31.7.10

Ghana Wins 2 More Medals In Kenya

Ghana clinched two more medals at the ongoing Africa Athletics Championship in Kenya. The men and women’s 4 by 100 meter relay teams both won bronze in the finals respectively.
Aziz Zakari anchored the men’s relay team to third place with a time of 39.31 seconds behind Nigeria and South Africa. The women’s relay quartet made up of Rosina Amenebede, Elizabeth Amolofo, Beatrice Gyaman and Flings Owusu Agyapong, similarly came third in a time of 45.40 seconds behind Cameroun and Nigeria.

Ghana therefore has won three medals at the Championship so far. Sprinter Aziz Zakari earlier won silver in the men’s 100 meters.

Meanwhile, Heptathlete Margaret Simpson is poised to win a Gold medal following the completion of four out of the seven-event competition. The Mauritius based athlete leads the overall table rankings with 3,497 points. She is followed by Janet Wienand of South Africa with 3,289 points and Nigeria’s Patience Okoro in third with 3,277 points.

3.7.10

Message from the President to the Black Stars

The Black Stars have done Ghana and Africa proud and on behalf of the people and Government of Ghana, I congratulate Stephen Appiah and his teammates for a job well done.

In yesterday’s match, there was going to be only one winner, and unfortunately, it was not the Black Stars.

Despite the heartbreaking loss, as a nation, we must not lose sight of the fact that the Black Stars flew high the flag of Ghana and we must be proud of our senior national football team for the honour done us.

We must not nail them for what happened yesterday, rather, let us continue to support them and show our appreciation for what they have achieved.

This team certainly has character and fortitude and there is no gainsaying the fact that they will continue to bring laurels to Mother Ghana.

Coach Rajevac and his technical team gave off their best and Ghana is grateful to them.

Let us rejoice in what we have achieved believing that there are better and joyous days ahead.

To you my fellow Ghanaians, I say a big ayekoo for your excellent and nation-loving support.

The star of Ghana is shining bright and we must take collective pride in putting our nation on a high pedestal.

Stephen Appiah and his teammates have made Ghana proud and we must accord them a heroic welcome, for, they deserve it.


John Evans Atta Mills
(President, Republic of Ghana)

2.7.10

Uruguay beat Ghana 4-2 on penalties

The Black Stars of Ghana faltered and bowed out of the 2010 World Cup after going down 2:4 to Uruguay in a penalty shootout and denying themselves a place in history.

In so doing, the Stars who had played rather gallantly in their second ever World Cup, broke the hearts of millions all over Africa who had supported the team all the way.

90 minutes of regular play plus 30 more in extra time ended in a pulsating one-all, and as though destined to bow out, a 120th minute attack by the Ghanaians had seen a desperate Luis Suarez, with his goalkeeper beaten, push the ball with the hand off the goal line to deny Ghana a winning goal. He took the red card and conceded a penalty for his efforts.

History beckoned, and the Stars’ most potent striker, Asamoah Gyan, who had previously converted twice from the spot in the same tournament, this time lifted his kick and grazed the bar. It was unbelieveable, and just after the miss, Japanese Yuichi Nishimura ended the game.

Asamoah however returned to scoring ways moments later as he opened Ghana’s penalty kicks with a well taken shot.

Skipper John Mensah missed, and so was youngster Dominic Adiyiah whose not so good kicks were saved. And so ended an otherwise sweet story for Ghana and Africa, who will have to wait for the next edition of the tournament to attempt to break the jinx of never going beyond the quarter finals.

Sulley Ali Muntari, making his first starting line-up for the Black Stars, had put Ghana ahead just on the stroke of half-time with a well taken left-footed 39-yard shotat the Soccer City Stadium before Diego Forlan levelled up in the nail-biting encounter. Uruguay will thus play Holland, who defeated Brazil 2:1 early in the day, in the semi finals.

16.6.10

Uruguay mauls Bafana Bafana 3:0

South Africa's World Cup dream is hanging by a thread after Uruguay stunned Bafana Bafana by winning 3-0 and taking a firm grip on Group A.

Diego Forlan gave the South American side a first half lead after his shot deflected off Aaron Mokoena and into the net.

South Africa pushed forward in the second half but their hopes were dashed when Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was brought down in the penalty area by goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, who was sent off.

Forlan converted the resulting penalty past substitute 'keeper Moeneeb Josephs to kill the hosts off and send many South Africa fans heading for the exits.

Alvaro Pereira converted a late third as South Africa desperately tried to salvage something from the game.

Uruguay go top of Group A with four points from their two games. South Africa have a solitary point after two games, and must beat France in their final game to have any hope of progressing to the knock out stages.

France play Mexico on Thursday night in Polokwane. South Africa's final game is against France on Tuesday.


Credit: CNN

11.6.10

Kofi Annan: A source of pride for Africa-World Cup 2010

With the global focus on South Africa, former United Nations secretary-general, and Chair of the Africa Progress Panel, Kofi Annan has teamed up with Côte d'Ivoire striker Didier Drogba to produce a thought-provoking alternative guide to the FIFA World Cup™, 'Scoring for Africa', looking beyond each country's football prospects to how they compare on bigger issues such as life expectancy and carbon emissions.
Here Mr Annan tells FIFA.com of the significance of the guide – and explains why this month's football showpiece can leave a legacy for Africa, describing it as "a tremendous opportunity for the continent as a whole".

‘Scoring for Africa: The Alternative Guide to the World Cup’ can be viewed by clicking on the link to the right.

FIFA.com: The Africa Progress Panel has published 'Scoring for Africa – An Alternative Guide to the World Cup'. What is its purpose?

Kofi Annan: The whole idea was to introduce a development perspective, highlighting some of the issues which unite and divide countries represented on the field. We teamed up with Didier Drogba, the African Player of the Year who is also a UN goodwill ambassador, on this initiative.
The guide provides economic, social and political rankings of the competing countries and has a simple but powerful message. What we are basically saying is that players and fans all understand the importance of fair play and an impartial referee, and by extension we are saying we believe this understanding should not only be limited to the way countries play, run and score against each other but also the way they do business and politics.

As an African, what does it mean to see Africa hosting the FIFA World Cup?
It is wonderful and in some way shows how far the continent has come. You may recall that 50 years ago this year, 17 African countries became independent. They are celebrating their golden anniversary so for it to coincide with the World Cup organised on the African continent for the first time is really a source of pride.

Can the FIFA World Cup leave a legacy in South Africa and even across the entire continent?
The Cup really puts the spotlight on South Africa, which has a chance to shine. I believe it is also a tremendous opportunity for the continent as a whole to show how it has changed for the better and has some positive things to show.
Obviously South Africa has really built up a credible infrastructure which will be used for the future. But I think other African countries will gain from the exposure and I hope in time it will help them with tourism and economic and social development.

Have you discussed the significance of this African FIFA World Cup with the FIFA President, Joseph S. Blatter?
I know that Sepp Blatter shares my view that the World Cup being organised in Africa will be a great opportunity to expand economic, social and even political co-operation on the continent. It will also enhance sporting facilities for young people, with pitches being set up for them. I hope this will continue long afterwards and also help them pick up some of the lessons one learns from games – play according to the rules and accept fair play.

You once said that the FIFA World Cup had a greater reach than the UN – what did you mean?
The point I made is that FIFA as an organisation appears much more universal. The UN has 192 member states, FIFA has 209. And once every four years FIFA manages to get the whole globe's attention.
People follow the game fanatically and they know where their team stands. I wish I could get the same concentration elsewhere – I would get governments to compete on human rights, on democracy, on the fight against corruption and for everyone to know how their countries are doing in these areas. By producing 'Scoring for Africa' we are trying to get people to focus beyond the ball on the other issues.

Some people argue the money spent by South Africa on the FIFA World Cup could have been better spent elsewhere. How do you view this argument?
The benefits and the spirit of the World Cup should not be reduced to financial calculations. If we are to measure the financial benefits, many could take some time to become evident. I've talked about the benefits for South Africa and the continent in terms of infrastructure. We are a continent that has a serious infrastructure deficit.
If we had our roads, rails and energy properly organised, Africa would be doing much, much better in trade, not only with ourselves but with the rest of the world. So I think this is a worthwhile investment.
I know there are people in South Africa who are not sure how this will benefit them but if it helps them increase trade and they are able to come together and get to know the other African nations better and co-operate better, it will be worthwhile. When people ask this question it is a bit like saying, 'what would one rugby game make?'.
But we saw the difference a rugby game made for South Africa, bringing the whole nation together – I think on that day they all felt they were indeed a 'Rainbow nation' and I think this is going to be the same for the continent.

Are you a football fan yourself?
Yes, I am a football fan. I love the game and I played it as a young man up to and through my university years. I played on the right wing because I was a sprinter. But now I only sit in the armchair and follow it. I will be going to the Final, hopefully to see an African team play in it.

What are your hopes for your own country, Ghana?
We have a good team but a rather young one. Some of the experienced players are not going to be able to play because of injuries but this is a young team, they have a strong heart and determination and I would not rule them out. I will be rooting for them.

Do you have any predictions about the FIFA World Cup?
Several of the African teams should do well – maybe I am a dreamer but I would love to see one of them in the Final. But there are other strong sides like Italy, Spain, the Brazilians, the Argentinians. England will also have their hopes but I would not be so bold as to predict who will win the Cup.

Finally how important are top footballers as role models?
They have quite an impact on the young and obviously they are constantly in the limelight and the way they comport themselves, the way they respect the rules, their team-mates and opponents all sends a message to the young ones.
Soccer is a wonderful game. It is a team game, it allows room for individual brilliance but the individual must never think he or she is bigger than the team and that is a lesson for life.

Eriksson optimistic over Drogba recovery

Côte d'Ivoire skipper Didier Drogba could be fit to play in his team's opening FIFA World Cup™ clash against Portugal, coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said Friday.

The Chelsea striker, who underwent surgery on his broken right arm six days ago, trained with his teammates but with a sling on his damaged arm. "He's doing well. If the match with Portugal was today or Saturday, he wouldn't be able to play. But as the game is in a few days' time (Tuesday), he could be in the team and play," said Eriksson. "He is feeling better and better each day."

In training, Drogba practised on his own to avoid aggravating the injury. He broke his arm in a friendly match against Japan in Switzerland on June 4.

France, Uruguay draw a blank

An opportunity to seize the initiative in Group A was missed at Cape Town’s Green Point Stadium as France and ten-man Uruguay served up a drab goalless draw.


The earlier stalemate between South Africa and Mexico had presented their section rivals with the chance to claim top spot, but neither did enough to secure three points in a scrappy encounter in which Nicolas Lodeiro picked up the tournament’s first red card.

France’s difficulties at UEFA EURO 2008 and during FIFA World Cup™ qualifying has enabled them to sneak almost unnoticed into this competition, yet they reminded everyone of their considerable potential with some slick early play. Predictably, Frank Ribery was at the heart of the best of their attacking forays, and only Sidney Govou will know how he failed to convert the Bayern Munich winger’s inviting low cross after eight minutes. Ribery looked to have laid on a certain goal, with Govou inside the six-yard box when the ball arrived, but the Lyon player’s right-foot attempt lacked conviction and the ball trickled wide of the far post.

Les Bleus remained in the ascendancy, and Nicolas Anelka – who endured a frustrating evening – might have done better than head over from an intelligently weighted Yoann Gourcuff cross. The presence of Diego Forlan ensured that Raymond Domenech’s side were never able to rest easy, though, and the Atletico Madrid striker underlined his capabilities on 16 minutes with an effort out of nothing. Stepping inside from the left beyond William Gallas, Forlan unleashed a powerful right-foot drive that was heading for the net before Hugo Lloris got across to make a fine save.

Nonetheless, this was an isolated moment of concern for a French side who remained firmly in control, with Abou Diaby dictating the midfield pace. Gourcuff was also impressing, and with 18 minutes played he forced an alert save from Fernando Muslera with an audacious free-kick attempt on goal, inches from the left touchline.

The game fell into something of a lull as half-time approached, but the tempo picked up again after the break, with Forlan blasting over after sneaking in between Gallas and Bacary Sagna. There was precious little penetration, however, and the growing frustration was summed up 12 minutes after the restart when Jeremy Toulalan tried his luck from all of 35 yards, bringing a comfortable save out of Muslera.

France introduced Thierry Henry in an attempt to re-establish their early superiority, but it was Uruguay who should have snatched victory, with Forlan wasting the best chance of the half, blasting wide from an unmarked position 12 yards from goal. Ultimately, however, La Celeste were happy to hold out for a point after second-half substitute Lodeiro earned a second yellow card for an ugly lunge on Sagna.

Organising Committee expresses its condolences to the Mandela Family

Johannesburg, 11 June 2010 - The 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (OC) is saddened to learn of the death of Zenani Mandela, who was killed in a car accident last night.
Zenani Mandela (13 years old) is the great-grand-daughter of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratic President.

“On behalf of everyone at the Organising Committee, I would like to express my condolences to the Mandela family. Please know that you will all be in our thoughts today,” said OC Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza.

“Last year Zenani did us the honour of bringing the FIFA Confederations Cup trophy out onto the podium at the final at Ellis Park on 28 June. We are saddened to hear of her tragic passing and will remember her fondly,” said OC CEO Dr Danny Jordaan.

ENDS

Court bars CHRAJ from hearing M&J bribery scandal

An Accra Human Rights Court has restrained the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) from continuing with its investigation into the Mabey and Johnson bribery scandal.


The court upheld arguments by lawyers of the six persons who were the subject of the investigations that comments by the Commissioner of CHRAJ on Metro TV on the matter were prejudicial.Justice Emile Short granted the television station an interview on the issue days after opening public hearings - bedeviled by persistent objections - into the allegations that the six persons received


bribes from the UK construction firm to influence the award of contracts to the company.Lawyers of the accused - Dr Sipa Yankey, Messrs Kwame Peprah, Alhaji Baba Kamara, Alhaji Boniface Abubakar Saddique, Alhaji Amadu Seidu, Brigadier-General Lord Attivor and Dr Ato Quarshie - went to court arguing that the CHRAJ Commissioner had made conclusive pronouncements that amounted to prejudging their clients.They contended Mr Short and the Commission had lost the moral authority to conduct the investigations as they could not be trusted to be fair and impartial in the matter.



The court agreed with the lawyers and ruled that the Commission should excuse itself of the case because the Commissioner’s comments put him in a prejudiced situation.It said other institutions can conduct investigations into the M&J bribery scandal.After the ruling, Nana Ato Dadzie, lawyer for Dr Ato Quarshie, told Joy News’ Sammy Darko that today “is a great day for the law.”



He said his clients’ belief that the Commission was unfair to them had been confirmed by the court in its ruling.Nana Ato Dadzie stated that his clients were willing to submit themselves to any other state agency that chose to conduct further investigations into the allegations.Story by Malik Abass Daabu/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana

12.5.10

GSE makes 'worldwide' record

The Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) recovery has reached a phenomenal point, once again recording the highest year-to-date returns worldwide; but it seems that many local fund managers that invest on the market are still holding a 'wait and see' attitude.

The GSE's negative 46.58% return last year made it the worst performer among the general poor showing of stock markets across the world - not sparing the many equity-based funds that make their profit on the market.

The gradual recovery of the GSE from the beginning of this year came to confirm analysts' forecast that the market would bounce back to positive returns, but last week Friday's 22.96% year-to-date posted by the GSE – the highest return recorded in the world so far – has beat even the most optimistic forecasts.

Contrary to the norm, not a single fund manager has been able to beat the GSE so far; available updates by Gold Coast Securities (GCS) Research show that the NTHC Horizon Fund, which came closest to the GSE, recorded a year-to-date return of 10.46% for the same period.

Other returns made on equity-based funds were SAS Fortune Fund 10.45%; the newest on the market - the Capital Growth Fund - returned 8.17%; Gold Fund 6.18%; and HFC Equity 5.21%. Anidaso Mutual Fund, the only fund currently managed outside of the capital city, recorded a year-to-date return of 4.96% while Epack, the oldest fund on the market, returned 4.64%.

Some Funds suffered a similar fate in 2008, the year the GSE came top of the world with a 58.05% year-to-date for the year. HFC Equity Fund posted a return of 38.89% that year and Gold Fund recorded 37.32% while the Epack, owing to the abysmal performance of the other African markets where it invests, returned a woeful negative 3.84%.

Historically, fund managers' active participation on the market in the years 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007 saw them reap huge capital gains for their small fund holders .

Collins Appiah, Head of Research at GCS, the owners of Gold Fund in an interview with B&FT said the passiveness of fund managers this time round could be stemming from the fact' that the" market has just recovered from a deep recession, "and' therefore it is worthwhile that fund managers watch the market for some time before remixing portfolios where necessary," he stated.

Collins, who was optimistic the trend would reverse by close of year, added that last year's recession triggered a wave of redemption by fund holders which continued into the first quarter of this year. "It is the main factor why we have not recorded an impressive performance so far," he said.

The unimpressive performance of the funds - which invest at least 75 percent of their assets on the capital market, stand in comparison to some stocks that have outperformed the GSE.

Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB), which lost 32.73% last year to fall to GH¢0.74, recovered this year to GH¢1.12, representing 1.1 2% year-to-date gain. Cal Bank (Cal) lost 40% last year to GH¢0.20 but has regained to GH¢0.28, to present 40% gain so far. SIC, the biggest insurance firm, also lost 46% last year to GH¢0.27 but has now risen to GH¢0.36, the equivalent of 29.63% year-to-date gain.

Derrick Mensah, also of GCS Research, noted that equity-dominated fund managers in Ghana put not less than 45% of their investments into financial stocks, which has helped to keep their heads above water since the financial stocks have been doing extra well.

"The downside therefore is as a result of the poor showing of the other category of stocks since the year began; such as the brewery, manufacturing and lCT stocks and some of the consumer goods, and distribution and trading stocks," he noted.

According to Collins, these stocks will soon pick up when short-term interest rates and yields on fixed income securities fall further, as expected.

According to him, the benchmark 91-day Treasury bill rate - now at 13.29% - should fall further to single digits by close of year. "If this forecast by the Bank of Ghana is anything to go by, then investors should be paying more attention to the stock market for higher gains and most of these stocks would be beneficiaries," he stated.

He therefore foresees that the current favourable showing of money market funds and balanced funds as compared to equity dominated funds will most likely change in favour of the latter.

Latest updates have quoted a year-to-date return .of 21.58% on the Mfund and 20.41 % on the HFC Unit Trust, both money market funds.

Bright Quaye, also a researcher at GCS, advised investors in mutual funds and unit trusts not to de-invest too quickly at this time because fund managers are experts who are able to take far more informed decisions on their investments than they can do on their own as small fund holders.

"Fund managers are able to diversify their investments on the capital market, which helps to reduce the risk on investments to the barest minimum. As small fund holders, they may not be able to invest in blue chip stocks that earn very high returns, but buying into a mutual fund is an avenue to do so," Bright cautioned.


Source: B&FT

Set Up Your Own Making Money Online Website

Making money legally should be the ultimate goal of everyone;especially the youth. I am saddened by the rate at which "SAKAWA" (Hausa word meaning “putting it in”, but it is being used as a terminology by the current generation of cyber armed robbers.
Mostly done by the youth. They have specialized in divergent ways of cyber robbery, examples include; identity theft (credit card), sending you an email about winning a USA visa lottery and expect you to pay thousands of dollars as processing fee, or an email about trying to transfer millions of dollars that they inherited after the death of a relative, but they need information about your bank account to concluded such transfer...Defn from a Ghanaweb posting:- Columnist: Jawando, Muhammed S.S).




I visited Ghana recently and noticed that a lot of my friends were on facebook. The spend hours updating their pages and loading pictures. They asked me if I had a FB profile. Yes I did but I was not a frequent user. They expressed surprise ( reason-I have 24/7 high speed inter access and can upload/download anything at blistering speed from my home PC in Toronto). Why don't you of all persons use facebook, they asked. Well, I do not make any money from updating my Facebook profile! I challenged them to tell me how to convert all that time sitting behind the PC "facebooking" into money. Of course none could.




I have decided to put this article together to help those who care to make money legitimately online. Its not a for those who want the "sakawa" way of making it, but a real way to turn your "facebook time" into something that could see you earn something...no-matter-how-small. Its also not gauranteed to work for everyone! Remember that Winners never quit and Quitters never win.


When you sit down in front of your laptop monitor and start browsing through the different pages for various topics that may pique your interest, you know that at some point or another of your browsing, you have come across them. Yes, those sites that encourage you to put set up your own online business. And you get yourself to thinking, why not, right? Since you have always been glued to your computer screen, it is just fitting that you set up your very own making money online website.

While it seems futile to be joining the bandwagon so late, do keep in mind that the world of the internet is eternally crazy and filled with wonderful money making opportunities for everyone. So, to come up with your own making money online website for your readers or followers is just but fitting. But after setting up the website, getting the right codes and the design that you want, what happens next?


Do make sure that the title of your website is catchy so as to attract more readers. Remember that the more readers you have, the more traffic your website will generate, the more money you will be raking in. If you were to research on different websites that make money, you will find that they all have something in common. And that is a quirky and catchy title that followers will automatically remember. The next thing to consider when setting up your own making money online website is the content.

Majority if not all of the websites that generate money have very good content for their readers. Do remember that you have a task of regularly updating your website and keeping your content interesting and entertaining as possible for them to keep on coming back for more. When the content is stale or boring, you will see a dwindle in the traffic and your advertisers may not want to place anymore banner ads on your site.


Another thing to consider when you want your website to make money is to get the right mix of internet marketing tools to help promote your site. With marketing tools such as email blasts or banner ads in other websites, you can expect more traffic to your own site which can mean more money for you. With all of these together, you can be guaranteed to make money out of your website.

Setting up your very own making money online website may be hard work at first. But once you get into the hang of things over the next several weeks, you can be sure that things will go on smoothly from there barring any rough patches along the way of course.


Making money online is something that you may now want to consider doing as a full time job as soon as you see the profits that it can give you. The keywords here of course are hard work, dedication, determination and lots of gusto to keep your website churning and working over the next years to come.


Websites like Ghanaweb, myjoyonline,modernghana,peacefmonline,njoyonline etc, are money making machines. I do not have the statistics, but they have traffic enough to convince a company to advertise online with them. They also take advantage of Google adsence and other affiliate marketing tools. The potential is limitless.


Take some time to research into areas that will interest people and get to work. Do not waste time. Use the internet to your advantage. Study Courses, read books, research library materials, essentially, enrich your mind anytime you sit behind the computer. Set a goal for yourself so you can track your progress.


Remember, those making it online are not better than you. You can also make it legally. Start today.


Isaac TETTEH.












nb:- Portions of this piece are from other online posts

13.4.10

Ghana is in search of banks with excellent records - Prez Mills

President John Evans Atta Mills on Tuesday invited banks with excellent track records and experience to assist in the development of Ghana's oil industry.

He welcomed investors with sound credentials and re-emphasized that government would get everybody on board in the development of the country's emerging oil industry.

President Mills gave the invitation when Mr Peter Sands, Group Chief Executive Officer of Stanchart Bank, who is in the country to assess the performance of the bank, paid a courtesy call on him at the Osu Castle in Accra.

President Mills stressed that government would ensure that the best practices would be followed in the oil industry.

He said government had also put in mechanisms to ensure that there was transparency and sound management of oil proceeds so that the benefits would be felt by all.

President Mills assured the banking and investor community of government's support so that together they would work to overcome the challenges of the industry for mutual benefit.

Mr Sands said Ghana was a very important country for Stanchart and applauded the Government of Ghana in its efforts towards the development of the economy.

He said such sound economic management was what informed Stanchart's choice of Ghana as one of the countries in West Africa to operate.

Mr Sands presented a book on the history on the operations Stanchart to President Mills.


Source: GNA

29.3.10

Stop It- NDC Youth.....Friendly Fire is very Dangerous

By:- Isaac TETTEH.
Response to a discussion on facebook between Dep. Information Minister James Agyenim-Boateng and One Kwame Akuffo, who identified himself as a Software Consultant in the UK. 29th March,2010.
I find the interaction here very enthralling. I am happy some of our leaders are IT upstanding and very abreast with social media dynamics. This is my take on the current happenings in Ghana.

I cringe at the growing impatience of some of our Youth in Ghana. Their energies are being spent on fruitless issues rather than the desired. The NDC for that matter has been getting a bad name lately from “its own people” and I wonder why. Have they so soon forgotten the sweat and toil they went through to get the “POWER” they have now? Why is the Party/ Government especially, being put under needless pressure by misguided comments and actions that serves none.

This attitude must stop before it gets out of hand. I am confident that the NDC as a party will do the right thing and soon. Unscrupulous persons can upstage this phenomenon and create chaos on a massive scale all in the name of the NDC. The law must take its course on all persons who openly threaten to KILL others because they disagree with them or the kind of services they render.

I would prefer a youth that sees life outside of politics! We have over the years made everyone think that you need to hold a political office to also be countered as “a person”. But that idea is very erroneous. The space available in such offices are very limited.

However, there are lots of openings in other sectors of the national economy.
Lets face it- how many of the agitating youth can write a comprehensive project proposal for consideration in an upcoming bid for a contract?

Again, how many have considered taking advantage of the “GREEN BOOM” sweeping the world? How many are thinking of setting up allied businesses now that we are about to start producing oil?

What are the roles of our chiefs in creating tourists markets in their areas of jurisdiction?

My friends, the future is what we make it, and yes, we can make it without this much noise.

On the contrary, why don't we spend our time publicizing what the Government is doing right?
eg.
1.An agreement was signed recently to pay off a substantial part of the TOR debt. This is worth talking about.

2.The Freedom of information bill is about becoming operational.

3.Ghana will soon beat the deadline for the digital migration.

4.There are many road projects ongoing.

5.Free School Uniforms/Books have been provided to school pupils

6.SHC has been reduced to 3 years

7.Number of ministers and government appointees have been reduced as promised

8.There is a renewed effort on revamping Ghana's Agricultural Sector.

9.Inflation has come down.

10.The currency has been stabilized.

11.There are better laws being enacted to further protect our Black Gold.

12.Corruptions is being treated as an enemy and we have a leader who leads by example.

13.Profligate spending has been cupped and wastage reduced as much as possible.

14.Biometric passports launched and Ghana beat the deadline set by ICAO.

15.Political witch-hunting has reduced and alleged cases of wrongdoing in the previous administration are being properly investigated.

This list is endless.

I hope these give a clue to those who are still interested in protecting their votes (during the life of the government). The NDC youth seem to be “cutting their noses to spite their faces”. That is unacceptable.
Lets wake up and build our country. The future is actually now. Violence takes us back, Dialogue takes us forward. God Bless Ghana.

5.3.10

Ghana is 53-Years-Old Today

Ghana before Independence on March 6,1957 was called Gold Coast. The earliest Europeans to arrive here were the Portuguese in the 15th Century. On their arrival, they found so much gold between the River Ankobra and the Volta and subsequently named it “da Mina”, meaning The Mine. In 1482, the first castle was built in the Gold Coast by the Portuguese at Elmina. This was built to enhance their trading activities especially gold and slavery.

By 1598, the Dutch were in the Gold Coast to also trade. They built forts along the coastal areas notable among them being the Komenda fort. In 1637, they captured the Elmina castle from the Portuguese and that of Axim (Fort St. Anthony) in 1642.

Many other European traders came to the Gold Coast to trade. These included the British, Danes and Swedes. These European traders built several forts along our coastlines. In 1872, the Dutch lost interest in the coast and ceded their forts free to the British. Thus ended a period of Dutch occupation lasting 274 years. By 1874, the British were the only Europeans in the Gold Coast and thus made it a crown colony. This in effect gave them total control.

The British government established their headquarters at Cape Coast Castle. This had been their headquarters since 1662 and is one of the greatest historical sites in the country. It has numerous dungeons which were used to keep slaves before being transported to the Diaspora.

There had been many wars fought between the people of the Gold Coast and the British over governance. In 1874, an army under Sir Garnet Wolseley crossed the Pra River into the Asante territory. The Ghanaians referred to this War as the “Sagrenti War” because they could not pronounce Sir Garnet’s name correctly. The British force, this time proved too strong for the Asante who, after a long and brave fighting, agreed to sign a peace treaty at Fomena. At about the same time the British defeated the Anlo people in the Volta area. On the 12th of September, 1874, the whole of Southern Ghana including Anloland became a British colony. The Capital was removed from Cape Coast to Accra two years later.

After the Second World War (1939-1945), things began to change in the then Gold Coast. The discrimination against educated Ghanaians in the civil service was on the increase and high positions were reserved for whitemen while Ghanaians became hewers of wood and drawers of water. The European and Asian firms were also seriously exploiting the Africans. The Ex-servicemen (Ghanaian soldiers who fought in the World War), helped in another way to expose the weakness of the British. They realized that they performed better than the whites on the battlefield. These Ex-servicemen again saw the struggle for independence in India and Burma where most of them went to fight. They were therefore inspired to struggle against the same British in Ghana after the their return from the war.

The first political party was formed in August 1947 by Paa Grant, Dr. J.B Danquah and others. It was named the United Gold Coast Convention (U.G.C.C). Its slogan was “Self government within the shortest possible time”. The U.G.C.C. therefore invited Dr. Kwame Nkrumah home from his studies to become the full-time General Secretary of the Party. The U.G.C.C. had earlier on criticized the Burns Constitution of 1946 introduced by Sir Allan Burns who was governor by then.

In January 1948, Nii Kwabena Bonne III, a Ga Chief organized a general boycott of all European imports. A series of riots followed the boycott in early February, 1948. The last straw that broke the camel’s back was the famous February 28, 1948 incident. A batch of unarmed Ex-servicemen marched to the Christiansborg Castle on that day to submit a petition to the Governor about their poor conditions. Superintendent Imray, a white police officer, ordered the policemen at the castle to shoot. When the police refused to do so, Imray himself opened fire on the unarmed soldiers at the Christiansborg crossroad. Three of the leaders namely; Sergeant Adjetey, Private Odartey Lamptey and Corporal Attipoe fell dead. Thereafter, riots broke out in Accra. European and Asian stores were looted by the angry mob. The rioters forced open the Central Prison and set free its inmates.

After the riots, the Nationalist leaders in Ghana sent a strong worded cable to the Secretary of State in London. They blamed the Governor, Sir Gerald Creasy, greatly. They called him “Crazy Creasy” because he had failed to handle the problems facing the country. The Secretary of State however blamed the Nationalist leaders for being responsible for the disturbances in the country. Consequently, six of the leading nationalist were arrested and detained. They were popularly referred to as the BIG SIX. These leaders were Dr. J.B Danquah, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Obetsebi Lamptey, Akuffo Addo, William Ofori Atta and Ako Adjei.

The U.G.C.C. which awakened fervent national consciousness in the Gold Coast was what might be described as a liberal group with its slogan of “Self-government in the shortest possible time.” This attitude did not please Nkrumah who wanted “Self-government Now”.

Following disagreement of ideologies, Kwame Nkrumah left the U.G.C.C. and formed a more radical and nationalist party – Convention People’s Party (C.P.P) on June 12th, 1949 with its motto “self-government now”. He was joined by Kojo Botsio, K.A Gbedemah and others.

On 9th January, 1950 the C.P.P organized a nation-wide boycott and strike for workers and the masses. The people refused to buy all British goods. Workers were warned not to cause any trouble. In the cause of the riots however, two policemen were shot dead. On January 21st 1950, Nkrumah and other leading C.P.P members including Kojo Botsio and K.A. Gbedemah were imprisoned at the James Fort Prison, Accra, on charges arising from pursuing what was termed as “Positive Action” against the Government. The imprisonment of Nkrumah made him a hero and martyr in the eyes of the people.

In 1951, the pace was set for general elections. Dr Kwame Nkrumah was in prison when the elections were conducted. He overwhelmingly won the elections and was released by the then Governor, Sir Charles Noble Arden-Clark to head the new government. This however became the British Colony’s first African government. In March 1952, Kwame Nkrumah was designated Prime Minister. He was to appoint a cabinet, which was not to be responsible to the Governor but the Assembly.

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in June 1953 submitted proposals for a new constitution. It was upon those that the April 1954 constitution was introduced making the country virtually self-governing. This new constitution provided for an All-African cabinet from an enlarged legislature. A general election followed in June 1954 from which the C.P.P won 79 out of the 104 seats of the National Assembly.

In 1956, another election was held in response to a pledge by the British Secretary of State for the colonies that if the newly elected legislature, by a reasonable majority, passed a resolution calling for independence; a firm date for the changeover would be announced. C.P.P won 71 out of the 104 contested seats. The British Mandated Togoland also held a plebiscite to join the Gold Coast.

This action opened the way for Ghana’s Independence and on 6th March, 1957, the curtain was drawn on the old order. The country emerged as the first country in Africa, South of the Sahara to regain independence from colonial rule. A new chapter was opened in the history of Ghana. On the eve of Ghana’s independence, Dr Kwame Nkrumah (then Prime Minister) proclaimed at the old Polo Grounds in Accra: “ At long last, the battle has ended and Ghana, our beloved country is free forever.” The nation however became a republic on 1st July, 1960 with Dr. Kwame Nkrumah becoming the first President.

25.1.10

President Mills reshuffles Ministers-Full Statement

President John Evans Atta Mills on Monday reshuffled his Cabinet. A statement from the Office of the President on Monday signed by Mr. Mahama Ayariga, Presidential Spokesperson said Mr. Martin Amidu, had been appointed Minister-designate for the Interior; Mr. John Tia replaces Mrs. Zita Okai-Koi as Minister-designate for Information, whilst Mrs. Okai-Koi becomes the new Minister for Tourism.

Mr. Enoch Teye Mensah as Minister-designate for Employment and Social Welfare, whilst Mr. Stephen Amoanor Kwao moves to the Office of the President as Minister of State and Mr. Alban S.K. Bagbin, Majority Leader replaces Mr. Albert Abongo as Minister-designate for Water Resources, Works and Housing. Others are Mrs. Juliana Azumah-Mensah, Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs.

Ms Akua Sena Dansua becomes the new Minister for Youth and Sports; Mr. Moses Magbenba replaces Mr. S.S. Nanyina as Northern Regional Minister-designate; Mr. John Gyetuah, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry moves to the Office of the President as Minister of State-designate and Mr. Mahama Ayariga, Deputy Minister-designate for Trade and Industry.

Mr. Inusah Abdulai Fuseini replaces Dr. Kwabena Donkor as Deputy Minister-designate for Energy; Mr. Nasamu Asabigi, Deputy Minister-designate for the Northern Region. The statement said Mr. Cletus Avoka, former Minister of the Interior
and Mr. Abdul-Rashid Pelpuo, former Minister of Youth and Sports are to be re-assigned whilst Alhaji Iddi Saani is to be replaced as Deputy Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing.

14.1.10

HAITI IN RUINS-PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) -- International aid groups were feverishly trying to get supplies into quake-ravaged Haiti on Thursday to prevent the situation from going from "dire to absolutely catastrophic."

The search-and-rescue efforts are the top priority.

"The ability to get people out of that rubble is paramount," said Jonathan Aiken, a spokesman for the American Red Cross. "You have a very limited time to accomplish that before people die and before you start to get into issues of diseases."

Behind the scenes, a massive coordination effort involving dozens of aid groups, the Haitian government, the United Nations and the U.S. military was under way to get food, water, tents and other supplies to survivors of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake.

Ian Rodgers, a senior emergency adviser for Save the Children, said aid efforts were at a "tipping point."

"People are without water; children are without food and without shelter," he said. "What we will see with the lack of water is the possibility of diarrheal diseases and, of course, that can kill children in a matter of hours if not tended to appropriately.

"It is very possible," Rodgers said, "that the situation can go from dire to absolutely catastrophic if we don't get enough food, medicine and work with children and their families to help them."
In the United States, President Obama promised the people of Haiti that "you will not be forsaken."

"Today, you must know that help is arriving," Obama said.

Precise casualty estimates were impossible to determine. Haitian President Rene Preval said Wednesday that he had heard estimates of up to 50,000 dead but that it was too early to know for sure. The Haitian prime minister said he worries that several hundred thousand people were killed.

The country's infrastructure has been devastated, the scope of the calamity enormous. "The government personnel that would normally lead these types of responses, they themselves have been affected," Rodgers said.

The Haitian government stopped accepting flights Thursday because ramp space at the airport in the capital city, Port-au-Prince, was saturated and no fuel was available, said Federal Aviation Adminstration spokeswoman Laura Brown.

Meanwhile, the pier used for delivery of cargo to Port-au-Prince was "completely compromised" by Tuesday's earthquake, said CNN's Eric Marrapodi. Three ships filled with medical supplies, food, clothing and water were turned away, he said. Roads leading into the city from the dock were bucked about 5 feet high by the earthquake, he said.

Relief agencies are focusing on food, shelter, medical care and communications, all of which will help establish a sense of security, Aiken said. "The people will at least know that the world is paying attention to them."

Supplies and security

A bottleneck of supplies has built up while authorities have tried to get Haiti's main airport functioning. Rubble-strewn roads, downed trees and a battered communications network have hampered humanitarian efforts. Aftershocks continue to jolt the region, causing further fear and panic among residents.

"We're going to have to wait for this pipeline of aid coming in from various places around the world to be set up and put into full gear before Haitians can get all the help that they need," Aiken said. "You're going to start seeing some progress on that today."

While planes were able to bring in the first round of supplies, the question became, Aiken said, "how do you get it to the folks who need it?"

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Haiti isn't accustomed to quakes and doesn't have the heavy equipment or specialized machinery to help clear the rubble, Aiken said. Aid groups and government agencies are coordinating to get the equipment in.

"It's basically a matter of clearing out the rubble, making sure that areas are workable, that you have security that can protect these supplies and that you have security in place to help people," Aiken said.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said a contingent of 2,000 U.S. Marines will help the international peacekeeping and police force established after the 2004 ouster of then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

"We'll try to support them as they re-establish authority," Clinton said.

The American Red Cross emptied a warehouse in Panama that had been filled with everything from cooking kits to toiletries to medical supplies and tents. That load of supplies is likely to make it into Haiti on Thursday, Aiken said. "Our effort is immediate relief and supplies."

"The needs are overwhelming at this point in time," Rodgers said. "We are going to be doing our best to respond to that, but obviously that's a big task at hand."

Medical emergency

Hospitals in Port-au-Prince have collapsed, and the few facilities still open can't handle the needs of the injured. The United States and other countries were dispatching medical supplies, facilities and personnel. People who suffered broken bones from falling debris have been unable to get treatment; there's simply too many of them.

"We need medical help," Haitian President Rene Preval said. "Some of the hospitals, they collapsed. The hospitals, they are full, and they put people in the outside."
SOURCE:- cnn

5.1.10

MINISTRY OF INFORMATION PRESS STATEMENT


Government mourns Courage Quashigah Government has expressed deep shock at news of the sudden demise of former Minister for Health Major Courage Quashigah (Rtd) on Tuesday. A statement signed by the Minister for Information, Zita Okaikoi said government wishes to convey its condolences on behalf of Ghanaians to the family of the former Minister. “We are saddened by this disturbing news, coming just days after the country lost the Founder and Leader of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP).” The statement recognized Major Quashigah’s contributions, both as a military officer and politician, to the development of the country.


Hon. Zita OKAIKOI (Mrs.) MINISTER FOR INFORMATION ACCRA