Saturday, February 20, 2016

2016 elections will be peaceful - Korankye Ankrah

ApostleGeneral Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah

The General Overseer of the Royal House Chapel International says the 2016 general elections will go down as one of the most peaceful polls in Ghana's history.

According to Apostle General Sam Korankye Ankrah, in spite of the differences and acrimony that would characterize the choosing of a President and Members of Parliament the peace and serene atmosphere the country has been enjoying over the years would persist.

"Ghana is a nation the Lord has blessed and He (God) would protect us from the hands of the devil," he said.

The man of God told was speaking to a gathering of Directors at the Eastern Region Coordinating Council where he had gone to pay a courtesy call on the Regional Minister designate.

He however warned: "Despite the hand of God stretched on Ghana the citizenry must be prayerful to conquer the devil’s plan of splitting the country".

Eastern Region Minister designate, Mavis Ama Frempong, commended the spiritual leader and Royal House Chapel for their immense contributions to the development of Ghana.

She was full of praise for the church for converting souls for Christ and at the same time implementing social initiatives.

The Apostle General as part of his 3-day ministerial visit to Koforidua will hold a crusade to win souls and heal the sick.

His ministration will also take him to the Koforidua prisons. The church will conduct free medical screening for inmates and assist them get medical attention.

His visit to the Commander of the Koforidua prisons, Assistant Director of prisons, Benedict Bob-Dery opened the gates for his ministration to inmates.

We have to wrest Ghana from incompetence – Pastor Otabil

Dr. Otabil

Ghanaian citizens must fight to save the destiny of their country from incompetence and from the state, Dr Mensa Otabil has urged.

Speaking at the launch of a book titled 'Dare to Dream' on Albert and Comfort Ocran’s Springboard roadshow, the motivational speaker and General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) called for a citizens’ “revolution” to snatch the country from the state, which he said, has “hijacked” and “monopolised” everything.

“I hope that as we celebrate this story, and I like how it was put earlier that it’s a revolution and it’s really a revolution. We have to battle, we have to fight, we have to wrest the destiny of our nation from incompetence and from people, who have determined to run us to the ground.

“We have to wrest the nation back and control it as citizens of this country and that is the challenge I want to put to you. You have to dare to dream to take our nation back,” Dr Otabil said.

He, however, pointed out that he was not calling for a revolution in the “political sense”.

“I’m not saying take it back from one party to give it to another party; I’m saying the citizens must take their country back and run their own country, and if springboard succeeds in doing that I think it would have done a very great service to our country and if you and I succeed in doing that we would have done a great service to our country, so, I hope that tonight as we launch this magazine, we will not leave here with a sense of accomplishment, but we’ll be fired to…go out there and make a difference and the difference is not just for you to prosper, but for you to take back your nation,” Dr Otabil said.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Nigerian astronaut stranded in space, claims email

Nigerian astronaut has been trapped in space, email claims

Email scams from fake wealthy Nigerian princes promising a generous return if you pay upfront to unlock their riches are a dime a dozen.

But what's this? A Nigerian astronaut has been trapped in space for the past 25 years and needs $3 million to get back to Earth? Well, that seems completely legit.

The hilarious message dropped into the inbox of British website Anorak last week, and is now going viral.

According to the email, Abacha Tunde -- allegedly Africa's first man in space -- was left trapped on board a Soviet spacecraft when the USSR dissolved.

"His other Soviet crew members returned to Earth on the Soyuz T-16Z, but his place was taken up by return cargo," his cousin Dr. Bakara Tunde claims.

How come we've never heard about Tunde's plight before? Ah well, his "secret" mission consisted of a "secret" flight to a "secret" military space station.

Pretty hush-hush then.

But don't fear, because Tunde has received $15 million in salary since being on the craft. Since the spaceman doesn't need cash up in space, his wages are reportedly being held at the Lagos National Savings and Trust Association, and a healthy slice is yours if you help with the administrative fee.

There's been speculation that the obviously fraudulent email is actually a parody of a scam. However, research suggests it's been around for a while. In a message from 2010, Bakara Tunde was not Abacha's cousin; he was the astronautics project manager at Nigeria's space agency.

Maybe he lost his job.

Millennials: An Emerging Housing Market

There are now more Millennials than Boomers—83.1 million versus 75.4 million. Ignore their housing desires at your own risk.

Millennials are not only more numerous but also more diverse than previous generations. A U.S. Census Bureau report says, 44.2 percent are “part of a minority race or ethnic group (that is, a group other than non-Hispanic, single-race white).” Diversity may add challenges to figuring out what appeals to Millennials in housing, but Lloyd Jones Capital is wooing them into apartments Realtor magazine has just weighed in on working with this biggest generation. i'll highlight a few of their findings below:

Opportunity to Leave the Nest

Regardless of race or ethnic group, Miami-based Lloyd Jones Capital Multifamily Investment has done the math. It says 30 percent of Millennials still live with their parents and sees opportunity to help 25 million Millennials move out of mom and dad’s home and into an apartment. To facilitate Millennials moving, the company is acquiring and “rebranding apartments.”

Often, rebranding means, is choosing a well-located project for purchase, focusing on Millennials rather than other target markets and making sure amenities are up to snuff, including, tech, exercise facilities and fun. In Florida, that means water amenities, too. Lloyd Jones investor-funded apartment complexes are primarily in Texas and Florida. Property Websites, see a link to an example below, include everything a prospective renter needs to know: floor plans, amenities and rent. Below is The Granite at Porpoise Bay in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Diverse and Growing

In keeping up with Millennials, it is important to keep in mind that the other big generation, Boomer, was increased by immigration. Today’s 75.4 million Boomers includes Boomers born outside the U.S. who immigrated into the county. Overall, the Boomer population is shrinking. The only data I could find to break out those born in the U.S. versus the added immigrant Boomers was from 2012. Why does this matter? Demographers know that there were 76 million babies born in the U.S. from 1946 to 1964; only 65.2 million of those birthers were still alive in 2012, five years ago, which means that 14 percent of Boomers born in the U.S. were already dead five years ago.

Immigrant boomers have kept Boomer population hovering around 76 million. And that begs a question. Will immigration swell the Millennial numbers by 14 percent? If so, in coming years there could be close to 95 million Millennials. This is especially relevant given that Millennials are already the most diverse generation even without adding new immigrants. As diversity increases, when do demographers recalibrate who is in the minority? Even the Census Bureau has started to use the phrase “minority majority” to describe certain markets.
Another issue is just what years count in counting who a Millennial is? Demographers seem to agree that 1982 is the starting point, so that the oldest in the gerenation turn 34 in 2015. But what's the latest year? Authors Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais in their 2011 book Millennial Momentum, said the last year bracket was 2003, which would mean that the youngest of the Millennials are only 12 and should still be in the nest. But others start the generation in 1980 and end it in 2000. Still others are talking about those 18-to-34, which would put the final year at 1997. The Census Bureau, which reports Millennials as the largest generation, gives the dates as 1982 to 2000, which puts the youngest at 15 years of age.

Ricardo Mor reporting for the Miami Herald quotes the Census Bureau when he writes, “Just over 30 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds in the U.S. live at home with a parent. It’s a big jump from recent years; in 2000, 23.2 percent of those in the age bracket lived at home with a parent.”
Obviously 30 percent nationwide is not a majority, so even though there has been an increase of more than six percent in the number of young adults still living with mom and dad, 70 percent of Millennials are already on their own. And of course, some are still in high school or who aren’t out of college yet, so should still living with mom and dad.

Wooing Millennials Out of the Nest

Some places, usually expensive to live places, exceed the norm. Even though Mor says that buying in Miami is 50 percent less expensive than renting, 41 percent of Miami-area Millennials are still in the nest. I was in Miami in June, and saw firsthand that Miami is growing ever more expensive, because of demand by internationals—including those from South America and even China. International buyers and renters pay cash for both owned homes and rentals.

It’s hard for those just starting out, perhaps burdened with student loans, to compete. There is a lot of building going on Miami. It will be interesting to see as new living units go on the market what happens to demand and prices.

Mor writes that Millennials are not buying because renting allows for greater flexibility for relocation, that Millennials lack downpayment savings and that there is a lack of available lending from banks.
I have many Millennial nieces and nephews. Even though all are in the same extended family, they have very different life stories. Of a dozen Millennial nieces and nephews, only two could be said to live at home, but it is because they are in their final college years. Three of the 12 are married and one soon will be. Two of the 12 own homes, both purchased around the time they got married to their spouses. Both homes were foreclosures, though in one case, the home continued to lose value after it had been purchased. One of my married nephews is in the military and has moved around a lot. He would likely buy, if he knew he would stay in one place long enough. Only two of these Millennials have children: One niece has two children and is married and home owning. The other, who also has two children, is no longer married, so is on her own as a single mother. Some, but not all, of my Millennial nieces and nephews moved back home after graduating from college and paid low rent while paying down student debt and saving up for an apartment deposit. Of course, my own Millennial tale is anecdotal but reflects the great variability in life story and motivation and that more rent than own.


But there is even more to the Millennial story in that the Census also reports that in some regions the entire population is “majority minority,” an oxymoron that expresses the dilemma faced by demographers when there is a sea change in demographics as there is with both overall population and with Millennials.

Five states or equivalents, the Census says were majority-minority: Hawaii (77.0 percent), the District of Columbia (64.2 percent), California (61.5 percent), New Mexico (61.1 percent) and Texas (56.5 percent). Among the remaining states, Nevada is the closest to crossing the majority minority threshold, with a population 48.5 percent minority. More than 11 percent (364) of the nation’s 3,142 counties were majority-minority in 2014. Five reached majority-minority status in the year starting July 1, 2013: Russell, Ala.; Newton, Ga.; Eddy, N.M.; Brazoria, Texas; and Suffolk City, Va.

Tips for Working with Millennials

Realtor magazine has these tips for Realtors representing Millennials:
1. Authority Matters. Millennials use pros to validate their decisions and Realtors need to make them part of the process. They gather information tech fast, decide fast and want to make their own mark. 
2. Small Living is Big. Small floorplans are OK, because home is a base for other activities. Small also reflects both the burden of student loans and the desire to not be maxed out moneywise.
3. Multi-Use Spaces. Open, multifunctional, casual interiors appeal to Millennials partly to maximize the overall sense of space in small spaces.
4. Green Gadgets Rule. Millennials have electronic gadgets that need places to recharge—lots of outlets. They require fast Internet, and are interested in programmable LED lighting and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems as well as in renewable and reclaimed materials. Thrift is in, in terms of both lifestyle and store.

Kanye West tweets about $53m debt and Paul the Apostle

Kanye West

Before his "Saturday Night Live" performance, Kanye West had some things to say on Twitter.

The "Life Of Pablo" artist posted a series of tweets Saturday night before taking the stage at "SNL," talking about Paul the Apostle, his "purpose to help the world" and a $53 million debt.

Saturday concluded a huge week for the rapper, who debuted his Yeezy Season 3 collection and streamed his new album, "The Life Of Pablo," at Madison Square Garden on Thursday during New York Fashion Week.

What followed was a flurry of headlines about some of his misogynistic song lyrics, mainly the one addressing Taylor Swift.

Monday, February 15, 2016


David Adjaye

Storied Ghanaian architect David Adjaye (pictured) was recently announced as a finalist in designing the Latvian Art Museum, a few months after also being shortlisted for U.S. President Barack Obama‘s presidential library in Chicago.
Moscos School
Skolkovo Moscow School
Forty-nine-year-old Adjaye, born in Tanzania, is responsible for the designs behind Kampala, Uganda’s office park, which is the largest in Africa; residential houses “Elektra” and “Dirty” in London, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, and the Roksanda Ilincic in London.
Adjaye is currently working on the Hackney Regeneration Project in London and theMEMO Project in Portland, U.K.
Roksanda. Photographer Credit : Ed Reeve
Roksanda Ilincic. Photographer Credit : Ed Reeve
Dirty House
Dirty House
The Sclera
The Sclera
With his designs, Adjaye says he looks to “engage communities” as well as challenge himself to create “new typologies.”
His dazzling work has made him a finalist for designing a new building for the Latvian Museum’s Riga center.
Other finalists for the project include Lahdelma and MahlamakiCuruso St. John ArchitectsHenning Larsen ArchitectsNeutelings Riedijk Architects,Sauerbruch Hutton, and wHY.
Of its new project, Latvian Museum Chair Romans Surnacovs said, “This new museum is a major initiative for Latvia and will showcase the country’s culture and artistic flair.”
Last August, a call for “architectural design services” was announced for the Obama Presidential Center that will include the Obama Foundation‘s headquarters, a library for the President’s archives, a museum for his legacy, healthful food choices for visitors, labs for innovators to share their work, and training.
On picking an architect, Obama Foundation Chairman Martin Nesbitt said, “We’re thrilled that the process of selecting an architectural firm for the Obama Presidential Center is underway.
“This process is the next step toward the creation of the Obama Presidential Center, which will serve as a forum to inspire and empower people to take action on the big challenges of our time.”
By December, it was announced that Adjaye, Diller Scofidio + RenfroJohn Ronan ArchitectsSHoP ArchitectsRenzo Piano Building WorkshopSnohetta, andTod William Billie Tsien have been shortlisted.
Both projects should announce their winning architects shortly.
Good luck, Adjaye!

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