Madonna moves to Lisbon to help son David become a football star

US singer Madonna embraces her adopted son, David Banda ahead of the opening of the Mercy James hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, on July 11, 2017. (File photo by Reuters)
Updated 31 August 2017
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Madonna moves to Lisbon to help son David become a football star

LISBON: US pop star Madonna has moved to Lisbon so her 11-year-old son David can join the youth academy at top football club Benfica, local media reported Thursday.
“Madonna is no longer a tourist, she now lives in Lisbon,” the weekly magazine Visao said, republishing several pictures taken from her Instagram account of the 59-year-old singer visiting Portugal over the last couple of months.
Madonna has been staying in a Lisbon hotel after buying a house in the bucolic village of Sintra, 30 kilometers northwest of the Portuguese capital.
The 19th century building was put up for sale for 7.5 million euros ($9 million) and could take about six months to renovate, according to Visao.
David Banda, who Madonna adopted from Malawi in 2006, has joined the Benfica training center in the Lisbon suburb of Seixal, Correio da Manha reported.
The club accepted the boy after his first test in the spring and he will stay at the academy until he starts the school year at a French high school in Lisbon, Correio da Manha said, citing a source close to Benfica.
Rumours about a possible move began when Madonna was spotted at the school in May.
Banda is one of four children Madonna has adopted from Malawi after she adopted twin girls in February. She has also has two biological children.
Madonna is not the first international celebrity to move, or have a second home, in the Portuguese capital. Movie stars John Malkovich, Monica Bellucci and Michael Fassbender have all had homes in Lisbon.


Finland tops global happiness index for second consecutive year

Updated 20 March 2019
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Finland tops global happiness index for second consecutive year

  • The World Happiness Report ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens see themselves to be
  • Happiness has declined the most drastically in the past ten years in the 108th placed Venezuela

HELSINKI: Finland has topped an index of the happiest nations for the second consecutive year, with researchers saying the small Nordic country has succeeded in generating a happiness recipe not simply dependent on economic wealth.
The World Happiness Report, produced by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens see themselves to be. It’s based on factors including economic wealth, life expectancy, social support and freedom to make life choices.
The index, published Wednesday, showed the other Nordic countries did well, with Denmark, Norway and Iceland taking the next spots.
The United States dropped from the 18th to 19th place.
Happiness has declined the most drastically in the past ten years in the 108th placed Venezuela, currently in political crisis.