Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GBA, others pray SC to withdraw Justices Apau and Pwamang




The Ghana Bar Association and three other top members of the bar have filed a suit at the Supreme Court insisting that the appointment of Justices Yaw Apau and Gabriel Pwamang to the Court did not follow due process.

The other plaintiffs in the case are Nene Amegatcher, President of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA); Justin Amenuvor, National Secretary of GBA; and Frank Beecham, the immediate past president of the Association.

The defendants in the suit are the Attorney General (AG) and the Judicial Council as first and second defendants respectively.

The plaintiffs are accusing President Mahama of disregarding the advice of the Judicial Council and failing to complying with Constitutional provisions pertaining to the appointment justices of the Supreme Court. Three names were recommended for the appointment to the Court but two were appointed, a legal practitioner, Yaw Oppong explained the position of the plaintiffs to Joy News.

Though Mr. Oppong did not mention names of justices who were left out of the president's appointment, he said out of the seven persons recommended for the Appeals Court, only two were appointed by the President.

The plaintiffs are praying for four reliefs:
1. A declaration that upon true and proper construction of Article 114 clauses (2) and (3) of the 1992 Constitution, all appointments made by the President of the Republic of Ghana to the Superior Courts are valid only to the extent that such appointments are made in strict accordance with the advice of the 2nd defendant herein, the Judicial Council.

2. A declaration that upon true and proper interpretation of Article 144 (2) and (3) of the 1992 Constitution, a constitutional trust is created in the 2nd defendant herein, the Judicial Council, to make nominations of the person(s) best qualified to serve as Justices of the Superior Courts of Judicature and the 2nd Defendant is required to ensure that such nominations are actually submitted by the President to Parliament for the approval after due consultations with the Council of State

3. A declaration that accordingly, upon true and proper construction of the Article 144 clauses (2) and (3) of the 1992 Constitution the Judicial Council of the Republic of Ghana has a constitutional obligation to specifically advise the President of the Republic of Ghana as to which specific person(s) is/are suitable for appointment to serve as Justice(s) of the Superior Courts of Judicature in accordance with which advice the President is mandatorily required to exercise his powers of appointment.

4. A declaration that an appointment of non-appointment by the President if the Republic of Ghana of a Justice of the Superior Court in a manner out of accord with the advice of the Judicial Council is unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect.

But the government has laughed off the reliefs being sought by the plaintiffs.

Communications Minister Dr. Omane Boamah told Joy News the "president has not breached any aspect of the constitution of Ghana".




Flex-UG Impacts Students In Ada




The Foundation for Leadership Excellence (FLEX UG) group has embarked on a road less travelled to affect the lives of the young ones in the Ada 3 communities through a community voluntary teaching exercise.

Working closely with the Assemblyman for the area Mr Joseph Amanortey and the District Director of Education, who facilitated the visit, the team made of up 14 Students from the Legon Campus spent a week in Sege, the District capital of the Ada West District teaching, interacting and motivating students in Junior High Schools.

The community impact programme focused on 4 schoolsin the 3 village communities, namely; Agyemanikope JHS, Agbedrafor JHS, Bornikope Basic School Complex and AgbedraforPresby Primary. The Headteachers of the schools warmly received the volunteers and expressed gratitude to them for selecting their schools for their volunteering service. It's heartwarming to note that throughout the period, the delight of the volunteers in impacting knowledge to the younger ones could only be matched by the enthusiasm and readiness of the students to learn.

Besides teaching the students in various subjects, the volunteers held the first ever "Youth Empowerment for Success (YES ADA 2015) Seminar" with the aim of inspiring particularly the BECE candidates in the three village communities. The theme for the program was "Overcoming examination: a prerequisite to higher education".

Speakers included Mr Prince A. Ampofo- the President of FLEX UG, Mr. Smith Andam and a host of others. Other members of the volunteering team also shared their motivational experiences.Special Guests for the Seminar were the Headmasters of the Bornikope Community Basic Complex, Mr Evans and the Assemblyman of the area, Mr Joseph Amanortey.

The volunteers also took time to go to the farm with members of the community. It was full of excitement, learning and amusement as it was the first time of some of the team members had been involved in farming activities of any kind. The teamclimaxed their Community Voluntary Teaching service with a thanksgiving service at the Bornikope Church of Pentecost where the prayed for the team and their effort highly praised by the Church.

Speaking at the end of the programme, Mr. Prince Ampofoexpressed gratitude to the President of FLEX-Global, Dr John Kissi, other patrons and FLEX UG members for their support and contribution in making the exercise a reality. The team is expected to embark on a similar exercise during the Christmas holidays.

He explained that Foundation for Leadership Excellence (FLEX) - UG Chapter is a society on the University of Ghana campus that brings together courteous, noble and stimulating individuals who are ever willing and ready to share knowledge and inspire themselves as well as others.

Like our mother FLEX-Ghana, FLEX UG shares the mission of providing opportunity for young people irrespective of their background and personal circumstances to be educated and exposed to the fundamental principles of effective leadership, entrepreneurship, career and personal development. The group also aims to become the preferred partner in stimulating creativity, unearthing talents, developing minds and maximizing the potential of young people.




GBA, Nene Amegatcher's suit against Apau, Pwamang absurd - Omane Boamah




Communications Minister, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah has described as absurd a suit against the appointment of Justices Yaw Apau and Gabriel Pwamang to the Supreme Court.

Though he told Joy News he was yet to see the suit filed by the Ghana Bar Association and other top members of the Bar, Dr. Boamah said the writ is also preposterous.

The Ghana Bar Association (GBA), Nene Amegatcher, President of the GBA; Justin Amenuvor, National Secretary of GBA; and Frank Beecham, the immediate past president of the Association, have filed a suit at the Supreme Court insisting that the appointment of Justices Yaw Apau and Gabriel Pwamang to the Court did not follow due process.

They are, therefore, seeking four reliefs including a declaration that an appointment or non-appointment by the President of the Republic of Ghana of a Justice of the Superior Court in a manner out of accord with the advice of the Judicial Council is unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect.

But the Communications Minister has pooh-poohed the reliefs being sought.

"I am not aware of any such writ served on the Attorney General, but even if it is the case, I will describe it as preposterous and absurd. I say this because I am not sure particularly the president of the Ghana Bar Association, can put his right hand on his left chest, and say that in all honesty and loyalty, he can indicate that Justice Yaw Apau and Justice Gabriel Pwamang as we speak now, respected justice of the highest court of the land, were not considered by the Judicial Council and subsequently names sent to the president," Dr. Omane Boamah told Joy News Tuesday.

He expressed surprise the writ by the plaintiffs, was seeking to "diminish the intelligence" of the Chief Justice and other justices of the superior courts who were at the swearing-in ceremony of the two on Monday.

"The president has not breached any aspect of the Constitution of Ghana," he confidently said, adding that the president followed "every bit" of the constitution in making the appointment.

Hinting that the appointment of the two may not be the last of such appointments, Dr. Omane Boamah suspected that the GBA president and the rest are pushing the agenda to get their favourites appointed.

"If he has any preferences he should wait until he becomes the President of the Republic of Ghana," he told the GBA president.

But legal practitioner, Yaw Oppong who has seen the writ told Joy News the plaintiffs claimed three names were submitted for appointment to Supreme Court but two were taken. Also, he said, seven names were suggested for appointment into the Appeals Court but five were appointed.

"Page 23 of the writ, the plaintiffs submit that the president appointed two of the nominees advised by the second defendant (Judicial Council) to Supreme Court and five of the nominees advised to be nominated to the Court of Appeal. The plaintiffs submit that inasmuch as the president picked some names and rejected the others on the list advised by the second defendant, the president did not follow the advice of the second defendant."




France / Burundi Call for political dialogue


PARIS, France, June 29, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- France is concerned about the deterioration in the political, security and economic situation in Burundi.

Like the African Union and together with the European Union, it believes that the conditions necessary for the holding of peaceful and credible elections are not currently in place.






Didier Reynders concerned about the elections in Burundi


BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, June 29, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is deeply concerned about the organization of parliamentary and local elections in Burundi, today 29th of June. The principles of inclusiveness, transparency and credibility are not respected.

Belgium regrets that Burundi has chosen to ignore the recommendations of the African Union and of the East African Community. These recommendations aim at a consensual solution and dialogue.






WCC expresses shock at killings in Kuwait, Tunisia and France


GENEVA, Switzerland, June 29, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Expressing shock at the killings in Kuwait, Tunisia and France that took place on 26 June, the World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary Georges Lemopoulos said, “I grieve with those who have lost loved ones, and those who have been injured as a result of these appalling acts, which have marred the month of Ramadan, sacred to Muslims everywhere.”

In an official statement issued from the WCC headquarters in Geneva on 29 June, Lemopoulos said that the “intention of those who undertook these atrocities was to promote wider turmoil â€" fomenting strife between people of different religions and religious traditions, and resulting in the destruction of many lives, livelihoods and communities.”






Facebook opens first Africa office


New York (AFP) - Facebook announced Monday it had opened its first African office in Johannesburg as part of its efforts "to help people and businesses connect" on the continent.

The office will be headed by Nunu Ntshingila, a former executive at the advertising agency Ogilvy.

"This office will support the significant growth in businesses and people using Facebook," said a statement from the world's biggest social network, which has some 1.4 billion active users worldwide including 120 million in Africa.

"We are inspired by the incredible ways people and businesses in Africa use Facebook to connect," said Nicola Mendelsohn, regional vice president for Facebook.

"Africa is important to Facebook, and this office is a key part of our strategy to expand our investment and presence across (the region). Facebook is already a central part of people's lives in Africa, and with more than a billion people in Africa, we want to do more to help people and businesses connect."

Facebook said more than 80 percent of people in African access the social network from their mobile phones.

"Mobile is not a trend; it's the fastest development in communications we've ever seen," Mendelsohn said.

"This couldn't be more true in Africa -- where so many people are mobile-only. This new office is a significant milestone for Facebook and our teams want to partner with businesses across the continent."

Facebook will initially focus on in sub-Saharan countries including Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa and will also offer support for Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Mozambique and Ethiopia.






Ghana Chapter inducts newly elected Executive Committee


Prof. Nii Narku Quaynor, Chair of the Internet Society (ISOC) Ghana Chapter and Africa Internet pioneer has been awarded the 2015 ICANN Multi-stakeholder Ethos Award during the opening ceremony of ICANN 53 in Buenos Aires.

Prof. Quaynor was recognized for his historical and current role in ICANN and the global Internet community. He was instrumental in establishing AFRINIC and AFNOG in Africa, and has been referred to as the father of the Internet in Africa for his unwavering commitment over the past two decades in pioneering Internet development and expansion on the continent.

“To me, this is a testimony that ICANN in its own way is international and open. Someone from the developing world can contribute and be recognized by his peers in ICANN,” said Quaynor.

“In 2007 Prof. Quaynor was awarded the prestigious Jon Postel Award for contributing towards the development in Africa and in 2013 he was inducted into the Internet Hall of fame. The ISOC Ghana Chapter congratulates Prof. Quaynor for this feat,” said Marcus Adomey, Presidsent of ISOC gh Chapter.

Prof. Quayanor was awarded alongside Cheryl Langdon Orr community leader who is based in Australia and has served in numerous GNSO, CCNSO and ALAC Cross community working groups over the years

Both award winners met the criteria in such distinctive ways that this year two Awards were given to recognize their outstanding work and commitment to the global Internet community

The Award honors and recognizes members from the global Internet community who have demonstrated an incredible dedication to the multi-stakeholder model of Internet Governance.






over 250,000 people receive aid in north


GENEVA, Switzerland, June 29, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Enduring terrible hardship, often with no means of survival or even shelter: that is the reality for thousands who have fled widespread violence in northern Mali in recent months. Their plight has prompted the distribution of 1,400 tonnes of food, as well as seed and other essential supplies, in and around Mopti, Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), working together with the Mali Red Cross and community leaders.

“We're very worried about the violence. It's taking its toll not only on these communities, but on safe access for humanitarian workers too, thereby depriving people of crucial assistance,” said Christoph Luedi, head of the ICRC delegation in Mali. “Neutral and impartial humanitarian work must be allowed to go ahead so that those who are destitute receive the help they need.”

Rice, beans, oil and other food supplies have been distributed to some 63,000 people in recent weeks. Almost 18,000 people who have returned to their homes in the region have received mosquito nets, cooking utensils, hygiene items and other essentials.

“This aid meets the most pressing needs, including those of communities which are hosting displaced people. These host communities are themselves struggling to make ends meet and their generosity is being severely tried,” said Jean-Pierre Nereyabagabo, who runs the ICRC's economic security programmes in Mali.






New EC boss must consult Nigeria's INEC for advice on free, fair elections in 2016


Member of Parliament (MP) for Ablekuma West, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has urged Ghana's newly appointed Electoral Commissioner to consult the head of INEC in Nigeria to ensure free and fair elections in the 2016.

According to her, election observers of the recent elections in Nigeria expressed satisfaction with the commitment and professionalism of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) headed by Attahiru Muhammadu Jega.

Mrs Owusu Ekuful believes that the new EC boss can learn some lessons from INEC to safeguard Ghana’s peace.

President John Mahama in accordance with Article 70 (2) of the constitution appointed Charlotte Osei Thursday as new chair of the Electoral Commission, taking over from Dr. Afari Gyan who went on retirement after supervising six elections.

Charlotte Osei, until her appointment was head of the National Commission of Civic Education (NCCE).

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful told Adom News says if Mrs Osei consults Nigeria’s INEC it will help her to organize proper elections that will not incite violence.

“Professor Attahiru Muhammadu Jega is now noted for his good work in organizing elections violence free and credible elections that saw All Progressives Congress (APC) party’s leader Muhammadu Buhari as the President of Nigeria so I think it will be prudent for her to take key note from it” Ablekuma West legislator emphasized.

She emphasized that the upcoming general elections in 2016 is a critical one and hence must not be conducted anyhow.

“People are wild and no one will go to court again as our party did after the 2012 general elections because the EC told us that elections are won at the polling stations not at court” Ursula said.

She also urged Charlotte Osei to learn only the positives from the immediate past EC chairman head, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan.






Tunisia PM says jihadist 'radicalised online': CNN


Tunis (AFP) - Tunisian Prime Minister Habibi Essid told CNN he believes the jihadist gunman who killed 38 people, mostly British tourists, in a savage beach attack was "mainly radicalised online".

In extracts of an exclusive interview with CNN published on the channel's website on Monday, Essid said the 23-year-old author of the worst jihadist attack in Tunisian history may have also received ideological training at a mosque.

"I think he was mainly radicalised online," Essid told CNN of the man identified as a university student named Seifeddine Rezgui.

The Islamic State group, which swiftly claimed responsibility for Friday's attack, has a huge online presence, using the most cutting-edge technology and social media strategies to attract fighters.

Disguised as a tourist on a beach near Sousse, south of Tunis, Rezgui pulled out a Kalashnikov assault rifle hidden inside a beach parasol and opened fire on holidaymakers.

Asked whether he believed Rezgui had become radicalised while he was at university, Essid replied: "We cannot establish (that) at this moment, but there is some information that he belonged to an organisation, and that he was very, very close to a mosque" that provided ideological training.

Essid also said it was unclear whether Rezgui ever travelled to neighbouring chaos-wracked Libya, a popular destination for militants who sign up to IS.

"The circulation between Tunisia and Libya could be done through irregular ways," he said in English, noting that Rezgui had never used his passport to travel.

Essid said the situation in Libya, which shares a long border with Tunisia, was having a negative impact on his country and urged the international community to help find a solution.

"People are trained (by jihadists in Libya) and people come back to Tunisia," he added.

Meanwhile, Essid vowed the Tunisian government's response to the attack would respect the country's laws and institutions.






A Letter To The Ec Boss


Dear Mrs. Charlotte Osei,

I am not sure why anyone would want to argue against your appointment as EC BOSS. Your gender means nothing and nobody really cares if you are a man or woman. Luck had less to do with it than courage, hard work, intelligence and hard-earned confidence.

Of course, the challenges ahead are enormous, difficult and dangerous but the good thing is that these challenges will automatically bow to authorities who stand for truth and transparency. That's what we expect from your administration. Much has been given to you and much is expected from you.

Madam, may I however remind you that the Ghanaian is no longer stupid, we have grown and are still growing. It is some of our leaders who are still getting comical and childish by the day and if you choose to join the grand scheme of comedy, you will be laughing at your own jokes! Be reminded of what greed and dishonesty can do, they damage your sense of reasoning and make you a recipe of senseless political experiment.

Be strong and graceful and may your words be sensible. The world will not send peacekeepers to Ghana under your watch, neither will refugee camps be created in this country under your administration. We are watching you and we will judge you by your actions and not by your gender or academic credentials. Posterity will also judge you if this country burns. I wish you well...For if God has brought you to this river, He will definitely help you cross it!! Don't be another wasted opportunity.

By:
Ruth Guribie
[email protected][1]




IMF Staff Concludes Visit to Sudan


KHARTOUM, Sudan, June 29, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- An IMF team led by Mr. Eric Mottu visited Khartoum from June 14-25 to discuss economic and policy developments. Mr. Lodewyk Erasmus, the IMF's Resident Representative in Sudan, issued the following statement at the conclusion of the visit:

“The IMF staff team had productive discussions with the Sudanese authorities on economic and policy developments. These discussions, including on a new Staff-Monitored Program for 2015-16 to support the authorities' economic reform efforts, will continue in the coming weeks.

“Remarkable progress has been made toward restoring macroeconomic stability and strengthening economic growth following the shock of South Sudan's secession. In particular, fiscal consolidation and tight monetary policy helped reduce inflation below 20 percent in May 2015, narrow the external deficit, and support growth at about 3.7 percent in 2014.

“The team welcomed the authorities' commitment to maintain the momentum of reforms in 2015 and beyond. The outlook remains challenging, however, as lower international oil prices and the conflict in South Sudan are adversely affecting oil-related revenues, which could possibly lead to fiscal and external financing gaps. Difficulties with international financial transactions continue to weigh on growth. Moreover, expansionary policies in support of agriculture have injected considerable liquidity in the economy. These developments could put upward pressure on inflation and the exchange rate.

“To address these challenges, the team called for continued focus on macroeconomic stability through prudent fiscal policies, while prioritizing social and growth-enhancing expenditure and raising tax revenues. It also recommended limiting the growth of liquidity to a pace consistent with low inflation; allowing greater exchange rate flexibility; and implementing structural reforms to improve the business environment.






Hundreds Benefit From Jesus Is Lord Crusades Free Health Screening At Ada Kesseh


Accra, 29th June 2015- Jesus Is Lord Crusades, in partnership with a team of volunteer health workers have provided free health screening services to hundreds of people at the premises of the Calvary Apostolic Church at Ada Kesseh in the Greater Accra region at the week end.

Jesus is Lord Crusades (J.I.L.C) is a Christian not-for-profit organization with the vision of taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to nations. The organisation holds crusades aimed at meeting the spiritual and physical needs of participants

Various tests, ranging from blood pressure, sugar levels and the rapid diagnostic test (RDT) for malaria, breast and cervical cancers were carried outMr. Andrew R. Hooper, a biomedical lab scientist with the Korle- Bu pathology department, who led the team of health workers on the outreach, said some community members attributed certain diseases to superstitious causes, and were therefore reluctant to report to health facilities.

“We urge the hospitals and health workers here to embark on health education, especially in the surrounding villages, so that people report symptoms of breast and cervical cancers as soon as they experience them”, he admonished.

According to Evangelist Marian Anim, Founder of the Mission, the Jesus Is Lord Crusades organised a two-day crusade and the health screening in the Ada Kesseh community, to touch the hearts of Ghanaians and develop in them the passion to share the faith with others through evangelism. She added that the health outreach was to ensure that the members of the community remain healthy both in sprit and in flesh.

The team also donated baby clothing to breast feeding mothers, bibles, and regular clothing to the members of the community who were present.

The health outreach was organised as part of activities climaxing the Heart of Jesus Evangelism Conferences which begun in Accra from the 16th to 20th, and continued in Ada- Kesseh from the 26th â€" 28th of June.


A VOLUNTEER NURSE CHECKING THE BLOOD PRESSURE OF A NATIVE


BIOMEDICAL LAB SCIENTIST ANDREW HOOPER TESTING BLOOD SUGAR OF A LOCAL







Two years after Morsi, Egypt in 'repression': Amnesty


Cairo (AFP) - Two years after the army ousted president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt has regressed into "all-out repression", with activists jailed in a bid to crush dissent, Amnesty International warned on Tuesday.

The London-based rights watchdog said that Egyptian authorities led by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are engaged in a blatant attempt to "nip in the bid any future threat to their rule".

"Mass protests have been replaced by mass arrests," Amnesty said in a statement ahead of the second anniversary on Friday of the July 3, 2013 ouster of the Islamist Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected leader.

"Today... youth activists are languishing behind bars, providing every indication that Egypt has regressed into a state of all-out repression," the statement quoted Amnesty's Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui as saying.

It said a government crackdown has resulted in more than 41,000 people arrested, charged or indicted with a criminal offence, or sentenced after unfair trials.

"The Egyptian authorities have shown that they will stop at nothing in their attempts to crush all challenges to their authority," Hadj Sahraoui said.

Amnesty said a new wave of arrests in mid-2015 saw at least 160 people detained in conditions amounting to enforced disappearance.

Hadj Sahraoui said the crackdown that initially began with the arrests of Morsi and his supporters has rapidly expanded to encompass Egypt's entire political spectrum.

Criticising Sisi's Western and European allies for their ties with his regime, Amnesty said there is "no indication that stopping gross human rights violations in Egypt was on the agenda during" meetings with these allies.

"The gross hypocrisy of Egypt's partners has been laid bare in a race for lucrative business deals, political influence and intelligence, as well as new sales and transfers of policing equipment that could facilitate human rights violations," Hadj Sahraoui said.

"Egypt is jailing peaceful activists while the international community looks the other away. There's silence from states, silence from world leaders and silence in the UN Human Rights Council."

Amnesty also called Monday's killing of state prosecutor Hisham Barakat in a Cairo bombing as "a despicable, cowardly and cold-blooded act of murder".

It urged the authorities "not to respond to the killing with further repression targeting peaceful protesters and activists".

Morsi was ousted by then army chief Sisi three days after mass street protests on June 30, 2013 against his sole year of divisive rule.

The new authorities then launched a sweeping police crackdown on Morsi's supporters in which more than 1,400 people were killed.

The crackdown later widened to target secular and liberal activists who had spearheaded the 2011 uprising against long-time autocrat Hosni Mubarak, Morsi's predecessor.






AGI, JICA, PLAN, Academia Laud CSR Conference And Awards


Accra, Ghana. 29th June, 2015 â€" Stakeholders including the Association of Ghana Industries, AGI, The Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA, Plan International and academicians from the University of Ghana Business School and the University of South Carolina, USA, have lauded the Ghana Editions of the West African CSR Conferences and Awards. The Conference was held at the Golden Tulip in Accra and the CSR Excellence Awards slated for October, 2015 was launched at the same venue.

At the CSR & Community Development Conference, the Director of Finance and Administration, Mr. Nathaniel Quarcoopome on behalf of the Association of Ghana Industries, said: ‘The road to inclusive and responsible business practices is a long one, but we are happy that the journey has started and society will be better for the development championed by businesses as a result of enhanced knowledge on social responsibility. We are glad to support this timely initiative.’

The Chief Representative of JICA Ghana, Mr. Koji Makino said: ‘This initiative (CSR Conference) is very important, because learning from best practices locally and around the world is one way of ensuring that Ghana achieves local impact on CSR activities from socially responsible companies. JICA is interested in the sustainable growth of Ghana’s local economy.’

Mr. Prem Shukla, Country Director of Plan International and other participants from the University of Ghana Business School and the University of South Carolina, USA, expressed delight at the spectrum of stakeholders that attended the Conference. Mr. Shukla called for close collaboration between corporate Ghana and Development-oriented agencies such as Plan international for the development and implementation of strategies for community development across the country.

Participants from corporate Ghana, business associations, local and international NGOs, Civil Society Organisations, development partners, aid agencies, regulatory agencies, academia and the media attended the Conference.

The CSR Excellence Awards seeks to identify, verify, evaluate and reward socially-responsible activities of companies in Ghana and across the sub-region, as they contribute to national and sub-regional growth, sustainability and prosperity. Processes and criteria for the Awards are transparent, consistent with international standards and modelled along the principles of the European Awards scheme. A multi-stakeholder jury from academia, media, CSOs, etc, will oversee the Awards process.

The Awards is open to small, medium and large companies in Ghana and all stakeholders in the CSR and Community Development spectrum. Enquiries could be made via [email protected][1]






Boy loses GHc12,000 surgery money to armed robbers


The hapless situation of Daniel Danso, JHS pupil, is now dire after armed robbers raided his home and made away with GHc12, 000 his father struggled to raise to enable him undergo a knee surgery.

Mr Michael Danso is one of the numerous residents of Amanfrom Toptown in the Ga South Municipal Assembly whose homes were invaded and robbed at gun point on Saturday.

More than 20 houses were attacked in the operation which lasted from about 1am to 4am.

Areas like Galilea, American Farm and Peace Town, Adam Nana were targeted during the operation.

The robbers inflicted machete wounds on some victims and made away with money and other valuables.

The robbers moved from house-to-house asking occupants to surrender their monies and other valuable items, according to one of the victims.

Master Daniel Danso, a final year Junior High School pupil and captain of Barbara Johnson International School football team at Top Town picked a severe knee injury a month ago when his team was playing football.

Daniel’s injury occurred a few days to the BECE final exams which Danso was a candidate but his doctors gave him a special treatment to enable him write the exams. The surgery was therefore fixed for June 27, 2015, the same day the robbery took place at dawn.

Narrating the incident to Myjoyonline.com, his father said he heard an unusual noise around 2am on that Saturday and suspected there could be armed robbers in the house.

According to him, the robbers started calling him to open the door for them to come in but he ignored them thinking the robbers could not break the door. But as determined as they were, the robbers started pounding the door with cement blocks and it finally gave in for them to enter.

Although it took them like an hour to break in, nobody could come to their aid as the menacing robbers kept firing warning shots.

He said to his surprise, the robbers ordered him to surrender the GHc12,000. He initially feigned ignorance of having such an amount in the house, but had to succumb to the painful beatings he was enduring in the hands of the robbers and he gave out the money. Had it not been the fact that time was not on the side of the robbers, his wife would have been raped, he narrated.

He is suspecting his taxi driver whom he had told about the money might have informed the robbers.

Meanwhile, doctors have earlier warned that delay in the boy’s operation can have dire consequences which compelled him to secure a loan for the surgery.

How to raise such an amount for the son’s operation has become a major headache to him. Mr. Danso has therefore made a passionate appeal to philanthropists to help his son to undergo surgery.

Saturday’s mass armed robbery incident is second in just four months and has put more fear in the residents after the police allegedly said the deplorable nature of road network is hampering police patrol in the community.

Story by David Andoh | Ghana | myjoyonline.com [email protected][1]




Presidency breached procurement law in West Blue contract- Gabby


Former Executive Director of the Danquah Institute Gabby Asare Otchere Darko is imputing criminality in the contract awarded to West Blue Company by the presidency.

According to him, the presidency breached several sections of the procurement law in awarding the contract to the company.

In a new twist to the unfolding Destination Inspection Companies and Bankswitch scandal, it has emerged the presidency instructed the Finance Ministry to award a new contract to West Blue on sole sourcing.

Myjoyonline.com obtained a copy of a leaked letter in which the Chief of Staff, on the say so of president John Mahama, instructed the Finance Ministry to take steps in appointing West Blue Company as a new company to operate a national single window at the country's ports.

The letter dated May 12, 2015, said:
"In pursuant to his Excellency the president's decision you are directed to formally engage West Blue Ghana Ltd to undertake the following services;

1. Software implementation and support activities to GRA and related agencies for takeover of functions of DICs on 1 September, 2015.

"...You should take the necessary steps to secure the Public Procurement Approval in order to engage West Blue on Single Source basis," the letter said.

Myjoyonline.com can confirm that all five Destination Inspection Companies at the ports will not have their contracts renewed when it expires in August.

A National Single Window to be operated by West Blue Company will begin operations from September, 2015.

GCNet, a company within the ports, has written to the Trade Minister informing him about the possible breach of contract by government if it went ahead to give the Single Window contract to another company.

The company insists it is performing the same functions for which West Blue has been contracted.

Speaking on Joy FM's Newsfile, Gabby Asare Otchere Darko said the award of contracts to companies at the country's ports have largely been influenced by corruption and not national interest.

According to him, the amount of money the five DICs made at the ports in a single year was $100 million which is one percent of the total revenue accrued from imports.

With the five DICs on their way out it means one company is likely to benefit from this largesse at the ports.

Copiously quoting portions of the Procurement Law, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko said the presidency has breached the law in appointing West Blue to takeover operations under a national single window.

"Act 663 of 2003, states in part that an entity may engage in single source procurement with the approval of the board:

(a) where goods, works or services are only available from a particular supplier.

(b) where there is an urgent need for the goods , works or service.

(c) where owing to a catastrophic event it is impractical to use other methods in procurement because of the time involved," he quoted the law as saying.

He argued West Blue cannot be said to be the only company providing the services for which it has been contracted.

Indeed the five DICs and GCNet are performing the same function so under what condition was West Blue sole sourced to provide the services at the ports? he asked.

The former Editor of the Statesman newspaper also argued further that before a procurement can be sole sourced there has to be price quotations from a supplier or contractor. He does not understand how from the presidency, instructions will be given to the Finance Minister to, at all cost, give a contract to West Blue Ghana Limited when there has not been any price quotations.






MTN Ghana Determined To Remain The Network of Choice


The Corporate Services Executive and Acting Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Mrs Cynthia Lumor, says in the mist of the current erratic power supply and other challenges, her outfit is defying all odds to provide superior services that will delight subscribers and continue to ensure MTN’s position as the network of choice.

Commenting on MTN’s position as the leading mobile operator in Ghana, Mrs. Lumor stated:

“The fact that over 14 million subscribers in Ghana have selected MTN as their network of choice means we have a certain responsibility. It means that having made a deliberate effort to expand coverage and invest in leading edge technology to ensure that the majority of Ghanaians reap the invaluable benefits of quality, high-speed mobile data and voice services, we must surmount all obstacles to limit service interruptions; and so even in an era of erratic power supply we must invest in batteries and generators and fuel for those generators, because the infrastructure we depend on to provide services cannot run without power.Last year, MTN Ghana exceeded itselectricity and fuel budgets by 45% and 37% respectively. These were unanticipated costs, but we still neededto meet them, in order to provide our customers with the excellent services they deserve.

Mrs Lumor said this during her presentation at MTN’s annual Regional Stakeholder and Media engagement held in Koforidua.

She enumerated measures put in place to reduce the incidence of battery thefts and the impact of fibre cuts on traffic, stating that there was on-going collaboration with stakeholders to find meaningful ways of reducing the fibre cut scourge.

Expounding on the contributions of MTN to the socio-economic development of Ghana, Mrs Lumor estimated the number of jobs created directly and indirectly by the companyat 500,000, explaining that the ecosystem of dealers/distributors, retailers, suppliers, partners, recharge card printers, marketing and advertising firms, etc. that depended on MTN for the sustainability of their businesses meant that MTN had a duty to those companies and their employees to remain sustainable itself.

She also spoke extensively about the positive impact MTN Ghana Foundation was making in the lives of school children and communities as a result of investments in education and healthcare projects in the Eastern region. She shared insights into projects such as an ICT centre built by MTN at the BunsoAgric College and an Accident and Emergency block built for the Atua Government Hospital. Mrs. Lumor stated that while MTN was focused on making a difference in communities across Ghana, in the Eastern Region alone, the company estimated it had already positively impacted the lives of ten of thousands of people with corporate social investments worth almost GHs 2 million.

She noted that MTN Ghana had recently received a number of awards that constitute general and particular affirmation and recognition of the work MTN is doing. These include awards at the 2015 Ghana Telecom Award --Mobile Operator of the Year, Mobile Money Service of the Year, Customer Service Company of the Year and Cloud Company of the Year.The Ghana Revenue Authority also recognisedMTN as the Best Tax Payer for 2014.

The Acting CEO saidthat theseoutstanding achievements encourage staff and give them the momentum to strive ahead to serve subscriberseven better. She reaffirmed MTN’s commitment to making continued investments in the network to keep up with changes in technology and customer demand, to ensure that customers’ selection of MTN as the network of choice is consistently reinforced.

MTN Ghana is the market leader with the widest and most dependable network in Ghana for Voice, Data/ Internet and Mobile Money services, offering subscribers a range of exciting options under both Consumer and Enterprise segments. The company has committed itself to delivering reliable and innovative services that provide value for consumers and companies in Ghana’s telecommunications market. MTN has continuously invested in expanding and modernizing its network since its entry into Ghana in 2006. The company has built three modern switch and data centres to deliver stable, reliable, efficient and robust data and voice services to customers. MTN’s technology investments in Ghana from 2006 to 2014 total approximately $2.4 billion.

MTN Ghana is an employer of choice with Investors in People accreditation and maintains its position as No 1 Taxpayer for many years, thereby contributing to the growth of Ghana’s economy and the development of its people.






NPP's future in safe hands, says Nana Akufo-Addo


The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party for the 2016 presidential election, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is confident that the future of the party is in safe hands, following the emergence of young, intelligent men and women as parliamentary candidates in the ongoing parliamentary primaries of the party.

According to him, the courage exhibited by delegates in the constituencies that have seen young candidates being elected is a clear sign that delegates of the party have faith in their abilities, and are confident that they can also deliver victory for the party in the 2016 elections.

The NPP flagbearer made this known when two of the newly elected parliamentary candidates, George Andah from the Awutu Senya West constituency, and Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah Adjei from the Akropong constituency, paid separate courtesy calls on him on Monday, June 29, 2015, at his residence in Nima.

George Andah, who was the first to call on Akufo-Addo, was accompanied by some polling station and constituency executives; Joseph Aidoo and the other fellow aspirants in the constituency; and Moses Arhinful Acquah, the 2012 parliamentary candidate for the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), who is now a member of the NPP and George Andah’s campaign for 2016.

Nana Akufo-Addo, excited by the diverse support being enjoyed by George Andah, who he said is part of a “new generation of politicians in NPP”, applauded the delegates of Awutu Senya West for “having the courage to push one of them forward”, adding that “you have faith in him, and I'm happy you have come with him.”

The presence of the PPP’s 2012 parliamentary candidate, according to Akufo-Addo, is a sign that the electorate of Awutu Senya West has accepted the candidature of George Andah, and tasked the delegates to remain united and “back and support him.”

On the 2016 parliamentary election, he noted that the eyes of the nation will be on what happens in Awutu Senya West, as a member of the President’s inner circle, Madam Hannah Tetteh, Minister for Foreign Affairs, is likely to be the NDC’s candidate.

This, in the view of the NPP flagbearer, will require “hard work, vigilance and unity”, if the NPP is to wrestle the seat from the NDC.

Nana Akufo-Addo was, however, confident of victory in 2016 because the “grounds are fertile for an NPP victory both in Awutu Senya West and across the nation”, if the NPP works hard.

“Ghanaians are desperate for change. They want the NPP back in power, because they know we are the ones who can manage this country to the satisfaction of all, and rescue the nation from the despondency she has been plunged into. I am confident that if we work hard we will win, and usher into our country a new era of progress and prosperity. We can make Ghana work again,” he said.

On his part, Mr. George Andah thanked Nana Akufo-Addo for the warm reception and indicated to him that the campaign to win Awutu Senya West has already began in earnest.

“There will be no excuse for us not to win the presidential and parliamentary elections in 2016, and I can assure you, on behalf of Awutu Senya West, that we will vote massively for you. Ghanaians want a change in their circumstances and that can only be delivered with Nana Akufo-Addo in power,” he noted.

On the “threats” issued by Madam Hannah Tetteh to teach him, George Andah, a lesson in 2016, the NPP man laughed it off, stating that “if there is any lesson to be taught anyone, the electorate of Awutu Senya will rather teach Hannah Tetteh a lesson.”

Visit by Nana Dokua
Next to call on Nana Akufo-Addo was the parliamentary candidate for Akropong, Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah Adjei, who was also accompanied by a large entourage made up of polling station and constituency executives, led by the Chairman of the Akropong Council of Elders, Ambassador Afari Donkor.

In his remarks to Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah Adjei, Nana Akufo-Addo encouraged her to bring onboard her fellow aspirants who were not successful in the primaries, and also, especially, to tap into the vast experience of the incumbent MP, Hon. William Ofori Boafo, whom she beat in the primaries.

According to the NPP flagbearer, “this is a new terrain for you and you will need the wealth of experience of your predecessor, in order to steer the course successfully.”

The Akropong parliamentary candidate assured Nana Akufo-Addo of an increase in his vote margin in the constituency, and, together with the polling station and constituency executives, she will mount a vigourous and sustained campaign to ensure total victory is achieved for the NPP in 2016.


AKUFO-ADDO, GEORGE ANDAH 29-06-15







Sixty Years Anniversary of the Freedom Charter Amid Release of Farlam Commission Report


Events that took place on June 25-26, 1955 in Kliptown, South Africa represented a turning point in the national liberation struggle in that apartheid-dominated state.

A meeting of several thousand known as the Congress of the People was held bringing together a broad alliance of oppressed groups. Africans, Indians, Mixed-race persons and progressive whites reiterated their determination to rid the country of institutional racism and economic exploitation.

The gathering drafted a program which would carry the struggle for forty years leading to the ascendancy of the ANC to power in 1994. Known as the Freedom Charter, the document called for a transferal of power from the white minority to the African majority through democratic rule and the nationalization of land and natural resources.

This event was held within the context of broad-based struggle against apartheid and settler-colonialism in South Africa and across the continent. In 1949 the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) drafted a “program of action” calling for mass dissent against the system of racist rule.

Later in 1952 women initiated anti-pass demonstrations which expanded into a “Defiance Campaign Against Unjust Laws.” In 1954 the Federation of South African Women (FEDSAW or FSAW) was formed bridging the gaps between the African, Indian, Colored and labor movements.

The Congress of the People and the Freedom Charter emboldened the South African masses to continue their struggle for total liberation. The following year on Aug. 9, 1956, 20,000 women marched on the capital of Pretoria demanding the abolition of the dreaded pass laws and other forms of apartheid.

Fearing a more militant and organized movement paralleling other struggles taking place for independence throughout Africa, the racist regime arrested 156 leaders of the Defiance Campaign charging them with treason. A trial lasting for four years failed to win convictions, however, the repression of the state intensified.

In 1960, 69 people were gunned in Sharpeville after burning pass books outside a police station leading to the declaration of a state of emergency. By late 1961, the-then banned ANC and South African Communist Party (SACP) opened up a campaign of sabotage against governmental infrastructure.

Leaders of the revolutionary movement were driven underground with many leaving the country for neighboring states and countries abroad. It would take another three decades for the release of political prisoners and the ascendancy of the ANC to power in 1994.

South Africa Celebrates While Commission Issues Report on Marikana Massacre

This anniversary was commemorated in South Africa the same week that the Farlam Commission issued a 600-page report on the Marikana massacre of Aug. 16, 2012 illustrating the ongoing contradictions in the post-apartheid society and the role of the working class.

An article published by News24wire in South Africa reported that “The ANC commemorated 60 years of the Freedom Charter on Friday (June 26), less than 24 hours after President Jacob Zuma released the final report on the shooting at Marikana more than two years ago. The event was held at the same site where the Charter was adopted on June 26 1955 in Kliptown, Soweto.”

This same article continues saying “ANC members and supporters gathered in a white tent at Walter Sisulu Square to celebrate the anniversary with some of the party's top officials and stalwarts. President Jacob Zuma received a rousing welcome from the party faithful, most dressed in ANC T-shirts, who waved and cheered as he made his way through the tent.”

Zuma had announced the release of the Farlam Commission study the day before which criticized the role of the police in the massacre of 34 miners engaging in a work stoppage at the Lonmin Mining facilities in Marikana located in the North West Province. Additional criticism was leveled against the platinum magnate and mention was made that National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega could be subjected to a criminal investigation.

The president also cited the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), formerly the largest union in the country, for not exercising proper control of its members. Another rival labor organization, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), was challenging the NUM, an affiliate of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and ally of the ruling ANC, for dominance among workers. Since 2012, AMCU has gained a majority in the labor representation of workers at Lonmin in Marikana.

Vice-President Cyril Ramaphosa, a co-founder of the NUM and COSATU, was not held responsible at all for the incident even though his involvement in business partnerships with Lonmin during 2012 was a focus of concern during the crisis of 2012. Ramaphosa is poised to become the next president of South Africa after Zuma exhausts his second and final term in 2019.

Freedom Charter Still Relevant in 2015
Some sixty years later the goals of the Freedom Charter have still not been completely realized. Although South Africa overthrew the political rule of apartheid, the national wealth of the country largely remains in the hands of the capitalist ruling class and their allies in the imperialist states.

Lonmin, a British-based platinum firm, was at the root of the unrest in 2012. The workers were demanding decent wages, living conditions and an improvement of the environmental conditions surrounding the mining facilities.

A struggle for total liberation cannot be achieved without the construction of socialism which would seize control of the mines, factories, land and infrastructure for the benefit of the African majority. The capitalist relations of production in South Africa have stalled any widespread efforts to enhance the economic development of the country.

High unemployment, low wages and a declining national currency has prompted a nationwide debate over the proper course for the country’s future. This debate has sparked political divisions within the ANC and COSATU, although the ruling party maintains a comfortable majority within the parliament and most provincial and local governmental structures.

Nonetheless, until the rule of capital is replaced by workers and farmers control of the economy, the problems of underdevelopment, xenophobia and labor unrest will continue. Drawing on the heroic historic traditions of the South African people, the movement towards revolutionary democracy and socialism can be achieved through relentless class struggle and mass political education in conjunction with the unity and consolidation of Africa as a whole.






University student commits suicide over break-up


NIGERIA: A female student of Delta State University, Abraka, Evelyn
Mogekwe, aged 26, allegedly jilted by her partner of seven years,
committed suicide.

Sources said she was in a very good and cheerful mood in her hostel
but her mood changed dramatically after a man called her over the
phone to end their long term relationship.

She was said to have bought some drugs, claiming she was having a
headache and went into her room, leaving a message for her room mate
that they might not see her again.

It was learned that a few minutes later, her room mate who sensed
danger, raced into the room and found her lying lifeless on the
ground.

The room mate then raised alarm which attracted other students to the
room, but before help could be rendered, she had given up the ghost.

Confirming her death, the State Police Public Relations officers, DSP
Celestina Kalu, said police recovered particles of drugs on the
ground beside the deceased.

Source: Vanguard I Nigeria

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Girl burnt to death by boyfriend's ex-girlfriend and her friends


According to a report by SA newspaper Sowetanlive, 18 year old
Boitumelo Dlamini was taken by four girls into a car, driven to a bush
where they poured petrol on her and burnt her to death.

One of the girls is the ex-girlfriend of the boy she's dating. Her
charred body was found in the bush in Klipgat, North West, on Thursday
June 25th.

Boitumelo's boyfriend's ex-girlfriend and three of her friends have
been arrested for the crime and are facing murder charges and
kidnapping.

Boitumelo, 18, a Grade 12 pupil at Elepsa Secondary School, became
romantically involved with Tokelo Makalepho, 24, from her village, six
months ago.

Boitumelo's sister, Nono Dlamini, 26, alleged Makalepho's former
girlfriend was jealous and could not stand that Makalepho was dating
Boitumelo.

"She constantly intimidated my sister and threatened her," said Nono,
speaking on behalf of her family. My sister died because she was
beautiful and doing matric."

Nono said Boitumelo's friends said that on Thursday they saw her get
into a car after school.

They did not recognise the vehicle.

"We got worried when she did not return home. Later we received a call
to say she was dead. We understand that they took her into the car,
drove with her to a bush in Klipgat and then poured petrol on her and
burned her." Nono said

Tumi, as she was affectionately called by her family, had dreams of
being a crime investigator.
She was a dedicated pupil whose subjects included history, life
orientation, life sciences, English and Afrikaans.

"She was a loving person, she did not want people to get hurt," her
sister said. "She always smiled and was very kind."

According to Makalepho, his ex told him she will only accept their
break-up if he promised to date ugly women who already have children.
She also allegedly told him the new woman must not have a matric
certificate.

"She was angry that I dumped her with a baby," Makalepho said
yesterday. "I never thought she can do this, I'm traumatised."

Makalepho and his ex have a 19-month-old daughter."I don't feel that
my daughter is safe with her anymore. I dumped her because she cheated
on me, she cannot blame me for her failures," he said.

North West police spokesman Captain Paul Ramaloko said four people
were arrested.
They will appear in the Brits Magistrate's Court today.

Source: Sowetan Live

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DCE saves stranded BECE candidates


Some Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates in
Adeiso in the Eastern Region and Bawjiase in the Central Region would
not have written Monday's resit papers, but for the timely
intervention of the Chief Executive for the Upper West Akim District,
Ohene Asifo Bekoe.

The students were stranded on Monday after a bridge across the Adeiso
River that links Adeiso to Bawjiase collapsed.

Mr. Bekoe offered his vehicle to enable the teachers transport the
students to their various examination centers.

The bridge collapsed between the hours of 11am and 5pm, after a heavy
downpour in the area on Sunday.

Ohene Asifo Bekoe who confirmed this to Citi News also said the
assembly has put in place measures to ensure that the candidates did
not miss Tuesday's papers.

"We used a bypass through the Obon road to Kyekyewire linking to
Kwapong to ensure that candidates do not miss the papers," he said.

"I offered my personal vehicle, pick up and other people volunteered
their vehicles which were all organized to move the children through
the bypass to the examination center."

The resit of the cancelled Basic Education Certificate Examination
(BECE) papers is currently ongoing in some 1,546 centres across the
country.

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) had cancelled five papers
after they leaked and went viral on social media.

The subjects were English Language 2, Religious and Moral Education 2,
Science 2, Mathematics 2 and Social Studies 2.

Source: Citifmonline

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Jokes: Marriage Counselling: UK Style Versus Ghana Style


Difference Between A UK And A Ghanaian Marriage Counsellor

UK

Hello, my name is Sandra Stone, from Edinburgh. I love my husband so
much and I am committed to him. But recently I am falling for his
cousin,what should I do? I need your advice.

COMMENTS:

James Silva: I think u need to talk to your
husband because marriage is all about
communication.

Sarah Waters: Oh my dear,sorry about that! I've been in your shoes
before, I had to wake up and face the fact that I am married.

Michael Paper: well, you just need to focus on your husband and not on
his cousin. Good luck

Karen claren:kindly seek immediate marriage
counselling from trusted professional. I pray you overcome.

Sheila white: remember your marriage vows,and seek God. Happy marriage
with your husband.

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GHANAIAN;

My name is Beatrice, I stay in Kumasi married
with a kid. My problem is that I think I am falling for my husband's
cousin! No insults please.

COMMENTS:
Amos Kuma : Fool,u love only money & food?

Susan Mansah: You are a disgrace to womanhood. shame on u.

Rodgers Appiah: Any news about the striking teachers? Are schools opening?

Harry Addo: If u want to fall for me too, call my no 02422****67

Robert Offei: I don't blame u at all, better go find something to do
with your life, and stand warned you gold digger!

Richard Ofori: Who knows where they sell small pin chargers?

Kwadwo Bonsu : Ur a prostitute, u need deliverance .

Joe Amissah: wei nso kyere sen?

Joseph Awentani: Can some one send me the tamale sex video?

Carol Tutu: adwaman nti nnipa nni ahot)

Sam Takyi: That's why aids is really spreading!!! SMH!!

Agyeman Badu: I'm selling duck eggs at Ksi. ¢5.00 each. Inbox for
details. awaiting for ur response

Kofi Appiah: This is all the fault of John Mahama, Hes making all of us crazy.

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Caption: Ebola Is Better Than Mahama? Seriously? Oh Ghana!


We cannot believe this is happening for one bit. Are Ghanaians serious
at all? Ebola can never be better than anything on earth even aids.

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THE CEO OF YOU, INC - By Daniel Dela Dunoo


The Chief Executive Officer of "You Incorporated"? Sounds like a weird
expression but it's nonetheless a viable and vital concept. It is to
see yourself as a company or product (which you certainly are). The
CEO of you, Inc. is essentially concerned with personal branding. When
it comes to personal branding, the ultimate responsibility rests with
the individual and not a second party. Personal branding is perhaps as
crucial for success as much as the branding of a company or its
products and services, if not much more. Companies the world over are
noted for branding and re-branding of their products, services and the
very same institutions. They do so to create value, have competitive
advantage and remain relevant within their chosen industries. Mention
could be made of Ghana Commercial Bank's recent rebranding as seen in
its colours and name (GCB). Personal branding is undoubtedly the way
to go for professionals who desire to climb high the ladder of success
in the corporate world.

Develop a unique sales proposition
As CEO of you, Inc., it is essential you develop a unique sales
proportion. What do you stand for? What do you want to be known for?
What makes you stand out from the crowd? What image of you do you want
to be etched into the psyche of your clients or potential clients. In
his book, "The Millionaire in you", Dr. Michael Leboeuf notes that the
purpose for a unique sales proposition is to set you apart from those
who do similar work. He provides practical advice on the route to
take: "Look at your work through the eyes of those who hire you. What
do they value most when they hire someone like you? What problems do
they want you to solve? What can you do better than anyone else? Take
the answers to those questions and write a short, original statement,
phrase or word that tells people why you are the person they need." It
is that simple and yet very essential. Leverage on your uniqueness.

Commit to self improvement
Failure to continually strive to be a better 'you' will be
counter-productive, especially if you are involved with the corporate
world and desire to be the best you can possibly be. It should be the
pre-occupation of employers, employees and prospective employees to
contantly engage with activities that stimulate the mind, unleash
potential and sharpen competences. It is advantageous to be on a
constant look out for opportunities for self improvement. If it
requires reading some self help or motivational books do so. If it
requires attending seminars or enrolling for a course to build your
capacity, by all means do so. Go the full length to ensure that you
are better today than you were yesterday.
In his book, "be a sales superstar", Brian Tracy, a world renowned
author and top sales trainer, contends that sales persons, and all
employees for that matter ought to dedicate themselves to contiguous
learning. He notes that, "the future belongs to the learners… The
highest paid sales people spend much more time and money improving
themselves and upgrading their skills than the average sales person."
So right on point!

Commit to Excellence
Excellence should be the hallmark of every professional. Mediocrity
in the delivery of products and services should not be countenanced
whatsoever. When assigned a task, one ought to settle for nothing
short of excellence. It was Orison Swett Marden who once proffered
this advice: "Make it a life-rule to give your best to whatever passes
through your hands. Stamp it with your personal character. Let
superiority be your trademark." You do not want to be known for
slackness and mediocrity. Such will be a poor brand and would
inadvertently drive away clients and prospective clients. Brian Tracy
also states, "The dividing line between success and failure is
contained in your ability to make a clear, unequivocal decision that
you are going to be the best and then to back your decision with
persistence and determination until you reach your goal." Such solid
advice!

Commit to integrity
Integrity in business is everything, someone has said. Integrity
basically connotes the attribute of doing the right thing at all times
and in all occasions; ethical uprightness; honesty. Professor Thomas
Dunfee of the Wharton School and who was in business for nearly three
decades once noted, "We need to stress that personal integrity is as
important as executive skill in business dealings." Sharing similar
sentiments, Warren Buffet, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway once
conceded that "in looking for people to hire, look for three
qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don`t have
the first one, the other two will kill them." It is sad that some
professional have developed the proclivity for outwitting the system
and more especially their clients. In the long run, when their sordid
business dealings are discovered, they lose clients and in some cases
end up with lawsuits and imprisonment. Who wants to hire (or have
business dealings with) a swindler?

Commit to creating visibility
As CEO of you, Inc., creating visibility is a must; Refusal to do so
is to consign yourself to obscurity and failure. Creating visibility
essentially connotes the idea of exposure. Placing advertisements and
embarking on several other promotional campaigns are employed by
companies to create visibility, with the intent of increasing their
market share. Little wonder S. H. Britt once made this perceptive
statement: "Doing something without advertising is like winking at a
beautiful girl in the dark. You know what you are doing but nobody
else does." Dr. Michael Leboeuf shared similar sentiments when he
stated that "the world isn't going to beat a path to your door unless
it knows you exist, what benefit you provide and what makes you
special." Here, social media such as Face book, Twitter and the likes
become important. When an employer (or potential employer) for
instance, checks your profile and posts on Face book, what will he or
she see and what impression will he have of you? What image do you
create in the minds of your contacts and others who may at one point
in time or the other check out your posts? It`s horrendous how many
youngsters, some elderly included, mess up their personal brands via
social media. Rather than mess up or waste your time in idle chatter
on social media, make a deliberate effort to ensure that your
accounts, profiles and posts project a good image about yourself. See
social media as a promotional tool.

You could also volunteer your services, where you desire to work for
instance; this is one of the viable ways of creating visibility which
will inure to your benefit in the long run.
When all is said and done, never forget that you are CEO of you, Inc.
It will do a lot of good if every professional or aspiring
professional takes personal branding seriously. One ought to maintain
the consciousness of being a CEO of you, Incorporated and should take
calculated measures to create a personal brand that will sell.

Written by Daniel Dela Dunoo (Professional Marketer, Freelance writer)
Email: dudelda3@yahoo.com


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Charlotte Osei Does Not Need A P3nis To Succeed


Since President John Dramani Mahama announced Mrs. Charlotte Osei as
the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, I have heard a lot of
people raise concerns about her capabilities. Not many doubt her
competence as a person. Their beef is her gender.

"This position is not for a woman," they say. "This is a man's job."

What is the main difference between a man and a woman? Or what does a
man have which a woman does not have? In my opinion, it is the p3nis.
Yes, that troublesome mini-cobra which eventually ruins those who are
not able to tame it, is the main difference between a man and woman.

In my opinion, Charlotte Osei does not need a p3nis to succeed. In
other words, one does not need to be a man to succeed as the head of
the Electoral Commission. I admit that job is a very tough one. But it
is not a job that needs physical strength. It is not a job that
requires masculine strength at all.

If that were the case, Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan would not have been a
candidate at all. It only needs someone with mental toughness to
succeed. And nothing shows that a woman cannot be mentally tough.

You cannot doubt the mental strength of the species who endure
excruciating menstrual cramps and still write exams and beat their
male counterparts. You cannot doubt the mental strengths of the people
who are able withstand labour pains. And you certainly cannot
underestimate the mental strength of those who carry pregnancy for
nine months and still live their lives and work like anyone else. Men
would need extra-mental strength to go through one week of flow every
month. Man, do you still think this woman has no mental strength?

To succeed as the EC boss, one needs good conscience. One has to be
incorruptible. One has to be credible. There are many corrupt men who
have run down many state institutions. A few women have messed up,
too, but we have not heard anything of that sort about Mrs. Charlotte
Osei.

Some have said she will be biased because she has affiliation with the
ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC). I think that point is
invalid. Who in this country does not have a soft spot for any
political party? Do we know of a Ghanaian of good standing who does
not vote and who should be made the EC boss because of their supposed
neutrality?

Can we even say that such people are neutral just because they do not
vote? Whether the appointment is done by President Mahama or any
independent institution (as some people are suggesting but are without
the faintest idea the planet from which that institution will fall)
the EC boss will have some sort of affiliation or soft spot for one
political party.

Mrs. Charlotte Osei, like any normal human being in our republic,
cannot be neutral. She can only be fair and impartial in her dealing
with the political parties involved. She can be true to her conscience
and put Ghana beyond her personal or party interests.

Whether Charlotte Osei will succeed or not is a choice. If she wants
to succeed, there are a few things I think she should do:

She should thank President Mahama for appointing her to that enviable
office, but she should know she doesn't owe allegiance to the
President or his political party. She should know that like, Dr.
Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, Presidents and political parties will come and go
but she will be there. Only her integrity can keep her afloat the
turbulent waters of our immature democracy.

Mrs. Charlotte Osei should know that she is carrying the hopes and
aspirations of millions of women in our republic. There are people who
still believe that women are not fit for the position she is
occupying. How she performs will either put them to shame or vindicate
them. She must not fail.

Finally, she has to psyche herself to the reality that will confront
her. She is now like a ripe mango tree by the roadside and she should
prepare for a lot of stones. Our elders say a person who does not like
greetings must not farm by the main village path. She has taken a
tough job. Like Kofi Anann was once told when he was appointed
Secretary-General of the United Nations, she has accepted a job from
hell. It is an important job that must be done. And the lots have
fallen on her.

Her position will attract a lot of attention, for the good and bad
reasons. She will be insulted and abused. She will be vilified and
accused. Even if she is fairer than an angel, she will be accused of
bias. But she should learn from Dr. Afari-Gyan. He was named Ghana's
apostle of Integrity by the Royal House Chapel, and many Ghanaians
agreed with that citation.

But both the NDC and NPP have taken turns to praise or vilify him,
depending on whose favour the pendulum of election victory or defeat
swung. As a piece of advice, she should not listen to some radio talk
shows and guard against wanting to please anybody.

The spotlight is on you, Madam Referee, onto our turbulent political
pitch. The battle has begun for you. We mere mortals are only
spectators. We will praise you if our team wins. We hiss and curse at
you on the touchline if our team is losing.

But your true judges are far better and fairer than those of us with
vested interests in this game. And who these true judges of yours?

Your conscience.

Posterity.

And the ageless Old Man beyond the azure skies.

The boy from Albert Abongo's Bongo Constituency of the Upper East
Region can only wish you the best of luck.

May you succeed.

May our democracy grow under your watch.

And may Ghana succeed.

The Writer, Manasseh Azure Awuni, is a Senior Broadcast Journalist
with Joy 99.7FM. To read more of his writings, visit his personal
website: www.manassehazure.com.

You can write to Manasseh through azureachebe2@yahoo.com

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Nana Addo Pops Up At Asamoah Gyan's Mansion


New Patriotic Party (NPP) Presidential aspirant Nana Akufo-Addo was
amongst the many important personalities who showed up last Saturday
at Asamoah Gyan's $3 million mansion.

The 2016 Presidential aspirant was at the "LA BASILICA DE BABY JET"
[name of mansion] to grace the house warming.

"Later Saturday evening, Asamoah Gyan, the Captain of the senior
National football team, the Black Stars, invited me to the opening of
his new house at Weija," Nana wrote on his Facebook timeline after
sharing photos from the house warming.

The much talked about mansion comes with two bars, a massive swimming
pool that overlooks a water body and has a private access route. It is
also a three storey edifice.

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Bank Of Ghana Lied About Pumping $20 Million To Save Cedi – Casely-Hayford


Financial analyst, Sydney Casely Hayford, has accused the Bank of
Ghana (BoG) of lying to Ghanaians that it is injecting $20 million
daily into the money market to stabilise the cedi.

The central bank announced the intervention Thursday after the cedi
fell more than 20% in value to the major trading currencies between
January and June 2015.

According to the bank, instead of making $14 million available to
banks weekly, it will now be giving them $20 million.

We expect the cedi to stabilise by the end of the first half of the
year when we have some major offshore inflows," the Governor of the
BoG, Dr Henry Kofi Wampah, told the Daily Graphic.

But Sidney Casely-Hayford, has questioned BoG's capacity to make $20
million available daily.

Speaking Saturday on Accra-based Citi FM's The Big Issue on "They
[BoG] are lying to us, they can't afford $20 million a day," he
pointed out.

According him, Ghana would not have had to go to the IMF for bailout
if BOG could make $600 million in a month.

"If you have $600 million, why are we going to take $918 million from
the IMF? It's not possible. The Bank of Ghana cannot make $600 million
in a month," he stressed.

Mr Casely-Hayford added that the inability of the government to raise
$45 million to pay Bankswitch was an indication that it did not have
money.

"$20 million a day will translate to about $600 million in a month.
Where is the money coming from? This is where the whole problem
starts. They can't even find $45 million to pay for the Bankswitch
case. If you had $20 million to sink why would you not lend government
$45 million to pay for the Bankswitch case and avoid the so called
GH¢1 billion debt that we are hearing it's supposed to come," he said.

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Petroleum Prices Likely To Go Up On July 1


Prices of petroleum products could go up by 10% from Wednesday
morning, unless government steps in to absorb the expected increase.

According to Joy Business analysis on the factors and formula that
guides the price review by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA),
every two weeks prices of the various products could go up between 5
to 10 percent.

The challenge for the NPA, however, has always been who should take up
this cost.

Should it be government, importers of the product, the marketers or
allow the consumers to pay for the actual cost of every litre
purchased at the pumps?

But with the IMF pushing for an end to government subsidies, consumers
are most likely to be at the receiving end of the fuel price hikes.

Government may still do all within its power to cushion consumers in
light of the current economic challenges and the political
implications of another fuel price increase barely two weeks ago.

Nevertheless this might come with its own challenges, as funds meant
for other projects or businesses could be sacrificed to ensure that
prices do not go up.

The current debts owed the Bulk Oil importers is said to have hit
about 3.4 billion Ghana cedis, a situation which has come about as a
result of unpaid subsides.

So will it be prudent to keep prices unchanged come this Wednesday?

Some analysts say the increase on Wednesday is being influenced by the
local currency's depreciation, which is forcing importers to look for
more cedis to bring the same volumes of petroleum products into the
country.

Others say that the actual deregulation policy – where importers and
marketers price the commodity in order to recover the full cost of
every product sold – kicks off this Wednesday.

An increase in prices of petroleum products could have serious
implications on the cost of living, inflation and transport fares.

Joy Business is learning that there could be another increase of about
4 percent by the middle of July before the regulator finally allows
the forces of demand and supply to determine prices at the pumps.

These increments in petroleum products should facilitate the clearing
of all the debts owed Bulk Oil distributors as a result of unpaid
subsidies - that is should it allow the expected fuel price increase
to pass to consumers.

Prices of the various products went up by 4 percent on the middle of
June this year.

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AMA Task Force Pulls Down More Structures To Pave Way For Dredging of Odaw River


Some structures along the Odaw River in Accra were pulled down
yesterday by the special task force of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly
(AMA) to pave the way for the dredging of the river.

The demolition exercise, which started at 9 a.m., was supervised by
the police.About 100 structures along the rails from the Graphic Road
to the Sahara Park in Adabraka were destroyed in the exercise.

When the Daily Graphic visited the area, the owners of some of the
structures were busily evacuating their belongings from the rubble.

Others pleaded with the task force to give them time to remove their things.

In some instances, some task force members assisted some of the
affected people to remove their belongings from the structures.

Background

A fortnight ago, the AMA and the National Disaster Management
Organisation (NADMO) demolished more than 100 illegal structures along
the banks of the Odaw River and the Korle Lagoon at Sodom and
Gomorrah, a slum at Old Fadama, believed to have contributed to the
June 3 floods in Accra.

The Chief Executive Officer of the AMA, Dr Oko Vanderpuije, explained
that the objective of the exercise was to expand the natural borders
of the Korle Lagoon to prevent further silting and allow the water to
flow.

Yesterday's exercise was a continuation of the effort at ensuring the
free flow of water in the Odaw River.

Victims' reaction

Some of the victims who spoke to the Daily Graphic said they were not
surprised at the demolition exercise because they had anticipated it,
following what had happened at Sodom and Gomorrah.

Whereas some of them claimed they had not been informed beforehand,
others said they had heard the news in the media.
Eric Adotey, a victim whose two structures on the Graphic Road were
destroyed, said, "I evacuated all my belongings a week ago after
witnessing the Sodom and Gomorrah demolition."

He said although he wished the AMA had given them some time to remove
their structures, "I do not hold it against the authority because of
the June 3 disaster," he added.

Stranded

Meanwhile, some residents of Old Fadama whose structures were
demolished had complained about the delay by the authorities in
providing vehicles to convey them back to their home towns in the
three northern regions.

They had gathered by the roadside, a few metres away from the Korle
Lagoon, with their luggage, ready for the journey.

They told the Daily Graphic that some buses had arrived to take some
of the people away last Sunday, but none came over yesterday, as they
had been made to believe.

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Resit of cancelled BECE papers ends today


The re-run of five cancelled papers of this year's Basic Education
Certificate Examination (BECE) across the country ends today
[Tuesday].

Over four thousand candidates from over thirteen thousand public and
private basic schools are participating in the examination.

They wrote English Language 2 on Monday and are expected to write two
other subjects today.

The Council in a bid to prevent a similar situation from occurring
deployed the services of the Bureau of National Investigation to
monitor the students during the examination.

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) cancelled about five
papers after it emerged that those papers had been "compromised."


The subjects were English Language 2, Religious and Moral Education 2,
Science 2, and Mathematics 2 and Social Studies 2.

Some affected candidates who were dismayed by the development
threatened a boycott while some parents of the candidates also
threatened to sue the Council.

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Exposed: School Disowns Actress, Princess Christian Shyngle


Authorities of Accra Film School, a private institute that provides
training in filmmaking, have refused to acknowledge or maintain any
connection with stunning actress Princess Christian Shyngle, despite
media reports that she is a student of the school.

Shyngle, a Ghana-based Gambian actress with breath-taking curves, has
been described by several news reports including online news sites,
newspapers and radio stations as someone who is "currently studying
Film Directing at the Accra Film School at East Legon."

When NEWS-ONE visited the Accra Film School on Monday to look for
Shyngle, authorities there expressed frustration at the number of
persons who had trooped to the school in search of her.

"Our school registers and academic records do not have anything on the
actress you are looking for. None of our lecturers knows her as a
student here, yet for the past two weeks we continue to get calls and
visitors who say they are looking for this same lady, Princess
Shyngle, and that they read in the papers she is a student here.

"Our school runs the course she was reported to be studying but we
have checked through that class, the camera class, production class,
directing class, presenting class and animation class and she is
nowhere to be found. Perhaps it is time we made it public that she is
not a student here because it is becoming clear there is some
misinformation out there directing people here," Rex Anthony Annan,
head of the school told NEWS-ONE.

Mr Anthony Annan said the journalists either committed a genuine
mistake with the name of the school or someone deliberately decided to
put out wrong information.

"She is a beautiful actress and we would have loved to have her here.
But she is not here. If she were a student here, we would have known.
Her physical features cannot be mistaken. We have several ladies
similar to her in appearance and someone may have mistaken her
identity. But to set the records straight, she is currently not a
student here, she has never been a student here, she has not picked
forms to be a student here and we cannot tell whether she has plans of
coming here," Mr Anthony Annan added.

The 24-year-old Shyngle recently hit the news headlines when she was
reported to have called on her potential male suitors to muster
courage and approach her and not be scared of her shape.

She was reported to have explained why her last relationship did not work out.

"My last relationship failed because my partner had trust issues and
felt insecure because of the nature of my job and the number of people
I interacted with on a daily basis. Right now, I am focused on my
career and due to my busy schedule, I don't have much time to dedicate
to a relationship," she said.

The reports further quoted Shyngle: "I want people to see me beyond my
body. I want them to see me as intelligent, smart and talented. I
worked for Coca-Cola, which is a global brand, at the age of 18 and I
was head of Key Accounts, Business Development and Sponsorship.

"I exercise every single day. I don't have to go to the gym but I make
sure I do my sit-ups at home. I drink my green tea, warm water and
lemon every day and I am always on diet. Naturally, I have always been
curvy. The slim waist is the result of waist training but the figure
is God-given," she said.

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Is it advisable for me to live with her or date her again?


Dear GSM,

My name is Peter and she is Rose, we are of the same age 25 years. We
were in relationship 5 years ago but we broke up. The cause of the
break up was that I traveled without telling her due to the emergency
of the situation and at that time I was not using mobile phone and I
am not used to keeping contact numbers in my head so I couldn't call
her. I spent only one month. when I came back I heard that she was
dating somebody so I decided not to ask her and I left that town and
settled at a different town not because of her but because of work.

Last year she searched for my contact number and she called me telling
me the situation she has passed through and what she was trying to say
was that she wants us to be together again. She has a child with the
man I heard of when I returned from where I traveled to, but they are
not dating again due to some behavior of the man.

I have studied her for sometime and have not found any problem with
her but she always blames me for what happened to her, but that is not
my problem, my problem is that, is it advisable for me to live with
her or date her again?

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I do everything to attract him but he still does not want to have s3x with me


Dear GSM,

I am Abenaa. Please I work at Accra while my fiance works at Kumasi.
We were living together before I came to Kumasi to visit him. Now for
a week he has never made love to me and I am very worried. Help me
because I do everything to attract him but he still does not want to
have s3x with me.

What is going on? What else should I do?

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They always leave me with the excuse that they can't marry a 'born one'


Dear Admin,

I am Serwaa and he is Nat and we are both 25. I am gainfully employed
and he is in his final year in the university. We met two and a half
years ago and fell in love with each other and he promised to take me
to the alter immediately he finishes his national service and get a
job.

In fact we are so into each other that his friends and family don't
think we can get separated because we are both faithful to each other.
My problem is, I had a child with my first boyfriend after I completed
shs but because the guy was not faithful and caring to me and my child
we had to break up before I went to the university.

I kept this from my fiancé just because the previous relationships I
tried to enter after the predicament didn't work and left me in pains
and heavy heart because they try leaving me with the excuse that they
can't marry a 'born one'. This made me stay single for about a year
and a half before meeting this guy.

I am scared to disclose this to him because it might lead me to lose
him which I don't think am psychologically prepared for and don't even
know how his parents reaction will be if they get to know this since
he is the first and only male child they have and they like me so
much.

I don't know what he will do if he gets to know this himself either.
Please help me because I am really confused and scared and I can't
afford loosing him.

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