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Meet Snapchat's (@Snapchat) billionaires and millionaires

Snapchat, an app once written off as a sexting tool, is now worth more than $30 billion -- and the people who recognized its value early enough are in for a big payday.
Snap(SNAP), the parent company of Snapchat, saw its stock open at $24 a share in its public market debut Thursday, valuing it at about $33 billion. 
At that price, Snap will spawn a new group of paper billionaires and millionaires.  Evan Spiegel Evan Spiegel, Snap's secretive 26-year-old CEO and cofounder, is credited with being the company's guiding force and product visionary. So it's only fitting he will come away with the biggest haul from the IPO.  Spiegel's 210 million shares are now worth $5.06 billion based on the opening price. Spiegel planned to sell 16 million shares as part of the IPO, netting another $272 million. And, if that's not enough, he's entitled to receive another 36.8 million shares over the next three years as a "CEO Award" for taking the company public, ac…

Goerge W. Bush praises Jimmy Kimmel's anti-Trump Oscars opening monologue

Former US president George Bush was a guest on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on Thursday where he told Kimmel that he saw his opening anti-Trump monologue at the Oscars and thought it was really good.


Bush laughed as Kimmel made fun of Trump but avoided mentioning his name in spite of the host's attempts to get him to mention the current president's name.
 Kimmel proceeded to ask Bush how he dealt with jokes made against him while he was president especially when Will Farell's Saturday Night Live impression of him to which Bush revealed that he loved it.

"I love humor and the best humor is when you make fun of yourself," Bush said. And Kimmel replied, "Tell that to the president", throwing another jab at Trump.

Kimmel went on to make other comparisons between the former president and the current one. While Trump has complained about news networks and their coverage of him, Bush said he didn't ever watch television while he was in office. He also s…

Decision Time For Prince Harry As Meghan Markle Joins Him At Jamaican Wedding

According to The Daily Beast, Prince Harry broke up with Cressida Bonas after a row about attending a pal’s wedding, but is clearly determined not to make the same mistake with Meghan Markle.
Harry’s American actress girlfriend was due to land in Jamaica last night, joining Harry for a gigantic three-day party which Usain Bolt is rumoured to be attending to mark the wedding of his Old Etonian school friend Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip. Skippy accompanied Harry on his ill-fated trip to Las Vegas which culminated in a game of naked billiards, and he is marrying the aristocratic literary agent, the Honorable Lara Hughes-Young.

Harry, 32, flew from Gatwick to Montego Bay on Wednesday, travelling premium economy on Virgin Atlantic, according to a report in the Daily Mail (the cash-conscious young royals tend to purchase tickets in the cheaper seats when on personal trips which they pay for out of their own pockets).
The trip is being billed as an ideal opportunity for Harry to introduce Meg…

Fire breaks out at Trump hotel in Manhattan

A fire broke on an upper floor of the Trump International Hotel on Columbus Circle in midtown Manhattan early Friday, CBS New York reports.
It happened around 4:12 a.m. Friday when, authorities say, a piece of machinery malfunctioned in an apartment under construction.
The fire forced a partial evacuation of the building, but was brought under control at around 5:20 a.m. The upper floors were being vented due to carbon monoxide concerns.
One person was treated for smoke inhalation, officials said. The fire apparently began on the 47th floor.

Man, 26 invokes curses on teachers

Teachers at the Adiembra District Assembly (D/A) Basic School in the Ahafo Ano South District in the Ashanti Region could not believe their ears when Yaw Adjei, 26, invoked the  Asante deity, ‘Antoa Nyamaa’, and  others on them.
Adjei, a resident of the area, was said to have invoked the curses following allegations that he had stolen some money, mobile phones, a laptop and desktop computers belonging to the school.
One of the teachers who spoke on anonymity told The Mirror that for some time now, the teachers had been suspecting Adjei of stealing some items from the school.
He said based on their suspicion, the school authorities reported the matter to the Mankranso Police and Adjei was subsequently arrested on February 10, 2017 to assist with investigations.
He said immediately Adjei was granted bail, he walked straight to the school and in the full glare of some of the teachers, invoked the deities to curse them for wrongfully accusing him.
He said the school authorities had …

Peace Hyde Named As Africa’s Leading Media Entrepreneur By US Rolling Out Magazine

Peace Hyde who has recently been trending all over Africa has gained a lot of media attention following the success of her new flagship Forbes Africa talk show, My Worst Day with Peace Hyde and as a result the multiple award winning media personality has been recognized as ‘Africa’s leading media entrepreneur’ by top US urban news platform Rolling Out.
According to the big American media outlet, which operates the largest chain of African-American-owned weekly newspapers in the country; Peace Hyde is one of Africa’s new generation of leaders whose popular show reaches over 80 million homes across 16 countries in sub Saharan Africa as she has made significant strides in her media career in just a few years.

In the interview, she is profiled in the ‘Female Success Factor’, which highlights global change makers and the ones to watch. Peace humbly says although she is learning every day she shares her growth strategies and how she has managed to use her not for profit organiza…

Pop stars Shakira and Vives accused of plagiarism

A Cuban singer has filed a complaint against the Colombian pop stars Shakira and Carlos Vives, accusing them of plagiarising part of a song he wrote 10 years ago. 
Their hit, La Bicicleta, won last year's Grammy Latino. 
Cuban musician Livan Rafael Castellanos claims that Shakira and Vives copied a line and part of the chorus of his 1997 song Yo Te Quiero Tanto. 
The complaint was filed at a court in Spain, where Shakira lives. 
A spokesman for the court said the case centred around an intellectual property problem and focuses mainly on the melody and the lyrics of the choruses of both songs.
In La Bicicleta (or The Bicycle) Shakira and Vives sing "que te sueno y que te quiero tanto" (I dream of you and love you so much).
The Cuban artist, known as Livam, sings "yo te quiero, yo te quiero tanto" (I love you, I love you so much). El Mundo newspaper in Spain reported that the two sides had a meeting in October but they failed to reach a settlement. 
AFP news agenc…

Zimbabwe floods killed 246, made thousands homeless

Floods in Zimbabwe have killed 246 people and left nearly 2,000 homeless since December, government officials said.
Saviour Kasukuwere, minister of local government, declared a natinal disaster and announced the death toll on Thursday, saying 128 people have been injured in the floods.
The southern African country has appealed to international donors for $100m to help those affected by the floods, which have washed away several bridges and roads and cut off some communities from surrounding areas.
"There is an inadequate supply of tents, foodstuffs and drugs for the affected people," Kasukuwere told The Herald newspaper. "There is a need for blankets and clothing for the affected families and they are at risk of contracting pneumonia and acute respiratory infections."
Unable to get balance of payment support from foreign lenders due to unpaid arrears, and with more than 90 percent of its national budget going to salaries, Zimbabwe's public infrastructure…

Donald Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Price

US President Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2017 Nobel Peace Price. According to Economic Times,Trump was nominated by an unidentified American who wants the controversial US leader recognised for "his peace through strength ideology".
318 people and organisations are in the running for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, including Pope Francis and Syria's White Helmets.  It is also believed to include jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, and Edward Snowden.

The names of the nominees are usually kept secret but those entitled to nominate candidates are free to reveal the name of the person or group they have nominated.

Pope Francis was nominated by a Norwegian member of parliament because "he is one of the rare ones to stand up to Donald Trump".

The Nobel committee is expected to announce the 2017 laureate on October 6 though that date has yet to be confirmed.

Tigo Merges With Airtel

Airtel and Tigo Ghana have completed talks over an agreement to merge their operations.
StarrFMonline.com understands that per the agreement, Millicom International Cellular S.A and Bharti Airtel Limited will have equal ownership and governance rights in the merged entity.
The merger is expected to serve about 10 million customers, of which a million are data consumers.
Mohamed Dabbour, Executive Vice President, Millicom Africa, said: “In a highly fragmented telecom market, this deal represents a major milestone for our business in Ghana. The combination of Tigo and Airtel will create an operator that will be able to offer Ghanaian consumers and businesses a state of the art network with high speed mobile data coverage. This transaction underlines confidence in the Ghanaian economy, and provides the opportunity to develop nationwide digital infrastructure and services in Ghana.”
Raghunath Mandava, MD and CEO, Airtel Africa, said: “The agreement highlights our commitment to the G…

Annie~Joy writes: Why Positive Actions Are Normally Discouraged. Be Inspired!

Our system today is desperate to see positive things which they will embrace it. Yet they doesn't see the implementation of that thing and rather discourage it.

We are in a system whereby Majority of people frown on things like indecent dressing and out of this majority, we get the higher population praising this indecent dressing. I ask my self this question, There are a lot of dresses in the system which when worn leads to the exposure of many part of the human body but people over look and put them on. 
Some take images and post them on social media for the global world to have a view of it and instead of them to criticize  and frown on it, we get people commenting on these images as "cute, hot, sexy, classic.... It baffles me when I come across such posts and comments. Right there, I keep asking my self, Is it that they are blind about what they are seeing or they ain't seeing what I am seeing? We are in the same system whereby some people dress decently …

Ed Sheeran Just Casually Revealed When Taylor Swift Will Release New Music

Wondering when Taylor Swift plans to release new music? Well, according to her pal Ed Sheeran, you won’t have long to wait.
Sheeran revealed in an interview with BBC that we may be able to expect new songs from Swift as early as the end of this year.
“Taylor [Swift] isn’t going to be releasing until probably the end of this year,” Sheeran told BBC. “Christmas is the smartest time to release because that’s when everyone buys records.”

It’s unclear whether Sheeran had permission to divulge this little tidbit about Swift’s forthcoming music, but hey, we’ll take any hints we can get. No word yet from Swift’s camp about Sheeran’s announcement, but we have a feeling Swift will play this one close to the vest. The 27-year-old singer has largely kept out of the spotlight since her whirlwind romance with Tom Hiddleston last summer. But between her dramatic entanglement with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and the end of her relationships with both Hiddleston and Calvin Harris, Swift sho…

M-Net Channels Get A Big Refresh

Fresh new schedules on M-Net channels to improve DStv customers viewing will see the end of specialist channels including M-Net Edge, M-Net Family and M-Net Movies Showcase as content moves to other M-Net channels.

As part of putting our customers at the heart of the MultiChoice business we have listened to their feedback and are making changes to improve their viewing experience across the M-Net channels. From 1 April 2017, DStv Premium customers can look forward to a fresh new scheduling approach on the M-Net which will result in fewer repeats of movies and series.

The ever-popular content on M-Net Edge will be integrated into M-Net 101 (East and West). This will give customers a supersized channel with bumper-to-bumper entertainment ranging from the latest shows to the edgier entertainment previously on M-Net Edge.  Extended prime time on M-Net 101 will be from 4pm to 10pm every day.

This means fewer repeats on M-Net, which will now be your one destination for the best an…

Oscar blunder duo given bodyguards after 'death threats'

The two accountants who muddled up the main award envelopes at Sunday's Oscars ceremony have been given bodyguards following reports they have received death threats on social media.
Accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said security has been beefed up at the residences of Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz following the mistake.
Celebrity website TMZ.com said the pair were in fear of their lives.
On Wednesday it emerged they will not be employed to do the Oscars job again.
But TMZ.com reported that they will not lose their accountancy jobs.
PwC spokeswoman Carey Bodenheimer said that they had been given protection after their home addresses and photos of their families were published in the media.
On Sunday La La Land was mistakenly named best picture instead of winner Moonlight.
The team behind La La Land were interrupted mid-acceptance speech before the real winner was revealed. It has been described as the biggest mistake in 89 years of Academy Awards history. 
Mr Cullinan…

Donald Trump defends AG Jeff Sessions for meeting with Russian Ambassador during his campaign, says it's a Witch Hunt

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is facing a storm of criticism over newly disclosed contacts he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States. Allegations which claim that his contact with the Russian Ambassador may have influenced the outcome of the Presidential election, as well as the policies of the Trump administration. 
Sessions admitted to meeting the Russian Ambassador but said nothing they discussed had anything to do with the election.

He said he met with the Ambassador and 24 other world leaders.

Sessions said he met with the Russian Ambassador, Mr. Kislyak, in his Senate office on Sept. 8, and described Mr. Kislyak as one of a parade of envoys who seek out lawmakers like him to get information about American policies and promote the agendas of their governments.
He said:
“Somehow, the subject of Ukraine came up”.
Recalling that the meeting grew testy after the ambassador defended Russia’s conduct toward its neighbor and blamed everybody else but Russia.
He adde…

Arnold Schwarzenegger opens up about affair: 'It's always easy to be smart in hindsight'

In 2011, Arnold Schwarzenegger was the talk of the town and his face was plastered all over magazines after it was revealed that he fathered a child outside of his marriage with the family housekeeper.
The former California Governor  admits he still thinks about the affair "every so often."
The "Apprentice" host chatted with Men's Journal for the April issue about the affair that broke up his 25-year marriage to Maria Shriver.
"And I can beat myself up as much as I want. It's not gonna change the situation," he said. "So the key thing is, how do you move forward? How do you have a great relationship with your kids?"
Arnold and Maria have four children together, but despite splitting in 2011, they still have yet to formally divorce -- nor do they seem to be in any kind of hurry.
"You can't go back," Schwarzenegger continued. "If I could, in reality, be 'Terminator,' of course I would go back in time and wou…

Police arrest Somali man for posing as a bridesmaid

In a shocking story emanating from Somalia, a man has been arrested for pretending to be a bridesmaid at a recent traditional wedding ceremony. Before his arrest, the man identified as Abdirahman who bears the same name with bride's husband stayed with the newly wed couple for more than three weeks still posing as a woman. 
According to the Somali culture, the maid of honor not only assists the bride during the wedding but also helps in setting up her new house. Abdirahman was only arrested after his mother blew his cover.

Narrating the unusual occurrence to Somali Cable, the groom identified as Abdirahman Ismail, said he never knew the bridesmaid was indeed a woman as he had worn makeup looking like a woman.

'A woman claiming to be his mother came to our house and asked if we have seen her son named Abdirahman. I told her we have never seen her son and the only person living with us was a girl named Asma. 
'That's when the woman told me that Asma is actually her…

Photos: Kwegyir Aggrey replaces 'big six' on new GHC5 note

The Central Bank is set to release the new GHC5 denomination which is to mark the 60th Anniversary of Ghana's independence from British rule in 1957.

The new note which would be in circulation from March 7 has some key distinctive security features that are aimed at protecting it from counterfeits.
They are also to make the note accessible and recognisable by persons who are visually impaired.
The note depicts the image of Ghanaian missionary and educationist, James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey credited for being one of the apostles of education in the then Gold Coast. He is widely acknowledged for his remarkable contributions to affirmative action in the country especially in his fight for women empowerment.
Mr Kwegyir Aggrey is cited for many noteworthy statements.

He had noted that “the surest way to keep people down is to educate the men and neglect the women."

But his statement that gender activists quote consistently is that, "If you educate a man you simply educate …

2017 Budget: Taxes On Airline Fares, Spare Parts Abolished

The Financed Minister Ken Ofori Atta has announced major tax cuts in government’s first budget presented to Parliament today, Thursday March 2.
The tax cuts are in fulfilment of promises made by the Akufo-Addo-led government ahead of the 2016 elections. In some cases the government has completely abolished some taxes introduced by the previous Mahama administration.
Among the abolished taxes announced Thursday to Parliament by Mr. Ofori Atta are; The 1 % Special Import Levy – ABOLISHEDKayayei Market Tolls – ABOLISHED17.5 % VAT/NHIL on financial services – ABOLISHED17.5 % VAT/NHIL on selected imported medicines, that are not produced locally – ABOLISHED17.5 % VAT/NHIL on domestic airline tickets – ABOLISHED5 % VAT/NHIL on Real Estate sales – ABOLISHEDReplaced 17.5% VAT/NHIL with 3 % flat rate for traders Tax credits and other incentives for businesses that hire young graduates from tertiary institutions Tax Incentives for Young Entrepreneurs Duty on imported Spare parts Abolished Cor…