President Joe Biden is beginning the immense task of dismantling former President Donald Trump’s nativist legacy on immigration, issuing an executive order to end Trump’s controversial travel ban on noncitizens from 13 countries, according to reports by The Vox.com. The policy, colloquially known as the “Muslim ban,” first went into effect in January 2017 and became one of Trump’s signature immigration policies.
The travel ban was Trump’s first major action on immigration policy, setting the tone for the chaotic four years that followed for immigrants while galvanizing public opposition. The reports added that, the ban slowed or altogether halted legal immigration from certain countries that the former administration deemed to be security threats, keeping families apart and even stymieing refugee resettlement.
The VOX revealed that, when the ban was announced, it resulted in mass protests in airports across the US where people from the affected countries, which were initially limited to those with majority-Muslim populations, were held for questioning for hours.
It explained that, this led immigrant advocates to call it a discriminatory “Muslim ban,” citing Trump’s campaign promise to establish a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Democrats in Congress, who for years had expressed conflicting positions on immigration policy, coalesced in opposition to the policy, using it to present a united front in condemnation of the xenophobia it represented.
Ending the ban was one of Biden’s topline campaign promises on immigration policy — and he is about to deliver. But this executive order only marks the beginning of a project to erase Trump’s influence on the immigration system, which was primarily concerned with keeping people out through a vast network of executive orders, policy memos, and regulatory changes.
Government And Stakeholders Must Aid In Creating Wealth In The Creative Arts Industry- Hon. Awal Mohammed
Minister-designate for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Hon. Awal Ibrahim Mohammed has said that there is a great need for the Ghanaian Government and stakeholders in the private sector to take interests and come together and work towards creating wealth in the creative arts industry.
According to the Minister-designate, the creative sector along with its artists must be supported to enjoy the enormous potential in the sector. In the Ministers quest to achieve this, he seeks to partner with movie makers to ensure that they produce enough quality films and series that will meet the demands of television stations. He announced that a $20million-dollar film studio will be built to become the hub for movie production in the West African sub-region.
Hon. Awal Mohammed explained that it frustrating that tourists visit the country and consume Western produced content instead of our local content. He said that tourists will spend more than 15% of their money on entertainment if there was much source of entertainment here.
“It is important that a significant percentage of content shown on television should reflect Ghanaian culture and norms.
“We want to build the studio to help us put out Ghanaian movie series so that primetime on TV should be at least 70% local content. We need to make our creative artists rich and strong. That will boost our creative industry,” he added.
Inusah Fuseini Saga: Court Turns Over Inusah Fuseini To Police For Investigations
Former Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, Inusah Fuseini has been handed over by the Kaneshie Magistrate Court to the Criminal Investigations Department of the police for questioning over failing to cooperate with police.
This stems from his remarks of inciting candidate John Mahama to declare himself President and proceeding to form a parallel government after the 2020 Presidential election went out of his party’s favour.
On Monday, state prosecutor, Richard Amoah told the Kaneshie magistrate court that the criminal summons was for his refusal to cooperate with the police after several attempts to honour their invite had fell flat.
He upholded that his charge is for “offensive conduct” stemming from his remarks which to them is earmarked at “breaching the peace of the state”.
In a move to shoot down claims that his client had contempted the court, lawyer for Mr.Fuseini, Mr. Edudzi Tamakloe argued in court that his client’s refusal to honour the invitation was for not knowing what his client’s offense was.
He furthered saying that he wrote a letter to the police to inquire of his client’s offense and until now the letter is yet to be replied.
But contrastingly, Mr.Fuseni who played guest on Multimedia’s award-winning TV program,Newsfile over the weekend, had this to say concerning his court summons: “I am prepared…….”.
Judge Ama Adomako-Kwakye after listening to both arguments has ruled that the former legislator to succumb himself to the police for further investigations.
Together with his lawyer, they are at the headquarters of the CID for questioning, Joy News’ Kwesi Parker Wilson reports.
More to follow soon….
Italian Ambassador Killed In DR Congo Attack
According to reports by CNN, The Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, has been killed in Goma alongside an Italian soldier after their car was attacked as they traveled in a UN convoy, the Italian Foreign Ministry has said in press statement.
“It is with deep sorrow that the Farnesina confirms the death, today in Goma, of the Ambassador of Italy to the Democratic Republic of Congo Luca Attanasio and of a soldier from the Carabinieri,” the ministry said in a statement.
The attack is believed to have been an attempted kidnapping, according to officials at the nearby Virunga National Park. Armed groups are known to operate in an around the park, which borders both Rwanda and Uganda. Militias also clash regularly in the east of the country, where a large UN force is struggling to keep the peace.
Ghana Welcomes The BIG SIX Honors Ahead Of Independence Day
Planet one Multimedia an event and digital experiential company based in Ghana has announced its maiden edition of the BIG SIX Honors.
The BIG SIX Honors will celebrate six of the most hardworking creative people in our space from music, movies, radio and TV personalities and many more.
According to the concept owners, PlanetOne Multimedia, they came up with the idea because our creative personalities serve as heroes in our country. A lot of young people aspire to be like them because of how dedicated they are to their field of work.
In commenting about the criteria for selection and personalities involved, Gilbert Yiadom Boakye Nhyria known in the industry as Nhyira noted that the selection is based on a person’s dedication, commitment and influence in society. The mechanism is how they have impacted society with their work.
“A team at Planet One Multimedia have shortlisted a tall list of names from our research team. We have monitored all the names in our list for the BIG SIX and we can confidently say they deserve to be honored,” Nhyira mentioned
This honoring is to encourage them to continue to be the heroes and sheroes in our society.
Nhyira also explained that there was supposed to be a concert and lot of activities for the Big Six project but due to covid-19 and the ban of all events, the team at Planet One Multimedia decided to go with the first part of the plan, that is honoring these heroes of our time.
The BIG SIX Honors will happen in March but before that the full list will be released in by the end of February.
The Big Six partners include Ghana tourism Authority, Beyond the Return and the project is under the auspices of the Ministry of Creative and Tourism.
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