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A two months old baby boy was  saved by the bell after he was buried alive at Elmina Bantuma in the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem Municipality in Central Region. An eyewitness, Peter Ampah, disclosed to Nyankonton Mu Nsem that, the baby was found early this morning by some labourers who were working on a new plot of land which is being developed within the locality. The labourers had gone to pack some concrete blocks on the land.  He stressed that, one of the labourers went behind a building on the said land to urinate and in doing that, he saw the hand of a baby moving. The labourer he added got sacred, and so, he quickly called on the other labourers to come and witness what he had seen. With the timely intervention of Peter Ampah, the baby was  pulled out from the pit. Fortunately, the baby was still alive and was sent to the Elmina Urban Health for initial treatment. Doctors at the hospital are now preparing to refer the baby to the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital popularly for further treatment. The identity of the mother of the bay is yet to be established, he concluded.     By: Eric Ato Ampiah (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
Residents at Awutu Bontrase a farming community in the Central region have resorted to open defecation in the market due to lack of a toilet facility. The residents speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem’s Nana Yaw Asante said, they have no other option but to defecate in the open. Open defecation is the practice of people defecatingoutside and not into a designated toilet. The term is widely used in literature about water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) issues in developing countries.    
A man believed to be in his twenties has died from excessive consumption of locally manufactured gin popularly called ‘akpeteshie’. The deceased whose name was given as Osime, died on Sunday August 6, 2017 at Adeiso during a funeral ceremony held for his late father. Narrating the incident to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, our reporter Prince Bening said, Osime was buried the same day.    
A herbalist, Mr. Sackitey Opata, who doubles as an elder of the Assemblies of God Church, Anoma Kwadwo branch and under the Osunasi district in the Eastern region, is in the grips of the police for mistakenly selling weedicide  to a client which has caused her [client’s] death.   The suspect is said to have mistakenly handed over the weedicide which was in a similar bottle to the herbal medicine, to the deceased, Madam Helena Oparibea.   He [suspect] after realizing that he had handed over the weedicide to the Madam Oparibea, rushed to her house in the bid to stop her from drinking the poisonous substance. However, Madam Helena Oparibea had consumed the substance before he got to her house, Nyankonton Mu Nsem’s Prince Bening reported. Upon arrest, Mr.Opata told the police that, he mistakenly handed over the substance to the deceased and made effort to stop her from drinking it after he realized the error.  However, Madam Helena Oparibea was dead before he could reach her. An investigation has been launched into the matter.
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.      
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