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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Monday, 25 September 2017
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is expected to meet with some diplomats from Côte d’Ivoire over Saturday’s landmark judgment by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on the two countries’ maritime dispute later this week. Minister of Information Mustapha Hamid says the meeting will see the two parties come up with a plan on how to actualize the judgment of the court. “In this coming week, the Ivorian President will send envoys to Ghana and together the two governments will tell the world what it is they are willing to do in respect to this judgment. For now, the President will hold his peace until that engagement with the Ivorian envoys, and then we can let the Ghanaian people know what the formal positions of the two governments are with regards to the ITLOS government,” Mustapha Hamid said. ITLOS ruled in favour of Ghana in the maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. The Special Chamber on Saturday September 23, 2017 in its judgment read by Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, President of the Special Chamber rejected Cote d’Ivoire’s argument that Ghana’s coastal lines were unstable and also ruled that Ghana has not violated Côte d'Ivoire's sovereign rights with its oil exploration activities.
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Majority Leader in Ghana’s Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has lauded former Attorney General, Marietta Brew Oppong for her contribution towards the victory secured by the country on the maritime dispute with Ivory Coast. The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, after the current administration took over office, they wrote officially to the former attorney general requesting her services on the matter. Mr. Bonsu said Marietta Brew Oppong deserves commendation for her role. He also commended former President John Dramani Mahama and the current President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for their leadership roles in ensuring that pursued the case to its logical conclusion. The two countries he added have agreed to collaborate. Both countries right after the ruling penned their signature to a document accepting the ruling read by President of the Special Chamber, Judge Boualem Bouguetaia. The two countries further affirmed their commitment to “work together to strengthen and intensify their brotherly relationships of cooperation and good neighbourliness.”
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North Korea accuses US of declaring war

North Korea's foreign minister has accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country. Ri Yong-ho told reporters in New York that North Korea reserved the right to shoot down US bombers. This applied even when they were not in North Korean airspace, the minister added. The world "should clearly remember" it was the US that first declared war, Mr Ri said. The two sides have been engaged in an increasingly angry war of words. Despite weeks of tension, experts have played down the risk of direct conflict between the two. After Mr Ri addressed the United Nations on Saturday, the US president responded by tweeting that Mr Ri and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "won't be around much longer" if they continued their rhetoric. Source: BBC
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One of Britain’s largest trade unions has suspended an award given to Aung San Suu Kyi during her time as a political prisoner, as international criticism mounts over her tepid response to Myanmar’s humanitarian crisis. The move comes as a number of British institutions say they are reviewing or removing honours bestowed on Aung San Suu Kyi during her campaign for democracy under Myanmar’s oppressive military junta. Unison, the country’s second largest trade union, announced that it is to suspend Suu Kyi’s honorary membership, and urged Myanmar’s de facto leader to do more to denounce the plight of the country’s Rohingya people. “The situation facing the Rohingya of Myanmar is appalling,” Margaret McKee, Unison’s president, told the Guardian. “Aung San Suu Kyi’s honorary membership of Unison has been suspended, and we hope that she responds to international pressure.” Bristol University, one of a string of universities that awarded honorary degrees to the Burmese leader during her time in opposition, also said it was reviewing its award in light of accusations of brutal mistreatment of the Rohingya, described by the UN as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”. “The university shares the growing concern with the ongoing situation in Myanmar,” a spokesperson for Bristol university said. “In 1998 we awarded an honorary degree of doctor of laws to Dr Aung San Suu Kyi, who at the time was leading the struggle for human rights and democracy in the then Burma. “In terms of this award it would be wrong to make any decision at this time to consider revoking such an honour but we will continue to monitor and review the situation as necessary.” The London School of Economics student union said it would be stripping the former political prisoner of her honorary presidency. “We will be actively removing Aung San Suu Kyi’s honorary presidency as a symbol of our opposition to her current position and inaction in the face of genocide,” said Mahatir Pasha, the union’s general secretary. Over the last 30 years Aung San Suu Kyi has been awarded with honorary degrees from several UK universities including Glasgow, Bath and Cambridge, as well as the freedom of several cities, and other honours. Oxford councillors have announced that they may reconsider the freedom of the city of Oxford awarded to Aung San Suu Kyi in 1997 at next month’s council meeting. “If nothing changes, I think it is very likely that the city council will be stripping her of the freedom of the city,” John Tanner, an Oxford council board member, told the Oxford Mail. “It’s something that we very much regret but clearly the reasons for giving her support have now changed.” Aung San Suu Kyi has close links with the city of Oxford, having studied at St Hugh’s College there as an undergraduate in the 1960s. Her late husband, Michael Aris, was an academic at the university. Oxford awarded an honorary doctorate to Aung San Suu Kyi in 1993 but she was unable to collect it until 2012. As a leader of Myanmar’s opposition Aung San Suu Kyi won international praise and a Nobel peace prize in 1991. Despite being barred from running for president, she won a decisive victory in the country’s 2015 election, and was eventually given a title of state counsellor. But in recent months she has been the object of criticism for her failure to stem the attacks against the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority living along the border with Bangladesh. Among the critics has been Malala Yousafzai, herself a Nobel peace prize laureate, who earlier this month called on Aung San Suu Kyi to condemn the “tragic and shameful” treatment of the Rohingya after violence that left hundreds dead. Advertisement The prime minister, Theresa May, has been under pressure to act after Myanmar’s military forces were accused of driving hundreds of thousands of Rohingya out of the country. “We are very concerned about what’s happening to the Rohingya people,” May said, calling on Aung San Suu Kyi “to make it very clear that the military action should stop”. On Tuesday May announced that the UK would be suspending the training of the Burmese military by the Ministry of Defence “until this issue is resolved”. But in a speech this week Aung San Suu Kyi failed to roundly condemn the military forces, and instead claimed that there had been “no conflicts since 5 September and no clearance operations” against the country’s Muslim minority. Amnesty International called the speech a “mix of untruths and victim-blaming”. Source:The Guardian
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Sally Frimpong-Manso an entertainment critic has advised the manager of Mzbel to adopt a proper structure in place to ensure the successful management of the controversial musician. Contributing to the recent feud between the latter and entertainment journalist Halifa Ansah Addo, Sally said, Mzbel is not an ordinary musician but a heavy weight in the industry who should not be caught in controversies especially when she is on a mission to re-brand herself. The critic who said she once represented the ‘Abi Sixteen Years’ hit maker added that ‘’I think that in Ghana when we mention management and an artiste, we ignore a number of things.’’ In her view, management involves a manager, an executive producer, PRO, tour manager an office coordinator and so it is not only a manager that manages an artiste or a musician. She was of the opinion that, if Mr. Fred Kyei Mensah is going to succeed as a manager for Mzbel, then he must adopt an international standard which is like the Kim Kardashians among the other top musicians we know of. She stressed, the major or top stars we know of have publicists who are responsible for whatever the artiste or musician would say. He said, the top stars have a brand they are selling and Mzbel is not an ordinary musician. She needs to be monitored. There should be a department called PRO for Mzbel and that PRO should be in charge of the musician. Using herself as an example she said, when I was the PRO for some musicians, I did not allow certain questions; when you invite them for an interview, you send the questionand when we appear on your show and you ask a question outside what you sent them, they will decline to answer. She bemoaned why Mzbel keeps generating negative attention onto herself despite her good side. She also wondered why Mzbel keeps falling into the trap over her alleged amorous relationship with Amoabeng despite the other well to do men she's dated. She said, what is wrong if Mabel dated Amoabeng. Is she the only person whose dated a prominent man? She advised Mzbel to close the chapter on that topic and decline any interview or question posed to her on the issue adding, people will not take you serious if you keep changing your statement on the same issue. She made the submission on GH Entertainment hosted by Agyemang Prempeh.
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says his administration is putting in place policies and programmes to help empower women and girls in Ghana in a bid to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The president expressed strong optimism that the polices being implemented by government will encourage young girls to reach their full potentials. The president who was speaking at a UNESCO Global Concert in New York, said because women account for 51 percent of the population of Ghana and in most countries “empowering them is critical to speeding up Africa’s progress.” The implementation of the free SHS he added forms part of the efforts to encourage young girls in the country. He further said Ghana could have a female president if the needed policies are implemented. “So as president of Ghana, as co-chair of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and as AU gender champion, I am committed to putting in place policies and programmes aimed at improving the development of the girl child in Ghana. I’m equally committed to ensuring access to a minimum of senior high school education for the girl child in Ghana; a policy that has already began to work.” “I’m also committed to mobilizing support towards ending child marriage in Ghana and the whole of the African continent. Together we can achieve gender equality, empower the women and girls and achieve the global means of the sustainable development goals. And one day we are going to have a female president of Ghana,” he said.
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Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo, has lamented over corrupt practices within the road sector. The Minister was emphatic that much attention must be placed on the sector with value for money being the core factor in the road sector. The Minister, who was speaking at an event to officially commence the upgrade of the Accra-Tema Motorway on Monday, said the cost of road construction in Ghana must conform to international standards. “If you go to the score card of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, they describe the sources of our poor performance in the road sector. They talk about lack of adequate funds, technical know-how, but they also talk about corruption. It’s something we should also pay attention to. We must have value for money in the road sector.” He added, “the cost of construction is basically international depending on the material you use and therefore we cannot have a situation where the cost of construction in Ghana is on a different planet.” “The cost of construction of roads should conform to international standards. We have a situation where the cost per kilometre of our road network is higher than international standards even when you work out the material aspect. This calls for a very close look at the matter. It cannot be and it should not be and therefore I’m appealing to our financial partners who will join us in the PPP that we are interested in having value for money,” he stated.
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The President of the Western Regional House of Chiefs who doubles as the Paramount Chief of the Sefwi Anwhiaso Traditional Area Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II has appealed to Ghanaians to be moderate in their jubilation over the ruling delivered by the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on the maritime dispute between Ghana and Ivory Coast. He described the ruling as good news and commended the efforts by the legal team that represented the country on the matter. Speaking to Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm he said, we can jubilate as citizens however, we should be moderate considering our bilateral relationship with Ivory Coast. ITLOS ruled in favour of Ghana in the maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. The Special Chamber on Saturday September 23, 2017 in its judgment read by Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, President of the Special Chamber rejected Cote d’Ivoire’s argument that Ghana’s coastal lines were unstable and also ruled that Ghana has not violated Côte d'Ivoire's sovereign rights with its oil exploration activities.
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The President of the Western Regional House of Chiefs Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II has said the proceeds from our oil production has not reflected in our lives. According to the Paramount Chief of the Sefwi Anwhiaso Traditional Area, despite Ghana's oil wealth, it has not reflected in our lives and the region where the oil is being drilled have majority of the people largely impoverished. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm he said, as a traditional leader, I am not satisfied with the benefits accrued from our oil proceeds. He was however quick to add that Ghana’s oil exploration started not long ago as compared to other nations and I believe that the oil proceeds would be used for a good purpose. He specifically mentioned the free SHS, National Health Insurance Scheme among others. He reiterated a call on government to ensure that the region where the oil is being drilled, benefit immensely from the oil production. He said, we have to put pressure on government to pay attention to the Western region. Farmers and fisher folks whose job maybe destroyed as a result of the oil production should be given an alternative source of livelihood. He also advocated for skills training for the youth in the area to ensure they get jobs to do. ‘’Western region is about 10 percent of the entire population yet our contribution to the economy is over 50 percent. When you go to Tarkwa and other communities where gold is mined and now the oil, you will realize that we are contributing a lot to the economy. I am happy the president has assured that the GNPC headquarters would be relocated here but that should not be all. It should translate into skills training; we should also have packages for the chiefs, farmers and fisher folks whose lands have been affected due to the oil exploration,’’ he stated. Meanwhile, he has cautioned Ghanaians to be moderate in their jubilation over the ruling delivered by the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on the maritime dispute between Ghana and Ivory Coast. ITLOS ruled in favour of Ghana in the maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. The Special Chamber on Saturday September 23, 2017 in its judgment read by Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, President of the Special Chamber rejected Cote d’Ivoire’s argument that Ghana’s coastal lines were unstable and also ruled that Ghana has not violated Côte d'Ivoire's sovereign rights with its oil exploration activities.
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Senior research fellow at the University of Cape Coast, Dr. Yamoah Tenkorang has admonished Ghanaians to minimize our jubilation so our bilateral relation with our neighbor is not affected following the ruling by the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) over the maritime dispute. ‘’We’ve won but we should minimize our jubilation. Over jubilation following the victory will amount to nothing. So let’s be careful how we jubilate otherwise, it may lead to a number of serious implications.’’ He also posited that Ghana did not pay much attention to the maritime dispute between it and Ivory Coast when it first started. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm he said, the dispute started many years ago however, we did not pay attention to it. He said, Ivory Coast in the past showed signs of a possible ‘oil war’ however we as a country failed to do what was necessary. Ghana he indicated went to the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).after the diplomatic negotiations failed to work. He said, the court rejected Cote d’Ivoire’s argument that Ghana’s coastal lines were unstable because of their inconsistencies. Ghana would have suffered gravely if the special chamber had ruled in favour of Ivory Coast including financially. According to him, our sovereignty and our precious resources were at risk and it was necessary for us to take the bold decision to issue the notice of arbitration to Ivory Coast. ITLOS ruled in favour of Ghana in the maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. The Special Chamber on Saturday September 23, 2017 in its judgment read by Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, President of the Special Chamber rejected Cote d’Ivoire’s argument that Ghana’s coastal lines were unstable and also ruled that Ghana has not violated Côte d'Ivoire's sovereign rights with its oil exploration activities.
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