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Aug 19, 2017
The professional golfers across the country are ready to play from 2nd to 5th December in the biggest ever paid pros competition in Ghana dubbed ''2015 GOLDFIELDS PROfESSIONAL GOLFERS CHAMPIONSHIP'' at Tarkwa - Daman golf course which is the second edition after the maiden one last year. In an exclusive telephone interview with the president of Ghana PGA Mr Bliss Ayivor, disclosed to Rainbow Sports that Goldfields Ghana is sponsoring the competition with a hundred and twenty five thousand cedis ( GHC 125.000.00 ) with the winner walking home with five thousand Ghana cedis which is almost eight thousand US dollars equivalence. Mr Ayivor added that his administration is in to improve the lives of a pro golfer but said in their quest to do so they will need cooperate Ghana support to get more such competitions for PGA members to take part. 45 Ghanaian pros will be playing with two professionals invited from six West Africa sub region namely Nigeria, Serra lone, Cote D’Voire, Benin, Togo and Cameroon making it a total of 57 pros with first 24 in the second day make the cut to continue to finish the four days. Meanwhile the 2015 Gabon open championship champion who scored 16 under course par that’s 272 gross over four days to clinch the first edition Vincent Torgah, is motivated to play better this year and break his personal record he made the last time to retain the title, Torgah also stated he’s had a good golf season this 2015 five and will be playing US open qualifier to robb shoulders with Tiger Woods and Michael Roy and others because in west Africa Ghanaian golfers are the best. The man from the only accepted international golf course standard in Ghana Stephen Klah, who placed second last year with two over par vow to beat the defending champion and lift the name of Achimota high to suite the course and lower the flag of Tema country golf club. Other cracking professional golfers like Emos Korblah Achimota golf club, Victor Brave Mensah of Tema country club, Kojo Banni Royal golf club in Kumasi, John Mawuli, Godwin Sai and other notable ones are all expected to show their golfing skills between Tuesday and Friday from 2nd to 5th December 2015.   Story: Nana Prempeh      
Aug 19, 2017
Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Deputy Minister of Education (Tertiary) has called on the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to desist from cutting power supply to educational facilities in the country due to nonpayment of tariffs. “The ECG must desist from cutting power supply to educational facilities in the country as that decision was a Cabinet one and it still stands,” he said. Speaking at the 3rd congregation for Bachelor of Technology for Accra Polytechnic, he pledged Government’s readiness to continuously deliberate with stakeholders such as the Ministry of Finance, the ECG, and the schools authorities in order to find an amicable solution to the challenge of power supply to educational facilities. He urged students to endeavour to conserve energy so that the little resources generated by their institutions could be channeled into other developmental projects. He cautioned teacher trainees, who were dispelled from the various colleges for non-performance, to desist from taking the law into their own hands and causing mayhem and also stop accusing Government of not doing anything about their plight as Government had no hand in determining the academic standards of schools in the country. “Academic standards in higher education in Ghana is set by those institutions and Government has no hand in it,” he said. He said Government was in the process of turning all training colleges in the country into tertiary institutions and that decision called for the upliftment of academic standards in those institutions. He reiterated Government’s commitment towards the conversion of polytechnics in the country into technical universities adding that the process would commence from September 2016. He said the panel which was constituted by Government had presented its report which indicated that five out of the 10 polytechnics has what it takes to become a technical university, while three others, with time could also be transformed with the last two being far from the mark.     He pledged Government’s readiness to work to ensure that all the 10 polytechnics come along as it was the aim to turn all polytechnics into technical universities. Professor Sylvester Achio, Rector of Accra Polytechnic, said the institution had acquired a 130 land at Mpehuasem to serve as a satellite campus to accommodate its growing population. “The project, which will be handed over to the contractor today[Friday], will provide additional classrooms, ultra-modern laboratories, theatres among others,” he said. He added that the institution was constructing an additional four solar powered borehole projects to the already existing ones to help improve access to water in the school. He noted that the institution was collaborating with the ECG to install metres on housing facilities such as hostels and flats on campus to augment energy supply to enable academic work go uninterrupted. “The Governing Council has approved for the installation of solar panels on campus to supply energy to all low capacity consuming devices such as fans, light bulbs, gadgets, plugs etc,” he added. In all 89 students graduated on the 3rd congregation of the Bachelor of Technology (B-Tech) with 57 graduating in Bachelor of Technology in Science Laboratory and 32 also graduating in Bachelor of Technology in Fashion Design and Textiles. With the Bachelor of Technology in Science Laboratory, five people had First Class, while 28 also had Second Class Upper and 24 others also obtaining Second Class Lower Division. With the Bachelor of Technology in Fashion Design and Textiles, only two people had First Class, while 26 had Second Class Upper, three with Second Class Upper while one had a Third Class.     Source: GNA
Aug 19, 2017
I don't buy the talk that a leader could be good but his appointees could be corrupt. Only corrupt leaders have people surrounding him to be corrupt - Nana Akuffo Addo on Frontline on Rainbow radio. The Speaker of Parliament has refuted claims that he is plotting to dislodge Vice-President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur from office using a group called “Volta Youth For Development”. Edward Kobby Doe Adjaho, also rubbished calls by certain individuals and groups to partner President John Dramani Mahama for the 2016 general elections as the National Democratic Congress (NDC) running mate.  In an exclusive interview with The Herald via phone from London yesterday, the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Akatsi South in the Volta Region asked; “do you change a winning team? Several times during the interview, the Speaker reiterated his confidence in the Mahama – Amissah-Arthur ticket to win the 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary elections for the NDC saying “Vice-President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur and several of his associates are aware of my stance.” Mr. Adjaho, who has been in parliament since 1992, lamented how he had had to tell President Mahama; his onetime colleague in Parliament, Vice-President Amissah-Arthur, the National Security Coordinator and National Security Advisor to disassociate himself from any sinister maneuverings to become vice-president. He denied knowledge of the group and warned its members, whom he doesn’t know, to immediately desist from using his name in their narrow-mindedness political quest. The Speaker of Parliament spoke emphatically to The Herald saying “I won’t compete with my former lecturer for any position including the position of the Vice-President of Ghana.” This he said is because he had known and kept a “longstanding relationship with the Vice-President spanning over 30 years.” Mr. Adzaho, disclosed that during his days at the University of Ghana, Legon, Mr. Amissah-Arthur was his Economics lecturer, adding that long before the VEEP became a Deputy Minister of Finance in the Jerry John Rawlings administration upon his return from Nigeria, they were very close. The Speaker of Parliament is currently in London with the Majority Leader Alban Bagbin, Minority Leader Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, Majority Chief Whip Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak, Minority Chief Whip Dan Kweku Botwe, the Clerk of Parliament, Emmanuel Anyimadu and several other staff of Parliament. They are there on the invitation of the British Parliament through Westminster Foundation For Democracy. They have had meetings with both houses of Parliament; The House of Commons and The House of Lords. Volta Youth for Development, which claims to be non-partisan, has issued a statement describing Vice-President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur as an “incompetent” deputy to President John Mahama and called for his replacement with Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho. Leader of the group, Prosper Fofo Ndekor has been on radio since Tuesday saying President Mahama and the governing NDC risk losing the 2016 general elections if the former Governor of the Central Bank is retained as running mate. In the group’s estimation, the loyalty of the Volta Region to the NDC over the years must be rewarded with the selection of Mr Adjaho as running mate. To buttress the group’s incompetence charge against Mr Amissah-Arthur, Mr Fofo Ndekor asked: “How many times do we hear of the activeness of the Vice President?” He also cited a situation a few months ago, where foreign affairs Minister, Hanna Tetteh, represented the President at a forum held in Accra instead of the Vice-President doing so, a situation which forced former President Jerry Rawlings to raise a protest. “It’s a clear indication that even the President knows his Vice-President is incompetent,” Mr Fofo Ndekor added.     Source: The Herald
Aug 19, 2017
Julius Gbede, alias Bible, 23, charged with conspiracy, robbery, and murder in relation to the death of , Keli Dodzi, 43, at Aflao, has been has remanded in custody by the Aflao Circuit Court. Gbede, who is to reappear before the court on November 30, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. According to the prosecution, Gbede was one of the five robbers, who armed with sophisticated weapons in October, attacked and robbed a trader at her residence at Laklevikope near Denu and while being pursued, engaged the security in a shoot-out. Some of the bullets from the fleeing robbers hit the abdomen of Dodzi, who was then aiding the security to track the robbers through the shrubs. He died later at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra and is yet to be buried. Mr. Sampson Agbeko, the Aflao District Police Crime Officer, told the GNA that upon a hint, an Aflao police team was dispatched to Ashalley Botwe in Accra, where Gbede was said to be hiding. He said follow-up hints led the team to the Kokomba Market, also in Accra, where Gbede was spotted at about 2130 hours, last Friday, and he was picked up. The Crime Officer said Gbede, who was the ringleader, admitted the offence to the Police and mentioned the names of three others still on the run. Meanwhile, Kwabla Bikor, 22, who was earlier arrested, has since been jailed 28 years on his own plea but faces trial on the charge of murder, to which he has pleaded not guilty.   Source: GNA    
Aug 19, 2017
Expect to hear a whole lot more about Li-Fi - a wireless technology that transmits high-speed data using visible light communication (VLC) - in the coming months. With scientists achieving speeds of 224 gigabits per second in the lab using Li-Fi earlier this year, the potential for this technology to change everything about the way we use the Internet is huge.   And now, scientists have taken Li-Fi out of the lab for the first time, trialling it in offices and industrial environments in Tallinn, Estonia, reporting that they can achieve data transmission at 1 GB per second - that's 100 times faster than current average Wi-Fi speeds.     "We are doing a few pilot projects within different industries where we can utilise the VLC (visible light communication) technology," Deepak Solanki, CEO of Estonian tech company, Velmenni, told IBTimes UK.   "Currently we have designed a smart lighting solution for an industrial environment where the data communication is done through light. We are also doing a pilot project with a private client where we are setting up a Li-Fi network to access the Internet in their office space.”   Li-Fi was invented by Harald Haas from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland back in 2011, when he demonstrated for the first time that by flickering the light from a single LED, he could transmit far more data than a cellular tower. Think back to that lab-based record of 224 gigabits per second - that's 18 movies of 1.5 GB each being downloaded every single second.   The technology uses Visible Light Communication (VLC), a medium that uses visible light between 400 and 800 terahertz (THz). It works basically like an incredibly advanced form of Morse code - just like switching a torch on and off according to a certain pattern can relay a secret message, flicking an LED on and off at extreme speeds can be used to write and transmit things in binary code.   And while you might be worried about how all that flickering in an office environment would drive you crazy, don’t worry - we’re talking LEDs that can be switched on and off at speeds imperceptible to the naked eye.   The benefits of Li-Fi over Wi-Fi, other than potentially much faster speeds, is that because light cannot pass through walls, it makes it a whole lot more secure, and as Anthony Cuthbertson points out at IBTimes UK, this also means there's less interference between devices.   While Cuthbertson says Li-Fi will probably not completely replace Wi-Fi in the coming decades, the two technologies could be used together to achieve more efficient and secure networks.   Our homes, offices, and industry buildings have already been fitted with infrastructure to provide Wi-Fi, and ripping all of this out to replace it with Li-Fi technology isn’t particularly feasible, so the idea is to retrofit the devices we have right now to work with Li-Fi technology.   Research teams around the world are working on just that. Li-Fi experts reported for the The Conversation last month that Haas and his team have launched PureLiFi, a company that offers a plug-and-play application for secure wireless Internet access with a capacity of 11.5 MB per second, which is comparable to first generation Wi-Fi. And French tech company Oledcomm is in the process of installing its own Li-Fi technology in local hospitals.   If applications like these and the Velmenni trial in Estonia prove successful, we could achieve the dream outlined by Haas in his 2011 TED talk below - everyone gaining access to the Internet via LED light bulbs in their home.     "All we need to do is fit a small microchip to every potential illumination device and this would then combine two basic functionalities: illumination and wireless data transmission," Haas said. "In the future we will not only have 14 billion light bulbs, we may have 14 billion Li-Fis deployed worldwide for a cleaner, greener, and even brighter future."   Credit: Sciencealert.com
Aug 19, 2017
At least 300,000 people in six regions are to benefit from a potable water project to be financed with a $12 million grant from the People’s Republic of China.   Under the project, 1,000 boreholes will be constructed in rural communities and small towns in the Brong Ahafo, Northern, Western, Eastern, Upper East and Volta regions.   The 1,000 borehole project, to be implemented under the auspices of the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, is aimed at supplying safe and accessible water to those communities to help reduce water-borne diseases, reduce the burden on women and children and even improve access to water to small businesses and cottage industries in those communities.   Signing ceremony The Minister of Finance, Mr Seth Terkper, signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Ms Sun Baohong, in Accra.   Mr Terkper welcomed the support, saying although the country was at the lower middle income status where many of its development partners had indicated they would withdraw grants, social infrastructure and concessional credits such as China had expanded for Ghana should be explored.   “We know that China has come out very strongly in the last 30 years and you’re an example to many middle income countries in Africa and we want to follow a similar path of development, saying Ghana was picking up many lessons from China.   Chinese Ambassador For her part, Ms Baohong said feasibility on the project had already been conducted a year ago with a Ghana-China team, led by the Community Water and Sanitation Agency which paved the way for work to begin in earnest.   “After signing the exchange of notes , the project will kick off pretty soon and I wish it would be carried out in a smooth manner,” she stated.             Source: Daily Graphic
Aug 19, 2017
Gunmen have launched an attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel in the centre of Mali's capital, Bamako. Two people have locked in 140 guests and 30 employees in "a hostage-taking situation", the hotel's owners said in a statement. Police have surrounded the hotel, which the gunmen entered shooting, and shouting "God is great!" in Arabic, a security source told Reuters. The US-owned hotel is popular with expats working in Mali. A Chinese guest told China's state news agency Xinhua via a mobile app that he was among a number of Chinese citizens trapped there. The security source has told Reuters that some hostages, including those able to recite verses of the Koran, are being freed. The AFP news agency reports that security forces have escorted two women from besieged hotel. In August, suspected Islamist gunmen killed 13 people, including five UN workers, during a hostage siege at a hotel in the central Malian town of Sevare. France, the former colonial power in Mali, intervened in the country in January 2013 when al-Qaeda-linked militants threatened to march on Bamako after taking control of the north of the country. I spoke to a gardener at the hotel who was sweeping the yard when the gunmen arrived. "They were in car with a diplomatic licence plate. They were masked. At the gate of the hotel, the guard stopped them and they start firing. We fled," he said. Another eyewitness said that it was difficult to say how many attackers there were, he said it could have between five and 13. "They injured three security guards who were at the gate of the hotel," he said. "It's all happening on the seventh floor, jihadists are firing in the corridor," a security source told AFP. Malian soldiers, police and special forces are on the scene along with some UN peacekeeping troops and French soldiers, the agency reports. The US embassy in Bamako has tweeted that it "is aware of an ongoing active shooter operation at the Radisson Hotel". All US citizens were asked "to shelter in place" and "encouraged to contact their families". Some reports say about 10 gunmen in total are involved in the attack. The Rezidor Hotel Group, which owns the Radisson Blu, said it was in constant contact "with the local authorities in order offer any support possible to re-instate safety and security at the hotel". The UN force in Mali took over responsibility for security in the country from French and African troops in July 2013, after the main towns in the north had been recaptured from the Islamist militants.      Source: BBC
Aug 19, 2017
The building of a youth centre at Akyem Asene Zongo, near Akyem Oda in the Eastern Region, has drawn the ire of a section of residents of the town.   Some of the residents allege that the Muslim youth who are constructing the centre intend to use it as a base for Islamic State (ISIS) activities.   The resentment follows the refusal of the Muslim youth to heed the intervention of the chief and elders of Akyem Asene to prevent the establishment of the training centre in the town.   Last Tuesday, the Muslim youth held some people hostage and threatened them with machetes and clubs.   Briefing the Daily Graphic at Asene on Wednesday, the Asenehene, Nana Karikari Apau I, said recently some youth from the Zongo reported to him and his elders that an ISIS training centre was being established in the community.   Training centre   He said the Asene Zongo Chief, Naa Aminu Zakaria Babangida, also followed up to make a similar complaint to him and his elders. According to Nana Apau, he and his elders summoned the leaders of the group and seriously warned them to refrain from putting up the centre.   He stated that last Monday he and his elders received a report that the group had defied the chief’s orders and were putting up the building at Zongo as a training centre for the ISIS.   Nana Apau said based on that report, he, in the company of the Asene Gyaasehene, Nana Amoah Daadom; the Abakomahene, Nana Asiedu Kodua, and a linguist, went to the site to find out the authenticity or otherwise of the allegation.   He said on reaching the place, they saw some youth from the Zongo laying the foundation for the construction of the alleged ISIS training centre.   Nana Asenehene said without any provocation, the youth held him and his elders hostage and threatened them with machetes and clubs if they attempted to prevent them from establishing the training centre.   He said sensing danger, he phoned the Asene Police, who rushed to the scene.   Violent posture   Nana Apau said considering the violent posture of the youth, the Asene Police called for reinforcement from Oda and the response was immediate to bring the youth under control.   He said to avoid an escalation of the situation, the police did not effect any arrest but directed the leaders of the group to report themselves at the Oda Divisional Police Headquarters the next day.   When the Asene Zongo chief, who is a police officer in Accra, was contacted on phone, he confirmed the establishment of the ISIS training centre at Asene Zongo, which was being financed by an agency based in Iran.   He said the members of the group had decided to train ISIS personnel and ‘export’ them to Iran.   Police react   The Oda Divisional Police Commander, Chief Supt Ebenezer Ampofo, however, denied that the building the youth were putting up was meant for the training of ISIS personnel, as there was no trace of ISIS in Ghana.   He stated that his outfit had invited both parties to a meeting to find a lasting solution to the problem in order to promote peace in the town.     Source: Daily Graphic      
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