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Pope Francis opens free laundromat for poor people in Italy

The Vatican today confirms that Pope Francis has just opened a free laundromat for the poor in Rome, Italy. The Vatican said the Pope's laundromat is a service to "restore dignity to many people who are our brothers and sisters" with Six washing machines, six dryers and a number of irons have been donated by the Whirlpool Corporation, while Proctor and Gamble are furnishing laundry detergent and softener. The laundromat is in the Roman neighborhood of Trastevere, not far from the Vatican. It's the second facility the Pope has opened in Rome for assisting the poor. Two years ago, he opened a shower and barber service next to St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

World Cup 2026: USA, Canada & Mexico to make joint bid

Germany won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil The United States, Canada and Mexico have announced they will make a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup. It will be the first tournament after the expansion from 32 teams to 48 and, if successful, would be the first time a World Cup has been shared by three hosts. The proposal would be for the USA to host 60 matches, with 10 games each in Canada and Mexico. The decision on who will host the event will be made in 2020. That is three years later than originally scheduled because of corruption allegations surrounding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar. The USA staged the 1994 World Cup, which had the highest average attendance in the tournament's history, while Mexico was the first nation to host the event twice, in 1970 and 1986. Canada hosted the 2015 women's World Cup. The 1994 World Cup final was held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California US President Donald Trump has promised to build a border wall

United flight CEO calls passenger's removal an 'upsetting event'

Videos of a United Airlines passenger being forcibly dragged from his seat on a Sunday overbooked flight at O'Hare International Airport have been viewed more than 1 million times, and the airline's CEO on Monday called the incident "an upsetting event to all of us here at United." "I apologize for having to re-accommodate these customers. Our team is moving with a sense of urgency to work with the authorities and conduct our own detailed review of what happened," United CEO Oscar Munoz said in a statement Monday. Munoz said the airline is trying to reach the passenger to "further address and resolve this situation." In videos ( Read here) of the incident aboard a flight bound for Louisville, Ky., a man screams as security officers pull him from his seat. He then falls silent as they drag him by the hands, with his glasses askew and his shirt pulled up over his abdomen, down the aisle. Several passengers yell at the officers. "Oh my

2017 Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) makes call for entry

As the prestigious Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) is reopening in Lagos, Nigeria, for its 7th edition, in November 2017, the body announces its call for entries. The Festival hosts in official competition several categories: short films, feature films, documentaries, animated films, short films of film students. Filmmakers have until July 30th 2017 to submit their entries via tival/AFRIFF Entries are also encouraged from French and francophone filmmakers in the following countries as well: Bénin, Burkina-Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, Central African republic, Comores, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Madagascar, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Sénégal, Seychelles, Chad, Togo, Tunisia etc. This major film event, which promotes and celebrates the talents of the African continent and the African diaspora, is expanding its range of films in competition on the occasion

Video: Anger as Asian man violently removed from United flight

Videos posted to social media showing security guards violently removing an Asian man from a United Airlines flight in the United States have sparked outrage. The incident took place on Sunday, before the departure of Flight 3411 from Chicago's O'Hare Airport to Louisville. Several clips posted online by fellow passengers show the officers forcibly removing the man by pulling him out of his seat and dragging him by his arms down the aircraft's aisle. Passengers said the man, who can be heard screaming, was injured as he was being dragged off, with blood coming out of his mouth. @united @FoxNews @CNN not a good way to treat a Doctor trying to get to work because they overbooked — Tyler Bridges (@Tyler_Bridges) April 9, 2017 Passengers said on social media that United had overbooked the flight and wanted four passengers to give up their seats to make way for airline employees. When no one volunteered, four passengers were selected and asked

Mariah Carey Splits From Boyfriend Bryan Tanaka

Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka have split, Gossip Cop has learned. The couple has separated after just five months together. Following her break up from James Packer, which was documented on “Mariah’s World,” Carey spent a lot of quality time with Tanaka and eventually grew close to her backup dancer. The pair soon began an intense and passionate romance together. While their relationship was brief, the couple often shared sweet photos of themselves on social media, seemingly displaying their love. The singer, however, is now single. According to TMZ , the pair ended their whirlwind romance following a recent trip to Cabo, and haven’t seen or spoken to one another since. TMZ sources further contend Tanaka struggled with “extreme jealousy,” and would “lash back” at the singer by flirting with other women in clear view of Carey. During their relationship, Gossip Cop busted a number of sensationalized reports about the couple. In February, we called out Life & Style for

Ed Sheeran Settles Copyright Lawsuit Over 'Photograph'

According to Hollywood Reporter , Ed Sheeran has come to a deal to end a $20 million copyright infringement lawsuit brought by two songwriters over his hit, "Photograph." On Friday, court papers were filed dismissing the case with prejudice, but also stipulating that a California federal court would retain jurisdiction to enforce the terms of an agreement. No word on the settlement terms, but co-defendants Sheeran, Sony/ATV and Warner Music likely provided some consideration to escape the claims. Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard, along with their publishing company HaloSongs, filed the lawsuit in June 2016, alleging that "Photograph" derived from their 2009 work "Amazing," which was recorded and released as a single by Matt Cardle, the winner of the 2010 season of the television competition show The X Factor. They were represented in court by Richard Busch, the attorney who prevailed at trial on behalf of the Marvin Gaye family in the copyright lawsuit

Ghanaian Edward Enninful has been hired as the new editor at British Vogue

British Vogue has confirmed Edward Enninful as its first male editor. Enninful, who has previously worked for Italian and American Vogue, will take over from Alexandra Shulman, who announced her departure in January. Condé Nast International's Jonathan Newhouse said Enninful was "an influential figure in the communities of fashion, Hollywood and music". He is currently the fashion and creative director at W Magazine, where he has worked since 2011. The 45-year-old will start his new role on 1 August. After the news was announced, designer Marc Jacobs tweeted : "Congratulations to our longtime friend @Edward_Enninful, the new editor of British Vogue! We can't wait to see what you do! ❤️" Enninful is friends with Marc Jacobs (pictured) and Pharrell   What do we know about Edward Enninful? Born in Ghana, he moved to the UK and started his fashion career aged 16 when he was spotted by a model scout in London. He began working alongside the

Drake, The Chainsmokers Lead Nominees for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards

The 2017 Billboard Music Awards nominations have been announced. Drake and The Chainsmokers lead the pack with 22 nods. Among those, Drake will compete for Top Artist, Top Male Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist. The Chainsmokers will also vie for Top Artist, as well as Top Duo/Group and Top 100 Artist. Twenty One Pilots follows with 17 nominations, then Rihanna with 14, The Weeknd with 13 and Beyonce with 8.  The first five categories were announced by Pete Wentz and Julia Michaels earlier Monday on Good Morning America. The Billboard Music Awards will air on May 21 at 8PM on ABC. See the full list of nominations below. Top Artist: Adele Beyonce Justin Bieber The Chainsmokers Drake Ariana Grande Shawn Mendes Rihanna Twenty One Pilots The Weeknd Top New Artist: Alessia Cara Desiigner Lil Uzi Vert Lukas Graham Zayn Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity: Luke Bryan Nicki Minaj The Chainsmokers The Weeknd Twenty One Pilots Top Male Artist: Justin Bieber Drake Future Shaw

Abeiku Santana Recognized By Balafon Awards On Top 100 Tourism Personalities

West Africa’s gathering of “Who is Who” in the Travel & Tourism industry have chosen & mentioned Ghana’s first-rate media anchor, strategic communicator and tourism envoy, Gilbert Aggrey Abeiku Santana on the very credible list of 2017 “Tourism Top 100 Personalities in West Africa”, secured by Balafon Awards West Africa Committee of Experts in conglomeration with the Board of ATQNews. This declaration was stated in an official letter, signed & addressed to the Tourism Ambassador by Ikechi Uko of Balafon Awards committee of West Africa, for his immense effort and noble dedication to the Travel & Tourism sector of Africa. Abeiku Santana, unarguably for the past years and aside being a topmost African broadcaster in the country, distinguished himself and through staunch exertion impacted positively on Ghana’s tourism and that of this continent of Africa at large. He for the records stimulated and served as an ancillary to achieve Ghana’s tourism goals and sha

Russian arrested in Spain 'over US election hacking'

Mr Levashov's arrest relates to alleged "hacking" of the US election last year Spanish police have arrested a Russian programmer for alleged involvement in "hacking" the US election, Spanish press reports have said. Pyotr Levashov, arrested on 7 April in Barcelona, has now been remanded in custody. A "legal source" also told the AFP news agency that Mr Levashov was the subject of an extradition request by the US. The request is due to be examined by Spain's national criminal court, the agency added. El Confidencial, a Spanish news website, has said that Mr Levashov's arrest warrant was issued by US authorities over suspected "hacking" that helped Donald Trump's campaign. Mr Levashov's wife Maria also told Russian broadcaster RT that the arrest was made in connection with such allegations. Several cybersecurity experts, including Brian Krebs , have also linked Mr Levashov to a Russian spam kingpin , who uses

Diego Maradona was 10/10 in bed, his oral sex was 8/10, I didn’t have sex for 2 years after him.- Ex-partner reveals

Football legend Diego Maradona was a 'beast' on the football field, but who would have thought the former Barcelona, Napoli and Argentina player/coach was also a 'beast' in bed? Well so says his ex-partner and mother of his child, Veronica Ojeda. Maradona, Argentina's greatest football player of all time has a son, Diego Fernando, with Ojeda. Ojeda has now revealed that Maradona, who she had an 8 year relationship with, was so good in bed that she didn't have sex with any other man for two years after breaking up with him. “Diego was the best lover I had and he says the same thing about me,” Ojeda told an Argentine radio station.  “Nobody beats him. I didn’t have sex for two years after him. The best night of my life was with Diego. We were in the Caribbean, on a deserted beach you could only reach by boat. “The love of my life was without doubt Diego. I’ve always said so. I give him 10 out of 10 in bed. Oral sex, on a scale of one to ten, eight. The

Chris Brown and Lil Wayne Named in Federal Drug Investigation

According to a report from  the Miami Herald , both Chris Brown and Lil Wayne have been tied to a federal drug investigation, revolving around their association with Florida producer Harrison Garcia, aka Muhammad-al-Lean, aka the CEO of Sizzurp. The inquiry reportedly involves thousands of dollars worth of narcotics, including lean and marijuana. Late last week, a Florida courtroom heard federal agents testify that text messages sent between Garcia and associates allegedly show several times Garcia bragged about delivering drugs to Wayne, calling him by name. In another exchange, Garcia shows a screenshot of a $15k bank deposit made on Chris Brown’s behalf. From the Miami Herald piece:  The messages appeared to show Garcia directing his “do-boy” to deliver drugs to Lil Wayne and his crew. “I’ll shoot u some trees,” one message read, a reference to marijuana. “It’s for Wayne,” Garcia allegedly responded via text. The text message about Brown was more explicit. Garcia sent a bragging tex

Fire Guts Kumasi Central Market

A fire outbreak at the Kumasi Central Market Monday afternoon has destroyed shops, stalls and goods worth several thousands of Ghana cedis. Luv FM’s Erastus Asare Donkor who confirmed the incident on Asempa FM’s Ekosi Sen said personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service are at the scene fighting the fire. The fire believed to have started at 1 p.m on Monday also burnt down a KIA truck parked in front of the building which houses several shops. Though the cause of the fire is still unknown, a KIA truck loaded with mattresses is believed to have sparked fire after the mattresses came into contacts with an electric cable. According to reports, several shoppers and traders are trapped in the market. Meanwhile, all roads leading to the area have been blocked.

Annie~Joy writes: I Love Me. #BeInspired!!

Annie Joy By the time I’m done with this piece, you will understand what the tittle "I LOVE ME " means. Many people are bleaching or is bleaching just because they don't love their body image (how he or she is created). The term body image is the physical appearance of an individual that's how the person view him or herself and how people around him or her see him or her to be.  Such as, as a fat person, slim, dark, fair etc. Some people look at a model magazine and be like let say, I wish I was like the model in the magazine while you are already in existence. When the desire for “I wish I was like a particular person” gets stronger, it causes you to add something to your body image. Either by the application of body lotion which sometimes change the rightful colour you were born with, applying creams to get big breast, buttocks and the using of these machines to get what we call ‘Coca Cola’ shape and many more to talk about. Not forgetting the almighty

Sierra Leone schools for pregnant students raise questions

A government programme for separate schools for pregnant students introduced two years ago in Sierra Leone is facing critical scrutiny. Pregnant students were not allowed to sit in the same class in the West African country as their peers because they are seen as a bad influence. In April 2015, schools in Sierra Leone reopened after a nine-month break owing to the Ebola crisis. However, "visibly pregnant" girls were banned from returning to school, for fear of negatively affecting "innocent girls", according to the education minister. The government offered them the option of attending alternative schools with a reduced curriculum. Now, Amnesty International, the UK-based rights organisation, says denying pregnant girls mainstream education is a violation of their human rights. "I am the one who should decide whether to go to the alternative or the mainstream school," said 17-year-old Sarah Bassie, an alternative school student. A third of pregnanc

Tillerson: Russia 'failure allowed Syria chemical attack'

Mr Tillerson is set to visit Moscow this week US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has criticised Russia, saying it had failed to prevent Syria from carrying out a chemical attack on a rebel-held town. Russia had agreed to ensure Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles were destroyed - and its failure to do this enabled the attack, he said. G7 foreign ministers are preparing to meet in Italy later on Monday. Talks will focus on how to increase pressure on Russia to distance itself from Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad. On Tuesday, Mr Tillerson will continue from the G7 to Moscow, where he will meet his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. Russia is the Syrian government's main ally, and helped facilitate a 2013 agreement to destroy Syria's chemical arsenal. The suspected chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun last Wednesday left 89 people dead. In response, the US fired 59 missiles at a Syrian airbase on Friday. Syria has denied using any chemical agents, and Russia says the U

Foreign Minster meets Kenyan community in Ghana ahead of Kenya Trade Expo

Executives of the Kenyan Community in Ghana, paid a courtesy call to Honorable Shirley Ayorkor Botwe, the Ghanaian Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Minister warmly welcomed the Kenyan Community Delegation and indicated that this is the first time a Foreign Community had organized itself to pay a courtesy call to her office. She commended the community for taking the bold step in making their presence felt. Mr. Charles Njeru, the Chairman of the Kenyan Community and the Financial Controller of the Labadi Beach Hotel, introduced himself and thanked the Honourable Minister for making time to sit with the delegation. He gave a brief history of the Kenyan Community and the strides it has made in Ghana. Members of the delegation each introduced themselves much to the impression of the Honorable Minister. She indicated that it was clear the community was contributing positively to the Ghanaian economy. Mr. Ian Kabiru, Director of Horizons Offices, expressed his gratitude for the

Spotify Executive Chris Bevington Dies in Stockholm Attack

Chris Bevington, an executive at Spotify, was among the victims killed in Friday’s truck attack in Stockholm, the streaming service’s founder, Daniel Ek, confirmed with a Facebook post on Sunday. “It is with shock and a heavy heart that I can confirm that Chris Bevington from our Spotify team lost his life in Friday’s senseless attack on Stockholm,” Ek wrote. According to Variety , Bevington had worked with the company for five years, Ek noted in the post. The British 41-year-old had served as Spotify’s director of global partnerships/business development, working from Stockholm. In a statement to the BBC , Bevington’s father, John, said, “We are all devastated by the untimely and tragic death of our talented, compassionate and caring son Chris. A wonderful husband, son, father, brother and close friend to many.” On Friday, four people were killed and about 15 more were injured when a truck plowed through a shopping area in the heart of Sweden’s capital. According to CNN, a

Watch Micheal Essien try to beat up a footballer on the field

Micheal Essien  who recently signed a new contract with Indonesian side,  Persib Bandung, has been trending online as a video of him running after an opponent to possibly beat him up, hit the web! The player fired a strong shot at Essien during the match, and Essien made a rather vengeful run after the him. Just watch,  laugh and share!!! @ladbible this just happened in Essien's debut — Petrick Sinuraya (@petrick_hc) April 8, 2017

No-fly zone: Trump not allowed to use personal helicopter

President Donald Trump can only look at the personal helicopter parked on the front lawn of his Mar-a-Lago resort. As far as going for a ride in it, he's grounded. According to Associated Press , the Secret Service says standard security protocol requires the president to fly on either Air Force One, a jumbo jet, or Marine One, a helicopter. The agency says Trump was never on the helicopter. It's hard to miss: The Sikorsky S-76 carries Trump's name in bold red print on the tail and step, and his personal family seal. The billionaire turned president owns two, The helicopter appeared Sunday on the newly paved helipad of Mar-a-Lago, then left a few hours later. The White House didn't respond to questions about the reason the helicopter was there.

Charterhouse Finally Explains Why Dumsor Lasted For 2 Hours At 2017 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards

The 18th edition of the annual Ghana Music Awards which happened on Saturday, Apri 8th at the Accra International Conference started late. Organisers of the show, Charterhouse wants to apologise to the public and investors for the late start because it happened due to a problem beyond their control. In a press statement sent to Cypress Ghana, the organisers say the ‘dumsor’ happened because the power at the venue was not stable and “standby generator also couldn’t stay on for more than 15minutes.” Read Press statement below:   The very prestigious 18th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards came off yesterday, Saturday, as planned at the Accra International Conference Centre. Unfortunately the event couldn't start at the scheduled time, due to some unprecedented major challenges we faced with the power supply to the conference centre.   The facility could not supply us with stable electricity from ECG and their over 1000KVA standby generator also couldn't stay on for more tha

Egypt announces 3months State Of Emergency following church bombings

Egyptian president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has announced a three-month state of emergency following the bomb explosion that rocked two Coptic Christian churches, leaving at least 48 people dead Sunday. 'A series of steps will be taken, most importantly, the announcement of a state of emergency for three months after legal and constitution steps are taken,' Sisi said in a speech aired on state television. ' The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) armed group claimed responsibility for the bombings in the Nile Delta cities of Alexandria and Tanta, which killed the people who were celebrating Palm Sunday.