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Ghanaians eating too much fish – Fisheries Alliance convener

The excessively high intake of fish among Ghanaians is one of the reasons the country has to import over 60 percent of its fish, according to the Co-convener of the Fisheries Alliance, Richster Nii Amarfio.

Ghana, which consumes over 950,000 metric tons of fish annually, imported $135 million worth of fish in 2016 because of the reduction in the country’s fish stock.

There are fears Ghana may soon lose its fishing stock if nothing is done to overturn issues confronting the country’s fishing sector.

Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show, Mr. Armafio attributed the state of affairs to failings in the post-harvest chain which contributes to Ghana’s 25 million population having a high fish consumption per capita.

“The fish we consume in Ghana per capital is way in excess of the world average. We consume between 25 and 27 kg per capita. The world average is around 11 to 13 kg per capita. So we are consuming about twice the world average consumption and only a few people consume that fish.”

But this lop-sided consumption can be corrected by investments into the post harvest sector of the fishing industry.

“We first need to look at the lopsided consumption in the fisheries sector and then develop a proper post-harvest sector that is able to attract investors into the country to now start the process of canning fish and if that happens, our consumption will go down and our earnings from the fisheries sector will grow.”

“ You can’t say that the 400,000 metric tonnes we are producing is not enough. It is the way we consume fish that is the problem because we have not developed the processes of storing fish,” Mr. Armafio added.

Impact of galamsey

Illegal mining activities have also contributed to this fish deficit as the inland contribution to fisheries “has completely been cut out.”

“People who were living in the North were depending on small streams and water bodies so they didn’t have to rely on imported fish. [But they] no longer have those fishes, so they now have to rely on imported fish because their fish and water bodies have all been destroyed by illegal mining activities.”

Aside from this, Ghana is also missing out on fish production from lagoons and mangrove swamps in Accra because “they have become industrial sinks.”

“Go to Accra, all the municipal drains are channeled into one water body or another and so the quality of water that we require in the lagoons to produce the brackish fish; we are losing them.”

Source:GhanaWeb.com

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07/Sep/2017

Is peanut butter healthy?

(CNN)Yes, peanut butter can be a nutritious diet staple, but some varieties are healthier than others.

Peanut butter is rich in heart-healthy fats and is a good source of protein, which can be helpful for vegetarians looking to include more protein in their diets. A 2-tablespoon serving of peanut butter contains up to 8 grams of protein and 2 to 3 grams of fiber. The nutty spread also offers vitamins and minerals including the B vitamin niacin, iron, potassium and vitamin E.
The healthiest peanut butter is made from just peanuts, while added salt, sugars and oils change its nutritional profile. For example, a peanut butter with salt added can have 100 to 150 milligrams of sodium, while an unsalted version is sodium-free. Sugars may be added too, especially in flavored varieties, and can contribute up to 7 grams, or 28 calories per serving.
 
 
Nuts, including peanuts (which are technically legumes), have been associated with lower risk of heart disease, cancer and premature death.
Consumption of nuts and peanut butter has also been associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. However, one study that tracked more than 120,000 men and women from 1986 to 1996 found that while consumption of nuts and peanuts was associated with lower mortality rates among individuals, no protective effect was found for peanut butter.
"In the past, it has been shown that peanut butter contains trans fatty acids and therefore the composition of peanut butter is different from peanuts. The adverse health effects of salt and trans fatty acids could inhibit the protective effects of peanuts," researchers wrote in a news release on the study.
In fact, a 2001 USDA report found that peanut butter does not contain any detectable levels of trans fats in any of the 11 brands of peanut butters that researchers tested, which included both major store brands and "natural brands," even though small amounts of hydrogenated vegetable oils are added to commercial peanut butters to prevent the peanut oil from separating out.
Though it might seem that crunchy or chunky peanut butter might have an edge over the smooth kind, nutritionally speaking, they are pretty similar. Differences among peanut butters have more to do with a spread's ingredients, rather than its texture.
Linda V. Van Horn, professor of preventive medicine and a registered dietitian at Northwestern University, stated that commercial peanut butter formulations have been improved because the food industry is aware of the trans fat issues and has responded by reformulating those products. "Just remember to check the label for '0' trans fats and preferably '0' added sugars," she said. Fortunately, "there is no concern with ground-up peanuts ... otherwise known as 'natural' peanut butter."
eep in mind that most of the calories in peanut butter come from fat. While it's mostly the heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated kind, it does make peanut butter a calorie-dense food. A 2-tablespoon serving has approximately 200 calories, so if you are carefully watching calories, you can cut that portion in half. And steer clear of flavored peanut butters with added sugars and cocoa butter, which morphs a healthy nut spread into dessert.
Source:CNN.com
 
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07/Sep/2017

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Could this 'miracle' grain from Africa become the next quinoa?

(CNN)As a child, Pierre Thiam didn't think there was anything extraordinary about fonio; a tiny-grained cereal he often ate on summer vacations at his grandparents'.

Decades later he sees it as the "miracle" grain that could replace quinoa and transform the economy of the Sahel.
Fonio has been grown for over 5,000 years and is possibly the oldest cultivated cereal in Africa. The gluten-free grain, native to Thiam's birth country, Senegal, has been touted as the next quinoa.
 
 
"It is nutritious, particularly rich in methionine and cysteine, two amino acids that are deficient in most other major grains: barley, rice or wheat to name a few," the chef said of fonio at the recently concluded TEDGlobal Conference in Tanzania.
And it is from exporting this grain that he believes the Sahel can turn its economy around.

(CNN)As a child, Pierre Thiam didn't think there was anything extraordinary about fonio; a tiny-grained cereal he often ate on summer vacations at his grandparents'.

Decades later he sees it as the "miracle" grain that could replace quinoa and transform the economy of the Sahel.
Fonio has been grown for over 5,000 years and is possibly the oldest cultivated cereal in Africa. The gluten-free grain, native to Thiam's birth country, Senegal, has been touted as the next quinoa.
 
 
"It is nutritious, particularly rich in methionine and cysteine, two amino acids that are deficient in most other major grains: barley, rice or wheat to name a few," the chef said of fonio at the recently concluded TEDGlobal Conference in Tanzania.
And it is from exporting this grain that he believes the Sahel can turn its economy around.
His study led him further down a rabbit hole of discovery.
Natives of Dogon in Mali believe it is "the seed of the universe" where the Earth sprouted, while in ancient Egypt the grain was found in the pyramids' burial grounds.
"I became more interested in this grain that was deemed worth taking to the afterlife by early Egyptians," he said.

Rich grain, poor land

Fonio is cultivated in Kédougou, a place Thiam describes as "one of the poorest regions of Senegal."
"Because of desertification and lack of job prospects, much of Kédougou's young population has left. They chose the deadly path of migration in search of 'better' opportunities. Often, they risk their lives trying to reach Europe," he said in his TEDtalk.
For him, exporting the resilient fonio, which "thrives where nothing else will grow," might be the answer to the looming poverty.
"Although we are still at an early stage of development, we are collaborating with an NGO called SOS Sahel to recruit, train and equip the youths throughout the Sahel region, including Kédougou. The youths are happy to have the opportunity of a paying job," he later told CNN.

One grain, many possibilities

Despite the great potential fonio has, he says there is a lot of work to be done in changing Senegalese locals' perception of it as "country-people" food.
In an effort to upgrade its status and share it with the world as a "world-class crop," Thiam struck a deal with the largest natural food chain in America, Whole Foods, which started selling packs of fonio this year.
The first location (Harlem) is selling really well and we are now planning to unroll through their 36 Northeast region locations," he said.
He is keen to continue pushing fonio even further, and his dream is to see his native grain developed into every food type on the market.
"We have developed several fonio products that we plan to gradually introduce to the market. Crackers, cereals and pastas."
If Thiam's dream comes true, fonio could rival quinoa around the world.
Source:CNN
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03/Oct/2017

Isha Johansen to stand for re-election as president of Sierra Leone's Football Association

(CNN)Sierra Leone's Football Association president Isha Johansen has announced she will stand for re-election despite admitting that her decision will "infuriate a lot of people."

Johansen is the only female football president in Africa and one of only two females to have ever held the role as president of a football association.
 
"It will spark up more conspiracy theories and even actions," she told CNN Sport's Alex Thomas.
 
 
"Knowing the environment as I know it now, and the kind of environments I've been trying to work under and rise above, anything is possible.
"The fact that I'm here, willing to take the bruises and the knocks for and behalf of my country, that's applaudable. It's about good governance and putting Sierra Leone on the map for the right reasons."

'Ebola, infighting and political interference'

The 52-year-old was elected as her football association's president in 2013 but her reign has been a difficult one.
A match-fixing inquiry into a World Cup qualifier between Sierra Leone and South Africa in 2008 is ongoing, with 11 officials and four players, all of whom have denied wrongdoing, having been suspended by the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) since 2014 pending investigation.
Moreover, two years of her term was dominated by the Ebola crisis as the deadly virus inflicted parts of west Africa, killing thousands and damaging the economies.
In Sierra Leone where, Johansen has said, football is "like a second religion" the sport was banned in an attempt to curtail the spread of the virus.
The last 12 months in particular have been personally challenging.
She spent the night in custody after failing to attend a hearing set up by the country's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in September 2016.
On 21 September, two days after this interview with CNN, she was charged with abuse of office and misuse of public funds by the ACC -- charges which she denies.
Last month, an interim court injunction -- subsequently overturned on August 31 -- temporarily stopped Johansen and three other executive committee members from running the country's football affairs until their legitimacy to govern had been proved.
Her mandate to govern expired on August 3 but no electoral congress has yet been held, with FIFA, world football's governing body, delaying the elections until integrity checks are carried out by a task force.
Johansen told CNN Sport: "It's taken a toll on my health, for sure, I'm actually here [in London] for my medical checks ... but at the end of the day, even though it's affected my health, it's made me stronger.
"It's difficult, it's challenging, but I'm very up for the task. It's been particularly difficult for my family, especially for my elderly parents.
"There have been some positives that I'm proud of in our Sierra Leone football development. Despite all the odds, the challenges -- the Ebola, the infighting, the political interference -- all of these have helped strengthen our cause and strengthen my resolve."
Until elections are conducted, FIFA has said it will recognize the leadership of the executives currently running SLFA.
In a statement, FIFA told CNN Sport: "We reaffirm our position for the need for integrity checks before the SLFA can proceed with its General Assembly.
"All current and potential SLFA members of the SLFA Executive Committee, including the president, must undergo integrity checks in line with the FIFA statutes and the FIFA government regulations.
"Until these integrity checks are done, we have no alternative but to continue with the current leadership and management of the SLFA in preparation of the General Assembly.
"Once all these requirements have been clarified, SLFA executives will be cleared for the election."
Johansen said she would be happy to stand for election tomorrow.
"I do hope that people would understand that it's not in an attempt to keep me in office for any longer time than is necessary," she added.
"It's because, after four years, it wouldn't serve anybody's good purpose, definitely not in the country's best interest, to continue in the same manner."

A controversial appointment?

FIFA's task force is comprised of representatives from FIFA, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the SLFA and the country's Ministry of Sports and is chaired by Musa Bility, the controversial president of the Liberian FA.
Bility was prevented from running for FIFA's presidency in 2015 after failing the governing body's integrity checks, though the world governing body did not make the reasons for his failure public.
In 2013 the Liberian received a six-month ban from football after CAF said he had "violated statues relating to the use of official documents."
Describing Bility as a "brother and a friend," Johansen said it was not her decision to put Bility on the task force.
"Poor old Musa, he's taking a bashing and I'm having to defend Musa," she said.
"It's not my decision and not my place to tell FIFA who to put and who not to put. Allegations are allegations.
"I was arrested ... it wasn't pleasant. Very scary, especially when you don't know why you're being held and you're innocent. I have to say this, even with this announcement, you can't put anything past anything happening."
Source:CNN
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03/Oct/2017

Serena Williams shows off her incredible post-baby body

(CNN)Get it Serena Williams!

The tennis superstar has snapped back in a big way since giving birth.
Her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., was born September 1 and is the first for Williams and her fiancé, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
 
 
On Thursday, she shared a selfie on her official Instagram account showing her slimmed down physique in a black t-shirt and what appears to be either black short shorts or a pair of undies.
"It has been said I don't belong in Women's sports -- that I belong in Men's -- because I look stronger than many other women do. (No, I just work hard and I was born with this badass body and proud of it)," she wrote.
 
Williams showed off that powerful and very pregnant physique for a Vanity Fair cover story in the August issue. She appeared nude with her baby bump and marveled in disbelief about her pregnancy.
"It just doesn't seem real ... If you would have told me last year in October or November that I would have a baby, not be pregnant but have a baby, I would have thought you were the biggest liar in the world," Williams said at the time.
 
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03/Oct/2017

Zimbabwe slaps vocal pastor with more subversion charges

Harare (CNN)A prominent critic of President Robert Mugabe is facing 20 years in jail if convicted of multiple counts of subverting Zimbabwe's government.

After posting a series of videos calling on Zimbabweans to demonstrate against fuel shortages and sudden price hikes, Pastor Evan Mawarire was arrested Sunday.
In a court appearance Monday, Mawarire pleaded not guilty to subversion charges launched against him in February. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Tuesday regarding Sunday's charges.
 
 
#ThisFlag, Mawarire's social media campaign, gained momentum last year after he draped himself in the country's flag and called on Mugabe's government to address a failing economy and corruption in a series of videos.
The videos helped ignite the largest protests in several years in the once prosperous southern African country.
On July 12, 2016, Mawarire was first detained by police for "inciting public violence" -- a count that was subsequently amended to a much more serious charge of subversion -- but was released the next day under immense public pressure, when the court ruled the police had violated his rights.
The pastor fled the country, fearing for his life, spending six months in self-imposed exile in the United States. On his return to Harare in February, he was immediately arrested and again charged with subversion.
On Saturday, the US embassy in Harare issued a statement asking Mugabe's government to ensure Mawarire's fair trial in the case that came out of the February arrest.
"The United States is monitoring the trial of Pastor Evan Mawarire, and calls for an end to arbitrary arrests and intimidation for political purposes. We support freedom of expression and the right of peaceful assembly. We call on the Government of Zimbabwe to respect and to protect the human rights of all persons in Zimbabwe, consistent with international human rights norms," said David McGuire, the spokesman for the US Embassy in Harare.
Mugabe has called the pastor a fake, and said he was "foreign-sponsored."
Before his most recent arrest, Mawarire tweeted, "I'm just about to finish preaching and I'm told the police are waiting outside."
Inside the church, Mawarire told his congregants: "Zimbabwe, you will be free. There is no bondage or operation that will hold you back. We will not fear anybody. They (police) are outside here. They are waiting. I will not be afraid. I will not be put into fear. I will go outside now and see where this will lead us. I do not know what will happen."
Source:CNN
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03/Oct/2017

Why hacks like Equifax will keep happening

If it feels like 2017 is a banner year for cyberattacks, that's because it is. And the hits will keep coming.

"We're living in the beginning of an era of mass targeted attacks," said Nate Fick, CEO of security firm Endgame. "Things are bad and they're going to get worse."

 

In just the last month, we've learned of a data breach from credit agency Equifax affecting 143 million people, an intrusion into the SEC, and a hack at major accounting firm Deloitte.

Almost 2 billion records were lost or stolen globally in the first half of 2017, according to security firm Gemalto, an increase of 164% over the previous six months.

The spike in global cyberattacks is the result of a perfect storm. Some tools used by government hackers have become public, such as when the NSA hacking tools leaked online. And it's easier than ever for hackers to make sophisticated tools to spread malware, ransomware, or steal data from companies. Firms also frequently fail to patch holes in their systems, at least in a timely manner.

"It's increasingly easy for essentially anybody to wield the kind of capability that used to be reserved for nation-states, or required nation-state level of expertise and investment," Fick said.

Attacks by nation-states are undertaken by hackers working for a government, rather than a criminal enterprise.

No one has attributed the Equifax (EFX) hack to anyone, yet. But law enforcement has blamed nation-states for other high-profile cyberattacks such as WannaCry. In that case earlier this year, intelligence agencies linked the massive ransomware attack to North Korea. It infected about 300,000 computers in 150 countries.

Related: Equifax's legal and government troubles keep piling up

According to Andrea Little Limbago, Chief Social Scientist at Endgame, cyberattacks will continue as geopolitical tensions escalate.

In the past, nation-state hacks didn't have widespread collateral damage. In 2010, the Stuxnet worm damaged Iran's nuclear program, but Limbago said it was mostly contained.

Fast forward to 2017: The sophisticated NotPetya cyberattack, which Ukraine blamed on Russia, targeted Ukrainian tax software in June, but infected companies around the globe. FedEx said the attack cost the company $300 million.

Sophisticated attacks are a threat, but the biggest hacks can be the result of known vulnerabilities that don't get fixed in time.

Hackers infiltrated Equifax through a flaw in a tool called Apache Struts, which is used to build web applications. The flaw was identified and disclosed in March, but Equifax's machines were not all updated and protected even months later, allowing the hackers entry.

According to Kelly Shortridge, product manager at Security Scorecard, many companies don't maintain basic security hygiene to prevent cyberattacks. That includes regularly updating and patching computers, implementing mandatory two-factor authentication, and training employees to recognize phishing attempts.

"Unfortunately you can't just put a security box on the network and everything will be solved," she said. "You have to be rigorous in monitoring, and rigorously prioritize how you protect your assets."

Keeping computers up-to-date costs time, money, and expertise -- sometimes patching a server means taking it offline, potentially affecting customers or business operations. Skipping a patch over financial concerns could lead to a more expensive data breach in the future.

Data breaches, digital extortion, and identity theft are lucrative. According to research from Symantec, the average ransomware attack -- where hackers take control of a victim's computer and then demand money to return it -- made $1,077 last year, a 266% increase from the year before. Hackers buy and sell hacking tools, malware, and stolen identities on the dark web.

Related: A smart fish tank left a casino vulnerable to hackers

Sometimes stolen data doesn't need to be hacked. As we've seen multiple times this year, databases that are insecure due to human error can leave private data exposed to anyone who searches for it.

The number of devices vulnerable to an attack is growing. As millions of devices like smart coffee makers and connected light bulbs come online, there will be more opportunities for hackers to infiltrate homes and businesses.

For example, hackers recently tried to steal data from a North American casino through a fish tank connected to the internet. They managed to compromise the tank and send data to a device in Finland. Insecure devices are like unlocked doors into networks; if a hacker accesses one, they could move around the rest of the system and potentially steal private information.

Gartner estimates over 20 billion "internet of things" devices will be in use by 2020, up from an estimated 8.4 billion this year. Experts say many IoT manufacturers are notorious for shortchanging security and putting users at risk.

Shortridge says the Equifax breach may be a wake up call for businesses who don't prioritize security. Government agencies and members of Congress are currently investigating Equifax.

However, Fick said there's a lack of accountability when data breaches happen. The CEO of Equifax "retired" this week, following the retirement of the company's chief information officer and chief security officer.

"If you're the CEO or you're a board member, whether or not a breach is your fault, it's unequivocally your responsibility," Fick said. "You should be fired if it's egregious enough. You shouldn't be allowed to retire."

Source:CNN

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03/Oct/2017

Company News

It's official: Nike is going to open a shop on Amazon.com.

Goldman Sachs hinted last week that a Nike/Amazon deal was in the works. Now, Nike (NKE) CEO Mark Parker has confirmed the companies are currently testing out a partnership. He mentioned it during a call with investors Thursday afternoon.

 

"We're in the early stages but we really look forward to evaluating the results of the pilot," Parker said.

Nike's products can already be found on Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) via unlicensed and licensed third-party vendors.

But with a direct partnership, Nike will be able to "elevate the way the brand is presented" by gaining more control over how its products are marketed on the site, Parker said.

He said the shop will include a "limited" assortment of Nike products-- at least at first.

Parker added that Nike plans to make "big shifts in the year ahead to our business," indicating Nike's partnership with Amazon is part of an effort to revamp its sales tactics as brick-and-mortar retail continues to suffer. The partnership could mean bad news for sporting good retail stores, such as Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) and Hibbett Sports (HIBB). The Goldman report predicted that a deal could "offset" market share gains those companies expected to see after Sports Authority went out of business last year.

Nike has had a rough few months. The company said on June 15 that it's laying off more than 1,000 workers, and the company's revenues -- and stock price -- have suffered.

Investors got better news on Thursday with a favorable earnings report that showed the company's revenue was up 5% last quarter, bringing in $8.7 billion.

Nike's stock climbed nearly 4% during after hours trading.

Nike's top rival Adidas also appears to have a partnership with Amazon and seems to have a unique landing page on the site. Adidas has not confirmed to CNNMoney whether it has a relationship with Amazon.

Source:CNN.com

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03/Oct/2017

Entertainment

09/Sep/2017

Reggie Bush and Wife Lilit Avagyan Welcome Third Child: Find Out His Name!

A celebration is in order! Reggie Bush and his wife, Lilit Avagyan, have welcomed their third child together, E! News reports.

The dance instructor gave birth to a baby boy named Agyemang on Saturday, September 2.

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Avagyan announced the couple were expecting their third bundle of joy via Instagram on March 2, Bush’s 32nd birthday. “🍼🍫birthday love #HBD @reggiebush,” the model captioned a snap of the pair sharing a romantic moment.

A source also confirmed the pregnancy news to Us that same month: “Lilit is in her second trimester and the two are looking forward to having another baby together.”

Celebrity Babies of 2017

The running back and Avagyan, 29, who tied the knot in July 2014, are also parents of daughter Briseis, 4, and son Uriah, 2.

Avagyan, who isn’t shy about showing off on Instagram, shared an adorable pic of the group in June. “Happy Father's Day Blessed,” the proud mom wrote alongside a picture of Bush and their two children relaxing at the beach on Father’s Day.

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Avagyan also shared a picture of her growing baby bump in July. “Almost there 🏁” she captioned a Instagram snap, dressed in a form-fitting black dress as she cradled her pregnancy belly.

Source:USA Today

07/Sep/2017

I fed and clothed my jobless husband for 8 months - Afia Schwarzenegger

It appears more and more drama and twists to Afia’s scandal keeps unfolding and as a blog that is neutral, we would share with you whatever we are able to learn about this whole Afia Schwarz’s scandal.

I believe by now, anyone who had doubts that, the story is not true, would have a change of mind–We don’t have time to do Fake news.

So, we’ve learned that Afia’s husband Lawrence Abrokwah has been assaulting Afia for sometime now, at least about 8 times and for that matter, the parents of Afia told him, they are no longer interested in letting their daughter stay in the marriage and for that matter returned the drinks he brought back to him.—–according to sources all of these events happened in June this year.

Afia Schwarz marriage is not even a year old, as she got married just last year October and it’s already crashed, as prophesied by Owusu Bempah, but she didn’t take him seriously.

Now, sources say that Abrokwah, was tipped by the maid in their house that day that, a certain man was in bed with Afia.

From, what the sources say, Abrokwah used to bang the maid too, reason why he had that close relationship with her, for her to have called him to gist him on what was happening in the house – Remember Abrokwah has been asked not to come to the house of Afia, as Afia says, she’s not interested in the marriage again.

But then legally, Afia is still married to Abrokwah, so stating by word of mouth that she’s no longer interested in him, does not warrant her to bring another man to the house.

As far as we are concerned, she never made any announcement on Social Media that she has divorced him and that she has suffered from any abuse in her marriage.

She painted a picture on Social media that all was well, in her marriage–Of course, she’s a DAMN liar and a hypocrite

Now, assuming without admitting that she ended the marriage in June like her team wants Ghanaians to believe, why the heck did she post a picture of herself and her husband just this past August, when she had an issue with Multimedia and Kiki Banson?

So, we have an audio, in which Afia was telling Abrokwah’s family that, she’s no longer interested in their son.

We could also hear her accusing Abrokwah of being a thief, unemployed and how she had to hustle to feed him since they got married.

Source:GhanaWeb.com

07/Sep/2017

Serena Williams gives birth to baby girl, coach says

(CNN)Serena Williams has given birth to a baby girl, according to her coach and the US Open's official Twitter account.

Her sister Venus Williams also confirmed the birth during an interview before her match at the US Open on Friday when asked about Serena having a baby girl and her feelings on becoming an aunt. She said, "Obviously I'm super excited, words can't describe."
The US Open congratulated Williams on its Twitter page, "@serenawilliams won a new title on Day 5 at the #USOpen: Mom."

Serena Williams gives birth to baby girl, coach says

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian at the Met Gala in May in New York City.
 

(CNN)Serena Williams has given birth to a baby girl, according to her coach and the US Open's official Twitter account.

Her sister Venus Williams also confirmed the birth during an interview before her match at the US Open on Friday when asked about Serena having a baby girl and her feelings on becoming an aunt. She said, "Obviously I'm super excited, words can't describe."
The US Open congratulated Williams on its Twitter page, "@serenawilliams won a new title on Day 5 at the #USOpen: Mom."
Serena's coach Patrick Mouratoglou announced on his verified Twitter account, "Congratulations @SerenaWilliams for your baby girl. I am so happy for you and I feel your emotion. Recover well & enjoy without limitation."
Source:CNN.com

07/Sep/2017

Pharrell Williams reveals the skincare secret to his youthful look

(CNN)Pharrell Williams has won Grammys, produced Oscar-nominated films and conquered the world of fashion.

But with all of his career accomplishments, his youthful visage has been one of the things that has most impressed fans.
At 44, Williams doesn't look his age at all. In a recent interview with Dazed, the musical artist and entrepreneur has revealed the skin care routine that helps him keep aging at bay.
 
 
"I exfoliate like a madman," he said. "When you exfoliate and you drink a lot of water, that does good for you."
The "Happy" singer seems to think he really needs it.
"To me, the key is just exfoliating, like a monster," Williams said. "There's a lot of dead skin. All the time. Like a narcissistic madman."
In 2014, his seeming lack of aging had the internet accusing him of being a vampire. It got so bad that Williams had to come out and deny he was a prince of darkness.
"No I am not (a vampire)," Pharrell told Time Out London in 2014. "I'm willing to go on record as saying that I don't drink people's blood."
In the Q&A with Dazed, Williams also talked about his relationship with fashion and its ability to serve as a catalyst for change. To add to his list of accolades and business pursuits, Williams recently launched a tennis apparel collection with adidas that evokes a 70s vibe.
Source:CNN.com