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Dec 16, 2017
The driver who confessed to killing African-American women in Akwamufie in the Eastern Region has been sentenced to death by hanging by the Accra High Court. The court presided over by Justice Merley Afua Wood, passed the death sentence last Wednesday after a seven-member jury unanimously found Yaw Anokye Frimpong, 22, guilty on two counts of murder. "Yaw Anokye Frimpong, the men and woman elected to decide your trial, having found you guilty of murder, you are hereby sentenced to death by hanging and may God have mercy on your soul," Justice Wood said. Sympathizers of Marnelina Diop, 75, and Nzinga Jaana 69, (the two women murdered by Frimpong), could not hold back their tears when the jury delivered its verdict and the presiding judge pronounced the death penalty. It was an outburst of emotions characterized by hugs, wiping of tears and the shedding of more tears, with lots of gestures indicating joy in the midst of sadness. In one instance, one of the sympathizers knelt in front of her seat, held the seat and started sobbing uncontrollably. Mesdames Diop and Jaana were among a group of African- Americans who had acquired a vast tract of land in Akwamufie and later settled on it. The African-Americans named the community Fihankra. On May 5, 2015, the two women were not seen around the community, compelling their neighbors to hire a carpenter to break into the apartment in which they lived. The neighbors found a bloodstained club on the floor of Diop’s room and a rubber bag covered with bloodstains in a dustbin in the apartment. A report on the disappearance of the women was later made to the police and a search led to the discovery of their bodies in a shallow grave on a farm in the community. During investigations, it was found that Mesdames Diop and Jaana had been attacked and clubbed to death in their home about 10 p.m. on May 4, 2015. Six persons, including Frimpong, were arrested as part of investigations into the murder. Frimpong is said to have confessed to killing the women during interrogations. He was charged with murder, while the five other accused persons were charged with conspiracy to commit murder. During the committal proceedings at the Accra Central District Court, Frimpong confessed to single-handedly clubbing the two women to death. The five other accused persons were later discharged. Frimpong repeated his confession at the Accra High Court during the trial but stated that it was never his intention to kill them but that his intention was to steal from them. According to him, he killed for fear of being exposed when they found him stealing in Madam% Diop's room. Per his testimony, Frimpong went to the apartment to steal, but in the course of the act, Madam Diop returned home and caught him in the act. Consequently, he struggled with her, overpowered her and tied her hands and also covered her mouth with a piece of cloth, after which he went home. But out of fear of being exposed by his victim, he returned to the house with a club with the intention of killing her and met Madam Jaana in the apartment. Frimpong told the court that he hit the two women repeatedly with the club and after killing them, he conveyed their bodies in a wheelbarrow to a nearby farm, dug a shallow grave and buried their bodies. After the act, he stole GHC156 from Madam Diop’s room, went to town and drunk alcohol in order to forget about what happened. After the jury's verdict last Wednesday, Frimpong was given an opportunity to make a statement before the court delivered its sentence. He informed the court that he had committed other crimes which the police were currently investigating and said those crimes were haunting him. "These crimes are haunting me because I know I committed them," he said. He prayed the court to have mercy on him because he had not intentionally killed the two women.     Source: Daily Graphic
Dec 16, 2017
Former Tourism Minister, Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare has asked the current administration to give former President John Dramani Mahama, credit for the marine drive project.   President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday [Friday] cut sod for the   construction of the Marine Drive Investment Project.   The project, situated on a total of 248 acres of land, is a Public-Private Partnership, will boost tourism, create jobs for the youth, especially those within the catchment area, and increase economic growth. Commending the Minister for Tourism, Hon. Catherine Afeku, MP, for bringing this initiative to reality, President Akufo-Addo recounted the pledge to revive the country’s tourism, made by the New Patriotic Party and himself, in the run-up to the December 2016 elections. “Today, we begin the realization of this pledge, with the construction of the Marine Drive Tourism Investment Project. We are all aware how countries all over the world, particularly our neighbours in West Africa, have made good use of their beachfronts, and, as a result, rake in considerable revenues for the development of their communities and countries. We intend to go down that path,” the President said. But the former Minister says it will not be proper for the new administration to take credit for the project.   “In August 2014, Cabinet gave the approval for the construction of all that piece of land stretching from Osu Castle to Baiden Powell. This flagship programme by former President John Dramani Mahama was to transform the whole area into a tourism enclave. Give credit to whom it is due. The Cabinet approval was given by excellency John Dramani Mahama, the implementation was done by him, we followed the processes, contracts were signed under John Dramani Mahama,” she told Accra based Citi Fm. The project will  have facilities including a boardwalk, restaurant, founders’ circle or park to honour the nation’s founding fathers, a 3000-seater concert hall, landing site for fisherfolk, a wharf and a modern fish market. The project is a Public-Private Partnership, expected to boost local tourism and create jobs, especially to those within the catchment area, and increase economic growth.        
Dec 16, 2017
President Akufo-Addo is in Nigeria for  the 52nd Ordinary Session of the Authority of heads of State and Government, in Nigerian capital Abuja. The President was received at the VIP section of the Nnamdi Azikwie airport by Ghana’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Rashid Bawa and other High Commission officials in Nigeria.     President Akufo Addo is expected to carry his agenda of Africa beyond aid and the need to speed up the implementation of the single currency for the ECOWAS Region. President Akufo-Addo made a call on August 1, 2017, when he delivered the keynote address at the graduation ceremony of Course 25 participants of Nigeria’s National Defence College, in Abuja, Nigeria that with West Africa and Africa’s population set to reach 500 million and 2 billion people in 20 years, respectively, the process of regional and continental integration should be in the interest of all Africans and must no longer stall. He is expected to reiterate this call and to push it through for adoption by his colleagues.
Dec 16, 2017
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Landmark Promotions, Anthony Kermah says three of his boxers are preparing for their world title bouts. Ghana’s Raphael Mensah (31-0, 23 KO’s) will be in the ring for the World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight world title. He would be facing it off with champion Albert Machado (19-0, 16 KO’s) from Puerto Rico to defend his belt against the number 2 rated WBA super featherweight boxer from Ghana. The bout between Raphael Mensah and his Puerto Rican champion has been sanctioned for 27 January, 2018 in Los Angeles.   Isaac Ekpo, from Nigeria who fought in Germany in 2016, would be going for an automatic rematch after the World Boxing Authority established that he was robbed. A date is yet to set for this bout, he said in an interview with Rainbow Sports. Habib Ahmed, will take on the challenge with Gilberto Ramires, WBO Super Middleweight World Title bout at Bank of America Centre, Corpus Christy, Texas, United States. His bout is scheduled for February 3, 2018. When asked how prepared his boxers were, Mr. Kemah said, the boxers have intensified their training so they will make the country proud. ‘’The boxers are preparing ahead of the world title bouts. We have had an intensive four-week training already and we are still training hard.’’ According to him, they need support for the boxers and ‘’the support we need is not just in cash but can be in kind. It can be morally and spiritually. We want to change the face of boxing in Ghana and give these boxers professional training.’’ He added: ‘’we want to assist any young person who has expressed interest in boxing. We want to take them off the streets so they do not become misfits in the society.’’   Assisting talented boxers he stressed remains their core value. ‘’When we realize you have what it takes to reach the world stage, we at Landmark Promotions, will seek for support and assist you so you will make the country proud.’’ He appealed to the president to pay attention to boxing in Ghana so we can have well trained boxers who can win world titles. The boxers on their part were optimistic of victory. Raphael Mensah told Rainbow Radio’s Nana Prempeh that, he was more than prepared and has promised to win the title to make the country proud.   He has been promised a three-bedroom apartment should he chalk victory for Ghana.   Coach Ofori Asare, trainer for the two Ghanaian boxers said, the boxers are well prepared and they are poised to bring the titles home.   By: Nana Prempeh
Dec 16, 2017
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says, in line with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture’s target of generating jobs, especially for the youth and unemployed, the Marine Drive Tourism Investment Project, from construction to the operational stage, is expected to employ some 150,000 people. Expressing his appreciation to all who have, in diverse ways, helped to ensure that the Marine Drive Tourism Enclave becomes reality, the President was expectant that the project will be completed on time, and within the stipulated construction period. “I am confident that all of us, gathered here, will be present again here, very soon, for the commissioning of this project”, he added. President Akufo-Addo made this known on Friday, 15th December, 2017, when he cut the sod for the construction of the Marine Drive Investment Project. The project, situated on a total of 248 acres of land, is a Public-Private Partnership, will boost tourism, create jobs for the youth, especially those within the catchment area, and increase economic growth. Commending the Minister for Tourism, Hon. Catherine Afeku, MP, for bringing this initiative to reality, President Akufo-Addo recounted the pledge to revive the country’s tourism, made by the New Patriotic Party and himself, in the run-up to the December 2016 elections. “Today, we begin the realization of this pledge, with the construction of the Marine Drive Tourism Investment Project. We are all aware how countries all over the world, particularly our neighbours in West Africa, have made good use of their beachfronts, and, as a result, rake in considerable revenues for the development of their communities and countries. We intend to go down that path,” the President said. With the conception of this project dating back to the time of independence, President Akufo-Addo stated that “I am happy that, in spite of the many unsuccessful efforts made in the past to undertake this project, today, we are beginning this project.” He continued, “It is noteworthy, also, that the required consultations have been done prior to this ceremony. I am happy to hear that the Chiefs have given their full support to the project, and that their concerns have been addressed. Nii mei, wƆn da nyɛ shi.” Typical of projects such as this, planners, most often than not, consider only the economic or financial benefits. “In ensuring that was not the case in this project, the architects and planners have ensured that the interests of the public have been factored into the design. They have put in place a network of well-connected, multi-use public spaces, that fit with the surrounding communities,” he noted. The President continued, “The architects, Messrs David Adjaye and Associates, featuring the renowned, world-acclaimed Ghanaian architect, Sir David Adjaye, have also included, in this project, a Theme Park, in honour of the founding fathers of our nation, the legendary ‘Big Six’.” This Park, the President explained, “will be a monument that will celebrate their contribution towards the liberation of our country from colonialism and foreign domination.”    
Dec 16, 2017
The external branches of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) are kicking against proposed amendments by the party to prevent members from the diaspora from contesting for any position of office within the party.   The ruling NPP has proposed a constitutional amendment to commensurate with the national constitution where people with dual citizenship will not be allowed to contest for any position in the party. The party will be considering the proposal at its Annual Delegates Congress to be held on Sunday December 17, 2017 in Kumasi.   The external branches are against the proposal and have therefore, appealed to all delegates to the conference not to entertain any constitutional amendment which will prevent people abroad and with dual citizenship from contesting.   Organizer for the NPP in Holland, Solomon Nyarko, says the proposal is retrogressive and should not be entertained by any delegate.   He quizzed why the party will accept donations and dues from members abroad and yet, they will propose for the same people to be prevented from contesting positions in the party due to their dual citizenship.   When asked if they will consider resigning from the party should the proposal be upheld by delegates, he said, we will resign from the party but there are so many ways for killing a cat and we will decide on what to do when the need arises.
Dec 16, 2017
Journalist, radio and TV presenter, Abigail N.M Ashley, a survivor of chronic kidney stage 4 (CKD St4), has shared a hallowing experience of her survival.   In a chilling interview with Sokoo Hemaa Kukua on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Ashley said, she once considered suicide because of the pain she saw her mother go through due to her situation. She said at the point of committing the suicide, she received a call from her Godmother who invited her to church and that was where she rescinded her decision to take her own life. According to her, the pastor at the church, told her she was not going to die as declared by doctors and it was at that point, I said to myself, I will not take my own life but will rather live and share my story for others to be inspired.   Abigail Ashley said her decision to share her story was borne out of the fact that, God was graceful to her although she has battled with kidney disease for over 10 years. Her journey she indicated has been bumpy but God has been  very faithful and I have learnt to trust him, she told the host.   In her book titled, ‘’A Decade of My Life Behind My Smiles’’, Abigail said she saw her situation (CKD) as someone  ‘’swallowing crocodiles’’.   According to her, it got to a time she was concentrating on other things instead of her condition and she once went to the hospital and was asked to stay away from salt and other  meals and when she took the advice, she realized her condition had improved.   Abigail said after the fourth year, she was waiting to die in the fifth year and so within those five years, she started educating people on kidney disease.   She also revealed that through her radio show, she met a philanthropist who paid for her transplant in India. However, when I travelled to Indian, I was asked to go back to Ghana because the transplant could not be done because they felt if I continue taking my drugs and diet as directed by my dietician, I will be improving.   Persons on dialysis he said spends more than GHc1500 on daily basis but for her, her cost is less because she is not on dialysis.   Getting diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) is life changing, but there are treatments for every stage to help manage your health—and allow you to thrive. It has been established that, kidney failure advances and the organ's function is severely impaired, dangerous levels of waste and fluid can rapidly build up in the body.   Treatment is aimed at stopping or slowing down the progression of the disease - this is usually done by controlling its underlying cause. Common symptoms include blood in urine, high blood pressure, and fatigue. Causes include diabetes and specific kidney diseases, which includes polycystic kidney disease. There is no cure for chronic kidney disease, which means treatment is focussed on reducing symptoms. Diagnosis commonly occurs after blood tests, kidney scans, or biopsy. The most common signs and symptoms of chronic kidney disease include: ·         anemia ·         blood in urine ·         dark urine ·         decreased mental alertness ·         decreased urine output ·         edema - swollen feet, hands, and ankles (face if edema is severe) ·         fatigue (tiredness) ·         hypertension (high blood pressure) ·         insomnia ·         itchy skin, can become persistent ·         loss of appetite ·         male inability to get or maintain an erection (erectile dysfunction) ·         more frequent urination, especially at night ·         muscle cramps ·         muscle twitches ·         nausea ·         pain on the side or mid to lower back ·         panting (shortness of breath) ·         protein in urine ·         sudden change in bodyweight   ·         unexplained headaches
Dec 16, 2017
National Treasurer for the People’s National Convention (PNC), Akani Adams has slammed the National Communications Director of the party over his claims that, he [Akani] was incapable of issuing a statement over the ongoing brouhaha at the Electoral Commission (EC). Akani Adams had issued a statement calling for the suspension of the EC chair, Mrs. Charlotte Osei and her two Deputies Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwaa. The Treasurer in the statement said the three will jeopardize the 2020 polls if they should stay in office. However, Emmanuel Wilson, National Communications Director for the PNC, described the statement from Akani as unfortunate. He told Kwame Tutu that the statement did not represent the position of the party.  Akani he noted breached laid down procedures within the party because it was not in his position, to issue a statement since that remains a duty for the Acting General Secretary, National Chairman, National Communications Officer and other senior  officers. But reacting to the issues raised on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Akani Adams said, his officer who works under him, maybe ignorant if he says the treasurer had no capacity to issue such a statement.   He told Rainbow Radio’s Nana Adjoa Owusu that, the party has delayed in issuing an official position on such a sensitize matter whereas all other political parties including the ruling NPP, opposition NDC, and PPP have done same. He was of the view that, the nitty-gritty of the issues should be discussed rather than the one who is to issue a statement.   He said as a national officer, I have every right to state my opinion on any matter and so far as I still occupy that office, I will continue to do so.   When asked if he issued the statement in his personal capacity, he said  the statement represented his personal opinion. However, the statement also represents the views of majority of leadership. ‘’One of my core responsibility is to make my office active. How do I make my office active by sitting down and not contributing to what is going on? If anyone is talking about job description, then he does not know what he is talking about…I am not saying my Communications Director is ignorant but if anybody says that, the person is probably ignorant and doesn’t know what he is talking about.’’     He reiterated that the commissioners are not working together and that should be the worry for people to be talking about instead of focusing on his statement. ‘’We have not indicated those who are supposed to speak or not to speak…You don’t expect me not to address an issue that comes to my table as a politician,’’ he stated further.   ‘’I am the National Treasurer and I am stating my position categorically. A large section of leadership share in my opinion,'’ he added.
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