Entertainment

Country Singer Joe Diffie Dies of Coronavirus Complications

VOA News By Associated Press NEW YORK - Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like "Home" and "Pickup Man," has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 61.   Diffie on Friday announced he had contracted the coronavirus, becoming the first country star to go public with such a diagnosis. Diffie's publicist Scott Adkins said the singer died Sunday due to complications from the virus.   Diffie, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 25 years. His hits…
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Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson Test Positive for Coronavirus in Australia

VOA News By Reuters LOS ANGELES - Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, have both tested positive for coronavirus in Australia, the actor said via Twitter. Hanks said that he and Wilson, who are both 63, were tested in Australia, where he is working on a film, after they felt tired and achy with slight fevers. “To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus and were found to be positive,” Hanks said in the tweet. The film star said that he and Wilson would be “tested, observed…
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Education

Attorney General Neronha warns of price gouging, other scams during COVID-19 outbreak

Attorney General Peter Neronha reminds Rhode Island residents to watch out for potential scams or instances of price gouging stemming from the outbreak of COVID-19. “These are unique and uncertain circumstances,” said Attorney General Peter F. Neronha. “The focus here has to be on public health, not profit. This Office is going to make sure people have access to the goods and services they need to minimize the threat from this public health emergency. Our commitment, as always, remains keeping Rhode Islanders safe.” Many consumer questions have emerged as a result of this public health emergency, from health insurance considerations…
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Entertainment

New York Prosecutor Says Former Movie Producer Weinstein Abused His Power

VOA News By Reuters NEW YORK - New York prosecutors told jurors that Harvey Weinstein abused his power and lacked empathy in a closing argument on Friday at the former movie producer's weeks-long rape trial, a milestone of the #MeToo movement. Setting the stage for the jury to begin deliberating next week, Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi said Weinstein, 67, had counted on his victims never coming forward.“ The defendant not only ran roughshod over the dignity and the very lives of these witnesses, but he also underestimated them," she said. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting former production…
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Art & Life

Pawtucket Mayor Grebien Announces Funding Opportunities to Pawtucket Arts

PAWTUCKET - Mayor Donald R. Grebien announces two City grant programs, oneto support 501 (c) 3 art organizations to pay operating expenses andanother to bring free artistic and musical programming in September duringthe upcoming Pawtucket Arts Festival. "Pawtucket truly is Rhode Island's creative community. By supporting ourarts community, we are able to bring quality programming to ourresidents," says Mayor Grebien. "Arts can also become a powerful economicengine to bring people to the city's arts studio's galleries, theatre,music venues and restaurants." According to Mayor Grebien, the Arts Panel Grants Program (APGP) bringsfree programing to the public at the Pawtucket Arts Festival.…
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Entertainment

Oscars Seen as Slow to Embrace Diversity

VOA News By Penelope Poulou Minorities account for two of the 20 actors and actresses nominated for Oscars this year, and no women were nominated in the Best Director category. Upon announcing the Oscar nominations, actress Issa Rae underscored these facts by remarking, “Congratulations to those men.” But why is there this lack of female and minority representation four years after the Academy announced it would strive for greater diversity? Despite the academy's unanimous 2016 vote "to double the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020," for a fourth consecutive year, change is being made but it…
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Entertainment

The Latin Recording Academy® Announces the Second Roster of Performers for the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®

MIAMI (NOV. 5, 2019) — The Latin Recording Academy® today announced additional performers for the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®, which includes current nominees Aitana, Anitta, Pedro Capó, Julio Reyes Copello, Darell, Dimelo Flow, Fonseca, Luis Fonsi, Greeicy, Intocable, Nella, Reik, Rosalía, and Alejandro GRAMMY® and GRAMMY® winner Pepe Aguilar, and past Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY nominees Los Ángeles Azules, also join the star-studded lineup.  In addition, current nominees Camilo, De La Ghetto, Paula Fernandes, Kany García, Christian Nodal, and Tommy Torres join as join previously announced performers Paula Arenas, Bad Bunny, Alessia Cara, Alejandro Fernández, Alex Fernández, Vicente Fernández, Natalia Jiménez, Juanes, Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández, Draco Rosa, Ximena Sariñana, Sech, Olga Tañón, and Sebastián Latin GRAMMY winner, 2006 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year™, and two-time GRAMMY winner Ricky Martin, alongside internationally renowned actresses  Roselyn Sánchez and Paz Vega, will host…
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Art & Life

THE 20TH ANNUAL LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS

Alejandro Fernández, Alex Fernández, and Vicente Fernández will perform together for the first time accompanied by Mariachi Sol de México MIAMI (OCT. 29, 2019) — The Latin Recording Academy® has announced the first roster of performers for the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®, which includes current nominees Paula  Arenas, Bad Bunny, Alessia Cara, Alex Fernández, Vicente Fernández, Draco Rosa, Ximena Sariñana, Sech, and Sebastián Yatra, in addition to Latin GRAMMY® winners Alejandro Fernández, Natalia Jiménez, and Olga Tañó; The 2019 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year™ and current Latin GRAMMY nominee Juanes will also perform a medley from his iconic ;Mariachi Sol de México will accompany the Fernándezes as the musical dynasty performs together for the first…
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Entertainment

Actor Huffman Starts Serving Prison Time in College Scam

VOA News By AP SAN FRANCISCO - “Desperate Housewives'' star Felicity Huffman — aka prisoner No. 77806-112 — reported Tuesday to a federal prison in California to serve a two-week sentence in a college admissions scandal that ensnared dozens of wealthy mothers and fathers trying to get their children into elite schools. Huffman's husband, actor William H. Macy, dropped her off at the Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin, a low-security prison for women in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to TASC Group, which represents Huffman. The prison has been described by media as “Club Fed,'' making its way onto a Forbes list…
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Entertainment

Facebook Plans Its Own Currency for 2 Billion-Plus Users

VOA News/Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook already rules daily communication for more than 2 billion people around the world. Now it wants its own currency, ;The social network unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday to create a new digital currency similar to Bitcoin for global use, one that could drive more e-commerce on its services and boost ads on its platforms. But the effort, which Facebook is launching with partners including PayPal, Uber, Spotify, Visa and Mastercard, could also complicate matters for the beleaguered social network. Facebook is currently under federal investigation over its privacy practices, and along with other…
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