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Muslim White House staffer quits, slamming Trump’s travel ban

According to The Hill, a Muslim staffer on the National Security Council quit eight days into the Trump administration, citing President Trump's travel ban as the motivating factor in a personal account published Thursday by The Atlantic.
Rumana Ahmed joined the White House in 2011 and said she decided to stay on with the Trump administration in the hope of giving "the new president and his aides, a more nuanced view of Islam, and of America's Muslim citizens."
"Like most of my fellow American Muslims, I spent much of 2016 watching with consternation as Donald Trump vilified our community. Despite this - or because of it - I thought I should try to stay on the NSC staff during the Trump Administration," Ahmed wrote.
But she lasted just eight days, ultimately motivated to quit after the president signed an executive order on Jan. 27 temporarily banning travelers from seven predominately Muslim countries and halting entrance of all Syrian refugees. E…

Airtel Ghana partners expressPay to ease data bundle purchase

Airtel, the Smartphone Network and expressPay, Ghana’s leading innovative electronic payments platform have announced a partnership that enables Airtel customers to directly purchase data bundles through the expressPay app.
The solution offers Airtel customers a seamless way to purchase data bundles anywhere, anytime through expressPay’s app or website using their Airtel Money wallets, Visa, MasterCard and GH-Link cards instantly.
This partnership adds to the channels available to customers on the Smartphone Network to purchase bundles and make payments for goods and services.
The CEO of expressPay Curtis Vanderpuije commented; “We are excited about continuing to create value and to meet the basic payment needs of consumers. Getting data should be a simple and easy process. We are sure consumers will embrace the solution as we continue to make their lives a little easier”.
Commenting on the partnership, Rosy Fynn, Marketing Director at Airtel Ghana said “This partnership prov…

Nigerian students give South African companies 48 hours ultimatum to leave Nigeria over Xenophobic attacks

The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, have given all South African countries operating in Nigeria a 24 hours ultimatum to leave the country. This is in reaction to the xenophobic attacks meted out on Nigerians in South Africa.

NANS staged a peaceful protest on Thursday at some South African companies located in Abuja where they made their displeasure known and revealed that they will no longer be silent while Nigerians are attacked in South Africa whereas South African companies like MTN, DSTV and Shoprite are allowed to operate freely in Nigeria.

Speaking on behalf of the students, the president of NANS, Kadiri Aruna, said South African companies in Nigeria had only 48 hours to leave Nigerian soil, else Nigerian students will retaliate by pulling down all MTN masts in the country in the country. DSTV and Shoprite were also not left out in the threats.

Aruna said:

“I don’t want to say we will be barbaric but we will not be lawful in our actions, we will do it an…

Eminem Returning to Headline Reading, Leeds Festivals

Eminem has been announced as the third and final headliner for this summer's Reading and Leeds festivals (Aug. 25-27) . It's the third time Slim Shady will topline the venerable festival after taking the closing spot in 2013 and 2001. 
"Eminem returning to Reading and Leeds is beyond exciting," said festival runner Melvin Benn according to NME. "His 2013 headline performance was incredible and I can't want to have him back." Marshall Mathers joins fellow headliners Kasabian and Muse. A number of other new acts were also announced on Friday (Feb. 24), including Bear's Den, Black Lips, Charlie XCX, Dillon Francis, Flatbush Zombies, Grouplove, Haim, Halsey, Marshmello, Migos, Milky Chance, Phantogram, Sam Divine, The Hunna and You Me at Six.
YOUR THIRD HEADLINER IS @Eminem!! #RandL17pic.twitter.com/EIqx2LLb6M — Reading & Leeds Fest (@OfficialRandL) February 24, 2017While sister act Haim have announced that their second album will drop this su…

"I lied about the things I said my husband bought for me' - Tonto Dikeh reveals more on IG

From 2015 until late last year, Tonto Dikeh took to instagram to show off a lot of expensive gifts she claimed her husband gave to her, praising him to high waters. Among the gifts was a bold canary yellow ring, a Toyota Prado SUV, a diamond studded chopard necklace and wristwatch which was her push gift, iPhone 7 rose gold, and a Lexus LX 570 SUV...

Now that they have spilt, Tonto Dikeh is letting lose on social media,

In a series of comments made on social media today, she denied rumours that he was gay, but revealed that she lied about the expensive gifts she earlier claimed he bought for her. Tonto also revealed that she picked the wrong man to use her platform to build.

"Because I posted stuffs saying my ex husband bought for me doesn't make it true.. I used my platform to lie to make him the man he is today...so don't come at me with the bullshit of enjoying this mans money..I have not started talking, I have not started talking, I will bare it all but th…

Justin Bieber Did NOT Pee His Pants, Despite Report

Justin Bieber did NOT pee in his pants, despite a ridiculous report. Gossip Cop can bust this bizarre claim.
“Justin Bieber Pees His Pants? See The Unfortunate Wardrobe Malfunction,” reads a headline from HollywoodLife, which goes on to claim the singer embarrassingly wet his pants while walking through West Hollywood on Thursday. The often disproven site claims, “Let’s just come right out and say it, the singer appears to have wet his pants based on the unusually large stain right around his…ya’ know.” The webloid continued, adding, “So, if we had to take a poll on what’s more embarrassing, is it wetting yourself or running into your ex and their new significant other at a party? Unfortunately, BOTH those things happened to Justin!”

Let Gossip Cop set the record straight. Despite HollywoodLie’s report, Bieber did not pee in his pants. In fact, after pictures emerged of the singer with a wet stain around his crotch, Bieber tweeted his fans with an explanation. “Someone got me flowers an…

10 year old boy bitten by world's deadliest spider in Australia, makes incredible recovery after 12 vials of antivenom

A 10 year old boy bitten by the world's deadliest spider, the funnel-web spider, in Australia has miraculously recovered after he was administered 12 vials of anti-venom, the largest dose ever given to a patient in the country's medical history.

The boy, Matthew Mitchell was beaten on his hand while he and his dad were cleaning a shed, then he started sweating and frothing at the mouth . He was then rushed to the hospital and was discharged a day later, wowing wildlife experts.

“I’ve never heard of it, it’s incredible,” said Tim Faulkner, a wildlife expert. “And to walk out of hospital a day later with no effects is a testament to the antivenom.” Describing the bite, Mitchell told the Australian Daily Telegraph: “It [the spider] sort of clawed onto me and all the legs and everything crawled around my finger and I couldn’t get it off.” Darren Mitchell, the father of the boy, said: ‘He went from pain in his finger until getting the tingling up his arm ... but he staye…

Petition calls on Obama to run for president in France

Amid a presidential campaign that has been marred by scandal, conspiracy theories, and the spectre of a new far-right leader, disillusioned French voters have called for an outsider to join the race: Barack Obama.
A petition launched on Monday calls on the former US president to run in this year’s French elections, which will be held in April and May. Called Obama17, the petition aims to garner 1 million signatures by March 2015, and as of Friday morning, it had already gained 30,000, according to one of the people behind the effort. But even the people who launched the website acknowledge that the chances of Obama actually ascending to the Elysée Palace are virtually zero. French law requires presidential candidates to be French, which Obama is not.
But the impossibility of the campaign is also what inspired it. In a phone interview Thursday night, one of the people behind the petition, who asked only to be identified as “Antoine,” said he and three other friends decided to create the …

SA Xeno Attacks: No Ghanaian Affected Yet – Ayorkor Botchwey

No Ghanaian has yet been affected in the ongoing xenophobic attacks in South Africa, Foreign affairs minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has said.
“Our checks in the country indicated that no Ghanaian national or their businesses  have been affected in the recent attacks. Our embassy in Pretoria and the foreign ministry will continue to monitor the situation and update the country appropriately,” she told Parliament Friday.
Ayorkor Botchwey who is also a member of parliament however urged Ghanaians in South Africa to stay indoors in order to ensure their safety.
Reports of xenophobic attacks in South Africa have heightened over the last few days. Nigerians and other African nationals have complained of rising violence against them.
The attackers accuse the foreigners of taking over their jobs and increasing crimes in their neighbourhoods.
The attacks come just weeks after it was reported that Nigerian-owned properties— which some alleged were being used for drug dealing and traff…

Oprah Winfrey says she doesnt regret not having children,says she wouldnt have been a good mum

Oprah Winfrey, 63, might be great at a number of things but being a good mum is not one of them, at least that is what she believes.
The media mogul who has been in a relationship with her author partner, Stedman Graham, for 30 years revealed that she has no regrets foregoing motherhood because she lacks the patience that caring for babies require.

Oprah revealed this in a new interview with Good Housekeeping magazine, saying;

"I didn’t want babies. I wouldn’t have been a good mom for babies. I don’t have the patience. I have the patience for puppies, but that’s a quick stage! But this is so rewarding."

The TV queen once lost a premature baby she had when she was 14 and since then she's never tried to have any again. She has, however, made herself matron to a number of girls through her charity work. She founded the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, a boarding school in South Africa which houses 172 girls and she said during the interview that she woul…

“Lord of the Ribs” returns to Conference Centre this Easter

Last year’s edition, which came off on March 26, saw rib-cracking performances from  Nigeria’s Akpororo, Buchi and Bovi, with Ghana’s representatives being “King of Comedy” DKB, and Romanus.
This year, organisers promise an even bigger experience. Slated for the Accra International Conference Centre on April 15, Lord of the Ribs: Easter Comedy Show will witness a masterful blend of comedy and music, and will be talked about even several weeks after.
“As a growing brand, we need to win and maintain the confidence of our clients through the quality of our products. That’s why we have put together some of the best acts in music and comedy to give our guests great entertainment,” Event Factory CEO Alhassan Nail submitted in an interview o last year’s edition. It is this same principle the company looks to represent this Easter.

Beyonce drops out of Coachella but will perform in 2018

Beyonce, who is pregnant with twins, will not perform at Coachella this year, but will headline the festival in 2018.
In a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday, Beyonce's Parkwood Entertainment and festival producer Goldenvoice said the pop star had to pull out of the famed festival under doctor's orders.
"Following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months, Beyonce has made the decision to forgo performing at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival," the statement said. "However, Goldenvoice and Parkwood are pleased to confirm that she will be a headliner at the 2018 festival. Thank you for your understanding."
It was not clear who will perform in her absence. Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar will also headline the two-weekend festival in Indio, California. Radiohead will perform on April 14 and 21, and Lamar on April 16 and 23.

Beyonce was originally set to perform April 15 and 22. It would have …

Kim Jong-nam 'killed by VX nerve agent found on his face

Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, was killed by a highly toxic nerve agent, says Malaysia. 
Mr Kim died last week after two women accosted him briefly in a check-in hall at a Kuala Lumpur airport.
Malaysian toxicology reports indicate he was attacked using "VX nerve agent", which is classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations.
There is widespread suspicion that North Korea was responsible for the attack, which it fiercely denies. It responded furiously to Malaysia's insistence on conducting a post-mortem examination and has accused Malaysia of having "sinister" purposes. 
Malaysia's police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said on Friday that one of the women Mr Kim interacted with at the airport had also fallen ill with vomiting afterwards.
He said the airport and areas the suspects are known to have gone to would now be cleaned. 
How deadly VX could have killed Kim Jong-nam 
Mr Kim died on the way to hospital shortly a…

Leicester City sacks Coach Claudio Ranieri 9 months after winning Premier League Title

Reigning English Premier League Champions, Leicester City FC have released an official statement confirming the sack of it’s first team coach, Claudio Ranieri.
Ranieri was appointed as Leicester coach in July 2015 and went on to lead the Foxes to unarguably their greatest achievement in their entire 133-year history last season as he led his team to the English Premier League crown beating the usual bigwigs like Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City & Arsenalto the title. Nevertheless, results have been hard to come by on the domestic scene this season and the Board felt a change of leadership was necessary to engineer a reversal of fortunes this season.
Leicester City Vice Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: “This has been the most difficult decision we have had to make in nearly seven years since King Power took ownership of Leicester City. But we are duty-bound to put the Club’s long-term interests above all sense of personal sentiment, no matter how strong t…

Blakofe appointed Ghana Tourism Dev’t Company Deputy CEO

Media Personality Blakofe known in real life as Oheneba Akua Manfo has been appointed by H.E Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo as the Deputy Chief Executive Office of the Ghana Tourism Development Company (GTDC).
Blakofe is a TV/Radio Presenter, a producer, an events organiser, an MC, an actress, a choreographer and dancer.
For many years she has hosted programs such GoldBlast, Amazing Ghana and Studio 53 where she had the wonderful opportunity to share Ghanaian cuisine, music, art, tourist sites etc. with an international audience.
The Ghana Tourist Development Company Limited (GTDC) was established in 1972 as a Limited Liability Company to operate as the investment and commercial wing of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts.
The company subsists essentially to promote relevant competencies in the management and marketing of tourism projects.
GTDC is therefore a leading investment holding and management vehicle for public and private sector tourism related initiatives in …

Pastor Mensah Otabil says Fufu is killing Africans

Pastor Mensah Otabil, the Founder of the International Central Gospel Church in Ghana, has said that 'fufu' is gradually killing Africans. According to the pastor, who was speaking at the National Convocation of the 2017 Springboard Roadshow, where he highlighted the need for a change in the attitudes of Africans, he said the process in which fufu is being made was difficult and unhygienic.
'Any food that if you have to eat you'll have to punish yourself, what's the sense in it? And the annoying thing is when you're pounding, the sweat will be going in and will be mixed, and even in the mortar, there are all kinds of bacteria in the corners.

This is an ecosystem for bacteria, 5 years and we are still pounding and people will say, that's what we like.

'It's killing us, because you know Africans we don't know what kills us, the thing is killing us but you say it's a witch because we never identify objectively the cause of the problem. C…

Kanye West wants to start cosmetics line

Kanye West is about to add makeup to his portfolio, and he could be duking it with his famous sister-in-law for cosmetic supremacy.
According to TMZ, the rapper filed a legal application to produce DONDA brand makeup, a line named after his late mother who died in 2007. DONDA is also the name of his larger creative content company.

In the legal documents, he said he plans to make perfumes, lotions and other cosmetics during his newest venture.
Kanye's application to officially be granted the DONDA cosmetics line is currently being processed.

In February 2016, the "Fade" rapper tweeted out a flow chart that he called the "categories of influence" that the DONDA brand would tackle. Among the things he said the brand would have an impact on was credit cards, cars, wallpaper screens, furnishings, a container company, amusement parks, solar power, hotels, fitness centers and healthy fast food.
"Here is my DONDA chart that I wrote 4 years ago that everyone…

Video: Caitlyn Jenner lashes out at Donald Trump’s Transgender Bathroom bill

Republican and transgender activist, Caitlyn Jenner, who was a great supporter of Donald Trump is speaking out against President Donald Trump‘s latest move to lift federal protections for transgender students, which Pres Obama ordered. Obama's federal order stated that transgender students should be allowed to use public school bathrooms that matched their chosen gender identity. 
President Trump rolled back the order and gave the authority to states to decide on what to do.
Apparently Caitlyn Jenner, missed the part which said it was up to each individual state to either allow transgender people use any bathroom or not because, Jenner released a video statement on various social media platforms lashing out at the President, saying he should call her. She said: 
“I have a message for the trans kids of America: You’re winning. I know it doesn’t feel like it today or every day, but you’re winning,” Jenner said. “Very soon, we will win full freedom nation-wide and it’s goin…

Teachers impregnate 301 teenagers in Central Region

The acting Central regional Director of Health Dr. Stephen Anyomi has disclosed that teachers at the Primary and Secondary School levels are responsible for 5.9% of teenage pregnancies within the region.
Out of 12,048 teenage pregnancies in the region, 301 were impregnated by teachers. However, the 12,048 figure is a slight drop from the previous year’s figure of over 14,000 cases.
Dr. Anyomi who made this revelation during the opening ceremony for the service’s annual review underway at the University of Cape Coast [UCC],  said though there have been a slight decline in the number of recorded cases of teenage pregnancies, the region’s current standing in ratings of the menace is still alarming.
Giving details of a survey by the Ghana Health Service and the regional desk of the Department of Gender between July and December of 2016, Dr. Anyomi described the preliminary findings of the survey as interesting.
“Some 986 small scale farmers representing 19.6%, drivers contributed 1…