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Adele cancels fireworks display after son, 4, gets debris in eye

Adele's concern for safety comes before putting on an elaborate show. The Grammy-winning songstress told the crowd at her Perth, Australia show on Tuesday that she had to cancel the firework display after debris flew into her 4-year-old son Angelo's eye, TheMusic.com.au reported.
"Up until last night, we did have fireworks for you," Adele told fans.
""My son was watching [SOUNDCHECK] in the crowd … a bit of debris went in his eye so we got rid of them," the "Hello" singer continued.
While she did declare the firework display was done, she revisited the idea later in the show asking if concertgoers wanted them.
"Let's get a cheer for fireworks if you want them," she asked, receiving cheers.

"Let's get a 'boo' if you don't want ---t in your eyes," she added.
"Alright, we'll do it next time."
The fireworks were supposed to be set off during the end of her hit song "Set Fire to the Rain,&q…

George W. Bush Breaks Down His Affection for Michelle Obama: ‘We Just Took to Each Other’

To some, they might seem an unlikely twosome: a former president and former first lady from two different administrations, different political parties, different generations and different upbringings.
But George W. Bush tells PEOPLE that he feels a real fondness for Michelle Obama.
“She kind of likes my sense of humor. Anybody who likes my sense of humor, I immediately like,” says Bush, in an interview to launch his first art book and new exhibit, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, a collection of his paintings of post-9/11 war veterans.
Bush, 70, notes that he was regularly seated beside Obama, 53, at official events like Nancy Reagan’s memorial service, an interfaith memorial service for Texas police officers last year, and the September 2016 dedication ceremony in Washington, D.C., to mark the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. There, photos of the two of them cuddling on stage went…

Celebrating Five Years Of Glitz And Glam!!! Don’t Miss The 2017 AMVCAS This Saturday

Nigerian musical powerhouse Timi Dakolo, and two of Africa’s leading vocalists Waje and Lira, are billed to perform at the fifth edition of the prestigious Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) holding at the Eko Hotel on Saturday, the 4th of March, 2017.
Viewers can tune in to watch the show live on all Africa Magic channels on DStv and GOtv from 3:00pm.

The AMVCA is the biggest celebration of film and television talent across Africa with the first edition holding in 2013. This year being the fifth edition, the show promises to be even bigger with top contenders from across Africa competing for honours in a number of voting, non-voting and online polling categories including the newly introduced recognition award for M-Net’s original productions.

The Director, M-Net West Africa, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, said: “We are excited to once again celebrate the finest hands in African film and television. This is the fifth edition of the awards, and we urge viewers from all across…

Ghana@60 C’ttee launches documentary on Ghana

The planning committee for Ghana’s 60th anniversary celebration has released a documentary chronicling the history of the country as part of activities to ignite patriotism.
The documentary, titled “From Gold Coast to Ghana: A Glorious History of Self-determination”, spans events from the 15th century, when the Portuguese first engaged with the Gold Coast through the period of Dutch association which lasted for 274 years up until the British colonisation which lasted for 85 years.
According to the committee, the documentary seeks to acknowledge the unsung heroes who contributed to the struggle for independence.
Speaking at the launch of the documentary at the Black Star Square on Wednesday, 1 March the producer of the documentary, Paul Adom-Otchere, said, the film seeks to bring a different perspective to the narrative as far as the struggle for independence is concerned.
According to Mr. Adom-Otchere, the struggle for independence was more of a negotiation and  it was clear th…

Justin Bieber Shares Childhood Pic, Heartfelt 23rd Birthday Message: 'I Want to be a Better Man'

Nominations opened for 2017 Ghana Startup Club 100

The African Network of Entrepreneurs (TANOE) in partnership with Premium Bank Ltd, IConceptsPR and Avance Media have opened nominations for the ranking of the top 100 best performing startups in Ghana to join the 2017 cohort of the Ghana Startup Club 100 an initiative spearheaded by The Startup Network.
The prestigious and coveted ranking is aimed at recognizing and celebrating Ghana’s indigenous entrepreneurs and innovators who are running high-growth and sustainable startups in 10 unique sectors in the economy.
The ranking, which will showcase the best performing startups based on its annual gross turnover, staff strength, innovation, number of years in operations amongst other things, is spread across categories which include Agriculture, Financial and Insurance Services, Fashion, Technology, Media, Lifestyle and Entertainment, Manufacturing, Health and Education, Retail and e-Commerce, Energy, Petroleum and Mining Services
The ranking which was previously released in 201…

Facebook Visits Ghana’s Top Tech & Creative Entrepreneurs

Chris Cox, Chief Product Officer at Facebook, visited the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in Accra, Ghana on Wednesday to meet with Ghanaian entrepreneurs and see how they are working to build sustainable technology businesses. Later in the day he witnessed the force of Ghana’s creative talent in an event at ANO Gallery, which was co-hosted by ANO Gallery and Bless the Mic.
Chris’s visit is part of a week-long trip to Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal where Chris is keen to understand how creatives, developers and entrepreneurs are using mobile technology to create services, content and businesses that address local needs.
“With Facebook and its family of apps, we aim to give people around the world the ability to connect with each other, grow their businesses and tell their own stories. I am excited to see how Ghana’s entrepreneurs are using mobile, video and other technologies to build products and services that empower the community and that address local n…

Spain appoints minister for sex in a bid to increase the country's birth rate

Spain has appointed it's first Minister of Sex, Edelmira Barreira whose job will be to get people to have sex more in order to reverse the country’s plummeting birth rate. Spain has one of the lowest birth rate among developed countries.The country is faced with a population crisis, with fewer births than deaths recorded for the first time last year. Since 2008, the number of births recorded in Spain has plunged by 18% .
According to experts, long working hours and a culture of eating late at night and going to bed after midnight are partly to blame for the nation’s sex famine.

Most Spanish women say they would like two or more children but in 2015 those aged 18 to 49 had an average of 1.3 children – well below the EU figure of 1.58. The Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, appointed Barreira in the hopes that she would take measures hich would increase birth rates in the coming years.

Gigi Hadid covers first Vogue Arabia issue

Vogue Arabia launches this month - and Gigi Hadid has been revealed as its first cover star. Writing on her Instagram page, the model said: "Being half-Palestinian, it means the world to me to be on the first-ever cover(s) of Vogue Arabia."

Two different editions of the magazine's first issue have been produced - one in English and one in Arabic.
Different images of Hadid in a sequined headscarf feature on the two covers.

"I think the beautiful thing about there being international Vogues is that, as a fashion community, we are able to celebrate, and share with the world, different cultures," Hadid said.
Saudi princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz has been appointed the editor-in-chief of the new magazine by its publisher Conde Nast International.
"In one poised photograph, [Hadid] communicates a thousand words to a region that's been waiting far too long for its Vogue voice to speak," Abdulaziz said.
The reaction to the two covers has been broadly …

Zimbabwe bans the beating of children

Zimbabwe's High Court has outlawed corporal punishment for children both at school and in the home. 
The ruling comes after a parent complained that her child in grade one, a class for six-year-olds, had deep bruises after a beating by a teacher.
Linah Pfungwa said her daughter had been punished for failing to have her reading book signed by guardians as proof she had done her homework.
The constitutional court will have to confirm the judgement.
The BBC's Shingai Nyoka in the capital, Harare, says if upheld, it would transform the way parents have disciplined their children for centuries in the southern African country.
Some parents are criticising the ruling, while rights groups says it is long overdue, she says.
Ms Pfungwa, who filed her application with support from the Justice for Children's Trust, said her child was severely assaulted with a rubber pipe.
"My child suffered major bruises and I took photographs and pictures... She had deep bruises on her back a…

Chelsea legend John Terry named ‘most loyal’ player in the Premier League

Chelsea captain and legend, John Terry has been named the 'most loyal' footballer in the English Premier league beating the likes of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Arsenal's Theo Walcott according to a new study by the CIES Football Observatory...
Terry, 36, has been at Chelsea for 18 and a half years and is therefore the longest-serving player of any single club in the league, beating Roney who has been at Man u for 12 years and Walcott- 11 years at Arsenal. The report noted that 'Terry has put his face on the line, he’s gone ‘full kit’ when not even playing and he’s happily stayed at the club despite not featuring regularly in the first-team.
The report also named Francesco Totti as the most loyal player in Europe, having played for Italian club, AS Roma for 24 years since making his senior debut in March 1993.

Full Statement: 2017 Budget Statement

Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta earlier today, [Thursday], March 2nd 2017, delivered his government’s first budget statement and economic policy before Parliament. The budget gave details of government’s expenditure and revenue generation plan for the year 2017. It also announced a number of tax reliefs for businesses in the country.
Click here to download the full budget statement.

Chris Brown Threatened to ‘Shoot the Place Up’ During Confrontation With Ex’s Friend, Court Papers Say

It's another day, another restraining order for Chris Brown. Brown, who was ordered to stay away from his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran earlier this month after allegedly threatening to kill her, has now been ordered to stay away from Tran's best friend.
According to TheWrap, Tran's friend, Joseph Ryan La Cour, obtained a restraining order against Brown last week, after the R&B singer allegedly made "multiple threats" to La Cour.
According to the request for the restraining order, Brown has threatened La Cour at close range, and also encouraged associates to threaten La Cour.
At one point, "Mr. Brown stated that no matter where we go he will find us and shoot the place up," La Cour states in the restraining order request.
According to La Cour, Brown has shown up unannounced to make threats and cause a scene several times.

In one instance in February, La Cour said, Brown showed up at a Super Bowl party and told him,  "It's 2017, I'ma…

Oscar mishap accountants 'will never return' to ceremony

The two accountants responsible for muddling up the main award envelopes at Sunday's Oscars ceremony will not be employed to do the job again, the academy president has announced.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs said that the relationship with the accountancy firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) was also under review.
Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz were responsible for Sunday's mishap.
La La Land was mistakenly announced as the winner of the best picture award.
The team behind the film were in the middle of their speeches before it was revealed the accolade should have gone to Moonlight.
It has been described as the biggest mistake in 89 years of Academy Awards history. 
Mr Cullinan mistakenly handed the wrong envelope to the two presenters. 
He gave Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the back-up envelope for best actress in a leading role - rather than the envelope which contained the name of the winner for the best film.
PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which counts the votes and organises the envelopes,…

Kim Kardashian Visits Children's Hospital LA to Kick Off Make March Matter Campaign

According to ETonline, the 36-year-old reality star paid a visit to Children's Hospital Los Angeles on Wednesday to kick off the second annual Make March Matter campaign.

Throughout her visit, Kim met with former CHLA patients, 14-year-old Grace Rose and 6-year-old Saylor Pierson, and spoke out about how she holds the non-profit close to her heart.
"This hospital is really important to me," she said in a statement. "I've actually had friends that have had their babies here, and I've spent weeks on end with them visiting them."
"My family and I always love to come here, and throughout the year try to pop in and put a smile on the kids' faces, or more importantly, the families that are struggling so hard to still work and take care of them and not wanting to leave their children by themselves," she continued. "So anything we can do and my family can do, we love being a part of this community and helping out. So I am here today ju…

Kim Jong-nam death: North Korean detainee to be released

The North Korean man being held by Malaysia in connection with the death of Kim Jong-nam is to be released and deported on Friday. Malaysia's Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali said Ri Jong Chol was "a free man" as there was "insufficient evidence to charge him".
The estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader died on 13 February - he was poisoned with VX nerve agent.
Two women were charged with his murder on Wednesday. Malaysia is hunting several North Koreans, including an embassy official, suspected of being involved in the murder.
Also on Thursday, Malaysia announced it was ending visa-free travel for North Koreans citing security reasons.
North Koreans can currently visit Malaysia for up to 30 days without securing a visa, under a reciprocal deal. 
But Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has said that is changing as of Monday 6 March, the Bernama state news agency reports.
The two women, Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam and Siti Aisyah from Indone…

Sam Jonah, Ozwald Boateng, David Adjaye & More To Be Honored At Ghana Legacy Honors

On March 25th, Ghanaian pioneers and trailblazers will be honored at the maiden Ghana Legacy Honors, in commemoration of Ghana’s 60th independence anniversary.

The inaugural honorees, comprising of both local and diaspora Ghanaians who have broken glass ceilings in their respective fields, will be honored for their colossal achievements, impact, and contribution towards the legacy of Ghana on the global stage.

The honorees include reputable business magnate Sir Sam Jonah, renowned U.K. based fashion designer Ozwald Boateng, head of the anti-corruption unit at the African Development Bank Anna Bossman, world-renowned architect Sir David Adjaye, CEO of Airtel Ghana, Lucy Quist, and tech innovator Herman Chinery-Hesse. Young Scholar Shadrack Frimpong will receive the Future Award for his extraordinary work and impact in health and education in Ghana. (Read more about the honorees here: http://awards.ghanalegacy.com/ honorees-lists/ ). The exquisite black-tie awards gala will …

Senior al Qaeda leader killed by CIA drone strike - U.S. official

A Hellfire missile fired by a CIA drone killed al-Qaeda leader Abu al-Khayr al-Masri late on Sunday while he was riding in a car near the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib, a U.S. intelligence official said on Wednesday.
The 59-year-old al-Masri, whose real name was Abdullah Muhab Rajab Abdulrahman, was second-in-command to the group’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and a member of its shura council, said the official, who was briefed on the attack and spoke on condition of anonymity.
He also was married to one of Osama bin Laden’s daughters, the official added. CNN first reported the strike.
The official said Masri, as he was widely known, had sought refuge in Iran after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, and was believed to have been in Syria helping to direct Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, an al-Qaeda branch previously called the Nusra Front, the official said.
The Iranians released him from house arrest almost two years ago, in exchange for a diplomat being held hostage in…

Mugabe flies to Singapore for medical checks

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe travelled to Singapore for a medical checkup on Wednesday, his spokesman said, days after he celebrated his 93rd birthday by vowing to add to his 36 years in charge of the southern African nation.
As Mugabe flew to Singapore, nurses at public hospitals joined junior doctors in a two-week strike that is meant to pressure Mugabe's government into paying 2016 bonuses due in December.
Increasingly frail, Mugabe now struggles to walk and is seldom far from the arms of an aide. His public speeches have become meandering and repetitive.
"His Excellency the President left for Singapore for a scheduled medical review. We expect him back in the country early next week," spokesman George Charamba said. He did not give details.
Mugabe frequently travels to Singapore for medical checks, with aides saying he suffers from an eye cataract. But reports in private media suggest he has prostate cancer, something Mugabe's office denies.
The vete…

Airtel Ghana Leads Efforts To Realise Human Potential With ‘HELLO WORLD’ Lecture Series

Airtel Ghana has reinforced its commitment to realizing human potential with the institution of the Hello World study series; a series of lectures and talks designed to prepare students for the competitive world of work.

The brilliant initiative which was recently instituted under Airtel’s award winning CSR program, features lessons from the seasoned mid-level executives of the company.

Managers and heads of Airtel’s various units will be sharing their experiences, insights and tips to build a solid career in any profession with the final year undergraduates of tertiary institutions across the country.

“As a telecom company we have a working force with diverse career backgrounds spanning professions in commercial, corporate, technology and engineering. So for the majority of courses studied in tertiary institutions we have people with enough experience to provide insight and guidance that will prepare these students as they step into the world of work” stated Maame Dufie C…

Snapchat IPO: Firm valued at $24bn despite losses

According to BBC, Snap, owner of messaging app Snapchat, has priced its shares at $17 ahead of Thursday's listing on the US stock market. The flotation values the business at $24bn, although Snap has never made a profit.
It will turn the company's founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy into multi-billionaires.
Snapchat, which is especially popular with teenagers, allows users to send images and messages which then vanish.
The shares, which were more than ten times oversubscribed, will list on the New York Stock Exchange. Investors at the flotation will not have voting rights.
The company's losses widened last year, and user growth is slowing down in the face of intense competition from larger rivals such as Facebook.
Despite the challenges in converting "cool" into cash, Snap's valuation is the richest for a US tech flotation since Facebook in 2012.
At the beginning of February Snap's formal announcement to regulators of its plans revealed that the company h…

Finance Minister Delivers 2017 Budget Today

The maiden Budget Statement of the Akufo-Addo government will be unveiled in Parliament today, March 2, 2017.
It will be the Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta’s first major outing as he outlines government policies and strategies to salvage what his government has described as “the ailing economy” inherited from the Mahama administration.
President Akufo-Addo has served notice the budget has the magic wand to restore hope.
“We are going to fix it. We have outlined a number of prudent policies and measures which are contained in our first budget to be read on the 2nd of March,” Nana Addo told the Ghanaian community in Banjul on February 18, 2017.
These policy initiatives and measures, amongst others, the President noted will ensure that the private sector is strengthened and flourishes, adding that “it is only when the private sector flourishes that we can create the high numbers of jobs required by the teeming masses of Ghanaian youth. When the private sector flourishes, then …