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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Sunday, 13 May 2018
The National Chairman of the Ghana Muslim Mission (GMM) Dr Alhaji Sheikh Amen Bonsu, has underscored the need for Muslims to use the 2018 Ramadan season to reflect on their lives and pursue a path of righteousness. Speaking in an exclusive interview ahead of the 2018 Ramadan season on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the Islamic cleric challenged Muslims not to see the Ramadan as an opportunity to suspend their evil deeds and go back to them when it is over. According to him, the Ramadan offers an opportunity to believers to ask for forgiveness and redraw from all forms of evil. Muslims across the globe are expected to kick start the Ramadan either on Tuesday May 15th, 2018 or Wednesday May 16th, 2018. Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year in Islamic culture. Muslims observe the month of Ramadan, to mark that Allah, or God, gave the first chapters of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad in 610. During Ramadan, Muslims fast, abstain from pleasures and pray to become closer to God. It is also a time for families to gather and celebrate. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, which is a lunar calendar based on the cycles of the moon. Observances begin the morning after the crescent moon is visibly sighted, marking the beginning of the new month. Muslims must abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex every day, and are only allowed to eat during an early-morning meal, suhur, and a night-time meal, iftar. Fasting during Ramadan is the fourth of the five pillars of Islam, the most important of Muslim practices. While fasting, Muslims also spend the time focusing their minds and activities on prayer and spiritual reflection, including greater study of the Quran. Dr. Bonsu admonished Muslims to observe the Ramadan since it is an important activity on the Islamic calendar. ‘’Ramadan is a period to seek for forgiveness. It is not a period to suspend your evil ways and go back to them after the fasting period. We have to reflect on the purpose for the Ramadan and observe it accordingly,’’ he said. On the guidelines, he said, ‘’Pregnant women, the sick are excluded from fasting. Also excused are travelers, the elderly and the insane.’’
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South Africa has taken over direct administration of North West province where corruption allegations have led to violent protests. There have also been calls for the regional premier to resign. The decision to intervene was taken by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has made the fight against corruption a priority. Last month, he cut short his attendance at a Commonwealth summit in London to return home and deal with the crisis. The province's regional premier, Supra Mahumapelo - a political ally of former President Jacob Zuma - has refused to step down but went on leave. His administration has been accused of corruption and the misuse of state funds - accusations he denies. After complaints about the poor delivery of public services and the near collapse of the healthcare system, President Ramaphosa deployed army medics to help out in the hospitals. Protesters have been demanding jobs, housing and an end to corruption. It is the first time the national government has taken control of an entire provincial administration, South Africa's Sunday Times reports. Source:BBC
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Former President Jerry John Rawlings has reiterated the need for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), to embrace the core values and ideals through which the party was formed. The former leader and founder of the umbrella family, advised party members to be guided by these principles so they are not swayed by the monetization of Ghanaian politics. This he noted was alien to the NDC as a political party. Mr. Rawlings was addressing a dialogue attended by former Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) under former President John Dramani Mahama. When the party is able to abide by the core values and ideals, winning election 2020 will not be a difficult task, he added. He said: ‘’we hold this dialogue to plot an agenda for a positive performance in 2020, we have to take due note that the re-organisation is a process that involves embracing our party’s core ideals and ensuring that we are not swayed by the crass monetization of Ghanaian politics which used to be alien to our party and which unfortunately has contributed rather notoriously to the surfeit of negativity and divisiveness plaguing our party.’’ According to him, ‘’our motto of Unity, Stability and Development was not created in a vacuum. The motto was born our of the appreciation and belief that for our party and country to progress we needed to be unified in thought and deed, unified in truth and integrity, unified in transparency, probity and accountability and unified with a powerful and firm conviction to provide an equal opportunity for Ghanaians of all walks of life.’’ The success of the NDC in government he indicated was due to the participatory form of governance the party practiced. ‘’The NDC’s contribution to the socio-political stability of Ghana was due to our desire to embrace participatory governance, allowing the grassroots to have a significant say in the branches, wards, constituency, regional and national affairs. Today many of those who hold high office in the party are personalities who first identified their leadership qualities from wards and branches. The ideals that guided and projected them to leading party figures were their unparalleled conscience, sense of conviction and unbridled desire to sacrifice for God and country,’’ Mr. Rawlings said. He urged the party to unite since the defeat suffered in 2016 was due to the division in the party. ‘’The NDC was not a unified party in 2016. The NDC was not in touch with the grassroots in 2016. The NDC was not a bastion of stability in 2016 and the NDC sadly did not inspire confidence in the majority of Ghanaians in 2016. The common denominator in these aforementioned flaws, were the lack of conscience and conviction in our dealings with the electorate. We are doing a lot to be heard in the public arena. The NDC is doing its best to put the government on its toes but are we doing our homework well? Are we doing enough to inspire confidence amongst our own sympathisers? Are we doing enough to convince the vast floating voter constituency?’’
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Former Communications Director for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akomea who is currently managing the State Transport Corporation has called on party delegates to ensure a regional balance in the upcoming national executive elections. Nana Akomea has warned delegates to desist from electing only Akans to hold key positions in the party. He is therefore calling for a balance to defuse long held perception that, the elephant party is an Akan party. In a Facebook post, Nana Akomea wrote: ‘’ When nominations opened last week, l declined to pick forms. What is emerging is that this particular election may present the NPP with the most undiversified national leadership, as almost all the elected positions may be filled from the Akan sub group. Every effort must be made to ensure that some of these positions have elected members from outside the Akan subgroup. It is to be part of this effort that l have declined to contest for the Vice Chairmanship position. It is my great hope that the three Vice Chairmanship positions will afford the election of other members from outside the Akan sub group. I remain thankful to all the groups and individuals who have looked forward to my contest and who will be disappointed now. I assure them it is for the greater good of the party.’’ Read Below the full post In the last couple of months leading up to the NPP national executive elections, l have been accosted by various groups in the NPP to urge me and pledge supportfor me to contest for for one or the other national executive positions. Delegations have come from Ashanti, Eastern and Western regions had come to my office to urge me on. Several WhatsApp groups have been formed by like minded individuals to promote my contest. Several individuals and key party leaders have also spoken to me about offering myself for a national position. Research conducted by the Danquah Institute found l was the clear overwhelming favourite for one of the key executive positions. When nominations opened last week, l declined to pick forms. What is emerging is that this particular election may present the NPP with the most undiversified national leadership, as almost all the elected positions may be filled from the Akan sub group. Every effort must be made to ensure that some of these positions have elected members from outside the Akan subgroup. It is to be part of this effort that l have declined to contest for the Vice Chairmanship position. It is my great hope that the three Vice Chairmanship positions will afford the election of other members from outside the Akan sub group. I remain thankful to all the groups and individuals who have looked forward to my contest and who will be disappointed now. I assure them it is for the greater good of the party. The Npp remains the best political party to take this country to the "promised land". God bless us all
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Many were those who could not stand it when children and their single mothers share their grief in coming this far at the 2nd edition of Rainbow Radio International 87.5 Fm's ENAPA celebration held at the Charleston Hotel in Accra yesterday [Saturday]. The event was held to celebrate and honour single mothers on the annual Mother's Day for their zeal in raising children single handedly regardless of the challenges. Per the issues surrounding the few families who attended this year's programme, scores of mothers together with their wards could not easily narrate their stories as they did on radio prior to appearing at the event as tears flow down their eyes. As touching and worrying some of the stories were, all four siblings of the mother who placed 2nd are out of school, some philanthropists pledged to take charge of their education. Those who made the gesture include C.E.O. of Daily Water, Mr. Roy Adjei, Country Director of The Hunger Project-Ghana, Mr. Samuel Erasmus Afrane, Rev. Benedict Otoo of Power O2 Natural Health Co. Ltd. and owner of Charleston Hotel. Among the host of mothers who stormed the 2nd edition of Rainbow ENAPA Celebration on winning listeners votes on radio, Madam Mary Naata from Techiman of the Brong Ahafo region placed first following her story as told by her daughter, Naata Georgina. Mother of Rose Klu, Philomina Atanley came second while Jerry Edmond Armah's mum, Josephine Lawson Armah secured the third position. With support from sponsors, Rainbow Radio gave these three and the many other mothers who made it to the ceremony cash prizes and assorted items from sponsors. Charleston Hotel is giving the 1st and 2nd mothers a special weekend treat as part of their honours. Meanwhile, beneficiaries could not hide their appreciation for the honour done them. The aim for the event as told by manageress of the station, Nana Adwoa Owusu is to celebrate single mothers for their support for their children. The event was sponsored by Nicy, Charleston Hotel, Lele, Coco Cola, The Hunger Project, Frutivegies, Print Bureau, Alba Washing Powder, Capital O2, Onga, Mummy’s Table. By: Daniel Asuku
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