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Gov’t saved GH¢433 million from removal of ‘ghost workers’ – President Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has revealed that through a payroll audit conducted by the Ministry of Finance in the last two months, some 26,589 workers’ salaries have been suspended from the April 2017 payroll.  
According to President Akufo-Addo, “These "workers" have not come forward to be biometrically verified by SSNIT, despite numerous calls by the Controller and Accountant General to do so. The idea of biometric verification is essentially to isolate ghost names from the payroll.” 
The cost of maintaining these 26,589 names on government payroll, the President stated, is GH¢36,166,203 per month, implying that “government stands to save the country over GH¢433 million on this year’s budget alone by this exercise.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Monday, May 1, 2017, when he delivered his May Day address to workers, at the Independence Square, in Accra. 
In addition to the biometric verification of workers, President Akufo-Addo reiterated that o…

Trump Says He'd Meet North Korea's Kim Under Right Circumstances

President Donald Trump said he would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un amid heightened tensions over his country’s nuclear weapons program if the circumstances were right.
“If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,” Trump said Monday in an Oval Office interview with Bloomberg News. “If it’s under the, again, under the right circumstances. But I would do that.”
The U.S. has no diplomatic relations with North Korea, and as recently as last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at the United Nations that the U.S. would negotiate with Kim’s regime only if it made credible steps toward giving up its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
“Most political people would never say that,” Trump said of his willingness to meet with the reclusive Kim, “but I’m telling you under the right circumstances I would meet with him. We have breaking news.”
North Korea has become the most urgent national security threat and fore…

South Africa's Jacob Zuma abandons rally after being booed

South Africa's scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma has abandoned a May Day rally after he was booed by workers demanding his resignation. 
Scuffles broke out between Mr Zuma's supporters and opponents, resulting in all speeches being cancelled. 
The main labour federation, Cosatu, called on Mr Zuma to step down last month after he sacked his widely respected finance minister. 
Mr Zuma's allies say he will remain in office until his term ends in 2019. 
He was seen on live television hastily leaving the podium and being whisked away in a motorcade from the rally in Bloemfontein city, Reuters news agency reports.
Mr Zuma attended the rally despite the fact that powerful affiliates of Cosatu, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, had opposed his presence. 
Cosatu is part of a formal alliance with the governing African National Congress (ANC).
Earlier, sections of the crowd sang a song which, loosely translated, means: "Have you heard the good news? Zuma is going&quo…

Efya Plays Same Hall With Drake & Kendrick Lamar In New York

Everyone Ghanaian lover of music, has at one point or another been proud of Efya.Whether she is on a hit track with an international artiste or getting a nod at the world music awards, Efya has always been a source of national pride.

The songstress, who was in Ghana to thrill event audience during the Easter holidays, soon after returned to the USA, to continue working.

On Wednesday 26th April 2017, Efya again made history for Ghana, as she performed at the Sound of Brazil (SOB) in New York, which is considered a rite of passage for artistes looking to make it big in the US and also the last place Fela Kuti, performed in the USA, before he died.

The Ghanaian songstress, will be the first musician of Ghanaian origin, to perform at the 500 capacity venue, previously conquered by the likes of Outkast, Drake, Kid Cudi, DMX, Kendrick Lamar and more. The artiste announced this achievement with humility, as she took to Instagram to write, "Last night was a dream. Thank you N…

Video: ‘A beer in one hand, a gun in the other’: Man kills 1, injures 7 at San Diego apartment pool

A gunman opened fire at an apartment complex swimming pool in San Diego on Sunday evening, killing one person and injuring seven others before being fatally shot by officers, police said.
The gunman, identified as Peter Selis, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police described him as a white male who may have lived in one of the buildings, and said all of the victims were African American or Hispanic. Police said they did not know whether race was a factor in the attack.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting about 6 p.m. at the upscale La Jolla Crossroads apartments in San Diego’s University City neighborhood, where about 30 people had gathered for a birthday party at the pool.

A police helicopter arrived on the scene first and reported seeing a suspect armed with a handgun, surrounded by “numerous victims,” San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said in a news conference. The pilot watched the suspect reload his weapon once and open fire again on the partygoers, she sa…

“god MC” Performers Booked for ‘Spit Bars and Poetry’ Event

Ahead of disclosing the location, date and time of what some poetry and spoken word analysts opine would be arguably Ghana’s biggest gathering of super talented poets and spoken word artists, the organizer of upcoming ‘Spit Bars and Poetry’ event has released zodiac names and photos of some performers slated to thrill and mesmerize event attendees.
Manager and Press Agent of Crabbita Media Consult, Crabbe Nathaniel is confident “it would be hard for any event organizer to pull together such wordsmith gems from across the country onto one stage to highlight issues affecting women and the girl-child via poetry and spoken word. At least not in the immediate term.
More faces to drop later – for now, below are names and photos of some “god MC” performers booked to leave you literally gasping and grasping for ‘poetic-orgasms’ at the ‘Spit Bars and Poetry’ event:
This event is proudly sponsored by Godly Favoured Eye Care Center, Bello Couture GH, Jobo Lights and Sets, Drink Station …

William and Kate celebrate Princess Charlotte's upcoming second birthday with adorable new photo

Prince William and his wife Kate have released a photo of Princess Charlotte ahead of her 2nd birthday.
The photo taken by the Duchess of Cambridge was distributed Monday, one day before Charlotte turns two.
It shows Charlotte on the grounds of Anmer Hall, the family's country home, wearing a yellow cardigan sweater decorated with images of sheep.
The family is expected to spend more time in London in the coming years. Their London base is at Kensington Palace.
Charlotte's older brother Prince George, 3, plans to attend a London school in September.

'Oldest human' dies in Indonesia 'aged 146'

The Indonesian man who claimed to be 146 years old - the longest living human ever - has died in his village in Central Java. 
According to his papers, Sodimedjo, also known as Mbah Ghoto (grandpa Ghoto), was born in December 1870.
But Indonesia only started recording births in 1900 - and there have been mistakes before.
Yet officials told the BBC his papers were valid, based on documents he provided and interviews with him. 
He was taken to hospital on 12 April because of deteriorating health. Six days later he insisted on checking out to return home.
"Since he came back from the hospital, he only ate spoonfuls of porridge and drank very little," his grandson Suyanto told the BBC. 
"It only lasted a couple of days. From that moment on to his death, he refused to eat and drink."
Patience and love
When asked about the secret of his longevity, Mbah Ghoto told the BBC last year that patience was key and that he had "a long life because I have people that love me loo…

Mahama salutes “gallant” Ghanaian workers

Former President John Mahama has paid his respect to Ghanaian workers as the country joins the rest of the world to mark ‘workers day’ today, May 1.
May 1 is observed across the world to appreciate the contribution of workers towards development.
The former Ghanaian leader in a tweet said :”It’s Workers’ Day. I join my fellow countrymen and women to salute you all, gallant Ghanaian workers”.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo will be the special guest at today’s  National May Day Parade to be held at the Independence Square.
The event is under the  theme: “Ghana @60: Mobilising for Ghana’s future through the creation of decent jobs”.

Kanye West Will Not Accompany Kim Kardashian to the Met Gala

Kanye West will not be attending this year's Met Gala in New York City, ET can confirm. West's wife, Kim Kardashian West, will attend Monday night's swanky fashion fundraiser without him. 
The couple has attended the haute couture soiree together every year since Kardashian's Met Gala debut in 2013.
A source close to West tells ET that the "All Day" rapper will be at home with his 3-year-old daughter, North and 1-year-old son, Saint. "He's staying in Los Angeles with the kids," the source says. "He's just tending to the family right now and taking time off from public events."
Some of Kardashian's most iconic looks have been debuted at the Met Gala, including last year's show-stopping cyborg-inspired Balmain dress.

The ultra-exclusive ball has become well known for the often avant-garde red carpet looks its attendees wear.

Famed Swiss climber falls to death near Mount Everest

A famed Swiss climber has died in Nepal's Everest region after falling 1,000 metres from a ridge during preparations to scale the world's highest mountain.
Ueli Steck, 40, died on Sunday after falling to the foot of Mount Nuptse, a smaller peak in the area, officials said.
"He skidded off about 1,000 metres from camp ... Other climbers ascending Everest saw him and asked for his rescue," said Dinesh Bhattarai, director-general at Nepal's Department of Tourism.
Steck, one of the most renowned mountaineers of his generation, was acclimatising before a bid to ascend Everest through the less-climbed West Ridge route and nearby Mount Lhotse next month - all without the use of oxygen supplies.  
His body was recovered from the site and taken to an airport in Lukla. Steck's family said the exact circumstances of his death were still unclear.

"The family is infinitely sad and asks that the media refrain from speculating about his death out of respect and con…

Annie~Joy writes: The Calling. #BeInspired!!

Factually, if you are a living being then you are on a purpose. The  table for decision making gets set above. The moment couples decide to produce offsprings, the first decision that's made is your location. Should this child be given to the family of the warriors or the servants. After this decision is made, then the next decision is "THE CALLING ".  What will this cloth of blood that will form into a child soon come to the earth to do? Should he or she go and be a doctor, a pastor, a musician or a lecturer? After the panel of decision makers have rolled the scroll then they will select one for the child . Which basically cannot be changed because what God says is final. A lot of people are finding it difficult to know the ends to their lives because they haven't identified their CALLING and the privileged​ ones who have identified it cannot honour their CALLING.  Simply because for example, Morris has grown to love singing and wants to be a musician so…

Eminem sues New Zealand governing party over Lose Yourself

Eminem has taken New Zealand's governing party to court over a music track it used for a campaign ad.
The US rapper says the song, used in the 2014 advert by the National Party, was an unlicensed version of Lose Yourself, one of his biggest hits.

But the party's lawyers argue it was not actually Lose Yourself, but a track called Eminem-esque which they bought from a stock music library.
The case began on Monday, with the two tracks played in court.
A lawyer for Eight Mile Style - a publishing group representing the artist - said Lose Yourself was "iconic" and "without doubt the jewel in the crown of Eminem's musical work". 
The 2014 advert featured shots of rowers and a voiceover urging people to "keep the team that's working" and return the National Party to office at the coming election.
The backing track, Eminem-esque, was strikingly similar to Lose Yourself, which appeared in Eminem's 2002 film 8 Mile.
It had the same insistent d…

French forces kill militants in Mali forest

France says its forces in West Africa have killed or captured more than 20 militants in a forest near Mali's border with Burkina Faso.
A statement by its regional force said air and ground forces were involved. It did not identify the militant group.
A French soldier was killed in the area earlier this month.
Mali suffers frequent attacks by Islamist militants despite a French military operation in 2013 to drive jihadists from northern cities.
A French military spokesman said the militants had been targeted in the Foulsare forest, in the south-west of Gao province.
On Saturday, Mali's National Assembly voted to extend a state of emergency by six months in a bid to quell an upsurge in attacks.
Violence has also intensified in neighbouring Burkina Faso. 
In December, 12 soldiers were killed in an attack by militants near Burkina Faso's border with Mali.
In January last year, 29 people, many of them foreigners, died in a attack on a hotel in the capital Ouagadougou.
France, the…

Sulley Muntari: Pescara midfielder booked after reporting 'racial abuse'

Pescara's Sulley Muntari walked off the pitch in protest when a referee booked him after he claimed he was being racially abused during a league match.
The 32-year-old former Ghana midfielder asked Daniele Minelli to stop Sunday's Serie A game at Cagliari.
But he was instead booked for dissent in the 89th minute, prompting the former Portsmouth and Sunderland player to leave the pitch in protest.
He angrily confronted Cagliari fans, shouting: "This is my colour."
Speaking after the game, Muntari said: "The referee should not just stay on the field and blow the whistle, he must do everything.
"He should be aware of these things and set an example.
"I asked him if had heard the insults. I insisted that he must have the courage to stop the game."
Pescara boss Zdenek Zeman, whose side lost 1-0, said: "He asked the referee to intervene, but he [said he had] neither heard nor seen anything.
"Muntari was right, but he shouldn't have left t…