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Free SHS to begin from next academic year - Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says government would fund the cost of public senior high schools (SHS) for all those who qualify for entry from the 2017/2018 academic year onwards.
He explained that by free SHS there will be no admission fees, no library fees, no science centre fees, no computer lab fees, no examination fees and no utility fees.
Spelling out the details of the policy “so that no one in Ghana is left in any doubts”, President Akufo-Addo added that in addition to tuition which is already free, there will be free textbooks, free boarding and free meals, and day students will get a meal at school for free.”
“Free SHS will also cover agricultural, vocational and technical institutions at the high school level.  I also want to state clearly again that we have a well-thought-out plan that involves the building of new public Senior High Schools and cluster public Senior High Schools,” he added.
The President disclosed this in a speech he delivered on Saturday a…

Nana Churcher to host Grammy Week Media-Meets-Talent event in LA

The Grammys is here once again! This year’s Grammy Awards press party and lounge, “The NaNa Lounge”, is set for Saturday February 11th in Los Angeles, California. Known to be the most anticipated media event during the Grammy week, “The NaNa Lounge” will be that glamorous event for live interviews with Grammy nominees and Hollywood celebrities while honoring the press.

The Producer and Publicist for the show, Ericalane Brown, on behalf of the organizers announced the presenters of the “The NaNa Lounge”. International talk show host and motivational speaker, Nana Churcher will be paired with Grammy nominated singer and top Tyler Perry theatrical as well as Sitcom Actor, Tony Grant, as the host and co-host respectively. Nana Churcher is the presenter of The Nana Churcher Show (TNCS), a weekly exciting television content which features captains of various industries as guest who open up on their rise to fame and fortune as well as share their success stories. A thirty-minute …

UNAIDS appoints First Lady HIV/AIDS Ambassador

The UNAIDS has confred the Premier HIV Ambassador for Ghana, for the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission and dolescent girls on the First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
As First Lady, she also becomes the President of the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV and AIDS (OAFLA), a position which Ghana is holding till June 2017, this year.
The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Mr Michel Sidibe, who paid a courtesy call on the First Lady, congratulated her and her husband, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on winning the 2016 presidential election.
He commended the country, saying “Ghana is a true demonstration of democracy in Africa and beyond.”
Mr Sidibe said the UNAIDS was committed to working with Ghana to put the country on the world map as having eradicated new infections of HIV in the country.
He said presently, the epidemic was at its defining moment and much had been achieved by Ghana by extending HIV treatment to more people.
HIV in adolescents
Mr Sidibe, h…

Sad! Kenyan girl sent back from the US over Trump ban

A Kenyan girl was denied entry into the United States just days after courts barred President Donald Trump from deporting immigrants. The girl identified as Ednah Chepkoton, was held at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport for many hours after getting off a United Airlines flight on Saturday, February 4, 2017 The 25-year-old nursing graduate had been given a five-year multiple entry visa by the US embassy in Nairobi on Friday, January 20, 2017 Narrating to the sad experience to the Star, she said: 'We landed at around 9.30 am but when I was clearing with the customs an immigration officer called me aside and started questioning me. I was so confused and terrified. It was my first trip out of Kenya, she said. The officer then started checking her luggage and documents. He asked her why she was carrying her academic papers and if she did not plan to return to Kenya. 'I told him I always travel with my papers and that I had a return ticket," she said. After the…

Time Management Tips: How Not to Get Overwhelmed

When it comes to time management, there is a common misconception. The misconception is that time management is about getting more done. It’s about how to squeeze more things into your day. In this view, the more you get done, the better.
This view, however, will only lead you to become overwhelmed and even burnt out. Plus, it’s possible that the things you get done are not the important ones.
What is the right view then? How should we approach time management?
According to Craig Groeschel, founder and senior pastor of Life.Church  made two statement which give us the answer: “Wise time management is not about doing more. It’s about doing more of what matter most.” “To be effective, you don’t do more. You do less better.”In my opinion, these two statements give us the right view on time management. Time management is not about getting more done. Instead, it’s about getting the right things done in a better way.
If you apply this principle, you won’t get overwhelmed. Instead, you will l…

Drake Responds to Rumors He Asked a Fan to Remove Her Hijab: ‘I Am Being Utilized in a Fake Media Story’

After receiving backlash for allegedly asking a fan to remove her hijab during a concert in London earlier this week, Drake said in a statement on Friday that it a was “fake media story.”
“I make a point every night to end my shows on tones of unity and love so, to find out that I am being utilized in a fake media story about me disrespecting Muslims is devastating to me,” the statement, released on his Instagram, read.
The “Hotline Bling” rapper said he was speaking to four women at his O2 show, “one of whom was wearing a jacket and a winter scarf.”
“I made a comment about taking off the scarf because I really enjoy a friendly banter with the fans,” Drake wrote. “I am well aware of what a hijab is and I would never make a disrespectful comment like that in my life towards someone who is wearing one.”
“I am proud that my closest friends and fans come from all different religions and races,” he continued. 
“Perhaps whoever made up this story should spend more time learning about …

Seventeen killed in Angola stadium stampede

At least 17 football fans were killed after a stampede broke out at a stadium in northern Angola, police said, in an incident that also left scores of people wounded. 
A wave of panic spread through the crowd on Friday at a league game in the town of Uige between the Santa Rita de Cassia and Recreativo do Libolo football clubs.
"There was a blockage at the entrance to the January 4 stadium ... this obstruction caused multiple fatalities and there are 56 injured in the hospital," police spokesman Orlando Bernardo told the AFP news agency. 
Bernardo said several children had been killed.
Police said the dead were either trampled or suffocated after they were pushed to the ground. Hundreds of people with tickets had reportedly attempted to enter the already overcrowded stadium.
President Jose Eduardo dos Santos expressed condolences to the victims' families and ordered an investigation, the Luanda-based Angop news agency reported.
A history of stampedes
"It is all t…

Justin Timberlake, John Legend set to perform at the Oscars this month

Come February 26, 2017 the 89th Oscars will be held  at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. The event is gearing up to be a night filled with memorable performances as organisers just announced that Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sting, Justin Timberlake and John Legend will be performing at this year's Academy Awards.
Show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd in a statement said:

"We're thrilled to welcome these world-class artists to the Oscars. These performances will not only celebrate the five extraordinary nominated original songs, but also the integral part music plays in movies."
Timberlake will sing his hit single "Can't Stop The Feeling" from "Trolls", while John Legend will perform "Audition" and "City of Stars" from "La La Land."

Vodafone Supports Child Online Safety

As part of activities to mark Safer Internet Day (SID), Vodafone Ghana, in partnership with, J Initiative (JI) a non-Governmental Organisation, has organized a sensitisation session for pupils of De Youngsters Primary School to educate them on how young people can use the internet safely, responsibly and in positive ways.

The session focussed on key issues, particularly, around “Cyberbullying’ - an emerging phenomenon where bullies use new technologies to make threats, intimidate, harass, defame and exclude young people and, in some cases, to impersonate them or steal their identity.

Expressing his enthusiasm about the programme, Director of External Affairs and Legal at Vodafone Ghana, Gayheart Mensah said: “We are excited to support this important initiative again as our contribution to the proper upbringing of children.  While many opportunities exist for children to learn online, we advocate for a safer and more responsible use of the internet in order to help young p…

Donald Trump considers issuing new travel ban

Donald Trump is considering a new executive order to ban citizens of certain countries from travelling to the US after his initial attempt was overturned in the courts.
Mr Trump told reporters on Air Force One that a "brand new order" could be issued as early as Monday or Tuesday.
It comes after an appeals court in San Francisco upheld a court ruling to suspend his original order.
It barred entry from citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries.
It is unclear what a new US immigration order might look like.
Mr Trump said that it would change "very little", but he did not provide details of any new ban under consideration.
Despite his suggestion on Friday, Mr Trump's administration may still pursue its case in the courts over the original order, which was halted a week ago by a Seattle judge.
"We'll win that battle," Mr Trump told reporters, adding: "The unfortunate part is it takes time. We'll win that battle. But we also have a lot of oth…

Young Kenyan couple who got married in T-shirts to have Sh3.5M wedding on Valentine's Day

Ann and Wilson Mutura who had just returned from their dream honeymoon which was sponsored by Bonfire Adventures and Events will be holding an all-expense paid Sh3.5 million wedding on Valentine's day. The couple had stunned many after getting married in a simple ceremony dressed in T-shirts, which saw several companies coming out with lots of goodies for the couple including a first class wedding, honeymoon and many more. Now Slique Events Planner Limited has finally come to announce that the couple will be getting married for the second time on Valentine's day. According to the director of Slique Events Planner Limited, Aaltonen Jumba said the ceremony will be held at a Nairobi garden featuring high-end wedding planners, decorators and caterers He also said Ann and Wilson will be dressed by the city's top designers for free in a classy-elegant themed wedding, which could cost Sh3.5M. The groom's family is expected to be ferried in vans from Ndunyu Njeru in Kinan…

KK Amoah appointed EOCO boss

Starrfmonline.com has gathered that Mr. K.K Amoah has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO) by President Akufo-Addo.
Mr. Amoah is a detective who has had a long career in the Police Service, rising to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police.
According to Starrfmonline.com sources, Mr. Amoah has already held a meeting with his staff during which he implored them to work hard in the interest of the nation.
Mr. Amoah replaces Justice Tsar Yao who was recently dismissed by President Akufo-Addo. Justice Tsar, one of the Deputy Executive Directors of EOCO, was appointed Acting Executive Director to replace Biadela Kweku Mortey Akpadzi, whose post-retirement contract expired.
Source: Starrfmonline.com