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31 Ghanaian-Canadians Honored at Glittering Awards Night in Toronto By Dr. Michael Baffoe, Toronto

The 13 th edition of the prestigious GhanaianCanadian Achievement Aw a r d s N i g h t w a s held at the Clairport Banquet Hall in Toronto on Sunday September 22, 2013. Thirty-one Ghanaian-Canadians from various fields of endeavor from across Canada were honoured for their achievements in their various fields. These were in the fields of Professional Excellence, High Academic Achievements, Business Promotion, Community Service, Cultural Promotion, Sports, Entertainment and Music. The event was attended by

a number of community members and a good turn-out of business and political leaders from the Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels of government. Also represented as usual were representatives from the Toronto Police and York Regional Police Departments. Among the many dignitaries were The Fairness Commissioner of Ontario, Dr. Jean Augustine, York West MP, Judy Sgro, Scarbourough-Agincourt MP, Jim Karygianis and Etobicoke North MP, Kirsty Duncan. This year’s award winners were: Dr. Ama DeGraft

Group picture of the Award Recipients with dignatries, organizers and sponsors Johnson of Hamilton, Ontario, for Professional Excellence, Theresa Kwaku (Calgary), Philip Quacoe (Toronto)

and Esther Tweneboa (Edmonton) for Business promotion. As many as eleven people from across the country were

honoured for their distinguished contribution to Community Service. They were: Daniel Oteng, Millicent Asamoah,

Emmanuel Hardness Oppong, Lawrence OseiAntoh, Frank Asiamah, Esther Kays and Allison Asare all of Toronto. cont'd on pg. 58

“Without an Economic base, there is no political power”-Amankrah From Joe Kingsley Eyiah, Toronto The Ghanaian community in Toronto, and for that matter the African Community at large, have been called upon to teach our young ones employable skills that will give them sustainable wealth. This clarion call was made by Mr Joseph K. Amankrah, a mechanical engineer and a community activist, when he delivered this year’s keynote address at the 13th Annual Ghanaian Canadian Achievement Awards night on

people so our youth missed the opportunities to be gainfully employed. He remarked, “Without an economic base, there is no political power! We as a people not a region need to start dialog for the future of our children, we as the elders of the community have neglected to Joseph Amankrah, Keynote speaker show the path that was shown to us by our elders to us. We September 22, 2013 in Toronto. have fallen for the dream of Mr. Amankrah lamented that prosperity that we thought our community does not would fall on our plate here in have the economic base as a

Canada and other parts of the industrial world. But what we see is a night mare of exclusion, stereotyping and poverty.” He had earlier pointed out that already we have engineers, scientist, business professionals, teachers, technologist, technicians and skilled trades people in our community, and that it was high time that we in the Ghanaian community started a dialog for the rest of the other communities from other areas

of the African Diaspora to see what we can do as a people. The speaker drew upon the analogy of some African American who struggled for their community and hinted that, “our historical leaders such as Marcus Garvey, and Booker T Washington understood the importance of Economic base for our people.” He then advised that as a community what need to build our economic base is the development of cont'd on pg. 58

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The Death of Ghanaian Towns and Cities By Kwaku A. Danso As Ghanaian small towns and even cities struggle for entry into the civilized era with issues and need for the simple basics like water, sewage, schools under trees, poor or non-available electricity and communication systems, a Ghanaian lady called Jacqueline, a member of the NIA for Ghana Forum wrote: “I once believe the Town Council had the right to take up these responsibilities such as maintaining the common areas of Housing and Development Board, Street maintenance and lighting, drainage, refuse collection, public cemeteries, infrastructure, parks and playgrounds, safe drinking water and you name them. Honestly I don’t know which Town Council exist in Ghana now as I write this and effectively execute its task.” (Jacqueline A., NIA for Ghana, Wednesday, October 03, 2012 2:47 AM) Let me use this to initiate a short dialogue and elaboration on the death of our towns and cities under misguided military and dictatorial rule in the last four decades, and how failure in leadership has killed our cities and towns. After 30 years under the military dictatorship of the PNDC and the continuation NDC aura, Ghanaians as a people are today very confused. The 11 year rule under a dictatorship quelled the spirit of the people, and perhaps never got revived. There is a generational gap existing between those of us who saw some of colonial rule, some of Nkrumah’s rule and the advent of the capable black man and prideful marketable “African personality”, and some of you who may have seen and think “revolutionary talk” and insulting the white man is all we have to do as Dr. Kwesi Botchwey excelled in, to get grants

and loans, and divert and share a large chunk of the money among top executives without delivering services to the people. Ghana lost a sense of ethics, sense of morality and a sense of direction. The shout for accountability was a sham! Most members of the PNDC settled down to getting whatever they could loot from the public service and connections. When democracy was ushered in again in 1992 the aura of fear had not subsided till very late in the 8 year rule. Men like Kwamena Ahwoi made sure the PNDC boys would appoint all DCEs and Agency heads, and all towns and regions were totally neglected in the equation. Assemblymen of the towns, elected, were mere volunteers without pay. The people who are paid, with al the benefits and power, were and are all appointed by the President, more than 4,000 of them in Ghana! Is that democracy? The total confusion in leadership and management direction led to the atrophy of our towns since I saw it in the 1950s as a child. Today even rich towns like my hometown Abetifi, and educational town with a Training College and a University, as I have written before, are confused. Some of our rich folks are donating money, and some of our Diaspora folks bring in gifts for the town clinic but nobody can sit and design a budget of what we need for say a public park, library, computers, schools, salaries and wages of workers and staff and a Town Hall building and vehicles. I have done all many

simulated design on my computer. Such Arithmetic is hard to do by hand as to how much each household should pay to make this town sparkle like any other American town and bring jobs and the educated folks back home with pride!! I was going to my town almost every weekend or two in 2004 to 2006 I was in Ghana on extended periods. By 2009 when I went home I was sorely disappointed the elders and colleagues could not take my idea they all agreed on and work to create the town council and get their water system revived. The spirit in Ghanaian towns died over the last four decades. This water system had been neglected for about two decades since officials claimed there were leakages due to broken pipes. It was a beautiful water treatment system set up under Nkrumah in Nkwatia, 3 miles down the hill from Abetifi. The townspeople could easily have contributed to purchase whatever equipment was needed and fixed it for use by all. However there was no sense of organizational ownership. Every rich man in Ghana thinks he can live in a bubble with his wife and children. I was so downhearted and confused trying to figure out the “organizational intelligence” of the people I was born among,, many of who are so rich and successful individually but cannot see this simple vision that we don’t need the boys in Accra to do things for us and our children in the town!! I made a small slight of tongue in a 2008 conversation with the association Secretary and I wonder if that contributed to any reduced initiative. I said that “the government had failed us”, and I think the man may have taken it very politically that I was criticizing the NPP. He told me I was wrong and the government was in the process of getting water from the Affram Plains, etc. I dropped the matter and it’s been more than 4 years now! Oh! God!! In Ghana many cannot stand up and hold their own

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party accountable on not children were computer delivering on promises! literate and could have helped set up the dataBy 2008, 2009, and 2010, base I proposed and they the light in my heart was agreed on, to get started in dimming, and I had “giv- building the city council! en up” (temporarily, I hope) and did not visit I know many of my readmy hometown again. I ers have a young hopeful was sick to my stomach heart and energy and we that even the computer I should always embrace donated to the town,, they hope. However, at my did not even acknowledge age, what am I going to and the Chairman I under- tell my late grandfather stand travels to Worces- when I meet him in the ter, Ma, in the US regu- land yonder, when he asks larly and owns a Internet me his favorite questions: Café- meaning at least his “Despite all the educa-

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Election Petition Verdict: AkufoAddo Promptly Conceded Defeat for the Love of Country By Kwabena Akuoko,Anti-socia

Publisher / Editor Emmanuel Ayiku

The 13 edition of the Ghanaian-Canadian Achievement Awards Night that took place Contributing Editors at the Clairport Banquet Hall was, as Dr. Michael Baffoe usual, a smashing success. Thirty-Five wellJoe Kingsley Eyiah deserved high achievers from our community across the country were honoured for their Director of Operations Comfort Ayiku high achievements in various fields of endeavour. To all these high achievers we Community Reporter extend our congratulations. They should Jonathan Annobil not rest on their oars but soar to even Winnipeg Bureau greater heights for their own benefit and Dr. Michael Baffoe those of the community at large. To the large army of volunteers who helped put The Ghanaian News this glittering program and event together Publishes news and comments we say a big thank you as well. We hope from the Community, serves we can count on you in subsequent events. Ghanaians across Canada with There is however a disturbing trend that we good source of information is committed to give good have noticed about the larger community’s community Journalism involvement and support for this program. As we all know this program was instituted, The Ghanaian News is published in Canada by and has been organized for thirteen years in The Ghanaian News a roll by The Ghanaian News to recognize Corporation members of our community who have recorded significant achievements in their Editorial Office various fields of calling and endeavour. The 2256 Sheppard Ave. Suite 202 major focus is on the youth in our community Toronto, Ont. M9M 1L7 whom we want to motivate, inspire and Tel:(416) 916-3700 Advertising encouraged to achieve greater heights and Fax (416) 916-6701 laurels. In the midst of all the challenges facing the youth in Canadian society, we Internet: believe that any activity and event designed www.ghanaiannews.ca E-mail: to support, motivate and encourage the youth cayiku@gmail.com should be fully embraced and supported Subscription costs by the whole community. This larger $12.00 for one year. community support has not happened for the $22.99 for two years. plus postage Ghanaian-Canadian Achievement Awards U.S. and foreign Ceremonies from our own community. subscriptions costs Over the past number of years, attendance US$79.99 per year. at this event has always been from Award recipients, their families/friends and a number on non-Ghanaian political and Letters to the Editor business leaders. This is not good enough. We encourage your We invite non-Ghanaian Canadians to come feedback and value your comments. Please and support an event we hold dear and feel free to write to us. strongly believe to be a worthy cause. When keep letters to a they come, they are very impressed with maximum of 200 words, how we have managed to put such a worthy include your full name, Telephone # and inspiring program together for thirteen years mailing address running. But they speak mostly to a few with all correspondence. people…less than 300 community members. Address your letters to Another disturbing aspect of the community’s the Editor attitude towards this event is the minimal The Ghanaian News sponsoring support from the community’s 2256 Sheppard Ave. Suite 202 business outlets. This awards event cost Toronto, Ont. M9M 1L7 a lot of money and a lot of human and Tel: 416-916-3700 or material capital to put together. It is Fax: 416-916-6701 or e-mail us at therefore incumbent on the community’s afrocan@afrocan.com business outlets to give the award their strong unflinching support. That gesture will therefore encourage non-Ghanaian businesses to lend their support as well. We are therefore strongly appealing to our community members to offer their strong We acknowledge the support, human and material resources, financial support of the to this Awards Event which is the toast of Government of Canada many other immigrant ethnic communities through the Canada in Canada and that of many political leaders Periodical Fund of the in the country. Together we are strong. The Department of Ghanaian News has lit a very important Canadian Heritage flame. Let us keep it burning brighter and higher…at least for the sake of our youth!! th

Debatably, Honourable Nana Akufo-Addo, Ghana’s main Opposition Leader and the New P a t r i o t i c P a r t y ’s presidential candidate for the December 2012 elections put the interest and democratic well being of Ghana above any other consideration and helped spare our dear country from what could have resulted in a serious post-election violence. By his words and deeds, Nana AkufoAddo has immensely helped to solidify G h a n a ’s d e m o c r a t i c reputation. His prompt decision to concede defeat after the Supreme Court of Ghana’s verdict regarding the contested outcome of last year’s election, in my view, is unparalleled in African politics. He did the right thing for the love of his country. His concession perhaps explains why the much dreaded political turmoil akin to what has transpired in other African countries in recent times never came to bear in Ghana as predicted by many people. It has been appropriately one month since the Supreme Court’s ruling over the election petition, but echoes of disappointment or jubilation associated with the verdict still linger. To this end, I want to give credit to all the various political leaders who worked hard to get us to where we are today as a nation, which has demonstrated its firm belief in democratic governance. I single out Nana Akufo-Addo and sing his accolade for being a true patriot of our country. The reason for my new found admiration for the seasoned politician is not mind-boggling. The man is a true democrat because his simple act of courageousness and selflessness helped in no small way to avert what could have likely resulted in a serious political instability in our country. Ghana nervously witnessed high tension political drama in the lead up to, and in the

immediate aftermath of the December 2012 elections and not to mention the subsequent Supreme Court’s petition proceedings with the resultant ruling on August 29. Our country came to the brink of serious political turbulence, but thank goodness for the calibre of leaders like Nana Akufo-Addo, common sense and love for the country prevailed over any other considerations. Akufo-Addo’s move has essentially allowed Ghana to further solidly its democratic credentials and secured its deserved place among the community of peace-loving nations. Through his words and actions, I hasten to point out that Nana Akufo-Addo singlehandedly neutralized what could have easily turned into post-election violent situation. To me, his timely appeal to his supporters across the country to accept the August 29 Supreme Court’s ruling demonstrates a true sense of patriotism. First of all, he chose the path of peace by challenging the election results at the highest court of the land and not by violence on the streets as it has frequently been the case in other parts of Africa. He did the right thing and exhibited wisdom and political maturity as well as establishing precedence, which is unfamiliar to most African political leaders that purport to believe in democratic governance, but insinuate violence when election outcomes do not go their way. A l l t h e characteristics that plunged other African countries into postelection violence were visibly present in the Ghanaian political scene during and after last year’s elections. And some unscrupulous politicians and media practitioners did not help matters by spewing venomous language and flaming into an already tense situation. It is in this context that the leadership of Nana Akufo-

Addo must be extolled for first of all, resorting to the proper democratic channels in challenging the outcome of the elections. He similarly needs to be commended for accepting the Supreme Court’s election ruling on the petition. From my standpoint, the man displayed exemplary and quality leadership. He also demonstrated his firm belief in the rule of law. By simply seeking refuge in the courts of law, Nana Akufo-Addo has set an excellent example for other political leaders in Ghana and the rest of Africa. His decision also possibly saved the day and perhaps avoided the huge cost of postelection violence and its toll on the nation’s economy. Nana AkufoAddo’s pronouncements and deeds following the August 29 ruling are clear testament of his principled stance that it is not worth compromising peace and security in Ghana for the presidency. Post-election violence has over the years ruined many African countries because of some political leaders’ often failure to concede defeat. In Kenya for example, the current president is being tried in absentia at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for allegedly contributing to that country’s brutal post-election violence in 2008. Perhaps if President Uhuru Kenyatta had chosen democratic channels to challenge the disputed election results or considered it appropriate to concede defeat at that time as Nana Akufo-Addo did in December 2012 and also following the August 29 petition ruling by the Supreme Court, Kenya would have been spared the post-election violence. This shows that the contrast between Honourable AkufoAddo and other African political leaders is stark. His decision and action epitomise his profound love for Ghana and by extension for Africa.


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Al Qaeda-Linked Militants Storm Upscale Shopping Center In Kenya...... 39 Dead, 150 Injured... Family Members Of Kenyan President Among Dead The former Chairman of the Council of State, Professor Kofi Awoonor was among those killed by al-Qaeda-linked al Shabaab terror group at Westgate Centre mall in Nairobi Kenya. Professor Awoonor, the The Late Professor Awoonor renowned Ghanaian poet and author was seemed Arabic or Somali” in Nairobi attending [ i m a g e : k e n y a ] a conference and was “A lot of people were caught in the terrorist shot as they tried to attack by al Shabaab - a escape” said the unnamed Somalia-based al-Qaeda witness. Saadia Ahmed, affiliate gr oup. The a radio presenter from Westgate mall massacre N a i r o b i , s a i d “ t h e has so far claimed the attackers released people lives of 39 people and who were able to prove wounded at least 150. they could speak Arabic” Ms Ahmed said “a According to Westgate colleague of mine said he c e n t r e ’s w e b s i t e , i t was Muslim and recited is Kenya’s “premier something in Arabic s h o p p i n g m a l l ” a n d and they let him go” offers a “serene and safe environment away P r o f e s s o r Aw o o n o r from the city centre w a s b o r n o n 1 3 t h hubbub”. A witness to the March 1935 in Wheta terrorist attack said that in the Volta region. the gunmen “were not H i s w o r k c o m b i n e d speaking swahili. They the poetic traditions of spoke something that his native Ewe people

and contemporary and religious symbolism to depict Africa during decolonization. Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) -Armed gunmen faced off with Kenyan police and soldiers inside an upscale Nairobi shopping mall early Sunday, hours after brazenly gunning down shoppers, diners and more. 39 killed and more carnage feared as Kenya mall attackers face off Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday (6:30 p.m. ET Saturday) -- an hour after reporting five “visibly shaken” hostages had been released -- Kenya’s National Disaster Operation Centre cryptically tweeted “major operations underway.” What that meant was a mystery, and it didn’t quell fears about what has happened or might happen to an unknown number of civilians who were still unaccounted for inside. ..CNN

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TORONTO -- The first bill introduced in the fall session of the Ontario legislature will create a new independent financial watchdog for legislative spending. Finance Minister Charles Sousa says he will introduce legislation today to create a financial accountability officer, a key demand of the New Democrats in exchange for supporting the minority government’s budget. Most questions about the new watchdog centred around the Liberals’ decisions to cancel two gas plants at a cost of at least $585 million, but Sousa says the new watchdog wouldn’t have been involved in that situation. Finance Minister Charles Sousa speaks to reporters in Toronto in this image taken from video Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. He says the financial accountability officer could review all bills that have a financial impact and outline the consequences before they become law. Premier Kathleen Wynne says she

wants to work with the opposition parties in the new session, but Progressive Conservative house leader Jim Wilson predicts the Liberals will trigger an election this fall. Wilson says he expects Wynne will argue she wants to seek her own mandate from voters, and will claim the opposition is delaying the passage of most bills and paralyzing the legislature. The Tories plan to put forth a second contempt motion today related to the cancelled gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says her party will make sure the Liberals keep their promises such as cutting auto insurance rates by 15 per cent and banning young people using tanning beds. There will also be a push to change the rules for the accommodation allowance for members of the legislature who live more than 50 kilometres away from Queen’s Park. It was revealed last week that Torontoarea Tory Peter Shurman billed the maximum $20,719 last year after moving to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Opposition Leader Tim Hudak issued a statement Sunday saying that he had removed Shurman as the party’s finance critic. The Canadian Press

Freeze EI premiums for three years: Flaherty OTTAWA-- Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says employment insurance premiums will be frozen for the next three years. Flaherty says previously planned rate hikes are no longer necessary, and the freeze will save businesses and workers $660 million next year. The premium rate will remain at the 2013 level of $1.88 per $100 of insurance earnings. Flaherty says the unemployment rate has been falling and EI account is on track to return to balance sooner than expected. He notes that 60 per cent of the cost of EI premiums is borne by employers, and the freeze will promote hiring. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says it’s happy with the announcement. The Canadian Press

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Harper won’t take no for an answer on Keystone XL With the fate of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline still in the hands of U.S. President Barack Obama five years on, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told a crowd of business leaders gathered in New York that he will not take no for an answer. Harper, who participated in a question and answer session with the Canadian American Business Council on the second day of his visit to New York Thursday afternoon, said “my view is you don’t take no for an answer.”

“We haven’t had that but if we were to get that, that won’t be final. This won’t be final until it’s approved and we will keep pushing forward,” Harper said.

Asked when he last spoke to Obama about the Keystone XL pipeline, Harper said he has been in touch with the U.S. president “very regularly” on the matter. The prime minister touted the economic and environmental benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline to both

countries, saying “the logic behind this project Harper tweeted a photo is simply overwhelming.” of his meeting with her saying that he, “had Harper cited the U.S. the honour of meeting State Department’s own Malala this morning. Her finding that showed “the courage & strength serve environmental impacts as an inspiration to us all.” of the Keystone [XL] pipeline are negligible.” On Wednesday, Harper announced that part of the Earlier in the day, Harper money Canada pledged met 16-year-old Malala​ during the Muskoka Yousafzai, a Pakistani teen Initiative in 2010 will who became a champion g o t o n i n e p r o j e c t s for girls’ education. that will improve the Yousafzai was shot in the health of women and head by the Taliban last children in developing fall and later recovered countries. CBC News in a British hospital.

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President John Dramani Mahama in his speech delivered this afternoon at the United Nations General Assembly today has challenged the world to start partnering with Africa for economic growth instead of sympathizing with the continent. President Mahama, who addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday,

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Voice of Reason

The Average Ghanaian Loves To Take The Easy Way Out By Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi This is what is wrong with most of us: We love to take the easier- way -out just to beat the system and acquire many toys and mansions . No, you don’t have to be a fortune- teller. You can’t see into the mind of an average Ghanaian. And you don’t need to know his history, college degree, or family background. All you need to do is spend a day with him, listen to what he says and watch what he does. His words and actions are going to tell you where his head and heart are .It’s most likely that his mind and heart are programmed to take the easy road all the time. We embrace wickedness and trailer trash our value system, all the while claiming to be God –fearing people as we gleefully break every part of the biblical commandments---onward Christian soldiers we’re marching on to immorality. The prospects are indeed dim that we’ll change any time soon. You’re mad, aren’t you? Well, I don’t really care how many times I’m going to pluck your fragile heartstrings and ego in this piece. So grow up and whet your appetite! Yes, I know I have lost some of you already, haven’t I? The overly –sensitive folks out there may have their blood pressure soar about this piece. Now, before some of you go ballistic and start blowing your brain gasket or write tacky comments, you have to understand my statements apply to majority of Ghanaians, most of the time. They’re generalizations that are perfect for 99.9percent of the population for 99.9 percent of the time---yours truly included. There are a FEW exceptions and you may have one. I get it!! So retract the claws and take a chill pill. Yes, I understand that things are tough and times are hard—but there will always be people looking for the easy road to success regardless of their socio-economic status, education, and income or family background. The average Ghanaians, (especially the new generations) are looking for redemption; for a cause that validates their very existence. They want family and strong sense of community, but they may accomplish that desire through a social network; where there is never any physical contact or presence. Yes, they want to make a sustaining impact on the world and in their communities, but they resist the methods of traditional well-rounded knowledge of culture, business and strategies needed .Yes, they want to be educated, but they don’t have the time or pa-

tience to sit in a traditional classroom chair for years. In essence, they want to take the easy road to accomplish their goals and success with no sweat. Unfortunately, the sad part is that most of us don’t know that if we take the easy way out all the time we’re practically living a life which is too SMALL. We can’t live large life if we want to take the easy way out –period! Yes, we’ve a sickness in our society; if you say that someone is successful it’s automatically imply that the person has a lot of money. However, living large life doesn’t necessarily mean a bigger salary, mansions at East Legon, cars, or retirement fund. It has nothing to do with fancy vacations or latest fashions. Rather, it means having a life that is full of meaning and purpose and that can occur--or be absent—at any place of the traditional parameters of success .In fact, I have seen and read about millionaires who are living life “Small” and those with scarce financial resources who are living life “Large”. Repeat after me: If you aren’t sweating, you’re probably doing it wrong. And, in order to be able to live LARGE and stop looking for easy way out we have to be extraordinary Ghanaians; not average. “How can you say that”? Please don’t get me started!! Look, there are 275 MPs in the Parliament from different political parties and different backgrounds. The question is: How many souls in the House who are not devoid of humility, humanity and agility and able to stand up with guts and be counted for decency, thoughtfulness and prudence and not put politics above everything else? Who are there for the interest of the nation and the people who voted for them? Ghana is desperately craving for real heroes and heroines to lead her into the socio-economic Promised Land, but where are they? I rest my case!! This is just a warmup so don’t go anywhere! Let me tell you, one doesn’t come to selfcenteredness, apathy or crime or corruption by the tyranny of fate or circumstance, but by the pathway of groveling

thoughts and base desires. Nor does a pure-minded person fall suddenly into crime or thoughtlessness by stress of any mere external force; the criminal thought had long been secretly fostered in the heart, and the hour of opportunity revealed its gathered power. No such conditions can exist as descending into vice and its attendant sufferings apart from vicious inclinations, or ascending into virtue and its pure happiness without the continued cultivation of virtuous aspirations. Many people take the easy- way- out because they feel good about it but tell themselves they don’t have the time to take the other road. They resort to sakawa and magic oils, but, we all know very well that the road to success is bumpy and uphill. That is the way life is. Again, if you’re not sweating you’re probably doing it wrong. On top of all that and our sense- of- entitlement syndrome, we have also developed pathetic- whining disorder because we have convinced ourselves that we deserve everything. But, when work is involved we can’t be bothered. The funny thing is that those who complain the loudest about not having an opportunity in life are usually the ones who have no idea what they really want and where they’re going. How many hours a week do you spend in quiet contemplation? The average Ghanaians (politicians included) don’t read a non-fiction book after graduating from High School. An average Ghanaian is always busy hatching up plans to dupe someone or the system. An Average Ghanaian spends nearly six hours a day watching television or being on the face-book or sending text- messages. An average Ghanaian parent spends only 3.5 minutes per week in meaningful conversation with their children. Television has become the baby- sitter in our homes. Am I getting you upset enough yet? Stay with me! Do I have low opinion of an average Ghanaian? No! But, when a group of people expect less from themselves they tend to transfer the same low -expectations to their government , politicians ,Police personnel, pastors, parents, leaders, policy makers, employers ,employees, hospital attendants and our children’s children . Sadly, we’re very cheesy on integrity therefore we expect our political and community leaderships to be cheesy on integrity .That’s why we’re never surprised when they screw-up and cont'd on pg. 14


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FOCUS If you can read this, thank a teacher!

By Joe Kingsley Eyiah, OCT, Brookview Middle School, Toronto-Canada Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember u s . Te a c h e r s h a v e thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.” — Andy Rooney October 5th is World Teachers’ Day. Teachers in the member states of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization celebrate the day the world over. The ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers was adopted on 5 October 1966 at a special intergovernmental conference convened by UNESCO in Paris in cooperation with the ILO. The convention sets forth the rights and responsibilities of teachers, and international standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, teaching and learning conditions. Since then the work of teachers around the world is recognized each year exactly on October 5. I remember the car sticker in Ghana during the 1980s which read: IF YOU CAN READ THIS, THANK A TEACHER.

around the world to ensure good learning outcomes in our schools?

How true! It is very true that we all remember moments when an inspiring teacher opened our eyes to something wonderful. Moments like those are happening every day in our schools. As a lifelong teacher, I can testify to this. Ghana like many other countries around the world has, over the years, sought to improve its education system by introducing reforms and making projections based on the education needs of the country. How sincere are these reforms to making the teacher more effective in the delivery of knowledge to students in the classroom? Are teachers well prepared and taken good care of by governments

World Teachers’ Day message issued in 2007 states, “The challenge is more than one of numbers. The quality of teachers and teaching is also essential to good learning outcomes. This implies an education system that attracts and retains a well-trained, motivated, effective and gender-balanced teaching staff; it implies a system that supports teachers in the classroom, as well as in their continued professional d e v e l o p m e n t . Dissatisfaction with loss in status, low salaries, poor teaching and learning conditions, and lack of career progression or adequate professional training have driven large numbers of teachers out of the profession, sometimes after only a few years of service.” Teachers must be the pivot for ensuring successful learning process sought after in any education reform. They are expected to bring equality learning experiences to the students they (teachers)

teach. Unfortunately, teachers in Ghana are often thought of less when education reforms are put in place. Unlike, teachers in Canada who have formidable unions to fight for their rights and seek better deals with their governments as I have come to know, teachers in Ghana have weak associations which fight more among themselves than against ‘uncaring’ government educational policies which down play teachers interest and at the same time up load their responsibilities. It is suggested that more recruitment, full and appropriate teacher training, better targeted deployment and management, salary and incentives which compare favorably with those in other occupations requiring similar qualifications, better working and living conditions, ongoing professional support and opportunities for career development are all crucial to meet the new challenges that face education everywhere. We should all be reminded

that teaching is a noble profession. From the days of Socrates to the time of Paul of the Bible students/ graduates had spoken highly of their teachers (also called masters in some instances). The Holy Bible mentions teaching as one of the three top spiritual gifts from God that we must desire most for the growth of His church (read 1 Corth. 12:28). Interesting! Te a c h e r s m a k e t h e medical doctors, the lawyers, the accountants, the engineers, the agriculturists, the musicians, the pastors, the politicians, the nurses, the computer analysts and many other workers who contribute effectively to the building of a nation anywhere. Education has been the major facilitator and catalyst in the astonishing changes and transformation sweeping through the world today. The role of formal (school) education in the liberation of the individual mind as well as economic dependence and in national development is therefore quite obvious. Thus, education pays

off not only in literacy but also in income! It is therefore quite obvious that education is very imperative to the sound development of individuals and nations. Every country ought to provide its people with qualitative and “not only quantitative” education! And every parent ought to ensure that his or her child gets the best of formal education as much as possible. Undoubtedly, education is the biggest enterprise in any civilized society. Teachers play an important role in this enterprise. Their training, distribution and maintenance as professionals anywhere must be given serious attention. Together we must fight to give our children everywhere the education they need. Knowledge is Power, but ignorance is a disease. And teachers who are the facilitators of learning, which is the process of acquiring knowledge at school deserve better! H A P P Y T E A C H E R S ’ D AY

Canadian population surpasses 35 million cont'd from pg. 10 fallen below the estimated rates for countries such as Luxembourg (+8.7 per cent), Ireland (+7.8 per cent) and Australia (+7.6 per cent). Since 1993-94, net international migration has been the main source of population growth for Canada. From July 1, 2012, to July 1, 2013, it was responsible for twothirds of the country’s population growth. While our growth is all right for now, Trovato said Canada still needs to have a robust population increase in order to keep up with workforce demands and to have a strong economy. ‘In Canada, the fertility rate has fluctuated between 1.5 and 1.7 children per woman for many years. We fell below the replacement rate of 2.1 in the early seventies.’Frank Trovato, professor of population studies “The growth in other countries probably has to do with growth in their fertility rates,” said Trovato. “In Canada, the fertility rate has fluctuated between 1.5 and 1.7 children per woman for many years. We fell below the replacement rate of 2.1

in the early seventies.” In the Atlantic provinces, the lower growth was Trovato said Canadian due to a combination policymakers need to of out-migration and “think hard about what a low ratio of births to we can do as a society to deaths, the agency said. boost our fertility rates.” The population numbers “Some of the evidence come just a few weeks suggests that some things after the release of final can make a difference data from the National like ‘family friendly’ H o u s e h o l d S u r v e y. policies that allow flexibility for women to That survey revealed that combine work and family. the median family income And, benefits as well.” in Canada is $76,000 — generally higher in the Trovato said that “even west than the east — while a small change” in the the median individual fertility rate can have income is just $27,600. a significant impact on population growth. The richest 10 per cent of I n c r e a s e s i n individuals are making A l b e r t a , N u n a v u t more than $80,400. And the very rich — the Growth in the last year 272,600 individuals who exceeded the national make up the top one per level in Alberta (up 3.4 per cent — are all making cent), Nunavut (2.5 per more than $191,100. cent) and Saskatchewan ( 1 . 9 p e r c e n t ) . The NHS also showed that second-generation Statistics Canada said the immigrants are making growth in Alberta was far more money than due to record levels of the national median. international migration And ethnic groups that a n d p e o p l e a r r i v i n g are well-established in from other provinces. Canada, such as Japanese immigrants, are also well Meanwhile, population above the median.As growth in the last year for the other end of the was lower in the Atlantic spectrum, the bottom 10 provinces, with Nova per cent of income earners S c o t i a ’s p o p u l a t i o n tend to live in cities, declining by half a per cent. especially Montreal. CBC News


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Harper earmarks money for maternal health programs health services, including emergency contraception and safe abortion,” Laverdiere said in a statement.

NEW YORK -- Action trumps rhetoric, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told a United Nations panel on maternal and child health Wednesday as he outlined $203 million over five years to help mothers and babies in developing countries. H ar p e r s a i d C a n a d a would back nine specific projects that will help to pay for more immunizations, provide basic health care and set up community services to ease the dangers of childbirth and pregnancy.

Maternal, Newborn and Child Health launched by G8 partners at the Muskoka Summit in 2010. Before the maternal health panel, Harper met privately with computer billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates. Harper said their international charitable foundation is a great partner for Canada.

“The world is making significant progress in improving the health of women and children in developing countries and reducing the unacceptable mortality rates faced Harper also said Canada b y t h e s e v u l n e r a b l e will host an international populations,” Harper said. meeting next year to ensure program providers “Canada is at the forefront are accountable for the of these efforts and I am m o n e y t h e y s p e n d . proud that through today’s support, more women Helene Laverdiere, the and children will benefit N D P ’s i n t e r n a t i o n a l from better nutrition, d e v e l o p m e n t c r i t i c , increased food security was quick to slam the and access to important, government not only for life saving vaccines.” re-announcing threeyear-old funding, but for The money detailed failing to include support Wednesday is part of for reproductive health. Canada’s commitment of nearly $3 billion “ C a n a d a ’s M u s k o k a over five years to the funding should have issue of maternal and i n c l u d e d f u n d i n g child health, part of the for women to access Muskoka Initiative on sexual and reproductive

She also assailed the government for rejecting last week’s call from the UN Human Rights Council for a comprehensive national review of violence against aboriginal women. “Under Harper, it’s clear that Canada is not a real leader on women’s health and women’s rights.” Continuing on the theme of protecting women and children, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird was also in New York on Wednesday, co-hosting a panel on child, early and forced marriage. The practice is “an appalling violation of human rights” and Canada is committed to putting a stop to it, Baird told the panel. Child, early and forced marriage “robs girls of their right to education and jeopardizes their health,” he said. It’s estimated that millions of girls under 18 years old -- some as young as eight -- are forced into marriages each year in various parts of the world, including some in Canada.

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“We want to stop early and forced marriages, and I think that we all believe we can do that in a generation,” Baird said later. “It involves a legal response, it involves changing societal values, and it involves changing customs and other practices.”

Complications from pregnancy and giving birth at a young age can result in severe maternal disability or even death. But Baird refused to say whether Canada would fund groups that provide medically necessary abortions to girls who are forced to marry and become pregnant.

He cited as a “powerful call for action” a recent report by a Torontobased legal aid group that that found young girls from Canada are being forced to travel abroad in order to participate in forced marriages.

On Monday, Baird was scheduled to speak to the General Assembly on Canada’s behalf -a job opposition critics in Ottawa have said ought to fall to Harper.

“I don’t think any nine or 11-year-old girl is in a position where she should be forced to marry at that young age, particularly -- as the panel discussed -- marrying men as old as 45 or 55 years old.”

But the prime minister has long insisted it has never been a Canadian practice to have the prime minister speak at the UN every year. Paul Dewar, the NDP foreign affairs critic, said he does not

buy that argument. “This is two years in a row that we have had our prime minister in New York with all the other world leaders there and that he has chosen not to address the United Nations,” Dewar said on Tuesday. “Some of us are concerned that we simply aren’t willing to engage at the United Nations.” Harper said he and select cabinet ministers are making speeches and taking part in other activities related to UN operations. On Thursday, Harper is to attend a talk on the economy hosted by the Canadian American Business Council. The Canadian Press

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The “Courts” are not to Blame: Why Ghanaian Political Parties have a moral obligation and incentive to ensure the implementation of voting rules

By Dr. Francis Wiafe-Amoako, Toronto The main question that this article asks is which entity should bear the responsibility for making sure that voting rules are implemented, and that every voter’s vote is duly counted. If I may suggest a few, this may include the Electoral Commission (EC), Election Observers (both local and foreign), civil society organizations, security services, ordinary Ghanaian, the Supreme Court, and the political parties that contest the elections. In our Ghanaian politicking, and that of other African states, it is becoming or seems to be the norm that election results are judged as rigged by the losing party, and that some ballots should either be added or thrown out. The casting of votes, the proper count of such votes, and a legitimate winner declared, is a fundamental piece of democratic consolidation. I applaud the fact that Ghana has made a tremendous headway in her political life by accepting some form of a process that chooses the leadership of the country. Such a process eliminates uncertainties and tensions about a political outcome. Over time, a political process such as we have in Ghana, could establish a political legitimacy framework and potentially avoid pre and post-election societal

instabilities. Since 1992 when the Fourth Republic was ushered in, it became evident that Ghanaians ha ve c hos en a two party system which has prevailed until today. Because the electorate is almost evenly split between the two leading parties- New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC)-, it is not uncommon, and rightly so, to see the losing party cry foul when the other party is declared the winner. It is also the reality that either of these two main political parties could find itself at the winning or the losing end come elections. I tweaked Ola Rotimi’s novel title, “The Gods Are Not To Blame,” a little bit for the title of this article “The Courts are Not To Blame” to bring our attention to the political lessons that we can draw from this novel. For lack of space, I will not tell the story here. However, I will like to state clearly here that out of the list provided above, political parties should, in reality, view the

Constitutional provision and electoral laws asking them to petition a “Court” regarding irregularities in the electoral outcome as a façade. This is not in any way to disrespect our esteemed Courts; neither is it to render such legal provisions of no significance, but rather to add to the many voices encouraging political parties to be active actors in implementing voting rules. Political parties have the most to gain and lose from an election outcome, and thus have the utmost incentive to protect voting rules. At the famous “Judgment Day” ruling by the Ghana Supreme Court, the Court threw away the petitioner’s (NPP) case for redress regarding electoral improprieties at several polling stations during the 2012 elections. Since then, many have tried to vilify the Court regarding the verdict. Obviously the Supreme Court has a job to do – upholding the Constitution of the country. We therefore accord them the highest responsibility to do the right things based on the arguments and evidence presented before the Court by the litigating parties. On a broader note, the Court’s decision serves as a precedent for future elections challenges. Parties should realize that the Court may have the tendency to uphold the Electoral Commission’s

decision. The Court’s decision may not be palatable today; however, there is no reason to doubt that the same decision, as a precedent, will put a good taste in a party’s mouth in the future when the tables are turned. The Electoral Commission (EC) has the constitutional responsibility to implement electoral and voting rules. The EC is expected to ensure proper communication of voting rules and procedures to the respective parties. When an unexpected situation regarding voting rules occur on election day, the EC in consultation with party representatives may determine whether or not the situation is material to influence the election results. When such a decision is made, the EC has its reputation to protect and will not have an incentive to overturn a previous election decision. In fact, such an overturn would impact negatively on the

credibility of the EC and hurt our democracy. I will re-iterate here that the political parties’ representatives must be legitimate, well informed, and motivated enough to ensure that they are focused on achieving the party’s objectives. Political parties contest to win elections, and must be adequately prepared to achieve that objective. After a successful electioneering campaign, the final offensive step is the one on the “battle ground” (polling stations) on the day of the election. Political parties have all the incentive to ensure that every vote is counted. To re-iterate, Ghanaian political parties have the moral responsibility to honor voters by ensuring that every vote is rightly counted at the polling stations. The polling station is where the final election battle is, and therefore attention should be focussed at those places. Parties

have the resources and organization to ensure effective implementing of the voting rules which include the counting of every vote casted. Litigating an election outcome at the Court is just an extra burdenedcost that could be saved. A responsibility to ensure that votes are properly counted at polling stations would not be too much to ask of them considering the cost that parties have already incurred during the campaign period. Thus, the Supreme Court should not be blamed for the verdict rendered. The system we have is not perfect, but we can ensure that the existing rules are fully implemented and additional ones developed. I am glad that some eminent individuals in the country, the president, and other international well-wishers are ready to reform the electoral rules for a better outcome going forward.

The Average Ghanaian Loves To Take The Easy Way Out cont'd from pog. 11 take us for a joy ride. I’ll repeat that: Ghanaians have very, very low expectations for themselves and their government, leaders and even their service providers and everything else that is why we always get lousy customer service and drive on accident-prone roads. Now, ask yourself this question every time you’re tempted to take the easy way out: What did people do before taking -the- easy -way -out options popped up? Once upon a time, before we had the option to look for the easier way out people took responsibilities for their lives and actions, work, finances, health and families. But, now everyone wants the easier way out—wants something for nothing. So we try to skip the rules and Natural Laws and develop self-induced amnesia in the process. Oh, one more thing: What is your life saying to the world, your country and community? Is it so full of meaningless, self-centered tasks that there is no room left for the things that make a difference and your heart sing? Are

you creating the legacy you want and can your loved ones be proud of it when you’re long gone? Are you mad enough yet? Oh, check out the way we handle our river bodies, natural resources and everything else. Aren’t you proud of Ghana’s accomplishments, degradation and its future prospect? Yes, I know I’m not always right but I’m rarely wrong on issues. So

please stop scratching your head and answer me. Fair? It seems so to me! Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi (Voice of Reason) Asuom, Kwaebibirm District.Ghana *The author is a social commentator and the founder of the AduGyamfi Empowerment foundation for Disadvantaged Youth of Asuom.

Africa needs partnership, not sympathy Mahama tells UN cont'd from pg. 11 to “our primary produce of export”. He said it is not good enough for Africa to export raw gold, cocoa, petroleum and other various resources and be importing a finished product. “We need to add value

to our natural resources by setting up industries in our countries that will add these values. And of course, this will create more employment for the teeming youths who have got no job, as well as add greatly to our economic growth” he said. Ghanaweb


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Charles Taylor war crimes convictions upheld A UN-backed special court in The Hague has rejected an appeal against war crimes convictions by lawyers representing former Liberian President Charles Taylor. It ruled that his convictions had been proved beyond doubt. Taylor appeared impassive in court as the judge upheld his convictions and 50-year sentence. He was sentenced in May 2012 for aiding rebels who committed atrocities in Sierra Leone during its civil war. His lawyers had argued that there were legal errors during his trial. Charles Taylor listened intently in court, as his appeal against his conviction for war crimes was rejected point by point. Dressed in a dark suit and light yellow tie, he began taking notes in the back of a small desk diary. But he wrote less as it became clear that his appeal was going to be unsuccessful. At one stage, there was a small shake of the head as the chief judge outlined the wide range of Mr

Taylor’s support for rebel groups in Sierra Leone. He stood to hear a summary of the appeal decision, his hands resting on the desk below him. But there was no other visible display of emotion, even when the judge listed some of the horrific crimes for which he has been convicted, crimes that had ‘shocked the conscience of mankind’. Charles Taylor has no further grounds for appeal before this court, and he was given no opportunity to speak. He will serve his sentence in a foreign country, possibly the UK. Sweden and Rwanda have also offered to find a cell to house him. Taylor, 65, was found to have supplied weapons to the Revolutionary United Front rebels in exchange for a constant flow of socalled blood diamonds. He was found guilty at his trial of 11 crimes including terrorism, rape, murder and the use of child soldiers by rebel groups in neighbouring Sierra Leone during the vicious civil war of 1991-2002.

said at his trial that crimes in Sierra Leone”. they were “some of the most heinous crimes It said that he unleashed a i n h u m a n h i s t o r y ” . campaign of terror against the Sierra Leonean Ta y l o r h a s a l w a y s opposition “using terror insisted he is innocent as its modus operandi”. and his only contact with the rebels was to urge “The Appeals Chamber them to stop fighting. is of the opinion that the sentence imposed by the He became the first trial chamber is fair in former head of state the light of the totality of c o n v i c t e d b y a n the crimes committed,” international war crimes J u d g e K i n g s a i d . court since World War II. He said that Taylor ’s “The appeals chamber... l a w y e r s h a d “ f a i l e d affirms the sentence of t o d e m o n s t r a t e a n y 50 years in prison and e r r o r s i n t h e t r i a l orders that the sentence chamber’s reasoning.” be imposed immediately,” J u d g e G e o rg e K i n g told the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) on Thursday. ‘Campaign of terror ’

Correspondents say that Taylor is now expected immediately to serve his sentence in a foreign jail. The UK has offered to accept him at a British prison - other possible destinations include Sweden or Rwanda. It is likely to take about a week to organise his transfer from The Hague. Human rights groups have welcomed the outcome of the appeal. In a statement Amnesty International said that

it sent a clear message to leaders across the world that no-one is immune from justice. “The conviction of those responsible for crimes committed during Sierra Leone’s conflict has brought some measure of justice for the tens of thousands of victims,” said Stephanie Barbour, h e a d o f A m n e s t y ’s Centre for International Justice in The Hague. “The conviction of Charles Taylor must pave the way for further BBC News

The BBC’s Chris Morris in The Hague says the court’s decision has been closely watched because the guilty verdict was hailed as a landmark, proving that even people at the highest level of power can be held to account. In its ruling, the special court said that Mr Taylor’s personal conduct had a “significant effect on the commission of

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

Some Contrasts and Similarities between Parents and Grandparents sponsored as Permanent Residents and Super Visa Holders After a build-up of “an unmanageable number of new applications” to sponsor parents and grandparents to the tune of 165,000-strong backlog and wait times in excess of seven years, the Government of Canada, on November 4, 2011, felt the situation necessitated a temporary pause of up to 24 months on the acceptance of new sponsorship applications for parents and grandparents. To minimize the impact of the long wait times, back-log and the resultant temporary pause on the acceptance of new sponsorship applications in the parent and grandparent category, the Government introduced the new “Parent and Grandparent Super Visa”. The super visa, no doubt, is a fast way of uniting with relatives in Canada and living with them over a considerably long period of time instead of waiting for years to get sponsorship applications processed. Under

manent residents, must undergo medical examinations and be medically admissible to Canada.

the super visa application system, one may apply for a single-entry visa for two years or apply for a multiple-entry visa for up to ten years, the fees payable depending on what you want. A super visa in form of a multiple-entry visa will provide multiple entries for a period of up to ten years with the status periods for each entry lasting up to two years. Like a parent or a grandparent being sponsored as a permanent resident, a super visa applicant is required to be the parent or grandparent of a citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. Additionally, the super visa applicant, like persons being sponsored as per-

Similar to sponsorship applications, the child or grandchild of the super visa applicant who is in Canada is required to meet the minimum income threshold based on one’s family size determined from time to time by the Immigration. Despite the similarities between super visa applications and permanent resident applications through sponsorship, there are dissimilarities in several respects. Unlike parents who come to Canada as sponsored permanent residents, super visa applicants are viewed as visitors, and are required to demonstrate that they will leave Canada by choice at the end of the visa. And, also, while parents and grandparents who are sponsored to Canada as permanent residents are permitted to engage in employment

freely, super visa holders, being visitors, are denied that automatic right. Parents and grandparents being sponsored as permanent residents can avail themselves of free Government medical services. This is however not the case with parents and grandparents who come with super visas. The super visa applicant must provide a proof that he or she has a private medical insurance with a Canadian insurance company. The insurance should be valid for each entry to Canada and available for review by a port of entry officer. Another feature that distinguishes parents who enter Canada as sponsored permanent residents from super visa holders relates to who can accompany the visa holder. The dependants of super visa applicants are not eligible to accompany the applicants. Only the super visa applicant’s spouse or common-law

partner can accompany the applicant. If dependants want to accompany parents or grandparents who hold super visas to Canada, the dependants will have to apply for regular visitor visas. This is not the case with parents and grandparents who are sponsored to Canada as permanent residents. They can have their dependent children accompany them to Canada as permanent residents provided they satisfy the conditions of dependency. Also, the parents and grandparents who enter and live in Canada as sponsored permanent residents may, by virtue of having lived in Canada as permanent residents over a long period of time, be entitled to old age security and other benefits. That might, however, not be the case with super visa holders because, regardless of the aggregate number of years they live in Canada, super visa holders are viewed

as visitors throughout the entire duration of their stay in Canada. My final advice is, before a decision on a form of application is made by a parent or a grandparent or their children, it will be advisable to weigh the benefits and disadvantages of super visa against those of the regular single visitor visas, regular multiple-entry visas and actual permanent resident status acquired through sponsorship applications. Contact a specialist in Immigration Law for some advice if and when necessary. 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.

Kingston Pen: 7 things to know about Canada’s notorious prison Prison closes this month, 178 years after opening

, Even before Kingston Penitentiary closes its storied doors to some of Canada’s most famous criminals, tourists are clamouring to get a peek inside the soonto-be shuttered facility. The official closing date is Sept. 30 and tours of the 178-year-old building begin Oct. 2. Tickets for the 90-minute tours, hosted by Kingston United Way, were all snapped up, including a second batch made available Wednesday that sold out in less than an hour. Closure of Kingston Pen was announced by then public safety minister Vic Toews last year due to “crumbling infrastructure” and “costly upkeep.” But the 8.6-hectare site has figured in many great Canadian stories throughout the country’s history. Here’s a look at some of the biggest ones over the years. When the first five convicts arrived from Toronto in 1835 to serve their time, the new prison, then named the

Provincial Penitentiary of the Province of Upper Canada, was not yet open for business, and so the inmates had to be held at the county jail for five days. Five months later, there were 62 inmates, including women. By 1850, there were 410 inmates, including 24 women and girls. Women were incarcerated there during the prison’s first century. It didn’t become known as Kingston Penitentiary, o r K P, u n t i l a f t e r Confederation in 1867. The original rules for inmates stated that inmates “must not exchange a word with one another under any pretence whatever” and “must not exchange looks, wink, laugh, nod or gesticulate to each other,” with violators receiving the lash. The original facility was a single, large limestone cellblock with 154 cells in five tiers. Those cells were 74 by 244 cm in width and 200 cm in height. The three other wings

of the main building were completed by the 1850s and the dome that connects the four cellblocks was added in 1861. It was then the largest public building in Upper Canada.

of it in his book American Notes, inexplicably writing, “There is an admirable gaol here, well and wisely governed, and excellently regulated in every respect.”

There were children within KP’s walls in the early years, incarcerated even at eight years old.

Escapes from KP were few and far between. Two of the most famous escapes involved going over the wall with a ladder.

Antoine Beauche was given a three-year sentence at KP in 1845 when he was eight. “This eight year old child received... 47 corporal punishments [the lash] in nine months, and all for offences of the most childish character,” according to an 1849 commission headed by a future father of Confederation, George Brown. The report also records that inmate Elizabeth Breen was flogged six times when she was only 12 years old. If such stories conjure up memories of a Charles Dickens novel, know that the great English writer visited KP in 1842. Dickens made a mention

In 1923, the man who has been called Canada’s most notorious criminal, bank robber Red Ryan, led four inmates over the wall after first setting fire to a shed as a distraction. Ryan went back to robbing banks, was captured three months later and ended up back in KP. A model prisoner, he was released on parole in 1935, became a poster boy for prison reform, even hosting a radio program. However, in his leisure hours, Ryan had secretly returned to robbery until he was shot dead by a policeman during a botched liquor store holdup in 1936. Bank robber Tyrone William Conn, who had already escaped from

three other prisons, got o v e r K P ’s 1 0 - m e t r e perimeter fence one night in 1999 by using a hand-made ladder and grappling hook he constructed in the prison shop. Thanks to a dummy he made by stuffing clothing with paper, his escape was not discovered until the morning.

place most of Canada’s notorious inmates served time. Until recently, that list included Paul Bernardo, Michael Briere, Selva Kumar Subbiah, R u s s e l l Wi l l i a m s , Mohammad Shafia and his son, Hamed, and Michael Rafferty.

Two weeks later, police tracked Conn to a basement apartment in Toronto. He accidentally shot himself during the standoff.

This may result in part from KP being the maximum security prison where inmates who cannot be safely integrated into other incarcerated populations are held.

Paul Bernardo was convicted in 1995 in the kidnapping, rape and murder of two Ontario teens. Bernardo’s wife, Karla Homolka, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in exchange for a reduced sentence in the case. Here, Bernardo is seen at right in 2006 and in an undated file photo from around the time of his conviction. Bernardo is serving time at the penitentiary in Kingston, Ont., which is set to close after 180 years of operation. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

In another story, we list some of KP’s famous inmates from the past, including Grace Marks in 1843, whose story is told by Margaret Atwood in Alias Grace; James Donnelly of the Black Donnellys; Marie-Anne Houde for the murder of her step-daughter Aurore Gagnon in 1920; Edwin Alonzo Boyd, leader of the Boyd Gang; escape artist and writer Roger Caron; serial Killer Clifford Olson; and wife-killer Helmuth Buxbaum. Buxbaum died in KP in 2007.

KP has long been the

When a riot broke out cont'd on pg. 45


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Ga-Adangbe Association of Calgary celebrates 6th Annual Homowo Festival

From: Theo Aryee, Calgary This year’s Ga-Adangbe Association of Calgary’s 6th Homowo Festival held on September 21st, 2013 beat every imagination and set very high standards. Participants came from various parts of the country, as far as Toronto, B.C., Ontario and New York. The festival as a whole, provided a sumptuous banquet of Ga-Adangbe sounds. The Kpa Shimo music, Wogbe Dzeke, was danced to by members while entering the hall. M r. F o g a h A m e g a once did renditions of both the Canadian and Ghana national anthems followed by special sounds and drumming by Sankofa African drummers of Winnipeg, bringing the hall down with a rambunctious, audience-participation version of Kpalongo. The occasion was highlighted by a visit and short speech by

the Mayor of Calgary, His Worship, Naheed Nenshi, who spoke about diversity, inclusiveness and being each other’s keeper. He challenged all Ghanaians to make an effort to volunteer to help the needy. Citing the recent flood in Calgary, Mayor Nenshi thanked the GAAC for the flood relief and the financial contribution made to the Canadian Red Cross and other donations made by the Association to other

relief agencies in Calgary. The occasion was heralded by our guest speaker, Mr. Cheema Nkendirim, who spoke about citizenry and challenged GaAdangbe residents in Calgary to think about the community of Calgary and Canadian Nation as a whole. He related that responsible citizenship is about individuals who realize their obligations to take actions that ensure their community is

healthy, safe and secure. A responsible citizen participates in their community to promote personal and public good. He challenged all the Ghanaians in the diaspora to think about socioeconomic needs of Ghana and set a goal of helping to rebuild our Nation. Reflecting on the Association’s

accomplishments in the past six years, the Chairperson of the Association, Liz Quarshie, quoted Helen Keller on volunteerism: “I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, cont'd on pg. 22

15th Annual Ga-Adangbe Homowo Festival celebrated in Toronto By Jonathan Annobil, Toronto August is the month Kwadwo Mawutor who in which the Homowo was the guest speaker Festival of the Ga- b r o u g h t f r a t e r n a l Adangbes is celebrated. g r e e t i n g s f r o m t h e Literally meaning, “shame Government of Ghana, unto hunger” or “jeering High Commissioner H.E. at hunger”, this year was Valis Akyianu and the staff the 15th anniversary of the of the High Commission. festival’s celebration in Pouring of libation and Toronto which was held sprinkling of Kpokpoi at the Luna Ballroom on was superbly performed August 31, 2013. The by Mr. Isaac Akrong event got started with supported by some elders the rendition of both from the association. Ghanaian and Canadian Dinner was served to n a t i o n a l a n t h e m s all in the hall as the Ga followed by opening Adangbe Youth Cultural prayer. Mr. Emmanuel Troupe performed cultural Quaye as president of dances to the admiration the association gave a of the teeming crowd. short welcome speech in Some deserving members which he summarized all w e r e a c k n o w l e d g e d the events the association with awards presented undertook since the last to them. As usual the festival celebration. Kpaashimo (wogbedjeke) Ghana’s Consul General or circle dance drew so

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Consul General Kwodjo Mawutor

Sese Yaabu Ga-Adangbe Youth Cultural Troupe

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Customs seizes 100 uncustomed vehicles in Takoradi

The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in the Western Region has impounded 100 uncustomed vehicles in the Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolis. The importers were said to have used fake number plates to smuggle the vehicles through the country’s entry points where there were no GCNet systems. When the Daily Graphic visited the premises of the Customs Division near the Takoradi Harbour, the 100 vehicles which had been impounded were parked at the Customs car park. According to officials, most of the vehicles were over-aged and brought into the country from neighbouring countries such as Togo and Benin for commercial and private use. Speaking to the Daily Graphic, the sector commander, Mr Fredrick Gavor, said the clampdown became necessary because Customs identified a number of vehicles which did not go through the GCNet System. He said there were other vehicles such as heavy duty trucks which were yet to be impounded. cont'd on pg. 43


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Paul Donkor weds Dara Acheampong

Paul Donkor Son of Rev. Dr. & Rev. Mrs. Donkor of All Nations Full Gospel Church and Dara Acheampong Daughter of Mr. & Mrs Owusu Achempong were joined in the Holy Matrimony at All Nations Full Gospel Church in Toronto on August 2, 2013. The officiating Minister was Rev. Dr. Samuel Donkor, Snr. Pastor of the Church. It was the day the couple had always dreamed of. A lavish reception was held at Apollo Convention Centre, Mississauga.

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Canadian doctor total at record high Number of female doctors rose nearly 24%, male d o c t o r s i n c re a s e d 10%, CIHI says

“The year 2012 saw the highest level of physicians per capita ever recorded in Canada,” the authors of the reports said.

Canada had a record 75,142 doctors last year and they earned $328,000 gross on average, according to two new reports.

What’s more, the sixyear trend of growth in the number of doctors outpacing population growth is expected to continue since data from medical schools indicate more students are graduating with MD degrees.

The annual reports on physician supply and payments for both general practitioners and specialists were released Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

Between 2008 and 2012, the number of female physicians increased by nearly 24 per cent,

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“It’s just so hard to find someone who will just stay longer than the one year that I need for my physical. They just don’t stick around or you know, you can’t find anyone who is taking new patients.”

How doctors are paid is also changing.

Fee-for-service payments that reimburse doctors for each clinical service they provide continued to be the majority, at 71 per cent, last year. In 2011-12, clinical The average cost per payments to doctors’ service paid was $56.99. offices also increased nine per cent over the A l t e r n a t i v e c l i n i c a l previous year to more payments, such as paying than $22 billion, the by hour or by the number institute reported. In of patients in a doctor’s the two previous years, practice, rose to 29 per t h e i n c r e a s e s w e r e cent, up from 11 per 6.1 per cent and 7.9 cent of total payments a per cent, respectively. decade ago. CBC News

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BUSINESS Financial Planning Principles & Success

By Eddie Twumasi Smith Bsc(Hons) Chem Eng, MBA,CGA, CPA

solely on what they know. Thomas J. Stanley conducted a survey and interviewed 733 multimillionaires. The survey asked respondents to list 30 factors which, in their opinion, have had the greatest impact on their achievement. The Webster dictionary defined principles as an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct; or a fundamental law of truth from which others are derived. Principles are the undeniable facts or attributes of nature which in many ways are intertwines in our choices and decisions. Ghanaian diplomat and 2001 Nobel Peace Prize recipient once stated, to live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for (principles), where you want to go, why and how you want to get there. Success on the other hand, is defined as the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors or the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like. Dr. Mensah Otabil in his best-selling Pathway of success stated success is a choice, just as failure is a choice. He further surmised that success is conditional, based on a product of the mind, our words, and sum total of our actions So what do I mean by principles of financial success? In the nutshell, this article will highlight some of the myths and pre-requisites for financial breakthrough or freedom, regardless of the external challenges that serves as constraints to financial freedom. A. Why do some people attract wealth like a magnet, while others, despite what they would do, are doomed to medium income or have to live from paycheck to paycheck? The observations of the richest people in the world have been that financial success is affected as much as 80% by human beliefs and attitudes, while only 20% by the knowledge and skills about ways to earn money. In this case, it would be a fallacy to believe that knowledge does not help any, but people do not just make money based

Summarizing the data, the first top five of the most important factors were as follows (in the brackets is shown the percentage of respondents who named this factor): 1. Fair treatment of others (57%) 2. Self-discipline (57%) 3. Being able to make an agreement with others (56%) 4. A spouse that understands and s u p po r t s yo u ( 4 9 %) 5. Ability to work with more dedication than other people (47%) Some people may wonder now: “Nonsense - success depends on many different things. You must have initial capital, rich relatives, acquaintances and it is even useful to be able to climb over other people”. If you think so, I have bad news for you! You fall into that group of people who believe that the formula for success is “To Have.. To Make... To Be”. You may think to yourself, “If I had initial capital, influential friends, good ideas, etc., then I would start a business, invest, produce or patent something, etc. and then I’d be happy (rich, successful, loved, etc.). But I do not have all of that, so that is why I am not what I would like to be” What is wrong here? Well, the fact is that your formula is flipped upside down. In reality, the contrary is true: You have to be selfconfident, responsible, ambitious, and tenacious, etc. at first, then do (create, grow, take risks, network, experiment with some ideas, etc.) and eventually you’ll have high performance, s u c c e s s , p r o s p e r i t y, recognition, etc. In the good book as found in Provides 12:24, it states “the hand of the diligent will rule, but the lazy man/woman will be put to forced labor. Also

in Provides 10:4, we are told, He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. If you want more of the wise sayings, check Proverbs 6:6-11. That is not say for those who live from pay check to pay check are lazy, but in the context of the above can do more than live on our sole source of income. People often complain about their lack of salary. Do employers really pay too little? Are you familiar with the feeling or the thought that you would have more money if only they would raise your wages? However, an increase in salary is not essential and does not matter. Why? Because most people obey the Parkinson’s Law. This law says, “Costs rise until they reach the level of income.” The first condition for financial success is to develop the habit of constantly breaking this Parkinson’s Law. How many years have you worked as an employee? How many times during this period have they increased your salary? How closely have you approached financial freedom during that time? Or maybe you have moved away? Maybe while incomes were rising your debts were growing too? Maybe you are now squeezed as you have never been squeezed before? Maybe you are afraid “rock the boat” or to take bold steps, because you cannot afford to slash your income even briefly, because banks and leasing companies are knocking on your door? If this describes your situation, then your employers, who pay insufficiently, are not guilty. It’s only your own habits that have placed you directly into the “hamster wheel”. You must run this wheel continuously, because if the wheel stops rotating for just one second, your entire life will fall apart like a house of cards. Which is of greater worth: to have a well-paid job, or create your own business? Continue to work for others or create your own business? It depends on your individual needs. And speaking of income, there are active and cont'd on pg. 30

Can I Max my credit cards prior to filing for bankruptcy? By: Ken Ntiamoa, MBABIA Insolvency Counsellor

People who are in financial difficulties and have unused room on their credit cards and lines of credit often wonder if they can use the unused credit limit before filing for bankruptcy. The simple answer to this question is No. What I know is that, creditors may oppose your bankruptcy on the ground of bad faith or even fraud. It is bad faith to borrow from your credit cards while you already have every intention to declare bankruptcy or you have already planned to declare bankruptcy. Once your creditors know of the fact that you took funds from your credit cards and or line of credits within ninety days from the filing of consumer proposal or bankruptcy, creditors would oppose your proposal and bankruptcy. Even if you do not max-out your credit cards or line of credits, for as long as you took out money within ninety days prior to consumer proposal or

bankruptcy, your creditors have the right to oppose it. Aside from opposing your proposal or bankruptcy your creditors have the option of filing a criminal charge of fraud against you. Consumer Proposal or bankruptcy is designed to help consumers who are in financial difficulties to start their lives again free from pressure or harassment from creditors. . If your intention is to be free from your debts that you can no longer handle and start afresh, then file for bankruptcy, but do not do anything that would violate the law and put you in deeper trouble than you bargained for. If you need further information about mortgage or debt problems, contact K e n N t i a m o a , M B A BIA Insolvency Counsellor M o r t g a g e B r o k e r (416-398-1877 ext 201)


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TALKING FINANCES An Eagle In The Chicken Coop Part 2 By: Gabriel Quayson, Toronto This is the second part of an article that was published last month. If you don’t have a copy of last month’s article and the parable, here is a short version of the parable: An eagle egg was found by a farmer in the wilderness. The farmer brought it home, and the farmer’s hen in the chicken coop laid on the egg in addition to its own until it hatched. The eagle chick (eaglet) behaved just like a chicken due to its chicken coop environment and upbringing. The eagle was not able to fly as an adult eagle even with 6 feet wing span. Finally, the eagle was taken to a mountain peak, where it witnessed other eagles flying and it was pushed off the cliff of the mountain top. At that point it had to

fly or fall to its death. It flew like the other eagles in the wilderness. The relevancy of the parable to our own financial life was discussed and this piece is the continuation of that discussion. Take a brief moment and think about the life of an eagle versus that of a chicken. The life of a chicken is safe and dull. It receives three square meals per day, but its mobility is restricted to a 10 feet by 20 feet enclosure from hatching till death. The eagle on the other hand lives an adventurous and exciting life. The globe is available for it to explore. It is highly skilled and must maintain its skills to survive. It has no idea where its next meal will come from. It eats from many sources: birds of

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looking for worms with a group of chickens. This is the behaviour of some truly gifted individuals behaving like chicken because they are surrounded by chickens. Some brilliant people are in factories lifting boxes in cohesion with machines and they are wondering why they are unhappy. They are not being true to themselves. They have settled for a small secured paycheck instead of figuring out what their calling/gift/ talent is and working as hard as they can to develop them into skills and using those skills to accomplish their goals that will fulfill them and give their life meaning, as well as financial abundance. When your talent becomes an effective skill, the market will be willing to pay you for its expression. Similarly, the eagle settled for the comfort of the coop with 3 square daily meals until it was compelled to adjust. In the coop the eagle food was limited by what the farmer felt the eagle needed. In the wilderness the eagle’s intake are limited only by their ability to hunt. In getting compensated for your skills, the amount of money you make will only be limited by financial barriers established by you. This can be changed anytime you want. Go and soar like an eagle to your financial freedom.

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cont'd from pg. 28 income is generated when you get paid for your time at work. If you work, you get. If you do not work, you do not get. Passive income is generated when your time and effort to the work may be paid for many times. For example, a writer wrote a book within two years. However, the book became a bestseller and he will get income for many years for the contribution of two years. Investing also generates passive income. If you invest your active income wisely, it can create a passive income stream. Your own business can provide a passive income too, but only if you will create a business system that works in the long run without your direct intervention. Most people setting up a business just create a job for themselves. They do not work for an employer. They are working for their business. In the long term, this investment

becomes a continuous definitions. My favorite source of income stream. formula of freedom is: Freedom = time + money. For those who do not see If you have enough time, long-term prospects for but no money, you are hired work and do not want not free to choose what to take great risk or do not you want to do and where have original business you want to be. If you ideas, there is the ability have money but no time, to connect to existing you still are not free. business systems, such as network marketing. Financial freedom is the only way to real freedom. This is another way, Financial freedom is accessible to all, to create achieved when your a passive income stream. passive income allows You just need to choose you to live your desired an organization which lifestyle. Then you can is reliable, has a good work only if you want reputation and history to. Is that not amazing? of success and a good education system too, The problem is that for that will allow you to most people it seems learn from the leaders, not unrealistic. This is largely from ordinary academics. because we come short of self-discipline. In life, it Robert Kiyosaki, the seems like a self-service famous author of books bistro: All those, who on financial success, stand at the beginning calls network marketing of the line today, once a f r a n c h i s e f o r t h e stood at the end of the twenty-first century. line. Most people change lines too often, after only Why such a focus on reaching the middle of p a s s i v e i n c o m e ? the line. They will never reach the front of the Because they can set you line, where the tastiest free. What does it mean desserts are packed. to set you free? The term “freedom” has many T h e c o n d i t i o n f o r

financial success is simple. The earlier you develop habits for increasing your capital, the sooner you will enjoy the fruits of financial success and freedom. What then is the formula for financial success? The true financial success formula is simple: spend less than you earn and invest the difference. Also, consider alternative income or passive income and constantly reinvest the growth of income or surplus. Regardless of how much we earn, the amount of money that remains at the end of the month demonstrates our ability to increase our capital. In fact, this is all that we have earned and all that we’ve spent was earned by others. You may disagree, but the most important value is the value of your accumulated capital minus debt. Stay tuned for the final and conclusion on this article in the next month’s edition of the Ghanaian News.

Most entrepreneurs abandoned their businesses’ Most entrepreneurs assisted by the Business Advisory Centre (BAC) have abandoned their main business and opted for others, Madam Ophelia Amponsah Tabi, Head of BAC at Nkoranza, has said. She said they abandoned their businesses because they did not set their priorities right. Madam Tabi was addressing a stakeholders’ forum jointly organised by the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) and BAC for some entrepreneurs and workers from Nkoranza South Municipal and Nkoranza North District at Nkoranza. It was on the state of the businesses of the participants and the challenges facing them to enable NBSSI and BAC initiate strategies to cushion them to undertake their business activities. Madam Tabi said the growth of every business depended on the quality of the services and production and stressed the need for the participants to add value to their activities for improvement. She said the Rural Enterprises Programme (REP), with funding from some donor agencies, would embark on cont'd on pg. 33


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A New Sense of Moral Awareness about Child Labour in Ghana By Kwabena Akuoko, MSW, RSW,, Toronto

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela A nation’s children constitute the most treasured human capital it has towards its future economic and social development. Therefore, as opposed to subjecting the young ones to any form of exploitation, society has a moral obligation to support and build them up towards a better future. It is against this background that child labour has in recent years garnered a new sense of moral awareness, and deservedly received a lot of attention in Ghana. Child labour is reported to be on the rise in many communities across the country. Like other parts of the world, large numbers of Ghanaian children work regularly in agriculture, fishing, illegal mining, and domestic service for economic survivability. The International Labour Organization (ILO) for instance estimates that globally, as many as 215 million children between the ages of 5 and 17 years currently work on sustained basis. They essentially work on regular basis as adults to supplement their families’ meagre incomes. And according to the ILO, these children work under illegal, hazardous and extremely exploitative conditions. Child labour is thus one of the challenging moral issues of our time. G e n e r a l l y, a n y f o r m o f continuous work that takes away children’s childhood and hinders their development is simply child labour. Work, which keeps them away from receiving education for their future is thus considered child labour. And from the standpoint of the United Nations as well as local and international child welfare advocacy groups, any work that harms children must be construed as child labour. Broadly speaking, any work that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children, and interferes with their development by depriving them of the opportunity to attend school, obliging them to leave school prematurely or requiring them to attempt to combine school attendance with excessively long and heavy work constitutes child labour. While child labour is not unique to any particular society, the problem is rampant in the so-called developing countries and unfortunately, Ghana cannot escape the blame when it comes to regular employment of children of all ages. Under-age children usually work at all sorts of jobs in many Ghanaian communities, rural and urban because of their families’ extreme poverty situations. The question that needs to be asked is how long can we hide behind poverty while we deprive children who are among society’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged segments of the population their childhood? The sad reality is that it is not uncommon for children as young as between five and 10 year olds to regularly work in the same manners as adults in many Ghanaian communities. These children are routinely and immorally exploited,

therefore it is about time the problem is fundamentally addressed. For all Ghanaian children have the right to be given the opportunity to prepare for a better future. The new sense of moral awareness associated with the increasing level of child labour in Ghana needs to be spread across the length and breadth of the country in order to squarely deal with the problem. Various reports indicate that some parents in certain circumstances literally sell off their children for perpetual exploitation in the name of apprenticeship. Local and international non-government organizations (NGO’s) concerned with child welfare issues in Ghana caution that while child labour is nationwide, it is particularly widespread along the Volta Lake regions, i.e. Volta and Brong Ahafo Regions. Parents routinely and plainly sell off their children to fisherman for money. And under the pretext of teaching these children the fishing occupation, the young ones are unmistakably exploited for their labour. Also, aside from fishing, agriculture remains the oldest and common occupation in which children are exploited nationwide in Ghana. Children engaged in fishing, farming and other traditional occupations are deprived of their basic rights to education. Instead of formal schooling, children mend fishing nets, dry fish and toil the land from dawn to dusk in what advocacy groups have described as slave-like conditions. Inasmuch as it is traditionally acceptable for children to learn local occupations, it is of course morally unacceptable to have them work as if they were adults. What is happening along the banks of Lake Volta and indeed many parts of Ghana in which children are forced to work for reasons that are beyond their control epitomises the crux of child labour. It is therefore incumbent upon the government and other stakeholders to educate the population in order to find a lasting solution to the problem. Provision of formal education to poor and vulnerable children across the country will certainly help alleviate the problem because education is an important platform for children’s development. Children who are drawn to child labour are basically driven because of poverty and lack of schooling. And since schooling is a platform for early intervention against children’s exploitation, enforced school enrollment policy for all Ghanaian children regardless of geographic locations and socio-economic backgrounds will significantly help address the problem. Clearly, unless fundamental economic changes are brought about in our country amid continuous new sense of moral awareness of the problem, many Ghanaian children will unfortunately not be able to escape the cruelty of child labour. The problem can only be controlled by an increasing awareness of its immoral implications coupled with effective enforcement of anti-child labour laws.

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Agric Minister weeps over bad farm roads Minister of Agriculture, Clement Kofi Humado has bemoaned the appalling roads linking farms and markets in the country. The Minister said that due to the poor road network, produce usually rot on the farms, thereby affecting the operations of the poor farmers who work tirelessly to produce the food crops. He therefore called for effective policies to boost food security in the country at all times. Hon. Humado made these remarks when he toured the vast plantain plantation of Amanfrom Farms Limited at Makyinimabre, near Nkoranza in the Brong Ahafo region in the company of the Minister of Interior, Kwesi Ahwoi and other top officials. The tour was to offer the Agric Minister the opportunity to assess the farm, the biggest plantain plantation in the country. Currently, the Amanfrom Farms Limited, which was established two years ago and

has 50-acres land, plans to expand the farm’s capacity to 100 acres soon. Hon. Humado said expressed satisfaction with the rate at which Amanfrom Farms Limited was expanding, urging the Managing Director of the farm, Kwadwo Nsafoa Poku and his team to sustain their good works. He said roads linking the Amanfrom Farms to other parts of the country were in bad state, a development which could pose a danger to the progress of the farm. The farm was initially producing maize but it later ventured into plantain production. It transports the produce to Fresh Pac Limited at Tema which turns them into chips for export. Hon. Humado praised the company for venturing into plantain plantation and commended his predecessor, Hon. Kwesi Ahwoi for advising Amanfrom Farms to adopt those measures. Minister for Interior, Kwesi Ahwoi, on his part, showered praises on Amanfrom Farms for

its hard work and dedication, which had helped to boost plantain production in the country. He expressed the hope that the success story of Amanfrom Farms, which is owned by an individual, would be replicated by other well-endowed people to help sustain food production in the country. Hon. Ahwoi also called for an improvement in the roads, urging scientists to boost farming activities. Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Samuel Yaw Adusei, tasked the private sector to emulate the shining example of Kwadwo Nsafoa Poku, MD of Amanfrom Farms by venturing into farming to ensure food security. Dr. Ben Bamfo, Manager of the farm, said the farm had provided employment to the youth of the area, adding that through t h e h e l p o f E D A I F, Amanfrom Farms has educated farmers in the area on the proper and modern ways of farming. Daily Guide

New road toll takes effect The Ghana Road Fund Board, under the auspices of the Ministry of Road and Highways, has called on the general public to cooperate with it as the Board establishes new toll collection stations in the country. The new toll collection

stations will be located on the Accra-Sunyani road, particularly at the Nsutam Custom barrier and on the Tema-Aflao road. The tolls collected, as indicated by the Board, will be used for the maintenance of roads in the country.

The Road Fund Board, therefore, implored all Ghanaians, in a statement read on Radio Gold, to assist in making the exercise successful. The new toll collection stations will take effect from 29th September, 2013. PeaceFM

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‘African airlines hold key 40th birthday to integration bash for Vida Adarkwah held at Jamaican Canadian Banquet Hall 995 Arrow Rd on Sunday Sept 15, 2013

’Deputy Trade and Industry Minister, Nii Lamptey Vanderpuye, has challenged African airlines to help speed up African integration since they play a critical role in that process.

The Deputy Minister lauded Mauritius for the significant improvement in the textile industry and said he was looking forward for greater collaboration between the two countries.

He noted that travelling from one African country to the other for business ventures can be cumbersome as passengers sometimes have to connect flights in Europe before reaching an African country. This, he said, was hampering African integration.

“If we trade among ourselves as a continent, we stand the chance to be the beacon of an economic giant in the world’, the Deputy Minister told the Mauritius delegation.

He said airlines on the continent should also take up the challenge to make doing business in Africa much faster and less expensive. Hon. Vanderpuye made these comments when the visiting Mauritius Trade delegation paid a farewell visit to him last Friday at his office.

He said African countries require free movement of goods and services, adding that the time has come to remove all barriers that hamper African integration.

In his remarks, the Hon Xavier Luc-Vuval, Vice Prime Minister, said their visit has yielded many dividends as they have been able to successfully scrutinize Ghana’s

Most entrepreneurs abandoned their businesses cont'd from pg. 30 capacity building training courses and workshops for BAC clients to enable them improve upon their activities. Ms Vanessa Asomea-Takyi, Head of BAC at Duayaw-Nkwanta in the Tano North District, said there was the need for the unemployed youth to undertake income-generating activities. She said it was unfortunate that some of the youth complained of lack of employment whilst they could earn a living by engaging in business activities such as gari-processing, bakery, soap-making, edible oil extraction to earn some income since such products had ready market. Ms Asomea-Takyi said REP had plans to build sustainable business activities for entrepreneurs to create job opportunities for the unemployed youth. She called on stakeholders and the participants to organise themselves into formidable groups to enable them benefit from credit facilities from financial institutions to expand their businesses. Mr Ebenezer Amoah, Nkoranza South Municipal Development Planning Officer, said the assembly had decided to establish a factory to process water-melon and mango mostly produced in the area as well as poultry feed and maize flour. He said the factory would encourage farmers to go into large scale production of these crops because most of the farmers who produced them faced huge post-harvest losses. GNA

business opportunities.

The Vice Prime Minister was of the view that visa requirements for African business community should be looked at since there are a whole lot of Mauritius business community who would like to do business in Ghana but for the stringent visa requirements. Hon Vuval was optimistic the cooperation agreement signed with the Ghanaian counterparts will work for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

Ambassador Azad Dhomuu added that as a matter of urgency regional airlines should be introduced to cut the cumbersome travel arrangement which makes it a disincentive in doing business in Africa. Joy Online

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The Toronto Mission Circuit of the Methodist Church Ghana holds 3-Day Camp Meeting in Toronto

By Staff Reporter

T h e To r o n t o Mission Circuit of The Methodist Church held the first of its kind 3-Day Camp Meeting at Ghana Calvary Methodist United Church, 65 Mayall A v e n u e , To r o n t o Ontario, Canada from Friday September 20 th to Sunday September 22nd. This event was the coming together of all the societies that forms the Canada Mission Circuit. (Ghana Methodist Church of Toronto, Ghana Calvary United Church, The Montreal, C a l v a r y, Edmonton and Ottawa Societies). The meeting was formally opened by The Very Rev. Dr. Emmanuel. Asare-Kusi, Superintendant of the Canada M i s s i o n . ‘ Wi t n e s s i n g To C h r i s t : Mobilizing Our Resources For Ministry� was the theme for the gathering. The program kicked off with a Half-Night Service with a vibrant praise and worship and ministration of the word led by the Praises team and Rev S. V. Mpereh cont'd on pg. 67

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Achievement Awar

Barrister Ramesh Sanghan (center Ms Agnes Summers (left) with Business category recipeints

Hon. Judy Sgro (left) with Academic Award Recipients

Justice Julius Dogbe (left) with Community Service Award recipient

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Hon. Jean Augustine (center) with Dr. Ama DeGraft Johnson, Professional Excellence Award recipient and daughter Araba Chintoh, Academic Award recipient

F Bishop Bob Tacky (2nd right) with Community Service Award Recipeints

PC Ferguson of Toronto Police with Entertainment Award Recipients

Mr. Ebenezer Mireku (center) with Community Service Award Recipients

Mrs. Emelia Yirenkyi an Mrs. Comfort Ayiku Allison Asare Community Service Award Recipient Lucy Crentsil, Ghanaian News Radio Presenter

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Hon. Jean Augustine Fairness Commissioner

Hon. Jim Karygiannis MP Scarborogh-Agincourt

Hon. Judy Sgro, MP York West

Hon. Kirsty Duncan MP Etobicoke North

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Mr. Emmanuel Ayiku (center) with Gospel Music Award Recipients

muel Kabu Asante (center) with Sports Award recipients

Fasil Ksa Managefr ticketing and reservation, Ethiopian Airlines with Community Service Award Recipients Mr. Emmanuel Ayiku, Editor/ Publisher The Ghanaian News

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Fasil Kasa (right) presenting sponsorship ticket to Mr. Emmanuel Ayiku

From left: Lawyer Ackaah-Boafo, Emmanuel Ayiku, Emelia Yirenkyi, Csont. Yirenkyi, Dr. Michael Baffoe

Mrs. Victoria Minta-Marfo and Mrs. Comfort Ayiku Feeling Brother Francis

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PEOPLE AND PLACES

Monica Akrofi dedicated her grandson, Osyris Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi on Sunday 15th Sept. 2013 at Ghanaian Anglican Church of Toronto

Kwame Duodu gone too soon

Family and well-wishers at the Funeral Service

Kwame Duodu's life was celebrated at the Church of Pentecost Banquet Hall on Sunday 15th September 2013. He was the sone of Emmanuel Duodu and Comfort Mireku. He had 5 siblings

The Church of Pentecost Scarborough deaconnesses at a Funeral Service Final Funeral Rites for Obaapanin Hannah Twumasi

The final funeral rites of Obaapanin Hannah Twumasi aka Auntie Hannah mother of Joyce Twumasi, Hannah Addae, Theophilus Twumasi and sister of Comfort Koranteng was held on September 7th 2013 at 30 Tangiers Road

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Leticia Sarfo-Boateng's 50th Birthday and Thanksgiving Service at Living Word Assembly of God Church. Reception at Mount Carlo Hotel August 2013

Leticia giving thanks at church flanked her Richard Sarfo-Boateng and family

Pastor Takyi DeGraft blessing Leticia before cutting the her cake flanked by family Leticia Sarfo-Boateng with co-workers and friends

Rev. Sowah Ablorh celebrates his 10th Anniversary in God’s Ministry in Montreal on 8th Sept. 2013

From Staff Reporter, Montreal

Revered Minister Sowah Ablorh, resident Pastor of the Ghanaian Presbyterian Church, Montreal celebrated the 10th anniversary of his Ministry in Montreal on September 8, 2013. Rev. Ablorh was born to Presbyterian parents in Tarkwa, located in the Western Region of Ghana. His father was the pioneer in the formation of the Presbyterian Church in Tarkwa-Nsuaem District and its environs. As a result, he was brought

up under strict Presbyterian discipline. Reverend Ablorh attended the Trinity Theological Seminary in Legon, Accra Ghana where he undertook Theology & Administration and graduated with First Class Honors.

He was the President for the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International (Takoradi Chapter), Director of Evangelism at the Presbyterian Church of Ghana-Western Presbytery, Director of Ecumenical and Social Relations, and the President of Ministers Conference of Presbyterian at the Presbyterian

His love for God’s ministry is portrayed by the number of positions he has held:

Rev. Sowah Ablorh

Rev. Ablorh Cutting his anniversary cake Praising the Lord

Praising the Lord

Honouring the Lord

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Who are the NDC Presidents’ Speechwriters??? By: Michael Baffoe, Winnipeg, MB

The United Nations Organization has nearly two hundred members. It is the major world forum where every country is given recognition and the opportunity to speak their minds on important world issues at least once in a year. This once-ina-year world recognition opportunity is afforded to all nations, rich or poor, powerful or weak, wise and not so wise, smart and not so smart ones. There are some countries, members of the United Nations, about whom nobody has ever heard of. Yet they get the opportunity to address the world body at least once a year. This opportunity comes every year in September when the main body of the United Nations, the General Assembly convenes in New York City. A number of smart Heads of States and Governments take this rare worldwide recognition opportunity to carve a name for themselves and their countries. A country’s honour and credibility is judged by its leaders. We have very stupid people masquerading as “leaders” of very rich and important countries. And we have very smart and very sensible leaders leading relatively unknown and unrecognizable countries. Such leaders manage to portray very powerful and positive images of their various countries on the world stage when they get the opportunity. As mentioned earlier, if there is any visible fo-

rum where any leader of any country gets to portray himself/herself and their countries on the world stage, that forum is the United Nations General Assembly in September of every year. Many leaders have done rightly that. Others also just make a mockery of themselves and in so doing tarnish the image of their respective countries. During the first few years of the rule of Ghana’s post-colonial government, its leader Kwame Nkrumah used the United Nations General Assembly forum to portray positive things and images about Ghana and Africa. Other world leaders loved to watch and hear Kwame Nkrumah speak. This was a smart man who had vision and real ideas. He may have had help in putting his public speeches together for public delivery but he was smart enough to know the positive things to say in public…at world forums to project his seriousness and the seriousness of the country and continent he was representing. Since the year 2000 and beyond, there have been a number of “leaders”

of a number of countries (some from Africa) who have brought shame and ridicule to themselves, their respective countries, their continents and people. For most part of the 1980s and the 1990s former Libyan leader Muamar Ghadafi was labeled an international outcast, not welcome into any respectable world forums for a number of reasons, rightly or wrongly. He got the first opportunity to attend and address the United Nations General Assembly for the first time in 2011. He made a joke and mockery of himself. The man rattled on and on and on, so many minutes past his official allotted time, quoting unnecessarily from his “Green Book”. In the end he was almost ordered out of the podium at the United Nations General Assembly. Ghadafi’s United Nations’ address earned him and his country, Libya, no positive images. Next was the former and late leader of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez who decided to use his United Nations General Assembly address in 2008 to insult his arch-enemy, former United States President George H. Bush (baby Bush). Chavez’s address, like Ghandafi’s, was shameful and counterproductive to say the least. And there was this other mad one from Iran, Ahmedinejad who used his eight addresses to the United Nations during his rule as President of Iran to insult and threaten the United States and Israel.

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He was a laughing stock and in most times of his addresses, many delegates of the General Assembly would walk out of the Assembly when he started to speak. And our own brother-in-law, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has also used the same forum to spill out diatribes and insults on Britain and the West for daring to impose sanctions on his government for excessive human rights abuses. Much as I always felt ashamed and embarrassed by the performances of these leaders and their speeches at the United Nations General Assembly, I can pardon some of them like Ghadafi, Ahmedinejad and Chavez. These guys understood nothing in this world apart from revolutionary rhetorics. Mugabe is a sad basket case. This is a well-educated and intelligent man who has been blinded and intoxicated by power and sees no golden opportunity to portray a good image for his country and continent apart from his own self-serving agenda. Enter Ghana once again. In January 2009, Prof. John Evans Attah Mills assumed the reign of power and government in Ghana. This was a very well-educated intelligent man, a Professor of Law and Taxation. In his speech to the United nations General Assembly in 2011, we all expected the Ghanaian President to rise up to the occasion and let Ghana shine like

the days of Kwame Nkrumah. Ghana has a lot of positive credentials to portray to the outside world. So a speech from the law professor president could possibly not go wrong. What did we hear? President Mills used the occasion to talk about trivial local issues from how his government was actively trying to build school building so that children no longer will go to school under mango trees, to the positive things (so he thought) about the Ghana School Feeding Program and a lot of very minute things like feeder roads not suitable for the august gathering of the United Nations General Assembly. Many political observers questioned who actually advised President Mills or wrote his speeches. Enter John Dramani Mahama as President in 2013. He also gets the opportunity to make im-

portant speeches, comments and the final rare appearance at the United nations General Assembly. He did so on Friday September 27, 2013. What did we hear? President Mahama chose to talk about domestic issues instead of touching on global issues and the place of Ghana in them and Ghana’s contribution and credentials. Among the domestic issues he touched on in his 15-minute address were issues on youth employment and how the government is trying to train the youth etc. This speech was mediocre at best. The question observers are asking again is: who writes these speeches for the NDC Presidents we have had in Ghana over these past years? Well, considering some of the appointments President Mahama has made in his high office, the answer to the question will not be far-fetched.

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Transit vehicles Asked how those vehicles managed to get into the country without being detected by Customs at the entry points, Mr Gavor said most of them entered the country as transit vehicles. He explained that first, the vehicles were driven from Benin and Togo to a place along the Togo and Ghana border known as “No Man’s Land,” where they were given fake number plates. “Other importers hide under the ECOWAS protocol, which allows vehicles to enter member countries and stay for 90 days, using fake ECOWAS brown cards and number plates,” he said. He added that those vehicles were then driven to a location where fake officers (goro-boys) at the offices of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) provided fake documents to cover them. Fake agents

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Mr Gavor also said the owners and fake agents at the DVLA usually used the number plates of vehicles such as tractors, forklifts, trucks and other earth-moving machines which were no longer on the road, to evade the payment of duties to the state. He said most of the vehicles were used for taxis and later sold to unsuspecting members of the general public. The commander cautioned the public to cross-check documents on the vehicles they wanted to buy with the Customs Division before any payment should be effected. When contacted, the Western Regional Director of DVLA, Mr Godson Wormegah, said all the impounded vehicles bore fake number plates. “I can confirm that it is only the DVLA that issues licences to vehicles. However, some had brought in these machines and were cutting the fake plates for sale to people,” he said. The only way to curb the incident, he said, was for Customs and DVLA, to collaborate very closely. Graphic Business


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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 eligibility. A clear understanding of the student’s strengths and needs is fundamental to the development of an effective special 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 some load off you. 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 k n o w l e d g e d i r e c t l y. 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.

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 As parents we should behaviour that can be teach our children that minimized with healthy lying damages friendship i n v o l v e m e n t w i t h and relationships, and can children, appropriate cause us to lose friendship monitoring, sensitivity that we cherish and respect a n d u n d e r s t a n d i n g . from other people. After B y f o l l o w i n g t h e s e punishing your child for s i m p l e t i p s , y o u lying to you, forgive him/ eliminate many reasons her, see it as a crisis in for children to lie and your relationship and do you greatly increase your not bring it up again. chances of discovering We should desist from 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. You may need 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 may be necessary. * You consume less than 1,200 calories a day. Low-calorie 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 low in hemoglobin, the supplement. Also, if you substance which carhave a disease of your liv- ries oxygen to tissues. er, gallbladder, intestines * You’re pregnant or tryor pancreas, or if you’ve ing to become pregnant. had surgery on your di- During this time, you gestive tract, you may need more of certain nunot be able to digest and trients, especially calciabsorb nutrients properly. um, folate and iron. Folate In such cases, your doctor is needed very early in may recommend that you pregnancy to help protect take dietary supplements. your baby against neural * You’re a postmenopaus- tube birth defects, such al woman. After meno- as incomplete closure of pause, women experience the spine (spina bifida). a sudden drop in estrogen Iron helps prevent fatigue levels, which increases by helping you make the bone loss. To keep bones red blood cells necesstrong and to decrease sary to deliver oxygen to bone loss, you need cal- you and your baby. Your cium as well as vitamin doctor can recommend D — the vitamin essen- a dietary supplement. tial for absorbing cal- It’s important to start cium. Women who don’t taking a supplement beobtain enough calcium fore becoming pregnant. and vitamin D through * You smoke. Tobacco defoods could benefit from creases the absorption of taking a calcium supple- many vitamins and minment 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 cont'd from pg. 16 loss. Iron deficiency can in 1932, Communist lead to anemia, a condiParty of Canada general tion in which blood is secretary Tim Buck was in a KP cell serving time for sedition. While guards were ordered to fire shots through the peep-hole of cells where and when they detected a commotion, they also fired seven shots into Buck’s cell, which the government later admitted was just “to frighten him.”

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however, won’t make up for the major health risks caused by excessive alcohol consumption. If you’re generally healthy and eat a wide variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and lean meats, you don’t likely need dietary supplements. 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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erals, including vitamin C, folate, 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,

Prison guards gather inmates into a corner at Kingston Penitentiary after a two-hour riot on August. 16, 1954. (Canadian Press) In 1954, soldiers were called in to help quell a riot involving 900 inmates that would cause $2 million in damages. In 1971, a riot lasted four days, with six guards held hostage and two “undesirable” inmates

beaten to death by the rioters. Much of the central block was destroyed, including the interior of the central dome. The prisoners demanded that legendary journalist Ron Haggart hear their grievances. Haggart negotiated an end to the uprising, likely averting a bloodbath. Caron, then a KP inmate, wrote about the riot in his books Go Boy! and Bingo! KP was a “dumping ground for bad guards,” with some guards terrorizing fellow staff and inmates, according to a 1989 report commissioned b y K P ’s w a r d e n . KP was a “dumping ground for bad guards,” according to a 1989 report commissioned by KP’s warden. (Canadian Press)

In 1999, at new warden Monty Bourke’s request, the RCMP began an investigation codenamed “Correct zero” that would use inmates as paid informants. Eight guards were fired, although one firing was overturned. Two of the implicated guards killed themselves before the investigation went public. An informant told CBC Radio News in 2001 that, under instructions from special prison investigators, he bought and sold booze, marijuana, cocaine and heroin through some guards, giving them a cut. One guard agreed to a $180,000 mortgage from a mob-connected inmate who was one of the police informants. CBC News


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Ontario’s Wynne supports national debate on assisted suicide Canadians need to have a debate on whether or not to legalize assisted suicide, whether the federal government wants to deal with the issue or not, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said Thursday. Th e video f r om the late Dr. Donald Low pleading with Canada to do a better job in dealing with end-of-life issues has sparked debate on a topic on the minds of many, added Wynne. “I think Dr. Low raised, in a very powerful and personal way, an issue that is on the minds of man y p e o p l e a c r o s s the country,” she said. “I think this is a national discussion that every one of us as citizens of this country is going to have to think about. It’s about human beings deciding what kinds of choices they believe that they should have.” Wynne said she had heard the audio but had not viewed the video by Low, the calm public voice during Toronto’s SARS crisis in 2003, which was taped just eight days before he died from a brain tumour last week at age 68.

Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay said We d n e s d a y t h a t t h e Conservative government had “no desire” to introduce legislation that would open up the issue of legalizing assisted suicide, but Wynne scoffed at Ottawa’s reaction.

a debate within myself about choice, and safety and how do we empower the medical community or not, and that is a very challenging ethical and human discussion that’s going to have to happen across the country,” said Wynne.

“A federal government may decide that it doesn’t want to have the discussion, but the fact is that human beings are going to be having this discussion, and that is what Donald Low has put on the table,” she said.

“I think probably my own conflicted view of the whole discussion reflects the public discourse on it.”

“So it will be, I believe, a national discussion.” Discussion can’t be ignored, Wynne says Wynne said the federal government can’t ignore the fact the people are talking about what she calls a very challenging ethical issue, in part because of Dr. Low’s video pleading with opponents of assisted suicide to reconsider. The premier said she “hasn’t landed” yet and is still having an internal debate on assisted suicide, and suspects most other Canadians are as well. “For me personally, it is

Baby boomers want more control over end-of-life issues and the country needs to engage in a debate to see if the law banning assisted suicide should be changed, added Wynne. “I’m a baby boomer and I know that this generation has wanted to have a lot of control, and so that’s why I think this is going to be a very conflicted and difficult discussion, but one I think everyone in the country is going to have to pay attention to,” she said. The Quebec government is already holding public hearings on its legislation which would outline the conditions necessary for someone to get medical assistance to die. The federal government plans to review it. The Canadian Press

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Ontario Continues To Reduce Deficit

Total Government Spending Falls For First Time In More Than A Decade Ontario’s 2012-13 deficit is $9.2 billion, $5.6 billion lower than projected in the 2012 Budget, including a further reduction of $0.6 billion since the 2013 Budget. For the first time in more than a decade, total government reported spending, due in part to one-time savings, fell from the previous year. At $122.6 billion, spending was $3.8 billion less than planned and 0.1 per cent lower than in 2011-12.

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Akwasi Agyeman Prempeh aka Teddy Pee passes on

Celebration of life of Akwasi Agyeman Prempeh aka Teddy Pee whose sudden death occurred on August 13, 2013 at St. Michael's Hospital, toronto was held at 211 Jane St. Kenkey House on Sunday Sept. 15, 2013. Ie was the father of Collins Agyemang, sister of Rebbecca Osei Bonsu, cousin of King Kwaku Kwarteng (Kontihene of Sunyani, Montrealhene and Aduana Abusuapanin), nephew of Oduro Akwasi and niece of Barbara Appiah

Chief mourners

Chief mourners

Apos. Anokye-Manu , Rev. Yiadom Boakye and some The Apostles' Continuation church members Nana Kwaku Kwarteng, Kontihene of Sunyani and Rebecca OseiBonsu and other mourners

Antwi Adjei, MC

Nana Kwaku Kwarteng, Kontihene of Sunyani and wife

Some of the Church members

Rebeccfa Osei-Bonsu, sister being consoled

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Nana Acheampomaah Anima Kotroka I Mmorsohemaa of Asante Akyim (center) and her entourage

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Rev. Yiadom Boakye and Antwi Adjei, MC

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Nana Kwarteng and his entourage

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Home call of Theresa Ewura Adjoa Duncan

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IN MEMORIAM OF THE LATE

Mr. JAMES ANTWI YEBOAH July 2, 1947 to October 30, 2012

The celebration of life of Theresa Ewura Adjoa Duncan mother of Nana Kwasi Prempeh, and Pastor Joseph Prempeh was held at Royal Canadian Legion Hall, 11 Irwin Rd. on Saturday 27th July 2013

Final funeral rites of Madam Beatrice Nyarkoa Asiedu (alias Akomamu Inside) mother of Godfred Awuah Asiedu was held at CAW Hall 30 Tangiers Rd. on Sat. 21st Sept. 2013

On 30th October 2012, death laid its icy hands on you as you passed on to glory. One year seemed like yesterday. Your absence has been greatly felt. James your death has created a void hardly to be filled. Our only consolation is that you are in the bossom of our dear Lord watching over us. We love you very much as we miss you. We cannot forget such a wonderful father and husband you were. We will dearly miss you as well as your friends and extended family. On your home call's anniversary all that we can say is that God be with you till we meet again. Rest in perfect peace.

The Late James Antwi Yeboah

Remembered by wife Mrs. Comfort Yinka Yeboah CHILDREN: Baffour Kwabena Yeboah, Kwadwo Antwi Yeboah, Akua Bobiaa Yeboah, Kwabena Asiamah Yeboah and Dominic Akosua Yeboah (granddaughter)


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Living Word Assembly of God Church Women's Annual Retreat at Braeside Camp Paris, Ont. September 6th - 8th - 2013 Theme: All things are possible Mark 9: 23

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“Without an Economic base, there is no political power”-Amankrah cont'd from pg. 1 Macro Economics which creates industries and sustainable development. Referring to our motherland Ghana, Mr. Amankrah said, “Ghana needs to train the youth to develop the economic base which brings sustainable

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Ga-Adangbe Association of Calgary celebrates 6th Annual Homowo Festival cont'd on pg. 17 still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do.� Ms. Quarshie announced that GAAC has been granted Charitable Status by the Province. She commended GAAC

members for their volunteerism, vigilance and assistance rendered to Calgary and adjoining area flood victims. Other accomplishments mentioned by Ms. Quarshie included: Calgary Food Bank, Calgary Drop-in Centre, High River and Siksika

First Nation, Donation of $1500.00 to Canadian Red Cross for flood relief, Donation of 10 boxes of new clothes and shoes to flood victims. She then asserted GAAC’s philosophical tenet that some sense of culture and identity is better than

none and that a nation that loses its language and culture dies. Ms. Quarshie challenged us to do all in our power to maintain the Ga-Adangbe languages and culture to enable us to pass them on to our children wherever we may be. She stated

that GAAC works toward fostering communication and solidarity among visible minority youth and families in Calgary and catchment areas and towards achieving social, racial, cultural, political and economic harmony across the Province of

Alberta, Canada and across the globe; ensuring our participation in the shaping of a community that members benefit from fully. The Chairperson announced that GAAC priorities in the coming years are the revitalization of our Ga-Adangbe language school and the strengthening of links with other organizations across the globe. The Secretary of GAAC, Theo Aryee declared that the Festival was a fantastic opportunity to showcase and highlight the diversity of the people of Calgary and adjoining areas. Ms. Quarshie extended gratitude to all the members of the Association and paid special tribute to the organizing committee members and volunteers. The event also provided the opportunity for visitors to sample Ga-Adangbe and Ghanaian dishes, including Kpokpoi, kose, wakye, banku, kenkey, joloff, etc.

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Let's Think Family - By Rev. Dr. Samuel Kisseadoo Solutions, sympathy, comfort and objectivity in men and women In my opinion, this is the foundation for all of our relationships, since God created us as male and female right from the beginning of life, in order for us to recognize our rich differences which the Almighty deliberately wired into us for the establishment of the best male-female relationships on earth. 1) Men Are Solutions Oriented. Women Are Sympathy And Comfort Oriented Any man, who does not know how to comfort his wife, female fiancée, daughter, female friend, or female counterpart, and express genuine sympathy and empathy for her weaknesses, needs, and problems, can never be a good and satisfying husband, lover, or friend for that woman or girl. A man without a heart of sympathy, compassion, and comfort for females, and who would not practically demonstrate these necessities, cannot be a true companion and a man of full blessing for his own daughters, sisters, female inlaws, and female friends. Even in counseling administered by male counselors, there are many ladies and girls who have left the presence of pastors, ministers, church leaders, and counselors feeling dry, condemned, misunderstood, misinterpreted, uncomforted, unloved, and more sad or confused than they came, because of the apparent un-loving, unsympathetic, and unkind way that they were handled. Most often we simply dish out words to people in counseling, slap the truth in their faces, accompanied by the wrong body language, without any wisdom, insight, humility, and love that seek to find out how the person we are speaking to is really receiving what we are saying. We must make diligent efforts to speak more with people (heartto-heart interaction), and not just speak to or speak at people, especially when they are hurting, seeking, needy, worried, anxious, or confused. Wow! That is quiet a

huge grenade that I have exploded on this paper, isn’t it? But, ponder over what I have said very carefully, look back into the history of distressed couples, rocky marriages, divorces, separations, family feuds, and broken relationships between ladies and gentlemen, and you will agree with me that what I am saying is true. We do not usually stop to think about the comforting or distressful effects of our words and accompanying attitudes on people’s hearts and minds, when interacting with them, especially when we are displeased. We simply launch into torrential effusions that callously shoot careless words at the other fellow. Naturally, men are quick to try giving solutions to problems they see in people with mental rationalization, and quick to devise solutions to their own problems as well. Women rather begin to solve problems by giving sympathy and comfort to the victim from their emotions, and seeking to receive sympathy and comfort for themselves as the initial solution to any problems that they encounter. Providing solutions rather than sympathy, is a general need for all men, while one of the greatest needs of women is the provision of sympathy for them when we are trying to help them to come out of any situation. So, when a woman is simply expressing her emotions about an issue without reasoning along with the man for solutions, then the man feels frustrated, and shuts down the woman or rebukes her in a way that makes her feel senseless. The man should patiently understand her nature, and gradually bring her mind to reason along with him

for a peaceful, productive, and lasting solution. If a husband simply attempts to talk, instruct, and suggest answers to his wife regarding a problem or unfortunate condition that the wife has found herself in, without any expression or administering of sympathy and comfort, then the woman would not feel or think that the man sincerely loves her in the marriage. That is why it is easier for a husband to get to the mind of his wife by cuddling her in his arms with comforting words for any situation, and simultaneously telling her his thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for a solution to a problem, as well as steps to be taken for improvement in character and for a better marriage relationship, rather than talking and instructing her like the chief commander in the relationship. The wife should also know that her husband cannot just feed her on sympathy and comfort all day long, without any constructive, mental exercise to formulate concrete plans to move ahead wisely to solve their problems and make all the necessary changes in their lives for a more productive relationship. Any man and woman, who are courting with intentions to marry, must understand these principles that are based on fundamental gender differences. That must definitely help them to stop quarreling over the methods that each one in the relationship is trying to suggest or push forward as solutions to the problems or hardships they continuously encounter in the relationship.

and fights in all malefemale relationships. The man, being a creature of the mind, would want to engage in step-by-step reasoning in an objective way, to gather all the facts about the issue, synthesize, and get things done objectively without necessarily considering the personal and particular relationship he has with the woman. It appears that most men will not stop to think of the solution in terms of the lady they are relating to, and in terms of the future of their relationship. A man who devices solutions without considering the future implications in the relationship (intended and unintended consequences), is a short-sighted poor leader for any woman or family. In such cases, the woman should prayerfully, humbly, and patiently love and gradually direct the man’s mind and heart to her welfare as well as his welfare and the welfare of the

children plus other family members and friends. If on the other hand the woman is the sentimental one who is emotionally insisting on her solutions without considering the man’s welfare and the future of the rest of the family or friends, then the man must patiently guide the woman as well. No man can succeed alone. In fact, we were not created to be able to ultimately become successful independently. We seriously need each other, especially as males and females. Men and women must understand this basic difference, and make every effort to move towards each other away from their insistent, rigid, legalistic, selfish, self-centered, narrowminded, and often proud positions in all situations. That will enable the man and woman to find a common ground as they exercise self-control to listen to each other, merge their ideas, be considerate with

each other’s rights and feelings, and finally agree on what would unite them to live and move along harmoniously and happily in their relationship. People have been asking me where to get the complete information of my writings. More information can be obtained in my book “Understanding the Differences between Men and Women”. You can contact me for a copy as well as copies of my 12 books. Visit our website: www.fruitfulministriesint.com for essentials that will enrich your relationships. May the Lord empower and bless you for family excellence. Rev. Dr.Samuel A. Kisseadoo (Professor of Biology, Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia, USA) Founder and President, Fruitful Ministries International Inc., 6 Red Robin Turn, Hampton, Virginia 23669, USA. Ph 757-7289330 Fax 757-7289335 kisseadoo@msn.com

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Ghana Methodist Churches in Canada

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Sunday (Worship) - 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Wednes: - (Bible Studies) - 7:30 p.m. Fri: (Intercessory/Deliverance Prayers) -7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Fri: (Alt.) All Night - 10:30 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. Saturday(Alt.) Women's, Men's,Youth Movement Meetings) 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Place of Worship: 19 Penn Drive, North York, Ont. (off Finch Av./Milvan)

416-743-4555 (Office) 905-216-2323 (Residence) Day and Time of Worship: Sunday: Bible Class Meeting: 41 10:00 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. Church Service: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Jericho Hour Prayer Meeting 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Friday: Bible Teaching/Prayer Meeting 8:00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Saturday Organizational Meeting: 6.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. Sunday Brampton Prayer Meeting 8:00 p.m.

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Bringing the Gospel to our Community By: Rev. Joseph Osei-Amoah THE TRUE IDENTITY OF JESUS OF NAZARETH! “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5 For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son”? 6 But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” 7 And of the angels He says: “Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire.” But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” 10 And: “You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. 11 They will perish, but You remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; 12 Like a cloak You will fold them up, and they

will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will not fail.” 13 But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool”? (Hebrews 1:1-13 NKJV) The purpose of this article is to emphasize the true nature of the Lord Jesus as the Divine Son of God as stated in the word of God. The writer of the letter to the Hebrew Christians, sought to encourage the Jewish Christians who were going through severe persecution for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ not to give up because Christ was superior to the Judaic religious system. The writer compared the various aspects of the Old Testament worship with the true identity of Christ and the offices he assumed during his earthly ministry. He explained how animal sacrifice under Judaism could only cover up the sin of the guilty but could not take away the sin and must be repeated. However, Christ offered Himself once and that was enough to pacify the Father for the sins of every human being who would trust in His sacrifice at Calvary-“And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding

of blood there is no remission... And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation ((Hebrews 9:22, 27, 28). “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.” (Hebrews 10:4 NKJV) Beginning from the first chapter of Hebrews, we read: “God who at various times and in various ways spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” (Hebrews 1:14 NKJV) In the above scriptures we learn that Christ, the Son of God, the heir of all things, is more important than the prophets, for through Him God created the worlds. This Son of God is the true representation of the invisible God (Read John 1:18). He sustains all creation by the word of His power. In Hebrews 1:4-5, the Lord Jesus is declared much better than the angels and occupies unique position as “the Son of God”. To avoid any doubt from the minds

of the angels because human beings are “a little lower” than the angels since He was sending His Son into the world in the form of human to be the perfect sacrificial Lamb (Hebrews, 2:9), God the Father commanded all angels to worship Him (Hebrews 1:6). Addressing His Son in Hebrews 1:8-9, the Father called Him “God”, “But to the Son he says: Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with oil of gladness more than your companions.” The writer of Hebrews quoted Psalm 45:6-7. As the divine Son of God, Jesus was aware that He was God, therefore, in His prayer in John 17, He said, “I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself,

with the glory which I had with You before the world was.” (John 17:45) God revealed Himself to Moses in Exodus as the “I AM” (Exodus 3:14). In John 8:56 59 the Lord Jesus told the Jew who were arguing with Him about His identity, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad. “Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” Then they took up stones to throw at Him; ...” God had declared in the first commandment that He would not share His glory with anyone, therefore, even angels would not accept worship—Rev. 19:10 and Rev. 22:9 but on many occasions the Lord Jesus accepted worship(Matthew 8:2; 15:25; 28:17; Luke 24:50-52 and Acts 10:25). Several other scriptures supported His deity. Finally, Saul of Tarsus later known as the Apostle Paul, who strongly opposed the

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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

ministry of the Lord Jesus after the conversion wrote the following about the Lord Jesus in Philippians 2:5-11, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” At this Christmas, let us come and worship the divine Son of God who died to bring us back to God our Father!

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: gcmuc.org 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: gcmuc.org

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

It’s A Great Commission!


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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 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

Rev. Augustine Adu-Anane

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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Ghana students walk the walk Breaking through child labour in Africa At first glance, it looks as though these students share the same struggles as any other student: homework assignments, curfew and chores. But in actual fact they have worked hard with their community for the chance to obtain an education in a village that is plagued with child labour in the oil palm industry. One –third of the children in the Nyameyiekrom, in the western region of Ghana, cannot attend school because they are needed to chop oil palm fruits with heavy bladed poles by climbing high up the trees. Free the children In 2008, the community of Nyameyiekrom built

a small school out of bamboo for four teachers and 288 students. Free the Children has since built an additional school room, and are

confident they will be completing more rooms with latrines and water sources in the future. Vi s i t m e t o w e . c o m / trips to get involved Toronto Metro.

For All Your Events Coverage Call The Ghanaian News 416-916-3700 New Light Chapel International 190 BOVAIRD DRIVE, UNIT 12 @ HWY 10, BRAMPTON

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)

Ghanaian Congregation

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

"...Be transformed by the renewing of your mind..." Romans 12:2a


The Toronto Mission Circuit of the Methodist Church Ghana holds 3-Day Camp Meeting in Toronto cont'd from pg. 34

r e s p e c t i v e l y. T h e officiating ministers for this event beside the superintendant were Very Rev. De Graft Semie Obiri – Ghana Calvary Society), The Ve r y R e v. S a m u e l Mpereh – PhD Student at University of Toronto, Rev. Emmanuel. O. Gyimah -Montreal

Society, Rev. Dr. Augustine Adu-Anane , Rev. Mrs Eleanor Adu Anane and Rev. Fr. Gabriel Opoku Ware. The meeting ended on Sunday with a powerful, sobering and challenging Sermon delivered by Very Rev Emmanuel Ohene Gyimah entitled ‘You Cannot serve God and

We a l t h ’ P r e a c h i n g from the gospel Luke 16:1-13. He challenged the people to reflect how we are living our lives as Christians. He encouraged us to give God the priority in everything because all things will be added unto us when we make God and His kingdom first in our lives.

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) 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

1877 Merivale Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K2O 1Y8


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Around the Ghana Sports Scene Siblings who went their separate ways In writing Enemy Brothers in 1943, British writer Constance Savery would have had little idea that the title of his novel would find an echo in the football world. Yet, as FIFA.com reveals, the game has thrown up many cases of siblings who have chosen to represent different countries, the Boateng, Pogba, Cahill and Vieri brothers providing just a few examples of players from the same family pledging their allegiance to rival nations. Face to face Prince Boateng Senior left Ghana in 1981 to study in Germany. Though his two sons, Jerome andKevin-Prince, began their professional careers side by side at Hertha Berlin, they have faced each other on numerous occasions in the Bundesliga, most recently when Bayern Mu-

nich took on Schalke04 on Matchday 6 of the German league last Saturday. The Boateng boys have even squared off in the FIFA World Cup™, Jerome running out for Germany and Kevin-Prince for Ghana in the Group D match between the two countries at South Africa 2010. Speaking to FIFA. com before that match, which ended in a 1-0 win for the three-time world champions, Kevin-Prince

said: “It’s going to be special for me. I promise the Ghana supporters I’ll be doing all I can to win, no matter whether I’m up against my brother, my father or my mother.” Jerome was equally enthusiastic about the unusual match-up: “I live in Germany. I love the people there and the mindset. Kevin’s choice was entirely up to him. He’s still my brother and I’m happy for him.” FIFA.com

GFA Prez: Super Sports deal is a breakthrough Ghana Football Association President Kwasi Nyantakyi says the new Ghana Premier League television deal with Super Sports will turnaround the fortunes of clubs. Nyantakyi believes the deal will help market the Ghanaian top-flight to attract foreign investors. Super Sport signed a threeyear deal with the GFA last Friday to produce and broadcast the league and the Ghana FA Cup. This is the first time the local league

w i l l b e p r o d u c e d abroad,’’ said Nyantakyi. by the continental broadcasting giants. ‘’For the clubs, this is the chance to showcase the Nyantakyi in an interview talent we have here and with Joy sports stated the quality of football that the deal provides and the standard of play the league and clubs the and advertise the clubs opportunity to market to potential partners that itself on a bigger platform they can work with. to attract more fans as well as corporate “This deal will enhance b o d i e s t o s p o n s o r. the value of the game in Ghana, the value of the ‘’It is going to give players and market them o u r l e a g u e a w i d e r to international clubs so international coverage the Super Sport deal with and dimension, it will the FA is a breakthrough give it more viewership i n b r o a d c a s t i n g and attention which o p p o r t u n i t i e s f o r will expose it to more t h e l e a g u e a n d t h e marketing opportunities c l u b s , ” h e a d d e d .

Kotoko break Phobian hearts in ‘Super Clash’ Asante Kotoko secured a crucial win in recent meetings in Accra against Hearts of Oak as they defeated the Phobians in the ‘Super Clash’ meeting on Sunday.

decisive goal in the first half after Yahaya Mohammed cushioned the ball into his path, allowing his to strike towards goal to earn Kotoko all three points against their fiercest rivals.

hoped for better luck after string of draws between both sides in their last two meetings but on the day, his side fell short of the needed firepower to back his words ahead of the game.

Seidu Bancey’s goal caused the Phobians’ first defeat after a bright start to the season as his goal helped Kotoko to 1-0 in at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Kotoko deserved their single-goal victory as they were the better of the two sides and the result maintains their excellent start to their title defence.

With victory over their rivals achieved, Kotoko jump to the summit as they maintain their hundred percent start to the season.

The attacker scored his

David Duncan, coach of Hearts of Oak had

Source:

Ghanafa.org

with Jonathan Annobil

Princesses squad named for 2014 WC qualifier Twenty-six players have been selected into the women’s U-20 national team for preparations ahead 2014 Women’s World Cup qualifying of next month.

the African qualifiers.

The called up Black Princesses squad will gather at the national camp in Prampram this weekend for their initial screening and fitness test.

Defenders: Edem Atovor (Lady Strikers, Cape Coast), Rebecca Asante, Grace Adams, Cynthia BoakyeYi a d o m ( F a b u l o u s Ladies), Linda Addai, Rosemond Kwaitoo and Faustina Ampah (Soccer Intellectuals), Regina Antwi (Hasaacas Ladies)

Ghana play Guinea Bissau in Accra in the first leg qualifier on October 26. Two spots at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup are up for grabs from

Goalkeepers: Beatrice Ntiwaa (Hasaacas Ladies), Victoria Agyei (Ashtown Ladies), Sawude Issah (Immigration)

Midfielders: Beatrice Sesu, Rasheda Abdul-

Rahman ( Lepo Ladies), Priscilla Okyere (Fabulous Ladies) Forwards: Perpetual A g y e k u m , Wa s i l a Diwura-Soale and Mercy Adu-Boahene (Hasaacas Ladies) Alice Eva Danso (Police Ladies), Jane Ayieyam, Kasira Malik-Jebden (Vodafone Ladies, Tamale), Rita Darko (Mawuena Ladies), Akyaa Asante, Nancy Ama Amiaa and Mawia Uwaisa (Ampem Darkoa Ladies) Mawusi Gbenyo (Righteous Ladies) Salamatu Fuseini (Lady Strikers, Cape Coast - formerly Cape Coast Ghatel)

Rabiu Mohammed has began rehabilitation after undergoingsurgery  in Germany Ghana midfielder Rabiu Mohammed has set off on the road to recovery from a nagging thigh injury after undergoing surgery in Germany.  The 23-year-old Black Stars defensive midfielder went under the knife on Monday to correct and drain out

a bloody patch from his thigh. Rabiu is expected to spend six weeks in the treatment room before returning to training for his club. With the duration of his sideline, the former Liberty Professionals  midfielder is auto-

matically ruled out of Ghana’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Egypt next month. Rabiu has struck a formidable partnership with Mubarak Wakaso and Kwadwo Asamoah during the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

Boakye Yiadom sets 12-goal target in La Liga Ghana Striker Richmond Boakye Yiadom has set a 12-goal target on his debut season in the Spanish La Liga. The on loan Juventus player at Elche has scored 2 goals in 4 appearances for the newly promoted side. “I have set a target of

scoring 12 goals in my first season of playing in a highly competitive league like the Spanish La Liga, so I’m working towards achieving that target,” he told Joy sports. “I was so happy to have scored against Real Madrid in our 2-1 defeat, the response from my colleagues and the fans

at the stadium was great. “It has not been easy playing in the La Liga but I believe I can hit the mark.” Boakye raked in 11 goals last season on loan at Italian side Sassuolo which helped them to qualify to the Serie A. C o m m e n t s : Source: Joy on line

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