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Benjamin Aklama asks: ‘Black Tax,’ a cultural value or an economic issue?

As a young boy growing up, many family members contributed to my upkeep. My grandparents with whom I lived were like parents to me, providing for every need I had. My father’s younger sister also came to my aid in Senior High School, buying for me, all that the prospectus required of a fresh student entering the Peki Senior High ...

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Police/military brutalities on journalists; No prosecutions since 2006

No single security person has been prosecuted for the attacks on more than 25 journalists and media employees since 2006. Although the perpetrators in some of the cases are identified, the cases are settled sometimes with apologies. In most cases, however, no compensation is paid, while the security organisation involved promise to offer better working relations with the media. Checks ...

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‘Ghana religiosa’: Preaching virtue but practicing vice

Mantis religiosa is the scientific name of the “praying mantis”, a member of the class Insecta and order Mantodea or Mantises. This order of insects consists of about 2,200 species in 9 families and is found in both temperate and tropical habitats. Insects in this order (including Mantis religiosa) are commonly referred to as “praying mantises”, because of their typical ...

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Amend Political Parties Act to tackle vigilantism – Kamal-Deen

Kamal-Deen Abdulai

A Deputy Director of Communications for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kamel Deen Abdulai has suggested an amendment to the political parties act to address vigilantism. He told Citi News the amendment would enable the Electoral Commission to disqualify any political party that fails to disband its vigilante groups. Section three of the ACT says: “A political party may, subject to the ...

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Insults keeping women out of politics – Bridget Dzorgbenuku

Bridget Dzogbenuku

The 2016 running mate for the Progressive People’s Party and Executive Director of Mentoring Women Ghana, Bridget Dzorgbenuku has bemoaned what she described as insult-driven politics in Ghana. According to her, this contributes to the low participation of women in Ghana’s politics. She said more women will particpate in politics if the attacks and insults are eliminated. “First of all ...

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Stop all forms of land racketeering- Lands Commission staff cautioned

The Executive Secretary of the Lands Commission, Alhaji Sulemana Mahama, has asked workers of the Commission to help instill discipline in the land market by doing away with all forms of land racketeering. “As the government agency mandated to deliver land titles, register deeds and other services, we need to instil discipline in the land market by curbing the incidence ...

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U. S. inaugurates Shea Butter Processing Center in Northern Ghana

U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Stephanie S. Sullivan, today March 14, 2019, led a ribbon cutting and inaugurated a shea butter processing facility meant to support increased economic opportunities for 600 Ghanaian women who collect and process shea nuts. The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), supported the construction of the processing facility and warehouse located ...

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Use e-register for Ghanaians in diaspora — Stakeholders

Dr Benjamin Kunbour

Participants in a stakeholder’s consultative forum on the implementation of the Representation of the People Amendment Act (ROPAA) 2006, (Act 699), which gives Ghanaians in the diaspora the right to vote have called on the Electoral Commission (EC) to consider using electronic means to register prospective voters. According to the participants in the forum held in Sunyani, the online or ...

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‘Don’t succumb to pressure on cannabis legalisation’

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Mental Health Authority, Dr Akwasi Osei, has called on the government to resist all forms of pressure to legalise the use of cannabis in the country. “I know that there is a lot of pressure from people with vested interests, both within and outside the country, to liberalise the use of cannabis, but ...

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Political power of women suffering ‘serious regression’ – UN official warns

General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés (left) with (from left to right): President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia; Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir of Iceland; and President Paula-Mae Weekes of Trinidad and Tobago, following their press briefing on the high-Level event on ‘Women in Power’.

There has been a “serious regression” in the political power of women across the world in recent years, UN General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa told delegates to the annual summit of women activists at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. The former Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Affairs who leads the 193-member world body, pointed out that in 2015 it would ...

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