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Feb 22, 2018
The Chief Justice (CJ), Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood, has said the Judicial Service will soon focus more on the moral and ethical values in the appointment of judges.   She said the service would review the selection criteria and the focus “will reflect the desire to improve on the behavioral aspects of judges”.   The CJ said this would ensure that a judge’s behaviour remains consistent with his or her calling and the relationship with his or community of workers and clients.   She was speaking at the inauguration of a 42 new courtroom complex in Accra.   The court complex is made up of 10 land courts, 10 commercial courts, six criminal courts, six general jurisdiction court, three divorce and matrimonial courts, two financial and economic courts, two human rights courts, two labour courts and a Probate and Administration court.   The court complex has banking facilities cafeteria, 300 seater auditorium, library, a business centre, media briefing room, executive office for the Attorney General and Police Prosecutor and a data centre among others.   Late President John Evans Atta Mills four years ago cut the sod for the construction of the complex to replace the dilapidated courts known as the cocoa affairs Court.   The construction is the first, since 1940 for the judiciary.   Mrs Wood said she has also decided to restore faith in the country’s judicial system stressing that “our commitment is not simply a verbal commitment but one, backed by action.”   She said the judicial council is also determined to prevail over the challenges confronting the judiciary,  addding that the judiciary had acknowledged where they went wrong and are committed to restore their independence and integrity.   She further tasked Ghanaians to take a lesson from the recent developments in the judiciary in the past weeks and join hands with them in restoring and rebuilding the judiciary.   “When you find yourself as an adversary in court, resist the temptation to find someone who knows the judge in order that you may obtain favour,” she admonished.   According to her “the judiciary is poised to stand, thrive and overcome the present scourge imposed on us by the vents of the past”.   “We cannot allow the selfish desires of the minority in our midst to undo our efforts and expectations”.   –   Source: GNA  
Feb 22, 2018
The Police in the Northern Region have confirmed the arrest of Asuma Adamu for his involvement in an alleged kidnapping of one member of the Tiger Eye P.I Team. The journalist Ishmael Hussein was kidnapped this morning but was rescued after the news got the IGP, Mohammed Alhassan. It still remains unclear the reason behind the kidnap, but many have speculated that the kidnap maybe because of the latest investigative piece that has implicated some judges for an alleged bribery scandal. The judges were captured on camera taking bribes to influence their decision on some cases they were presiding over. The Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh, in an interview with rainbowradioonline.com, revealed that Ishmael Hussein was coincidentally rescued from a shop belonging to a relative of one of the implicated judges exposed in the undercover investigations. “One member of the Tiger Eye PI team was kidnapped this morning in Tamale. When we received the information we realized that he was being moved from one location to the other. He was moved within two separate locations apart from the initial place where he was detained. So finally we saw him at a shop belonging to a brother of one of the persons who was implicated in the undercover investigation done by the Tiger Eye PI. We rescued him and he is now in our custody just for his own safety. But one other person who played a role in the kidnap was arrested; his name is Asuma Adamu. We are holding him for kidnapping and other offences”.   The Tiger P.I Team led by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, in the last two years conducted investigations into an alleged corruption and bribery scandal in the judiciary. The team after their investigations captured some 34 judges and 180 other judicial staff members on camera allegedly taking bribe to influence their decision on some cases there were presiding over. About 22 lower court judges have been suspended after the video was made public, the judges in question are currently been probed. Seven out of the 12 high court judges who were also implicated in the video, have been suspended by President Mahama after the CJ established a prima facie case against them. Some 80 other staff of the judicial service, police and the Attorney General’s Department are been investigated after they were also captured on camera for allegedly taking bribes. President Mahama has expressed his support to the CJ in dealing with the matter and has giving the assurance that anyone found culpable, would be removed from the bench. Meanwhile fifteen Appeal court judges have been tasked by the Chief Justice and the Judicial Council to sit additionally, as High court judges, in order to make up for the shortfall in the system due to the judicial corruption scandal which implicated some High court judges.  
Feb 22, 2018
Two explosions at a peace rally in the Turkish capital Ankara have killed at least 86 people and injured 186, according to officials. TV footage showed scenes of panic and people lying on the ground covered in blood, amid protest banners. The blasts took place near the city's central train station as people gathered for a march organised by leftist groups. The attack is the deadliest ever of its kind on Turkish soil. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has announced three days of national mourning, and said there was evidence that two suicide bombers had carried out the attacks. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the attack, which comes weeks before an election, was an act of terrorism and was "loathsome". The rally was demanding an end to the violence between the Kurdish separatist PKK militants and the Turkish government, and had been due to start at 12:00 local time. The pro-Kurdish HDP party was among those attending, and it said in a statement that it believes its members were the main target of the bombings. The leader of the HDP has blamed the state for the attack, which he called "a huge massacre", and cancelled all election rallies. The party has previously blamed the government for colluding in attacks on Kurdish activists, which the government denies. The two explosions happened shortly after 10:00 as crowds gathered ahead of the rally. Amateur video footage showed a group of young people holding hands and singing, before the first blast. Opposition MP Musa Cam tweeted a photo of a ball bearing he says he found at the scene. "I heard one big explosion first and tried to cover myself as the windows broke. Right away there was the second one," an eyewitness at the train station told Reuters.   "There was shouting and crying and I stayed under the newspapers for a while. I could smell burnt flesh," he added. "There was a great movement and panic," eyewitness Ahmet Onen told AFP. "A demonstration that was to promote peace has turned into a massacre, I don't understand this," he said, sobbing. Bulent Tekdemir, who was at the rally, told the BBC that the police used tear gas "as soon as the bomb went off", and "would not let ambulances through". A local resident said that angry people tried to attack police cars after the blast. The HDP tweeted that police "attacked" people carrying the injured away. Turkey is holding a re-run of June's inconclusive parliamentary elections on 1 November. An HDP rally in the city of Diyarbakir was bombed in June, ahead of general elections in which the party entered parliament for the first time. In July, a suicide bombing by suspected Islamic State militants on a gathering of socialist youth activists in the town of Suruc on the Syrian border killed at least 30 people. A ceasefire between the Kurdish militant group the PKK and Turkey's government later broke down, with the PKK accusing the security forces of collaborating with IS. This led to an increase in attacks from both sides over the summer. On Saturday the PKK called on its fighters to halt its guerrilla activities in Turkey unless attacked first. A statement from an umbrella group that includes the PKK said its forces would "make no attempts to hinder or harm the exercise of a fair and equal election".      
Feb 22, 2018
The Proprietor of Sensels School has called on parents to make the education of their wards their number one priority. Rev. Mrs. Abena Tay believes that when that is done, it would improve upon the mental, social and psychological wellbeing of the child. She indicated that it is the duty of every parent to ensure that, they provide the needed resources and materials for their wards, to enhance their skills and knowledge throughout their education. According to Rev. Tay, quality education is the bedrock for the transformation of every child and for the nation to be developed, every child must be given a good foundation right from the start. She explained that quality education should not be compromised, for any other thing because when you invest in your ward as a parent, you shape their future and personal development. Rev. Mrs. Abena Tay made this statement when the school presented food items, health materials and provisions worth thousands of Ghana cedis as part of their 18th Anniversary Celebrations to the Taifa Polyclinic. The donation she said forms part of their social responsibility and also their interest in seeing the wellbeing of patients at the facility. She admonished parents to pay their wards fees on time to ensure that, the school provides the best and quality service to their wards. She also thanked residents in Taifa for accepting Sensils as the best school in the community.
Feb 22, 2018
A Communications Lecturer at the School of Communication, University of Ghana (UG), Prof. Audery Gadzekpo has urged media owners to support their employees in the discharge of their duties. The Communication Lecturer and Consultant indicated that the current conditions under which journalist work is not the best. Addressing a gathering at the first anniversary of OccupyGhana, Prof. Gadzekpor expressed concerns over the poor conditions under which most journalist work in the country, saying the situation is not encouraging, hence compelling journalists to “limit their coverage of news to routine events of those who can pay for coverage.” She therefore charged media owners to support the work of their employees to prevent the situation whereby, journalists have to depend on what has popularly become ‘Soli’ after covering events. She indicated that for journalist to able to expose the ills in society, they must be well resourced to undertake those ventures since in her personal opinion, “It takes money to unearth what is wrong in our society.” Prof. Gadzekpor further explained that ‘Soli is a form of corruption and therefore admonished media owners to take measures to finance the activities of their journalist so they desist from taking ‘Soli’. “Media owners must provide the finances for journalists to cover assignments so they do not have the excuse to collect ‘soli’ because ‘soli’ is corruption,” she indicated. Prof. Gadzekpor admonished journalist to refrain from taking ‘Soli’ since it is corruption and an indictment on the integrity of the profession. According to her journalist must be able to expose corruption in society to help society and the less privilege. She also expressed worries over the constant attacks on journalist in recent times, she therefore called on stakeholders to help address the situation.
Feb 22, 2018
The Greater Accra regional chairman of the NDC, Mr. Ade Coker has said that executives at the various constituencies must not support any candidate in the upcoming parliamentary primaries. He said that the executives are expected to be the referees in the elections and not to support any candidate because their duty is to rally behind the overall winner ahead of the 2016 elections and therefore if they support one candidate they may not be neutral. The chairman indicated that the party is looking forward for a clean and civil election, devoid of insults and violence and therefore it is important that candidates discipline themselves ahead of the primaries. Mr. Ade Coker explained further that the focus of the party is to win the 2016 general elections and because of that they must try their best to have a very successful election to elect their candidates for the next general elections He described the vetting exercise as successful since due process and constitutional requirements were followed by the party. He admonished party supporters to focus their strength in building the front of the party ahead of the 2016 elections by remaining united, before, during after the primaries.
Feb 22, 2018
Unconfirmed reports reaching rainbowradioonline.com,  indicates that the police in the Northern region have arrested one person in relations to the kidnapping of a member of the Tiger Eye P.I Team. The journalist,  Ishmael Hussein was recused by the police after news of his abduction was reported to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Alhassan. Ishmael Huseein who forms part of the Tiger P.I Team,  was abducted this morning but it remains unclear what the motive behind the abduction was. The journalist is currently in the care of the police with investigations currently underway. The Tiger P.I Team led by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, in the last two years conducted investigations into an alleged corruption and bribery scandal in the judiciary. The team after their investigations captured some 34 judges and 180 other judicial staff members on camera allegedly taking bribe to influence their decision on some cases there were presiding over. About 22 lower court judges have been suspended after the video was made public, the judges in question are currently been probed. Seven out of the 12 high court judges who were also implicated in the video, have been suspended by President Mahama after the CJ established a prima facie case against them. Some 80 other staff of the judicial service, police and the Attorney General’s Department are been investigated after they were also captured on camera for allegedly taking bribes. President Mahama has expressed his support to the CJ in dealing with the matter and has giving the assurance that anyone found culpable, would be removed from the bench. Meanwhile fifteen Appeal court judges have been tasked by the Chief Justice and the Judicial Council to sit additionally, as High court judges, in order to make up for the shortfall in the system due to the judicial corruption scandal which implicated some High court judges.
Feb 22, 2018
The 2016 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has described President John Dramani Mahama’s government as the most incompetent of the governments under Ghana’s Fourth Republic.   Addressing party faithfuls on the 2nd day of his “Rise and Build Tour” in the Ashanti Region, the NPP flagbearer said : “the most incompetent government in the history of the 4th Republic is the government of John Dramani Mahama. We have a responsibility in the NPP to work hard and remove this government.”   According to him, every sector of the Ghanaian economy has been in decline ever since the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) government assumed the helm of affairs some 7 years ago.   He indicated that worsening living standards of Ghanaians, widespread and rampant corruption, rising levels of unemployment, declining agriculture, and enterprise failures, are all evidence of the incompetence of the Mahama-led administration.   These developments, Akufo-Addo said, requires the NPP to work hard to effect the change that Ghanaians desire, stressing that “an NPP victory in 2016 is the only way the nation can return onto the path of progress and prosperity.”   Speaking on the implementation of the National Health Insurance Scheme by President Kufuor, Nana Akufo-Addo lamented that Ghana, under President Mahama, is now back to the “cash and carry” system.   This, he said, is because funds for the NHIS, like all statutory payments, are in arrears.   According to him, hospitals are no longer willing to provide healthcare to NHIS card holders, compelling Ghanaians to pay for healthcare services.   Akufo-Addo further noted the NPP will begin the process of rebuilding Ghana again when voted into power.   Source: Office of Nana Addo   He also reaffirmed his target of achieving 80% margin of victory for the NPP in the 2016 election.      
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