Rihanna finds it hard to cope with business and music career

Rihanna’s new album will heat the airwaves in December 2019, according to celebrity news from France.

Launch of the long-awaited new album was first reported by French tabloids on Sunday.

Tweets from the media houses revealed that news of Rihanna’s upcoming studio album was shared to them during an open session event organized by Universal Music in France.

One of the tweets by journalist Steven Bellery is translated as: “The new album of @Rihanna will be released in December! #OpenSessionUniversal (sic)”

Rihanna, 31, has kept fan waiting impatiently for her 9th record since the release of ‘Anti’ in 2016.

Last update from the Barbadian singer came in June, when she said work was in progress. No release date was shared at that time.

“I wish I knew. I have blocked off a solid period of time for the studio next month,” she said in response to a question from fans.

The ‘Work’ hitmaker said it “sucks” that she can’t just put her new music out into the world, adding that the long wait was necessary to ensure she delivers quality. “I don’t want to rush the process for this reason,” Riri explained.

She continued, “It really does suck that it can’t just come out any sooner because I’m working on a really fun one right now…I’m really happy with the available materials but I am not going to put it out until it’s complete…It makes no sense to rush it even though I want it out there. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m like, ‘Even if I don’t have the time to shoot videos, I’m going to put an album out.'”

Rihanna also admitted her business empire is partly to blame for the lengthy time between records, as she’s having to divide her energy between music career, fashion business and beauty lines.

She said: “It’s the reason why an album isn’t being spat out like it used to. I used to be in the studio, only the studio, for three months straight, and an album would come out. Now, it’s like a carousel. I do fashion one day, lingerie the next, beauty the next, then music the next. It’s like having a bunch of kids and you need to take care of them all.”

What Smart Candidates do before Interviews

The saturated labor market is like a shark-infested ocean where most candidates fear to tread, out of ignorance, self-doubt and pessimism. There are always jobs for those the confident, well-equipped and positive-minded ones. Are you in doubt?

Facing your fears before taking part in oral and written interviews proves a basic and rewarding challenge for all job-seekers. However, fighting with the rights tools determines who comes out successful.

The $64,000 question is: are you ready to fight? Or do you take pride in adding up the long list of candidates at interview locations?

Fighting like other people do, and fighting with purpose, are different sides of the same coin. It’s a choice – to be celebrated or humiliated.

Unless you stop looking down on yourself, no one will ever believe in your abilities. In fact, you don’t need anyone’s trust or approval to get your goals; it’s fine if you ask for what is rightfully yours. Leave if for employers if they prove tightfisted, especially when you’ve given all your best!

Here’s the truth: most recruiters and some employed staff who should serve as inspiration to job-seekers, unfortunately, often misuse their God-given chances to impact on people’s lives — not by giving out unmerited jobs, cash gifts or biased recommendations — but by discouraging the “less privileged” among us with phrases such as, “companies are downsizing now,” “there’s no job in the country,” and, “there are thousands of equally good candidates everywhere.”

“Do I believe in my abilities?” Yes! That’s one important question every candidate should ask himself before interviews. It does matter a lot.

If there are qualified and probably, experienced candidates everywhere, what then is the standard for those lucky ones who get hired at the end of interviews? Or don’t you think people still get jobs on merit these days?

Admitted. Corruption makes it most likely “impossible” in most societies but that’s a wrong assumption for losers only.

Change your mindset and see recruiters chasing you around with offers.

Self-confidence matters at interviews, but its root comes from the knowledge and experience you’ve gathered over time, and how convincingly you can defend that if given a chance. These days, jobs are not given for the asking of it. You are expected to prove why and how it’s yours.

Unfortunately, even the best candidates for jobs tend to lose composure when faced by a team of “unfriendly” interviewers who, sometimes, love to play gods among men. It’s their job, and they get paid for drilling you. Choose to look at interviewers from the bright side; they gain nothing from seeing jobless youths roaming the streets or falling into crimes. Most recruiters are lovable, understanding and compassionate.

If you’ve failed at interviews before, especially after pulling an all nighter and giving it your best shot, consider it an act of fate, shrug it off, and move on. But not without your dreams.

Talking about ethics and morality, good interviewers should not be in a haste to bombard a visibly nervous candidate with questions when he/she needs support to feel at ease; job-seekers won’t ask to be pampered, but they need to be understood as people with psychological, emotional and other kinds of pressures worse than the hot seat. A little “unofficial encouragement” might help bring out the best in him.

However the tide turns, candidates with self-confidence, quality experience, or those who prove themselves as diamonds in the dirt, never go below sea level.

If you know your onion, you’ll be ready to play whatever games recruiters throw at you and let them decide how well you played.

Bear in mind that headhunters set the rules; they’re well-versed in the most effective recruitment procedures, and are most likely to discover talents even before written or oral interviews are conducted/completed. Smart recruiters also ask few but practical questions at interviews, sometimes, not the familiar run-off-the-mill questions. In this way, it becomes clear that a candidate can never prepare too well for job drills.

While job-seekers can’t set interview rules or choose their ratings, making adequate confidence-boosting preparations is the one and only step towards achieving your dream of impressing skilled labor managers.

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What To Do Before Interviews:

  • Consider interviews like a stock investment where you strategize academically, psychologically, and emotionally, with guarantee on the outcome. This will ease your pressures and add a boost to your confidence.
  • Start looking for a plan B because you could be the next genius the world has been waiting for. Jack Ma (the billionaire Chinese business mogul) was no good at interviews despite his wealth of knowledge, zeal and potentials. Recruiters may not hire a candidate if they see you somewhere above where you want to be. Discover you innate skills and put them to good use.
  • Gain some practical experience in your chosen field. Academic qualifications are fast losing their value and may not guarantee a job.
  • Apply for jobs you’re suitably qualified.
  • Aim for jobs in companies where there’s an opportunity for growth. Accept low salaries for a start and focus on gaining experience; promotions and better jobs come with time.

Here’s a testimony from Abiodun Samuel, a LinkedIn user and former Chief Inspector at Day Waterman College, Lagos, Nigeria. We all need to learn from his testimony:

lately I attended an interview in one of the Intl schools as a maths teacher on getting there we were 65 applicants,I loose hope that the position is NOT for me but I summoned courage to write the test to answer 20 out of 25 questions for 20 mins. Each questions has A -E and all were theory. Still loosing hope due to large applicants number. To my surprised, I was called for micro teaching and oral interview…only me and another candidate. Getting to interview with the director of the school,I was able to defend how I got highest of 36% in the test.I was able to convinced him that I am more than a maths teacher due to my leadership skills.At the end I was not employed as a maths teacher but I was employed as a vice principal academics and to manage all affairs of maths department.the salary X that I requested for was changed to 2X + Y by this director and he only said…I impressed him…So when you attend an interview…don’t look at the population of applicants..only put in you best and belief you are suitable for the post…Regards

5 Qualities every Child wants from Teachers

Embracing teaching as a career guarantees a life of arduous toil. But working with children is one of the highly demanding jobs which endlessly test one’s reasoning, temperament, attitude and personality.

A large number of teachers hate their jobs except for the commensurate salaries and other fringe benefits that come with it.

However, it’s no exaggeration to state here that an unfriendly working condition, lack of experience, negative personality traits and poor remuneration, jointly promote inefficiency among employees, especially in an environment where management is short-sighted and teachers are ignorant of which qualities every child wants.

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Teachers deserve financial/job security as part of their motivation needs; school management desires an all-rounded growth for every child, teamwork among staff, and lax government policies to achieve its long/short-term goals; but in truth, children and their parents, by extension, suffer like the grass on which two elephants chose to battle.

Here are some qualities every child or parent wants from teachers:

NEUTRALITY: A teacher should understand that taking care of a group of children from different family backgrounds demands great wisdom. Every child wants to feel loved, and be loved in the true sense of the word. Some times, the desperation for love comes with a tinge of jealousy for “losers,” but a wise teacher knows how to equally share love, kindness, and attention among children.

Over-pampering a child attracts envy from others who feel unloved or desire such level of special treatments. This negative attitude from a teacher also breeds stubbornness in favored kids.

Although parents desire the best for their wards, none would ever wish for his/her child to become a subject of hate and corrosive jealousy.

My Advice: Avoid having any form of preference for your students, and always treat every child with the same measure.

HONESTY: Anyone who spends time with kids must have realized that they have elephant memories and are very good at spotting lies. A teacher must learn how to keep promises, keep to agreements, and serve as a good example to children.

To earn your respect from kids, do not deviate from your threats of punishment or promise of rewards. Proven integrity builds trust in teachers no matter the pain or joy felt by a child because they eventually get to understand and appreciate your incorruptibility.

My Advice: Students are very good at politicking, and for sure, they’ll try to impair your moral values through different strategies but you must let them know that word is bond.

Better still, don’t make rules if you’re so not strict to mete out punishments. Delegate such responsibilities to an assistant, or make it clear that defaulters will be referred to a higher authority.

PUNCTUALITY: Students know when you’re late to work, even before they learn about time. Their retentive memories make them a bunch of accurate time-keepers by mere sight – unless there’s no clock hanging on the wall.

Lateness is often understood by children as carelessness and lack of affection from teachers.

Punctuality isn’t only necessary during lessons or meetings; it should be applicable to nap time, lunch time, snack time etc.

My Advice: Students will always appreciate seeing you wait around before it’s time. If you wish to lose their attention and respect, try being late a few times.

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HUMOR: Most academic institutions and recruiters look out for First Class certificate holders before sending out invitations for interviews without taking into consideration the fact that an equally smart teacher may have graduated with a Second Class Lower or Third-Class degree due to some reasons. A child’s educational development isn’t only about academics and moral ethics; games and humor play major roles in actualizing an all-rounded knowledge.

Show me a teacher who combines humor and games during lessons, and I’ll show you students who’d rather stay hungry in school than eat exotic meals elsewhere.

Having a great sense of humor makes teachers lovable. It is the key to instilling passion for classroom lessons among students.

My Advice: Use competitive group games during classes to foster close interaction among children. Individual games also help in promoting independent thinking and critical reasoning, but applying some nerve-calming humor tends to reduce learning difficulties.

PATIENCE: Teaching isn’t a job for quick-tempered persons; it’s for the meek at heart. Just like our aged parents, kids hate irascible persons and would give anything to stay far away from such teachers no matter what qualifications and experience you’ve obtained or your country of origin.

Children are all special in their own ways; they learn in unique ways and at their own pace, so wise teachers do not compare kids’ abilities.

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No student should be judged based on his/her learning skills, instead, helping such kids discover their innate skills and nurturing them to greatness is the calling of every dedicated tutor.

My Advice: Every choleric teacher who has love for children should first consider going for a rehabilitation therapy. Kids can’t be forced to learn, and anger widens the relationship gap between educators and students.

Sample Personal Statement For Medical Residency

Personal Statement Presented by XXXXXXXXX XX.

My application for medical residency at Medgar Evers College was born of the desire to achieve a long-time dream of being a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist with an in-depth knowledge of the female reproductive organs.

As a potential student in the United States of America, I will not only make efforts to prove myself as a great asset to this esteemed institution, but maximize every opportunity to acquire knowledge that will enable me serve patients from different backgrounds. I will dedicate my experience, talents, and time, as a matter of obligation, to making meaningful and constructive inputs that will help in the development of science.

My stay in the US will serve as a stepping stone to my life-goal of helping the womenfolk, and saving lives, especially in Egypt, where infant mortality rate stands at 20 deaths per 1,000 live births, according to CIA’s 2017 World Fact Sheet.

Other recorded facts on infant mortality rates show that developing/under-developed countries are the worst hit. A large number of casualties are found mostly in rural areas, among low-income families, and the uneducated population. I found these to be true during my volunteer experience at St. Mary Coptic Church Clinic in Cairo, Egypt.

My desire for this graduate training in the United States was inspired mostly by the experience I gained as a General Practitioner at Primary Health Care Unit in Gaza, Egypt, between March 2012 to May 2014. During my time there, I realized there’s an urgent need to cut down on these avoidable and nerve-chilling deaths for mothers and infants.

Records prove that the world economy suffers an estimated $15 billion productivity loss from maternal and infant mortality every year. The leading causes of death were identified as pregnancy-induced high blood pressure complications and obstetric
hemorrhage. Worse still, another woman dies every two minutes around the world due to pregnancy or childbirth problems despite recent advancements in medicine.

As a certified member of the Egyptian Medical Syndicate for General Physicians, and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), I am of the opinion that we need knowledge, passion, action and commitment, to save lives around the world. Success is better achieved when governments, institutions, and dedicated scholars like myself, come together as a team with purpose.

“The death of an infant is almost always met with deep expressions of sympathy and condolences. Though appropriate, these are not enough: they do not prevent future deaths…Now is not the time to go backward in our policy.” said Katy B. Kozhimanni, an associate professor [Division of Health Policy and Management] at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Director of Research at the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center.

My aim at Medgars Evers College is to learn more about the latest developments in family planning methods; acquire effective and efficient theoretical/practical skills in my profession; and pay close attention to emergency obstetric care/maternal health which isn’t at its best in my country Egypt.

In my selfless quest to improve child and mother survival rates through reliable modern practices which do save lives, I have received a few certificates from Meddgar Evers College — CPR and Basic Life Support, Patient Care Technician, Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy, and an M.B.B.Ch degree obtained from Ain Shams University in Cairo.

However, I count myself as one of those budding physicians with great motivation for success.

The objectives I plan to fulfill at the end of my studies are as follows:

  • To acquire analytical skills which will enable me to carry out reliable researches to help my community/nation in formulating health care regulations, maintain health policies, and identify the most workable ways of advancement.
  • To learn about time-saving and accurate modern medical equipment used in diagnosing diseases as well as tested and proven cures for preventing its spread, and thereby saving lives.
  • To provide excellence in medical care without discrimination based on race, religion or age.

I love medical science, and strongly believe that a life without an all-rounded education is not worth living.

Attending Medgar Evers College will provide me with an unparalleled opportunity to live my dream as a qualified and competent medical practitioner. On my honor, I swear to abide by the rules and uphold all principles expected of an obstetrician-gynecologist whose sole purpose is to promote the development of medicine for humankind.

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Available China jobs for interested job seekers

Early Childhood English International Baccalaureate Co-teacher

Company Name: Morgan Henry Bilingual Kindergarten.

Company Location: Shanghai City, China.

Job description

Qualifications: Morgan Henry Bilingual Kindergarten is in search of high achieving International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IBPYP) Early Childhood English Co-teachers to start in May or June of 2017.

MHKids uses the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IBPYP) as a curriculum framework and provides training if needed.

A TEFEL or TESOL certification, two years of teaching experience, a bachelor’s degree, and being a native English speaker from Canada, the United States, South Africa, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia or holding a bachelor’s degree from a native English speaking country are required.

Early childhood training is required and IBPYP experience is preferred.

The organization values the ability to work well as a team member, experience and competence with children, excellent spoken and written skills, as well as a positive attitude.

Applicants must be team players that are professional, flexible, and high energy.

The ideal candidate will ensure a nurturing, safe, and educational environment through their commitment to inquiry-based, constructivist education.

The school offers housing assistance to out of country candidates and working visa fees paid in full.

Send a cover letter, resume, copy of the information page of your passport, copy of current resident certificate if in China, and a recent photo to employment@shmhkids.com

Seniority Level

Entry level

Industry

  • Education Management

Employment Type

  • Full-time

Job Functions

  • Education

Real Madrid logo to lose its Christian cross in their new Middle East agreement

Real Madrid has agreed to remove the Christian cross on its logo as part of a new clothing deal in the Middle East.

Real Madrid have removed the Christian cross from their official crest in the United Arab Emirates 

Although Madrid has Emirates, a Dubai-based airliner as its main shirt sponsor, the latest business deal involving six Middle Eastern countries is with a clothing manufacturing company named Marka.

According to a statement released on Tuesday by the United Arab Emirates company, “Marka has been granted exclusive rights to manufacture, distribute and sell Real Madrid products in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman.”

Khaled al-Mheiri, the company’s Vice Chairman, told Reuters: “The redesign only requires a minor change as the original crest only features a very small Christian cross.

“We have to be sensitive to parts of the Gulf that are sensitive to products that hold the cross,” al-Mheiri added.

Madrid’s newest deal with Marka will include: T-shirts, polo shirts and swimwear.

All replica jerseys which are manufactured by Adidas will not be included in the production agreement. These selected items will be sold without any alteration on the club’s logo.

Real Madrid's Florentino Perez holds the credit card with no Christian cross on the club crest

Los Blancos consented to removing the Christian cross from its logo in 2014 when the club signed a lucrative business deal with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, so their recent agreement with Marka isn’t a shock to football fans.

Madrid president Florentino Perez said at that time: “I know that the local people experience every match in a special way and that our links with the UAE are constantly growing stronger.

“This agreement will help the club to keep conquering the hearts of followers in the United Arab Emirates.”

For more than a decade, Real Madrid has maintained its number one position as the world’s highest revenue generating football club although the title was recently lost to Manchester United and arch rivals Barcelona respectively.

Alexander Isak: 17-year-old Swede footballer rejects Real Madrid for Borussia Dortmund

Dear Alexander Isak, why did you choose to join the group of Los Blancos haters who think no young and talented player like you will ever wish to play alongside a “corrosive” Cristiano Ronaldo?

Was it an advise from Zlatan Ibrahimovic? Maybe not.

Björn Wesström, AIK Solna Sporting Drector, confirmed there’s a reason for Isak’s decision to join Borussia Dortmund instead of Real Madrid.

The highly talented forward signed a contract that will keep him in Germany until 2022.

Wesström, 44, explained on Tuesday that the youngster who has been described as “the next Zlatan” made a very hard decision to join the German club despite being in advanced talks with Madrid.

Swedish side AIK Solna admitted on 24 January that their 17-year-old star almost joined the Spanish giants but changed his mind after receiving a better offer from Dortmund.

The final agreement was said to have favored all parties involved, and was more enticing than Madrid’s attractive offer.

Wesström clarified that the package from Dortmund was the best deal, especially for Isak’s career.

In his words: “There were some advanced talks with Real, with Isak too.”

Hjärtligt välkommen, Alexander Isak! ✌️#welcomeisak #bvb Alle Infos:https://t.co/ZadYC8FTSX pic.twitter.com/GObv1G803Z

— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) 23 January 2017

“The speculation is seldom wrong.”

Both AIK and Dortmund referred to Isak’s transfer value as “an undisclosed amount.”

However, reports from Sweden claim the mouth-watering among is close to €9 million with some add-ons, which is a record transfer fee for the Scandinavian country.

If rumors turn out to be true, the 17-year-old would have surpassed Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s value at the time he moved from Malmo to Ajax way back in 2001.

“The speculation is seldom wrong,” Wesström told reporters at a press conference, adding that they’re amazed at the huge benefits from Isak’s sale.

“The negotiations were as they usually are, with the difference being that these were dizzy figures,” he added.

Read: Why Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Disappointed Manchester United and Arsenal.

Borussia Dortmund posted an official statement on its website to confirm the done-deal for Isak, who made his first international appearance earlier this month against Ivory Coast.

“Borussia Dortmund have signed talented young Swedish striker Alexander Isak,” read the club’s statement.

“Due to the fact that Isak is still a minor, the completion of the transfer still requires special approval by world football’s governing body FIFA, which all parties expect to receive very soon.”

On 12 January, 2017, Isak scored in his second international game against Slovakia to become Sweden’s youngest goalscorer.

Read: Borussia Dortmund Officially Confirm Henrikh Mkhitaryan Has Joined Manchester United.

Michael Zorc, Dortmund’s Sporting Director, admits they were lucky to have beaten some of the biggest European clubs to have Isak as one of their youngest stars.

In his words: “Alexander Isak is a hugely talented striker, who many top clubs in Europe wanted to sign.

“We are delighted that he has chosen Borussia Dortmund. Both BVB and the player himself are convinced that this transfer has great potential.”

The 17-year-old striker seem to have everything moving so fast. He made his professional debut at the age of 16 barely a year ago when he proved himself a star by scoring for AIK against Tenhults IF.

China invests $14.5b as technology development fund

In a move aimed at strengthening the future of technology in the country, the Chinese government has established a fund worth 100 billion yuan (nearly $14.5 billion) to invest, nurture and support internet companies.

The government is also looking to help the country’s technological innovations and economic transformation into the oft quoted “Internet Plus” era.

The government has decided to call it the ‘China Internet Investment Fund.’

The fund has been established by bringing together funding from state-owned banks and companies, and oversight by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) and the Ministry of Finance.

The first round of pitching for the funds ended up raising 30 billion yuan, while the second round raised another 150 billion yuan.

Various credit lines were opened by the Agricultural Bank of China, China Development Bank and Industrial & Commercial Bank of China.

The ICBC Bank has decided to invest 10 billion yuan directly into the fund.

With this, it is to become the biggest investor in this financing round. It has also become a strategic partner of the fund alongside Citic Guoan Group, China Post Insurance, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom.

This fund shall be put to use by way of investing in equity stakes in China’s internet companies in a bid to make them bigger and stronger.

It shall also facilitate Premier Li Keqiang’s Internet Plus strategy which seeks to invigorate the Chinese economy through applying the IT to technology related industries.

China is the largest e-commerce market in the world, with an online shopping turnover of 3.8 trillion yuan last year.

The Chinese government wants to capitalize on this market in setting a goal to raise the e-commerce trading volume to 40 trillion yuan by 2020.

It also seeks to employing 50 million people in this process.

The government hasn’t commented on whether the fund would be used to fund non-state technology companies including Baidu Inc and Alibaba Group Holdings.

Johnny Depp files $25m+lawsuit against ex-managers for funds mismanagement

Johnny Depp has filed a $25m+ lawsuit against his former business managers for an alleged mismanagement of funds.

The indictment was brought to court on Friday after he said former managers squandered earnings from his most productive acting period.

Depp reportedly severed ties with The Management Group in 2016, and hired a new team of managers who discovered some serious financial breaches. The company claims his spending habits should take the blame instead.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the actor’s complaint was filed in  L.A. County Superior Court last Friday. He’s suing the company and its attorneys for what he called “negligence, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty”, among other claims.

TMG, an abbreviation for The Management Group, was in charge of Depp’s business, tax, legal and accounting – as advisers between 1999 to 2016.

During their time in charge of the actor’s career, TMG allegedly accumulated over $28 million from the 53-year-old as “contingent fees” although he claims never to have given consent for those withdrawals.

Matthew Kanny, an attorney for Depp, said in the filed complaint“Mr. Depp is one of the most sought after and highly paid actors in the world. He is also the victim of the gross misconduct of his business managers — The Management Group and attorneys Joel and Robert Mandel — who collected tens of millions of dollars of contingent fees, purportedly based on an oral contract, all at Mr. Depp’s expense.”

Kanny continued: “TMG actively concealed the true state of Mr. Depp’s finances while driving him deeper and deeper into financial distress.”

Depp’s lawsuit claims TMG skipped tax payments, issued unauthorized loans, and inflated prices for security services among other claims.

An attorney for The Management Group, Michael J. Kump, says the allegations from Depp are fabricated lies. He claims the actor never admitted any breach of contracts while the agreement lasted, adding that the company responsibly carried out their duties.

Kump says TMG did all it could to protect Depp from his excessive spending habit.

Media reports say Depp hired the Mandels in 1999 but their agreement wasn’t on a written contract.

However, the company has received 5% of the actor’s earnings from blockbuster movies such as the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise and other major releases which include “Alice in Wonderland” as well as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).”

The lawsuit against TMG states that it failed to present Depp’s tax returns on time – a shortcoming which cost him about $5.7 million in penalties.

His divorce from ex-wife Amber Heard has been finalized after the actor was ordered to pay her $7 million in installments.

Amber said she has earmarked the funds for two charities.

Depp’s lawsuit against TMG was filed on the same day his divorce financial settlement was concluded.

Suarez advises Barcelona to play wisely with Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi may have lost a lot to his rival Cristiano Ronaldo but the Argentine hasn’t given up – not even with his recent exploits as “the world’s best free-kick taker”.

The famous No. 10 recently ran riot with goals from dead balls though he’s yet to sign a contract extension with Barca.

Messi scored free kick goals for La Blaugranas in their Copa del Rey first leg match against Athletic Bilbao at San Mames. He also scored in Barca’s victory over Villarreal during their La Liga derby, and another one as they met Bilbao again.

The 29-year-old’s first three goals since this year has been through some silky free kicks.

Read: C. Ronaldo Was Unlucky To Be Born In The Year Of Lionel Messi – Sevilla Boss, Jorge Sampaoli Says.

“Congratulations on scoring your 26th free kick goal,” Ronald Koeman, the former Netherlands defender, wrote in his congratulatory message to Messi.

“One to go to break another record,” Koeman added.

Unfortunately for the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner, his best friends – Neymar and Suarez, have already secured their future with the Spanish giants while Barca CEO Oscar Grau claims there’s a great chance Messi will leave.

Image: Suarez, Neymar and Messi.

According to a report from Marca, Grau suggests that the club’s purse has been upended since both South American stars got their contracts with Messi lagging behind.

Read: Coaching Messi And Argentina Is A Dream – Jorge Sampaoli.

However, Suarez has urged Barcelona management to apply common sense and reach an agreement with their legendary player.

“Messi is the best player in the world, what has to be done is that the club needs to renew his contract and to not use common sense,” he said.

Read: ‘No Disrespect To Ronaldo, But Messi Is On A Higher Level,’ Pep Guardiola Says.

Lionel Messi’s contract at Camp Nou has been a problem since last summer when he notified the club of his intentions to leave.

$2,900 mobile house: This made-in-China car is the real deal

During last weekend’s mobile house exhibition held in Chongqing, China, this mini car-home made headlines around the country.

Mini motor home stuns enthusiastic travelers

For its deluxe appearance and compact style, a lot of car collectors are reportedly making bids for such customized home on wheels.

The interior of the motor home serves as a room.

It was sold for 20,000 yuan (around $2,900), local reports confirm.

The strictly-for-two homemade vehicle measures 2.4 meters in length and 1.7 meters in width. It weighs less than half a ton.

Mini motor home stuns enthusiastic travelers

The rear side of the car serves as a kitchen, and the manufacturer says: “It is built for parking convenience.”

He told reporters that the car has passed through road tests, adding that he has personally driven it to many provinces around China.

Mini motor home stuns enthusiastic travelers

Analysts believe the demand for motor homes in China will reach around 100,000 by the end of 2017.

“Self-drive travel is expected to account for more than 70 percent of all trips by the end of 2020,” said a spokesperson for CCFANGCHE, a motor home rental company.

£7.6m Mansion: Celine Dion to sell the luxe home she shared with late husband Rene Angelil

Celine Dion has offered her luxurious Parisian home for sale at an estimated £7.6m price.

She shared the mansion with her late husband Rene Angelil, who died earlier last year. It reportedly features five bedrooms, a spa, a wine cellar and more.

Rene Angelil and Celine Dion

Rene died of cancer at the age of 73. He was Celine’s manager until June 2014 when he withdrew from the position due to his battle with throat cancer.

Later in August that year, the “Titanic” singer also had to put her career on hold so she could stay by his side.

She recently admitted that she felt very scared that Rene would hurt himself if he missed her so much.

In her confessional statement, Celine revealed: “Rene wanted to die in my arms but, alas, I was singing that night. He must have wanted to get up and he fell on the floor.”

She continued: “Normally, after my show when he had taken his last medications, I gave him a kiss, tucking him in and sent him off to sleep.

“That evening I didn’t want to wake him. It was the nurse who found him the next day. Distraught, she came to find me. I went into the room.”

Read:Emotional Celine Dion Deserves The ICON AWARD.

“We have determined Mr. Angelil’s death was due to natural causes. No further investigation into his death is expected,” the coroner concluded.

Rene, a Canadian music producer, singer and talent manager, died on 14 January, 2016.

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The Parisian mansion was where Celine’s husband spent his last days until he passed away. And media reports say the home which also features a cinema room is more likely to attract many buyers. It’ll cost a whooping  £7.6 million.

A report from The Mirror says this exotic property boasts of a 24-hour security.

With a clear view of the Eiffel Tower, Rene’s mansion is located at a place which has been described in the media as strictly for the nouveau riche.

Here are some pictures from the luxury home:

Celine Dion and Rene stayed married for 21 years until he died. Reports claim Rene was the only man she has ever known.

The couple bought this isolated mansion way back in 2008, and spent some time there together except when she’s in the United States or elsewhere for her performances.

A report from The Daily Mail says Celine regrets not being around when Rene gave up the ghost. She was performing on stage at the time.

Cristiano Ronaldo could be the Chinese Super League’s biggest deal

Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has revealed that he received a jaw-dropping offer worth €100 per year from a Chinese Super League club.

Image: Jorge Mendes

Mendes spoke to Sky Sports Italia before the weekend but failed to name the Chinese club which made this mouth-watering proposal.

Speculations in the media however say it’d be nearly impossible for Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid for financial gains.

The 50-year-old Portuguese football agent said: “From China, they’ve offered €300 million to Real Madrid and more than €100 million per year to the player.

“But money is not everything. Real Madrid is his life. Cristiano is happy at Real Madrid and it is impossible to go to China.”

Ronaldo recently won a 2016 Club World Cup trophy after the Spanish giants triumphed over a Japanese club side Kashima Antlers. CR7 netted a hat-trick in the match.

The Portuguese international has also championed the course of Madrid’s 2016/17 La Liga campaign; having won the 2016 World Best Players, 2015/2016 Champions League trophy, and the Euro 2016 glory with Portugal.

Mendes continued: “The Chinese market is a new market. They can buy a lot of players, but then again it is impossible to go for Ronaldo.

“Cristiano is the best player in the world and best ever. It is normal to have some offers.

“He won the European Championship with Portugal, it’s like winning the Italian league with Genoa: they were not the favorite,” the super-agent added.

Image: Jorge Mendes and Jose Mourinho

The Shanghai SIPG recently lured Brazilian player Oscar to China. A whooping £60 million transfer fee was paid for the former Chelsea forward, reports confirm.

Money is not everything for a footballer, as Mendes rightly said. However, if Ronaldo decides to move over to China for the cash, the €300m transfer fee would have come close to tripling Pogba’s world record switch (€105m) from Juventus to Manchester United.

The proposed salary is also estimated to be around six times his current earnings at Santiago Bernabue.

Image: Jorge Mendes and Cristiano Ronaldo

Mendes, often referred to as a “super-agent”, has been crowned Best Agent of the Year at the Globe Soccer Awards for a record six consecutive times (2010 to 2015).

Among his clients, including players and coaches, are: Aitor Karanka, Anderson, André Gomes, Burak Yılmaz, Carlos Queiroz, Cristiano Ronaldo, David de Gea, Diego Costa, Fábio Coentrão, James Rodríguez, João Moutinho, José Mourinho, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Nani, Pepe, Radamel Falcao, Renato Sanches, Ricardo Carvalho, Ricardo Quaresma, Simão, Víctor Valdés andYacine Brahimi.

Sam Allardyce reveals he rejected a big-money offer from China

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce said he turned down a mouth-watering offer from a Chinese Super League (CSL) club. The Asian club made their proposal after he was fired as England manager in September.

The 62-year-old says he’s shocked at the sudden rush to China following Oscar’s recent switch to Shanghai SIPG for £52 million.

“Money talks,” the former West Ham manager told UK’s Daily Star.

Oscar

Image shows the former Chelsea player, Oscar, who currently plays for Shanghai SIPG.

“I didn’t go. I could have gone. I preferred to stay here. It’s difficult for a player for a player or club to turn that down.

“It’s just the way of the world and changing forces in the football world.

“China has decided it wants to be a force and have decided the way to do it is to buy the best players and pay over the odds. Time will tell if it’s the right thing to do.”

Big Sam said he’s worried that the weird spending habits of most Chinese clubs may turn out disastrous for top flight football. He believes the round leather game will be doomed if big stars are lured away for the money.

“We didn’t want to lose Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo (to Spain),” he advised.

Two Chinese clubs – Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao and Beijing Guoan – were reported to have offered a £700,000 per week contract to have England captain, Wayne Rooney.

“But it’s a small world today in football terms and players will pick up their boots and travel,” Big Sam bemoaned the ugly trend.

“What we have to do is encourage the growth of our younger players and produce better talent.”

Draxler completes PSG move

Julian Draxler has completed a move to PSG for an undisclosed fee. The former Scalke 04 player who made 118 appearances and scored a total of 18 goals for the club,  joined Wolfsburg on 31 August, 2015.

Image: Julian Draxler

The Germany international footballer signed a five-year deal with Wolfsburg, also for an undisclosed fee.

However, Sky Sports confirmed “the German international will join PSG in January for a fee of around £38m,” adding that there’s a great chance “the deal could rise to £41m on appearances.” 

According to a report from VFL Wolfsburg’s website, Draxler has been transferred on a four-year deal, pending results from his medical examination.

“We had been in talks with PSG for Draxler and we have now reached an agreement,” the club said.

A report from Marca also confirms the player’s move to PSG will be finalized during January’s transfer window. The two clubs have however reached agreements on the deal.

Draxler first played in the Bundesliga on 15 January 2011 though his team lost 0–1 loss to Hamburg. The debut put him on records as the fourth youngest Bundesliga player ever.

A week later, he started the match against Hannover 96 which ended in Schalke’s favor 1-0. The player then became the second youngest field player after Nuri Şahin to ever start a Bundesliga game.

FIFA’s official website describes Draxler as “tall, fast, with a keen eye for goal, and an exceptional talent in one-on-one situations from his regular position as a left-sided attacking midfielder”.

Draxler started his youth football career with Schalke 04 between 2001 to 2011 before getting promoted into the club’s first team (2011-2015).