Tuesday, May 31, 2016

KMA To Clamp Down On Recalcitrant Traders

The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) is to clamp down on traders on the main footbridge linking the Kumasi Central Market and the Central Business District.

In recent times, the traders have taken over the bridge, impeding human movements and creating unnecessary human traffic and congestion.

Several attempts at evicting them have failed but the KMA is strategising to descend on them.

These traders have created spaces for themselves on the footbridge, where they trade every day.

As a result, there have been incessant clashes between traders and pedestrians on the right of way.

Apart from the trading activities, some beggars have also invaded the place to increase the fight over space.

In an interview with The Finder, the Public Relations Officer of the assembly, Godwin Okumah Nyame, said the assembly had warned traders on many occasions but they had refused to listen, hence the need for the decongestion exercise.

He said the bridge was constructed to ease human congestion in the city and prevent pedestrians from being knocked down by vehicles.

According to him, there were spaces in both the major and satellite markets in the metropolis and, therefore, asked the traders to resettle.

Mr Nyame warned that any trader found fighting a pedestrian on the bridge would be made to face the full rigours of the law.

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Health Risks Of Pesticide Residue, A Major Concern - Prof. Alhasssan

Professor Walter Alhassan, a Consultant on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), has asked Ghanaians to be more concerned about the health risks posed by pesticide residue in food crops.

State institutions responsible for monitoring these residue, he said, must be supported with the critical equipment and logistics to effectively perform to ensure public safety.

Prof Alhassan said the worry of the people should not be about the genetically modified products (GMPs), pointing out that, because of global concern, the health impact of these products “are taken very serious and therefore safe to consume”.

He was speaking at a workshop on media outreach and the launch of this year’s global status on genetically modified crops at Bunsu in the East Akim Municipality.

Ghana currently has no GMO seeds but he hinted, it was working on genetically modified cowpea, cotton and rice seeds â€" this was still at the research stage.

Prof Alhassan provided statistics on worldwide genetically modified crop adaptation and said between year 1996 and 2015, this shot up from 1.7 million hectares to 179.7 million hectares, of which, 54 per cent was in the developing nations, led by South Africa, Brazil and Argentina.

He called for increased investment in the training of genetic modification scientists and researchers in the country to support achieve food security.

This, he said, was necessary in the face of the fast changing environment - climatic change and pests.

He said there was the need to develop scientific approach to deal with those challenges.

He reminded all that the world was not waiting for anybody and had moved from genetic modification technology to genetic editing technology, which “does not involve the transfer of genes from one organism to the other but suppression of specific genes within the organism to enable the organism to develop the desired characteristics”.

Dr. Lawrence Aboagye, Director of Plant Genetic Research and Resources Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-PGRRI), said the institute would continue to preserve and conserve plant species to enable researchers have access to plant genes they wanted.

He announced the development of a new variety of “taro” (water yam) for distribution to farmers.

The new variety was easily digestible and fine for the preparation of infant food and as food for diabetic patients, he added.

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Parents-Of-Four Whose Son Fell Into Zoo Enclosure

These are the parents of the four-year-old boy whose 15-feet fall into the gorilla exhibit moat in Cincinnati Zoo resulted in the death of 17-year-old silverback gorilla, Harambe.

Seen here for the first time is mother Michelle Gregg, 32, who has four children by father Deonne Dickerson, 36, a man who, Daily Mail Online can disclose, has a lengthy criminal history.

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Violating Rights Of Mental Patients Is Punishable

Mr. Charles Kwame Vigbedor, the Regional Coordinator of the Mental Health Authority (MHA), has cautioned Ghanaians to stop violating the rights of persons with mental illness.

He said anyone found culpable of violating the right of any mental patient would pay a good of 500 penalty units, which is equivalent to GHc6, 000 or a sentence of up to five years imprisonment or both.

Mr. Vigbedor said this at a sensitisation workshop for media practitioners in the Western Region on the Mental Health Act, ( Act 846 of 2012), so that they would report accurately on mental-related issues.

He said: “The media must stop labeling mentally-challenged persons as furious people, imbecile, idiot and other dehumanising words but rather give positive description because mental illness is like any other ailment”.

He said mental patients had human rights as any other citizens in the country; therefore, they must be treated fairly, devoid of any discrimination or stigmatisation.

Mr Vigbedor said the Law thus applied to everybody, especially people suffering from mental disorders, their families and anyone responsible for their welfare.

The Law also protected vulnerable persons like children, women and the aged in terms of their accommodation, treatment, guardianship, confidentiality and care.

Mr Vigbedor said the survey was conducted to get a database on mental patients across the country in order to plan for their management and welfare

Consequently, more than 300 mental patients were identified to be loitering on the streets of Western Region, according to the survey conducted by the Mental Health Authority.

It said those found on the streets were persons whose mental illness could be classified as severe and required urgent medical attention.

He explained that the Law was enacted to improve mental healthcare and to shift from the institutional care to community-based approach.

Now every health facility must set up a mental unit to take care of mental patients,” he said.

The Mental Health Authority is a body established by an Act of Parliament to propose, promote and implement mental health policies and provide culturally appropriate, humane and integrated mental health care.

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Tigo Boosts Automated Birth Registration With The Donation Of Tablets

As part of its strategic focus in working with UNICEF to accelerate birth registration in Ghana through mobile technology, Tigo has presented 540 tablets phones with internet connectivity to the Births and Deaths Registry (BDR) for the pilot phase of the automated birth registration programme.

The tablets will allow birth registration attendants from the Births and Deaths Registry to electronically capture details of all new births in 300 communities across Ghana.

Launched in May 2016, the automated birth registration programme is expected to make a significant contribution to an improved national average registration rate, an increase from 65 percent of all children under age one to at least 75 percent by the end of 2017.

A successful pilot will also contribute to progress under Ghana’s National Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Strategic Plan 2016-2020, which aims at reaching 100 percent of children by end of 2020.

Based on experience in other countries like Tanzania and Uganda, Tigo Ghana partnered with UNICEF Ghana in developing the new automated birth registration system.

The outcomes for the children are clear. It will eliminate the lengthy and ineffective manual birth registration procedures.

Through mobile technology, the new registration process marks a significant shift in accelerating birth registration in Ghana, while monitoring and tracking the performance of field agents in real-time.

For Tigo, the investment in the automated birth registration system forms part of its broader digital lifestyle agenda which focuses on constant connectivity to work, create and share in a joined up way.

UNICEF on the other hand remains committed to the welfare and wellbeing of children. An automated birth registration system will establish a strong foundation to build a new generation with official legal identity documents. The automated birth registration system is the first of its kind in Ghana.

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The WomanWho Was Dragged Away By A Crocodile After Going For ALate-Night Swim

A woman who is missing after being taken by a crocodile during a late-night swim on Sunday night in far north Queensland, was on holiday with her childhood friend from New Zealand.

Cindy Waldron, 46, from in New South Wales, was swimming with her friend, Leeann Mitchell, 47, at Daintree, north of Cairns around 10pm.

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Donald Trump: Illegals Treated Better Than US Veterans

Illegal immigrants in the US often get better care than the nation's military veterans, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said.

"We're not going to allow that to happen any longer," he told a bikers' rally in Washington DC.

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Jennifer Lopez Reveals The Pain She Experiences When She Works Too Hard

Jennifer Lopez feels mom guilt when she gets lost in her work.

The Shades Of Blue actress - who has eight-year-old twins Max and Emme with her ex-husband Marc Anthony - hates to be away from her kids for too long.

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Nepal Man Wins World's Highest Marathon On Everest

A Nepali soldier has won the world's highest marathon on Mount Everest.

Bed Bahadur Sunuwar was one of more than 150 local and foreign runners in the race, which began at Nepal's base camp.

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Eva Longoria Gushes About Dream Wedding Gown

Eva Longoria spoke with warmth about the dress best friend Victoria Beckham designed for her wedding, saying it was 'made with love'.

The Desperate Housewives star, 41, married Jose 'Pepe' Antonio Baston, the president of Televisa, in Mexico on May 21.

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Amal And George Clooney Have An Audience With The Pope At Vatican Conference

As one of the best-connected couples in showbusiness, George and Amal Clooney are no strangers to spending time with the famous.

It wasn’t a Hollywood star they were meeting yesterday, however, but the altogether more critical figure of the Pope. 

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Progress Has Been Made After Meeting JUSAG - Minister

Mr Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, on Monday said some progress has been made following government’s consultation with the leadership of Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) and Judicial Council.

According to him there “would be a major certain public announcement on the future or otherwise of the strike embarked by members of JUSAG,” on Tuesday May 31”.

Mr Iddrisu, who spoke to the media after a meeting with the leadership of JUSAG at the Ministry, said government is “deeply concerned about the ongoing strike and withdrawal of services, which has the potential to affect the delivery and the administration of justice in the country”.

He announced that government negotiation team led by Deputy Minister of Labour Relations, Baba Jamal and Mr Ato Forson, Deputy Minister of Finance would hold consultations on the referral of the matter to government and its negotiation team.

”By tomorrow we would know where we stand. The pronouncement will come from JUSAG. We do not want the administration to suffer more,” the Minister said.

He said: “On Wednesday, the negotiation team would begin its business and we would look at what government can do and what it cannot do.”

On the issue of the National Labour Commission dragging JUSAG to court said the commission is independent and urged the media to expect some pronouncements from the body.

He said he is satisfied with the developments at the meeting adding: “We want to ensure that government institution work and work effectively.”

He said embarking on strike for a number of days affect productivity and that should not be accepted at all.

When the media engaged Mr Alex Nartey, President of JUSAG, he said the meeting with the Ministry was in conclusive.

On May 19 the National Executive Council of JUSAG directed members to withdraw their services with effect from Friday, May 20, until the Government implements the Judicial Council’s approved consolidated salaries.

JUSAG said the Government has not fulfilled its assurances after it had appealed to JUSAG on April 1, to call off the nationwide strike.

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Madonna Hits Back At Critics Of Her Prince Tribute

She was the brunt of jibes and jokes across social media following her tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards.

And it seems that Madonna hasn't forgotten the 'shade' thrown her way after the performance, as she took a swipe at her detractors via social media on Sunday.

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Woman Seen Driving Her Dog Around In ARadio-Controlled BMW (Photo)

This woman was seen driving her dog around in a radio-controlled BMW in Upper East Side, New York. #Bigdog! 

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Automatic Absorption Policy Not Abolished - Okudzeto

The government has denied that it has abolished the automatic employment of new teachers into the public education system.

Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Deputy Minister in-charge of Tertiary Education, said no such decision had been taken as was being rumored.

Addressing the eighth congregation of the Agogo Presbyterian Women’s College of Education, he stated that, in-spite of the increase in enrollment in all the 38 colleges of education, the nation still had a deficit of trained teachers at the pre-tertiary education level.

It is therefore not the intention of the government now, to do away the policy, which seeks to make more qualified teachers available at the basic level.

Mr Ablakwa also discounted claims that they were planning to introduce a licensing regime for teachers.
He said although, reforms were ongoing in the teacher education sub-sector, a new law to consolidate all the existing laws and the ongoing reforms, was yet to be completed.

Until this was done, government has not proposed any changes to the existing policies.

The Deputy Minister said they were eager to ensure that the reforms were completed to reflect the new status of the Colleges, as tertiary institutions.

He announced that the ministry had concluded negotiations between the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) and staff of the Colleges of Education and the report presented to the Finance Ministry for implementation.

Mr. Ablakwa touched on the numerous infrastructure projects that were being undertaken in the Colleges and said these were meant to aid their expansion in anticipation of the increased enrolment in the years ahead.

The Reverend Mrs Esther Agbodeka, Principal of the College, said inadequate accommodation for both students and staff, frequent water shortage, lack of modern computer and science laboratories and a library were its major headache.

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Eastern Region NHIA Exceeds Membership Target

The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) exceeded its membership registration target for 2015 in the Eastern Region, from 1,083,457 to 1,169,682 indicating 10 per cent increase over the target.

The Regional Director of NHIA, Alhaji Sampson Abudu, who disclosed this in an interview with the after a meeting to review their activities, said the achievement points to the fact that the NHIS is not collapsing.

He therefore called on the public to shun people who tell them that the NHIS is collapsing and register to have access to quality healthcare.

The Regional Director noted that this year the district schemes are lagging behind in achieving targeted membership drive, and urged the district scheme managers to adopt strategies by working at the weekends and extra hours to meet the target.

He said this year, the region is set to register over 100,000 vulnerable in the region, including the aged, children and destitute and called on the district managers to adopt strategies that would identify such persons to be registered free of charge.

Alhaji Abudu noted that the NHIS was potent social intervention strategy that needs to be managed with utmost professionalism to ensure that people were encouraged to register conveniently.

He also cautioned the district scheme managers to make judicious use of the meagre resources especially to bring efficiency and discipline in their work.

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Over 1,000 Sit For Galaxy Intl Schools Scholarship Exams

Galaxy International School has organized a scholarship examination for over one thousand students drawn from across the country with the aim of offering a range of scholarship packages to brilliant students to study in the school.

The scholarship examination which is organized yearly is part of the school’s corporate social responsibility aimed at offering opportunity not only to brilliant but needy students, but all students with the zeal to pursuing their academic dreams.

This year’s exam was special because it was held in the school’s new ultra-modern school building.

It offered a great opportunity for students, their parents and teachers to acquaint themselves with the Galaxy world.

Mr. Yusuf Temizkan, the MD of the school, had hinted during the school’s science fair, that the scholarship package was meant to open doors of opportunities to brilliant students who would want to have access to the world class environment in which the school is hosted.

Esther Fummey a JHS3 student, from the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission Basic School (GAEC), who participated in the examination, said she was motivated by her parent’s contribution towards her education and needed to get the scholarship to take off the burden of her parents.

She was happy to participate in the exams which she said has prepared her made to take part in any other competitive exams.

A retired civil servant, Mr. Kofi Baido, who accompanied his daughter to the venue, said that the opportunity given the students is enormous.

“They will explore your facilities, it’s my daughters’ first time of seeing such a glamorous school and I’m happy for her, she will never forget this experience”.

Mrs. Dorothy Kwarteng-Adjei, a mathematics teacher in the school, indicated that the scholarship examination is a great opportunity for needy but brilliant students.

The examination is open to class six (6) and JHS 3 students every year. Successful students would be admitted into JHS1 and SHS1 respectively.

The next scholarship examination would be conducted at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Watch Africa In 90 Seconds

It’s the news, but not as you know it â€" this week Ikenna Azuike is worried about the tomato shortage in Nigeria, he’s glad Africans are living longer and he sees that things didn’t go so well with President Biya’s limo.

What’s Up Africa is a BBC and RNW Media co-production.

It’s broadcast on Wednesdays and Fridays on Focus on Africa on BBC World News & partner stations across Africa from 1730gmt.

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Health Ministry In Trouble As Community Nurses Threaten Legal Action

Over thirteen thousand (13,000) Community Health Nurses (CHN), who are up in arms against government for identifying them wrongly after re-naming them, have threatened to go to court, if government fails to honour its pledge to treat them fairly.

Consequently, the aggrieved nurses announced to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike, to demand fair treatment from government.

The nurses are depressed that the Ministry of Health (MoH) now refers to them as Nursing Assistants instead of Community Health Nurses after completing their certificate programmes.

The strike by the nurses, which begins today, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, Today, has gathered, will adversely affect healthcare delivery at major hospitals across the country.

The nurses bemoaned that “unfair treatment meted out to them by stakeholders in the health sector” was so pervasive to the extent that the situation was affecting the livelihood of Community Health Nurses in the country.

At a press conference yesterday in Accra, President of the Association, Ms. Esther Bamfo, said their intended action is to impress upon government to heed their demands.

The health workers lamented they were not given the appropriate certification after completion of the Ministry of Health sanctioned diploma course at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

They claimed they bought the logistics they worked with from their own pockets without any help from government.

“We have challenges with our promotion. Some have spent eight, eleven years, seven years, six years on the job and there is no promotion for them and no opportunity for them to progress. Even the logistics to work with are not there.

…What we know is that about 90 per cent of community health nurses have used their own pocket money to buy motorbikes,” she said.

“…Fuelling and servicing them on their own, and it is these same motorbikes that they go to work with and bring data for Ghana Health Service (GHS) and mother Ghana to send to World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF to receive donor support, yet we are being treated this way,” she lamented.

She alleged that the National Health Council (NHC) acted under the guise of the Health Regulatory Act (Act 857) to continue to issue “Nurse Assistant” certificates to the community health nurses even after undergoing successful training by the Health Institutions Secretariat â€" an agency of the Ministry of Health.
She stressed that they will reject the new name “because Nursing Assistants do not have conditions of service.”

Regulators of Community Health Nurses, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) changed CHN to Nursing Assistants based on the 2013 Health Professions Regulatory Bodies Act 857.

According to her, leadership of the Association was not consulted before the decision was taken.

Ms. Bamfo bemoaned the authorities’ failure to allow the nurses to upgrade their skills in the profession after several years of petitioning the Council.
She said, “even those who are fortunate to participate in the midwifery programs instituted by the Ministry of Health are awarded with ordinary certificates instead of a Diploma.

“Why the refusal to award them with a diploma certificate having already studied for two years and practised for more than three years and studied two years further to obtain the same grade…Is that what we call career progression”,  she quizzed?.

According to her, although Community Health Nursing has been in existence since 1960 and has become an critical point of call in the health service delivery, especially in rural parts of the country, it is the least respected in the healthcare delivery chain.

Ms. Boafo lamented the discrimination, unfairness and the frustration her colleagues go through, and charged members of the Association not to return to work until their grievances and concerns are addressed.

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Ruling On Non-Bail Offence Not A Threat To Security Aning

A Security Expert and Senior Lecturer at the Kofi Annan International Peace-Keeping Training Centre, Dr Kwesi Aning, has noted that the Supreme Court ruling that struck out non-bailable clauses from the law books of Ghana would not pose any security challenge in Ghana.

‘The ruling would not have any impact in terms of the number of crimes, the frequency of crimes or intensity of crimes because before someone is released, he or she has to meet a bail condition,” he said.

The Supreme Court on May 6, 2016 in a 5-2 majority decision, declared as unconstitutional the law that bars persons accused of definite offences from being granted bail.

It said Section 96 (7) of the Criminal and Other Offences (Procedure) Act, 1960 (Act 30), which was amended in 2002, provided that “a court shall refuse to grant bail in a case of terrorism, treason, subversion, murder, robbery, offences listed in Parts I and II of the Narcotic Drugs (Control, Enforcements and Sanctions) Law, 1990 (P.N.D.C.L. 236), hijacking, piracy, rape and defilement or escape from lawful custody or where a person is being held for extradition to a foreign country.’’

The apex court further held that the law was unconstitutional because it “was inconsistent with Article 19 (2) (c) of the 1992 Constitution and, therefore, null, void and of no effect.’’

There have been heightened public fears that the ruling could mean all remand prisoners currently in jail would soon be released onto the streets which could pose a huge security risk.

But speaking to The Mirror in an interview, Dr Aning, who admitted that the ruling could possibly have a negative impact on investigations, noted that ‘people have rights and you cannot keep them while they have not been convicted’.

He said the ruling does not mean all remand prisoners would be released but they would have to satisfy definite bail conditions to buy their freedoms.

Ibard Ibrahim

However, another Security Expert and Analyst, Mr Ibard Ibrahim, while praising the apex court for the ruling, said if a proper non-custodial system was put in place, the unsuspecting public could be at risk of the recurrence of the crimes for which such defendants were being tried.

While calling on Ghanaians to accept the ruling with cautious optimism, he noted that if the ruling was done right, it would support de-congest the prison facilities in Ghana which were currently choked.

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Osu Lifts Ban On Drumming And Noise Making

The chief and elders of Osu, a suburb of Accra, on Friday lifted the ban on drumming and noise-making in the area to pave way for the celebration of the Homowo Festival.

The three weeks ban, which was one of the rites that preceded the celebration of the festival, was to enable the chiefs and elders to pray to the gods for abundant harvest.

The Homowo Festival, to wit “hooting at hunger,” is celebrated by the people of the Ga-Dangme Traditional Area.

Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, the Paramount Chief and President of the Osu Traditional Council, briefing the Ghana News Agency, expressed gratitude to the people for observing the ban peacefully.

He asked them to continue to maintain the peace and lend their help to the Council to provide the necessary development to improve their living standards.

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Real Madrid Take To Streets To Parade Champions League Trophy (Photos)

Real Madrid returned home following their dramatic Champions League triumph over city rivals Atletico â€" and immediately jumped onto an open-top bus for a victory parade.

Thousands of jubilant fans â€" the vast majority of whom had no doubt been partying all night â€" lined the city streets to salute their heroes after their record 11th European Cup win.

Real beat Atletico 5-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw at the San Siro in Milan on Saturday night, with Cristiano Ronaldo firing home the decisive kick.

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Pope - Asylum Seekers 'Aren't A Danger But They Are In Danger'

The Irish navy rescued 123 people and recovered one body after intercepting a 12m long rubber craft 30 miles north west of Tripoli. 

The rescue operation began at 8am after the Irish vessel, the LÉ Róisín spotted the dingy struggling in the water.

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Consider Nation's Interest First Security Service Urged

Ms Mavis Ama Frimpong, the Eastern Regional Minister, has urged security officers to put the interest of the nation first in whatever decision they took to ensure peace in the country.

She said security had become a collective responsibility of all citizens and no longer reserved for members of the security agencies especially the Armed Forces and the Police.

Ms Frimpong said this at a graduation ceremony of the Junior Staff Course 65 of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) in Accra.

She said the emerging threats to the peace and security of the times required collaborative efforts with ECOWAS members and other international partners to ensure peace and security in the country.

Ms Frimpong said total vigilance was demanded of all to ensure that citizens did not become victims of terrorism and biological threats such as the Ebola and Zika viral diseases.

“There may emerge other new internal security challenges which we must prepare to deal with. What is striking in these threats is that they know no boundaries; our acknowledgement measures thus must be equally holistic to achieve the desired effect,” she said.

The Junior Staff Course started in January 29, 2016 with 50 students made up of two Nigerian Air Force officers and 48 Ghanaian officers from the Army, the Navy and the Air Force.

They were trained in; Staff Functions, Written and Oral Communication, General Staff Duties, Peace Support Operations and Professional Development.

Eight officers from the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Prisons Service, Ghana National Fire Service, Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana Immigration Service and the Bureau of National Investigation, who participated in a two-week Internal Security and Counter Insurgency phase of the course, were presented with certificates.

Brigadier General C. B. Alhassan, the Assistant Commandant of the Junior Division of GAFCSC, said the course was to train selected officers of the rank of captain or its equivalent to perform staff functions up to “Grade 3 Level”.

It involves developing their leadership, analytical and communication skills while providing the foundation for their subsequent career development.

Brig. Gen. Alhassan said the officers, as part of the training, embarked on a successful tour of the Eastern Region where students researched into some of the existing challenges to the development of the region.

He said the study covered three thematic areas; activities of Fulani herdsmen especially in the Abetifi area, youth unemployment and illegal mining and their implications on security, and economic development.

Brig. Gen. Alhassan said the study also researched into the effectiveness of the local government structure as a tool in conflict-resolution adding that the students produced a comprehensive report at the end of the tour which would be forwarded to the Headquarters for its perusal.

He acknowledged the contribution of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ernest Aryeetey, the Rector of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Professor Franklyn Acheampong Manu, and lecturers from both institutions for their continued help to the course.

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Battle Of The Wardrobes! Who Wins The Style Prize?

It was the hotly anticipated week of live finals at Britain's Got Talent, but as the fashion face-off between fellow Britain's Got Talent judges Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon got underway, it became clear that their outfits - rather than the acts - were the real stars of the show. 

The glamorous pair pulled out all the stops night after night with a dazzling array of designers including bespoke couture that saw them flashing legs, cleavage and everything in between.

They've also been keeping their fans hooked with Instagram pictures of their outfits each night, with 45-year-old Amanda defying her years in stunning creations from the likes of Celia Kritharioti and Phillip Armstrong - while Alesha, 37, kept it cool in leggy numbers from DSquared2.

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Has The Nigerian President Delivered On His Promises?

A year of triumph, consolidation, pains and achievements is how Muhammadu Buhari describes his first year in office.

In an anniversary speech on Sunday, the Nigerian president promised to boost the economy, eliminate corruption, improve infrastructure and defeat Boko Haram.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

ECG Is Not Current With Debt Stock - PAC

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament on Thursday scathed the management of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) for its inability to mention the debt owed it by clients as at December 2015.

Officials of the nation's main power distributor, the ECG, were not ready with how much is owed the company as at the end of December 2015, despite the requirement that this should be ready by the next quarter of the following year.

Members of the PAC expressed displeasure with the situation when some members of management and officials of the company appeared before it to give evidence and to respond to queries raised by the Auditor General in the 2013 and 2014 audited accounts.

The ECG officials, however, said the Government and other clients, as at the end of 2014, owed the company 1.6 billion Ghana cedis, with the Government alone taking the chunk of almost one billion Ghana cedis.

Individuals, corporate institutions and other clients owed over GHC650 million Ghana cedis.

Mr Frank Annor Kwafo, the Director of Finance, said the debt owed by the Government was as a result of non-payment of electricity bills by agencies under the Government and its inability to redeem electricity subsidies to the company.

One of the Government establishments that is hugely indebted to the ECG is the Ghana Water Company due to the company destroying some properties of the ECG, but Mr Kwafo said the ECG was pursuing the Water Company to pay.

According to Mr Kwafo, the debts had crippled the national power distributor and affected its programmes and activities since it did not have the needed funds to invest into new technologies that would reduce the wastage in power distribution.

Among some of the Audit findings that warranted ECG’s invitation to the PAC were a system loss of up to 27.44 per cent when power purchased was matched against sales in units in 2013.

It came to light from the hearing that the ECG had no effective date for some tenancy agreement it had entered into with some clients occupying its properties.

Meanwhile, Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Chairman of the PAC, deferred all public interest questions relating to overbilling of electricity tariffs directed at officials of the ECG to the Mines and Energy Committee for responses.

Committee members, after interrogating the ECG officials on the audited accounts, expressed the desire to query public interest questions relating to the overbilling of customers, especially those using pre-paid metres but were prevented from doing so by the Chairman.

The PAC Chairman, who is also the Member of Parliament for Dormaa Central, said since the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Edward Doe Adjaho, had directed the Committee on Mines and Energy, chaired by Amadu Sorogho, to inquire into the matter, it was proper for all questions relating to the issue to be tabled before the committee for answers.

He said since officials of the ECG would be appearing before the Mines and Energy Committee, asking questions relating to the subject matter would undermine the work of that committee.

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Well Camp Down On Warmongering FM Stations On Election Day IGP

The Ghana Police Service will clamp down on radio stations that propagate falsehood to incite violence in the lead up to the November polls, Inspector General of Police (IGP) John Kudalor has said.

The IGP has come under fire from various quarters after he said the police was considering a blackout of social media on Election Day.

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has vowed to resist any such move, describing the suggestion as a machination to keep some people in power.

Speaking to Class News Friday, May 27, the IGP said the police will closely monitor radio stations and apply sanctions if need be to those media houses that flout the rules.

“The stations are easily identifiable, we know their wavelengths, and they will also be on air and identify themselves. … Tracking them is very easy,” he stated.

“If we find out anybody or any [radio station] is going to do something which will cause [confusion] in society, we will not hesitate to clamp down on them and it is very easy to clamp down on them.

“I think they [journalists] themselves at the meeting said they will prefer police security and I jokingly told them that…if you go and say things that will incite and are true, then of course people may attack you, but that is not to say they have the right to attack you. We should all try to do everything with circumspection, decorum, tact, and the bottom line must be the truth, nothing, but the truth”, Mr Kudalor said.

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Crocodile Snatches Australian Woman During Night Swim

A woman struggled in vain to drag her friend from a crocodile's jaws off a northeast Australian beach, police said.

The pair were in shallow water at Thornton Beach in the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park in Queensland state when the 46-year-old woman was taken by the crocodile late on Sunday, police senior constable Russell Parker said.

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Johnny Depp Ordered To Stay Away From Wife

A US judge has ordered actor Johnny Depp to stay away from his estranged wife, actress Amber Heard, after she alleged he assaulted her.

Ms Heard said in court on Friday that Mr Depp threw her mobile phone at her during a fight on Saturday.

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Pakistan Bans TV Contraceptive Adverts

Pakistani authorities have banned all broadcast advertisements for contraceptives.

The regulator, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra), said there had been public complaints that they prompted curiosity in "innocent children".

Pakistan is a socially conservative country and such commercials were already rare.

Last year a specific advert for Josh condoms was banned as "immoral".

Pakistan, the world's sixth most populous nation, has a lower rate of access to birth control than the average for the region, according to the World Health Organization.

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IGP Should Focus On More Important Issues - IMANI

The president of IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe, has urged the Inspector General of the Ghana Police Service to find innovative ways of tackling challenges facing Ghana instead of banning social media.

The IGP has said that the police is considering blocking social media on the day of elections. This has generated a huge outrage with various groups asking him not to try it. According to these groups, the IGP’s decision is backward.

In a statement, Franklin Cudjoe said, “there is no indication if this decision has the help of the rank and file of the Police Service and crucially the service heads such as the Chief of Defence Staff, Air and Naval commanders.” 

He also stated that the IGP should be focusing on more vital issues.

“Apart from deep rooted ignorance, illiteracy and permissible idiocy by the well lettered on social media, the two major high risk phenomena he should be concerned about are a very uninspiring Electoral Commission with a horrible communication strategy and the second of course is skyrocketing unemployement which I must admit he can’t do much about.”

“His utterances and posturing can give work to the millions of idle and irate youth and that won’t be pretty.”

He has therefore advised the IGP to invested his experiences in other areas than what he is thinking of doing.

“It will be very promising of the IGP if he invested his accumulated years of experience in strengthening inter agency and electoral stakeholder discussions to consider a trusting electoral exercise and outcome. He can also consider inviting religious leaders too to say a prayer but he should get busy with thinking, fast and slow.”

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Desist From Using Abusive Language - IGP

Mr John Kudalor, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), has called on the media not to allow panelists and radio phone-in callers to use abusive languages on their platform.

Mr Kudalor said the media’s role was equally crucial in ensuring a fair and tranquil Election 2016 thus, the media, both local and international, should position themselves as neutral arbiters, provide relevant public education, and avoid hate and violence-inducing publications and broadcast.

The IGP made the call at a stakeholder engagement with the media in Accra on the theme: “Safeguarding our Democracy - The Role of the Media in Peaceful Elections”.

The stakeholder engagement is a platform created by the IGP to engage with the media, political parties, security agencies, the Electoral Commission, the Peace Council, Civil Society Organisations, the clergy and traditional authorities to discuss ways of ensuring a tranquil election.

Mr Kudalor said the Ghana Police Service deemed it expedient to factor in other stakeholders to protect the integrity of the electoral process.

“It is in this vain that the media, very prominent players in the process, have been invited here to support chart a calm course to the elections,” he said.

He said the role of the mass media was, perhaps, the most crucial of all, especially in this era when any piece of information, whether positive or detrimental, could be disseminated to all corners of the world at the snap of the fingers.

He said the situation was even dire as many of the media outlets were owned by political functionaries who used them to pursue their own political aspirations and agenda.

“It is against this back-drop that you will be required to put the interest of the nation first in your reportage on the election, your expertise and professionalism will be called into action to avoid churning out any media product that could cause public disorder,” Mr Kudalor said.

He urged all to continue to make Ghana a tranquil country and set up as a glowing example on the African Continent.

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Sex Doesnt Keep A Man...

Pastor Harry Vincent Anang Oddoye Jr. founder of the ‘God’s Love Fellowship’ has warned unmarried women against succumbing to the desires of their men to sleep with them with the hope that it will encourage them to stay and marry them.

He explained further that a lot of young women are cohabiting with men in the guise of dating and courtship before marriage. “This is the worst mistake you can make as a Christian unmarried woman. Keep yourself and prepare financially, emotionally, psychologically, etc. towards the institution of marriage. Do not rush!”

He likewise urged men to prepare financially towards marriage as they are the head of the family and thus are expected to provide for the family.

“If your wife is helping financially, it’s only a bonus, don’t demand her portion as though it’s her responsibility” he averred.

“Both parties need to bear in mind that, there are rewards for every sacrifice made… A man must marry you to enjoy you sensually, he must not enjoy before paying the price”, he stressed.

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Michael Jackson's Daughter Dyes Hair To Match With Friend's Gown

The late Michael Jackson's only daughter Paris continued her rebellious streak on Friday when she suited up to escort her gal pal to a high school prom.

'Only true friends dye their hair to match their gal's prom gown,' the homeschooled 18-year-old - who boasts 1.7M followers - wrote on Instagram.

It's just the latest transformation for the privileged heiress, who chopped most of her black hair off in February.

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Shipwrecks 'Kill Up To 700 Migrants'

Up to 700 migrants feared dead in three shipwrecks off Libyan coast this week, UN refugee agency says
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German MP Hit By Chocolate Cake

A German opposition leader has had a chocolate cake shoved in her face in an apparent protest over her stance on migrants.

Sahra Wagenknecht is a prominent member of Germany's far-left Linke party, which was meeting in Magdeburg when the attack took place.

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Parents Urged To Support Girls To Manage Menstruation

This year’s International Day for Menstrual Hygiene has been marked at Axim in the Western Region with a call on parents and guardians to financially help their adolescent girls to manage their menstruation hygienically.

Mrs Efua Sam Bonku, the Municipal Co-ordinator of the School Health Education Programme, said girls between ages nine and 14, who had their menstruation every month, were not economically-resourced to afford sanitary materials.

She said parents and guardians were mandated to help the children to buy such sanitary materials in order to avoid the temptation of seeking those materials from men who could take undue advantage of them.

Menstruation is basically the monthly flow of blood and cellular debris from the uterus of non-pregnant girls and women through the vagina. It often lasts between three to seven days and ceases at menopause.

Mrs Bonku said lack of education on menstrual hygiene among girls of school-going age often resulted in absenteeism and low academic performances.

She, therefore, advocated for the provision of basic facilities in the schools such as water, soap and changing rooms where the girls could clean and protect themselves when they experienced their menstruation during school hours.

Mrs Bonku advised teenage girls to avoid using rags, toilet rolls, old news papers and other unhygienic materials to protect themselves during menstruation since that could result in vaginal infections.

She advised the pupils to see menstruation as a biological phenomenon that every female went through and not as a taboo as pertained in some cultures.

Mr George Dorgbetor, the Project Manager of Opportunity Industrialisation Centre International (OICI), a non-governmental organisation, said menstrual hygiene management aimed at eliminating school drop-out among teenage girls, prevent pregnancy, and contribute to positive behaviour change and improved health.

The forum was on the theme: “Menstruation Matters to Everybody, Everywhere” and observed globally on May 28 to create awareness on menstrual hygiene management and break the myth surrounding it.

It was organised by OICI and funded by the Tweneboah, Enyera, Ntomme (TEN) partners including Tullow Ghana Limited, Kosmos Energy, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, Anadarko and Petro South Africa under the WASH in School project.

Some of the pupils expressed appreciation to the organisers saying the forum had enhanced their knowledge and understanding of menstrual hygiene which would impact positively on their lives.

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Consumers Owe ECG GH1.6bn

The government, private institutions and individuals owe the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) about GH¢1.6 billion in electricity bills as of 2014.

The acting Director of Finance of the ECG, Mr Frank Anokwafo, told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) last Thursday that the government owed GH¢950 million as a result of subsidies and non-payment of electricity bills, while private institutions and individuals owed GH¢610 million.

Mr Anokwafo and the other directors of the ECG were answering queries raised in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Auditor General's reports at the PAC sitting in Accra.

He was, however, unable to provide the committee with information on the current indebtedness to the ECG and pledged to make the latest figures available later.

Debt recovery

Mr Anokwafo said it was difficult for the ECG to recover the debts and added that the best method for debt recovery was disconnection and taking the debtors to court, though the processes were cumbersome.

Mr Anokwafo also said the ECG had appointed private debt collectors to collect its debts. Besides, he added, many ministries, departments and agencies, as well as many district capitals, had been connected to prepaid meters.

PAC on debt recovery

The Vice-Chairman of the PAC, Mr Samuel Atta Akyea, tasked the ECG to take immediate steps to take the debtors to court and recover its money. He said the ECG might be caught by the Limitation Act (which requires cases to be taken to court within six years) if it failed to prosecute its debtors early and its money would be lost permanently.

Systems losses

The 2013 Auditor General's Report faulted the ECG for experiencing high system losses in its distribution networks.

It said the system losses were as high as 27.44 per cent when power purchased was matched against sales in units and, therefore, asked the ECG to put in place measures to control and reduce the losses.

The acting Managing Director of the ECG, Mr Tetteh Okine, told the PAC that the system losses were due to technical and commercial losses. He indicated that the commercial losses were the result of stealing of power through illegal connections.

According to him, the ECG had introduced a higher voltage distribution system to customers to support reduce technical losses.

He said the introduction of split meters and installation of meters outside fascia boards on premises had helped to reduce the bypassing of meters. Mr Okine stated that the ECG had also introduced an automatic meter reading that ensured the remote monitoring and reading of meters.

He revealed that currently, system losses were 33 per cent.

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ECG Needs Managerial And Technical Reforms

A tema based businessman has advised the board of directors and the Chief Executive Officer of Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to step aside for the needed managerial and technical reforms to roll.

According to Mr Adams Iddrisu, ECG needed fresh and competent people to turn around its fortunes.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency on the disputed billing system of ECG, he said, the odd billing system has exposed the technical and leadership challenges of the Company. No business will thrive under such billing system."

He said someone has to take responsibility for the exploitation of the masses and resign honourably.

"Why should it take the President to form a committee to solve problems some people are being paid to solve? I think it was about time that Ghanaian managers realised that they take both the glory and blame for their actions and inaction."

According to Mr Iddrisu, ECG has sink so low in public trust and confidence that President Mahama will have to do the changes if those in charge would not make way.

"My business is collapsing.Most businesses are collapsing. How long should this unusual billing system persist?

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Ten Children Struck By Lightning At Birthday Party

Eleven people, including 10 children, have been struck by lightning at a park in Paris and six of the victims are believed to be seriously injured.

'There are currently 11 injured unfortunately, 10 children and an adult who was accompanying them,' Vincent Baladi of the local authority told iTELE television.

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Pastors Asked To Refrain From Engaging In Immoral Acts

The Bishop of Titus Episcopal Bishops College, Bossoh Bless Nelson, has cautioned preachers of the gospel against immoral acts.

He advised pastors to avoid fraud, stealing, extortion and having affairs with the church members before praying for and healing them. According to him, such acts have the tendency to bring the work of God into disrepute.

He said this during the installation and ordination of bishops and pastors including Apostle Emmanuel Boa-Mensah, Reverend Andy Agyekum, Bishop Abraham Teye and Rev. Andy J.A. Ntiamoah.

Delivering the sermon, Bishop Nelson called for unity among Christians. He underscored the need for Christians all over the world to commit themselves to biblical values to support correct the many wrongs in the church.

He also said the installation and ordination of bishops should serve as an opportunity for the people in the region to rededicate themselves to God and eschew rancour and division.

Advice to Christians

Bishop Nelson admonished Christians who depended on other churches for solutions to their problems to rather constantly engage with God and share their problems with Him instead of depending on “so-called powerful men of God”.

He also advised Christians to let love be the motivation for anything they did; maintain the unity in the Church, refrain from selling anointing oil and shun negative movements and societies.

The Bishop asked Christians to allow the Bible to guide them in everything they did and be obedient to Christ.

Bishop Nelson also urged the leadership of churches to have pity on their members, avoid extorting money from them and cursing them; instead, they should educate their congregants on corruption so that the church would grow. He assured the bishops that he would collaborate with them and members of various church societies to ensure the effective running of the church.

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Kylie Jenner Wraps Arms Around Rumoured Rapper Beau PartyNexDoor

Kylie Jenner affectionately wrapped her arms around rapper-singer PartyNexDoor at Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old reality starlet rocked a trendy silk bomber for her bowling date with the Canadian 22-year-old (born Jahron Brathwaite).

The new couple's sighting came one week after they were spotted leaving Russell Simmons Presents All Def Comedy Live show together.

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Durbar Held At Jamestown In Honour Of Prince Edward

A colourful durbar has been held in honour of the visiting Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, by the chiefs and people of Ngleshie Alata (Jamestown British Accra) in Accra.

Prince Edward was in the country to present the Head of State Awards to young Ghanaians who had successfully participated in the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Scheme.

The Paramount Chief of Ngleshie Alata, Obrempong Nii Kojo Ababio V, expressed his gratitude to the prince for his visit, which he said was an indication of the strong bond between the United Kingdom and Ngleshie Alata.

He thanked the United Kingdom for its contribution to the development of the Ngleshie Alata community.

The British High Commission and Just Ghana Limited, an NGO, recently donated 57 desktop computers to three basic schools in the community.

Nii Kojo Ababio said the relationship with Ngleshie Alata dated back to 1675 when the British Government built the James Fort and the area became their permanent home on account of its strategic position.

The Duke was accompanied by the British High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr Jon Benjamin, the Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards Foundation, Lord Paul Boateng, and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Nii Lante Vanderpuiye.

As part of his tour, he was hosted at a reception at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra.

Among the people who attended the reception were Paa Quency Adu, President of the National Union of Ghana students (NUGS), and Yvonne Okoro, an actress. The earl is the youngest child of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

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Zoo Gorilla Shot Dead As Boy Falls Into Enclosure

Zoo officials have shot dead a gorilla after a four-year-old boy fell into its enclosure in the US city of Cincinnati.

The boy climbed though a barrier and fell into a moat, where he was grabbed and dragged by the gorilla.

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Prez Mahama Tells Graduates To Add Value To Themselves

President John Dramani Mahama says it is meaningful for the unemployed teeming graduates in the country to become entrepreneurs instead of waiting on government to absorb them into the public sector. He said its is preferable to add value to their certificates by thinking outside the box in that respect which will improve their lots in life. 

Mr. Mahama said the public sector space cannot absorb all the graduates the country have produced, although government is relentless in efforts to creating jobs for the youth. President Mahama, also advised the graduands to eschew self-doubt, persevere and be innovative as they step out. 

Meanwhile, the President has assured granting charter to All Nations University which is currently affiliated to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology(KNUST) to enable it award degrees on its own. Mahama was speaking at the 17th graduation ceremony of the All Nations University in Koforidua Saturday. In a keynote address, a Senior Advisor to the Japanese Research group on Conflict Mitigation in the Middle East, Dr Norman Cook, reminded the graduands, of the stark reality that there are no ready jobs of them, urging them to improve upon their skills and become a master in their fields of trade.

Three hundred and fifty four students graduated with degree in Allied Health Science, Business, Banking and Finance, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Engineering, Entrepreneurship among others.


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Nicole Scherzinger On Working With The Homeless Children of Kenya

Nicole Scherzinger and I are bonding â€" over gravy. 

The glossy singer, dancer and TV presenter, who became a household name as part of the Pussycat Dolls before a three-season stint as a judge on The X Factor, is firmly in my camp when it comes to portion sizes, too. 

‘People would query me: “Would you like some Sunday roast with that gravy?”’ she laughs of her time spent in London, which she recalls as an exotic epicurean adventure. 

‘Gravy is probably one of my favourite smells in the world,’ she says dreamily, before rattling off a list of her other beloved British treats: fish and chips, sticky toffee pudding, banoffee pie… ‘Y’all have a lot of fine pies,’ she enthuses.

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Buhari Finally Speaks On Forced Marriages, Child Abduction

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said he does not tolerate forced marriages and child abduction in the country.

According to him, every child has the right to education. He vowed to decisively deal with such cases.

Speaking in Abuja at the 2016 National Children’s Day Celebration, Buhari said: “Challenges posed by the total breakdown of societal values and the current unrestricted social media vices, which therefore, calls for an urgent need for all stakeholders to put all hands on deck in making conscious efforts at raising awareness of parents, family and communities at all levels on the vital role of protecting children against all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation including abduction of children, forced and early marriage.

“As I said when I received Amina Ali Nkeki, the rescued Chibok girl, our determination and commitment to the protection of our children is unshaken, this government is resolute in our efforts at rescuing all the missing Chibok girls, the recent rescue of Amina Ali Nkeki and Sarah Luka by our gallant soldiers and the civilian JTF is a testimony to our unwavering resolve at defeating Boko Haram terrorists.”

Represented at the event by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Mallam Muhammad Bello, Buhari noted that “No Nigerian should be put through the brutality of abduction, violence in whatever form or forced marriage. Every girl has a right to education and their choice of life.”

“Government is committed to promoting and protecting the rights of every citizen including children. This is because it is our primary responsibility as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Child Rights Act, 2007. The theme of this year’s Children’s Day Celebration is “Protecting the Right of the Child in the face of Violence and Insecurity: End Child Marriage.”

“Violence against children comes in so many forms and these acts lead to physical and emotional harm to the growth and development of the child, this ultimately leads to permanent psychological and emotional trauma on the child.

“This administration is committed to protecting the rights and privileges of all Nigerian children. I challenge all stakeholders to rise up and take a decisive action to stem the unacceptable cases of violence and intimidation against our children.

“I, therefore, charge the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to liaise with other agencies to work out appropriate programmes including actions and measures that would support in fighting the scourge of Child Abuse, Child Abduction, Child Labour and Child Trafficking, among others.”

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Angela Simmons Confirms Pregnancy...

Angela Simmons is pregnant with her first child. 

The 28-year-old Daddy's Girls star took to Instagram to confirm the news on Friday, sharing a picture of her baby bump, after weeks of speculation.

Earlier in the day, she was spotted on a workout with fiance Sutton Sean Tennyson in Los Angeles, proudly showing off her bare and burgeoning midsection in a sports bra. 

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Dont Arrest Free Expression MFWA

Ghana’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) John Kudalor, has given a hint about the possibility of shutting down social media platforms during Ghana’s upcoming elections in November 2016.

At a media interaction in the capital Accra on May 26, 2016, the IGP was heard saying: “at one stage I was even saying that if it becomes critical, on the eve and the election day we shall block all social media as other countries have done. So we are thinking about it.”

The reason given by the IGP was that people are using social media to perpetuate misinformation which has the potential of jeopardizing the peace of the country during the upcoming elections.

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) finds it difficult to appreciate why the police will contemplate such an action in the first place. First of all, does the police have the mandate and power to authorise the shutdown of a communications infrastructure in the country? For example, can they authorise the shutdown of radio stations?

Freedom of expression is the most fundamental prerequisite for a sound and thriving democracy. In an era where social media platforms have proven to be one of the most powerful enablers of free speech, free expression and citizens’ participation in democratic governance, a shutdown of these platforms will not only be tantamount to ‘imposing a curfew on free speech and expression’ but a catastrophic setback to Ghana’s democratic progress.

Shutting down social media platforms before, during or after elections should therefore not be contemplated by either a security agency or any institution for that matter.

It is worrying for any institution in Ghana to contemplate learning from terrible examples of how definite governments in Africa have grossly abused their citizens’ rights to free expression online by shutting down social media platforms in the name of protecting national security.

Human rights groups across the world have recently condemned actions by the government of Uganda led by President Yoweri Museveni who has been in power for over 30 years and recently resorted to repressing free speech online to win a fifth term in power.

The Ugandan example and similar ones are not worth emulating and Ghana should not go that way. The MFWA appreciates concerns about how social media may sometimes be abused by some people to foment trouble but the solution is not to shut such platforms down.

The solution lies in more public education, increased digital literacy and getting political parties to restrain their supporters from perpetuating falsehoods, hate speech and other defamatory expressions online.

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ICT Can Improve Democratic Process

Dr Osei Darkwah, President of the Ghana Telecom University College, says Information Communication Technology (ICT), could be used to improve the democratic process.

He said ICT also enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of the e-governance system in the development of a country.

Dr Darkwah was speaking on the topic: “ICT and Governance” as part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations of Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) in Accra.

The Anniversary, which is being marked on the theme: "10 years of Bridging the Digital Divide in Ghana, GIFEC Experience," commenced from Monday, May 23 and is expected to end on Friday, May 27.

The lined up activities, include symposiums, lectures, stakeholder engagements, medical outreach, donation and thanksgiving service.

In July 2004, the government set up Ghana Investment Fund for Telecommunications as an agency of the Ministry of Communications to facilitate the provision of universal access to basic telephony by the un-served and under-served communities in the country.

The Electronic Communications Act 775 promulgated in 2008, gave the legal backing to the agency, which started operations in January 2005, changed the agency’s name to GIFEC and widened the scope of its mandate.

This include the provision of access to electronic services including ICT, broadcasting, internet, multimedia service and basic telephony, by the un-served and under-served communities in Ghana.

He said the application of ICT in governance processes eliminates the issues on intermediaries and brings citizens closer to the government.

Dr Darkwah said for effective use of ICT in enhancing fine and effective governance, policy makers would have to be committed to the course of the process.

He said more awareness needs to be created for the citizenry to know of the services which could be access online for their businesses.

Mr George Atta-Boateng, Director General of National Information Technology Agency (NITA), said government had raised GH¢ 48 million as a result of the development of the e-registration and taxation portal.

He said NITA is poised to implement the ICT agenda of government to improve on the economy.

Professor Nii Narku Quaynor, Chair of the Internet Society, Ghana Chapter commended the efforts of GIFEC in providing communications access to various communities.

He called on the citizenry to participate in the debate on the improvement and enhancement of ICT for National development.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

The World's Most Powerful Passports

According to statistics shared by the World Economic Forum this morning, these are the countries with the world's most powerful passports. Sadly, Ghana's passport is not included.

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'Mass Rape' Video On Social Media Shocks Brazil

Brazilian police are hunting more than 30 men suspected of raping a teenage girl in Rio de Janeiro, and of putting video of the attack on social media.

The girl is reported to have gone to her boyfriend's house on Saturday and to have regained consciousness later, surrounded by the men.

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Krofrom: 'Police Tasered My Brothers Penis Before He Died' Sister

A sister of a young man, who died in Krofrom in the Ashanti region, allegedly as a result of police brutality, has said her brother’s penis was tasered by the law enforcers as part of the brutal assault that led to his death.

Janet Appiah, who spoke to Class News’ regional correspondent Hafiz Tijani in an exclusive interview, said: “My brother was accosted by a police officer as he returned from the public toilet. He fell down and broke his leg as he attempted fleeing after he had been handcuffed by the police. An officer beckoned him to get up, but he couldn’t as a result of his fractured leg. The police then tasered his penis and his torso to force him to get up. My brother kept crying to our grandmother: ‘Mama save me’, as the officers dragged him away,” Ms Appiah said.

Angered by the death of 22-year-old Kwadwo Tawiah, apparently as a result of the police brutalities, about 200 mad youth of the area took to the streets and burnt car tyres as well as vandalised some property to express their frustration against the police over the matter.

The victim was killed on the night of Thursday May 26 during a swoop in the area. He was suspected by the police to have been a member of a gang that terrorised residents in the area.

The police have opened investigations into Tawiah’s death.

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