Entertainment of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: GhanaWeb.comArtistes who mime are lazy – WiyaalaAfro-pop singer, Wiyaala says she will never mime because she is not a lazy artiste. And I always say there is no way I will mime. Miming is for lazy people. I’m not lazy; I’m hardworking,” the eclectic performer noted. She has performed at prestigious events including WOMAD UK, Shambala Festival, Festival No6, Freedom Festival, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, Miss Ghana, Voices of The Revolution UK Tour, and on BBC’s Radio3 in 2016.
Feature Article of Monday, 20 February 2017Columnist: Seshie, StanleyGhana government's stance on superstition and pseudoscience? At the same time, activities of superstition and ignorance have been growing, and antiscience and pseudoscience cases have been frequent. It contains and its representative of the seriousness with which governments all over the world see the glaring threat of superstition, antiscience and pseudoscience to their determined effort in transforming society socially, economically and intellectually. Governance in Ghana is hardly distinguishable from waking up day after day as you sleep night after night. Since religions successfully shift the peoples attention to demanding from their believed Gods than the elected politicians, Ghanaian politicians will not bother to clamp down on superstition, antiscience and pseudoscience.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: Enerst LarteyFree SHS to cost $1.2 billion a year – Kofi BentilVice President of IMANI Ghana, Mr. Kofi BentilThe Vice President of IMANI Ghana, Mr. Kofi Bentil has disclosed to GhOne TV that the free Senior High School Program will cost government 1.2 billion dollars a year. This postulation according to him stems out of a number of extensive researches that IMANI Ghana has done on the free SHS program. Although, he acknowledged that the free SHS program is doable, he also admitted that it will be an opportunity cost for Ghana. However, he recommended the free SHS program should be progressive as lumping up all the other components together for a full start could pose a challenge. He also advised government to graduate the free SHS program from one level to the other while giving serious consideration to access and quality.
Business News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: Enerst LarteyGhana is broke - Joe JacksonDirector of Operations, Dalex Finance, Mr. Joe JacksonThe Director of Operations, Dalex Finance, Mr. Joe Jackson has said that Ghana's continuing borrowing at high interest rates has rendered the country completely cash strapped. If Ghana were to be a human being, it would have been in jail by now," Mr. Jackson explained. What happens when it also finishes," Mr. Jackson added. We earn only 1% on this money sitting down while we are borrowing and paying high interest rates. The 250 million dollars heritage fund wouldn't change much should it be invested but it will better off than lying idle," He stated.
According to him, police have access to the video of the assault showing the faces of the perpetrators who will be identified and be made to face the full rigours of the law. Desperate pleas by the fair-skinned alleged lady thief, whose clothes were all torn off except for her red brassiere, did not deter her Twi-speaking accusers from unleashing instant justice on her. The irate crowd slapped, shoved, pulled and pushed the lady in every direction while groping her private parts. Intermittent shouts by one or two men, who pleaded on the lady’s behalf, did not help matters as the crowd kept violently slapping and kicking the alleged thief in the vagina. The police will use cameras or the video to fight this crime.”“Those involved will be identified and accordingly arrested to face the full rigours of the law.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: Starrfmonline.comNPP youth warn MP over DCE appointmentThere has been some tension between party members and leadership over the appointment of MMDCEsThe Youth Wing of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Tano North District of the Brong Ahafo region has issued a stern warning to the Member of Parliament for the area, Freda Prempeh not to interfere in the selection of a DCE for the place. According to the angry Youth, previous appointments had gone to indigenes of Duayaw Nkwanta though there are four zones in the district. There has been some tension between party members and leadership over the appointment of MMDCEs; with some party members accusing leadership of lobbying for their favorites to be appointed. Speaking in an interview with Starr News, Enoch Owusu of the Tano North NPP Youth Wing said the MP has the political right to lobby nonetheless, “we want her to stay off by saying that the people of the Tano North have already agree that they like one man called Karikari [Apau] or so. We want people to know that we have not agree to that nominee.”He said that was the choice of the MP and not Tano North.
Crime & Punishment of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: GNA22-year-old jailed 10 years for stealing mobile phonesFile photoA 22-year-old unemployed who robbed two persons of their mobile phones at Bishop School in Bubuashie, Accra has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by an Accra Circuit Court. Blezu told the court in Fante that “It is true I collected the two mobile phones. I however gave the female complainant her Nokia Phone because she mentioned my name when I snatched it. Prosecuting Chief Inspector Kwabena Adu told the court that the complainants, Isaac Obuobi Paintsil and Esther Nana Yeboah are friends residing at Kaneshie and Bubuashie respectively. Blezu admitted the offence but failed to assist the Police to apprehend his accomplice, saying he did not know his name and where he lives.
(2011 Census on Street Children, Department of Social Welfare). ReachOut World Mission is a Christian based Charity Organization with a long term goal to build homeless shelters and training centers to cater for homeless children/youth to give them a hope of a sustained economic future. As one of its monthly activities, hit the streets of Accra to spend time with street folk on the 18th of February 2017. Target included “mad men”, beggars, street children, and homeless youth. Photo credit:Obe Images and Wild Imagination Photography (ROWM members)Find out more about ReachOut World Mission on www.reachoutworldmission.org on Facebook and Instagram at ReachOut World Mission.
Crime & Punishment of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: Starrfmonline.comMan stabbed over pregnancy in KoforiduaFile photoTwo men have been put before court in Koforidua for fighting over a pregnancy, leading to a stab. The two accused persons are Mawuli Debrah, 42, a spinner, and Tahiru Ahmed ,33, a driver. He said Debrah accused Ahmed of impregnating his sister but failing to accept responsibility causing ” medical implications ” for his sister. The situation created enmity between the two accused persons which resulted in fierce fighting. After investigations the two accused persons were charged for disturbing public peace while Mawuli Debrah was hit with an additional charge of causing harm.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: Starrfmonline.comNDC MP’s vehicle seizedThe taskforce stopped the lawmaker’s vehicle at Achimota Saturday, February 18, 2017A vehicle belonging to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Sekyere Affram Plains Alex Adomako Mensah has been impounded by the Government Vehicle Taskforce. The taskforce, which is on the lookout for alleged looted State vehicles after the change of government, stopped the lawmaker’s vehicle at Achimota Saturday, February 18, 2017, when his driver was using it for errands. Confirming the incident to Starr News’ Regina Borley Bortey Sunday evening, Mr. Mensah said the vehicle has been impounded at the Tesano Police Station. He said the taskforce demanded for the papers of the vehicle before it will be released. He said he has been using the vehicle since 2014.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: classfmonline.comBimbilla youth chase off Fact-finding missionFile photo: Many lives were lost in the renewed Bimbilla Chieftancy dispute. A nine-member delegation dispatched by the Northern Regional House of Chiefs to the troubled Bimbilla town on a fact-finding mission over the weekend, was forced to abandon their mission after the youth in the area rained insults on them and accused the House of Chiefs of double standards and bias in handling the protracted chieftaincy dispute. But Nyelinbologu Naa Yakubu Andani Dasana expressed his displeasure at what he considered as the indifference of the Regional House of Chiefs after the murder of the overlord of the Bimbilla in 2014. “I don’t know whether I didn’t do wide reading but I’m so sure after the murder of the late overlord, there was no statement from the Regional House of Chiefs. [There were] issues about the butchers [and] disrespect to the throne [but] we didn’t hear anything from the Regional House of Chiefs…” he stated.
Feature Article of Monday, 20 February 2017Columnist: Adobor, HenryWhy revamping Ghana Airways is a bad ideaGhana Airways is no longer functionalBy Henry Adobor, PhDIn my opinion, revamping a new national airline is a bad idea. I have lost count of how many times we have tried to raise a new national carrier after the demise of Ghana Airways as we knew it. I cannot see any resources a new Ghana Airways will bring to the market in those respects. A new national airline may bring enthusiasm, and national pride, but not much else. With Ghana Airways, passengers were a burden, a sort of necessary evil that had to be dealt with to make revenue.
According to the group, the Free SHS programme is one of the most powerful interventions that will aide all Ghanaians irrespective of their status in the society. We believe the free education policy can be achieved in every form and shape. The government should not be afraid to resort to it as a source of funding the Free Education policy. “Our concern, however, is the feeding component of the free SHS policy. “The Free SHS policy should not be looked at as a political policy, but a collective national agenda.
Diasporian News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: citifmonline.comGovernment has abandoned us - Scholarship students in China cry over stipendsFuseini Lansah, Registrar of the Ghana Scholarship SecretariatThe Ghana Scholarships Secretariat’s handling of beneficiaries abroad has been called into question again with Ghanaian Government Scholarship Students in China saying they have not received their stipends over the past 12 months. The students also say their academic work has been “seriously affected by this unnecessary delay” whilst their means of livelihood is at the mercy of friends. In this case, the beneficiaries, Masters’ and PhD students, were awarded by the Scholarship Secretariat of Ghana between the period 2013 and 2017, to pursue postgraduate courses in key areas at universities in China. Their statement also noted that they raised similar concerns in February 2016 which was followed by the promise of prompt payment of the monthly stipends by the Scholarship Secretariat of Ghana. “As a result, most students are highly constrained in their research work, which if further delayed will not guarantee their timely graduation.
General News of Monday, 20 February 2017Source: Myjoyonline.comShowdown as key witnesses in Parliament bribery claim give testimonies todayMahama Ayariga (L), Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa (M) and Alhassan Suhuyini (R)The special committee investigating the bribery allegations against three MPs and a minister will resume sitting Monday with two key witnesses making an appearance. Mr Ablakwa requested to testify as a witness in the bribery claim following Mr Osei-Owusu’s allegations that Mr Ablakwa had told him the scalding allegation was a joke. Mr Ablakwa denies ever making such a comment. Mr. Ayariga together with Mr. Ablakwa and Tamale South MP, Mr. Alhassan Suhuyini subsequently petitioned the Speaker of Parliament to investigate the claims. These two were the only Minority members on the Appointment Committee who corroborate Mr. Ayariga’s allegation.