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Brit Awards announces first all-female Critics' Choice shortlist

Before they were famous, Sam Smith, Florence + The Machine, Adele and Emeli Sande were all tipped for success by the Brits’ Critics’ Choice award. This year’s line-up has just been announced and, for the first time, it’s an all-female field. Birmingham-born MC Stefflon Don is joined on the list by soul singers Jorja Smith and Mabel. The winner will be announced on 4 December, ahead of next year’s Brit Awards. Stefflon Don has already tasted chart success this year, reaching the top 10 with Hurtin’ Me, and featuring in…

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'It's John's': Chrissy Teigen announces she is expecting her second child on Instagram

One of the internet’s favourite Hollywood power couples, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, just announced they are expecting baby number two. After celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary in September, Teigen shared a video on Instagram, hilariously captioning the video, “It’s John’s!” “Luna, what’s in here” Teigen says in the clip, while the couple’s 19 month-old daughter Luna Simone points to her mother’s stomach, saying “Baby!” several times. Chrissy Teigen,and John Legend arrive at the Oscars this year. Photo: AP Legend quipped in response, “Maury will have the final word on this,”…

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Travel 

News: WTM 2017: Rotana announces opening of 14 new hotels by end of 2018

Rotana Hotels & Resorts is pressing forward with an inspired growth plan with 14 new properties across the UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Oman, Iran, Iraq and Tanzania. The new openings will take place in the coming year, bringing Rotana’s hotel portfolio to 71 by the end of 2018, enforcing the group’s vision of operating 100 hotels by 2020. Rotana, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has also just released year-on-year figures showing that UK room nights at Rotana properties in Abu Dhabi grew by 6.9 per…

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Gaming 

Facebook Announces Oculus Go, a $199 Standalone VR Headset

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Oculus was started as a PC-focused virtual reality platform before Facebook acquired the company, but it has since ventured into mobile VR with the Samsung Gear VR partnership. Now, Oculus is preparing its first all-in-one VR headset known as the Oculus Go. It’s coming to a face near you next year for a mere $ 199. Oculus is positioning the Go as an easier way to get into VR, which Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopes…

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Nicola Sturgeon announces Scottish energy firm

The Scottish government is to set up a publicly-owned, not-for-profit energy company, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed. The SNP leader told the party’s conference that the company will sell energy to customers at “as close to cost price as possible”. Ms Sturgeon said it would be set up by 2021, and would give people – particularly on low incomes – more choice of which supplier to use. She also said the SNP will “always make the case for independence”. And while the Scottish government has delayed plans for a second independence…

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Scottish government announces mental health funding boost

Mental health services are to be boosted by £500,000 of extra funding, the Scottish government has announced. The funding comes on top of the existing £1,125,000 allocated to NHS 24 for mental health. It will be used to improve the services offered to people experiencing low mood, depression and anxiety, The number of people contacting NHS 24’s mental health line has more than doubled over the past decade, rising from 38,000 in 2006 to 87,000 in 2016. NHS 24 services support those who need unscheduled care but do not need…

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