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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Tuesday, 06 March 2018
In Canada, more than 500 doctors and residents, as well as over 150 medical students, have signed a public letter protesting their own pay raises. "We, Quebec doctors who believe in a strong public system, oppose the recent salary increases negotiated by our medical federations," the letter says. The group say they are offended that they would receive raises when nurses and patients are struggling. "These increases are all the more shocking because our nurses, clerks and other professionals face very difficult working conditions, while our patients live with the lack of access to required services because of the drastic cuts in recent years and the centralization of power in the Ministry of Health," reads the letter, which was published February 25. "The only thing that seems to be immune to the cuts is our remuneration," the letter says. Canada has a public health system which provides "universal coverage for medically necessary health care services provided on the basis of need, rather than the ability to pay," the government's website says. The 213 general practitioners, 184 specialists, 149 resident medical doctors and 162 medical students want the money used for their raises to be returned to the system instead. "We believe that there is a way to redistribute the resources of the Quebec health system to promote the health of the population and meet the needs of patients without pushing workers to the end," the letter says. "We, Quebec doctors, are asking that the salary increases granted to physicians be canceled and that the resources of the system be better distributed for the good of the health care workers and to provide health services worthy to the people of Quebec." A physician in Canada is paid $260,924 ($339,000 Canadian) for clinical services by the government's Ministry of Health per year on average, according to a report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information published in September 2017. On average, a family physician is paid $211,717 ($275,000 Canadian) for clinical services and a surgical specialist is paid $354,915 ($461,000 Canadian), according to the same report. This is total gross pay, however, and does not take into account overhead each doctor pays to operate, as the Canadian Institute for Health Information is careful to point out to CNBC Make It. In May 2016, one physician publicly broke down the cost of running his family practice, and though he brought in $231,033 ($300,000 Canadian), he was left with $136,906 ($177,876 Canadian) after subtracting his business expenses — but before taxes and employment benefits are taken out. The cost of medical school in Canada is subsidized by provincial governments, according to The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada. The cost varies depending on whether a student is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or foreign student and the particular school. For Canadian citizens or permanent residents, tuition for the first year of medical school ranges from $2567 ($3,334 Canadian) to $20,064 ($26,056 Canadian), according to The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada's website. The same group, the Médecins Québécois pour le Régime Public (MQRP), that published the aforementioned public letter, also published a letter on February 17 opposing $500 million worth of pay increases for specialist doctors. The group called the pay increase "indecent." And on February 1, the MQRP published a letter denouncing working conditions of nurses. "The nurses are exhausted by a heavy workload. They argue that the chronic lack of staff and the fatigue caused by repeated overtime, sometimes mandatory, for lack of replacement of the team, have an impact on the safety of patient care," the letter says. Source:CNBC
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A Ghanaian female Information and Communication Technology (ICT) expert, Alice Mamaga Akosua Amoako, has challenged government to invest heavily in the sector. She said such an investment would create better opportunities for the unemployed youth, stressing: ‘’technology is what is driving the world today.’’ Technology in her view is a way of life and something that can enhance the well being of citizens when used positively. She made the call in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm on the 61st Independence Special Edition of Frontline on the benefits of technology and how it could help create jobs for the youth. The celebrated ICT expert who has developed a number of apps including one for autism children, believes the knowledge and understanding in the world of ICT, was fast expanding at a rapid pace hence the need for government to invest heavily in the area. The investment she suggested should be channeled to government basic schools where pupils would be trained in ICT and using Germany as an example, she said, children below the ages of 13-14 are experts in technology who are working with firms after school and making money. She added, these children would be self dependent and will not be a bother for society because they started working and saved at a tender age. The increasing rate of criminal activities in the country has been linked to unemployment but Mamaga Akosua Amoako says, we could reduce the rate of crime should we adopt the example of Germany. The graduate from the Ghana Telecom University, and social entrepreneur further called for more women to be encouraged to embrace ICT. According to her, ICT is a tool for women and economic empowerment which developing countries must embrace. SDG 5 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls and calls for enhanced use of enabling technology – ICTs in particular – to promote the empowerment of women. It is believed that, ICT can be leveraged for personal security, better access to education and jobs, financial inclusion or to access basic healthcare information. Alice is a digital social entrepreneur with a passion to make a change in the lives of autism children. She won the Coca-Cola Young Achievers Awards in 2017. She is the founder and director at Autism Ambassadors of Ghana. She is looking forward to a Ghana where autism children will have acceptance and support to live freely in the society without any discrimination.
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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says corruption and the stealing of public funds continues to hold back Ghana’s development, adding that corruption is not a partisan matter, and all Ghanaians must act to protect the public purse. According to President Akufo-Addo, “with the office of the Special Prosecutor now in place, we can expect more prosecutions for corruption in the coming months, and public officials, present and past, should be on notice that they would be held accountable for their stewardship of our public finances.” President Akufo-Addo made this known on Tuesday, 6th March, 2018, at the country’s 61st Independence Day celebration, at the Black Star Square. Touching on the recent audit by the Auditor General into the liabilities of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies which led to the disallowance of some GH¢5.4 billion of claims, the President stated that these claims that would otherwise have been paid, but for the eagle eye of the Auditor General. “Can you imagine what we can do with GH¢5.4 billion? It can certainly finance the Free SHS for five years,” he said. Additionally, the President noted that Government, in 2017, made significant savings of some GH¢800 million in government procurement, “as we depart from sole sourcing as the primary method of public procurement. That departure will strengthen our public finances, and make it possible for us to finance our development ourselves.” On “one piece of the anti-corruption framework that is yet to be put in place”, President Akufo-Addo noted that The Right to Information Bill would increase transparency, and add another critical weapon to the armoury in the fight against corruption. “After many years of hesitation, we intend to bring a Bill again to Parliament, and work to get it passed into law before the end of this Meeting of Parliament,” he said. The protection of the public purse, President Akufo-Addo stressed, is a social common good, and it depends on all of Ghanaians. “It is in all our interest that corruption does not thrive, and we police each other’s behaviour. Going Beyond Aid means Ghanaians should not serve as fronts for foreign companies to defraud our country. It will mean we all pay our taxes, as provided by law, and it will mean we all help to take care of government property, as though it were our own,” the President added.
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The President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E Nana Akufo-Addo has given an assurance that; the Right to Information Bill (RTP) would be passed into law before Parliament rises this year. Speaking at the 61st Independence Day celebration on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, President Akufo-Addo said: “Fellow Ghanaians, corruption, or, more specifically, the stealing of public funds, continues to hold back the development of our nation. Corruption is not a partisan matter and we must all act to protect the public purse. With the office of the Special Prosecutor now in place we can expect more prosecutions for corruption in the coming months and public officials, present and past, should be on notice that they would be held accountable for their stewardship of our public finances.’’ He added: “There is, however, one piece of the anti-corruption framework that is yet to be put in place; The Right to Information Act. It would increase transparency and add another critical weapon to the armoury in the fight against corruption. After many years of hesitation, we intend to bring a Bill again to Parliament and work to get it passed into law before the end of this meeting of Parliament. “The protection of the public purse is a social common good, and it depends on all of us. It is in all our interest that corruption does not thrive, and we police each other’s behaviour. Going Beyond Aid means Ghanaians should not serve as fronts for foreign companies to defraud our country. It will mean we all pay our taxes, and it will mean we all help to take care of government property as though it were our own.” The Right to Information (RI) is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the country’s 1992 Constitution and recognized as a right under International Conventions on Human rights. The bill will give substance to Article 21 (1) (f) of the Constitution which states that “All persons shall have the right to information subject to such qualifications and laws as are necessary in a democratic society”. The right to information bill has in the past been introduced to parliament but always expired on the resolution of parliament.
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has described the upsurge in robbery attacks as unacceptable. He has also promised to ensure the safety and security of Ghanaians despite the unlawful and criminal activities of some few miscreants. ’The recent spate of armed robbery incidents is totally unacceptable. I will work to ensure that citizens are able to go about their daily duties in the confidence that they are safe. I want to make this clear: no miscreant will have the space to terrorize citizens and generate a sense of insecurity in our country.’’ According to him, ‘’the police have the primary responsibility of maintaining peace and keeping law and order in our society, and, in exceptional cases, with the backing of the armed forces.’’ He added: We should not forget that the police need the help and support of the community to be able to do their work. We dare not lose our reputation as a haven of peace and security. I urge you all to join in making sure there is no hiding place in our midst for those who would disturb our peace. For my part, I will do whatever is necessary, within the confines of the Constitution and the laws of the land, to ensure the peace of our country.’’ On the part of government the president said: ‘’the government is doing, and will do whatever it takes to enable the police discharge their duties effectively. We are providing the means for them to modernize their equipment and learn modern methods of policing, and the numbers will be rapidly increased to match our growing population, and sophistication and audacity of the criminals.’’ Delivering his 61st Independence Anniversary speech under the theme, ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’, the president said the agenda to make Ghana self dependent would be impossible with an unstable country. And in assuring Ghanaians of their safety he said: ‘’ all these plans and big dreams I have outlined will come to naught if we do not have peace in our country. The primary requirement for prosperity is peace. The first obligation on any government is to ensure the safety of the citizens.’’ He said: ‘’as your president, this is an obligation I accept, and I am determined to discharge faithfully.’’
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, unveiled the design - architecture of the national Cathedral at a brief ceremony at the Accra International Conference Centre. It would house impressive chapels and baptistery, a 5,000-capacity auditorium, grand central hall, music school, choir rehearsal and multi-use spaces, art gallery and a shop. Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and the Most Reverend Samuel Asante-Antwi, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Cathedral were among those present. The President said the edifice was going to be an iconic centre for thanksgiving and to worship God for His mercies. He called for all to find space to support the construction of the project. President Akufo-Addo cut the sod for the construction of the Cathedral on March 06, last year. The design of the structure was done by Sir David Adjaye, an astute and internationally acclaimed architect, who said he drew inspiration from both Christian symbolism and Ghanaian heritage. He added that the edifice would be a celebration of religion, culture and local traditions. It would be the nation's ceremonial landmark conceived as a physical embodiment of unity, harmony and spirituality. The General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church, Dr. Mensa Otabil, led prayers to consecrate the drawings. On completion, the Cathedral would become Ghana's Mother Church, where all faiths and denominations could gather and worship in spiritual accord. It would be a place of inspiration, reflection and common devotion, a place to celebrate Ghanaian authentic culture and traditions. A new ceremonial route and landscape would link it to historic landmarks in Accra. SOURCE: GNA
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has posited that, the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda is not a ‘’pie in the sky notion.’’ Delivery his 61st Independence Anniversary speech on the theme, ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’, the president said the agenda ‘’ is a prosperous and self-confident Ghana that is in charge of its economic destiny.’’ ‘’Ghana Beyond Aid is not a pie in the sky notion, other countries, including some of our peers at independence have done exactly that. It is doable and we must believe that what others, with less resources, have done, we can do. ‘’However, we are not going to achieve the transformation in our economy which is necessary for a Ghana Beyond Aid by just talking about it. We have to DO something about it!’’ The president stressed that until Ghanaians do things differently, we will not be able to achieve the beyond aid agenda. ‘’As a start, we have to do things differently. Business as usual will not do it. It cannot happen by waving a magic wand. And it cannot be achieved overnight. Indeed, the most rapid cases of economic and social transformation in history, those in South East Asia, generally spanned a period of about 30 years; about a generation. We cannot wait that long; we have wasted enough time already. We have to hurry but we must be realistic.’’ According to Nana Addo, ‘’to get to a Ghana Beyond Aid, we will have to effectively harness our own resources and creatively and efficiently deploy them for rapid economic and social transformation. This will require hard work, enterprise, creativity, and a consistent fight against corruption in public life. It will also require that we break from a mentality of dependency and adopt a confident can-do spirit, fuelled by love for our dear country, Ghana. We cannot subordinate the common good to build a prosperous nation to the selfish interest of a few.’’ He also expressed strong optimism that ‘’…we have started on the right path with the concrete steps we are taking to restore macro-economic stability and economic growth. After a year of disciplined and innovative economic management, the results have been remarkable. Fiscal discipline has been restored and fiscal consolidation has taken hold. For the first time since 2006, the government of Ghana has been able to meet its fiscal deficit target. We will continue to manage the economy in a disciplined and sound framework so that we maintain fiscal and debt sustainability. This in the long run is fundamental to moving Beyond Aid.’’
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Nigeria’s President, Muhamaddu Buhari, has commended Ghana’s President, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for his commitment shown in the fight against corruption. , The Special Guest of Honour delivering his speech at Ghana’s 61st Independence Parade, acknowledged the effort of Nana Addo at fighting corruption which he stated has eaten into the public of our societies. Mr. Buhari also congratulated government and parliament for the passage of the Office of Special Prosecutor Bill which the president gave his assent to. He assured the president of his readiness to partner him in the fight against corruption. ‘’Your Excellency can be assured that, he have a good partner in me as I look forward to any form of collaboration between Nigeria and Ghana in tackling the menace of endemic corruption,’’ he added. He paid a glowing tribute to the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and other fallen heroes and leaders of Ghana for the contribution in the development of the country. According to him, we must acknowledge their various contributions.
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A former Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier General Nunoo-Mensah, has noted that, the struggle to Ghana’s independence was not all rosy as some were in not in full support of it. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the former military leader said, his account is what he saw and not what he has read. According to him, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, was a man in hurry in the days of the struggle. However, the likes of JB Danquah and his colleagues did not support the style of late Nkrumah and wondered why he [Nkrumah] was in a hurry. He said, a lot of people lost their lives in the struggle for Ghana’s independence. The killings in those days he lamented were more than what we have witnessed in the history of Ghana. The late Nkrumah he added was building a moderate Ghana, wanted to industrialize the country but we have sat down and allowed all the legacies of Ghana’s first president to be wiped away. He asked, ‘’when is Ghana going to be truly independent and manage its own affairs? ‘’Today we cannot even produce fruit juice but import it. It is very sad and terrible for us as a country to be importing fruits and vegetables. It is not impossible for Ghana to mobilize Ghanaians, feed ourselves. We don’t need help from anywhere. We can and develop this country by ourselves,’’ he said. Nunoo-Mensah said indiscipline, mismanagement led to the collapse of state owned enterprises including the Ghana Airways among others.
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A former Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier General Nunoo-Mensah, has noted that, the struggle to Ghana’s independence was not all rosy as some were in not in full support of it. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the former military leader said, his account is what he saw and not what he has read. According to him, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, was a man in hurry in the days of the struggle. However, the likes of JB Danquah and his colleagues did not support the style of late Nkrumah and wondered why he [Nkrumah] was in a hurry. He said, a lot of people lost their lives in the struggle for Ghana’s independence. The killings in those days he lamented were more than what we have witnessed in the history of Ghana. The late Nkrumah he added was building a moderate Ghana, wanted to industrialize the country but we have sat down and allowed all the legacies of Ghana’s first president to be wiped away. He asked, ‘’when is Ghana going to be truly independent and manage its own affairs? ‘’Today we cannot even produce fruit juice but import it. It is very sad and terrible for us as a country to be importing fruits and vegetables. It is not impossible for Ghana to mobilize Ghanaians, feed ourselves. We don’t need help from anywhere. We can and develop this country by ourselves,’’ he said. Nunoo-Mensah said indiscipline, mismanagement led to the collapse of state owned enterprises including the Ghana Airways among others.
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