On a night when the theme of change and cultural fusion echoed in lyrics, performances and acceptance speeches, Colombian rocker Juanes who’s become a voice for social issues walked away as king of the Latin Grammys.
At Thursday’s Houston debut of the ceremony, the 36-year-old singer-songwriter from Medellin who started a foundation to help land-mine victims, swept awards in all five categories for which he was nominated, including record of the year and album of the year.
He also set a new record for total wins, bringing his total Latin Grammy trophies to 17.
“I can’t believe it. I am very, very happy, very grateful to life, to music, to God, to the Academy,’’ Juanes said after the awards, noting that he had trouble containing his amazement while accepting the awards.
Hollywood mermaid Daryl Hannah will be on board a militant conservationist group’s ship for a looming confrontation with Japan’s whalers in the Antarctic, the captain said last week.
“Daryl is joining our group,” Sea Shepherd captain Paul Watson said. “She’ll be on board — she’s joining us at the end of the month.”
Hannah, blonde star of Ron Howard’s 1984 mermaid fantasy Splash and more recently featured in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill movies, will be on the Sea Shepherd’s flagship the Steve Irwin for its annual joust with the whalers.
The ship was named after the Australian environmentalist and television “crocodile hunter” killed by a stingray in 2006.
While Hannah has been busy preparing to save the whales, fellow Hollywood luminary Lindsay Lohan has raised a few eyebrows after referring to President-elect Barack Obama as the country’s “first colored president,” using the outdated and derogatory term in a TV interview.
Describing her experience on Election Day on the show Access Hollywood, Lohan said: “It was really exciting. It’s an amazing feeling. It’s our first colored president.”
Interviewer Maria Menounos didn’t question the 22-year-old actress on her use of the term, which dates back to the period when blacks were legally discriminated against. Access Hollywood also didn’t cite her remark in its online story, but did post an “extended interview” video on its Web site that included the remark. A spokesman for the syndicated entertainment news program said in a statement on Wednesday: “We believe the word in question that Ms Lohan used was unintelligible.”
Moving from “foot in mouth” to “foot in someone else’s mouth”; Rapper Kanye West was arrested on Friday after a fracas outside a nightclub.
The 31-year-old star was detained early Friday after an incident involving a photographer outside the Tup Tup Palace bar in Newcastle, northern England, but was later released without charge.
On the other side of the Atlantic, things are also looking up for Britney Spears. Last year the troubled star was taking court-ordered drug and alcohol tests, had fired her managers, was losing custody of her kids, and some journalists were preparing her obituary. This week, she was caring for her children like any mother would when she rushed 2-year-old Jayden James to a hospital after a bad reaction to something he ate. As for her career, only one week ago she was on stage performing with Madonna and on the brink of an extraordinary musical comeback.
Last-minute show cancellations may be a thing of the recent past for Britney, but sadly not so for R’n’B singer Rihanna. The globe-trotting diva canceled a sold-out concert in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Friday because of security concerns, event organizers said. Indonesia has been on alert in case of reprisals after three Islamist militants were executed early this week for their parts in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed 202 people.
With six kids to watch over, Changeling star Angelina Jolie told the BBC she plans to fade away from acting to spend more time raising her family, but she stopped short of pledging to quit her craft for good. “I don’t plan to keep acting very long, I’m ready to do a few things now and fade away and get ready to be a grandma one day,” Jolie told the British broadcaster in an interview posted on the BBC Web site on Thursday.
In other news, a southern California dental assistant who admitted to stalking Miss Congeniality actress Sandra Bullock has been placed on three years’ probation. Marcia Valentine, 47, was arrested in April of last year after police said she tried to run down Bullock’s husband, motorcycle mogul Jesse James, outside the couple’s home in Sunset Beach.
Until this summer, when the idea of hiking the length of the island first occurred to me, I didn’t even know that Cijin (旗津) had been a peninsula until 1967. That’s when diggers and dredgers severed Cijin from Taiwan’s “mainland,” because the authorities wished to create a southern entrance to Kaohsiung’s fast expanding port. The island is just under 9km long, but a bit of research quickly convinced me that a south-to-north trek wasn’t a good idea. The southern third of Cijin is dominated by container-lifting cranes, warehouses and other facilities off-limits to the public. Dunhe Street (敦和街) forms the boundary between
As if the climbs and views and snacks and companions of cycling in Taiwan aren’t sufficient, the GPS-generation of route-planners are now using apps such as Strava and Endomondo to create works of art as they ride. One such is nicknamed the Dove Road of Sijhih (汐鴿路), a 25km ride that follows the riverside bike path from the Nangang-Neihu Bridge (南湖橋) to New Taipei City’s Sijhih District (汐止), climbs around 400m up the Sijhih-Shiding Road (汐碇路), before dropping back down past Academia Sinica to generate a very dove-like pattern. Originally called Kippanas by indigenous Ketagalan people and transliterated into Hoklo (more commonly
Sept. 28 to Oct . 4 A large number of 3000-year-old slate coffins were unearthed on a hill near Nanhe Village (南和村) in Pingtung County on Sept. 30, 1985. Unfortunately, the United Daily News (聯合報) noted that they had been seriously damaged by construction, and no artifacts or human remains were found. Although the newspaper called the find a “significant discovery,” little information can be gleaned about this specific site because it’s just one of countless locations where stone sarcophagi have been unearthed across southern and eastern Taiwan, and as north as Yilan County. These stone receptacles for the dead were
Sitting at the bar, martini in hand, Kristin Scott Thomas rolls her eyes briefly heavenwards. And then she declares, in one of the most memorable monologues of the cult BBC drama Fleabag, that menopause is the “most wonderful fucking thing in the world. And yes, your entire pelvic floor crumbles and you get fucking hot and no one cares. But then — you’re free! No longer a slave, no longer a machine with parts. You’re just a person, in business.” When an entranced Fleabag says she has been told the whole thing is horrendous, Scott Thomas’s character responds: “It is horrendous,