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Obama grants 79 prison sentence commutations

President Barack Obama reduced the sentences of another 79 federal prisoners by exercising his commutation power, the White House said on Tuesday, bringing to more than 1,000 the number of prisoners whose sentences were commuted under Obama.
The prisoners are mainly non-violent drug offenders, a group the White House had hoped to reach through criminal justice reform bills that have stalled in Congress.

Obama, with the help of pro-bono lawyers and the Justice Department, announced in 2014 that he would use clemency and commutation powers to right the wrong of sentences he saw as overly harsh and unfit of the crime.

"While we are continuing to push for criminal justice reform, and that important piece of business remains unfinished, I'm pleased to say the president has not just met but exceeded what he set out to do in 2014 by reinvigorating the clemency project," said White House Counsel Neil Eggleston.

Eggleston said the vast majority of the more than 1,000 prison…

NDP chairman killed in accident following Nana Konadu's convoy

A constituency chairman of an opposition party NDP, has been killed in an accident as he followed the convoy of the party's presidential candidate and former First lady Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings.
Isaac Mensah Afedzi who is the Offinso NDP constituency chairman died on the spot on the Techiman-Kumasi road in the Brong Ahafo region, Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NDP Mr. Owusu-Ansah confirmed.
The vehicle in which he travelled on along with others crashed head long into another vehicle.

Eight other persons sustained various degrees of injuries and are currently receiving treatment at the Holy Family Hospital in Techiman.
According to the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NDP, Mrs Rawlings has already left the constituency for the Western Region.
Family of the deceased has since been notified of his unfortunate demise.

Ellen DeGeneres forgot to bring ID to White House

White House security doesn't fool around when it comes to requiring guests to provide photo identification. Ellen DeGeneres just found that out the hard way.
"They haven't let me into the White House yet because I forgot my ID," the comedian tweeted Tuesday afternoon from Lafayette Square.  "Not joking."

They haven't let me in to the White House yet because I forgot my ID. — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) November 22, 2016Well, how else can they make sure it's really Ellen and not, say, Kate McKinnon from Saturday Night Live?

She finally got in about an hour later, just in time to do the mannequin challenge with some of the other attendees for this afternoon's Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony, which is Barack Obama's last before leaving office. I'm in. — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) November 22, 2016 In addition to DeGeneres, the final group…

Inside Kanye West’s Breakdown: Rapper Feels Like ‘He’s Under Spiritual Attack,’ Source Says

Kanye West was hospitalized for exhaustion on Monday, and a source tells PEOPLE he “feels like he’s under spiritual attack.”
Hours after West, 39, canceled the remaining 21 dates of his Saint Pablo tour, the rapper went to the hospital following the advice of his doctor, a source says.

“He is exhausted and currently dealing with sleep deprivation. He went to the hospital at will under the advise of his physician. He’s fine,” a source previously confirmed to PEOPLE.

In the wake of his wife Kim Kardashian West being held at gunpoint and robbed of millions of dollars worth of jewelry on Oct. 3, the musician and clothing designer is “in a very reflective place right now.”

“He feels like he’s under spiritual attack, and has been for awhile. It’s not just the big things; it’s smaller, quieter things, internal things. You might think that it’s about Kim’s robbery, and while that didn’t help, that’s not what’s going on here. He’s dealing with a lot more subtle issues,” the source tells…

Australian Government crowns Emmanuella Princess of comedy

Nigerian Comedienne Little Emmanuella is unstoppable.She has been crowned the Princess of Comedy by the Australian Government while Uncle Mark Angel was Honoured with a leadership Award.

Emmanuel becomes the youngest recipients of the Afro -Australia Music & Movie Awards (AAMMA).The youngster was given to her in Sydney, Australia. She won 2 awards – Best new comedienne & Princess of Comedy.

The AAMMA AWARDS was established by Scrim Entertainment (owned by Daniel Okoduwa) to celebrate artists of African origin irrespective of borders or national identities.

Other recipients in the past includes Hollywood icon Vivica A Fox, Ramsey Nouah , Anne Kansiime , Desmond Elliot, Pascal Atuma , TUFACE Idibia , John Dumelo , Mercy Johnson , Monalisa Chinda, Awilo Longomba , Emerson Bockarie, Jimmy B, Ejike Asiegbu and many others . The organisers described the talent of Emmanuella as simply phenomenal

Mark Angel Comedy Won Best Subsaharan Channel In The Just Conclude Youtube Awards.

Trump won’t pursue case against Clinton, Conway says

President-elect Donald Trump has decided that he won't seek criminal investigations related to former rival Hillary Clinton’s private email server or her family foundation, his campaign manager said Tuesday.
Trump’s apparent decison, conveyed by campaign manager Kellyanne Conway in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,’’ is a change from his campaign rhetoric, in which he issued incendiary calls for a special prosecutor to reopen the FBI’s closed investigation of Clinton’s use of a private server while secretary of state and had also urged investigations of allegations of corruption at the Clinton Foundation. He nicknamed the Democratic nominee “Crooked Hillary” and encouraged chants of “Lock her up!” at his rallies.

Trump’s decision to pursue or not pursue a criminal investigation from the Oval Office would be an extraordinary break with political and legal protocol, which holds that the attorney general and FBI make decisions on whether to conduct investigations and fil…

Kim Kardashian Skips Angel Ball in N.Y.C. Amid Kanye West Hospitalization

Kim Kardashian West skipped the Angel Ball in New York City on Monday, the same day her husband Kanye West was hospitalized in Los Angeles for exhaustion.
The Angel Ball would have been Kardashian West’s first public appearance since the Paris heist on Oct. 3, when she was tied up, gagged, held at gunpoint and robbed of millions of dollars of jewelry in her No Address Hotel apartment.

Her sisters Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian as well as momager Kris Jenner were in attendance at the black-tie event that honored the late Robert Kardashian. Also at their table were Corey Gamble and Jonathan Cheban. 
The Angel Ball, which was held at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York, celebrates individuals who have made significant humanitarian and philanthropic contributions in support of cancer research.

Despite protesters who were outside the event shouting at the family for wearing fur, Kourtney, Khloé and Jenner walked the red carpet before heading inside to the event 45 minutes after it b…

James Corden to Host Grammy Awards (EXCLUSIVE)

James Corden will host the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, Variety has learned.
The star of “The Late Late Show” on CBS, which broadcasts the yearly music-awards show, Corden will take over Grammy-hosting duties from hip-hop artist and “NCIS: Los Angeles” star LL Cool J, who departs after a five-year run. Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” segment on “The Late Late Show” has featured some of music’s biggest stars, including Adele, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Sir Elton John and Justin Bieber.

“Thanks to ‘Carpool Karaoke,’ we’ve all been on some incredible rides with James, and The Recording Academy couldn’t be more excited to welcome his passion and enthusiasm for music, both as an entertainer and a fan, to the Grammy stage on February 12,” said Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow. “He’s got big shoes to fill after the magnificent run we had with LL Cool J, but James Corden is a commanding, dynamic showman who, we believe, is perfect to host the Grammy Awards.”

Corden added, “I …

Malawi 'hyena man' Eric Aniva sentenced to two years hard labour

An HIV-positive Malawian man has been sentenced to 24 months in jail with hard labour for having unprotected sex with newly bereaved widows.
The practice of "widow cleansing", when a widow must have sex after her husband dies, was outlawed a few years ago.
Eric Aniva, known in Malawi as a "hyena", admitted to the BBC to having sex with more than 100 women and girls and not disclosing his HIV status.

This led to President Peter Mutharika ordering his arrest in July.
Mr Mutharika had wanted Aniva tried for defiling young girls, but none came forward to testify against him.
Instead, he was tried for "harmful cultural practice" under section five of Malawi's Gender Equality Act, for having sex with new widows.
Two women testified against him.
Aniva's lawyer, Michael Goba Chipeta, said he would appeal against the conviction and the sentence. 
The case has attracted international media attention and sharply divided opinion as to how widespread the practic…

Referees suspended by Caf for 'poor performance'

Two referees and one assistant referee have been suspended for three months by the Confederation of African Football after poor performances in 2018 World Cup qualifiers in November.
Ghanaian Joseph Lamptey incorrectly awarded South Africa a penalty in their 2-1 win over Senegal.

Kenyan referee Davies Omweno denied Libya what was a valid goal in their 1-0 defeat by Tunisia.
His assistant, Berhe O'Michael of Eritrea, had wrongly flagged offside.
Caf also warned the other assistant referee in the match, Rwanda's Theogene Ndagijimana.
Public shaming of the match officials is highly unusual in international football.
World governing body Fifa and its European counterpart Uefa, for example, maintain policies of never commenting publicly on the performances of referees and linesmen.
But Caf said in a statement that Lamptey was guilty of "poor performance" in his match and "awarded a wrong penalty for handball despite the fact that the ball never touched the hand of …

[Video] Its Shameful For EC To Charge Media To Cover Elections- Sefa Kayi

“My problem with Electoral Commission is that I think it’s shameful that you’ll charge the media to cover the elections. We’re not a very sincere people. We would like to cover things up,” Multiple award-winning host of Peace FM’s flagship programme ‘Kokrokoo’ turned the heat on the Electoral Commission (EC) over the Commission’s charges for accreditation for media practitioners in the country.
The EC asked the various and interested media houses that seek to cover the 2016 Elections to pay money before they receive accreditations to give field reports on the elections.
Each media house is required to meet the financial charges by the Commission or forfeit its election coverage.

Responding to the EC’s order, Mr. Sefa Kayi, affectionately called “Chairman General” for his unmatched broadcast acuity, lambasted the Commission for being unfair to the media.

He expressed his resentments, saying the EC’s decision is “just like State protocol asking journalists to pay money to cover t…

Judge urges new citizens to leave US if can't accept Trump

A federal judge in San Antonio finds himself at the center of an uproar after telling newly sworn U.S. citizens that Donald Trump is "your president, and if you don't like that, you need to go to another country."
U.S. Magistrate Judge John Primono's comments were reported by KENS-TV in San Antonio, which covered the naturalization ceremony at which 500 immigrants took the oath of U.S. citizenship at the Institutes of Texan Cultures on Thursday.

"I can assure you that whether you voted for him or you did not vote for him," the television report quoted him as saying of the president-elect, "if you are a citizen of the United States, he is your president. He will be your president, and if you do not like that, you need to go to another country."

He later told the station and the San Antonio Express-News that he meant his words to be unifying and respectful of the president's office, not political, and added that he did not vote for Trump …

MTN 4SyteTV Music Video Awards 2016 Moved To December 30

The 2016 edition of the MTN 4SyteTV Music Video Awards has been postponed to December.

The 4syte TV Video Awards which was initially scheduled for the 19th of November 2016 has been moved to the 30th of December 2016.

Speaking to the CEO of 4syte Ignace Hego, he stated that the awards show has been postponed to the 30th of December due to the impending general presidential elections.

The 4Syte Video Awards was established in 2009 by 4syte Tv to celebrate and award the best music videos in Ghana.

‘London Fields’ Producers Sue Amber Heard for $10 Million

The producers of “London Fields” filed suit Monday against Amber Heard, the film’s star, accusing her of sabotaging the film and costing them more than $10 million.
The adaptation of Martin Amis’ dystopian novel remains in limbo more than a year after its disastrous debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. The director, Mathew Cullen, sued producers Chris Hanley and Jordan Gertner at the opening of the festival, accusing them of fraud. The premiere screening was cancelled, and the critics who managed to see it gave it scathing reviews.

Two months later, the producers counter-sued Cullin, accusing him of breaching his contract. Among other things, the producers alleged that Cullin went $4.5 million over his $8 million budget.

In the new lawsuit, the producers contend that Heard also conspired to sabotage the film, going so far as to campaign for its cancellation at Toronto. According to the suit, much of the conflict with Heard related to the issue of nudity. The prod…

10 players including Neymar, Messi & Hal Robson-Kanu nominated for FIFA Puskas Award

FIFA, fresh from ending its partnership with France Football, on Monday evening made the Puskas award more competitive, listing out ten players for the prestigious award which rewards the best goal in the last one year.
Nominees include Lionel Messi who has been nominated for a curling, left-footed free kick in a Copa America Centenario semi-final game in June while Neymar was nominated for volleying a right-footed shot from his own looping flick for Barcelona against Villarreal.

Robson-Kanu, a favorite to win the award, created space by misdirecting three defenders with a Cruyff turn as Wales beat Belgium in Euro 2016 quarter finals.

See the full Puskas Awards nominee list below :

Mario Gaspar – 13/11/2015, Spain v England, friendly (Alicante)
Hlompho Kekana – 26/03/2016, Cameroon v South Africa, Africa Cup of Nations qualifier (Limbe, Cameroon)
Marlone – 21/04/2016, Corinthians v Cobresal, Copa Libertadores (São Paulo)
Lionel Messi – 21/06/2016, USA v Argentina, Copa América semi-…

Kanye West hospitalized, cancels remainder of ‘Saint Pablo Tour’

Kanye West is reportedly under psychiatric evaluation at UCLA Medical Center after a string of odd behavior and mid-concert rants.
The rapper was being examined for severe sleep deprivation before paramedics were called around 4:20 p.m. Monday, according to TMZ.

Sources told NBC News that Kanye, 39, was hospitalized "for his own health and safety."
The "Famous" artist canceled the remainder of his "Saint Pablo Tour" following a recent string of bizarre rants and antics at recent shows. He had 21 concerts remaining on the North American leg of his sprawling tour, which he extended a few weeks ago beyond its original Nov. 2 end date.
"Tickets will be fully refunded at point of purchase," the rep told Pitchfork.
Exhaustion played a major role in West's decision to nix the remainder of his gigs, a source told TMZ.

"He's just exhausted," the insider told the gossip site. "He's been working around the clock on fashion des…