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The former wife of Nii Odartey Lamptey has lost a claim for a 50% share of the fortunes of the former Ghana and Anderlecht star in a heart-wrenching infidelity drama which rocked the West African nation four years ago. An Accra High Court has ruled on Wednesday Gloria Appiah committed 'adultery' when she gave birth to three children out of wedlock and subsequently quashed her motion to be awarded half of the property of the former footballer. Justice Cecilia Don-Chebe Agbevey who put finality to the winding legal battle also ordered the estranged wife to vacate the footballer's plush 7-bedroom apartment in East Legon within 30 days. "I thank God for taking me through this fight successfully because I didn’t know how far I could go. I’m grateful that the toils that I have gone through for the past 21 years did not go in vain. "Though I’ve lost a few properties, I’m very content that at the end of this case, I have retained most of them and I’m still alive too," he told Starrsportsgh's Alexander Anyankwaa. “When I was informed that the [three] children were not mine, I know how I felt. Playing the role of a father to children I thought were mine for 21 years and realizing otherwise later, I nearly committed suicide. God gave me renewed energy and courage to withstand these pains and today, I can say I have gotten over them all. “And today, with the final judgment, I thank God that my properties, my school and others I have kept them. She can take the little awarded her. Today the divorce has been granted and that burden that was on me is gone. Now, I’m a free and happy man, ready to start life again. DNA results revealed then 42-year-old never fathered any of his three children after 20-years of marriage in a chilling expose' which marked a dramatic end to the relationship. Lamptey has insisted he never asked his estranged wife to sleep with other men to get pregnant for him over claims he was 'impotent'. The ex-Ghana star, who now has two children with movie star Ruweida Yakubu, endured a massive emotional breakdown and needed therapy to heal the wounds. The judgment should serve as a warning to other millionaire sporting stars and the women they decide to tie their future to.   Source: GSN
The management of Unique Insurance Company Limited last Monday made a donation of GHc5,000 to the Service in support of the late Lance Corporal Robert Kumi Ackah’s family.   The late Lance Corporal Kumi Ackah of the Tamale Rapid Deployment Force, met his untimely death at Dawadawa on the Buipe-Kintampo strech of the highway when he was escorting an OA passenger bus to the Northern Region on Sunday.   Presenting the cheque, the Managing Director Mr. Victor Obeng-Adiyiah expressed the company’s condolence to the bereaved family and pledge the company’s support to the work of the Police. The Inspector General of the Police Mr. David Asante-Apeatu expressed appreciation of the service to the company.   He also encouraged others to emulate this great example of support to the Police, that the Police do not have a foundation to deal with the financial needs of such unfortunate incidents which unfortunately are the hazards of the profession.   Supporting the IGP to receive the donation were COP/Mr. Oppong-Boanuh; Director-General/ADMN., COP/Mr. Ransford Ninson; Director-General/Welfare and ACP/Mr. Patrick Akoglo; Director-General finance.       Source: Ghana Police Service
Illegal Ghanaian migrants residing in the United States of America (USA), have been deported. The seventy-five illegal migrants who were handcuffed, arrived at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra on Wednesday. They had applied for asylum in the USA but their applications were rejected and were subsequently deported. The deportees were screened on arrival Wednesday morning by Immigration and Police.  
The Ghana Mission in Saudi Arabia has asked citizens illegality residing in that country to relocate to Ghana by June 25, 2017. A statement from the Ghana Embassy in Riyadh, said has come to the notice of officials of the Embassy that many Ghanaians illegally resident in Saudi Arabia were not heeding to the call to take advantage of the Amnesty granted by the Saudi government to leave without penalty. Acting Head of Mission, Marcel Domayele, said Ghanaians who fail to take advantage of the Amnesty could be arrested, detained and fined for non- compliance with the country’s laws.   The statement said: “False rumours by some died hard illegal Ghanaians and their cohorts are doing the rounds that the amnesty directive by the government of Saudi Arabia is fake.”   “Subsequently, such illegal Ghanaian illegal immigrants are digging in their heels to continue to stay in Saudi Arabia at all cost only to soon turn into consular nightmare for the Embassy.”   “Indeed, they are on record as stated that unless and until they see the faces of Embassy officials in WhatsApp videos circulating and urging them to leave under the amnesty, they will never believe it, let alone appear for Emergency Travel Certificates. In that regard they are discouraging the willing souls desperate on visiting the Embassy to acquire TCs to leave the country with tales of Embassy staff arresting them forcibly for immediate deportation to Ghana”.
A Ranking Member on the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa has expressed worry over the inability of the United Nations (UN) to combat terrorism. Delivering a statement on the floor of Parliament today [Wednesday] the MP for North Tongu said, ‘’Mr. Speaker, in this fight against global terror, we must begin to make some honest admissions. We must concede that we have not been that successful in this fight because we are not confronting certain hard truths.   Though there can be no justification for terrorism, all nations must commit to building a fair and just world. We cannot continue to actively fund and resource terrorist groups to fight our enemies on our behalf in myopic suicidal proxy wars in Syria, Libya and Iraq and still expect to achieve positive results in the war against terror.’’ He has called on Parliament to provide the needed support for the various arms of government in preparation towards any unforeseen attacks on Ghana. ''Mr. Speaker, There is the temptation to assume that because Ghana has so far escaped unscathed, it may not be a target of terrorist organisations and therefore we may opt for a business as usual approach. Nothing can be more reckless and dangerous to our very existence. The reality is that modern terrorism is a messy free for all without boundaries and limitations and no country or nationality stands immune.   Mr. Speaker, This House must ensure that it offers all the assistance we can marshal to support all three arms of Government in protecting our territorial integrity and guaranteeing safety of all Ghanaian lives.''   Below is the full statement.   STATEMENT BY HON. SAMUEL OKUDZETO ABLAKWA, MP FOR NORTH TONGU AND RANKING MEMBER, FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE ON THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM   Right Honourable Speaker, I am grateful for the opportunity to make this statement which seeks to denounce terrorism, solidarise with sister nations affected in these horrific times and share some perspectives on the global fight against terror.   Mr. Speaker, depraved terrorists are determined to make 2017 another year of senseless terror.   Only last week - the Parliament and Mausoleum of Ruhollah Khomeini in Iran were attacked killing 17 people and leaving 52 injured. Before this, Britain came under another attack in as many months when terrorists armed with a van and knives inflicted mindless horror on pedestrians on London Bridge and the Borough Market leaving 8 dead and 48 injured.   This happened at a time Britain and the world was yet to recover from the shock of the Manchester Arena bombing that claimed the lives of 22 persons and injuring 116 concert goers most of whom were teenagers. Preceding this was the vehicle and stabbing attack at Westminster that left 5 dead and 49 injured.   Earlier in April, Russia was at the mercy of a suicide bomber who blew up Saint Petersburg Metro on the day Vladimir Putin was due to visit the city, killing 16 people and injuring 64.   Mr. Speaker, other nations such as the United States of America, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, India, Australia, Colombia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Algeria, Egypt, Mali and Libya have not been spared this evil visitation.   Indeed, thus far, in 2017 alone, Wikipedia's tracking of terrorists attacks on its Lists of Terrorist Incidents concludes as follows: January recorded a total of 156 incidents, February recorded a total of 117 incidents, March recorded a total of 106 incidents, April recorded a total of 99 incidents, May recorded a total of 152 incidents with June so far recording 47 incidents.   In essence, 2017 has so far recorded a scaringly mind boggling 677 terrorists incidents and we are only in the middle of the year.   Without a scintilla of doubt, the global fight against terror must engage the attention and effort of all of mankind including this Parliament.   An attack on any citizen of the world and on any nation must equally be an attack on us. We share a common humanity and these incidents diminish humanity in its universality. As Martin Luther King, Jnr. aptly puts it, Injustice anywhere is a threat to Justice everywhere.   In any case, it ought not to be lost on us that the effects of this terror jamboree even when we are not directly victims impacts adversely on our daily lives. The downright humiliation we go through at airport checkpoints when traveling since 9/11 is a clear example. The invasion of our privacy by Governments and the global intelligence community has left all of us virtually naked in the current scheme of things.   Certainly, the terrorism fever has also led to a troubling condition of general suspicion and mistrust for one another. The human race has never been so mistrustful of other nations, other religions and other ideologies perhaps even more now than the cold war era.   Mr. Speaker, There is the temptation to assume that because Ghana has so far escaped unscathed, it may not be a target of terrorist organisations and therefore we may opt for a business as usual approach. Nothing can be more reckless and dangerous to our very existence. The reality is that modern terrorism is a messy free for all without boundaries and limitations and no country or nationality stands immune.   Mr. Speaker, This House must ensure that it offers all the assistance we can marshal to support all three arms of Government in protecting our territorial integrity and guaranteeing safety of all Ghanaian lives.   Mr. Speaker, in this fight against global terror, we must begin to make some honest admissions. We must concede that we have not been that successful in this fight because we are not confronting certain hard truths.   Though there can be no justification for terrorism, all nations must commit to building a fair and just world. We cannot continue to actively fund and resource terrorist groups to fight our enemies on our behalf in myopic suicidal proxy wars in Syria, Libya and Iraq and still expect to achieve positive results in the war against terror.   It is on this note that I must commend the 9 Arab countries who last week cut diplomatic ties with Qatar demanding that Qatar stops funding terrorist groups even though I am not oblivious of other dynamics in this rather complicated diplomatic tiff. More of this must happen even to the greatest of nations who stand implicated in tacitly supporting terrorist organisations and their warped ideologies when it suits these nations. We cannot win the war against terror without Courage and Truth.   When some nations intervene with faulty intelligence and without weighing the full consequences of their actions like they did in Iraq, Libya and Syria they indirectly grow and strengthen terrorist organisations gifting them with a safe haven.   When we pretend publicly we do not negotiate with terrorists but succumb to their ransom demands behind the scenes, we resource them and by so doing sustain their reign of senseless cowardice.   Mr. Speaker, Non-State actors such as Weapon Manufacturers and the wealthy Chief Executives of Cyberspace must stop abdicating. All weapons used by terrorists when found out must attract severe sanctions on the companies that manufacture those weapons. We cannot continue to allow these companies to go scot-free as they enjoy their blood-stained profits. Likewise, sanctions must apply to social media owners who allow their mediums to be used to radicalise the youth and recruit terrorists.   Mr. Speaker, the media - global and domestic, I submit with all humility ought to review the way they report terror incidents. The media must ensure that their reportage does not glorify the evildoers nor give them the attention and pleasure they crave. Some international media reportage of terror attacks have been most appalling.   A fortnight ago, I was irked when international media showed people at London Bridge crawling on the floor and some being ushered by security in lines with their hands on their heads. Those scenes glorify the terrorists and give them the pleasure they so much seek. Other scenes of wounded victims and victims in hospital all do not help our cause.   We must rather highlight our bravery and emphasise how these attacks do not affect the foundations of our great human values. It also serves no useful purpose for the statements of terrorists taking responsibility after these attacks to be given media coverage.   I contend that there's no need publishing the identities of terrorist groups responsible for any attack. This information is only useful to the intelligence community and should be left with them.   The media should aim at achieving total blackout of terrorist organisations and starve them of the cheap pleasurable publicity they currently enjoy and use as trophies. The only time the media should focus attention on them should be when they are being defeated and retreating. The media can decide to be a more useful ally in defeating global terror and undermining the recruitment drive of these psychopaths from hell or they may decide to continue to offer pleasure.   Mr. Speaker, the Parliament of Ghana today remembers all the departed heroes of terror and prays that the thousands injured shall be comforted in the believe that we are capable of winning the war on terror.   Jesus Christ taught us not to fear those who can only destroy the body but fear God who can destroy both the body and the soul - how great a feeling to know that this God of justice is on our side and that we will continue to fear no foe.   I thank you, Right Honourable Speaker.    
The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has underscored the need for Ghanaians to help in restoring our national values. The Vice President who was the special Guest of honour at the National Commission for Civic Education's (NCCE) national dialogue which took place at the National theatre, 14th, addressed the people present by making key statements on our values and challenges which has let the nation down. He went on to say that the nation needs restoration of these values. He further said that the restoration of these values is a crucial requisite in building the country. ‘’The country's journey was started with great hope and aspiration and our potential was never in doubt and it is still not in doubt and we can still do more if we have our history, our sense of purpose and culture as our foundation of being a successful nation, if we have these foundations in place we can re-affirm our identity,’’ he said. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia thanked the NCCE for taking up such a good initiative to engage the nation in a dialogue on our identity and values on their platform were   "Ghana is observing extreme corruption and other things unusual of a discipline citizen". "Extreme corruption" has become prevalent in our country because of the adaptation of negative traits like greed, dishonesty and violent crime have become the norm of our everyday life. He further went on to say that the President is dedicated to ensure that there is nationalism and patriotism among Ghanaians. The government being aware of civic rights and is ready to support the NCCE in performing its roles in getting every Ghanaian committed to these values, he added while urging Ghanaians to make these values a part of their daily lives. The Government in its commitment to support the NCCE has resourced the unit by doubling the resources and capital it needs in operating and achieving its constitutional mandate. He supported the plea of the NCCE Chair, Mrs. Josephine Nkrumah of the need for the restoration of the study of civic education in our educational curriculum. He therefore entreated the National Commission NCCE to live by the parable" to whom much is given, much is expected". By: Jonathan Ardday (Intern, Rainbow Radio)    
The $ 1million dollars per constituency will hit the accounts of all the 275 constituencies in the first week of August 2017, Hon Hawa Koomson, Minister for Special Development Initiatives has hinted. She gave the hint in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio. According to the Minister, 70  percent of the $1 million dollars for each constituency, will be spent on government’s priority projects such as the “One district-one factory, one village one dam, warehouses for planting for food and jobs among others. The remaining 30 percent will be used for the priority constituency needs, which will be determined by a 10-member team approved by Cabinet, she explained. The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the 2016 campaign, announced that an NPP government will offer one million dollars every year to the various constituencies for infrastructural developments. The programme will be segmented into three as the Northern Development Authority, Middle Belt Development Authority and the Coastal Development Authority. These authorities, will be coordinated by the Presidency to avoid financial malfeasance.      
A police personnel who spoke anonymously to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, has expressed fear for the lives of  service personnel over the recent killings of security officers. He revealed to Rainbow Radio that a number of them are now scared. The officer said, men who die in line of duty are not treated well by the state whereas their children and family are also abandoned by state without any support. He was reacting to the lynching of Major Maxwell Mahama and the police Constable killed recently. Constable Micheal Kporyi, was killed while on patrol duty at Michel Camp on Monday night in Accra. The officer was gunned down by two assailants on a motorbike who pursued him to the UBA Filling station, an eyewitness account has said. The two armed persons closed-in on Constable Kporyi's motorbike with registration number GP4350 and fired shots at the deceased who was carrying an AK47 rifle. The Constable fell into a gutter after the shots hit him while his attackers sped off. Reacting to the incident, the anonymous officer said, some officers are now wondering what is in for them as officers. Meanwhile, Assistant PRO for the police service, ASP Augustine Kingsley Oppong said, police officers swear to work for the state no matter the circumstance even in death. He assured police officers that, the police hierarchy is concerned of their safety and working conditions and will do all possible to make service personnel work effectively.    
Government has released an amount of GHc78.5 million as part payment for arrears owed caterers under the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP). This was contained in a statement signed by Gender Minister, Madam Otiko Djaba. Caterers under the programme threatened to lay down their tools over the unpaid arrears. The statement said outstanding arrears for the second and the third terms of the 2016/2017 academic year "will be cleared by the end of July 2017". This is "in line with the government's demonstrable commitment to sustain the programme", the statement said. The statement reminded caterers that per the terms and conditions of their contract with the GSFP, "they have an obligation to serve the children one hot nutritious meal every school day and that no caterer will be paid for no services rendered".    
A former Deputy Finance Minister, Cassiel Ato Forson has taken a swipe at the Nana Addo administration over what he terms, ‘’419 economic policy’’ on spare parts. The legislator and spokesperson for the Minority on Finance in a write-up described as unfortunate the decision by government to only abolish duties on selected spares despite promising dealers that will abolish all duties on spare parts. ‘’It is interesting to note that the budget statement on page 136 paragraph 796 under tax incentives, the government proposed to abolish ALL duties on the importation of spare parts.   The government never said they were going to abolish duties on only selected vehicular spare parts.’’   Below is the full details from the legislator:           Parliament has passed the Customs Amendment Bill 2017 into law subject to Presidential assent. Surprisingly, the object of the bill is to provide for a zero-rate of duties on SELECTED vehicular spare parts only. Selected Spare parts:   It is interesting to note that the budget statement on page 136 paragraph 796 under tax incentives, the government proposed to abolish ALL duties on the importation of spare parts.   The government never said they were going to abolish duties on only selected vehicular spare parts.   It is, however, deceptive for a government that promised to abolish all duties on spare parts to turn around to abolish duties on some selected spare parts only.   Selected Duties:   In the budget statement page 136 paragraph 796, the government proposed to parliament to abolish all duties on the importation of all spare parts only for them to present a bill to Parliament that seeks to abolish only import duties on selected spare parts.   Duties such as 15% VAT, 2.5% NHIL, EDAIF levy, etc etc were conveniently excluded from the list of duties that the should have been abolished as communicated by the policy statement of the President.   Temporary Tax:   It is important for Ghanaians to understand that because Ghana has elected to be part of the ECOWAS Common Eternal Tariff, Ghana can only ask for exemptions up to 170 exempt lines for a period of 5years since 2015. After the expiry of the 5-year period, the exemption ceases to apply. This tax exemption can only be applicable until the year 2020. And cannot be a permanent tax exemption as we are made to believe.   ECOWAS EXTERNAL TARIFF:   It is also interesting to note that this government in their policy statement to parliament and other commentaries after the approval of the budget have maintained that this spare parts exemption are being delayed because they are waiting for an approval from Ecowas Common External Tariff Secretariat (CET).   Today, we are being informed that Ghana does not require CET approval because Ghana has 170 exempt lines which we have not exhausted. Is the government not aware that it would not require CET approval before using it as an excuse for the delay in its implementation, or it is because they wanted to collect the revenue as has been their stock-in-trade, that they announce a tax reduction with speed but fails to implement it?   I rest my case.     #419 #419 #419
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