Hannah Stocking Entra para o Elenco da ‘SKILL HOUSE‘ de produção de Ryan Kavanaugh ao lado de Bryce Hall, 50 Cent, Neal McDonough, Paige VanZant e muito mais

O projeto marca a primeira edição da franquia de filmes de terror de classificação R

LOS ANGELES, July 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Proxima Media de Ryan Kavanaugh anunciou que a personalidade da Internet e atriz Hannah Stocking, se juntou ao elenco do próximo filme de terror, SKILL HOUSE. O filme é estrelado por um fenômeno de mídia social e estrela do TikTok, Bryce Hall e conta com a veterana do UFC, BKFC e estrela da AEW, Paige VanZant, e o ícone global de hip-hop global, 50 Cent, que também é produtor com a sua empresa G-Unit Film & Television, bem como Neal McDonough, que teve papéis importantes em Yellowstone, The Arrow, The Flash, Residential Evil, Van Helsing e muitos outros.

A primeira parte da série de filmes de terror de classificação R, SKILL HOUSE, é uma visão semelhante a uma serra que invade o fenômeno da fama e da cultura das redes sociais, a SKILL HOUSE oferece uma representação inflexível do “poder” e explora o novo fenômeno dos “influencers”, sua fama e o que eles estão dispostos a fazer para alcançá-la. O filme de Los Angeles, que está sendo filmado principalmente na original “Sway House”, olha para o mundo das redes sociais e ultrapassa os limites quando os “cliques” e o “poder” se tornam vida ou morte literalmente, com o artista de efeitos especiais vencedor do Emmy, Steve Johnson (GHOSTBUSTERS, BICENTENNIAL MAN, SPIDER-MAN 2) está preparando as entranhas mais realistas que os fãs de conteúdo sanguinolento já viram.

Hannah Stocking é uma criadora de muitos talentos, personalidade da internet, atriz e apresentadora cuja ascensão meteórica no entretenimento digital e eventual crossover para a mídia tradicional foi liderada por sua característica única de comédia, elevada muitas vezes com uma mistura de humor e conteúdo científico, e que agora tem mais de 50 milhões de seguidores em todas as suas plataformas. Stocking participou do filme nº 1 de Tyler Perry, BOO 2! O HALLOWEEN DE MADEA e SATANIC PANIC. Ela também estrelou em um episódio de Stories From Our Future, uma série de curtas produzidas em colaboração com Black Mirror da Netflix, participou de vídeos de música, incluindo Hard 2 Face Reality de Poo Bear com Justin Bieber e Electronica, e Find Me de Marshmello.

“Assim como este filme é o primeiro de um novo gênero de terror, personalidades das redes sociais como Bryce e Hannah são um novo gênero de celebridades. Estamos eliminando os limites da criação e de carreiras”, explicou o diretor Josh Stolberg. “Hannah tem um talento dinâmico que engloba tudo o que este projeto representa – fama da internet e evolução na indústria do entretenimento. Estamos contentes por ela se juntar ao nosso elenco.”

O projeto é financiado e controlado pela Proxima Media, de propriedade e operado pelo megaprodutor nomeado ao Emmy, Grammy, Oscar e Tony, Ryan Kavanaugh. O projeto é escrito e dirigido pela lenda do filme de terror Josh Stolberg, corroterista de filmes de terror como o ESPIRAL: O LEGADO DE JOGOS MORTAIS (estrelado por Chris Rock e Samuel L Jackson), JOGOS MORTAIS: JIGSAW, PIRANHA 3D, PACTO SECRETO, bem como o próximo filme de JOGOS MORTAIS (intitulado provisoriamente JOGOS MORTAIS X). Através da sua G-Unit Film & Television, Jackson também produzirá ao lado de Kavanaugh, Alex Baskin e Amy Kim e Jaime Burke, da Lifeboat Productions. Daniel Herther, que supervisiona a produção e o desenvolvimento criativo da Proxima Studios, será o produtor executivo, juntamente com Jason Barhydt e Bobby Sarnevesht.

No elenco também estão incluídos: Leah Pipes (PACTO SECRETO, Os Originais), McCarrie McCausland (Army Wives, Os Originais), Ivan Leung (THE TENDER BAR, All American, Grey’s Anatomy), John DeLuca (Spree, American Horror Story), e Caitlin Carmichael (MEIA-NOITE NO SWITCHGRASS, EPIPHANY).

Para mais informações e todas as novidades sobre a SKILL HOUSE, siga-nos no Instagram (@skillhousemovie), Twitter (@skillhousemovie), e TikTok (@skillhousemovie).

Sobre Hannah Stocking
Hannah Stocking é uma criadora, atriz e apresentadora de muitos talentos, cuja ascensão meteórica no entretenimento digital e eventual cruzamento com a mídia tradicional foi liderada por sua característica única de comédia, muitas vezes elevada por uma mistura de humor e conteúdo científico. Uma gigante das redes sociais com mais de 50 milhões de seguidores em todas as suas plataformas, incluindo 7,8 milhões de assinantes no YouTube. Seu canal no YouTube, que alcançou um milhão de assinantes em menos de cinco meses, acumulou 2,1 bilhões de visualizações ao longo da vida com diversos conteúdos. Ela também alcançou mais de 26 milhões de seguidores no TikTok e 22 milhões de seguidores no Instagram.

Stocking regularmente usa sua formação com especialização dupla em química e biologia para inserir um elemento extra ao seu conteúdo. Stocking empregou esse seu estilo exclusivo para desenvolver várias séries originais com base na ciência. Ela passou a fazer parte da ATTN para criar uma série de vídeos informativos com conceitos cotidianos, como dieta intensiva e o cérebro adolescente, facilmente acessíveis e divertidos.

Seu talento e carisma brilham tanto na mídia tradicional quanto online. Ela se entrou para o E! News como correspondente convidada para a cobertura dos prêmios Grammy 2017. Ela estreou na telona no filme nº 1 de Tyler Perry, BOO 2! O HALLOWEEN DE MADEA e, em seguida, conseguiu um papel no SATANIC PANIC dirigido por Chelsea Stardust em 2019Ela também estrelou um episódio de Stories From Our Future, uma série de curtas produzidas em colaboração com Black Mirror da Netflix.

Sua carreira ganhou destaque na PAPER Magazine, GQ Thailand, Modeliste Magazine e outras publicações, por sua capacidade de se expressar através da beleza e da moda como criadora e artista digital. Ela recebeu o Prêmio Pioneer do Dia do Empreendedorismo Feminino, a primeira criadora digital a receber este prêmio.

Stocking tem como gerentes John Shahidi e Sam Shahidi da Shots Studios.

Sobre Josh Stolberg
Josh Stolberg é escritor, diretor e produtor responsável por alguns dos filmes de terror mais populares da atualidade, incluindo JOGOS MORTAIS: JIGSAW, PIRANHA 3D, PACTO SECRETO e, mais recentemente, ESPIRAL. Ele escreveu filmes para a Netflix, Disney, Lionsgate e muitos outros. Atualmente, ele está escrevendo um filme de ação para Dwayne Johnson para aa Netflix, bem como a próxima parcela da popular franquia Jogos Mortais.

Sobre a Lifeboat Productions
Amy Kim e Jaime Burke são produtores premiados com mais de 20 anos de experiência diversificada. Eles produziram conteúdo original para todos os principais streamers e estúdios com seus créditos mais recentes, incluindo a próxima série Surfside Girls para a Apple+ e Undone para a Amazon. Kim começou a produzir com o Curta Metragem WEST SIDE STORY, vencedor do Oscar, e atuou como diretora de produção do estúdio digital de Michael Eisner, Vuguru, antes de criar a Lifeboat Productions com Jaime Burke em 2012. Burke começou sua carreira de produtora de filmes com títulos como THE POSSESSION DE MICHAEL KING e o clássico de terror indie, THE PACT. Esta é a sua segunda colaboração com o escritor/diretor Josh Stolberg.

Sobre a Proxima Media e Ryan Kavanaugh
Fundador da Proxima Media e acionista majoritário da Triller, Ryan Kavanaugh é um dos executivos mais bem-sucedidos, prolíficos e honrados da história da indústria do entretenimento. Usando um modelo inteligente de financiamento cinematográfico, ele foi apelidado de criador do “Bola de dinheiro dos filmes”. Ele produziu, distribuiu e/ou estruturou financiamentos para mais de 200 filmes, gerando mais de US $ 20 bilhões em receitas de bilheteria e tem 60 indicações ao Oscar. Ele é o 25º produtor cinematográfico de maior bilheteria de todos os tempos. Ele produziu Velozes e Furiosos 2-6, 300, A Rede Social, Sem Limites, Fighter, Ricky Bobby; A Toda Velocidade, Quase Irmãos, e Mamma Mia! Kavanaugh e Proxima Studios foram pioneiros em uma transação financeira inovadora para a Marvel pós-falência, criando o estúdio e a estrutura financeira que levaram a Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ele criou a categoria SVOD (streaming) com a Netflix, que aumentou a capitalização de mercado da empresa de US $ 2 para US $ 10 bilhões. Kavanaugh é o cofundador da Triller, um dos três aplicativos de rede social de crescimento mais rápido. Recentemente ele liderou a aquisição, fusão e relançamento do aplicativo de redes sociais e música.

Ele também criou a poderosa empresa de televisão, agora conhecida como Critical Content, produzindo programas de sucesso como Catfish na MTV e Limitless na CBS, que ele vendeu por US $ 200 milhões. A empresa tinha 40 séries de televisão em 19 redes antes de ser vendida. Kavanaugh teve várias conquistas e ganhou muitos prêmios: Prêmio de Produtor do Ano da Variety, Prêmio de Liderança do The Hollywood Reporter, Pessoas Mais Influentes com Menos de 40 Anos no Mundo dos Negócios da Fortune, Fortune 400 da Forbes, Produtor de Bilhão de Dólares da Daily Variety, e 100 Pessoas Mais Influentes do Mundo da Vanity Fair. Proxima Media e Kavanaugh são representados por Neil Sacker da Sacker.

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Hannah Stocking rejoint le casting de la production de Ryan Kavanaugh, « SKILL HOUSE » aux côtés de Bryce Hall, 50 Cent, Neal McDonough, Paige VanZant, et bien d’autres têtes d’affiche encore

Le projet constitue le premier volet de la franchise de films d’horreur interdits aux mineurs non accompagnés de moins de 17 ans (classé R aux États-Unis)

LOS ANGELES, 16 juill. 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Proxima Media, l’entreprise fondée par Ryan Kavanaugh, a annoncé que l’actrice et star des réseaux sociaux Hannah Stocking avait rejoint le casting du prochain film d’horreur, SKILL HOUSE. Le film met en vedette le phénomène des réseaux sociaux et star de TikTok, Bryce Hall, aux côtés de Paige VanZant, ancienne athlète phare de l’UFC, star du BKFC et de l’AEW, et l’icône mondiale du hip-hop, 50 Cent, qui intervient également en qualité de producteur à travers sa société de production G-Unit Film & Television, ainsi que Neal McDonough, qui a récemment joué des rôles majeurs dans Yellowstone, Arrow, Flash, Resident Evil, Van Helsing, et bien d’autres.

Premier volet de la franchise de films d’horreur classés R, SKILL HOUSE est une succession de prises incisives qui s’attaque au phénomène de la culture des réseaux sociaux et de la célébrité sur ces derniers. SKILL HOUSE offre une description sans complaisance de l’« influence » et explore le nouveau phénomène des « influenceurs », leur célébrité et ce qu’ils sont prêts à faire pour l’atteindre. Le film, dont l’intrigue se déroule à Los Angeles et tourné principalement dans la maison originale « Sway House », s’intéresse à l’univers des réseaux sociaux et repousse les limites lorsque les taux de « clic » et le classement « Klout » (mesure du niveau d’« influence ») deviennent littéralement une question de vie ou de mort. Steve Johnson, artiste connu pour ses effets spéciaux et récompensé à ce titre par un Emmy Award (GHOSTBUSTERS, L’HOMME BICENTENAIRE, SPIDER-MAN 2), dévoile certains des boyaux et entrailles les plus réalistes que les fans aient jamais vus.

Hannah Stocking est une créatrice aux multiples talents, une personnalité d’Internet, une actrice et une animatrice dont l’ascension fulgurante dans le domaine du divertissement numérique, puis dans les médias traditionnels, tient à son style de jeu de comédie unique, souvent agrémenté d’un mélange d’humour et de contenu scientifique. Elle compte aujourd’hui plus de 50 millions d’abonnés sur l’ensemble de ses plateformes. Hannah a notamment participé à la production du film de Tyler Perry, BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN, qui s’est classé en tête du box-office américain, et SATANIC PANIC. Elle a également joué dans un épisode de Stories From Our Future, une série de courts métrages produits en collaboration avec la série Black Mirror de Netflix, et est même apparue dans des vidéoclips, notamment Hard 2 Face Reality de Poo Bear ft. Justin Bieber, et Electronica ainsi que Find Me de Marshmello.

« Tout comme ce film est le premier d’un nouveau genre d’horreur, les personnalités des médias sociaux comme Bryce et Hannah sont un nouveau genre de célébrité. Nous brisons ici les frontières de la créativité et de la carrière », explique le réalisateur Josh Stolberg. « Hannah a un talent qui sait s’adapter à tout et incarne tout ce dont il est question dans ce projet : la célébrité sur Internet et l’évolution de l’industrie du divertissement. Nous sommes ravis qu’elle rejoigne notre équipe. »

Le projet est financé et géré par Proxima Media, détenu et exploité par Ryan Kavanaugh, mégaproducteur nominé aux Emmy, Grammy, Oscar et Tony. Il est écrit et réalisé par la légende du film d’horreur Josh Stolberg, co-scénariste de films d’horreur tels que SPIRALE : L’HÉRITAGE DE SAW (avec Chris Rock et Samuel L. Jackson), JIGSAW, PIRANHA 3D, SŒURS DE SANG, ainsi que le prochain film SAW (provisoirement intitulé SAW X). À travers sa société G-Unit Film & Television, Jackson produira également, aux côtés de Ryan Kavanaugh, Alex Baskin et Amy Kim ainsi que Jaime Burke de Lifeboat Productions. Daniel Herther, qui supervise la production et le développement créatif chez Proxima, sera producteur exécutif aux côtés de Jason Barhydt et Bobby Sarnevesht.

Parmi les autres acteurs à l’affiche, citons Leah Pipes (SŒURS DE SANG, The Originals), McCarrie McCausland (American Wives, The Originals), Ivan Leung (THE TENDER BAR, All American, Grey’s Anatomy), John DeLuca (Spree, American Horror Story) et Caitlin Carmichael (LA PROIE, EPIPHANY).

Pour plus d’informations et pour connaître l’actualité de SKILL HOUSE, suivez-nous sur Instagram (@skillhousemovie), Twitter (@skillhousemovie) et TikTok (@skillhousemovie).

À propos d’Hannah Stocking
Hannah Stocking est une créatrice, actrice et animatrice aux multiples talents, dont l’ascension fulgurante dans le domaine du divertissement numérique, puis dans les médias traditionnels, est le fruit de son style de jeu de comédie unique, souvent agrémenté d’un mélange d’humour et de contenu scientifique. Véritable égérie des médias sociaux, elle compte plus de 50 millions d’abonnés à son actif sur l’ensemble de ses plateformes, dont 7,8 millions d’abonnés sur YouTube. Sa chaîne YouTube, qui a atteint un million d’abonnés en moins de cinq mois, a accumulé 2,1 milliards de vues depuis le lancement de sa chaîne grâce à un contenu varié. Elle a également accumulé plus de 26 millions d’abonnés sur TikTok et 22 millions d’abonnés sur Instagram.

Hannah capitalise régulièrement sur son expérience de double diplômée en chimie et en biologie pour glisser une touche supplémentaire dans son contenu. Elle a utilisé ce style unique qui fait sa marque de fabrique pour développer plusieurs séries scientifiques originales. Elle a notamment fait équipe avec ATTN : pour créer une série de vidéos informatives qui présentent des concepts de la vie de tous les jours, tels que les régimes draconiens et le cerveau des adolescents, d’une manière facilement accessible et divertissante.

Son talent et son charisme font mouche dans les médias traditionnels, tout autant qu’en ligne. Elle a rejoint E! News en tant que correspondante invitée pour leur couverture des Grammy Awards 2017. Elle a fait ses débuts sur grand écran dans le film classé no 1 au box-office de Tyler Perry, BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN et a enchaîné en décrochant un rôle dans SATANIC PANIC, réalisé par Chelsea Stardust en 2019Elle a également joué dans un épisode de Stories From Our Future, une série de courts métrages produits en collaboration avec la série Black Mirror de Netflix.

Sa carrière lui a valu des articles remarquables dans PAPER Magazine, GQ Thailand, Modeliste Magazine et d’autres publications pour sa capacité à s’exprimer à travers la beauté et la mode en tant que créatrice et animatrice numérique. Elle a été récompensée par le prix Pioneer de la Journée de l’entrepreneuriat féminin, et elle est la première créatrice numérique à recevoir cette distinction.

John Shahidi et Sam Shahidi de Shots Studios sont ses agents.

À propos de Josh Stolberg
Josh Stolberg est un scénariste, réalisateur et producteur à qui l’on peut attribuer certains des films d’horreur les plus populaires aujourd’hui, notamment JIGSAW, PIRANHA 3D, SŒURS DE SANG et, plus récemment, SPIRALE. Il a écrit des films pour Netflix, Disney, Lionsgate, etc. Il écrit actuellement un film d’action sur Dwayne Johnson pour Netflix ainsi que le prochain épisode de la célèbre franchise Saw.

À propos de Lifeboat Productions
Amy Kim et Jaime Burke sont des productrices primées recensant plus de 20 ans d’expérience dans divers domaines. Elles ont produit du contenu original pour toutes les principales plateformes de streaming et studios. Leurs apparitions les plus récentes comprennent la série à venir Surfside Girls pour Apple+ et Undone d’Amazon. Kim a fait ses débuts dans la production avec le court métrage primé aux oscars, WEST BANK STORY, et a été Responsable de la production pour le studio numérique Vuguru de Michael Eisner, avant de lancer Lifeboat Productions avec Jaime Burke en 2012. Jaime a commencé sa carrière de productrice de films avec des titres tels que THE POSSESSION OF MICHAEL KING et le classique de l’horreur indépendant, THE PACT. Il s’agit là de leur deuxième collaboration avec l’écrivain/réalisateur Josh Stolberg.

À propos de Proxima et de Ryan Kavanaugh
Fondateur de Proxima Media, l’actionnaire majoritaire de Triller, Ryan Kavanaugh est l’un des dirigeants les plus accomplis, prolifiques et honorés de l’histoire de l’industrie du divertissement. En s’appuyant sur un modèle intelligent de financement de films, il a été surnommé le créateur de « Moneyball pour les films » (terme emprunté à une stratégie de baseball). Il a produit, distribué et/ou structuré le financement de plus de 200 films, générant plus de 20 milliards de dollars de recettes au box-office mondial et remportant 60 nominations aux Oscars. Il est le 25e producteur de films le plus riche de tous les temps. Il a notamment produit Fast and Furious 2-6, 300, The Social Network, Limitless, Fighter, Ricky Bobby : Roi du circuit, Frangins malgré eux et Mamma Mia! Ryan et Proxima ont été à l’origine d’un accord de financement innovant pour Marvel après sa faillite, en créant le studio et la structure de financement qui ont conduit à la création du Marvel Cinematic Universe. Il a créé la catégorie SVOD (streaming) avec Netflix, ce qui a fait passer la capitalisation boursière de cette dernière de 2 à 10 milliards de dollars. Ryan Kavanaugh est le cofondateur de Triller, l’une des trois applications de médias sociaux à la croissance la plus rapide. Il a récemment chapeauté l’acquisition, la fusion et le relancement de l’application de médias sociaux et de musique.

Il a également créé la puissante société de télévision, aujourd’hui connue sous le nom de Critical Content, qui produit des émissions à succès comme Catfish sur MTV et Limitless sur CBS, qu’il a ensuite revendue pour 200 millions de dollars. La société comptait 40 séries télévisées réparties sur 19 réseaux avant sa vente. Ryan a remporté de nombreux succès et récompenses, du prix du producteur de variétés de l’année, Variety’s Producer of the Year Award, au prix du leadership du Hollywood Reporter, Hollywood Reporter’s Leadership Award, en passant par les 40 personnes de moins de 40 ans les plus influentes du monde des affaires de Fortune, le classement Fortune 400 de Forbes, le producteur de milliards de dollars du Daily Variety et les 100 personnes les plus influentes du monde de Vanity Fair. Proxima et Ryan Kavanaugh sont représentés par Neil Sacker.

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SWAG concerned about the portrayal of child-related issues

Tema, Exposure of children to psychological and physical danger in some media is unacceptable, the Social Workers Association of Ghana (SWAG) has noted.

They have also petitioned the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to stop those media houses.

The Petition signed by Mr Divine A. K. Exorgbe, President of SWAG available to the Ghana News Agency indicated that most of these media houses were often seen to be handling cases such as maintenance, paternity, child custody, and other child-related cases without recourse to policies, and guidelines, as well as laws protecting and promoting the rights of children.

“The Social Workers Association of Ghana has observed that practice and wishes to bring it to your attention for those media houses to be called to order.

“We however acknowledge the great contributions the media plays in nation building which amongst others include information sharing, education, and entertainment of which Children are also beneficiaries,” it stated.

SWAG stated that the media could serve as a partner in promoting and protecting the rights of children by bringing such cases to the attention of both mandated state institutions, and certified non-governmental organisations tasked to provide those services.

The Association also called on government to heavily resource the Department of Social Welfare and all Social Welfare Agencies at the Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies especially with vehicles in order to follow up on such cases.

They noted that globally, children were seen as the future of humanity and, therefore, needed to be cared for and protected due to their ingenuity and vulnerability.

This, they noted has necessitated the enactment of international and local legislations like the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; Children’s Acts, 560 of 1998, Juvenile Justice Act, 653 of 2003, and other child related policies that clearly spell out how cases involving children were to be handled.

“Social Workers, some security services, Judicial Service, and other institutions have been professionally trained to assist in managing cases of child and family welfare in nature (Child Maintenance, Child Custody and Child Access, Paternity, Family Welfare, Juvenile Justice, General Welfare amongst others), to purposely promote and protect the interest of children.

These institutions, SWAG stated have over the years diligently performed their statutory duties in accordance with the Constitution of Ghana, and the relevant laws, ensuring that such cases were handled in camera without the involvement of others who were not a party to the various individual cases.

This, they stated has significantly gone a long way to improve and enhance family unity and secure the future of our children.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Yango prioritises rider safety with enhanced app features

Accra, Ride-hailing services provider Yango says it is committed to deepening investments into tech-based innovations to boost the safety and convenience of riders who patronise the service.

The company said one major advantage that it brought to the domestic ride-hailing market and users of the app was its reinforced security features that provide seamless and safe transport to its riders.

A statement from the company copied to the Ghana News Agency said, “One of the major advantages that Yango offers to its users is the reinforced security. We can never talk about it enough.

“In addition to this, the photo verification of our drivers and digital confirmation of their identity, regular digital checks of the condition of the vehicle as well the option for rider feedbacks are part of our digital solutions that offer seamless safety and comfort for users of Yango,” it added

The Yango app incorporates artificial intelligence and an SOS feature that reassures the customer about safety while every driver is rated to offer the best service to users of the service.

“Also, as a way of tracking behaviour and conduct, drivers are assigned a score, which changes according to the type of feedback rider feedbacks on the basis of the journeys made and those with low ratings are automatically disconnected from the system,” the statement added.

The company said it had deployed app-based solutions that enable the rider to share itinerary with family and friends and to report instances of threat during the journey.

The statement said for items lost during ride time, an inventory recently shared by the ride-hailing company showed that about 50 objects comprising pairs of shoes, smartphones, ipads, headphones and wigs have been found in taxis within the last three months, all of which were returned to their owners.

“For lost items, users have the option of contacting Yango’s customer service through the app to retrieve the item, in most cases, customer assistance service is able to offer real time support.

“Yango receives dozens of items lost by users which are returned to their owners.

We remind users that nothing is ever lost with Yango and our drivers are the most honest on the market,” the statement said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Accra-Tema train shuttle service to resume on July 18

Accra, The Management of the Ghana Railway Company Limited (GRCL), has announced that the Accra-Tema passenger service, which was suspended temporarily for rehabilitation works is scheduled to resume on Monday, July 18.

A statement issued by the GRCL, copied to the Ghana News Agency said after successfully addressing some technical challenges, the GRCL conducted series of test run and a final joint inspection was also carried out on 7th July, by the GRCL and the Ghana Railway Development Authority (GRDA) to ascertain the suitability of the line for passenger service.

It said the GRDA, which was the industry regulator, had granted GRCL the approval to commence the shuttle service by their letter number ZA 121/384/02 dated July 13.

“The public is being advised to bear with us, that as a start a restricted speed limit of 35km/her has been imposed for the movement of the train to enable our technical team continue addressing any teething problem that may emerge during these early stages of the resumption of the shuttle service,” the statement said.

“There would also be other GRCL on board the train to obtain the views and concerns of commuters to enable Management of GRCL address them to ensure smooth running of the passenger service to the best satisfaction of our clients.”

It said the public was hereby assured of their usual comfortable, safe, and punctual shuttle service that the GRCL provides.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Don Jazzy and team to headline epic concert in Kumasi

Accra, Four Nigerian superstars – Boy Spyce, Magixx, Ladipoe and Crayon signed to Don Jazzy’s record label, “The Mavin Records”, are set to headline a musical concert in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

The concert which would be the first of its kind in KNUST, would make history at the Independence Hall of the University on August 20, powered by Elevate Network.

Elevate Network hosts the annual Power of You Festival, which aims to instil entrepreneurial ideals in young people through summits, concerts, talent performances, competitions, and other activities.

A statement copied to the Ghana News Agency, said Elevate Network sought to organise young people to assist them in realising their desired objectives by using the Mavins Experience.

The event would be preceded by an entrepreneurial summit on August 19, with a host of well acknowledged speakers, such as Mr John Kumah, the Deputy Finance Minister, and Mr Franklin Owusu Karikari, the Director for Business Support at NEIP.

The next night, the statement said, would be capped off with scorching performances from the Nigerian superstars and a few other well-known Ghanaian artists.

The “Overdose” hitmakers would also perform their solo singles, including “feeling” by Ladipoe, “love don’t cost a dime” by Magixx, “So fine” by Crayon, and “Nobody” by Boy Spyce, among others.

Surprise appearances are also expected to occur at the concert.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Anti-Shale-Gas Sentiment Resurfaces after Court Ruling

Sofia, July 16, (BTA/GNA) – A recent ruling of Bulgaria’s Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) has caused the voices against shale gas development in the northeast of the country to make themselves heard again.

That part of Bulgaria includes what is popularly known as “the Granary”, the geographical and historical region of Southern Dobrudzha which produces most of the nation’s wheat. It boasts particularly high soil fertility. It is no surprise, then, that for many years local people have been opposed to what they see as hazardous projects to explore for and extract shale gas in their land.

Euractiv suggests that shale gas could theoretically prove more useful in countries like Romania now that Russian natural gas supplies have been disrupted by political tensions amid the war in Ukraine. But wheat production, too, has grown in importance as a result of the war. If anything, this makes it less likely that the war will boost the fortunes of shale gas in Bulgaria’s Granary. The idea that shale gas could help reduce the EU’s dependence on Russian energy supplies is not new. It was discussed, for example, at a meeting of the European Parliament Environment Committee back in 2012.

The court ruling

On July 5, 2022, the SAC upheld a lower court’s decision to revoke a negative environmental impact assessment by the Dobrich Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Water which underpinned the rejection of a shale gas development project in Dobrich Region (that is, the Granary). The investment, proposed by Rusgeokom BG EOOD, would develop the Spassovo site, which measures 219 square kilometres.

The SAC found that the environmental impact assessment did not conform to the law and therefore the lower court was right to invalidate it. The SAC said the impact report did not furnish any evidence and facts to support the negative conclusion against the project. The court also noted that the report selectively quoted only opinions expressed during the public coordination process, which were the opposite of what had been said in an initial review.

Wheat growers fumed. Five NGOs came up with a petition which was supported by almost 3,000 signatures by July 14. The petition calls for new legislation to ban the use of farmland for the purposes of exploring for and extracting gas, oil and other subsurface resources and to expand the scope of protected areas. The wheat growers argue that the soil of Dobrudzha is one of a kind owing to a number of specific conditions. Over 85% of it is chernozem (black soil), which has a very high percentage of organic matter that makes it very fertile and contributes to high agricultural yields. The petition also stresses that arable land is shrinking worldwide; the EU alone loses hundreds of hectares of arable land annually.

Quoting scientists, the petition describes the likely adverse effects of the drilling of 43 gas wells at the Spassovo site. It draws attention to the fact that, in addition to its remarkable soil, the region also has a sea of pure groundwater which is the main source of water for drinking and irrigation in this part of the country and a vital factor for supporting ecosystems.

The petition is addressed to the National Assembly, all political groups in the European Parliament, the Bulgarian MEPs and European Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius, among other political factors.

Shale gas: pros and cons

The Ukraine war may have added a new dimension to the shale gas question in Bulgaria and elsewhere, but the dispute has a relatively long history and has been centred around environmental considerations rather than market developments.

Describing the hazards associated with shale gas development, Wikipedia says that drilling depths of 1,000 to 3,000 m, then injection of a fluid composed of water, sand and detergents under pressure (600 bar), are required to fracture the rock at the site and release the gas. (It is the fracturing technology that critics find most disturbing as they fear seismic and other major risks.) Besides that, Wikipedia says, such operations cause groundwater contamination, mainly as a result of hydrocarbon leakage. Each gas farm would occupy an average area of 3.6 hectares, which is why exploitation of shale gas could lead to fragmentation of landscapes. Finally, a borehole requires about 20 million litres of water, the daily consumption of about 100,000 inhabitants.

This, however, has not stopped the United States from carrying out its “Shale Revolution” that enabled the world’s largest economy to significantly increase its production of oil and gas, according to the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law.

The European Commission’s REPowerEU plan, tabled on May 18, 2022, puts forward a range of measures to diversify gas supplies. But when it comes to alternative energy sources, it does not mention shale gas, focusing instead on solar and offshore wind energy, heat pumps and renewable hydrogen, Euractive says in the above-mentioned analysis on Romania, dated June 21, 2022.

Tomasz Maj, a representative of a Polish oil and gas company, is quoted on the European Parliament website as arguing in favour of shale gas exploitation. While admitting that gas leakage into drinking water is a valid concern, Maj attributes it to careless drilling. He notes that in Poland 85% of the flow-back water is recycled.

The argument of environmental protection is sometimes easy to misuse, but it can also be as compelling as arguments get. The wheat farmers of Southern Dobrudzha have made their point. It is now up to the authorities to make amends – or not.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Plan B FM launches inter-community soccer gala

Tema, Plan B FM, a commercial radio station, has launched its maiden edition of the inter-community soccer gala challenge to unravel potentials, create opportunities, and network forums for the youth in the country.

Mr. Martin Asare-Anaigyei, Chief Executive Officer of Plan B said the tournament which had been slated between August 5 to 7 and 12 to 14 2022, at the Tema Sports Stadium would engage 32 teams from the Greater Accra Region, Volta, and the Eastern Region among others.?

? He said it would be held annually and mentioned that the two-weekend events would expose the players to stakeholders and individuals who could help them to unearth their talents and potentials.?

Mr. Asare-Anaigyei, who is also the chairman of FreeMinds Communication Company Limited noted that the winning team would take home a trophy, medals, and cash as its prize while the second-placed team would have a silver trophy, silver medals as well as cash. The third-placed team would get bronze medals, as their price.?

? Mr. Sebastian Banks, Chairman of the occasion, urged the participants to give out their best in the competition.?

? Teams expected to participate: Ashaiman Young United FC, Gomoa FC, Tema Militia FC, Golden Star FC, Zion City FC, Royal FC, Bankuman FC, Community 11 Star, Young Academy FC, A-Plus FC, Brighting FC, Diamond Stars FC, Young Bayer FC, Trinity Stars FC, Awoshie Telema Nurami FC, Swalaba FC, Top Star FC, Soccer Warriors FC, Lay- Low FC, and Abbey Soccer FC.?

The rest: Courage Unique, Hualong, Opportunity FC, Underground FC, Future Stars FC, Sugar Boys FC, Golf City FC, Citizen Check FC, Margo FC, PV Obeng FC, Avengers FC and Community 22 Sporting Club.?

Source: Ghana News Agency