Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from November 29, 2016

Dolly Parton heartbroken by wildfires torching her hometown

Country music icon Dolly Parton says she's heartbroken about wildfires that tore through the Tennessee county where she grew up, but spared the Dollywood theme park that bears her name. 
In a statement released Tuesday by her publicists, Parton said she's been watching the "terrible fires" in the Great Smoky Mountains. At least 14,000 people have been forced to evacuate the tourist area of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and a dozen people have been injured in the wildfires.

"I am praying for all the families affected by the fire and the firefighters who are working so hard to keep everyone safe," she said.

In a video released just hours before the wildfires engulfed Gatlinburg and areas around Pigeon Forge, Parton urged people to prevent forest fires.
Parton appears with Smokey the Bear in the 30-second video released Sunday by Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She tells people to avoid burning leaves and parking vehicles on dry grass, and warns that even a…

Mahama bribed NPP Northern Region chair with cars, cash to denigrate Akufo-Addo- NPP alleges

The New Patriotic Party has uncovered what it says is a grand plot, a carefully orchestrated scheme by the first family to bribe  leading and influential members of the party to paint the NPP leader as an ethnic bigot and an anti-northern person.
Addressing a press conference in Accra, Tuesday, Moustapha Hamid, spokesperson of the NPP leader Nana Akufo-Addo, made damning allegations of bribery against president John Mahama and his brother Ibrahim Mahama- claims we cannot independently confirm, at least for now.

According to him, an offer of a brand new V6 Mitsubishi,  a brand new V8 Landcruiser and a promise of ¢3.3 million was made to Bugri Naabu, the Northern Regional Chair of the NPP in a meeting held on October 28, 2016. 
A contractor of repute, owed to the tune of ¢247,000 cedis by the state for jobs done in the past, Mr Naabu was promised payment by the two powerful men if he were to play ball.
The offer was to induce Bugri Naabu to "resign from the NPP and damage Ak…

WATCH: Edem attempts to set #MannequinChallenge record

Edem headlined the Great Volta Carnival and Peace and Unity Concert at the Jubilee Park (Ho) over the weekend, where he attempted to set a #MannequinChallenge record with perhaps the largest number  of people yet.
As part of his performance, he led the over 10, ooo crowd in his own version of  the #MannequinChallenge. But was it successful? 

WATCH and share comments


Believed to have been started by students in Florida on October 12, the Mannequin Challenge is a viral Internet video trend where people remain still like mannequins while a video is recorded, usually with Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” as backdrop. The hashtag #MannequinChallenge has been used  for popular social media portals such including Twitter and Instagram.

World's oldest living person celebrates 117th birthday

Italy's Emma Morano, the world's oldest living person, marked her 117th birthday Tuesday, blowing out all the candles on her cake.
Beaming at the attention, Morano took in the festivities for her milestone celebration sitting in an armchair in her one-room apartment in the northern town of Verbania, joined by her two elderly nieces, a pair of caregivers and her long-time physician.

She received a greeting from Italy's president, read by an official, wishing her "serenity and good healthy," and appeared for a brief live broadcast on state-run television. She happily accepted some gifts, including her favorite cookies, which she ate with some milk.

Then she blew out the candles on her cake — not one for every year, but three numerals to show her age, 117 — and quipped: "I hope I don't have to cut it!"

To the assembled well-wishers, Morano said, "I am happy to turn 117," and drew encouragement from her physician, Dr. Carlo Bava.

"Wh…

Cameroon into women's Nations Cup final

Hosts Cameroon booked their place in the final of the women's Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 win over Ghana.
A scrappy goal on 71 minutes, when Raissa Feudijo finally scored after Njoya Ajara's effort had been cleared off the line, proved decisive.
In the first half, Cameroon's Aboudi Gabrielle Ongeune hit the post but there were few other chances.


Late in the match, they almost made it 2-0 but Michelle Ngono Mani's shot was tipped on to the bar and over.
Ghana's substitute keeper Patricia Mantey, who came on after Ama Nana Asantewa was stretchered off with a head injury, made the save but the result was already beyond the Black Queens.

Cameroon, who have lost in the final three times, will face the winner of Tuesday's later game between South Africa and Nigeria.
The Indomitable Lionesses will take heart from their semi-final performance, having battled hard to overcome Ghana - and perhaps they might have may have won by a bigger margin.
With every seat occ…

VIDEO: Kwaw Kese Preaches Peace With Kokromoti Power

Kwaw Kese, one of the most famous Ghanaian hip-life artists, also popularly known as “Abodam”, has released a new hit single titled “KROKROMOTI POWER”.

The proud Ghanaian and beloved artist urges Ghanaians to remain peaceful and cast their votes for their chosen candidates for the upcoming election, which is scheduled to take place on December 7th, 2016.

The video is produced by Kings Crøwn Media, who also produced the Anas 4 Peace campaign video a couple of weeks ago, and directed by the talented Musa Mousse.

The song ‘Krokomoti power’ encourages and calls on all Ghanaians to exercise their rights by voting and contributing to a peaceful election.

The video shows many images of the cultural atmosphere of Ghana, and the countless and colourful daily activities that take place.

Ghana is one of the handful countries in the continent where peaceful elections are the norm rather than the exception. And as citizens of this great and proud nation, we must not take that for granted.
When…

Elaine Chao Is Said to Be Trump’s Pick for Transportation Secretary

President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Elaine L. Chao, the former Labor secretary under George W. Bush, to head the Department of Transportation, elevating someone who has been a fixture of the Republican establishment in Washington to a post that could become integral to shaping one of the most ambitious parts of Mr. Trump’s agenda.
Mr. Trump, a real estate magnate, has said infrastructure redevelopment is a priority. And Ms. Chao has experience — politically and personally — in navigating the competing centers of power in the capital. She is married to Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and majority leader.

The choice of Ms. Chao, which is expected to be announced later Tuesday, was confirmed by someone with direct knowledge of Mr. Trump’s decision.

The selection, which requires confirmation by the Senate, is the latest as Mr. Trump continues to fill senior posts in his administration. So far many of the highest stature positions, like secretary of state an…

Fabregas, Sterling, Giroud, Bellerin, and others attend the premiere of Usain Bolt's film ‘I Am Bolt’ (Photos)

A number of famous England sport stars turned out for the premiere of world's fastest man, Usain Bolt's new film titled ‘I Am Bolt’.  The event which held at the ODEON in Leicester Square on Monday saw notable football stars like Oliver Giroud, Nacho Monroel, Hector Bellerin, Santi Cazorla, Calum Chambers (Arsenal) and their former legend Robert Pires.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas who hasn’t played most games this season was also seen on the red carpet, alongside Manchester City whizkid, Raheem Sterling.

There were also a number of historically significant names at the event including Olympic and World champion middle distance runner Mo Farah, Tennis icons Boris Becker, British sporting icons David Haye and Darren Campbell.


Fleur East, Geri Horner of the Spice Girls, Liam Payne, and Sean Paul. 


The film 'I Am Bolt' covers the sprint king's career and follows his record-breaking appearance at the Rio Olympics, in which he managed an iconic 'Triple-Tr…

‘Rogue One’ Presales Update: “Hundreds Of Thousands Of Tickets” Sold Within Minutes

After long lines online Sunday night, advance movie ticket retailers are reporting a robust day for Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which hits theaters on the night of Dec. 15
Since becoming available 24 hours ago on Movietickets.com, Rogue One has dominated 76% of the site’s sales, with Moana now trailing at 5%.

Meanwhile, over at Fandango, the company reports “extraordinary demand for tickets to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  Within minutes of going on sale, we sold hundreds of thousands of tickets.”
Reports in the media have stated that Fandango crashed due to the demand, requiring wait times of 20-30 minutes. Technically speaking, the site never ever crashed.
Fandango’s report continued, “Similar to ticketing for a highly popular concert event, a ‘waiting room’ in the checkout process was established to accommodate customers as quickly as possible.  We were able to continuously serve a record number of customers throughout the night, despite some intermittent slow…

Mahama commissions ultra-modern Kotokuraba market

President John Dramani Mahama has commissioned the ultra-modern Kotokuraba market in the Central regional capital, Cape Coast.
The market which has been under construction for the last four years comes with several facilities including a park for over 200 cars, surface and overhead water tanks, a solar system for emergency lighting, and a generator set.

The market also has a fire hydrant, public address system, and CCTV cameras for security purposes.

The President during the commissioning stated that the initial traders at the market will have shops allotted to them and also promised that there will be no bias in the allocation of the shops.

“A list of the women and other traders who were trading in the market before the reconstruction are going to be served first, afterwards, if there are more stores, others will be attended to,” the President who turned 58-years-old today said.

The Chief of the Oguaa Traditional Area, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, thanked Mr Mahama for completing th…

Trump retweets attacks on CNN journalist

President-elect Donald Trump launched a stream of retweets Monday night that defend his claims of voter fraud and call out CNN's Jeff Zeleny.
He also tweeted that the outlet is "so embarrassed by their total (100%) support" of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton that "they don't know what to do."

.@CNN is so embarrassed by their total (100%) support of Hillary Clinton, and yet her loss in a landslide, that they don't know what to do. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016Trump's account reposted several tweets attacking the CNN reporter and pushing the president-elect's claim that voter fraud in favor of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton occurred during the election.
"@sdcritic: @HighonHillcrest@jeffzeleny@CNN There is NO QUESTION THAT #voterfraud did take place, and in favor of #CorruptHillary !"
"@sdcritic: @HighonHillcrest@jeffzeleny@CNN There is NO QUESTION THAT #voterfraud did take place, and in favor of #C…

Thailand invites crown prince to become new king

Thailand's parliament invited Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn to be the new king on Tuesday, completing a formal step for the apparent heir to take the throne following the death of his father last month.
Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, president of the National Legislative Assembly, said in a televised session that the prince would be invited to ascend the throne after the cabinet earlier in the day formally asked parliament to begin the process of installing a new monarch.
Members of the assembly stood up during a short parliamentary session and shouted: "Long live the king!"
The prince will have to accept parliament's invitation in order for him to be proclaimed king, according to established procedure.
Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said: "We expect an audience [with the prince] within the next one to two days," said Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.
Two senior military sources said Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn would fly into Bangkok on Wednesday from Germany,…

Plane carrying soccer team from Brazil crashes in Colombia

A chartered aircraft with 81 people on board, including a Brazilian first division soccer team heading to Colombia for a regional tournament final, has crashed on its way to Medellin's international airport.
Aviation authorities said there are reports of at least six survivors.

"It's a tragedy of huge proportions," Medellin's Mayor Federico Gutierrez Gutierrez told Blu Radio on his way to the site in a mountainous area outside the city where aircraft crashed.
Aviation authorities said the aircraft, a British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane operated by a Bolivian charter airline named Lamia, declared an emergency at 10 p.m. Monday (0300 GMT) due to an electrical failure. Authorities and rescuers were immediately activated but an air force helicopter had to turn back due to low visibility.
The aircraft, which made a stop in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, was transporting the first division Chapecoense soccer team from southern Brazil. The team was scheduled to play Wedne…

W/R: Two missing ballot boxes found by hairdresser

Two out of the six ballot boxes that got missing while being transported to some constituencies in the Western region have been found.

The boxes were reportedly found by a hairdresser at Apowa in the Ahanta West Constituency of the Western Region.

According to Starr News’ Western regional correspondent Emmanuel Ohene Gyan the boxes were found on a stretch of road not too far from the EC’s regional office, where they got missing.

The boxes were 44 in all, which were being transported to the respective constituencies in the Western region but fell of the bucket of the track while being wheeled to the area.

The EC has confirmed the discovery of the boxes and the Police have begun investigations into it.

Victoria Michaels win Model Of The Year At 2016 Ghana Models Awards

Top Model Victoria Michaels has continued her winning streak by adding yet another prize to her award collection. The international Model was over the weekend recognized as the Overall Model of the year at the Ghana Models Awards 2016 held at the Accra Conference Center.

It's an annual award ceremony that celebrates models with evidence of outstanding work in Ghana.

The Multiple Award Winning Model was honored for her hard work, dedication and professionalism as a model. The organizers of the award went further to say that Victoria Michaels has shown unusual versatility through her work on both the runway and her commercial commitments.

Recall that few Months ago Victoria won the prestigious Glitz Africa Model of the year and also went on to win the Afroma Commercial Model of the year award amongst so many other laurels.

The Super Model has been an inspiration to many young people through her exceptional craft and innovation both as a style icon and a model.

Speaking after…

Khloe Kardashian on Meeting Niece Dream for the First Time: 'It's So Incredible to See Rob as a Dad!'

Proud aunt alert! Khloé Kardashian recalls meeting her baby niece, Dream, for the first time in a minute-by-minute account posted to her official website on Monday.
More than two weeks after her brother, Rob Kardashian, and his fiancée, Blac Chyna, welcomed Dream Renee Kardashian into the family, Khloé, 32, is recounting her first sweet moments with the baby girl via several detailed entries on Khloewithak.com, posting:

"9:30 AM -- I arrive at the hospital straight from the airport. The C-section was moved up, so I had to drive from Cleveland to Detroit to make it on time.
9:33 AM -- I'm the first one there, aside from my mom.

9:35 -- I go in to see Rob and Chyna. The baby was JUST born!

9:55 -- We all take turns holding baby Dream. She's super cute and calm and isn't crying at all!

10:15 -- Kourtney and Scott arrive next. None of the kids came to the hospital but they met their cousin once she was home.

10:30 -- It's so incredible to see Rob as a dad! I can'…

Security guard busted for stealing bread (Photos)

A Kenyan security guard in the residential area of Syokimau has been giving the beating of his life after he was caught stealing bread from a kiosk. According to Tuko News, the man who is identified as Peter Langat Kipkirui, a watchman at the GateWay mall, has been terrorizing the bread supplier for almost two years.

The owner of the Kiosk who has been suspecting some manipulation in his supplies decided to lay a trap to get the culprit.
On a faithful day, the unidentified kiosk owner placed the crates at a strategy place and waited to see who has been cheating on him, but to his surprise, it was his watchman coming to steal the bread. As soon as he had picked the loaves, locals emerged from on where to descend on him before tying him to a pole.
On a faithful day, the unidentified kiosk owner placed the crates at a strategy place and waited to see who has been cheating on him, but to his surprise, it was his watchman coming to steal the bread. As soon as he had picked the loav…

Thabo Mbeki arrives in Ghana today; leads Commonwealth Observer Mission for Dec 7 polls

Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, is expected in Accra on Tuesday to lead the Commonwealth Observer Mission for the general elections on December 7.
The South African diplomat will stay in Ghana for the next two weeks, returning to his home country on December 13.
Mr Mbeki says he accepted the Commonwealth assignment because “all of us have a responsibility to do everything possible to ensure that Africa continues to consolidate and deepen democracy as one of the central pillars in her Renaissance.”

Ghanaians will on December 7, 2016, elect a new President and 275 Members of Parliament.
Six other candidates are contesting incumbent President John Dramani Mahama who is seeking a second four-year term in office.
Those in the race are Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) who is making his third attempt at the presidency.
Others are Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, wife of Former President Jerry John Rawlings, Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progr…

Ohio attacker Abdul Ali Artan was 'Somali refugee'

A man who injured 11 people, one critically, in a rampage at Ohio State University was of Somali descent and a student on campus, say US officials. 
Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, rammed his car into a group of pedestrians at the college then got out and began stabbing people before police shot him dead.
Police Chief Kim Jacobs said they were investigating whether Monday morning's incident was a terrorist attack. 
The FBI joined the inquiry at the 60,000-student campus in Columbus.
Artan was a Somali refugee who was living in the US as a legal permanent resident, US media report.
Asked at a news conference whether it could have been a terrorist act, Police Chief Jacobs said: "I think we have to consider that it is."
She added: "Obviously with the purposeful intent that was noticed - driving on the sidewalk - we're going look at it from the potential that it was planned."
Artan studied logistics management in the college of Business at Ohio State, reports the …