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Award winning radio host, Kwadwo Asare Baffour Acheampong popularly known as KABA has been laid to eternal rest. A state burial was held in honour of the late host and saw thousands including friends, family, colleagues from the Multimedia Group and other media firms pay their last respect to the late KABA who was the host of Asempa Fm’s ‘Eko Sii Sen’ political show. Widow of the late KABA, Valentina Acheampong quizzed what she will be telling her daughter following the death of her beloved husband when she [daughter] grows.   Her tribute read:“Good morning MaryVal Happy anniversary! Wow, So soon it’s been a year. A year of God’s love, favour, mercy and abundance of Grace. Exactly a year today you formally agreed to be my wife and me your husband.  I’m grateful I chose you and you chose me: you know why; because in the last one year, I’ve had no reason to ask why I married and to you. As far as I am concerned I made the right decision. In the last one year, God has also blessed this family with the miracle baby Nana Yaa. What else can a man ask for in marriage? So as we mark this milestone, I want to say thank you for choosing me. But it hasn’t all been a smooth sailing experience. We’ve had our own peculiar challenges and even through it all you stood by me……sicknesses, financial, my family, my mum, and most of all from me. I know you sometimes complain I don’t listen to you or that when you speak I don’t let you finish and I cut in I know sometimes it’s bothersome to you. I promise to make amends. Forgive me if I hurt you in any way. In the years ahead, I can only promise with God’s help to be a better husband and a father in all spheres. There’s only one thing which lacks in our journey, getting closer to Christ. We must take steps to formalize our relationship with him again soon as we leave this place God willing to our house. There’s only one thing I ask of you; don’t give up on me Don’t give up on us Never stop praying for us- Myself, Yourself and Nana Yaa. When I go wrong please correct me Have never stopped loving you. Ours was not a mistake It’s the envy of all Let’s guard it jealously If I were to be asked again the same question KABA do you take Valentina Ofori-Afriyie as your wedded wife? I’ll answer that a thousand times, Yes!!! Happy anniversary MaryVal Love you’’ This is what you wrote to me on our anniversary and how come the dream has been cut short? You are an exceptional human being. God-fearing, lover of God, humble, respectful, tolerant, understanding, smart, and caring no wonder the first word that came out of Nana Yaa’s little lips was Dada. You made fatherhood effortless and a sight to behold. You made me the happiest woman. There was never a dull moment with you. You were the perfect husband anyone would wish for. I can’t believe u are gone but I take consolation in the fact that you are in the bosom of our Lord. I am glad you knew the lord. Me Kwadwo as I called you and your response was MVOAS the abbreviation of my name. Fare thee well sweet Joe. I promise to continue to pray for us, can you also promise me you will do same? What should I tell Nana Yaa when she asks of Dada? Me Kwadwo can I ever stop asking WHY? But I take consolation in the word of God in the Bible in your favourite book Philippians 4:13 which says I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me… I will also teach Nana Yaa to memorize Philippians 4:19 which says …and my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus. I will also remember to tell her what a wonderful father and husband you were. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t have more, but like everyone tells me the Lord knows best. You will continually be in our hearts.   Thank you for being a huge part of my life. My Husband, My friend, My Love, rest well in the bosom of the Almighty!!!
  Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Irbard Security Consult, Irbard Ibrahim, has disputed being arrested by the police following a peaceful march he and some other 12 individuals held today. Mr. Ibrahim and some 12 others including Chairman for the People’s National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah were arrested by the Nima Police for staging an illegal march. The individuals arrested were part of the Ghana-Togo Solidarity movement, who staged a peace march to draw the attention of local and international authorities to the political crisis in Togo. According to reports, the movement failed to seek approval from the police before staging the peaceful march. But speaking to rainbowradioonline.com, Mr. Ibrahim said he was not arrested and was even having lunch at one of the four-star hotels in Accra. He however confirmed the arrest of some of the persons who staged the peaceful march. According to him, the arrest was as a result of miscommunication between the police and the organizers of the march. He also disputed claims that the movement failed to inform the police.   He later took to his Facebook page and posted: ‘’ Actually I am currently taking lunch at one of the four-star hotels in Accra. Chairman Mornah and other people who meant well only wanted to raise awareness about the human rights issues in Togo so Ghana and other nations would do more to seek a peaceful resolution to the on-going political crisis, in order to avoid any future spill-overs. Chairman Mornah is a very passionate and resolute character and I believe he wanted to help the good people of Togo out of his sheer preponderance of goodwill. Take care everyone.’’ Top of Form    
National Chairman for the People’s National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah, Security expert and CEO of Irbard Security Consult, Irbard Ibrahim and some 11 other individuals have been arrested by the police for staging an illegal peace march. The individuals arrested were part of the Ghana-Togo Solidarity movement, who staged a peace march to draw the attention of local and international authorities to the political crisis in Togo. According to reports, the movement failed to seek approval from the police before staging the peaceful march. Speaking to the media, Mr. Mornah said  “they threw me in the pickup as if I was a piece of charcoal… They drove us here and put us at counter back. They picked about 12 or 13 of us. The rest scattered. I wouldn’t understand that [this happened] after I have notified the police sufficiently. This is really not the democracy fought for…. I think that it brings to the fore that our police service is still in the archaic stone-age of doing things and that they can be instructed anyhow by forces outside of their remit…They are telling me that they received instruction from above.” When Nyankonton Mu Nsem called Ibard Ibrahim, he said he was having lunch and have not been arrested. He explained that some of his people were arrested due to miscommunication with the police.   According to him, he was part of those arrested by the police.
The driver who confessed to killing African-American women in Akwamufie in the Eastern Region has been sentenced to death by hanging by the Accra High Court. The court presided over by Justice Merley Afua Wood, passed the death sentence last Wednesday after a seven-member jury unanimously found Yaw Anokye Frimpong, 22, guilty on two counts of murder. "Yaw Anokye Frimpong, the men and woman elected to decide your trial, having found you guilty of murder, you are hereby sentenced to death by hanging and may God have mercy on your soul," Justice Wood said. Sympathizers of Marnelina Diop, 75, and Nzinga Jaana 69, (the two women murdered by Frimpong), could not hold back their tears when the jury delivered its verdict and the presiding judge pronounced the death penalty. It was an outburst of emotions characterized by hugs, wiping of tears and the shedding of more tears, with lots of gestures indicating joy in the midst of sadness. In one instance, one of the sympathizers knelt in front of her seat, held the seat and started sobbing uncontrollably. Mesdames Diop and Jaana were among a group of African- Americans who had acquired a vast tract of land in Akwamufie and later settled on it. The African-Americans named the community Fihankra. On May 5, 2015, the two women were not seen around the community, compelling their neighbors to hire a carpenter to break into the apartment in which they lived. The neighbors found a bloodstained club on the floor of Diop’s room and a rubber bag covered with bloodstains in a dustbin in the apartment. A report on the disappearance of the women was later made to the police and a search led to the discovery of their bodies in a shallow grave on a farm in the community. During investigations, it was found that Mesdames Diop and Jaana had been attacked and clubbed to death in their home about 10 p.m. on May 4, 2015. Six persons, including Frimpong, were arrested as part of investigations into the murder. Frimpong is said to have confessed to killing the women during interrogations. He was charged with murder, while the five other accused persons were charged with conspiracy to commit murder. During the committal proceedings at the Accra Central District Court, Frimpong confessed to single-handedly clubbing the two women to death. The five other accused persons were later discharged. Frimpong repeated his confession at the Accra High Court during the trial but stated that it was never his intention to kill them but that his intention was to steal from them. According to him, he killed for fear of being exposed when they found him stealing in Madam% Diop's room. Per his testimony, Frimpong went to the apartment to steal, but in the course of the act, Madam Diop returned home and caught him in the act. Consequently, he struggled with her, overpowered her and tied her hands and also covered her mouth with a piece of cloth, after which he went home. But out of fear of being exposed by his victim, he returned to the house with a club with the intention of killing her and met Madam Jaana in the apartment. Frimpong told the court that he hit the two women repeatedly with the club and after killing them, he conveyed their bodies in a wheelbarrow to a nearby farm, dug a shallow grave and buried their bodies. After the act, he stole GHC156 from Madam Diop’s room, went to town and drunk alcohol in order to forget about what happened. After the jury's verdict last Wednesday, Frimpong was given an opportunity to make a statement before the court delivered its sentence. He informed the court that he had committed other crimes which the police were currently investigating and said those crimes were haunting him. "These crimes are haunting me because I know I committed them," he said. He prayed the court to have mercy on him because he had not intentionally killed the two women.     Source: Daily Graphic
Former Tourism Minister, Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare has asked the current administration to give former President John Dramani Mahama, credit for the marine drive project.   President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday [Friday] cut sod for the   construction of the Marine Drive Investment Project.   The project, situated on a total of 248 acres of land, is a Public-Private Partnership, will boost tourism, create jobs for the youth, especially those within the catchment area, and increase economic growth. Commending the Minister for Tourism, Hon. Catherine Afeku, MP, for bringing this initiative to reality, President Akufo-Addo recounted the pledge to revive the country’s tourism, made by the New Patriotic Party and himself, in the run-up to the December 2016 elections. “Today, we begin the realization of this pledge, with the construction of the Marine Drive Tourism Investment Project. We are all aware how countries all over the world, particularly our neighbours in West Africa, have made good use of their beachfronts, and, as a result, rake in considerable revenues for the development of their communities and countries. We intend to go down that path,” the President said. But the former Minister says it will not be proper for the new administration to take credit for the project.   “In August 2014, Cabinet gave the approval for the construction of all that piece of land stretching from Osu Castle to Baiden Powell. This flagship programme by former President John Dramani Mahama was to transform the whole area into a tourism enclave. Give credit to whom it is due. The Cabinet approval was given by excellency John Dramani Mahama, the implementation was done by him, we followed the processes, contracts were signed under John Dramani Mahama,” she told Accra based Citi Fm. The project will  have facilities including a boardwalk, restaurant, founders’ circle or park to honour the nation’s founding fathers, a 3000-seater concert hall, landing site for fisherfolk, a wharf and a modern fish market. The project is a Public-Private Partnership, expected to boost local tourism and create jobs, especially to those within the catchment area, and increase economic growth.        
President Akufo-Addo is in Nigeria for  the 52nd Ordinary Session of the Authority of heads of State and Government, in Nigerian capital Abuja. The President was received at the VIP section of the Nnamdi Azikwie airport by Ghana’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Rashid Bawa and other High Commission officials in Nigeria.     President Akufo Addo is expected to carry his agenda of Africa beyond aid and the need to speed up the implementation of the single currency for the ECOWAS Region. President Akufo-Addo made a call on August 1, 2017, when he delivered the keynote address at the graduation ceremony of Course 25 participants of Nigeria’s National Defence College, in Abuja, Nigeria that with West Africa and Africa’s population set to reach 500 million and 2 billion people in 20 years, respectively, the process of regional and continental integration should be in the interest of all Africans and must no longer stall. He is expected to reiterate this call and to push it through for adoption by his colleagues.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Landmark Promotions, Anthony Kermah says three of his boxers are preparing for their world title bouts. Ghana’s Raphael Mensah (31-0, 23 KO’s) will be in the ring for the World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight world title. He would be facing it off with champion Albert Machado (19-0, 16 KO’s) from Puerto Rico to defend his belt against the number 2 rated WBA super featherweight boxer from Ghana. The bout between Raphael Mensah and his Puerto Rican champion has been sanctioned for 27 January, 2018 in Los Angeles.   Isaac Ekpo, from Nigeria who fought in Germany in 2016, would be going for an automatic rematch after the World Boxing Authority established that he was robbed. A date is yet to set for this bout, he said in an interview with Rainbow Sports. Habib Ahmed, will take on the challenge with Gilberto Ramires, WBO Super Middleweight World Title bout at Bank of America Centre, Corpus Christy, Texas, United States. His bout is scheduled for February 3, 2018. When asked how prepared his boxers were, Mr. Kemah said, the boxers have intensified their training so they will make the country proud. ‘’The boxers are preparing ahead of the world title bouts. We have had an intensive four-week training already and we are still training hard.’’ According to him, they need support for the boxers and ‘’the support we need is not just in cash but can be in kind. It can be morally and spiritually. We want to change the face of boxing in Ghana and give these boxers professional training.’’ He added: ‘’we want to assist any young person who has expressed interest in boxing. We want to take them off the streets so they do not become misfits in the society.’’   Assisting talented boxers he stressed remains their core value. ‘’When we realize you have what it takes to reach the world stage, we at Landmark Promotions, will seek for support and assist you so you will make the country proud.’’ He appealed to the president to pay attention to boxing in Ghana so we can have well trained boxers who can win world titles. The boxers on their part were optimistic of victory. Raphael Mensah told Rainbow Radio’s Nana Prempeh that, he was more than prepared and has promised to win the title to make the country proud.   He has been promised a three-bedroom apartment should he chalk victory for Ghana.   Coach Ofori Asare, trainer for the two Ghanaian boxers said, the boxers are well prepared and they are poised to bring the titles home.   By: Nana Prempeh
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says, in line with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture’s target of generating jobs, especially for the youth and unemployed, the Marine Drive Tourism Investment Project, from construction to the operational stage, is expected to employ some 150,000 people. Expressing his appreciation to all who have, in diverse ways, helped to ensure that the Marine Drive Tourism Enclave becomes reality, the President was expectant that the project will be completed on time, and within the stipulated construction period. “I am confident that all of us, gathered here, will be present again here, very soon, for the commissioning of this project”, he added. President Akufo-Addo made this known on Friday, 15th December, 2017, when he cut the sod for the construction of the Marine Drive Investment Project. The project, situated on a total of 248 acres of land, is a Public-Private Partnership, will boost tourism, create jobs for the youth, especially those within the catchment area, and increase economic growth. Commending the Minister for Tourism, Hon. Catherine Afeku, MP, for bringing this initiative to reality, President Akufo-Addo recounted the pledge to revive the country’s tourism, made by the New Patriotic Party and himself, in the run-up to the December 2016 elections. “Today, we begin the realization of this pledge, with the construction of the Marine Drive Tourism Investment Project. We are all aware how countries all over the world, particularly our neighbours in West Africa, have made good use of their beachfronts, and, as a result, rake in considerable revenues for the development of their communities and countries. We intend to go down that path,” the President said. With the conception of this project dating back to the time of independence, President Akufo-Addo stated that “I am happy that, in spite of the many unsuccessful efforts made in the past to undertake this project, today, we are beginning this project.” He continued, “It is noteworthy, also, that the required consultations have been done prior to this ceremony. I am happy to hear that the Chiefs have given their full support to the project, and that their concerns have been addressed. Nii mei, wƆn da nyɛ shi.” Typical of projects such as this, planners, most often than not, consider only the economic or financial benefits. “In ensuring that was not the case in this project, the architects and planners have ensured that the interests of the public have been factored into the design. They have put in place a network of well-connected, multi-use public spaces, that fit with the surrounding communities,” he noted. The President continued, “The architects, Messrs David Adjaye and Associates, featuring the renowned, world-acclaimed Ghanaian architect, Sir David Adjaye, have also included, in this project, a Theme Park, in honour of the founding fathers of our nation, the legendary ‘Big Six’.” This Park, the President explained, “will be a monument that will celebrate their contribution towards the liberation of our country from colonialism and foreign domination.”    
The external branches of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) are kicking against proposed amendments by the party to prevent members from the diaspora from contesting for any position of office within the party.   The ruling NPP has proposed a constitutional amendment to commensurate with the national constitution where people with dual citizenship will not be allowed to contest for any position in the party. The party will be considering the proposal at its Annual Delegates Congress to be held on Sunday December 17, 2017 in Kumasi.   The external branches are against the proposal and have therefore, appealed to all delegates to the conference not to entertain any constitutional amendment which will prevent people abroad and with dual citizenship from contesting.   Organizer for the NPP in Holland, Solomon Nyarko, says the proposal is retrogressive and should not be entertained by any delegate.   He quizzed why the party will accept donations and dues from members abroad and yet, they will propose for the same people to be prevented from contesting positions in the party due to their dual citizenship.   When asked if they will consider resigning from the party should the proposal be upheld by delegates, he said, we will resign from the party but there are so many ways for killing a cat and we will decide on what to do when the need arises.
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