Lebanon’s Maritta Hallani promises ‘a year full of surprises’

Maritta Hallani
Updated 29 March 2018
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Lebanon’s Maritta Hallani promises ‘a year full of surprises’

JEDDAH: Rising Lebanese pop singer Maritta Hallani has thanked her fans after bagging the Favorite Arab Music Artist Award at this year’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards (KCA).
“Thank you so much for voting for me,” she said in a video on Instagram. “This would not have been possible without your love and support... I have a year full of surprises for you.”
The results were revealed during a gala dinner in Los Angeles this month.
Hallani, 21, on Wednesday posted a photo of herself jumping with joy holding the award.
The KCA is an American children’s awards show produced by Nickelodeon. It honors the year’s biggest TV, movie and music acts, as voted by viewers of Nickelodeon networks worldwide.
Hallani has won legions of fans with songs such as “Go”, “Shtaatellak” and “Chou Baddak.” She is considered a style icon by many, and has an Instagram account with more than a million followers.
Hallani has been singing since she was six years old. Last year, the Huffington Post named her as one of the “3 Rising Young Musicians.”
The KCA featured two categories specific to the Middle East. Nominated for Favorite Internet Star were Noha Nabil, Saudi Reporters, Sherif Fayed, Taim Al-Falasi and The Real Fouz. Saudi Reporters won the award.
Nominees for Favorite Music Artist were Abd El-Fattah Grini, Douzi, Saad Ramadan and Hallani.


Kangaroo on the menu for Harry and Meghan Down Under

Updated 18 October 2018
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Kangaroo on the menu for Harry and Meghan Down Under

  • The pair will only spend a few hours in Melbourne, but had a jam-packed schedule that included a meal featuring native Australian foods
  • Meghan was inundated by flower bouquets and baby gifts following their announcement

MELBOURNE: Chargrilled kangaroo was on the royal menu Thursday as Prince Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan arrived in Australia’s second-largest city Melbourne, where they were greeted by thousands of screaming fans.
Clutching flowers and waving flags, the crowds turned out to welcome the pair, who were delayed in traffic after flying in from Sydney on the third day of their tour Down Under.
The pair will only spend a few hours in Melbourne, but had a jam-packed schedule that included a meal featuring native Australian foods and a trip to a beach.
“I love everything they stand for. As a human being you have so much to look up to with them,” one young fan who had been waiting since before dawn told national broadcaster ABC as the pair mingled with the crowd.
A teenage girl cried tears of joy and threw her arms around the prince as she clutched a hand-written banner with the words: “Been here since 4am. Loved you since I was eight.”
“You’re gonna get me in trouble,” Harry joked as he embraced her.
Meghan was inundated by flower bouquets and baby gifts following their announcement on Monday that Meghan was expecting their first child.
The US-born royal also put on a dinosaur pasta necklace made by a five-year-old boy, who was wearing his favorite pilot uniform outfit, for the rest of her walk.
“I made it with pasta and dipped them in gold paint and threaded the string through,” he told news.com.au.
The Duchess was wearing a tan trench-coat, believed to be by Paris-based Australian designer Martin Grant, a navy dress by the breakthrough star of local fashion Dion Lee, and holding a Gucci Sylvie clutch.
The loved-up husband and wife mostly mingled with the crowd separately, but when they were together, they held hands and the Duchess periodically stroked Harry’s back.
After the public meet-and-greet, the couple spent some time with the Victorian Governor Linda Dessau in an official reception at Government House, where the Duchess of Sussex stole the hearts of local sports fans by handballing a football used in the Australian Rules game.
They then headed to a restaurant that mentors indigenous chefs with chargrilled kangaroo and wild boar on the menu, according to broadcaster Channel Nine. They will visit a school before finishing up at South Melbourne beach.
The couple will also follow in the footsteps of Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth during her 2011 visit by taking a tram ride in Melbourne.
They are due to return to Sydney later this week for the opening of the global sports championship the Invictus Games, which was set up by Harry for wounded military personnel after his decade of service in the army.
The couple’s more-than-two-week official visit will take in multiple stops in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand — all parts of the Commonwealth, a group of predominantly former British colonies.