Prince tribute kicks off with Obama

The long-awaited tribute to pop icon Prince opened Thursday night in his native Minnesota with an unexpected speaker — US President Barack Obama. Obama, a fan who invited Prince to play the White House, sent a brief video that opened the tribute concert at the 20,000-seat XCel Energy Center in Minnesota’s capital Saint Paul. “Thank you, Prince, for all the great works you have done. You will be in our hearts forever,” Obama said. Former White House adviser Van Jones, who revealed after Prince’s death that the pop star had turned to him for advice on how to make anonymous charitable contributions to various causes, said that fans would be surprised how much Prince funded. “I don’t think Prince wanted to save the world. I…

Carolina Herrera says it’s an honour to dress Melania Trump ‹› While a few designers have made news saying they would not dress the future first lady, Carolina Herrera said she’d be honoured if Melania Trump wore one of her outfits. The famed designer spoke about Trump on the red carpet before she got an honour of her own Monday night from the Women’s Leadership Council at Lincoln Center. Who might dress the wife of President-elect Donald Trump has become an issue after designers Sophie Theallet and Tom Ford, who have both dressed first lady Michelle Obama, said they wouldn’t do so for Trump, a former model. But when asked if she would, Herrera said, “Of course I will, as the first lady of this country I will. Of course.” She added, “It is an...

Elijah Wood returns to TV with ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ When Elijah Wood took on the role of the hobbit Frodo Baggins in the famed Lord of the Rings trilogy, he was plunged into the world of Middle-earth, where he had to contend with dragons, Orcs, Ents and a Gollum. Wood’s new project, BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, finds him in the real world, but its weirdness could rival Middle-earth. He plays Todd Brotzman, an unlucky hotel bellhop suddenly thrust into a sci-fi flavoured mystery populated by an assortment of bizarre characters, including Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett), an eccentric, fast-talking sleuth who believes in the “fundamental interconnectedness of all things” and sees Brotzman as the Watson to his Sherlock. Gently, based on a popular novel by Douglas Adams, marks a return...

Friday favorites at On Parenting Do you also start to read something and think: “I’ll save this for later when I have more time”? We thought we’d help and share a few favorites that we ran recently, in case you missed them. This piece by a pediatric critical-care nurse might have gotten lost during the holiday, but take a read if you want to be inspired by the strong, loving parents she meets. For the opposite end of the emotional spectrum, we had the always funny Jeff Vrabel, writing about that time the family lost his son’s favorite stuffed animal and how they attempted to rectify the situation. And perhaps we’ll all need one of these after the holidays. If only, right? This beautiful essay about helping a child learn to...

Kanye West hospitalised, tour cancelled Kanye West has been hospitalised after abruptly cancelling the last 21 dates of his national tour, according to reports from several media outlets. Citing anonymous law enforcement sources and West representatives, the media outlets reported that the hip-hop superstar was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon because of stress and exhaustion, and he is spending the night there for his own safety. Without confirming that the patient was West, Los Angeles police said that officers were called to a house on Laurel Avenue near West Hollywood for a disturbance at about 1.20pm. When they arrived it was clear that nothing criminal was occurring and it was a medical situation instead. Police said West was taken in an ambulance to the...

Quite the winner If you like western fare and baked goodies, Miss Ellie Tea House is worth visiting, writes Ewe Paik Leong I PUT the small clipboard on the table and lift the coloured papers attached together with a metal clip sheet by sheet. The first sheet lists the dinner specials, which are rotated regularly. Tonight, it’s Smashed (sic) Potato Chicken Salad and Spaghetti Chicken Carbonara. The listings on subsequent sheets are rather limited. There are no pictures; only short explanatory notes accompany the names of the dishes. Tea-smoked Salmon Salad Tikka Shepherd’s Pie and Creole-style Spaghetti with black mussels are among the standouts. Scones come in four flavours: Plain, oat, raisin and chocolate. About a dozen types of tea are available. I am shocked to learn that ...

Year-end travel campaign TRAVELOKA, a travel booking app for domestic and international destinations, is offering savings of up to least 25 per cent in its first ever Grand Year-End Plans campaign. You can book flights and hotels using its free app or website, using coupon codes on the Traveloka app and website to get up to RM150 discounts on flight and hotel bookings. Besides that, it has also partnered with over 100 hotels in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia to offer discounts via its Traveloka Big Hotel Sale, from now to Dec 6. The prices are only available on the free Traveloka App, so join over nine million users on Android and iOS to enjoy the same benefits. Customers who download the app can also enjoy extra convenience with features such as Price ...

Former workers reveal the things you should never, ever eat at McDonald’s It's no secret fast food isn't great for you but some of it may actually be worse than you think. A Reddit post asking "Fast food workers – What should we never order from you?", has seen people claiming to be employees sharing the dirty secrets of fast food chains, the New York Post reported. The thread received almost 16,000 replies. - and the hot tip? Stay away from the fish. Call_Me_Feefer alleged: "Fish fillet from McDonald's, I've seen those things sit there for hours before getting served."READ MORE:* A Big Mac for 75c? McDonald's goes back 40 years, takes prices with it* Hamburgers to your door: McDonald's moves into home delivery* We try the McDonald's 'secret menu'* The colonel's secret recipe revealed? Not so fast, says...