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Former President John Dramani Mahama has praised President Akufo-Addo for allowing the case of Ghana's maritime boundary dispute with Cote D'Ivoire to continue after winning power.

Professor Akilakpa Sawyer, Former Vice Chancellor of the University Of Ghana

General News

Professor Akilakpa Sawyer, Former Vice Chancellor of the University Of Ghana, has described the proposed Founder’s day debate by government as “not worth debating and a waste of time”.

President Akufo-Addo has proposed legislation to Parliament to designate August 4 as Founder’s Day and September 21 as Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day, both of which will be observed as public holidays.

The Governing Board of the Precious Minerals and Marketing Company (PMMC), on Friday, said it would collaborate with the Economic and Organised Crime Office to undertake forensic audit of some transactions and loans.

These transactions, conducted by the previous Management and Board, it said, had resulted in financial difficulties for the Company.

Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, on Saturday urged fresh students to develop skills in critical thinking and be analytical, as they pursued courses towards their various fields of endeavour.

He said the primary aim for their enrolment was to enable them to study and improve their knowledge base to become better citizens and urged them to channel their energies in that direction.

An infograph showing statistics on rape cases from 2011 to 2016

General News

Approximately six women are likely to be raped every week, six-year statistics from the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service have revealed.

On the contrary, only one man is likely to be raped every year within the same period.

During the joint press conference by Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire

General News

Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire have jointly agreed to abide by the decision of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) reports Graphic Online's Mabel Aku Baneseh from Hamburg, Germany.

The tribunal on Saturday, September 23, 2017 unanimously held that Ghana has not violated the sovereign rights of Côte d'Ivoire with oil exploration activities.

It also held that Ghana was not financially obligated to Côte d'Ivoire.

AG Gloria Akuffo hugs Côte d'Ivoire's Agent, Adama TOUNGARA. This was after the judgement. PICTURES BY MABEL AKU BANESEH

General News

Ghana has won the maritime dispute case against Cote d'Ivoire. 

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in its ruling on Saturday said Ghana has no special responsibility towards Côte d'Ivoire and so the issue of reparation doesn't arise.

The Special Chamber of ITLOS says Ghana has not violated Côte d'Ivoire's sovereign rights with its hydrocarbon (oil exploration) activities.

It says Côte d'Ivoire has failed to prove lack of good faith on the part of Ghana during negotiations between the two countries reports Graphic Online's Mabel Aku Baneseh from Hamburg.

Prof Francis Nkrumah (right), first son of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ambassador Ibrahim Omar, (second right) former Palestinian Ambassador to Ghana and some members of the diplomatic corps singing solidarity songs

General News

Socialist political parties and some organisations last Thursday took part in the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day celebration held in Accra.

The event, themed: "Nkrumah, yesterday, today and tomorrow, " brought together key political figures in the country.

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

General News

The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, last Tuesday participated in an international conference on the political economy of economic transformation in Accra

The three-day conference, which brought together more than 70 academicians, civil servants and representatives of civil society organisations (CSO’s) from Ghana, Nigeria, Madagascar, South Africa, Uganda and Ethiopia, discussed how best to boost political economic transformation in Africa.

Mr James Asare-Adjei exchanging pleasantries with Mr Kan Dapaah, Minister of National Security and member of the Institute. With them is Mr Sam Okudjeto. Picture: EBOW HANSON

General News

The President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana (ICAG), Mr Christian Sottie, has urged accountants to keep to the tenets of their profession in the interest of national development.

He further advised them to shun all forms of corrupt practices and maintain sound financial management in both public and private institutions.

The Special Chamber has accepted Ghana's argument of adoption of equidistance method of delimitation of maritime boundary between it and Cote d'Ivoire.

It has accordingly rejected Cote d'Ivoire's bisector line method of delimitation.

Mr Isaac Bampoe Addo, the Chairman of the Forum

Editorials

The government has begun a formal engagement with the Forum of Public Sector Registered Pension Scheme towards finding an amicable solution to the protracted tier two pension contributions of public sector workers into their registered schemes.

The scheme, which is mandatory for all employees, but privately managed and designed primarily to give contributors higher lump sum benefits than presently available under the SSNIT or Cap 30 pension schemes, is expected to cushion workers on retirement.

The curtains will be drawn on the 2017 West African Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations on Sunday when the fierce rivalry between Ghana and Nigeria is re-enacted before an expected capacity crowd, including the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) led by its president, Ahmad Ahmad.

No clash befits the final better than another mouth-watering clash between Ghana and Nigeria, the two most successful football nations in the sub-region with an unmatched rivalry which brings the best out of the two teams. And the presence in Cape Coast of Ahmad and his high-powered executives, including Ghana FA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi, who is the second-in-command at the continental body, attests to the level to which the WAFU Cup has been elevated in size and prize money.

Founders Day

Editorials

Ghana seems to be divided as to whether Founder’s Day celebrations should primarily focus on President Kwame Nkrumah as the Founder of modern Ghana or include other key leaders in the independence struggle.

This raging debate has come to the fore especially when it is time to celebrate Nkrumah’s birthday today, September 21, which has been designated as Founder’s Day.

More than half of the qualified applicants who sought admission to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate courses for the 2017/18 academic year did not gain admission.

Out of the total 13,188 applications made up of 12,240 undergraduates and 948 post-graduates received, only 5,785 were admitted by the University.

Mr Charles Darku (arrowed) cutting the tape. Looking on are Rev. William Garr (second right), Mr Ofori-Adjei (first) and other old students of the school.

Education

The Science Laboratory Block of Accra Academy has been refurbished to boost the teaching and learning of science in the school.

The initiative, which was funded by Tullow Ghana with the support of the 1990-year group of the school,provided interactive projectors and smart boards to the tune of $25,000

Ms Barbara Asher Ayisi (inset), a Deputy Minister of Education, speaking at the launch of the 23rd Teachers Award.

Education

The 36 teachers who will win awards at the 23rd edition of the National Best Teachers’ Awards this year will be offered Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) scholarships to pursue further studies.

Additionally, the awardees from basic and second-cycle schools will be entitled to study leave with pay to enable them to upgrade their skills and knowledge base.

Manasi sheds cotton tears every day

Odd News

Residents of Pachkhura village in India have been thrown into a state of shock for the past two weeks after an 11-year-old girl started producing 35 to 40 small white pebbles believed to be cotton from her eyes every day.

Manasi, a sixth-grader from the village of Pachkhura, apparently started producing the strange “white cotton” in the form of tears on August 25.

A man addicted to plastic surgery has been left with a permanent and painful erection after a nose job.

Neven Ciganovic was left with a priapism – an unwanted, long-lasting and painful erection that is not accompanied by sexual desire.

The 45-year-old Croatian said: ‘I was in Iran for rhinoplasty for the documentary film that British Channel 4 is filming covering my life.

A 59-year old woman from the central Chinese city of Wuhan transformed her appearance through plastic surgery in order to avoid 25 million yuan ($3.71 million) of personal debts, state news agency Xinhua said.

In a case highlighting the challenges facing China as it tries to establish a "credit society", police officers were reported to be "astonished" after apprehending the woman, who fled to the southeastern Chinese city of Shenzhen after a court in Wuhan ordered her to pay off her debt.

The MRI equipment helps with early diagnosis

Health

In keeping with September as the childhood cancer month, I discuss a common childhood cancer of the kidney called Wilms tumour, or nephroblastoma.

It is the most common childhood abdominal cancer in childhood.

Mr Kweku Agyeman Manu (right), Minister of Health, administering the oath of office to the Psychology Council Board.

Health

 The Governing Boards and Councils of organisations under the Ministry of Health have been asked to facilitate acceleration of the passage of operational Acts and Legislative Instruments ( LI) of health institutions to enable them function efficiently and boost healthcare services.

The Minister of Health, Mr Kwaku Agyeman Manu, noted that currently, the operational Acts and LIs of several health institutions were yet to be passed and was affecting their operations under the circumstances.

Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo addressing a high powered delegation on cancer awareness in New York

Health

The First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has pledged to mobilise resources to build a cancer treatment centre in Ghana.

This will be done with support from the Forum of African First Ladies Against Cancers.