fiji to the India market. A statement from Tourism Fiji stated that following a successful travelogue that was filmed in Fiji last year in partnership with Times of India, Tourism Fiji and Fiji Airways, the young performer has continued to...

Eight vie for carnival crown

EIGHT queen contestants will vie for the Duavata Crime Prevention Carnival crown in Labasa next month. Carnival’s organising committee chairperson Satish Kumar said five kings, including five teens and princess contestants would also contest at the carnival.

Slam allows self expression without judgement

THE Poetry Slam is a platform where competitors and participants can freely express themselves without any judgment.

Queen gives formal consent to royal wedding

LONDON, (Reuters) – – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has given her formal consent to the marriage of her grandson Harry to American actress Meghan Markle in a historic document made of vellum that is decorated with symbols representing the lives of the couple.

Dua Lipa enjoys single life

Dua Lipa likes being single. The 22-year-old singer finds she’s more resourceful and learns a lot more about herself when she isn’t in a relationship because she has so much more time. She said: “There’s so much fun in being single. When I’m single, I end up having so much more time to do a...

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