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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Facebook hits two billion users

More than a quarter of the world's population now uses Facebook every month, the social network says. 

"As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially two billion people," founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg posted.

The milestone comes just 13 years after the network was founded by Mr Zuckerberg when he was at Harvard.

Vinywaji Spirits & Cocktail Festival hits Accra

The first annual Vinywaji Spirits & Cocktail festival is to be held at the Cencor Venue -Dzorwulu, on 2nd September 2017. It is the largest Spirits & Cocktail festival in the country. Samples of top-shelf cocktails from both small batch and big name distillers, and tastes from local restaurants top chefs demonstrating their style and skill will be available for you to enjoy.

Pew poll: More people in the world have confidence in Putin than Trump

Donald Trump is the fairly elected leader of the most prominent democracy in the world. Vladimir Putin is an authoritarian with a long record of punishing political allies and suppressing views divergent from his own.

And yet, according to a new Pew survey of citizens in 37 countries around the world, more people have confidence in Putin to "do the right thing regarding world affairs" than say the same about Trump.
 
Now, it's not a huge margin; 27% say they have confidence in Putin while 22% say they have confidence in Trump. Those numbers pale in comparison to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, about whom 42% say they have confidence.
 

NSS To Offer Capacity- Building Workshops For All 2017/2018 Service Persons

The National Service Scheme (NSS) is collaborating with the Africa Internship Academy (AIA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Google Ghana through its Digital Skills Training Partner Wineloya, to organize a 3-day 'Work Integrated Learning Program’ for national service personnel in all ten (10) regions of the country. It is under the sponsorship of Vodafone Ghana and Ecobank Ghana.

Leslie Jones Accuses Ritz-Carlton of Racism: ‘They Don’t Like Black People’

The specter of racism has apparently descended on Leslie Jones' life again.

"Saturday Night Live" alum Jones took to Twitter to complain of her stay at the Ritz-Carlton while hosting the BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, accusing employees of the hotel of racism.

"Wow was such a great night at the BET awards," Jones wrote. "But then had THE WORST STAY @RitzCarlton DO NOT STAY THERE!! THEY DONT LIKE BLACK PEOPLE!!"

BBC’s Global Beats Catches Up with M.anifest in France

The BBC’s global beats program caught up with rapper M.anifest in the French Riviera to find out how his participation in the international music market Midem could help him scale up and gain a global following.

Asked on how much backing is available to local artists, M.anifest amusingly quizzed, ‘What is that? Money? Backing? Ghana Music?’

Nicki Minaj Receives Key to Queens, New York

Nicki Minaj was honored with the key to the city of her hometown, Queens, New York, on Monday. 

Minaj was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, but raised in South Jamaica, Queens, when she was 5. 

The award was presented by borough president Melinda Katz for Minaj's "outstanding career achievements in music." 

World Cup 2018 and 2022: Fifa releases bid 'corruption' report

Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup in 2010, with Russia given the 2018 tournament
Football's world governing body Fifa has released its full report into alleged corruption in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.

It comes after German newspaper Bild published extracts of a leaked copy of the report on Tuesday.

The 2014 report was authored by former Fifa independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia.

Photos: FK Records embraces Afrobeat singer Kelvyn

Ghana/UK – based FK Records in collaboration with FK Media House happily announce the exclusive worldwide signing of singer, songwriter, and live performer, Kelvin Brown (artiste name: Kelvyn). Kelvyn will be joining inspiring singer/songwriter, RC, as part of FK Record’s outstanding team of artists.

Video: Tonto Dikeh's father returns her bride price to her estranged husband, Olakunle Churchill

The marital crisis between Tonto Dikeh and Olakunle Churchill entered a whole new level this past weekend when Churchill went back to Tonto Dikeh's family house to have her bride price refunded.

Churchill's uncle, Bishop Dare led a delegation to meet with Tonto Dikeh's father, Chief Sunny Dikeh in Portharcourt to collect the bride price they paid over a year ago when they held their introduction.

'We are not strippers' say South African prison dancers

One of the dancers whose performance in a South African prison caused uproar on Monday has angrily denied that she and her colleagues were "strippers".

Busi Mahlangu told The Sowetan newspaper that her troupe were "professional street dancers" who had been invited to perform.

Drake Takes Sports Reporter Rosalyn Gold-Onwude as His Date to NBA Awards

Drake couldn't help but brag about his date to the 2017 NBA Awards in New York City.

On Monday night, the 30-year-old rapper hit the red carpet with sports reporter Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, who is often seen on the sidelines at Golden State Warriors games. "My stunning date for the evening," Drake captioned a photo of himself dressed in a white tuxedo next to Gold-Onwude, who sported a skintight orange, strapless dress.

Former NFL player, Ahman Green arrested for allegedly punching his 15-year-old daughter over 'dirty dishes'

Former NFL player Ahman Green, who's the all-time leading rusher for the Green Bay Packers, has been arrested for allegedly punching his 15-year-old daughter over 'dirty dishes.'

He was arrested Monday morning after cops responded to his Wisconsin home at 11:26 AM following a 911 call from a neighbor.

EU fines Google record $2.7 billion in first antitrust case

EU antitrust regulators hit Alphabet unit Google with a record 2.42-billion-euro ($2.7 billion) fine on Tuesday, taking a tough line in the first of three investigations into the company's dominance in searches and smartphones.

It is the biggest fine the EU has ever imposed on a single company in an antitrust case, exceeding a 1.06-billion-euro sanction handed down to U.S. chipmaker Intel in 2009.

Zambia will work closely with Ghana – Lungu to Akufo-Addo

Zambia’s president Edgar Chagwa Lungu has reiterated his commitment to developing strong bilateral ties and exploring areas of co-operation with Ghana.

According to President Lungu, the margin of victory chalked by President Akufo-Addo in the 2016 election “was a true reflection of the confidence the people of Ghana have in your vision, and for that reason, we look forward to working closely with you during your tenure of office.”

Photos: Serena Williams poses nude on the cover of Vanity Fair in her first pregnancy shoot, reveals how she met her fiance

Serena Williams bared her growing baby bump in her first ever pregnancy shoot.

The 35-year-old tennis pro covers the August issue of Vanity Fair, wearing nothing but a skin-toned thong and belly chain for photographer Annie Leibovitz, and opens up about how she met her fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and the baby they are expecting.

Annie~Joy writes: Grab The Advantage When Your Competitors Are Tired! Part 2 #BeInspired1

Listen, your life has been filled with competition right from the very first day your parents decided to reproduce an offspring.

Scientists make us understand that, millions of sperms swim to fertilize one ovule. Further, into a cloth of blood and the final outcome is a baby which is you. This is an evidence that, competition was even set up by GOD the creator. 

Serena Williams: John McEnroe believes she would struggle on men's circuit

Serena Williams disputes John McEnroe's claims that she would struggle to be in the world's top 700 if she was on the men's circuit.

And the male player ranked 701 in the world - Dmitry Tursunov - believes he could beat her.

Speaking to US radio station NPR, seven-time Grand Slam champion McEnroe said of world number one Williams, who has won an Open-era record 23 Grand Slams: "If she played the men's circuit she'd be, like, 700 in the world."

US Supreme Court agrees to hear Trump Muslim ban case

The Supreme Court of the United States says it will allow a partial enforcement of President Donald Trump's ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries and all refugees until it reviews it in October.

The action on Monday was hailed as a win by the right-wing leader, who has insisted the ban is necessary for national security, despite severe criticism that it singles out Muslims in violation of the US constitution.

The justices at the highest US court narrowed the scope of lower court rulings that had completely blocked Trump's March 6 executive order. They also agreed to hear the government's appeals in the cases.

Cosby venue could move to California in sex abuse lawsuit

The stage for Bill Cosby's next legal challenge shifts to California with a hearing scheduled Tuesday to set a trial date in a lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting a teen at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago.

Judy Huth accused the comedian of forcing her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom at the mansion around 1974 when she was 15.

The hearing comes less than two weeks after a Pennsylvania jury deadlocked on criminal charges against Cosby.

Photos: 1.2 billion shillings bridge collapses in Kenya

A section of a bridge that is being constructed at a cost of 1.2 billion shillings in Budalang'i constituency in the county of Busia, Kenya,  has collapsed.

Sigiri bridge which is being constructed by a Chinese company was expected to link several rural areas, markets, schools and hospitals within the constituency.

Nigeria’s Former Minister Oby Ezekwesili is the Premier Guest for Forbes Woman Africa’s “Against The Odds"

Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, Nigeria’s former Education Minister and convener of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign will feature in the first episode of Forbes Woman Africa empowerment TV show – Against The Odds.

The show depicts the journey of some of the most influential women in West and South Africa who have achieved remarkable feats whiles defying the odds.

The highly anticipated women empowerment show, titled: “Against The Odds’’ with Peace Hyde, is set to premier on Friday June 30, on CNBC Africa Channel 410 on DSTV.

Akufo-Addo receives rousing welcome from Ghanaian community in Zambia

President Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday touched down at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Zambia to begin his three-day state visit.

The President left for the southern African country at the invitation of its President Edgar Chagwa Lungu.
 
Nana Akufo-Addo is expected to hold talks with President Lungu aimed at deepening the bilateral ties between the two countries, as well as exploring other areas of mutual benefit.

Bertrand Traore: Lyon sign Chelsea striker for £8.8m

Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore has joined Lyon for £8.8m (10m euros).

The 21-year-old Burkina Faso international, who spent last season on loan at Ajax, has signed a five-year deal with the French side.

Three resign from CNN after Russia story retraction

Three CNN staffers resigned after the network retracted a story tying a top President Trump ally to a Russian investment bank.

Thomas Frank, the author of the story, Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the CNN investigative unit that ran the story and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, have all left CNN, the network reported Monday.

Congo president's daughter charged with corruption in France

French investigators have charged the daughter and son-in-law of Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso with corruption, judicial sources said on Sunday.

Julienne Sassou Nguesso, 50, and her 53-year-old husband Guy Johnson were placed under investigation this week for "money laundering and misuse of public funds", the sources said.