American Film Institute to fete Clooney for life achievement

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Updated 06 October 2017
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American Film Institute to fete Clooney for life achievement

NEW YORK: George Clooney will be the 46th recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award.
The American Film Institute announced Thursday it will honor the actor-director at a gala tribute in Los Angeles in June.
The 56-year-old Clooney may be on the young side for lifetime achievement awards, but this isn’t his first. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 2015 handed him its lifetime achievement award, the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
AFI board of trustees chairman Howard Stringer calls Clooney “America’s leading man.” Stringer in a statement hails Clooney as “a modern-day screen icon who combines the glamour of a time gone by with a ferocious passion for ensuring art’s impact echoes beyond the screen.”
Clooney’s next directorial effort is the 1950s home invasion drama “Suburbicon,” which opens later this month.


New Zealand PM stays in hospital with ‘hungry’ baby

Updated 22 June 2018
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New Zealand PM stays in hospital with ‘hungry’ baby

WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is to spend a second night in hospital with her “very alert and hungry” newborn daughter, her office said Friday.
The realities of motherhood have seen plans for a public appearance by the 37-year-old with her baby canceled twice.
Ardern is only the second world leader to give birth while in office, following Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto whose daughter Bakhtawar was born in 1990.
She has yet to announce the name of the child, but a spokesman for her office said “everyone is doing well if not a bit tired” and Ardern spent a lot of time feeding the baby during the night.
“The nurses described the baby as ‘very alert and one hungry baby’,” the spokesman added.
The baby arrived Thursday afternoon, weighing 3.3 kilogrammes (7.3 pounds).
It is the first child for Ardern and her 40-year-old partner Clarke Gayford, a television fishing personality who will become a stay-at-home dad when she returns to work after six weeks of maternity leave.
Her deputy Winston Peters is now acting prime minister, although Ardern will continue to be consulted on significant issues.
The birth capped an eventful year for Ardern who became prime minister last October, three months after inheriting the leadership of the Labour Party when it was languishing in the polls.
Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari tweeted “congratulations” and shared a link to a news story on how the Pakistani leader showed it was possible to be a mother and a prime minister.