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Mar 23, 2018
The death of one of the most conservative members of the US Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia, has sparked arguments over the process to find his successor. President Barack Obama said he would nominate a replacement. But the Republican candidates for the presidential nomination have called for a delay until after the election. Before Justice Scalia's death, the US high court had a conservative 5-4 majority. Justice Scalia's biting wit What next for the Supreme Court? Meet the Supremes It succeeded in stalling major efforts by the Obama administration on climate change and immigration. With places on the Supreme Court now balanced 4-4 between liberals and conservatives, the fight for influence in one of the highest forums for decision-making in the US promises to be as fraught as the current presidential race. Justice Scalia, who was 79, was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. He died in his sleep early on Saturday. "For almost 30 years, Justice Scalia was a larger-than-life presence on the bench," President Obama said, calling him "an extraordinary judicial thinker" with "an incisive wit". Leading Democrats have expressed their eagerness for a new judge to be appointed soon. The president said he intends to name a replacement "in due time" Hillary Clinton, a candidate for the Democratic nomination, said Mr Obama "is president of the United States until Jan 20, 2017. That is a fact my friends, whether the Republicans like it or not" Fellow candidate Bernie Sanders urged the party to "get on with it". Any nominee for the Supreme Court would have to be approved by the Republican-controlled Senate, which could also delay a decision until after the 2016 election. Donald Trump, who leads polls to be the Republican presidential candidate, said Senate Republicans should "delay, delay, delay" Another candidate, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, said the party must avoid losing high court influence "for a generation" Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the post "should not be filled until we have a new president". President Obama said he hoped the Senate would respect his nomination to the court and "fulfil its responsibility to give that person a fair hearing and a timely vote". Born in 1936 in Trenton, New Jersey, Justice Scalia was the first Italian American to serve on the high court. He was one of the most prominent proponents of so-called originalism - a conservative legal philosophy that believes the US Constitution has a fixed meaning and does not change with the times. In 2008, Justice Scalia delivered the opinion in District of Columbia v Heller, a landmark case that affirmed an individual's right to possess a handgun. Throughout his career, the outspoken justice was a vocal opponent of abortion and gay rights, often writing scathing dissenting opinions. In the majority, he supported business interests and was a strong advocate for the death penalty, but he often parted with his conservative colleagues on issues of free speech. He was known for his sense of humour and colourful language, calling efforts to defend President Obama's healthcare reform law "jiggery-pokery" and "pure applesauce". The Supreme Court will continue to hear cases during the current term, with or without a replacement, including a major case involving abortion rights. US Supreme Court justices are appointed to life terms by the president with the approval of the US Senate. Appointed by Democratic presidents are associate justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 82, Sonia Sotomayor, 61, Stephen Breyer, 77, and Elena Kagan, 55, who make up the court's liberal wing. Appointed by Republican presidents are Chief Justice John Roberts, 61, along with justices Clarence Thomas, 67, Anthony Kennedy, 79, and Samuel Alito, 65, who are the court's conservative bloc. Source: BBC
Mar 23, 2018
The Republican candidates for president traded sharp blows over foreign policy and the future of the Supreme Court in an often unruly and chaotic debate.   After Iowa and New Hampshire, the race has now moved to South Carolina before the 20 February primary.   Front-runner Donald Trump repeatedly tangled with Texas Senator Ted Cruz and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in a series of tense exchanges.   The lively audience repeatedly jeered and booed the candidates.   As the candidates shouted down and interrupted each other, CBS moderator John Dickerson warned: "We're in danger of driving this into the dirt."   Debate highlights:   The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, creating a vacancy on the court, shifted the discussion towards social issues like gay rights and abortion Mr Trump pledged stop using vulgar terms on the campaign trail Florida Senator Marco Rubio bounced back after stumbling in a previous debate performance Mr Rubio again clashed with Mr Cruz on immigration reform. Mr Rubio said Mr Cruz's shifting position on immigration was just another example of his dishonesty Ohio Governor John Kasich continued to push what he sees as a positive campaign message, decrying the sharp attacks of the night Mr Trump said he would work with Congress to penalise companies, which move factories and jobs to Mexico.   Mr Trump and Mr Bush clashed over the war in Iraq and President George Bush's role during the 11 September attacks.   Jeb Bush responded robustly to Mr Trump's attacks, a departure for the former governor who originally sought a "joyful" campaign.   "We should have never been in Iraq," Mr Trump said.   "They lied. They said there were weapons of mass destruction. There were none and they knew that there were none."   Saturday night's Republican debate was like a cross between a game of musical chairs and the opening scene of Gangs of New York. The six candidates remaining in the field are jostling for position in the South Carolina primary next Saturday, and they didn't seem to care whom they have to bludgeon or bloody in the process.   Jeb Bush and Donald Trump led off the night by exchanging barbs over President George W Bush's responsibility for the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center - a pretty astounding topic for a Republican debate.   John Kasich and Mr Bush fought over expanding Medicaid healthcare coverage for the poor. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio went at each other (yet again) over immigration reform. Mr Bush and Mr Trump joined in, as well. Cruz and Trump also exchanged blows over Trump's past dalliances with liberal positions.   Ben Carson was also on the stage, but he's been reduced to a ghost of front-runners past.   "My name was mentioned twice," he said at one point, trying to get a word in edgewise.   No one seemed to notice.   Mr Bush pushed back, defending his brother who will soon join Mr Bush on the campaign trail before the pivotal South Carolina primary.   "I'm sick and tired of Barack Obama blaming my brother for all the problems that he's had and frankly I could care less about the insults Donald Trump gives against me," Mr Bush said.   Justice Scalia's death was addressed early on in the debate with all six candidates saying the next president should choose his replacement.   Mr Cruz said "we are one justice away" from the court reversing conservative legal gains.   Mr Trump said President Obama would probably pick a replacement, but stressed that Republicans in the Senate should block him.   "Delay, delay, delay," Mr Trump said.   Later, Mr Cruz contended that Mr Trump, who has supported Democrats in the past, would nominate liberal Supreme Court justices if elected president.   "You are the single biggest liar," Mr Trump said to Mr Cruz. "This guy will say anything."   After South Carolina next week, the rest of the states will have their turn over the coming weeks and months.   Each party formally announces their presidential candidate at conventions in July, four months before the presidential election.     Source: BBC    
Mar 23, 2018
Public Relations Officer for the Ghana Police Service, Supt. Cephas has said, the police administration cannot run the ongoing investigation in connection to the murder of the late Abuakwa North MP, Hon. Joseph Boakye Dankwa like a football commentary. He has also cautioned Ghanaians most especially the media to desist from engaging in lies or statements that may ''jeopardize'' ongoing investigations. Supt. Cephas Arthur in interview with Nyankontton Mu Nsem noted, the police are aware of the level of interest in connection to the murder and how Ghanaians are eargar to know the circumstances and culprits involved. But that should not allow them engage in lies or make statements that border on criminality, because we will deal with anyone whose statement is found to be criminal, he warned. Supt. Cephas Arthur said the police should be allowed to do their work. He opined, we will inform Ghanaianas when necessary, because we cannot run the investigations like we are running football commentary on radio or on television. He also cautioned the media to be circumspect in their report and avoid sensationalism. He said, although the media has the right to broadcast, that do not warrant  them to publish false stories. Supt. Cephas Arthur stressed the need for the media to cross check their facts before publishing stories on this matter, else they crack the whip on any media firm whose publication is found to be criminal. Murder of Hon. JB Danquah The late Joseph Boakye Danquah was stabbed to death at his Shiashie residence here in Accra on Tuesday 10 February, 2016. He was found in a pool of blood when police rushed to the scene upon receiving a distress call. Preliminary investigations revealed, the late MP suffered multiple-stabbed wounds which led to his death. Six suspects were arrested same day but five were granted bail on Wednesday the 10 Febuary, 2016 with the security guuard  left under police custody until he was also granted police enquiry bail but will still be assisting  with investigations. One other suspect who was arrested at Agogbloshie on Thursday, 11 February, 2016 who allegedly confessed stabbing the late MP with two others, is still undergoing interrogation and in BNI custody.  
Mar 23, 2018
President John Dramani Mahama, will pay a State Visit to Iran from Sunday, February 14. His visit will follow that of other world leaders who have been to Tehran in the immediate post-sanctions era. President Mahama, who is visiting Tehran at the invitation of President Hassan Rouhani, will hold bilateral discussions and address a joint press conference on Sunday. The two leaders will also preside over the signing of Memoranda of Understanding and attend an Official Luncheon in honour of President John Mahama. President Mahama will also meet the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and hold discussions with the Speaker of Majlis (Parliament), Dr. Ali Larijani. Ghana and Iran have a long standing relationship as members of the Non-Aligned Movement. In 2014, during a visit to Ghana by former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the two countries established a Permanent Joint Commission.     With seven (7) Iranian companies investing over $8.6 million in the Ghanaian economy, President Mahama will at a Business Forum in Tehran push for more Ghana- Iran Business Collaboration, with Ghanaian entities exploring export markets in Iran. Ghana will be seeking partnerships in rice farming and processing, agro-processing and mining, to expand production and export to Iran. Iranian investments in Ghana have so far been in the manufacturing sector, with two new Iranian companies setting up in 2015, an aftermath of the visit of the former Iranian President. President Mahama will also visit a power plant and meet with Ghanaians in Iran before leaving for Accra. – By: Flagstaff House    
Mar 23, 2018
The Ghana Muslim Mission has called on residents in Old Tafo to put the past behind them and embrace peace. In a statement signed by the National Chairman of the mission, they have admonished people in Tafo and its environs to remain calm. ''We urge all parties to remain calm in order to ensure that peace prevails in the area. Peace in itself is a very important asset in the development of every nation. In the absence of peace there is chaos, anarchy, killing, poverty and backwardness. ''Hence we can ensure peace when we have patience, which is also one of Allah's attributes. We should learn to forgive each other in order to earn Allah's blessings than each other and earn his curses,'' the statement said. Meanwhile the Ghana Mission also warned the public to desist from describing the incident as a religious war, rather a challenge facing the community. t further admonished the media to be circumspect in their reportage. ''Most importantly, the disruption of peace in Tafo should not be seen as a religious war. It is a community that is facing challenges which we must all help resolve. We urge the media to be circumspect in their reportage on such issues in order not to inflame passions.'' The statement added, Islam and its teachings does teach followers to pay evil with evil hence the need for both parties to bury the past and unite. It also called for prayers for the community to ensure peace and unity among the residents. ''Let us all continue to pray for peace in this world. More importantly we pray for peace for people in Tafo and its environs, all other places witnessing some form of violence. We pray for Allah's protection and guidance for the Omanhene of Tafo, his people including the Royals, the Ashanti's and Tafo Zongo community.'' According Dr. Amin Bonsu, the Tafo Zongo community have and will continue to live in peace because history has it that, they have had inter marriages with royals of Tafo making them one people. Therefore whatever the situation, we pray to Allah to guide authorities and the parties involved to find lasting amicable solution to the land issue. We are all one people from one descendant Adam. Jesus and Muhammad are also brothers in Islam and share the shame great grandfather Abraham ''Also We are people of one nation. A tale from history tells us that there has been inter marriages between the royals of and the people of Tafo Zongo. One remarkable marriage is when a lady from the royal faily was given to Chipsa from the Zongo for marriage. As the family grew larger, they were given that parcel of land to bury their dead. ''Moreover, Ashanti's and Zongo's have always lived in peace. For instance, just across the Manhyia Palace is the Zongo. Also Alabar a suburb of Kumasi known for its commercial activities was also given to the Muslim community by King of Ashanti. ''It is noteworthy that the Zongo's have contributed immensely towards the development of the region for a long time now. This shows clearly that the people of Ashanti and the Zongo have respect and love for each other  
Mar 23, 2018
The Police Administration has cautioned the general public to desist from peddling lies and engaging in half truth that the suspect arrested in connection to the death of the late Joseph Boakye Danquah mentioned the name of Presidential Staffer, Stan Dogbe's name during interrogation. According to the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Cephas Arthur, the suspect who was arrested at Agbogbloshie had not mentioned the name of Stan Dogbe or a politician. “The attention of the Police has been drawn to stories circulating in the Public domain that the name of Mr. Stan Dogbe and other political personalities have been mentioned in connection with the murder of the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North. “The police can state on authority that the suspect has never mentioned Mr Stan Dogbe’s name or any politician's name as of now,” a portion of a statement signed by Cephas Arthur stated. Speaking in interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, the PRO of the Police Service, Supt. Cephas Arthur said, the police wish to cautioned the public from engaging in lies or statements that may jeopadise the ongoing investigations. ''We hereby wish to cautioned the public to desist from dangerous lies and half truths, since they have joepardizing the investigation process.'' Supt. Cephas Arthur warned that, the police will not hesitate to punish anyone whose act borders on criminality ''as anyone arrested would be made to face the full rigorous of the law.'' He also noted, the police disassociate itself from any story that has so far being published in the media relating to the suspect arrested last Thursday at Agbogbloshie. Background The late Abuakwa North Member of Parliament, Hon. Joseph Boakye Danquah was stabbed at his private residence, Shiashie last Tuesday dawn. He suffered multiple stabbed wounds which l;ed to his untimely death, a preliminary investigation by the police revealed. The Police have arrested one suspect, Daniel Asiedu who is alleged to have confessed committing the crime.    
Mar 23, 2018
The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon has said that radio can be used as a tool to rebuilding in times of crisis and emergencies. As part of his message on the World Radio Day, the Secretary General noted, radio as a tool can inform educate, and entertain but most importantly, can serve as a platform for shattered societies seeking for relief or information to solve challenges. Radio he noted, is a powerful  before, during and after an emergency or a disaster, and also provide dignity to survivors and vulnerable people i refugee camps. Ban Ki Moon in his address said ''In times of crisis and emergency, radio can be a lifeline. For people in shattered societies, or caught in catastrophe, or desperately seeking news, radio brings lifesaving information. Radio can help in emergency response operations – and it can assist with rebuilding. Through community radio, local people can raise their voices and be heard. This year, as we start carrying out the Sustainable Development Goals, let us resolve to use radio for human progress. In the lead-up to the World Humanitarian Summit this May, let us find ways for radio to do even more to help people in emergencies. On this World Radio Day, let us resolve to prove that radio saves lives.''   What is Woprld Radio Day UNESCO’s General Conference, at its 36th session, proclaimed World Radio Day on 13 February. UNESCO’s Executive Board recommended to the General Conference the proclamation of World Radio Day, on the basis of a feasibility study undertaken by UNESCO, further to a proposal from Spain. Radio is the mass media reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also recognized as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium. Radio is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief. There is also a changing face to radio services which, in the present times of media convergence, are taking up new technological forms, such as broadband, mobiles and tablets. However, it is said that up to a billion people still do not have access to radio today. A wide consultation process started in June 2011, carried out by UNESCO. It included all stakeholders, i.e. broadcasting associations; public, state, private, community and international broadcasters; UN agencies; funds and programmes; topic-related NGOs; academia; foundations and bilateral development agencies; as well as UNESCO Permanent Delegations and National Commissions. Among the answers, 91% were in favour of the project. The leader of the project, the Academia Española de la Radio, received over 46 letters of support from diverse stakeholders, including the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB), the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the International Association of Broadcasting (IAB), the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA), the Organización de Telecomunicaciones Ibeoramericanas (OTI), BBC, URTI, Vatican Radio, etc. The date of 13 February, the day the United Nations radio was established in 1946, was proposed by the Director-General of UNESCO. The objectives of the Day will be to raise greater awareness among the public and the media of the importance of radio; to encourage decision makers to establish and provide access to information through radio; as well as to enhance networking and international cooperation among broadcasters. The consulted stakeholders also proposed ideas for the programme of celebration: extensive use of social media, annual themes, a dedicated website enabling virtual participation, special radio programmes, radio programmes exchange, a festival involving key partners, and so forth. On 14 January 2013, the United Nations General Assembly formally endorsed UNESCO’s proclamation of  World Radio Day. During its 67th Session, the UN General Assembly endorsed the resolution adopted during the 36th session of the UNESCO General Conference, proclaiming 13 February, the day United Nations Radio was established in 1946, as World Radio Day.  
Mar 23, 2018
The security guard held as prime suspect in connection to the murder of the late Hon. Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu has been granted police enquiry bail. The suspect whose identity remains unknown was arrested together with some five others on Tuesday following the gruesome murder og the late Abuakwa North MP. Five of the suspects were granted bail on Wednesday after interrogation by the Greater Regional Police Command but the security whose booth was closer to the scene where the assailant climbed a ladder through the window of the late MP was held in police custody. But the security guard is currently on police enquiry bail and will still be assisting the police with their investigations. This was revealed by Hon. James Agalga, Deputy Minister of Interior on Citi Fm. Background The late Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu was stabbed to death at Shiashie his private residence where he resides with the family. He was found in a pool of blood when the police rushed to the scene after receiving a distress call. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Police Hospital. Preliminary investigations by the police revealed that the late MP, suffered multiple stabbed wounds which led to his death. Alleged Killer The police on Thursday in operation led by the Greater Accra Regional Police Commander, COP Dr. George Dampare smoked arrested one Daniel Asiedu alias sexy, whose allegedly confessed to stabbing the late legislator with two others on the run. The suspect is also reported to have confessed that he was contracted to effect his action. However, the police is yet to make any official statement on the arrest.  
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