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Aisha En Huang, aka Aisha, the alleged illegal mining (galamsey) kingpin

General News

Prosecution in the case of En Huang, aka Aisha, the alleged illegal mining (galamsey) kingpin, yesterday told the Criminal Division of the Accra High Court that Aisha’s supposed husband cannot be traced.

According to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mrs Yvonne Attakorah-Obuobisa, Aisha stated during her interrogation by the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) that she had had an indefinite residence permit since 2015 by virtue of her marriage to a Ghanaian in 2007.

• Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Minister of Aviation, inaugurating the local organising committee of the African Air Expo 2017 in Accra yesterday. PICTURE: EMMANUEL QUAYE

General News

Ghana will host the first ever Aerospace and Aviation Exhibition (African Air Expo 2017) in West Africa, scheduled for October 24-26, 2017, at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra.

The event, would, among other objectives, to connect professionals from all areas in the aviation industry to examine human capital needs in the African aviation and aerospace industries, is under the auspices of the Ministry of Aviation in collaboration with 4M Events, based in Dubai.

The Minister of Transport, Mr Kwaku Ofori Asiamah

General News

The government is finalising consultation with stakeholders to kick-start the project of towing broken-down and abandoned vehicles away from major roads in the country.

The project is to allow for the clearing of abandoned vehicles from roads to reduce the rate of accidents caused by stationary vehicles.

The Ministry of Communications is to develop a multi-stakeholder cyber security governance system that would empower the national security and the military to curb cybercrime in the country.

To this end, the ministry has appointed a cyber security advisor to support the direction towards effective cyber security governance in the country.

The Abeka District Court has fined 21 persons GH¢720 each, amounting to GH¢15,120, for indiscriminate dumping of refuse within the Accra metropolis.

In default, the court, presided over by Mrs Victoria Ghansah, ordered that the convicts serve six months in jail.

WASCAL, NASA school West African climate students

General News

West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), a large-scale research-focused climate service organisation, has organised a 12-day capacity-building workshop on interdisciplinary remote sensing, modelling, and validation of environmental processes for students studying climate-related courses in West Africa.

The workshop, held at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), was in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the University of Missouri – Kansas City of the USA.

The Police have impounded 536 unregistered motorbikes and 141 unregistered cars in an operation to clamp down on the use of unregistered vehicles and motorbikes for criminal activities.

The exercise was conducted simultaneously across the 14 police divisions in the Greater Accra Region and the police divisional command in Tema.

Mr Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Minister of transport (left), his deputy, Mr Titus Glover, and the CEO of GSA, Ms Benonita Bismarck (back to camera) inspecting the leaky roof

General News

The government has pledged to ensure the completion of the Boankra Inland Port project in the Ashanti Region.

The Minister of Transport, Mr Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, gave the assurance when he visited the project site last Wednesday as part of his working visit to the region.

Chairman of the NMC, Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng

General News

The National Media Commission (NMC) has advised journalists to be cautious in their coverage of matters relating to ethnicity in public administration and the security services.

“Journalists who seek to scrutinise the work of security agencies must do so with circumspection and professionalism,” the NMC urged.

The current EC head office near Ridge Hospital in Accra

General News

As part of responses to the allegations levelled against her as compromising her independence and neutrality, Mrs Charlotte Osei, the chairperson of the Electoral Commission has explained why she requested for a new office complex from the presidency at Ridge in Accra.

She said the current head office building of the EC located near the Ridge Hospital in Accra, has leaking and damaged roofs, poor electrical wiring, damp walls and lack of storage facilities to store election equipment resulting in significant losses and inefficient use of resources at the Commission.

Ghana's Ambassador to the United States of America, Dr. Barffour Adjei-Bawuah has presented his letters of credence to the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump.

Charlotte Osei explains why she accepted V8 Landcruiser from presidency

General News

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Charlotte Osei has confirmed that she was allocated a 2015 V8 Toyota Landcruiser vehicle from the presidency after her appointment in 2015.

However, she explains that:”This is certainly not a new practice in Ghana’s public service. Indeed, the office of the Chief of Staff provided and continues to provide vehicles for many government institutions and appointees.”

Mr David Asante-Apeatu

Editorials

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr David Asante-Apeatu, has threatened to invoke the ‘Riots Act’ to deal with criminally minded persons in society.

In the colonial days, the then government passed the ‘Riots Act’ to deal with what it perceived as riotous behaviour by the ‘natives’ and when that was done, it had dire consequences for the ‘natives’ so the act was dreaded.

Black Stars’ Captain Asamoah Gyan has captured the headlines in the last few weeks for his exploits on the field, particularly after scoring a landmark 50th international goal against Ethiopia in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Baba Yara Stadium last month.

Naturally, the national team captain occupies the national discussion, and for a player such as Gyan who has been a key part of Ghana’s football successes in the last decade, his every move – good or bad – attracts media attention.

Right to Information Bill must be passed now

Editorials

Many years down the lane, Ghana is still struggling to pass the Right to Information (RTI) Bill. This bill, which will ensure enhanced transparency in the governance process, has remained on the drawing board and all efforts to get it passed into law continue to be a mirage.

The right to information is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the country’s 1992 Constitution and recognised as a right under international conventions on human rights.

Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh (middle) inaugurating the governing council of the University of Mines and Technology. Picture: INNOCENT K. OWUSU

Education

A new governing council for the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT),Tarkwa, has been inaugurated in Accra, with a charge on it to adopt international best practices to make the institution a centre of scientific advancement and excellence.

The Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh ,who gave the charge at the inaugural ceremony, said it was expected that the decisions and actions of the council would contribute to increasing the number and quality of health professionals in the country.

•Dr Alexandra Graham (seated 3rd right) with some of the participants

Education

More than 50 female students from the West Africa Senior High School (WASS) in Accra have attended a mentorship training programme with a call on students, especially  girls, to take up science courses to help bridge the gender gap in that field.

At the mentorship training in Accra last Wednesday, an initiative by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), Ghana, a doctor from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr Alexandra Graham, stressed the need to provide adequate motivation and support to young girls to take up more science courses.

President Akufu-Addo

Education

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said as part of efforts to ensure equity in the admission of graduates of public junior high schools (JHSs) to the senior high schools (SHSs), the elite schools in the country will be required by the government to preserve 30 per cent of their admission space for pupils from deprived schools.

Such a move, he said, would ensure a balance in the admission of JHS graduates to SHS under the free SHS policy which begins in September this year.

Aziz could stand still for six hours a day and resist people’s attempts to make him move.

Odd News

Fifty four-year-old Abdul Aziz has a very peculiar job. He has been working as a living statue for over three decades. He’s been standing perfectly still for six hours a day and resisting people’s attempts to make him move, smile or pretty much flinch a muscle, anything that proves he is a living person. Nobody has ever been able to do it.

Aziz, fondly known as “India’s Statue Man”, has been performing his daily routine ever since 1985, soon after getting a job as a security guard at the VGP Golden Beach Resort in Chennai, India.

The doctors were shocked to find such number of contact lenses on one eye

Odd News

Upon checking her eyes, ophthalmologists spotted a large mass on one of her eyes, which turned out to be 17 disposable contact lenses that had apparently been in the eye for so long that they had become stuck together.

A more thorough investigation revealed another 10 contact lenses in that same eye. How someone could live with a whopping 27 contact lenses in her eye for years is still a mystery.

Customers thought the whole thing was a bizarre joke.

Odd News

The company contractor had entered the safe room behind a Bank of America ATM in Corpus Christi, Texas, to carry out some maintenance work.

He was changing a lock and accidentally got locked in. Without his phone, he was unable to call for help and decided to cunningly slide an SOS message through the machine to customers outside instead.

FILE PHOTO

Health

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has offered a grant of $112,000 to three organisations to undertake water projects in rural and peri-urban communities in the country.

The project is expected to increase access to quality water production in the beneficiary communities.

Have you ever considered walking only on your heels during your day to day activities? That would have been quite difficult and stressful.

Individuals with forefoot pain find it a challenge to perform basic activities such as walking without experiencing pain and some may attempt to develop various strategies to move from one activity to the next without increasing this pain.

Eating starchy foods earlier in the day is healthier

Health

A lot of people have now switched to brown sugar. This is not a wrong move at all but I want all to know that there is very little difference if any between the two. In the end, they both give us glucose in similar quantities if same amounts are consumed.

The safest thing to do is to have them both in moderation. Also be mindful of white sugar which has been coloured brown. Honey also contains sugar.