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

 

Quata Budukusu out with "Fake Loyalty" and "Banger"

The undisputed twist King, Quata Budukusu, is out with two massive riddims “Banger’ and “Fake Loyalty”  showing spectacular versatility on both tracks.  “Fake Loyalty” is on The RMG riddim produced by KV Bangerz, while “Banger” is on the Banger riddim produced by Mo Beatz and Mixed by KV Bangerz. Quata Budukusu nailed the dancehall style like a real Shatta and spat fire on the Banger tune as well. Just get the feel of real soul food while you digest the IQ flows because Quata served it good.

More downoad links:

http://www.ghbestpromo.com/2017/04/quata-budukusu-banger-mp3-download/

http://www.ghxclusives.com/quata-budukusu-fake-loyalty-banger-prod-kv-banger-quatabudukusu/

http://www.ghbestpromo.com/songs/quata-budukusu-fake-loyalty-mp3-download/

 

Chelsea crowned Premier League champions

Chelsea were crowned Premier League champions as Michy Batshuayi's late goal gave them the victory they required to secure the title at West Brom.

It looked as though Antonio Conte's side might be forced to delay their celebrations as they were frustrated for long periods by the resilience and organisation of their hosts.

But the mood changed and the title was won with eight minutes left as substitute Batshuayi, who had previously endured a season of struggle after his £33m move from Marseille, ended a scrappy passage of play by steering a finish high past Ben Foster.

The final whistle sparked wild celebrations among Chelsea's fans, and manager Conte was tossed high into the air by his squad.

The Italian can now set his sights on emulating compatriot Carlo Ancelotti's 2010 feat of winning the league and domestic Double as the Blues prepare for an FA Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley on 27 May.

Chelsea worthy champions

Chelsea's celebrations were fully deserved - the culmination of a superb season's work by Conte and his squad.

They had to work hard for victory against a West Brom side that demonstrated all the qualities that have made this such a satisfactory season for them but, as so often, Chelsea got the job done.

The Blues' main attacking threats struggled to find a spark, with Eden Hazard's frustration summed up with one long-range shot that went out for a corner, but Conte's side found a way to win, illustrating once again why they are worthy champions.

The losses at home to Liverpool and at Arsenal in September that hinted at early struggles seemed an age away, as did the surprise defeat by struggling Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge, and the setback at Manchester United.

Chelsea, even when not at their best, proved themselves the strongest and most complete side in the Premier League - and they proved it again on a night they were tested.

Conte's magic touch does it again

Conte's fingerprints are all over this title triumph - and his sure touch was on show again to fashion the victory they needed to get over the line with two games to spare.

The Italian knew his side needed a catalyst to break down West Brom, and it came with the introduction of Batshuayi and Willian for Hazard and Pedro with 15 minutes left.

Conte's masterstroke should have come as no surprise given the manner in which he has marshalled his forces, particularly the crucial switch to a three-man defence in September that turned Chelsea's season around and started a run of 13 straight league wins that led to the title.

No praise is too high for the 47-year-old, who took over a squad that looked broken after ending last season in 10th place and with the shadow of Jose Mourinho's sacking still hanging over the club.

This was his ultimate reward.

Batshuayi comes out of the shadows

Batshuayi has been a misfit for much of this season, but whatever the future holds for the 23-year-old Belgian, he will always have a goal that won the title to his name.

Before this game, he had only figured only 24 times, played for 579 minutes and scored five goals - his sixth makes its mark in Chelsea history.

The stats behind Chelsea's title win

  • Chelsea won their sixth top-flight title and fifth in the Premier League era. Only Manchester United (13) have won more Premier League titles.
  • Chelsea are the first club to win the English top-flight title on a Friday since Arsenal at Anfield in 1989.
  • Conte is the fourth Italian manager to win the English top-flight title after Ancelotti, Roberto Mancini and Claudio Ranieri.
  • Chelsea scored with their 23rd shot of the match at West Brom.
  • A Belgian player has scored the title-deciding goal in each of the past three Premier League seasons (Batshuayi v West Brom in 2016-17, Eden Hazard v Tottenham in 2015-16 and v Crystal Palace in 2014-15).

What next?

Chelsea still have two games to play in their title-winning season. They host Watford on Monday (20:00 BST) before receiving the trophy in their final game against relegated Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, 21 May (15:00 BST). They then have the FA Cup final on 27 May.

West Brom travel to Manchester City on Tuesday, 16 May before finishing their season at Swansea the following Sunday (15:00 BST).

Source: bbc.com

 

JAYE’S WORLD ENTERTAINMENT Announce the release of Ma /Hao (Stand Together) featuring Big Star

Jaye’s World Entertainment (PTY) Limited and Taylor Jaye are thrilled to announce the release of her latest single Ma /Hao (Stand Together) featuring Big Star, winner of Vuzu Hustle Season One.

As a first-view to her loyal fan base, Taylor Jaye has made the track available online as a free download during the next 60 days from the following link:

http://namibia-music.com/songs.php?id=389

www.taylorjayeworld.com

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Ma /Hao (Stand Together) is a Damara/Nama phrase which means let’s stand together. The song is a socially introspective Afro urban track that playfully explores the effects of pride and ego in relationships where partners are genuinely in love and are struggling to put their differences aside. Literally, Ma /Hao encourages lovers to stand together and is one of the feature songs on her soon to be released album. This latest track comes fast on the heels of previously released songs like Dashiki, African

Kings and her definitive hit song Supa Chikita, all of which are currently enjoying airplay on several of Africa’s hottest radio stations with Supa Chikita also appearing on MTV Base and Trace Africa.

The Ma /Hao video is currently being developed and fans should expect another outstanding visual feast when it’s released later this month.

Contact information

For interviews or promotional copies of the Ma /Hao single DISC or email link, please get in touch with

the JAYE’S WORLD ENTERTAINMENT PR TEAM

jayesworldentertainment@gmail.com | +27 834293735

Gilbert at gillytrizzy@gmail.com | +264 813567920

www.taylorjayeworld.com

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Instagram: @taylorjayeworld

Twitter: @taylorjayeworld

Source: taylorjayeworld.com

Kelise Vee Features Quata Budukusu on new single.

Most music producers have at one point in time done some actual voicing themselves, so once in a while, they step in the booth to exhibit another side of them, very few have however left the art of “cooking” music to become mainstream performing artistes.

Kelise Vee, one of the fastest rising beat makers has released a hip-hop tune that will definitely be appreciated by lovers of the genre.

The braggadocio theme of the song is typical with hip-hop; Kelis Vee and Quata have released loads of songs as producer and artiste respectively, but this is the collaboration definitely meant to ink the name Kelise Vee in the books of Ghanaian hip-hop.

Listen & Download Mullar By KVBangers and Quata Here

Source: thesavannaonline.com

Press release: 65% of Ghanaians Blame The Increasing Spate of Mob Injustice On The Corrupt Police And The Court System In Ghana - Piran

In recent times, Ghanaians have experienced many instances of mob injustice leading to the lynching of innocent people on suspicion of being thieves, armed robbers or witches without allowing the law to take its course. This is mainly due to distrust in the police and court. Many people in certain communities have a countless number of instances where suspected criminals and outlaws are left to go free or treated with kit groves, encouraging offended persons and communities to result in this uncivilized and barbaric ways of seeking redress and justice that has been denied them by the law enforcing authority.

Many individuals, groups and communities in Ghana are not pleased with the work of the police and court adjudications because of the belief that justice in some cases as shown in some of Anas Aremeyaw Anas undercover works confirming an open secret that justice is given to the highest bidder, making the offended party with no money angry and trying to seek justice their own way. It is therefore appropriate for the law enforcement authority to be alive and responsible for their duties of prosecution and adjudication of justice in a fair, honest and transparent manner to win back the confidence of Ghanaians, and to discourage people from resulting in this inhuman and barbaric means of seeking justice.

The average Ghanaian do not see the willingness and the readiness of the Police to win the trust and confidence of Ghanaian with respect to their handling of certain criminal cases, because there has been instances where people who are supposed to be in either prisons or police custody have been involved and mention  in crime and offences committed during their period of incarceration, a typical case is the gruesome murder of the former Ashanti Regional GJA Chairman, Mr. Edward Best Enning, where some of the reports that came suggested certain outlaws in prison might have come out of prison to commit that murder, there has also been an online publication by a Kumasi base ultimate FM that a notorious armed robber who is suppose to be in prison is walking around and acting as a bodyguard to some

prostitutes who give information about their client to these robbers for attack to rob them of their monies and properties. How would victims of these robbers on the loose feel if they see them on the street or catch them on robbery mission and the police are not available or the police station is far away? Your guess will be as good as mine.

Many people are de-motivated to report offences to the police because of the lackadaisical attitude of some policemen and women who make financial demands and other conditions such as complainant hiring cars before they attend to them.

There is a recent mob injustice in the Northern Region where a suspected motorbike thief’s throat was slash by the mob that arrested him and dump his body elsewhere, before his body was taken to Tamale West Hospital, indicating that many people still uphold the criminal ways of seeking justice they believe the authority responsible may not give them a fair justice to their satisfaction.

In our quest to get the mindset of Ghanaians on this menace of mob injustice, we pose a question, are Ghanaians pleased with the work of the police and the court in adjudicating crime cases? 325 of the 500 people representing 65% of the respondents says empathic no whiles the remaining 175 out of the 500 respondent representing 35% said yes they are pleased with the work of the police and the court. In all 6 regions out of 10 regions were selected with each region having 83 respondents in the major district capital within the said regions of Northern Region, Brong Ahafo Region, Ashanti Region, Greater Accra Region, Volta Region and Central Region.

 

Signed

Timothy Fiadjoe

(secretary)

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Signed

Felix Djan Foh

(President)

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OJ Simpson wins parole

OJ Simpson, the former American football star and convict, had told a court in Nevada that he "basically lived a conflict-free life" as he expressed regret for getting involved in an armed robbery, and pleaded for his freedom on live TV.

Simpson was convicted in 2008 of an armed robbery involving two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.

The 70-year-old is today asking four parole board members to release him after serving the minimum nine years of a 33-year sentence.

His daughter Arnelle, 48, testified on his behalf, describing him as a flawed but ultimately good man, and saying: "We just want him home".

Simpson appeared as inmate No. 1027820, dressed in blue jeans and a blue button-down shirt, in a stark hearing room in a remote Nevada prison.

OJ gets parole

"It was a serious crime, you deserved to be sent to prison'" says Nevada Parole Commissioner, Tony Corda. "You have complied with the rules of the prison and you have programmed in an acceptable manner. You are a low risk offender according to our guidelines and you have community support." The other three commissioners concur.

Source: The Telegraph

 

Chester Bennington had died: Linkin Park vocalist 'took his own life'

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has died aged 41, LA County Coroner says.

The coroner said Bennington apparently hanged himself. His body was found at a private home in the county at 09:00 local time (17:00 GMT) on Thursday.

Bennington was said to be close to Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell, who took his own life in May.

Formed in 1996, Linkin Park has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and has two Grammy Awards.

The band had a string of hits including Faint, In The End and Crawling, and collaborated with the rapper Jay-Z.

Its album Meteora topped the Billboard 200 chart in 2003 and is regarded as one of the biggest indie rock records of all time.

Bennington leaves a wife, and six children from two marriages.

He is said to have struggled for years with alcohol and drug abuse, and has talked in the past about suicide as a result of being a victim of abuse as a child.

Source: bbc.com

Teens from Burundi robotics team go missing in US

Six teenagers from Burundi taking part in a robotics competition in the US have been reported missing, police say.

Four boys and two girls - aged from 16 to 18 - disappeared during the First Global Challenge tournament in Washington DC.

The DC Police Department says they were last seen on Tuesday - on the closing day of the competition.

Reports say two of the teenagers have since crossed into Canada but this has not been confirmed by the police.

On Thursday, the DC Police Department posted fliers of the missing group on its Twitter page, asking members of the public to get in touch if they had any information.

The teenagers were identified as Don Ingabire, 16, Kevin Sabumukiza, 17, Nice Munezero, 17, Audrey Mwamikazi, 17, Richard Irakoze, 18, and Aristide Irambona, 18.

Competition organisers say they alerted police after Burundi's team supervisor was unable to find the teenagers.

In a statement, First Global Challenge spokesman Jose Escotto said "the proper reports have been submitted to the police who are investigating the case", according to the Washington Post.

The three-day robotics competition saw teams from 150 nations compete against each other.

The event aims to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.

However, it made the news earlier this month after a team of girls from Afghanistan were initially not allowed to attend the competition because of visa problems.

But US President Donald Trump stepped in at the last minute and the girls were able to travel to the US and participate.

The Afghan team later won a silver medal for courageous achievement, which was awarded to teams "that exhibit a can-do attitude throughout the challenge, even under difficult circumstances, or when things do not go as planned".

Source: bbc.com

Afghan girls robotics team wins in Washington

A team of girls from Afghanistan has won a special award at an international robotics competition in Washington in the US.

The six girls were taking part in the FIRST Global Challenge competition, which took place across three days and saw 158 nations compete against each other.

They took home a silver medal for courageous achievement, which was awarded to teams "that exhibit a can-do attitude throughout the challenge, even under difficult circumstances, or when things do not go as planned".

According to the New York Times, the team's mentor Alireza Mehraban said: "We are simple people with ideas. We need a chance to make our world better. This is our chance."

Their story made the news because, at first, they weren't going to be allowed to go to the competition because of visa problems.

They were told twice that they weren't allowed to enter the country so wouldn't have been able to take part.

However, US President Donald Trump stepped in at the last minute and the girls were able to travel to the US and participate.

The competition - which hopes to inspire young people to want careers in science, technology, engineering, and maths - will take place in Mexico City next year.

Source: bbc.com

City Alert Plus "Africa Reloaded" Mix Tape

This is one of City Alert Plus Mix titled "Africa Reloaded" CAP Mix Tape which featuring great tunes from Africa mixed by DJ Maf.

Download link: http://tindeck.com/listen/xetse

1.    Madtonic ...... Nice n slow

2.    Giggs ........... Lock down 

3     Jaymon........  Yyeye moja
4.    Kstyle............ Sofa Sofa
5.    Praiz ft wizkid
6.    Wale ft davido n olamide ......Fine girl
7.    Runtown .......For life
8.    Tekno ....Diana 
9.    Wizkid ......Come closer 
10.  Mizkiss .....Wawu
11.  Tekno .... Rara
12.  Destiny boy......If fuji remix
13.  Davido ft R kelly ........If remix
14.  Vybz Kartel ft wizkid .......Win to the top
15.  Tekno .......Yawa
16.  Myro.....Odi ok
17.  Joe El.........Do good 
18.  Davido ....Fall.
19.  Olamide ...Wavy level
20.  Obynice.....Banana
21.  Ycee ...Juice
22.  Tiwa savage......All over 
23.  Bebekingcan.....Working boyz 
24.  DJ Exlucive ft Mastercraft..........
25.  9ice..Living things
26.  9ice ft davido........Living things remix 
27.  Ruggedman ft Oladipps 
28.  Qqdot ft lil kesh ...........Lalalu
29.  Djmaf ft tupengo.......Unstoppable love
30.  Wande ....Iskaba
31.  Juniorboy ft 9ice....Irapada
32.  Quata Budukusu ft Uhuru ... Ginger Club version
33.  Dj maphorisa/dj tira.......Durban vibes
34.  Winnie Khumalo..........Steps 
35.  Cdq...Say baba remix 
36.  Gqi........
37.  Psquare ....Bank Alert
39.  Dbanj ft Wande/Harrysong
 
 

Paapa Yankson, highlife legend from Ghana, dead

Highlife legend Paapa Yankson has died, StarrFMonline.com has learnt.

The ‘Tena Me Nkyen’ hitmaker died at a hospital in Accra Friday morning, his wife confirmed to StarrFMonline.com.

The last time Paapa, as he was affectionately called, was seen in public was when he left his sick bed to perform at the Bottles and Bands Festival at the Polo Grounds in November 2016.

He was 72.

His popular songs include; Wiase Mu Nsem, Show Your Love, Wo Yere Anaa Wo Maame, and Tena Menkyen.

Profile

Benjamin Paapa Kofi Yankson was born on June 22, 1944 at Winneba in the Central region. His latent music flair was discovered at the funeral of a neighbor. He landed his first music contract during his mother’s funeral. And for more than 30 years Paapa Yankson has produced music that has brought life to many dead souls.

Even though both of his parents were musicians, they didn’t want him to take up singing. Instead, they wanted him to have a white collar job.

His father, Benjamin Akono Yankson, was a reputable trumpeter with the Apam Brass Band while his mother Akua Doma, a trader, was a member of the Christ Little Band of the Methodist Church. According to him, anytime his mother sang while doing her house chores, he sang along with her.

He was instrumental in the projection of music bands into critical national acclaim-  the Western Diamond Band, The Gold Nuggets Band and the Carousel Seven Band.

He has lectured and performed in many countries around the world including the US, Canada, Belgium, Britain, Germany, Holland, Nigeria, Benin and the Ivory Coast.

Source: Starr FM online

White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigns

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has quit, reportedly in protest at a shake-up of the communications team.

Mr Spicer stepped down because he was unhappy with President Donald Trump's appointment of a new communications director, reports the New York Times.

Combative Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci has been picked for the role that Mr Spicer partially filled.

Mr Spicer's press briefings were a cable news hit, but he withdrew from camera in recent weeks.

Profile: Who is Anthony Scaramucci?

The shake-up comes as the White House faces inquiries into alleged Russian meddling in last year's US presidential election and whether Mr Trump's campaign team colluded with Moscow.

The New York Times reports that 45-year-old Mr Spicer "vehemently" disagreed with the appointment of Mr Scaramucci, which he believed to be a "major mistake".


Spicer's low points

  • inflating crowd sizes at Trump inauguration at first briefing
  • his appearance, particularly his suits, reportedly criticised by Trump
  • saying Hitler never used chemical weapons and referring to Holocaust "centres"
  • butt of text message joke by adviser Steve Bannon about his weight
  • defending Trump "covfefe" tweet by saying it had hidden meaning
  • frozen out of meeting with the Pope in Rome, despite being devout Catholic
  • not invited to Paris for Trump visit

The search for a new appointment began after Mike Dubke resigned from the communications director job in May.

Mr Spicer has been serving as both press secretary and communications director since Mr Dubke's exit.

On day one in January, Mr Spicer set the tone of his relationship with the press by bursting into the briefing room to berate journalists for their reporting of crowd numbers at President Trump's inauguration.

His proclivity for gaffes and garbling of his words, as well as making debatable assertions, soon saw Mr Spicer's name trending on Twitter.

He was mercilessly lampooned on the topical comedy show Saturday Night Live, where Melissa McCarthy played him as a gum-chewing, loud-mouthed thug who brandished his lectern at reporters.

Mr Spicer became something of a punchline when he reportedly sought refuge by a hedgerow on the White House grounds to evade reporters' questions on the night Mr Trump fired the FBI director in May.

Mr Scaramucci, who has no previous experience in communications roles, is currently senior vice-president of the Export-Import Bank, a US government agency which guarantees loans for foreign buyers of American exports.

Source: bbc.com

Quata Budukusu - Heroes Anthem, a tribute to Prof Atta Mills

As Ghana mark the fifth anniversary of the death of President John Evans Atta Mills, (who died on July 24, 2012), musician Quata Budukusu is out with this new lovers rock as a tribute to late Mills. The late Prof Atta Mills was a symbol of peace to Ghana, Africa, and the rest of the world. Download, listen, and do not forget to share.

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/bakusgrp/quata-budukusu-heroes-anthem

http://www.hulkshare.com/eytd6p0wevb4

http://www.davcadopromo.com/2017/07/quata-budukusu-tribute-to-late-prof.html

Source: davcadopromo.com

Heroes Anthem, a tribute to Prof Atta Mills "Quata Budukusu"

As Ghana mark the fifth anniversary of the death of President John Evans Atta Mills, (who died on July 24, 2012), musician Quata Budukusu is out with this new lovers rock as a tribute to late Mills. The late Prof Atta Mills was a symbol of peace to Ghana, Africa, and the rest of the world. Download, listen, and do not forget to share “Heroes Anthem” produced by Diaz Qlassiks.

 

https://soundcloud.com/bakusgrp/quata-budukusu-heroes-anthem

http://www.hulkshare.com/eytd6p0wevb4

http://www.davcadopromo.com/2017/07/quata-budukusu-tribute-to-late-prof.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-PrCw1WnMo

 

Source: www.davcadopromo.com

Quata Budukusu Drops another Banger – Bombo

Whatever the game plan of Bakus Entertainment and Quata Budukusu is, I think they are working towards domination. Not a week passes without a new song. If all sounded similar, then Quata Budukusu will be certified wack, but dude rides different beats like he owns a bank of ingenuity. Quata Budukusu is lyrically stronger as compared to other rappers in Ghana now. The five stars general, Quata Budukusu, is out with the official 2017 street ANTHEM dubbed Bombo. Hate or love him; Quata Budukusu is in your faces like never before. Listen & download #Bombo produced by Vegas Ace.

Download links:

http://atigsi.com/quata-budukusu-drops-another-banger-bombo/

http://www.davcadopromo.com/2017/07/quatabudukusu-bombo-download-mp3.html

https://soundcloud.com/bakusgrp/quata-budukusu-bombo

http://www.hulkshare.com/974cn59l5q4g

https://youtu.be/V-LXaUkgVJs

 

Source: http://atigsi.com

Catfish cannot claim to be a shark, Bombo! – Quata Budukusu

Bakus Records five stars general, Quata Budukusu, is finally out with the official 2017 street ANTHEM dubbed Bombo. Bombo is a song that will keep you dancing till you forget all your worries. Quata Budukusu is well known for producing songs full of content, and obviously, Bombo is no exception. Download, listen to the lyrics in Bambo, and do not be greedy; share Bombo with your loved ones in and out of the shores of Ghana.

Audio links:

http://atigsi.com/quata-budukusu-drops-another-banger-bombo/

http://www.davcadopromo.com/2017/07/quatabudukusu-bombo-download-mp3.html

https://soundcloud.com/bakusgrp/quata-budukusu-bombo

http://www.hulkshare.com/974cn59l5q4g

https://youtu.be/V-LXaUkgVJs

Source: www.davcadopromo.com

Quata Budukusu Continues a steady steamy ride with “Ghost Ride”

Quata Budukusu continues the weekly bouts of hiphop lyricism. What started on a subtle note is gradually gaining attention and true hip hop would appreciate his game plan and the desire to see hiphop grow in Ghana. 

Call him most hated, the rapper whose honesty and sincerity seems to make others want to see him out of the game. His desire to keep the genre active yet fun is very commendable. On the hate Quata Budukusu say’s “when you pray for the rain, you gotta deal with the mud."

Performing”Ghost Ride” on a KV Bangers trapbeat, Quata Budukusu is still in your face. Quata Budukusu is preparing to release the "Quantum Riddim" album.  

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VP records to distribute “Quantum Riddim” Album and other songs by Quata Budukusu

The current state of the music business or better still the rap game in Ghana and the whole of Africa is about to get better because the good news reaching Flex newspaper from the camp of Budukusu has it that the Ginger and Hallelujah hit maker is officially signed on to VP Records. This good news is obviously not for Quata’s fans only but to that Ghanaian music lover who anticipates the betterment of our music industry.

After years of musical break, Jacob Nana Kwame Etroo, known as Quata Budukusu in the music industry has bounced back fully prepared with his latest signing on to VP Records.

According to Quata’s management, the deal is a three-year distribution deal for his yet to be released album dubbed Quantum Riddim album, and it is a 13-track album recorded with one riddim by one artiste, Quata Budukusu.  The riddim was produced right here in Ghana by the finest KV Bangerz. Songs on the Quantum riddim album include ‘Jah Give I strength,’ ‘Be free,’ ‘Motivate yourself,’ ‘I don’t need a hero,’ ‘Sweetest melody,' ‘Stars, Amazing,’ “Do mi - love me,” among others. VP records will also distribute “Grateful” a song by Quata Budukusu featuring Gully Bop from Jamaica. Release date is set for 18 August, 2017.

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VP Records is an independent record label located in Queens New York. The label is known for releasing music by notable artists around the globe. The label was founded in 1979; VP Records has become a successful reggae and Caribbean music label and distributor. VP Records has been awarded Billboard's "Best Independent Label" for two consecutive years 2002 and 2003 and has received the award for "Best Reggae Imprint Label" for three consecutive years. VP was also nominated for Best Independent Reggae Label at the 2003 Billboard Hip-Hop and R&B awards and has been mentioned and featured in publications such as Vibe Magazine, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, etc. Additionally, the label has established a presence in Toronto, Australia, and New Zealand. The label was founded by the late Vincent Randy Chin and his wife Patricia Chin, who owned the Randy's Records store in Kingston, Jamaica as well as the Studio 17 recording studios.

In the mid-1970s, the Chins moved to New York City, setting up a record store in Brooklyn called VP Records in 1975, from which they sold and distributed records. In 1979, they relocated the store to Jamaica, Queens.In 1993, the record label was formed after the success of the retail store. The name of the label is a product of the first letters in the founders' names. The label established itself as one of the first and largest independent record labels for reggae and dancehall, and with the popularity of the riddim sound of the early 2000s, the label achieved worldwide success for artists such as Sean Paul through the label's deals with Warner Music Group's Atlantic Records and Virgin Music Canada.VP Records has acquired the slogan "Miles Ahead in Reggae Music" to signify that they could be considered to be the future of music that derives from the Caribbean. In addition to reggae, VP is also known for dancehall, Soca, Afrobeats or afro-reggae music.

Undoubtedly, VP has been the success behind most of the world class musicians including Alborosie, Beres Hammond, Bounty Killer, Bunji Garlin, Busy Signal, Byron Lee, Carlene Davis, Christopher Martin, Dennis Brown, Dizzy Dee, Duane Stephenson, Elephant Man, Etana, Fay-Ann Lyons, Freddie McGregor, Gyptian, Jah Cure, Marcia Griffiths, among others and from Ghana, we have Stonebwoy and Quata Budukusu.

Check out the links below.

amazon.com/Quantum-Riddim

amazon.com/Grateful

Story by: David Offei Lartey for Flex Newspaper

 

Quata Budukusu sets world record with 13-track Reggae album released via VPAL Music

Ghanaian Rapper, Quata Budukusu, just set a world record with a 13-track track album featured on a single riddim he’s named “Quantum Riddim”. The Reggae project embarked by the Rapper is already listed on international music stores and is distributed by VPAL Music, a sub-wing of VP Records.

Brief Biography

Jacob Nana Kwame Etroo, musically known as Quata Budukusu was born on 4th June 1981 to Mr. and Mrs, Robert Etroo, he attended Airport Police primary and JHS and proceeded to Aggrey Memorial Zion secondary school in Cape Coast. After his senior high school, Quata Budukusu took a professional course in sound engineering. He started his musical career by combining Root African vibes and native Twi and inventing a unique style of rap genre called TONGUE TWISTING – a rhythmic chain of words in the fastest way one could run a tongue with words musically with a perfected style and skill on a beat.

He is regarded as the fastest rapper in Ghana, the inventor of tongue twisting in Twi, super accomplished songwriter and the most versatile artist who does every genre of music perfectly. Quata Budukusu can rap, sing, do dancehall, pop music and much more. QuataBudukusu is very fluent in English and Twi composition that brands him as an international artist. In 2004, Quata Budukusu released his debut album, WONIE that took over Ghana with a traditional video that went viral on Channel O. He immediately became a compound name with all the hit songs he featured onwards: K.K. Fosu’s OGA, Tinny’s ALETSE and composed MAKOMA MU TOFFEE for Tinny. He also composed MzBel’s TURN ME ON, featured on Becca’s YOU LIED TO ME high life mix, as well as featuring on J.A. Adofo’s MENKOM’NIGYE.

Quata Budukusu ft Gully Bop another song being distributed by VPAL music

Quata Budukusu took a break and return with the INDEPENDENCE Album which featured hit songs like BABY, the first English and Twi pop song, and PRETTY FACE featuring VIP which became the biggest launch in the history of Hiplife music in Ghana. QuataBudukusu is the first rap artist KojoAntwi, the maestro, featured on ESUNKETSENKETSE from his SEBO album. QuataBudukusu is like a phantom presence felt to the fullest yet invisible. Quata Budukusu is currently signed to Bakus Records and Entertainment after six years break from active music.

In Twi, English and Jamaican Patois, Quata Budukusu brings words to life with his rhymes, rhythms, melodies and tongue-twisting rap skill and broad composition, the one word for Quata Budukusu is MUSIC. Quata Budukusu’s ability to combine both English and Twi Language makes him a brand name that will stand and represent any company and his flawless looks and swag can sell any product.

Source: http://livefmghana.com

Quata Budukusu drops two new Music Videos

After the successful release of Quantum Riddim album, Ghanaian rapper, Quata Budukusu has released two music videos for his singles, Hallelujah (produced by Ephraim Beats) and Ano Dey See you Seff (produced by KV Bangerz). Coby Melody Twum of Scoby Philms directed both videos.

Per Quata Budukusu, God has been good for him, his family, friends, fans, and even the enemies and there is the need to glorify His name. Quata Budukusu showed his versatility in music once again with the release of the gospel-like tune, Hallelujah. In Hallelujah, Quata Budukusu is calling on all the living souls to give praise to the creator of the universe. Quata Budukusu maintained that all living souls who made it to this time of the year should “Join me make we sing and give Him praise” because we don’t deserve better than those that have lost their lives. Quata Budukusu gave his testimony in the song because he believes he does not deserve to be alive, but, just by the grace of the Almighty.

Quata Budukusu was at his usual best in Ano Dey See You Seff, and there is a clear indication from that he is not “dead” as speculated. Quata Budukusu is still a power to reckon with in the hip-hop/hip-life genre as he showed his lyrical prowess in this classic hip-hop song “Ano Dey See You Seff.” Ghanaians and the hip-hop lovers around the globe should be ready for more tunes from Quata Budukusu.

 

Watch the videos below:

 

Hallelujah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-5zsh1VmWw

Ano Dey See You Seff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSlBEHfsDDY

 

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

QUATA BUDUKUSU: “ANO DEY SEE YOU SEFF”- A TONGUE-TWISTING TECHNIQUE THAT EXCELS!

Jacob Nana Kwame Etroo, b.k.a Quata Budukusu, started his musical career by combining Root African vibes and native Twi and inventing a unique style of rap genre called TONGUE TWISTING – a rhythmic chain of words in the fastest way one could run a tongue with words musically with a perfected style and skill on a beat. He is regarded, in Ghana, as the inventor of tongue-twisting in Twi. An accomplished songwriter, the versatile artist can both rap, sing in a variety of styles that goes from dancehall to pop music, and everything in-between.

In 2004, Quata Budukusu released his debut album, WONIE that took the Ghana music scene by storm. He has since gone on to feature in a long list of hit songs and viral videos in his home country. After taking a break, Budukusu returned with the INDEPENDENCE Album which featured the first English and Twi pop song, entitled BABY. The surprise came on the 18th of August 2017, when Quata Budukusureleased QUANTUM RIDDEM, distributed by VPAL music, which happens to be the first full-length album – in this case 13 tracks – delivered on just one single beat!

 

Recently we listened to Quata Budukusu’s latest smash single, “Ano Dey See You Seff”, bathed in a sizzling trap decoration. If tongue-twisting in Twi is Budukusu’s forte, you wouldn’t expect him to leap from the foundation that his music career on built on. Switching up at the height of his popularity would be bold, insane, and trying to fix something that isn’t broken.

 

But Budukusu is both bold and insane – anybody who could record 13 different songs on one single beat, certainly has no fear of pushing boundaries or breaking down the walls of conservatism. And trap lends itself perfectly to all sorts of progressive interpretations.

What Quata Budukusu will say and how he will deliver the message is what fans are most intrigued by. From high-speed flow patterns to trap-drenched crooning, he has a distinguished voice, and I’m impressed by his energy. Budukusu is rapping like a man possessed.

Yet at the same time he sounds totally focused and never loses the melodic slant in his voice – essential when you need to stay musical and not just sound like you’re speed-reading the phone directory. This is probably where Budukusu’s tongue-twisting technique excels in giving him the edge over his trap contemporaries.

Quata Budukusu literary pulls off an Olympic performance on head-banging track. The keys and hi-hats combine to turn the track into a trap monster with an African twist. Budukusu is making a compelling argument right now with “Ano Dey See You Seff”. And my question is: “Is there any trap, or other kind of rapper of his versatility, out there right now that sounds this convincing?” There’s an electricity in this record – an indication that this is an artist whose sails have caught a full wind!

 

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Watch Ano Dey See You Seff Video here: https://youtu.be/BSlBEHfsDDY

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I am honored – Quata Budukusu

Versatile artiste, Quata Budukusu has expressed excitement that his latest album Quantum Riddim has been selected for consideration in the Reggae Album category for the 2018 Grammy Awards. He joins Blakk Rasta bringing to two the number of Ghanaian musicians being considered in the Reggae Album category for the 2018 Grammy Awards.

Consideration is the first step in the process of attaining a Grammy. The second step is for the Academy to vote and nominate entries with the final step being for the Academy members to vote on who wins what.

Quantum Riddim, a 13-track album has songs like Jah Give I strength, Be Free, Motivate Yourself, I Don’t Need a Hero, Amazing, Stars, Sweetest Melody, Party All Night, Heaven in Your Eyes, and Big Spliff. The album is distributed internationally by the reputable VPAL Music and available on all the online distribution platforms.

 

In an interview with Showbiz, Quata Budukusu, real name Jacob Nana Kwame Etroo, said he was happy his hard work was being recognized. “Not many artistes get their works considered for Grammy Awards, so I’m very honored to have my Quantum Riddim album be considered on a big platform such as that,” he stated.

He thanked his team, Bakus Records and Entertainment and VPAL music, based in New York for believing in him. According to him, VPAL music they have gone to a great length to promote his music.

Grab your copy of the historic album here: http://smarturl.it/QuantumRiddimQB

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Manchester United: Jose Mourinho says £300m spend not enough

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho said the £300m he has spent on his squad so far is "not enough", after their 2-2 draw with Burnley on Tuesday.

Jesse Lingard scored a late equaliser but United are 12 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.

"We are in the second year of trying to rebuild a football team that you know is not one of the best teams in the world," said Mourinho.

He added: "Manchester City buy full-backs for the price of strikers."

Mourinho was appointed United boss in May 2016 and broke the world record that summer to sign £89m midfielder Paul Pogba. He also recruited £30m defender Eric Bailly, and midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan for £26.3m.

This year, United spent £75m on striker Romelu Lukaku, as well as £31m on defender Victor Lindelof and £40m for midfielder Nemanja Matic.

Title rivals City, meanwhile, bought three defenders - Kyle Walker from Tottenham for an initial £45m, Benjamin Mendy from Monaco for £52m and Danilo from Real Madrid for £26.5m - as part of a summer outlay that topped £200m.

"[Spending £300m] is not enough," said Mourinho. "The price for the big clubs is different than for the other clubs. The big historical clubs are normally punished in the market because of that history.

"The boys are doing what they can and they are doing fine."

Mourinho was asked if eight points from the past five games was good enough for a club like United.

In his response he cited Italian giants AC Milan, who sit 11th in Serie A, and European champions Real Madrid, fourth in La Liga and 14 points behind leaders Barcelona.

"When you tell a club like Man Utd, do you think Milan is not as big as us? You think Real Madrid are not as big as we are?" said Mourinho.

"I know what a big club is. One thing is a big club and another thing is a big football team. They are two different things.

"When you speak about responsibilities to win the Premier League, Tottenham doesn't have that responsibility because they are not a club with the same history as us.

"Arsenal don't have the responsibility to win it. Chelsea don't have the responsibility to win it. When you speak about big football clubs, you are speaking about the history of the club."

Source: bbc.com

Obama warns against irresponsible social media use

Former US President Barack Obama has warned against the irresponsible use of social media, in a rare interview since stepping down in January.

He warned that such actions were distorting people's understanding of complex issues, and spreading misinformation.

"All of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can recreate a common space on the internet," he said.

Mr Obama was quizzed by Prince Harry on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Prince Harry, fifth in line to the throne, is one of several prominent figures who are guest-editing the programme over the Christmas period.

Obama on the extremes of social media

The former president expressed concern about a future where facts are discarded and people only read and listen to things that reinforce their own views.

"One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities. They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases.

"The question has to do with how do we harness this technology in a way that allows a multiplicity of voices, allows a diversity of views, but doesn't lead to a Balkanisation of society and allows ways of finding common ground," he said.

Mr Obama's successor Donald Trump is a prolific user of Twitter, but Mr Obama did not mention him by name. Mr Trump has been accused of overusing Twitter and following only a narrow range of users, though he maintains it allows him to connect directly with the American people.

Mr Obama suggested face-to-face contact would help counteract extreme views.

"Social media is a really powerful tool for people of common interests to convene and get to know each other and connect.

"But then it's important for them to get offline, meet in a pub, meet at a place of worship, meet in a neighbourhood and get to know each other.

"Because the truth is that on the internet, everything is simplified and when you meet people face-to-face it turns out they're complicated."

What were the pressures of being president?

"It's hard, being in the public eye is unpleasant in a lot of ways. It is challenging in a lot of ways.

"Your loved ones are made vulnerable in ways that might not have been true 20 years ago or 30 years ago.

"So it is a sacrifice that I think everybody has to be at peace with when they decide to go into politics. But, ultimately, I think the rewards of bringing about positive change in this world make it worthwhile."

Mr Obama pays tribute to the support of his family, especially his wife Michelle, describing how glad he is that she was "my partner throughout that whole process".

And leaving office?

Mixed feelings given "all the work that was still undone".

"Concerns about how the country moves forward but, you know, overall there was serenity there," he added.

Mr Obama compared his time in office to being a relay runner.

"If you ran hard, you did your best and you were able to pass that baton successfully and the world was a little better then you had done your job."

He cites Obamacare - ensuring more people can afford basic healthcare - as a major achievement.

"What an enormous blessing it is to say that 20 million Americans have health insurance that didn't have it before."

How does he see the future?

Without dismissing the problems faced by the world, he remains an optimist.

"If we take responsibility for being involved in our own fate, if we participate, if we engage, if we speak out, if we work in our communities, if we volunteer, then all the problems that we face are solvable despite all the terrible news that you see.

"If you had to choose a moment in human history in which you'd want to be born you'd choose today because the fact is that the world is healthier, wealthier, better educated and more tolerant, more sophisticated and less violent."

What does Prince Harry have to say?

As well as editing, Prince Harry was himself interviewed on Today.

"I haven't done that many interviews but it was quite fun, especially interviewing President Obama despite the fact he wanted to interview me.

"It's been a big learning curve but also these are incredibly important topics we all need to think about and need to be discussed."

The prince's programme focused on issues such as the armed forces, mental health, youth crime and climate change.

Source: bbc.com

Ukraine crisis: Exchange of hundreds of prisoners takes place

Ukraine and separatist rebels in the east of the country have exchanged hundreds of prisoners, in one of the biggest swaps since the conflict began in 2014.

Some 230 people were sent to rebel-held areas in return for 74 prisoners who had been held by pro-Russia rebels in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

It was the first swap in 15 months.

The release and exchange of prisoners was one of the points in the Minsk peace agreement, signed in 2015.

The deal has stalled since and analysts say the swap does not signify wider progress. Both sides continue to hold other prisoners.

The number of prisoners swapped was lower than initially announced after dozens of people who were meant to be returned to rebel-held territory refused to go to the other side.

"Some of them have already been released and the charges against them have been cleared by the Ukrainian authorities and then they prefer to stay in the government-controlled side," Miladin Bogetic, spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Ukraine, told the BBC.

Men who were being held as prisoners by separatists in Ukraine await for prisoner swap

Two Ukrainians - a man and a woman - opted to stay on the rebel side, AFP news agency reports.

The months-long negotiations for the exchange saw the involvement of presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine, as well as the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Buses and other vehicles carrying the prisoners assembled at the Mayorsk checkpoint near the city of Horlivka in Donetsk for the swap.

Ukrainian prisoners hug each other during a prisoner exchange in eastern Ukraine

Historian Igor Kozlovskiy, 63, who was captured by Donetsk rebels on suspicion of storing weapons, told AFP: "I was in captivity for two years... Still a lot of prisoners remain [in Donetsk]."

The UK government said the prisoner swap was a "welcome step towards meeting the commitments all sides have made".

The conflict in eastern Ukraine erupted in April 2014, soon after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula. The UN says more than 10,000 people have died in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Ukraine map - rebel-held territory

Source: bbc.com

Former FBI deputy head Andrew McCabe sacked

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has fired FBI official Andrew McCabe, who had been accused of political bias by President Donald Trump.

In January Mr McCabe resigned as deputy director and was placed on leave.

He had been deeply involved in the FBI investigations into Hillary Clinton's use of email and Russia's alleged meddling in the presidential campaign.

The sacking comes two days before his 50th birthday, when he was expected to retire with pension rights.

The move was recommended by an internal investigation, which concluded that Mr McCabe had "made an unauthorised disclosure to the news media".

In a statement issued late on Friday Mr Sessions said: "Based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department's senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately."

Mr McCabe called his dismissal an attack on his credibility, and said it was part of a "larger effort" to discredit the US intelligence community.

He said he believed was being "singled out" because of the events he witnessed and the role he played in the aftermath of the firing of last year of then-FBI director James Comey.

Mr Trump dismissed Mr Comey in July last year over his handling of the inquiry into Mrs Clinton's emails.

But Mr Trump's Democratic critics said he was being punished for the FBI's investigation into alleged links between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia.

Mr Trump has frequently criticised Mr McCabe and in December tweeted: "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!"

Source: bbc.com

Hacker who gave up Wikileaks source dies

Adrian Lamo, a computer hacker best known for passing on information that led to the arrest of Chelsea Manning, has died aged 37.

In online messaging conversations, Manning confided in him, describing confidential military material Manning had sent to Wikileaks.

Wikileaks published the video of a US helicopter strike that killed seven people, including a journalist working for the Reuters news agency.

The cause of Lamo’s death, confirmed to the BBC by the Sedgwick County coroner in Kansas, has not yet been made public.

On Facebook, his father Mario wrote: “With great sadness and a broken heart I have to let know all of Adrian's friends and acquittances [sic] that he is dead. A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone, he was my beloved son.”

Lamo's own record as a hacker included some high-profile targets, such as Microsoft and the New York Times.

'Thrust upon me'

Speaking to the Guardian newspaper in 2011, Lamo described his decision to give up Manning as “not one I decided to make, but was thrust upon me”.

Lamo said he would have "lasting regret" if Manning was handed a long sentence.

Manning, known at the time as Bradley Manning, was eventually sentenced to 35 years in prison. However, President Barack Obama later commuted her sentence and she was released in May 2017.

She is now attempting to become the Senator for Maryland, her home state.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on Friday described Lamo as a “petty conman and betrayer of basic human decency”.

Source: bbc.com

Jacob Zuma: Former South African president faces corruption trial

South Africa's former President Jacob Zuma is to face prosecution for 16 charges of corruption relating to a multi-billion-dollar arms deal.

The case centres on a 30bn rand ($2.5bn; £1.7bn) deal to modernise the country's defence in the late 1990s.

The charges - which Mr Zuma denies - include counts of fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

Mr Zuma, 75, was forced to resign as president last month by his party, the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

He was facing his ninth no-confidence vote in parliament before he left office.

Chief Prosecutor Shaun Abraham said he believed there were "reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution" in the case.

French arms supplier Thales will also face charges, a prosecutor said. Thales declined to comment, reports the AFP news agency.

Mr Zuma is alleged to have sought bribes from Thales to support an extravagant lifestyle. His financial adviser at the time was found guilty of soliciting those bribes in 2005 and Mr Zuma was later sacked as deputy president.

Original charges against Mr Zuma were controversially dropped shortly before he became president in 2009.

He now faces one charge of racketeering, two charges of corruption, one charge of money laundering and 12 of fraud.

Shaun Abrahams, head of the National Prosecuting Authority, said a trial court was the appropriate place for the matter to be decided.

He dismissed representations made by Mr Zuma asking that the charges be dropped.

The former ANC chief had argued that the charges against him were characterised by misconduct, "irrational behaviour" and media leaks on the part of prosecutors, Mr Abrahams said.

Long court battle awaits

Analysis by Milton Nkosi, BBC News, Johannesburg

As Jacob Zuma is no longer president, he cannot use state resources to support his defence.

But let's not get too ahead of ourselves - Mr Zuma is known for fighting every single battle right until the end.

Therefore, expect some pushback even after this heavy blow.

He is, by law, allowed to challenge this decision. In other words we might see a delay before any trial actually starts.

And even when the trial begins, it will be long and drawn out.

But for now his political enemies, particularly the opposition, are celebrating that he is closer to facing a judge in court than ever before.

Mr Zuma weathered an array of corruption allegations during his nine years in power.

In 2016, a report by South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog alleged that the billionaire Gupta family had exploited their ties with him to win state contracts.

Both the Guptas and Mr Zuma deny any wrongdoing.

The same year, South Africa's highest court ruled that Mr Zuma had violated the constitution when he failed to repay government money spent on his private home.

An anti-corruption body found he had spent $23m (£15m) on refurbishments including a swimming pool and an amphitheatre. He has since repaid some of the money.

Mr Zuma has always denied the allegations against him.

Zuma's corruption charges: A brief history

  • First filed in 2005 when Mr Zuma's financial adviser, Schabir Shaik, was jailed for fraud and corruption.
  • Mr Zuma went on trial in 2006 but the case collapsed when the prosecution said it was not ready to proceed more than a year after he was charged.
  • South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) controversially dropped the charges in 2009, shortly before he won the presidency.
  • Political opponents campaigned tirelessly for him to face trial.
  • South Africa's High Court reinstated the charges in 2016 and Mr Zuma lost a Supreme Court appeal to overturn them.
  • The country's chief prosecutor, Shaun Abrahams, has now decided to pursue a case against the former president.

The controversial arms deal

In 1999, the South African government announced its largest-ever post-apartheid arms deal, signing contracts totalling 30bn rand ($5bn; £2.5bn) to modernise its national defence force

The deal involved companies from Germany, Italy, Sweden, the UK, France and South Africa

Allegations of bribery over the deal dogged the governments of both President Jacob Zuma and and one of his predecessors, Thabo Mbeki.

Schabir Shaik was found guilty in 2005 of trying to solicit a bribe from Thint, the local subsidiary of French arms firm Thales, on behalf of Mr Zuma. He was released on parole on health grounds after serving just over two years

Another official, Tony Yengeni, who was chairman of parliament's defence committee at the time of the deal and chief whip of the ANC, was convicted of fraud in 2003. He was also freed on parole after serving five months of a four-year sentence.

Source: bbc.com

Emirates flight attendant dies after fall from plane in Uganda

A flight attendant who fell from the emergency door of a parked aeroplane in Uganda's Entebbe airport has died, the BBC has learned.

The woman, whose nationality has not been revealed, was rushed to Kisubi hospital 16km (10 miles) away but died soon after, a spokesperson said.

Reports say the Emirates Airline employee was preparing the flight for boarding when the incident happened.

Uganda's aviation authorities say they have launched an investigation.

It said in a statement that the flight attendant "appeared to have opened the emergency door" and unfortunately "fell off an aircraft that had safely landed and parked".

Kisubi hospital's spokesperson Edward Zabonna told the BBC that the crew member had injuries "all over her face and knees".

He said that she had been "unconscious but alive" when she arrived at the hospital on Wednesday evening but died soon after.

News agency AFP quotes a statement from Emirates Airline as saying: "A member of our cabin crew unfortunately fell from an open door while preparing the aircraft for boarding".

The Dubai-based airline promised its "full cooperation" with the investigation.

Source: bbc.com

"We're here to win" - Morocco 2026 World Cup bid CEO

The chief executive of Morocco's 2026 World Cup bid, Hicham El Amrani, says his country is not bidding "for a communications stunt", but for victory.

On Friday, Morocco must hand a bid book to Fifa outlining their plans for the tournament - as must the rival joint bid from Canada/Mexico/United States.

"We are not here for a communications stunt - we are here to win," El Amrani told BBC Sport.

Morocco are making their fifth bid to host the tournament.

They have previously campaigned for the right to organise the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 editions.

Earlier this month, Morocco outlined the compact nature of its bid, in contrast to its rival's plans to span an entire continent.

The bidders have until 1600 GMT on Friday to hand over their bid books, which will detail their plans to host the tournament - ranging from stadiums, training venues, hotels, transport to the environmental impact.

Following the delivery of the bid books, a Task Force representing football's governing body will decide whether the bids are up to standard.

Should any bid fail on a certain aspect, the bid can be eliminated.

"We need to convince not only the congress, (but also) the technical team of Fifa," El Amrani said.

If both bids succeed in impressing the Task Force, the remaining 207 member associations of Fifa will cast their vote for who will host the 2026 finals in Russia on 13 June.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first to feature 48 teams after Fifa chose to expand the tournament last year.

"You cannot bid for such a tournament, especially one that's been increased to 48 teams, without careful consideration - it is not a light decision," El Amrani, the former secretary-general of African football's ruling body Caf, added.

"As you can imagine, in our kingdom, that's a decision supported by His Majesty the King so it makes sense to us to go for this World Cup."

"I don't think we need to highlight the passion that we have for the game so for us, (bidding) combines all the important factors and provides joy and pride to our country."

The sole previous occasion that Africa hosted the World Cup was when the tournament was staged in South Africa in 2010.

El Amrani believes both his country and continent are ready to host football's flagship event once again.

"We want to celebrate the world and receive people in our country, showcase the beauty of our country, its diversity and also boost the social, economic and human development of our country and the continent."

On Thursday the rival bid, from USA, Canada and Mexico, revealed that there are 23 potential host cities within their bid, including NewYork/New Jersey, Los Angeles, Toronto and Mexico City.

Seventeen of the cities are in the United States and three each are in Canada and Mexico.

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Israel suspends plan to send African migrants to West

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has suspended a deal with the UN to give residency to thousands of African migrants in exchange for Western nations resettling the same number.

Hours after announcing the deal, he put the plan on hold, saying he would meet with residents of south Tel Aviv, where many of the migrants live.

The arrangement had drawn opposition from within his governing coalition. It replaced a plan for mass deportations to Africa.

Under the five-year agreement with the UN refugee agency, some 16,250 African migrants who entered the country illegally, many of them seeking asylum, would be resettled in Western nations, which Mr Netanyahu had said included Germany, Italy and Canada.

For each migrant resettled overseas, Israel would give "temporary residence" to a migrant in Israel, Mr Netanyahu told a news conference earlier on Monday.

It replaced a controversial plan to forcibly send male African migrants to third countries in Africa if they did not go voluntarily.

The nations were reported to be Uganda and Rwanda and Israel's Supreme Court had blocked deportations meant to begin on Sunday.

In a late-night Facebook post announcing the suspension of the UN deal, Mr Netanyahu said that earlier agreement had failed because Rwanda had pulled out.

He said he would rethink the terms of the UN accord after listening to the views of Israelis. Mr Netanyahu had faced criticism from anti-migrant groups in southern Tel Aviv and powerful politicians in his own governing coalition for striking the deal.

Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party, called the plan a "total surrender to the false campaign in the media" and said the credibility of the government was at stake.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked was among ministers saying they did not know anything about the agreement before it was announced. Culture Minister Miri Regev expressed concern about the "identity and social fabric" of Israel if the migrants were allowed to stay, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Where are the migrants from?

Most of the 42,000 African migrants in Israel are from Eritrea - a one-party state whose leaders have been accused of crimes against humanity by a UN inquiry - and war-torn Sudan.

They say they fled danger at home and that it is not safe to return to another African country, but Israel considers the majority of African asylum seekers to be economic migrants.

Most of them entered from Egypt several years ago, before a new fence was built along the desert border. This has ended most illegal crossings.

How controversial is this issue?

The decision in January to offer the migrants a cash lump-sum and a plane ticket to leave Israel voluntarily or otherwise face forced expulsion was controversial in Israel.

Some critics in the country and among the Jewish community abroad - including former ambassadors and Holocaust survivors - said the plan was unethical and a stain on Israel's international image. The UN refugee agency said it violated local and international laws, and large protests were held in Israel.

Mr Netanyahu said the opposition was "baseless and absurd" and that Israel would resettle "genuine refugees".

Activists, however, noted that only a handful of Eritreans and Sudanese had been recognised as refugees by Israel since the country took over the processing of applications from the UN in 2009.

A note on terminology: The BBC uses the term migrant to refer to all people on the move who have yet to complete the legal process of claiming asylum. This group includes people fleeing war-torn countries such as Syria, who are likely to be granted refugee status, as well as people who are seeking jobs and better lives, who governments are likely to rule are economic migrants.

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White House criticises China for $3bn tariffs on US imports

The White House has criticised China after it imposed retaliatory tariffs against the US on a range of goods including pork and wine.

Beijing has introduced duties of up to 25% on 128 American imports following President Donald Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminium.

China said the move was intended to safeguard its interests and balance losses caused by the new US tariffs.

 

US stock markets plunged, partly on fears the duties will escalate.

Technology stocks were among Monday's biggest losers including Amazon, after President Trump stepped up his Twitter attacks against the online retailer.

In its statement about the tariffs, the White House accused Beijing of "distorting global markets".

"China's subsidisation and continued overcapacity is the root cause of the steel crises," spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.

"Instead of targeting fairly traded US exports, China needs to stop its unfair trading practices which are harming US national security and distorting global markets."

The back-and-forth reflects rising tensions between the US and China, which President Trump has described as an "economic enemy".

What is this fight about?

The US has taken two major steps recently that have triggered tension with China.

On 8 March, it announced global steel and aluminium tariffs saying the measures were necessary to protect US producers and critical to national security. (Certain allies such as Canada, Mexico and the European Union, are in line for exemptions, pending talks.)

China challenged the US use of national security to justify the tariffs and announced retaliatory tariffs on $3bn (£2.1bn) worth of US products.

Those tariffs went into effect on Monday, targeting US goods including frozen pork, nuts, fresh and dried fruit, ginseng and wine.

Who will blink first?

By Stephen McDonell, BBC News, Hong Kong

China's theft of foreign intellectual property is what sparked all this in the first place, according to Washington. If international companies want to operate in China they must hand over their intellectual property for the privilege, thus delivering the likes of German high-speed rail technology into the hands of Chinese engineers.

Yet now that China's retaliatory tariffs have kicked in, there are also those sympathetic with that argument who are worried that launching a potential tariff war is not the way to fix the problem. Naturally others say China has been getting away with this for years and tough measures were needed in order to force change.

There is also the overall imbalance in US-China trade but a large Chinese surplus, of course, means it is potentially much more exposed during a trade war than America. For this reason Beijing will want to negotiate a way out of this escalating tariff showdown.

Its first set of tariffs are relatively mild but they come in response to the first round of US tariffs and a second has already been announced. There are plenty more American companies to be hit and other nations, especially those in Europe and Asia, could soon find themselves dragged into this conflict.

That dispute, however, is a preview of a bigger showdown between the two countries.

A few weeks after announcing the steel and aluminium tariffs, the White House said it would impose additional tariffs on as much as $60bn in Chinese imports over intellectual property violations.

It said China has practices that put US firms at a disadvantage and unfairly pressure them to share technology, especially in fields such as robotics and telecommunications.

The two sides are now negotiating over the issues, though the White House has also said previous talks have failed, necessitating tariffs.

What's the reaction?

American businesses caught up in the dispute have raised alarm, noting that China is a large market for certain goods, including pork, soybeans and aircraft.

For example, last year China was the third largest market for US pork, receiving about $1.1bn worth of products, according to the National Pork Producer Council.

"Any restriction on export markets is not a good development for US pork producers," Jim Monroe, a spokesman for the National Pork Producers Council, told the BBC.

US companies have said that while they share some of the Trump administration's concerns, they are worried that threatening tariffs is not the best way to resolve the problems.

"The direction of what the US government is doing, and that is to apply some pressure, use some leverage, to level the playing field is the right one, although I don't think tariffs is the best way to go," said William Zarit. chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China.

Mr Zarit told the BBC that members of his organisation, which represents more than 900 companies operating across China, including Intel, Dell, Honeywell and Coca-Cola, were encouraged to hear that top officials have started talking again.

"I think it shows that both sides want to solve this before it gets out of hand," he said.

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: Anti-apartheid campaigner dies at 81

South African anti-apartheid campaigner and former first lady Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died aged 81.

She and her former husband Nelson Mandela, who were both jailed, were a symbol of the country's anti-apartheid struggle for three decades.

However, in later years her reputation became tainted legally and politically.

Crowds of mourners and political figures flocked to her home in Soweto, in Johannesburg, after news of her death broke.

Family spokesman Victor Dlamini confirmed earlier on Monday that Mrs Mandela "succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones" following a long illness, which had seen her go in and out of hospital since the start of the year.

'Mother of the Nation'

Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was born in 1936 in the Eastern Cape - then known as Transkei.

She was a trained social worker when she met her future husband in the 1950s. They went on to have two daughters together.

They were married for a total of 38 years, although for almost three decades of that time they were separated due to Mr Mandela's long imprisonment.

It was Mrs Madikizela-Mandela who took his baton after he was jailed for life, becoming an international symbol of resistance to apartheid. She too was jailed for her role in the fight for justice and equality.

To her supporters, she became known affectionately as "Mother of the Nation".

Who has paid tribute?

In a televised address President Cyril Ramaphosa - whom Mrs Madikizela-Mandela praised earlier this year - called her as a "voice of defiance" against white-minority rule.

"In the face of exploitation, she was a champion of justice and equality," he said on Monday.

"She as an abiding symbol of the desire of our people to be free".

Retired archbishop and Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu said she was a "defining symbol of the struggle against apartheid".

"Her courageous defiance was deeply inspirational to me, and to generations of activists," he added.

Energy Minister Jeff Radebe, reading out a statement on behalf of the family, paid tribute to "a colossus who strode the Southern African political landscape".

"As the ANC we dip our revolutionary banner in salute of this great icon of our liberation struggle," he said.

"The Mandela family are deeply grateful for the gift of her life and even as our hearts break at her passing we urge all those who loved her to celebrate this most remarkable South African woman."

African National Congress (ANC) chairperson Gwede Mantashe said: "With the departure of Mama Winnie, [we have lost] one of the very few who are left of our stalwarts and icons. She was one of those who would tell us exactly what is wrong and right, and we are going to be missing that guidance."

South Africa's pride and joy - and my neighbour

Analysis by Milton Nkosi, BBC News, Johannesburg

I knew Winnie Madikizela-Mandela personally. We come from the same neighbourhood in Soweto.

To many, she was the pride and joy of the nation, an icon in her own right - never mind the fact she was Nelson Mandela's wife.

Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was also the first black social worker in the country. Her love and desire to help those in need was always burning from deep inside.

But she was not nothing but sweet talk. She met the brutality of racial segregation with fire. Each time the police came to arrest her at her home in Orlando West, she held her own.

She never gave in. Not one inch - and sometimes, this landed her in trouble. As anti-apartheid activist Mosioua Lekota noted in her defence: "Those who did nothing under apartheid never made mistakes."

She will be remembered for her fight against an inhumane system, rather than for the mistakes she made in that fight.

Why was she controversial?

However, Mrs Madikizela-Mandela found herself mired in scandal for decades.

She was accused of conducting a virtual reign of terror in parts of Soweto by other members of the ANC in the late 1980s, and heard backing the practice of "necklacing" - putting burning tyres around suspected informants' necks.

She was also found guilty of kidnapping and sentenced to six years' imprisonment for her involvement in the death of 14-year-old township militant Stompie Seipei. She always denied the allegation, and the sentence was reduced to a fine.

Winnie Mandela raises her fist in a black power salute after announcing that a massive pop concert will be held to mark the 70th birthday of her husband in 1988

Mrs Madikizela-Mandela (pictured in 1988) became a symbol for the anti-apartheid movement in her own right

Mr Mandela, who stood by her throughout the accusations, was finally released from prison in February 1990.

But two years later, their marriage crumbled. The couple divorced in 1996, but she kept his surname and maintained ties with him.

She stayed involved in politics, but was again embroiled in controversy when she was convicted of fraud in 2003.

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North Korea's Kim Jong-un crosses into South Korea

Kim Jong-un has become the first North Korean leader to set foot in South Korea by crossing the military line that has divided the peninsula since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

In a moment rich with symbolism and pomp, South Korean leader Moon Jae-in and Mr Kim shook hands at the border.

Mr Kim said he hoped for "frank" discussion in a warm opening exchange.

Just months ago North Korean rhetoric was warlike, but now they may discuss a peace treaty and nuclear weapons.

Much of what the summit will focus on has been agreed in advance, but many analysts remain deeply sceptical about the North's move to halt nuclear weapons tests.

An unscripted moment

Nevertheless, the whole of South Korea stood still for the moment the leaders shook hands on both sides of the border in the demilitarised zone that divides the countries.

Then audiences watched in surprise as Mr Kim invited the South Korean president to step briefly across the demarcation line into North Korea, before the pair stepped back into South Korea - all the while holding hands.

It was an apparently unscripted moment during a highly choreographed sequence of events.

The first session has broken up and the pair will have lunch separately. Mr Kim returned to the North in a heavily guarded black limousine for lunch. He will cross back over the border in the afternoon to resume discussions.

'A new history' begins

The leaders were met by an honour guard in traditional costume on the South Korean side. The pair then walked to the Peace House in Panmunjom, a military compound in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between the two countries.

"A new history begins now - at the starting point of history and the era of peace," read the message Mr Kim wrote in a guestbook at the Peace House.

The gravity of the meeting - the first between Korean leaders in more than a decade - was also punctuated by lighter moments. Mr Kim joked about bringing some of North Korea's famous cold noodles for the summit.

"I hope you will really enjoy the noodles that we brought," he said.

The White House said it was hopeful talks would make progress toward peace and prosperity. The Korean summit is seen as a prelude to a proposed meeting between Mr Kim and US President Trump, an unprecedented move as no sitting US president has met with a North Korean leader.

The focus of talks

The main focus of the talks is to address North Korea's controversial nuclear weapons programme.

Seoul has warned that reaching an agreement to rid Pyongyang of its nuclear weapons will be "difficult". North Korea's nuclear and missile technology has advanced significantly since the last summit more than a decade ago.

The meeting - the third of its kind following summits in 2000 and 2007 - is the result of months of improving relations between the two Koreas.

Mr Kim announced last week that he would suspend nuclear tests. The move was welcomed by the US and South Korea as a positive step, although Chinese researchers have indicated that North Korea's nuclear test site may be unusable after a rock collapse following its last nuclear test.

As well as addressing Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, the leaders of the two Koreas are expected to discuss a path to peace on the peninsula to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, and economic and social issues.

What is happening today?

Every detail has been precisely planned, from the timetable to the dinner menu.

Korea map

At an afternoon ceremony, the leaders will plant a pine tree using soil and water from both countries, to symbolise "peace and prosperity".

Following the tree planting, they will walk together before starting the next round of talks. The summit will conclude with the leaders signing an agreement and delivering a joint statement before dinner. The banquet will be held on the South's side and the menu is as symbolic as the other rituals.

Kim Jong-un will be served the Swiss potato dish rösti - a nod to his time studying in Switzerland - along with the North's signature dish of cold noodles, and a North Korean liquor.

After dinner, the delegations will watch a video called "Spring of One", before Mr Kim returns home.

Who will attend

Mr Kim is accompanied by nine officials, including his sister, Kim Yo-jong, who led the North's delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea earlier this year.

In a rare move - one not seen at previous inter-Korean summits - the delegation will also feature top military officials and diplomats.

The path to the summit

The summit is the culmination of months of improving relations between the two countries, something few would have predicted as North Korea conducted nuclear tests and fired test missiles at will.

The rapprochement began in January when Mr Kim suggested he was "open to dialogue" with South Korea. The following month the two countries marched under one flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

Mr Kim's new appetite for diplomacy led to the key turning point, a meeting with senior South Korean officials in March and from that came the announcement that Mr Kim would also meet Donald Trump.

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Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault in retrial

US comedian Bill Cosby has been found guilty of three counts of sexual assault, each of which carries a potential 10 years in prison.

The actor, 80, has been on trial for drugging and assaulting ex-basketball player Andrea Constand in 2004.

Cosby, the first major black actor on primetime TV, will remain out of jail until he is sentenced, the judge ruled.

He unleashed an expletive-filled rant after the verdict, as prosecutors argued he should be denied bail.

The prosecutor argued that he should be held because he is "somebody who has unlimited wealth" and could flee on a private plane.

"He doesn't have a plane," Cosby then erupted, adding a vulgarity which he directed at the prosecutor.

"I feel like my faith in humanity is restored," Cosby accuser Lili Bernard said outside the courthouse.

"We are so happy that finally we can say, women are believed, and not only on #MeToo, but in a court of law," lawyer Gloria Allred said.

It was the second time the actor had stood trial for the allegations, after an earlier jury failed to reach a verdict in June 2017.

At the start of the retrial in Pennsylvania it was revealed that Cosby had paid Ms Constand almost $3.4m (£2.4m) in a civil settlement in 2006.

Cosby is best known for starring in the 1980s TV series The Cosby Show.

Around 60 women over five decades have publicly accused the Emmy award-winning actor of being a sexual predator. But statute of limitation laws mean that only one charge has been brought to trial.

Some of his accusers were present in court, and cried as the guilty verdict was returned.

Cosby's lawyer Tom Mesereau insisted "the fight is not over", adding that he believes Cosby is innocent and that he plans to file an appeal.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, who brought the charges against Cosby, held a press conference after the verdict.

"Money and power or who you are will not stop us from a criminal investigation and prosecuting a case," Mr Steele said, as Ms Constand stood beside him.

When the attack took place, Ms Constand was working as director of operations for the women's basketball team at Temple University, Philadelphia.

She told the court she had gone to the home of her then friend Cosby, to discuss her resignation.

She said he had given her three blue pills to "help take the edge off," which she believed to be a natural remedy.

Minutes later, she was suffering double vision and quickly lost consciousness.

She awoke to find Cosby groping her breasts and penetrating her, she said, adding that the drugs made her physically unable to fight back.

Ms Constand reported the attack, but the district attorney refused to press charges. The case was reopened in 2015.

Analysis: A ruling that's a sign of our times

Nada Tawfik, BBC News, Norristown, Pennsylvania

This verdict is being celebrated as a major win for the #MeToo movement. It shows that the shift in our society and culture from doubting to believing victims is also affecting the justice system. Bill Cosby's lawyers anticipated this and took direct aim at the movement during the trial, telling the jury "mob rule is not due process." But ultimately, the jury sided with Andrea Constand and set aside the 80-year-old comedian's wholesome image as American's favourite dad.

At one time, there was no star bigger than Bill Cosby. He was the most watched man on television, a role model for minorities trying to break into Hollywood. And despite years of allegations, he seemed untouchable. That has now all changed, and there is no doubt that this verdict will have far-reaching consequences.

Judge Steven O'Neill allowed five of Cosby's other accusers to serve as "prior bad acts" witnesses during the trial, as the prosecution sought to establish a pattern of misconduct.

Heidi Thomas told the court that the comedian served her spiked wine that made her drowsy for four days in 1984.

Former US model Janice Dickinson was among those who testified, alleging that Cosby drugged and raped her at a hotel in 1982, when she was 27 years old.

"I wanted to hit him, wanted to punch him in the face," Ms Dickinson, 63, told the courtroom in Norristown, Pennsylvania. "I felt anger, was humiliated, disgusted, ashamed."

The former reality television star testified Mr Cosby offered her a blue pill that he said would help with discomfort from menstrual cramps.

"He smelled like cigars and espresso and his body odour," she said. "I couldn't move, I felt like I was rendered motionless.

"Here was America's dad on top of me, happily married man with five children and how very, very wrong it was," she said.

The case against Cosby was one of the first celebrity assault trials conducted in the light of the #MeToo movement, which has raised awareness of alleged sexual misconduct by a number of powerful media figures.

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Victory Through Versatility: LeBron Can Reach the Finals With Any Supporting Cast

Another Game 7, another virtuoso performance from LeBron James. With an eighth straight trip to the Finals secured, it’s clear: His adaptability is unlike anything we’ve ever seen.

LeBron James found a way on Sunday, just like he always does. By leading Cleveland to an 87-79 win over Boston in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, LeBron punched his ticket to his eighth consecutive NBA Finals appearance. No player since Bill Russell with the 1960s Celtics had been to four or more Finals in a row. LeBron has now done that for two separate franchises, with vastly different supporting casts. He’s the most versatile player in basketball history, adapting his game to maximize his teammates, regardless of who they are or what they can do. That ability has been on full display throughout this year’s playoffs, as an undermanned Cavaliers team has shapeshifted around LeBron in each series to advance.

Cleveland leaned on its defense to get past the Celtics. Kevin Love, the Cavs’ only reliable source of offense other than LeBron, went down in the opening minutes of Game 6 and didn’t play in Game 7 while in concussion protocol. There was no way for this team to beat Boston in a shootout without Love, so it didn’t try. Head coach Tyronn Lue stressed defense with every rotation decision. He started a lineup that had played only 24 minutes in the series prior to Game 7, surrounding LeBron with four veterans (J.R. Smith, Jeff Green, Tristan Thompson, and George Hill) who could switch screens, defend multiple positions, and hold up in single coverage without help.

Boston had no answer for that lineup, which registered a net rating of plus-23.3 over 53 minutes in the conference finals. Without the injured Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, the Celtics have relied on a democratic offense that ruthlessly attacked the weakest link on the opposing defense. Their problem in Game 7 was there simply weren’t many weak links to attack. Lue cut his rotation to eight, with his worst defenders (Kyle Korver, Larry Nance Jr., and Jordan Clarkson) coming in off the bench. Boston immediately went at them when they were on the court, so Lue played them only a combined 35 minutes. He played his starters for 205 of a possible 240 minutes, and he never took LeBron out of the game.

Boston couldn’t create any offensive momentum. Al Horford and Jayson Tatum had moments of brilliance attacking switches, but neither could sustain them for long enough to force the Cavs to send help and get their teammates open shots. The Celtics shot only 7-for-39 (17.9 percent) from 3. No one in their supporting cast was able to create offense, as Jaylen Brown (5-for-18), Terry Rozier (2-for-14), Marcus Smart (1-for-10), and Marcus Morris (5-for-14) spent the game bricking shots off the dribble.

The downside for Cleveland in starting all of its best defenders came on the other end of the floor. The Cavs didn’t have much 3-point shooting with Love in street clothes and Korver getting spot minutes, allowing Boston to pack the paint and send multiple defenders at LeBron. The Cavaliers shot 9-for-35 (25.7 percent) from beyond the arc, and LeBron had three of their makes. He didn’t have much space to operate, which makes his statistical brilliance (35 points on 12-for-24 shooting, 15 rebounds, and nine assists) all the more staggering. Give LeBron an inch and he’ll take a mile, lowering his shoulder and powering his way to the rim.

The only other Cavalier to get much going offensively Sunday was Green, who had 19 points on 7-for-14 shooting to go with eight rebounds. He has long been a punching bag around the NBA for his inconsistency, but came up big in the biggest game of his life, running into easy baskets, confidently attacking closeouts, and finishing over smaller defenders. Green did just enough to get LeBron some rest while he stayed on the court. Cleveland had only two other players (Smith and Thompson) in double figures, and almost all of their production came from LeBron spoon-feeding them open looks.

This probably isn’t a formula that can work over the long haul. Even LeBron can’t play this much over the course of an entire series. He tried to play all 48 minutes in Game 7 of Cleveland’s first-round matchup against Indiana, and his body couldn’t handle it. His defense on Sunday was hit-or-miss, as he lost Brown several times and couldn’t get as much lift in his legs as he needed, most notably when Tatum dunked on him on a drive in the fourth quarter. The good news for the Cavs is they have other formulas to which they can turn. That gets back to the shapeshifting: The way Cleveland beat the Celtics was very different than the way it beat the Raptors and Pacers.

The Cavs overwhelmed Toronto in the second round with their offense. Cleveland recorded a 121.5 offensive rating and 110.1 defensive rating in that series, as opposed to a 102.7 offensive rating and 102.1 defensive rating against Boston. Lue went with more offensive-minded players en route to a four-game sweep in Round 2, flanking LeBron with four 3-point shooters and blowing the Raptors off the floor. Toronto never found an answer for the two-man game between Love and Korver, and didn’t have enough offensive firepower to punish those two on defense.

Against Indiana, Lue found the middle ground in emphasizing offense and defense. It took him several games to figure out which of his newly acquired players could be trusted in a playoff environment, and he tinkered with his starting lineup several times against the Pacers before opting to go with the veterans LeBron trusted (Thompson, Love, Korver, and Hill) in Game 7. Cleveland has now employed a different starting lineup in each of its three closeout games in these playoffs. Lue catches a lot of flak for his simplistic offense and tendency to overthink rotation decisions, but he’s also flexible and unafraid to experiment, valuable traits for a coach whose star player is as uncommonly versatile as LeBron.

Lue and LeBron are constantly probing the Cavs’ opponents over the course of a postseason series, looking for weak spots to attack while shoring up weak spots of their own. The playoffs are all about matchups, and Cleveland is uniquely positioned to create and exploit mismatches because it can restructure its identity around LeBron. He is a basketball genius who can figure out exactly what his team needs in a given series, and then adjust his game to provide it. That’s one reason he has been so remarkable in closeout games in his career. Play a team enough in a short amount of time and he’ll figure out a way to defeat it.

Versatility is LeBron’s defining trait, especially in comparison to his fellow all-time greats. He’s not as explosive a scorer as Michael Jordan, and he’s not as good a passer as Magic Johnson. He isn’t as dominant defensively as Bill Russell, and he’s not as unguardable in the post as Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. What’s so incredible about LeBron is that he’s almost as good as all of those players in each of their strongest categories. None of the others could have succeeded on as many different types of teams as LeBron. James doesn’t have a position: He can play all five at a high level on both sides of the ball. Almost any combination of players can work around him. The past eight years are proof of that.

While LeBron’s 3-5 record in the Finals is often held up as a knock against him, his carrying those teams to the Finals represents a more impressive accomplishment. Cleveland will be a massive underdog against either Golden State or Houston in this year’s Finals, but that doesn’t make his work dragging the Cavs through the first three rounds of the playoffs any less impressive. What LeBron has done in 2018 goes right up there with what he did in 2007, when he led a team whose second-best player was Larry Hughes to the Finals. The same line of thinking applies to 2015, when he brought a team that started Matthew Dellavedova and Timofey Mozgov to Game 6 of the Finals.

LeBron may not end up reaching Jordan’s mark of six NBA titles, but his eight consecutive Finals appearances will be just as difficult a mark for any future player to match. The sheer willpower and endurance necessary to make that happen in the modern NBA is mind-boggling. Only four teams have made four straight Finals in the past 50 years: the Showtime Lakers, Bird’s Celtics, LeBron’s Heat, and LeBron’s Cavaliers. (The Warriors will join that group if they beat the Rockets on Monday.) LeBron has played in 164 playoff games over the past eight seasons, the equivalent of two entire regular seasons (with two extra games thrown in for good measure). Most players would break down physically under that strain. LeBron has never suffered a serious injury.

LeBron shouldn’t be this good after 15 seasons in the league. He’s already played more career minutes than Jordan, even counting MJ’s two seasons with the Wizards. LeBron has dedicated his life to basketball, and he’s helped it reach new heights of global popularity. He’s not just the face of a franchise. He’s the face of an entire sport. That goes hand in hand his being in the Finals every year, no matter who he’s playing with.

LeBron can’t always win in the Finals once he gets there, but he doesn’t leave any points (or rebounds, or assists …) on the board. He uses his versatility to get the most out of his supporting cast, and Lue will shuffle pieces around him until something clicks. A team with LeBron James always has a chance.

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The Rockets Couldn’t Stop the Inevitable

Houston pushed Golden State to the brink in Game 7. But in the end, the Warriors are moving on to the NBA Finals yet again.

“We’re right there,” Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni told his team during a timeout taken three and a half minutes into the fourth quarter of a Western Conference finals Game 7 that hit nearly every single beat we’ve come to expect from Golden State and Houston. He shrugged his shoulders; his team had just missed its 25th consecutive 3-point attempt, a new ignominious NBA playoff record. “We’re right there. Right?

In D’Antoni’s West Virginian drawl, that last word was stretched and pulled in strange directions, sounding like an affirmative as much as a question. Televised huddles are an exercise in intentional banality, but it was a revealing portrait of D’Antoni in the latest ever-the-bridesmaid moment of his career, a 101-92 loss that eliminated him one series shy of the Finals for the third time since 2005. That right? might’ve been the closest we’ll get to seeing D’Antoni express a crisis of faith. In that moment, he became a statistic; the Warriors inevitably draw out that sense of doubt in every series they play.

The improbability of the Warriors’ endeavors in the first two seasons of their dynasty has been eroded by time. The narrative foundation of Golden State games has shifted from an anticipation of the journey to the unbending reality of the Warriors’ ultimate destination. That’s a stark change in how we process the rhythm of their games. Watching the Warriors is almost like watching basketball via one of Sam Hinkie’s strange ruminations: Why do we watch basketball games front to back? Why not watch games back to front, or out of order? Until it ends with a win, Warriors games are out of order.

The narrative beats that the Warriors instill over the course of 48 minutes can be both overbearing and oddly comforting, like a drawn-out will-they-won’t-they arc in a sitcom (yes, of course they will). Golden State puts the league in a constant state of déjà vu: A Rockets 15-point first-half lead in Game 7 only serves as fodder for the unyielding torrent to come in the third quarter, because that’s exactly what happened in Game 6. After Monday’s series clincher, Golden State over the course of the postseason has outscored opponents by a rate of 33.1 points per 100 possessions in the third quarter. Maybe it’s because those 15 minutes of halftime allow Draymond Green a chance to catch his breath and process all of the in-game adjustments that need to be made; maybe Steve Kerr puts on his own halftime show of motivational clipboard-chopping; maybe it’s just the masochism that develops with those in a position of power. Or maybe it’s as obvious as the Warriors make the sport: “Our talent took over,” Kerr said after the game. “I mean, it’s as simple as that.”

Steph Curry acknowledged a calmness in the locker room during halftime, despite the pressures of being down double-digits in an away game that could very well decide the future champion of the league and the moves made thereafter. His third-quarter eruption came and went like clockwork: Curry had 14 points in the frame, which included a two-minute stretch in which he scored 11 consecutive points for the team. It’s become something of a Curry signature: an offensive kick-start that restores order and reestablishes the values that the Warriors have built their team around for the past half-decade, notably the notion that Steph can turn himself into magma at a moment’s notice.

“We weren’t too worried, believe it or not,” Klay Thompson said after the game. Why would they be? More than any other team in the league (and possibly trailing only one player in the league), the Warriors control the narrative that surrounds both them and the teams they face. Which is why the most interesting and overwrought story of the Warriors’ season thus far is what, exactly, Kevin Durant means to this team, just as the early monotony of the 2000s Lakers dynasty was girded by the alpha tensions between Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. It’s the only narrative in the Warriors universe that seems to have real-time stakes: Durant’s first half was the type of uninspired effort that keeps Warriors fans at an arm’s length in their support for him, although, just like the team as a whole, his performance evened itself out by the end. The 30-footer he drilled in James Harden’s face early in the fourth quarter to stunt a Rockets run was a soul-reaving gut punch, and exactly the kind of shot one might point to as an example of the Warriors’ tedious dominion:

We may be headed to a fourth consecutive Finals matchup between Golden State and Cleveland, but there has been a sense of optimism among the most prominent challengers to the throne. “I think we’re very close, obviously,” D’Antoni said after the game. “You know, some things we’ll tweak and we’ll get back on the horse and we’ll get these guys here pretty soon.” This wasn’t a sprint to the Finals the way last year was; both the Warriors and Cavs had grueling conference finals, and they’ll show each other their battle scars soon enough. Time isn’t done wearing away at what, from the surface, looks to be an infinite loop. There are costs to long-term greatness; how each side’s fatigue manifests is the most interesting subplot of the rivalry since the 2016 playoffs.

“Sometimes after you’ve reached a championship or two, the players who were key players might want something different—something more,” Cheryl Reeve, head coach of the Minnesota Lynx, winners of four WNBA championships since 2011, told The New York Times. “So how does that change the balance that made you so good in the first place? That’s why it’s so hard to repeat, because of change. Life happens to people.”

Massive changes are afoot as soon as the NBA Finals are over. So much of what we know about the league could be altered irrevocably. Cavs-Warriors IV could serve as a capstone to one of the most important sagas in this boom era of NBA history. For now, I’m willing to wade in the familiarity one more time. Golden State feels just as inevitable as it ever has during this dizzying four-year run, which is exactly why it could all change sooner than we think. Nothing gold can stay. Not even these Warriors. Right?

Source: www.theringer.com

 

Reinstate dismissed judges; Anas set them up - Ken Agyapong

The Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, has called on President Akufo-Addo to reinstate all the judges who were dismissed or interdicted following the exposé by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

According to the lawmaker, since the investigative journalist set them up to take bribes, they should be reinstated. Speaking about Anas’ modus operandi on the television programme - Badwam on Adom TV on Tuesday, Mr Agyapong described Anas as a corrupt journalist who sets up people with the aim to destroy their reputation. In his opinion, the judges incriminated in the expose’ should be reinstated because they were set up by Anas.

“I call on President Akufo-Addo to reinstate all the judges because the guy [Anas] enticed them. He used two boys, Ahmed and Rahman, to set the judges up. If you set people up, it is not investigative journalism ... and I’ll prove to the whole Ghana that the boy is so corrupt and wicked, evil from the things he has done, bringing institutions that have been built over the years, down for him to be rich.” “From what I’ve seen and what I know, I’m going to show the pictures…” he said.

On 6 June 2018, Anas will premier his latest video dubbed ‘Number 12’, which captures corruption at the Ghana Football Association.

Source: www.graphic.com.gh

Anas fires back at Kennedy Agyapong

Investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has affirmed that his team still remains focused and ready to premiere the undercover work he did with the BBC, on the Ghana Football Association (GFA), titled ‘Number 12’ which uncovered some fraud and corruption.

Excerpts of the investigations have been shown to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his deputy, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.

Accordingly, GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi and Deputy Minister of Roads and Highways, Anthony Karbo, whose names popped up in the investigations, have reported to the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service to assist with investigations.

However, Anas’ ways of conducting the investigations have been questioned by Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong. According to Mr Agyapong, Anas entrapped the people captured in his documentaries, a situation he believes should not be countenanced.

Speaking about Anas’ modus operandi on Badwam on Accra-based Adom TV on Tuesday, 29 May 2018, Mr Agyapong described Anas as a corrupt journalist who sets up people with the aim to destroy their reputation. He, therefore, called on President Akufo-Addo to reinstate all the judges who were fired or interdicted or are being prosecuted for corruption after being caught on camera by Anas, allegedly taking bribes to warp justice, since, according to him, they were all set up by the journalist.

“I call on President Akufo-Addo to reinstate all the judges because the guy [Anas] enticed them. He used two boys, Ahmed and Rahman, to set the judges up. If you set people up, it is not investigative journalism … and I’ll prove to the whole Ghana that the boy is so corrupt and wicked, evil from the things he has done, bringing institutions that have been built over the years, down for him to be rich.”

“From what I’ve seen and what I know, I’m going to show the pictures… Anas is a thief because if he can set people up in Dubai, take their money and buy tablets, ship them to Ghana and refuse to pay taxes on them, for the wife to sell, you think we are stupid in this country?” he quizzed. But Anas tweeted minutes after Mr Agypong’s comments that: “#Number12 we are focused.”

Source: www.ghanacrusader.com

Obengfo hospital CEO faces murder charges

Director of the Advanced BodySculpt Centre, Obengfo Hospital, Dr Dominic Obeng-Andoh has been charged with murder by the district court. Together with his janitor, who has also been charged with impersonation, the duo has been remanded in police custody to assist with investigations into the death of Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the National Entrepreneurship Innovation Programme (NEIP), Stacy Offei-Darko.

Detective Chief Inspector Simeon Appiosornu told the court that they are still investigating, and, if granted bail, the duo would interfere with investigations.

Lawyer for the accused persons, Jonathan Dzaisu told the court, presided over by Afua Sackey that the facts presented by the prosecution do not support the charges levelled against his clients.

He prayed the court to grant his clients bail as the first accused person is a qualified medical doctor and a hard-working man who takes care of many Ghanaians.

The lawyer said his client has not been feeling well since his arrest and pleaded with the court to order the prosecution to afford the 1st accused person access to medical health. The court, however, adjourned the case to June 12.

Meanwhile, Nana Akosua Animah, mother of the 37-year-old deputy CEO, told the media in various interviews that her daughter died at the Obengfo Hospital under mysterious circumstances and was put in the morgue without the knowledge nor consent of any family member.

The mother said she only got informed of her daughter’s death three days after her passing.

She said she felt suspicious about the turn of events and reported Dr Obeng-Andoh to the police.

In the meantime, the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital is performing a postmortem on Ms Offei Darko’s body to ascertain the cause of her death, adding that “even a chicken won’t be treated like she was”.

Dr Obeng-Andoh has had several brushes with the law in the past. In 2017, his facility was shut down by the Medical and Dental Council for operating without a licence.

In 2016, Dr Obeng-Andoh was arrested for operating illegally following numerous complaints received from his patients.

Source: www.ghanacrusader.com

Quata Budukusu out with Rotation Video

Quata Budukusu just released the visuals for Rotation, the fourth video, from his recent album, Quantum L.P. No-Faces from Sweden produced the song with the video shot and directed in South Africa by Director Cube from by KaCube Creatives - South Africa. Watch the video and do not forget to share with friends and family.

Quata Budukusu – Rotation Lyrics

Verse:

Back up the whine make da thing go. Dirty whine back it up slow. Girl cock it up a private show, like she gat no back-bone way the thing roll. Selector buzz a blank and reload. Strobe light lit up like rainbow. She mashup the club with her style nuh. Wizkid tell dem again Shebi final. Dashiki style love it Afro. African queen She bi bad o. Things u dey do blow ma mind o. A shorti back it up again nuh.             

 

2x hook 1: Ah ah aaa aaah baby broke it up. Girl I like what u doing, baby broke it up.                 

2x hook 2: Roll up di booty in nuh rotation, bubble it bubble it tushi vibration. Cock it up baby slow motion, mi nuh da style that needs standing ovation.        

 

Rap 1: 

That booty needs a standing ovation. Way u set it off in motion. Perfect synchronization. Ass clap bubble in unism. Lap dance trigger that orgasm. Bad chick face so innocent. Ma tropical Queen, so elegant, she dey turn me on for the action.       

2xhook 1. Ah ah aaah aaah baby broke it up. Girl I like what u doing, baby broke it up.       

2xhook 2. Roll up da booty in nuh rotation. Bubble it bubble it tushi vibration. Cock it up baby slow motion, mi nuh da style that needs standing ovation.                                          

 

Rap 2:

Huh! Ma Nubian Queen. Perfect bliss, she mushes up da scene. Airtin cries when she dirty whining. Attitude girl boss chick things when she rolls up she roll up with style. One of a kind, one in a million girl, when she talks she dey back it with swag. What u talking about, huh, bad girls gone wild.                                           

4xhook 2. Roll up the booty in nuh rotation. Bubble it bubble it tushi vibration. Cock it up baby slow motion, mi nuh that style that needs standing ovation.

 

Source: Bakus Radio, USA

Quata Budukusu – Rotation Lyrics

Quata Budukusu – Rotation Lyrics

Verse:

Back up the whine make da thing go. Dirty whine back it up slow. Girl cock it up a private show, like she gat no back-bone way the thing roll. Selector buzz a blank and reload. Strobe light lit up like rainbow. She mashup the club with her style nuh. Wizkid tell dem again Shebi final. Dashiki style love it Afro. African queen She bi bad o. Things u dey do blow ma mind o. A shorti back it up again nuh.             

2x hook 1: Ah ah aaa aaah baby broke it up. Girl I like what u doing, baby broke it up.                 

2x hook 2: Roll up di booty in nuh rotation, bubble it bubble it tushi vibration. Cock it up baby slow motion, mi nuh da style that needs standing ovation.        

 

Rap 1: 

That booty needs a standing ovation. Way u set it off in motion. Perfect synchronization. Ass clap bubble in unism. Lap dance trigger that orgasm. Bad chick face so innocent. Ma tropical Queen, so elegant, she dey turn me on for the action.       

2xhook 1. Ah ah aaah aaah baby broke it up. Girl I like what u doing, baby broke it up.       

2xhook 2. Roll up da booty in nuh rotation. Bubble it bubble it tushi vibration. Cock it up baby slow motion, mi nuh da style that needs standing ovation.                                          

 

Rap 2:

Huh! Ma Nubian Queen. Perfect bliss, she mushes up da scene. Airtin cries when she dirty whining. Attitude girl boss chick things when she rolls up she roll up with style. One of a kind, one in a million girl, when she talks she dey back it with swag. What u talking about, huh, bad girls gone wild.                                           

4xhook 2. Roll up the booty in nuh rotation. Bubble it bubble it tushi vibration. Cock it up baby slow motion, mi nuh that style that needs standing ovation.

Source: Bakus Radio, USA 

Cajon and Hip Hop Music

Hip-Hop in the 20th Century

The late twentieth century decade regularly just alluded to as 'the nineties' checked broad social changes in American history and social culture. One case of important new patterns that occurred in the nineties focuses on the advancement of Hip Hop culture. The historical backdrop of Hip Hop originates from dark network awareness in the United States. Also, Hip Hop culture can be seen as an immediate reaction to the financial issues that generated from that history. The dark network and other generally minimized gatherings diverted discontent from shameful acts into profitable challenge through the rebuilding of social dispositions and openings by methods for melodic articulation.

The late eighties saw the origin of this melodic development, yet the power and substantiation related with Hip Hop music to a great extent created all through the traverse of 90s. When we are on that level, the 90s saw intensely changing patterns in music and culture, to the point where the U.S. encountered the foundation of a veritable 'Hip Hop Nation.' Thusly, in spite of a level of contention over the authenticity of the music as far as verses and once in a while profane implications, Hip Hop all things considered imprints a national development of overwhelming social and social criticalness regarding its capacity to inspire a whole segment of the national network. No doubt cajon’s are not the usual drum sets (for the top modern instruments check out CGuide), but with a little changing these can be effective in producing Hip Hop centric music.

 

Critics of Hip-Hop

Regardless of the national predominance of Hip Hop in the United States, there remains a solid and vocal part of the network who trust that Hip Hop speaks to social subversion, pettiness, animosity, obscenity, irreverence, and little else. One such contention compares the Hip Hop people group to a simple vehicle for opposing social insurgency instead of a believable technique for profitable social stratification. "Individuals from the hip bounce country frame an 'envisioned network' that is constructed less concerning its acknowledgment through state development than on an aggregate test to the agreement rationale of U.S. patriotism" (Decker 54). This contention endeavors to undermine the purposefulness of Hip Hop and its belongings, and along these lines advances the thought that any positive socio-social change was a simple branch of resistance concerning a verifiably tricky subject.

By Biggunz

Super Cup: Atletico beat Read Madrid

Real Madrid began life without Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane with defeat in the first ever Uefa Super Cup derby as Atletico Madrid scored twice in extra time.

Two excellent late goals from Koke and Saul sealed victory for Atletico after the game ended 2-2 in normal time.

It was Real's first match since Ronaldo signed for Juventus for £99m in the summer and Zidane was replaced as manager by former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui.

Koke's smart finish and Saul's sensational 16-yard volley in extra time helped Europa League holders Atletico win their third Super Cup in as many appearances.

Diego Costa also scored twice in normal time, thumping in the opener after 49 seconds and tapping in another after the interval.

Gareth Bale had set up Karim Benzema with a header at the back post for Real's first and captain Sergio Ramos slotted home a penalty for a 2-1 lead after Juanfran was penalised for handball.

Full-back Marcelo squandered an excellent chance to score the winner for Real with an overhead kick in the final seconds of normal time as back-to-back Champions League winners Real were looking to become the first side to win three Super Cups in successive seasons.

It was the fourth time in the past five years that the Super Cup was contested by two Spanish sides - but the first with both teams from the same city.

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While Real Madrid are adjusting to life without Ronaldo, it was Atletico who provided the late heroics familiarly associated with their recently departed striker.

The club's failure to sign a direct replacement as of yet will remain a concern for fans following this defeat but there was still plenty of encouragement in Real's remaining attacking options.

Marco Asensio and Bale are two players who will hope to benefit from Ronaldo's exit and both started on opposite flanks, often switching and cutting inside to link-up with Benzema.

Bale's pace and pinpoint cross from the right teed up Benzema's equalising goal and the Welshman's fizzing strike had Jan Oblak scrambling in the first half.

Asensio came close to scoring too when his audacious flick was superbly parried by the Slovenian keeper before a bending effort bounced wide of the right post.

And Benzema seemed to embrace taking a lead role in the centre of attack - his goal capping off a strong performance.

Leaky at the back - the best of the stats

  • Atletico Madrid are the first Europa League winners to go on to win the Uefa Super Cup since they did so against Chelsea in 2012.
  • Real Madrid conceded four or more goals in a game for the first time since November 2015 against Barcelona in La Liga under Rafael Benitez - never doing so under Zidane.
  • Lopetegui is the first Real Madrid manager to concede four or more goals in his first competitive game in charge since Michael Keeping against Celta Vigo in February 1948.
  • Costa's opening goal for Atletico Madrid in the first minute of play is the fastest goal ever to be scored in the UEFA Super Cup (0:49).
  • He scored his first brace in club competition since returning to Atletico Madrid, last doing so for Chelsea against Southampton in the Premier League in April 2017.
  • Real Madrid's Benzema scored against Atletico Madrid for the first time since October 2015 in a La Liga match - he had gone eight games without finding the net against them.
  • Ramos has now scored five goals against Atletico Madrid - only against Sevilla (six) has he scored more for Real Madrid. All five goals were scored in cup competitions.

Source: bbc.com

Quata Budukusu’s ‘Quantum L.P’ Selected For 2019 Grammy ‘World Best Music Album’ Consideration

Somewhere in the year 2017, the originator of Ghana’s tongue twisting, Quata Budukusu broke world record with a 13-track album featured on a single riddim christened “Quantum Riddim”. The Reggae project embarked by the rapper was distributed worldwide on all digital platforms by VPAL Music, distribution wing for VP Records label. His album “Quantum Riddim” was consideration for 2018 Grammy Awards nomination for the “Best Reggae Album” category

Without falling prey to complacency which is depicted in African’s attitude after achieving feat, Ghana’s tongue twister dropped another chart topping album titled, “Quantum L.P” which is a continuation of ‘The Quantum Legacy‘ project by the musician in question.

Fast forward, ‘Quantum L.P’ by Quata Budukusu of Bakus Entertainment fame has been selected for consideration for 2019 Grammy Awards for the “World Best Music Album” category, ghbase.com can categorically state.

Quata Budukusu for Grammy “World Best Album” Considerationsn
However, it will interest you to know that consideration is the first step of attaining a Grammy. The second step is for the Academy to vote and narrow down the list to a nomination list. The final step is for Academy members to vote for award recipients.

For the purpose of clarity, the Grammy award for “World Best Music Album” is an honor presented to recording artists for quality albums in the world music genre at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards.

Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to “honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position”.

On this note, all that we say is congratulations to Jacob Etroo, but professionally known as Quata Budukusu on this feat. As a reminder, you can listen to all the 17 tracks on the Quantum L.P by clicking Here.

Source: https://www.ghbase.com/

Quata Budukusu Wins ‘Hip Life Artiste of The Year’ – Ghana Music Awards South Africa 2018 (+ Full List of Winners)

Ghanaian Hip Life artiste Quata Budukusu, known in real life as Jacob Nana Kwame Etroo, was adjudged Hip Life Artiste of the Year at the maiden edition of Ghana Music Awards South Africa.

Quata who’s well-known as the originator of tongue twisting in Ghana won the Hip Life category against Yaa Pono, Kwesi Arthur, Kofi Kinaata, Captain Planet, among others.

Apart from Quata Budukusu who won the Hip Life artiste of the year, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Wendy Shay, Kuami Eugene, King Promise and several others had their fair share of the plagues. Below are all the winners of for both Ghana-based and South Africa-based artistes at the just ended Ghana Music Awards South Africa;

Winners of Ghana-based artistes :

1. LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT –
ELDER MIREKU

2. YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROJECTS –
CHOIR MASTER

3. BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT EAST AFRICA –
VANESSA EMDEE (TANZANIA)

4. BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT WEST AFRICA –
MEDOSKY

5. BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT SOUTHERN AFRICA –
BABES WODUMO (SOUTH AFRICA)

6. BEST MUSIC JOURNALIST / BLOGGER OF THE YEAR –
NII ATTAKORAH MENSAH

7. BEST DJ OF THE YEAR –
DJ SWITCH

8. GOSPEL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR –
JOYCE BLESSING

9. PROMISING ARTISTE OF THE YEAR –
MACCASIO

10. NEW ARTISTE OF THE YEAR –
WENDY SHAY

11. BEST GROUP OF THE YEAR –
REGGIE AND BOLLIE

12. HIP-LIFE ARTISTE OF THE YEAR –
QUATA BUDUKUSU

13. BEST RAPPER OF THE YEAR –
STRONGMAN BURNER

14. MOST POPULAR SONG OF THE YEAR –
ONE CORNER (PATAPAA)

15. HIGH LIFE ARTIST OF THE YEAR –
KUAMI EUGENE

16. BEST MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR –
KING PROMISE

17. DANCE HALL ARTIST OF THE YEAR –
SHATTA WALE

18. REGGAE / DANCE HALL SONG OF THE YEAR
EBONY (SPONSOR)

19. BEST COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR –
ARTICLE WAN X PATAPAA (THAT THING)

20. BEST PRODUCER OF THE YEAR –
MASTER GARZY

21. BEST MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR –
CITIZEN WELKINS

22. ARTIST OF THE YEAR –
STONEBWOY

Winners of South Africa-based artists :

1. SOUTH AFRICAN BASED NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
AKU MERCY

2. SOUTH AFRICAN BASED BEST HI-LIFE ARTIST OF THE YEAR –
POLAMO

3. SOUTH AFRICAN BASED BEST MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
9PM  –

4. SOUTH AFRICAN BASED GOSPEL SONG OF THE YEAR –
DRUMPIPO

5. SOUTH AFRICAN BASED MOST POPULAR SONG OF THE YEAR
FINAL SOLUTION – DO LIKE I DO

6. SOUTH AFRICAN BASED HIP-LIFE ARTIST OF THE YEAR –
FINAL SOLUTION

7. SOUTH AFRICAN BASED BEST CLUB DJ OF THE YEAR –
DJ SHADOW

8. SOUTH AFRICAN BASED BEST COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR –
POLAMO X DJ MAPHORISA X DJ BUCKS (SOMTHING ABT U)

9. SOUTH AFRICAN BASED BEST CULTURAL AND LIVE BAND GROUP OF THE YEAR –
SANKOFA BAND

10. SOUTH AFRICAN BASED BEST GOSPEL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR –
DRUMPIPO

11. SOUTH AFRICAN BASED BEST PRODUCER OF THE YEAR –
C-TEA

12. SOUTH AFRICAN BASED ARTIST OF THE YEAR –
POLAMO

Source: https://www.ghbase.com

Quata Budukusu in Kenya to Shoot Collabo with Wyre

Ghanaian Quata Budukusu was in Kenya earlier this year after the realease of Quantam LP. The Africa's tongue twisting master is back in Kenya during his Africa tour. He has hinted, that he has a collaboration with Wyre that should be dropping pretty soon. Quata's instagram updates give out that he is working with Ephraim Churchill on production and there is a shoot that was set for this past Thursday. Sounds like big tune coming through. We just can't wait!

Listen to Quata Budukusu on Mdundo

Source: http://mdundo.com

Barcelona lose at home to Real Betis

Barcelona lost a home league match for the first time in two years as the Spanish champions were beaten by Real Betis's expert display at the Nou Camp.

Junior Firpo gave Betis a deserved lead after 20 minutes, before veteran Joaquin made it two before the break.

Lionel Messi scored a penalty in reply but a Marc-Andre ter Stegen error saw Giovani lo Celso add a third for Betis.

Arturo Vidal's tap-in gave Barca hope, but Sergio Canales got the away side's fourth, before a Messi consolation.

Ernesto Valverde's side remain at the top of La Liga, one point ahead of Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and Alaves.

The hosts had Ivan Rakitic sent off for a second yellow card with eight minutes left when trailing 3-2 and were powerless to match a determined and clinical Betis side, despite Messi's two goals on his return from a fractured arm suffered three weeks ago.

Barca's previous home league defeat came on 10 September 2016, when they lost 2-1 to Alaves.

Betis had lost on their past eight visits to the Nou Camp and had not won there for more than 20 years.

But they came away with three points that lifts them up to 12th in the table courtesy of an impressive display built on adventurous counter-attacking and smart play in possession.

Quique Setien's side went into this game having scored only eight goals in 11 matches, the lowest return in La Liga.

Here they mustered eight shots on goal to Barca's five and scored from half of those.

Ter Stegen did let a Lo Celso strike slip through his gloves immediately after Messi had scored Barca's first from the penalty spot, which slowed the home side's momentum.

But nothing should be taken away from Betis, who more than deserved this victory which keeps Barca's rivals for the title within touching distance.

Source: bbc.com