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Meet Peggy Whitson: the woman who just made American history by spending 535 days in Space

Peggy Whitson has broken the record for most days in space by a US astronaut.

Dr Whitson already holds records for the most spacewalks carried out by a woman astronaut and is the first woman to command the International Space Station (ISS) twice.

Now she's beaten the record previously set by Jeff Williams, who had a total of 534 days in space. In November 2016, Whitson and two other astronauts, from Russia and the European Space Agency, blasted off for the International Space Station to conduct hundreds of experiments in biology, earth science and how lighting affects the crew.
The other two are sticking to the schedule, but Whitson, the commander, was just extended by three months, taking advantage of an empty seat when Russia decided to reduce its crew by one.

Her career total of 535 days in space, compiled over three trips to the space station, breaks an American record previously held by Jeff Williams. He has flown four missions, including on Space Shuttle Atlantis, an…

Mel B claims ex Stephen Belafonte is running a pornography production company, could endanger their child

Mel B made another blockbuster claim in her wild divorce drama. Lawyers for the ex-Spice Girl appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom on Monday and accused estranged husband Stephen Belafonte of running a pornography production company that might endanger the couple's 5-year-old daughter. 
Ultimately, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lawrence Riff disagreed, and ruled that after three weeks of no contact, Belafonte would be allowed two 4-hour monitored visits each week.
"The evidence will show that a large number of computers located in the possession of Mr. Belafonte shows he is involved in running pornographic sites," Mel B's lawyer Larry Bakman said.
"(Belafonte) is leasing various locations throughout the city for the filming of pornographic films," Bakman said after the judge issued a tentative order granting monitored visitation.
Mel B, whose real name is Melanie Brown, received full custody of their daughter when she was granted a domestic violence …

Video: Google cofounder's 'flying car' makes its debut

Larry Page's long-rumored "flying car" project is finally ready for takeoff.
Kitty Hawk, a startup backed by the Google (GOOGL, Tech30) cofounder, unveiled its prototype for an "ultralight" aircraft that can take off vertically -- as long as you're flying over open water. 
In a demonstration shared online Monday, the Kitty Hawk Flyer is shown lifting off over a lake with the help of small propellers under its base. The prototype looks less like a car than a jet ski with wings. 
The Flyer is expected to go on sale by the end of this year, according to the company's website. The price has yet to be announced. 
The startup says it has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for the aircraft to be flown in "uncongested areas." Customers will not need a pilot's license to use it. 
"We've all had dreams of flying effortlessly. I'm excited that one day very soon I'll be able to climb onto my Kitty Hawk Flyer …

Justin Bieber Looks Back at 2014 Arrest: 'Thank God I'm Not Where I Used to Be'

Justin Bieber posted a meaningful throwback pic to Instagram on Sunday, one that allowed the 23-year-old singer to reflect on a troublesome period in his life.
The pic contrasts Bieber's infamous January 2014 mugshot alongside a more recent snap of his face.

"I LOVE THIS because it reminds me IM NOT EXACTLY WHERE I WANT TO BE BUT THANK GOD IM NOT WHERE I USED TO BE!!" he captioned the snap.

I LOVE THIS because it reminds me IM NOT EXACTLY WHERE I WANT TO BE BUT THANK GOD IM NOT WHERE I USED TO BE!! THE BEST IS YET TO COME DO YOU BELIEVE IT? A post shared by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on Apr 23, 2017 at 10:56am PDT
The mugshot comes from the "Sorry" singer's Miami Beach, Florida, arrest for driving under the influence, resisting arrest and having an expired license. At the time, the singer also admitted to having smoked marijuana and taken prescription medication.
That arrest came amidst a spate of legal trouble for the young Biebs, who also faced charg…

Azonto Dance Celebration To Mark The World Dance Day On Saturday 29th April

Let’s start off with a round of applause for dancers, non-dancers, Ghanaians living abroad, friends of Ghana, dignitaries, celebrities and media personalities who joined in the unique celebration of IDDiG (International Dance Day in Ghana) in 2016.

While over 200 countries celebrated World Dance Day with different dance genres, Ghana made a strong statement by celebrating its own- Azonto Dance. The outcome, we got listed at number 17 in the world google ranking for International Dance Day celebrations.

The celebration, which started with a social media engagement and climaxed with an Azonto Jam, was graced by Carl Ampah of UNESCO, Adwoa Awindor of Greetings from Abroad fame, former Dep. Min. of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Dzifa Gomashie, and hosted by Reggie Rockstone.

This year, come 29th of April, the world will celebrate dance like never before and Ghana must once again give Azonto Dance a voice. Thus, all dancers and non-dancers, Ghanaians and friends of Ghan…

Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o movie conjured up on Twitter

A photo of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o has sparked a film idea on Twitter and they have both taken to the social media site to say they are up for it. 
The 2014 fashion show photo was shared by fans with the comment: "Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and Lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scams". 
It caught the attention of Oscar winner Nyong'o a few days ago and now Rihanna has tweeted she is up for it too. 
Fans have gone crazy for the idea. 
Lupita saw the tweet a few days ago and posted "I'm down if you are @Rihanna".
More than 200,000 liked the tweet and earlier today Rihanna replied saying "I'm in Pit'z" - her nickname for the Star Wars actress. 
Another 99,000 liked that tweet and now the two stars had said yes Twitter went into a meltdown with ideas about the film. 
One fan then tweeted it over to Selma director Ava Duvernay saying she should direct it and Duvernay loved the idea.
"Light…

Kendrick Lamar Announces Dates for 'The DAMN Tour' with Travi$ Scott and D.R.A.M.

According to Billboard, Kendrick Lamar is taking the DAMN. show on the road. On Monday morning (Apr. 24) the MC announced dates for a tour with Travi$ Scott and D.R.A.M. that will keep him on the road for most of July and August.
Though venues weren't revealed at press time, according to dates posted on his Instagram, the tour will kick off on July 12 in Phoenix, Arizona, and wind its way through Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Brooklyn and Washington before moving on to Boston, Toronto and Detroit.
The 17-date outing is currently slated to wind down with an Aug. 6 show in Los Angeles. DAMN. blasted to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart on Friday (Aug. 21) with the biggest week for an album so far this year, 603,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Apr. 20, according to Nielsen Music.
DAMN. marks Lamar's third No. 1 album, following last year's Untitled Unmastered. and 2015's To Pimp a Butterfly. DAMN. was released April 14 …

Al-Qaeda's Zawahiri calls for 'guerrilla war' in Syria

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has called on the armed Syrian opposition to wage guerrilla warfare against the government of Bashar al-Assad and its allies.
In an audio tape titled "Syria will only bow to God", released on the internet on Sunday, Zawahiri urged Syrian rebels to "have patience and prepare themselves for a long war against the Crusaders and their Shia allies".
He urged them to adopt a "guerilla warfare" strategy because it would "weaken and drain the enemy".

The rebels' enemies "are targeting them because they are trying to establish an Islamic rule in Syria, as the West and its allies were doing everything they can to stop it".
Al-Nusra Front, a rebel group, announced in July 2016 that it was ending its formal ties with al-Qaeda and changed its name to Jabhat Fath al-Sham, or the Conquest of Syria Front.
On January 28 of this year, it merged with four other groups to form a new organisation called Hayat Tahrir…

Internet backlash over Rihanna's doctored Queen photos

Rihanna has felt the full force of the internet after posting a series of Instagram pictures showing the Queen's face superimposed onto her own body.
The British monarch turned 91 on Friday and we suppose the images (one of which is below) were meant as some sort of tribute?


be humble. A post shared by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on Apr 22, 2017 at 9:24am PDT
Anyway, social media reacted in the way that social media tends to react..
"This is disrespectful and stupid," said flohberlin.
Henusinka added: "I would rather see the reaction of Rihanna when somebody makes fun of her."
While lynewrites2 wrote "oh gosh the whole of England may want to call a ban. Trouble."

#AMAA2017 : AMAA 2017 Nominations Will Hold In Kigali, Rwanda

The Africa Movie Academy Awards is presented annually to recognize excellence of professionals and to celebrate the brightest and the best in the African film industry.

The organizers have revealed both locations for the nomination nights and the award ceremony, after being hosted by several countries including Malawi, Ghana, Gambia, Tanzania, Namibia, Guinea, Senegal, South Africa, Kenya, Cameroon, Uganda, Algeria, Nigeria and Egypt among others.

The 2017 award nominations will hold at the Kigali Convention Centre, Rwanda on May 13th, 2017.

The juries, a distinguished group of professionals in the arts industry have been tasked with providing the highly anticipated nominees list. The list will unveil the most outstanding African film production which is set to launch this year’s race of who is the best.

The AMAA’s has always been about African unity and rewarding excellence in a fast growing sector of creativity and beauty of the Arts.

The ceremony showcases Africa’s top perfor…

Malaria: Kenya, Ghana and Malawi get first vaccine

The world's first vaccine against malaria will be introduced in three countries - Ghana, Kenya and Malawi - starting in 2018.
The RTS,S vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito bites.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said the jab had the potential to save tens of thousands of lives. 
But it is not yet clear if it will be feasible to use in the poorest parts of the world.
The vaccine needs to be given four times - once a month for three months and then a fourth dose 18 months later.
This has been achieved in tightly controlled and well-funded clinical trials, but it is not yet clear if it can be done in the "real-world" where access to health care is limited. 
It is why the WHO is running pilots in three countries to see if a full malaria vaccine programme could be started. It will also continue to assess the safety and effectiveness of the vaccination.
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO regional director for Africa, said: &…

"You gave me the strength I didn't know I had" - Pregnant Serena Williams pens sweet message to her unborn child

Just days after revealing that she is 20 weeks pregnant, Tennis star Serena Williams posted another photo showing her growing bump along with  touching message to her unborn baby.  The-mother-to-be captioned the photo: 
My Dearest Baby, You gave me the strength I didn’t know I had. You taught me the true meaning of serenity and peace. I can't wait to meet you. I can't wait for you to join the players box next year. But most importantly, I am so happy to share being number one in the world with you.... once again today. On @alexisohanian bday. from the world's oldest number one to the world's youngest number one. -Your Mommy

Ghana Armed Forces begins 2017/2018 recruitment

The Ghana Armed Forces is set to begin recruitment of eligible Ghanaians who wish to join the army for the 2017/2018 calendar year.
A statement issued by the GAF Monday said adverts will be placed in the national dailies – Daily Graphic and Ghanaian Times- for details on the recruitment exercise.
“The sale of online application Scratch Cards will commence throughout the country on Tuesday 25 April, 2017 at designated Ghana Post Offices listed in the advert. The portal for the online application will be activated from Monday 08 to Wednesday 31 May, 2017. Interested persons can log on to www.gaf.mil.gh to apply.
“The Ghana Armed Forces wishes to inform the general public that the Force does not employ middlemen or charge fees for recruitment. The public therefore strongly advised to desist from paying monies to any person(s) who present themselves as agents or middlemen with the promise to help potential recruits join GAF,” the statement noted.
The statement further warned prospe…

Annie~Joy writes: Inner Man And Outer Man. #BeInsipred!

A week ago, a news was recorded about a bride who got divorced after her marriage ceremony the following day. Do you know why? Because the groom fell in love with her outer man. She had covered her face with makeups therefore she was looking very pretty and stunning. So therefore, the outer man was appealing to the eyes. That's how blind many people are these days when it comes to life partners and many more to talk about. 
Many girls these days are fond of spending much time on dressing up to look hot, sexy and expensive instead of their character which will help them be permanent wherever they find themselves. For your artificial beauty, it will take you to places but if you lack the character, it will bring you down. I am not saying it's odd to dress to suit your taste, but the question is, do you have the inner man? How is the character like? Or the outer man is just pretty with nothing traveling through? It does happen, that a pretty lady has been married and …

Ministry of Information to rebrand government

Mr Mustapha Hamid, Minister for Information has stated the resolve of the Ministry of Information to re-brand the government. He said the initiative was to create a “brand portfolio…and harmonise the entire government look.”
The Minister gave the hint at a two-day “executive retreat” of key agencies under the Ministry of Information in Ho.
He said by July this year, the Ministry would launch a new coherent image platform to give a “uniform look and feel” to government and government institutions.
Mr Hamid said when done, all communication platforms and mediums of government institutions such as signboards, letterheads, websites and complimentary cards would have the same design for a “uniform look and feel.”
He said communication was the live-wire of every enterprise in the 21st century hence the need for a strong information machinery to market the country’s values and unique selling points.
Mr Hamid said the initiative was under government’s new “Ghanaian Project” to communicate …

Ready to Pop! Ciara Shares New Baby Bump Photos

Ciara is clearly feeling that pre-baby glow! The singer, 31, shared new photos of her growing baby bump on Sunday.

One picture showed Ciara beaming in black-and-white image while wearing a breezy polka dot sundress, her hands grazing her tummy. She also posted a photo gazing downward, as well as a snap of her black Yves Saint Laurent slide shoes, captioning, "Sunday Vibes.. ❤️."

On Thursday, she shared another baby body photo on social media, opting for a more curve-hugging black midi dress with ruched sides. Sunday Vibes.....❤️ pic.twitter.com/G0df7J4xq3 — Ciara (@ciara) April 23, 2017
The expectant mom posed on what looked like a tennis court in sky-high platform sneakers. She teased of her photo, "Truly A Balancing Game In These #Gucci Stacks & This Big Belly!"
Truly A Balancing Game In These #Gucci Stacks & This Big Belly! ☺️ A post shared by Ciara (@ciara) on Apr 20, 2017 at 12:46pm PDT
 Ciara and husband Russell Wilson are prepping for their baby'…

PFA Player of the Year: Chelsea's N'Golo Kante wins top award for 2016-17

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been voted the Professional FootballersAssociation Player of the Year for the 2016-17 season becoming the first Frenchman to win the award since Thierry Henry in 2004. The Frenchman, who is on course to win a second successive Premier League title after also being part of the Leicester side which upset the odds last season, secured the most votes from his fellow players. 
He saw off competition from Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard (who won the award in 2015) plus Tottenham‘sHarry Kane, Evertonstriker Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester Unitedand Arsenal‘s Alexis Sanchez.
Kante was presented with the award at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday evening.
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli won the young player prize for the second successive season, Manchester City‘s Lucy Bronze won the women’s player of the year award for the second time having also won it in 2014, and Birmingham‘s Jess Carter topped the voting in the women’s young player c…

Lionel Messi’s Last-Gasp Goal gives Barcelona the win over Real Madrid in Breathtaking El Clasico Tie

Lionel Messi scored his 500th Barcelona goal in second-half stoppage time as his side beat 10-man RealMadrid 3-2 in an unbelievable Clasico at Santiago Bernabeu, a victory that puts them top of LaLiga. 
Substitute James Rodriguez had scored a dramatic late equaliser that looked like it would give Madrid a draw to put them on the brink of a first league crown since 2012, only for Messi to bring up his milestone with the last kick of the game.
Prior to those late goals, a breathless and controversial contest looked like it would be settled by IvanRakitic‘s excellent strike, especially when Sergio Ramos was sent off for a lunge on Messi. But James then scored within four minutes of coming off the bench to send the home fans wild, only for Messi to steal the show with his second of the match.
The contest was typically controversial, Cristiano Ronaldo having a strong early penalty claim turned down, while Barca wanted Casemiro‘s opener chalked off as they claimed for offside against R…

Caitlyn Jenner Spoofed as 'It' Clown in Ads Near Fox Studio

A conservative street artist has appropriated Stephen King's story It, only in this version Caitlyn Jenner is portrayed as the evil clown.
The artwork, in the form of posters and fake advertisements, showed up Sunday around the Los Angeles Fox News bureau and 20th Century Fox film studio, timed for Tucker Carlson's interview of Jenner during his show Monday night - his debut in the time slot previously occupied by Bill O'Reilly.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, in the faux ads appearing on bus benches for the upcoming movie, Jenner is seen peeking out of a sewer drain, where the clown from It dwells, trying to lure unsuspecting children into his lair. "Tonight on Tucker Carlson: IT," reads the text. "Based on a novel reality."
In another fake ad, behind glass at several bus stops, the scary clown's body has Jenner's head on it with he text "IT on Tucker Carlson Tonight," an indication that the artist expects his work to remai…

North Korea 'ready to sink' US aircraft carrier Vinson

North Korea is "ready to sink" a US aircraft carrier heading for the peninsula, state media have said.
A commentary in the Rodong Sinmun newspaper warned that the USS Carl Vinson could be sunk "with a single strike".
A battle group headed by the Vinson is expected off the peninsula this week. It was despatched by President Donald Trump amid a warning that US "strategic patience" over the North's nuclear ambitions had come to an end.
Tension also rose after a recent failed missile test by the North and a massive military parade showing off its latest hardware. Sunday's commentary in Rodong Sinmun, the mouthpiece of the ruling Workers' Party, followed a feature on leader Kim Jong-un's inspection of a pig farm.

"Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike," the commentary read, saying that the attack on what it called a "gross animal" would be "an actu…

Accra will be Africa’s cleanest city in 4yrs – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has pledged his commitment to making Accra the cleanest city on the African continent within the next four years.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “the commitment I want to make, and for all of us to make, is that by the end of my term in office, Accra will be the cleanest city on the entire African continent. That is the commitment I am making.”
The President made this known on Sunday, April 23, 2017, when the President of the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council, Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio, together with the Chiefs and people of Jamestown, enstooled him as a Chief in Jamestown, in Accra.
President Akufo-Addo was given the stool name “Nii Kwaku Ablade Okogyeaman I”, to wit “Royal Warrior; One who fights to redeem his people”, by Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio, at a durbar held in honour of the President and First Lady at Mantse Agboona, in Jamestown.
Explaining the rationale for the enstoolment, Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio, stated that President …