Hopes of a possible Beatles reunion on the night were raised when Ringo was spotted arriving at the arena to take his seat to watch his friend play. Beatlemania - the term used to describe the intense reaction of fans to Paul, Ringo and the late John Lennon and George Harrison in the 1960s - was in full swing again as the 78-year-old sticksman was surrounded by fans with camera phones desperate to get a snap of their idol. After storming through an incredible career spanning set made up of Beatles classics such as 'A Hard Day's Night', 'Lady Madonna', 'Let It Be' and 'Hey Jude', Wings tracks such as 'Live And Let Die' and 'Band On The Run' and songs from his latest solo LP, 'Egypt Station', another drum kit was wheeled onto the stage as anticipation grew for the reunion, which it turned out had been planned just hours before. Paul announced: ''We've got a little surprise for you. It's a surprise for us, actually, it only happened today.'' After introducing Ronnie to the stage, Macca then said: ''Ladies and gentlemen, the ever fantastic Ringo Starr.'' After the mind-blowing performance Ronnie and Ringo left the stage, with the latter admitting: ''I don't know about you, but it was incredible for me.''
Another highlight of the impressive 40-song set list was a rendition of McCartney's festive classic, 'Wonderful Christmas Time', featuring the Capital Children's Choir. The sold-out concert drew a star-studded crowd with McCartney's daughters Stella and Mary and actors Emma Thompson, Idris Elba, Simon Pegg and Rami Malek among those in the audience. Coldplay's Chris Martin, One Direction's Harry Styles, Spice Girl Geri Horner and The Who's Roger Daltrey and his daughters also witnessed one of the hottest gigs of the year. After the holiday period, the 'Fuh You' singer will hit the road again in 2019, when he brings the 'Freshen Up' tour' to South America.
LOS ANGELES, December 15 -- According to a new lawsuit, the mogul boasted of a relationship with the actress after sexually assaulting a woman in his office.
Harvey Weinstein bragged about sleeping with Jennifer Lawrence while trying to force himself upon a woman in his office, court documents show. According to the latest lawsuit against the Hollywood producer, he boasted of a sexual relationship with the Oscar-winning star after forcibly performing oral sex on a young actress during a meeting in 2013. The unnamed woman claims that when she rejected his advances, Weinstein asked her: "Do you even want to be an actress? I slept with Jennifer Lawrence and look where she is; she has just won an Oscar."
Lawrence has issued a statement denying that such an affair took place, adding: "My heart breaks for all the women who were victimised by Harvey Weinstein. "I have never had anything but a professional relationship with him. This is yet another example of the predatory tactics and lies that he engaged in to lure countless women." Weinstein - who denies all allegations of non-consensual sex - is said to have sexually assaulted the woman in his office after pushing her to the ground. She is suing both the 66-year-old movie mogul and The Weinstein Company - the production company he founded with his brother Bob in 2005 - for sexual battery and discrimination. The details emerged after a group of other Weinstein accusers attempted to block him from bringing his private emails into the public eye due to concerns over confidentiality. He has asked a bankruptcy court in Delaware to allow him to recover files from The Weinstein Company, which he wants to use in his defence against sexual assault charges in New York. The women have asked a judge to reject his request after alleging his lawyers told them he "intended to unleash these emails in the media to sway the court of public opinion".
Scott Cousins, the civil lawyer representing Weinstein, accused the women of "doing all they can to prevent the truth from coming out". He added: "To claim sexual assault and then take such measures to prevent the truth from being heard speaks volumes of their motives." Weinstein is next due in court on 20 December.
ROME, December 8 -- Six people, including five teenagers, were crushed to death in the early hours of Dec. 8 in a stampede at a packed nightclub, officials said.
Fire brigades said the stampede took place in the Lanterna Azzurra nightclub in the town of Corinaldo, near Ancona, on the Adriatic coast, where rapper Sfera Ebbasta was performing. Three girls, two boys and a mother who had accompanied her child to the event, died in the incident. More than 100 other people were injured, including a dozen who were seriously hurt.
The local fire brigade said someone might have sprayed a substance like pepper spray into the crowd, triggering a panicked rush to the emergency exits. La Repubblica newspaper quoted a survivor as saying that at least one of the exits was blocked. Another eyewitness said a wall inside the club had collapsed in the melee. The names and ages of the victims were not immediately given
LOS ANGELES, November 29 -- She's become known for her love of ink, after famously covering her bottom in a giant tattoo of roses.
And now Cheryl has put another of her rarely-seen etchings on display – a Buddhist symbol in between her breasts. All eyes were on Cheryl's Unalome tattoo, which is thought to represent the path to enlightenment, as she launched her new Cheryl x Easilocks hair extension range at London's Langham Hotel. The tattoo, which Cheryl reportedly had inked in 2016, was highlighted by the plunging neckline in the star's golden two-piece suit.
The glamorous star put her flowing brunette locks to good use at the launch, as she posed for photographers.
TAIPEI, November 23 -- Images of a Chinese propaganda poster preaching against "religious extremism" which bizarrely includes a photo of Hawaiian-Canadian actor Keanu Reeves suddenly started to go viral on social media yesterday.
In the original poster, which was taken in Xinjiang's capital city of Urumqi, a "no symbol" is imposed over images of women wearing veils, clothing with the star and crescent, and men with beards. For unknown reasons, the Chinese propagandists who concocted the poster included a photo of Reeves with a beard that became the popular meme "Keanu Reeves is still sad" in 2010 to present as an example of facial hair that is unacceptable.
Above the 54-year-old actor's image, the Chinese text reads, "Young people who grow big beards," as an example of "religious extremism." Though the photograph of the poster first surfaced at least as far back as October 2014 on the Twitter account @E_Turkistan, it is only this week that it has gone viral on social media for its connection with Reeves.
Scarcely five minutes later, a user on Reddit posted a similar collage of images of "sad Keanu" and the Chinese propaganda poster. The title of the post read, "KeanuBeingAwesome doesn't want you to see this photo of international terrorist Keanu Reeves," in reference to a "subreddit" on the social media platform dedicated to the star.
Users of the platform then made many humorous comments in reference to some of the actor's more famous, though fictitious, film titles such as, "John Wick 4: Re-education Through Labor," "Bill and Ted's Harmonious Adventure," and "Hopefully Neo can fix the matrix in China and destroy the programming."
On a more serious note, a United Nations human rights panel in August reported that up to one million Uighur Muslims have been forced to live in what resemble internment camps. A member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination describes the facilities the Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are forced to stay in as "political camps for indoctrination," reported Al Jazeera.
Several former detainees, in conversations with The Independent, revealed they were subjected to endless torture and humiliation, brainwashing, and physical abuse. This included being forced to eat pork and drink alcohol while renouncing their religion, writing daily self-criticisms, and swearing allegiance to the Communist Party.
The international community has continued to lambast China for its treatment of Uighur minority citizens, with ambassadors of 15 different countries penning a petition on Friday (Nov. 16) to meet with Communist Party Chairman Chen Quanguo over the issue.
HO CHI MINH CITY, November 20 -- "Life is happy, so what?" sings Vietnamese artist Suboi in her new hit single N-sao.
The song has resonated with disaffected young Vietnamese and can be heard on smartphones and laptop speakers from Ho Chi Minh City to the capital, Hanoi. "Why is it nowadays a shame to be single? Why do we always have to pay when we get pulled over?" raps Suboi, 28, taking aim at traditional Vietnamese culture and petty corruption by traffic police.
The Ho Chi Minh City artist's video has racked up more than 1.7 million views in the last three months. Not bad for a song in Vietnamese with lyrics that could be considered subversive in an increasingly restrictive online environment.
Born Hang Lam Trang Anh, Suboi's name reflects her upbringing. "Su" is her nickname and "Boi" comes from being labelled a tomboy as a child. Like all rappers, Suboi represents her city, still known colloquially as Saigon. "N-sao is so fast. Exactly like the city. I went somewhere and two months later I went back and there were new buildings," she said. "I didn't write this song only for Saigonese. But also for the people who've been to Saigon, and can see how it's changed."
The music video has English subtitles, but even Vietnamese have a hard time understanding as Suboi spits her verses with ferocity - a change from the usual rhythmical rhyme style she became known for.
"My life has changed dramatically. I've tried to put all my emotions into writing new songs for this new album," she said. "And so N-sao is the first song in a new chapter of my life."
There's a saying that "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." But what happens when imitation appears to cross over into cultural appropriation and exploitation? This week, social media found out, after several black women on Twitter publicly accused a number of white female influencers of "blackfishing": some using dark facial makeup, some wearing their hair in cornrows and other traditionally black hairstyles, and others allegedly enhancing their bodies, seemingly to look like black women.
The controversy heated up last week when college sophomore Deja (aka "Dee," on Twitter) tweeted images of a DM she said she'd received on Instagram. She said the message revealed that Emma Hallberg, one of the girls she followed on Instagram and whom she believed was a light-skinned black woman, was, in fact, a white woman from Sweden.
Deja tells Teen Vogue she was stunned when she received an image from one of her followers of Emma looking significantly lighter and paler than she appears on Instagram. "I wasn't really mad, I was just kind of shocked because this girl genuinely looks like a mixed black person," Deja told Teen Vogue over the phone. "It was just kind of annoying because she's gotten so Instagram famous off what black people have. Not even black people get the same amount of attention she's getting." Deja was apparently not the only one displeased with Emma's allegedly darkened appearance. One Instagram user allegedly reached out to Emma on Instagram to ask if she was indeed white. Emma allegedly responded to the user, claiming she'd never attempted to misrepresent herself and that the picture being circulated of her appearing lighter was a photo from the winter when she hadn't received much sun. She allegedly responded, "of course there's a difference in my skin tone because I get very tanned NATURALLY when I've been in the sun!!" In a screenshot that appears to show her further addressing the controversy, Emma allegedly wrote: "Yes I'm white and I never claimed to be anything else."
Therefore I use foundation that matches my neck and the rest of my body." Emma claimed that she does not understand why black women are upset with her appearance.
Instagram model Jaiden Gumbayan, who told Teen Vogue she is Filipino-Italian but does not identify as "white" but instead "as Jaiden Gumbayan," is yet another influencer who has been heavily mentioned in relation to this issue. Last June, Jaiden was accused of sporting blackface after posting an Instagram image of herself seeming to appear visibly darker than her typical appearance in some previous Instagram images. She's also faced heavy backlash for posting several Instagram photos wearing cornrows, which have since been deleted. "I am so sorry to those who may [have] been offended, and for perpetuating a culture of appropriation," Jaiden told Teen Vogue in an email. "I recognize that I have a responsibility to understand the intentional and unintentional impacts of my actions and platform." Jaiden additionally shared that she's grown to understand black women's criticisms of her appearance. "I understand why some Black women would be upset by what I do with my hair," said Jaiden. "I don’t think I can ever understand the depth and complexity of that pain, but I am constantly working to grow my understanding."
BANGKOK, November 16 -- The Okura Prestige Bangkok restaurant Elements has retained its Michelin star in the second annual edition of Michelin Guide Bangkok, on a list that now also includes dining venues in southern Phuket and Phang Nga provinces.
Inspired by the two-Michelin-star restaurant Ciel Bleu at the Hotel Okura Amsterdam, Elements has developed a reputation for finely prepared gourmet French cuisine with seasonal Japanese influences.
The restaurant’s wide selection of a-la-carte dishes is refreshed regularly to take full advantage of the freshest available produce from Thailand and carefully selected overseas markets.
“Receiving a Michelin star is a great honour for us,” says Edward Snoeks, the hotel’s general manager. “It’s the culmination of a fantastic 12 months for Elements, which began with recognition of the restaurant’s innovative dining experience. It’s wonderful that the restaurant has earned a Michelin star for the second year in a row and an affirmation of the skill and commitment of our culinary team in delivering dishes of a consistently high quality.”
Elements was ranked third by lifestyle magazine Thailand Tatler at its Best Restaurants Dining Guide Awards 2018 and recently earned a spot in BK Magazine’s Top Tables Bangkok 2018 listings.
“The recognition received from these respected publications reflects our commitment to enhancing the guest’s dining experience based on the spirit of kaizen, a key part of the company’s vision and mission,” Snoeks says.
The second edition of Michelin’s little red guide awards one star each to 23 restaurants, of which 13 are new recipients, and two stars to four establishments. “Earning a Michelin star is a magnificent accolade for the restaurant and a testament to the hard work of our culinary team and front-of-house staff,” says executive chef Alvaro Roa. “We will continue to work closely with Ciel Bleu to share culinary savoir-faire and our entire team will continue to strive for excellence in all that we do.” Elements is open from 6 to 10.30pm Tuesday through Saturday.
MONACO, November 14 -- Max Verstappen feels he “f**ked up” the opening six races of the 2018 Formula 1 season before a change in approach inspired by his father helped kick-start his season.
Verstappen got caught up in incidents through each of the first six race weekends of the year, culminating in an FP3 crash in Monaco that put him out of qualifying, where teammate Daniel Ricciardo took pole en route to a race win one day later. Verstappen’s season has since picked up, taking wins in Austria and Mexico, plus seven further podium finishes to put himself in contention for P3 in the drivers’ championship heading to the final race of the year.
“This year, the first six races, I basically fucked up. Afterwards, we did a much better job,” Verstappen said last week in Brazil, reflecting on his 2018 campaign. “It’s not really changing my approach to how I’m racing. I’m still the same person. I’m always going for the gap, you could see that in Mexico as well, I was there to win and not be second. “I just wanted it too much initially. I really wanted to try and challenge even with the package we had it was not possible. “Sometimes my dad told me ‘when I’m going slow, I’m still going fast enough.’ I got that approach back after Monaco, and it seemed to make me faster than I was before, but without mistakes.”
Verstappen explained how the influence of his father, former F1 driver Jos, had been crucial to his change in approach and mindset this year. “He’s the only one who really knows me,” Verstappen said.
“We share everything together, so I think it’s always good to reflect, and you can always improve which everybody can. That’s what we did. “Of course in some critical situations, like it was in the beginning of the year, then of course you talk a lot about it. It would be wrong to be really stubborn and try to fix it yourself, then you always go back to the person who really knows you."
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