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Craig David's comeback album tops chart

Craig David has scored his first number one album for 16 years.

The singer's sixth studio album, his first since 2010, outsold its nearest rival - Bon Iver's 22, A Million - by 4,500 copies.

David said: "Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. I don't know what's going on right now."

He described scoring the second number one album of his career with Following My Intuition as "the most amazing feeling".

David had last hit the top spot with Born To Do It in 2000.

"I'm seeing two generations connecting - the people who have been with me since 1999 and the crew who are just discovering me, both connecting on the same music," he said.

All of the top four albums this week were new entries. Top five albums

Artist                       Title1) Craig David         Following My Intuition2) Bon Iver        22, A Million3) The Shires         My Universe4) Van Morrison        Keep Me Singing5) Radiohead       A Moon Shaped Pool
My Universe by The…

FIFA WC Qualifier: Ghana 0-0 Uganda

The Black Stars of Ghana failed to score against the Cranes of Uganda in the 2018 World Cup qualifier on Friday at the Tamale Sports Stadium.

Despite the Black Stars playing at home the game was balanced till the first half ended goalless with the two sides maintaining their starting line-ups.

After recess the pendulum kept on swinging from left to right with the host gaining more possession than the guest.

Coach Avram Grant wanting to change his game quickly introduced midfielder Agyemang Badu for injured Afriyie Acquah with the pressure tilting towards the Cranes.

In the last fifteen minutes of play chances upon chances came the way of the Black Stars but all were wasted with the Ugandan’s custodian Onyango preventing any goal in his post.

With ten minutes to end the game Ghana introduced another striker in the person of Majeed Warris for Christian Atsu with the tempo of the game changing but the scoreline never changed.

Captain Asamoah Gyan got a free kick in the last three mi…

Tiger Woods: Former world No. 1 sets date for return to competitive golf

Tiger Woods officially committed to play in his first tournament in more than a year, the PGA Tour announced on Friday. Woods announced last month that he was targeting next week’s Safeway Open in Napa, Calif., to end a 14-month layoff after multiple back procedures. Woods had until Friday to remove his name from the roster of players for the Tour's 2016-17 season-opening event.
The 14-time major champ hasn’t played a competitive round of a PGA Tour event since Wyndham Championship in August 2015.

Woods, 40, has 79 Tour victories on his resume, the last coming at the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Woods underwent two surgeries on his back last fall.

Woods said last month that he has been “smart about my recovery and didn't rush it.” He also said he aimed to pay two other tournaments by year’s end: Turkish Airlines Open, Nov. 3-6, in Antalya, Turkey, and the Hero World Challenge, Dec. 1-4, at Albany in the Bahamas.

“My rehabilitation is to the point where I'm comfor…

World Cup 2018: Big names seek redemption as qualifying starts

Nigeria and South Africa are among the big names aiming to put aside Africa Cup of Nations disappointment and make a strong start to 2018 World Cup qualifying.
The Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana will be notable absentees from next year's Nations Cup finals in Gabon.
Both are former African champions and will want to seek redemption by filling two of the five African places at the next World Cup in Russia.

Five four-team mini-leagues will decide the African entrants, with the winners of each booking their place.
Five-time World Cup qualifiers Nigeria have a tough task after being placed with Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia.
They kick off their campaign against Zambia on Sunday and have already been warned by the opposition that they will not finds it easy.
 This weekend's African qualifiers for 2018 World Cup (all times BST)
Ghana v Uganda - Group E (16:30, Fri)      Senegal v Cape Verde - Group D (21:00, Sat)Gabon v Morocco - Group C (16:00, Sat)       Zambia v Nigeria - Group B …

Actor David Oyelowo calls for UK film diversity

British actor David Oyelowo has said he moved to the US because of the lack of opportunity for black actors in the UK. 
Speaking at the BFI London Film Festival's Black Star Symposium, the Selma star issued a plea for a more diverse industry.
His comments came as British Film Institute research revealed that 59% of UK films in the last decade had no black actors in any role.
It also found that 13% of UK films had a black actor in a leading role.

Oyelowo, whose latest film A United Kingdom opened the BFI London Film Festival this week, said the only way to achieve diversity in the UK film industry was if the "demographics of the decision makers changes".
He said: "The odd token thrown, the odd bone given is not going to do it.
"Don't pat yourself on the back because you made that black drama. Bully for you. That's not diversity. It's got to be baked into the foundation of where the ideas flow from."
'Felt abandoned' Oyelowo, who now lives …

Jay Z producing Richard Pryor biopic and Lee Daniels is back on board

Jay Z is one busy man and on Thursday he announced his next project.  The rapper is producing The Weinstein Company's Richard Pryor biopic. "[Pryor's] story is an American story," Jay Z said at a press conference for his new Spike TV docuseries about Kalief Browder. "You'll understand how many lives he's touched. I mean, from every single comedian to rappers like Biggie Smalls." Harvey Weinstein told CNN that despite reports that director Lee Daniels had backed out of the project, he's totally on board.  "No, Lee Daniels will be directing it," Weinstein said. "I believe Lee Daniels is way in and never wanted to be out. Jay got involved a few months ago but we were working on our deal and couldn't announce it. But I think it'll be on the fast track now." The film is set to star Mike Epps as Pryor, Oprah Winfrey as his grandmother, and Kate Hudson as his widow.  "I hope we can shoot it in January, February at th…

UDS lecturer found dead in his room

A renowned doctor and a professor at the University for Development Studies has been found dead in his room Thursday.

The lifeless body of Dr. Soore, a lecturer with the Psychiatric Department at the Nyankpala campus of the university was found inside his room at his residence at Kunye villa, Tamale.

Starr News gathered that Dr. Soore locked himself up in the room and was found dead by those who forced the door open after repeated knocks without any response.

An official of the University but resident of the late professor's residence told Starr News that he went inside his room and failed to come out for three days.

He added that nothing suggested the late professor was murdered.

Authorities of the University have confirmed the tragedy but parried questions for details.

There is no official statement from the University yet.

The body of the lecturer has since been conveyed to the Tamale Teaching Hospital morgue after police came to the scene to initiate an investigation.

Details …

Naomie Harris begs Daniel Craig to remain as James Bond

Daniel Craig should stay on as 007 and make a fifth James Bond film, according to Moneypenny actress Naomie Harris.
"He's an extraordinary actor and I think he's the best modern Bond that we have had and I desperately want him back," she said. "Come back Daniel!"
The Skyfall star made the comments at a London Film Festival screening of Moonlight, an Oscar-tipped US drama in which she plays a drug-addicted mother.
Harris shot the film while promoting Spectre, her most recent Bond outing.

"Of course I want to be back with Daniel, I started with Daniel," the actress told reporters on Thursday.
"When I was nervous on my first day, it was Daniel who calmed my nerves."
With Craig yet to commit to another Bond film, speculation is mounting as to which actor might replace him.
Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and James Norton are among those being touted as his replacement.
 Last month, one of the series' executive producers said the role of Ian Flem…

Zoe Tate: Ex-Emmerdale actress has terminal cancer

The actress who played Emmerdale's Zoe Tate has announced she has terminal lung cancer. Leah Bracknell starred in the ITV series, set in the Yorkshire Dales, from 1989 to 2005.
Her character was known for storylines which raised awareness about mental health and LGBT issues.
Ms Bracknell, who is now a yoga instructor, shared her diagnosis on an internet fundraising page set up to raise money for treatment in Germany.
As of Friday afternoon, more than £35,000 of the £50,000 target had been raised.

On the fundraising page 52-year-old Leah, who is known to her family as Ali, said she had been teaching yoga workshops and starting rehearsals for a comedy play before she received the news.
"It turns out that the universe had other plans. Life was about to be unexpectedly turned on its head," she said.
"I began to feel breathless climbing stairs... I just put it down to a bit of stress.
"My abdomen suddenly ballooned - and within a matter of a few days I looked heavily …

First for the US Army, as a male soldier weds his groom on base

Sergeant Alastair Smith, 36, of the 2nd Battalion ‘The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment’, married civilian Aaron Weston on British forces territory in Dhekilia, Cyprus, becoming the first gay couple to get married on a British military base overseas.

 According to reports, this is not just the first gay wedding on a British military base overseas, it is also understood to be one of the first ever at a UK army base.

The wedding – which took place on September 10 - was approved and officiated by Air Vice Marshal Mike Wigston, the commander and administrator of the Army's sovereign base area.

According to an Army lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender website, Sgt Smith was previously married to a woman, with whom he had children. He was described as an assistant intelligence officer in Cyprus.

Speaking about the ceremony, Sgt Smith said:
'As well as having the great honour of being able to serve in an Infantry Battalion in the British Army, it's also an honour to…

Lady Gaga: Clips from new album 'leak' on Amazon

Snippets of Lady Gaga's new album Joanne have been shared online after fans "tricked" Amazon's virtual assistant into playing preview clips.
Previews can commonly be heard on Amazon when an album is available for pre-order, but they had been disabled for Gaga's highly-anticipated comeback.
Owners of Amazon's Echo speaker then discovered they could access songs by issuing the instruction: "Play Joanne by Lady Gaga."

Amazon declined to comment to the BBC.
The 30-second clips have been recorded and shared online by several fans, with one video showing Amazon's speaker lighting up and responding to the voice commands.
Among the leaked songs are Hey Girl, in which Gaga duets with Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine over a stomping, staccato piano line reminiscent of Elton Johns's Benny and the Jets.
Just Another Day is a country ballad about the star's break-up with fiance Taylor Kinney, in which she sings: "We both know I could …

Neymar bloodied and battered as he's forced off field in World Cup qualifier (photos)

Barcelona footballer Neymar was on the receiving end of an elbow from a Bolivian defender on Thursday night which left him bloodied and bruised as he was forced off the field in Brazil's 5-0 win over Bolivia. Medics rushed onto the field to try to stop the streaming of blood from Neymar, but the gash proved too big, forcing the talisman to withdraw from the match.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu 'wants right to assisted death'

South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu has revealed that he wants to have the option of an assisted death.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate and anti-apartheid campaigner said that he did "not wish to be kept alive at all costs", writing in the Washington Post newspaper on his 85th birthday. 
Mr Tutu came out in favour of assisted dying in 2014, without specifying if he personally wanted to have the choice.

He was hospitalised last month for surgery to treat recurring infections.
"I hope I am treated with compassion and allowed to pass on to the next phase of life's journey in the manner of my choice," Mr Tutu wrote.
"Regardless of what you might choose for yourself, why should you deny others the right to make this choice?
"For those suffering unbearably and coming to the end of their lives, merely knowing that an assisted death is open to them can provide immeasurable comfort."
There is no specific legislation in South Africa governing assisted…

Player Caught Having Sex In Toilet

All Blacks star Aaron Smith has offered a tearful apology after a couple heard him having sex in a disabled bathroom with a female friend.

Smith has been suspended by the All Blacks for this weekend’s Test in South Africa and has flown home to New Zealand.

‘I’ve made a huge mistake, a huge error in judgement,’ a visibly shaken Smith said. ‘I’d personally like to say a huge sorry to my partner Teagan, her family, my family… also sorry to my team-mates and the New Zealand fans.’

‘My behaviour is unacceptable and if you could respect me and my partner in this situation…’I’m just trying to get home to deal with this. Thank you.’

The couple told they heard ‘rhythmic tapping noises’ coming from a cubicle in Christchurch airport as they stood outside after seeing him and the woman entering within 30 seconds of each other.

One of the witnesses said their young son did not know what was happening but it was ‘obvious’ what was unfolding.

They said the pair were inside the bathroom f…

Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize

Colombia president, Juan Manuel Santos has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace prize. Santos was recognized for his efforts to end the 52 years of war with FARC rebels in his country.

Nominated for this years Nobel Peace Prize were Pope Francis, The Syrian White Helmets, German Chancellor Angela Merkel; Congolese gynecologist Doctor Denis Mukwege, Jean Nacatche Banyere,

Jeannette Kahindo Bindu - a DRC group working with survivors of sexual violence; Russian activist Svetlana Gannushkina; the people who negotiated the Iranian nuclear deal; whistleblower Edward Snowden; and Greek islanders who work to help refugees when they arrive from perilous journeys across the Mediterranean.

Chris Brown is on his way to Kenya

R&B singer, Chris Brown is currently on his way to Kenya for the Mombasa Rocks gig, which holds on Saturday, October 8, at the Mombasa Golf Club. The singer posted a photo on Instagram where he is seen boarding a private jet.

I Will Ban Women From Attending All-Night Service When Am Elected – Akua Donkor

Flagbearer of the Ghana Freedom Party(GFP), Madam Akua Donkor says she will stop women from attending all-night service in their churches when she is elected into office as the President of Ghana.
According to her, women are supposed to stay home and attend to the needs of their husbands; hence it is wrong for them to neglect those duties and spend the whole night in church.
“As a woman, you are supposed to take care of the home and your husband. Women are supposed to be submissive; the man is the head of the family and that is what the Bible says. You cannot leave your duties at home and spend the whole day in church; going to all-night and so on. If you are going with your husband, that is ok but you cannot leave your husband alone…women will stop attending all-night when I come into office. Why should you spend the whole night in church when your husband is alone in the house…?” she queried.

Akua Donkor made these remarks when she appeared on UTV’s Adekye Nsroma with her ru…

Nobel Peace Prize 2016: Winner to be revealed

The winner of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize is set to be announced later in Norway's capital, Oslo.
The winner of the prestigious award has been selected from a list of 376 candidates - 228 are individuals and 148 are organisations.
However, who or what they are is meant to be kept closely guarded secret.
Despite this, a list of front-runners has emerged - including Syria's White Helmets, and the negotiators of the Iran nuclear deal.

A number of less obvious suggestions to win the prize have also been rumoured, including Donald Trump for his "vigorous peace through strength ideology".
Syria's White Helmets, volunteers who pull victims from bombed buildings in the war-torn country, appear to be the public's favourite choice. A petition backing them for the prize has more than 304,000 signatures.
 But the committee is known for defying expectations.
Last year, the prize went to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, a group lauded for helping their country…

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Michael Buble to host the Brit Awards ceremony in 2017

Michael Buble has confirmed he is going to be the new host of the Brit Awards, starting with the 2017 ceremony.
"I belong to the UK. They made me," he told BBC News.
"So to be honoured by being asked to do something like the Brits, it's a privilege, it really is."
Although Buble has been nominated for a Brit three times, he has yet to pick up one of the prizes himself - although he has won numerous Grammy and Juno awards.

 "It's a huge honour for me to host such a big night in music," the Canadian singer told The Sun.
"Even though I didn't grow up as a Brit I've always been well aware of the Brit Awards and their impact globally.
"As a fan of music this is the perfect gig. I'm very much looking forward to February and celebrating the success stories of a great year in music."
Brits boss and Sony Music chairman Jason Iley said: "This is a huge coup for the Brit Awards and we are delighted to announce Michael as our …

Black Stars receive yams, cow ahead of Uganda clash

Black Stars players and officials have been presented with over 100 tubers of yam and a bull after they paid a courtesy call on the chief of Tamale, Gulikpe Naa at his Palace Thursday.

The national team is billed to face Uganda on Friday in a World Cup qualifier in Tamale.

As custom demands, the entire team honored the ritual of visiting the highly respected chief prior to their international match in the Northern region.

The traditional ruler took the opportunity to offer spiritual support to the team ahead of the must-win game against the Cranes.

Football lovers and the people of Tamale are expected to throw their weight behind the team ahead of the crucial clash.

Ghana defeated Togo 3-1 the last time they played at the Tamale Sports Stadium.

The team meanwhile held its final training session at the Stadium this afternoon.

E! Halts Production on ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ Following Paris Robbery

Following Kim Kardashian West’s robbery at gunpoint in Paris, production on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” has been shut down, Variety has learned.
“Kim’s well-being is our core focus right now. No decision has been made as to when production will resume,” a spokesperson for E! tells Variety.

Cameras had been rolling for Season 13 of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” as the E! juggernaut is typically filming, following the famous family’s lives. The show returns on Oct. 23, and the premiere date will not be moved, in light of production temporarily stopping.

Production stopping comes after Kardashian West was held at gunpoint by masked men in her Paris hotel, on Monday around 3 a.m. The reality star was bound at her hands and feet and locked in a bathroom, while the robbers stole more than $10 million of jewelry and other valuables, including cell phones. Her husband, Kanye West, was alerted of the emergency during a concert, which he abruptly ended to tend to his wife an…

Nduom suspends campaign over Eva Lokko’s death

Flagbearer of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom has suspended his campaign following the death of Eva Lokko.
Ms Lokko, who was the PPP Vice Presidential candidate in the 2012 elections passed on after battling illness for three weeks.
In a post on his Facebook wall, Dr Nduom said he will take a break from the campaign, adding “the scheduled broadcast I was to make to the nation this Saturday cannot happen.”
He adds, “I need a few days off. There’s more to life than politics.”

Until her death  the former Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) was a vociferous female voice in Ghana's politics having been named a vice presidential candidate of the Progressive People's Party in the 2012 elections.
With the party in desperate search for a seat in Parliament, Ms Lokko was named the Parliamentary aspirant of the PPP in the Klottey Korle constituency for the 2016 elections
Though not a front runner, Ms Lokko was billed to give the New P…

Kim Kardashian returns home to California with North, Saint and Kris Jenner after Paris robbery incident

Mother of 2 Kim Kardashian who was robbed at gunpoint in her hotel room in Paris, her children, Saint and North West and her mum Kris Jenner were seen getting off a private plane in Van Nuys, CA earlier Thursday as they returned to their home in Calabasas, California. A source close to the family told PEOPLE:

'Kim is happy to return home with the kids. Kanye is coming back to L.A. and then resuming his tour tomorrow while his family stays in L.A'. 
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Whoopi Goldberg Remembers Robin Williams: ‘He Was My Big Brother’

Friends and family of Robin Williams gathered in New York City on Wednesday night to honor the late comedian and to mark the opening of a new acting center that bears his name.
“I think of him as my brother,” said Whoopi Goldberg, who partnered with Williams and Billy Crystal on a series of Comic Relief fundraising specials. “He was my big brother and the funniest person that I knew, and anybody that dared to be as free as he did, has a shot to be as good as he was. That’s the legacy. He dares you to be as good if you can be as free.”

Goldberg was joined at the event by Crystal, as well as Hank Azaria, Bonnie Hunt, Carol Kane, Marlo Thomas, Phil Donahue, and Barry Levinson, who directed Williams to an Oscar nomination in “Good Morning, Vietnam.”

Crystal told reporters that the occasion was a bittersweet one. He noted that that the center, which is sponsored by the SAG-AFTRA foundation, will offer free educational programming to more than 40,000 performers.

“We miss him terribly…

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are back together

Jennifer Lopez and her ex husband, Marc Anthony are back together but only professionally. The couple who ended their seven year marriage five years ago announced therough their respective companies that they will be working together.
Marc Anthony's Magnus Media which he created in 2015 and Sony Music Latin announced Thursday that they have entered a new business deal with Lopez. The companies will be developing and producing Lopez's upcoming Spanish language album.
According to E! News, Anthony will serve as the collection's executive producer, and his company will also "provide consulting services to J. Lo in the areas of marketing, content development, and touring specifically for the Hispanic market".

J. Lo in a statement said:  
"I am so excited and really looking forward to this new musical journey and to celebrate my Latin roots with Marc Anthony and the Sony/Magnus family."
While Marc Anthony said: "It is an honor to welcome Jennifer t…

‘Error Of Leadership’ Is Cause Of Ghana’s Woes – Pastor Otabil

An ‘error of leadership’ committed by Ghanaians, especially Christians is the main cause of the numerous problems facing the country, Pastor Mensah Otabil has said.
The Pastor and motivational speaker argues that persons who have no business being in business are now at the helms of affairs in the country and are making decisions for persons who know better and have proven beyond every reasonable doubt to be great performers.
“The problem of Africa is because folly is set in dignity and the wise have been reduced to nothing. People who have no business telling anybody anything shoot their mouths everyday and people who have something to say shut up every day and the rest look on”, he said during a recent sermon.

The current happenings, he said, are akin to the parable of Jotham in the Book of Judges when the olive, fig and vine trees which are of much economic value in Israel’s society declined to be the king of trees. Bramble, which is a shrub and has thorns all around it of…

Chrissy Teigen clapsback at fan who insulted her husband, John Legend

Chrissy Teigen who made her twitter account private earlier in the week due to people she tagged as, 'trolls', clapped back at another troll who said she could do better than having John Legend as her husband. 

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