Singer Elissa delves into journalism

Lebanese singer Elissa
Updated 08 February 2018
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Singer Elissa delves into journalism

JEDDAH: Award-winning Lebanese singer Elissa has taken to journalism to share her thoughts with her fans and the entertainment industry. Her maiden article has been published in local newspaper Annahar.
Elissa tweeted: “Congratulations to Annahar on this great event and the future plans. Do not forget to buy tomorrow’s (Thursday’s) special issue to check the first article I ever wrote.” The article has been praised by her social media followers.
Elissa, a previous judge on “The X Factor Arabia,” has sold more than 30 million albums.
In 2005, 2006 and 2010, she received the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist.
She is the most popular Arab singer on Twitter, with a following of more than 13 million.


Rare Sumatran tiger rescued from beneath shop in Indonesia

Updated 17 November 2018
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Rare Sumatran tiger rescued from beneath shop in Indonesia

  • The three-year old male was freed from the 75 centimeter (30 inch) crawl space on Burung Island in Riau province
  • The tiger was treated by veterinarians for minor wounds on its legs and cracked canines

PEKANBARU, Indonesia: A rare Sumatran tiger that was trapped beneath the floor of a shop for three days has been rescued, an Indonesian official said Saturday.
The three-year old male was freed from the 75 centimeter (30 inch) crawl space on Burung Island in Riau province at about 1:50 am, the local conservation agency said.
“After the tiger was successfully put to sleep we opened up part of the shop’s foundation to do the evacuation,” Suharyono, head of the Riau conservation agency, told AFP.
The 80-kilo (180-pound) animal was treated by veterinarians for minor wounds on its legs and cracked canines, officials said.
The big cat became stuck between two buildings in the densely populated market area on Wednesday before freeing himself and then becoming trapped again beneath the building.
Video footage showed the tiger lying on its belly between two concrete foundations, unable to move.
The tiger has been transported to a rehabilitation center.
Sumatran tigers are considered critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
There are fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild and environmental activists say they are increasingly coming into conflict with people as their natural habitat is rapidly deforested.