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At least 20 people have been killed and some 42 injured in a shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, police say. Orlando Police said officers entered the Pulse Club about three hours after the shooting unfolded - and killed the gunman, who had taken hostages. They called it an act of terrorism, but said they did not yet know if it was domestic or international. Relatives have been gathering at local hospitals desperate for news. Many had received calls and texts from loved ones inside the club as the siege began, and some have heard nothing since. Orlando Police Chief John Mina said the attack began at 02:00 (06:00 GMT) and a police officer on duty at the club exchanged gunfire with the gunman. The attacker then entered the club and a "hostage situation" unfolded, he said. Chief Mina said a decision was taken at 05:00 to send a police assault team into the club after receiving texts and phone calls from some of the hostages. "Our SWAT officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect, the suspect is dead," he said. "He appeared to be carrying an assault-type rifle and a handgun, and had some type of device on him." An FBI spokesman said they were investigating whether the attacker was a "lone wolf". He said the attacker appeared to "have leanings towards" radical Islamist ideology but it was not yet clear whether this was a case of domestic or international terrorism. Picture released by Orlando Police of scene outside Pulse nightclub At least 20 bodies have been found in the club itself, and some 42 people have been taken to hospital to be treated for their injuries, Chief Mina said. A clubber earlier described a situation of chaos outside as the number of casualties became apparent. "There were just bodies everywhere," Christopher Hansen said. "In the parking lot, they were tagging them - red, yellow - so they knew who to help first and who not help first. Pants down, shirts cut off, they had to find the bullets. Just blood everywhere." Some of the injured were reportedly brought to the Orlando Regional Medical Center in police pick-ups. More than 100 people were reported to have been enjoying the end of a Latin-themed night in the club, which calls itself the hottest gay bar in the city, when the attack began. "We heard rapid fire go off. In the room I was in, people went down to the floor. I wasn't able to see the shooter or people get hurt," Ricardo Negron Almodovar told BBC News. "At some point, there was a brief pause, and a group of us got up and went to the exit that leads to the patio area outside. We found an exit and after that... I just ran." According to the Mass Shooting Tracker, the US last year suffered 372 mass shootings, defined as a single incident that kills or injures four or more people. Some 475 people were killed and 1,870 wounded. The latest incident came as Orlando was still reeling from the fatal shooting on Friday night of 22-year-old singer Christina Grimmie following a concert in the city. She had been signing autographs when she was shot by 26-year-old Kevin James Loibl, who then killed himself. It is not clear what Loibl's motive was.  Source: BBC
There was an intriguing drama in the Domeabra-Obom Constituency of the Greater Accra Region; when the New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate for the 2016 parliamentary election, Baba Mohammed defied his party’s principles and stormed the celebration of June 4, coup by supporters of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Constituency to mark the day of the uprising.   June 4, in the nineteen years reign of the ex-president, John Jerry Rawlings was celebrated to honour the falling heroes of the June 4, uprising that cleansed the political system in the late 1970s.The day until the advent of the NPP’s administration was a public holiday which was later expunged as a public holiday when the NPP administration sought the interpretation of the Supreme Court to have it removed as a statutory holiday.             The Herald can report that even though the NPP abhors June 4, celebration and has severally criticized its celebrations as a National holiday, Baba Mohammed, who is relatively unknown in the scheme of politics in the constituency, joined the NDC parliamentary candidate for the area, Sophia Karen Ackuaku to mark the day with a football gala at Balagonor, a village in the constituency to the surprise of many who had gathered at the programme.           The Herald learnt that not even a careful reminder from the Master of Ceremony that the event was in commemoration of the June 4, uprising which his party has criminalized  could not awakened the NPP candidate that he was at the wrong forum.A video of him praising the principles of June 4, at the celebration is current trending on viral on various social media platforms in the country The Herald has learnt.The Herald’s scouts were shocked by the NDC candidate’s appearance at the event amidst uproarfrom the party supporters.Speaking at the ceremony, Madam Sophia Ackuaku,and also the deputy Executive Secretary of the National Service Scheme outlined the history behind the June 4, celebration, noting that if theNPP candidate has realized that the leadership of his party erred in criminalizing the event, “then it is just fair that we (NDC) accept him (NPP candidate) into our fold.”           Referring to the well-known saying that to err is human, Madam Sophia Ackuaku advised the NDC supporters to accept the NPP candidate as one of the many NPP supporters who have seen the good works of President Mahama and are desirous of joining his re-election bid.On his part, the NPP candidate praised organizers of the June 4 football gala, assuring that he will assist in unearthing talents in the constituency. Credit: Herald
Former trade minister under the erstwhile Kufour administration, Alan Kyeremanteng has been reportedly robbed at his home by armed men.              The former presidential hopeful of the opposition New Patriotic Party from information gathered was robbed by the armed men in a raid Saturday night.              The robbers took away some valuables which are yet to be disclosed. There was no casualties recorded. However, the robbers from what we gathered harassed Mr. Kyeremanteng and his family for a while before bolting away with the valuables. The West Police are currently investigating the matter.  
The Oddumase Police Command have gunned down one out of five (5) armed robbers who attempted  robbing the Somanya-Odumase branch of the Manya Krobo rural bank in the Eastern Region. He was shot dead during a fierce gun battle with the police at the bank’s premises while the four robbers escaped. According to ASP Otsin, Somanya Police Commander, they received a  distress call at about 2:30am  Sunday dawn from some residents. Upon reaching the scene, the suspected robbers sensing danger started firing at the police compelling them to fire back resulting in the death of the deceased. Items retrieved at the scene  included a pair of iron cutter, crow bar, pincers, live cartridges, 2 pump action guns and a pistol. Speaking to some journalists, the commander said there was no security guard on duty at the bank when the robbers arrived The remains of the robber has been deposited at the Atua government hospital. Meanwhile, the robbers were reportedly unable to steal any money at the bank.  Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the bank, Mr. Edmund Ohipeni has assured customers that their savings with the bank are safe.    
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo has restated his resolve to ensure that District Chief Executives (DCES) will be elected under his government. According to the presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), “the time has come to bring accountability to local government through competitive politics. The election of DCEs at the local level can no longer be delayed. This will bring a great boost to local initiative and local self-reliance.”    He made this firm commitment when addressing a gathering of business executives in the UK as part of fundraising activities. Nana Addo was outlining his policy framework for the country when elected to the office of the President. As part of efforts to tackle rampant cases of corruption, which he said has  become widespread under the Mahama government, he reiterated his commitment to appointing “an Independent Special Prosecutor with a legislative mandate to deal with corruption, who will be appointed and empowered to tackle corruption.” Teacher Training Allowance On teacher training allowance, the presidential candidate said the restoration of teacher and nursing training allowances, is non-negotiable, and “in doing so, we are still committed to our program of free senior high school education for all students at that level.” A concerted effort in deepening the process of women’s involvement in the country’s politics and economy, he assured, will be made, continuing “with the initiatives that led President Kufuor to establish the first Ministry of Women’s Affairs.  Gender equity is a cardinal concern of our times.”     A concerted effort in deepening the process of women’s involvement in the country’s politics and economy, he assured, will be made, continuing “with the initiatives that led President Kufuor to establish the first Ministry of Women’s Affairs.  Gender equity is a cardinal concern of our times.”   He continued, “we have committed ourselves to establish a Zongo Development Fund as part of a broader Inner City Development Strategy to support development activity in the Zongo and inner city communities, and it is a commitment we are going to keep.”   The creative arts and entertainment industry, he noted, will be benefit from a fund aimed at supporting the industry and to grow local talent and create jobs.   In concluding, he said “we are going to develop Ghana into an ICT hub in the region”, explaining that “these are the broad frameworks of what we are going to do if we win”.  
The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the culture where people choose politics as a money-making venture will be fought and defeated under his administration, God-willing from January 2017, explaining that it is frustrating the development of the country and breeding poverty.   He has, therefore, issued a warning to members of the NPP desirous of serving in his government that he would only work with people committed to working to enriching the lives of Ghanaians, and not people who wish to create, loot and share the scarce resources of the country.   “Public office is no longer going to be the platform for the brazen theft of public funds. Public service is going to be just that, public service. I have said it before, and I will repeat it. Those who are coming into office, if we win, must understand that they are coming to give public service. Those who are coming there to make money must stay in the private sector,” he reiterated.   In tackling the rampant cases of corruption, which have become widespread under the Mahama government, he reiterated his commitment to appointing “an Independent Special Prosecutor with a legislative mandate to deal with corruption, who will be appointed and empowered to tackle corruption.”   The main preoccupation of his government, therefore, he said, will be to “build a Ghana where there are jobs for our young people, where our people do not defecate in the open, a Ghana which is fit for the 21st century.”   He assured Ghanaians that the NPP has the “vision and the programme of action that will address the concerns of the vast majority of Ghanaians, around which we can inspire the rapid development of our nation.”   Nana Akufo-Addo made this known when he addressed a fundraising dinner organized in London by the UK branch of the Young Executive Forum of the NPP on Friday, June 10, 2016.   Present at the event were wife of the NPP flagbearer, Rebecca Akufo-Addo; NPP UK Branch Chairman, Michael Ansah, and branch executives; UK YEF Chairman, Alex Dadey; NPP Holland Branch Chairman, Kwame Prempeh; NPP Member of Parliament for Asante Akim Central, Hon. Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi; NPP Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako; NPP parliamentary candidate for Asuogyaman, Kwame Adu Darkwa; NPP parliamentary candidate for Subin, Eugene Antwi; and a large, enthusiastic crowd of Ghanaians resident in the UK.  
Presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has reiterated the part's readiness for the upcoming general elections. Addressing a fundraising dinner organisied in London by the UK branch of the Young Executive Forum of the NPP last Friday, Nana said  the spirit and morale of the NPP at the grassroots is unmatched, evidenced in the vigilance displayed by party officials in the limited voter registration exercise. “The NPP is ready for the big task ahead and we’re not going to permit twenty seven zero to happen. We are going to do whatever is legitimately possible to effect the change that Ghanaians need,” he said. And for that change, he appealed for the unalloyed support of all NPP members, both in and out of Ghana, stating that victory in this year’s elections will not be for him, or for party members, but for Ghanaians. “Let us all work together and put our shoulders to the wheel. Let us be the generation that sets Ghana on the road to progress and prosperity. That prosperity is within our grasp,” he added. On what remains his motivation for contesting for the Presidency, he explained that "I want, one day, in our grandchildrens’ time, when things are going well and they are writing the history of Ghana that they will say it was in our grandparents' time when Akufo-Addo was President that Ghana was put on the road to progress and prosperity. That is what I am fighting for."  
Renowned preacher and founder of the End time Prayer Ministries, Rev. Gabriel Ansah has said, gospel music has never being popular since the time of the Saviour Jesus Christ, but was able to minister to the lost and sinners. However, the trend he opined, has changed all because some gospel musicians of today, do not see gospel music as a ministry, rather they classify it as an industry and business. He said,the biggest problem facing gospel music today is a result of the intent of some musicians, who only sing for money and not the ministry of God. Gospel music is one of the vehicles through which the ideals of Christianity have been spread to audiences all over the world, he told Agyemang Prempeh host of GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM. The renowned man of God said, the stories and news about musicians in general are distasteful, thus it has affected the impact of what the ministry today. He posited, if gospel musicians begin to see gospel music as show business instead of the key purpose of soul winning, they musicians will   fade out. Gospel music he stated have two main purpose; one to win souls for God's kingdom, and two; to worship God our creator. ''Gospel music should see their work as a ministry and not show business or for purposes of winning awards but for soul winning. Today gospel music has turned into entertainment instead of ministry,'' this worrying he insisted. Rev. Gabriel Ansah said, gospel music in the past invokes the power of the Holy Spirit and heals and amends the broken heart, but today, the power and influence of the Holy Spirit, can no longer be seen in the ministry. He told Agyemang Prempeh that some gospel musicians are churning out what he calls 'challenge' songs, and for him as a Pentecost, he will not invite such musicians to his programmes. ''There are certain gospel musicians the church of Pentecost will not invite them, because of the kind of songs they churn out. We are not God but, the kind of songs some musicians sing cannot be allowed in our churches.'' Gospel music is not about extravagance, opulence, and flamboyance. The virtues of the gospel he emphasized, is premised on simplicity and not an extravagant lifestyles exhibited by some gospel musicians. The reverend minister quoted another man of God who once said, ''when the focus becomes money, then there is no revival''. He chastised musicians who fake stories in the media just to stay relevant, an act he bemoaned are in sharp contrast of the principles of Christianity and the ministry of God. Rev. Gabriel Ansah stressed the need for musicians to seek good counsel, to ensure that they do not depart from their the gospel of Christ. ''Gospel music is a music that is written particularly to express sentiments and ideas of Christian life. Gospel music inspires body and soul. Gospel music is not a show business it is a ministry. The moment Gospel musicians begins to dress like pagans, than how do we convert them?'' ''Gospel music should not be show business. Rev, Gabriel Ansah say so. The gospel is never a show business. The moment you enter into show business, you have to behave like celebrities, icons just like its done in Hollywood. We are dressing and making out like them.''
The worship song speaks to the soul and makes our God worthy of praise. Prophetic singer Abbeam Ampomah Danso has finally released his much-awaited debut single ‘Odomankoma’.  The worship song speaks to the soul and makes our God worthy of praise.  Speaking in interview with Agyemang Prempeh on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio, the UK based musician said the worship song was released to express his gratitude to the Supreme Being for his goodness. He said all his time is dedicated to the work of God and nothing ''but the work of God''. He mentioned that his life was full of pain at one point but I never turned my back to my God, I kept believing and I pushed my self the harder through prayer and singing songs of praise at all times to my maker and God turn my sad story to a happy one.  He said the meaning of the title is the “most high”; a song that talks about the greatness and the miracles God is able to perform. The prophet said he don't criticize anybody at all and he is willing to interact with gays, prostitutes, armed robbers and others who are dejected by people all because of their sins. He added, he has come from a humble and challenging beginning to reach he is now, hence he does not discriminate, rather he tries his best to encourage others to believe and trust in God. Abbeam Danso is a prophetic singer with ministers with his songs. He is the leader and founder of God's Solution Centre in the United Kingdom. Odomanko’ was recorded in Abbeam’s studio in the UK, and was mixed and mastered by the legendary sound engineer kaywa at the Groove zone studios. The Ghanaian based UK philanthropist is currently in town to promote the hit single and also to receive a meritorious award by the initiators of change dubbed LIFE TIME IN A PORTRAIT. ‘Odomankoma’ is out and it is a sure song you would love to start your day with.    
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