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Spanky Institute of Journalism (SIJ) is a media school in Obuasi in the Ashanti Region. The school went on an educational tour in Accra.
A section of the main road that links Akwamufie from the Adomi Bridge in the Eastern Region has caved in, rendering the road unmotorable.The asphalt on that section of the road, which is eight kilometres from the monumental bridge and adjoins the Volta River, started collapsing on November 12 but authorities failed to act leading to its eventual cave in on November 20.
Commuters plying the road at the time were cut off, forcing them to use a rather long distance alternative road from Juapong through some communities to Akwamufie.
The cause of the collapse of the road is not immediately known but some residents blame it on a burst pipeline beneath the road.
TV3’s Akosua Adjei-Sono reports the only way to get in and out of the community now is mostly by river transport on the volta River.
A group of Chinese women recently made headlines after being photographed while lying in shallow graves on the outskirts of Chongqing City.
It was revealed that they were taking part in a bizarre ritual called “graveyard meditation” which allegedly helps them cope with divorce.
Graveyard meditation is the brainchild of Liu Taijie, a 30-year-old divorcee who now helps other women get over romantic breakups. After getting married at the age of 19, and having a baby at 21, Liu went through a hard divorce in 2015, after also failing to launch her own business.
It was a tough time, but she managed to pull through, and she now wants to help other women understand that life goes on and they have to put the past behind them, where it belongs.
“I know how a woman felt when she was feeling abandoned. I had the thought of committing suicide when I got divorced,” Ms. Liu said. When a person is desperate, he or she could almost feel they’re near death.
By lying in the grave, my students could try to experience death. This will remind them that they have not done many things in their life and that they need to forget about the past and start a new life.”
Liu said that it took her a year to recover from her divorce and start fresh, and in order to help other female divorcees get back on their feet faster, she will be holding free graveyard meditation classes every few months. All they have to do is reach out to her by calling the number on the big red banner shown in the photos.
“Failure is not scary. I want all the divorced women to live their own lives and to achieve their own goals,” Taijie said.
This sort of death simulation has actually become quite common in China and other Asian countries in the last few years. Whether to help depressed people get over their problems and appreciate life more, or just as a creepy theme park attraction, the practice has become pretty popular.
Source: oddity central
A Ugandan civil servant instructed his wife to bury him with a cash amount of 200 million Ugandan shillings (equivalent to $55,000).
The money was meant to redeem his soul before God. The 52-year-old Charles Obong until his death was a senior personnel officer at the Ministry of Public Service for a decade (2006 – 2016). His son-in-law confirmed that his will stated that his wife should deposit a huge amount of money in his coffin.
The money was to be given to God on the Day of Judgement as an offertory so that his sins could be forgiven.
Even though the exact sin was not stated, he asked his brother and sister to ensure that his wife does as he instructed.
Uganda’s Daily Monitor news portal reported that he died after a protracted illness and was buried in his ancestral home in the northern Lira district of the country.
The portal added that the metallic coffin he was buried in cost 20 million shillings ($5500).
His Will was however ‘violated’ over the weekend after his remains were exhumed and the money removed by his clan members.
The Bauchi State Police Command have arrested four persons, Bala Mohammed, Dauda Damina, Mohammed Ahmed and Dahiru Mato for their involvement in the gang raping of a housewife in Yali, the Ganjuwa area of the state.
Reports say, the suspects on November 28, had the couple’s residence and attacked the husband, Abubakar Mohammed, before taking turns to have sex with the wife.
It was gathered that, the hoodlums demanded N150,000 ransom but the husband could only afford N35,000–which they collected before fleeing the apartment.
The suspects were arrested on New Year’s day by detectives of the Ganjuwa Division after an intelligent tip-off, the Police Spokesperson SP Haruna Mohammed, told reporters while parading the suspects on Wednesday.
He added that “The suspects were arrested round 8pm on the New 12 months’s Day following an intelligence report. They have been nabbed by the detectives hooked up to the Ganjuwa division in collaboration with a vigilance group.
“Armed with cutlasses, the suspects went to the residence of one Abubakar Mohammed and raped his spouse after which they threatened to kidnap his mom.
“He gave them a sum of N35,000, and pleaded with them to not kidnap his mother following their threats.
“The suspects, nevertheless, seized his bike pending when he would pay the excellent ransom.
Jackson has at the age of 50 given birth to her first child, a baby boy, her publicist has confirmed.
A statement said the musician and her Qatari businessman husband, Wissam Al Mana, were “thrilled” to welcome the infant, Eissa Al Mana.
“Janet had a stress-free healthy delivery and is resting comfortably,” the publicist added.
Speculation about her pregnancy surfaced last April when she postponed her Unbreakable tour.
She posted a video on Twitter at the time in which she told fans that she was postponing the tour because “there’s been a sudden change”.
“I thought it was important that you be the first to know,” she said, adding: “Please, if you can try and understand that it’s important that I do this now.”
She said she wanted to focus on planning a family with her husband, whom she wed in 2012.
Jackson had earlier been spotted in London shopping for baby essentials.
Ghana Football Association Referees Appointment Committee chairman Eddy Doku is livid at referee Joseph Lamptey's life ban by Fifa for match manipulation.
Lamptey has been indefinitely suspended from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level for "unlawfully influencing the match result" during the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal on November 12 last year.
The Ghanaian was earlier slapped with a three-month ban by Caf for the incident at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
''I just read the communique from Fifa and after reading it, I don't think that I'm happy with the decision of Fifa to hand Joseph Lamptey a life ban,'' Doku told Boss FM.
''I'm not a lawyer but I know that you cannot punish someone twice for one offence.
"He accepted a three-month suspension earlier on by Caf, so why another life ban? Is it because we are blacks?
''We have seen worse officiating in some of the European and Fifa competitions, but no referee was given a life ban. I don't think it's the best.''
In the fateful game, the Ghanaian awarded a penalty to the Bafana Bafana for a handball by Kalidou Koulibaly, but TV replays showed that the ball came off the defender's knees.
Thulani Hlatshwayo converted the resulting penalty, which gave the home side a 43rd-minute lead, the match eventually ending 2-1 in favour of South Africa.
Senegal subsequently lodged an official complaint to Caf and Fifa against the immigration officer.
In 2011, Lamptey was handed a six-month ban by Caf for allowing a controversial goal in a Caf Champions League game between Esperance of Tunisia and Al Ahly of Egypt.
Ahmad of Madagascar pulled off a stunning upset on Thursday, ousting Issa Hayatou, the long-serving president of the Confederation of African Football, in an election at the organization's congress in Ethiopia.
The 57-year-old former government minister, who goes by just a single name, won the CAF presidency by 34 votes to 20 in the poll, bringing to a surprise end the 29-year tenure of the 70-year-old Hayatou, who is from Cameroon.
The result was greeted by cheers at the CAF Congress as Ahmad was carried on the shoulders of jubilant supporters to the podium after the result was announced.
Ahmad, previously minister of sport and minister of fisheries in his home country, had been given little chance just a month ago when he announced his candidacy.
But he offered voters a fresh face to a younger generation of soccer association presidents that have emerged.
Hayatou’s long career in soccer is now at an end, although he is still an International Olympic Committee member.
"It is not that bad," Hayatou, who was first elected in 1988, told reporters as he departed the hall.
The vice-president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) George Afriyie says his outfit is yet to settle on winning bonuses for the Black Stars at the AFCON in Gabon.
Afriyie revealed that the GFA Is waiting to sort the bonuses issue out with the administration after the inauguration ceremony on January 7.
The Stars bonuses issue has been a problem to the Ministry of Youth and Sports after the Nii Lante Vanderpuye took over as Minister.
In an interview, coach Grant said "We have not settled on any bonuse package yet". "We will have a meeting with the new administration and sort everything out," he added.
The ten deputy regional ministers nominated by the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo have been approved by Parliament following their vetting by the Appointments Committee.
1 Elizabeth Sackey: Greater Accra
2. Amidu Issahaku : Upper West
3. Elizabeth Agyemang: Ashanti Region
4. Adongo Fusieni : Upper East
5. Evans Opoku : Brong Ahafo
6. Joseph Tetteh : Eastern Region
7. Eugenia Gifty Kusi : Western region
8. Thomas Agyei Baffour : Central Region
9. Maxwell Blagogee : Volta region
10. Solomon Boar Bunkpurugu MP: Northern region
The Deputy General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party has justified the takeover of the Kintampo Waterfall by the Invisible Forces, a vigilante group affiliated to the governing New Patriotic Party.
Nana Obiri Boahene is suggesting the takeover is nothing more than sweet revenge for what happened to him in 2009.
According to him, his company managed the Kintampo Waterfall in 2008 until hoodlums in the NDC forcibly took over the facility in 2009 when the party won elections.
"Those who want to probe further should find out what happened in 2009... NDC activists, NDC hoodlums, NDC sympathisers invaded the place, chased my workers out, beat them up, vandalised the place, broke into offices and they used the police. No police man was able to touch them," he said.
The management of the Kintampo Waterfall has become a subject of debate after 19 people lost their lives under bizarre circumstances on Sunday.
A tree was said to have crashed the revelers, mostly students, who had gone to the Waterfall for an excursion.
Questions have been raised about the competence and the professionalism of the managers of the facility during the incident.
It emerged that the Invisible Forces, a militia group within the NPP had added the Waterfall to the list of assets it took over immediately the NPP won power in 2016.
Without any training and competence in managing a tourist facility critics have blamed the militia group for last Sunday's national disaster.
But Obiri Boahene has mounted a spirited defence for the militia group even though he claims the party did not sanction the takeover.
"We don't know anything about it. The party is not involved. The party has never directed, instigated, encouraged, facilitated any individual to takeover," he said.
"Personally, speaking for myself, and what happened to me in 2009, I don't think there is anything wrong if for one reason or another some NPP sympathisers have taken over in a tit-for-tat affair," he added.
He argued those questioning the competence and professionalism of the Invisible Forces to manage the facility should have done same when the NDC hoodlums took over in 2009.
The Waterfall has however been shut pending further investigations into the circumstances surrounding the disaster.
The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has urged critics to spare President Akufo-Addo of any backlash concerning the number of ministerial appointments he has made.
According to NUGS, “it is very premature in lambasting the government since it is still under formation and the Union wishes to call on stakeholders to remain calm and reserve all ammunitions for the appropriate time”.
The union said what was important was for students “to have better living standards by way of government delivering on its campaign promises”.
This was contained in a statement released by the leadership of the union on March 16.
Mr Akufo-Addo has appointed a record 110 ministers to help him govern the country for the next four years. His critics, mainly from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), have said the size of the government is too huge and will affect the country’s finances, but NUGS thinks otherwise.
Below is the full statement:
Thurs, 16th March, 2017
NATIONAL UNION OF GHANA STUDENTS (NUGS)
BETTERMENT OF STUDENTS' WELFARE IS MORE IMPORTANT TO US THAN THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT -- NUGS OPINES
The debate as to the size of government is rather inappropriate and too early for Ghanaians and stakeholders. We believe strongly that what really matters' to Ghanaian students is to have a better living standards by way of government delivering on its campaign promises.
It is very premature in lambasting the government since its still under formation and the Union wish to call on stakeholders to remain calm and reserve all ammunitions for the appropriate time.
HUGE GOVERNMENTAL PROJECTS AND PROGRAMMES
We can agree Nana Addo's administration has come up with so many projects and programmes aimed at bringing about radical transformation that would be felt at every corner of the nation. This naturally calls for the deployment of a lot of resources including human resources with respect to skills, experience and Numbers.
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND DIVISION OF LABOUR
Strategically identifying key skills needed to execute the future success of government business. That is why some companies poach employees from other organizations at a huge cost. There are people with some specialities whose skills and experience are urgently needed for specific and Strategic tasks towards speeding up the Ghana project.
Division of labour is highly required for effectiveness and specific tasking. People can be held accountable and responsible for their performance.
OUR MAJOR CONCERNS
As a Union, we have several concerns and what really matter to us are as follows;
1) The unemployed graduate, teachers, nurses and midwifery trainee being employed
2) Reduction of taxes that will ease the tax burden and encourage us into entrepreneurship hence not relying on government for employment.
3) The needy but brilliant student benefiting from free SHS to be able to further his or her education at the second cycle.
4)The poor patient being able to access quality health care at an affordable cost courtesy NHIS reducing child mortality amongst others
We however, charge the government to check corruption likewise misuse of state funds since that will go a long way to affect the vision of the government.
We wish to state emphatically that we shall never relent on lambasting the government if impacts are not felt by the ordinary Ghanaian.
There is a clear cut difference between a LEADER and a MANAGER.
Managers maintain the status quo but Leaders adjust to suit the situation at hand. Managers act to the rules and lines set but Leaders take bold decisions and always ready to take responsibility.
Nana Addo has shown leadership by not being afraid to take radical decisions that are necessary to achieve results though appear unpopular and we recommend him as we seek for great results that impacts lives.
ALUTA CONTINUA!!! VICTORIA ASCERTA!!
Press and Information Secretary
YIADOM BOAKYE EMMANUEL
Award winning young actor, Abraham Attah, has congratulated President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo, for his victory in the December 7 polls.
The 'Beasts of No Nation' star wrote on his Facebook wall:
“Congratulations to the President Elect H.E. Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo. Thank you to everyone who contributed towards a peaceful election. God bless our homeland Ghana”
He also commended Ghanaians for their contributions towards a violence-free election and urged them to maintain the peace the country is enjoying.
The actor in May 2016, paid a courtesy call on the president-elect Nana Akufo-Addo at his Nima residence with his management team to inform him about his Peace campaign project in July 18.
Attah made his feature film debut in Beasts of No Nation (2015) and was awarded the Marcello Mastroianni’s Best Young Actor Award at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.
Source: Ghana/StarrFMonline.com/103.5FM/Miriam Hayford
Legendary Ghanaian artiste 'Daddy Lumba' has featured in a facebook video recording a song endorsing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Presidential candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Charles Kwadwo Fosu alias 'Daddy Lumba', a perennial endorser of the NPP leader is heard in the song glorifying NPP policies such as 'one-district, one factory'.
Daddy Lumba's pro-NPP songs is staple food for the main opposition party's campaigns. His songs in 2008, remixed for 2012 'Nana ye winner' became an instant hit.
The governing National Democratic Congress had the last laugh however after it won the 2008 and 2012 general elections.
Ghanaian hiplife group Praye have confirmed their comeback as a group in the music industry, saying they are here to stay forever. They started as individual artistes and later merged as a group because of the Nescafe Africa Revelation held some years ago.
They, however, broke away in 2013 after a misunderstanding ensued between them. The group have been back for just over a year now and have released two singles titled Kpotoo and Christina. Speaking exclusively to 3news.com, Praye Tietia disclosed that they are back for good and looking forward to giving their fans what they deserve.
“We are back and to show our fans that we are really back, we chose a record label or an emblem that supersedes all that has happened in the past. “We can assure our fans that we are back and will be doing music forever and if we are to break up now then it means none of us will do any song again.”
According to Praye Tintin, a lot of thought was put into the group’s decision to make a comeback, stating the hard work they put in to make ‘Praye’ a music force in the country some years back as one of the reasons for the decision.
“We were once there and time took us away to do our solo things which didn’t work so we are back now with full force to keep the fire burning so people should expect more,” he added.
He said, “I play my own beats and I play good beats which I think is a plus to the group and the future is bright and clear. “We know our fans have missed us and it’s obvious there is a lot more work to be done so they should expect good music from us”.
It is often said in Nigeria that there’s no party like a Lagos party. Now, it seems Premium vodka, Skyy is about to further elevate that credential with a clever, ambitious and lavish all night gig holding this Friday, November 25 at an exclusive location in Lekki.
As the year-end holiday season draws near and Lagosians begin to seek opportunities to relax and mix, c, using a combination of young hitmakers and globally celebrated DJs.
Don Jazzy‘s protégé and Headies Next Rated winner, Reekado Banks will entertain guests, drawing from his repertoire of solo and group hits. He’s already promised everyone ‘an unforgettable night’. Also, DJ Obi, who played his way into the World Records after performing 240 hours non-stop, will be the official music guide.
‘This will prove to be unprecedented and unbelievable, and we are sure guests will relive the amazing experience for many weeks to come.’
With 2016 Life In The Skyy Party, the vodka brand continues its tradition of redefining the Nigerian nightlife landscape, creating fun experiences that are impossible to forget, as seen in the highly successful 2014 and 2015 editions.
Reekado Banks and DJ Obi are joined by Mr 2Kay, with several other performers, alongside Skyy Vodka lovers to party this weekend.
We bring to you the official music video for Life, a song performed by Ghana's highlife artiste, Bisa Kdei and Nigeria's VP label act Patoranking.
The audio for the song was released days ago, and because of its deep message from both artistes and groove added to it by Masta Garzy, Life is gradually becoming the latest party starter song and the video here will just give you another million reasons to fall for the song.
The video was directed by Xbillz Ebenezer.
Source: GH Joy
Investigators have warned consumers they face potentially fatal risks after 99% of fake Apple chargers failed a basic safety test.
Trading Standards, which commissioned the checks, said counterfeit electrical goods bought online were an “unknown entity”.
Of 400 counterfeit chargers, only three were found to have enough insulation to protect against electric shocks.
It comes as Apple has complained of a “flood” of fakes being sold on Amazon.
Apple revealed in October that it was suing a third-party vendor, which it said was putting customers “at risk” by selling power adapters masquerading as those sold by the Californian tech firm.
The Trading Standards tests were performed by safety specialists UL.
They applied a high voltage to the chargers, which were bought online from eight different countries, including the US, China and Australia, to test for sufficient insulation.
Leon Livermore, the chief executive of Chartered Trading Standards Institute, urged shoppers to buy electrical goods only from trusted suppliers.
“It might cost a few pounds more, but counterfeit and second-hand goods are an unknown entity that could cost you your home or even your life, or the life of a loved-one,” he said.
A separate operation found that of 3,019 electrical goods bought second hand, 15% were non-compliant.
Officers said the unsafe electrical items, which came from charity shops, antique dealers and second-hand shops, had failings such as counterfeit plugs and basic insulation.
How to spot a dangerous fake charger
Plug pins – Plug the charger into a socket, but don’t switch it on or connect to a device. If the charger does not fit easily, the pins may be the wrong size. There should be at least 9.5mm (0.3in) between the edge of the pins and the edge of the charger.
Markings – Look for a manufacturers’ brand name or logo, model and batch number. Check for the “CE” safety mark, but be aware it can be easily forged.
Warnings and instructions – User instructions should include conditions and limitations of use, how to operate the charger safely, basic electric safety guidance and details of safe disposal
Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: “Counterfeit electrical goods are likely to be poor quality and in the worst cases unsafe.
“Look out for tell-tale signs of counterfeiting such as mistakes in brand names or logos, and check plugs for safety marks – all genuine electrical items made in the EU should have a CE mark on them.”
Consumers were also urged not to overcharge appliances and to never cover devices when charging or use a charger with a cracked case or frayed cable.
There is no suggestion the company involved in the Apple case sold the chargers used in the Trading Standards tests.
Eric Seddy Kutortse presenting the key to the pickup to Dr Roberta Lamptey, CEO of KBTH. With them are some staff of the company.
First Sky Limited, a Ghanaian-own company engaged in construction, commodities and hospitality, has cleared the debts of patients totaling GH¢620,000 at the Renal Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH).
The company also presented an amount of GH¢2 million to aid kidney patients who could not afford the cost of dialysis.
First Sky Limited also gave the unit a brand new Toyota Hilux pickup to be used for its day-to-day transport services.
Eric Seddy Kutortse, Group Chairman of First Sky Limited, presenting the money to the leadership of the unit, said the company had been supporting institutions and individuals over the years in various ways, adding that the donation to the unit was its way of giving back to society after a successful business year.
“Last year, we built 60 churches for the Assemblies of God Ghana where we announced that 30 percent proceeds from First Sky Group Net will be spent on humanitarian grounds,” he added.
Mr. Kutortse explained further that the attention of the company was drawn to a patient of the unit who could not afford treatment and paid the full bill after which the company decided to help others in a similar predicament.
“That is why we have decided to pay off all their debts and also make a seed fund of GH¢2m to make treatment free for all; so we are announcing to those owing this unit that all their debts have been paid and now the treatment is free,” he underscored.
Receiving the money, Dr. Vincent Boima, Head of the KBTH Renal Unit, explained the magnitude of the problem in healthcare delivery.
He said the cost of treatment of renal ailments is beyond the reach of many people, especially the younger patients.
“Those who have advanced stages of the disease known as chronic kidney disease, those on stage five usually go on dialysis; but ultimately kidney transplant is the treatment of choice. The early stages like one and two, what is done is to manage their risk factors so they do not migrate to higher stages,” Dr. Boima asserted.
“Kidney transplant started in 2008 and continued until 2014, but it is not done because of logistical problems that would soon be solved for transplant operation to start again,” Dr. Boima said.
He expressed appreciation to First Sky Limited for coming to the aid of the unit, adding that the donation would save lots of lives, especially the young people who are silently passing away because of the disease.
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri
Price of fuel at the pump likely to be increased
The Institute of Energy Security has said fuel prices are likely to go up by 2% from December 16 to December 31, 2016 per the second pricing window.
Speaking to Benard Nasara Saibu on the Morning Starr, Principal Research Analyst at the Institute of Energy Security, Richard Rockson said consumers should brace themselves for an increment of not less than 2%.
According to Mr. Rockson, a market scan of the petroleum sector for the second window indicates prices going up.
”For the first window in December we predicted that prices are going to fall and it did happen but in the second window unfortunately we are looking at prices of fuel going up.
The dollar rate at now is about Ghc4.25, before this window it was ghc4. When you look at crude oil prices, they have gone up on the world market. When you take crude, our forex and our reserves what we have now is an all-time low…diesel will not take us up to three weeks in all we have about 100 to 200million of fuel stock in the country at the moment.
When you put all these together and do the indices we are looking at 4 to 6% of prices going up not less than 2% no matter what prices will go up between December 16 and December 31 in the second window.”