Monday, June 30, 2014

Lack of port hampering investment drive to the north - Haruna Iddrisu

Trade Minister Haruna Iddrisu says government has identified the lack of port in the three northern regions as one of the reasons why investors are not willing to invest there.

He however said government is taking steps to address the issues in the Upper East Upper West and the Northern Regions.

'Despite the five to ten years tax holiday incentive that government has assured investors willing to invest in the area, they are still unwilling citing lack of port in the North'.

This he said has informed government's decision to elevate the Tamale airport to an international level to take care of some of the concerns of the investors.

The Trade Minister who is also the Member of Parliament for Tamale South said this when he addressed members of his constituency at the commissioning of an electrification project for two farming communities - Chanshagu and Cheshe.

The electrification project forms part of the rural electrification project being implemented by the government at a cost of $121 million.

Twenty two farming communities in the Tamale South constituency are to benefit from the project. So far 14 communities have been completed and have since been connected to the national grid with work on the remaining 8 far advance and expected to be completed soon.

The Tamale South MP also appealed to the reaming communities in the constituency who are yet to access electricity to exercise patience because government was working to ensure that all communities are connected to the national grid by 2016.

The extension of electricity to the two communities is expected to improve education and economic activities of the rural folks in the area.

The inhabitants of the two communities could not hide their joy and excitement seeing their communities light up. They danced, sang, and heaped praises on their MP and government for fulfilling what was promised them.

Prior to the project, the two communities claimed life was 'unbearable' for them. They no longer have to travel to the neighboring communities to do anything that needed electricity, the noted recounting how beneficial project is.

Don’t We Think? Lecturer Charges At Gov’t's $3m Scandal

Dr Amoako Baah
A Political Science lecturer with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology is appalled by the decision of government to fly a whopping amount of $3 million to Ghana's players in Brazil.

Dr Amoako Baah is even more embarrassed by the fact that government did not do any due diligence to know that flying such huge amount would attract taxes which would inure to the benefit of the Brazilian government.

Ghana's campaign in Brazil 2014 ended in shame with a comedy of scandals, player indiscipline, the result of which was a first round exit by the Black Stars.

Even more weird was the decision by the government  to fly an amount of $3 million to pay the appearance fees of the players.

The players threatened to boycott their final game against Portugal if their monies, $100,000 each, were not paid in cash.

President John Mahama was reported to have intervened with a promise to pay the players in cash.

With the president's approval an amount of $3 million was flown to Brazil on a chartered flight and was received by armed Brazilian police and military escort.

The arrival and dispatch of the money were shown live on a prime time Brazilian TV, an act which many critics say has brought shame on the country's image.

After receiving $100,000 each, it was apparent that the players, in line with Brazilian law, would have to pay taxes on the amount received.

17 per cent was therefore deducted from each of the $100,000 given to the players and officials before they were allowed to bring it home.

Ghana has since become a subject of ridicule.
Speaking to Joy News, Dr Amoako Baah said it was 'absolutely incompetent' for government to superintend over such a scandal.

'How can you put such an amount of money in the airplane?' he questioned, only for the Brazilian government to deduct taxes from it,' he added.

'Don't we think?' he fired. 'Shouldn't we know these things?' he added.

He was even more surprised that even after the president had intervened, the players still insisted on having their monies paid in cash.

'Why will the players not listen to the president?' he asked.

The lecturer added that calls for the dismissal and not reassignment of the Sports Minister and his deputy were not misplaced.

Meanwhile, President John Mahama is adamant and has defended the decision to fly the amount of money to Brazil.


Police give clearance for 'Occupy Flagstaff House' demo to go on

The Ghana Police Service has rescinded its decision to disallow, a group calling itself Concerned Ghanaians for Responsible Governance (CGRG) to petition President John Mahama on what it said, has been the worsening economic conditions in the country.

With this latest development, the group has the green light from the police to carry on with their intended procession to the seat of government tomorrow.

The police administration had earlier denied the group and one other, 'One Thousand Man March' the permission to demonstrate on the Republic Day.

Greater Accra Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), DSP Freeman Tettey earlier told Joy News, for a 'litany of reasons' tomorrow's demonstration would not be allowed to go ahead.

The CGRG would have clashed with its rival group which was also on the move to embark on a similar procession to solidarize with the President.

A meeting between the organisers of the demonstration and the police was held.

A news release signed by Nana Akwasi Awuah, the CGRG's convener stated 'the meeting with the Ghana Police Service came to a successful end a little while ago.'

'The Ghana Police Service and Concerned Ghanaians for Responsible Governance (CGRG) have agreed that come tomorrow July 1, 2014 the protest dubbed #occupyflagstaffhouse or #occupyflagstaff and the presentation of a petition to H.E. John Dramani Mahama will take place as planned,' it said.

Noting that, the only alteration to the event has been for all concerned Ghanaians to converge at the Efua Sutherland Children's Park at 6 a.m. and not in front of the Flagstaff House as proposed earlier.

'We will then march peacefully to the Flagstaff House to present our petition to the President. This compromise was reached as a result of sound security concerns presented by the Police. The Ghana Police Service has graciously assured us of protection for the entire duration of the protest,' the statement explained.

The group cautioned its followers that it would not condone any form of violence, hooliganism or lawlessness during the event.

'We are prepared to hand over to the Police anyone who decides to engage in such behavior. Furthermore, we entreat you all to come along with some water for your own consumption. As responsible citizens, it is our duty to ensure we do not litter so please ensure that you properly dispose off any waste you may create during tomorrow's peaceful protest,' it declared.

The Greater Accra Police Commander DSP Freeman Tettey later told Joy News only the leaders of the demonstration would be allowed to present the petition to the president at the Flagstaff House.

Leader for the 'One Thousand Man March', Koku Mawuli told Joy FM's Super Morning Show Monday "we are not demonstrating. We don't need a police permit. We are calling for a march."

He explained that Ghanaians need to support the President in view of Ghana's economic hardship.

"We are in difficult times I am not going to run away from that. But we have to be with him. He needs support to be able to deliver."

Partisanship Hindering Progress At District Levels

The Chief Local Government Inspector at the Sunyani Municipal Assembly, Atoapomah Baffoe has mentioned lack of commitment to operationalize the sub-structures and over politicization as some of the major problems inhibiting effective and efficient service delivery of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in Ghana.

According to him, to make the assembly system more effective there is the need to ensure effective linkages between elected and the electorate-feedback mechanisms and information flow.

Mr. Baffoe was presenting a paper at a media and civil society engagement forum on revenue mobilization and its utilization for development at Dormaa Ahenkro in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

His topic was 'Enhancing Good Governance through Effective Decentralization: Focus on the District Assembly System'

The training was organized by Gifts Fm in collaboration with Global Media Foundation, human rights and anti-corruption media advocacy organization with funding from STAR Ghana, a donor agency with support from DANIDA, USAID, EU and UKaid.

It forms part of activities under the Gifts FM/STAR Ghana Media Project title: Local FM and Civil Society Promoting Revenue Generation and its Utilization for Development.

In his presentation on the topic: Public Expenditure Tracking and Reporting ', the CEO Global Media Foundation, Raphael Godlove Ahenu Junior said public expenditure tracking helps governments, citizens and CSOs to ensure that allocated public resources are effectively reach intended beneficiaries.

He said it further helps to identify and address problems and weaknesses in systems of public expenditure, transfer and service delivery.

The CEO noted that the tracking of public resources will help address problems of corruption, inefficiency and non-performance of public service provider

The Project Coordinator, Victor Fosu Boamah said the media CSOs engagement was to help create a platform for them share ideas to enable them to play their roles effectively in order to promote accountability and accountability at the district level.

‘Make Universal Health Coverage, A National Priority’

Accra, June 26, 2014- Civil Societies in the Health Sector are urging the Ghana Government to take the lead in pushing for the adoption of the World Health Organization's proposed Health Goal, 'Ensure healthy lives and Universal Health Coverage at All Ages' as the health goal in the Post 2015 Development Framework.

The Civil Societies are of the view that the proposed WHO's health goal with its sub-goals are more realistic and achievable than what has been proposed by the UN Open Working Group in the Post 2015 Development Framework.

These concerns were raised at the end of a Sensitization Workshop on the Post 2015 Development Framework and Consultation Processes. The workshop was organized by the lead organization of the Civil Societies, Universal Access to Healthcare Campaign, (UAHC).

The Eight UN Millennium Development Goals will expire in 2015. A process is already in place to replace the MDGs with the 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals from 2016 to 2030. Goal 3 focused on Health.

The WHO's proposed health goal has 4 sub-goals on Achieving the MDGs for Child & Maternal Health and for major communicable disease, addressing the burden of non-communicable dieses, injuries and mental , achieve universal health coverage including financial risk protection and addressing the social and environmental determinants of health.

Touching on the importance of Universal Health Coverage, the National Coordinator of UAHC, Sidua Hor, noted that Universal Health Coverage is consistent with World Health Organization (WHO)'s concepts of Health for All and Primary Health Care. This involves

investment in infrastructure, well trained human resources, health systems strengthening, a good screening and referral network and a good preventive programme.

The National Coordinator admitted that no country can achieve Universal Health Coverage over night and urged the Key Health Stakeholders to adopt the best approach that meets the health needs of Ghana supported by a financing model that is sustainable. Mr. Hor said, since the Post 2015 Development Framework is going to be State driven, there is the need for greater and active participation of stakeholders such as Civil Society, the Private Sector , Businesses, Academia and Scientists.

Presentations were made on the Thematic Areas for the Post 2015 Development Framework and the Proposed Goal for health as well as the Monitoring Framework. The Sensitization Workshop was attended by about sixty participants made up of Civil Society Organizations and NGOs in Health.

Sidua Hor
National Coordinator
Universal Access to Healthcare Campaign
020 770 8938/ 0244 419 713

The Universal Access to Health Care Campaign is a National Campaign driven by a network of Local and International NGOs including the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR), ISODEC, Essential Service Platform, SEND Ghana, and Coalition of NGOs in Health.

YMCA World Council Focuses On Youth Empowerment

The African voice was loud and clear during roll call at the 18th YMCA World Council opening in Estes Park, deep within the heart of the Rockies mountain range in Colorado, USA. Amidst the resounding vuvuzelas and jubilant cheers each time an African country was called, there was a sense that the African unity and pride we have built over the years is only increasing each time we meet as African YMCAs, whether it be on African soil or several plane trips away from our dear continent.

Our participants from 14 countries joined nearly 1300 delegates to contribute to the total of 83 countries represented at this highlight on our shared global calendar.

Every four years, YMCAs from around the world gather at World Council. On the one hand, this is a constitutional pillar of the movement, and on the other hand, a time for learning, sharing and growth as YMCA staff and volunteers participate in dialogue and debate on issues affecting youth worldwide.
The theme for the 2014 World Council is 'Empowering Young People'.

Patriotism Lecture: Ras Mubarak rallies youth to be selfless, nationalistic

The National Youth Authority has challenged Ghanaian youth to devote themselves to the country and not focus solely on monetary reward.
The admonition comes as the Youth Authority holds its maiden 'Patriotism Lectures' in Tamale, in the Northern Region.

The aim is to restore the spirit of selfless devotion among Ghanaians especially the youth in the country.
Acting CEO of the National Youth Authority Ras Mubarak explained to Joy News' Editor Dzifa Bampoh why the Patriotism Lecture is important.

' As an authority responsible for facilitating youth development we felt it is important that we revived the spirit of nationalism and patriotism because after all said and done how people behave has a huge bearing on the progress of our country. Economic transformation shouldn't come at the cost of leaving patriotism behind.'
Mr. Mubarak said it is sad that young people do not do anything without expecting any reward.
He said the situation must change.

Eight years is too much for Kwesi Nyantakyi - Anita De Soso complains

The National Women's Organizer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Anita De Soso says Kwesi Nyantakyi has headed the Ghana Football Association for too long and therefore has to be replaced.
'Kwesi Nyantakyi has spent too many years at the GFA, he has to be changed'
She was of the view that the number of years he has spent as GFA president has accounted for his lack of performance.

She made this statement on Adom FM's morning show, 'Adom Dwaso Nsem' when she was asked to comment on the performance of the Black Stars during the World Cup.
The GFA, she added is the cause of all the troubles most ministers assigned to the Ministry of Youth and Sports have encountered during their period at the ministry.

The ministry id often a hotspot for controversy. Most noticeable was the mysterious disappearance of $125,000 meant for the Black Stars. Mallam Issah who was then Sports Minister was jailed.
Being in power for the past eight years Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi has successfully qualified the Black Star to three World Cup competitions including its maiden appearance in 2006.

La Dadekotopon adopt measures to counter perennial insanitary situation

Despite the worrying trend of improper waste management in the country, the La Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly (LADMA) has revealed it is putting practical measures in place to counter the perennial problem.
According to the Municipal Chief Executive of the area, Rita Odoley Sowah, they have positioned waste containers at some vantage points in the locality to be used by residents.

And when they become full, there are garbage trucks readily available to lift them to the main dumping site at Kpone, she added.

Speaking on 'Clean Communities', a sanitation oriented programme on Joy News MultiTV, she said there were other ways of dealing with the situation by arresting people who dumped their refuse and defecated openly on the beach.

'We have LA, Cantonments, Airport police stations and the military in our jurisdiction, together we are coming up to arrest offenders that will serve as deterrent to others. Offenders who are arrested will be prosecuted and fined,' she stated.

Hollywood To Make Film On Ghana’s $3m World Cup Drama

GFA officials sharing the money

American movie industry, Hollywood, is to make a movie based on the bizarre transfer of three million dollars meant for the Black Stars from Ghana to Brazil via a chartered flight.
The Guardian reported  Monday that the screenplay, to be written by Darryl Wharton-Rigby, will centre on a courier tasked with bringing $3m (£1.76m) across the Atlantic to Brazil in an effort to stop the Ghanaian football team quitting the competition in protest at lack of pay.

It is based on a real-life impasse which affected the west African team prior to their exit at the group stage last week, though fictional elements will be incorporated to further spice up the proposed movie, the report stated.

Regent For Bimbilla

The mortal remains of the late chief being handed  over to the family, INSET: The late Naa Dasana Andani Abdulai II

Kingmakers of the family of murdered chief of the Bimbilla Traditional Area, Naa Dasana Andani Abdulai II will on Friday enskin a regent to oversee the traditional affairs of the area until a substantive chief is enskinned.

The decision, which was taken during an emergency family meeting, will also facilitate arrangements toward the holding of the final funeral rites of the departed chief in accordance with the customs and traditions of Nanumg.

Afriyie Ankrah To Be Hauled Before Parliament

The Minority in Parliament is planning to drag outgoing Minister of Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah to Parliament over Ghana's participation in the on-going World Cup tournament in Brazil.

According to the Member of Parliament (MP) of Kpandai, the Minister will have to account to Parliament since no MP was involved in Ghana's organization towards the World Cup.

Afriyie Ankrah and his Deputy, Joseph Yamin have both been re-assigned by the President.
Although no reasons were given for the decision, it is believed that the two were reshuffled due to the appalling performance of Ghana at the World Cup which led to the country's early elimination from the tournament.

Other matters including the agitations within the Black Stars camp leading to the dismissal of two players from the camp is also believed to have contributed to the President's decision.

I'm not surprised at Akufo-Addo's denial — Dan Abodakpi

An aspirant for the position of national chairman of the National Democratic Congress, Mr Daniel Abodakpi, says he is not surprised at Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo's denial of claims the aspirant made to the effect that he (Nana Akufo-Addo) advised former President John Agyekum Kufuor not to prosecute him.
Days after declaring his bid to contest the position, Mr Abodakpi, a former minister of Trade and Industry, alleged that former President Agyekum Kufuor masterminded and orchestrated his prosecution.
Mr Abodakpi received a 10-year jail term in February 2007 for wilfully causing financial loss to the state following a trial that commenced in 2002.

He alleged that President Kufuor called for the docket and gave an order for his prosecution against the advice of the then Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Nana Akufo-Addo.
Nana Akufo-Addo has denied the claims made by Mr Abodakpi and has stated that he did not inform Mr Abodakpi during his trial that President Kufuor had called for his docket and ordered for him to be prosecuted.

Reacting to the response of Nana Akufo-Addo, Mr Abodakpi said: 'Firstly, I am not surprised at Nana Akufo-Addo's denial of my statements. In fact, I did not expect him to publicly act in a way that would injure the reputation of his former boss and a leader of their party.'

Chaos at some stations as motorists jostle for fuel

There is chaos at some fuel stations as motorists push and shove in desperate search for fuel which has been in short supply for days.

Even though some of the stations have begun receiving the products, at least in Accra, the queues that have been formed at fuel stations show no sign of going away.

At one of the stations in Lapaz, Accra, the station manager  Eugene Opoku told Joy News they received a limited supply of the products last night but are unable to handle the overwhelming number of motorists who have queued in search for the product.

On Saturday government announced in a statement it had distributed a substantial amount of product to the stations and urged motorists to be calm and desist from panic buying.

While apologising to the motorists for the shortage, the  statement also warned the stations not to sell petrol to people who come to the stations with gallons.

Lucky Oil attendants arrested for hoarding petrol

The Kwabenya Police in Accra at dawn last Sunday arrested three fuel attendants and their manager for allegedly hoarding petrol in gallons and selling them at exorbitant prices to motorists.
Twenty six gallons of petrol were seized from one of the offices of the company when the police mounted a search.

The three, Mavis Owusua, Nora Ashigbi and Charlotte Asarewaa, together with their Station Manager, Wisdom Nutsukpui, all of Lucky Oil, Kwabenya, are currently assisting the police with their investigations.
The Kwabenya District Crime Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr Franklin Yevugah, said armed with an order from the Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr Christian Yohonu, to look out for possible hoarding of fuel by filling stations, he and his team, throughout the week, went from one filling station to another in the area to check on their stock levels.

The Arrest
He said they observed a chaotic scene at the station in question last Saturday as many of the people complained they were not being attended to although they had been in the queue for hours.
According to Mr Yevugah, he and his team took control of the situation and managed to get motorists served throughout the day till around 2:30p.m. when the station said they had reached their limit of sale.
He said as a result of that revelation, his men left the scene to continue with their day-to-day work.

Bishop Annor-Yeboah’s Death, Valuable In God’s Sight—Apostle

Apostle Stephen Owusu Jackon, Chairman of the interim 13 Member Council of the Christian Praise International Centre (CPIC) has said the death of Bishop Professor Annor-Yeboah Founder and Presiding Bishop CPIC is valuable in the sight of God.

He said Christians are valuable in the sight of God because they glorified Him on earth which Bishop Annor-Yeboah did evidently in the propagating of the gospel, winning souls, helping the needy in society and carrying out other required duties as a true child of God.

Apostle Owusu Jackson made the remarks in Accra on Sunday when he delivered a sermon on the theme 'Precious in the Sight of the Lord is the Death of His Saints'.
He observed that, the righteous, a believer and a Christian, who sees the Lord as his or her helper dies at a great cost in Him adding that 'As the Lord Jesus had already died, He conquered death and that any believer who dies today, dies in the Lord," he said.

Brazil 2014 Debacle: The Ugly Side Of The Story; KP Boateng Tells It All

Kevin Prince Boateng has ripped into the entire Black Stars World Cup campaign in Brazil. The Schalke man minces no words as he speaks to the big German media house, Bild.

Of interest is his flat denial of insulting Kwasi Appiah, the coach.

'I am very, very disappointed. It just wasn't a good time. The nightmare lasted from the first day of the preparations until the very end,' he begins.

'I would never have thought that the preparations and the World Cup itself could be so badly organized. The hotels, the flights - everything was amateurish.'

'Our president [GFA president], his wife and his two kids sat in business class on the same flight. In Brazil we finally got a chartered flight. But then the officials managed to lose my luggage somehow. I didn't have my football boots for some days, no tapes, nothing. It was disastrous.'

There Must Be A Total Clean-Up At The GFA—Agbesi

GFA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi
GFA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi

A member of the planning committee charged with the organisation of Ghana's participation in Brazil 2014 has called for an immediate and urgent total clean up at the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

Speaking on Osibisa Radio's sports programme - THE FINAL WHISTLE in London, Mr Alfred Agbesi who had previously served on both the 2006 and the 2010 planning committees said 'What happened in Brazil cannot be justified and the people of Ghana must as a matter of urgency push for a total clean-up at GFA if Ghanaians want to see any success in our football'.

Mr Agbesi's call follows the laying down of responsibility of the mess that took place in Brazil fully at the doorstep of the GFA by one of the Ghana's finest players Michael Essien. Responding to a fan who was edging him Essien to speak to Sulley Muntari, Essien wrote '@acheamponglilian advice your so call FA not Sulley,' the ex-Chelsea star replied to an Instagram comment.

Tigo Staff Mentor Pupils Of New Ebu

Staff of Tigo Ghana Ltd., operators of one of Ghana's leading telecoms network, recently paid a visit to New Ebu Methodist Basic School where they interacted and taught the pupils in an effort to inspire them. The trip forms part of Tigo's employee engagement initiative dubbed 'Tigo Spirit' which is a monthly Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity that affords staff the opportunity to volunteer their services and utilize their skills, time and expertise to reach out to vulnerable groups and people to improve their lives.

Under the theme 'My Tigo Teacher' the initiative seeks to inspire, motivate and empower young deprived school children to be studious and focused to enable them realize their dreams and aspirations. Subjects taught by staff include English, Mathematics, Religious and Moral Education (R.M.E), Information Communication Technology (ICT), and General Science among others. New Ebu is a deprived community in the Central Region close to Cape Coast and the choice of a school in New Ebu was borne out by the need to offer hope to the pupils, according to James Nyarko, the Brands Image Coordinator for Tigo's Western Territory. James further expressed the hope that the visit and the activities undertaken by the staff will impact positively on the learning activities of the pupils.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Chief Justice calls for radical change in education in Ghana

The Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Georgina Wood at the weekend called for a radical change in the traditional focus of all educational courses in the country.

She said the courses should be designed to teach and reflect the relevance of economic, political, financial and social underpinnings of national development strategy so that graduates are equipped to meet the development needs of Ghana.

Mrs Justice Wood made the call at the 14th congregation of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration in Accra.

She said there is the need for a national development plan for tertiary institutions to be able to produce graduates who meet the skills gaps required for the implementation of national development strategy.
Mrs Justice Wood said as a developing nation requiring good structural underpinnings for advancement, there is the need to link tertiary education to all aspects of business, public policy and governance.

Gov't calls for calm with resumption of fuel supply

The  Ministry of Information and Media Relations says enough petrol has been supplied to the various oil-marketing companies and available at the service stations.

'As of this evening, 3 million litres of  the product has been supplied, with another 4 million litres to be released tomorrow, Sunday', the Ministry said in a statement Saturday night.

There has been a shortage of gasoline over the last two days, but according to the Ministry, a total of 50 million litres of the   product will be pumped into the system in the next 10 days to ease the shortage.
The statement said the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) will continue to dispatch products every day until the situation stabilizes.

Black Stars players lose 17% in taxes to Brazil

A member of the Youth and Sports Ministry's World Cup Committee, Kwadwo Adu Asare has confirmed the Black Stars would each be losing about 17 thousand dollars of their tournament appearance fees as taxes to the Brazil government.

Just before the team's last group match against Portugal which saw them eliminated from the world cup, government sent over 3 million dollars in cash on a chartered plane to Brazil to pay the World Cup appearance fees to the squad.

Each player received a100 thousand dollars but reports indicate the players are obliged to pay 17 percent tax before they can carry their cash home through the airport.
Mr. Adu Asare says Ghana has itself to blame for this development.

Natural Remedy For Kidney Stones

Kidney Stones 
Lemon juice, raw apple cider vinegar plus olive oil
This is one of the natural home remedies that is not only easily available in your home, but quite efficient when it comes to curing kidney stones naturally. Symptoms such as abdominal pain can be managed by blending olive oil with lemon juice extract. After drinking the mixture, ensure that you have drunk at least 12 ounces of water. Wait for at least 30 minutes before blending 0.5 ounces of lemon juice in 12 ounces of water. Add one tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar before drinking. Repeat this cycle every one hour until the pain has subsided.


In 2006, Ghana led by it's all time most inspirational captain, Stephen Appiah, made a national history when for the first time in participation at the World Cup, they reached the round of sixteen only to loose to the Almighty Brazil in what was described by Ghanaians as a heroic performance. They continued to shine in South Africa when they solely carried the destiny of Africa on it's shoulders to the quarter final, and was denied of a semi-final slot by the ever controversial Louis Suares of Uruguay.

Having chalked such incredible successes in these two previous world cup appearances, every Ghanaian tipped the stars to once again shine. But the story turned out to be way... different. I will attempt to analyse this with a leadership lens through the following...

It must be put right that the players of the Stars are Ghanaians. They are a subset of the Ghanaian population. In 2006 & 2010, systems in the country were marginally good. There was atleast water, somewhat kilowatts of electricity to enable us survive and an economy which though not the best, was the better of the two evils. In 2014, the story is groomy. Our inflation rate is hovering around 14%, our electricity is in shambles, our water supply is at all time low, education is in tatters, polytechnics have been shut down due to non-payment of lecturer's research allowance, and myriad of problems hanging around our neck.

Christian Council Warns Against Electoral Tension

Rt Rev Prof Martey performing the ordination
THE GENERAL Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), Rev Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, has cautioned politicians, party functionaries and serial callers against what he referred to as recycled electoral tension blowing across the airwaves in the country.

The General Secretary said this at an ordination service held for 12 new pastors of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana at Asiakwa in the Eastern Region, which was under the theme: 'Fear Not'.

Rev Dr Opuni-Frimpong noted that over the years, elections in the country have been characterized with violent utterances which hype up tension in the country, adding, 'Such developments have always left both foreigners and some Ghanaians including politicians flying out of the country only to return when elections are over.'

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Royalhouse Empowers Women

Mrs Rita Korankye Ankrah
ROYAL LADIES Ministry, the women's wing of Royalhouse Chapel International, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a series of events and activities aimed at empowering more women for the betterment of their livelihood and careers.

The ministry, which has over the years helped to empower women by being a link for woman-to-woman support and encouragement, would hold national and international conferences, the first of which is today at the University of Ghana, Legon.

Speaking at the launch of the 20 th anniversary in Accra, Rev Mrs Rita Korankye Ankrah, president of the ministry and First Lady of Royalhouse Chapel, said the ministry is moving further in its quest to strengthen the agency of women with the commencement of plans to build an ultra-modern conference centre on the ministry's land at Oyibi in the Greater Accra Region.

Northern Region Gets Peace Council

Regional Peace Council Members
A13-MEMBER Regional Peace Council (RPC) has been inaugurated in Tamale, the Northern Regional capital.

Sheik Mahamoud Gedel, a Board Member of the National Peace Council (NPC), called on members to protect national integration in order to avoid violence during the inauguration ceremony.

He charged Ghanaians to work towards effectively sustaining the country's democracy in accordance with cultural values, customs and traditions rather than allow themselves to be divided on chieftaincy, ethnic, political and religious lines.

Sheik Gedel particularly admonished residents in the region to redirect their energies into upholding the principles of democracy through peaceful coexistence and forge ahead in unity to foster development in their various localities.

According to him, Ghana is recognized in the West African sub-region as an oasis of peace, but the pockets of recurring violence are gradually robbing it of that status.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

GBA disappointed with conduct of players, government

The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) has expressed shock over government's decision to charter a flight to carry over $3 million in cash to players and officials of the Black Stars in far away Brazil.
Describing the act as lawless and an embarrassment to the country as a whole, the GBA in a statement said government should not have pandered to the request of the players.

"At a time that the Bank of Ghana is making strenuous efforts to stabilize the cedi, it is totally imprudent that the football players could be allowed to ride roughshod over the whole country.
"The GBA find it an affront to the Rule of Law and the principle of Equality before the Law that the Government on the spur of the moment found it prudent to disregard the law and legally binding directives and pander to the whims and caprices of the Senior National team, The Black Stars.

"Such acts, the GBA notes, is not only a betrayal of the citizenry, especially business people who have painstakingly had to abide by the law and directives of the Bank of Ghana at the expense of their business interests, but also smacks of lawlessness and a bad example to the people of Ghana. The Black Stars players are not above the law and the GBA can find no justification for an exception to be made for them," the statement said.

Emirates Demonstrates Family Friendliness By Carrying Over 2 Million Children In 2013

Emirates is offering more than ever for families travelling with youngsters with new figures showing the award winning airline carried over two million children last year.With the busy summer holidays on the horizon, Skytrax's World Best Airline, is pulling out all the stops to keep the young ones entertained both in the air and on the ground.

In the 2013/14 financial year, Emirates carried 2.3 million youngsters, demonstrating its strong family following.*

Even before departure, complimentary baby strollers and changing tables are available within Emirates' dedicated Terminal 3 and there are play areas equipped toys within Emirates' exclusive lounges. Priority boarding is provided to families with young children.

But it's on board when the real fun starts. The dedicated children's channels on the popular ice entertainment system brings an array of cartoons, interactive games, podcasts and CDs.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Pending Fuel Shortage Affects Businesses

Commercial drivers in Osu on Thursday said the
current fuel shortage in Accra is affecting their
daily sales and called on the government to
address the problem immediately to bring
normalcy to the transport business .

When the Ghana News Agency (GNA) got to Osu
and its environs, pump attendants were spotted
signaling customers that there was no fuel.
Meanwhile, drivers had joined long queues with
the hope of getting fuel.

Taxi drivers who had a little left in their tanks
were on the lookout for passengers who were
willing to pay extra for “ dropping ” . The BDCs
said they are unable to supply petroleum
products because the banks are reluctant to give
them credit due to the mounting debt .


Nana Oye-Lithur, the Minister for Gender,
Children and Social Protection, has appealed to
the youth, especially street girls, to desist from
pre-marital s3x in order to avoid unwanted

She said children are precious gift from God so
parents should be more up and doing in
performing their responsibilities to ensure that
the future of their children is secured.

Nana Oye-Lithur said this in a speech read on
her behalf during the 20th anniversary launch
and graduation ceremony of Street Girls Aid in
Accra on Thursday.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

ICU backs latest tariff increments; urges workers to economise consumption

The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) has welcomed the proposed increment in electricity and water tariffs.

ICU's General Secretary Solomon Kotei told Joy News the Union will support the implementation of the new rates which take effect from July 1.

The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission Wednesday announced increment in tariffs in line with the automatic adjustment formula; 12 percent for electricity and 6.1 for water in a third quarter review.
Public Affairs and External Relations Director of the PURC, Nana Yaa Gyantua explained to Joy News the increment has become necessary as gains made by the utilities providers have been eroded by the depreciation of the cedi.

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Financial Crisis Hits Kids' Village

Mrs. Matilda Okyere (right) presenting the items to Emmanuel Affram (left)
FORTY ORPHANS and vulnerable children face being cast off by the Asiakwa SOS - a well known orphanage in the East Akyem Municipality of the Eastern Region - due to financial challenges facing the home, DAILY GUIDE has learnt.

This came to light when Mrs. Matilda Okyere, wife of the Chief Executive Officer of Antarctic Construction Company in Koforidua, the Eastern Regional capital, made a few remarks during a donation to the Orphanage at the weekend.

Mrs. Okyere said that the donation formed part of her birthday celebration which fell on 20 June. She called on philanthropists and corporate organizations to support the poor and the needy in the society.
She advised the kids not to be discouraged by their present condition. Instead, they should study hard for a brighter future.

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School Feeding Programme indebted to 5,000 caterers

The Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) is indebted to 5,000 caterers to the tune of GH¢100 million feeding fee for the 2013/2014 academic year, according to Daily Graphic reports.
According to the newspaper, the arrears comprise a 40-day outstanding payment of the first term and the outstanding payment for the whole of the 71 days in the second term.
"As a result, the caterers have threatened to stop preparing meals for the pupils if the GSFP failed to release money to them within two weeks", the paper said.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the GSFP, Mr Siiba Alfa, told the Daily Graphic that the GH¢100 million arrears would increase to GH¢140 million by the end of the third term in July, 2014 if the programme was unable to make any payment to the caterers.
'About 40 days of the first term remained to be paid. The whole of the second term of about 71 days has also not been paid.
'All in all, we have 111 days of feeding grants to clear. This does not include the current term,' he said.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mama Zimbi foundation hosts over 2,000 widows at NAWAC 2014

Multiple international award winner, Akumaa Mama Zimbi, known in private life as Mrs. Joyce Akumaa Dongotey-Padi hosted over 2,000 widows last Saturday to mark the 6th National Widows Alliance Conference (NAWAC) in Accra.

Widows from Wenchi, Twifo Praso, Upper Denkyira, Tema, Bawku, Hikpo, Techiman, Sampa, Accra, Ketekrachie came together to celebrate the day at the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre in Accra.
NAWAC is an initiative by the Mama Zimbi Foundation (MZF) through its Widows Alliance Network (WANE) project for sustainable socio-economic development of widows in Ghana.
It was meant for Ghana and Africa at large to appreciate the roles widows play as ambassadors of change in their communities. It also served as the ideal dialogue platform for the advocacy of a comprehensive policy and legal direction for elevating the standards of widows in the country as well as celebrating the United Nations International Widows Day.

Murdered Chief To Be Buried

Naa Dasana Abdulai Andani II
Government has finally succumbed to pressure to release the mortal remains of the murdered paramount chief of the Bimbilla Traditional Area, Naa Dasana Abdulai Andani II, to the bereaved family for burial in accordance with the customs and traditions of the people of Nanum.

Pathologists at the Tamale Teaching Hospital were expected on Tuesday to conduct a postmortem on the body of the chief to establish the actual cause of death before handing it over to the family.
The Minister of Defence, Mark Owen Wayongo, announced the decision of government to hand over the body to the family, latest by Wednesday after the necessary examinations have been done.

Armed police details on guard duties for daily schedules were reported to have vacated their duty post earlier than the expected time when the military who were supposed to relieve them had not reported.
This resulted in the creation of a vacuum which the assailants capitalised on to murder the chief and his subjects, a situation the Defence Minister, who is also the acting Minister condemned.
The Minister however hinted that intelligence indicates there is a significant proliferation of arms into the three regions of the north.

Stratcomm Launches 2014 Ghana Garden And Flowers Show

Although God has blessed Ghana with a lot of beautiful flowers which we always see round us, unfortunately Ghanaians do not see the value and the importance of flowers to make the best out of them.

Whereas some countries have developed their garden and flower sector which serve as tourist attraction and also a means of income generation, Ghanaians has abandoned this lucrative sector.
To create the awareness about this abandon sector and the need to protect it, Strategic Communication Africa Ltd., (Stratcomm Africa) has launched the second edition of the Innovative Ghana Garden and Flowers Show which will start from Friday 29th August to Monday 8th September 2014 in Accra.
The 2014 Garden and Flower show, dubbed 'Gardening for Value: Health, Beauty, Jobs and Income', is to exhibit the potentials that exist for growing this aspect of our natural resources s for commercial and aesthetic purpose.

At a colorful event to launch the show, Ms. Esther A.N Cobbah, Chief Executive Officer, Stratcomm Africa said it is important for the country to develop the Garden and Flow sector because it is a means of employment and income generation, the beautification of the country and environmental conservation.
According to her last year show was a success because of the great interest shown by the general public and are looking forward for a bigger show this year.

Koala CEO Reacts To Lawyers' Arrest Over $2m Fraud

I am an ordinary businessman who does not believe in media war or campaign. But it has become necessary for me to set the records straight for our highly respected customers and Ghanaians to appreciate the fact as it is.

Indeed, we are operating in a country where we have to relate, deal and depend on trustworthy officials to transact genuine business. That was why when Lawyer Larry Apaloo, who is a Ghanaian and Rotary, came into contact with me, I painstakingly agreed to allow him to facilitate the purchase of the property now in dispute.

On 9th August, 2011 we signed an agreement which included the following: That an ultimatum of three months be used to process the land documents, or in default, face a penalty of $200,000 in cedi equivalent.
We stressed that in case of any refund of money or cash, it should be paid in Ghana Cedis equivalent due to the rate of devaluation of the cedi. Based on these understandings, I paid a cedi equivalent of one million US Dollars ($1 million) into Lawyer Apaloo's account.

In fact, the ultimatum given to Lawyer Apaloo to work on the processing of the properties' documents elapsed and Mr. Apaloo appealed for extension of the ultimatum to another three months which was granted him. Surprisingly and unfortunately, when the second goodwill ultimatum of additional three months expired, Lawyer Apaloo stopped responding to all kinds of communication we used to reach him. Thereafter, eighteen good months, on 2 nd August, 2013 we had no choice but to report the case to the Police Headquarters for action.

Meet The Press Series: Focus On Ministry Of Gender, Children & Social Protection

Our Mandate:
To ensure gender equality
Promote and protect the rights and welfare of children
Empower the vulnerable, excluded, aged and people with disabilities through social protection interventions

Our Vision
A harmonious society in which the survival and development of the sexes, children, the vulnerable, and persons with disability are guaranteed

Our Mission
To achieve gender equality and equity
To facilitate the enforcement of the rights of children
To promote the integration and protection of the vulnerable, excluded and persons with disability

Our Values: Integrity ~ Excellence ~ Social Justice

Our Target Groups
Children: 38% Women 51% Men 48.7%
Persons with disability 3% Elderly 6.7% Youth 20%

'Youngest PhD student' 15 years old

The University of Leicester is claiming to have the UK's youngest ever PhD student - with a 15-year-old studying in the politics department.

Eugenie de Silva's doctorate is going to focus on "denial and deception in World War Two".
The teenager lives in Tennessee in the United States, but will study for her PhD by distance learning.
Her supervisor, Prof Mark Phythian, said there was "no doubt about her ability".

Prof Phythian, head of the politics and international relations department, said the young student had been interviewed by Skype and in terms of academic rigour there would be "no concessions" for her age.
He added Ms de Silva was "very well adjusted and engaging".

She will be expected to come to Leicester for some face-to-face sessions and exams during the course of her doctorate studies, which could last between three and six years.

GFA Files Police Complaint Against Two In Match-Fixing Investigation

Statement On Match Fixing Media Investigation
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has requested the Ghana Police Service to investigate two persons for misrepresenting the GFA with an attempt to defraud.

Messrs Christopher Antoh Forsythe and Obed Nketiah, last month approached the President of the GFA Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi with a proposal to buy the rights to friendly matches for the Black Stars on behalf of a company they claim to be representing in England.
They approached the GFA President to have a conversation with their boss on Skype and subsequently traveled to Miami - where the Black Stars were camping, without a prior appointment - to meet Mr. Nyantakyi to discuss their proposal.

They were subsequently asked to submit their proposal for consideration which they did and was duly submitted to the Legal Committee of the GFA for perusal and advice.
It has now emerged, following approaches to the GFA from two media houses in England, that Messrs Christopher Anton Forsythe and Obed Nketiah were covertly filmed by a media institution for a documentary on match fixing.

As lottery destroys the poor, oil could destroy Ghana's economy - American governance expert

In the absence of strong institutions, Ghana's discovering of oil will eventually destroy the economy just as winning a lottery often destroys the poor, an American governance expert has predicted.
Painting a picture of oil's destructive powers to an economy, Professor Larry Diamond said oil exposes a country's weak institutions, teases and tempts a country's leaders to become "massively corrupt".
Ghana began commercial production of oil three years ago. Government has said revenue from Ghana's oil would be focused on expenditure and amortization of loans for oil and gas infrastructure; road and infrastructure; agric modernization and capacity building.

To regulate the industry and ensure greater transparency, Parliament has passed the Petroleum Revenue Management Act, Petroleum Commission Act, Petroleum Exploration and Production Law, Petroleum Income Tax Law, National Petroleum Authority Act among several others.
Others in the offing include the Local Content and Local Participation Policy Framework, the Right to Information Bill, the Marine Pollution Bill and the Ghana Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Framework.

Rahim Banda Scares Old Folks In Ghana Movie Industry

In Hollywood, young actors instantly skyrocket to stardom as soon as they are introduced onto the movie scene, but in Ghana, it is very difficult for movie makers to maintain a particular child actor due to risks involved.

However, one child actor who has broken this jinx, and whose name cannot easily be wiped out from the minds of Ghanaian movie fans is Rahim Banda.

The first time Flex newspaper came across this young actor Rahim Banda was on the set of the movie, 'The Beast' and after watching the final commercial copy of the movie, we realized Ghana had gotten another talented star who needs to be empowered.

Student commits suicide after losing World Cup bets

A college student in China leapt to his death after losing more than $3 000 gambling on the World Cup, state media reported on Tuesday. The second-year student, identified only by his surname Lin, jumped from the seventh floor of a building on his campus on Monday, the Information Times said, citing a witness. "I heard him say 'do not force me' and 'give me two more days and I'll return you the money'," the report quoted the witness as saying. "He talked on the phone for more than 10 minutes.

Elvis Afriyie Ankrah Should Be Fired Now!!

Happiness has now become an essential commodity for the republic of Ghana in the spirit of the world cup finals staged in Brazil.

Ghanaians have their hearts tied to the Black Stars of Ghana and the least the citizens expected from the Government was to make conditions unbearable for both the fans in Brazil and at home.
COALITION OF YOUNG LIBERALS (COYLIB) were utterly disgusted and appalled with adverse reports emanating from the Black Stars camp in Brazil, and if care is not taken, this may in one way or the other affect the fortunes of the Black Star performance on the pitch.

We have followed with great dismay how the leadership of the Ministry of Youth and Sports has broken down at the expense of the welfare of the Black Stars in Brazil.
The minister of Youth and Sports has taken his impunity to the highest pedigree by deceiving Ghanaians after the ministry were earmarked GH¢ 24,677,025 ($9,622,170) for the maiden competition in Brazil.

Emirates Introduces The World’s First Pelé-Ane To Its Fleet Of Boeing 777s

Accra, GHANA - 11 June 2014 - Just hours before the first World Cup match kicks off in Brazil, Emirates, an Official FIFA Worldwide Partner, is pleased to unveil the first Boeing 777-300ER to feature the distinguishable signature of Emirates' Global Ambassador and three times World Cup winner, Pelé.

The first Emirates Pelé-ane will be connecting football fans with the action this summer on the Dubai to São Paulo route. Identifiable from the ground or the air, the 350-seater aircraft now has a creative design, specific to the FIFA World Cup™, emblazoned on the fuselage along with the recognisable signature of the legendary Brazilian football great.

Two further Boeing 777 Pelé-ane's will be unveiled on the day of the opening match and one Airbus A380 will launch shortly afterwards. 115 Boeing 777 from the Emirates fleet, which will fly football fans to Brazil, will also carry a large 2014 FIFA World Cup™ logo.

Minister Grows Wild And Demands Explanation From NPA On “High Cost” Office Rent

Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, says if reports of a monthly rent of $63,000 for offices of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) are true, then it does not represent 'prudent use of state resources'.

The Minister said in a statement released by his outfit that he will demand an explanation from the NPA Board for its decision to rent the facility at that 'high cost'.
Already the NPA, Ghana's petroleum industry regulator, has been summoned by Parliament to justify the payment of $63,000 dollars a month as rent for its offices located at East Legon in Accra.
The Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament summoned the Authority following accusation by the Minority that the state is not getting value for money in the transaction.

Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Kwabena Donkor told Joy News' parliamentary correspondent Elton Brobbey critics should also be curious about 'the floor space, [as well as] price per square meter'.
He however said the Authority should be made accountable if the rent does not give value for money.
Mr Buah was quoted in the release as saying the NPA's action if confirmed 'runs at variance with the philosophy and preferences of His Excellency the President [John Mahama] as far as the use of public funds are concerned.'

Jones Ayertey Calls For Unity Amongst Shai Chiefs

Mr Jones Ayertey, the microfinance manager of Shai-Rural Bank and the Chairman of Dangme Youth Awake Network, has called on the traditional authorities to assist the youth to enable them to pursue programmes which will benefit them.

Mr. Jones Ayertey made the call at the launch of a book on the Dangme land at Dodowa in the Shai-Osudoku District of the Greater Accra region at the weekend.
Nene Nornor Sordjee the fourth, Acting President of Se Traditional Council, also called on the chiefs and people of the Shai State to demonstrate a high level of tolerance to ensure peace in the area at all times.
He said back-biting, chieftaincy disputes and other forms of negative tendencies, tend to derail development and must be avoided.

The 265-page book titled 'Catalyst for Change in the Dangme Land'' which talks about how the Dangme land must be developed, and also looking at whether the Dangme land is in a state of stagnation or retrogression was authored by Dr Raphael Nyarkotey Obu, a registered naturopathic doctor and a Prostate Cancer Community Champion with Men's Heath Foundation Ghana.

Aiyinase Health Centre To Be Upgraded To Polyclinic—First Lady

The Aiyinase Health Centre, in the Elembele district of the Western region, is to be upgraded to a Polyclinic status and resourced to deliver quality health care to all in the area. This was disclosed when the First Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama, on behalf of the Lordina Foundation, visited the area and donated medical supplies and equipment to the Elembele District Health Directorate for onward distribution to health facilities in the district.

It is the first official visit to the Elembele District of the Western region she has embarked on. With a passion to help promote good health for all, the First Lady, Mrs. Lordina Mahama, through the Lordina Foundation, is on a mission to promote women and children's health, is also out to resource health facilities in the country with medical equipment that would help promote quality healthcare delivery.

At Aiyinase in the Elembele district of the Western region, Mrs. Mahama presented cartons of assorted hospital supplies and equipment to the Elembele District Health Directorate for the benefit of the Aiyinase Health Centre, as well as other health facilities in the District.

The Elembele District Health Director, Madam Elizabeth Conney, the MP of the area, Mr. Emmanuel Kofi Buah, the District Chief Executive, Mr. Daniel Eshun, other executives and the chiefs and people in the area were appreciative to Mrs. Mahama for always plaging the role of a mother who knows the needs of her children and going out of her way to meet these needs.

Prophet predicts Black Stars' qualification to next stage at World Cup

A Kumasi-based prophet, Stephen Adom Kyei-Duah, says the Black Stars of Ghana will qualify from their difficult Group G for the Round of 16 at the ongoing World Cup in Brazil.

His expectation follows a startling prophecy he delivered at a church service at his Believers Worship Centre at Kenyasi in Kumasi as far back as December 31, 2013 in which he said God had revealed to him that the Black Stars were going all the way to the semi-finals.

Ghana has one point from two matches in the tournament and will play Portugal in a crucial Group G match Thursday June 26.

In an interview with the Daily Graphic, Prophet Kyei-Duah affirmed his prophecy that God had revealed to him that this year's World Cup would be the first time an African country was going to reach the semi-finals.
'One loss, one draw, one win. Ghana will go to the next stage of the tournament with four points. Ghanaians have to relax; we'll get to the semi-finals,' he said.

Prophet Kyei-Duah has published a number of video recordings on Youtube in which he is seen prophesying the outcomes of the USA-Ghana and the Ghana-Germany matches ahead of the encounters.
Both prophecies were correct but the Daily Graphic has not been able to independently verify whether the videos were actually recorded before the matches.

Konkombas, Bimobas smoke piece pipe; ending three-decade conflict

Konkombas and Bimobas in Nakpanduri have resolved to end their three decade-long protracted land dispute and leave peacefully to facilitate the development of the area.
At a unification durbar at the palace of the  Nayiri, the overlord of the Mamprugu traditional area,  Naa Bohagu Mahami Abdulai Sheriga in Nalerigu in the East Mamprusi District of the Northern Region, chiefs and the youth from the two feuding ethnic groups chewed a ritual cola nut from the Nayiri to seal their unity and peaceful coexistence.

Disagreement between the two ethnic groups in the area over the years have claimed several lives and destroyed properties worth thousands of Ghana cedi.

With the ritual cola nut performed, the Bimobas in Nakpanduri have agreed to welcome back the Konkombas to resettle at Kpemale after they fled the community to neighboring areas following the conflict.
Over 20 divisional and paramount chiefs from the Mamprugu Traditional Kingdom made up of the Konkombas, Mamprusis and Bimobas attended the historic ceremony which was witnessed by Members of the Northern Regional Security Council led by the Regional Minister Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna, Members of Parliament from the area and the personnel from the West Africa Network for peace Building among others.

GMOs And Plant Breeders' Bill—Let's Apply Common Sense!—Kwesi Pratt, Jnr.

Mr. Yaw Opoku (YO, MODERATOR) : My good friend has come, let me give it to him. I am sure he does not need introduction. Mr. Kwesi Pratt has been my friend, you always say what I need to say in addition, but I think I can say for one thing, he has become the conscience of the nation. Any time you hear him on the radio, he tries as much as possible to make a presentation of the situation that exists down there. So for me, I think he has taken the position of what he represents and what we do. Let me give it to him.

Mr. Kwesi Pratt, Jnr., (KP): Chairperson, Dr. Vandana Shiva, distinguished friends. We were expecting Dr. Shiva yesterday and we kept getting the news that she's coming, no, she's not coming. I've had more than 15 calls, some saying she's coming, others saying she did not come or will not come. Finally she's here and we are very happy to have her in our midst. At the very least, her presence will stimulate discussion, will enable us, once again, to start thinking about our today, and our tomorrow.
And I'm very, very happy to be here.

I have no doubt at all that a vast majority of the people did not come here to listen to me. They came to listen to Dr. Vandana Shiva. And I will not continue the way I usually continue. As you all do know, I'm not a nutritionist, I'm not an agronomist, I'm not a herbologist, I'm nothing. But when it comes to what we eat, and how we get what we eat, and how to make sure tomorrow we eat, there's a lot common sense in it. And I think that the common sense things are far more important than, sometimes, the very research and the very high faluting statements that we get.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Fuel shortage imminent due to govt's indebtedness to bulk oil distributors

Government's GH¢1.8 billion indebtedness to bulk oil distribution companies (BDCs) has taken a new dimension, with the potential to negatively affect the supply of petroleum products across the country in the coming weeks.

This is because international suppliers of petroleum products have put under 'lock and key' one week's supply of petrol and diesel until the BDCs honor their debt obligations to the suppliers.
To compound the problem, local banks have declined to issue letters of credit (LCs) to the BDCs to pay off their debts to their international suppliers because the current debt is threatening the survival of the banks.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (CBOD Ghana), Mr Senyo Hosi, told the Daily Graphic in an interview that the situation would create fuel shortages across the country within a week if the government did not take immediate steps to pay its debt to the BDCs.
However, a highly-placed government source, which acknowledged the problems facing the BDCs, said the government and its agencies were in talks with the companies to resolve the issue once and for all.
It said there was no cause for alarm because the situation would be normalized in no time.

Gonjaland Women Are Disadvantaged In Participating Equally In Governance - Joyce Bawa

The Deputy Minister of Transport, Mrs Joyce Bawa- Mogtari, has said that Northern women are disadvantaged in participating equally in the governance process because of the cultural systems of the people of the Northern part of the country.

According to her, it is true Gonjaland women are underrepresented in leading positions, such as elected office, the civil service, the private sector or academia despite their proven abilities as leaders and agents of change, and their right to participate equally in democratic governance but challenged women in Gonjaland to take up the challenge.

She bemoaned the situation in which there is lack of opportunities for women and low level of education among Gonjaland women saying 'the quickest way of combating poverty in Gonjaland Women is through education'.

The Deputy Minister made these statements when she spoke on the topic,' The right to participate equally in democratic governance- steps to overcoming the obstacles' at the inauguration of the Women's Wing of the Gonjaland Youth Association on Saturday 21st June, 2014 at Tamale.

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Australian Killed At His Residence In Afienya

A 66-YEAR-OLD Australian domiciled in Ghana, has allegedly been murdered by some assailants believed to be armed robbers who invaded his residence on the outskirts of Afienya in the Ningo-Prampram District of the Greater Accra Region.

Robert Pollock, a mining consultant, was reported to have resisted attempts by the suspected armed robbers to rape his wife who was carrying an eight-month-old baby, when one of the criminals allegedly used a harmer to hit his head severally.

He was said to have become unconscious and was rushed to the Nyaho Medical Centre in Accra, but due to his deteriorating health condition, he was later referred to the Intensive Care Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital where he died on admission.

The deceased left behind a Ghanaian wife, Georgina Pollock and two daughters – with the younger child delivered three days before Mr. Pollock’s death.

Mahama ‘Annoys’ Twitter Followers

Followers of President John Dramani Mahama on Twitter, a social networking site, had ‘harsh’ words for him when he tweeted to encourage the senior national team, Black Stars, in their match against Germany last Saturday.

Hours before Ghana drew 2-2 with Germany at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the President posted on his account: John Dramani Mahama – @JD Mahama “Spoke #BlackStars via telephone just before this #GHAvsGER match. ‘You can win. You can do it. You can defeat Germany,’ I told them.”

The President tweeted at exactly 19:20 (7:20pm) but followers appeared incensed by the post and used harsh language in their comments on the tweet.

Today's front pages

The government has compulsorily acquired lands on which the gas processing plant at Atuabo in the Western Region is situated.

Ghana's Black Stars earned maximum respect at the ongoing Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup after forcing a grueling 2-2 draw against three-time champions Germany at the Arenas Castelao in Forteleza last Saturday.

The government's GH₵1.8 billion indebtedness  to bulk oil distribution companies (BDCs) has taken a new dimension, with the potential to negatively affect the supply of petroleum products across the country in the coming weeks.

Mulvi Dr Abdul Wahab Adam, one of the prominent religious leaders in Ghana and towering ambassador of national peace, has died after a few years' battle with illness.

Republic Bank has been confronted with a fresh legal challenge to its acquisition of HFC Bank, further throwing into jeopardy a deal that has become increasingly messy and acrimonious.

Joselyn Dumas has no problem having s3x with a friend if it can lead to a relationship

Popular T.V host Joselyn Dumas has explained she has no problem having s3x with a friend because it can actually be a good indicator for upgrading a friendship into a relationship.

Joseyln, who was a participant discussing a controversial topic 'can a man and a woman be just friends' on Super Morning Show Friday, said friends with benefits, comes with no pressure or obligations that characterize the tag of being somebody's girlfriend or boyfriend.

Joining in to share their thoughts was Joy FM producer Sedem Ofori, Ghana's popular playwright Uncle Ebo Whyte and writer, Nana Darkowaa Sekyiamah.

From Left to Right: Sedem Ofori, Joselyn,Nana Darkowaa,Uncle Ebo and Kojo Yankson nestled in the middle.

Uncle Ebo Whyte who believed s3x complicates friendships said 'it is possible [for man and a woman to be just friends] but the moment s3x comes in the whole dimensions of a relationship changes, friendship should be allowed to grow' he said.

Sedem thought holding off s3x in a friendship is in itself evidence that the possibility is real and shouldn't be underestimated.

Education key to empowerment of widows, women - Mrs. Rawlings

Former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings has, in an address to mark International Widows Day, stated that while the Intestate Succession Law protects widows, the lack of awareness of this law, the lack of access to legal redress and a lack of confidence in the judicial system make widows still very vulnerable in the society.

Nana Konadu said: 'Widows still face some forms of discrimination and continue to succumb to abuse because of an ingrained belief system; because of fear of retribution from their communities, because of a lack of a support system, because of a lack of awareness and education.'
She called for education to equip women with knowledge, skills and self-confidence to contribute to development at all levels.

The former First Lady who delivered the keynote address at the 6th National Widows Alliance Conference organised by the Mama Zimbi Foundation at the Trade Fair Center, La on Saturday, noted that African women are caught in a continuous struggle with traditions, cultural norms, and societal practices that dis-empower and discriminate against them.

'We are all too familiar with the millions of widows on our continent whose husbands died in armed conflicts, in genocides, from natural disasters and diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria, and are living in poverty. The Ebola virus, according to the WHO has already claimed 337 lives in West Africa. This was announced last week.  How many women have been left without their husbands because of this deadly virus? How many children have lost their fathers?' Nana Konadu stated.

She described the commemoration of the International Widows Day by the Mama Zimbi Foundation as a call to action to raise awareness of the plight of widows.

Below is the full text of Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings' address.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

This is how fans of Black Stars are chilling in Brazil - [Video/Photos]

Halt The Passage Of The Plant Breeders’ Bill!—Religious Bodies

On the 19th of June 2014 Faith-Based Organizations, in collaboration with Action Aid Ghana, Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development and Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana with sponsorship from STAR-Ghana, met at the National Secretariat of the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference to discuss the current debate on the Plant Breeders' Bill and the Genetically Modified Organisms.

The session brought together diverse Faith-Based Organizations including; Office of the National Chief Imam, National Catholic Secretariat, Federation of Muslim Women of Ghana, Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Ghana Muslim Mission, Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, Religious Bodies Network for Climate Change, Marshallan Relief and Development Services and Ahlussuna Wal Jama'a. We hereby state that our position on the debate has become necessary due to the importance of agriculture in the Ghanaian economy and the negative implication of Plant Breeders' Bill and GMOs to the Ghanaian food sovereignty.
As key stakeholders in the democratic processes in Ghana with a large following that cut across ethnic, social and political divides across the country, we resolved and agreed on the following for consideration by Parliament:

Our Concerns:
1. Many Ghanaians are not aware of or understand what is contained in the Plant Breeders' Bill. There has not been adequate public education and consensus on the Bill. We are alarmed by attempts by Parliament to pass the Bill without adequate consultation with key stakeholders including the Faith-Based Organizations. Citizens of the diverse faiths constitute over 90% of the Ghanaian population.

Disregard GBA's letter pitching judiciary against executive -Amaliba

A member of the legal team of the ruling NDC , Abraham Amaliba says the Ghana Bar Association's letter detailing horrendous conditions in which judges' work should be disregarded.
'The statement which seeks to pitch the judiciary against the executive must be disregarded,' he demanded. The things the GBA outlined were merely a replay of successive governments' lack of maintenance culture, he observed, noting however that the tone of the letter attempted to pitch the judiciary against the government.

In a statement issued and jointly signed on June 18 by National President and Secretary of the GBA, Nene Amegatcher and Justin Amenuvor respectively, raised issues with the 'regrettable' environment under which the judges work and described their residence as a 'sorry sight'..

"There were damaged doors, windows, ceiling, tiles, leaking roofs, broken sewage cisterns. The houses were in a state of disrepair which does not befit the residence of members of judicial arm of government. In other places, reptiles crept into the judicial bungalows because of the overgrown environment
"There were cracked walls, leaking roofs, poor sanitation, lack of running water, broken down air conditioners and infrastructure. The security of court documents is compromised because of lack of appropriate storage facilities.'

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Corruption, Mismanagement and Negligence at the Ghana embassy in Spain Madrid

To: The Hon. Minister,ministry of foreign affairs
4Th June 2014
Madrid -Spain

Dear Hon.Minister,

Corruption, Mismanagement and Negligence at the Ghana embassy in Spain Madrid.
I will like to draw your attention to the issues that affects and tarnish the image of Ghana. The Ghana mission in Madrid is so corrupt that when a Ghanaian citizen goes to the embassy for a consular assistance, you have to bribe the receptionist before you can be assisted and you will be charge for the consular fee as well. Many people have complained of this dubious act that goes in the embassy.

Hon. Minister, a lost passport is said to be 230 euros right? and new passport is 130 euros right? Please kindly call the embassy or send an auditor to make cross check on receipt books from January this year to May and see if he will see a fee for lost passport which they charge 230 euros in the books. I have 5 people who paid 230 euros for lost passport and was issued with 130 euros receipt. I don't want to mention names but a lot of citizens claimed that their passports were lost and they have been issued with passports without receipts.

Russian oligarch faces $4.5 billion Swiss divorce

GENEVA (AP) A Swiss court has ordered a Russian billionaire to pay more than $4.5 billion to his ex-wife in what could become the biggest divorce settlement in history.

In papers delivered Monday to both parties, the Geneva Tribunal of First Instance said Dmitry Rybolovlev, an owner of the French soccer club AS Monaco, must pay 4,020,555,987.80 Swiss francs ($4,509,375,184.80) to ex-wife Elena Rybolovleva of Geneva. Both are aged 47.

The judgment also granted his ex-wife property worth 130.5 million francs ($146 million) in property in Gstaad, Switzerland, where the couple owned two swanky chalets. It awarded his ex-wife two other pieces of real estate in the ultra-wealthy area of Geneva known as Cologny, where the couple once lived together, but listed no value for either address. And it confirmed her custody of their 13-year-old daughter, Anna. The couple also has an adult daughter, Ekaterina.

Her lawyer Marc Bonnant called it 'the most expensive divorce in history,' an unheard-of amount for Switzerland and for Russian oligarchs.

But Rybolovlev's lawyer said that the judgment's cash order was likely to be whittled down in coming appeals.

World’s Governments Must Turn Back The Tide Of Sexual Violence At Global Summit

World leaders must take concrete action to end sexual and gender-based violence in conflict during a landmark summit this week hosted by UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie and UK Foreign Minister William Hague, Amnesty International said.

The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict will be attended by government ministers from around the world, civil society experts and survivors. It is the largest gathering ever on the issue.

'William Hague and Angelina Jolie have shown great leadership in bringing the world's governments together to discuss one of the most pressing human rights issues of our time - this historic moment must not be squandered,' said Stephanie Barbour, head of Amnesty International's Centre for International Justice.
'States must seize this opportunity to commit to action to prevent sexual and gender-based violence in conflict, to investigate and punish it effectively and to give survivors reparation, protection and support.'
Participating states are asked to sign up to and implement a comprehensive action plan for ending the human rights violation.

The summit comes amid deafening international outcry against sexual and gender-based violence, following the rape and murder of two girls in India, Elliot Rodger's targeted shooting of women in the US and the kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria.

While media attention in each of these cases has prompted a government reaction, sexual violence in conflict often goes unanswered by authorities, despite the shocking numbers it affects.

'From Afghanistan to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria to Syria and Sudan, countless women and girls - but also men and boys - are targeted for sexual and gender-based violence,' said Stephanie Barbour.
'This not only causes great suffering but threatens peace and security, undermines development and perpetuates inequality.'

Friday, June 20, 2014

Ghanaian Journalists In Brazil Receive $1,000 From Sports Minister To Kill Story?

In the midst of raging controversy in Brasil over how soccer fans are poorly treated, Ghanaian journalists reporting on the mundial in Brasil are said to have been given some dollars concealed in envelops to “shut them up”.

Exclusive source in Brasil disclosed that in the midst of negative reportage on how Ghanaian soccer fans are outraged over their poor condition, the Sports Minister, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah met the journalists in a tightly closed door meeting inside an auditorium at the Natal supporters’ camp.
The minister who was said to be in a devastating mood was apparently unhappy with the negative reportage on happenings in Brasil.

Sources disclosed to ghana4brazil2014leaks-com that after the closed door meetings, some journalists received envelopes containing $1,000 whiles others had $200 in their envelops.
According to our source, the media men present included reporters from Ghana Broadcasting Company, Ghana News Agency, 90Minutes Newspaper and 29 radio broadcasters.

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Ghana Is In Freefall Mode

Two appeal courts have been shut for want of funds. The regions in which the two are located are by this negative development being denied the judicial facility; and others could follow suit, given the near empty state of the state kitty.

This worrisome state of affairs is a symptom of the pecuniary challenges besetting the judiciary whose budgetary allocation is yet to hit their account; it also underscores the speed at which the contagion that has afflicted the public purse like a cancer is spreading to other areas, somewhat uncontrollably.

For how long the Judiciary would suffer this drawback, is for now indeterminable and beyond our ken.

Maybe when government pulls the brakes on its ongoing reckless spending spree and introduces some decency in its management of resources, such a date can be determined.


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