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Aug 22, 2018
As Muslims around the world prepare for this this year’s Eid-ul Adha festival, the prices of livestock especially sheep has increased in the Northern region yet sellers say, business is booming. Speaking to some sheep sellers in the Tamale Aboabo market, Tamale central market and the Lamasheigu markets, the sellers mentioned that there have been a maginal increase in the prices of sheep compared to last which they attributed to the fall of the cedi’s value in the international market. A smaller sheep now cost Gh 55 cedis while the medium and the big ones are sold at Gh75 to Gh 150 cedis and Gh200 to Gh500 cedis respectively. Eid al-Adha is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah's (God's) command to sacrifice his son. Muslims around the world observe this event with those in Tamale expected to observe theirs today. By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe
Aug 22, 2018
The decision by Rebecca Akosua Acheampomaa Acheampong, known in music circles as Becca-to tie the knot with Nigerian entertainment personality, Tobi Sanni Daniel, has infuriated braggart and comedian, Togo Borga. The comedian told Prince Kwesi Dadzie aka Mr Handsome on the Away Bus show on Monday that, he arranged a marriage between musician Patapaa and the female musician signed onto the Zylofon Music label. Togo Borga expressed pain and disappointment at the marriage between the Ghanaian musician and the Nigerian banker and entertainment personality. He disclosed on the show Patapaa has suffer trauma due to the incident because assurances were given over a purported marriage between him and Becca. He made reference to some failed relationships between Ghanaian celebrities and Nigerian celebrities and wondered why the award winning songstress disappointed him by failing to learn from past experiences. The marriage ceremony occurred Saturday, August 18, 2018. Tobi is a banker by profession and the Chief Executive Officer of The State of Mind Entertainment in Nigeria.
Aug 22, 2018
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has cautioned interested candidates seeking to contest any of the national executive positions to desist from the use of insults, acrimony and rancour. All aspirants the party has assured shall have equal and unfretted access to delegates, General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah disclosed at a press conference today [Monday]. The chief scribe who is seeking re-election stressed, camping of delegates is ‘’therefore not an acceptable practice’’. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah said, candidates who violate the regulations of the party, would be punished in accordance with the constitution of the party. The sanctions he added may include removal from the party. ‘’Any person or aspirant who flouts these regulations shall be subjected to disciplinary actions in accordance with the constitution of the party,’’ he said. ‘’The party has a strict disciplinary code embedded in our constitution and there are punishments ranging from caution, verbal caution, written caution, suspension for a period, prevention from holding of office to expulsion from the party,’’ he added. Mr Nketiah emphasised the disciplinary committee ''will weigh the offence of a violator and prescribe the appropriate punishment that goes with that offence. Purchasing of nomination forms has been slated to start from 23RD-25TH August 2018. Filing of nomination would follow from 29th August-5th September 2018. The National Vetting Committee would also follow with the vetting and balloting from 10TH-13TH September 2018. The appeals committee has slated September 12th-17th for hearing of appeals, the chief scribe said. Notice of Polls, Women and Youth Elections would follow on 20th September and 13th October respectively. National Congress will climax the entire process on October 20th, 2018.
Aug 22, 2018
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mr Gilbert Ankrah, has indicated that the exercise to clear beggars especially children off the streets has yielded positive results. He told Nyankonton Nems that the AMA was working in close collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare towards the reformation and reintegration of these persons into society. The AMA was also engaging with the Gender Ministry to ensure that the beggars would be trained and given skills training so they do not go back to the streets to beg. He said, ‘’I can tell you that we’ve gone far and we are ensuring that they [beggars] do not go back to the streets.’’ He called on Ghanaians to cooperate “and desist from giving money to beggars on the streets as they will be violating the Beggars and Destitute Act, 1969 (PNDCL 392) which criminalizes the act of begging and giving to beggars”. The AMA in June this year rolled out an exercise to remove beggars off the streets. The first round of exercise saw about 200 persons including children from Niger and Nigeria picked up from some ceremonial streets, under bridges and in traffic, mostly begging for alms. Areas such as Airport City, Airport, Accra Mall, Spanner Junction, 37 Military Hospital and the Ghana Standards Board (Shiashie) have been covered. Other areas to be covered include Kaneshie Overhead Bridge, Nima and Maamobi and at traffic intersections at Sunny FM, Okponglo and Graphic Road stretch, the footbridges at the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange as well as popular bus terminals like the Neoplan Bus Stop at Achimota, Circle, Kaneshie and the Korle Bu traffic light.
Aug 22, 2018
Charges against Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) over his treasonable comments he recently made have been dropped. The Attorney General and Minister of Justice have informed the police administration that the state is no longer interested in the case. The outspoken politician was arrested some few months ago after he was accused of treasonable comments. His arrest sparked controversy as senior party officials stormed the National Police Headquarters, CID, to express their displeasure at the arrest. Koku Anyidoho following the ratification of the controversial United States and Ghana military agreement called for a civil coup against President Akufo-Addo. “On January 13, 1972, a certain Col. Ignatius Kutu Acheampong led a movement that removed the Progress Party from power. Busia was the Prime Minister and Akufo-Addo’s father was a ceremonial president. Somebody should tell Nana Akufo-Addo that history has a very interesting way of repeating itself. “There’ll be a civilian coup d’etat; there’ll be a social revolution and the movement is starting on Wednesday. He [Akufo-Addo] will be fed up at the Presidency,” he said in a radio interview.
Aug 22, 2018
Kobina Sam, a man describing himself as a guardian of ‘Striker’ real name Emmanuel Nii Adom Quaye- has rubbished claims that, the child actor who featured in 'Beast of No Nation' alongside Abraham Attah, was cheated and now a beggar. Social media users were shocked after photos of ‘Strika’ went viral after a student of Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), came into contact with him today [Monday]. According to the student, one Caleb Nii Boye, the child was begging. In a Facebook post which has gone viral, the student wrote: ‘’I am sad this morning. I was heading to the Ghana Institute of Journalism campus and I met Striker. You would ask who is Striker? Striker starred in the movie Beast of No Nations. The said film that made Abraham Attah. Today I met him begging for money on the road leading to GIJ. I called him and brought him to campus. Speaking to him he tells me he now works with a gentleman who sells Yam at Agbogbloshie Market. He stays with his grandma at North Kaneshie”. But reacting to the story, Kobina Sam, who has been slammed for allegedly cheating the child actor, posted on Facebook saying, ‘Strika’ was given equal treatment just like Abraham Attah but has chose his current path because of his stubbornness. The post (unedited) read: ‘’He’s been given everything in this world…He was paid same as Abraham and we have managed to get him more roles. ‘’The producers didn’t let him go back to the street after the movie. They sponsored his education at a Montessori school in Cape Coast with same Abraham Attah…He is just being stubborn. Nobody left him in the streets. He was brought to a proper home…I know this for a fact cos I’m one of his guardians. He lied to the guy found him…He has chosen that part of life. We got him a role in this movie [AZALI] Chk his name…Emmanuel Nii Quaye. He has another movie with Yvonne Nelson and Dumelo titled ‘Jungle Justice’…We are trying for him…Don’t feel sorry for him cos I can assure you his not POOR.’’
Aug 22, 2018
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has pegged filing fee for the position of National Chairman at ghc 10,000. All vice chair and general secretary candidates are also expected to pay a filing fee of ghc 8,000. This was disclosed at a press briefing by the party's General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah at on Monday. Candidates interested in contesting the deputy general secretary position are to pay an amount of ghc 6, 000. The Ghana 6,000 also applies to candidates seeking to contest the National Organizer and Communications Officer positions. National Zongo Caucus, Women's Organizer and National Youth Organizer candidates are also expected to file at ghc 4, 000. All other deputy positions has been pegged at ghc 2, 000. All interested candidates are to purchase their forms from August 23-25, 2018. Endorsement and filing is scheduled to happen from August 29-5 September, 2018. Vetting follows from September 10-13 with hearing of appeals from 12-17, 2018. National Youth and Women Organizer conferences would be held on October 13, 2018. The National Conference is slated for October 20, 2018.
Aug 22, 2018
Former Ashanti regional Minister, Peter Anarfi-Mensah is dead. The former regional Minister who worked under former President John Dramani Mahama, died at the Komfo-Anokye Teaching Hospital today, (Monday). The former minister has been on admission at the hospital over the past two weeks after he was accidentally hit by his own car at his private residence in Kumasi.
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