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Jun 23, 2018
The National Chairman of the Convention People's Party, Prof. Edmund Delle has said that the November, 7 presidential polls will go into a run-off. According to him, with the election of Ivor Kobina Greenstreet as presidential candidate, Ghanaians should prepare to go into a run-off because the CPP will give both the NDC and NPP a run for their money. ''The NDC and NPP should be prepared for a run-off because we going to campaign vigorously; Greenstreet is a grassroot politician and grassroot politics is actually the love of the CPP...We don't sit in the cities...We go right to to the people, sit with them, chase them and get to know their problems and am confident that with our organization skills, something great will happen in this country. There will be a change and that change will come with Greenstreet and myself at the helm of affairs of the party.'' Prof. Delle said the 2016 elections will not be like any other elections in the past because the party is coming with a force and vigor to penetrate through the masses and gain more votes. Speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu on frontline, Prof. Delle said the CPP's time is now because Ghanaians need a better government now and they remain the party to deliver to the electorate what they yearn for. The National Chairman described their presidential candidate, Ivor Kobina Greenstreet as tough politician with the strength required to win the electorate to his side. His message will sell, penetrate and convince Ghanaians that the CPP remains the only alternative to transform the economy of this country, he added. Prof. Edmund Delle said the party is more attractive now most especially the youth who trust in the candidature of their flagbearer. ''...Contrary to what people think, the CPP is still a vibrant party with the youth excited that with the election of Ivor Greenstreet, there is going to be a future for the party.''
Jun 23, 2018
National parliaments will get new powers to block "unwanted" EU law as part of the UK's renegotiations with Brussels, Downing Street sources say. To trigger the so-called "red card", at least 55% of the EU's national parliaments would have to join forces. The measure is expected to be included in the draft deal being presented by EU Council president Donald Tusk later. The Vote Leave campaign said it was a "trivial" proposal which would do little to restore power to the UK. But Downing Street sources said David Cameron had "delivered on a manifesto commitment" to secure the "explicit agreement", which could be activated up to 12 weeks after a new law had been proposed. Everything you need to know about the UK's EU referendum Mr Tusk's draft agreement, to be put forward on Tuesday, follows months of talks between UK and EU officials. It has not received final agreement from other EU leaders, who will gather for a summit on 18 and 19 February. If agreement is secured at the summit, it could pave the way for the UK's in/out referendum to be held in June. But Mr Tusk warned of "outstanding issues" as he announced his plan to circulate the draft "new settlement". These are thought to include objections to Mr Cameron's bid to curb the welfare entitlement of EU migrants. He has proposed denying in-work benefits to all EU migrants until they have been in the UK for four years, saying this would reduce high levels of immigration to the UK. Little used EU leaders rejected this idea but suggested an "emergency brake" which the UK could use for up to four years. The UK could use this to deny in-work benefits to EU migrants but it would have to prove public services were under excessive strain and would need the approval of other EU states. The proposal was to allow the UK to be able to impose the brake within three months of applying for it but Mr Cameron wants it triggered immediately after the EU referendum. He also says there should be no time limit on its use. Another of Mr Cameron's demands is for stronger powers for national parliaments to resist EU law. Under the current "yellow card" system, introduced in 2009, parliaments can get together to formally accuse the European Commission of overstepping its remit, and the commission can decide to maintain, amend or withdraw the proposal. However, it has been little used so far, with only a small number of EU laws attracting attention from a substantial number of parliaments. The treaty rules only oblige the commission to provide a written response to complaints, justifying why a set of proposals meet the bloc's rules on "subsidiarity". Downing Street sources said the new proposal would strengthen this power and ensure the commission "cannot just ignore the will of national parliamentarians". If 55% of parliaments club together, they could force proposed laws to be stopped altogether or amended. 'Gimmicks' If a challenge was made under the system, each parliamentary chamber would get a "vote", with single-chamber parliaments allowed two votes. In the UK, this means the House of Commons and House of Lords would get one vote each. Vote Leave chief executive Matthew Elliott dismissed the proposal. "These gimmicks have been ignored by the EU before and will be ignored again as they will not be in the EU treaty," he said. Although the referendum does not need to be held until the end of 2017, it has been reported that Downing Street favours a poll on 23 June. The SNP has launched a cross-party campaign attacking the idea of a June poll, which it says would be "disrespectful" to elections taking place in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, London and across England in May. Labour, Conservative, DUP, SDLP and Plaid Cymru MPs have signed the Early Day Motion, tabled by the SNP's Stephen Gethins. David Cameron's four main aims for renegotiation EU flag and Union JackImage copyrightReuters Integration/Sovereignty: Allowing Britain to opt out from the EU's founding ambition to forge an "ever closer union" of the peoples of Europe so it will not be drawn into further political integration. Giving greater powers to national parliaments to block or scrap EU legislation. Competitiveness: To extend the single market and cut down on excessive regulation - commonly known by critics as "Brussels bureaucracy". Benefits: Restricting access to in-work and out-of-work benefits to EU migrants. Specifically, ministers want to stop those coming to the UK from claiming certain benefits and housing until they have been resident for four years. But the European Commission, which runs the EU, has said such a move would be "highly problematic" and the focus has now turned to the UK having an "emergency brake" which could stop in-work benefits to EU migrants for four years. Eurozone v the rest: Securing an explicit recognition that the euro is not the only currency of the European Union, to ensure countries outside the eurozone are not disadvantaged. The UK also wants safeguards that it will not have to contribute to eurozone bailouts. Source: BBC
Jun 23, 2018
Traditional authorities at Camp 15 in the Bia West District of the Brong Ahafo region are demanding a total of eight sheep, a bottle of wine and an undisclosed amount of money for ritual purposes from 32 year old Yaw Yeboah after he was caught sleeping his daughter. The 16 year old daughter [name withheld] is currently pregnant. Yaw Yeboah has threatened to end his life after the traditional leaders found him guilty of incest. He has blamed a bad spirit for directing him to sleep with his own daughter. The family is yet to report the matter to the police.  
Jun 23, 2018
One of the affected farmers who had their farms consumed by a raging fire that swept thbrough the Kokosua Forest Reserve, over the weekend has committed suicide. The deceased, Kwame Kyere depended on the farm as a source of livelihood for himself and family. Fire consumed the Kokosua National Reserve in the Western region over the weekend spreading through other cocoa  farms nearby. The body of the deceased has since been deposited at the morgue pending further investigations.
Jun 23, 2018
A 22 year-old mechanic whose name was only given as Emma is currently in a critical condition after he was allegdedly shot by one Mr. Kwame Asare for impregnating her only daughter. The incident occurred at Wenchi in the Brong Ahafo region. Mr. Asare who is at large had threatened to kill Emma for impregnating her daughter who is in final year at the Senior High level. Emma according to reports was shot in the leg while at his shop working. The police is currently searching for the suspect to assist with investigations.
Jun 23, 2018
A 32 year-old farmer, Kofi Boateng met his untimely death after a tree fell on him. The deceased was on his way to his cocoa farm after news broke that the farm had caught fire. He was crashed to death after a tree from his farm which had caught fire fell on him at Aboum near Sankore in the Brong Ahafo region. Confirming the stroy to Nyankonton Mu Nsem, his elder brother Akida Seidu said the body has since been deposited at the morgue. The deceased left behind a wife and three children.
Jun 23, 2018
The Achimota forest reserve caught fire this aftertoon with two fire fighters seriously injured in the process of combating the fire. Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, the Deputy Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service, Mr. Prince Billy Anaglatey said the service had a distress call that a raging fire was sleeping through the forest. The service deployed fire personnel to the scene to help quench the outbreak, but the pressure encountered by the fire men led to a break in their transmission leading to the two fire men sustaining very serious injuries. The two are currently on admission at the Achimota Government Hospital. Meanwhile Mr. Billy Anaglatey has advised the general public to take fire safety measures seriously due to the season we are in. He said the service is also doing all it could to intensify education to reduce any further outbreaks. This is the second time in a year that the Achimota Forest reserve has caught fire. The first one was recorded on January 6, 2016.  
Jun 23, 2018
The President of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association, Krobea Asante says the Coalition of Unpaid Nurses cannot embark on their indefinite strike action since the mother body is in talks with them over their grievances. Members of the Coalition of Unpaid Nurses numbering over 7000 nationwide have hinted of an indefinite strike action due to unpaid salary arrears. The group in October last year embarked on a similar strike action over unpaid arrears but had to call off after the Labour Minister, Hon. Haruna Idrissu promised that government would pay the arrears by December 30, 2015. However, members of the group have expressed their disappointment on government failing it's promise hence their decision to strike come February 3, 2016. But Asante Krobea told Nyankonton Mu Nsem in an interview, the nurses cannot embark on the strike because the mother body, Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association does not approve of their intent. He revealed they held a meeting with the leadership of affected nurses just last week and has directed them to compile the names and details of arrears owed them so the mother body can front on their behalf with government.  
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