President of the Ashanti Regional branch of Actor’s Guild has lambasted individuals saying that the industry in Kumasi has collapsed.
In mincing no words, the popular Ghanaian actor said, those making such claims are exhibiting their ignorance.
He told GH Entertainment show host on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the movie industry has never died or collapsed, can never collapse or die and the person saying that is exhibiting his ignorance. The industry is not dead and will never die,’’ he stressed.
He was however quick to add that the industry is facing challenges that should be resolved.
According to him, there is currently no law backing the industry and until we get a legislative instrument aside the Act which was passed into law under former President John Dramani Mahama, we will still have the challenges.
The Act which was passed under the NDC government, will provide the legal framework for the production, regulation, nurturing and development of the local film industry. It will also regulate the distribution, exhibition and marketing of films and other related matters.
The sale of GAMA Film Limited he also bemoaned has affected the industry and further lambasted the sale noting that, those who sold the state entity lacked understanding and the vision of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah who established it.
The GFC was a multi-facet film and video production company, well endowed with experienced human resources, technical competence and state-of-the art equipment.
Gama Films was producing TV commercials, corporate documentaries, reality shows and feature films.
Government sold out 70 per cent of its shares in the GFC in 1994 to the Malaysians.
According to him, ''shortly after independence, Dr Kwame Nkrumah created the State Film Company which later became the Ghana Film Industry Corporation (GFIC). But successive governments have failed to follow in that dream that has affected us. We are facing challenges and we need help.’’
''The film industry which was established by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah will never die, can never die and has never died. Anyone who will say the movie industry has died is ignoring his ignorance,'' he emphasized.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UK based Ghanaian promoters, Deyoung Burners, Kamal Mohammed who is known by his stage name as Deyoung, has refuted claims that his management deal with musician Nero X, ended on a bad note.
Speaking in an interview with Prince Kwesi Dadzie aka Mr. Handsome on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said his management deal with the ‘Aseda’ hitmaker was two years and after it elapsed, they decided to go their separate ways.
He also disputed claims that the two separated due to issues relating to money. He blamed media for fueling unnecessary tension between musicians and stakeholders instead of helping them progress.
10 Nigerian nationals have been arrested by the Madina Divisional Police Command for suspected cyber fraud.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Charles Domanban, the Madina Divisional Police Commander, who disclosed this in an interview with Ghana News Agency, said the suspects were arrested at Ashongman.
They are Diamond Andy 22, Benson Romeo 20, Randy Samuel 25, Kelvin Agho 23, Osas Igbo 21, David Okondu 23, Praise Onyekwena, Ohis David 25, Duru Wisdom 22, and Uyi Ighodaro.
ACP Domanban said at 1400 hours on March 21, 2018, the Kwabenya Police Patrol team, trailed a taxicab whose occupants appeared suspicious to them to Oforikrom, a suburb of Ashongman Estates.
He said the team followed the taxi to an a-four-bedroom house and on their arrival, other tenants attempted to escape, ‘but they were all quickly rounded up.’
They noted that they were Nigerians numbering 10. The team, therefore, requested for reinforcement and the Kwabenya District Commander led “Combat 9” to the scene.
The patrol team intercepted nine laptop computers, six internet modems, five mobile phones and fifty-four SIM cards which they use for their activities.
ACP Domanban said the case had been referred to the Cyber Crime Unit at the Police Headquarters for further investigation.
In another development, the Madina Police Divisional Commander said 24 suspected drug peddlers were arrested on March 15, at about 11:30hours, when the Kwabenya District Command and “Brovo Lion One” team in a joint operation, carried out a swoop at a drinking spot near the Taifa Polyclinic at Taifa Burkina.
He said a substance suspected to be Hashish in a small container was found in an abandoned kiosk nearby, but nobody claimed ownership of the substance.
The suspects have been detained at Taifa Police Station for screening.
In a similar exercise at Dome Cemetery, the team arrested four other suspects who were later conveyed to the Police CID Headquarters for further investigations.
Reverend James Quayeson, of the East Anaba Ministries has rubbished debate that Easter has no relevance.
He argues that, the relevance of Easter reflects the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Christ Jesus, whose purpose was to redeem sinners and reconnect them with God.
Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Reverend Quayeson said, anytime we remember the event that saw the savior die for mankind, we are appreciating his love he exhibited for us.
According to him, it would be proper for us to remember the sacrifice Christ gave the world and remind ourselves each day and the purpose for which he did that.
He said, we should not get to the appoint where people will forget this period. We should constantly remind ourselves that anyone who does not believe in Christ have no life and cannot inherit the kingdom.
Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the most important Christian festival, and the one celebrated with the greatest joy.
The date of Easter changes each year, and several other Christian festivals fix their dates by reference to Easter.
On Good Friday, Jesus Christ was executed by crucifixion. His body was taken down from the cross, and buried in a cave.
His tomb was guarded and a heavy stone was put over the entrance to prevent people from stealing his body.
The Trump administration is seeking to change visa applications to require all applicants to turn over five years of social media history.
The move is a major expansion of President Donald Trump's effort to implement "extreme vetting" and change how immigrants and visitors to the U.S. are processed.
The proposed new rule would require foreigners applying for a visa to include their social media usernames on various platforms including Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, as well as previous email addresses, phone numbers, international travel — all from the last five years.
The State Department, which filed a notice of the proposed change, estimates it will affect 14.71 million applicants, including those who apply as students, for business trips, or on vacation.
"Maintaining robust screening standards for visa applicants is a dynamic practice that must adapt to emerging threats," State Department spokesperson for the Bureau of Consular Affairs Virginia Elliott told ABC News. "Collecting this additional information from visa applicants will strengthen our process for vetting these applicants and confirming their identity."
Last May, the administration changed procedures to allow consular officers who process applicants at U.S. missions around the world to request more information from applicants if they had suspicions or doubts. For the first time, they included social media accounts, as well as prior passport numbers, greater detail about family members, and longer personal history, including travel, employment, and residence for the last 15 years, instead of the last five that applicants were already asked for.
But now, every applicant will be required to include five years of social media usernames on their application – some 15 million foreigners who apply for U.S. visas each year – although certain diplomatic and official visa applicants would usually be exempt.
Prior to the terror attack in San Bernardino that killed 14 people, the U.S. generally did not allow officials to check social media postings of applicants due to civil liberties concerns, ABC News first reported at the time. That meant that officials missed evidence of one of the shooter's radicalization online.
In the aftermath of that attack, Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States," before pivoting his campaign to a platform of "extreme vetting," but offering few details.
Once in office, he has tried to turn that rhetoric into policy, first with an executive order signed one week into his presidency that banned travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. When that ban was challenged in court and tied up, the administration issued a second and third version -- the latest of which still remains contested in the judicial system.
Trump also halted the entire refugee admissions program for months, before then temporarily barring refugees from 11 countries. Once those bans lifted, the administration said it had implemented new, more stringent vetting procedures, but declined to give details. It now has the lowest refugee admission cap in the program's history and, halfway through the fiscal year, is well below meeting even that mark.
Thursday's proposed changes also mean that immigrant visa applicants from countries where female genital mutilation or cutting is prevalent would have to check a box to indicate they have been told the practice is illegal in the U.S.
FGM is a non-medical procedure that involves the "partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs," common in some cultures in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, according to the World Health Organization.
The practice has been illegal in the U.S. since 1996, and since then, non-immigrant visa applicants have been provided similar information -- a requirement of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
There is now a 60-day window for public comments on the proposal that starts Friday and after which time, the rule could be implemented.
The Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Koku Anyidoho, who was arrested and granted police enquiry bail, has indicated that he has not been officially charged.
The maverick politician who was arrested for his ‘’treasonable comments’’ and held in custody for two days says the police are still conducting an investigation into the matter.
“I was only in custody and let the records state that I have not been charged. I won’t go into the legality of it but I have not been charged for any offence. The police are still investigating the matter,” he added.
In an interview with Accra based Citi Fm, the deputy scribe of the NDC added that, “I remain an unrepentant social democrat, I remain an unrepentant member of the NDC and I remain an unrepentant supporter of the progressives thinking and the progressive forces. Issues to do with what I was reported to have said that the police dutifully started investigating is within the law, let the law take its course,” he said.
Koku Anyidoho was arrested for allegedly making treasonable comments on radio and predicting that the 1972 coup that saw father of President Akufo-Addo over thrown could repeat itself.
“There will be a civilian coup d’état. There will be a social revolution. We [NDC] are starting it on Wednesday. The movement is starting on Wednesday. Nana Addo will have sleepless nights. He will suffer diarrhea. He said he wanted to be president, but we will make sure he will be fed up on the seat,’’ He had said.