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Feb 22, 2018
Ghana's sensational R&B artiste Eric Turkson aka Ded Buddy, has said he will not sign onto Zylofon Media because he is not ready. The New York based artiste said, ''Ded Buddy is not ready to sign yet because I am not ready for signing.’’ He was responding to a question posed to him on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm. He said it ‘’is a laudable idea but I am ready to sign onto any record label. He revealed on the show that, he was approached by different record labels abroad but declined because he feels he has not marketed himself to his fans well. ‘’The fans need me more. I need to let them know the man behind the music.’’ According to him, he’s gone into hibernation for a long time and coming back into the scene, requires that, he builds a strong fan base. Zylofon Media is a multimedia entertainment company established to supply profitable, acceptable, audio and visual entertainment to diverse domestic and international consumers. The Zylofon record label, has signed onto their firm, artistes including self acclaimed dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Becca, Kumi Guitar, Joyce Blessing, Obibini who were signed on the record label last year.
Feb 22, 2018
New York-based Ghanaian Afro-pop and R&B star, Ded Buddy aka Qweci, says he’s been questioning God over the sudden demise of the late Ebony Reigns. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Kwesi Dadzie aka Mr. Handsome, on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said Ebony was so pure and so I will not lie to you. I have been questioning God why he allowed her to die at a tender age. He described his relationship with Ebony as very close and lambasted those who bashed her when she was alive. Ded Buddy said there was nothing fake about that girl. She was so pure and the love she showed me was so amazing, he added. The artiste asked, ‘’why her? Why should she be the one to die in this manner? ''Ebony was a good person, she was not fake. She was loved everybody. The relationship between us was very deep. And i took the opportunity to correct those who were bashing her,'' he noted. According to a report from the Ghana Police Service, Ebony, and the two others in the Jeep, lost their lives after their car collided with an oncoming VIP bus, as their driver tried to avoid a heap of sand in their lane. The police said the sand was meant for the maintenance of the road. Whereas the occupants of the bus escaped unhurt, the Police in their report said only the driver of the Jeep whose names was given as Chartey Oko Pinehad, aged 29, survived the accident, and was receiving treatment at the Bechem hospital.
Feb 22, 2018
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says no headmaster or headmistress of any Senior High School in the country is to charge any unapproved or illegal fees, or charge fees already exempted under the Free SHS policy. According to President Akufo-Addo, he knows there are a handful of reactionary elements in the country who are determined to undermine the Free SHS policy. He recounted how Government, together with the Ghana Education Service and the Council and the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools, has agreed to absorb all senior high school fees under the Free SHS policy. “No headmaster or headmistress, therefore, is to charge any unapproved or illegal fees, or charging fees already exempted under the free SHS policy. Government will make sure of this, and sanction any school head who flouts this directive,” he said. The President continued, “We have a sacred duty to our children, and to the generations beyond, in ensuring that, irrespective of their circumstances, their right to an education is preserved.” President Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, 17th February, 2018, when he attended the 60th anniversary celebration of Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary, in Koforidua, in the Eastern Region. Addressing a gathering of staff, students and alumni of the school, the President indicated that a government may not be able to make every citizen rich, but with political will and responsible leadership, a government can help create a society of opportunities and empowerment for every citizen. “I know no better way to do so but through access to education. Any country, that aims to transform itself into a modern productive player in the global marketplace, must get its educational policies right,” the President said. He noted that citizens can only make informed choices, if they are empowered with the capacity to make those choices. Education, he added, is a key to human development, transforming a country, widening life’s options for individuals and society as a whole, and is a tool for the development of the nation and of a healthy democracy. It is for this reason, the President stressed, that on 12th September, 2017, he launched the Free Senior High School policy. “It is public knowledge now that, prior to the launch of the Free SHS policy, our children were falling out of the educational system at every stage in alarming numbers. Free SHS has enabled 90,000 more students gain access to Senior High School education in 2017, than in 2016,” the President indicated. Without the implementation of this policy, he explained that the spectre of 90,000 young men and women, without any employable skills, and thrown onto the streets, would have further entrenched a future of hopelessness for Ghana’s youth. Addressing the teething challenges confronting the Free SHS policy, the President told the gathering that procurement processes are currently on-going for the award of contracts for the provision of some 69,500 mono desks, 13,100 bunk beds, furniture for dining halls, staff rooms of teachers, computer laboratories, and the provision of marker boards for classrooms. “Again, funding has been secured for the expansion and upgrading of facilities in 75 Senior High Schools across the country, with construction works on the existing Community Day Schools ongoing. Government, beginning this year, will also upgrade 42 Senior High Schools into model school status,” he said.
Feb 22, 2018
A court in Pakistan has given a 24-year-old man, Imran Ali, four death sentences for raping and murdering a six-year old girl last month. Zainab Ansari's body was found in a rubbish dump in the city of Kasur, south of Lahore, on 9 January. Her murder triggered outrage across the country, including riots against alleged police incompetence in which two protesters died. The victim's father was in court to hear the verdict, amid heavy security. Zainab's killer has also been linked by police and the chief minister of Punjab province to the murders and assaults of other girls in the area. Ali's alleged crimes stretch back at least a year and angry residents say authorities should have been quicker to identify him as the perpetrator. Ali will be tried over the rest of the cases later, government prosecutor Ehtisham Qadir Shah told Reuters news agency. Dozens of witnesses testified against Ali in the trial, where forensic evidence including DNA and polygraph tests was also presented. His lawyer had withdrawn from the case after Ali confessed, reports say. Ali was handed death sentences for kidnapping, rape, murder and an act of terrorism, a life sentence for sodomy and a large fine. He now has a 15-day window in which he may appeal against the verdict. Police were under huge pressure to find who killed Zainab and the other children. Zainab's family say the police did not take action during the five days from when she was reported missing and her body was found. Relatives recovered CCTV footage of her last movements. The video, which showed a girl being led away by a man, was circulated widely on social media. Ali, who lived near Zainab, was arrested by police on 23 January. Source:BBC
Feb 22, 2018
University of Ghana Law Professor Raymond Atuguba has been lambasted by some Supreme Court judges for his latest research work on rulings by the apex court from the year 1992. Presenting his findings at the 2018 Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Law Conference in Accra on Thursday, 15 February 2018, Prof Atuguba explained that the research was based on hundred political cases in Ghana adding "it is not a coincidence". “Judges were voting less according to who appointed them at the beginning of the Fourth republic in 1993. A number of reasons accounted for that. First, we had a new constitution and some of the cases were very clear. So a lot of them will give unanimous judgments, so whether you were appointed by an NDC government or NPP government, you joined the unanimous decision in saying that this provision of this law is contrary to the constitution. Then in the middle, somehow the Supreme Court lost its way after the first years and the judgments started becoming clearly on the lines of party appointments," he explained. He continued: "Overall, the data reveals that 14 out of 22 NDC (National Democratic Congress) appointees, making up 64 percent of the party’s appointees to the Supreme Court have given judgments in favour of the NDC. The NPP (New Patriotic Party) was more successful with 13 of their 16 judges giving a majority judgment in their favour, so 81 percent consistency". However, his findings angered some Supreme Court judges who were present including the Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo. According to the Chief Justice, “under the constitution, a judge will be appointed during somebody’s time… and that somebody will belong to one party or the other.” The decisions taken after such appointments by the judges, she said, were subject to any political interpretation by anyone. “But so long as it is in line with the law and it is sound and follows the facts,” the Chief Justice. She cautioned the professor against comparing foreign judicial systems to Ghana’s, saying “be careful what you’re importing into our environment, they are used to that, we are not.” Meanwhile, the law professor has welcomed the lambast saying anytime critical analyses are conducted, they meet opposition from interest groups who may not be pleased with the findings. the negative reaction from the judiciary is not new to Prof Atuguba, saying "words are just nothing to me". "The first time I did a critical analysis of the police the next morning eight fully armed officers were dispatched by the IGP to arrest me from my office," he said. "What should we do with these analyses? Should we stop doing them, should we have another way of funnelling it to the public, what should we do?" he asked. "I will never insult anyone, not to talk of the judges, I am engaged in a critical analysis of our political institutions [and] critical analysis always meets opposition," he added.
Feb 22, 2018
National Organizer for the opposition Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Divine Nkrumah, has taken a swipe at the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) for failing to uproot corruption as promised Ghanaians. The outspoken political leader told Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.Fm that, the corruption, thievery and mismanagement that saw the NDC leave power, is still hovering around the current government. Divine Nkrumah said Ghanaians have not witnessed any significant change since the NPP won political power and if care is not taking, we will witness worse cases of corruption under the NPP government. ‘’The NDC as an opposition, lacks the integrity and cannot be the option for Ghanaians. The ruling NPP has also failed miserably, he added. The party has provided Ghanaians with great political leadership and our move to criticize government and ensure competent leadership, cannot be compared to any party. He slammed government for the ‘’insignificant reduction’’ in the Special Petroleum Tax from 15%-13% and questioned why the ruling party is making noise over the reduction. ‘’Nothing has changed in Ghana. It is only the driver who has been changed but the corruption witnessed under the previous administration is still going on,’’ he concluded.
Feb 22, 2018
The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) says it remains the only political party with the ‘magic wand’ to turn things around in this country. Touting itself as the best alternative and third largest political party and second largest opposition party, Divine Nkrumah, the Youth Organizer said, since its inception some six years (6) ago, they have been able to turn the fortune of the party around. In his view, the PPP is today more relevant than some existing parties. Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Divine Nkrumah, said the party will dedicate its 6th anniversary to the hardworking youth in the party. The youth he stated have done so well in making the PPP what it is today. As part of the celebration, we will dedicate the celebration to the youth. We have dedicated two days for some youth led activities. On the 24 of February, 2018, the party will donate assorted items to inmates at the Nsawam Prison, he said. The party will also continue to remind government on the need to provide jobs for the unemployed youth, provide proper education for the youth because when there are no jobs for The party has also earmarked February 25, 2018 for a national conference of students, party leaders, members and other participants to take stock of their achievements and way forward. The PPP he stressed is the best alternative as compared to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). A political party is not only about winning power but it is about providing the best alternative and speaking the truth without fear or favour when leadership provided by state officers, is not the best. About PPP The formation of the PPP followed a declaration made on 28th December 2011 by Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom for progressive and independent-minded people to rise and cause to be formed an alternative political movement to compete for political power for a major transformation of the Ghanaian society. The interim leadership of the progressive movement began a nationwide campaign to recruit members to form Interim Regional and Constituency Executives. The team visited all the ten regions of Ghana. In January 2012 the party submitted an application to the Electoral Commission (EC) for registration in accordance with the Political Parties Act. It is instructive to note that, after the receipt of the official registration forms from the Electoral Commission, we were able to complete and submit the forms to the EC within 48-hours. The party received its provisional certificate on Friday 3rd February 2012. The PPP convened its first National Convention on 25th February 2012 at the Accra Sports Stadium. The final certificate was received on Thursday 15th March, 2012 from the Electoral Commission of Ghana. The national head office building is located at Asylum Down, Accra.
Feb 22, 2018
A non-governmental organization, Purim African Youth Development Platform (PAYDP,) and it stakeholders has organized a program aimed at raising awareness towards ending forced marriages in Ghana among head porters popularly referred to as ‘Kayayeis’. Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), for the organization, Aku Xornam Kevi, explained that,and the training which was funded by UNFPA and PAYDP was to empower the girls to stand up for the sexual and human rights. The training which was based on integrated module, took the participants through sexuality, sexual and human rights. The participants she indicated were also taking through skills training in the areas of beads making, soap making, different types of flour among others. An App namely, ‘Kaya Made App’ has also been developed to provide a platform for the beneficiaries to sell their products, she announced. The organization she said have constructed two multi-purpose centres with one more in the offing to help the participants to have access to sexual reproductive health information, sales and exhibition centres, training facility among others. She said government would not be able to do everything hence the need for private bodies to assist in helping the vulnerable in society.
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