Thursday, November 23, 2017

The African Heritage Outlet And Online Mall (AHOOM) Launches In Accra


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African Heritage Outlet and Online Mall (AHOOM) launches in grand style at the AHOOM Retail hub in Accra, Ghana. Offering the very best out of African creativity. AHOOM is a social entrepreneurial initiative of Groupe Nallem STM with the key objective of providing a platform for artist and artisans leverage on the following: - Skill ...


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Mother & Baby Care Unit Of KATH Almost Ready---First Lady Reveals


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The First Lady says the new Mother and Baby Care Unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital that is under construction will be ready for inauguration before the end of 2017. Rebecca Akufo-Addo said the next stop of the Rebecca Foundation after the completion of the KATH building will be the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. Speaking during ...


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Meet Malia Obama's New Squeeze!


The student who was caught passionately kissing former First Daughter Malia Obama before the Harvard-Yale football game on Saturday is a British import, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.

Rory Farquharson was head boy at one of England's most prestigious schools before deciding to continue his studies at the Ivy League university, where he is now in his sophomore year. 

The 19-year-old posted a picture of himself at the Cambridge, Massachusetts, school last fall with the three simple words: 'So it begins.'

But Farquharson couldn't have known the international media storm that would commence when he made out with President Barack Obama's eldest daughter â€" and it was all caught on camera.


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Use KABAs Death To Look Into Ghana's Health Care Delivery - Ex-Prez Mahama


Ex-president John Mahama says the death of one of Multimedias standout presenters should support the country turn its attention to health care delivery.

He does not understand why Kwadwo Asare Baffuor Acheampong and other young outstanding Ghanaians including the late Komla Dumor will die at such a young age.

While the country griefs in pain over the loss of KABA, the president said it is about time to consider reducing the talk about politics and rather turn attention to health and revamping the countrys health care delivery system.

KABA, 37, died on Saturday morning in a rather shocking manner. He had reported to work the day before but had to leave after complaining of feeling dizzy.

He was later rushed to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital when the sickness got worse but was pronounced dead not long after.

His death has shocked many, with hundreds trooping to the Multimedia Group to commiserate with the family.

On Wednesday the Ex-president arrived at the Multimedia HQ to also sympathise and solidarize with the Group.

He was in the company of some of the top members of the National Democratic Congress including Greater Accra Regional Chairman Ade Coker, Alhaji ABA Fuseini.

Wearing all black with little expression on his face, the ex-president  said he was absolutely shocked by the death of the young Ghanaian presenter.

He signed the book of condelence opened on behalf of the late KABA who died at age 37.

The president was distraught that many young lives are cut short at their prime, a concern he shared in the message he wrote in the book of condolence opened on behalf of the late KABA.

Speaking to the media gathered, the ex-president described the late presenter as a "man with his own style", who "puts the chips where they were."

It is that harsh objectivity we are going to miss, he said.

 


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NADMO Ambassador Afia Adutwumwaa Cleans Nima Market


Greater Accra Regional NADMO Ambassador Afia Adutwumwaa Morosa has urged Ghanaians to keep their environments clean to avoid any health hazards.

She asked the citizenry to cultivate the habit of cleaning up their communities on regular basis so as to live under hygienic conditions.

Afia Adutwumwaa expressed concerns about the attitudes of some people who take delight in dumping refuse in gutters and keeping filth within their vicinities.

For this course, she, over the weekend, collaborated with the Ayawaso East NADMO officials and M.A.G group to conduct a clean-up exercise at Nima market.

The clean-up exercise at Nima market in the Ayawaso East municipality was also in commitment with the vision of President Nana Akufo-Addo to make Greater Accra the cleanest city in Africa.

During the exercise, Afia further appealed to waste management companies across the country to collect the waste at various markets on time.

Watch video below:


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2 Burglaries Busted At Agbogbloshie


The Police have apprehended two persons suspected to be behind break-ins in Accra and some parts of the Central and Western Regions.

The suspects, who work with other criminals, were arrested at their hideout at Agbogbloshie in Accra.

They are Prince Opoku aka Agyenkwa Rasta and Godwin Ameka aka Kobi.

They are believed to be behind some burglaries that took place at Nungua, Dansoman, Baatsona, Russia, Spintex, Winneba and Tarkwa .

Police indicated that the two suspects formed a gang at Old Fadama, Accra where they met to plan their nefarious activities.

The two suspects were apprehended on Friday, November 10, 2017 by the Winneba Police upon a tip-off and handed over to the Dansoman Police to support investigate another case.

At Winneba Police Station, Godwin Ameka reportedly confessed that their ringleader is Kofi Agyenkwa while one Farouk leads their operations in Winneba, but failed to lead the police to apprehend the said Farouk.

The two confessed that they operate in the day. They first send a member of the gang to the victims house to check if there is somebody at home. The messenger only signals his colleagues to come over if there is nobody in the house to steal, the Police stated.

Winneba Police have confirmed that the suspects stole a plasma television set, an unspecified amount of dollars and three laptops from a house at Winneba.

They also snatched the bag of a woman containing GHC2,700 from a woman on same day at Kasoa.

The suspects, upon their arrest, claimed they share the booty equally after successful operations.

The Dansoman Police are still holding the suspects to assist in investigations.


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Sensitize Youth to Appreciate the Need for Improved Sanitation- Sanitation Actors Advocate


The need to sensitize and involve the youth in any effort aimed at improving sanitation in the country especially at the community level dominated discussions at the Regional Level Learning Alliance Platform (RLLAP) held in Tamale in the Northern Region.

Stakeholders were unanimous on the urgent need for the youth to be sensitized and targeted with the appropriate behaviour change messages to understand the need and importance of improved sanitation in their communities and that such sensetisation activities should be interlaced with fun and educational activities such as; games and quiz competitions to make its assimilation easier.

Stakeholders further advocated the active involvement and participation of opinion leaders such as; Traditional leaders, Political party leaders, Youth Groups, Women groups, Teachers, Nurses and socially excluded groups such as the physically challenged

Addressing stakeholders at the Regional Level Learning Alliance Platform (RLLAP) meeting in Tamale, the Chief Director of the Northern Regional Coordinating Council (NRCC) Mr. Alhassan Issahaku said improved sanitation was crucial to the Northern Region especially when the region had declared 2017 as a year to end Open Defecation.

According to Mr. Issahaku, Open Defecation was a huge challenge the region was addressing and that the NRCC had accepted the challenge based on the fact that the region recognized that sanitation was key in the NRCCs efforts to develop the region.

The NRCC Chief Director indicated further that, the challenge to address the sanitation situation in the region was daunting, but that in itself was a challenge that required that they worked around the clock to galvanize the needed resources, both human and financial to improve the sanitation situation in the Northern Region.

He said the role of the youth in addressing the sanitation challenge in the region, especially in the communities was important and therefore called on all implementing partners in the region to actively involve the youth in activities aimed at ensuring very clean and hygienic environment.

Mr. Issahaku advised WASH sector actors in the region to share information and workable outcomes, learn from each other the best practices and upscale them in order to support improve rural sanitation across the various districts in the region.

Mr. Alhassan Issahaku expressed gratitude to UNICEF and partners in the region for their continued help for the Northern Region in the area of sanitation and assured that the NRCC would put their shoulders to the wheel to ensure that the sanitation challenges the region was faced were addressed.

Giving an overview of the Rural Sanitation Operational Research, Mr. Nail Boot of UNICEF said the operational research was focused on the baseline and annual assessment of the enabling environment/local Government aimed at measuring sanitation enterprises actively selling products to householders, the percentage of households with HWWS facility at the household, the percentage of households using an improved latrine at the household level, Districts declared ODF, results  which are sustained over the research period and the number of households having sanitation financing options.

Mr. Nii Nodal Obodai of MAPLE Consult in a presentation on rural sanitation and the operational research, highlighted the key research questions and the methodology used in the research which tried to elicit from respondents how Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) could be effective in improving rural sanitation and the extent to which improved enabling environment will lead to achievement of rural sanitation results.

Participants were also taken through past and current implementation approaches to rural sanitation in Ghana especially in the Northern Region focusing on the Demand side and supply side approaches. His presentation also laid bare key strategies used by key partners in the researched areas and barriers that could impede the process of achieving and accelerating improved rural sanitation across the country.

The Sanitation Lead of IRC Ghana, Mr. Kwame Asiedu Asubonteng explained to participants the key enabling environment factors at the district level that could drive improved rural sanitation in the country if adopted and implemented. Mr. Asiedu Asubonteng mentioned the following as key enabling factors for improved sanitation at the rural level:

·The commitment and will of leadership at the local level to ensure that sanitation is prioritized is a key enabling and motivating factor for frontline staff to give up their best.

·Ownership of CLTS by the Environmental Health Unit (EHU-DEHO) and District Assembly (DA-DCD) is vital for spur up sanitation and staff.

·Inclusion of more senior staff on follow-up field visits to post triggered communities will motivate stakeholders to sustain the gains chalked.

·Availability and early release of funds for sanitation activities especially for monitoring and verification visits will do the trick in ensuring continuous and regular monitoring visits to communities more so the post-triggered communities to ensure they do not relapse.

·The use of innovative advocacy, locally tailored ways of working with communities, effective use of local media and/or engaging local leaders such as traditional leaders, religious leaders have also been identified as key enabling factor to contribute towards enhancing rural sanitation.


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Im Waiting For KABA To Resurrect – Solomon Nkansah


Communications Director of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is hoping the late Asempa FM presenter, Kwadwo Asare Baffuor Acheampong (KABA) will resurrect.

Solomon Nkansah said he is yet to come to terms with the fact that such a quiet fun loving person is gone.

The NDC man who is still in shock likened the sudden demise of KABA to the explosion of an atomic bomb.

KABA, who was, host of Asempa FMs flagship afternoon programme, ‘Ekosi Sen was pronounced dead on arrival at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital where he was rushed after he fell sick early Saturday.

He was 37 years. He left behind his wife, Valentina Ofori Agyei, also a broadcaster with Accra-based Class FM and a 7-month old daughter, Nana Yaa.

On Adom FMs Dwaso Nsem programme Wednesday, Solomon Nkansah eulogized the late broadcaster as someone who lived above politics.

Like Jesus resurrected Lazarus, he is hoping the so-called prophets can bring KABA back to life to prove their wealth.

The NDC man said the late presenter has left a vacuum in the journalism profession because he was one of the most talented journalists in our generation.

Solomon Nkansah appealed to the media to emulate KABA and be professionals in the discharge of their duty.


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David Cassidy Dies Aged 67


US actor and singer David Cassidy, who found fame in The Partridge Family before going on to become a 1970s teen pop idol, has died aged 67.

"David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long," a family statement said.


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 Mugabe Awaiting His Fate In His 'Blue Roof' Mansion with Reviled Wife


Robert Mugabe is believed to be hunkered down in his Blue Roof mansion on Wednesday morning alongside reviled wife Grace as the pair wait to learn their fate following the dictator's historic resignation yesterday.

The 93-year-old who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years had been rumoured to be due to leave the country for exile abroad last night, while his wife remained behind to face prosecution. 

But Mugabe did not emerge as tens of thousands of Zimbabweans danced all night to celebrate his quiet ousting in a drawn-out military coup.

 

 


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Facebook, Google, using my inventions – Ghanas Dr. Thomas Mensah


Ghanaian chemical engineer and innovator, Dr. Thomas Mensah, has said his innovations are being used by technology giants including Facebook, Google, Paypal among others.

Dr. Mensah, while working for American company, Corning Glass Works, was able to support improve and commercialize a fiber optic technology the company had been working on for 15 years without success.

Prior to the invention, copper wires were used as a major channel for data transmission and networking workstations.

Recounting his exploits on the Citi Breakfast Show on Tuesday, Dr. Thomas said while working for Corning, he was given a task to improve the fiber optics project which he did tirelessly to birth the technology which he described as the most vital invention in the 21st century.

I didnt know that the impact was going to be big like this. All I knew was that there were four inventors, three whites and me. And they said, Dr. Mensah, weve come all the way with the glass part, but we think you are the only one who can do the part that will move us to the industrial stage. That was the challenge I had, and I worked on it for every day. I was so focused on solving that problem, and what I did was to use the technology I had applied somewhere else whereby when you melt the glass and you are pulling it like toffee to be glass strand, you have to put a coating on it immediately to protect. So the ability to put a coating on it while you are pulling it was their limitation. They couldnt pull it more than 2 meters per second. So for 15 years it stayed in the lab till I got there and the problem was handed over to me.

The question was how do we move this from the laboratory into factories, manufacturing, so that we can move into the global market That was the problem I solved. It was a global problem. Until then, fiber optics were available in the lab, and they were making it in two meters per second. So the lasers that are transmitted along this fiber is sending the Facebook pictures, Instagram, the entire social media experience is going through this laser base fiber optics. This is really what goes through the world, he added.

He said when people are sending Facebook pictures, YouTube videos, your emails, tweets; everything is going down this [fiber optic] glass and it travels at milliseconds. In other words, you can sit here to upload Youtube videos, someone is viewing in the US or China in few seconds because of that technology.

The inventor said, although he did not envision the huge impact the fiber optic project will make in the technology space and the world at large, he said most of his inventions and ideas he espoused in books hes authored have been adopted by multi-million dollar technology giants to expand.

I have four books on innovation. The first one is fiber optic engineering, its used all over the world. So those are sold and you get money out of it. My latest book is called nanotechnology commercialization.

About Dr. Thomas Mensah

Dr. Thomas had his secondary and tertiary education in Ghana, and managed to secure a scholarship to further his education abroad.

Dr. Mensahs works relates to the development of fiber optics and nanotechnology.

He has 14 patents, 7 of which were awarded within a period of six years, and he was inducted into the US National Academy of Inventors in 2015.

He served as Editor-in-Chief of the international textbook Nanotechnology Commercialization published by AIChE and John Wiley & Sons. The book is aimed at moving Nanotechnology from the laboratory environment to the global marketplace.

He currently has developed a smart watch which he calls Hug Watch. According to him, Hug Watch can change TV stations by serving as a remote control, also makes and receives calls.

Dr. Thomas Mensah granted the interview on the back of a series of lectures he is expected to deliver at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) from November 22 to 25, 2017 dubbed RP Baffour Lectures.

He will also be receiving an Honorary Doctorate, (D.Sc Honoraris Causa) from the university after the lectures.


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The Incredible Extravagance Of Offspring Of Mugabe's Cronies


Welcome to the world of Zimbabwe's wealthy young elite, where silver plated Rolls-Royces and private jets lined in gold are just the norm - and showing off your tens of millions are essential social media viewing.

Even though the country is ranked only second to Congo as the poorest on the planet, these politicians' off-springs and young entrepreneurs prove that there is still plenty of money floating around the country.

There are the sisters dubbed the 'Zimbabwean Kardashians' - flaunting their wealth around in the poverty-stricken nation, as well as Church preachers, or 'prophets' as they like to call themselves, showing off fancy cars and bundles of fifty dollar bills.


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Artisans Based At Cable & Wireless Oppose Ghana Post Eviction Order


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The artisans at Cable and Wireless in Bubuashie a suburb of Accra are protesting plans by the Ghana Post Company to evict them. The members of the National Artisans Traders Union of Ghana (NATUG) want President Akufo-Addo to intervene in the situation. The postal service has mounted eviction notice boards on the land occupied by scor ...


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Dog Suffers Broken Heart As Abandoned By Owner


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A poor dog has reportedly ldquo;died of a broken heart rdquo; after being abandoned by her owner at an airport in Colombia. She spent the last month of her life wandering around the airport in search of her master and eventually stopped eating as a result of severe depression. The distressed dog, named Nube Viajera (Traveling Cloud) by t ...


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Moscow To Deepen Economic Ties With Mauritius


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From Kester Kenn Klomegah, Moscow Bureau Chief Moscow, Nov 20, GNA - In an attempt to strengthen economic cooperation and diplomatic ties between Russia and Mauritius, the Mauritius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Seetanah Lutchmeenaraido, has held talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey La ...


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Gender Minister Says African Women Will Lead Businesses, Politics By Year 2030


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The Gender Minister Otiko Afisa Djaba has stated that the target to get women involved in the business sector and active in politics should be a reality by 2030. She said empowering women is a key goal for President Akufo-Addo and his policies are geared toward achieving that. Madam Djaba was speaking at the launch of the Gender and De ...


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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mahama Water Contract 'Defies Common Sense'


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Staff of Ghana Water Company Limited have demanded investigations into a public-private partnership in the Teshie Desalination plant project which causes a monthly loss of cent;6m. The GWCL agreement with Befessa is nothing short of 39;robbing Peter to pay Paul 39;, the workers said in a statement signed by General Secretary of the Pu ...


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Court Dismisses Ex-Military Officers Cases Against CDS


An Accra High court has dismissed a suit by some 225 retired military officers who sued the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) over what they describe as underpayment of their gratuities.

According to the court, the ex-servicemen were unable to convince it beyond reasonable doubt why they were entitled to gratuities beyond what they received.

The ex-servicemen who were recruited between 1988 and 1989 had served the country for well over 25 years before they commenced their terminal leave in December 2014.

In their case before the court, the ex-officers sought a declaration that deductions made by the CDS on their end-of-service benefits were unlawful.

They also wanted an order to be directed at the CDS and the A-G, forcing them to pay the deductions made on their entitlements as approved by the government.

They further prayed the court to compel the CDS to pay interests on the amounts deducted from their entitlements, as well as other costs, including legal fees.

Joined to the action was the Attorney-General (A-G) and Minister of Justice.


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Mugabe Finally Resigns As President After 37 Years...


Dictator Robert Mugabe has finally resigned, ending his 37-year rule of Zimbabwe after ousted vice president 'The Crocodile' warned him to quit.

The 93-year-old resigned in a letter submitted to parliament, Speaker Jacob Mudenda said, hours after  Zimbabwe's ruling party presented a motion to impeach him.


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Is Drinking Alcohol A Sin


The Bibles answer
It is not a sin to drink alcohol in moderation. The Bible describes wine as a gift from God that can make life more enjoyable. (Psalm 104:14, 15;Ecclesiastes 3: 13; 9:7) The Bible also acknowledges the medicinal value of wine. â€"1 Timothy 5: 23.

Jesus drank wine during his time on earth. (Matthew 26:29; Luke 7: 34) In one of his well-known miracles, Jesus turned water into wine as a generous gift at a marriage feast. â€"John 2: 1- 10.

Dangers of overdrinking
While the Bible mentions the positive aspects of wine, it condemns overdrinking and drunkenness. Thus, a Christian who chooses to drink alcohol would do so only in moderation. (1 Timothy 3:8; Titus 2: 2, 3) The Bible gives several reasons to avoid overdrinking.


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British Council Acknowledged Excellent Students From Partner Schools


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British Council Ghana has organised an awards night to recognise students from its partner schools who excelled in the May/June 2017 Cambridge Assessment International Education exams. The event over the weekend was held at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Accra, is the 8th year the award is being held. Among the Special guest ...


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Otumfuo - AGROECOM Mobile Learning Project Trains 4946 School Children In ICT


Four thousand, nine hundred and forty-six (4,946) pupils in eight districts in Ashanti and the Brong Ahafo regions have benefited from a free computer training lessons in the past three months.

Most of the beneficiaries who have never used a computer before got the opportunity to use the computer and the Internet for the first time.

The training initiative was undertaken by the Otumfuo-Agroecom Mobile Library Project (OAMLP) a subsidiary of the Otumfuo Charity Foundation in collaboration with Agroecom Ghana Ltd, a cocoa buying company.

Among its aims are to ensure that less fortunate children in deprived communities have the same learning conditions as other children in the cities and urban areas as well as encourage the habit of reading and the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) among basic school pupils.

Beneficiary districts

The beneficiary districts include Sekyere North, Bekwai Municipality, Atwima Mponua, Bibaini-Anwhiaso-Bekwai, Bosomtwe, Offinso Municipality, New Edubaise and Goaso district.

Crucial role

The Country Coordinator of Agroecom Ghana Ltd, Mr Muhammadu Muzzammil, described the role of the OAMLP as very crucial in bridging the gap between pupils in urban areas and their counterparts in the hard to reach areas of the country.

He stated that the project christened ‘Otumfuo-Agroecom Mobile Library Project consists of three major parts namely Reading, ICT and Cinema.

The cinema is intended to bring a message from His Royal Highness Otumfuo Osei Tutu II as it exhibit the rich Ghanaian culture and educate farmers on fine agricultural practices, farm management, information from the cocoa industry and projection of Agroecom in the communities.

Tour outcome

After touring some schools in the cocoa growing areas, it came to light that about 40 per cent of the pupils in the selected villages confirmed that they had not seen physical computers before except the drawings they see in their textbooks. Almost, all the students did not know how to operate the computer and were assisted to use it as some had knowledge on some of the basic computer software but did not know their uses.

Although, there were ICT teachers in some of the schools, resources such as textbooks and computers were not available for the students, adding that some of the communities had rooms intended for ICT but there were no computers in them.

Background

Since the inception of the Otumfuo mobile library project, it has covered parts of Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Volta regions where the children have benefitted from ICT training. It focuses on improving learning conditions of children by providing basic academic resources such as reading books and computer lessons (ICT) to pupils in primary, junior and senior high schools.

With the support of generators, staff of the project spend several days in communities where the children and some members of the communities take turns to access the computers, internet services, variety of library books among other counseling services.

Support

In June this year, Agroecom Ghana Ltd presented a cheque of Gh1.4 million to the Otumfuo Charity Foundation at a special ceremony in Kumasi to help the operations of the Otumfuo Mobile Library project for the next four years. The amount presented was meant to support in the procurement of a pickup, a cargo van, 60 laptops, a generator, two projectors and screens, a video camera and allowance for 30 staff of the Otumfuo Charity foundation for the four years that the project would be in place.

Focus

The collaborative project is aimed at not only bettering the learning facilities in villages in the cocoa growing areas but also provide knowledge on cocoa farming and build pride and understanding of the glorious history of the Asante kingdom.


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Statement: PPP Mourns KABA


The Progressive Peoples Party has learnt with shock the sadden demise of Kwadwo Asare-Baffour Acheampong popularly known as ‘Kaba during the early hours of Saturday 18th November 2017. 

‘KABA popularly known within the media circles, is a broadcast gem whose work and contribution to our democracy and media space cannot be underrated.

We (PPP) express our deepest condolences to the wife, family, friends of KABA and the Multi-Media Group in this trying moments and pray his fine soul rests in perfect peace with God.

The Progressive Peoples Party will in the coming days, call on the family of KABA to join and sympathise with the bereaved family as they mourn their beloved.

We call on all our members to join us and pray for his soul to rest in Perfect Peace.

Signed

Murtala Mohammed

National Secretary


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Monday, November 20, 2017

President Of iYES Among Other Ghanaians Honoured


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UK-based pastor and President of the International Youth Empowerment Summit (iYES) and a number of distinguished Ghanaians have been honoured with the lsquo;Lifetime in portraits awards. rsquo; Brian Amoateng, as well as Comfort Ocran who is CEO of Legacy and Legacy, were honoured at a colourful event at the Banquet Hall, State House. ...


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Prez Akufo-Addo Holds Bilateral Talks With British Prime Minister


The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Monday, 20th November, 2017, held bilateral talks with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rt. Hon. Theresa May, MP, at 10 Downing Street.

The purpose of the meeting was to strengthen the ties of co-operation between the two countries, and move the bilateral relations to a point beyond aid. The pair also discussed issues bordering on next years Commonwealth Summit, as preparations for the Summit intensify.

Congratulating Ghana on her 60th Independence Anniversary, Prime Minister Theresa May told President Akufo-Addo that she and the people of the United Kingdom were looking forward to building a sound relationship, and also developing historic ties with Ghana for the next 60 years.

The British Prime Minister indicated that increasing the volumes of trade between the two countries was the key to boosting the growth, progress and prosperity of the two countries and their respective populations.

Prime Minister May noted further that next years Commonwealth Summit, which will be held in London, will present member states with the opportunity to grow together, and was pleased that President Akufo-Addo would be participating in the Summit.

She was hopeful that during her tenure of office, the United Kingdom will continue to build on the strong relationship we have with Ghana.


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India Minister Criticised For Peeing In Public


A minister from India's ruling party has been criticised for urinating in the open, despite a government drive to persuade people to use toilets.

Video of Ram Shinde relieving himself in a field in Maharashtra went viral on World Toilet Day and has been shared thousands of times on social media.


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The 18-Yr-Old Student Killed By Girlfriend - PHOTO


An 18-year-old second-year female student of Methodist Senior High School (SHS) in Sekondi, Western Region, has been arrested for allegedly stabbing and killing a male student of Takoradi Technical Institute (TTI) formerly Takoradi Polytechnic last Friday.

The suspect, Monica Dery, is reported to be the girlfriend of the deceased, Emmanuel Asante, 19.

According to sources, the incident took place after a purported misunderstanding between the two lovebirds, which resulted in a fight.

We gathered that the boy was Monicas lover and an altercation ensued when he confronted her. But we cant tell what brought about the misunderstanding, a source told Daily Guide.

The source continued, So in the process, the suspect purportedly got incensed, took a knife from her sisters shop and purportedly stabbed Emmanuel Asante at the back with it.

Some onlookers intervened and rushed the TTI student to the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi for treatment but died later at the health facility.

The mortal remains of Asante has since been deposited at the hospitals morgue while the suspect is in police grip.

ASP Olivia Ewurabena Adiku, Western Regional Police Public Relations Officer, told DAILY GUIDE that on Friday, November 18, 2017, Monica Dery, a second year Home Economics student, was arrested for alleged murder. She said that the suspect was in a relationship with Emmanuel Asante, a student of Takoradi Technical Institute.

She mentioned that on that fateful day at Fijai, near Sekondi, there was a misunderstanding between the two which resulted in a brawl.

She indicated that after the two were separated, Monica picked Asantes footwear to her sisters store and the victim later followed up to collect them. According to the PRO, Asante was alleged to have slapped Monica and she in turn picked a knife in front of the store and stabbed him at the back close to the ribs.


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Battle Over ‘Ruby Cocaine Assets Rages


The Court of Appeal would tomorrow hear an appeal by Akua Adubofour, mother of convicted cocaine baroness, Ruby Adu-Gyamfi aka Nayele Ametefe, over attempts by the State to confiscate assets allegedly belonging to Ruby.

The appellant wants the court to reverse a High Court order to the State to seize the properties suspected to be that of Ruby.

An Accra Financial High Court had recently given the State the green light to confiscate two storey buildings at East Legon belonging to her (Akuas) daughter.

Madam Akua has however, been in court disputing claims by the State that the house belongs to her daughter, suing the State and claiming ownership of the buildings.

The court last month had dismissed a motion of stay of execution filed by lawyers of the appellant challenging the judgement of the court.

According to the court, the motion seeking to stay the execution of the courts earlier order pending an appeal at the Court of Appeal has no chances of succeeding.

By the ruling, the Economic and Organized Crimes Office (EOCO) and the Narcotic Control Board (NACOB) can legally take steps to take possession of the house currently being occupied by Nayeles mother.

Akua through her lawyers had filled for stay of execution pending an appeal at the Court of Appeal against the earlier ruling by the High Court confiscating Nayeles house at East Legon.

The action follows the ruling of the court, presided over by Justice Georgina Mensah-Datsa, that it was convinced that the properties, which were a subject of litigation, belong to Ruby â€" who is currently serving an eight-year jail term in the United Kingdom for transporting 12.5kg of cocaine to Britain.

Ruling

The State had filed a motion on notice for the confiscation of the purported illegal properties, estimated at $1.8 million.

Justice Mensah-Datsa had in August this year ruled that proceeds from the sale of the said facilities should be shared as follows: 50 per cent to the Narcotics Control Board, 20 percent to the Economic and Organized Crimes Office, 15 percent into the Consolidated Fund and another 15 percent to the Judicial Service.

Unenthused by the position of the court, Akua dashed back to court seeking to tie the hands of the state over the orders of the court.

Lawyers of EOCO and NACOB led by Abu Issah and Mary Wendy Yeboah respectively filed affidavits in opposition to the motion, compelling the court to rule in their favour.

According to solicitors at the Oak & Wuuds Law Firm, the court erred in granting the request by the applicants â€"NACOB and EOCO to confiscate the properties.

Appeal

In the motion filed on July 27, 2017 at the Court of Appeal, the claimant stated that The judgment is against the weight of evidence, considering the facts and the evidence adduced before the court.

On the second grounds of appeal, lawyers for Madam Akua claim that The court erred on the means by which ownership or title to landed property may be proved in Ghana.

Insisting that additional grounds would be filed on receipt of records of proceedings from the court, the lawyers want the court to reverse the seizure of the properties.

Aside cost, Nayeles mother wants an order reversing the decision of the High Court to grant the confiscation of House No. 5, 4th Asoyi Link, East Legon, dated 25th July, 2017.

EOCO and NACOB have so far confiscated all items in the Night Angels Enterprise, located along the Dzorwulu highway and six Fidelity Bank accounts, including one containing GH¢3.22p belonging to Nayele.

EOCO was also demanding that lawyers representing Madam Adubofour serve her daughter in prison with processes she had filed claiming ownership of two houses.

However, Akuas lawyers insisted that there was no need to serve her daughter with the processes since the houses belong to her (Akua).


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Blow For Merkel As German Talks Collapse


Talks on forming a coalition government in Germany have collapsed, leaving Angela Merkel facing her biggest challenge in 12 years as chancellor.

The free-market liberal FDP pulled out after four weeks of talks with Mrs Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc and the Greens.


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NPA, EPA Must Act —School Owner


Proprietor of Obek Preparatory School at Manhean Numotsen in the Ga West District of the Greater Accra Region, Emmanuel Oduro, has, once again, called on state regulatory bodiesâ€"National Petroleum Authority (NPA) and Environmental Agency (EPA)â€"to prevent management of Glee Oil from siting a filling station right in front of his school.

According to the proprietor of Obek Preparatory School, the location of this new Glee Oil filling station will pose danger not only to pupils, teaching and non-teaching staff of his school, but also to residents whose residential facilities are close to the intended project.

Mr Oduro was reacting to a publication in Today recently which story saw management of Glee Oil, accusing him [Mr Oduro] of being behind the destruction of their properties on the said land.

In the said publication, Director of Operations of Glee Oil, Alhaji Musa Nartey, alleged that Mr Oduro has engaged some youth in the area to thwart Glee Oils efforts at constructing a filling station in the area.

It is preposterous for Alhaji Musa Nartey to make this wild allegation. In fact, it is not true that I engaged some youth in Manhean to ruin his property on the said land. And for the records, I am not inciting the youth of Manhean against Glee Oil, Mr Oduro averred.

According to Mr Oduro, his bone of contention was that where the filling station was being sited will endanger lives of both residents and the pupils.

Furthermore, he refuted the allegation by Alhaji Musah that he [Mr Oduro] went to the chief of Manhean to have the land re-sold to him.
My brother [referring to our reporter], the said land we are talking about is not even up to one plot [which measurement usually is supposed to be 70X100]. Indeed this piece of land has no space at both sides, yet Glee wants to build a filling station therecan you imagine that he asked.

On the allegation by Glee Oil that he was interested in the land, Mr Oduro denied flatly, stressing that all I am calling for is that NPA, EPA, Town and Country Planning and the other regulatory bodies should prevent a looming danger in the area.

I am a tranquil person and there is no way I will hire so-called thugs to break the wall of another persons property as alleged by Alhaji Musah, the proprietor of Obek stressed.

Mr Oduro indicated that he was confident that both the NPA and the EPA will act in the greater fine of the people of Manhean.

He went on to debunk the allegation by Glee that he was a card-bearing member of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

On this score, he advised Alhaji Musah against politicising the issue at hand.

it is not true that I am a card-bearing member of the NPP, and we are talking about a project which completion will put the lives of pupils and residents at high risk. And it is surprising that Glee is doing politics with such an critical issue.

What is more, I have not said anywhere that I will inform National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah, to use his fine office to stop Glee. All that I am saying is that where the filling station is being built will cause danger to lives and properties, Mr Oduro warned.

He made it clear that he will not sit on the fence and allow a filling station to be built right in front of his school to put his pupils at harms way.

Meanwhile, Today has learnt that residents of Manhean Numotsen are up in arms against management of Glee Oil.

Some of them who spoke to the paper made it clear that they will soon organise a protest march to register their disquiet about the ongoing filling station project.


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Indian Student Wins Miss World 2017


An Indian medical student has been crowned Miss World following a glamorous  event in China today, making her country the joint-most successful nation in the pageant's history along with Venezuela.

Manushi Chhillar became India's sixth winner of the prestigious beauty show, following in the footsteps of successful Bollywood actresses Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai.

Chhillar's win means that India and Venezuela have both won the competition a record six times each over the course of its 67 year history.

The 20-year-old beauty winner is a trained Indian classical dancer who enjoys painting. The Miss World website also says that she hopes to open a chain of non-profit hospitals in rural areas.


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Mugabe's Son Posts Defiant Message On Facebook


Robert Mugabe's son posted a defiant message on social media on Sunday before his dictator father refused to release his grip on power.

Chatunga Bellamine Mugabe, Robert's eldest son by second wife Grace, wrote on Facebook: 'You can't fire a Revolutionary leader! Zanu PF is nothing without President Mugabe.'

Using the name of Mugabe's clan, he added: 'Gushungo will always remain the champion of champions! 


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Southern African Development Community Celebrates 37-Years In Russia


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Late September, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Embassies accredited to the Russian Federation celebrated the 37th Anniversary of SADC at the Korston hotel in southern Moscow. SADC is an inter-governmental organisation of the Southern African region comprising the following sixteen countries: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, D ...


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Tension And Panic Hit Kasoa As Another Man Is Beheaded At Amanfrom


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The body of a man beheaded by unknown persons has been found at Kasoa Amanfrom Quarters Junction in the Central region. An eyewitness, Kwabena Boabeng told Joy News the body of the deceased was found in a sack with the head chopped off. Also, the private part of the man was missing when the body was found. Police say they are unable ...


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Okoe Vanderpuije Questions Rationale Behind Akufo-Addo's National Sanitation Campaign


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Former Accra Mayor and Member of Parliament for Ablekuma South Constituency, Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, has questioned the relevance of the recently launched National Sanitation Campaign. The campaign, which was launched by President Akufo-Addo, is aimed at among other things, making Accra the cleanest city in Africa. Speaking to Joy New ...


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Indiscipline Will Not Be Tolerated Under My Watch – Chief Justice


The Chief Justice, Ms Sophia Akuffo, has said indiscipline and judicial misconduct would not be countenanced under her administration.

The Chief Justice, in the company of top ranking members of the Judiciary Service, issued the warning during a two day working visit to the Upper East Region to interact and familiarize with the staff of her office.

She condemned corruption among judges and said the corrupt acts in the judiciary that were exposed by the Investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, should not happen again.

Never should this thing be allowed to happen again in the history of Ghana. The Judiciary Service should be seen as one of the highest respectable institutions in the country, restoring confidence in the publics access justice without doubt and hesitation, the Chief Justice said.

She said part of her vision was to adopt a holistic approach of ensuring quality judges, quality staff, quality justice and the refurbishment and rehabilitation of dilapidated court structures at the Regional and District levels.

She said her outfit has already begun the process of lobbying with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to ensure that the Administrator of the District Assembly Common Fund devote some money for the refurbishment and rehabilitation of dilapidated court structures at the Regional and District levels.

She also assured the staff that their capacity would be built particularly in the areas of information Communication Technology (ICT) and modern trends of administering effective justice so as to hasten the dispensation of fair justice. The Judicial Secretary, Justice Alex Opoku Acheampong, commended the staff for their hard work.

The Chief Justice and her team also inspected some court structures in the Region. 


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Libya Migrant 'Slave Market' Footage Sparks Outrage


 
 
 
 
The African Union (AU) has expressed outrage after footage emerged appearing to show sub-Saharan migrants being sold at slave markets in Libya.

On the video, released by CNN this week, young men are seen being auctioned off as farm workers.

 
 
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Serena Williams and Husband Alexis Hop on Jet for Honeymoon


Serena Williams and her new husband hopped on a private jet to zip off to their honeymoon ... and he was more than happy to lend a hand.

Serena and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian were spotted loading up Saturday in New Orleans with their baby, Alexis Olympia, in tow.


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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Resign Or Face Impeachment – Mugabe Told


Zimbabwe's ruling party has told Robert Mugabe that he must resign as president of the country by midday on Monday, or face impeachment.

The ultimatum given to the veteran leader, who has been in power for 37 years, came five days after the military seized power and placed Mugabe under house arrest.

The embattled 93-year-old leader has so far appeared resistant to demands to step down, but is increasingly running out of options.

On Sunday, the ruling ZANU-PF party dismissed Mugabe as its leader and also expelled his wife, Grace, from its ranks.

It said if Mugabe does not resign by midday on Monday, then it will commence impeachment proceedings when parliament resumes on Tuesday.

Members also voted to name the sacked Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, whom Mugabe fired on November 6, as new party leader.

'Let the old man resign and go home'

In opening remarks at ZANU-PF's Central Committee meeting, Obert Mpofu, the minister of home affairs who chaired the gathering, blamed First Lady Grace Mugabe and her allies for taking advantage of the veteran leader.


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More Women Reporting Diabetes In Ho


Mrs Gifty Nkansah, the Nurse in charge of the Ho Municipal Hospital Diabetic Centre, has expressed concern over the rise in the number of women reporting for diabetes at the Centre.

She said averagely, the Centre records 30 women to four men seeking healthcare services and described the situation as worrying.

Mrs Nkansah was addressing a symposium on diabetes for women in the Municipal area to raise awareness on the disease in celebration of the World Diabetes Day held on the 14th of November every year.

The symposium, which was preceded by health screening, was held under the theme: "Women and diabetes-Our right to a healthy future", and had help from the Ho Sentinel Lions Club and some pharmaceutical companies.

Mrs Nkansah said that Type Two diabetes was the commonest among women and called for help to stem the trend.

She said unhealthy lifestyles and poor diet accounted for many diabetic cases and advised women to be cautious, especially those with family histories.

Dr Peter Adatara, Healthcare Management, University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), said because of the biological makeup of women, they were more prone to the disease and at high risk of developing complications such as heart diseases and blindness.

He advised diabetic patients to seek early and regular medical attention to reclaim their health.


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Government Must Expedite Work On Eastern Corridor Road - Catholic Bishops


The Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference (GCBC) has called on government to speed up work on the construction of the Eastern Corridor road.

The Conference noted that the stretch was in deplorable state and asked government to prioritize its completion.

These were contained in a communiqué issued at the end of its Annual Plenary Assembly held in Ho.

The communiqué said the poor state of the road posed enormous health and development implications, with challenges to economic growth and must not be delayed any further.

...Lives of motorists, traders and tourists are in danger," it said calling for the road to be fixed in time.

The communiqué also urged government to intervene in Togo's political crisis to ensure the safety of Ghanaians in Togo and along the border.

It also appealed to the citizenry to treat refugees from Togo with love and warmth.

The Conference expressed concerns over the country's sanitation situation, the galamsey menace, corruption, incidence of sexual abuse, mob injustice and activities of nomadic herdsmen.

It urged the security agencies to rise to the occasion and disengage land guards and vigilante groups to forestall future challenges.

The Bishops commended government for its free Senior High School policy and called for help from stakeholders.

The conference, which was held under the theme, "Integral Pastoral Care for the Family in the light of Amoris Laetitia, discussed emerging trends in the Ghanaian family, including increasing cohabitation and other sexual unions and underscored the need for help for young families, especially those with people living with disabilities.


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Ghana Seeks To Host AU Space Centre


The government had initiated moves for the African Union (AU) Space Centre to be sited in Ghana.

This was announced by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the 20th graduation ceremony of the All Nation University College (ANUC) at Koforidua on Saturday.

The University is the first University in Sub-Saharan Africa to design and build a ground space station that communicates with satellites that crosses the air space of West Africa.

The institution is also the first to design, build and launch the first satellite for Ghana.

The theme for the graduation ceremony was: Celebrating Ghanas lead in Africans space science research and development.

The President said Ghana cannot develop without advancing in science, technology and mathematics hence government initiated educational reforms to support expand the science, technology and mathematical base of the country.

Nana Akufo-Addo said to boost research in the country, government has voted one per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country into the national research fund and promised to increase it to two per cent in the long term.

He congratulated the university for its efforts in space science and directed the Minister of Education to speed up the work on the granting of the Presidential Charter to the ANUC.

Nana Susubiribi Krobea Asante, Omanhene of Asante Asokore and the guest speaker, said his failing hope in the industrialization of Africa was rekindled with the launching of the first satellite of Ghana by the ANUC.

He said the second issue that rekindled his hope was the announcement by President Akufo-Addo when he was an opposition leader that when voted into office, he will launch the industrialization of the country and with this he won the elections.


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Look Beyond Government Employment - Dr Joyce Aryee


The University of Ghana (UG) has held its congregation for more than 200 graduates in the College of Education on Saturday with the call on them to look beyond depending on government to provide jobs for them.

Reverend Dr Joyce Aryee, the President of the Bible Society of Ghana, who made the call, said the countrys economy was not immune from the numerous challenges facing the global economy and Government may not provide jobs for all the masses graduating annually.

She said students who have had the benefit of studying at the graduate level and have been trained by some of the finest academics and best minds the country has, should go out, explore the possibilities and plan well to succeed.

She said some of the most notable people in society today did not have the opportunities many graduates have had.

Dr Aryee, who also the Founder and Executive Director of Salt and Light Ministries, said there are people who have made it even in this tough economy like Kwame Despite of the Despite Group, Michael Agyekum Addo of KAMA Industries Limited, Kwame Ofosu Bamfo of Sikkens, Madam Justina Baidoo of the Adom Mbroso Company Limited and countless others.

She said these people, who have become titans in their respective fields, were able to make it because they made the most of the opportunities available to them, stepped out of their comfort zones, followed their passion and did not give up when they experienced failure and difficulties.

Wherever you find yourself, whether in academia, in public service, in the corporate world, or starting up your own business, I urge you to always strive to do the very best you can, she said.

Dr Aryee urged the graduates to be strong in their faith, and put God first in everything they do.

Try to stand on your own two feet, but know that there is nothing wrong with seeking help when needed from your families, friends and mentors, whom I believe will gladly help you and stand by you as you embark on your individual journeys.

Be strong and hold onto your values, as you go out and take your place in the world. I am sure that very soon, we will be celebrating your successes, she said.

On his part, Professor Kwame Offei, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs, on behalf of Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, the Vice-Chancellor, said in line with the Universitys vision to position itself as a world-class research-intensive university over the next decade, a strategic plan was launched in 2014 to serve as a roadmap towards attaining the vision.

He said in the 2017/2018 admission cycle, the University admitted 14,129 students to the various programmes run on the main Campus, Korle-Bu Campus, and Accra City Campus and by distance learning.

He said the number comprised 11,707 undergraduates and 2,421 graduate students and that those numbers included 389 international/visiting students from across the world.


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MPs Schooled On Relevance Of GMOs


Members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs were on Friday sensitised on the importance of biotechnology and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and how they could facilitate the advancement of the national economy.

They were taken through topics such as ‘Agricultural Biotechnology Research and Commercialisation: What are we doing in Ghana , ‘Biotechnology and the Making of Biotech/Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), ‘Policies and Socio-economic issues on Biotechnology: Concerns and Hopes for Ghana, ‘Modern Biotechnology Regulations, ‘Global Status of Biotech and Trade and ‘Ghana Biosafety Regulations and Laws.

The workshop, organised by the National Biosafety Authority, is aimed at enhancing the knowledge and understanding of parliamentarians on Draft Biosafety and Biotechnology Regulations, in order to promote effective discussions and debate on the floor of Parliament when it comes before the House.

Mr Eric Okoree, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety Authority, in his welcome address, said GMOs had made immense contributions in the life of humanity across the globe, therefore the best strategy to ensure safe usage of GMO products in Ghana was to regulate them.

Professor Victor Agyeman, the Director-General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, said the world was changing rapidly technologically, therefore as a country, we need to approach how to address health and safety issues differently.

He said hitherto, insulin was taken from animals and placed in humans but there were complaints about its safety, therefore insulin was taken from animal and placed in plants and refined before giving it to humans.

He said for the survival of mankind, we need to take drastic measures to include biotechnology in improving animal and plant products as well as in every aspects of human life.

Prof. Agyeman noted that, other developed countries like Japan, India, USA and others, were applying biotechnology to improve agriculture productivity, health delivery, pharmaceutical products and other aspects of their lives.

Research drives development and until we change our attitudes towards GMOs and biotechnology, we will continue using our scarce resources to import basic goods like rice and maize.

We need to promote science and research in the interest of national development, he emphasised.

Prof. Agyeman said in America for instance, scientists had developed a technology that could identify genetic defects in foetus, therefore, they could remove it to correct the defects before the foetus develops into a full grown baby.

If this thing had happened in Ghana, we will say it is God who created it so lets leave it, but biotechnology requires some level of interventions and we need to do research to get the result before we talk about ethical considerations, we need to have a rethink about biotechnology as a country, he said.

Dr Vivian Oduro, a Senior Research Scientist at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, said plant breeders could take genes of different crops to cross breed in order to produce new crop breeds, which could be disease resistant, with enhanced protein content and high yields.

She said scientists undertake risk assessment before one particular crop breed was accepted and promoted for cultivation, saying; Genetic modified crops often produce higher yields than conventional ones.

Dr Oduro said promotion of GM crops would increase yields of farmers and, therefore, wouldnt spend financial resources to buy pesticides to spray insects because GM crops could resist insects infestations.


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Africa Renews Commitment To Reduce Maternal Mortality


The 2017 Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA), was held, in Accra, on Friday, with a call on all African governments to strengthen interventions to end maternal and newborn deaths by 2030.

Ghanas First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, who was the Guest of Honour at the event, said the current high national maternal mortality rate of 319 per 100,000 live births was unacceptable.

No woman should die giving birth to another, and they must all receive equal services no matter where they reside, the First lady emphasised.

She urged all African countries to work hard, and approach the issues as national emergencies because doing business as usual would not work.

She urged the countries to strengthen their collaborations with local leaderships, engage Parliamentarians to make maternal mortality a priority to commit more resources to address the issues.

She commended the African Union for initiating CARMMA, which has since 2009 worked towards the acceleration of the availability and use of universally accessible quality health services, including those relating to sexual and reproductive health, to reduce maternal mortality.

The day was also used to launch the 2017 Continental CARMMA Evaluation Report.

It was attended by high level government officials from neighboring States, the African Union Commissions leadership, representatives of the United States and Canada, the UN Agencies championed by the UNFPA, Civil Society Organisations as well as the media.

The event was preceded by week-long activities involving high-level meetings on building strategies and on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), an outreach programme, a community durbar, Panel discussions, interactions with victims, vulnerable people and a gala night.

These were organised by the African Union in partnership with the UNFPA, Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service.

The conferences and meetings presented a tall list of evaluations on the performance of CARMMA since its institution eight years ago, and members reaffirmed the need for renewed commitment in Africa to accelerate efforts towards the elimination of FGM, maternal and newborn deaths as well as other violations of the rights of females.

Madam Otiko Afisah Djaba, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, presented the adopted recommendations from the delegates and stakeholders at the High Level Ministerial Meeting on Female Genital Mutilation.

The delegates called for an African Union Head of State and Government resolution and continental campaign on the elimination of FGM to facilitate coordinated voices, efforts, resources and reporting to win the fight.

They urged the African Union Commission to intensify efforts to document and report on the status of harmful practices on the continent, particularly FGM.

They also called on the Specialised Mechanism of the Union, including the Banjul Commission, which was tasked with monitoring Member States adherence to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right, to make FGM a key Member States reporting indicator Commission.

The delegates asked Member States to intensify efforts towards building strong legal frameworks that promoted gender equality and punished the practice of female genital mutilation, including prosecuting individuals and groups facilitating the excision of new-born and young girls.

They also recommended the rolling out of ethical standards and guidelines for the medical community, including dedicated training and capacity building for the healthcare providers in countries with high prevalence, to address the problem medicalisation of FGM.

They said where non-existent, members should establish a recurring budget-line and commit to make budgetary allocations to help efforts to eliminate FGM, including judicial programmes and health services.

The delegates tasked the African Union Commission to work towards increased coordination on programming and resources in efforts to eliminate harmful practices such as child marriages and ensure partners and stakeholders prioritised building and facilitating community ownership of programmes and action.

They welcomed Member States pledge to recommit to addressing gender inequality, protecting and empowering young girls and women within the context of Africas Agenda 2063; and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


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FDA Arrests Fake Drug Peddlers At Madina


The Food and Drugs Authority in collaboration with the Ghana Police Service and other stakeholders have arrested 16 fake drug peddlers along the Madina Zongo Junction stretch.

The sixteen, all Nigeriens, were arrested on Thursday night by the team for selling unregistered and unauthorized drugs to the public.

Mr James Lartey, Communications Director FDA, said the exercise was to clamp down on people who have taken to the streets of Accra selling unregistered drugs including Tramadol and unapproved aphrodisiacs among others, to the public.

He said the swoop forms part of a five-day workshop organised for members of the security agencies, the Judiciary, the media and the FDA.

Mr Lartey said Tramadol has become a worrying trend to the FDA in recent times because not only are the youth abusing the drug,but the wrong milligrams are being sold to the public hence the need to confiscate all such drugs.

Tramadol is a pain killer, which the FDA has approved the 50 and 100 milligrams. But we are reliably informed that people are selling the 200 milligrams on the market which is a danger to all.

These medicines that are selling have not been registered by the FDA and are not supposed to be sold on the market

Mr Lartey said the FDA has previously embarked on similar exercises and would continue to do so until they are sure that such products were out of the market and appealed to the public to be watchful of such products.

He said the culprits have been handed over to the police for the necessary action to be taken.


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I'm Lobbying To Get AU's Space Agency HQ In Ghana - Akufo-Addo


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said his administration is lobbying for the headquarters of a yet to be established space agency by the African Union (AU) to be situated in Ghana.

The president said, "The African Union is in the process of setting up a space agency for the whole of Africa. This is a very ambitious and laudable project.

That is why I have directed the Ministry of Environment, Science Technology and Innovation under the leadership of the world acclaimed Ghanaian scientist, Professor Frimpong Kwabena Boateng to express strongly Ghanas readiness to host the agency and mobilize help to that end.

President Akufo-Addo made the revelation at the 20th graduation ceremony of the All Nations University College in Koforidua today, [Saturday]. The school recently launched the GhanaSat 1which was developed with help from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

The successful GhanaSat 1 was embedded with low and high resolution cameras to take pictures of Ghana and provide data that can be used to monitor the coastal areas of the country.

President Akufo-Addo commended the school for the project saying, "On the occasion of your 20th congregation and graduation ceremony, I come here today with the sense of pride in view of your recent achievement in launching GhanaSat1 into space.

Indeed your achievement has put Ghana on the map of nations that are venturing into space."

The president further indicated that his decision to lobby for the headquarters to be constructed in Ghana, was due to the successful launch of the GhanaSat 1.

"Clearly, I was motivated to take that decision partly as a result of your successful launch of GhanaSAT1.

You achieve this through hard work, dedication and collaboration with partners at home and abroad, especially your Japanese counterparts. Such an achievement can come about only through the use of technology," he added.


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Disaster Looms At Ablekuma, Kasoa, Ofankor Because Of Building On Hills


Residents of some communities in Accra and Kasoa Tollbooth have been alerted to a possible landslide disaster, similar to the one that claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people in Freetown, Sierra Leone in August this year.

The Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) gave the warning and said: The circumstances that led to the Sierra Leonean situation are not different from what is happening today in Ghana around the Kasoa Tollbooth, Ablekuma, NIC and Ofankor all in the Greater Accra Region.
 
Delivering the 48th Presidential Address of the institution in Accra last Thursday night, the President of the institution, Mrs Carlien Bou-Chedid, said human activities, including quarrying and construction, had affected the aforementioned areas to the extent that they had become vulnerable.

She said a similar situation existed on the Sugar Loaf Mountain in Freetown, where the flooding occurred recently.

The GhIE presidential address, on the topic: Sustainable development: an illusion without disaster risk management, touched on a wide variety of issues, including flooding, tidal waves, challenges in the construction industry and earthquakes and their mitigation measures.

Collapse of buildings

On the issue of buildings collapsing, the President of GhIE said buildings and other structures revealed similar problems, adding that when it came to the monitoring of those structures; building inspectors were often blamed when failures occurred

A careful examination of the various incidents of such failures consistently reveals that failures have occurred because unqualified personnel have been engaged in design or construction and very often, both.

The onus for ensuring that the right things are done must be put squarely in the hands of the developer.

All structures must be designed and supervised by relevant engineering practitioners who must sign off at every important stage and documentation must be maintained for periodic audits by the Engineering Council. Thus, for example, when the foundations are exposed, the relevant engineering practitioner must inspect and certify, Mrs Bou-Chedid said.

The dangers

The Daily Graphic of June 19, 2015, drew public attention to dangers at the Kasoa Tollbooth in a story in which the Deputy Director of the Geological Survey Department, Dr Thomas Kwasi Adu, raised red flags about a major catastrophe awaiting to happen in the area if the massive development going on in the settlement was not controlled.

In that publication, Dr Adu said given that the area was a highly prone earthquake zone, unpredictable rainfall patterns and days of continued rain could spell doom for communities at the edge of the mountain and, to some extent, those on top of it.

On a visit to the area, this paper saw a gaping hole from the quarrying activities from where volumes of water from the mountain wash down sediments onto the road whenever there is a heavy rainfall.

If it rains continuously and the mountain soaks so much, we can have a major landslide and all those buildings close to the mountain will end up in a disaster, he said.

Dr Adu, who questioned the rationale behind issuing building permits for the construction of houses and churches in the area, said such development amounted to provoking nature.

People building close to the hill should be checked. We have to learn from other countries. Anytime there is a landslide, the people who go first are those close to mountains.

They should have left some buffer at the edge of the hills so that when it is flooded, the force will reduce by the time it gets to the permissible zone to reduce the impact.

From that side to Nyanyanor is a major earthquake zone, so if you are on the zone and you have built close to a steep mountain, you are endangering your life, he emphasised.

Chaos

In the absence of proper drainage in the settlements, running water and mud from the hills create deep gullies and end up on the road.

Meanwhile, the development in the area is stripping the land of its vegetative cover.

Experts say the soil in the area is loose, making the area susceptible to erosion.

A section of the mountain, which became a major source of gravel for the construction of the Mallam-Kasoa road, has, over the years, been taken over by sand winners and people who make a living at a nearby quarry.

Mudslides

The area is not new to mudslides. In June 2013, loose parts of the mountain fell and blocked the Kasoa-Weija portion of the road after a downpour, resulting in a traffic jam for hours.

On June 14, 2015, a similar incident happened, causing a massive mudslide that took days to clear.

Apart from the houses competing for space, churches have also sprung upâ€"the biggest among them being the Great Fire Pentecostal International Ministry, popularly known as Bonegas Church.

The churchs temporary structure, which has a capacity to accommodate more than 2,000 worshippers, sits less than 100 metres from the mountain.

With those scenarios probably in her mind, Mrs Bou-Chedid observed that man-made hazards such as soil degradation could often seem inconsequential in the grand scheme of things, especially when they were compared to natural disasters such as earthquakes or floods.

Their significance is often only fully appreciated when they are involved in a multi-hazard event triggered by a natural disaster. The August 14, 2017 landslide in Sierra Leone was triggered following three days of torrential rains, Mrs Bou-Chedid, the first female president of the GhIE, said.

According to the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), there were also threats of landslides in all the regions of Ghana except the three northern ones.

Landslides in the past

March 5, 2005

The entire Afram Plains District and part of the Kwahu South District were cut off from the rest of the country as a result of a landslide at Kam, a village near Pitiku Junction in the Eastern Region, following a downpour.

The first landslide in the area occurred in 1972.

June 20, 2010

A downpour triggered a landslide on the Peduase-Water Works road, a stretch of the Pantang-Mamfe dual carriageway in the Eastern Region.

The landslide occurred close to a two-storey building on the edge of a rocky mountain, blocking part of the road.

October 6, 2010

A landslide that occurred during another downpour at Adukrom-Yensi in the Eastern Region killed three persons and destroyed many properties.

October 25, 2012

Twenty acres of cocoa farms were destroyed at Wassa Asikuma and Wassa Nkran in the Prestea / Huni Valley District in the Western Region following a heavy rainfall which affected 60 cocoa farmers.


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Tyrese Wins in Court, Judge Grants 50/50 Custody of Daughter


Tyrese just scored a big victory in court after a judge denied his ex's request for a permanent restraining order which would have severely restricted the actor's access to his daughter, Shayla.

The judge ruled Tyrese and Norma Gibson will get 50/50 joint custody beginning in January. 


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Aseye Amanda Dzokoto wins 2017 Face of GirlEmpowered Business Pageant


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CEO of Mimi rsquo;s Touch and National Service Personnel, Aseye Amanda Dzokoto has been crowned the first winner of Ghana rsquo;s 1st business pageant dubbed Face of GirlEmpowered (FOGE). Unlike several other pageants, Face of GirlEmpowered was created to equip participants with requisite entrepreneurial and business skills to enable them kick-s ...


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Mahama Mourns Asempa FMs KABA


Former President John Mahama, has joined Ghanaians to eulogize the late Asempa FM presenter, Kwadwo Asare-Baffour Acheampong, popularly known as KABA.

John Mahama, who encountered the journalist many times while serving in office, said he was shocked to receive the news about his passing.

In a Facebook post on Saturday evening, John Mahama expressed his condolence to the family of the former broadcaster and the media fraternity.

A sad day for us all. Received the shocking news of the passing of KABA. My condolences to the family, MBG and the media fraternity, he posted on his Facebook wall.

The host of Asempa FMs late afternoon political show, ‘Eko Sii Sen passed away during the early hours of Saturday, November 18, 2017.

The cause of his sudden death is unclear, but there are reports he may have suffered some form of attack from a health condition.

A statement from his employers, Multimedia Group, said their Chief Executive Officer, Kwasi Twum, led management and staff of the Group to his residence shortly after the news of his death.

About KABA

KABA has been with Asempa FM since 2008. Prior to joining the Multimedia Group, KABA had worked with Top Radio from 2004 â€" 2008.

The broadcaster was a trained teacher at the University of Cape Coast after which he moved to the Ghana Institute of Journalism for Communications Studies.

He later enrolled at the University of Ghana to study Political Science. KABA had also hosted Adom TVs Morning Show on Multi TV.

The ace broadcaster, was among a group of selected senior journalists, who joined the President at the Flagstaff House this year, to query him questions about vital national issues.

He married Valentina Ofori Afriyie [in June 2016], a staff of Accra-based Class FM, who had moved from Radio Gold.


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Incredible PHOTOS From Serena Williams Wedding


Serena Williams‘ bridal style was a total Grand Slam.

The tennis champion, 36, married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, 34, in a fairy tale dress that showed her love of fashion â€" and surely made close friend Anna Wintour very proud.

Click link for more photos


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Saturday, November 18, 2017

'Proliferation Of Private Universities Affecting Its Quality'


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President of the Presbyterian University, Ghana, is urging the government to put a ceiling on the establishment of new private universities in the country unless the ones willing to offer specialized programs of study. Rev.Professsor Emmanuel Adow Obeng says the business of running private universities has become daunting because public u ...


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David Cassidy in Critical Condition with Organ Failure


David Cassidy is in the hospital in an induced coma in vital condition -- his organs are shutting down, and as one source put it, "It's looking grim."

We're told David was rushed to a Florida hospital 3 days ago ... and his condition has been worsening since his admission.


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President Akufo-Addo Mourns Asempa FM´s KABA


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed shock over the news of Asempa FM´s late afternoon show host Kwadwo Asare-Baffuor Acheampong popularly known as KABA.

In a Facebook post the President wrote ¨Shocked by the news of KABAs death. Undoubtedly one of the most talented journalists of his generation. Condolences to his wife, family and Multimedia. #RIPKABA¨

The radio presenter was confirmed dead in the early hours of Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

Brief profile about KABA

KABA was host of Asempa FM's political talk show, 'Ekosii Sen'. Prior to joining the Multimedia Group, KABA had worked with Top Radio from 2004 â€" 2008.

He got married to radio presenter, Valentina Ofori Afriyie in 2016 at Santasi in Kumasi and has a seven month old daughter with her.

He had his second cycle education at the Techiman Senior High School in the Brong Ahafo Region and completed in 1999.

He pursued Advanced Broadcast Journalism - Print and Broadcast at the Ghana Institute of Journalism and completed in the year 2005 and further enrolled on an Educational course at the University of Cape Coast and completed in 2007.

As a strong anti-corruption campaigner, he used his show to campaign against corruption.

He recently won the Radio Talk Show Host of the Year award at the 2017 RTP Awards.


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Plans To Rename Tamale Sports Stadium After Aliu Mahama Commendable


Mr Akilu Sayibu, a Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), commended plans by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to rename the Tamale Sports Stadium in memory of the late Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama.

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, announced late last month that the Tamale Sports Stadium would be renamed the Alhaji Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium, in honour of the late Vice President of the Republic and in fulfillment of a campaign pledge made in the run up to the December 2016 elections.

Commending the president for such a move, Mr Sayibu stated that the gesture by the president if implemented would not only portray President Nana Addo as a man of his words, but also keep the memory of the late Aliu Mahama alive not only in Northern Ghana but also within the sporting circle for his immense contributions to its development.

According to the GEPA deputy CEO, the late Aliu Mahama who is a founding member of former Ghana Premier League (GPL) side, Real Tamale United (RTU), was a sports enthusiast and also supported a lot of budding sports personalities in the region in various ways until his death on November 16, 2012.

The late Veep was instrumental in the citing of the edifice in Tamale. He advocated strongly for its citing in Tamale and I think that naming it after him is one of the many things that can be done in his memory, he said.

The renaming ceremony of the Tamale Stadium forms part of various activities that are underway to mark the 5th Anniversary of the death of the late Aliu Mahama.

The President, Nana Akufo Addo, is expected to perform the re-naming of the Tamale Sports Stadium as the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium at a ceremony in Tamale on Sunday, December 10.

Mr Sayibu added that many Ghanaians of Northern extraction and beyond are particularly happy about this concept and hope that it will inspire many from the North to strive to become like the Late Vice President who cherished discipline, truthfulness and honesty in all his endeavours.


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News Analysis: The 'Adwuma' Budget And 3-Years Unemployed Vet Doc


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Dr Kwasi Agyei Sarfo would watch more than 2 hours 30 minutes presentation of the 2018 budget by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta with some sense of resignation. And he would watch post-budget interviews where minister waxed lyrical about the nation 39;s good fortunes while New Patriotic Party (NPP) MPs keep scripted praise. But the ve ...


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Muhammad Ali's 'Fight Doctor' Ferdie Pacheco Dead at 89


 
 
 
 
Ferdie Pacheco, the corner man who fixed up Muhammad Ali for years in the ring, has died.

Pacheco, known as the "Fight Doctor," died Thursday at his home in Miami ... according to his wife and daughter.  

 
 

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Authenticity Of Electrical Products Critical—CDA Consult Insists


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Accra, Nov. 17, CDA Consult - Don rsquo;t take the authenticity of electrical products for granted, actively seek information and education about any electrical product you intend purchasing, as it helps in avoiding counterfeit products, Communication for Development and Advocacy Consult (CDA Consult) has stated in Accra on Friday. Mr Fra ...


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Jennifer Hudson & Fiancé David Otunga Split


 
 
 
 
Jennifer Hudson and fiancé David Otunga have ended their relationship after ten years.

They have been in the process of ending their relationship for a number of months, Hudsons rep tells PEOPLE exclusively in a statement.

 
 
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Ghana Ranked High Risk Country For Road Safety In New Travel Risk Map


Ghana has been ranked a very high risk country in terms of road safety in a new interactive ‘Travel Risk Map for 2018.

The map, by International SOS and Control Risks, shows that much of Africa also poses a very high risk for travellers health, along with Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Guyana.

The Interactive ‘Travel Risk Map reveals which countries are riskiest for road safety, security and medical matters

Ghana was also ranked high risk for places most likely to put travellers health at risk. In terms of security, Ghana was ranked a low risk country.

The medical risk ratings are determined by assessing a range of health risks and mitigating factors including: infectious diseases, environmental factors, medical evacuation data, the standard of available local emergency, medical and dental care, access to quality pharmaceutical supplies, and cultural, language or administrative barriers.

The travel security risk ratings are determined based on the current threat posed to travellers and international assignees by political violence (including terrorism, insurgency, politically motivated unrest and war), social unrest (including sectarian, communal and ethnic violence) as well as violent and petty crime. Other factors, such as the robustness of the transport infrastructure, the state of industrial relations, the effectiveness of the security and emergency services and the countrys susceptibility to natural disasters are also considered.


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