The Tragically Hip lead singer Gord Downie has terminal cancer



Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip will go on tour this summer because it "feels like the right thing to do" after lead singer Gord Downie found out he has terminal brain cancer. Downie, 52, considered by many as one of Canada's greatest ­songwriters, was given the diagnosis in December and has been "fighting hard", the band said on their website and Facebook page. "So after 30-some years together as The Tragically Hip, thousands of shows, and hundreds of tours ... We've decided to do another one," the band said. "This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us." Details of the tour will be announced this week. ­Canadian prime minister ­Justin Trudeau was among those who expressed ­admiration for Downie on Twitter after his illness was announced. – Reuters

Twofour54 to host workshops by leading names in TV comedy

The brains behind some of the world's most successful TV comedy shows are coming to Abu Dhabi to host a series of workshops on how to thrive in the media world. Twofour54 and America Abroad Media (AAM) are bringing Greg Daniels, a former writer of The Simpsons and co-creator of King of the Hill, the US version of The Office, and Parks & Recreation; and Benjamin Silverman, executive director of The Office, The Tudors and Ugly Betty. Also appearing will be Howard T Owens, founder of production company ­Propagate Content and former president of National Geographic Channels; and Brian Edelman, the chief executive of digital agency Rain. The workshops will take place from Monday to Wednesday at twofour54's HQ, including three free sessions open to all. Visit www.twofour54.com/events for more details. – Jessica Hill

Pink Panther star Burt Kwouk dead at 85

British actor Burt Kwouk, best known for his role as Inspector Clouseau's manservant Cato Fong in the Pink Panther films, has died at the age of 85. Born in northern England but raised in China, Kwouk's career began on British television in the 1950s. He appeared in some of the best-known shows, most notably Last of the Summer Wine and the 1980s drama Tenko, about women in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during the Second World War. He also starred in numerous films, among them three James Bond movies, including Goldfinger. – Reuters

Salman Khan performs his own wrestling stunts

Actor Salman Khan, who plays a wrestler in director Ali Abbas Zafar's film Sultan says that most of the fights in the movie were 100 per cent authentic. "When Ali told me the story, I thought, 'I'll be able to do it'. But then while doing it, opposite me were ... real wrestlers." he says "Most of the shots in the film are real ... there is lot of contact happening in the film. When they lift you and put to the ground it used to hurt, they were 120 to 130 kilos." Salman plays the title character in the film, a wrestler who won a gold medal for India and who returns to the sport after many years and has to be coached back to peak fitness. "When a wrestler trains, he trains for two to three hours and then two to three hours again in the evening ... and six to seven hours of shooting every day non-stop, fighting non-stop. So those six hours in those lights and the training, that took a toll," says Khan. – IANS

Being a mother is Bachchan’s main priority

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who has a four-year-old daughter with husband and fellow actor Abhishek Bachchan, says while she loves acting, raising a family is her main calling. During a question-and-­answer session on Twitter, she wrote: "Being a mom tops my priority list. I am committed as an actor and it's there for you to see." Talking about her latest movie Sarbjit, in cinemas now, which tells the hard-hitting story of an Indian farmer who was held captive in a Pakistan jail after wandering over the border, Bachchan said that she hoped to do more biopics. When she was asked about her father-in-law Amitabh ­Bachchan's reaction to her performance in the film, she said: "Pa put his arm around me and said 'You did a very good job'". – IANS

RESULTS

Bantamweight: Jalal Al Daaja (JOR) beat Hamza Bougamza (MAR)

Catchweight 67kg: Mohamed El Mesbahi (MAR) beat Fouad Mesdari (ALG)

Lightweight: Abdullah Mohammed Ali (UAE) beat Abdelhak Amhidra (MAR)

Catchweight 73kg: Mosatafa Ibrahim Radi (PAL) beat Yazid Chouchane (ALG)

Middleweight: Yousri Belgaroui (TUN) beat Badreddine Diani (MAR)

Catchweight 78KG: Rashed Dawood (UAE) beat Adnan Bushashy (ALG)

Middleweight: Sallah-Eddine Dekhissi (MAR) beat Abdel Enam (EGY)

Catchweight 65kg: Yanis Ghemmouri (ALG) beat Rachid Hazoume (MAR)

Lightweight: Mohammed Yahya (UAE) beat Azouz Anwar (EGY)

Catchweight 79kg: Souhil Tahiri (ALG) beat Omar Hussein (PAL)

Middleweight: Tarek Suleiman (SYR) beat Laid Zerhouni (ALG)

KEY DATES IN AMAZON'S HISTORY

July 5, 1994: Jeff Bezos founds Cadabra Inc, which would later be renamed to Amazon.com, because his lawyer misheard the name as 'cadaver'. In its earliest days, the bookstore operated out of a rented garage in Bellevue, Washington

July 16, 1995: Amazon formally opens as an online bookseller. Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought becomes the first item sold on Amazon

1997: Amazon goes public at $18 a share, which has grown about 1,000 per cent at present. Its highest closing price was $197.85 on June 27, 2024

1998: Amazon acquires IMDb, its first major acquisition. It also starts selling CDs and DVDs

2000: Amazon Marketplace opens, allowing people to sell items on the website

2002: Amazon forms what would become Amazon Web Services, opening the Amazon.com platform to all developers. The cloud unit would follow in 2006

2003: Amazon turns in an annual profit of $75 million, the first time it ended a year in the black

2005: Amazon Prime is introduced, its first-ever subscription service that offered US customers free two-day shipping for $79 a year

2006: Amazon Unbox is unveiled, the company's video service that would later morph into Amazon Instant Video and, ultimately, Amazon Video

2007: Amazon's first hardware product, the Kindle e-reader, is introduced; the Fire TV and Fire Phone would come in 2014. Grocery service Amazon Fresh is also started

2009: Amazon introduces Amazon Basics, its in-house label for a variety of products

2010: The foundations for Amazon Studios were laid. Its first original streaming content debuted in 2013

2011: The Amazon Appstore for Google's Android is launched. It is still unavailable on Apple's iOS

2014: The Amazon Echo is launched, a speaker that acts as a personal digital assistant powered by Alexa

2017: Amazon acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, its biggest acquisition

2018: Amazon's market cap briefly crosses the $1 trillion mark, making it, at the time, only the third company to achieve that milestone

Ponti

Sharlene Teo, Pan Macmillan

Brief scores:

Toss: Northern Warriors, elected to field first

Bengal Tigers 130-1 (10 ov)

Roy 60 not out, Rutherford 47 not out

Northern Warriors 94-7 (10 ov)

Simmons 44; Yamin 4-4

All about the Sevens

Cape Town Sevens on Saturday and Sunday: Pools A – South Africa, Kenya, France, Russia; B – New Zealand, Australia, Spain, United States; C – England, Scotland, Argentina, Uganda; D – Fiji, Samoa, Canada, Wales

HSBC World Sevens Series standing after first leg in Dubai 1 South Africa; 2 New Zealand; 3 England; 4 Fiji; 5 Australia; 6 Samoa; 7 Kenya; 8 Scotland; 9 France; 10 Spain; 11 Argentina; 12 Canada; 13 Wales; 14 Uganda; 15 United States; 16 Russia

The specs: Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Price, base: Dh1,731,672

Engine: 6.5-litre V12

Gearbox: Seven-speed automatic

Power: 770hp @ 8,500rpm

Torque: 720Nm @ 6,750rpm

Fuel economy: 19.6L / 100km

TWISTERS

Director: Lee Isaac Chung

Starring: Glenn Powell, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Anthony Ramos

Rating: 2.5/5