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Oct 17, 2018
A new line of underwear that stops your farts smelling has been released. British company named Shreddies launched a flatulence-filtering line of discreet pants and clothes that are available in black and grey and can be used in the car, office or at home. Shreddies inventor Paul O’ Leary said: ”Helping customers with the embarrassing side effects of these illnesses is Shreddies’ main goal and we hope to continue creating innovative products. This new cushion is a belt and braces approach to flatulence filtration.” Paul manufactures all his Shreddies products in his Leicestershire home at Cotes Mill and now distributes to more than 20 countries. The underwear and cushion, which costs £28, contains a hidden lining of carbon and claims to filter out any embarrassing odours. Due to the underwear’s increasing success, Paul has gone on to develop pyjamas and jeans with the same odour-fighting technology. Source: Femalefirst.co.uk
Oct 17, 2018
Former President John Dramani Mahama, has taken a swipe at the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), for failing to deliver on its one million per constituency campaign promise. The aspiring candidate seeking to represent the National Democratic Congress (NDC) told delegates in the Upper East region that, the NPP has revised its promise after realizing it could not deliver it. “…The worse one[promise] is the $1 million, per constituency, per year. Now we are almost two years gone, so $2 million. But we’ve now been told that the money [for 2017 has] expired. Ask Agalga, they called the Minister [of Special initiatives, Hawa Koomson] to Parliament and asked her about last year’s money and she said that one has expired. I know rice, cooking oil, corned beef, sardine, they have expiry date, but I’ve never seen money with expiry date,” Mahama said. “If we use her logic about 2017 one, then it means that 2018 one, today is October 12, it means that the expiry date for the 2018 one is 31st December 2018. It means that one is also expiring,” he added Meanwhile, the Special Initiative Minister Jawa Koomson has said the money is being used for special projects. According to the minister, a lot of projects earmarked to be constructed with the fund were ongoing at the various districts with some even near completion. She made the comments in the Volta region few days ago on a visit to inspect ongoing projects under the Ministry’s Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Project (IPEP) ‘But the issue is that, if we share this money among communities in the constituencies, we will end up sharing our own blood because it will bring conflict. The government is not in to bring conflict to the communities but rather development’ she noted. Under IPEP, each of the 275 constituencies has been allocated the cedi equivalent of US1million dollars this year to be invested in infrastructure development’ she said. Madam Hawa Koomson said: ‘the one million per constituency is here with the ministry and we are using the money for the 1,000 metric tonnes prefabricated warehouses under the one district, one warehouse policy, 10-seater water closet institutional toilet with mechanised boreholes to address sanitation issues and a community-based solar powered water systems and an ambulance per constituency’.
Oct 17, 2018
Inspired by the untold stories and forgotten places, a new magazine - SEE GHANA has been born. The publication of this magazine, through a strong private sector partnership with Glitz Africa magazine, underscores the importance the Ministry and GTA are placing on reinvigorating efforts at marketing Ghana first to Ghanaians and then internationally. The Quarterly magazine was outdoored at a short ceremony at the Kempinski Gold Coast hotel in Accra where sponsorship opportunities for AFRIMA ( Africa Music Awards) to be hosted in Ghana in November 2018 was also announced. Credit: Ghana Tourism Authority
Oct 17, 2018
Former President John Dramami, has appealed to delegates of the opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC),to give him massive endorsement to send a signal to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) that, the umbrella family will send them out of power come 2020. The former president who is currently on a campaign tour in the Upper East region to seek for a return as candidate for the NDC in 2020 said, a massive endorsement will save Ghanaians from the supper hardship under the NPP. "I need every single of your vote because your endorsement has to be massive. You need to send a signal to the NPP that we are solidly behind your candidate and that, come 2020, we are going to get them out of the Flagstaff House." The NDC he touted has a solid track record of good economic stability whereas the NPP has proven to be incompetent in managing the economy. Mr Mahama said, although the NDC was attacked for making the lives of Ghanaians hard, we are currently witnessing extreme hardship. "The NDC has proven to be a party that cares about the people, that has undertaken massive developments for our people, and under who prosperity and economic activities flourish. They say when we were in power, life was hard and I say that life is super hard. Any Ghanaian will attest that, he was better off under the NDC than he is under the NPP except for a few family and friends around the oga himself. They will say life is better but if you ask Ghanaians, they will tell you life is harder under the NPP administration than it was under the NDC administration." He concluded by saying that, the NDC owe it as a duty, to come and save Ghanaians, from the super hardship they are going under the NPP. And that is why the NDC must win the next election. "
Oct 17, 2018
The Public Procurement Authority (PPA) has awarded a contract of Ghc33,768,560.00 to KPMG to audit the Social Security and National Investment Trust (SSNIT). The contract, which was awarded and signed on February 2, 2018, had estimated contract completion of September 17, 2018. The contract, which was awarded through a restricted tender was to provide consultancy services on value for money audit, located at RSS Developers Limited and Trust F-Line Properties Limited-LOT 2, the official website of the PPA captured. Social media users have expressed shock at this. Some have questioned why such an amount of money would be given a private entity when there is a state institution that could have done the job. Others also expressed worry over the issue due to the ‘’peanut’’ paid pensioners’. A social media user wrote on his wall: Yet the pensioner is paid a peanut at the end of the month. You award a contract of Ghc33,768,560.00 to KPMG to audit SSNIT? Lord have mercy.
Oct 17, 2018
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the lives of the Ghanaians are intimately linked with the francophone world, and Ghana’s membership of La Francophonie should serve as a big boost to addressing some of the country’s mutual concerns. With French set to become one of the world's most commonly spoken languages, and with French speakers rising to over 700 million, of which 80% will be in Africa, President Akufo-Addo noted that the lives of Ghanaians, therefore, are intimately linked with the Francophone world. “As a country bordered to the north, east and west by French speaking countries, and to the south by the Gulf of Guinea, Ghana recognises the strategic importance of her immediate neighbours, to whom we are bound by profound ties of blood, geography and history, and, indeed, of all French speaking countries, to the development of our country,” he said. President Akufo-Addo made this known on Friday, 12th October, 2018, when he delivered a speech at the 17th La Francophonie Summit, being held in Erevan, Armenia. Addressing the Summit in French, the President noted that during his time as Minister for Foreign Affairs in the government of His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, he was privileged, on 28th September, 2006, to lead the Ghanaian delegation to the 11th Francophonie Summit in Bucharest, which resulted in Ghana becoming an Associate Member of La Francophonie, without first having to be made an Observer Member. “Ghana, an anglophone nation, is only one of a handful of countries that enjoy membership of both the Commonwealth and La Francophonie, and we value this situation very much,” he said. President Akufo-Addo continued, “That is why we are determined to strengthen the bonds of friendship and co-operation with la Francophonie, by transitioning from an Associate Member to a Full Member.” Ghana, a strong, functioning democracy, the President stressed, shares the aims and values of La Francophonie, adding that Ghana looks forward to playing a significant role in the realization of these values. “Our goal is to live, one day, in a bilingual Ghana, i.e. English and French, together with our own indigenous languages. We have already begun to work towards this. On 15th May, 2018, I authorized the signature of a language pact with La Francophonie, towards helping to make this a reality,” he said. Additionally, President Akufo-Addo indicated that his government has introduced a bilingual classroom project at the basic education level, where certain subjects are taught in both English and French, and the study of French is being made compulsory at the basic level of Ghana’s educational system. With 84 members making up La Francophonie, the President noted that an increase in trade and investment co-operation amongst member countries should be deeply promoted and encouraged. “History tells us that this is the best route to general progress and prosperity. With the help of digital technology, we can then accelerate economic growth, create the much-needed jobs for our youth, and take advantage of the vast potential of Africa’s young population,” he added. The 21st century, with the aid of science and technology, President Akufo-Addo said, offers humankind, despite the greed of a few, the prospects, for the first time in human history, of building a world civilisation of prosperity in freedom for all the peoples of the world, where all citizens live in dignity and security. “I am an unrepentant optimist, and I am confident that we can work together to build such a new world, with member states of La Francophonie taking the lead,” the President said.
Oct 17, 2018
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Mental Health Authority, Dr. Akwasi Osei, has strongly opposed the legalization of marijuana popularly known as ‘wee’. He argues the type of wee used in Ghana is highly dangerous compared to the ones abroad. According to him, 30 percent of the cases at the outpatient department in our mental hospitals are also a result of abuse of drugs including marijuana. Ten (10) percent of patients admitted at the psychiatric hospital he noted are persons who have abused marijuana and other hard drugs. He was speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm on the renewed call by some individuals to have marijuana legalized. In his view, if we should legalize wee in Ghana, we will not be able to manage the crisis that may face the nation. Ghana he lamented may record 70 percent of drug related mental illnesses should marijuana be legalized as suggested by some advocates. Although he admitted there are benefits derived from marijuana, people abuse the drug, he added. He reiterated that, Ghana may reach a point where 70 percent of mental health cases recorded in the country may be as a result of abuse of marijuana, and so I am against its legalization. Countries like Uruguay, the United Kingdom and the United States of America have legalize marijuana for its great value to the socio-economic fabric of these countries, Ghana still sees it as an illegal product which when caught, one could face a jail term of 10 years or more. Seasoned journalist Kwesi Pratt, radio Presenters like Abeiku Santana and Blakk Rasta among others have all called on the Government of Ghana to take a second look at marijuana. To Kwesi Pratt, Ghana will import wee in 20 years' time if it is not legalized saying "we've seen that it’s useful in the drug market. It is good for hair creams. It is good for body creams and so forth. Why are we not legalizing it? But we’re still using the Police to arrest wee farmers when the real criminals go scot free". But the renowned psychiatrist, Dr. Osei says the advocacy is needless and should be disregarded. Last year, a large review from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine assessed more than 10,000 scientific studies on the medical benefits and adverse effects of marijuana. In June 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of a medication containing cannabidiol (CBD) to treat two rare, severe, and specific types of epilepsy — called Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome — that are difficult to control with other types of medication. This CBD-based drug is known as Epidiolex. In 2017, Ghana was ranked as the leading user of Marijuana in Africa and third in the world according to latest United Nations (UN) reports on the use of the illicit drugs in the world. The UN world report on drug use also revealed that about 22 percent of Ghanaians of School going age are engaged in drug abuse a situation she described as worrying. The global rise in the number of cannabis (in all forms) users to appear to have increased by roughly 16 per cent in the decade ending 2016, which the report says is in line with the increase in the world population. 192 million people across the globe admitted to using the drug at least once in the past year. A global estimate by UNODC, based on available data from 130 countries, suggests that in 2016 13.8 million young people (mostly students) aged 15–16 years used cannabis at least once over the previous 12 months, equivalent to 5.6 per cent of the population in this age range. The availability of medical cannabis and the legalization of cannabis for recreational use in many jurisdictions in North America, the report notes may have contributed to the 27 percent decline in the seizure of cannabis herb globally, which was 4,386 tons in 2016. Of the 8,607 tons of drugs seized in 2016, cannabis in all its forms contributed 6,313 tons representing 73.35 per cent of all drugs seized in the year under review. Pharmaceutical
Oct 17, 2018
Special aide to Professor Edmund Delle, Selasi Kossi-Ackon, has denied reports of his boss declaring his intension to contest the 2020 presidential slot for the Convention People’s Party (CPP). In a telephone interview with rainbowradioonline.com from Addis Ababa where he is currently, the aide said, ‘’I can say on authority that Professor Delle has not declared his intension to contest’’. The Daily Heritage newspaper in its Friday’s October 12, 2018 edition published a story with headline, ‘’Edmund Delle to contest 2020 Prez election.’’ According to the paper, the current national chairman of the Nkrumahist party has declared his intention to contest when nominations are opened.. The paper said, the CPP chair was looking forward to rebrand the party to make it attractive to wrestle power form the two major political parties i.e. the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). But in an exclusive interview, the aide said some newspapers in the past-fabricated similar stories when his boss had not declared to contest. ‘’We have denied this in the past and we still deny it because Professor Delle does not have the intension to contest as presidential candidate.’’ He said, ‘’as and when the decision is made, we will let you know.’’ Professor Edmund Delle would have to do a lot of consultation before he even decide to stand as presidential candidate for the CPP. As it is now, me being his aide; I speak on authority that we don’t have that intension,’’ he added. ‘’Any publication on this is false, is wrong and they are just exaggerating,’’ he added. He concluded by saying, ‘’I am repeating this is not true; when such decision is made, we will let you know. But as at now it is not true and we have no intension.’’
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