KABA’s death, a big blow to Ghana – GJA

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) says the nation has been “a big blow” with the demise of popular Asempa FM broadcaster, Kwadwo Asare Baffuor Acheampong (KABA).

A statement issued Sunday and signed by GJA General Secretary, Kofi Yeboah, said the Association is “utterly shocked” to hear the sudden death of the host of popular afternoon political talk show Ekosi Sen on Asempa 94.7 FM.

“Indeed, the death of KABA is a big blow to the Multimedia Group, the GJA and Ghana as a whole. It is in such sense of irredeemable loss that the GJA expresses its deepest condolences to the bereaved family, especially his wife, Valentina Ofori Afriyie and little daughter, Nana Yaa, as well as the entire Multimedia family.”

The Association acknowledged KABA’s contribution towards the development of the nation through his radio programme, Ekosii Sen, which is widely listened to, both home and abroad.

“There is no doubt that KABA has paid his dues to journalism in Ghana and served his country so well. The GJA believes his death is only divine. And so in this grieving moment, and in utmost solemnity and sobriety, the GJA calls on all friends, families and loved ones to reflect on the good works of KABA in order to take a cue from them, rather than allow the pain of loss to overwhelm their thoughts and utterances.”



4000 jobs to be created through digital address system – Ken Ofori-Atta

About 4,000 national service personnel will be recruited to work on addressing homes for the national digital addressing system implemented under the NPP government according to the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta.

The Digital Addressing System, christened,  Ghana Post GPS, which was launched on October 18, 2017, was part of the NPP’s ideas to formalizing the country’s economy by digitally mapping and proving a digital address to all locations and properties in the country.

The project was undertaken by Vokakom at a cost of $2.5million.

Delivering the 2018 budget in Parliament, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta disclosed that about 4,000 national service personnel will be given the mandate in respect to the budget to check the digital addresses of properties across the country.

He said, “The digital address system [GhanaPost GPS] was launched under the NPP government. In 2018, about 4,000 national service personnel will be engaged to work on addressing the postal system. That means about 4,000 jobs will be created to that…” he maintained in Parliament.

The finance minister further underscored the need for the implementation of the National Identification Card, dubbed the new “Ghana Card” as the only card to be used in transactions where identification is required as provided by law


Bride wears cat pajamas to prank groom on their wedding day

With the “first look” trend dominating nuptials everywhere, one bride with a funny bone used the photo op to prank her husband-to-be.

For context, a first look is a moment staged by a wedding photography between the marital couple before the ceremony, as the bride “surprises” the groom with her look for the big day, The Wedding Central reports. Catching it all on film, it usually creates a special moment alone for the newlyweds-to-be before the ceremonies commence.


Erin Goldberg of Scottsdale, Ariz., however, had another trick up her sleeve for her Nov. 11 wedding day.

“I thought it would be really funny for Ean to turn around, expecting this huge moment of me looking gorgeous in my dress with my makeup and hair done, only to turn around and see me in one of my typically embarrassing casual outfits,” she told Yahoo Lifestyle.

With her glamorous hair and makeup done, Erin certainly looked ready to walk down the aisle from the shoulders up, but Ean probably wasn’t expecting to find her in ragged sweatpants, white sneakers, and her favorite cat shirt, which she purchased at Walmart at age 17.

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The couple, moments before the first look.  (Molly McElenney Photography)


Photographer Molly McElenney told Yahoo Lifestyle that she was immediately on board with the prank when the bride approached her with the idea a few weeks before the wedding.

“As soon as she told me about it, I knew we had to make room for it in the timeline because his reaction alone would be totally worth it,” McElenney said.

Moments before the big reveal, Erin said that all she could think was, “I hope he finds this as funny as I do.”

Judging by the sweet photos of Ean’s initial confusion, then laughter, he most certainly did.


President Akufo-Addo leaves for Qatar

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has left Ghana for a three-day official visit to Qatar.

Whilst there, President Akufo-Addo, as co-Chair of the Group of Advocates of Eminent Persons of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, will attend the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), and deliver the keynote address on the theme “Asset over Burden – Education for Refugee Youth.”

During his visit, the President will hold bilateral talks with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, on ways to deepen and strengthen the ties of co-operation that exist between the two countries for the mutual benefit of their two peoples.

President Akufo-Addo will return to Ghana on Friday, 17th November, 2017, and in his absence, the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, shall, in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution, act in his stead.


Nigerian girl ‘killed for witchcraft rituals’

A 17-year-old girl in Nigeria has been murdered for body parts to be used in suspected rituals believed to bring wealth, police have told the BBC.

Three people have been arrested, including a man who allegedly confessed to killing her and selling some body parts to a witch doctor for $25 (£18).

He then threw the girl’s decapitated body into a well in Idosemo village in Ogun state, a police spokesman said.

Belief in witchcraft or “juju” is widespread in Nigeria.

Traditional witchcraft practitioners are widely consulted for cures for various ailments and because they are believed to have magical powers to protect their clients from a wide range of misfortunes and to bring good luck.

The witch doctor, who is also in detention, has admitted to receiving human body parts, but said he did not contract the killing, police spokesman Abimbola Opeyemi said.

The girl had been selling street snacks when she was attacked, he said.

Her father had reported her missing to local police.

Collaborative work between the police and a local vigilante group led to the arrest of the witch doctor who “confessed under police interrogation” and led police to the well where her body was dumped, Mr Opeyemi said.

The suspects are yet to be charged in court.

It is the latest in a spate of such murders in the south-west of the country.


Ghanaians will soon pay more for LPG – Hassan Tampuli

The cylinder recirculation policy has been touted as one that will greatly minimise gas explosions in the country, but it will come at a cost.

CEO of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) Hassan Tampuli, has told Joy News the pricing of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) will now be influenced by a new element in the supply chain when the policy rolls out: the cost of bottling the commodity.

“We are introducing a new element into the supply chain, and that is the LPG bottling plants, we used not to do that. So those in the value chain have to be co-factored into the pricing regime so that they [investors] will get some returns on their investments and be able to take care of the recurrent expenditure,” Hassan Tampuli said.

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Hassan Tampuli

Under the policy that is set to start in January 2018, consumers will be required to visit refill points with empty cylinders and leave with already filled ones.

Cabinet last month ordered the policy to be implemented following the Atomic Junction gas explosion that killed seven and left many injured.

The new model also means that LPG bottling plants will be sited away from congested commercial and population centers and will procure, brand, maintain and fill empty cylinders to be distributed to consumers and households through retail outlets.

Low risk stations will be designated for the supply of gas to vehicles. The whole exercise is expected to be completed within one year.

Following the Atomic Junction disaster, President Nana Akufo-Addo ordered the implementation of interim safety measures for all LPG infrastructure across the country.

The nine safety measures were introduced after a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, October 12, 2017.

As part of the new safety regulations, there is to be the deployment of a task force, within 30 days, to assess the risk that all LPG infrastructure nationwide pose in terms of public health and safety.

Source: Ghana | Mjoyonline.com

Trump’s diplomatic dance on North Korea tops agenda for meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping

President Trump faces a delicate diplomatic dance on his state visit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, hoping to renew pressure on China to help solve the nuclear standoff with North Korea while seeking a trade relationship more favorable to the United States.

“I want to just say that President Xi — where we will be tomorrow, China — has been very helpful. We’ll find out how helpful soon,” Trump said Tuesday in a joint news conference in South Korea.

While Trump has publicly touted his strong rapport with Xi, attempting to leverage their personal ties into substantive progress on a number of key issues has had mixed results.

“If we get China, if we get Russia — and we have some other countries, but we want to get most of them — we think that things will happen, and they could happen very quickly,” Trump said Tuesday of the crisis with North Korea.

Trump will be treated Thursday to a welcome ceremony at China’s Great Hall of the People and participate in an extended meeting with Xi, followed by a separate meeting accompanied by a delegation of business leaders.

The meeting follows a landmark speech to the South Korean General Assembly where he directly called out China for supporting Kim Jong Un‘s regime.

“Why would China feel an obligation to help North Korea?” Trump said, calling on China to join other “responsible nations” in isolating Pyongyang. “We call on every nation, including China and Russia, to fully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions, downgrade diplomatic relations with the regime, and sever all ties of trade and technology.”

Trump has gone back and forth in his assessment of just how much influence China could have over deterring North Korea’s aggressive behavior.

But leading up to the president’s trip, the White House set a general narrative stressing the regime presents a “global threat” requiring a unified response from all nations in the region, something echoed by Trump this week in Japan and South Korea.

The president could find himself in thorny territory as he looks to confront China over what his administration has deemed “predatory” trade behavior.

“The visit will send a clear message that, for bilateral economic relations to be sustainable over the long term, China must provide fair and reciprocal treatment to U.S. firms and cease predatory trade and investment practices,” a White House official said leading up to the president’s visit.

It’s an issue that Trump made a cornerstone of his criticism of U.S. international dealmaking dating back long before he declared his candidacy for the presidency.

But Trump’s tune changed significantly after taking his office and his cultivation of a warm relationship with President Xi.

After their summit at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in April, the two countries agreed on a 100-day plan to address trade issues. In July, China and the United States settled on a deal to expand access to U.S. firms in China’s market and increase trade of chicken and beef, among other moves the administration claimed would decrease the U.S. trade deficit with China.

That trade deficit has been a prime target of Trump’s, most recently in his news conference alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Monday.

“Our trade deficit is massive. It’s hundreds of billions of dollars a year, anywhere from $350 billion to $504 billion, and that doesn’t include intellectual property,” Trump said. “And we’ve already started discussions with China because it has to come down. It has to come down.”

An administration official said prior to the president’s departure that progress with China on economic issues “has become increasingly difficult” as of late, pushing the issue to the top of the agenda when Trump and Xi sit down Thursday.

Previewing their sit-down, Trump has presented Xi less as a leader of a longtime U.S. adversary, but more as a kindred spirit dealmaker on the world stage.

“As far as China is concerned, my relationship, as you know, with President Xi is also excellent. I like him a lot,” Trump said Monday. “I consider him a friend. He considers me a friend. With that being said, he represents China; I represent the United States. His views are different on things, but they’re pretty similar on trade.”