Amal Clooney Debuts Baby Bump

World renowned human rights lawyer, and wife of actor George Clooney, Amal Clooney, has finally satisfied fans across the globe by debuting her gorgeous growing baby bump in Paris on Friday.

Amal and husband George were attending the César Awards in Paris, France.

The couple turned heads the moment they stepped onto the red carpet, as pregnant and glowing Amal stole the show in a gorgeous, figure-hugging, feather-adorned, white Atelier Versace gown.

The gown showcased Amal’s growing bump perfectly, and the couple looked more in love than ever.

Amal and George revealed that they were expecting twins about a month ago, and most recently, George’s mother revealed that the couple are expecting a boy and a girl!

George received the honourary award on Friday evening, and praised his wife in the process. He also said that he was excited about the ‘months to come’.

“To my wife Amal, there isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not proud to be your husband. And I am excited about the years to come, and particularly the months to come. I love you very much,” he said.

Awww!

Germans Kidnapped in Nigeria Released

Governor of Kaduna State in Northern Nigeria, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, has said in a statement that the two Germans that were kidnapped last week Wednesday have been released.

In a statement released to the media, Governor El-Rufai said that the Germans, who were kidnapped close to the Jenjela village in Kaduna state, had been found unharmed by Nigerian security forces. He also praised the various security forces for their part on the safe release of the Germans.

Professor Peter Breunig, and his assistant, Johannes Behringer, are archeologists and were working on site at a dig close to the village where they were kidnapped.

Reports over the weekend suggested that the kidnappers were demanding a $US200 000 ransom from the German Embassy in Nigeria, however, the embassy has not confirmed whether or not a ransom had been paid for the release of the two archeologists.

However, a senior police official involved in the rescuing of the Germans, said that the kidnappers had made direct contact with the German embassy.

It may also have been the Special Forces task team that scared off the kidnappers. This elite unit specializes in kidnappings and is often aided by low-flying helicopters. It is believed that the Special Forces cordoned off a part of a forest in the area.

Kidnappers in the area often take their hostages to this particular area.

Kidnappings in Nigeria have been on the increase over the past two years, with kidnappers targeting foreigners and then demanding ransom from their relevant embassy to secure their release.

Antonio Conte: EPL Win Won’t Mean Job Security

Winning the English Premier League doesn’t necessarily mean that you get to keep your job as manager, as many recent managers can attest to.

Most recently, Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, admitted that he knows that even if he helps Chelsea secure victory in the Premier League, that does not automatically mean he will have a job for the next year or even month.

The recent sacking of Claudio Ranieri as Leicester City manager has made it clear that, even if you bring in Premier League titles, you never know what might happen.

The same happened to current Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, when he was with Chelsea. A mere six months after helping Chelsea win the English Premier League, Mourinho was sacked.

Speaking to the press recently, Conte said that he is well aware his job isn’t secure, even though it is most likely that Chelsea will win the Premier League.

“I think that in this football, in this type of modern football, it is not easy to start a project or to be sure you will stay in a for a long time in the same team…It is not only for me but for all coaches [sic],” he said.

He continued, saying that managers may have the opportunity to stay with the same team, and grow with the players, but on this level of football, continuous results are very important, especially to the club owners.

“For sure if you have the possibility to stay for many years in the same team, yeah, you can work to improve your idea. You can work to improve your player [sic]. But the results… the results in football are very important. We all know this and it can happen that one season you win the title and the next you can be going on your way [sic],” he said.

Oscars 2017: Winners

The biggest night in Hollywood finally arrived, with the 89th Academy Awards taking place last night at the legendary Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

The evening’s host, Jimmy Kimmel, ensured there were lots of laughs throughout the evening, as well as parachutes filled with candy dropping from the ceiling of the theatre and into the hands of the hungry actors and actresses below.

The evening was not without controversy, however.

When it came to the biggest moment of the night, the announcement of the Best Picture winner, the wrong winner was announced at first!

Veteran actors, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, presented the award for Best Picture, but when it came to reading the name on the card, they received Emma Stone’s Best Actress card, instead of the card for Best Picture, and wrongfully announced ‘La La Land’ as Best Picture, when, in fact, it was ‘Moonlight’ that won Best Picture.

Luckily, the producers of ‘La La Land’ were gracious about the error, and invited the producers of ‘Moonlight’ to accept their award.

So, without further ado, here are the winners of this year’s Academy Awards:

 

Best Supporting Actor

WINNER: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

 

Cinematography

Arrival

WINNER: La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

 

Documentary Feature

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life Animated

WINNER: OJ: Made in America

13th

 

Best Documentary Short Subject

Extremis

4.1 Miles

Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

WINNER: The White Helmets

 

Foreign Language Film

Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

WINNER: The Salesman

Tanna

Toni Erdmann

 

Live-Action Short

Ennemis Interieurs

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights

WINNER: Sing

Timecode

 

Best Actor

WINNER: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

 

Sound Editing

WINNER: Arrival

Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Sully

 

Sound Mixing

Arrival

WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

 

Production Design

Arrival

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

WINNER: La La Land

Passengers

 

Visual Effects

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

WINNER: The Jungle Book

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

 

Costume Design

Allied

WINNER: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins

Jackie

La La Land

 

Production Design

Arrival

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

WINNER: La La Land

Passengers

 

Visual Effects

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

WINNER: The Jungle Book

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

 

Costume Design

Allied

WINNER: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins

Jackie

La La Land

 

Makeup and Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

WINNER: Suicide Squad

 

Best Original Score

Jackie

WINNER: La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Passengers

 

Original Song

“Audition: The Fools Who Dream” – La La Land

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Trolls

WINNER: “City of Stars” – La La Land

“The Empty Chair” –  Jim: The James Foley Story

“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

 

Best Supporting Actress

WINNER: Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

 

Best Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

WINNER: Manchester by the Sea

20th Century Women

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

Arrival

Fences

Hidden Figures

Lion

WINNER: Moonlight

 

Best Animated Feature

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle

WINNER: Zootopia

 

Best Animated Short

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Pearl

WINNER: Piper

 

Best Picture

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Lion

WINNER: Moonlight

 

Best Director

Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

WINNER: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

 

Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

WINNER: Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

United’s League Cup Win: Mourinho Gets Emotional

Manchester United proved they are a team to fear, after the Red Devils won the coveted League Cup during Sunday’s final against Southampton.

United walked away with the winner’s trophy after beating Southampton, 3-2.

Veteran footballer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, was the undeniable star of the show, scoring twice for United, which included clinching the winning goal in the 87th minute of the game.

Manager, Jose Mourinho, was beaming with pride after his side won their first title with him at the helm, and even admitted to the press that he is rather emotional about the win.

“I’m a bit emotional, yes. It’s not easy to win titles so many times, it’s not easy to cope with that pressure that I put myself under with my career,” Mourinho said.

Mourinho has won the League Cup four times now, after previously winning the title three times with former club, Chelsea.

“Winning is always special. The day I don’t get emotional when I win is the day to go home,” he said.

Speaking of Ibrahimovic, Mourinho said that he was undoubtedly the reason United won the game.

Mourinho was mocked, at first, for signing 35-year-old Ibrahimovic on a free transfer, but the Swede has proven to be the best asset Mourinho has acquired for United.

“I think Ibrahimovic won the game for us because he was outstanding…Our opponents were better than us for long periods of the game, they deserved to go to extra-time, they did not deserve to lose over 90 minutes…He made the difference and he gave us a cup,” Mourinho said.

South Sudan: More Than 30 000 Flee To Neighbouring Sudan

The United Nations’ refugee agency, the UNHCR, has said that close to 32 000 South Sudan nationals have fled the nation, making their way to neighbouring Sudan, after South Sudan declared famine in parts of the country last week.

The UN Refugee Agency has been tracking how many South Sudan nationals have left the country, and has estimated that close to 32 000 have left the country since the start of 2017.

“So far, nearly 32 000 refugees are estimated to have arrived in Sudan in 2017…the food security situation is expected to deteriorate further in coming months [sic],” the UNHCR said in a statement.

When South Sudan declared famine last week, the government said that more than 100 000 people had been affected by the famine, but that close to 1 million people are on the brink of starvation in the country.

The agency further said that many of the refugees walk between 5 and 7 days to reach Sudan’s border, and when they do, they arrive there “exhausted and in poor health, often with critical levels of malnutrition”.

The UNHCR, along with other human rights organisations, have appealed for US$166.65 million in aid to help the people of South Sudan. However, thus far they have only raised 5% of their targeted amount.

The ongoing civil war in South Sudan has caused extreme difficulties for the world’s youngest nation, including lack of proper aid, famine and bloodshed.

Leicester City Sacks Claudio Ranieri

Current Premier League title holders, Leicester City, has announced that they have sacked manager, Claudio Ranieri, after a string of poor performances by the Foxes.

Despite taking the ‘underdog’ Leicester to Premier League glory last season – and writing what many referred to as a fairytale win for the club – the Thai owners of Leicester City felt the need to make a stand after the club was slipping dangerously close to relegation level.

However, the news of Ranieri’s sacking was not well received by many, including fans and critics alike.

Veteran Leicester City player, Gary Lineker, tweeted that the decision to sack Ranieri is ‘unforgivable’:

“After all that Claudio Ranieri has done for Leicester City, to sack him now is inexplicable, unforgivable and gut-wrenchingly sad,” he tweeted.

Former Manchester United player and England international, Michael Owen, also tweeted his disappointment over Ranieri’s sacking:

“I’ve lost a lot of love for the beautiful game today. The players and fans of Leicester have been massively let down.”

Perhaps one of the biggest personalities voicing his disappointment in Ranieri’s sacking was Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, who also tweeted his praise for Ranieri, and said that nobody would be able to take away the winning title from Ranieri.

Posting a picture of himself and Ranieri smiling on Instagram, Mourinho wrote:

“CHAMPION OF ENGLAND and FIFA MANAGER of THE YEAR. Sacked. [sic] That’s the new football Claudio. Keep smiling AMICO. Nobody can delete the history you wrote”.

Earthquake Strikes in Lake Tanganyika Region

A region in Zambia, close to Lake Tanganyika, has been rocked by an earthquake, measuring 5.7 on the Richter Scale.

Lake Tanganyika is the biggest freshwater lake in Africa, and is divided among four African countries, including Tanzania, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Zambia.

According to a US Geological Survey, the earthquake struck early on Friday morning, with its epicentre being in the northern parts of Zambia.

The survey further stated that the earthquake was about 45 kilometers away from Kaputa, a town in the northern province of Zambia.

According to the survey, the earthquake was about 10 kilometers deep.

This is not the first time that a powerful earthquake has hit the area around Lake Tanganyika.

In December of 2005, a massive earthquake struck the east African region close to the lake that caused quite some devastation in the surrounding towns and villages.

The quake, which was measured at 6.8 on the Richter Scale, caused buildings to shake in towns and villages in the eastern part of Africa.

A big portion of East Africa lies on the Great Rift Valley, which is prone to earthquakes.

The Great Rift Valley is a geographical feature that was created by volcanic activity in the region, in combination with the shifting of tectonic plates.

It has not yet been confirmed if Friday’s earthquake had affected any towns, villages or cities in the area.

Oscar Predictions 2017

The biggest night in Hollywood, the Oscars, takes place on Sunday evening, and it’s safe to say Los Angeles is buzzing.

While it is safe to say that some of this year’s biggest films practically has an Oscar in the bag already (here’s looking at you, ‘La La Land’) it’s still a gamble as to who will take home a golden statue on the night.

Many people have already started placing their bets, giving their predictions for Oscar night.

So, here are our predictions for this year’s ceremony.

Best Picture – La La Land

La La Land has scooped almost every other award for Best Picture. The newly written musical has been a hit with critics and at the box office, so we are 90% sure the darling of Hollywood will take home the night’s biggest prize.

Best Actor – Ryan Gosling / Casey Affleck

Ryan Gosling and Casey Affleck have gone head-to-head in this category at all the other award shows thus far.

So it really is a 50-50 race between Hollywood darling, Ryan, and newcomer (and brother of Oscar winner Ben Affleck) Casey.

Best Actress – Emma Stone

It has been written in the stars that Emma Stone will take home the Best Actress Oscar. Emma has won Best Actress at literally every other award show, and with critics raving about her performance in La La Land, she might as well go collect her statue now.

Best Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali

Ali has had critics raving about his flawless performance in ‘Moonlight’, as a drug dealer that helps a young boy. Many believe that his performance has catapulted him to the front of the race.

Best Supporting Actress – Viola Davis

It truly is about time that Viola Davis wins an Oscar. The veteran actress has received her fair share of nominations in the past, but it is her performance in ‘Fences’ that can finally nab her that elusive Oscar. Here’s holding thumbs!

While we all may speculate, we’ll only know for sure who this year’s favourite and most outstanding actors, actresses and film were this year come Sunday.

We can’t wait!

Brit Awards 2017: Winners

Yet another award show took place last night, this time being the annual Brit Awards that (as you could’ve guessed) celebrates the best in British music for the past year.

This year’s winners were a diverse bunch, from British music queen, Adele, winning the Global Success award and the late David Bowie winning yet another award posthumously in the Best Male Solo Artist category.

They show also proved to be quite the spectacle to watch, with Katy Perry performing her new song alongside two giant skeleton puppets that looked an awful lot like Donald Trump and British Prime Minister, Theresa May.

Check out the complete list of winners below:

British male solo artist

Craig David

David Bowie – WINNER

Kano

Michael Kiwanuka

Skepta

 

British female solo artist

Anohni

Ellie Goulding

Emeli Sandé – WINNER

Lianne La Havas

Nao

 

British group

The 1975 – WINNER

Bastille

Biffy Clyro

Little Mix

Radiohead

 

British breakthrough act

Anne-Marie

Blossoms

Rag’n’Bone Man – WINNER

Skepta

Stormzy

 

Brits global success award

Adele – WINNER

 

Best single

Alan Walker – Faded

Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own

Calvin Harris ft Rihanna – This Is What You Came For

Clean Bandit ft Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – Rockabye

Coldplay – Hymn For the Weekend

James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go

Jonas Blue feat. Dakota – Fast Car

Little Mix – Shout Out To My Ex – WINNER

Tinie Tempah ft Zara Larsson – Girls Like

Zayn – Pillowtalk

 

Mastercard British Album

The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep for You Are Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It

David Bowie – Blackstar – WINNER

Kano – Made in the Manor

Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate

Skepta – Konnichiwa

 

International male solo artist

Bon Iver

Bruno Mars

Drake – WINNER

Leonard Cohen

The Weeknd

 

International female solo artist

Beyoncé – WINNER

Christine and the Queens

Rihanna

Sia

Solange

 

International group

A Tribe Called Quest – WINNER

Drake & Future

Kings of Leon

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Twenty One Pilots

 

Best British video

Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

Calvin Harris ft Rihanna – This Is What You Came For

Clean Bandit ft Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – Rockabye

Coldplay – Hymn for the Weekend

James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go

Jonas Blue ft Dakota – Fast Car

Little Mix ft Sean Paul – Hair

One Direction – History – WINNER

Tinie Tempah ft Zara Larsson – Girls Like

Zayn – Pillowtalk