Muslims across the globe are expected to mark the first day of Ramadan tomorrow [Monday] June 6, 2016 after it was confirmed that the moon crescent, has been seen.
More than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world will mark the month, during which believers abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having martial relations from dawn until sunset.
They also try to avoid evil thoughts and deeds.
Ramadan is sacred to Muslims because tradition says the Koran was revealed to their prophet Mohammed during that month. Fasting the month of Ramadan is also one of the five pillars of Islam.
Confirming this to Nyankonton Mu Nsem, the Deputy National Imam Ghana Muslim Mission, Alhaji Ameen Bonsu said, Muslims in Ghana are expected to mark the first day of Ramadan tomorrow.
He urged Muslims to take the fasting serious since it is a holy month coupled with blessings.
He urged them to pray fervently and take their prayers seriously. He added, Muslims must pray towards peaceful elections this Ramadan season.
The Ramadan is followed by the Eid al-Fitr festival.
After barely a week that a boat capsized on the Volta Lake, claiming over 14 lives, another one has capsized today Sunday.
The boat carrying at least 50 passengers was caught in strong winds, while it moved from Sikakra heading to Yeji, a community in the Brong Ahafo Region.
According to an eye witness account, the strong winds battered the wooden vessel over into choppy waters.
All passengers on board were rescued but they lost all their belongs and monies.
Meanwhile, Mr. Sarfo a boat owner in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem denied the claims that they were passengers on board the baot at the time of the incident but he confirmed the destruction of property.
According to him, operators abandoned any hope of docking at their intended destination, Yeji, as the wind storm forced them to stop at a nearby village.
'It became difficult to navigate the boat as they closed in on the shore. The women, some carrying children, descended into shallow waters and waded over to safety.'
From information gathered, the passengers failed to wore life jackets while on board the boat.
Some passengers who spoke to Nyankonton Mu Nsem said they refused to wear the life jackets because they are not kept clean.
The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the unending social and economic crises Ghana finds herself in is because the Mahama-led government over the last 7 years has proven itself to be corrupt, incompetent, indecisive and confused.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, events of last week where Minister for Finance, Seth Terkper, and President John Mahama issued conflicting directives on the taxation of allowances and pensions are enough testament to how Ghana has been run to the ground by a clueless government.
"Mismanagement, corruption and incompetence have brought us to where we are today. When the word 'incompetent' is used to describe his government, the President gets very upset. But this week we have seen another example," he said.
He continued, "The Finance Minister, Seth Terkper, told us that he is preparing to tax pensions and allowances. And his President, two days later, stated that they were not going to do anything like that. If this is not confusion in his government, then I don't know what it is; and if this is not a sign of incompetence, then you would have to tell me what incompetence means.
"President says one thing, the Finance a minister says another. So who is telling us the truth? Are we going with the Finance Minister or with the President? There is complete confusion in his government."
The NPP flagbearer made this known when he addressed a packed town hall meeting in Modena, Italy, on Saturday, June 4, 2016, on the 2nd day of his visit to that country.
Reiterating his belief that Ghana, under President Mahama, is reeling from the effects of mismanagement, Nana Akufo-Addo recounted how Ghana's GDP growth rate slumped to 3.9% in 2015, less than half of what President Kufuor left, which was a growth rate of 8.4% without the benefit of oil revenues.
With government propagandists quick to cite "external shocks" as the reasons for Ghana's slump, Nana Akufo-Addo stated that Cote d'Ivoire is experiencing the same ‘external shocks’ as Ghana, and, yet, it is experiencing a boom, evidenced in it being the number one investment destination on the African continent, 9% annual GDP growth rates and $12 billion in agricultural export revenues. Ghana, on the other hand, is in decline and could only garner $2 billion from her agricultural exports.
To this end, Nana Akufo-Addo urged NPP members, in and out of Ghana, to work hard to take Ghana out of this mess, and bring her back to prosperity.
"We have to change these statistics. We cannot continue, whilst other people are prospering, to go down the hill. We need to have a change in Ghana. John Mahama cannot help us," he said.
An Akufo-Addo government, God-willing from 2017, he assured, is going to focus on expanding industry and modernizing our agriculture, adding that “these are going to be the main themes for the next four years."
This twin-track of rapid industrial expansion and increase of agricultural productivity, he indicated, is what will generate the hundreds of thousands of jobs that the teeming masses of unemployed Ghanaian youth need.
The NPP flagbearer also reiterated his pledge to reduce electricity tariffs when he wins this year's elections stating that "we are going to reduce electricity tariffs when we come into office. No ifs, no buts. We are going to reduce electricity tariffs so we can bring relief to our citizens and to our businesses."
With the 2016 election being his third shot at the Presidency, he was optimistic of victory stating that "I believe that, like Buhari in Nigeria and Ouattara in Côte d'Ivoire, third time lucky is what is going to happen to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo."
On what remains his motivation for contesting for the Presidency, he explained that "I want, one day, in our grandchildrens’ time, when things are going well and they are writing the history of Ghana that they will say it was in our grandparents' time when Akufo-Addo was President that Ghana was put on the road to progress and prosperity. That is what I am fighting for."
Present at the event were wife of the NPP flagbearer, Rebecca Akufo-Addo; NPP Italy Branch Chairman, Mr. Owusu Boateng, and branch executives; acting NPP Western Regional Chairman, Francis Ndedesiah; NPP Western Regional Secretary, Charles Bissue; NPP parliamentary candidate for Evalue Ajomoro Gwira, Hon. Catherine Afeku; NPP parliamentary candidate for Effiduase Asokore; Dr. Ayew Afriyie; Italy NPP party elder, Dr. Afrifa; and a large, enthusiastic crowd of Ghanaians resident in Italy.
Ghana has qualified for the AFCON 2017 with a 2-0 win over Mauritius In Port Louis on Sunday.
Goals from stand in skipper Andre Ayew and Christian Atsu after some good work from Chelsea defender Baba Rahman ensured the Black Stars picked up 13 points from five games, that is enough to secure a qualification.
The victory over Mauritius adds to their impressive victory over Rwanda, Mauritius in the first leg and Mozambique.
The national team, will be playing Rwanda come September in the final game. This is a seventh straight qualification to the AFCON by the national team.
Avram Grant will be excited with an impressive record and it is also the hope of many Ghanaians that, he will replicate such victories when the game begins in Gabon next year.
Junior High School students expected to sit for the 2016 Basic Education Certificate Examination (B.E.C.E), in Dome Kwabenya of the Ga West District of the Greater Accra region have been warned against examination malpractices.
A special conference held over the week addressed issues of examination malpractices and cancellation of examination papers.
Students were advised to be cautious and stay away from acts to prevent any cancellation of examination papers as it happened in 2015.
Rev. Samuel Kenny H. who led a team to address the conference said, the conference was organised to sensitize students and prepare their minds for the upcoming exams.
According to him, it is their hope that, students will successfully write the exams without any case of malpractice or cancellation.
The students were also advised to also take their studies serious even after the examination.
The 2016 examination is expected to start on June 13 through to June, 17, 2016.
Five papers in the 2015 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) were cancelled because it leaked.
The subjects were English Language 2, Religious and Moral Education 2, Science 2, and Mathematics 2 and Social Studies 2.
The papers have gone viral on social media especially WhatsApp Messenger.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali died of "septic shock due to unspecified natural causes", his family has said.
The three-time world heavyweight champion - one of the world's greatest sporting figures - died on Friday night at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.
The 74-year-old had been suffering from a respiratory illness, a condition that was complicated by Parkinson's disease.
A public funeral will be held for the boxer on Friday in his hometown of Louisville in Kentucky.
"He was a citizen of the world and would want people from all walks of life to be able to attend his funeral," said the family spokesman, Bob Gunnell.
Former US President Bill Clinton is among those who will give a eulogy at the service, and was one of many prominent global figures who paid tribute to Ali on Saturday, saying he lived a life "full of religious and political convictions that led him to make tough choices and live with the consequences".
The legendary Brazilian footballer, Pele, said the sporting universe had suffered a huge loss.
"Muhammad Ali shook up the world. And the world is better for it," said US President Barack Obama.
Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, 17 January 1942
over a professional career lasting 21 years
including 37 knockouts
3 times crowned World Heavyweight Champion
1 Light-heavyweight Olympic gold medal
31 straight wins before being beaten by Joe Frazier
Ali was as much a campaigner for black equality as he was a champion in the ring, where he won 56 of his 61 fights.
Asked how he would like to be remembered, he once said: "As a man who never sold out his people. But if that's too much, then just a good boxer.
"I won't even mind if you don't mention how pretty I was."
But he was once a polarising figure in the US. At a time of racial segregation in the 1960s he joined the separatist black sect, the Nation of Islam, which rejected the inclusive approach of civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King.
George Foreman, who lost his world title to Ali in the famous "Rumble in the Jungle" fight in Kinshasa in 1974, called him one of the greatest human beings he had ever met.
"To put him as a boxer is an injustice," said Foreman.
American civil rights campaigner Jesse Jackson said Ali had been willing to sacrifice the crown and money for his principles when in 1967 he refused to serve in the Vietnam war.
That decision was widely criticised by the boxer's fellow Americans. He was stripped of his title and had to put his fighting career on hold for three years.
Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Ali shot to fame by winning light-heavyweight gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics.
Known as "The Greatest" - a nickname characteristically coined by the boxer himself - he beat Sonny Liston in 1964 to win his first world title and became the first boxer to capture a world heavyweight title on three separate occasions.
At the time of his first fight with Liston, Clay was already involved with the Nation of Islam, a religious movement whose stated goals were to improve the spiritual, mental, social, and economic condition of African Americans in the US.
But in contrast to the inclusive approach favoured by civil rights leaders like Dr Martin Luther King, the Nation of Islam called for separate black development and was treated by suspicion by the American public.
Ali eventually converted to Islam, ditching what he called his "slave name" and becoming Cassius X and then Muhammad Ali.
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Noted for his fast talk and bold fight predictions as much as his skills inside the ring, he retired in 1981 having won 56 of his 61 fights - 37 by knockout - and was later crowned "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC.
He was handed his first professional defeat by Joe Frazier in the "Fight of the Century" in New York on 8 March 1971, only to regain his title with an eighth-round knockout of George Foreman in the "Rumble in the Jungle" in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) on 30 October 1974.
Ali fought Frazier for a third and final time in the Philippines on 1 October 1975, coming out on top in the "Thrilla in Manila" when Frazier failed to emerge for the 15th and final round.
Six defences of his title followed before Ali lost on points to Leon Spinks in February 1978, although he regained the world title by the end of the year.
His career ended with one-sided defeats by Larry Holmes in 1980 and Trevor Berbick in 1981, many thinking he should have retired long before.
Soon after retiring, rumours began to circulate about the state of his health. His speech had become slurred, he shuffled and he was often drowsy.
Parkinson's syndrome was eventually diagnosed but Ali continued to make public appearances, receiving warm welcomes wherever he travelled.
He lit the Olympic cauldron at the 1996 Games in Atlanta and carried the Olympic flag at the opening ceremony for the 2012 Games in London.
Social Democratic Forum, a group of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), are warning the party to forget winning in the Volta Region if the members of the NDC in the region do not stop their lackadaisical approach towards the elections.
According to the group, the opposition NPP is gradually gaining grounds in the region, and if care is not taken, the NDC may regret the turnout of the elections.
Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, spokesperson of the group, Manaf Mustapha said, the residents are highly disappointed in government for failing to give them their fair share of the national cake.
He said. they have observed with grave concern how the leadership of the party in the region, have failed to hit the grounds to campaign for the party.
He explained, the chances of the party in the Volta region winning a landslide victory is slim.
The people he indicated have never turned their back on the party every election year, however they have not seen any massive development in the region.
Manaf Mustapha said traditional leaders are now endorsing the presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Akufo Addo, a situation he stressed is a recipe for disaster for the party in the region.
President Mahama he emphasied is gradually becoming unpopular due to the current happenings in the region.
Board chairman of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs), Nii Ayittey Hammond has justified reasons why the organisers of the annual event, Charter House published the results for this year's ceremony, three weeks after.
Nii Ayittey Hammond in response to why the organisers released the results, said they received so many request from various quarters mainly media, demanding for the release of the results.
According to him, the request came after the ceremony. Initially we did not want to release the results, but unlike previous years, so many people requested for the results so we taught of putting it out there, he said.
After three weeks of holding the event, organisers released the results as for the sake of transparency.
However, some have questioned why organisers delayed in making the results public and have therefore questioned the authenticity of the results. Others have also claimed that, the releasing results is unnecessary.
But speaking in an interview with Agyemang Prempeh on GH Entertainment, on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM, Nii Ayittey Hammond said, the board after deliberation taught it wise to release the results although some members held different opinion.
He also debunked claims that the results were manipulated and has stressed that, the results released are authentic and a true reflection of what really transpired on the night.
He further ruled out that for them to release the results at the request by the media is pressure and the media may in the future direct the pace for them.
He said, this is not the first time they have released a result after the event.
Controversies surrounding the VGMAs he opined will never go, since it has come every year.
Nii Ayittey Hammond when asked if its possible for them to develop a mechanism for voters to determine who wins what, he said it is not possible to so since it will take out the surprises for the award.
''On what basis are you expecting us to get people to monitor the voting when its suppose to declare a winner? Then in that case, then there is no winner to be declared; because everybody knows the winner even before the night of the event. So we don't need to put that one out, because on the night of the event, we are all supposed to be surprised...But if we are going to give out a place where people can monitor the voting, then there is no need to have the award scheme.''
He insisted that the results released is credible and the statisticians, KPMG after the released were released would have come out to disassociate themselves from it if it was otherwise.
Meanwhile Kwame Ansong, a panel member on the show, said the release was not necessary, saying that their reasons for the reasons holds no water.
The voting results released on Sunday, May 29, showed that EL who was adjudged Artiste of the Year, had 36.26% while Bisa Kdei obtained 30.54%. Stonebwoy managed 23.38% with Sarkodie earning 7.67%. SP Kofi Sarpong placed fifth with 1.10% while VVIP secured 1.05%.