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Nov 12, 2018
Agyemang Prempeh is undoubtedly the most unique and well organized entertainment show host in the country at the moment now because of his versatility and good questioning skills that he employs in the discharge of his duty as the Entertainment Show host on Rainbow Radio 87.5 FM and the host of the most popular and widely listened to Gospel program on radio, Rainbow Church. The multiple nominee for the prestigious Radio and Television Personality awards for four years running remains a strong and formidable presenter of all time and that is why he clinched the award for the Entertainment Show Host of the year 2014 and Gospel show host of the year 2013 respectively. Rainbow Radio presenter, Agyemang Prempeh, who has won the hearts of many listeners in the metropolis, has got two nominations for the 2015 Radio and TV Personality Awards. Agyemang Prempeh aka Agyemang nie got nominations for Radio Gospel show Host of the Year 2015 for his program Rainbow Church on Sundays and Radio Entertainment Talk Show Host of the Year 2015. His entertainment show on radio, GH Entertainment, aired on Saturday afternoons from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, has seasoned entertainment analyst as resources persons. Agyemang Prempeh’s ability and skills on radio has encouraged many up and coming radio presenters who look up to him as a role model, he keeps growing from strength to strength with his outstanding command on radio and quest for quality. The number of listeners keep increasing by the day because of the impact he has had on his listeners, his program Rainbow Church has indeed inspired a lot of lives with a lot testimonies and life changing moments and transformation through the power of the Almighty God. The award winning presenter is established himself so well and keeps doing so. He pointed out that three things created a strong and successful radio station operation, saying they are quality signals, promotion and programming, adding that after strategizing, presenters need to research into the taste and needs of their listeners. He has been tipped to win the Entertainment Show Host and Gospel Show Host of the year because by far he has performed well above excellence. If you want Agyemang to win the Entertainment Show Host of the year, text Agyemang to short code 1446. If you want Agyemang to win the Best Gospel Show Host of the year, text Agyemang GS to short code 1446.                
Nov 12, 2018
Persistent torrential rainfall in South Carolina caused dangerous flooding in main cities on Sunday and prompted hundreds of rescues through shoulder-deep waters across the southeastern state.   No deaths had been reported in the flooding, although five traffic fatalities in North and South Carolina were blamed on some of the wettest weather in recent memory.   South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said parts of the state were hit with rainfall that would be expected to occur once in a thousand years, with the Congaree River running at its highest level since 1936.   "That's why we keep telling people to stay off the roads," Haley told a news conference.   Overnight rains flooded highways along the South Carolina coast between Charleston and Georgetown, the National Weather Service, or NWS, said. The coastal city of Georgetown, population 9,000, was predominantly under water.   "We have every ambulance in the county out responding to calls. People are being moved from their homes in boats," Georgetown County spokeswoman Jackie Broach said.   Inland flooding also hit the state capital, Columbia, where the Congaree rose 10 feet in 12 hours and was at flood level, according to local officials.   State emergency officials urged residents not to travel due to unsafe roads and curfews were instated in several places, including Columbia. Schools and universities in South Carolina canceled classes on Monday.   "The flood is unlike anything we've ever dealt with before," said the mayor of Columbia, Steve Benjamin, after declaring nighttime curfew starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, according to his Twitter page.   Columbia has a population of about 130,000 and is at the confluence of several rivers swollen by several days of heavy rains. President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in South Carolina on Saturday, making federal emergency funds available.   Precipitation records fell in many places, including Charleston which in less than four days broke the record for the greatest monthly rainfall for October.   More than 18 inches of rain have fallen in one area in South Carolina and more is expected, forecasters said.   Counties reported more than 200 rescues from flood waters since Saturday night and more are expected, the emergency management division said in a Twitter post.   More than 100 people in Richland County were rescued from vehicles that tried to cross flooded roads.   The American Red Cross opened 18 shelters across the state, the organization said on Twitter.   Officials warned dam owners and operators to be vigilant about water levels at the 2,500 to 2,700 dams in South Carolina, with many already overtopping, said Jim Beasley, a South Carolina emergency response official.   (Additional reporting by Gene Cherry on Hatteras Island, N.C. and Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago; Writing by Suzannah Gonzales and David Adams; Editing by Mary Milliken and Cynthia Osterman).    
Nov 12, 2018
The Coalition of unpaid nurses and Mid-wives Group-Ghana has with immediate effect declared a nationwide indefinite strike action starting from Monday the 5th October, 2015. This was released in a press statement signed by all their regional coordinators. The Coalition of unpaid nurses and Mid-wives group Ghana compromises of over 7,000 nurses and mid-wives nationwide. It would be recalled that the group on the 1st October, 2015 issued a press statement over their decision to embark on indefinite strike by their members who were affected by unpaid salary arrears which according to them spans between 6-22 months but had to withhold their decision because of several deliberations and interaction with government who promised to pay all their outstanding arrears. The statement said, ‘’after several deliberations and persistent patience to receive these monies failed, the leadership of the Coalition have come to the Cross road where going back to work is an impossibility until all our arrears are paid’’. The statement continued, ‘’we hereby DECLARE A NATIONWIDE INDIFINITE STRIKE from Monday 5th October, 2015’’. The group has also admonished all their members to comply with the directive and should not be intimidated by anyone. The group has also declare their solidarity support to their colleague nurses at the Accra mental hospital who are currently on strike. They have asked them to remain resolute and not to compromise on any promises or whatsoever. The Coalition have also apologized to their cherished patients and their relatives for the inconveniences. ‘’We apologise to our cherished patients and their relatives to accept any inconveniences. We therefore give our word to the general public to put the blame on government for not doing its part for us to find ourselves in this situation’’. The group has promised to go back to work when they receive messages of payment from their banks. ‘’We would swiftly return to work when we receive messages of payment from our banks’’.    
Nov 12, 2018
Despite popular belief that watermelon is made up of only water and sugar, watermelon is actually considered a nutrient dense food, a food that provides a high amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for a low amount of calories.   Watermelons have become synonymous with summer and picnics, and for good reason. Their refreshing quality and sweet taste help to combat the heat and also provide a guilt-free, low maintenance dessert for kids and adults alike to enjoy.   Along with cantaloupe and honeydew, watermelons are a member of the botanical family Cucurbitaceae. There are five common types of watermelon: seeded, seedless, mini (also known as personal), yellow and orange.   Possible health benefits of watermelon Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like watermelon decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, overall lower weight.   Watermelon Along with cantaloupe and honeydew, watermelons are a member of the botanical family Cucurbitaceae. Asthma prevention: The risks for developing asthma are lower in people who consume a high amount of certain nutrients. One of these nutrients is vitamin C, found in many fruits and vegetables including watermelon.   Blood pressure: A study published by the American Journal of Hypertension found that watermelon extract supplementation reduced ankle blood pressure, brachial blood pressure and carotid wave reflection in obese middle-aged adults with prehypertension or stage 1 hypertension and that watermelon extract improved arterial function.   Diets rich in lycopene may help protect against heart disease.   Cancer: As an excellent source of the strong antioxidant vitamin C as well as other antioxidants, watermelon can help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer. Lycopene intake has been linked with a decreased risk of prostate cancer prevention in several studies.   Digestion and regularity: Watermelon, because of its water and fiber content, helps to prevent constipation and promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract.   Hydration: Made up of 92% water and full of important electrolytes, watermelon is a great snack to have on hand during the hot summer months to prevent dehydration.   Inflammation: Choline is a very important and versatile nutrient in watermelon that aids our bodies in sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory. Choline also helps to maintain the structure of cellular membranes, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat and reduces chronic inflammation.   Muscle soreness: Watermelon and watermelon juice have been shown to reduce muscle soreness and improve recovery time following exercise in athletes. Researchers believe this is likely do to the amino acid L-citrulline contained in watermelon.   Skin: Watermelon is also great for your skin because it contains vitamin A, a nutrient required for sebum production that keeps hair moisturized. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair.   Adequate intake of vitamin C (one cup of watermelon provides 21% of daily needs) is also needed for the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair. Watermelon also contributes to overall hydration, which is vital for having healthy looking skin and hair.   On the next page we look at the nutritional breakdown of watermelon, how to incorporate more watermelon into your diet and any possible health risks of consuming watermelon.   Nutritional breakdown of watermelon One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) contains 43 calories, 0 grams of fat, 2 milligrams of sodium, 11 grams of carbohydrate (including 9 grams of sugar) and 1 gram of fiber. One cup of watermelon will provide 17% of vitamin A, 21% of vitamin C, 2% of iron and 1% of calcium needs for the day. Watermelon also contains thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, choline, lycopene and betaine. According to the National Watermelon Promotion Board, watermelon contains more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable.   Despite being a great source of the above nutrients, watermelon is made up of 92% water. How to incorporate more watermelon into your dietWatermelon and feta salad Jazz up a boring salad by adding watermelon or add to a few ice cubes in a blender for a cold refreshing treat! Look for a watermelon that is firm, heavy and symmetrical without soft spots or bruising.   Place diced watermelon and a few ice cubes in a blender for a cold refreshing treat that's perfect for rehydrating after exercise or a day in the sun. Visit the National Watermelon Board's recipe site for even more fun, inventive ideas on how to incorporate more watermelon into your diet. Potential health risks of consuming watermelon It is the total diet or overall eating pattern that is most important in disease prevention and achieving good health. It is better to eat a diet with variety than to concentrate on individual foods as the key to good health.    
Nov 12, 2018
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said a coalition between Syria, Russia, Iran and Iraq must succeed "or else the whole region will be destroyed". Mr Assad also criticised the US-led coalition and its air strikes in Syria and Iraq as counter-productive, saying that terrorism had only spread. Meanwhile, Russia has carried out more air strikes in Syria it says targeted so-called Islamic State (IS) positions. Syrian activists say the raids appear to have focused on other rebel groups. In an interview with Iranian state television, reported by the Syrian presidency Twitter feed, President Assad said Syria, Russia, Iran and Iraq were united in battling terrorism and would achieve "practical results", unlike the US-led coalition. Mr Assad's international opponents say a negotiated solution to Syria's four-year-old civil war must involve the president stepping down, although some Western nations now say he could remain during a transitional period. But Mr Assad insisted: "Discussion about the political system or officials in Syria is an internal Syrian affair." Russia's defence ministry said on Sunday that its aircraft had bombed 10 IS targets in Syria over the past 24 hours - including command posts, a training camp, ammunition stores and a workshop making explosive devices including suicide belts. It said its air campaign, which began on Wednesday, was being expanded. "As a result of our air strikes on Isil [IS] targets, we have managed to disrupt their control system, the terrorist organisation's supply lines, and also caused significant damage to the infrastructure used to prepare acts of terror," the ministry added. Syrian activists said Russian strikes in central Homs province had killed at least two children and a shepherd, and wounded a further 15 people. The Syrian authorities have reportedly detained a prominent opposition figure, days after he criticised the Russian air strikes. Munzer Khaddam, spokesman for the National Co-ordination Committee for Democratic Change, was held at a checkpoint near the capital Damascus, an official from his group told AFP news agency. Turkey and Britain have condemned Russia's military intervention in support of President Assad. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described it as a grave mistake that would further isolate Moscow. In London, Prime Minister David Cameron said Russia's actions would lead to further radicalisation and terrorism. "Tragically, what has happened is that most of the Russian air strikes, as far as we have been able to see so far, have been in parts of Syria not controlled by Isil (IS) but controlled by other opponents to the regime. "So what is happening is that they are backing the butcher Assad, which is a terrible mistake for them and for the world; it's going to make the region more unstable, it will lead to further radicalisation and increased terrorism. "And I would say to them: change direction, join us in attacking Isil but recognise that if we want to have a secure region, we need an alternative leader to Assad. He can't unite the Syrian people." The US-led coalition carried out 16 air strikes against IS militants, weapons and buildings in Syria and Iraq on Saturday, according to a US military statement. Why is there a war in Syria? Anti-government protests developed into a civil war that four years on has ground to a stalemate, with the Assad government, Islamic State, an array of Syrian rebels and Kurdish fighters all holding territory. Who is fighting whom? Government forces concentrated in Damascus and the centre and west of Syria are fighting the jihadists of Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, as well as less numerous so-called "moderate" rebel groups, who are strongest in the north and east. These groups are also battling each other. What's the human cost? More than 250,000 Syrians have been killed and a million injured. Some 11 million others have been forced from their homes, of whom four million have fled abroad - including growing numbers who are making the dangerous journey to Europe. How has the world reacted?   Iran, Russia and Lebanon's Hezbollah movement are propping up the Alawite-led Assad government, while Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar back the more moderate Sunni-dominated opposition, along with the US, UK and France. Hezbollah and Iran are believed to have troops and officers on the ground, while a Western-led coalition and Russia are carrying out air strikes.
Nov 12, 2018
The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, has stated that the low level of knowledge among key national stakeholders of the SDGs is the main challenge which could hinder the implementation of the development goals. She further noted that this could also affect the effective incorporating and monitoring of the SDGs in national policy and programme frameworks. According to her, the fact that the SDGs are emerging in national discourse on the post-2015 agenda means that there are still significant portions of the body politic and institutional establishment in countries, which are still not fully apprised of the SDGs. Nana Oye Lithur was speaking at a forum of about 150 decision-makers from government and CSOs hosted by UN Women, the Danish Mission to the United Nations and Women Deliver alongside the UN General Assembly meeting in New York. The discussions were on “How to make the SDGs matter most for women and girls.” Other speakers at the meeting included Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Mr Kristian Jensen, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Catherine Nyambura, Women Deliver Young Leader from Kenya.   Awareness creation Nana Oye Lithur told the gathering that “in Ghana, the continued engagement with key stakeholders on the SDGs by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) in partnership with the UNDP on the post-2015 development agenda, gives added motivation to continue with awareness-raising and consultation on the SDGs”. On the challenge of incorporating the SDGs into national policy and programmatic frameworks, she said: “The potential pitfalls lie in how national institutions will fully grasp and internalise the 17 goals.” Nana Oye Lithur said with the experience of the MDGs, which were fewer, various stakeholders at the local level were able to more easily identify and factor them into policies, plans and programmes. She said without careful synergising and prioritisation, institutions at the national level might not achieve effective planning and implementation of the SDGs and their objectives. Priority steps The Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister also spoke about the priority steps that the Government of Ghana would take in localising the indicators to monitor SDG implementation and how ministries and government agencies in Ghana would adapt and implement policies aligned with the new SDG framework. She said as was done in the case of the MDGs, the first step towards localising the SDGs and to ensure their implementation was to factor them into the overall national development planning framework, currently the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda – GSGDA II (2014 – 2017).   The GSGDA II guides the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the various sector policies and operational plans.
Nov 12, 2018
President John Mahama will on Monday hold discussions with French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris. It will be the second such meeting by the two leaders, the first during an Official Visit to France by President Mahama in 2013.   The meeting, which will be followed by a Joint Press Conference at the Elysee Palace, is expected to focus on a number of global issues and France’s continued support for Ghana’s developmental programmes through the French Development Agency (AfD).   Tomorrow’s visit and the discussions between the two leaders will precede Ghana’s official acceptance as a member of the Development Centre of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).   Ghana will become the 35th OECD member country and part of a league of nations that regularly turn to one another to identify, discuss and analyze problems, and promote policies to solve them.     President Mahama will also hold discussions while in Paris with the Director General of UNESCO and address the Permanent Representatives of the Commission, open an Emerging Markets Meeting on Africa and hold meetings with French investors.
Nov 12, 2018
The African University College of Communications (AUCC), has honoured the memory of the late Broadcast Journalist, Komla Afeke Dumor with a centre named after him. The Komla Dumor Centre for Broadcast Journalism is a legacy journalism project in memory of Komla Dumor, the guiding spirit and the iconof broadcast journalism in Africa and also forms part of the pillars of the Komla Dumor Memorial Foundation. To give full expression to Komla’s legacy, the centre will focus attention on the cultivation and growth of the next generation of leaders in African/Global media. Fundamental to this is the commitment of the Centre to advancing excellence in the practice of journalism and advancement of ethical standards. The Komla Dumor centre for Broadcast Journalism will also serve as a centre for inculcating journalistic integrity, a platform for informed debate, and the incubator of new ideas and practices in the evolving global media environment. Eulogizing the late Komla Dumor, the founder of the African University of Communications (AUCC), Prof. Kojo Yankah described Komla Dumor as an embodiment of hard work, good manners, fortitude, courage, dedication, determination, scholarship, sincerity, and excellence and above all his humility and readiness to learn. Prof. Yankah stated that he would liken the late Dumor to a needle needed to sow together all the qualities we need as African journalist to keep our continent better. He said the love Dumor had for his continent was so evident and kept him doing his best at all times. He indicated that the death of the late broadcast journalist came as a big blow to the school and to keep his legacy and shining example alive, the school took the bold decision to continue to search for that beautiful steel that Dumor was made of. Prof. Yankah revealed that the ceremony is not just like any ordinary ceremony which would fade away but rather it would remain as a lasting legacy for others to emulate. He said ‘’this is an occasion that would be replicated for a longtime at this institution, to serve as a fitting testimony to the depth of the greatness of the young man who passed this life’’. The Komla Dumor Centre for Broadcast Journalism would offer short courses in broadcast journalism with emphasis on television and radio, policy research in multimedia, there would also be an annual Komla Dumor Memorial Lectures on the performance of the media in Africa in an increasing global society. The centre would also organize an annual conference on media and governance in Africa and Journalism Honours Programme. The centre would also offer an MA degree in Broadcast Journalism subject to the requirements of the National Accreditation Board. The centre is housed at the African University College of Communications (AUCC), Downtown Accra (Adabraka). The African University College of Communications (AUCC), is ranked by UNESCO as a potential Centre of Excellence in Communication Studies in Africa.        
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