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Dec 16, 2017
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has attributed the death of Dennis Yaw Acheampong, a student at the Koforidua Secondary Technical School (SECTEC) to meningitis. Dennis Yaw Acheampong, form two student died Friday morning after complaining of fever, body weakness and stiff neck. His death was attributed to meningitis. However, the cause of death was disputed.   But addressing the media today [Monday], the Eastern Regional Health Director Dr. Charity Sarpong said fluid collected through lumbar puncture procedure from the deceased before his death and sent to the laboratory has confirmed that the deceased died of meningitis.     He also indicated that health authorities are monitoring 22 students who had contact with the deceased student prior to his death.
Dec 16, 2017
About 20 students at the St Martin’s Senior High School in Nsawam in the Eastern Region, collapsed yesterday [Sunday] and today [Monday].   The situation has been attributed to hysteria. The administrator at the Nsawam Government Hospital, Kofi Kolan, was the one who confirmed the cause of the mass collapse.   He however disputed that the case was the same as the one in KUMACA. “The fundamental factor is that it is not true that it is the same case like KUMACA in Kumasi. I am told by my doctors that it is a case of hysteria (exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement) among the students. They are about to write exams and the fear of exams is what is happening.” He added: “We are examining them and nothing is wrong with them, we have not even admitted anybody.”   Hysteria is an uncontrollable outburst of emotion or fear, often characterized by irrationality, laughter, weeping, etc.
Dec 16, 2017
Highly-revered entertainment journalist, consultant PR expert, Arnold Asamoah-Baidoo has taken a swipe at Tic Tac for apologizing to his fans after walking out of GHOne TV Studios during a live interview.   He told Agyemang Prempeh on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the hiplife artiste defeated his own reason for walking out after rendering an apology to his fans that supported him for his action.  Tic Tac walked out of the interview because visuals of Shatta Wale’s video were playing in the background while the interview was ongoing. According to him, it was disrespectful for the station to have shown Shatta Wale’s video when he was on set for an interview. “I did not come here to promote Shatta Wale,” he said and left the studio. Attempts by the host Baisiwa Dowuna Hammond to get him back in his seat proved futile as the hip-life musician walked off the set.   He later took to Facebook, shot a video and posted same apologizing to his fans. “You ask me questions about someone I’m beefing and you show the person’s video in my presence instead of mine that I’m promoting of which we both agreed that it will be shown while I was on air. I really respect GHOne TV but I wasn’t happy with the video. The only thing I said on the show was sorry I can’t continue this interview. If I released my song and the media don’t want to play I will by pass them and go to my fans directly and they will hail me and play my music so for me that is a blessing for me. All I want to say is sorry to my fans.” Tic Tac added.   But Arnold Asamoah-Baidoo says the artiste staged the walk out because he felt disrespected so there was no need to apologise to his fans.
Dec 16, 2017
Three professional golfers have left the shores of Ghana to represent the country in the 2017 Mongomo professional golf Championship in Equatorial Guinea.   The three are 2017 West Africa’s Champion, Vincent Torgah from Tema Country Golf Club,  Emos Korblah of Achimota Golf Club and Kojo Barnni from Tarkwa golf club.   The Championship starts on December 14 to Sunday December 17, 2017. Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the PGA, Nana Prempeh, in an interview with rainbowradioonline.com said the three have the clout to represent and win laurels for Ghana.   He explained, the participants have been drawn from over 32 countries including Europe, Africa, and Asian countries among others. He further explained that an Order of Merit was used to select the three golfers to represent Ghana.   He described the three as those with exceptional records to represent Ghana and raise the flag high.   He said, ‘’the professional golfers association wishes them well. We know they will not just add up to the numbers but do their best for Ghana.’’ He added, ‘’Vincent  is currently the West African best golfer because he has won most of the major competitions in West Africa including Senegal Opening, Gabon among others.   He stressed, although golf is an individual sport, this time around, we have three golfers representing Ghana at the International level. They are a team and we pray they perform well. The level of play they have exhibited in recent tournaments organized for them shows their preparedness. I am sure they will perform well.''     Nana Prempeh said the championship will also serve as preparatory grounds for the 2020 Olympic Games and the best ones will have the opportunity to play for qualifiers and participate in the event.
Dec 16, 2017
The Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Madam Gloria Akuffo, has said the ministry is not responsible for the implementation of ITLOS the ruling. Ghana won the maritime dispute case against Cote d'Ivoire few months ago. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in its ruling on said Ghana has no special responsibility towards Côte d'Ivoire and so the issue of reparation doesn't arise. Cote d'Ivoire wanted the Special ITLOS Chamber to invite the parties to carry out negotiations in order to reach an agreement on the terms of reparation due Côte d'Ivoire. But the Special Chamber has rejected that call and ruled in Ghana’s favour by a unanimous decision. The Special Chamber also accepted Ghana's argument of adoption of equidistance method of delimitation of maritime boundary between it and Cote d'Ivoire. President Nana Akufo-Addo  met with diplomats from Ivory Coast, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, over the ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on the maritime boundary dispute.     The meeting provided a platform where the leaders  discussed a roadmap on how to implement the judgment of the ITLOS Special Chamber. The Attorney General was in Parliament today [Monday] December 11, 2017and in  response to what her ministry was doing on the implementation, she said her ministry was not the implementing body. She was responding to a question asked by Frank Annor Dompreh, Chairman for the Foreign Affairs Committee, what specific steps were being taking to ensure that, an acceptable map is drawn following the recent ruling from the ruling of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The minister in her submission said: ‘’ITLOS rendered a unanimous judgment on the maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and  Cote d'Ivoire on 21st September, 2017. The Attorney General and Minister for Justice as the principal legal advisor to government appeared as agent for Ghana in the matter. The Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice is the not the implementing agency of the judgment in the matter.’’     The legislator later said he will redirect his question to the appropriate agency after the explanation from the minister.
Dec 16, 2017
The home of popular National Democratic Congress (NDC) sympathizer in the Ashanti Region, Appiah Stadium, has been burnt.   The supporter of Former President John Dramani who lives in Kokoben, a suburb of Kumasi, the regional capital has since accused members of pro-NPP vigilante group, the Invincible Forces for the arson attack. Confirming the incident to the media, the maverick NDC member attributed the attack to a confrontation he had with a member of the group.   He said the move was because of his support for the former president but he has vowed to stop supporting Mr. Mahama. “I will never stop supporting John Mahama, I won’t stop. NPP will have to kill me. I have realised that I am a pillar and an impediment in the way of the NPP. They first arrested me, they later stormed my house with guns and now they have burnt my house and car.’’     Members of the forces have since denied the allegations. Meanwhile, the police has started investigating the matter.
Dec 16, 2017
As part of efforts by government to reduce the high levels of unemployment in the country, the Ministry of Trade and Industry in collaboration with the private sector has launched a business regulatory reform strategy to address the problem. Speaking on the theme’’ the road to sustainable reforms-Government’s business regulatory strategy in Accra, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Alan Kyerematen, said unemployment in the country, cannot be tackled without a clear business regulatory reform strategy in place hence the need to work with the private sector to find solutions.  He said ‘’Government working in consultation with the private sector, is embarking on a very comprehensive and ambitious  programme for business regulatory reform, our task and responsibility is to go through the strategy and inform ourselves of the frame work of the reform and  to also solicit input from you. According to him, the government job creation agenda can be achieved through industrial transformation but however said that such transformation can only occur when the economy is viable. ‘’We know from development experience from most of the advanced countries that, it is through industrial  transformation that we can optimize our job creation opportunities and so we are focusing on industrial transformation and industrial transformation can only occur on the back of economic transformation’’, he observed. Mr. Kyerematen  further indicated  government preparedness to continuously look for possible strategies of  creating employment as every job created has a multiple effect of  affecting every facets of human life.’’ Because when you create jobs people earn income, consumption increases, when consumption increases investment also go up to correspond to increase in consumption’’. He therefore appealed to all stakeholders and the private sector to support the government in its effort to create an enabling environment for job creation. The event brought together some Institutions in the private sector such as the Association of Ghana Industries, Association of Small scale Industries  and other International organizations.   By: Ebenezer Kofi Amponsah
Dec 16, 2017
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Asaadu Waste Management Company, Dr. Edward Asaadu has underscored the need for Ghana to stop importing other countries waste into the country. Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said the fertilizers we have been importing from other countries are produced from waste which is we equally equally generate in Ghana.  ‘’Government should stop importing fertilizer into the country because we have the waste that can help us generate the fertilizer. Our waste is 50 percent organic and the amount we invest in importing fertilizer into Ghana, will help us reduce waste generated in the country drastically,’’ he said. Ghana he lamented has not outlined measures to benefit from the waste we generate but in other countries, waste management is cherished as money making machine.  ‘Waste in Germany is a raw material and gold for them. But in Ghana, we see it as nothing. If we are able to recycle waste properly, it will inure to our benefit. However, if we do not manage them properly, it will cause more harm than good, he added.   He also bemoaned the lack of landfill site in the country. Aside that, the exorbitant charges on the importation on waste management equipment, is collapsing businesses in the country.         He wondered why we continue to import anti-malaria drugs when we can use the same resources to manage our waste which in turn, minimize the increasing rate of communicable diseases.      
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