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Nov 15, 2018
Hundreds of migrants living in part of a camp in the French port of Calais known as the Jungle have been ordered to leave or face eviction. They have until 20:00 local time (19:00 GMT) on Tuesday to leave the southern part of the sprawling camp. Anyone remaining will be forcibly removed to allow for the makeshift structures there to be razed. The area has become a cultural hub for many of the migrants. It has shops, a school and religious structures. The authorities said up to 1,000 people could be affected but volunteers on the ground estimated that at least twice that number lived in the area. Thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa have congregated around Calais in the hope of crossing to the UK. Source: BBC
Nov 15, 2018
A political science lecturer at the Methodist University College has lauded the decision by the Electoral Commission to suspend the 18 member steering committee it inaugurated a fortnight ago. The electioneering body inaugurated an 18 member steering committee mandated to run smoothly the November 7, polls. But the EC were criticized for the setting up such a committee and appointing political shots onto the committee. AFAG and Let My Vote Count  Alliance had called on the EC to dissolve the committee because it was political. A former chief director of the commission, Damoa Agyemang described the committee as irrelevant and irresponsible on the part of EC because it was necessary since the EC by law is mandated to run elections without external interference from any other authority. The EC at an Inter-Party Advisory Committee Meeting held [Friday] suspended the committee. Dr. Osei Bonsu in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem said the EC in the first place lied to Ghanaians that it consulted state institution like the Peace Council and others before appointing their representatives, however, the Peace Council in  a statement denied thje claims. Another controversy surrounding the committee was the appointment of Dr. Karl Mark Aarhin, Deputy Director, National Service Scheme and Deputy International Relations Officer for the NDC, to the committee. He was also withdrawn after a number of public agitation considering that he is an executive member of the NDC. The political science lecturer was of the view that, there was no need for the EC to even appoint anyone from the NSS because they had nothing to do with elections. In his view, even if EC wants to appoint anyone to the committee it should be persons or institutions that activities can relate to electoral matters. He opined, the posture of the Commissioner, Madam Charlotte Osei is the best and so  far she has failed on her job but suspending the committee was the best decision in the interest of the EC. Dr. Osei Bonsu advised the EC boss to ensure that her decision and approach to work must be in the supreme interest of the nation by engaging all stakeholders involved in managing and ensuring a credible polls. He however declined to comment on whether the committee was important or not.  
Nov 15, 2018
A 40 year old small scale miner, Kwadwo Amankwa aka 'Owura' has committed suicide by hanging due to his impotency. The deceased who resides at Nyamebekyere in the Ashanti region had battled his impotency for the past twenty years without hope. According to Abvdul Malik Anokye who filed the report, the deceased decided to hang himself for fear of victimization and name calling. One other factor which may have contributed to his sudden demise was the fact that, most of the women he dated only spent his money and later dump and mock him. His body has since been deposited at the morgue.
Nov 15, 2018
President John Dramani Mahama this morning swore into office a new Inspector General of Police, John Kudalor. Present at the ceremony were the Vice President, K. B. Amissah-Arthur and some senior officers of the Ghana Police Service. Mr. Kudalor was appointed by the President to the position in an acting capacity in November 2015.  He was appointed by the President after the former IGP, Mohammed Alhassan was asked to commence his accumulated leave prior to his retirement. His appointment was done in consultation with the Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah Artrhur who is the Chairperson of the Police Council. President Mahama called on the Police to work harder to with other appropriate agencies to reduce road accidents. ''“The 60 of our compatriots, who died in the accident on the Kintampo road, I believe that the Police Service is working with the National Road Safety Commission to continue to do its best to see how we can bring down the rate of vehicle accidents,'' President Mahama said. On his part the newly sworn in IGP, John Kudalor said he appreciates the role given him he promises to work hard with his men to ensure that the laws are adhered to, so lives are saved. “With this ghastly incident happening, which is one too many, we are going to go back to the board and ensure that our men on the road also implement the law to its letter to ensure that lives are saved.”  The swearing in ceremony was attended by the Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur and other top officials of the Police Administration.
Nov 15, 2018
President John Dramani Mahama will give his state of the Nation's Address come Febuary 25, 2016. This was announced in parliament today [Friday] by the Majority Leader, Alban Bagbin. The Majority Leader stated, President Mahama is expected to deliver his state of the Nation's Address on the 25, February, 2016 in accordance with Article 67 of the 1992 constitution. But the President will on January 7,  2017, deliver his last sessional address to parliament to end the tenure of the legislature.  Other Minister summoned before the House include the Finance Minter Seth Terkper who is expected to apprise legislators on operations of some microfinance institutions in the country. The Minister of Water Resources Works and Housing will also be expected in the House to inform legislators on what measures have been put in place to arrest the acute water situation at Nsawam Adoagyiri.
Nov 15, 2018
The Ministry of Education and Ghana Education have expressed their disappointment at the stance taken by the various teacher unions in relations to what they [unions] claim as ''outstanding concerns''. National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers threatened to lay down their tools if government failed to pay all outstanding arrears owe them by the end of this month. The unions are demanding for the payment of arrears to 2013-2014 batches of newly recruited teachers, teachers on promotion and others who were reinstated or re-engaged into the service. Although the Ministry had accepted owing the teachers and has initiated processes through the Chief Director of the Ministry of Finance to draw a road map for the resolution of all outstanding issues which was started around 30 June 2015, it was detected that, some of the teachers had presented fake certificates and documentations. Addressing the press today, the Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Mr., Jacob Kor said there was money available for the payments but they needed to go through some processes including the collation and validation of names  before payments are made, but: ''Unfortunately, when the process started, it was detected that some teachers were holding fake documents including certificates to support their claims while others  were not at post. This is confirmed by the fact that, out of the 14, 575 input forms that were initially submitted for processing and payments, 6, 268 were found to be genuine with all the supporting documents while the remaining 8, 307 input forms were queried by the Audit Service on the ground of non-inclusion of certificate, establishment warrants, assumption of duty letters and acceptance letters. ''All these forms were therefore sent back to the district offices through the regional education offices of the Ghana Education Service. In the meantime, all 6, 268 teachers whose claims were validated have since January 1 2016 been dully paid. It is therefore not true that no arrears have been paid as the public is made to believe,'' the Director General explained. Mr. Jacob Kor also revealed, a meeting has been scheduled between the unions and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission  on the 19 February on the way forward after it received the data. He stressed, payments will only be made when validations are made hence the need for the unions to support the processes of removing all all bad nuts from the GES who are using fake certification. He also called all affected teachers who have not received their payments to check their documents submitted for their claims. The teachers have also been advised to exercise restrain ts and comply with authorities as measures are underway to properly validate and facilitate any outstanding payments.  
Nov 15, 2018
The Electoral Commission has suspended its 18 member steering committee after a number of protest by groups. The EC on the 8 February inaugurated the committee to ensure the smooth running of the 2016 November, polls. However, the committee which some claim was politically biased and should be dissolved following the appointment of Dr. Karl Mark Aarhin, Deputy International Relations Officer for the ruling NDC was suspended by the EC today. AFAG and Let My Vote Count Alliance both  pressure groups  had called for the committee to be dissolve because they suspected it was not a committee that could be trusted to do what they were mandate to do after their inauguration. The National Democratic Congress wrote the National Service Secretariat after it realized that, their executive member was appointed by the EC after recommendations from the NSS boss, Kpessa White, through a request from the electioneering management body. But the deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Koku Anyidoho told Rainbow Radio in an interview that they had to withdraw their memeber from the committee because of they felt it was improper to do so. A longest serving Chief Director of the EC, Kofi Damoah Agyemang in an interview with frontline yesterday also called for the dissolution of the committee because it was irrelevant since the EC is an independent body mandated by law to supervise and run elections in Ghana without any external interference.   The decision of the EC came after an Inter-Party Advisory Committee meeting (IPAC) today.
Nov 15, 2018
Amass Ghana- a civil society organization has called for the immediate arrest of persons believed to be owners of cattle under the care of Fulani herdsmen to help arrest the situation of the ongoing feud between Agogo residents and nomadic herdsmen. President of the organization, Kofi Asamoah-Ababio in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem is of the view that, when such persons are arrested in irrespective of their political colour, it will help address the attacks on both residents and herdsmen. He explained, the ongoing feud and the lackadaisical attitude of the security agencies will plunge the nation into chaos if care is not taken. Kofi Asamoah-Ababio said, when such persons are arrested, it will help the security agencies to deal with the issue holistically. He further suggested prosecution for all those found to have contributed one way or the other into the circumstances leading to the death of persons in the ongoing feud. He however, disagreed with suggestion for the evacuation of the herdsmen since they will keep moving from one location to the other thereby, making the situation worse. He stated, the herdsmen should be engaged in a dialogue to ensure that a lasting and an amicable solution is adopted to mange the situation. He stressed the need for the police and other security agencies to be proactive in dealing with the feud and be firm, and eschew any action that may cause residents to loose trust in them. Kofi Asamoah-Ababio admonished the security to ensure they will the trust of residents by dealing with the issue professionally.
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