The twinkle twinkle little stars of Ghana that’s the national under seventeen side the black starlets, have qualified for Fifa under seventeen youth football tournament for the first time since 2007 when Ghana was represented in South Korea.
Ghana who was the king in Africa when it comes to the continents’ under seventeen youth football and has also ruled the world twice in such competition in 1991 and 1995 hosted by Italy and Ecuador respectfully, has been missing from both Africa and World edition for the past one decade.
Thankfully the Black Starlets are back on the world map after splendid performances in two games against Cameroon and host nation Gabon in ongoing Africa under seventeen youth championship Gabon 2017.
If would be recalled that Ghana suffered a two year ban on the grounds of over age accusation against player Isaac Twum after the introduction Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) by Confederation of African Football (CAF) to cut down age cheating.
The MRI machine, is a type of scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body. An MRI scanner is a large tube that contains powerful magnets.
But just two years later the managers of Ghana Football has put the pieces together making sure the country learn from the past mistakes and have currently qualified to participate in 2017 Fifa World Under Seventeen championship in India later this year after amassing six points from two matches.
Head coach Paa Kwesi Ferbin and his assistant Nurudeen Ahmed, management team led by chairman Lawyer Kweku Ayiah, are all comparing the current Ghana team to that of 1995 which won in Ecuador. Players like captain Eric Eyiah, Emmanuel Toku, Ibrahim Suley and Gideon Acquah can be compared to Awudu Issaka, Emmanuel Bentil, Abu Iddrisu in 1995 squad. Their performance also remind football fans Joe Fameye, Daniel Addo, Sammy Kuffour, in 1993 side. Others also compared them to Nii Odartey Lamptey Kofi Mbia of Italian 1991 boys. I watch them and get flash backs like Godwin Attram, Owusu Afriyie, Sidiq Adams all of 1997 and 2007 guys respectively.
Which players of Ghana’s under seventeen players that comes into your mind when you watch the current Ghana team in Gabon Africa youth championship?.
By: Nana Prempeh
Some small scale miners in Kumasi have issued a three-day ultimatum for government to come clear on whether it was fighting illegal mining or legal mining.
The group issued the ultimatum at a press conference held in Kumasi today [Thursday].
“We have given the President three days to allow us work otherwise all die be die.”
Frank Osei leader of group addressing the press said, small scale mining is a registered business under Ghana law and that if government does not come clear, they will hit the streets after three days.
“We are not illegal miners. We have licence that’s why we don’t want the government to box us together with illegal miners.”
“We are ready to die than to live and not work” Osei added.
The Central Regional Police Command has retrieved 24 scissors from five suspected armed robbers who were arrested on Wednesday in Cape Coast.
The arrest was part of a "war" on criminal activities in the region.
Confirming the incident the Central Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Reverend David Ampah Benin, said the swoop was part of activities to make the region unattractive to criminals.
The five, including Mohammed Mustapha, 53, Emmanuel Amoah, 21, Ekow Bentil, 18, Agbovie Mensah, 22, and Ekow Ewusie, 21, were arrested during a special operation conducted by the police at Nstin, a suburb of Cape Coast.
He said items retrieved from the suspects included 24 scissors, 10 knives, a hammer, crow bar, chisel, tape recorder, television, instruments used to administer narcotic drugs, 6 lighters and 27 CDs.
Some other suspects he revealed jumped into the sea and swam to safety.
The police according to him, found a taxi cab with registration number, GT 5383-12, suspected to have been used by the suspects to steal goats.
The President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo will be the Special Guest of Honour at the 42nd Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Awards Night to be held in Accra.
The MTN-SWAG Awards, scheduled for Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the Banquet Hall of the State House, will attract the crème de la crème of Ghana sports and corporate heavyweights.
It will be used to honour and celebrate distinguished sportsmen and sportswomen who excelled in 2016.
A statement from SWAG secretariat said, President Akufo-Addo will join over 700 guests at the Banquet Hall to celebrate sporting excellence and help honour the men and women who worked tirelessly to raise high the flag of Ghana in 2016.
The event would also be attended by Patrons of SWAG and distinguished invited guests, including the Minister of Youth and Sports and his deputy, the Director-General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), executives of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), Ghana Football Association (GFA) and other sports federation heads.
The MTN-SWAG Awards is the longest running sports event in Ghana and will confer honours on about 30 sportsmen and sportswomen, as well as corporate institutions for their role in the development and promotion of sports in Ghana.
Emmanuel Tagoe, the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) lightweight champion, and Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) and CAF Venue Coordinator, Anthony Baffoe, will vie for the topmost award, the SWAG Sports Personality of the Year prize.
The prestigious event is sponsored by communication giants MTN Ghana, with support from Activa International Insurance, GOIL, CDH Holdings, Ghana Free Zones Board, uniBank, Databank Limited, Stanbic Bank and StarTimes Ghana Limited.
By: Naa Darkuah Dodoo
A private legal practitioner, lawyer Opoku Agyemang has cautioned the media to stop engaging ‘’pocket lawyers’’ or political party lawyers when issues of law and justice comes up for discussion.
The lawyer in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, the media usually seeks the views of political party lawyers who for the sake of partisan politics, poison the atmosphere with their comments and submissions.
He was reacting to the decision by the Kumasi Circuit Court to discharge the eight Delta Force members who were standing trial.
According to the prosecutor, ACP Okyere Darko, the Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo, had instructed the police to stop pursuing the matter because they had insufficient evidence against the accused persons.
The court, presided over by Her Honour, Patricia Amponsah, therefore discharged the accused and dismissed the case.
Although government says the withdrawal of the case was done without authorization, some have slammed the decision.
The NDC says the decision was an endorsement of lawlessness, impunity and a slap in the face of rule of law.
But the lawyer explains, the rule of law is premised on the fact that, a person is not guilty until proven otherwise. That is the rule of law in a criminal prosecution, he said.
''People are asking why the suspects were discharged but what they have also failed to ask is whether they were asked to go because there was no evidence.''
Lawyer Agyemang said, when you accuse someone, you must provide evidence. The rule of law also state under Section 54 and 55 of Act 30, which is the criminal code procedure- when the Attorney-General, his or her representative file a Nolle prosequi- meaning the A-G may decide to withdraw the case base on lack of an evidence and so the person may be allowed to go. Then you conduct further investigation knowing that without evidence, you will not be able to prosecute your case. This could be referred to as tactical withdrawal.’’
The lawyer stressed, no one has been acquitted and discharged in this case hence those giving false explanation should desist from doing so.
‘’No one has been acquitted because acquittal means, your case was prosecuted but no evidence was provided and so you are left off the hook. When you are discharged, it means you have been asked to go because of lack of evidence, however, you could be recalled after enough evidence is gathered.’’
He charged individuals to provide any hard core evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt that, the eight Delta Force members are guilty of the crime they’ve been accused of.
‘’You must prove two things; you must prove that the incident occurred and you must also prove that those you arrested participated in the crime. That is the rule of law.’’
The Minister of Food and Agriculture Dr. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto has given the assurance that, the recent armyworm infestation across the country will not affect the ‘Planting for and Jobs’ initiative.
According to the Minister, there are adequate measures in place to ensure that the programme succeeds despite the infestation.
He was speaking during an inspection tour of some farmlands in the Eastern Region where he reminded of the initial fears that followed the news of the infestation.
“The threat that I feared was a challenge to the Planting for Food and Jobs programme in this incidence of armyworms [infestation]. But far as I am concerned it is abated. We just have to focus on the maintenance of the farms under the Planting for Food and Jobs programmes to get the maximum yields and improve production.”
The Minister expressed his satisfaction with some of the preventive measures being put in place, under the guidance of extension officers, on some of the farms he had visited.
Countries such as Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Ghana among others have had over hundred hectares of farms invaded by armyworms.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has reiterated that his administration will revive the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) despite the challenges confronting it.
Addressing the Ghanaian Community resident in Dakar, as part of his 3-day visit to Senegal, the president said, the former president Kufour introduced made it possible for everybody to have minimum access to healthcare, collapsed under former president Mahama.
The NPP prior to the election, accused the governing National Democratic Congress of mismanaging the scheme which was introduced under the erstwhile Kufuor administration to eliminate the cash-and-carry system at the time.
The president indicated that it was necessary for government to find the money to revive the collapsed NHIS.
Ghana he stressed will not go back to ‘cash and carry’ and carry.’
“The NHIS was collapsing because it owed so much to the providers, and a lot of the providers were insisting on ‘cash and carry’. We don’t want to go back to ‘cash and carry’. We have begun to claw back the arrears and began now to pay the service providers. So in the months ahead of us, we are going to see the full recovery of the NHIS,” he assured.
The Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSSAG) has urged the Chief Justice nominee, Justice Sophia Akuffo to prioritise skills development of judicial staff across the country.
This will improve upon their efficiency, President of JUSSAG, Alex Nartey has noted.
“The judicial service has been able to do much in terms of staff training and retraining and development. We are looking forward to this being looked at immediately. Sometimes we look at it in terms of cost and shy away from it.’’
He said, “Some of the courts are in a deplorable state. It appears that most of the flashy buildings that the Judiciary has are in Accra and Kumasi. We also operate on the ground at the district level and we need to extend this infrastructure development to all the courts. It is an urgent area we are looking to.”
President Akufo-Addo confirmed Supreme Court Judge, Justice Sophia Akuffo as Ghana’s next Chief Justice.
President Nana Akufo-Addo told the media at a news conference at the Flagstaff House Friday, that he considers Justice Sophia as the best person to lead the judiciary at this time in history.
“I have known Justice Sophia Akuffo well, for over forty years...she was my first junior in practice...[and] she impressed me considerably with her hard work, her capacity for detailed research, her independence of mind and spirit, her honesty and integrity, her deep-seated respect for the rule of law,” he said.
The President is enjoined by Article 144(1) of the 1992 Constitution to appoint a replacement for the CJ position in consultation with the Council of State and with the prior approval of Parliament.
The constitutional process will be concluded after Parliament’s Appointments Committee is done with the vetting of the nominee for subsequent approval by the plenary session.
President Akufo-Addo will then swear her in after Parliament sends its report about the approval of the nominee.
The maiden edition of Rainbow Radio’s ‘ENAPA’ (Mother’s Day) event came off colourfully over the weekend at Charleston Hotel.
Over 300 nominations were received from participants and they were one after the other, allowed to share their stories and why their mothers deserved to be celebrated.
The number was pruned down to 10 finalists after careful selection and were allowed to share their stories about their mothers and why they should be celebrated on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm. Listeners were allowed to vote either YES or NO for a nominee.
At the end, five lucky winners were chosen and rewarded with prizes from our proud sponsors.
The ultimate winner was given a weekend stay at Charleston Hotel, a luxurious and affordable hotel located at TESANO, Accra.
The event was sponsored by Geisha Soap, O last Aaa Ma; Onga-Mothers Helping Hand; Charleston Hotel; Fruits and Vegies, Global Alternative Herbal Centre, Diamond Classic Décor, The Hunger Project and Juligen Enterprise.
The top five winners were Felicia Amoah who emerged as the overall winner and on top of her package, she was awarded a cash prize of GHc1,000; Elizabeth Dei Djane, Gladys Akpabli, Aunty Mansah, Janet Mpiamane and Augusta Amenyo.
Victoria Hammah was corrupt just like the other corrupt officials under former president John Dramani Mahama, Lord Hammah has stated.
The NDC activist who is related to the former deputy communication minister who was sacked over her claims that she would stay in politics until she earned $1m (£600,000), shredded her sister and maintained that she was carried away by her position.
Victoria Hammah was caught on tape making the alleged claims, and on the recording she appears to suggest money is central to political power in Ghana.
It is reported she said: “If you have money then you can control people.”
Lord Hammah was responding to a question from Kwabena Agyapong-sit-in host on Rainbow Radio’s morning show Frontline; whether he is morally fit to slam former president Mahama over his style of leadership since her sister was part of that government.
The NDC member has been slamming Mr. Mahama and described him as a failure and a corrupt leader.
Some party stalwarts have slammed back asking him to remain calm since his sister was part of the failure he is complaining of.
However, Lord Hammah says he will not keep mute and in mincing no words, he said, his sister was corrupt just like the other officials but her corruption was the least, he added.
‘’The conduct of my sister had no connection to me. Her appointment showed the kind of people they are. She was one of them…She was corrupt just like the other officials including Dzifa Attivor and the rest. She was the least corrupt but she was one of them. There is nothing common between me and Victoria Hammah. The only common thing between us is that, we are siblings and support the NDC. They appointed her because she shared in their values.''