Sunday, December 31, 2017

NADMO Cautions New Year Celebrants Against Burning Used Tyres

Gradually the year 2017 has almost come to an end as we bid it farewell tonight with various activities.

We want to thank all Ghanaians, especially our clients and partners in the important assignment of preventing and managing disasters in the country.

It has been observed over the years that among the various activities New Year celebrants usually engage in is the burning of used tyres along our roads.

They carry out this environmentally unfriendly activity under the superstitious belief of driving away the evil forces that militated against their progress and prosperity in the previous year.

This practice is very inimical to our environment as well as human health in view of the release of risky toxic waste into the atmosphere. It also has unsafe ramifications for our butiminious roads that are constructed with the nation's scarce resources.

The National Disaster Management Organization is therefore cautioning all and sundry, especially New Year revellers, to stay away from this unsafe practice.

We want to encourage all to work hard with determination wherever they find themselves as that is the surest way to guarantee progress and prosperity.

Eric Nana Agyeman-Prempeh
Director General

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Man Drowns After Falling Into River While Taking Selfie In Kenya

A man drowned after he fell into Molo River while taking a selfie on Friday evening.

Confirming the incident, Rongai OCPD Japheth Kioko said Mr Alvise Kiprotich 26, accompanied by his three friends, were trying to cross Kipterere view point near Salgaa trading centre.

"One of them accidentally fell into Molo River as they took a selfie and was swept away, said Mr Kioko.

He said efforts by his friends to rescue him were futile.

Mr Kioko said efforts to retrieve the body were called off Friday evening and resumed Saturday.

The search for the body is ongoing.

Divers from the area and Naivasha are involved in the search.

The deceased father, Mr Henry Kilel who hails from Lelechwet village in Rongai, Nakuru said his son was humble and hardworking.

"I have really lost a hardworking and passionate son who was loved by everyone in the family, he said.

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Special TV Licence Courts To Operate From January 4, 2018

Special TV Licence Courts to commence sitting every Thursday with effect from 4th January, 2018, has been approved by the Chief Justice.

They will adjudicate TV licence cases in all the regions, sitting from 8:30am to 4:00pm, a letter addressed to the Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) by the Judiciary Secretary, Justice Alex Poku-Acheampong has said.

The letter dated December 11, was in acknowledgement to an earlier one by the GBC to the CJ in November requesting for the designation of special courts to adjudicate TV licence cases.

The letter reads in part:

We write to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 6th November, 2017 in respect of the above-mentioned subject.

This is to inform you that the Honourable Lady Chief Justice has granted your request for the establishment of Special TV Licence Courts as indicated in the attached document.

The Courts located in the regions are to sit every Thursday with effect from 4th January, 2018 until otherwise directed. The time for the Court sitting is 8:30am to 4:00pm.

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Weah Gets More Congrats

More African leaders are extending congratulations to the newly elected president of Liberia, George Weah.

Among others, Senegal President Macky Sall. Burkina Fasos Roch Marc Kabore and Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon. The UN chief Antonio Guterres has also expressed joy at democratic strides made by Liberia.

Final results of the poll runoff gave him 61.5% of votes as he beat vice president Joseph Boakai. VP Boakai has since conceded defeat and congratulated the former world footballer of the year for his victory.

The Secretary-General notes that the conclusion of peaceful, transparent, free and fair elections confirms Liberias steady march towards lasting peace, stability and development, a statement by his spokesman said.

Former soccer star George Weah has been declared winner of Liberias presidential runoff vote held on December 26.

According to the National Elections Commission (NEC) Weah, 51, had garnered 61% of valid votes cast from 98.1% of votes tallied. He is officially president elect and will take over from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

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The Professor, His Ghanaian Wife And The Photo Everyone Is Talking About

A photograph of a Scottish academic with his Ghanaian wife has provoked a conversation on social media about interracial relationships.

On 26 December, the Honorary Consul for Ethiopia in Scotland, Professor John Struthers, shared an image on Twitter of himself and his wife Justina attending the Queen's garden party in Edinburgh in July.

The image shows Professor Struthers, wearing a kilt, standing beside his wife in a dress made from traditional Ghanaian Kente cloth, and was accompanied with a post about fighting racism.

"I idea I would share. We've had disapproving looks, 'We are full', 'Is that your wife ' and many more actions questioning our relationship over the last 40-plus years," he tweeted.

"We haven't wavered! The best way of fighting racism is living your life, standing tall and educating. #Diversity"

Professor Struthers' words about being in an interracial relationship have resonated with thousands of people, generating 17,000 retweets and more than 52,000 likes.

Commenting on the reaction he said: "Responses to the tweet have been heart-warming and overwhelming."

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Zimbabwean Family Stranded In Bangkok Airport For Months

No-one really enjoys a long airport stopover, but for one Zimbabwean family, Bangkok's main airport has been home for nearly three months.

According to the Thai immigration bureau, the four children under 11 and four adults arrived in Bangkok in May, but are refusing to return to Zimbabwe for fear of persecution.

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The Hope Journey Puts Smiles On Faces In Addo Nkwanta

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The famous lsquo;sankofa rsquo; principle revolves around the revival of the communal Spirit we once had as people of African descent, where we loved and cared for each other and even strangers. In recent times, crime and violence has led to the dying out of this communal spirit. The Hope Journey, an association made of Young Christia ...

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Mornah Goes All Out To Stage Ghana-Togo Solidarity Rally

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The Chairman of the People 39;s National Convention (PNC) and Convener of the Ghana-Togo Solidarity movement, Bernard Mornah, has led his group to stage another rally in Accra to draw the attention of local and international authorities to the political crisis in Togo. bernar ...

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Vin Diesel Named 2017's Biggest Box Office Draw

Film fans spent more money on tickets to see Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot than any other actors in 2017, box office data shows.

Forbes has put Diesel and The Rock top of its list of the year's top-grossing actors, largely thanks to the success of The Fate of the Furious.

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Police Apprehend Seven Suspected Armed Robbers At Asankrangwa

Seven young men are in the grips of the Asankragwa District Police Command for alleged robbery.

They are Ayipah, 21, Emmanuel Sonata, 22, Silas Bota, 24, Amos Coffie, 21, Thomas Adu, 20, Kwabena Ayarko, 23 and Daniel Obiri Korang, 24, all small scale miners.

Briefing the Ghana News Agency, the Asankragwa District Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mr Kingsley Owusu-Bempah said on December 24, at about 2130 hrs, Mr Kwabena Yeboah, a businessman at Asankragwa came to the charge office in a Mitsubishi Pick-up with bullet holes in the wind screen and reported that whilst on his way from Moseaso to Asankragwa, about seven armed men ordered him to stop.

He said when Mr Yeboah failed to comply, the armed men started firing gun shots and some of the bullets hit his wind screen but he managed to escape.

Based on the information, DSP Owusu-Bempah said the police begun its investigation and on the same day at 2140 hrs, the police had a tip-off that three young men had gone to the Catholic hospital at Asankragwa with gunshot wounds on the thigh of one of them.

He said the police went to the hospital and arrested Ayipah, Sonata and Bota.

The District Police Commander said during investigations the police detected that the three suspects were among the robbers who had attacked Mr Yeboah and that whiles firing at the victim, a bullet hit one of the suspects.

DSP Owusu-Bempah said the suspects then mentioned names of their accomplices.

He said on December 25, with the support of the Moseaso watch committee, the police managed to arrest Coffie, Adu, Ayarko and Obiri Korang.

The suspects then lead the police to the outskirts of Moseaso, near the cemetery and they retrieved two out of the three guns they used in carrying out the operation.

He said the police were making tireless efforts to recover the remaining guns and that the suspects are still in detention as investigations continues.

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FDA Warns Against Importation, Sale Of Unregistered Products

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has cautioned manufacturers and importers against the importation, sale and distribution of unregistered products.

A statement signed by Mrs Delese A.A Darko, Ag. Chief Executive Officer of FDA and copied to the Ghana News Agency, reminded all manufacturers and importers that the importation, sale and distribution of unregistered regulated products contravened the Public Health Act 2012, Act 851.

The Act indicates that a person shall not manufacture, import, export, distribute, sell or supply or expose any regulated product for sale unless the Authority has registered the product.

These products include alcoholic beverages, orthodox medicines, food supplements, herbal medicines, cosmetics, medical devices, household chemicals, Tobacco and Tobacco products.

The statement said effective January 1, 2018 the FDA would strictly apply the appropriate administrative charges for the importation, sale and distribution of unregistered regulated products as per the Fees and Charges (Amendment Instrument, 2013, LI. 2206), which classifies the offenses into Low-risk products, Medium risk products, and High risk products.

The statement urged all manufacturers, importers, distributers, wholesalers and retailers of FDA's regulated products to take note of the directive and comply accordingly.

The statement urged the public to patronise only registered products.

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Thai Fraudster Sentenced To 13,275 Years In Prison

A Thai court has sentenced a fraudster to more than 13,000 years in prison.

Pudit Kittithradilok, 34, admitted running a Ponzi scheme whereby he promised investors artificially high financial returns.


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President Akufo-Addos Torchlight Is Media - MCE

Felix Mensah Nii Annang-La, the Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive has stated that the Ghanaian and international media are the Judges that can aptly measure the performance of the New Patriotic Party and not the opposition.

It is laughable for the opposition to equate the first year of the NPP government to corruption, when the ordinary person knows what we have done so far.

Nii Annang-La who was speaking to the at the sidelines of an end of year press soiree that he organised for the inky fraternity in Tema pointed out that You the media are like the torchlight of President Akufo-Addo, that is why every allegation of corruption against any of his appointees that is reported by the media is thoroughly investigated by the President. Many examples abound, but the BOST 5million litre oil sale allegation and the recent expatriate awards brouhaha are examples which the President instituted investigation teams on.

You the media being the eyes of the President, query yourself if this government has really been corrupt; which corrupt government openly investigates allegations against its own appointees the MCE asked rhetorically.

He said rather than allow itself to be misled by the opposition parties, the media should independently analyse issues for itself and take a position based on facts and not propaganda.

Any objective observer knows that this government has been one of the most transparent, because it is a government that moves quickly to investigate its own appointees whenever allegations arise,Felix Annang-La said.

He said in addition to the BOST and the Ghana expatriates awards allegations, the Akufo-Addo government had also investigated two Deputy Chiefs of Staff over thievery allegations by musician Kwame ‘A Plus, where the musician eventually withdrew the allegation.

The same administration has also investigated an alleged over bloated contract that the predecessor government had signed with an offshore Energy company, AMERI.

The MCE urged the media to disregard the propaganda by the opposition and rather check the reality of President Akufo-Addos government.

The Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive thanked the Ghanaian media for playing its watchdog role over the past year excellently, saying in the coming year the Akufo-Addo government would more than welcome more scrutiny.

The Chief Executive commended the media in Tema for their assistance throughout the year and attributed the achievements of the Assembly partly to the performance of the Media

He expressed surprise at the huge crowd that turned up for the soiree and promised to continue collaborating with the media in the coming year to pursue the interest of Tema.

Among them was Mr. Frank Asante, the PRO for the TMA, Dr. Richard Fiadomor, immediate past Presiding Member for the TMA, Mr. Ian Okwei, a media practitioner and government appointee to the TMA and Mr. Patrick Laweh Atitiati, current Presiding Member of the TMA.

Also at the ceremony were Mr. Dominic Hlordzie, Tema Chapter President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Mr Hlordzie who outlined the role of the media in the success story of TMA and acknowledged the commendation of the MCE.

He commended the MCE for promising to collaborate with the media in Tema in succeeding years.

He appealed to the TMA to provide the GJA chapter an office for them to hold their activities and socialization there.

On illegal light fishing in Tema, the MCE explained that the practice was in reply to the warmness of the water surface as a result of recent oil exploratory activities.

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 NCCE And JCI Ghana Signs Mou On The Implementation And Promotion Of A National Active Citizens Campaign

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December 29, 2017 - Junior Chamber International (JCI) Ghana and the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate for the implementation and promotion of a National Active Citizens Campaign among the youth in Ghana. The National Commission for Civic Education is an ...

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Hon. Mrs. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi celebrates Christmas with Children in Huni-Valley.

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Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources and MP for Prestea Huni -Valley wined and dined with kids in Huni Valley township and surrounding communities on Thursday 28th December 2017. The party that fed over thousand kids at the Huni Valley Community Center was a memorable one with both the MP and MCE taking to the dance floor to share in ...

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Barbara Gyasi celebrates Christmas with kids in Huni-Valley

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Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for the Prestea-Huni Valley Constituency of the Western wined and dined with kids in Huni Valley township and its surrounding communities on Thursday 28th December 2017. The party that fed over thousand kids at the Huni Valley Community Center was a memorable one w ...

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Prez Buhari's Son Flown Abroad After Horrific Accident

Yusuf Buhari, son of Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, has been flown to Germany for medical treatment local media sources are reporting.

The presidency on Wednesday confirmed that Yusuf had been involved in a bike accident in the capital Abuja. He is said to have broken a limb and sustained a head injury.

He had subsequently undergone surgery at an Abuja clinic and was said to be in stable condition. The latest development indicates that there is the need for further attention.

Since the news of the incident was reported, Nigerians have expressed their prayers for the first family and offered their prayers for Yusufs speedy recovery.

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FDA Takes Food Safety Education To Homes In Upper Denkyira West District

True to its unwavering determination to protect and promote public safety, the Central Regional Office of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has extended its public education to cover homes in the Upper Denkyira West District.

The move formed part of the FDA's stepped-up surveillance to reach every corner in the Region to check the illegal activities of some food and drug vendors and peddlers who were crooked on making huge profits at the expense of the quality of health of the populace.

Mr John Odai-Tettey, the Acting Regional Head of the Authority who led a team to the area, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview that the public must strictly adhere to all food and drugs safety precautions to safeguard their health.

He particularly advised consumers of pre-packaged and frozen foods, to watch out for expired products on the market before, during and after the Christmas peak sales.

As part of the visit, the FDA team took turns to educate the people through the various information service centres and cautioned consumers to be wary of illegal activities by checking every product they purchased to find its expiry date and FDA endorsement.

The FDA also charged the general public to refrain from patronizing unregistered herbal concoctions, buying medicines from unapproved places like information centres, lorry stations and on vehicles and using dented, bloated and rusted cans and fake or expired products,.

The team alerted consumers to make sure that the products they purchased were labelled in English, with manufacturers names embossed on them.

In addition to that, they also used video documentaries to educate and advised the people from various communities on the dire consequences of using unregistered and unwholesome food or drug substances.

The team assured that the FDA will intensify its mass sensitisation programmes and markets surveillance to significantly reduce the menace of unscrupulous persons selling unregistered, unwholesome and unregulated food, drugs, cosmetic, medical devices and household chemicals substances throughout the Region.

It offered the citizenry and groups the opportunity to query questions that agitated their minds to enable them understand the work of the FDA to protect food and drugs safety across the country.

Besides that the Authority trained some sachet water producers in the area on fine manufacturing practices (GMP) among other best practices to ensure cleanliness in water production at all times.
Nonetheless, the team also moved quickly to seize some unregistered herbal medicines and food supplements that were being sold to the public at Diaso.

The Acting Regional Head confirmed that the FDA could not guarantee the safety, quality and efficacy of unregistered substances when consumed.

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We Are Here To Deliver – Mampong MCE Assures Citizens

The Mampong Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Thomas Appiah Kubi has assured the people of Asante Mampong and its environs that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration was poised to deliver on all of its manifesto promises, and nothing could sway their focus.

He gave the assurance at a Mampong town hall meeting organized by the Information Services Department and the Municipal Assembly.

The town hall meeting, an initiative under the Ministry of Information was to educate the citizens on government policies and programmes and solicit their views on the governance system. It was initiated to bring governance to the door step of the citizenry and give them the opportunity to query their leaders relevant questions pertaining to the municipality.
The Municipal Chief Executive used the occasion to reiterate the call by the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo that Ghanaians everywhere were to be active participants not spectators.

He enumerated a number of projects undertaken during his seven months stay in office in 2017.

Notable among them were the construction of septic tank at Mampong Hospital.

• Twenty (20) seater KVIP at Krobo funded with the District Assembly Common Fund.

• Roofing of eighteen (18) unit teachers bungalow at Kyekyere also with District Assembly Common Fund.

• Construction of four (4) unit classroom block for Agyei Frimpong primary school at Daaho.

• Construction of eight (8) unit classroom block for Bunoso M/A primary with District Assembly Common Fund.

• Police station at Adudwan funded with District Development Fund.

• Nyinampong chips compound which is at the roofing stage with funding from the 1 million dollars for 1 constituency initiative.

• Construction of six (6) unit classroom block at P.S.K. also funded from the 1 million dollars for 1 constituency initiative.

• Construction of six (6) unit classroom at Kofiase for Damascus primary school with funding for District Development Fund.

• Construction of drains and resealing of Mampong markets

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3 Wounded In Robbery Of Mobile Money Agent At Sahara

Three persons, including an 11-year-old boy, sustained gunshot wounds after a robbery incident at Sahara, a suburb of Accra on Thursday afternoon.

According to residents, the robbers who stormed the shop of a mobile money vendor, shot at him while he was running away from the shop.

Details of the robbery are still sketchy.

One of the residents, whose son was shot, told Citi News that the injured persons were rushed to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital hospital, where they are receiving treatment.

When Citi News Kojo Agyeman later visited the Hospital, none of the injured were in the position to speak, as doctors were operating on them.

We were at home on our porch when we heard that our neighbor with the mobile money shop was in trouble. There were children at around and we told them to stay put, she narrated.

My sister knew the shop where the incident was taking place so she said she was going to check it out. She got to the place and some warning shots were fired. My sister was wounded in the hand and in the leg. Another guy was also wounded.

We rushed them to the hospital; three of them. My child was also shot, my child of 11 years, she added.

She noted that she caught a glimpse of the robbers, and that all but one had their faces covered, with one of them wearing a motorbike helmet.

It is believed the robbers made away with all the money from the Mobile Money Agent.

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Ghana's Ambassador To Russia Meets Special Rep

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Moscow, Dec 27, GNA - The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Mr Mikhail Bogdanov, says Russia and Ghana are building stronger economic ties and have identified new areas that could raise the level of economic cooperation. For instance, he said, through the framework of t ...

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Child Trafficking Victims Receive GHC27, 800 From Otiko

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As part of efforts to ensure maximum protection, care and proper rehabilitation of rescued victims of trafficking in Ghana, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisah Djaba has presented an amount of GHS27, 800.00 to children of some shelters in Greater Accra and Central Regions. The Minister presented separate ...

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Operation Vanguard So Far So Good---Akufo-Addo

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President Nana Akufo-Addo has described as successful, the work of Operation Vanguard, the team tasked to enforce the government 39;s campaign against illegal mining activities in the country. According to the President, although few challenges have been recorded, the operation has largely been worthwhile. Operation Vanguard was launc ...

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017 Christmas worst ever in Ghana under Akufo-Addo government - Sammy Gyamfi

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A leading member of the opposition National Democratic Congress 39;s (NDC 39;s) communication team member, Sammy Gyamfi has described this year 39;s Christmas celebration under Akufo-Addo led government as the worst ever celebration in the history of Ghana. In a press statement issued on Thursday, December 28, 2017 and copied to the me ...

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ICGC Horeb Temples 4th Jesus Kids Rally Fetes Over 2,500 Kids

Over 2,500 children on Boxing Day, December 26, converged on International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Horeb Temple at Weija, Accra, for the 4th edition of the churchs Jesus Kids Rally.

The rally, since 2014, has seen a sharp increase, as kids from the church are joined by many others in the immediate environs and beyond, to have fun games, study the word of God and eat to their satisfaction.

The kids were clothed in branded Jesus Kids T-Shirts, and beyond all the fun games such as bouncy castle, football, drama dancing competition, musical chairs, skipping rope, seesaw among others, some were also given gifts such as toy watches, spectacles, and also served lunch.

The joyous event for the kids between ages 4-15, was live on Facebook on Jesus Kids Foundation's official Facebook Page.

In 2016, the event attracted over 1, 500 kids, as against 813 kids who turned up in 2015.

The 2017 event as usual could not have been successful without the influence of volunteers, who numbered 297 at this years event.

They rendered services such as registration of the kids, cooking and serving of meals, teaching the kids the word of God, providing security, cleaning and general supervision of all activities of the day.

Of great significance was the fact that about 100 kids gave their lives to Jesus Christ during an altar call.

Head Pastor of the church, Pastor Daniel Sowah, said the church uses the event as an evangelism tool to reach out to the children in the community, and draw them to Christ.

He explained that children are critical to the Kingdom of God and to nation building, explaining that children form the next generation, and hence efforts must be made to hone their skills and talent, whiles giving them the platform to express themselves and be confident.

He urged churches to focus more on nurturing Children in Gods word in order to bring out a new generation of morally upright youth to save the country from corruption and other ills that threaten its development.

Pastor Daniel Sowah said No kid is a horrible boy or girl. They are all precious jewels to Jehovah adding that some are introverts, whereas others are extroverts.

He thus urged parents and guardians to take note of their kids individual strengths and weaknesses, to support them transform into responsible adults with God at the center of their lives.

In his closing remarks, he expressed the hope that the event will grow to become a larger national event that will reach out to many more kids in the years to come.

He urged the kids to find Gods presence and his word useful at all times, and show respect to the elderly, avoid terrible company and indecent language.

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Three Persons Perish At Ajakaa Near Enchi On Boxing Day

Three persons were confirmed dead on December 26, Boxing Day, when an unregistered Apsonic motorbike transporting them ram into a Hyundai Mighty vehicle loaded with seventy bags of dried cocoa beans.

The deceased made up of a female and two males died on the spot and have been identified as Daavi, 28, and Solomon Addo, 18, both unemployed and Stephen Mantey, a 32 year-old taxi driver.

The incident happened at Ajakaa, a suburb of Enchi, in the Aowin district.

Superintendent of Police Raymond Kofi Erzuah, District Police Commander of Enchi, disclosed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency.

He said at about 19.10 hours on December 26, the suspect driver, David Boateng, 34, who hails from New Ayakese, near Enchi was driving a Hyundai Mighty vehicle with registration number GS-1330-11 belonging to a cocoa buying company from Mortso towards Ajakaa.

He said on reaching the outskirt of Ajakaa, Boateng alleged the vehicle run out of fuel and therefore he pulled up and parked offside of his lane.

Superintendent Erzuah said the unregistered motor bike which was being ridden by Mantey with Addo and Daavi behind him run into the suspects vehicle whilst they were returning from Enchi to Desugano in the same district.

He said all the victims died instantly and the bodies have been deposited at the Enchi Government Hospital for autopsy.

He said the motor bike and Hyundai Mighty vehicle involved in the accident have been impounded and were at the Enchi Police Station.

According to the District Police Commander, the suspect driver has been held in police custody and would be released on police inquiry bail after 48 hours.

He explained that Boateng would be charged for careless and inconsiderate driving, negligently causing harm and failing to give space as much as possible for other vehicles to pass.

Superintendent Erzuah added that a duplicate docket would be forwarded to the Attorney Generals office in Sekondi for study and advice before Boateng would be put before court.

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Walk Often For Health . . . Says McDan

McDan Group chairman, Dr Daniel Mckorley has proposed regular walking as one of the surest ways of healthy living.

The multiple award winning Group Chairman on Saturday led staff of his outfit , its clients and the general public in a 5km brisk walking from Ayi Mensah to the Peduase Junior High School, Aburi.

The walk is the last in the series of the companys quarterly walks for 2017 and was done in partnership with Lexis Bill dubbed McDan walk with Lexis.

At the Peduase Junior High School, the participants crowned the early morning exercise with aerobics and health screening supervised by a professional gym instructor and competent health screening team.

To Dr Mckorley, regular walking is one of the surest ways to guarantee healthy living, and keeps one from regular visits to the clinic.

He told the media in a post-walk interview "Let's walk often, it will save us a lot of medical bills.
Midway on the mountain, some felt like giving up, but l must say finishing it has really paid off, I feel energized, l believe we have burnt some calories."

"I will encourage all and sundry to take regular walking a priority, we at McDan think about the welfare of our team, clients, and the general public hence this exercise," he said.

Twellium Industries, producers of Rush Energy and Run Energy drink were one of the supporters of the walk who supported with their energy drinks.

The McDan Group chairman, Dr Daniel Mckorley took the opportunity to wish the General Public a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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I Deserve This Award And Not Above It – Kwame Sefa Kayi

The host of the Kokrokoo Morning Show on Peace FM and recently named Ghana Journalists Association 2016 journalist of the year Kwame Sefa Kayi says he disagrees with those who say he is above the title of the journalist of the year. Some say Im above it. I dont know whether to reject it. I dont think Im better than anybody he added.

Mr. Sefa Kayi was speaking on the Uniiq Breakfast Drive on GBC UNIIQ 95.7 Megahertz this morning with host Cecil Wentum. His award has generated some debate but for him, it is not surprising to be named as such adding that even if the Konkomba yam sellers call me for an award, I will go and receive it.

He said contrary to speculations that this is coming to reaffirm other awards won in his professional life, he believes he has worked hard enough and I deserve this award. He highly appreciated this one as he chipped in Theres nothing like being honoured by your own peers. Its a fine feeling.

When the conversation veered into the nitty gritty of fine journalism, he was quick to state that a fine journalist may not be perfect but should always strive for excellence, not perfection. That person must be fair, objective and should report the issues dispassionately. To him, a fine journalists work is well-researched and that person should have the ability to nose around for what is critical and should try as much as possible to be even-handed.

When pushed further by the host as to what is happening especially in the private media with all that he had mentioned, he mentioned that people liked sensational stories. That, he believes is why some in the private media go on that tangent. Thats why sex sells, talking about rape and other related reports. He however disagreed with the trend and stated that to create a sensational story is not good. He said he will not defend it because he is in the private media and he will not encourage it.

Mr. Sefa Kayi is a winner of a state award in 2008 and is a recipient of other privately organised awards. He acknowledged his earlier years with the Public broadcaster GBC and believed it really helped his foundation in the field but was against any suggestion of returning to the place again.

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Rawlings To Address 31st December Anniversary In Ho

Former President of the Republic and Founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings will deliver the keynote address and lead activities marking the 36th anniversary of the 31st December Revolution in the Volta Regional capital, Ho on Sunday December 31.

Dubbed the Revolution Day, the celebration, which is an annual affair, has also been institutionalized by the party constitution.

This year's celebration is under the theme "Uniting Around the Principles of Probity, Accountability and Social Justice."

The programme will commence with a route march from Dome Park, Ho at 6am through the principal streets of Ho to end at the Captain Nfodjo Park - Civic Centre, where all will converge for a durbar of Chiefs and people. There will also be a wreath laying ceremony and the lighting of the perpetual flame.

According to the Local Organising Committee chaired by Member of Parliament for Ho West, Emmanuel Bedzrah, all major stakeholders in the party have been invited to grace the event, which is open to all members of the public.


Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah

(Chairman, Local Organising Committee)

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Akufo-Addo Vows To Prosecute Corrupt Public Officials

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President Akufo-Addo has hinted that his government will fiercely pursue corrupt public officials in the coming days. Addressing the chiefs and people of New Juaben as part of a tour of the Eastern Region, the President said although there are efforts to tag his government as corrupt, Ghanaians will soon see the real corrupt people in the ...

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Prince Harry On Meghan Markle's First Royal Christmas

Prince Harry discusses wedding invitations and his fiancee Meghan Markle's first Christmas with the Royal Family.

The fifth in line to the throne was interviewed as part of his guest editorship of Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday.

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Barack Obama On How He Felt After Trump's Inauguration

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Bewase Community Benefits From Jodeb Foundation

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The Chiefs and people of Bewase, a farming community in the Akwapem North District of the Eastern Region, have called on the government, and non-governmental organizations to assist the community build a public toilet facility. According to them, this will help address the problem of open defecation in the area. They made the appeal wh ...

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I Was Defiled At Age 11 – Maurice Ampaw

Narrating his ordeal, Maurice Ampaw said the sexual abuse happened when they were playing a game popularly called ‘Mama ke Dada or ‘Maame ne Paapa.

Lawyer Maurice Ampaw has disclosed that he was sexually abused by an 18-year-old lady when he was 11 years.

The outspoken lawyer made this revelation at the Orgasm Conference at the Accra International Trade Fair Centre on December 26, 2017.

Narrating his ordeal, he said the sexual abuse happened when they were playing a game popularly called ‘Mama ke Dada or ‘Maame ne Paapa.

Ampaw played the role of a father, while the 18-year-old girl was the mother.

I quite remember the first day I broke my virginity, it was the age of I think 11 years. We had this girl who was 18-years and was from Chorkor, and I from Sukura. So we did what we call ‘Maame ne Paapa. So she said she was the ‘Maame and I was the ‘Paapa.

The young Ampaw did not have a full understanding of what happened because of his age then.

However, he said, I can even today report her because she defiled me Kwabena Ampaw because criminal offence has no expiry date.

Most of these things happen especially in compound houses. You know where you have a young girl telling a young boy you are my husband. Some of them begin to have sex without the young ones without their consent which is very bad.

If you are a lady and you have sex with a guy who is below the age of 16 years, you have defiled him. You can go to prison maximum 25-years and minimum 7-years, Ampaw warned.

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Woman Gets $284bn Electricity Bill

An electricity bill for more than $284bn (£212bn) left a woman in the US state of Pennsylvania stunned... until she found out the amount was wrong.

Mary Horomanski from Erie said the latest bill showed that she had to pay the entire amount by November 2018.

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Is This The ‘Sexiest Dance Ever

The Angolan dance, Kizomba, is known by many as the sexiest dance ever.

But, teachers say the sensual moves from Angola have been misinterpreted as sexual.

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Lecturer Advocates "One Drop, One Slap Policy" To Address Sanitation Problem

Benjamin Yaw Otchere-Ankrah believes that since all civil means of tackling sanitation problems have failed over the years, the potentially effective method to deal with the situation would be to place soldiers at all parts of the country to slap anyone who litters the surroundings.

If persuasion fails force must be applied. This is what a lecturer at the Central University, Benjamin Yaw Otchere-Ankrah sought to advocate when he suggested that government initiates what he referred to as one-drop one-slap policy to address sanitation related issues in the country.

According to the lecturer, since all civil means of tackling sanitation problems have failed over the years, the potentially effective method to deal with the situation would be to place soldiers at all parts of the country to slap anyone who litters the surroundings.

Mr. Otchere-Ankrah attributed the failure of successive governments to deal with sanitation problems in the country to recalcitrance of Ghanaians, saying the corporal punishment would deter people from being reckless.

Speaking on Accra-based Adom FM, Mr. Otchere-Ankrah however urged the government to ensure garbage bins are situated at vantage points to prevent people from throwing refuse about recklessly.

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Dont Keep Cats In Shops - FDA Advises Shop Owners

Mr Mathew Gyan Nkum, a Senior Regulatory Officer of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), has advised shop owners not to keep cats in their shops as it is unsafe to the health and safety of consumers.

He said shop owners mostly did that to prevent rodents and insects from feeding on the edible products but it posed a threat to public health.

Mr Nkum, the Senior Regulatory Officer for the Brong-Ahafo Region, gave the advice in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Sunyani and explained that the urine and faeces of cats could contaminate the products in the shop.

He urged shop operators to rather engage the services of certified pest control agents of the Environmental Protection Agency to use the appropriate chemicals to prevent insecticides and rodents from entering their shops to ensure public safety.

Mr Nkum entreated shop owners to keep their shops clean and ensure all goods and items were safe for public consumption.

He said a lot of unwholesome edible items flooded the markets on occasions like the Yuletide, which consequently affected public health.

He, therefore, advised the public to check the expiry dates on consumables in addition to ascertaining if the inscriptions on them were in English to avoid consuming food containing allergic substances that would react negatively in their bodies.

Consumers must also be circumspect about purchasing canned foods displayed in the sun as the content might be affected by the scorching sun.

He advised traders to keep their products inside the shops or under umbrella to prevent contamination to protect public health.

Mr Nkum entreated the public to report traders suspected to have tampered with the expiry dates of products to the Police or the FDA for action to be taken.

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Former President Mahama Appeals For Peace In Liberia

Former President John Dramani Mahama, Head of ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Liberia has met two candidates with a call on them to exhibit maximum collaboration for tranquil and credible elections.

He reiterated at separate meetings with the presidential flag-bearers, who emerged from the inconclusive first round balloting of 10th October that As I have always said, the responsibility for a successful election is the primary responsibility of the citizens of a country international observers only facilitate the process.

Noting that a lot of water has passed under the bridge to test Liberias democratic credentials, a reference to the legal dispute that followed the first round vote, which had to be settled by the Supreme Court, the Head of Mission told the two contestants that international observers had sacrificed their end-of-year celebrations in the interest of Liberia and democracy in the region.

He therefore, called on all political actors in the country to play by the rules and conduct themselves responsibly and aggrieved parties should seek redress through legal and constitutional means and not resort to violence.

The Ghanaian statesman congratulated the ECOWAS Commission for deploying a Technical Team to help the Liberias National Elections Commission (NEC) in cleaning up the contentious Voters Register, and acknowledged the tiredless efforts of the ECOWAS Special Representative to Liberia, Ambassador Babatunde Ajisomo.

He expressed optimism that following compliance with the Supreme Courts decisions and the recommendations of the ECOWAS Technical Team, the stage was now set for the election to go ahead and both candidates assured the Head of the ECOWAS Mission of their commitment to respect the electoral codes.

The NEC Chairman Jerome Korkoya, at a subsequent meeting with the ECOWAS Head of Mission, informed the meeting that the copies of the final registration roll (FRR) were being provided to the two political parties in addition to the public display of the document to guide voters on Election Day.

The NEC Chair explained that electronic copies of FRR were not being provided in order to avoid tampering with the sensitive document.

In continuation of his engagements on Monday, the Head of ECOWAS Mission also received heads of other International Observation Group for purpose of information and experience sharing.

Represented at the meeting were the African Union, European Union, Carter Centre, the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA), and the US National Democratic Institute (NDI), co-led by Nigerias former President Goodluck Jonathan.

After listening to the presentation by the ECOWAS Technical Team, the international observers commended ECOWAS for its contribution and help towards the resolution of the politico-legal dispute, noting that while the Voters Roll might not be perfect, it is a strong basis for the conduct of a credible election.

The Head of ECOWAS Mission also addressed the 39 ECOWAS short-term observers on Monday before their deployment to different Liberian Counties for the Tuesdays election.

He told them that beyond our moral help for our Liberian brothers and sisters, our duty as observers is to ensure that international standards are adhered to during the conduct of the 26 December 2017 run-off Presidential election.

Having suffered the horrors of a brutal civil war and the devastation of the Ebola pandemic, with a weak economy and high youth unemployment, Liberia today needs the concerted effort of all her citizens for the enormous task of reconstruction and nation building, he said.

According to him, The urgency of this task is further brought to the fore by the imminent departure of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) that has been here for the past 14 years. Thus, it is my hope that the political class will once again galvanise the citizenry, to come out en masse and peacefully cast their vote to enable this country proceed with its reconstruction.

In her remarks, the ECOWAS Commissioner of Political Affairs, Peace and Security Mrs Halima Ahmed, urged the observer group to be professional, neutral and unbiased in their task.

The election would produce Liberias next president to replace out-going President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, a Nobel Laureate and Africas first democratically elected female president.

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Protein That Can ‘Turbo-Charge The Immune System Against Cancers Discovered

Scientists have discovered a protein which ‘turbo-charges the immune system so that it could fight off any cancer or virus.

In a breakthrough described as a ‘game-changer for cancer treatment, researchers at Imperial College London found a previously unknown molecule which boosts the bodys ability to fight off chronic illnesses.

The scientists are now developing a gene therapy based on the protein and hope to start human trials in three years, in a release to Ghana News Agency said.

Professor Philip Ashton-Richkardt from the Section of Immunobiology in the Department of Medicine at Imperial College and lead author said this is exciting because we have found a completely different way to use the immune system to fight cancer."

It could be a game-changer for treating a number of different cancers and viruses.

This is a completely unknown protein. Nobody had ever seen it before or was even aware that it existed. It looks and acts like no other protein.

The protein â€" named Lymphocyte Expansion Molecule, or LEM, promotes the spread of cancer killing ‘T cells by generating large amounts of energy.

Normally when the immune system detects cancer it goes into overdrive trying to fight the disease, flooding the body with T cells. But it quickly runs out of steam.

However the new protein causes a massive energy boost which makes T cells in such great numbers that the cancer cannot fight them off.

It also causes a boost of immune memory cells which are able to recognise tumours and viruses they have encountered previously so there is less chance that they will return.

The team made the discovery while screening mice with genetic mutations. They found one type produced ten times the number of cancer-fighting T cells, suppressing infections and becoming resistant to cancer.

Researchers found that the mice with enhanced immunity produced high levels of the unknown protein which is also found in humans.

They are hoping to produce a gene therapy whereby T cells of cancer patients could be enhanced with the protein and then injected back into the body. It could end the need for harsh chemotherapies as the body itself would be fighting the disease, rather than toxic drugs.

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Gomoa East District Assembly Picks New Presiding Member

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Assembly Member for Gomoa Benso Electoral Area, Mr. Kweku Nyarko Koomson has been elected as the Presiding Member for the Gomoa East District Assembly in the Central Region. He pull 29 out of 39 votes cast to beat his rival, Mr. Ernest Quarm, who got 10 of the votes . Assembly Member for Dampoase Electoral Area, Mr. Nicolas Otchie had ea ...

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I Regret Selling 'Wee' – Crippled Man Weeps In Jail

A crippled man who has been jailed ten years for selling Indian hemp (wee) says he regrets his actions but wants his punishment to be reduced.

Kwesi Appiah said, he knew it was wrong to sell wee but due to the economic hardship and his condition as a cripple, he had no option but to engage in the trade for his survival and that of his family.

I didnt have a helper because I am an orphan. I didnt want to roam the streets begging so I started helping at a chop bar but we were robbed around Kumasi on our way to purchase foodstuff for the bar. After that incident we were left with nothing, he recounted in an interview with Crime Check Foundation during their visit to the Kumasi.

After that incident, he had to struggle every day for food and so, he said, When a friend offered me to sell wee, I couldnt resist the offer. Even though I was scared of been arrested, I couldnt stop selling and was later caught and jailed.

The prisoner who has only served three years of his jail term says his imprisonment has affected his family in many ways.

According to him, his children have dropped out of school because they have no one to support them further their education.

Due to my condition, my eldest child who has completed junior high school had to give up on continuing because theres no one to help her financially, he laments.

The Executive Director of Crime Check Foundation (CCF), Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng is appealing to individuals and groups to help the suffering wife and children of the prisoner.

He also called on government to have mercy, reconsider the sentence and reduce the jail term of the physically challenged man who has shown remorse for his crime.

Any Ghanaian who can also support our brother to appeal his sentence can also contact the following numbers; 0242074276, 0558295335, Mr. Kwarteng begs.

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'Christmas Vacation' Dangling Dummy Decoration Prompts 911

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A Colorado man said his Christmas Vacation -inspired holiday decoration -- a dummy hanging from his roof -- led concerned onlookers to call 911. Chris Olson of Boulder said the decoration, a dummy hanging off the side of the house in the style of Chevy Chase character Clark Griswold in the Christmas classic, was initially intended as a pr ...

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Agogo Police Defends Shooting Of Cattle As Self-Defense

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The Konogo Divisional Commander of the Ghana Police Service, Supt. George Ohene-Boadi Bossman says officers were compelled to shoot at cattle in Agogo after herdsmen commanded them to charge on police. He said the officers had gone to the Agogo township to sack cattle who had been destroying farmlands but was forced to shoot and kill the ...

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Christians Urged To Pray For A Peaceful Ghana

Right Reverend MacLord Afriyie, immediate past Methodist Bishop for Northern Region, has called on Christians to take advantage of Christmas to pray for a tranquil Ghana.

He explained that Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, which brought the peace of God to man.

Bishop Afriyie was preaching the sermon on Christmas Day at the Adweso Calvary Methodist Church near Koforidua.

He explained that as a result of commercialisation of Christmas, the essence of the day seemed to be lost on many people.

Bishop Afriyie expressed regret that many Christians had also reduced the celebration of Christmas to drinking, eating and wearing of new cloths.

He urged Christians to use this years Christmas to pray for the peace of God to prevail in all trouble spots of the world.

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Pilgrims Celebrate Christmas In Bethlehem

Christian pilgrims from around the world have attended a Christmas Eve Mass at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, built on the site where Jesus Christ is believed to have been born.

Fewer people than usual were in the West Bank town because of increased tensions between Palestinians and the Israeli army since US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Meghan Markle Joins The Royal Family For Christmas

Meghan Markle has become the first fiancee to join the Royal Family at Sandringham for Christmas - and marked the occasion by playfully sticking out her tongue in front of adoring crowds and performing a curtsy for The Queen.

The Suits actress stepped out in a wide collar camel wrap coat, made by Canadian luxury brand Sentaler, which tapered in around the waist and flared out at the hem, for the St Mary Magdalene Church Christmas service.

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Russia Explores Sustainable Energy Opportunities

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Moscow, Dec 22, GNA - Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation Rosatom is exploring opportunities for Ghana to boost its energy security through diversification to guarantee sustainable social and economic growth. The company said, 39;Nuclear energy development is an essential aspect of the solution for Ghana to deal with its energy sho ...

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Akufo-Addo Was Right On Homosexuality--Palmer-Buckle

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The Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra has defended President Akufo-Addo rsquo;s recent controversial response in an Aljazeera Interview about legalizing homosexuality in the country. Charles Palmer-Buckle said the President gave the right response and only emphasised Ghana rsquo;s cultural reality as it relates to homosexuality. The Pre ...

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Hotline Documentary: Poison On The Menu--Slow Killing Food

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Food hellip; Everyone needs it. And no one survives without it. But what is the quality of food that you take in and how can you be sure that what you eat is keeping you healthy and not killing you softly In this edition of Hotline Documentaries christened lsquo;Poison on the Menu rsquo;, we explore how the food you consume could be kil ...

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VIDEO: President Akufo-Addo's Christmas Message to Ghanaians

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Violent Extremism Poses Challenges To Global Security - AU

Violent extremism, contributes and continue to pose great challenges to the global security architecture, stability and socio-economic development, creating humanitarian crisis, sometimes of very unimaginable magnitudes, Mr Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, African Union (AU) has stated.

"We need to be able to imagine and find out what animates a terrorist, what goes on in the mind of a terrorist, such that he wants to blow himself up and take other people with him.

"While seeking to tackle what we believe are the outward manifestation, the bombings and the rest, it is also critical to try and understand the causes," Mr Quartey said at the end of a training course on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra.

The two-week course was attended by 44 participants draw from the security forces, civil and public services and civil society organisations across Africa.

It was organised by the KAIPTC in collaboration with the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACRST).

Mr Quartey said: "Sometimes we are tempted to say that terrorism is just violence without reason, I think that thinking underestimates the problem which faces us".

He noted that in a world facing growing cousins between the poor and the rich, terrorism, global pandemics such as Ebola, as well as challenges around global political stability, accountability and security, the time had never been more urgent to have a discussion about facilitating a global discourse on how to tackle these challenges.

He said some African countries were growing, whereas others were facing fragility and persistent poverty; declaring that "our continent is highly exposed to environmental risk and climate change but our vision remains an Africa, integrated, literate and numerate, a united Africa, that can contribute its own input to the global problem solving efforts and not to become itself a problem".

He lauded the KAPITC for running the course dubbed "Countering and Preventing Violent Terrorism"; adding that it was an extremely critical course to concentrate on.

"Our continued engagement and our collaborative efforts towards understanding terrorism, violent extremism and to address and counter it is therefore very critical," he said.

"Everyday calls on us to have a closer look and to seek to deepen our understanding on how this phenomenon evolved, the better to allow us to adjust how to counter it and address its cause, and the recruitment of our young people into such militant terror groups," Mr Quartey added.

"We must seek to understand the roots of this phenomenon, what motivates them, what animates them and none of us is immune from extreme terrorism."

Mr Quartey said there remains growing concerns on security challenges in the Sahel Sahara.

"The collapse of the state of authority in Libya, created and brought in its wake other problems we didn't think about.
We know that Colonel Gaddafi was not exactly a saint..... but at least Libya was stable," he noted.

"You would find work, you could find peace. I visited Libya several times. We had meetings there. Libya was able to absorb and prevent our hungry youth desperate with crossing into the Mediterranean in the conditions that we see today," he said.

"So when the UN Security Council in a bid to counter what they idea was a threat from Colonel Gaddafi they passed a resolution and the no fly zone was created; that was basically a declaration of war. Many of our African representatives on the Security Council slightly voted with the majority. It was only I believe Brazil, which protested.

"The challenge facing us now as Africans, as a continent is to be able change the narrative on the continent; the continent with the brightest sunshine somehow is known as the dark continent, you wonder how

"The continent where the large numbers of the youth are now seeking in droves to leave, that posses a very fundamental problem! What is it That they are running away from Bad governance, lack of democracy, hunger and poverty But these are challenges that can be addressed if you look at the root causes."

Mr Quartey said the AU in its agenda 2063, talks about an Africa which was integrated as their vision, united, democratic, at peace with itself and at peace with the rest of the world, able to contribute its quota.

"This new leadership of the AU Commission is seeking to imagine an Africa where every child is in school, an Africa where illiteracy has become a thing of the past, an Africa which is numerate and literate, an African which is able to absorb technology and capital and put science and technology at the level of production, leverage science and technology into agriculture.

"We have mechanism modern scientific agriculture operating within an Africa where our boarders have now become bridges of corporation," he said.

He cited that Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire, which accounted for 70 per cent of world cocoa production, could together choose its price on the international market.

Lieutenant Colonel Larry Gbevlo Lartey, AU Chairperson's Special Representative for Countering Terrorism Cooperation/Director of the ACRST, said the course was critical because it related to the prevention of violent extremism.

He said fine governance was important at the community, local, national regional and international levels for the prevention of violent extremism.

At the event, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by the AU and the KAIPTC.
Mr Quartey initialed for the AU, while Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Griffith S. Evans, the Commandant of the KAIPTC, signed for the Centre.

AVM Evans explained to the Ghana News Agency that the MOU was intended to enable the Centre work with the AU to do more training.

In October, 2016, the KAIPTC and the ACRST, a Centre of Excellence of the African Union Commission signed a MoU to combat terrorism in Africa.

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Queen's Message Hails Terror-Hit London And Manchester

The Queen will pay tribute to London and Manchester in her Christmas Day broadcast for the way in which they dealt with this year's terror attacks.

Looking back over 2017, she will say both cities' "powerful identities" have "shone through" adversity.

The Queen will also praise the Duke of Edinburgh for his support, in the year of their 70th wedding anniversary.

She will spend the day at Sandringham with the Royal Family, including Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle.

It will be the first time someone who is yet to marry into the Royal Family will have joined its Christmas celebrations.

What's a royal Christmas like

The Queen was absent from last year's Christmas morning service at the estate in Norfolk because of a heavy cold.

Theme of home

The Queen recorded this year's Christmas message to the Commonwealth a few days ago in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace.

Its main theme is the importance of "home", which she describes as a place of "warmth, familiarity and love", with a "timeless simplicity" and "pull".

On a table, alongside photographs of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, are two pictures of her with the Duke of Edinburgh, one of which was taken on their wedding day in 1947 and the other from their anniversary in November this year.

Prince Philip this summer retired from his programme of public engagements, although he has continued to attend some events involving the Queen.

In the broadcast, the Queen also praises her husband's "unique sense of humour".

The Queen is dressed in an ivory white dress by Angela Kelly, which she first wore for the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant in 2012.

The Queen will say in her message: "This Christmas, I think of London and Manchester, whose powerful identities shone through over the past 12 months in the face of appalling attacks."

Five people, four pedestrians and a police officer, were killed in the Westminster Bridge attack in March.

In May, the Queen visited victims of the bombing at Manchester Arena, in which 22 people died. A suicide bomber struck as they left the venue following a performance by US singer Ariana Grande.

The following month, eight people died when three men in a van ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge before going on a knife attack in nearby Borough Market.

Later that month, a man died when a hired van ran into worshippers near the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park, north London.

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Ex-Prez Mahama Sends Ghanaians Xmas Greetings

Former President John Dramani Mahama and his wife have wished Ghanaians a fruitful Christmas celebration with a Christmas greetings card.

A card posted on the ex-president's facebook page reads: Warm greetings and best wishes. May the season bring hope, comfort and joy. And we pray for fine health, wisdom, understanding and peace in the coming year.

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Pope In Migrant Plea At Christmas Eve Mass

Pope Francis has urged Roman Catholics not to ignore the plight of millions of migrants "driven from their land", during Christmas Eve Mass.

The pontiff compared them to Mary and Joseph, recounting the Biblical story of how they travelled from Nazareth to Bethlehem but found no place to stay.

Many migrants, he said, were being forced to flee from leaders who "see no problem in shedding innocent blood".

He has made defence of migrants around the world a major theme of his papacy.

The number of refugees worldwide exceeds 22 million, with the latest cross-border influx being the Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar.

"So many other footsteps are hidden in the footsteps of Joseph and Mary," the 81-year-old Argentine pontiff, himself the grandson of Italian migrants, told worshippers in St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City on Sunday evening.

"We see the tracks of millions of persons who do not determine to go away but, driven from their land, leave behind their dear ones."

The leader of the world's estimated 1.2bn Roman Catholics also stressed that faith demanded that foreigners be welcomed everywhere.

The Pope will give his traditional "Urbi et Orbi" ("to the city and to the world") Christmas address later on Monday.

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5 Major Deaths That Dominated Media Discussions In Ghana In 2017

Kintampo Waterfalls Disaster

Death biblically is inevitable as the Bible states it is ordained for Man to die and after death judgment (Hebrews 9:27). This year was characterized by several deaths which broke the heart of the nation.

In March this year, Twenty (20) persons mostly students of the Wenchi Methodist Senior High School died in an accident at Kintampo during which falling trees crashed on them and other revellers bathing in the popular Kintampo Falls.

Seventeen died on the spot while three others died later on admission at the Kintampo Hospital

Lynching of Major Maxwell Adam Mahama

In May, Major Maxwell Adam Mahama was who was the platoon commander leading a contingent against illegal miming activities at Denkyira-Obuasi was gruesomely murdered by residents of the area who mistook him for an armed robber after he was reportedly spotted with a side arm.

There are still conflicting reports as to what actually happened leading to the death of the young military officer who was the commander of a detachment stationed at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central Region to combat illegal mining.

But more than 60 suspects were arrested but have been trimmed to 20 including, Akwasi Baah, Solomon Sackey, Kwame Agyei, Joseph Appiah Kubi (aka Kum Dede), Akosua Takyiwaa (aka Maabono), Esther Dauda (aka Asha) and Michael Kumah (aka Kojo Anim) to reappear on later date.

All suspects have been provisionally charged with two counts of murder contrary to section 46 of the criminal code and other offences act of 1960, Act 29 as well as conspiracy to commit crime to wit murder: contrary to section 23(1) and 46 of the criminal and other offences act 1960 (Act 29).

Professor Allotey Dead

Renowned Mathematician, Professor Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey, 85, also died this year. His death was confirmed by family member, Sarah Ofei while on Admission receiving treatment. The Nuclear Physicist was born in 1932 in Saltpond in the Central region took a passion for science after reading books on scientists sold by his father.

In a March 2017 interview at Imperial College in the UK where he completed his first degree in 1950, Prof Allotey said after class was over, he had to go support his father to repack the books.

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George Weah On The Verge Of Making History

This child of Monrovia shantytown who became a global star of football in the 1990s, George Weah is getting closer to the dream of his second life: to be elected president of Liberia on Tuesday December 26, in a country traumatized by the civil war, which he intends to reconcile.

At 51, the ex-star striker of PSG and AC Milan is again in the final of the presidential election after having very clearly led the first round poll on October 10 in this small English-speaking country in Africa West, one of the poorest in the world.

The former forward genius faces Vice President Joseph Boakai in a run-off poll which was scheduled for November but had to be postponed due to a court action brought by his opponents.

The only African to have won the Golden Ball in 1995, Weah was largely absent from the country during the civil war that killed some 250,000 people between 1989 and 2003.

Entering politics at the end of the conflict, he was defeated in the second round of the 2005 presidential election by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman elected head of state in Africa and then as vice-presidential candidate in 2011.

His party alleged irregularity and fraud but in vain.

This time, while his opponent Joseph Boakai alleged fraud and irregularities having according to him tainted the first round poll, George Weah called on his supporters to remain patience and calm.

And he made a show of strength on Saturday by gathering tens of thousands of supporters in the countrys largest stadium in Monrovia.

Fifteen years after hanging up his boots, he claims to have gained experience in the political arena and has learnt from his failures.

In December 2014, he was elected a senator, defeating Robert Sirleaf, one of Ellen Johnson. Sirleafs sons.

Nobody should be scared of change, look at my life: I went from footballer to politician, he said during the campaign.

You too can be this person, we are the same, said the former football star, raised by his grandmother in Gibraltar, a shanty town in Monrovia.

To his critics, who consider his program too vague and point out his absence the Senate, he retorts with his record in health and education, the close relations he has with the people and his promises. I will make sure our hospitals are equipped, that our doctors and nurses are trained and that they are encouraged to work.

Weah chose Jewel Howard-Taylor, the former wife of former warlord and president Charles Taylor (1997-2003), a respected senator as his running mate.

But George Weah, while affirming that everyone was the friend of Charles Taylor, repeats he has no contact with the former president, sentenced in 2012 by the International Criminal Court to 50 years in Prison for crimes against humanity and war crimes in neighboring Sierra Leone.

During the civil war, Weah pleaded for peace in Liberia, calling on the Uited Nations to save his country.

In retaliation, rebels burned his house in Monrovia and took hostage two of his cousins.

A member of the Kru ethnic group, one of the most vital of Liberia, and not the elite descendant of former American slaves who traditionally dominate politics, George Weah saw his life swing in 1988 the age of 22, thanks to Arsène Wenger.

Then coach of Monaco, the French tactician had unearthed this Tonnerre Yaoundé striker in Cameroon, and brought to the international stage.

For 14 years, this strong striker played for some of the biggest European clubs â€" Paris Saint Germain and AC Milan, at the height of his career, then Chelsea, Manchester City, Marseille -, amassing a considerable fortune.

But he kept his ties in the suburbs of Monrovia, where he still plays football with friends. Weahs success story continues in football.

At 17, his youngest son Timothy signed in July his first professional contract with Paris Saint Germain, where his older brother, George Weah Jr, 30, had failed to break through.

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Drug Dealer Arrested After Mistaking Police Car For Taxi

An alleged drug dealer in Copenhagen received an unwanted surprise for Christmas when he jumped into the back of a taxi with about 1,000 joints on him, only to find it was a police car.

Danish police said the man was rushing home when he made the grave error.

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Old Vandals Of UGBS Class Of 2017 Share Smiles With The Children Of Christ Faith Foster Home

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Old Vandals In The University Of Ghana Business School (UGBS) Class Of 2017 Share Smiles With The Children Of Christ Faith Foster Home. As part of the commitment to making a positive impact in society and being agents of positive change, the Old Vandals in the University of Ghana Business School graduating class of 2017 have extended thei ...

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Armed Robbers Attack SDA All-Night Service

The congregants of Adoato-Adumanu church of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) in Kumasi were on Sunday dawn attacked by armed robbers during an All-night Service.

The church held an all-night service from Saturday, December 23 to Sunday, December 24, 2017 and the service was coordinated by three Pastors for a congregation of over 100.

However, during the church service, at about 3.00am on Sunday, two unidentified young men invaded the church premises and subjected those therein to robbery attack.

The robbers managed to make away with the victims' personal possessions, mostly, cash, mobile phones, tablets and laptops.

They also injured some, including a medical doctor who is also an elder of the church.

Meanwhile, the leadership of the church has lodged a formal complaint at the Suntreso/Sofoline Police Station for investigations.

Similarly, the Mid-Central Ghana Conference of SDA has issued a statement to condemn the robbery attack and wished the victims well, particularly those who sustained bruises from the robbers.

Below is the statement:

Mid-Central Ghana Conference of SDA condemns robbery attack on Adoato-Adumanu SDA in Kumasi

IT is with much sympathy that the Mid-Central Ghana Conference (MICG) of the Northern Ghana Union Mission (NOGH) of SDA, wishes to sooth the sorrows and heal the wounds of all victims of robbery attack that has transpired at the Adoato-Adumanu SDA Church in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

This menace is codemned in a measure that it is only when there is sanitised security that the Church as one of the agencies of socialisation, could operate to change lives in society.

The church held an all-night service from Saturday December 23 to Sunday, December 24, 2017 and the service was co-ordinated by three Pastors for a congregation of over 100.

Around 3.00am on Sunday, two unidentified young men invaded the church house and subjected those therein to robbery attack.

They managed to rob them at gun point and made away with the victims' personal possessions, mostly, cash, mobile phones, tablets and laptops.

They also left some victims with bruises during the attack. A formal complaint has been lodged at the Suntreso/Sofoline Police Station for investigations.

MICG has learnt that similar attack was meted out on Ahinsan SDA Church in the South Ghana Ghana Conference (SCGC) of SDA on Friday, December 15, 2017 and robbery attacks on churches are fast gaining notoriety.

The MICG expresses its deepest sympathises with the Adoato-Adumanu church for this ugly and distasteful deveopment, consoling victims to build their hope and solace in the Lord. The Scripture says in all things - fine or bad, sweet or bitter, positive or negative - we need to give thanks to the Lord.

The MICG believes in the biblical accolade that "Vengeance is mine, says the Lord" and prays that the Lord replinishes all victims with the personal belongings lost to the attack in double or triple portions.

However, the MICG would take turns to implore the Police to launch thorough investigations into the attack, if possible, the penetrators be made to face the full rigours of the law.

It is also worthwhile to use this opportunity to advise all other churches, not only SDA churches but other Christian denominations that will be organising popular 31st night services to be wary of robbery attacks.

Thank you.

Pastor Alexander Marfoh

(Communication/Religious Liberty/Public Affairs Director, MICG) SIGNED 0202029093

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We have come to stay and to compliment developmental agenda of Wassa - WAYN-DEV

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Delivering the welcome address and the purpose of gathering at the launch of WASSA AMENFI YOUTH NETWORK FOR DEVELOPMENT (WAYN-DEV), a youth group that draws its members from the three Wassa Amenfi Districts(Amenfi East, West and Central) which form the Wassa Amenfi Traditional Area of the Western Region, the Executive Coordinator for the group M ...

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2017 under review – the good, the ugly and all that! – Part One

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The year 2017 is gradually drawing to a close and in a matter of days it shall exit us to make way for 2018, which in my view, shall be full of God rsquo;s blessings, mercies, goodness, love and grace that surpass and transcend all human understanding. 2017 began on a confused note for some and a joyous note for others but which-ever way one fou ...

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Serena Williams To Make Comeback In Abu Dhabi After Giving Birth

Serena Williams will return to tennis in Abu Dhabi next week, almost four months after giving birth.

The American, 36, will play world number seven Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition match on 30 December during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.


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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Fire Guts Storey Building At Akwatialine

A storey building at "Alidu and Dauda", a popular area within the Akwatialine suburb of Kumasi has been consumed by wildfires resulting in the destruction of properties valued at thousands of Ghana Cedis.

It took three fire tenders from various fire stations within the metropolis to stop the raging fire from spreading to adjoining properties.

However, efforts of the firemen were not enough to save the two-storey house located close to some wooden structures.

Eyewitnesses claimed that the fire possibly started from a nearby television mechanic's workshop at about 1 pm Saturday.

The eyewitnesses noted that concerned members of the neighbourhood and passers-by tried their best to put out the inferno before inviting the fire service to help.

However, the Deputy Ashanti Regional Commander of the Fire Service, ACFO Gadiel Ebonyi, told reporters that the distress calls were received a bit too late and that when the personnel arrived at the scene, their pre-occupation was to prevent the fire from spreading to structures within the immediate environs, an objective which was eventually achieved.

Meanwhile, the Ghana National Fire Service is to launch a full scale investigation to establish the real cause of the fire outbreak. No casualty was recorded.

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