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Kenya threatens legal action against American series '24 Legacy' for using Westgate attack clip

The Kenya Films Classification Board (KFCB) has threatened to take legal action against the new American series '24 Legacy' for using a clip of the Westgate mall terror attack. In a statement released today, the head of KFCB, Ezekiel Mutua condemned the broadcaster, FOX TV, for evoking the painful memories of the tragic terror attack. 'The Board regards the movie as a repulsive, insensitive and reckless piece of art that heartlessly evokes the painful memories of the tragic terror attack. It flies in the face of basic consideration of human dignity, in total disregard of the feelings of the victims and their families. 
In the statement, he also demanded an immediate pull down of the clip.
'The Kenya Film Classification Board takes great exception to this unfortunate and unprofessional video by 24 Legacy and demands that the airing of the video be suspended forthwith.' 
The Westgate Shopping Mall tragedy was an attack where Al-Shabaab militants killed at least…

Pope suggests it's better to be an atheist than a bad Christian

If you're a Christian who exploits people, leads a double life or manages a "dirty" business, perhaps it's better not to call yourself a believer, Pope Francis suggested in a homily on Thursday in Rome.
"So many Christians are like this, and these people scandalize others," Francis said during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, according to Vatican Radio. "How many times have we heard -- all of us, around the neighborhood and elsewhere -- 'But to be a Catholic like that, it's better to be an atheist.' It is that, scandal."
"But what is scandal? Scandal is saying one thing and doing another."  In the Catholic Church, it's also a grave offense. Examples of such sins abound, the Pope said, from money launderers to business owners who take beach vacations while stiffing their employees.  Francis' sermon, as is customary, was an extended riff on Thursday's Mass readings, which include a passage from the Gospel on M…

Fox News’ Alan Colmes Dies at 66 After ‘Brief Illness’

Fox News contributor and commentator Alan Colmes has died after a brief illness. He was 66.
America’s Newsroom co-anchor Bill Hemmer announced the news during Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox program.

“We have, yet again, some sad news to report here at the Fox News Channel,” said Hemmer. “Fox News contributor and frequent guest here in America’s Newsroom, Alan Colmes, has passed away.”

Colmes is survived by his wife, Jocelyn Crowley, who issued the following statement to the network:

“Alan Colmes passed away this morning after a brief illness. He was 66-years-old. He leaves his adoring and devoted wife, Jocelyn Elise Crowley. He was a great guy, brilliant, hysterical, and moral. He was fiercely loyal, and the only thing he loved more than his work was his life with Jocelyn. He will be missed. The family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time.”

The segment then aired a tribute package from Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity, Colmes’ former co-host on Hannity & C…

(Photos) Man sets ex-wife on fire in Thailand

A 43-year-old woman from Thailand suffered a horrific domestic abuse after her ex- husband doused her with lighter fluid and set her on fire.

The culprit, 50-year-old Somkuan Jongsuk was said to have stormed the victim's place of work in Thepkrasattri, Thaland District, where she works as a cleaner.

He first beat her up before setting her on fire.

Rungruedee Sithibut who sustained a third-degree injury after 30 percent of her body was burnt is presently at the hospital, painfully recovering from the burns on one of her arms and shoulders, as well as on her back.

Commenting on the attack, a police spokesperson who confirmed the couple had a history of domestic abuse, said: 'Somkuan turned up on a motorbike. He shouted for her before he went inside the building. He poured fuel on her from a glass bottle and lit her on fire
The 50-year-old man is being held in police custody for the gruesome act.

Trump singer Evancho 'disappointed' by transgender policy

One day after reaching out to Donald Trump via Twitter with a plea to discuss transgender rights, singer Jackie Evancho hit the airwaves to make another pass at getting the president’s attention.
“No. I have not heard back yet that I know of, but I’m hoping soon,” Evancho, whose sister Juliet Evancho is transgender, told Good Morning America on Thursday.

On Wednesday, after the president rolled back federal government protections that allowed transgender students to use the bathroom associated with their gender identity, Jackie tweeted to Trump in an attempt to set up a meeting.

Asked Thursday what she had hoped to discuss with Trump, Jackie said, “I guess I just want to enlighten him on what I’ve seen my sister go through every single day in school and people just like her what they deal with. The discrimination, it’s terrible. I guess I kind of just really want him to relook at that.”

Juliet, 18, participated in the Thursday interview as well and explained why she felt the de…

Official Ghana@60 cloth unveiled

The Planning Committee for Ghana’s 60th Independence celebration has unveiled the official anniversary cloth.
The cloth comes in four different colours: white, cream, blue, and green with the 60th anniversary logo embossed on each.
Printex, a leading textile manufacturer in Ghana, produced the anniversary cloth for Ghana’s 60th independence celebrations.
The textile company is the first to come out with the Ghana@60 cloth to prepare Ghanaians for the celebrations on March 6, 2017.
The cloth has been designed with Sankofa and Gye Nyame symbols as well as the rainbow colors of Ghana with the Black Star.
The beautiful designs are ideal for men, women and children.
Printex manufactures an amazing assortment of colorful fabrics that are sold in the country and the Sub-Saharan region. According to the committee, the wholesale price for the cloth is GHS220 with the retail price pegged at GHS240.

I'm not worth even $2million - Former President, John Mahama denies $900m worth

Ghana's former President, John Mahama has denounced the report making rounds in Ghana that he is worth about $900 million.

'I am not anywhere near even $2million to talk about $900 million.' he told South Africa's Power FM. I am absolutely nowhere near that,' Mr. Mahama stressed, explaining: 'Often my brother [Ibrahim] is confused with me. My brother is a businessman, he has his assets and I have no interest in his business and I don’t own shares in his business.

'I am a farmer, I have published a book and I have earned royalties from my book and I earn from my farm and that is it. I live a very modest life.' He added.

John Mahama who lost the 2016 presidential polls to Nana Akufo-Addo, is presently in South Africa to deliver the keynote address at the African Leadership Magazine (ALM) Person of the Year 2016 Awards Programme in Johannesburg.

Lawmaker wants Big Brother Naija banned for promoting obscenity, immorality

A Lagos lawmaker, Mr Segun Olulade on Thursday advised the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on the negative implications of Big Brother Naija on the nation’s culture and youths.

Big Brother Naija is a Reality TV Show sponsored by PayPorte, an online shopping platform, and aired by Africa Magic on Dstv.

Olulade, Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health Services, in a statement, said that the content of the programme was completely foreign to the indigenous culture which forbade immorality.

According to him, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration which has tried to promote culture and indigenous values should not be seen to be encouraging the spread of obscenity on TV.

“We have culture and tradition in this country that we must not allow to die.

“The Federal Government, through the Minister of Information and Culture, needs to reconsider the implications of Big Brother Naija on our culture and youths.

“The content of Big Brother Na…

Pope Francis to send envoy to Ghana@60

The Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Francis, has sent a congratulatory message to the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on his assumption of the high office of the land, after his victory in the 2016 elections.
The message, which was delivered on behalf of the Pope by Archbishop Jean-Marie Speich, Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, also indicated to President Akufo-Addo that Pope Francis had decided to send an envoy from The Vatican for Ghana’s 60th Independence celebration.
This decision by Pope Francis, according to Archbishop Jean-Marie Speich, was the first time in 40 years that a delegation had been sent by the Pope to witness Ghana’s Independence Day celebration.
This, according to the Papal Nuncio, was indicative of the high regard Pope Francis has for President Akufo-Addo, Ghana and her democratic credentials.
Archbishop Jean-Marie Speich made this known on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, when he paid a courtesy call on the President. He…

Annie~Joy writes:The Related Issues Of The Struggled Person. Be Inspired!

It’s always hard to get a helping hand when you are climbing the ladder of life. Some gets someone already on the top of the ladder who helps in their climbing while others don't get such an opportunity. If you will bear with me, normally majority of those who do not get a helping reaches the VERY TOP.  There is always happiness filled at the new level when you get to the top of the ladder. That's when you get the people whom could have helped and believed in you during the time you needed help coming around you and appreciating you as if his or her effort was involved. Funny is sometimes there are people whom you personally went to seek help from and they turned you down. Therefore; because you didn't give up you were able to make it. You are human.  I know how it feel when they come around and you remember the disappointments, the look-down and the awful attitude kept towards you which makes you feel like paying them back. Just the way they treated you. You j…

Four Indonesians richer than poorest 100 million

A report on inequality in Indonesia says its four richest men now have more wealth than 100 million of the country's poorest people.
The report by Oxfam said Indonesia, with a population of more than 250 million, has the sixth-worst inequality in the world. Within Asia, only Thailand is more unequal.
It blames "market fundamentalism" that has allowed the richest to capture most of the benefits of nearly two decades of strong economic growth, concentration of land ownership and pervasive gender inequality.

In 2016, the wealthiest 1 percent of the population owned nearly half (49 percent) of total wealth, the report said.
In just one day, the richest Indonesian man can earn from interest on his wealth over one thousand times more than what the poorest Indonesians spend on their basic needs for an entire year.

The investment returns on the wealth of just one of the four richest, which according to the Forbes rich list include cigarette tycoons Budi Hartono, Michael Ha…

Rihanna Named Harvard University’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year

Rihanna may be widely celebrated for her music, but now she’s accepting a different type of honor—for her humanitarian work.
According to the People.com, the 29-year-old singer has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year and will accept the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony on campus next Tuesday.

“Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados,” said Harvard Foundation director S. Allen Counter.

The vocal philanthropist also created the Clara Lionel Foundation in honor of her grandmother and grandfather to improve health, education and arts and culture around the world. The charity offers a scholarship program for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries.

Last month, Rihanna traveled to Malawi to spend time with key educators, government officials, students and mentors to promote educat…

Nick Cannon Welcomes Baby With Ex-Girlfriend Brittany Bell

Nick Cannon is officially a father of three! The America's Got Talent host posted to Instagram that his ex-girlfriend, Brittany Bell, had given birth on Tuesday to a baby boy named Golden "Sagon" Cannon. 
"Weeping may endure for a night, but Joy cometh in the morning!" Cannon, 36, captioned a photo of himself holding their newborn son, along with the hashtag #Awakened. "No matter how hard the world may hit you, God always reminds us of our purpose! #TrueHappiness Welcome to Earth Son!"
Golden will have a half-brother and sister to hang out with, as Cannon is the dad of 5-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, whom he shares with ex-wife Mariah Carey. 
Weeping may endure for a night, but Joy cometh in the morning! No matter how hard the world may hit you, God always reminds us of our purpose! #TrueHappiness Welcome to Earth Son! Golden "Sagon" Cannon 2/21/17 #Awakened A post shared by LORD NCREDIBLE ALMIGHTY 🕉IkeT🆙 (@nickcannon) on Feb 22,…

Nigerian girl, 12, gang raped, strangled to death in Tamale

The police in Tamale are hunting for a group of attackers suspected to have strangled to death a 12-year-old class five schoolchild of a Nigerian couple after gang raping her on Tuesday at Ggblo-Kpalsi – a waterlogged suburb of the Northern regional capital.
According to the police, the victim was going to her parents’ store after closing from school when she was murdered after a suffocating sexual assault.
The attackers reportedly intercepted the victim and dragged her to an abandoned structure where they committed the atrocity and fled.
Outgoing Police Public Relations Officer ASP Ebenezer Tetteh said residents heard loud screams and called the police to report a robbery incident.
He added that the police arrived later and discovered lifeless body of the minor after locals led them to the incident scene. A colorful scarf was found tightly clutched around her neck and it is suspected the object was used in the murder.
“The information first came as a robbery incident so police …

Melania Trump re-files Daily Mail lawsuit without controversial wording

Lawyers for US First Lady Melania Trump have re-filed a defamation case against UK newspaper Daily Mail.
The new complaint drops wording that said Mrs Trump missed a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to profit from her brand, due to a Daily Mail article.
The initial complaint had led critics to question if she intended to gain financially from being first lady.
The Daily Mail had reported allegations that she once worked as an escort, but later retracted its article.
Mrs Trump is still seeking damages of $150m (£120m).
The suit initially said that Mrs Trump had the "unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity... to launch a broad-based commercial brand in multiple product categories, each of which could have garnered multi-million dollar business relationships for a multi-year term during which [she] is one of the most photographed women in the world".
The products categories would have included apparel, accessories, shoes, jewellery, cosmetics, hair care, skin care a…

Uk Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, Commends Ghanaian Bamboo Bike Maker

On his recent visit to Ghana to deepen bilateral relations between Ghana and the United Kingdom, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson took a ride on one of the bamboo bikes produced by the internationally recognized Ghanaian manufacturing company Booomers International Ltd.

This happened during an interaction section with a few small and medium enterprises in Ghana supported by the UKAID. As a great biker himself, he became fascinated with the make and the design of the bikes and decided to take a ride on the bike which he later described as very light and comfortable. 

Mr. Boris Johnson was very optimistic a product like that of Booomers will do very well on the UK market and therefore encouraged the Chief Executive Officer of Boomers International, Mr. Kwabena Danso to tap into the opportunities that exist in the UK to expand the company’s market base. 

Among the dignitaries who were with Mr. Boris included the UK Trade Envoy to Africa, Mr. Adam Afiriyie and the British Hig…

Kanye West Crucifix Statue Appears in Hollywood a Block From Dolby Theatre

According to The Hollywood Reporter, anonymous street artist Plastic Jesus crucified Kanye West on Wednesday morning at the corner of Hollywood and La Brea, where he installed his annual rip on the Oscars just days before the ceremony on Feb. 26.
This year's takedown was erected under the familiar art deco sculpture that marks the intersection, and features a life-sized version of the familiar gold Oscar sculpture crucified on a pedestal reading "False Idol."

Replacing the usually faceless figure is the likeness of Kanye West wearing a crown of thorns, though some tourists had trouble recognizing the pop star.

It happened quickly at around 10:30 a.m. PT, when a pickup parked in a nearby lot and artists carried the work in pieces through the crosswalk, assembling it in a matter of minutes. Few seemed to notice, though tourists paused for pictures with the piece, unaware that it was anything out of the ordinary.

"Kanye is a genius. He is a brilliant writer and pr…

Minority condemns arrests over leaked Invincible Forces video

The Minority in Parliament has kicked against the arrest of an unspecified number of persons accused of releasing a video in which NPP’s Invincible Forces attacked a police officer at the seat of the Presidency.
The NDC released the CCTV footage a fortnight ago as evidence to back claims of gross lawlessness by NPP supporters in the aftermath of the elections.
The video is believed to have been captured on January 9, 2017, and it shows the private security detail of the NPP, the Invincible Forces, force out a state security personnel, one ASP Bruce Nanka, amid efforts by other police officers to restore order.
ASP Nanka was part of the guards at the Flagstaff House during the John Mahama administration.
The latter part of the two minutes and thirty-two seconds video captures how some unseen faces broke into the garage of ASP Nanka and towed away two of his vehicles.
Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, said the NDC have been informed that some persons suspected to have leaked the vi…

Pope appeals for urgent food aid for famine-stricken South Sudan

Pope Francis has called for urgent humanitarian aid for the starving people of South Sudan, saying millions risked being 'condemned to death' by a famine in parts of the war-ravaged country. This comes after UN aid agencies had declared that famine in South Sudan has left 100,000 people on the verge of starvation and almost 5 million people, more than 40% of the country's population, in need of urgent help.
In his weekly audience, where he spoke to thousands of people at the St.Peter's Square, today, February 22, 2017, the holy father said:

'Now more than ever there should be a commitment by everyone to not just talk but contribute food aid and allow it to reach suffering populations.'
He said millions of people, including many children, were being 'condemned to death by hunger' and they should be urgently helped.

Astronomers find seven Earth-size planets where life is possible

Astronomers have found a nearby solar system with seven Earth-sized planets, three of which circle their parent star at the right distance for liquid surface water, bolstering the prospect of discovering extraterrestrial life, research published on Wednesday showed.

The star, known as TRAPPIST-1, is a small, dim celestial body in the constellation Aquarius. It is located about 40 light years away from Earth, close by astronomical standards, but about 44 million years away at the average cruising speed of a commercial passenger jet.

Researchers said the proximity of the system, combined with the proportionally large size of its planets compared to the small star, make it a good target for follow-up studies. They hope to scan the planets' atmospheres for possible chemical fingerprints of life.

"The discovery gives us a hint that finding a second Earth is not just a matter of if, but when,” NASA chief scientist Thomas Zurbuchen said at a news conference on Wednesday…

Mahama (@JDMahama) wins African Political Leader of the Year Award

Former president John Dramani Mahama will be decorated with the African Political Leader of the Year Award in South Africa today, February 23, 2017.
The African Leadership Magazine is awarding him for his contribution towards deepening and enriching Ghana’s democracy and his towering status as one of Africa’s best.
Mahama is also expected to deliver the keynote address at the African Leadership Magazine (ALM) Person of the Year 2016 Awards Programme in Johannesburg.
The former President will be speaking on the theme, “How can Africa win the progress race?”
The ALM Person of the Year Awards, according to the organizers, is in keeping with a tradition of presenting the positive sides of the African continent, which hardly finds space on the global stage. It will also celebrate exemplary leadership and individuals who have contributed to shaping the global perception of the African continent.
In the words of the Chairman of the International Advisory board of the ALM Awards, Ambass…