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The repetitive physical movements of Muslims during prayer rituals can reduce chances of lower back pain if performed properly, according to new research.

The study found that not only does quiet prayer eliminate physical anxiety, but that proper knee and back angles can be an effective clinical treatment and increased joint elasticity.

The Ghana Police Service says it has set up an investigation team to analyse a video recording of what appears to be a gang rape involving a young lady and at least five men.

A statement issued by the police administration on Monday  aid the team has been constituted at the CID Headquarters to analyse the video with the aim of identifying those involved and get them arrested for the necessary legal processes to be activated.

The Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court has ordered the Electoral Commission (EC ) to implement the Representation of the People Amendment Act (ROPAA)2006 (Act699), which gives Ghanaians in the diaspora the right to vote, within 12 months.

Per the court order, the EC must operationalise the Act by laying a constitutional provision (CI) before Parliament to set out the modalities for the implementation of the Act.

About 7,332 out of the 20,738 public basic schools in the country do not have toilet facilities, while 6,922 do not have urinal facilities.

Additionally, 11,985, representing 58 per cent of the basic schools, do not have water facilities.

For instance, out of the 3,754 public basic schools in the Ashanti Region, 1,427 are without toilet facilities, and in the Western Region 1,132 out of the 2,408 schools are without toilets.

Some students of the college having classes in the mosque

General News

Al-Faruq of Education is one of the new colleges of education which was absorbed by the government in October 2015 and has the mandate to train professional teachers to teach in basic schools in the country.

Even though it is an Islamic institution, the college admits every Ghanaian student who is qualified by the current national admission requirement irrespective of his or her socio-cultural background or religious affiliation. Christians are allowed freedom of worship. They are made to join their mother churches in town to worship on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says the expected arrival of the vaccines last Saturday to combat the Swine flu has delayed.

“Inasmuch as efforts are being made to facilitate the process, the supplier has indicated that there will be a slight delay in the delivery of the vaccines.

Mr. Michael Gyato (in White) with party supporters jubilating after the court ruling

Politics

The electoral dispute over Krachi West Constituency has come to an end with a Ho High Court declaring the New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate, Mr Michael Yaw Gyato, as the winner of the 2016 parliamentary election.

Mr Gyato, who had been declared the Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency, faced a fierce legal battle from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, Mr Wisdom Gidisu, who sought to unseat him based on issues of over voting.

Executive Director of the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), Dr Emmanuel Akwetey

Politics

The Executive Director of the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), Dr Emmanuel Akwetey, has urged minority parties in the country to reinvent themselves to be relevant based on the powers given them by the 1992 Constitution.

He said political parties were the only groups given privileges by the Constitution in Article 55 (3) to “shape the political will of the people.”

Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, Founder, DWM

Politics

The Board of Directors of the Developing Women for Mobilisation (DWM), formerly 31st December Women’s Movement, has dismissed reports that a congress resolution has been passed at an Extraordinary Congress meeting to elect an Interim Management Committee to manage the affairs of the movement in the interim, among other resolutions.

A statement from the DWM said: “The Board of DWM has not delegated its powers to an Interim Management Committee to manage the affairs of the movement.”

The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) ended its extraordinary national delegates congress in Kumasi on Sunday, with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo advising the members of the party to avoid rivalry for positions to prevent the party from failing.

He told the members to be guided by Ghana’s recent political history, which was replete with intra-party fights, especially among leading members of party in government, for various positions and said that situation made the parties lose power very easily.

The High Court, Human Rights Division presided over by Justice Anthony K. Yeboah will on Monday, December 18, 2017 deliver judgment in the case brought by five citizens over the eleven years delayed implementation of the Representation of the People (ROPAA) (Amendment) Act, 2006 [ACT 699].)

The Local Organising Committee of the 36th anniversary of Revolution Day which will be observed on Sunday, December 31, 2017 in the Volta Regional capital, Ho, says all is set for a successful commemoration.

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Sex is a wonderful, glorious and necessary component of an intimate relationship.  It makes you feel good, it makes the other person feel good, it’s great for your health and it’s a great way to end, or start, the day.

In an ideal world, every sexually active human would be having earth-shatteringly good shags, but, alas, it’s fair to say things don’t always go as planned. Sometimes, they go very, very wrong.

If you're a guy with an older brother, there's an increased chance you're gay.

Scientists have noticed this pattern in previous research, but now they think they have a biological explanation as to why, and it starts long before birth. The results were published in the journal PNAS on Monday.

The researchers say that if their findings can be replicated, we may know at least one of the biological reasons some men are gay.

Mr Appiah (middle) cutting his 40th birthday cake with some friends and family.

Life

He is vociferous, fearless and will not stop at even taking on the Government of Ghana if a child’s safety, education or health is compromised.

His stance on children’s issues can be bullish and sometimes uncompromising because of the passion that drives his advocacy for children.

Kenpong Aircraft Maintenance Ghana Limited (KAMGL), a subsidiary of the Kenpong Group of Companies has secured a Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) license and a hangar at the Tamale Airport, sources at the Tamale Airport have disclosed.

Per the terms of the agreement with the Ghana government for the license, KAMGL has been officially mandated to repair and maintain aircrafts including jets, helicopters, including boeing and other commercial flights beginning February 2018.

Governor of BoG, Dr Ernest Addison

Business News

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) says it will from next year place a temporary ban on the issuance of licences to new universal banks, savings and loans companies or microfinance institutions.

“The central bank is considering not licensing new universal banks or savings and loans companies or microfinance institutions in the country next year as we implement the recapitalisation process,” the Governor of BoG, Dr Ernest Addison, said at the launch of The BEIGE Bank (TBB) in Accra last Friday.

The Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST) seems to be following in the footsteps of the State Transport Company (STC) in declaring profits in less than a year under their respective leaderships.

This is commendable indeed, except, I haven’t seen the dummy cheque from BOST, indicating the total dividends it will be paying to government.

Pius Enam Hadzide — Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports

Sports News

The Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Pius Enam Hadzide, has revealed that the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) are willing to put to rest the existing feud with young athlete, Martha Bissah, following a fruitful discussion between the federation and the ministry.

Mr Hadzide gave an assurance that everything was in place to ensure that Martha returned to action for the country as soon as possible with next year's Commonwealth Games around the corner.

Aduana supported Saka during injury — Commey

Sports News

Aduana Stars' Chief Executive Officer, Albert Commey, has denied claims by skipper Godfred Saka that he was neglected during his long injury lay-off.

He expressed surprise at Saka's claim that the Premier League champions only gave him financial support during his stay on the sidelines, and noted that his outfit did everything to ensure the defender returned to action within the specified period.

Members of the Martin Luther King Taekwondo club receiving their prizes from Mr Donqik Jeong (4nd right), Consular at the Korean Embassy

Sports News

Martin Luther King School Taekwondo Club at Ashaiman emerged winners of the third edition of the "I Love Taekwondo" Video Contest organised by the Ghana Taekwondo Federation (GTF), aimed at developing the sport in Ghana.

The contest, held at the Korean Sports Complex at Community Three, Tema, was organised in partnership with the Korea Embassy in Ghana.

'Mr. Musicman' Kojo Antwi in his elements

Showbiz News

The annual Kojo Antwi Christmas fiesta of music and fun is definitely on, this time on Boxing Day, December 26 at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra.

As the new discovery on the music scene this year, with their songs, Odo and Angela torching the airwaves, Lynx Entertainment artistes, KiDi and Kuami Eugene are set for a very busy Christmas.

Already they have performed at a number of events including the Miss Malaika finals and the Joy FM Old Skuuls Reunion and on Friday December 29, they will be in action at the Achimota Retail Centre at the Wave concert.

Oheneba Kissi admires Ebony’s talent

Showbiz News

It seems it’s not only young people who have fallen in love with Dancehall artiste, Ebony, the older generation seems to have caught the bug too.

One such person is Highlife musician, Oheneba Kissi, who describes her as the best among all the female musicians.

A Nigerian law graduate has been denied her call to the bar after insisting on wearing a hijab during the ceremony.

Amasa Firdaus, who graduated from Ilorin University, was denied entry to the hall in the capital, Abuja, where the ceremony took place.

Honey and Barry Sherman were renowned for their charity fundraising

International News

A Canadian billionaire and his wife have been found dead at their home in Toronto in circumstances that police described as "suspicious".

The bodies of Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were found in the basement by an estate agent, reports said.

Mr Sherman was the founder and chairman of pharmaceutical giant Apotex, which sells generic medicines around the world.

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Friday he does not believe that North Korea's current intercontinental ballistic missiles are capable of hitting the continental US.

North Korea's November ICBM "has not yet shown to be a capable threat against us right now," Mattis said during an off-camera briefing with reporters at the Pentagon on Friday. He added that the United States is still assessing the situation. "We are still examining the forensics, we're still doing the forensics analysis, it takes a while," he said.