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Top African Music Stars To Attend "AFRIMA 2017" Calendar Unveiling

An impressive array of African music stars have confirmed attendance of the 2017 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) Calendar unveiling event scheduled to hold in partnership with the African Union Commission and the ONE Campaign on Tuesday, May 2, at The Maslow Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Confirmed music stars who will be joining members of the International Committee of AFRIMA, AU officials and ONE executives at the event incude Jimmy Dludlu, (Winner, AFRIMA 2016 Best Jazz); Mi Casa (AFRIMA 2016 Nominee); Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Winner, AFRIMA 2015 Legend Award); Busiswa (Winner, AFRIMA 2015 Best Female Artiste, Southern Africa); The Soil (AFRIMA 2015 Nominee); Heavy K (Winner, AFRIMA 2014 Best Male Artiste, Southern Africa); Cindy Munyavi  (Winner, AFRIMA 2014 Best Female Artiste, Southern Africa) and Fungisia (AFRIMA 2014 Nominee), among others.

The proceeding will feature a joint AUC-AFRIMA Cultural Conference on the theme “Enhancing the Creative Power o…

Kim Kardashian Speaks Out About Caitlyn Jenner's 'Hurtful' Book: 'My Heart Breaks for My Mom'

Kim Kardashian while discussing Caitlyn's new memoir with Ellen DeGeneres, disclosed  that she felt hurt by the things Caitlyn wrote in the book, especially about the things she said of her mother, but revealed that she will always love Caitlyn in spite of how hard she makes it.
Speaking on how the book has affected her mother, Kim said Caitlyn is not being honest about certain things regarding her marriage to Kris. She said: "My heart breaks for my mom, because I feel like she's been through so much...She's promoting this book and she's saying all these things and, you know, I just don't think it's necessary," she tells Ellen. "I just feel like it's unfair; things aren't truthful." "I mean, I feel like it's taken her a really long time to be honest with herself," she says of Caitlyn, who revealed she is transgender in 2015. "I don't expect her to be honest about my mom now, but it's just so hurtf…

Man arrested on suspicion of terror offenses near UK Parliament

UK police have foiled another suspected terror attack in London, arresting a man carrying knives near the British parliament.
Armed officers from the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism command unit swooped on the suspect Thursday, as part of an "ongoing operation." The 27-year-old man was arrested at 2.22pm, a few meters from the scene of a terror attack last month that left four people and the attacker dead. Witnesses said the man was pinned to the ground on Parliament Street, within sight of the Houses of Parliament and an array of British government buildings. Downing Street, the official residence of the British Prime Minister, is a few minutes' walk away.  Forensics officers examined the scene outside the London Underground station at Westminster and recovered the suspect's backpack and at least two knives. A Scotland Yard statement said: "The 27-year-old man was arrested in Parliament Street, junction with Parliament Square, by armed officer…

JOT Agyeman Is The New Host Of GTV’s Talking Point!

Ghanaian ace Television Executive and Broadcaster JOT Agyeman is set to be the new Host of the Longest running Talk Show on Television,  'Talking Point'. 

The show has over the years been the driving force for discussing policy and for shaping public agenda. 
In recent times, and with the influx and proliferation of Television chat shows, 'Talking Point' seemed to have lost steam especially with the youth. JOT Agyeman comes to the show with almost 20 years of Broadcasting and Media experience having worked at GTV, TV3 and e.TV Ghana where he was General Manager. 

The Award winning Programs Director is presently the Executive Director of Research Company,  Institute of Media Practice.  The all new 'Talking Point ' is set to hit the screens in a few weeks.

Kufuor appointed Senior Grand Warden of UK Freemason

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has been appointed a Senior Grand Warden of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE).
He was on Wednesday April 26 appointed by the United Grand Lodge of England Grand Master, Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, who is the longest serving Grand Master.
“Congratulations to Right Worshipful Brother, His Excellency John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor, PGSwdB, former President of the Republic of Ghana, who has been appointed Senior Grand Warden by the Grand Master, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent,” the lodge announced on its Facebook page.
The United Grand Lodge of England is the governing body for most freemasons within the UK, with lodges in other Commonwealth countries outside the United Kingdom.
The United Grand Lodge of England claims to be the oldest Grand Lodge in the world, by descent from the first Grand Lodge formed in London in 1717.
It is headquartered in Freemasons’ Hall, London and is known to have more than 200,000 members.
President Kufuor h…

Video: Man removed from Delta flight for using bathroom before takeoff

A Wisconsin man was removed from a Delta Air Lines flight after using the bathroom against crew instructions shortly before takeoff.
Kima Hamilton says he urgently needed to use the bathroom April 18 while on a Milwaukee-bound plane in Atlanta. He says takeoff was delayed and the flight wasn't moving, so he decided to go.

Cellphone video shows Delta agents asked Hamilton to de-board after he got back to his seat, but he refused. The crew emptied the aircraft and allowed everyone but Hamilton back on.
Delta says it's imperative that passengers comply with crew instructions, especially at critical points of takeoff and landing.
Hamilton says FBI agents met him at the gate but didn't arrest him. He got a partial refund but says it wasn't enough to cover another ticket.

Fifa: French probe 2018 & 2022 World Cup bids

French prosecutors are investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and have questioned former Fifa president Sepp Blatter.
France's National Public Prosecutor's Office began examining the bid to award the tournaments, to Russia and Qatar respectively, last year.
Le Monde reports that prosecutors are looking into allegations of corruption.
The French newspaper also reports that Blatter was spoken to by investigators on Thursday, 20 April "as a witness".
In March, Fifa passed on evidence to Swiss and United States authorities, whose own investigations into alleged corruption at football's governing body began two years ago.
In May 2015, Swiss authorities raided a Zurich hotel and arrested seven people who were among 14 indicted on corruption charges in an inquiry led by the United States Department of Justice.
In December that year, 16 more officials were charged following the arrest of two Fifa vice-presidents at the same hotel in Zuri…

Former Gabon defender Moise Brou Apanga collapses and dies

Tributes have been paid to former Gabon international Moise Brou Apanga who died on Wednesday from a suspected heart attack.
The 35-year-old collapsed during a training session with his Gabonese club FC 105 Libreville.
He played for the Panthers at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2010 and 2012. 
"We played together, we played against each other but it was always a pleasure to play alongside you," Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang posted.
"Rest in peace my brother."
The Gabon Football Federation (Fegafoot) announced the news and also paid their own tribute.
"The country has lost a brave son who has always given his best for the Gabonese flag," Fegafoot wrote. "All our condolences to his family and team-mates."
Sunderland and Gabon midfielder Didier Ndong also paid tribute to Brou Apanga on social media.
"I take this moment to tell you that I'll be thinking about you every minute of this match - rest in peace big brother," the 22-year-old …

Vinod Khanna, India Bollywood actor, dies of cancer

One of India's most well-known Bollywood actors Vinod Khanna has died aged 70, his hospital has confirmed.
Khanna, also an active politician, had been suffering from cancer and was admitted to hospital earlier this month as his illness became more serious.
He acted in more than 100 Bollywood films and was widely seen as a counterfoil to the "angry young man" played by Amitabh Bachchan.
He was elected to parliament four times and was once a junior foreign minister.
Khanna began his career in 1968 and was a household name in India, particularly during the 1970s and eighties when he played the starring role in a number of Bollywood hits. 
Tributes have been pouring in for Mr Khanna who died after a long illness. The hashtag #VinodKhanna was trending on top of Twitter India on Thursday afternoon.
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee led tributes from politicians while many Bollywood celebrities also paid homage.

Tottenham fan was beaten by his own club's fans who thought he was a Chelsea fan

Chelsea defeated Tottenham to advance to the FA cup finals in Wembley where they'll face Arsenal, but apart from the pain of watching your team lose, a Tottenham fan, Michael Voller, 23, suffered a broken cheekbone, broken eye socket and skull after he was attacked by his own club's fans  who mistook him for a Chelsea supporter...
Voller, was severly punched in the face as he left Wembley Stadium on Saturday after the game and even though he's been discharged from hospital, his doctor feels he may permanently lose his eye sight.

According to Police, it was an unprovoked attack and occurred around 7.30pm after the match.

Detective Constable James Robb, of Brent CID, the investigating officer, said: 'This was a violent and unprovoked assault that has left a young man with some terrible injuries that could end up affecting him for the rest of his life. 'This kind of violence has absolutely no place at a football match, and I sincerely hope that those who were wi…

Brexit: Chancellor Merkel warns UK on scope of talks with EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says some British people have "illusions" about discussing the UK's future ties with the EU at the same time as nailing down the UK's Brexit terms.
An EU-UK deal can only be discussed once the exit issues - such as UK payments to the EU budget - are resolved, Mrs Merkel told German MPs.
The UK initiated the formal procedure to leave the EU on 29 March. 
It sets a two-year deadline for completion of the exit negotiations. 
EU leaders are to meet on Saturday to adopt their joint negotiating position on Brexit. They are working on the basis of draft guidelines issued on 31 March.
Official talks will not begin until after the UK general election on 8 June.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May called the early election, saying she needed to strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations. 
The EU wants the terms of the UK's exit to be decided before any discussion of a future trade relationship, while Mrs May wants the two issues to be dealt with si…

Annie~Joy writes: What Life Gave. #BeInsipred!

Every child enjoys fresh air the moment it comes out of the womb to its new world. There are two expressions it gives which are either crying or smiling. But I tell you if any child knew right from birth that the location it won't be appealing, I don't think it would have responded and obeyed the voice "push, it is coming" I don't know where life located you. May be yours is quite endurable but some when seen, you quickly release tears from your eyes. I want to ask this; is it because the world has become quite a scary place to be that's why the poor and needy are being rejected, ignored and avoided? We have two categories of people on planet earth which are the rich and the poor.  The moment you fall within the rich categories, it automatically becomes your responsibility to cater for the poor people. Why do I say this? The moment a needy or a poor person needs help, indeed they always need help, but when it becomes unbearable, the only person h…

YouTube announces music competition series for emerging acts

YouTube is launching a new music competition series for emerging artists featuring Backstreet Boys, Demi Lovato and Jason Derulo.
Ryan Seacrest Productions and Endemol Shine North America announced Wednesday that "Best.Cover.Ever" will debut on YouTube later this year.
Ludacris will host the series, where pop stars will give budding artists a chance to perform a cover of one of their songs. The winner will perform a duet version of the song with the star, which will debut on YouTube.
Fans can submit videos through May 19 for the first phase. The songs include Backstreet Boys' "As Long As You Love Me," Lovato's "Confident" and Derulo's "Trumpets."
Additional artist-participants will be announced at a later date.

Khloe Kardashian Sued for Posting a Photo of Khloe Kardashian on Instagram

Of all the creative industries - films, television, music, books, etc. - our money is on photography as being the most copyright aggressive these days. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed since the beginning of the year alleging infringement of images. A good example of the rapacious litigation on this front came on Tuesday in a lawsuit against Khloe Kardashian.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the plaintiff is Xposure Photos, a UK-based photo agency.  Most stars don't like the paparazzi, but according to this lawsuit filed in California, Kardashian may have taken to an image of herself snapped by Manual Munoz and then licensed to The Daily Mail. The image shows Kardashian and one of her sisters going for a meal at a Miami restaurant.

"Plaintiff never licensed the Photograph to defendants," states the complaint, referring to Kardashian and 10 anonymous John Does. (Is her social media team that big?) "Nevertheless, defendants have used, and continue to u…

Infinix Ghana Launches World's First Wefie Smart Phone S2

When selfie smart phones was introduced users felt that was the peak of easily sharing their experience, startistics shows that over 93 million selfies are been uploaded on a daily bases worldwide, even with that, users are not able to capture a wide range or background when taking selfie.

But guess what, The newly launched Infinix s2 into the Ghanaian market will make the experience more fun and exciting.

The infinix s2  is a selfie + wefie dual front camera. With this users will be able to snap a group wefie with great background beautification.

Infinix s2 was launched on wednesday the 26th of April 2017 at the Amphi theater , University of Ghana - Legon.

Some of it features includes a 5.2"HD display, 2 front camera for 135° wide -angle shots for an all new selfie experience, 16GB ROM +2 GB RAM, battery capacity of 3000mAh among other surprising and fun features.

So if you want to feel this experience get yourself the infinix s2.

Frema Osei-Opare, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful And Hon. Catherine Afeku Cover Glitz Magazine’s 17th Issue

Ghana celebrated its 60 years of independence recently and thus, the seventeenth issue of Glitz Magazinehas a special feature on trailblazers in the Ghanaian history as well as a ‘then and now’ look at their fashion scene.
The cover ladies extraordinaire are Frema Osei-Opare, the first female Chief of Staff in Ghana,Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister of Communications, and Hon. Catherine Afeku, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
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Akufo-Addo drops names of 212 MMDCEs

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has named his remaining 212 persons as Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).
New Patriotic Party (NPP) aficionados have been up in arms over the nominations, condemning some of the president’s decisions against their wish.
However, announcing the names on Wednesday, the Minister for Local Government, Hajia Alima Mahama appealed to party faithful to exercise restraint and throw their weight behind the nominees.
Below is the full list:

Mississippi man sues R. Kelly over alleged affair with wife

A Mississippi man has filed lawsuit against R. Kelly, alleging the singer had an affair with his wife of five years.
According to New York Daily News, Kenny Bryant, a Hinds County Sheriff’s Department deputy, said the Chicago-born crooner became involved in a romantic relationship with his spouse, Asia Childress, prior to the couple’s July 15, 2012 wedding.
In the court complaint filed April 21, Bryant added that the affair ensued in October of 2012, when Childress attended one of the singer’s shows.
According to WAPT, Bryant since agreed to his wife’s request to relocate to Atlanta so she may “further her career” opportunities — which Bryant believes was really a motive to further the affair.
The deputy claimed he hasn’t been able “to find profitable employment” after making the move, resulting in a “financial ruin.”
The couple reportedly tried to reconcile the tainted marriage, but Bryant revealed he could “not prevail against R. Kelly’s continued sexual overtures to Childress…

International Stars Honoured At The 2017 Jazz FM Awards

The Rolling Stones, Laura Mvula, Damien Chazelle, Donny McCaslin and Gilles Peterson were among the winners at the 2017 Jazz FM Awards, which took place this evening at Shoreditch Town Hall in the heart of East London. 

A glittering array of UK and international talent turned out to celebrate the very best of jazz, blues, soul and beyond, as the music industry and public figures, including Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Laura Mvula, Van Morrison, Georgie Fame, Adrian Lester, Will Young, Maxi Jazz, The Brand New Heavies, Courtney Pine and more, gathered at a ceremony hosted by Jazz FM presenter Jez Nelson. 

The Stones collected an impressive two Awards, fighting off stiff competition to take home the accolades of Blues Artist of the Year and the public voted Album of the Year, which were personally accepted by Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, and Ronnie Wood. Blue and Lonesome producer Don Was sent a message direct from California, and Watts was also presented with T…

Couple die holding hands after 69 years of marriage

An Illinois couple married for 69 years have died with an hour of each other, family members tell US media.
Isaac Vatkin, 91, was holding the hand of his wife Teresa, 89, as she succumbed to Alzheimer's disease on Saturday, the Daily Herald reported. 
Isaac died 40 minutes later. Family members said they took comfort in knowing they were together at the end.
"You didn't want to see them go," said grandson William Vatkin, "but you couldn't ask for anything more."
"Their love for each other was so strong, they simply could not live without each other," said daughter Clara Gesklin at the couple's joint funeral.
"They were always in love, literally to the end. To the last second," said Rabbi Barry Schechter, who led the service at the Shalom Memorial Funeral Home in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights.
Staff at the local Highland Park Hospital found Mr and Mrs Vatkin unresponsive and breathing shallowly on Saturday and chose to p…