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Meet Nii Osah Afro Dancehall Artiste from Tema

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Nii Osah Afro Dancehall Artiste

If there’s anything that has been pushing the flag of Ghana high it has got to be music, well if you come to the country there’s only one place that produces and has produced some of the greatest music exports out of the country.

The City of Tema nicknamed Tell Everyone Music is Alive is known for being home to great music talents including Africa’s most prolific rapper Sarkodie, award-winning duo R2bees just to mention a few.

In recent times we’ve seen acts such as Donzy and Kwesi Arthur all from Tema top the music charts in the country. Just like previous years, there’s a new act coming out of Tema.

Born Daniel Mensah Leno, the Tema-Kpone based afro dancehall artist known in musical circles as Nii Osah may not be new to some people especially the folks of Tema. Even though music begun for Nii Osah way back in 2009, it wasn’t until 2012 where he decided to invest more into his music and master the art of artistry.

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Nii Osah ft. Sharprock – Tamale

Just a few days ago, Nii Osah comes through with another beautiful hit banger single “TAMALE” which features sensational and versatile Ghanaian singer SharpRoack. The hit banger “TAMALE” was produced by Too Bad Records. Listen to the music below.

With his previous track record, Nii Osah’s music is one everyone must have on their playlist this festive season. For more info on Nii Osah and his music, you can connect with him via his social media handles here

Ghanaian Chosen as a recipient of the 2020 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship.

Mr. Kobina Ankomah – Graham a Ghanaian has been selected as one of the recipients for the 2020 Miles Morland writing scholarship. Mr. Kobina Ankomah Graham is a lecturer at Ashesi University and Webster University Ghana, a writer and Ph.D. candidate at both University of Ghana and Copenhagen Business School with a specific research focus in Sociology. He holds an LL.B in Law and an MA in International Studies & Diplomacy, both from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

The Miles Morland writing scholarship is an annual financial scholarship awarded to four to six African writers to enable them to write a fiction or non-fiction book in the English language. The scholarship is organized by Miles Morland Foundation which is a foundation set up by Miles Morland.

The Foundation’s main aim is to support entities in Africa that allow Africans to get their voices better heard. It is particularly interested in supporting African writing and African literature. For the 2020 writing scholarship, 992 entries were received by the foundation and out of which four writers were selected as recipients. The recipients are Kobina Ankomah-Graham from Ghana, Howard Meh-Buh from Cameroon, Okwiri Oduor from Kenya, and Sarah Uheida from Libya.

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Each recipient will receive ₤18,000 to allow them to take a year off to write a book. The awards are based on submissions which include a book proposal and an excerpt of published writing. Mr. Kobina Ankomah-Graham will be writing a memoir shaped around the death of a younger brother, explores broken masculinities and repressed mental health issues. It will be an important book on an under-represented field in African literature.

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“Odo Fever” contestant Laura Mornu embarks on a peace campaign for election 2020

Miss Laura Mornu was among the top five contestants in Onua TV’s maiden “Odo Fever” television program. Now, she sets out to campaign for peace as Ghana goes to the polls in what promises to be one of the keenly contested elections in the history of the country.

Laura’s new documentary preaching the need to uphold peace before, during, and after the elections, she seeks to caution against acts that could potentially plunge the country into violence and jeopardize the future of the young ones.

The project is an initiative of the Dream Encounter Foundation and forms part of series of projects she’s been embarking on as far as peace in the upcoming elections is concerned.

Below is her campaign documentary, watch, and share. Make sure you subscribe to her social channels for some more exclusives.

“Remember, peace is a shared responsibility. As we Ghanaians go to the polls this year, just know, that we have one Ghana. You’d thus not want to jeopardize the peace Ghana has enjoyed all this while. Go to the polls and cast your votes peacefully as peace is what we need.”-Laura Mornu

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund pumps $31M in an energy project in Ghana

(Ecofin Agency) – Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), managed by Ninety One, agreed to grant a 10-year loan worth $31 million to LNG BV, a joint venture between Helios Investment Partners and Gasfin Development, which develops and operates natural gas facilities for developing countries.

The credit line will finance the construction of a LNG regasification unit at the port of Tema in Ghana, as part of Access LNG BV’s maiden project in the country. Martijn Proos, Manager of Ninety One, said the EAIF investment will help meet Ghana’s long-term energy needs.

According to Ogbemi Ofuya, a partner at Helios Investment Partners, EAIF has in-depth knowledge of the energy sector in Ghana and expertise in port infrastructure development. The investment vehicle will leverage these strengths in this new project in Ghana.

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2020 Has Not Been Easy: Afihyia Pa by Hannah Dugan | Listen

Ghanaian fast emerging gospel musician and songwriter Hannah Dugan released her much anticipated new single titled “Afihyia Pa” a traditional Ghanaian Christmas song that means Merry Christmas.

This year has not been a great year, but if you are reading this that means you are alive! And that is not a bad thing is it? Listen to this inspiring traditional Ghanaian Christmas song “Afihyia pa” by Hannah Dugan.

For more information kindly visit her facebook handle Hannah Dugan and aslo remember to subscribe to he YouTube channel here

Out Now: Opanka, Shatta Wale Banger

Sensational and versatile Ghanaian rapper Dadie Opanka comes through with yet another beautiful master-piece hit single “Eka Aba Fie” which features multiple award-winning dancehall stars Shatta Wale, “Eka Aba Fie” released on November 20 and produced by Methmix saw a lot of buzz on social media before and after its release.

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Opanka – Eka Aba Fie ft. Shatta Wale
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This is a follow-up to his recent ‘Hold On‘ featuring Kofi Kinaata. A video directed by Bra Shizzle captures footage recorded in a river with Opanka allaying his fears of numerous difficulties with the hope that help would come someday.

In the song, Opanka sang that he engaged in some acts which he mentioned had caused him nothing but troubles. He gave a scenario where he went for a friend’s party and took an expensive phone from a friend to take a photo of himself only for the phone to fall which caused a crack on the screen……..

Listen to the music yourself to complete the storyline

Ghana’s former President J.J. Rawlings is dead

He is said to have died Thursday morning at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) in Accra Graphic Online has gathered.

Mr Rawlings had been on admission at Korle Bu for about a week for an undisclosed ailment.

Graphic Online gathers he felt sick after his mother’s burial about three weeks ago.

Born on June 22, 1947, Graphic Online gathers that he passed on Thursday morning.

As a former Ghanaian military leader and subsequent politician, Mr Rawlings led a military junta from 1981 until 1992, and then served two terms as the democratically elected President of Ghana from January 7, 1993 to January 6, 2001.

Mr Rawlings initially came to power as a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force following a coup d’état in 1979.

Prior to that, he led an unsuccessful coup attempt against the ruling military government on May 15, 1979, just five weeks before scheduled democratic elections were due to take place.

After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took back control of the country on December 31, 1981 as the Chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC).

In 1992, Mr Rawlings resigned from the military, founded the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and became the first President of the 4th Republic.

He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.

After two terms in office, the limit according to the Ghanaian Constitution, Rawlings endorsed his vice-president John Atta Mills as presidential candidate in 2000.

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Stays Atop Domestic Box Office

“Wonder Woman 1984” led domestic box office charts for the third straight weekend without much in the way of competition. The superhero sequel nabbed $3 million between Friday and Sunday, bringing its total in the U.S. and Canada to $32.6 million. Overseas, the film grabbed $4.7 million for an international tally of $98.8 million.

With $131 million in global box office receipts, the “Wonder Woman” sequel has outperformed most fellow pandemic-era releases. Yet that doesn’t make up for the film’s mighty $200 million production budget, which is to say the latest outing for Gal Gadot’s DC hero will almost certainly lose money for the studio. Nonetheless, Warner Bros. has already greenlit a third installment with Gadot and director Patty Jenkins on board. The comic book adaptation was released simultaneously on HBO Max in an effort to buoy streaming service subscribers. It’s unclear how many HBO Max users watched the movie, though the company touted record viewership. In two weeks, “Wonder Woman 1984” will be taken off HBO Max and it will only be available to watch in theaters until it reaches its traditional home entertainment window. It’s expected to return to the streaming platform a few months later.

A surprising bright spot for the Amazonian warrior has been Canada, where only 5% of theaters are open and HBO Max is not available. Warners released the film concurrently in any available cinemas and on premium video-on-demand, a rare strategy that wouldn’t have been tolerated by film exhibitors in pre-pandemic times. Even more unprecedented, the studio actually divulged tangible digital sales, something that no Hollywood studio has be willing to share. Canada’s pVOD model resulted in additional $7.2 million in revenues from online platforms like iTunes and Amazon.

Outside of North America, Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” — which skipped U.S. theaters to debut on Disney Plus — continues to pick up steam at the international box office. The existential family film amassed $8.9 million from 11 foreign countries, boosting its overseas total to $47.3 million. Chinese movie theaters have accounted for a bulk of that haul, with $36 million in ticket sales coming from the Middle Kingdom alone. It’s now the fourth-highest grossing Pixar movie ever in China and looks to overtake “Finding Dory” ($38.4 million) for third place following “Coco” and “Incredibles 2.”

Without any new nationwide releases, a variety of holdovers rounded out domestic box office charts. In second place, Universal and DreamWorks’ “The Croods: A New Age” pulled in $1.8 million in its seventh week of release for a domestic tally of $36.8 million. Internationally, “The Croods” sequel crossed $90 million after adding $5.1 million from 17 overseas countries. Its global haul hovers at $127 million. The film is currently available on premium video-on-demand platforms as part of a deal forged between Universal and major exhibitors such as AMC and Cinemark. Under the pact, the studio can put new titles on digital rental services after 17 days of their theatrical debuts. In return, AMC and Cinemark get a cut of the profits and any open cinemas have fresh content to show on the big screen.

Another Universal title “News of the World” managed third place with $1.2 million. The Tom Hanks-led Western drama, directed by Paul Greengrass, premiered on Christmas Day and has collected $7 million to date. Netflix has international rights to “News of the World.”

Sony’s thriller “Monster Hunter” took in $1.1 million, enough to land the No. 4 spot. After a month in theaters, the video game adaptation with Milla Jovovich has generated $7.8 million. “Fatale,” a psychological thriller with Hilary Swank and Michael Ealy, rounded out the top five with $670,000 in its fourth weekend of release. That brings its total to $4 million.

Focus Features’ revenge thriller “Promising Young Woman” secured $560,000 over the weekend, finding itself in sixth place and putting its total at $2.7 million. Like “The Croods” sequel and “News of the World,” the film falls under its parent company Universal’s early VOD agreement. Directed by Emerald Fennell and starring Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman” lands on home entertainment for a premium price starting on Jan. 15.

Overall, this weekend extends a challenging period for the film business. With coronavirus cases on the rise, only about 35% of North American theaters are welcoming customers.

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‘Bagbin is a disciplined lawmaker, who will sanitise Parliament’

Political watchers in the Techiman Municipality of the Bono East Region have described Mr Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament, as a disciplined and experienced lawmaker, who will sanitise the Legislature.

“We expect the two deputy speakers of the House to eschew partisan lines and support the Speaker to…push the development of the nation to the next level,” Mr Ofori Ankrah, a leading member of the Coalition of Concerned Members of Techiman, said.

He told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview that: “The new Speaker of Parliament is a beacon of discipline who believes in democracy….and embedded with high democratic traits.”

He described Bagbin as a teacher and proactive lawmaker with excellent legal brains, who would make the Eighth Parliament interesting and one of the best in Ghana’s history.

Mr Richard Asamoah, the Bono East Regional Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), said even though the Speaker was from the National Democratic Congress, some members of the NPP Caucus endorsed him.

“This attests to the fact that Mr Bagbin has good democratic credentials and this will make it easy for President Akufo-Addo to govern the nation, and continue with his laudable policies and programmes to move Ghana forward,” he said.

Alhaji Nasiru Yussif, the Bono East Regional Chairman of the NDC, said Mr Bagbin’s election was a step to create equity in the decision-making process of the House and his influence would greatly reduce the ‘winner-takes-all’ system.

He observed that Ghana’s Parliament, over the years, had been partisan in passing laws and legislative instruments for the country’s development and called on the 275 members to bury their differences and forge ahead in unity.

He asked them to support the Speaker in passing laws that would spur rapid socio-economic growth to better the lots of their constituents.

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Isaac Cofie’s assist helps Sivasspor progress in Turkey Cup – Ghana Latest Football News, Live Scores, Results

Midfielder Isaac Cofie registered his first assist for Sivasspor this season in their 2-1 win over Demirspor in the Turkish Cup round of 16 tie at the Yeni Sivas Stadium.

The Ghana international made a return to Sivasspor’s start line up after appearing as a half time substitute in last Saturday’s league game against Gaziantep.

He had earlier missed out on match against fellow Ghanaian and ArthurLegacy compatriot Afriyie Acquah, when YenI Malatyaspor hosted Sivasspor.

But the industrious midfielder put in a tidy performance for the Sivasspor,showing great desire, drive and grit.

Cofie produced the assist for the goal in the 37 minute after finding teammate Yasin Oztekin in a scoring position.

The game traveled to extra time as Demirspor managed to equalized in the 44 minute.

But Sivasspor t found the winner through Mustapha Yatabare in the 116 minute to qualify to the next stage of the Turkish Cup.

Cofie has made 16 appearances for Sivasspor this season in all competitions.

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Aunty Lucy’s Burgers new capsule collection is perfect for chowing down

Burger lovers in Toronto know that Aunty Lucy’s Burgers is the place to go. The restaurant, currently housed in the Annex Hotel, has been a popular destination for Ghanain-influenced fare ever since its opening in 2020.

Aunty Lucy’s is kicking off the new year by dropping new merchandise. According to founder Chieff Bosompra, their first capsule collection is an extension of the restaurant and its style.

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Hip-Hop musician Jazz Cartier showcasing Aunty Lucy’s new capsule collection. Photo by Darren Xu (@lokizoo)

“When it comes to food we use all the best ingredients and strive to go above and beyond for our customers,” said Bosompra in an interview with Daily Hive.

“We brought this same approach to the capsule collection. Sourcing the highest quality fabrics for a custom t-shirt, while at the same time allowing the graphics to be simple yet classic. The tote bag is heavy duty and something they can wear daily.”

The limited-edition merchandise, including two T-shirt designs and one tote bag, was inspired by Bosompra’s own streetwear and sneaker background. It is also an extension of Aunty Lucy’s goal of being a force of black creativity in Toronto.

“I want our customers to feel a sense of pride when they purchase items from the collection,” said Bosompra.

“I know anyone who purchases a shirt will be very surprised once they touch it and feel the quality. The shirts are also very limited, so it’s one of those, ‘If you know, you know’ type things, which I love.”

Bosompra was motivated to open Aunty Lucy’s Burgers by his own love of the dish.

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Aunty Lucy’s Burgers founder Chieff Bosompra / Photo Submitted

“I have tried hundreds of burgers, from greasy fast food to burgers from Michelin chefs, and a whole lot in between. I was very inspired by a few places I saw in Paris as well while I was working out there (for a) fashion week.

“Initially I just wanted to organize a 4-day pop-up as a promotional project for my creative agency Undisposable. The pop-up sold out every day, so then as we began to head into spring I wanted to bring it back again. Then the pandemic hit. I was doing research and came to learn about ghost kitchens, and had been following the rise of QSRs (quick service restaurants) on delivery platforms. So I decided I wanted to try my hand bringing Aunty Lucy’s back that way. So we tried that and we haven’t looked back since.”

Menu highlights include the Kumasi Burger ($8), a single patty burger named after the city in Ghana where Bosompra’s father was born, and the Accra ($11), a double-patty nod to Ghana’s capital. The restaurant also serves up popular Ghanian street foods including Kelewele (fried, spicy plantain), Jollof rice, and Shito (Ghanian hot sauce).

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Aunty Lucy’s Capsule Collection Tote Bag

Bosompra is grateful for all the success of Aunty Lucy’s and is looking forward to new opportunities for the restaurant.

“It’s a merger of all the things I love,” explained Bosompra. “Food, clothing, culture, community, and music.

“We want to continue to keep serving our customers amazing food, and then expand our reach in Toronto with other locations and then hopefully expand to other cities as well. We shall see what the future holds.”

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Bad Blood: Karela United turn down Nzema Kotoko request to use stadium

Karela United CEO, Elloeny Amande

Karela United CEO, Elloeny Amande

Ghana Premier League side Karela United has turned down a request from rival’s Nzema Kotoko Football Club to use their stadium for the upcoming National Division One League.

In a letter responding to the request, Karela United said the club was unable to grant the request because Nzema Kotoko had in February 2020 denied them the opportunity to sign their player on account of the two clubs being rivals.

The letter signed by Karela United CEO, Elloeny Amande said the club was unable to share its asset with a club that considers it rivals.

The letter also added that Karela would soon be relaying the artificial grass at the CAM Park.

“I regret to inform you that we are unable to offer you the use of the facility in this moment,” the letter reads.

“You will recall that in or about February 2020, had the opportunity to speak to you personally to request for the services of your striker Agyenim Boateng, at a time that Karela United was in dire straits and needed a goalscorer in order to stave off the threat of relegation. In the said interaction you blatantly turned down the request on the basis that Nzema Kotoko and Karela United were RIVALS and that there was no way you were going to trade your player to us.

“You have subsequently in keeping with that position, transferred the player to DREAMS FC, a rival club of Karela in the Premier League.

“Based on the foregoing, we are at a loss as to how we can co-share our club asset with a party that considers us rivals and have demonstrated such mala fide”.

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SPONSORED: ‘Inspiring’ champions of communities honoured

r the very worst of years, the very best among us – from frontline health staff to key community volunteers and charity workers – have been recognised in The Queen’s 2021 New Year Honours. Here we spotlight some of the deserving stars that Prime Minister Boris Johnson applauds as “an inspiration to us all”.

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Last year brought to the fore a new breed of community champions… including those working in the NHS to treat coronavirus patients, scientists developing effective vaccines and key workers keeping essential services operating.

These “ordinary people” who continue to go above and beyond have been recognised for sterling work delivered in extraordinary circumstances.

The 2021 New Years Honours has recognised champions of sport as well as stars of stage and screen but this year, more than ever, it is ordinary people who have been recognised alongside them. Among the deserving recipients are leading lights who have battled to save lives and keep the NHS afloat and those who have kept the country smiling by spreading kindness.

The list includes medical experts as well as volunteers working with youngsters, the elderly and those with disabilities. Those working in libraries, education and community arts also received recognition. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “In a year when so many have made sacrifices to protect our NHS and save people’s lives, the outstanding eff orts of those receiving honours are a welcome reminder of the strength of human spirit and of what can be achieved through courage and compassion. “The 2021 New Year Honours offer us an opportunity to salute their dedication and recognise many who have gone above and beyond in their contribution to our country. “As we begin a new year and continue to come together to fight this virus, may their service and stories be an inspiration to us all.”

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Jacquie Winning’s award “recognises the achievements of everyone” at Forth Valley Sensory Centre following “an exceptionally challenging year”.

The 55 year-old from Falkirk was recognised for going the extra mile to manage “wraparound” services to people with sensory loss during the pandemic “COVID-19 has been challenging for everyone, but more so for people with sensory loss. Those with hearing loss face challenges due to face masks and social distancing interfering with their ability to lip read.

“Those with sight loss face significant challenges managing to maintain physical distancing while undertaking essential trips out,” explained the MBE recipient.

Jacquie’s support included providing Braille copies of virus information, establishing telephone, text and email befriending lifelines to address isolation and producing podcasts providing vital updates.

“The impact is that some of the most vulnerable people in society have been incredibly well supported during the most challenging of times. Thanks go to the dedication, enthusiasm and willingness to adapt by our team, volunteers and partners, and tremendous support of our board of directors.”

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Cabinet Office confirmation of Dr Tamas Szakmany’s award made him “astonished, touched and humbled”. The 44 year-old from Newport explained: “I thought I was doing my job like everybody else. I didn’t think for one minute it would result in this. I’m really surprised. Once I was allowed to talk about it, the first thing I said was how fortunate I was to work with this team. “2020 was difficult professionally. Personally, I had many successes. It was a double-edged sword. The MBE is recognition for the enormous effort everyone has made to get us through the first wave. I hope we have similar success again.”

The Royal Gwent Hospital critical care consultant, recognised for exceptional service to the NHS, spearheaded Welsh Critical Care Network response during the pandemic, rapidly disseminating information on lessons learnt via traditional and social media platforms. Filming his personal and professional life, he helped produce an emotional deeply personal documentary “Critical: Inside Intensive Care Coronavirus” episode, broadcasted by BBC Wales and included among American Society of Chest Physicians and Society of Critical Care Medicine teaching materials.

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A Belfast community worker is celebrating “the surprise of his life” after being honoured. Michael Briggs’ MBE was rewarded for services beyond the call of duty in the voluntary sector and community.

“Even though we’ve hardly moved out of the office, it’s all been pretty busy,” explained the East

Belfast Community Development Agency Executive Director.

“We’ve been managing our COVID programme, buying bulk food to get out to groups we support. We developed a network of groups delivering small packages to people who are vulnerable, shielding or in financial need.” The 57 year-old continued: “There are so many stories from older people who say ‘it’s just good to know people are thinking about us.”

Thinking the honour email was promotional, Michael initially “didn’t actually take it seriously”.

He revealed: “I nearly didn’t open it. Then I saw it was from the Cabinet Office. “For me, it’s about the efforts of other people as well.

“So many people have been very supportive over the years. I’m the one who ends up getting the award, but other people have been involved in the success of my work.”

Golam Chowdhury

A British Red Cross refugee support staff emergency responder initially thought his honour announcement email was spam! Golam Chowdhury was then “humbled” when his British Empire Medal was confirmed. “I had no idea I had even been nominated,” said the 51-year-old from Portsmouth.

“It’s been challenging, both personally and professionally, but I am always amazed by human resilience and community spirit. Watching how people come together to support each other has been incredible.”

Involved in active frontline response to COVID-19 in Hampshire as a Refugee Support staff member, Crisis Response South East tactical cell weekend coordinator and local Emergency Response, City of Sanctuary and Cycling UK volunteer, Golam received his accolade for outstanding achievements in healthcare during the virus pandemic.

“I don’t do my job – or my volunteering – for praise,” said the father-of-two. “I do it because, if the tables were turned and I was the one that needed help, then I would hope that there was someone out there to support me. “I’d like to dedicate my award to everyone in all communities who are helping others.”

For more information on Honours recipients, go to gov.uk/honours

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Studies examine marijuana impact on health, pregnancy

WICHITA, Kan. (NBC NEWS CHANNEL) – Scientists say smoking pot could expose users to the same toxic chemicals found in tobacco smoke.

The new study from the CDC and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute looked at nearly 250 adults. It showed people who only smoked marijuana had higher blood and urine levels of toxins linked to neurological damage, cancer and other health issues than non-smokers.

Those who smoked both marijuana and tobacco had even higher levels of these chemicals.

A separate study finds women who use marijuana could have a more difficult time trying to get pregnant.

Government researchers looked at 1200 women who were trying to conceive after suffering at least one miscarriage. Those who said they had recently used cannabis products were 40% less likely to become pregnant than non-users.

Experts say differences in marijuana users’ reproductive hormones could play a role.

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Trump supporters planning armed protests ahead of Biden inauguration, FBI warns

They accuse President Trump of “incitement of insurrection” and say the vote will be held unless Vice-President Mike Pence invokes constitutional powers to remove Mr Trump from office. There is no sign Mr Pence is prepared to do so.

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3 home remedies to get rid of dark knuckles [ARTICLE]

Women with dark knuckles lack the confidence to wear fashion accessories due to public ridicule and stigmatization

According to research, dryness can cause dark knuckles. Skin tends to become dry when your hands and feet are exposed to harsh chemicals or too much washing.

Certain skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema tend to make your knuckles dark. Here are 3 home remedies to get rid of dark knuckles:

Lemon contains nutrients as well as antioxidants that are essential for restoring your health and rejuvenating the entire physical system.

It also contains Vitamin C that plays a key role in rejuvenating the facial skin internally so that you do not ever develop age spots and can stay young forever.

Method: Mix a spoon of lemon juice with sugar and rub your hands vigorously for about ten minutes. Do this every night before going to bed. The bleaching properties of lemon juice, together with the exfoliating properties of sugar would work wonders. Follow up with hand cream.

  • The almond-curd treatment

Almonds are rich in protein, zinc, magnesium, Omega-3, calcium etc. They help nourishes and softens the skin when applied daily.

Method: Mix crushed almonds with curd and apply the paste on your knuckles. Rub for 10 minutes. This practice, done every day, helps to reduce darkness and makes skin fairer.

  • Moisturize with milk cream

Darker skin tones and pigmentation can be solved by applying raw milk topically. The high lactic acid content not only has skin-lightening properties but will also help get rid of dead cells on the skin’s surface.

Method: Mix the content of a vitamin E capsule with some milk cream. Apply on your dry knuckles and wait for some time. Then, rub it for about 5 minutes and wash off. It softens dry skin. You may add a pinch of turmeric to benefit from the antiseptic and skin-lightening properties of turmeric.

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Anderson Cooper knew he was ‘different’ at seven | Entertainment

Anderson Cooper realised he was “different” when he was seven years old.

The CNN anchor knew “something was up” from a young age, and though he came out as gay to a few people while in high school, it was only once he’d been through college that he “fully embraced” his sexuality.

Speaking on ‘Full Circle’ said: “I mean, I was probably, I don’t know, seven, when I kind of realised — I’m not sure I knew the word ‘gay’ at the time, but I realised something was up. Something was different…

“I think I really, truly accepted it — and not just accepted it, but fully embraced it and you know, came around to really loving the fact that I was gay — would probably be right after college.

“You know, I kind of struggled in my teenage years, certainly, but even a little in college… a lot of the things I wanted to do at the time, you couldn’t be gay.”

The 53-year-old star admitted he worried about the “limitations” his sexuality would put on his life because he’d be unable to follow his interest in joining the military and he feared travelling to certain countries wouldn’t be safe, but he eventually decided to stop “wishing” things were different.

He said: “It felt like there were a lot of limitations on it, and it wasn’t what I envisioned for my life. Or, I imagined a family and getting married. All those things which weren’t possible at the time.

“So it took me a while to kind of fully embrace it. But then at a certain point, I think about a year out of college, I thought, I don’t want to waste any more time worrying about this and sort of wishing I was some other way.”

And now Anderson – who has a nine-month-old son, Wyatt – feels “very blessed” to be gay.

He said: “I wanna embrace who I am, and as I’ve said before, I think being gay is one of the great blessings of my life.

“Especially when you grow up, kind of feeling like you’re on the outside of things, and you’re kind of an observer of things or not necessarily in the mainstream, you see society from a slightly different view.

“And I think that can be very valuable, and can impact how you treat other people, and how you see things. So yeah, it’s enabled me to love the people that I’ve loved and have the life that I’ve had, so I’m very blessed.”

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