Sunday, July 31, 2016

Everybody Must Show Good Faith - Asantehene

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, has urged all to show fine faith and work together to ensure the success of the coming general elections.

He asked that stakeholders including the political parties, the Electoral Commission (EC), security agencies and the National Peace Council accepted to play it fair to remove suspicion and distrust.

He was receiving the Interior Minister, Mr. Prosper Bani, who was on a two-day official visit to the Ashanti Region to his Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.

Accompanying him, was the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) John Kudalor.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu said everybody must play by the rules of the game to make the general election tranquil and sustain the nation’s multi-party democracy on the path of growth.

He reminded everybody that they had important contribution to make to protect the peace, stability and unity of the society.
He said it was vital to recognize that there could not be any meaningful socio-economic progress amid political conflict and confusion.

Ghana, he noted, had won global admiration for its democracy and that it could not afford any misstep.
The Asantehene encouraged the political parties to make sure that all pertinent issues were addressed at the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meetings.

They should also do everything to talk their supporters out of intolerance and lawlessness, he added.
Mr. Bani gave the assurance that adequate measures had been put in place to prevent violence, fear or intimidation during the election.

The security agencies had been equipped to effectively perform, he stated.

He hailed the Asantehene for the strong leadership he was showing to keep the nation calm, citing the tremendous effort he had been making to peacefully resolve chieftaincy disputes.

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Shootings In Damongo Over Charcoal Royalties

Residents of Damongo in the Northern Region are anxious because of clashes between supporters of two rival chiefs in the area over who has the right to take royalties from trucks transporting charcoal from a village called Sur.

Apparently, the houses of the Damongowura recognized by the Yagbonwura and another backed by Kuntunkure (land owners) are very close.

Supporters of the chief backed by Yagbonwura started the shootings in the West Gonja District of the Northern Region.

DAILY GUIDE gathered that the children of the Yagbonwura-backed Damongowura issued a royal ticket at the village to the truck driver but the supporters of the other chief intercepted the truck on reaching Damongo and tore the ticket into pieces.

The police were informed about the incident and after some discussions, the charcoal truck was released.

When the supporters of the Kuntunke backed Damongowura got home, they started hurling stones at the house of the other chief, destroying the roofing.

Reports indicated that two young men from the side of the Yagbonwura backed chief fired warning shots in the direction of the other group.

Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports indicate that some warriors from Kusawgu, where the current Yagbonwura hails from, have arrived in Damongo to give protection to their chief.

Damongo Police Commander ASP Opoku Agyemang, who confirmed the incident to DAILY GUIDE, said the incident happened around 6 pm on Thursday and that the impasse between the two chiefs caused their supporters to throw stones at each other.

According to him, no arrests have been but the police were still investigating the matter.

He indicated that peaceful had returned to Damongo and that the police have taken over the area, especially the houses of the two chiefs.

“There is reinforcement coming from Tamale but as we speak everything is tranquil in Damongo at the moment,” he said.

ASP Opoku Agyemang stated that no casualty was recorded during the clashes between supporters of the two chiefs.

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Restaurant Owner Forced To Eat Cockroach Found In Customer's Food

A customer who ordered fried noodles from a restaurant in Changsha, Hunan province, China on July 25th, forced the restaurant's owner to eat a cockroach he said he found in his food.

After the customer found the supposed cockroach, he told the restaurant owner to either eat the cockroach or pay him 5,000 yuan (£569).The owner ate the cockroach instead. But the customer wasn't a man of his word, as he kept demanding money from the owner, adding that he needed to be compensated financially for the terrible experience he had, but the owner refused to give in to the customer's demands.

According to the owner and other customers, the restaurant had been running for 11 years and had never encountered problems like this.

Some workers at the restaurant claimed that they idea they were being blackmailed by the customer. One worker even fought tears while she talked to reporters who came to interview them, saying she was upset that her boss had been forced to eat the insect.

After the incident, o n July 26, the Food and Drug Administration visited the restaurant for an inspection and discovered that the restaurant was using outdated equipment and did not have the necessary means to rid the establishment of flies or rats.

The FDA then ordered the restaurant to close for five days so that they could make the necessary changes.

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Belgium Arrests Brothers Over Planned Attacks

Two brothers suspected of planning attacks have been arrested in Belgium in an anti-terror operation, prosecutors say.

The two men, named as Nourredine H, 33, and his brother Hamza were detained after house searches in the Mons region and the city of Liege.

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Donald Trump Fires Back at Hillary Clinton After DNC Speech

Donald Trump had a lot to say after Hillary Clinton accepted her nomination as the Democratic presidential candidate Thursday night.

The social media-loving businessman kicked off his rhetoric earlier in the day, saying the Democrats were living in a "fantasy world" in a statement released just before Clinton's acceptance speech.

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Ghana-Liberia To Strengthen Trade, Security Ties - Prez Mahama

President John Dramani Mahama on Friday announced Ghana's readiness to strengthen her trade and security relations with Liberia and other neighbouring countries.

He said although the West African sub-region is engaged in some form of trade and commerce, cementing their regional integration would become the final endorsement that would strengthen the blocs and the entire continent.

President Mahama announced this at a joint news conference with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Flagstaff House, Kanda.

The Liberian President who is on a day's visit to Ghana was at the Presidency to discuss diplomatic and bilateral relations with President Mahama.

The news conference was held after the two West African leaders had held an hour-long closed door discussion.

President Mahama said discussions hinged on trade, security, economy and regional integration and joint cooperation between the two countries would support accelerate development.

He said the two countries also discussed cooperation in power generation and once Ghana had the comparative advantage in the commodity, efforts would be made to help Liberia to restore electricity to the West African country that was engrossed in numerous years of internal conflicts.

President Mahama said Ghana through Volta River Authority and GridCo would also support train the Liberian technicians in power generation and extension to restore the damaged power generators that were affected by the prolonged conflicts.

The Ghanaian President said a Memorandum of Understanding would soon be signed on those issues as part of the regional partnership programmes.

On security, President Mahama said they had also agreed to come out with a regional decision that would support to ward off terrorism and other security threats on the continent.

He said armed forces collaboration also came up for discussion and with Ghana's experiences in various sectors of the military and peace-keeping programmes, would support Liberia to re-build their army in the coming days.

President Sirleaf on the other hand commended Ghana for her help to Liberia over the years, mentioning the Accra Peace Talks during the Liberian conflict as one of the landmark contributions Ghana made for the restoration of peace and harmony in Liberia.

She said Ghana has been helpful to Liberia in several areas including energy, infrastructural development and mining sector and Monrovia would continue to seek her help to harness their potentials in those areas for development.

She said although numerous Ghanaian companies were already in Liberia to help their re-building exercise, there was the need for more partnerships because of Ghana's vast experience in infrastructural development, energy and the mining sectors.

"We have so many Ghanaian companies working especially on our roads, and we shall continue to collaborate effectively with Ghana because of your experiences in infrastructural development, energy and the mining sectors."

The Liberian leader who paid a similar visit to late President John Evans Atta Mills in 2010 has since returned home.

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Pope Francis Visits Predecessor John Paul II's Shrine

Thousands of people have attended a mass celebrated by Pope Francis at a church dedicated to the late Pope John Paul II in the Polish city of Krakow.

The Pope called for clergy to leave their comfort zones and tend to the needy on the peripheries of life.

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Juju Men Turn To Aggressive Marketing

Some juju men have resorted to aggressive marketing to entice innocent people on social media.
Unlike in the past when people who needed the services of juju men went round to look for them, now they are flying on the wings of technology to send Facebook requests and private messages via people’s emails, WhatsApp and messenger.

The juju men use various names such as Nana Awura, Tutu Gya, Sam Sam, Nana Obaa, Samba, among others, and no matter the number of times one blocks them, they still find their way into one’s inbox or send different requests again.

Interestingly, they supplement their mails and even display pictures (DP) on Facebook with still or video imagery of their shrines or blood-spattered cash, while others have snakes around their necks, perhaps to depict how powerful they are.  

Apart from those using social media, there are other juju men who now erect billboards or print on flexi banners and display them along the major roads to attract people.

Areas where countless number of such banners could be spotted include the Atomic Junction, East Legon under the overpass, the Airport Residential Area, Kasoa and along the Spintex Road. 

The banners come with inscriptions such as ‘Gonja Powers for all your problems’, ‘Indian Supreme powers’, ‘Larteh Powerful Man’, among others.

According to information provided on the banners, the juju men provide ‘blood money’, as they put it, visas, sure bankers for lotto, secure marriages, blood covenants, children, solve workplace problems, give powers to students to pass their exams, among others. 

No problem known to human kind is too big or small for their intervention.

There are some juju men who have recorded videos of their activities and put them on YouTube for people to watch. 

Some of the videos currently trending on YouTube are ‘Mallam Jagbo Spiritualist’, ‘Mallam Bahuma Juju interview’, ‘Mallam Legba doing wonders and charming money’ and ‘Togbe Kadinakpo Spirit Money’. 

The videos have the contact numbers of the respective juju men boldly written on them for potential clients to see.

Another captivating video on YouTube which is receiving a high rate of views is the ‘Top 10 Juju Men in Ghana’. 

According to the video, Kwaku Bonsam is first, followed by Mallam Zack in second place, while in third position is Mallam Baba Fear God.

Coming fourth is Mallam Yaw Nyameke, followed by Mallam Mohammed, Nana Oboanipa, Mallam Odidollar, Indiaman, Nana Agrada and Mallam Gbanigba in that order.

Besides social media, some of the juju men have also taken their services from their shrines to live broadcast of what they are capable of doing on some of the free-on-air television channels.

There are some who boldly advertise that they can support people to be invisible to their debtors, charm money and provide solutions for other spiritual matters.

Even though some of these juju men end up winning over people, there are others who hold the opinion that the juju men are just fraudsters and magicians who are claiming to have spiritual powers. 

According to the Cape Breton University communications professor, Dr Felix Odartey-Wellington, "sensational, spiritually-themed electronic messages and imagery can be used to disseminate hostile and intrusive software such as viruses".

He advises: "Don't open emails or click in links if you don't know the source. Treat sensational emails or imagery with suspicion."

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Crack The Whip On Chinese Galamsey Operators - Otumfuo

The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei II has charged the Ashanti regional Immigration Service to crack the whip on foreigners who flout laws especially Chinese nationals engaging in small scale mining activities in the region.

He observed that Galamsey operators have destroyed water bodies in the region and the country at large.

He tasked Immigration personnel to ensure that other foreign nationals doing businesses in Ghana comply with the business laws of the country.

Otumfuo said this at Manhyia Palace when the Interior Minister Prosper Bani and Inspector General of Police (IGP) John Kudalor and other security chiefs called on him as part of the Minister’s working visit in the region to access the security situation in the region ahead of the 2016 election.

"Immigration Service personnel should be vigilant because African Union (AU) has approved free movement within Africa. Ensure that foreigners have fine intention of visiting Ghana and that foreigners doing business in Ghana obey the laws of the land particularly Chinese nationals engaging in small scale mining, because Ghanaians cannot take Chinese laws into their hands when they visit China.

The last time I had a chat with the Chinese Ambassador I told him that we hold nothing against them but they should go by our laws so that we also reciprocate same. They shouldn’t use it against us for deporting Chinese nationals who cause mayhem. We should work closely together with them so that when their nationals flout our laws, we can deport them easily," he said.

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Veep Receives Liberian President

Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has received the Liberian President Mrs Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Jubilee Lounge of the Kotoka International Airport.

President Sirleaf, who is in Accra for a day's visit, was accompanied by Liberian government officials.

As part of the visit, President Sirleaf, who is also the Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), shall also hold talks with President John Dramani Mahama at the Flagstaff House on bilateral relations between Ghana and Liberia.

She is also expected to thank President John Mahama for leading the campaign in the fight against the Ebola epidemic in the affected countries in the sub-region and the activities of Bokom Haram terrorist group and other militant groups in the West African sub-region are also expected to be discussed.

Other Ministers of State who were at the airport to receive the Liberian President include Mr Prosper Banni, Minister of Interior; Dr Ekwow Spio Garbrah, Minister of Trade and Industry; Ms Sherry Ayitey, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture; and Mr Nii Lante Vanderpuje, Minister of Youth and Sports.

Ghana and Liberia have had a long standing diplomatic relations which dates many years back.

Ghana was one of the first countries to send troops to intervene the Liberian conflict and spearheaded the peace-talks that led to the Accra Peace Accord- leading to the establishment of the transitional government.

Ghanaian and Liberians have had decades of interaction at the people-to-people level spanning several areas including business, commerce, education and family ties.

Ghana has to work closely with Liberia to reactivate the Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation to provide an effective instrument for promoting common socio-economic projects between the two countries.

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PICTURES: Bobby Brown And Wife Alicia Show Off Newborn Baby

Bobby Brown has been spotted with his newborn daughter Hendrix for the first time.

The 47-year-old and his wife Alicia Etheredge were seen taking the week-old little girl out on her first stroll in Los Angeles on Friday.

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Asuboi Chief Banishes 2 For Occultism

Nana Annor Agyemfra Mmodwo, chief of Asuboi in the Ayensuano District of the Eastern Region, has banished two inhabitants from the town for allegedly using occultism to charm the ladies in the community.

The duo, Munkaila, 18 and Adiza, 20, are said to be hiding idols in a bush at the outskirts of the town, and on daily basis, they reportedly go to the forest at midnight to chant, charm the young ladies in the area and Munkaila uses them to satisfy his sexual desires.

This revelation came to light Thursday afternoon when a member of the gang, who felt cheated, reported them (duo) to the chief after a 14-year-old JHS victim identified Munkaila as having charmed her with “for girls” and had sex with her.

Nana Annor Agyemfra Mmodwo ordered the two to appear before him at the palace.

The news, which spread like wild fire in the area, drew scores of the inhabitants to the palace to witness what was going to happen.

Munkaila confessed before the chief and his elders that he and Adiza had been using occultism on the youth in the community to engage in petty stealing. He claimed that they had also been charming the girls with “for girls” for him to have affairs with them.

The mad chief then ordered his linguist and some elders, together with the occultists, to go to where the gods were being kept and bring them before him.

Adiza, who has no family in the area but staying with a boyfriend, reportedly acquired the gods through a friend in Togo and placed them under a palm tree away from the town.

DAILY GUIDE investigations gathered that Adiza usually gives the charms to Munkaila and some other youth to lure the young ladies, but on Monday there was confusion between Munkaila and the other members of the gang, leading to the revelation of the underground deal.

The chief, who was shocked about Adiza and Munkaila’s unusual practices, ordered them to leave the community before next week Monday.

According to the chief, the behaviour of the gang was an abomination in the community.

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Montie Gang Weep At Nsawam Prison

Details are emerging of how the three National Democratic Congress (NDC) activists â€" now known as Montie 3 â€" convicted for contempt by the Supreme Court, were whisked away to the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons to begin their four-month sentences.

The three â€" Salifu Maase aka Mugabe, host of “Pampaso,” a political programme on an Accra-based radio station â€" Montie FM â€" together with Godwin Ako Gunn, 39 and Alistair Tairo Nelson, 41 â€" apart from the jail term, were ordered to pay GHC10,000 each as fines or in default serve an additional month in jail for scandalizing the court.

Alistair was said to have sobbed as they were being conveyed to Nsawam.

The Journey

Immediately the five-member panel of judges, presided over by Justice Sophiah B. Akuffo, handed down the sentences, Mugabe, Ako Gunn and Allistair were handcuffed and put in a police bullion van.

Daily Guide learnt that the gang was first sent to the Adentan Police Station, Accra to await the warrant to Nsawam, and when the prisons authorities confirmed the arrival of the detention warrants, they were driven straight to Nsawam.

At Nsawam they were searched thoroughly as the rules demand before being admitted.

Phone Calls

While in the bullion van, the NDC convicts were said to have made ‘touching’ phone calls to their respective families, asking them to ensure that their personal effects and other belongings were safely kept.

Daily Guide’s sources said Alistair appeared to be sobbing while Ako-Gunn was in a somber mood; but Mugabe looked shocked and seemed frustrated at what had befallen him after boasting that he was not scared of prison.

Montie Owners

The apex court had slapped Kwaku Kyei Attuah and Edward Addo â€" both directors and shareholders of Network Broadcasting Limited, operators of the station â€" Lawyer Kwaku Bram-Larbi, secretary to the board of directors and Harry Zakour, a vice Chairperson of the NDC and Zeze Media, owners of the frequency, with a GHC30,000 good or in default be individually held liable.

Network Broadcasting Limited, parent company of Montie Fm and Radio Gold, was also fined GHC30,000, bringing the total amount of money to GHC90,000.

They have since paid the GHC90,000 according to court sources.

Death Threats

Apart from scandalizing the courts, the panel of judges was not happy with the Attorney General for refusing to press criminal charges against the convicts when it became clear that they had “crossed the red line” with death threats and criminal attack on judges, particularly Supreme Court justices.

Mugabe had told his panelists to ‘open fire’ on the justices, and they in turn did so with threats of death in addition to a claim by Allistair that he would allow a definite Nash of Mataheko to ‘marry’ Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood if a war broke out.

NDC Protests

Since their conviction, the NDC has been thrown into disarray, with a call by party foot-soldiers and gurus on President John Mahama to veto the sentences by activating the prerogative of mercy to free the convicts.

The sentencing of the three has been condemned strongly by the ruling NDC, which is putting pressure on President Mahama to invoke Article 72 of the 1992 Constitution to release them.

Lawyers of the trio had said they had petitioned the president to pardon the convicts, while a desk has been set up by the NDC at the premises of Radio Gold, which also houses Montie FM, to collect as many signatures as possible to get the president to invoke Article 72.

However, other sections of the public have said it will be suicidal for President Mahama to pardon the convicts who threatened to take the lives of the Lord Justices.

The book, opened by a group calling itself the Research and Advocacy Platform (RAP), believed to have been formed by Felix Kwakye Ofosu, has received several signatures, including those of high-profile government officials like a deputy Minister of Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare and an official at the presidency, Valerie Sawyerr, who was a former deputy chief of staff.

Apart from the signatures, some inflamed NDC members besieged the party headquarters in Accra on Thursday to put pressure on the party’s leadership to call on President Mahama to use his powers to grant pardon to the trio.

GIBA’s Caution

Meanwhile, the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) has asked its members to be ‘circumspect’ when commenting on national issues.

“The Supreme Court has sent a clear signal that within the freedom of expression guaranteed under our constitution, there are lines that ought not to be crossed and there is the need to make it universally unacceptable for anyone to engage in such conduct.

“We will continue our engagements with various stakeholders such as the National Media Commission, the Judiciary, Parliament, National Communications Authority and Ghana Journalists’ Association, to ensure that the media remain free but the industry is well regulated,” GIBA President Akwasi Agyeman said in a statement.

GJA Warning

The Ghana Journalists’ Association (GJA) has cautioned the public not to interpret the sentencing of the trio to mean an attack on the media, press freedom and free speech.

GJA General Secretary Dave Etse Agbenu, after the sentencing, said “The Supreme Court did not go after the Montie three because they did something that is lawful. The charges were read to them, they contested the charges and they were finally jailed. We must be careful not to confuse that with a media attack.

“I am not sure the law courts were dealing with them because they are media practitioners. They were dealing with them because they were in contempt of court.”

Expert’s Advice

Veteran communications expert, Professor Kwame Karikari, has counseled President Mahama not to accede to pressure to release the convicts since it would send a risky signal and wreck his chances of retaining power in December.

Professor Karikari, who has been championing media and journalists’ rights through his Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) for decades said, “There’s no serious president in a democracy that will cede to a call like that under our circumstances. It will be politically suicidal for the president to accede to the call of his party.”

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PHOTOS Of Two Nigerian Children Crying After Their Mother Died On Their Way to Europe

Two Nigerian siblings, 11 and 10 are pictured crying after their mother died in the Mediterranean on their way to Europe.

The two children were among 150 migrants rescued from their overcrowded rubber boat off the coast of Libya while trying to cross the Mediterranean ocean into Italy by a Spanish NGO’s boat. 

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Security Man Murdered At Drobo

Amadu Osman, a security man at Faama in the Jaman South District of the Brong-Ahafo Region, believed to be in his 80s, was allegedly murdered in cold blood yesterday as he kept watch over his master’s poultry farm along the Drobo-Sampa road.

The right arm of the deceased was chopped off and left lying beside the lifeless body.

His master, a poultry farmer and dealer in poultry products whose name was not readily available, as gathered byDAILY GUIDE, reported the crime to the Drobo police and was assisting in investigations.

The incident drew a lot of people to the scene, with some suspecting it was for ritual purposes, though no part of the body was taken away. The body has since been deposited at St Mary’s Hospital at Drobo.

The District Police Commander of Jaman South, ASP Stephen Ofori Akwesi, confirmed  the incident to DAILY GUIDEbut said he was busy and so couldn’t elaborate on it.

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No Survivors In Texas Balloon Crash

A hot air balloon has caught fire and crashed in the US state of Texas, probably killing everyone on board, the local sheriff says.

Aviation officials said at least 16 people were on board the balloon which came down near Lockhart, south of the city of Austin.

Caldwell County sheriff Daniel Law said there did not appear to be survivors.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) statement said the balloon came down in a field at about 07:40 (12:40 GMT).

The sheriff’s statement said that when emergency crews arrived, the basket of the hot air balloon was on fire.

FAA investigators are on their way. The National Transportation Safety Board will eventually take over the inquiry.

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Ghana To Help Liberia With Technical Know-How In Power Sector

Ghana has decided to offer technical help to Liberia in the power sector. The decision was the outcome of bilateral talks held between President John Dramani Mahama and the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the Flagstaff House when the Liberian leader paid a one-day official visit to Ghana yesterday. 
The two leaders, who also discussed issues on trade, security and sub-regional integration, used the meeting to advance bilateral relations between the two countries. 

Liberia has a challenge in power distribution, and President Mahama said the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo), with experience in that area, would give technical help and training, both in hydro and thermal, to Liberia.

At a joint press briefing after the meeting, President Mahama mentioned the role the Volta River Authority (VRA) played in restoring power to Monrovia after the Liberian civil war and said  "We believe we can build on that, especially in technical support. "

The planned help by Ghana to Liberia is against the background of the fact  that VRA, GRIDCo and other companies in the power generation and distribution sector have vast experience in the area. 

Ghana and Liberia have had longstanding and fruitful relations. Ghana played a key role in ending the civil war in Liberia.

The 4,000 strong ECOWAS Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) Force, under the command  of Ghana's Lt. General Arnold Quainoo, that protected lives and property and provided security for the interim administration of Liberia, was drawn from Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia 


Touching on trade, President Mahama mentioned the Economic Partnership Agreement  (EPA) and said it had become imperative for Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire to go ahead and sign interim EPAs with the European Union (EU).

"We will continue to work to ensure that we bring the whole sub-region on board so that it advances the cause of our integration," he added.


On security, President Mahama said the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) had reached agreement with Liberia to offer training and technical help to Liberia. 

President Sirleaf expressed gratitude to Ghana for the help it continued to offer Liberia to overcome its challenges. 

She said in the areas of infrastructure, mining and energy, Ghana had played a significant role in Liberia's development, adding, "We will learn from Ghana's experiences”. 

"Liberia today is very heavily dependent on the public sector, and we are trying to change that because we know that at the end of the day sustainability is from the private sector," she said. 

In that instance, she said, Liberia would learn from Ghana that had moved far in private sector growth.


Earlier,  Mrs Ellen Johnson Sirleaf  was received at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) by the Vice-President, Mr Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, when she arrived in Accra for a day’s official visit, reports Sebastian Syme.

The dignitaries who accompanied the Vice-President to meet the Liberian leader included the Interior Minister, Mr Prosper Bani; the Trade and Industry Minister, Dr Ekow Spio-Garbrah; the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Ms Sherry Ayittey;  and Nii Lantey Vanderpuje, the Minister of Youth and Sports.

Ghana-Liberia relations

 Diplomatic relations between the two countries date as far back as 1957 when Ghana attained independence from colonial rule.

The two countries have sought to expand cooperation in mutually rewarding areas, including economic trade and investment, energy and mineral resources, agriculture and livestock development, education and health, tourism and culture, science and technology, security and military cooperation, as well as foreign affairs.

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Couple Hacked To Death Over 22 Cents Debt

A man from India's Dalit community has been beheaded and his wife hacked to death after a row over a 15 rupees (22 cents; 16 pence) debt in Uttar Pradesh state.

Police said the couple were murdered by an upper caste grocer on Thursday when they told him they needed time to pay for biscuits they had bought from him.

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The Youth Must Accept Postings To Rural Areas Veep

Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has encouraged the youth to accept postings to deprived rural communities where their services would be most needed to enhance the country’s development.

He noted that the youth has a responsibility to give back to society for helping to help their education.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur gave the encouragement when he joined hundreds of National Service Personnel for this year’s “Day of Gratitude” programme at Burma Camp.

The programme, which was instituted two years ago, was intended to show gratitude to government, user agencies; both private and public institutions, as well as National Service Personnel for accepting postings to work with these organisations and the deprived rural communities.

The NSS was established in 1973 under the Acheampong Regime as a means of encouraging students to give back to the people for helping to help their training.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur said the institution of the NSS had helped the youth to travel to different parts of the country to offer vital services as well as appreciate the customs and culture of the people.

He commended the National Service Personnel for the vital services they continue to provide to deprived communities of the country.

He said over the years the National Service Personnel have had great influence on the communities in which they served and as such had become agents of change in those areas.

Dr Kpessah Whyte, the Acting Executive Director of NSS, explained that the objective for the programme is to thank the service personnel for the sacrifices they make by accepting postings to deprived areas across the country.

He lauded the user agencies for understanding the philosophy behind the NSS and willingly accepting the personnel to mentor them for the task ahead.

He said the programme was also an opportunity for the service personnel to express their gratitude to the state and user agencies for the chance to work with them.

Dr Kpessah Whyte also announced that the NSS intends to rollout a new programme dubbed; “Prepare, Expose, Experience and Readiness (PEER)” programme to prepare the personnel for the larger life ahead and the responsibilities beyond the academic institutions.

He said by posting personnel to different parts of the country, the NSS was exposing them to the diversity of culture as well as to learn to be tolerant of other peoples’ views and circumstances.

He said but for National Service Personnel in some schools there would have been no teachers to teach.

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Blue Ivy Puckers Up In Sweet Selfie With Doting Mom Beyonce

Beyonce is enjoying family time with her husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy while in Europe, as seen in a series of Instagram posts she shared on Thursday.

The 34-year-old shared a sizzling snap while seated with her rapper beau, 46, as she rocked a multi-colored blouse, tousled blonde tresses and coral lipstick.

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African Leaders Fighting Corruption Must Be Supported - Joyce Banda

Mrs Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi, has called on the western world to help and motivate committed African leaders in the fight against corruption on the continent.

Mrs Banda, who was speaking at the fourth John Evans Atta Mills Commemorative Lecture on Monday, said fighting corruption was one of the difficult challenges facing many presidents on the continent.

The lecture was organised by the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in partnership with Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) in furtherance of Professor Mills’ ideals and commitment to the advancement of law and governance in Ghana and across Africa.

The lecture, which was on the theme “Atta Mills the Servant Leader” was attended by many including diplomats, ministers of state, academics, political, traditional and religious leaders as well as family members.

She said corrupt Africans often operated from the West, but their practices were global and required a global response.

She said only a tighter, more responsive and highly co-ordinated action between law enforcement authorities in both developing nations and the world's financial centres would be effective in the pursuit of this cause.

“We are doing everything we can to create a state built on transparency and the rule of law. Africa needs their help in this crusade because they allow people who steal our money from Africa to bank in their banks”.

She said it was hypocritical that criticisms came from them but monies meant for development, education and eradication of poverty in Africa was hidden in their banks adding that “they allow leaders who steal from this continent to buy big mansions in their countries”.

Mrs Banda urged the western world to be on the alert to fish out corrupt Africans who stole money and saved it in their countries.

Eulogizing the late President Mills, she said he was an embodiment of a redefined leadership in the face of a changing world and urged African leaders to emulate his leadership qualities and personality.

The former Malawian President labeled him as “a transformative leader” whose inclusive policy contributed to the unity, integration and stability of not only Ghana but the ECOWAS Region and Africa as a whole.

“Atta Mills presents a different type of leadership, an epitome of new leadership and an embodiment of moral and servant leadership, exactly what Africa needs”, she said.

Mrs Banda said Atta Mills is a citizen of the world who lived a life of humility and dedicated his life to the development of education adding that his contribution to intellectual development all over the world is remarkable.

She said though dead, Atta Mills remained an oasis of knowledge where a lot could be drawn from to shape the political, social and economic lives of Africans.

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Court Remands 2 For Murder Of Cabbie [PHOTO]

The Oda Magistrate Court has remanded two suspects into prison custody to re-appear on September 30, 2016, for the murder of a taxi driver at Akim Oda in the Eastern Region.

Sulemana Dauda, 20 and Joseph Arthur King, 20 were part of a three-man gang which attacked and murdered Eric Kofi Nartey, 42, a commercial taxi cab driver in the town. The third suspect, Emmanuel Kweku Adjei, 22, is on the wanted list of the Akim Oda Police.

According to the police they received information on Wednesday 27th July, 2016, at about 8:30pm, that a taxi driver had been killed in a house at Akim Oda Quarters.

According to a press release by the police in the region, personnel were dispatched to the scene and found the deceased lying beside his KIA Picanto taxi cab with registration number GW 9380 â€" 16.

The police said the deceased was rushed to the Oda Government Hospital where he was pronounced dead by the medical doctor.

Law enforcement officers indicated that their “investigations revealed that the deceased was hired by the three men to house number CB 50/2 located at Charles Oppong Road, Akim Oda, to pick some items from the house”.

“The only female tenant was then out of the house. The three men then hit him with a stick with the motive of collecting the taxi cab from him,” he continued.

However, in the course of their action, the deceased managed to scream and a mob rushed into the house but the assailants managed to escape.

The mob set the house ablaze with the view that the culprits were hiding in the house after all efforts made by the police to restrain them failed. Soldiers from Akim Achiase Base had to be deployed to the area to restore calm.

Personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) were called to put out the fire.

On Thursday 28th July, 2016, at about 9am, police managed to arrest the two, suspected to be accomplices to the crime.

They were then sent to court after which they were remanded. Investigations are ongoing to get the third accomplice arrested.

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Don't Be Timid...Be Skillful And Knowledgeable - Prof Adei To Christians

A Former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Professor Stephen Adei has urged Christians to be skillful and knowledgeable in all aspects of their lives.

According to him, the fact that one is a Christian does not mean one should be timid; adding being knowledgeable and skillful will support Christians influence people in high places.

Speaking at the opening of this year’s National Campus Congress organized by the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Prof Adei said “Christians must built capacity, competence and they will go far. God is looking for men and women who know and abide in Him and when the time comes He will use them…reading the Bible and praying every day is the only condition for prosperity. If the Holy Spirit lives in us, sin will be foreign to us and that is what a Christian life should be…we must abide in Jesus, read the word and preach to others”

This year’s congress is dubbed ‘Dayspring’ 2016 and it is on the theme: “Supernatural visitation from on High”. It started on 27th July 2016 and it will end on 31st July, 2016. It is being held concurrently in Accra and Kumasi. In Accra, it is being held at the Church's headquarters, Anyaa and in Kumasi, it is being held at Brofoyedru.

The Acting National Overseer of the Deeper Life Church, Pastor E.K. Duodu also asked Ghanaians to pray earnestly towards the upcoming election. He asked “countrymen and women to be law abiding and restrain from acts of violence and also urged the Media to be circumspect and discharge duties diligently”.

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Ja Rule & Ashanti Don't Promote Killings

Ja Rule and Ashanti do not endorse killers, and they've changed the name of their tour ... just in case anyone's getting it twisted.  

Ja tells TMZ ... he and Ashanti he decided to change the original tour name, Natural Born Killers, because they concept it would be "insensitive to the families of the victims" of senseless violence.

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Vegetable Farmers Protest Against High Electricity Tariffs

Vegetable farmers in Denu in the Ketu-South District have embarked on a demonstration against high electricity tariffs which they said was driving them out of business.

The farmers, mostly men, depend on electricity to power their irrigation pumps.

They said they were unable to pay electricity bills, which had shot up from GHC120 to GHC700 a month and called for a special tariff regime to avert the collapse of the sector.

A similar protest was staged by vegetable farmers at Keta in June, this year.

Robert Kukpawu, Secretary, Ketu-South Vegetable Farmers Association, said some members of the Association have abandoned their farms due to high electricity bills, with only a few producing all year round to feed the nation.

The aggrieved farmers marched through the principal streets of the municipality with placards some of which read, “the bills are too much”, “we need special tariffs now.”

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Alumni Of University Basic School Donate To Alma Mater

Some former students of University Basic School, Legon (UBSL), have donated an assortment of sports equipment to their ‘alma mater’. They presented this during the school’s Nursery graduation and prefects’ handing-over ceremony for the primary division, held at the school’s premises on Tuesday.

Five year groups comprising the 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005 year groups came together to donate sporting equipment, which included brand new soccer training bibs, footballs and basketballs, to the sports department of UBSL.

During the donation, the spokesperson for the year groups, Nana Kwame Osei Fordjour said, “It’s always a privilege to visit our alma mater and get in touch with the teachers who taught us to be disciplined citizens of our great nation, to all the teachers of UBSL, I say “Ayekoo” on behalf of these year groups”. He went on to assure parents whose wards were students of the school that their children were in fine hands because majority of the teachers who taught him for close to two decades were the same teachers tutoring their wards.

Mr. Osei Fordjour went on to give the rationale behind the donation. “ Over the past four years, old students have made it point to come together and help the school in our own way, and this year we decided to help the sports department as a way of encouraging students to pursue their dreams in sports whiles studying”.

The Assistant Headmistress of the JHS at UBSL, Mrs. Christiana Armah, received the items on behalf of the school. She commended the old students for their kind gesture and encouraged them to take eager interest in the affairs of the school. “We are happy to see our old students from five different year groups coming together to help the school, the idea of it is so refreshing and we hope they will continue with their benevolent act in subsequent years,” he said.

The donation climaxes the UBS Alumni Games, an annual event that brings together old students of the University Basic School to engage in sporting activities. The event entered its fourth consecutive year this year with the 2005 UBS year group emerging as winners of the competition. Organizers of the event have promised to involve more year groups in 2017.

The event brought together diverse stakeholder groups comprising parents, members of management staff as well as the university community. Aside the graduation ceremony for outgoing nursery students, a new set of prefects in the primary school, were sworn into office by the Headmistress of the primary division, Mrs. Evelyn Lartey.

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'I Didn't Cheat On My Husband' - Cosby Show Star

Keshia Knight Pulliam broke down on Wednesday while discussing her surprise divorce from former pro football player Ed Hartwell and insisted she never cheated on him.

The 37-year-old actress announced via social media last week that she was pregnant and Hartwell filed for divorce days later to end their nearly seven-month marriage while also seeking a paternity test.

Pulliam in an emotional sit-down interview with ET at her home in Atlanta, Georgia said the situation was 'hurtful'.

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Khloe Kardashian's Ex Odom 'Hits Strip Clubs And Drinks Heavily After Ditching Intervention'

Their worlds could not be any more different at this point.

On Thursday a new clip for Keeping Up With The Kardashians showed Khloe Kardashian happy as she rides around in the back seat of a chauffeured 1957 convertible Chevy with best friend Malika Haqq in Cuba.

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Inside The Retirement Home For Mexican Sex Workers

These are the fantastic images of a retirement shelter for Mexico City's sex workers, where some of the most marginalized people in society can find safety and happiness. 

The Casa Xochiquetzal shelter is a government-run retirement community for the city's elderly sex workers.

As well as providing shelter, Casa Xochiquetzal offers community, health services and food to prostitutes who are no longer in a position to help themselves. 

The prostitutes are also helped discover their human rights and their self confidence. Also, counselling is available to support the women cope with the trauma of their years working in the sex industry.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Afghan Man Mutilates Pregnant Wife

A woman is critically ill in northern Afghanistan after her husband nearly beat her to death, and cut part of her genitals, family members say.

The incident happened in the Ashkamish district of Takhar province.

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Man Trapped In Deadly Floods Forced To Make AHard Choice - Save His Wife Or Mother...His Choice Cost Him

A man trapped in devastating floods was forced to make a split second decision - whether to save his mum or his wife.

At least 112 people dead and 91 others have gone missing as torrential rains swept through China.

The Daxian village was almost completely wiped out - but faced with the horrible choice one man in abandoned his wife to dash across town and save his mother.

He is now begging for his spouse's forgiveness after she dumped him.

The man left his home, where his wife, two kids and ailing father live, and bolted across his village to save his mum, leaving his other family members to fend for themselves.

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Anas Honoured In Massachusetts

Ace Investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas has been honored again, this time by the Mayor of Worcester in the United States.

The Mayor Joseph M. Petty also presented the investigative journalist with a key to the city.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas was part of many awardees who were honored for their achievements at their various fields of endeavor at the African Youth Excellence Awards which took place in Worcester (Massachusetts).

The Mayor congratulated him for his achievements in his journalism career, and touted the inspiration that he is to young people in a citation.

The African Youth Excellence Awards is one that highlights the accomplishments of young Africans who are making strides in art, education, information technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, and humanitarianism.

Abraham Attah the young Ghanaian actor was also honored at the event.

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Teenager Hits High Note After Celine Dion Shares Cover

A 17-year-old from Gabon has said he is "overwhelmed" after the Canadian pop star Celine Dion shared a video of him performing one of her hits.

The video of the boy, Samuel, singing The Power of Love while sitting on a staircase in Libreville, has attracted millions of views on Facebook.

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Barclays Warns Of Brexit Impact And Loss Of 'Passporting Rights'

Barclays has warned that the UK's decision to quit the European Union has increased the risk of recession and could seriously damage the global bank's business.

The lender said the likelihood of lower growth, higher unemployment and falling UK house prices 'would likely negatively impact a number of Barclays' portfolios  - most notably its mortgage offering. 

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Hilary Clinton Accepts Democratic Presidential Nomination (Watch Full Speech)

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Thursday the challenges facing Americans demand steady leadership and a collective spirit, contrasting her character with what she described as a “dangerous and volatile Donald Trump“.

In the biggest speech of her more than 25-year-old career in the public eye, Clinton accepted the Democratic presidential nomination for the November 8 election with a promise to make the U.S. a country that worked for everyone.

“We are clear-eyed about what our country is up against. But we are not afraid,” she said.

She presented a sharply more upbeat view of the country than her rival Trump did when he was formally nominated for president at last week’s Republican convention, and even turned one of Republican hero Ronald Reagan’s signature phrases against the real estate developer.

“He’s taken the Republican Party a long way, from ‘Morning in America’ to ‘Midnight in America,'” Clinton said.

“He wants to divide us â€" from the rest of the world, and from each other.”

She portrayed Trump as volatile, saying “a man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons”.

Clinton spoke authoritatively and with self-assurance in her pitch to the American public. She acknowledged some people still do not know her well.

“I get it that some people just don’t know what to make of me. So let me tell you. The family I’m from, well no one had their name on big buildings,” Clinton said in a reference to Trump.

She said her family were builders of a better life and a better future for their children, using whatever tools they had and “whatever God gave them.” 

Clinton said it would be her “primary mission” to create more opportunities and more fine jobs with rising wages, and to confront stark choices in battling determined enemies and “threats and turbulence” around the world and at home.

“America is once again at a moment of reckoning. Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart,” said Clinton, a former secretary of state.

“No wonder people are anxious and looking for reassurance â€" looking for steady leadership.”

Clinton, who is vying to be the first woman elected U.S. president, called her nomination “a milestone.”

“When any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone. That’s why when there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit,” the 68-year-old Clinton said in a speech that capped the four-day convention.

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Judge Steps Aside Over NACOB Contempt Case

Justice J K Dorgu, an Accra high court (Criminal Division) judge, has recused himself from hearing the contempt of court proceedings initiated against Akrasi Sarpong, Executive Secretary of the Narcotic Control Board (NACOB).

In the view of the judge, he was not sure he would be “unbiased,” particularly when his granting of bail to one Chief Sunny Ikechukwu Benjy Eke, 53, a businessman and his alleged accomplice, James Eleke Chukwu, 47, a second-hand clothes dealer, in a narcotic case, had been questioned.

He said the decision to recuse himself from the case follows the recent Montie FM contempt suit in which the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood and Justice Sulley Gbadegbe â€" to whom some of the contemptuous comments were directed â€" stepped aside from hearing the case.

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He said his name and his court were mentioned in a story in the June 20, 2016 edition of Daily Graphic which questioned his discretion over the bail granted the accused persons.

Justice Dorgu was emphatic that the case (contempt application) would be reverted to the court manager for reassignment to another court.

Chief Eke had been on remand at the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons since 2013 for allegedly attempting to smuggle 281,604 grams of liquid cocaine, with a street value of over $12.5 million, into the country.

The drug was allegedly concealed in a 40-footer container filled with 1,946 boxes of shampoo imported from Bolivia in South America.

The two were admitted to bail in the sum of GH¢200,000, with three sureties each on June 13, this year.


But Mr. Sarpong, unsatisfied with the bail, is quoted as having said that the terms for the bail were very unfortunate because Chief Eke is known to have jumped bail in Brazil; and all the international drug agencies were trailing him but could not arrest him until he was arrested in Ghana.

Mr. Sarpong argued that the judge, in using his discretion as required by law, should have considered the past record of the suspect, which was public knowledge.

The NACOB boss said the fight against trans-national organised crime is not for the security agencies alone, but the whole justice delivery system in the country.

He warned that if the suspect escaped, nobody should blame NACOB because the board would use meagre state resources to monitor him (suspect) as “he walks free on the streets of Accra, a situation which he could take advantage of to escape again.”

He said while the judiciary upheld the 1992 Constitution and the rule of law, there was the need to understand that the characters involved in trans-national organised crime, such as Chief Eke, could undermine democracy, promote impunity of the private sector against the public sector, engender corruption both in the public and the private sectors, as well as give cause for the rise of fake and wrong role models.

“For NACOB, the condition under which the accused was granted bail was not the best, judging from his past record of jumping bail. Besides, we are aware that the wheel of justice is a slow process, but no matter how slow it is, justice is more likely to prevail than injustice,” he said.


However, lawyers for the suspects â€" Augustines Obour and K. K Amoah, urged the court to convict the NACOB boss, who was in court yesterday for contempt.

Obour wondered if Mary Mensah, the author of the said article, had been served to appear before the court for contempt.

It said it was necessary Mr. Sarpong be dragged before the court to purge himself of the charge.

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Chrissy Teigen Shares Cute Snapchat Of Daughter Luna With Her Shirtless Dad

Going by that smile, she loves being in front of the camera as much as her mom.

Little Luna Legend lit up Chrissy Teigen's Snapchat with a heartwarming grin on Thursday.

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Re-Registration Of NHIS Card Holders Ends

The re-registration exercise for more than 56,000 people whose names were deleted from the voters register for registering with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) cards officially came to an end yesterday.

The exercise, which started on Monday, July 18, was characterised by low patronage.

Checks by The Ghanaian Times at some district electoral offices at Adentan and Madina in Accra revealed that 50 voters out of 169 had re-registered at Adentan as at 1 p.m. while several others were in a queue to beat the deadline.

At Madina in the La-Nkwantang-Madina Municipality 45 out of 180 had re-registered, with 112 out of 508 taking part in the exercise in the Dome Kwabenya Constituency in Ga East as at  2 p.m.

From Cape Coast, Jonathan Donkor reports that only a little above 5,000 out of 14, 789 National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) card holders in the Central Region, whose names were deleted from the electoral roll, had re-registered as of Wednesday, the penultimate day of the nationwide re-registration exercise

The Regional Director of the commission, Mrs. Philomena Edusei, who disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times in an interview on Thursday, the last day of the exercise,  was however optimistic that the gap could be closed at the end of the day.

It is recalled that the Supreme Court, in its ruling on July 5, 2016, directed the EC to delete the names of all NHIS registrants and to provide such persons the opportunity to re-register after the commission was sued over the use of the NHIS card for voter registration.

Accordingly, the EC deleted the names of 56,722 persons who registered with NHIS cards from the electoral roll and gave them the opportunity to register again from Monday July 18 to Thursday July 28, 2016.

Giving statistics on the deletion of NHIS registrants in the region, Mrs. Edusei said the Efutu Municipality with the highest of 5,267 deletions out 4, 7048 voters had re-registered more than 2,000 voters.

The Hemang Lower Denkyira District which  recorded the lowest deletion of seven out of 33,312 voters had re-registered five persons while Cape Coast Metropolis, the regional capital recorded 1,046 deletions out of 105,065, had re-registered more than 300 people.

On the ongoing voter register exhibition exercise aimed at enabling registered voters to verify their information and to make corrections where necessary, she could not readily give the number of persons who have checked their names but said the exercise was gradually picking up.

She called on registered voters who have not checked their names to do so before the exercise ends on Sunday, August 7. Out of 2,480 exhibition centres in the region, 183 are in Cape Coast.

When the Ghanaian Times visited Cape Coast Metropolitan Office of the EC as of 1:30pm the EC officer, Mr. Richard Asenso disclosed that only about 20 persons had registered, contrary to the expectation that many people would troop in on the last day of the exercise.

The Western Regional Directorate of the Electoral Commission (EC), reports that the reply for voters who registered with NHIS cards to re-register, has been very sluggish and not encouraging reports Clement Adzei Boye.

It said since the beginning of the exercise   about  two weeks ago, it was only this week that  showed  some signs of  enthusiasm, even though slow.

As at Wednesday, 944 out of 2,314 who used NHIS cards, had re-registered with the EC offices.

Giving the  update in an interview  with The Ghanaian Times, the  Regional Director of EC, Mr. Stephen Opoku-Mensah,  said earlier  acknowledgement had not been encouraging  explaining that prospective voters  came rushing in on Wednesday  and Thursday  improving the trend.

“As at close of work on Wednesday, we were left with 1,370 voters to register and we hope as we close yesterday we would get more registering. In the Jomoro District, for example, we had seven names deleted and only one person had come to our office for the exercise.”

On the exhibition exercise, Mr. Opoku-Mensah told The Ghanaian Times 37,843 out of 1,590,232 voters had checked and confirmed their names, describing the trend as encouraging.

He said the reports represented about 24 per cent of the total voters in the region and hoped the figure would be double before the end of the exercise.

“We should not wait for August 7 to come; we should not wait for the 11th hour; there’s nothing like that. Clearly, this is the first time the commission had declared 21 days of exhibition,” the director said.

The Biometric Verification Devices, he reported were working effectively.

Meanwhile, the EC was scheduled to brief the media today on matters arising from the re-registration exercise for the deleted NHIS card registrants.

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Equal Attention Be Given To Health, Education And Agriculture - Minister

Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna, Minister of Food and Agriculture, has called on Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives to desist from prioritizing education and health to neglect of agriculture.

He said this is because, “there is a link between high performance in the agricultural sector and its benefits on the health and educational sector.”

“When farmers can provide three square meals for their families, malnutrition will be history. When farmers increase their income, they can afford to send their children for higher education,” he said.

Alhaji Limuna, who said this at the launch of the Ghana Agricultural Sector Investment Programme (GASIP), in Ho, said conversely, “when agriculture is not doing well, children are withdrawn from school to do all kinds of work for survival,” with hospitals choked with malnutrition related sicknesses.

He said he was not against the attention given to health and education but was advocating for equal funding for the agriculture by the assemblies.

Alhaji Limuna said it was quite prudent that as the assemblies removed schools under trees and constructed clinics, they should “at least” provide basic logistics for staff of the Department of Agriculture to do their work.

He said the disinterest of the Assemblies’ Chief Executives was so loud that, some have refused to recognize the Department of Agriculture as part of their decentralized institutions adding that this attitude has to change.

Alhaji Limuna said for instance tractors and their accessories and combine harvesters have been cleared with many more expected for farmers in the country this shows that government was interested in the progress of the agricultural sector.

He urged farmers to register with extension officers to benefit from the fertilizer subsidy programme.

Alhaji Limuna said GASIP, designed to be private sector led initiative, would facilitate and promote agribusiness and support address challenges in the sector.

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Kenyan Prostitute Caught Stealing Client's Valuables (Photos)

A Nairobi prostitute was allegedly caught stealing her client's valuables after she drugged him. When the man said to be a Kenyatta University student became unconscious, the prostitute gathered every electronic gadget in his house. However, luck ran out on her as she was nabbed by vigilant neighbours.

They tied her up as they waited for the police to arrive.

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Nigerians, Zimbabweans Face Execution For Drug Crimes In Indonesia

Indonesia has confirmed it will execute 14 people on death row for drug crimes in the coming days.

UN human rights officials have expressed concern over the planned executions, urging Jakarta to put an end to "unjust" capital punishment.

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Lost And Found Property. Police Invites Owner Of Lost Marijuana To Step Forward And Claim

The Cheltenham Township Police Department in Pennsylvania is seeking to do their civic duty and return a block of lost marijuana to its rightful owner.

The department shared a photo of the weed alongside a post that read:

"Found Property!
Good morning neighbors. Earlier this week, one of our residents called CTPD when they received a package they weren't expecting. With no name on the box, officers checked the package for any indication of ownership. What we found was surprising to say the least. 2 kilo's of high (get it?) quality marijuana. We're pretty sure someone, somewhere is missing their delivery. If you are that person, please feel free to stop by the station to claim it. We'll be waiting. Stay safe!"

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Elephant Killings In Africa 'Stabilise' But Threat Continues

The rapid growth in the illegal killing of African elephants seen since 2006 seems to have stabilised and may be decreasing.

Two new reports indicate that across the continent, the numbers of elephants being killed for ivory has slowed.

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Bill Clinton Caught Sleeping During Hillarys Historic DNC Speech

Bill Clinton was caught snoozing during his wife’s nomination speech at the Democratic National Convention on July 28!

It looks like it was way past the former President’s bedtime!

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Prisoners Files Burnt

DOCUMENTS CONTAINING the jailed terms and other critical information about some prisoners at the Kumasi Central Prison have been burnt, creating administrative problems for officials of the penitentiary.

Ashanti Regional Minister, John Alexander Ackon, who made the disclosure, said the documents got burnt when some inmates of the prisons attempted a jail break at the facility, about a year ago.

According to him, the prison officials in the region are now consulting relevant bodies, mainly the Ashanti Regional Police Command to get the information covering the prisoners to streamline their operations.

Mr Ackon implored the police and other stakeholders, to co-operate fully so as to support the regional prison officials secure the information to make the management of the prison easier.

The Ashanti Regional Minister was speaking when Mr. Prosper Bani, Minister of Interior and the IGP, John Kudalor, who are on a working tour of the region, visited him in his office on Wednesday morning.

He disclosed that about 639 inmates are currently on remand at the Kumasi Central Prison, lamenting that the ancient-looking prison facility is currently congested, with its attendant health problems for inmates.

Mr Ackon said the concept of relocating the Kumasi Central Prison from the heart of Kumasi, should be given the utmost attention, saying that the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who owns all lands in the region, could play a major role.

He said the Fulani cow menace at Asante Akim Agogo is a national problem which needs multi-sectoral approach, commending the Ashanti Regional Police Command, for working assiduously to combat crime in the region.

Mr. Prosper Bani, for his part, saluted the Ashanti Regional Police Command for working tirelessly to reduce crime in the region, stressing the need for the police to shun complacency and uphold hard work.

He charged all relevant security agencies in the region to work hard to ensure that the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections would be calm in the region and the country at large.

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US Election: US Faces 'Moment Of Reckoning' - Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has told voters the presidential election is a "moment of reckoning", as she made history by accepting the Democratic nomination.

Speaking on the final night of the party's convention in Philadelphia, the first woman nominated by a major party said there were huge challenges.

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Rent Control Locks Up Offices As CLOGSAG Strike Bites, Tenants Angry

Hundreds of complainants who visited the Rent Control Department near Tema Station in Accra were yesterday mad and disappointed because the offices were locked up due to the biting strike by the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG).

According to the inflamed customers, officers of the department gave them notices and dates to appear for adjudication of cases or in some instances settlement, but they met empty offices.

As at 7 am yesterday, there were more than hundred people at the premises stranded. The department had on its notice board the inscription ‘CLOGSAG Strike, the fight for Interim Premium Allowances is on.’

According to the notice, the strike began on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 and will persist until further notice.

When Daily heritage got to the premises of the regional office of the department near the Tema Station, the main gate to the building was locked up with padlock with red flags hanged around the premises.

Speaking to the paper in an interview, Mr. Eric Siame, a complainant told the paper that they came to the department on June 29 last month and were told to reappear yesterday only to get there to meet their absence.

Mr. Siame said what worried him was the fact that he travelled all the way from Ablekuma and hoped to have his case settled.

A middle-aged woman from Nungua, Naa Ashorkor said two weeks ago when she came to the department they gave her yesterday to hear her case.

“From what is happening now, I don’t know when they will call us again or resume from the strike. Only God knows what will happen in the house today,” she stated.

It would be recalled that CLOGSAG on July 27, 2016 intensified its strike action after what they described as government’s failure to include them in the processes of determining the Interim Premium.

“The national secretariat of CLOGSAG wished to state categorically that negotiations with government on Interim Premium have not been conclusive and because of that all our members nationwide should go on strike till further notice.”

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I Love Nothing More Than Seeing Kim Kardashian's Hourglass Figure Naked - Kanye West

Kanye West has admitted that he loves nothing more than seeing Kim Kardashian's hourglass figure naked - but it's what's inside that matters most to him.

The musician gushed about his deep his love of his wife's well known nude selfies before naming her 'heart' as his favourite body part, in the next breath.

The power couple share their second ever joint fashion cover in the 'ICONS' issue of Harper's BAZAAR this September, pulling together a suitably sensual shoot to go alongside it.


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NDC Holds Vigil For Jailed Montie 3 [PHOTOS]

A vigil was on Thursday evening held for the Salifu Maase aka Mugabe, a presenter at the NDC affiliated radio station and two others Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn, who were sentenced to four months imprisonment by the Supreme Court.

The event brought together a large number of NDC supporters who thronged the premises of Montie FM in Accra in solidarity with the jailed members.

Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn, who were panelist on the Pampaso show were found guilty of scandalizing the court, defying and lowering the authority of the Supreme Court and bringing it into disrepute.

The two on June 29, warned judges of Ghana’s highest court to be wary of their conduct in the case involving the Electoral Commission and Mr Abu Ramadan if they did not want to suffer the fate of the three members of the bench who were shot to death and burnt on June 30, 1982 in the era of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC).

The Supreme Court handed a four months jail term each to the three men. They were additionally fined GHC 10,000 each payable by Thursday July 28, which failure to pay will attract another one month imprisonment.

Meanwhile, the NDC  ensured that the good was paid by close of Thursday in compliance with orders of the Supreme Court.

By Ghana Leaks Blog

Ghana Safer With Montie 3 Behind Bars

A security Analyst, Adib Saani has said that Ghana’s security will improve with the incarceration of the Montie trio.

Reacting to the court ruling that saw the Supreme Court hand a four-month prison sentence to the Host of the ‘Pampaso’ political show an Accra-based Montie FM, Salifu Maase, alias Mugabe, and the two panelists, Alistair Nelson, and Godwin Ako Gunn, for threatening to kill judges of the Supreme Court during a radio discussion, he noted that the sentences would deal a big blow to the culture of impunity rocking Ghanaian society, hence improve our security in the run up to the December election.

Saani described radio stations such as Montie and other radio stations as treading the same path as Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLMC), which stoked the 1994 Rwandan genocide that resulted in the deaths of nearly a million Tutsis and moderate Hutus. “In the end, according to estimates in a study by a Harvard University Researcher, 9.9% of the participation in the genocidal violence was due to the broadcasts. The estimate of the study suggests that approximately 51,000 deaths were caused by the station’s broadcasts” Saani noted.

According to Saani, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) since the beginning of a campaign dubbed ‘Language Monitoring Project’ this year, Montie FM has recorded a total of 40 incidents of indecent expressions, the highest among all the stations being monitored. In its findings for the period April 18-30, 2016, the report identified one Mugabe Massie, host of Montie FM’s Pampaso programme to have made a remark endorsing violence on the April 29, 2016 edition of the programme when discussing an alleged bussing of people to Dome Kwabenya. In the same report, it identified 22 cases of unsavory remarks on Montie FM and 15 on Oman FM.

He, however, bemoaned the practice where people swarm court premises to help wrongdoers, describing their actions as unpatriotic and not fine for our democracy. “It beats my imagination to see some Ghanaians invading court premises, chant war songs and attack journalists in the name of supporting their own, when these guys have pleaded guilty, meaning they accept that they indeed did wrong”, Saani lamented.

Saani blamed it on the politicization of almost all national issues that has invariably polarized the country. He called on all to look at issues of national interest from a neutral perspective, rather than with political lenses because it has nothing to do with NDC or NPP, but our democracy.

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