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The Ghana Education Service (GES), has appointed a new Public Relations Officer (PRO), in the person of Ms Cassandra Twum Ampofo.   Ms. Twum Ampofo until her appointment  was the Ashanti Regional Public Relations officer (PRO) of the GES and a professional teacher. She holds a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Cape Coast, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications Studies (with specialisation in Public Relations) from the Christian Service University College and a Diploma in Journalism from the Institute of Business Management and Journalism in Kumasi. She obtained her Post Secondary Teachers Certificate from Holy Child College, Takoradi and joined the GES in 2004.   She replaces Rev. Jonathan Bettey who was transferred to the Central Region for allegedly forging his document and drawing monthly salary as deputy director.
Actress cum-producer, Yvonne Nelson has explained why she decided to have a baby with the Wales based photographer.   The actress  said she did not accept the proposal of an ex because Jamie is “the right guy I can start something with.”   The actress made the revelation in an interview with Zylofon FM.   The actress said: “Someone proposed and I didn’t even marry him. I felt like okay this is the right guy I can start something with.”     “It’s fate and can happen to someone at 25 but mine happened to me when I turned 29. I felt like this is the time for me to have kids and I need to start.       “Of course my mum is my role model, she had kids when she was young. Yes, you will feel a little pressure as a woman but not to force someone to marry you,” she added.
Former President John Dramani Mahama has noted that the 2016 general elections were fraught with irregularities.   Mr. Mahama conceded defeat in 2016 and congratulated President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who was then candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP).     Reacting to the elections in an interview with GBC’s Abdul Momeen, Mr. Mahama said although the NDC lost and he [Mahama] conceded, there were irregularities and he could have gone round to gather examples like over voting and challenged the results. He said the NDC accepted the results because we believe in democracy, unlike the NPP that would have challenged the results.   “It is not as if there were no irregularities. I could have gone round and gathered all kinds of examples of over-voting and tie the nation in court again. But I do think that the NDC is playing the game democratically,” he said. “The NPP are the ones that often will never accept when they have lost an election. But be that as it may, I say Ghana has earned accolade ‘beacon of democracy’ because the elections have been largely successful.   Nana Akufo-Addo secured 5,716,609 votes, representing 53.84 per cent, to snatch the presidency from the incumbent, President John Dramani Mahama, who secured 4,713,277 votes, representing 44.40 per cent in the general election held last December.     Mr Ivor Kobina Greenstreet of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) won 25,395 votes, representing 0.24 per cent, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) won 105,682, representing 1.0 per cent, while Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings obtained 16, 878, constituting 0.16 per cent.  Dr Edward Mahama of the People’s National Convention (PNC), had 22,214 votes, constituting 0.21 per cent, while Jacob Osei Yeboah, an independent candidate, polled 15,889 votes, representing 0.15 per cent. The total number on the voters register for the December 7 general election was 15,712,499. Out of this number, 10,781,609 voters exercised their franchise at 28,992 polling stations in 275 constituencies.   However, the total valid votes cast was 10,615,361, representing 68.62 per cent, while 166,248 ballots were rejected.
Former President John Dramani has said he will support any candidate that will emerge as presidential candidate for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the 2020 presidential race.   He reiterated that declaring his intention to contest the presidential race will disrupt the party’s restructuring and reorganization exercise.   Speaking to GBC’s Abdul Moomen, the former president said, he is currently enjoying his life because it is less stressful and peaceful adding, ‘’I like my new existence’’.   He however added, ‘’at my age, I don’t rule out still contributing to the politics of our country. But I will do it in circumstances that are very necessary and compelling.’’   According to Mr. Mahama, ‘’it is the duty of the party’’, to elect a presidential candidate for the party.   He emphasized, ‘’If I say I want to run, it is going to distract the party’s attention from the work that they need to do this year…If I also say I am not running, it will at the same time, distract  the party because… other people who want to run will focus the campaign on the presidential rather than doing the heavy lifting of the branch re-registration and all that.’’   Mr. Mahama continued: ‘’…I have time on my side. I am going to continue working with the party to ensure that we put the party in a shape where it can win the elections of 2020. If we are able to do that, it doesn’t matter who becomes flagbearer. We will be able to take the NPP out. I am willing to support anybody the party chooses,’’ he added.   He said he was not worried at the individuals who have declared their interest in contesting the race.     He said there are other capable people who can equally represent the party hence the need for the NDC, to look across the length and breadth of the country and see people with that stature to lead the party ''and if we find anybody, I am willing to support the person…I will go round with the person across the country and campaign for him or her,’’ he noted further.
Some hawkers at the Central Business District on Wednesday morning stormed the premises of Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm expressing their displeasure at the formula adopted by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), in decongestion the capital.   The AMA on Monday decongested the capital after serving notice some few weeks ago.   A taskforce made up police and personnel from the AMA on Monday January 8, 2018 forcefully evictd hawkers and traders who have encroached on pavements, footbridges, other open sources and all ceremonial routes remain adamant.     Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, has said the decongestion is a city-wide exercise that will be sustained.   “We are encouraging all the hawkers and the petty traders to move back inside the markets. We want to fashion out a strategy to be able to sustain it,” he said.   But the traders appealed to AMA to provide them with a market before ejecting them.   The hawkers numbering over ten told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, they cannot be ejected without an exit plan. According to them, the exercise was good but it should be done with a human face.   They further appealed to the Mayor to put his men to check because they are destroying their wares and property. They also alleged that, the AMA charges them between GHc100 and GHc300 as license for hawking.
Counsel of State Member, Obrempong Nuamah, who doubles as the Vice President for the Central Regional House of Chiefs has bemoaned the increasing rate of teenage pregnancy in his traditional area.    He said over 500 cases of teenage pregnancies were recorded under his jurisdiction alone.   He was reacting to the recent report detailing the performance of BECE students for 2017.   Out of about 50,000 basic school pupils who sat for the BECE in the Central Region, some 13,000 had aggregate 36 and only 300 were able to make aggregate 6 (this includes private schools as well).   When you strike the average for 20 districts in the region, it means 15 candidates were able to get aggregate 6 in every district.   Obrempong Appiah, who is also the Chief for Twifo-Attimokwa said, the increasing rate of teenage pregnancy was also a contributing factor for the poor performance of the candidates.       He said we have a long way to go in assisting the children to come up in learning. It has become a challenge for stakeholders in understanding why school children are failing woefully in their exams.   The situation is an embarrassing one and we have resolved to meet stakeholders to formulate new ideas to reduce the number of failures recorded.   Parents he underscored must play their part in ensuring that, their wards learn so they will pass their exams.   He added, as parents, you should be concerned about the performance of your wards.   The problem he said was getting out of hand and in dealing with it, efforts must be employed in dealing with it holistically. ‘’We have a serious problem and as traditional leaders, we will not sit unconcerned. We will meet with the stakeholders and arrest the situation,’’ he assured.   The Central Regional Minister, Kwame Duncan described the record as appalling and one that needs serious attention.    
Former President John Dramani Mahama has lamented that we are entering a dangerous phase with the rise of vigilante groups in the country.   He said it was also worrying for some ‘’NPP apparatchiki’s’’ to say that they will not abolish their vigilante groups.   Mr. Mahama said the NPP has insisted they will continue to use these groups as their guards. He described as an irresponsible the position taken by the NPP stressing that, when we [NDC] were in power, they said they did not believe in the police service and that was why they allowed the groups to operate.   He also expressed worry that if other political parties decide to put up vigilante groups all over the place, you can imagine the level of clashes that we will see in the country.   Mr. Mahama said there are vigilante groups in all the regions associated with the NPP and that cannot be compared to the situation we saw in 2009 when the NDC took over.   He called on civil society groups to speak against the existence of vigilante groups in a major way ‘’because it has the tendency to lead us into a spiral of violence. Not only in respect of political clashes but after elections; how you handle those boys becomes a problem.’’ He said the NPP is now challenged because they cannot find jobs for these groups and their members. ‘’Civil society must look into this thing  and come out with prescription so we can resolve these issues so that we don’t enter a more dangerous phase of our democracy,’’ he added.    
At least 13 people are dead amid "waist-deep" mudslides in Southern California, where heavy rains triggered flooding, say officials. Some 163 people have been taken to hospital. Twenty had "storm-related injuries" and four were critically hurt. A group of up to 300 people are reportedly trapped in Romero Canyon, east of Santa Barbara. Police said the scene "looked like a World War One battlefield"     The flooding and mudslides, affecting areas scorched by wildfires last month, have shut down more than 30 miles (48km) of the main coastal road. Emergency services said a number of people were unaccounted for and they expected the number of deaths to rise. Thousands fled the deluge and more than 50 rescues have been performed. The hardest-hit homes were those that were not in the evacuation zone, officials say.   Heavy rain run-off caused a mudflow in the community of Montecito, where some homes were knocked off their foundations, said Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason. Boulders the size of small cars were rolling down hillsides and blocking roads, reports BBC News Los Angeles correspondent James Cook. Among those taken to safety was a 14-year-old girl who had been trapped for hours in the ruins of her home. The fire department published a picture of the girl encased in mud as she was led to safety. County Fire Captain Dave Zaniboni said that five people were found dead on Tuesday in Montecito and may have been killed as result of the storm. The upmarket neighbourhood includes homes owned by celebrities such as actor Rob Lowe and chat show host Ellen DeGeneres. Oprah Winfrey also has a property in Montecito that is reportedly worth nearly $90m (£66m).   The US Coast Guard has sent "multiple airships to support rescue operations" and warned the public not to fly drones, otherwise the flights would be grounded. Thousands of California residents were asked to leave their homes on Monday for the second time in two months. In Burbank, where waves of mud swept away vehicles, officials issued a mandatory evacuation order.   Homeowners in the area shared photos of mud in their homes. Several roads are closed, including the major Highway 101. Wildfires in December, including the Thomas Fire, swept through the area burning vegetation that helps prevent flooding and landslides. After a wildfire, burned vegetation and charred soil create a water repellent layer which blocks water absorption and leads to an increased risk of mudslides and floods. "Recent burn areas will be especially vulnerable where dangerous mud and debris flows are possible," said the National Weather Service in a statement. The Federal Emergency Management Agency shared a warning for California homeowners explaining that homes that had never flooded before were now at risk. This comes after a record-setting year of $306bn (£226bn) of weather and climate-related disaster costs in the United States, the third warmest year on record, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The storm over California is expected to produce 4in to 7in (10 to 18 cm) in the foothills and 9in (23cm) in select areas. Snow is falling at higher elevations, according to the National Weather Service.   Source:BBC
Former President John Agyekum Kufour has touted the achievements of the Group Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies, Joseph Siaw Agyepong, describing him as a shining example for job creation. According to him, we cannot continue to make allegations against Mr. Agyepong, until the alleged corrupt deals leveled against the CEO, are investigated. The former president made the comments at ceremony held to outdoor him as the Patron of the Ghana Bank Job Initiative.   Mr. Kufour said earlier times we depended on the local government assemblies [but] unfortunately, the workers will come around but they were not regular.   ‘’So this man comes around, he organizes, employs a lot of people and now Zoomlion is a household name,’’ he added.     He was however quick to clarify that, ‘’saying this is not saying we are blind to some of the draw backs. No, the law should be there to deal with people who really go astray.’’ He stressed that, the Group Chairman is a shining example for industry and wealth of employment.    President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2017 came under serious lambast for lauding Mr. Agyepong.   President Nana Akufo-Addo lauded the work of Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies, Joseph Siaw Agyepong, and urged him to deal with the controversies surrounding his business models.     The President on Friday, November 10, visited one of the subsidiaries of Jospong Group of Companies, the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant at Adjen Kotoku, and said the plant is a demonstration of an efficient and modern model of sanitation disposal.       “What we are witnessing here is the modern way of providing service, the collaboration between the State and private sector to deliver public goods. And, in this case, the most important in any city is sanitation,” the President said.     The vision of the Job Bank is to adopt a technology and game changing career models that focus on building an ultimate platform to engage young people as we accelerate business development, youth involvement, industrialization and trading, rural transformation, and social media networking.   It provides the platform for smart political innovations to all African countries to ensure peaceful elections, transparent democratic transitions, accountable governance and economic empowerment through global investment initiatives. The main objective is to replicate successful models in the chosen African countries across the entire region by 2030 .
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