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The counsel and family of a suspected rape victim are calling on the Ghana Police swiftly Service to as a matter of urgency; begin the prosecution of a Yemen resident in Ghana Ould Mohamed Mahamoud, who allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl in Accra. The Counsel for the victim and the family, Justice Abdulai Esq of Crown Legal Bureau in a petition to the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police, DCOP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, said the family has provided every information and cooperation to the police to enable them to carry out the prosecution, yet the CID is delaying the prosecution without any reason. The petition which was addressed to the Director-General of the CID on November 4, 2018, explained that “the family of our client (name withheld) informed us that sometime in December 2017, the victim was defiled by Ould Mohamed Mahamoud, 54, in West Legon in Accra”. “The issue was reported to the Kwabenya Police Station where a medical form was issued to attend a government hospital for examination”, Lawyer Abdulai Esq explained. He added that “on the day of the event, the victim was said to have returned from school and was lured by the suspect Ould Mohamed Mahamoud into a hideout where he drugged her and forcibly had sex with her without her consent or participation”. The statement said, “the suspect was subsequently arrested by the police somewhere in Tema Community 8 but the prosecution could not commence because the suspect his family members petitioned the office of the Chief Imam, His Eminent Dr. Sheikh Osman Nuhu Shaributu for the matter to be settled out of court”. “Even though the family of the victim had been attending the meetings at the office of the National Chief Imam, the suspect, had rather surprisingly resort to issuing threats to kill the victim and her family among other things”, the petition noted. It added that “out of the defilement and the subsequent threat of death directed at the victim and her family, our client now suffers from post-traumatic stress, disorders, among other physical conditions”. Lawyer Abdulai Esq said “as a result, the family had to send her away for medical treatments. The family now fear for their own lives and that of their helpless daughter”. “They call on the police to swiftly arrest the suspect and have him prosecuted in accordance with the laws of Ghana”, he appealed. Lawyer Abdulai Esq said in the course of the illegal sexual act, Ould Mohamed Mahamoud allegedly took video and pictures of the act of which he has started using to blackmail the victim. He said “the suspect is widely known as Omar but his true identity is unknown considering the multiplicity of his passports”. The statement noted that “although the accuse holds Malian passport with number B0264759, dated 16th November 2012 and with the name Ould Mohamed Mahamoud, he is well known to come from Yemen, somewhere in the Middle East”. 
Staff at the laboratory department at the Upper West Regional Hospital has declared an indefinite strike over the unavailability of logistics and other working materials at the facility. Manager of the laboratory Kanpki Thea, in a letter said ” the laboratory staff have decided to lay down their tools and hand over the keys of the lab to management with effect from 13th November 2018″. The letter said “coming to work and doing nothing because of reagents unavailability is more or less tantamount to sitting at home without coming to work.” They cited the non availability of an electrolyte analyzer, water bath and distilling plants as well as reagents and sitting chairs as unbefitting of regional laboratory and pledged not to return to work until such are provided. Management at the hospital are holding a meeting over the matter and will only respond after their meeting.
Mortuary workers have suspended their intended strike action after a meeting with the Ministry of Health yesterday [Wednesday]. The association was set to strike on November 20 over their poor working conditions. The strike was called off after a show of good faith following a meeting with the Minister of Health, Kweku Agyeman-Manu, and other officials of the health ministry. The Mortuary workers had in a statement raised concerns over their poor conditions of service. The statement issued announcing the strike action read: 1. Many of the Mortuary Workers are denied perpetual their annual leave in violation of section 20 of Act 651. 2. Most Mortuary Workers work more than the required 8 hours including Saturdays and Sundays in violation of section 33 of Act 651. 3. Most have been employed as casual and temporary workers in violation of section 74 and 75 of Act 651, which does not guarantee job security especially in the environment in which they work. 4. In terms of remuneration, it is unfortunate to state that Mortuary workers are treated as most unrecognized in the sector and for that matter, least paid on the salary structure of Ministry of Health with no single allowance. 5. Many of the Mortuary facilities are understaffed, no maintenance which compromises on health and safety rules of the sector making the workers unnecessary to suffer in silence. 6. In terms of their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), some have to struggle to get them to use making the working conditions at some facilities undesirable. 7. There is no provision for universal medical checkups plan in violation of sections 118 of Act 651. 8. No overtime is paid which is in violation of section 35. 9. They are not paid for public holidays in violation of section 72 of Act 651. 10. They work on weekends on which are resting days by law which will amount to overtime but are not paid. In summary, these are some irregularities or illegalities being perpetrated against this class of workers by the Ministry of Health and its agencies with impunity. It is therefore surprising that the Ministry of Health does not see these infringements on the rights of the Ghanaian Mortuary worker and is reluctant to resolving them. Hence our resort to an industrial action (STRIKE) starting from Tuesday, 20th November 2018. Total withdrawal of all services until we are convinced that our concerns presented to the Ministry of Health are fully addressed. Meanwhile, we wish to take this opportunity to sympathize with the public who will be inconvenient in this trying times. We also wish to state clearly that any intimidation or attempt from any agency, department or institution under Ministry of Health to any Mortuary Worker in the country will be met with equal force during the period of our strike.
The Finance Minister, Mr Ken Ofori Atta will today [Thursday] present the 2019 budget statement before parliament. The Minister has indicated that the budget will outline processes for the issuance of the government’s ambitious 50 billion dollar century bond. Mr. Ofori-Atta said the issuance of the bond should help address major challenges confronting the country such as the cedi depreciation. “I think the concept will be in there and the fundraising will begin immediately after the budget. We are excited about it because we have gone through the worst of times as a country and certainly we need to increase liquidity in the system. “We hope to issue this bond as a shelf offering with zero interest in the first five years, hoping that it will give time for results from the intended purpose.” President Akufo-Addo has also stated that the budget will bring hope to Ghanaians. The president said, the budget will “reflect the hope Ghanaians have in the government and the future of the country”. Speaking at a short ceremony in Accra recently, the president said: “Thus, there was no reason for the people of Ghana to be poor because God had endowed Ghanaians with everything, and if we put it together properly, we should be a wealthy and developed nation, that is the vision that is animating me.’’ Meanwhile, the Minority in Parliament says the budget will only unleash hell on Ghanaians. Minority spokesperson on Finance Cassiel Ato Forson at a press conference on Tuesday said In his view, the 2019 budget will turn President Akufo-Addo’s ‘Ghana beyond Aid’ mantra, to “Ghana beyond hell.” “We say Ghana beyond hell because in the year 2017, the budget was named ‘asempa’ budget, meaning good news. But at the end, what did we see? We saw ‘asembone’ budget meaning bad news. In the year 2018, the budget was named ‘adwuma’ budget, meaning we were going to expect more employment, but what are we witnessing now? We are witnessing job losses, layoffs and no jobs. President Akufo-Addo announced that the 2019 budget will be full of hope. But judging from the outcome of the 2017 and 2018 budget and economic policy statement, what should we expect in the 2019 budget? Hopelessness,” he added. The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has admonished government to abolish the 2 per cent Special Tax on Imports. They have also called on government to do something about the exchange rate, import duties and interest.
The Ministry of Communications and the Central Bank are currently in a tango over the demand by the Communications Ministry to the Central Bank to release Mobile Money data to a private contractor, Kelni GVG, tasked to verify revenue generated by telcos. The Ministry has in letter slammed the Central Bank over the “level of disrespect exhibited by the bank in this matter,’’ adding that it ‘’is simply appalling”. This was after the central bank in a letter, signed by the secretary, Frances Van-Hein Sackey, insisted the request by the ministry is an invasion of privacy of mobile money subscribers. The Ministry is demanding from the BoG disclosure of customer balances, transaction amounts, date and time of the transactions. But the letter from the Central Bank explained that handing over such data would breach the Guidelines of Electronic Money Issuers and the Data Protection Act. In its letter to the Ministry, the BoG said,even though it is willing to work with the various regulators, the current laws do not allow it to hand over such confidential data to Kelni GVG. The secretary of the Bank of Ghana said the Communications ministry’s authority over telcos ends when it comes to mobile money transactions. The Central bank has since written to all the telecommunication companies to disregard the earlier letter from the Communications Ministry requesting them to hand over the data.
The Acting Director of International Relation for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Emmanuel Danso Attafuah, says the frequent travels by President Nana Akufo-Addo have gone to waste but doing wonders. The politician said the mutual cooperation between Ghana and other countries have been beneficial due to the president’s competence. According to him, it is not by mistake that world leaders are inviting the president over to their respective countries. The invitations received by the president shows that he has performed well and his leadership has also maintained his role as the Co-Chair for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The president has been widely criticized by the Minority and other critics over his frequent travels but the NPP’s Director of Internal Relations says Ghana has benefitted immensely from the bilateral and mutual cooperation with other countries. ‘’The mutual collaboration between Ghana and other countries that goes into agreements is going well. Ghana has benefited from all the travels embarked on by the president’’ The president he indicated has been commended for rolling out the free senior high school policy, the planting for food and jobs among others. Some countries have hinted of their interest, he added. ‘’Nana Addo is doing wonders. He is contributing to the growth of not just Ghana but the globe. His travels will bring economic growth and not just globetrotting.’’ He added: ‘’it takes a government with integrity, it takes a government that appears credible and a government that has ethical and corporate values to be trusted by other countries. The current administration has shown that, it is credible and has rolled out policies to help every Ghanaian and not only few citizens.’’ The president’s recent travel was to Qatar where Ghana and Qatar have signed five Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of partnerships between the two countries. This signing ceremony took place on Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, when the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, paid a day’s official visit to Qatar, where he held bilateral talks with the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The first MoU signed was the “Agreement on for the avoidance of Double Taxation and the prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to taxes on income”. This agreement would help to alleviate territorial double taxation of the same income by the two countries. The agreement was signed on behalf of the Government of Ghana by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, and, on behalf of Qatar, by Mr. Ali Shareef Alamadi, Minister for Finance. The next MoU was on “The Regulation of Manpower Employment in the State of Qatar”, signed, on behalf of Ghana, by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, and, on behalf of Qatar, by Mr. Uposif Bin Mohammed Al Othman, Minister for Administrative Development and Labour and Social Affairs. The third and fourth MoUs signed were “Abolishing Visa Requirements for the holders of diplomatic and special passports”, and the “Establishment of consultations on issues of mutual interest between the Government of the State of Qatar and the Government of the Republic of Ghana.” These were both signed, on behalf of Ghana, by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, and, on behalf of Qatar, by Mr. Sultan Bin Saad Al Muraikhi, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. The “Memorandum of Understanding between Qatar Chamber and Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry” was the last to be signed. Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankwoso I, President of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Shaikh Khalifa Bin Jassim Bin Mohammed Al Thani, Chairman of the Qatar Chamber, did this.
Earlier this month, on his 54th birthday, China’s richest man announced that he would step down as executive chairman of e-commerce giant Alibaba. Jack Ma, the rags-to-riches entrepreneur behind China’s biggest tech company isn’t going to retire. He wants to be a teacher again. With a net worth of $40.5 billion, Ma is one of the richest people on the planet and a prominent figure: He is well-known for speaking at conferences, advocating globalization, and rubbing shoulders with world leaders. Ma most recently made headlines for his warnings about the escalating U.S.–China trade war, insisting that “it’s going to be a mess” which could last for decades. His plan to create 1 million jobs in the U.S., a pledge he made after meeting Trump in January 2017, has been “completely destroyed” as a result. Ma’s decision to step down from the top job at Alibaba will usher in a new era for the $420 billion company, which he grew from a web site run out of his apartment to one of the biggest tech companies in the world. His rise to fame as one of China’s biggest tycoons is a “Hollywood story,” he told The New York Times in a 2005 interview. Early Life and Career Ma’s story starts in Hangzhou, a city in the eastern part of the country with close to 10 million people, where he was born in 1964 to a family with little money. As a kid, he was scrawny and often got into fights with classmates – who teased him for his size. “I was never afraid of opponents who were bigger,” he recalls in the book Alibaba. Ma learned English from foreign tourists by offering them tours of the city in exchange for lessons, and bought a radio so that he could listen to the English broadcast every day. One of the tourists he befriended during this time gave him the nickname ‘Jack’ – which stuck. After high school, Ma applied to go to college. Low marks on the math portion of China’s college entrance exam, however, caused him to fail twice. On his third try he finally passed, and eventually graduated from the Hangzhou Teacher’s Institute in 1988. Ma then applied to as many jobs as he could, but was rejected from all of them – including one at KFC, a position on the police force, and another as a waiter at local restaurant. The experience taught him a valuable lesson that prepared him for his entrepreneurial future: “to get used to failure” and learn from it. Ma was eventually hired as an English teacher at a local university – a job that he loved, even though he only made $12 a month. After visiting the U.S. in 1995 and discovering the Internet, he quit teaching and borrowed a couple thousand dollars to launch China Pages. It was his first attempt at an internet business – not to mention one of the country’s first commercial websites, but he ultimately ceded control to the government after he was pressured into a joint venture with Hangzhou Telecom, according to The New York Times. Jack Ma Alibaba founder Jack Ma, center, raises a ceremonial mallet before striking a bell during the company’s IPO at the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Jack Ma Alibaba founder Jack Ma, center, raises a ceremonial mallet before striking a bell during the company’s IPO at the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Mark Lennihan—AP/REX/Shutterstock Alibaba and the Rise to Fame He didn’t give up though: Four years later, Ma gathered 17 of his friends in his apartment and convinced them to invest in his idea for an online marketplace. They scraped together roughly $60,000 for Alibaba.com, which let Chinese exporters, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs post product listings for international buyers. Ma reportedly came up with the company name while sitting in a San Francisco coffee shop, when he thought of how Ali Baba overheard the secret password of the 40 Thieves and unlocked untold riches. Within a few months, the venture had raised big money: $5 million from Goldman Sachs and $20 million from Japanese telecom company SoftBank. The company survived the dot-com crash and began turning a profit; Alibaba spawned Taobao.com – a bartering marketplace that was its eBay competitor, in 2003. Fast growth led former tech powerhouse Yahoo to buy a 40% stake of Alibaba for $1 billion in 2005. Since those early years, Alibaba has amassed millions of customers and become one of the biggest tech companies on the planet, helping merchants sell everything from luxury goods to fresh groceries. When the company went public in 2014, it raised $25 billion on Wall St. in what was the world’s largest initial public offering ever. Alibaba today is a huge tech investor with a wide range of businesses: Like its main competitor Amazon, it has expanded into video streaming, online payment platforms, and cloud services, among other things. End of an Era While Ma plans to remain on Alibaba’s board until 2020, over the next 12 months he will pass his executive chairman duties to chief executive Daniel Zhang – who has previously held a variety of senior management positions. “No company can rely solely on its founders,” Ma said in a letter to customers, employees and shareholders. Since stepping down as chief executive in 2013, Ma devoted time to other projects, including starting a charity in 2014 and even performing in a kung fu movie. He has said he hopes to follow in the footsteps of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates by devoting more attention to his Jack Ma Foundation, dedicated to improving education, the environment, and public health. The former English professor said he will return to teaching, describing that he is still young and has “lots of dreams to pursue.” Duncan Clark, author of Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built, told CNN that Ma’s retirement should come as no surprise. “He has long talked about his desire to go back to his roots as a teacher.” Source: time.com
The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has called on government on focus its attention on the exchange rate, import duties and the 2 per cent special tax on import as it prepares to present the 2019 budget. GUTA is also lamenting the high interest rate, which makes it difficult for local businesses to grow and compete. Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Attah, is expected to present the 2019 budget on behalf of government to Parliament on Thursday. The association among other things is hoping that the statement will help address the challenges confronting local businesses. National Secretary for GUTA, Mr Alfa Shaban, in an interview with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said, the levies and taxes on duties amounted to about 52 per cent, which sometimes exceeded their capital; the major reason products were very expensive. He posited that although our taxes and import duties are ‘’very high’’ it does not commensurate with the services rendered. He said because the exchange rate is reviewed on weekly basis, it affects their capital for items imported. ''We also expect that the 2 per cent special tax on import be removed. GUTA is calling on the government to take a further look at the duties and taxes charged on products in the country, as these duties are harming our businesses.
Ghanaian female actress Nayas originally known as Gladys Mensah Boaku, has signed a 7-year-new management contract with BigMike Promotions. Information gathered by rainbowradiononline.com has it that, the new management will be in charge of the actress’ day-day-activities. Per the terms of the contract, any production house that would want to hire the services of the actress would have to contact her new management. Speaking in an exclusive interview with this website, the new management said, they believe the actress have the qualities and the new partnership will boost her career. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for BigMike Promotions Michael Opoku Ayeh said, the contract is confidential and has been signed for seven years and subject to renewal. He was optimistic the new management deal will go a long way to enhance the relation between his company and that of the actress who is also the owner of Nayas1 Movie Production. BigMike is an award-winning producer of entertainment shows and has been a key technical person behind the annual Radio and Television Personality Awards (RTP). Nayas is a Ghanaian actress who has starred in more than 20 movies.
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