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Saving the sinking educational system in Ghana

Most Ghanaians were keyed up when President John Dramani Mahama pledged to continue with the 7 Year Development plan of Dr Kwame Nkrumah which was re-designed as “Vision 2020” by former Presidents Rawlings and Mills.

The vision 2020 document focuses on education, agriculture and rural development by reducing poverty by the year 2020.

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Feature : Joy FM is not for my father!

When I got to the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) that Friday morning, I didn’t think I would spend more than one hour there. I was wrong. I spent 15 hours. That day turned out to be one of the most terrible days of my four-year old journalism career.

The day was December 24, 2010. I had stayed late at GTV the previous night with a video editor who managed to finish editing my story. We left at about 1.a.m. I was there that morning to get a disk from the producer of the GTV’s Breakfast Show, Magnus George, so that I would transfer the story from the newsroom computer system, hand it to him and go home to pack my things and travel to Kete-Krachi to celebrate the Christmas with my family the following morning.

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Franklin Cudjoe's opinion: Ghanaian Politicians are pompous academics

Ghanaian Politicians are not IMANI's visceral opponents, rather pompous academics and some professionals.

Today, I am on the issue of think-tanks and IMANI. It is true that IMANI has often clashed with government officials. And that in the Mills Administration, especially, this nearly got out of hand. It is natural that politicians will be uncomfortable about IMANI. The organisation boldly confronts their decision-making with fiery, opposing, arguments.

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Feature: Cholera is a killer

Abeku was a typical sanguine, who led life the best way he chose to. He was the Gomoa Ada Health Committee Secretary, in the Central Region, who at least had basic knowledge about health issues.

Unfortunately he was caught off guard by cholera and that proved futile on August 13, when he was rushed to Rock Hospital at Odorkor in Accra. By 1330 hours he was pronounced dead and barely three hours later, he was hosted by the Korle bu Teaching Hospital morgue.

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International Youth Day - Curious Minds perspective

Curious Minds, a child Rights and youth advocacy group have added their voice to the international youth day.
Below is the their perspective

Tuesday, 12thAugust is International Youth Day.  The day is observed globally every year to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrate the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society. It follows the United Nations General  Assembly’s endorsement on 17thDecember, 1999 of recommendations by the World  Conference  of  Ministers  Responsible  for  Youth  (Lisbon,  8-12  August  1998)  that  12thAugust  be  declared International  Youth Day.

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Spio-Garbrah, the new Team B Captain?

I have mostly known Mr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah from a distance. I only had a few interactions with him while he was the Minister of Communications under President Rawlings, and even criticised some of his actions in there.

Before he eventually became a minister under Rawlings’s second term, he had been nominated for the same ministry by Rawlings during his first term but during his vetting by Parliament he was disqualified because he was not registered a voter for the elections.

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The Ebola Virus Disease: Fears, Beliefs and wrong health seeking behaviours of Africans

It is no news to state that West Africa is confronted with the largest and most severe Ebola outbreak since the virus was first identified in 1976. The current outbreak is the most severe Ebola virus outbreak recorded in terms of human cases and fatalities.

The outbreak began in Guinea in March 2014 and has since spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and in the last few weeks, in Nigeria. On 8th August 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a Public health emergency of international concern.

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The business of selling off old churches

Every year, about 7,000 churches in the United States close their doors, the Christian ministers’ organization Pastoral Care estimates. In some cases, members’ numbers have declined, and those who remain cannot support the considerable cost of maintaining the buildings.

Many are architectural gems in residential neighborhoods built 100 years ago, when money bought far more stone and stained glass than it does today.

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Still in town …

Two weeks ago I told you, dear reader, that I was going to town. As you might have read, I started my journey, but I had to interrupt it last week to visit the Supreme Court where the mess caused by Betty Mould-Iddrisu and Ebo Barton-Odro was appropriately rectified when the hero of our time, Martin Amidu, won a favourable judgement for us all in the Woyome case.

I’m back in town this week and I must say I’m shocked by the pronouncements and actions of some state officials.

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Feature: Ebola and the bank

I had good reason to visit my bank on Monday afternoon. Someone had promised to bless me with a significant discount on quarter of a bale of baby clothes I had purposely been to Kantamanto to bargain for. I need them for the Orphanage project.

If you want to follow the footsteps of this kind man at Kantamanto, please feel free to phone or text me on 0200 110 110 and let’s get rocking.

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Feature: Finding "Bonsam gyaem" in Ghana; Bonsam Gyaem cited in Ghana?

You might have heard of “Bonsam gyaem” or “Hell” or read about in the Holy Bible. But the Bible is silent on its location.

However, these days, some believers assert they have found “Bonsam gyaem” right in the Eastern Region of Ghana.

“Bonsam gyaem” is an Akan phrase, which refers to “the devil’s fire”. It is a dreaded place for many a Christian or Muslim who do not want to be sentenced there after the ‘Judgement Day.’

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Manasseh writes: Dying for Ghana

The first thing I saw when I entered the car was a pistol, fully loaded, I guess. It was lying on my seat. He picked it up, put it in a compartment of the Toyota Land Cruiser and kept talking on the phone. I sat nervously as we hit the Accra-Tema Motorway that morning to begin what appeared like an hour’s journey.

I was investigating him, and one of the allegations leveled against him was that he had threatened to kill somebody. He was a service provider for the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA). A female GYEEDA official who coordinated his module was said to have taken a bribe of GH¢52,000 to facilitate the implementation of the module. The story did not end there.

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Akatsi-North District mobilizes Gong-gong beaters to hype Voter Registration

Gong gong beaters in the Akatsi-North District of the Volta Region, have been mobilized to help communicate information on the forthcoming Voters’ Register Revision Exercise slated for Friday July 25, to Sunday, August 3.

Mr. James Gunu, District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, at a meeting with the “Town Criers” at the weekend at Ave-Afiadenyigba, said they were being galvanized to serve as additional medium to hype the message of the 10-day exercise.

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