Connect with us


What Johnny Depp wishes he had known before taking his dogs to Australia



Traveling abroad seems easy — until your dog’s involved.

Johnny Depp and wife Amber Heard learned that the hard way this spring, when they visited Australia with their two Yorkies, Pistol and Boo. They arrived via private plane sans the necessary permits; Heard now has a September court date in Queensland, Australia, facing charges of illegal importation of animals.

“You can be the best pet owner ever, but you’ve likely never thought about [the difficulties of] flying across the world with your pet,” says Caitlin Moore, a specialist for, in the actress’ defense.

If you’re planning to jet off to exotic lands with your dog in tow, here’s what you’ll need (in addition to a microchip and rabies vaccination) to avoid landing in the clink.


London is a popular haven for NYC expats — but don’t hop across the pond with your pup without completing these requirements.

  • Vaccinations for distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza and parvovirus, and bordetella
  • EU health certificate, completed and signed by your veterinarian within 10 days of departure
  • Proof of tapeworm treatment administered between 24 and 120 hours prior to arrival
  • United States Department of Agriculture signatures for microchip implantation record, rabies certificate and EU health certificate
  • Completed C5 form, available at
  • Completed Animal Reception Centre pet info form
  • Dates recorded in dd/mm/yyyy format
  • No quarantine required


Headed Down Under? Separation anxiety sufferers, beware — pets face a minimum quarantine of 10 days, during which time owners aren’t allowed to visit.

  • Rabies Neutralizing Antibody Titre Test (RNATT)
  • Proof of tests for ehrlichiosis, brucellosis, leptospirosis and leishmaniasis
  • Proof of vaccinations for bordetella, distemper, contagious hepatitis, canine influenza virus and parvovirus
  • Proof of internal and external parasite treatments
  • Health certificate signed by your vet within 10 days of departure
  • 190-day quarantine after arrival, 180 of which are waived with the above paperwork


Your island getaway will be more fun for you than your pooch. “Pets are only allowed as manifest cargo” when flying into Barbados, says Justin Grant from “You can’t bring pets in the cabin unless they are service animals.”

  • Proof of treatment against ticks, tapeworms and heartworm within seven days of travel
  • Official veterinary export health certificate completed and signed by your vet within seven days of travel
  • No quarantine required


A simple RSVP goes a long way when relocating to the Land of the Rising Sun. “Japan is one of the few countries that requires a pre-import notification,” says Grant. Doing so will reduce your mutt’s quarantine from 180 long days to just 12 hours.

  • RNATT, completed no less than 180 days before date of entry
  • Notify Japan’s Animal Quarantine Service (AQS) no later than 40 days prior to arrival via
  • International health certificate, completed and signed by your veterinarian within 10 days of departure
  • Advance notification acknowledgment sent from AQS
  • An import quarantine application form provided by AQS
  • 12-hour quarantine after arrival

New Zealand

The Aussie neighbor has strict rules for imported pups: The Brazilian mastiff, Argentine mastiff, Japanese mastiff, Presa Canario and American pit bull terrier are all banned from the country.

“They want to avoid possible problems,” Moore says of the law, which is based on the breeds’ aggressive reputations.

  • RNATT, given at least three weeks, but no more than a year, after the rabies vaccination
  • Blood drawn between 90 days and 24 hours prior to date of entry
  • Proof of tests for ehrlichiosis, burcellosis, leptospirosis and heartworm, as well as proof of internal and external parasite treatments, within 30 days of departure
  • Health certificate completed and signed by your vet within 10 days of departure
  • All documents must be endorsed by the USDA within four days of departure
  • 180-day quarantine after arrival, 170 of which are waived with the above paperwork


Tina Turner’s Cause of Death Revealed




More details on Tina Turner’s passing have come to light.

One day after the legendary performer died at the age of 83, her cause of death has been attributed to natural causes, her representatives confirmed to Her publicist also told NBC News her death came after a long illness.

E! News has reached out to her manager for comment but hasn’t heard back.

On May 24, her team shared that she passed away at her home in Switzerland.

“With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow,” a statement posted to her social media pages read. “Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music. All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly.”

During the latter years of her life, the “Proud Mary” artist opened up about battling several health issues, including high blood pressure, vertigo, a stroke, intestinal cancer and kidney failure.

In her 2021 documentary, Tina, the singer also shared she experienced post-traumatic stress disorder as a result from her tumultuous marriage to her ex Ike Turner.

“I’ve been on such a wild roller-coaster in the four years since my wedding,” Turner—who wed music executive Erwin Bach in 2013—wrote in her memoir, My Love Story, per Today, “that even I have difficulty keeping my medical catastrophes straight.”

Turner’s passing came just five months after the death of her and Ike’s son Ronnie and nearly five years after her son Craig passed away.

Tina Turner's Cause of Death Revealed

Her death sent shockwaves through Hollywood, with many celebrities speak out about the influence her achievements had on the industry.

“Through her courage in telling her story, her commitment to stay the course in her life, no matter the sacrifice, and her determination to carve out a space in rock and roll for herself and for others who look like her,” Angela Bassett, who played the legend in the 1993 biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It, said in a statement. “Tina Turner showed others who lived in fear what a beautiful future filled with love, compassion, and freedom should look like.”

As the actress—who won a Golden Globe for her role—noted, it was an honor knowing the icon on a personal level.

“Her final words to me, for me, were ‘You never mimicked me. Instead, you reached deep into your soul, found your inner Tina, and showed her to the world,’” she added. “I shall hold these words close to my heart for the rest of my days.”


Continue Reading


Tina Turner survived an abusive relationship with Ike and death of two sons




Tina Turner escaped an abusive relationship to find true love with her second husband, Erwin Bach.

The singer, who passed away aged 83 on Wednesday following an unspecified illness, was in a relationship with the record executive for 38 years. The pair married in 2013.

Tina had publicly praised Erwin for helping her find happiness after fleeing from her first marriage to husband, Ike Turner, which was plagued with physical and emotional abuse.

Ike first met Tina when she was a vulnerable teenager named Annie Mae Bullock. He renamed her Tina, and went on to form the musical duo, Ike & Tina Turner. According to Tina, he micromanaged her career, withheld her finances and beat her while she was pregnant.

After filing for divorce in 1978, Tina was left in debt and had her children to support. She went on to establish a successful solo career.

The songstress met Erwin in 1985 when he was working as an executive with EMI. The pair had an instant connection the moment they met, when he arrived to collect her from Düsseldorf airport.

She said Erwin had taught her how “to love without giving up who I am”, and that he had never been intimidated by her fame or success. He even donated a kidney to her in April 2017, which saved her life.

Writing in her book, Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good, Tina said: “Falling in love with my husband, Erwin, was another exercise in leaving my comfort zone, of being open to the unexpected gifts that life has to offer.

“The day I first met Erwin, at an airport in Germany, I should have been too tired from my flight, too preoccupied with thoughts of my concert tour. But I did notice him, and I instantly felt an emotional connection.

“Even then, I could have ignored what I felt — I could have listened to the ghost voices in my head telling me that I didn’t look good that day, or that I shouldn’t be thinking about romance because it never ends well. Instead, I listened to my heart.”

Tina’s spokesman confirmed she died “peacefully” at home and added: “With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model. With her music and her inexhaustible vitality, Tina Turner thrilled millions of fans and inspired many artists of subsequent generations.”

[ via ]

Continue Reading


Tina Turner: legendary rock’n’roll singer dies aged 83




Tina Turner, the pioneering rock’n’roll star who became a pop behemoth in the 1980s, has died aged age of 83 after a long illness, her publicist has told the PA news agency.
Turner affirmed and amplified Black women’s formative stake in rock’n’roll, defining that era of music to the extent that Mick Jagger admitted to taking inspiration from her high-kicking, energetic live performances for his stage persona. After two decades of working with her abusive husband, Ike Turner, she struck out alone and – after a few false starts – became one of the defining pop icons of the 1980s with the album Private Dancer. Her life was chronicled in three memoirs, a biopic, a jukebox musical, and in 2021, the acclaimed documentary film, Tina.

“Turner’s musical character has always been a charged combination of mystery as well as light, melancholy mixed with a ferocious vitality that often flirted with danger,” scholar Daphne A Brooks wrote for the Guardian in 2018.
Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on 26 November 1939 and raised in Nutbush, Tennessee, where she recalled picking cotton with her family as a child. She sang in the tiny town’s church choir, and as a teenager talked – or rather, sang – her way into Ike’s band in St Louis: he had declined her request to join until he heard her seize the microphone during a Kings of Rhythm performance for a rendition of BB King’s You Know I Love You.
She had suffered ill health in recent years, being diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016 and having a kidney transplant in 2017.

‘I was just tired of singing and making everybody happy’ … Tina Turner performs at the O2 Arena, London, in 2009. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

… as 2023 gathers pace, and you’re joining us from Ghana, we have a small favour to ask. A new year means new opportunities, and we’re hoping this year gives rise to some much-needed stability and progress. Whatever happens, the Guardian will be there, providing clarity and fearless, independent reporting from around the world, 24/7.
Times are tough, and we know not everyone is in a position to pay for news. But as we’re reader-funded, we rely on the ongoing generosity of those who can afford it. This vital support means millions can continue to read reliable reporting on the events shaping our world. Will you invest in the Guardian this year?
Unlike many others, we have no billionaire owner, meaning we can fearlessly chase the truth and report it with integrity. 2023 will be no different; we will work with trademark determination and passion to bring you journalism that’s always free from commercial or political interference. No one edits our editor or diverts our attention from what’s most important.
With your support, we’ll continue to keep Guardian journalism open and free for everyone to read. When access to information is made equal, greater numbers of people can understand global events and their impact on people and communities. Together, we can demand better from the powerful and fight for democracy.

[ via ]

Continue Reading