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Bill Cosby delivered a legal blow - again

Bill Cosby's repeated efforts to get criminal sexual-assault charges against him thrown out were dealt another blow Wednesday, when a Pennsylvania judge denied two of his motions to dismiss. 
In documents filed in Montgomery County outside Philadelphia, Judge Steven O'Neill denied Cosby's motion to dismiss the charges based on "deprivation of due process rights."  Cosby argues his rights have been violated because a previous district attorney promised years ago he would not be prosecuted. 

O'Neill also denied Cosby's motion for a hearing during which his lawyers planned to question the "competency" of other women who have accused him of sexual assault over the last five decades. And O'Neill said no to Cosby's request for a behind-closed-doors hearing to question these potential witnesses.

But Cosby's effort to suppress a damaging 2005 deposition, in which he acknowledged obtaining drugs to give to women he sought for sex, is s…

DATE EXTENDED FOR THE 2016 DSTV EUTELSAT STAR AWARDS ENTRIES

Due to popular demand, MultiChoice and Eutelsat are pleased to announce that the closing date for entries for the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards has been extended until Wednesday, 30 November 2016.

All science and technology fans between 14 and 19 now have extra time to be inspired to write a creative essay or design a poster based on the following topic: "Take yourself into the future as a scientist, tasked with designing a new-age satellite that will help improve the lives of Africans. Tell us what you would call your satellite and describe the different functions and roles that it would play in the Africa of the future.”

The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards are open to all students from secondary (high) or combined schools on the continent where MultiChoice Africa maintains operations. Entry forms can be obtained from any MultiChoice Resource Centre, the nearest MultiChoice office or copies can be downloaded from www.dstvstarawards.com.

Entries are accepted in English, French …

PHOTOS: Inside Donald Trump's $100million Trump Towers penthouse

The president-elect will soon leave his palatial abode on New York's Fifth Avenue to take up residence at the White House. His tastefully furnished $100million pent house at the Trump Towers was decorated in a true billionaire style.

The three-storey property which he developed himself was completed in 1983. The opulent home has breathtaking views of Central Park and over-the-top decor starting with the gold and diamond front door that greets visitors.
Inside is an eccentric scene - floor-to-ceiling marble, chandeliers, pillows bearing Trump's coat of arms, statues and art worth millions of dollars.
It is currently home to Trump, his third wife Melania, 46, and their son Barron, 10. Its posh interior was designed by Angelo Donghia - also referred to as 'the Saint Laurent of sofas'. The designer took inspiration from The Versailles, the largest and most luxurious palace the world had ever seen, built by King Louis XIV of France who led an absolute monarchy from…

Tika Sumpter says mother was arrested for $10 library late fee

Actress Tika Sumpter says her mother was arrested and taken into custody on Monday — all because of a $10 late fee at her local library.
"Make sure you turn in your library books North Carolina," the actress began a lengthy Twitter missive. "My mom was just arrested for having a late fee of 10 dollars on an overdue book!"

The shocking arrest took place in Johnson County, N.C., where the Public Library of Johnson County & Smithfield calls home. According to the library's website, overdue books elicit a $.25 fine per day, while audio books, movies and CDs run an offender $.50 every 24 hours.
Nowhere on the website, however, does it mention the possibility of an arrest. But Sumpter, 36, implied officials at the library went as far as to put out a warrant for her arrest.
"Treated like a criminal for a late fee of 10 dollars for over due books from the library," she tweeted. "Libraries now put out warrants."
"An overdue book should …

EC must stop charging media accreditation fee - NMC

The National Media Commission (NMC) has condemned the Electoral Commission’s decision to charge accreditation fee from journalists who wish to cover the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections.

According to the NMC, the EC should immediately rescind its decision.

On Monday, October 31, 2016, the commission hinted in a statement that journalists who would be covering the forthcoming polls would be required to pay a fee of GHc10 for accreditation.

The statement issued under the signature of the commission’s Director of Communication, Eric Dzakpasu read in parts that: “Accreditation tags will be given to only those who have formally applied for them and for a fee to be determined by the commission.”

The news angered the media fraternity including the International Standards Journalists Association (ISJA) who sued the commission.

The NMC has described the decision as unfair.

Speaking to Starr News' Daniel Nii Lartey, the NMC’s chairman, Kwesi Gyan-Appenteng said the move is…

NPP begins 21-day fasting and prayers for December elections

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is starting a 21-day fasting and prayer for Ghana to seek the favour of God for a peaceful election and for victory for the party in the upcoming polls.
Dubbed ‘The Battle Is The Lord’s: Declaration Towards Victory and the Peace of Ghana’ begins at Koforidua Jackson Park in the Eastern Region Wednesday. 
There would also be a candlelight vigil from the evening until Thursday morning.

“Our candidate Nana Akufo Addo himself would be here to fast and pray with us that night and the prayer service would be officiated by Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah,” coordinator of the event, Jeff Konadu said.
He said other men of God with be partaking in the program to seek the favor of God for the party and country. 
Mr Konadu credited the Eastern Regional party chairman, Kingston Kissi and his executive for organising the maiden session adding “the daily night prayer shall continue simultaneously at every single NPP office throughout the region.” 
According to him, after Wed…

Transition ‘is going so smoothly,’ Trump tweets

President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to push back against news coverage suggesting that his transition to power is in chaos, saying the process of selecting Cabinet secretaries and working with the Obama administration “is going so smoothly.’’
Trump took particular aim at a favorite target, the New York Times, which reported Wednesday that the transition has been marked by firings and infighting, and that U.S. allies were having trouble reaching Trump at New York’s Trump Tower as he plans his government.

“The failing @nytimes story is so totally wrong on transition. . . . I have received and taken calls from many foreign leaders,’’ Trump wrote on the microblogging site that hosted his numerous incendiary tweets during the presidential campaign. He also denied reports that his transition team has sought security clearances for his children.

The Times reported that American allies were “blindly dialing in to Trump Tower” in an attempt to reach the p…

Angela Merkel to run for 4th term as Germany's Chancellor

Angela Merkel, the world's second most powerful person according to a Forbes 2016 ranking, is set to run for her 4th term as Germany's chancellor, according to a senior politician from her party- the Christian Democratic Union.

"She will run for Chancellor," Norbert Roettgen said on Tuesday on CNN's "Amanpour."
"She is absolutely determined, willing, and ready to contribute to strengthen the international liberal order. But we can't see the Chancellor or Germany as last man standing."

"The Chancellor is a cornerstone of this political concept of the West as acting as a global player. So she will run, and she will act as a responsible leader," Roettgen said.

"But it would be impossible to rely only on one person. We need the West, and the West is indispensable.

"And this of course means fundamentally and indispensably also the participation and contribution of the strongest part of the West, and this is the United…

Trump family dinner raises issues on press access

President-elect Donald Trump emerged from his New York skyscraper Tuesday night for the first time in days, moving about the nation's largest city without a pool of journalists on hand to ensure the public has knowledge of his whereabouts.
The president-elect spent about two hours dining with family at the 21 Club, a restaurant a few blocks from his Trump Tower residence. Journalists were only aware that Trump was leaving home when they spotted a large motorcade pulling away from the building, including an ambulance with lights flashing.

The movement was a surprise given that Trump's campaign had already called a "lid" — a signal to journalists that he would not be venturing out for the rest of the day. The practice is meant to ensure that journalists are on hand to witness, on behalf of the public, the activities of the president or president-elect, rather than relying on secondhand accounts.

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks issued the lid at 6:14 p.m. But just o…

'I'm an elephant, Conor McGregor isn't in my league, it's an insult to compare us '' Floyd Mayweather rants (Video)

Retired multi-millionaire boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, who has never lost a fight has launched a rant against UFC multi millionaire champion Conor McGregor.
Conor McGregor, became the first fighter in UFC history to be crowned with double championship belts after defeating lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez on Saturday prompting Forbes magazine to write that McGregor should be compared with Muhammad Ali and not Mayweather. and now the boxer has reacted sensationally in a new video obtained by TMZ Sports.

'Don't compare Conor McGregor to me, it's disrespect. I'm an elephant, elephants don't beef with ants' 'Elephant is so large, he don't even see ants' "I mean if you’re saying he’s the Floyd Mayweather of the MMA, I’m trying to find out. Have you ever made $300 million in one night? Have you ever made $100 million in one night?"  Watch the video below. Floyd Mayweather is sick of the Conor McGregor comparisons!
Check out the clip…

Gunman Arrested For Posing As Mahama’s Security Guard

A 30-year old man, David Asante, has been arrested for posing as one of the President’s security detail during the commissioning of a school project, which the President was expected to attend.
He was seen lurking around the area with a gun, when the President visited the Adenta constituency a few days ago for the event.
Narrating the incident to the media today [Wednesday], the Deputy Regional Commander of the Accra Regional Police Command, ACP Paul Ayittey, said: “The Police have arrested one David Mensah for posing as a National Security to the presidency. On 11th November 2016, the Adenta Police together with other Police personnel arrested a 30 year old imposter possessing a pair of pistol and a pair of handcuffs.

According to him, “the suspect was arrested while preparations were ongoing to prepare the grounds for the commissioning of a community senior high School at Adenta Frahaha.”
He indicated that, the suspect “arrived at the event venue early enough, and carried hims…

Khloe Kardashian Helps Contestants Get a 'Revenge Body' in New Weight-Loss Series

Having already extended their reach into fashion, music, and so much more, the Kardashian empire is now tackling fitness. Khloe Kardashian is helping people change their bodies and lives in the trailer for Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian.
The first look at the upcoming E! reality series opens with the youngest Kardashian sister discussing her own weight battle. "I was always overweight as a kid," she admits. "If I was stressed out or sad, I would eat. So I then had to learn how to put my energy into something positive and healthy for me, which is how I fell in love with working out."
Having changed her own habits, Kardashian and her team of trainers set out to do the same for others. Throughout the preview, the 16 participants realize how tough a transition they are making. "What the f-- did I get myself into?" asks one competitor, echoing the sentiments of anyone who has ever made such a drastic lifestyle change.

While the journey is rough -- …

North Korea's Kim Wants Chinese To Stop Calling Him Fat

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has gained a tremendous amount of weight, ballooning to nearly 300 pounds, and officials of the Hermit Kingdom reportedly have asked the Chinese to stop calling him fat.
The Sun reported Kim has been referred to as Jin Pang Pang (Kim Fatty Fatty) and Kim Fatty III as well as Jin San Fei (Kim Abundant III) by Chinese web users. North Korean officials in Hong Kong have asked their comrades in China to stop the name-calling before Kim looks for someone to blame, Apple Daily reported. 

Kim’s weight gain reportedly is the result of binge-eating and drinking to cope with fears of assassination and insomnia, South Korean intelligence reported.
Kim reportedly tasked scientists to develop a weight reduction pill that would work without diet or exercise. Ri Ran Hui, head of the Academy of Koryo Medicine, said the pill, developed from the skull cap plant, reduces brown and white fat tissue.
Kim, 33, is estimated to have gone from 198 pounds in 2012 to 286 p…

Shakira Reveals Son Sasha Was Sick After Canceling Performances: 'Everything Is Under Control Now'

The "Hips Don't Lie" singer took to Instagram on Tuesday to let fans know that her 21-month-old son, Sasha, is feeling better after dealing with illness.
"Thanks for all the messages you sent for Sasha while he was sick," the 39-year-old artist shared.
"Everything is under control now, and he's back to his cheerful self!"

ET has reached out to Shakira's rep.
Last week, Shakira tweeted that she would have to miss scheduled performances at the Latin GRAMMYs, as well as the American Music Awards, for personal reasons.

"Due to personal matters, I won't be able to travel to Las Vegas & LA to attend the @LatinGRAMMYs or the @AMAs this year," she wrote. "I will be accompanying @carlosvives in spirit @LatinGRAMMYs, celebrating this incredible year that we've shared together with #LaBicicleta."
Due to personal matters, I won't be able to travel to Las Vegas & LA to attend the @LatinGRAMMYs or the @AMAs this yea…

Syria conflict: Assad hopes for 'anti-terror ally' in Trump

Syria's leader has said he hopes US President-elect Donald Trump will be an ally in fighting terrorism but remains "cautious in judging him".
Bashar al-Assad said Mr Trump would be a "natural ally" if he fulfilled a campaign pledge to fight terrorism. But he said it was "dubious" whether Mr Trump could "live up to his promises".
Mr Trump had previously said it was "madness" to oppose both Syrian forces and IS militants, and that fighting Syria could lead to fighting Russia.

Conflict continues to rage in Syria. Government aircraft on Tuesday bombed besieged rebel-held eastern districts of the city of Aleppo for the first time in three weeks, activists said.
More than 300,000 people have died since the Syrian civil conflict began in March 2011.
'Very cautious'
Speaking to Portugal's RTP state television, Mr Assad said: "We cannot tell anything about what he's going to do, but if... he is going to fight the ter…

Vodafone Is Best CSR Organisation Of The Year – AGI Awards

Telecommunications giant, Vodafone Ghana has been adjudged the Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Organisation of the Year at the 5th Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) Awards held in Accra.

Vodafone was awarded the prestigious title in recognition of its numerous transformational and community support initiatives such as Healthline, Healthline Medical Call Centre, Healthfest, Vodafone Scholars (Scholarship for girls studying STEM), Vodafone 321, Employee Volunteerism Programme and charitable donations.

Commenting on the recognition, Corporate Relations Manager at Vodafone, Ebenezer Amankwah said:

“Contributing to sustainable social change in our society has always been our prime concern; we are therefore grateful for the recognition as we continue to positively affect our environment to create a lasting impact”. The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) is a voluntary business association with over 1200 members, made up of small, medium and large scale manufacturi…

FULL LIST OF NOMINEES FOR THE MTN 4SYTE MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS 2016

The Official Launch of the 8th annual MTN 4syte Music Video Awards 2016 went down over the weekend at the plush 4syte Mansion, Trassaco, Adjiringano hosted by Eddy Blay, BlackBoy, Jay Foley, Ms Wendy Tay and Ogee The Mcee...

It was a big night for Stonebwoy in particular. The current Most Influential artist walked away with nine (9) nominations: Best Male, Best Directing, Best Reggae/Dancehall, Best Video among others...

Shatta Wale also fared quite well with 6 nominations in total. Other big nominees on the night include VVIP who had 8 nominations, Edem and Dr Cryme at 5 and D-Black, EL, Bisa Kdei with 4 nominations each.

The new talents didn’t disappoint either. Feli Nuna and Ebony all secured nominations in the Best Discovery and Best Female categories while Medikal got nominated in Best Hiphop and Best Discovery of the year category.

Brace yourselves for an EPIC and BIGGER night of Entertainment at the MTN 4syte Music Video Awards 2016 coming off on 19th November at the…

Justin Bieber places an ad to party with 6 girls in Prague after his live concert

Singer Justin Bieber, 22, on Saturday evening partied with six girls in his hotel suite after his live performance at the O2 Arena Prague in the Czech Republic. He reportedly placed an ad on  Facebook through a local modelling agency employee known only as Daniela. The ad asked for eight girls to party with Bieber within an hour, at downtown Hemingway Bar in the Czech capital shortly after his gig but only 6 showed up because of the short notice. 
When the news made rounds on social media, one of the girls who responded to the ad, a law student Anna, explained that a confidentiality agreement had been put in place, forbidding anyone from talking about their evening with Justin - but insisted it was 'not like people thought it was.'

'You think that he chose the girls to enjoy the night with them, but he wanted to give someone else a pleasant experience. He talked to us as a normal person would,' she wrote.
Blonde Prague airport employee and part-time dancer Den…

Twitter unveils upgraded tool to address online abuse, bullying, and harassment

Online news and social networking service, Twitter, has upgraded a tool on their platform, which can now be used more effectively to avoid harassment and online attacks by trolls. Read their statement below:
"The amount of abuse, bullying, and harassment we’ve seen across the Internet has risen sharply over the past few years. These behaviors inhibit people from participating on Twitter, or anywhere. Abusive conduct removes the chance to see and share all perspectives around an issue, which we believe is critical to moving us all forward. In the worst cases, this type of conduct threatens human dignity, which we should all stand together to protect.Because Twitter happens in public and in real-time, we’ve had some challenges keeping up with and curbing abusive conduct. We took a step back to reset and take a new approach, find and focus on the most critical needs, and rapidly improve. There are three areas we’re focused on, and happy to announce progress around today: co…

Mayor in West Virginia resigns after racist Obama post

A West Virginia mayor resigned Tuesday following a backlash after she posted a response to a racist comment about first lady Michelle Obama on Facebook.
The Clay Town Council accepted Mayor Beverly Whaling's resignation in a meeting late Tuesday afternoon and said it would act quickly to name a replacement for the remaining three years of her term.

The resignation came after another woman whose racist post Whaling responded to was placed on leave as director of the Clay County Development Corp.

Council member Jason Hubbard issued a brief statement condemning the "horrible and indecent" post and said racism and intolerance "isn't what this community is about." He apologized on behalf of the town to Michelle Obama and anyone who was offended.

"This community is a helpful, hopeful, empathetic and God-loving community," Hubbard said. "Please don't judge the entire community for one or two individual acts."

Clay County Development dir…

Asantehemaa and Mother of Otumfuo Dies at 109

The mother of Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and queenmother of the Ashanti Kingdom Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II has died.

The 109-year-old queen died in her sleep Tuesday morning, sources at the Manhyia palace have told StarrFMonline.com.

She reigned for 39 years and saw the days of Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, who reigned from 1970 to 1999.

Nana Afia Kobi was enstooled in 1977 as the 13th queenmother of the Asante Kingdom since 1695 after the late Nana Ama Serwaa Nyarko II who reigned from 1945 to 1977.

StarrFMonline.com sources say the various chiefs in the Ashanti region have been informed of the sad incident.

Source: Starrfmonline.com