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The Ghana Tourism Authority on Tuesday closed down the La Pleasure Beach Resort in Accra over poor sanitary conditions existing at the facility. The Bamboo Pub and Accra Del Mar Restaurant at the Titanic Beach Resort on the Sakumono-Tema Beach road also in Accra were closed down for similar offences in clear violation of the Tourism Act (LI 1205, Accommodation and Catering Enterprises Regulation). The law enjoins hospitality services to maintain highest standards in the discharge of their operations to satisfy clients as well as boost the tourism industry. A joint team from the GTA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) carried out the exercise which took them to other facilities including the La-Boma Beach Resort, Billy Jane Restaurant and Vienna City Restaurant among others. It followed increasing public outcry over the deplorable conditions of some hospitality institutions in the country and the danger or discomfort it posed to patrons. In a recent video gone viral on social media which perhaps triggered the action of the joint taskforce, patrons of some of these facilities complained of the stinking filth in such places of relaxation and the indictment it had on the country’s tourism sector. A tour of the facilities by the tem confirmed the allegations as some of the resorts had heaps of refuse collected on their shores with others having awful or no places of convenience for patrons. An inspection of some kitchens of the resorts visited also saw utensils in very unhygienic state as others had exposed electrical wires and gadgets which could spark fire at any given moment. The La Pleasure Beach for instance, had its main toilet sewage gushing out in an uncovered pit with abandoned wooded structures dotted all over the beach as some operators also burnt refuse openly disregarding the health risk it posed to patrons. The Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GTA, Akwasi Agyemang speaking to the media disclosed that the Authority in conjunction with the EPA had earlier written to the management of some hospitality institutions that were operating below acceptable standards. “We had received complaints of conditions prevailing at the La Pleasure Beach and we have confirmed them for ourselves so we have temporarily closed down the facility till such a time that we see concrete action to put the place in good shape for tourists,” he stated. The CEO indicated that his outfit would engage management of the facility moving forward to ensure the right standards were upheld. He allayed fears that such harsh actions could cripple Ghanaian-owned businesses saying, “We are mindful of the high patronage of such facilities and the revenue they accrue for the country so our intentions are not to collapse businesses but only that the right thing is done.” Credit: Ghanaian Times
Ten people are reported dead after a head on collision of two Yutong buses on the Suhum-Nsawam highway Wednesday dawn. Information gathered by rainbowradioonline.com indicated that, the accident which occurred around 5 a.m left many others injured. The buses, one from Techiman to Accra and the other from the opposite direction collided head-on at Asuboi near Suhum. As at 8 a.m officials from the police and fire service were at the scene to retrieve bodies from the wreckage, Maxwell reports. The injured are currently on admission at the Suhum Government Hospital receiving treatment.
Private legal practitioner, lawyer Tony Lithur has issued a statement appealing to the general public to respectfully give him and his family the privacy to deal with an intended divorce he filed against his wife, Nana Oye Lithur, the former Gender Minister. A petition of divorce filed against the former minister by the husband who is seeking for divorce, has gone viral on social media with some media portals publishing the story. But lawyer Lithur through the statement appealed to the public to give them privacy to deal with the issue in private. The statement read: ‘’my attention has been drawn to the publication on social media of the docket copy of a petition for divorce I have filed against Nana Oye Lithur at the Divorce and Matrimonial Division of the High Court, Accra and some pictures of us. While acknowledging the existence of the filed petition, I would like to say that the process is an emotional difficult one for us and our children. ‘’I would, therefore, very respectfully and humbly, ask the general public to kindly give us, our children and loved ones some privacy to deal quietly with this painful stage of our lives,’’ the statement concluded.
Two Nigeriens, a husband and a wife, Jamal Mahamadu, 28, Naser Mahamadu, 27, have been arrested by the Police in Brong Ahafo region after they stole nearly Ghc16,000 from a shop, selling construction materials in Tamale. According to Rainbow Radio’s Prince Kwane Tamakloe, the two , approached the shop owner, Aminu Haruna and introduced themselves as charity workers who were building mosques for some Muslims in the region’s remote villages. The suspects reportedly lured the the owner that were buying some building materials for the charity work Superintendent Kusi Appiah, the Regional Crime Officer,aid the husband managed to engage the shop owner in a conversation and was able to convince him to take a walk away from the office where the money was kept. According to the Crime Officer, the wife who was left behind then sneaked into the room and picked the money; GH15, 400.00, from a drawer. The two left the shop area almost immediately after the heist in a Toyota Corolla vehicle but an informant was able to identify the registration number of the vehicle as GE 4547-18. The police he noted received a wireless message after the shop owner reported the issue, informing officers across the region about the crime. The vehicle was later intercepted by police at Techiman in the Brong Ahafo region few hours after the wireless message. He said a search by officers found the amount and the two were taken into custody. The crime officer said the two had been transferred to Tamale and have been charged with conspiracy to steal and stealing. They are expected to have their first appearance in court today, Wednesday 13, to face the charges. The police revealed the couple were already on a wanted list for stealing GH3,000 from a mobile money vendor three months ago.
The immediate past managing director for the Bulk Oil Storage and Transport (BOST) Company Limited, Alfred Obeng, has expressed his deepest appreciation to President Akufo-Addo for the opportunity granted him to serve. Mr. Obeng in a statement said he accepts the decision to dismiss him in good faith and has urged his well wishers to support the president to deliver on his mandate. ‘’I accept the decision in good faith and urge all affected colleagues to do same as we rally our unflinching support to the president.’’ He has also expressed his willingness to offer his expertise in any capacity when needed. ‘’To all my admirers, staff of BOST and relations showing support, I urge and appeal to you to come on board and support the president. In government or not, I wish the government and my party to succeed,’’ the statement added.
Illegal squatters who have encroached Achimota School land have been given up to Thursday June 14, 2018 to vacate or face eviction. The Achimota School has been battling with en¬croachment on its lands by private developers, individ¬uals, business owners, churches and, recently, some displaced residents of Old Fadama (Sodom and Gomorrah). The Member of Parliament for Okaikoi North, Mr. Fuseini Issah said, it has become extremely difficult to evict the squatters despite the numerous notifications. He told Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, an attempt was made to evict the encroachers last year but they pleaded for an extension to November 2017 but they have failed to move out. ‘’The area is full of squatters. Crime is increasing on daily basis. The evidence is that, people wake up to see dead bodies on several occasions. We cannot allow this to continue. We want to be proactive. We cannot allow this to continue in an A list school like Achimota. People are putting up structures and when you ask them, they will tell you they bought the space from people. Last year August, we served notice and asked them to move but they requested for more time. The time we gave them has elapsed and they are still here,’’ he said. The Old Students Association in 2015 petitioned former President John Dramani Mahama and Parliament to intervene. Some of the encroachers told our reporters that they currently relocating. ‘’Some of the encroachers have started moving out because they have found a new place. Some of us are unable to move because we have not found a place. We want them to give us four more months so we can find a place so we relocate,’’ an encroacher said.
Saudi-backed government forces have begun an assault on the key Yemeni port of Hudaydah, which is held by rebels. The port is the main point of entry for aid for people in rebel-held areas and agencies have warned of a humanitarian catastrophe if it is attacked. About eight million people in the war-torn country are at risk of starvation. Bombing started after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels ignored a deadline set by the government to withdraw by midnight (21:00 GMT on Tuesday). How are operations unfolding? On Tuesday, the exiled government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi said efforts persuade the rebels to withdraw had been exhausted. The Saudi-owned Al Arabiya network reported early on Wednesday that the "liberation" of Hudaydah had begun with a large-scale ground assault supported by air and naval cover from a Saudi-led multinational coalition. Coalition warplanes and warships carried out strikes against rebel positions around the city. "The liberation of Hudaydah port is a turning point in our struggle to recapture Yemen from the militias that hijacked it to serve foreign agendas," a government statement said. Why is city being targeted? The Saudi-led coalition has accused the rebels of using Hudaydah to smuggle in Iranian weapons. Both Iran and the rebels deny this. The UN had been trying to get parties to the conflict to reach a deal that would avert an attack on the city. An estimated 600,000 people live in the area. On Friday, the UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator for Yemen Lise Grande warned: "In a prolonged worst case, we fear that as many as 250,000 people may lose everything - even their lives." The Saudi-led coalition intervened in the civil war in Yemen in March 2015 as forces loyal to President Hadi battled the Houthi movement, which champions Yemen's Zaidi Shia Muslim minority. Since then, more than 6,385 civilians have been killed and 10,000 others injured, according to the UN. The vast majority of those casualties have been the result of coalition air strikes. The fighting and a partial blockade by the coalition has also left 22 million people in need of humanitarian aid, created the world's largest food security emergency, and led to a cholera outbreak that is thought to have affected a million people. Source: BBC
A woman lost her daughter all because no one was willing to lift her baby because she was premature. On her arrival at the hospital, nurses did not bother to ask or attend to her to see what the situation was. Out of negligence she lost her baby. She shared her experience during the phone in segment on Frontline, the morning show on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm. According to the woman, [name withheld] the nurses made no attempt to treat the baby in her condition and concluded nothing can be done to save the baby’s life. She quotes “These acts have been so vibrant and regular that it is termed as normal in hospitals”. Both the rich and poor experience the negligence and it is very sad. She added that, people who were trained to be caring no longer discharge their duties in a professional and ethical manner.. There are no signs of empathy, sympathy and compassion and this is a shame to the country. She explained these acts really show how bad and rotten the system has become. We cherish the dead than the living and it is absurd. It is not going to get any better if the government and individuals do not step up their game. By: Nii Nai Afful (Intern, Rainbow Radio)
Ghana's Attorney General, Madam Gloria Akuffo says it will be an act of irresponsibility on the part of government to allow the current Ghana Football Association (GFA), to function after some officials were captured on tape allegedly accepting bribes to influence their work. The minister said although she is willing to give executives from GHALCA an opportunity to meet her over the intended plans to dissolve the GFA, it will not halt the processes for the dissolution. GHALCA met with the Sports Minister, Mr Asiamah and have suggested taking over the running of the Ghana FA and call for an emergency congress. But the minister rejected their proposal and insisted government will not reverse the dissolution plan. GHALCA has since planned on meeting the Attorney General. However, before they even meet to discuss their issues, Madam Akuffo says the plan to dissolve GFA will not be reversed. ‘’I can only say categorically that, we will go on with this petition. We are seeking a restructuring…Our position is that, the GFA as presently constituted, especially if you consider, it is not only the subscribers who are involved in this. Referees, regional directors, almost everybody associated…are not only bleeding and using the FA for their personal gain through illegal means, but they are also affecting the performance of football in this country.’’ According to the minister, although government has invested resources in revamping football in the country, the nation has not benefited from the heavy investments saying, ‘’…in fact it is inequitable, it is illegal, it will be irresponsible if we continue to sit back and allow the FA as presently constituted to continue to operate.’’ Madam Gloria Akuffo said, the court action which resulted in a ten-day-ban on all FA activities, was triggered because two of the officials made an attempt to travel to Russia to attend a FIFA event over the weekend. An Accra High Court has banned GFA activities for ten days. The order of the court, therefore bars the GFA and its officials from carrying out all official duties at least for ten days. The injunction comes after the government filed a petition at the High Court for the dissolution of the GFA. The minister explained, the injunction will hold the situation pending the determination of the petition which is asking that, the GFA be liquidated because it is the view of government that, the GFA as constituted presently, is not performing the objects for which it was incorporated. And from the Anas video, clearly, its being used as a vehicle for illegality and the government cannot sit back…’’
A presidential staffer has been suspended for 30 days after engaging in social media banter with some supporters of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP). Dr Louise Carol Serwaa Donkor has been suspended from her duties at the presidency, as statement from the seat of government, Jubilee House has stated. The statement which announced her suspension described her conduct as disparaging to the Ghanaian society. The suspended staffer incurred the wrath of NPP supporters last week through a Facebook which she posted on her page. Ms Donkor, who is the number 114 on the list of 998 is, in addition to her presidential staffer role, a leading member of controversial girls group PepperDem. Her post on Facebook which got her suspended read: “You shouldn’t”, she encouraged her friend who posted it. “You can’t reason with them (footsoldiers).” She said. “It’s like tribalist”, she added.
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