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Johnny Depp faces perjury charges in Australia

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Johnny Depp strikes a pose on a Cadillac at Glastonbury Festival

Australia’s deputy prime minister has threatened US actor Johnny Depp with perjury charges in a new installment of the “war on terrier”.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star and then-wife Amber Heard failed to declare their dogs to Australian customs after arriving by private jet in 2015.

Ms Heard escaped conviction and the pair released an unusual apology video.

But legal documents filed in a US court allegedly show Mr Depp was “fully aware” he was breaking Australian laws.

His former business managers, The Management Group (TMG), claimed the actor had “pressured one of his long-term employees to ‘take the fall’,” in papers obtained by People.

‘It is called perjury’

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce subsequently hinted that the government may reinvestigate Depp.
“If the allegation is correct, there’s a word for that – it is called perjury,” Mr Joyce told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

“We’re an island continent and we take biosecurity very seriously and it doesn’t matter if you think that you’re Mr Who’s Who of Hollywood, you’re going to obey our laws.”

Mr Joyce made international headlines two years ago when he said the dogs – Pistol and Boo – should “bugger off back to the United States” or risk being put down.

Mr Depp fired back referring to Mr Joyce as some kind of “sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia”.

Last year, Ms Heard pleaded guilty to falsifying her immigration papers and was placed on a A$1000 (£600, $760) one-month good behaviour bond.

Her lawyer argued the actress thought Mr Depp’s assistants had already sorted out the dogs’ travel documents for their journey to Queensland two years ago.

Australia’s tough quarantine laws are designed to keep disease at bay.

Earlier this week, Mr Depp apologised for remarks which appeared to threaten US President Donald Trump during a speech at the UK’s Glastonbury Festival.

Source BBC

Stonebwoy misses 2017 BET Award

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Ghanaian dancehall artiste Stonebwoy failed to add to his awards cabinet as he lost the 2017 BET Best International Act award to Nigeria’s Wizkid.

Stonebwoy was aiming to win his second BET gong after winning it in 2015.

He was nominated together with eventual winner Wizkid, Nasty C, Babes Wodumo, AKA, Davido, Mr Eazi and Tekno Miles.

The Go Higherr hitmaker has already tweeted to congratulate Wizkid, who jointly won the same award in 2012 with Ghana’s Sarkodie.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

 

 

I was hurt Mahama lost 2016 elections – Gifty Osei

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Outspoken gospel diva Gifty Osei has revealed how disappointed she was when John Dramani Mahama lost the 2016 general election.

In an exclusive interview with Christian Agyei Frimpong on Onua 95.1 FM, Gifty Osei said: “I got hurt when John Dramani Mahama lost the election because he is my father.”

Empress Gifty, as she is affectionately called by her fans, said she could recount in 2011, when a journalist asked her to make a wish for the Christmas season, how she said it was her wish to have lunch with the then Vice president John Dramani Mahama.

A day after the story was published, she had a call from the Castle and it was the Vice President inviting her to the castle.

“I was shocked [and] surprised a whole Vice President is inviting me, how I was received at the presidency. I have not seen such an honour in my life. What at all have I done for such a great person like the Vice President to invite me. He gave me a big hamper, I took a picture of the gift, posted it on my social media platforms, from that day I took John Dramani Mahama as my father. He also took me as a daughter and it’s just father and daughter relationship between the two of us and nothing else,” she said.

When the host asked her if she supports the NDC for the matter voted for John Dramani Mahama, she was quick to say, she can’t disclose where she belongs and who she voted for.

By Emmanuel Agyemang|Onua 95.1FM|3news.com|Ghana

GH¢20k up for grabs as #MyFutureGH contest opens for ladies between 16yrs and 26yrs

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World Remit in partnership with Miss Ghana UK Foundation is presenting ladies between the ages of 16 and 26 with a unique opportunity to showcase their talent to the world.

Dubbed ‘MyFutureGH,’ the initiative forms part of many exciting activities to mark the silver jubilee edition of Miss Ghana UK.

It will afford an enterprising and talented Ghanaian lady the chance to win GH¢20, 000, an amount which will ceremoniously be presented by Miss Ghana UK 2017.

Speaking on the project, the Managing Director of RED Communications, Michael Mensa-Bonsu, who doubles as the country representative for World Remit and communications lead of the project, expressed delight over the project

“We at World Remit are aware of the incredible talent of our young Ghanaian ladies. As we continue to battle some of the socio-cultural prejudices which limit the potential of many young women, we could not help but to partner, an internationally-reputed brand such as Miss Ghana UK Foundation in an initiative that will serve to create audience for many young motivated and passionate women in Ghana.”

He added: “At World Remit, we believe that dreams, aspirations and passions of every young lady is  within their own remit, one that is not limited by the prejudices of culture and society’s expectations.”

A representative of Miss Ghana UK Foundation, Mavis Osei, stressed the need for young ladies between 16 and 26 to participate in the project given the international exposure that same can afford them.

She noted that “whilst winning the cash prize should, understandably, be the ultimate of every participant, there should be no devaluing the international exposure this initiative can open to Ghanaian young ladies.”

“Most importantly, the critical idea that ladies should always be given the opportunity to freely showcase their talents and what they are  made of must not be lost on us, even after a winner is announced,”she added.

She was optimistic that the initiative will serve to inculcate into Ghanaian ladies the values and virtues that they need to compete in an increasing globalised and competitive world.

“In our time, having a dream is not enough. Rather the magic wand lies in the ability of one to effectively communicate what their dreams are,” she suggested.

Touching on the silver jubilee edition of Miss Ghana UK, another representative of the Miss Ghana UK Foundation, Cilla Baafour-Gyewu, noted with excitement the many milestone achievements the pageantry has chalked since its inception.

“The considerable brand equity of Miss Ghana UK can only be attributed to the many talents the pageantry has succeeded in unearthing since its inception some 25 years ago.”

The campaign, which is open to young Ghanaian ladies between ages 16 and 26 and resident in Ghana, runs from now till the end of August.

Within this period, participants are expected to upload a picture of themselves demonstrating what they love to do, in any field of endeavour, be it in sports, entertainment, academia, writing and host of others, on social media.

Using #MyFutureGH, participants’ picture must be accompanied with brief information about themselves and why they think they deserve to win.

Of the many expected entries, the five outstanding talents, who will be shortlisted, will be required to upload a video, detailing who they are and why their dreams merit a win.

The winner will be announced at the Miss Ghana UK 2017 and will be presented with the GH¢20, 000 cash prize by the Miss Ghana UK.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Maame Serwaa a better choice than Abraham Atta as Free SHS amb. – Showbiz critic

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Abraham Atta was unveiled as Free SHS ambassador on Thursday

The issue of Beasts of No Nation’s child-star actor, Abraham Attah, being made the ambassador for government’s upcoming Free SHS policy seems not dying out anytime soon as sections of the public either criticize or praise the move.

The Ministry of Education on Thursday unveiled its choice, Abraham Attah, as the Free SHS Ambassador.

Speaking on 3FM’s Showbiz 927 with host Ken Nana Kwadjo Addo, showbiz critic and CEO of Vibes in 5 Arnold Elevanyo indicated that he would have chosen Kumawood child-star, Maame Serwaa, for the position if he had a way.

READ: Abraham Atta and the Hero Film Crew donate to school children in Tamale

“If you ask me, Maame Serwaa could have been a perfect choice,” he argued.

“Maame Serwaa could have done that because she has been here, she is still here in the industry…but to go for someone who is living in America, who will spend most of his years there and only come down [to Ghana] when there is something to be talked about; why can’t we equally use the guys here?” he wondered.

According to Arnold Elevanyo, if making Abraham Attah is for the “fan of it,  then they got it right but anything aside that falls below par for me”.

By Roberta Acquah-Imbeah|3FM|3news.com|Ghana

Footballers are great people but I can’t marry one – GMB’s Badu

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As bubbly and determined as she is, Dora Badu Acheampong is almost always all smiles and that has gained her the admiration of many, hence the name Badu Smiley she uses on Instagram.

A finalist of the TV3’s 2016 Ghana’s Most Beautiful, Badu, as she is popularly called, has been involved in lots of creative endeavours such as poetry, acting and dancing.

She kicked off her career as a broadcast journalist with Peace FM, Adom FM (host of ‘Peteemu’), Thunder TV (host of TV Clinic/Apomuden mr3) and with Business and Labour Guide newspaper.

Badu is currently with TV3 as sports journalist and also an ambassador for GTP and Diamond Baby Diapers.

She (DBA) got up close with 3news.com‘s Nana Afrane Asante (NA) and below is what ensued between them:

NA: What is your beauty secret?

DBA: There’s nothing that makes a woman beautiful than wearing a SMILE.

NA: What are you currently following in the fashion industry?

DBA: Brands and news

NA: Who are some of your favourite designers, fashion writers, stylists, photographers?

DBA: Nana Kwame, Photography, Shidee Originals, Lyran collections.

Badu interviews former Black Stars and Bayern Munich defender Sammy Osei Kuffuor

NA: What’s exciting to you about media?

DBA: Bringing news to you at your doorstep.

NA: How do you think sports can improve in Ghana?

DBA: Developing the lesser known sports.

NA: What should every woman try at least once in her life?

DBA: Seeing yourself as your own competition not any other person’s.

She interviews some Italy-based Ghanaian players

NA:  What brings you the greatest joy?

DBA: The thought that everything will work perfectly fine at the appointed time.

NA: Will you marry a footballer?

DBA: Footballers and sports men are great people with beautiful hearts given the support they give to the poor and needy which affect the society positively in a whole, but I cannot marry a player just by virtue of the work they do. I really would want my husband to be the private type and with that I mean someone who is not in the public eye. I’m in the media and as such can’t afford to have my husband in it…that simple! But they really are great people.

A pose with Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu

NA: What item in your closet do you wear the most?

DBA: Hahaha….my black jacket! My bestie calls it Ampan (bat ).

NA: What quote do you live by?

DBA: It always seems impossible until it is done – Nelson Mandela.

NA: What do you do at your leisure hours?

DBA: Watch movies, read a book, or sleep.

The beauty queen is spotted with former Black Stars player Abu Imoro

NA: What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?

DBA: I wish I knew life is not as easy as we were made to believe as children.

NA: What do you believe in?

DBA: God!

NA: Why sports?

DBA: I love everything about it. I was an athlete from junior high school through to senior high school [and my] favourite events [are] triple jump, long jump, 4×400 metres race, 1500m and 800m

Ayorkor Chavez isn’t left out

NA: Do you play soccer?

DBA:  Hahaha…it’s been a while but yes!

NA: What else do you do?

DBA: (giggles) I’m a poet and an event planner.

NA: Any project?

DBA: Yeah, I’m currently working on my HAG Project under the Help A Girl Foundation.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

 

Sarkodie, Krobo issue only needs a middle way to resolve – Socrates Safo

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Director of Creative Arts responsible for Programmes & Projects at the Commission for National Culture Socrates Safo has called for an amicable settlement in the ongoing saga between rap king Sarkodie and the people of Kroboland.

The Paramount Chief of the Manya Krobo Traditional Area, Nene Sakite II, has chided Sarkodie for his rap in Kurl Songx’s ‘Jennifer Lomotey’, describing it as demeaning to Krobo women.

Sarkodie describes Jennifer Lomotey, a character in the song, as a Krobo lady who is good in bed because she has been cursed by Okomfo Anokye with ‘promiscuity’.

In an exclusive interview with 3news.com, Socrate Safo stated that the issue must be resolved amicably between the two parties.

“If I listen to this Jennifer Lomotey song, you can tell Sarkodie was just talking about a particular person who is a Krobo.

“Every Ghanaian has a background and we’ve done songs mentioning people’s names and I haven’t seen their families coming out to say, you did a song about this person or that person.

“In the case where the Krobos are saying that this particular saying is affecting our tradition, then we need to also give them a hearing because we need to respect the traditions and norms and culture of every Ghanaian.”

According to the ‘Hot Fork’ movie producer, both parties must be listened to and an amicable settlement must be reached on this issue.

“Let’s listen to Sarkodie, lets listen to the Krobos and we can find an amicable settlement to this.

“The mindset or the intention of Sarkodie, for me, may be the determining point, but also how the Krobos are also taking it can also be considered as a determining point. So we need a middle way.

“I respect the Krobos and I understand where they are coming from and I also appreciate the creative acumen of Sarkodie”.

By Nana Afrane Asante|3news.com|Ghana

[PHOTO] John Dumelo spotted with cows

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Celebrated Ghanaian actor John Dumelo may probably be considering his future as an actor and more likely to turn his attention to cattle farming.

The actor has been spotted on a farm with cows.

Cattle farming is often considered a small business and requires knowledge of bookkeeping, finance and farm assistance programs, study.com analysed, adding that a great deal of cattle farmer’s work is physically demanding.

One may wonder if John Dumelo is qualified to start a business in that field.

The actor posted a picture on his Instagram page with the caption  Agriculture is the first occupation of man…..#proudfarmer #cattle#melofarmer #agribusiness #melofarms

Nana Afrane Asante/3news.com/Ghana

Ghanaian movie on sale for GHp50

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Do you need any Ghanaian movies to buy at a very cheap price? Then get yourself a storage device such as flash drives or external hard drive and have as low as GH¢0.50 and you can get a full Ghanaian movie to buy.

Get to Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Kaneshie, Madina, Kasoa, Accra Central etc and you can see young men in broad day light selling and downloading locally produced movies from their laptops to people who come there to purchase movies onto their storage devices.

All you need is to mention the name of the movie you want, with a quick search on their laptops and external hard drives connected to their laptops, you can get Part 1 of the movie for just GH¢0.50.

If you need Part 1 to Part 4 of any local Ghanaian movie, each costs GH¢0.50. So you need just GH¢ 2 for all the movies you want.

This revelation came when Accra-based Onua 95.1 FM’s Emmanuel Agyemang went undercover in the pretense of getting more information from these local movie downloaders.

Emmanuel Agyemang on Wednesday afternoon approached a young man believed to be in his 20s who does his downloading business at Kwame Nkrumah Circle close to the Orion Cinema.

He has two laptops with the main laptop having two external hard drives connected to it.

In a conversation, the young man told him Part 1of his choice – Fabewoso and Abusua Nni Nkae – will cost him GH¢0.50. He also wanted Shatta Wale’s Forgetti and Ayoo; each of the songs cost GH¢0.20.

At the end of the day, the undercover journalist paid GH¢2.40 for his materials.

Following up on the issue on Onua FM, Christian Agyei Frimpong spoke to Kumasi-based movie director/producer and Ashanti Region Chairman of the Film Directors Guild, Isaiah Kofi Appiah, who was privy to the Emmanuel Agyemang’s encounter as it was carried live on air.

According to Isaiah Kofi Appiah, movie producers spend about GH¢50,000 to produce a single movie, so if these young men will sell their movies for just GH¢0.50 then they are going to take the matter up seriously and make sure they will arrest all the perpetrators.

Mr Appiah commended Onua 95.1 FM for taking such a bold step to expose some of the people who are destroying the movie industry.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana