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American nurse and her child kidnapped near Port-au-Prince, Haiti

An American nurse and her child were kidnapped near Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince on Thursday.  El Roi Haiti, a Christian humanitarian organization, has identified the woman as Alix Dorsainvil. Dorsainvi works for the nonprofit organization, and her husband and the child’s father, Sandro Dorsainvil, is the organization’s founder and director of operations in Haiti.

Dorsainvil, who hails from New Hampshire, lived and worked in Port-au-Prince as a nurse at the school run by El Roi Haiti.  The organization said that Dorsainvil and the child were kidnapped from the organization’s campus near Port-au-Prince on Thursday morning “while serving in our community ministry.”

El Roi Haiti “aims to expand access to affordable education and teaches a faith-based curriculum.”  Jason Brown, the president and co-founder of El Roi Haiti Outreach International, said in a statement shared to the organization’s website: “Our team at El Roi Haiti is grateful for the outpouring of prayers, care, and support for our colleague. We continue to work with our partners and trusted relationships to secure their safe return.” Brown said Dorsainvil is “a deeply compassionate and loving person who considers Haiti her home and the Haitian people her friends and family … Alix has worked tirelessly as our school and community nurse to bring relief to those who are suffering as she loves and serves the people of Haiti in the name of Jesus Thank you for your support and compassion during this on-going situation. We would request that no attempts be made. to contact the family for comment at this time.” Brown asked the public to “refrain from speculating on social media about this situation in order to protect Alix and her child during this time” and said that any updates will be shared to the El Roi Haiti website.

Federal officials in the United States said they are in contact with Haitian authorities, and a spokesperson for the State Department said in a statement: “The U.S. Department of State and our embassies and consulates abroad have no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. We are aware of reports of the kidnapping of two U.S. citizens in Haiti.  We are in regular contact with Haitian authorities and will continue to work with them and our U.S. government interagency partners. We have nothing further to share at this time.”

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Two people killed by gunfire blocks away from University of Florida campus

Police in Gainesville, Florida confirmed that two people were killed after shots rang out in a crowd in nearby the University of Florida campus.

The Gainesville Police Department said police officers had been conducting crowd control in downtown Gainesville in the area of 900 West University Avenue – several blocks from the University of Florida campus – when they heard gunshots early Sunday. Police could not confirm how many people were shot, but reported two of the shooting victims later died from their injuries.

The Gainesville Police Department posted on social media that “anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 352-955-1818 or can remain anonymous by contacting the Alachua County Crime Stoppers at 352-372-7867,” and that additional information will be provided at a later time as it becomes available.

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Dolly Parton shares ‘We Are The Champions/We Will Rock You’ video

Dolly Parton shared the video for her new song “We Are The Champions/We Will Rock You,” in collaboration with NBCUniversal. The video will be used to promote NBCU’s coverage of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 that begin on July 26th, 2024.

Parton teamed with NBCU to produce an Olympic-themed video that celebrates the athletes and gets people ready for the Olympic Games next year. Says Parton: “I tape it just in case I miss the live action on a certain day and watch it back as soon as possible. I laugh, I cry, I scream, there are no losers in the Olympics as they have all spent a lifetime preparing but I celebrate with the ones that go away with the gold, silver, and bronze medals.”

Jenny Storms, CMO, Entertainment and Sports, NBCUniversal, said: “Dolly Parton is an American Icon whose popularity and recognition across generations is unmatched. She is also a close member of the NBCUniversal family, an Olympic super-fan, and has a new version of two of the greatest sports anthems of all time. So, she was the perfect choice to get America excited about Team USA and next summer’s Paris Olympics.”

Parton’s cover of the famous rock anthems by Queen is off her upcoming album Rockstar, which was inspired by her 2022 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The album is set for global release on November 17th via Dolly’s Butterfly Records, in partnership with Big Machine Label Group.

Take a look at Dolly’s video for ‘We Are The Champions/We Will Rock You’ – here.

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Diplo shares new single ‘Heartbroken’ under Thomas Wesley persona

Diplo has dropped another song under his country music persona, Thomas Wesley. The track, titled ‘Heartbroken,’ features emerging TikTok star Jessie Murph and Chicago MC Polo G. The Florida DJ and producer released his second country music-inspired project, ‘Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley: Chapter 2 – Swamp Savant’ in late April.

Heartbroken follows the previous singles released under Diplos’ Thomas Wesley pseudonym — ‘Without You’, featuring Elle King; and ‘Use Me (Brutal Hearts)’ ft. Dove Cameron and Sturgill Simpson.

Diplo will appear at Creamfields North in the UK in August, and will play Encore Beach Club At Wynn Las Vegas between July 30 and August 3, before his Las Vegas residency at XS Nightclub kicks off.

Check out the video for “Heartbroken’ – here.

Diplo Releases New Country Track “Heartbroken” as Thomas Wesley

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Apple TV+ announces new French haute couture drama “La Maison”

Apple TV+ has announced the new series La Maison, a new, 10-episode fashion drama. The series will star Lambert Wilson, Amira Casar, Carole Bouquet, Zita Hanrot, Pierre Deladonchamps, Antoine Reinartz, Anne Consigny, Florence Loiret Caille and Ji-min Park.

La Maison follows the family behind a contemporary French iconic fashion house, and according to a press release, the series “gives an immersive look behind the scenes of the ever-evolving world of fashion, aspirational French elegance and luxury, and the lives of its powerful families.”

An official series synopsis reads: “High fashion meets high drama in this behind-the-curtain look at how a family dynasty of an iconic fashion house is thrown into scandal and reinvention by a viral video featuring star designer Vincent LeDu (Wilson), leaving his family’s legendary haute couture house hanging by a thread. Perle Foster (Casar), Vincent’s former muse who is still in his shadow, teams up with next-generation, visionary designer Paloma Castel (Hanrot) to save and recreate the century-old Maison LEDU, claiming their rightful place in both the LeDu family and the fashion world.”

La Maison is created by José Caltagirone and Valentine Milville, who also serve as showrunners.

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Emmy Awards ceremony postponed because of SAG, WGA strikes

The Emmy Awards has been postponed due to the ongoing Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild strikes. The unions for both guilds have also forbidden members to attend awards shows or take part in promotional events.

The Emmys, which honors excellence in television and streaming, had been planned for Sept. 18, but will now take place on a later date to be determined by the Television Academy and Fox, pending the outcome of the strikes. The presentation is now expected to air in January.

The ongoing Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild strikes have shut down TV and film productions all over the world, as members have been picketing in Los Angeles and New York. Actors and writers are seeking higher wages and clear guidelines regarding the use of artificial intelligence. The WGA has been out of work since May.

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Former President Trump, additional staffer face new charges in Mar-a-Lago documents case

In a new indictment filed by special counsel on Thursday, former President Donald Trump faces accusations that he and aides asked a staffer to delete camera footage at his Mar-a-Lago Florida estate in an effort to obstruct the classified documents investigations. The allegations in the updated grand jury indictment not only added new charges against Trump, it adds another defendant to the case.

The third defendant, maintenance official Carlos De Oliveira, was added to the court docket on Thursday in case against Trump and his aide Walt Nauta in connection with the handling of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago. The charges against De Oliveira were not immediately revealed Thursday. According to the indictment, Trump said to his lawyer: “I don’t want anybody looking, I don’t want anybody looking through my boxes, I really don’t. What happens if we just don’t respond at all of don’t play ball with them? Wouldn’t it be better if we just told them we don’t have anything here?”

Trump and valet Walt Nauta were charged last month by Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith in a 38-count indictment with conspiring to hide classified documents at Mar-a-Lago from government investigators who were demanding them back. The records were taken by Trump to the Palm Beach complex after he left the White House in January 2021. Trump and Nauta have pleaded not guilty to the charges they face; a trial has been set for May 2024.

A Trump spokesperson dismissed the new charges as “nothing more than a continued desperate and flailing attempt” by the Biden administration “to harass President Trump and those around him” and to influence the 2024 presidential race.

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Anheuser-Busch InBev to lay off about 350 employees amid boycott of Bud Light

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the company that owns Budweiser, is laying off about 350 corporate employees as the company deals with slumping sales of Bud Light in light of a continued conservative boycott after partnering with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney.

In a statement, Anheuser-Busch said it is eliminating close to 2% of workers “across every corporate function,” representing about 380 of AB InBev’s roughly 19,000 employees. The company didn’t give a timeline for when the layoffs will begin. Said Anheuser-Busch CEO Brendan Whiteworth: “While we never take these decisions lightly, we want to ensure that our organization continues to be set for future long-term success. These corporate structure changes will enable our teams to focus on what we do best — brewing great beer for everyone.”

In April, the company designed a marketing campaign with social media star and trans rights activist Dylan Mulvaney. The promotion with Mulvaney entailed an Instagram post by the social media influencer, in which she revealed a commemorative Bud Light can with her face on it, celebrating her “365 days of girlhood” series on her transition. The post sparked an outcry from some conservatives, who called for a boycott of the popular beer.

As a result of the backlash, Bud Light lost its longtime ranking in May as the nation’s best-selling beer.  In the month ending July 15, Bud Light’s U.S. sales were down 26.5%, while Modelo’s were up 13.5%. Bud Light held a 6.8% share of the U.S. beer market in that period, while Modelo held an 8.7% share. AB InBev sold $71.5 million worth of Bud Light during the week ending July 16, compared with Modelo Especial which generated $90.3 million in sales that same week.

The company said the layoffs will target about 2% of its corporate staff and wouldn’t affect workers in the breweries, employees such as truck drivers or salespeople in the field, or warehouse staff.

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Miranda Lambert mourns the loss of her beloved dog, Thelma

Miranda Lambert announced the death of her beloved dog, Thelma, in a post on Instagram, sharing a series of throwback pictures of her and husband Brendan McLoughlin, with Thelma and their other dogs.

Lanmbert shared a lengthy tribute to her late pup, who died on July 24, 2023, recalling the day she adopted Thelma and her other Great Pyrenees Louise. She wrote about how the companions looked after and protected her farm, located on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee: 🌈💕May 1, 2016, I adopted [two] beautiful Great Pyrenees named Thelma and Louise to watch over one of my happiest places on earth. My farm outside of Nashville,” Lambert, 39, shared alongside a slideshow of snapshots and a video, which includes Thelma with Louise on the sprawling property. “The Kitties, chickens, and mini horses needed to be looked after, and these [two] girls have done that since the day we brought them home. They rode on my bus all the way from Dallas to Nashville, and on that 10-hour drive, I fell in love with them. Yesterday we had to say goodbye to our sweet Thelma.”

Lambert added that she knew Thelmas lived a good life: “She spent her days lounging in the barn and her nights keeping watch over all of us. She lived the last 8 years with no fences, just freedom to do what she did best. Love and protect. I loved her with all my heart.” Lambert also shared that Louise has “retired from her farm duties and is getting all the more love and snuggles” from her and Brendan, as well as their other dogs Delta, Bellamy and Cher: “It hurts so bad to say goodbye to these sweet companions but their love is always worth it. How lucky are we do [sic] get to have friends like Thelma. I am so proud to have been part of her story.”

Her tribute was summed up with Lambert saying “thank you to my friends and farm managers Julia and Tommy for taking such good care of her and everyone of my fur babies and loving them like they are your own. We all miss you Telm Telm. Y’all don’t forget, love a shelter pet.”

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Tori Kelly shares update after hospitalization for blood clots

Tori Kelly posted an update on her health, after she was hospitalized over the weekend in serious condition with blood clots and other complications.

Tori, 31, shared a handwritten note posted to Instagram: “As you may have heard, I’m dealing with some unexpected health challenges. It’s been a scary few days, but I can feel your prayers and can’t stop thinking about you. I’m feeling stronger now and hopeful, but unfortunately, there are still some things to uncover. I’m so grateful for the amazing doctors and nurses who have been looking after me … Of course, I’m heartbroken about all of the things I had planned for this week of releasing my EP, but I know my health must come first. Until I see you again, I still want you to enjoy a project that represents the happy place I’ve been in the last few years. I won’t let this hurdle prevent the music from yours on Friday!  I love you all so much, and I am truly overwhelmed by all of the love and care I have received. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!” Tori captioned the post “Deuteronomy 31:8,” a Bible verse that reads, “It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Tori was dining with friends at a restaurant in L.A. when her heart started to beat quickly and she passed out, according to TMZ, who first reported the story. Tori was admitted to the ICU at Cedars-Sinai hospital, where doctors reportedly discovered blood clots in her legs and lungs.

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