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Superintendent search firm is chosen

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After a long night of presentations from three superintendent search firms, the Newton Community School District Board of Education voted 6-1 to appoint Grundmeyer Leader Search as its lead consultant for finding a new superintendent after Bob Callaghan announced his resignation in late October.

Cody Muhs, the newly appointed vice-president of the school board, casted the lone dissenting vote against Grundmeyer Leader Search, which delivered its presentation after firms McPherson & Jacobson, LLC and Ray and Associates, Inc. School board members evaluated each firm afterward.

According to documents included in the school board agenda, Grundmeyer Leader Search pitched itself as a confident enterprise. Founder Trent Grundmeyer said in a written introduction he was certain members of the NCSD Board of Education would be pleased with the services the firm can provide.

“From recruiting a quality diversified candidate pool to landing your top candidate,” Trent Grundmeyer said in the provided documents. “As a firm, we will work hard to customize the search process to fit your unique needs, recruit a diverse candidate pool, (and) outline an appropriate compensation package.”

Grundmeyer Leader Search claims its services utilizes “21st century recruiting measures, advanced screening tools and a clear process” to ensure the best person is chosen to fill the role of superintendent. Representatives strive to make the selection process “professional, efficient and successful to assure” schools’ complete satisfaction.

Two search consultants will lead Newton schools’ recruiting and hiring efforts. In the past five years, Grundmeyer Leader Search said 98 percent of the superintendents hired “are currently still employed with the district where they were originally hired.”

The firm is also searching for superintendents for Graettinger-Terril and Ruthven-Ayrshire, Bedford and Mt. Ayr, Boone Community School District, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Community School District and Harlan Community School District.

As of Tuesday morning, Newton Community School District’s superintendent search has been added to Grundmeyer Leader Search’s list of active searches.

“As a firm, we understand that you know your school district and community best,” Trent Grundmeyer said in a letter to the school board. “We understand how to lead a successful search process. As partners, we can facilitate a thorough and effective superintendent search to ensure the best leader is hired to take your district to the next level.”

At a Nov. 11 culture work session, the NCSD Board of Education decided it would use the services of a superintendent search firm to find a suitable candidate. About a week before the school board election, Callaghan announced he would resign as superintendent of Newton’s schools.

One year prior, the school board voted to not extend Callaghan’s contract, which was to expire in the 2020-21 school year. Since that initial review, the school board did not publicly address the status of the superintendent’s contract but did have a number of quarterly reviews held in closed sessions.

Effective June 30, 2020, Callaghan will no longer be superintendent of Newton schools.

Contact Christopher Braunschweig at 641-792-3121 ext. 6560 or cbraunschweig@newtondailynews.com


          

Brookhaven Elementary School Celebrates Black History Month

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In Honor of Black History Month, The Shared Decision Making Team sponsored the assembly, Anansi Goes Around the Globe at Brookhaven Elementary School. The students learned that this tale originated through the craft of storytelling. The setting of the story is Ghana, West Africa. The story traveled from person to person during the time of slavery. Through storytelling, slaves were able to create a community of strength in a difficult time in their lives and in American History. The students learned the many lessons as Anansi traveled around the Globe and learned many important life lessons.
          

希望の予防接種

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A new malaria vaccine named RTS,S or Mosquirix, is now being rolled out in three African countries. It targets Plasmodium falciparum, the most common and most lethal of four malaria parasite species, and is badly needed. But Mosquirix's efficacy and durability are mediocre, and some experts question whether it is worth the cost and effort. There are also concerns about its safety; in the largest trial, children who received Mosquirix had a risk of meningitis 10 times higher than those who received a control vaccine. It's unclear whether the vaccine is responsible, but the possible risk worried the global health community so much that the World Health Organization in 2015 decided to first set up a pilot in Malawi, Ghana, and Kenya in which the vaccine will be given to hundreds of thousands of children, to ensure the vaccine is safe and effective in the real world.


          

Globacom settles GFA with $1m after arbitration

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Nigerian telecom firm Globacom has paid the Ghana Football Association (GFA) $1,000,000 after an arbitration of a contractual impasse between the two entities. One hundred…
          

BoG introduces GHC100, GHC200 notes

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The Bank of Ghana has introduced GHC100 and GHC200 notes. This means the current highest note in the country GHC50 will cease to enjoy that…
          

Ghana is a partner of choice – Italian Premier

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Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, says he considers Ghana a partner of choice in West Africa for economic development, cooperation and growth. The Prime…
          

126 African-American diasporans receive Ghanaian citizenship

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President Akufo-Addo has in accordance with section 10 of the Citizenship Act (2000) Act 591, approved the applications of some one hundred and twenty six…
          

BoG directs MoMo operators to acquire license by June 2020

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The Bank of Ghana has said companies engaged in online or digital transactions including Mobile Money Operators and fintechs, have up to June 2020 to…
          

Michael Stuckey – African Way (Agnus Dei) (Official Live Video)

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American Contemporary Worship Artist, Michael Stuckey releases “African Way,” a captivating new single bound to get you praising and leaping for joy from the first kick. Accompanied by a live performance video, the powerful new track was recorded before a live audience in Ghana, West Africa. Speaking about the new song, Michael Stuckey shares: “Having […]
          

Gospel Duo Trinity Cross is Set to Host “The Cross Concert”

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The Cross concert has grown to become one of the anticipated events in Ghana every year hosted by Spirit filled Ghanaian gospel Music duo Trinity Cross made up of Nii Wonder and Nii Miracle, formerly of the Abuja Boys. After releasing their hit song ”I Surrender”, the music duo have been phenomenal and consistent in […]
          

DOWNLOAD : Kelvyn Boy ft Joey B – Mea Instrumental

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Download Kelvyn Boy Mea Instrumental Free Beat By Kelvynboy On Ghana Songs download
          

EPL: Aston Villa piles more pressure on Solskjaer as Man United drop points again

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Tyrone Mings' first Premier League goal secured a draw for Aston Villa and prevented Manchester United moving into the top five for the first time since 14 September.

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Africa: Youth From 30 African Countries Gather for Young African Leaders Summit

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[Ghanaian Times] The Maiden edition of the Young African Leaders Summit has been held in Accra, last week, with over 300 delegates from 30 countries across Africa.
          

Former Mayoress is campaigning to prevent 'concrete jungle' in Ghana

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Previous Mayoress hopes to save Ghana from becoming a ‘concrete jungle’.
          

Comment on Whole 30/Paleo Ghanaian Cauliflower Jollof Rice by Erica N

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Hahah I know the feeling, my mom eats fufu everyday, but my husband is not Ghanian and he eats whatever I cook 😁. You are totally welcome, I have to watch my self not to want to eat bofrot everyday since I can make it here. to avoid it being soggy, make sure that the cauliflower is cooked and to squeeze all water out of it.
          

Comment on Whole 30/Paleo Ghanaian Cauliflower Jollof Rice by Von

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We’re Ghanaian. I’m the only member of the family doing the Whole30 diet this month. Avoiding the contraband all around me has been - well - torture. Especially the sweet Hawaiian rolls. And boy oh boy do I miss waakye and Kenkey!!! And chocolate. Then you come along with the cauliflower hollow idea. Wow. Yeah. You rock. You angel!! That’ll work. It won’t be as tasty as real rice but it will have to do, We just bought an Instant Pot and are loving it. Plus we have an air fryer. Gonna get to work and try your recipe out. I worry it’ll be soggy? No? However, many thanks. V V.
          

Digital currency could be on the cards for Ghana’s Central Bank

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Ghana’s Central Bank could soon introduce a digital currency – the e-cedi. Speaking at an annual banking conference this week, Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Ernest Addison announced that the bank is in talks to explore the future of digital currency. He said, “The Bank is also in discussion with key stakeholders to explore [&hellip
          

Comment on My client’s 13-year-old son is alone in Ghana and she can’t afford £2,500 in Home Office fees to bring him here by vinny

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What is Emmanuel‘s date of birth? What is his father’s immigration history/status now?
          

Acharya strives for excellence throughout academic journey

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Half a serotonin molecule, an eye set in a sun and a one-line sketch of a face. All of these designs are set in ink on her skin. The tattoo that holds the most significance for senior Meghana Acharya, however, runs sturdy and unfaltering along her left forearm: a pencil. “I’ve written my whole life....
          

Association of Sunlight Exposure and Consumption of Vitamin D-Rich Foods During Pregnancy with Adverse Birth Outcomes in an African Population

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Abstract
Background
Our objective was to assess whether dietary vitamin D (vitD) intake and sunlight exposure during pregnancy is associated with birth outcomes in a healthy Ghanaian population.
Methods
A population-based cross-sectional study that included 703 mother-infant pairs accessing postnatal services at the five main health facilities in Cape Coast, Ghana was conducted in 2016. Information on sunlight exposure practices and consumption of vitD-rich foods during pregnancy was collected.
Results
A 1 µg increase in vitD intake resulted in a statistically significant 0.00505 weeks increase in gestational age (95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.00005, 0.01004). Mothers classified in the first quartile of vitD intake had 37% (prevalence ratio = 1.37, 95% CI: 1.10, 1.69) increased risk of preterm birth (PTB) compared to their counterparts classified in the fourth quartile. Decreased vitD intake was also associated with low-to-moderate Apgar score.
Conclusion
Nutrition education of mothers on the importance of screening for vitD deficiency during early months of pregnancy is recommended.

          

Ghanaian Architect Ernest Banning on The Business of Architecture and His Philosophy

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The Northern Chapter of the Ghana Institute of Architects [GIA] organized an event dubbed ‘Legendary Evening’ at the amphitheatre of the College of Arts and Built Environment of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology [KNUST] on the evening of Tuesday 19th November, 2019. As the theme portrayed, the audience were blessed to be […]
          

Ghana Insurance Market 2020- Industry Analysis, By Key Players, Segmentation, Trends and Forecast By 2026

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(EMAILWIRE.COM, November 22, 2019 ) Strong demand for insurance of vehicles, property, health and other insurances across Ghana are driving the revenues of insurance companies in the country. Growing life expectancy, tax incentives on insurance products, favourable savings associated with insurance...
          

Mes, Conte dal Ghana annuncia: “Querelo Salvini per calunnia”

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Dopo giornate di polemica e la rissa sfiorata alla Camera, la questione del Fondo salva-Stati potrebbe diventare materia di competenza della magistratura. Il presidente del Consiglio, riferirà lunedì, ai cronisti che gli chiedevano cosa pensava delle parole dell’ex vicepremier ha risposto: “Il primo momento utile è lunedì, come sempre sarò in Parlamento, in modo trasparente, […]

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Afghanistan, il "Mullah Donald" e il patto con i Talebani. Storia di un fallimento

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Fa uno spot elettorale della serie “ragazzi, tranquilli, presto vi riporterò a casa”, dove quel “presto” sta per prima delle elezioni presidenziali del novembre 20020. E poi sceglie il “male minore”. E poco importa che quel “male” ha rappresentato la ragione dichiarata di una guerra lunga diciotto anni. “Mullah Donald” ha sentenziato che il nuovo Afghanistan, plurale, democratico, de-talebanizzato, è una illusione che non vale più la pena coltivare.

I negoziati con i Talebani sono ripresi dopo l’interruzione nello scorso settembre, ha annunciato Donald Trump, ieri in Afghanistan per una visita a sorpresa nella base militare di Bagram nel Giorno del Ringraziamento. I” talebani vogliono un accordo, e noi li incontreremo e diremo che deve esserci un cessate il fuoco. Loro non lo volevano ma ora sì. Abbiamo compiuto dei grandi progressi”, ha dichiarato Trump al termine di un colloquio con l’omologo afghano Ashraf Ghani.Anche i Talebani si sono detti “pronti a riprendere i colloqui” di pace con gli Stati Uniti e confermano quanto affermato ieri dal presidente statunitense, Alcuni leader del gruppo radicale hanno fatto sapere che stanno avendo incontri con funzionari Usa di alto livello, a Doha.  Ma ciò che più conta, per il tycoon, è mantenere fede su uno dei punti del suo programma elettorale:  quello di riportare a casa i soldati americani dalle guerre infinite, prima tra tutte quella in Afghanistan. Il presidente più volte ha ribadito la sua posizione, così come ha fatto anche in occasione di quest’ultima visita, sostenendo che i soldati americani, “i migliori che ci sono” non possono essere “la polizia del mondo”.   A Ghani , Trump  ha confermato l’intenzione di ridurre al più presto il numero di militari americani, dispiegati nella coalizione internazionale arrivata a combattere i talebani dopo l′11 settembre 2001, a 8.600 unità dagli attuali 13mila. Come primo step. Per arrivare, in piena campagna presidenziale, all’azzeramento della presenza militare Usa in Afghanistan. Obiettivo praticabile, nell’ottica del “Mullah Donald”, visto che nemico di ieri può diventare l’alleato di oggi Paradosso afghano: diciotto anni fa, l’America colpita dall’11 Settembre, muove guerra in Afghanistan ad al Qaeda e al regime che ospitava i campi di addestramento di Osama bin Laden: quello dei Talebani. Migliaia di morti dopo (tra cui 54 militari italiani), l’inquilino della Casa Bianca apre ai Talebani in nome di un nemico comune: l’Isis. Diciotto anni di guerra, ovvero oltre 145 mila morti, tra cui almeno 28 mila civili. A questi si aggiungono oltre 3.500 soldati NATO (di cui 53 italiani, più 650 feriti), almeno 1.700 contractor di varie nazionalità e oltre 300 cooperanti stranieri’. Una guerra costata 900 miliardi di dollari, 7,5 per l’Italia. Nel 2018 secondo l’Onu sono stati uccisi 3800 civili, tra cui mille bambini. Il più alto numero di vittime tra la popolazione in un anno. Quest’anno finora hanno perso la vita 19 militari americani.

I Talebani controllano gran parte delle regionirurali dell’Afghanistan. E rappresentano ancora una minaccia alla pace e alla stabilità del paese, forti ancora di un numero di miliziani stimati tra le 40 e le 60mila persone. Non riconoscono il governo di Ghani, che ritengono essere un “fantoccio” degli occidentali. E vogliono rientrare nella partita per la spartizione del potere. E Trump lo ha accettato. In nome di un nemico comune: lo Stato islamico. Perché a potere e territori  ai Talebani sono i foreign fighters dell’Isis. L’Afghanistan non è l’Iraq o la Siria, dove gli affiliati all’Isis combattono i curdi, i cristiani e gli sciiti. Qui il potere è conteso ad altri sunniti, i Talebani, e più che per conquistare nuovi territori al “califfato”, si combatte per assicurarsi il controllo delle rotte del commercio dei narcotici. La “fabbrica” talebana di oppiacei mantiene salda la prima posizione mondiale, infatti l’eroina afghana raggiunge quasi tutto il globo. 

 Nel gennaio 2017, l’Isis ha annunciato la nascita di una nuova fazione locale in Afghanistan, alla quale hanno velocemente aderito molti fuoriusciti dai talebani: gli afghani di Nangarhar non lo sapevano, ma si trattava proprio dei pakistani rifugiati nelle loro case. Dopo un anno di alleanza con i talebani afghani, in estate, l’Isis è venuto allo scoperto predicando in moschea un islam rigidamente wahabita (lo stesso professato in Arabia Saudita).  A luglio sono cominciati i primi scontri a fuoco tra i talebani afghani e i pakistani, passati all’Isis.   Dopo un mese circa di combattimenti, l’Isis si è impossessato della zona, nonostante gli americani bombardassero sia loro che i talebani. Passando villaggio per villaggio e casa per casa, i jihadisti hanno rubato i mezzi di sostentamento ai residenti, distruggendo scuole e madrasse talebane, imponendo una nuova legge. Le abitazioni dei talebani sono state bruciate e chi veniva sospettato di essere loro alleato è stato rapito e seviziato, Una recente inchiesta della Bbc metteva in evidenza come l’adesione allo Stato islamico fosse divenuta economicamente più appetibile per gli afghani, considerato lo stipendio di 500$ mensili, cui il movimento talebano (in guerra dal 2001) non può sicuramente entrare in concorrenza. Il pericolo di un progressivo sbilanciamento di forze a favore delle bandiere nere era stato denunciato dallo stesso leader Mullah Omar, ora defunto, in una lettera proprio rivolta al Califfo Al-Baghdadi, anche lui passato a miglior vita.  Nella stessa il Mullah intimava il fu Califfo di “non cercare di penetrare in Afghanistan” e che la sua azione stava “pericolosamente dividendo il mondo musulmano. E a rendere ancora più ingovernabile il Paese è la frammentazione etnico-tribale

 


          

Men should be allowed to marry two wives – Gospel singer

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Popular Ghanaian gospel singer, Stella Aba Seal has openly advocated for men to be allowed to marry 2 wives as long as they can take care of them.
          

Green to Grey: An Urban Heat Assessment of Kumasi, Ghana

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The current study assessed the city of Kumasi, Ghana to find out the extent of urban heat and the views of the populace about their climate. Both the subjective and objective approaches were utilized in the study. Secondary data from the Meteorological Survey Department in Kumasi covering temperature and relative humidity values for a 42- year period (1976 - 2018) was retrieved and used in the analysis to find the trend of urban heat phenomenon. Alongside, a developed questionnaire had a response from 2,083 people. The findings reveal among other things that there’s a 2ºC rise in mean annual temperature from 1976 to 2018. Additionally, the data shows that the past 4 years have had high mean temperature values. Subjectively, 1, 271 residence representing 61% voted in the “slightly warm-hot” range on the thermal sensation scale. Majority of the respondents across all the ages indicated how uncomfortable their outdoor spaces have become in recent times. 36% of the respondents attributed this discomfort to the lack of greenery with over 95% across all ages indicating that Kumasi city has lost its greenery and green spaces to buildings and other infrastructural activities. Whiles climate change and global warming have both become a global menace, the onus lies on individual countries and for that matter, various city authorities to make a conscious effort in planning our cities with greenery to alleviate the menace we already find ourselves. A conscious effort to retrieve and restore encroached green spaces must be undertaken by the city authorities while the parks and gardens division ought to be efficiently resourced to manage our green spaces.


          

Ten of the Best Ethical Stocking Fillers & Competition

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Ten of the Best Ethical Stocking Fillers & Competition

Combat the high-street and restore your sense of seasonal goodwill with these ethical and sustainable stocking filler gifts. From sumptuous skincare to delicious sweet treats, give gifts that give back this year.

Buzzbalm Hand and Cuticle Cream

Give the gift of naturally revitalised skin and nails this Christmas with Buzzbalm Hand And Cuticle Cream. This care cream is created with just six active ingredients and formulated using larger quantities of Thyme Honey. Particularly beneficial for gardeners, climbers and all outdoorsy people alike, this cream is perfect for sticking in a stocking!

 

Little Green Soap Co. Cleansing Oil Makeup Remover.

Handcrafted with a specially-selected blend of fruit oils and essential oils, the Little Green Soap co. Cleansing Oil Makeup Remover is a must-have for anyone who loves a bit of natural TLC at the end of the day. Vegan, Palm Oil and Cruelty Free, this all-purpose cleanser is both kind on your skin and on the planet - just what we like to hear!

 

Humble Brush Toothbrush

Designed by Swedish dentists, the Humble Bush Toothbush is a fantastic, affordable, yet incredibly eco-friendly option to slip into a stocking this Christmas! Biodegradable but guaranteed to last just as long as it's plastic predecessor, the Humble Brush is a grat gift for all the family. Plus for every Humble Brush sold, a child in need receives a toothbrush or alternative oral care and education in areas around the world wherever the need is greatest.

 

William Morris Reusable Water Bottle

We all love a pretty reusable water bottle, but this limited-edition number embodies everything William Morris believed in - it's both reusable AND beautiful! The William Morris Reusable Water Bottle is a design classic for the eco-concious, available in three designs and guaranteed to keep drinks hot (or cold!) for 12 hours, it's the perfect Christmas keepsake.

 

Marley's Monsters Organic Cotton Facial Rounds

Have a relative or friend that you can't wait to drag away from the evils of cosmetic wipes? Marley's Monsters Organic Cotton Facial Rounds are the perfect introduction to the world of sustainable skincare for those a little bit apprehensive about making the switch. Small enough to pop into a make-up bag and both reusable and washable, these facial rounds are a wonderful alternative to disposable wipes, cotton balls or cotton wool pads. Available to buy alongside a small net cotton bag, or wooden facial rounds container for a bumper gift, these rounds make the perfect stocking filler for that someone looking to take their first step into the world of ethical living.

 

Divine Chocolate Coins

Chocolate coins are a staple in any Christmas stocking but, if you're keen to ensure even the smallest items you include are ethically-produced, look no further than Divine Chocolate Coins. These are the only Fairtrade chocolate coins available on the market and each festive bag made guarantees a fair deal to the cocoa farmers of Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana - a delicious win-win for everyone!

 

Nomads Organic Cotton Socks

What's a Christmas stocking without a couple of pairs of new socks? Available in classic Nomads desings and crafted from super-soft organic cotton, our socks are both breathable AND ridiculously comfy. Designed with thermo-regulating properties to ensure your toes will always be at the right temperature even at the chilliest time of year, Nomads seasonally inspired socks are the perfect addition to any Christmas bundle.

 

Beeswax Food Wraps


Not sure what to include in a stocking for that person that has everything ? These delightful Beeswax Food wraps are an innovative alternative for anyone that can no longer stand their morning battle with the cling film! Made from GOTS certified organic cotton and local UK beeswax, these reusable wraps are a fabulous gift idea that will benefit the recipient for years to come.

 

Land Chocolate Bar

If a handful of chocolate coins simply won't cut it for your stocking giftee, try popping in a prettily (and 100% recyclable) packaged Land Chocolate Bar too! The one-man band, Phil Landers, behind this single-origin brand does everything from roasting the beans to wrapping his bars by hand all in the same workshop in east London. He pays between two and three times more than the Fairtrade price, working as directly with farmers as possible - just the sort of ethical business to support this Christmastime!

 

Reusable Bamboo Straws

A final addition for any sustainable superheros out there! Give the gift of greener celebrations this year with a pack of Reusable Bamboo Straws. The only straws on the market that are 100% USDA certified organic, these durable and beautiful straws cut straight from nature are the perfect way to enjoy a festive tipple, completely guilt-free!

 

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Afrikanische Namen: Unsere Top 20 für Mädchen und Jungen

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Die besten afrikanischen Babynamen

Afrikanische Mädchennamen: Unsere Top 20

Viele Mädchennamen haben eine besondere Bedeutung, zum Beispiel haben sie etwas mit der Religion der Eltern zu tun oder sind aus der Natur entnommen. In Afrika werden über 2000 Sprachen gesprochen, deswegen sind auch die Namen sehr unterschiedlich.

  1. Abiona kommt von den Yoruba und bedeutet "die auf Reisen Geborene". Der Name kann auch für Jungen verwendet werden.

  2. Abla ist Swahili und bedeutet dort "wilde Rose".

  3. Akua ist vor allem in Ghana beliebt und bedeutet, dass ein Mädchen an einem Mittwoch geboren ist.

  4. Alika ist ostafrikanisch und beschreibt ein Mädchen, das mit seiner Schönheit alle übertrifft.

  5. Amaka ist die Kurzform von Chiamaka und heißt "Gott ist schön".

  6. Ayna steht im Afrikanischen für "schöne Blume". Im Türkischen bedeutet Ayna "Spiegel".

  7. Chinara ist nigerianisch und bedeutet "die von Gott Empfangene".

  8. Elani ist kenianisch und steht für "die Leuchtende" oder "das Licht". Manchmal heißt es auch Elany.

  9. Elikia stammt aus der Demokratischen Republik Kongo und bedeutet "Hoffnung".

  10. Gasira steht für "die Mutige".

  11. Hidaya ist Swahili und bedeutet "die Begehrte", "die Ersehnte" oder "das Geschenk".

  12. Imara ist ebenfalls Swahili und steht für "die Willensstarke".

  13. Lamina stammt vom arabischen Namen al-Amin und beschreibt "die Gewissenhafte" oder "die Vertrauenswürdige".

  14. Lisha ist nigerianisch, wird "Lischa" ausgesprochen und bedeutet "die Geheimnisvolle".

  15. Makeda ist äthiopisch und steht für "die Schöne".

  16. Nadra ist Swahili und bedeutet "die Ungewöhnliche".

  17. Nefera ist altägyptischund beschreibt dort "die Schöne" oder "die Gute".

  18. Niara ist Swahili und bedeutet "zu etwas Großem bestimmt". Man kann es auch "Nyara" schreiben.

  19. Shani ist vor allem in Ostafrika beliebt und steht für "die Perle" oder "die Wundervolle".

  20. Tulasa verheißt ein fröhliches Leben.

Afrikanische Jungennamen: Unsere Top 20

Auch afrikanische Jungennamen sind wegen der vielen Sprachen sehr vielfältig und außergewöhnlich.

  1. Amaniel ist in Afrika sehr verbreitet und heißt "Gott sei mit uns". Der Name ist eine Mischung aus Amando, Emanuel und Daniel.

  2. Ayo wird vor allem in Nigeria vergeben und bedeutet "der Glückliche".

  3. Badu ist ghanaisch und steht für das zehnte Kind.

  4. Caven ist äthiopisch und beschreibt die aufgehende Sonne.

  5. Demba ist in Gambia beliebt und steht für "der Friedliche" oder "der, der die Wahrheit spricht".

  6. Edem ist ghanaisch und bedeutet "Gott hat mich gerettet".

  7. Elnatan ist in Äthiopien beliebt, der Name kommt aus dem Hebräischen und ist eine Alternative zu Nathanael und Elnathan.

  8. Jomo ist ghanaisch und bedeutet dort "Bauer".

  9. Kiano ist kenianisch und beschreibt dort einen Wirbelwind.

  10. Kymani stammt vom Stamm der Kikuyu und bedeutet "der Abenteuerlustige".

  11. Lorean  kommt vom lateinischen "laurus" und bedeutet "der Loorbergekränzte".

  12. Madu ist nigerianisch und steht für den aus dem Volk stammenden.

  13. Marlec bedeutet "Der König" oder "Sonnengott".

  14. Napo ist togolesisch und bedeutet "der Zweitgeborene".

  15. Niam beschreibt die Mitwirkung Gottes. Der Name existiert auch im Arabischen und im Persischen.

  16. Samba kommt vom Sambatanz und wurde von afrikanischen Sklaven nach Brasilien mitgebracht.

  17. Sekou ist liberianisch und bedeutet "der Schlaue".

  18. Simba ist swahili und steht für "der Löwe".

  19. Taio  ist nigerianisch und bedeutet "geboren zum Glücklichsein".

  20. Vuyo ist südafrikanisch und verheißt Frieden.

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Ghana: Faith Healers Defy Ban on Chaining

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(Accra) – Faith-based and traditional healing centers in Ghana continue to hold people with real or perceived mental health conditions – psychosocial disabilities – in chains in inhumane conditions despite a 2017 ban on such treatment, Human Rights Watch said today.

“People with psychosocial disabilities are still chained like animals,” said Shantha Rau Barriga, disability rights director at Human Rights Watch. “If the government wants its ban on chaining to be more than empty words, it needs to ensure that these chains come off and develop local mental health services that respect the rights of people with mental health conditions.”

A man with a real and perceived mental health condition held by a chain around his ankle at a traditional healing center in the Greater Accra Region in Ghana. 

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From November 4 to 8, 2019, Human Rights Watch interviewed 25 people, including people with psychosocial disabilities, mental health professionals, staff at prayer camps and traditional healing centers, mental health advocates, religious leaders, and two senior government officials.

Of the six prayer camps or traditional healing centers across Ghana’s Greater Accra, Eastern, and Central regions Human Rights Watch visited, dozens of people were chained in two facilities. At both centers, men detained there called out to the Human Rights Watch researcher, begging to be released. In one traditional healing center, Human Rights Watch found 16 men in a dark, stifling room, all of them with short chains, no longer than half a meter, around their ankles. They called out: “We are suffering here. They are abusing our human rights. Please help us. Please help us.”

“The chaining of people with mental health conditions needs to stop – it needs to stop,” Ghana’s deputy health minister, Tina Mensah, told Human Rights Watch. Similarly, in a meeting with Human Rights Watch, the gender, children and social protection minister, Cynthia Morrison, said, “I give you my commitment right now, and I’m sure we’ll bring an end to it.”

These chains had been around the ankles of a woman with a real or perceived mental health condition through the night at a prayer camp in the Eastern Region of Ghana. She was released just before Human Rights Watch visited, but is still held at the prayer camp in a locked room, with the chain lying next to her mattress. 

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At another prayer camp, people with real or perceived mental health conditions continue to be confined in cages that they are rarely allowed to leave, based on regular visits since 2011. They are forced to urinate or defecate in small buckets placed outside their cells. Most cages are so narrow that the men cannot even stretch out their arms. In two other facilities, people with mental health conditions are not chained, but the head of each camp explained that they are denied food for up to seven days, based on the belief that “fasting” will enable them to use worship and prayers to heal them.

The head of Ghana’s Mental Health Authority, Dr. Akwasi Osei, announced on World Mental Health Day in 2017 that the government would enforce the 2012 Mental Health Act provision that people with psychosocial disabilities “shall not be subjected to torture, cruelty, forced labour and any other inhuman treatment,” including shackling. In a video with Human Rights Watch, he said it was “illegal to put anyone in chains.”

Human Rights has found, based on its research since 2011, that families often take people with real or perceived mental health conditions to faith-based or traditional healers because of widely held beliefs that such disabilities are caused by a curse or evil spirits, and because their communities have limited, if any, mental health services. In some cases, the family member may  have been using drugs such as marijuana; in others, they were outcasts because of so-called deviant behavior.

“We need to talk to the families and make sure that they are ready to receive them because if the family refuses to receive them, where do they go?” Morrison said of the families of people in the spiritual or traditional healing centers.

Human Rights Watch confirmed that people remain unchained in Nyankumasi prayer camp, where officials from the Ghana Mental Health Authority sawed the chains off the 16 residents in 2017. They now refer anyone in a mental health crisis who comes to the camp to the nearby psychiatric hospital. The head of another center, Doctor Jesus Prayer Camp, told Human Rights Watch that they do not chain anyone because they are aware of the national ban.

In one traditional healing center, Human Rights Watch found 16 men in a dark, stifling room, all of them with short chains, no longer than half a meter, around their ankles. They called out: “We are suffering here. They are abusing our human rights. Please help us. Please help us.” 

© Shantha Rau Barriga/Human Rights Watch 2019

Deputy Minister Mensah said: “You can see that there have been improvements since the last time you were here. That means the people are taking up the challenge and improving some of the conditions. But we need to still do more. We have to sensitize the people, educate them on the rights of every individual. They cannot chain people in this way.”

In February 2019, the World Health Organization initiated, with the support of the UK’s development agency, its Quality Rights initiative in Ghana, an e-learning program aimed at training at least 5,000 people on ways to improve the quality of mental health services and ensure respect for human rights, including through obtaining informed consent from the person involved.

Based on interviews with seven mental health professionals and advocates in early November, most of whom had completed the training, Human Rights Watch believes that there has been a marked shift in the attitudes and practices of staff in Accra Psychiatric Hospital and among mental health professionals who administer medication to people in some prayer camps.

A nurse who works at Tetteh Quarshie Regional Hospital said, “Mental health is not just about taking medication. ‘Take your drug. Take your drug.’ Trying to force medication is not right. There is more to it.”

A nurse at Accra Psychiatric Hospital said: “Try to talk to the patient, to find out how you could help the patient – or what the patient thinks could be done to help them to get out of an aggressive mood. It’s possible to do without seclusion.”

A number of efforts led by local nongovernmental organizations, especially groups of people with psychosocial disabilities, are also underway. For example, MindFreedom Ghana has teamed up with the Human Rights Advocacy Center to conduct human rights training for psychiatric nurses and traditional healers. Another organization, Basic Needs Ghana, has been facilitating peer support groups. The Mental Health Society of Ghana is working with Time to Change in the UK to combat stigma and challenge stereotypes by highlighting the experiences of people with mental health conditions who have jobs, families, and are part of their communities, especially through social media.

Despite this progress, the government of Ghana should take further steps to end shackling by setting up the Visiting Committees outlined in the Mental Health Act to monitor prayer camps and traditional healing centers to enforce the ban, and by investing in community mental health services that respect human rights. The government should also ensure that people with psychosocial disabilities get adequate support for housing, independent living, and job training.

The government should follow through on commitments to sensitize the public and to combat the stigma associated with mental health conditions, Human Rights Watch said. Finally, the government needs to set up the levy envisaged under the 2012 Mental Health Act to fund mental health services as a matter of priority.

“It was promising to see that the ban is having its intended effect in some camps,” Barriga said. “But many people with real or perceived mental health conditions are still chained or locked up. Just as the minister said, ‘This needs to stop.’ The government needs to move from rhetoric to reality.”


          

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BoG introduces new denominations

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The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has introduced two new higher denominations of the Ghana notes and a coin to complement the existing currencies in circulation.

The new denominations are the hundred and two hundred Ghana cedi notes and a two cedis coin that are expected to be in circulation from Monday, December 2, 2019.

Features

The size of the new GH¢100 is 157mm x 80mm and is predominantly grey in colour with turquoise highlights. The main image at the back of the GH¢100 banknote is Ghana’s Parliament Chamber with the secondary image of the Parliament building.

The GH¢ 200 is predominantly terracotta with red grey highlights with the seat of Government, the Jubilee House, as the main image at the back.

The GH¢2 coin has the image of the Ghana Coat of Arms on the front with the Jubilee House at the back, both embossed on silver with gold around it like a fence.

Convenience and efficiency
Speaking at the launch of the currencies, Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Ernest Addison, said the introduction of the new denominations was to complement the existing series to ensure customer convenience and bring about efficiency in the printing of currency to generate savings for the country.

Dr Addison said high levels on inflation and currency depreciation in the past had eroded some of the gains of the redenomination in 2007.

Deadweight burden

Dr Addision said the deadweight burden reflected in high transaction cost had re-emerged. This set of high denominations will address the increased transaction cost in a high valued transactions in a cash-based economy.

“These new higher value denominations will only restore partially the dollar value of the higher denomination of GH¢200 to about US$40”.

“This may not be quite close to levels in 2007, but high enough to significantly reduce the deadweight burden and high transaction cost in making high-valued purchases in a cash-based economy like Ghana,” Dr Addison said.

“This is why we continue to pay attention to enhancements in the structure, security features and management of cash within the economy. This will stay with us for some time”, he added.

Currency reforms

As part of the currency reforms, the central bank in May this year upgraded some of the currency to enhance the security features of the banknotes in the context of an evolving technological landscape.

Analysts have urged the central bank to be cautious on the circulation of the higher denominated banknotes.

The Governor said it was normal practice in all jurisdictions for central banks to periodically review the structure of their currencies with the view to ensuring that they were aligned with macroeconomic conditions and demand.

He cautioned that the introduction of the high value is not a shift away from the country’s policy of pursuing a cashless society and promoting the use of electronic modes of payments.

“While vigorously pursuing financial inclusion by accelerating the migration to e-payment platforms, we are also mindful of the relevance of cash in our day-to-day dealings. Undeniably, cash still remains the preferred medium of payment by the large informal sector in the country”, he said.

High depreciation

In 2007, when the country redenominated its currency, GH¢50 was equivalent to $50 but 12 years on, the same GH¢50 is now worth only $9.

It has depreciated by more than 80 per cent.

In a bid to restore some of the lost parity to the dollar, the central bank has introduced the highest banknote of GH¢200, which is four times the previous highest denomination. But not even a fourfold increase in the highest denomination could restore the parity it had in 2007.

Not solution to depreciation

A Senior Economist at Databank, Mr Courage Martey, agrees that the structure of the banknote should align with the needs of the people who use it for their daily transactions, but cautioned that the higher denominations should be limited in supply and in circulation as the introduction of higher denominations will not tackle the fundamental problems of the persistent high inflation and the perennial currency depreciation.

“As long as these fundamental issues are not addressed, we could be coming back to introduce yet another set of higher denominations in the next decade”, he said.

Mr Martey suggested to the country’s economic managers to keep an eye on low inflation and a stable Ghana Cedi.
“If we don't achieve these fundamental correction in the economic indicators, the real value of these new higher denominations will be eroded and we will have to come back to introduce even higher notes”, he said.


          

All you need to know about the new GH¢100 and GH¢200 notes

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The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has announced that it is introducing new high-value denominations of the cedi.

The high-value denominations are GH¢100 and GH¢200 banknotes.

Additionally, Ghana's central bank is also introducing a new GH¢2 coin.

GH¢2 coin

Design of notes

The general design of both notes follow the style of existing Ghana cedi banknotes.

GH¢100

The colour scheme of GH¢100 note is predominantly grey with turquoise highlights and it has dimensions of 157millimetres x 80 millimetres.

The main image at the back of the GH¢100 banknote is Ghana's parliament chamber and the secondary image is the parliament building.

GH¢200

The colour scheme of the GH¢200 is predominantly terracotta with red-grey highlights.

The main image at the back of the GH¢200 banknote is the Seat of Government (Jubilee House). The secondary image is part of the fence surrounding the Seat of Government (Jubilee House) building.

Circulation

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has announced that new denominations will go into circulation next week Monday, December 2, 2019.

According to the First Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Maxwell Opoku Afari, although the banknotes became legal tender after the launch, commercial banks will start picking up the new banknotes from the BoG on Monday.

PUBLIC SECURITY FEATURES

1. NEW MOTION SURFACE STRIPE (SECURITY THREAD)

It is the wide shiny stripe that runs down the front of the banknote from top to bottom.

2. OPTICALLY VARIABLE MAGNETIC IMAGE (OVMI) - SPARK LIVE

It is a shiny colour changing image of the Adinkra symbols STRENGTH' on the GH¢100 and 'ONLY GOD' on the GH¢200. When the note is tilted, a shiny bar moves up and down the symbols. The colour changes from Gold to Green when tilted.

3. MORE PROMINENT WATERMARK

It is the image of Tetteh Quarshie with a cocoa pod which has been made more noticeable in the plain star area of the banknote. It becomes visible on both sides when viewed against light. The denomination value can also be seen in the watermark.

4. ENHANCED IRIDESCENT BAND AT THE BACK OF THE BANKNOTE

It is a golden bond with gold bars at the back of the banknote that runs from top to bottom. It can be seen more clearly when the note is tilted.

The upper part has a three-dimensional image of an Adinkra symbol moving above an apparently deep background: the symbol of 'STRENGTH' on the GH¢100, and 'ONLY GOD' symbol on the GH¢200.

The lower part of the stripe features the parliamentary mace on the GH¢100 and state sword on the GH¢200. When tilted these images appear to move.

Questions and Answers by BoG

Introduction of Higher Denomination Banknotes

1. Why has the Bank of Ghana introduced higher denomination?

Answer: High levels of inflation and currency depreciation in the past have eroded some of the gains from redenomination. The deadweight burden, reflected in high transaction cost has re-emerged. This set of higher denominations will address this increased transaction cost, especially in high-valued transactions in a cash based economy. Also, the structure of the banknotes denomination has changed resulting in a shift in demand for higher denominations (GH¢50 and GH¢20 account for about 70% of the total demand), reflecting the expansion in income and prices.

Introduction of the higher value denominations in circulation are therefore necessary to ensure customer convenience, reduction in the costs of printing and other currency management processes.

2. What are the benefits of introducing these higher denominations?

Answer: Ensuring customer convenience; reducing high transaction cost; efficiency in high value transactions in cash; and reduces cost of printing as well as currency management including processing, transporting, and storing banknotes.

3. Will the new higher denomination banknotes lead to higher inflation?

Answer: No. Higher denomination is introduced to only ease high transaction volumes. These notes will only replace some of the large cash transactions done with the existing GH¢50 and GH¢20 banknotes. Again, the value of currency depends on what you can buy with it, rather than what the face value is. Bank of Ghana will remain committed to preserving the purchasing power of the currency.

4. What will happen to the GH¢1 and GH¢ 2 banknotes?

Answer: The GH¢1 and GH¢2 banknotes remain legal tender

5. Will the new higher denomination banknotes also be a transaction note?

Answer: The GH¢100 will complement the existing high denomination banknotes to ease high value transaction. The GH¢200 banknote will be introduced gradually into circulation and will be in limited quantities.

6. Why has the Bank of Ghana introduced GH¢2 coins?

Answer: Bank of Ghana intends to gradually replace its lower banknotes denominations with coins to reduce its cost of printing. BoG will also embark on a vigorous campaign among road transport workers, market operators, small businesses, supermarkets, vendors and others to create avenues for the usage of the coins including develop infrastructures for coin usage.

7. Is the 1Gp still a legal tender?

Answer: The bank has no immediate plan of withdrawing the 1Gp from circulation.

8. How will the Bank of Ghana ensure that Ghanaians are aware of the security features of the new banknotes and coins?

Answer: There will be a nationwide educational campaign focused on the security features, proper handling of banknotes and promote usage of coins.

9. What is the need for higher denominations when other countries are moving towards the paperless mode of payments?

Answer: Introduction of higher denomination banknotes should not be misinterpreted to mean a shift away from the Central Banks policy of pursuing a cashless society and promoting the use of electronic modes of payments. The Bank of Ghana is rigorously pursuing paperless payment systems and recently implemented a regulatory framework for E-Payments and also introduced interoperability. These have enhanced growth in digital payments particularly growth in mobile money transfers and payments. More recently, the Bank announced exploration of issuing Central Bank Digital Currency. While vigorously pursuing financial inclusion by accelerating the migration to e-payment platforms, the bank is mindful of the relevance of cash in our day-to-day dealings. Undeniably, cash still remains the preferred medium of payment by the large informal sector in the country. This is why we continue to pay attention to enhancements in the structure, security features and management of cash within the economy.


          

Why the BoG is introducing the new GH¢100 and GH¢200 notes

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The Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Dr Ernest Addison has explained that the introduction of a new GH¢2 coin as well as GH¢100 and GH¢200 banknotes into circulation is to ensure customer convenience and bring about efficiency in the printing of currency to generate savings for the country.

Addressing a press briefing today in Accra, Mr Addison disclosed that new coin and notes were decided upon after a review of the structure, acceptability and use of the individual currency which begun in March 2017.

He said the review exercise revealed the resurgence of deadweight burden issues on the economy due to past significant inflation and perennial depreciation of the currency, a significant increase in the demand for higher denomination banknote and increased cost of printing.

"Today, in line with the results of the exercise, the Bank of Ghana is introducing a new GH¢2 coin, and GH¢100 and GH¢200 banknotes denominations into circulation to complement the existing series to ensure customer convenience and bring about efficiency in the printing of currency to generate savings for the country," Dr Addison said.

"These new higher value denominations will only restore partially the dollar value of the higher denomination GH¢200 to about US$40, not quite close to levels in 2007, but high enough to significantly reduce the deadweight burden and high transaction cost in making high-valued purchases in a cash-based economy like Ghana".

He maintained that the introduction of the high-value notes should not be misinterpreted as a shift away from the Central Bank's policy of pursuing a cashless society and promoting the use of electronic modes of payments.

"While vigorously pursuing financial inclusion by accelerating the migration to e-payment platforms, we are also mindful of the relevance of cash in our day-to-day dealings. Undeniably, cash still remains the preferred medium of payment by the large informal sector in the country," Dr Addison stressed. 

Read Dr Addison's entire address below;

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BoG launches GH¢100 and GH¢200 notes

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The GH¢100 note

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300 Companies bid for 43 cocoa roads

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Three hundred construction companies have submitted bids to the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) for the construction and  rehabilitation of roads in cocoa growing communities nationwide.

The firms are competing to be selected as contractors for the first phase of the cocoa road projects, which resumed this year after it was suspended for auditing and streamlining purposes.

The Head of General Services of COCOBOD, Mr Joseph Nsiah, who disclosed this in an interview with the Graphic Business, said the first phase involved 43 roads in the Western North, Oti, Volta, Western, Central, Bono, Ahafo and Eastern regions.

He said COCOBOD received bids totalling 800 from the 300 companies.

“We will do the second phase later which we will also award a different set of contracts for the construction of roads within the cocoa growing areas as part of the resumption of cocoa roads activities,” he stated.

Construction to begin in January

Mr Nsiah said “Our expectation is that by January 2020, work should start and we are fasttracking things to make sure that we are able to work within the shortest possible time.

“By end of December this year, we should be able to finish this process of selection and by January, awards will be given for construction to start,” he noted.

Competitive tender process

He pointed out that this was the first time COCOBOD was using the competitive tender process to select contractors for the cocoa roads.

“It has always been through sole sourcing and restrictive tenders but management is of the view that going forward, there is the need to bring in more transparency and more competition in order to bring down the price.

“At a point in time we may want to do sole sourcing or restrictive tenders but now we feel there is the need for us to do a national competitive tendering,” he explained.

“We are going through a rigorous selection procedure to get the very best of contractors to do the job for us,” he added.

He said the secrecy which had normally characterised the award of cocoa road projects in the past had been linked to many poor-quality road construction projects and project price inflation.

Open to all

He said the process was opened to all road construction companies that met the publicised requirements.

The received tenders will be submitted to a committee for evaluation to determine whether the tenders meet the standardised requirements, after which the central tender committee will make its recommendations for COCOBOD’s management to award the contracts.

Impact on cocoa production

Commenting on how the construction of the roads would impact cocoa production in the country, Mr Nsiah said, this would make it easier for COCOBOD to haul the cocoa to the ports and also haul fertiliser and chemicals to the farms.

“It will also serve as a way of improving the livelihoods of the farmers who are our core constituents,” he stated.

Agreement with Roads Ministry

Mr Nsiah also indicated that COCOBOD had signed a concession agreement with the Ministry of Roads and Highways, which would recognise cocoa roads  as assets of COCOBOD for a period of 10 years.

“In time past, COCOBOD roads were not considered assets of the company so even though we were building the roads, in terms of accounting; nothing showed that they were our assets.

“They only reflected as expenditure made but they were not our assets and this was affecting our books. So going forward, there is a 10 year concession agreement that has been signed where all roads we build will be considered as part of the assets,” he explained.

Within the 10  years period, he said COCOBOD would also be responsible for the maintenance of the roads.


          

Allianz Life Insurance and Ghana Post launch Post Assurance

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An insurance service which is conveniently available at post offices across Ghana has been launched by Allianz Life Insurance in partnership with Ghana Post Company Limited.

Dubbed Post Assurance, the service is currently available at 50 branches of Ghana Post across Ghana.

The two products on offer under the Post Assurance are Apomuden and Anidaso policies.

Apomuden is a hospital cash product which makes available to the policyholder or named dependants a sum assured for each night spent on hospitalisation.

Anidaso is a funeral plan product which helps to take care of funeral costs and other living expenses during the period of bereavement.

The collaboration between Ghana Post and the insurance company is to ensure that through Ghana Post's vast platform, more people could be reached.

Speaking at the launch in Accra on Tuesday [November 26, 2019], the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Allianz Life Insurance, Mr Gideon Ataraire, said the collaboration would help the two companies to offer better opportunities and services to the public.

"Through this collaboration, we will create a vast platform and position ourselves to reach more people, deepening the insurance penetration and creating better service experience for the average Ghanaian," he said.

Mr Ataraire added that the collaboration with Ghana Post was strategic to market, promote, sell and distribute life and non-life insurance products through Ghana Post's 300 branch network.

He said "our outlook is to build a truly Ghanaian company operated by Ghanaians providing effective and affordable solutions for the average Ghanaian."

"We are extremely pleased with the opportunity to work with GhanaPost," he added.

Allianz has been operating in Africa since 1912 and currently serving 39 markets in 13 countries and provides micro-insurance services to over 500,000 people in Africa.

Allianz's operations in Ghana started in the non-life segment in 2009, providing a wide range of products and services such as motor, home, travel, injury and disability insurance.

The Managing Director of Ghana Post, Mr James Kwofie, said the company put its customers' needs at the centre of its operation, hence collaborating with Allianz Life Insurance to bring insurance services to its customers.

"The focus on putting the customer at the centre of everything we do is the reason for Ghana Post being involved in Post Assurance," he said.

According to Mr Kwofie, Ghana Post ventured into the partnership with Allianz Life Insurance for the shared benefit of the Ghanaian financial products consumer.

He explained that Ghana Post as a company was poised in promoting financial inclusion in rural settings with its collaboration with Allianz Life Insurance.

"Ghana Post is now a major player in providing services to all communities while offering employment to support the growth of the Ghanaian economy, " Mr Kwofie said.


          

BoG maintains policy rate at 16%

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For the fourth time this year, the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Ghana (BoG) has maintained the policy rate at 16 per cent.

The decision to maintain the rate was as a result of some threats to both  inflation outlook and economic growth.

This was announced by the Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Dr Ernest Addison, while addressing the media after the 91st Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting in Accra.

 He added that the threats to inflation were broadly balanced hence the need to maintain the policy rate at 16 per cent.

He said the committee noted the synchronized growth slowdown across advanced economies and its potential spillover effects on emerging markets and developing countries.

“In addition to subdued inflation, recent assessments indicate that the global economy is in a low growth, low interest rate environment. Major central banks have, therefore, shifted towards accommodative monetary policy stance which will likely persist until signs of growth emergence or inflation pick-up becomes evident.

“These developments have triggered favourable global financing conditions as investors search for yield in emerging markets and frontier economies with strong fundamentals, underscoring the need to further consolidate the macroeconomic gains and to position the economy to benefit from the favourable external financing conditions,” he stated.

Inflation

Mr Addison noted that the three readings of inflation since the release of the rebased Consumer Price Index by the Ghana Statistical Service showed that inflation had remained below its central path of eight per cent.

He said headline inflation declined from 7.8 per cent in August 2019 to 7.6 per cent in September, and had since inched up to 7.7 per cent in October on the back of the recent upward adjustment in administrative prices of electricity and water.

Looking ahead, he said, inflation was projected to stay within the medium-term target of 8±2 per cent over the forecast horizon.

Commodities

On the international commodities market, Dr Addison said data showed that crude oil prices fell by 3.8 per cent on a year-to-date basis to close at an average of US$59.8 per barrel for October 2019.

He said the decline was on account of investor concerns about the unrelenting US-China trade tensions and continued build-up in US crude inventories.

He noted that gold prices also slipped marginally to $1,490.9 per fine ounce after trading above the $1,500 per ounce for two successive months on the back of dovish monetary policy stance by major central banks.

“On a year-to-date basis, gold prices gained 18.9 per cent. The average price of cocoa increased by 11.2 per cent to settle at $2,475 per tonne in October 2019. This was mainly supported by increased third quarter grinding data which serves as proxy for demand,” he stated.

Trade account

He said the favourable commodity price developments, together with increased production volumes, impacted positively on the trade account.

In the period January to September 2019, exports stood at $11.7 billion  while imports started recovering, reaching $10.0 billion.

These developments resulted in a further improvement in the trade surplus which stood at $1.68 billion, compared with $1.56 billion in the same period in 2018.

Current transfers improved, resulting in a further lowering of the current account deficit to $829.5 million, compared to a deficit of $1.0 billion  in the same period of 2018.

Gross International Reserves (GIR) increased by $1.67 billion to$8.70 billion as of November 15, 2019, providing cover for 4.2 months of imports. This compares with the end-December 2018 position of US$7.02 billion which is equivalent to 3.6 months of import cover.


          

TCL Android AI TV wins Product Innovation of the Year Award

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TCL Electronics Ghana Limited, dealers in TCL Home appliances won big at the recently held Ghana Innovation Awards, sweeping two awards.

The TCL Android Artificial Intelligence (AI) television was adjudged the Product Innovation of The Year 2019, while the company itself also won the Innovative Electronic Company of the Year.

Among the qualities that won TCL Android TVs the Product Innovation of The Year award, is its capacity to offer users the opportunity to easily access a wide variety of content including YouTube, Google Apps, Calendars, Weather reports and Netflix, all with a simple voice command.

The TCL Android AI TVs, the first of its kind in Ghana are powered by certified Android 8 and advanced AI Technologies such as Google assistant and can comfortably accommodate any android app.

For the award of the Innovative Electronic Company of the year, TCL was adjudged for its outstanding performance in providing top notch tech-based products to its growing consumers.

TCL, ranked No. 2 in global television sales is a multinational electronics manufacturing company with over 38 years of industry experience, with a current workforce of 85,000 employees, 23 research institutes and 21 manufacturing bases.

It has sales offices in over 80 countries and regions, with its businesses covering over 160 countries and regions globally.

TCL is a leading brand in the USA, Europe and Australia and Amazon’s fastest selling TV brand. The company has won many Global awards for excellence. The brand prides itself in creativity as an essential tool in driving its technology and products all over the world.

With complete functions, advanced technology, and reliable quality, TCL products are appreciated world-wide by over 13 million consumers. It manufactures and sells various ranges of TCL Televisions, TCL Residential Air Conditioners, Commercial Air Conditioners, Refrigerators, Freezers, washing machines and water dispensers.

TCL Electronics Ghana Limited has been established as part of its objective to expand into the African market and make the product accessible globally.

Speaking at the event which took place at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra, Head of Retail Marketing at TCL Ghana, Leslie Stanley Sey expressed gratitude for the recognition, adding that it was a testament to the hard work of the entire TCL team.

“We have put in a lot of hard work and we are excited about the feedback from our growing customer base. We are here to serve and to provide top notch innovative products to the Ghanaian market. We will stop at nothing until every home in Ghana gets the TCL experience”.

He added that about a fortnight ago, TCL also picked the Electronic Company of the Year award at the prestigious Ghana Business Awards which will spur the company on to do more.

The maiden Ghana Innovation Awards sought to recognise individuals and organisations that contribute in significant sustainable and innovative ways towards the forward march of the Ghanaian industry.


          

Eric Kofi wins huge at mybet.africa

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A 24-year-old baker from Kumasi, Eric Kofi, has won GH¢114, 687.95 upon placing 14 fold multiple bets and gaining 20 per cent bonus with a GH¢1,000 stake.

Mybet.africa is an online sports betting platform offering sports, virtuals and casino for Ghana and the African sub-region.

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ADB to partner Posco to establish oil palm refinery

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The Managing Director of the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) Limited, Dr John Kofi Mensah, has expressed the readiness of the bank to partner Posco International, a multinational company from South Korea, to establish an oil palm refinery in the country.

Speaking during a courtesy call on him by the Chief Executive Officer of Posco International, North and West Africa, Mr Wonchae Yi, in Accra yesterday, Dr Mensah said the establishment of the refinery would make Ghana a major exporter of not only the raw material but also finished palm oil and kernel products which would yield more benefits to the country.

Posco International is a multinational company with expertise in the establishment of value chains in various areas of business, including steel, energy, agro-commodities, chemical products, machinery parts and infrastructural development.

The company has discovered and developed sustainable business models in more than 80 countries worldwide.

Follow up visit

The courtesy call was a follow-up to preliminary discussions with a Ghanaian delegation during private-sector facility sessions of the Global Climate Fund’s 24th Board Meeting in Incheon, South Korea.

The Ghanaian delegation was led by the Deputy Minister of Transport, Mr Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, and included Dr Mensah.

Mr Wonchae led his company’s delegation which held discussions with the leadership of the ADB in Accra.

Feasibility studies

Dr Mensah, who welcomed the partnership, said the bank was prepared to assist with the necessary feasibility studies for the project to take off.

“We are happy to partner Posco International to help establish the refinery, which falls in line with the government’s Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) programme,” he said.

He added that with assistance from a National Designated Authority (NDA) under the Ministry of Finance, “we are going to fast-track the process of partnering Posco International for other projects in the country”.

According to him, the bank had the necessary expertise to make the establishment of the refinery possible, since it had been at the forefront of partnering companies such as the Ghana Oil Palm Development Company (GOPDC), the Benso Oil Palm Plantation (BOPP) and the Twifo Oil Palm Plantation (TOPP) in similar ventures.

Fresh palm fruits and palm kernel can be processed into vegetable cooking oil, glycerin, bio-diesel and can be used for soap-making, including washing and medicinal products.

The sap (palm wine) from the oil palm tree is also a resource for processing into various alcohols for industrial and domestic use.

Delivery partner

The ADB managing director further indicated that aside from the establishment of the refinery, the bank was going to be the delivery partner under the Ministry of Transport’s Accra City Electric Bus project.

He said the government chose the ADB because of its good financial performance over the last two years and its general experience, especially in financing the purchase of 150 buses for the Intercity STC Coaches Limited and the Metro Mass Transit Limited.

Dr Mensah also said due to the eco-friendly policy of Posco International, the ADB was going to establish a Green Climate Desk to ensure that all projects and activities to be undertaken as partners met the Green Climate agenda.

Readiness

Mr Wonchae expressed the readiness of his company to establish the oil refinery in Ghana to create more jobs and also deepen Ghana-South Korea economic relations.

He said the partnership was in line with the company’s strategic expansion drive in Africa, adding that Posco International would also collaborate with the ADB in other areas of interest to ensure that the agricultural sector in Ghana received the necessary boost.


          

Aviation satellite network outmoded — Kofi Adda

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The Minister of Aviation, Mr Joseph Kofi Adda, has said a recent technical audit of an aviation satellite network which provides voice and data interconnectivity for flights in the Africa Region indicated that the network was outmoded.

He also said the rapid pace of network expansion had brought about challenges of interconnectivity and interoperability in the sector.

The network supported the provision of air navigation services in West and Central Africa, the Indian Ocean and beyond.

Comprising 70 earth stations, the network supported fixed and mobile aeronautical telecommunication services and other critical safety services.

Event

The minister was speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting of aviation agencies in Africa and some countries located in the Indian Ocean (AFI) in Accra yesterday.

Among issues to be discussed at the three-day AFI Satellite Network Management Committee Meeting is how to improve and modernise the work of the network, including the replacement of the obsolete satellite.

Managed by four agencies in the region, the AFI Satellite Network (AFISNET), which was installed 25 years ago, has been rendered obsolete in the face of technological advancement, the non-availability of spare parts and technical support.

The participating agencies are the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the Nigeria Airspace Management Authority, the Roberts Flight Information Region (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) and the Agency for the Safety of Aerial Navigation in Africa and Madagascar, which also manages the space for countries, namely, Angola, Trinidad and Tobago, Sao Tome and Principe and South Africa.

Re-engineering

Mr Adda called for the re-engineering of the network, which began in 2012.

He said so far technical specifications for the replacement of the obsolete network had been developed and said the major issue now was how to fund a new network.

He, therefore, urged the participants to come up with decisions that would improve efficiency and effectiveness in the aeronautical systems in the region.

Touching on Ghana’s performance in the aviation industry, he said it remained committed to ensuring safety through the provision of efficient networks and technical expertise and funding.

He said various interventions in the sector demonstrated the government’s commitment to make Ghana an aviation hub in Africa.

Objective

The Director-General of the GCAA, Mr Simon Allotey, said the satellite network was funded by the European Union (EU) and commissioned in 1994 as a medium for re-integration to provide digital and modern aeronautical services for the region.

Since its establishment, he said, the network had employed mainly point-to-point communication between adjacent air traffic control centres in West and Central Africa.

Additionally, he said, it eliminated deficiencies in data and voice communication and also contributed to improve air navigation safety in the region.


          

Cocoa Buying Companies sue GRA and COCOBOD over VAT

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The Licensed Cocoa Buyers Association of Ghana (LICOBAG) and licensed cocoa buying companies (LBCs) have gone to court to challenge the cancellation of Value Added Tax (VAT) exemption for LBCs by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).

In a writ filed at the commercial division of the Accra High Court Monday by their lawyer, Charles Tettey, the LBCs averred that since the promulgation of the VAT Act in 1998, the LBCs had always been exempted from VAT because their activities were essential to the supply of raw cocoa.

It is their contention that their activities formed part of the supply of cocoa, which can be termed as an agriculture product in its raw state and therefore, must be exempted from VAT per Section 3 of the First Schedule of the VAT Act, 1998 (ACT 546).

Co-defendants
According to the plaintiffs, the cancellation of the VAT exemptions by the GRA in 2019 was in “bad faith, unreasonable, capricious and a complete disregard for the law and the economic rights of the plaintiffs.”

The LBCs who have joined their association to file the suit include Kuapa Kooko Company Limited, Federated Commodities Company Limited, Sika Aba Buyers Limited, CDH Commodities Limited, Adikanfo Commodities Limited, Olam Ghana Limited and Unicom Commodities Ghana Limited.

Joined to the suit as defendants are the GRA, the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), the Commissioner General of the GRA and the Chief Executive Officer of COCOBOD.

Case of Plaintiffs
In their statement of claim the plaintiffs contend that if the GRA had decided to cancel the VAT exemption, the liability to pay the VAT should be on COCOBOD and not the LBCs because the LBCs are mainly agents of COCOBOD, which are assisting it to carry out its duties.

“The third defendant (COCOBOD), being the principal of the plaintiff is under the circumstances, the competent party to be held liable for the payment of VAT,” the statement of claim averred.

Also, it is the contention of the plaintiffs that the decision of the GRA to subject them to VAT payments from 2014 will lead to the total collapse of their businesses.

“The plaintiffs aver that the conduct of the defendants is causing unbearable and unjustifiable economic stress to them (plaintiffs and other LBCs) and could cripple the activities of their business altogether, if left unchecked by the court,” the statement of claim added.

Reliefs
The LBCs are seeking a declaration from the court that their activities form part of the supply of agricultural products in its raw state and therefore, must be exempted from tax.

They also want a declaration that the cancellation of the VAT exemption is “arbitrary, inequitable, unreasonable, unfair, capricious, in bad faith and therefore, unlawful, null and of no effect”.

The plaintiffs are further seeking an order of perpetual injunction restraining the GRA or its officers from assessing them for the purpose of charging them to pay VAT.

Writer’s email: emma.hawkson@graphic.com.gh


          

Banking sector clean-up: Receivers recover only GH¢1bn

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Receivers of the nine collapsed banks, PwC and KPMG, have recovered only GH¢1 billion out of a total debt GH¢10.1 billion that were owed the banks by individuals and institutions prior to the revocation of their licences.

The money was recovered through loan repayment by customers, placements, liquidation of bonds and other income sources.

Addressing the media after the 91st Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting, the Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Dr Ernest Addison, said said there was still a lot of work to be done by the receivers.

“There is still more work to be done as the receivers have a loan portfolio of over GH₵10 billion and have only done GH₵1 billion so they have GH₵9 billion more to go after.

“Apart from the loan portfolio, they also have other assets that they need to go after so that we will be able to meet all the depositors’ payments that are due,” he said.

95 per cent of depositors fully refunded

Responding to questions of depositors who still had their moneys locked up, Dr Addison said 95 per cent of depositors had been fully refunded.

“The trouble that we currently have has to do with the fact that we had to operate with caps for the special deposit taking Institutions. We have a cap of GH₵20,000 per account so this is the cause of the noise that you are hearing about people not getting access to their funds.

“They are not getting access to their funds because of the cap on payments. More than 95 per cent of total deposits are below this cap and have been fully covered

“There are only about five per cent of depositors who are holding very significant amount of money in there that have been caught under this cap. Unfortunately, those are the louder ones and that is why we keep hearing that people are not getting access to their funds but most people have had access to their full funds,” he explained.

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Receivers job critical

Dr Addison said the challenges for the repayment of the full amount for the remaining five per cent had to do with the resources the government could afford to provide upfront.

He said the hope therefore was for the receivers to be able to recover the funds from individuals, shareholders, and directors so that all depositors would receive their full amount.

“It is expected that at the end of that receivership process, those amounts that have not yet been paid would be taken care of by the proceeds that the receivers are able to generate so the receivers job is very important.

“Chasing loan defaulters, chasing shareholders and directors that have misdirected funds are critical to meeting depositors’ full payment and we must give the receivers the necessary support to do this,” he stated.

Credit to private sector

Commenting on the issue of credit to the private sector which has witnessed some contraction in recent times, the governor said the central bank was rolling out some policy measures to address the challenge.

To further provide increased activity in the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) sector, he said the BoG was setting aside two per cent of the banks’ primary reserve to support targeted lending to SMEs as part of the Enterprise Credit Scheme which was announced in the 2020 budget.

He said these funds would be held by the central bank and would be made available to banks that participate in the scheme.

He said the BoG would also explore the possibility of setting a minimum loan to deposits ratio to ensure that more deposits mobilised by banks were channeled to viable private sector projects.

“The BoG will hold further consultations with the banking industry to determine the impact of such a regulatory measure, and if warranted, determine the level of such ratio and appropriate monitoring and enforcement mechanisms to promote its effectiveness,” he stated.


          

Samira Bawumia to launch World Shea Expo

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The Second Lady, Mrs Samira Bawumia, is expected to launch the first edition of the World Shea Expo at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra on December 2, 2019.

According to the organisers, the World Shea Expo, which is the first of its kind will showcase Ghana's Shea-nut Industry to the World as the best quality Shea-butter in sub-region.

"It will also bring together partners and stakeholders within the value chain such as processors, women pickers, farmers, researchers, aggregators, various associations and women groups, and financial institutions," a statement issued by Savannah Golden Tree Limited said.

According to Mr Rashid Zakaria, the CEO of the Savannah Golden Tree Limited, organizers of the World Shea Expo, the maiden edition will seek to publicly recognize the efforts and contributions of women, youth and the small to medium enterprises to the Shea-butter industry.

"It will also Bring forth the extensive research work done by the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) - Sub-Station, Bole to reduce the gestation period of the Shea tree and to make it attractive for the women and youth of this country".

Organizers of the expo have also intimated that they are rebranding Shea as a luxury ingredient, emphasizing that their focus is on sustainable livelihood that will uplift the lives of people relying on the products and will move forward the Shea industry as a whole.

The World Shea Expo is organised by the Savannah Golden Tree Limited in collaboration with the Northern Regional Coordinating Council and the Regional Coordinating Councils of the Savannah Region, North East Region, Upper East Region and Upper West Region.

The main event will take place on from April 22-25, 2020, at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in Tamale.


          

Graphic, Samsung deepen business collaborations

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Samsung Ghana Limited and the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL) have expressed the commitment to deepen their business relationship for their mutual benefit.

This is because both organisations are of the conviction that opportunities exist to grow their businesses if they undertake more collaboration.

The decision was reached when the Head of Marketing at Sumsung, Ms Tracy Kyei, paid a courtesy call on the Managing Director of the GCGL, Mr Ato Afful, in his office in Accra last Friday.

The visit was to enable Samsung to discuss ways to collaborate with the GCGL and also commend the group for being a true partner in Samsung’s progress.

Significance

“We are here to meet with you as we begin the preparation of our budget for 2020 and to thank you for supporting us. We are also here to see what we can do together, going forward,” Ms Kyei said.

She said the meeting was also meant to discuss developments in the media industry and find out how best the two organisations could come together to exploit opportunities in the sector for their mutual benefit.

“We want to plan for the year and see how we can use all the channels of the GCGL. We have been using only your print and we want to use all your channels now,” she added.

Opportunities

Mr Afful said the GCGL valued the partnership it had with Samsung and that it was “ready to explore opportunities to present smart solutions to smart people”.

He said the GCGL had, over the years, enjoyed a good relationship with Samsung and “we want to support companies like yours to build your brands”.

Mr Afful said the digital platform of the company included the Graphic NewsPlus and other products which were all available to support clients such as Samsung to reach out to a wider audience.

The Director Marketing of the GCGL, Mr Franklin Sowa, said the GCGL would continue to support Samsung to drive technology in the country and, therefore, urged the latter to take the opportunities the GCGL presented in its digital space.

“We have opportunities around our space and we can do more together to give additional value and by creating more excitement around the Samsung brand,” he added.

The Editor of the Daily Graphic, Mr Kobby Asmah, described the partnership as refreshing and said it would create a platform to discuss the way forward for the two companies.

“Let us continue to have more of such engagements to allow us to establish stronger links and also deepen our collaborations,” he said.

Present at the meeting were the Assistant Editor of the Graphic Business, Mr Charles Okine, and a Marketing Executive of the GCGL, Ms Mercy Annan.


          

Gov’t to launch universal QR code to make Ghana cashless society

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The government will in December 2019 launch a Universal QR code in a bid to make Ghana a cashless society, Vice President, Dr. Mahammudu Bawumia has announced.

He says with the code which leverages on existing technologies, traders and businesses will be able receive payments without a point of sale device.

Dr. Bawumia who was speaking at the third Chamber Business Awards, indicated that the successful implementation of the system, will make it the first of its kind in Africa.

“We will introduce what we call the Universal QR code. It leverages the technologies that we have built.  Once we launch the Universal QR code, all businesses and traders will essentially no longer need point of sale devices.  Mobile phones will be sufficient to receive payment wherever, and will go directly into your account that you have received payment. This is going to start next month. Singapore, China and the UK have all launched the QR code so Ghana is going to be the first in Africa. We are going to launch it next month so we move on to be a cashless society to make e-commerce enhancing.”

Paperless Hospitals 

Dr.  Mahamudu Bawumia also reiterated that the government will in the next two years complete the paperless system for all hospitals and CHPS compounds in the country.

According to the Vice President, this forms part of the government’s digitization agenda to eliminate the human interface that is fraught with corruption tendencies.

He added that, a paperless healthcare delivery system will bring down the cost of accessing medical care.

“Some hospitals have gone paperless. Others are going paperless and so for us, we want to complete the process right down to the CHPS compounds. That will help us in the delivery of quality health services and bring down the cost of healthcare  There is so much fraud in the system. Once we have the paperless system, we can move patients from one hospital to another and they will not have to carry their folders along”, he added.

Government’s paperless systems agenda

Since the assumption of the New Patriotic Party, the government continues to express its resolve to automate all transactions to reduce human interaction.

The move aims at reducing turnaround time for businesses and eliminating corruption.

As a result, government began the implementation of the paperless clearing system on September 1, 2017, to speed up the process of clearing goods from two weeks to four hours, and ensure order at the port, whilst blocking loopholes.

According to the Vice President revenue increased from GH₵130 million in the first week of September 2016, to GH₵213 million in the same period for 2017.

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See the list of collective investments which have not been affected by the revocation of 53 Fund Management licences

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has published a list of 18 Collective Investment Schemes (CIS) in the form of Mutual Funds or Unit Trusts which have not been affected by the revocation of the licences of their respective fund managers.

A press release issued by the SEC said the revocation of the licences of the Fund Managers neither affects the valid licences of nor terminates the Mutual Funds and Unit Trusts that they used to manage.

The release added that shareholders and unitholders of these Mutual Funds and Unit Trusts are therefore not included in the ongoing submission of claims process at branches of Consolidated Bank Ghana Limited (CBG).

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Total number of CIS affected is 18; made up of 13 mutual funds and 5 unit trusts as listed below;

"In accordance with section 88 (6) of the Securities Industry Act, 2019 (Act 929), Boards of Directors (for Mutual Funds) and Trustees (for Unit Trusts) of affected CIS are to ensure that the schemes continue to run in the best interest of shareholders/unitholders by appointing new fund managers to operate the CIS," the release said.

"Investors of affected CIS shall be advised by their respective Boards and Trustees when the fund managers are appointed or any other option taken in accordance with Act 929".

Background

On Friday, November 8, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) withdrew the licenses of 53 fund management companies pursuant to Section 122 (2) of the Securities Industry Act, 2016 (Act 929).

The SEC said the affected companies failed to return client funds which remained locked up in, contravention of the investment rules.

“Essentially, they have failed to perform their functions efficiently, honestly and fairly and in some cases are in continuing breach of the requirements under relevant securities laws, rules or conditions, despite opportunities provided to them by the SEC within a reasonable period of time to resolve all regulatory breaches,” a statement issued by SEC said.

The SEC on Monday, November 18, 2019, commenced a process to validate the claims of the customers of the 53 fund management companies.

Read the entire release below;

Public Notice on Mutual Funds and Unit Trusts Managed by Fund Management Companies 


          

Workshop on economic empowerment of women ends

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The empowerment of women to enable them to play a more meaningful role in economic activities has now taken a centre stage.

This is because the contribution of women in turning around businesses, among other things, has been identified as paramount in view of the records of successes chalked up at all levels.

It is against this background and more that the Opportunity International (United Kingdom) held an annual stakeholders’ meeting in Accra dubbed: "Economic Empowerment of Women in Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo through rural financing." It was supported by UK Aid Match.

A release issued in Accra yesterday said the maiden meeting was attended by all the project stakeholders, including Opportunity International UK, Sinapi Aba Savings and Loans (SASL), VisionFund - Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Esoko, Participatory Development Associates (PDA), Warehousing Consultants and Opportunity International Savings and Loans (OISL).

Objectives

The objectives of the meeting, according to the release, were for participants to learn from one another’s experiences and to integrate learning into action planning.

Meanwhile, the release explained that the overall objective of ‘The Economic Empowerment of Women Project’ was to help increase the participation and empowerment of 12,000 women in the rural economies of Ghana and the DRC in order to improve productivity, build assets and increase household income.

Meeting targets

The Chief Executive Officer of Opportunity International Savings and Loans, Mr Kwame Owusu-Boateng, during his opening remarks commended the stakeholders for exceeding all the targets set for the first year of the project.

He said, “Institutions that have stood the test of time are those which are client centric and also, by empowering women, we will help to create a lasting impact in our society”.

Support so far

So far, over 5,032 female smallholder farmers and agricultural business owners in Ghana and the DRC, representing 42 per cent of the total target of 12,000 have been served with loans, savings and training with total loan disbursement of over £700,000 to support their agri- businesses.

It is expected that at the end of the period, 32,000 family members will also benefit from better nutrition, health and education; 50,000 to benefit from a community-wide financial literacy and gender campaign and 10,000 jobs will be created.


          

Create more demand for local gas — ENI Ghana MD

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The Managing Director of ENI Ghana, Mr Roberto Daniele, has said the country needs to cut its importation of gas from external sources and make use of what is produced domestically.

He said gas produced collectively from the Jubilee, Tweneboa Nnyera and Ntomme (TEN) and the Sankofa Gye Nyame (SGN) fields was enough to meet local demand, adding that as the situation stood now, excess gas was still being re-injected into the fields because of processing capacity constraint.

ENI Ghana is the operator of the SGN fields which has the capacity to produce about a 180 million standard cubic feet of gas (mscf) per day, while combined gas production from the Jubilee and TEN fields is estimated at 300mscf per day.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily Graphic at the 2019 Ghana Gas Forum in Accra last Wednesday, Mr Daniele reiterated that the country had no reason to import gas because domestic gas sources were enough if fully optimised.

“There is no need to import additional gas. We have extra gas available today so there is no need for importation.

“We need to create the demand for the available gas. We need to optimise our resources and not bring in resources from outside,” he said after addressing a session at the forum.

Mr Daniele explained that it was time to make use of the domestic gas resources by creating enough demand for it to remain attractive in the industry, as well as continued investments in the upstream industry which would influence prices, bring more stability and competition.

Prospects

He explained that there was more potential to increase gas production in Ghana because operators continued to identify new opportunities for exploration.

ENI, he said, recently acquired a new block and gave an indication that exploration activity on it would be intensive from next year.

“We have done a discovery in block four this year, so we will have an appraisal well coming next year for us to complete the exploration activity,” he said.

He explained that more operators coming into the oil and gas sector in Ghana was not a competition, instead it afforded a collective opportunity to exploit the resources for the benefit of all players.

“We are not competing. In fact, we are very happy if other partners will come into the country. It is positive for the country and it will create the right volume for the country to be competitive and everyone will benefit,” he said.

He noted that although the prospects were huge, it would be too speculative to tell how much the new field would add on to ENI’s production figures in Ghana, explaining that more appraisal wells would be drilled to ascertain the levels before coming out with figures.

“For the existing wells, we can already produce more than we are doing.

We can produce at least 40 per cent more than what we are doing now.

This means there is no need to import gas,” he said.

CEO Interactive Session

As part of the two-day 2019 Ghana Gas Forum, there was a CEOs interactive session that brought together players to share perspectives on the specific challenges that various companies along the gas-to-power value chain faced, and the level of confidence that surrounded government interventions aimed at resolving weaknesses in the value chain.

The two-day conference, which was organised by The Gas Consortium (TGC), was on the theme, “Promoting dynamic policymaking towards the optimisation of regional gas resources”

The General Manager, Commercial Operations at the Ghana National Gas Company, Mr Francis Boateng, who was also part of the session, explained that there were a lot of demand opportunities for gas usage in the country, especially for industries.

He said a second gas processing plant with a proposed capacity of 150mscf per day was also in the offing to enable the country to process more of its gas.


          

5 Firms donate towards Farmers Day

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Five corporate institutions have presented cheques totalling GH¢636,000 and some farm inputs towards this year's National Farmers Day celebration to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA)

The corporate institutes are ADB Bank, Sidalco Limited, Crocodile Matchets Ghana Limited, Rainbow Agroscience Company Limited and Interplast Limited.

Sidalco Limited and Rainbow Agrosciences Company Limited presented agricultural inputs and cheques, while ADB Bank and Interplast Limited presented cheques. Crocodile Matchets Ghana Limited also donated agricultural inputs and equipment.

The national event will take place in Ho in the Volta Region on December 6, 2019, and will be on the theme: “Enhancing Small Scale Agriculture Towards Agribusiness Development.”

Presentation

Presenting a cheque of GH¢536,000 at a ceremony on November 20 in Accra, the Deputy Managing Director of ADB Bank, Mr Alhassan Yakubu-Tali, stated that the bank was proud to be associated with the National Farmers' Day celebration and saw the donation as an obligation in helping to honour the hardworking people whose efforts are the backbone of the national economy.

"Our association and continuous sponsorship of the welcome cocktail, farmers’ forum and the ultimate prize over the years is a testament of our commitment to support our gallant farmers and fishers in feeding and creating employment for Ghanaians.

"It is also an indication of our desire to remain focused on our founding mandate to provide financial intermediation to the agricultural sector. In fact, this has been our preoccupation since we took over in 2017.

“On Friday, December 6, 2019, a new National Best Farmer will be crowned in Ho, Volta Region, and on behalf of the Board and Directors of the bank, through this event, we affirm the commitment of the bank to honour all promises,” he said.

National Best Farmer

Mr Alhassan said the donation was particularly to support the 2019 National Best Farmer.

He stated that the bank had provided past national best farmers with fully furnished three-bedroom houses at places of their choice, however, after reviews of the prizes, that reward has been converted to cash.

"In 2017, following strong advocacy and presentations by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and past national best farmers, a decision was taken to change the ultimate prize from the three-bedroom house into a cash prize," he explained.

The ADB Deputy Managing Director said the cash prize was to enable the award winner to invest in his or her business to expand and create more jobs for the youth.

Appreciation

The Minister of State in charge of Agriculture, Dr Gyiele Nurah, who received the items and cheques, thanked the firms for their contributions.

"These contributions will help in honouring the gallant farmers who work assiduously to ensure that we achieve the mission of ensuring food security and producing for industries," he said.


          

We don’t under declare revenues to government – Telcos fight back

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The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications has refuted suggestions that Mobile Network Operators may have been under declaring tax revenues due government.

A statement issued by the Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber, Ing. Ken Ashigbey said the telcos have been open with industry regulators and as good corporate citizens, members of the chamber have an exemplary record of tax compliance and delivering on their tax obligations.

The statement which references comments by the Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu Ekuful at a recent press conference, requested that any findings of such impropriety should be brought to the attention of the telcos for a proper redress.

The Minister at the forum had said, among others, that the introduction of a Common Platform (CP) monitoring in the telecommunications sector had resulted in a $1.1-million monthly saving.

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Below is the full statement by the Chamber of Telecommunications.


Mobile Network Operators' Declarations of Government Tax Revenues

Accra, November 20, 2019 - The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications wishes to refer to a press conference held on the November 14, 2019 on the Common Monitoring Platform.

At the press conference. Mobile Network Operators were alleged to have under-declared government revenue and have been inconsistent in reporting of tax revenues to the Government of Ghana.

We wish to state that these claims have not been brought to the attention of our members and on the contrary, interim reports received from the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) regarding Common Platform findings do not support these allegations.

The Chamber is deeply concerned that standard audit principles and practice that have characterized our dealings with regulators have been breached. We would expect any such findings, if indeed the case, to be shared with our members for their response and reconciliation before onward engagement with the media.

As good corporate citizens, our members have an exemplary record of tax compliance and delivering on their tax obligations. Financial reporting procedures for the industry are rigorous, and these include regular audits by the GRA as well as periodic ones by the National Communication Authority (NCA). This is in addition to assessments by blue-chip external auditors with world-class reputations.

We have written to the GRA requesting that they furnish our members with these reports so to enable us to review and respond appropriately. We will once again entreat Government through the GRA to engage our members and other industry players on serious reputational issues such as these before conclusions are drawn and same circulated with the public. The effect of no-consultations is dire to the growth of our industry and investor confidence in our markets.

Signed : Ing. Kenneth Ashigbey

Chief Executive Officer


          

President Akufo-Addo Confers Ghanaian Citizenship On 126 Diasporans

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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday, 27th November 2019, conferred Ghanaian citizenship on 126 Diasporans, who have lived in Ghana for many years. Speaking after the conferment ceremony, President Akufo-Addo stated that “I am glad you have decided to make Ghana your home, and thereby, join several generations of Diasporans, […]
          

Year of Return Inspires Couple to Move to Ghana

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Since President Nana Akufo-Addo declared 2019 as the Year of Return, several people from the global African diaspora have heeded the call and made a trip to Ghana. Most have come to explore the history, heritage and culture and have life-changing experiences as they return back to their respective homes in the Americas, Europe and […]
          

Ghana gives citizenship to 100 African Americans, Year of Return - Quartz Africa

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Ghana gives citizenship to 100 African Americans, Year of Return  Quartz Africa
          

La previa: CD Atlético Baleares - Celta B (domingo 1, 12:00h.)

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El Celta B visita en el Estadio Balear al CD Atlético Baleares en la decimoquinta jornada de Liga
Después de vencer ante la UD Ibiza el pasado domingo en Barreiro, este fin de semana el Celta B visitará en la decimoquinta jornada de Liga al CD Atlético Baleares. El encuentro se disputará este domingo 1 de diciembre a las 12:00h. en el Estadio Balear y será arbitrado por Miguel García Aceña, del colegio cántabro.

El filial llega a la decimoquinta jornada de Liga en la decimotercera posición del Grupo I con dieciséis puntos tras sumar cuatro victorias, cuatro empates y seis derrotas hasta la fechaUn partido para el cual Jacobo Montes contará con la gran novedad del extremo Yaw Yeboah, que se reincorporó al trabajo después de su notable participación en la Copa África sub-23 con Ghana.

El rival de esta semana es el CD Atlético Baleares, un equipo fundado en el año 1920 bajo el nombre de Baleares FC y que en 1942 adoptó su denominación actual después de fusionarse con el Athletic FC. El conjunto balear afronta su decimoquinta temporada en Segunda División B (ocupa la 71ª posición de la clasificación histórica) y sueña con ascender a Segunda División, categoría en la que militó entre 1951 y 1953 y entre 1961 y 1963.

Un partido que será especial para dos futbolistas. Por el bando local, el cenrtal Jon Aurtenetxe se mide al filial del conjunto celeste, en cuyo primer equipo militó en calidad de cedido durante la temporada 2013/2014; por el bando visitante, el central Manu Farrando regresa por primera vez a la que fue al equipo donde se formó como futbolista y en donde debutó en la categoría de bronce del fútbol español, disputando un total de 82 partidos oficiales con la escuadra atlética antes de poner rumbo al Celta B en el verano de 2018.

El Sporting de Gijón B está situado en estos momentos en primera posición con 32 puntos, el doble que el Celta B, tras conseguir diez victorias, dos empates y dos derrotas. El equipo dirigido por Manix Mandiola acumula una racha de dos triunfos, dos empates y una derrota en las últimas cinco jornadas de Liga, habiendo caído por 1-0 el pasado fin de semana en casa del Getafe B.

Partido exigente para un Celta B que buscará alimentarse de las ilusiones renovadas tras la victoria ante el Ibiza con un triunfo que le permitiría tomar cierta ventaja sobre los puestos de descenso. Por su parte, el Atlético Baleares querrá desquitarse de la sorprendente derrota ante el Getafe B sumando los tres puntos para mantener la primera posición del Grupo I.


          

Rick Ross set to perform at Detty Rave concert in Ghana

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The Year of Return fever seems to have gripped American rapper, William Leonard Roberts II, known professionally as Rick Ross, as he is ready to come to Ghana. The songwriter, entrepreneur and record executive will be in Ghana on the 27th of December, 2
          

Ghanaian Star, Moesha Boduong Seen Sitting On 'Special Cushion' After Plastic Surgery

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Moesha Buduong is a Ghanaian TV presenter, actress and model who is also known for granting a controversial interview to CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour on issues of sex, love and gender.However, the actress who happen to have one of the biggest 'back si
          

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says he will live in Africa for 3-6 months next year

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Dorsey had earlier said he would be making a month-long tour of the continent this November, meeting with entrepreneurs in Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa.

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'Bad faith' - Anger greets Akufo-Addo’s withdrawal of 'MMDCEs election bill'

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Discontent and anger have greeted President Nana Akufo-Addo’s decision to withdraw the amendment of Article 243/1 from Parliament. The amendment, had it been completed, would allow Ghanaians to elect ...
          

Limit new notes to big transactions - Economists advise BoG

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Economic experts have cautioned the Bank of Ghana (BoG) to ensure that the introduction of the new cedi denominations into the economy will not affect the current volume of money in circulation.

Subsequently, they have advised the central bank to do all within its remit to limit the supply of the higher currency banknotes and restrict its access to big ticket businesses and transactions in a bid to contain any inflationary pressures the introduction could bring to the economy.

In separate interviews with the Daily Graphic in response to the introduction of the GH¢200 and GH¢100 banknotes in particular, the economists also called for intensified public education to erase the misconceptions about the action of the BoG and prevent the public from losing confidence in the local currency because of the introduction of the new denominations.

The economists were of the view that should the public lose confidence in the local currency, their only option would be to take refuge in foreign currencies, a development which would cause the cedi to depreciate further.

Although they welcomed the introduction of the banknotes by the BoG, they advised against any move that would create problems for the economy in the short to medium term.

Their views were among many that the Daily Graphic sought following the introduction of the new banknotes and a coin which will be in circulation from today.
Other views are from the Ghana Union of Traders Associations (GUTA), students and traders at Makola and Osu in Accra.

The GUTA President, Dr Joseph Obeng, also urged the BoG to manage speculations about the negative impact of the new denominations and encourage people to use them.

Extra caution

A Senior Economist at Databank, Mr Courage Martey, said if the higher denominations were limited to the payment of only big-ticket transactions, it would help curb the attendant challenge of inflation.

“I think the central bank needs to be extra cautious on how it intends to introduce the higher denominations in terms of how widely it circulates them. I expect the higher denominations to be very limited in supply and circulation,” he added.

Intensify education

The Director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana, Professor Peter Quartey, for his part, called on the BoG to embark on a massive educational campaign to explain the rationale for and the benefits of the new denominations.

According to him, any misconceptions among the public about the new denominations could easily invalidate the rationale for the move by the central bank and create disruptions in the economy.

Inflation expectation
Prof. Quartey said one of the key issues the BoG had to manage was the impact of the new denominations on inflation.

According to him, if the introduction of the higher banknotes increased money in circulation, it would have a telling impact on inflation.

Presently, the speculation is that the introduction of the new currencies and a coin amounts to the printing of more money to improve liquidity in the system.

Prof. Quartey described that speculation as dangerous and urged the central bank to act swiftly to disabuse that notion, unless the new denominations were truly meant to increase money supply.

Depreciation

The Director of ISSER said the new denominations, if not managed properly, could lead to a depreciation of the local currency.

“We need to ensure that people do not lose confidence in the currency and attempt to take solace in other stable ones such as the United States dollar and the British pound or even the Euro. If that happens, it will put pressure on the cedi to depreciate further,” he said.

He said when people felt any inflationary pressure, their last option was to cushion themselves by acquiring more predictable and stable currencies, a development he believed could impact negatively on the local currency.

Impact on transactions

Prof. Quartey, however, said the new denominations would introduce efficiency in the system as far as financial transactions were concerned.

For instance, he said, people would not have to carry large quantities of cash on them to create suspicion for robbery and other risks.

GUTA

When contacted, GUTA supported the introduction of higher denominations into the country's currency mix, saying it would improve security in business transactions, reports Timothy Ngnenbe.

The GUTA President, Dr Obeng, said the GH¢200 and GH¢100 banknotes would make transactions easier because they came in handy and addressed the challenge of carrying bulky amounts of money.

He, however, said efforts must be made by managers of the economy to strengthen the local currency against other foreign currencies.

"The underlying thing is for the managers of the economy to do everything possible to improve and sustain the value of the cedi. It is good that higher denominations have been introduced to boost the security of transactions, but we cannot continue to increase denominations if we are not able to sustain the value of our currency,” he said.

Dr Obeng also called for more work to be done to promote a cashless economy, which he said was more secure and efficient, given that the world was fast digitising.
He dismissed the assertion that the introduction of the two larger denominations could lead to inflation, saying that the introduction "has no bearing on inflation".

Random views

Some individuals in Accra and Osu who spoke to the Daily Graphic expressed displeasure with the BoG for introducing the higher denominations, reports Joshua Bediako Koomson.

Some claimed it would rather worsen the economy, saying traders would have to go round to find change for customers who might buy from them with those notes.

Others claimed that the value of the cedi would depreciate due to how the public handled money.

A trader, Regina Havor, said her stock was not even up to GH¢200, saying getting change for her customers who presented the higher notes to buy things would be very difficult.

“With that I may be forced to give back his or her to him or her. If I meet five of such buyers in a day, it means I’ve lost five customers. I believe these denominations will rather bring challenges to petty traders like me,” she said.

A lotto agent, who gave his name as Boniface Amesinu, said “the government should have informed us and even done a thorough engagement before making such a move because, for me, I don’t see any impact these notes are going to make”.

Another trader, Akwasi Isaac, was concerned about how the new currencies would be kept clean.

“People engage in businesses and it is likely they will stain these notes if they handle them. Imagine a GH¢200 note which is torn and glued or even stained with oil and looking very dirty! They have high values and such things will depreciate them,” he said.

BoG action

The BoG last Friday introduced two new higher denominations of the Ghana cedi and a coin to complement existing currencies in circulation.

The Governor, Dr Ernest Addison, said high levels of inflation and currency depreciation in the past had eroded some of the gains of the re-denomination in 2007.

Limit new notes to big transactions- Economists advise BoG
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Economic experts have cautioned the Bank of Ghana (BoG) to ensure that the introduction of the new cedi denominations into the economy will not affect the current volume of money in circulation.

Subsequently, they have advised the central bank to do all within its remit to limit the supply of the higher currency banknotes and restrict its access to big ticket businesses and transactions in a bid to contain any inflationary pressures the introduction could bring to the economy.

In separate interviews with the Daily Graphic in response to the introduction of the GH¢200 and GH¢100 banknotes in particular, the economists also called for intensified public education to erase the misconceptions about the action of the BoG and prevent the public from losing confidence in the local currency because of the introduction of the new denominations.

The economists were of the view that should the public lose confidence in the local currency, their only option would be to take refuge in foreign currencies, a development which would cause the cedi to depreciate further.

Although they welcomed the introduction of the banknotes by the BoG, they advised against any move that would create problems for the economy in the short to medium term.

Their views were among many that the Daily Graphic sought following the introduction of the new banknotes and a coin which will be in circulation from today.
Other views are from the Ghana Union of Traders Associations (GUTA), students and traders at Makola and Osu in Accra.

The GUTA President, Dr Joseph Obeng, also urged the BoG to manage speculations about the negative impact of the new denominations and encourage people to use them.

Extra caution

A Senior Economist at Databank, Mr Courage Martey, said if the higher denominations were limited to the payment of only big-ticket transactions, it would help curb the attendant challenge of inflation.

“I think the central bank needs to be extra cautious on how it intends to introduce the higher denominations in terms of how widely it circulates them. I expect the higher denominations to be very limited in supply and circulation,” he added.

Intensify education

The Director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana, Professor Peter Quartey, for his part, called on the BoG to embark on a massive educational campaign to explain the rationale for and the benefits of the new denominations.

According to him, any misconceptions among the public about the new denominations could easily invalidate the rationale for the move by the central bank and create disruptions in the economy.

Inflation expectation

Prof. Quartey said one of the key issues the BoG had to manage was the impact of the new denominations on inflation.

According to him, if the introduction of the higher banknotes increased money in circulation, it would have a telling impact on inflation.

Presently, the speculation is that the introduction of the new currencies and a coin amounts to the printing of more money to improve liquidity in the system.

Prof. Quartey described that speculation as dangerous and urged the central bank to act swiftly to disabuse that notion, unless the new denominations were truly meant to increase money supply.

Depreciation

The Director of ISSER said the new denominations, if not managed properly, could lead to a depreciation of the local currency.

“We need to ensure that people do not lose confidence in the currency and attempt to take solace in other stable ones such as the United States dollar and the British pound or even the Euro. If that happens, it will put pressure on the cedi to depreciate further,” he said.

He said when people felt any inflationary pressure, their last option was to cushion themselves by acquiring more predictable and stable currencies, a development he believed could impact negatively on the local currency.

Impact on transactions

Prof. Quartey, however, said the new denominations would introduce efficiency in the system as far as financial transactions were concerned.

For instance, he said, people would not have to carry large quantities of cash on them to create suspicion for robbery and other risks.

GUTA

When contacted, GUTA supported the introduction of higher denominations into the country's currency mix, saying it would improve security in business transactions, reports Timothy Ngnenbe.

The GUTA President, Dr Obeng, said the GH¢200 and GH¢100 banknotes would make transactions easier because they came in handy and addressed the challenge of carrying bulky amounts of money.

He, however, said efforts must be made by managers of the economy to strengthen the local currency against other foreign currencies.

"The underlying thing is for the managers of the economy to do everything possible to improve and sustain the value of the cedi. It is good that higher denominations have been introduced to boost the security of transactions, but we cannot continue to increase denominations if we are not able to sustain the value of our currency,” he said.

Dr Obeng also called for more work to be done to promote a cashless economy, which he said was more secure and efficient, given that the world was fast digitising.
He dismissed the assertion that the introduction of the two larger denominations could lead to inflation, saying that the introduction "has no bearing on inflation".

Random views

Some individuals in Accra and Osu who spoke to the Daily Graphic expressed displeasure with the BoG for introducing the higher denominations, reports Joshua Bediako Koomson.

Some claimed it would rather worsen the economy, saying traders would have to go round to find change for customers who might buy from them with those notes.

Others claimed that the value of the cedi would depreciate due to how the public handled money.

A trader, Regina Havor, said her stock was not even up to GH¢200, saying getting change for her customers who presented the higher notes to buy things would be very difficult.

“With that I may be forced to give back his or her to him or her. If I meet five of such buyers in a day, it means I’ve lost five customers. I believe these denominations will rather bring challenges to petty traders like me,” she said.

A lotto agent, who gave his name as Boniface Amesinu, said “the government should have informed us and even done a thorough engagement before making such a move because, for me, I don’t see any impact these notes are going to make”.

Another trader, Akwasi Isaac, was concerned about how the new currencies would be kept clean.

“People engage in businesses and it is likely they will stain these notes if they handle them. Imagine a GH¢200 note which is torn and glued or even stained with oil and looking very dirty! They have high values and such things will depreciate them,” he said.

BoG action

The BoG last Friday introduced two new higher denominations of the Ghana cedi and a coin to complement existing currencies in circulation.

The Governor, Dr Ernest Addison, said high levels of inflation and currency depreciation in the past had eroded some of the gains of the re-denomination in 2007.


          

Директор ТФОМС Югры Александр Петрович Фучежи, первый заместитель директора ТФОМС Югры Владимир Альбертович Смирнов и сотрудники управления организации обязательного медицинского страхования приняли участие в Х Всероссийском конгрессе пациентов, состоявшемся 28 ноябр

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Okada Manila, Parañaque, Philippines sin pitca 26 october 2019.



 Puerto Rico – Nellys Pimentel
Miss Earth 2019

 United States – Emanii Davis
Miss Earth Air 2019

 Czech Republic – Klára Vavrušková
Miss Earth Water 2019

 Belarus – Alisa Manenok
Miss Earth Fire 2019





TOP 10
 Chile – Fernanda Méndez Tapia

 Netherlands – Nikki Prein

 New Zealand – Tashan Kapene

 Nigeria – Modupe Susan Garland

 Poland – Krystyna Sokołowska

 Russia – Anna Baksheeva




TOP 20
 Colombia – Yenny Carrillo

 England – Stephanie Wyatt

 Ghana – Abena Appiah

 Guam – Cydney Shey Folsom

 Guyana – Faydeha King

 Japan – Yuka Itoku

 Philippines – Janelle Tee

 Portugal – Bruna Silva

 Spain – Sonia Hernández Romeo

 Thailand – Teeyapar Sretsirisuvarna

 
 

          

Dec 26, Ghana: Boxing Day

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The second day of Christmas is known as Boxing Day or St. Stephens Day. St Stephen was the first Christian martyr.. For more information on this holiday, visit the link.
          

New Working Paper Series on #Migration, Mobility, and Forced Displacement #MIASAmigration

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A new series of interdisciplinary working papers on Migration, Mobility, and Forced Displacement has been launched at the Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA). The institute is based at the University of Ghana. Earlier this year, … Continue reading
          

Jan 01, Ghana: New Year's Day

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New Year's Day is a public holiday in all countries that observe the Gregorian calendar, with the exception of Israel. For more information on this holiday, visit the link.
          

University of Bradford Vice-Chancellor’s Award 2020/2021 for Ghanaian and Nigerian Students

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 The University of Bradford Vice-Chancellor’s Award is offered to Nigerian and Ghanaian-domiciled applicants starting in September 2020. Application Deadline: Ongoing Eligible Countries: Nigeria, Ghana To Be Taken At (Country): UK About the Award: The Bradford Vice-Chancellor’s Award is for self-funding students who are nationals of either Nigeria or Ghana. This scholarship is available for all students who meet eligibility […]

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Standard Bank Derek Cooper Africa Scholarships 2020/2021 for African Students (fully-funded Masters at LSE)

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 The Standard Bank Derek Cooper Africa Scholarships offer an exciting opportunity of funding for students who are ordinarily resident in one of Standard Bank’s African presence countries, with a preference for residents of South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique and South Sudan. Application Deadline: 27th April 2020 Offered annually? Yes Eligible Countries: African countries preferably residents of South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique […]

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University of Strathclyde Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2020 for Students from African/Developing Countries – UK

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Now open: University of Strathclyde Commonwealth Shared Scholarships 2020 for Students from African/Developing Countries. Apply now. Application Deadline: 18th December 2019 Eligible Countries: Bangladesh, Cameroon, Gambia, The, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Eswatini, Tanzania, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia To be […]

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I Quit My Job To Build Biggest Online Market In Ghana

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https://youtu.be/x4kk5OLq-aM *I Quit My Job To Build Biggest Online Market In Ghana* Link to the Online Market https://marketexpress.com.gh/
          

Men should be allowed to marry two wives to reduce the high rate of adultery – Gospel singer, Stella Seal

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Popular Ghanaian gospel singer, Stella Aba Seal has openly advocated for men to be allowed to marry 2 wives as long as they can take care of them. Speaking in an interview with Becky on E with Becks, Stella said a polygamous marriage will help reduce the high rate of adultery on the part of […]

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Africa50 et GEGL s’associent pour augmenter la capacité énergétique du Ghana

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Africa50, une plateforme d’investissement dans les infrastructures, filiale de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD), va investir dans le projet énergétique de Genser Energy Holdings Limited, au Ghana. Les deux partenaires ont annoncé ce 28 novembre la finalisation de l’investissement d’Africa50 dans Genser. Cet investissement, apprend-t-on, s’inscrit dans le cadre d’une grande mobilisation de fonds ...

Cet article Africa50 et GEGL s’associent pour augmenter la capacité énergétique du Ghana est apparu en premier sur Agence Afrique.


          

Worldwide: Kenya And Ghana - From Take-Or-Pay To Take-And-Pay - Gowling WLG

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In this article, our Africa team analyses the reasons behind the shift from a "take-or-pay" model for IPPs in Kenya and Ghana to a "take-and-pay" model. We also consider the potential impacts of
          

Ghana May Launch National Digital Currency in Near Future

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Ghana central bank will lead a pilot of a national blockchain-based digital currency likened to a stablecoin Ghana recorded 1.4 billion Mobile Money transactions in 2018, with e-payments booming in the country The Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Ernest Addison, has announced that the Central Bank and key stakeholders are piloting a digital currency …

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Ghana's Torgah claims Nigeria Masters title

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Ghana's Vincent Torgah on Sunday in Abuja claimed the Nigeria Masters title for a record third time in a row, extending his lead and Order of Merit point in the African Tour.
          

Ghana's Torgah claims Nigeria Masters title for record third time

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By Victor OkoyeGhana's Vincent Torgah on Sunday in Abuja claimed the Nigeria Masters title for a record third time in a row, extending his lead and Order of Merit point in the African Tour.News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigeria Masters tournament which teed off on Thursday at the IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja ended on Sunday.The consistent Torgah emerged as the 2019 Masters champion; his fifth title on the tour this season and his 15th since the inception of
          

Ghanaian Star, Moesha Boduong Seen Sitting On 'Special Cushion' After Plastic Surgery

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Moesha Buduong is a Ghanaian TV presenter, actress and model who is also known for granting a controversial interview to CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour on issues of sex, love and gender.

However, the actress who happen to have one of the biggest 'back sides' in the Ghanaian movie industry has been accused of having a special cushion she sits on after undergoing a butt lift.

Moesha who confirmed news of her butt lift after photos and videos of her
          

Ghanaian Star, Moesha Boduong Seen Sitting On Special Cushion After Plastic Surgery

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There are rumours that Moesha is choosing seats due to the effect of the butt lift she recently had.
          

Ghanas Torgah claims Nigeria Masters title for a record third time

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Ghanas Vincent Torgah on Sunday in Abuja claimed the Nigeria Masters title for a record third time in a row, extending his lead and Order of Merit point in the African Tour. News Agency of Nigeriareports that the Nigeria Masters tournament, which teed off on Thursday at the IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja,
          

I live for you - Princess Shyngle says as she tenders apology to her fiance for embarrassing him

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Gambian-born Ghanaian actress, Princess Shyngle, has taken to social media to apologize to her fiance. This is coming after she posted a video of him crying in order to embarrass him online.
          

I Never Asked Ghanaian DJs To Stop Playing Nigerian Songs ' Fuse ODG

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I Never Asked Ghanaian DJs To Stop Playing Nigerian Songs ' Fuse ODG
          

Im not a prostitute but just a Slay Queen Ghanaian actress, Moesha Bodoung

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Im not a prostitute but just a Slay Queen Ghanaian actress, Moesha Bodoung
          

Christ The King Intl takes on St. Martin de Porres | Best Brain

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The post Christ The King Intl takes on St. Martin de Porres | Best Brain appeared first on Citinewsroom - Comprehensive News in Ghana, Current Affairs, Business News , Headlines, Ghana Sports, Entertainment, Politics, Articles, Opinions, Viral Content.


          

A look back at some of Ghana’s past cedi notes | Citi Newsroom

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Ghana’s legal tender has undergone four different phases after independence. With the Bank of Ghana announcing what might be the country’s highest notes of Ghc100 and Ghc200 notes, Citi News’s Hanson Agyemang takes a look at some of the past denominations and how Ghanaians have reacted to such moves.

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Fire Service battles fiery blaze at GRA Circle office

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Watch National Fire Service personnel battle the fire blazing at the #GRA office near the Kwame Nkrumah interchange.

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Anita Erskine opens up on her career and her Girl Child Education advocacy work | Hall of Fame

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In this edition of Hall of Fame, AJ Sarpong interviews Ghanaian Broadcaster and Girls’ Education Advocate Anita Erskine. The two talk about the latter’s career and her advocacy work in, girl-child education.

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Ashaiman To The World: Sarkodie thrill patrons with back to back hits

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Sarkodie pulled up an exciting performance at the Stonebwoys’s concert dubbed ‘Ashaiman to The World’. Other acts included Shatta Wale, Obrafour, Samini, Kwa Kese and others.

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Rivalry or Affinity? Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy perform together at ‘Ashaiman to da World’ concert

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The post Rivalry or Affinity? Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy perform together at ‘Ashaiman to da World’ concert appeared first on Citinewsroom - Comprehensive News in Ghana, Current Affairs, Business News , Headlines, Ghana Sports, Entertainment, Politics, Articles, Opinions, Viral Content.


          

Oppong Nkrumah clarifies government’s decision to abort MMDCEs election

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The government says it withdrew the Bill meant to amend Article 243(1) alongside the cancellation of the December 17 referendum because it felt the two could not exist without each other. The Bill to amend Article 243(1) would allow Ghanaians to vote for their Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) while the cancelled December 17 […]

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e-Ananse wins Innovative CSR Project award

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e- Ananse libraries has been adjudged the Innovative CSR Project of the year at the Sustainability and Social Investment Awards 2019 held over the weekend in Accra. At the same event, the founder of West Blue Consulting, Madam Valentina Mintah was also awarded the Sustainability and Social Investment Women Empowerment Leadership Award. The e-Ananse libraries […]

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Big Issue: National Security Operatives raid offices of SOFTtribe

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In this edition of the Big Issue, Godfred Akoto Boafo and his guests discuss the raid of SOFTtribe office by national security operatives, Afrobarometer report and other topical issues.

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Kumasi: Rattray park leisure centre revamped ahead of Christmas festivities

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There has been an upgrade of a popular amusement park in the Ashanti Region, the Rattray Park. A Citi News report in 2018 revealed how facilities at the Park that cost 4.4 million dollars to build, were deteriorating and thereby reducing patronage drastically. Barely a few months after that report, renovation works began with new […]

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Watch: Fuse ODG Clears The Air On Asking For Limited Airplay Of Nigerian Songs

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Nana Richard Abiona, better known by his stage name Fuse ODG, has cleared the air on the misunderstanding that trailed a social media post he made asking Ghanaian disc jockeys (DJs) to limit airplay of Nigerian songs so Ghanaian music can thrive. The Ghanaian'English recording artist who is best known for his 2013 single "Antenna" []The post Watch: Fuse ODG Clears The Air On Asking For Limited Airplay Of Nigerian Songs appeared first on The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and Worl
          

Watching African movies makes one stupid Son of the first president of Ghana

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Watching African movies makes one stupid Son of the first president of Ghana
          

Youth-led Communication for Social Change: Empowerment, Citizen Media, and Cultures of Governance in Northern Ghana

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Author: 
Lise Grauenkær
Thomas Tufte
Publication Date
Friday, April 13, 2018
Affiliation: 

Ghana Friendship (Grauenkær); University of Leicester (Tufte)

"What are the possibilities and limitations of strategic communication initiatives to enhance a culture of governance among youth in Northern Ghana?"

An increasing number of organisations in the Global South are using communication strategically to position youth as drivers of social change. For example, in Northern Ghana, Youth Empowerment for Life (YEfL) works to support active citizenship and engagement of young people by developing local youth groups' communicative capacity and access to media platforms. This article critically examines YEfL's 2-year project Youth Speak Up (YSU), embedding the analysis within contemporary debates about communication, empowerment, and social change, with particular focus upon dynamics between citizen media development, youth-centred citizen journalism, and processes of community mobilisation and development.

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Ghana Early Childhood Development End-of-Project Report

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Publication Date
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

"The MCSP Ghana ECD 0-3 Program demonstrated that frontline health workers can be effectively mobilized to deliver ECD sessions as part of their routine activities to provide holistic care for improved child health outcomes."

Research shared by the global early childhood development (ECD) community indicates that children who receive appropriate health, nutrition, psychosocial stimulation, and responsive care are most likely to achieve optimal development. In that context, from December 2016 through June 2019, the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service (GHS)'s Family Health Division (FHD), implemented ECD across Ghana with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) support. This report shares the results of MCSP's assessments of project implementation and impact.

The MCSP Ghana ECD 0-3 Program aimed to improve caregiver capacity and child development outcomes through:

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IFLA at IGF 2019

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Between 25 and 29 November 2019, IFLA participated in the 14th annual Internet Governance Forum meeting in Berlin. The key messages IFLA emphasised were the importance of policy support for public access in libraries, the role of libraries in enabling meaningful connectivity, and in generating meaningful internet content through digitisation efforts.

The Internet Governance Forum is a multistakeholder space for debate and cooperation towards an open, secure and free internet. The theme of the 2019 meeting was “One world. One net. One vision”, and over 5000 participants from public, private and civil society sectors participated.

From public internet access…

Within the framework of the Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries (DC-PAL), IFLA organised an open session alongside Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL). The session examined how public access in libraries contributes to broadband and connectivity policy success, and how governments integrate libraries into planning.

The speakers highlighted the role of libraries in access, development, and affordability strategies, and presented a draft report which compares how libraries are included in broadband plans and policies in different countries.

Presentations and interventions by speakers from Uganda, Kenya, Germany and Ghana illustrated how including libraries in such policies works in practice, and the impact it delivers. In several cases, Universal Service Funds were highlighted as an effective mechanism to support public access and library connectivity.

… to other areas important for libraries

IFLA also joined the panel of a session organised by the Best Practice Forum on Local Content. IFLA shared how library heritage digitisation initiatives can help create online content that is most meaningful and/or relevant for a given community.

IFLA drew special attention to digitisation efforts carried out by libraries jointly with indigenous communities, and digital preservation of heritage materials at risk.

Other issues and questions relevant for libraries were discussed throughout the week, for example:

  • Meaningful connectivity and meaningful access: many participants agreed that access to connectivity services and infrastructure alone do not bring the full benefits of connectivity. We need rather to think about making meaningful connectivity and access meaningful, for which can entail different elements: from affordability, appropriate access devices, and sufficient speed (e.g. as included in A4AI’s Meaningful Connectivity Standard) to digital skills, literacy, and availability of online content and services relevant for the user (which libraries offer).
  • The issues of reconciling freedom of expression and intellectual freedom online with government and private companies’ efforts to address such concerns as disinformation or harmful content.
  • On several occasions, it was pointed out that traditional connectivity models may not be effective in bringing the remaining billions online as fast as possible. Community networks were proposed as an alternative solution in several sessions – libraries can learn more about this connectivity model and see what roles they can play in community network projects.

You can watch a recording of the DC-PAL session and read the draft report. If you would like to get involved in IGF events and initiatives, the IFLA Get Into IGF Guide can offer an explanation of how the Forum works and how you can take part.


          

Ghana: Nana Servicing Kondo In Hotel

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Ghana Nana Servicing Kondo In Hotel Why we share this Alot of people are being scammed using sex videos and nude pictures When leak videos or pictures are uploaded here it is considered to be meant to scam people Advice for ladies Do no
          

Ghana: 538 Students Admitted To Nursing, Midwifery Training

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The Nursing and Midwifery Training College NMTC School of Hygiene and Public Health Nurses School of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital KBTH have admitted 538 students into separate professional programmes Of the number 366 were admitted into t
          

Trump přivezl vojákům krocana: „Není místo, kde bych byl raději,“ říká o Afghánistánu

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Americký prezident Donald Trump ve středu u příležitosti svátku Dne díkůvzdání navštívil americké vojáky v Afghánistánu, kam přicestoval poprvé od nástupu do funkce. Během neohlášené návštěvy se sešel také se svým afghánským protějškem Ašrafem Ghaním a bez upřesnění oznámil výrazné snížení počtu amerických vojáků v zemi, informují tiskové agentury.
          

Transportation Company, GIG Mobility launches New Terminal in Accra

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GIG Mobility (GIGM), a technologically powered transport platform committed to moving people freely and easily across Africa, has launched in Ghana. The company commenced operations over 20 years ago in Nigeria and has consistently revolutionized the transport sector through technology. Vuakpor Muoghereh, GIG Mobility Chief Operating Officer, in her welcome remarks at the launch, pointed […]

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Esther's Story (Trailer): Featuring "Ooh Child" by MILCK

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When Esther was a child, she was taken from her family and forced to work as a slave on Lake Volta, in Ghana. For nearly a decade she labored, suffered, and was held captive by people profiting from the illegal fishing industry. Yet in a place where so many were lost, the bravery of a few would drastically impact her future. From International Justice Mission, this is Esther.

Send rescue to children like Esther today: ijm.org/esthers-life

Featuring “Ooh Child” performed by the music artist “MILCK”.

Cast: International Justice Mission


          

Commentaires sur Le Franc CFA vit ses dernières heures : La France sur le point de perdre l’Afrique de l’Ouest… par GASKYA SAÏ ALLAH & GOURDOUMOUSS HANA KWANA

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Abdoulaye S qui, en ce 30 novembre 2019 à 19 h 56 min, répondit à NABAYAOGO Adama en disant: "...Là Guinée a refusé le CFA dès le début de l’indépendance. Est-elle plus riche ? Non. Le Mali a quitté le CFA puis l’a réintégré… Parce que bien sûr ça ne donnait rien… Ce qui rend un pays riche c’est son économie, son industrie, le niveau de formation de sa main d’œuvre..." Bien qu’à la fin, tu as donné de certaines clartés à ton commentaire, il importe que tu te détrompe en conjuguant ton verbe avec ceux de tes frères africains dans leur Afrique mille fois martyrisés par ceux-là qui ne cessent d'emprunter la stratégie des polythéistes du Koreich lorsqu'ils voulurent tuer le Saint Prophète Mohamed (rsaws) Messager Envoyé d'Allah (swt) pour guider l'humanité sur le droit chemin. Rappelons-nous, rappelez-vous et rappelle-toi cher Abdoulaye S, n'eut été l'inspiration divine qui recommanda à l'Envoyé d'Allah (swt) d'ordonner à son cousin Ali Ibn Abi Thalleb de passer la nuit sur son lit à sa place pendant qu'il quitta nuitamment la Mecque pour le Hijr/Hégire en compagnie de son fidèle ami Aboubakr As Sadiq et se réfugier à la Médine; CES POLYTHÉISTES ADORATEURS DES IDOLES DU KOREICH QUI SE SONT COALISÉS, AURAIENT RÉUSSI À ÉTOUFFER LA RELIGION DE LA PAIX DANS L’ŒUF ET TUER SON PROPAGATEUR AFIN QU'ON NE PUISSE ACCUSER QUI QUE CE SOIT, DU MEURTRE (ce qui arriva au Regretté Feu-Président Saddam comme au guide libyen; et, qu'a aussi failli connaitre la RCI des Bagbo, ADO et Konan B...). Aujourd'hui, nous sommes dans un monde d'intolérance et de violence parce qu'il n'y a plus personne qui puisse dire vertement la VÉRITÉ À CES GRANDS QUI S'APPUIENT SUR LES FAIBLES POUR SE LEVER ET ÉCRASENT LES PLUS PAUVRES POUR AVANCER". Il faut que cette expression soit imprimée dans la tête de tout et toute personne qui se sait injustement maintenu dans la pauvreté et la misère, sans droit de vivre et exister dignement sur cette Terre d'héritage à toute l'humanité. N'eut été la peur, la violence et l'ignominie qui s'y commettent de par les hommes sans foi ni loi qui se croient au-dessus de la Loi universelle, croyez-vous que le rhinocéros ou le simple bœuf peut se laisser tuer par l'infime et infâme être humain? Que n'a-t-on pas appris de la 2nde guerre mondiale où les africains furent traités comme la chaire à canon pour faire gagner toutes les batailles en faveurs de ceux-là qui ont canardé à baïonnette, tous les survivants au camp militaire de Thiaroyes/Dakar/Sénégal parce qu'ils réclament de les tenir aux mêmes pieds d'égalité que leurs pairs de la métropole et transporter chacun dans sa terre d'origine? JUSQU'AUJOURD'HUI, CETTE POLITIQUE DE LA PEAU DE CITRON PRESSÉ, CONTINUE SUR NOS CHEFS D’ÉTATS ET DE GOUVERNEMENTS MANIPULÉS COMME DES MARIONNETTES PAR LES ANCIENS MAITRES COLONIAUX QUI LES UTILISENT EN SERVILES SERVITEURS BERGERS-GARDIENS DE NOS PEUPLES MAINTENUS DANS DES ENCLOS POUR FAIRE LE SALE BOULOT SUR LEURS FRÈRES AFRICAINS PENDANT QUE LEURS RICHESSES SONT EXPROPRIÉES, EXPLOITÉES ET EXPORTÉES AILLEURS (nos pays partagés en 1884 à Berlin après l'abolition du pur esclavagisme) TOUT EN LES EMPÊCHANT D'ALLER AU PÂTURAGE (situation des subsahariens bloqués et maltraités au Maghreb pour les empêcher de traverser la Méditerranée). Réfléchissons et traitons la question de notre monnaie unique "ÉCO"avec méthode et intelligence car, Abdoulaye S n'eut pas compris la Grandeur de vision du Regretté Feu Président Ahmed Sékou Touré de la Guinée Conakry à qui, son frère Kwamé N'Kurma retira son chapeau pour lui faire des révérences respectueuses; POSEZ-EN LA QUESTION À A. DAN SAKO compagnon encore vivant du Feu Président Léopoold Sédar Senghor du Sénégal QUI VOUS EN DIRA PLUS. Allez dans les grandes bibliothèques ou acheter les meilleurs ouvrages de l'africanité de nos peuples pour vous cultiver autrement, rares sont les groupes médiatiques qui puissent vomir des vérités sur les conditions d'existence de l'Afrique et des africains; car, aujourd'hui encore, "LE CONTINENT BERCEAU DE L’HUMANITÉ ET SES PEUPLES D'ORIGINE, SONT SOUS UNE TROISIÈME COLONISATION SUIVANT CETTE ANALOGIE DES COLONISATIONS APRÈS BERLIN DE 1884". C'est regrettable que les africains lisent peu les livres pour prétendre tout connaitre avec nos intellos plus ou moins pragmatiques toujours prompts comme nos historiens, à nous déverser ce qui nous maintint toujours sous l'effet de l'hypnose occidentale. ALHAMDU LILLAH! AVEC LES INCOMPRIS NOUVEAUX DIRIGEANTS OCCIDENTAUX TELS PAPY DONALD TRUMP ET LE JEUNE EMMANUEL MACRON; L'ARC-EN-CIEL MONDIAL CHANGE DE COULEURS. Malgré tout, le mieux pour les affricains, c'est de croire à l'engagement sobre et noble de certains Chefs d'Etats africains qui ne cessent de méditer pour voir comment laisser une Afrique véritablement libre et indépendante au profit des générations futures qui soient conscientes, travailleuses et responsables de son destin. Pour y arriver, il faut beaucoup d'éducation, de formation et de sensibilisation. En attendant d'atteindre ce cap où les gens ne cherchent que des gains faciles quand, pour travailler dans ton pays africain, l'on te demande d'abord qui t'a coopté alors qu'en France, o te demande ton diplôme et qu'aux États-Unis d'Amérique, il te suffit de savoir faire ce que tu sais faire; RETENEZ CES INFOS CUEILLIES À CHAUD QUAND CERTAINS MILIEUX OCCIDENTAUX, L'ON PENSE QU'UN NOUVEAU PARTAGE DE L'AFRIQUE, S’OPÈRE comme le pense le Journal britannique "The Economist" dans sa livraison de 8 Mars 2019 qui parlait d'une troisième Ruée vers l'Afrique pendant que nous perdons nos têtes dans des polémiques inutiles au lieu de bien voir les choses en face et y faire face à la réalité. Selon cet hebdomadaire se servant de notre passé, en évoquant la conquête coloniale lit notre présent et par similitude pour présager l'avenir de l'Afrique, après la colonisation du XIXème Siècle et la Guerre d'influence qui a eu lieu pendant la Guerre froide avec l'ex-URSS qui soutenait les marxistes pendant que les États-Unis qui installaient des despotes compatibles avec le capitalisme; la 3ème Ruée vers l'Afrique est bien à l’œuvre. S'il y a ruée vers l'Afrique, c'est parce qu'hier comme aujourd'hui, le Continent Berceau de l'Humanité regorge d'énormes richesses du sol et du sous-sol; mais aussi parce qu'il représente un débouché économique de plus d'un milliard (1.000.000.000)de consommateurs. Comme d'habitude, toutes les puissances impérialistes attendent maintenant leur part du gros Gâteau-Afrique. Aux anciennes puissances européennes qui s'étaient autrefois partagé l'Afrique en 1884 à Berlin, se ajoutées des puissances américaines et asiatiques. Hier, avant l'installation définitive des puissances coloniales, il y a eu la pacification sous prétexte de l'intervention militaire et l'usage de la violence pour assoir l'autorité coloniale et mettre fin aux guerres tribales souvent créées, entretenues par l'envahisseur qui voulait s'y installer et s'y fixer pour l'occupation. Aujourd'hui, la guerre contre le terrorisme est une raison d'intervenir militairement et pacifier le continent africain. LES GUERRES CONTRE LE TERRORISME, SONT-ELLES CRÉÉES ET ENTRETENUES PAR LES ENVAHISSEURS COMME PAR LE PASSÉ, se demande l’hebdomadaire britannique qui n'eut pas trouvé de réponse; mais des faits troublant qui font la similitude par parallélisme de forme QUAND ON CONNAIT LA MOBILITÉ DES TROUPES TERRORISTES SOUS L’ŒIL VIGILENT DES RADARS, DRONES ET DES SERVICES DE RENSEIGNEMENTS OCCIDENTAUX QUAND LA PRESENCE MILITAIRE OCCIDENTALE NE PUISSENT EMPÊCHER QUE DES AFRICAINS(hommes, femmes et enfants) EN MEURENT CHAQUE JOUR SOUS LES COUPS PORTÉS DES TERRORISTES (quelque fois à quelques encablures des bases militaires étrangères). Rappelons-nous des conventions franco-britanniques du 5 AOÛT 1890 ET 14 JUIN 1898 sur le Niger, délimitant les zones d'influence pour chacune de ces deux puissances sur les territoires à elles obtenus du partage de Berlin en 1884. Aujourd'hui, d'autres puissances attendent-elles leurs parts du gâteau? NE NOUS EN VOULEZ PAS POUR AVOIR RAPPELER CE QUE L’HEBDOMADAIRE BRITANNIQUE "THE ECONOMIST" A DÉJÀ FAIT PUBLIQUEMENT CONNAITRE AU MONDE. Nous n'avons que prévenir nos concitoyens de savoir agir avec méthode et intelligence en laissant nos vaillants décideurs, décider de la bonne direction à suivre pour arriver au cap de bonne espérance au profit de nos peuples car, NOUS AVONS EU LA DIVINE CHANCE D’ÊTRE BIEN DIRIGES PAR DE VISIONNAIRES HOMMES CLAIRVOYANTS ET MÉTICULEUX QUI SAVENT CHOISIR LA MEILLEURE ENTRE DEUX BONNES CHOSES OU D'OPTER POUR LA MOINS PIRE DE DEUX MAUVAISES POUR NOTRE DÉVELOPPEMENT DURABLE DANS DES ESPACES FLEURIS ET OMBRAGÉS DE LA PAIX tels SEM le Président Issoufou Mahamadou du Niger, ses pairs Macky Sall du Sénégal, Idriss Déby Ithno du Tchad, Miuhamadiu Buhari du Nigéria, Akoffu Nanan Addo du Ghana, Faure N'Yassingbé du Togo et, même l'indécis Président Alassane Dramane Ouattara de la RCI qui, par la finesse de son flair, se trouve capable de placer la balle au point précis pour le tir du pénalty et le but de la victoire africaine. Soyons confiants avec ces européens d'aujourd'hui dans ce monde qui se globalise pour plus d'humanisme et meilleurs que leurs ainés du temps de la Société des Nations où la vie humaine ne fut meilleure que l'aquatique ou à la jungle quand LES GRANDS MANGENT LES PETITS. Hier, comme dans la Jungle où le Maitre-Lion verse ses urines sur les troncs d’arbre pour marquer son territoire ; les puissances étrangères signèrent des conventions avec les dirigeants africains enclins à leur volonté pour garder leurs zones d’influence tel qu’au Niger avec les deux conventions dites de 1890 et 1898 quand, de l’indépendance politique accordée aux africains, de par le Protectorat, le dirigeant doit vouer une totale soumission à ses protecteurs pour qu’il puisse bien défendre et protéger les intérêts des puissances étrangères dans ce pays jeunement indépendant. Aujourd’hui, les Chefs d’Etats africains signent des conventions avec des puissances étrangères pour installer des bases militaires sur le continent afin de protéger les intérêts de leurs pays face aux terroristes. Les nouvelles puissances émergentes autrefois anciennes colonies, comme la Chine, l’Inde… semblent avoir choisi la voie économique d’investissement; tandis que les vieilles puissances européenne habituées à la répression pour avoir conquis les terres africaines au 19ème siècle par la violente avant de les dominer par la force, risquent de décliner sous le choc démocratique. Rappelons pour l’histoire des missions coloniales en Afrique Occidentale Française (AOF): Les voies d’expéditions Fourreau-Lamy, Voulet-Chanoine et Gentil devant converger autour du Lac Tchad pour combattre Rabat et mettre fin à l’esclavage. Aujourd’hui, Boko Haram d’Aboubacar Chékaou sont là (peut-être prévus pour défendre le territoire marqué avant le terme programmé) au nom du terrorisme que l’on combat. - La voie Fourreau-Lamy d’aujourd’hui évita l’Algérie, passa par la Libye qu’elle désintègre, sema le chaos dans le Sahara et traversa le Niger pour atteindre le Tchad d’Idriss Déby Ithno et le Cameroun. - La voie Voulet-Chanoine alluma des foyers de conflits socialement incendiaires au Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger pour atteindre le Lac Tchad toujours au Tchad. - La Voie Gentil déclencha de guerres dans l’Oubangui-Chari (RCA) avec des fumées en RDC pour arriver toujours au Tchad. Cela définit tout de la troisième ruée où toutes les puissances présentes en Afrique ne sont là que pour défendre leurs intérêts par la militarisation des espaces à occuper par la force ou la voie pacifique. Donc, laissons nos dirigeants choisir la bonne voie qui puisse nous emmener au bon port quand SEM le Président toujours prêt à passer le témoin à son successeur élu du Peuple par le Peuple et pour le Peuple. C'est donc à nous d'élire celui qui puisse être l'un des meilleures élèves du Mécanicien-Réparateur des morceaux de la Paix brisée; car, pour devenir réparateur, il fallait passer par l'école d'un formateur où apprendre et connaitre les connaissances de la mécanique du moteur du bus qui nous transporte pour voyager en toute sécurité vers notre développement global. La désintégration de la Jamahirya Arabe Libyenne a été pour beaucoup dans la déstabilisation des pays voisins, surtout limitrophes ; à savoir, le Niger, le Tchad, le Cameroun, le Nigeria et tout le Sahel avec ce qu’on connait de la menace terroriste au Mali et Burkina Faso (SEM le Président Issoufou Mahamadou en a fait cas prévisionnel lors d’un Sommet des G20 à Vincennes/Paris). LE MONDE A BEAUCOUP ÉVOLUÉ AVEC LA RÉGULATRICE ORGANISATION DES NATIONS-UNIES (ONU). LES PUISSANCES COLONIALES LES PLUS AGRESSIVES ET VIOLENTES SONT AUJOURD’HUI, LES PLUS PERDANTES DANS TOUS LES JEUX GÉOPOLITIQUES MONDIAUX. Tout a été consigné par le Journaliste M.Farmo, quand nous nous devons d'y penser en ouvrant toutes les portes à nos cervelles.
          

Ghana Pledges Support to India to Fight Terrorism

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Shirley Ayorkor Botchway said India continues to invest in West Africa despite the insecurity problems facing the region. Related Items
          

Ethanol coordinated zinc trimethoxyphenylporphyrin: Structure, theoretical studies and formation of isoporphyrin

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Title: Ethanol coordinated zinc trimethoxyphenylporphyrin: Structure, theoretical studies and formation of isoporphyrin
Author(s): Singh, N. Ghanashyam; Borah, Karishma Devi; Majumder, Smita; et al.
Source: JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR STRUCTURE, 1200: JAN 15 2020
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Polystachya galeata – 365 days of orchids – day 1079

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Our plants of Polystachya galeata are really flourishing at the moment and we have several plants with with the subtle but attractive pink, green and cream flowers. Like most polystachyas this species is African and is found in Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zaire and Angola. The broad distribution results […]
          

The Roles of Indigenous NGOs in Health Service Delivery in Ghana: Assessing the Mediating Effect of Administrative Authenticity on the Relationship Between Partnership Potential and Performance

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This study sought to investigate the features of local NGOs in Ghana and how their current status and challenges influence their potential for partnerships and sustained operation. Cross-sectional survey design was followed and ten health sector NGOs were engaged to respond to questions bordering funding, infrastructure, legalization/registration, and partnerships. Quantitative assessment of data and descriptive statistics was performed. Results showed that 60.0 % of local NGOs lacked funding and 20 % were not legalized/registered. Crosstabulation of data revealed that the lack of funding was explained up to 80.0 % by NGOs’ inability to register and legalize their operations. These challenges negatively impacted their ability to secure funding from donors in the health sector and government and as well hindered their partnership potential to a large extent and should be addressed.

Keywords: Local NGOs; partnership, health service delivery; sustainable development

DOI: 10.7176/RHSS/9-22-03

Publication date: November 30th 2019


          

Blockchain: A major disruptor for business strategies and models

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Ghana Blockchain Conference - Blockchain: A major disruptor for business strategies and models | Accra, Ghana | 28th of November, 2019
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Blutsoßenhase

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Beim Koch in meiner Blogroll gibt es wilde Hasen mit Blutsoße. In der Zeitung stand wie immer das Elend der Welt, kaputte Vordächer oder Promisiebenlinge, keine Plätzchenrezepte, Asiatennagelstudios, Fremdlinge, Wanderer ohne Lenkrad, unbesonnene Glühweintrinker, Nikolausgläubige, Berge von Zeugs. Drei Jahre später an den Sonnenstränden von Ghana, meterhoch. Einer der im Garten hängenden Meisenknödel hat ausgetrieben, […]
          

Doneer een oude smartphone en sponsor kennis over neerslag in Ghana

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Bewoners van Delft kunnen tot en met 8 januari 2020 hun oude smartphones inleveren bij de TU Delft Library en Science Centre Delft. De telefoons worden in Ghana gebruikt om neerslagpatronen in West-Afrika beter te voorspellen en begrijpen. Hierdoor kunnen boeren in West-Afrika hun voedselproductie optimaliseren.

          

Juls Ft King Promise x Mugeez (R2Bees) – Your Number

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Juls recruits award-winning Ghanaian singer Mugeez and King Promise on this sizzling single titled YOUR NUMBER. Listen and share below. Juls Ft King Promise x Mugeez (R2Bees) – Your Number [DOWNLOAD]

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Shatta Wale – SM Assassin

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Multiple award-winning Ghanaian Reggae/Dancehall artiste – Shatta Wale unlocks a new dancehall song titled “SM Assassin” for your listening pleasure. Shatta Wale – SM Assassin [DOWNLOAD] Vote Now Kindly Follow The Steps To Vote For Nana Kwame Sampson (As Best Blogger Of The Year HitzNationgh.com) Dial *447*714# to vote 1. Select EVENT 2. Select WEBA2019 …

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London Bridge: Attacker had been convicted of terror offence

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The man who carried out the stab attack at London Bridge on Friday, named by police as Usman Khan, had previously been jailed for terrorism offences.

Khan, 28, was wearing a GPS police tag and was out of prison on licence when he launched his attack, in which a man and a woman were killed and three others were injured.

Khan was shot dead by officers after members of the public restrained him.

The Queen said she was "saddened" by the attack.

She thanked the emergency services "as well as the brave individuals who put their own lives at risk to selflessly help and protect others".

Police declared the attack a terrorist incident.
Khan was known to the authorities, having been convicted for terrorism offences in 2012. He was released from prison on licence in December 2018, Met Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said.

As part of his release conditions, Khan had to take part in the government's desistance and disengagement programme - the purpose of which is the rehabilitation of people who have been involved in terrorism.

The Parole Board said it had no involvement in the 28-year-old's release, saying he "appears to have been released automatically on licence (as required by law)".

The Times reported that Khan's release came after he agreed to wear an electronic tag and have his movements monitored.

After leaving prison he had moved into a Stafford property on the "approved premises" list.


          

CAFCC: Big Spender And Debutants Pyramids FC Hope To Add To Rangers Woefulness In Enugu

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE

After a dream start to their maiden continental campaign with the highlight being a place at the lucrative group stage, Egyptian debutants Pyramids will kick off their group stage campaign away to Nigeria’s Rangers in Enugu.

Last year’s revamp saw Pyramids, founded in 2008 under the name “Al Assiouty Sports” metamorphosing from Egyptian Premier League minnows to big spenders, after Emirati businessman Salem Al Shamsi acquired ownership of the prominent Egyptian football club. 

Al Shamsi, who was previously the club’s vice president, takes over from Saudi General Entertainment Authority chairman Turki Al Sheikh.
Their first season under the new name “Pyramids FC” ended in a third place finish in the Egyptian top flight, that earned them a place in this season’s Total CAF Confederation Cup.
With the help of experienced players, led by former Al Ahly playmaker Abdullah Elsaid, Ghanaian hitman John Antwi and Burkinabe Eric Traore, Pyramids entered their first ever continental adventure by recruiting ex- Uganda coach Sebastien Desabre to guide them banking on his knowledge of the African game.
The Frenchman guided the debutants to overcome the hurdles at Congo’s Etoile du Congo, Algeria’s CR Belouizdad and Tanzanian giants Young Africans to reach the group stage, with an impressive record of five wins and a draw in six matches, including three away victories.
And they are inspired by their impressive away record as they visit the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu this Sunday, as Group A of the CAF Confederation cup group stage kicks off, with fellow Egyptian outfit Al Masry and fellow debutants Nouadhibou of Mauritania completing the group.

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Rangers enjoyed a preliminary round bye, before defeating Gabon’s AS Pelican and Togo’s ASC Kara on their way to the group stage, where they are looking to do better than last season when they failed to qualify for the quarterfinals.
Having won their previous two home games, Rangers will hope this form carries on to start the group stage on a positive note after appointing former Nigeria coach Salisu Yusuf days ahead of the clash as directed by the football federation for technical support.
Yusuf, who guided Nigeria to a runner-up spot at the Total African Nations Championship in Morocco in 2018 replaces Benedict Ugwu, who was shown the exit door after a 2-0 loss to newly promoted Akwa Starlets in the Nigerian top flight at the weekend.
Full Fixtures
Group A
  • Nouakchott Nouadhibou (Mauritania) vs Al Masry (Egypt)
  • Enugu Rangers (Nigeria) vs Pyramids (Egypt)
Group B
  • Johannesburg Bidvest (South Africa) vs Horoya (Guinea)
  • Cairo El Nasr (Libya) vs Djoliba (Mali)
Group C
  • Berkane RS Berkane (Morocco) vs ESAE (Benin)
  • Kinshasa Motema Pembe (DR Congo) vs Zanaco (Zambia)
Group D
  • Abidjan San Pedro (Cote d’Ivoire) vs Paradou (Algeria)
  • Agadir HUSA (Morocco) vs Enyimba (Nigeria)

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Assessing the Effect of Integrated Water Resources Management on the Quality of Water in the Pra Basin Ghana

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Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Advisors
  • de Vries, N.K.

    , Supervisor
  • Nyarko, Kwabena Biritwum, Advisor, External person
Award date22 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2019

          

M.Anifest – Ohemaa Ft. Moelogo

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M.Anifest Ohemaa song download Just few days ago, M.anifest of Ghana released a track titled Tomorrow featuring Nigerian African giant Burna Boy on it. M.anifest has just dropped his highly anticipated project The Gamble. The Ep which consists of 7 tracks features some top artistes like Burna boy, Simi in it. Off the Ep is […]
          

The first IPPC ePhyto and Emerging Pests workshop for African countries

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**18 November 2019, Maryland, USA** – The first IPPC ePhyto and Emerging Pests workshop for African countries took place from 18 to 22 November 2019 at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Inspection Services (APHIS) offices in Maryland, USA. The workshop was jointly organized by USDA and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat. It was opened by Mr John Greifer, Master of Ceremonies, Mr Osama El-Lissy, USDA/APHIS Senior official, Mr Craig Fedchock, IPPC Secretariat Special Advisor, and Mr Jean Gerard Mezui M’ella, Secretary General of the Inter-African Phytosanitary Council (IAPSC). Workshop participants came from twenty-one African countries, the IAPSC, the Economic Community of Western African States and the IPPC Secretariat. **The IPPC ePhyto workshop** Key objectives of the IPPC ePhyto workshop were to ensure national plant protection organization (NPPO) participants: • developed a strong understanding of the IPPC ePhyto Solution and more specifically the Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS); • understood the benefits of GeNS for industry and government; and • were able to prepare plans for implementing GeNs in their country and region. The workshop included: • a detailed demonstration on GeNS functionality and customization; • an update from Ghana - a GeNS pilot country that has been exchanging ePhytos through the system since July 2019; • a live demonstration of an ePhyto exchange between Ghana and the USA; and • a breakout session where participants from different countries discussed what actions were needed to implement the ePhyto Solution. **Emerging Pests workshop** Immediately after the two-day ePhyto workshop, a workshop on emerging pests took place from 20 to 22 November 2019. An emerging pest is a pest that has been accidentally introduced into a country where it was previously unknown and produces considerable damage on plants. Several cases have been recently noted in Africa – including the Fall Armyworm (FAW) which is currently the region’s most dangerous pest. Representatives from APHIS and the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) gave presentations on surveillance activities for emerging pests and pest management in the United States, with a focus on FAW. Their presentations were complemented by updates from Zambia and South Africa about their experiences in surveying and managing these pests. Simulation exercises on new ways to detect and respond to pests were also organized. Some participants noted that implementing the methods explained by APHIS in Africa would require additional support in terms of funding and human resources. Nonetheless, they appreciated the information provided as a starting point for protecting plant health in their countries. Participants committed to finding solutions adapted to their national conditions with the help of the IPPC and APHIS-USDA. The emerging pest workshop was hosted by APHIS and jointly funded by the APHIS and the IPPC. ![enter image description here][1] *Participants from 21 African countries attended the IPPC ePhyto and Emerging Pests workshop. © FAO* [1]: /static/media/uploads/news/ephyto_emerging_pest_3.jpg
          

UK star, Stormzy prepares to storm Lagos next year

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Just days after releasing ‘Own It’ with Nigeria’s Burna Boy and Ed Sheeran, British superstar rapper of Ghanaian descent, Stormzy have taken to Instagram to announce he will commence a world tour tagged, ‘Heavy Is The Head’ World Tour in 2020. The rapper is expected to release his eagerly anticipated sophomore album, ‘Heavy Is The […]

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Tacha arrives in Ghana to a rousing reception (pictures and video)

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Say what you will about Tacha, what you cannot deny is that she has ardent fans. The “No leave, No transfer” crooner landed in Ghana today and her fans gave her a more rousing reception than she got in her home town of Portharcourt. See pictures and video below:

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Road Resurfacing works on L3512-1 Cloghanacody, Grange

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Tipperary County Council wishes to advise that there will be road resurfacing works at L3512-1 Cl


          

This boy was jailed in Ghana, not Nigeria

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A photograph making the rounds on Facebook claims to show a 15-year-old boy jailed in Nigeria for stealing. AFP found that the boy was actually arrested in Ghana. One Facebook post, which we’ve archived here, claims the boy was jailed in Nigeria’s economic capital Lagos, but does not give the name of the prison.  It has been shared more than 700 times since it was published on November 6, 2019. 
          

CBLDF Gift Guide 2019!

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This holiday season you can support CBLDF and find something for everyone on your list! We’re offering donation premiums signed by incredible creators, including: Neil Gaiman, Stan Sakai, Alison Bechdel, Brian K. Vaughan, Raina Telgemeier, Roz Chast, & more! Looking for standout stocking-stuffers? We’ve got you covered with enamel pins, embroidered patches, t-shirts, prints, and fragrances. Or, give the gift that keeps on giving with a CBLDF annual membership! Don’t wait, donate today to make a difference in our work and grab a great gift for the comic fan in your life! All proceeds benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s First Amendment work. Featured Creators |  Neil Gaiman  |  Chris Ware  |  Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips   |  Brian K Vaughan  |  Daniel Clowes  | Genres |  Classics  |  Funny Books  |  Education & Resources  |  Biographies & Memoirs  |  All Ages  |  Super Heroes  | Merch |  Enamel Pins  |  Embroidered Patches  |  T-Shirts  |  Prints & Posters  |  BPAL Fragrances  |  Memberships  |     Neil Gaiman         Back to Top Chris Ware   Back to Top Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips    Back to Top Brian K Vaughan        Back to Top Daniel Clowes   Back to Top Classic Titles        Back to Top Funny Books           Back to Top Education & Resources   […]
          

Sports News – Want More Information..

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Yacht Charter In Turkey There is this beautiful Ghanaian proverb which can literarily be interpreted to this effect: “A newly hatched chick that survives will not lack the ability to grow feathers.” It means “when there is life, there is hope.” Fifty-2 yrs ago (6 March 1957 to become precise), Ghana made political history in …
          

Dec 9, 2019: Pathways: Hannah Vaughan ’09 at Venturi '75 Art Building

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Please join the art department for this lecture presented by studio art alumna Hannah Vaughan ’09.

Senior Studio and Thesis prepares our majors to launch into the competitive art world. Meet art department alumni and hear first-hand how they navigated life with a BA in Art. Each alum in this series represents a different career pathway.

Hannah Vaughan is a designer and craftswoman, originally from Los Angeles. She currently runs her own design/build studio in the Hudson Valley, in Newburgh NY. Studio projects range from large sculptural installations, furniture design and architectural works. Vaughan’s design has a direct material brutality to it, from crushed cars, chainsaw carved stumps to large rusted panels. Her works combine a primitive urgency with the infrastructure of our industrial landscape.

Vaughan grew up in a creative household with a sculptor father and bookbinder mother, and started welding at the age of 12. She developed her skills by studying at Oberlin College and the 3D design at Cranbrook Academy of Art before starting her own one-woman design studio.
Her work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally. She designed an office in San Francisco, exhibited at NY Design Week and Collective and her works can be found at Pavilion Gallery in Chicago.

Industriousness is primordial. Humans have always felt an impulse to build, craft, construct. Industrious cave woman scrawled on their walls and their caves became homes. Marks like these are evidence of our existence, a means of expressing who we are and what we do. Proof that we were alive.

This event is presented with support from the Ellen Johnson Endowment for Modern and Contemporary Art. This event is open to the public, and free of charge.

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Ghanaian govt to launch national QR code for handset-to-handset payments in December - Telecompaper

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Ghanaian govt to launch national QR code for handset-to-handset payments in December...
          

Ama Slay Turns It Up With New Single & Video

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Ama Slay some time now has been described as one of Ghana’s most exciting new artists to watch out for in 2020. Ghanaian songstress Ama Slay has released her new single titled ‘Turn it up’. In this song and video, Ama Slay talks about her being a diva, how bad and dapper she is. The ...

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Training Specialist

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Wolviston Group on behalf of our Client a leading provider of technical training to the oil &amp gas process manufacturing and engineering sectors are actively recruiting Training Mentors on a FSPO in GhanaYou will work on a contract basis over a 3 rotation 4 weeks onoff pattern and have a The coaches and mentors will be responsible for carryi
          

Full list of winners for Central Music Awards 2019

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Patapaa won best collabration, best management and artiste of the year. Below are full of winners for 2019 Central Music Awards as compiled by Ghanafoxmusic.com. Gospel song of the year – Your Love – Nyameba Agnes Gospel artiste of the year – Sir Solomon Best blogger – Abdul Optimistic Female vocalist – Aunty Male vocalist …

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Fans collapse as speakers fall on them at Medikal’s Welcome to Sowutuom Concert

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Rapper Medikal, put together a star studded concert dubbed Welcome to Sowutuom. The event which happened at Kwashieman School Park, a suburb of Acca witnessed spectacular performances from acts such as Shatta Wale, DJ Switch, King Promise, Joey B among others. The event which witnessed some amazing performances from these celebrities and musicians was almost …

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I Am the first hip pop artiste to performed livedband in Easten Region-Tumtum Boafour

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Anyone at all can claim champion when you come to the Ghanaian entertainment industry. Oh yeah, that’s true, we’ve seen a lot from most of these artistes ever since rap was introduced in this industry. Counting from the days of Lord Kenya, Okyeame Kwame, Obrafour, Flowking Stone, Medikal down to Awal Mohammed, we’ve heard a lot from these …

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Rick Ross set to perform at Detty Rave concert in Ghana

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The Year of Return fever seems to have gripped American rapper, William Leonard Roberts II, known professionally as Rick Ross, as he is ready to come to Ghana. The songwriter, entrepreneur and record executive will be in Ghana on the 27th of December, 2019. Nigerian musician and businessman, Mr Eazi, made the announcement on Twitter: …

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Sefa ft. Medikal – Magyi (Prod. by Konfem)

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Arguably the hottest female act on the scene in Ghana, Sefa isn’t slowing down as her current smahs single ‘Shuga’ rules the airwaves. She wants more and just gave us more with another banger ‘Magyi’ featuring VGMA’19’s Best Rapper of the year Medikal. The Konfem produced track introduces us to another side of Black Avenue’s …

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Rapper: Tumtum Boafour – orders men to marry more than 2 wives

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Saturday 30/11/2019 on entertainment plus with the host mr obeng Danso @ okwawu fm , Moses hitmaker Tuntum Boafour says is good for men to marriage two wife .according to the sensational raper, ones a man is married they shouldn’t divorce, if they are interested in other lady they should marry the lady because women …

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Lyrical Joe ft. Sarkodie – Betrayal

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Ghanaian Rapper, Lyrical Joe finally comes forth with his much anticipated collaboration tagged “Betrayal”. Betrayal features Ghana’s foremost rapper, Sarkodie and talks about the violation of a person’s trust or confidence. Kindly Stream, Download and Listen to this jam below: Lyrical Joe ft. Sarkodie – Betrayal [ Download ]

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Shatta Wale – Time No Dey (Prod. by Paq)

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Award Winning Dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale ahead of the Christmas festivities serves us with this potential Christmas jam titled “Time No Dey”. Song production credit goes to Paq, Download and Enjoy below! Shatta Wale – Time No Dey (Prod. by Paq) [ Download ]

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Stonebwoy – Black People (Outernational Riddim)

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Oneness Records & Burniton Music Group presents this brand new one-drop reggae record from Stonebwoy entitled “Black People”.The Multiple Award Winning singer and songwriter jumps onto the Outernational Riddim to send a message. Download and Listen below and share your thoughts with us.Enjoy! Stonebwoy – Black People (Outernational Riddim) [ Download ]

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Fuse ODG ft. Danny Ocean – Lazy Day

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Off Da Ground afrobeat icon, Fuse ODG follows up his “Road To Ghana Vol. 1” EP with this low-tempo record titled “Lazy Day”. He features Latin superstar, Danny Ocean on this jam for your listening pleasure. Download and Listen below! Fuse ODG ft. Danny Ocean – Lazy Day [ Download ]

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Cette indécente promotion libidinale du Black Friday, ou le capitalisme du désir au grand jour

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Dans la nuit du 10 au 11 novembre 2019, pendant que vous vous brossiez les dents ou que vous faisiez l'amour sans chronomètre, la modique somme de 1 milliard de dollars fut dépensée en 68 secondes sur le site chinois de vente en ligne Alibaba. Cette "nuit des célibataires", certainement propice à l'onanisme consumériste, est un must en matière d'orgie. Un record inutile mais qui améliore tout de même la précédente marque, celle de 2018, de 17 secondes. Imaginez le plaisir solitaire que des chroniqueurs pourraient tirer, suite à plus de croissance, donc de progrès, d'une dépense de 1 milliard de dollars en une seconde. L'éjacula ultime de la consommation planétaire et le must de l'info éco. La rencontre extatique de la seconde et du premier milliard pourra peut-être ouvrir les cieux.

Le Black Friday commence en France un lundi. Rien de très étonnant quand on sait que le Paris-Dakar a lieu en Amérique du Sud. Contrairement à la "nuit des célibataires", l'orgie s'étale sur la semaine avec un climax le vendredi, cohérence oblige. Peut-être faut-il y voir, à la suite du grand rut asiatique, un reliquat de romantisme à la française, ce que les discours clonés de l'éco (auxquels il manque bien sûr un "h") donnent le nom de "montée en puissance". Fin novembre, dans la grisaille, le compte en banque trop souvent à découvert (c'est mon cas), les Français sont conviés à avaler en souriant le gros viagra de la conso de masse : le Black Friday. Encore un effort citoyen pour bafouiller en anglais les deux mots de votre servitude terminale, celle qui vous fait cliquer que vous le vouliez ou non pour acheter un nouveau portable dont vous pourriez, en toute sagesse, vous passer encore des mois.

D'affligeantes publicités radiophoniques matraquent le manant avec des voix qui hésitent entre l'orgasme ("j'ai fait une bonne affaire chéri") et la dépression ("j'ai raté le bon coup mon cœur"). Ne sous-estimons pas la dimension libidinale de tout ceci. Sans compter la force tragi-comique de ces agapes. Le désir, écrivaient Deleuze et Guattari dans L'Anti-oedipe, en 1972, "ça fait bander les masses". Et encore ignoraient-ils le Black Friday et les applications qui font vibrer dans la poche le téléphone hors d'âge de l'année passée quand l'affaire est bonne à saisir pour en avoir un nouveau.

"Ce mauvais vent des Amériques, quelques semaines après Halloween, confirme la mise sous curatelle de l'Hexagone et l'écrasement terminale de nos imaginaires"
 

Inutile de revenir sur l’aberration écologique de cette opération de fourrage si ce n'est pour dire que la protection des oies trouve aujourd'hui plus de défenseurs que celle des consommateurs gavés aux gros grains de novembre. Inutile d'alourdir le constat en faisant référence aux poubelles "technologiques" du Ghana et aux cancers d'enfants de dix ans qui ramassent les reliquats des bonnes affaires du Black Friday. Concentrons-nous plutôt sur la nature des désirs qui a lieu ici et dont l'effet pourrit là-bas. Viendra peut-être un jour où les canards des Landes monteront des associations pour dénoncer la maltraitance des hommes. Le Duck Friday

En attendant, ce mauvais vent des Amériques, quelques semaines après Halloween, confirme la mise sous curatelle de l'Hexagone et l'écrasement terminale de nos imaginaires. Car au-delà de cette immense machine à jouir-acheter nous assistons à la perfusion chronique des sollicitations d’achat sur le modèle de "la bonne affaire". Les soldes ne sont plus réservées à quelques semaines de l'année et elles passent massivement par l'achat à distance le jour et plus sûrement la nuit, c'est encore meilleur. Il ne s'agit pas simplement de pourcentages mais d'une promesse collective, d'un nouveau messianisme : celle de pouvoir jouir au dépend de la grande machine, dans son dos et ensemble. Le Black Friday ou la partouze atomistique de la consommation de masse virtualisée. Acheter, c'est forcément faire une bonne affaire après la contrition ("j'attends les soldes"), autrement dit être malin, patient et sortir la CB sans se faire baiser.

"De fins penseurs nous disent, le cœur sur le front, que nous sommes à l’aube d’une conjoncture révolutionnaire"

De fins penseurs nous disent, le cœur sur le front, que nous sommes à l’aube d’une conjoncture révolutionnaire, que ça ne peut plus durer, que le peuple est à bout. Ils sous-estiment peut-être (mais pourrait-il d’ailleurs encore écrire sans cela ?), la puissance des analgésiques. Je comprends l’impatience de ceux qui théorisent la révolte des peuples. J’entends parfaitement, et j'en suis, la critique qu’ils adressent aux défenseurs des états de fait. Mais je ne peux m’empêcher d’ajouter à cette rage ce qu’observent aussi les yeux. Non pas simplement une implacable logique d’asservissement de l’homme à propos de laquelle nous ne manquons pas de bons théoriciens mais l’homme lui-même. Non pas dans l’absolu, en tant qu’essence indistincte, mais l’homme situé, celui qui accepte, celui qui en veut encore. Cet homme n’est pas simplement un pantin aux mains du grand capital, un soumis du CAC, mais une volonté. A ce titre, il a aussi sa part de responsabilité, une part énorme. La qualité de son jouir est en jeu. Ne faut-il pas aussi s’adresser à lui ? Mais comment quand l'orgie est partout et que ça dégouline du lundi au vendredi la semaine du Black Friday ?

Nous avons désappris à juger. C’est peut-être le prix de l’égalisation des conditions. Nous avons accepté l’idée que les hiérarchies spirituelles étaient d’un autre âge. Nous avons entériné une logique de masse dans laquelle la matière prime sur l’esprit. Le ravage spirituel de l’homme n’est pas quantifiable. Il est de l’ordre de la qualité. Il faudrait, mettant un instant de côté toutes les niaiseries, être fidèle aux affects qualitatifs qui naissent depuis cette masse, être fidèle à ce mélange d’ironie et de dégoût. Le Black Friday suscite les deux et il pose en cela un problème anthropologique.

Il faut aussi savoir passer aux travaux pratiques. A Bordeaux, par exemple, dans la rue Sainte-Catherine, la grande rue des commerces un jour de Black Friday et de "soldes monstres". Les regards surtout, la puissance captative des logos qui aimantent les flux et dilatent les pupilles. La même chose sur l'écran. Écoute, tends l’oreille. Note l’insignifiant fait homme, la puissance du consentement, le néant qui glapit. La libido s’écoule et tout se passe bien. Condensation du tas, péristaltisme mou. Expérience angoissante mais salutaire si tu te piques d’insoumission. Prends des notes sur la masse que tu prétends politiser. Informations décisives pour mener ta bataille le jour de Black Friday. Observe celui-ci. Adversaire ou allier ? Insoumis ou soumis ? Il te faudra trancher. Et celle-là, tu la vois, elle vient de Séphora et clique sur son portable car c'est le black Friday, la concurrence est vive pour remplir le panier. Regarde son sourire et la dose de plaisir qui lui sort du sac. Tellement satisfaite, pourras-tu l’enrôler ? Je sens que tu fatigues. Il faut être roué pour supporter le vide et aimer les idées.

"On ne domine pas l'homme sans asservir son désir"

Pasolini ou Debord savaient cela très bien, ils en ont fait le tour avec un grand talent. On ne domine pas l'homme sans asservir son désir, sans le réduire à des stimuli de masse. Le Black Friday est l'inverse de la "poussée de liberté" - Freiheitsdrang - que Freud évoque dans Malaise dans la culture. Cette Knechtschaftdrang, cette poussée de servitude, ne se fait pas sans l'homme mais avec lui. Les critiques de l'aliénation consumériste ne doivent jamais oublier cette dimension libidinale des processus de soumission. Nous devons aussi à Herbert Marcuse d'avoir théorisé cette lutte contre la liberté qui se fait dans le psychisme de l'homme, cette malversation du désir qui conduit à une forme effrayante d'auto-répression. Le détournement de l'activité sexuelle vers la consommation (et plus vers le travail, aujourd'hui frappé d'indignité) consolide une immense machine répressive, unidimentionnelle et stérilisante. Le Black Friday est un objet digne d'être pensé à condition de comprendre l'indignité à laquelle il nous renvoie, de le saisir comme un immense délire libidinal et un désir qui tourne mal. Très mal.


          

Powdered Pap Made From Guinea Corn,millet And Maize For #Sale - #Business - Nairaland

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Wholesalers and retailers are urgently needed to buy/market Mimi's powdered pap to shops,supermarkets in Nigeria and possibly in Ghana,Uk,Canada,and the USA. Incentives and Benefits are also available ...
          

Crystal Palace's Zaha enjoys getting stick - Schlupp

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The Ghanaian full-back has praised the Ivorian forward for his ability to gather strength from criticism
          

NPP Laments Over Abortive Referendum

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122201950625-osjum8x432-john-boadu-e1571684725172 The New Patriotic Party (NPP) says it is saddened by the cancellation of the December 17 referendum by President Akufo-Addo. At a press conference on Monday, addressed by its General Secretary, John Boadu, the NPP said the President was given ldquo;no choice rdquo; in the matter. The President called off the referendum slated fo ...
          

14 Get Bail Under Justice For All Prison Decongestion

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Chief Justice Sophia A.B. Akuffo and her entourage, including US Ambassador, at the Ho Central Prisons Fourteen persons have been granted bail during in-prison court proceedings under the Justice For All Programme (JFAP) held at the Ho Central Prisons in the Volta Region. The Justice for All Programme started in 2000, and it is aimed at easing prison overcrowding through setting up special court sittings to adjudicate cases of prisone ...
          

Over 600 Nigerian Shops At Circle Locked Up Again

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122201940625-1j041p5ccw-shops-closed-down-by-guta-750x375-1 Over 600 shops belonging to foreign traders mostly Nigerians at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle have been locked up by members of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA). This is not the first time GUTA members had embarked on such an exercise in their quest to rid the Ghanaian market of foreign traders who are engaging in retail. ...
          

TOR Seal Deal To Refine 11million Barrels Of Crude 

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122201933655-n6iul8w331-916166766 139689 The Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) has signed an agreement to refine 11million barrels of crude. The agreement - a tolling crude oil processing agreement between Tema Oil Refinery and Woodfields Energy Resources Limited, a wholly Ghanaian-owned oil trading company, is backed by the world rsquo;s largest oil and gas trader. Woodfields En ...
          

BoG Debunks Claims 'New Notes Are Created For 2020 Elections'

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1129201940627-n6jum8x432-200-cedis-back The Head of Currency Management at the Bank of Ghana, John Gymafi, has debunked rumours suggesting that the introduction of the new higher Ghana Cedi denominations, has been done to fuel and fund the upcoming 2020 elections. Speaking on JoyFM rsquo;s Super Morning Show on Monday, John Gymafi said this is simply not the idea for why t ...
          

Audrey Akosua Tindana Is Media Personality Of The Year At Hyper Link Awards 2019

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122201943200-i41p266ffa-fb img 15753000626113574 The second editor of Hyper Link Awards came off on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at the Eusbet International Conference Center, Bono Region Sunyani. On the night, Audrey Akosua Tindana won the most coveted award - dubbed Hyper Link Overall Media Personality of the Year. Tommy Annan-Forson was inducted into Ghana Media Hall of Fame ...
          

Araba Sey Unveiled As Ghana Beach Soccer Sanitation Ambassador

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122201945453-0g730m4yxs-77198467 735443853598241 6175957393038376960 n Ghanaian international fashion model, motivational speaker and youth mentor; Miss Araba Sey has been unveiled as an Ambassador for the Ghana Beach Soccer Sanitation Campaign. A brief unveiling ceremony took place at the Oasis Beach Resort, Cape Coast on Saturday, 30th November 2019 after a morning clean up followed by a sanitation and env ...
          

Ghanaian Rapper Signal Beats Jay-Z On Global Lyric Website & Tours New York

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122201943254-uypbsferrm-signal-rap-genius Ghanaian rapper and health practitioner Signal has beaten his biggest influencer in rap, Mr Shawn Carter also known as Jay-Z on the world rsquo;s biggest lyric-curating website, the Global lyric website Tours New York. According to the website, the artiste proved his quintessential lyricism by scoring a distinctive low level of plagiari ...
          

Google's Craig Fenton and host Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde stepped out for TEFFEST 2019

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122201942445-i4ep276gfb-122201942308 teffest  craig Convener Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde host Google 39;s director of Strategy and operations, Craig Fenton at the Entertainment Fair and Festival which took place on the 29th of November in Lagos. The well attended fair and festival which had industry stakeholders and celebrities in attendance from comedian Alibaba, Ayo Subair, Efe Omoregbe, Alex Ekubo ...
          

Our Children's Future

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122201930810-wbreuihtto-613201741053 cybher sponsoredchildreninghana1 We give our children loving care, but it makes no sense to do so unless we do everything in our power to give them a future world in which they can survive. We also have a duty to our grandchildren, and to all future generations. Today we are faced with the threat of an environmental megacatastrophe, of which the danger of catastrophic cl ...
          

Crystal Palace's Zaha enjoys getting stick - Schlupp

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The Ghanaian full-back has praised the Ivorian forward for his ability to gather strength from criticism
          

12/1/2019: Sport Soccer: Leading from the front

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Horoya AC attacking midfielder and captain Ocansey Mandela was surnamed Mandela because he was born in Ghana on February 2 1990, the day former SA president FW de Klerk announced he would release Nelson Mandela from prison.
          

Gender equality: Cameroon among medium countries in Africa with global score of 0.59 out of 1 (McKinsey)

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On November 26, 2019, on the sidelines of the Global Gender Summit 2019 (November 25-27) in Kigali, Rwanda, the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey's independent research institute, presented its 2019 report on gender equality in Africa entitled “The Power of Parity.”

According to the presentation, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mozambique, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia are the countries with medium inequality between genders. Their scores are improving towards parity at work and in society, compared to other African countries.

Cameroon’s scores according to the McKinsey Global Institute are 0.53 out of 1 on parity at work; 0.71 on opening up the formal and informal economy to women; 0.35 on legal protection of women's rights in politics; 0.78 on protecting the integrity of women; 0.62 on gender inequalities in society; 0.52 on access to professional and technical occupations, etc. Cameroon's final score for gender parity is 0.59 to 1.

The continent's leading countries are South Africa (0.76), Namibia (0.72), Rwanda (0.69), Zimbabwe (0.66) and Lesotho (0.64).

Sylvain Andzongo, reporting from Kigali


          

Habarlar gündeligi - 27-nji noýabr, 2019-njy ýyl - Noýabr 27, 2019

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Bu günki programmamyzda: Marynyň dermanhanalarynda uzyn nobatlar döredi; Lebabyň goraghanalarynda güýç edaralary aw awlaýar we beýleki maglumatlarymyzy diňläp bilersiňiz.
          

Gay sex is banned - so Ghanaians dance against homophobia

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Musicians are normalising different sexual expressions in their videos in hopes of seeing change on the ground in the West African country, where same-sex relations are illegal
          

Nederlaag wake-up call bij FC Utrecht: "Ook wisselspelers zien dit"

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UTRECHT - John van den Brom is geschrokken na de nederlaag van FC Utrecht tegen hekkensluiter RKC Waalwijk. Zijn elftal verloor eerder van Ajax en AZ, maar dit verlies komt harder aan, aldus de trainer van de Domstedelingen. "Na vandaag is niemand meer zeker van zijn basisplaats."

De Amersfoorter pleit niet voor een koerswijziging, maar vindt wel dat zijn elftal zondag allesbehalve heeft thuisgegeven tegen RKC Waalwijk. "Het is ook niet zo dat ik met de beschuldigende vinger wijs, maar ik had niet het gevoel dat we er vandaag alles aandeden om het maximale eruit te halen. Dat vind ik wel kwalijk."

[Audio:2408307|John van den Brom (FC Utrecht): "Verder kijken dan het elftal dat vandaag gespeeld heeft"]

Er gebeurde te weinig wanneer FC Utrecht in balbezit was, vond Van den Brom. Middenvelder Adam Maher moest veelvuldig met de bal aan zijn voet op zoek naar oplossingen en dat had meerdere redenen volgens Van den Brom. "Aan de ene kant komt dat doordat hij te weinig afspeelmogelijkheden heeft, tegelijkertijd kun je misschien zeggen dat hij teveel loopt met de bal. Alleen vind ik niet dat het teveel bij hem moeten worden neergelegd, want ook andere jongens gaven niet thuis."

[Audio:2408304|Adam Maher praat na met René van den Berg]

Het publiek in stadion Galgenwaard zag een mat FC Utrecht weinig creëeren en liet dat zo nu en dan ook weten. "Dat helpt niet meer, maar ik begrijp wel waar het vandaan komt", aldus Van den Brom. Dat zag ook Maher, die zich de reactie van het publiek wel kon voorstellen. "Ik heb er geen woorden voor", vertelde de middenvelder. "Het was schandalig vandaag, we speelden ongekend zwak."

Verdediger Sean Klaiber denkt dat FC Utrecht zich moet afsluiten voor negatieve berichtgeving van buitenaf. "Natuurlijk sluipt er wat onzekerheid in de ploeg. We verliezen voor de derde keer op rij, dat is niet goed. Het is tijd om de koppen bij elkaar te steken en opnieuw de vorm te vinden als team."

[Audio:2408303|Sean Klaiber (FC Utrecht): "Met name in balbezit loopt het erg stroef"]

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Zwak FC Utrecht verliest van hekkensluiter RKC Waalwijk

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UTRECHT - Een zwak FC Utrecht heeft een modderfiguur geslagen en in stadion Galgenwaard met 0-1 verloren van hekkensluiter RKC Waalwijk.

Kansen werden er nauwelijks gecreëerd in een saaie eerste helft. De ploeg van John van den Brom had moeite met het uit elkaar spelen van de gesloten defensie van de Waalwijkers, die zelf amper voor het doel van Maarten Paes verschenen.

In de 69e minuut werd de ban gebroken toen de bezoekers tekenden voor een treffer via een vrije trap. Verdediger Melle Meulensteen was de defensie van de Utrechters te slim af, waarna hij raak kon koppen in de bovenhoek: 0-1.

Daarna kreeg FC Utrecht diverse mogelijkheden om langszij te komen. Invaller Simon Makienok leek te profiteren bij een rebound, maar de boomlange Deen kwam een voetje tekort om te scoren. Even later was het Justin Hoogma die bij een hoekschop boven alles en iedereen uitkwam, maar zijn kopbal onvoldoende richting mee kon geven.

Na dik anderhalf uur voetballen stapten de Waalwijkers als winnaar van het veld en dat was niet eens onverdiend te noemen. Het was voor het eerst sinds 1993 dat FC Utrecht een thuisduel verloor van RKC.

Door de nederlaag verliezen de Domstedelingen voor de derde week op rij. Eerder bleken Ajax en AZ te sterk voor de ploeg van Van den Brom, die zevende staat in de Eredivisie. Als Feyenoord zondag wint van PEC Zwolle wint, zakt FC Utrecht naar de achtste plaats.



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E.L – Efa Wo Ho Ben (Prod. by Kid Magic)

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The Bar E.L is here with a new midtempo banger tagged EFA WO HO BEN. This is a jam he releases ahead of his upcoming BAR Concert.Production credit goes to Kid Magic. check it out below E.L – Efa Wo Ho Ben (Prod. by Kid Magic)

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Yaa Pono – Wo Wo Ho Anaa (Prod. by Fox Beatz)

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Uptown Energy frontliner, Yaa Pono comes forth with this potential Christmas banger titled “Wo Wo Ho Anaa”. This Fox Beatz produced song will get you grooving and jamming all day. Stream, Download and Enjoy below! Yaa Pono – Wo Wo Ho Anaa (Prod. by Fox Beatz)

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Shatta Wale – Time No Dey (Prod. By PaQ)

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Shatta wale unlocks a new single titled TIME NO DEY .it seems the leader of the shatta movement empire is on a releasing spree and is not stopping any time soon.this one was produced by paq,enjoy Shatta Wale – Time No Dey (Prod. By PaQ)

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Wendy Shay – C. T. D (Prod. By Kasapa Beatz)

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Wendy shay presents a new jam she titles CTD which means Cine Twem Do.production credit goes to Kasapa beatz. stream and download below Wendy Shay – C. T. D (Prod. By Kasapa Beatz)

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Deon Fosu – Every Day is Friday (Prod. by DF)

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Here is another hot banger from the fastest trending Ghanaian/American artist Deon Fosu. He calls this one “Every day is Friday”. A danceable tune that will definitely get you on your dancing feet. Listen, Download and share this song. Deon Fosu – Every Day is Friday (Prod. by DF)

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StoneBwoy – Black People (Prod. By Oneness Records)

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Multiple award winning artiste stonebwoy brings to us this new reggae tune tagged Black People.Production credit goes to oneness records.enjoy StoneBwoy – Black People (Prod. By Oneness Records)

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Shatta Wale – Dem Turn To Beans (Prod. by Chensee Beatz)

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Shatta Movement frontman – Shatta Wale releases a new song titled “Dem Turn To Beans” , produced by Chensee Beatz. Shatta Wale – Dem Turn To Beans (Prod. by Chensee Beatz)

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Juls – Your Number ft. King Promise x Mugeez (R2Bees)

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multiple award winning producer recruits Mugeez of R2Bees fame and legacy life’s frontline singer King Promise to give us this beautiful piece tagged YOUR NUMBER.check it out below Juls – Your Number ft. King Promise x Mugeez (R2Bees)

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D-Black – Accra (Mafo Freestyle)

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Black Avenue Muzik leader D-Black shares this lovely freestyle titled ACCRA!!!. A cover song of Mafo by Naira Marley and Young John. Listen and share!!. D-Black – Accra (Mafo Freestyle)

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Petrah – Number Second ft. Efya x Adina (Prod. by KayWa)

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Manner Records frontline female artiste finally premieres her much anticipated all female collaborated single dubbed ‘Number Second’. Petrah joined forces with multiple Award-winning female sensations Adina and Efya to give her monster jam a banging vibe and melody that will rock your playlist. The entire production of this single is handled by Award-winning producer and …

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Xyelen Getta – Trip ft. SquyB (Prod. by Certi Beats)

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Fast rising talented artiste Xyelen Getta unwraps a new slow tempo tune tagged TRIP and he recruits friend Squyb on this one.check it out below Xyelen Getta – Trip ft. SquyB (Prod. by Certi Beats)

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Don K – Mina ft. Patapaa (Prod. by Willis Beatz)

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Fast rising talented artiste Don K finally releases his much anticipated christmas banger tagged Mina.he recruits hitmaker Patapaa on this one with production credit going to Willis Beatz. stream and download below Don K – Mina ft. Patapaa (Prod. by Willis Beatz)

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Amoako Belo Ft Kiaani – Waye Late

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Another brand new one from Amoako Bello. After entertaining us with “Free Bonto”, he teams up with Kiaani on this one titled “Way3 Late” The song which was produced by Brainy Beatz talks about the street hustling life, where most friends turn to enemies.   Enjoy song from below

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Ama Slay – Turn It Up

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Ama Slay some time now has been described as one of Ghana’s most exciting new artists to watch out for in 2020.Ghanaian songstress Ama Slay, has released her new single titled ‘Turn it up’. In this song and video, Ama Slay talks about she being a diva, how bad and dapper she is. The song …

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Shatta Wale – SM Assasin (Freestyle)

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Leader of the shatta movement empire shatta wale drops this new freestyle tagged SM ASSASIN.check it out below Shatta Wale – SM Assasin (Freestyle)

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At the Point of No Return as Captain Kangaroo Holds Court

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The ongoing effort to take down President Donald John Trump has entered a somewhat decisive phase now that the impeachment circus has commenced. There is no need, at least as far as I see it, to discuss the simple fact that this effort began during the administration of then President Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro and has been continued by the mammoth network of American intelligence communities with the assistance of the current president’s own Cabinet and sub-Cabinet appointees and numerous career bureaucrats who believe that it is their duty to “supervise” a duly elected president whose policies meet with their disdainful disapproval.

How Trump Has Enabled Those Who Have Sought and Continue to Seek His Ruin

Before discussing the coup itself, which, as Andrew McCarthy opined recently is being undertaken not necessarily to remove President Donald John Trump but to weaken him politically, something that, it would appear, might not occur given how Captain Kangaroo's coup hearings are unfolding as his self-shaped narrative of impeachable conduct unravels before his very eyes, it should be noted yet again that Trump’s lack of preparedness to be president and his ignorance of the necessity of staffing a president’s political appointees who are the nominal, sometimes very, very nominal, superiors of the career apparatchiks in the administrative state have resulted in a White House staff is that unusually at odds with itself and that leaks like a sieve even from those are supposed to be his allies and not the plants put there by the intelligence community.

Although, I have noted this in the past on several occasions, it is necessary, as I see it, to do so yet again as readers can forget what they have read, especially with all the verbiage available in cyberspace with just the press of a finger on a hyperlink. Repetition is the mother of learning.

First, Donald John Trump knew nothing about the Constitution of the United States of America before his election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. He still knows nothing about the Constitution of the United States of America. While I am a critic of the false principles underlying the Constitution, it is nonetheless true that it is the governing charter of the Federal government. One who aspires to be the chief executive of the United States of America ought to have some familiarity with the provisions of the document that outlines the responsibilities and powers of the Federal government, including the limitations upon the exercise of those powers. 

Mind you, Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro and all other statists of the false opposite of the naturalist “left” had contempt for the Constitution of the United States of America because he believed it to be an “outdated” document that had to be deconstructed of its actual meaning to provide for the alleged “needs” of “the people” in a “changed” world.

In other words, the former president and commander-in-chief of the coup against the current president believed in the sort of “living constitution” that can be manipulated by Federal judges and/or ignored by presidents and congresses who have the “needs” of “the people” in mind. This is nothing other than a secular version of the late Karol Josef Wojtyla/John Paul II’s “living tradition,” which was relabeled as the “hermeneutic of continuity” by Antipope Emeritus Joseph Alois Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, that is nothing other than condemned Modernist precept of “dogmatic evolutionism.” Jorge Mario Bergoglio, of course, is just an open dogmatic evolutionist without any pretext.

President Donald John Trump is not a reader. He fashions himself a doer. He simply hath not the attention span to engage in the realm of ideas. He reacts to the world by pure viscera, and he may never realize that his visceral instincts, while correct on some occasions, can never be substituted for a clear-sighted understanding of First and Last Things, ignorance of which consigns any man, including the president, to becoming his own worst enemy over the time and also to becoming easy prey for those who make it appear as though they know the world better (another spoiler alert: military generals and intelligence officials) even though they, the “experts,” are equally clueless about First and Last Things.

Second, Donald John Trump was also ignorant of the actual complexity of the existence, no less the structure, of the Executive Office of the President, which is a massive behemoth consisting of 1,869 full-time employees. It was as president-elect that Trump remarked to the two-faced man who had tried to sabotage his election and was conspiring even at that time to undermine and cripple his presidency, Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro, that he, Trump, did not know how many people worked in the White House. Such ignorance was inexcusable and is directly responsible for much of the chaos in his presidency as the man with the gigantic combover of dyed hair was simply unprepared to staff the Executive Office of the President, which is why he “outsourced” much of the personnel selection process of the nogoodniks in the Republican National Committee who cared only about giving their friends cushy jobs and to try to “limit the damage,” as they continue to see it, that could be done if Trump actually did carry through with his threat to “drain the swamp.”

Third, Donald John Trump, as has been noted on this site several times before, was equally unprepared to name individuals to fill sub-Cabinet positions in the fifteen Cabinet departments of the Federal government. This is how he got saddled with holdovers from the Obama/Soetoro administration, including the nefarious Sally Yates, who served as Acting Attorney General of the United States of America while a New Yorker who is tougher than Trump, Charles H. Schumer, the Minority Leader of the United States Senate, slow-walked the nomination of United States Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions (R-Alabama) to serve as the Attorney General of the United States of America. Obviously, it should go without saying that Trump’s selection of Sessions was mistaken in the first place.

Fourth, Donald John Trump made a huge mistake by retaining the petty statist and vicious narcissist named James Brien Comey as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.).  Comey should have been fired. Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Andrew McCabe, should have been fired. Even without all of the evidence that has been revealed in the past three years now concerning the corruption within the highest reaches of the F.B.I., the United States Department of Justice (D.O.J.), the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.), the National Security Agency (N.S.A.) and the United States Department of State, Comey and McCabe should never have been retained.

Fifth, Donald John Trump made a “yuge” mistake, as they say in New York, by thinking that he could schmooze the retained Comey, whose new book confirms that he had contempt for Trump before his election and distrusted him after his inauguration. Trump has far, far too much confidence in his ability to win people over to his side, and it was when he saw that he could not “play” Comey, who has always been every bit the self-seeker, he chose a most inopportune to fire Comey, which played into the latter’s hand perfectly.  Comey wanted a “special counsel” appointed to investigate the nonexistent “collusion” of the Trump campaign with Russia, and he got exactly the man he wanted, deep state’s own Robert Mueller (see an editorial in The Boston Herald on Mueller’s prosecutorial misconduct in his current role as leader of another American coup, Investigators Reveal Bias Against Trump) and Real Clear Politics’ Carl Cannon’s Special Prosecutorial Abuse, when another ill-chosen appointee, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein, chose his former boss at the United States Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division to conduct what has turned out to be an investigation whose scope is ever-widening. 

These were completely unforced errors. However, Donald John Trump is the epitome of the “carnal man,” which refers not only his notorious behavior as a serial adulterer in each of his three “marriages” but, much, much more importantly, his absolute obsession with himself and how he is viewed by others. There are more important things for a president to do than to be on something called “twitter” all day long as he responds to what the idiots in the chattering class are saying about it.

Trump also has caused numerous problems for himself by surrounding him with lowlifes such as the late Roy Cohn, the sodomite who mentored him never to admit that he had made mistakes and to attack others without any mercy or distinctions, the weaselly coward and financially crooked Michael Cohen and, of course, the amoral pro-abort named Roger Stone, the thrice married, thrice divorced serial adulterer named Rudolph William Giuliani, who became a pro-abort thirty years ago in order to receive the cross endorsement of the New York State Liberal Party (an endorsement that came with a twenty-five thousand dollar donation), who had absolutely no business being sent on any kind of investigation in Ukraine. There is an investigation to be undertaken in Ukraine, which is the ground zero of the deep state’s effort to thwart Trump's election and to cripple his presidency, but that is the purview of United States Attorney General William Barr and United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham, not of Rudolph William Giuliani. Trump's trust in Giuliani is similar to the trust that Madame Defarge (also known as Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton) placed in Sidney Blumenthal to run rogue "intelligence" operations for her whilst she was the United States Secretary of State from January 21, 2009, to February 1, 2013.

Similarly, despite the parade of the cast of characters that walked in and out of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in the Borough of Manhattan, City of New York, New York, President-elect Trump did not acquit himself well when he selected such men as James Mattis, Rex Tillerson and Jefferson Beauregard Sessions to serve in his Cabinet, and the selection of Reince Priebus to be his first White House Chief of Staff was disastrous. Also, the presence of his Kabbalist son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in the White House was ill-advised, to say the very least.

President Trump was also hamstrung by selected such warmongers as Herbert Raymond “Daddy Warlocks” McMaster and John Bolton, of all people, to serve as his National Security Advisers after his original selectee, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, for whom Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro had an intense personal animus, was kneecapped as follows by the combined statist likes of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Brien Comey, Deputy Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Andrew McCabe and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Peter Strzok:

Oddity No. 1: Then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe personally contacted Flynn on the second full working day of the Trump administration and asked him to meet with FBI agents, a meeting that McCabe reportedly characterized as no big deal. That should have been Flynn’s first red flag. The FBI doesn’t do “no big deal” interviews.  

McCabe’s request apparently came at the direction of his boss, former FBI Director James Comey, whose now-transparent camera lust led to the nugget last week that he wanted to exploit his perceived — and likely biased — view that the Trump administration would not be sophisticated enough to spot an end run around normal protocols and White House legal counsel.  

Was there anything legally wrong with Comey’s and McCabe’s duplicitous efforts to lull Flynn into a false sense of security, gain direct, solo access to him and not warn him about lying to agents? Nope. And that’s why his attorney’s probe of that angle went nowhere with the court.

But “legal” doesn’t mean it was proper. McCabe dispatched Peter Strzok and another agent to do the interview. Pause a moment: Comey, McCabe, Strzok. All three subsequently were fired for cause. Comey’s and Strzok’s strong anti-Trump biases, and McCabe’s conflicted links to the Clinton campaign, are well documented. It is fair to question their motivations for seeking out Flynn the way they did. Their actions were unprecedented for senior-most leadership of the FBI … yes, odd.   

And so Flynn, who now faces criminal sentencing for lying to FBI agents, was contacted by McCabe, who not only lied to FBI agents but did so, unlike Flynn, while under oath. McCabe remains uncharged. Words such as “odd” and “ironic” fail. (Three Oddities in in FBI Handling of Michael Flynn interview.)

For present purposes of this commentary, you see, James Brien Comey’s Machiavellian calculation about the unsophisticated nature of the chaotic Trump White House on the second day of its operation proved to be quite successful as it set the stage to cripple President Donald John Trump’s presidency by taking out his National Security Adviser. Moreover, Flynn, who had no reason to lie to FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok, about the meeting that he had on December 22, 2016, with Russian Ambassador to the United Nations to ask him to cast a veto on a United Nations resolution condemning the Zionist State of Israel for its continued building of Israeli settlements on the West Bank, found himself under questioning for doing what Jared Kushner wanted done: to protect his beloved State of Israel.  (Flynn-Kislyak Conversation on Israel.)

In other words, it was the desire to help the Zionists that was used by the DeepStateniks to go after Flynn and thus to use their own strategies to capitalize on Trump’s unpreparedness to govern and the misplaced trust that he put in James Brien Comey.

Similar unforced errors on the part of Donald John Trump continues to this day, including that unfortunate “tweet” of his on Friday, November 14, 2019, the Feast of Saint Josaphat as the witness he  sought to undermine, former American Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch

The Bick Stops Squarely At Obama/Soetoro’s Oval Office

The observations above are not meant in any way to detract from the simple truth that the effort to prevent Donald John Trump from being elected and then, failing that, to undermine his presidency with all manner of false accusations that are then dutifully reported as “real news” by the administrative/deep state’s operatives and stooges within the mainslime media began right in the Oval Office with the imperious Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro, who said of himself in 2008 that:

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for.

(APPLAUSE)

We are the change that we seek. We are the hope of those boys who have so little, who've been told that they cannot have what they dreamed, that they cannot be what they imagine.

Yes, they can. We are the hope of the father who goes to work before dawn and lies awake with doubt that tells him he cannot give his children the same opportunities that someone gave him.

Yes, he can.

We are the hope of the woman who hears that her city will not be rebuilt, that she cannot somehow claim the life that was swept away in a terrible storm.

Yes, she can.

We are the hope of the future, the answer to the cynics who tell us our house must stand divided, that we cannot come together, that we cannot remake this world as it should be. (Raw Data: Text of Barack Obama's Super Tuesday Speech.) 

Mind you, the now former President Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro still believes his own narcissistic rhetoric. He really does believe that he was the “one” we had been waiting for and that not no one was qualified to replace if he did not approve of his successor and was assured that he (or she, another “chosen one,” Madame Defarge) would continue his policies without any qualification. This is what the former self-anointed secular savior of the United States of America said Thursday, November 3, 2016, in an anti-Trump campaign speech in Raleigh, North Carolina:

I’ve got Republican friends who don't think or act the way Donald Trump does.  This is somebody who is uniquely unqualified.  I ran against John McCain.  I ran against Mitt Romney.  I thought I’d be a better President, but I never thought that the Republic was at risk if they were elected.  And guess what, North Carolina -- the good news is, all of you are uniquely qualified to make sure this guy who is uniquely unqualified does not become President.  You just got to vote.  You just got to vote.  (Applause.)  And the nice thing is, you don’t just have to vote against that guy because you’ve got a candidate who is actually worthy of your vote -- who is smart, and who is steady, and who is tested, is probably the most qualified person ever to run for this office, and that is the next President of the United States, Hillary Clinton.  (Applause.)  (Obama/Soetoro Speech, November 2, 2016.)

Whether not United States Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, whose report on how the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department’s mishandling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal permitted the malefactors to escape unpunished and criticized in the mildest manner possible, or the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, John Durham, ever state categorically that Obama/Soetoro was (and continues to be) the mastermind of the ongoing coup, it is no more believable that the nefarious duo of James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence from August 9, 2010, to January 20, 2017 and John Brennan, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from March 8, 2013, to January 20, 2017, were acting as “roque agents” in the intelligence community than it was to believe that Lois Lerner was acting on her own when she headed the Exempt Organizations section of the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to thwart the application of “conservative” organizations or that “rogue agents” in the IRS’s Cincinnati, Ohio, office were to blame. It is also implausible that the Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Andrew McCabe’s infamous “insurance policy” against then-candidate Donald John Trump that was heralded in “tweets” by FBI Special Agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page was taken out without some level of White House approval, if not directly from Obama/Soetoro himself. No, no matter what the Horowitz report or Durham findings may state publicly, it is really inarguable that the impetus for the ongoing coup against Donald John Trump was not the brainchild of Barack Hussein “play by the book” Obama/Barry Soetoro.

The former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John “I voted Communist Gus Hall, a stooge of the Communist Part of the Soviet Union, for president” Brennan was not acting on his own when he pushed the self-important, above-it-all, self-appointed philosopher king and gatekeeper, James Brien Comey, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation into establishing a false narrative that Trump campaign aides Carter Page and George Pappadapoulous were working in behalf of the government or Russian President Vladimir I. Putin. John Brennan worked for and at the direction of Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro, and though the proof may never be established directly, there is no doubt that the man who whose own “qualifications” for being president consistent of having served in the Illinois State Senate and for two years in the United States Senate before announcing his campaign for the 2008 Democratic Party presidential nomination, which he won narrowly over the carpetbagging expert in cattle futures named Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, remains the mastermind behind the effort to prevent Trump’s election and then to thwart his presidency at every step of the way.

Indeed, Brennan’s role is at the center of United States Attorney John Durham’s investigation:

In the waning days of the Obama administration, the U.S. intelligence community produced a report saying Russian President Vladimir Putin had tried to swing the 2016 election to Donald Trump.

The January 2017 report, called an Intelligence Community Assessment, followed months of leaks to the media that had falsely suggested illicit ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin while also revealing that such contacts were the subject of a federal investigation. Its release cast a pall of suspicion over Trump just days before he took office, setting the tone for the unfounded allegations of conspiracy and treason that have engulfed his first term.

The ICA's blockbuster finding was presented to the public as the consensus view of the nation's intelligence community. As events have unfolded, however, it now seems apparent that the report was largely the work of one agency, the CIA, and overseen by one man, then-Director John Brennan, who closely directed its drafting and publication with a small group of hand-picked analysts.

Nearly three years later, as the public awaits answers from two Justice Department inquiries into the Trump-Russia probe’s origins, and as impeachment hearings catalyzed by a Brennan-hired anti-Trump CIA analyst unfold in Congress, it is clear that Brennan’s role in propagating the collusion narrative went far beyond his work on the ICA. A close review of facts that have slowly come to light reveals that he was a central architect and promoter of the conspiracy theory from its inception. The record shows that:

  • Contrary to a general impression that the FBI launched the Trump-Russia conspiracy probe, Brennan pushed it to the bureau – breaking with CIA tradition by intruding into domestic politics: the 2016 presidential election. He also supplied suggestive but ultimately false information to counterintelligence investigators and other U.S. officials.
  • Leveraging his close proximity to President Obama, Brennan sounded the alarm about alleged Russian interference to the White House, and was tasked with managing the U.S. intelligence community's response.
  • While some FBI officials expressed skepticism about the Trump/Russia narrative as they hunted down investigative leads, Brennan stood out for insisting on its veracity.
  • To substantiate his claims, Brennan relied on a Kremlin informant who was later found to be a mid-level official with limited access to Putin’s inner circle.
  • Circumventing normal protocol for congressional briefings, Brennan supplied then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid with incendiary Trump-Russia innuendo that Reid amplified in a pair of public letters late in the election campaign.
  • After Trump's unexpected victory, Brennan oversaw the hasty production of the tenuous Intelligence Community Assessment.
  • Departing from his predecessors’ usual practice of staying above the political fray after leaving office, Brennan has worked as a prominent analyst for MSNBC, where he has used his authority as a former guardian of the nation’s top secrets to launch vitriolic attacks on a sitting president, accusing Trump of "treasonous" conduct.

Now Brennan is among the most vocal critics of the more comprehensive of the two Justice probes, the criminal investigation run by U.S. Attorney John Durham and Attorney General William Barr. "I don’t understand the predication of this worldwide effort to try to uncover dirt, real or imagined, that would discredit that investigation in 2016 into Russian interference," he recently said on MSNBC.

The Trump-Russia collusion theory was not propagated by a few rogue figures. Key Obama administration and intelligence officials laundered it through national security reporters who gave their explosive claims anonymous cover. Nevertheless, Brennan stands apart for the outsized role he played in generating and spreading the false narrative. (Brennan Was the Prime Mover of Russiagate.)

This is not all, however, as it was John “Get Out the Vote for Gus Hall” Brennan made sure that the alleged White House hearsay “whistleblower,” Eric Ciaramella, who is a protégé of one Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. (see Alleged Whisteblower Erich Ciaramella Was Biden Guest at State Department Banquet), got to be his—and the administrative state’s—eyes  and ears at the nerve center of the Trump White House (see the very informative video: John Brennan Handpick Ciaramella for White House). Eric Ciaramella also accompanied the aforementioned Biden to Ukraine when the latter attempted to strongarm Ukrainian leaders into firing the prosecutor who was investigation why the Burisma company, which was co-owned by the inexperienced one-time drug addict named Hunter Biden, had received a contract from the Ukrainian government:

SEN. RAND PAUL: I think [alleged Ukraine whistleblower] Eric Ciaramella needs to be pulled in for testimony... he is a person of interest in the sense that he was at the Ukraine desk when Joe Biden was there and Hunter Biden was working for Ukrainian oligarchs. Simply for that, I think he is a material witness and needs to be brought in, the other question is, while the whistleblower is protected from being fired or from retaliation in court proceedings, the whistleblower is not protected from being asked who gave him the information, because we can't have a country where the private contents of the president's phone calls are leaked to people who are not supposed to be in that loop.

I think all these questions have to be asked. I don't think the whistleblower statute was never intended to have criminal trials and people put before the penalty of criminal justice without being able to hear from their accusers. So I think ultimately, he should testify. Adam Schiff is going to prevent it in the House. In the Senate, I will be advocating that if it comes to the Senate, we haven't had a vote yet of what the rules should be. By a simple minority, we should make the rules that the president is allowed to call all his witnesses, and then it is up to the president who he wants to call as his witnesses. (Rand Paul Says Ukraine "Whistleblower" is a Material Fact Witness and Must Testify.)

Ciaramella, it would appear, played a key role in the Obama/Biden White House of trying to “neutralize” Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, meaning that the so-called “whistleblower” (whose very appellation as such is inaccurate as the president of the United States of America is not subject to the jurisdiction and oversight of the intelligence community), meaning that the thirty year-old former “student activist” from Yale is no “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”:

More information is coming to light regarding CIA analyst and alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella. A new report from Judicial Watch revealed Obama-era visitor logs from the White House, which showed Ciaramella’s contacts during his tenure in D.C.

In their recent analysis of the visitor logs, the nonprofit examined his ties to Alexandra Chalupa, a contractor hired by the DNC during the 2016 election. She reportedly coordinated with Ukraine to investigate President Trump and his former campaign manager Paul Manafort. The logs showed Chalupa visited the White House 27 times and that her point of contact was Ciaramella. Judicial Watch released a detailed list of several other questionable figures who visited the presidential mansion.

Daria Kaleniuk is the co-founder of the Soros-funded Anti-corruption Action Centre (ANTAC) in Ukraine and visited the White House on December 9, 2015.

Former adviser Rachel Goldbrenner visited on both January 15 and August 8, 2016. During the time of her visit, Goldbrenner served as an adviser to former UN Ambassador Samantha Power, who was behind the unmasking of Mike Flynn.

Former European Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland also met with Ciaramella and reportedly was involved in the Clinton-funded dossier. She visited on June 17, 2016. Judicial Watch has released documents revealing that Nuland was involved in the Obama State Department’s “urgent” gathering of classified Russia investigation information, which was disseminated to members of Congress within hours of then-candidate Trump taking office.

ANTAC Director Artem Sytnyk visited on January 19, 2016. He is tied to the release of documents during the 2016 campaign that were detrimental to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. Sytnyk was convicted in Ukraine — along with Serhiy Leshenkco — for releasing official documents about Manafort to interfere with the 2016 election.

Judicial Watch is calling on Congress to question Ciaramella about these meetings. (Judicial Watch Unearths Visitor Logs from Eric Ciaramella's Time at the White House.)

Even the Obama White House knew that Hunter Biden’s connections to Burisma were problematic, but the don from Chicago by way of Hawaii wanted to protect his vice president, which is why Ciaramella became a “whistleblower” in the first place:

Of all the supposedly shocking revelations that have emerged from the impeachment hearings this week, here’s one that the Democrats in Congress hope you don’t hear about: The Obama White House knew that Hunter Biden’s extremely lucrative appointment to the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma, which occurred the month after his father was named the administration’s “point person” on Ukraine, reeked of corruption — and they didn’t do anything about it.

In Congressional testimony Friday, former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch confirmed for Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), that in 2016 the Obama State Department privately ran her through a series of practice questions and answers to prepare Yovanovitch for her Senate confirmation hearing.

Stefanik confirmed that one specific question Yovanovitch was asked to prepare for was, “What can you tell us about Hunter Biden’s being named to the board of Burisma?” Incredibly, Yovanovitch later testified that the State Department told her to deflect any questions she might get about Hunter Biden and Burisma by referring Senators’ questions to the vice president’s office.

This admission regarding her senate confirmation prep session was startling, and it flatly contradicted a prior statement Yovanovitch had made in the hearing: “Although I have met former vice president several times over the course of our many years in government service, neither he nor the previous administration ever raised the issue of either Burisma or Hunter Biden with me.” (Obama Administration Knew Hunter Biden was Shady, Witness Admits.)

When all is said and done, despite Obam/Soetoro’s fear that a President Donald John Trump would overturn ObamaDeathCare, end the globalist policy of “open borders” and reorient American foreign policy according to this country’s legitimate security interests, it is my belief that the principal reason that the former president was so intent on preventing Donald John Trump’s election and then thwarting his presidency thereafter was the latter’s prominent public role in raising questions about the forty-fourth president’s country of birth. Without discounting the fact that the fascistic Obama/Soetoro and the rest of his Jacobin/Bolsehvik adherents of the farthest reaches of the false opposite of the naturalist left do not believe that anyone other than they are qualified or even have the right to hold public office, it is my belief that the Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro’s visceral hatred for Trump originated with the “birther controversy.” Although Donald John Trump has a pretty thin-skin when it comes to criticism, he is a completely rank amateur in the thin-skinned department in comparison to the prima donna Obama/Soetoro, who was ever ready to use the “race card” to stifle opposition, a ploy that worked more times than not.

There is no need to address the specifics of the ongoing coup’s end game, impeachment, being led at present by the shameless congenital liar named United States Representative Adam Schiff (D-People’s Republic of California) except to note that the administrative/deep state operatives who have been hard at work for well over three years now in multiple Federal agencies and departments believe that they, not elected officials, set the policy agenda for the government of the United States of America and that anyone who dissents from that agenda must be disobeyed and then accused of betraying what they think are the “best interests of the nation.” It is beyond question now that the career bureaucrats, including those in the intelligence communities, and the foreign service, several of whose self-righteous, preening and posturing creatures have been in the public spotlight this past week, believe that elected officials are so much window-dressing that gives them cover to govern as they “know” is best for us unwashed masses.

Journalist Sharyl Atkisson made this observation in a different manner:

Under the U.S. Constitution, it is the president of the United States who determines foreign policy. How can President Trump be “at odds with foreign policy” when he’s the one who determines it?

President Trump may well have been altering foreign policy on Ukraine. It should be of no surprise that he wasn’t operating “business as usual,” since he ran on that platform and has executed it from day one. It’s clear that Kent and Taylor didn’t like or agree with Trump’s ideas, and believe they know what’s best. Trump rankled, contradicted and “embarrassed” them by operating outside the “regular” chain.

But they seem to miss the fact that their desires are subordinate to the president’s. “Official foreign policy,” as they called it, is not an independent unmovable-force object that exists outside the president’s authority; it is what the president determines it to be. The diplomats must execute the president’s wishes or resign from their posts if they feel they cannot bring themselves to do so.

Kent and Taylor genuinely seem to believe Trump was acting for his own political benefit — though they acknowledged they never had spoken to him or met him. Obviously, President Trump would say he was acting in the national interest. But their testimony makes it pretty clear why President Trump would develop a communications chain that would attempt to minimize career diplomats who do not wish to execute his wishes and may be working to undermine them.

Trump’s enemies may cheer on the idea of diplomats and other officials choosing to oppose or undermine his wishes. But based on our Constitution, the dissenting diplomats are the ones who are at odds with “official foreign policy”— not the other way around. To the extent they are attempting to further policies that oppose or undermine the president’s wishes, they are the ones conducting the “shadow campaign.” (The President, Not Diplomats, Sets 'Official Foreign Policy'. See also What impeachment is really all about.)

Even though President Donald John Trump was ill-advised mention in his July 25, 2019, phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, regardless of any nonexistent threat to withhold American military assistance even if that assistance was delayed for a time, something several of the unusually taciturn Vice Preisdent Michael Richard Pence’s aides were concerned might cause a political problem, the previous administration, that under Barack Hussein Obama/Barry Soetoro and Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., constantly threatened predominantly Catholic and/or Mohammedan nations to change their laws that defended the inviolability of the preborn child and criminalized sodomite behavior:

Last month, the eyes of the world were on Africa as President Obama welcomed Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari to the White House and, for the first time as president, visited his father's home country of Kenya.
 
Reports indicate that Buhari and U.S. President Barack Obama discussed the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram, as well as possible political and economic reforms for Buhari's struggling country. Similar discussions took place in Kenya.
 
While all seemed well on the public front, the reality is that both Buhari's and Obama's visits were used by the White House to promote what Pope Francis called "ideological colonization." This agenda was let slip just days before Buhari arrived in Washington, when the U.S. State Department indicated it would push the Nigerian government to redefine marriage.

According to the Nigerian Pilot, America's Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, told reporters that "[a]s a policy, we will continue to press the government of Nigeria, as well as other governments which have provided legislation that discriminates against the LGBT community."

Thomas-Greenfield defended the pressure, saying it was not international interference in Nigeria's domestic affairs, but rather is "very much a work in progress...I think you will agree with me that the law in Nigeria really went far in discriminating against this community but also people who associate with them. So, we will continue to press the government, to press the legislature to change these laws and provide human rights for all Nigerian people regardless of their sexual orientation."
 
Across Africa, millions of people face starvation, war, oppression, poverty, and death due to a lack of basic aid. For decades, the United States has provided myriad forms of aid designed to help nations surpass these problems.
 
Under the Obama administration, however, humanitarian aid has often come with a price tag: Abandoning traditional values, especially those related to contraception, abortion, and marriage.
 
In 2011, Obama issued a memorandum that directed all U.S. embassies worldwide to promote LGBT rights, which he said were "central to the United States commitment to promoting human rights."
 
"Under my Administration, agencies engaged abroad have already begun taking action to promote the fundamental human rights of LGBT persons everywhere," he said.
 
That same year, the administration made aid to Nigeria dependent upon its not enacting the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act. And before she stepped down as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton compared same-sex relationships to race and sex in a speech that left African leaders furious.
 
Last year, at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden both suggested that Africa's war-torn, impoverished nations could attract economic and development aid from the West by becoming more gay-friendly.
 
This is social engineering at its finest, but it is not limited to redefining marriage. Contraception and abortion policies -- euphemized as "family planning" -- are also pushed upon Nigeria, whose citizens have rejected these mandates, which they consider harmful anti-women policies.
 
Again, this "ideological colonization" is not limited to Nigeria. During his visit to Kenya, Obama publicly lectured president Uhuru Kenyatta on his nation's laws against same-sex sexual relationships. According to CNN, sexual relationships between males over 14 is illegal, and punishable by as many as 14 years in prison.
 
This is the same administration that has spent substantial political capital on a deal with Iran that includes scant reforms in that dictatorial, terrorist-supporting nation, and opened relations with Cuba despite requiring few, if any, political reforms from the Castro dictatorship.
 
African leaders have long opposed Obama's 21st-century imperialism, especially religious leaders. In October, Ignatius Kaigama, the Archbishop of Jos in Nigeria - whose diocese is in the heart of the area affected by terrorist organization Boko Haram - and Bishop Joseph Osei-Bonsu of Ghana told me that they were tired of international pressure to legalize gay marriage.
 
The Nigerian prelate explained, "Marriage is between a man and a woman... even outside of scriptural support, our culture tells us that, nature tells us that."
 
And despite threats of denial of much-needed aid, he says, Africans will not capitulate to the demands. "These are our cultures, and we're not going to compromise over them."
 
Former Population Research Institute Media and Research Coordinator Anne Morse, who is beginning a doctoral program on population studies, was recently in Kenya. An observation she made on Facebook is instructive:
 
"Dear President Obama," wrote Morse, "[please] justify why--for every dollar USAID spends on water and sanitation in Kenya--it spends TWELVE dollars on family planning." Morse noted that she "[had] seen 4 advertisements for condoms today, but hasn't had a hot shower since Sunday."
 
The worst example of America's new-age imperialism is found in the growing evidence that President Obama purposely withheld aid to fight the terrorist group Boko Haram. While Buhari's predecessor has been accused of refusing U.S. aid to fight Boko Haram, what has been less reported is that the refusal came in part because the United States demanded Nigeria change its laws on marriage.
 
These accusations aren't just coming from Catholic bishops. A former U.S. Congressman, a Pentagon Army spokespersona Nigerian official, and the Nigerian Ambassador to the United States have all confirmed this is the case. To quote Ambassador Adebowale Adefuye in his statement to the Council on Foreign Relations, "the U.S. government has up till today refused to grant Nigeria's request to purchase lethal equipment that would have brought down the terrorists within a short time."
 
Nigerian-American Winnie Obike, a Ph.D. candidate in political communications at the University of Maryland, told me that she is "appalled by the Obama administration's foreign policy objectives for the African continent."
 
"It is ironic that a president who has passionately apologized for America's 19th and 20th century imperialism has adopted a twenty-first century imperialism toward Africa by forcing nations to change their beliefs on marriage, abortion and contraception in exchange for basic humanitarian aid," said Obike, who was the Minority Outreach Coordinator for the Minnesota for Marriage Campaign.
 
"Nigeria and other African nations need humanitarian aid and help fighting terrorist groups like Boko Haram, not the West's declining values," said Obike. "I urge President Buhari not to compromise traditional values in exchange for foreign aid."
  
In 2009, President Obama was given a Nobel Peace Prize because many hoped he would lead the world to greater peace and security. With less than 18 months left in his time in office, he can finally earn the award by setting aside his own ideology and focusing on the real aid needed by Nigerians, Kenyans, and many other Africans. (Obama's Twenty-first Century Imperialism on Display in Africa.)

How was this not impeachable and Trump’s putative threat to withhold military assistance to Ukraine that was granted after a delay of five weeks considered impeachable?

Well, there is intimidation and then, I suppose, there is intimidation.

A complete farce.

Moreover, what business does the government of the United States of American even have in Ukraine that justifies the sending of American military equipment and technology?

It is not an accident that many of the self-important military figures have testified before United States Representative Adam “Captain Kangaroo” Schiff’s House Intelligence Committee as these war hawks believe in endless war, and it does not matter to them that civilian control of the military is vested by Article II in the President of the United States of America. It is the president, not military officers nor career foreign service officers who establish American military and foreign policy.

President Dwight David Eisenhower was a globalist in his own right who had the blood of countless numbers of Catholics from Eastern Europe who were forcibly “repatriated” to the countries, then under the yoke of Soviet domination, were executed as “traitors” once they had been returned (“Operation Keelhaul”). Nevertheless, though, Eisenhower, a graduate of the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, and a career military office, understood the dangers posed by the military-industrial complex, some of whose contemporary products deem it to be an act of “commitment to the truth” to cooperate in the takedown of their Commander-in Chief, which he expressed as follows in his Farewell Address to the Nation on January 17, 1961:

Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small,there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in newer elements of our defense; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research-these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we wish to travel.

But each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs-balance between the private and the public economy, balance between cost and hoped for advantage-balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable; balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual; balance between action of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress; lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration.

The record of many decades stands as proof that our people and their government have, in the main, understood these truths and have responded to them well, in the face of stress and threat. But threats, new in kind or degree, constantly arise. I mention two only.

A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.

Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peace time, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.

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Ghana: lancement d’un projet de barrage historique par le président Addo

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Le président ghanéen Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo a procédé au cours du week-end au lancement des travaux d'un barrage polyvalent pour un coût d'un milliard de dollars, positivement accueilli par les agriculteurs de la région Est du Ghana qui espèrent un changement radical de leur activité.Ce projet, qui dormait dans les tiroirs depuis les années 1960, devrait permettre à terme de résoudre les problèmes auxquels les paysans du district de Talensi sont confrontés, à savoir l'irrigation, la production d'énergie hydroélectrique et le contrôle des inondations causées par le barrage de Bagre au Burkina Faso. Les travaux sont exécutés par la société China Sinhydro pour une durée de quatre ans et deux mois. S'exprimant lors de la cérémonie, le président Nana Addo a déclaré que le projet s'inscrivait dans le cadre de la matérialisation de la promesse faite aux habitants de la région par le Nouveau parti patriotique (NPP, au pouvoir) au cours de la campagne électorale de 2016. Elle visait la réduction de manière urgente des inondations persistantes dans la région et qui entraînent souvent les destructions de propriétés et des pertes en vies humaines. Les agriculteurs ne pouvaient cacher leur joie, surtout les nombreux jeunes venus pour la circonstance. Le projet devrait permettre la création d'emplois grâce à la disponibilité de l'eau pour l'agriculture tout au long de l'année et d'autres activités susceptibles de favoriser l'emploi. Naa Bohagu Abdulai Mahami Sheriga, suzerain de la zone traditionnelle de Mamprugu, a indiqué que le projet allait augmenter la production de riz et contribuer à la relance de l'usine de tomates de Pwalugu, qui a disparu aujourd'hui disparue. La région de l'Extrême Est est la plus pauvre du Ghana, mais le gouvernement actuel affirme qu'il fait tout son possible pour réduire la pauvreté, grâce à sa politique « un village, un barrage ».
          

El Atlético de Simeone revive su peor pesadilla

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Miguel Ángel Moreno

Madrid, 1 dic (EFE).- Más cerca que nunca, pero derrotado como siempre, el Atlético de Madrid del argentino Diego Pablo Simeone volvió a revivir su peor pesadilla, la de un Barcelona al que no ha ganado en dieciséis duelos ligueros y la del argentino Lionel Messi, ejecutor omo tantas veces, con 30 goles en 39 partidos (0-1).

Messi, siempre Messi. La clave no estuvo ni el retornado punta galo Antoine Griezmann y la orquesta de silbidos que le acompañó toda la noche, tampoco en el uruguayo Luis Suárez, protagonista en la pared que sirvió al astro argentino, sino en Messi, letal, y en todo caso en el portero alemán Marc André Ter Stegen, capital con dos paradas clave en la primera mitad y también en la segunda

Las pesadillas de Simeone en la Liga española se escriben en azulgrana -este domingo en amarillo, el color del uniforme del Barcelona con rayas rojas recordando la bandera catalana- y tienen su 'hombre del saco', que responde a Lionel. El Atlético no solo mereció, sino que generó ocasiones claras, del defensor Mario Hermoso y el delantero Álvaro Morata, pero el resultado fue el de siempre. Y ya son dieciséis duelos ligueros sin ganar al Barça.

Una nueva decepción en un duelo con todos los alicientes posibles: el retorno de Griezmann ante la que fue su afición durante las cinco últimas temporadas; la pugna por el liderato en LaLiga Santander con un Real Madrid que tomó la delantera el sábado ganando 1-2 al Alavés; o la cuenta pendiente ya mencionada del argentino Diego Pablo Simeone. Seguirá abierta.

Una decepción extensible al mexicano Héctor Herrera, titular por tercera vez consecutiva esta temporada, y protagonista de un gran partido en el que demostró que su hueco en las alineaciones rojiblancas, está más que justificado, al igual que el del brasileño Felipe Monteiro, estabilizado en la defensa por las lesiones y la jerarquía demostrada. Venía de secar al portugués Cristiano Ronaldo el martes en la Liga de Campeones, pero se le escapó Messi.

En unos primeros minutos de tanteo, Felipe tuvo que vérselas con Messi primero, y con Suárez después, y en ambas se mostró veloz en la anticipación y contundente en el despeje. A partir de la pericia del central paulista y de la presión adelantada sobre el inicio de juego rival, el Atlético comenzó a construir su juego.

Fruto de esa insistencia, llegaron las ocasiones. Aliado con la fortuna, el central Mario Hermoso vio como un pase desde casi la línea de fondo tocado por Junior Firpo hacia su propia portería se estrellaba en el palo. De nuevo Hermoso tuvo una ocasión clarísima de Hermoso, solo ante Ter Stegen gracias a un magnífico pase del portugués Joao Félix, pero el meta alemán sacó el remate con un pie.

Parte fundamental de esa presión fue el mexicano Héctor Herrera, que logró generarse un chut desde el interior del área que se fue desviado por muy poco.

Np obstante, un error de 'HH' en la jugada posterior permitió un robo de Messi, que aprovechó el desmarque en falso de Luis Suárez para dejar solo al croata Ivan Rakitic, cuyo disparo detuvo el portero esloveno del Atlético, Jan Oblak.

La presión adelantada de los locales hacía estragos en la salida de balón del Barcelona y permitía otro disparo, esta vez de Joao Félix que desvió un defensa, pero el conjunto culé también aprovechaba los errores rojiblancos, como un robo de Messi que permitía a Luis Suárez un chut a bote pronto, también fuera.

Un cabezazo de Álvaro Morata, repelido por Ter Stegen en una mano de puros reflejos, fue la última ocasión clara de los locales, pero el último susto lo provocó Piqué para el Barça, con un cabezazo tras un saque de esquina que dio en el larguero.

Ya en la segunda mitad, tras unos primeros minutos de tanteo, Herrera lideró el primer contragolpe claro del Atlético, tras una salida en la que dejó por el camino a tres rivales para ceder al espacio a Morata, aunque la jugada fue interceptada cuando el ghanés Thomas Partey hacía el último pase con destino a Joao Félix, y el tiro final de Correa tocó en un rival para irse a córner.

Se trataba, en todo caso, de una excepción en una segunda mitad con dominio barcelonista pero sin amenaza, hasta que Messi obligó a lucirse a Oblak con un zurdazo desde la frontal y a continuación Luis Suárez se plantó ante el meta rojiblanco tras una cabalgada de Sergi Roberto. Minutos después, un contragolpe barcelonista conducido por Messi generó una volea para Griezmann, demasiado alta.

La respuesta rojiblanca, embarullada y ya sin Joao Félix sobre el campo -la sustitución del portugués por Víctor Machín 'Vitolo' generó bastantes pitidos de la grada para Simeone, probablemente queriendo resguardar al luso, que sale de una lesión- incluyó un centro de Correa desde el área que tocó Morata y sacó la defensa barcelonista cuando parecía cantado el tanto atlético.

En el enésimo intento rojiblanco, esta vez mal materializado por un centro del francés Thomas Lemar, apareció la contra definitiva del Barcelona. Una conducción de Messi, que se sirvió de Suárez para combinar en la frontal y soltar un latigazo con la zurda con aroma a sentencia y sonido conocido por Simeone y sus pupilos: el de la pesadilla, que una vez más se ceba con el técnico del Atlético. EFE

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