Ricky Martin to perform first Dubai gig in February

Ricky Martin
Updated 17 December 2017
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Ricky Martin to perform first Dubai gig in February

JEDDAH: Pop star Ricky Martin is all set to take the Dubai stage for the first time when he performs on the closing night of the 16th Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2018 on Feb. 23, 2018.
The Puerto Rican singer will headline the third and final day of the event at the Dubai Media City Amphitheater. Martin joins British pop/synth band Duran Duran (Feb. 21) and crooner John Legend (Feb. 22) at the annual event.
Although Martin visited Dubai in 2014 for a charity event, he has never performed in the emirate.
“His first-ever performance in Dubai, and at the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival, will amaze the audience and drive them into a frenzy,” said Anthony Younes, founder and CEO of Chillout Productions.
Martin is responsible for bringing Latin music to the forefront of mainstream pop with hits like “Living La Vida Loca,” “The Cup of Life” and “She Bangs.” He has sold over 70 million albums worldwide, including 95 platinum records, and continues to perform to sold-out stadium and arena audiences throughout the world.
His recent single “Vente Pa’ Ca” became one of the biggest hits of 2016, topping the charts worldwide. Martin’s tenth studio album, “A Quien Quiera Escuchar,” debuted at No. 1., and won “Best Latin Pop Album” at the 2016 Grammy Awards.


Woman punches bear, gets help from dog to survive attack

Updated 15 December 2018
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Woman punches bear, gets help from dog to survive attack

  • The attack occurred in a rural area outside Muncy, Pennsylvania, roughly 165 miles (265 kilometers) northwest of Philadelphia
  • The attack began when she went outside with her dog around 6 p.m.

PENNSYLVANIA: A woman survived a mauling by a bear by repeatedly punching the animal and crawling into a bush as her Chihuahua-mix distracted the attacker.
Melinda LeBarron has broken bones, cuts and bruises and multiple bites after the attack outside her home in rural Pennsylvania on Wednesday evening, her son said. She remained hospitalized in critical condition Friday.
Her dog — fittingly named Bear — was also bitten several times and has a broken sternum and separated ribs.
“I’ll just put it this way — she’s very, very lucky to be alive,” said her son, Trent LeBarron, who described her as a tough person. “She was punching the bear and everything. Her right hand’s all swollen up from punching the bear.”
The attack began when she went outside with her dog around 6 p.m. When Bear the dog barked, Melinda LeBarron, a 51-year-old food prepper at a steakhouse restaurant, looked around to see what had startled the canine.
“The next thing she knew, she was on the ground getting slammed around,” said her son.
The black bear dragged Melinda about 80 yards (70 meters) through her yard, across a road, and into a thicket, while the dog tried to intervene, biting the black bear several times. Some of her clothes were ripped off in the process.
The attack left a trail of blood that relatives later followed.
“As she said in her own words, the bear wouldn’t show her no mercy at all,” Trent LeBarron said. “It wouldn’t stop.”
Eventually Melinda LeBarron went limp, and the bear took an interest in the dog, giving her a chance to climb into a small bush. She then threw a stick to distract the bear and finally made her way home to call a relative for help.
Bear the dog somehow got back into the home and was found whimpering beneath a bed.
“She’s stable now,” Trent LeBarron said. “She’s doing good, she’s actually doing very good. She has a long ways to go and a lot of lot of surgeries coming up.”
Before Melinda LeBarron was able to speak, she wrote on a pad to ask how her dog was doing.
“We asked her if Bear saved her life,” Trent LeBarron said. She nodded her head yes “so fast it was unreal.”
The attack occurred in a rural area outside Muncy, Pennsylvania, roughly 165 miles (265 kilometers) northwest of Philadelphia.
Wildlife officials told WNEP-TV they are trying to track the bear. Game Commission spokesman Travis Lau said his agency believes it is a sow with cubs and the attack occurred after the dog ran toward the bears.
Mike Levan, Melinda LeBarron’s neighbor and landlord, whose wife called 911, said a bear sow and four cubs were seen in the neighborhood all summer.