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Tech elites are now paying $2,750 a year to freeze stem cells from liposuctioned fat as a 'back up' for a longer life.

A startup called Forever Labs offers tech elites a chance to save their young stem cells in the hopes that they can use them to help fight disease and live longer. The cells are mostly siphoned from bone marrow, but now they can come from fat that's removed via liposuction, too.

  • A startup called Forever Labs freezes and stores people's stem cells as a kind of back-up drive for their future selves.
  • The company is now offering a way to bank stem cells from fat stores instead of bone marrow.
  • Stem cells have a range of potential therapeutic uses in conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, since they can turn into any kind of cell.
  • But for now, stem cells are used only for very limited purposes, like treating cancer.

Your next effort to prolong your life could involve an awkward conversation with your plastic surgeon. Don't throw away the fat you've just removed from my liposuction procedure, you might ask them. Instead, save the excess material because it's rich in stem cells.

Beginning this week, longevity startup Forever Labs will offer its customers the ability to bank the stem cells in their fat stores — the same material that's removed and destroyed after liposuction. Those stem cells are seen as a key component of health. Some believe they may also hold the keys to a longer, better life.

Founded in 2015, Forever Labs collaborates with a network of specialized doctors to siphon stem cells from customers' bone marrow. The company is now also partnering with some plastic surgeons to allow people who are already undergoing liposuction to bank the stem cells from the fat that would otherwise be discarded.

“If you’re going to throw them in the garbage, you might as well bank them,” Mark Katakowski, Forever Labs' co-founder and CEO, told Business Insider.

Forever Labs then freezes the stem cells, delivers them to one of its cell-banking facilities, and maintains them under careful conditions. The hope is that one day, more advanced science will allow patients to have their own young cells injected back into their bodies. According to this line of thinking, these cells could then do everything from fight aging to help treat diseases like diabetes.

"This is like a back-up," Katakowski said.

Forever Labs charges $2,750 per year or a one-time payment of $7,000 to harvest a customer's stem cells from the bone marrow extracted by an orthopedic surgeon. (The surgery is included in that cost.) The new method using fat is $1,000 cheaper for those paying annually, but the one-time payment costs the same.

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A tray of stem cells at the University of Connecticut's Stem Cell Institute.

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A medical physicist and former research scientist for the Henry Ford Health System in Michigan, Katakowski was spurred to bank his own stem cells in 2015 after studying their therapeutic potential in mice.

Stem cells are unique because they can develop into many different cell types, from those that make up muscle tissue to those that form the neurons in our brain. For that reason, scientists have long hoped that stem cells could be used to regenerate failing tissues or organs as an alternative to transplants, which are expensive, time-consuming, and come with a risk of rejection. Instead of getting a transplanted kidney from a donor, for example, a patient could one day hope to receive a sample of his or her own stem cells, programmed to generate a new kidney.

But stem cells are only widely used today for one procedure: bone marrow transplants. The transplants are typically used by leukemia patients who undergo the treatment in conjunction with chemotherapy as a means of replacing the healthy stem cells that the chemo has destroyed.

"Right now that’s the only approved use of stem cells," Allison Mayle, a cancer researcher at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, told Business Insider.

In recent years, scientists have been studying how to use stem cells to treat a range of other conditions that involve a specific type of failing cell, such as type 1 diabetes (where the body's immune system destroys the pancreas' insulin-producing beta cells), macular degeneration, and heart disease. So far, however, those trials have only included a very small number of patients; more extensive studies have only been carried out in lab animals.

Ronna Parsa, a Los Angeles-based orthopedic surgeon, has been contracted with Forever Labs to do bone marrow stem cell draws since March. Since then, she's done roughly five procedures, or roughly one draw each month. She also banked her own stem cells with Forever Labs.

"After doing the research I can just see the vast potential for these types of therapies in the future," Parsa told Business Insider. "By freezing my 32-year-old stem cells, hopefully when I’m 50 or 60 or 70 I can use those."

Mayle agrees that the therapies could have potential, but she isn't sure they'll come to fruition in time for most patients to see a benefit.

"Would this be something that's going to happen in our lifetime? It's hard to tell," Mayle said. "There certainly are things that could work in the next five to ten years, but they also might not."

'An ace in my pocket'

Nevertheless, stem cell banking is beginning to emerge as a trend. One recent report projected that the global stem cell banking market would grow from $6.3 billion in 2018 to $9.3 billion by 2023. Katakowski wouldn't share how many customers he's had so far, but said most hail from areas with tech meccas, like Silicon Valley and New York City.

In the US, hundreds of providers currently offer stem cell banking. A handful also offer unproven anti-aging therapies using the cells. One such company, Houston-based Celltex Therapeutics, used to inject patients with retrieved stem cells, and once treated Texas governor Rick Perry. But Celltex stopped offering the service in the US in 2012 after regulators warned them that they lacked federal approval.

Katakowski said Forever Labs is not offering any stem cell therapies, just the ability to store the cells until peer-reviewed science makes proven therapies available.

"In the back of your mind you know you've got it," Katakowski said. "It gives you a little piece of mind. Is it going to be a get-out-of-jail-free card or an ace in my pocket? It might."

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Albert Ulebe Posted on September 12, 2018 13:28

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Is India Ready to Legalize Crypto? Officials Visit Japan & UK to Study Policies.

While the Supreme Court of India hears the crypto exchange industry’s case against the central bank following the latter’s banking ban, regulators are exploring regulatory policies for the nascent sector.

Businesses and associations in the cryptocurrency and blockchain sector are expected to participate in the hearing alongside the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), to discuss the future of the cryptocurrency market of India.

In its annual report, SEBI revealed that it has sent government officials to Japan, UK, and Switzerland to study cryptocurrency regulations in overseas markets with active digital asset exchanges and communities.

Unexpected Variable

In July, the supreme court of India declined to reverse the ban on cryptocurrency trading imposed by the Central Bank of India, requesting banks to maintain a strict ban on providing any financial services to cryptocurrency-related businesses.

Speaking to Bloomberg, law firm Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co partner Anand Bhushan said that apart from the government’s concerns regarding money laundering, there exists risk in allowing digital currencies as a medium of exchange due to a large amount of speculation and volatility.

“Nobody is able to price the risk currently. The minute you have clarity on exchanges and whether digital currencies can be used as a medium of exchange or payment, or if it is a commodity, there will be less speculation and much more stability in pricing,” Bhushan said.

But, as SFOX head of growth Danny Kim said, the entrance of large-scale investment firms into the cryptocurrency market has led to an increase in stability, as seen in the price movement of Bitcoin throughout August, when it recorded its most stable month since June of 2017.

“Before institutional firms were actively trading crypto or heavily involved (before 2018) bitcoin price differences between exchanges varied as high as 4.5%,” Kim explained.

The increase in stability, as well as the recognition of cryptocurrency exchanges as regulated financial institutions by major regions such as Japan, South Korea, France, UK, and the US could encourage India to reverse its ban.

Analysts expect that the exposure of local government officials to overseas markets that have demonstrated a high level of growth in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space could act as an unforeseen variable that may redirect the long-term strategy of SEBI.

As seen in the 50 percent increase in cryptocurrency and blockchain-related job growth in Asia and the decision of governments to consider the blockchain as one of the three core technologies in the fourth industrial revolution alongside big data and AI, a complete ban on cryptocurrency trading could result in voluntary isolation.

As large the economy of India is, Europe has continued to lag behind Japan and South Korea since 2012 in both trading volume and industry growth due to their initial rejection of the market.

This week, the European Commission, the executive branch that drafts legislation for the EU, acknowledged the cryptocurrency sector as a legitimate industry, given the rapid growth rate of the market despite its volatility.

Valdis Dombrovskis, the vice president of the European Commission, said:

“We also had a good exchange of views on crypto-assets. We see that crypto-assets are here to stay. Despite the recent turbulence, this market continues to grow.” https://blog.cofredcoin.com/2018/09/12/is-india-ready-t…o-study-policies/

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 12, 2018 10:25

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‘Slice’ Is a ‘Drunkenly Scribbled’ Horror Comedy About Prejudice, and Gentrification A24 brings you the story of “a ghost, a werewolf, and a pretty s—y pizza place”

“Slice,” the feature film debut for Chance the Rapper and his childhood friend, writer-director Austin Vesely, had its premiere and sole theatrical screenings on Monday night, just before distributor A24 surprise-dropped it on iTunes, digital and on-demand like it’s a new Beyoncé album.

“It was a drunken scribble in a notebook that I turned into a script for a short film,” writer/director Vesely joked during a Q&A after its Chicago screening, which was simulcast to the screenings in 20 other cities.

That quip was appropriate for the very laissez-faire occasion, at least from the ground in Los Angeles, where the scene at the Regal Cinema L.A. Live in downtown was the opposite of a big premiere to-do. Almost no signage to even signify the movie was showing could be seen, and attendees weren’t even sure what they were in for.

“So what’s this movie supposed to be about,” one 20-something woman asked while making her way into the theater.

Well, the logline in the film’s trailer says it all: “It’s a story about a ghost, a werewolf and a pretty s–ty pizza place.

Also Read: Chance the Rapper Film Debut 'Slice' Just Dropped Online Like a Beyoncé Album

The horror-comedy, also starring Paul Scheer, who shot his scenes in one 15-hour day, Rae Gray (“Fear the Walking Dead”) and “Atlanta’s” Zazie Beetz (most recently seen in “Deadpool 2”), is a whodunit murder mystery in a world where humans, ghosts, ghouls, witches and werewolves live side-by-side.

The film follows the events in the spooky, corrupt small town of Kingfisher. The town has had a bit of a ghost problem since an asylum, where patients were tortured and experimented on, burned down and the victims were buried in a mass unmarked grave. It’s explained that the mayor designated a part of town — aptly named Ghost Town — for the ghosts to live so they’re not disrupting the human occupants. Not exactly a subtle political metaphor.

By the way, that unmarked grave turns out to actually be a gateway to hell and, oh, home to a pizza restaurant staffed by a rag tag group of employees. When restaurant’s deliverers start being killed, the town goes into a panic, blaming ghosts, a werewolf — he’ll tell you he’s not that kind of werewolf — and anyone else who fits the crime per local prejudices. In order to clear their names and uncover the truth, a group including a ghost, a werewolf and a journalist set out to solve the mysterious murders.

Also Read: 'Slice' Trailer: Chance the Rapper, Zazie Beetz Solve One Hell of a Pizza Murder Mystery (Video)

“When I write stuff it never ends up being something that fits a formula that you’re familiar with,” Vesely said. “But also it’s the politics.”

The cast in attendance for the Q&A talked about how the unique script attracted them to the project, which was shot on a shoestring budget (so much so, in fact, the ghosts are just actors with white face paint to make them look dead).

“I just thought the script was so fun and funky. I love things that just commit to what they are,” said Beetz, who started filming “Slice” before the season one premiere of “Atlanta.”

The film surely knows what it is. The stylized, often campy, noir throws twists, horror and mystery tropes, as well as plenty of off kilter jokes left and right. And the audience lapped it up. When jokes landed and the clever tone really seemed to work overtime to elevate the film, the audience would burst into laughter — particularly the boisterous guy who sat behind me and seemed to enjoy every nugget the film had to offer.

https://www.thewrap.com/slice-is-a-drunkenly-scribbled-horror-comedy-about-prejudices-and-gentrification/

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 12, 2018 09:17

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GIS reveals over 4,000 irregular Ghanaian migrants returned from Libya in 2017

About 4,092 Ghanaian migrants returned from Libya in 2017, figures from the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has revealed.

According to Chief Superintendent James Hayford Boadi, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Head of the Immigration Information Centre of the GIS, most of the returnees were from Brong-Ahafo.

Instead of leaving the country through the appropriate routes, the migrants risked their lives through the Sahara Desert to Libya and cross the Mediterranean to Europe, he said.

Speaking at the opening session of a returnees’ needs assessment workshop on Monday in Sunyani, Chief Superintendent Boadi said irregular migration was becoming a national challenge which needed concerted efforts to tackle.

The Ghana Centre for Jobs, Migration and Re-integration (MIAC) of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in collaboration with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations organised the two-day workshop attended by about 85 returnees.

Most often Ghanaians voluntary returnees arrived without significant awareness of the changing dynamics in the country after years and sometimes decades of absence.

Research showed that the alienation experienced in the country had a direct effect on the ease of reintegration.

Currently, about 800,000 Ghanaians live and work outside their home country.

The workshop was however aimed at providing information on opportunities in the Ghanaian labour market and skilled vocational training for the interested returnees to get employment, become self-reliant and stay comfortable in Ghana.

Chief Superintendent Boadi noted that since the migrants entered Europe irregularly, most of them only had the option of applying for asylum with little prospect of success while others lived precariously.

Globally, he said more than 3,233 irregular African migrants died in 2017, adding that from January to August this year more than 1,549 deaths were recorded mostly on the Mediterranean.

Mr. Kwasi Awuah Ababio, Director of Diasporian Affairs at the office of the President, said numerous economic opportunities were available in the country and advised the youth to stay home and take advantage of that to build their future. He urged the youth who were determined to travel abroad to choose the regular labour migration routes in order not to be stranded. https://www.myjoyonline.com/news/2018/September-12th/gis-reveals-over-4000-irregular-ghanaian-migrants-returned-from-libya-in-2017.php

joshua Posted on September 12, 2018 08:14

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How Facebook 'became a beast' in Myanmar

Decades of ethnic and religious tensions, a sudden explosion of internet access, and a company that had trouble identifying and removing the most hateful posts.

It all added up to a perfect storm in Myanmar, where the United Nations says Facebook had a "determining role" in whipping up anger against the Rohingya minority.

"I'm afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast, and not what it originally intended," Yanghee Lee, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, said in March.

The company admits failures and has moved to address the problems. But how did Facebook's dream of a more open and connected world go wrong in one south-east Asian country?

Enter Facebook

"Nowadays, everyone can use the internet," says Thet Swei Win, director of Synergy, an organisation that works to promote social harmony between ethnic groups in Myanmar.

That wasn't the case in Myanmar five years ago.

Outside influence had been kept to a minimum during the decades when the military dominated the country. But with the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, and her election as Myanmar's de facto leader, the government began to liberalise business - including, crucially, the telecoms sector.


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The effect was dramatic, according to Elizabeth Mearns of BBC Media Action, the BBC's international development charity.

"A SIM card was about $200 [before the changes]," she says. "In 2013, they opened up access to other telecom companies and the SIM cards dropped to $2. Suddenly it became incredibly accessible."

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Image captionFor many in Myanmar, Facebook is synonymous with the internet

And after they bought an inexpensive phone and a cheap SIM card, there was one app that everybody in Myanmar wanted: Facebook. The reason? Google and some of the other big online portals didn't support Burmese text, but Facebook did.

"People were immediately buying internet accessible smart phones and they wouldn't leave the shop unless the Facebook app had been downloaded onto their phones," Mearns says.

Thet Swei Win believes that because the bulk of the population had little prior internet experience, they were especially vulnerable to propaganda and misinformation.

"We have no internet literacy," he told Trending. "We have no proper education on how to use the internet, how to filter the news, how to use the internet effectively. We did not have that kind of knowledge."

Ethnic tensions

Out of a population of about 50 million, around 18 million in Myanmar are regular Facebook users.

But Facebook and the telecoms companies which gave millions their first access to the internet do not appear to have been ready to grapple with the ethnic and religious tensions inside the country.

The enmity goes deep. Rohingyas are denied Burmese citizenship. Many in the Buddhist ruling class do not even consider them a distinct ethnic group - instead they refer to them as "Bengalis", a term that deliberately emphasises their separateness from the rest of the country.

Last year's military operation in the north-west Rakhine state was designed, the government says, to root out militants. It resulted in more than 700,000 people fleeing for neighbouring Bangladesh - something that the United Nations calls the world's fastest growing refugee crisis.

A UN report has said top military figures in Myanmar must be investigated for genocide in Rakhine state and crimes against humanity in other areas. But the government of Myanmar has rejected those allegations.

Facebook 'weaponised'

The combination of ethnic tensions and a booming social media market was toxic. Since the beginning of mass internet use in Myanmar, inflammatory posts against Rohingya have regularly appeared on Facebook,

Thet Swei Win said he was horrified by the anti-Rohingya material he has seen being shared. "Facebook is being weaponised," he told BBC Trending.

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In August, a Reuters investigation found more than 1,000 Burmese posts, comments and pornographic images attacking the Rohingya and other Muslims.

"To be honest I thought we might find at best a couple of hundred examples I thought that would make the point," says Reuters investigative reporter Steve Stecklow, who worked with Burmese-speaking colleagues on the story.

Stecklow says some of the material was extremely violent and graphic.

"It was sickening to read and I had to keep saying to people 'Are you OK? Do you want to take a break?'"

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Image captionSome posts on Facebook expressed the hope that fleeing Rohingya refugees would drown at sea

"When I sent it to Facebook, I put a warning on the email saying I just want you to know these are very disturbing things," he says. "What was so remarkable was that [some of] this had been on Facebook for five years and it wasn't until we notified them in August that it was removed."

Several of the posts catalogued by Stecklow and his team described Rohingyas as dogs or pigs.

"This is a way of dehumanising a group," Stecklow says. "Then when things like genocide happen, potentially there may not be a public uproar or outcry as people don't even view these people as people."

Lack of staff

The material that the Reuters team found clearly contravened Facebook's community guidelines, the rules that dictate what is and is not allowed on the platform. All of the posts were removed after the investigation, although the BBC has since found similar material still live on the site.


So why did the social network fail to grasp how it was being used to spread propaganda?

One reason, according to Mearns, Stecklow and others, was that the company had difficulty with interpreting certain words.

For example, one particular racial slur - "kalar" - can be a highly derogatory term used against Muslims, or have a much more innocent meaning: "chickpea".

In 2017, Stecklow says, the company banned the term, but later revoked the ban because of the word's dual meaning.

There were also software problems which meant that many mobile phone users in Myanmar had difficulties reading Facebook's instructions for how to report worrying material.

But there was also a much more fundamental issue - the lack of Burmese-speaking content monitors. According to the Reuters report, the company had just one such employee in 2014, a number that had increased to four the following year.

The company now has 60 and hopes to have around 100 Burmese speakers by the end of this year.

Multiple warnings

Following the explosion in Facebook use in Myanmar, the company did receive multiple warnings from individuals about how the platform was being used to spread anti-Rohingya hate speech.

In 2013, Australian documentary maker Aela Callan raised concerns with a senior Facebook manager. The next year a doctoral student named Matt Schissler has a series of interactions with employees, which resulted in some content being removed.

And in 2015, tech entrepreneur David Madden travelled to Facebook's headquarters in California to give managers a presentation on how he had seen the platform used to stir up hate in Myanmar.

"They were warned so many times," Madden told Reuters. "It couldn't have been presented to them more clearly, and they didn't take the necessary steps."

Accounts removed

Facebook did not respond to requests for comment on this story.

Since last year, the company has taken some action. In August, Facebook removed 18 accounts and 52 pages linked to Burmese officials. One account on Instagram, which Facebook owns, was also closed. The company said it "found evidence that many of these individuals and organizations committed or enabled serious human rights abuses in the country."

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Image captionRadical Buddhist monk Wirathu's Facebook page was removed earlier this year

Between them, the accounts and pages were followed by almost 12 million people.

In January this year, Facebook also removed the account of Ashin Wirathu, a radical monk famed for his angry speeches which stoking fears against Muslims.

'Too slow'

In a statement, Facebook has admitted that in Myanmar it was "too slow to prevent misinformation and hate", and acknowledged that countries that are new to the internet and social media are susceptible to the spreading of hate.

The subject of hate speech on the platform came up in early September, when Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, testified in front of a US Senate committee.

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Image captionSheryl Sandberg says Facebook is committed to tackling hate speech

"Hate is against our policies and we take strong measures to take it down. We also publish publicly what our hate-speech standards are," she said. "We care tremendously about civil rights."

When Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg appeared in front of Congress in April, he was asked specifically about events in Myanmar, and said that in addition to hiring more Burmese speakers, the company was also working with local groups to identify "specific hate figures" and creating a team that would help identify similar issues in Myanmar and other countries in the future.

Elizabeth Mearns from BBC Media Action, believes that while it is Facebook's role in Myanmar that is currently under scrutiny, the situation is just one example of a far wider issue.

"We are definitely now in a situation where content on social media is directly affecting people's real life. It's affecting the way people vote. It's affecting the way people behave towards each other, and it's creating violence and conflict," she says.

"The international community understands now, I think, that it needs to step up and understand technology. And understand what's happening on social media in their countries or in other countries."

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seth Posted on September 12, 2018 07:52

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Marie Colvin: Reporter's last days retold for cinema

In 2012, in the besieged city of Homs, photojournalist Paul Conroy was lucky to escape alive when a makeshift media centre came under fire from Syrian government forces. His colleagues Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik were killed. A new documentary Under the Wire tells the story - the first of two films this year to feature Colvin and Conroy.

Despite the violent way she died, there are times when Conroy can only smile at the memory of the war correspondent Colvin.

"I met Marie about 15 years ago. We were both trying to get into northern Iraq from Syria. I'd built a boat to cross the Tigris river out of lorry inner tubes and bits of wood and basically string.

"But I got captured and was sent back and in the journalists' bar no one would speak to me because they all thought I'd spoiled their chances of getting in. Then Marie walked in and she said - who and where is the 'Boatman'? I put my hand up and she said, 'Boatman, can I buy you a whiskey?' That was the start of it."

After that Conroy bumped into the Sunday Times' US-born correspondent several times. As a resourceful photo-journalist with a similar taste for the field of battle, he was aware of her reputation.

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Image captionPaul Conroy was trusted by Marie Colvin

"She was notoriously difficult and some photographers she worked with found her scary. And she would just dump them if they didn't fit.

"Marie and I worked together in Libya for the Sunday Times and once there was a guy who was to fill in for me for a couple of days. But almost at once Marie was on the phone saying get back here now - she'd already sent this guy off 300 miles and she never spoke to him again."

Under the Wire, directed by film-maker Chris Martin, doesn't try to portray Colvin as an easy colleague.

He remembers he was filming in the Caribbean when he heard of her death. "And I saw material on YouTube of Paul trapped in Syria. I saw that the people I was working with were really concerned about his fate and I knew at once there was a story to be told."

Martin's documentary shows what happens after Colvin and Conroy arrive in Homs through a 3km storm drain.

Conroy says the city was the obvious fulcrum of the story. The government of President Bashar al-Assad saw Homs as the major centre of revolt and was ready to crush dissent there.

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Image captionEdith Bouvier is flown home to France after escaping to Lebanon

Conroy says just getting in was difficult. "We spent a week or two in Beirut making contacts. From there we went up into the mountains between Lebanon and Syria, where we met with members of the Free Syrian Army (a loose anti-Assad coalition). They took us over the border at night time through minefields, dodging army checkpoints. They then handed us over to another unit of the Free Syrian Army.

"It took about three days to go 30 kilometres. But the only way into Baba Amr - the part of Homs really getting hammered - was by this storm drain about 4ft high. We went through it bent double and carrying all our kit. We were pulled out of the tunnel, thrown in the back of a truck and ran the gauntlet of Syrian forces.

Conroy says the few journalists around Homs were aware of the risks. "I was told by a Lebanese source that Syrian government policy was to kill any journalists and then drop the bodies on the battlefield. It was a horrible situation and the film makes that very clear."

Martin makes no apologies for having filled in pictorial gaps in the narrative. "We went to extraordinary lengths to find video material. A lot of it was just the odd five seconds taken in Homs by activists; it took a massive amount of tracking down, not just in the Middle East. We found things like a Skype call made from the journalists' base in Homs at the moment the rockets hit."

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Image captionMarie Colvin at a service for journalists, cameramen and support staff to have died in war zones

But he says some 15 minutes of the running time consists of reconstructions of what happened to Colville and Conroy and to the other four journalists with them before the fatal attack - Edith Bouvier, Remi Ochlik and William Daniels, who were all French, and the Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa.

Martin acknowledges this is not a the film like this might have been made only a few years ago.

"We had just three or four minutes of material which Paul had shot - everything else was destroyed when the rockets came in. But we did find some footage of the tunnel and even of Paul and Marie in Homs working on what turned out to be Marie's last piece of journalism.

"So we pieced together that archive with our interview with Paul and with the testament of Edith Bouvier and William Daniels - and of Wael their brave translator. That was the spine of the film."

But Martin says the documentary market is changing and as a result he decided he needed to shoot high-quality extra material to knit the story together.

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Image captionRosamund Pike is to play Colvin in a feature film called a Private War

The production team decamped to northern Morocco to stage a version of the storm drain sequence. Additional interiors were shot in London. The craft skills on display mean the documentary often has the feel of a well-produced feature film.

"Documentaries like Under the Wire are now mainly going to be seen first on theatrical release," he says. "They're not just for TV. And if you're in cinemas you're competing with feature films which might cost $100m (£77m) or more. So we have to engage the viewer. We can't expect audiences to come and find the story on our terms."

The American director Matthew Heineman has also been at work on the life of Colvin. A Private War, which in part tells the same story, is due for release this year. But Heineman has made a feature film, starring Rosamund Pike as Colvin and with Jamie Dornan as Conroy.

In real life Conroy only realised back in London how badly he'd been hurt in the attack, which killed Colvin and Ochlik.

"Obviously I knew I had a huge hole in the back of my leg. But in London I found out I also had a great big piece of shrapnel wedged under my kidneys. I had 23 operations on my leg and others on my abdomen and back. I was in hospital for five months.

"There's still a story to be told in Syria. I can't even begin to say how deeply I regret Marie and Remi dying. But do I regret going in and trying to do our job? Absolutely not."

Under the Wire is on release.

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seth Posted on September 12, 2018 05:33

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AMANDA STANTON FROM 'BACHELOR' ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

'Bachelor' and "Bachelor in Paradise" fan favorite Amanda Stanton has been arrested for domestic battery after a drunken post-bachelorette party incident with her boyfriend ... TMZ has learned. Sources familiar with what went down tell us Stanton was partying with friends at The Encore for a co-ed bachelorette event. We're told Stanton's bf, Bobby Jacobs, was there too ... and everyone was celebrating in a room at the hotel.

Law enforcement tells us security came to the room for a noise complaint, and Bobby was talking to the guard. We're told that's when an apparently boozed up Amanda tried to intervene, and shoved Bobby in the process. We're told the shove was hard enough for security to call cops, who arrested Amanda for misdemeanor domestic violence.

She was released Monday. Sources close to Amanda tell us she and Bobby are still together, and they both think someone slipped something -- a drug, presumably -- into her drink. Stanton was a fave on Ben Higgins' season of "The Bachelor" ... finishing 4th. She went on to appear on season 3 of "Bachelor in Paradise" and got engaged to Josh Murray, but things went south quickly. We reached out to Bobby and Amanda ... so far, no word back.

https://www.google.com.gh/amp/amp.tmz.com/2018/09/11/bachelor-amanda-stanton-arrested-domestic-battery-boyfriend/

Nii Sackey Posted on September 12, 2018 03:02

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The Rise of Masternodes Might Soon be Followed by the Creation of Servicenodes

Dash’s earliest innovation was the creation of a two-tier network. The first tier consists of miners and ordinary users, while the second tier is comprised of masternodes. These special nodes provide advanced services to the network.

Several currencies followed in Dash’s footsteps by creating their own two-tier networks. Among these are PIVX, Crown, ExclusiveCoin, and Helium, making masternode-based coins one of the latest trends in the Cryptosphere.

But what is so special about masternodes? Why all the buzz? The first order of business is to break things down and determine exactly what masternodes are and what they do.

What is a masternode and what does it do?

Masternodes are a type of full node that offers various services to the network and are compensated by the network for these functions. Like all full nodes, masternodes host an entire copy of the Blockchain.  However, masternodes differ from ordinary full nodes in a few important ways.

These special nodes get compensated by sharing in the block reward because they provide special services to the network. Additionally, masternodes require a certain number of coins as collateral. Finally, masternodes perform advanced functions for the network beyond the mere sending of transactions. Three of Dash’s distinguishing features, InstantSend, PrivateSend and Decentralized Governance by Blockchain (DGBB) are all powered by masternodes.

Operating a masternode

To operate a masternode, users must hold a certain number of coins as collateral. With Dash, the required collateral is 1,000 DASH, but this number differs with each currency. The collateral is required to prevent Sybil attacks on the network, whereby an attacker could create numerous masternodes and interfere with network operations. With Dash, this collateral can be moved or spent at any time. It is not “locked,” although moving or spending the collateral will result in the associated masternode going offline.

Users must also host their masternode on hardware that meets certain minimum requirements for CPU, RAM, disc space and networking. Masternodes are typically hosted on virtual private servers (VPS) by providers such as Digital Ocean or Vultr.

Return on investment (ROI)

As previously mentioned, masternodes are compensated for their services via the network.  For example, with Dash and Crown, the mining reward is split so that 45 percent of the mining reward goes to masternodes, 10 percent goes to a development fund and 45 percent to the miner who found the block.  

Dash pays masternodes based on a deterministic schedule so that each node is paid in a round-robin fashion until all nodes have been paid. However, Dash does add a small bit of variance so the system cannot be gamed. There is a very small chance that a masternode can be skipped or double paid in a cycle. Other currencies handle masternode selection and payment differently.

Dash’s current annual return on investment is about 8.3 percent, while other projects provide an ROI as high as 20 percent. Of course, investors are also expecting their underlying collateral value to increase with time, making these projects a win-win. For example, in a few months, Crown’s market capitalization ballooned from under $200,000 to over $15 mln. What was the change that prompted this massive growth? The addition of masternodes.

What’s Next?

Co-founder of Blockchain TV and Crypto Consultant, Jason Cassidy tells Cointelegraph that just as masternodes improved Blockchain tech in several ways, a new innovation may be upon us in the near future, the servicenode.

Cassidy talks about a project that targets real businesses and generates intrinsic value to the Blockchain:

“Servicenodes will offer BaaS (Blockchain as a service) to enterprise businesses. The use cases for Blockchain vary from business to business but often can offer a secure and more effective way of sharing information across large-scale businesses.  Servicenodes will help these businesses run private Blockchains by increasing the decentralization of the network and thereby creating a more robust and stable network.”

This new development is powered by the Helium project and is set to be made public in the coming weeks.

How will servicenodes work?

Cassidy explains that servicenodes will require a yet-to-be-disclosed amount of collateral and will operate similarly to the Uber model by including an individual rating system.  Servicenode operators seeking to host Blockchains for enterprise businesses will have to be vetted for security, confirmed to meet hardware requirements and possibly be required to contract for a minimum length of service to ensure these nodes stay online in perpetuity.  

Servicenode providers will compete with each other to provide BaaS at a competitive price.  Businesses who engage with the servicenodes will pay them directly, with a portion of that payment distributed across the Helium network.  This system is ultimately designed to support miners after the last Helium blocks have been extracted and the reward drops to zero. In this sense, servicenodes are acting as a support mechanism to the entire network, ensuring greater security and longevity.

syllasasante Posted on September 12, 2018 02:08

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Google fights plan to extend 'right to be forgotten'

European rules that allow individuals the "right to be forgotten" online could be extended worldwide.

The European Court of Justice is hearing evidence on the matter and will rule in 2019.

Google argues that extending the law could turn it into a tool for censorship, in "less democratic" regimes.

France's regulator said that Google is currently not respecting the rights of citizens to have information erased.

A panel of 15 judges will hear evidence from 70 or more stakeholders in Luxembourg on Tuesday.

The right to be forgotten became law in 2014, following the case of Spaniard Mario Costeja who successfully argued that out-of-date details about his financial circumstances should be removed from Google.

At the time, the ECJ ruled that information deemed "inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive" should be delisted.

While the content remains online, it cannot be found via online searches of an individual's name.

Google, which was not happy with the judgement, complied but only by delisting requests on local country domains, something which angered regulators.

Since 2014, the search engine has received more than 700,000 requests to delist information amounting to 2.7 million web addresses.

It has complied with less than half (44%).

France's Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes wants the court to clarify whether the delisting should extend beyond the French version of Google's search engine to all versions across the world.

As well as affecting other search engines, such as Bing and Yahoo, the judgement could also affect social networks.

Google's position remains unchanged from 2015 when lawyer Kent Walk said in a blogpost: "No one country should be able to impose its rules on the citizens of another country, especially when it comes to linking to lawful content.

"Adopting such a rule would encourage other countries, including less democratic regimes, to try to impose their values on citizens in the rest of the world."

The search giant has the backing of a wide range of human rights and media organisations, including Article 19, a British-led human rights organisation.

It will urge the Luxembourg court to "limit the scope of the right to be forgotten".

"European data regulators should not be allowed to decide what internet users around the world find when they use a search engine," Thomas Hughes, Article 19 executive director said.

"If European regulators can tell Google to remove all references to a website, then it will be only a matter of time before countries like China, Russia and Saudi Arabia start to do the same."

In a separate case being heard by the ECJ on the same day, four individuals will argue for another extension of the right to be forgotten rules, claiming that sensitive personal data, including information about political views and criminal records, should automatically be purged from search results.

Previously Google has said this would give "carte blanche" to people who might wish to use privacy laws to hide information of public interest, such as a politician's political views or a public figure's criminal record.

"This would effectively erase the public's right to know important information about people who represent them in society or provide them services," the firm said in a blogpost.

In terms of what the cases could mean for British citizens, the UK is currently still subject to rulings from the ECJ but its legal relationship could change once it leaves the EU in March 2019.

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45484300

seth Posted on September 11, 2018 18:43

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Jealous stalker guilty of murdering co-worker in Taunton

A jealous worker who stalked and strangled a colleague he was obsessed with has been convicted of her murder.

Heather Jordan's body was found in Lyngford Park, Taunton, by dog walkers on 18 February.

Martin Corns, 52, had denied killing her in a fit of jealous rage after she spurned his advances and claimed he had been stealing petrol when she died.

At Exeter Crown Court earlier, Corns was found guilty of murder and jailed for life with a minimum of 17 years.

Judge Brian Forster said Corns, of Taunton, had confronted 34-year-old Ms Jordan in the park with the intention of killing her.

"You strangled the person whom you described in letters as 'my beautiful princess'," he said.

"You attempted to make it look like she had been robbed. You were motivated in part to stop the deceased making a complaint about you."

Image copyrightAVON AND SOMERSET POLICE

Image captionCorns admitted he had watched Ms Jordan's house and said it was "creepy and strange"

The court heard Corns had become obsessed with Ms Jordan after meeting her at Boots, where they both worked as cleaners.

They started a non-sexual relationship, which she described as "committed friendship", and the prosecution told the court he killed her after she told him she wanted to stop meeting him.

Corns bombarded Ms Jordan with more than 2,000 texts and calls, watched her home, followed her around at work and became increasingly possessive and jealous, the jury heard.

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Image captionA CCTV image shows Heather Jordan being followed by Martin Corns before she died

He murdered Ms Jordan while she was walking from her home to her weekend cleaning job at the Priorswood Co-op at about 05:15.

A torn-up love letter was found scattered around her body and the killing was made to look like a robbery.

She was found in a park shelter by dog walkers.

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Image captionThe love letter was pieced together by officers

Ms Jordan's mother Jennifer Rigby told jurors she had been about to lodge a complaint of harassment against Corns with bosses at Boots.

She also said she did not like receiving a dozen red roses from him on Valentine's Day, two days before the murder.

The jury heard Corns was convinced Ms Jordan was seeing a supervisor at Boots and refused to accept her repeated denials.

Det Insp Mike Buck, who led the investigation, thanked Ms Jordan's family and friends for "their courage and the dignity they showed at court".

"A major part of the trial was CCTV provided by local businesses and private householders for which I am very grateful," he added.

Image copyrightAVON AND SOMERSET POLICE

Image captionCorns also sent Heather Jordan a Valentine's Day card before murdering her

Speaking before the trial, Mrs Rigby said her daughter had a kind heart and liked to help anyone she could but had suffered bouts of depression.

"She was basically a good all-round person to know," she said.

"She used to say, 'When you're old, I'll look after you.' She won't now."

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-45472640

seth Posted on September 11, 2018 18:35

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Hurricane Florence: Warnings of life-threatening surge,

Hurricane Florence gathers strength as it moves closer to US

Hurricane Florence - the most powerful storm to threaten the Carolinas in nearly three decades - is expected to strengthen, say forecasters.

Officials warn there is a chance of "life-threatening inundation from rising water" over the next 48 hours as Florence heads for the US East Coast.

With sustained winds of about 130mph (215km/h), the weather system is currently a category four storm.

It could make landfall on Thursday, near Wilmington, North Carolina.

Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, North and South Carolina have all declared states of emergency.

"This storm is a monster," North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference on Tuesday. "It's big and it's vicious.

"It is an extremely dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane."https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45479766

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 11, 2018 17:48

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TV may invite viewer to sue its manufacturer

Consider it a different kind of on-screen courtroom drama. Owners of Vizio Smart TVs may soon see a message inviting them to take legal action against the manufacturer.

California-based Vizio, one of America’s leading TV brands, was in 2015 caught gathering large amounts of user data, which was then passed on to advertisers.

It settled with the US trade regulator for $2.2m (£1.7m), but still faces a class action lawsuit involving potentially millions of customers.

The company could now be forced to inform potentially affected owners directly – via a pop-up message on-screen.

The BBC understands the note would tell the customer about the legal action, and how to find out if they can be involved. If the lawsuit is successful, customers could receive a portion of the damages won. Only affected customers in the US are eligible to join the lawsuit.

According to US law, notices about class action lawsuits – the term given to a case that has affected a large number of people – have to be delivered in the most effective way that is “practicable under the circumstances, including individual notice to all members who can be identified through reasonable effort”.

Typically, this might be through an email or letter, or perhaps advertising – but since the Vizio televisions sets are connected to the internet, attorneys believe an on-screen message would be an effective option.

However, the idea “requires testing to make sure any TV notice can be properly displayed and functions as intended”, according to court papers first obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

Both parties in the case have until 3 October to present wording and a delivery method that is “workable and satisfies applicable legal standards”.

If happy, the court would then decide when the message should be sent out to the potentially affected customers – which could number as many as 11 million.

The 2015 ProPublica investigation discovered Vizio had been logging viewing habits and selling that information on to data brokers.

At the time, the firm said: “Non-personal identifiable information may be shared with select partners … to permit these companies to make, for example, better-informed decisions regarding content production, programming and advertising.”

The Federal Trade Commission, however, took a dim view. It settled with the firm for $2.2m on the understanding it would stop the practice, and in future more prominently tell users how data was being collected.

“This settlement stops Vizio’s unauthorised tracking, and makes clear that smart TV makers should get people’s consent before collecting and sharing television viewing information.”

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https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45480004

seth Posted on September 11, 2018 15:45

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British Airways: Suspect code that hacked fliers 'found'

A cyber-security firm has said it found malicious code injected into the British Airways website, which could be the cause of a recent data breach that affected 380,000 transactions.

A RiskIQ researcher analysed code from BA's website and app around the time when the breach began, in late August.

He claimed to have discovered evidence of a "skimming" script designed to steal financial data from online payment forms.

BA said it was unable to comment.

A very similar attack, by a group dubbed Magecart, affected the Ticketmaster website recently, which RiskIQ said it also analysed in depth.

The company said the code found on the BA site was very similar, but appeared to have been modified to suit the way the airline's site had been designed.

"This particular skimmer is very much attuned to how British Airway's payment page is set up, which tells us that the attackers carefully considered how to target this site instead of blindly injecting the regular Magecart skimmer," the researcher wrote in a report on the findings.

"The infrastructure used in this attack was set up with British Airways in mind and purposely targeted scripts that would blend in with normal payment processing to avoid detection."

Hacks like this make use of an increasingly common phenomenon, in which large websites embed multiple pieces of code from other sources or third-party suppliers.

Such code may be needed to do specific jobs, such as authorise a payment or present ads to the user. But malicious code can be slipped in instead - this is known as a supply chain attack.

In BA's case, hackers stole names, email addresses and credit card details - including the long number, expiry date and the three-digit CVV security code.

"As this is a criminal investigation, we are unable to comment on speculation," said BA in a statement.

A spokesman for the UK's National Crime Agency said it was aware of the RiskIQ report but would not be commenting at this time.

Data grab

RiskIQ said the malicious script consisted of just 22 lines of code. It worked by grabbing data from BA's online payment form and then sending it to the hackers' server once a customer hit the "submit" button.

The cyber-security firm added that the attackers had apparently been able to gather data from mobile app users as well because the same script was found loaded into the app on a page describing government taxes and carrier charges.

"The page [in the app] is built with the same... components as the real website, meaning design and functionality-wise, it's a total match," the RiskIQ report noted.

 

Media captionBritish Airways' chairman and CEO says affected customers will be 100% compensated

RiskIQ recommended that BA customers affected by the breach get a new debit or credit card from their bank.

The firm pointed out that whoever was behind the attack had apparently decided to target specific brands and that more breaches of a similar nature were likely.

"There is a very clear emerging risk where the weakest link in payment processes is being actively targeted," cyber-security expert Kevin Beaumont told the BBC.

"And that weakest link in the chain is often by placing older systems or third-party code into the payment chain."

Andrew Dwyer, a cyber-security researcher at the University of Oxford added that the attackers appeared to have gone to "extraordinary lengths" to tailor their code to the BA site.

According to RiskIQ, they also acquired a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate - which suggests to web browsers, not always accurately, that a web page is safe to use.

If this was indeed how the attack worked, he added, there are ways of preventing third-party code taking data from sensitive web pages.

"BA should have been able to see this," he told the BBC.

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45481976

seth Posted on September 11, 2018 15:26

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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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YOUR PAXEX IS SECURED NOW!! NO WAHALA FOR YOUR COINS.

The largest and fastest leading online Trading Platform in the residence of Ghana, Nigeria and Africa as a whole (Cofred), has introduced a new Trading called PaxexPay or Paxexcoin wallet.

 

PAXEX coin is a voting coin built for forums, bloggers and website owners. Create polls, voting on your website and have your users send PAXEX straight from their wallet on your website through our API and earn PAXEX coins.
With a state of the art platform and admin panel, anyone can create polls, voting on their website without any programming experience.

A PaxexCoin Wallet (PaxexPay) stores the Public and Private “Key” or “addresses” which can be used to receive, send or spend the paxexcoin. A PaxexCoin wallet is a secure digital wallet used to store, send and receive digital currency like paxex.

The Paxex Wallet is the easiest and secure wallet for your PaxexCoin.

8000+ Users worldwide already trust the Cofred and its Wallets, because it is the easiest and secure way to send, receive and store digital currency.

The platform currently supports one digital currency (PaxexPay) that available for sending, receiving and storing.: https://blog.cofredcoin.com/2018/09/11/your-paxex-is-se…a-for-your-coins/ ‎

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.

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The Atlanta Constitution

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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.

 

Source: adomonline.com

 

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.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 10, 2018 07:47

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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

KOBINAYEBOAH Posted on September 10, 2018 06:09

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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

KOBINAYEBOAH Posted on September 10, 2018 06:03

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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.

Image copyrightAFP

Image captionThe allegations have sparked a campaign for the removal of Mr Moonves

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'."

Media colossus

Image copyrightREUTERS

Image captionMoonves has been married to Julie Chen since 2004

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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

 Kim Kardashian and Drake

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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