Lana Del Rey latest to postpone Israel show

Updated 11 August 2014
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Lana Del Rey latest to postpone Israel show

WASHINGTON: Lana Del Rey has become the latest Western musician to call off a concert in Israel over Gaza conflict.
The US pop balladeer, whose latest album “Ultraviolence” debuted at number one on the US charts, had been scheduled to play her first concert in Israel at Tel Aviv on Aug. 20.
But the date was no longer on her website. Her opening act, Iowa-born singer-songwriter Max Jury, tweeted over the weekend that the show with Del Rey “has been postponed.”
A representative for Del Rey did not immediately answer a request for comment.
Artists as diverse as folk rock legend Neil Young, ’90s boys band the Backstreet Boys and thrash metal mainstays Megadeth have all called off shows in Israel due to Gaza conflict.
Industry publication Billboard quoted concert promoters as estimating losses of $10-20 million due to cancelations in Israel.


Mother who hid baby in car boot jailed in France

Rosa Maria Da Cruz, the mother of Serena, looks on during her trial, at the Assize Court of Tulle, central France, on November 12, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 18 November 2018
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Mother who hid baby in car boot jailed in France

  • The case caused horror in France where Da Cruz’s partner Domingos Sampaio Alves, an unemployed bricklayer, claimed he had no idea his partner had given birth to another child

TULLE, France: A French court on Friday sentenced a mother who kept her baby hidden in the maggot-infested boot of her car to a five-year jail term, three years of which were suspended.
Rosa Maria Da Cruz, a Portuguese-born mother of four, kept her daughter Serena hidden away until she was nearly two, leaving her with serious mental disabilities.
In 2013, a mechanic discovered the baby in the filthy boot of Da Cruz’s car when she took it to be repaired.
Hearing a noise, he opened the trunk to discover the baby in a car seat, naked, filthy and dehydrated. She was surrounded by maggots and excrement.
The infant had also been kept in an unused room at the family home in the Correze region of central France.
The case caused horror in France where Da Cruz’s partner Domingos Sampaio Alves, an unemployed bricklayer, claimed he had no idea his partner had given birth to another child.
The child, who is now seven and in foster care, suffers from severe mental impairments, including irreversible autism, which medical experts have linked to sensory deprivation during her early months.
Da Cruz and Alves were allowed to keep their three other children, whom a paediatrician described as having been “perfectly raised.”