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A former Information Minister in the erstwhile Kufour administration, Stephen Asamoah Boateng has advised voters to take a cue from President John Dramani Mahama's admission that government cannot deliver the 200 Community Day Senior High Schools before the end of his first tenure and be-careful with promises by politicians. President John Dramani Mahama in the heat of the 2012 campaign promises to construct 200 Community Day Senior High Schools nationwide. However, addressing a gathering at the in the Central region, President Mahama admitted that  he cannot complete all the 200 community day schools he promised, explaining that 123 schools were in various stages of completion confirming perceptions by doubters. “In my next term of office, by the grace of God, we will complete all the 200 new senior High Schools that I promised,” said President Mahama. Speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the former presidential hopeful said admiring the president for his admission was not a positive one but he applauded the president for admitting his failure in achieving his target as promised. Asabee as he is popularly called it is important to recognize one's failure and shortcomings and appeal for forgiveness and so if president has admitted his failure, that is good. However, it is nothing new because former President Kufour before assuming office promised to cut down on the number of ministers but failed to achieve that with the reason that, what he failed in his analysis before assuming office. ''It's a lesson for all of us. This mistake should not be repeated again. The more we make these mistakes and ask for forgiveness, the more we retrogress...He was frank in admitting and i'm happy he did. It follows a pattern, it was also done with an expression of humility...It also goes to show that, our leaders should exercise restraints because they are not working with their own resources. But they are working with tax payers, and we can demand for accountability when the need arises. You cannot continue to waste our time, resources and later come and apologize for your incompetence. This mistake should not be repeated again.''  He advised politicians to think through their policies, seek advice before promising to prevent such mistakes in the future. President Mahama's failure to deliver on his promise of building the 200 Community Day Schools in his first term, ''shows  lack of vision''. He chided government for also failing to build on the foundation of former President Kufour, a situation he explained has contributed to his failure. ''If that's their [NDC's] best, then their best is not enough. They should exit for a competent leader to take over. If you don't lack vision, 'dumsor' would have been a thing of the past,'' he added.    
National Democratic Congress (NDC) executives in the Awutu Senya constituency of the Central  region are demanding for the immediate dismissal of the  commissioner in the area. The NDC is angry at the Electoral Commission (EC) for deleting about 192 names of its sympathizers from the electoral register at the Awutu Senya East Constituency. According to them, the commissioner has connived with the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to disenfranchise its members. Raphael Akato an executive member in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem said, the electoral commissioner, Charlotte Osei should dismiss the officer with immediate effect. According to him, the affected persons were not served with any writ to come to court and defend themselves.
About 95 percent of the Assembly members at Akim Oda have voted for an immediate implementation of bye-laws that makes gambling illegal in night clubs and entertainment centres as a means of reducing crime and teenage pregnancy which mostly results in streetism. According to our Eastern regional correspondent, Prince Collins Bening, the District Police Commander, DSP Samuel Ntoso commended the Assembly members for enacting the bye-laws.  He assured the members that , the police will see to the full implementation and enforcement of the new bye-laws. On his part,Hon. William Agyapong Quaittoo, MP for Oda, admonished parents to be responsible. Operators of the gaming facilities have until September  30, 2016 to to cease operating.
Market women and traders in Tamale Central market throw their hands up in tears anytime it rains, as their wares and goods are drenched in running water. Our Northern regional correspondent, Prince Kwame Tamakloe visited the market to witness their plight. Speaking to some of the traders, they said, the renovation works carried out on the market recently was shoddy. Trading activities they explained halts anytime it rains. The traders have therefore called on authorities to take steps in addressing the challenges before December 7, or they will advice themselves.
Zimbabwe's high court has overturned a two-week ban by police on demonstrations in the capital Harare. The challenge was brought by activists, who are opposed to President Robert Mugabe and his government. They described the court's ruling as "a brave judgement", coming days after President Mugabe, 92, condemned a previous court ruling allowing a demonstration that turned violent. Zimbabwe has seen a wave of protests recently over the declining economy. No 'Arab Spring' On Wednesday, Zimbabwean High Court judge Priscilla Chigumba ruled that the ban on protests was illegal. She said that the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law was important to democracy, Stan Zvorwadza, one of the activists who challenged the ban, told the BBC he welcomed the verdict, adding that he and demonstrators wanted to protest peacefully about the mismanagement of the country. He was represented in court by Tendai Biti, a lawyer and former finance minister, who told the BBC it proved Zimbabwe's courts were independent. "My clients can now demonstrate today or tomorrow. This is a brave judgement," Mr Biti said. President Mugabe at the weekend criticised a court which had given permission for an anti-government protest at the end of August. It turned violent when police ignored the court order and tear gassed demonstrators. Mr Mugabe said the judges had showed a reckless disregard for peace, and warned that they should not dare to be negligent when making future decisions. The president has recently warned protesters there would be no Zimbabwean uprising similar to the "Arab Spring". He has routinely blamed the country's economic problems on sabotage by Western critics of his policies - which include the seizure of white-owned commercial farms to be given to black people. Source: BBC
Vice presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has changed the venue for the much-publicized public lecture slated for Thursday September 8, at the Accra International Conference Center, to the National Theatre following  the sudden decision by managers of the state-owned facility to deny him access despite an initial agreement, a statement has said. A press secretary to the running mate of Nana Akufo Addo in the statement explained, “The change in venue follows a decision by the managers of the Conference Centre (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) to deny organizers of the programme the use of the facility – 24 hours to the Public Lecture, despite earlier assurances and two days (last week Wednesday and this Monday 5th September) of technical meetings and arrangements between the organizers and technical men at the Centre, which concluded on among others, the technical set-up for the event.'' The lecture will be held on the theme “The state of the Ghanaian economy – A foundation of concrete or straw,” and will be chaired by former President John Agyekum Kufuor. 
The Government and Hospitals Pharmacists (GHOSPA),  has been told by government that their demands cannot be met. GHOSPA is currently on a nationwide strike over  government's inability to make changes to their market premiums.Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu at a press conference today [Wednesday September 7, 2016] said government cannot review the premiums upward because there is no budget for it. The association in August 2015, embarked on a similar action. According to them their action was necessitated after negotiation with government failed. The strike they explained will be called off only if their demands are met but the Minister addressing the press said, “Let me take this opportunity to appeal to GHOSPA to return back to work to engage government further; and that there is a commitment by government to engage them further on matters relating to [their] market premiums. There is little that can be done because it was not budgeted for in the 2016 budget, therefore  government is unable to accede to their request.”  “On matters of grading, they compared themselves to analogous structures within the Ghana Health Service that is being examined, and a sub-committee has completed some work  which has been forwarded to the grievances committee of the fair wages and salaries commission for examination and report to me for action. So on that note; I would want to persuade the striking pharmacists to be guided by the implications of their action on human lives,” Mr. Iddrisu added.  Government he said can “negotiate and have an understanding of matters relating to its implementation in the future.” 
Voltarian Club an all Women's Group within the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), are lacing their boots to go all out and campaign for the presidential candidate of the party, Nana Akufo Addo to ensure that he wins the 2016 polls by a landslide victory. Alice Mawanewoe Amedeka, Chairperson of the group speaking in an interview with Kwabena Agyapong, host of Eboboba said, the group which is two years old was not formed for the purpose of only elections but, to advocate for the welfare of residents  in the region. The region she noted has been taken for granted for far too long especially, by the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), who sees the region as their world bank. Residents in the region she said, are now enlightened and have come to appreciate the need to demand for accountability from the party. According to her, the Volta region has been neglected by the NDC and comparing developments in the region to others, she will conclude that, the region is far behind despite their overwhelming support for the party. Majority of the roads the NDC is touting as their achievements she added, were all initiated and constructed under the erstwhile Kufour administration. ''If after all the massive infrastructural project under the erstwhile Kufour administration we failed to vote for the NPP and voted for the NDC and yet we have not seen any improvement; and Nana Addo is promising us a better policy including the 1 district, 1 factory, why should we not vote for him.? His policy will create jobs for our unemployed youth.'' ''We are calling on Voltarians both home and abroad to join us in ensuring that Nana Addo wins the elections. We are lacking behind. The NDC has abandoned this region. We are no longer part of Ghana. But when its time for an election, they come to us to vote for them. The NDC goes to all villages to solicit for votes but in sharing the national cake, they neglect us. We've been cheated for far too long and i think it is time to stand for what is ours. Change is coming and we need to embrace that change. We have to vote for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to deliver on his promises. Nana Addo will surely deliver like former President Kufour. He is competent, dedicated and resilient.'' Alice Mawanewoe Amedeka also refuted claims that Nana Addo is a divisive dictator like President Mahama alleged. On his part, Emmanuel Kwame Ocloo Secretary for the Ewe Youth For Nana said, ''the view that the NDC has brought a lot  of development in the region is not true. Since we have been  conducting elections in 1992, the NDC has won all the elections in the Volta region to the extent that, more than 90 percent of the people give NDC votes. But if you compare the votes to the developments under the NDC, it is insignificant. It is only in the last three months that the NDC is struggling to bring development in the region which in fact, the people are not happy with. Because they believe that the votes they have given to the NDC is not equivalent to the development in the region. Kufour brought a lot of significant development in the region...And this time, all the lies that the NPP don't like Voltarians must stop. The residents have taken the decision that it is better to vote for the NPP to bring the development they want to the region than continue to waste their votes on the NDC.'' Mr. Gafa, Chairman of Ewe Youth For Nana complained of youth unemployment and was optimistic that, Nana Addo will change the trend when elected into office. The youth in the region he posited, are hopelessly under the NDC after years of voting for the party. You can reach the various groups on 0244804441 (Alice M. Amedeka) Emmanuel Kwame Ocloo (0231150414) Mr. Gafa (0244666750)  
Information reaching rainbowradioonline.com has it that, two members of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), have been electrocuted to death at Abisim, a suburb of Sunyani while trying to raise a party banner this morning. According to information gathered, two others who sustained serious injuries have have been rushed to the regional hospital for treatment. Party officials have indicated that they will issue an official statement on the matter. More Soon...
    Masturbating in public is not a crime, the Italian supreme court has ruled, even if it is done so with the clear aim of being seen by other members of the public. Italy’s highest court, La Corte di Cassazione, was asked to rule on the case of a 69-year-old man who had been caught masturbating in the southern city of Catania. Identified only as Pietro L, the man had been convicted after he was seen “taking out his penis” and “practising autoeroticism” in front of students at the University of Catania campus. According to the local edition of La Repubblica, the local Prefect of Catania and the Court of Appeal had agreed that the man should be sentenced to three months in prison and fined €3,420. But supreme court judges said that a recent government reform meant “the act is not included in the law as a crime”. In doing so, the court has eliminated the criminal aspects of sentencing for obscene acts in public places. The case of Pietro L will now go back to the Prefect of Catania to be sentenced again. La Corte di Cassazione ruled the man must be given a fine between €5,000 and €30,000, with the exact figure to be determined by the local court. In taking their decision, the supreme court judges noted the fact that the Italian parliament passed a law last year decriminalising the offence of lurking in places frequented by girls in order to be seen masturbating. They said that on that basis, Pietro L’s sentence should be overturned without further deliberation. Similar cases around the world have raised eyebrows in recent years, including that of a Swedish man caught masturbating on a beach on Stockholm, who was acquitted of sexual assault on the basis his actions were not directed towards a specific person. In the UK, the standard sentence for masturbation in public is around 14 days in prison, though it can vary based on a range of circumstantial factors. The crime appears to based on Section 28 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847, which states it is an offence for anyone to “wilfully and indecently” expose his “person” in a street or public place. It is a common urban legend that masturbation in Indonesia is punishable by decapitation. That’s not true, according to the secretary of information at the Indonesian embassy, who told The Guardian the maximum sentence under Article 281 of national law was 32 months in prison.   Source: The Independent
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