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Ghana remembers President Mills... One year later Though Mills was ailing; his death was shocking – Mahama As millions of Ghanaians commemorate the one year anniversary of the death of former President John Evans Atta Mills, his successor, John Dramani Mahama, has underscored his demise as “shocking... even though we had known he was ailing”.

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“I am here to solve our problems. Let me know what problems you face and we will discuss them. Those that I am unable to solve, I will refer them to the appropriate institutions.” These were some of pieces of advice His Excellency, Mr. Samuel Valis-Akyianu, Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada gave at a Town Hall meeting in Burnaby, a city in the Vancouver Metropolitan Area in the Province of British Columbia on July 7, 2013. In a short address, spiced with good-natured humour, His Excellency Mr. Valis-Akyianu told the packed hall that he was in Canada to serve Ghanaians, and that they should not hesitate to approach him when in need of help, adding. “I am your servant; I am here to serve you.”

Mr. Valis-Akyainu called on Ghanaians in Canada to “come home” to help develop the country. He also called for unity in the Ghanaian community. He urged Ghanaians to also promote unity in Ghana, because unity was an essential ingredient in national development. Accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Love Valis Akyianu and Mr. Kwasi ObengKoranteng, minister at the Ghana High Commission in Ottawa, the High Commissioner led a lively Q&A (Questions and Answers) session during which a wide range of issues were discussed, including dual citizenship, doing business in Ghana, health care, duties on p e r s o n a l e ff e c t s , a s well as on goods meant for donation to NGOs. On the issue of dual

citizenship, Mr. Obeng Koranteng said that the Constitutional Review Commission has recommended that all bona fide Ghanaians must be eligible to apply for dual citizenship. He said a government White Paper on the recommendation has been submitted to parliament. He, however, cautioned Ghanaians in the Diaspora not to expect anything soon, as it would take some time before parliament passed it (the recommendation) into law.

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President Mills, who died at age 68. President John Mahama made the above remark in a tribute to observe “We miss him,” he stated solemnly the one year of the passing of in his statement. He recalled how the cont'd on pg. 7

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Prior to the Town Hall meeting, His Excellency Valis-Akyianu had held discussions in Vancouver with representatives of Canadian businesses operating Ghana. Led by Ghana’s Honourary Consul General in The High Commissioner with the winning team British Columbia, Mr. George Addei -Piprah, The Ghanaian Association of Park in Ottawa. It was to showcase the His Commissioner Ottawa on Saturday July 20, 2013 to all people of Ottawa and its cont'd on pg. 54 organized Ghanafest at the Brewer surroundings the rich and beautiful cont'd on pg. 23

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The Ghanaian News Publishes news and comments from the Community, serves Ghanaians across Canada with good source of information is committed to give good community Journalism The Ghanaian News is published in Canada by The Ghanaian News Corporation Editorial Office 2256 Sheppard Ave. Suite 202 Toronto, Ont. M9M 1L7 Tel:(416) 916-3700 Advertising Fax (416) 916-6701 Internet: www.ghanaiannews.ca E-mail: cayiku@gmail.com Subscription costs $12.00 for one year. $22.99 for two years. plus postage U.S. and foreign subscriptions costs US$79.99 per year.

Waiting for the Supreme Electoral verdict At long last, the “battle of the pink sheets has ended”. That was a cynical joke thrown by the President of the Tribunal of Ghana’s Supreme Court when lawyers for the parties in the on-going electoral results legal challenge ended their submissions, cross-examinations and tendering of all kinds of documentation. The election petition hearing began on 16th April 2013 and held 46 sittings. The petition was filed by three Petitioners, Nana Akuffo Addo, the Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, Chairman of the NPP. The three petitioners are praying the Supreme Court to overturn the results declared by Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), making President John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) the winner of the 2012 elections. The Supreme Court on Wednesday July 17 directed the parties in the case to submit their written addresses not later than July 31, 2013. Justice William Atuguba, President of the panel, said by July 31, when the court re-convenes, it would give further directions to the parties as to what to do. He made the statement after counsel for the parties signaled to the court that they were done with their arguments.

Proceeding of the electoral petition, the first in Ghana’s history, was beamed live on radio and television to the general public. Many of the witnesses who appeared before the Supreme Court established and conducted themselves creditably. Others came out with bruised and broken noses in sessions that were so tense and charged. In the process, the Court hauled some journalists and Letters to the Editor commentators before it and jailed some of them as well as sternly warned some We encourage your feedback and value of them for making pronouncements and your comments. Please utterances the Court found objectionable feel free to write to us. and contemptuous of its status and image. keep letters to a It has been a heart-breaking exercise maximum of 200 words, never seen in the history of Ghana. Some include your full name, Telephone # and of the decisions and behaviours of parties mailing address and actors involved in this drama were with all correspondence. questionable and unfortunate, but whatever Address your letters to went on during this period, we wish to state the Editor that they were all directed at strengthening our democratic and legal institutions. The Ghanaian News 2256 Sheppard Ave. Suite 202 Toronto, Ont. M9M 1L7 Tel: 416-916-3700 or Fax: 416-916-6701 or e-mail us at afrocan@afrocan.com

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The nation now holds its breadth to wait for two major developments: the submissions by the two legal teams for both sides and the final rendering of the decision by the Supreme Court which hopefully will come before the end of this year. Many people in Ghana, the right-thinking ones, are hoping that whatever decision comes out of this exercise will be accepted in good faith by all parties. Others, the senseless ones, have however started beating the war drums, threatening to plunge the country into chaos if the results do not go their way. We hope that in the final analysis everyone will come to the most sensible realization that Ghana is bigger than any single individual or any political party. The Court’s decision should lead to national unity and nation building and not nation-wrecking!!

Opinion/ Commentary Race and Justice in America: the Verdict is in, but No Solace for Trayvon Martin’s Family By: Kwabena Akuoko Despite the United States’ claim of guarantee equality to all citizens, racial disparity exists in the application of the law. The correlation between race and justice and the unfair treatment of African Americans in the American justice system cannot be ignored even in the 21st century. The tragic death of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin shot by a White neighbourhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman and the “not guilty” verdict that resulted in Zimmerman’s trial provide yet another evidence of the injustice African Americans have been experiencing fo r cen t u ri es . I can hardly overstate the pain and feeling of injustice associated with Zimmerman’s acquittal of all charges for killing an unalarmed Black teenager. Citing a highly controversial selfdefence law in the State of Florida, which allows “People to use deadly force anywhere they feel a reasonable threat of death or serious injury”, the police did not arrest and let alone, charge Zimmerman for killing unarmed Martin. They hastily concluded that there were no grounds to charge a confessed killer. In essence, a killer was given an instant immunity for his murderous action. It took mass vigils, rallies and protests and 42 days before Zimmerman was charged for second degree murder. Regardless of the extenuating circumstances, the fact remains that an unarmed young person was murdered by an adult, but the killer was initially given on the spot invulnerability. But even amid the underlying racial undercurrents that permeated the circumstances, which led to Trayvon Marin’s death, and the later trial of Zimmerman, mainstream Americans strongly believe that race did not play any role in Zimmerman’s acquittal. Compared to mainstream Americans, it is no secret that African Americans disproportionately get the short end of the stick in terms of how they are treated in the criminal justice system. And it does not matter whether or not they are perpetrators

or victims of a crime, African Americans are usually treated unfairly in the system. This is obviously evidenced by how Martin’s murder was investigated along with the “not guilty” decided in Zimmerman’s favour by an all White jury. Six White middle class women selected as jurors for Zimmerman’s trial deliberated for only approximately 16 hours and decided to acquit him of all charges. Yet the jurors themselves and mainstream Americans want us believe that race was not a factor as to how the jury reached the “not guilty” verdict. One important question though is why were there no African Americans on a jury trial involving the murder of an African American? I am sure if even one or more African Americans had been part of the jury, the verdict would have been different. The scale of justice obviously tipped in favour of the Zimmerman defense team when the prosecution team failed to have a Black person represented on the jury. R a c e undoubtedly was front and centre of Martin’s death and Zimmerman’s acquittal. A case in point is juror #B37’s suggestion that Trayvon Martin unnecessarily escalated the confrontation, which resulted in his demise. To me, this confirms the assumption many people have that Trayvon Martin’s race predetermined his guilt even before the case went to trial. We must not forget that the teenager’s race as a Black person apparently led to him being profiled by Zimmerman. Also, while juror #B37 believes that Zimmerman “started the ball rolling” and could have avoided the situation by remaining in his car, she insinuates that if Martin had walked away, he would be alive today. This to me is a classic example of blaming the victim. To those who think race does not matter in the American justice system and racial connotations were nonstarter in the circumstances surrounding Martin’s death and Zimmerman’s trial need to listen to the well known American criminal defense attorney

Mark Geragos’ take on race and justice in America. It is Geragos’ view that “Race determines everything in the criminal justice system” ”If you had a pretty white female as a victim that George Zimmerman had shot the case would have been looked at differently. Aside from the extraordinary delay it took before Zimmerman was charged for killing Martin and also the composition of the juror selection as well as the subsequent remarks by one of the jurors in the aftermath of the verdict, there is no doubt in my mind that race was strongly a factor in Zimmerman’s acquittal. I think self defence or not, if Zimmerman was a Black man who had killed an unarmed White teenager, he would have been convicted. United States claims to be a just society in which all citizens are treated equally under the law, but examples of injustices flourish. As demonstrated in the encounter between Zimmerman and the late Martin, young African American males are routinely profiled not only by law enforcement personnel, but also ordinary White folks. African Americans are disproportionately treated unfairly in the justice system even when they are clear victims of violent crimes. Police’s hasty investigation of Martin’s death and their initial refusal to charge Zimmerman are a testament that colour blind justice system is still an illusion for African Americans. The outcome of the Zimmerman trial has gravely exposed the systemic injustices that African Americans experience in the justice system. Is it any wonder that a White juror who voted to acquit Zimmerman is blaming Martin by suggesting that the 17 year-old unarmed African American teenager could have walked away without being killed? Race and justice are inherently interlocked in the United States, and the usual lack of justice for African Americans has once again become apparent in Zimmerman’s acquittal for killing Martin.


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Election Petition: It’s all over finally The two sides in the election petition hearing have brought to an end submission of their evidence in the trial paving way for their addresses, which has been slated for July 31, 2013. The case has been running for the past 46 days since substantive hearing commenced. The Petitioners - Nana Addo Dankwa AkufoAddo, his 2012 running mate Dr. Mahamudu and their party’s National Chairman Jake ObetsebiLamptey - filed to challenge the results of the 2012 presidential poll in the Supreme Court with

reason that the election was fraught with too many anomalies which robbed their candidate of victory.

The respondents in the case include President John Mahama, the Electoral Commission (EC) and the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC). The case has seen various witnesses on both sides including Dr. Bawumia, General Secretary of the NDC, international accounting firm KPMG and EC Chairman Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan. In the course of the trial, two people - Managing

Editor of the Daily Searchlight Newspaper Kenneth Agyei Kuranchie and a member of the communication team of the NDC, Stephen Atubiga - were sentenced to separate terms in prison for criminal contempt. Their sentencing for 10 and three days respectively sparked a national debate in the media concerning the law of criminal contempt.

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Ghana remembers President Mills One year later nation came together and united in mourning the man he worked under as a vice-president. “We came together and gave him a fitting farewell. The international community solidarised with us, and several heads of state came here to join us in the funeral.” One thing you cannot take away from Professor Atta Mills, love him or hate him, was that he was a man of peace, President Mahama asserted. This trait earned him the accolade the “Asomdwehene” meaning ‘man of peace’. “Indeed peace is the brand that Ghana has to offer. The fact that Ghana is peaceful, safe and secure is one of the brands that give us a comparative advantage in a competitive subregion and that is why investors prefer to put in their investment here in Ghana above other West

African countries because we are an oasis of peace and security. And so with Prof’s passing away this became more relevant ever than before.” The president pointed out that even after his death, the country had a peaceful election which was “acclaimed by the international community and everybody as probably one of the most peaceful elections held in the country”. He, however, added, “Unfortunately after the elections, we have had a dispute with regard to the elections, which the Supreme Court is adjudicating and so it means that Professor Mills’ message of peace is still relevant now than ever before.” Nevertheless, President Mahama said he was happy that organisations like the Peace Council, the NCCE, traditional rulers and civil society are holding several events

to let people understand that the adjudication by the Supreme Court is a part of our democratic governance. “And that whatever verdict the court comes up with we should be prepared as a nation to accept,” he counseled. He wants all to be reminded that Ghana is “bigger than all of us and that this country will continue to exist long after we have all gone”, and assured that “government will do everything possible to ensure that the safety and security of Ghana is guaranteed”. The committee that is responsible for the first anniversary has started a series of activities including a choral concert. The activities will continue until the weekend climaxing with some functions that will take place in Cape Coast, and a thanksgiving ceremony in Cape Coast.

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5 hot issues at the premiers’ meeting 13 leaders gathering in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial leaders are gathering in picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., for an annual gathering that officially kicked off Wednesday evening with an opening reception for the leaders and their families. When they begin their meetings this morning there will be no shortage of issues for them to discuss. Here’s a look at five topics that are expected to come up and stir some debate before the leaders head home on Friday. E n e r g y British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, speaking to media on July 2, is not enthusiastic about a national energy strategy unless the Northern Gateway pipeline dispute with Alberta is settled. British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, speaking to media on July 2, is not enthusiastic about a national energy strategy unless the Northern Gateway pipeline dispute with Alberta is settled. (Chad Hipolito/Canadian Press) At last year’s premiers’ meeting the leaders — with the exception of B.C.’s Christy Clark —decided to set up a working group on energy issues with an eye to developing a national strategy. Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger,

the future of Canada’s Senate could come up and prompt some debate. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has been talking openly about wanting to abolish the Senate in recent weeks and has said he’ll be looking for support for They identified three broad areas to that position at the premiers’ meeting. focus on in the strategy: sustainability and conservation, technology and He likely won’t get it from Quebec innovation, and delivering energy Premier Pauline Marois who has little to people. The plan will include interest in spending time talking about things like ways to lower carbon federal institutions like the Senate. emissions, developing renewable Manitoba’s Greg Selinger has said energy sources, increasing research and Senate talk is not a priority for him at the technology and diversifying the market. meeting either. Ontario used to want the Senate abolished but now that Kathleen Clark has said her province won’t take part Wynne is in charge, the position has in a national strategy until the proposed shifted to wanting it reformed instead. Northern Gateway pipeline project is She’s said she’s interested in engaging settled. She’s been demanding B.C. with her colleagues on how that get its “fair share” from it but Redford can be done and others are on side isn’t on the same page and it’s caused with the reform idea. How far will a bit of a rift between the two leaders. Wall get with his abolishment idea? Alberta Premier Alison Redford and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale took the lead and will present their year’s worth of work to their colleagues in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

A f t e r S e l i n g e r, R e d f o r d a n d E m p l o y m e n t Dunderdale present their report to their colleagues, Clark’s reaction will The premiers aren’t big fans of the be one of the key ones to watch for. Canada Job Grant initiative that was in the March federal budget. It’s supposed T h e S e n a t e to train up to 130,000 Canadians by giving them a $15,000 grant but the It’s not officially on the agenda but provinces are expected to kick in

a third of the cost for each trainee. The provinces currently get money from the federal government under Labour Market Agreements that are set to expire next year and the new program would cut into those transfers. Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter said on CBC Radio’s The House last week that the Canada Job Grant is a mystery program.Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter said on CBC Radio’s The House last week that the Canada Job Grant is a mystery program. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press) O n C B C R a d i o ’s T h e H o u s e last week, Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter called it a “mystery program” and that it doesn’t seem consistent with good public policy. The premiers — the Atlantic ones mostly — are also not happy about changes to Employment Insurance. They say the changes hurt seasonal workers and drive up the demand for temporary workers because local workers end up leaving their communities in search of work. They want a comprehensive study done on how the changes will affect the Atlantic provinces. What to do about the Canada Job Grant and about EI will occupy much of the premiers’ discussion and the Canada Pension Plan will also likely be talked about. B u l l y i n g On the agenda at the Premiers meeting Thursday: Premiers will focus on the economy and will discuss jobs, skills and training, strategic infrastructure and fiscal arrangements. Premiers will also discuss progress on the Canadian Energy Strategy. Friday: Premiers will discuss affordable and social housing, bullying and cyberbullying. Premiers will also discuss progress on health-care innovation. A closing news conference is planned for Friday afternoon. For continuing coverage of the meeting in Niagara-on-theLake, stay with CBCNews.ca. Bullying was a hot topic at the Western Premiers’ Conference about a month ago and it will be talked about in Niagara-on-the-Lake. It’s an issue that many of the premiers are actively engaged in, particularly in provinces where there have been some highprofile teen suicides, including British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia. The premiers will be taking a look at the recommendations contained in a report released Friday on cyberbullying that was done by provincial and federal officials. It suggested a new law be created in the Criminal Code related to the non-consensual distribution of intimate images. The premiers will also be sharing best practices in tackling bullying. British Columbia, for example, has spent $4 million on a website that allows students to report incidents in real time and other provinces might follow that example. Other provinces are looking at introducing different kinds of laws. Emergency

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Ghana COCOBOD Where is the Truth, the Money And the Farmers kids’ Scholarships?

By: Kwaku A. Danso Cocoa has been Ghana’s main economic backbone and Kwame Nkrumah in his love for Ghana devised this socialist method of buying all the cocoa from farmers, sell to overseas companies at a profit to the nation and use the money to develop Ghana for all. Scholarships, water and sewage systems, roads and highways, electricity and most of Ghana’s infrastructures

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have come out of cocoa. Under Nkrumah’s CPP, l e t u s r e m in d t h o s e who were too young that corporations and government agencies used to have their annual and quarterly financial statements published in the Daily Graphic. Even as high school kids some of us used to read and started to appreciate what a Profit and Loss or Assets and Liabilities meant. After all these companies belonged to the public and the people had a right to know. Today, 47 years after the enemies of Nkrumah overthrew him and dissolved the CPP, and after decades of trying to erase whatever good Nkrumah did and teach the school kids to diminish Nkrumah achievements, Ghana is at a global disgrace. WE have been rated the 9 th worst managed nations, even though reported to have some of the highest growth rate in 2011 and 2012. After 11 years of Jerry Rawlings military dictatorship and transformation to election in 1992, nobody had the decency of

leadership to plan for a Parliament House and offices for the MPs. Ghana has become a nation where money is spent without disclosure and nobody accounts to the people. Planning is also out of the door. No matter we are rated poorly managed. Jerry Rawlings and his PNDC chants of probity and accountability were mere words blowing in the wind and some lost their lives at the firing squad for that. In the mean time, whiles the 275 MPs for the nation of 25 million have no offices in the last 30 years, there is a call or 45 more MPs. A report posted on the Ghana Leadership Forum on Sept.14 b y G e o rg e A . r e a d : “The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has secured a US$1.5 billion pre-export finance facility

from a conglomerate of international banks to purchase cocoa beans in the 2012/2013 cocoa season. The facility is currently the largest nonoil deal in sub-Saharan Africa and was made possible by 31 banks from 17 countries in Europe, American and Asia. Some of the banks, including Standard Chartered Bank, Standard Bank and SGSSB Bank, have local presence in the country. The Ghana International Bank Plc acted as the initially mandated lead arranger (IMLA) with Standard Chartered Bank as the facility agent.” I hereby elaborate on a note I posted and edit and add a few comments. You all note that anytime Ghana government secures external loans, they don’t give detail that are standard information in loan transactions in any open society such as most Western nation. These are: the loan amount, annual or periodic interest rate, the term (no of months or years due), whether it is amortized or interest only, and payment amount, and cont'd on pg. 16

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Ghana gets two positions on ECOWAS Commission Ghana has been given two positions on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission at the just ended 43rd ordinary meeting in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

The Inter-governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering is an inter-governmental group to fight money laundering and terrorism in the sub-region.

The positions are Commissioner for General Administration and Deputy Director General of the Inter-governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering.

Among other things, the ECOWAS Commission has a mandate to develop a comprehensive regional strategic plan, indicating the major implications and strategic options for the implementation of

its programmes in the ECOWAS sub-region. The Commission, through its Strategic Planning Directorate, also has a mission of ensuring the formulation of a sub regional strategy for the implementation o f t h e E C O WA S regional integration and development programme within the framework of New cont'd on pg. 16

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Voice of Reason

Is Technology Breaking Families Apart and Killing Intimacy Softly? :“I’m in and I kan’t kitchen rt my food by

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WELCOME TO the new world according the tech-savvy generation---thanks in part to our fixation on instant-gratification. How would you feel if you lived under the same roof and got a text message from your teenager in her bed room next door, telling you that you should not wait for her to join you for church or dinner? What happened to family interactions and healthy discussions about careers, education, culture, politics and movies at the dining room table? Verbal communication and eye-to-eye bonding are the pillars of the African culture in general and Ghanaian traditions in particular. However, how long can we maintain these unique cultural traits when we’re too busy developing serious relationship with our mobile phones and other technology devices? It’s believed by social scientist that the first step towards a dysfunctional relationship is the breakdown in intimacy and verbal communication. Unfortunately, the introduction of technology in this part of the world and our over-reliance on it are speeding up this process in an alarming rate. Nevertheless, it’s not only eroding the joys of basic communication but it’s destroying the very magic of intimacy and relationships. Listen to this: According to the recent survey by technology experts, in United Kingdom, almost fifty percent of young adults interviewed, admitted tweeting, texting or sending email(from their rooms) to members of their families living in the same house. It went on to say that the majority of teenagers in developed world have virtually cut off their parents from their lives because of their overreliance on cell phones and other tech devices. Despite all the studies coming out against the over-reliance on technology, the tech-savvy enthusiasts believe that

the only people who are reacting to these changes are old-fashioned and that they’re romanticizing and dreaming about their old-world that once defined communication----trunk calls and telegrams. Oh, Plea-ze!! Are people of my generation frightened or intimidated to believe that their children’s non-verbal communication tools reflect penciling them out of life? Not at all! In fact, some people of my generation have upgraded their skills to meet and confront the new challenges. The majority of them tend to look at computers and mobile phones as friends and allies, not enemies. For every whining oldie; there are other old people who have superbly adapted to this new communication devices and tools. Infact, they’re thoroughly enjoying their multi-faceted joys; by sexting, texting and emailing, (pornography included, thank you!!) Yes, technology is a God-sent solution as a communication tool for human kind .it’s indeed, a means to an end, not the end itself. But, aren’t we in a hurry to place personal interaction with silly,coded,corny, and condensed tight and weirdly words? The new generation’s overreliance on technology is gradually eroding the main fabric of family system and our culture. However, it’s going to be a hard sale to tell the tech-savvy or the young generation that social expression, body language, emotional articulation and personal interaction are the essence of human communication tools because they’re too busy depending on their virtual friends on facebook and texting 24/7. They argue that” what is wrong texting if you’re in your room and need to convey a message to a

member of your family in another room in the same house and you feel really, really lazy to get up?” Oh, yes, it’s very impossible to realize the importance of human touch and verbal communication in human development when we’re too busy checking email, texting 24/7 and marrying to our technological devices. But, a day will come when we will not need any of them—trust me! In our modem-connected, Ipaded, Iphoned,Facebooked,Text-messaging and social –networking era, some people have the false impression that personal interaction and eye-to –eye communication are not important because we’re relying or depending on the latest devices to nourish our virtual friendships or relationships with no sweat. But, people still want to be loved and assured that they can count on their friends and relatives physically and emotionally when they’re sick or disabled. Paradoxically, the new generation want family and strong sense of community, but they may accomplish that desire through a social network; where there is never physical contact or presence. Well, as for me I hope and pray that one day when the need comes for me to need help I could reach out and touch the warm hands of lovedones when a mouse or a key pad of any tech. device is useless and unsympathetic to my emotional and physical needs .That is why I prefer two minutes phone call to two- line text messages from my kids on father’s Day, if I can’t see them in person. I’m not trying to be an old-fashioned or overbearing but , I just need a little authentic relationship and human touch as much as possible. Don’t you? Don’t fake it! Author: Kwaku AduGyamfi (Voice of Reason) Asuom, Ghana *The author is a social commentator and the founder of The AduGyamfi Empowerment foundation for Disadvantaged youth of Asuom.


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FOCUS Of the Law and the Truth! In the Light of George Zimmerman Trial & Ghana’s 2012 Election Petition Case By Joe Kingsley Eyiah, OCT, Brookview Middle School, Toronto-Canada “The truth shall make you free;” and Christ is the truth….The Desire of Ages, page 466 The law of God is perfect and just! What about the law of man (of the land)? The law of God is the character of God. What, then, is the law of the land (man-made)? It is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense. (The Foundation for Economic Education, Inc.) Is the purpose of the individual right being perverted because the truth is being sacrificed on the altar of the law? Truth succumbs to evidence and facts as learned men/women of the law argue to ‘bury’ criminal intent in our court rooms! “I put it to you; objection! Over ruled or sustained! Prove it!” These are some of the technicalities used in the court room to overturn the truth. The law wins in the

long run but it will forever be haunted by the truth! I have been inspired to raise this discourse in the light of the recent o u t c o m e o f G e o rg e Zimmerman trial in Florida, USA during which the all-female jury voted to acquit him of all charges of killing Trayvon Martin; and the drama as well as expectations surrounding the Supreme Court verdict that is to be given soon in the 2012 Presidential Election Petition case in Ghana. As a teacher and social c o m m e n t a t o r, I a d d my voice to those who

advocate for justice in all decisions taken by our courts. My only fear is that the law at sometimes does not allow the truth to prevail in which sense to many justice is therefore denied! For example, juror B29 in George Zimmerman trial in a recent interview with the media has regretted not standing by the truth to resist pressure on her by the law to join her peers (five other jurors) in acquitting George Zimmerman. News report says, she said that, Zimmerman “got away with murder” for killing Trayvon Martin and feels she owes an apology to Martin’s parents. “You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty,” said the woman who was identified only as Juror B29 during the trial. “But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside

and look at the evidence.” She said the jury was following Florida law and the evidence, she said, did not prove murder. It is obvious from juror B29’s assertion that the law of Florida did not prove Zimmerman guilt of murder though the truth is that he murdered Tr a y v o n M a r t i n , a n u n a r m e d t e e n a g e r. The protest against the verdict is huge in the US! In Ghana, the 2012 presidential petition case before the Supreme Court,

according to the law of land, will be judged on evidences and closing presentations to be made by both the petitioners and respondents. There have been calls for acceptance of the verdict by the SC by all Ghanaians in order for peace to prevail in the country. In fact, we have published in our editorial in this issue concerning the election petition before the SC that, “Many people in Ghana, the right-thinking ones, are hoping that whatever decision comes out of this exercise will

be accepted in good faith by all parties.” It might be true that President John Mahama was wrongfully proclaimed the winner of the 2012 presidential election by the Electoral Commissioner as being contended by the petitioners. On the other hand, it might be true that President John Mahama genuinely won the elections despite some few irregularities in the election process. The biggest question is that will the law of our land ‘allow’ the truth to prevail. We wait to see!

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Parliament passes GIPC Bill Parliament on Thursday passed the amended Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Bill 2013, revising the country’s investment laws to reflect changing economic dynamics to guarantee optimum business opportunities and incentives for Ghanaian enterprises. The Bill, that seeks to repeal the GIPC Act 1994 (Act 478), generated angst among foreign investors when it was placed before Parliament in March this year, with the investors arguing that certain interventions in the modified legislation held serious implications for foreign direct investment into the Ghanaian economy. But government, through the bill, is keen to regulate investment policies to foster efficiency in attracting strategic

foreign direct investments that would inure to the benefit of Ghana’s development drive, and provide Ghanaians with opportunities to take advantage of the improved economic situation prevailing in the country to business. The Bill seeks to position Ghana as the hub for business in West Africa. The current GIPC Act, 1994 (Act 478) has become obsolete after almost 15 years after promulgation, necessitating a review to reflect recent developments to provide a new policy direction for the country. It also seeks to establish the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre as government agency responsible for the encouragement and promotion of investments. The Bill rectifies the abuse of sectors reserved

previously covered by the GIPC Act 478, to ensure increased efficiency in the coordination of investments, improved investment promotion strategies and a comprehensive dissemination of information on The review ensures that investment in Ghana. Ghanaian entrepreneurs are not subjected to T h e B i l l m a k e s i t competition from mandatory for all unscrupulous foreign enterprises, including businesses that would Ghanaian businesses to make it unprofitable register with the GIPC for them to operate. to enable the Centre coordinate all activities of T h e b i l l , h o w e v e r, investors in the country. encourages foreign investors to engage in It addresses the gross large scale value added abuse of huge foreign trading activities that e x c h a n g e r e s o u r c e s would not interfere with b e i n g r e p a t r i a t e d activities of Ghanaian w i t h o u t t a n g i b l e petty traders, but create transfer of technology. employment for greater number of local people. for Ghanaians by foreign investors, particularly the retail and trading sectors, increasing the minimum capital required of foreigners to engage in retail trade from 300,000 dollars to one million dollars in cash or goods.

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The Bill also introduces a provision that requires Ghanaian partners in joint ventures to have not less than 30 per cent equity participation, and prohibits the transfer of that equity to a nonGhanaian in order to avoid the circumvention of the higher foreign capital requirements. By this provision foreign companies are prohibited from venturing into the production of packaging materials, manufacture of furniture and wood products, and manufacture of sanitary products. The foreigners would not engage in services connected to oil

and gas, and mining industries, as well as the manufacture of generic pharmaceutical products. The Bill reserves the sale of goods or provision of services in markets, petty trading, hawking or selling of goods in stalls to Ghanaians. Foreigners cannot operate taxi or car hire services in an enterprise that has a fleet of not more than 25 vehicles. They cannot operate beauty salons or barbers shops, are prohibited from printing recharge scratch cards for the use of subscribers of mobile telecommunications services. GNA

Government urged to increase marriage age to 23 years The Government S t a t i s t i c i a n , D r. Philomena Nyarko, has suggested that the legal marriage age should be increased from 18 to 23 years, to ensure that young women become physically, socially and psychologically prepared, before child bearing. She indicated that this would not only prepare them for marriage, but also slow population growth by 15 to 20 per cent, in the country. Under the Children’s Act, the legal minimum age for marriage is 18 years, but the Government statistician is optimistic that increasing it to 23 years would help the young ones, especially the females, to prepare adequately before raising a family. Section 14 (2) of the Children Act, 1998 states that ‘the minimum age of marriage of whatever age shall be 18 year’. Dr. Nyarko raised these concerns Tuesday at the launch of the 5th African

Youth and Governance Conference in Accra. The two-day forum has the theme, “Youth inclusive governance: H a r n e s s i n g A f r i c a ’s demographic potential” is expected to have about 250 participants from 35 Africans countries and delegates from the European Yo u t h P a r l i a m e n t . She noted that there is the need for African countries, especially Ghana, to institute measure, against childbearing, to ensure better conditions and services through their limited resources. “Lack of policies to lessen the continued high birth rates has contributed to the increasing birth by girls below the age of 15, as witnessed in the country,” she noted. Dr. Nyarko stated that, in 2011, 12.3 percent of women aged between 15 and 19 years were found to have begun child bearing before age 15, which had health implications for of

both infants and mothers. “It is well known that health outcome for both mother and child improve, if pregnancy is delayed until when the young woman has matured for marriage an childbearing, to help save the lives of both mother and child,” she said. The Executive Director of Youth Bridge Foundation, Seth Oteng, said the forum would brainstorm on issues, which include the signing of the African Youth Charter. He explained that, though most countries have ratified the Charter, which addresses how to improve the living conditions of the youth, some Africans countries, including Ghana, have failed to implement it. Mr. Oteng noted that the forum would also brainstorm on how to establish the African Yo u t h P a r l i a m e n t , to ensure that laws governing the youth are implemented. Daily Graphic

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper reshuffles cabinet Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has unveiled a major cabinet reshuffle in the wake of a Senate expenses scandal that hit his party’s image. Among the eight new ministers announced on Monday were four women. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird are among those to keep their posts. M r. H a r p e r f i r s t announced the changes on Twitter, where he said he was “proud to be naming four new strong, capable women to the Ministry”. The shuffle also comes as Mr. Harper and the current Conservative government prepares for the 2015 election. O n M o n d a y, t h e prime minister said the appointments would “carry our new agenda forward”.

Among the new cabinet members are Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, Public Works Minister Diane Finley and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, who replaces a recently resigned Vic Towes.

Senator Mike Duffy, Liberal Senator Mac Harb and Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau, who is on a leave of absence over a separate matter - a criminal complaint of assault and sexual assault.

Senator Pamela Wallin resigned in May from the Conservative caucus Several existing cabinet over an ongoing audit members also changed into her travel expenses. posts. Defence Minister P e t e r M a c K a y a n d Mr. Harper has said he had Justice Minister Rob no knowledge of his chiefNicholson swapped jobs. of-staff’s decision to give Sen. Duffy C$90,000 Leona Aglukkaq leaves ($86,000; £57,000) to behind the environment repay improperly claimed brief to become health h o u s i n g e x p e n s e s . minister, while Lisa Raitt, the former labour minister, Court documents show will now handle transport. the chief of staff told three other employees in the Four Canadian senators prime minister’s office. have faced scrutiny s i n c e D e c e m b e r f o r Canadian senators are their official expenses. appointed on the advice of the prime minister The Senate’s internal and may serve in the economy committee has Senate until age 75. demanded hefty sums be BBC News repaid by Conservative

New Citizenship Minister Faces 65 year old Problem That Won’t Go Away War bride child fights for citizenship in Federal Court Vancouver - A Surrey, B.C. woman who arrived in Canada 65 years ago with her British war bride mother is fighting for her Citizenship in the Federal Court of Canada. Because she was born before her parents’ marriage, she is excluded from citizenship by a technicality in Canada’s pre-1977 citizenship law. Jackie Scott was born in England in 1945 to a Canadian father and a British mother. She was born out of wedlock b e c a u s e h e r f a t h e r, a Canadian Soldier of the Second World War, could not get the required permission to marry. Such cases were common and inevitable under wartime conditions. After the war, Ms Scott’s father was repatriated to Canada and demobilized. His daughter’s arrival in Canada was delayed because she required Medical treatment in England. She arrived in Canada with her mother in 1948 and Her parents were married in Toronto shortly afterwards. Under

Ontario law, Ms Scott was legitimated from birth by her parents’ marriage, but she is Still excluded from citizenship by the continuing application of a Discriminatory provision of the 1946 Canadian Citizenship Act. Before 1977, children Born abroad out of wedlock were citizens only if the mother was Canadian. Ms Scott has applied to the Federal Court for judicial review of her exclusion from citizenship. The Lost Canadians group, which is supporting Ms Scott’s case, has Unearthed two similar cases from 1948 and 1949 in which a child born abroad out Of wedlock to parents who later married was ruled to be a natural-born Canadian citizen. The cases were discovered a year ago on a microfilm in the National Archives in Ottawa. The late Tom Kent (19222011) served briefly in the 1960s as deputy Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. In 2009, asked to comment on a case Similar to Ms Scott’s,

he replied: “[E]xclusion from citizenship, in cases such As you describe, is entirely contrary to the philosophy of Canadian Citizenship as I have always understood it. The people you know have not been Treated fairly. The dismissive attitude of officials, as reported, should be unacceptable to the Minister”. Ms Scott’s case will be heard on July 22 in the Federal Court in Vancouver. She is represented by James (Jay) Straith of Straith Litigation Chambers, West Vancouver. Copies of the documents filed in court by both sides Are available on line at: http:// www2.lostcanadian.com/ documents/Respondent Memorandum-ofF a c t - a n d - L a w. p d f h t t p : / / w w w 2 . lostcanadian.com/ d o c u m e n t s / T- 4 1 8 12-Jackie-ScottApplication-Rec ordfiled-March-26-2013.pdf Contact: Don Chapman, Lost Canadians (778) 839-3641 dcinbc@yahoo.ca / http:// www.lostcanadian.com/

Rae accepts chairmanship of the board of FNLP VANCOUVER -- Former Liberal MP Bob Rae has been appointed chairman of the board of the British Columbia-based FN (PTP) Group Limited Partnership, or FNLP. The FNLP is a limited partnership of 15 First Nations along the proposed PTP pipeline route between Summit Lake and Kitimat, B.C. The appointment comes as FNLP prepares to implement a $200 million commercial agreement with the Pacific Trail Pipelines Limited Partnership, the pipeline component of the proposed Kitimat LNG Project.

We d n e s d a y h e i s “honoured to have been asked to assist” in the process in British Columbia. Bob Rea Rae resigned his seat in the House of Commons last month to represent t h e M a t a w a Tr i b a l Council over resource development in the socalled Ring of Fire region 540 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, Ont., In those negotiations, he will sit across from retired Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci, who was appointed Ontario’s lead negotiator. Rae said in a statement

“FNLP is an innovative model for how industry, governments and First Nations can co-operate effectively with respect to major economic development projects.” “The successful implementation of the commercial agreement between First Nations, the PTP LP and British Columbia will be critical to the project moving forward successfully, which is important for the economy of the whole country.” cp24.com

Chow still thinking about running for mayor Chow

Olivia Chow says she continues to think about running for mayor of Toronto, but is nowhere near formally throwing her hat into the ring. The NDP MP and transportation critic made the comment to CP24 during an interview Wednesday afternoon. “I am thinking about that. Yes I am,” Chow told CP24 when asked about her possible city hall ambitions. “In the meantime, I am thinking about subways, streetcars, buses, fixing the Gardiner and renewing the sewage system so your basement doesn’t flood next time there is a storm.”

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“I am laying the groundwork to get some extra dollars back from federal government to Toronto,” she said. “As an MP that’s what I want to do, get some money back to Toronto.” Hon. Olivia Chow A former city councillor, Chow has been long rumoured as a possible candidate in the 2014 municipal election and has topped the list of possible contenders in a number of polls conducted in recent months. Asked if she was laying the groundwork for a campaign Wednesday,

Candidates can’t officially register for the 2014 municipal election until January 2. Others who have openly discussed entering the race include former Ontario Progressive Conservative party leader John Tory, TTC Chair Karen Stintz and Public Works Chair Denzil Minnan-Wong. cp24.com

Hon. Shelly Glover New Heritage Minister cont'd from pg. 5 participated in the first French Immersion program west of Ontario and graduated with a high level of proficiency in the French language She studied Justice and Law Enforcement at the University of Winnipeg until she began her employment with the Winnipeg Police Service. Shelly Glover is a Métis who has worked with

non-profit community organizations such as Big Sisters, Pregnancy Distress, Habitat for Humanity Women Build, . Chamber of Commerce, the Manitoba Métis Federation, the Conseil ElzéarGoulet and the Beausejour New Arena Planning Committee.

She coached youth soccer for 14 years and played soccer with a women’s Masters team. She sponsored the first Métis women’s soccer team in her c o m m u n i t y . Shelly Glover and her husband, a retired police officer and small business owner, have five children. Magazinecanada.ca


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25th Anniversary of the 12% more Canadians have Canadian Multiculturalism debt this year, BMO says Act Statement by the Honourable Jim Karygiannis, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt and Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism Maple Leaf, and are able to practice and share our culture, religion, heritage and ethnicity within the multicultural framework of Canada.

On July 21, 1988, Canada made history when the Canadian Multiculturalism Act became law – the first country to pass a law with respect to national multiculturalism. The purpose of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act is to ensure the preservation and enhancement of multiculturalism in this country. It is a profound document that: acknowledges the contributions of all Canadians and their communities to the building of Canada; reminds us of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship; and, encourages all of us to work together to build a society based on the principles of multiculturalism. The preservation of culture and language; promotion of cultural a w a renes s ; and, the ability of Canadians, regardless of community, to participate fully in Canadian society are

Hon. Jim Karygiannis at the forefront of what makes Canada such a unique country – the envy of the world. We must all work to ensure that the objectives set out in the Canadian Multiculturalism Act apply to all Canadians. As Canadians, we are proud of our citizenships and value our rights and freedoms. Canada’s strength stems from the four pillars on which it stands. These four pillars are: the First Nations, the English, the French and the Immigrants who choose to make Canada their home. We live harmoniously under one flag, the

Canada is a proud multicultural nation that embraces a wide variety of cultures and heritages. Canadians of innumerable heritages help foster this identity and strengthen the fabric of our society. Members of the many Diasporas in Canada have made, and continue to make, significant contributions in a number of areas including sports, business, the arts, medicine and public service. Canada has attracted, and continues to attract, people from all over the world to her shores. We will continue to work together to build our nation and enhance our international reputation. As the Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism, I look forward to our ongoing work in building a stronger Canada. Kathy Gooch, Executive Assistant, Hon. Jim Karygiannis, M.P., Scarborough - Agincourt

Ontario’s Business Education Tax – The Most Unfair Tax In Canada – Needs Immediate Reform Says New Report TABIA and OBIAA work together to raise awareness and campaign against Ontario’s Business Education Tax (BET) .Toronto, ON (PRWEB) July 17, 2013 The following points are findings from a recent report prepared for the Toronto Association of Business Improvement A r e a s ( TA B I A ) a n d the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) on Ontario’s Business E d u c a t i o n Ta x . For no added benefit or service, Ontario’s Business Education Tax (BET) costs many Ontario businesses thousands of dollars more per year than their competitors, even discriminating among neighbouring businesses with the same assessment.

Some Ontario businesses are paying up to $5,200 more per $1M in assessment, the report says, and $2,300 more than they would if cuts promised in 2007 by the Ontario government had been implemented. In 2007, the Ontario government set a lower BET rate (1.6%) for buildings on which construction started after budget day that year (March 22). For pre-2007 buildings, rates vary widely from one municipality to another, creatin g even greater inequity. The government promised businesses in

already existing buildings that 1.6% would be their ceiling rate by 2014. In 2012, however, the government changed its mind: higher BET rates would continue penalizing older buildings and reductions would cease until sometime after 2018, when the provincial deficit is eliminated. While eliminating the deficit is clearly a priority, a new report finds that meeting the government’s original commitment on time – in 2014 – would only delay balancing the budget by five weeks. The premier and finance minister who put equity cont'd on pg. 25

Av e r a g e a m o u n t o f monthly debt repayment decreases by 13 per cent in BMO survey A new survey commissioned by one of Canada’s largest banks suggests more Canadians are in debt this year than last year, and the average amount people are putting towards debt repayment is going down. According to the results of an online poll conducted by Pollara on behalf of BMO, 83 per cent of those surveyed said they had some form of debt this year. That’s up from 74 per cent who had some sort of debt when the same question was asked last year. That’s a nine percentage point difference, but a 12 per cent increase from one year to the next. The survey also found that the average monthly debt

repayment amount has fallen by 13 per cent from $1,138 last year to $986. By region, Albertans had the largest monthly debt repayment, at $1,225, while Quebecers had the smallest — $768.

The numbers could suggest people are in no hurry to pay down debt, the bank says. “We’ve had prolonged interest rates for a few years now, allowing people to take on more debt while still ensuring that it’s affordable so they’re able to manage the debt that they have,” BMO vicepresident Janet Peddigrew said of the results. Repayment plans Despite the uptick in people with debt, almost half of those surveyed — 44 per cent — said their household debt has decreased in the past five years. That compares with 28 per cent who

said it had increased during that period. The largest source of debt cited by Canadians polled was a mortgage, at 34 per cent, followed by car payments at 19 per cent and student loans at 14 per cent. The majority of poll respondents said they plan on being debtfree within five years. Among mortgage holders, one-third expect to be debt-free within five years, while more than half (56 per cent) expect to be debtfree within 10 years. The online poll done by Pollara surveyed 1,005 Canadians on their debt levels and repayment between July 12 and 16. Online surveys do not have a conventional margin of error because they are not random samples of the population. CBC News

TSX moves lower amid heavy slate of earnings news TORONTO -- The Toronto stock market was lower Wednesday, weighed down by some earnings misses while mining stocks fell amid data that showed a deepening slowdown in China’s manufacturing sector. The S&P/TSX composite index was down 19.07 points to 12,726.31. The Canadian dollar shed early gains and dipped 0.03 of a cent to 97.2 cents US.

operating costs this year will be higher than forecast in its previous guidance. Its shares fell $1.28 to $30.97. Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) posted net income for the secondquarter of $252 million, or $1.43 per diluted share, versus $103 million, or 60 cents per share, a year earlier. The earnings missed estimates by six cents a share and its stock dipped $1.86 to $128.32.

U.S. indexes were mixed in the wake of strong earnings reports from the likes of Apple Inc. and Ford Motor Co.

But CP’s operating ratio, which is a key measure of how efficiently railways operate, improved to 71.9 per cent in the second q u a r t e r, a n a l l - t i m e record for the railroad.

But a weak report from heavy equipment maker Caterpillar helped push the Dow Jones industrials down 39.14 points to 15,528.6, the Nasdaq ran up 10.68 points to 3,589.96 and the S&P 500 index was off 3.94 points to 1,688.45.

“(CEO) Hunter Harrison has actually delivered,” said Chris King, portfolio manager at Morgan, Meighen and Associates. “For him to move it down to that level, man that tells you he is the god of railways.”

Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) had $255 million or 34 cents per share in operating earnings and a $179-million net profit in the second quarter. The operating earnings were 14 cents below a consensus estimate of 48 cents and Cenovus also said its 2013 oilsands

On a more positive note, Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B) shares were ahead $1.31 to $42.54 as the company reported $497 million in quarterly adjusted net income, a four per cent increase from last year and better than analysts’ consensus estimate of $491.95 million.

Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) made $178 million in net earnings in the second quarter, up from $156 million in the same period a year ago. The grocer’s basic net earnings per common share rose 14.5 per cent in the quarter to 63 cents, about five cents per share better than a consensus estimate compiled by Thomson Reuters and its shares advanced $1.10 to $49.04. In the U.S., quarterly earnings at Caterpillar fell 43 per cent $960 million, or $1.45 per share as dealers cut inventories more than the company expected. The company also cut its profit and revenue outlook for the year. Analysts had expected a profit of $1.69 per share and its shares dropped $1.69 to $83.83. After the close Tuesday, Apple Inc. posted quarterly earnings of $6.9 billion, or $7.47 per share, in its fiscal third quarter, a 22 per cent drop from a year ago. The earnings topped the average analyst estimate of $7.31 per share and its shares were ahead $24.74 or 5.9 per cent to $443.73. Revenue totalled $35.3 billion versus $35 billion cont'd on pg. 16


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IMMIGRATION AND SOCIAL ISSUES By: James A. Kwaateng, B.A. (Hons), LLB (Hons)

Some Important Facts about Misrepresentation in Immigration Matters The immigration Act has misrepresentation provisions to ensure that applicants provide complete, honest and truthful information to the Immigration authorities when applying for entry into Canada. Misstated facts and fraudulent documents constitute the bulk of cases of misrepresentation in Immigration matters. Whenever necessary, the misrepresentation provisions of the Act are used to deny visas at visa offices abroad and admission at ports of entry to foreign nationals. Misrepresentation could also constitute ba-

sis for removal of foreign nationals once in Canada and for refusing in-Canada applications.

port of entry or inside Canada. This puts applications for permanent residence, temporary residence, student and work permits; and renewals and extensions of status within the ambit of the section. Even if the misrepresentation is made by a permanent resident who has become a Canadian citizen, there is the possibility of revoking his citizenship pursuant to the Citizenship Act if the misrepresentation was made in order to obtain permanent resident status. Such a person could also lose his permanent resident status.

Section 40 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) that deals with inadmissibility as related to misrepresentation is applicable whether an application is made abroad, at the Subsection 64(3) of the

TSX moves lower amid heavy slate of earnings news

cont'd from pg. 15

a year ago. Analysts had c e n t s t o C $ 2 3 . 8 7 . projected that revenue would be unchanged The gold sector was down f r o m a y e a r a g o . about 2.8 per cent while August bullion declined The results mark the $2.50 to US$1,332.20 second straight quarter a n o u n c e . G o l d c o r p that Apple’s earnings have I n c . ( T S X : G ) f a d e d fallen from the previous 73 cents to C$29.96. year after a decade of steadily rising profits. T h e e n e r g y s e c t o r Its shares were up five dropped 0.85 per cent per cent in pre-market and the September crude trading in New York. contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange The TSX base metals was down 66 cents to sector fell two per cent US$106.57 a barrel amid a m i d w e a k C h i n e s e a slightly bigger than m a n u f a c t u r i n g d a t a expected drop in U.S. w h i l e m e t a l p r i c e s crude inventories. Energy advanced with September Department data showed copper up one cent to supplies dropped by 2.8 US$3.21 a pound. An million barrels last week, HSBC survey showed against the 2.6 million China’s manufacturing barrel drop that had been at an 11-month low this expected. Inventories month. HSBC said the have headed sharply lower preliminary version of over the past four weeks, its monthly purchasing supporting a 10-per cent managers index declined rise in prices this month. to 47.7 this month from June’s 48.2 on a Other economic news 100-point scale on which showed that Americans numbers below 50 show snapped up new homes in a contraction in activity. June at the fastest pace in five years. The Commerce T e c k R e s o u r c e s Department says sales (TSX:TCK.B) fell 50 rose 8.3 per cent to a

seasonally adjusted pace of 497,000. That’s up from 459,000 in May, which was revised lower. In other corporate developments, Bombardier Aerospace says the first flight of its new CSeries commercial jet will occur in the coming weeks, without giving a specific date. The Montreal-based company had been aiming for the first flight by the end of July and Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) shares lost four cents to $5.03. European bourses advanced after financial information company Markit said its monthly purchasing managers’ index for the 17-country eurozone rose to 50.4 points in July from 48.7 the previous month. Anything above 50 indicates an expansion. London’s FTSE 100 index was up 0.23 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX gained 0.39 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 was ahead 0.8 per cent. The Canadian Press

Ghana gets two positions on ECOWAS Commission

cont'd from pg. 11

Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

Mali and Guinea Bissau.

The Commission would also facilitate the movement from an ECOWAS of States to an ECOWAS of the People by the year 2020.

President John Mahama said the two positions will strengthen Ghana Government’s resolve to fight antimoney laundering activities in the region.

Meanwhile, the two-day discussions in Abuja focused on the crises in

He said Ghana’s recent competence in financial intelligence and government’s progress

to curb money laundering has contributed to the appointments. President Mahama also stated that Ghana has been given an air services contract by the United Nations (UN) to provide air services in Mali. In his view, the two-day meeting in Abuja was satisfactory. Joy Online

Act limits the right of appeal for sponsors of family class members who make misrepresentations on applications for permanent residence, only to cases of the spouse, common-law partner or dependent child of the sponsor. This underscores the importance the Immigration attaches to provision of complete, honest and truthful information, and the seriousness they attach to acts of misrepresentation. Under section 40 of the Act, persons who misrepresent or withhold material facts, either directly or indirectly, relating to a relevant matter that induces or could induce an error in the administration of the Act, are inadmissible to Canada. Refusing to answer questions could also be characterized as a form of misrepresentation because that can deny the fact finder access to the truth. The misrepresentation must not necessarily be wilful or intentional. Thus, an applicant who asks a relative to obtain

information in support of an application cannot be exonerated if the information tends out to be false. The applicant could therefore be inadmissible for misrepresentation for submitting false document despite the fact he was not the one who fabricated the evidence. Certain situations would indisputably constitute misrepresentation. This could include an applicant failing to disclose that he recently applied for a visa to Canada; failure to disclose a criminal record; failure to disclose family members; failure to disclose a previous removal order; including a nephew in your application as a son; misrepresenting ages; a skilled worker applicant submitting a false education certificate; and failure to disclose changes in marital status or changes in material facts in the course of the application. Immigration officials however exercise some caution in applying the inadmissibility provisions of the Act. In cases like arranged employ-

ments, for instance, the clients may not even be aware that the jobs to which they are destined are not genuine or non-existent. Misrepresentations may also be made to conceal sensitive personal information to avoid embarrassment and could also be honest errors or misunderstandings. The relevancy or materiality of the misrepresentation made is very important. If the misrepresentation prevented or could have prevented the officer from doing the right thing he should have done, it could be said to be material. Misrepresentation becomes material only when it affects the process undertaken or the final decision. James A. Kwaateng is an Immigration Law practitioner with offices located at 168A Oakdale Road, Suite 4, Toronto, Ontario. For thorough discussion of your immigration and related social and legal issues, contact him at telephone number (416) 743-2758.

Ghana COCOBOD Where is the Truth, the Money And the Farmers kids’ Scholarships? cont'd from pg. 10 any loan arrangement or origination fees. For those not familiar with financial calculations, a loan of $1.5 billion at 5% per annum payable monthly for ten years will have a payment of $15.91 million per month for the ten years. If the interest goes to 10%, the payment jumps to $19.82 million per month. If payments are deferred for a year, the amount due become an additional $190.1 million for the 5% or $237.9 million for the 10% loan. At the end of the 10 years the $1.5 billion borrowed at 5% would have become a total of $1.909 billion. The 10 years at 10% would have become a total of $2.379 billion. Loan amortization is not a straight forward Arithmetic. It is for this lack of understanding and a combined criminal lack of care that Ghana keeps increasing in our accumulated debt burden whiles there is no appreciable increase in durable roads, asphalt concrete highways or Motorways, and water and electricity are still

problems in the modern day even in the cities.   It is refreshing to note that 31 Banks in 17 countries in Europe, America and Asia would give Ghana loans on the strength of our cocoa product alone, with no government guarantee. The people of Ghana however deserve openness. It can be easily surmised that due to corruption the government officials always fail to disclose. Past Presidents in the post Nkrumah era always seem to be in complicit to this culture called “nkatasoy3” (undercover deals) in the Akan language. One can guess that for the $1.5 billion these financiers give us, Ghana will end up paying back an additional $100 million, depending on the interest. Within this range from say 2% to10% this will be $30 million to $150 million and plenty of room for moneys to exchange hands among officials. This is where the massive looting of government wealth takes place and millions of dollars go into the

pockets of individuals in the government. These people are already on the payroll of Government as executives. For G o d ’s s a k e , w h y can’t they be open! On behalf of the Ghana Leadership Union, I hereby challenge the COCOBOD executives and Board Chairman Dr. Anthony Fofie, and the Minister of Finance Dr. Kwabena Dufuor, to start this culture of openness. Please give the public full disclosure as normally done in the democratic nations, since the money belongs to the people of Ghana. The late President Mills (RIP) sat on the Right to Information Act and we call on President Mahama to sign it now. Please sign it within the next three months before the elections if he is to be distinguished as a man if integrity. Dr. Kwaku A. Danso President -Ghana Leadership Union (GLU) & Moderator GLU Forum. Contact: dansojfk@ g m a i l . c o m


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Downsizing public sector will be dangerous for the economy Finance Ministry

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become victims of our circumstances. She taught me about the unbelievable power of faith and love. My aunt Mildred was also a very important role model, along with my grandmother Viola Parsons. In truth, I was raised by a community of women. They were always in the background pitching in whenever my Mom was in need. Despite all the hardships, they created a positive environment in which all of us children could be properly nourished with a sense of responsibility,

dignity and pride. My aunt Mildred is a teacher, and as such she instilled in us the importance of a good education. At the age of 74, she is still teaching today. There are scores of other individuals I could name because behind every successful person are plenty of people: role models, mentors, colleagues, friends and family members. No one gets here by him or herself so I am grateful to a lot of people cont'd on pg. 30

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BUSINESS

What’s Your Ratio? Tips for Business Loan Financing By Eddie Twumasi Smith Bsc(Hons) Chem Eng, MBA,CGA, CPA

nancial health of business operations and potential competitive edge to the person who is managing it

A common predicament faced by many small to medium business owners is a lack of funds to start-up business operations or a limited cash flow to continue operations. The need for cash causes many business owners to rely on banks and other financial institutions to obtain money through means of a loan. Loaning institutions have always been selective when it comes to business loan requests and approvals. However, in recent times, particularly, after the fall of the Canadian economy in 2008, financial institutions have become even more cautious, which has led to increased loan refusals and financial institutions not wanting to take on the risk of lending money without the assurance of financial strength and evidence of potential business success from the borrower. This sparks much frustration for business owners, whom get rejected from the very sources that they depend on to assist in establishing and sustaining viable businesses. T i p s First off, here are a few high level tips a business owner should keep in mind and pay close attention to when opting to request for business financing/ loan. 1. Small business owners will have to present a comprehensive business plan/model to financial lenders. Business plans must always establish to the loaner that the business will generate revenue enough for profit and pay-back the loan according to their terms. By providing a snapshot of the industry situation, competition analysis in the market and specific strategies such as the 4 P’s (Product, Pricing, Placement & Promotion Strategies) espoused by lead marketing experts such as Philip Kotler.

3. Within the business plan, entrepreneurs need to provide the relevant documentation for the business financial profile which should include a Balance Sheet, Profit and Loss Statement that reflects the history of your business activity and an Analysis Section, revealing trends with the use of key business ratios. What’s Your Ratio? - Ratio Analysis There are many types of business ratios a business owner can use to establish the financial prediction for their business, in preparation for financial loan request. Consequently, in many cases, the financial profile of a business plan/ model tends to be the area of challenge for the average entrepreneur, unless they particularly have a background in accountancy and/or are just very strong with numbers and familiar with business equations and their applications. As a result, business owners may solicit the expertise of a financial professional to complete the financial analysis on their behalf. However, this doesn’t have to be an intimidating process. Here are a few ratio analyses that any business individuals can start with and work out on their own. Furthermore, the type, size and complexity of the business will determine the appropriate ratios one can use. 1. Liquidity – Refers to a company’s ability to pay off its short-terms debts obligations. Generally, the higher the value of the ratio, the larger the margin of safety that the company possesses to cover short-term debts. Liquidity Ratio Equations Current Ratio = a. Total Current Assets/ Total Current Liabilities b. Quick Ratio = Cash & Equivalents + Trade Receivables/ (Total Liabilities). 2. Leverage – Refers to the solvency of the company. a. Debt to Equity Ratio = Total Liabilities/ Total Equity

3. Operating – Refers to how the operations of the 2. To attract positive ap- company are being manprovals for financing from aged. lenders, business owners will need to demonstrate Operations Ratio Equaa proven track record of tions past business successes a. Sales/Receivand evidence of being an ables = Net Sales / Trade effective business person. Receivables This in turn may support b. Cost of Sales/ the decision of funding Inventory = Cost of Sales / approval; by showing Inventory the connection to the fi- c. Profitability = Net

Income/ Total Revenue The small/medium business owner can use the above ratios to determine the trends within his/her business model/plan to identify growth aspects and financial forecasting, before presenting a business portfolio to a financial institution in request of a loan. Which Ratio Speaks the Loudest? Among the various financial analysis ratios a business owners will use to calculate his/her financial statements, the most important for the owner to be familiar with in my opinion is the “Current Ratio” as defined above, current ratio is the relationship between the total current assets against the total current liabilities. In simple terms, this ratio provides an indication to the owner on how the operation is converting short term liabilities such as line-of-credits, short term creditors accounts and other short term borrowing into cash, inventory or receivables which will eventually enhance the profitability of the business operations. Understanding these financial targets, strategies and the application of ratio equations calculated accurately in your business plan/ model, will in turn reveal to a financial institution the profitability potential of your business and short term liquidity hence positioning a business owner for increased chances for financial support from the banks other loan institutions. Small business owner are mostly advised to target a current ratio of 2:1. That means the total value of all current assets outweigh the total value of the all current liabilities by two times. Where this ratio is less than 1, that is the business short term liabilities far outweighs the total current assets. In such case, the business owner is advised to revise their marketing strategies. That is adopting tactical 4 Ps to improve revenue and other market prospects. The 4 Ps are: Pricing Strategy, Promotion Strategy, Product Strategy, Place Strategy. These marketing strategies if adopted in the right mix and right context will enhance the small business profit and short term liquidity hence positioning the small business owner for better financing from the banks or loans institutions. In my next article, I will be comparing and contrasting leases and loans. Please stay tune.

The Bankruptcy Trustee Is Not Your Friend

By: Ken Ntiamoa, MBABIA Insolvency Counsellor

I s N o t Yo u r F r i e n d “ Be warned that the bankruptcy trustee is the prosecutor, the judge and the jury all rolled into one.” Let me ask you this question. If you were faced with a criminal o ff e n c e , w o u l d y o u face the prosecutor, the judge and the jury alone? Probably, not! You would go to court in the company o f a g o o d l a w y e r. Similarly, if you are faced with debt problems and you are considering declaring bankruptcy, or a proposal to your creditors, it is not a good idea to face the trustee alone. Be warned that the bankruptcy trustee is the prosecutor, the judge and the jury all rolled into one. He works for the Bank and not for you. A bankruptcy trustee is appointed by the bankruptcy court to oversee the bankruptcy of an individual or a business. The duties of the bankruptcy trustee include: • Collecting

and selling assets • Paying off creditors with the assets in order of priority class. • In a Chapter 11 Reorganization, to operate the business so as to preserve the value of business assets • To m a k e periodic reports to the court on the progress o f t h e b a n k r u p t c y. A bankruptcy trustee, like other trustees, has a fiduciary duty to be responsible for the funds under his/her care. A friend of mine from the Bahamas went to a bankruptcy trustee to declare bankruptcy. The Trustee was very nice to

him in the information gathering stage to such an extent that he felt he and the trustee were friends. “What’s your name, job, income, RRSPs, homeowner and so on? In the process the trustee found out that my friend was from the Bahamas. “Oh, you are from the Bahamas? The trustee queried. I hear it is a beautiful place. I would like to visit there someday” “Oh, Yes. I’m from the Bahamas and it is a beautiful place. I own a nice home on the beach. You may stay there for free if and when you visit.” My friend proudly answered. Before my friend realized, his beach-home in the Bahamas was sold to pay off his debts in Canada. If you are having debt problems, call me at 416-398-1877 ext 201. I will help you face them squarely and resolve them. Ken Ntiamoa, MBA BIA Insolvency C o u n s e l l o r Mortgage Broker

3 Ghanaians excel in Silicon Valley The ingenuity of three young Ghanaians has seen them emerge as one of the promising developers in the world. The team’s production of world number one start-up application called Dropifi has earned them a deserving special mention at California’s technology capital, Silicon Valley. Dropifi has won the accolade of being the first African company to join the Silicon Valleybased 500 start-up apps. David Osei, Effah Mensah and Kamil Nabong founded the startup in November 2011 after joining the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (Mest) programme in Accra, Ghana in August of the same year. Dropifi is a smart customer service designed to replace the “Contact Us” button on the websites of corporate organisations with a smart ‘widget’ that allows companies to better analyze and organize incoming messages. Speaking to the CNN recently, the team explained that Dropifi is a smart customer service widget that helps users better analyse,

visualize and respond to incoming messages and also tells when sent emails are opened.

able them spread their wings and veer into other technological areas.

David Osei said the recognition of the team’s effort by industry watchers around the world is “a dream come true” adding that they will work hard to meet the expectation.

He divulged that currently, they have thousands of corporate clients who have signed up to the system, most of which are in the USA and in Europe; but there are few in Ghana such as Saya, Retail Tower and Claim Sync among others.

He said the widget has only three fields to be filled by the customer/ potential customer, but is able to pull other details about persons from their social networks and other online sources, which is then forwarded to the company, so they have a better understanding and insight of who each individual is, to ensure a more effective response. The co-founder member disclosed that currently they were focusing on the USA, UK and Canada markets. This, he believes, would en-

He believes that the numerous awards won by Dropifi since its inception is a result of its easiness, simplicity and affordability of the web tool. The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is a two-year fully sponsored trainee program for young graduates with a focus on practical skills in software development and entrepreneurship. GhanaWeb is a media partener of the MEST. ghanaweb


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TALKING FINANCES Wealthiest Spot On Earth By: Gabriel Quayson, Toronto The wealthiest spot on Earth is not the oil fields of Saudi Arabia or the gold mines of Ghana or the diamond mines of South Africa. Neither is it the bank vaults of Wall Street or Swiss banks. It may surprise you that the richest deposits of our planet lie just a few blocks from your house. They rest in your local cemetery or graveyard. Buried beneath the soil within the walls of those sacred grounds are dreams that never came to pass, songs that were never sung, books that were never written, paintings that never filled a canvas, ideas that were never shared, visions that never became reality, inventions that were never designed, plans that never went beyond the drawing board of the mind, and purposes that were never fulfilled. Our graveyards are filled with potential that remained unfulfilled. Only a small fraction of the seven billion people on this planet will experience a significant portion of their true potential. This is what Abraham Maslow termed, Self Actualization. Are you a candidate for contributing to the wealth of the cemetery or would

you let your light shine? What is potential?, A u t h o r D r. M y l e s Munroe defines potential as a dormant ability, reserved power, untapped strength, unused success, hidden talents, capped capability, all you can be but have not yet become, all you can do but have not yet done, what you can accomplish but have not yet accomplished. Potential is unexposed ability and latent power. Potential is therefore not what you have done, but what you are yet able to do. In other words, what you have done is no longer your potential, it’s your accomplishment. It is said that unless you do something beyond what you have done, you will never grow or experience full potential. Potential demands that you never settle for what you have accomplished. One of the great enemies of your potential is success. In order to realize your full potential, you must never let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but life that never realized its full potential. You must decide today not to rob the world of the rich, valuable, potent untapped resources

locked away within you. To u n d e r s t a n d y o u r potential, let us look at one of the most powerful elements in nature… THE SEED. If I held a seed in my hand and I asked: “what do I have in my hand?”, what would you say? Perhaps you would answer what seems

to be the obvious…”a seed”. However, if you understand the nature of a seed, your answer would be fact and not truth. The truth is I hold a FOREST in my hand. Why? Because in every seed there is a tree, and in every tree there is fruit or flower with seeds in them. And these seeds also have trees that have fruit that have seeds, etc. In essence, what you see is not all there is. That is potential. Not what is, but what could be. Children have unlimited potential. When you look at your child, the truth is, you could be looking at the first

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more than you are at any moment. Ask yourself the following questions: 1-Who am I?, 2-Why am I here?, 3-How much potential do I have?, 4-What am I capable of doing?, 5-By what criteria should I measure my ability?, 6-Who sets the standards?, 7-By what process can I maximize my ability?, 8-What are my limitations? 9-How can I move to the next level? 10-What are my callings/gifting (what can I do better than most without any effort on my part)? Within the answers to these questions lies the key to a fulfilled, effective life. cont'd on pg. 40

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Observing Fasting in the Holy Month ‘Ramadan’ By: Alhassan Ahmed, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada “It is made lawful for you to go unto your wives during the night preceding the day’s fast: [Your wives] they are as a garment for you, and you are as a garment for them. God is aware that you would have deprived yourselves of this right, and so He has turned unto you in His mercy and removed this hardship from you. Now then, you may lie with them [your wives] skin to skin, and avail yourselves of that which God has ordained for you, and eat and drink until you can discern the white streak of dawn against the blackness of nigh, and resume fasting until night fall; but do not lie with them skin to skin when you are about to abide in meditation in houses of worship. These are the bounds set by God; do not then, offend against them- [for] it is thus God makes clear His messages unto mankind, so that they might remain conscious of Him”. [AlQur’an chapter 2 : 187] Ramadan is the ninth month in Islamic calendar. Literary, the word Ramadan is driven from a root word ‘ramad’ meaning scorching heat and Ramadan means dual scorching heat. The Holy Promise Messiah (AS) explained that during the holy month of Ramadan Muslims face two types of heat, the natural heat of sun and the heat of s p i r i t u a l i t y. F a s t i n g according the tradition of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is Allah’s property and it is only Him, Allah who looks into ones fasting and rewards that person accordingly. The Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in the month of Ramadan so this month is a month in which

Muslims intensify their recitation of the Holy Book ‘Al-Qur’an’. In Ramadan Muslims around the world seek closeness to Allah and forsake bodily pleasures. Fasting is an act of worship in Islam that provides nourishment to the soul as the way good food gives live to the body. Fasting is defined in Islam as abstention from food, drink and sexual intercourse from sunrise to sunset. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims fast for twenty nine days or thirty days according to the appearance of the new moon in Arabic calendar. In Islam, every Muslim who reaches the age of maturity (adolescence) must observe fasting in the holy month of Ramadan. It is mandatory to all. People who are suffering from mental illness and those people who are in coma for a longer period are excluded from this mandatory worship until they are mentally recovered. Muslim women are temporarily waived from fasting at the time of menstruation and breastfeeding. They are allowed to pay back the fast any other days during the year before the next Ramadan. “The month of Ramadan is that in which the Qur’an was sent down as guidance for mankind with clear proofs of guidance and discrimination. Therefore, whosoever of you is present at home in this month let him fast therein. But whoso is sick or is on a journey, shall fast the same number of other days. Allah desires to give you facility and He desires not hardship for you, and that you may complete the number, and that you may exalt Allah for His having guided

you and that you may be grateful”. [ Al-Qur’an chapter2 : verse 186] Muslims are encouraged to remain pious and be more kind and generous to everybody. Our Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) mentioned that even if someone directly or indirectly assault, reprimand or course any sort of abuse to us during the month of Ramadan we should calmly announce to such person that we are in the state of fast and we should not retaliate in any manner. Ramadan is a peaceful month which returns to us annually to remind us of steadfastness, endurance, and fear of Allah. In Ramadan Muslims learn more about the suffering of poor, starvation and hunger so that we can be kind to others and feed the poor and homeless with passion and respect because we know what is means to hungry or stay a whole day without food. Such are the conducts every Muslim should have not only in Ramadan but such conducts should be part of our lives so that we can be distinguished in every community and entice others to come and join us. Islam itself is peace and security to humanity. Having selfrespect and respect for others is part of our faith. Violence in any kind is never accepted in Islam. Any Muslim practicing disorder is committing a big crime in Islam and such person shall not be called a Muslim any more. Ramadan is a period in which one should sit back and take account for self, repent and seek forgiveness from Allah and think and act for the betterment of everybody, love every one and hate no body.

Obama picks Deaf Black Female Lawyer for White House job cont'd from pg. 27

How did you become interested in working for the Federal government? My interest in working for the Federal government was sparked while working as a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney at the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Law and Advocacy Center from 2000-2002. The NAD operates on a shoe-string budget and the law center staff fluctuates from two to four full time attorneys working tirelessly to keep pace with incoming discrimination claims and requests for technical assistance from among the 36 million deaf and hard of hearing individuals in America. It was there that I confronted the truth that passing legislation is one thing but actual implementation with enforcement is another. I felt that a job with the Federal government would more effectively allow me to affect the actual enforcement of laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, thereby alleviating the blatant discrimination that people with disabilities continue to face. What inspired you to pursue your field of interest? When I suddenly lost my ability to hear at the age of eight, I was taken out of school and kept at home to perform chores. Friends slowly disappeared and what was usually a cheerful hello was replaced by an awkward smile, curious stares and even outright ridicule. There were also those long road trips on the bumpy Jamaican roads to distant towns where healers would perform rituals in

attempts to cure me. I thought I was the only deaf person in the world. I did not realize until years later that a woman who everyone in my town knew as “dummy,” and who children my age would incessantly harass with stone throwing, was deaf. Looking back, I wish I knew her real name. What I do know is that the life of this woman – ostracized as “dummy” – almost became my own but for my mother’s triumph in successfully bringing me to America by the time I was eleven years old. By my junior year in high school, I made it known to all that I would go to law school and become an attorney. Many shrugged off my grand intention as wishful thinking. Some cited my deafness as an obstacle rendering it impractical if not impossible to pursue a law degree. Thanks to the values that were instilled in me during my formative years, I understood then that those voices of doubt neither dictated my worth nor my capacity. I want to contribute to a better society where there is more understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities and where the same opportunities are provided for all. What keeps you motivated? I am motivated by knowing that although progress is being made towards inclusion and access, there is still a great deal more work to be done. Also, mentoring youth and young adults with disabilities keeps me motivated. I have an innate desire to give back. It is uplifting when you are able to empower another and help someone discover a sense of self-worth and confidence in his or her abilities. rogers.com.

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MOVING FORWARD WITH OUR YOUTH THE FUTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY

Implications of the Increasing Trend of Teen Pregnancy in Ghana By Kwabena Akuoko, MSW, RSW,, Toronto

Te e n a g e p r e g n a n c y i s reported to be on the rise in many communities across Ghana lately. And the most disturbing aspect of this development is that unlike a generation or so ago when girls became pregnant in their late teen years, various reports indicate that 12 – 14 year-olds regularly become pregnant. Accordingly, women’s groups and other advocacy organizations have joined forces together, and working tirelessly to address the issue on several fronts. U n p l a n n e d p r e g n a n c y, especially among teenagers has farreaching implications for any given society. Compared to teenage males, pregnancy obviously has wide ranging consequences on female teenagers. It is more likely to hinder teen mothers’ future personal progress than teen fathers. Most importantly also, the problem causes society potential social capital in terms of the higher percentage of school drop-out rate among girls who become pregnant. It is important then for all stakeholders to continue to work together to educate teenagers about the serious consequences of the problem. Education needs to centre on how teen girls can adequately protect themselves through effective sex education programs and abstinence strategies. We need to take comprehensive steps to address the problem because of its disadvantageousness to our county’s future social and economic progress. The high social and economic costs of teen pregnancy and child­bearing can thus have short- and long-term negative consequences for teen parents, their children and society in general. There are also health concerns to be considered when it comes to teen pregnancy. Children of teen parents are for example more likely to have health problems due to related issues such as poor nutrition, inadequate pre-natal and post-natal care among other things. Additionally, babies of teen parents are more likely to be born premature with low birth weights, which usually lead to recurring poor physical health and psychological conditions and other problems. Also, aside from the potentiality of being socially isolated and poverty stricken, pregnant teens are usually blamed for unsubstantiated promiscuity, which in Ghanaian tradition carries enormous stigma. Studies indicate that many pregnant teens risk their health and lives and that of their children as well. Offspring of teenage mothers are more likely to have behavioural issues, problems of self control, cognitive difficulties, developmental delays and academic challenges. Children of adolescent mothers are more than twice as likely to be victims of abuse and neglect. Finally, daughters of juvenile mothers are more likely to become adolescent mothers themselves. Other long-term consequences of teen pregnancy include decreased likelihood of high school completion and further education for the young mothers, which in turn contribute to decreased likelihood of future employment opportunities with greater dependence on others for their livelihood. Teen pregnancy

also has tremendous bearing on grandparents, who end up taking of th eir gran d ch ild ren . Adolescents and grandparents are not the only ones affected by early and unplanned pregnancies. Other family members often find themselves assuming care and financial responsibilities for the children of teen mothers. Teen pregnancy leads to spiral social and economic consequences. It especially results in loss of educational and other opportunities such as welltimed job or skills training prospects among other things for teen mothers. This then leads to poverty and the tendency for a teen mother to find another male partner, hoping that he would support her financially and emotionally, and it does not take long before she becomes pregnant again. But since such relationships tend to be short lived, one major implication is that teen mothers end up becoming single parents. Consequently, the spiral takes one more turn towards illiteracy and increased poverty. Closely related the some of the implications of teen pregnancy is that the needs of teen parents differ greatly from those who choose to ha ve ch i l d ren l at er o n i n l i fe. Traditionally, teenagers’ encounter challenges associated with adolescence, and pregnancy or parenthood only compounds such difficulties. Teenage pregnancy is a very serious issue, which may impact the future of a young woman in particular. Quite apart from the obvious negative consequences associated with the problem, teens generally lack the basic requirements for motherhood. And since patience, maturity as well as the ability to deal with stress is some of the fundamental requirements for healthy pregnancy, it is not surprising that many pregnant teenagers have difficulties carrying pregnancy to full term without health implications. I want to conclude by saying that the short-term and long-term social and economic costs associated with teen pregnancy and parenting are high for the mother and, even more critically, for the child. Immature pregnant girls are often left on their own to make a host of challenging adult decisions such as keeping the baby, health care, education, and how to live and support themselves and their babies. While pregnant, these teenage girls are less likely to access early pre-natal care by attempting to hide pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. Most of them also tend to live in poverty when their children are born. Despite the best intentions of a family to have their pregnant child keep the pregnancy, most pregnant teens cannot overcome the obstacles to provide a stable and supportive atmosphere for their children particularly during the critical first years. It is therefore never too early for parents and educators to begin to explain to their children about how pregnancy and early parenting challenges will drastically affect their plans and curtail their educational and career aspirations.

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Top grad high achiever inside and outside classroom St. Roch Catholic Secondary School student Michelle OseiBonsu is the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board’s top Ontario Scholar from Brampton this year. She finished school with an average of 98.5 per cent in her classes. BRAMPTON— With all St. Roch Catholic Secondary School student Michelle OseiBonsu did outside the classroom this year, it’s astounding she had time to study. But the Grade 12 student didn’t only find time to hit the books, she managed to graduate with the highest academic average in the city. Osei-Bonsu was the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board’s top Ontario Scholar f ro m B ramp to n th is year. She finished school with an average of 98.5 per cent in her classes. To be named an Ontario s c h o l a r, G r a d e 1 2 students must have an average of 80 percent or higher in six subjects. “It’s definitely something I work hard at,” OseiBonsu said of her grades. She also works hard outside the classroom. She was president of the school’s DECA club, a youth business club and a member of the school’s Link Crew, a group of volunteer students who help freshman make a smooth transition from elementary school and mentor some of the younger students. She was also involved in the school’s Multicultural Day and was a reporter with the school’s student video production/ broadcasting team. Outside of school, she was a member of the Brampton Mayor’s Youth Team, a youth advisory group for the mayor’s office and Good Movement, a non-profit organization advocating for homeless youth in Peel region. “I love getting involved in the community and getting involved in my school,” she said.

Michelle Osei-Bonsu All the extracurricular activities helped satisfy the teenager’s wide range of interests and a desire to be a contributing member o f h e r c o m m u n i t y. With all those commitments on her time, it took strong perseverance when it came to studying, she said, that meant some late nights. “You study when you can and breath when you can as well,” she remarked. Teachers and students at St. Roch were a great deal of help and a tremendous support system, according to Osei-Bonsu. T h i s y e a r, s h e t o o k mostly business and math courses, along with English. She particularly enjoys and excels in math. “It’s very logical. I like logical courses,” she explained. “I like it when there is a d e f i n i t i v e a n s w e r. ” Despite that affinity for numbers and a natural talent for solving equations, she considers English her favourite class this year. “I loved reading the

books. Reading books is my favourite thing to do,” the 18-year-old said. Stories aren’t an escape, she insisted, but every new book can be like entering a new world. She is passionate about writing and intends to someday be a published author. “I have so many stories in my head,” she remarked. But she is also fascinated by the business world and that’s the passion she plans to pursue at university. “I’ve always been interested in business,” said Osei-Bonsu, who was leaning towards a career in the sciences until Grade 11 when she switched to business. “I feel like there’s so much logic behind business and a lot of intuition as well,” she said. She is still deciding what area of business she wants to concentrate on, but is excited by what she thinks are endless possibilities. “I’m super excited about university,” she said. It’s admittedly a chance for this insatiable student to explore more learning material. She will enter the business p r o g r a m a t We s t e r n University next fall. This year 3,037 DufferinPeel board students earned the distinction of being Ontario Scholars. Brampton Guardian ByRoger Belgrave

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Ghanaian community picnic in Winnipeg

Preparing for a tug of war which the women won

Playing ludo

Participating in a sack race

Drummers entertain the revellers at picnic in Winnipeg

The draught players at play

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Christ Redeemer Youth Music Day

Christ for Youth was the theme for the Annual Teenage Youth Music Concert Program. It was held on July 21st 2013. Presentation of certificates was by Inspector Glenn Holt of Toronto Police and Pastor Eric Amoah. Snr. Const. Ojo Tewogbade of Toronto Police was the guest speaker.

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Juliana Akosua Serwaa Seid celebrates her 60th birthday in Ottawa

. The occasion was held at Jim Durrell Arena Centre in Ottawa, Canada on Saturday, July 20th, 2013. It was attended by close friends and families from DuayawNkwanta and Tafo, Ghana as well as families from Toronto, New York and Ohio, USA. Nana Atoro Conconche II and both Reverend Anthony Owusu and Reverend Martin Boakye Yiadom also graced us with their presence. It was an evening to remember and the Seid family is truly greatful for joining the celebration of our beloved Juliana Serwaa Seid middle, left husband ( Rexford Y. Seid ), right mother's birthday. Madame Cecilia Nyarko ( Mama Cee)

Juliana Serwaa Seid cutting her birthday cake, flanked by her nephews Mr Jonas Amoah and Mr Osei Bonsu and rest of family

Julian Serwaa Seid entering the party hallwith her entourage Juliana Serwaa Seid with Reverend Martin Boakye Yiadom (far left ) and family

Auntie Rose Owusu Bekoe, Auntie Vicky and Agyeiwaa Boakye Yiadom (sister in laws) presenting their gifts

Juliana Seid enjoying herself on the dance floor

Juliana Serwaa Seid accompanied by Nana Atoro Conconche the 2nd, Nana’s wife ( Madame Agatha Acheampong ) and Auntie Cecilia Nyarko

Juliana Serwaa Seid on the dance floor with her husband ( Rexford Seid ) and Revered Anthony Owusu

Juliana Seid with husband ( Rexford Yusif Seid ), son ( Shariff Seid) , daughter in law ( Comfort Jolade) Auntie Christie and Rev. Martin B. Yiadom

Lubke Seid Jr (son) with friends

Juliana Seid celebrant dancing with friends Patricia and Mabel

Presentation of gifts by Lydia Peprah ( far right), Lourdina Safpo, Claudia Adjeitey, Comfort Jolade, Stefani and Natasha Boakye Yiadom and Gabriel Oteng ( MC)


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PEOPLE AND PLACES Watoto Children Choir at Living Word Assembly of God Church

A group picture with the Watoto and leaders of the Church after an inspiring show on Thursday 4 July 2013 as part of their North America Tour

Nana Asare Bediako celebrates 70th birthday

A glittering 70th birthday bash for Nana Asare Bediako (Ex Toronto Asantefuohene) was held on Saturday July 6, 2013 at the Apostles' Continuation Church, Toronto

Ellen Ofori's 65th birthday and retirement party On Sunday, July 30, 2013, friends and family celebrated Auntie Ellen Ofori’s 65th and retirement party at the Toronto Plaza Hotel on Wilson near Jane street. The celebration began with a thanksgiving service at the Ghana Calvary Methodist United Church. Cake cutting with the class of 1948 which included Mrs. Rose Osei-Bekoe, Nana Boakye-Ansah Debrah, Asokoremamponghene and also, Kumasi Nifahene, supported by Nana Owusu-Nyaning, Kwamohene and Madam Elizabeth.

Ellen dancing with her good friend, Nana Yaa Abrafi (aka Nana Love)

A show of appreciating by the birthday girl with a group dance Mr. Kwabena Tuga dancing with his Auntie

Ellen enjoying the distinguished presence of the Asokoremamponghene and Kwamohene by posing for a picture with them

Left to right at church: Mr. Kofi Adarkwa form Washington DC (Ellen’s cousin); Ellen’s daughter Ms Akua Acheampong, her beautiful granddaughter, Enoyaa Kyerewaa; Ellen and her son Boachie - Agyemang Acheampong


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Ghana High Commissioner to Canada H.E. V. Akyianu attends the 1st Anniversary Service of the Late President Mills. The event was held at the Transforming Life Center Ottawa on Sunday 21st July 2013. The host pastor was Rev. Dr. Ralph Dartey

A section of the Congregation H.E. Samuel Valis Akyianu with an interpreter

From left Rev. Dr. Ralph Dartey, Emmanuel Ayiku, Mrs. Regina Dartey

Worship Team

The High Commissioner and staff with the congregation at the background

Montreal wins Ghanafest 2013 Soccer Cup in Ottawa

cont'd from pg. 1 Ghana, our motherland. A soccer match was played as part of the activities. It was between Ottawa Black Stars and Montreal Black Stars. It was an interesting game as both sides did their best to win the coveted trophy. Montreal lost 1-2 to Toronto Kipling Boys FC three weeks earlier in Montreal also as part of Ghana Canada Day celebrations so they were eager to make amends for their painful defeat on their home grounds. At the end of the grueling 90 minutes Montreal beat Ottawa 4-2 to lift the coveted cup. His Excellency Samuel Valis Akyianu, Ghana High Commissioner to Canada was on hand to present the cup to Montreal captain Pedretti Gyabaah. The spectators were also treated to non- stop Ghanaian music. There were traditional dances and games as well. Sumptuous Ghanaian dishes were cooked and served at the event. Azonto dance competition was the final event as Montreal claimed the ultimate prize of Azonto champion with the contestants winning various prizes. The crowned took the opportunity to get to know each other. The staff of the Ghana High Commission also attended the event.

H.E. Akyianu presenting the cup to the Captain Pedretti Gyabaah

H.E. Akyianu with the Executives of the Ghana Association of Ottawa

Ottawa Black Stars

Preparation of Ghanaian dishes

Serving of Ghanaian dishes Montreal Black Stars with their wives and Coach Samuel Ofosuhene Jr.


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cont'd from pg. 29 To ensure appropriate usage of your potential, you should come to terms that potential is always present, waiting to be exposed. It demands that

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accept your present state in life as your final achievement. Wherever you are is a stepping stone or an elevator to higher heights and ultimately, your on-going growth. A simple measure of appropriate usage of your potential is to ensure that you have moved up a level in a general positive direction each year, based on your giftings, talents, callings and prior accomplishments. For example, if you are a student and you achieved Cs last year, this year you should be getting Bs or better. If you are in sales and sold 100 products last year, this year end, more than 100 products should have been sold. Whatever we are doing, our humanity requires us to be better than previous. Never accept flashes of success or even major accomplishment as your final resting

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Don’t Exempt Private Universities from Corporate Tax: It’s Time for ALL to share the Tax Burden By: Michael Baffoe, Winnipeg, MB

Historically the tax burden in Ghana has been carried by only a small section of the Ghanaian population. Apart from a few areas of corporate tax, in the mining and some industrial sectors, government tax revenues have come mainly from public sector workers and some section of the private sector workers whose names are on official pay-rolls. Many sectors of the economy especially those in the informal sector that make big profits from sales and other service provisions pay no taxes because their businesses are not captured in any official records for tax purposes. Just cast your mind around the major urban centers of the country and check all the big-time store-keepers, merchants of all kinds and traders who rake in heavy profits from their businesses. These sectors pay absolutely not tax! Add the countless number of religious organizations that have swamped the Ghanaian landscape who collect heavy revenue from their followers in the name of doing the work of “God”, pay no taxes on these revenues but who ever that “God” is sees no fraction of these revenues. The founders and proprietors of these religious organizations are very smart business people. As their institutions grow, they quickly add Day-Care Centers to their facilities and use the free or cheap labour of some of their followers to run the pre-school facilities. The users of these services, mostly their followers, pay for these services but the business-oriented “religious” proprietors pay absolutely no tax on their revenues. It’s all done in the name of the work of “God”. In no time, the Day-Care facilities of the religious units grow

character” without contributing anything to the national revenuegenerating efforts. But they and their members and service users use the same public services that are financed with the limited revenues generated from a limited pool of tax sources.

into full-fledged presecondary and eventually post-secondary institutions charging exorbitant tuition and administrative fees. No taxes are paid on these revenues. Who are you to ask the “men/women of God” to pay taxes on revenues which are collected in the name of “God” to do “God’s” work? So over time these religious organizations have built financial empires which generate revenues that contribute NOTHING to the national revenue base. There is a strong saying and belief in Ghana that the surest and quickest way to make good money and be rich is to establish a Church and/or a School because the financial returns are quick and you pay no taxes on your revenues. They are all regarded as “charitable” work in accordance with Section 10 (1d) of the Internal Revenue Act. Section 10 (1d) of the Act exempts “income accruing to or derived by an exempt organisation other than income from business”. Section 94 of Act 592 defined exempt organisation as “religious, charitable or educational institution of a public character”. Yes, “charitable” institution of public character!! So in the name of religion and service of “public character”, the proprietors of these religious-based educational institutions have enriched themselves in the name of providing services of “public

The education business has become so profitable that the churches and private persons have extended the provision of post-secondary education services to the establishment of tertiary institutions including universities. It is now fashionable for every major church organization in Ghana to establish a university College of some sort…affiliated to one of the public-funded universities. Let’s do a little roll call of some of the Church-based universities in Ghana: Valley View University, Accra (established and owned by the SeventhDay Adventist Church), All Nations University College, Koforidua (All Nations Church, Canada), Catholic University, Fiapre, B.A (Ghana Catholic Church), Pentecost University, Accra (Church of Pentecost, Ghana), Methodist University, Accra (Ghana Methodist Church), Presbyterian University, Abetifi and Akropong (Presbyterian Church of Ghana), Central University College, Accra and Prampram (Central University Gospel Church). The list is long but this is just the tip of the iceberg. You may then add those that are owned by private individuals and you will get a pretty good picture of the number of University Colleges and private postsecondary institutions in the country. And ALL of them charge fees higher than the public institutions, sometimes provide subgrade education and pay NO TAX on their revenues.

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Successive governments have made some efforts, mostly feeble ones, to widen the tax net to enable the Central government to increase its revenue intake. These have been piecemeal and largely unsuccessful. It is one of such moves that led to the introduction of the Value Added Tax (VAT, borrowed from our colonial Mistress, Britain) in 1986. This was the first time the tax net was extended to patrons of restaurants, hotels and other hospitality services. Nearly thirty years after its introduction, no serious official evaluation has been carried out to determine the success of this program and its contribution to the national revenue base. In other words, there are no official records or data reporting on how much revenue the VAT generates to the national revenue coffers each year or how much it has generated over the past twenty-seven years since it was introduced. There are currently sixtythree (63) private colleges and universities, admitting 26 per cent of students who enter universities every year. In the 2011/2012 a c a d e m i c y e a r, t h e private universities had an enrolment of 50,000 students. It was against this background of more student enrolment and more revenue generation by these private sector educational institutions that the Mahama Administration decided early this year to make them share the tax burden. It was an attempt to extend the tax net in Ghana to generate more revenue for the central government. As mentioned earlier, until this time, private universities in Ghana were exempted from the payment of corporate tax. The Internal Revenue Act (Act 592) was amended by

Act 859 in May, this year, with the aim of bringing private universities into the tax net. But the development, according to the Conference of Heads of Private Universities in Ghana (CHPUG), was detrimental to the interest of university education and Ghana’s development planning. They immediately rose up against this tax move by the government. They have called for an immediate restoration of the tax exempt status of private universities. A statement signed by the Chairman of CHPUG, Professor Kwesi Yankah, who is also the President of the Central University College, said “this new development suggests a diminishing recognition by government of the critical role played by private universities in any programme of sustainable development and poverty reduction and deepens our conviction that there is growing discrimination and a lack of equity in accessing state funding and amenities by universities in

Ghana.” It said CHPUG considered the withdrawal of the tax exempt status of private universities as a sad development in the history of private education. It said the withdrawal might also lead to a desperate search for alternative revenue sources by private universities, which could adversely affect tuition fees. “We, therefore, call on the government to restore the taxexempt status of private universities to enable this critical sector to discharge its responsibilities in the national interest,” it stressed. It said education was a public good, and laid a critical foundation in any process of development by producing the critical mass of human capital needed in the effort. It advised that private universities in Ghana should be considered an infant knowledge industry that needed state support to grow, and pointed out that a typical private university in Ghana was just about 10 years old, and still cont'd on pg. 66

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Is your Child Receiving Special Education? Understanding IEP – Individual Education Plan By Golda Abena Quayson

Are you a parent of a child in school receiving special education services? Are you concerned that your child with autism is not receiving the appropriate transition services to be prepared for life after school? Would you like to have more information about graduation and special education? This article will give you few pointers to consider helping “exceptional pupil” child to enjoy schooling as well as to get the proper resources to support your child during their school ages. Parents of children with special needs need to acquire more knowledge about the school system and other service providers that supports children with special needs. A child with a disability has the right to be educated from the age of 3 until their 22nd birthday. Check your child’s IEP if they are in High School and make sure that the graduation date listed is up until your child’s 22nd birthday not sooner. It is your responsibility to verify. Do not be afraid to ask questions if you are not sure of something regarding the process. The reason of developing IEP is to identify clearly for parents, school staff, and the Ministry of Education the reason for developing an IEP for the particular student who requires the help in learning. The definition of special education is: individually based education that prepares a student for post school learning, employment, independent living and financial self sufficiency. IEP – Individual Education Plan is mostly considered for children with mild disabilities. A student mostly gets help either in their regular classroom setting or outside the classroom considering the subject offered by the provider. The course or subjects are modified to suit the academic learning needs of these special needs students. It also elaborates and

helps them in the areas of skill deficits, transition services, job skills and training, and other related services that will prepare them to graduate. The IPRC – Identification, Placement and Review Committee from the Ministry of Education /School Board will determine your child’s e l i g i b i l i t y. A c l e a r understanding of the student’s strengths and needs is fundamental to the development of an effec tive spec i al education program and the provision of appropriate accommodations and services to facilitate the student’s learning. A description of the strengths and needs of the student must be recorded in the IEP files and data base. In the case of students who have been identified as exceptional by an IPRC, a description of strengths and needs would have been provided in the committee’s statement of decision. The description in the IEP must be based on, and consistent with the description contained in the IPRC’s statement, but may elaborate on it to reflect the results of any further assessments conducted or observations made of the student. In the case of students who have not been identified as exceptional, descriptions of strengths and needs must be developed on the basis of appropriate educational, psychological, and/ or health assessments, and on the basis of observations of the student. The descriptions of the student’s strengths and needs must be clear and specific. Special education personnel cannot graduate your child just

because they have enough credits. The law requires that special education personnel keep other things in mind when determining a graduation date. Some schools will try to give you all the reasons your child should graduate when the student has not reached his full potential of maturity. As a parent of a special needs child, you know your child more than any one else, so you have to help your child to make the best out of the education system. Parents have to successfully advocate against graduation, if they think the child still needs services or consider a transfer to another school which is willing to provide a longer support until your child is ready to make that transition from school. Do not ever feel shy or frightened to ask for the services and support for your child. It is his/her right!! There is nothing wrong if the child requires support. It will alleviate s o m e l o a d o ff y o u . There is the other side of the coin which appears that your child struggles a little bit at the beginning of school years and has been quickly forced into the program as a number of our children have been forced into certain special programs even when they do not need them. This is where you need to stand firm and maintain that your child does not need the support by attending all the meetings set for your child. This is the reason that it is critical to have your child stay in school as long as they can. Use this information to help your child receive the transition services they need so that they will be prepared for post school learning, and independent living. Most post-secondary schools in Ontario and Canada as a whole have provisions for students with disability to provide them with the resources they need to succeed in their learning journey to become effective citizens. Help them take advantage of these support systems and services.

Community Concerns Setting up Children to develop lying habits Doris Osei Bonsu, Crisis Counselor, Toronto One of the problems that many parents face is lying by their children. Parents will often personalize this problem and view it as a sign that their children lack respect for them. They may also believe that their authority is being undermined when their children distort the truth. It is very important for parents to recognize that people behave they way they do for a reason, even with the habit of lying. Rather than focus on the specific lies told by our children and the implications of those lies, we should, as parents, try to understand the purposes underlying the children’s need to lie. Sometimes parents make unconscious mistakes that encourage children to tell lies. When parents confront their children about their pattern of lying, they may inadvertently make the problem worse. Parents may unintentionally promote a power-struggle and cause their children to actually become more deceptive about their behaviour. In other words, asking angrily whether your children did something wrong when you know they did puts pressure on them to lie. If you know your child did something wrong, it is better to confront your child with your knowledge directly. Trapping your child in a lie when you already know the truth let your child be seen as a liar which is not good for a child’s self-image. Instead of using the word “liar”, it is better to use the phrases such as “you need to be more up-front with me” or “you need to be honest with me”. This relaxes the encounter and makes it more likely that you will get to the bottom of the situation. Interrogating your children angrily about a possible misdeed and then harshly punishing them after admitting it causes them to further lie to you. When faced with a situation children want to lie to avoid harsh punishment. Instead make it clear you will punish misdeeds more severely if they lie about them. For example, if your child admits to insulting someone, you might require your child apologizing but if the child lies you should require apology and impose a loss of privileges like not watching his/her favourite television program three consecutive times or taking a favourite toy from him/her. Lying about a misdeed should result in double punishment, one for the misdeed and the other for the act of lying.

Children will lie if they feel excessive pressure from a parent. Be sure to question calmly. You may be suspicious and ask probing questions, but avoid extreme anger. If your child admits having done some wrong, show appreciation for the child’s honesty and courage in doing so. You may show some affection to a child for telling the truth, but punish the child accordingly. As parents we should teach our children that lying damages friendship and relationships, and can cause us to lose friendship that we cherish and respect from other people. After punishing your child for lying to you, forgive him/her, see it as a crisis in your relationship and do not bring it up again. We should desist from calling our children as “liars”. You do not want this label to be part of your child’s self-image. Teach your children the importance of trust in a relationship and what it can cause them if they lie. Adolescence is the most difficult developmental period for dealing with lying. during their teen years, children are looking for ways to separate from their parents through experimentation, concealing of information and they tend to guard their behaviour when they are around their parents. During this time, parents should keep the lines of communication open. Unfortunately, some children are pathological or chronic liars. Through stealing, promiscuous sex, and other self -destructives behaviours, they show signs of mental disorders. These children need professional, psychiatric and counselling treatment. As parents, we should play and be seen as good role-models. Show honest communication and behaviour patterns, whiles demonstrating integrity with our children. Children easily pick up inconsistencies in parenting and use those as a reason to be untruthful and manipulative. We should bear in mind that lying is purposeful behaviour that can be minimized with healthy involvement with children, appropriate monitoring, sensitivity and understanding. By following these simple tips, you eliminate many reasons for children to lie and you greatly increase your chances of discovering the truth and helping when problem occur.

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By: David Yaw Twum-Barima, MD, MSc, FRCPC

This column is devoted to answering your questions on health and discusions of diseases which are common among the African Canadians.

Dietary supplements: Do you need them?

Understand your specific health needs and how a dietary supplement might benefit your health. Do you need to take dietary supplements? The answer depends on your eating and lifestyle habits and some factors beyond your control, such as your age. If you are eating three healthy meals a day, then you probably do not need to take vitamins. But dietary supplements may be appropriate in some circumstances under certain circumstances. Here are some instances in which you may benefit from taking extra supplements. Yo u m a y n e e d supplements if: * You don’t eat well. If you eat less than five total servings of fruits and vegetables daily, it may be difficult to get all of the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Also, if you eat only one or two times a day, you may be limiting the number and variety of servings you eat from the various food groups. * You’re a vegetarian. If you’re a vegetarian,

you may not consume enough calcium, iron, zinc and vitamins B-12 and D. You can get these nutrients naturally from nonmeat sources, such as fortified soy products, green leafy vegetables, legumes, whole-grain products and nuts. If you aren’t able to regularly consume these foods, dietary supplements m a y b e n e c e s s a r y. § You consume less than 1,200 calories a d a y. L o w - c a l o r i e diets limit the types and amounts of foods you eat and, in turn, the types and amounts of nutrients you receive. Unless monitored by a doctor, a low-calorie diet isn’t usually recommended. *

You have a medical

condition that affects how your body absorbs, uses or excretes nutrients. If your diet has limited variety because of food allergies or intolerance to certain foods, such as dairy products, you may benefit from a dietary supplement. Also, if you have a disease of your liver, gallbladder, intestines or pancreas, or if you’ve had surgery on your digestive tract, you may not be able to digest and absorb nutrients properly. In such cases, your doctor may recommend that you take dietary supplements. * Yo u ’ r e a postmenopausal woman. After menopause, women experience a sudden drop in estrogen levels, which increases bone loss. To keep bones strong and to decrease bone loss, you need calcium as well as vitamin D — the vitamin essential for absorbing calcium. Women who don’t obtain enough calcium and vitamin D through foods could benefit from taking a calcium supplement with vitamin D. * You’re a woman who has heavy menstrual

bleeding. If you have heavy menstrual bleeding, you may need additional iron to replace the iron depleted by blood loss. Iron deficiency can lead to anemia, a condition in which blood is low in hemoglobin, the substance which carries oxygen to tissues.

magnesium and calcium. But dietary supplements won’t make up for the major health risks caused by smoking. The safest option is to avoid all tobacco products. * You drink excessively. Long-term excessive alcohol consumption can impair the digestion and absorption of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B-1, iron, zinc, magnesium and folate. In addition, you may substitute alcohol for food, resulting in a diet lacking in essential nutrients. Excessive drinking is defined as more than two drinks a day for men under age 65 and more than one drink a day for men over 65 and women. Taking dietary supplements, however, won’t make up for the major health risks caused by excessive alcohol consumption.

* You’re pregnant or trying to become pregnant. During this time, you need more of certain nutrients, especially calcium, folate and iron. Folate is needed very early in pregnancy to help protect your baby against neural tube birth defects, such as incomplete closure of the spine (spina bifida). Iron helps prevent fatigue by helping you make the red blood cells necessary to deliver oxygen to you and your baby. Your doctor can recommend a dietary supplement. It’s important to start taking a supplement before If you’re generally healthy b e c o m i n g p r e g n a n t . and eat a wide variety of foods, including fruits, * You smoke. Tobacco vegetables, whole grains, decreases the absorption legumes and lean meats, of many vitamins and you don’t likely need m i n e r a l s , i n c l u d i n g dietary supplements. vitamin C, folate,

But if you seek assurance that you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals you need and you don’t mind the added expense and daily routine of taking a pill, taking a standard vitamin and mineral supplement with about 100 percent of the Daily Value (DV) for the various vitamins and minerals is generally fine. It’s always a good idea, however, to talk with your doctor, as he or she knows your history and specific situation best.

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Mosquitoes in Toronto test positive for West Nile Virus Toronto Public Health is warning people to guard against mosquito bites after a lab report indicated that mosquitoes in the city have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. “This is a timely reminder to the public to protect themselves from mosquito bites and to remove standing water from their property where mosquitoes can breed,” Elaine Pacheco of Toronto Public Health said in a news release i s s u e d We d n e s d a y. West Nile is transmitted to humans through bites from infected mosquitoes. About one in five people who are infected will feel sick, but recover on their own. About one in 150 people will experience serious symptoms, including stiffness of the neck, disorientation,

muscle weakness and loss of vision. Older people and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk. While officials say the risk of becoming infected is low, they say guarding against the proliferation of mosquitoes can help curb incidences of human infection. The city is advising a series of measure residents can take to help prevent mosquitoes from breeding. They include: We a r i n g l i g h t coloured, long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks and a hat when outdoors, especially at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Using insect repellent approved by Health Canada and following product instructions.

Removing standing water from property where mosquitoes can breed. Maintaining screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home. Toronto Public Health conducts weekly tests of mosquito traps around the city to keep an eye out for the disease. The city also treats catch-basins and areas of standing water with larvicide to prevent the proliferation of mosquitoes. This is the first positive test for the virus in Toronto this year. In 2012, city health officials reported 100 positive mosquito pools and 94 human cases of the virus. West Nile Virus was first discovered in Toronto in 2001. cp24.com


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The Man, His Movies and His Life 26-year-old Mountain resident died of gunshot wound By Bernadette Mary Poku, Toronto Meeting John Dumelo, one may just pass him by before taking a second look at the young man, wondering, is he not one of Africa’s well known, sexy (ladies’ Man) and seasoned actor? Thus far, John Dumelo has a repertoire of about fifty movies. He is talented with memorable acting skills and likability, respect for all irrespective of their background. He is humble and funny. John Dumelo is an unassuming young man with incredible business etiquette and a worldwide branding initiative of his line of products. He is simple and laid back. John Dumelo was in Toronto on June 30th to host the 8th Annual All White Party at Forum Banquet Hall. The event was organized by Afro Entertainment and Ghana House. I asked John Dumelo what makes him different from other actors; his coy answer was to reference the film industry to a football (soccer) match in which each person has unique skills, strengths and weakness and plays a particular role to the benefit of all on the team. John Dumelo’s aim is to project the African film industry to the world. Also, he realizes that there are untapped African markets in film making, distribution, directing etc. these countries are in need of skilled experts within the African film industry. He was recently in the Congo pursuing this untapped area of Africa that lacks film industry market. His interest in the movies did not take away from his education. Mr. Dumelo holds a civil engineering degree from KNUST. According to John, his first acting gig was in the movie Baby Thief, eight years ago, netted him ten cedis, which was nothing

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Traditional engagement of Robert and Mavis Family , friends and well-wishers gathered at the 10 Humberline Drive to witness the traditional engagement of Robert Taylor and Mavis on Saturday July 6, 2013. Mavis is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Brefo Mensah and Robert the son of Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Taylor. Robert and Mavis

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Summer Healing Crusade at All Nations Full Gospel Church with Dr. Uma Ukpai The crusade started from July 14th - 21st 2013 with God's goodness revealed through miracles, signs and wonders as their theme. The year was 20 years the crusade has been going on. The church was jam packed on the 21st the climax of the weeklong crusade. Kwaku Gyafi was on hand to lead the Praise and worship team. The hosts were Rev. Dr. Samuel Donkor and Rev. Mrs. Rose Donkor. Dr. Uma Ukpai

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“I am Here to Serve You.”-Ghana High Commissioner to Canada cont'd from pg. 1 also toured several important places, including the Provincial capital, Victoria. O i l a n d G a s The High Commissioner and his entourage crowned their tours with a visit to Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), where he held discussions on possibilities of collaboration with Ghanaian institutions of higher learning, particularly in the area of oil and gas. In his welcome remarks, Dr. Gordon Lee, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, said KPU has had a longstanding relationship with Ghana and assured the High Commissioner that his institution would continue that relationship. He noted that through two faculty members— Dr. Kwawu Agbemenu and Dr. Charles Quist-Adade, KPU has collaborated with the Ghana-Canadian Association of BC (GCABC) and Ghanaian institutions of higher learning during the past few years.

Sandra Schinnerl, Director of the Office of International Students and Scholars, who participated in the meeting with the High Commissioner, expressed interest in recruiting Ghanaian students to study at KPU. Future student and faculty exchanges between KPU and Ghanaians institutions of higher learning were also discussed. H i s t o r y of Collaboration In 2007, KPU and the GCABC jointly hosted the “Ghana at 50” Symposium to mark the country’s 50 th Independence Anniversary. In the Summer of 2010, KPU proudly organized the Kwame Nkrumah International Conference to commemorate the centenary birthday anniversary Ghana’s pioneer president, D r. K w a m e N k r u m a h .

Dr. Gordon Lee, Provost and Vice-President and His Excellency, Mr. Samuel Valis-Achianu, In the background are Dr. Kwawu Agbemenu and Dr. Jacob Otchere-Darko, members of the GCABC

The High Commissioner interacting with some church members

In 2008, Dr. Quist-Adade and Dr. Kwawu Agbemenu, retired KPU Geography professor, cont'd on pg. 60 From Right: Mr. George Piprah, Consul General, Mrs. Akyianu, H.E. V. Akyianu, Mr. Obeng Koranteng, Rev. Dr. Agyei Dwamena, Mrs. Love Agyei Dwamena at the Church of Pentecost

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St. John's Anglican Church (Ghanaian Congregation) Annual Harvest and Thanksgiving Service Sunday, June 23rd 2013

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with the assistance of the local Delta-based NGO, Afretech collected and sent over 500 computers and accessories, several hundreds of mathematics, science, reference, accounting books and laboratory science equipment to 15 schools, libraries and a hospital to several schools in the Greater Accra, Volta and

Eastern regions. This was repeated in 2011 and 2012. In the summer of 2012, KPU and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) jointly organized the 2nd Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC) in Kumasi, Ghana. Currently, KPU and

KNUST are planning the 3rd Kwame Nkrumah International Conference to be held at Kwantlen in the summer of 2014. The Sociology Department under the aegis of Dr. Charles Quist-Adade has organized two summer field schools in Ghana in 2011 and 2012. The next one is slated for 2014.

Also, since 2009, Dr. Quist-Adade has taught two partially online courses (Sociology of Global Inequalities and Global Social Justice) which has linked his Canadian students with their Ghanaian peers at the University of Ghana, Ghana Institute of Journalism, and KNUST. Students in his classes created and donated solar

lanterns to schools in Ghana as part of his Ghana Field School. Last year, 10 of the lanterns were donated to students at Eguafo Secondary School in the Central Region and five were donated to their counterparts at Teawiah District Assembly Primary School. Fifteen more of the lanterns are ready to be donated during the next field school in the Summer of 2014.

S c h o l a r s h i p s In addition, students in Dr. Quist-Adade classes have raised over $7,000 during the past three years, which were donated to deprived students in several schools in rural Ghana as scholarships, and to provide school supplies, including computers, notebooks, pens and pencils, backpacks, soccer balls, jerseys, etc. The High Commissioner ended his visit with worships at the Church of Pentecost and the Calvary Worship Centre in New Westminster and Surrey, respectively on Sunday, July 7, 2013. “This was a very enlightening meeting. I was impressed by His Excellency’s humility and especially his leadership by example by paying his membership dues. Mr. Obeng-Koranteng was masterful in his grasp of the issues raised and answers to the questions posed” observed Mrs. Gifty Frimpong, VicePresident of the GCABC. By Charles Quist-Adade with additional reporting from Maayaa QuistAdade and Malaika Quist-Adade.

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Let's Think Family - By Rev. Dr. Samuel Kisseadoo

Engaging in open communication and dialogue in your relationships Communication is the blood of all relationships, and your relationship will therefore be anemic or lifeless if communication does not flow from both sides of the couple or lovers in the love affair, marriage, or relationship. Open and sincere communication is the foundation for true and total knowledge that will be synthesized by the mind and heart to generate and build true love that is enthusiastic, satisfying, and sustaining. In my personal observations, I have noticed at least 6 basic principles for the best communication in marriages and all relationships. These principles are: 1) Communicate G e n u i n e l y Make sure you are sincerely asking your questions and making your statements with honest intentions. If your companion detects insincerity, you lose integrity, and you set up destructive barriers against any future good communication between the two of you. In addition, God is a God of truth, and will never support a liar. You will be on your own! 2) Communicate Patiently Patience is the most important part of faith. If you do not have faith in the person you are speaking to, then there is no point in approaching the one to begin with. Faith goes with trust. If

you do not believe that I will believe you, answer your question, or pay attention to you, then why should you approach me in the first place? If you believe you will receive a favorable response from me then wait patiently for that appropriate response, because my brains will need a few seconds at least, to think over your statement, give you a favorable response, and satisfy your need. 3) Communicate I n t e l l i g e n t l y By that I mean you should not ask stupid questions or make foolish and upsetting statements. The desire of men and women can be so strong under unfavorable or exciting circumstances such that emotions can spill over, and desire can be misguided or become absolutely wrong. In which case desires and emotions can override real wisdom, and then communication that is undesirable can come forth even from

respectable lips. That is when, for example, coarse, foolish, and nasty jokes, mockery, or abrasive criticisms and insults spill unthinkably from our mouths, and secrets are unfaithfully and carelessly blurted out without any regard for consequences. This is common when we are excited, frustrated, biased, prejudiced, proud, envious, annoyed, angry, or drunk. We can end up embarrassing or disgracing others and ourselves in public. This can happen on personal level or on radio or televisions programs, and even in the pulpit or business meeting in church and on the job, or at a great conference! If for example you ask your wife or a lady whether she is “going to sell all that fat she has accumulated on her body”, or angrily tell your husband that “all he knows how to do in this world is eating, watching sports on TV, and having sex”, then you are in for a communication disaster! 4) Communicate R e a s o n a b l y By that I mean you should be fair and justified in what you ask or say. This becomes important when you are giving orders to children or adults, or when you are demanding answers to sensitive or important questions. Sometimes after volunteering to be nice and kind to someone

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(giving a donation, paying for something, making time to help etc.), the person asks or expects you to automatically spend more money or time on him or her at your detriment and even beyond your capabilities. Unreasonable or irritating questions and statements can come from the lips of that person to that effect, and they can be so annoying that communication is gravely hindered, and could completely break down between the two of you. The love and friendship between you can be seriously fragmented or destroyed outright. This has always been one of the big blows to good in-law relations, or stepparent and stepchildren love and communication. Is it reasonable, for example, if you shout and protest or insult me when I arrive late at home or to a meeting without first asking me what happened on the way? 5) Communicate Freely Nobody or nothing should make you feel intimidated to communicate what is in your mind and heart freely to anyone in order to receive the best response. You should be able to approach people and make your point or ask your question without any fear of rejection, denial, or embarrassment in the end. If you are honest and have good intentions, and have no evil to hide, then your free conscience should energize you for free communication as well. Spouses, parents, family members, inlaws, pastors, ministers, teachers, bosses, and superiors or leaders in particular should create favorable, loving conditions for free communication from those they relate and interact with. We can create intimidating and hostile conditions that frustrate all efforts to communicate on certain important or sensitive issues in a relationship (for example in the areas of sex, romance, money, purchases, savings, investment, property, project, domestic duties, assignment, respect, punctuality, patience, t e m p e r, p l a n n i n g , celebration, education, health, common hygiene, recreation, food, dressing, future marriage, religion, commitment to God, bad

habits etc.). Because it is a sensitive, hurting, frustrating, or weak area that embarrasses or bothers the person (or the one stubbornly refuses to make changes), any mention of that particular issue would usually spark off some fires! You therefore need much prayer and application of God’s word and God’s wisdom and love, plus humility, to communicate it wisely and freely for maximum effectiveness, relying on God’s power and believing that the Lord will soften the p e r s o n ’s h e a r t a n d grant the one grant the person listening ears. 6) Communicate c o m p l e t e l y You must decisively gather all the courage you can, and take your time to communicate all that is in your heart and mind completely. If you ask only half of your question, then you will receive only half of your desired answer. If you leave important parts of your statements out of your speech, or withhold vital words from your point, then it is likely that you are not going to receive the total response from me that will completely satisfy you. I have noticed that if communication is honest and free, then it has at least 99% chance of being complete as well. I wish to mention that one of the greatest virtues that all of us must build into our lives in order for these 6 communication pillars to become part of our lifestyle is to learn to be good listeners. Every person who is a poor listener is always a very poor communicator as well. If God wanted you to talk more than to listen, He would have given you two mouths and one ear! Please, learn to listen to people, if you are ever going to understand them, agree to work with them in unity, and be of a blessing to them. LEARN TO FORGIVE IN O R D E R TO C O N T I N U E COMMUNICATING Mistakes, offences, disappointments, and surprises are characteristic in any relationship, but true knowledge of the person you are dealing or living with, resulting from open-hearted frequent communication, will

always enable you to excuse the one, give benefit of the doubt, and especially understand your partner or friend, forgive or deal with the particular issue effectively in your mind and heart, talk matters over, continue to believe each other, and move along progressively with increasing love in the relationship. Forgiveness is a contract you sign with God in prayer to “forgive the one as Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). It does not mean that when you later see the person you will suddenly feel abundant love in your heart for him or her. You need to allow the circumstances to break and humble you before God, as you thoughtfully apply wisdom to take all the possible physical steps to assure the one of your forgiveness, release the person from the guilt of the offence, and gradually build love and trust again. God has already warned us that unforgiveness will always hinder the answers to our prayers, and prevent God from forgiving our offences against Him (Mathew 6 : 1 4 , 1 5 ; M a r k 11 : 2 6 ) . Obtain more information from Dr. Kisseadoo’s book Challenges of Modern Men And Women In Relationships”, plus other books online from: RedLeadBooks.com by searching with his name. Tune in to JOY 99.7 FM in Accra, Ghana on Saturdays at 5:30 am – 6:00 am (Ghana Time) or US Eastern ST 1:30 am – 2:00 am, and listen to Dr. Kisseadoo’s broadcast “Hope For Your Family”. Access on the Internet using MYJOYONLINE.COM, and click on “Radio”. Contact him in the USA (1-757-7289330) or Fruitful Ministries in Ghana on 233-208126533, for copies of his books, free counseling and prayer. Visit his website: www. fruitfulministriesint.com for essentials that will enrich your life, relationships, and ministry. Use DrSamuel Kisseadoo or RevDr. Kisseadoo to access his Wall on Facebook. Copyright July 2013 Rev. Dr. Samuel A. Kisseadoo (Professor of Biology, USA. International E v a n g e l i s t . O rd a i n e d & Licensed Minister. Teacher, Conference Speaker). Founder a n d P re s i d e n t , F r u i t f u l Ministries International Inc. (Evangelistic & Teaching Ministry). 6 Red Robin Turn, Hampton, Virginia 23669, USA. Tel.1- 757-7289330 E-mail: kisseadoo@msn.com

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Ghana Methodist Churches in Canada

The Apostolic Church Int'l.

( SOCIETIES UNDER THE GHANA METHODIST CONFERENCE) The Apostolic Church International (Toronto Assembly) is a Branch of The Apostolic Church in Ghana

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This is a loving and caring Church that preaches and teaches the whole counsel of God. A place where the word of God is backed by strong anointing to bring Salvation, Healing and Deliverance to all people who believe on the LORD JESUS CHRIST

CHURCH ACTIVITIES: Sunday Search the Scriptures - 12 noon - 12-45 p.m. Church Service - 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Fridays - 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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Bringing the Gospel to our Community By: Rev. Joseph Osei-Amoah THE LORD IS ON THE SIDE OF THE UNDERDOG 21 “You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. 22”You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. 23 If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear their cry; 24 and My wrath will become hot, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless. 25 “If you lend money to any of My people who are poor among you, you shall not be like a moneylender to him; you shall not charge him interest. 26 If you ever take your neighbor’s garment as a pledge, you shall return it to him before the sun goes down. 27 For that is his only covering, it is his garment for his skin. What will he sleep in? And it will be that when he cries to Me, I will hear, for I am gracious.” (Exodus 22:21-27 NKJV) L i v i n g Wo r d Assembly of God Church, where I serve as the Pastor, hosted the Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda, East Africa on July the fourth. The choir was organized from the Watoto Child Care Ministries founded in 1994 by a Canadian Pastor, Gary Skinner and his wife Marilyn, who since the civil war have been working in Kampala, Uganda, and at the peak of the HIV/ AIDS epidemic. These

children were among those abandoned when their parents died of Aids or left in the care of poor grand-parents and rescued by the Watoto Child Care. It was exciting to watch these children tell their story in an African fashion through singing and dance and also shared with us what they wanted to do as adult. Children raised in the fear of God as the Bible teaches grow up to be a blessing to society. Watoto Child Care Ministries caters for over 2,000 orphans where each child is raised in a family setting with godly foster parents in homes instead of the usual institutionalized orphanages. The above is a brief story of how the Lord has extended His love to one group of the underdog; the orphan in the above text –Exodus 22:21-27. The other three are the stranger, the widow and the poor. These and the orphan are the vulnerable in every society. The Akans of Ghana, African has a proverb which states: “The stranger’s eyes are wide open yet cannot see a thing.” He or she can be victimized

in a foreign environment. The widow is considered defenseless and the Lord Jesus accused the religions leaders of his time for taking advantage of widows. The last of the underdog in our text is the poor who depends on the kindness of others to survive and any illtreatment of such incurs the wrath of the Lord. As I was praying during the preparation of the message I recently preached in our church based on Exodus 22:21-27; I felt the Lord directing me to associate a husband with a stranger; the wife with a widow; and a child with an orphan. Interestingly, the husband, wife and a child also called the family; forms the basic unit of society. While the Bible teaches that the followers of the Lord Jesus are aliens in this world (John 15:18-19; John 17:13-16), they are to influence the world for the better. Unfortunately many husbands including some Christians have become strangers in their matrimonial home. They are not recognized as the head of the home by powerful wives before their children. Some men have accepted their new role as strangers in their own homes thus freeing them from their Godgiven responsibility as the bread winner, fathers, leaders and heads of their homes. Some wives take advantage of their new role as head of the home

and throw their husbands out of their homes, depriving their children of the care of a father in the home. (Ephesians 5:2224; Ephesians 6:4) On the other hand, some wives have been abandoned by their husbands for other women and the poor wives have been deprived of the love, protection, the care leadership of husbands and are saddled with the responsibility of providing for their children forcing such wives to live like widows. (Malachi 2:14-16; Ephesians 5: 25-31) In a home where the husband is like a stranger and the wife is like a widow, the children live like orphans with no one to really care for them. Caring for children is more than proving food, clothing and a roof over their head. The father is the priest of the family like Job who prayed for his children in the form of sacrifice (Job 1:4-5). God Himself gave

testimony about Abraham that he was great family head (Genesis 18:1719). Proverbs 31: 10-31, speaks of the virtuous wife and caring mother whose husband and children appreciate her. Parental guidance is the preserve of the married couple as God planned it. I take this opportunity to salute truly single mothers and father who have successfully raised children who have not become a problem to society. (Proverbs. 22:6; Proverbs 29:17) Unfortunately when a father is reduced to a stranger, a mother to a widow; and the child lives like an orphan, the entire family becomes poor as far as God is concerned and the chances of the cycle repeating itself through the next generation and subsequent ones is very high. State institutions may help but it is not the role of the central

Living Word

Assembly of God Church (Affiliated with P.A.O.C.)

139 Millwick Drive Toronto, Ont. (Steeles/Islington) Tel: 416- 741-6285 Fax: 416- 741-0133 Email: livingwordag@bellnet.ca

Jesus Is Coming Ministry 46 Panorama Court, Apt 911, Buss 5379

Government to raise children; it is the duty of the family as the Lord God planned it. If this article describes your situation, pray and ask the Lord Jesus for help. You may also contact a minister of the gospel for spiritual guidance. The Lord Jesus is still ready for anyone with a need: “Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) The following is a wonderful promise of restoration: “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, my great army which I sent among you. 26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you; and My people shall never be put to shame.” (Joel 2: 25-26 NKJV)

Church Activities

Senior Pastor: Rev. Joseph Osei-Amoah

(Kipling/Finch)

Pastor: Millicent El-Elyon El-Shaddai

Tel: 647-247-2930

Email: jesusiscomingministry@hotmail.com

Worship Time Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Thursday Morning Prayer Meeting 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon All Night Prayer Meeting - Last Friday of every month - 7:30 p.m. to 10-:00 p.m. We invite you to worship with us if don't have a church. Come as you are, all people, nations, tribes and tongues to meet the Master Jesus Christ and be change by His Love. All are cordially welcome

Sunday Early Morning Prayer: 8:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday Prayer: 10:00 a.m-12 noon Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday Prayer 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (Last Friday of the month “All Night Prayer”): 7:30 p.m.-12 mid-night Youth Service (Fridays): 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Departmental Meeting (Every other Sunday): 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.


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Ghana Calvary Methodist United Church, Toronto 65 Mayall Avenue, Toronto Ontario, M3L 1E7

Tel: 416-614-6110 647-341-7305 Email: gcmethodist@hotmail.com

Invites all Christians to join us to worship and glorify the Living God

Worship Schedule:

Sunday Church Service/Class Meetings: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Friday Prayer Meeting: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Do you desire to experience the power and the presence of God demonstrated in your life? Do you want to experience the marvelous work of God's grace in your life? Then, Bethel Prayer Ministry International would like to invite you to visit their church where the word of God is preached powerfully to release the power of God in your life. Pastor Dennis Awuku COME AND YOU WILL BE BLESSED Senior Pastor Res. 416-740-6963 Church 416-642-0390 Worship Hours: Sunday Service: 9am - 1pm Tuesday 9am - 2 pm Consultation Wednesday: 7pm - 9p.m. Friday: 9pm - 12 pm Saturday (Prayer Warriors) 6pm - 8pm Location: 52 Carrier Drive, Unit 12, (Albion/Hwy 27)

Contact:

Very Rev. De-Graft Semie Obiri (Calvary Methodist)

Saturday Auxilliary Minister Youth Musical & Computer Rev. Samuel Victor Mpereh Lessons Fellowship Meetings Choir Practice, Singing Band Practice 647-770-8440

Venue of Worship 65 Mayall Avenue, Toronto

(Route: Through Jethro Road or Haymarket Road, off Wilson Ave. between Weston Rd. and Jane St., or walk across bridge from Chalkfarm North)

Tel: 416-614-6110

Bethel Prayer Ministry Int'l

Etobicoke, Ont., M9w 5S5

Harvest Christian Church Invites you for a wonderful time with the Lord

Worship Hours Sundays (Mornings) 10 - 12:45pm Wednesday (Bible Study) 7 -8:30 pm Friday (All Night Prayer) 8-10:30pm Rev Moses Sarpong

Come and Experience the power of the Word Join us at 196 Toryork Drive(Corner of Weston/Finch)

Tel: 416-743-2507

Email: gcmethodist@hotmail.com

It’s Harvest Time So Reach Out And Make A Difference

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Peace Light Ministries

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Senior Pastor & Founder: Rev. Augustine Adu-Anane BRE, M.Th. CPC

Senior Associate Pastor: Rev. Eleanor Adu-Anane BRE, ECE

TIME OF WORSHIP

Rev. Augustine Adu-Anane

Wednesday: Bible Study 7:00 - 9:00 pm Friday: Group Prayer Meeting 8:00 - 11:00 pm Sunday: Christian Education 9:30 am - 10:30 am Sunday Service: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Tel: 416-839-1662 / 647-892-9412

LOCATION: 100 Penn Drive, Unit #3, North York, Ont. M9L 2A9 Happy are those who work for PEACE, for God will call them His children Mtt: 5:9

Lighthouse Assembly of God Church Lead Pastor: Isaac Takyi De-Graft SUNDAY: 9:00am-10:00am 10:00am-11:00am 11:00am-1:30pm

THE APOSTLES'

CONTINUATION CHURCH INTERNATIONAL (CANADA)

Prayers School of the Light Joint Service

Other Weekly Opportunities: Tuesday- (Time with the Holy Spirit) 10:00am-12:30pm (At Church) Wednesday- (Bible Studies) 7:00pm- 9:00pm (On Phone 647 722 5570 Access code 731 297#) Friday- (Time in His presence) 7:00pm-9:30pm (At Church) Every First Friday is a Special Youth Service 7:00pm-9:30pm (At Church) Every Fourth Friday is Half Night Service 8:30pm-12:30am (At Church)

LOCATION:

North American Headquarters: 10 Belfield Road Toronto, Ont., M9W 1G1 Tel: 416-247-6629 Fax: 416-247-5308

42 Steinway Blvd. Unit 1&2

(Hwy 27/Steeles) Toronto, Ontario, M9W 6Y6

Tel: 416-740-1200 Fax: 416-740-6435 Email:

lighthouse@lighthouseag.caWebsite: http:/www/lighthouseag.ca

Power of Grace Chapel Int'l Invites all Christians, Non-Christians and members of the Resurrection Power Tradition to join us worship the Great Jehovah

Place of Worship:

350 Deerhide Cres, North York, ON Sunday Wednesday Friday

Rev. Joe Bonnah Days And Time of Worship - 10a.m. - 1p.m.Pastor-in-charge - Divine Worship - Bible Studies 7p.m. - 9p.m. - Prayer / Deliverance - 7p.m. - 10p.m.

Contact Lines: Tel: 416-321-2796 (Pastor's Res) 289-981-1547 (Church)

Cell: 647-921-2414

Apostle Charles Anokye-Manu

Website: www.apostlescontinuation.org

SERVICE TIMES:

Worship Service Bible Studies All Night Service Deliverance

- Sunday 10:30 a.m. - Wednesday 7:00 p.m. - Friday 9:30 p.m. - Saturday 4:00 p.m.

Worship With Us At These Branches In Canada

Toronto

10 Belfield Road Tel: 416-247-6629 Scarborough Assembly 1632 Midland Ave., M1P 1C2 Tel: 416-288-1333 Pastor In-Charge: Pastor Ohene Kena Contact: 647-281-5303

Montreal Assembly 378 Cremazie East Montreal, Quebec, H2P 1E5 Tel: 514-271-9083 Pastor-In-Charge: John Arhin

Contact: Res: 450-687-4916 Cell: 514-654-6178

Immanuel Assembly of God Praise Temple of Christ International Church, Scarborough Sunday School: Church Service:

9:30am -10:30am 10:30am - 12 noon

There will be devotion each morning or evening from Monday to Friday on line 6:00 am to 7:00 am or 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Rev. Douglas O. Ansah Pastor-in-charge

Online telephone # 647-722-5570. Access code: 226688# or 124488#

LOCATION Don Montgomery Community Centre 2467 Eglinton Ave. E. Scarborough, Ont., (Kennedy/Eglinton Subway Station) For more info contact:

647-880-4216

Snr. Pastor: Apostle Osei-Bonsu

336 Gary Ray Drive @ Signet Worship Schedule Sunday Worship - 10 am - 12:30 pm Wednesday - Bible Study - 7 pm - 9 pm Friday - Prayer Meeting - 8 pm - 10 pm Second and last Friday of each month All Night Prayer Meeting 8 pm - 12 midnight

For information call: Apostle - 905-487-6658 Emmanuel - 289-400-7626 (cell)


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Reservoir remains identified as Daniel Baffoh cont'd from pg. 47 dent of the Ghana Association of Hamilton/Burlington, said the Baffohs are active members of the community and Baffoh was “like a son to us.” The family will need some time to soak in the news before moving on, he said. “We’ll wait for a signal from the family and then go from there,” he said. Leo Johnson, who goes to the same church as Baffoh’s parents, helped start

a Facebook page to find Baffoh after his disappearance. He described Baffoh as “just like many young, black teenagers,” but someone who “looked at the wrong places for solutions.” “He spent his teenage years looking for opportunities, but unfortunately the city didn’t have a lot to offer him,” he said. “There are a lot of young men and women in the community that are at the

same stage Daniel was at when he met his death.” Police proceeded to lay charges without having found the body. Mark Langille, 43, was charged with first degree murder in March. His 22-yearold son Damian was charged with accessory after the fact to murder. Andrew Keith Gordon, 39, was also charged in March with being an accessory after the fact.

Don’t Exempt Private Universities from Corporate Tax: It’s Time for ALL to share the Tax Burden

cont'd from pg. pg. 41 struggled to survive in a sector that was capital intensive. It described the timing of the policy as unfortunate as the country had reached a crucial point in its history where the private sector in education was crucially needed to mop up student overflows from two streams of senior high school applicants. According to the statement, private universities admitted 26 per cent of students that entered universities every year. “Any state policy that ends up weakening private universities could have adverse social consequences: it would further reduce the percentage of high school students that gain access to university education;

New Light Chapel International 190 BOVAIRD DRIVE, UNIT 12 @ HWY 10, BRAMPTON

I wish to point out and stress with all the force at my command that the arguments put forth by these private business persons masquerading as charitable education service providers hold absolutely no water!! Hear them say this…the move to get them pay tax on their revenues was detrimental to the interest of university education and Ghana’s development planning. I have never read and seen

such a self-serving and selfish interest on open display. If any move and practice is “detrimental to the interest of university education and Ghana’s development planning”, it is the selfish and parochial behaviors of these privateowned educational institutions, some of which are run in the Holy Name of the Almighty God. I fully support the Mahama Administration’s move in this direction. It is time to spread and share the tax burden. The time has finally arrived to end the practice of private business persons and persons hiding under the cloak of religion to amass wealth and contribute nothing to the national d e v e l o p m e n t e ff o r t .

Ghanaian Congregation

St. John's Anglican Church VENUE: 2125 WESTON RD., WESTON ONT.

You have been to Calvary for pardon, but you have not been to Pentecost for power. We invite you to worship with us and experience the Pentecostal power in your life.

WORSHIP SCHEDULE. Sunday - Divine Worship 10am- 12pm Wednesday - Bible Study 7pm - 10pm (Call ahead) Friday Prayer Meeting 7pm - 10pm (Call ahead)

and could throw into the streets thousands of SHS graduates who cannot be absorbed by the public sector. But it can also trigger staff downsizing and staff lay-offs which could worsen the unemployment situation in the country,” the statement added.

Priest-in-charge: Rev. Michelle Childs-Ward , Incumbent 647-234-8229 Rev. Fr. Jojo Eduam Entsiwah, Associate Priest 647-400-7055

Rev. Kwaku Asare

For information call: Rev. Kwaku Asare

905-654-7364, 905-840-2012, 416-270-6822 GHANAIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH ST. ANDREW’S PARISH 2547 KIPLING AVE. TORONTO ONTARIO M9V 3A8

MASS TIMES: 2:00pm – 4:00pm ON THE 1ST AND 3RD SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH. CONTACTS; FR. ALEX OSEI CSSp (Priest-In-Charge) - 416-266-6787 FR. ANTHONY ADUSEI CSSp - 416-266-6787 REV. MR. JOSEPH OWUSU AFRIYIE - 905-970-0824 PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DATES FOR OUR MASS SERVICE IN THE MONTH OF APRIL ARE THE 7TH AND THE 21ST.

Sunday: Bible Study - 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Regular Service: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Isaac Aborah-Sei Daniel Oteng Evans Ackah Dwomoh Abebrese

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647-859-9922 647-891-4211 647-403-6385 647-774-0747

Transformation Centre

Assembly of God Church, Mississauga

Join us on Sundays for worship at: Venue: Meadowvale Community Centre, Mississauga

Address: 6655 Glen Erin Drive Main Intersection: Glen Erin Drive and Aquitaine Avenue Room: Youth and Seniors

Time: 10.00AM-1.00PM

Contact: Pastor Isaac K. Bonful Tel: 289-814-5482 Email: transformcentreag@yahoo.ca

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CHURCH MEETING PLACE AVAILABLE ON SUBLEASE

Call today to view 416 562 6714

Christian Hope Ministry Int'l Invites You All To Come Worship With Us Apostle-in-charge: Apostle Twumasi Ankrah

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GHANAIAN ANGLICAN CHURCH OF TORONTO 1796 Lawrence Avenue West (Jane & Lawrence)

A CHURCH MEETING PLACE IS available on sublease. This place can hold as many as 160 congregants. This meeting place has two renovated washrooms, heating & air condition and parking.

July 2013

Sunday: Bible Study - 2pm-3:00pm - 3pm-5:00pm Sunday Worship Tuesday: Teaching/Prayer - 7pm-9:00pm Thursday: Prayer Meeting 10:30am-12noon Friday: Prayer Meeting - 7pm-9:00pm Saturday: Group Meetings - 3pm-7:30pm Rev. Fr. Gabriel Opoku Ware Priest-in-charge

Res: 416-901-3932 Cell: 647-624-4044

Bro. Donald Amo (People's Warden) 647-979-9247 Sis. Monica Akrofi(Priest's Warden)416-748-8246 Sis. Beatrice Asare(Secretary) 416-745-8148

Welcome Home

Evangelistic Ministries Affiliated with the Evangelical Church In Canada

Snr. Pastor & Founder: Evang. & Prophetess Winnie Manu BRE, M. Div.

Tel: 647-344-6726 Cell: 416-200-2453 TIME OF WORSHIP: Sunday 10:30 am - 1:30 pm Tuesday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Friday 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Apostle Twumasi Ankrah

VENUE: 1177 Finch Dr. #20, North York "And these signs will follow those who believe, in My Name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues, they will take up serpents, and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them, they will lay hands on the sick , and they will recover. Amen (Mark 16:17)

"COME AND EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF GOD"

Gospel Action Ministry Location: 135 Oakdale Rd. (Back door)

Sunday Worship Celebration: 10 a.m. Friday Prayer Meeting / Discipleship Group: 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Last Sunday of Every Month: Healing Service

Place of Worship

236 Queen Mary Drive Brampton, ON L7A 3L3

Contact Info: Tel: 647 210 7057 Fax: 905 495 4789 Website: www.whemtoday .org

Email: info@whemtoday.org

Healing Service: Last Sunday of every month at Cheyne Middle School. 236 Queen Mary Dr. Brampton.

Glory Pentecostal Ministry of Toronto Pastor-in-charge: Rev. Rockson Owusu Atwima - 416-708-7742

Invites all Christians and Non-Christians to join us to worship the Almighty God

Senior Pastor: Rev. Peter Awuah

Tel: 416-836-9235, 416-667-8637

Worship Celebration Services

Rev. Peter Awuah

Service Schedule Sunday: Church Service 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm Tuesday: Prayer Meeting 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Friday: Bible/Prayer Meeting 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Last Friday of the month: All Night Prayer Meeting 11:00 pm

WORSHIP SCHEDULE Sunday Regular Service 11:00 am to 1:30 pm Tuesday Prayer and Healing Service 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Friday Prayer Night 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm

PLACE OF WORSHIP 230 Eddystone Ave., #207, North York, Ont. M3N 1H7 We are more tan our conquerors Romans 8:37 "Come and see the manifestation and the power of the Holy Spirit at work"

Living Praise Ministries Int'l Church We are a diverse group of individuals who come together to build a church based upon a common foundation in Christ Jesus

Pastor Sam & Helena Addai Pastor Elvis & Sonia Henry Our Services Friday: 7:30 p.m. Healing and Deliverance Service Sunday: 10:30 a.m. - Intercessory Prayer 10:00 a.m. - Worship Team 12:00 noon - Sunday Sch., children 3-13 yrs. Weekly Spiritual Growth Tuesday: Bible Study, 7:00 p.m. at the church Friday: Youth Ministry, 7:30 p.m. at the church Pastor Sam Addai Friday: Prayer and Revival Service, 7:30 p.m. at the church Tuesday: Anointing Today, 7:30 a.m. on Vision TV (61) First Friday of each month: Midnight Prayer Meetings 11p.m.to1 a.m.

Tel: 613-228-2189, 1-800-973-2189

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Around the Ghana Sports Scene Assifuah: It’s simply unbelievable the competition in the wake of two frustrating opening defeats against Spain and eventual winners France. Ghana’s breakthrough came in the third group game against USA, with Assifuah on target twice in a 4-1 success. After a nerve-wracking wait, they sealed the last Ebenezer Assifuah is ticket into the knocknot a name football fans out stages as the fourth across the globe are like- best third-placed team. ly to forget in a hurry. Yet the drama did not stop The 20-year-old grabbed there. After going behind six goals at the FIFA to Portugal, the West AfU-20 World Cup Tur- ricans fought back to win key 2013 to finish as top 3-2, setting the stage for scorer, helping fireGha- Assifuah to shine in a na to a third-placed finish nail-biting quarter-final and earning him the adi- against Chile. Not only das Golden Boot award.  did the fleet-footed for“I’m very happy that I ward score the equaliser, scored my sixth goal in he also hit the winning the match for third place goal in additional time at against Iraq today,” a the end of extra time to still-disbelieving Assi- hand Ghana a 4-3 victory. fuah said in an exclusive interview with FIFA. A proud test com in the catacombs Understandably, Assiof Istanbul’s Ali Sami fuah has not yet had time Yen Arena. “It was far to fully process the range from easy to get that of emotions encountered many goals over the at Turkey 2013: “The course of the tourna- tournament itself was ment and I’m very proud fantastic and was a very of what I achieved.”  interesting experience, but there’s no doubt it The No17 was an inte- was a real test for me gral part of an extraor- and the team. If you dinary tournament turn- look back at our games around for the Black and performances you Satellites. Even the most can see what a challenge die-hard fans would have it was. That makes me struggled to believe the all the prouder to have 2009 champions would scored enough goals to reach the latter stages of win the Golden Boot and

to have finished in third place with the team. It’s simply unbelievable.” Assifuah’s penultimate strike came in the 2-1 semi-final defeat to France, before he added another in the 3-0 triumph over surprise package Iraq in the match for third place. That goal edged him ahead of Portugal’s Bruma and Spain’s Jese as the tournament’s sole top scorer. In contrast to his prowling on-field persona, the imposing forward, who plies his trade for Liberty Professionals FC in his homeland, was reserved about whether his exploits would serve as a springboard to a glittering career: “It’s not up to me. With help from above I hope I can go far. That’s what I pray for.” Given Assifuah’s unusual ritual of hopping onto his right foot as he enters the pitch prior to a game, the interview would not be complete without FIFA.com enquiring about it. “It’s nothing really,” he said, laughing. “I’ve been doing it since I started playing football. It’s a habit I don’t want to drop - it’s brought me a long way hasn’t it? I think it brings me luck.” On the back of his displays over the last few weeks, nobody can argue with that. Share

Ghana defeats Iraq to earn bronze

Ebenezer Assifuah became the leading scorer at the FIFA U-20 World Cup as his strike helped Ghana to a 3-0 win against Iraq and earn them third place.

He faces strong challenge for the adidas Golden Boot from Uruguay’s Nicolas Lopez and Yaya Sonogo of France with both on 4 goals ahead of the final meeting

Adidas Bronze Ball: Clifford Aboagye (Ghana) While Clifford Aboagye may not be able to match the dynamism and athleticism of many of his West African teammates, the diminutive 18-year-old was without doubt the team’s creative hub. His impeccable

between both sides. In an entertaining game, Ghana, who won the Wo r l d C u p i n 2 0 0 9 took the lead after 35 minutes when Attamah scored his first goal at the competition. Then in added-time of the first half, Assifuah made it 2-0 for Ghana before both sides headed into the break.

With 12 minutes to end the game, Acheampong scored Ghana’s third to seal victory against the Asian side, who were making their debut at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Sellas Tetteh’s team will now leave Turkey with some comfort as the thirdplaced side after they missed out of a place in the final. Ghanafa.org

technique frequently allowed him to get the

better of opponents in tight situations, while his skilful turns created space, enabling him to demonstrate his wonderful range of passing with sensational throughballs. Aboagye’s four assists at the tournament played a large part in  Ghanafinishing third.

Alem Mumuni Wins Medal At World Race in Montreal Canada

By Theodore M.K. Viwotor, Montreal

Africa’s C2 champion, Alem Mumuni has won a bronze medal for Ghana at the World Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal race in Canada, with a very impressive performance. He won the bronze in the C2 category and placed 3rd in the combined C1, C2 and C3 category at the same competition. In all there were 4,000 athletes from across the globe.

The Black Satellites striker scored in between the opening goal by Joseph Attamah in the first half and a second half strike by Frank Acheampong in Istanbul on Saturday a s S e l l a s Te t t e h ’s side claimed bronze. Assifuah’s 46th minute goal earned him his sixth in seven matches at the competition and makes him top scorer in Turkey ahead of the final in the evening.

with Jonathan Annobil

In the time trials he placed 3rd in the C2 category and 8th in the combined C1, C2, and C3, C4 and C5 category. Earlier on in another race in Greenville, USA, Alem Mumuni was ranked 5th in the world while his colleague, Ernest Ayisi placed 8th to register Ghana’s name on the world map. In the USA time trial, he was 6th and Ayisi followed him at 7th position.

The competitions were aimed at building points for qualification to the Paralympic Games in Brazil in 2016. With these performances, Alem is awaiting confirmation of his 2013 world ranking, which is likely to be 2nd or 3rd. Speaking from his base in Canada, Alem expressed gratitude to Gerald Arhin, the entire Ghanaian Consulate, Nana King Kwarteng, the President of the Ghanaian community in Montreal, Mama Africa, Mr. Gerald Arhin, Nana Boateng who hosted and fed them throughout their stay. In the USA they had support from his friend Michael Houton Linahan who paid for their bus ticket from USA to Canada, Josh Pryor who also paid for their feeding and our hotel bill for their stay in Grenville the games village.

He was grateful to Union Oil, Discovery, Pippa’s Health Center and Bishop Adjah Coffie, as well as the Ghana Cycling Federation for the diverse support. The journey to this historic feat was characterized by financial and logistical challenges that saw the two athletes securing an air ticket at the last minute to travel to the USA. During the journey, their bicycles got broken and had to be repaired at their own expense. They made the journey from the USA to Canada by road, spending 31 hours instead of the 1 hour journey by air. They had to depend on some philanthropists to survive at some points in time. C o m m e n t s : This article has 8 comments, give your comment Now available in Ghana. Come for a taste Business Plan Writers


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37th Annual Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Concludes Successfully Thousands of attendees gain benefit from discussions on Islam and Terrorism, Guidance for Muslim Youth and Pathways to Peace in Society The 37th Annual Convention successfully concluded today in Mississauga, Ontario. Thousands were in attendance from across Canada, United States and 16 other countries making it one of the largest attended conventions across Canada. Among the key topics discussed were; the role of religion in a secular society, relevance of the Quran in the 21st century, extremism in Islam, establish-

sage of Islam: “The Islam that teaches peace and tolerance, loyalty to the country and respect for all faiths.” 10610 Jane Street, Vaughan,

During the convention, numerous politicians, social leaders and hundreds of other dignitaries from various spheres of Canadian society were present. Many special guests also spoke on stage in support of the Ahmadi-

vice” to Senator Art Eggleton for his years of distinguished public service. The convention also showcased an elaborate literary exhibition on Islam, bookstalls, vendor bazaar and more. Hundreds of commu-

The Annual Convention is a tradition of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at that dates back over 100 years and is celebrated in numerous countries around the world where the community is established. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at is available for comment. (PHOTOS BELOW) # # # E n d # # #

ment of peace around the world and the relevance of Prophet Muhammad for every age. In his closing address, the President of the community, Mr. Lal Khan Malik spoke about the persecution against the community in Pakistan and reminded the attendees of the pristine example of the Prophet of Islam who preached, “There will be no revenge against our persecutors, only love and prayers.” He also emphasized that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at represents the true mes-

ON L6A 3A2 phone: 905-303-4000 fax: 905832-3220 www.ahmadiyya.ca | www.alislam.org

Mr Mubarak Nazir, keynote speaker of second day, spoke the relevance of

the the on the

Prophet Muhammad for every age and said, “The Holy Prophet spoke about the protection of synagogues, churches and mosque as a sign of his love of people of all religions and nations.”

yya community’s activities in supporting peace, community service and interfaith dialogue. A dinner reception was held in their honor that allowed for an opportunity for people of various faiths and backgrounds to discuss contemporary issues. A congratulatory message from the Prime Minister of Canada was also read out. One of the key highlights of the event was the presentation of the “Sir Zafarullah Khan Award for Public Ser-

nity volunteers across Canada

from were

involved in organizing the grand event.

About Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at:Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at is a dynamic, reformist and fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Communi-

ty spans more than 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. Ahmadiyya

Muslim Jama`at is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long- awaited messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian, India. Ahmad claimed to be the metaphorical second coming of Jesus of Nazareth and the divine guide, whose advent was foretold by the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad. The community believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace. Ahmad’s advent has brought about an unprecedented era of Islamic revival and moderation. He divested Muslims of fanatical beliefs and practices by vigorously cham-

pioning Islam’s true and essential teachings. For: C o n t a c t : J T Lone - Spokesperson (416) 627-4885 mediarelations@ahmadiyya.ca


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