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Source: bakusradio.com

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03/May/2016

Spared by the hitmen with principles

One year ago a group of gunmen in Burundi was hired to kill a woman visiting from Australia. But the hit did not go as planned, leaving her with a chance to turn the tables on the man who wanted her dead.

"I felt like somebody who had risen again," says Noela Rukundo.

She was supposed to be dead. The hired killers had been paid. They had even explained how they would dispose of the body.

But now, waiting outside her house for the last of the mourners to leave, she was ready to face down the man who had put out a contract for her murder.

"When I get out of the car, he saw me straight away. He put his hands on his head and said, 'Is it my eyes? Is it a ghost?'"

"Surprise! I'm still alive!" she replied.

Noela's ordeal began five days earlier, and 7,500 miles away in her native Burundi. She had returned to Africa from her home in Melbourne, Australia, to attend her stepmother's funeral.

"I had lost the last person who I call 'mother'," she says. "It was very painful. I was so stressed."

By early evening Noela had retreated to her hotel room. As she lay dozing in the stifling city heat of Bujumbura, her phone rang. It was a call from Australia - from Balenga Kalala, her husband and father to her three youngest children.

"He says he'd been trying to get me for the whole day," Noela says. "I said I was going to bed. He told me, 'To bed? Why are you sleeping so early?'

"I say, 'I'm not feeling happy'. And he asks me, 'How's the weather? Is it very, very hot?' He told me to go outside for fresh air."

Noela took his advice.

"I didn't think anything. I just thought that he cared about me, that he was worried about me."

A wedding photo (Balenga Kalala and Noela Rukundo)

But moments after stepping outside the hotel compound, Noela found herself in danger.

"I opened the gate and I saw a man coming towards me. Then he pointed the gun on me.

"He just told me, 'Don't scream. If you start screaming, I will shoot you. They're going to catch me, but you? You will already be dead.'

"So, I did exactly what he told me."

The gunman motioned Noela towards a waiting car.

"I was sitting between two men. One had a small gun, one had a long gun. And the men say to the driver, 'Pass us a scarf.' Then they cover my face.

"After that, I didn't say anything. They just said to the driver, 'Let's go.'

"I was taken somewhere, 30 to 40 minutes, then I hear the car stop."

Noela was pushed inside a building and tied to a chair.

"One of the kidnappers told his friend, 'Go call the boss.' I can hear doors open but I didn't know if their boss was in a room or if he came from outside.

"They ask me, 'What did you do to this man? Why has this man asked us to kill you?' And then I tell them, 'Which man? Because I don't have any problem with anybody.' They say, 'Your husband!' I say, 'My husband can't kill me, you are lying!' And then they slap me.

"After that the boss says, 'You are very stupid, you are fool. Let me call who has paid us to kill you.'"

The gang's leader made the call.

"We already have her," he triumphantly told his paymaster.

The phone was put on loudspeaker for Noela to hear the reply.

Her husband's voice said: "Kill her."

Just hours earlier, the same voice had consoled her over the death of her stepmother and urged her to take fresh air outside the hotel. Now her husband Balenga Kalala had condemned her to death.

"I heard his voice. I heard him. I felt like my head was going to blow up.

"Then they described for him where they were going to chuck the body."

At that, Noela says she passed out.

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Balenga Kalala had arrived in Australia in 2004 as a refugee, after fleeing a rebel army that had rampaged through his village, killing his wife and young son.

Settling in Melbourne, he soon found steady employment, first in a seafood processing factory and then in a warehouse as a forklift operator.

"He could already speak English," recalls Noela, who also arrived in Australia in 2004. "My social worker was his social worker, and they used him to translate Swahili."

The two fell in love. They set up home in the Kings Park suburb of the city. Noela had five children from a previous relationship and went on to have three more with Kalala.

"I knew he was a violent man," admits Noela. "But I didn't believe he can kill me. I loved this man with all my heart!

"I give him, beautiful and handsome, two boys and one girl. So I don't know why he choose to kill me."


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As the gang's leader ended the call to Kalala, Noela was coming round.

"I said to myself, I was already dead. Nothing I can do can save me.

"But he looks at me and then he says, 'We're not going to kill you. We don't kill women and children.'

"He told me I'd been stupid because my husband paid them the deposit in November. And when I went to Africa it was January. He asked me, 'How stupid can you be, from November, you can't see that something is wrong?'"

He might have been a hit-man with principles, but the gang's leader still took the opportunity to extort more money from Kalala. He called him back and informed him that the fee for the murder had increased. He wanted a further 3,400 Australian dollars (£1,700) to finish the job.

Back at the hotel, Noela's brother was getting worried about her disappearance. He called Kalala in Australia to ask for $545 to pay the police to open an investigation - Kalala feigned concern and duly wired the money.

After two days in captivity, Noela was freed.

"'We give you 80 hours to leave this country,'" Noela says the gang told her. "'Your husband is serious. Maybe we can spare your life, but other people, they're not going to do the same thing. If God helps you, you'll get to Australia.'"

Before leaving Noela by the side of a road, the gang handed her the evidence they hoped would incriminate Kalala - a memory card containing recorded phone conversations of him discussing the murder and receipts for the Western Union money transfers.

We just want you to go back, to tell other stupid women like you what happened," the gang told Noela as they parted. "You must learn something: you people get a chance to go overseas for a better life. But the money you are earning, the money the government gives to you, you use it for killing each other!"

Noela immediately began planning her return to Australia. She called the pastor of her church in Melbourne, Dassano Harruno Nantogmah, and requested his help.

"'It was in the middle of the night. I says, 'It's me, I'm still alive, don't tell anybody.' He says, 'Noela, I don't believe it. Balenga can't kill someone!' And I said, 'Pastor, believe me!'"

Three days later, on the evening of 22 February 2015, Noela was back in Melbourne.

By now, Kalala had informed the community that his wife had died in a tragic accident. He had spent the day hosting a steady stream of well-wishers, many of whom donated money.

"It was around 7.30pm," Noela says. "He was in front of the house. People had been inside mourning with him and he was escorting a group of them into a car."

It was as they drove away that Noela sprang her surprise.

"I was stood just looking at him. He was scared, he didn't believe it. Then he starts walking towards me, slowly, like he was walking on broken glass.

"He kept talking to himself and when he reached me, he touched me on the shoulder. He jumped.

"He did it again. He jumped. Then he said, 'Noela, is it you?'… Then he start screaming, 'I'm sorry for everything.'"

Noela called the police who ordered Kalala off the premises and later obtained a court order against him. Days later, the police instructed Noela to call Kalala. Kalala made a full confession to his wife, captured on tape, begging for her forgiveness and revealing why he had ordered the murder.

"He say he wanted to kill me because he was jealous," says Noela. "He think that I wanted to leave him for another man."

She rejects the accusation.

In a police interview, Kalala denied any involvement in the plot. "The pretence," wrote the judge at his trial in December, "lasted for hours." But when confronted with the recording of his telephone conversation with Noela and the evidence she brought back from Burundi he started to cry.

Kalala was still unable to offer any explanation for his actions, suggesting only that "sometimes [the] devil can come into someone to do something but after they do it, they start thinking, 'Why I did that thing?'"

On 11 December last year, in court in Melbourne, after pleading guilty to incitement to murder, Kalala was sentenced to nine years in prison.

"His voice always comes in the night - 'Kill her, kill her,'" says Noela of the nightmares that now plague her. "Every night, I see what was happening in those two days with the kidnappers."

Ostracised by many in Melbourne's African community, some of whom blame her for Kalala's conviction, Noela sees a difficult future for her and her eight children.

"But I will stand up like a strong woman," she says.

"My situation, my past life? That is gone. I'm starting a new life now."

Source: bbc.com

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05/Feb/2016

Black Scribes by Paul Koomson

Oh, how I wish

The Bible was written by a Black man,

An African or some coloured people

Then they would have been divinely inspired

To be the heralds of the Creator's will,

Our creator's grand plan, His ways,

The divine rules of the ultimate maker

Who has always been

Blacks would have been the scribes

And the Dark Continent the cradle

Of improved Judaism

Or maybe it was modernised

What then would the world's response have been

Could the dark arena have emitted light

To all the universe

Wonder is the response

Perhaps the heathens would have been Israelites

No! Forget not,

That time is too remote

Well, they were god-open but God-remote

Africa knew nothing and could not document

What about the Pharaoh's land?

Leave that one

What if Africa is freed of the double bind

From the rulers of our rulers,

From the monster rulers of the states,

The auto-images of the fiend.

 

The Bible may have been written by Africans.

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11/Dec/2015

Little Things Musicians in Ghana Don’t Do Yet Expect a Break Through

Music has never been for fun only. That’s why we call it ‘Music Business’ and that is one good reason I don’t render services for musicians for free. It is business and its has rules!

In Music Business, commercial success is the ultimate. Every musician in Ghana definitely wants a break through. It could be a single record or an album. There are few things I know musicians in Ghana are aware of but deliberately relegate to the background and still expect to be talk of the town. How you package yourself will determine how long you will be relevant in the music industry.

I have paid attention to some of our musicians speak on both radio and television and it feels terrible. Most of them find it difficult to express themselves. Expressing one’s self is a big deal. If you know how to express yourself publicly, you can communicate well even with gestures. Some musicians are just refusing to learn the English language and those who mostly grant interviews in any of the local languages also face a lot of problems. The truth is that English is the official language of Ghana and it is expedient that any inhabitant or citizen of Ghana learns it to enable them communicate with ease.

The next point is that musicians in Ghana have no respect for those who promote their music and brand – from radio presenters, disc jockeys, promoters, bloggers etc. They treat them like their services are ancillary. Meanwhile, these people are the life of the craft. Aside the fact that the promoters need the musician’s songs and video as content, the musicians also need those platforms to reach out to their fans and potential fans. Just like any other business there is the need to keep strong business tide that binds both sides.

 Good looks and distinguished identity will bring in endorsement deals too. Don’t forget that too. 

In this era where sales of compact discs has drastically gone down, free downloads and striving for a hit song has become the order of the day. But the cash flows more from the stage. Some of our musicians have good songs yet they have appalling stage craft. You will lose interest in their brand after watching some of them perform.

 I’ve spent time with some artiste backstage during major events in Ghana and the atmosphere has always not been nice. Besides, our musicians hardly spend time trying to link up with other acts beyond their jurisdiction. It is necessary – not just for collaboration but to share ideas. Music is a global trade.  If we really want to go beyond our immediate boundaries, then we need to network with other acts elsewhere.


Ghanaian musicians are making money. To some extent, yes, they are not lacking. We always see them riding in luxurious automobiles, great mansions, beautiful ‘chicks’ and better clothes that cost thousands of Ghana cedis. So why can’t they employ the services of a Public Relations experts or publicists? Not every blogger is a public relations expert. You need a publicist to communicate to the public on your behalf and also network with all the media outlets that matters on your behalf. These are professionals you can hire to execute a deal. Most musicians take good initiatives that the public don’t know about. Others have their image tarnished because there was nobody to do the damage control.

Recently a Ghanaian blog released a list of Ghanaian artistes who are very interactive on the social media. It looks good but more can be done. Most artistes just don’t know how to get interactive with the fans.

 One thing you should not forget is that the social media administrator cannot do all. You frequently need to track your fan base to know where to push in a lot of energy. Musicians and their management should stop treating these partners like their effort is an option. They play instrumental roles in their career development and success.

Let’s do the best we can so the music craft will gain massive recognition and patronage both in Ghana and on the international market. It doesn’t come on a silver platter.

-Source: Jonilar
Twitter: @Jonilar
( Jonilar.blogspot.com)

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11/Dec/2015

Latest News

US and UK ban cabin laptops on some inbound flights

The US and UK are banning laptops from cabin baggage on flights from certain countries in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Turkey.

The US ban on electronic devices larger than a smartphone is being imposed as an anti-terrorist precaution.

It covers inbound flights on nine airlines operating out of 10 airports. Phones are not affected.

The British ban, announced hours after the American measure, is similar but applies to different airlines.

Downing Street said airline passengers on 14 carriers would not be able to carry laptops in cabin luggage on inbound direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

The Turkish government said the US ban was wrong and should be reversed.

Large electronic devices will still be allowed on board in checked baggage.

Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau said his country was also considering restrictions on electronics in the cabins of planes.

Which flights are affected?

British Airways and EasyJet are among the airlines affected by the UK ban.

The nine airlines affected by the US ban are Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways.

They have been given a deadline of 07:00 GMT on Saturday to impose the ban, US officials said, adding that the restriction had no end date.

However, an Emirates spokeswoman told Reuters news agency the airline understood that the US directive would come into effect on 25 March and remain valid until 14 October 2017.

The airports affected are:

Airports affected by electronics ban

  1. Mohammed V International, Casablanca, Morocco
  2. Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
  3. Cairo International Airport, Egypt
  4. Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan
  5. King Abdulaziz International, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  6. King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  7. Kuwait International Airport
  8. Hamad International, Doha, Qatar
  9. Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates
  10. Dubai International, United Arab Emirates

Why now?

The restriction is based, we are told, on "evaluated intelligence", BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner writes.

That means that US intelligence has either intercepted discussion of a possible extremist plot or has been passed word of one by a human informant.

The Middle Eastern and North African airports affected are nearly all ones with close, friendly relations with Washington, so this will be seen by some as a drastic and unpopular measure. Wealthy Gulf Arab business leaders flying to the US, for example, will no longer be able to work on their laptops mid-flight.

But aviation security experts were alarmed by an incident in Somalia last year when the insurgent group al-Shabaab smuggled an explosive-filled laptop on a flight out of Mogadishu, blowing a hole in the side of the plane. The aircraft was still low enough that the pilot was able to land the plane safely.

How is the ban being justified?

In a statement, the DHS cited attacks on planes and airports over the past two years.

Bombs, it said, had been hidden in such items as a soft drink can, in the downing of a Russian airliner over Egypt in October 2015 with the loss of 224 lives, and the laptop used in the unsuccessful Somali attack last year.

"Terrorists have historically tried to hide explosives in shoes in 2001, use liquid explosives in 2006, and conceal explosives in printers in 2010 and suicide devices in underwear in 2009 and 2012," it noted.

"Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items," the DHS said.

A British Government spokesperson said: "The additional security measures may cause some disruption for passengers and flights, and we understand the frustration that will cause, but our top priority will always be to maintain the safety of British nationals."

Will the ban be effective?

Turkish Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan told reporters the ban was "not a right move". Ataturk Airport, which has stringent security checks in place, was attacked last year.

A security official looks at a screen displaying X-ray screened parcels in Turkish Post's (PTT) postal logistic centre at the Ataturk International airport in Istanbul, Turkey, 6 November 2010

"We particularly emphasise how this will not benefit the passenger and that reverse steps or a softening should be adopted," he added.

Philip Baum, editor in chief of Aviation Security magazine, told the BBC: "If we cannot, in 2017, distinguish between a laptop that contains an IED [improvised explosive device] and one that does not, then our screening process is completely flawed.

"And encouraging people to check laptops, and other such items, into the luggage hold simply makes the challenge even harder. Cabin baggage can, at least, be inspected piece by piece and the accompanying passenger questioned."

Simon Calder, travel editor of the UK's Independent newspaper, suggested the British ban would affect travelers differently because it included budget flights.

"It's easy for the Americans, they don't have as many flights as us coming in and furthermore they don't have things like low-cost flights where I'm not going to pay to check in a bag," he told the BBC.

"And suddenly I've got my laptop, I'm going to have to put that in a little bag and hand it in. Oh, and by the way, good news for petty thieves all over the airports of the world because lots of rich pickings are going to be around."

Is this linked to the Trump travel ban?

Officials quoted by Reuters news agency said the new measure was not connected to US President Donald Trump's efforts to ban travelers from six Muslim-majority states.

Source: bbc.com

 

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21/Mar/2017

Quata Budukusu out with “Ano Dey See You Seff”

Quata Budukusu who early this month released his diss songs “Death to Sark” and “Twist Lessons to Sark” in response to “S.H.O.U.T,” has released another single “Ano Dey See You Seff” to complement his tunes. Quata Budukusu is back to his usual best, and there is a clear indication from the “Death to Sark” song that he is not “dead” as speculated. Quata Budukusu is still a power to reckon with in the hip-hop genre as he showed his lyrical prowess in this classic hip-hop song “Ano Dey See You Seff.” Ghanaians should brace themselves to listen to more tunes coming from the camp of Quata Budukusu. Listen to both versions (original and radio edit) of “Ano Dey See You Seff” produced by KV-Bangerz.

Source: Bakus Radio, USA (www.bakusradio.com)

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14/Mar/2017

Lokobeatz says he is the most handsome man in the Ghana music industry

Ghanaian Music Producer / Musician, Godwin Kumah Mawuli, aka, lokobeatz, continues to prove every day that he is one of the most handsome men in the Ghanaian Music Industry. Currently, The President of Lokonation, Godwin Kumah Mawuli is 29 years old, hails from the Volta Region of Ghana. Lokobeatz has produced a lot of songs for musicians in and across the borders of Ghana. He is a blogger, musician, music producer, and a songwriter as well.


Source: Xplusx Ghana

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14/Mar/2017

Quata Budukusu out with "Death To Sark"

The music industry is getting interesting. Just like promised, Quata Budukusu has released his direct diss song to rapper Sarkodie titled “Death to Sark“.

He dropped the song following Sarkodie’s recent alleged diss song titled “S.H.O.U.T”.

In the 9:24 minutes long Hip-hop song produced by KV-Bangerz, Quata Budukusu dares Sarkodie to face him and stop throwing subliminal digs at him.

He further took it personal and asked him to forget about his riches and face him in a battle.

Download and listen below.

Quata-Death-to-Sark-Prod.-by-KV-Bangerz-Thinkghmusic.com_.mp3 

Source: thinkghmusic.com

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01/Mar/2017

Quata Budukusu records with Gully Bop (a.k.a. Country Man) from Jamaica

Quata Budukusu who recently released the video and audio for “Ginger” Featuring South Africa giant, Uhuru, is currently in the studios with Jamaican music giant Gully Bop. According to Quata Budukusu, the title of the song is “Grateful,” and both parties have finished putting their bars on the beat produced by Imakas and in the process of finishing it up for the final mastering. Ghanaians should also watch out for “Grateful” video shoot.


Quata Budukusu who is credited with the invention of tongue-twisting rap in Ghana is ready to release his Quantum Legacy album later this year, and he is working to make that album a success. Quata Budukusu is, therefore, leaving no stone unturned. According to Quata Budukusu and his management, after a successful collaboration with South African music giant, Uhuru, the latest collaboration is with the most sort after Dancehall artiste, Gully Bop from Jamaica.

Quata Budukusu has already released a couple of songs to include “One Life to Live,” “Kudi,” “Paper,” “Pum Pum Shot,” “U Too bad,” “Ohia,” “Versatility King,” and “Wind N Go Low.”

 

On January 30, Quata Budukusu released an audio for “Hallelujah” which is receiving massive airplay. Plans are also in place for Quata Budukusu to tour some major cities in the United Kingdom with Uhuru after which Bakus Records and Entertainment will arrange two big concerts in Ghana, specifically Accra and Kumasi with Uhuru.

 

2016 was a successful year for Quata Budukusu and his team as he made it to number 8 on the NextUp mixed tape hosted by Coast to Coast, USA and are grateful for life. For Quata Budukusu, he has a lot of songs he will be releasing in the year 2017 and urge all Ghanaians to brace themselves for great music that has been missing in the Ghana music industry for a while. Watch the 20 min Facebook live video in which Gully Bop talked about the tune, “Grateful.” The original live feed had over 3000 views and over 1500 comments.

 

Quata Budukusu and Gully Bop - Grateful

 

Source: Bakus Radio, USA, www.bakusradio.com

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26/Feb/2017

Trump administration widens net for immigrant deportation

The Trump administration has issued tough guidelines to widen the net for deporting illegal immigrants from the US, and speed up their removal.

Undocumented immigrants arrested for traffic violations or shop-lifting will be targeted along with those convicted of more serious crimes.

The memos do not alter US immigration laws but take a much tougher approach towards enforcing existing measures.

There are an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the US.

Five questions ahead of new US travel ban

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Tuesday the new guidelines would not usher in mass deportations but were designed to empower agents to enforce laws already on the books.

"The president wanted to take the shackles off individuals in these agencies," Mr. Spicer said.

"The message from this White House and the Department of Homeland Security is that those people who are in this country, who pose a threat to our safety, or who have committed a crime, will be the first to go."

What's changed from the Obama era?

The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) new blueprint leaves in place Obama-era protections for immigrants who entered the US illegally as children, affecting about 750,000 young people known as Dreamers.

But it expands the more restricted guidance issued under the previous administration, which focused its policy on immigrants convicted of serious crimes, threats to national security or those who had recently crossed the border.

Donald Trump's immigration order marks a sharp break with those Obama-era policies. Instead - according to the Department of Homeland Security implementation memos - the Trump administration essentially will "prioritize" the deportation of almost all undocumented immigrants, everywhere.

The Homeland Security Department's list of prioritized "removable aliens" is so broad as to include just about every class of undocumented immigrant - with only a carve-out for individuals who entered the US as children.

All this will require more money and manpower - and the Trump administration is going to ask Congress for the former and go on a hiring spree to address the latter. Local and state law-enforcement officials will also be allowed to arrest unauthorized immigrants.

While Mr. Obama aggressively enforced immigration law and ramped up deportations in some areas and at some times, there were notable instances where he de-emphasised action. In the Trump era, immigration authorities are now being given the power to make a sea-to-sea, border-to-border push.

What's in the new orders?

The two memos released on Tuesday by the agency also allow Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deport people immediately.

During Mr. Obama's presidency, expedited removals were applied to people who had been in the country for no more than 14 days and were within 100 miles of the border.

Under the new guidance, agents can expedite deportations for undocumented immigrants who are unable to prove they have been in the country for more than two years, located anywhere in the US.

Some of the new priorities include:

  • Expanding deportations to undocumented immigrants who have been charged with a crime, misrepresented themselves, pose a risk to public safety, or "have abused any program related to receipt of public benefits" - effectively allowing agents to arrest any illegal immigrant they encounter
  • Ending US policy to release those caught on the border and instead placing them into detention centers until their cases are resolved
  • Calling for authorities to prosecute parents who help smuggle their children into the country
  • Allowing plans to begin on an expansion of the border wall along the US southern border

The DHS plans to hire an extra 10,000 agents for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and 5,000 more border patrol officers to enforce the new guidance.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly wrote in one of the memos: "The surge of illegal immigration at the southern border has overwhelmed federal agencies and resources and has created a significant national security vulnerability to the United States."

Mr. Kelly's memo also includes instructions to enforce an existing provision of the US Immigration and Nationality Act that allows authorities to send some people caught illegally at the border back to Mexico, regardless of where they are from. It is unclear whether the US has authority to force Mexico to accept foreigners.

A US Border Patrol agent apprehends an undocumented immigrant near Falfurrias, Texas, on 25 July 2014

A US Border Patrol agent apprehended an undocumented immigrant near Texas in July 2014

Where's this guidance come from?

It is a blueprint to implement executive orders that Mr. Trump signed on 25 January, days after taking office.

The new guidelines did not explain how Mr. Trump's border wall would be funded and where undocumented immigrants apprehended in the crackdown would be detained.

The memos instruct agents to use "all available resources to expand their detention capabilities and capacities," but Congress would probably need to allocate money to build new detention centers.

Source: bbc.com

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21/Feb/2017

Amend Ghana’s laws to ban homosexuality – Oquaye

The Speaker of Parliament Professor Mike Oquaye has called for the amendment of Ghana’s laws to completely ban homosexuality and make it illegal.

According to the Speaker, who doubles as a pastor, the despicable act is against the country’s culture and cannot be accepted.

Speaking during a courtesy call by the Royal House Chapel led by its founder Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah, Prof. Oquaye said existing legislations are not clear of the illegality of the practice.

“It is unfortunate that people have become so liberal that they will want to liberalize Christianity…even priests are approving of homosexuality and allowing a man and a man [to] marry, a woman and a woman [to] marry and these are manifest abominations.

“I trust that with your kind of insistence, the Parliament of Ghana…will find its way clear in strengthening the laws to ban homosexuality as they exist. As for this, may God forbid that it becomes a Ghanaian culture,” Prof. Oquaye said.

Ghana’s laws are silent on homosexuality, but persons found to be engaging in such acts are mostly attacked and brutally assaulted.

Most African countries also frown on the act and in some countries, people suspected to be homosexuals are jailed or killed.

Source: starrfmonline.com

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21/Feb/2017

Chelsea to play Manchester United at home in the quarter-finals of this season’s FA Cup.

Chelsea football club will play Manchester United at home in the quarter-finals of this season’s FA Cup.

The match will take place the weekend of 10/11/12/13 March with the exact date and time yet to be announced. The winner will be decided on the day as there are no replays in this season’s quarter-finals.

The all-Premier League tie is the reward for Antonio Conte’s side overcoming Wolves away on Saturday evening. Manchester United beat Blackburn away 2-1 on Sunday.

This is the 12th season Chelsea have been paired with Man United in this competition. The most recent was in 2012/13, also in the quarter-finals, when following a recovery from 2-0 down to draw at Old Trafford, Chelsea won the replay at the Bridge thanks to a Demba Ba goal. 

The full Round 6 draw is:  

Chelsea v Manchester United

Middlesbrough v Huddersfield or Manchester City

Tottenham v Millwall

Sutton United or Arsenal v Lincolin

Source: www.chelseafc.com

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19/Feb/2017

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14/Mar/2017

Quata Budukusu out with “Ano Dey See You Seff”

Quata Budukusu who early this month released his diss songs “Death to Sark” and “Twist Lessons to Sark” in response to “S.H.O.U.T,” has released another single “Ano Dey See You Seff” to complement his tunes. Quata Budukusu is back to his usual best, and there is a clear indication from the “Death to Sark” song that he is not “dead” as speculated. Quata Budukusu is still a power to reckon with in the hip-hop genre as he showed his lyrical prowess in this classic hip-hop song “Ano Dey See You Seff.” Ghanaians should brace themselves to listen to more tunes coming from the camp of Quata Budukusu. Listen to both versions (original and radio edit) of “Ano Dey See You Seff” produced by KV-Bangerz.

Source: Bakus Radio, USA (www.bakusradio.com)

14/Mar/2017

Lokobeatz says he is the most handsome man in the Ghana music industry

Ghanaian Music Producer / Musician, Godwin Kumah Mawuli, aka, lokobeatz, continues to prove every day that he is one of the most handsome men in the Ghanaian Music Industry. Currently, The President of Lokonation, Godwin Kumah Mawuli is 29 years old, hails from the Volta Region of Ghana. Lokobeatz has produced a lot of songs for musicians in and across the borders of Ghana. He is a blogger, musician, music producer, and a songwriter as well.


Source: Xplusx Ghana

01/Mar/2017

Quata Budukusu out with "Death To Sark"

The music industry is getting interesting. Just like promised, Quata Budukusu has released his direct diss song to rapper Sarkodie titled “Death to Sark“.

He dropped the song following Sarkodie’s recent alleged diss song titled “S.H.O.U.T”.

In the 9:24 minutes long Hip-hop song produced by KV-Bangerz, Quata Budukusu dares Sarkodie to face him and stop throwing subliminal digs at him.

He further took it personal and asked him to forget about his riches and face him in a battle.

Download and listen below.

Quata-Death-to-Sark-Prod.-by-KV-Bangerz-Thinkghmusic.com_.mp3 

Source: thinkghmusic.com

26/Feb/2017

Quata Budukusu records with Gully Bop (a.k.a. Country Man) from Jamaica

Quata Budukusu who recently released the video and audio for “Ginger” Featuring South Africa giant, Uhuru, is currently in the studios with Jamaican music giant Gully Bop. According to Quata Budukusu, the title of the song is “Grateful,” and both parties have finished putting their bars on the beat produced by Imakas and in the process of finishing it up for the final mastering. Ghanaians should also watch out for “Grateful” video shoot.


Quata Budukusu who is credited with the invention of tongue-twisting rap in Ghana is ready to release his Quantum Legacy album later this year, and he is working to make that album a success. Quata Budukusu is, therefore, leaving no stone unturned. According to Quata Budukusu and his management, after a successful collaboration with South African music giant, Uhuru, the latest collaboration is with the most sort after Dancehall artiste, Gully Bop from Jamaica.

Quata Budukusu has already released a couple of songs to include “One Life to Live,” “Kudi,” “Paper,” “Pum Pum Shot,” “U Too bad,” “Ohia,” “Versatility King,” and “Wind N Go Low.”

 

On January 30, Quata Budukusu released an audio for “Hallelujah” which is receiving massive airplay. Plans are also in place for Quata Budukusu to tour some major cities in the United Kingdom with Uhuru after which Bakus Records and Entertainment will arrange two big concerts in Ghana, specifically Accra and Kumasi with Uhuru.

 

2016 was a successful year for Quata Budukusu and his team as he made it to number 8 on the NextUp mixed tape hosted by Coast to Coast, USA and are grateful for life. For Quata Budukusu, he has a lot of songs he will be releasing in the year 2017 and urge all Ghanaians to brace themselves for great music that has been missing in the Ghana music industry for a while. Watch the 20 min Facebook live video in which Gully Bop talked about the tune, “Grateful.” The original live feed had over 3000 views and over 1500 comments.

 

Quata Budukusu and Gully Bop - Grateful

 

Source: Bakus Radio, USA, www.bakusradio.com