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Minaj quits Saudi festival to show support for women’s rights

Minaj quits Saudi festival to show support for women’s rights

World
Singer Nicki Minaj has pulled out of a music festival in Saudi Arabia to show her support for women's rights, LGBTQ community and freedom of expression in the conservative kingdom. In a statement, the 36-year-old singer and rapper said: "After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest. "While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression."Trinidad and Tobago-born Minaj was scheduled to perform at the Jeddah World Fest, billed as "one of the biggest music events ever staged in the Middle East", on 18 July.On Tuesday, the star's name wa...
MJ Gleeson chief quits amid row over £3m pay deal

MJ Gleeson chief quits amid row over £3m pay deal

Business
By Mark Kleinman, City editor The chief executive of MJ Gleeson, the FTSE-250 housebuilder, is to step down amid a boardroom ‎row over his pay package.Sky News has learnt that Jolyon Harrison is to step down after seven years at the helm of the company, despite its strong recent performance. A person close to the situation said on Sunday evening that Mr Harrison and boardroom colleagues had been "unable to agree a way forward" on his remuneration.The MJ Gleeson chief executive was paid almost £3m last year, a sizeable package for a company with a market value at the close of trading on Friday of £483.6m.In 2017, he received a total of £2.8m, with last year's annual report highlighting that he has been paid about £12m since taking over as chief executiv
Jennifer Hudson QUITS The Voice after three years: ‘It wasn’t an easy decision’

Jennifer Hudson QUITS The Voice after three years: ‘It wasn’t an easy decision’

Entertainment
The singer, 37, was offered a big-money deal to return to the panel but has said she is too busy.An insider told us: “Jennifer has absolutely loved her time on The Voice but she’s decided not to return.“It wasn’t an easy decision. She would love to continue doing the show. But she has a lot on and something had to give. “She quit the American version last year and now she’s had to walk away from the UK series too.”Being a coach on The Voice has made Jennifer one of TV’s most popular stars. FAME: Being a coach on The Voice has made Jennifer one of TV’s most popular stars. (Pic: Getty) But last month she admitted her future on the show was in doubt.The star is a mum to son David, nine, and has a string of music and film projects on the go. She said: “This year has been challenging. I
James DeGale retires: Former Olympic & world champion quits at 33

James DeGale retires: Former Olympic & world champion quits at 33

Sports
James DeGale, the first British boxer to win an Olympic gold medal then a professional world title, has retired.The 33-year-old lost on a unanimous points decision to Chris Eubank Jr in London on Saturday."It's been an unbelievable journey," said DeGale, who won 25 and lost three of his 29 fights as a professional. "It's hard to admit that I'm not the fighter I once was. I'm human and, along the way, my injuries have taken a toll - both on mind and body."DeGale beat American Andre Dirrell on points to claim the vacant IBF super-middleweight belt in May 2015.He lost his title in December 2017 but won it back in an April rematch with American Caleb Truax.However, he gave up the belt in July 201...
Actor quits Twitter after online abuse over Black Mirror role

Actor quits Twitter after online abuse over Black Mirror role

Entertainment
Actor Will Poulter has quit Twitter over the response to his role in Black Mirror film Bandersnatch. The British star appeared as Colin Ritman in the Netflix drama, which allows viewers to make interactive selections impacting the path of the storyline.Some social media users are said to have called Poulter "ugly" after he featured in the show with dyed blonde hair and glasses.The 25-year-old actor wrote on Twitter on Wednesday: "In light of my recent experiences I am choosing to take a step back, of sorts, from Twitter. He added: "There are positives to enjoy and inevitable negatives that are best to be avoided."It's a balance I have struggled with for a while now and in the interest of my mental health I feel the time has come to change my relationship with social media...