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Nov 19, 2017
A man believed to be in his thirties is currently in the custody of the Akaatiso police in the West District of the Western region for allegedly attempting to traffic a five year old girl to Cote’ divoire.   According to the report the man who has refused to mention his name is alleged to be someone who is involved in serial killing by drawing blood from his victims.   It is unclear where he comes from or whether he is a Ghanaian as all effort to get him talk has proven futile.   His other accomplice whose name is yet to be established is currently on the run after his colleague was arrested for attempting to traffic the 5 year old girl out of the country.   The mother of the little girl is said to be indisposed and receiving treatment at the hospital and because of that his accomplice who is on the run, assisted him to get hold of the girl but luck eluded them when they made the attempt to move out Ghana.   The police is currently investigating the matter to establish the truth.     …more soon
Nov 19, 2017
The President, John Dramani Mahama has admonished religious leaders to lead the campaign against corruption in their various churches and mosque in order to root out the canker from our society. He said the fight against corruption cannot be fought by government alone but rather all stakeholders must get involved including religious leaders. President Mahama indicated that, it is only when citizens are enlighten about the dangers of corruption before any success can be achieved in the fight against the canker. President Mahama said this in a speech read on his behalf by the deputy chief of staff, Johnny Osei Kofi, at the ordination of most Rev. Emmanuel Kofi Fianu as the new Catholic bishop of Ho in the Volta region on Saturday. “We need to educate every citizen of Ghana using the churches, using the mosques, using every other spiritual facility, arena to let us be aware that we have a role to play. “We must be talking to our church members working as teachers, working as policemen, working as tax people, working as politicians about their responsibility to the country,” Mahama said. He added: “Corruption has become quite a serious problem. The government is ready to do everything about it, but very often the information that you need, to gather and prosecute may not be as clear as that.” The newly elected bishop, Most Rev. Fianu expressed his gratitude to the Pope for the honour done him and pledge his readiness to discharge his duties diligently to uphold the Catholic faith. He takes over from Bishop Francis Lodonu, the first Ghanaian who for the past 40 years held the position in the area.  
Nov 19, 2017
Ghana would soon open a mission in Kuwait which is expected to pave way for the gulf emirate to have an envoy stationed in Accra.   This was disclosed by the Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur.   According the Vice President the move, would enable Kuwait scale-up its support to the country through the Kuwaiti fund.   The vice-president said this when the Kuwaiti ambassador to Benin with concurrent accreditation to Ghana, Mohammed Hussain Al-Failakawi paid a courtesy call on him at the flagstaff house.   Vice President commended the Kuwait government for their enormous support to Ghana especially in the areas of infrastructure particularly that of the Kpone hydroelectric dam:   “We are grateful for a small state like Kuwait for the many support for the development of infrastructure in Ghana particularly for large scale projects like the Kpone hydroelectric dam…we hope that it will continue even in a more strengthened way than we have now,” Mr. Amissah said.   Ambassador Al-failakawi revealed that, his visit was to discuss with Vice President areas of co-operation and support between the two countries, he also noted how grateful they are as a country for unflinching support that Ghana has giving them for the past 25 years.   “…The state of Kuwait will never forget Ghana’s position during Iraqi’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and we are grateful to the government and the people of Ghana,” he said.
Nov 19, 2017
An Investigative Commissioner who is to investigate and process cases of ethical abuse by lawyers as well as hold them accountable before the General Legal Council (GLC) is being set up, the Chief Justice, Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood has said.   The Chief Justice noted that the Judicial and General Legal Councils will not preside over decay.   “We must as individuals commit to do what is right to avoid creating fertile situations for abuse, misconduct and corruption within the chain of administration.”   Mrs. Wood noted that “evil and wrongdoing can only thrive when there is agreement between two or more persons to make it happen”.   The Chief Justice stated at the 53rd enrollment of 219 newly trained lawyers at the State House in Accra.   Out of the 219 lawyers, 124 were females with Ms. Grace Esi Sackey emerging as the best overall round performance in both parts one and two of the Professional Law Examinations.   Ms Sackey’s outstanding performance attracted a standing ovation and applause by Mrs. Marrietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, the Minister Justice and Attorney General, Mrs Wood and other high profile personalities who graced the occasion.   Ten others, who distinguished themselves in various subjects, were awarded by the General Legal Council.   The Chief Justice said the General Legal Council’s investigative efforts and motivations were at all-time high and they will not tire in their desire to “fish out the errant amongst us and deal with them appropriately under the law.   “In all these, internal discipline and expulsion is just one of the means we are determined to apply. The long arm of civil and criminal justice will not be spared.”   According to the Chief Justice, the GLC was committed because law and justice were the foundations of stable, peaceful and prosperous society, and it was important that they work with all and sundry to save the nation from collapse.   Mrs. Wood pointed out to the lawyers that there were pending disciplinary proceeding against lawyers for various offences and complainants, adding that the GLC was determined to ensure that “No dishonorable member of the profession will enjoy immunity or impunity.”   She said Ghana was going to learn from the Canadian Bar, which has an anti-corruption team made up of experienced lawyers, who would help lawyers appreciate their role in the fight against global corruption.   The Chief Justice noted that as lawyers, they were graduating at a time that perception of the public on the profession was largely negative, and stressed the need for all to up hold virtues.   According to her, the recent judicial scandal which has become the subject of ongoing investigations had brought into sharp focus the need for all to take introspective view of themselves as well as the institution.   “This sober reflection will help us to identify where we have fallen short, stagnated or even regressed and fashion appropriate remedial measures that will diminish, if not totally extinguish, the possibility of a future re-occurrence”.   Mrs. Wood said “sanitizing the Judiciary cannot be my exclusive responsibility. I need the support from all key stakeholders including the political will for the administration of justice”.   She admonished the lawyers to renew their strength and commitment against the forces standing against their progress as a people and nation.   “You are the newest face of law and justice. You are our opportunity for hope and renewal.   “We look into your faces in search of those group of credible legal professionals committed to building a culture of indignation against corruption,” she stressed.    
Nov 19, 2017
Richard Clem is in a stinky situation: His wife filed a lawsuit last month against their former employer who allegedly fired him for farting too much.   The 70-year-old man and his wife, Louann, both worked at Case Pork Roll Company of Trenton, New Jersey. He was fired in February, 2014, for his supposed flatulence, according to court documents.   Louann Clem claims in a court filing that her husband's termination was a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.   Richard Clem supports the lawsuit and is taking legal action on his own through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.   "When the suit was filed, I didn't know it would go viral," Clem told The Huffington Post. "I was very surprised."   Richard Clem started working at Case Pork Roll in 2004 as a comptroller and believes he did a good job.   "I brought them into the 21st century," he said proudly.   At the time of his hire, Clem weighed about 420 pounds, but underwent gastric bypass surgery in October 2010, to get rid of his own porky belly.   Clem lost about 120 pounds before gaining back 10. He's also suffered some embarrassing side effects, including "extreme gas and uncontrollable diarrhea."   In 2013, Clem’s symptoms worsened, which caused “significant disruption in the workplace,” according to the suit.   Louann Clem, who began her job at Case Pork Roll in 2008, said company president Thomas Dolan repeatedly griped about her husband's gassy problem.   The suit alleges Dolan made Richard Clem work at home and said things like, "We cannot run an office and have visitors with the odor in the office," and "Tell Rich we are having complaints from people who have problems with the odors."    Richard Clem was fired from Case Pork Roll on February 28, 2014,  Louann Clem quit the same day “because of the harassment and discrimination her husband faced as a result of his disability and the resulting symptoms,” according to NJ1015.com.   The Clems' lawyer, David Koller, said his client's gastrointestinal disorders may be getting headlines, but aren't the key part of the case.   "Flatulence and farting is the sexy part of the story, but my client suffers from obesity, which is covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act," Koller told The Huffington Post.   Louann Clem is seeking damages from Case Pork Roll that include pain and suffering, compensatory damages and punitive damages.   Richard Clem also wants company employees to go through training programs that will prevent future incidents from occurring.   "I'm speaking up for people who are overweight," he said. "Does being obese mean you can't do a good job? Of course not!"
Nov 19, 2017
Violent storms and flooding have hit southeast France, killing at least 13 people with six more missing, officials said.   Three elderly people drowned when their retirement home near the city of Antibes was inundated with floodwater.   Another three people died when the car they were in became trapped by rising water in a small tunnel.   French President Francois Hollande has thanked rescuers and expressed the "solidarity of the nation".   He and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve are due to visit the affected regions.   Heavy rain hit the French Riviera, which lies on the Mediterranean coast and borders Italy, on Saturday evening.   The city of Nice is estimated to have received 10% of its average yearly rainfall in two days alone.   The river Brague burst its banks, sending water coursing into nearby towns and cities. Social media pictures showed water gushing down the streets of Cannes.   "Some cars were carried off into the sea," said mayor Davis Lisnard.   "We have rescued a lot of people, and we must now be vigilant against looting."   Rescuers at Mandelieu-la-Napoule are trying to find six people missing in underground car parks, emergency officials said.   "We have lived through an apocalyptic situation that we have never experience before," tweeted Eric Ciotti, President of the Alpes-Maritimes department.   The main motorway through the area has been closed, trains halted and hundreds of tourists sought shelter at Nice airport overnight. About 27,000 homes are without power.   Some concertgoers attending a show by French rock legend Johnny Hallyday at a venue in Nice had to sleep overnight there after becoming stranded.    
Nov 19, 2017
The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr. John Benjamin has congratulated Ghana for moving five places up in the latest World Press Freedom Index to the 22nd position out of 180 countries across the globe. The commissioner described the achievement as a terrific one and indicated that the UK has respected Ghana for attaining that record. He indicated that the achievement is a great one for especially journalist who have worked so hard to make the country to achieve this great record. Mr. John although congratulated Ghana for this ‘’terrific achievement’’, explained that the statics also belies some of the real issues that Ghanaian journalist are still faced with, he stated that the headline figure which saw Ghana at the 22nd position shouldn’t make anyone complacent or think that there isn’t potential to improve. He stated that many journalist work under tough conditions yet are paid poorly in a highly competitive and crowded media market which he said tends to push salaries down. He indicated further that the situation inadvertently lead journalist to neglect their own professional values which affect their ability to remain neutral. The commissioner posited that, good journalism is based on the professional journalistic values which is very crucial for any country. Mr. Benjamin revisited his infamous ‘soli’’ saga stating that it is still a form of corruption and that the British High Commission would continue to name and shame journalist and any media house who continue to brazenly ask them for ‘soli before covering their event. ‘’Journalist should accept that a story is either intrinsically newsworthy or it isn’t: a story doesn’t become newsworthy when, when it otherwise wouldn’t be, just because someone has paid for it……That isn’t journalism, its advertising, an honuorable  enough profession in itself of course, but a different one….So we at the British High Commission would continue with our policy of naming and shaming those journalist who brazenly ask us for ‘soli’ money to cover our events, and then ban them from ever covering them again, we know we will have little effect, so we hope others will join us’’. He has therefore called on all media firms to recognise the efforts of their journalist and pay well enough so the issue of ‘soli’ would be erased from our system. He called on journalist to refrain from taking ‘soli’ even if their remuneration is not good enough because it is remains corruption and unprofessional.  
Nov 19, 2017
A self-professed herbalist in Amoako Nkwanta in the Dormaa District of the Brong Ahafo region is currently on the run after he administered some concoction to a pregnant woman leading her untimely death.   Reports indicated that, the herbalist prepared the fake concoction made of leaves to the pregnant woman to drink but she unfortunately died after drinking the said mixture.   The self-professed herbalist according our regional correspondent, Amponsah Daniel arrived at the said location some few days ago claiming to be a well experienced herbalist whose products have been tried and tested.   He is reported to have convinced residents that his mixtures cured all manner of illness.   Residents who in one or the other purchased his alleged fake drugs had some complications after drinking the mixture.   The death of the pregnant victim had shocked residents within the area leaving the family devastated.   It is unclear whether the said herbalist holds a license to operate as an herbalist.   Residents have currently mounted a search for the herbalist to hand him over to the police for allegedly killing the pregnant woman.
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