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Lifestyle: HR Today: 5 pitfalls to consider before setting up mentoring scheme

Mentoring is a buzzword these days, and many organisations use it for a variety of purposes, from talent management, to leadership development, to knowledge transfer and succession planning.

As somebody who has been working for over ten years facilitating and implementing mentoring programmes across the UK and internationally, I am not only a passionate advocate of mentoring but also an experienced challenger of programmes that are put in place without serious consideration being given to the needs, aims, context and circumstances in which they are supposed to develop and flourish.
In case you are beginning to question where this article is going, let me tell you a few things loud and clear:

• mentoring is not for everyone
• mentoring may not work for your organization
• mentoring may not be your staff’s ‘cup of tea’

Therefore, before thinking about a mentoring programme for your business, department, division or indeed your entire organisation, consider what is required for the p…

Man sues Samsung after his phone blew up his private part

A man named Michael Taylor is suing Samsung after claiming his phone blew up his private part. Michael who had purchase a new Galaxy Note 7 about a month ago, claimed that he was fast asleep when the mobile phone blew up and caught fire on his bed, leaving him with injuries on his crotch and legs. 

In the document obtained by TMZ, he also claimed that he had no knowledge that the battery of the Samsung was shoddy which induced it to overheating, exploding and shooting flames.

Mugabe Appoints Son-in-law To Run National Airline

There’s outrage in Zimbabwe following the appointment of President Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law as state-owned Air Zimbabwe’s second-in-command.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Movement (MDC) has demanded to know when and where interviews were held before Simba Chikore was appointed chief operating officer of the debt-saddled national airline.
It also demanded that the airline furnish the nation with Mr Chikore’s professional qualifications and work experience.

Air Zimbabwe and Mr Chikore have not yet commented on the furore.

He married Bona Mugabe, the 92-year-old leader’s daughter, two years ago.

As chief operating officer, Mr Chikore will report to Chief Cxecutive Ripton Muzenda, son of Zimbabwe’s late Vice-President Simon Muzenda.

The government earlier this year promised to help the airline overcome its financial crisis.

It has debts worth £300m (£235m).

Parliament’s transport committee revealed in June 2015 that it was making a monthly loss of $3m (£2.4m) and was technical…

‘Terror attack’ in Brussels as two cops are stabbed and train station evacuated over bomb scare

Bruxelles Nord  train station in Brussels, Belgium was evacuated today following a bomb scare while two police men in another part of Brussels were stabbed by a man armed with a Swiss army knife in what security experts believe to be two suspected terror scares in different parts of the city.

The train station was emptied after police received a call warning of a bomb threat while the man who stabbed the policeman was shot in the leg as he tried to flee the scene. A station spokesman said:
“A message of an alleged bomb threat was sent to the police, all the people were evacuated from the station, the trains have stopped. This will continue until security services inspect the station, minimum an hour.”

Eric Van Der Sypt, a spokesman for the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office, told AFP: “We have elements to believe that the incident was a terrorist attack.”

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BoG blows Gh¢2m on Gold watches for staff

The Bank of Ghana is spending a whopping €450,000 - an equivalent of Gh¢2 million - on gold watches for retiring staff.

According to BoG documents in possession of, 72 staff who have served for 30 years and beyond are benefiting from the entitlement.

The watches which are being bought from Messrs A Swiss Watch Company, comprises 25 18 karat Ladies gold watches and 48 kt Gents ones.

The request letter indicated that "BoG intends to use part of its 2016 budgetary allocation to fund the procurement of 25 units of 18 carat ladies gold watches and 48 units of gents gold watches," all Tissot Gold Watches from the local dealer.

According to the Central Bank, the reason behind the procurement of the 72 pieces of watches, is to serve "as an award to deserving members of staff who had served with the Bank for thirty years or more and are due to retire compulsorily from the service of the Bank in the years 2016 and 2017."

The BoG has issued a statement o…

Sonnie Badu releases his anticipated new album ‘Soundz of Afrika

After four years of teasing the gospel music lovers with his singles, International Gospel Act, Minister Sonnie Badu has released his fifth album titled Soundz of Afrika.
The new album which was recorded live in Maryland was produced by some of America’s great brains in the Music Industry like Grammy Video Director George Belias, Award Winning Sound Engineers Danny Duncan and Armando Fullwood and Divine Studio for the amazing cover.
The new album which was released on October 1st on all digital platforms has tracks like Jesus Kasa with American gospel singer Darwin Hobbs, a rendition of Baba with Jonathan Nelson, Hark the voice, Abide with me, a reggae medley titled Rejoice, Imani and Still you reign with Annie Badu.

In an interview with Sonnie who expressed excitement about the album he noted that the album which was recorded nearly two years ago was costly to him in many ways; financially, emotionally and mentally. He added that his decision to put a lot into this album is to the …

Rod Temperton: Thriller songwriter dies aged 66

Songwriter Rod Temperton has died of cancer in London. He was 66.
His music publisher said Wednesday in a statement that the man who wrote Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and other hits had died last week. It did not say exactly when.

Jon Platt of Warner/Chappell said Temperton was the sole writer of "Thriller," ''Off the Wall," ''Rock with You" and other major hits. He said Temperton's family is "devastated" and is planning a private funeral.

Temperton started his career in the disco band Heatwave and collaborated with Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Anita Baker and others.

Berla Mundi mocks Donald Trump’s blonde dye ‘Calamity’ hair

Donald Trump is a strong character – a no nonsense chap. Aside that, he is a businessman, Television Personality and Politician.

If you are fan of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), you may know Donald Trump as an active participant of the show. He was inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013 at Madison Square Garden for his contributions.

We also know that Donald Trump is the Republican presidential candidate facing the Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to become the next president of the United States of America.

But what the world doesn’t know is that, multiple award winning Ghanaian radio and television personality, Berla Mundi is not a fan of Donald Trump’s blonde dye “Calamity” hair.

The beautiful and eloquent Berla likened her ‘flying’ hair to that of Donald Trump during an interview with GhanaGist.Com.

“This is something I don’t have. I don’t have hair and now people wonder why I never leave my hair [to grow] and I’m always wea…

Tori Spelling pregnant with baby No. 5

Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott have some good news to share.
The former "Beverly Hills 90210" star is expecting their fifth child.  "It was a total surprise," Spelling told People. "But we always wanted a big family. I'm really excited." The new baby will join the couple's other children Liam, 9, Stella, 8, Hattie, 5, and Finn, 4. Dean also has an 18-year-old son, Jack, from his previous marriage. "Dean was saying, 'We just got Finn out of diapers; I thought we were in the clear!' " Spelling, 43, said. "For the first time this year, they're all in school. So it's like, wow. We're basically starting over." Spelling, 43, and McDermott, 49, recently celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary. She said they could not be happier. "This baby happened at the best time," says Spelling. "Nothing is ever perfect, but I'm so madly in love with my husband and with our kids. The idea of…

Don’t beg Satan for money and fame – Rev Owusu Bempah

Rev Isaac Owusu Bempah, General Overseer of Glorious Way Chapel, an Accra-based Christian prophetic ministry, has advised Ghanaian musicians and film makers to rather exercise patience and rely more on God in their search for money and fame instead of consulting other mediums, as the consequences are horrific.

“I am pleading with Ghana’s celebrities and stars who want fame and money to exercise patience, to rely more on God and wait for God’s own time even as they continue to work hard.

There are some of them who are in a rush for money and fame so they consult all manners of occult spirits, deities and satanic spirits. Some even sell their soul to the devil.

“When you consult bad spirits to become famous, they take something back from you. It is not for free. Such consultations of false spirits come with terms and conditions. When you forget to obey such rules, they strike you with diseases and strange sicknesses which lead to death and other horrifying experiences,” Rev…

I didn't lack respect for Cristiano Ronaldo but my opinion doesn't change- Xavi restarts feud

Barcelona football icon Xavi Hernandez has reignited his war of words with Real Madrid/Portugal  Cristiano Ronaldo. 
It all started when Xavi had an interview on Spanish radio station Cadena Ser where he said Ronaldo was unlucky to play in the same generation as Lionel Messi to which Ronaldo didn't take lightly blasting Xavi as a player who never won the Ballon D'or. 

On Tuesday, speaking at a press conference at the Aspire4Sports event in Amsterdam, Xavi stated that he didn't disrespect Ronaldo with his comments but still stood by what he said;
'I stand by what I said. The problem for Cristiano is that there is another who is pretty much the best player in history. I saw that he didn’t take it well, but I keep thinking the same. What he said to me about the Ballon d’Ors is true [that Xavi hasn’t won one]. I didn’t lack respect, but my opinion doesn’t change. He lacked it for me? What do you think?'
Xavi also admitted that Ronaldo could be the favourite to cl…

Sian Blake death: Arthur Simpson-Kent given life sentence

The partner of former EastEnders actress Sian Blake has been given a whole life tariff for killing her and their two children.
Arthur Simpson-Kent, 49, stabbed Ms Blake to death along with their sons Zachary, eight, and Anon, four.

The Old Bailey heard he killed them when he learnt Ms Blake was planning to leave him and take their sons away.
Ms Blake had motor neurone disease and would not have been able to defend herself, the court heard.

All three were hit on the head before they were stabbed in the neck or throat with a small axe by Simpson-Kent, who then buried their bodies in the garden last December. 
He painted over the blood stains in their bungalow in Erith, south-east London, before fleeing to his native Ghana in January. 
Simpson-Kent was arrested at Heathrow Airport in February after being extradited. He admitted to murdering his family in June. 
Mr Justice Singh said there was "no doubt" that Simpson-Kent should serve the rest of his life in prison.

"In my judgm…

Photos/Video: Man caught on camera savagely stomping 7-year-old boy's head

A 43-year-old man was caught on camera stomping a 7-year-old boy’s head because he thought the child made his son cry.
Amnat Salubthong was arrested today, Wednesday, after security footage from a housing complex in northeastern Bangkok, Thailand went viral, showing him run down the stairs and charge at the 7-year-old, who was playing with his 6-year-old son.
He kicked the child repeatedly before taking his son back upstairs to his apartment on Panya-Ramintra Road in the Khlong Sam Wa district.
"Amnat came to the police station yesterday and admitted he assaulted the kid," Maj. Saowaluck Suwanmanee of Khanna Yao police said.

After turning himself in, Amnat told police he ran down from his fifth floor room to where the children were playing because he heard his son crying. He admitted to brutalizing the child because he could not control his rage.

Police were gathering evidence in order to file charges against Amnat later today, Maj. Saowaluck said.

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The Big Bang Theory actors top list of highest-paid US television stars

The highest-paid US television stars have been revealed, with the stars of The Big Bang Theory topping the list for comedy and drama.
Variety surveyed industry figures for the study before estimating the fees that the top talent command on the small screen. 
Big Bang actors Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki all receive an estimated $1m (£786,000) per episode.

Gilmore Girls stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel come joint second.
They each earn an estimated $750,000 (£590,000) per show, according to Variety. 
The revival of the mother-daughter drama is coming to Netflix next month, with four new episodes, each representing a season of the year. 
Big Bang Theory, which centres on a group of high-functioning science "geeks", is currently on its 10th series. The total cost is said to be $9m per episode - half of which goes on salaries for its stars.
In the category of reality shows, chat shows and news, Judge Judy topped the list with an annual $47m (£37m), followed by M…

Nigeria to sell two presidential jets 'to cut waste'

Nigeria is selling two of its 10 presidential jets in a bid to "cut down on waste", President Muhammadu Buhari's spokesman has said.
Adverts for the Falcon 7X executive jet and Hawker 4000 are to appear in newspapers, Garba Shehu said.

Some of the other presidential aircraft are be handed to the Nigerian air force to boost its operations, he said. 
The country is one of Africa's leading economies but it is now suffering from its worst economic crisis in years.

In a Facebook post, Mr Shehu said the downsizing of the president fleet had been a campaign promise made by Mr Buhari before his election last year.
The president had requested a compact and reliable aircraft for transporting government officials on special missions, he said.
"This exercise is by no means complete," the spokesman added.
BBC Abuja bureau editor Naziru Mikailu says the advert for the jets will ask potential buyers to bid in US dollars, not the local naira currency.
Nigeria's economy s…

Kalypo Craze Hits Social Media After Akufo-Addo Is Spotted Sipping One (Photos)

Social media has been taken over by selfie- taking Kalypo lovers after photos of New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Akufo Addo, sipping the popular local drink went viral few days ago.

Even though the release of the photo was perhaps intended to mock the NPP leader, his followers have succeeded in pushing the argument that the former Attorney General was promoting local products with that simple sip. The catchy thing to do on social media now is to take selfie while sipping the drink, which comes in different flavours.

Kim K is 'blaming herself' after armed robbery, doesn't want Kanye West to replace $4 Million ring

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is reportedly blaming herself for the much talked about robbery incident she experienced on Sunday where $11m worth of jewelry was taking from her while she was gagged in the Parisian apartment.
According to reports by, Kim doesn't want her husband and father of her two kids, Kanye West to replace the $4m ring the robbers took from her.
She has been pointing fingers at herself and taking the blame for showcasing her ring on social media since returning to the United States and being reunited with her children in New York.
“Kim’s in shock and blaming herself. She’s tearing herself up that she Snapchatted the ring so much and wore it all the time. This incident is making her question everything. How she dresses, what she does,” a source close to the Kardashian family tells PEOPLE.
“Kanye wants to buy her the ring again but she just says she doesn’t want to think about it. He says he wants everything to go back to normal and for the inci…

Rigobert Song: Cameroon legend taken to France for more treatment

Former Cameroon international Rigobert Song has been flown from Cameroon to France for further treatment after coming out of a two-day coma.
The 40-year-old was admitted to Yaounde Central Hospital on Sunday after falling unconscious.
On Tuesday he waved to fans outside the Yaounde Emergency Centre as he was taken away to the airport.
Yaounde Emergency Centre director Dr. Louis Joss Bitang A Mafok said Song had suffered a "cerebral hemorrhage".

Song's relative, Alexandre, has expressed gratitude to Cameroonians for their good wishes.
"At this moment my family is living difficult times. We are touched by the love and support of Cameroonians and elsewhere," he said.
Cameroon Health Minister Andre Mama Fouda also offered his support.
"Song has departed to Pitie Salpetriere hospital in Paris, where he will continue treatment. I am grateful to the Head of State for instructing the government to take the necessary measures to ensure that Song recovers.
"We …

Nduom’s Campaign Vehicle Kills 3 Persons

Three persons died on the spot when a Progressive People’s Party (PPP) campaign vehicle ran into a group of four persons at a spot near Salaga in the Northern Region.
The three – two males and a female – and a fourth person, according to a local reporter, Christopher Amoako were occupants of a motorbike.
The pickup truck with registration number, GT 2926 – 12 had Nduom’s pictures branded on it.

The vehicle had gone to dispatch chairs at Bundai where the party is holding a mini-rally as part of Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom’s tour to the Northern Region.
A fourth person who is a child, Christopher further said on Adom FM’s Midday News Wednesday is receiving treatment at the Salaga Government Hospital.
The accident was said to have happened around 10:30am.
Occupants of the motorcycle, he reported further were Fulani herdsmen who resided at Kabaten No 1 and Kabaten No 2 on the Salaga-Bundai road.
The bodies of the deceased were sent to Salaga.
Occupants of the vehicle including the driver, Amoako…

‘Look out for Guys with ambitions and drive for success’ – Sarkodie tells girls

Award winning Ghanaian hip hop act, Michael Owusu Addo, popularly known as Sarkodie has shared relationship advise for the Ladies. The Tema born rapper, who is regarded as one of the greatest in Africa, took to his Twitter account to give advice to the ladies, to seek for a man with potentials and boycott the social media hype of celebrity relationships. 

Read his post

Simon Cowell Signs on for 3 More Seasons of America's Got Talent

Get ready for lots more tight T-shirts and snarky British putdowns: Simon Cowell will be back at the America’s Got Talent judges’ table for the next three seasons.
The former American Idol judge has signed a deal to return as a judge on NBC’s summer hit for three more years through 2019, the network announced Tuesday. Cowell originally created the Got Talent format in the UK, and is also an executive producer on AGT.
The deal ensures that the current AGT judging panel will remain intact next year, with Cowell’s fellow judges Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B already set to return. (Nick Cannon will return as AGT host as well.)

And it’s a winning combination: NBC touts this summer’s edition of AGT, with Cowell replacing departing judge Howard Stern, as the show’s most-watched season in five years.
“It was terrific to see Simon in his judge’s chair this past season, bringing his unique expertise and enthusiasm to the show, night after night,” NBC reality president Paul Telegdy said i…

Westworld: Series premiere draws 3.3m viewers to HBO

Westworld has become HBO's most-watched series premiere for almost three years, attracting 3.3 million viewers.
The futuristic epic based on Michael Crichton's 1973 movie debuted in the US on Sunday evening.
The figures, reported by Variety, take into account those watching live TV as well as people viewing on HBO's streaming platforms.
It makes Westworld HBO's most successful drama series premiere since True Detective nearly three years ago.

The crime drama attracted 2.3 million viewers across all platforms when it was first broadcast in January 2014.
Westworld also beat the 2011 series premiere of the hugely popular Game of Thrones, which attracted 2.2 million TV viewers on the evening it debuted. 
However, the most recent season of Game of Thrones attracted an average of 23.3 million viewers across all platforms, according to data HBO supplied to USA Today in June.
The number of viewers who watched Westworld makes the show a success for the pay TV channel, although …

‘My Running Mate Does Not Know Her Date Of Birth’ - Akua Donkor

Founder and leader of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP) says her running mate, Patricia Asante is 42 not 32-year-old as it is being speculated in the media.

According to Akua Donkor, the uneducated farmer made a mistake when writing her date of birth on the nomination forms at the Electoral Commission (EC).
The presidential aspirant on Monday, October 3, 2016 named Mrs Asante as her running mate for the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections.

The Junior High School (JHS) dropout said she is 32-years-old and ready to partner Akua Donkor to contribute her quota to change Ghana.

But her age has sparked controversy since her age does not qualify her to occupy the position.

In a rebuttal, Akua Donkor on Adom News said her running mate cannot be blamed for the gaffe since she cannot read or write.

She explained that, her [Patricia] father died very early so does not know her actual date of birth “but I can tell you she is more than 40 years”.

Akua Donkor said her running mate …

Demi Lovato announces she's taking a break from music and the spotlight

Demi Lovato has announced she is stepping out of the limelight next year. The 24-year-old took to Twitter on Tuesday to reveal she would be 'taking a break from music and the spotlight'. She shocked fans when she tweeted: 'So excited for 2017.

Taking a break from music and the spotlight, adding 'I am not meant for this business and the media'.

She made these tweets after her Interview with Glamour magazine about Taylor Swift's Bad Blood video. During the Interview Demi said:
'I think that having a song and a video about tearing Katy Perry down, that's not women's empowerment.'Demi also criticised the video for giving young fans the wrong impression of what they should look like by only using women with seemingly perfect figures. Demi, who is known to promote positive body image after suffering from an eating disorder, said:

'This will probably get me in trouble, but I don't see anybody in any sort of squad that has a normal body. It…

Dolly Parton to receive lifetime award at 50th annual CMAs

Country star Dolly Parton will receive the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming 50th annual Country Music Association Awards.
Parton will receive the award in Nashville on Nov. 2, the CMA said Tuesday. The show will air on ABC.

Parton, who wrote "I Will Always Love You" and "9 to 5," is a nine-time CMA winner, including entertainer of the year.

Nelson was the first recipient of the award, presented in 2012. It honors an artist who has achieved national and international fame through performances, philanthropy, humanitarian efforts and record sales. Previous recipients also include Kenny Rogers and Johnny Cash.
CMA CEO Sarah Trahern said in a statement that Parton is a "trailblazer who continues to enchant and captivate fans around the world."

Ex- Black Stars coach Fred Osam-Duodu dead

Ex-Black Stars coach, Fred Osam Duodu is dead. The FIFA Instructor is reported to have died on Tuesday [October3] in Accra.

Coach Duodu who is rated among the country’s most respected football managers died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
According to family sources, he had been unwell for some time now.

The late Fred Osam Doudu won the 1993 African U-20 Cup of Nations and a silver medal at the 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship for Ghana.

He also won the African Cup of Nations with Ghana in 1978 and also coached in several African countries, winning the 2005 U-17 African title as coach for Gambia.

He was also Ghana’s coach during the 2002 African Cup of Nations in Mali.

 ‘Football fraternity pay tribute’

Hours after news of his death broke, some renowned sportsmen took to social media to play tribute to the man many considered as an intelligent brain for Ghana football.

Hospital charges new mum $39.35 to hold her newborn baby

A Reddit user posted a bill which has quickly gone viral on the web. Listed in the bill which was given to the new mother was $39.35 charge for holding her own baby after delivery in a recent labor and delivery service in the United States. The bill shows a charge for “skin to skin after C-section.” The Reddit user who posted it explained more in a few comments.

He wasn’t exactly mad about the charge, he said the hospital did a great job delivering his son. Instead, it more of spoke to the absurdity of American health care. 
He said:
During the C-section the nurse asked my wife if she would like to do skin to skin after the baby was born. Which of course anyone would say yes too. We just noticed it in the bill today. The nurse let me hold the baby on my wife's neck/chest. Even borrowed my camera to take a few pictures for us. Everyone involved in the process was great, and we had a positive experience. We just got a chuckle out of seeing that on the bill."

The image h…

IGP Orders Policemen To Stop Checking Drivers’ Licences, Others

The Ghana Police Service has ordered the cessation of motor-checks on the country’s roads with immediate effect.

A wireless message from the top hierarchy of the police in Accra Tuesday said “all motor checks in the country [are to be] suspended with immediate effect.”
It said personnel of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service are to be "used only for traffic management duties.


Caitlyn Jenner Breaks Silence on Kim Kardashian's Paris Robbery: 'Love My Girl'

Caitlyn Jenner is glad that Kim Kardashian West is OK.
The I Am Cait star broke her silence after Kim was robbed at gunpoint Sunday night of approximately $11.2 million worth of jewelry.

"Love my girl! After hearing the full story, I'm so thankful she's okay," the 66-year-old former Olympian shared on Instagram. "It's a reminder for us all to be careful in the uncertainty of this world."

Love my girl! After hearing the full story, I'm so thankful she's okay. It's a reminder for us all to be careful in the uncertainty of this world