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‘I will not let you down’, Akufo-Addo promises in victory speech

President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo, has promised Ghanaians he will live up to their expectation as he prepares to take the reigns of government for the next four years.
Nana Akufo-Addo made the promise an acceptance speech shortly after he was declared the winner of polls on December 7 and 8, 2016.
"I make this solemn vow to you, I will not let you down. I will do all in my power to live up to your hopes and expectations. You are to be commended for the mature, peaceful nd orderly which you once again exercised your democratic rights," he said Friday at his residence.

BREAKING NEWS: Electroal Commission Announces Akufo-Addo as Ghana’s president-elect

Veteran opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo is the president-elect of Ghana after a historic and landslide win over incumbent John Dramani Mahama, the Electoral Commission confirms.

The New Patriotic Party flagbearer polled 5,716,026 votes representing 53.85% in the 2016 elections to give him an edge over the ruling National Democratic Congress leader Mahama, who garnered 4,713,277 votes representing 44.40% of the total votes.

Nana Addo’s party swept the majority in Parliament with over 150 seats.

Declaring the presidential results in Accra, the chairperson of the EC Mrs. Charlotte Osei said the Commission recorded valid votes of over 10 million rejected ballots stood at 154,541 while 10,136,281 represented the total number of people who voted.

Turnout was 64.51%.

President Mahama is going down in history as the first sitting president to have lost an election under the Fourth Republic of the 1992 Constitution. Mahama led the ruling NDC to power in 2012 following the death of h…

BREAKING NEWS: Mahama calls Akufo-Addo to concede

President John Mahama has conceded defeat in the 2016 elections and has called the opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo to congratulate him over his victory, press secretary Eugene Arhin confirms to
The 72-year-old polled 5,341,146 votes representing 53.51% in the 2016 elections to give him an edge over the ruling National Democratic Congress leader Mahama, who garnered 4,457,672 votes representing 44.66% of the total votes.

The NPP swept the majority in Parliament with over 150 seats.

President Mahama becomes the first sitting president to have lost an election under the Fourth Republic of the 1992 Constitution. He also becomes the first one-term president under the same Republic. Mahama led the ruling NDC to power in 2012 following the death of his former boss Prof. John Evans Atta Mills ahead of that year’s election.

The Electoral Commission is expected to declare its official results on Saturday.

Akufo-Addo is a former Attorney General and Foreign Affairs Min…

Obama orders review of 2016 election cyber attacks

U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered intelligence agencies to review cyber attacks and foreign intervention into the 2016 election and deliver a report before he leaves office on Jan. 20, the White House said on Friday.
In October, the U.S. government formally accused Russia of a campaign of cyber attacks against Democratic Party organizations ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election, and Obama has said he warned Russian President Vladimir Putin about consequences for the attacks.
Obama's homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco told reporters the results of the report would be shared with lawmakers and others.
"The president has directed the intelligence community to conduct a full review of what happened during the 2016 election process ... and to capture lessons learned from that and to report to a range of stakeholders, to include the Congress," Monaco said during an event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
White House spokesman Eric Schultz said the review would …

“We lost millions of dollars,” Watch the full episode of Senator Ben Murray-Bruce on Forbes Africa TV My Worst Day with Peace Hyde

Chairman of Silverbird Group and Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ben Murray-Bruce takes the hot seat this month on yet another nail biting episode of the Forbes Africa TV show, My worst day with Peace Hyde.
Find out how an ordinary day, turned into one of the most chaotic chain of events which resulted in the loss of lives and millions of dollars as Senator Ben Murray-Bruce recounts the day his worst nightmare came true to Forbes correspondent, Peace Hyde.

Catch the full episode below.

Louis Tomlinson Loses his 42yr old mum after battle with leukaemia

One Direction pop star, Louis Tomlinson, has lost his mum, 42-year-old Johannah Deakin, to leukaemia. Ms. Deakin who was diagnosed with the disease earlier this year, died in the morning of Wednesday, 7th Dec. Her family have released a statement to this effect. The statement read:

 “It is with immeasurable sadness that Johannah Deakin’s family said goodbye to Johannah in the early hours of Wednesday 7th December 2016. Earlier this year Johannah was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of leukaemia that required immediate and continuous treatment. We respectfully request that the family are given time and space to grieve in private.”
 Dan Deakin, husband of the deceased eulogised his late wife, stating that she was an amazing mother to all her children, a wonderful grandmother to her grandchild and a selfless woman who immersed herself in service to others.
"Johannah was first and foremost a truly amazing mother to seven children whose individual talents and success are…

Vodafone Outlines “Super Red Christmas” Intentions This December

Vodafone Ghana has launched a campaign this December dubbed, #VodafoneSuperRedChristmas to reward and excite its customers throughout the festive season. The initiative is a holistic approach by the telecommunications company to reward all customer touch points within the various segments.

The month of December is unlike any other month; especially due to the Christmas celebration that always takes centre stage. Across the world, numerous organisations are planning various programmes and initiatives to bring happiness and a cheer on the faces of their customers.

Vodafone Ghana’s exciting line-up has already begun with a “Night of Drama & Cocktail”, held over the weekend at the Kempinski Hotel for its high valued and Enterprise customers across the country.

The event brought together corporate and individual clients of the company, who were treated to an interesting night by the Roverman Drama Group with music by Stephen Bedi.

A lot of other activities have been lined up …

VIASAT 1 announces 2016 Jigwe Awards and Christmas Play

The biggest and most hilarious entertainment awards show in Ghana, The Jigwe Awards, comes off Thursday December 22, at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra, Viasat1 has announced.

The 2016 edition of the flagship spoof awards was recently announced on Viasat1’s award-winning morning show, This Morning, which has hosted the annual event in the studio since its inception in 2014.

The Jigwe Awards has over the years, awarded key personalities, individuals and organisations that have attracted the most headlines and have been the most talked about for various reasons during the year. This year’s event however intends to involve teeming viewers of the channel and get them closer to the celebrities they always see on TV.

Commenting on the awards, the head of Own Productions & Executive Producer at Viasat1 Mrs. Brenda Antwi-Donkor stated that: “The Jigwe Awards has consistently proven to be Ghana’s biggest viewers’ choice awards, because we have consistently stayed with o…

Parliament votes to impeach President Park Geun-hye

South Korea's parliament has voted to impeach President Park Geun Hye after a corruption scandal that has left her politically isolated and unpopular.
The parliamentary vote passed with more than a two-thirds majority: 234 for and 56 against.
Prosecutors say Park colluded in the criminal activities of a longtime confidante to manipulate government affairs and extort businesses.

The confidante, Choi Soon-sil, the daughter of a cult leader who mentored Park before his death, has been indicted on a string of charges including abuse of authority and attempted fraud.
The president is also suspected of having put pressure on top Korean companies,  including the electronics giant Samsung, to donate to two foundations controlled by Choi and allegedly set up to back Park's policy initiatives. 
Park, who has immunity from prosecution while in office, has repeatedly apologised but has refused to meet prosecutors investigating the scandal.

Source: News Agencies

Kate Middleton Dazzles at Diplomatic Reception in Princess Diana's Favorite Tiara -- See the Pics!

Kate Middleton has upped her style game yet again!
The Duchess of Cambridge turned heads at the annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace in London, England, on Thursday, stepping out in an ensemble fit for a princess.
Middleton donned a bright red Jenny Packham gown to the event, the same one she wore to a China State Dinner last October, which she styled with stunning diamond earrings and a matching bracelet.

But all eyes were on her sparkly headpiece, the Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara, which was one of the late Princess Diana's favorites. The diamond and pearl-encrusted accessory was reportedly given to Diana by the queen as a wedding present in 1981.

The 34-year-old royal also posed for a new family portrait with her husband, Prince William, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II, all who looked equally regal. Like Middleton, the Queen and Duchess of Cornwall were rocking sparkly tiaras of their own!

The same gorgeous photo was …

Gigi Hadid Reveals She Has A Thyroid Disease

Gigi Hadid made a big announcement during a panel with Reebok on December 7. Hadid sat alongside Ruby Rose, Aly Raisman, Zoe Kravitz, and Lena Dunham and bluntly talked about her social media detox, her career so far, and her health. She also spoke about her ailments when she revealed that she has Hashimoto's, a thyroid disease, Elle reports.
The 21-year-old said she has been taking medicine for the disease for the past two years, but still struggles to maintain a normal metabolism. She spoke about the disease in reference to her weight loss and muscle gain for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

"My metabolism actually changed like crazy this year," she told the crowd. "I have Hashimoto's disease. It's a thyroid disease, and it's now been two years since taking the medication for it, so for the VS show I didn't want to lose any more weight, I just want to have muscles in the right place, and if my butt can get a little perkier, then that's goo…

Election 2016: NPP's Akufo-Addo maintains lead

The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo is in a pole position to be Ghana’s next president, according to results gathered by EIB's Election Hub.

The 72-year-old has so far garnered 4,612,870 votes representing 54.13% from 214 out of the 275 constituencies.

Incumbent John Mahama is likely to go down in history as the first sitting president to have lost an election under the Fourth Republic of the 1992 constitution. Mahama, who led the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) to power in 2012 has about 3,765,537 representing 44.8% of the total votes from 214 constituencies, making it statistically difficult to obtain the required 50% plus 1 mark.

The Electoral Commission is expected to declare its official results on Friday.

The opposition NPP had already declared victory in the 2016 elections, but the ruling NDC has served notice its candidate “is cruising to victory” with the country’s Peace Council calling on the Electoral Management Body to “expe…

Fifa bans former South Africa FA president

The president of the South African FA at the time of the 2010 World Cup has been banned by Fifa for five years in connection with a match-fixing scandal involving the country's national team. 
A previous Fifa investigation found 'compelling evidence' that four South Africa friendlies prior to the World Cup on home soil had been fixed. 
Fifa found Kirsten Nematandani, who headed up the South African FA (Safa) from 2009-2013, guilty of failing to report suspected corruption and for being uncooperative during the investigation.

He was one of three Africans to be sanctioned on Thursday, along with former Zimbabwe FA official Jonathan Musavengana and ex-Togo coach Bana Tchanile. 
Both men received life bans for bribery and corruption relating to the international friendlies in South Africa. 
Musavengana had previously been accused of being involved in a scheme where Zimbabwe national team players were paid to lose on a tour of Asia in 2009 - an accusation he denied.