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‘Keep me in your prayers’: Justin Bieber tells fans as he is stuck with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

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After cancelling a series of shows on his latest tour, Justin Bieber revealed that a virus has caused “full paralysis” on one side of his face. “I’m just physically, obviously not capable of doing them,” He said, on his cancelled shows.

The 28-year-old singer opened up about the condition, that has rendered his half-face paralysed, in an Instagram video recently. “Obviously, as you can probably see from my face, I have this syndrome called Ramsay Hunt syndrome and it is from this virus that attacks the nerve in my ear and my facial nerves and has caused my face to have paralysis,” he said. He added that he’s doing facial exercises “to get my face back to normal and it will go back to normal, it’s just time”. “This is pretty serious as you can see. I wish this wasn’t the case but obviously, my body is telling me I got to slow down and I hope you guys understand and I’ll be using this time to rest and relax and get back to 100 per cent so that I can do what I was born to do,” he added.

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What is Ramsay Hunt Syndrome ?

Named after James Ramsay Hunt, a physician who first described the disorder in 1907, the disorder is sometimes known as herpes zoster oticus because of the characteristic ear rash. The symptoms of Ramsay Hunt syndrome include paralysis (palsy) of the facial nerve and a rash affecting the ear. Often, only one side of the face is affected, and the facial muscles affected by nerve palsy may be weak or feel stiff and may result in the inability of affected individuals to smile, wrinkle the forehead or close their eye on the affected side. Additionally, in some cases, speech may become slurred.

What causes this syndrome?

According to the US based National Organization for Rare Diseases, Ramsay Hunt syndrome is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chickenpox and shingles.

It is important to note that the virus can remain dormant for decades in a person who has had chickenpox as a child. “Reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus results in shingles and, in some cases, develops into Ramsay Hunt syndrome,” the report said. Interestingly, the actual reason for the virus reactivating and its affects on the facial nerve in Ramsay Hunt syndrome is not known yet.

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Yo Yo Honey Singh’s Casanova gets grandiose launch in Dubai

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A music video, the product of an interesting collaboration of international talent and shot at a nightclub in Dubai, was released on Sunday evening at Dubai Festival City waterfront with a laser show and fireworks.

Produced by Beast Music, the single Casanova is touted to be part of the web series 7th Sense which is in the works for the OTT platform. It is an international collaboration with two producers from India and Pakistan, sung by Yo Yo Honey Singh (New Delhi), American rapper Lil Pump (Miami) and DJ Shadow (Dubai).

Producer Gaurang Doshi, of Aankhen fame, has collaborated with Pakistan’s Rocky Khan, to conceive Casanova and presented it on a grand scale with all bells and whistles on display in the laser presentation. Indian actor Vivek Oberoi was also present as special guest.

The façade of the Intercontinental Hotel that lines up on the waterfront also serves as the canvas for the motion poster for the 7th Sense series and also Line of Fire, both productions which have been announced earlier but delayed. Doshi attributed the setbacks to Covid, but assured that things were back on track, along with Roadies host Rannvijay Singh who was the emcee for the event.

“When Covid kicked we couldn’t do much but we could not sit idle as well,” Doshi said. “So among many others that we [him and Khan] discussed, this video was something that we were all keen on and on the same page. And where else such as international collaboration happen than in Dubai.”

Even the song has a depth of international flavours as DJ Shadow said: “ For the past one year, I have travelled across the global. I picked up cues from the music scene in South America, Nigeria … there is some Latin hymns. So we have tried to do something different here.”

Waxing eloquent about the ‘different’ and grand approach of Doshi, partner Khan added: “Who else can think of such a unique and magnificent display to launch the video than Gaurang. It was a great learning experience to do this with him. It has not been easy, he is tough to please but his vision is amazing and it is so great to work with him.”

The grandiose show featured laser searchlights, fire effects, geysers, choreographed fountain and lights, fireworks and graphics on spraying fountain water. According to a claim by the organisers, it was the first time in history that a song was choreographed on laser, fountain and fireworks during its launch.

Although Lil Pump and Honey Singh were absent, representatives from other sponsors such as the Futtaim Group, Bhutani Infra, Satoshi FX, DEX Sports Radio and others were present. Members from the audience won gift vouchers randomly handed out by the celebrities on stage.

The choreographed fountain on the CASANOVA music will be played thrice a day for the next month. You can catch a glimpse of it on our Instagram page.  Within 24 hours, the video crossed 5.6 million views on Youtube.

— Staff report

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Dates revealed for Global Village Season 27

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Hurrrray.…the countdown begins.

Global Village has announced its opening date for its coming season. The popular family-friendly destination will reopen on October 25, although little other details are known yet including when exactly it will run until and what will be new. However, on the official website, it says Season 27 followed by the dates “October 2022 — April 2023” which follows the typical dates the attraction usually stays open for.

Last season’s Global Village had a record 7.8 million guests visit during the six months it was operational. This also includes an extended period, which saw the attraction stay open for an extra four weeks until May 7.

The destination marked its 26th season with 26 pavilions representing more than 80 cultures from around the world.

Among the countries and continents represented were: the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Afghanistan, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, South Korea, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Yemen, Russia, the Americas, Africa and Europe.

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BTS announce hiatus, to focus on solo projects

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BTS’s band members—who include RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook—announced they are taking a hiatus in a video posted to social media on June 14.

“We’re each going to take some time to have fun and experience lots of things,” Jungkook said. “We promise we will return someday, even more mature than we are now.” As they celebrated their nine-year long journey, the music band shared with their fans that they are planning to take a break to focus on their individual interests.

Band leader RM or Namjoon said that the whole K-Pop Idol thing is a constant work, which doesn’t really give artistes time to focus on their own careers as solo performers, which is what they now intend to do with their break.“I always thought that BTS was different from other groups, but the problem with K-pop and the whole idol system is that they don’t give you time to mature. You have to keep producing music and keep doing something,” said the rapper. Meanwhile, Jimin said that this was a tough decision to take as they feel bad for letting down their fans in some respect. “We can’t help but think of our fans no matter what. We want to be the kind of artistes that are remembered by our fans. I think that’s why we are going through a rough patch right now. We are trying to find our identity and that’s an exhausting and long process.”
Suga, 29, noted that the “hardest thing” lately has been writing lyrics and that “we need something to say … you can’t force it. I have to talk about something that I really feel, but right now I’m just squeezing it out because we have to satisfy people’s wants and the listeners … it’s so painful.”

This news isn’t going down smooth like butter.

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