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2019 is set to be an absolute smash for rising Irish star Dermot Kennedy, if this latest announcement is anything to go by.

News has just hit that the singer-songwriter from Dublin is set to hit the Coachella stage this April, joining the ranks of headliners such as Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino and Tame Impala.

The world famous California music festival attracts attention from all over the world for the big names it procures, and now Irish talent will be joining them.

The singer made the big announcement over Twitter, writing that the opportunity is "a dream come true" for the artist,

Despite the fact that Kennedy has yet to release an album, he has sold a whopping 75,000 tickets worldwide in the last year alone following the release of his EP, Doves and Ravens.

His latest track, Power Over Me, has generated over 300 million streams globally and the Dubliner has over 2.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify.. 

He is also part of YouTube's first ever Ones To Watch list, and his 2019 tour which kicks off in May has sold out four nights in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Brixton's O2 Academy and Manchester's Albert Hall.

Irish singer-songwriter Gavin James was the only Irish artist to make the Coachella 2018 list, which attracted 99,000 concert-goers to the festival.

Congratulations to Dermot, he'll do us proud.

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An aquarium in California, Los Angeles, has made a public apology on social media following  tweet which was made from their Twitter account. 

Monterey Bay Aquarium posted a snap of one of their otters, named Abby, in which they referred to her as 'thicc' and wrote: 'OH LAWD SHE COMIN.'

It seems that some people have taken issue with the use of these phrases, saying that they come from African American Vernacular English and refer to the bodies of black women, usually in a sexualised nature. 

'Hey everyone. It has come to our attention that some of the references in this tweet are problematic and insensitive,' the aquarium tweeted. We're posting here in the thread so that people who have engaged with this tweet will join us in our learning moment'

'If our tweet alienated you, please know that we are deeply sorry, and that we offer our sincerest apologies. If you follow our feed, we often reference popular memes to talk about the ocean. In this case, the memes used had connotations we were unaware of until now.'

'In particular, several terms referenced originated from African American Vernacular English (AAVE) and specifically reference Black women's bodies. Using them in a sea otter meme without that background makes insinuations we never intended. We need to do better.'

'Our mission is to inspire conservation of the ocean, and we're thankful for your support as we try to advance that mission on social media. We're also thankful for those of you out there pointing out our blindspots and how we can improve. Thanks everyone.'

There has been a huge division in the thread regarding whether or not the tweet had roots in racism. 

'Why would anyone take offence. It's an otter. It's about an otter. It is obviously incomparable to any human physique, race, or ethnicity. Focus on real problems, the actual bigots in offices, not non-factors like meme posts about an OTTER. Choose worthy battles,' wrote one follower. 

However, others felt that the tweet compared black women to animals: 'I’m certain that @MontereyAq didn’t realize that they were basically comparing Black women to animals by using AAVE developed to talk about Black women’s bodies to describe an animal,' wrote another. 

'Denying the harm done to black women and telling them to sit down and deal is a typical, privileged response,' wrote another. 

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Miley Cyrus stopped by Howard Stern's Siriux XM show yesterday to chat about her new song, Saturday Night live and her guest slot on the upcoming fifth series of dystopian Netflix thriller Black Mirror.

She dropped Nothing Breaks Like A Heart with Mark Ronson only a few weeks ago, and we are LOVIN' it. 

She's set to perform Happy Xmas (War is Over) with Ono Lennon on SNL, and will more than likely appear in a sketch or two. The buzz surrounding Black Mirror began when Cyrus was spotted filming in South Africa.

She commented about her involvement with the smash hit show (which honestly shakes us to our core) in a coy manner, but we all know it's damn truth and we cannot wait to see her act.

When Stern quizzed the singer on her guest role, she said; “If you guess it, then I will shake my head ‘yes.'” She nodded, confirming that our TV drama dreams have come true.

“The minute I say I never want to do something again, all of a sudden, there I am,” she added.

“I hate everything, but it was the first time I’ve left somewhere feeling really proud of my work…but you know if I like it that might mean it’s horrible.”

Speaking about her character on the show, she described her as having “a lot of dynamic”, and also mentioned the horrific wildfires which raged in California and destroyed her home. 

“There’s a lot of dimension to it, and actually it was while the devastation of Malibu was happening, and it was a really weird learning experience for me, because I was so far from home and the show is already really dark, and it’s already kind of eerie when you’re there the whole time," she said.

The Malibu songstress was also questioned on her friendship with fellow pop goddess Ariana Grande, and Miley claims that she texted the Thank U, Next icon following her much-publicised break-up with Pete Davidson a… cat emoji?

“I thought it was slightly even making her feel good, like maybe I was hitting on her a little bit.” I mean, Ari is a queen, so we support this.

We can't wait to see Miley hit our Netflix screens when the anticipated next season of Black Mirror is released, the countdown begins.

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Firefighters have been working tirelessly to put out the raging wildfires in California.

But it seems that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West paid for extra pairs of hands to save their neighbourhood.

Private firefighters – which are actually a thing – where allegedly hired by the couple to protect their home and the surrounding houses from being burnt to the ground.

Their $60 million mansion is situated at the end of a cul-de-sac, which means if it did catch fire, it would propose a risk to other homes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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TMZ reported that the private firefighters dug ditches around their property to stop the spread of the fire.

Their actions saved the family home and their neighbours' houses too.

A move which was welcomed by grateful residents – so Kim and Kayne can probably expect a lot of thank you dinner invites.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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From Kim's social media, it looks as if the young family found safety with Khloe after being evacuated last week.

The 38-year-old posted the CUTEST picture with niece, True.

In the caption, she said: "Trying to get my mind off of this fire and snuggling with my niece. We are all safe and that’s all that matters."

Other celebs that sought safety from the wildfires included Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Orlando Bloom. 

Miley took to social media to announced that she sadly lost her home during the fire.

It is estimated that around 300,000 people had to flee their homes due to the fatal wildfire. 

 

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Miley Cyrus has been left 'devastated' at the loss of her beloved Malibu home to the California wildfires, it has been reported.

The wildfires have destroyed thousands of homes across the west coast of America, ravaging land and leaving 230 people missing and a death toll of 31 so far.

In a series of tweets on Sunday night, the 25-year-old pop star confirmed the news of her home's destruction, and has stated her gratitude for the survival of her pets and 'love of my life', Liam Hemsworth.

Her pets were safely removed from the premises, and the singer called for fans to donate to the emergency services to prevent any further damage at all costs, especially loss of life.

She took the time to thank those who are supporting the relief efforts:

"Sending so much love and gratitude to the firefighters and LA country Sheriff’s department! If you are interested in getting involved see next tweet…. Donate $ , Time , Supplies I love you more than ever , Miley."

Other celebrities whose homes have been affected include Gerard Butler, Simon Cowell, Kim Kardashian West, Lady Gaga, Robin Thicke and Neil Young.

Actor Gerard Butler shared footage of the wreckage surrounding his home on social media, saying it was a "heartbreaking time" for Californians.

Caitlyn Jenner revealed to fans that the fire came within metres of her home.

"It was devastating out here in Malibu," she told Instagram followers. "You can see the hills are totally scorched. We're very, very lucky."

The fires have burned collectively over more than 6500 square kilometres, the rough equivalent to half the size of Sydney. 

US President Donald Trump has blamed the horrific wildfires which engulfed the state on "gross mismanagement".

The estimated amount of people who have been forced to flee their homes is roughly 300,000.

To give assistance to the emergency services, donate to the Red CrossThe CCF Wildfire Relief FundHumane Society of Ventura County, Baby2Baby or the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation

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Catastrophic wildfires have been blazing across Northern California, forcing people from their homes.

Thousands of civilians have been devastated by the fires’ rapid advancement and many have barely escaped its reaches in time.

According to the Irish Examiner, two fires bordering Mendocino and Lake counties have already destroyed seven homes and 107 square miles of rural land.

Further north, the Carr fire has tragically claimed six lives: two firefighters and four civilians (two of which were children).

Our hearts go out to the families of the victims, and we hope that the hard-working firefighters can gain some control over the giant wildfires.

It has also been reported that the Carr fire has also burned down 800 homes, leaving hundreds of families homeless and running from the quick moving fire.

Fire officials said that they have ordered 10,000 people to flee the area of Lake County and Mendocino National Forest.

12,000 fireman have been fighting the fires day and night, teaming up with aircrafts dropping water and flame retardant from above, and were able to get the flames 35% contained.

Scott McLean, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said the fire was the ninth most destructive wildfire in Californian history.

Along with the six lives it has claimed, the fire has burned down 818 homes and 311 outbuildings and damaged 165 homes, said the spokesperson.

“Anything could happen anywhere. That’s the nature of the beast for all of these fires,” Scott said, attributing the fast moving blaze to dry vegetation from the recent drought.

The Irish Examiner has reported that although 10,000 people were allowed to return to their homes, more than 27,000 people remained evacuated.

The northwest part of the Carr fire remains in full blaze, but other states have quickly stepped in to help California.

16 states across the US are sending resources to help local firefighters harness the wildfires.

We urge people in the area to stay up to date with news of the fires and take any advice given by firemen they talk to.

Hopefully, these extra supplies with help squelch the wildfires’ blaze soon

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The parents of 13 siblings who were found confined in a home in California have pleaded not guilty to their alleged crimes. 

Authorities believe that the 13 children imprisoned for years by their parents.

During this time they were beaten, shackled to their beds, starved for days and even taunted with food that they were not allowed to eat, a prosecutor said according to Reuters.

The siblings were described as 'malnourished' and underweight, and told authorities they were 'starving' when they were found.

The parents, David and Louise Turpin, were arrested after one child escaped and contacted authorities, leading to the discovery of her 12 imprisoned siblings. 

It was originally believed that all 13 were children due to their malnourishment, but it was later revealed that the siblings were ages between two and 29 years of age. 

David Turpin also stands accused of molesting one of his young children. 

The couple have pleaded not guilty to all of their charges, and did not address the court during proceedings. 

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A Californian community was left in shock today after 13 siblings were rescued from a residence in the Golden State.

The siblings were described as 'malnourished' and underweight, and told authorities they were 'starving.'

It was originally believes that all 13 were children due to their malnourishment, but it was later revealed that the siblings were ages between two and 29 years of age. 

Officers made the discovery after a 17-year-old girl escaped from the house on Sunday.

The girl then used a mobile phone she had found in the house to call 911.

The siblings are believed to have been kept hidden in the house and held captive by their parents. 

The children’s parents, David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, have been arrested and are currently being held on a  $9 million dollar bail.

They are facing counts of torture and child endangerment.

'Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house but were shocked to discover that seven of them were actually adults,' police said in a statement issued to The Guardian.

'The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty.' 

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Two of the music industry's best loved male performers could be teaming up to help a very deserving cause. 

In an effort to help those affected by the wildfires in Southern California, Justin Bieber and Niall Horan have both pledged their support, with the later suggesting that a charity single would be a "no brainer."

Speaking to Mirror Online, the Mullingar native explained that his house in LA is not too far from the location of the fires, and told how he was inspired to lend a hand when Justin released an Instagram video saying he would do whatever he could to restore the effected communities. 

 

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"We both live in LA and that's not too far from my house really, where all those fires are kicking off, it's absolutely horrific," Niall said. 

"Three to four hundred homes destroyed and people's lives in tatters, so I thought about it when Justin reached out and sent that video."

In the video, Justin said: "I'm going to have a conversation with some people and we are going to get moving on a solution. Obviously I'm not a fireman but I can use my resources to figure out ways to get some sort of restoration in certain communities.

"Fundraisers or whatever we can do. I'm going to get on that and in the meantime all the families and everyone who are struggling, just know that everything is going to be OK."

Niall quickly responded, (in the most Irish way possible) letting the Despacito singer know that he was willing and able to help. 

"Good man. Give me a shout if ya need a hand," he wrote. 

It is not yet known what fundraising method the star will choose, though we're sure these guys will produce something really special. 

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At least five people, including the gunman, are dead after a shooting at an elementary school in the USA.

Among the wounded, at least two are children.

Coy Ferreira, whose daughter attends the school, said to KRCR-TV that he thought he heard a firecracker when he was dropping her off at kindergarten.

He told KRCR-TV that he ran into a classroom with 14 students, one of whom was shot when the gunman shot a round through the window. 

'He's a really strong kid. I didn't know he was shot for a good thirty minutes until I got up to walk to the office in the classroom and I saw he had bloody clothes,” Ferreira said to KRCR-TV.

The incident occurred at Rancho Tehama School in Tehama County, 200km away from San Francisco. The town has a population of about 1,500 people.

The gunman was killed by authorities. 

People in the surrounding area said to the Los Angeles Times that they heard about 100 gunshots. The shooting happened over multiple sites.

'I know that we have airlifted a number of students,' Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told KCRA3.

'I know that the school's been cleared. I know that we have children that were attending school in a safe location at this time.'

The area remains on lockdown at this time. 

We will bring you more on this story as we have it. 

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At least three people are dead after a shooting at an elementary school in the USA.

Several students are also reported to be injured.

The incident occurred at Rancho Tehama School in Tehama County, 200km away from San Francisco. 

The gunman was killed by authorities. 

'I know that we have airlifted a number of students,' Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told KCRA3.

'I know that the school's been cleared. I know that we have children that were attending school in a safe location at this time.'

The area remains on lockdown at this time. 

We will bring you more on this story as we have it. 

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At least 17 people have lost their lives to out of control wild fires in Northern California.

The death toll has almost doubled since yesterday.

According to CNN, around 100 people have been treated for burns and smoke inhalation.

 

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Up to 20,000 people have evacuated the area, and new evacuations have been called.

Up to 2000 homes and businesses have been destroyed in the blaze.

It has not yet been established what caused the fatal blaze.

 

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'It is too early to tell whether any of the wildfires were started by humans,' Ken Pimlott, director of Cal Fire, told CNN.

'All these fires are under investigation.'

The fires were spread by strong winds in the area on Monday.

Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties In California are in a state of emergency due to the fires.

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