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.


Woman refuses flood rescue unless her 25 dogs go too

An aerial view shows partially submerged houses at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala, India, August 17, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 19 August 2018
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Woman refuses flood rescue unless her 25 dogs go too

  • Dozens of military and coast guard helicopters took troops to high risk areas seeking people trapped on the roofs of submerged buildings
  • One a heavily pregnant woman Sajita Jabeel, 25, gave birth just after her rescue

KOCHI, India: A woman refused to leave her flooded house in India’s Kerala state without her 25 dogs, a rescuer said Saturday, as the death toll continued to rise.
The dogs were found cowering on beds in the flooded house with water rising when an animal welfare group arrived for a last-gasp rescue, said Sally Varma of Humane Society International.
The woman, who uses only one name Sunitha, was found by rescuers in Thrissur, one of the districts worst hit by floods in Kerala that have left at least 324 dead.
But she refused to leave her house unless her dogs, all strays or abandoned pets, were taken too, Varma told AFP.
“She sent back volunteers and rescue officials because they said they could not evacuate her dogs.
“She was just not willing to leave her dogs behind. She then managed to get in touch with us,” Varma added.
“When the rescue team reached her house, it was completely flooded and the dogs were huddled on beds.”
Sunitha, her husband and the dogs are now staying at a special shelter as the relief camps set up for the disaster refused animals.
Varma said she has started a fundraiser for Sunitha and her pets so a kennel could be built at her home after the floods recede.