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Massive unemployment has hit the Mion district of the Northern region as a result of farmers having no access to tractors to plough their lands for farming. Some  farmers in the Mion district are faced with constant inadequate access to tractor services to plough their lands on time for the farming season. This has been a long standing problem affecting the people of the Mion district whose population has over 98 percent being crop farmers. A lot of communities including Cheggu, Jimli, Tuya, Sang among others are confronted with this problem which has eventually made farming activities slow within the district. Not only are there inadequate but even the few that are available, frequently breakdown due to poor roads. The shortage of these tractor services in the area according to some residents our reporter Prince Kwame Tamakloe spoke to said, the situation has led to most of the youth in the area migrate to cities like Accra, Kumasi and Tamale for unavailable jobs with the females engaging in prostitution and head porting (Kayaye). One Mr Hudu Mohammed explained that even the few tractors that are available rush in ploughing, the farm lands so they will be able to plough for thousand others waiting. “My brother, we are suffering, the few tractors that are there, the operators don't plough well because they are in hurry to go and plough for some people also,’’ he lamented. However, in order to support these farmers to have solution to this problem, a nongovernmental organization called Empowerment for Life (E4L) trained some farming groups in the district on partnership and networking to equip them with knowledge and skills to form a network to advance their advocacy. Not only this the E4L under the GDCA have supported the farmers by securing tractor services for the farmers but considering the number of farmers in the area and meeting farming season deadline, extra tractors in the Mion district must be provided.   GDCA - E4L together with the farmers are calling on individuals, civil society organizations and the government especially to intervene by providing tractors for the small hood farmer in order to help farmers increase production, ensures food security, generate employment thereby gaining income for the small farm households. By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe 
At Adukrom a town in Juaboso, a 4 year old child fell into a hole which was covered up by water as result of the heavy down pour of rain. Family members of the child and some people in the community came together as a group to search for the child in all the waterways for two hours after the rains had stopped. According to our reporter, Christopher Anto, the mother of the child was not around, as she had travelled out of the town and could not be reached upon several calls being made to reach her. Traditional rites have been performed in the water where the child fell, in order for the body of the child to appear.     By: Otoo Jonathan Ardday (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
A 67-year-old woman has been stoned to death by the people of Tindongo in the Upper East region, after she was accused of being a witch. Rainbow Radio’s Justice Anthony in an interview Kwame Tutu said the deceased was stoned by her own family after consulting a traditional priest who alleged that she was a witch. According to him, the family first took Madam Yednboka Keena to the Pelungu Chief but the Chief allegedly told her accusers that she could not handle the matter since there wasn’t any law that allows for people to be stoned on basis that they are witches. The incident happened Monday, May 29, 2017, the same Captain Maxwell Mahama was murdered by the people of Denkyira West in the Central region. The police has since launched an investigation into the matter, he added.   ‘’She was stoned to death by own family who accused her of killing her grandchild. They claim she used her witchcraft to kill the grandchild and so after consulting a traditional priest who alleged that the woman was a witch, they stoned her to death.’’
The police and residents in Somanya have reportedly engaged in a fracas  resulting in the injury of two people. The confrontation according to an eye witness was as a result of the arrest of the person who led a demonstration against the ECG offices over what they [residents] described as outrageous. Properties at the facility were destroyed in the process. A vehicle belonging to the police was reportedly vandalised by the angry youth of Krobo. Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio, an eyewitness said the Assemblyman who led the demonstration Dindiindin Adamitey, was picked up by the Police Monday morning and is currently in custody assisting with investigations. Chaos has engulfed the town as the Police resort to warning shots in an attempt to disperse the angry crowd, Isabella the eyewitness said.      
A 16 year-old girl has died after attempting to commit abortion in the Bekwai district of the Ashanti region. Akos, was believed to be carrying a four-month old pregnancy, Rainbow Radio’s Abdul Malik Anokye has reported. The deceased, according to sources, used a substance suspected to be weedicide. He said mother of deceased declined to take responsibility of the girl and so she used the chemical to abort the pregnancy. Meanwhile, the police has declared the boy who allegedly impregnated the deceased wanted.      
A four year-girl girl, Precious Sarpomaa Boateng died after a wall collapsed in Soko a suburb of Sukura in the Greater Accra region. Two other children have also sustained serious injuries our reporter, Nhyiraba Kwabena Asirifi reported. Narrating the incident to Nyankonton Mu Nsem he said, the three victims were on their way to buy cerelac wheat when the wall collapsed on them. According to him, the four year-old boy died on the spot whereas the two others sustained serious injuries. They are currently on admission at the hospital. Mother of the deceased boy speaking to Rainbow Radio said, the father came over to the house to pick the child to attend the naming ceremony of his [father’s] new born baby. According to the woman, although she was no longer married to the deceased father, she could not prevent him from picking up his daughter.      
A 22 year-old final year student who is preparing to write the Basic Certificate Examination (BECE), Stephen Oppong has met his untimely death after falling into a ‘galamsey’ pit in the Western region. The student of Nsayamu Junior High School (JHS) according to Rainbow Radio’s Christopher Anto, died on the spot after falling into the pit. Narrating the incident to Nyankonton Mu Nsem, he said, Oppong was an illegal miner and died in the course of his work. Other colleagues who were working with him rushed to seek for help but he was dead before they arrived. The body has since been deposited at the morgue.    
Chaplin of the Kumas Central Prison, Rev. Canon Paa Kwesi Ansah, has revealed an acute shortage of medicines has hit infirmaries of Prisons across the Ashanti Region. According to him, the situation which has been frequent,  is affecting healthcare delivery to inmates of prisons in the region. Rev. Ansah blamed the shortage on insufficient budgetary allocation from the government. The Chaplin speaking at a short ceremony to receive foodstuff and cosmetics from a philanthropist, indicated that officers are sometimes forced to use their own money to buy drugs for the inmates. The items worth GHC30,000 was donated by the owner of St Monica’s Company, Mama Serwaah Nyarkoh.    
A building has collapsed on Maame Akua Kerah, 85 and her grandson Akwasi Boadi at Akyem Ofoase in the Akyemansa district of the Eastern region. The incident has shocked residents because according to them, there was no heavy downpour or strong wind which may have caused the incident. The 85 year-old woman according to Teacher Ntow who reported the incident was pronounced dead on arrival at the St. John’s Clinic at Akyem Ofoase. The grandson is currently on admission at the same facility receiving treatment.    
A man believed to be in his 50s Kojo Braimah, has committed suicide by hanging himself to death at the Agona West Constituency village of Oboyambo in the Central Region. An eyewitness who narrated the story to Rainbow Radio said Mr. Kojo Braimah had earlier on informed his wife, Madam Abena of his plans to travel but did not tell exactly where he was heading for. Later on Monday noon, the wife found her husband dead, hanging  in his cocoa farm. She then rushed home to report the unfortunate incident. The police has since picked up the body ahead of further investigations.       By: Daniel Asuku
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