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Popular Kumawood Actor, Akrobeto has said the unstable power supply popularly known as ‘Dumsor’ under the NDC-Mahama led administration had a degenerative impact on the production of Kumawood movies.

According to him, movie producers could not recoup their monies like they used to because people were not purchasing their productions because there was no light to watch them.

Akrobeto posited that, prior to the era of  ‘Dumsor‘, Kumawood could release several movies in a week but that was not the case under the Mahama administration and that affected their finances.

He, however, indicated that currently, things have picked up and that movies are selling because there is relative power stability in the country.

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US bombers have flown close to North Korea’s east coast in a show of force, the Pentagon says.
The move is to demonstrate that President Donald Trump has a “range of military options to defeat any threat”, spokeswoman Dana White said.
The US and North Korea have ramped up their rhetoric recently.
At the UN on Tuesday, Mr Trump said that he would “totally destroy” North Korea if the US was forced to defend itself or its allies.
“This is the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone [DMZ] any US fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea’s coast in the 21st century, underscoring the seriousness with which we take [North Korea’s] reckless behavior,” Ms White added.
The announcement came shortly before North Korea’s foreign minister was due to speak at the UN General Assembly.
Earlier on Saturday, a magnitude 3.4 tremor was detected near North Korea’s nuclear test site, sparking fears that the country could have carried out another test. But experts and international nuclear test monitors said they believed it was a natural quake.

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At a time when some members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) are expressing gloom over the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, the NDC Member of Parliament (MP) for Central Tongu, Gabby Alexander Hottordze, has commended President Akufo-Addo and the NPP for the bold step taken to implement the flagship policy.

According to him, the policy is a laudable one and that he as an MP gives it his full support, saying, “We as NDC are never against the policy, but we were only asking for the source of the money to fund it.”

Mr. Hottordze declared, “I as MP will support every development that the NPP is bringing to Central Tongu, including the Free SHS, ‘One District, One Factory’ and many others.

He therefore cautioned his constituents and members of his party against politicising laudable government development projects. “There is no difference between the money that will come from NDC and the NPP for Ghana’s benefit. Therefore, playing party cards at this time that the NPP is ruling will not help the development agenda of Central Tongu and the country as a whole,” he averred.

The MP gave his support for the government’s programme during a town hall meeting at Adidome in the Volta Region.

The meeting, which was organised by the Information Services Department and addressed by a Deputy Information Minister, Perry Okudzeto, highlighted the various projects and programmes of the government, the concerns of the chiefs and people of the South Tongu District and ways to deal with them.

The headmaster of Mafi Kumasi Senior High Technical School, Courage Meteku, was elated with the Free SHS policy saying, “The free education has made my institution a first class school now,” as his new enrollment has jumped from 300 last year to 876 this year.

He pleaded with the government to reconsider the provision of 9 exercise books and 4 notebooks, describing them as inadequate to cover the scope of work by the students.

Source: Daily Guide

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Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko has forwarded to me details of his plane ticket, hotel reservations and payments he made using his credit card. He sent the evidence following my post questioning how non-government officials at the UN General Assembly were selected and who funded them.

For security reasons, I’m unable share the credit card details and photos of the receipts, which bear some personal information and credit card details. For the sake of evidence I decided to show the correspondence of my colleague Maxwell Agbagba. Gabby left Ghana on September 15 by British Airways Flight BA078 to London and from London to New York on September. His travel agency is Grandeur.

We asked questions and Gabby has provided evidence that he went on his own, paid his own accommodation and ticket. It is fair that I publish his response. Samuel Atta Mensah of Citi FM has also clarified that he went on his own and the expenses were paid by the station. I think this should bring the matter to rest.

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The Member of Parliament for Nadowli/Kaleo constituency Alban Bagbin has poked some political opponents for being behind an evil agenda aimed at scuttling his presidential ambitions on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

He said some people are using their outfit to ruin his political career as a presidential aspirant for the NDC.

Speaking on the 30 ambulances procured under the Mahama administration for the National Ambulance Service which was declared ‘useless’, Alban Bagbin who was former health Minister said the importation of 30 substandard ambulances estimated at $2.4 million was necessary.

The 13-seater buses were procured in 2014 and refitted into ambulances.

The vehicles, valued at $2.4m, according to a technical report by Global automobile company Mercedes Benz, have 18 defects, making it ‘useless.’

Speaking at an event organized in his honor on his 60 birthday and twenty five years in politics, he said people are busily scheming to discredit him.

He added that some faceless persons are using the ambulance saga as a way to ruin his hard won reputation.

He said “What most people don’t know about the ambulance saga so far as I am concerned is that, even though there was the need to import those ambulances which was started during my tenure as health minister, I was not in the ministry as the health minister when the final agreement for the purchase of the ambulance was reached.”

Source: pulse Ghana

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You may not know what can come out of the mouth of radio presenter and musician, Blakk Rasta but there is no doubt that it will be controversial.

The irreverent man who was forced to apologize after claiming about 80 percent of Ghanaian Parliamentarians smoked marijuana has over the years earned a reputation for speaking his mind no matter what.
Now he says he wants to be an Agric Minister should marijuana be legalized in Ghana?

Blakk Rasta has been one of the strongest advocates for the legalization of marijuana and has used several platforms to try to sell the benefits of such a move especially with revenue generation.

According to the presenter, who is currently pursuing his Doctorate Degree in South Africa, he would solve Ghana’s problems if he becomes the Agric Minister.

“I am not bragging but if given the mandate as the Agric Minister I would solve Ghana’s economic challenges with Indian hemp. Weed has helped to save the economy of so many countries like Jamaica and even America,” he told showbiz.

Asked how he was going to execute his plan, Blakk Rasta said government can regulate the policy with state controlled farms where there can be effective monitoring.

Government can then export the marijuana from these farms and make millions of dollars from it.

“If a small country like Jamaica with a population of less than two million can legalize weed and make so much money out of it then Ghana can make trillions by legalizing it,” he said.

The legalization of marijuana has gained attention in recent times with many prominent personalities urging government to consider it.
Among them is former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, who says it a way to combat drug abuse and illegal trafficking. The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Standards Authority, prof. Alex Dodoo has also made similar calls.

Blakk Rasta fells vindicated now. “Ghanaians had a problem with me when I said marijuana should be legalized because 80 percent of MPs use it. I was invited to Parliament but today Kofi Anan, Pro. Dodoo and a host of others are singing the same song,” Blakk Rasta has released a song titled “Kofi Anan says’, urging government to legalize it.

After being away from radio for over a year, Blakk Rasta disclosed that he will be coming back on air next month.

Source: graphic showbiz

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The Juvenile Court has sentenced the Achimota student who was alleged to have shot his colleague, Lilly Asibetse, to serve 3 years in a correctional home.

Accra FM court correspondent, Ama Brako Ampofo, who was in court on Friday, September 22 reported that the trial judge, Benardine S. A. Senoo, found the accused guilty and handed him the sentence after the trial went for seven months.

The accused, aged 17, is said to have gone for his father’s gun under his bed with the intent of firing into the air, but ended up killing his friend, Lily Asigbetse, a third year student of Achimota School.

The facts, as narrated, were that at about 2pm on January 4 2017, the deceased, who lived at Cantonments, visited the accused at Community 8 in Tema. While there, according to the prosecution, the accused went to his father’s room and picked up his single barrelled gun and shot the victim in the abdomen.

When questioned, the accused told the police that he had intended shooting into the air, but the bullet changed course and hit the deceased.

Madam Gifty Billy, a neighbour, heard the gunshot and went to the scene only to see the victim lying in a pool of blood.

Ms Billy said she rushed the deceased to the Port Clinic at Tema. However, due to the condition of the victim, she was transferred to the 37 Military Hospital in Accra, where she died on admission.

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The Pro-Vice Chancellor of University of Cape Coast, Professor George Kweku Toku Oduro, has asked government to desist from interfering in the running of public universities.

The continuous interferences of governments in education, he explained is the reason for the poor state of educational delivery in the country.

Speaking on the theme, “Depoliticising Ghana’s Educational System: Towards a Policy Framework” at the biennial UTAG Congress and Handing Over Ceremony held at the University of Cape Coast, Professor Oduro indicated that political interferences have been the bane of the country’s sound education delivery process as politicians always want to tinker with polices just to satisfy their whims and caprices .

Stressing on the need for universities to remain autonomous, Professor Oduro said the various kinds of politics being practiced in the country is hurting the quality of education in the country.

He observed that vengeful politics, gendered politics, tribal politics among others continue to be used as cover ups for individual agenda in harming good educational policies; a situation he added must be stopped for the country to gain optimum benefits from educational policies.

He explained that autonomy and academic freedom of institutions ought to be respected if the country also wants to get the best of returns from the educational institutions.

He also charged members of academia from allowing themselves to be used to satisfy partisan interest at the expense of the objective of the educational process and institution.

 

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The Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders has lauded government’s decision to rollout the paperless clearing system.

The move to introduce the system at the ports followed a directive from the vice president Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia earlier this year.

Even though the implementation of the system which commenced September 4, 2017 was not without challenges, the vice president believed it would curb corruption and reduce the turnaround time for businesses.

The challenges that plagued the implementation of the system forced officials in charge of the system to blend the newly introduced system with the manual one.

Revenue collections at the ports in the first week of September shot up to GHC230 million compared to the GHC130 million which was raised same time last year, due to the new system, disclosed Dr. Bawumia when he addressed an orientation ceremony for National Service Personnel who had been posted to National Communications Authority.

“The results are amazing,” he said.

Commenting on the new system, the Executive Member of the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders and Chief Executive Officer of E. Cargo Services Ghana Limited, Alex Asiamah  said freight forwarders stand to benefit from the new system more than the government will benefit.

According to him, the paperless system will allow them make some substantial savings in terms of operations.

“…What is happening…we embrace it wholeheartedly because if you can sit in the office and clear containers and do business at the port, it is very, very good. It reduces our cost because sometimes our service charge that comes to us, some of them are the same thing that you use to move staff around to get things. But not moving is good for us and it saves cost,”.

“Trust me. I know the government will benefit but we the professionals will benefit more,” he added.

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An Accra Circuit Court has granted bail to Lawrence Abrokwah, the husband of Afia Schwarzenegger, to the sum of Gh¢20,000 with three sureties.

Abrokwah is facing five charges including domestic violence with emotional, verbal and psychological abuse, publication of obscene material, assault and threat of harm.

His lawyer Maurice Ampaw prayed the court to grant him bail since he reported himself to the police and will be willing to assist in the trial.

Kasapa FM’s court correspondent Daakyehene Ofosu Agyeman reported that the presiding judge, Mrs. Jane Harriet Akweley Quaye warned the parties involved in the case to cease speaking to the media.

The case has been adjourned to October 11, 2017.

Abrokwah is being tried over a video he purportedly recorded of Afia in a headscarf, trying to cover her nakedness with a white towel.

In the video, the ‘husband’ Abrokwah threatened to pour something in a bottle he claims is acid on her face. Afia is heard crying and begging Abrokwah not to pour the acid on her.

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