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Manchester United tribute to Nigerian fans killed in Calabar

Manchester United has revealed plans to honour Nigerian football fans who died last week following an accident in the south-eastern city of Calabar. 
The tragedy, which claimed the lives of at least seven people, happened when an electric cable fell on fans watching a Manchester United match on TV. 
The English club tweeted that its players will wear black armbands on Sunday in memory of the victims. 
English football has a large and passionate following in Nigeria.
The high-tension cable fell on a crowded shack which was showing the Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht.
One witnesses said the building had a zinc roof which conducted the electricity to those watching inside.

In addition to the dead, at least 30 people were rushed to hospital by local ambulances. 
Some eyewitnesses said the number of people who died was higher than the official toll of seven.
It is unclear what caused the electric cable to collapse. The BBC understands an investigation into the incident is underw…

Michelle Obama Congratulates Ellen on 20th Anniversary of Coming Out: 'You Have Shown Us What Love Really Means'

Ellen DeGeneres is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her sitcom's coming-out episode with a little help from friends like Oprah Winfrey, Laura Dern and Michelle Obama. According to People.com, Winfrey and Dern - both of whom guest starred in the iconic 1997 episode in which DeGeneres' character came out as gay - stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week to reflect on the moment.
Though Obama couldn't be there to mark the milestone with DeGeneres in person, the former first lady surprised her friend with an emotional video tribute that aired on her Friday show.

"I wish I could be there in person but Barack keeps booking us on all these vacations. In fact, I think we've got a kite-surfing lesson in about five minutes," Obama joked, in a nod to the series of getaways the former president and first lady have taken since leaving office in January (including one with Winfrey!).  "Seriously, Ellen, congratulations on the 20th anniversary of announcin…

Pope Francis arrives in Egypt on historic visit

Pope Francis said violence cannot be committed in the name of God, in a speech at a Muslim-Christian conference in Egypt.
The 80-year-old touched down at Cairo airport on Friday before he was ushered in a car to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Francis is in Egypt on a 27-hour visit to push for dialogue with Muslims and support the country's embattled Christian minority that has suffered a series of attacks.
"Peace alone ... is holy and no act of violence can be perpetrated in the name of God, for it would profane his name," the Catholic pontiff said.
He also warned against rising populism.
"Demagogic forms of populism are on the rise. These certainly do not help to consolidate peace and stability," he told the conference, organised by al-Azhar, the world's foremost Sunni Islamic centre of learning.
"It is essential that we spare no effort in eliminating situations of poverty and exploitation, where extremism more easily takes root, a…

Nastase issues apology for remarks about Serena Williams

Ilie Nastase made an attempt at apologizing for his comments about Serena Williams and his outburst during a Fed Cup match.
The 70-year-old tennis great posted a statement on Facebook a week after he speculated about the skin color of the baby the pregnant Williams is expecting.
"At the press conference I was asked what opinion I had about Serena being pregnant. I then found out for the first time (she was pregnant) and my reaction was spontaneous," said Nastase, who is the captain of Romania's Fed Cup team.
Nastase also said Williams was "one of the greatest players of all times and I know how much work goes into achieving these results."
Williams is black and her fiance, Alexis Ohanian, is white.
Nastase was also criticized for swearing at player Johanna Konta and Britain captain Anne Keothavong during a Fed Cup match. He said he would not try to "defend my words, but I assure you that behind them was my desire to defend the interests of the Romania…

Gambia’s Adama Barrow meets Akufo-Addo

The President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, has paid a working visit to President Akufo-Addo Friday, April 28 at the seat of government, the Flagstaff House, in Accra.
Meant to deepen the ties between Ghana and The Gambia, the visit afforded Mr. Barrow the opportunity to congratulate the Ghanaian for the role he played in peacefully resolving the electoral dispute in The Gambia.
Mr. Akufo-Addo during their interaction assured Mr. Barrow of Ghana’s support in deepening the economic ties between the two countries.
Mr Barrow won the last elections in The Gambia, beating veteran Yahaya Jammeh who had ruled the country for 22 years.
Mr Jammeh refused to give up the seat after losing the polls.
However, with the intervention of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other international bodies, he gave up the seat, paving the way for Barrow to govern the country.

Road diversion at Tema Motorway roundabout

The Ghana Highways Authority (GHA) has announced that there would be temporary road diversions of adjoining roads at the Tema motorway roundabout beginning Sunday April 30, 2017.
This is to enable the contractors working on the Tema motorway roundabout improvements, move into the second phase of the project on the Akosombo to Harbour approach road. 
The GHA has therefore advised motorists to note that all vehicles passing through the Tema Motorway roundabout, from Accra, Akosombo or Aflao moving to Tema Harbour would be diverted to use the hospital road and hospital link road as alternate routes to join the main Harbour road at the Total Filling Station.
The Hospital Road on its part would be used as one way only from the Tema Roundabout to Hospital Link.
According to the GHA, there will be slow movement along the Akosombo-Roundabout Road due to the ongoing road expansion works.
The second phase is expected to last for three months and the GHA has advised the general public, motor…

FDA Orders For Recall Of Adonko Bitters From Ghanaian Market

On Easter Monday, April 17th this year, Angel Group of Companies organised a mega concert at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

After the event, which had artistes like Shatta Wale, Bisa Kdei, Ofori Amponsah and other heavyweight musicians in the country rock thousands of Ghanaians, pictures of drunken event goers went viral on social media platforms. These photos have brought trouble for Angel Group of Companies, manufacturers of the alcoholic beverage and organisers of the event in Kumasi.

Below is an unedited statement from Food and Drugs Authority. The FDA has sanctioned Angel Group of Companies, manufacturers of Adonko Bitters after a concert organized by the Company at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Easter Monday April 17, 2017 left most of the youth passing out as a result of excessive intake of the alcoholic product.

FDA’s investigation confirmed that the criterion for gaining access to the concert was solely on condition that each individual purchased a 750ml bottle of…

Google and Facebook duped in huge 'scam'

Google and Facebook have confirmed that they fell victim to an alleged $100m (£77m) scam.
In March, it was reported that a Lithuanian man had been charged over an email phishing attack against "two US-based internet companies" who were not named at the time.
They had allegedly been tricked into wiring more than $100m to the alleged scammer's bank accounts.
On 27 April, Fortune reported that the two victims were Facebook and Google.
The man accused of being behind the scam, Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, allegedly posed as an Asia-based manufacturer and deceived the companies from at least 2013 until 2015.
"Fraudulent phishing emails were sent to employees and agents of the victim companies, which regularly conducted multimillion-dollar transactions with [the Asian] company," the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said in March.
These emails purported to be from employees of the Asia-based firm, the DOJ alleged, and were sent from email accounts designed to look like th…

Justin Bieber gets new pink sapphire teeth worth $15,000

When you are as rich and carefree as Justin Bieber, you can do anything, including getting a grill made of a combination of pink sapphire and rose gold.

The 23-year-old recently bought himself the grill from his trusted dealer and it cost about $15,000. The mouthpiece was made by Gold Teeth God, a jeweler based in Los Angeles.
Justin had bought jewelry from the company before so he chose them to fashion this new piece for him. Sources revealed that the singer flew to Miami last week to do an impression of his teeth.
The grill, which is a combination of 6 carats of pink sapphire and rose gold, with 6 teeth covered on top and 6 below, took 5 days to make. And from what sources close to the singer say, he really likes his new teeth.

Gold Teeth God shared a video and photo of the unique grill on their Instagram account and described it as a "6x6 rose gold with light pink sapphires". See the video below.
@justinbieber Rose gold 6x6 light pink sapphires ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ A post shar…

Tanzania's President Magufuli sacks 10,000 over fake certificates

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has sacked nearly 10,000 civil servants for having fake education certificates.
He was responding to the release of a government report into fraudulent qualifications in the public sector.
The education minister said that some had been using their relatives' school certificates, while others did not appear on official records at all.
President Magufuli has given those on the list until 15 May to resign or face legal action.
"These people occupied government positions but had no qualifications... they robbed us just like other common criminals," Mr Magufuli said, urging officials to "name and shame" offenders.
"We have been working hard to create new jobs while there are people in government who hold fake degrees," he added. 
He has also asked newspapers to publish the names of everyone on the list.

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Michelle Obama: 'I won't run for office' for my children

Former First Lady Michelle Obama appeared to rule out running for elected office during her first public remarks since leaving the White House.
The Q&A at an architecture convention in Orlando came days after her husband made his first public comments as ex-president at a Chicago university.
Mrs Obama, who left office with a 68% approval rating (10% more than her husband) said "politics is tough."
"It's all well and good until you start running, and then the knives come out."
It's hard on a family, she said. "I wouldn't ask my children to do this again because when you run for higher office, it's not just you. It's your whole family."
But "public service will always be in our blood", she added. 
Although Mrs Obama had played down her political ambitions before, while first lady, this is the first time she has done so since the election campaign, when she was widely viewed as the most effective weapon in the Democratic…

Palestinians highlight prisoners' strike with 'Salt Water Challenge'

Palestinians across the world are posting videos of themselves on social media drinking salt water, as part of a new online challenge intended to draw attention to Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons.
The Salt Water Challenge, as it's called, asks supporters of the hunger strike to express their solidarity in a video before mixing salt in a glass of water and drinking it. Similar to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that went viral in 2014, participants then challenge friends to do the same.

The challenge involves saltwater because that's what the hunger strikers are drinking to stabilize their health while abstaining from food.


More than 1,000 Palestinians in eight Israeli prisons launched a "Hunger Strike for Freedom and Dignity" on April 17 to demand better living conditions and medical treatment. The strike was coordinated by Marwan Barghouti, a high-profile prisoner who enjoys broad support among Palestinians.

An Israeli court convicted…

Disney star Michael Mantenuto found dead at 35

Hollywood actor, Michael Mantenuto died on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the age of 35. Announcing his death,  U.S. Army Col. Guillaume Beaurpere wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday that Mantenuto sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Those of you that knew Mike will remember him for his passionate love for his family and his commitment to the health of the force," he wrote. Mantenuto was a former college hockey player who served in Beaurpere's unit when he enlisted in the Army after his acting career.

He is survived by his wife, Kati Vienneau, and two children, Ava and Leo.

Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life

President Donald Trump on Thursday reflected on his first 100 days in office with a wistful look at his life before the White House.
"I loved my previous life. I had so many things going," Trump told Reuters in an interview. "This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier."
A wealthy businessman from New York, Trump assumed public office for the first time when he entered the White House on Jan. 20 after he defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an upset.
More than five months after his victory and two days shy of the 100-day mark of his presidency, the election is still on Trump's mind. Midway through a discussion about Chinese President Xi Jinping, the president paused to hand out copies of what he said were the latest figures from the 2016 electoral map.
"Here, you can take that, that's the final map of the numbers," the Republican president said from his desk in the Oval Office, handing out maps of…

GLAM AFRICA To Celebrate With The Media

On the heels of its latest edition, which features three of Africa's hottest females, on its cover, Glam Africa will host the Ghanaian media at a classy media Soirée.

The Lifestyle magazine, with distribution across Africa and the diaspora, has maintained a commitment to showcase the best of African Fashion, lifestyle, travel and culture.

The soirée slated for Friday 28th April, will provide an opportunity for the company to interact with top media practitioners, bloggers, media interns and students.

The event would be an exhibition of Ghanaian art, on the backdrop of good music, cocktails and food, interspersed with quality networking.

The event which will hold at the Untamed Empire Concept Store- Ridge, will also be the official unveiling of Glam Africa's new cover, which features Ghanaian actress and producer, Yvonne Okoro. Glam Africa has promised a relaxing time, to celebrate Ghana's hardworking media fraternity

Glam Africa is dynamic media company operating in G…

Journalists, Authors, Heads Of Public Institutions Rally Behind Raising Readers’ Initiative

Journalists, authors, child advocates and head of public institutions have declared their support for raising readers’ initiative by Tigo Shelter for Education and Raising Readers Ghana, which aims to highlight the importance of reading, especially with young children in deprived communities.

The first community reading, which comes off this Saturday, 29th April 2017 will witness journalists and bloggers including Michael Oti-Adjei, Ameyaw Debrah, Betty Baisiwa Dowuona-Hammond, Francis Abban and Anita Erskine, reading with children in a four-hour session at Bukom Park in Accra.
They will be joined by Tigo employees, the former Minister for Sports and Member of Parliament of Odododiodio Constituency, Nii Lantey Vandepuije, head of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Josephine Nkrumah, among others.“Raising Readers initiative is definitely one career-changing experience for me as an author of children’s literature. It’s a lifetime opportunity to meet and inte…

Beyoncé Just Birthed the Most Hilarious Meme With This Candid Restaurant Photo

A photo of Beyoncé ordering food at a restaurant became an instantly iconic meme overnight.
On Wednesday night, the Lemonade singer took to Instagram to post a mini-photo album of pictures from a night on the town that had everything including her outfit, her accessories, flowers, and fashion photos showing off her baby bump. But most importantly, it had a photo showing the artist speaking to an attentive server while she was pointing to a menu.


A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Apr 26, 2017 at 2:57pm PDT
The candid photo became instantly iconic as the internet went all meme on it with funny captions that imagined Beyoncé's instructions for the server.
Beyoncé just knows her way around the internet. Bless her for elevating the dinner order to an art form and spawning endless hilarious-but-reverent possibilities like most things she does.
See below for a sampling of the best takes.
Beyoncé: No, Blue has her own money. pic.twitter.com/0QAZ6oV83y — Bishop Petty (@_KingBlack90) A…

Trump praises China's Xi over handling of North Korea

Donald Trump has praised China's President Xi Jinping for his handling of North Korea, calling him "a very good man" who loves his country.
The US president told Reuters he would like to solve the crisis diplomatically but that it was "difficult" and a "major, major conflict" was possible.
He also said it had been "very hard" for Kim Jong-un to take over North Korea at such a young age.
The UN Security Council is meeting to discuss North Korea on Friday.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said China has told the US it will impose sanctions on North Korea if it conducts further nuclear tests.
Shortly after being elected, Mr Trump had accused China of not doing enough to rein in North Korea, and suggested the US could take unilateral action.
But in a wide-ranging interview with Reuters from the Oval Office, Mr Trump - who met Mr Xi earlier this month - said the Chinese president "certainly doesn't want to see turmoil and dea…

Photos: Girl Talk March Birthday Hangout With Ghanaian Actress Ahoufe Patri

The Vitamilk Girl Talk Monthly Birthday for the month of March was held over the weekend at Jamrock Restaurant and Grill, located at East Legon. 30 ladies, who celebrates their birthdays in the month of March and randomly selected off the social media pages of Girl Talk, got to hang out with actress Ahuofe Patri.

Dubbed, ‘The Jamaican Experience’, had the ladies dancing and tapping their feet to some good reggae music. The amazing moment came when Ahonfe Patri entered the place with then thought of meeting up with someone for business only to be welcomed with the shout ‘Happy Birthday’ by the ladies and the Girl Talk team.

The ladies took turn to interact with her and ask questions about her career and personality. Jamrock then treated them to some special Jamaican cocktails and cuisine. The ladies had a little photoshoot session and later sat down to engage in a conversation of various topical issues which helped them to get to know each other.

A cake designed in the colo…

India bans 22 social media sites

Authorities in India have banned 22 social media sites in an effort to calm tensions in a disputed region, after videos depicting the alleged abuse of Kashmiris by Indian forces fueled protests. The government said that the one-month ban was necessary for public safety because social media was being "misused by anti-national and anti-social elements.
It's being felt that continued misuse of social networking sites and instant messaging services is likely to be detrimental to the interests of peace and tranquility in the stat".

An official with Kashmir's state-owned telecom company, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd., said engineers were still working on shutting down the 22 sites, including Facebook and Twitter, but so far had been unable to do so without freezing the internet across the Himalayan region.

Meanwhile, 3G and 4G cellphone service has been suspended for more than a week, but slower 2G service is still available

Macedonia parliament stormed by protesters in Skopje

Protesters stormed into Macedonia's parliament on Thursday after an ethnic Albanian was elected as speaker.
A brawl broke out injuring at least 10 people, including the Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev, who was left with blood pouring down his face.
The protesters, supporters of ex-Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's VMRO party, are demanding new elections. 
Politics in the former Yugoslav republic has been deadlocked since an inconclusive election in December.
But the crisis goes back further, to a phone-tapping scandal two years ago.
Mr Zaev has created a coalition with ethnic Albanian parties, but his attempts to form a government have been blocked by the president. 
Macedonian nationalists have been protesting on the streets since Mr Zaev tried to form the coalition.
Ethnic Albanians make up around a quarter of the country's population.
The people who stormed parliament were angered by the coalition's decision to elect Talat Xhaferi as speaker.
They fear moves to improve …

Former US President, John F. Kennedy's diary sells for over $700k

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, a diary with John F. Kennedy's unedited inner thoughts on politics and his personal beliefs was sold at a Boston auction for $718,750. The 61-page diary includes both handwritten and typed pages, which are bound in a black leather binder. Kennedy kept the diary during his brief time as a journalist in the summer of 1945. 
He was working as a reporter for the Hearst newspaper company, a job his father, Ambassador Joseph Kennedy, arranged and after covering the opening session of the United Nations in San Francisco that May, he went abroad to cover post-war Europe.

According to Bobby Livingston, spokesperson at RR Auction, which handled the sale, "this exceptional diary sheds light on a side of John F. Kennedy seldom explored and confirms America's enduring sense that he was one of the most qualified, intelligent, and insightful commanders-in-chief in American history".

US To Deport 7000 Ghanaians – Ambassador

About 7,000 Ghanaians living illegally in the United States of America are being processed for deportation, US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P Jackson has told local media.
“In fact about 7,000 of them are currently at different stages of the deportation process. And we are not apologetic about that,” Mr Jackson said in the Brong Ahafo Region on Thursday, 27 April.
Shortly after Mr Donald Trump won the American election on Wednesday, 9 November 2016, Mr Jackson told Class91.3FM’s Atiewin Mbillah-Lawson in an interview at the time, at the American Embassy in Accra that Ghanaians who have overstayed their visas in the US must be concerned because the new administration will ask them to “depart.

“One thing that I do think that Ghanaians need to be aware of is, I think the president-elect, as I mentioned, is likely to be more rigid about illegal immigration. We have a lot of Ghanaians who have overstayed their visas in the U.S. and I think that they need to be concerned about wh…