Friends react after British singer found dead in Qatar hotel room

The mother-of-one performed under the stage name Devi Ka. (Photo courtesy: GoFundMe.com)
Updated 10 December 2017
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Friends react after British singer found dead in Qatar hotel room

DUBAI: Friends have reacted in shock and have organized a commemoration event after a British singer-songwriter was found dead in a Qatar hotel room.
Manchester-based performer Daniella Obeng, 32, was found dead in her hotel room at the Intercontinental Hotel in Doha on Sept. 25, six days after she landed in the country, the Manchester Evening News reported on Saturday.
The mother-of-one performed under the stage name Devi Ka and had reportedly been contracted to sing at the hotel for a period of six months.
Her boyfriend, Stefan Paunefcu, told the Manchester Evening News that “she was very talented, and very hard working. Her ambition was to send a positive message to the world through her music.”
According to the newspaper, Obeng had been living with a brain tumor and suffered from epilepsy, but was forced to find work after being declared fit to work by British authorities.
Paunefcu told the newspaper that “when she left to go to Qatar her health was probably the best it had been for years, and she had not had a seizure for six months.
“She had to go because she could not find any reliable work in England.”
In a posting on a Crowdfunding page dedicated to hosting an event in her honor in Salford, Greater Manchester, on Saturday night, friends said: “Daniella was very dear to us and holds a big place in all of our hearts, she was and is an inspiration to many due to her courage, strength and determination in the face of adversity whilst battling a brain tumour combined with epilepsy.
“Daniella was following her dream to produce an album with original songs written by her in order to bring healing and love to others in the world.
“Holding this event we aim to raise awareness, celebrate her life and promote her music. We feel aggrieved that she had to make the choice to leave the UK in order to earn some funds for the future for herself and her young son."
An inquest into Obeng’s death is set to be held at Stockport Coroner’s Court, in Greater Manchester, in January.


Prince William visits Jordan’s Roman ruins at Jerash

Updated 25 June 2018
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Prince William visits Jordan’s Roman ruins at Jerash

  • Britain’s Prince William visited the Roman ruins of Jerash in northern Jordan

AMMAN: Britain’s Prince William visited the Roman ruins of Jerash in northern Jordan on Monday, accompanied by his host Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah as part of a historic Middle East tour.
The two princes met children from Jordan and neighboring war-torn Syria during their visit to the site, 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Amman.
The visit to Jordan by the second in line to the British throne has been billed as a chance to bond with Hussein, a fellow graduate of Britain’s Royal Sandhurst Military Academy.
William was also due to meet British troops based in the kingdom, before heading across the River Jordan to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
The Duke of Cambridge and the heir to the Jordanian throne strolled along Jerash’s Colonnaded Street, a paved promenade lined with towering columns.
They also visited the Temple of Artemis, built on an elevated part of the site in honor of the goddess believed to protect the city, which was at its most prosperous in the third century.
When they reached the ancient site’s theater they were greeted by Syrian and Jordanian school children in traditional dress, who gave a performance including music and poetry.
The show was organized by the Makany Center, a UNESCO-backed program providing health and education to both Syrian and Jordanian pupils.
Some 650,000 Syrian refugees have registered with the United Nations in Jordan since fleeing their country’s seven-year war which was sparked by peaceful anti-government protests in 2011.
Amman estimates the actual number is closer to 1.3 million people and says it has spent more than $10 billion (8.5 billion euros) hosting them.
William paid tribute in a speech on Sunday to “the way in which you opened your doors to hundreds of thousands of refugees,” even as Jordan said the same day that it would be unable to host any new wave of asylum seekers.
His Middle East tour will see William become the first British royal to pay official visits to both Israel and the Palestinian territories.
William, who is president of the Football Association, was flying into Jordan as England thrashed Panama 6-1 in the World Cup on Sunday, but he caught a recording of the match on television at his host’s home.