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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Sunday, 28 May 2017
Ghanaian students on government scholarship in China have issued a statement decrying the refusal of government to pay their stipends. The students numbering about 25 stated that they have been left stranded. The students were awarded scholarships through the Scholarship Secretariat between 2013 and 2016 to pursue various courses leading to the award of Masters and Ph.D. degrees in various Universities in China. The terms of the scholarship dictate that the Secretariat pays them a monthly stipend for upkeep and an annual book allowance. Below is their statement   GOVERNMENT REMAINS ADAMANT TO THE CRY OF GHANAIAN SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS IN CHINA AND CONTINUES TO STARVE THEM About 25 Ghana government scholarship students who were awarded scholarships by the Government of Ghana through the Scholarship Secretariat between the period 2013 and 2016 to pursue various courses leading to the award of Masters and Ph.D. degrees in various Universities in P. R. China have been left stranded as the payment of our scholarship allowances continue to be a major problem. We are humbly imploring your outfit to help us carry our concern through your medium for the authorities that matter to respond to our plea. The terms of the award dictate that the Secretariat pays us through the Ghana Mission in Beijing, a monthly stipend for our upkeep and an annual book allowance. But again, for several months, monies which date back to 2016 have not been released, even though we were promised 2 months ago that there will be prompt payment of allowances for us to focus on our studies and dissertation. Most of the affected students are expected to graduate in 4 weeks, but we still have no idea whether our allowances and our flight fares will be released in due time, bearing in mind that we will be kicked out of our schools after our graduation and we cannot break the laws of this country by staying after our visas have expired. Overstaying can also attract punishments such as payment of fines and detention by the China Immigration. Even as a number of us are preparing for our thesis defense, the issue has severely affected our academics and preparation for our final dissertation since we have not received any indication from the Scholarship Secretariat. Currently, most students are highly constrained in their research work, which if further delayed will not guarantee their timely graduation. It is worthy to note that the freshmen who were admitted in September 2016 have also not received allowances which date back to December 2016 and this has affected them in settling and adapting to the system. Our usual checks have not yielded any result apart from the usual promise of prompt payments which never happens. We have since had several communications with the Ghana Mission in Beijing seeking to find solutions to these challenges. Our contacts with the two state institutions (Ghana Scholarships Secretariat and the Ghana Mission, Beijing) responsible for our upkeep and welfare, have received conflicting responses always. Therefore, our group has made several calls to the Scholarship Secretariat seeking official clarification on this issue and in response to our request, they claim that the monies will be released soon. We are afraid to say that in our current situation that promise seems to have been a lip service as this has been a repeated and deceptive excuse. To our surprise and disappointment, this promise turns out to be a gargantuan lip service. After our press release on 19th February 2017, the Scholarship Secretariat which is responsible for the arrangement and payment of our stipends promised prompt payment of all our allowances. As a result, we feel that it is our responsibility to make your outfit aware since we have been together to find solutions to this problem. We are therefore strongly compelled to draw the attention of our nation through your reputable medium and to appeal to the authorities to act quickly to assuage the headache of those who are working on their projects and those whose research have stalled. And in the long term, we will like to appeal to you as a news agency to further investigate the underlining reasons why student stipends continue to delay so as to prevent the re-occurrence of this situation as we have seen over the years. Also, the situation in which we are left now paints a bad image for a country like Ghana. Sincerely, Ghanaian Government Scholarship Students in China. 
Published in General News
  Vincent Sowah Odotei, a Deputy Minister of Communications has expressed government’s commitment to creating a digital literate community. He said it was, therefore, important to equip the youth with Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills and exposed them further to a digital way of life in order to become active players in the digital world. Mr Sowah Odotei made the pledge in an interview at the Ghana Code Day, a technology workshop in Accra. The event sought to help La Dade-Kotopon Elementary schools kids to learn the basics of computer programming. The goal of the programme, which is being organised by the Ghana Code Club and its partners, was to scale out more schools, community centres and libraries through the help of the government, non-governmental organisations and corporate institutions. Mr Odotei, who is also the Member of Parliament for the La Dade-Kotopon, noted that the world was being driven by technology as such it was important that the younger generation did not only became consumers of technology, but producers, where they could be exposed more to ICT-enabled products. “So today’s event is the beginning of that exposure where children between the ages of eight to 16 will be introduced to the rudiments of computer programming, to be active in the technological world, produce ICT products and as well have careers,” he added. The Deputy Minister, who described the initiative as a sustainable project in his constituency and across the country said his Ministry’s policy was to re-develop the Community Information Centres (CIC). He said there were 194 CICs across the country and in all districts, and they would equip such centres with the hardware, equip them with the connectivity and train volunteers to ensure that policies and universal access and digital literacy would be realised.     Source: GNA 
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At least 19 civilians have been killed in continuing clashes between the armed forces of the Philippines and Islamist insurgents in the city of Marawi, military officials say. The bodies were discovered by advancing soldiers this weekend. The military is attempting to recapture Marawi, on Mindanao island, after it was recently overrun by jihadists. Eight of the dead were found in a ravine outside the city, their hands tied and gunshot wounds to their heads. The eight victims are believed to be carpenters who were part of an evacuation convoy stopped by rebels late on Saturday. They are believed to have been killed after they were unable to recite extracts form the Koran. Difficult to dislodge The Marawi region is a stronghold of the hardline Maute group, which has pledged allegiance to so-called Islamic State (IS). The Philippines, which is majority Catholic, has faced Muslim separatist movements for decades in Mindanao with its significant Muslim population. The Maute group carries the black flag and insignia of IS, and like the better known Abu Sayyaf group has attacked both troops and civilians. The battle for Marawi began five days ago when the security forces failed to capture Isnilon Hapilon, believed to be the main IS leader in the Philippines. The military says it needs some time to regain control of the city. Troops are reported to be finding it difficult to dislodge dozens of Maute group fighters who appear to be well armed and still occupying buildings across much of Marawi. 'Fear for their lives' Most of the population of Marawi has left, but local officials believe as many as 2,000 are still trapped by the fighting. Some of those trapped in the city have called or sent text messages to a hotline to urge the military to refrain from further air strikes, provincial crisis management committee Chairman Zia Alonto Adiong said. "Some have no food at all. Some fear for their lives," he told Reuters. "This is a conflict that has gone beyond proportion. The magnitude of the degree of the damage and the people that are affected... it's really massive." About 60 militants and 15 members of the security forces have been killed since Saturday, the army says. The military has warned there could be other victims of the insurgency in Marawi and they are investigating reports of atrocities. Plumes of smoke enveloped the area in Sunday's fighting, which included the use of artillery by the army. Militants last week seized a school, a hospital, and a cathedral where Christians are reported to have been taken hostage.   Source: BBC
Published in General News
South Africa's embattled president Jacob Zuma has been planning to set up home in Dubai, according to emails published in the local media. The reports suggest deepening ties between President Zuma and the controverisal Gupta business family. But the president's spokesman has dismissed them as an utter fabrication. Pressure on Mr Zuma has been mounting in recent months because of corruption scandals, cabinet sackings and his handling of the economy. Senior members of Mr Zuma's governing ANC this weekend tabled a motion of no confidence against him - which has been put to a closed-door meeting of the party's National Executive Committee. It is the second time in six months that party rebels have mounted such a challenge. Under pressure The BBC's Karen Allen in Johannesburg says the ANC now looks like it's in permanent fire fighting mode. Emails between President Zuma's son Duduzane and figures from a company owned by the controversial Gupta family - who reportedly wield considerable influence over Mr Zuma - include a letter to the Abu Dabi royal family, our correspondent says. "I am happy to inform you that my family has decided to make the UAE a second home," the president is quoted as saying. "It will be a great honour for me and my family to gain your patronage during our proposed residency in the UAE." This opens up questions as to whether this is part of an exit strategy, with Mr Zuma's party appearing to be turning against him, our correspondent adds. The reports were quickly dismissed by the presidential spokesman as "utter fabrication and mischief-making". Meanwhile, it is thought that Zuma loyalists could well block any no confidence motion on technical grounds. However, it echoes a similar motion from opposition parties being pushed through parliament which is now being examined by the constitutional court. The president's successor is expected to be selected at a major conference of the ANC's top brass in December. Until then the party looks set to limp from crisis to crisis, our correspondent says. Mr Zuma's allies say he will remain in office until his term ends in 2019, but evidence of his unpopularity seems to be growing. He was forced to abandon a May Day rally this year after he was booed by workers demanding his resignation. His ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Rampahosa are vying to succeed him.   Source: BBC
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Blood Safety Information System launched

Ghana has become the second country in Africa, after Lesotho to launch a Blood Safety Information System (BSIS). The BSIS is an open source information system designed to manage donor and blood safety information from the point of donor registration to donation collection, through to laboratory testing, component processing and labelling, storage, and distribution to hospitals and clinics. The BSIS project was established by the National Blood Service Ghana (NBSG) in collaboration with the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the Safe Blood for Africa Foundation and Jembi Health Systems PNC, a South African-based not-for-profit organisation. Inherent in BSIS’s design is the capability to exclude blood donors based on HIV status and track blood donor infectious disease testing results to ensure adequate linkage to care and treatment services. The BSIS also builds the capacity of health practitioners to manage information related to blood services, improve blood centre laboratory quality and facilitate movement of the NBSG towards accreditation through the African Society of Blood Transfusion. Since 2010, the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS relief (PEPFAR) has invested approximately $ 1.7 million in strengthening blood safety services in Ghana. With this support, the NBSG has significantly improved the quality of blood services in Ghana. From 2010 to 2016 NBSG increased annual blood collections from 140,000 units to more than 160,000 units and decreased the prevalence of HIV seropositive blood donations to a low of 1.2 per cent. The BSIS centre was inaugurated on Friday at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra jointly by Mrs Tina Mensah, Deputy Minister of Health and Mr Robert P. Jackson, the US Ambassador. Mrs Mensah said the Ministry believed in synergy of partnership and alliances in the provision of universal health care. She said the Ministry would continue to create the congenial environment for potential partners to work in concert in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal. She therefore, hailed the US for its continuous support to Ghana, especially in the area of health. “The Ministry’s commitment is moving such programmes forward whilst championing the use of technologies in health systems across the country. “It is therefore, our hope that the National Blood Service would mount effective implementation strategy to support the safe and sustainable implementation of this tool across the entire country. “I wish to take this opportunity to appeal to the public to support voluntary blood donation exercise to enable the National Blood Service achieve 100 per cent voluntary unpaid donations by the end of 2020,” she added. Mr Jackson said: “We can achieve an AIDS-free generation. Today, with the launch of BSIS, we are one step closer to that goal. “Safe blood transfusion helps prevent transmission of HIV and increase the overall health of this nation. “Safe, reliable blood saves lives- the life of a mother after childbirth, the life of an accident victim, the life of a patient undergoing surgery. “We partner with Ghana because we both benefit when Ghana succeeds. Healthy Ghanaians can go to work, they can go to school, they can contribute to Ghana‘s growth and stability. “A stable, thriving Ghana benefits Ghanaians, provides leadership on the continent and contributes to global growth and stability,” he added.   Source: GNA    
Published in Health
Pizza is healthy. And it isn’t healthy. Depending on the type of crust, the amount of cheese and the toppings used, pizza can rank anywhere from nutritionally decent to a diet disaster. Even healthy pizzas deliver a good amount of sodium from tomato sauce and cheese, so if you are watching your salt intake, you should eat with caution. Of course, the size of the slice and the number of slices you eat count, too. Pizza pros include the fact that it offers calcium from cheese and disease-fighting lycopene from tomatoes. And pizza crust made with whole-wheat flour (including whole white wheat flour) is healthier than regular white crust, as it offers whole grains and fiber and is digested more slowly than refined grains. But what you put on your pizza can significantly impact its nutritional value. Toppings such pepperoni, sausage and extra cheese can boost saturated fat, sodium and calories, while slices made with thinner crusts and topped with veggies tend to have lower calorie, saturated fat and sodium counts. Highlights Pizza offers calcium from cheese and disease-fighting lycopene from tomatoes Pepperoni, sausage and extra cheese can boost a pizza’s saturated fat, sodium and calories For example, a large slice of Pizza Hut’s Thin ‘N Crispy Veggie Lovers pizza has 240 calories, 4 grams of saturated fat and 710 milligrams of sodium. But a large slice of the chain’s Meat Lovers pan pizza with pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, pork and beef has 480 calories, 10 grams of saturated fat and 1,180 milligrams of sodium. Frozen pizzas can be a convenient dinner, but they too can vary in terms of ingredients and nutritional value, especially with sodium counts, so it’s important to read labels carefully (some contain small amounts of trans fats, too). Dairy-free and gluten-free pizzas are available, but as with their traditional counterparts, their healthfulness varies. When it comes to kids and pizza, one recent study concluded that pizza consumption among children and adolescents was associated with a higher daily calorie intake and higher intakes of saturated fat and sodium. The study also found that pizza eaten as a snack or from fast-food restaurants had the greatest negative impact on calorie intake. Pizza consumed in schools did not significantly affect children’s calorie intake, probably because it may not be that nutritionally different from other school entrees, according to study authors. If you enjoy pizza on a regular basis, try making it at home using healthier ingredients, such as whole-wheat English muffins, part-skim mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce without added salt. And don’t forget to top it with lots of vegetables; the more colorful your pizza, the better! Source: CNN    
Published in Lifestyle
Shareholders of the GCB Bank have shot down a motion to increase the yearly remuneration of the Bank’s Directors, from GHȼ2.5 million to GHȼ4 million. The motion was put forward by the Board at the Bank’s 23rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Accra on Friday but shareholders did not approve it, saying the proposed GHȼ4 million per annum was too high. The shareholders, by a show of hands when the motion was put to the vote, declined to approve the proposed increment, which was the penultimate issue on the agenda of the AGM. According to the shareholders, the proposed increment, which was a 60 per cent increase over the current amount of GHȼ2.5 million, was too much and advised the board to revise the amount. A shareholder, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the GNA that while the increment was in order, the amount proposed was too much and said the increment could be done annually in bits. “Their asking for an increase in remuneration is in order but the amount of money that they’re asking for… is too much” she stated. Mr Abraham Sackey-Ashie, a pensioner and shareholder of GCB, also agreed that while the need to increase the amount was understandable, the percentage of the increment was too much. He said a 40 per cent increase would have been more acceptable to shareholders. The new Chairman of the Board, Mr Jude Arthur said the remuneration for the board; including Executive and Non-Executive Directors, was last increased in 2013, thus the motion to increase it. Mr Arthur said the increment proposed had been arrived at after careful research by the Board to arrive at benchmarks before presenting it to the shareholders for approval. “The Directors did the right thing by looking at the economy and proposing benchmarks for approval by the shareholders,” he stated. He said the Board would now have to get back to all the stakeholders on the matter. “When something like this happens, you take the decision of the stakeholders in good faith and then make another proposal,” he said. He said while the vote against the motion had been mainly by minority shareholders, it was important to be sensitive to all levels of shareholders. He said though it was not possible to say immediately whether an extraordinary AGM would be called on the matter, any decision arrived at after the review will be communicated to the shareholders. “It is also in the interest of the company and the shareholders so we will do it as short a time as we can,” Mr Arthur said. Source: GNA    
Published in Business
Although the former Director of the Ridge Hospital, Thomas Anaba says he’s filed a suit against government following his transfers, the Ministry of Health says it was yet to receive the suit. Dr. Anaba was asked to move to his former workplace at the University of Development Studies. But he has challenged the action claiming that the  directive from the Ministry was “unfair and unreasonable and does not comply with the requirement of the Constitution and the Ghana Health Service and Teaching Hospitals Act, 1996 (Act 525 with respect to the appointment and removal of staff of the Ghana Health Service. He also insisted that “the purported action of the Minister in the letter dated May 10, 2017, constitutes an abuse of power as it amounts to a constructive dismissal of the applicant without just cause in contravention of article 191 (b) of the Constitution.” Meanwhile, the PRO for the Ministry says they will   determine their next line of action once it receives the lawsuit. “I went to the hospital yesterday and there was no letter. I went to the administration and I was told there was no letter but we have heard from the media that he has sued us. I checked; the legal section, administration and we have not received any letter. Monday, when we go to the office and we receive a letter, we will read the content and accordingly respond,’’ he said while granting an interview to Accra based Citi Fm.
Published in General News
An amount of 46 million cedis has been allocated to the Sports Ministry for the Development of sports in the country, President Nana Akufo-Addo has hinted. He made the revelation at the 42nd SWAG awards held on Saturday adding that the amount is a hundred percent increment from the 2016 budget.   He said, “My government is beginning to show its appreciation of the role of sports to the development of our nation by the increase of over 100 percent in the budgetary allocation to the Ministry of Sports in this year’s Asempa budget.We have gone from 21 million in last year’s budget to 46 million in this year’s budget. It is the beginning of good things to come.’’ Anthony Baffoe, a former Ghana international Sports Personality.   He was awarded for his role in international football administration and his contribution to the development of football in Ghana, particularly at the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana (PFAG).     He beat boxer Emmanuel Tagoe for the top most award on the night.
Published in Sports
The Sports Writers Association of Ghana at their 42nd Awards Night, named Anthony Baffoe, a former Ghana international Sports Personality. He was awarded for his role in international football administration and his contribution to the development of football in Ghana, particularly at the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana (PFAG). He beat boxer Emmanuel Tagoe for the top most award on the night. However, the Sports Editor for Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm has expressed his disagreement with the decision. The British man  as he is affectionately called quizzed why an award meant for athletes would be given to an administrator. In the view of the renowned sports editor, Kwesi Nyantakyi the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) who was recently voted as the First Vice President for the Confederation of African Football (CAF). He said, ‘’ I don't understand why an award meant for athletes should be given to an administrator even categorizing Tony Baffoe along side Emmanuel Tagoe in the first place in my view was wrong pairing and complete inaccurate. If a sports administrator should be given such award ahead of an athlete if so Swag awards committee claims or thinks then Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi deserves it better than Mr Baffoe.’’   Below is the full piece from Nana Prempeh     I'm in total DISAGREEMENT with swag sports personality of the year award 2016/17 which went to Mr Anthony Baffoe. I don't understand why an award meant for athletes should be given to an administrator even categorizing Tony Baffoe along side Emmanuel Tagoe in the first place in my view was wrong pairing and complete inaccurate. If a sports administrator should be given such award ahead of an athlete if so Swag awards committee claims or thinks then Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi deserves it better than Mr Baffoe. Remember Mr Nyantakyi's Achievement in 2016/27 in sports business is ernomous and incomparable. He was first elected to Fifa Executive Council Board late last year and again this year a feat which none of has not come closer apart from the late Mr Ohene Djan. That was not all he was also appointed as CAF first vice president. For your information Lawyer KN also chairs and serve on several adhoc committees of Africa's highest decision making body in Football as far as the continent is concerned. I mean to say in my view that Mr Tony Baffoe's award suppose to have gone to Mr Emmanuel Tagoe, because Tagoe has actually done it all to pick that symbol of recognition.    However Swag can award administrators who stands out in a very special way for their selfless stewardship.
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