HOWARD DONALD is an English singer and songwriter best known for being a member of iconic British pop band Take That. The 53-year-old sings in the band alongside Gary Barlow and Mark Owen. How much money as he made over the years from his successful career?
In December 2020, Junior Achievement Azerbaijan in partnership with MOL Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Education launched the “Career Success: Youth Mentorship and Career Guidance” program. It was a mentorship and work readiness program that focuses on helping youth to develop employability skills and prepare them for the world of work. The overall goal of the program was to support young people in development of professional and business skills and cultivate the future business leaders’ character, creativity and leadership through mentorship.
Due to the pandemic situation the project was implemented online engaging more than thousand young people at age 13-25, across all over Azerbaijan. Youth living not only in the regions along the BTC line including Garadagh, Absheron, Hajigabul, Agsu, Kurdamir, Yevlax, Aghdash, Shamkir, Tovuz, Gazakh, and but also other regions such as Guba, Khachmaz, Lankaran, Gakh and Gabala showed high interest in the program. The eight months long program was a great opportunity, particularly for the young people living in rural areas.
The program was designed and delivered based on the age group of the participants. Tailor Made training programs have been offered to the secondary school children and university students separately. Training sessions and mentor meetings organized during the program aimed to help participants to estimate their strengths and weaknesses, to determine their interests, to understand the world of work and to improve personal skills needed to achieve career and lifelong learning success. Through the online workshops they were introduced to the fundamental business and economic concepts, explored career interests and opportunities, and developed work-readiness skills.
The program closing and award ceremony held on July 16, 2021. Project participants, trainers and mentors attended the event with greater enthusiasm. Mr. Bakhtiyar Akhundov, country manager at MOL Azerbaijan, underlined the value of the program for the career planning and development of youth as future professionals. This project opened and showed different perspectives and opportunities for the participants.
Hamilton is hungrier than ever, according to Coulthard who had a stellar career in F1 with McLaren and Red Bull.
He added: “Of course he wants a title, who doesn’t? Of course he wants to win, who doesn’t? But he’s done so much winning.
“And the fact he signed up for another two years, he’s just so motivated by the challenge, I think that Max Verstappen and Red Bull this year have extended his career, I truly believe that.
“Because – if he doesn’t win it this year, I don’t think he’ll go off into the winter crying his heart out. I think he’ll go ‘you know what? As a team we didn’t deliver, how can we do better next year?’
“All I was thinking was, when can I eat?” Don’t mind me, I say, and she laughs – something she does more than you might expect. The Caribbean-born, Birmingham-raised star is known the world over for her smart, sensitive songs like Love And Affection and Me, Myself And I. So, it’s hard to believe Joan once found walking on stage terrifying and would stare at the floor rather than make eye contact with the audience.
“I was very shy,” she tells me. “I was never interested in fame. I just wanted people to hear my songs – to know the songs I wrote.”
Now 70, Joan describes herself as “an introverted extrovert”, adding “I’m still shy, I’m just better at hiding it. I’m a quiet person, I like to keep myself to myself, but I’m there to boast about my songs. I love making records.”
Her new album Consequences, already a Top Ten hit, is crammed with gems ranging from the jaunty pop of Natural Rhythm to the delicate embrace of To Be Loved.
“Making this album was no different for me from making the first one,” she says. “I just like writing songs, recording them and people hearing them.”
I ask which track is her favourite and Joan replies “Track one,” adding with a laugh “and two and three…” going all the way through to ten.
Joan, 70, describes herself as an ‘introverted extrovert’ (Image: Getty )
“I think the whole album is uplifting,” she says. “The last one, Not Too Far Away, was very emotional. I played it to a small group of friends and they all cried. This is different, this makes you smile and jump up.”
A perfect cure for pandemic blues, although Joan recorded it between January and May last year, so it’s not technically a lockdown album. It is all her own work, however. “I write alone,” she says. “I play everything. And that choir you hear, that’s just me.”
Armatrading is full of surprises. When I ask what she listened to at 13, Joan reels off a list of cherished BBC radio comedies: “Round The Horne, The Clitheroe Kid, Beyond Our Ken, Take it From Here…I was completely into radio comedy. I wasn’t listening to music; I never went to concerts. I never even went to my annual school concert. I was 19 when I bought my first album. It was Led Zeppelin, and the next one was by The Faces.”
Comedy still tickles her fancy.
Joan, who smiles easily, adores “Tim Vine, Ricky Gervais, Will Farrell in conversation with his landlady – it’s so funny. Motherland is hilarious. I like Chris Rock and another American comedian called Deon Cole…”
The star refuses to be defined by her colour or gender (Image: Getty )
Would you do stand-up? “People tell me when I’m on stage I’m a bit of a comedian. Dawn French did accuse me once of taking her job.”
Stage fright is a thing of the past.
These days, Joan is fearless. “I’ve abseiled and done zipwire,” she says. “I ran the New York marathon at 58…”
No wonder her school nickname was Armour-plating.
Joan, who now lives near London, was born in Basseterre, St Kitts, in what was once the British Leeward Islands. At seven, she flew to Birmingham on her own to be reunited with her parents who had emigrated here. Her song Mama Papa is about growing up with four brothers and a sister:‘Seven people in one room, no heat, one wage and bills to pay…’
Joan’s father was a carpenter, and later a railway worker. “He also played guitar,” she says. “He’d been in a band in the West Indies but here he’d hire the guitar and play it in secret. We weren’t allowed to see it, let alone play it.
“I’m absolutely sure that is why I played the guitar – because it was forbidden.
Joan started writing songs when she was just 14 (Image: Getty )
When Joan was 14, her housewife mother bought a piano “as furniture, before the delivery guys had even put it down, I had the lid up and was playing it with one finger. You could dust a piano and sound good.”
Her mum then swapped two old prams for a £3 pawn shop guitar. “Even now I play guitar nonstop,” she says. “As a musician you never stop learning.” She pauses and adds with a grin, “I feel as if I’m making some kind of progress…”
A self-taught musician, Joan left school “at 15 or 16”, but achieved a history degree from the Open University in 2001.
Last September she was awarded an Ivor Novello Academy Fellowship in recognition of her four decades of music-making.
“I think the trick to getting these awards is to live a long time,” she chuckles.
Singer-songwriter Joan found fame with her self-titled third album, which spawned the smouldering classic Love And Affection, a hit in 1976.
“It’s my favourite,” she says. “It got me known all over the world, in Japan, in South Africa…”
Joan will stream a live show at the end of this month from a ‘character-full church’ (Image: Getty )
That wonderful first line – ‘I’m not in love, but I’m open to persuasion…’ – came to Joan while she was standing outside a shop in the Kings Road, Chelsea.
Music critics hailed her as Britain’s answer to Joni Mitchell. But this world-renowned chronicler of relationships keeps her own love-life private. She entered into a civil partnership with artist Maggie Butler in 2011 but never discusses it.
She’s much happier talking about her lifelong love of comic books.
She’s collected comics since she was small and in 1983 Joan even featured in the Beano’s Tom, Dick & Sally strip – giving Sally a slap-up tea in a recording studio (“Terrific, slurp!”).
The memory of her mum throwing away all of her comic collection (ranging from Mandy to Whizzer & Chips) when she was 21 still stings.
Joan started writing songs when she was 14, and – aside from an early collaboration with Pam Nestor –writes everything solo. “The only other contributor is the audience,” she says.
Before finding fame, Joan appeared in Hair with Paul Nicholas and Richard O’Brien but was never naked. “There is no amount of money that would make me happy about taking my clothes off in public,” she insists.
Radio One DJs John Peel,“Whispering Bob“Harris and Johnnie Walker were among Joan’s earliest supporters helping to make her the first globally successful British female singer-songwriter.
The star has never allowed anyone to put her in a box, refusing to be defined by her colour or gender, or even to stay in one genre. In 2007 she released the Grammy-nominated Into The Blues, evoking memories of Muddy Waters and BB King. A soft rock album, and then a jazz album, followed.
Don’t be surprised if heavy metal comes next – she’s still a fan.
Joan has no tours lined up, but will stream a live show at the end of this month from “a character-full church”. When venues open up, she will play live again but not too often. “I want to be enthusiastic on stage, so I’ve decided to cut down on performances.”
The singer’s bluesy ballad Willow is a firm crowd favourite (Image: Getty )
Joan doesn’t drink, or eat meat. She has never smoked or taken drugs, and has always swerved makeup. Feminists loved her but she wasn’t a feminist – or a politician. “I write about people and how they get along, and their emotions”.
She certainly tugs the heartstrings. Her touching, bluesy ballad Willow is a firm crowd favourite. “So many people have named their children after it. My mum used to say, ‘Play Willow so I can cry’.”
But our Joan isn’t about misery. “I’m a very positive person,” she says. “The thing I took most from reading comics is how positive everything is. It’s good for young people to know that you can always get through stuff.”
Consequences by Joan Armatrading is out now. Details of her live-streamed concert on 31stJuly can be found atjoanarmatrading.com
Rahm said: “I’m a big believer in karma and after what happened a couple of weeks ago, I stayed really positive knowing that big things were coming.
“I didn’t know what it was going to be but I knew we were coming to a special place, I got my breakthrough win here and it’s a very special place for my family.
“The fact my parents were able to come, I got out of Covid protocol early, I just felt like the starts were aligning. I knew my best golf was to come and I have a hard time explaining what just happened because I can’t believe I made the last two putts and I’m the first Spanish player to win the US Open.
“This is definitely for Seve – I know he tried a lot, I know he wanted to win this one most of all.”
Paris has already launched a successful music and modeling career. Now the 22-year-old has hit the big screen in new film The Space Between about a fading former rock star played by Kelsey Grammer and a young record label intern. Paris does take to the stage in the movie, but she also has a central role as the sexy girlfriend of the young lead, including one particularly raunchy scene.
The film was released in the US to stream this week and Paris plays the character Cory, who seems to seduce the rather naive Charlie, played by Jackson White.
Paris posted a new video on Instagram promoting her role, which shows her rocking out sexily on stage, soundtracked in the video cut by Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart.
In another steamy scene, the couple are making out when Paris whispers “Don’t be afraid to tell me what you want.”
She then goes down on her knees as he says, “I want you to never stop doing that…”
“That raises much bigger questions for me because if she can’t cope with the media in Paris, she can’t cope with the media in Wimbledon, she can’t cope with the media at the US Open.
“I almost feel like her career is in danger because of mental health issues and that we should take very seriously.”
Osaka, 23, received support on social medial overnight.
Martina Navratilova said: “I am so sad about Naomi Osaka.I truly hope she will be ok. As athletes we are taught to take care of our body, and perhaps the mental & emotional aspect gets short shrift. This is about more than doing or not doing a press conference. Good luck Naomi- we are all pulling for you!”
Fans of Our Yorkshire Farm’s know Amanda Owen best for her farmer life, but she used to lead a far more glamorous lifestyle.
The Channel 5 star swapped strutting down catwalks and posing in studios for standing outside in the rain and shovelling animal poo.
But Amanda would not have it any other way as she loves running the Ravenseat Farm in Upper Swaledale.
The shepherdess appears on the show with her husband Clive Owen and their nine kids.
Before she started looking after 1,000 sheep, 40 cows, six dogs and four ponies, Amanda tried to break into the world of modelling.
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Having grown up in Huddersfield, 6ft 2ins tall Amanda had aspirations of following in her mother’s footsteps and becoming a model, but the reality of the profession didn’t quite live up to the dream.
“When you think you’re going to be a model in like Vogue, Cosmopolitan, but actually then you end up doing knitting catalogues and things like,” she explained on the Channel 5 show.
Admitting it was not quite what she realised, Amanda added: “It was cardigans, floral, Prince Diana 1980. No thank you.”
Amanda had no family background in farming but was inspired to get outdoors when she found a hill shepherd book in the library full of photos of beautiful landscapes and animals.
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She explained: “It was the pictures, it was the landscape, it was the people — everything in that book just appealed to me.
“It wasn’t glossing over the hard side, it was very real and very gritty and atmospheric but it was just the thought of working outdoors and actually doing something, having a physical job where you were out there feeling the elements — windburn, sunburn, rained on, all the rest of it — sounded like a good idea back then.”
Amanda quickly realised that being at one with nature was her calling so she turned her back on modelling.
It was during her early days as a 21-year-old trainee shepherdess where Amanda met future husband Clive, who was 42 at the time.
Back in 1995, Clive was running the farm singe-handedly when Amanda knocked on the door on one dark evening looking for a ram.
Amanda explained that she came to a burrow a “tup”, which is a male sheep for those not used to the farming lingo, when she first set eyes on divorced father-of-two Clive.
It may not have been love at first sight for Amanda, but bachelor Clive was immediately attracted to the young woman standing in his doorway.
“I do remember this six-foot something woman knocked on the door. I was very taken with her. You couldn’t not be,” he said.
They had similar backgrounds as Clive also came from a non-farming family but decided he wanted to pursue that way of life.
Despite the 21-year age gap, Amanda and Clive became friends before they started developing feelings for each other.
“It was a slow burn thing we kind of got to know each other. Made friends first then went out a little bit together,” said Amanda.
“With us both coming from non-farming backgrounds we were kind of peas in a pod really but we didn’t know that at the time.”
The couple went on to have nine children, Annas, Violet, Edith, Raven, Clemmy, Nancy, Reuben, Miles, and Sidney, who all help out on the farm when they can.
It’s not always been a glamorous life, as Amanda gave birth on the roadside six times and once by the fire in the living room with only their dog for company.
Amanda has been breastfeeding virtually non-stop for 15 years of her life and with their ninth child didn’t even realise she was pregnant until she was six months gone.
Since becoming a reality TV star, Amanda has been forced to hit back at assumptions made about her family and claims she is not a stereotypical shepherdess.
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Last month, Amanda spoke out against the the suggestion she ‘doesn’t look like’ a farmer who is the mother of nine children on Steph’s Packed Lunch.
“Throughout it all you stay so glamorous. Which, always, I’m amazed about,” said host Steph McGovern.
Claiming this was certainly not the case, Amanda responded: “Look at my hands though Steph. Honestly, I’ve got iodine up my arm.
“I painted my nails while I was waiting to do this, but I really don’t know why I’ve bothered.”
Amanda admitted she doesn’t spend too much time thinking about the assumptions made about her looks and doesn’t like stereotypes.
“I mean yes I’ve got a sheepdog, yes I’ve got a crook. Yes I spend my time running around after sheep, but I can do other things too,” she said.
Amanda added: “I think that’s the name of the game, to be able to turn your hand to whatever comes your way.”
Our Yorkshire Farm airs Tuesdays on Channel 5 at 9pm.
Billy Joe Saunders’ boxing career is at risk after the injuries he sustained in the brutal defeat by Canelo Alvarez on Saturday were diagnosed. Saunders was unable to continue after taking a huge uppercut from Alvarez in the eighth round in Texas to lose his unbeaten professional record.
The 31-year-old left the AT&T arena in Dallas in an ambulance, with Canelo claiming that he had broken his rival’s cheek in the world title unification bout.
Saunders had huge swelling around his eye and was struggling to see when he sat down on his stool at the end of the eighth round.
His trainer, Mark Tibbs, pulled his fighter out, confirming his first defeat in the 31st fight of Saunders’ career, while the Mexican extended his record of just one defeat in 59 fights in front of 73,126 fans.
The Englishman was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, after the fight and he spent the night in the hospital.
“He’s going to be out for a long, long time,” promoter Eddie Hearn said after the fight.