Sunday, August 31, 2014

Four Multimedia Group journalists win GJA Awards




Joy FM's Manasseh Azure Awine, Seth Kwame Boateng and Beatrice Adu have won awards at 19 th the Ghana Journalists Association Awards night, Saturday night.

The 'Hotline' documentary series aired on Joy FM Thursdays, was also honoured at the Awards night which was graced by the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Dr. Sam Jonah, a former member of the Council of State and past GJA president Gifty Afenyi-Dadzie and the Minister of Communications Dr. Omane Boamah, who represented President John Dramani Mahama.

Manasseh's anticorruption campaign at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital won him the Best Award in Anti-corruption. Similar campaigns by Manasseh have led to ongoing reforms in the Ghana Youth and Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Authority (GYEEDA) and the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA),

Seth Kwame Boateng on the other hand won the Best Radio Feature Award while Beatrice Adu was adjudged the best in Health Reporting.

Manasseh and Seth also won a joint Award as Best Journaists in News Reporting on Radio. Multi TVs Gifty Andoh Appiah also took home an award.

Daily Graphic reporter, Mabel Aku Baneseh was crowned the Journalist of the Year 2014. Shed also won two awards in Crime/Court Reporting and Political Reporting.

Mabel acknowledged her husband for the support while dedicating her award to her editor, Ransford Tetteh.

The Komla Dumor Most Promising Journalist of the Year Award was picked by Maxwell Akalaral Adambilla also of the Daily Graphic.

The Award is named after late former BBC journalist and former host of the Super Morning Show on Joy FM.

 
Other winners on the night were:
Photojournalism Electronics
Mark Sasu - GTV
Photojournalism Print
Samuel Tei Adanu - Daily Guide
TV feature
Narkwor Kwabla (TV3)
News Reporting (TV)
Asante Fordwor - TV3
News Reporting Print
Dzifa Emma Tetteh - Ghanaian Times
Electronic Reporting disability
Kwetey Nartey - TV Africa
Reporting Disability (Print)
Jamina Okaretsire
Science Reporting
Rachel Quartey - GTV
Agric reporting
Soyoko Kyere - GTV
Feature (Print)
Maxwell Adombilla - Daily Graphic
Business Finance and Economics
Kwetey Nartey - TV Africa
Human Rights
Nelson Adanutey - Diamond FM
Investigative journalism
Kwetey Nartey - TV Africa
Telecommunications
Seth Dogbey, Kwesi Amprah Twum - Daily Graphic
SMEs
Moses Aklorbotu - Daily Graphic
Education Reporting (Electronic)
Isabella Owusu Oppong â€" GTV
Education Reporting (Print)
Kofi Yeboah â€" Daily Graphic
Rural Reporting
Seth Otoo
Online Journalism
Nana Boakye-Yiadom â€" Citi FM
Arts and Entertainment
Rebecca Armah â€" GTV
Water Reporting
Kofi Yeboah
HIV/AIDS reporting
Kwetey Nartey â€" TV Africa
Crime/Court Reporting
Mabel Aku Baneseh â€" Graphic
Sports Reporting
John Vigah â€" Ghanaian Times
Political Reporting
Mabel Aku Baneseh â€" Graphic
Oil and Gas
Maxwell Akalaral â€" Graphic
  Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Jerry Tsatro Mordy | [email protected]


Death: the tragic story of a girl given to a guy for GHC5




A 16-year-old girl has lost her life at the Ridge Hospital in Accra because a 72-year-old self-styled prophetess/herbalist called Elizabeth Charles allegedly gave her to a guy for GHC5 and the guy impregnated her while she was only 15 years old.

The girl was reported to have been in a deep coma for days because she suffered from a double dose of convulsion due to epilepsy and another complication called eclampsia, which is high blood pressure during pregnancy.

Doctors say she was taken to the hospital collapsed and pregnant for 36 weeks and they managed to deliver her of the baby while she was in coma, and she was put on life support for about a week before she finally passed on.

Before she was taken to the Ridge Hospital, the girl was sent to the prayer camp of self-styled prophetess/herbalist at Winneba a year ago to heal her of epilepsy. The name of the camp is Apostle Church of Ghana Ebenezer Garden Number One.

She has since been at the prayer camp, and it was there that the prophetess allegedly took GHC5 from a man called Kwame, who showed interest in the girl and gave her out without the consent of the girl's parents.

The mother of the girl, Joana Genney told Adom News she only got to know, when her daughter was about two months pregnant, that the prophetess she trusted with her sick daughter with, gave her to a man for GHC5.

“When I asked her how come my daughter was pregnant, she told me she took GHC5 from the man as a token of his commitment to being the girl's spouse,” Joana said.

But the Prophetess initially denied taking money and giving the girl away, saying that the girl went wayward with the man on her own and got pregnant.

However, she later admitted to receiving GHC20 from the man for the girl's upkeep.

She also alleged that the girl's parents abandoned her at the prayer camp and that made her start getting help from Kwame, the guy who eventually impregnated her.

The Prophetess claimed the girl's epilepsy was caused by spiritual forces but she healed her completely before the mother went for her.

“Currently I have about 30 more patients resident at my camp and I am working on them also,” she said.

 
Ridge Doctors
But Consultant Obstetrician/Gynecologist at the Ridge Hospital, Dr. Emmanuel Srofenyo told Adom News the girl was brought to the hospital collapsed and they discovered she was still epileptic and had eclampsia also.

This is contrary to the prophetesses claim that she cured the girl completely before she left the camp.

“Both diseases cause convulsion and that was double dose of convulsion which was too much for this little girl,” the doctor said.

Dr. Srofenyo said the man who impregnated the girl and the prophetess never visited the girl for once while she was on admission, so the doctors and nurses had to combine their personal resources to keep the girl alive, until she gave up the ghost.

He believes the law must be brought to bear in the practice where self-styled prophets, prophetesses, mallams, fetish priests and herbalists camp sick people for protracted periods till their sicknesses get worse before rushing them to orthodox hospitals.

“I have witnessed cases where so-called prayer camps harbored pregnant women until they got worse before being rushed to the hospital only for them to die at the hospital. This is one of the things hampering our efforts to achieve the million development goal on maternal mortality,” he said.

 
The law
Meanwhile, the Winneba police picked up the prophetess Elizabeth Charles and parents of Kwame, the guy who impregnated the deceased.

Kwame is still at large but Inspector Victor Darkey of the Winneba Police said his parents have been asked to produce him or face the law.

He said the police has information that Kwame is working with the family of the deceased towards her funeral and burial, but he is expecting the girl's family to hand Kwame over to the police or he would arrest and detain one of them until they produce Kwame.

In Ghana, sex with girl or boy under the age of 16, with or without his or her consent, is defilement. And it attracts between seven to 25 years imprisonment term according to Section 101, Sub-section 2 of the Criminal Code Act 29, 1960.

Lawyer Dr. Maurice Ampaw said the boy should be held for defilement and the prophetess held for aiding and abetment of crime if it is proven the girl was a minor when she got pregnant.

He thinks the IGP and the Gender and Social Protection Minister need to intervene and give the matter the seriousness it deserves instead of leaving it to Winneba police to handle.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sarkodie To Meet The Media On Ceasefire




Hiplife ‘Grand-papa’, Reggie Rockstone has called for calm between Ghanaian Online Art writers and other media practitioners who have explicitly announced suspending publications on the one time BET Award winner ,Sarkodie.

In an interaction with Razz Newspaper , he said that , in as much as he doesn’t agree with the people calling on Sarkodie to apologize for the lyrics of his song, ‘Free Press,’ he thinks there’s a need for a clean platform to be given to the artiste to meet the media so he can explain the concept of the song to them, since there are lot of things he said that needs to be addressed.

He continued that, the reasons why he’s suggesting a meet -up between the media and sarkodie is that, he thinks a section of the media have misquoted some of the words in the song.

He also said that, although it will be a difficult thing to organize, he has made efforts to speak to Mustapha Inusah(Attractive ), Executive member of the online Writers Association (GOAWA) and other sections of the media and after that, he will contact the artiste involved , since the task of getting in touch with Sarkodie is not a tough one.

Giving details about some of the things he would want to be discussed at the meeting , he said ‘I will be happy if the meeting will not only be about Sarkodie but the way forward for us all to sit down and think about how to promote Ghanaian music, because , there seems to be a miscommunication between the media and Ghanaian Artistes’.

He also said , it won’t be prudent if the meeting is just for the media to punch holes and for Sarkodie to also hit back on some of the things he thinks the media are doing wrong.

He added that, Sarkodie did not insult anyone in his ‘Free Press’ music, and doesn’t understand why a section of the , media sees it as an insult.

‘My understanding is , if you have written any false story to downplay Sarkodie’s career, then the song goes to you. if you write with integrity, then I don’t think you will see anything wrong with the song, Sarkodie is not a kid, he thought before composing the song, and did not mean to insult the media’ he said.

Speaking about the song he said. ‘the song is more of an expression of how he feels, it might not sit well with a section of the media but a lot of times , the media should not take it personal because the media has also written stuff that perhaps wasn’t intended to offend whom it was written about’.

To Reggie Rockstone, Sarkodie is not the only musician who’s not happy with the Ghanaian media, but rather , other musicians are also not happy about how the media put more effort in thwarting their hard work, so he believes when a general meeting is called , all these issues will be solved and the ‘Disputing parties’ will all shake hands and move forward.

By:Mustapha Inusah/Razz Newspaper


Police begin investigation into Kotobabi shooting incident that claimed one life




The Police administration has begun investigations into a shoot-to-kill incident at Kotobabi, a suburb of Accra.

Although Kotobabi police had insisted the personnel who shot and murdered a suspected armed robber, Hakeem Abubakar at Kotobabi, early this month acted professionally, the deceased's father says that is not the case.

Hakeem, 18, was shot in the head while on a motorbike. He and another colleague were suspected to have engaged in a robbery incident before his death.

But the police justified the incident, saying, the deceased rather engaged the personnel in a shoot out, which suddenly led to his death.

Father of the deceased, Abubakar Saliu is therefore seeking justice for his son's death.

Greater Accra Police Public Relations Officer ASP Afia Tenge told Joy News the case was being investigated by the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards Bureau ((PIPS).


University teachers likely to call off strike next week - UTAG lawyer hints




Labour lawyer, Charles Bawa Duah is confident the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) will soon reach an agreement with government to call off its strike.

The lecturers have been on strike since July 24 over the protracted impasse between the Association and government over their research and book allowance.

Government says it is replacing the allowance with a National Research Fund, which the lecturers strongly disagreed.

The Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG), this week, called off its three-month-old strike after the government bent backward to pay their book and research allowance for the 2013/14 academic year.

On Thursday, the government met leadership of the UTAG to chart a road map towards finding a lasting solution to the impasse between them.

Currently, the book allowance stands at $1,500 for each lecturer per year while the research component stands at GH¢400.

“There is no agreement but as at the last meeting [between the government and UTAG], I can say that there has been some progress made,” Mr Bawa Duah who is the lawyer for UTAG asserted on Joy FM's news analysis programme, Newsfile.

Though he would not give concrete assurance about the Association going back to the classroom due to the still sketchy nature of the situation, he pointed out: “What has happened is that it would appear that the government has moved a little bit towards UTAG, and UTAG has also moved a little bit.”

He is therefore counting on a scheduled meeting on Tuesday to breathe out “some conclusion”.

Meanwhile, he said the Association is holding on, temporarily, its decision of exercising the right to go to court over the impasse.

“Let me say that members of UTAG are very eager to go back to the classroom and if their conditions of service are not unlawfully infringed upo; if their requirements are met, the demands are met, the grievances are settled; certainly they will go back to the lecture theatre.”

UTAG is demanding that the 2013/14 as well as the 2014/15 book and research allowance are paid, he stressed, adding that removing it is a contravention of teachers' condition of service.


Curfew imposed on Alavanyo, Nkonya communities




The Minister of Interior, Mark Woyongo has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on the Alavanyo and Nkonya towns in the Volta region.

The neighbouring towns have been locked in a dispute over land for years and have had curfews imposed on them in the past.

Tensions were heightened in June after residents in Nkonya reportedly fired shots into Alavanyo, prompting fears of further clashes which were eventually averted through the intervention of the chiefs.

A press statement issued by the Minister of Interior, Mark Woyongo noted that the curfew will start from 8pm and end at 5am.

It further urged the chiefs to use established mechanisms for the resolution of all conflicts and disputes in both towns.

“Government continues to express its appreciation to the Chiefs, Elders, Opinion Leaders, Youth and people of the area for their efforts in ensuring peace in the area and urges them to use the established mechanisms for the resolution of all their conflicts and disputes,” the statement indicated.

Meanwhile, government has banned residents in both communities  from carrying arms, ammunition or any offensive weapon.

Read the full statement below:
"The Minister of the Interior has on the advice of the Volta Regional Security Council and by the Executive Instrument renewed the Curfew imposed on Alavanyo and Nkonya Townships with effect from Friday 29 th August, 2014.

"The curfew hours remain from 8:00pm to 5:00 am.
"Government continues to express its appreciation to the Chiefs, Elders, Opinion Leaders, Youth and people of the area for their efforts in ensuring peace in the area and urges them to use the established mechanisms for the resolution of all their conflicts and disputes.

"Meanwhile, Government will like to reiterate that, there is a ban on all persons in the two towns and its environs from carrying arms, ammunition or any offensive weapon, and any person found with any arms or ammunition will be arrested and prosecuted."


President Mahama pushes for weekly clean up exercise to combat cholera




In a bid to curtail the rising cholera epidemic, that has hit hardest in the Accra Metropolis, the President and government officials Saturday joined the people of James Town for a cleanup exercise.

President Mahama said such voluntary weekly clean up exercises in communities across the country would reduce unsanitary conditions that breed cholera.

The President recalled that community clean up exercises were common in the revolutionary days, and called for a reinstitution of that tradition in the face of the soaring cholera infection that has affected four regions so far.

He urged chiefs and community leaders to mobilise people and get them to clean their communities.

"Even if it's not every week, at least once a month", communities must set aside one day to clean their surroundings, the President reiterated.

The clean up exercise in James Town -- in the Ashiedu Keteke submetro -- was part of activities the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and other stakeholders have embarked on to rid the Accra Metropolis of filth in the wake of the cholera outbreak.

Early this week, the AMA began distributing waste bins to homes in the metropolis.

The President urged district assemblies across the country to spearhead such weekly clean up exercises.

The cholera outbreak has killed at least 67 people since June and infected more about 7,000 persons.

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says the outbreak was centered on impoverished communities in urban areas in the south that lack adequate toilets, though there were also a few cases in rural parts of the north of the country.

Some 54 people have died in Accra, and around 300 people are now being infected daily, according to Director of the GHS, Linda Van-Otoo.

President Mahama directed that children must not be charged any fees when they access public toilets since they [children] would be compelled to defecate in rubbers and dump them into gutters when they have no money.

The clean up exercise was also attended by Chief of Staff Prosper Bani, Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo and Accra Mayor Alfred Oko Vanderpuije.

  Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | George Nyavor | [email protected]


Mahama accepts UN request to make Ghana Ebola Logistics Hub




President John Mahama has agreed to a request from the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, for the use of Ghana as the logistics base for the international fight against Ebola in West Africa.

This follows a Friday evening telephone conversation between President Mahama and Mr. Ban Ki-moon. The UN and other International Organisations will therefore use Accra as a Centre for airlifting supplies and personnel to the most affected countries - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Following the outbreak of the Ebola virus, most of the regular commercial flights into the affected areas have been suspended, making it difficult for equipment, logistics and personnel to reach the affected nations.

Using Accra as the Logistics and Coordination Centre would therefore open a vital corridor to get urgently-needed supplies and health personnel into the affected countries and areas. The United Nations and Ghana will work closely to put in place appropriate screening and prevention measures to avoid any adverse effects on Ghana as a result of the operations of the Logistics Centre.

The UN has also offered to assist Ghana in reviewing and strengthening the country's Ebola preparedness, as steps are taken to prevent the virus from entering the country.


Christian Bilingual School Holds Graduation




Dignitaries and graduands pose around the graduation cake

The Christian Missionary Bilingual School (CMBS) has held its 11 th graduation ceremony under the theme: 'Educating the Child, a Priceless Legacy'.

The event which was heavily attended by parents and invited guests was held at the forecourt of the school located at Ogbojo, Madina in Accra.

The event was also used to award both teachers and pupils in the categories of best pupils, best behaved student, best teacher, hardworking teacher and overall best pupil.

The Proprietress of the school, Betty Lekunze, said the school was founded in 2004 with the core purpose of providing quality education based on Christian principles and upbringing.

Mrs Lekunze continued that the school had also developed a methodology for English and French language proficiency among its pupils.

She was happy that the commitment of teachers to enforce the various methodologies had led to students in JHS 3 scoring very good grades and placement to schools of their choices.

Mrs Lekunze further paid glowing tribute to the chief of Ogbojo, Nii Obodai Torgbor, for helping the school to acquire land for the construction of the school block.

The chairman for the event, Solomon Acquah, reiterated the importance of education in the development of an individual and nation.

He urged parents to ensure that they enroll their children in the school as well as invest in their education.

Mr Acquah also called on the children to focus on their studies and take advantage of what he described as the favourable learning environment of the school.

By Solomon Ofori
 
 
 
 
 


NAGRAT Calls For Quality Education




Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang
The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) Ghana has appealed to government and global leaders, particularly African leaders, to ensure quality education after 2015.

NAGRAT's call comes just days after a whopping 72% of SHS students failed in this year's West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The President of NAGRAT, Christian Addai-Poku, who made the call at a colloquium organized by the association in collaboration with Citi Fm, an Accra-based radio under the theme, 'The Sound of Silence. The Exclusion of Quality Education in the Millennium Development Goals' said world leaders have not paid much attention to quality education.

The purpose of the colloquium was to bring to draw attention to the fact that targets for the existing MDGs did not include quality of education and that primary school could not be a terminal point for education if it was to help eliminate the worst form of poverty that the MDGs seek to achieve,' he said.

According to him, instead of focusing on the quality of education being provided to students, leaders around the world were preoccupied with how they could make education more accessible and affordable for all.

'Years after the millennium declaration, there has been an unprecedented upsurge in enrolment, especially in Ghanaian schools, and this is quite commendable. Unfortunately, the issue of quality has not been a major part of all these undertakings,' he said.

Mr. Addai-Poku observed that 'consequently, while the world continues to boast of getting children of school going age into schools, we also look back with regret that the majority of these students come out of schools not transformed in anyway.'

'NAGRAT, like many, believes that education can only be a public good if no compromises are permitted in terms of quality,' he said.

For him, quality education could be improved with the provision of quality teachers, learning tools and conducive environment.

'As the world meets in September, this year to craft the Post 2015 millennium declarations, we will implore the government of Ghana to put forth or support a proposal that will have a strong presence of quality in its architecture,' he said.

Dr. Augustine Tawiah, an educationist, called for a paradigm shift in the provision of quality education.

The Minister of Education, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, in a speech, stated that efforts must be made to achieve quality education for all in the sub-region.

Critics have blamed Prof Opoku-Agyemang for not working hard to improve the country's educational system.

The Minister stated that the UN has not made any significant contributions to help Sub-Saharan countries to meet the MDGs by 2015.

BY Melvin Tarlue
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Melcom Care Foundation Launches Hand Washing Campaign




As part of the nation's effort to rid all germs that affect human lives, Melcom group of company under Melcom Care Foundation in collaboration with lifebuoy has launched a hand washing campaign and also demonstrate to Ghanaians on the proper hand washing exercise in Accra.

The Director of Communications at Melcom Group of Companies, Godwin Avenorgbo, said the focus of the exercise was based on personal hygiene, with the intention to minimise the spread of Cholera which is currently killing a lot of people and overcrowding hospitals.

He added that the nation is currently leaving under the fear of Ebola, whereby the diseas has not been identified yet in Ghana but killing people in some part of African countries.

“Every nation thinks of national development, but the main aspect a nation thinks of is infrastructure development, but the only key that lacks behind is human resources which seeks to drive infrastructure”

He said they are using human resource development to ensure preventive measures such that the people will not be overwhelmed by cholera or Ebola outbreak.

Mr. Avenorgbo said the demonstration of simple hand washing techniques will take place at various centers of Melcom shop across the region to show Ghanaians how to keep a hand clean from any contamination and diseases.

“Our concern is that sustainig human life can only be than through longevity which comes under continuous Exercises, personal hygiene, peace of mind as well as showing love to one another.”He stressed.

He explain that, the use of life buoy soap has certain attribute that foster the removal of germs .The soap he said, has total of 99% removal of germ protection , which is duable,removal and achievable.


Sunyani West NDC Elects New Executives




The Sunyani West Constituency of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has elected new party executives in Sunyani.

The positions contested for were, Youth Organiser, Deputy Youth Organiser, Deputy Women Organiser, Women Organiser, Propaganda Secretary, Organiser, Treasurer, Deputy Constituency Secretary, Secretary, Vice-Chairman and Chairman.

The occassion was witnessed by the Deputy Brong -Ahafo regional Minister, Hon. Justice Adjei, Sunyani West District Chief Executive Hon. Agnes Kusi, Brong-Ahafo women Orgniser, Nana Adwoa Takyiwaa, and other party executives.

The election which was conducted by the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC), saw delegates from the seven (7) zones in the constituency casting their ballots.

At the end of a peaceful process, Abubakar Ibrahim emerged the winner as Youth organiser, Godlove Kwaku Boateng for Deputy Youth organiser, Addae Lucy for Deputy women organiser, Dorcas Kyeremaa for women organiser, Victoria Owusuaa for Treasurer, Okyei Baffour Kwame for propaganda secretary, Kasmer Ali for organiser, Boakye Patrick for deputy secretary, Ahmed Boadan for secretary, Johnson Nketia for vice-chairman and Evelyn Adarkwa Frema (Amatel) for constituency chairperson.

The newly elected executives were sworn-in by the Brong-Ahafo women organiser of the NDC, Nana Adwoa Takyiwaa. She congratulated the winners and urged those who lost to protect the interest of the party, saying "we are all one, let's work together towards one goal."

She charged the new executives to ensure that the party wins all twenty four (24) seats in the up-coming election 2016.

According to her, the vision of the constituency is to win the Sunyani West parliamentary seat, and ensure victory for President John Dramani Mahama in the 2016 general elections.

The Deputy Brong-Ahafo regional Minister, Hon. Justice Adjei, who represented the regional Minister congratulated the new executives and asked the out-going officials to work hand-in-hand with their colleagues to enhance party unity.


AngloGold Ashanti Assists Twenty Five Women Acquire Skills




Sponsored by the Obuasi mine, 25 women in five farming communities in the Obuasi municipal assembly have completed a 3 - week skills training course. Selected from New Dokyiwaa, Kokotesua, Nhyiaso, Binsere and Abompe communities; AngloGold Ashanti Sustainable Development officials say the programme is in line with its community values â€" “that communities where it operates should benefit from its presence”.

The programme, which involves training in soap and beads making, is meant to create alternative income earning opportunities, for the people in the communities with view to easing their dependence on the mine. “The ‘anti-poverty’ aspect of it is that it will give the women skills to generate independent income to supplement their husbands income and make it easier for both to look after their dependents, particularly our children”, Abena Mansa from Kokotesua village said.

Speaking at a colourful ceremony at Wawase, a suburb of Obuasi, to literally graduate the women Mr. John Kowus Owusu, Senior Manager, Communications and Public Affairs, congratulated the enthusiastic women for their newly acquired skills and urged them to hit the ground running to take advantage of the increasing demand for quality soap in both rural and urban sectors of the country.

The mine is facing challenges and management is currently engaging all the key stakeholders, including the people in the communities and the government for their understanding and support. “The mine will continue to count on your support to ensure the operation is rebuilt on sound footing for our mutual growth and development in future”, Mr Owusu said.

Contributing Nana Ampofo Bekoe, the AngloGold Ashanti Manager for Social and Economic Development, explained that the before the programme became a reality; a comprehensive needs assessment research was carried out to collect and collate the actual needs of women in the critical communities, saying “majority of them suggested skills which will enable them to collectively ease their dependence on the mine and work independently on their own”.

Nana Ampofo said AngloGold Ashanti would continue to care and socially invest in the communities and societies where it operates to improve the social and economic lives of the people, adding “the company is the sole financier of the AngloGold Ashanti Community Trust Fund, it is the right of the communities to select projects of their own choosing”.

He advised the women to work as a team and share their experience with other women, who are yet to participate in the programme”. The Social and Economic Development Manager said - “instead of seeing yourselves as competitors you should complement each other to ensure that your skills benefit everybody in your communities”, he said.

Madam Grace Boateng, who facilitated the training, commended AngloGold Ashanti for its gesture for sponsoring the programme and advised the women to use their skills to generate income to support their families and the communities where they live. She said “you been given the opportunity to work for ourselves and the communities where you come from; this is the time to prove ourselves as women to the world that we can make it when the right environment is created”.

In a related development, sources close to the mine have it that the Ghana Stock Exchange listed - gold miner, AngloGold Ashanti spent about GHC20, 000 on the programme and the good news is that it is first of the series of training interventions planned for the company’s communities. This means that it is timely and opportune for women to hold themselves in readiness to jump for the skills training to better their lives.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Airtel Staff Begin Soak For Charity Initiative


Lucy Quist, MD Of Airtel About To Be Soaked In Ice Water By An Airtel Employee

Accra, 29th August 2014: Airtel Ghana,a leading telecommunications network in the country has begun a fundraiser for charity initiative dubbed “Soak for Charity”, AirtelGhana’s version of the Ice Bucket Challenge.

The Ice Bucket Challenge, also called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, involves pouring a bucket of ice water on someone's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research.

Donations received from staff during the Soak for Charity Campaign will be used to support a project in the areas of Education, Health and ICT nominated by Staff.

Lucy Quist, Managing Director of Airtel Ghana, who had been thrown the challenge by an Airtel employee said: “We have never seen anything like this in the history of employee fund raising. We couldn't be more thrilled with the level of compassion, generosity and sense of humor that employees are exhibiting as they take part in this impactful viral initiative."

Before being bathed in ice water she nominated 3 people including the Executive Operations Director of Airtel Africa, Christophe Soulet.

Donald Gwira, Head of Corporate Communications, External Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibilitywho had already taken the challenge, stated thatthe activity is aimed at promoting employee engagement in corporate social responsibility and driving theirinternal CSR initiative called Make a Difference Day. He explained that employees regardless of where they were located must respond to the challenge within 24 hours. “The rule is very simple- take a bucket of ice water, pour it over your head, record it, throw a challenge to two colleagues and one person outside Airtel Ghana and then post the video on social media” heexplained.

Soak for Charity, begun with Avinash Bannerjee, a staff of Airtel Ghana, who chose this activity as his departmental Make A Difference Day (MADD) initiative and challenged Managing Director of Airtel Ghana, Lucy Quist, Luck Ochieng, M- Commerce Director and Isaac Armar, head of High Value in a recorded video. They had 24 hours to respond to his challenge which they have subsequently undertaken.

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Make Use Of Security Training Practices—Prez. Faith Int. Sch., USA-Ghana Alumni Cautioned Pastors




The President of the Faith International School, USA-Ghana Alumni has appealed to all clergymen in Ghana and beyond to adopt a lifestyle of self-defense and to ensure proper security practices in their daily lives in dealings with the public instead of only relying on prayer as a the means of protection from danger.

This he said will keep them safe from being hurt by their detractors.

He was speaking to a group of journalists at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Ghana International Pastors and Ministers conference (IPMC) in Accra yesterday 25th, August.

Rev. Dr. Biney who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Security Network Limited, a Ghanaian Private Security Company has bemoaned the so called faith that most pastors argued about as holy and pious considering themselves as “untouchable beings” without ensuring that they have to undergo some form of security training which he believes will grant them the edge over staying out of trouble over the recent wave of crime creeping gradually into some churches in Ghana.

He condemn the act, describing it as “foolish faith" " I will call it foolish faith, we have the true faith and the foolish faith because God in his own wisdom gave us the wisdom, even in James chapter 1verse 5, God said if you don't have wisdom to do what you are doing ask me “he noted.

He further explained citing an example of the situation, “Supposing we are here under this program and all of a sudden armed robbers stormed here with guns in your ears saying deny Christ or not, I tell you, you can imagine what will happen. Do you have to say that as a Pastor you will be speaking in tongues with the gun on you? that is foolishness, you see the only way for you to stay out of trouble is to do whatever they have demanded of you for the sake of your life, just do it" he stressed.

According to him, prayer is the key but wisdom must be applied. "I believe in prayer, prayer is my hallmark, prayer is my key but then you cannot tell me that I'm protected without applying my wisdom" he emphasized.

He therefore admonished pastors to wake up from that so called “state of faith attitude” and take precautionary measures of their lives by adhering to security measures which will equip them to rise against any weapons of destruction fashion against to destroy their lives both physically and spiritually

He underscored the need for pastors, priests and church leaders to maintain the proper security measures first in addition to seeking the face of God before accepting invitation to attend crusades, seminars and prayer camps.

He said prayer is powerful but the use of wisdom which is God-given talent must be applied in everyday life as the key to securing their lives from danger.

Rev. George Abaidoo disclosed the 2014 International Pastors and Ministers Conference (IPMC) was poorly patronized due to a low turn up of participants from the neighboring countries due to the Ebola scare situation the country face currently which restricts border crossing movements.

He advised the general public to adopt a healthy lifestyle coupled with a strong prayer life which he believes is the remedy to the deadly Ebola disease outbreak.

The IPMC-Ghana program began last year with the focus on addressing issues that expedite the great Commission of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Meanwhile, the theme for this year’s conference is Kingdom Impact “Finishing the Unfinished task” and is scheduled to last for four days.


Audio: Ghana Connect discusses Electoral Reforms




Today, Joy FM's Ghana Connect programme discussed Supreme Court's verdict on the New Patriotic Party Petition, for which electoral reforms were recommended.

Discussants included Samson Lardy Ayenini, Nana Kwesi Awuah and Abraham Amaliba.

Many Ghanaians waited with bated breath for the verdict of a nine-member Supreme Court panel on an historic election petition challenging the outcome of the 2012 presidential election.

Listen to the panelists on Ghana Connect


Surfline Powers 2014 Citi Business Olympics




This year’s Citi FM Business Olympics promises to be very exciting with the announcement of Surfline Communications as the main sponsor of the much anticipated event.

Registered companies are eagerly preparing for the big day and are telling listeners and the general public what to expect on the big day.

With Surfline on board, the level of excitement has been raised a notch higher because of the #SurfWow effect expected to rock the event.

Surfline officially launched Ghana’s first 4G LTE network in Accra and Tema recently. With internet speeds that are faster than 3G services currently on offer, Surfline is enabling businesses and individuals do business faster â€" with reliable and affordable data services.

Athleticism meets wits, team work, strategy and determination at this year’s edition of the Citi FM Business Olympics on Saturday 20th September 2014.

The Citi Business Olympics, the biggest gathering of businesses and professionals, brings together thousands of people yearly to compete in various sporting disciplines and network as well.

Companies would compete for trophies and the ultimate bragging rights at the plush Burma Camp Leisure Center from 8am to 4pm on Saturday September 20.

The competitive games for this year’s event include 7-a-side soccer, 50 metre dash, lawn tennis,table tennis, arm wrestling, scrabble, volley, swimming, tug of war, badminton, basketball and the lime and spoon race.

Participants would also enjoy the non-competitive games including cards, draughts, oware, ludo andcounters ball.

Companies can register by calling 0302226013. For further information, visit citifmonline.com for details.


Casual Worker Rewarded With 1,000 Euros For His Honesty




For his high sense of honesty, a casual worker of the Ghana Ports and Habours Authority (GPHA), Mr John Mba, has been presented with 1,000 euros and also made a permanent staff of the Dock Labour Company.

He has also been named as an Integrity Ambassador who would spearhead an integrity campaign by the GPHA, aimed at eliminating bad practices at the Tema Port.

Mr Mba, according to the Director of Marketing and Public Relations of Tema Port, Mr Paul Asare Ansah, returned 1,700 Euros he found at the Golden Jubilee Terminal while carting goods for a client.

“But instead of taking away the money, an option that many people in need in these trying times would choose, Mr Mba handed over the money to the port security officials who then handed it over to management”, Mr Ansah said.

More than one-and-half years after the amount was found, Mr Ansah said no individual or company had come to claim it hence the decision to give the 1,000 euros to Mr Mba.

He also said the authority had presented the remaining €700 of the amount to the Remar Christian Centre as the payment of a year's tuition fees for 34 needy children at the school.

Port Integrity Project
“The act of honesty displayed by Mr Mba falls in line with our business integrity initiative programme being rolled out with the aim of addressing the issues of extortion and corruption within our two ports”, Mr Ansah emphasised.

He added that the GPHA believed that the campaign would rid the ports of bad practices and further reduce corruption at the ports.

He said he was hopeful that the example set by Mr Mba would be emulated by the other employees and clients in the day-to-day operations at the port.

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Sherry Ayittey, Jefferson Sackey and Samia Nkrumah for Honorary Doctorate Degree Awards




Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Sherry Ayittey and Ghanaian international Journalist with the Multimedia Group, Jefferson Sackey are among this year's recipients of an Honorary Doctorate Degree Awards from the Dayspring Christian University in Mississipi, USA.

Samia Nkrumah, Daughter of Ghana's first president and NADMO boss, Kofi Portuphy will also be honored for their exemplary roles in national development in their various fields.

A special convocation will be held at the Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences of the University of Ghana this Saturday to confer the awards on twelve other personalities including the Secretary General of the Ghana Federation of Labour, Abraham Koomson and TUC boss Kofi Asamoah.

Past recipients of the Honorary Doctorate Award from the US University are Ghana's Speaker of Parliament, Doe Adjaho and Coach of Ghana's national football team, Kwesi Appiah.


Fast killing cholera far from over as 300 cases recorded each day in Greater Accra




Greater Accra Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service has indicated that the fast killing cholera is far from over in the region and so the public should take extra precautions.

Linda Van-Otoo blamed the ceaseless cholera cases recorded at the various infirmaries to the rains, which she noted contaminate drinking water and foods with faecal matter.

Recorded cholera cases in the region alone have inched to about 6000 and if care is not taken, there would be more cases and deaths.

According to Dr. Van-Otoo, who spoke on the Joy Midday News Friday, some 200 to 300 cholera cases are recorded each day in the region alone.

In order to stop the canker from further killing more innocent lives in the region, she advised the public to wash their hands thoroughly under running water with soup, after every visit to the toilets.

The Regional Director added also that people must be mindful of the kind water they drank while eating very hot foods.

This way, they would not be victims of the deadly disease.


Remand Court For Nsawam Prison




An Appeal Court Judge, Justice C.J. Honyenuga, has indicated that processes are underway for the establishment of a permanent remand court in the Nsawam Prisons.

He said the programme initiated by the Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood in collaboration with the British High Commission is expected to end all issues surrounding remand prisoners in the Greater Accra Region.

According to the 2007 Prisons Service Annual Report, 13,335 prisoners were held up in prison designed to hold approximately one-third of that number.

Out of the number, 31.5 percent of the prisons population was in pre-trial status up from 29.5 percent in 2006, adding that sometimes detainees serve more time in detention awaiting trial than the actual sentence the crime requires.

However, Justice Honyenuga addressing journalists at the Access to Justice on Remand Prisoners IV (ATJRP 4) in Accra yesterday stated that the court when established would be presided over by a permanent judge detailed to hear remand cases.

'As at now, there are efforts to establish a permanent remand court in Nsawam so that all cases involving remand prisoners and all the others especially around the Greater Accra Region for which the accused persons find themselves would be dealt with a judge permanently appointed to take care of these matters,' he emphasized.

The Appeal Court Judge further intimated that the programme would also be extended to other regions so that 'the problem of remand prisoners would be nipped in the bud once and for all.'

Kweku Agyeman Budu, lecturer at the Centre for Law and Development at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), said under the ATJRP 4, about 1000 remand prisoners would be interviewed as potential targets for release.

He said the programme also hopes to facilitate the expeditious trial of the candidates.

Jonathan Osei Owusu, Executive Director of POS Foundation, said the programme does not intend to release criminals into the society.

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By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson
 


Houseboy In Court For Robbery




Samuel Oppong (the houseboy), Joseph Dodoo, alias Joe, and Isaac Ahinful, who is currently at large, reportedly drugged the guard dog in the house to enable them carryout their operation.

They were arraigned before a court presided over by Francis Obiri and charged with conspiracy to commit crime and robbery. The suspects have, however, denied the charges.

They have subsequently been put in police custody while the case has been adjourned to September 5, 2014.

Narrating the facts of the case, the prosecuting officer, ASP Cynthia Anderson, said the complainant was one Grace Otu, a business woman living at Ogbojo with her daughter, Blondy Otu.

According to the prosecutor, Oppong was a houseboy who had started working for the complainant less than two months ago.

According her, the houseboy was under probation and was therefore not given the keys to the gate. She added that on August 18, 2014, at 2:00am robbers invaded the house of the complainant, but the guard dog failed to bark or do anything to draw the attention of the complainant.

ASP Anderson explained that three men had stormed the house that night, fired some shots into the doors after they had already gained access to the house, and harassed all occupants in it.

In addition, she said they took the mobile phones of the occupants, except that of the houseboy, one Samsung plasma television, one laptop, a sum of GH¢120 and other personal effects. She disclosed that while ransacking the rooms, the robbers insisted that Blondy Otu surrendered an amount of $2,500 she intended to use in purchasing her air ticket.

She explained that prior to the attack, at about 10:30pm the previous night, the houseboy got access to the gate's key, turned off the switch of the electric fence wire, and went out to buy a mosquito coil.

The police officer stated that the houseboy returned home unnoticed, kept the switch of the fence off, and drugged the dog, thereby facilitating the entry of the his accomplices.

On arrival, the robbers allegedly cut open the fence wire at the back of the house to create an opening to carry their booty out, and to use it as their emergency exit.

The prosecutor revealed that one of the suspects, Dodoo, had also worked on a wardrobe in Blondy's room during which time he had heard her on skype asking a friend to send her $2,500 to buy a ticket for her journey abroad the following weekend.

She pointed out that the persistent demand for the money by the suspects implied that Dodoo had obviously told the others about the $2,500.

Explaining further, she disclosed that other suspects, whose particulars had not been found yet, but visited the house on August 10 as guests of the houseboy, were also being investigated in connection with the robbery, adding that efforts are being made to arrest the suspects.

By Fidelia Achama


World Cup Scandal Probe; Cooks Grab $67,000




Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah
World Cup Project Coordinator, Fred Darko, yesterday told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the Brazil 2014 scandal that each of the three caterers Ghana hired for the event pocketed a staggering $17,200 as service fee.

It was also revealed that the three cooks, comprising Kenkey Boutique, Monics Foods and Amber Foods, received an additional $5,000 each as honorarium for the 15 days they spent in Brazil, bringing the total cash received by them to $22,200 each.

However, Fred Darko said he had no knowledge of the said amount (of $5,000) being given to them. Rather, he said, the former Youth and Sports Minister, Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah, gave the caterers $2,000 each on arrival as honorarium.

The Commission wondered why such a colossal figure was doled out just for cooking, after the Ministry had provided the caterers with foodstuff, accommodation and free air tickets.

The witness then tried to justify the expenditure by saying that each of the caterers came along with three workers.

He made a shocking revelation that his team's intent was just to spend money for the viewing centres back home as well as the exhibition centre in Brazil.

Conflicting Figures
After days of consistently stating that Ghana's World Cup ambassadors received an amount $200 per day for 15 days as per diem, he made a dramatic U-turn to say that the exact figure was $250, but maintained that other officials received $150, while the players were paid $100 as per diem.

$76,000 For Concert Space
The World Cup Coordinator disclosed that a fee of $76,000 was charged for the half size space they used for the jamboree on the high street of Natal in Brazil.

The Commission asked why the Event Committee failed to secure a proper venue for the concerts with performances from icons like Gyedu Blay Ambulley, Amandzeba Nat Brew and Becca. The witness again defended the committee, saying, 'My Lord our intent was to spend and make the fans happy. We did not have any product like the Black Stars to sell.'

But members of the Commission were of the view that performers like Amandzeba were more than enough products to sell Ghana in Brazil, and even funds could have been generated from these concerts which attracted about 10,000 people per session.

The Project Coordinator briefed the Commission about the Akosombo meeting involving all stakeholders ahead of the World Cup, which was aimed at finalising preparations for the Mundial.

And responding to how much state funds was used by way of accommodation, he said GH¢22,000 was spent for the three nights the stakeholders stayed at the hotel.

According to Mr Darko, his team paid $1,849 in various categories for match tickets from the GFA to FIFA.

He pointed out that there was the intent to buy additional tickets in Brazil but the idea was later discarded.

Conflict Of Interest
Members of the Commission, later in their interrogation, pushed him to the wall on why he rode on the back of his personal company, Evolution International, to secure jobs like the creation of Fan Parks in Ghana during the World Cup.

Mr. Darko did not hesitate to remark that the 'Brazil in Ghana' concept was a total failure. He mentioned that his outfit's attempt to secure sponsorship from corporate Ghana for the project yielded no dividend.

Unibank Deny Rumour
The official bank of the Black Stars, Unibank, denied claims that the Debit Card they issued the team accounted for Ghana's appearance fee transfer challenges.

Executive Director of Technology at Unibank, Owusu-Ansah Awere, revealed that very scanty information regarding the team's financial situation was available to them while in Brazil.

'It was not true that our card did not work. In fact, it was specially designed for clients for withdrawals across the world, with the ability to withdraw a maximum $4,000 a day,' he added.

 By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
 
 
 
 
 


English teachers accuse its President of hiding behind Ebola scare to avoid accountability




Executives of the Ghana Association of Teachers of English(GATE) are accusing its President  James Adjei of hiding behind the Ebola scare to avoid accountability.

Vice -Secretary of GATE Isaiah Adzi-Godi claims that the calling off of the Association's annual conference which was to be held in Ho, Volta Region, due to allegations of a possible Ebola outbreak was master-minded by Mr. Adjei.

Few weeks ago, Mr. James Adjei announced the calling off of the Association's annual conference in  Ho due to fears the conference would become a breeding ground for the Ebola virus.

The meeting which was scheduled in September this year, would have brought together English tutors from across the country and around the tutors from other countries to discuss and find practical solutions to the falling standards of the English language in Ghana and Africa at large.

So far, 1,552 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria have died of the Ebola virus with over 3,000 cases recorded.

But the Association President, Mr. James Adjei still holds that the calling off of the conference was in the interest of saving their membership adding that some members within the country have expressed fear of contracting the virus from members outside the country during the conference.

“The fear is that we are bringing members from all over the country and sometimes members from other countries joining us and we don't have machines to test whether anyone have the virus and so you never can tell who is coming from outside or within who is having the virus and so prevention is better than cure,” he maintained.

Vice -Secretary of GATE Isaiah Adzi-Godi ,claims that ever since Mr. Adjei's assumption of office about four years ago, there has not been any occasion where he had rendered an account.

“We the national executive members anytime we ask him to render account at executive council or even at our delegates conference, he will give excuse and the conference will just end on an unpleasant note,” the Vice-Secretary noted.


Single professionals pander to cholera pressure




The recent outbreak of cholera in Accra has made people generally cautious about what they eat and many young professionals are unwilling to take chances with their health.

Many are putting in place measures to avoid possible infection. But it does not come without cost.

For Joy Business' Special Friday Feature, Chantelle Asante reports the outbreak is gravely affecting the budgets and productivity of different professionals.

“Better safe than sorry”, this appears to be the refrain amongst various single professionals in the city today following the outbreak of cholera, a potential killer.

Health officials link cholera to filth and human excreta which seem to have engulfed the city. And with many food vendors in the city failing to ensure clean surroundings, young professionals who hardly cook stand the risk of contracting cholera.

Buying food from just any source is a big risk, one which threatens their health and productivity.

“I used to buy food around. Now I'm scared so I have to wake up very early in the morning to cook before I get to work. I get to the office already tired,” Ann, a customer service executive with an Accra based financial institution said.

Clearly, health issues matter to many of these single professionals. Whilst some, like Ann, are using up more energy on cooking and therefore have to get to work exhausted, others are spending more on food.

Many are now buying food at more expensive restaurants to ensure they are safe with what they eat and so do not have to fall sick on the job.

“You have no choice. You have to switch to a neater place to eat. And that means spending more. It doesn't make sense to spend about 15 cedis daily during lunch,” Esther, a business executive said.

“The sad thing is that my salary has not changed so if I have to spend so much on food, then it means I can't even save. It's that difficult now.”

A sound mind in a sound body. Many of these single professionals understand that their health is their wealth and they seem willing to have to go the extra mile to ensure sound health.


Election Petition one year on: I have absolutely no regrets - Ken Kuranchie




Managing Editor of the Daily Searchlight, Ken Kuranchie says he has “absolutely no regrets” for what he wrote in his newspaper that led him to serve a jail term for contempt of court.

Speaking Friday on Adom FMs 'Dwaso Nsem' exactly a year after the Supreme Court's verdict on the petition challenging results of the 2012 presidential election, Mr. Kuranchie said he feels that whatever he wrote in his paper needed to be written.

“Some of the decisions taken by the Supreme Court were decisions that were worrying people and that was what the publication sought to receive answers to”.

The New Patriotic Party's Communications Director, Sammy Awuku had said that the court's citing of a Daily Guide report as an example of poor reporting, was discriminatory and hypocritical.

The court took an issue with the statement. Sammy Awuku apologised. But the court punished him by banishing him from the court for the rest of the trial.

Ken Kuranchie following the court's summons to Sammy Awuku, wrote a front page comment in his newspaper in which he questioned how the justices heard Sammy Awuku's comments but did not hear worse commentary from others. 

He was hauled before the court and after heated exchanges between him and the judges he said, if the justices felt offended by his comments, then he was sorry.

He was handed a ten day jail term.
However a year on, Mr. Kuranchie says “I continue to have problems with some of the decisions the Supreme Court took”.

He said his publication was to question whether verdicts by the Supreme Court can be commented on and it was seeking answers to those questions that saw him at the receiving end of a jail term.

According to him, the refusal of an application by the court to allow the Electoral Commission (EC) to present coalition and polling centre results in his view was “not a good decision and I continue to disagree with that decision, I still believe today it was not the best decision for the advancement of democracy”.

He said the administrative lapses that occured during the 2012 elections should be handled properly in order that they are not repeated in future elcetions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Asamoah Gyan In Malawi For UNAIDS 'Protect The Goal'




Accra, August 30, 2014 - The Captain of the Ghanaian national football team, Asamoah Gyan, is currently in Malawi to support the country’s invigoration of the global ‘Protect the Goal’ campaign, which was launched in Malawi last year.

The three-day visit includes various activities and events organized to highlight the importance of harnessing the power of football to raise awareness of HIV particularly amongst the youth.

The Malawian President, H.E. Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika’ is expected to sign the ‘Global Ball’, reaffirming his PLEDGE to HIV prevention. Fifteen other African Heads of State, including President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana, have so far signed the ‘Global Ball’ which has now arrived in Malawi.



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Mayor orders arrest of plantain seller at Agbogbloshie market




There was drama at Agbobgloshi market, Thursday when Accra Mayor Alfred Oko Vanderpuije ordered the arrest of a young man who had come to sell plantain while traders were busy clearing the filth at the market.

The Mayor could not understand why the young man failed to join the team in clearing the filth and rather decided to display his plantain for sale at a time when everybody was busy cleaning the area.

The man was arrested and sent away by the Mayor's security detail but it is unclear if charges will be pressed against him.

The Mayor commended members of the Greater Accra Traders Association for their participation in the three-hour clean up exercise in the markets.

They cleaned and desilted choked gutters in and around the markets.

The exercise came as a result of improper waste management in the metropolis, which has caused an outbreak of cholera.

Dr. Vanderpuije made the commendation when he led the AMA's environmental officers to tour various market places to witness the exercise.

He occasionally took part in the exercise, interacted with the traders, advising them to comply with basic hygiene principles.

He said that was the surest way of protecting themselves from the cholera the outbreak in Accra.

He noted the assembly has in recent times, stopped some food vendors who sold their foods in filthy environments.

The Mayor further advised the public to avoid patronizing foods prepared or sold in unhygienic environments.


Chinese teenager to undergo surgery on his extraordinary long neck




A 15-year-old boy is to undergo surgery on his exceptionally long neck, which causes him agonising pain.

Fu Wengui, who lives in Beijing, China, suffers from a number of conditions.

While the standard number of verbetrae in the neck is 7, Fu has 10, his father Fu Genyou claims.

These vertebrae press on the nerves in his neck and make it difficult for him to walk,' said the 50-year-old.

'He always causes a stir whenever he goes out.'
Aged six, Wengui was diagnosed with congenital scoliosis and abnormal chest frame.'

Wengui is now due to have surgery to try and reduce the size of his neck.

A Beijing-based charity has agreed to sponsor the procedure and doctors in Chaoyang Hospital are now making out a treatment plan.

Wengui said: 'I just hope I can have a normal neck.'


2 Sisters Convicted For Assaulting Teacher




Regina Pokuaa before and after the assult
THE GOASO Circuit Court, presided over by Osei Kwame Gyamfi, has convicted the two sisters who assaulted a female teacher at the Gambia No.2 D/A Primary School in the Asutifi North District of the Brong-Ahafo Region.

The sisters, Lydia Antwi, 24 and Beatrice Amponsah, 26, were found guilty of all three charges of assault, causing harm and conspiracy to commit crime, and were accordingly sentenced by the court on August 14, 2014.

The court subsequently ordered the convicts to compensate the victim, Regina Pokuaa, with the sum of GH¢1,200 and also pay a fine of GH¢720 to the court within two weeks and that in default they would be imprisoned for three months.

It will be recalled that the two ladies subjected the 26-year-old Class Three female teacher to severe beatings on Friday, March 21, 2014, during official hours.

The convicts in the process, stripped the young teacher naked in the presence of her colleague teachers as well as the pupils and nearly damaged her right eye after they had dragged her on the floor, hitting her head on the wall.

The convicts claimed that the teacher had beaten their younger brother â€" a Class Six pupil â€" during a brawl the day before.

Ms. Pokuaa was hospitalized after the attack and currently undergoes regular medical treatment for the injuries she sustained in the attack.

She indicated to DAILY GUIDE that although she was not happy with the court verdict, she had taken it in good faith.

According to Ms. Pokuaa, her right eye continuous to trouble her as the assault had resulted in chronic headache.

The young traumatized female teacher has now been transferred from the community to Kenyasi No.2.

FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani
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Nzema Chiefs Wade Into Lonrho Case




The Chiefs of Eastern Nzema Traditional Council, in the Western region, yesterday waded into the hearing of a motion at a sekondi high Court in which five Minority Mps have sued the government over the restriction on the Takoradi port expansion.

The Nzema Chiefs who were not a party in the case but were represented by a delegation, led by Awulae Agamatu Agyan II, of the Gwira Traditional Area, pleaded for an out-of-court settlement of the case.

According to the chiefs, the fact that the case was in court sent wrong signals to other investors that the atmosphere at the Atuabo area was not conducive for investment.

“So we are here to appeal to the applicants and talk to them to allow us to settle the matter amicably,” the chiefs appealed.

However, all the parties in the caseâ€"the applicants, the state and the third party (Lonrho Port)â€"opposed the appeal from the chiefs,

insisting that since the matter was a legal one, it should be heard and settled by the court.

The plaintiffs assured that the motion was not to stop the construction of the port as had been perceived, but to seek the court's interpretation on aspects of government's agreement with Lonrho which imposed a restriction on the Takoradi Port expansion.

Earlier, a State Attorney, Frances Molen Ansah, prayed the court, presided over by Justice Kwabena Ababio, to grant a short adjournment date to enable her outfit file the state's application in opposition to the motion.

She explained that, instead of serving the Sekondi office of the Attorney General's Department, the motion was served on the Accra office of the AG and that it was only on Wednesday night that she was informed about the case.

For this reason, she prayed the court for a short adjournment date to enable her outfit study the motion well and file an affidavit in opposition.

Counsel for the applicants, Alex Abban and Lonrho Port, DK Letsa, did not oppose the appeal from the State Attorney and the court accordingly adjourned hearing to September 10, 2014.

Five NPP MPs sued the government over the restriction of the expansion of the Takoradi Port as indicated in Clause 7 of the agreement between government and Lonrho Port, the British company constructing a free port at Atuabo in the Western Region.

The five MPs include Kwabena Okyere Darko, MP for Takoradi constituency; Kwaku Kwarteng, MP for Obuasi West; Joseph Cudjoe, MP for Effia constituency, Mavis Hawa Koomson, MP for Ewutu Senya and Kofi Brako, MP for Tema Central.

According to the MPs, they feared that the approved agreement between the government and the British firm for the development of an oil and gas free port in the Western Region, might stall progress at the Takoradi Port.

They argued that the agreement actually bars all persons and companies from building any oil and gas port facilities in the Western Region until Lonrho had recovered its investment and made its profit.

They have, therefore, insisted that the restriction imposed on Takoradi Port is unlawful and that the move offends Section 5 of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority Act.

Meanwhile, speaking to DAILY GUIDE in an interview, the MP for Takoradi, Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah, indicated that the applicants will visit the Nzema Chiefs on Tuesday to explain to them why they sent the case to court.

FROM Emmanuel Opoku, sekondi


[Audio] - Listen to what Sarkodie said about #Inflation in a BBC interview



In a recent interview with the BBC Sarkodie admitted to not being immuned to economic hardships currently facing the people of Ghana. Sarkodie who was in London for the Legends and Sarkology Night had a few issues concerning his recent single release which has somewhat taken a serious political angle in the media.


Court Orders New Car For Law School Boss




The Supreme Court has ordered Silver Star Auto Limited to deliver a brand new Mercedes Ben (E Class) to G.A. Sarpong & Co, a firm of legal practitioners and consultants headed by former Law School boss, George A. Sarpong.

The five-member panel, presided over by Justice Julius Ansah, held that G.A. Sarpong & Co had been able to discharge the burden of proof that the vehicle it bought from Silver Star Auto Limited had latent defects and deserved to be replaced.

The case, which started in 2009 at an Accra Commercial Court, was filed by the law firm after a brand new Mercedes Benz (C-Class 180) it bought from the car dealer in 2007 had broken down suddenly in May 2008 and was replaced with another â€" E-Class with registration number GN 2266 Y at the cost of 15,000 Euros â€" which also broke down in December that same year.

The plaintiff therefore claimed among others things, a brand new E-Class Mercedes Benz as replacement or a refund of the purchase price of the vehicle as well as compensation for loss for his inability to use the vehicles and damages for breach of condition/ deceit.

Silver Star Auto Limited (respondent), in its amended statement of defence filed on October 19, 2009, denied the plaintiff's claims and insisted that the cause of the accident was attributable to the May 2009 incident.

They argued that G.A. Sarpong & Co was not entitled to any claim as endorsed in the writ of summons and had urged the court to dismiss the plaintiff's suit.

However, after full trial, the Commercial Court held that G.A. Sarpong & Co was entitled to a delivery of a brand new E-Class as replacement for the damaged car, but refused to grant the claim for compensation and damages for breach of condition/deceit.

Not satisfied, Silver Star Auto Limited appealed against the decision at the Court of Appeal and succeeded in getting the appellate court to review the High Court's decision by ordering the car dealer to only replace the damaged engine for G.A. Sarpong & Co and not the whole vehicle.

G.A. Sarpong & Co got incensed and petitioned the Supreme Court on the grounds that the Court of Appeal had erred in holding that he was not entitled to a brand-new E-Class.

The panel, which included Justices Rose Owusu, K. Anin Yeboah, P. Baffoe Bonnie and J.B. Akamba, took time to review the matter and see whether there was latent defects in the vehicle as well as whether there was a breach of the Sale of Goods Act, 1962.

The panel also considered the fundamental obligation of the seller and the issue of quality and fitness of goods.

The highest court held that both the trial and appellate courts had agreed on the type of breach of contract as a condition between the parties after G.A. Sarpong & Co was able to discharge its burden of proof.

'It is settled law that an appellate court ought not to disturb concurrent findings of fact by two lower courts unless the findings were perverse. Where the Court of Appeal agreed with the lower court that the breach was not of a trivial nature, it could only vary the award of damages where it was manifestly perverse,' the Supreme Court indicated adding, 'where they have not found any legal basis for altering the damages awarded by the court of first instance, it was not open to the Court of Appeal to vary the damages awarded.'

The Supreme Court accordingly passed its judgement.

By William Yaw Owusu
 
 
 


Photo of the week: The 1.2 million very poor Ghanaians




There are 1.2 million Ghanaians categorised as extremely poor.

In this photo, a scavenger, buried under a discarded garbage heap, walks over a mountain of rubbish  at Pantang dump site in Accra.

For many, it will be unthinkable how anyone could make a living on the Pantang dump site. But truth is, poverty is a desperate man.

The site, near the Pantang Psychiatric Hospital, one of the oldest and largest dump sites in Accra, has undoubtedly become an obvious health hazard in the fast growing residential area.

The site, believed to have started in the 1990s, is currently the recipient of tonnes of waste generated in many parts of the capital.

An extremely poor person is one who spends all his earning on food only, it will not be sufficient to meet the 2,900 calories minimum requirement".

That is according to the Census Director at the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) Anthony Amuzu. He said in currency terms, the 'very poor' live on Gh¢2.17 a day


Talks to end UTAG strike fails




University students eager to begin the new academic year will have to wait a while longer as discussions to bring their lecturers back to the classroom failed to produce any concrete result.

It has been a very busy first week for Haruna Iddrisu as Employment Minister.

The Minister is attempting to bring harmony to the education sector, after successfully securing an end to strike by Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG).

But efforts to convince members of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) Thursday to call off their strike seem to be proving difficult despite backing by university Vice Chancellors.

The lecturers failed to commit to a deal yesterday after they were offered what some of them describe as an improved deal.

Last Tuesday Haruna Idrissu hinted that UTAG will be offered the same deal as POTAG â€" payment of their 2013/2014 book and research allowance arrears and discussions opened for future research funding.

The parties made up of the education ministry, the fair wages and salaries commission, the national council for tertiary education and the Finance Ministry representing government and UTAG are due to return next Tuesday for further talks.

For now, it remains uncertain if academic work can commence in our public universities any time soon.


MTN Offers Services Closer To Communities




MTN Ghana recently organized Community engagement fora in Cape Coast and Ho in the Central and Volta Regions to interact directly with customers, update them on the company’s operations and solicit feedback.

Following similar earlier engagements in Adentan and La communities in Accra, these community engagements provide an avenue for MTN to have closer interactions with a cross section of customers.MTN invites selected members of the community who represent different groups in the community and updates them on MTN’s offerings anddevelopments within the company, seeks inputs from them and responds to questions they might have.

Speaking at the recent forum in Ho, the Corporate Communications Senior Manager, Mrs. Georgina Asare-Fiagbenu, indicated that the forum was essential because it enables MTN to build strongerrelations with itscustomers.

Mr Teddy Hayford-Acquah, Regional Technical Manager for the Western and Central BusinessDistrict, told participants in the Central Regionthat providing a distinct customer experience is a key avenue towards achieving MTN’s vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world to customers. He announced thatresources have been increased in all districts in the Central Region to enhance customer experience on the MTN network. “MTN has mounted 196 2G and 54 3G cell sites to improve network performance and availability,” he said.

Participants expressed their appreciation for the interaction, with one stating, “This is the first time a telecoms company has done something like this in our Community; I thank MTN for engaging us.” Another said, “I am likely to be more tolerant to MTN because I now understand some of the challenges MTN goes through and why I sometimes experience difficulties when making a call; this is very good and should be organized at least twice a year.”

The Cape Coast and Ho community fora were attended by a cross section of representatives from each community, including Prison Services, Ghana Police Service, Market Women Association, Ghana Education Service, Methodist, Catholic and Presby Church members, Council of Churches,Fishermen’s Association, Car Washers and Truck Pushers Association, Ghana Private Road Transport Union, Resident Associations and Mobile Money Merchants in the area.

About MTN Ghana

MTN Ghana is the market leader in the increasingly competitive mobile telecommunications industry in Ghana, offering subscribers a range of exciting options under Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go Services. The company has committed itself to delivering reliable and innovative services that provide value for subscribers in Ghana’s telecommunications market. MTN has continuously invested in expanding and modernizing its network since its entry into Ghana in 2006. Total investments from 2006 to 2013 are about 1.69 billion Ghana cedis.

MTN has the widest 2G coverage across the length and breadth of Ghana and the widest 3G coverage in 170 districts across the country. The company has also built three modern Switch and Data centers to deliver stable, reliable, efficient and robust Telecom and Data Services to customers.

For further information, visit www.mtn.com.gh.



Thursday, August 28, 2014

‘Am Still Chief of Nkroful’




The Divisional Chief of Nkroful in the Ellembele District of the Western Region Nana Kwasi Kutuah V has official responded and rubbished the recent publications alleging that he has been destooled, saying he is still the legitimate Chief of Nkroful.

According to him, the said publications were a ploy to dent his hard-won reputation by some evil and criminally minded persons who seek to bring to disrepute the good image of the people of Nkroful and his chiefdom.

In a statement issued and signed last Thursday afternoon by his Secretary, Nana Kwaku Gyabin II who doubles as Abusua Panyin of Mvuma, indicated that the alleged destoolment by the group that calls itself “the concerned youth of Nkroful”, is a brazen attempt to fan anarchy at Nkroful.

It noted that “Our customs and traditions provide proceduresfor the enstoolment and destoolment of a Chief; certainly, “concerned youth of Nkroful” cannot arrogate to themselves the power to destool, just by cooking up written charges, and distributing the same; Beating “gong’ ‘gong” to announce destoolment at the local level; and Getting the mass-media to extend the publication at the national and International level”.

The statement further stressed that the customary practices and usages, regarding Chieftaincy, are recognized by Law; and there must be caution and due diligence so that youthful zeal does not trample upon the Statutes of the Law.

It mentioned that the said allegations meted against have been made and complaints lodged at the Court of the Omanhene at Atuabo; and the matter is pending arbitration at Atuabo.

“It is therefore surprising that, out of the blue, the youth would assume the dual role of prosecution and judge, to arrive at the unilateral decision of destoolment”.

He therefore called on the general public and the media to as a matter of urgency disregard any of such publications and treat it as palpable fabrication.

Below is the full release:

DIVISIONAL CHIEF OF NKROFUL
NKROFUL, ELLEMBELLE DISTRICT
WESTERN REGION
Electronic Address: Postal Address

Mobile No.: 233-246-380-190 P O Box 18

Email: [email protected] Nkroful,Ellembelle Dist.

NANA KWASI KUTUAH V
Dated: 28/08/2014

Immediate Release:

REACTION TO MEDIA REPORTS REGARDING ALLEGED DESTOOLMENT OF NANA KWASI KUTUAH V, CHIEF OF NKROFUL, ELLEMBELE DISTRICT, WESTERN REGION

Our attention has been drawn to recent media publications over the alleged destoolment of Nana Kwasi Kutuah V and we wish to react to the media reports as follows:

1) The alleged destoolment by the group that calls itself “the concerned youth of Nkroful”, is a brazen attempt to fan anarchy at Nkroful.

1.1 Our customs and traditions provide procedures for the enstoolment and destoolment of a Chief; certainly, “concerned youth of Nkroful” cannot arrogate to themselves the power to destool, just by

a) cooking up written charges, and distributing the same;

b) Beating “gong” to announce destoolment at the local level; and

c) Getting the mass-media to extend the publication at the national and

International level.
1.2 Our customary practices and usages, regarding Chieftaincy, are recognized by Law; and there must be caution and due diligence so that youthful zeal does not trample upon the Statutes of the Law.

2) To set the record straight, it is true that allegations have been made and complaints lodged at the Court of the Omanhene at Atuabo; and the matter is pending arbitration at Atuabo.

3) It is therefore surprising that, out of the blue, the youth would assume the dual role of prosecution and judge, to arrive at the unilateral decision of destoolment.

4) Until customary procedures are brought to their logical conclusions, the alleged destoolment at Nkroful is mere wishful thinking and must be disregarded by all and sundry, including the media houses.

Thank you very much and may the Peace of the Good Lord be with us all always.

(Nana Kwaku Gyabin II)
Abusua Panyin of Mvuma
And Secretary to Nana Kwasi Kutuah V
Mobile No: 027-244-5829


Re:Fire guts feeder roads department




The Ministry of Roads and Highways attention has been drawn to a publication with the headline “Fire guts Feeder Roads Dept” which has been widely circulated on various media platform.

The Ministry wishes to place on record that the story has several factual untruths and misrepresentations.

The story among others stated that the blaze ripped through the building causing widespread damage to the building and its contents. This statement is untrue.

This came to light when the Minister of Roads and Highway Hon. Inusah Fuseine in the company of the Head of Civil Service Nana Akwasi Dwamena, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Roads and Highways, Dr. D.D Darku and other Directors inspected the building this morning on the 27th of August 2014 to have a firsthand information on the level of damage caused, as reported.

The inspection revealed that the main electrical control switch panel to the building was burnt and defectively damaged.

It should therefore be placed on record that the entire structure and valuable records of the Department of Feeder Road is intact and as such normal official being duties are carried out without any impediment.

                                                              BAGBARA TANKO

                                                               FOR:

                                                               THE CHIEF DIRECTOR 


3 Ashanti constituencies remain banned from NPP election- Lawyer




Lawyer of three New Patriotic Party members in the Kumewu, Juaben and Manhyia North constituencies, has stated the party would violate a court order, if it allows delegates from the three constituencies to vote in the upcoming Super Delegates Congress.

Dr. Opoku Adusei explained that because an Accra Fast Track High court had declared the election of party executives in the constituencies illegitimate, until a re-run is held delegates from the three constituencies can not participate in any internal election.

The party members; Kwame Owusu Ansah, Sarpong Kumakuma and Anthony Gyamfi Ameyaw sought the court to declare that the election of constituency executives in those constituencies were not legitimate.

For this reason, executives from the constituencies were disallowed by the Electoral Commission from voting at the party's delegates' congress in Tamale in April, this year.

Dr. Adusei argued that because the matter was pending in court and the order is still effective, those executives have no business to even take part in Sunday's Super Delegates congress to be held in all regional headquarters.

But in a sharp rebuttal, Ashanti Regional Secretary of the party, Samuel Pyne said personally, he had not received any court notification about the claims.

According to him, he only received a suit from the Manhyia North constituency to have its election of officers re-run and they did just that.

Mr. Pyne also explained that an interim injunction was rather placed on both the Kumewu and Juaben constituency elections but they were no longer valid.

He insisted there could not be a re-run for the other constituencies (Kumewu and Juaben) because they went through all the process successfully.

Therefore, executives from those areas are entitled to vote, come Sunday.

He stressed “until somebody is injuncted as I know; these three constituencies are going to vote in Sunday's election.”


Asamoah Gyan joins UNAIDS' Protect the Goal Campaign in Malawi




Black Stars Captain, Asamoah Gyan is currently in Malawi to support Malawi's invigoration of the global 'Protect the Goal' campaign, which was launched in Malawi at the end of 2013.

The Campaign is one in a series of activities which Malawi's National AIDS Commission (NAC), Joint United Nations Team on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) and their partners are undertaking to re-invigorate HIV prevention in the country, particularly among young people.

The three day visit according to a statement issued by the UNAIDS will include various activities and events organized to highlight the importance of harnessing the power of football to raise awareness of HIV particularly amongst the youth.

Below is the full statement                              PRESS RELEASE  

The Ghana Black Stars Captain, Asamoah Gyan Visits Malawito Re-invigorate Advocacy on HIV Prevention through                       the Protect the Goal Campaign

 
Accra, Ghana  28 th August 2014 â€" The National Football Team, Black Stars Captain Asamoah Gyan is currentlyin Malawi to support Malawi's invigoration of the global'Protect the Goal' campaign, which was launched in Malawi at the end of 2013. The Campaign is one in a series of activities which Malawi's National AIDS Commission (NAC), Joint United Nations Team on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) and their partners are undertaking to re-invigorate HIV prevention in the country, particularly among young people. The Campaign seeks to contribute towards attainment of the three Zeros (zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths) and in particular, the drive towards Zero New Infections, through the galvanizing power of football.

Mr Gyan arrived in Malawi on 27 th August, 2014 to participate in the Campaign events from 28 th to 30 th August, 2014. He is accompanied in this trip by the Ghana Protect the Goal from Zambia.

Asamoah Gyan, the Premier Celebrity of Ghana Protect the Goal Campaign is accompanied by the renowned Ghanaian jazz saxophonist and the 'Ghana Protect the Goal Campaign Goodwill Ambassador'Steve Bedi, his Manager Samuel Addo and UNAIDS Communication Officer, Eunice Jonathan. Also participating representing the Government of Ghana is the Director-General of the Ghana AIDS Commission, Dr Angela El-Adas.

The three-day visit includes various activities and events organized to highlight the importance of harnessing the power of football to raise awareness of HIV particularly amongst the youth. The events on August 28 th climaxedwiththe Malawian President,H.E. President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika's signing ofthe 'Global Ball',reaffirming his PLEDGE to HIV prevention. Fifteen other African Heads of State have so far signed the 'Global Ball' which has now arrived in Malawi.

Other planned activities include an interactive 'Protect the Goal' information session with young people, media interviews, radio talk showand a gala dinner with potential 'Protect the Goal' project sponsors during which Ghana's renowned Jazz artist Steve Bedi and Malawi's Skeffa Chimoto will team up in a musical collaboration. Gyan is also expected to attend the Standard Bank Football Cup final game at CivoNational Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday 30 th August.Malawi's Ministry of Youth and Sports Development is facilitating the event in partnership with the UNAIDS, NAC and the Football Association of Malawi (FAM). The main private sector sponsors are Airtel and Standard Bank.

UNAIDS Ghana Country Director, Mr Girmay Haile, said that this visit is the first of its kind among African countries as part of a broader push to re-invigorate HIV prevention. He said, “Africa still remains the epicentre of the AIDS pandemic and it requires a strengthened collaboration among nations of the continent to raise the stakes higher in the fight against AIDS”. He also pointed out that, “Ghana continues to be among the lead countries of the world in its national response to HIV and teaming up with Malawi will certainly pave the way to expand the prevention movement among the youth of the continent.”

In Ghana, the 'Protect the Goal' campaign was launched in late 2012through the collaboration of UNAIDS, Ghana AIDS Commission and Ghana Football Association. This partnership has now expanded to include the National Youth Authority and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts. The Captain of the Black Stars became the first National Team Captain to ever sign the PLEDGE to support the campaign while H.E. President John Mahama became the First Head of State to do the same. The campaign targeted to collect 100,000 signatures from the youth of Ghana by the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but collected over 600,000 signatures of pledge. Over 130 top celebrities in the country also joined the campaign and broadened the movement by encouraging their fans and followers to pledge to protect themselves against new HIV infection by adhering to 'safe sex practices', using the following three simple messages: use condom, known your HIV status, and reduce sex partners.

The Ghana delegation will return to Accra on a Kenya Airways flight in the evening of 31 August 2014.  Story by Ghana/Myjoyonline.com


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