Accra, Oct 18, GNA - Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, Presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), on Wednesday called on the Electoral Commission (EC) to vigorously investigate allegations that foreign entities were funding political parties in the country.
He said if such allegations were true, it contravened the Political Parties Law, Act 574, that prohibits foreign funding of political parties, demanding that the Electoral Commission investigate the matter properly to engender confidence in the country’s political order and to bring about transparency in the body politick of Ghana.
“The EC should not take this matter lightly; it should build the capacity to handle these issues in order to bring greater transparency in our political processes so that the people can accept the outcomes of the election”.
Dr Nduom who was speaking to journalists after filling his nomination papers at the EC, said foreign interest should not invest in political parties because the political entities end up doing what is consistent with the interest of the foreign entities.
He said Ghanaians should not trust and vote for any political party in Ghana that does not disclose the sources of its funding, challenging his political opponents to disclose their sources of funding for accountability and transparency sake in order to protect the sovereignty of Ghana’s electoral process.
The Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) has alleged that the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) was being financed by a Chinese company, Huawei.
Dr Nduom also cautioned those who intended to cheat in the polls to gear up for a show-down with the PPP, because the party would contest the EC in court to annul the results of any polling station that records even one vote more than what is on the register.
“We will not allow anyone to cheat or steal in this elections and go free….So if some people thinks that a polling station is in their strong hold and wants to use that advantage to subvert the electoral process should think twice.
“Those who want to cheat and steal should stand ready to face the consequences of their actions”, he declared.
Dr Nduom also renewed his challenge to other contestants in the presidential race to make firm commitments to transparent and incorruptible leadership, by declaring their assets and tax obligations to Ghanaians.
He reiterated that what Ghana needed to propel it to the enviable economic status was a competent and incorruptible leadership, one which the PPP would offer and bring about true progress, peace and prosperity to “Ghanaisn”.
Dr Nduom said that he was committed to the principle of incorruptible leadership and had thus requested the Internal Revenue Service to furnish him with certified true copies of his income tax returns and that this would be made available to the public when he gets the document.
He disclosed that he had also asked the Auditor-General to provide certified true copies of the assets report that he filed as a Minister of State and Member of Parliament and his party’s National Treasurer was working to provide the public the PPP’s financial report that would include the sources of funding for national campaign.
He said PPP was a purposeful, positive and peaceful entity, saying, “Ï am happy that in this short period the party has attracted the right people for the right image”.
He said “there is a silent majority who are supportive of this party and we are very confident of our chances in this elections”.
“Whatever the outcome of results of the election, I would be proud of the PPP and the team it has built….And no matter the results of the elections, the PPP would keep the message of incorruptible leadership on the front burner”.
Accra, Oct. 18, GNA - The 20th edition of the annual Thome Halim Cabalan basketball memorial tournament will commence on Monday October 22, in Accra.
This year’s edition marks the 20th anniversary of the death of the man, who donated the Lebanon court to the Ghana Basketball Association (GBA), which has helped to develop the game tremendously.
The championship will be fought keenly between the top flight sides in both the male and female divisions in the Greater Accra League.
Teams expected to competitive in this year competition include CEPS, Tema Youth, Reformers, Holy Family, Fire, Magic, Panthers and Police during the two-week period.
At stake will be a giant trophy and cash prizes for winners.
Accra, Oct. 16, GNA – The Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) has congratulated the senior national team, the Black Stars, on qualifying for the 29th Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa next year.
It said the Black Stars lone goal victory over Malawi at their own back yard was a clear demonstration of their determination and commitment to make a representation at the continent’s biggest football festival.
According to the statement, qualifying for the competition is just the beginning of the journey to glory, hence the team should not be swollen headed but remain focused in the attempt to restore the glory of the nation at the continental level.
“We have for the past 30 years gone without any continental glory despite the many successes chalked over the years.
“It is, therefore necessary for members of the technical team and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to draw up a comprehensive programme for the competition to enable the team put to up a good show at the continental show piece,” the statement noted.
It also congratulated the national under-17, female team, the Black Maidens on winning the bronze medal at the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) under-17 female World Cup in Azerbaijan.
It said the performance of the team gives the nation enough hope that will one day the country will conquer the continent and world in the near future.
SWAG also congratulated the GFA for ensuring the successes of the two national teams and urged them to remain focused to ensure the effective execution of future assignments.
Accra, Oct. 18, GNA – Screening for the Glo Soccer Academy (GSA), commenced at the Lizzy Sports Complex in Accra on Wednesday with hundreds of teenagers showing up for the exercise.
Players between the ages of 14 to 17 years displayed their skills in a bid to attract the attention of the coaches in the two day exercise.
Coach Tony Baffoe, one of the technical officials for the exercise expressed satisfaction with the level of skills displayed by the teenagers adding that adding that the momentum would be sustained for the exercise in the coming weeks.
“I am also delighted that parents are making time off their busy schedules to accompany their wards to the venue of the screening.” Baffoe stated.
The Academy is designed to scout for talents from Nigeria, Ghana and Benin Republic.
In all 33 talented finalists will be shortlisted for the Dream Team and camped in Lagos where they will be trained by celebrity coaches from West Africa and Manchester United for five weeks.
The sixteen finalists who make the Dream Team will go on training tour of Manchester United Soccer School in the UK and also become Glo Ambassadors.
Bawku, Oct. 18, GNA - Mr. Roland Adatuu, founder and leader of Youth Link Ghana and the Executive Board Chairman of the Yes-Ghana Youth Manifesto Coalition, has warned the youth of Bawku not to allow themselves to be used by politicians during the December polls to foment trouble.
He said this when he interacted with the youth of the municipality to advise them on how to conduct themselves during the election.
Mr. Adatuu said the youth had always been engaged by politicians to cause mayhem during elections, the consequences of which actions often affect the youth themselves.
He pointed out that politicians from especially the two leading parties, the NDC and NPP, had often made the youth to engage in acts of violence.
He noted that the youth also assisted politicians in their campaign activities and often engaged in acts of indiscipline such as careless riding, unnecessary tooting of horns and unleashing of insults on their opponents.
Mr. Adatuu said the youth are the future leaders of the country and that if they allowed themselves to be misused by politicians, they would ruin their own future.
He called on the youth of Bawku to exercise decorum in their speech, especially during campaigns and other party activities.
Wa, Oct. 18, GNA – Nana Perbi and Friends, a group of celebrated gospel musicians, have organised a peace musical concert in the Upper West Region to promote peace, especially with the forthcoming December elections.
The programme, dubbed: “Nana Perbi and Friends National Peace Musical Tour,” is under the auspices of Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin.
It is being organised by Nana Perbi Group of Companies Africa Holdings, in collaboration with Stella Seal Ministries, with local support from the Sombo Lifestyle Center and Winner’s Chapel International – Wa Branch.
Speaking to the media in Wa, Nana Perbi said there had been various calls by politicians, the clergy, Muslim leaders, traditional leaders and well meaning Ghanaians on the need for peaceful elections, saying the Nana Perbi and Friends Musical Tour was aimed at building on that call.
He said elections across Africa had, to a large extent, been always marred by violence and anarchy but Ghana had always stood tall over the years, adding that this was the time to consolidate the achievement and continue to be a shining example to Africa and the rest of the world.
Nana Perbi made a special appeal to religious and traditional leaders to influence their people to eschew acts that could undermine the conduct of this year’s elections.
He also appealed to the media to help promote the peace musical tour event to enable it to achieve its intended purpose.
The nationwide tour, which started from the Upper West Region, would be featuring seasoned and budding gospel artistes including Stella Seal, Amy Newman, Selina Boateng, O.J. Nicholas Omane Acheampong, DSP Kofi Sarpong, and Cece Twum.
Tarkwa Banso (W/R), October 18, GNA - The Esuoso Traditional Council has advised Ghana Manganese Company (GMC) Limited to desist from going further to procure the Console Number Two land for the company’s gold mining project.
Nana Asare Kojo, Gyasihene of Esuoso Traditional Council, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview that the company had gone on the quite about this land for their Nsuta gold mining project without consulting the traditional authorities of the Esuoso Stool Council.
He said the land GMC was striving to procure include part s of Tamso, Akyempim and Akyem and was undergoing series of infrastructural development by the occupants.
Nana Kojo said due to the steps the company had taken, most of the tenants who had been issued with the necessary documents covering the land had threatened to sue the traditional authorities.
Accra, Oct. 18, GNA - Mr Ebenezer Appiah Denkyirah, Director-General of the Ghana health service (GHS), on Wednesday in Accra, launched a 47-page manual to serve as a regional reference document for Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member countries, institutions and organisations in the management of health care waste.
The document provides legal, administrative and financial guidelines on daily basis for rational and responsible management of health care waste in the sub-region.
The manual, which is to read, understand and implement, was developed by the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organisation (ALCO), a sub-regional institution, mandated to help in the prevention of HIV and AIDS, facilitation of free movement of people and goods along the road linking Abidjan and Lagos, among other functions.
The fight against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STDs) as well as HIV and AIDS along the Abidjan-Lagos corridor, requires a multi-dimensional approach to halt the potential risk of further spread of the disease along the stretch due to poor management of health waste.
The ALCO’s intervention, therefore, covers five ECOWAS member countries: Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria.
Governments of these countries have ratified the document, to affirm their commitment to ensuring the implementation of the guidelines for the proper management of health care waste in their respective countries.
Mr Appiah Denkyirah said although Ghana had a similar document, its implementation had not been effective, and expressed the hope that the new manual would complement the existing one to promote best practices along this corridor.
Dr Edith Clark, Programme Manager, Occupational and Environmental Health Unit, who gave highlights of the manual, said health care waste was any form of waste generated at health care facilities.
She explained that health facility waste could be classified as either hazardous or non-hazardous, where the former included sharp and contaminated objects that need to be packaged separately in a coded disposal bag to prevent contamination.
The manual, contains basic information about the nature, generation collection, storage, transport, treatment and disposal of health care waste hence its implementation would certainly ensure a culture of best practices at health facilities and borders to help minimise the incidence of infections of STIs as well as HIV and AIDS, Dr Clark said.
According to her, it was clear that management of such waste in the sub-region was bedevilled with challenges such as ignorance among stakeholders, absence of strong policies, legal framework and weak capacity of waste management professionals, among others.
Dr Clark noted that poor management of health care waste increasingly exposed medical staff and the population to an unhealthy environment and the risk of infections.
She said, consequently, ALCO's interventions were focused on awareness campaign, provision of equipment for personal protection, construction of incinerators and septic tanks, and partnership with the private sector in the collection, removal and disposal of such forms of waste.
Dr Clark asked stakeholders to embrace the use of the manual to ensure safe health care environment for both medical staff and patients.
Etwebo (W/R), Oct.18, GNA - Employees of Chirano Gold Mines Limited on Thursday presented a cheque for GH¢ 41,210 to the family of the late Simon Larbi, a colleague who passed away last June.
Presenting the cheque, Mr. Thomas Nyarko-Danquah, Human Resource Manager of the company said the contributions were made voluntarily by all employees to serve as an educational investment fund for the children of the late employee.
Receiving the cheque on behalf of the family,
Mr. Francis Antwi, an uncle of the deceased, expressed appreciation to the management and employees of Chirano Gold Mines Limited for the support, adding that only a few organizations would think about their employees in times of crisis.
He assured the management and staff of CGML that the fund would be devoted to the educational needs of the wards.
The late Larbi who was a driver of the company met his untimely death in June while on official duty.
He is survived by a wife and three children.
Cape Coast, Oct 18, GNA - Wesley Girls’ High School on Wednesday “rolled the red carpet” for Form One students as the little girls, escorted by their visibly excited parents and guardians, entered the walls of the magnificent Wey Gey Hey to begin a three-year academic battle from which much is expected of them.
These small, small girls, 14 and 15 years old, might have been wondering what was in stock for them when they set off from various parts of Ghana to begin a new era, a very important chapter, in their schooling.
“I was apprehensive. I did not know what to expect because I have heard about experiences of new arrivals in certain school. They were not pleasant stories, the show of power by some seniors, the bullying” one told the GNA.
A parent said he took his boy to a school in Koforidua four years ago and a housemaster had a cane he surprisingly used on some of the Form One students.
“My boy got caned on his first day at senior high school and tears swelled in his eyes but I pretended I did not see it. It was a baptism of fire. I knew it was wrong but I said nothing. I held my cool,” a parent told the GNA.
The welcoming ceremony at Wey Gey Hey was magnificent, well organized and executed with precision. Nothing was overlooked and surprisingly there were no mistakes. Staff, non-teaching staff and students were all involved and rolled out a welcoming ceremony that the first years would never forget.
The school was decorated in bunting and music blared in the dormitories. Some of the parents who have children in other senior high schools said the spectacle surprised them.
One said when she entered the compound with the daughter, she thought the school was preparing to have a big function like a speech day and it took her sometime to realize Wey Gey Hey was welcoming her daughter to the school.
“All the flags, all the decoration, all the music and all the dancing in the dormitories were meant to make my daughter, our daughters to feel at home and get down to serious business of studies. Thank you Headmistress, staff, non-teaching staff and students,” the lady, who wants to remain anonymous, said.
There were no classes on Wednesday as the day was declared a holiday by an “Executive Instrument” the Headmistress signed.
The school’s cadets, looking smart in their military uniforms, were prominent and executed their assignments with precision. They saluted parents as they drove in with their beloved daughters and directed them where to park.
The admission procedure was not performed as a mere formality, not as a ritual that is gone through every year. It was performed with passion and it took time. Every student was handled as an individual and made to take an oath to be a good student.
Following their formal admission to Wey Gey Hey and having been allocated Houses, the little girls were escorted “queenly” to their dormitories with fanfare and surprisingly, their seniors carried their suitcases and chop boxes.
“I was flabbergasted. Seniors carried my daughter’s luggage,” a parent said.
In the dormitory the form ones opened their suitcases and seniors checked their clothes to make sure they did not include things they were not supposed to take to school.
A parent walked down memory lane and said a little girl once told him “Daddy, your daughter is supposed to bring two white T-shits but she has brought four. Take two away.”
The seniors really had time for the new arrivals. They taught them how to lay their beds, how to fold their clothes in their lockers and suitcases and lectured them about what to do and what not to do in the dormitories.
As these processes went on, music blared and students, some in fanciful attires, did their own thing, including Azonto, on stages they had mounted.
When the GNA enquired about the criteria that would be used to allocate the newest dormitory to students who would be interested, a student said there was balloting.
She said “there is no favouritism at Wey Gey Hey. There is no “whom you know” business here. There is absolute fairness.”
An elated parent told the GNA that he was pleased with what he had witnessed and expressed the hope that his daughter would live, for the rest of her life, the Wey Gey Hey motto “Live Pure, Right Wrong, Speak True, Follow the King.”
“As a Wey Gey Hey father, this is what I wish for all our Wey Gey Hey daughters including BEK, HMGA and PO. God Bless the Headmistress, staff and non-teaching staff and students of Wey Gey Hey,” he said.
Koforidua, Oct. 18, GNA - About 200 stakeholders in the mining industry on Thursday attended a day’s sensitization workshop on the Minerals and Mining Health, Safety Regulations 2012 Legislative Instrument (LI 2182), in Koforidua, capital city of the Eastern Region.
The workshop, which was organized by the Minerals Commission, aimed to sensitize participants and the public on the LI, to enable them to play active roles in the enforcement of provisions of the legal document.
The event also aimed to strengthen collaboration between stakeholders and regulators in the mining industry.
Mr Kofi Adjei, Senior Inspector of Mines in charge of the Eastern Region, noted that Ghana had been operating outdated mining laws, and said since mining was dynamic, Parliament in June this year came out with six legislations (Minerals and Mining Regulations 2012).
He said that previous Legislation Instruments, among many things did not make provisions for surface mining and dredging and “no provisions were also made for processing plants, especially with regards to cyanide tailings storage”.
Mr Adjei said existence of current health, safety and technical regulations had addressed those challenges.
He challenged the participants to operate within the laws, warning that those who may go contrarily to the laws, could face prosecution in the law courts and be jailed without option of a fine.
Mr Adjei said the Minerals Commission would henceforth descend heavily on those violate mining laws.
He advised workers in the mining industry to regularly go for medical checks and said: “do not think somebody is responsible for your safety, you should ensure your own safety”.
Participants included representatives of large-scale mining companies, medium and small mining companies, industrial mineral operators, explosive companies, exploitative companies, service companies, district assemblies and traditional authorities.
Bahankra (Ash), Oct 18, GNA – The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has donated building materials worth GH¢3,500.00 in support of the construction of a permanent classroom block for the Bahankra D/Assembly Primary School in the Sekyere-Afram Plains District.
These include 50 bags of cement, eight bundles of roofing sheets and eight boxes of nails.
The school with a population of 280 pupils is presently housed in a wooden structure.
Mr C. K. Adum-Nti, Ashanti Regional Secretary of the GNAT, said the donation was part of an initiative to assist schools in deprived communities and that the Association wanted to create awareness about the need to improve education infrastructure in the rural areas to promote quality.
Mr Adum-Nti said GNAT was not committed only to the welfare of its members but equally concerned about the environment in which “teaching and learning takes place”.
The association had already provided school uniforms, bags, shoes and books to 50 needy pupils in some selected deprived schools.
Additionally, it had honoured hard working and dedicated teachers in the region with television sets, laptop computers, refrigerators and motorbikes as part of the celebration of this year’s World Teachers’ Day.
Mr Paul Agyei Boakye, the Regional GNAT Trustee, handing over the items said it was a demonstration of the commitment of the Association to work together with all stakeholders to develop education.
Mrs Agnes Akpenyo, the District Education Director, said the school was grateful for the donation.
Kade, Oct. 18, GNA - Mr Solomon Nkansah, Deputy National Propaganda Secretary of the National Democratic congress (NDC), has noted that the promise by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), of free education at the Senior High School (SHS) level only aims at conning the electorate to give him the nod.
He challenged Nana Akufo Addo to show Ghanaians where the needed classrooms and other facilities were for the implementation of his policy.
Addressing a large crowd at the launch of the Kade constituency branch of the NDC at Kade on Thursday, Mr Nkansah said the NPP Presidential candidate only wanted power at all cost hence “his sweet talk about the free education”.
Ms Mavis Ama Frempong, District Chief Executive (DCE) for Birim North, who is contesting the New Abirem seat, said the administration of President J.A. Kufour had many cabinet ministers from the Eastern Region yet they did practically nothing for the region.
She said the NDC government was currently constructing a number of projects including re-building roads which were in a bad state.
Ms Frempong appealed to the people of the region to vote for the NDC to enable the party to complete the projects.
Mr Tawiah Boateng, Eastern Regional Organizer of the NDC, told the crowd that they should not be deceived by the promise of free SHS education by voting for the NPP since that would not be possible.
Mr George Agyemang Dua, Kwaebibirem District Chief Executive, said the electorate could testify the number of development projects he undertook or initiated since assuming the post only 18 months ago.
He said he would serve with dedication and honesty to bring even greater development and progress to the Kade constituency.
Tafo (ER), Oct. 18, GNA - Mr Victor Smith, Eastern Regional Minister, has urged Ghanaians to examine their living conditions and decide whether changing the present government or a continuation would be better for them.
He said politicians were supposed to be responsive to the needs of the people who gave them the mandate to serve in government and so the electorate must review the performance of those they gave their mandate to.
Speaking on the need for a peaceful election, at a forum organized by the Gender Centre for Empowerment and Development (GENCED) at Tafo in the East Akyem Municipality on Thursday, he indicated that violence was not the option for a better living and so Ghanaians must reject people who preached violence.
Mr Smith said much as the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government was committed to ensuring a peaceful election to consolidate Ghana’s democratic gains, and that it would not allow people with ill motives to have their way.
He said for the fact that poverty and needy persons existed in the Ghanaian society meant that politicians had a lot to do and urged the electorate to vote for people who had their welfare at heart and had proved within this short time that they could improve their lives.
Mr Smith, who is the NDC parliamentary candidate for the Abuakwa North constituency, pledged his commitment to a peaceful campaign and election and urged supporters of all political parties to be mindful of their utterances and actions.
A representative of the French Embassy, Mr. Christian Jolley, said the French embassy was supporting the association to organize series of fora to drum home the need for peace for the sake of women and children who suffered most in times of conflict.
He said there was the need to create more opportunities for women to enter into politics since they constituted about half of the Ghanaian population.
Mr Jolley advised all Ghanaians to be committed to peace in the December polls, adding that “a system where everyone has a say in governance is better than coup de tat”.
Ms Ether Tawiah, the Programs Director of the association, said the project was inspired by the need to protect the marginalized group, particularly women and children who were often the victims of electoral violence.
He said it was not enough to talk about peace and that people must believe in it and work at it to ensure that it became a reality and not a talk show.
A representative of the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) parliamentary candidate for the area, Mr J.B Danquah-Adu, said the party and its entire parliamentary candidates were committed to peaceful elections and hoped that the NDC which was the party in government would not abuse its incumbency for the sake of peace.
Cape Coast, Oct.18, GNA - Mr Ebow Barton Oduro, a Deputy Ministry of Justice and Attorney General, on Thursday advocated that teachers in special educational institutions such as school for the deaf and blind, should be given special remunerations and allowances to motivate them to give off their best.
He said it was unfair for teachers in such schools to receive the same salary as that of teachers in ordinary schools, and asked the Ministry of Education to address the issue.
Mr Oduro, who is also Member of Parliament for Cape Coast, made the call when he donated items to the Cape Coast School for the Deaf, at Cape Coast.
The items included 10 bags each of rice, maize and beans, plastic cups, plates, buckets and basins, 10 cartons of soft drink 10 bales of used clothes.
Mr Oduro supported Lion’s Club with 6,000 Ghana cedis towards the construction of a hearing assessment centre for the school.
He said government was commitment to providing quality education for children disabilities, especially the deaf and blind, and stressed that everything would be done to address their needs.
Mr Oduro asked the schools authorities to assess the disability fund which forms part of the district Assembly Common Fund to enable them solve some of their essential needs.
He commended teachers and staff of the school for their efforts at training children with disabilities to become useful to society.
Madam Baaba Enim, Headmistress of school, received the items on behalf of the school and thanked Mr Oduro for the gesture.
She appealed to the MP to help the school to register inmates under the National Health Insurance Scheme, provide computers for the institution, a playing field and sporting equipment, assembly hall and rehabilitate the road leading to the school.
Accra, Oct. 18, GNA – The London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal is synonymous to the English Premier League, but this weekend the Golden City Park in Berekum will be the host other than Stamford Bridge or Emirates.
Berekum duo, Chelsea and Arsenals will face-off in the top-liner of the week three matches of the 2012/2013 Premier League in a game that is expected to bring to a halt economic activities within the township and neighbouring towns.
Chelsea, still in high mood after their impressive outing in the CAF Champions League few months ago have had the better of previous derbies and appear poised to yet again stamp their authority over their city rivals.
The 2010/2011 league champions still possess enough arsenal despite the departures of Emmanuel Clottey and Gladson Awako to Esperance (Tunisia) and TP Mazembe (DR Congo) and appear capable of turning things their way.
Not much has been heard of their city rivals, Arsenals, who narrowly escaped the drop last season, but their stalemates in their opening two games is enough signal for their opponents that they won’t come cheap.
In Edmund Owusu Peprah, Arseanls have in their midst one of the seasoned forwards in the league and can cause some sleepless nights for the Chelsea rearguard of Samuel Kyere, Ahmed Adams, Edward Kpodo and Richard Kisi Boateng ahead of the game.
At the Baba Yara Stadium, win-less Asante Kotoko will seek to tame Kpando Heart of Lions, yet to hit their old self that earned them a bogey status against the Porcupine Warriors. The league holders are likely to have head coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani on the bench for the first time after his exploits with the Black Maidens at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan where they picked a historic bronze.
Dramani has been overwhelmingly endorsed for his performance with the Maidens, yet there are many who still believe the Asante Kotoko job will be his real test. Without a win from two games, the red army followers will be counting on the former Black Queens deputy coach to produce the magic wand to return to winning ways.
AshantiGold will serve a huge mountain for Liberty Professionals to climb when the two sides battle it out at the Sly Tetteh Stadium in Dansoman. Liberty, perched uncomfortably a place off the foot of the league log have been affected by the departure of several key players and need nothing short of the three points to boost their standings.
At the Tamale Stadium, Real Tamale United will play host to Aduana Stars in a match that favours the visitors. Aduana, one of two sides to have won away from home in the two-week old and will definitely be a hard nut for Mohamed Gargo and his lads to crack.
Newly promoted Amidaus Professionals will be at home at the Tema Park against King Faisal whilst bottom-placed Edubiase will be hoping to lift themselves up as they square Tema Youth at their favourite Nana Gyamfi Park in Bekwai with at least a point.
On Saturday, Ebusua Dwarfs, still serving the home-ban will be up against Hearts of Oak at the Tema Park.
Accra, Oct. 18, GNA – Ghana’s Black Stars will be housed in either Group B or D during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
According to information gathered by GNA Sports at the secretariat of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the Stars or the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire will be placed in either Group B or D during the official draw of the tournament fixed for October 24 in Durban, South Africa.
The Stars will be based in Port Elizabeth if they end up in Group B and Rustenburg in the event of Group D.
Hosts South Africa will play in Group A whilst holders Zambia are in Group C.
CAF said the ranking of the remaining 14 qualified teams minus hosts South Africa and current champions, Zambia was based on the performance of each team at the last three editions of the continental flagship event; 2008 (Ghana), 2010 (Angola) and 2012 (Gabon & Equatorial Guinea).
It explained that a point system of seven was awarded to winners at the three previous tournaments, five for losing finalists, three for semi finalists, two for quarter finalists and one for teams eliminated at the group phase.
“Moreover, a weighted coefficient on points will be given to each of the last three editions of the Africa Cup of Nations as follows; 2012 edition: points to be multiplied by 3; 2010 edition: points to be multiplied by 2 and 2008 edition: points to be multiplied by 1.”
With that, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire each raked 22 points, joining hosts South Africa and holders Zambia in Pot One, which houses the top seeds.
Pot Two is constituted by Mali, Tunisia, Angola and Nigeria; Pot Three has Algeria, Burkina Faso, Morocco and Niger with DR Congo, Togo, Cape Verde and Ethiopia in Pot Four.
It means that Ghana can only clash with South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire or Zambia at the knockout stages but there is a huge possibility of being housed in the same group with giants such as Tunisia, Nigeria or Morocco.
The final tournament will be held from 19 January to 10 February, 2013.
The Stars as top seeds in 2010 and 2012 where housed in Group B and Group D respectively where they played their games in Cabinda (Angola) and Franceville (Gabon).
Agotime-Kpetoe (V/R), Oct 18, GNA - Voice-Ghana, a Disability-Interest Advocacy Group is seeking a pledge from aspiring parliamentarians that on becoming Members of Parliament, they would initiate disability-focused statutes in parliament.
A key demand put on the table at a meeting with representatives of political parties in the Agotime-Ziope and Adaklu constituencies was that parliamentarians ensured “health centres in their areas have at least a sign language interpreter”.
Mr Francis Asong, Director, Voice- Ghana, told the interactive meeting that currently people with hearing impairment dreaded going to health facilities when sick.
He called on the politicians to liaise with the “appropriate authorities including Ministry of Health and district directorates of health services to make health facilities and services more accessible to the disabled”.
Mr Asong said these concerns were those voiced at the “deliberative forum for persons with disabilities in the Agotime-Ziope and Adaklu districts”.
Other concerns were that MPs champion the use of part of the District Assemblies Common Fund set aside for the disabled for corrective surgeries, prosthetic, orthopaedic and physiotherapy services and the acquisition of vocational skills.
The forum also wanted the issue of the disabled being exempted from paying health insurance registration and renewal fees tabled in parliament, district assembly bylaws for totally free basic education for children with disability, inclusion in pro-poor policies and recruitment into the National Youth Employment Programme.
Another concern was the disregard for the disabled in the design of public toilets and boreholes.
Ho, Oct 18, GNA - A group claiming to be part of executives of the National Democratic Party (NDP) in the Volta Region on Thursday said it was rejoining the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
“If today His Excellency, the Former President of the Republic of Ghana, Mr Jerry John Rawlings, also the founder of the NDC, remains a member of the said party, we don’t see the need of being dissidents,…” a five-point statement made available to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) stated.
The four signatories to the statement are Emmanuel Ashigbui, Interim Volta Vice-Chairman of the NDP, Nathan Atto, said to be a Security Coordinator at the Regional Secretariat and Stanley Aggor, Ho-Central Constituency Chairman.
The rest are Reginald Akpalu, Keta Consituency Chairman and Abraham Nenem, Ketu South.
The statement said the current leaders of the NDP were unrepresentative of the members since they were not duly elected and therefore did not “reflect the image of the Party”.
It said the “formation of the NDP, although a good gesture has been synchronized into rage and a meaningless endeavour since there is a high sense of ungratefulness”.
The statement also criticized the fact that the position of the flagbearer of the party was not contested.
It said the political scene had changed and “it is obvious that His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama has brought a new hope to the National Democratic Congress and to Ghana as a whole…”
The NDP at the press conference in Ho on Wednesday had described Mr Ashigbui as a “mole” who had failed to convince Volta Regional Party Executives to stage a dramatic defection from the Party with full media coverage.
Dr David Sunu, NDP National Youth Organizer, flanked by Mr Tsekpo Senyo Bansah, Volta Regional Chairman, said he (Ashigbui) was estranged.
Tema, Oct. 18, GNA – Six Parliamentary aspirants in Tema on Wednesday submitted their nomination forms to the Tema Regional Office of the Electoral Commission (EC).
Three of the aspirants are from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the other three are from the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The NDC candidates are Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development for (Tema West), Mr Kempes Papa Nii Ofosuware, Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive (Tema East) and Mr James Enu, private legal practitioner (Tema Central).
Those from the NPP are Mrs Irene Naa Torshie Addo, the incumbent MP for Tema West, Mr Daniel Nii Kwatei Titus-Glover, a member of the NPP’s Presidential Campaign Team (Tema East), and Mr Kofi Brako, a businessman (Tema Central).
Mr Gabriel Manu, Tema Regional Director of the EC, received the forms and thanked the aspirants for their prompt response to the Commission’s deadline for the submission of forms.
Mr Manu wished them the best of luck in their campaigns.
All the candidates pledged to conduct their campaigns in a healthy manner devoid of insults.