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Jehovah’s Witnesses have launched a global campaign to invite the public to an event the Witnesses consider to be the most important of the year, the Memorial of Christ’s death, which will take place at all kingdom halls of Jehovah’s witnesses.
 
This year’s memorial anniversary of Jesus’ death which according to the bible’s lunar calendar falls on Tuesday, April 11 has the theme “Peace, Health and Prosperity everyone’s Dream”.
 
According to the Witnesses, the commemoration will include a discourse explaining why Jesus’ death which occurred almost two thousand years ago is relevant in modern times and how it inspires hope for the future.
 
“We would like as many people as possible to benefit from the spiritual guidance this ceremony will offer,” they said.
 
They said the event would enable all in attendance to reflect on the value of the two greatest expressions of love shown in the universe.
 
“Firstly, the love shown to mankind by our heavenly father Jehovah God by allowing his only-begotten Son to die for us; and secondly the love Jesus showed in giving up his life willingly for our salvation.”
 
Throughout the campaign, some eight million Witnesses around the globe will personally visit their neighbors to invite them to this event. Last year, nearly 20 million people attended the Memorial observance.
 
The Witnesses hope to reach a new all-time peak in attendance for this year’s Memorial, which will be held on Tuesday, April 11, after sundown.
Many who have attended the memorial have been impressed with the orderliness with which the meetings had been conducted and the way family members sat close to each other.
 
Jesus celebrated the Passover with his apostles, dismissed Judas Iscariot, and then instituted the Lord’s Evening Meal.
 
This meal replaced the annual Jewish Passover and therefore Jehovah’s Witnesses rightfully observe the Memorial of Christ’s death once a year.
 
The witnesses appealed to families, friends, relatives, acquaintances and the public to attend the event at the nearest Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness.
The event will be followed by a special Bible Talk entitled “How to cultivate peace in angry world” on Sunday 16th march 2017.
 
 
 
source: Ghana/Adom News/Kofi Assan

Two suspected homosexuals are currently in the grips of the Keneshie police after they were arrested at a guest house (name withheld) around the area while in the act.
 
The suspects including an 18-year-old Senior High School (SHS) student and his sex partner 28 were caught by the receptionist of the hotel while she was trying to serve them with an earlier request they made.
 
According to her, the duo arrived at the facility on Sunday while the Kotoko-Hearts of Oak premier league football match was ongoing claiming they were traveling to Takoradi in the Western region on a business trip but needed a place to pass the night and continue the following day.
 
The receptionist offered them the needed assistance and went to get them water they had requested but on her return, she knocked at the door but no one was responding except some moaning and groaning that was coming from the room.
 
She pushed the door which was not locked and saw the 28-year-old mounting the teenager from behind and screamed attracting other staff of the guest house who all rushed into the room to catch a glimpse of what was happening.
 
Police from Keneshie were immediately notified and came to arrest the suspects who are currently being investigated.
 
 
 
 
 

The tragic Kintampo disaster has claimed several lives and left many injured

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It has emerged that some persons usually students who visit the Kintampo Waterfalls in the Brong Ahafo Region on excursion, allegedly had sex on the site, an act which is an abomination against the river god.
 
According to Nana Effa Guakro, Kyeremanko Hene of Kintampo, he has publicly warned on several occasions the repercussions that this detestable act could bring as the gods are angered by the practice and frown upon it.
 
The Chief’s comments come in the wake of the unfortunate incident where 18 persons died after hilltop trees crashed on them following heavy rains on Sunday at the Kintampo Waterfalls.
 
The victims were mostly students from the Wenchi Methodist Senior High School who had gone to the venue on excursion and were swimming at the time of the disaster. About 22 others who sustained injuries are receiving treatment at the Kintampo Government Hospital.
 
Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii sen show Monday, Nana Effa Guakro, Kyeremanko Hene stated that because the youth are too young to understand things of the spiritual realm, they refuse to pay heed to the warnings given them.
 
“If we tell them to stop doing certain bad things at the waterfalls site, they don’t listen and decide to do what they want. I’ve caused to be made several announcements on radio speaking against such bad behaviours, if they treat the river with respect, the river (god) will also serve them well.”
 
He disclosed that the chiefs and elders will consult the gods to investigate what might be the cause of the unfortunate incident that has thrown the entire area into a state of shock and mourning.
 
 
Source: Razzonline.com

It reduces blood pressure

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Hibiscus tea popularly called Sobolo is a delicious, healthy drink made from the petals of the Hibiscus flower and is widely appreciated drink in most parts of Africa and the world.
 
Sobolo has gained much popularity among Ghanaians, so much so that there are many variations of the drink now, with added flavours to improve taste and also the innovative ideas like Sobolo cocktails and so on.
 
However, there are important health benefits to the drink too, and here are five of them:
 
1 It reduces blood pressure: Drinking a significant amount of Soboloper day has shown to reduce blood pressure levels in hypertensive adults.
 
2 Incorporating Sobolo into one’s diet helps to control blood pressure. It lowers cholesterol levels: Sobolohelps to reduce the cholesterol in one’s system. Lowered cholesterol levels also lead to reduced risk of heart disease.
 
3 It helps in weight loss: Studies have shown that drinking a cup of Sobolo after meals has been known to aid in weight control.
The oxidants in the Hibiscus tea helps to reduce the absorption of dietary carbohydrates and helps in weight loss.
 
4 It acts as an aphrodisiac: Yes that’s right. Sobolo can also be an aphrodisiac. Aphrodisiacs are foods or drinks that stimulate sexual desire, therefore Sobolo acting as an aphrodisiac helps in stimulating one’s sexual desires and allows for a healthy libido.
 
5 It helps to protect the immune system:Sobolo is shown to prevent constipation and bladder infections. It strengthens the immune system by protecting it from colds and other bacterial infections and also increases the defence mechanisms against other infections.
 
 
 
Source: mynewsgh.com

model crashed to death

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"THAT’S DEFINITELY WHAT SHE WANTED TO DO,” HAKAMIE STEVENSON SAID. “IT’S WHAT SHE HAD STARTED TO DO THE DAY SHE WAS DECEASED.”


According to authorities, Thompson was standing between two sets of tracks Friday in Navasota when a BNSF Railway train approached. She moved out of the way, but was unaware that a Union Pacific train was coming in the opposite direction and got struck by the train.


The teen passed away from her injuries on her way to the hospital, the photographer was not injured at all.


Fredzania could be seen smiling in a photo taken on the tracks just before the fatal accident.


“ZANIE HAD THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SMILE,” FIANCÉ EARL CHATMAN, 25, TOLD THE EAGLE. “I BELIEVE SHE WOULD WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW WHAT A KIND AND CARING PERSON SHE IS.”


Her fiancé, Chatman, who is already the father of a 7-year-old son, found out in recent weeks that Fredzania was going to give him another child.
He said:


“SHE SAID, ‘YOU’RE GOING TO BE A DAD AGAIN.'”


Fredzania graduated from Navasota High School in 2015 where she had scholarships for being a star volleyball player. She was also a hair and makeup expert.
Shedding light on how the accident had occurred, Union Pacific spokesman Jeff De Graff, told the Navasota Examiner that the train crew had alerted them with the horn as they approached them and began the emergency stop process.


“BASICALLY, YOU HAVE TWO RAILROAD TRACKS THERE, ONE IS BURLINGTON NORTHERN TO THE WEST AND ONE IS UNION PACIFIC TO THE EAST, AND SHE WAS IN BETWEEN THE TWO TRACKS,” NAVASOTA ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER SHAWN MYATT SAID.

“BURLINGTON NORTHERN HAD A TRAIN ON THEIR TRACK COMING AND SHE TURNED BACK TO THE EAST TO WALK ACROSS THE UNION PACIFIC TRACK AND WALKED RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE UNION PACIFIC TRAIN THAT WAS HEADING SOUTH.”


The funeral service for Fredzania will be held on Saturday in Brosig Auditorium in Navasota. A graveside service will take place at Oakland Cemetery.
She would have turned 20 this past Monday.

 

By Dorcas Abedu-Kennedy

Articulated truck mangles vehicles at Circle

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An articulated truck on Monday crashed into some 12 vehicles at a popular place called Commando in Accra Newtown. Although some of the vehicles were badly damaged there were no casualties. 
 
Some eyewitnesses said the truck lost its brake, and in the process run into other vehicles. Meanwhile, the Police have towed all the affected vehicles to the Nima Police station in Accra. 
 
A similar accident occurred at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle about a fortnight ago. 
 
A 4-footer truck carrying sugar toppled over the guard rails of the Kwame Nkrumah Circle interchange and destroyed some vehicles beneath the overpass.
The container fell on two empty 207 sprinter buses parked close to the Royal VVIP bus station.
 
 
 
 
 

Emmanuel Awuku, 30

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A 30-year-old former manager of a filling station has been arrested for allegedly possessing three pistols and attempting to hire robbers to attack and rob his former employer.
The suspect, Emmanuel Awuku, was also arrested with three cartridges, five rounds of four millimetre ammunition, a black  mask and a knife, while he was waiting for his accomplices to arrive at an agreed venue. 
 
Pistol in trousers
 
Briefing the Daily Graphic, the Accra Regional Command Crime Officer, Chief Superintendent Edward Faakye Kumi, said the police had gathered intelligence on the operations of Awuku and mounted surveillance on him, leading to his arrest.
 
He said Awuku, who was a manager of the Star Oil Filling Station at Wisiwisi, on the Nkawkaw Abrem road, was dismissed early this year for allegedly embezzling funds of the company.
 
Mr Kumi said the police gathered information that Awuku had recruited some robbers from the Greater Accra Region to attack and rob the filling station and that the operation had been planned for March 7, 2017.
 
Unknown to the suspect that the police had mounted surveillance on him, Mr  Kumi said, Awuku showed up at the agreed meeting point, where he was busted while he was waiting for his accomplices.
 
He said the police found one of the pistols with five rounds of four millimetre ammunition hidden in the groin area,  concealed in his trousers.
 
 
Source: Graphic.com.gh
 
 

Godfred Yamma, the Jealous lover who burnt ex-girlfriend, three others arrested

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The jealous former boyfriend who could not withstand the sight of ex-girlfriend in a room with another man and allegedly set the room on fire killing the girl and three others has been arrested by the police in Kumasi.
 
Godfred Yamma, 26, who also sustained some injuries from the fire was arrested at a hideout at Maase in near Atimatim in the Ashanti Region on Tuesday around 1pm.
According to the police, Yamma has been referred to the hospital for treatment under police guard.
 
On Sunday, around 1am, Yamma allegedly went to the house of his ex lover, Effia and poured petrol in the room.
Effia, her two children; Adjoa 17, Junior, 8 and Effia's new lover were sleeping.
 
Yamma after spreading the petrol in the room turned on the gas cylinder in the kitchen and lit a fire, locked and locked the doors behind him.
 
An eye witness who saw Yamma and tried to rescue the victims was not spared as Yamma poured petrol on her. She is responding to treatment.
In the process about 18 adjoining structures in the area referred to as Frafra Lane were razed down by the fire.
 
 
Source: Graphic.com.gh

The 15 year old was subjected to torture with a hot electric iron for allegedly stealing a phone

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Police in Tamale have confirmed the arrest of one of five suspects in connection with the torture of a 15-year old Junior High School (JHS) pupil of one of the basic schools within the Tamale Metropolis who was subjected to torture with a hot electric iron by some residents of Tishegu, for allegedly stealing a mobile phone.
 
Outgoing Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) ASP Ebenezer Tetteh said 26-year old Razak Issan was arrested in a swoop last Friday night at Tishegu after several failed attempts to arrest the perpetrators behind the crime.
 
He revealed that hat four persons were arrested in the swoop but only Razak Issan was later identified by the victim as one of the four persons who tortured him but has since been granted bail to assist police with investigations.
 
It would be recalled how the victim was subjected to inhumane treatment by the suspect and his accomplices after he was alleged to have stolen a mobile phone.
 
According to the victim, he was subjected to the inhumane treatment with the plugged iron after the aggrieved residents numbering five mostly youth of the area, subjected him to severe beatings to compel him confess to committing the crime.
 
Mohammed Abdul-Rahman’s crime had been that, he was accused of stealing a mobile phone belonging to one of them but denied any knowledge.
 
“I was with my peers when the young men accosted me and accused me of stealing their mobile phone which I vehemently denied. They beat me up and sent him to a Mallam where I was proven not guilty.
 
Still not convinced by the pronouncement of the Mallam, I received more beatings and locked me up in a nearby shop overnight where I was burnt with a hot iron at my back and on my chest”, he disclosed his ordeal to Tamale-based Filla Fm.
 
Mother of the victim has since lodged a complaint with the Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service.
 
 
Source: mynewsgh.com

Dr Emmanuel Akwetey, Executive Director of the Institute of Democratic Governance

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The incident where a female Ghanaian kitchen staffer’s face was dipped into a paste of pepper by Jihad Chaaban, her Lebanese supervisor at Marwako Fast Food, is akin to slavery that must be condemned, Dr Emmanuel Akwetey, Executive Director of the Institute of Democratic Governance, (IDEG) has said.
 
Speaking on State of Affairs hosted by Nana Aba Anamoah on GHOne, he said: “They (workers) have to unionise to end this. Many of these companies do not even allow people to organise, and, so, when they are facing this kind of brutality, which is violence, which is like slavery, [they are unable to resist it].
 
Unless workers unite, unless they are unionised with their rights consolidated collectively, these abuses may not stop, these abuses probably have been going on for a long time.”
 
“It is the first time it is probably out in the public space but it might be happening across and I think that she deserves compensation as well. We have to be in a situation where the weak in the society feel they are protected by the law and that is the only thing that will deter those who feel powerful to maltreat them or to treat them as is happening.
 
So, it must be condemned unreservedly but we shouldn't stop there, the law must be enforced.”
Meanwhile, Jihad has been formally charged with assault. He was granted bail after being put before court on Tuesday, 7 March.
 
The Ghana Police Service on Tuesday has assured that justice would be served.
 
The Public Relations Officer of the Accra Regional Police Command, ASP Afia Tengey, told Chief Jerry Forson, host of Ghana Yensom, on Accra100.5FM on Tuesday: “We are meeting them, the victim, today.
 
We will also meet the management of Marwako depending on what the regional commander will deem fit. I will be very glad if this matter will be used as a test case because one cannot be treated this way in his or her own country by a foreigner or even Ghanaian.”
 
“On our part as police, I can assure you that we are doing everything within every legitimate length to ensure that justice is served to this lady.”
 
 
Source: classfmonline.com

Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Education Minister

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A group of teachers known as the Coalition of Newly-Recruited Graduate Teachers of Ghana have threatened to boycott classes over the non-payment of their salaries.
The group, which comprises Science, Mathematics, English and Geography teachers in various Senior High Schools in the country say government has not paid their salaries over the last seven months.
 
A statement issued by the group and copied to the media said they had gone through the necessary procedures to ensure their payments are made, however, the money has not been forthcoming.
 
They said, the situation has left them in dire economic situation and have called on the government to act swiftly to ensure their salaries are paid.
"We have gone through the established recruitment process of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to teach Science, Mathematics, English and Geography in the various Senior High Schools across the country.
 
This was preceded by the writing of a recruitment examination which was conducted by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) at the behest of GES. Our appointments took effect from 1st September, 2016 and we have duly been at post ever since our appointments. Evidential records abound to prove this," the statement said.
It added that, "We have gone through the required processes that should effect payment of our remuneration.
 
Unfortunately, however, the payment has not been forthcoming. A greater percentage of us have gone through the required Staff ID acquisition and subsequent biometric registration while some are still waiting to receive their Staff ID numbers. Those who have gone through the biometric registration have not been paid their salaries. The few paid received on three months' salary.
 
We are in the seventh month of employment with no payment of salaries making teaching very difficult for us.
They added that previous efforts to have their concerns addressed have been unsuccessful as they are told their staff ID numbers have to be unblocked.
 
The very questions we want to ask are: (I). is it our duty to unblock these numbers? (II) how are we expected to be effective in the classroom when our physiological and psychological needs are not satisfied?
 
The teachers have declared a March 31 deadline as ultimatum for the Ministry of Finance, Ghana Education Service and the Controller and Accountant General Department to quickly address their plight or risk having them boycott all classroom teacher-related activities, as we cannot continue to teach on empty stomachs.
 
 
Source: Kwame Opoku Agyemang

Several properties running into thousands of Ghana Cedis have been destroyed

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Two persons including a pupil were electrocuted on Tuesday evening after a 30-minute downpour in the Western Region twin city of Sekondi-Takoradi. 
 
3news.com’s Williams Benjamin Peters reports that several properties running into thousands of Ghana Cedis have been destroyed. Structures at the Effiakuma police barracks were completely destroyed, rendering many officers homeless. 
 
“One police officer got hurt and has since been rushed to the hospital,” our reporter said. The pupil, who was electrocuted, died on the spot while the other, a middle-aged lady, is said to be responding to treatment at the Takoradi SDA Clinic. 
 
Meanwhile, the Western Region Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organisation (Nadmo), Japheth Baidoo, says they have run out of relief items. He, however, assured that talks are ongoing with headquarters in Accra for immediate dispatch of items for victims.
 
 
Source: 3news.com

The woman, her two children and lover were all burnt beyond recognition

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A woman, her two children and lover were burnt beyond recognition Monday dawn at Breman Nkontwima in the Suame Constituency of Ashanti after they were allegedly locked in and set on fire by the woman’s former lover.
 
The charred bodies of Effia, her two children Adjoa 17, and Junior 8, and the yet to be identified lover have been deposited at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, while the suspect, identified only as Luke, is on the run.
 
Occupants of about 18 adjoining rooms in the area popularly called Frafra Lane, were also rendered homeless as their wooden structures were razed.
A fifth victim, identified as Atuley, suffered burns after the suspect allegedly poured petrol on her face and lit a fire for attempting to go to the aid of those who died.
 
Signs on the wall
 
According to a resident who spoke to the Daily Graphic on condition of anonymity, Luke had for several years subjected Effia to maltreatment and battery, and had been threatening to kill her and her new lover.
 
She said the people in the area, some of whom had their rooms destroyed, know the suspect but were unwilling to give him up for fear of being called names back home in northern Ghana where they come from.
 
Tears
 
When the Daily Graphic visited the scene, relatives and friends of the deceased had gathered, some wailing while those rendered homeless were making arrangements for where to pass the night.
 
Only a few residents could salvage some personal belongings from the wooden structures, a situation also worsened by difficult access and the fact that the Fire Service were called in late.
 
 
Source: Graphic.com.gh

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Teachers are responsible for six percent of the 13,355 cases of teenage pregnancies in the Central region in 2016, a study has found.
The 13,355 figure is a slight drop from the previous year's figure of over 14,000 cases of teenage pregnancy.


This came up during the Central regional health performance review at the University of Cape Coast.
According to Joy News Central regional correspondent Richard Kwadwo Nyarko, the Ghana Health Service did not understand why the phenomenon of teenage pregnancy is so persistent over the years.


The Service, therefore, sought to find out the professions of those behind the teething problem in the region so as to help tackle it from the source.


It came to light in their study that in the top five categories of the profession of those who were responsible 996 cases which represent 19.3 percent of the population sampled, small-scale farmers were responsible for the pregnancies, with drivers impregnating 676 girls representing 13 .3 percent of the total number of reported cases.


Also, the study found that 397 cases [7.8 percent] were attributed to small-scale miners while 353 cases [6.9 percent] blamed on unemployed residents of the region.


The concern, however, was that in 301 cases [5.9 percent] primary and secondary school teachers who are supposed to be nurturing the future leaders were responsible for the pregnancies.


It significant to note that more than 837 of the respondents [16.4 percent] of the teenagers said they did not know the profession of those who made them pregnant.
Regarding the marital status of the pregnant teenagers sampled, 70 percent of them [3,576] said they were single, while 23.8 percent [1213] were co-habitating with their partners.


Some 283 of the teenagers [5.5 percent] were married while 27 persons were divorced [0.5 percent] with 7 widowed [0.1 percent].
According to the study, "the early teen (14 years and below) pregnancy trend also showed a decline from 371 pregnancies in 2014 to 292 in 2015 and to 231 in 2016."



Source: Myjoyonline.com

Ghana is ranked among 20 other nations deemed expensive to reside in throughout Africa

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MoveHub, an international relocation company has rated Ghana as the most expensive country to live in on the African continent.
MoveHub based its assessment on a range of costs, such as the price of groceries, transport, bills, restaurants and rents.
These figures are then compiled into an index, using the notoriously expensive city of New York as a benchmark.


According to the report published by the Independent.co.uk website, Ghana is ranked among 20 other nations that are deemed expensive to reside in world over.
It said: “Ghana is one of Africa’s more prosperous nations, and this is reflected in the cost of living, which is higher than any other African nation”.


New York was given an index score of 100, and countries were then ranked based on this. So a country with a score higher than 100 is more expensive than New York, while below signals that it is cheaper.


Below is the list of the 21 most expensive countries in the world.


21. Ghana — 53.89: Ghana is one of Africa’s more prosperous nations, and this is reflected in the cost of living, which is higher than any other African nation, according to MoveHub.


20. Italy — 53.89: The cost of living in Italy is higher than in the eurozone’s two largest economies, Germany and France.


19. Israel — 54.11: Israel is, comparatively speaking, pretty inexpensive compared to other states in the region like Kuwait and the UAE.


18. Kuwait — 57.31: Kuwait’s currency, the Kuwaiti dinar, is one of the strongest currency units in the world, with a single dinar worth £2.63.


17. Japan — 57.62: Japan’s economy may have stagnated somewhat in recent years, but it still remains one of the world’s powerhouses, and that is reflected in the cost of living.


7. Bahamas — 73.63: The Caribbean state of the Bahamas faces the same problem as many island nations, that imports far outstrip exports, pushing up the price of goods.


6. Norway — 74.47: Scandinavian countries are notoriously expensive, and Norway is no exception. According to Numbeo, the average 1 bedroom apartment in the country costs around £925 per month to rent.


5. Singapore — 76.57: According to the blog Singapore Life News, the average cost of a pint of beer in the city-state is around £8.50.


4. Iceland — 80.47: Cut off from the rest of Europe and with very little fertile ground, Iceland is forced to import much of its food, pushing up costs.


3. Hong Kong — 81.93: Hong Kong is notoriously expensive, and with space at a premium in the incredibly crowded city, apartments are usually both tiny and pricey.


2. Switzerland — 90.68: Switzerland frequently tops lists of the best places on earth to live thanks to great infrastructure, healthcare and a clean environment. However, all this comes at a price and it is the most expensive place in Europe to live.


1. Bermuda — 126.34: The Atlantic Ocean tax haven of Bermuda is officially the most expensive nation on earth, with the country’s capital Hamilton also the most expensive individual city on the planet.



Source: Starrfmonline.com