Netherlands wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest – BBC News

Netherlands wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest – BBC News

The ceremony also saw last year’s winner Netta perform, while singers from previous contests also sang each other’s songs. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Conchita Wurst, Mans Zelmerlow, Gali Atari, Eleni Foureira and Vjerka Serdjucka sang each other’s songs Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption The star’s backing dancers were seen wearing Israel and Palestine flags during the show
Madonna also performed just before the voting results were announced. She kicked off her set with a version of Like A Prayer, with backing dancers dressed as monks.
She went on to sing Future, her new single featuring the rapper Quavo. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption ‘Boring’ winner…? ‘Incredible atmosphere’? Fans in the arena share their views
Her performance was felt by some, to be a little, well, flat.
“A slightly muted response to Madonna there,” said BBC One’s commentator Graham Norton.

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Explosion hits tourist bus in Egypt – BBC News

Blast injures tourists on bus near Giza pyramids in Egypt 19 May 2019 Image copyright Reuters Image caption Windows of the bus were shattered An explosion targeting a tourist bus has injured at least 16 people near the Grand Egyptian Museum, next to the pyramids in Giza, security sources say. Many of those hurt by the blast are said to be South African tourists, and they suffered injuries of medium to minor seriousness. A device went off close to the museum fence as the bus was passing. It is not yet known who was behind the bombing but Islamist militants have attacked tourists in Egypt in the past. In December, three Vietnamese tourists and a local tour guide were killed after a roadside bomb hit their bus. Country profile What do we know about the blast? A witness, Mohamed el-Mandouh, told Reuters news agency he had heard a “very loud explosion” while sitting in traffic near the site of the blast, which is close to the capital Cairo. Images taken after police cordoned the bus show a vehicle with windows blown out or shattered, and glass littering the aisle inside. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Broken glass lay on the floor of the bus after the blast A private car was also damaged behind the bus. Image copyright EPA Image caption A car was also damaged According to state-run broadcaster Nile News TV, the bus was carrying 25 South African tourists and a security source confirmed for Reuters that South Africans had been aboard. Seven South African tourists and 10 Egyptian civilians were injured, Nile News TV says. How important is foreign tourism to Egypt? Tourism is a mainstay of Egypt’s economy with hotel workers, tourist guides, taxi drivers and stallholders in the souks and bazaars depending on it for their living. The industry has been recovering since a sharp drop in visitor numbers after the turmoil of the Arab Spring in 2011 and the bombing of a Russian passenger jet in 2015, when 224 people were killed. The Grand Egyptian Museum is still under construction and is expected to open fully to the public in 2020. Are you in the area? If it is safe to do so share your experiences by emailing . Please include a contact number if you are willing to speak to a BBC journalist. You can also contact us in the following ways: WhatsApp: +447555 173285

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Army sergeant battles HOA over American flag display | Fox News

“They said you can’t have a flagpole and so I took it off the flagpole and then the HOA president who lives right down the street still told me that I can’t fly my flag, period,” Army Sgt. Chris Link told KCEN-TV . Link told the station the trouble began Wednesday when he got an email from the HOA for the Falls of Fox Creek community in Killeen, where he is a renter.
The email warned Link that his flagpole with the American flag violated the rules and that the only days the flag can be displayed were Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day and Flag Day, the station reported.
“That flag means more to me than a lot of people realize,” Link told the station. “That’s the only reason I joined the Army; was to fight for my country because I love that flag and everything that flag stands for.”
Link then hung the flag on his porch and told the HOA that his right to display the flag was protected under the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005.
The station reported that the HOA told Link in response, “You cannot display your flag. We have gone through this with a number of homeowners. Please remove it, or I will have your fine sent out today.”
The HOA president also told Link in another email that Link’s landlord — the owner of the house — also asked that the flag be removed, the station reported.
“The owner was the one that ask(ed) me to send him pictures of his home and yes, he said for you to remove the flag,” the HOA president said in an email, according to the station. “When the owner of the property say(s) do something, you comply. Sorry you (feel) that we are unpatriotic. I served 28 years in the military, but the HOA has its own by-laws that will be followed and you will follow them like everyone else, no exception.”
The station reported that after reaching out to the HOA and the property manager it was told that the HOA allows approved flag poles attached to homes, but the homeowner did not approve the pole attachment to the house.
KCEN said Link’s neighbors were displaying the American flag in support of him.
“I don’t think anybody who has a home in the United States of America should be told they can’t fly the colors, the flag for that same country they’re residing in,” neighbor and veteran Clifford Devaul told the station.
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Eurovision 2019: Netherlands wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption The contest’s highlights – from singing in the shower and bendy poles to the Netherlands’ triumph. The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence has won the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with his song Arcade.
He had been the bookmakers’ favourite to win, and came through to the top of the leaderboard with 492 points after the public vote.
The UK’s Michael Rice came bottom, after getting just three points from the public vote, and a total of 16 points for Bigger Than Us.
Laurence said: “Here’s to dreaming big, this is to music first, always.”
The last time The Netherlands won was 1975. The audience joined in as Laurence performed the track again at the end of the show.
Italy finished second with 465 and Russia third with 369 points.
Eurovision 2019 live page In pictures: Highlights from the contest Madonna makes a statement at Eurovision The ceremony also saw last year’s winner Netta perform, while singers from previous contests also sang each other’s songs.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Conchita Wurst, Mans Zelmerlow, Gali Atari, Eleni Foureira and Vjerka Serdjucka sang each other’s songs Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption The star’s backing dancers were seen wearing Israel and Palestine flags during the show Madonna also performed just before the voting results were announced. She kicked off her set with a version of Like A Prayer, with backing dancers dressed as monks.
She went on to sing Future, her new single featuring the rapper Quavo.
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption ‘Boring’ winner…? ‘Incredible atmosphere’? Fans in the arena share their views Her performance was felt by some, to be a little, well, flat.
“A slightly muted response to Madonna there,” said BBC One’s commentator Graham Norton.
Skip Twitter post by @maitlis Have to say Michael rice performsnce was substantially better than Madonna’s tonight. Not many people can say that. #BBCEurovision #eurovision
— emily m (@maitlis) May 18, 2019 Report End of Twitter post by @maitlis
Capital Breakfast presenter Roman Kemp was also unimpressed, calling for autotune to come to the rescue.
A section of her performance in which her backing dancers displayed Israeli and Palestinian flags was not an approved part of the act, organisers said.
Eurovision said: “In the live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final, two of Madonna’s dancers briefly displayed the Israeli and Palestinian flags on the back of their outfits.
“This element of the performance was not part of the rehearsals which had been cleared with the EBU and the host broadcaster, KAN. The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political event and Madonna had been made aware of this.”
It wasn’t just the Queen of Pop who was apparently breaking the rules either.
The organisers said Iceland’s Eurovision act could face punishment after displaying Palestinian flags during the live broadcast.
During the final, the band members held up Palestinian flags while their public vote was being announced.
In a statement, Eurovision said the “consequences of this action” will be discussed by the contest’s executive board”.
Alongside the contest, there were clashes in central Jerusalem as ultra-orthodox Jews protested against Eurovision.
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Ultra-orthodox Jews in Jerusalem are angry that the contest was scheduled on the Jewish Sabbath They objected to the scheduling of the Eurovision Song Contest on the Jewish Sabbath, resulting in angry scenes as demonstrators clashed with police.
At one point, a small number of women held a counter protest, showing their bras.
There were other protests in Tel Aviv over Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
Image copyright Getty Images There have also been campaigns online.
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) has been using social media to oppose holding the contest in Israel because of its treatment of Palestinians.
It accuses Israel of trying to whitewash (“artwash”) discrimination, which it likens to apartheid, the system of racial segregation once used in South Africa.
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Explosion hits tourist bus in Egypt – BBC News

These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Reuters Image caption Windows of the bus were shattered An explosion targeting a tourist bus has injured at least 16 people near the Grand Egyptian Museum, next to the pyramids in Giza, security sources say.
South African tourists are among the injured. Most of those hurt suffered minor injuries, while three were treated in hospital, officials say.
A device went off close to the museum fence as the bus was passing.
It is not yet known who was behind the bombing but Islamist militants have attacked tourists in Egypt in the past.
In December, three Vietnamese tourists and a local tour guide were killed after a roadside bomb hit their bus. Country profile What do we know about the blast?
A witness, Mohamed el-Mandouh, told Reuters news agency he had heard a “very loud explosion” while sitting in traffic near the site of the blast, which is close to the capital Cairo.
The blast hit the bus which was carrying 28 passengers, Egyptian Tourism Minister Rania A Al Mashat said.
Images taken after police cordoned the bus show a vehicle with windows blown out or shattered, and glass littering the aisle inside.
A private car was also damaged behind the bus. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Broken glass lay on the floor of the bus after the blast Image copyright EPA Image caption A car was also damaged
According to state-run broadcaster Nile News TV, the bus was carrying 25 South African tourists and a security source confirmed for Reuters that South Africans had been aboard.
Seven South African tourists and 10 Egyptian civilians were injured, Nile News TV says.
The tourism minister said all of the people affected by the blast were being “fully supported in their onward travels”. How important is foreign tourism to Egypt?
Tourism is a mainstay of Egypt’s economy with hotel workers, tourist guides, taxi drivers and stallholders in the souks and bazaars depending on it for their living.
The industry has been recovering since a sharp drop in visitor numbers after the turmoil of the Arab Spring in 2011 and the bombing of a Russian passenger jet in 2015, when 224 people were killed.
The Grand Egyptian Museum is still under construction and is expected to open fully to the public in 2020.
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