Sunday, April 30, 2017

Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa appointed acting GES Director


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President Nana Akufo-Addo has appointed Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa as the Acting Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES). A letter signed by the President and sighted by Citi News, indicates that the appointment is pending the advice of the governing council of the Service in consultation with the Public Service Commissio ...


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Chief, 3 Others Killed in Renewed Clashes at Nakpanduri


Four persons, including the Chief of Sayeegu, have been confirmed dead in a renewed land dispute between the Sayeegu and Sambiluk communities, near Nakpanduri Township in the Bunkprugu/Yunyoo district of the Northern Region. 

 

Chairman of the Northern Regional Security Council and Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed confirmed the situation to citifmonline.com. 

 

A teacher, the Sayeegu chiefs brother and the chiefs son are the other deceased, who died early hours of Sunday April 30, 2017. 

 

They were killed on their farmland over a parcel of land which has been a bone of contention between two rival Bimoba clans in the Nakpanduri enclave.

 

According to the Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed, the Regional Security Council has rapidly responded to the situation by sending reinforcements to the area to avert any spillover. 

 

He called for a ceasefire and urged the combatants to adopt dialogue as the panacea to resolve their grievances.

 

 


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Government Shall not Pay Utility Bills for Teacher Trainees – Napo


The hopes of Teacher Trainees to get their utility bills paid by the government have been dashed following a decision by the Ministry of Education to stick to its earlier plans.

 

The Ministry of Education led by the Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh had resolved not to pay the utility bills of Teacher Trainees following a meeting with the leadership of the Conference of Principals.

 

In the said meeting, it was agreed that the Feeding Grant and Utility bills should be deducted at source from the Teacher Trainees allowances when restored in September 2017.

 

The said decision was revealed when the Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh during a stakeholders meeting held on April 12, 2017, at the conference room of the Ministry of Education.

 

The meeting Kasapafmonline.com understands was attended by the Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, his deputy, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Education, the Director-General of Education and the leadership of the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana.

 

Sources say the Teacher Trainees see the decision of the Ministry of Education as a stab in the back since they had earlier been assured by the Chief Director of the Ministry of Education at a meeting held between the two parties in March, 2017, that government would absorb their utility bills.

 

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh when contacted over the issue said the government will continue with the practice as done in the past where the government will pay the allowance due the Teacher Trainees and the Principals of the Colleges of Education will deduct their feeding fees and utility bills at source.

 

Government cant give allowance and still pay feeding in utility bills, he noted.

 

The website is reliably informed the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana are meeting over the issue and will issue a communiqué to the general public when the said meeting comes to a close later on Sunday, April 30, 2017, in Sunyani.

 

 


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Effutu MP Urges his People to Embrace Peace


Alex Afenyo-Markin, Member of Parliament (MP) for Effutu Constituency has urged his constituents to bury their differences in order to be participants of the numerous initiatives President Nana Akufo Addos government had put in place.

 

He stated that the forefathers of Effutu contributed a lot to the development of the area and it was their turn to do away with accusations and counter accusations and hold firmly to the cultures and values that would ensure development. 

 

Mr Afenyo-Markin made the call in a statement he delivered to commend Easter celebrants in the constituency.   

 

He stated that since Easter reminded people of the sacrifices made by Jesus Christ for the salvation of mankind and for remission of sins of humanity and called on Effutuman to contribute their quota immensely towards growth and development.

 

Our Aboakyre festival is just around the corner and as people we should rally behind it in order to attract the needed investment and to ensure that its full tourism potentials are exploited and explored.

 

The MP said we cannot continue to mar the festival with the necessary tension, and conflicts, saying when parties disagree and cannot be resolved, the court is the venue for redress and when the court decides, no matter how huge disagreement are; they are bound to respect the decision.

 

He underscored the need for all disputants in all cases in the constituency to use the court system for   redress such issues

 

Mr Afenyo-Markin appealed to people who have cultivated the habit of disturbing the peace of the area especially during the celebration of the festival to eschew such attitudes since it marred the beauty of the festival and also retarded development.

 

 The security agencies will not hesitate to drastically deal with any recalcitrant group of people to serve as deterrents to others and for that matter I urge all and sundry to be mindful of whatsoever you do in order not to be found wanting.

 

As the MP, I promise to continue to serve the community devoid of any discrimination, without any ill feeling, to be fair to all that together we forge ahead as one people with a common destiny, He added.

 

 


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GNAT Should Fulfil Objectives of Agenda 2020 - CEO


Mr Benjamin Kobina Osei, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Okyeman Consultancy firm, has tasked the Ghana National Association of Teachers (T), to fulfill the objectives of Agenda 2020 that aims at getting every child in school.

Mr Osei threw the challenge at the 5th Quadrennial District Delegates Conference of Gomoa District Secretariat of T held at Apam in the Central Region, on the theme: Transforming Societies through education: The role of T towards Agenda 2020.

He said the role of education in the Global Agenda required a type of education which sought to develop the inner capacities of man.

 He said this would go a long way to give people the desirable knowledge, understanding, skills, interests, attitudes and vital thinking.

He said T should not only to educate its ranks and file to understand the global sustainable goals, but also empower them to express their views openly on them in whichever society they found themselves.

Scholars are of the view that the planet earth is to day confronted with many challenges which are the creation of mankind segregated into societies- to wit, a group of people with common territory, interaction and culture.

 Mr Osei stated: People use to query how the world will achieve sustainable development, while addressing climate change and policy making be made more sensitive to global long term perspective.

 He said the earth required a new direction to make it sustainable for human existence.

Mr Emmanuel Eduah, of the Gomoa West Assembly urged T members to continue to discharge their duties with passion, affection and in a sociable manner to improve the sterling performance they had chalked out over the years.

He said it would support in improving the education standards and also enable them reach the target for the Agenda 2020.

 

 


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Prof Opoku-Amankwa Appointed Acting Director General of GES


The Dean of the International Programmes Office (IPO) at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, has been appointed as Acting Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES). 

 

He replaces Mr Jacob Kor who has been Director-General of the GES since January 2015.

 

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo made the appointment pursuant to Section 12 (1) of the Ghana Education Service Act, 1995 (Act 506).

 

Prof Opoku-Amankwas appointed letter, dated April 20, 2017 and signed by President Akufo-Addo congratulated and urged him to indicate his acceptance or otherwise within 14 days after receipt of the letter. 

 

Prof Opoku-Amankwa holds a PHD in Language and Education from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. He studied Social Sciences at the KNUST. 

 

He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Publishing Studies at the KNUST and has knowledge about the social, political, economic and cultural life in Ghana, having studied, worked and researched in a number of communities across the country for over three decades. 

 

He schooled at Suhum Secondary Technical before entering Wesley College in Kumasi where he obtained his Post Secondary Teachers Certificate and taught for over 10years. 

 

After a series of higher education, he was appointed lecturer at the KNUST in 1999 and by dint of hard work, he was promoted to senior lecturer 10years afterwards and became an Associate Professor three years ago.

 

He has held a number of positions at both national and international levels including Dean of the Faculty of Art, Vice Dean and Head of Department of Publishing . 

 

Besides organizing and coordinating a number of workshops and training programmes on education and communication, he is into cademic writings for tutors in Colleges of Education, Senior Administrators, Professional staff of academia as well as media practitioners and publishing houses.

 

He has done a number of research works in instructional communication, mothers tongue, material development, language and literacy development as well as development communication.

 

 


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Goverment to Make Funding Zongo Development a Binding Law


Government will make the funding of the Zongo Development Fund a law so that there will always be available funds for use, the vice president has said.

 

We are going to make sure that the funding is captured into law, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia stressed. We dont want any government to come and say there is no money. 

 

Dr Bawumia made this known at the 25th National Daawa Education Conference of the Ahlussunna Wal Jamaa in Cape Coast, the Central Region. It was held on Friday, April 28 on the theme: ‘Religion as a Guide for Polluted Advancement. 

 

Dr Bawumia expressed the commitment of government to see the development of Zongo communities in order to get a large, if not all, of the indwellers enlightened. 

 

He says that is the motive behind the allocation of GH¢219 million for the Zongo Development Fund in the 2017 budget. That is a huge money, he insisted. 

 

According to him, the combination of the annual allocation of five ministries will not match that amount. But he said to ensure that the Fund is sustainable, a legislation will be put before Parliament to make it mandatory for all future governments to provide funds for purposes of developing the Zongos. 

 

So, it is up to us how we use the money. He explained that all these are key principles of governance, to improve the living conditions of the people. 

 

The governments commitment to the development of Zongos has seen it create the Ministry of Inner City and Zongo Development with Alhaji Boniface Abubakar Saddique as sector minister.

 

 


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Okuapeman Mourns Queenmother


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The final funeral rites of Nana Ama Dokua I, the late queen mother of Okuapeman Traditional Area in the Eastern Region, officially started on Thursday, April 27 with a church service. Indigenes also filed past the body. The Traditional Council has laid down procedures for the final funeral rites of the late queen mother. The chiefs and queen ...


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Protocol gaffe: Ghana flag turned upside down during Barrows visit


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There was an apparent gaffe at the Flagstaff House on Friday, April 28, 2017, when the President Nana Akufo-Addo sat for a photo op with the visiting President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow after bilateral talks. The Pan-African red, gold and green Ghana flag, was pictured turned upside down, in what appears to be an oversight on the part of the p ...


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Protocol gaffe: Ghana flag turned upside down during Barrows visit


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There was an apparent gaffe at the Flagstaff House on Friday, April 28, 2017, when the President Nana Akufo-Addo sat for a photo op with the visiting President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow after bilateral talks. The Pan-African red, gold and green Ghana flag, was pictured turned upside down, in what appears to be an oversight on the part of the p ...


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Government Commits to Empowering Girls in ICT - Minister


The Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (KACE) in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has marked the International Girls in ICT Day.

This years celebration which is on the theme: Expand horizons, change attitudes, brought together 10 successful career women working within the digital space and drawn from all works of life, to mentor and empower and interact with about 100 girls present at the ceremony.

Mr Vincent Sowah Odotei, Deputy Minister of Communications (MoC), conveyed government's commitment and assurance of help for the empowerment of girls In ICT in order to pursue careers in this information age.

ICT now permeates every sector of our economy today. It is applied and deployed in education, health, business, energy, aviation, telecommunications, transport, water, environmental monitoring and construction."

"I am confident that with this awareness creation opportunity, more of our young maidens will gain the requisite exposure to take a stake in the technology world, he said.

He said that apart from the launch of the celebrations, the MoC, as part of the annual rotation of the girls-in-ICT day celebration, had drawn up a comprehensive year-long programme to climax in the Brong- Ahafo Region in May.

Mr Odotei said girls from the first and second cycle institutions in the Region would be given training on basic ICT models in the course of the year to enable them gain practical experience in ICT tools.

He said the target group would also be mentored and monitored continuously to ensure that the skills training were updated regularly with information on job opportunities shared with them.

This move to the Brong Ahafo Region follows successful events held previously in the Northern, Volta, Eastern, and Greater Accra Regions.

"It is also in line with the ministrys goals of giving girls in the region the opportunity to learn about computers and the opportunities that exist in the world of ICT, he added.

Mr Odotei said this years celebration would involve a Girls in Coding and Networking initiative for girls in basic and second cycle schools from six to 18 years, and a Digital Entrepreneurship Programme for female entrepreneurs from 18-35 years with basic advertising skills will be launched in Accra and replicated in other regions.

He said: As we take steps to encourage our young sisters to adopt ICT, it is vital that we are also mindful of the threats that have become evident online and pose danger to the youth and most especially girls.

He added, that Government is commencing the implementation of the Child Online Protection Policy and straightening the Ghana Computer Emergency Response Team under the National Information Technology Agency to enable the tracking of computer incidences and bring culprits to book.

 

 


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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Visa Fraud: I Didnt Travel On Diplomatic Passport – Fmr. MP


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The former lawmaker for for Asunafo South George Boakye has called on the UK High Commissioner to Ghana Jon Benjamin to reverse the UK visa ban placed on him or meet him court. According to him, claims by the High Commissioner in the leaked letter to the Speaker of Parliament suggesting that he breached the terms of his visa while he trav ...


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Visa Fraud: I Didnt Travel On Diplomatic Passport – Fmr. MP


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The former lawmaker for for Asunafo South George Boakye has called on the UK High Commissioner to Ghana Jon Benjamin to reverse the UK visa ban placed on him or meet him court. According to him, claims by the High Commissioner in the leaked letter to the Speaker of Parliament suggesting that he breached the terms of his visa while he trav ...


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General Crime Declines in Brong-Ahafo Region 


Police in Brong-Ahafo recorded a slight decrease in crime wave in 2016, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Kwame Tachie-Poku, the Regional Police Commander has said.

 

        He said the region recorded a total of 7,341 crime cases, last year as compared to 8,065 cases in 2015.

 

      Stealing recorded the highest of 2,146 cases.

 

        DCOP Tachie-Poku made this known during an end of year party of the West Africa Security Services Association (WASSA) in Sunyani.

 

       He said though the police achieved some success in the fight against general crime. 

 

       DCOP Tachie-Poku expressed discomfort that murder cases jumped from 45 in 2015 to 52 last year, adding that rape cases also increased from 21 to 35 cases within the period.

 

      He explained that the command had intensified night and visibility patrols on major streets and selected neighborhoods in the region to fight the menace.

 

     Cases of narcotic drugs increased from 62 to 66, defilement declined from 90 to 82 cases, while fraud rose from 478 to 530 cases.

 

      He commended the police personnel for their promptness to crime scenes and asked the general public to help the service in crime combat.

     

     Mr Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister said the government recognised and appreciated the contributions of the security agencies towards successful Election 2016.

 

      He advised the police personnel to exhibit high sense of professionalism in the course of their duties and urged them to support fight illegal mining and logging in the region.

 

 


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Ghana Registers Remarkable Reduction in Malaria Cases 


Mr Kwame Dzudzorli Gakpey, the Behavioural Change Communication Specialist of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), has observed that there is a remarkable reduction in malaria cases in terms of prevalence rate.

   He said Ghana, which was now in a hyper transmission area had a major decline in malaria cases and deaths with a significant reduction from 50 per cent in 2002 to 20.4 per cent in 2006.

    Out of every 100 children admitted, under five malaria death cases dropped from 14.4 per cent in 2000 to 0.32 per cent in 2016, he said.

    Mr Dzudzorli Gakpey made the observation in Accra on Saturday at the Infanta Community Outreach Programme for market people in Accra.

   The outreach programme which was organised by the Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation, Chaired by Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the First Lady, was a collaborative initiative between the GHS, leaders of the Tema Station Market, Transportation Unions, Accra Metropolitan Assembly and the National Malaria Control Programme. 

    He said even though, suspected malaria cases increased by 6.9 per cent in 2016 as compared with the previous year, admission and deaths attributed to the disease however decreased by 6.3 per cent in 2015 and 24.6 per cent in 2016. 

    Mr Dzudzorli Gakpey noted that all ages cases reduced from 3, 882 in 2000 to 1, 264 in 2016 translating in 4.2 per cent reduction in all ages in the country.

   On pregnant women, he observed that unlike previously, pregnant women were now being protected with not more than five per cent dying from the epidemic.

   He therefore advised the citizenry to protect themselves against malaria by sleeping under treated mosquito nets as well as the usage of repellents.

    Mrs Ruth Nylander, the Deputy Administrative Director of Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency said the outreach programme was part of activities marking this years World Malaria Day in Ghana.

    She said Infanta had being doing the community outreach programme for the past 12 years now and so Todays engagement is a build on with the GHS to support our women, men, children, head potters and vulnerable in society on ways to control the epidemic, she said. 

    Mr Iddris Buabeng, the Technical Advisor of Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation, speaking on the Global theme: End Malaria for Good, advised the public to sleep under treated mosquito nets, get tested and be treated.

   On the location, Mr Buabeng explained that the control of malaria was about awareness and the market was a strategic place that would support the organisers to share knowledge with beneficiaries of the free health screening on the measure to adopt in controlling the plaque.

    The beneficiaries who comprised women, men, children, head potters, market patrons and the public as a whole had the opportunity to be tested, with those who were negative being served with malaria treatment while a treated mosquito net was given everyone who partook in the screening.

    Some of the beneficiaries expressed happiness about the programme and called for it to be done regularly.

   Madam Emelia Agyei, a trader said the initiative was laudable especially when market women hardly had time for health check-ups and so having this at their door step was a timely intervention for them.

    She however called for it to be a regular activity adding that If we can have this every three months we will be grateful as it will support us to make informed decisions about our health.

 

 


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Breaking! About 15 Feared Dead In Accident At Nsawam


 
Fifteen persons are feared dead in a fatal accident at Okanta near Nsawam in the Eastern Region.

The accident, involving a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter bus occurred on Saturday April 29.

It is not clear what led to the accident.

 
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Tanzania President Sacks Over 9,000 Govt Workers Over Fake Certificates


Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday fired 9,932 civil servants who were found using fake educational certificates to work.

Magufuli made the announcement on state television after receiving a report on public servants' certificates verification. He said salaries of 9,000 plus employees for this month should be withheld after an investigative task force found that 9,932 government workers presented fake qualifications when they were employed.
The president immediately ordered that the dismissed civil servants would have to defend themselves in court, 'so that they could be jailed for seven years as the law says.'

'They are thieves like any other thieves. You cannot perform if you dont have deserving qualifications,'
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Ciara And Husband Welcome Baby Girl


Ciara and Russell Wilson have welcomed a baby girl.

The singer and her American football player husband took to Instagram on Friday evening to share the happy news.

Alongside a picture of herself looking out at the ocean, she wrote: "Dear Sienna Princess Wilson, No matter how big the wave, we will always be your quiet in the storm. We Love You.

"Love, Mommy & Daddy. 7:03 pm. 7 lbs 13 oz. 4.28.2017. Photo By Daddy."

The pair announced they were expecting at the end of October and revealed shortly before Christmas that they had already chosen a name.


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Avocado Seeds: A Great Remedy For All Sorts of Diseases


 
 
 
 
Did you know that you can find over 65% of the amino acids in the avocado seed Avocado is one of the healthiest fruits, containing more fiber than many other foods, especially in the seeds. Actually, a single avocado seed represents around 18% of the entire fruit, so try not to waste it. Which are the benefits of the avocado seed
 
 

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Mainstream Investigative Journalism Into Media Training Curricula – ACILA Director


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William Nyarko, Executive Director of The Africa Center for International Law and Accountability (ACILA), has urged media training institutions in the country to mainstream investigative journalism into their training curricula. While speaking to level 200 BA Communication Studies students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism in Accra on April 2 ...


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Murdered MPs Family Goes International For Justice


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The family of the murdered MP for Abuakwa North constituency JB Danquah Adu has served notice it will resort to an international body such as the International Criminal Court in seeking justice. The Bretuo and Acheampong families are unhappy with the delay in prosecuting the case and have given the prosecution a three-month ultimatum to c ...


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Trump Fears 'Major, Major Conflict' With North Korea


 
 
 
 
US President Donald Trump has said he would like to solve the North Korea crisis diplomatically, but that a "major, major conflict" is possible.

China's foreign minister called for negotiation and dialogue.

 
 
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We Knew Of Visa MPs - Ablakwa


Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Ranking Member, Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, has said some Members of Parliament and the Ghanaian media knew of the MPs who had been implicated in the alleged visa fraud long before the UK High Commissioners letter to the Speaker of Parliament was leaked.

According to him, this was a poorly kept secret by Mr Benjamin because it was already public knowledge.

Three MPs, together with a former lawmaker, were cited in separate alleged visa offences by the UK government and a 10-year visa ban placed on them.

They include: Richard Acheampong, MP for Bia East in the Western Region; Joseph Benhazin Dahah, MP for Asutifi North (Ntotroso) in the Brong Ahafo Region; Johnson Kwaku Adu, MP for Ahafo Ano South West in the Ashanti Region; and George Boakye, former MP for Asunafo South in the Brong Ahafo Region.

A confidential letter written to the Speaker of Parliament by the UK government through the UK High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr Jon Benjamin, said the four MPs violated UK visa regulations on different occasions by either providing untrue information for their visa applications or facilitating the visas of some relatives who overstayed their visas in the UK.

Commenting on this matter on his Facebook page, Mr Ablakwa said: I have followed media discussions of British High Commissioner Jon Benjamin's letter to the Speaker of Ghana's Parliament with much interest as the Ranking Member of Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs.

In difference to those who have questioned why the said confidential letter was leaked to the media, I take a different view. I am elated this letter is now available to the media and the general public for open and frank discussions in the true spirit of transparency and fine governance. This must be fine for our country.

In any case, before this leak, this was the most poorly kept secret by the British High Commission as many of us, including journalists, have known about this for a considerable period of time, perhaps, even before the said 20th January, 2017 letter was written and dispatched to the Right Honourable Speaker.

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I have followed media discussions of British High Commissioner Jon Benjamin's letter to the Speaker of Ghana's Parliament with much interest as the Ranking Member of Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs.

In difference to those who have questioned why the said confidential letter was leaked to the media, I take a different view. I am elated this letter is now available to the media and the general public for open and frank discussions in the true spirit of transparency and fine governance. This must be fine for our country.

In any case, before this leak, this was the most poorly kept secret by the British High Commission as many of us including journalists have known about this for a considerable period of time, perhaps even before the said 20th January, 2017 letter was written and dispatched to the Right Honourable Speaker.

The other poorly kept secret is the claim that there are some MPs holding dual citizenship in violation of Article 94 (2) (a) of the Constitution of Ghana. Again, I will contend that it's better to see some swift concrete action on this particular issue instead of it being used by some people for smear and blackmail within diplomatic circles. This definitely raises larger issues of how parliamentary candidates are vetted within our political parties and the collaborative role of the Electoral Commission, National Security, and diplomatic missions; a discussion we will have to return to at a later date.

It must be understood very clearly, that if confirmed, what the three sitting Members of Parliament (MP) and a former MP are alleged to have done cannot be endorsed and must deserve strong condemnation and possible sanctions if need be. It is therefore commendable that Mr. Speaker has taken a serious view of this matter and has instituted the needed investigations. This is what is expected of working democracies just as the US Congress is currently doing in the case of General Michael Flynn.

Reading through Jon Benjamin's letter, however, one cannot support but notice a rather regrettable colonial mindset. He writes:

"Given what has transpired, the British High Commission would request the Ghanaian parliament to be aware of the following:

a) We will henceforth only entertain and prioritise requests for visas from MPs, if they are made through the parliamentary protocol office who should verify that there is an official, parliamentary reason for the proposed visit;

b) However, MPs wishing to make private visits to the UK or to be accompanied on official visits by non-official relatives must apply online and through our Visa Application Centre at the Movenpick Hotel like any other applicant;

c) Could you kindly confirm whether and why it is legitimate for ex-MPs to continue to possess and use diplomatic passports, in some cases for many years after they have ceased to be parliamentarians In that regard, we would humbly like to ask, Mr Speaker, what procedures are in place to ensure that diplomatic passports are removed forthwith from all those 133 former Members who have just ceased to be MPs

d) the net effect of such visa fraud by a very few Honourable MPs as outlined in this letter is to raise the bar of suspicion against all such applicants, which is of course regrettably to the huge disadvantage of those very many MPs who do act honourably at all times."

Quite clearly, to Mr Jon Benjamin, issuing visas to Ghanaian MPs is such a great favour and a reward for fine group behaviour. Therefore, because three sitting MPs may have misconducted themselves, all 275 MPs must now face the headmaster's (if not the colonial Governor's) wrath and sanctions. Such utter disrespect for our parliament and our country regardless is most unacceptable.

If this is Mr Benjamin's mindset even in dealing with the people's representatives, then one can commence to wonder how he treats the applications of the people of Ghana.

Never mind that visa application processes are not free and that the high fees most Ghanaians complain about are not refundable to applicants. Never mind that Ghanaians including thousands of fee-paying students who travel to Britain do so with our own money which must be of some use to the British economy. Never mind that the UK parliamentary expenses scandal of 2009 involved more than 300 MPs, (NOT 3 as in Ghana's case), with at least six of these UK MPs going to jail and yet no bar of suspicion has been raised by any Ghanaian "headmaster" in extending diplomatic courtesies to UK MPs, but I guess that is the world we live in.

Mr. Jon Benjamin amazingly had no diplomatic difficulties whatsoever in overstepping boundaries and lecturing our Speaker, our President through his Secretary, our Chief of Staff and our Foreign Minister on how diplomatic passports ought to be used and retrieved. Absolutely unbelievable! And by the way, Mr Benjamin cannot be right when he asserts that MPs continue to use diplomatic passports "MANY YEARS" after they cease to be MPs when he knows that these diplomatic passports are valid for only five years while, admittedly, an MPs term is four years. The exaggeration was totally uncalled-for. He also knows that by practice these diplomatic passports are withdrawn upon ceasing to hold public office even if the retrieval is fraught with some challenges as all human institutions encounter.

Even though many of us have had concern about the modus operandi and non-diplomatic tendencies of the top-most British diplomat in Accra, I will not advocate hostility or reciprocal action on British MPs who will require visa services to visit Ghana as some have suggested because it is entirely possible that Mr Benjamin's conduct and social media pontifications may not represent official British Government position. Fortunately, we have some fine recent experience as a country in containing interesting High Commissioners since the days of Craig John Murray and more significantly, we should never forget that their postings to Ghana are not the least permanent.

What is permanent and which we must all continue to cherish is the unique bond of history and friendship that exists between our two countries which must constantly remind us that in the final analysis only mutual respect and equal rights triumph.

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa (MP)

Ranking Member, Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament


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Versace's Lover Speaks About The Icon's Brutal Murder


The long-time partner of fashion icon Gianni Versace has spoken for the first time about his beloved's brutal murder after almost two decades.

Antonio D'Amico was with Versace when he was gunned down outside his lavish home in South Beach, Miami, on July 15, 1997.

'I heard the shot. My heart just stopped to beat,' D'Amico told Dateline. 'So I ran out and then I saw Gianni laying down on the stairs in blood.'


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Ghana Beneficial Ownership Regime Process Underway


The government has commenced the processes on Ghanas Beneficial Ownership Disclosure (BOD) from being legislation to the implementation stage to meet the 2020 deadline.

A beneficial ownership register seeks to make public, the name of a person or group of persons who directly or indirectly ultimately own or control a corporate entity.

Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister for Finance, speaking at a stakeholder workshop on supporting the Registrar-Generals Department to develop an implementation framework for BOD register in Ghana, said the country has made significant strides towards enhancing transparency in the extractive sector.

The workshop organized by the Ministry of Finance in collaboration with the Ghana Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (GHEITI) Secretariat and the Registrar-Generals Department seeks to identify what the key implementation issues will entail, based on a framework with clear timelines and help the Registrar Generals Department (RGD) to develop the regulations for the Companies Amendment Act to facilitate the creation of a Beneficial Ownership register.

Dr. Steve Manteaw, the Co-Chair of the Ghana Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative, said for Ghana to derive the maximum benefit from the extractive industry, there was the need for beneficial ownership disclosure to be part of the sectors rules and regulates.

 

 


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Brawl Breaks Out After Protestors Storm Macedonia Parliament


 
 
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Military Starts Training On Alavanyo-Nkonya Land


Captain Kingsley K. Kumi, Commander of Operations Ahondwo at Nkonya/Alavanyo said clearance had been given for the use of the Nkonya/Alavanyo disputed land as a military training camp.

He said the military was therefore establishing a base on the mountain which stretches between the two traditional areas and warned the natives to stay off the area.

Captain Kumi who was addressing an Assembly session of the Biakoye District Assembly said the military would be using the stretch for shooting practice hence, a restricted area.

He said although security situation in Alavanyo and Nkonya was calm, it was still highly unpredictable and said a joint patrol team of the Police and Military was working to ensure no ‘combatant breached the peace.

Mrs Christine Nutakor, Presiding Member of the Assembly urged the Assembly Members to preach tranquil co-existence in their communities.

She said the conflict was affecting farming and economic activities in the area and expressed the hope that the military intervention would restore peace to the traditional areas.


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Actress Banned From Making New Movies For Being 'Too Sexy'


A Cambodian actress has been banned from making any new movies for a year because the country's cultural bosses say she is 'too sexy'.

Denny Kwan, 24, who has appeared in numerous movies, has had a 're-education' session with the Culture and Fine Arts Ministry after it was decided she had violated a code of conduct.

With 300,000 Facebook followers around the world, Miss Kwan said that the parts she played in movies were nothing like the erotic roles played by other actresses.


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Nigerian Arrested For Attempting To Smuggle ‘Wee


A 38â€"year-old man from Abia State in Nigeria, has been arrested by the police for possessing 154 parcels of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, at Darkuman, a suburb of Accra.

Oriji Ogbonnaya Alayi, a second hand clothes dealer, allegedly concealed the Indian hemp in used cloths parked in Ghana must go bags at a warehouse with the intention of smuggling the parcels to Nigeria.

The Accra Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Assistant Superintendent of Police, (ASP) Efia Tenge, confirmed the story to The Ghanaian Times in Accra on Thursday.

She said following a tip off, the police moved to Darkuman adding that when police arrived at the warehouse, they saw a number of bags containing used clothes.

ASP Tenge said when the bags were opened at the police station, 150 parcels of Indian hemp, concealed in second hand clothing were found.

She said Alayi confessed to the offence and told the police that the parcels belonged to one Goodman, who was on the run.

The Police PRO said the suspect would be arraigned before court, and that efforts were being made to arrest Goodman.


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No Fake Malta Guinness On Market - FDA


The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has asked the public to disregard information circulating on social media about the importation of an alleged fake brand of Malta Guinness onto the Ghanaian market.

The FDA said there was no fake brand of the product on the market, explaining that there were two brands of the Malta Guinness but the two were imported into the country by two different companies; Guinness Breweries Ghana Limited and Addra Sari Limited.

The former imported the product from Nigeria, whereas the latter imported it from Togo.
However, the two brands are registered by the FDA.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the FDA, Delese A.A Darko and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Thursday.

The statement encouraged the public to provide the FDA any information that was likely to endanger public health and safety with respect to its mandate.

It reiterated the organisations commitment towards ensuring the protection of public health and safety.


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I Miss My Old Life... Donald Trump Reflects On First 100 Days In Office


It's barely 24 hour to the first 100 days of US president, Donald Trump in office. Reflecting on his time so far, Trump in a recent interview with Reuters said,

'I loved my previous life, I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. I actually, think this is more work than my previous life. I concept it would be easier. I do miss my old life, I like to work. But this is actually more work. I like to drive,I can't drive any more."

He continued to say, 'and, while I had very little privacy, in my old life because, you know, I've been well known for a long time. I really think this is much less privacy than I've seen before. This is, you know, something that's really amazing. At the same time, you're really into your own cocoon because there's such massive protection, that you really can't go anywhere."


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PAC Chides Ghana Health Service For Flouting Rules On Auction Of Cars


The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament has indicted the Ghana Health Service (GHS) for failing to pay more than GH¢61,000 being proceeds from the auction of nine vehicles into a non-tax revenue account since 2014 as required by the Financial Administration Act .

The said amount was hurriedly paid into the account only last Monday after the PAC had served notice to the GHS to appear before it in respect of the disposal of government vehicles captured in the Performance Audit Report of the Auditor-General (A-G) for 2015.

According to the regulations on auctions, proceeds from auction sales should be banked within 24 hours but the GHS failed to do so.

This came to light at the public hearing yesterday when the GHS took its turn to appear at the PAC to respond to queries of infraction and lack of transparency in the disposal of government vehicles.

Director-Generals letter

Members of the committee grilled the Director-General of the GHS, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, who led a team of officials from the service to the PAC. In a letter, Dr Nsiah-Asare refuted the claims by the Attorney-General (AG) which accused the service of not following due process and also abusing the auction regulations to the advantage of officials of the GHS who mostly benefited from the exercise.

The tone of the letter did not go down well with the committee members who concept it was harsh and also smacked of falsehood when the members exposed the infractions in the auction process as captured in the A-Gs report.

After the back and forth, Dr Nsiah-Asare was given the opportunity to either withdraw the letter or stick to it but he chose the former and rendered an apology to the committee for crafting the letter in that tone.

He assured the committee that the GHS had put proper systems in place to prevent a repeat of such breaches of the law, adding we will make sure that money not belonging to us is paid into the appropriate account.

Health Service ordered

The Chairman of the PAC, Mr James Klutse Avedzi, asked the GHS to pay the appropriate accumulated interest on the money into the non-taxable account.

A member of the committee, Mr Sam George, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo-Prampram, demanded actual proof of payment of the GH¢ 61,000, and said paying with dud cheques could be dishonoured.

The MP for Builsa South, Dr Clement A. Apaak, expressed concern that institutions did not appear to take the PAC seriously, noting that the excuses organisations appearing before the committee gave for their inability to provide some information to support the work of the committee were becoming too many.

Surprising to the committee, some vehicles, including a Suzuki Trooper and an ambulance, were auctioned for as low as GH¢350.


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Deputy Health Minister ‘Muffled At PAC Sitting


Deputy Minister of Health Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu who was to represent the sector minister at the Public Accounts Committee sat through the sitting without uttering a word today.

He was unable to speak for his boss because some members of the committee mainly from the minority side prevented him from taking an oath before the committee. The oath would have enabled him to represent the Minister of Health Agyemang Manu.

The committee was looking into the audit report by the Auditor General on the disposal of government vehicles by the Ghana Health Service. The MP for Kumbungu Ras Mubarak raised red flag about a possible conflict of interest when the deputy Minister stood up to take the oath.

According to him, Kingsley Aboagye is the Ranking Member of the Committee, and therefore suggested that he stepped aside in the interest of the committee and himself.

Subsequently, other members from the Minority side, Richard Quashigah MP for Keta, Clement Apaak MP for Bulsa South seconded their colleague, insisting that since there are two deputies at the Health Ministry, the other should be called to replace Agyemang Manu rather than the Ranking Member.

However, the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee James Klutse Avedzi conceded that although this has been a regular practice, there have been several attempts to get ministers of state on parliamentary committees replaced albeit without success.

He however agreed that the Deputy Minister of Health who is the MP for Bibiani Anweaso Bekwai should be allowed to sit in for the substantive Minister Agyemang Manu but will not be allowed to take any oath. Other officials from the Ghana Health Service were allowed to take their oaths. This compelled the Deputy Minister to sit quietly throughout the proceedings without uttering a word.

Nonetheless , the Director General of Ghana Health Service Dr. Nsiah Asare was present to reply questions pertaining to the Auditor Generals report, with help from the Chief Director of the ministry Dr. Afisa Zachariah, Director of Administration of GHS Kofi Poku and Director of Finance at the Ministry, Ramatu Ude.

The committee was however informed by the Chairman of the committee James Klutse Avedzi that Agyemang Manu had early on communicated to him that he will be in India at the time of the committee sitting.


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UK Visa Fraud: I Cursed My Daughter For Deceiving Me – Fmr. MP


The former Member of Parliament for Asunafo South Constituency, George Boakye, has said he invoked curses on her daughter to force her to return home after tricking him to overstay her visit to the UK.

George Boakye, and three current MPs have been cited by the UK authorities for alleged visa offences and are facing a 10-year visa ban by the UK government.

Mr. Boakye was faulted for using his diplomatic passport to aid his daughter into the UK.

His 43-year-old daughter, Joyce BOAKYE has been in the UK illegally for over three years, having traveled with her Honourable father on 17/01/2013.

Narrating his problems with the UK government over her daughters issue, Mr. George Boakye revealed that he was contacted by the Embassy in December 2016 in relation to the stay of his daughter in that country, but he pleaded with the UK Commission to give him sometime to deal with the December elections which he contested.

According to him, he finally established contact with his daughter just after the election, through the support of his daughters friend.

He said he instructed her to return to Ghana as he feared her daughters illegal stay in the UK could dent his image.

After the elections, I intensified my search and I was able to get to one of her friends and I managed to get her address from her friend. I called her and she responded, so on the phone I even cursed her, and told her that if she did not come to Ghana, it will not auger well for her because it will dent my image in the country so she should come, he told Accra-based Citi FM.


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KMA To Woo Investors - MCE


The Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) Mr. Osei Asibey-Antwi, has assured businesses of the assemblys resolve to go the extra mile to create the right environment for them to thrive.

He said it was keen to boost the attraction of the city to investors to grow the economy and create job opportunities for the people.

He was speaking at a meeting held by the Members of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the Ghana Free Zones Board (GFZB) in Kumasi.

It was meant to get members of the Chamber to register their companies with the Board to enable them to benefit from its extensive and generous monetary and non-monetary incentives.

These include 100 per cent exemption from payment of direct and indirect duties and levies on all imports for production and exports from free zones, total exemption from payment of withholding taxes from dividends arising out of free zone investments and 100 per cent exemption from payment of income tax on profits for 10 years.

There is also a zero import licensing requirement, minimal customs formalities, permission of 100 per cent ownership of shares and a guarantee against nationalization and expropriation of investment.

Mr. Asibey-Antwi said the policy direction of the government should give confidence to the business community and provide impetus to the expansion their operations.

He counseled that they upheld best practices and urged those into export to put premium on packaging and labelling to favorably compete on the international market.

He applauded the Chamber for the tremendous effort it had been making to sustain businesses in the Ashanti Region and pledged strong help and cooperation to enhance profitability.

Hajia Hanatu Abubakar, Head Investor Support Services of the GFZB, said about 40 per cent of the companies within the free zone were wholly Ghanaian and that the strategy was to aid their growth.

She spoke of plans to develop a technology park in Ashanti and mentioned the industrial sectors earmarked for this zone as information communication and Technology (ICT)/Cyber Village, cocoa processing, both light and heavy industrial manufacturing, warehousing and logistics, social services and bio-technology development.

Mr. Yaw Boakye-Yiadom, Regional Chairman of the Chamber, welcomed the assurance by the MCE to help businesses to grow.


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Couple Kicked Off A British Airways Flight...A Week After It Was Criticized By Prez Akufo Addo


British Airways kicked a couple off a flight heading from London to Jamaica after a row broke out with cabin crew when they demanded an upgrade.

The pilot made an unscheduled stop at a Portuguese air force base to offload the British couple, who insisted they be moved from economy to business class.

The incident occurred on flight BA2263 as it left Gatwick London for the Jamaican capital Kingston on Wednesday, military officials confirmed.


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Chicago Artist Creates A Mural Of Michelle Obama And No One's Happy


 
 
 
 
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"It's one thing to share or even profit from someone's work but to claim it as yours is just wrong!"

 
 
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Farmers Register Under Planting For Food And Jobs' Campaign


More than 27,000 farmers in the Brong-Ahafo Region have registered to benefit from the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs campaign, Mr Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister announced on Wednesday.

Speaking at the inauguration of the District Technical Committees for the campaign in Sunyani, the regional minister said 100,000 interested farmers were expected to benefit in the region.

The committees are made up of representatives from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, District Co-coordinating directors, planning officers and farmers.

Mr Asomah-Cheremeh reaffirmed the governments commitment to provide storage facilities in every district to address the problem of post-harvest losses.

He said under the campaign farmers would feel happy and increase production, and advised the unemployed to engage in farming.

The regional minister said the government had made available ready markets both local and international for beneficiary farmers.

Mr Asomah-Cheremeh reminded the committee that they would provide technical direction to the implementation of the programme and urged the general public to help it.

Mr Godwin Dzansi, the Dormaa Central Municipal Coordinating Director, on behalf of the committees, thanked the regional minister for the confidence reposed in them, and gave the assurance that the committee would work effectively to for the success of the campaign.


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

[Kenya Elections] Raila Odinga Confirmed Main Opposition Presidential Candidate


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Kenya's veteran politician Raila Odinga has been confirmed as the main opposition coalition's presidential candidate for August's election. Mr Odinga, 72, is set to face incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, the man who beat him in 2013. This will be the fourth time Mr Odinga runs for president. He also ran in the disputed 2007 poll. The vi ...


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Blame Me For My Dads Ban – Ex-MPs Daughter


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A daughter of the former Member of Parliament for the Asunafo South Constituency who has been banned from entering the UK over alleged visa fraud, has said she should be blamed for her father's woes. According to her, she deliberately cut contact ties with her father after she told him she was leaving the house to visit an uncle in the London, a ...


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Govt gave us per diem not Ameri – Addison


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The man who led the committee that investigated the controversial Ameri Power deal, Philip Addison, has disclosed that per diem for their trip to Dubai was paid by government. According to him, Ameri Power upon whose request they traveled to Dubai, only took care of their plane tickets and hotel bills. Our per diem was given to us here, by t ...


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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Police, Military to supervise reclamation of galamsey lands – Amewu


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The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu, has said that government intends to sustain its fight against illegal mining by using an aggressive approach where necessary, to ensure that the culprits do not return to the site when the reclamation program begins. He said the government intends to use this approach ...


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Ashanti Region police arrest 2 suspected robbers, shoots one


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Police in the Ashanti region have arrested two persons in connection with an attack on Chinese expatriates in Obuasi. A third person who attempted to escape from the police grips was shot dead, Monday. This comes nearly a month after five gunmen attacked the expatriates in Obuasi and made away with an ash Hyundai Saloon car, ten phones, two l ...


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Ghana and Russia building stronger economic ties


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By Kester Kenn Klomegah, Moscow Bureau Chief Moscow, April 25, GNA - For nearly six decades, Ghana and Russia have had an excellent diplomatic relations and still looking to build a stronger economic cooperation. In this exclusive GNA interview, Ms. Shirley Ayorkor Botwe, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, explains to Kester Ken ...


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Police CID visits Nkonya crime scene a week after 2 deaths


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The Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has visited crime scenes where two residents of Nkonya in the Volta Region were murdered last week. A man believed to be in his 30s and a 17-year-old girl were killed in separate incidents in renewed clashes between residents of Nkonya and Alavanyo communities. The CID Crime Scene Management ...


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Thai Man Kills Baby On Facebook Live Then Takes Own Life


A Thai man filmed himself killing his baby daughter on Facebook Live, before taking his own life, Thai police say.

The 21-year-old hanged his daughter, and then himself, at a deserted hotel in Phuket on Monday, reportedly after an argument with his wife.


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Fire Service Personnel Commended


Fire fighters who were instrumental in putting out the fire that gutted Amansan Television which is located on the premises of the Coconut Grove Hotel, have been commended for a job well done.

On Saturday April 22, 2017, there was an inferno at the studios of Amansan Television which could have spread to the hotel and other structures if personnel of the service had not been very professional in putting out the fire.    

Staff of the television station are said to have seen fire from an air-conditioner which quickly spread and engulfed the studios.

When fire fighters got to the scene after being called, they quickly put in measures to prevent the spread of the fires which could have engulfed even the Coconut Grove Hotel.

Occupants of the hotel were evacuated, though the fire had not spread to the hotel as a preventive measure.

According to some onlookers who were at the scene, personnel of the service did very well to put out the fire considering the congested nature of the structural arrangement there.

They appealed to government to resource the fire service by providing adequate and sophisticated equipment to fight fires.

 


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‘Stealthing Is The Newest Dangerous Sex Trend


The latest bedroom trend doesnt have to do with a definite position or technique â€" and its not sexy at all.

The disturbing, nonconsensual trend is called stealthing and its rise is documented in a report by the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law.

Lead author Alexandra Brodsky argues that stealthing, when a man secretly removes his condom in the middle of sex, is a form of sexual assault and should be treated as such.


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Prestea Residents Kick Against Galamsey Ban


Some residents of Prestea in the Prestea Huni Valley District of the Western Region, are kicking against the ban on all forms of small scale mining activities initiated by the Lands and Natural Resource Ministry across the country.

According to the residents, small-scale mining has been a part of their daily life serving as a company employing both skilled and unskilled youth in and around Prestea.

They questioned the governments decision to halt galamsey when there has not been any alternative livelihood programme in place to absorb the thousands of people involved in the practice.

One of them, a woman, told Citi News that I am an old woman. My son goes to the pit to feed himself and extend help to me daily. For the past three weeks, life has been very difficult for me. Staying out of this work for six months will be very tragic to me in particular.

One other resident said, the government during the campaign season last year, told us that they were going to build a gold processing factory in Prestea to employ some of us. That has not been built, why then do you query us to stop the gala [Galamsey] What should we eat during the six-month duration

Residents of the largest constituency in the Western Region are predominantly small scale miners.

Successive governments which have over the years attempted to stop their operations, have often been voted out of office.

At a durbar held at Prestea, the Paramount chief of Prestea Himan Traditional Area, Nana Ntaboah Pra IV, commended the governments initiative to ban all forms of illegal mining, but asked the government to fast track the processes to establish the promised gold refinery in Prestea to employ some of the youth who are going to be disengaged by the directive.

He asked the government to ensure sanity in the mining space and to ensure that pollution to water bodies are curtailed.

Illegal miners in Tarkwa-Breman vow to vote against MP

Meanwhile, some of the miners in Tarkwa-Breman in the Prestea Huni-Valley, have vowed to vote against their Member of Parliament (MP), Madam Barbara Oteng Gyasi in the next general election, for waging a war against their activities.

The first-time MP, is a Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources.


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MANASSEH WRITES: The Kumasi Mall Trolling And Matters Arising


On Thursday, I observed that social media were awash with jokes about the Kumasi Mall. It started as a Kumasi-Accra rivalry, and developed into a joke that, in Kumasi, the mall would be called more because the people there find it difficult to pronounce the letters r and l.

Some said it would be called Kumasi Accra Mall because the only mall the people of Kumasi are used to is the Accra Mall. Funny and fake quotes like those often attributed to Mugabe emerged about the mall, and were attributed Chairman Wontumi of the NPP. There were also funny pictures, which some people posted, purporting to be some of the first patrons of the mall. Many of those pictures emerged when there were jokes about the West Hills Mall after two young men  recorded a video and stated that they were making it real big in a coded location.

The last time Kumasi came under such teasing was when the Ratray Park was commissioned. It was said that the people there would find it difficult to pronounce the name so they would call it Ratlay Park.


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Malaria free Ghana needs support of business community – First Lady


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First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo has appealed to the business community to support government in the fight against malaria. The wife of the President said the target of a lsquo;malaria free Ghana rsquo; will not be achievable if businesses do not invest in the project. Speaking at the launch of National Malaria Foundation in Accra Monday, Mrs A ...


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Baatsonaa Police arrest 2 suspects over murder of Chinese engineer


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The Baatsonaa Divisional Police Command in Accra have arrested two Ghanaians suspected to have killed a Chinese engineer. Ren Guang Fa was found dead in his room on April 13 under very suspicious circumstances. The suspects Ekow Korsa 23 and Michael Mensah 22 were arrested upon a tip off. At press briefing on Monday, Chief Superintendent F ...


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Monday, April 24, 2017

Gov't policies to be translated into 6 local languages- Hamid


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Information Minister Mustapha Hamid has announced plans to translate major documents in six major Ghanaian languages to make it easier in communicating government policies to the people. When translated, these policies in Ewe, Dagbani, Housa, Ga Akan and Nzema would be made available to the media for onward dissemination to the people across the ...


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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Caught illegal miner told to 'go and sin no more'


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An illegal miner was caught red-handed in the Western region following the expiration of an ultimatum to illegal mining operators to vacate their unauthorised mining sites. The middle-aged man, Nana Agyapong, was caught in the act of mining in a water body at Hiawa in the Western region Chanced upon by the Minister and media entourage, Nana A ...


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Akufo-Addo enstooled chief at Jamestown [Photos]


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The Chiefs of Ngleshie Alata Traditional Area have honoured the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo by enstooling him as a Chief at a durbar held at Mantse Agbona, Jamestown in Accra. President Akufo-Addo was given the stool name 8220;Nii Kwaku Ablade Okogyeaman I, to wit 8220;Royal Warrior; One who fights to redeem his people. [PHOT ...


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MCE Makes Sanitation An Urgent Priority


The Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr. Osei Assibey-Antwi, has vowed to go the extra mile to rid the city of filth.

Environmental sanitation, he indicated, was going to be made an urgent priority of the assembly under his watch.

He was speaking after he had toured the Central Business District, the Oti landfill site near Dompoase and a waste collection point at Buokrom.

This was to enable him to assess the sanitation situation and the way forward to make things better.

It also provided the opportunity to evaluate the performance of Zoomlion Ghana Limited - the company, which has been providing waste management services in the city.

He was accompanied by the Waste Management Director of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), Mr John Gorke-Miah, the Urban Roads Director, Nana Opoku Agyeman and the Metropolitan Roads Engineer, Mr. Emmanuel Anderson.

Mr. Assibey-Antwi was miserable with the state of affairs and said the assembly needed to move quickly to get things done to restore Kumasi to its past lovely scenery that earned it the recognition as the Garden City of West Africa.
The heaps of refuse, left uncollected would be removed, drains cleaned and unauthorized billboards taken down.

He spoke of plans to recycle the huge tonnes of waste at the landfill site to generate electricity and produce manure.

He added that street lights would also be fixed to improve illumination and enhance security.

Mr. Assibey-Antwi appealed to the people not to litter, saying, the throwing of rubbish on the streets and dumping of refuse at unauthorized points could not continue.

He hinted that a sustained public education to bring change would be launched by the assembly.


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Chief commends President Nana Akufo-Addo


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Gomoa Pomadze (C/R) April 22, GNA - The Guantoahene of Gomoa Ajumako Traditional Area, Gomoaba Nana Apata Kofi V, has commended the President, Nana Ado Dankwa Akufo- Addo for inviting his predecessors and former Presidents to discuss crucial issues concerning the socio-economic development of the country. Addressing members of the Gomoa-Pomadze ...


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

YPI-Ghana Launches Anti Teenage Pregnancy Campaign


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Young People 39;s Initiative-Ghana on Friday 31st March, 2017 launched an Anti Teenage Pregnancy Campaign at Akyem Atuntunmirem in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The purpose of the campaign was to inspire school going children to focus on their education and not engage in pre-marital sex. It was also aimed to motivate victims of teenage mo ...


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Petition Speaker To Deal With Your Dismissal - Major Oduro To 501 Military Recruits


The Deputy Defence Minister and Member of Parliament (MP) for Nkoranza North, Major (rtd) Derick Oduro has advised the 501 dismissed recruits to petition the Speaker of Parliament if they want their concerns addressed once and for all.

He revealed, some of the recruits petitioned the Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament but has charged them to petition the Speaker who will then forward the case back to the committee for further action.

Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm after some of the recruits, joined the host to lament over the difficulties they are going through after their dismissal, he said, the unauthorized assembly staged by some of the recruits was a serious offence under military rule but it was unfortunate that some other innocent persons got affected.

The recruits were said to be undergoing a six-month training to be absorbed into the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) when they were sacked over what the military termed misbehaviour and threat to national security.

Colonel E. Aggrey-Quarshie, Director of Public Relations of the GAF, in a statement released in 2015 , explained that the recruits behaviour was far-reaching and inimical to the security of the state.

After investigating the matter, the board was said to have found the recruits guilty on grounds of misbehaviour and misconduct, which could pass for mutiny in military circles, but for their relatively short stay in the camp, they were spared any stringent discipline.

The statement further said, the sacked army recruits have been further barred from joining any of the countrys security agencies as a result of the action.


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Kawampe Accident: Driver Was Sleeping - Victims Claim


Passengers on the 60-seater Neoplan Garu bound bus that was involved in accident on Friday dawn at Kawampe in the Kintampo North District of the Brong Ahafo allege that the driver of the vehicle was sleeping and that could have caused the accident.

According to some of the injured who spoke to mynewsgh.com at the Holy Family Hospital in Techiman where they are on admission, they realized they he was tired on reaching Kintampo and therefore advised him to rest before they continue.

He was impervious to their advice and on reaching a section of the road, he reportedly dozed off and moved into the lane of an oncoming vehicle and in the process of returning to his lane he failed brakes.

Because the car was on top speed, it somersaulted, fell and trapped us inside. It was residents from the Kawampe community and other road users who came to rescue some of us. We were later rushed here, a victim disclosed.

The Kintampo Divisional Police Commander Chief Superintendent Desmond Owusu Boampong revealed that the driver fled after the incident and his whereabouts currently unknown.

He disclosed that investigations have since commenced into the incident and promised efforts are underway to apprehend the runaway driver.

Bodies of the deceased persons have deposited at the Kintampo Government Hospital morgue for preservation awaiting the arrival of relations.


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Foreign students shun Ghana's universities over sensational suicide reports- UG Vice chancellor


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The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana says intake of foreign students into universities in the country have been affected by media reportage of suicide cases. Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu said sensational headlines by both print and electronic media outlets about suicide cases on university campuses have driven away foreign students f ...


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Medical Rescue Group conducts free screening for residents of Sawla


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The Medical Rescue Group has conducted free medical screening for residents of Sawla and its environs in the Northern Region. The programme held on Good Friday formed part of activities to mark the 41st Congress of the Gonjaland Youth Association. It was themed, quot;Showing love to Gonjaland. quot; The group led by Dr Leslie Issa Adam-Zakar ...


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Friday, April 21, 2017

Outrage Over 'Grotesque' Painting Showing South Africa's President Zuma 'Raping' Nelson Mandela


A South African artist has caused outrage over a controversial painting which shows Nelson Mandela involved in a sex act with the current scandal-hit president Jacob Zuma. 

Artist Ayanda Mabulu said his painting is meant to show how scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma has violated the hopeful legacy of Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who became South Africa's first black president after the end of white minority rule in 1994.

 

 


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Akufo-Addo has done well within 100 days but - group


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Pressure group, Dynamic Youth Movement of Ghana (DYMOG) says President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo rsquo;s is a mixture of remarkable highs and regrettable lows. The group in a 12-page analysis of the performance of government commended the Economic Management Team for stabilizing the cedi. ldquo;We commend the President, for giving the yout ...


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LEAP Programme Must Have Exit Plan For Beneficiaries - Prez Akufo-Addo


The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated that programmes designed to support the poor and vulnerable must have clear-cut exit strategies, and is, therefore, urging the citizenry not to be unduly reliant on long-term aid projects.

According to the President, such aid programmes and initiatives must be structured to enable beneficiaries strike out and be able to lead an independent life.

I remember when the LEAP programme was envisaged and introduced under President Kufuor, we were clear in our minds that, whereas we wanted it to cover all those who would qualify under the definition of the programme, it was meant to be a hand-up, not a hand-out, he said.

The President continued, If someone has to go on the LEAP programme, it should not be for the rest of that persons life. There should be a certain time limit to being a LEAP beneficiary, and the beneficiary should be able to stand on his or her own after the stated period.

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Friday, 21 April 2017, when he delivered the keynote address at the 4th Rotary International District 9102 Conference, held at the Accra International Conference Centre.

The President, himself a Paul Harris Fellow of The Rotary Club, Accra South, explained that after 60 years of independence, I want us, in Ghana, to break out from our aid dependent and charity driven economic outlook. I want programmes that would be dynamic in content and support us to think big and be dissatisfied with remaining poor.

Touching in the Six Areas of Focus of Rotary, President Akufo-Addo noted that members of the Rotary Club have always been well placed to influence events and policies in Ghana.

In the area of health, he stated the infection rates of poliomyelitis, one of the six childhood killer diseases, had been reduced from an annual worldwide infection rate of 350,000 cases in over 125 countries, to a mere 75 cases in only 3 countries. This feat, he noted, has been achieved thanks to the efforts of Rotary.

You have taken on the other great killer of our part of the world, malaria, and I wish to congratulate Rotary on your Roll Back Malaria project. It does look as though we are finally making headway in the fight against malaria. This is also the result of collaboration between government and non-governmental organizations.

Touching on the Water and Sanitation area of focus, President Akufo-Addo stated that I am pleased to learn that you have started the second phase of a US$6 million Rotary International/USAID Water Collaboration. We could not query for a better partner than Rotary as we seek to implement our governments programme to provide potable water and fine sanitation to all our people.

On Basic Education and Literacy, another area of focus of Rotary, the President stressed that education is the only way to give a fine head commence and provide equal opportunities for all our children. This government believes that a lot hangs on the success of our education programmes, and we welcome enthusiastically all the support that we can get from organizations such as Rotary in delivering quality education to our people.

President Akufo-Addo also charged Rotary to partner with the Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development, in its Economic and Community Development area of focus, in the development of initiatives and projects which would support people in the rural areas, in particular those who are dependent on such initiatives.

He also urged Rotary to partner government in in the Planting for Food and Jobs programme, which was launched in Goaso, in the Brong Ahafo Region, on Wednesday, April 19, and also in the implementation of the 1-District-1-Factory programme.

It is a programme in which private sector participation is essential. Come and join us make a success of it. You have a lot of people with fine business acumen and experience amongst your ranks. There are a lot of opportunities and I invite you to join us bring prosperity to our people, he added.

In concluding, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that we are determined to build a new Ghanaian and African civilisation, where the rule of law works, where individual liberties and human rights are respected, and where the principles of democratic accountability are the foundation of public policy. We are determined to forge a new Ghanaian and African, who is neither a victim nor a pawn of the world economic order, but who will be a dignified member of a successful, thriving, prosperous society.


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