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Seven-time Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau dies at 76

Seven-time Grammy winner Al Jarreau has died. His passing comes two days after an announcement was made on his website that he was retiring from touring due to exhaustion.
Jarreau had been in a hospital in Los Angeles and was "slowly recovering," according to a statement posted on Thursday. He was 76.

Jarreau died at 5:30 a.m. PT Sunday, according to a statement from his booking agent Bob Zievers. Gordon said in lieu of flowers or gifts, Jarreau's family requested contributions be made to the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music. 
Jarreau received a lifetime achievement award from the foundation last fall, and an endowment to benefit Milwauke Public School children needing financial assistance for music programs was established in his name.
First singing at church and PTA meetings when he was four or five, Jarreau told the Journal Sentinel it was at Lincoln High School where " "My love of music and singing really deepened. I began to have ideas of taking…

Akufo-Addo to buy four new cars soon – Sam George alleges

The Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government is planning to buy four new X-class Mercedes Benz for his official use across the country.

This is an allegation made by the Member of Parliament for the Ningo-Prampram constituency, Samuel George on Citi FM’s news analysis programme, The Big Issue on Saturday.

“We’ve heard that an order has been placed for four Mercedes Benz X-classes for our president,” he noted.

The New Patriotic Party government has in the last few days accused the erstwhile John Mahama government of hording over 200 vehicles meant for the presidency before exiting office, a claim the National Democratic Congress had denied.

According to Sam George, although he has no qualms if the President buys new vehicles his only worry is that it is part of a ploy by the NPP to “denigrate the legacy of former President Mahama and create a lacuna that will enable them import supersonic luxury vehicles for President Akufo-Addo.” “Personally, I have no problem if our Presiden…

Baftas 2017: Stars descend on London for ceremony

Hollywood's biggest names are arriving for the 70th Bafta Film Awards, with La La Land in the running for a record-breaking haul.
The musical, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, has 11 nominations, while Arrival and Nocturnal Animals both have nine each.
The Baftas, held at the Royal Albert Hall, is one of the biggest nights in the entertainment calendar.
Stephen Fry is hosting the ceremony, which airs on BBC One at 21:00 GMT.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to attend and will present the fellowship award to comedian Mel Brooks.  
You may well be tired of hearing about La La Land, but its winning streak shows no signs of slowing down. Its stars, Gosling and Stone, are both hot favourites to take home acting trophies.
In fact, there's a good chance it could break the record for the most wins for a single film in Bafta's history.
The current record holder? Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid which won nine of the 10 awards it was nominated for in 1971. 
La La Land has alrea…

Alec Baldwin's Trump act fools newspaper

Actor Alec Baldwin's impression on Saturday Night Live of Donald Trump tricked a national newspaper into thinking he was the real thing. 
El Nacional in the Dominican Republic has now apologised for accidentally publishing a still of Alec Baldwin, captioned as the US president, next to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. 
The image accompanied an article about Israeli settlements.
The paper has said sorry to readers and "anyone affected".
The picture was sent to the newspaper along with information about Saturday Night Live, the long-running US satirical programme. 
No-one spotted the mistake, says El Nacional.
Saturday Night Live is not Mr Trump's favourite TV programme. He says Baldwin's frequent impressions of him "stink".
"Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!" he once tweeted.

8 confirmed dead in gory accident in western Region

Eight people perished in an accident at Ewusiejoe, a farming community near Agona Nkwanta in the Ahanta West District of the Western region Saturday.
The gory accident involves a mini Urvan bus from Takoradi and another Takoradi bound mini bus.
The Stanbic bus loaded with mourners from a funereal in Takoradi is believed to have summersaulted after trying to overtake another mini bus with passengers that had parked on the shoulder of the road resulting in the fatality.
Some of the passengers are in critical condition and are receiving treatment at the Effia Nkwanta Government Hospital.
Supt Richard Appiah, the Western Regional MTTD Commander confirmed the incident to Starr News.

North Korea fires ballistic missile, in test for Trump

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile in the first such test since Donald Trump took office as US president.
Mr Trump assured Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that "America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100%".
The missile flew east towards the Sea of Japan for about 500km (300 miles), South Korean officials say.
Mr Abe said the test was "absolutely intolerable". Japanese officials say the missile did not reach its waters.
Speaking at a joint conference during a visit to the US, Mr Abe added that Mr Trump had also assured him that he was committed to "further enforcing our alliance". 
During his election campaign, Mr Trump said US defence commitments to Japan and South Korea were unfair and also called for Japan to pay the full cost of stationing US troops on its soil.
North Korea has conducted a number of nuclear tests in the past year that continue to alarm and anger the region.
Sunday's launch took place at 07:55 local time (22:55 GMT…

Afro-Soul Music Sensation, Berita, (@BeritaAfroSoul) Releases New Inspirational Single Titled "Surprises"

Multi-award winning, GOLD selling, South African Afro-Soul singer, Berita, is back with another classic hit single titled Surprises, which will certainly resonate with her fans across the country and make a positive impact in the African music scene. With a blissful tenor, Surprises, by Berita is an inspirational and exciting tune that lyrically uplifts spirits with each intoned harmony, as the Afro-Soul singer sheds some positive light on her outlook of life. Berita's new single Surprises is available to stream or download here: "Do you need assurance, do you need a guarantee of what you will get, how dare you think your dreams are too far-fetched..."  Listen to Berita’s Surprises for more lyrics. As this motivational melody unravels, Berita edifies on the simple ways to enjoy and appreciate life, as it is unpredictable and full of Surprises, so one should not wallow in their sorrow because we do not know what tomorrow will brin…

Amber Rose spotted for the first time after split from boyfriend of 5 months, Val Chmerkovskiy

Amber Rose is spotted for first time since she split from boyfriend of 5 months, Val Chmerkovskiy. E! News confirmed the split on Friday. The pair met while Amber was dancing with Val's brother, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, on Dancing With the Stars last year and first sparked romance rumors after being spotted together at a birthday party in October. 
Photos of Amber, her son Sebastian and assistant after the cut..

Japanese manga artist Jiro Taniguchi dies aged 69

One of Japan's best-known manga artists, Jiro Taniguchi, has died aged 69, his publisher has announced.
Mr Taniguchi, who was known for his elegant line drawings and intricately-constructed landscapes, died on Saturday.
His art earned him an international following and some of his work was made into a television series.
His death was announced by Casterman, his publisher in France, where his work was particularly popular.
"Casterman must sadly announce the death of Jiro Taniguchi on 11 February," the company said on its website, expressing "deep condolences" to his family.
Mr Taniguchi was widely praised for the gentle manner in which he approached subjects that were often unique for Japan's manga consumers.
His works such as The Walking Man, The Summit of the Gods and The Magic Mountain, stood apart in a genre sometimes seen as rooted in extreme violence and pornography.
In The Walking Man, the protagonist of the story simply wanders around fascinated with…