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Judge delays Madonna adoption hearing

A judge on Friday postponed a hearing on a lawsuit by human rights groups challenging the government”~s decision to allow Madonna to start adoption procedures for a motherless 13-month-old Malawian boy.
“We are ready for the case but the attorney general wants to consult with the Ministry of Gender on the whole adoption process,” said Alan Chinula, a lawyer representing Madonna. “Our position is all legal aspects were followed.”
Madonna and her husband, Guy Ritchie , have been given temporary custody as a step toward adopting David Banda, who has spent most of his young life in an orphanage after his mother died of complications from giving birth.
The singer said in a statement that she and her husband have followed the law in the adoption process that would be completed after an 18-month evaluation process by Malawian authorities. Normally, prospective parents in Malawi are given custody and required to be monitored in the country for 18 months to determine their fitness. The regulations make no special provisions for foreigners.
“Where were these people when David was struggling in the orphanage? These so-called human rights groups should leave my baby alone,” he said in an interview earlier this week. “As father I have okayed this, I have no problem. The village has no problem. Who are they to cause trouble? Please let them stop.”
“We note that laws were flouted and our concern is that government may set a precedent that can legalize human trafficking,” he said.
He said the committee wants to be a party to the adoption process to make sure the law is followed. He said current law bars international adoptions, saying adoptive parents must be residents in Malawi and must be assessed for between 18 and 24 months.
source : ap

Vinnie: Lay off Madge and Guy

Touched for the very first time – this is the moment Madonna met her adopted African tot and tenderly cradled him in her arms.
The Material Girl turned Maternal Girl as she fell for little Davie Banda at an orphanage in Malawi before plucking him from poverty.
Madge’s spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg said last night: “It was love at first sight.”? A witness to the scene told US mag People: “The look of pure joy on her face was beyond words – not unlike when her own kids Lourdes and Rocco were born.”?
Madonna and Davie have since returned to London – and a storm over her mercy mission. But last night close pal Vinnie Jones insisted Madge and hubby Guy Ritchie thought hard before adopting – and do not deserve flak.
Director Guy gave hardman Vinnie his first major movie break in Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels.
Vinnie said of Guy and Madge: “If you knew them, they probably wanted to adopt every one of those children at the orphanage.
“They don’t just wake in the morning and think, “~Let’s do this today.’ They will have completely thought it all over.
They’ve done a fantastic thing that should be applauded. They are the best thing that could have happened to the boy. It’s a massive thing they’ve done.
“It’s very bold. I’d love to do it but the way I’m working, it wouldn’t be fair.”?
Ex-Wimbledon and Chelsea soccer star Vinnie also suspects Madge and Guy took advice from Angelina Jolie and her husband Brad Pitt. Angelina has adopted kids from Cambodia then Ethiopia, in Africa.
Vinnie said: “They’re all good friends and had dinner at The Ivy recently – so maybe that was the conversation.”?

Madonna and David in Malawi

source : thesun.co.uk

Robbie Williams talks about Madonna and “She’s Madonna”

from The Sun : She’s Madonna is the talking track of the album. Written by Robbie and his pals Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, it’s got the signature chiming electro sound of the Pet Shop Boys all over, with witty lyrics about Guy Ritchie dumping ex Tania Strecker (also an ex of Robbie’s) for Madge.
Robbie explains: “I sent the track to Madonna and she really liked it. I also sent her Rudebox and she didn’t really like it. You could say that the track is a bit stalkerish. She wanted to know what it was about. I lied.
“She said, “~Is it the futility of being in love with Madonna? Is it the futility of being in a relationship with Madonna? Do you like Madonna in the track?’ It’s quite a day sending a song to Madonna about her. She’d heard I’d done it.”?
source : thesun.co.uk

NBC won’t show Madonna on the cross

Under pressure from Christian conservative groups accusing pop star Madonna of sacrilege, a U.S. television network said on Thursday it removed footage of the singer performing while suspended on a giant cross from her upcoming prime-time concert special.
Madonna had insisted that the mock crucifixion, a centerpiece of her “Confessions” world tour staged while she performed the hit song “Live to Tell,” be included in the two-hour special set to air on NBC on November 22.
But socially conservative organizations organized a campaign urging NBC affiliate stations to refuse to carry the special if the crucifix stunt remained in the show.
After weeks of uncertainty, the network said it decided it would not show the opening portion of the “Live to Tell” performance in which she sings suspended from a giant mirrored cross while wearing a crown of thorns.
Instead, cameras will cut away to other shots while Madonna is on the cross, then cut back to the singer when she steps down to finish the song.
“You hear the song, but you’re not seeing her on the cross,” one network source told Reuters. The special was filmed during her performance at Wembley Stadium in London.
Madonna’s New York-based spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, said the 48-year-old entertainer, an executive producer of the special, ultimately acquiesced to the revision of the broadcast, but suggested the singer was not happy about it.
“She wanted it in, and they wanted it out,” Rosenberg, a Warner Bros. Records executive, told Reuters. “You won’t see Madonna on a crucifix. That element of the song is no longer in the show. How they came to that conclusion I really don’t know.”
Madonna’s use of the cross in her concerts drew protests from the Roman Catholic Church and Russian Orthodox Church during her performances in Rome and Moscow, where leaders of the clergy condemned the act as blasphemy.
Madonna issued a statement last month insisting her act was “neither anti-Christian, sacrilegious or blasphemous. Rather it is a plea to the audience to encourage mankind to help one another and to see the world as a unified whole.
“I believe if Jesus were alive today, he would be doing the same thing,” she said, adding that her specific intent was to bring attention to the extreme poverty in Africa.
Madonna has been making headlines with her efforts to adopt a motherless year-old boy from Malawi.
The controversy over Madonna’s mock crucifixion is not the first time the Material Girl has drawn the ire of religious groups for her use of Christian imagery. In 1989, the video for her hit song “Like a Prayer” featured the scantily clad singer cavorting in front of burning crosses and statues crying blood.
source : reuters

Madonna on Billboard Charts – 10282006

Top Electronic Albums :
08 (08) Madonna – Confessions On A Dance Floor

Hot 100 Singles Sales :
18 (28) Madonna – Get Together
30 (40) Madonna – Sorry
41 (49) Madonna – Hung Up

Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks
25 (27) Madonna – Jump

Hot Dance Music/Club Play
10 (20) Madonna – Jump

Dance Radio Airplay :
06 (20) Madonna – Jump

Hot Dance Singles Sales :
03 (06) Madonna – Get Together
09 (09) Madonna – Sorry
11 (10) Madonna – Hung Up

Madonna stunned over adoption outcry

Pop diva Madonna has admitted to being stunned by the outcry over her adoption of a Malawian baby boy.
The 48-year-old US singer who has had a knack of ruffling feathers throughout her career told People magazine she had not expected the level of criticism levelled at her since the adoption.
“I expect to be given a hard time about many of the things I do,” Madonna told the celebrity news magazine in an interview to be published tomorrow.
“I know they are provocative and I prepare myself, but I did not expect the media, the government or any human rights organisations to take a stand against me trying to save a child’s life.”
Madonna was granted an interim order to adopt David Banda, a poor farmer’s son, by a high court in Malawi last week.
But the Human Rights Consultative Committee, an umbrella grouping of 67 local rights groups in Malawi, went to court on Tuesday to challenge the order allowing Madonna to adopt the boy.
Under Malawi laws, expatriates adopting a child have to live in the country for 18 months and are monitored by social workers before they get full adoption rights.
Madonna has also faced opposition from charities which say she could use her wealth more effectively, such as helping African parents fight AIDS and keeping orphaned children in their home communities.
Madonna insists the adoption was legal, saying she and her British filmmaker husband Guy Ritchie had begun the process several months ago and acted “according to the law like anyone else who adopts a child”.
And the baby’s father Yohane Banda has blasted Madonna’s critics.
“Where were these people when David was struggling in the orphanage?” he told British media.
“These so-called human rights groups should leave my baby alone.”
source : afp

Madonna gives baby Davie Ritchie name

Malawian baby David will keep his full surname Banda Mwale as his middle names, and will also take his new mother’s maiden name Ciccone as a third middle name.
Madonna, 48, made the decision out of respect for David’s family heritage, but also to welcome into her own family.
Yesterday (18.10.06) David’s father Yohane returned to his work spraying potato crops, for which he earns 54 pence a day.
Speaking from crop fields in blistering temperatures, Yohane said: “I’m not really missing David because we have agreed with Madonna that he will visit us here in three or four years time.
“I am not asking for anything from Madonna, but when David grows up and is brought here and sees our poverty, he will certainly ask his mum to help.” David’s father took the 13-month-old baby to an orphanage after his mother died and he could no longer afford to look after him properly.
While Madonna attended the gym yesterday she sent an assistant to buy clothes for David and demanded video footage be sent to her mobile phone so she could approve the outfits.
The singer and her director husband Guy already have a son together, six-year-old Rocco, and Madonna has a ten-year-old daughter Lourdes from her relationship with personal trainer Carlos Leon.
souce : pr-news