Sunday, 10 March 2019

US citizens will need a visa to visit Europe starting in 2021

The European Union (EU) has said that US citizens will need a new type of visa, a European Travel Information and Authoriation System (ETIAS), to visit the European Schengen Area from 2021.

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  Currently, American citizens can travel to Europe for up to 90 days without a visa, reports CNN.
The Schengen Area is a zone of 26 European countries that do not have internal borders and allow people to move between them freely, including countries like Spain, France, Greece, Germany, Italy and Poland. To apply for the ETIAS, US citizens will need a valid passport, an email account and a credit or debit card, the EU said on Friday.

Minors, the website said, will still only need their normal passports to travel after the visas go into effect. The Union said that the ETIAS visa is valid for three years and allows Americans to enter the Schengen Area as many times as necessary. On the ETIAS website, the EU said it "has recently decided to improve their security level to avoid any further problems with illegal migration and terrorism".

The US has been in a dispute with the EU's European Parliament and European Commission over visas for Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, Romania and Cyprus. The five countries are the only EU nations that US citizens need to apply for a visa.

In June 2018, Parliament voted in favour of the Commission imposing visas on US citizens.

George Foreman's daughter Freeda, dies at the age of 42

Freeda Foreman, the daughter of former heavyweight champ George Foreman, has died.
The 42-year-old who briefly boxed professionally, was found dead in her suburban Houston home by family members, reported TV station KTRK late Saturday.
Police officials don’t suspect foul play, reported TMZ.
The cause of death was unclear. Freeda was born in Texas and is one of George Foreman’s seven daughters. She appeared in several documentaries about her father, and even voiced a guest role on a 2003 episode of the animated series “King of the Hill.”
Her Twitter biography description reads: “Aside from my love of family, being a good mother, wife, and friend, I aspire to make a positive difference in our American criminal justice system.”


Photos: Lotte van der Zee, former Miss Teen Universe, dies at 20 following heart attack

Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez are engaged! You need to see her rock

Congratulations to JRod!
Former New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is engaged to the pop star, actress and producer Jennifer Lopez, they announced on social media on Saturday, sharing a photo of her ring. “She said yes,” Rodriguez, known as A-Rod, said on Twitter. Lopez, or J-Lo, shared the same photograph along with multiple heart symbols.
The couple have been dating since 2017.
Lopez has been married three times.


The UAE Public Holiday Dates For 2019

The list of UAE public holidays for 2019 is out.
However, the exact dates for Islamic holidays are subject to moon sightings...so they may vary.

Here's a tentative round-up of all the 2019 holidays:


  • Tuesday, January 1- New Year's Day
  • Wednesday, April 3 (dependant on moon-sighting)- Isra’a Wal Mi’raj (Prophet’s Ascension)
  • Tuesday, June 3 or 4 (dependant on moon-sighting)- Eid Al-Fitr
  • Saturday, August 10 (dependant on moon-sighting)- Arafat Day (Haj)
  • Sunday, August 11 (dependant on moon-sighting)- Eid Al-Adha
  • Saturday, August 31 (dependant on moon-sighting)- Al Hijri (Islamic New Year)
  • Sunday, November 9 (dependant on moon-sighting)- Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday
  • Saturday, November 30- Commemoration Day
  • Monday, December 2- UAE National Day


Ethiopian Airlines plane on its way to Nairobi crashes this morning with 157 people on board

An Ethiopian Airlines plane has crashed with 149 passengers and 8 crew on board.

  
The plane heading to Nairobi is believed to have gone down minutes after take off.
The Ethiopian prime minister's official Twitter account on Sunday sent condolences to families of those lost in an Ethiopian airline's flight to Nairobi, without giving details.
'The office of the PM, on behalf of government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express it's deepest condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning,' the PM's office said on Twitter.


Saturday, 9 March 2019

Manchester United fan undergoes surgery in his lungs in Paris after being stabbed by Taxi driver

On Wednesday night, a Manchester United fan was reportedly stabbed in the chest by a taxi driver in Paris.
A Manchester United fan was reportedly stabbed in the chest by a taxi driver in Paris last night after the team's win over PSG (pictured, Manchester United players celebrating)
The 44-year-old man is said to be undergoing emergency surgery after the attack following the team's 3-1 win over PSG in the Champions League match, reports Sky Sports News.
A source said that the man, along with three other passengers, were singing loudly in celebration when the taxi driver suddenly pulled over. He took out a knife and went towards a female passenger before the 44-year-old supporter stepped in and was knifed with a 'large blade'.
The fan was taken to Hopital Europeen Georges-Pompidou for surgery on his lung after being left fighting for his life following the attack. French police arrested a suspect at lunchtime today but did not find a weapon, Sky Sports News reports.

Michael Jackson made all of his employees sign a nondisclosure to keep them from speaking about him- Reports

Michael Jackson used these iron-clad legal contracts to silence his army of employees and keep them from going public about his relationships with young boys, DailyMailTV can reveal.

Michael Jackson made all of his employees sign an iron-clad NDA contract in order to keep them from speaking about him, DailyMailTV can reveal
Both his business contracts with staff and confidentiality documents - obtained exclusively by DailyMailTV - show how the King of Pop kept any wrongdoing from leaking out to the public. Rather than go to the authorities to report any wrong-doing or issues, all staff were instructed to speak to Jackson's management. The paperwork drawn up by Jackson's lawyers successfully prevented workers from revealing any suspicions surrounding the star's behavior with young children from 1988 to 2003. The watertight contracts even saved Jackson from losing a civil case from five employees in 1997 - known as the Neverland Five - thanks to a judge ruling they breached their deals by speaking publicly. Jackson made all employees of his Neverland ranch agree to hundreds of rules and regulations detailed in a 21-page handbook.
In the 'Employee Confidentiality Contract' employees were told that the definition of confidential behavior centered on all 'activities' of the star
The contract warned employees 'you shall not, without our prior written consent in each instance, at any time, whether during or after your employment with us, photograph, tape, film or other record (A) any likeness or activities of Jackson (B) any concert performances of Jackson..(C) any aspect of or activity occurring at Neverland Valley or (D) any other activities related to Jackson....'
It adds: 'You further agree not to make any remarks or do any acts that might harm or disparage or cause to lower in esteem him or their public image or reputation'
The NDA states that as soon as the employee signed the agreement, it would begin


Photos: Michael Jackson's fans set up a crowdfunding campaign for adverts on London buses

Adverts protesting Michael Jackson’s innocence have appeared on London buses in the week an explosive documentary made fresh claims he was a paedophile.
A ‘Gofundme’ page to pay for the adverts has raised £14,000 after two men alleged the singer abused them as kids on Channel Four’s controversial film ‘Leaving Neverland’
An online crowdfunding campaign started by a ‘super fan’ has raised more than £14,000 to put the banners on red double-deckers across the capital.
The controversial posters read: ‘Facts don’t lie... People do,’ next to a picture of Jackson’s face with ‘innocent’ written across his mouth.
Taj, 45, whose father is former Jackson 5 guitarist Tito, supports the campaign.
Taj, 45, whose father is former Jackson 5 guitarist Tito, supports the campaign
Michael Jackson’s fans have sparked fury by launching a poster campaign on London buses insisting the pop star is innocent of child abuse claims
The adverts which appeared on the side of the capital’s buses say: ‘Facts don’t lie. People do.’ They are accompanied by a photo of Jackson, who died at the age of 50 in 2009, with the word ‘innocent’ emblazoned across his face


Thursday, 7 March 2019

#MUFC: Manchester United makes Champions League quarter-finals after penalty shootout with PSG

Manchester United have done it! Huge late drama at the Parc des Princes saw Marcus Rashford smash in a 94th minute penalty to send Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side into the Champions League quarter finals on away goals.
With the game looking dead and buried, the referee went to VAR and awarded a controversial spot-kick for handball against Presnel Kimpembe. Rashford stepped up and coolly slotted in United's third past Gianluigi Buffon to complete yet another sensational Champions League comeback for the Red Devils. 2-0 down from the first leg at Old Trafford and without 10 first-team players, United made a dream start in the French capital when Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring with the club's second-fastest Champions League goal.

PSG then levelled on the night just ten minutes later after Juan Bernat was picked out at the far post by Kylian Mbappe before United were back in the lead on the half hour mark when Lukaku pounced on rare spillage from Gianluigi Buffon and put the visitors within one goal of accomplishing the unthinkable. It didn't look like it was going to happen for United but then out of nowhere in stoppage time, Damir Skomina referred to VAR and deemed Diogo Dalot's strike to have been deliberately handled by Kimpembe in what was a seriously contentious call.

The pressure was on the bold shoulders of Marcus Rashford but he made no mistake, wallopping the ball into the top bins and sparking some serious limbs in that United away end.


Photos: The Queen of England just made her first #Instagram post

The Queen composed her first ever Instagram post this morning to share an image of a letter sent to her great-great grandfather, Prince Albert, by computing pioneer Charles Babbage.
Using an iPad, she shared an image on the official royal family account of a letter from 19th century inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage to Prince Albert
She was met by dozens of cheering children who enthusiastically waved Union Jack flags as she arrived at the Science Museum in London's South Kensington today. The monarch visited the museum to unveil its summer exhibition, 'Top Secret' and formally open the new Smith Centre. To mark the occasion, she wrote her first ever post on Instagram for the official Royal Family's social media page, and signed it off 'Elizabeth R'.
The Queen wrote her first ever Instagram caption (pictured) to mark the visit to the museum
The royal wore a distinctly spring-like tangerine orange coat and hat over a green flowered dress. She accessorised with black gloves, her trademark low black heels and a black handbag
The Queen also sported a large brooch, a pearl necklace and pearl earrings. Her makeup was kept light and natural, with a rose-coloured lipstick setting the look off
The Queen posted her first ever Tweet during a previous visit to the Science Museum 
The monarch visited the museum to unveil its currently under wraps summer exhibition, 'Top Secret' and formally open the new Smith Centre
The Queen leaves the Science Museum after announcing its latest exhibition 


PHOTOS of Dr. Khaled Al Suwaidi, the Emirati who ran a 2070km marathon from Abu Dhabi to Mecca in 29 days

Meet the inspirational Emirati marathoner, Dr. Khaled Al Suwaidi, who ran for 2070 km from Abu Dhabi to Mecca to perform Umrah.

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REVEALED: 11 World's Best Airports

Time just revealed the best airports in the world for layovers:11 airports you would actually want to spend time in, and, of course, DXB made the list.


Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Changi Airport Singapore
Dubai International Airport (Yay)!!!
Munich Airport, Germany
Keflavík International Airport, Iceland
Hamad International Airport, Doha
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Georgia
Velana International Airport, Maldives
Hong Kong International Airport
Vancouver International Airport
Incheon International Airport, South Korea

Photos: Billionaire diamond trader, Ehud Arye Laniado, 65, dies during penis enlargement surgery

A billionaire diamond trader has died after 'suffering a heart attack' during a penis enlargement operation in Paris.
Ehud Arye Laniado, 65, was at an unidentified private clinic on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in the French capital on Saturday when complications during surgery proved fatal. The experienced diamond expert's heart attack happened when a substance was injected into his penis, Belgian media reported. Mr Laniado's company Omega Diamonds, which is based in the Belgian city of Antwerp, confirmed his passing.
A statement from the firm said:
'Farewell to a visionary businessman. It is with great sadness that we confirm that our founder Ehud Arye Laniado has passed away.' A friend of Mr Laniado's, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was 'always focused on his appearance and how others perceived him'.
According to Mr Laniado's friends, the only time he forgot about his lack of height was when he asked his accountant to read out his bank statement, something which he did multiple times a day.
Mr Laniado reportedly owned the most expensive penthouse in Monaco worth more than £30million, as well as a house in the plush LA suburb of Bel Air, where he was said to have loved to drink bottles of Chateau Margaux with models and celebrities.
A statement on his website read:
'It is with great sadness that we confirm the news that our founder, Ehud Arye Laniado passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2019. He was 65 years old. 'After living an exceptional life Ehud will be brought back home to Israel as his final resting place. He will be dearly missed by us all.'
Mr Laniado's company Omega Diamonds, which is based in the Belgian city of Antwerp, confirmed his passing
A billionaire diamond trader (pictured) has died after suffering a heart attack during a penis enlargement operation in Paris
Ehud Arye Laniado (pictured) was at an unidentified private clinic on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in the French capital on Saturday when complications during surgery proved fatal


Photos: Tristan Thompson's mystery woman revealed amid Khloé Kardashian split & cheating brouhaha

Tristan Thompson is out here living his best life following his messy split from Khloé Kardashian.

He was spotted with a mystery woman at Nobu on Tuesday — the same woman he went to dinner with last week.
The woman has been identified as 28-year-old model Karizma Ramirez.
According to Baller Alert:
Baller Alert has identified the woman as 28-year-old model, Karizma Ramirez, who’s made headlines for her past relations with basketball player, Shane Larkin and singer Chris Brown. In 2013, Brown was accused of “hanging out with a beautiful New York waitress,” who was later identified as Ramirez, behind Rihanna’s back. Two years later, the model was linked to Larkin, who is currently a professional baller for Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball Super League and the Euro League. Now, it appears she’s kicking it with Thompson, in the same jacket she shared to her own Instagram.


Radio stations ban Michael Jackson's music following the #LeavingNeverland documentary

Following the airing of the Leaving Neverland documentary, radio stations across the globe have begun removing Michael Jackson’s records from their playlists.

The documentary is centred around two of Michael Jackson’s alleged victims, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who accuse Jackson of sexually abusing them when they were younger. Both Robson and Safechuck detailed their stories further in a follow-up interview with Oprah Winfrey. Since the documentary premiered in the U.S. and other nations on Monday (4 March), radio stations worldwide have stopped playing Michael Jackson singles on air.

RNZ, a station based in New Zealand, have said their refusal to play Michael Jackson records is “a reflection of our audiences and their preferences”; with the director of New Zealand Media and Entertainment saying “Playlists change from week to week and right now Michael Jackson does not feature on them”. Radio stations in Canada, such as RKOI, Rhythme and The Beat, have also pulled Jackson from their playlists until further notice. Media company Cogeco, which is home to twenty-three small radio stations, has also stopped playing Michael Jackson tracks. Michael Jackson’s family and estate have denied the allegations against the popstar and have branded the documentary “completely false”.

Leaving Neverland aired in the UK on 6th of March on Channel 4 at 9pm.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Abu Dhabi to host the 2019 World Business Leaders Summit & Honors

The second most populous city and capital of the United Arab Emirates is set to host over 200 business leaders from across the world for the 2019 World Business Leaders’ Summit and Honors scheduled for the 27th and 28th of April 2019 under the working theme “Making Business Deals 4.0 Revolution in Emerging Markets for Sustainable Impact”.

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The 2-day event will start with an Executive Business Masterclass in partnership with some of the leading Business Schools and training institutes to provide the latest thinking, tools and techniques on growth strategies, innovation insights and amazing success stories on business transformation and different tactics used by companies to reinvent their business models to achieve sustainable growth.
The second day will be a highly focused networking dinner and award ceremony scheduled to hold on Lady Majestic 71, one of Abu Dhabi’s 5-star luxury yachts.
The World Business Leaders’ Summit and Honors is the world’s meeting place for global business leaders, high profile investors, deal-makers, top government representatives, policy makers, and innovators to network in a dynamic setting and formulate beneficial partnerships.
This year’s edition, organized by PALEDEC in partnership with the World Advisors Council and the World Business Leaders Magazine will be hosting over 200 business leaders from top companies and high government officials across the globe to converge on the WOBILS platform with an opportunity for thought-provoking discussions to provide unique insights and shape global, regional and industrial agenda as well as to formulate business relationships, recognize and act upon business opportunities, share information and seek potential partners for ventures
For more details, contact +971557581045 or register via link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-business-leaders-summit-and-honors-tickets-55941182583.



#ICYMI: R.Kelly's explosive interview with Gayle King for CBS News #RKellyInterview

R. Kelly said the parents of the two young women he is accused of holding against their will 'sold' them to him when they were teenagers in an explosive interview where he yelled, cried and protested his innocence on child rape charges.
Kelly, whose real name is Robert, shouted, screamed and at times spoke directly to the camera while being interviewed by Gayle King for CBS News in an astonishing sit-down that aired on Wednesday. He said he had decided to speak out to clear up the 'lies' against him pending his next court appearance on child sex abuse charges. Kelly, 52, is facing 70 years imprisonment if convicted on the four counts he is accused of. Three of his four alleged victims were underage when he allegedly attacked them. The incidents happened between 1998 and 2010.

None are the women he now lives with. Their families' turmoil was laid bare in a recent docu-series where their parents and others who have lived with the singer in the past described the cult-like environment he allegedly forces them to exist in. At one point in their interview, Kelly had to be restrained by his publicist and he cried several times. Kelly described Azriel Clary, 21, and Joycelyn Savage, 23, as his 'girlfriends' despite both women's families claiming he brainwashed them after meeting them at concerts. Azriel was 17 when he pulled her onto the stage with him and Joycelyn was 19 and met him backstage at a different show with her mother. The women were interviewed separately in an emotional segment with King that will air on Friday. Neither has spoken to their parents for years.
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The 49-year-old screamed and said he was trying to save his relationship with his children which had been destroyed by the allegations against him. He claims all of the dozens of people who have spoken out against him are lying because they want money from him
R. Kelly claimed in an explosive interview on CBS on Wednesday that his much younger girlfriends' parents 'sold' them to him but insisted their relationship was above board and claimed to have never had sex with them when they were underage 
Kelly lost his composure elsewhere during the interview and stood up in a fit of emotion, towering over Gayle King
The singer needed to be restrained by his publicist at one point while King sat calmly in her chair
Once back in his chair, Kelly continued to rant into the camera but was redirected by King who told him: 'We have to have a conversation. I do not want you ranting into the camera, Robert.' 
King was praised by her best friend Oprah, and many others on social media, for her calm demeanor