Naa Ashorkor is back on radio

Naa Ashorkor is back on radio

Naa Ashorkor is back on radio, she happily writes

I have news – again!

This time it’s all good ?

Singing Capable God ooo….what is hard for you to do, it doesn’t exist ooo

Starting 6th July , I’d be back on your radio

Tune in to Asaase Radio 99.5 Mondays to Thursday at 2pm for “Between hours ” and on Wednesday nights at 7 for “Just Us ” this one is for girls only .

I’m excited to be back on your radio serving you good quality radio shows for your listening pleasure.

I am very grateful to you all for your support and love . I count on your continued support and prayer for and with me as I start this new journey.

Asaase Radio 99.5. – the voice of our land

Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump over drone strike that killed Qasem Soleimani

Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump over drone strike that killed Qasem Soleimani

Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump over the drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in January, the semi-official Fars news agency reported Monday.

Trump is one of 36 people Iran has issued arrest warrants for in relation to the death of Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), according to Fars, but the Tehran attorney general Ali Alqasi Mehr said Trump was at the top of the list.

Mehr claimed Trump would be prosecuted as soon as he stands down presidency after his term ends, Fars reported.

Iran also said it had asked Interpol to issue a Red Notice for these 36 individuals, semi-official state news agency ISNA reported, though it was unlikely that Interpol would grant the request. CNN has contacted Interpol for comment.

Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike at Baghdad International Airport in January along with five others, including Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Iran-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).

Source: CNN

Trump signs order prioritizing job skills over college degree in government hiring

WASHINGTON – A college degree will no longer give Americans a leg up when seeking some jobs with the federal government.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday that will overhaul the government’s hiring practices so that a job applicant’s skills will be given priority over a college degree.

Administration officials say the shift will allow the government to hire a more inclusive workforce based on skill instead of a person’s education level.

“This will ensure that we’re able to hire based on talent and expand our universe to qualified candidates and ensure a more equitable hiring process,” Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and senior advisor, told reporters on Friday.

Ivanka Trump is co-chair of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, which was created in 2018 and tasked with recommending ways to improve job training. The president signed the order during the board’s meeting on Friday.

“The federal government will no longer be narrowly focused on where you went to school, but the skills and talents that you bring to the job,” Trump said.

The federal government is the nation’s largest employer with 2.1 million civilian workers.

Jobless benefits: Think that extra $600 in unemployment benefits will last until the end of July? Think again.

President Donald Trump and his daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump (R) attend an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Meeting in the East Room of the White House on June 26, 2020.

President Donald Trump and his daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump (R) attend an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Meeting in the East Room of the …Show more  MANDEL NGAN, AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

Ivanka Trump said the new hiring practice will show that the government is leading by example as it tries to recruit and retain the best and brightest workers. She and other administration officials have pushed to increase opportunities for apprenticeships and have promoted such training and vocational education as alternatives to traditional two-year or four-year college degree programs.

The shift in hiring protocols will recognize the value of learning regardless of whether it occurs on the job or in the classroom, said Brooke Rollins, acting director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, which oversees the president’s domestic agenda.

The government is not eliminating the college requirement entirely but instead will stress skills in jobs where having a degree is less important. Two-thirds of Americans do not have a college degree.

A college or graduate degree is necessary to work in many occupations, but the need for educational credentials is less certain for many other fields, said Michael Rigas, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management.

Trump’s executive order directs federal agencies to shift from vetting job candidates based largely on their educational credentials and written questionnaires and move toward using assessment methods that will more directly determine whether they possess the knowledge and skills to do the job, Rigas said.

Mahama questions timing of military deployment to 4 border Regions

The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has condemned the deployment of security and military personnel to the Volta, Oti, Upper East and Upper West Regions.

Former president John Mahama in a press release Sunday questioned “the unexplained security deployments to these border regions” which he said, “have clearly been timed to coincide with the commencement of the voter
registration exercise across the country.”

“The singling out of the Volta, Oti and other regions for this kind of attack must be condemned by all. We cannot remain silent while a part of our country is marginalized on account of political calculation.”

“The people of those regions reserve the right to support any political party of their choice and should not be punished unjustly for doing so,” he said.
According to him, such an action has been taken by the state to intimidate citizens ahead of the national voters’ registration exercise which starts on Tuesday.

“It is becoming evident by the day, that the Akufo-Addo government perceives political power as an end in itself hence the resort to such crude and high-handed measures to usurp the mandate of the people,” the press statement said.

Mr Mahama said, “to send troops into regions in times of peace for the sole purpose of preventing them from registration amounts to declaring war on them”.

Bawumia Grateful To NPP And Akufo-Addo After Historic 4th Successive Nomination As Running Mate

Bawumia Grateful To NPP And Akufo-Addo After Historic 4th Successive Nomination As Running Mate


Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has expressed profound gratitude  to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party for his historic, 4th successive nomination as running mate to President Akufo-Addo for the 2020 Presidential elections.

The National Council of the NPP on Saturday acclaimed President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Bawumia as Presidential Candidate and Running Mate respectively for December’s Presidential election, and the official confirmation of their formidable partnership marked a historic landmark in Ghanaian politics, as no pair has ever vied for presidential office on four successive occasions.

Delivering his acceptance speech after his acclamation, Dr. Bawumia thanked President Akufo-Addo for the confidence he continues to have in him since 2008.

“I want to express my profound gratitude and appreciation to H.E. the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for the honour of reaching out again to select me for the fourth time to serve as his running mate, and Insha-Allah, again as his Vice-President of the Republic, in his second term as President of the Republic,” said Dr. Bawumia.

“This day is historic because it has never happened in the history of our country that a Presidential candidate will select the same running mate four times in a row! The president selected me in 2008, 2012, 2016 and now in 2020!”

Dr. Bawumia added that President Akufo-Addo could have settled on other candidates , especially in previous elections, but his consistency underlines his focus and quality as a leader.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, this (consistency) tells you about the man Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. He is a strong leader, a caring leader, a God-fearing leader, a trustworthy leader, and a consistent leader.”

“He could have easily dropped me in 2012 and 2016 but he stuck with me and I am so honoured that he did and so eternally grateful. I would never take the trust and loyalty he has reposed in me for granted and will continue to do everything in my capacity to support him in the execution of his mandate as President. Mr. President, it has been a privilege working for you all these years and I thank you for giving me the opportunity. God Bless you.”

Appreciation to Party Elders and Collective effort towards victory

Dr. Bawumia expressed gratitude to elders of the party for their continuous, overwhelming support of his nominations as running mate, his family for their support, and also paid glowing tribute to stalwarts  of the NPP and its founding tradition, whom he said continue to inspire him.

“I wish to express my heart-felt gratitude to the members of the National Executive Committee and the National Council of our Party. I thank them most sincerely for their overwhelming endorsement.”

“I stand here today because of the sacrifices of my family (my departed father Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia and my mother, Hajia Mariama Bawumia, the love of my dear wife Samira, my children, my brothers and sisters, my departed dear friend and brother Kwabena Boadu and my entire family.  I thank you all very much.”

“As a  believer in, and practitioner of, the liberal democratic values and principles of the Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition ( like all of you here), I have been inspired, throughout my life, by the thinking, deeds, sacrifices and accomplishments of such great political icons of our country and Party such as Dr. J.B. Danquah, Edward Akufo-Addo, Mr.William Ofori Atta Obetsebi Lamptey, Prof. K.A. Busia, Chief S.D. Dombo, Alhaji Yakubu Tali, Tolon Naa, Jato Kaleo, Naa Abayifa Karbo, C.K. Tedam, S.G. Antor, Albert Adu-Boahen, R.R. Amponsah, J.B. Da Rocha, J.H. Mensah, Alhaji Aliu Mahama and J.A. Kufuor.”

“Without them we would not be here. I am also indebted to so many men and women who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice for our party and country on a daily basis without outward recognition.”

He also showed his appreciation to executives of the party at all levels, from the polling station level up to national level for their support and encouragement.

“What can I say more in appreciation to all the members and sympathizers of the NPP from polling station, through the constituency, to regional and national level? You have loved me, cared for me, appreciated me. I say God bless you all”

While expressing his readiness to continue to partner the President for the task ahead, Dr. Bawumia called for a collective effort of party members to ensure that the party keeps its vision alive.

“Mr. Chairman, it is our collective responsibility, as members of the great Kukrudu family and as Ghanaians, to ensure that the sacrifices of these great men and women have not been in vain. I am therefore acutely aware of the sacred responsibility that has once again been entrusted in me by the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and our Great Party. It is a responsibility I will execute with the utmost integrity, respect for our elders, members of our party and members of other political parties.”

4 means 4 more

The Vice President noted that following his  record 4th successive nomination, he was confident that the Ghanaian people, come December, will reward President Akufo-Addo with another 4 more years to do more for the people.

“Mr President, you have chosen me for the fourth time, and in shaa Allah, the people of Ghana will give you for four more to do more.”

“What can I say more in appreciation to all the members and sympathizers of the NPP from Polling station, through the constituency, to regional and national level? You have loved me, cared for me, appreciated me. I say God bless you all”

Bull Dog Jumps To The Safeguard Of Artistes Managers Against Stonebwoy`s Claims

After last Saturday`s edition of United Showbiz on UTV which was followed by almost all the players in our showbiz space, different commentaries have been generated from the show. Whilst some have praised Stonebwoy for his fluency, others have also criticized him for his position and understanding of the job of artistes managers in our music industry.

One of such people who have come against Stonebwoy on artistes management is Lawrence Nana Asiamah Hanson aka Bull Dog who happens to be the manager of Africa`s dancehall King Shatta Wale. Obviously after Stonebwoy`s fracas with his former manager Black Sidi, there seems to be a bad blood between the two and it showed in the submission of Stonebwoy yesterday when he was asked to talk about it.

Bull Dog disagrees with some comments he shared and has given a response to the 1GAD on his Facebook timeline. This website has published it below unedited for your knowledge.

The general disregard to Artiste Management as a profession, on United Showbiz the most watched and talked about TV Talk Show in Ghana hosted by seasoned and award winning actress, Empress Nana Ama McBrown on UTV, Ghana’s leading, most patronised and best-loved award winning television channel by one of Ghana’s top musical exports, Stonebwoy was so unfortunate.

If you have a situation with your management team please don’t generalise it.

To say which artiste manager in Ghana can show a certificate for management was distasteful and unschooled.
Let us learn to respect each other’s contribution in this space.

You were on the moral high ground about ‘disrespect in the game’ kindly heed to your counsel.

I’m not sure it will be appropriate for one to seek for an artiste’s certificate for them to be referred to as or become one.

Talent management is the knowledge or skill obtained from a period of practical experience with talents, especially that gained in a particular profession.

One’s handiwork and attainment in their chosen field makes them a master of their trade and not a certificate in form of a document.

Their unceasing success in their field of work is all the certification they require.

How joyous it would be to ask for a presidential certificate…  

Talent management is a labour of love. Their efforts don’t generate into streams or laurels for themselves so their contribution to the grandiose victory is easily overlooked.

Talent Managers aren’t celebrated in this country because their tale of toil don’t get told.

Senate Democrats Block Policing Reform Bill

Senate Democrats Block Policing Reform Bill

Senate Democrats blocked a policing reform bill this week.

According to CBN News, the vote was 55-45. The Justice Act, which was proposed by Republican senators, needed 60 votes to pass

today … we can start on the path of bipartisanship,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said.

The proposal comes after weeks of protesting and demonstrations calling for a change in police policy and acts of racism.

The proposal would create a national database of police use-of-force incidents, restrict police chokeholds, and develop training practices and commissions to study policing and racism.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) said he was disappointed that the bill did not advance and challenged Democratic senators to propose changes to the bill.

“If you don’t think we’re right, make it better, don’t walk away,” Scott said.

He later tweeted that he offered Democratic senators the ability to make at least 20 amendments, but “they walked out.”

“Don’t let anyone convince you this was about debates or amendments. It’s about politics, and a refusal to find a solution,” he tweeted.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) said Democrats are purposely trying to “divide” the Senate and “fight a new civil war in our culture, day and night, without end.”

“Our voters sent us here to make things better,” he said. “To rebuild. To heal. But that’s not what we’re doing. No, for the last several weeks, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, and their allies in the media, and some professional political activists on a payroll, have been trying to divide us against each other, to paralyze us, to stoke resentment of our fellow citizens and hatred of this nation that we all call home.”

The House, however, is expected to approve a Democrat-sponsored version of a policing reform bill later this week.

DopeNation Quit Away From Richie’s Lynx Record lebel

Ghanaian music duo,  Dope Nation, has parted ways with record label, Lynx Entertainment, a year of signing onto the label.

According to sources from, the duo decided not to re-sign after the expiration of the contract.

DopeNation is made up of Micheal Boafo, popularly known as B2 and Tony Boafo, known as Twist.

Since they signed on to Lynx Entertainment last year, April 2019 they have released songs like ‘Zanku’.

Jackline Mensah, Ghana’s Queen Of TikTok

Tiktok isn’t a “popular” platform in Ghana as compared to Facebook and Instagram but One person who has taken advantage of this platform and used it to amass huge following and ‘Likes’ is Jackline Mensah, a Ghanaian teen sensation who is known for creating entertaining lip syncing videos.

Social media platforms like YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram have paved a way for everyone having a creative streak to showcase their talent through creative videos, pictures and more.

TikTok, in particular, has gained massive popularity making it one of the best social media apps to date. In 2018, it surpassed giants like Facebook, YouTube, and Snapchat for being downloaded more than a billion times.

If you don’t know already, you can record videos of yourself lip-syncing to songs and comedy sketches. Another great feature that it offers is the ability to reply to another user’s video, which creates a split-screen with your reply on one side and the video of the user you are replying to on another.

President Akufo-Addo has commissioned the Suhum Interchange

President Akufo-Addo has commissioned the Suhum Interchange to allow motorists and pedestrians who use the section of the Accra to Kumasi Dualisation Project, to commute easily.

Delivering his remarks at the ceremony on Friday, 26 June 2020, President Akufo-Addo stated that the commissioning of the interchange reaffirms Government’s commitment to continuing and successfully completing major infrastructural projects inherited from previous governments.

This, he explained, is to ensure that the expected socio-economic benefits can be enjoyed by all Ghanaians.

With the Suhum Interchange being a part of the Nsawam bypass and Kwafokrom to Apedwa Junction Project, it will be recalled that the 9.1 kilometre Nsawam bypass dual carriageway project was awarded in May 2008, during the administration of President John Agyekum Kufuor, and was scheduled for completion in August 2010.

Also, the 31.7 kilometre Kwafokrom to Apedwa junction dual carriageway project was also awarded in September 2008, again in the Kufuor era, and was scheduled for completion by March 2012. However, due to several challenges, mainly associated with payment delays, the project suffered many periods of suspension by the contractor.

“Upon my assumption of office, work resumed in June 2017, on the South-bound carriageway of the Kwafokrom to Apedwa section, including the Suhum Interchange. We were however unable to open the interchange to traffic due to some outstanding safety works. The Ghana Highway Authority has since, ensured that the bridge can be opened for public use,” the President said.

He continued, “the North-bound carriageway works, including the construction of eight footbridges along the road corridor, were also repackaged, and work commenced in January 2019. The entire Kwafokrom to Apedwa junction project is expected to be finally completed in April 2021,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo noted that similar interchanges, tunnels and underpasses have become an integral part of all road planning and construction activities in the country, adding that the Suhum Interchange will “afford residents the comfort of going about their normal activities, without fear of, for instance, being knocked down by vehicles.”

The improved conditions the country’s highways, the President reiterated, imposes a collective duty on the citizenry to be mindful of their responsibilities on the road.

“I urge motorists to be extra careful on our highways, and also resist the temptation of over speeding on good road sections. Improved roads should be a catalyst for national development, not instruments of death and pain,” he added.

The President expressed the gratitude to workers, security agencies, contractors and the supervising agency, the Ghana Highway Authority, for a good work done on the project.

“I am expectant that this same attitude of collaboration, hard work and excellence is being extended to all other infrastructural projects being undertaken in other sectors of our economy. I urge, once again, all motorists and road users to follow the traffic control and management schemes that have been deployed in this section, so as to ensure safety for all,” he added.