Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bulldog fires Blakk Rasta and Okraku-Mantey


Lawrence Nana Asiamah Hanson known widely as Bulldog has fired at Reggae act Blakk Rasta after Blakk faced Parliament’s Privileges Committee over alleged comments he made claiming that over 80% of Members of Parliament smoke Maurijuana (wee).

Bulldog wrote on his social media timeline;

NEXT TIME…

I never knew you could be remorseful. Blakk Rasta next time learn to respect your elders… You have brought disgrace to your parents, I am very sure you got proper upbringing but you paid no heed. Open your mouth that wide again and you will face the full rigors of the law.

You sit on your show maligning and make a mockery of personalities the least opportunity you get. I don't blame you but the people who put you on radio.

For a firm like multimedia that has produced the finest of presenters and journalists in the broadcasting industry this mars it's reputation. I wonder if anyone supervises Blakk Rasta's show? Or maybe HITZ FM doesn't have a programs manager. OH SORRY! Okraku Mante is.

Okraku Mante put a padlock on Blakk Rasta's slanderous lips, that's your job as a manager, to put your staff in check and stop hopping from one station to the other professing doom for ghanaian artistes.

Always claiming Shatta Wale is disrespectful, Sarkodie is arrogant and countless belittling remarks you make about ghanaian artistes and their managers. Or you are also an "Errand Boy" and not a programs manager? Clean your house first.

This serves as a deterrent to all radio presenters and pundits who lack intelligence and common sense that mount platforms to insult the president and government officials.

If you have a different view on how the country should be run, you don't insult your elders. There are intelligent and respectful ways of going about it.

I dedicate Shatta Wale's "Stinking Mouth" to you Blakk Rasta, hence forth play it on your show everyday to remind you to SHUT UP.

?#?sikanhyira ?#?magicalyear

Read his full message below:


Bulldog Of Bullhaus
Public Figure · 5,737 Likes
 · June 25 at 10:55pm · 
NEXT TIME…
I never knew you could be remorseful. Blakk Rasta next time learn to respect your elders… You have brought disgrace to your parents, I am very sure you got proper upbringing but you paid no heed. Open your mouth that wide again and you will face the full rigors of the law.
You sit on your show maligning and make a mockery of personalities the least opportunity you get. I don't blame you but the people who put you on radio.
For a firm like multimedia that has produced the finest of presenters and journalists in the broadcasting industry this mars it's reputation. I wonder if anyone supervises Blakk Rasta's show? Or maybe HITZ FM doesn't have a programs manager. OH SORRY! Okraku Mante is.
Okraku Mante put a padlock on Blakk Rasta's slanderous lips, that's your job as a manager, to put your staff in check and stop hopping from one station to the other professing doom for ghanaian artistes.
Always claiming Shatta Wale is disrespectful, Sarkodie is arrogant and countless belittling remarks you make about ghanaian artistes and their managers. Or you are also an "Errand Boy" and not a programs manager? Clean your house first.
This serves as a deterrent to all radio presenters and pundits who lack intelligence and common sense that mount platforms to insult the president and government officials.
If you have a different view on how the country should be run, you don't insult your elders. There are intelligent and respectful ways of going about it.
I dedicate Shatta Wale's "Stinking Mouth" to you Blakk Rasta, hence forth play it on your show everyday to remind you to SHUT UP.

Philips Launches “Buy Original” Campaign to Combat Counterfeit Philips and AVENT Products in Ghana



Royal Philips (AEX: PHIA, NYSE: PHG) has launched its “Buy Original” campaign in Ghana; an informative multi-year outreach aimed at protecting consumers by creating awareness about counterfeit products in the market and educating them on how to identify original products versus counterfeits.
Consumers in most instances aren’t even aware that they are buying counterfeit products. Philips therefore wants to put consumers in a position where they are confident that they are purchasing an original Philips product. A genuine product is subject to quality and safety controls and will protect the consumers and their families. Original Philips and AVENT products also come with after-sales guarantee and the assurance that the after-sales commitment will be honored.
This campaign will therefore introduce effective measures for consumers to be able to easily identify and verify Philips original consumer appliances and lighting products. Philips has set up a dedicated website www.philips.com/buyoriginal where consumers can send queries or feedback and also where they can find details of genuine versus counterfeit products.
How to identify original Philips and AVENT products:



Look out for the Hologram “Original” Sticker on the packaging of Philips consumer appliances and Philips AVENT baby products. This immediately identifies the product as a Philips original. It not only protects the consumer’s two-year guarantee with Philips but also confirms the brand’s superior technology and safety promise.


When purchasing Philips lighting products:
Make sure you find the unique code on the Security Label which will be on the box. In Ghana, you can SMS the 16-digit code to 20822 to receive verification of the product’s authenticity. The label is fitted with digital anti-forgery technology and is fixed with secure die-cutting which ensures it’s completely destroyed when removed making it impossible to add to non-Philips products. The SMS coding is not yet available for Philips consumer appliances.
It is imperative that consumers only buy Philips products from approved distributors and retailers because when they purchase a Philips original, they are buying safe, superior technology every time.
Philips is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Join Philips Ghana on https://www.facebook.com/PhilipsGhana, https://twitter.com/PhilipsGhana and https://instagram.com/PhilipsGhana for more innovations that matter t

Chess grandmaster to visit Ghana Tuesday


Renowned British Grandmaster and a former world title contender, Nigel Short, is scheduled to visit the country next Tuesday to open the President’s Cup Championship slated for July 1 at the Accra Sports Stadium.

According to the Ghana Chess Association (GCA), Mr Short was invited to give a public lecture on the sport and also host a clinic for both professional and amateur players in the country.

He is also due to present 600 chess sets to the GCA on behalf of the Kasparov Chess Foundation during the opening ceremony of the fifth edition of the President’s Cup.

According to the Vice President of the Ghana Chess Association, Philip Ameku, the competition had been the most competitive and attractive tournament for the sport in the country.

The competition will be sponsored by KCF, African Regent Hotel, UT Bank and Riess and Co.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Interview: Frank Artus Shares Life Story


Born of an Egyptian father and Liberian mother, Frank Artus came all the way from Ghana to be a part of Nollywood. The fair-complexioned actor came with high expectations and he has not been disappointed, as he has hit gold in Nigeria.
In an exclusive interview with The Entertainer, the star of Heart of a Widow opened up on his war experience and why he so much believes in Nollywood. Excerpts:

Background
I was born in Egypt. My father is an Egyptian while my mother is a Liberian. We are three in number, one girl and two boys. I grew up in Liberia mostly. It was at the age of 12 to 16 that I moved over to Liberia. I stayed in Tanama where I had my high school education; I studied Human Resources in AME University, Monrovia. I also studied Computer Engineering.
Growing up
My growing up was fantastic. I grew up as an introvert. I wasn’t the type that played with friends. I was only comfortable playing with my toys, and my mum. I was so shy to the extent of not being able to answer questions in the class. I’m not from a poor background. Then, my mum was working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) while my father has always been an international businessman. I think my childhood was fun, not as bad as some people’s stories I’ve heard. Though, I can’t say I was born with a silver spoon, I knew I always had whatever I wanted.
Parental support
My parents supported me hundred percent; all they needed from me was to make a decision because I had other opportunities of doing other stuff. My mum wanted me to go into her line of business, my dad also wanted me to go into his line, but then I just decided to go this far and they said if that’s what I wanted, it’s okay with them. They supported me.
Challenges
I went to Ghana in July 29, 2009. So, I started my career from there. The basic challenge I faced in Nollywood is my accent, the way I speak. I was somehow denied playing some characters because of the way I speak. But nevertheless it was a challenge. Because it’s my career and this is what I wanted to do, I tried as much as possible to make sure that I get rid of the accent and speak like others when I am shooting a Nigerian scene.
The real Frank Artus
Artus is simple, humble, intelligent, down to earth, and above all a God fearing person. He is contrary to what you see on the screen, he’s not what you see on screen. I try to do all these things on screen because it’s what people like to see. They like to see it and we do it because it is the business part of our career. It’s not that I fancy romancing, kissing and doing all those things in my film. It is something that I hate doing to the core. It’s not that I like to be aggressive, because the Artus that I am, I can’t even hurt a fly so, there’s no way I will want to hurt anybody. But because it’s on screen, I had to do it.
I remember when I was shooting Heart of a Widow”, I had to stab uncle Ken and then I was doing it with so much aggression that you could see tears coming down my face. If you had seen me you would think that I am very wicked. But I don’t like playing such wicked roles.
On Nigeria women
Nigerian women are beautiful. They are just beautiful ladies generally that’s what I will say for Nigerian women, they are beautiful. I can never compare Nigerian ladies with Ghanaian or even Liberian ladies. Like I said, you have responsible beautiful ladies in Nigeria, likewise other countries. That’s all.
Passion for acting
I always knew I wanted to be a star. When I left Liberia, I wasn’t coming to Ghana to do another thing, I came to Ghana purposely to act and besides that, the passion I have for this business has been so hot and I didn’t know what I was going to become.
How to be great actor
What makes you a great actor basically is creativity; you have to be creative that’s all. When you are creative, you can always learn to develop. You watch other actors on screen, you see them having their fun, but you have to take some things from what they have done, add them to the one you have, mix it up and then it gives you a different kind of flavor and people will like it. When you are constant, you become a character, you become a brand and your acting becomes peaceful in the viewers’ eyes and then they will see you as a good actor, you yourself will know that you are a good actor.
Craziest thing a fan did to me
It was actually a girl who tattooed my name, ‘Artus’ on her hand. It was the craziest one so far that I have seen.
On female admirers      
I handle my female fans with care and respect. They go out there to buy my films and keep me ruling. I give them a lot of care and respect except for those that don’t have respect for themselves; those that don’t have good manners. Some might be like ‘okay, I am in love with you’, I will say ‘okay, sweetie, I know you are in love with me, but I am not in love with you right now, just let’s be friends’.
On being sexy
No, I am not sexy. The thing is that I am not a sexy person, but in terms of me being sexy on screen, you know, this is show business that’s why sometimes we pull off our shirts and you see our chests, we go to gym and exercise because that is what the viewers want to see, they want to see you looking cute and sexy and for them you have to look sexy, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be sexy. Looking sexy is the platform to liking sex and most people believe that maybe what I portray on screen is what I am, most people are like ‘ah, that Ghana boy knows how to make love, he turns me on’ but on the contrary, if you come to me, I am not sexy or romantic at all. It is just acting.
On acting nude  
Yes, I can act nude in a movie to perfectly interpret a role. I’ve sold my soul to acting, so I can practically do anything. I’ve said this before, I can act nude as long as the storyline is good enough, and the money is worth it. I like perfection. For every movie I do, if it’s not perfect, it should at least be close to perfection. As far as I’m concerned, acting is my life. I’ve given all I have to acting. I shot a movie like that already, it was a standard movie because I had some good actors in it. I shot it last year and I did something like that in it.
Most embarrassing moment
I don’t think I have any.
On being gay
No, I’m not gay. It is just speculation. I have never done it and I will never do it. All the people that are saying it, I say Holy Ghost fire (Laughs).
On being rich
I wish I’m rich. This is just my second year in Nollywood. So, I am not rich but Nollywood has contributed a lot to my life, I won’t lie. They have paid me well. I know what Artus Frank was years back and what he is now so, Nollywood has seriously contributed to my life.
On Liberian war
The war in Liberia was horrible. It was a war obviously and it was not something anybody will enjoy, but we had to live and do everything we could to survive but not to the extent of picking in the streets, begging for alms and killing. Maybe there were days we had to look for food to eat. You know, whenever there is war, there is shortage of food. Did I join them to fight? It was a tough decision. For instance, nobody asked some people to fight but they got up and went for it but for me, I was advised to stay back.
There was this day I was coming with my friends, we were three and we went to look for food. We got the food but when we were coming back, a missile bomb was fired at us. It cut the neck and ripped opened the intestines of my friends. I was the only one that escaped alive.
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Supreme Court finds universal right to gay marriage


The Supreme Court has found a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, striking down bans in 14 states and handing a historic victory to the gay rights movement that would have been unthinkable just 10 years ago.
Anthony Kennedy, a conservative justice who has broken with his ideological colleagues to author several decisions expanding rights for LGBT people, again sided with the court’s four liberals to strike down the state bans. The 5-4 majority ruled that preventing same-sex people from marrying violated their constitutional right to due process under the 14th Amendment and that the states were unable to put forth a compelling reason to withhold that right from people.
“It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage,” Kennedy wrote of same-sex couples. “Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves.”
“They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law,” he continued. “The Constitution grants them that right.”
The United States is now just the 21st country in the world to allow same-sex marriage in every jurisdiction. 
Chief Justice John Roberts read a stinging dissent from the bench as Kennedy sat beside him, his hand on his chin. Roberts wrote that the decision showed “disrespect” for the democratic process and that the American people should be able to decide for themselves whether they want to accept this huge social change. “Five lawyers have closed the debate and enacted their own vision of marriage as a matter of constitutional law,” Roberts wrote. “Stealing this issue from the people will for many cast a cloud over same-sex marriage, making a dramatic social change that much more difficult to accept.”
Roberts told same-sex couples they could “celebrate today’s decision,” even though he disagreed with it so strongly — but reminded them that they should not celebrate the U.S. Constitution.  
“Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits,” he wrote. “But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.”
Despite Roberts’ harsh words, people in the courtroom were all smiles as they poured out onto the steps after the decision. Some wiped tears from their eyes.
In oral arguments last April, Kennedy expressed reservations about changing the traditional definition of marriage to include LGBT people and seemed to entertain the argument that the court should allow the American public to continue debating the relatively new concept.
“The word that keeps coming back to me in this case is millennia,” he said then, referencing the amount of time societies had considered marriage to be only between a man and a woman.
But Kennedy was swayed by the fact that hundreds of thousands of married same-sex couples already exist and that they — and their children — are being treated differently by the law when they move to a state that doesn’t recognize their union. In his majority opinion, which surely will cement his reputation as a champion for gay rights, Kennedy writes of the “urgency” of gay couples’ claims, and concludes it is wrong to allow them to be discriminated against any longer. 
It’s clear the court is deeply divided over the decision. In another, even more stinging dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that he would “rather hide his head in a bag” than join the majority opinion. He mocked the first line of the opinion (“The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity.”) as sounding like the message in a fortune cookie.

Circle floods and fire disaster was predicted in 2002

A memo has surfaced indicating that the deadly Accra floods and fire disaster was predicted thirteen years ago.

The memo dated 15th May 2002 and authored by Seth Kpodovia who was a team leader that investigated Accra floods foretold that Ghana would experience the disaster if certain measures are not put in place.

“Other notable properties that will likely to be affected in the case of flood shall be the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Ghana Commercial Bank Tower, Barclays Bank, the Entertainment spots, the filling station nearby may even catch fire destroying properties in and around the area. Note that the area is highly patronized day and night hence care must be taken to restore the sand trap,” portions of the memo reads after analysing the flood situation in the country.

Below is the full memo:

Confidential

Audit Observation Organisation: Ministry of Works and Housing

Ref: AD/2002/A1

To: Chief Director/CTA Water

From: Seth Kpodovia, Room 18, Team Leader

Date: 15/5/2002

Subject: Destruction Of Nima Sand Trap


I shall be very grateful for your comments on the following audit observations by 18th May 2002. Your comments should be duly signed and dated.

During review we observed that the government spent billions of cedis on excavation and desilting of various drains in Accra. The Ministry of Works and Housing is yet to pay the contractors for the rest of the work done.

We noted that last year 2001, various items such as household, industrial goods worth several billion cedis were destroyed by the flood.

During an inspection we observed that concrete lining of Odaw River in which the contractor used bags of sand to check the movement of the water for him to blind the floor, were not removed. As at today the bags are still lying in the drain (River).

With this, material or silt carried by the water will pile on them creating land and some geographical features. This will block the flow or free movement of the water stream.

Secondly, the floor of the concrete lining should have been “V” shaped and not flat.

The Odaw River in which most of the primary and secondary detains in Accra enter and discharge the water and flow into the sea must be desilted especially from Avernor circle. The contractors must remove the bags of sand packed in the river bed.

Thirdly, we noted that the Nima Sand Trap at Circle was destroyed through the concrete lining. The Nima Sand Trap at Kwame Nkrumah Circle near the Ghana Commercial Bank building. This sand trap and debris generated from Nima and its surrounding areas are trapped and distilled. Nima area generated more sand and debris than any other areas. The area is one of the flood prone areas. The Nima areas covers Mammobi, parts of New Town, Kokomlemle, Asylum Down, Circle, parts of Adabraka, Legon, parts of Roman Ridge, Airport areas etc.

With the destruction of Nima Sand Trap, Accra is in trouble. The debris cannot be trapped and distilled. The debris will choke and water cannot flow into the Odaw River. This also means the water will not flow into the Odaw River when those from the Upper course of odaw River are higher. In case there is high tide at the most of the Korle lagoon the water will not flow the Odaw into the sea.

With the above factors when the areas mentioned above get flooded, properties goods and lives will be lost. Hence several billions of cedis will be used on relief and rescue the inhabitants of this area. The sand and other material will also enter the Odaw which will be carried into the korle lagoon.

This will affect the KLERP hence loss of $66,000,000.000. Other notable properties that will likely to be affected in the case of flood shall be the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Ghana Commercial Bank Tower, Barclays Bank, the Entertainment spots, the filling station nearby may even catch fire destroying properties in and around the area. Note that the area is highly patronized day and night hence care must be taken to restore the sand trap.

The senior Hydrologist of the Hydrological Service Department stated that they have informed the consultant on the project, but he has failed to listen to their advice, the project was undertaken by Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. He continued and stated that this is the problem. They were much worried. This is the time the Hydrological Service Department must remove the sand from this Nima Sand Trap it is covered.

With this we recommend that the Minister and the Acting Chief Technical Advisor / Water should contact the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development so that this case is remedied as early as possible before the onset of the rain.

Secondly all drainages work undertaken by the Ministry of local Government and Rural Development in the city should be reviewed and supervised by the Hydrological Services Department.

The Senior Hydrologist agreed to this suggestion.

Otherwise in case of flood we shall surcharge the minister of Local Government and Rural Development and the consultant who supervised the project with any expenditure incurred and loss of property and lives.

As the Hydrological Services Department has earlier on stated elsewhere, the attention of the MLGRD has been drawn on several occasion to this problem and at the various meetings. Even the entry point of the Nima Drain to the Odaw is also problematic as it enters a topmost right angle to the main Odaw drain with its attendant backwater effect on the Nima Drains thus causing inundation of properties upstream.

All these issues have been raised with MLGRD through their Project directorate, which have overall supervision of the project. As to the geometry of the drain section, the device design has probably been based on hydraulic calculations.

THE Ministry through HSD will continue to impress upon the MLGRD the need to consult with HSD on issues relating to drainage and flood control measures.

Stephen Appiah’s Humility is unmatched – Chorkor Football Fans



Admirers of former Black Stars skipper, Stephen Appiah who has decided to hang his football boots after a Testimonial Match in Accra on June 27, 2015 have described him as very humble and his humility is of very high standard.
Yours truly and the crew of GFA TV went to Chorkor, his place of birth and talked to some of the opinion leaders and football fans in the area.
Chorkor is noted for producing fish and footballers, so it was not strange that he hailed from James Town, British Accra and was born and bred at Chorkor.
According to his uncles and aunties at Alomo Junction in Chorkor, Stephen Appiah was born to be a star, so they were not surprised when he was taken through the back door by former Sports Minister, Hon. E.T. Mensah, a former footballer himself who saw his potential and ordered that he should be part of the National Under 17 team that went to Ecuador and made Ghana pround by winning the World Cup in 1995.
Adja Gaddafi, a keen Kotoko fan who loves watching Appiah play said he was sad that he played for his rivals, however he respected the captain a lot and wished him well any time any where. He said Stephen Appiah was born to be great and to be an example that Chorkor can produce stars and superstars for Ghana.
Eric Doudu, a very close relation of the Tornado described him as very cool and collected with football as his only love. He said Appiah loved football so much that when he is sent to by something, he can forget and join friends to play football, so he was never shocked that he became an international star.
Nellis Lutherodt, another senior friend of the Appiah family at Chorkor noted that Stephen Appiah’s life should be an example for all sportsmen because he was humble and respected a lot. He said Appiah made it to the top through his hard work and determination. He advised the youth to learn from the Tornado as he was very gentile and humble.
Nicholas Dodoo said his nephew made it for Ghana and became a world class footballer because he was dedicated and loyal to football and he respected the elderly.
According to Bro Nicho, though Appiah came from a poor background he never neglected his roots and any time the people of Chorkor went to him, he was able to settle them and made people very happy.
“In fact Nii Baani, as he called his household name was a real star who was made to lead Ghana and he paid his dues to Ghana Football” he expressed.
Among the people who were interviewed was former Hearts of Oak goalie Laud Quartey who currently resides at Chorkor and he said Stephen Appiah was a real motivator who supported the local players a lot.
“He motivated me a lot and I am very proud of my captain, am very proud that he is a Ghanaian, a real Ga from James Town and was born and bred at Chorkor where other stars like Sam Johnson, Aziz Ansah, Sanka Ansah, Awule Quaye, Lantei Botchway, Emmanuel Botchway aka Alantan, Annan Pele, Akwei MacClean and others once lived” he added.
Fanabacha, one of the crazy fans of the former Ghana captain said he loves him too much and he took the name Fanabacha when Appiah went to play in Turkey, but can never change the name because it is historic. He appealed to the organisers of the match to donate some tickets to the real fans at Chorkor since they have contributed to his progress as a football star. the AMA guard said Stephen Appiah is the best footballer he knows, not even C Ronaldo and Messi can compare in his standard.
Christian Sabah, one of his playing mates at the Under 17 level said he wanted to come down to play in the Testimonial Game, but some other assignments can not force him to come, however he wished every supporter of the event well and urged the organisers to keep on their good work for footballers
Meanwhile the President of the Ghana Football Association Kwesi Nyantekyi has also said Appiah is the best captain of the Black Stars.
“I dare say in my opinion you were the best captain,” the GFA said. “My measurement of success is not only based on winning of trophies, but provision of good leadership, leading the team and ensuring stability in it, building good rapport among players and between players and management and also ensuring that there is harmony and mutual respect.”
He added: “And these were the hallmarks of your leadership when you were the captain of the Black Stars.”
The former Juventus midfielder will display for the last in his testimonial game on Saturday, June 27 at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Kotoko must return to juju to win trophies – Sarfo Gyamfi



Former Kotoko player Sarfo Gyamfi has questioned the spiritual potency of the team’s leadership.

The Black President, as he is popularly known, is said to be a strong believer in sorcery and witchcraft. He was speaking on the back of the club's recent lack of form and consistency.

Sarfo Gyamfi made these remarks when discussing the difficulty he faces with the Opoku-Nti led administration. He complained that they don't buy into his faith.

"They simply don’t believe in that. All those following the team now say they are pastors.

"They claim they don’t believe those things exist in football. It is wrong to even tell me that, because football and voodooism go hand in hand."

"Only Juju can save the team. Opoku Nti, and George Kennedy. In fact, all of them. But you see, Kotoko is a spiritiual club and you can’t say you wouldn’t do these things.”

“Opoku Nti for instance claims he is Pentecostal so i doubt he even has the eyes to see things in the spiritual realm."

Sarfo Gyamfi was part of the Black Stars squad that lost on penalties to Ivory Coast in the 1992 African Cup of Nations final.

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