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Suicide attack on Pakistani shrine claimed by Islamic State kills 72

A suicide bomber attacked a crowded Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 72 people and wounding dozens more in the deadliest of a wave of bombings across the South Asian nation this week.
Islamic State, the Middle East-based militant group which has a small but increasingly prominent presence in Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack, the group's affiliated news agency AMAQ reported.
Senior police officer Shabbir Sethar told Reuters from a local hospital that the death toll was likely to rise.
"At least 72 are dead and over 150 have been injured," Sethar said by telephone.
The attack on the famous Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in the town of Sehwan Sharif comes as the Pakistani Taliban and other rival Islamist militant groups carry out their threat of a new offensive.
The violence has shattered a period of improving security, underscoring how militants still pose a threat to stability in the nuclear-armed country of 190 million peopl…

Google CEO Sundar Pichai writes back to girl, 7, who wants a job

An "entrepreneurial" seven year old wrote to Google for a job and its CEO replied.
After discussing her father's work, Chloe Bridgewater decided she would like to work for Google and penned a letter beginning "dear Google boss".
It was only the schoolgirl's second letter, after her first missive to Father Christmas, but the search engine's CEO Sundar Pichai wrote back.
Her father Andy said the girl "took it all in her stride". 
"We were gobsmacked, but I don't think Chloe could understand the magnitude of the reaction she'd got afterwards," said father Andy, a sales manager from Hereford.
"She's got a great entrepreneurial spirit. Ever since nursery, she's always been told in school reports she's bright, hard-working and polite - we're very proud of her and her younger sister [Hollie, five] is similar," he said.

Mr Pichai's full reply

"Thank you so much for your letter. I'm glad that…

Banky W Visits The 2017 Big Brother Naija House To Motivate The Housemates

Biggie today surprised the Housemates with another special. That was non other than Nigerian singer, rapper and actor, Olubankole Wellington, known under the stage name Banky W.  Immediately as he entered the House, all of the inmates started cheering him with shouts of joy for seeing a popular .

Collectively females Housemates took him on a quick tour around Biggies House before coming back to  the lounge where they all collected for a moment of  conversations.

They started with a meet and greet  individually as they talked about themselves and showcased their talents, before him which later on delved into an advise session.

Banky used his odd journey in the entertainment industry to try motivate the Housemates into being true to themselves first.

He added advising them to be comfortable with their inner talents, and use that as a spring board to launch themselves into their real character. On his exit the Housemates seemed like they had spent a few seconds as a whole they let ou…

Florentin Pogba: Europa League tie "won't be easy for Mum"

Guinea international Florentin Pogba admits his mother will find it difficult to watch him take on younger brother Paul in the Europa League. 
On Thursday, Florentin's St Etienne play the first leg of their last-32 tie at Manchester United's Old Trafford. 
"It's not going to be easy for her but at the same time what a fantastic moment it'll be for her to see her sons playing out there," the defender said. 
"Maybe the best result for her will be a draw." 
"But we'll be going all out to get the best result for ourselves. Whoever wins she'll be happy in some respect."
Paul, 23, is the world's most expensive player, having joined United for $111m from Italian champions Juventus in August, and represents France, where he was born. 
Florentin, born in the Guinean capital Conakry prior to his parents' move to France, has been with French side St Etienne since 2012 and first played for his West African nation in 2010. 
He says tha…

Mahama sings Barry White's 'Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe'

Two days after valentine, former president John Mahama has posted a short video on social media site Instagram singing along to Barry White’s 'Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe', released in 1974.

It is uncertain who the song is dedicated to, his daughter or wife, but suffice to say Ghana’s social media savvy former president has not shied away from making his love public.

Mr Mahama is currently holidaying in Kenya, where he has been visiting strategic national institutions such as the Africa digital Institute located in the country’s capital Nairobi.

Watch the Video below: 

“Don’t Give Up And Dig Deep”, Darren Wober, On Aim Higher Africa’s Ignite Series

In the world of business no two days are ever the same.

The Ignite Series produced by education not for profit, Aim Higher Africa is an edutainment program with a focus on sharing tips to success by young entrepreneurs from across Africa.

Aim Higher Africa aims to inspire a new generation of young entrepreneurs to create businesses that enrich their local communities by providing a medium where peer-to-peer learning takes place. This episode features Darren Wober,

Founder of Ventra Media Group.

Wober started Ventra Media Group, which is a digital media business to provide brands and media owners’ cutting edge expertise to deliver and grow their businesses on digital platforms. When he relocated from the UK to Africa a lifetime ago, Wober thought it would be a simple process of employing the same processes in the UK to the Nigerian landscape and everything would be hunky-dory.

Experience however would teach him otherwise. What is the Mantra he lives by these days that keeps him f…

eBay founder plans to give thousands of Kenyans free income for 12 years

Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire founder of giant online shopping website eBay, is set to donate a daily income to some 26,000 poor people living in 200 rural villages in Kenya for a period of 12 years.
According to the Business Insider website, Mr. Omidyar will donate the money to the charity GiveDirectly, which is part of the Omidyar Network, as an experiment to see if giving people free money can help alleviate poverty, improve the economic standing of poor people and generally help them lead a better life.
Explaining the importance of the programme, the french-born Iranian-American entrepreneur  said: 'Even though we know that cash transfers in developing countries help reduce poverty and improve outcomes for families, these have not been tested on a long-term basis or with a universal beneficiary pool.'

A Report also has it that the programme has already kicked off in one village and it intends to give selected people Sh75 a day for a period of 12 years.

64-year-old woman gives birth to twins in Spain after treatment in the U.S.

A 64-year-old woman from a small town in northern Spain gave birth Wednesday to twins after undergoing in vitro fertilization in the United States.
Her name has not been released.
It was a full-time pregnancy and the babies - a boy and a girl - are in good health condition, El Mundo reported.
The woman gave birth to another child, a daughter, six years ago by the same method and in the same hospital, but lost custody in 2014 after a family court found she had been neglectful, according to the paper.
Social services employees said they found the little girl was often isolated, appeared unclean and had a high rate of school absenteeism.
She is the second oldest woman to give birth in Spain, after Carmen Bousada, had twins at age 67. The woman died three years later.

Student killed after falling out of moving vehicle

A student of the Agona Senior Technical School in the Ashanti Region, died Thursday morning after falling out of a bus. The accident was said to have occurred near Mamponteng at around 11am.

The deceased, together with his mates were on their way to the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi for the region’s inter-schools athletics competition (INTERCO).
He was reportedly leaning out of the window of the bus and knocked his head against a tipper truck as the driver attempted to overtake it.
He was later run over by other cars and reportedly died on the spot. His remains have since been collected by police.

Justin Bieber named suspect in assault

Justin Bieber has been named the suspect in an assault that occurred last June in Cleveland. No charges have been filed.
According to TMZ, a man alleges that The Biebs grabbed his sunglasses in a hotel in downtown Cleveland. 
The guy says he took a picture of Justin with the shades, which sent the singer into a rage. He says Justin's crew also got involved in the ruckus.
The alleged victim says he went to the hospital with various injuries, including a concussion.
He claimed that he's been trying to settle with Justin since last June, but isn't getting anywhere with that, so he filed a police report.
The incident went down while Justin was in Cleveland for the NBA Finals last year.
Video of the fight, obtained by TMZ via Snapchat, showed a large man and Justin face-to-face in a heated conversation. At one point, the man appears to lightly smack Justin on the head and the "Sorry" singer loses his cool, unleashing a right handed fist at the man's face.
The ma…

Malaysia arrests second woman in suspected assassination of North Korean leader's half-brother

Malaysian police have detained a second woman believed to be connected to the death of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, state media reported.
Police Inspector General Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed the detention on Thursday and said an official statement would be released later in the day, state news agency Bernama said.
On Wednesday, a woman carrying Vietnamese travel documents bearing the name Doan Thi Huong was arrested at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the scene of Monday's poisoning.

Police are also hunting for further suspects.
Kim died on Monday after suddenly falling ill at Kuala Lumpur airport. He had been on his way to the Chinese territory of Macau, where he had been living. He was reportedly living under China's protection.
He died on his way to hospital.
An autopsy was to be performed on Wednesday, police said.
Police and authorities were working with diplomats from North Korea and Vietnam to confirm whether or not the…

You will be sacked if students fail BECE, WASSCE - Education Minister warns school heads

Education Minister Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has warned that basic and second cycle school heads who record 90 percent or more failure in their final exams will be sacked.
He says the persistent poor performance of the students in the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is unacceptable demanding that the school heads justify their continued stay in their positions.
Addressing heads of senior high schools (SHS) in Kumasi as part of a two-day familiarization tour to the Ashanti Region he emphasised that the Ministry would not continue to accommodate school heads who superintend over consistent poor performance.
Dr Prempeh noted that in public schools, the heads have justified their continued stay in office over the performance of the students when the same cannot be said for the private schools whose continued operation is dependent on the performance of their students in the WASSCE. 
"Any school head who superintends over a failure of over 90% cannot…

Kanye West shows comfy Yeezy clothes, shoes _ without delay

Kanye West did something unusual as a fashion designer: He kept good time Wednesday to unveil his Yeezy Season 5 collection, including new bulky, thick-soled Boost runners, as he projected models onto a huge four-sided screen in a dark boxy space, then sent out some to walk the regular way.
And then it was over, in 13 short minutes.
Always highly anticipated during New York Fashion Week, this time around West stayed in town after last season's sweltering field trip last September to Roosevelt Island that had models and guests alike practically fainting from the heat. Some in the fashion elite had put him on notice they would walk out if he was hours behind schedule as in the past.
He wasn't, and thank you, Kanye. And thank you for the serene music before the show.

Accompanied by wife Kim Kardashian West — who was dressed in a wine-red coat, top and pants — the rapper's show was pitch black at the start, with views of the crowd obstructed by his giant video projection…

Photos: Kwaw Kese feeds Pantang Psychiatric Hospital inmates

Kwaw Kese on Valentine’s Day fed about 500 of inmates at the Pantang Psychiatric Hospital.  The Kwaw Kese Foundation also donated Mattresses, Flat Screen TVs, Toiletries and products from Joy industries worth thousands of Ghana cedis to the Kwaw Kese Ward of the hospital.
He was supported by  Sarkodie, Dr Poundz (Hitz FM), Kofi Laing (Joy FM/ Joy Prime), Skonti  among others.
See more photos after the cuts.....

Puzder withdraws nomination to be Trump's labor secretary

President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary abruptly withdrew his nomination Wednesday after Senate Republicans balked at supporting him, in part over taxes he belatedly paid on a former housekeeper not authorized to work in the United States. 

Fast food executive Andrew Puzder said in a statement provided to The Associated Press that he was "honored to have been considered by President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labor."

Democrats and their allies rejoiced over Puzder's withdrawal, saying his corporate background and opposition to such proposals as a big hike in the minimum wage made him an unfit advocate for American workers at the top of an agency charged with enforcing protections.
They also made it clear that Puzder's statements about women and his own workers would be major issues at his planned confirmation hearing Thursday.
"Workers and families across the country spoke up loud and clear that they want a true champion for a…

Disregard claims of fuel shortage; We have more stocks - NPA

The energy think tank, Institute for Energy Security has said that Ghana’s fuel supplies were expected to face serious disruptions due to the unanticipated shut-down of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), and port congestion facing the oil companies.
 But the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has responded and explained that the claims should be disregarded since there were enough stocks.

According to the Principal Research Analyst of the Petroleum Unit of the Institute, Richmond Rockson, the current situation was compelling oil companies to postpone their import and export programmes; amid acute discharge and loading constraint.

"As a result, stocks of the two main petroleum products consumed in the country have fallen short of the mandatory strategic level of 6-weeks, at a time when economic activities have picked up across the country after the General Election and Christmas festivities.
According to him, at the close of business Tuesday, the country’s stock of Gasoline and …

Catholic Church paid A$276m to abuse victims in Australia

The Australian Catholic Church has paid A$276m (£171m; $213m) to victims of sexual abuse since 1980, an inquiry has heard.
The money was divided between thousands of victims, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse was told.
The data, released on Thursday, showed the average payment was A$91,000.
The landmark royal commission was set up in 2013 and is also investigating abuse at non-religious organisations.
The Catholic Church made the payments in response to 3,066 of 4,445 child sexual abuse claims between 1980 and 2015, the inquiry heard. More than 40% of claims were received by a handful of male orders.
They included compensation, treatment, legal and other costs, said Gail Furness, the lead lawyer assisting the commission in Sydney.
Numbers 'likely to be greater'
"The royal commission's experience is that many survivors face barriers which deter them from reporting abuse to authorities and to the institution in which the abuse occur…