Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Volta Region Not Part Of Ghana; No New Region – Group


George Nyakpo, Secretary of the Association of Western Togoland Youth (ASWETOY), has said a new region cannot be created out of the Volta Region because that territory is not part of Ghanas territorial area.

In a letter to Justice Brobbey, Chairman of the committee in charge of creation of new regions, Mr Nyakpo said: Inasmuch as your task is clearly spelt out, I wish to draw your attention to some very vital issues which must never elude you as you carry out your assigned duties. Legally and technically, the Volta Region, from which you wish to create a region out of, is not a Ghanaian territory! It is a Mandated/Trusteeship Territory which forms part of the British Togoland, formerly a German colony.

This land was voted to be in a kind of Union with Gold Coast, now the Republic of Ghana in 1956. This Union didn't state that the two lands are to merge and become one state. I refer you to go through the League of Nations/UN documents on this issue am drawing your attention to. You and your committee must not be swindled by the few ignorant ones at that part of the land. Following and granting their wish will mean breaching an international law which will have dire consequences! The people there who speak that kind of Twi must not be seen and regarded as Akan citizenry of Ghana.

The constitution of Ghana limits you to the geography of Ghana and not the other state which is in an un-established union with Ghana. A simple question is, does union mean redrawing and renaming of the other partners territories This is an illegality perpetuated by Ghana on the British Togoland, making it part of Ghana. The fact that this does not face any radical opposition doesn't mean we the owners of the land are in quagmire ignorance or are in agreement, but for peace to gain a breeding ground and for authorities of Ghana to rethink and act accordingly.

But, its now very clear that the State of Ghana and its leadership forget about the International legality pertaining to aggression. I urge you to be very mindful of the outcome of your decision on this new region out from Volta!


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Dont Be Moved By Cheap Propaganda On Cocoa Price - Chief Farmer Tells Colleagues


The 2016 National Best Cocoa Farmer, Nana Opoku Gyamfi has advised his colleague farmers not to be moved by cheap propaganda being peddled around by some disgruntled members of the society on the recent cocoa producer price announced by government.

According to the Sankore-based cocoa farmer, he had monitored how cocoa had traded on the international market for almost a year and his findings on the world cocoa price had confirmed a drastic fall in cocoa from $3100 in June, 2016 to less than $2000 per tonne as at June, 2017.

Nana Gyamfi hinted that the decision of government to maintain a tonne of cocoa at GHc7,600 for the 2017/18 crop year is an indication that government cares about cocoa farmers in Ghana. He explained that the current price per tonne is about $500 more than the price being offered by some of our neighbouring cocoa producing countries.

Nana Opoku Gyamfi disclosed these when he, together with several award winning cocoa farmers from the Asunafo District paid a courtesy call on the Chief Executive of COCOBOD, Hon. Joseph Boahen Aidoo at Cocoa House.

Key on the agenda during the discussions was the need to improve upon the fortunes of the industry through enhancement in the fertilizer, Chemicals and Roads Programmes.

Addressing the farmers, the Chief Executive of COCOBOD, Hon Joseph Aidoo was grateful to them for the visit and praised the farmers in the Brong Ahafo Region for their efforts at sustaining cocoa production in the country. He was particularly happy since the Region had continuously churned out 8 best National Cocoa Farmers and assured the farmers of his help in their requests. He used the opportunity to encourage them to consume more unsweetened cocoa for healthier life.

The farmers were accompanied by former Member of Parliament for Asunafo South, Hon. George Boakye and the incumbent District Chief Executive of the area, Hon Osei Bonsu Snr.


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DPSI Grabs 32 Medals In Accra Swim Series


DELHI PUBLIC School International (DPSI) Ghana, may be widely known for promoting academic excellence across West Africa but the school is equally fine at winning medals in a swimming series.

Thanks to the recent excellent performance of its students who participated in the second edition of the Streamline Aquatics Limited (SAL) Swim Series held at the Tesano Sports Club, Accra, in which they won a total of 32 medals.

The 32 medals helped DPSI Ghana to place second, behind the Roman Ridge School.

About ten schools across the Greater Accra Region participated in the annual swimming series and the 19-member squad of DPSI Ghana guided by the school's Games Teacher, Osman Kpakpo Adotey Saka, did their school an honour with their brilliant performance.

It was, in fact, DPSI Ghanas first appearance in the series which started in 2016 and with this achievement, authorities of the school are optimistic DPSI will overtake Roman Ridge in the 2018 edition of the SAL swim series.

Speaking about the series, Principal of DPSI Ghana, David Raj explained that the school had made conscious efforts in recent years in promoting sporting activities among its students.

He said DPSI Ghana has ensured continuously that its students were not only engaged in academic activities but also extracurricular works such as swimming, dancing, soccer, among others.

According to him, "the school is trying to work on what can be done best for our students."

He further pointed out that training was being undertaken for students in all sporting activities to ensure that the school also excels in the coming year, saying "what we have achieved so far is just a tip of the iceberg."

"As a principal, I feel proud and honoured when my children do well in a competition away from the school where they get to compete with other schools," he said while expressing his joy about his students performance.

He said "any initiative taken by us, we always make sure that we work hard for it and finally want it to be evaluated. So this is one form of evaluation which we do, that is by sending the children because I strongly believe you can never actually estimate how much they have grown if you keep them at your school and keep having a competition inside."

Asked what contributed to DPSI's success in the series, the Games Teacher who guided his side to secure the second spot, attributed the achievements of his team to the help and motivation from the school authorities, especially its Director and Principal, Mukesh Thakwani and Mr Raj, respectively.


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Accra Sex Party Organisers Arrested


The Ghana Tourism Authority, in collaboration with the National Security and the Ghana Police Service, over the weekend arrested a group of people who were organising a sex party in Accra.

The Authority also closed down a Hotel in Gbawe, a suburb of Accra, where the sex party had been arranged and advertised.

The Authority revealed this in a statement and cautioned that it will continue to work with the Ghana Police Service and other security agencies to close down and prosecute tourism enterprises and event organisers involved in these acts that cast a slur on the image of Ghana.

The Authority will stop at nothing to sanitise the industry towards promotion and marketing Ghana as a safe and sustainable tourism destination, the statement added.

The Authority further condemned the increasing spate of advertising of sex parties and other related sex activities in hotels, nightclubs, movie houses, pubs and other tourism establishments in the country.

The Authority further cautioned stakeholders and the public that the Tourism Act 2011, Act 817 that established it, tasked it to among other things, investigate and take measures to eliminate illegal, dishonourable, unsound and improper activities in relation to any activity regulated under the Act.

To this end, the Authority said it will not hesitate to invoke the relevant sections of its establishment Act on Advertisement and Promotion to bring all illegal acts and any perpetrator to book.

There has been an increase in advertisements of sex parties on social media platforms, inviting patrons to orgies at a fee.


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TESCON Backs S.A. High Commissioner's Comment


The president of the Tertiary Students Confederacy (TESCON) â€" a student group of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) â€" of the Kumasi Technical University, Amofa Amankwah Elvis, has backed comments made by Ghanas High Commissioner to South Africa, Mr George Ayisi-Boateng, that his priority as a government representative in that country is to serve the interest of members of the NPP before any other Ghanaian.

Mr Ayisi-Boateng, in an interaction with the TESCON members over the weekend, indicated that since he is representing the NPP government, NPP members are his priority.

Mr Ayisi-Boateng said: This government is doing its best to create job opportunities, and me for instance, I told my people over there [that] it is because of NPP that Im here so the NPP man is my priority. I told them when NDC was in power, it was Kwesi Ahwoi who was there, now we are in power, so Ayisi-Boateng is here with you. My topmost priority is the problems of an NPP person before any other Ghanaian take it or leave it

Indeed, Im not boasting but Ive started meeting the NPP groups. Every weekend, I meet some group members and I tell you if I had my way, every job opportunity that will come will go to a TESCON member before any other person. And I know my colleague appointees also have the same feeling except that, because of IMF, we cannot do anything now

Mr Ayisi-Boateng has since come under flak for his statement, which many Ghanaians have described as divisive. Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to fire him.

But speaking on the Executive Breakfast Show (EBS) on Class91.3FM, Mr Elvis told show host, Moro Awudu, that Mr Ayisi-Boateng had not said anything wrong.

He [Ayisi-Boateng] was speaking to motivate students so that they can participate in all party activities. He was highlighting more on this issue because of the vandalism and vigilantism that is going on in order to motivate the students not to engage in those things. So he said that to purposely motivate the students and no terrible concept was behind it. So I dont see why honourable Okudzeto should take up this issue... He was speaking to TESCON members and NPP faithful, it wasnt a programme organised by SRC or any public organisation to say the TESCON president stated.

According to Mr Elvis, the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) only employed members of their party when they were in government so if His Excellency Ayisi-Boateng is also motivating students and party faithful, what is wrong with it I think its better he said it.


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Defiled 4-Year-Old Girl: 17-Year-Old Suspect Breaks Down Into Tears...Proceedings Open


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Police in the Central region has said the 17-year-old suspect in the defilement of a 4-year old girl at Assin Adadientem needs a psychological assessment. The police prosecutor said the accused needs to be psychologically stable for a trial which could take a toll on the teenager. The suspect emerged from an in-camera hearing of the ca ...


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Togo Crisis: Akufo-Addo In Secret Meetings WIth Togolese Counterpart Faure Gnassingbe


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President Nana Addo held a closed-door meeting with Togo 39;s President , Faure Gnassingbe some ten days ago, over the political crisis in that country. The President, who revealed this, said the meeting was aimed at bringing the current crisis in Togo to a closure. The President disclosed this today , at a meeting with chiefs ...


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TUC Calls For "Radical" Reforms In Punchy Resolution To The President


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The Trades Union Congress (TUC) wants radical reforms at Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) following the scandalous mismanagement of pension funds. The demand formed part of a seven-point resolution put before government during an interaction with President Nana Akufo-Addo, Monday. But the umbrella body of trade unio ...


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Monday, October 30, 2017

GhanaPostGPS Data Is "Secured"...From Hackers - Ghana Post Dep. MD


The Deputy Managing Director of Finance and Administration of the Ghana Post, Mr. Kwaku Tabi Amponsah, has discredited suggestions by critics of the newly introduced digital property addressing system that it is easily prone to hacking by criminals.

According to Mr. Amponsah, the GhanaPost has sufficiently invested in cyber security to prevent intruders from hacking into the system.

‘It has not come to our notice that anybody has been able to hack into our system. The system is secured. So far we have not had any problems with intruders. We have build firewalls to prevent access without permission. Not even Vokacom can access the data without our permission. So yes, it is possible to hack a system, but we have ways of knowing if anyone hacks into our system.

He asked the general public to disregard those making claims of insecurity with the new system since there is no such evidence available to suggest that anyone has so far hacked into their secured servers.

The Ghana Post deputy MD warned criminals who wants to attempt hacking to stay away from it because they will be caught and dealt with by the law.

Opponents of the new digital addressing system, particularly the opposition NDC has raised questions surrounding personal data security of citizens who patronise the digital address application. The NDC has suggested that there is a likelihood for vokacom, the private company managing the software to sell out personal address information to third party users thereby compromising the privacy of citizens.

But the Ghana Post Deputy Managing Director of Finance and Administration says, all these concerns were taken into consideration even before the system was launched.

‘Some people claim that they have been able to hack into our system but the information they claim to have gotten is information we have put out on our website. Thats not hacking..Our system is very secured and we are constantly monitoring for any such activities Mr. Amponsah assured the public.

The deputy MD reiterated the wide ranging benefits of the new digital address system to the general public, the police, the economy, the government and to the revamping of the business of postal services in Ghana.

‘Ghana post will avoid double deliveries because of not being able to find the right addresses, it will be the basis of e-comerce platforms, and we are working with ECG and ghana water company to ensure that all the digital addresses are on the utility bills etc.

He also expressed excitement about the new digital addressing system because 'we got about 130,000 downloads of the application and about 100,000 registered addresses in just the few days after the launch of the system by his excellency the President'.


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We Are Working To Help Resolve Togo Impasse - Prez Akufo-Addo


The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says his government is committed towards helping to find a solution to the political impasse in neighbouring Togo.

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Monday, 30th October, 2017, when Togbega Amenya Fiti V, Paramount Chief of the Anlo-Aflao Traditional State, together with Chiefs of the State, paid a courtesy call on him at the Presidency.

Describing the situation in Togo as disturbing for all of us, President Akufo-Addo recounted the disturbances that occurred in 2005, in the wake of the death of the former President of Togo, Gnassingbé Eyadéma, and the succession problems it created, which resulted in over 100,000 Togolese refugees streaming across the border into Ghana.

Anything that happens in Togo is a matter of great concern to you. It is a matter of concern to us and all the people of Ghana. You can be sure that I cannot be idle, as these events take place, he said.

President Akufo-Addo continued, The Togolese President came to see me in Tamale 10 days ago, and I have been meeting a lot of the political actors in the situation, and, definitely, we are all working to see how we can bring this crisis to a closure, and bring stability and peace back to Togo. It is in all of our interests to do so.

The President assured Togbega Amenya Fiti V that I am not staying idle in this matter. We are acting. Let us pray for understanding and the blessing of the Almighty so that we can find a solution, that will be in the interest of the people of Togo, and then, by implication, the people of Ghana.

On the request for the creation of an Aflao Municipal Assembly by Togbega Fiti V, President Akufo-Addo noted that one of the things his government is having to work out is the creation of a district where there is no constituency.

He, however, assured I have done a lot of work on your behalf, and the Minister for Local Government, Hajia Alima Mahama, is waiting to hold a meeting with you, in order to bring the Municipality into being. For me, it makes a lot of sense (that the Municipality is created).

Touching on the 8th June, 2017, decision taken by government to implement a 24-hour open border policy at the Aflao border with Togo, President Akufo-Addo noted that this policy is in conformity with Ghanas commitment to ECOWAS, and it Protocols on the Free Movement of Goods and Persons.


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Ghana Not Paying $400,000 Annually To Google; Vokacom CEO Insists


The Chief Executive Officer of Vokacom, the company that developed the digital address system, has dismissed claims that government will pay an annual subscription fee of $400,000 to Google for deploying the service on its platform.

According to Nana Osei Afrifa, the said amount is rather a part of the contract sum the government paid to Vokacom out of which the $400,000 is to be used to pay licensing fees to companies including Google.

Managing Director of Ghana Post, James Yalley Kwofie, was on Friday reported as saying that Ghana will pay close to $400,000 to the multinational technology company each year as a license fee.

The government has stated that it spent a total of $2.5million on the digital address system which was launched this month.

Giving a breakdown of the amount spent on the system Mr. Kwofie said: In terms of the cost, what is being paid for is the back-end solution, data analytics, hardware i.e. the firewalls and servers, Google license, marketing and publicity as well as technical support, and GHc1.7 million VAT which goes back to the government.

Contrary to popular belief, Google charges when you use their systems for local purposes or commercial activities. The Google license fee at the moment is $400,000 per year â€" that is the enterprise package, he added.

But speaking Monday on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM, Nana Osei Afrifa said the licensing fee will be paid only for one year, providing a hint about ongoing discussions with Google to continue to provide the service at minimal or no extra cost to the state.

I can assure you and with authority that we are not going to pay Google about $400,000 every year; this is only for this year, Nana Osei Afrifa told the host, Kojo Yankson.

He added: There is increasingly high a probability that there will be no cost going beyond the first year.

Already existing platform

Nana Osei conceded there already exists software applications performing similar functions but defended that, the software developed by Vokacom, has other enhanced benefits the state can tap into.

The platform addresses the entire nation in a 5 x 5 meters squareso we went ahead as part of our proposal and said we will add an app as well, he stated.

US-based Ghanaian IT expert, Kingsley Komla Elikem Mortey, who contributed to the discussion via telephone, maintained the system deployed by Vokacom has some limitations that ought to be fixed for it to be fully functional.

This digital address that we have already existed; what we should be doing is taking what we have already and taking a step further, Mr. Mortey argued.

Responding to the criticism however, Nana Osei Afrifa said they relied on things within our environment to develop this platform.

What many of them [critics] are failing to recognise is that weve made it easyits not easy to memorise a WhatsApp address. We have assigned easier already existing codes and made it available to everybody, he explained.


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Serial Rapist Jailed 228 Years


A man labelled by the South African Police Service (SAPS) as a serial rapist, has been sentenced to a 228-year prison term after the Port Elizabeth High Court found him guilty of a total of 17 different charges of rape leveled against him.

Mzikayise Mkavu pleaded guilty to 36 charges, according to buzzsouthafrica.com.

Confirming his imprisonment, SAPS stated that An effective 228-years prison sentence was handed down today to a serial rapist who for years waged a reign of terror among the Kwanobuhle community.

Mkavu terrorised the area around Kwanobuhle between 13 July 2008 and 2016. He raped several victims between the ages of 16 and 31 years old.

Per police records, Mkavu was arrested in April 2016 after his DNA linked him to the rape charges, hence his subsequent trial and imprisonment.


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Asutifi South Chiefs And Police Commended For Halting ‘Galamsey


Mr. Paul Essien, the Deputy Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious  Affairs, on Friday commended  the Chiefs and  Police personnel in Asutifi South of the Brong-Ahafo Region for making the District galamsey-free area.

He encouraged them to continue with such patriotic act and urged the chiefs and opinion leaders in other districts where the menace of illegal mining was still plaguing, to follow suit by supporting the governments effort in halting the canker that threatens the survival of the nation.

Mr. Essien gave the commendation at a meeting with chiefs, queenmothers and other members of the Ahafo North Divisional Council at Nkasiem in the District as part of his three days working visit in the Region to sensitise the traditional rulers about the unsafe effects of galamsey activities.

He explained that government was not against small scale mining, but wanted it to be done in a legal and sustainable manner to protect the nations rivers and other water bodies from pollution as well as other natural resources like the lands and forests from wanton destruction and degradation.

Mr. Essien, the Member of Parliament for Jomoro in the Western Region observed that a number of recalcitrant youth ‘galamseyers still operated in the night in some districts and therefore appealed to the traditional leaders not to relent in their efforts, but they should deal with the phenomenon by stopping those disobedient, nation-wrecking youth from destroying the nations natural resources.

He expressed regret that some farmers in galamsey-plagued districts could not go to farm for fear of being trapped in pits created by the galamsey operators and assured that the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources would restore the lands by filling all those pits to prevent loss of lives and further operations.

Oyeeman Appiah Kubi III, the Chief of Ayomso and President of the Divisional Council, appealed to government to lift the ban on small scale mining to enable those with licenses to operate since the ban had cost some of them their livelihoods.

Some of the youth in the area appealed to the government to create jobs in the District as they were now jobless but did not want to engage in the galamsey activity to cause further damage to the nations lands, forests and water bodies.


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What The Rich And Famous Make EVERY Day


With Adele reportedly making £45,000 ($59,233) a day last year from her UK company alone, and Forbes figures showing she got £144,000 ($189,545) daily in global earnings, ALISON BOSHOFF discloses how much the great and the fine rake in from salaries and investments every single day.

And as latest figures show the average UK salary was £27,271 ($35,896) â€" or £74.71 ($98.34) for each day of the year â€" its enough to make you green with envy


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Sene Chief Praises Akufo-Addo


Kyidomhene of the Kejeji Traditional Area, Nana Kronko Osore Sunkwa, has claimed that he and his subjects are satisfied with the policies President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his New Patriotic Party (NPP) government have implemented â€" only ten months in office â€" and has promised to retain the government in 2020.

The chief eulogized Nana and the government when the Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, paid a courtesy call on him as part of a three-day working visit to the Sene East and West Districts to thank them for voting for President Akufo-Addo in the 2016 elections and also to inspect some projects being implemented by the NPP administration.

Nana Kronko Osore Sunkwa praised the president for honouring his 2016 electioneering campaign promises, such as the implementation of the ‘Free SHS policy, the ‘One District, One Factory, ‘One District, One Warehouse, ‘Planting for food and jobs, and restoration of nursing and teacher trainee allowances.

He congratulated the president particularly, on the ‘Free SHS, which he said, had taken a huge financial burden off the necks of parents. He noted that the president is a leader who does what he says â€" unlike others who fail to honour their promises after being elected into office.

Nana Sunkwa, who doubles as the acting president of the Kejeji Traditional Council, said the chiefs are ready to partner the government to implement more pragmatic polices, assuring that they are ready to donate land for the governments agro-based projects to create jobs for the youth in the district.

Nana Kyidomhene pleaded with the government to speed up the rehabilitation of the Atebubu-Kwame Danso road, which he said had paved the way for highway robbers to attack market women and others plying it. He prayed the government to upgrade the Kejeji Health Centre to a district hospital, saying the community had sponsored one of its members to read medicine in Ukraine and is ready to man the facility, if upgraded.

The Regional Minister, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, thanked the chief and his people for voting for president Nana Addo and gave the assurance that the government would implement all the NPPs manifesto promises.

He promised that the Atebubu-Kwame Danso road project would be undertaken soon.

The minister later commissioned a new district assembly hall complex built with the support of the chiefs.


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Privatize All Public Institutions If – Adumatta Nyantakyi


The General Secretary of the Public Utility Workers Union (PUWU), Mr Michael Adumatta Nyantakyi is calling for the privatization of all public institutions if inefficiency is used as the benchmark for which public institutions should be privatized.

He said it is very disheartening to hear some Ghanaians calling for the privatization of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) due to simple inefficiency.

Speaking exclusively to Kasapa Fms Leticia Ohene-Asiedu, Mr Adumatta Nyantakyi said Often people will come, oh ECG is inefficient and so they should go. If we are using inefficiency as the benchmark for which companies should be privatized, I doubt which of our public institutions should be left.

Is it education, is it health, is it what There is inefficiency in almost every facet of our public sector. But we need to look at how we can make things work and for me I dont think that the solution is packaging and giving it to the private sector.

The PUWU argues that the main challenges facing ECG is the governments continuous interference in operations of the company and not inefficiency.

On October 3, 2017 about 1,001 workers of the ECG, led by PUWU, sued the government, the Attorney-General and the Millennium Development Authority, over moves to hand over the operations of the company to a concessionaire without any redundancy package for them.

The workers are also urging the Labour Division of the High Court to declare that sending ECG workers including the plaintiffs, on permanent transfer constitutes a redundancy.


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Drinking Red Wine Improves Chances Of Getting Pregnant – Major Study Finds


Drinking red wine at least once a week may improve womens chances of becoming pregnant, a controversial new study has found.

Research revealed that hopeful mothers who regularly drank red wine had a better ovarian reserve, the quantity of eggs present in the ovaries at any one time. The findings of the Washington University study challenge UK Government guidance, which warns women to avoid alcohol when trying to conceive for fear of harming their baby.

They were greeted with caution by a number of British experts, who said wider research is needed before altering current advice. It follows a recent flare up in the debate over patronising official guidance warning pregnant women not to drink, which critics say lacks a thorough evidential basis.

The figures from the new study of 135 women, presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual Congress in Texas, showed that, while red wine appears to be helpful, white wine, beer and spirits were not linked to higher fertility. Those who consumed more than five servings of red wine a month enjoyed a higher ovarian reserve. The researchers said the link may be down to resveratrol, an anti-inflammatory compound which occurs in high concentration in red wine.

Professor Adam Balen, Chair of the British Fertility Society, said: It is an interesting concept that a small amount of red wine might be positively associated with ovarian reserve. However we have to remember that the exposure of the developing foetus to alcohol may cause irreversible developmental damage and so alcohol consumption should be less than six units per week for women wishing to conceive.

In 2013, a larger study indicated that drinking three glasses of wine a week may actually reduce a womans chances of conceiving when trying for a baby using IVF, but doctors said more regular drinking may not itself be driving lower fertility but may indicate other factors such as stress which could be having an effect. Around 84 percent of couples in the UK conceive naturally within a year if they have unprotected sex every two or three days, according to the NHS.

This leaves around 3.5 million people who have difficulty conceiving. Couples who have been trying to conceive for more than three years without success have at best a 25 percent chance of getting pregnant naturally within the next year.

This leads many to turn to IVF, although provision on the NHS is becoming increasingly limited. Fertility experts have pointed out that the new Washington study was carried out on only a small number of women and that, while it did adjust its findings for body-mass index and age, it did not do so for other potentially influencing factors such as ethnicity and participants diet.

They said it also failed to account for the potentially different effects caused by regularly drinking small amounts of red wine and binge drinking. There is a lot of interest in whether anti-oxidants could improve fertility in men and women, said Dr Channa Jayasena, Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London. She added that while it was tempting to tell women to hurry out and drink red wine, they should not do so on the basis of this study.

However, the new research correlates with a Danish study published in the British Medical Journal last year which found, contrary to much pre-existing opinion, that drinking up to 14 or more servings of alcohol a week did not negatively influence chances of conception.


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Vitting SHS Students ‘Sleeping Under Trees


The infrastructure deficit is a major challenge associated with the implementation of the Free Senior  High School programme.

This situation has compelled some school authorities across the country to convert dining halls and in some cases classroom blocks into dormitories, to accommodate beneficiaries of the programme.

Tamale Vitting Senior High School in the Northern Region is one of such schools where students are compelled to sleep under trees, on the veranda of the school library and in classrooms.

It is one of the most densely populated second cycle institutions in the Tamale Metropolis, located off the Tamale-Yendi Highway.

With a population of 1,400 boarding students, the school has only five overcrowded and dilapidated dormitories, comprising four for male and one for female students.

The overcrowded boys dormitories namely Dakpema,  Vitting, Nkrumah and Gbewaa, have cracked walls, leaked roofing and broken windows.

The implementation of the free SHS has worsened the situation compelling final year students to sacrifice their beds for some beneficiaries of the programme.

Those sleeping in the open are exposed to mosquitoes, and other reptiles coupled with the dusty and moist harmattan weather.

The female students share beds, while some sleep on the bare floor.

Some of the frustrated students in a Citi News interview, cried for help, saying, Our school lacks dormitories, classroom blocks,  entertainment and dining halls. Government should support us.

Our dining hall is meant for eating, but some of us are sleeping there and even in the school  Mosque. Our dining  hall, we go there in batches to eat.

We are appealing to the highest authorities to come to our aid,  we are suffering.

The school shares boundaries with Ghana Senior High School (Ghanasco), and the Dabokpa Secondary/Technical school.

The dire situation at Tamale Vitting Senior High School, comes to the fore few days after Citi Newsreported about how students of Three Town Senior High School in Denu, Volta Region, now resort to makeshift classrooms under trees, to host students for lessons due to the lack suitable classroom facilities.


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16% Of Children ‘Out Of School - World Bank Report


A new World Bank report on education says in Ghana a considerable number of children of primary age (age six to eleven) are out of school.

The World Bank Group Education report 2018 dubbed Facing forward: Schooling with Learning in Africa said 16 per cent of kids from the poorest quintile were out of school and that there was gender distinction at primary level.

The definition of ‘out-of-school, according to Unicef, encompasses a wide range of realities and refers to children who:

• Do not have access to a school in their community

• Do not enroll despite the availability of a school

• Enroll but later than they should have

• Enroll in schools that have poor facilities / no teachers

• Drop out of the education system.

• Enroll but do not attend school

Senior Education Specialist at the World Bank Country Office, Mrs Eunice Ackwerh, who presented an overview of the report on Ghana, said access to education had increased, but challenges relating to age of entry and repetition remained.

She said age of entry was a persistent challenge to enrollment rate monitoring, which shows barriers to access for on time enrollment related to supply of easily accessible basic schools for example.

The report, which compared Ghana to Senegal, Burkina Faso and Malawi, indicated that in Ghana, there was relatively consistent attendance through basic education.

It said at the secondary level, there was a much bigger drop off since there was an entrance examination and placement process limited to those qualifying based on the number of places available.

The report said Ghana conducts national education assessments every two years but there was the need for more formative assessments to feedback into schools and to measure intermediate results of student competencies.

It said while the Basic Education Certificate Exam (BECE) was normative and used to place students into Senior high school, students have not tested again until the end of Senior High School (West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination) for entrance to university.

It noted that by participating in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) through 2011, Ghana saw increases in each year of testing (albeit from a low starting point).

It said Ghana had been participating in EGRA/EGMA since 2013 with help from USAID, however, the results had been questioned by policymakers because of the low learning levels revealed across both some local languages and English.

The report said in Ghana, schools lack basic services to provide quality education.

The report, which compares Ghana to the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) average of percentage of primary schools with access to basic services in 2013, indicated that for toilet, Ghana had 58 per cent while that of SSA was 69 per cent.

For portable water, Ghana scores 45, whereas that of the SSA was 51 per cent; however for electricity Ghanas performance was 31 per cent, while that of the SSA was 25 per cent.

Policy direction for Ghana, the report recommended early investment; adding that quality pre-primary was important especially in order to develop non-cognitive foundational skills.

It said Early Childhood Education could interrupt the low skills equilibrium improving schooling, jobs, and even earnings called for alignment of curricula, teacher training, materials and assessments around goal of foundational skills for all.

It said there was the need to recognise inequality in learning opportunities - disadvantaged children attend schools that are also disadvantaged adding Our policies need to support level playing field and address particular challenges to learning for these children.

It advocated quality-enhancing, non-teacher-related inputs, define and implement standards for minimum school facilitiesEducation doesnt currently build literacy effectively- students can go through school without learning basic foundational skills in reading, maths and science, and called for improvement in teacher management and support.

It said additional time for learning, school feeding and more/better teachers demonstrated impact as well.

Dr Beatrix Allah-Mensah, World Bank Senior Country Officer, said: Schooling is not the same as learning and here in Ghana we are well aware of education failing some of our students, particularly children from low-income communities.

She noted that education should equip students with the skills they need to contribute to their society. The recent expansion in education is impressive- and Ghana deserves significant praise for its achievements in almost universal access to basic education,.

Ghanas access indicators are the envy of many African countries, however, this contradicts the low learning levels, measured by several national and international assessments that indicate that even if students attend school, they may leave without the very basic skills for literacy and numeracy, she added.

Dr David Evans, a Lead Economist on the team for the 2018 World Development Report, who gave an overview of the report, said countries that provide better education had faster and sustainable economic growth.


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Kim Kardashian Criticized for Aaliyah Halloween costume


She's rocked the boat yet again on social media.

And Kim Kardashian showed off yet another Halloween costume dressed as late musician Aaliyah on Saturday night in Los Angeles.

The 37-year-old reality television star received heavy backlash online after posting images of her costume as the black recording artist who died in a plane crash when she was only 22 years old.


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Deputy Minister urges Traditional Authorities to preserve cultural heritage


Mr Frank Fuseini Adongo, the Upper East Deputy Regional Minister has urged the traditional authority in the region to institute measures that will support preserve the cultural heritage of the people.
Mr Adongo, who is also the Member of Parliament for Zebilla said when there is a viable preserved culture, it would guide the young generation to live within the norms and traditions of the community and even bring on board tourists who may woo investors to the area.

Traditions and culture are the root that can provide a tranquil atmosphere to fight wrangling, conflicts and divisiveness among other things for the development of the people.

Mr Adongo made the call when he addressed the Assembly Members at the second ordinary meeting of the Bawku West District Assembly on Friday at Zebilla in the Upper East Region, to draw the attention of stakeholders on the need to preserve the Ghanaian culture.

He said modernisation and globalisation were eating deep into the social fabric of the society, resulting in the adulteration and in some cases wiping away the rich cultural practices of the people

He urged the Assembly members to identify sites that had the cultural identity of the people and could be developed to attract tourists to the area as that would support market the district.

He called on them and the general public to jointly fight crime in the area, saying armed robbery, prostitution, motorbike theft, fertilizer smuggling and other related crimes were gaining grounds in the district. 

Mr Adongo said the area would pay a high price if such crimes were allowed to become endemic in society because it would deter foreign investors.

The Minister charged the Assembly to exercise its mandate to formulate and execute plans, programmes and strategies for the effective mobilisation of resources necessary for the overall development of the district and to be responsible for the development, improvement and management of human settlements and the environment in the district.

Talking about the development of agriculture in the area, he said about 5,519 people participated in the planting for food and jobs programme, and 1,847.60 hectares of maize, 90 hectares of rice and 28 hectares of soybean were cultivated.

 

 


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Police Lack Capacity And Potency, To Act


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Member of Parliament for Tamale Central says the police are lacking the power and ability to deal with vigilante groups because they are made to be submissive to political authority. According to Inusah Fuseini, the current democratic arrangement makes the police officer obey the orders of the powers that be without questioning. He cal ...


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Hope Army Appeals To Jomoro Assembly Members To Confirm President Nominee


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The ruling New Patriotic Party 39;s (NPP) youth group chapter, Hope Army, in the Jomoro Constituency of the Western Region, has appealed to the Honourable Assembly Members of the Jomoro District Assembly to confirm the President 39;s nominee, Mr. Ernest Kwofie as the District Chief Executive (DCE). Background President Akufo-Addo throu ...


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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Defence Minister Urges Ghana Armed Forces to Bring Back Patriotism 


Mr Dominic Nitiwul, the Minister of Defence has urged the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to support Ghanaians to bring back patriotism to ensure unity, development and integrity.
He said no nation had been built without the active help of the Armed Forces, adding that, government would engage the GAF in its development projects either in road or rail way construction amongst others.
"We want you to be the focal point in helping bringing back patriotism and pride in what we call Ghana, because when the people of Ghana see you, even your normal movement or see a crowd of you, they feel very proud of you and you can see and feel it and you must ensure to maintain that respect", he added.
Mr Nitiwul said this at the annual Land Combat Fire Power Demonstration organised by the Headquarters Southern Command of the GAF at the Bundase Training Camp near Prampram in the Greater Accra Region.
The exercise which attracted the help from Ghana Navy and Ghana Air Force was to sharpen the skills of participants in the application of their tactics, techniques and procedures in joint operations.
More than 150 all rank personnel participated in the battle ground simulation with various combat maneuvers by the Infantry Platoon, Infantry Company, Infantry Battalion, Support Company, Air Force fighter jets, amongst others.
It was also graced by Students of Course 39 of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) to enhance their knowledge and professional competence. 
Mr Nitiwul said government was aware of the logistical challenges confronting the GAF, putting undue strain on the GAF in its efforts at providing quality training.
"We have started to put all the Aircraft in fine shape. Government has over the last two weeks sent the two M I Helicopters that were grounded for over one and half years outside the country to overhaul to use for training", he added.
He, therefore gave the assurance that government would equip the military adequately to enable it to discharge its duties effectively.
The Defence Minister charged the Military High Command to recruit the best personnel who were committed and willing to defend the nation and also admonished the soldiers to stay off conflicts that did not concern the country.
He also commended the soldiers for their dedication to keep the country safe. 
Brigadier General Abraham Yeboah Nsiah, the Substantive Chief Staff Officer at the Army Headquarters said the GAF was ready to fight and defend the county against either a foreign or home grown threats. 

The event was attended by Major General  William Azure Ayamdo, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Brigadier General William Omane Agyekum, the Commandant of the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) and Senior Officer Military Officers. 

 

 


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VRA, ECG Not Aware of MOU Exempting Krobos From Paying Bills


The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and Volta River Authority (VRA) say they do not have in their custody any official document exempting the people on Krobo land from paying electricity bills.
    The two bodies have therefore challenged some youth on Krobo lands to produce the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exempting them from paying bills.

    Speaking to the Media in Accra, Mrs Gertrude N. Koomson, Manager, Corporate Communications, VRA said she was not aware of any MOU adding I am also trying to look for it, We want to know the signatories, venue, time and date that the MOU was signed.

    According to her,  the VRA had records concerning resettlement and compensations that were to be paid to people but, ‘We do not have any records exempting the people of the Krobo land from paying bills.

       Nana Arthur Forson, Director of Customer Service, ECG told journalists in Accra that the company had not come across any MOU exempting them from paying bills, adding that the mandate of the company is to procure power from VRA and other power producing firms and sell same to consumers.

       On the high bills payments on Krobo lands, Mr Forson admitted that the problem was a national issue following the procurement of a new software billing system but the companys management had delegated senior personnel to rectify it.

       Currently ECG is continuing with public education on its billing system and any problems facing its customers in Krobo area addressed by ECG customer Care services.

       Nene Sakite II, Konor of Manya Krobo at the 2017 Mgmayem festival durbar held during the weekend expressed his regrets that traditional rulers have been blamed over sky rocketing bills.

       According to Nene Sakite, he was also not aware of any MOU between the VRA and the Traditional Council exempting him and his people from paying Bills.

       He therefore urged all those who have knowledge of the said MOU to make it available for him to swiftly act on.

       The Konor of Manya Krobo appealed to the VRA to publish whatever they have on the payment of electricity concerning the people of Krobo.

       Meanwhile, some youth group of the krobo land maintain that there was an MOU between their predecessors, the VRA and former head of State, Dr Kwame Nkrumah in 1963.

       According to Mr Joshua Ogborjor, Spokesperson, Concerned Krobo Youth at Somanya insisted that the chiefs of Krobo land have the MOU and will by November 15, this year produce same.

       From 1848, till this time all the records are there. I am very sure that the MOU exempted the people of Krobo from paying electricity bills.

       Mr Teye Kwao Kaismu, Public Relations Officer of United Krobo Foundation was not happy about the plight of the people of Krobo.

       According to him, during the construction of the Akosombo and Akuse Dams, almost all their farm lands and produce were destroyed and a handful of people had been compensated.


       He deplored the huge ECG bills passed on the people of Krobo saying they could not pay them because most residents were jobless.

       Mr Kaismu alleged that there were other communities that were not paying electricity bills.

       The Public Relations Officer of the United Krobo Foundation is of the view that whether there is an MOU or not, there is the need for stakeholders go back to negotiating table following the takeover of our land by VRA. 

       In May this year, some youth groups demanded for MOU between the Krobos and the VRA from the chiefs of Yilo Krobo and Manya Krobo following the irreversible damages caused by the Akosombo and Akuse Dams.

       The groups also demonstrated against the huge electricity bills posed on their people.

 

 


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Food Drugs Authority sensitizes market women on food safety


The Central Regional branch of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has organised an educational programme to sensitise Swedru Mandela Market Women on food safety and security.

The FDA as part of the activities marking safety food week celebration this year also organised a clean-up exercise at the Mandela market.

The exercise, lasted for more than five hours.

Mr John Odia Tettey, Central Regional Director of Food and Drug Authority (FDA) who addressed the gathering said it was an offence for women to display the food items they sell on the ground.

He advised them to use tables to display the items before selling them, adding that displaying their wares on the grounds could easily give sicknesses to consumers.

Mr Tettey cautioned women against selling rotten ingredients and food items including; maize, groundnuts and, millet to food vendors to prepare for sale to the public.

He warned the women who bring foods from the hinterlands to change their attitude towards ensuring food safety, adding that it was terrible practices on the part of the women to sell contaminated foods to consumers.

Mr Tettey warned the women against sneezing, coughing and blowing their noses by the food to avoid pollution and infectious diseases.

The Regional Director of FDA urged food vendors to avoid talking over uncovered foods, and asked the people to wash their hands with running water with soap before eating..

Mr George Freeman, Chief Environmental and Sanitation officer for Agona West asked the public to buy food from vendors who put up decent dresses as that would support attract them and also to prevent diseases.

Mr Freeman cautioned food vendors against selling on the edge of gutters as that practice could lead to outbreak of cholera and other diseases and warned against eating cold foods as it could also give them sicknesses.

Mr Lukeman Ali, Agona West Municipal Assembly Deputy Coordinating Director who delivered speech on behalf of Mrs Justina Marigold Assan, Agona West Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) said the mandate given to the Food and Drugs Authority must not be toyed with as they played a significant role in the survial of Ghanaians.

She assured the Mandela market women that the assembly would construct a drain in the market, pave the area and replace defunct bulbs in the market to avoid thievery


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Unlock societal problems with innovative ideas-Archbishop Duncan-Williams


Archbishop Nicolas Duncan-Williams, the Founder and Chancellor of the Dominion University College, has advised graduates of the school to use knowledge acquired to unlock societal problems with innovative ideas and make a contrast in the lives of people.

He noted that every problem in life was as a result of lack of peace and that those who did not have the keys to unlock it remained stranded.

He therefore charged the fresh graduates to make God the centre of their lives because he could make impossible things possible and charged them to be innovative, in order to enhance the cause of humanity.

Life is a process, so dont take a shortcut, dont rush, a shortcut will cut you short, take a path and go through the process, gain experience and develop capacity, and youll make a difference, he said.

Archbishop Duncan-Williams gave the advice at the Second Congregation and Fourth Matriculation of the Dominion University College, in Accra, on Saturday held on the theme: Contributing to National Development, Global Influence and Competiveness.

He cited the former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela who served his people with absolute selflessness and made great impact on the lives of many people around the world and entreated the graduates to a take a cue from him.

In all, a total of 255 students graduated comprising 160 males and 95 females. Out of the figure, 119 graduated with degrees , 31 High National Diplomas (HND) and 105 diplomas, with eight obtaining First Class,74 Second Class Upper and 68 obtaining Second Class Lower.

Meanwhile, 468 students took the Matriculation Oaths and officially admitted into the University comprising 233 degree students, 85 offering High National Diploma and150 pursuing diploma programmes.

The University, which is affiliated to the University of Cape Coast started operations in September 2012, and is currently running three Undergraduate Programmes, including Business Administration, Theological Studies and Science and Technology.

It also offers diploma programmes including; High National Diploma in Business and Information Technology as well as Theological Studies.

Professor Wisdom Gagakuma, the President of the University, said the University was established to advance learning and knowledge through teaching, research and knowledge transfer, as well as provide tertiary education in an enabling environment for the socio-economic development of emerging economies.

He said over the years, the University had trained a considerable number of young and energetic graduates who were imparting the lives of people across the globe and entreated the outgoing graduands to serve as the Universitys ambassadors with high integrity and pursue excellence and competencies at their various workplaces.

Prof. Gagakuma also advised the fresh students who had been admitted into the School, to take their studies seriously and resist any indecent act such as examination malpractices, stealing, occultism, drug addiction and plagiarism since the School authorities would not comprise in applying the necessary sanctions.

Students who excelled in their respective programmes were rewarded with cash and certificates, with Mr. Maxwell Cobbold Takyi being adjudged the Overall Best Student and took home a certificate and GHc3, 000 for his efforts.


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Rising Consumption of Palm Oil in Ghana - Leads to Increase Importation


There has been a rising consumption of palm oil in Ghana, leading to increase in importation of the oil into the country.

 

Palm oil imports into Ghana increased from 163,000 tonnes in 2015 to 203,000 tonnes in 2016, an increase of about 23.9 per cent.

 

Within the first nine months of this year, Malaysian palm oil imports into Ghana totaled 213,000 tonnes.

 

The Chairman of Malaysia Palm Oil Council (MPOC), Mr Dato Lee Yeow Chor, stated that at the launch of Malaysiaâ€"Ghana Palm Oil Trade fair and Seminar (POTS) 2017 in Accra.

 

Event

 

The seminar, organised by MPOC in collaboration with Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) with help from the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), was also to discuss the importance of strategic collaboration among industry members in the palm oil market.

 

Themed: ‘Creating mutual partnership, optimising and expanding palm oil opportunities in West Africa, the maiden edition of the event attracted over 300 participants from both Ghana and Malaysia.

 

Discussants covered topics on oils and fats ranging from market outlook and trade to oil palm planting and logistics situation in Africa.

 

Ghana is said to be one of Malaysias trading partners in the region. The total trade registered between the two countries was US$337 million in 2016.

 

About US$140 million has already been recorded within the third-quarter of 2017 from the importation of oil into the country.

 

Significance

 

According to Mr Chor, the event is part of efforts to strengthen the existing diplomatic relationship between Ghana and Malaysia, particularly in trade and investment.

 

All indicators, he said, showed that Ghana was poised to grow in consumption and importation of oils and fats, so strengthening Malaysia palm oil industry to become a partner in Ghanas oils and fats industry was a step in the right direction.

 

He said it was necessary to realise the full potential of palm oil as a nutritious and cost competitive vegetable oil.

 

Mr Chor said Malaysia considered West African markets as critical destinations for Malaysian palm oil.

 

In recent years, there has been a significant upward trend of Malaysian palm oil exports into this region. Last year, Malaysia exported about one million tonnes of palm oils to all countries in the West African region, he added.

 

An expert in palm oil, Dr James Fry, observed that statistics in Africa were not always reliable due to inadequate records.

 

 Malaysia palm oil industry

 

The plantation industry, in particular palm oil, is one of the main pillars of Malaysias economy. The palm oil sector has contributed significantly towards providing a continuous inflow of export earnings through the export of raw commodity and value-added products to the global market.

 

In 2016, palm oil contributed significantly in export earnings for Malaysia, accounting for 33 per cent of the worlds palm oil production and 39 per cent of total palm oil exports.

 

 


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Fake Soldier Busted


A 24-year-old man, who allegedly posed as a soldier and stormed the Accra Regional Police Command to plead for bail for his friend in police custody, has been arrested.

 

The suspect, Ernest Norshie, a computer system engineer, was apprehended at the premises of the regional command upon suspicion.

 

He was wearing military apparel which clearly indicated that he was a captain in the army.

 

Speaking to DAILY GUIDE, the Accra Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), ASP Efia Tenge, said the incident occurred on Thursday, October 26, 2017 around   4:30pm.

 

Norshie approached a colonel, who was not in uniform and asked him for directions to see the investigator and the friend.

 

ASP Tenge said when the colonel asked the suspect to identify himself, he only claimed to be a captain.

 

When the colonel enquired about his unit, the suspect could not utter a word.

 

The colonel alerted the police who immediately arrested him.

 

A search conducted by the police revealed a military uniform, scarf, pennant and jack knife in his bag.

 

The suspect later claimed to be a cadet officer.

 

ASP Tenge said the suspect had been detained to assist in further police investigations.

 

We have to uncover the reason for his disguise and to find out if he poses a threat to anybody.

 

 


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Government to Beef up Security Services


The government is to embark on a massive recruitment exercise to beef up the strength of the security agencies.

 

It has also put in place measures to provide the security services with the essential logistics to enable them to operate efficiently and effectively.

 

The Minister of the Interior, Mr Ambrose Dery, who made this known at an international conference to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Centre for Migration 

Studies (CMS), University of Ghana, in Accra last Thursday, did not give the numbers to be recruited but indicated that the move would ensure that citizens and their properties received the best of protection.

 

Sustainable development

 

The two-day conference on the theme: Migration, security and sustainable development, was to provide a platform for the presentation of papers on migration by both local and international participants.

 

Mr Dery said Ghana currently had a migration policy which, if operationalised, would support address the issue of irregular migration and other related issues which affected sustainable development.

 

He noted that the CMS had been very instrumental in shaping the migration environment in Ghana and had played a major role in the development of the national migration policy.

 

Freedom of movement

 

Mr Dery noted that Ghana was committed to the free movement of persons on the continent and had gone ahead, without prejudice to the security of the country, to implement a visa-on-arrival policy regime at a reduced fee for Africans.

 

Inasmuch as Ghana is committed to free movement of persons, the security of the country is also of importance to the development and sustainability of the nation, he said.

 

Mr Dery opined that the porous borders of Africa called for a standardised screening, registration and document issuance mechanism, which adhered to international standards and best practices.

 

Security for all

 

To ensure the security of all, the Ghana Immigration Act has been passed to allow officers at the borders to acquire weapons to protect all persons, he said.

 

A Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Mr Charles Owiredu, said migration contributed in diverse ways to the socio-economic development of Ghana.

 

He commended the CMS for its efforts and collaboration in drafting the National Migration and Diaspora policies for the Ministry, adding that it marked the beginning of their engagement.

 

Governance frameworks

 

For his part, the Director of the centre, Dr Joseph Teye, said since its establishment, the centre had been contributing to the development of migration governance frameworks at the global level and had also collaborated with various international organisations to organise capacity-building programmes for public officials and social partners in West Africa.

 

He said migration had been increasingly securitised, especially by developed countries, in the wake of what was perceived as growing threats of terrorism and, in Africa, the link between migration and security manifested in identity, nationalism and citizenship crises.

 

A former Director, Social Development Policy Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Professor Tekyiwaa Manuh, urged Ghana to take active interest in the Global Compact and adopt it to make it become useful for the country.

 

She said: Until we restructure the economy regionally and continentally, were not going to make any headway.

 

 


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Theorists Believe The World Is Going To End Next MONTH


Conspiracy theorists are yet again convinced that the mysterious plant Nibiru is set to ruin Earth in the coming weeks. 

Nibiru was supposed to eradicate Earth on September 23 after a Christian numerologist claimed it was on a collision path with our planet.

The doomsday prediction drew enough media attention that Nasa was forced to publicly refute the claims.

Now, conspiracy theorists are claiming Nibiru will generate a devastating series of earthquakes on November 19 that will annihilate all life on Earth.


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Daughter Of Jailed Vietnamese Activist Seeks Help From First Lady Melania


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Accra, Oct 27, (dpa/GNA) - The daughter of an imprisoned Vietnamese blogger has called for her mother 39;s release in a letter addressed to US First Lady Melania Trump ahead of a presidential visit to Vietnam in November, her grandmother told dpa Friday. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, also known as Mother Mushroom, was sentenced to 10 years impr ...


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Defiled Todler Relocated From Assin-Adadientem


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Information reaching Joy News indicates that family of the four-year-old girl who was defiled at Assin Adadientem in the Central Region, has been relocated from the village. Member of Parliament for Assin South, Rev. John Ntim Fordjour who earlier paid a visit to the family told Joy News all debt and expenses have been taken care of, all ...


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South Korea, Canada Discuss Cooperation On N.K. Issues


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Accra, Oct. 27, (Yonhap/GNA) - The top diplomats of South Korea and Canada discussed cooperation in dealing with North Korea 39;s nuclear problem and other issues of mutual concern on Friday, the foreign ministry said. Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha spoke by phone with her Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland, according to the ministr ...


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South Korea, Canada Discuss Cooperation On N.K. Issues


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Accra, Oct. 27, (Yonhap/GNA) - The top diplomats of South Korea and Canada discussed cooperation in dealing with North Korea 39;s nuclear problem and other issues of mutual concern on Friday, the foreign ministry said. Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha spoke by phone with her Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland, according to the ministr ...


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SNV Ghana Sensitizes Ashanti GWJN Members On P2P Project


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A one day sensitization workshop has been organized for members of the Ashanti regional chapter of the Ghana Water and Sanitation Journalists Network (GWJN) by the Netherlands Development Organization(SNV) on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)and how to attract private sector participation in the sector. The workshop is meant to equip m ...


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Daughter Of Jailed Vietnamese Activist Seeks Help From First Lady Melania


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Accra, Oct 27, (dpa/GNA) - The daughter of an imprisoned Vietnamese blogger has called for her mother 39;s release in a letter addressed to US First Lady Melania Trump ahead of a presidential visit to Vietnam in November, her grandmother told dpa Friday. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, also known as Mother Mushroom, was sentenced to 10 years impr ...


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Daughter Of Jailed Vietnamese Activist Seeks Help From First Lady Melania


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Accra, Oct 27, (dpa/GNA) - The daughter of an imprisoned Vietnamese blogger has called for her mother 39;s release in a letter addressed to US First Lady Melania Trump ahead of a presidential visit to Vietnam in November, her grandmother told dpa Friday. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, also known as Mother Mushroom, was sentenced to 10 years impr ...


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Puigdemont: The Unlikely Leader Of Catalonia's Campaign For Independence


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Accra, Oct 27,(dpa/GNA) - In less than two years, Carles Puigdemont has gone from relative unknown to the face of the most serious existential and political crisis in 40 years of Spanish democracy. Puigdemont finds himself at a crossroads as Catalonia 39;s parliament prepares to vote on a declaration of independence in response to the ce ...


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Saturday, October 28, 2017

South Korea, Canada Discuss Cooperation On N.K. Issues


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Accra, Oct. 27, (Yonhap/GNA) - The top diplomats of South Korea and Canada discussed cooperation in dealing with North Korea 39;s nuclear problem and other issues of mutual concern on Friday, the foreign ministry said. Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha spoke by phone with her Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland, according to the ministr ...


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7 African Countries Battle Malnutrition


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A number of African countries are taking bold action to tackle malnutrition as they have successfully implemented a range of actions that have started to improve nutrition for all. Good nutrition contributes to cognitive development, better opportunities for children to realise their potential, and higher earnings later in life. This, ...


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Arsenal 2-1 Swansea, Liverpool 3-0 Huddersfield And West Brom 2-3 Man City


 
 
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How Much Further Can I Drive After My fuel Warning Light Comes On


Many drivers will have seen their red fuel light flash on and carried on to their destination without stopping to fill-up at least once.

But some seem to be pushing it a little too far - with some being responsible for a spate of traffic jams in Derbyshire in recent weeks.


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Defilement: Otiko Assures Justice For 4-yr Victim


The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba, has affirmed the commitment of her ministry in ensuring justice in an alleged defilement of a four-year-old girl at Dadientem in the Central region.

I have directed officers of the Department of Social Welfare and the Childrens Department of my Ministry to visit the victim and her family to ascertain the facts about her welfare for necessary action to be taken. I am also preparing to personally pay a visit to the little girl and her family to affirm our readiness to help the victim to receive justice and restore her dignity, She stated in a press release.

The victim is currently receiving treatment at the St Francis Xavier Hospital but the alleged perpetrator is on the run after the chief declared him innocent because the village deity said so, an allegation the chief has denied.

The minister said the defilement of any child is horrifying, traumatic and unacceptable and she strongly condemn what has happened in no uncertain terms since it violates the fundamental human rights and dignity of this innocent girl.

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin South constituency in the Central Region, John Ntim Fordjour, has said that the victim of an alleged defilement case and her mother have been relocated from Dadientem to prevent stigmatisation.

Find below the release from the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection:

THE MINISTER FOR GENDER, CHILDREN AND SOCIAL PROTECTION, HON. OTIKO AFISAH DJABA CONDEMNS THE DEFILEMENT OF 4-YEAR OLD GIRL AT ASSIN DADIENTEM

The defilement of any child is horrifying, traumatic and unacceptable. My attention has been drawn through media reports to the defilement case involving a 4-year old girl at Assin Dadientem in the Central Region. As Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, I strongly condemn what has happened in no uncertain terms since it violates the fundamental human rights and dignity of this innocent girl.

Whilst waiting for the Police Report, I have directed officers of the Department of Social Welfare and the Childrens Department of my Ministry to visit the victim and her family to ascertain the facts about her welfare for necessary action to be taken. I am also preparing to personally pay a visit to the little girl and her family to affirm our readiness to help the victim to receive justice and restore her dignity.

We are also collaborating with the Ghana Police Service to ensure the perpetrator and all those connected to this criminal act are brought to book.

To further demonstrate our commitment to the protection of children, our officers of the Domestic Violence Unit and Childrens Department, specifically; Madam Victoria Natsu and Madam Helena Obeng- Asamoah respectively, have condemned the act (Joy News TV- 24th October, 2017 and Executive Breakfast Show on Class Fm on 26th October, 2017).

The defilement of any child is extremely worrying, in 2015 alone DOVVSU recorded 1,180 cases of female defilement and 16 males.
The Ministry wants to assure Ghanaians that we are very sensitive to issues concerning the welfare of the vulnerable in our society and will continue to promote their rights, their wellbeing and development. We are liaising with other agencies for justice to be carried out for this little girl to serve as a deterrent to such abusers.

The public is advised to report cases of defilement, rape and all forms of sexual abuses to the nearest police station or any law enforcement agency for the necessary processes to be initiated so that the evidence required by the police for investigation is not destroyed.

Parents are advised not to leave their children alone and also be very mindful of who they leave their children with when they are absent, since the perpetrators of defilement are people close to the family and/or trusted relations.

I want to emphasise that the protection of our children is a collective responsibility and I thus entreat all members of our communities to be more vigilant.

We acknowledge the role of our traditional and opinion leaders; however, we would like to advise them not to arbitrate on such criminal matters. Defilement is a criminal offence and all such acts should first be reported to the Police.

The Ministry wishes to remind the public that the survivor is a minor and we should all make an effort to protect her identity and dignity.
I would like to thank the media and the general public and assure all Ghanaians that my Ministry is following up on this case seriously to its logical conclusion.

Hon Otiko Afisah Djaba
Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection


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Facebook Denies ‘Listening To Conversations


A Facebook executive has denied the social network uses a devices microphone to listen to what users are saying and then send them relevant ads.

Rob Goldman, the tech giants vice-president of ads, was responding to a tweet by PJ Vogt, the presenter of a tech podcast called Reply All.

Anecdotally, many people report seeing adverts which appear to be related to recent, real-life conversations.

Mr Vogt had asked for details of these specific occasions.

I run ads product at Facebook. We dont â€" and have never â€" used your microphone for ads. Just not true, Mr Goldman wrote.

When another Twitter user asked him if that included Instagram, which is also owned by Facebook, he replied, Yes.

PJ Vogt got hundreds of replies to his original tweet.

A co-worker got an ad saying, So you popped the question! minutes after he proposed, before he told anyone it had happened, wrote Tori Hoover.

At work, happened to me though earlier this year. Working as a barista, got a burn, talked to my partner in person about it, went to Target, bought the burn cream, and saw an ad on FB for the exact product I purchased. Never searched for product either, wrote Brigitte Bonasoro.

In a statement on its website from 2016, Facebook denied the practice.

We show ads based on peoples interests and other profile information â€" not what youre talking out loud about, it said.

One theory is that the ads and their connection to an individual are purely coincidental â€" that the ad may have appeared before but had not been noticed because it had no prior relevance.

If you take something that has a tiny chance of occurring and give it enough opportunities to occur, it inevitably will happen, said mathematics professor David Hand from Imperial College London when the BBC investigated whether smartphones were listening in to conversations last year.

We are evolutionarily trained to seek explanations.


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Kenya Voters Shun Election Re-Run...Turn Out Below 34%


Kenya's electoral commission says fewer than 34% of registered voters took part in Thursday's re-run of the presidential election.

 

The figure is sharply down on the initial poll in August, when nearly 80% of the electorate voted.

 

The main opposition coalition had called for a boycott of the poll.

 

Voting has had to be suspended indefinitely in four areas where opposition supporters have been clashing with police.

 

Electoral commission head Wafula Chebukati had wanted voting in these opposition strongholds to go ahead on Saturday, but said he had to postpone it again because persistent insecurity made it too risky for his staff.

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta is seeking a second term. Opposition leader Raila Odinga has pulled out of the contest.

 

At least two people have been reported killed in the violence, including a teenage boy shot by police during clashes in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu.

 

Some opposition supporters also prevented people from voting, despite Mr Odinga's calls for them to stay away.

 

The BBC's Tomi Oladipo in the capital, Nairobi, says that even in some areas where there was calm, voter fatigue and a loss of faith in the electoral process meant turnout was still low.

 

The electoral commission has seven days to declare the results once all voting is complete.

 

President Kenyatta was declared the winner in an August vote, which was annulled because of "irregularities".

 

After casting his vote Mr Kenyatta said the country was "tired of electioneering" and it was "time we moved forward".

 

 


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MURDER: Husband Who Had An Affair With His Young Sister-In-Law


This is the first picture of the man who enjoyed a sexual relationship with his sister-in-law who went on to murder his wife in a jealous anger because she 'wanted him to herself'.

Hafeez Rehman had a four-year affair with Sabah Khan, 27, who was jailed for life yesterday after she launched a frenzied knife attack on her 34-year-old sister Saima Khan at their Luton home in May 2016.

Taxi driver Mr Rehman revealed his 'shame' over the adulterous relationship and said 'not a day goes by' that he doesn't 'regret it'.


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Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham


Manchester United overcame Tottenham 1-0 thanks to a late Anthony Martial strike in Saturday's Premier League lunchtime kick-off.

Both teams cancelled each other out well during Saturday's cagey affair but it was United who had the better chances to come away with all three points. 

And after Dele Alli missed a golden chance to give Tottenham the lead, Martial stepped up four minutes later to net the winner for United after firing home with his left foot after latching on to Romelu Lukaku's header.


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Ghana Police To Be Africas Best In 4 Years – IGP


The Inspector General Police, David Asante-Apeatu, says pragmatic steps are being taken to make the Ghana Police Service the best in Africa within 4 years. 

According to him, the police administration has rolled out a transformational agenda to modernize its operation and put it ahead of its peers in the African region. 

The Ghana Police service has come under heavy criticism in recent times over its failings in cracking the whip on suspected criminals, especially political vigilante groups who blatantly disregard the law and perpetuate crimes in broad daylight. 

Speaking at the opening ceremony of a two-day orientation course for regional private security liaison officers, the IGP said the Police service also looks to becoming among the top 10 organizations in the world. 

These developments in the police private security front is part of the polices transformation agenda which is inspired by our vision to be a world-class police service capable of delivering planned, democratic, protective and tranquil services up to the standards of international best practices. 

The goal of the transformation program is to make the Ghana Police the best service in Africa, and one of the top 10 organizations in the world within 4 years, he said.

Following his appointment in January 2017, Mr. Asante Appeatu has given indications of his readiness to transform the police service. 

The service has been consistently rated as one of the most corrupt institutions, with many members of the public accusing its men and women of exhibiting all forms of unprofessional conduct. 

Among the developments at the Police Service following his appointment, is the introduction of a GHc 50,000 insurance cover for officers who die in line of duty. 

Mr. Appeatu said the amount would be used in case of death in the line of duty, and three children would be catered for from nursery to tertiary. 

He added that, even if one should die accidentally or a natural death, the family would be entitled to GH¢ 25,000, and if an officer should suffer permanent disability, he or she would be entitled to GH¢ 25,000.


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Footballer Jailed for Robbing Worshippers


Misbau Afolabi a footballer who robbed members of the Tabernacle of Hope Church International of monies, mobile phones and laptop during an all-night service has been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment by a Circuit court in Accra.

 

This was after the court presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh found him guilty on the charges of robbery.

 

The court however acquitted Afolabi on the charge of conspiracy to commit crime

 

Two other accomplices are said to be at large.

 

Prosecuting, Superintendent of Police Kwaku Bempah said the complainant was Jerry Akotia an Assistant Pastor of the church.

 

Prosecution said the convict who claims to be  a footballer residing at  Community one Site 10, Tema on January 26, 2013 at about 2:30am the members were having an all night service at the church auditorium  when the convict and two others at large wielding a locally manufactured pistol and pump action gun attacked them.

 

Prosecution said the convict and his accomplices ordered the worshippers to lie down and robbed them of mobile phones, laptops and unspecified sums of money.

 

A witness in the matter informed the head pastor and a report was made to the police.

 

On March 28, last year, Afolabi was spotted by a witness and he alerted the police at Tema

 

Afolabi was arrested and sent to the Accra Regional Police but denied the offence in his caution statement but was convicted after the trial.

 

 


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My Reputation Is Intact---Musah Superior Fights Back


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Following a threat of impeachment from some Assembly Members, the Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive, Iddrisu Musah, also known as Musah Superior, has refuted allegations of abuse of power, put forth by the 31 members who have resolved to pass a vote of no confidence against him. The 31 members, who can form a quorum to pass the vote of ...


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Legon Holds 2nd School of Languages Conference


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The School of Languages and the Language Centre at the University of Ghana has held its second edition of the school of languages International Conference at the University of Ghana in Accra. The three day conference which began on 24th and 26th under the theme, ldquo;Proverbs across cultures: Perspectives from language, linguistics and ...


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Friday, October 27, 2017

Queen Mothers Condemn Defilement Of Toddler


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Accra, Oct. 27, CDA Consult - The Queen Mothers Foundation of Ghana in conjunction with Women in Leadership International (WiLI) on Friday condemned the defilement of a four year old girl at Assin Adadiemtem in the Central Region. ldquo;We unreservedly condemn this horrific act and actions of the people who would have wanted to shelve th ...


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Nigerian Man Buys Man a G-Class to apologise for impregnating his wife


A Nigerian man based in South Africa says he does not regret buying a luxury Mercedes-Benz G-class to a South African man as a token to apologise for impregnating his wife.

I know what I did is wrong but I feel better he has accepted my gift. He accepted that his wife, my girlfriend, is pregnant and will soon give birth to my son. He was furious at first but when I presented the car to him his rage vanished, said the man who identified herself as John.

One source close to the family of the woman who fell pregnant says she knew about the affair but never idea it would lead to a pregnancy. She says she is disappointed the husband accepted the Mercedes-Benz from the Nigerian national.

Nigerian men will never take our men seriously. What kind of a man accepts a gift from a man who impregnated his wife He will impregnate her again and buy the stupid husband another car. I am so disappointed, she said.

When approached for a comment the husband said it is wrong to say I am stupid. The point of the matter is we cannot reverse what happened. We sat down as men and sorted the issue.

"The Bible says we must forgive and forget. I have always dreamed of driving a G-wagon. Christmas came early for me and my family, said the husband who didnt want to be named.

The baby will be born and Ill take care of him as my own. If the father wants to take him to Nigeria I wouldnt mind. I will give my wife the help she needs always. That is what marriage is all about. I love my wife and will not leave her because of a mere pregnancy, he added.


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Ghana's Laws Will Be Enforced Without Fear Or Favour – Akufo-Addo


The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reiterated the commitment of his government towards maintaining the peace and security of the country.

Speaking at this years Ngmayem Festival, of the Chiefs and people of Manya Krobo, President Akufo-Addo stressed that the application of the laws of the land will occur, in the words of the judicial oath, without fear or favour, affection or ill-will, and without recourse to the political, religious or ethnic affiliations of any citizen of the land.

According to President Akufo-Addo, when you fall foul of the law, you will be dealt with accordingly, and the law enforcement agencies, including the Judiciary, must ensure this is done.

President Akufo-Addos call comes in the wake of disturbances in Karaga and Sissala West Districts of the Northern Region, being perpetrated by alleged supporters of the New Patriotic Party.

Addressing the gathering of Chiefs and people of Manya Krobo, the President indicated that the Ngmayem festival is a celebration of Ghanas farmers, and the abundant harvest of 'ngma' (millet).

He noted that Ghana has the unique potential to feed her growing population, meet the raw material requirements of her processing industries, achieve food security, and compete successfully as a leading supplier to countries around us and beyond.

Through our flagship programme, Planting for Food and Jobs, we have ensured the provision of improved seeds, the supply of subsidized fertilizers, the provision of dedicated extension services, a marketing strategy and the use of e-Agriculture. Under this Programme, 227.8 hectares of land were cultivated in the major season, and 179.8 hectares for the minor season in Manya Krobo, he said.

In anticipation of a bumper harvest, the President stated that the National Buffer Stock Company Limited has been resourced to provide the ready market for farm produce.

This will ensure that our farmers are paid minimum guaranteed prices, to make farming a viable venture. Agriculture remains the fuel that powers all our activity in Ghana. We ignore it at our risk. My government will, certainly, not ignore it. I give you my pledge that farmers, food crop farmers, fish farmers and livestock farmers will all have the help and respect they deserve from my government, he added.

Outlining some of the policies of his administration over the last 10 months, President AKufo-Addo noted that his government has been working to grow Ghanas economy and open up opportunities for all her citizens.

His government, he said, has started the Free Senior High School programme, guaranteeing secondary education for all of Ghanas children; and is heralding the revival of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

Government, the President added, has also abolished a number of nuisance taxes which were stifling the growth of the private sector, and introduced a number of policies aimed at formalising the structure of the Ghanaian economy â€" the National Identification Scheme; the National Digital Property Addressing System; the e-registration system to enhance business registration processes; the paperless system at the port, amongst many other initiatives.

We are doing all of this because we want to build a Ghana, which looks to the use of its own resources and their proper management as the way to engineer social and economic growth in our country. We want to build an economy that looks past commodities to position our country in the global marketplace. We want to build a Ghana Beyond Aid, President Akufo-Addo said.


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Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah Promoted Again


The acting Director General of Police CID, Mrs Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, who was accused of a cover-up in the investigations into the corruption allegations against Ghanas two deputy chiefs of staff, has been promoted for the second time in a month.

Mrs. Addo-Danquah who is currently an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), will from November 1 move to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP), which is the second highest in the countrys Police ranks, 3news.com can authoritatively report.

The latest promotion comes a week after she was promoted to head the Criminal Investigations Department of the Police Servicing in an acting capacity, following the retirement of her boss, COP Bright Oduro. Her appointment to take up the top job was met with stiff opposition from civil society groups some of which threatened to petition the IGP over her conduct in the investigations of corruption against Francis Asenso-Bopakye and Samuel Abu Jinapor.

They condemned the promotion, claiming it puts the integrity and the credibility of the Police Service into disrepute, something they argue could cause people to put the law into their own hands. Executive Director of Governance Watch, Stephen Kwabena Attuh said on TV3 Midday Live on October 18 that his outfit would petition the Inspector General of Police by close of the week, to get him to reconsider the decision.

Their challenge to Mrs Addo-Danquahs occupancy of the position stemmed from a leaked audio conversation between her and musician A-Plus which revealed a possible cover-up in the report of the CID on the allegations of corruption against Ghanas deputy chiefs of staff. A-Plus alleged corruption against the deputy chiefs of staff, Francis Asenso-Bopakye and Samuel Abu Jinapor, stating on Facebook: It is unbelievable how Nana [Akufo-Addo] was able to appoint two thieves whose level of stupidity is the same. Arrogant and corrupt fools.

An investigation into the matter by the Police CID however cleared the two of corruption, descrying the allegations as baseless and without basis whatsoever.

But before the dust on the matter could settle, an audiotape between ACP Addo-Danquah and A-Plus emerged on which the former appeared to confirm the corruption allegation against the two deputy chiefs of staff.

Barely 24 hours after the audio leaked, ACP Addo-Danquah issued a statement to deny the claim, noting she couldnt possibly had come to the conclusion that the two deputies were corrupt. She claimed the leaked audiotape was doctored and or edited to achieve deliberate, mischievous and evil purpose.

Though many called for ACP Addo-Danquah to be interdicted for investigations into her unprofessional conduct to be carried out. However, before any such action could be taken, she was announced as the acting Director General of the Police CID on October 17, 2017 following an order to her boss, COP Bright Oduro, to proceed on leave prior to retirement.


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Black Man Who Was Forced Into A Coffin By White South Africans And Threatened To Burn Him Alive Breaks Down In Tears


Two white farmers, who forced a afraid black man they caught on their land into a coffin and threatened to throw in a snake and burn him alive, were sent to prison today for attempted murder.

Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson were also sentenced for kidnapping, assault with GBH and intimidation in a trial that highlighted the deep racial divisions in South Africa.

The pair were sentenced to a combined 35 years after a court was shown a horrific two-minute long video of them threatening their victim, trapped inside a coffin, as he pleaded for his life.


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X Factor Millionaire Simon Cowell Rushed To Hospital...


Simon Cowell has been stretchered out of his house in a neck brace after falling down the stairs while going to get a cup of hot milk.

The millionaire music mogul was taken to hospital from his London mansion in the back of an ambulance after the accident between 7.30am and 8.30am today.

The X-Factor star, 58, is believed to be going downstairs to get a cup of hot milk because he was having trouble sleeping when he either slipped or fainted.

It is not known if his partner Lauren or son Eric were at home at the time. 

He is currently in hospital undergoing tests but his injuries are not believed to be serious.


By Ghana Leaks Blog


Two Defraud Indian Businessman In Gold Deal


Two men have been dragged to the Accra Circuit Court for allegedly defrauding an Indian businessman of US$40,000 in a gold and diamond deal.

Thompson Opoku-Agyemang and Maxwell Cobbinah pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit crime and defrauding by untrue pretence.

The two, together with Musah Nabie, a Sierra Leonean who is currently on the run, are alleged to have duped the Indian under the pretext of helping him transport his gold and diamond from Ghana to Dubai.

Opoku-Agyemang has been granted bail in the sum of GH¢160,000 with three sureties, one to be justified by the court that is presided over by Mrs Cecelia Dapaah Mireku.

Cobbinah is also on bail in the sum of GH¢180,000 with four sureties, one to be justified.

Hearing continues on November 14, 2017.

Per the facts, as presented by the prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr Stephen Adjei, the businessman is a resident in the United Kingdom.

In November 2016, the businessman, he said, bought some quantities of gold and diamond from Sierra Leone with the intention of sending them to Dubai and asked Nabie to support him transport them.

According to ASP Adjei, after a while, the Indian received a call from Opoku-Agyemang, who introduced himself as a Superintendent of police in Ghana.

Opoku-Agyemang told the businessman that Nabie has been arrested at the Kotoka International Airport by the Customs officials and that the gold and diamond have been seized.

He further told the Indian that the Customs officials were demanding US$10,000 before the goods would be released and since he was a police official, he could facilitate the release of the goods, the prosecutor said.

In view of this, the prosecutor said, the businessman sent the $10,000, which was collected by Cobbinah on the orders of Opoku-Agyemang.

ASP Adjei explained that Nabie, Cobbinah and Agyemang shared the money and sent a miniature photograph of gold bars and diamonds to the businessman with a promise to airlift them to him.

Later Agyemang informed the businessman that the customs officials were demanding additional money for airlifting the goods to Dubai. In February 2017, the businessman through the same means sent US$30,000 to Opoku-Agyemang and Cobbinah, he said.

According to the prosecutor, Nabie, Opoku-Agyemang and Cobbinah switched off their phones and went into hiding after collecting the money.

The businessman through another person in Ghana reported the matter to the police, leading to Agyemangs arrest. Investigations later led to Cobbinahs arrest, the prosecutor added.


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