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Trump: Obama and former aides behind protests, leaks

President Trump said in an exclusive interview Tuesday that he believes former President Barack Obama and his top aides are behind the protests and leaks that have tormented the new administration – and he doesn’t expect it to stop anytime soon.
Trump, during an interview with “Fox & Friends,” blamed Obama acolytes and the ex-president himself for the organized demonstrations that have sprung up nationwide since the Nov. 8 election, and also for the politically embarrassing leaks that have hindered Trump’s messaging. 
“I think that President Obama’s behind it because his people are certainly behind it,” Trump said. “And some of the leaks possibly come from that group, you know, some of the leaks – which are very serious leaks, because they’re very bad in terms of national security.”

Trump didn’t provide evidence to support the charge.
He certainly is not alone, though, in his view that top Obama administration officials could be involved. A former senior intelligence officia…

Video: Oil billionaire Folorunsho Alakija reveals shocking experience to Peace Hyde

Mrs. Alakija whose wealth is only exceeded by Isabel Dos Santos with a net worth of $3.2 billion, had to overcome several challenges in her journey to the top. From beginning her career as a company secretary to launching one of the most prominent fashion labels as well as building the largest printing company in Nigeria and finally making a mark as the only prominent female in the competitive and patriarchal oil industry, Alakija is no stranger to set backs.
But the question is, how did she deal with the day when every thing she had toiled for was stripped away from her leaving her and her family feeling like a plaque in the high society they had grown accustomed to?
Following the opening episode of the highly anticipated Forbes Africa TV show which premiered exclusively on GH One TV last Wednesday with Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote, the sensational new talk show hosted by the Forbes Africa Correspondent, Peace Hyde, is gearing up this Wednesday for another explosiv…

British songwriter accuses U2 of stealing song

A British songwriter and guitarist is claiming that rock band U2 and lead singer Bono stole one of his songs for their 1991 album "Achtung Baby."
In a lawsuit filed Monday in Manhattan federal court, Paul Rose says U2 lifted elements of his song "Nae Slappin" for their song "The Fly" while they were looking for new inspiration.
The lawsuit says U2 heard his song after signing on with Island Records in 1989, the same year Rose provided a demo tape to recording studio executives.
Rose is seeking songwriting credit for "The Fly" and $5 million in damages and lawyer's fees.
The New York Post reports representatives for U2 and Island Records did not immediately return requests for comment.

TV3 Sacks 40 wokers for engaging in "unfair labour practices"

Over 40 unionised workers of TV3 Network Limited have been summarily dismissed by the company’s management for engaging in “unfair labour practices.”
According to some of the workers who spoke to Starrfmonline.com on condition of anonymity, they were sacked after demanding better conditions of service.
The workers claim that their dismissal letters were handed over to them and escorted from the TV3 premises by the Police days after they protested over their “low salaries and poor conditions of service.”
But a letter sighted by Starrfmonline.com stated that the workers were dismissed for; “wearing red shirts on Wednesday 22nd February, 2017, tying doors of offices with red fabric, writing of graffiti on the premises threatening management and hoisting of a red flag on the campany’s transmission on Wednesday 22 February 2017 without authority from management.”
Parts of the letter stated that “management wishes to bring to your attention that these acts that you participated in const…

Man suffers third degree burns after e-cigarette battery explodes in his pocket

Terrence Johnson, a 32yr old man from Canada suffered third degree burns after an e-cigarette battery exploded in his pocket. Dramatic footage shows him standing with his wife Rachel Rex in front of their favorite restaurant when the device suddenly erupted in in a cloud of sparks and smoke while he frantically tries to put out the fire.

The heat was so intense that Johnson will require a skin graft to treat the third-degree burn on his thigh. He also suffered first-and-second-degree burns on his hands during the incident on Friday.
 His wife Rex said: 'All of a sudden there were flames everywhere. I actually thought someone had thrown a Molotov cocktail at us.'   'We had heard about the actual devices exploding but never knew the risk of the batteries. We keep thinking thank god one of our kids wasn’t standing next to him and we want to warn people'. The e-cigarette battery burned through Johnson's pants and polyester boxer-briefs, melting the material to his…

Trump: Political Climate in Washington “pretty ugly” – George W. Bush

Former president George W. Bush has described the political climate in Washington as “pretty ugly” under Donald Trump’s presidency but expressed optimism the U. S. will pull through despite the divisive political discourse.
“I don’t like the racism and I don’t like the name-calling and I don’t like the people feeling alienated,” Bush, 70, said in an interview with People magazine that will hit newsstands on Friday.
“Nobody likes that,” Bush said.
Promoting his first art book – Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors – Bush said, however, that he felt no anxiety about the direction the country was headed in.
“I’m optimistic about where we’ll end up. We’ve been through these periods before and we’ve always had a way to come out of it. I’m more optimistic than some,” Bush said.

Trump, the first Republican president since Bush left office, won the November presidential election after beating 16 other candidates to the party’s nomination, including Bus…

Ghana@60 committee yet to raise Ȼ10m out of Ȼ20million celebration budget

The Ghana@60 Planning Committee is racing against time to raise the Ȼ20 million budget for the Independence celebration which is barely a week away.
The committee is even yet to raise Ȼ10 million cedis of the amount spokesperson of the committee confirmed to AM show host Mamavi Owusu Aboagye.
Jefferson Sackey says the committee is still hoping to get the financial support from corporate Ghana as it rolls out an elaborate plan for the celebration of Ghana's 60th Anniversary.
Concerns have been raised about the need for the new government to sink 20 million cedis into the celebration of an anniversary at a time the country is reeling in debts and struggling to keep its power on for both residential and industrial users.
But the Nana Akufo-Addo led administration has been adamant and has been trumpeting the need to lift national consciousness using activities of the independence celebration.
President Nana Akufo-Addo is keen to make a positive impression on Ghana's Independ…

Two women to be charged with the murder of Kim Jong-nam

Two women, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, who were arrested for the murder of Kim Jong-nam are to be charged to court.

Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and eldest son of former North Korea leader Kim Jong-il, was murdered by two women at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, on the 13th of February, a death which was caught on camera.
CCTV footage showed two women walk up to him and push something into his face. He died soon after from VX poisoning, a deadly poison classed as a weapon of mass destruction and banned around the world. The women were arrested soon after and they have both claimed they thought they were taking part in a practical joke.
Indonesian Siti Aisyah reportedly revealed that she had been paid only 400 ringgit ($90) for her to insert the liquid, which she thought was probably baby oil, into Kim Jong-nam. On her part, Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam told Hanoi officials she had been tricked into k…

Five bodies retrieved from Korle Lagoon

Five dead bodies have been retrieved from the Korle Lagoon in Accra in an exercise to desilt drains to allow free flow of water.
The company tasked to clear the drains, Dredge Masters in an interview with Starr News expressed frustration over the continuous choking of gutters in Accra by dwellers.
The company is now pushing for a buffer zone of 30meters to be put up along all major drains to ward off encroachers.
Senior officials of dredge masters who conducted journalists round the various drains said the bodies were recovered between December 2015 and January 2017 this year.
It is, however, not clear what led to the death of the five people.
Starr News’ Daniel Lartey stated that according to Dredge Masters a dead body is found almost every three months during dredging.

Twitter debate sparks over photo of Conway sitting on Oval Office couch

Social media users circulated a photo of senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway perched on a couch in the Oval Office while President Trump mets with leaders of historically black universities and college Monday.
In the photo, Conway is sitting on her knees on the couch after taking a photo of the group. Some were quick to criticize Conway for putting shoes on a couch in the Oval Office. Shoes on the couch in the Oval Office pic.twitter.com/h2MXUocEar — Jon Passantino (@passantino) February 28, 2017
Conservatives were pissed Obama put his feet on Oval Office desk. Watch their reaction tonight https://t.co/bvFiC1dF5k — Jon Passantino (@passantino) February 28, 2017
Conway with her shoes on the couch in Oval Office - consistent with general level of disrespect Trump team has shown pic.twitter.com/r8mMki0Yyb — Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) February 28, 2017Others responded to the critics with several photos of President Obama with his feet up on the desk in the office.
Many condemned th…

Samsung Group chief to be charged with bribery, embezzlement amid scandal

South Korea's special prosecutor's office said on Tuesday it will charge Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee and four other executives with bribery and embezzlement amid a political scandal that has rocked the country.
Lee was arrested on Feb. 17 over his alleged role in the corruption scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-hye, dealing a fresh blow to the technology giant and standard-bearer for Asia's fourth-largest economy.

A Constitutional Court ruling on whether to uphold the impeachment, which would result in South Korea's first democratically elected leader being thrown out of office, is expected next month.
"The five executives will face charges including bribery, embezzlement and hiding assets overseas," said Lee Kyu-chul, a spokesman for the special prosecutor, on the last day of its investigation.

Lee will also be charged with committing perjury before parliament, he added.

The other executives to be charged are Samsung Group vice chairman …

‘Koobi’ sellers threaten naked demo over formalin claims

Some market women who trade in dried tilapia popularly known as ‘Koobi’ are threatening to stage a naked demonstration if “false” reports that the fish is preserved with a cancer-causing substance, formalin are not stopped.
Formalin, which is a chemical used to prevent dead bodies from decomposing, is allegedly being used by the traders to preserve the fish; thus making it stiff, have a rubbery feel, clear eyes, red gills and take away its odour as well as drive away flies.
The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, made this known during a working visit to the Food Research Institute (FRI) and the Industrial Research Institute (IRR) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Friday.
Prof Frimpong-Boateng therefore cautioned those involved in the act to desist from it since it was dangerous to human health.
But some women who trade in Koobi are livid about the reports. They claim that the reports are fal…

SpaceX to fly two tourists around Moon in 2018

US private rocket company SpaceX has announced that two private citizens have paid to be sent around the Moon.
The mission is planned for late 2018, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said, adding that the tourists "have already paid a significant deposit".
"This presents an opportunity for humans to return to deep space for the first time in 45 years," he said.
The two unnamed people will fly aboard a spaceship which is set for its first unmanned test flight later this year.
Mr Musk said the co-operation of America's Nasa space agency had made the plan possible.
He said the two passengers "will travel faster and further into the solar system than any before them".
Mr Musk declined to reveal their identities, only saying that they knew each other and that "it's nobody from Hollywood". 
"Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spiri…

BMW Car in which Tupac Shakur was shot is for sale for $1.5M

Hip Hop’s most morbid whip is set to hit the market for a jaw-dropping $1.5 million.TMZ reports that the BMW 750iL Tupac Shakur was shot in while in Las Vegas will be sold on Moments In Time for $1.5 million.
The BMW was initially impounded by the Las Vegas Police Department following Pac’s death, but went on to switch ownership several times after it was auctioned off.
Although the car has been fully restored, with no visible bullet holes, indentations from the shooting are still present.
On September 7, 1996, Tupac was riding in the passenger’s seat of the BMW, with Suge Knight behind the wheel, when another vehicle pulled up and began shooting. Tupac was struck four times and died days later from his injuries.
No stranger to getting their hands on personal items once belonging to Tupac, Moments In Time has sold several items that belonged to the celebrated rapper.
Last year alone, the memorabilia site listed a handwritten lyric sheet and handwritten notebooks from Tupac for sale.

Video: First Look at the New Nokia 3310 Relaunching Later this Year

It only costs $52 to go back in time with Nokia‘s relaunched 3310 mobile phone. The phone was originaly launched 17 years ago in 2000 and sold over 120 millions units worldwide, making it one of the world’s best-selling mobile phones according toMirror. It’s features like long battery life, durability, and the addictive game Snake – made it a favourite in it’s time of reign.
The revamped Nokia 3310 was unveiled during HMD‘s press conference at Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC) in Barcelona this week 2017 on Sunday, February 26th. HMD is the Finnish company with exclusive rights to market the Nokia brand. Watch....

It’s not yet known exactly when HMD plans to starts selling the device, but it said that it will be available in the second quarter of 2017.
Source:Mirror, Daily Mail

Charterhouse Holds National Women's Summit On March 8

At the heart of the Ghanaian society is the WOMAN. Ghanaian Women are the Soul of the Home and Community and the Role we play in decisions regarding the Home, Family, Corporations, Business, Government and the Society at large,  is central to the Socio-Economic Development of the Country.

Ghanaian Women have gone through changing roles over the years, from marginalization to the struggle for recognition of the importance of Women’s role in society, to the Equal rights era and now, the 21st Century Ghanaian Woman has come of age.

Today we see women rising to the top of organizations as CEOs and Board Members of Corporations as well as Leading Entrepreneurs, Business Women, Governance and Leadership.

60years after Independence, the Ghanaian Woman has come of age and is embracing all aspects of her potential. Though great advances have been made over the past 60years, there’s still much more to be done to improve the lot of the GHANAIAN WOMAN and to give opportunity for her to …

MWC 2017: Wikipedia goes data free in Iraq

Access to Wikipedia will not incur mobile data charges to customers of the Asiacell mobile phone provider in Iraq, the organisation has announced.
It is part of the Wikipedia Zero scheme that has operated in 59 countries around the world since 2012.
The Wikimedia Foundation says it wants to "bring the sum of human knowledge" to as many people as possible.
However some argue that projects such as this go against the principles of net neutrality.
"Net neutrality is the principle that all data are treated equally in the network," said Joe McNamee, executive director of the European Digital Rights group. 
"Treating data the same in the network but then making some data more economically advantageous outside the network would be considered by many to be a breach of this principle."
The free programme begins on 28 February and was revealed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
'Important for Iraqis'
The Wikimedia Foundation states on its website that it…

Akufo-Addo to honour memory of fallen men at ‘Crossroads Shooting’

Ghana will Tuesday commemorate the 69th anniversary of the 28th February shooting incident which saw the gunning down of three retired soldiers by British Police in 1948. A wreath laying ceremony to mark the day will take place at the Nationalism Park in Accra.
The Ghana Police, the Armed Forces and other state security agencies will be participating in the ceremony to honour Sergeant Adjetey, Corporal Attipoe and Private Odartey. President Akufo-Addo is expected to participate in the ceremony.
On February 28, 1948, a number of ex-servicemen were marching from Accra to Christianborg Castle to present a petition to the Governor on their unpaid war benefits when they were intercepted at the crossroads by a contingent of armed policemen.
The contingent, led by British Police Superintendent, Mr Colin Imray, ordered that they disperse and when they refused to obey, he gave an order to the police to open fire and the three ex-servicemen were killed.
The ex-soldiers had fought alongsid…

Ivanka Trump Wears $78 Shoes to the 2017 Governors Ball

Ivanka Trump attended the Governors Ball on Sunday night in Washington, D.C., in support of her father, President Donald Trump, and first lady Melania Trump. This night marked one of Melania’s first formal events at the White House as host.
To mark the occasion, Ivanka opted for a sleek and strapless J.Mendal dress. And while the Ivanka Trump brand has faced opposition from a list of  retailers, including Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, this didn’t stop her from wearing her own line. She paired the dress with shoes from her own collection, choosing the Garis2 dress sandal in black to complete the ensemble. 
The shoes are currently available for purchase on Amazon, retailing for $78. 
Ivanka was joined by husband Jared Kushner during the night’s festivities.
“Just arrived home after an amazing night at The White House with @realdonaldtrump, @Flotus and 46 governors from across the nation,” she posted on Instagram after the Governors Ball, which is not to be confused with Oscars afte…

Girl, 8, shot dead after car crash

An eight-year-old girl has been shot to death moments after surviving a car crash in Texas, police say.
De'Maree Atkins was asleep in the back seat of her mother's car when the crash occurred at around 02:00 local time early on Saturday in Houston.
Her mother, Latoyia Jarmon-Thomas, said the collision was caused by two other cars that appeared to be racing.
An armed woman in one of the other cars opened fire on Ms Jarmon-Thomas' Honda Accord, she told local media.
The white Pontiac involved in the crash was found abandoned at the scene.
Police said it is unclear if Ms Jarmon-Thomas - who was returning home from a hair appointment - and her daughter were caught in crossfire or were targeted by an irate driver following the crash.
De'Maree's mother said an armed woman driver rolled down her window and fired about five to seven shots before driving away.
"I pulled her (DeMaree) out of the car," Ms Jarmon-Thomas told ABC News. "I didn't even know she h…