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Minister of Parliamentary Affairs responds to reported cases of COVID-19 in Parliament

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Starr FM reported earlier today that two members of Parliament and 13 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 after results of voluntary testing requested by the Speaker trickled in.

According to the reported, it was unclear the identities of the affected MPs, but sources say the results started coming in from last week. The report further claimed that following the development, the Speaker has ordered for mandatory testing of all staff and members of Parliament. The move is to ensure effective contact tracing since MPs interact among themselves often.The Speaker has however assured the results of the testing will be highly protected.

Commenting on the reports,  Dr. Prince Pambo, Medical Director for parliament on Covid-19 testing said: “I have no idea about that and I don’t even think it is news if any MP has the virus, there are nearly 7000 Ghanaians who have contracted it”.

The leadership of Parliament has denied media reports suggesting that some Members of Parliament (MPs) and parliamentary service staff have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

According to the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Majority Leader in Parliament, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu the media report was “speculative journalism,” reports Graphic Online’s Parliamentary reporter, Nana Konadu Agyeman.

They have consequently asked for a retraction of the report published by Starr FM.

Reacting to the publication at a press conference Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu denied and said the leadership of the House was not aware of anything of that sort.

Meanwhile, Ghana’s COVD-19 case count has shot up to 6,964.This was announced by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. 2,097 of persons who got infected with the virus have also recovered while the death toll still stands at 32.

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Diana Hamilton unveiled as new brand ambassador for Awake Mineral Water

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Reigning Artiste of the Year, Diana Hamilton has been unveiled as the new brand ambassador for Awake Purified Drinking Water.

The partnership would see the award-winning gospel musician become the latest ambassador of the water product manufactured by Kasapreko Company Limited, one of the leading manufacturers of alcoholic and non-alcoholic products.

At the official signing ceremony in Accra, Mr. Gerald Bonsu, Commercial Director of Kasapreko Company Limited, speaking on behalf of the General Manager Mr Richard Adjei stated that Diana Hamilton was chosen to lead the face of the Awake Brand due to her passion for changing lives which according to him aligns with the company’s vision.

“We are thrilled and excited to have the popular gospel musician in our family and hopefully this partnership would be beneficial to both parties.

“As a company we felt she could serve as a good ambassador and she encompasses our brand values and would take our products to much greater heights thus in pursuance of our programmes which focuses on changing lives in Ghana,’ he said.

Diana Hamilton who is the first female gospel musician to win Artiste of Year at Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) was elated and expressed gratitude to the company for believing in her abilities to promote the products as well as assist in various Corporate Social Responsibility programmes which aims at changing and touching lives.

“To say I am excited is an understatement. This is a product I believe in and I can vouch for their quality. It is a humbling experience to have this merger with  and ready to promote their good course,” she said.

The Awake Purified Drinking Water back in 2021 won the topmost prize at the Ghana Beverages Awards considering its fast rise as a top mineral water brand in Ghana as well as its life saving initiative dubbed “One4Life campaign” which is set aside 10p from the purchase of every 500ml of Awake mineral water to the National Cardiothoracic Centre.

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GMG Disappointed with Joey B’s Lack of Professionalism

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We have always been passionate about propelling our music industry into a larger space where the Ghanaian sound and the artist alike get to be seen in the larger picture.

 

However, a statement from Gbevu Music Group(GMG), indicates how Joey B has after so many attempts refused sharing “Come Over” a single by UK based Afrobeats crooner Loofy on his Social media platforms as stated in their collaboration deal.

 

This lack of respect from Joey B’s camp was confirmed by Gbevu Music Group (GMG), the management label that helped secure the collaboration for Loofy.

 

We can all agree professionalism is indeed a working relationship and the absence of it, has over the years seen the industry lose its credibility.

 

If an artiste goes to the length of appreciating another talents value and duly pays for his services then there is no reason whatsoever not to honor such a showmanship.

 

I mean, what’s the sweat in sharing a couple of posts for a work you’ve been fully paid for? It’s ironic this same artiste will willingly share irrelevant posts when what he was paid for is blatantly ignored.

 

Joey B is no novice to the music game and should know better because every little effort goes a long way in cementing a brand.

 

The song “Come Over” with video shot by Yaw SkyFace is a visual beauty and the groovy tune has received massive positive reviews since its release.

 

Check it out on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/-LxVaTEVpsM

 

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Suspect in murder of Nigerian doctor says Dr Obisike tried to have sex with him

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The prime suspect in the gruesome murder of Dr Obisike Donald Ibe, a 37-year-old medical doctor working at Zenith Lab and Kidney Centre, Abuja, Abdusalam Ibrahim has said that he personally macheted the Doctor at his Games Village home because Dr Obisike is a ‘homosexual’ and he tried to force him into ‘homosexual act’ with him.

Abdusalam Ibrahim, Fidelis Ezekiel and Philemon Hussaini were the three suspects that jointly participated in the murder of the duo of Dr Obisike.

Dr Obidike and his friend Mr Ezekiel Edoja both living at D22, 24 streets, Games Village were together at the house last December 2021 when the incident occurred.

The trio along with 16 others was paraded on Tuesday by FCT Police Commissioner, CP Sunday Babaji for various criminal infractions in the FCT.

CP Babaji said, “The FCT Police Command since the receipt of the information of the Games Village murders deposited the corpse at the morgue and embarked on an aggressive manhunt in the midst of pain-staking investigation’s.

“The perpetrators of the dastardly act also carted away with a vehicle and an envelope containing about $1,000, the mobile phone of the deceased doctor and the ATM card which was used to withdraw money to the tune of two million naira from the deceased account on 13 December 2021.

“Following the above, 3 suspects namely Abdusalam Ibrahim aged 26, Fidelis Ezekiel aged 27 and Philemon Hussaini aged 22, have been arrested in connection to the case.

“The suspects upon interrogation confessed to have plotted and committed the offence. The suspects will be charged to court upon the conclusion of the investigation.

But speaking with reporters, Ibrahim who hails from Kaduna state said, “I used Cutlass to kill him. The doctor is a homosexual. He wanted to force me to have sex, I refused. He held on to my clothes and was trying to remove my clothes. When I refused, he started abusing me.

“I later called my friends to the house to come to help me pack my load. The doctor bought a lot of drinks and I became very high. I and my friends then tied the doctor and his friend. When my friends went out of the room, I came back with a Cutlass and macheted doctor because of what he wanted to do to me which I didn’t like.

Asked to throw more light on how the doctor tried to force him into the homosexual act, Abdusalam who is a Cleaner said, “He came to my room and asked me to massage him. I told him I can’t do massage. He said he will pay me, that I should name any amount and I refused.

Other suspects were arrested for kidnapping offences, vehicle snatching, homicide, cultism, armed robbery, robbery of petrol filling station and illegal possession of firearms among others.

Culled from Vanguard

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Afezi Perry To Release His First Album Since 2014

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Ghanaian Sensational highlife singer Perry Addison known publicly as Afezi Perry on his social media walls has announced the possible release of his first ever album in his music career since 2014.

The album is said to have big features inside and outside Ghana which is going to blow big in the country
Afezi Perry is known of hits songs like kakape with Obrafour and Castro,You with Sarkodie ,Ahaban,Kofi with Sista Afia,Chop Chop with Article Wan ,Oh Naa,Your matter with Fameye,Jealousy,Maabena,dokodoko ,snake underground and many more

He is also the main songwriter of sista Afia’s hits song Jeje with Shatta wale,Mr Drew’s Some more with seyi Shay etc.

Afezi Perry was off from the music scene after his Godfather Castro’s sad story but now back with aim to drop more of him and hits songs for his listeners he is very talented hardworking artiste coming from western region

Kindly check him and be a fan on his walls

Source; Gideon Mensah

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Court issues warrant for arrest of deputy minister Okraku Mantey

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An Adentan circuit court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Mark Okraku Mantey, the deputy minister of tourism, arts and culture, for failing to appear before it. (more…)

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I didn’t realise what kind of sacrifice will come with wanting more – Shaffy Bello

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Ace actor, Shaffy Bello sits with the host of #WithChude and co-founder of Joy, Inc., Chude Jideonwo to talk about her acting career, loss and some of the sacrifices she had to make as she tries to follow her dreams.

 

Explaining why she returned to Nigeria to act in Yoruba films, the 51-year old actor and singer says: “I wanted to spread my wings. I felt like I was pregnant and I couldn’t have a child. I felt like my wings were sort of closed in and I was boxed in and I needed more, my soul needed more.

 

I was yearning for more but I didn’t realize what kind of sacrifice would come with wanting more and going for what you want, after all you have to pay some price.

 

I paid the price of having a connection with my children there. Coming to Nigeria, I would stay in my room and cry asking myself “what am I doing, what am I doing?” I left my children abroad, my daughter was 13 and my son was 11. Now mind you, I was a hands-on mother. I would set the table, all of that. I would quit my job just to raise my children, that’s why I only had 2 so when they grew up to a certain extent I went back to working.

 

I sacrificed everything. So leaving them with their father was a huge sacrifice but it turned around for good.”

 

Advising other women struggling with making decisions about their dreams and their homes, Shaffy Bello says “What I will say is that there is time for everything. If your children are still young, you need to nurture them. They didn’t ask to come, you brought them, so give them that time. Nurture them. Give them such a good foundation that you can trust it, so when it’s time for you to fly, you can fly.” she added.

 

“It is not going to be easy, but you have to trust yourself. You have to trust that you can have your marriage, your children and your career. Some people are, so why not. It didn’t work for me, but it doesn’t mean it won’t work for every woman. You just have to find your own niche, and find what works for you.”

 

“But don’t you dare forget yourself and your dreams,” she concludes.

 

Watch the excerpts from the interview here:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CYf7Z3BhMlB/

https://www.instagram.com/p/CYdVNDLhNsn/

#WithChude is a special series of targeted multimedia conversations and investigations focused on narratives that enable and strengthen the mind, heart, and spirit.

All past and new episodes of #WithChude can be watched on watch.withchude.com. You can also watch the premiere of new episodes every Saturday on Channels TV at 1 pm, with reruns every Sunday on Wazobia TV Channel 98 at 5 pm, every Tuesday on Rave Tv at 5 pm, every Wednesday on Pop Central Station DSTV Channel 189 at 8 pm, and every Thursday on EbonyLife TV StarTimes Channel 189/191 at 7:30 pm.

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