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Photos: Awwww, 5-year-old boy battling leukemia sweetly proposes to his favorite nurse

After Gideon Robinson found out that his favorite nurse wanted to get married, he went ahead and put a ring on it.
The 5-year-old boy was diagnosed with leukemia on Nov. 17, and has since been in and out of Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego.

Sarah Richardson, 30, the first nurse to treat Gideon, was getting ready to say goodbye to him to spend the holidays with her family. In the young boy's mind, that meant a husband and kids, but she joked that she wishes her boyfriend would pop the question already.

That's when Gideon stepped in and offered to be the man to make her dreams come true.

"Sarah is really nice and pretty and always gets me Legos because she knows I love playing with them," Gideon told TODAY.com.
"She just spoils him with attention and Legos. She really knows the way to his heart," Sosy Robinson, Gideon's mom, told TODAY. "Even if she's not assigned to his room, she'll come and bring him Legos."
On Jan. 27, he …

Photos: Daughter of former Mozambique president shot dead

Valentina Guebuza, the daughter of former Mozambique president Armando Guebuza, was shot dead on Wednesday in the capital Maputo. Ms Guebuza,36, is said to have been shot several times and died of her wounds on the way to the hospital.

According to Diario de Noticias newspaper, her husband, Zofina Mujuane, a businessman who once worked with British American Tobacco has been arrested by the police. Ms Guebuza was listed as the seventh most powerful young woman in Africa by Forbes magazine in 2013 and held a strong of positions in telecommunications companies and family businesses.

The couple married in 2014 at a ceremony with 1,700 guests including South Africa leader Jacob Zuma, the King of Swaziland Mswati III and Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of the Angolan president. They welcomed a daughter last year. Additional 
Source: BBC

Lionel Messi set to wed his partner of 20 years, Antonella Roccuzzo next year!

Football star, Lionel Messi is set to wed his long term partner and mother of his two kids- Antonella Roccuzzo in 2017 according to several reports in his homeland- Argentina. The news first broken by Radio Metro’s Pablo Varsky and later confirmed by ESPN reads: 
'Messi and Roccuzzo will get married in 2017. The date will depend on Barcelona’s schedule of games and the fortunes of the Catalan side in the Champions League.'
Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo have been together since 1996 (when he was just 9 years old) and have two boys together: four-year-old Tiago and one-year-old Mateo.

True Love!! Congrats to them.

Sky and 21st Century Fox agree £18.5bn takeover deal

Broadcaster Sky and 21st Century Fox have reached agreement on the terms of a takeover deal.
Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox will pay £11.7bn for the 61% stake it does not already own.
Sky shareholders will receive £10.75 in cash for each share, valuing the entire company at £18.5bn.

The deal comes amid concerns that Rupert Murdoch, who also owns the Sun and the Times newspapers, will have excessive influence over UK media.
Karen Bradley, the Culture Secretary, will have 10 days to decide whether the Fox bid raises public interest concerns - in this case media plurality. She has the power to ask Ofcom, the media watchdog, to examine the deal.
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Tom Watson, shadow culture secretary, urged Ms Bradley to refer the deal to Ofcom: "When she stood on the steps of Downing Street this summer, the prime minister said to the people of this country that 'when we take the big calls, we'll think not of the powerful, but you'. 
"This is a big call. The …

IGNITION - Gh’s First Ever High School Festival On 22nd December

On Thursday the 22nd of December, over 50 SHS from all over Ghana will converge at the Aviation Social Centre, in a friendly competition in various creative arts and sports activities, at Ghana’s first ever High School Festival dubbed – IGNITION.

Ghana has a teeming youth population but lacks a tailor-made major youth festival that celebrates the teens, their interests and talents, and gives room to their expressions. Additionally, most students come home to limited or no programs during the vacations. Psychologically, these provide deficiencies in the social development of the youth.

To this end, Charterhouse, the No1 events organisation in Ghana, has stepped into this gap, as a matter of urgency, to provide teenagers with a progressive world-class High School Festival called IGNITION.  Scheduled to run twice each year, it will occupy the Christmas and summer breaks of the school calendar, offering the teens an opportunity for a healthy competitive entertainment. This wil…

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Trump has 'no interest' being involved in 'Apprentice'

As Arnold Schwarzenegger takes over the boardroom of "The New Celebrity Apprentice," he's promising a new catch phrase — and no interference from the show's former chief, President-elect Donald Trump, even though he will remain on as executive producer.
"I think it's perfectly fine that he has executive producer credit because he created the show with Mark Burnett together, so why should his credit go?" the former California governor told TODAY's Matt Lauer.

"He made it very clear that he has no interest in being involved. It is now my show, I'm the host, I'm the new boss and I'm going to run this show."

Schwarzenegger said Trump played a big role in getting him on the NBC program, joking it had to do with one of the famous campaign promises the president-elect made on the trail.

"He was part of the negotiations, so I get millions of dollars for hosting the show, but NBC doesn't have to pay for it — Trump makes M…

Leaked footage shows kids as young as 5 in N.Korea forced by Kim Jong-Un to work 10hrs a day (video)

A video footage has been leaked from the very secretive state, North Korea, showing little kids as young as 5 being forced to do hard jobs like loading sacks with heavy rocks, carrying the heavy sacks and repairing railways under the sun for as long as 10 hours a day.

 The video, secretly recorded and released by Daily Mirror has angered Human Rights groups, as while this kids are forced to work for the North Korean government like slaves, Supreme leader Kim Jong-Un enjoys a luxury live hundreds of miles away.
Human rights activists have accused Kim of depriving kids of their childhood, claim some kids from poor ­backgrounds have not been to school in a year and child workers face brutal ­beatings if they fail to do their jobs.
Michael Glendinning, of the ­European Alliance of Human Rights in North Korea, said: “The footage obtained by the Mirror is startling in its documentation of one of the worst abuses the North Korean state inflicts – child labour.”
See more photos and …

We’re Not Destroying Gov’t Vehicle Documents – DVLA

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has denied reports making rounds that it is destroying vital government vehicle documents after the National Democratic Congress lost the 2016 elections.
“The management of the Authority wishes to explain that there is no iota of truth whatsoever in the story and it must therefore be ignored,” the DVLA said in a statement.
According to the DVLA, it embarked on digitisation of its document early this year to free storage space and having done with the first phase of the exercise it was only prudent to move those documents back to the 37 offices. It said there is no malice behind the exercise.

“It will be recalled that at the beginning of this year, DVLA started a process towards digitising all vehicle records for reasons pertaining to overcrowded storage facilities, the potential for some documents to be destroyed due to improper storage and most important of all, the indispensable need for the Authority to keep very good vehi…

LifeStyle: HR TODAY: Signs of a company that doesn't care

A company culture doesn’t change overnight; it normally takes months or years to transform for better or worse.
Last year research commissioned by Red Letter Days for Business titled ‘2015 Employee engagement: how British business measures up’ found a high correlation between caring line managers and high engagement.

Despite this, high-profile examples of company cultures which don’t develop this type of attitude are still all too frequent. One example of this is Amazon, whose less-than-favourable culture was defended by their CEO Jeff Bezos in a letter to shareholders earlier this month.

HR can stop situations like these developing by noticing the signs early and acting accordingly.

Writing in Forbes, Liz Ryan, Owner and Founder of Human Workplace, gave her ten signs that a company doesn’t care.

1. “They pile on the HR policies until you can’t take a step without getting a manager’s approval. Really bad companies have all of these obnoxious and insulting policies in place:


• “Fune…

Internet queen! Meghan Markle is Google's most-searched actress of 2016

Who's that girl! Meghan Markle may be Prince Harry's girlfriend, but she was also online royalty in 2016.
On Wednesday, Dec. 14, Google revealed the top celebrity searches for 2016 and the "Suits" actress topped the charts as the most-searched actress of the year (something tells us it has less to do with her acting and more to do with her personal life).

It's actually quite a feat, considering news of her romance only broke in October.

Meghan beat out fellow actresses Marion Cotillard, who came in second on the list, "Star Wars" sensation Daisy Ridley and Best Actress Oscar winner Brie Larson.

Interestingly, Angelina Jolie didn't figure into the top 10, but her estranged husband, Brad Pitt, took the No. 1 spot for the most-searched actor.

While there has seemingly always been interest in Brad, the public's curiosity this past calendar year was certainly aided by his ongoing divorce, which was announced in September. There is also a strong…

South African accident victim found alive after being in the mortuary for two days, you won't believe what happened next

Msizi Mkhize, 28, was walking home with a friend when he was hit in Kwa-Mashu, a township north of the coastal city of Durban, last week. He was declared dead at the scene of the accident then his body was transported to the Phoenix mortuary, where his body was placed in a fridge.
Imran Keeka, a provincial official for the opposition Democratic Alliance party, said Tuesday:

“When his family arrived for identification purposes a pulse was found in the patient by mortuary staff, who then immediately transported him to Mahatma Gandhi hospital for resuscitation,”
Msizi was resuscitated by nurses and his family was informed of his resuscitation. However, five hours later, Msizi unfortunately died. Understandably, his irate family are now demanding answers.
His Dad Peter Mkhize said:
“I have no words to express how I feel about what happened to my child. “To spend the entire night and morning in the mortuary refrigerator is wrong.” The distraught dad described the rollercoaster of emoti…

WIYAALA DROPS SCARY VISUALS FOR KANDIBANYE

Wiyaala has dropped another scintillating video, her fourth this year, with the release of the visuals for Kandibanye from her self- titled debut album “Wiyaala”.

In Kandibanye (Had I Known), Wiyaala plays the role of a young woman casting a spell on an unfaithful lover who abandons her after tricking his victim into surrendering her virginity, despite promises that his love is sincere and will lead to marriage.

Wiyaala says, “after shooting my previous two videos in Wa, and being on tour in the UK, it was an opportunity to film in a scary historical location that complimented the story line.

Africans have been in the UK for several hundred years, so there were no problems with authenticity, but rather the chance to show how young women can be duped into believing the flattery of an artful seducer whose real intentions are dishonourable. But unfaithful lovers should be warned there can be consequences to betrayal!”

The video was directed by Charlotte Appleton and shot on locat…

Chinese imperial seal sold for record $22m at auction

An 18th Century Chinese imperial seal has been sold for a record €21m (£18m, $22m) - more than 20 times its estimated price.
The sale, to an unnamed Chinese collector, took place in Paris on Wednesday after a heated bidding war, Drouot auction house said.
The palm-sized seal is made of red and white steatite, a type of mineral rock.

It was one of hundreds owned by Emperor Qianlong, one of the longest serving Chinese emperors. The previous record set for an auctioned seal was €14m in 2011.
Intricate craftsmanship
The latest seal sold was originally acquired by a young French naval doctor who visited China in the late 19th Century, and had remained in his family ever since, said Drouot said (link in French).
Asian art expert Alice Jossaume told AFP news agency it had been expected to sell for between €800,000 and €1m.
Emperor Qianlong, an avid art collector who ruled China for much of the 18th Century, was an artist himself who would use seals to sign his works, and commissioned some fo…

Video: Floyd Mayweather makes fun of Conor McGregor in new video and offers fans 10k for a great caption

So earlier, UFC titleholder Conor McGregor took to his IG page to take a jibe at boxing champ, Floyd Mayweather. He wrote: 'Yeah, yeah. F*** Floyd. What is Floyd going to do? We're looking for anyone.'
Mayweather has now responded to McGregor's bait by mocking McGregor in video clips where he was being ponded and bloodied by another fighter. He captioned the video:
"CAPTION THIS! Best caption wins $10,000.00. The winner will be announced on Monday, Dec 19. Stay tuned ! #TMT"  Watch the video below:
CAPTION THIS! Best caption wins $10,000.00. The winner will be announced on Monday, Dec 19. Stay tuned ! #TMT A video posted by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on Dec 14, 2016 at 8:51pm PST
Conor McGregor who has constantly challenged Mayweather to a fight, has been rumored to have obtained a boxing license a few weeks ago in anticipation of a big bout with the boxer.  

U.S. Officials: Putin Personally Involved in U.S. Election Hack

U.S. intelligence officials now believe with "a high level of confidence" that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.
Two senior officials with direct access to the information say new intelligence shows that Putin personally directed how hacked material from Democrats was leaked and otherwise used. The intelligence came from diplomatic sources and spies working for U.S. allies, the officials said.

Putin's objectives were multifaceted, a high-level intelligence source told NBC News. What began as a "vendetta" against Hillary Clinton morphed into an effort to show corruption in American politics and to "split off key American allies by creating the image that [other countries] couldn't depend on the U.S. to be a credible global leader anymore," the official said.

Ultimately, the CIA has assess…

Mahama to present final state of nation address, Thursday

President John Mahama is set to address Parliament for the last time next week Thursday in what is likely to be his final official engagement as president.
It will be an address on the state of nation, after serving a four year term as president.
His attempt for a second term in office was botched in an election defeat to the opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo last week Wednesday..

President Mahama's address will be in fulfillment of Article 67 of the 1992 Constitution.
He is expected to provide details of projects his government is executing and highlight some of his achievements as president.
His presentation would also herald the end of the life of the sixth Parliament of the fourth republic which would officially terminate on the 6th of January 2017.
Before Parliament terminates, the house would have to deal with some outstanding issues and bills or risk starting the whole process again when the seventh Parliament of the fourth Republic begins on January 7.
Before the seventh P…

Muslim girl who claimed she was attacked by Trump supporters in New York has been arrested for making up the story

A Muslim teenager, Yasmin Seweid, 18, who claimed she was called a terrorist and had her hijab pulled off by Donald Trump supporters on a New York subway train, has been arrested after she confessed that she lied about the whole story.
Seweid, who is a student at New York's Baruch College, was arrested by police on Wednesday for filing a false report and admitting she lied about the so-called attack. 

Seweid initially told police she was harassed by three drunk white men when she got on a train at the 23rd Street station in Manhattan on December 1. She claimed the men taunted her, and told her 'you don't belong here' and referred to her hijab as a 'rag.' In the Polie report she filed, she claimed that one of the men grabbed her bag, and broke the strap in the process while another tried to take off her hijab before she fled the train at Grand Central Station to try and flag down police.
After the 'incident' she went on her Facebook page and abo…

Jimmy Kimmel Reveals His Pay for Hosting Oscars

As one of the biggest names in late-night television, Jimmy Kimmel will only earn what he might consider pocket change as he hosts the Academy Awards this February.
The late-night host appeared on KROQ’s “Kevin & Bean” morning show on Wednesday, where he revealed he’ll be paid $15,000 to host the Oscars ceremony. Though the numbers may seem a bit low, compared to what he normally makes, Kimmel joked about the sum, saying, “I think it’s illegal to pay nothing.”
“I’m not sure I was supposed to reveal this,” he added. “But nobody told me not to. I consider this their fault.”
In addition to “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” the 49-year-old comedian has also hosted his own Oscars aftershow on ABC within the last few years. The announcement that Kimmel would host seemed rather overdue, as the host for film’s biggest night is usually announced months prior.
“They asked like 14 people and they all said no and then there was me,” Kimmel also joked on “Kevin & Bean.” “I absolutely was surprise…

I did not record Onaapo for money - David Aja

Musician, David Aja, has said he wasn't paid for his hit campaign song for the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) Onaapo.

According to him, he was not approached by the party but he recorded the song for the love of the party he has supported for some time. 

Mr Aja who spoke to Pulse Ghana said, "I started following the party when Prof. Mills was the candidate so I did a song for him but God called him and another attractive man came and I did a song for him.

People are appreciating me for the song because they think I have done a good job. But no one has paid me because I did it to support my party and whatever anybody gives me or didn't give me will not stop me from doing a song for my party".

Explaining why he chose Onaapo, David Aja said "the presidential candidate for the NDC, John Dramani Mahama, is an attractive and very marketable material.

"When you have something that is so beautiful in Ga you have no other explanation but just to say On…

Yvonne Okoro (@yvonneokoro) Makes Ghana Proud At 2017 AMVCAs with Six Nominations

Beautiful Ghanaian actress and producer, Yvonne Okoro's latest movie, Ghana Must Go got six nominations for Ghana at the fifth Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA).

Nominations were released on Wednesday night at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lagos Nigeria at a ceremony attended by some of the creme dela creme of Africa's film industry.

Ghana Must Go was the only Ghanaian movie on the nomination list and it got a nod in Best director category for Frank Rajah as well as in Best Actor In Lead role category for Blossom Chukwujekwu.

The rest included Best Supporting for Nkem Owoh and Kofi Adjorlolo , Best Art Director-Tony Prince Tomety, Best Costume-Chiemela and Asantewaa and Best Writer -Tunde Babalola.

Ghana would have been totally out of the 2017  AMVCAs but for Ghana Must Go, a romantic comedy co-produced by the award winning actress and her sister, Roseline Okoro. 
It was a cinema success earlier in the year when it was released both in Ghana and Nigeria. An…

Yahoo says 1 billion accounts exposed in newly discovered security breach

Yahoo Inc warned on Wednesday that it had uncovered yet another massive cyber attack, saying data from more than 1 billion user accounts was compromised in August 2013, making it the largest breach in history.

The number of affected accounts was double the number implicated in a 2014 breach that the internet company disclosed in September and blamed on hackers working on behalf of a government. News of that attack, which affected at least 500 million accounts, prompted Verizon Communication Inc to say in October that it might withdraw from an agreement to buy Yahoo's core internet business for $4.83 billion.
Following the latest disclosure, Verizon said, "we will review the impact of this new development before reaching any final conclusions."

A Yahoo spokesman told Reuters that the company has been in communication with Verizon during its investigation into the breach and that it is confident the incident will not affect the pending acquisition. Yahoo required a…