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The Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital has re-opened its  urology, neurology and general surgery clinics to patients after two years of  renovation works. The urology, neurology and general surgery departments were  shutdown two months ago but the clinics have re-opened to cater for patients who depend on these clinics for healthcare. Speaking in an interview with Rainbow Radio, the Public Relations Officer for the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Mustapha Salifu noted, renovation works at the various clinics are complete hence the decision by the hospital to re-open it for patronage. ''The works have been completed and that is why we announced to the general public that, the clinics have started operations today,'' the PRO Mustapha Salifu stated. He explained, patients who are scheduled for the general and neurology clinics are expected to visit the facility today. He also took the opportunity to thank patients and general public for their cooperation when the facilities were shutdown for its renovation works. Mustapha Salifu also lauded the efforts of other health facilities that manged some of the major healthcare needs of patients who had to fall on them when the clinics were closed.  
The Konongo District Police Commander Superintendent Ohene Boadi Bossman says not even a team of the entire military and police officers put together can flush out the nomadic herdsmen considering the level and modus operandi of the herdsmen. According to the police commander, gthe joint security team are doing their best but they will need support from residents to help flush out the nomadic herdsmen who after they are evacuated, find their way back to the various communities in Agogo. “We have divided the team into two for strategic and effective deployment and efficient patrolling. One takes the morning, from 6am to 6pm the other takes from 6pm to the following day 6am,” he told Kwame Tutu in an interview. Two more persons were killed by Fulani herdsmen over the weekend, the commander confirmed. The long standing feud between the Agogo residents and the nomadic herdsmen has led to the death of several people and destruction of farmlands. The Regional Security Council recently re-enforced the 'Operation Cow Leg' in attempts to flush out the Fulani herdsmen. However, it seems they keep coming back the police commander  noted, yet we will continue to flush them out and we will plead with the residents to alert the security forces when they suspect any of the nomadic men returns back to the town, he added. He explained, sometimes he feels the stress and difficultly his men have to go through in dealing with the menace. Superintendent Ohene Boadi assured the residents that, irrespective of the challenges they face, they will continue to ensure that, residents live in a peaceful atmosphere.  
Remi Garde could leave Aston Villa this week, according to widespread reports in Monday's national newspapers. Daily Telegraph: Remi Garde is set to be dismissed by Aston Villa this week as the Premier League strugglers continue their preparations for next season. Former Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has already emerged as the No.1 target to succeed him. The Independent: Aston Villa are poised to sack Remi Garde within the next 24 hours. Nigel Pearson and Steve Bruce are names in the frame. The Times: Remi Garde could leave Aston Villa this week in the latest stage of a ruthless cull of senior management by the new board. The Sun: Remi Garde may follow Tom Fox and Hendrik Almstadt out the door before they resume their doomed mission against Chelsea after the international break. The Daily Mail: Remi Garde's doomed reign at Aston Villa is set to come to an end in the next 48 hours. The Telegraph believe Nigel Pearson is Villa's preferred candidate to take over Source: Sysports
Benin's outgoing Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou has conceded defeat to businessman Patrice Talon in Sunday's presidential run-off. Mr Zinsou posted on Facebook that he had called Mr Talon to congratulate him "on his victory and wish him luck". President Thomas Boni Yayi is stepping down after two terms. Mr Talon, known as the "king of cotton", used to be his close ally but was accused of masterminding a plot to poison him in 2012. A picture taken on 4 March 2016 shows cotton tycoon and presidential candidate Patrice Talon arriving for a rally in Cotonou, Benin. The electoral commission is expected to announce provisional results later on Monday. "The provisional results point to a decisive victory for Patrice Talon," Mr Zinsou told the AFP news agency by telephone. "The difference is significant, electoral victory is certain." This is a turnaround from the first round vote last month when Mr Talon came slightly behind Mr Zinsou with 25% compared to his 28%. The West African nation introduced multi-party democracy in 1990 after nearly two decades of military rule - the first to do so in sub-Saharan Africa. Source: BBC
The Head of the Mim Cashew and Agricultural Processing Company Limited in the Brong Ahafo Region, Mr. Joseph Young has lauded the controversial ban on the export of raw cashew outside the country by the Ministry of Trade Industry. According to him, the ban which has been lifted would have brought huge benefits to the processing of cashew in the country and further created more employment. The sector Minister, Mr. Ekow Sio-Garbrah came under intense pressure to lift a ban which he placed on the export of raw cashew nuts. In the year 2015 a statement from the Trade Ministry read : “Henceforth, all traders and processors are to note that they are allowed to purchase Raw Cashew Nuts during the main harvesting season from January to June but export of Raw Cashew Nuts is permitted only after 31st May onwards. “Any raw cashew nuts that are brought to ports or borders of Ghana for export between 31st March and 31st May, 2016 shall be confiscated to the State.” Speaking in an exclusive interview with Kwame Tutu on frontline Monday morning, Mr. Joseph Young said the directive by the Trade Minister was courageous and the local industry supported the directive because the benefits they saw at the time the ban was placed was enormous for the processing industry. He lamented over the way and manner some media houses carried the story on the ban since it was ''one sided'' and failed to touch on the real issues. He told the host that, Ghana is the only country in the sub-region without a policy for the cashew industry which if not checked, will hinder the progress of the industry. Mr.Joseph Young explained, the noise made by the traders was due to the fact that, their activities of exporting the raw materials to other countries. He revealed, since the ban was introduced, the processing company received 10 times yield which was sold just as the traders offer the farmers for their exports. He debunked claims that, they reduced the price which the traders offered the farmers. The expatriate indicated, although Parliament may have raised concerns on the ban and requested for it to be lifted, he felt the Trade Minister, did due diligence before he placed the ban. Challenges for the local operators Mr. Joseph Young decried the closure of 11 processing companies with only one remaining due to unfair trading practices between the local industry and traders. ''The main cause of the closure is the unfair competition that we face against the traders. They come in and don't pay taxes...They buy the nut and send it and make profits without paying taxes to the country. We the local industry pay proper taxes and the lost to the country is not only simply by adding value issue but there is loss of income tax on the trading side...The traders are not properly registered, they come in buy and they are gone,'' he noted. Mr. Joseph Young said they had go Burkina Faso to buy additional three thousand tons (3000-estimated at 2 million dollars) of cashew to add up to only 2000 which was processed here in Ghana, a situation he blamed on the unfair competition between them and the traders. He said, the traders are not paying anything higher than the processors as speculated by some people. He however added, one major challenge why the traders are competing heavily with the processing industry is due to an established relationship between the farmers before the establishment of the processing companies. In order to enhance the industry, ''Ghana  must have some kind of policy in order to evenly deal with trading...Of course we need trading but it must have a fair control on trading. They must pay proper tax in the country which they don't at the moment. Secondly they must properly registered company in Ghana in order to do trading. This is under  the current law, but they are doing that..., Mr. Joseph Young noted. Mr. Joseph Young stressed the need for Ghana to take steps to enhance activities in the industry because Ghana stands to gain over 8.5 million dollars when processed here in the country as against exporting 5000 tons of raw cashew nuts. He emphasized, the local processors were not contacted by Parliament for clarification on the real challenges confronting them. He stated, they are ready to meet Parliament over the matter to diffuse the wrong information they had which lead to the courageous and laudable initiative by the Trade Minister, Mr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah.  
A former Minister of State for Works and Housing and former Member of Parliament for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Hon. David Amankwa has died. The death of the late legislator, was confirmed by the General Secretary of the ruling NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah on frontline with Kwame Tutu. According Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, he was preparing to officially visit the bereaved family. The former MP was elected to Parliament of Ghana for the Second Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana at the 1996 parliamentary election, held on 7 December 1996.
Mohammed Nazir Nortei Alema, the Ghanaian graduate from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) who joined terrorist group ISIS in August 2015 has been reported killed.  Sources close to the family in Accra told the The Finder newspaper that the final funeral rites, Adua in Islam, were held Sunday, 21st March, 2016.  Nazir was reportedly killed in battle in the Syrian city of Homs. Sheik Abdul Rahman, the former Chief Imam of London, who named Mr Nazir when he was born in London, led the Adua prayers held Osu, where the family of the deceased resides. Mallam Barhama of Tudu and Mallam Yusif of Accra New Town also supported Sheik Abdul Rahman in the prayers.  According to sources close to the family, another Ghanaian ISIS recruit who gave his name as Mr Yusif, a graduate of the University of Mines in Prestea, announced Mr Nazir’s death to the family through an email. Nazir left Ghana in August last year to join ISIS in Syria, a situation that caused panic on the campus of the Kumasi-based university.  Students were stunned when they heard that the quiet and calm former student had joined the jihadist group. According to them, his demeanour never showed him as someone with the slightest inclination to violence.  Their biggest fear is that there could be a secret camp of the terrorist group on the campus that admits and recruits students. Shortl after joining ISIS, Nazir Nortei Alema reportedly sent a message to his family informing them about his decision to join the jihadist group, after completing a one-year National Service with the Ghana Statistical Service.   Source: The Finder   
Former President John Agyekum Kufour has appealed to the electorate to vote massively for the three times presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo Addo because he remains the only hope to salvage the deplorable state that Ghana is in now. The statesman who was speaking at the Kwabre East constituency in the Ashanti region noted, the NPP under their eight years in government achieved a lot and laid a solid foundation which should have propelled the nation towards massive development than we see today. He was in the region as part of familiarization visit and courtesy call on the constituency parliamentary candidate, Mavis Oteng-Mensah. Mr. John Agyekum Kufour explained, the NDC has failed woefully in managing the economy, creating very difficult situation for Ghanaians. He lamented over the increasing number in youth unemployment, wide-spread corruption among other mishaps. Our regional correspondent Kwabena Amoateng who was with them, told Nyankonton Mu Nsem that, the 'Gentle Giant' called on the rank and file of the party to unite their front towards victory this election year.
The National Headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has taken over investigations involving the killing of the Chief of Sota in the Shai Osudoku District of Greater Accra and two others were on Sunday morning. This was revealed in an interview with Chief Superintendent Kwesi Fori with Kwame Tutu on frontline Monday morning on Rainbow Radio. According to him, the nature of the killing is gruesome hence the decision by the National CID to handle the case. The three  who were moving in their Toyota corolla were shot and killed by unknown assailants who according to an eyewitness followed them on a motorbike. He took the opportunity to appeal to the general public to assist the police with any information that may help apprehend the culprits behind the killing. The three who were shot dead included the chief of Sota, his eldest son and the head of family on their way to a family meeting. From information gathered, the killing can be linked to a protracted land disputes.  
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