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Wall Street’s Mnuchin, Ross Are Trump’s Treasury, Commerce Picks

President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday he plans to nominate former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. partner Steven Mnuchin as the next U.S. Treasury secretary, a key cabinet decision as he assembles a team to fulfill his campaign pledge to boost the world’s largest economy.
Trump plans to nominate billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as Commerce secretary and Todd Ricketts, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs baseball team, as deputy Commerce secretary, he said in a statement.

Mnuchin, 53, will be the second Goldman Sachs alumnus with a key role in the incoming administration, following Stephen Bannon’s nod as chief strategist and senior counselor. If confirmed by the Senate, Mnuchin would become the third former Goldman Sachs executive to head the Treasury Department since the mid-1990s.

With the selections, Trump’s economic team is taking shape. As Treasury chief, Mnuchin would be a crucial player in carrying out Trump’s campaign pledges to quickly tackle some of the nation’s most content…

Kanye West had a nervous breakdown - he was pushed over the edge by anniversary of mom's funeral

.at least that's what TMZ is claiming. Read their report below... Kanye West just snapped a week ago Monday in what we're told was a "nervous breakdown" ... triggered in large part by the anniversary of his mother's death.  Sources very close to Kanye tell TMZ ... he was increasingly becoming a powder keg of emotions in the weeks leading up to his hospitalization at the UCLA Medical Center ...Fueled by what we're told was a shocking lack of sleep and the pressures of touring, running his businesses, parenting and providing emotional support to his wife who was suffering her own emotional trauma after the Paris robbery.

But our sources say the trigger for the breakdown was Donda's death back in November 2007. Her funeral was November 20 -- the same day he cancelled his show at the L.A. Forum. The following day -- November 21 -- Kanye cancelled the remainder of the tour and hours later suffered the breakdown.

People close to Kanye tell us he never e…

Demi Lovato Opens Up About Her Bipolar Disorder: ‘I’m Living Proof of Living Well’ with Mental Illness

Demi Lovato continues to share her story with bipolar disorder to help others.
The singer has been vocal about her mental health and her struggles with addiction, cutting and eating disorders since being diagnosed with bipolar disorder while receiving inpatient treatment in 2011.

“If you know someone or if you’re dealing with it yourself, just know that it is possible to live well,” Lovato, 24, told PEOPLE exclusively. “I’m living proof of that.”

The “Confident” songstress describes her day-to-day as a “work in progress” with the support of her family and friends, including her treatment team. “They’re there for me at any moment of the day and will be there to support me throughout my recovery,” Lovato explained. “That relationship is ongoing — it’s not something where you see a therapist once or you see your psychiatrist once, it’s something you maintain to make sure that you want to live with mental illness. You have to take care of yourself.”

On her treatment, the former Dis…

Akua Donkor makes WomanRising 100 Most Influential Ghanaian Women list

As part of their mission is to equip 100,000 Women in Ghana & Africa to be globally minded, have globally competitive brands, businesses & careers, influence the society positively & leave a lasting legacy; WomanRising; a flagship project of The African Network of Entrepreneurs (TANOE) has released a comprehensive list which features 100 of the Most Influential Ghanaian Women, achieving great strides, making tremendous impact and breaking glass ceilings in their respective fields of endeavour.
Commenting on the list, Ekow Mensah, the founder of WomanRising said that women form 51% of Ghana’s population and as the majority, their impact and influence on Ghana’s economy, commerce and people cannot be over emphasised. “The 100 Most Influential Ghanaian Women list cuts across various sectors and disciplines and adequately represents the tenacity of women in their quest to leave lasting legacies and to influence society positively. We are excited to bring you this …

Serena Williams slams inequality and discrimination in open letter

The subject of equal pay in tennis was very much in the headlines early in 2016 thanks to the much criticized comments of former pro Ray Moore.
Now, as the year concludes, Serena Williams has slammed inequality and taken issue with the fact that she is often described as one of the best female athletes -- instead of simply one of the best athletes around.  The record 22-time grand slam singles champion made her declarations in an open letter published in Porter magazine's "Incredible Women of 2016" issue.  Earlier this year, Moore -- the tournament director of tennis' most prestigious event outside the majors, the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California -- said women's players should get "down every night" on their knees and thank Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for carrying the sport.  Williams was one of those who criticized Moore, with the 70-year-old resigning days later. "I was fortunate to have a family that supported my dream and e…

Hillary Clinton Surprises Katy Perry at UNICEF Snowflake Ball

After keeping a low profile for the past three weeks, Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at UNICEF's 12th annual Snowflake Ball on Tuesday night -- and no one was happier to see her than honoree, Katy Perry.
While President-elect Donald Trump was dining with Reince Priebus and Mitt Romney at Jean Georges, a three-Michelin star New York City restaurant inside his Trump International Hotel, Clinton was across town at the fundraising gala.
Even "Roar" singer and outspoken Clinton suporter Perry was surprised when Hillary took to the stage to present her with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award, The Hill reported.
"I cannot tell you how delighted I am to be here to help celebrate a global megastar, a social media queen with the most Twitter followers in the world -- although she's getting some competition -- and someone whose powerful voice and creative lyrics remind us when you get knocked down to get back up," Clinton said. 
"We need cha…

Uganda’s Anita Kyarimpa Fabiola to host Ghana Movie Awards red carpet

Many have raised concerns as to why Ghanaians are allowing foreigners to play various important roles in the affairs of the country. Now foreigners have become an integral part of our politics, and it seems the next stop is the entertainment industry.
Well, guess what? Ghana Movie Award organizers have also decided to do away with all the smart, eloquent and beautiful ladies that can host their red carpet and yes,thebigtriceonline.com can authoritatively confirm that Uganda’s TV and radio personality, Anita Kyarimpa Fabiola is the host this year’s red carpet.

In case the name, Fabiola doesn’t ring a bell, well, during the 2016 VGMAs, the beautiful and adorable, Fabiola joined MTV’s Ehiz to present the Best African Act of the year to Wizkid. Yes, so that’s the lady who will be hosting this year’s Ghana Movie Awards red carpet.

Anita Fabiola is widely known for her striking beauty, her curvaceous fat behind, her fashion sense and yes, her interviewing prowess, and I’m overly…

Justin Bieber Says Instagram is 'For the Devil'

Justin Bieber has a love/hate relationship with Instagram. After leaving the service in August in a fit of disgust, Bieber told a London audience on Tuesday night (Nov. 29) that he's "90 percent sure" that the pic-posting app is "for the devil" and that it is "hell."
Before the rant, he gave the screaming Beliebers some (fake) red meat. "Who thinks I should get my Instagram back?" he asked to ear-piercing screams.

Then, in a fan-posted video of the show at the O2 Arena on the singer's Purpose Tour, Bieber said, "Nah, I don't want to get my Instagram back... I'm sure... I think hell is Instagram. I'm 90 percent sure. We get sent to hell, we get like locked in the Instagram server." Considering it was the final show on the European leg of the tour, Justin told the crowd he wasn't sure what he was going to do when he went home, teasing that he might just take some Instas and not upload them.
  Check out the…

Trump announces he will leave business ‘in total’ — leaving open how he will avoid conflicts of interest

President-elect Donald J. Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that he would soon leave his “great business in total” to focus on the presidency, a response to growing worries over the businessman-in-chief’s conflicts of interest around the globe.
The announcement marks a turn from Trump’s months-long refusal to distance himself from his private business while holding the highest public office.

But it remained unclear whether the new arrangement would include a full sale of Trump’s stake or, as he has offered before, a ceding of company management to his children, which ethics advisers have said would not resolve worries that the business could still influence his decisions in the Oval Office.

“I will be holding a major news conference in New York City with my children on December 15 to discuss the fact that I will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Trump tweeted.

“While I am not mandated to do t…

Court Clears Tsatsu Tsikata Of Financial Loss Charges

Former GNPC Chief Executive Tsatsu Tsikata has been cleared of charges of causing financial loss to the state by a Court of Appeal.
The court in a ruling Wednesday said the incarceration of the legal practitioner by an Accra Fast Track High court for causing financial loss to the state in 2008 was a miscarriage of justice.

The Fast Track High court found him guilty for causing a financial loss of GHC230,000 to the state.

Despite receiving a presidential pardon in the nick of the 2008 elections, Tsikata has continued to fight for his innocence in the matter.

Background
Tsatsu Tsikata was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment on June 18, 2008 by the Accra Fast Track High Court for causing financial loss to the state through a loan that the GNPC guaranteed for Valley Farms, a private cocoa-growing company.

He was found guilty on three counts of wilfully causing financial loss of GH¢230,000 to the state and another count of misapplying public property.

His trial started in 2002 and tra…

DJ accused of groping Taylor Swift denies singer's claims

The fired radio personality accused of groping Taylor Swift says he made contact with the singer — but only an inadvertent brush against her hand and arm.
David Mueller — who Swift says violated her at a 2013 meet-and-greet — contended in a new radio interview that he never lifted up the "Bad Blood" artist's skirt and grabbed her bare backside as she claims.

"I've got my hand closed and my palm down, and I reach behind toward Taylor," Mueller said on Detroit's "Mojo in the Morning" on Tuesday, sharing his recollection of what happened. "Our hands touched, and our arms crossed. That's all I remember. (My hand) went behind her, and her hand went behind me."

Mueller also reacted to the recently surfaced photo that they took together at the time of the alleged incident, which shows the former on-air personality standing next to Swift with his hand clearly behind her.
"My hand was not touching her body," he said on the …

Ban Ki-Moon speaks to Mahama, Nana Addo ahead of polls

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has urged President John Mahama and Nana Akufo-Addo to ensure an atmosphere of peace as Ghana readies for its Presidential and parliamentary elections.

In a telephone conversation with the frontrunners in Ghana's elections, the UN chief said it was necessary for both leaders to continue to defuse tensions in the country.

Below are details of a statement by UN

Secretary-General’s telephone conversations with H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana, and Mr. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Head of Ghana’s opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Today, the Secretary-General had separate telephone conversations with H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana, and Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo, head of Ghana’s opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), to discuss the general elections that are scheduled to take place on 7 December in Ghana.

The Secretary-General underscored the importance of an environment conducive to p…

Obama: 'Michelle will never run for office'

People pining for a Michelle Obama presidential run will not get their wish, President Obama said in an interview published Tuesday. 
"Michelle will never run for office," Obama told Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner in a conversation the day after Election Day.

"She is as talented a person as I know," the president said of his wife. "You can see the incredible resonance she has with the American people. But I joke that she's too sensible to want to be in politics."

Obama has said many times that his wife has no appetite for her own political career. But it's the first time he's commented on it since the election, when Donald Trump defeated the president's preferred successor, Hillary Clinton.
Many Democrats have been openly hoping the 52-year-old first lady might be convinced to seek political office.

Three new political action committees have been formed in the last month urging Michelle Obama to challenge Trump in 2020.

The first la…

Truck driver who struck Tracy Morgan's van pleads guilty

The truck driver who slammed into the back of a van carrying actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and several other people, killing one of them, pleaded guilty Tuesday and could avoid jail time.

Kevin Roper entered the plea in state Superior Court to vehicular homicide and four counts of aggravated assault.
Roper was driving a Wal-Mart truck in June 2014 when he crashed into Morgan's van on the New Jersey Turnpike. The group was returning from Morgan's show in Delaware.


The 37-year-old Jonesboro, Georgia, resident had also faced an aggravated manslaughter count, which is punishable by a 10-to-30-year prison term on conviction. Vehicular homicide carries a 10-year maximum prison sentence.
Under terms of Roper's plea, he can avoid prison if he performs community service and satisfies other conditions over the next three years.

Comedian James McNair died and Morgan and three other passengers were injured in the crash. Morgan suffered a broken leg, broken ribs and head injuries.

The…

Video showing Brazilian footballers laughing in the plane just before their flight took off

A chartered plane with a Brazilian first division football team, crashed near Medellin while on its way to the finals of a regional tournament. 75 people on-board the ill-fated flight died while 6 survived.
The aircraft, which had departed from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, was transporting the Chapecoense team from southern Brazil for the first leg of a two-game Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional of Medellin, which was due to be played on Wednesday November 30th.

Just before takeoff, the players did a video where they were seen laughing. 
Watch the video below:




Keo Woolford, Actor on 'Hawaii Five-0,' Dies at 49

Keo Woolford, an actor on Hawaii Five-0 who wrote, directed and produced the uplifting 2013 independent film The Haumana, has died. He was 49.
Woolford died Monday at a hospital in Oahu, Hawaii, after suffering a stroke three days earlier, his publicist Tracy Larrua said.

A native of Honolulu, Woolford appeared in a recurring role as Det. James Chang on the remake of CBS' Hawaii Five-0, and he had small roles in such films as Happy, Texas (1999), Falling for Grace (2006) and Godzilla (2014).

Woolford toured as a member of the Hawaiian boy band Brownskin and starred in more than 300 performances as the King of Siam in a stage production of The King & I that made its way to the London Palladium.

The Haumana revolves around a host (played by Tui Asau) of a struggling luau show who reconnects with his culture after he takes over a high school hula class for boys after his former kumu hula (master hula teacher) dies.

Woolford's one-man show, I-LAND, served as the inspiration…