An open response to Taylor Swift’s rant against Apple


It’s a nice opinion

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Dear Taylor Swift,

I have read your open letter to Apple where you give your reasons for refusing to allow your album ‘1989′ to be included on their forthcoming Apple Music streaming service.

(For reference:http://taylorswift.tumblr.com/post/122071902085/to-apple-love-taylor)

I applaud it. It’s great to have someone with a huge following standing up for the rights of creative people and making a stand against the corporate behemoths who have so much power they can make or break someone’s career.

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FIFA bans Barcelona from signing players for the next two transfer seasons


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FIFA today April 2nd banned Spanish football giants FC Barcelona from signing players till summer 2015 over rules breach relating to the international transfer and registration of players under 18.

According to reports, the club was investigated by FIFA for 12 months over their youth recruitment policy. And after FIFA found out that the club had been engaged in illegally recruiting and importing non-Spanish minors over a four year period, the world football governing body handed out the transfer ban and also fined the club £306,000. (450,000 Swiss francs.)

FIFA also fined the Spanish FA £340,000 for allowing Barcelona to embark on a sustained and extended policy of what is viewed as child exploitation by the world governing body. Read FIFA’s statement after here

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Today’s Front Pages


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Emmanuel Tornyi | 09:31 pulse
Here are today’s newspaper headlines
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ANOTHER SCAM HITS POLICE
Another recruitment scam involving a number of
young men and women has hit the Ghana Police
Service.
NPP, NDC SELECT CANDIDATES FOR TALENSI
BY-ELECTION
The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC)
and the dominant opposition party, the New
Patriotic Party (NPP) are set for the Talensi by-
elections slated for July 7, 2015.
CONTROVERSY: DICs APPLY FOR ‘EXPRESSION
OF INTEREST’ TO SETTLE JUDGEMENT DEBT
Despite the controversy surrounding the Ministry
of Trade and Industry’s (MOTI’s) request for all
the five Destination Inspection Companies (DICs)
to submit offers for the settlement of a GHC197
million judgement debt to Bankswitch Ghana
Limited, it has emerged that the companies have
submitted Expressions of Interest for
consideration.
DZAMEFE COMMISSION READY FOR SALE
The Assembly Press has stated that the Dzamefe
Commission’s Report is ready for sale to any
interested person and organisations.
SODOM AND GOMORRAH DEMOLITION EXPOSES
ILLEGAL CONNECTIONS
GOV’T ADMITS $175M CASH FOR CONTRACT
The National Democratic Congress (NDC)
government has admitted that it indeed asked
Destination Inspection Companies (DICs) to
contribute $175 million to the repayment of
judgement debt to Bankswitch, a private IT firm,
in exchange for contracts.
RAIN SCATTERS NDC RALLY
SODOM AND GOMORRAH FLATTENED
BFT
FUND MANAGERS BITTER OVER TIER-2 SNUB
Pension fund managers have threatened to lay-off
workers and close shop altogether over
government’s refusal to pay workers contributions
to the Tier-2 of the three-tier pension scheme.
DOMESTIC AIRLINES PONDER FARE INCREASE
GTBANK, AIRTEL PREMIER IN STRATEGIC
PARTNERSHIP
AMA PULLS DOWN SODOM AND GOMORRAH
SHOCKING REALITY OF VOODOO, HUMAN
SACRIFICE IN GHANA
NO HOPE FOR GHANA UNDER MAHAMA – EIU
PREDICTS
CHIEFS SHOULD PLAY PARTISAN POLITICS –
MAJORITY LEADER ADVOCATES
ECONOMY TIMES
BUSINESS CONFIDENCE DIPS
INFLATION EXPECTED TO SLOW TO 13% N 2016
TOR RECEIVES HOPES OF REVIVAL TO REFINE
60,000 BARRELS OF CRUDE OIL DAILY
SENCHI CONSENSUS IS ACADEMIC EXERCISE –
BEIGE CEO
The Chief Executive Officer of Beige Capital, Mike
Nyinaku says the various platforms for the
discussion of Ghana’s economic growth would
continue to remain merely academic exercises if it
is not backed by action.
GOV’T READY FOR EUROBOND BUT IMF SHOW
RESERVATIONS
Despite some speculations that the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) may delay government in
issuing a billion dollar Eurobond this year, the
Finance Minister, Seth Terkper has assured that
government will make all efforts to get the facility
in order to propel the infrastructure development
needed by the country.

Gyan complains about the state of Accra pitch again


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Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan has called on the government to channel the needed funds into uplifting the state of the pitch at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The captain made these calls after Ghana’s opening game of the 2017 Afcon qualifiers against Mauritius.

“The pitch wasn’t good but we had to adapt so we can be able to get this victory that we all desired,” the Al Ain striker told the press after the 7-1 victory.

“We were aided by the weather which helped us a bit I am appealing to government to help improve the pitch here at the Accra sports stadium.”

There were major doubts on the readiness of the Accra stadium, which was renovated for the 2008 African Cup of Nations, prior to the game.

Gyan bagged a brace to help fire Ghana to the top of Group H.

Hiplife music today is like fast food-REGGIE ROCKSTONE


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Hiplife musician, Reggie Rockstone, touted as as the ‘Grandpapa’ of the genre, says compared to the past, hiplife today is like fast food.

“Now you can release music as fast as it come to your mind, we had to like sit down, plan, find how it was going to reach the people, have an art and everything but now the music is like fast food, as fast you come as fast you go.”

Reggie bemoaned that hiplife artiste are no longer doing classic songs.

Reggie, now a member of VVIP, declared that Ghanaians and Africans in general are enthused about danceable rhythms than lyrics.

He admits that though there are some very good hiplife artistes in the country, most of them are underground acts and because of ‘payola’ (monies paid to DJs) and other issues, the more party-friendly-songs often become hit songs.

Asked by Mzgee on Hitz FM’s entertainment analysis programme Entertainment This Week if he agrees with the school of thought that hiplife music today is not ‘lyrically sound’, Reggie retorted, “it depends on how you view music, whether you like quality or quantity or you want content, some people just like to dance, just like to shake, shake, shake and don’t [want] to hear [anything].”

The VVIP member recounted that the inspiration behind the hiplife genre was his pan African upbringing. He disclosed that his choice of the name “hiplife” was inspired by his father “Ricky” who advised that his style of music should reflects his origins.

Obrafour, ‘Rap sofour’, who undoubtedly made an impact back in the day with his hiplife songs agreed with the assertion that standards have fallen in today’s hiplife.

“One can say a few of them are doing good when it comes to content but mostly or generally when you look at it you can say the guys are not doing well,” he said.

‘I pray Yvonne Nelson marries me’


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Actor Bismark Nii Odoi, popularly known as Bismark The Joke, has opened up on acting, revealing that he is secretly in love with fashionable actress Yvonne Nelson.

He told NEWS-ONE’s Francis Addo that he would propose to the actress and if she didn’t accept him, he would pray and fast for 40 days to win her love.

According to Bismark who recently featured in Yvonne’s movie, If Tomorrow Never Comes, he has always admired Yvonne.

How did you get into acting?

I was doing set and props designing and one day director Pascal Amanfo gave me a scene to play; and this is where I am today.

In which of the movies and what year?

For Better For War in 2011; and it was produced by Gupado films.

For those who don’t know about props, what does it involve?

When we say props it means items used in films or any production work like guns, food, etc.

Does it mean you have interest in acting?

Yes, because I started acting when I was in secondary school. So when I completed I started with some productions but it didn’t work; then I decided to join the crew. I started working as props assistant. I did a lot of productions with my boss. Later, he said he was not interested in it anymore so I became my own boss by the grace of God and some of the actors.

Acting in school, was it with a group and which school?

Yes, the school drama group of St Francis Secondary Technical, Akim Oda. I was the first person to take an award for the first play we did in school.  I played the role of Oda house boy.

Acting and props, which is more difficulty to do and why?

For me props; because it’s too stressful for me. But I love acting so much so I don’t get tired when doing what I love doing—that’s acting.

So how many movies so far and you tell us some of them?

Can’t really count but I’m sure it’s over 15 or 20. Single Six, Turn Me On, Bachelors, Devil In A Dress, Accra Runs, Cheaters Book1&2, What My Wife Doesn’t Know, Sisters At War, Last Word (London), Bismark The Joke (London) and If Tomorrow Never Comes.

Which is your favourite character that you performed in these movies and any reason for it?

Hmmm! My favourite? I can’t choose because I love every character I play in a movie. I say that because whenever I’m on set acting, I do it as if that’s my first time acting so I do it with all my heart.

But do you have specific roles that you enjoy?

Ghetto boy, house boy. I like being myself in a movie.

How about the comedy thing; how did it come up?

I studied the industry and decided to come up like that to make my act different.

How difficult is it to act funny?

It is not difficult if it is natural; but it is difficult if you are trying to be like someone.  For me it is not difficult at all because it’s part of me. Just that I don’t display it anyhow.

Who is Bismark?

Bismark is me. I am from La, but stayed in different places in Accra—like Kaneshie, Nungua, etc. I am 100% Ga. I attended Rev Thomas Clegg Memorial Kaneshie (JHS) and St Francis Secondary Technical.

Married?

I am single.

But do you admire somebody?

Yes, Yvonne Nelson.

What do you admire about her?

I like her way of doing things. She’s a strong, pretty woman and she’s a go getter. I will do 40 days fasting and pray hard for her to be my future wife.

Who are your favourite actors in the industry?

Adjetey Annan and Majid Michel.

Would you share with me what you learnt from them?

That’s my secret please. If I let it out someone can take it.

How did you get to be part of Yvonne Nelson’s new production?

I have been working for her for so long. Almost all her movies she has done I am the brain behind the set designing and props. She knows what I can do when it comes to acting so she contacted me and told me she has a role for me in her upcoming movie.

Saw you smoking in the movie. Do you smoke?

No no no! I don’t. It is just an act please.

For the benefit of those who are yet to see the movie, tell me about your role?

I played the role of a gangster in a ghetto doing anything to survive.

Any learning experiences from the set?

I always learn from people I work with, not only on that set. But on this set, the title alone makes me think a lot—if tomorrow never comes.

Do you have favourite scenes in there and what are you telling people who are yet to see the movie?

What I learnt is, you just have to be on point every day. They should go watch; it is a great story. My favourite scenes are my scenes.

Any last words?

I thank everyone who has supported me in anyway. God bless them all.

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TRAPPED ON AN ISLAND OF MEMEORIS


There is this boy i met at a friends house where we both fell  in love soo much, it was love at first sight and when my parent got to know about it, they told me never to see him again and went to the boys parents to warn their son to stay away from me but you know youth of today when they fall in love, nothing can stop them. since cell phones exist we communicate and even some times see each other in secret.one day my dad said my grandmother is not feeling well so we will visit her and we will spend only 3 days but i told him we have classes so i would not be able to go with them, because it was about classes he told me to stay but guess what, there was no classes i wanted to see my guy, so the next morning they left and  i was very very happy. I called my guy to come and visit me but he was afraid and i did my best to convince him then he agreed to come. he came around and after eating we went to my my room to watch Romeo and Juliet. whiles watching i asked him if he could do what Romeo did ,he looked into my eyes and said i can do it for you and held my hands whiles holding my hands there was this magnet pulling us closer and  closer then i heard sound of a car. It was my father they were back,then i felt a pull at my leg ,it was my little sister and to my utmost dismay ………… it was a dream.

BY MATILDA