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Trump supporters move to block vote recount in three states

Supporters of President-elect Donald Trump moved on Friday to maintain his narrow victories in three states, pursuing legal challenges aimed at halting the Green Party's requests for long-shot recounts of the presidential votes there.
Lawsuits were pending in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, three "Rust Belt" states which bucked their history of supporting Democrats and gave Trump, a Republican, thin wins in the Nov. 8 election.
The Green Party has said its requests for recounts in those states are focused on ensuring the integrity of the U.S. voting system and not on changing the result of the election.

Even if the recounts take place, they are extremely unlikely to change the overall outcome of the election, in which Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton. Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who garnered only about 1 percent of the vote, has said the recount campaign is not targeted at Trump or Clinton.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican, said on Friday …

Kim Kardashian West's Party for Kanye's Homecoming and Saint's 1st Birthday

It's been a rough few months, but the West family is happy to put their most recent trauma behind them. After being hospitalized for exhaustion in November, Kanye West was released and sent home Wednesday. To celebrate, the musician's reality star wife, Kim Kardashian West, who "barely left his side" during the week long medical emergency, threw a small party at their home. 
The laid-back gathering, which was attended by the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, also served as an early birthday party for the couple's son Saint, who turns one on Dec. 5. E! reports that the group enjoyed cake and doughnuts beneath a festive display of silver and blue balloons which Kardashian's sisters Khloe, Kylie and Kourtney all documented via Snapchat.

West has not commented publicly on his hospitalization, but he plans to continue his treatment on an outpatient basis, notes E!. The Grammy-winning rapper was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital on Nov. 21 after a string of in-con…

Snoop Dogg slams Colin Kaepernick for Castro praise, says choose between football, revolution

Snoop Dogg just put Colin Kaepernick in his dog house, calling the San Francisco 49ers quarterback a hypocrite for protesting social injustice while praising late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and advising he choose between football and his ongoing National Anthem protest.
"He's sort of kind of hypocritical in so many words because he's pushing this, but at the same time he’s giving credit for this and this is the same abuse that [Cubans] been taking" the rapper said on Fox Sports 1's "Undisputed."

Snoop Dogg added, "So it makes you hypocritical to be able to speak on this topic and that topic."

The "Lay Low" singer was referring to Kaepernick's recent comments about Castro at a media event ahead of the 49ers game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. 
"One thing that Fidel Castro did do is they have the highest literacy rate because they invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system, which …

Denkyirahene Odeefuo Boa-Amponsem III passes on

The paramount Chief of the Denkyira Traditional Area, Odeefuo Boa-Amponsem III has died, can report.

The chief who reigned for 61 years from 1955-2016 died at age 94 after a period of ill health .

Odeefuo Boa-Amponsem III ascended the throne at age 33 and his reign saw massive development and successful wars of conquest.

He is also noted for his bravery especially in bringing the paramountcy stool from Jukwa in the Hemang Lower Denkyira area to the Upper Denkyira area specifically at Dunkwa-On Offin after the abdication of the the stool by Owusu Bori II, his predecessor in 1953.

Starr News’ Central regional correspondent Kwaku Baah-Acheamfour who visited the palace reports his death was confirmed this morning during the meeting of the Denkyira chiefs at Dunkwa-On Offin in the Central region.

Indonesia issues free visas to Ghanaians

The Indonesian government has re-crafted its long-standing relationship with Ghana by issuing free visas to Ghanaians for tourism purposes and to explore its textile and agricultural  industries. Unknown to Ghanaians,  however, the free visa process began since April 26 this year with specific mention of Ghana because of its credibility and hospitality.

The idea is, among other things, to open up the country to Ghana in particular and the African market as a whole to explore some of its unique tourism facilities dominated by Hindu and Buddhist temples.
Indonesia, one of Asia’s tigers, is known for its branded batiks which, according to historians, ruled the Asian markets and parts of Africa even before it became common in Ghana.
These came to light during a familiarisation visit by two Ghanaian journalists, accompanied by the third Secretary for Information, Social, Cultural and Consulate Affairs at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr Abuja Wanry Wabang,  to Indonesia.

I Won’t Move Ghana’s Capital To Kyebi – Akufo-Addo

The New Patriotic Party flagbearer for the 2016 general elections, Nana Akufo-Addo, has denied reports that he plans to move the country’s capital to Kyebi in the Eastern Region, if he is voted into office at the December polls.
Images of a purported leaked email attributed to Nana Akufo-Addo and an official of the New Patriotic Party, circulated on social media last week, suggested that the NPP flagbearer planned to move the national capital from Accra to his hometown, Kyebi.

The said email also saw the purported candidate promise a German firm, one of the NPP’s top financiers, a contract to build a new Township in the Eastern Region, to serve as Ghana’s new capital.
The emails, from the year 2015, also allegedly contained a correspondence in which Akufo-Addo claimed former President Kuffour could not be trusted. But in an interview on Accra-based Peace FM on Friday, Nana Akufo-Addo said the speculations were false.
“I don’t even send emails, he said.” “It is a pity that our o…

Nico Rosberg retires: World champion quits Formula 1 five days after title win

World champion Nico Rosberg has announced he has retired from Formula 1 with immediate effect.
The 31-year-old German won his first world title on Sunday, beating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by finishing second in the final race in Abu Dhabi.

"I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right," Rosberg said in a Facebook post.
Rosberg won nine of this season's 21 grands prix, beating three-time champion Hamilton by five points.
"For 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my 'one thing' to become Formula 1 world champion," he added.
"Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I've made it."
The son of Finland's 1982 world champion Keke, Rosberg made his F1 debut for Williams at the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2006, finishing seventh.

Reaction BBC Sport Chief F1 writer Andrew Benson
Nico Rosberg's decision to announce his retirement from Formula 1 just five days after clinching hi…

Gambia's Jammeh loses presidential election to Adamu Barrow

The Gambia's president of 22 years Yahya Jammeh will be replaced by a property developer, Adama Barrow, after losing the general election.
Mr Jammeh, who came to power in a coup in 1994, has agreed to accept defeat, said electoral commission chief Alieu Momar Njie.
Before announcing the final result, Mr Njie appealed for calm as the country entered unchartered waters.
The Gambia has not had a smooth power transfer since independence in 1965. 
Mr Njie said that Mr Barrow had won Thursday's election by more than 50,000 votes. He runs a property company which he founded in 2006.
A devout Muslim, Mr Jammeh, 51, once said he would rule for "one billion years" if "Allah willed it".
"It's really unique that someone who has been ruling this country for so long has accepted defeat," Mr Njie told reporters Human rights groups have accused Mr Jammeh, who has in the past claimed he can cure Aids and infertility, of repression and abuses. Several previous oppos…

Teacher claims 7 year old he battered threw himself against wall

The teacher, Timothy Randall Korr, who was arrested and charged with child abuse, is now claiming the boy, Trayvon Grayson, 7, injured himself when he fell and “hit himself” on a wall.

Trayvon had a fractured jaw and had several of his teeth knocked out during the incident. Police claim Timothy threw the boy against a wall as he was taking him to the principal’s office for disciplinary reasons. 
And police have video footage of the beating...

The boy's mother Lateekqua Jackson, told WBAL-TV that when she arrived at City Springs Elementary School, she found her son crying in the back of an ambulance.
“The teacher told me that he put him over his shoulder and, when he put him down, he was bleeding,” Jackson said.

During a news conference on Wednesday, Chief T.J. Smith said he and other officers “cringed” while viewing surveillance video of the incident.

“To watch a child be basically manhandled like a sack of potatoes is incomprehensible,” Smith told reporters. “The video does show…

Rihanna and Prince Harry get live HIV tests

Rihanna and Prince Harry, who is in Barbados as part of his Caribbean tour, both took HIV tests to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS on World AIDS Day in Barbados yesterday Dec. 1. The test was filmed for TV but both already knew their status before taking the tests, so there will be no surprises...
Barbados celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence from Britain on Wednesday November 30

Didier Drogba charity cleared of fraud but may have 'misled' donors

An investigation into a charity run by ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba found "no evidence of fraud or corruption" but said it may have "misled" donors.
The Charity Commission began its inquiry into "serious regulatory concerns" at the Didier Drogba Foundation in April.
That followed a Daily Mail report that only £14,115 of the £1.7m donated had gone to help causes in Africa.

Drogba, 38, said he is seeking damages and an apology from the newspaper.
The Commission, which used its powers to analyse the foundation's accounts, said it was satisfied there was no foul play.
But it was critical of the fact the foundation failed to separate its activities from those of an Africa-based arm of the organisation.
That meant funds collected in the UK were not being spent on hospitals or clinics, as donors were led to believe, but were being saved in a UK current account.
"Donors will have expected their donations to have been used for charitable purposes, no…

ELECTION 2016: EC Highlights 8 Points For Credible and Transparent Election

The Electoral Commission on Thursday December 1, 2016 held a dialogue with the various Presidential Candidates and their running mates.

The meeting was to keep the candidates updated on activities of the Commission prior to the December 7 elections.
The Chairperson of the Commission, Madam Charlotte Osei, at the meeting highlighted various points put in place to guarantee the credibility of the ballots.

Below are the eight points which was contained in a statement signed by Eric Dzakpsu, Head of Communications at the EC.


The Commission on Thursday December 1, 2016 held a dialogue with the various Presidential Candidates and their running mates taking part in this year’s presidential election. The central objective of the engagement was for the Commission to directly brief the Candidates on all aspects regarding the electoral process; the reforms implemented this year, the role of the Candidates’ agents in the ele…

Mahama declares 3 days of national fasting and prayers

President John Dramani Mahama is urging Christians and Muslims, including all people of faith, to dedicate three days to fast and pray for the nation ahead of the December 7 general elections.

The President wants this event to commence on Friday, December 2, 2016 through to Sunday, December 4, 2016.

The President is further urging all to dedicate their specific days of worship- Friday, Saturday and Sunday to pray to God to intercede for Ghana as the nation fast and pray for continuous peace and stability.

A statement signed and issued by Communications Minister, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, and released on behalf of the President, Thursday, said “It is his belief that through fasting and prayers, supported by appropriate measures and actions on the part of all stakeholders, our dear nation will once again demonstrate to the world that Ghana is not only the beacon of hope for Africa’s Democracy but also the nation ready and willing to continue on the path of progress and prosperity …

The Future Awards Africa 11th edition launched in Nigeria ahead of nominees release

Following the announcement by the Central Working Committee (CWC) for Africa’s biggest youth event The Future Awards Africa (TFAA), the Awards is launching its country model plan with a focus on Nigeria. This has been a difficult year in Nigeria, but despite the adversity, the youth have risen to the challenge. A new cohort of extraordinary people are defying the odds and paving the way for generations to come. They are the people who will serve as inspiration to the nation. The theme for this year’s awards ‘Shaping the Future’ captures the driving energy of these very accomplished nominees.
Whether it is through expression in arts and culture, or knowledge in science and technology, these are young women and men who have stretched our collective boundaries and made us better as a nation. 

“We ask ourselves is Nigeria producing a new breed of heroes? Delivering key players who will shape our future? We are particularly excited about this edition because will be showcasing impressi…

Whoopi Goldberg Brought to Tears After Receiving Honor on World AIDS Day (Video)

Whoopi Goldberg was brought to tears on “The View” Thursday after being awarded the Elizabeth Taylor Legacy Award.
The honor was bestowed upon the actress/activist on World AIDS Day.
Goldberg and Taylor were close friends who stood on the front lines battling the stigma of AIDS and helped those with the disease throughout the ’80s and ’90s. As a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Goldberg was personally affected by the pandemic.

Her “View” co-host Sara Haines surprised Goldberg with a video tribute, which included messages from Colin Farrell, Lionel Richie, and Elton John. “You and I knew Elizabeth very well,” John said in the video. “You stood up with Elizabeth and lent your voice to the fight when no one else would.”
At the end of the tribute, John announced that Goldberg would receive the Elizabeth Taylor Legacy Award, much to her surprise.
Four of Taylor’s grandchildren emerged and presented an emotional Goldberg with the award. Taylor’s grandson Quinn Tivey also announce…

Trump names Gen James 'Mad Dog' Mattis as defence secretary

US President-elect Donald Trump has named Gen James Mattis, a former marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as his defence secretary.
"He's our best," Mr Trump said, as he announced his pick in a speech in Ohio.
Gen Mattis, who is known as "Mad Dog", was an outspoken critic of the Obama administration's Middle East policy, particularly on Iran.
He has referred to Iran as "the single most enduring threat to stability and peace in the Middle East".

Mr Trump made the announcement in Cincinnati at the start of a "USA Thank You Tour 2016" for his supporters.
"We are going to appoint 'Mad Dog' Mattis as our secretary of defence," he told the crowd. 
"They say he's the closest thing to General George Patton [World War Two commander] that we have."
Mr Trump has previously described Gen Mattis, 66, as "a true general's general".
The retired Marine Corps officer led an assault battalion during the fir…

Prince Estate Has Spent $2.3 Million on Legal Fees in Just 3 Months

Administering the estate of deceased music legend Prince is expensive business -- especially on the legal front.
Handling the various legal issues involving Prince's estate has cost at least $2.3 million since the musician's death in April, according to documents obtained by TheWrap.

Bremer Trust, which acts as the special administrator for the estate, filed papers in October asking the court to approve payment "of fees and costs for the Special Administrator and its attorneys for their work administering the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson for the three-month period of July 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016."

The bills for that three-month period work out to a jaw-dropping $2.3 million, according to the document.

The bulk of the bill -- $1.8 million in change -- is for work done by Stinson Leonard Street, which represents Bremer in the administration of the estate. Bremer itself says that it has racked up more than $300,000 in bills in the three-month period.

Special Voting to continue Sunday

The Special Voting Exercise which was afflicted with missing names and other irregularities today is set to continue on Sunday December 4, to allow disenfranchised special voters to vote, has learnt.
The continuation was decided after the Electoral Commission met representatives of the political parties in an emergency meeting Thursday.

Today’s exercise registered several mishaps with many security officials being unable to trace their names in the list submitted to the designated polling centres by the commission.

The EC had earlier claimed they were not to blame for the failures.

The main elections will be on December 7, where a president and parliamentarians will be elected.

Special voting is a special dispensation under the electoral laws that allows registered voters who will not be able to present themselves at their polling stations on voting day as a result of the roles they will play in the elections to vote on a date before the rest of the electorate …

Doctor suspended for calling Michelle Obama "monkey face", insists she is not racist

A Denver doctor has been suspended from seeing patients indefinitely after she called first lady Michelle Obama monkey face" on Facebook then insisted her comments were not racist. According to the local ABC affiliate KMGH, Dr. Michelle Herren, who is an anesthesiologist at Denver Health Medical Center and an assistant professor at Colorado University School of Medicine, posted an unflattering photo of Michelle on Facebook with the caption "doesn't seem to be speaking too eloquently here, thank god we can't hear her! Harvard??? That's a place for "entitled" folks said all the liberals!" Herren then wrote that she wasn't being racist, that she was just "calling it like it is": She wrote:

"Monkey face and poor ebonic English!!! There! I feel better and am still not racist!!! Just calling it like it is"Shocked by Herren's comments, a fellow Facebook user JoAnn Nieto, sent an email to the Colorado University Board …

AU Election Observation head arrives in Ghana

The Head of the African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) will arrive in Ghana Friday, December 2, ahead of the 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary elections which comes off on Wednesday, December 7.
The Head of the Mission, H.E. Hifikepunye Pohamba, a former President of Namibia is in Ghana at the invitation of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana.

H.E Hifikepunye Pohamba will lead the Mission to monitor and ensure that the 2016 elections in Ghana are transparent, open and competitive.
A final and comprehensive report will be released within two months from the date of announcement of final election results.
The deployment of an AUEOM to Ghana reflects AU Commission’s desire and aspiration to promote good governance, democracy, respect for human rights and justice and the rule of law in all of AU member states.
The deployment of the AU Mission to Ghana is in line with paragraph VI (d) of OAU/AU Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections, paragraph 4.6…