The Ghana Chamber of Commerce has held the first edition of the Kwahu Easter Trade Exhibition at Obuoba Village in the Eastern region.
The exhibition which is the first of its kind in the region was to promote trading activities in the region and further boost the patronage for made in Ghana goods.
Eastern regional Minister, Hon. Mavis Armah Frimpong in her speech said, Kwahu is one of the major trade hub in the country which contribute immensely to the economy of the country.
She took the opportunity to further appeal to traditional authorities to allocate a land for government to construct a state of the art exhibition hub to allow to promote trading activities in Kwahu and the Eastern region.
According to the Minister, the vent will be an annual event hence the need for it be given the needed support.
Items which exhibited at the event included Kantanka range of of vehicles, made in Ghana foot-wares, clothes, beads and accessories among other consumables all made in Ghana.
President John Mahama has called on chiefs in the Volta region to debunk claims that the NDC has abandoned Voltarians by denying them their fair share of the national cake.
The president who was addressing chiefs of the region as part of his visit to inspect some major road projects in the region said, the claims by the opposition should be ignored by the people.
According to him, Volta region which is their world bank, is the most visited region by his government and that, they have received their fair share of national cake.
“When somebody comes and tells you that government has abandoned Volta region, it’s an absolute falsehood. …People have taken that lie and repeated it often and often that government has abandoned the Volta region to the extent that some of our people are beginning to think that it is true that Volta region is not getting its fair share of the national cake; I can assure you that is absolutely false.
“ This is one region I have visited more than any other region in this country. And when I come, I come to inspect projects, cut sod and commission projects. And so a lot of development is taking place in this region. I can assure you that the NDC government will never take your support for granted. We appreciate that this is our World Bank, it is our IMF and we will never take your support for granted,” the President stated.
The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), has established a permanent satellite office at Bosuso in the Fanteakwa District to provide services to the surrounding villages and communities.
This, according to the District Manager of the Scheme, Mr Daniel Alorgbey, would ensure that clients from the neighboring villages and communities would no longer have to journey all the way to Begoro or Koforidua to renew or register onto the scheme.
At a ceremony to inaugurate the facility, Mr Alorgbey said the daily politicisation of the health insurance scheme was becoming dangerous to the point that some people were refusing to renew their membership or register at all.
He disclosed that utilisation, which was the rate at which clients visited health facilities with their cards, indicated a yearly growth and recorded 102,589 in 2014 and 114,804 in 2015.
Similarly, he said new membership increased from 40,101 in 2014 to 42,630 in 2015 representing 35 per cent of the district population and projected it to increase to 53,827 representing 44 per cent by the close of 2016.
Mr Alorgbey said: “The increase in utilisation of healthcare services means more people are accessing healthcare and more frequently than before and, therefore, it’s never true that the scheme is dying or had collapsed”.
Alhaji Seidu Abudu, the Regional Director of the NHIA, commended the management of the Fanteakwa Office for this bold initiative to take the service closer to the door-steps of clients and assured healthcare facilities of prompt payment.
He said the Authority was working hard to clear all arrears it owed the service providers and that price lists had been reviewed with most drugs seeing a 25 percent appreciation for the benefit of service providers.
Ghana produced an uninspired display to dispatch Mozambique 3-1 and inch closer to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations with a performance which begs for several questions.
In-form Anderlecht winger Frank Acheampong gave the Black Stars an early lead to signify the start of baptism of fire for the basement side.
But a lackluster display from the team dominated their play in the first half with Acheampong missing two golden opportunities to increase the tally.
The four-time African champions resumed with second half revitalized and defender John Boye put his team 2-0 ahead with a header.
The persistence from the Turkish-based defender paid off as Zainadine Junior’s clearance ricochet off Boye’s head for the second – his fourth international goal.
Moments later, Aston Villa striker Jordan Ayew chipped the ball past Jose Guirrugo for his side’s third goal at the Accra sports stadium - his 11th of his international career.
Kenya’s schools exam board has been dissolved over “irregularities” in last year’s secondary school exams, which saw 5,000 results cancelled. The BBC’s Ruth Nesoba in the capital, Nairobi, says that exam papers were shared on WhatsApp before exams.
She adds that many Kenyans are now questioning the credibility of the results. The chief executive and eight other KNEC officials have been ordered to make police statements.
Questions were being sold for 1,000 Kenyan shillings ($10; £7), The Kenyan newspaper The Nation reported in October. KNEC (Kenya National Examinations Council) head said in reaction that the questions were fake.
He urged students not to trust the questions being shared on WhatsApp and went ahead with the exams which he insisted were credible. However, when the results were released at the beginning of March Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i announced that more than 5,000 exams had been cancelled, local media reported.
He said that was a 70% rise in the number of cheating cases witnessed compared to 2014, reported Kenya’s Capital FM.
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has been convicted of genocide and war crimes during the 1992-95 war, and sentenced to 40 years in jail.
UN judges in The Hague found him guilty of 10 of 11 charges, including genocide over the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.
Karadzic, 70, is the most senior political figure to face judgement over the violent collapse of Yugoslavia.
His case is being seen as one of the most important war crimes trials since World War Two.
He had denied the charges, saying that any atrocities committed were the actions of rogue individuals, not the forces under his command.
The trial, in which he represented himself, lasted eight years.
Some relatives of victims expressed disappointment at the outcome.
"This came too late," said Bida Smajlovic, whose husband was killed at Srebrenica.
"We were handed down a verdict in 1995. There is no sentence that could compensate for the horrors we went through or for the tears of only one mother, let alone thousands," she was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.
Karadzic's lawyer said he would appeal, a process that could take several more years.
"Dr Karadzic is disappointed and astonished. He feels that he was convicted on inference instead of evidence and will appeal [against] the judgement," Peter Robinson told journalists.
Meanwhile the leader of the party Karadzic founded said the judgement was political.
"The 40-year imprisonment is unfair and will contribute neither to truth nor to trust in our region," Mladen Bosic of the Serb Democratic Party was quoted as saying by Reuters.
Karadzic faced two counts of genocide.
He was found not guilty of the first, relating to killing in several Bosnian municipalities.
But he was found guilty of the second count relating to Srebrenica, where Bosnian Serb forces massacred more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys.
"Karadzic was in agreement with the plan of the killings," Judge O-Gon Kwon said.
The massacre happened in July 1995 when Srebrenica, an enclave besieged by Bosnian Serb forces for three years, was overrun. The bodies of the victims were dumped in mass graves.
Karadzic was also found guilty of crimes against humanity relating to the siege and shelling of the city of Sarajevo over several years which left nearly 12,000 people dead.
The judge said he had significantly contributed to a plan which emanated from the leadership and whose primary purpose was to spread terror in the city.
Count 1 - genocide (in municipalities of Bratunac, Foca, Klyuc, Prijedor, Sanski Most, Vlasenica and Zvornik) - not guilty
Count 2 - genocide (in Srebrenica) - guilty
Crimes against humanity
Count 3 - persecutions - guilty
Count 4 - extermination - guilty
Count 5 - murder - guilty
Count 7 - deportation - guilty
Count 8 - inhumane acts (forcible transfer) - guilty
Violations of the laws or customs of war
Count 6 - murder - guilty
Count 9 - terror (in Sarajevo) - guilty
Count 10 - unlawful attacks on civilians (in Sarajevo) - guilty
Count 11 - taking hostage of UN observers and peacekeepers - guilty
The full indictment
Mr Karadzic was also found guilty of orchestrating a campaign known as "ethnic cleansing" of non-Serbs from the territory of the breakaway Bosnian Serb republic, in which hundreds and thousands were driven from their homes.
He would only be expected to serve two-thirds of his sentence. His time spent in detention - slightly more than seven years - will count towards the total.
Top UN human rights official Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein welcomed the verdict as "hugely significant".
He said the trial "should give pause to leaders across Europe and elsewhere who seek to exploit nationalist sentiments and scapegoat minorities for broader social ills".
At least 100,000 people in total died during fighting in the the Bosnian war. The conflict lasted nearly four years before a US-brokered peace deal brought it to an end in 1995.
Gen Ratko Mladic, who commanded Bosnian Serb forces, is also awaiting his verdict at The Hague.
Radovan Karadzic in the Bosnian town of Jajce, August 1995Image copyrightAP
1945: Born in Montenegro
1960: Moves to Sarajevo
1968: Publishes collection of poetry
1971: Graduates in medicine
1983: Becomes team psychologist for Red Star Belgrade football club
1990: Becomes president of Serbian Democratic Party
1990s Political leader of Bosnian Serbs
2008: Arrested in Serbia
2009: Trial begins at The Hague
2016: Guilty verdict, sentenced to 40 years
Residents at Old Tafo have appealed to the Regional Security Council and the Interior Minister, Prosper Douglas Bani to lift the curfew place on the community few weeks ago following the violent clash between the Zongo community and some youth of the Traditional Council over a piece of cemetery land.
Scores of persons were wounded on Wednesday 10th February, 2016 in the clashes with about two others confirmed dead.
The situation compelled the Regional Security Council to place a dawn to dusk curfew on the Tafo township but the curfew was reviewed following a peaceful resolution between the two factions two days after.
The decision was taken after the Chairman of the National Peace Council and the National Chief Imam met the two main factions for an amicable resolution of their differences Friday.
However, the residents of the Tafo township have called on the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, the Regional Security Council and the Interior Minister to lift the ban of review it further to enable them celebrate the Easter holidays.
Our regional correspondent, Isaac Okyem who was in the Tafo township today said, residents are convinced that calm has finally been restored in the the township hence the need for authorities to reconsider their decision to lift the curfew.
Currently the curfew is between 4am and 8pm.
Charges against the head of security for New Patriotic Party flagbearer, Nana Akuffo Addo, Captain (rtd) Edmund Koda and the owner of the EL-Capitano Hotel Captain (rtd) Acquah have been dropped by the state.
The duo were picked by the BNI for questioning on Wednesday after the arrest of the three South African ex-military officers who were picked at the EL Capitaano Hotel for allegedly training private security personnel of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Presidential Candidate, Nana Akufo Addo and his running mate Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia in various security drills, including unarmed combat, weapon handling, VIP protection techniques and rapid response manoeuvres.
The three, Major Ahmed Shaik Hazis (rtd), 54; Warrant Officer Denver Dwayhe, 33, and Captain Mlungiseli Jokani, 45 were arrested for
Captain (rtd) Edmund Koda and the owner of the EL-Capitano Hotel Captain (rtd) Acquah were charged yesterday after the BNI granted them bail.
One of the lawyers for the ex-military officers, Asante Bediatuo said the state has dropped the charges against the two.