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BBC Striclty Come Dancings Giovanni Pernice gushes over gorgeous night as he reunites with ex-partner after show exit
Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice has gushed over his 'gorgeous night' with his former dance partner following his surprise exit from the BBC One show. The dancer has been keeping busy and keeping his spirits up after being forced out of the dance competition. Giovanni had to leave the hit dance contest last week after his celebrity dance partner Amanda Abbington confirmed she couldn't continue. The Actress pulled out of one of the live shows due to "medical reasons". But before she and Giovanni were due to return for last weekend's Halloween special, it was announced that Amanda would be leaving the competition due to "personal reasons". The Sherlock star later said: "It is with deepest regret that I had to leave Strictly. I did not come to this decision easily or lightly but for personal reasons, I am unable to continue." READ MORE: Joe Wicks praised for his honesty as he tells fans he's 'getting his s**t together' READ MORE: Read more of today's top stories from the Manchester Evening News Giovanni spoke out at the time with a simple message to his celebrity dance partner. "Amanda … I am so sad we can’t continue but I am proud of what we achieved and I am sending you so much love," he said alongside a picture of the pair in Christmas pyjamas taken during Movie Week. But while he hasn't spoken out on his premature exit from Strictly 2023 since, Giovanni has been keeping busy. Earlier this week, after months of teasing, the 33-year-old Italian-born star revealed that he is releasing his own fragrance for men and women. "My dream come true is finally here!" he wrote alongside a promo shot earlier this week. "VITA is my new fragrance for men and Women - an intoxicating scent that captures the sensuality, vitality and energy of Sicily. "I have long been passionate about fragrance and the way scent can captivate the emotions and transport us to another place. VITA is the embodiment of my passions, a personal and complex fragrance which slowly seduces as it unfolds on the skin." He added: "I hope you love VITA as much as I do. Go to gpvita.com to find out more. Giovanni [heart emoji]." Giovanni and Rose enjoyed a glass of fizz before the ballett (Image: Giovanni Pernice Instagram) However, on Wednesday night (November 1), Giovanni enjoyed some time out from his work duties and reunited with Rose Ayling-Ellis. Giovanni and former EastEnders star Rose won the hearts of the nation back in 2021 when she became the first deaf person to compete - and later win - the dance contest. Taking to his Instagram Story, Giovanni shared a video of himself sitting opposite Rose as they enjoyed a glass of fizz at the Royal Opera House. And he proved the pair are still on it with the banter between one another as he told her to drink her champagne as her 'breath stinks'. The pair then headed to watch The Cellist - a one-act ballet about British cellist Jacqueline du Pré, choreographed by Cathy Marston. Giovanni and Rose were later seen with the star of the show, Mayara Magri, backstage. Giovanni was full of praise for the show (Image: Giovanni Pernice Instagram) "There are dancers and there are DANCERS!" Giovanni started to type alongside a backstage snap of the group. "What a talent this woman is @maymagriofficial. Thank you @salscalzo @royaloperahouse for having us!" he continued before adding: "Gorgeous night of pure dance," with a red heart. And it appears the dancing bug took over Rose and Giovanni later shared a video of the actress back at home trying to practise some ballet moves. "She got inspired apparently..." Giovanni typed alongside the clip which he posted to his Instagram Story.
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Star Wars Director Says It's About Time A Woman Makes A Star Wars Movie
Jan 02, 2024
Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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NBA Names Clare Akamanzi CEO Of NBA Africa
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The NBA named Clare Akamanzi – an accomplished business executive and international trade and investment lawyer – as CEO of NBA Africa. Akamanzi will start her position on Jan. 23, 2024, and report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. In this role, Akamanzi will oversee the NBA’s business and basketball development efforts in Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball, the NBA and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) across the continent, including through grassroots basketball development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, and social responsibility initiatives that improve the livelihoods of African youth and families. For the last six and a half years, Akamanzi was CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), where she spearheaded Rwanda’s economic development by enabling private sector growth. Under Akamanzi’s leadership, RDB implemented several business policy reforms and initiatives that led to significant investment and development for the country, including through partnerships with the BAL, Arsenal FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Bayern Munich and TIME Magazine, among others. “Clare’s business acumen, international experience and familiarity with basketball and the NBA make her the ideal executive to lead our business in Africa,” says Tatum. “NBA Africa and the Basketball Africa League are well-positioned for continued growth, and under Clare’s leadership we believe these initiatives will transform economies, communities and lives across the continent.” “I’ve seen firsthand how sports can positively impact businesses, families and communities in Africa, and the NBA and the BAL are a perfect example of that,” says Akamanzi. “The NBA has done an incredible job growing basketball and the economy around it across the continent, and I’m excited about the enormous opportunities ahead to build on that momentum.” Previously, Akamanzi was Chief Operating Officer of RDB and Head of Strategy and Policy Unit, Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda. She has extensive international trade, business and diplomatic experience, having previously worked for the Rwandan Government at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Rwandan Embassy in London, England. Akamanzi has worked or studied in seven different countries and holds an honorary LLD from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in recognition of her work in Rwanda. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of three prestigious awards for academic excellence and distinguished contribution to the community: the Lucius N. Littauer Fellows Award, the Raymond & Josephine Vernon Award and the Robert Kennedy Public Service Award. In addition, Akamanzi holds a Master of Laws degree in international trade and investments from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Akamanzi has served on several company boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation, ECOBANK and Aviation, Travel and Logistics (ATL) company. She was recognized by Forbes as one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women in 2020.
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