Adele and Husband Simon Konecki Split | E! News
Adele and Husband Simon Konecki Split By by Alyssa Morin 5:45 PM Share Richard Young/Rex/REX USA
Adele and her husband, Simon Konecki , have officially called it quits.
The Grammy-winner and her long-time partner have decided to separate after being together for an upwards of eight years, the 30-year-old star’s representatives confirmed to several publications via the Associated Press on Friday evening. The couple share a 6-year-old son, Angelo James , whom Adele gave birth to back in 2012 . Konecki has a daughter from a previous marriage, and they plan to co-parent their child together.
Of the couple’s separation, the hit-maker’s reps said in a statement that “They are committed to raising their son together lovingly.” The statement continued, “As always, they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment.”
Fans of the English singer-songwriter might recall the two were rumored to have tied the knot in 2017 , however, Adele or Simon never confirmed when they officially got married. With that said, they’ve have been together for quite some time—they began dating at the end of 2011. Photos
Both the 30-year-old star and her husband have been extremely private throughout their relationship. Splash News
In 2016, the “Hello” singer’s fans went crazy during her Adele Live tour when they began theorizing Simon sent her love messages .
Concert attendees noticed there were pink strips falling from the ceiling and the saw colorful notes with handwritten messages that read “I love you,” “Love you long time” and “You are an angel.”
Fans immediately started believing that Konecki was behind it. At the time, they were celebrating their fifth anniversary as a couple. The night before, she told her audience she was getting the baby itch.
“My womb is starting to ache a little bit. It’s like, ‘Baby, baby, baby. Need a baby, need a baby,'” she joked to the crowd. “I’m not pregnant. I won’t get pregnant until the end of the tour.”
However, Adele told Vanity Fair in 2016 that she was “too scared” to get pregnant again . “I had really bad postpartum depression after I had my son,” she said, adding, “and it frightened me.”
More recently, the “Rolling in the Deep” singer was seen heading into a recording studio alone in New York City. She was photographed without her wedding ring . Don’t miss E! News every weeknight at 7, only on E! Share
Snakes force Liberian President George Weah from office – BBC News
Snakes force Liberian President George Weah out of office By Jonathan Paye-Layleh BBC Africa, Monrovia 19 April 2019 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption President George Weah will return to his usual office on Monday Snakes have been found in Liberian President George Weah’s office, forcing him to work from his private residence, the BBC has learnt.
Press secretary Smith Toby told the BBC that on Wednesday two black snakes were found in the foreign affairs ministry building, his official place of work.
All staff have been told to stay away until 22 April.
“It’s just to make sure that crawling and creeping things get fumigated from the building,” Mr Toby said.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosts the office of the president, so it did an internal memo asking the staff to stay home while they do the fumigation,” he said.
The office of the president has been based in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since a fire in 2006 gutted the nearby presidential mansion.
‘Whimsical, uninformed’: French ambassador’s parting verdict on Trump | US news
Gérard Araud compares regime to court of Louis XIV and warns UK over post-Brexit trade. The outgoing French ambassador to the US has compared the Trump administration to the court of King Louis XIV, filled with courtiers trying to interpret the caprices of a “whimsical, unpredictable, uninformed” leader.
Gérard Araud, who retires on Friday after a 37-year career that included some of the top jobs in French diplomacy, said Donald Trump’s unpredictability and his single-minded transactional interpretation of US interests was leaving the administration isolated on the world stage.
“When they say ‘America first’, it’s America alone,” Araud said in an interview with the Guardian. “Basically, this president and this administration don’t have allies, don’t have friends. It’s really [about] bilateral relationships on the basis of the balance of power and the defence of narrow American interest.”
He cautioned the UK against expecting any special treatment from Washington in post-Brexit trade talks, predicting that the administration would force London to accept US imports on US terms, such as looser standards for genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
“They [the Trump administration] are not thinking in terms of multilateral cooperation first. And secondly, they don’t have any affection towards the Europeans. They treat Europeans the way they treat the Chinese,” Araud said. “And when the British come for a free-trade agreement, there will be blood on the walls and it will be British blood. It will be GMOs breakfast, lunch and dinner.”
Araud has been France’s ambassador to Washington since 2014, and before that was the country’s envoy to the UN and to Israel, and the foreign ministry’s director for strategic affairs, security and disarmament.
In Washington he stood out among the diplomatic corps in part because he lived with his partner, the photographer Pascal Blondeau, at a time when the administration is increasingly inhabited by conservative evangelical Christians hostile to gay marriage.
The couple threw spectacular parties at the chateau-like French residence. The invitation to their last winter bash featured them posing with a stuffed white tiger , and guests were welcomed on the night by Blondeau reclining in a lumberjack shirt on a large illuminated Christmas tree tipped on its side in the main hall. There was also a stuffed polar bear and ballet dancers.
Araud was also unusual on the diplomatic circuit for his blunt and acerbic language – in person and on Twitter – in defence of multilateral diplomacy, liberalism and international law at a time when they have been under siege.
At 2am on the night Trump was elected, the ambassador tweeted: “It is the end of an era, the era of neoliberalism. We don’t yet know what will succeed it … After Brexit and this election, anything is possible. A world is collapsing before our eyes. Vertigo.”
He deleted the tweet minutes later, even before the anxious calls started coming in from the Quai d’Orsay in Paris, but few now would dispute that this moment in the early hours of 9 November 2016 marked a cliff edge in modern history. And Araud himself could not have foreseen the volatility that was to engulf US foreign policy.
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Araud spoke to the Guardian before Trump tweeted unsolicited, impractical and potentially disastrous advice for putting out the Notre Dame fire, but after a period of whiplash on other issues. These have been difficult times for diplomatic missions tasked by their capitals to predict US policy.
On the issue of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, for example, Trump has gone from threatening “ fire and fury ” against the Pyongyang regime, to meeting Kim Jong-un in Singapore and declaring himself to be “ in love ” with the dictator. He said then he was in “no hurry” for disarmament, but at a second summit in Hanoi in February he demanded full denuclearisation in advance of any sanctions relief, before cancelling sanctions imposed by his own administration in March because “ President Trump likes Chairman Kim ” and declaring himself once more open to a “ step-by-step ” approach.
“It’s like [trying] to analyse the court of Louis XIV,” Araud said. “You have an old king, a bit whimsical, unpredictable, uninformed, but he wants to be the one deciding.”
Like the Sun King who dominated France in the 17th and 18th centuries, Trump “doesn’t want to appear under any influence and he wants to show it”, Araud said.
He portrayed the current situation as the opposite extreme of the meticulous though sometimes ponderous decision-making process pursued by the previous administration.
“Obama was the ultimate bureaucrat: you know every night he was going to bed with 60 pages and in the morning they were coming back all annotated by the president,” he said. For decisions such as the troop surge in Afghanistan, there were months of meetings between the relevant government departments.
Now that inter-agency process is largely dead, killed off and replaced by John Bolton, the ultra-hawkish national security adviser, while other centres of power in the state department and Pentagon are withering, weakened by multiple unfilled senior positions, and top officials serving in acting capacity only, without Senate confirmation.
“Actually, we don’t have interlocutors,” Araud said. “[When] we have people to talk to, they are acting, so they don’t have real authority or access. Basically, the consequence is that there is only one centre of power: the White House.
“Bolton is really very competent. He is very knowledgeable. He has been around for 40 years. At the same time you have to understand that he doesn’t control this president, because this president is uncontrollable.”
Araud said the tweeted cancellation of North Korean sanctions, and the exclusion of Bolton from key meetings and meals at the Hanoi summit, were designed to “humiliate” Bolton and demonstrate that the president “is the master and the bureaucrats are nothing”.
Bolton’s unilateralism is nonetheless ascendant for the time being, with the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) arms control treaty, and the recognition of Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, which Araud described “as one more nail in the coffin of international law”.
He said Bolton’s view was that international law was mere convention, with “no gendarme and no judge” to enforce it. “But it’s a sort of a fragile wall or dam against barbarians,” he said.
Araud expressed anxiety about the implications of the administration’s maximum-pressure campaign against Iran, championed by Bolton and the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.
“[The policy is] increasing the pressure until the Iranians surrender, or in some quarters they believe until the regime collapses,” Araud said. “But if the regime collapses, what happens? And to this question the Americans are unable to answer.”
Leaving his post, Araud said he was more convinced than ever that the fear expressed in his deleted election-night tweet had been borne out by events.
“I had a lot of trouble with my own capital. Unfortunately, to be right early is to be wrong,” he observed. “I had deleted it after two minutes but the sin had been committed. But looking at it in retrospect, of course I was right.
“My world, our world of certainties, really was collapsing and we were facing a real, substantial, dangerous crisis, which could basically really overwhelm my own country,” Araud said. “I believe we are entering a new era. I just don’t know what this era will be.”
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South Africa hit by deadly Easter church collapse – BBC News
South Africa hit by deadly Easter church collapse 19 April 2019 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright KZN EMS/ Arrive Alive Image caption Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant was planning to attend the Good Friday service at the church At least 13 people have died and many were injured when a wall collapsed in South Africa at the start of an Easter service at a Pentecostal church.
Emergency services said that 29 people were rushed to hospital after the collapse in the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal.
Local officials have blamed the tragedy on heavy rainfall in the area around eMpangeni on Thursday night.
Most of the victims were reportedly women sleeping in the church.
An 11-year-old girl is thought to be among them.
The wall at the front of the Pentecostal Holiness Church collapsed at the start of what had been planned as a weekend-long service to commemorate the Christian festival of Easter.
On Friday, a special prayer service was held in a large tent in front of the church, reports the eNCA TV station.
Sore knee? Maybe you have a fabella – BBC News
Sore knee? Maybe you have a fabella 18 April 2019 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Imperial College London Image caption The arrow on the scan shows where the fabella is – behind the knee A little bone in the knee scientists thought was being lost to evolution seems to be making a comeback, say experts from Imperial College London.
The fabella is found in some people buried in the tendon just behind their knee.
Doctors think it is entirely pointless, and you can happily live without it – many people do.
However, people who have arthritis appear more likely to be in possession of a fabella.
The Imperial College team has published its findings in the Journal of Anatomy. What is it?
In medical terms, the fabella – which means little bean – is a sesamoid bone, meaning it grows in the tendon of a muscle, just like the kneecap or patella. How common is it?
Dr Michael Berthaume and colleagues at Imperial’s department of bioengineering have looked back at medical literature on knees over 150 years in 27 countries, including the UK. The Leicestershire man with a ‘brain’ in his knee
Between 1918 and 2018, reports of the fabella bone’s existence in the knee increased to the extent that it is now thought to be three times as common as 100 years ago.
The scientists’ analysis showed that in 1918, fabellae were present in 11% of the world population, and by 2018, they were present in 39%.
The researchers made their estimations using medical scans and medical journals’ findings from a growing world population. Image copyright Imperial College London Image caption The fabella is found in the tissues behind the kneecap Why do some of us have it?
Dr Berthaume said that no-one really knows the answer to that, because it has never been researched.
“The fabella may behave like other sesamoid bones to help reduce friction within tendons, redirecting muscle forces, or, as in the case of the kneecap, increasing the mechanical force of that muscle,” he said.
“Or it could be doing nothing at all.” Do we need it?
In old world monkeys, the fabella can act as a kneecap, increasing the mechanical advantage of the muscle.
But when the ancestors of great apes and humans evolved, it seemed to disappear.
Now that it has returned, it is just causing us problems, according to experts.
People with osteoarthritis of the knee are twice as likely to have the little bone, but there is no evidence it is actually causing the problem, or how.
The fabella can also get in the way of knee replacement surgery and cause pain and discomfort on its own. So why is it making a comeback?
The theory is that it is all to do with nutrition. Image copyright Getty Images
The researchers came to the conclusion that better nutrition is making the average human taller and heavier, and this means we have longer shinbones and larger calf muscles.
These changes put the knee under more pressure.
Because sesamoid bones, like the fabella, are known to grow in response to the movements they make and the forces exerted on them, this could explain why the bone is more common than it used to be. Why is it important?
Finding out about this little bone’s resurgence could help doctors treat patients with knee issues.
It could also give them an insight into human evolution over the past century.
But first they want to find out the age, gender and location of people most likely to have a fabella, and if it occurs in one or both knees. Related Topics