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One of the World’s Wealthiest Football Clubs is Launching a Cryptocurrency.

French soccer giant Paris Saint-Germain football club (PSG) will launch its own cryptocurrency with a token offering that aims to incentivize its supporters over a blockchain.

The development sees a new partnership between top French Ligue 1 club, Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and blockchain company Socios.com which is based in Malta. The partnership is based on the ‘socios’ concept that already exists between football fans of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

PSG plays in the highest tier of France’s soccer league and has been hailed as the country’s “most popular” team. The club is owned and bankrolled by a Qatar state investment firm and holds the record for the highest transfer fee paid with the $263 million purchase of Brazilian football star Neymar from Barcelona in 2017.

Socios describes itself as a digitized, tokenized form of the “Socios” crowd-management concept of Real Madrid & FC Barcelona — “socios” means member or associate in Spanish. The platform is powered by a sports blockchain venture dubbed chiliZ, which has the backing of high profile crypto industry players that include crypto exchange Binance. chiliZ has raised $66 million in funding to date, according to sources.

Speaking exclusively to CCN, Chilliz CEO Alex Dreyfus explained that the platform was looking forward to further collaboration with other top soccer clubs.

“We are focusing on onboarding the biggest clubs in Europe and in the coming weeks, we will announce other big clubs who will also be joining our platform. Outside of France, our priority is clubs in the UK, Italy, Spain and Germany.”

PSG’s partnership with the platform will allow the club to launch a Fan Token Offering (FTO) that gives fans access to branded Saint German club tokens which come with voting rights and can also confer VIP status and/or rewards to their holders.

Fans will reportedly be able to vote on “cosmetic” decisions (choosing the club’s jersey color, stadium music and logo) and certain sports aspects (MVP, Player of the Match or Month, friendlies matches, summer tours, charity line-ups, etc).

Dreyfus noted that the strategy represents a limited token mechanism, which does not tokenize the club’s existing corporate structure but is focused on incentivizing and monetizing fan engagement and experiences via crypto. Marc Armstrong, Chief Partnership Officer of PS further elaborated:

“Paris Saint-Germain is determined to leverage the opportunities that cryptocurrency can provide. This revolutionary technology will have an important impact on the club’s overall business strategy and the way we engage with our fanbase”, he added.

Saint Germain fan tokens will reportedly be tradable on the socios.com marketplace, but only against the chiliZ native token ($CHZ). The club’s FTO will reportedly take place before the start of the coming soccer season, although the exact date and token pricing are yet to be revealed.

Dreyfus said that while PSG is the first high-profile club to join the initiative, the platform ultimately aims to engage “hundreds of millions” of soccer fans of multiple high caliber soccer clubs worldwide. Dreyfus said that the platform will help engage and educate a major demographic about blockchain and crypto.

Dreyfus is a familiar figure in the Malta Blockchain scene having already brought a number of crypto companies to Malta including Binance. He is also involved in the Malta Blockchain Campus that is currently under construction in the burgeoning town of Sliema and which aims to bring together crypto and blockchain companies under one roof.

 https://blog.cofredcoin.com/2018/09/11/one-of-the-world…a-cryptocurrency/

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 11, 2018 15:20

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La Liga, Barcelona & Girona ask Spanish FA for US game permission.

Barcelona, Girona and La Liga have asked the Spanish Football Federation for permission for the two Catalan clubs to relocate a match to the US.

The game, Girona's 'home' match, would be held at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium on 26 January at 19:45 GMT.

A compensation package for Girona season ticket holders has been agreed.

RFEF, the US Soccer Federation, Uefa and Concacaf need to give permission for the game to go ahead.

Luis Rubiales, the president of the RFEF, has previously spoken outagainst the US game.

The Spanish players' union (AFE) have also been opposed to the match and following a meeting with La Liga on Monday, it said the players will have the "final say".

La Liga, Spain's top flight, has agreed to play one game a season in the US as part of a 15-year deal with media company Relevent.

Girona is in Catalonia, about 60 miles north east of Barcelona. The club say the match represents a chance for expansion and growth, both for the club and the region.http://www.bbc.com/sport/footba

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 11, 2018 14:14

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DKB apologises for poor performance at Glo Laffta Fest

Sunday night can be described as one of the worst for comedian DKB as he failed to shine at the second edition of Glo’s Laffta Fest, which took place at the Fantasy Dome, Trade Fair in Accra. 

The King of GH comedy as DKB calls himself could not crack the ribs of the audience for the over 20 minutes he was on stage.

DKB spoke about the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari answering questions with questions and the fact that Africa is poor and would like to be born in America in his next life. But all the jokes he shared did not impress the audience and some of the patrons started booing him.

DKB then asked what he had done and then apologised for not lifting up his game on the night.

“It is not every day that your jokes land well and I accept the fact that I didn’t do well, better luck for me next time,” he stated. He received a standing ovation for speaking the truth.

Foster Romanus, who had a torrid time at the maiden Laffta Fest returned to prove himself and this time around, he was able to get some people laughing.

He told jokes about how whites treat everything with passion to the extent that they are willing to die for each other but that cannot happen with blacks among others. 

After some more jokes, he asked the audience to get on their feet as he wanted to do magic. 

After succeeding in getting almost everyone on their feet, he said he had told himself he would receive a standing ovation at the end of his performance and had succeeded in doing so.

Although some of the jokes the Nigerian comedians told were not new, the manner in which they were delivered still elicited laughter from the audience.

Dan D Humurous who was the best comedian on the night had everyone laughing throughout his 30 minutes performance.

A joke he told about Nigerian men loving business to the extent that they would sell fire extinguisher in hell to make money got everyone laughing.

Basket Mouth did incredibly well although his time on stage was quite short. A joke he shared about fetish priest asking for things they know you will definitely not get it got people laughing.

Other acts that passed through on the night were Gordons, Khemical, Senator, Salvador and some underground comedians.

Hosted by Ghanaian actor, Van Vicker and Nigerian actress, Ebube Nwagbo, the Glo Laffta Fest was well patronised with patrons having a great time.

joshua Posted on September 11, 2018 13:46

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Dominic Solomon Posted on September 11, 2018 12:55

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Crypto Exchanges are Evading China’s Ban by Changing Domain Names.

Despite the rise in control measures over cryptocurrency trading, observers are almost certain that Chinese investors will continually skirt the ban, which makes it nearly impossible for authorities to shut down trading entirely, per reports from South China Morning Post (SCMP.) and  blog.cofredcoin.com

SCMP references an earlier story published on the Shanghai Securities Times which reported that trading authorities were beefing up controls and their monitoring by blocking all access to 124 foreign crypto exchanges that provide trading services to Chinese investors. This move has had little to no effect as traders continue to use virtual private networks (VPNs) tools to access foreign exchanges, as well as leveraging Tether (USDT) for exchanging cryptocurrency for fiat currency and vice versa.

The Chinese government has been anti-crypto for a while but the most significant resistance against the industry dates back to early 2017 where Beijing began its crackdown on the domestic cryptocurrency ecosystem. These exchanges continue to circumvent the ban, reinventing them using new domain names under foreign identities which allows them trade to the locals.

Industry enthusiasts and investors claim that it would be difficult for regulators to completely block access as long as the trading platform servers remain outside China; transactions are conducted peer-to-peer and stay decentralized, as is common with crypto trading. The experts also believe the short-term consequences of this may be a temporary decrease in trading interest among novice cryptocurrency investors. And then subsequently, access to foreign exchange platform may be limited.

SCMP quoted a source close to one of the foreign exchanges who said regulators have the “technical ability to shut down VPNs” but there are currently no visible restrictions on using VPNs in China—which is a loophole for potential traders to access exchange platforms.

Earlier this year in March, state-run media outlet People’s Daily criticized crypto media outlets, claiming they were manipulating the cryptocurrency markets. Six months after, WeChat blocked cryptocurrency and blockchain media accounts in China claiming the accounts were found to violate the messaging apps regulations. For fear of being caught napping by regulators, Alipay and WeChat Pay said they would work with regulatory bodies in China to monitor and prohibit cryptocurrency transactions on their platforms.: https://blog.cofredcoin.com/2018/09/11/crypto-exchanges…ing-domain-names/

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 11, 2018 12:04

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'AMERICA'S DARKEST DAY' See newspaper headlines from around the world 24 hours after 9/11.

The day after the September 11 attacks, newspapers around the world reacted by capturing sadness, shock, and horror. These are the front pages people woke up to on September 12, 2001.

  • Tuesday is the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • The day after the attacks, newspapers around the world reacted by capturing the sadness, shock, and horror people felt.
  • We compiled front pages from American and international newspapers to show what people woke up to on September 12, 2001.


The September 11 terrorist attacks happened on this day 17 years ago.

For many people, the attacks were the biggest news story of their lifetimes. Just about everyone who experienced it can remember where they were when they heard of the attacks.

People who remember that day also remember the following morning, when newspapers around the world captured the horror, shock, and sadness people felt.

The Newseum, a museum in Washington, DC, that chronicles the history of media, archived more than 100 newspapers from September 12, 2001, the day after the attacks. The front pages of these newspapers, bearing headlines like "ACT OF WAR" and "AMERICA'S DARKEST DAY," underscore the impact the attacks had on the American psyche.

Here is what newspapers looked like the day after September 11, 2001.

The New York Times

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The New York Post

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The New York Daily News

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The Washington Post

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USA Today

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The Atlanta Constitution

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The Los Angeles Times

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The Detroit Free Press

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The San Francisco Examiner

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Chicago Tribune

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Newsday

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People

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Canada's The Globe and Mail

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London's The Daily Telegraph

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London's The Times

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Melbourne's Herald Sun

https://www.pulse.com.gh/bi/politics/americas-darkest-day-see-newspaper-headlines-from-around-the-world-24-hours-after-9-11-id8838577.html

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Migrant crisis: Scores drown off Libyan coast.

More than 100 migrants died in a shipwreck off the Libyan coastline earlier this month, an aid agency says.

According to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) two rubber boats set off on 1 September, but one of the vessels deflated and sank.

The 276 survivors were eventually taken to the Libyan port city of Khoms, around 100 km (62 miles) to the south-east of the capital Tripoli.

MSF says the group is now being held in "arbitrary detention".

The survivors, including pregnant women, children and infants, have been treated by MSF for pneumonia or burns from leaked fuel.

Over 1,500 migrants have died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean so far this year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Many more have been rescued, although Italy, a primary destination for migrants travelling from Libya, has recently started to refuse entry to migrant ships.

Concerns remain for those who are returned to Libya by the country's Coast Guard, with reports emerging late last year of sub-Saharan African migrants being kidnapped for ransom or sold as slaves in the northern African country. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-45

khojho Posted on September 11, 2018 09:45

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Uefa plans third European club competition.

Real Madrid won the Champions League in May 2018

Uefa plans to introduce a third European club competition alongside the Champions League and Europa League from 2021.

Head of the European Club Association, Andrea Agnelli, said "the green light has been given", pending approval.

He did not give any more details on how the tournament would be organised or when it would be staged.

Agnelli, who is also chairman of Italian champions Juventus, said: "The current model needs modernising."

http://www.bbc.com/sport/footba

Speaking at the annual general assembly of the ECA in Croatia, he added: "A detailed assessment of the existing international match calendar is required prior to presenting a new model post-2024."

khojho Posted on September 11, 2018 09:39

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Modric deserved UEFA Player of the Year ahead of 'marketed' Ronaldo - Ramos

Sergio Ramos insists that Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric deserved to win the UEFA Player of the Year award ahead of those with "more marketing", such as Cristiano Ronaldo.

Modric's win sparked controversy in Italy, with Ronaldo's representative, Jorge Mendes, blasting the snub as "ridiculous and shameful".

However, Ramos believes that Modric, who played a key role in the club's Champions League victory, deserved the award over the Portuguese.

Indeed, the midfielder's performances at the World Cup seemed to back up UEFA's decision, the ex-Tottenham midfielder guiding his Croatia side to their first ever final, where they lost to France.https://www.myjoyonline.com/sports/2018/September-10th/modric-deserved-uefa-player-of-the-year-ahead-of-marketed-ronaldo-ramos.php

Portugal, meanwhile, fell to Uruguay in the Round of 16.

"There are few players that I am as proud of having in my team as [Modric]," said Ramos, per the Daily Mail.

"He is a great friend and a great player. He is one of the few players who [if he wins] would make me as happy as if they had given it to me."

Ramos also appeared to take a dig at Ronaldo in claiming that Modric is more unassuming than the Juve striker, who has yet to score a goal in Serie A.

 

joshua Posted on September 11, 2018 08:42

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Canada ends search for missing German star Daniel Küblböck

A search has been called off for a German pop singer who went missing from a cruise ship off Canada's Atlantic coast.

A spokesman for Aida Cruises, which operates the AidaLuna vessel, said it suspected Daniel Küblböck, 33, had jumped overboard on Sunday morning.

The ship was heading towards St John's, Newfoundland, at the time.

The AidaLuna stopped and returned to where the incident happened following a cabin search.

The case has now been handed over to police as a missing person file.

The Canadian Armed Forces said in a statement that the "difficult decision" was taken to end the search on Monday morning "given the short survivability time due to the temperature of the water at this time of year".

Coast guard vessels and military aircraft were deployed to assist in the search for the missing man.

The search was focused on a region about 200 km (125 miles) north of St John's.

An eyewitness quoted by Bild newspaper supported the report that Mr Küblböck, who was travelling alone, had jumped from a deck.

The cruise ship was on a 16-day trip, leaving Hamburg, Germany, on 29 August. It is scheduled to arrive in New York on 14 September.

Aida Cruises said on Twitter that "our thoughts with the family of the missing".

Mr Küblböck came to fame as a contestant in the talent show Germany Seeks the Superstar in 2003.

He has since appeared on a number of reality television shows, including Let's Dance in 2015.

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seth Posted on September 11, 2018 07:34

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Breaking: Winklevoss’ Gemini Launches U.S. Dollar-Pegged Cryptocurrency.

Gemini, the cryptocurrency exchange founded by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, has announced the creation of a USD-pegged Ethereum token that looks to supplant tether (USDT) as the stablecoin of choice among bitcoin traders.

Gemini Launches Tether Competitor

Announced on Monday, the Gemini dollar (GUSD) aims to become what the controversial tether token has not, a “trusted and regulated digital representation” of the U.S. dollar that can be transmitted across the blockchain and traded on cryptocurrency exchanges located throughout the world.https://blog.cofredcoin.com/2018/09/10/breaking-winklev…d-cryptocurrency

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 10, 2018 18:17

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Les Moonves, one of the highest-paid CEOs in the US, leaves CBS with a net worth of $700 million.

Leslie Moonves, CEO and Chairman of CBS corporation, has left the company following new reports of sexual harassment and assault accusations, the network announced on Sunday. Moonves is worth an estimated $700 million and was one of the highest-paid CEOs in the US.

 

Leslie Moonves, CEO and Chairman of CBS Corporation, left the company after a new wave of sexual assault and harassment allegations, the network announced Sunday night.

The New Yorker published a report Sunday detailing accusations against the media executive from six women. This came after CBS hired multiple law firms to launch an investigation against Moonves in August, after six other women accused Moonves of sexual misconduct or harassment.

Moonves was one of the highest-paid CEOs in the US, thanks to a compensation package of cash, restricted shares and stock options worth $57 million in 2014, Forbes reported. He's worth an estimated $700 million.

CNBC reported on Thursday that the board was considering giving him a $100 million exit package, but CBS said in its Sunday statement that Moonves would not receive any severance benefits at this time, pending the results of an independent investigation.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 10, 2018 14:55

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Injured Alli to Miss Switzerland match

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has withdrawn from the England squad for Tuesday's friendly against Switzerland with a minor muscle strain.

He picked up the problem in Saturday's 2-1 Nations League defeat by Spain.

The 22-year-old will be treated by his club rather than joining the squad at Leicester's King Power Stadium.

Manager Gareth Southgate had already brought in Leicester's Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray from the Under-21s and has not called up a replacement for Alli.http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/45404026

Ezenbie Posted on September 10, 2018 14:52

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Multichoice is cutting down jobs as DSTV faces stiff competition in South Africa and regulatory hurdles in Nigeria.

The company may cut up to 200 jobs in the shake-up process.

Multichoice is said to be cutting down jobs as the pay TV company struggles to get the hold on stiff competition in the South African market and regulatory hurdles in Nigeria.

According to Business Lives, the company may cut up to 200 jobs in the shake-up process.

The company's spokesperson said the job cut is necessary to have a “learner and remain globally competitive”.

Multichoice is having a tough time with Netflix and others

In July 2018, the African cable TV asked the South African government to ensure level playing field among pay TV operators to compete with over-the-top players.

Calvo Mawela, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa at Naspers Limited explained that Netflix is enjoying an undue advantage in the region.

Mawela admitted that viewers' habits had changed, with people wanting to watch more content online. He said the company is exploring the possibility of offering a streaming-only package in direct battle with Netflix.

Multichoice loses 41,000 subscribers, revenue down

Also, in its financial result for the year ended March 31, 2018, the company's revenue dropped drastically over the loss of high-end subscribers.

It lost 41,000 high-end subscribers who use its premium offer last year owing to threats posed by Netflix and Amazon, the online streaming giants.

Regulatory hurdles on subscription rates

In Nigeria, Multichoice is also facing consumers' hard stick on the recently increased subscription rates.

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) sued the company for violating the agreement it reached with the Nigerian government after an initial price hike in 2015.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 10, 2018 14:49

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China reportedly detained a man for terrorist charges after he set his watch 2 hours behind Beijing time.

The man detained was of the Uighur minority. China has one official time zone, but is so big the natural daylight schedules differ across the country. Changing clocks to "Urumqi time" to follow the natural daylight schedule of the western region of Xinjiang is seen as a form of resistance.

  • China is accused of locking 1 million people of the Muslim Uighur ethnic minority in detention centers or re-education camps in the country.
  • According to a new Human Rights Watch report, a Uighur man was detained for changing his watch to two hours behind Beijing time.
  • The man had reportedly changed his clock to Urumqi time, which follows the natural daylight schedule in the western region in Xinjiang.
  • China has just one official time zone, but is so big the natural daylight schedules differ across the country.
  • Changing clocks to "Urumqi time" is seen as a form of resistance against the Chinese government.

China detained a man of the Uighur ethnic minority because he set his watch to a different time from Beijing, Human Rights Watch has said in a new report.

The unnamed man was arrested for being a terrorist suspect and sent to a detention center in Xinjiang, western China, the nonprofit reported, citing a former detainee identified by the pseudonym Nur. The date of the arrest and detention was not clear.

The activist group's source, who was identified by the pseudonym Nur, said: "I know of a guy ... who was taken away for having set his watch to Urumqi time — they say that's what makes him suspicious for terrorism."

China justifies its surveillance and crackdown in Xinjiang as preventing terrorism, and has repeatedly accused militant Uighurs of starting terrorist attacks across the country since at least the mid-1990s.

Former detainees have detailed both physical and psychological torture in China's political camps. Recent inmates also described being forced to sing patriotic hymns in Chinese, and deprived of food if they did not comply, The New York Times reported.

Urumqi time, or Xinjiang time, is an unofficial time zone set two hours behind Beijing's.

China has one official time zone for the entire country — China Standard Time (CST) — which follows Beijing hours. But because the country is so big, Beijing is actually two hours ahead of the natural daylight schedule in Xinjiang, which is in the west.

Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China, merged all of the country's time zones into one to enhance "national unity."

Setting clocks to "Urumqi time" is therefore seen as a form of resistance against the Chinese Communist Party.

Chinese authorities have used various excuses to justify detaining Uighurs in recent months.

Earlier this week, authorities in Xinjiang arrested four Uighur journalists for being "two-faced," a term used to mean paying lip service to the Chinese Communist Party but privately criticizing its policies, Radio Free Asia reported.

The Chinese government has denied that internment camps exist, but have acknowledged a program of "resettlement" for people it refers to as extremists.

https://www.pulse.com.gh/bi/politics/china-reportedly-detained-a-man-for-terrorist-charges-after-he-set-his-watch-2-hours-behind-beijing-time-id8832656.html

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 10, 2018 08:52

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Seven people have been injured in a knife attack in Paris.

Paris has been the site of several largescale terror attacks in the last few years, though there have been no major attacks since 2015.

  • Seven people have been injured in a knife attack in Paris on Sunday night.
  • The attacker is in custody, and the event is not believed to be terror related.
  • Paris has been the site of several large scale terror attacks in the last few years, although there have been no major attacks since 2015.

 

Seven people were injured in a knife attack in Paris on Sunday night.

The attack occurred around 10:45 p.m. local time when a man armed with a crowbar and a knife began attacking people in the 19th Arrondissement, northeast of Paris, according to La Parisien,

The attacker allegedly stabbed three people at the MK2 theatre near the Quai de la Loire, La Parisien reported, before two men playing petanque at a court nearby tried to disrupt the assailant by throwing a ball at him.

The attacker continued down the street, allegedly attacking several more people, including two British tourists, before police arrested him.

La Parisien said the alleged attacker is of Afghan descent.

Officials said seven people were wounded, including four with serious injuries.

There was no indication of terror, according to La Parisien, though police have not revealed a motive.

Paris has been the site of several large scale terror attacks in the last few years, though there have been no major attacks since 2015.

France has seen smaller lone-wolf attacks in recent months. In May, a Chechnyan national attacked four people in Paris with a knife, killing one and injuring four.

In June, a woman stabbed two people with a box cutter in a supermarket in Toulon. And in August, a 19-year-old Afghan Asylum seeker stabbed four people in the southwestern French town of Perigueux, injuring four.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 10, 2018 07:53

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Motor rider, passenger crushed to death at Wulensi

Two people have been crushed to death by a Benz bus at Wulensi in the Northern region. 

 

According to reports, the deceased were travelling from Wulensi on a motorbike when the incident happened. 

 

Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Mohammed Yussif Tanko confirmed this to Adom News. 

 

He said the motor rider, 30-year-old Kassim Kaduri and a pillion rider Oldman Safiano, 25, were on Suzuki motorbike with registration number GT 7148 -H from Wulensi.

 

On reaching a section of the road in a curve, DSP Tanko noted that there was a head-on collision with a Benz bus with registration number AS 802 A loaded with passengers from Nakpayili heading towards Wulensi. 

 

The rider and pillion rider, he stated died on the spot and bodies deposited at Bimbilla Government Hospital for postmortem. 

 

The Benz bus driver, Alhaji Adams Sulemana and the mate also sustained injuries and currently on admission at the same hospital. 

 

Meanwhile, spot investigation by the police revealed that the motor rider had no headlights and was using a torchlight to navigate his way through the darkness.

 

Source: adomonline.com

 

Veronica Ehwia Posted on September 10, 2018 07:53

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Pregnant teens at high risk of depression; likely to attempt abortion – Study

Teenage pregnant mothers stand a higher risk of depression, that is part of the findings from a study by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology School of Medical Sciences.

 

The investigation led by Dr. Reiko Matilda Kpesese found 71 per cent depression prevalence among mothers below 18 years.

 

According to a 2006 study, depression affects about 20% of women during their lifetime, with pregnancy being a period of high vulnerability.

 

A study concluded in 2014 in Ghana also found 9.9 per cent prevalence of depression during pregnancy among pregnant women.

 

Depression during pregnancy is not only the strongest risk factor for post-natal depression but also leads to negative pregnancy outcomes. The study as part of her final year thesis sought to assess the risk factors and effects of depression during pregnancy among 100 pregnant women in the Ningo Prampram District in the Greater Accra region.

 

“The women were screened for signs and symptoms of depression using Patient Health Questionnaire-9,” she said.

 

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Though previous studies suggest depression during pregnancy ranges from 4% to 20%, the current study found 33 per cent prevalence.

 

The study cites previous depression as the greatest risk factor for antenatal depression. Previous and induced abortion, lack of partner support, low-income level, first-time pregnancy, partner employment status and cohabitation were other factors found to increase the risk.

 

Surprisingly, women who were depressed were more likely to attempt abortion, “as high as 64 per cent,” she said.

 

Though women with low educational background were found to be at high risk, having a tertiary level of education could not insulate one from plunging into depression.

 

Deferring folic acid intake and pregnancy termination attempts were found to be common among women with antenatal depression.

 

Dr Reiko Kpesese recommends screening for depression during pregnancy and increased awareness creation on this aspect of maternal health.

 

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Veronica Ehwia Posted on September 10, 2018 07:47

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Women now using toothpaste to firm up sagging breasts .

Women are slowly inventing new methods to keep their bodies looking youthful as they completely attempt to stay away from the dreaded old age.

Not too long ago, news broke that some women were resorting to consuming chicken feed (chick mash) so as to achieve a bigger, wider and jiggly bum. Now, a Nigerian YouTuber by the name NaturalBeauty556 has chosen to school women on how to achieve a full, firm set of boobies.

Her method, though unconventional, is one you have probably never seen or heard.

According to the lady, a woman who desperately needs her chesticles to stop complying to the law of gravity should run to the nearest store and purchase a tube of toothpaste.

According to the socialite, applying the paste on one’s chest works wonders in a record-breaking six days. Hmm. In an extensive presentation, the lady mixed yoghurt, toothpaste, cucumber, flour and egg whites in a bowl then went ahead to apply the contents on her breasts. Scrolling through YouTube, YEN.com.gh discovered this was actually a trend that was slowly picking up as many other content creators were adapting to the strange habit. The other so-called experts, however, claimed the process takes a good 30 days for a lady to finally see the fruits of her labour. In this case, the fruits are apples. If you know, you know. Hehe!

YEN.com.gh however cannot confirm whether this new trend works and one thing is for sure, the practice is not medically or scientifically proven to work.

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Ronaldo becomes Real Valladolid’s majority owner

Brazil World Cup winner Ronaldo has become the majority shareholder of Real Valladolid, after purchasing a 51% controlling stake in the Spanish club.

The 42-year-old played for Real Madrid, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Barcelona in an 18-year playing career.

Valladolid are 16th in La Liga and yet to win a game this season.

"The arrival of Ronaldo puts Real Valladolid on the map and will allow the club to take a leap in quality," said president Carlos Suarez.

Ronaldo scored 62 times for Brazil, including both goals when they beat Germany in the 2002 World Cup final.

Speaking at a news conference on Monday, he said: "I have gone through many stages in my training in football to prepare. Football is a passion.

"This new management will be defined by four words: competitiveness, transparency, revolution and social."

Ronaldo won two La Liga titles with Real Madrid and the Uefa Cup with Inter. He was part of the Brazil squad who won the 1994 World Cup - although he did not play - and helped them reach the 1998 final.

He picked up the Ballon d'Or award for the best player in the world in 1997 and 2002.

Last month, he was admitted to hospital in Ibiza with pneumonia.

https://www.myjoyonline.com/sports/2018/september-3rd/ronaldo-becomes-real-valladolids-majority-owner.php

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AFCON 2019 qualifier: Ghana ace Thomas Partey vows Kenya will be annihilated in return leg

Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey has told Kenya they will be pummeled in the return leg clash of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The Black Stars suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to the Harambee Stars on Saturday at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.

A Nicholas Opoku own goal gifted the home side the team which gave them their first points in Group F after losing their opener 2-1 at Sierra Leone.

Ahead of the return fixture in March next year, Partey has told the Kenyans they would be annihilated in Ghana.

''Kenyans should come up with a basket in Ghana (to carry the many goals they will concede),'' the Atletico Madrid star told Nairobi News at his team’s hotel on Sunday.

But Partey praised the Sebastien Migne's side for the solid defensive display on Saturday.

''They played well. Kenya is a solid team with tactical discipline and each player sticks to his role. But we should have won the game with the chances we got.''

https://ghanasoccernet.com/afcon-2019-qualifier-ghana-ace-thomas-partey-vows-kenya-will-be-annihilated-in-return-leg

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Les Moonves resigns from CBS after sexual misconduct allegations

The head of US media giant CBS, Les Moonves, has resigned with immediate effect after allegations of sexual misconduct.

CBS had been investigating Mr Moonves since allegations appeared in the New Yorker in July - and fresh accusations from six more women appeared on Sunday.

Mr Moonves, 68, denies the allegations, calling the latest "appalling".

However, CBS said the company and Mr Moonves would donate $20m (£15.4m) to groups supporting the #MeToo movement.

Mr Moonves' tenure at the top of CBS, which he joined in 1995, has been marked by a power struggle with Shari Redstone who, through her family's business National Amusements, is the controlling shareholder in both CBS and the media conglomerate, Viacom.

Ms Redstone and Mr Moonves had been engaged in a court battle as he tried to thwart her plan to merge CBS and Viacom.

But the announcement of Mr Moonves' departure came at the same time as CBS said it was ending legal action against National Amusements. For its part, National Amusements said it would not seek a merger between the two companies for the next two years.

What has CBS said?

In a statement it announced that Mr Moonves would step down as chairman, president and CEO with immediate effect.

Joseph Ianniello will serve as president and acting CEO.

The Financial Times said Mr Moonves was resigning because this would entitle him to a hefty severance package, including stock options.

US media said the resignation package for Mr Moonves could amount to $100m.

However, CBS said he would not receive any severance benefits until the result of an independent investigation into his conduct.

The donation to organisations fighting for "equality for women in the workplace" would be deducted from the severance benefits, it said.

In a separate move, six directors have stepped down and six new ones have been elected.

Mr Moonves has been one of the most powerful executives in US media, joining CBS in 1995 as head of entertainment and becoming CEO of CBS Corp in 2006.

He issued a statement on Sunday saying: "Untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am."

What were the latest allegations?

They appear in a new article in the New Yorker by Ronan Farrow, who also authored the July piece and this year won a Pulitzer Prize for detailing assault accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

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The six women in the latest piece allege sexual harassment or assault by Mr Moonves between the 1980s and the first decade of this century.

Some allege he forced them to perform oral sex or exposed himself without their consent.

Some say he damaged their careers when they rebuffed him.

TV executive Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb and writer Jessica Pallingston are two of the women who give graphic descriptions of the misconduct they accuse Mr Moonves of carrying out.

What did Mr Moonves say about them?

The New Yorker quoted a statement in which he says: "The appalling accusations in this article are untrue. What is true is that I had consensual relations with three of the women some 25 years ago before I came to CBS.

"And I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women. In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations."

What were the earlier allegations?

Another six women had accused Mr Moonves. All of them said they believed their careers had suffered because they rejected his advances.

At the time Mr Moonves said he "may have made some women uncomfortable" in the past, adding: "Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely. But I always understood and respected... that 'no' means 'no'."

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Analysis by James Cook, BBC Los Angeles

Les Moonves started out as a TV actor before developing Friends and ER with Warner Bros and then reviving an ailing CBS with hits including CSI, Everybody Loves Raymond and, most recently, The Big Bang Theory.

For a decade under his leadership, CBS has been the most-watched network in the US, narrowly retaining its crown ahead of NBC in the 2017-18 season.

Mr Moonves earned $69.3m (£53m) in 2017 making him one of the highest paid chief executives in the world.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45467975

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Famous Robber Arrested At Aflao

Julius Gbede, age 23, assumed name “Bible” is said to be very famous for bad reasons, a notorious criminal, has been arrested from his hiding place at Agblazuime, which is a village on the Ghana-Togo border near Aflao.
Julius Gbede, who has been wanted list by police since 2015, was a resident of Aflao. He has grabbed up together with two others companions, the one name is Kofi Kunya, alias Sponsor, 25, and a resident of Kpoglo in the Ketu-South Municipality, and Edem Sodzi, alias Stone, 21, a Togolese resident in Lome.
Three unlicensed locally used to made pistols, a pump action gun, four AA live cartridges, various pharmaceutical drugs, quantities of various soft and hard beverages and electronic gadgets have been in custody from them.
Superintendent of Police in charge of the Aflao District Police Command, Frederick Lumor, who lead the police operation, inform the media that in 2015, Gbede, who was found guilty and involved in a robbery at Adzablikope near Aflao, runaway.
He exposed that one of his three companions in that robbery, who was arrested at the scene, was jailed for twenty eight years, although Gbede lingered out there for a while before being arrested.
Mr. Lumor said Gbede, who was also place in front of court but unfortunately got bail, and was suspected to have engaged in series of robberies together with one Edzordzi George Dabla, an ex-convict, who is currently on the run.
Mr Lumor also gave hint that during the surprise attack, the passers-by spotted Edzordzi Dabla incoming there on a motorbike to drop his passenger seating rider and then left.

http://www.ghanalive.tv/2018/09/09/famous-robber-arrested-aflao/

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South Sudan: Plane crashes into Lake Yirol 'killing 19'

Nineteen people were killed when a small passenger plane crashed into a lake as it tried to land in thick fog in central South Sudan, reports say.

Only four people, including two children, survived the crash, said government official Taban Abel Aguek.

The victims include the pilot and co-pilot, a staff member of the Red Cross and an Anglican bishop, he told AFP.

The aircraft was carrying 23 people from the capital, Juba, to the city of Yirol on Sunday.

"When it arrived the weather was so foggy and when it tried to land it crashed into Lake Yirol adjacent to Yirol town," Mr Abel Aguek, the regional government minister, said.

"The whole town is in shock, the shops are closed, some people have taken their relatives for burial. It is a commercial plane that crashed," he added.

Images posted on Twitter by Radio Miraya showed the twisted wreckage of the aircraft submerged in water as local fishermen used canoes to help with rescue and retrieval efforts.

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In March last year, a plane travelling from Juba to Wau, in the north-west of the country, crashed with at least 40 people on board. None of the passengers were killed but several were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-45465618

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Diego Sanchez v Craig White: UFC fighter kisses opponent at weigh-in

UFC fighter Diego Sanchez was left furious after he was kissed by British fighter Craig White.

The 28-year-old from Devon planted a smacker on the nose of his upcoming opponent at the pre-fight weigh-in.

The pair, who go head-to-head in Texas on 8 September, had to be kept apart by UFC owner Dana White.

The main event at UFC 228 will be a Championship fight between Liverpool's Darren Till and the American Tyron Woodley.

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The pre-fight weigh-in is usually a fighter's final chance to leave a psychological mark on an opponent before inflicting a physical one.

Exmouth-based fighter Craig "The Thundercat" White is a grappling specialist, so fans are used to seeing him perform an arm bar or choke hold.

But the crowd was shocked when the 28-year-old pulled off the unusual move of kissing his rival.

After hopping off the scales and posing for the obligatory nose-to-nose trash-talking pictures the 28-year-old pressed his lips against Diego Sanchez's nose.

The two welterweights will face off on the undercard of UFC 228 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

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The night will be headlined by another British welterweight, Liverpool's Darren Till - who'll fight Tyron Woodley for the championship belt.

If Till manages to bring the title belt back to the UK it'll be the latest chapter in an incredible career.

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Before competing in the UFC he specialised as a Muay Thai kickboxer.

But he learned other martial arts disciplines in Brazil - he was sent there after being stabbed in a Liverpool nightclub aged 19.

His coach booked a one-way flight saying he wanted to help the teenager escape the distractions of home.

Darren Till spent almost four years in the South American country perfecting his craft.

A win in Texas would see the the Liverpudlian become only the second Briton in history to claim UFC gold.

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Post Malone in car crash days after plane drama

Post Malone says "god must hate me" after he was involved in a car crash in California.

The rapper's white Rolls-Royce was left badly damaged when it crashed through a fence after colliding with another car.

Police in Santa Monica confirmed several people were treated at the scene but no one was seriously hurt.

The accident comes just two weeks after his private jet was forced into an emergency landing when two of its tyres exploded during take-off.

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According to reports the crash happened just after 3.30am local time on a motorway on the border of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills in Los Angeles.

The 23-year-old rapper spoke to a local television news channel before leaving the crash site.

Post Malone said: "First almost a plane then almost a car. God must be trying to kill me."

A police spokesperson confirmed that there were no reports of alcohol use or driving under the influence. It was unclear what caused the crash.

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Two weeks ago Post Malone, whose hits include Rockstar and Psycho, was on a private jet that took off from New Jersey heading for London.

During take-off two of the aircraft's tyres blew out forcing it to make an emergency landing in New York City.

The rapper was travelling to the UK to appear at Reading and Leeds festivals when the incident happened.

He tweeted, thanking people for their prayers but said he couldn't believe "how many people wished death on me on this website".

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Fans turned up at the airport and cheered when the jet, which was carrying 16 people, touched down.

His second album, Beerbongs & Bentleys, was released earlier this year and went to number one in the US.

It also broke several streaming records and went platinum within four days of release.

https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-45458880

seth Posted on September 09, 2018 16:39

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Deadly stadium stampede at Madagascar v Senegal match

At least one person has been killed and nearly 40 injured in a stampede at a Madagascar football stadium.

The incident occurred just before the start of Madagascar's match against Senegal in the qualifying round of the Africa Cup of Nations, local media said.

Thousands of spectators were still trying to get into the stadium through the only entrance.

Two of those hurt are in a critical condition in the capital, Antananarivo.

Many people had been queuing up since the early hours of the morning for a 14:30 (12:30 GMT) kick-off at the Stade Municipal de Mahamasina.

French radio station RFI reported there was a rush to enter the stadium when the gates were opened.

"We were waiting in the queue from six o'clock in the morning. We were metres from the gate when the stampede took place. I was trampled on the back, but my backpack cushioned the impact," Rivo Raberisaona told the AFP news agency.

"I do not understand why there was only one gate open into the stadium when it's such a big match," said Henintsoa Mialy Harizafy, whose uncle was injured in the stampede.

The game, featuring stars such as Liverpool forward Sadio Mané, was played as planned in front of a capacity crowd and ended in a 2-2 draw.

Stampedes at stadiums in Africa occur on a regular basis, often due to poor crowd control in over-crowded stadiums.

A stadium stampede in Angola killed at least 17 people in February 2017.

In July 2017, eight people - including seven children - died in a stampede at a match in Malawi.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-45465970

seth Posted on September 09, 2018 16:23

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Football gossip: Zidane, Mourinho, Terry, Neves, Griezmann, Fabregas

Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has been preparing a list of transfer targets in case he is asked to replaced Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager. (Sunday Mirror)

United's former France forward Eric Cantona says Mourinho "has a good personality, but not for United", adding that the Old Trafford outfit "should have [Pep] Guardiola as coach". (Mail on Sunday)

Ex-Chelsea and England captain John Terry, 37, is expected to sign a one-year deal with Russian side Spartak Moscow. (Sky Sports Italy)

Alternatively, Terry will sign a two-year contract after passing a medical in Italy. (Observer)

Terry is set to earn £1.8m a year after tax in the Russian capital. (Sunday Telegraph)

'A brutal reality check'

Rashford had England's best chances to snatch a point

How England were brought back down to earth by impressive Spain...

Manchester United and Manchester City are both interested in signing Wolves' 21-year-old Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves in January. (Sun on Sunday)

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will sign a new £4m-a-year contract with the Premier League club. (Sunday Mirror)

Former Manchester United and Netherlands keeper Edwin van der Sar says it is "nonsense" he could be returning to the club as director of football, a position he holds at Dutch side Ajax. (Sun on Sunday)

Atletico Madrid's 27-year-old France forward Antoine Griezmann says he would like to finish his career in the MLS - at either LA Galaxy or David Beckham's new team Inter Miami. (L'Equipe - in French)

AC Milan are interested in Chelsea's 31-year-old Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Aston Villa had hoped to re-sign John Terry but are now considering German ex-Leicester defender Robert Huth, 34, instead. (Sunday Mirror)

Watford have agreed to sign 18-year-old Serbian striker Filip Stuparevic in January. (Sportski zurnal - in Serbian)

Work on modernising Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu ground will begin before the end of the year. (Marca - in Spanish)

English clubs might consider the January transfer window as their last chance to sign top young European players before Brexit potentially makes it more difficult to do so. (Sunday Telegraph)

Leicester City's England Under-21 left-back Ben Chilwell, 21, says his preparations for this season involved "minging running" in the summer and cutting out alcohol. (Mail on Sunday)

Chelsea and Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, 25, says he "favours" the style of new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri because he "wants us to press high compared to last season when everyone knows we sat back" under previous manager Antonio Conte. (Mail on Sunday)

Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, the 22-year-old English ex-Newcastlewinger, is wanted by Belgian clubs Royal Antwerp and Standard Liege.(Sun on Sunday)

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seth Posted on September 09, 2018 11:51

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Enrique wins first match as Spain coach with 2-1 victory over England

-spain recorded a famous 2-1 win over England at Wembley.

united Marcus Rashford got the first goal for the three lions.

-Saul and Rodrigo scored a goal which turned out to be the winner.

Luis Enrique won his first match in charge as Spain's coach with a 2-1 victory over England at Wembley stadium in the Uefa Nations League.

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford scored the first goal for the three lions in their first genuine threat on goal.

The 21 year old was found in the box by his united team mates Luke Shaw as he tucked the ball past David Due Gea.

Spain responded almost immediately as Rodrigo was given time and space to find Saul Nigues who pounced on the low cross to make the score 1-1.

The Valencia striker registered his goal in the match 32nd minutes as Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantra provided the assist to make the score 2-1 to Spain.

The second half produced no goals but Rashford was denied by De Gea on a couple of occasions to keep the scoreline in favour on the Spanish side.

England were denied an equalizer when Danny Welbeck was adjudged to have fouled an aerial contest with Red Devils number one.

It was the visitors who ran away with the win as Enrique registered his first win as national team coach after taking the mantle for Fernando Hierro in the summer.

 Meanwhile NAIJ.COM had earlier reported that Brazil put their Russia 2018 world cup dissapointment behind them as they overpowered a young USA side by 2-0.

Coach Tite fielded a strong squad for the encounter with a front line of Neymar,Roberto,Firmino and Douglas Costa.

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Why Nigeria's women get a 50% election discount

If you are a man and mulling over the idea of running for president in 2019 for one of Nigeria's main parties then deep pockets are required.

Campaigning, of course, is going to cost money, but both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People's Democratic Party (PDP) charge presidential hopefuls who want to run in the party primaries tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege.

The APC, the party of President Muhammadu Buhari, wants $125,000 (£97,000) for a nomination form. An opposition PDP presidential nomination is cheap by comparison - just $33,000.

Women, on the other hand, get a discount - half price for the APC or totally free if you want to try your luck with PDP. But neither party has ever nominated a woman since the return of democracy in 1999 and only one woman, Sarah Jibril, has run in the primaries.

She gained just one vote in the 2011 contest.

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But for male aspirants the price tag has triggered fears that the opportunity to run for the country's highest office is only open to the rich.

Only candidates from the PDP and APC have won Nigeria's presidency since the end of military rule.

Recipe for corruption?

People have accused the main parties of using the nomination process to generate cash.

The APC has nearly doubled the price from the last election in 2015. When Mr Buhari made his bid to become the then-opposition party's candidate for president he bought his nomination form for $76,000.

At the time he said he a got a bank loan to cover the cost, but there has never been any statement on how or when the loan was repaid and with what interest.

Mr Buhari wants to run for a second term as the APC candidate - his nomination fee has been covered by a youth movement this time round.

One man who is hoping to challenge Mr Buhari, Alhaji Mumakai Unagha, has called the charges "a deliberate act to deny potential aspirants with genuine intentions for the country from accessing or collecting the form".

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"With the current situation, those who stole our common wealth will now have a field day, while those of us with a genuine and burning desire to contribute to the development of the country will be denied."

Mr Unagha thinks that the nomination fee is an invitation to loot state coffers once people win office.

"The party is indirectly telling Nigerians that when aspirants get to power they should recoup their money."

Too poor to run?

This view is echoed by Nana Tim-Dudiefa Nwachukwu, who is part of the #NotTooYoungToRun movement that seeks to encourage young Nigerians to run for office.

"How do you hope to recover your money? People go into businesses for the benefits it brings to them in one way or the other.

"It means such a person will be looking at some other means outside of his or her legitimate income to recover their money."

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The opposition PDP has gone the opposite way to the APC and slashed its nomination fees by nearly half. But $33,000 is still out of the reach of most of the population, seeing as Nigeria's average annual income per person is less than $2,000.

Although the parties charge these nomination fees, the country's electoral commission, which has made no comment on the issue, does not charge the parties to register their candidates once the primary process is over.

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The parties have defended their charges.

APC spokesman Yekini Nabena told the AFP news agency that the fees were a reflection of the cost of campaigning and a way of ensuring the party was not in thrall to a handful of wealthy donors.

"We want the party itself to take care of the elections so that nobody will say because he gave money to the party, he wants to dictate to the party what to do," AFP quoted him as saying.

He added: "Even though you are financially handicapped, if you are the man of the people, your supporters can contribute money for you."

But the suspicion is that the office of president may now be going to the highest bidder.

'Humongous fees'

Journalist Kassim Afegbua, a member of an APC breakaway faction, has been damning.

"A party that calls itself progressives shut its doors against all democratic principles of allowing other persons to vie for the presidency," he wrote in an article in the New Telegraph newspaper.

"It imposes a humongous nomination fee... on a president it has generously branded as a poor man whose only item on his menu list is integrity."

Idayat Hassan, Executive Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development, also thinks this reflects badly on the way politics is going.

"These parties are saying offices are only for the rich candidates with [a] large war chest.

"These parties previously have tried to hide the role of money in politics but for this electoral cycle, what they have made obvious is money is the defining character for the election: no money, no contest, no money, no office.

"This has made democracy the preserve of the rich."

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Reminisce Festival: Overdoses lead to MDMA warning

Two people are in a critical condition in hospital after suspected MDMA overdoses at a music festival.

A 19-year-old woman and a man aged 22 are thought to have taken the drug, also known as ecstasy, at the Reminisce Festival in St Helens, Merseyside.

Police said a number of other people at the one-day festival had also been taken to hospital.

Earlier, event organisers tweeted a warning to festival-goers about "some 'bad' blue diamond pills".

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Det Insp Paul Grounds, of Merseyside Police, said: "I want to reassure those affected that we are doing everything possible to identify exactly what substance or substances have resulted in these severe reactions, working alongside the health service.

"We initially believe that ecstasy tablets were taken by some of those in hospital but this is all subject to further enquiries.

"I would urge anyone else who has had an adverse reaction to any substance make themselves known to medical services as soon as possible.

"Likewise, if you are still in possession of any drugs from the event, please do not take them under any circumstances but let us know and we will recover them for further enquiries to be made."

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The UCC Student Who ‘Kidnapped’ An SHS Girl...In Police Grips

A 22-year-old Level 300 student of the University of Cape Coast is in the grips of the Sekondi police for kidnapping an 18-year-old Senior High School student.

The suspect, Simeon Cephas Andoh Dadzie, was said to have lured the girl from Sekondi to his hostel in Cape Coast and camped her for five days until he was arrested on Wednesday, September 5 by a youth group from Sekondi.

According to the youth numbering about seven, they suspected the missing girl, a student of Methodist Senior High School in Sekondi, might be in the custody of the UCC student after reading series of chats he had with the victim on Facebook.

“We moved from Sekondi to Cape Coast on Wednesday in the morning around 11am to UCC campus where upon our arrival, we were assisted by a lady alumnus of the University to the suspect’s hostel,” one of the group members recounted on Connect FM.

According to the group, when they entered the hostel and enquired the whereabouts of the girl from the suspect, he replied he did not know her.

“Upon our search in the room, we found the girl in the bathroom and quickly arrested the guy and brought him down to Sekondi and handed him over to the police,” the group narrated.

The victim (name withheld) who had become very pale is currently undergoing treatment.

The suspect is currently in the custody of the Sekondi police assisting in investigation.

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Kim Kardashian Responds To Rumours She Had Secret Drake Relationship

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Kim has spoken out after the rumours went viral... Kim Kardashian has responded to viral rumours that she secretly hooked up with Drake. The 37-year-old reality star attempted to end speculation after rumours began that she was the real “Keke” from Drake’s 'Scorpion' hit single, ‘In My Feelings’. Some fans pointed out that Kim Kardashian’s family nickname is Kiki and is also the name of one of her KKW Beauty lipsticks. While there are also a number of lyrics from Drake’s latest album ‘Scorpion’ and his Travis Scott collaboration ‘Sicko Mode’ that could be interpreted as references to Kim Kardashian, following his heated feud with Kanye West.

However taking to Instagram, Kim Kardashian denied all accusations. “Never happened. End of story,” she wrote under a post about the topic.

According to TMZ, Drake and Kim Kardashian have a number of mutual friends and live in close proximity in Calabasas. However the publication claims that there is no truth in any of the rumours. The speculation about Drake and Kim Kardashian has been a talking point since the start of Drake and Kanye West’s latest feud.

However the theory went viral following a fan’s tweet that broke down the entire theory in lots of detail. The topic was then addressed during an episode of Complex show Everyday Struggle, before it was addressed by Kim herself.

Interestingly Drake reportedly followed Kim Kardashian on Instagram amidst his ongoing feud with Kanye West. Yeezy recently claimed that tensions began between the two rappers over an instrumental, with Drake sending him purple demon emojis via text. But the OVO rapper is yet to publicly address the reasons behind the drama.

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History Of Nicki Minaj and Cardi B's Relationship

Are they friends or foes? Have they really been dissing each other? Is there a collaboration on the way? Here's what's gone down between the female rappers so far..

1. In March 2017, Nicki Minaj allegedly liked a comment dissing Cardi's bars on a video of her rapping. After Cardi dropped a 1-minute freestyle on Instagram, a fan captured a screenshot which appeared to show Nicki liking a comment that read "dumb a** bars". Many users pointed out that this was probably fake.

2. However, Nicki was spotted dancing to 'Bodak Yellow' a few weeks later. The 'No Frauds' rapper could be seen nodding her head in appreciation to Cardi's summer smash in a Miami nightclub.

3. Nicki fired a shot at a female rapper in 'No Flag', which features Cardi's boyfriend Offset. “I heard these labels are trying to make another me / Everything you’re getting little hoe is because of me,” Minaj spits on the track. Many believed this to be a Cardi diss..

4. Nicki Minaj later tweeted to clarify that the lyric in 'No Flag' was not about Cardi. The rapper claimed to have written that specific line in previous months.

5. Cardi called out an unnamed woman during a performance in August 2017. “You know this b***h she never f**king liked me, and all of a sudden she want to be friends with me — no, b**ch,” Cardi declared on the MoMA PS1 stage. “I still don’t like you b***h.” Was this about Nicki?

6. Cardi B addressed the rumoured beef during an interview at the 2017 MTV VMAs. “I don’t want problems with anybody. I just want to make music and make money,” said Cardi. “I don’t have time to look at other women and what they’re doing. I don’t have to do that whole industry beef, you know? I get it poppin’ with these hands.”

7. Cardi B fired an alleged shot during her verse on G Eazy's 'No Limit'. “Can you stop with all the subs? B***h I ain’t Jared,” the rapper spits in the lyric, which many believed was aimed at Nicki.

8. A few weeks later, Cardi denied dissing Nicki and confirmed that the pair have no beef. During her interview on The Breakfast Club, the 'Bodak Yellow' rapper said that the two female rappers had "conversated". She clarified: “This is the thing—you know, people don’t understand, though, that I got like beef with 10 b*****s still in the hood, and I still be in the hood."

9. Fans of Nicki and Taylor Swift tried to keep Cardi's 'Bodak Yellow' off the number one spot. The fandoms began excessively streaming Swift's 'Look What You Made Me Do' in a bid to keep Cardi's track away. Taylor's fans wanted their idol at number one, whilst Nicki's fans allegedly felt threatened by the media's perception of Cardi as "the next Nicki Minaj".

10. After 'Bodak Yellow' hit the number one spot, Nicki took no time in congratulating Cardi. "This is the only thing that matters!!! Enjoy it" Nicki wrote. Cari responded to the rapstress's tweet, thanking her and telling her "This means sooo much coming from you!"

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Teenagers charged with Nottingham murder of Esrom Ghide

Five teenagers, including three 14-year-old boys, have been charged with murdering a man in Nottingham.

Esrom 'Hanny' Ghide, 20, was found stabbed in Hawksley Road, Hyson Green, on Wednesday. He died of his injuries in hospital.

The three boys, along with two others aged 16 and 17, are due before Nottingham magistrates on Monday.

In a statement, Mr Ghide's family said he "was loved, is missed, and will always be cherished".

They added: "His passing has left a big hole in our lives."

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US Open 2018: Serena Williams accuses umpire of sexism after outbursts in final

Serena Williams accused the umpire of sexism in docking her a game in the US Open final and said she had not been cheating.

Naomi Osaka's 6-2 6-4 victory was overshadowed by Williams' extraordinary outbursts in the second set.

She received a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling the umpire a "liar" and a "thief".

Afterwards the American said it was "sexist" to have been penalised a game.

"He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief'," the 36-year-old former world number one added.

"But I've seen other men call other umpires several things.

"I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff."

The issues began when Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou made a hand gesture towards her early in the second set at New York's Flushing Meadows.

On-court coaching is allowed in WTA events but not in Grand Slams with the rules saying "communication of any kind" between player and coach is banned.

Williams denied she received coaching saying she would "never cheat to win and would rather lose" and demanded an apology from the umpire Carlos Ramos.

Mouratoglou, however, later admitted coaching.

Three games later Osaka was awarded a point when Williams was given another code violation for smashing her racquet.

Williams was furious, walking up to Ramos, shouting and pointing at him as the crowd started booing in support of the American in a toxic atmosphere.

At the next change of ends, Williams continued to rant, calling Ramos a "liar", telling him to "say you are sorry" and describing him as a "thief" for awarding a point to Osaka.

"For me, it blows my mind," the 23-time Grand Slam champion said. "But I'm going to continue to fight for women and to fight for us to have equal.

"This is just an example for the next person that has emotions, that wants to express themselves and wants to be a strong woman.

"They're going to be allowed to do that because of today. Maybe it didn't work out for me, but it's going to work out for the next person."

'I was not being coached'

Mouratoglou started coaching Williams in 2012

After the match Mouratoglou admitted he was coaching but added: "I don't think she looked at me". He also said Osaka's coach was doing the same and that "everyone does it".

In her post-match news conference Williams said she was she "was not being coached" and that she "did not understand" why Mouratoglou would say he was doing so.

"I just texted Patrick, like, 'what is he talking about?' Because we don't have signals," she said.

"We have never discussed signals. I don't even call for on-court coaching [in WTA events].

"I'm trying to figure out why he would say that. I don't understand. I want to clarify myself what he's talking about."

'I didn't know what was going on'

Naomi Osaka was in tears at the situation during the post-match ceremony

Before Williams' outbursts Osaka had dominated the first set in her first Grand Slam final, against a player she describes as her idol.

Throughout the second set she stayed composed in a difficult atmosphere to become Japan's first major winner.

Afterwards, the 20-year-old said she "didn't know what was going on" between Williams and the umpire.

"I was just trying to focus," said Osaka, who was seeded 20th.

"Since it was my first Grand Slam final, I did not want to get overwhelmed.

"Serena came to the bench and told me she had a point penalty and when she got the game penalty I didn't know that either.

"I was just trying to focus on myself at that time."

https://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/45461716

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Swedish election: Vote held amid anti-immigration surge

Swedish voters are set to vote in a general election dominated by the rise of an anti-immigration party.

The nationalist Sweden Democrats (SD), which polls suggest have 20% support, are tipped for second place, eight years after they entered parliament.

Neither the governing Social Democrats nor the main centre-right party is likely to win a majority.

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has accused the SD of extremism and said that a vote for it was "dangerous".

Immigration has been a central issue of the campaign. The SD doubled its seats in the 2014 election and it is predicted to double them again in this election.

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Image captionPM Stefan Löfven has vowed to fight "extremism"

"Dark forces are mobilising in Sweden," Mr Löfven said in his final rally on Saturday. "The hateful forces are mobilising now in Sweden and agitating people against each other."

SD leader Jimmie Åkesson countered that Sweden had been "an extreme country in many ways, not least when it comes to immigration" and that his plan to take in fewer migrants would be regarded as "normal politics in the rest of Europe".

Who are the Sweden Democrats?

The SD was linked for years to neo-Nazis and other far-right groups, only entering parliament in 2010.

It has been working to rebrand itself, changing its logo from a flaming torch (similar to the one used by the UK far-right National Front) to a blue-and-yellow daisy, the colours of the Swedish flag.

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Image captionJimmie Åkesson of the Sweden Democrats after Friday's heated party-leader debate

Traditionally appealing to working-class men, it wants to attract more women and higher-income voters.

Mr Åkesson, who became leader in 2005, says there is zero tolerance towards racism in the party and several members have been expelled.

However, the party has still been embroiled in various racism scandals.

One municipal candidate shared a song on Facebook with the lyrics "Swedes are white and the country is ours", according to a report in tabloid Aftonbladet.

Last year, some of its ex-members went on to found the far-right Alternative for Sweden (AfS).

What are the key issues?

Sweden's economy is booming but many voters are concerned that housing, healthcare and welfare services have come under pressure from a wave of immigration during the 2015 migrant crisis.

That year Sweden took in a record 163,000 asylum seekers - the highest such intake in the EU, per head of population.

Sweden's traditional parties have since hardened their tone to reflect concerns about integration.

Many voters are also concerned about violence. The SD links a rise in shootings to increased immigration, although official figures show no correlation.

The SD also wants to leave the European Union and has proposed a "Swexit" referendum. However, the powerful centrist parties all oppose such a vote, so it is unlikely to go ahead.

Aside from immigration, climate change is an issue many Swedes care about - particularly after a long, hot summer and severe forest fires.

During the heatwave, around 25,000 hectares of forest burned in wildfires and many farmers were forced to destroy livestock after their pasture land dried up.

 

Media captionSwedish teen's sit-in climate protest

Support for the Green party, which had been struggling after various internal scandals, has crept up across the country.

The Left party is making gains too, from the environmentally concerned and from centre-left voters dissatisfied with the mainstream parties' approach to migration.

Who could be in charge?

Prime Minister Lofven currently heads a minority, centre-left coalition government made up of his Social Democrats and the Green Party.

In recent years there has been a fall in support for the Social Democrats and the largest traditional opposition party, the centre-right Moderates.

However, polls suggest that the Social Democrats are narrowly ahead of other parties and may be in a position to lead another minority government.

Both the Social Democrats and the Moderates have said they will not enter a coalition with the SD, however well they perform.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45461686

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Toronto Film Festival: Hate U Give lead found casting criticism ‘hard’

The star of the film version of novel The Hate U Give has admitted she found it hard to have her casting queried because she is not darker-skinned.

"It was the first time in my life that I'd ever had my blackness questioned," Amandla Stenberg told reporters at the Toronto Film Festival.

"I've never thought of myself as not being black enough," she went on.

The film tells of a girl who witnesses the fatal shooting of an unarmed friend by a white police officer.

The incident makes her question her place in both her predominantly black community and the private school where she is one of few non-white students.

She also faces opposition over her determination to testify against the police officer responsible.

Last month the artist who illustrated the cover of Angie Thomas's best-selling novel said she "wasn't exactly thrilled" by Stenberg's casting.

"I was hoping it would be a very brown-skinned actress, because there's so little opportunities in these big movies for darker-skinned actresses," said Debra Cartwright.

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Image captionDirector George Tillman Jr says he wants The Hate U Give to "inspire and create dialogue"

Her comments followed a debate on social media over whether the film was guilty of colourism - prejudice against people with a darker skin tone.

Speaking on Saturday, Stenberg said she was sympathetic to that viewpoint and had considered turning down the lead role of teenager Starr Carter.

"I have a great sensitivity towards the place from where that [viewpoint] comes, a place of pain," the 19-year-old said.

"It's a result of people being frustrated because they're navigating a colourist system at all times.

"There was a point in time when I went to Angie and said 'If you agree with these concerns and feel I don't accurately represent Starr, tell me and I will drop out'.

"And she said, 'What?' She said she had never questioned I was not the right person."

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Hunger Games star Stenberg has drawn praise from critics for her work in the film, which opens in the UK on 26 October.

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Image captionStenberg's character witnesses a fatal shooting

The Guardian said George Tillman Jr's film was "anchored by [her] heavyweight performance," while Variety saluted her "star-making turn".

Speaking on Saturday, Tillman Jr said he had wanted to make the film as "honest" and as "authentic" as possible.

The director of such films as Soul Food and Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious said he hoped it would both "inspire and create dialogue".

"I never wanted this story to be sanitised," said Thomas of her 2017 debut novel, which was inspired by a real-life police shooting in 2009.

"Angie wrote an amazing book with a lot of depth and heart so our main goal was to capture that," said Stenberg, adding that she hoped the film would make young black women feel "validated, empowered and strong."

The Toronto Film Festival continues until 16 September.

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As we sit here, waiting for the RTX 2080 and the rest of the Nvidia Turing lineup, we’re faced with a tough choice: do we wait for these new cards in all their exorbitant glory? Or, do we just go out and buy the best graphics cards we can get right now? Regardless of your choice, you can still use the best graphics cards to play the most demanding games from Far Cry 5 to Dragon Quest XI.

You should consider, though, that the best graphics cards are available in every shape and size. That’s why we went ahead and created this list of the best graphics cards – so you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for. We’ve sorted through the dozens of cards we’ve tested and reviewed, and picked out only the ones that stood above the rest. So, no matter if you prefer the raw power of Nvidia or the driver stability of AMD, we’ve found the best graphics cards you can buy today. 

Best graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

The best GPU to start PC gaming

Stream Processors: 1,280 | Core Clock: 1,506MHz | Memory: 6GB GDDR5 | Memory Clock: 8Gbps | Power Connectors: 1 x 6-pin | Outputs: 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0, DL-DVI

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Brilliant 1080p performance

Great overclocker

 No SLI compatibility 

In the past, we’ve mentioned that the best graphics card is going to be the one that offers the most performance for your money – it’s still true. This is why the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is far and away the best graphics card on the market when it comes to sheer value. For a modest sum of cash, this GPU allows users to experience full HD 1080p and – maybe with a bit of overclocking – 1440p and even 4K gaming. However, the gTX 1060 doesn’t support SLI, so you’re limited to just one card.

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

Best 4K graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

Titan X performance without the Titan X cost

Stream Processors: 3,584 | Core Clock: 1,480MHz | Memory: 11GB GDDR5X | Memory Clock: 11GHz | Power Connectors: 1 x 6-pin; 1 x 8-pin | Outputs: 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0

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Titan X-like gaming performance

Improved cooling

A pricey investment for most

The Nvidia GTX 1060 may give you the most performance per dollar, but the Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti turns all the dials up to 11 for the ultimate 4K gaming experience. Now, on paper it kind of seems like a tuned up Nvidia GTX 1080, this graphics card can almost dethrone the Titan XP as the world’s most powerful consumer GPU, thanks to its high-speed video memory and a dramatically higher CUDA core count. It’s still no match for two GTX 1080s in SLI, but this single card is cheaper and supports a larger pool of games. If you’re looking for one single part to run your games at 4K, the GTX 1080 Ti is the best graphics card you can buy. 

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

Best QHD graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti

The all-around 1440p champion

Stream processors: 2,432 | Core clock: 1,607 | Memory: 8GB GDDR5 | Memory clock: 8Gbps | Power connectors: 1 x 8-pin | Outputs: 3 x DisplayPort 1.4a, 1 x HDMI 2.0b, DL-DVI

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Masters 1440p gaming

Vastly improved overall performance

Significantly higher energy draw

Gets hotter than the Nvidia GTX 1070

Going down a few rungs in the graphics card hierarchy, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is the best graphics card for QHD gaming. This card finds the happy medium between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080. Whereas the 1080 is too expensive for 1440p gaming and the 1070 isn’t quite there, the GTX 1070 Ti perfectly drives a QHD experience. In our own testing, this piece of kit handles Forza Motosport 7 at upwards of 93 frames per second at 2,560 x 1,440. Likewise, it can manage Shadow of War at over 60 with the same ambitious resolution.

Read the full review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 

Best Full HD graphics card: AMD Radeon RX Vega 56

Punchy graphics performance above its weight

Stream Processors: 3,584 | Core Clock: 1,156MHz | Memory: 8GB HBM2 | Memory Clock: 800MHz | Power Connectors: 2 x 8-pin | Outputs: 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0

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 Maxed out 1080p performance

High energy consumption

Runs a tad hot

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 is the best graphics card for Full HD gaming you can buy today – your benchmarks put it above the GTX 1070. And, now that it’s fallen in price to  what we would call an ‘acceptable’ level, there’s never been a better time to pick one up. While it’s arguably a bit overkill for Full HD gaming, the RX Vega 56 will come in handy for 144 to 240hz monitors and future-proofing against increasingly demanding games. You can also expect a fantastic 1440p experience with this card. 

Best VR graphics card: AMD Radeon RX Vega 64

AMD’s return to high-end graphics cards

Stream Processors: 4,096 | Core Clock: 1,247MHz | Memory: 8GB HBM2 | Memory Clock: 945MHz | Power Connectors: 2 x 8-pin | Outputs: 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0

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Impressive benchmark results

GPU tuning control

Higher energy draw than Nvidia Pascal

Especially now that it’s fallen in price from the heyday of cryptocurrency miners, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 is the best graphics card for VR gaming. Boasting 4,096 stream processors, 256 texture units and 8GB of HBM2 memory, it’s every bit as competent as the Nvidia GTX 1080 – at a lower price. This truly is the AMD card to rule them all. 

Read the full review: AMD Radeon RX Vega 64

Best mini graphics card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini

Best mini graphics card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini

Stream processors: 3,584 | Core clock: 1,506 | Memory: 11GB GDDR5X | Memory clock: 10Gbps | Power connectors: 2 x 8-pin | Outputs: 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b, 1 x DL-DVI-D

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World’s smallest 1080 Ti

SLI support

Inferior performance

Runs hot and loud

When you build a microATX or even a mini ITX gaming PC, you don’t have to settle for anything other than the best graphics cards – you can find mini GPUs like the Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Mini. You’ll sacrifice some performance over its full-sized counterpart, but when it measures in at 211 x 125 x 41mm, the performance loss will seem practically non-existent when you’re staring at your beautiful mini PC. 

Best budget graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050

The little GPU that could

Stream Processors: 640 | Core Clock: 1,354MHz | Memory: 2GB GDDR5 | Memory Clock: 7Gbps | Power Connectors: PCIe | Outputs: 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0, DL-DVI

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Affordably priced

Small form factor for tiny cases

Maximum 2GB of video memory

The Nvidia GTX 1050 might not look like much on paper, what with only 2GB of video memory onboard, but this affordable GPU plays games better than you would think. If you’re willing to drop settings to medium, you can play Overwatch, CS:GO and other popular competitive shooters well above the silky smooth 60fps mark. Thanks to its compact size, it’s also perfect for small builds and entertainment center-bound streaming PCs.

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Any eSports player will tell you that high frame rates are far more important than beautifully rendered graphical details – and that’s where the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti shines. In a time where graphics cards cost as much as rent, it’s an affordable, but potent GPU that can play most eSports games well above 60fps. It’s a bit pricier than the lower-end Nvidia GTX 1050, but you’ll appreciate the extra power behind this card to play future eSports titles, as well as the odd AAA title. 

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The Apps, Tools and Sites Every Freelancer Needs

Taking the plunge into freelancing is both an exciting and anxiety-ridden prospect for most working professionals. Being your own boss certainly has its perks, but how do you make sure you’re prepared to run every aspect of a company -- alone? Fear not, for in the age of the internet, anything is possible. And there’s totally an app for that.

Related: How to Easily Up Your Skills and Make More Money

While it’s true that even modern freelancers need to be flexible to fulfill many roles, they can also work smarter, and more efficiently, to maximize their strengths with digital tools. I hunted down the tools that make freelance pros' lives easy breezy, so that you don’t have to.

Maximum productivity, minimum headaches

You know it, I know, we all know it -- keeping track of the time is hard. Even if you’re expertly employing pomodoro breaks and timeboxing every bite of your lunch hour, we all have days where time just gets away from us. The tools here range from agile-type software for tracking projects on platforms that clients can join to sites specifically for small-business owners that are more about keeping all your contracts, jobs, and timelines, in one place.

Toggl

Toggl is a productivity device that tracks your time on projects, helps you figure out how to better manage that time and provides progress reports for you to fill out as you work.
Price: Starts at $9/month and offers client review features, progress tracking for your projects and reporting on how well you utilize your day-to-day time.

Trello

Trello also helps you organize your goals by providing easy flow charts where you can break down projects into to-do lists and track progress.
Price: The free plan gets you unlimited boards to work off of and the ability to link projects to outside platforms like Google Drive or Dropbox.

Freedcamp

Freedcamp is what you need if you’re routinely working with larger teams. Keeping tasks private? Check. Gantt chart options so you can see the overview of larger projects? You got it. Collab-friendly? Totally.
Price: the free plan offers unlimited storage, time tracking and a messaging board, among other features. Got a bigger company? Just level up to one of the larger plans.

Notion

Notion has one of my favorite designs of any of the programs listed here -- I’m a sucker for a sparse, clean layout -- but it’s more than just aesthetically pleasing. Notion will link everything from Github to Trello all in one place, so that your projects are organized in easy-to-read lists.
Price: The free plan gets you 600 blocks (one block could be a to-do item, a line of code, an embedded file, etc), unlimited mobile blocks (when you use the app on your phone) and offers priced plans for larger companies who want more space and features.

Related: How to Spend Half Your Time Out of the Office Without Getting Fired

Marketing like a pro

Okay, your time is being managed, but that’s not particularly useful if you can’t get your name out there and then turn your audience into customers. Here’s some easy solutions.

Mailchimp

Mailchimp drastically cuts back your time spent marketing, with easy-to-automate services like email campaigns, and provides feedback on who your customer base is, what they’re buying or interacting with, and how you can better capture their attention.
Price: The free plan offers you a 2,000 subscriber limit, and the option to send up to 12,000 emails per month.

MeetEdgar

MeetEdgar is a social posting management system that you can back load content into, and then let run across however many platforms you want. As much as we all love scrolling on Facebook, wouldn’t you rather someone else take care of all that posting?
Price: $49/month -- with a 30-day trial period -- gets you a library where you can add as much content as you like, schedule it across all your platforms and post however often you’d like.

Ghost

Ghost is an open source application for blogging, which means that the users have the power to customize the code for their pages. For those of us just looking to write and post content, there are also publishing tools to help insert logos, play with text and back load content.
Price: $10/month for a personal blog with access to hundreds of free themes, automatic backups and access to a Slack community of over 10,000 other users.

Business building blocks

When you’re working for yourself, you have to be on top of everything from scheduling meetings with potential clients to making sure those clients remember to pay you. Take some of the pressure off your administrative duties with these apps, so that you can focus on doing what you love instead.

Honeybook

Honeybook is a all-in-one project management system that presents beautiful, easy-to-follow pipelines for both clients and collaborators, from the initial inquiry, to the final invoice. Save time, impress your clients with beautiful contracts and take a load of work off your plate.
Price: $20/month (or $17 if you pay the annual fee) gets you monthly income reports, client questionnaires, invoicing templates, e-sign options for payment.

Zervant

Zervant’s invoicing software has customizable templates, and gives you the opportunity to keep track of your finances with free reports. It’s less comprehensive than Honeybook, but it certainly gets the job done when it comes to accounting.
Price: Free. Send as many invoices as you want, track your clients and even export your data to your accountant.

Related: Everything You Need to Know About Landing a Remote Job

The day-to-day grind

Monthly bills rolling in are usually enough to keep us all at the daily grind, but when you’re in the trenches, it’s okay to admit that a little pick-me-up each day goes a long way. Keep your workspace (and headspace and body space) comfortable with support from tools that keep you energized, healthy and upbeat on even the toughest of tough workdays!

The Lumo Posture Corrector

The Lumo Posture Corrector is a small clip that goes on your collar and gently vibrates when you slouch, to encourage good posture. Trust me, your spine will thank you for this kind of Pavlovian training.
Price: $79.99

Move

Move reminds you to do just that by sending your phone reminders throughout the day to engage in simple stretches, yoga poses or more intense spurts of activity, depending on the setting you choose. Adjust to your office setting and let it ride.
Price: Free wit the option for in-app purchases

Spotify 

Spotify doesn’t just offer you access to thousands of songs, it also curates custom playlists based on your listening history. Follow friend’s profiles and jam with them throughout the day, no matter how remote your work is!
Price: $9.99/month for a premium plan that gets you unlimited access to all your favorite tunes.

Nature Box

Nature Box is that snacking service you keep hearing sponsoring all your favorite podcasts. Choose from an array delicious, healthy treats and mix-n-match your favs for the ultimate snacking experience.
Price: Pricing depends on your selection

Invest wisely in your freelance set-up, and you’ll be rolling out projects before you know it. And remember, if something feels unconquerable -- whether it’s learning a new business skill or dusting off an old technique to deal with a finicky client -- you aren’t alone. Reaching out to a member of the freelancing community, or taking a minute to research if there is an easily downloadable service to get you over the hump, will go a long way towards making sure your freelance career is one that lasts.

(By Haele Wolfe)

syllasasante Posted on September 09, 2018 02:32

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How Living and Learning Abroad Makes You a Better Entrepreneur

Ansel Adams, renowned photographer and naturalist, once said that “in wisdom gathered over time, I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.” Adams timeless statement perfectly captures the reality that the best learning (and the most poignant wisdom) is honed through a lifetime of active engagement and experimentation.

Adams’ sentiment is still very much alive and well today, and is especially applicable to entrepreneurs in one particular way: go abroad to explore and, in the process, build your career (and yourself) overseas. Given that our world is an increasingly interconnected, globalized workplace, there’s no better time than now to challenge yourself abroad.

Let’s take a look at two benefits that you pick up from living in a foreign environment, as well as the one critical mindset that enables it all.

Related: Living the Dream Overseas: Would You Work Abroad?

Working abroad improves your problem solving and creativity.

It’s well established that working and studying abroad can make you more creative, entrepreneurial and mentally agile. Essentially, working in a new country and culture provides a host of mental benefits, such as flexibility, problem solving, deep thinking and an improved ability to discern subtle underlying connections and associations.

There are many reasons for this, but the critical factor is novelty: as an evolutionary trait, humans crave new experiences. One study centered around a problem-solving game where adults could match and pick select pictures for cash prizes, had a surprising result: it found that participants often went for new options, even over tried-and-true choices that had yielded cash in previous rounds. Thanks to MRI scans, researchers soon discovered the reason behind this puzzling behavior: apparently, choosing new tiles were associated with spikes of brain activity in areas–suggesting that people are, after all, hardwired to seek out the unfamiliar.

A similar dynamic is at work when you go abroad, whether for travel, study or work. From living in an unfamiliar nation with a different culture, your brain will have to deal with a flood of unexpected, exciting stimuli, forcing it to form new neural connections in the process, and strengthening your overall mental capabilities.

Ultimately, it boils down to this: the more experience you have with different cultures, the faster you can generate creative ideas and link seemingly unrelated concepts. Experiencing diversity is clearly the best way to jumpstart your brain’s latent talents, pushing it (and hopefully your career) into overdrive.

Related: 4 Insanely Awesome Opportunities to Work Remotely from Abroad

Cultural experience can help your career.

Globalization and world trade have deepened ties between countries. In 2016, America imported $2.3 trillion worth of goods and exported $2.7 trillion of products overseas, mostly capital goods like aircraft and industrial machinery, along with industrial supplies and consumer goods.

Economies that are interdependent to a degree never seen before need skilled, culturally savvy individuals to navigate this complex business ecosystem. Those who have done business in foreign nations have a leg up on competitors who have never ventured abroad.

Consider this: if a company wants to break into the Japanese market to sell their new pharmaceutical product, who would they pick to spearhead this initiative? Someone who has lived in Japan, worked in the Japanese office of a major firm and understands the business environment and popular tastes? Or someone who has absolutely no knowledge of the target market, aside from what she read online?

Cultural awareness and adaptability are invaluable, especially when it comes to expanding into new nations and regions where you’ll undoubtedly have to make a good impression. In this case, you don't need to speak Japanese fluently, without an accent, or master its three writing systems (Kanji, Katakana, and Hiragana). A little knowledge of local traditions and the willingness to experiment will carry you very far.

Related: What You Need to Know Before Taking a Job in a Foreign Country

Success abroad requires engagement and adaptation.

Working abroad boosts your cultural understanding and sharpens your higher-order skills, such as critical thinking and problem-solving. For maximum effect, approach your time abroad with an open mind.

In a 2013 study of students in an international MBA program, researchers in France, Israel, Singapore and the United States concluded that ,ultimately, multicultural engagement is the key variable predicting later career success. Multicultural engagement nurtures versatility: those students who adapted to, learned about and immersed themselves in foreign cultures were much more likely to reap prestigious job offers from top firms. The researchers made clear that, even among individuals from similar backgrounds, those who actively engaged with their new situations received more (and better) job offers.

These findings were backed up by studies from Columbia Business School, which found that accepting ambiguity and diversity in the form of cultural differences helped people understand that there are various solutions for problems and an array of goals worth achieving.

Related: 4 Lifelong Benefits You Get From an Internship Abroad

Living and working abroad helped me.

On a more personal note, I lived in Asia for 10 years, eight of which I spent in Japan. My experience abroad proved to be fulfilling and enlightening, helping me hone and improve a number of hard and soft skills.

Foremost amongst these was patience. No one would have accused me of being a particularly patient person when I moved to Asia. I had the standard listening skills and patience of a typical type-A personality, which is a byproduct of working in the dynamic, fast-paced field of real estate investment.

But living abroad in a new land soon taught me the importance of forbearance, as well as the value of empathy -- a critical trait when cultural differences are at work. I learned that communication is particularly complex when multiple perspectives and customs are involved. I also realized that the best communicators and negotiators understood this complexity. Even when they didn’t agree with the other side they always took these variables into account. Such people are all the more successful for it.

Today, I’m not sure that I’m a “model citizen” in that regard, but I’m still far better than I was two decades ago. Living abroad was crucial for both my personal and professional development. At the very least, I came to understand and appreciate how diverse perspectives can really impact a project for the better, strengthening a team’s creativity and problem-solving skills.

Living and working abroad, done right, will yield some wonderful benefits for your career and personal development. Life begins outside your comfort zone, and there is no better way to leave your comfort zone than by leaping into a work or study opportunity in a foreign country.

syllasasante Posted on September 09, 2018 02:11

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Unwanted Goldfish Can Find A New Home At Paris's Biggest Aquarium

Paris's biggest aquarium has created a refuge for goldfish, providing a second life for any unwanted pets who might otherwise find themselves flushed down the toilet.

The Aquarium de Paris allows the city's residents to drop off their fish, with the numbers using the service swelling around the time of the long summer holidays.

Instead of facing death in the city's sewerage system, the rejected goldfish find themselves given a full medical check up involving antibiotics and anti-parasite treatments.

After a month in quarantine, during which a minority succumb to the trauma caused by the change in location, they are then released into a giant tank where they go on display to the public.

"Some of them arrive very weak," said Celine Bezault, who cares for the fish at the giant aquarium complex which is located opposite the Eiffel Tower.

Since it was created two years ago, the goldfish rescue service has been used by around 50 people a month and the tank now contains about 600 specimens, mostly the classic golden-red version, as well as striped and black ones.

Rather than spending all day banging into the glass of a small bowl, here the fish have space to swim and plenty of company, allowing them to socialise and move around in groups.

Some owners hand over their pets tearfully, motivated by concern for their fish, while others appear relieved to be rid of them and the routines of feeding and cleaning.

"It was in a small bowl and I think it'll be better here," a 32-year-old called Alexandre told an AFP reporter as he dropped off a friend's goldfish called Nemo before the holidays. "It's better than flushing it away."

- New life -

Once in the bigger tank, some of the fish undergo a remarkable transformation.

Being confined in a bowl stunts their growth, but the bigger space means some of them will expand to full adult size.
"They can reach up to 20-30 centimetres (8-12 inches)," Bezault said.

For Alexis Powilewicz, director of the Aquarium, the service is part of efforts to to promote awareness about animal welfare.
Goldfish are domesticated forms of wild carp originally found in east Asia and the practice of keeping them in bowls has existed for hundreds of years. It is thought to have originated in China.
"I think there's growing awareness that the mistreatment of animals is a real problem," Powilewicz told AFP.

For goldfish owners, the aquarium advises that the tank should be at least 100 litres (20 gallons), should contain more than one fish, as well as a filtration system and decoration.

The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has long campaigned against keeping goldfish in bowls or giving away fish in plastic bags as prizes at funfairs.

In 2004, the Italian town of Monza made headlines when it banned putting goldfish in bowls, while Switzerland has animal rights legislation that makes flushing a fish down the toilet illegal.

For those who dispose of their pets in ponds or rivers, scientific studies have found that some goldfish thrive afterwards -- but at a cost to the local ecosystem because the fish are an invasive non-native species.

In 2015, officials in the western Canadian province of Alberta launched a "Don't Let it Loose" campaign, pleading with locals to stop releasing goldfish into the waterways.

The ethical disposal service available at the Aquarium de Paris is aimed at offering an alternative.

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Owners are also able to return afterwards to try to spot their former pets: quite a challenge in a tank of 600.

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Dwayne Johnson Endorses Jeffrey Dean Morgan for DC's Lobo Movie

Dwayne Johnson has endorsed Jeffrey Dean Morgan to play DC's Lobo on the big screen. The Rock actually has a history with the role that goes back to 2012 - when the wrestler-turned actor was in talks to star in a Lobo movie for Warner Bros. and DC, with Johnson's Journey 2: The Mysterious Island director Brad Peyton calling the shots from his own script.

Peyton's Lobo movie ultimately fell apart and the filmmaker later reunited with Johnson on the 2015 earthquake disaster thriller San Andreas, instead. The pair worked together for a third time on this year's Rampage, an adaptation of the popular video game property that starred Johnson as a primatologist who attempts to save his friend - a rare albino gorilla who is mutated into a giant monster by a genetic experiment gone wrong - with the help of a scientist (Naomie Harris) and a U.S. government agent played by Morgan.

Related: Dwayne Johnson To Play Kamehameha in Robert Zemeckis' The King

During his recent appearance at Walker Stalker Con, Morgan expressed a desire to play Lobo in a movie, calling the DC antihero a "badass". Word of this soon reached Johnson, who responded with an affirmative "Hell yes" to the idea on his Twitter account - giving his "official" endorsement to Morgan for the role, in the process.

Johnson is currently attached to star in DC's Black Adam solo movie, which he will also be producing. The mega-star may hold some actual sway on the matter of casting Lobo for that same reason and, at the very least, could put in a good word for his Rampage costar Morgan with the top brass at WB/DC. That's assuming they don't mind Morgan playing Lobo after he cameoed as Thomas Wayne in Batman V Superman - a role that Morgan once hoped to reprise in a Flashpoint movie that, by the look of things, may no longer be happening.

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What's less clear, however, is whether a Lobo movie is part of WB and DC's current game plan. The studios offered the film to Michael Bay earlier this year, but all concerned parties decided to pass until Lobo's budget can be cut down from an estimated $200 million. WB is moving forward with a Joker origin movie (starring Joaquin Phoenix) that isn't part of its DC cinematic universe, along with Suicide Squad spinoff Birds of Prey (featuring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn) and Black Adam in the meantime, so it clearly isn't giving up on movies featuring DC antiheroes/villains like Lobo altogether.

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As for Morgan: he's as logical a choice for the role as most anyone, given the knack he's shown for playing foul-mouthed and violent, yet charismatic, characters in the vein of Lobo - namely, as Negan on The Walking Dead and Lobo's fellow cigar-chomper The Comedian in Zack Snyder's Watchmen movie. Who knows, with The Rock in his corner, Morgan may get to fulfill his wish of playing the intergalactic bounty hunter yet.

 

 

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Wildfire races across Northern California counties, shutting down parts of I-5

Another raging and rapidly growing wildlife this week in North California has prompted evacuations,  road closing and massive fire response, the US forest service said. 

The Delta fire started wednesday and had expanded to nearly 2500acres by Friday evening. Energized by dry, warm conditions and gusty winds, the blaze rapidly moved across grass, timberland and brush. 

It is in the same parched region of the state where the Carr fire killed eight people this summer destroying more than 1000 homes and consuming 229,651 acres according to California fire officials. 

Portions of interstate 5 north of Redding have shut through Sunday morning because of the fire. The highway extends from the Mexican border with California to the Canadian border with Washington state. 

"The Delta fire continues to burn along both sides of the freeway with increased activity during the nighttime hours", the California Highway patrol said. 

More than 15,00 firefighters have been deployed to fight the Delta wildfire. As of early Friday,  there was no containment.  

The forest service said the fire began two miles north of Lakehead in shasta County and classified the cause as "human".  It is not clear whether the fire was deliberately set or accidentally started. 

The sheriff's offices in shasta and Trinity Counties have issued evacuation orders,  and the siskiyou County sheriff's office warned some residents to evacuate. All those countries are near southern Oregon. 

Structures are threatened, and there are reports of abandoned and burning rigs. 

"Fire activity will increase as a dry cold front approaches from the northwest with increased southwest wwinds", the forest service said in an incident report". 

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Another hurricane is barreling toward Hawaii

Hurricane Olivia,  a storm with sustained wind of 90 mph,  is churning toward Hawaii and could affect the island chain as early as Tuesday evening. 

Now a hurricane more than 1300miles East of Honolulu,  Olivia is expected to weaken into a tropical storm by the time it reaches the islands  early Wednesday. Still heavy rain and tropical storm - force winds could threaten the state. 

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Beyonce is one year older and one year wiser

Two days after celebrating her 37th birthday,the "APES--T" singer updated her official blog today and highlighted some of the milestones she achieved in last year"At 36, I became a new mother of three,I breastfed twins (Rumi Carter and Sir carter),I renewed my vows with my husband of 10years"she wroye ,referring of course to Jay-Z,"I came back home to the stage to do coachela, after pregnancy,then my husband and I released an album together, everything is love and we've been touring with family around the world and loving it"

"This year has been monumental for me,I thank God for everyone in my life.

Thank you for all the positivity and for the beautiful birthday wishes,I'm looking forward to continuing to learn from my past,living in the present and surrendering to the future" she said,"I love you,Hive".

Beyonce titled her entry "your bitch at 36".

The singer was similarly reflective in vogue essay,writing,"I'm in place of gratitude right now,I am accepting who I am.I will continue to explore every inch in my soul and every part of my artistry

I want to learn more,teach more,and live in full,I've worked long and hard to be able to get to a place where I can choose to surround my self with what fulfils and inspires me"

To further celebrate she shared dozens of never before seen photos from the last year,including a handful with blue Ivy Carter,as well as picture from her birthday celebration.

 Link and source-E!online

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