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I’ve finally learnt to love myself through music, says Paris Jackson

I’ve finally learnt to love myself through music, says Paris Jackson

April 14, 2021

Paris Jackson says she has learnt “self-love” by expressing herself through music after battling addiction and depression following her father’s death.

The 23-year-old actress, singer and model is the only daughter of Michael Jackson, who died when she was 11. 

After the death of her father in 2009, Paris faced difficulties in her teenage years including grief, drug abuse and attempted suicide.

But in the latest edition of ES Magazine, the star — who is about to release her debut album Wilted — said she had found herself through music.

Team GB ‘on cusp of history’ with female athletes on course to outnumber men in Tokyo Olympic squad

Team GB ‘on cusp of history’ with female athletes on course to outnumber men in Tokyo Olympic squad

April 14, 2021

Great Britain is set to take more female than male athletes to the Olympics for the first time in Tokyo this summer, according to Team GB chief Mark England.

With 100 days to go until the Games, England said: “We are on the cusp of making history.”

Around 44 per cent of Team GB athletes that travelled to Rio in 2016 were female, while that figure was 48 per cent at London 2012.

That number could rise above 50 per cent in July and England hopes that can inspire a generation of girls wanting to play sport.

Morgan Wallen announces summer plans after backlash over racial slur

Morgan Wallen announces summer plans after backlash over racial slur

April 14, 2021

Country music star Morgan Wallen says he has been “working” on himself during his time out of the spotlight but will not be playing any concerts or festivals this summer.

The 27-year-old faced a backlash from the music industry, with his songs removed from playlists on radio stations and streaming services, after a video emerged in February of him using the N-word.

He later said in a video that he had been on a 72-hour “bender” before he was caught on camera and had been sober since the incident.

Luther’s lack of black culture ‘doesn’t feel authentic’, says BBC diversity boss

Luther’s lack of black culture ‘doesn’t feel authentic’, says BBC diversity boss

April 14, 2021

The creative diversity chief of the BBC has suggested the TV series Luther “doesn’t feel authentic” because the lead character has few black friends and does not eat Caribbean food.

48-year-old Idris Elba stars as haunted rogue detective DCI John Luther in the critically acclaimed police drama, which has run for five series since 2010 on BBC One.

Speaking during the MIPTV conference, Miranda Wayland praised the east London-born actor for playing a “really strong, black character lead”.

However, she said that by the second series she had begun to question the character’s authenticity.

Mikel Arteta wants Arsenal’s ‘big players’ to produce against Slavia Prague

Mikel Arteta wants Arsenal’s ‘big players’ to produce against Slavia Prague

April 14, 2021

Mikel Arteta is well aware results are how he will be judged at Arsenal and called on the “big players” at the club to step up in Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final second leg at Slavia Prague.

Leicester and Rangers have already been knocked out of the competition by the Czech outfit this season and Tomas Holes’ stoppage-time equaliser at the Emirates last week has given them a crucial away goal in the tie.

With Arsenal a lowly ninth in the Premier League table, winning the Europa League is their best option to qualify for Europe next season and to give the Spaniard another achievement to point towards as progress after almost 18 months in the job.

Biden’s Justice Department picks for civil rights, environment to face Senate panel

Biden’s Justice Department picks for civil rights, environment to face Senate panel

April 14, 2021

President Joe Biden’s nominees to lead the Justice Department’s civil rights and environmental units are due to face questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday on how they would address racial inequities in policing and climate change.
Kristen Clarke, a former Justice Department civil rights attorney who recently led the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is Biden’s nominee to serve as assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division.
Todd Kim - a former department attorney, former solicitor general for the District of Columbia and onetime contestant on a spinoff of the TV game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” - is the administration’s pick for assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division.
If confirmed by the Senate, they will be assuming the posts at a critical time.
The nation has seen a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans during the pandemic, while Republican-led legislatures in some states are advancing bills that critics say would disenfranchise Black voters, and criminal justice reform advocates are urging a wide range of reforms.

Streamer breaks Twitch record with month-long broadcast

Streamer breaks Twitch record with month-long broadcast

April 14, 2021

A YouTube star has broken the record for the most paid subscribers on streaming channel Twitch after broadcasting himself non-stop for a month.
Ludwig Ahgren broke the record, set by gamer Ninja in 2018, when he passed 269,154 subs on Tuesday.
Mr Ahgren’s broadcast, which began on March 14, was a so-called subathon – a subscription marathon – in which he extended the length of the stream by 10 seconds for every new subscriber.
Over the course of the month he has lived his life on camera – even keeping it rolling while he was asleep in his car-shaped bed.
According to reports, the total he raised for charity was more than one million dollars (£725,000).

Iran’s Rouhani says 60% enrichment is an answer to attack at Natanz site

Iran’s Rouhani says 60% enrichment is an answer to attack at Natanz site

April 14, 2021

Iran’s move to enrich uranium up to 60% purity is a response to the sabotage at its key nuclear facility, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, adding the Islamic Republic had no intention of building a nuclear weapon.
After an explosion at its Natanz uranium enrichment site on Sunday blamed by Tehran on arch-foe Israel, Iran said it would begin enriching uranium at 60%, a move bringing the fissile material closer to levels suitable for a bomb.
It also said it would activate 1,000 advanced centrifuge machines at the site.
Iranian authorities have described the incident as an act of “nuclear terrorism”.
Israel, which the Islamic Republic does not recognise, has not formally commented on the matter.

India’s new coronavirus cases hit record as Mumbai prepares for lockdown

India’s new coronavirus cases hit record as Mumbai prepares for lockdown

April 14, 2021

India’s new coronavirus infections hit a record level on Wednesday with Mumbai set to be locked down at midnight, but hundreds of thousands of pilgrims still thronged to a religious festival in the north of the country.
The country reported 184,372 cases in the last 24 hours, health ministry data showed, taking total infections to 13.9 million. Deaths rose by 1,027, for a toll of 172,085.
After reporting less than 10,000 cases per day earlier this year, India has been the world’s worst-hit country since April 2. The government blames here a widespread failure to heed curbs on movement and social interaction.
The rise in cases comes as India’s richest state, Maharashtra, the epicentre of the national second wave, is due to enter a full lockdown at midnight local time until the end of April to contain the spread. The state accounts for about a quarter of the country’s total coronavirus cases.

Ludwig Ahgren breaks Twitch record for most subscribers

Ludwig Ahgren breaks Twitch record for most subscribers

April 14, 2021

Ludwig Ahgren sleeps in a red sports car.

His fans know this because they’ve watched him sleep there - after he live-streamed on Twitch non-stop for 31 consecutive days. 

When he began in March, Ahgren promised viewers the stream would extend by ten seconds for every subscriber he received.

In doing this, Ahgren has broken the record for the platform for having the most paying subscribers.

There are more than 280,000 of them - and the numbers still climbing.

The previous record holder Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins tweeted his congratulations, saying: ‘records are made to be broken.’

The 25-year-old has hit almost 270,000 subscribers.

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