Crystal Palace 2-1 Manchester City: Murray & Puncheon leave title defence in tatters

A late Yaya Toure goal gave Manuel Pellegrini's side hope of salvaging a point at Selhurst Park, but Alan Pardew's men held on for a huge win while the champions slipped to fourth

Crystal Palace put a huge dent in Manchester City's faint hopes of retaining their Premier League title with a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park on Monday.

Goals either side of half-time from Glenn Murray - his fifth in as many matches - and Jason Puncheon sealed all three points for Palace, with Yaya Toure's thumping late drive proving scant consolation for the champions.

Manuel Pellegrini's side now sit nine points adrift of Chelsea having played a game more, and they head into Sunday's derby with Manchester United in fourth and a point behind their rivals having lost three of their last five league fixtures.

City felt Murray's first-half opener should not have stood, claiming that both he and Scott Dann were offside in the build-up, with replays showing the two decisions to be marginal.

But there could be no complaints over Puncheon's free-kick early in the second period, a fine curling effort that left Joe Hart with no chance.

City pressed hard to get back into the game and Toure's rasping shot reduced the arrears with 12 minutes to go, but they could find no way back as Palace's resurgence under Alan Pardew continued.

Martin Kelly for Pape Souare was the hosts' only change from their 2-1 win at Stoke City last time out, and it was the former Liverpool defender’s dangerous cross in the second minute that Wilfried Zaha blazed over from close range when he ought to have scored.

City responded strongly to that early scare and pinned Palace back with a period of constant pressure.

David Silva twice brought smart saves out of Julian Speroni, while Sergio Aguero struck the base of the left-hand upright with the goalkeeper motionless.

Aguero stabbed over as City continued to dominate but then, against the run of play, Palace took the lead in the 34th minute.

Dann got on the end of Joe Ledley's flick and, after his effort was saved by Hart, the ball ran kindly for Murray to tap home from two yards.

City left the field at half-time complaining to the officials about the validity of the goal, and their mood was not improved three minutes after the restart when Puncheon sent a 20-yard free-kick over the wall and into the bottom-right corner.

There was further controversy 20 minutes from time when Murray clearly handled Fernandinho's deflected shot in the area, but referee Michael Oliver waved away City's vociferous appeals for a penalty.

James McArthur did brilliantly to clear another Fernandinho effort over the bar as the visitors piled on the pressure, and Toure's superb left-footed strike from 20 yards raised hopes of a comeback.

City substitute Samir Nasri and Toure both went close with deflected efforts late on but, as was the case for Liverpool last May, City's bid for Premier League glory seemingly came to an end at Selhurst Park.



Cheating In Indian Exams Reach New Levels As Parents Climb Wall To Supply Their Kids With Help

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It must take some dedicated parents who would be interested in aiding and abetting their kids cheating during an exam.

Cheating in Indian schools is already widespread, with the BBC reporting that many students smuggled in textbooks and notes into the examination hall despite tight security. The exams were being held by the Bihar School Examination Board for Bihar Secondary School students.

Aside the considerable cheating by students themselves, some parents and other family member were photographed scaling the school’s walls to supply their wards with some extra help in their exams.

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The BBC’s report even interdict police officers, some of whom were clearly accepting bribes to look the other way for these malpractices to continue.

It seems it’s not just Ghana Police who delight in such activities. It’s amazing that parents who are supposed to be their kids moral compass; would be so intent in helping their kids cheat they would scale walls and put their lives in danger.


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Lil Win Says He Will Invoke Curses On The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA)

Lil Win
Popular Kumawood star, Kwadwo Nkansah known on screen as Lil Win says he will invoke curses on the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) if it decides to ban celebrities from featuring in any commercial advertisements promoting alcoholic beverages in the country.
He says the directive will bring untold hardship on them so they will resist its implementation.

The FDA has issued a directive banning celebrities from advertising for any alcoholic beverage in Ghana.
The ban according to FDA, is to protect the interests of underage fans of popular personalities because advertising for alcoholic beverages have the tendency of luring the personalities’ underage fans into engaging in alcoholism which is against the law.

But the multiple award winning actor has rubbished the directive and has hinted that, entertainment industry players in the country are cash strapped because there is no money in the industry. According to Lil Win, some of the celebrities depend such advertisements for survival and that banning them from engaging in advertising for alcoholic beverages will worsen their situation.

“We entertain people to make them happy, but ironically we weep when we get home because the pay is too small. So we will be left with no other option than to invoke curses on Food and Drugs Authority if they dare try to prevent us from advertising alcoholic deleverages which has been our source of additional income,” Lil Win noted.

He further explained that they will accept the ban only if Government decides to invest in the entertainment industry to cushion the industry players financially.


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Sarkodie Asks Fans To Fear Not

Sarkodie Asks Fans To Fear Not
Sarkodie asks fans to fear not, after prophetess asks him to meet her for serious prayers 

Ghana’s celebrated rapper, Sarkodie, has allayed the fears of his fans about his well being after one Prophetess Maame Gladys proclaimed last week that some musicians who are jealous of his success will attempt to “spiritually break him down”.

In an interview with Showbiz on Monday, Sarkodie confirmed that he had heard about the prophecy but was not moved because he has a strong faith in God to protect him from his “enemies”.

“I am not worried at all. I believe in the one true God who has been my source of power and fame since I hit the limelight. I am a very prayerful person and my team as well. I don’t think that any weapon formed against me shall prosper when I have a good heart and truly serve my God,” he stated.

According to the prophetess who resides in Asamankese, she had a vision that, the You Go Kill Me hitmaker’s success has become a bait to attract enemies to himself because “he always sweeps all awards whenever he is nominated, therefore, he, Sarkodie, serves as a threat to them”.

“In the meantime, what I can tell Sarkodie is to fast and pray else the plans of those evil musicians are likely to come true. As much as I have been praying for him, I wish he also does same by praying for himself,” she said.

But Sarkodie who confirmed to Showbiz that his management had contacted Maame Gladys as she requested said he appreciates her concern for his life but had always sought God’s face in all his endeavours in the past as she admonished.

Born Michael Owusu Addo, Sarkodie is highly regarded in Ghana and beyond for his lyrical prowess as a rapper and a leading hiphop/hiplife artiste on the Ghanaian music scene.
Sarkodie, who was honoured with the Artiste of the Year award at the recently held Ghana Music Honours at the National Theatre has many awards under his belt including the Best International Act at the BET Awards which he won in 2012.

He received the highest number of 11 nominations at this year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
When asked his chances of winning the Artiste of the Year award for the third time after grabbing it in 2010 and 2012 respectively, he remarked, “ 2014 was a great year for me and was equally a great year all the nominees in the category so everyone deserves to win it”.


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Ghanaian rapper, Elorm Adabla a.k.a EL talks about the difficulty in finding a good woman!
Ghanaian rapper, Elorm Adabla, more commonly known by his stage name EL has said he is having a tough time finding a girlfriend because most ladies do not trust celebrities and are afraid of committing to them.

“A lot of people don’t trust artistes like myself, like stars like myself. They think we are promiscuous but that’s not true.

“So I guess I’m just having a tough time finding someone who would trust me and be there for me,” he told Kafui Dey on Starr 103.5FM on Wednesday.

EL who was a guest on the Morning Starr said he is an individual who is totally honest with himself and would want a trustworthy person for a partner.

“She has to be able to trust me and also has to be honest with herself”.

He revealed also that he controls his excitement when his fans celebrate him so as not to allow it to get into his head.

“Most of the hype that I get, I am like: ‘See you, see you. You go flow me like this noorr, the next artiste will come wey so noorrr u go flow am’” he said in pidgin.

“It’s very unsettling when your energy level is on, lets say three, and someone approaches you with a certain energy which is like 50 and starts screaming EL!!! It’s good, I appreciate all the love that I get all the time but sometimes I’m like: ‘Chaley, chaley I make wild.’”


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Shatta Wale,P-Square and Flavour N’Abania Headline ‘Dance Afrique London’ 2015
 P-SQUARE, along with Nigerian Highlife veteran and award winning multi-platinum selling artist FLAVOUR and one of Ghana’s biggest artist, Dancehall King SHATTA WALE, will be performing LIVE at the renowned SSE Arena Wembley in London on March 28th 2015 at the Dance Afrique London concert.
Presented by Solution Media and InfoTech in association with Lebara Mobile and poised to be one of the biggest and best African concerts London has ever seen, Dance Afrique promises to be the most sought after concert headliners in recent times.
Not only are the legends P-Square, who released their sixth studio album ‘Double Trouble’ last year to critically acclaim, with smash hits such as “Collabo” and “Shekini”, as well as international collaborations with T.IJermaine Jackson and Awilo Longomba, ready to rock the stage but the hype and anticipation on their impending arrival in London has reached frenzy heights.
Highlife star Flavour N’abania, who reportedly sold one million copies of his latest album ‘Thankful’ in only five days, and counts MTV Africa Music Award and Channel O Music Video Award wins as only some of his many accolades, is also revved up to deliver one of the best concert experiences that London Afrobeats lovers have ever seen. The stage has been set to receive his massive hits including “Nwa Baby”, “Ada Ada” and most recently “Gollibe”.


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Yvonne Nelson Claims To Be A Secondary Virgin This Year.

The 29-year-old Ghanaian screen diva in a new interview with KSM on Metro TV talked about her career and relationship issues. She stated that she is a ‘secondary virgin’ and she hopes to stay like that as she is not in a rush to marry.

“This year i am a secondary virgin i am just trying to concentrate on my career. I am not in a rush; I do not want to marry today and divorce tomorrow because it happens a lot in the industry. Marriage is a beautiful thing but it has to be right. I do not want to let my mom down, I want to make her and myself happy,” she said

The actress explains how a lot of men get intimidated one way or the other with her success.

Most Ghanaian men are intimidated; most often when it is age appropriate; then they think i am doing better than them and that i am going to be bossy and control them around. Those around my age are bothered that i am an independent lady. That has always been the problem”.

“There was about two guys who got scared. But I really do not mind. Middle of last year, I was trying out something and I was not convinced so I backed off. It had to do with the man not being matured enough” she explained.

The actress further talked about her dream man saying; “The person has to be age appropriate – a five year gap is okay. But I do not want someone too old because when that happens, you can not hold a conversation with such a person”.


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Jim Iyke reacts to news of Nadia Buari’s twins

Earlier today, it was established that Nollywood actor Jim Iyke, ain’t the father of Nadia Buari’s twin babies, as a matter of fact, it was revealed the former lovers who got engaged last year, parted ways months back.

Well, YNaija dug a little deeper and spoke to a few people in the know till we eventually got a source who was willing to divulge some information. When asked why Jim Iyke is yet to react to the “good news” our source who is part of the crew working with Nollywood actor, for his next season of the unscripted reality show, said: “Jim Iyke is busy in Toronto shooting for his next season of unscripted reality show.

He is too busy to have time to react to it, he is indifferent… he is right now excited about the shooting and nothing else.” When asked if he had congratulated the new mum, our source said “The important thing is that he wishes her well, he cares about her, that they are no longer together doesn’t mean they don’t talk anymore.” When further asked if Nadia Buari will feature in the next season of the reality show, we got the response… “Right now, Nadia has got a bigger responsibility.

This is a very important chapter in her life and that is what matters.” Asked to tell us about Nadia Buari’s rumored fiancé, our source said, “I am sorry, I cannot help with that. You should ask someone else please.” Meanwhile Jim Iyke’s Instagram page is presently flooded with questions from fans asking for explanations and clarifications on Nadia’s twin girls.

Some have even gone as far as passing congratulatory messages.



2015 VGMA’s:Shatta Wale Is Out.Check Out The Complete List Of Nominees

The journey to music’s biggest night in Ghana, began with a call for nominations which was answered by musicians from all genres and this paved the way for the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards(VGMA) Board to commence sitting.

It’s awards season again in Ghana, when Charter House and Vodafone honours the best in Ghana Music for the past calendar year.

The ceremony, slated for April, was launched in Accra Friday February 27, and unsurprisingly it is Ghana’s current undisputed king of rap Sarkodie who leads the pack with ten main nominations, aside countless others.

The new reggae/dancehall category of the year, whose inclusion somehow drew the ire of Shatta Wale’ manager Bulldog, has the ‘Dancehall King’ coldly left out. It’s obvious the problems between the two camps are not getting solved anytime soon.

Below is the full list of nominees for the 2015 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards…

Artiste Of The Year

Daddy Lumba







Vodafone Song Of The Year

Seihor – Castro Feat. D-Black

Ne3 Woho B3to Wo – Daddy Lumba

Adonai (Remix) – Sarkodie Feat. Castro

Koene – Edem Feat. Lil Shaker & Ice Queen

Baafira – Stonebowy Feat. Sarkodie

Pooley – Guru

Selfie – VVIP

Iskoki – Samini

Alpha & Omega – Selina Boateng Ft. Uncle Ato

Hymn (Pentecost Soree Nwom) – Evang. Diana Asamoah

Highlife Artiste Of The Year

Bisa K’dei

Daddy Lumba


Reggae/Dancehall Artiste Of The Year


Ras Kuuku





Gospel Album Of The Year

One God – No Tribe

I’m Grateful – Selina Boateng

Jesus Be Too Much – Gifty Osei

Hymn (Pentecost Soree Nwom) – Evang. Diana Asamoah

Songwriter Of The Year

Bisa K’dei – One Of Your Own by Efya Feat. Bisa K’dei

Wiyaala & Melissa va da Spuy – Africa by Wiyaala

Afriyie – I Do by Afriyie

Obour – Odasani by Obour Feat. M.anifest

Ne3 Woho B3to Wo – Ne3 Woho B3to Wo by Daddy Lumba

Hip-life/Hip-hop Artiste Of The Year





Pappy Kojo


Joey B

Best New Artiste Of The Year


Pappy Kojo


Emelia Arthur


Vybrant Faya

Gospel Artiste Of The Year

No Tribe


Selina Boateng

Gifty Osei

Joe Mettle

Anita Afriyie

Evang. Diana Asamoah

Best Collaboration Of The Year

Koene – Edem Feat. Lil Shaker & Ice Queen

Alpha & Omega – Selina Boateng Feat. Uncle Ato

Baby Dance – 4×4 Feat. Davido

Adonai – Sarkodie Feat. Castro

Seihor – Castro Feat. D-Black

Love Rocks – Sarkodie Feat. Samini

Baafira – Stonebwoy Feat. Sarkodie

Hip-life Song Of The Year

Pooley – Guru

Sehor – Castro Feat. D-Black

Selfie – VVIP

Personal Person – D-Black Feat. Castro

Iskoki – Samini

Adonai (Remix) – Sarkodie Feat. Castro

Album Of The Year

Wiyaala – Wiyaala

Books & Rhymes – Edem

Necessary Evil – Stonebwoy

Re-Vee-Lation – MzVee

I’m Grateful – Selina Boateng

Record Of The Year

Tontonti – Afriyie

Tinambaynyi – Wiyaala

Nkwa Abodoo – Koda

One Of Your Own – Efya

Book Of Hiplife – VVIP

Love Rocks – Sarkodie Feat. Samini

Highlife Song Of The Year

Ne3 Woho B3to Wo – Daddy Lumba

Saa – Bisa K’dei

Lobi – R2bees

I Do – Afriyie

Baby Dance – 4×4 Feat. Davido

Afro-Pop Song Of The Year

One Of Your Own – Efya Feat. Bisa K’dei

Koene – Edem Feat. Lil Shaker & Ice Queen

Spanner – Itz Tiffany Feat. Fuse ODG

Killing Me Softly – R2bees Feat. Wizkid

Tinambaynyi – Wiyaala

Dangerous Love –Fuse ODG Feat. Sean Paul

Gospel Song Of The Year

Kyere Me Kwan – Emelia Arthur Feat. OJ & Esther Smith

Yento Nkyia – Gifty Osei

Osabarima – No tribe

Alpha & Omega – Selina Boateng Feat. Uncle Ato

Nkwa Abodoo – Koda

Adehye Mogya – Anita Afriyie

Hymn (Pentecost Soree Nwom) – Evang. Diana Asamoah

Reggae Dancehall Song Of The Year

Show Them Love – Ras Kuuku

Ronaldo – Kaakie

Love Rocks – Sarkodie Feat. Samini

Mampi – Vybrant Faya

Natural Girl – MzVee Feat. Stonebwoy

Baafira – Stonebwoy

Best Male Vocal Performance

Afriyie – I Do

Koda – Nkwa Abodoo

Daddy Lumba – Ne3 Woho B3to Wo

Joe Mettle – Turning Around

Best Female Vocal Performance

Efya – One Of Your Own

Becca – Tell Me

Wiyaala Tinambaynyi

Raquel – I Won’t Cry

Jael Wiafe – Keep On Believing

MzVee – My everything

Hip-Hop Song Of The Year

Realer No –Pappy Kojo Feat. Joey B

Shots On Shots – Sarkodie & Ice Prince

American Passport – E.L Feat. Joey B

Wave – Joey B Feat. Pappy Kojo

The One (Remix) – Edem Feat. Sway

Finish Line (Remix) – Dee Money Feat. Ice Price, J Town, M.anifest, Paedae & Reminisce

Best Rapper Of The Year

Sarkodie – Shots On Shots

E.L – American Passport

Guru – Keep Walking

Edem – The One (Remix)

Best Music Video Of The Year

Baby Dance – 4×4 Feat. Ice Prince (Clarence Peters)

Move – Becca Feat. Uhuru (Nicky Campus)

The One (Remix) – Edem Feat. Sway (Gyo Gyimah)

Koene – Edem Feat. Lil Shaker & Ice Queen (Gyo Gyimah)

No Shortcut To Heaven – M.anifest Feat. Obrafour (Garth Von Glehn)

Setewaa D3nky3 – D-Black (Justin Campus)

Adonai (Remix) – Sarkodie Feat. Castro (Nana Asihene)

Best Group Of The Year




No Tribe

Producer Of The Year

DJ Breezy Seihor – Castro Feat. D-Black

Bodo Stalger Ne3 Woho B3to Wo – Daddy Lumba

Street Beat Adonai (Remix) – Sarkodie Feat. D-Black

Magnom Koene – Edem Feat. Lil Shaker & Ice Queen

Dakay Baafira – Stonebwoy Feat. Sarkodie

Ball J Pooley – Guru

DJ Breezy Selfie – VVIP

George Forest Hymn (Pentecost Soree Nwon) – Evang. Diana Asamoah

Shadrack Y. Alpha & Omega – Selina Boateng

African Artiste Of The Year

Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

AKA (South Africa)

Don Jazzy & The Mavin Group (Nigeria)

Patoranking (Nigeria)

Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)

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Usain Bolt To Retire From Athletics.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt says he will retire from athletics after the 2017 World Championships in London.

The 28-year-old six-time Olympic gold medalist also says that he will just focus on the 100m in 2017.

 Bolt had suggested that the Rio Games in 2016 would be his last major championship but he now appears to have changed his mind to make a return to London.

Bolt's achievements in sprinting have earned him the media nickname "Lightning Bolt", and awards including the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year, and Laureus World Sportsman of the Year (three times). He is the highest paid athlete ever in track an d field. He has been called the world's most marketable athlete. By winning three gold medals at the 2013 World Championships, Bolt became one of the most successful athletes in the 30-year history of the athletics world championships.On 14 February 2015, Bolt announced that he intends to retire from athletics after the 2017 World Championships in London

Bolt's main focus for 2015 will be the World Championships in Beijing from 22-30 August where he will be looking to add to his haul of eight world golds and the 28-year-old also has one eye on breaking his own 100m world record of 9.58 seconds, set in Berlin in 2009.

"If everything goes well this my life anything is possible. If I can get myself in good shape, it should be wonderful this season," he added.

"I live for competition. I thrive on competition. I live to compete against the best."

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