Ghana's IBF lightweight contender Richard Commey is set to face (24-0, 22 KOs) is set to face Robert Easter Jr (17-0, 14 KOs) for the vacant IBF World Lightweight title.
The fight was necessitated after Rances Barthelemy vacated the belt .
The undefeated boxer at a press conference held earlier today [Tuesday] June 7, 2016 said he was extremely excited landing the opportunity.
"My team and I have been through and set our sight on the ultimate from day one. I want to do this for my nation and write my name in boxing history," he said crying.
"This is an amazing feeling. My manager met me in Ghana in 2010 and saw great potential in me and decided to work with me. Today we have finally landed the big opportunity. Glory be to God. I want to assure all gathered here that I will never let this opportunity slip by.''
"As a team, we appreciate that working on this will be tough but we are committed to ensuring that we win the opportunity to put together this fight," he told the news conference.
Both parties have agreed to the fight in writing and have until July 6 to come to an agreement before the IBF calls for purse bids.
Commey’s promoter Nisse Sauerland said he was confident the undefeated champion will claim the world title and revealed his desire to stage the fight in Ghana.
‘’We’re delighted that Richard will finally get his chance to fight for the World title,’’ said Sauerland. ‘’This has been a long time coming, and Richard has been very patient, but now his time has come.
‘’He is, in my opinion, the best lightweight in the World, and I have every confidence he will win the World title and then go on to unify the division.
‘’We will try our best to bring this fight to Ghana. My father started his career promoting fights in Africa and we would love to bring big-time boxing back to Ghana. This country has a rich boxing history with many great World Champions, and Richard can take his place among these greats by winning the IBF title.’’
Commey's manager, Amoo Boateng added, they have started the process in staging the fight in Ghana as disclosed by the promoters.
"We have started off the process and have been given the deadline of July 6 to come to an agreement failing which the bout will be subjected to a purse bid. We are very positive about the eventual outcome of this and we know we ".
A police constable Frank Klu was shot dead by armed robbers this morning Kwame Danso-Atebubu road in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The deceased was escorting travellers from Kwame Danso to Atebubu.
The attack happened around 6:40am. His 47 riffle was also taken away by the robbers.
Other passengers on board the commercial bus were robbed of their monies, mobile phones and other valuable items.
No other person was killed except the officer who was in not in uiform when the incident occurred.
The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has for second time topped the chart as the political party that was most abusive on radio.
This was contained in a report released by the Media Foundation fore West Africa (MFWA) based on monitoring of 923 programmes on 40 radio stations for the period of May 1-15 2016,a statement from the foundation said.
A total of 69 indecent expressions were recorded on 16 out of the 40 radio stations monitored. The report cites “Unsubstantiated allegations” as the most indecent expression used by individuals, political activists and radio stations hosts/presenters in political communications on radio, the report stated.
The NPP top the list with 26 incidents followed by the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Meanwhile Accra based Monties FM ''recorded the highest number (16) of indecent expressions mainly on its Pampaso programme. Happy FM, also based in Accra, followed with 13 indecent expressions which were mostly recorded on its Democracy programme. Oman FM in Accra and Kumasi-based Ashh FM followed with 10 indecent expressions each.
Below is the full statement
The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has released the second report of its campaign language monitoring project. The report, which is based on monitoring of 923 programmes on 40 radio stations for the period May 1-15, 2016, names individuals and radio presenters who used abusive language, radio stations on which such indecent expressions were recorded; and political parties whose officials, affiliates and supporters used abusive language on radio.
A total of 69 indecent expressions were recorded on 16 out of the 40 radio stations monitored. The report cites “Unsubstantiated allegations” as the most indecent expression used by individuals, political activists and radio stations hosts/presenters in political communications on radio.
Accra-based Montie FM recorded the highest number (16) of indecent expressions mainly on its Pampaso programme. Happy FM, also based in Accra, followed with 13 indecent expressions which were mostly recorded on its Democracy programme. Oman FM in Accra and Kumasi-based Ashh FM followed with 10 indecent expressions each.
Officials, affiliates and supporters of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) topped the list of culprits with a total of 26 incidents. This was followed by the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the unregistered New Labour Party (NLP) with four (4) indecent expressions each. The others are: Progressive People’s Party (PPP) – two (2), the National Democratic Party (NDP) – one (1) and the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP) – one (1).
The monitoring report is the second of several to be issued by the MFWA before, during and after the 2016 elections (April – December). Under its “Issues Not Insults” campaign, the MFWA and its team of monitors are on a daily basis, monitoring and tracking indecent expressions used by politicians and activists on selected radio programmes. The campaign also involves monitoring and reporting how presenters/moderators on the selected stations handle their programmes and whether or not they allow their platforms to be used to abuse others.
The project is being implemented with funding support from OSIWA and STAR-Ghana.
The full report which includes the names of individuals who used the 69 indecent expressions and the other radio stations on which indecent expressions were recorded is available here and at the publications section on our website, www.mfwa.org.
A total of 999,135 prepaid metres were procured between 2012-2015 at a cost of 99, 277.08.43 dollars , the deputy minister of Power, John Jinapor has revealed.
Out of this figure, 235,000 pieces were distributed to operational areas of NEDCO at the cost of 14, 653, 723,3551,00 were supplied to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) operational areas.
The government he notes as target installing 7 million prepaid meters nation but fell short to give timeline to achieve the objective.
He spoke with Nyankonton Mu Nsem's parliamentary correspondent Naa Darkuah Dodoo on the sidelines after answering questions relating to the prepaid metres on the floor of Parliament Tuesday June 7, 2016.
He said government is working hard to secure the needed funding to procure the remaining prepaid metres.
Five companies he said are manufacturing the prepaid metres, namely MBH, Alpha Power, Nuri Meter, Electro Meter and IMS.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry has issued a statement to debunk claims that the refurbished Komenda Sugar Factory commissioned a week ago has shut down.
The statement signed by Nana Akrasi Sarpong, Acting Director of Communications at the Ministry. described the reportage as ''inaccurate''.
According to the ministry is impossible for the factory to shutdown just a week after the commissioning.
The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has chided government for rushing with the commissioning the facility.
They claim, the facility will collapse just as in the past since the challenges that led to the collapse some years back still exist.
But the statement from the ministry said The factory has been operating after the resolution of the issue on pricing with the farmers. The process of operating the sugar factory involves the preparation of firewood to fire the boiler to form and raise the temperature of steam.
''A team is currently going round to the farmers to buy sugarcane at the farm gate. It must however be emphasized that, the factory was completed six months ahead of time. Since we lacked the local capacity to operate the factory, the Indian contractors have agreed to train Ghanaians on the operations of the factory.''
On the issue of raw materials whivch the NPP says are scarece, the ministry responded saying ''The raw material required to feed the factory is sugar cane. Prior to its commissioning, a lot of farmers in 25 communities were identified as potential suppliers with the view to rope them into an out-grower scheme to be supplied with the appropriate seedlings to feed the factory. Currently, sugarcane cultivation takes place in an uncoordinated form and the produce is mainly utilized by manufacturers of local alcoholic beverage especially akpeteshie.''
Update on KOMENDA sugar factory
The Komenda Sugar Factory was commissioned by His Excellence, President John Mahama on Monday 30th May, 2016. Following its commissioning, there has been a considerable amount of media commentary and speculation about the various aspects of the factory’s operations. This statement seeks to provide the necessary facts.The factory was established with a USD35million concessional loan from the Indian government through the Export Import Bank of India.
The capacity of the plant is 1,250 tons crushing per day (TCD) of raw sugar cane, implying an annual capacity to crush some 225,000 metric tons of sugar cane per year.
The raw material required to feed the factory is sugar cane. Prior to its commissioning, a lot of farmers in 25 communities were identified as potential suppliers with the view to rope them into an out-grower scheme to be supplied with the appropriate seedlings to feed the factory. Currently, sugarcane cultivation takes place in an uncoordinated form and the produce is mainly utilized by manufacturers of local alcoholic beverage especially akpeteshie.
Generally, the yield of sugarcane in the Central and Western Regions is good. With the coming-up of the new sugar factory in Komenda an irrigation scheme for sugarcane cultivation will be undertaken with an additional USD24.5 million loan from the Indian Exim Bank under the Indian government supported line of credit.
The factory has already started a nursery scheme within the land earmarked for the factory on about 125 acres of land. The out growers will be introduced to new and better sugarcane seedling varieties as well as best agronomic practices that will ultimately result in increased and sustained raw material to supply to the factory.
The choice to develop the irrigation scheme and sugarcane plantation in Komenda is informed by the siting of the new sugar factory as well as the agro-climatic suitability of the area for sugarcane cultivation. The development of a sugar cane plantation with an irrigation facility is targeted at an estimated irrigable area of 3,000 acres, which the sugar company should own. Out-growers may supply sugarcane from an additional 5,000-7,000 acres within the catchment areas of up to six hours drive or 100 kilometers from the factory.
In order to ensure sustained supply of raw materials to feed the factory, an out-grower scheme will be developed and farmers supplied with high yielding planting materials for cultivation. The factory itself will develop an irrigation and plantation scheme with a $24.5 million credit from the Indian Government.
The initial arrangement to buy the sugarcane from farmers at GHC60 per ton was later improved to GHC80-GHC90, as local distillers also increased their purchase price of sugar cane to the farmers. The price issue invariably delayed or held-up the supply of some of the sugarcane to the factory. Negotiations were held with the farmers and an amount of GH90 per ton was agreed at the farm gate. Following this new arrangement, the farmers have started selling their sugarcane to the factory.
The factory has been operating after the resolution of the issue on pricing with the farmers. The process of operating the sugar factory involves the preparation of firewood to fire the boiler to form and raise the temperature of steam.
A team is currently going round to the farmers to buy sugarcane at the farm gate. It must however be emphasized that, the factory was completed six months ahead of time. Since we lacked the local capacity to operate the factory, the Indian contractors have agreed to train Ghanaians on the operations of the factory.
The factory is now in a piloting and testing stage where calibration of the machines and equipment is taking place. The factory is expected to be shut down sometime in late June and will resume full production in October/November when the major harvesting period for sugar cane of October-March begins.
The Government is committed to the success of the factory, likewise the Indian Government, and all measures are being taken to ensure that.
The government through the Ministry of Trade and Industry has worked on a Sugar Policy and a Sugar Act over the past years, and these will be presented to Cabinet and Parliament soon, to guide the entire sector based on lessons learnt. A major instrument for managing the sector would be the establishment of a Sugar Development Board
The speculation that the factory has been closed down for maintenance work is inaccurate. How can a factory that was recently commissioned be closed down? And for what purpose?
The Ministry of Trade and Industry wishes farmers to continue to sell their sugar cane to the factory and expect high yielding seedlings to be supplied when the irrigation project takes off.
AG. DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Ministry of Trade and Industry
Some workers and residents at Lapaz traffic light, opposite Las Pamas opposite the N1 Highway, a suburb in Accra have turned part of the street into rubbish a dump.
Rainbow Radio visited the place and spoke to some residents, who disclosed that the entire area does not have any rubbish containers.
Others also blamed the situation on traders.
The situation could also pose health problems for the people if not checked.
Rainbow Radio would however, want to appeal to the government and the AMA to intervene in the situation, and provide rubbish containers, for the residents in the area.
''If President Mahama's votes should dwindle in the Volta region, they should not think a Voltarian will come for us Northerners to support that candidate. That is a caution,'' spokesperson for the Social Democratic Forum, Alhassan Issahaku. has warned.
According to the Social Democratic Forum of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), chiefs in the region have lined up their interest and are demanding favours from the opposition New Patriotic Party's (NPP'S) presidential candidate, in the hope of him becoming President after the presidential election.
Alhassan Issahaku says the chiefs are conniving with the opposition to unseat the NDC government.
Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, the spokesperson said it is unfortunate for the chiefs and people in the Volta to say that they have not benefited from the Mahama led administration.
The chiefs he ''said have had a lot'' when it comes to development in the region. ''What do they [chiefs] want again? They should count the number of developmental success Volta region has chalked and compare it to the Northern region. Why are we are quite? Are we trying to say that when President Rawlings was President, the Northern region was not left out? We were left out, but we were quite and supported the President.''
He accused the chiefs and people of betraying President Mahama saying, ''and so we suspect betrayal on the part of the people and the chiefs. That is what we are talking about.''
He lamented over the lackadaisical attitude of the NDC executives in the region, allowing the opposition to penetrate through the world bank of the umbrella family.
''Just look at the NPP regional chairman and the kind of activities he is doing in the Volta region; what are our executives doing in the Volta region? They are sitting down aloof; every now and then you see the NPP embarking on activities in the region but our executives are not doing anything.''
Alhassan Issahaku said, ''customarily you will not see an NPP chief in the Volta region; so why now?'' he asked.
He chided the chiefs and people for being ungrateful and claiming that, the region has not received their fair share of the national cake.
''We suspect that, in being tribal, the chiefs want to intentionally sabotage the President to make him fail. But they should remember that, no Voltarian who ever they are grooming to take over after President Mahama will receive support from the Northern region. We will not do that. We cannot also support blindly like that.''
The Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah‐Arthur, has arrived in New York for the United Nations High Level Meeting on ending HIV and AIDS.
The meeting, which comes off from June 8 to 10 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters, will focus on the world’s attention on the importance of a fast-track approach to the HIV and AIDS response over the next five years.
Mr. Amissah-Arthur is expected to address the gathering as well as co-chair a panel discussion with Mr. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, former President of the Republic of Fiji on “AIDS within the SDGs: leveraging the end of AIDS for social transformation and sustainable development”.
There will also be a session on accelerating local pharmaceutical production in the ECOWAS sub-region and Africa as a whole.
The meeting comes as a new report issued by UNAIDS shows that the number of people accessing antiretroviral medicines has more than doubled since 2010.
Ending AIDS by 2030 is an integral part of the Sustainable Development Goals, which United Nations Member States adopted unanimously in 2015.
The lessons learned in responding to HIV/AIDS will play an instrumental role in the success of many of the Sustainable Development Goals, notably Sustainable Development Goal 3, good health and well-being, and the goals on gender equality and women’s empowerment, reduced inequalities, global partnerships and just, peaceful and inclusive societies.
The Vice President is due to return home over the weekend.