Barely a month after a 32-year-old American woman in Saudi Arabia lost a custody battle for her 4-year-old daughter on grounds of being too Western to raise the child well, she has in turn left her parents worried after deciding to stay back in the country.
Bethany Vierra who moved to the Middle Eastern country in 2011 to teach at a local university, lost custody of her daughter named Zaina in July after the court hinged their ruling on her being too ‘new to Islam.’
‘The mother is new to Islam, is a foreigner in this country, and continues to definitively embrace the customs and traditions of her upbringing. We must avoid exposing (Zaina) to these customs and traditions, especially at this early age,’ Judge Abdul-Ellah ibn Mohammed al-Tuwaijri said in his July ruling, according to CNN.
Bethany’s parents are however now worried about losing both their grand-daughter and daughter as the window to appeal closes in Saudi Arabia.
“If Zaina can’t leave, she won’t leave,” Bethany’s mother Kathi tells CNN from their home in Wenatchee, Washington.
“We love our granddaughter,” her father Myron also said. “I think our deepest fear is that we might not ever see her again.”
It was learnt that the university teacher suffered the loss in court after her ex-husband used her social media postings as evidence of an allegedly un-Islamic lifestyle. She was also accused of maintaining social media channels “full of nudity, intermingling of the two sexes and a lot of things and actions contrary to our religion and customs and traditions.”
The Judge who ruled on the case awarded custody of Vierra’s daughter to the mother of her ex-husband even though she submitted videos that allegedly showed her ex-husband smoking hashish, talking about marijuana use and screaming at her while their daughter was in the room.
Though the child is still with her, Bethany was given until this Sunday to appeal the judge’s custody ruling. Speaking about the court case, her parents Kathi and Myron told CNN that there is a warrant out for her arrest after she missed a child visitation from her ex-husband– a visitation her parents say she didn’t know about. It was also claimed that she has been barred from leaving Saudi Arabia for the next 10 years, though no further detail was provided on that.
Curvy actress Moesha Boduong shares more swimsuit photos
Curvy Ghanaian actress and socialite, Moesha Boduong took to Instagram to share more sexy photos of herself posing in a colorful swimsuit. See full photos below. The post Curvy actress Moesha Boduong shares more swimsuit photos appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tops Forbes list of highest-paid actors in 2019
Forbes’s ranking of the world’s highest-paid actors for 2019 is out, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson secured the top spot
According to the publication, Johnson, whose 2019 film credits include Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw as well as the WWE-themed comedy-drama Fighting with My Family, made $89.4m (£73.7m) between 1 June 2018 and 1 June 2019.
Chris Hemsworth came in second place with estimated earnings of $76.4 million, and Robert Downey Jr.. came in third with reported earnings of $66 million.
According to Forbes, the earnings estimates are based on a number of factors, including data from Nielsen, ComScore, Box Office Mojo and IMDB. Interviews with “industry insiders” are also taken into account. The estimated figures are pretax, and fees for agents, managers and lawyers are not deducted.
Check out the full list of World’s Highest-Paid Actors Of 2019.
?1. Dwayne Johnson
Earnings: $89.4 million
2. Chris Hemsworth
Earnings: $76.4 million
3. Robert Downey Jr.
Earnings: $66 million
4. Akshay Kumar
Earnings: $65 million
5. Jackie Chan
Earnings: $58 million
6. Bradley Cooper (tie)
Earnings: $57 million
6. Adam Sandler (tie)
Earnings: $57 million
8. Chris Evans
Earnings: $43.5 million
9. Paul Rudd
Earnings: $41 million
10. Will Smith
Earnings: $35 million
Crime was low and people were content when churches were not so rampant – Reno Omokri
According to Reno Omokri, ‘as a youth growing up in Nigeria, churches were not so rampant. Crime was low and people were content. As I grew up, churches became rampant.
As they increased, crime rose and discontentment grew. Perhaps Nigeria needs more contentment, and less religiosity? As a nation, we need to understand that it is righteousness that exalts a nation and not religion’.
Tony Elumelu’s elegant daughter steals the heart of Instagram users
Tony Elumelu shared a photo of his daughter visiting him at work.
Oge, who is on her summer break, took a break from her vacation to stop by her father’s office on a Sunday.
The chairman of Heirs Holding shared the photo and Instagram users couldn’t stop themselves from commenting about how beautiful she is.
Late Aaliyah immortalized with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds
18 years after Aaliyah died in a plane crash, the RnB star has lived on in many forms. The latest is a new wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas.
Aaliyah’s wax figure at Madam Tussauds was unveiled on Wednesday August 21, immortalizing one of her iconic looks. Adam Morey, Studios Manager at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas revealed that the discussions on making an Aaliyah figure began over a year ago.
This set, rather than being a recreation of any one particular Aaliyah moment, was instead designed with a message to her fans in mind,” he said.
“It’s a message that hopefully reflects her everlasting legacy.”
The designer worked closely with Aaliyah’s family on the wax figure which was inspired by the music video for her smash hit “Try Again”.
Aaliyah was an American singer and actress who died in a plane crash on August 25, 2001, at the Marsh Harbour Airport on the Abaco Islands, Bahamas. She had just completed filming for the music video for her single “Rock the Boat”.