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A man has died and 10 people have been injured after a man drove a van into worshippers near a north London mosque. The Met Police said eight were taken to hospital and several were seriously injured in the "terrorist attack". The van hit people just after midnight BST who were attending to a man who had collapsed in the street. He later died, but his cause of death is unclear. Police said all the victims were Muslim and that a 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Eyewitness Abdul Rahman said the driver said he wanted to "kill all Muslims". Mr Rahman told the BBC he struck the man and helped subdue him. "When the guy came out from his van he wanted to escape, run away and he was saying 'I want to kill Muslims. 'I want to kill Muslims.' "I hit him on his stomach... and then me and the other guys... we held him to the ground until he couldn't move. We stopped him until the police came." Metropolitan Police's deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu said the "terrorist attack" began when the van was driven into a man who was already being given first aid by the public on the pavement. "Sadly that man has died. It is too early to state if his death was a result of this attack." All the victims were Muslim, several are "seriously injured" and there are currently no-other suspects, he added. Extra police are being deployed to reassure communities, especially those observing Ramadan, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said. He also said his "thoughts and prayers" were with those affected by the "horrific terrorist attack on innocent people". "While this appears to be an attack on a particular community, like the terrible attacks in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge it is also an assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect." Forensics officers are examining a white van which has Pontyclun Van Hire on it - a firm from Rhondda Cynon Taff in Wales. Harun Khan, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain said: "Over the past weeks and months, Muslims have endured many incidents of Islamophobia, and this is the most violent manifestation to date. "We expect the authorities to increase security outside mosques as a matter of urgency." Many of the victims are believed to have just left evening prayers at the Muslim Welfare House after breaking the Ramadan fast. It has appealed for calm, adding that "all of our efforts should be towards getting justice for the victims and ensuring our community stays the diverse, tolerant and welcome place we know it to be". The prime minister will chair a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee later. Mrs May described it as a "terrible incident", adding: "All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones and the emergency services on the scene." If confirmed as a terror attack it would be the fourth such incident in the UK in four months, after attacks in Westminster, Manchester and on London Bridge. The van driver was arrested after being detained by members of the public at the scene following the collision at 00:20 BST. Police said there were no reports of anyone suffering from knife injuries after speculation at the scene the driver was armed with a knife. Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi said he was among a group of people helping an elderly worshipper who had fallen down when the van swerved towards them. Video posted online of the aftermath showed a scene of chaos as people tried to help the injured. One man could be seen giving CPR to a victim in the street while another man's head injury was treated with a makeshift dressing. An eyewitness told how he jumped out the way of the van as it struck. He said: "He just came into all of us. There was a lot of people. We got told to move straight away. "I was shocked, shocked, shocked. There were bodies around me. "Thank God I just moved to the side. I just jumped. Everyone is hurt. Everyone is actually hurt." Another who lives in a flat on Seven Sisters Road told the BBC she saw people "shouting and screaming". "Everyone was shouting 'a van's hit people'. "There was this white van stopped outside Finsbury Park Mosque that seems to have hit people who were coming out of the mosque after prayers finished." She said the road was "backed up" with police cars, ambulance and fire engines.   Source: BBC
Policy Think Tank, Strategic Thinkers Network (STRANEK), is calling for the immediate resignation of Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta pending the outcome of the investigations currently ongoing into the issuance of the controversial $2.25 billion bond by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).  According to STRANEK, if the Minister does not resign, it will smack a possible conflict of interest. The group has since petitioned the president on the matter which they want an immediate action taken. The statement said: ‘’ STRANEK finds worrying possibilities of “conflict of interest” in the deal, consequent to which a petition has been presented to Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) stating that the Minister for Finance, Mr. Ofori-Attah, “has attempted to promote a private, personal interest for himself or for some family members and business associates and the promotion of the private interest has resulted in, or was intended to result in, or appears to have resulted in, or has the potential to result in an interference with the objective exercise of his duties and an improper benefit or an advantage by virtue of his position”, necessitating a call for an investigation into the bond deal.’’ Government on Monday April 3, 2017, announced it was successful in the auction of a total of 2.25 billion dollars in four bonds.     The first two bonds, totaling 1.13 billion dollars, was issued at 15 and 7 years period with the same coupon of 19.75%. The Minority in Parliament raised serious concerns over the bond which they claimed was shrouded in secrecy and moved a motion to invite the Minister to come and explain the bond. The Minister when he appeared before the House denied the claims and insisted that the bond was not shrouded in secrecy. He also indicated that the Minority lacked understanding of the bond. The Minority further slammed the Minister and accused him of not being truthful over the bond. Meanwhile, STRANEK believes the Minister must step aside to allow CHRAJ conduct a proper investigation into the matter. Below is the full statement *MR KEN OFORI-ATTA MUST STEP ASIDE PENDING CHRAJ’S ENQUIRY INTO THE CONTROVERSIAL $2.25 BILLION BOND ISSUE-STRANEK*   An issue which has come to our attention is the widespread controversy surrounding Government’s $2.25 billion bond issue early this year.   We at Strategic Thinkers Network (STRANEK), a policy think tank whose mission is to provide practical recommendations on issues of politics and governance for the benefit of Ghana have microscopically been following events surrounding the deal which, particularly has received the widespread condemnation from industry experts and civil society. Moreover, this controversial issue has once again put the country on the spotlight for the wrong reasons, with investors nursing the fear of buying Government of Ghana (GOG) bonds.   STRANEK finds worrying possibilities of “conflict of interest” in the deal, consequent to which a petition has been presented to Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) stating that the Minister for Finance, Mr. Ofori-Attah, “has attempted to promote a private, personal interest for himself or for some family members and business associates and the promotion of the private interest has resulted in, or was intended to result in, or appears to have resulted in, or has the potential to result in an interference with the objective exercise of his duties and an improper benefit or an advantage by virtue of his position”, necessitating a call for an investigation into the bond deal.   In order to bring finality to the matter, we at STRANEK find it prudent to humbly ask the high office of the country to ensure that Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta steps aside as Minister for Finance pending investigations into the matter before CHRAJ. This is to help avert possibilities of the Finance Minister tampering with evidence which may help CHRAJ in its investigations.   It is also to allow the Commission the needed space to dig deep into the matter and present transparent findings which will be acceptable by the Ghanaian people.   STRANEK reiterates the pivotal campaign promise by H.E. Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo to Ghanaians on a clean and transparent government in addition to his unflinching commitment to fight corruption irrespective of who is involved.   Indeed, we at STRANEK admire his zeal and adrenaline to end corruption. Thus, it is our humble view that it would be in the interest of this country for him to preserve the sanctity, reputation and investor-confidence of the nation by giving our request the needed consideration.   STRANEK recommends that unless and until CHRAJ finally concludes investigations into the$2.25 billion bond deal, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta must step aside.   We are involved in building our motherland Ghana.   Signed. Nii Tettey Tetteh   Executive Director
Ghana’s immediate past president, John Dramani Mahama has dedicated  this year’s Fathers’ Day to the late Major Maxwell Adam Mahama, who was lynched at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central region. The former president an uncle to the deceased, took to his twitter page to dedicate the day which is recognised worldwide to appreciate the role of fatahers.   Ex president Mahama took to Twitter and  twitted ‘’dedicating this father’s day to Major Mahama and all servicemen who’ve fallen in the line of duty and their children robbed of daddy’s joy.” Major Mahama was lynched by some residents of Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region who were reported to have mistaken the army officer's identity as an armed robber. He was given a state burial on June 9 and buried same day at the Military Cemetery.   He’s survived by a young wife and two kids.
Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia will leave Ghana on Tuesday, June 20 for a 5-day working visit to China. The Vice President is expected to hold talks with his Chinese counterpart as well as the Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Yu Zhengsheng, a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry said. As part of the visit the two nations would explore cooperation in areas of capacity building, investment, financing and infrastructure development. Dr Bawumia would also attend the China-Ghana Investment, Production and Capacity Co-operation Forum and meet a number of renowned Chinese financial institutions and entrepreneurs.    
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated that donor support to the budgets of the Ministries of Education, Health and Gender, Children and Social Protection, in 2016, is the equal to the revenue allegedly diverted by some 19 customs officials who were arrested recently.   It will be recalled that three (3) weeks ago, the country’s law enforcement agencies cracked allegedly a syndicate of 19 persons at the Tema Harbour, comprising customs officials and representatives of three clearing and freight forwarding agencies, who were allegedly responsible for the loss of some GH¢1.2 billion in revenue to the state.   Referring to figures from the Ministry of Finance, President Akufo-Addo stated that the budget for the Ministry of Health in 2016 amounted to some GH¢2.9 billion. Out of this amount, GH¢743 million, representing 26% of the Ministry’s budget, was financed by overseas donors.   Again, the President noted that the Ministry of Education’s budget for 2016, amounting to GH¢5.9 billion, saw a contribution of GH¢323 million by overseas donors; whereas the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, whose budget for 2016 GH¢463 million received donor support of GH¢70 million.   “So in three Ministries of our social sector – health, education and gender – out of a total budget of GH¢9.2 billion, GH¢1.2 billion is overseas aid or donor support. And yet, one group of alleged racketeers at Tema can deny us revenue of GH¢1.2 billion,” he lamented.   The President noted that with a handful of customs officials and representatives of clearing agencies allegedly responsible for this level of loss, one can, therefore, imagine the leakages and the seepages that exists in the country’s revenue collection system.   “The fight against corruption is about ourselves, it is not so a big a theoretical thing in the air. They (corrupt officials) are degrading our capacity to control our own development, and to be able to do so with our heads high and not with our hands up, begging people to come and help us. We should not be in that position,” he bemoaned.   The President continued, “We appreciate the contributions and the support that our friends across the world make to our country and to its development. We are not looking gift horses in the mouth, but we should be capable of financing our own development, so that whatever anybody else wants to come and give is like a bonus, the icing on the cake.”   These statistics, the President indicated, “tells you how important the fight against corruption is. If it is, indeed, true that the leakages (from the ports) can be anything between GH¢7 billion to GH¢10 billion, then you can appreciate the magnitude of where we are. Those pocketing these sums of money, and denying these monies to our exchequer, are, essentially, denying our capacity to develop.”   He assured Ghanaians that “to the extent that God gives me health and strength, I am going to do my best to make sure that the fight against corruption is won.”   Describing Ghana as a country of considerable resources, with 27 million hardworking people, President Akufo-Addo noted that “if we handle the resources of our country honestly and intelligently, there is no limit to where we can go.”   The reason why the fight against corruption is such an important matter for his government and the people of Ghana, he explained, is because of the project that we (government) have put before our people.   “We want to put Ghana in the situation ‘Beyond Aid’. We want to be able to mobilize Ghana’s own resources to handle the problems of its development. We are not a poor country in Ghana. We are a country of considerable resources, with 27 million people, hardworking people in the land which is blessed with a lot that nature has given us,” he added.     President Akufo-Addo was addressing the Ghanaian community resident in the United Kingdom, at an event held at the Central Hall, Westminster, London, on Friday, June 16, 2017, when he made these known.
The General Manager of ICE TV, Samuel Owusu Asare has denied claims that General Overseer and Founder of International God’s Way Church, Bishop Daniel Obinim aka Angel Obinim owns the station. He made the denial when he spoke to Agyemang Prempeh on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm. The station he said does not belong to the controversial man of God neither does he [Obinim] have a single share in the station. The station was part of three stations that have had a complaint filed against them by two renowned broadcasters for airing porn on their channels. He added, the station will soon be launched and when that is done, Ghanaians will know who owns the channel. Meanwhile, entertainment critic and owner of OXY FM, Alfred Larbi has disputed the claims insisting that, the station is owned by Obinim. He has therefore challenged him to reconsider his position as a man of God and order the porn to be taken off the channel. Two broadcasters, Messrs Tommy-Annan Forson and James Kwasi Oberko, have made a complaint against three television stations in Ghana for showing films with pornographic scenes on their channels. The two, on Monday, 12th June, 2017, presented their complaint to the National Media Commission and the Ministry of Information against TV XYZ, Ice TV and Thunder TV, for showing these films to their audience.       But the Manager said their audience have provided positive feedback thus until they protest, the TV station will continue to satisfy their viewers’ interest.    
General Manager of Ice TV, Samuel Owusu Asare says the channel will not kowtow to the petition presented to the National Media Commission (NMC) and Information Ministry by two renowned journalists and stop showing pornography films on their channels. Speaking to Agyemang Prempeh on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the Manager said, he cannot set aside his business plan and serve the interest of the two aggrieved journalists who are not happy about their content. He quizzed how many Ghanaians have complained that they disliked the content on the television station and what study they two conducted to reach their decision to petition the NMC. ‘’I have insisted that until the NMC gives us a directive on what to do, we will not base on a mere report and stop showing the content,’’ he told Agyemang Prempeh the host when he was asked whether they will continue showing the programme. He confirmed receipt of a letter from the NMC to Ice TV to respond to the petition from the two journalists. According to him, there is no law that prevents them from airing the porn rather there is a guideline for TV channels to follow through, however, they [Management] cannot hang their necks with the guidelines. When asked why they show the porn, he said, they have undertaken a business feasibility studies and from what they have gathered, showing the porn is highly patronised by viewers. He stressed, ‘’to stop or not to stop airing the porn will be premised on our laws. If the law which I am not above or my TV station and lawyer are not above it, bars me from doing what I am doing, I will stop it. But if we are going to use guidelines to ask me to stop doing that, then I am not ready to stop.’’ ‘’I want to emphasise that I have not decided to be adamant or stubborn but we want the right thing to be done.’’ He also admonished the petitioners not to use the means to discredit their work and rather focus on what rather can boost local content in the country. He wondered why the petitioners have refused to focus on other important issues affecting the industry and rather using Ice TV to gain a mileage.  Two broadcasters, Messrs Tommy-Annan Forson and James Kwasi Oberko, have made a complaint against three television stations in Ghana for showing films with pornographic scenes on their channels.   The two, on Monday, 12th June, 2017, presented their complaint to the National Media Commission and the Ministry of Information against TV XYZ, Ice TV and Thunder TV, for showing these films to their audience.   But according to Mr. Asare, he respects the two however, their action is in bad taste.
The Migrant Labour General Workers Union (MLGWU) is advocating for the private sector and business owners to consider employing the 75 deportees who were recently deported from the United States. General Secretary of MLGWU, Justice Baako Ntarmah, says the move will help reintegrate the deportees back into society. Per his view, each company could employ at least 10 migrants based on their competence and skills. Seventy-five Ghanaian illegal immigrants in the United States of America were recently deported. They arrived at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra on Wednesday, morning in handcuffs. They had applied for asylum in the USA but their applications were rejected and were subsequently deported.   Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the General Secretary admonished Churches, Families and other stakeholders to take the appeal seriously so the deportees will not feel betrayed.
The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), in May 2017, announced that effective July 1, 2017, vehicle owners and motorcyclists will be made to pay a compulsory annual fee which will be tied to the acquisition of road worthy certificate, to cater for towing services of disabled vehicles. The NRSC explains that the new directive follows the successful completion of modalities and contractual arrangements with RSMCL to implement a nationwide towing service to clear all abandoned vehicles on Ghana’s roads.   However, the announcement has been resisted by some the motoring public with some claiming that the process is meant to swindle Ghanaians. But the Communications and Marketing Manager for RSMCL, Roland Walker has disputed that claim. ‘’This is no way by which anybody, any entity or even the NRSC wants to extort money from the motoring public,’’ he said. He explained, per the Road Traffic Regulations, a national towing fee would be charged to all motorists and that will be used to service towing levies. He added, this has been a practice researched adequately by the NRSC because it has been estimated that vehicles that are abandoned and left on the road accounts for 21 percent of deaths through road accident annually. He stressed that the mandatory towing fee was instituted following wide consultations and having undertaking some pilot programmes as way of ensuring that these abandoned vehicles are removed on our roads. The payment he said, will not be collected and paid to an individual company, adding, a structure has been developed by NRSC and the rest of towing companies that will be towing the cars will participate.    
A judge has declared a mistrial in the Bill Cosby sex assault case, after the jury was deadlocked for a second time. The seven men and five women were unable to reach a unanimous decision, following more than 50 hours of deliberations. Mr Cosby, 79, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. His lawyers had argued the sex was consensual. The US comedian could face new proceedings. For now, he walks way from court a free man, but the prosecution has already said they are pursuing a fresh trial. Mr Cosby could have faced up to a decade in prison if found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Dozens of women say he assaulted them, but statutes of limitation rules mean he was allowed to be tried for Ms Constand’s allegation only. Announcing the decision, the Pennsylvania judge reminded Mr Cosby that he remains charged and on bail, despite the mistrial.    Source: BBC 
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