Nigeria’s number one Pro Golfer Olapade Sunday is leading 53 Professional Golfers, from six African countries after scoring 69 gross in the opening day of the 2017, Gold Fields Ghana Professionals Association Golf Tournament ongoing at Tarkwa Damang golf course.
The 54 cracking pro golfers were drawn from Ghana the host country, Nigeria, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo and Benin.
The leader Sunday Olapade who is playing Damang course for the first time, is followed by Senegalese Champion Samba Niang with one under course par (-1).
A Ghanaian golfer from Tema country Golf Club who is rated as number one player in West Africa, and started as favourite, Vincent Torgah, played plus four over par (4+) to the surprise of his admirers.
Some are of the view that Torgah, could not come into the party for the first day because he was under pressure to perform.
Torgah, who arrived in Ghana from Sierra Leone only yesterday [Tuesday] after winning 2017 Sierra Leone Open, had earlier won Nigeria Open, Senegal Open and Cote D'Ivoire Open all this year but failed to even appear in the first ten leaders in day one of the biggest golf competition in West Africa.
A Ghanaian golfer from Achimota Club who is the only pro golfer to have participated in British Senior Professional Open, Emos Korblah tied up with Samba Niang at third spot who also shot 73 gross.
In day two tomorrow, organizers have hinted to Rainbow Sports that, the best thirty players will qualify to play day three and final day to win various cash prizes.
At the ceremonial tee off Wednesday morning, Gold Fields Ghana, the headline sponsor told Rainbow Sports they are in for a long term relationship with Ghana PGA with the aim of helping Ghanaian pro golfers, join tour like US Open, British, Asia and European tours to give Ghana that name in World Golf.
According to the sponsor Gold Fields, the winner will pocket twenty five thousand cedis (GHs 25000.00) whereas the rest of twenty-nine other golfers would be rewarded accordingly.
By: Nana Prempeh
Ranking Member on Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa has described as horrifying and evil the situation where black Africans are being auctioned as slaves in Libya.
Those who have watched the investigative report by CNN, were not able to control themselves after watching the video and were left outraged, up fronted when they saw fellow Africans, being auctioned in an open slave market for a pittance, he said.
‘’These human beings are taken away by slave masters,'' said.
Hundreds of African refugees are being bought and sold in "slave markets" across Libya every week, a special investigative report by CNN revealed some few days ago.
Many of them ended up being murdered by their smugglers in the open desert or die from thirst or car accidents in the vast Libyan desert, the report has indicated.
Commenting on the issue, the MP for North Tongu, said it ''is outrageous'' in the 21st century for this to happen.
‘’It’s unimaginable that in the 21st century this would be happening. The sad part of this whole development is that, this is being perpetrated by fellow Africans on Africans. It is totally unimaginable. This is not the 16th century, it is not the 17th century,’’ he said.
The MP who made a statement in Parliament today [Wednesday] on the matter said, ‘’it was just last week the Danish Queen mother, apologized to Ghana on behalf of Denmark, for their role in the slave trade and ‘’we all thought that slavery is a matter that has been put behind us but now in the 21st century, we are seeing in Libya fellow black Africans been subjected to torture,’’ he added.
Meanwhile, he suggested for military intervention on the matter.
Mr. Ablakwa noted that the inability of AU to be proactive on the current development is worrying.
“We need to get in there to rescue these African migrants. The CNN documentary reveals that there are nine centers…nine detention camps. Those detention camps have to be raided and those African migrants have to be rescued immediately,” he stated.
Chairman, Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mr. Frank Annor Dompreh, has narrated how African migrants are sold between $200-$500 as slaves by Libyan human traffickers.
The MP for Nsawam Adoagyiri told the House that the refuges, mostly from Nigeria, Senegal Ghana and The Gambia, are held on average from two to three months and used for construction and agricultural works with or without pay.
He said the migrants, who are usually captured along Libyan’s Mediterranean post, as they try to catch boats to Europe, are told that they are ‘’pre to an array of armed troops, and people smuggling network that have often tried to extort extra money in exchange for allowing them to continue their journey.
‘’Lots of the migrants, who are unable to pay their captors, are reportedly killed or left to starve to death. When migrants die, others are captured to replace them… We even gathered from the agencies reports also that some of migrants, are even buried without being identified with families back home and certain of their faith,’’ he added.
‘’ Mr. Speaker, evidence abound, the situation is dire. So far this year, statistics indicate that an estimated 26,886 migrants, have crossed to Italy from different countries which is over 7,000 more than the same period in 2016…More than 600 are also known to have died at sea, while an unknown number perish during their journey through the desert. The situation is indeed alarming and I use this opportunity to call on the players that, this matter is a matter of urgency. I call on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, the United Nations (UN), the Libyan government to conduct a conclusive investigation into the matter because the alleged state action has really sparked an outrage,’’ he said.
Although it is not a new problem, the issue of migration has increased sharply in the past fear years and migration from mainly sub-Saharan African countries to Europe across Libya can be traced back to the year 2000.
A former Nigerian government minister has claimed that migrants from his country are having their organs harvested after being sold into slavery in Libya.
The former aviation minister in Nigeria, claimed that 75 per cent of slaves who have their organs harvested in North Africa are from his country.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has also condemned the auctioning and described it as scandalous.
Former President Rawlings has also condemned it stating that, the late Gaddafi treated migrants just like he treated Libyans.
Deputy Minority Leader of Parliament Mr. James Klutse Averdzi, has said as at September 2017, the total IGF collected by MDAs was 2.9 billion cedis and they retained 2.2 billion cedis.
However, the balance of 721 million cedis cannot be traced in the budget.
He said the amount should have been paid into government account.
The legislator said the House should summon the Finance Minister to come and explain to the House, the whereabouts of the remaining amount.
The MP for Ketu North constituency, on the projections for 2018, said government is estimating the collection of non-tax revenue IGF of GHc4.8 billion and asking the MDAs to retain GHc3.7 billion and there is a balance of GHc 1.1 billion… [but] there is no indication of where that money will be paid to,’’ and we want the Minister to come and explain to the House.
‘’These are serious issues we want the Minister to come and tell us. Where is the money paid to? The 721 million, where is it pad to?
He made the remarks in the ongoing debate on the 2018 budget statement presented some few weeks ago by Ken Ofori-Atta, the Finance Minister.
Majority and Minority members of Parliament have locked horns since the debate on the 22018 budget, started few days ago.
While the Majority touted the budget as the best to reshape the economy, the Minority says it is empty, misleading and devoid of better solutions to alleviate the poverty of suffering masses.
Some aggrieved customers of Alpha Capital, a microfinance company have besieged the Adabraka Police Station in demand for their deposits with the company.
The aggrieved customers numbering over 50 and from different branches in the capital, told rainbowradioonline.com that, some of their branches including Madina and Kaneshie have shutdown their offices and stopped operating.
The branch manager for the Adabraka branch is currently in police custody.
Some of the customers who spoke to our team said, they have deposits ranging from GHc350 to GHc17,000 however, the company told them they’ve run out of cash.
Not even an explanation from the police could calm the aggrieved customers.
The customers have been asked to exercise patience as efforts are underway to pay each and every one of them by next week.
But the customers have refused and are still waiting at the police station.
Meanwhile, an audio recording intercepted by rainbowradioonline.com, with Seth Okai Yeboah, Head of Finance at the Head Office of the company, with some aggrieved customers promised to pay all deposits by November 20, 2017.
He was in the company of Relationship Officer, Adabraka, Kingsley Owusu Ansah, who told the customers of Adabraka that, ‘’by worst case scenario, by November 20, 2017, we will mobilize the resources and pay you back your money.’’
This is not the first time a scandal has hit the microfinance sector as customers of DKMd and God Is Love defrauded customers of their deposits.
With the DKM saga fresh in the minds of the public, the customers have insisted that they want their deposits retrieved for them.
Alpha Capital Savings & Loans is a limited liability company registered at the Registrar General’s Department. The company is licensed by the Bank of Ghana to operate as a Savings and Loans Company in Ghana.
When you visit the website of the company it says ''Alpha is one of the strongest and fastest growing companies in the Ghanaian financial industry. This is indicated by the steady growth in our clientele base and the continuous increase in the number of enquires and interest expressed by prospective clients.''
The maintenance works on Yapei and Buipe bridges which serve as a major link between the three regions in the north and south is expected to be completed in four weeks, Roads and Highways Minister, Mr. Amoako Atta has announced.
He told Parliament that major works on the two bridges are also expected be completed first quarter of 2018.
The Minister who was summoned to appear before the House and give reasons why the bridges were closed to users said as part of interim measures, ferries have been dispatched to the area to help reduce the challenges users are going through.
The Minister further indicated that an alternative bridge will be constructed at Daboya to serve as a bye-pass.
The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) today [Wednesday] stormed the premises of the Accra Shopping Mall to shut it down over some 2.3million tax owed the state.
Briefing the media, Chief Revenue Officer, Wisdom Kofi Heto who was leading the taskforce the GRA notified the management of the mall since September of their indebtedness to the state, however they have declined to make payment.
Management of the facility were said to have entered into a crunch meeting with the taskforce.
The Accra Mall is a shopping center in Accra, Ghana, located on the Spintex road adjacent to the Tema Motorway. The mall was commissioned on July 4, 2008. It is one of the most modern shopping malls in West Africa and the first large-scale shopping centre in Ghana. It is owned by Atterbury Property Development, Sanlam and the Morladza family.
Africa’s leading pay TV operator has today [Wednesday] signed a memorandum of understanding with United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) to raise awareness about HIV in Ghana and to work together to end the AIDS epidemic.
UNAIDS Country Director Mrs. Angela Trenton-Mbonde and Star-Times’ Leo Hao sealed the partnership at a press conference held at the Star Times Head Office in Accra.
According to the MOU, the two parties created a strategic partnership with the aim of achieving a shared objective and common goal, which is to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
StarTimes and UNAIDS will work together to increase awareness of HIV and to reduce stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV and whose life’s have been affected by HIV in the country.
Through this cooperation, there will be regular dissemination of HIV/AIDS prevention information on TV programming as well as social media platforms with key messages targeting the young and adolescent viewers and mobilizing young people to learn about HIV/AIDS services in the country.
StarTimes has agreed to provide media support during UNAIDS campaigns, notably world AIDS Day 2017 slated for December 1,2017 and zero Discrimination Day 2018.
StarTimes is the leading digital-TV operator in Africa, serving nearly 10 million subscribers in 30 Africa countries through DTT and DTH platforms with 480 authorized channels.
A latest report released by Afrobarometer, has revealed that 64℅ of Ghanaians want the government to name, shame and prosecute officials who have misappropriated state funds.
According to the report which was released by the Center for Democratic Development (CDD), most Ghanaians want the government to recover funds which were pocketed by these state officials.
Successive governments had only demonstrated the eagerness to prosecute members of opposition parties who had served in past administrations, while ignoring corrupt practices perpetrated by its own members, the report noted.
“Most Ghanaians perceive some informal leaders, public and private sector officials as corrupt. The perception is worse for officials in the public sector,” the report said.
“Most Ghanaians think that governments over the years have been very swift in prosecuting and punishing corrupt officials belonging to opposition parties. nevertheless, majority believe the current government performed well in fighting corruption.”
Female gospel musician, Gifty Osei popularly referred to as Empress, has revealed that, she spent about GHc50,000 just on décor at her executive album launch and the ten(10) years anniversary celebration.
Speaking to Rainbow Radio’s Sokoo Hemaa Kukua, the musician who released her first album ‘Aseda’ some ten years ago, said she also spent more than $US10, 000 on her dress for the event which was widely publicized.
According to her, that day was her day hence her decision to invest so much into celebrating her 10th anniversary in music.
''As a musician, I do not want to copy people. I want to be unique in whatever I do and so I do things differently to pave way for others to follow.''
When asked if she incurred any cost after the event, she said no adding, I did not incur any cost. I did proper planning and so I did not incur any cost.
The event which was witnessed performances from seasoned artistes like Bernice Ansah, Abena Ruthy, Jack Alolomi, Brother Sammy.
Her current album titled “Ebenezer’ which was also launched during the occasion has ten(10) tracks, consisting of Prophecy, Adom, Ebibinnwom, Worship Medley, Praises Medley, Adom instrumentation, Ebibinnwom Instrumentation, Praises Instrumentation and Ebenezer.