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Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie employ private judge to handle divorce

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt have agreed to keep a lid on it.

The couple, who have been trading bitter, publicly available custody salvos in court since she filed for divorce Sept. 19, are now working with a private judge and will present a “united front” from here on out, they said in their first joint statement since the split.

“The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues,” they said Monday night in a joint statement confirmed by the Los Angeles Times.

When Jolie filed for divorce, she asked for full physical and joint legal custody of their six children. In Pitt’s response, he asked for joint physical and legal custody.

“The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification,” the couple’s legalese-heavy statement continued.

Jolie’s filing came as “a complete shock” to Pitt, a source close to the couple told People in September. It was prompted, ultimately, by a spat between Pitt and their eldest son, Maddox, on a private plane inbound to L.A. from France.

Though an investigation into the incident was not confirmed by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, a source familiar with the inquiry said there was no finding of abuse by Pitt. The FBI closed its review of the situation in November, with no charges filed.

The Hollywood A-listers reached an informal, private temporary custody agreement at the end of September, but a court filing by Jolie weeks later made its details public. In early December, Pitt’s first request that their custody dealings be sealed was rejected by a judge. Jolie’s team labeled Pitt’s effort as “a thinly veiled attempt to shield himself, rather than the minor children, from public view.” Though the names of therapists making decisions about Pitt’s access to his kids had been revealed, a judge said the case didn’t yet meet the requirements to be sealed.

Pitt pressed the issue again a couple of weeks later, saying that Jolie had “no self-regulating mechanism” and was “determined to ignore even agreed upon standards relating to the children’s best interest.”

A hearing had been scheduled for January, CNN reported.

Right after Jolie filed for divorce, Stacy Phillips, a family law attorney with Blank Rome in Century City, said she found one aspect of the actress’ filing “a bit odd”: The fact that Jolie was asking for sole physical custody of the kids but joint legal custody, which includes the ability to make decisions about the children’s lives.

“If somebody’s not capable of having custodial time, then one would surmise that they’re not capable of making decisions,” she told The Times. But the fact that all six kids — three of them adopted and three of them born to the couple — were listed on the petition with Pitt and Jolie as mother and father is a good thing.

The pair of Oscar winners, whose separation date was Sept. 15, 2016, were legally married Aug. 14, 2014, and followed that up on Aug. 23 with a nondenominational ceremony held at their chateau in Provence, France, after a two-year engagement. They met while working on the movie “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” when Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston.

Source: Latimes.com

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Musicians B2C postpone maiden concert

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Musicians B2C have finally come of age and are set to finally hold their maiden concert. However, their plans have hit a hurdle.

The “Tokigeza” hitmakers, who had earlier on planned to hold their concert on August 31st, have been dealt a slight blow and forced to postpone the concert. This after their concert date clashed with Swangz Avenue 10th anniversary celebrations.

“We have built a reputation as peaceful musicians,” the singers explained. “So when we found our concert colliding with Swangz Avenue anniversary celebration, we sat down with them and reached an amicable resolution to postpone our concert.”

Despite the setback, the singers remain upbeat about their upcoming concert and have promised to give fans a concert to remember.

“Our fans have been begging us for a concert  for a long time, and we are finally ready to give in to their demand,” B2C said. “We have enough music to perform for more than three straight hours on stage, so our fans will not be disappointed.”

They boast of one music album titled “Born to Conquer” and several hit singles which include “Nyongera”, “Tokigeza”, “Njabala”, “Gutamiza”, and “Wanyonona” among others.

Their maiden concert will be held on Friday, September 7 at Freedom City. Tickets will cost 20K(ordinary), 300K(VIP) and 1 million (tables).

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“Days of Elijah” singer, Robin Mark coming to Uganda

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Renowned gospel singer Robin Mark is coming to Uganda, we have learnt. Famous for his song, “Days of Elijah”, he will be gracing the “Virtuous Woman” conference slated for late this month. The 61-year-old Irish musician will be escorted by his wife Jacqueline with whom they will lead worship at the annual event.

The “Virtuous Woman” conference is an annual women’s conference that brings together women from all churches and different spheres of life. The conference will this year focus on the things that make strong women who are very crucial as pillars of society in shaping culture among other things.

Pastor Deborah who is one of the brains behind this conference noted that, “the purpose of this conference is to reach out to the brokenhearted and the lost as part of our mandate to reach out to God’s people with the Love of God.”

This “Virtuous Woman” conference will run for 3 days — starting on 27th April at Omega Hotel in Jinja, then heading to Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala on 28th April and concluding on 29th April at Christ’s Heart Ministries’ Headquarters in Mukono.

The conference is organized by Christ’s Heart Ministries International headed by Bishop Isaiah Mbuga and Pastor Deborah Mbuga.

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Ykee Benda stars in World Cup anthem

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The official FIFA World Cup global anthem dubbed “Colours” has been released.

Created by Coca-Cola in partnership with global music icon Jason Derulo, “Colours” celebrates all of the vibrancy and excitement that comes with the arrival of the world’s biggest football tournament.

A localized version has also been created starring musician Ykee Benda to uniquely celebrate Uganda’s passion for football. Other top artists – Diamond Platnumz, South Africa’s Cassper Nyovest, Ethiopia’s Sami Dan and Mozambique’s Lizha James have also worked on localized versions to depict the colours and styles of their different countries.

Ricardo Fort, VP of Global Sports Partnerships at The Coca-Cola Company said, “We believe that music and football are intrinsically linked by the passions they evoke so we are excited to welcome Jason to the team and can’t wait to bring this upbeat anthem to the world ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™”.

Coca-Cola Uganda Brand Manager Ms. Miriam Limo expressed pride at the international recognition that this global endeavor has created for Ykee Benda and the other local artists.

“Providing a platform for renowned as well as upcoming and less mainstream artists to collaborate musically is the backbone of Coke Studio and we at Coca-Cola are always proud to see one of our local artists get recognized internationally. Having 2017 Coke Studio representative Ykee Benda participate in such a global project signifies the impact that the Coke Studio initiative has not only on the participating artists but also on Africa and the rest of the world,” she noted.

“Colours” will become the sound track to fans’ excitement for the tournament, as it begins playing across the world in the build up to the kick off.

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