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Carassauga 2018: Mississauga’s Festival of Cultures opening ceremony at Africa pavilion
By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto
By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Mississauga, Ont.
Kathleen Wynne Liberal Party
The 33rd Carassauga-Festival of Cultures the 27th of May 28, 2018 in the City 2018 (the largest multicultural festival of Mississauga. The official opening in Ontario) was held from the 25th to cont’d on pg. 6
Kwame Bonsu of Winnipeg soars high with Community Volunteer Spirit From: Dr. Michael Baffoe, Winnipe, MB
Kwame Bonsu (centre), being presented with a Premier’s Volunteer Service Award. From left: Emilia Tuffour, Kwame’s mother, and Rossmere MLA Andrew Micklefield.
Manitoba-resident Ghanaian-Canadian, Kwame Bonsu, 21, is on a mission: a mission with a social conscience and high community spirit. His passion is to make a positive difference in the lives of people in his community, especially the youth. His community spirit and dedication to volunteer work in various communities in Winnipeg, Manitoba, cont’d on pg. 6
The Province of Ontario goes to the polls on Thursday June 7 th to elect a new Provincial government. This will be the 42nd Ontario general election which will elect the 124 members of the 42nd Parliament of Ontario.  The Ontario Liberal Party is attemptimg to win their fifth consecutive general election, dating back to 2003. The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario will attempt to win their first election since 1999, and the Ontario New Democratic Party will attempt to win their second election (having previously won in 1990). There are numerous other extraparliamentary political parties who will also be vying for votes. The following are the various platforms that have been put out to the electorate by the three main Provincial political parties: Liberals Platform * Provides free universal preschool child care for Ontario families and creates additional child care spaces.
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* Strengthen Ontario’s Francophone community. * Reconciliation with Indigenous people. NDP * Reduce auto insurance by 15% and end neighborhood discrimination.
* Passed legislation for $15 minimum wage. * Insurance will be based on how you drive, not where * Protects tenants from you live. exorbitant rent hikes, invest * Cut hydro bills 30% by in affordable housing. bringing Hydro One back * Reduction of greenhouse into public hands. gas emissions in the * Dental care for cheapest and most efficient everyone. way possible. * Provide free medicines * Investing in infrastructure, t o O n t a r i a n s w i t h revitalizing communities, universal medicine now. introducing community and family justice reforms and * $12-a-day child care: creating safer society for quality, affordable care for our kids. women and children. * I n v e s t m e n t s i n * Lower student debtgrants instead of loans. infrastructure and better cont’d on 32 health, education and
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EDITORIAL Publisher / Editor Emmanuel Ayiku Contributing Editors Dr. Michael Baffoe Joe Kingsley Eyiah Director of Operations Comfort Ayiku Community Reporter Jonathan Annobil Winnipeg Bureau Dr. Michael Baffoe The Ghanaian News Publishes news and comments from the Community, serves Ghanaians across Canada with good source of information is committed to give good community Journalism The Ghanaian News is published in Canada by The Ghanaian News Corporation Editorial Office 2256 Sheppard Ave. Suite 202 Toronto, Ont. M9M 1L7 Tel:(416) 916-3700 Advertising Fax (416) 916-6701 Internet: www.ghanaiannews.ca E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com $1:00 per copy Subscription costs $66.00 for one year. including postage U.S. and foreign subscriptions costs US$120 per year. Letters to the Editor We encourage your feedback and value your comments. Please feel free to write to us. keep letters to a maximum of 200 words, include your full name, Telephone # and mailing address with all correspondence. Address your letters to the Editor The Ghanaian News 2256 Sheppard Ave. Suite 202 Toronto, Ont. M9M 1L7 Tel: 416-916-3700 or Fax: 416-916-6701 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org Articles appearing in various columns of the Ghanaian News are intended to generate civil and informed public discussions. You do not have to agree with opinions expressed by the writers. That should encourage you to write to express your own views. This is the way we generate lively and civil discussions in the community. Rejoinders are not forums for personal insults and we want readers to adhere to these principles.
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Getting our Youth into Productive Ventures in the summer Spring time is here and we will soon be rolling into the summer months. After the blistering biting winter, the summer is about to begin. Most post-secondary institutions have gone on recess and the high schools will recess by the end of June. The season will therefore bring out large numbers, thousands of young people, to homes and communities across the country for at least the next three months. Summer time is usually an exciting time for the youth. They are times when the youth feel they need well-deserving breaks and rest from the past nine to ten months of intense academic activity. All things being equal, the youth need to stay home and just “rest” or as they say just “chill” out. The reality in North American society is different. The youth cannot simply chill or just stay at home and “rest.” The reality of society is that most of the youth, especially those in their mid to late teenage years, need to find jobs in the summer. These summer employment opportunities are needed to first offer some of the youth their first experience on the job market. It is their baptism into the world of work, which is positive for most of them. Most of them also really need to work to earn money to supplement their allowances and for some, to pay for their education in the next academic session. These job forays aside, we can also not afford to just watch our youth stay home and chill. Experiences over the years have shown that the devil always finds work and mischief for ideal hands. When some youth hang out doing nothing in the summer months, that becomes a recipe for disaster. A lot of violence that have cropped up in our communities that have involved our youth have happened in the summer months when some youth have nothing to do and just congregate and hang out in shopping malls, street corners, community centers and other places. For some youth too, these are the times to settle scores with their “enemies” for things that happened in the course of the academic year. These fears are real! With all these frightening experiences to guide us, we are appealing to all leaders in our community, parents/ guardians, religious, business and community leaders to rally together to find productive engagements and ventures for the youth to engage in during the critical three months of the summer. For those that own and run businesses, we encourage you to offer some employment, however limited, to some of our youth to keep them busy and productive in the summer. To our religious leaders we urge them to design and launch productive programs that will assist the youth not just learn religious material but programs that are geared towards training for responsible lives, life in the real world and productive roles in the community. All of us have high stakes and roles to play to ensure that our youth end their summer vacation in a peaceful manner without any mishaps. The responsibility for mentoring our youth, supporting them and guiding them to stay out of trouble belongs to all of us. We should get on board and offer whatever assistance and services that we can offer to achieve the goals above. To our youth we wish you a very pleasant summer. Please stay out of trouble so that you may return to school well refreshed and matured than the previous school year. To those that just finished High schools and will be heading out to Colleges/Universities and other post-secondary institutions, we wish you all the best in the next phase of your academic careers. Have a Happy Summer Holiday!
Carassauga 2018: Mississauga’s Festival of Cultures opening ceremony at Africa pavilion cont’d from pg. 1 was held at the Africa pavilion which is hosted by People of Motherland on Friday May 25th 2018. The ceremony took place at the Hershey Centre-Main Arena Stage on 5500 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga, Ontario. There was a kaleidoscope of color and cultures showcased in the electrifying Parade of Nations taking part in the festival. 33 countries were represented in 32 pavilions at 10 locations throughout Mississauga. Every year four African countries are selected to host the 3 day event and this year the onus fell on Botswana, Namibia, Cape Verde and Republic Democratic of Congo. Visitors to the Africa pavilion were treated to sumptuous and authentic African cuisine, drinks, fashion, sculpture, music and dance. As part of the event,
visitors learn about African traditional huts/habitation through workshops. On hand for the official opening ceremony were Premier of Ontario, Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Hon Peter Fonseca, MP Mississauga EastCooksville, who brought greetings from Prime Minister Trudeau, former Mayor Hazel McCallion, some Mississauga City Councilors as well as the Board of Directors of Carassauga led by its chairman Marek Ruta. The ribbon was cut by all the special guests at the event. The Premier visited some of booths in the Africa pavilion. The MC was Randy Persaud, Vice Chair, Marketing of the Carassauga Board.
Kwame Bonsu of Winnipeg soars high with Community Volunteer Spirit cont’d from pg. 1 have not gone unnoticed. In April 2018, Kwame Bonsu was one of just nine people to receive the Provincial Premier’s Volunteer Service Award for his unwavering dedication as a volunteer at YMCA-WYCA Youth Programs, Community LIFE Church’s outreach program, Global Visions Western Canada Regional Roundtable, the University of Manitoba Volunteer Program, the annual Manitoba FolkloramaCultural Festival, and the African Communities of Manitoba Inc. Organization. Kwame Bonsu has also served on his High School student council and received the Macadonian Award at his High School graduation.
TheGhanaian News, Kwame Bonsu explained that his unwavering passion for volunteering is driven by his desire to make a difference in the lives of the youth. He also wants to be a role model for up-and-coming youth. His message to the youth is that everyone can make a positive difference and it’s a real joy to see and feel that dedicating a few hours of your time to causes that you believe in can really impact on people and change their lives for the better. Kwame Bonsu will graduate this Spring with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Studies with a Sociology Minor from the University of Manitoba. TheGhanaian Newscongratulates Kwame Bonsu on his dedication to community service and his academic achievements.
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Bank of Canada holds key interest rate at 1.25 per cent OTTAWA -- The Bank of Canada kept its key interest rate target on hold Wednesday, but hinted that rate hikes could be coming as it noted the Canadian economy was a little stronger than expected in the first quarter.
the Bank of Canada said in a statement.
The central bank held its target for the overnight rate -- a key financial benchmark that influences the prime lending rates at the country’s big banks -- steady at 1.25 per cent.
“Housing resale activity has remained soft into the second quarter, as the housing market continues to adjust to new mortgage guidelines and higher borrowing rates. Going forward, solid labour income growth supports the expectation that housing activity will pick up and consumption will continue to contribute importantly to growth in 2018.”
“Exports of goods were more robust than forecast and data on imports of machinery and equipment suggest continued recovery in investment,”
The central bank also said global economic activity remains broadly on track, but added that ongoing uncertainty about trade policies
is dampening global business investment and stresses are developing in some emerging market economies. It noted that recent developments have reinforced its view that higher rates will be warranted to keep inflation near its target, but added that it will take a gradual approach and be guided by the economic data. “In particular, the bank will continue to assess the economy’s sensitivity to interest rate movements and the evolution of economic capacity,” it said.
Economists had predicted the Bank of Canada would keep its key rate on hold Wednesday, but many have suggested the rate may be headed higher later this year. T h e c e n t r a l b a n k ’s decision to keep its trendsetting rate on hold came as inflation sits above the two per cent midpoint of its target range of one to three per cent and core inflation has crept past the two per cent mark for the first time since 2012. It noted that inflation will likely be a bit higher in the near term than was forecast in its April monetary policy report
due to recent increases in gasoline prices, but that it will look through the transitory impact of the fluctuations at the pump. The central bank has raised its key rate three times since last summer, increases that have prompted the big Canadian banks to raise their prime rates which
are used to set the rates charged for variablerate mortgages and other variable-rate loans. Its next scheduled interest rate decision is set for July 11 when it will also update its outlook for the economy and inflation in its monetary policy report. The Canadian Press
The tarnished golden years By Laurie Campbell and Kelley Keehn June marks Seniors’ Month in Canada, a time to celebrate the seniors in our lives and in our
communities. It’s also a fitting time to probe the financial security of aging Canadians. A recent survey of 1000 Canadians over the age of 60 shows that “running out of money before they die” and “not being able to pay for long term care” top the list of financial worries of seniors. The Seniors and Money Report paints a picture of aging Canadians facing financial jeopardy. One-in-four seniors fear they will run out of money before they die, while an equal amount fear they will not be able to pay for long-term care. Other concerns include never being able to pay off their debt, not having enough money to retire, having to sell their house or depending on their children for financial support. One-in-five Canadians still work past age 60 (one-in-16 work past 80). Too much debt, not enough savings, still supporting adult children and “I’ll never afford retirement” are the main reasons. On a positive note, nearly one third of Canadians over 60 continue working because they simply “love their job”. More than half of Canadians age 60 and older carry at least one form of debt, with a many carrying more. The usual culprits here tend to be credit cards (which lead the way), lines of credit, mortgages, and (to a lesser extent) auto loans. Surprisingly, more than one-in-three Canadians 80 and older are carrying at least one form of debt, cont’d on pg. 10
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Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was held on 19 May 2018 in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom. The groom, Prince Harry, is a member of the British royal family; the bride, Meghan Markle, is an American and former actress. On the morning of the wedding, Prince Harry’s grandmother, Q u e e n Elizabeth II, conferred upon him the titles of Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. On her marriage, Markle became Duchess of Sussex. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, officiated at the wedding using the standard Anglican church service for Holy Matrimony published in Common Worship, the liturgical text of the Church of England. Prince Harry is the second son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales. He and Meghan Markle, an American actress best known for her role in the Canadian-American legal-drama television series Suits, have been in a relationship since June 2016. The relationship was officially acknowledged on 8 November 2016, when a statement was released from the royal family’s communications secretary addressing the “wave of abuse and
harassment” directed toward Markle. On 27 November 2017, Clarence House announced that Prince Harry would marry Markle in the spring of 2018. They were engaged earlier the same month in London, with the Prince giving Markle a bespoke engagement ring made by Cleave and Company, the court jewellers and medalists to the Queen, consisting of a large central diamond from Botswana, with two smaller diamonds f r o m h i s m o t h e r ’s jewellery collection.  At the same time, it was announced that they would live at Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace following their marriage. The Queen and the D u k e o f E d i n b u rg h expressed their delight at the news, while congratulations came in from various political leaders, including the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, and the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn. After the announcement, the couple gave an exclusive interview to Mishal Husain of BBC News. During the public announcement of the engagement at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Gardens, Markle wore a bottle knee-length
The tarnished golden years cont’d from pg. 9 perhaps most unexpectedly, nine per cent have car loans. The report shows the beginnings of a generational shift in how seniors are supporting their retirement. The number of seniors who list a company pension plan as a source of income is declining. Currently, fifty per cent of those 80 and older list a company pension plan as a source of income, while that percentage dips to 41 per cent among those 60-69. It’s not all doom and gloom. There are a multitude of resources available to seniors and their families. Truthfully, it’s never too late to get started. Nonprofit organizations like Credit Canada and the Financial Planning Standards Council provide resources for all Canadians at any stage in their life; wherever a person sits on the spectrum of debt or savings. There are steps that can be taken by seniors and their families to ensure their financial security. About the authors Laurie Campbell is CEO of Credit Canada, and Kelley Keehn is an author, educator and consumer advocate for the Financial Planning Standards Council. SOURCE: Credit Canada, and the Financial Planning Standards Council
Price Harry and Meghan Markle - Duke & Duchess of Sussex emerald green dress with bow detailing at the cinched waist by Italian label P.A.R.O.S.H and a white trench coat by Canadian brand Line the Label. Hours after the announcement, the website of Line the Label crashed down due to the number of people who were trying to order the coat. Markle is the second American and the first person of mixed race heritage to marry into the British royal family.
The engagement announcement prompted much comment about the possible social significance of Markle becoming a proudly mixed-race royal. Under the terms of the Succession to the Crown Act 2013, the first six persons in the line of succession require the Sovereign’s consent in order to marry. Harry was fifth in line at the time of his engagement. The Queen’s consent was declared to the Privy
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No more paycheques for corrupt Hamilton officer Craig Ruthowsky as police start firing process Police officer sentenced to 12½ years in a federal penitentiary The Hamilton Police Service has suspended corrupt Const. Craig Ruthowsky without pay and has begun the process to have him fired. The police service moved quickly to cut off Ruthowsky’s pay, taking action just a day after he was sentenced on charges of bribery, obstruction of justice, breach of trust and cocaine trafficking. The service has been obliged to keep paying Ruthowsky for six years while he has been under suspension. That obligation ended Tuesday when he received a prison term for his role in a pay-for-protection scheme with a crew of Hamilton drug dealers. The service issued a statement Wednesday morning saying it will also be pursuing Police Service Act charges against Ruthowsky and seek to have him fired through that process.
Pay during suspension called ‘unacceptable’ The 44-year-old was convicted on the charges in Superior Court in Toronto late last month. He was actually suspended in June 2012. During three of those years, Ruthowsky even showed up on the Sunshine List, which tracks the province’s highest paid public sector earners. He made over $104,000 last year, over $107,000 in 2015, and over $109,000 in 2012. Ruthowsky’s pay while under suspension drew criticism from Hamilton Coun. Lloyd Ferguson, who heads up the city’s police board. He called the officer a “poster child of suspension without pay” in a previous interview. Ferguson said Ruthowsk y ’s p a y o u t s w e r e «unacceptable to taxpayers.» Even though Ruthowsky
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Ruthowsky was arrested after being caught on police wiretaps as part of a massive Toronto police guns and gangs investigation called Project Pharaoh.
Suspensions with pay could end Cases like Ruthowsky’s, where an officer is paid for over half a decade while on suspension, could soon be a thing of the past. Ontario is making sweeping changes to its policing laws, including strengthening oversight of the system and making it possible to suspend officers without pay. The changes, contained in legislation introduced last November, would include the first update to the Police Services Act in more than 25 years. The new legislation proposes to allow police services to suspend officers without pay in certain circumstances — a power chiefs have been requesting for a decade. CBC News ·
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A look at childcare plans proposed this election by Ontario’s three main parties TORONTO -- Childcare is one of the major issues in Ontario’s election, with all three main parties proposing vastly different visions of how best to help families at a time when daycare can cost parents as much as $20,000 a year. Here is a look at each of the plans. LIBERALS Who does it cover? The cost of childcare would be fully covered for all children from age 2 1/2 to four, when they can start kindergarten. What types of care are included? Licensed childcare centres, both not-for-profit and forprofit. What does it cost? Parents of preschoolaged children aged 2 1/2 to four would pay no daycare fees. The plan would cost taxpayers $2.2 billion over three years. When would it be implemented? Starting in 2020. What else does the plan offer? The Liberals would put $162.5 million toward helping with costs of infant and toddler care and $534 million over six years to build 14,000
more preschool childcare spaces. What do the experts say? The plan was based on recommendations from University of Toronto economics professor Gordon Cleveland. Critics have noted that it doesn’t cover the most expensive years -- infant care runs up to $25,000 a year, while the Liberals estimate their plan would save families an average $17,000 a year. But Cleveland calls it a first step. “There’s no special magic about preschoolers except that we do have a lot more capacity at that age level right now,” says Cleveland, who also appeared at a Liberal campaign event touting the plan. Rachel Langford, an associate professor of early childhood studies at Ryerson University, called the plan “sound” because there are a sufficient number of existing preschool childcare spots to accommodate increased demand that would come from free care. “Unlike with infants and toddlers, where staffchild ratios demand more
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FOCUS Fix the Ontario broken Education Funding Formula now: Use your June 7 Vote to do this! By Joe Kingsley Eyiah, OCT, Brookview MS, Toronto, Canada “Education is a vital human right, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Every girl and every boy should have the right to a quality education so that they can have more chances in life, including employment opportunities, better health and also to participate in the political process.” As a member of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) I fully support the current campaign to fix the Education Funding Formula under the slogan: OUR STUDENTS MATTER! My Federation has identified top ten reasons we need to fix the broken education funding formula in Ontario. These reasons become more crucial as Ontarians go to the polls on June 7 to elect the next government for the province. Therefore we need to make sure that whichever political party (Liberals, PC, NDP or Green Party) that is elected to form the next government will have to heed the voices of reason and fix the broken education funding formula which was put in place since 1997! In this brief discourse I will outline the ETFO’s top 10 reasons and shed light on at least 4 of
them to convince the public to advocate for better public schools in Ontario. According to the Global Partnership for Education(GPE), “Governments have the primary responsibility for their own national education programs.” It is therefore incumbent on Ontario Provincial government like any responsible government anywhere to embark on education funding which meets the needs of its students. It is rather unfortunate that the 1997 education funding formula in use today in Ontario was never based on actual student needs! The current provincial education funding formula, according to the ETFO, is not realizing the schools that Toronto students deserve. “Large class sizes, insufficient supports for students with special needs, crumbling buildings and classrooms that are either too hot or too cold, cuts to specialist teachers, and increasing violent incidents-the
barriers negatively impacting our students’ learning conditions and our working conditionsthey are all related to a broken funding formula.” The top ten reasons we need to fix the broken education funding formula include: 1. O n t a r i o ’s p e r pupil funding does not come close to meeting expectations. 2. Resources for our students with special needs are severely lacking. 3. Class sizes in Grades 4-8 and kindergarten are too big. day 4. F u l l kindergarten costs are not covered. 5. H e a l t h a n d safety issues are not getting immediate attention they need. 6. E n g l i s h a s a Second Language (ESL) funding is not guaranteed. 7. Program funding for our most vulnerable students has never been enough. 8. E l e m e n t a r y students do not get as
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much support as secondary students. 9. B a s i c s c h o o l programs and services are treated like a funding “frill”. 10. Te a c h e r s d o regular report cards; the Province has not since 2002. As outlined above students, with special needs are not properly funded under the 1997 formula. For example, “the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) lost $8.6 million in special education funding in 2016-2017, as the funding model prioritizes statistics, not actual student need.” Also, it could be seen that there is not enough individual teacher
attention for students due to large class sizes. For example, in my school some class sizes range between 30 and 33 students. We need smaller classes in grades 4 to 8 and kindergarten. Smaller class sizes will promote better rapport between teacher and individual students. The current funding formula allows for huge class sizes (30 and above), shortchanging our youngest students. The funding formula has failed to address the health and safety concerns at our public schools. Workplace violence, air quality, noise level, and mould continue to ‘haunt’ our schools. ETFO has revealed that there is a $15.9 billion provincial repair backlog in our aging schools. Unfortunately,
elementary students do not get as much support as secondary students. Ontario continues to spend $612 less on elementary students than secondary.I would like to stress here that we need to build a solid foundation for students in Ontario by investing in elementary education and teachers for effective pedagogy.Parents should know that their children have their own unique learning needs as do the other children in their classrooms. Education is the biggest enterprise in any civilized society and asan educationist, I expect Ontarians on June 7, 2018 to vote for fair funding in order to build better public schools for our children. I AM VOTING TO BUILD BETTER SCHOOLS!
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‘NAME, SHAME AND JAIL’... And Anas Strikes Again! By Edmund Agbeko, Toronto If a handful of Ghanaian journalists were as honest, dynamic, dedicated to duty and were ready to serve Ghana and humanity as Anas Aremeyaw Anas is doing, corruption would be history and a thing of the past within months. However, most or almost all of our Ghanaian journalists are unethically corrupt; often aligning themselves with politicians and governments that will grease their palms with money to support them even if the government and such politicians were corrupt, irresponsible and pursuing their myopic, selfish and insatiable greed. Anas stands out taller than all the Ghanaian journalists put together when it comes to fighting corruption by flushing out corrupt officials from their hideouts or from their underhand dealings or engagements. The problem that is dragging Ghana backwards is nothing less than corruption. Corruption in all its forms and shapes is the bane of the socioeconomic development of Ghana and her entire African sister countries. It is not that God did not create us (black people especially Ghanaians) properly but it is just that our infatuation with get rich quick, have more luxury cars, more mansions and have more beautiful girlfriends, are what is causing our downfall as a nation and a people. Therefore, I am supportive of anyone and any means that can get rid of
budget says Management,” Mr Nyantakyi told the Commission.
the exacerbating nearinstitutionalised corruption from Ghana to facilitate our chance of prospering as a nation and a people. Subsequently, I say, more grease to the elbows of the unique and proud journalist son of Ghana. Blessed be the womb that conceived and gave birth to him. Anas Aremeyaw Anas has revealed that the controversial payment of $577,500 to some officials of the Black Stars during t h e 2 0 1 4 Wo r l d C u p in Brazil triggered his latest investigative piece, “Number 12”. The infamous co-efficient term was first introduced to Ghanaians by beleaguered FA boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi when he appeared before the Dzamefe Commission. “…The honorarium cuts across all the national teams from Black Stars to the Under-17, both male and female, and it is the same practice. The reference to the number seven (7) is just a coefficient used to multiply the money. People who are management are not limited to the management committee and that is why the
“This has been the practice, indeed in 2010 we were called to EOCO to answer the same questions and it is from there that the current operational arrangements came up. Before 2010, only the secretary signed for it, but when we went to EOCO they raised issues about why there was no authority from the executive committee, and that is why I now had to authorise the payment,” he further explained. However, Anas Aremeyaw Anas said the funny explanation by the FA boss pushed him to do a piece on Ghana football. In his latest article titled, “Of Ghana’s Sporting Heroes And Villains: The Silent Musings Of Anas Aremaeyaw Anas – #Number12”, Anas said, “ As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, sports is not my domain. Apart from a short article criticising some discriminatory recommendations in the Government’s White Paper on the Justice Sule Nasr Gbadegbe Committee report, I have not bothered to do sports reporting. I have always considered it a pastime for Ghanaians with no bearing on the bread-andbutter issues and with no big bucks for any big boss to blow.
so sporty today. But again, although I have followed the game a little, in terms of football reporting, I am a novice,”. Again, If my memory will serve me right, I once heard that Anas was going to expose the bigwigs behind the devastating illegal surface mining (galamsey) going on in Ghana. It was alleged that he has captured them already on recorded video and that some big Kings and chiefs plus some parliamentarians were going to be affected. I think Mr Kweku Abdul Malik Baako, Anas’ mentor, even made mention of it and promised when it was going to be made public. If my recollection is right, then where is that video and when is the exposure scheduled to take place? I hope with Anas, he has no believe in the dictum, “all animals are equal but some are more equal than others”. Should that belief creep into his professional determination to rout out official corruption from Ghana, then all his tedious works will in the end amount to much ado about nothing. Galamsey is so destructive to our water bodies, virgin
forests and farmlands as well as being pollutant to the air that we breathe. Therefore, it is proper that we fight to uproot it. It is these chiefs who allocated the lands to the Chinese and their complicit Ghanaians to cause such harm to the nation’s ecology. There is therefore the need to expose, shame and if possible, destool such irresponsible and visionless chiefs who by stupidity and quest for quick buck, have sold or leased most arable fertile farmlands to these greedy foreigners with their Ghanaian agents and assigns to spoil the nation.
the well-placed persons in Ghana who are behind the galamsey. The fight is not easy but should we not relent, we shall surely see light at the end of the tunnel. How far is it true that the military taskforce designated to enforce the ban on galamsey have some of their members rather taking money bribes to assist the Chinese and others to rather carry on with the galamsey activities? Unless the President exercises his Executive powers bestowed on him by the constitution as he has used in Kwasi Nyantakyi’s case to resolve some difficult and annoying problems, he will in the end have nothing to point to as his major achievement. Alfred Agbesi Woyome is still walking the streets of Ghana a free man. Mrs Charlotte Osei after her own incriminating revelations, she is still at post all probably because of some alleged personal intervention by some “powerful” member of the President’s family.
If indeed, Anas has any such exposure on some bigwigs (politicians, traditional chiefs etc.) engaged in the ruinous galamsey, please bring the video out. I shall entreat him not to shield them from exposure. Once you compromise on the fight against corruption due to the prestigious status of a person in the society, then all your attempts will have come to naught, for it is these bigwigs who are the masterminds and Once more, I tip my hat orchestrators of corruption to our ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw in Ghana. Anas, the believer in good I cannot wait to see the name is better than riches. day that Anas will expose I salute his entire Tiger Eye team for jobs well done!
“However, after the infamous “co-efficient” payouts to officials of the Black Stars Brazil 2014 World Cup contingent amounting to $577,500, I have begun to look at football especially differently. This is why I am
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Egpyt’s Sisi to be sworn in on 2 June His swearing in will be the first held in parliament since former ruler Hosni Mubarak began his fifth consecutive term in 2005, Al-Ahram reports.
ABC loses prime TV showcase with ‘Roseanne’ cancellation a large audience to which it could promote the network’s other sports and entertainment programming, said Jason Damata, founder of Fabric Media, which advises TV networks and measurement companies.
It will be attended by religious leaders, ambassadors, lawmakers and media personalities.
President-elect Abdul Fattah al-Sisi Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi will be sworn in for a second term on 2 June, state-owned Egpytian daily Al-Ahram newspaper reports. MrSisi won a second term with 97% of the vote during the March presidential election.
Many saw March’s election as a foregone conclusion, with MrSisi’s sole opponent a little-known figure who had previously supported his re-election. MrSisi’s critics accuse him of being an authoritarian ruler who has crushed dissent. His allies say he has guaranteed stability in Egypt. BBC
A look at childcare plans proposed this election by Ontario’s three main parties cont’d from pg. 11 When would it be implemented? The plan would start with care for infants and toddlers in 2019-20, followed by preschoolers the following year. What else does the plan offer? Existing subsidies would not be reduced. The number of licensed, not-for-profit childcare spaces would be expanded by 51 per cent -- an additional 202,000 spaces -- by adding more than 10 per cent each year. It would prioritize new spots in public schools. The plan also includes wage increases for early childhood educators. What do the experts say? The plan is based on recommendations from the Ontario Coalition for Better Childcare. They have called for a universal childcare system that is affordable, pays early childhood educators well, and expands only in the public or not-for-profit sectors. The coalition says for-profit care tends to be of a poorer quality, and they say limiting forprofit childcare is key to responsibly expanding care in Ontario. Langford believes the NDP is completely committed to their plan, but it would be “more challenging” to implement than the Liberal plan because infant and toddler spaces require higher child-tostaff ratios. Cleveland says the NDP plan would create more demand for the infant and toddler spaces than it could meet. “It’s a promise that sounds good, but it’s a promise that can’t be delivered,” he says. “The NDP one that they’re talking about would be quite generous...that’s
dramatically lowering the price of childcare. That would make it incredibly affordable for families. I don’t really have an objection to doing that. My objection is that what they’ve put forward is not a possible, feasible plan.” But aiming for a highquality system with an emphasis on not-for-profit care is a very important factor, Cleveland adds. “I don’t fault them for raising that issue.” -----PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES Who does it cover? Children under 15 years old What types of care are included? Families could select from a variety of options, including licensed and independent childcare spaces, babysitters, nannies, after-school recreational programs, “and a range of other options, as long as it enables the parent to go back to work,” the Tories have said. What does it cost? Families would receive an Ontario Childcare Rebate of up to 75 per cent of their childcare expenses, up to $6,750 per child until age six. For kids between six and 15, families would receive up to $3,750. It would work on a sliding scale, with families earning less than $34,800 qualifying for the maximum and declining to a rebate of 26 per cent of childcare costs for families with an income of $155,095 or higher. It would cost $389 million a year, the Tories say. When would it be implemented? Jan. 1, 2019.
What else does the plan offer? The plan as announced by the Progressive Conservatives does not promise to create additional spaces. What do the experts say? Critics seize on the amounts offered, saying even $6,750 would still leave some families paying nearly $15,000 a year for infant childcare. Langford says the Tory plan doesn’t advance accessibility, but flagged the cost estimate as too low. “The PCs are promising $389 million for the tax rebate,” she says. “There are 2.2 million eligible children from zero to 14...that would work out to about $175 per child.” But the Tories say this is an oversimplification. Not all children would need some form of care, plus parents with an infant in care would spend far more than a parent paying for a pre-teen’s afterschool sports program, they say. The $389 million is in addition to money that would be available by repurposing billions of dollars in existing tax credits, they add. Economist Kevin Milligan co-authored a paper last year on the benefits of a refundable tax credit for childcare. He wrote a blog post in support of the Tory plan when it was originally announced last year under former party leader Patrick Brown, saying it delivers the largest benefit to lower- and middleincome families and that the cost estimates were reasonable. However, after the party elected Doug Ford as leader he said the commentary no longer reflected his views. The Canadian Press
“The pain is really coming from taking a franchise off the table and all the things that come with it,” Damata said. Roseanne Barr LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co’s decision to cancel “Roseanne” leaves ABC without its most-watched primetime program and an important platform for the television network to promote the rest of its lineup in a highly competitive battle for viewers.
“Roseanne” could have helped draw online audiences to ABC’s website and mobile apps, he added. Cable networks also will take a financial hit. Three Viacom Inc channels and E.W. Scripps Co’sLaff TV said Tuesday they were pulling reruns of the original 1990s “Roseanne” series.
ABC ended its revival of 1990s hit “Roseanne” on Tuesday hours after star and creator Roseanne Barr posted a tweet that compared former Obama administration official Valerie Jarrett, who is black, to an ape.
Reruns of “Roseanne” have been a big draw for advertisers, generating $1.2 billion in ad revenue for the syndicators and cable networks that aired them from 1995 to 2017, according to Kantar Media.
It was a rare move by a network to scrap its most popular entertainment program because of the off-screen behavior of a star.
It is unusual for a show with such strong revenue potential to get canceled, but off-screen controversies have toppled a few others in recent years.
The recent success of “Roseanne” helped lift ABC ratings at a time when broadcast networks are struggling to attract audiences who are migrating to streaming services like Netflix Inc. The “Roseanne” revival had aired only nine episodes and generated $22.8 million from advertisers, or 2.5 percent of ABC’s ad revenue for the 2017-2018 season, according to data from measurement firm iSpot. ABC had ordered a new season that was expected to run for 13 episodes and had touted the comedy in a recent sales pitch to advertisers. Potential ad dollars from those airings would have been as much as $60 million, research firm Kantar Media estimated. FRANCHISE OFF THE TABLE Aside from ad revenue, ABC is losing
In April 2017, Fox News fired Bill O’Reilly after The New York Times reported Fox and O’Reilly had paid five women a total of $13 million to settle harassment claims. O’Reilly said in a statement at the time that he had settled only to spare his children from controversy. His popular show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” brought in $147.13 million in advertising revenue in 2016, Kantar Media said. In 2014, Comcast Corp’s NBC and Netflix canceled plans for new shows featuring comedian Bill Cosby over sexual assault allegations against him, and reruns of “The Cosby Show” also were taken off the air. Cosby was convicted in April 2018 of drugging and sexually assaulting a onetime friend in 2004. Reuters
Ancaster man sentenced to five years in jail in connection with Yahoo hacking case SAN FRANCISCO -- A Canadian young computer hacker who American investigators say unwittingly worked for Russian spies was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for his role in a massive security breach at Yahoo that U.S. federal agents say was directed by a Russian intelligence agency. U.S. Judge Vince Chhabria also fined Karim Baratov $250,000 during a sentencing hearing in San Francisco. B a r a t o v, 2 3 , p l e a d ed guilty in November to nine felony hacking charges. He acknowledged in his plea agreement that he began hacking as a teen seven years ago and charged customers $100 per hack to access web-based emails. U.S. prosecutors allege he was “an international hacker for hire” who indiscriminately hacked for clients he did not know or vet, including dozens of jobs paid for by Russia’s Federal Security Service. Baratov, who was born in Kazakhstan but lived in Hamilton, charged customers to obtain another person’s webmail passwords by tricking them to enter their credentials into a fake password reset page. He was arrested in Hamilton in March 2017 under the Extradition Act after American authorities indicted him for computer hacking, economic espionage and other crimes. After Baratov’s guilty plea, his lawyers told reporters he hacked only eight accounts and did not know that he was working for Russian agents connected to the Yahoo breach.
“He’s been transparent and forthright with the government since he got here,” lawyer Andrew Mancilla said at the time. In August 2017, Baratov decided to forgo his extradition hearing to face the charges in California. His Canadian lawyer at the time said that the move was to speed up the legal process. Meanwhile, U.S. prosecutors said in court papers that Baratov’s Russian-language website named “webhacker” advertised services for “hacking of email accounts without prepayment.” They said Russian security service hired Baratov to target dozens of email accounts using information obtained from the Yahoo hack. Prosecutors argued that Russia’s Federal Security Service targeted Russian journalists, U.S. and Russian government officials and employees of financial services and other private businesses. Baratov and his lawyers also said his work with the Russia spy agency was unwitting. The court documents allege Baratov claimed he could access webmail accounts maintained by Google and Russian providers such as Mail.Ru and Yandezx. He would provide customers with a screenshot of the hacked account and promised he could change security questions so they could maintain control of the account. The U.S. Justice Department also charged two Russian spies with orchestrating the 2014 security breach at Yahoo to
steal data from 500 million users. Dmitry AleksandrovichDokuchaev and Igor Anatolyevich remain at large and prosecutors believe they are living in Russia, which doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the United States. He is alleged to have collected more than $1.1 million in fees, which he used to buy a house and expensive cars. “Deterrence is particularly important in a case like this,” the judge said during the hearing. He rejected prosecutors call for a prison sentence of nearly 10 years, noting Baratov’s age and clean criminal record prior to his arrest. Lawyer AmedeoDiCarlo, who represented Baratov while he was in Canada, said in an email that Baratov is satisfied with the court’s decision. “The judge used all criteria possible to assist Karim and, given the time he had already served and the time expected to serve, he will be out in approximately three years,” DiCarlo said. “The justice system worked for a man who took responsibility and I’m sure he learned many lessons.” Baratov has been in custody since his arrest last year. He told the judge Tuesday that his time behind bars has been “a very humbling and eye-opening experience.” He apologized to those he hacked and promised “to be a better man” and obey the law upon his release. The judge said it is likely Baratov will be deported once he is released from prison. The Associated Press
Empty streets mark Biafra anniversary Reports from south-eastern Nigeria say businesses have closed in several cities as separatists mark the 51st anniversary of the abortive declaration of the breakaway state of Biafra. The streets are empty and shops and banks are closed in several cities - including Nnewi, Onitsha, Aba and Umuhia - after the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) group urged people to stay at home today.
The police and the military are, however, patrolling the streets.
Nigerian authorities have labelled Ipob a terrorist organisation.
Ipob’s roots can be traced to the independence declaration of Biafra on 30 May 1967 which led to the Nigerian civil war in which more than one million people were killed.
Its leader, NnamdiKanu, is facing treason-related charges.
The Igbo often complain of marginalisation and many of them have supported secession.
He has not been seen in public since September when his house was raided by the Nigerian military. The military denies arresting him. BBC Africa
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Tim Hortons to pilot all-day breakfast amid tensions with franchisees TORONTO - Tim Hortons will pilot all-day breakfast in a dozen Ontario locations and look to introduce a kids menu, delivery and loyalty program, in a bid to regain the trust of franchisees and customers. The fast-food giant’s president Alex Macedo told The Canadian Press that the all-day breakfast experiment will begin at a handful of Hamilton and Burlington, Ont. locations later this summer and include all of the menu items typically available at the store in the morning. If it is successful, he said the company would consider rolling it out further. “The demand is loud and clear,” he said. “Any time we bring up the idea of breakfast at any time, the response is very favourable and very strong.” Macedo’s announcement came as the company has publicly been struggling to fix its strained relationship with some franchisees, who have been sparring with the company in recent months over everything from cost-cutting measures made in the wake of Ontario’s minimum wage hikes to delays in supply deliveries to a $700-million renovation plan that they say will cost store owners $450,000 per restaurant. Last month, Macedo admitted that “we could have done a few things better” and started touring the country to meet with franchises and promise them that he would fix the relationship. This week, he said the visits had concluded and added that “it can take some time to get exactly where we want to be, but right now, I think things are looking much better than they were at the beginning of the year.” His attempt at easing the tensions have coincided with an intensification of Canada’s breakfast wars. In early May, McDonald’s, one of Tim Hortons’ biggest rivals, announced it had begun serving bagels across the country and in recent years. A&W, Taco Bell and Burger King have all upped the ante with breakfast offerings to compete with Tim Hortons, Starbucks and Country Style. Macedo said Tim Hortons’ all-day breakfast launch wasn’t triggered by
the McDonald’s bagel announcement, adding that “something as big as this would never be a reaction to anything a competitor would do.” The company, he said, had done a market test on all-day breakfast in 2013 and found it was “generally successful,” but ultimately chose not to roll it out, in part because “the guests weren’t asking for it as much as they are now.” Since then, he said consumer interest in breakfast has grown, as evidenced by research companies NPD Group and Nielsen calling it the fastest-growing part of the day for restaurants since 2012. In addition to all-day breakfast, he revealed that the company would also be looking to a kids menu, new packaging, kiosks, loyalty programs and delivery to entice customers and regain franchisee confidence, but he said he wasn’t prepared to share more details on any of those plans yet. “I don’t think there is one answer to driving brand love,” Macedo said. “My only concern is to work with franchisees all over the country. ... I think they are very willing to work with us to get the brand where we want it to be.” Among those franchisees is Aron Burch, who will offer all-day breakfast at five of his seven locations. He said he was eager to get on board with the pilot because he owns a handful of locations near McMaster University in Hamilton and finds most of his customers are students who like to sleep in, often making it to his restaurants just as breakfast is winding down for the day. He said the months of tension between Tim Hortons and the franchisees, and the rise in the cost of living, had caused his stores to see “a little bit” of a decline in transactions in same-store sales, but he was confident that all-day breakfast would help them lure more customers. “Being able to offer all-day breakfast definitely is going to help us go to the customer who might have gone somewhere else or have it at home because of the convenience,” he said. “The busier the stores are, the better the day goes.” he Canadian Press
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IMMIGRATION AND SOCIAL ISSUES By: James A. Kwaateng, B.A. (Hons), LLB (Hons)
Determining Genuineness and Legality of Ghanaian Marriages by Canadian Authorities Several factors such as criminality, multiplicity of marriages and commonlaw relationships, duration of previous marriages, period of courtship, degree of interdependence and the forms of marriage all combine to determine legality and genuineness of a marital relationship for immigration and sponsorship purposes.
consider such factors in the decision-making process without openly mentioning them.
of the previous marriage. Some cases of sponsorship refusals are based – directly or indirectly - on issues related to the previous marriages. In situations where partners separated as soon as the sponsored relative obtained permanent residency, there is the suspicion of marriage of convenience. In appeal hearings related to refusal of sponsorship applications with such backgrounds, disproportionately large amount of energy and time would be spent on probing the genuineness
Also cases of multiple marriages are sometimes singled out for special treatments. Incidents of multiple marriages within “unreasonably” short period of time are causes for concern. Immigration finds such behaviour incomprehensible and the onus would be on the applicants to justify such acts. The danger in the two aforementioned situations is the officer may not even request for explanations and would simply
Canada Immigration w o u l d , g e n e r a l l y, recognize a foreign divorce when the divorce is issued from a nondomiciliary court where the decree is recognized by the law of domicile of the parties provided either of the spouses was ordinarily resident in the foreign jurisdiction for one year immediately preceding the application for the divorce. Thus, in a situation where an individual marries abroad, immigrates to Canada and resides in Canada while the other spouse remains abroad, if the Canadian resident or spouse obtains a divorce abroad in the country or jurisdiction where the other spouse lives, the divorce would be recognized under Canadian law. However,
if both spouses reside in Canada and several years later, one spouse goes back to their native country and obtains a divorce and remarries, the divorce would not be recognized even if the spouse who obtained the divorce visited the native country a few or several times prior to the divorce. One of the spouses must necessarily be resident in the native country for at least one year preceding the divorce if the divorce is to be recognized by Canadian authorities.
for immigration purposes. Section 5(c) of the Immigration Regulations have been amended to read “both parties are to be physically present at the time of the marriage ceremony” while section 117 (9) states that if one of the parties was not present, then the foreign national is not considered a member of the family class. And section 125(1) sets out the same requirements for membership in the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class.
Customary marriages may also be problematic. There have been many instances of parties entering into customary marriages when one of the parties has another form of marriage in place at that time. Canadian authorities won’t recognize such marriages if they take place at a time one of the parties had an existing marriage.
Another controversial marriage in Ghana is Marriage of Mohammedans. The Children’s Act provides that a marriage entered into by a child who is a minor (below 18 years of age) is null and void. That applies to Muslim marriages and takes precedence over the Mohammedan rule that a child can marry after puberty even if the child was below eighteen years of age. Muslim marriages are also supposed to be
Proxy marriages – be it civil or customary – is currently unacceptable
registered before the expiry of one week after the celebration of the marriage. Above are only two of the many legal requirements related to Muslim marriages. Generally, Muslims in Ghana do not follow the legal requirements and that poses a problem in course of sponsorship. It may be advisable they have civil marriages together with the Muslim marriages. Issues related to spousal sponsorship are becoming increasingly complex. Contact a professional for clarification whenever necessary to avoid unnecessary appeals and delays in your sponsorship. James A. Kwaateng is an Immigration Law practitioner with offices located at 168A Oakdale Road, Suite 4, Toronto, Ontario For a thorough discussion of your immigration and related social and legal issues, contact him at telephone number (416) 743-2758 for an appointment.
It’s raining elm seeds in Edmonton Edmonton gardeners may be tempted to add vacuums to their landscaping arsenals as elm seeds rain down across the city. The pesky, papery-brown pods are piling up in yards and gardens by the truckload. It’s a “banner year” for the seeds because the city’s elm trees are in distress, said Jim Hole, owner of Hole’s Greenhouses and a certified arborist. “We’ve been kind of inundated with seeds everywhere in the city,” Hole said in an interview with CBC Radio’s Edmonton AM. “The trees go through periods of masting … and normally when they’re under a bit more stress, they’ll tend to shift more toward production of seed.” Elm trees typically begin to overproduce elm seeds following a drought, Hole said.
“It’s not like they’re on their last legs but it’s nature’s way of making sure they pass on their progeny and their genes if things go sideways, weather-wise.” Hot, dry conditions, a lack of precipitation, and the spring onslaught of road construction can all put added stress on the species. “It all has an impact on the trees,” Hole said. “Somehow we think that tree roots grow like carrots, straight down. They don’t. “They spread out laterally so anytime the soil is disturbed and roots are removed then the tree is stressed out.” ‘They’re going to need some help’ Hole said the fluffy seed pods can become a problem for gardeners. If they manage to germinate, the seedlings can quickly take root in gardens, lawns or any crack or crevice with suitable soil.
“That little innocuous-looking elm seedling that pops up, people think, ‘Ah well just leave it. It’s fine.’ But next thing you know, they’re growing around the house,” Hole said. “They want to become a tree, so they can become a pretty weedy species. And you want to make sure you clean that up.” Edmontonians can ensure trees on their property remain healthy with plenty of water. Aerate the soil and irrigate the roots if necessary, Hole said. “The trees are getting to the point where they’re going to need some help,” Hole said. And if homeowners are really desperate to save their trees from droughtlike conditions, they should consider scrapping their lawns — which will compete with trees for scarce moisture in the soil. “Water is the magical thing,” Hole said. CBC
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So your financial information is being bought and sold on the internet Now what? Malicious hackers claimed to have breached the security of two major Canadian banks this week — and then threatened to release the financial information of 90,000 customers if their million-dollar ransom demand wasn’t met. Whether the threat is real isn’t clear (sample customer data released so far appears to be). Either way, customers generally aren’t on the hook for fraud. But if the data was to be released, it would join a growing online black market for personal information that has flourished in recent years. Hacks and breaches are on the rise. And once your financial information is out there, there’s not a whole lot you can do. “Consumers at an individual level don’t have a lot of options,” says Danny Rogers, the chief executive of Baltimore-based Terbium Labs, which monitors online markets for stolen data. The company includes financial institutions among its clients.
You can certainly ask for new cards and change your passwords and PINs. But beyond that, you have to trust that your bank or credit card company has your back. Premium pricing for premium cards It’s hard to say exactly how many forums and marketplaces cater to fraudsters online. Such sites tend to keep a low profile, with some accessible only via invite or hidden on the dark web. Rogers estimates about three to four dozen online fraud markets specialize in the sale of stolen payment card data alone. Stolen credit card and bank account credentials can be priced as low as a few dollars each. They get more expensive depending on the type of card (for example, prepaid versus American Express), the issuing bank, the cardholder’s location, the card or account’s transfer limit, and how the information was obtained in the first place (some methods produce more reliable access to stolen funds than others).
Premium cards that have been verified to work and have not yet been disabled are often worth about $20 each, according to cybercrime experts. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently found that in some cases, it took as little as nine minutes for users of one online fraud market to try and use fake credentials the agency posted to the market’s website. “The identity thieves tried to use our fake consumers’ credit cards to pay for all sorts of things, including clothing, games, online dating memberships and pizza,” the consumer protection agency found. It’s easier to steal than launder Where does the data come from in the first place? In some cases, fraudsters install data-stealing malware on the credit card and debit readers that customers use to pay in retail stores. Others fit ATMs and gas pumps with cleverly disguised hardware designed to clone or skim your card.
Working online, fraudsters look for weak spots in computer systems that let them pull financial data — what the person or group claiming to have breached BMO and Simplii say they did. They also trick users into handing over the credentials themselves on phishing websites or by installing malicious software. If that sounds like a lot of work, remember that the payout can be big. In one case, the cybersecurity firm FireEye found
a cybercrime group they called FIN6 had listed nearly 20 million credit cards for sale in an online forum for $21 apiece. If even a fraction of those cards were sold at that price, it could easily add up to millions of dollars in revenue. Roman Sannikov, director of European research and analysis at the cybersecurity company Flashpoint, said that one fraudulent card shop his company has been tracking has released more than 10
million new credit cards since last December. They culled from U.S., Canada, and elsewhere. But using that data is another matter. It can be easier to steal financial data than launder it. “Even when actors do have access to your credit card information, it’s still not always easy to perpetrate fraud,” Sannikov says. In fact, experts say that cont’d on pg. 31
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COMMUNITY INFORMATION So your financial information is being bought and sold on the internet Now what? cont’d from pg. 29 financial institutions sometimes wait for evidence that a card has been abused before they act, rather than inconvenience customers by prematurely closing their cards. “What that means is that the user now has to be more vigilant, and they do have to check their credit card statements more regularly,” Roman says. The ‘go-to’ way to make illegal money Experts generally agree that the problem is getting worse, not better. Rogers described so-called card shops as “go-to ways of making money illegally because they’re just so ephemeral, so easy to execute, and you don’t have to leave your basement.” He pointed to the 2014 hack of Yahoo, in which criminals used their access to more than 500 million accounts in part to dig up credit card numbers and
banking credentials. Law enforcement have had some success shutting down some notorious, high-profile markets, such as Alpha Bay, Hansa, and Silk Road. But once data has been leaked, it’s often packaged and resold, meaning it may just turn up somewhere else again later. Terbium Labs has taken a proactive approach. It scours online markets for newly posted financial data so that its clients aren’t waiting for fraudsters to figure out how to successfully use a stolen card before they disable it. “Our goal is these carding markets don’t work anymore because none of the cards that are up for sale actually do anything,” Rogers says. “I don’t know if we’ll ever get there, but that’s at least what we’re shooting for.” CBC
Ghanaian News Summer Internship Calling all journalism, communications and media studies students! The Ghanaian News is now hiring for its inaugural Summer Internship Program. Gain practical journalism and digital media experience with Toronto’s leading Ghanaian community newspaper. What we are looking for: The ideal candidate must be enthusiastic, self-driven and curious with a strong work ethic. Strong reporting, writing and digital media skills are a must, candidates must also be able to work independently. Application requirements: Please submit the following in one document: • Cover letter: Include email and phone number. Make sure your contact details are on the first page • Resume • 2-3 sample writings • Essay:Please write about a current event topic and/ or perspective effecting the youth in the Ghanaian community. This short essay on a current event item must be in 500 words or less Qualifications: • Candidates must prepare to pitch story ideas weekly • Strong research and writing skills • Strong social media skills • Strong interpersonal and interviewing skills • Takes initiative and pays attention to detail • Digital media and website building skills • Knowledge of Wordpress, Excel, Photoshop and InDesign are a plus Please submit your resume, cover letter, samples and essay to(email)
The 17th Annual Ghanaian-Canadian Achievement Awards a celebration of Excellence Honoring our Community Achievers Hosted by The Ghanaian News in November 25th 2018
Call for 2018 Award Nominations Awards Criteria and Selection Process This year’s (2018) presentation recognizes achievements in the following areas: 1. National honour: A community member whose work/contributions have been recognized nationally in Canada and thus brought recognition and pride to our community. 2. Community Service/Voluntarism: Persons who have consistently volunteered their time for a minimum of two years to a project or cause in our community or the larger Canadian society which has contributed to the quality of life of our community and/or Canadian society. 3. Professional Excellence: A continuous display of professional competence and excellence, devoid of any ethical violations in a person’s professional field or practice which can serve as a model for other professionals in our community. 4. Academic Excellence: Top class performance in academic pursuits at various levels of the educational ladder from High Schools, Colleges (CEGEP in Quebec), University or vocational/Professional training. Cultural Promotion: An individual, group or organization which has worked consistently to promote Ghanaian culture for visible recognition in Canadian society. 6. Music, Arts and Entertainment/Firm Production: Individual or group artistes living in Canada who have consistently excelled and promoted Ghanaian music, Arts or other entertainment activities to international recognition levels over the past five years. 7. Sports: A consistent performance and achievement in the sports sector which has won nation-wide recognition and thus brought honour to our community. 8. Religion: Church groups or Religious organizations that have promoted religious and moral values in our community over the past five years. 9. Community Business Pioneers: Individuals or groups whose pioneering efforts in the business sector have spurred on and motivated other community members to venture into the business field.
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18 Royals of Tafo in morgue for 13 years I support the ‘Open UGMC Now’ campaign – Gabby The bodies of 18 members of the Agona Royal Family of Old Tafo in Kumasi have been kept in the morgue for the past 13 years due to litigation over the right of burial at the Tafo Royal Mausole AmaTima, aka Mama Mary, one of the royals whose body has been at the morgue for years um. The family standoff has left the aggrieved family with no choice but to resort to the public space to put pressure on their Family Head, the Tafohene, Nana Agyen Frimpong II, to pave the way for the burial of their relatives. The Agona Royal Family is pleading with the government, parliamentarians, and the clergy, human rights activists and particularly the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to intervene in the matter to get the Tafohene to do the right thing to enable the family to give their kinsmen a befitting burial. However, the Tafohene, when reached for his comment by our Ashanti Regional correspondent, Donald Ato Dapatem, declined to speak. Mortuaries The bodies are currently ‘caking’ in the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, the Old Tafo Hospital and the KNUST Hospital mortuaries, all in the Kumasi Metropolis. The pain of the aggrieved gate of the Royal Family is that even though the “detention” of the bodies in the mortuaries was caused by Nana Tafohene, he “says he will not pay the mortuary bill, but that really is not our concern”. “Our concern is to give our family members a befitting burial in the Royal Mausoleum,” a principal member of the family, Nana Adwoa Mansa, who is also known as Lady Darling Tuffour, told the Daily Graphic. Giving a background to the issue, Nana Mansa, who walked into the offices of the Daily Graphic to pour out her frustrations, claimed that the Tafohene was not willing to permit the relatives of the deceased to bury their family members in the Tafo Royal Mausoleum. She explained that her mother, Nana Yaa Nsia, who was the first to die on May 19, 2005, followed by other family members, was still in the morgue, with no sign as to when she would be buried in the Royal
Former Director of the Danquah Institute, Gabby AsareOtchereDarko has thrown his weight behind the campaign for the opening of the University of Ghana Medical Centre. MrOtchere-Darko, wrote on Facebook on Thursday, May 31, that “I support the Open UGM C N o w camp aig n ”.
AmaTima, aka Mama Mary, one of the royals whose body has been at the morgue for years Mausoleum, as custom demanded. “Fellow compatriots, how can I carry out my daily endeavours in happiness while my mother’s body has been in the morgue for more than 12 years?” Nana Mansa asked. The Great Oath She explained that the Tafohene suspended the burial of their relatives “for the simple reason that one Sarkodie, the son of Maame Kwartemaa, who is not a royal of the Old Tafo Stool, had sworn the Great Oath of Asanteman against him to the effect that he must not allow the burial of Nana Yaa Nsiah, the sister of our late queen mother, Nana Konadu Yiadom II, at the Tafo Royal Cemetery”. She said Nana Tafohene, who was expected to have replied the oath, rather turned to the family to enquire from them the way forward. “The family wondered why a stranger could prevent the chief from burying his royals in his own mausoleum, and why the chief too did not attempt to exercise his power to challenge him. “Eventually, we resolved that the chief must go and reply the oath at the Asantehene’s Palace to enable us to have access to bury the corpses in the mausoleum. Regrettably, the deceased aforesaid are still in the mortuary,” Nana Mansa explained. She said Nana Tafohene gave an assurance that apart from replying the oath, he had the fastest means to resolve the matter and pleaded for time, “though we knew that was untrue”. Asante customary practices Nana Mansa explained that
according to Asante customary practices and usages, “failure to reply the Asantehene’s Great Oath means our family members have restrained ourselves from being buried at the royal mausoleum and, as such, anyone who dies again must not be buried but the body must be kept at the mortuary till eternity, since the Tafohene is the leader of the family and such restrictions upon him affects the entire royal family”. She explained that no alternative solution could bring the matter to a close for the family members to be buried unless Nana Tafohene replied the Great Oath of Asanteman, which was still hanging on his neck. She alleged that instead of focusing on getting their kinsmen a befitting burial, the Tafohene was rather diverting his attention to things that were of no immediate benefit to his family members. Second Oath on Tafohene “Due to frustration and excessive pain the family is encountering, our family too has sworn the Great Oath of Asanteman against the Tafohene, to the effect that if he cannot reply the oath hanging on his neck to pave the way to bury the corpses, he too cannot maintain his position as Tafohene to lead the family,” she further explained. She said the move annoyed Nananom Benkumfo in the Asantehene’s Palace and she and her family members were charged to produce two rams for purification for the case to be brought before the Asantehene, “but for some years now they have not done anything about it”. Graphic.com
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His post comes on the back of the arrest of Reginald SekyiBrown, a final-year Pharmacy student of the University of Ghana, who was arrested Wednesday for peacefully protesting the delays in opening the University of Ghana Medical Centre. Sekyi Brown was whisked away by the Police after he displayed a placard bearing the inscription “Open UGMC Now” at a sod cutting event at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital being addressed by the first
Gabby AsareOtchere-Darko, former Director of Danquah Institute lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo. The $217 million University of Ghana medical centre which was constructed by the Mahama administration has remained closed since its completion over a year ago. A tussle between the University Authorities and the Ministry of health over who has the right to manage the facility has protracted the opening of the facility. Starrfmonline.com
Decision Time: Ontario Votes June 7 cont’d from pg. 1 Hire more teachers and educational assistant. Eliminate the home care wait list, and provided more long term care beds. Allow seniors to defer property taxes.
to basics-scrap discovery math and inquiry-based learning in our classrooms and restore proven methods of teaching, ban all phones in all primary and secondary c l a s s r o o m s .
Provide more job opportunities and increase wages to $15.
Provide an additional $38 million in funding for all children with a u t i s m .
Environment-keep Ontario beautiful by protecting and preserving our waterways and supporting and
Scrap the carbon tax, reduce gas prices by enforcing our air 10 cents per litre and quality programs. give real tax relief to lower and middle class families. The Ghanaian News appeals to all community members to go • Lower your hydro bills out in their numbers to vote. Your b y 1 2 % . vote is your power. Remember that a single vote makes a huge Create good jobs. difference and as the saying Restore accountability goes, those that refuse to take a n d t r u s t . part in government are bound to live under a government of Cut hospital wait fools. Examine these various times and end hallway platforms and decide which of m e d i c i n e . them satisfies your family as well as community interests. Introduce free dental Let us rise up to the occasion care for low income and make our make on this s e n i o r s . election. Education-get back
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Women's Ministry at Living Word Assembly of God 2018 By Vernon Ayiku, Toronto On Sunday, May 13th2018 the women of Living Word Assembly of God celebrated Mother’s Day and their annual Women’s Day by taking over the church’s Sunday morning service. The event was the conclusion of a three day convention ran by Living Word’s Women’s Ministry and it was headlined by Rev Dr. Paul FrimpongManso. The theme for the weekend was “A Rise and Build” with the text being taken from Isaiah 60:20; “Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more;the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end.” As the event closed the women of Living Word also took time to honor prominent mothers in the community. Honoring the women by the church who are not only mothers at home, but mothers to the community, the women honored are described to be Godly women of service who go above and beyond in their service to the community as a whole. Mrs. Susie Barning, Mrs. Angelina Gorman, Mrs. Agnes Summers, Mad. Jane Manful and Maame Comfort SerwaahBonsu the only member of Living Word Assembly of God were all presented with gifts by Living Word’s Leadership Board and the Women's Ministry. Group picture of Women’s Ministry
Children Ministry (Missionette)
From right: Rev. & Mrs. Osei-Amoah, Rev. Dr. Frimpong Manso, Rev. & Mrs. DeGraft Takyi
Ghanaian Women’s Prayer Conference 2018 By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto Many Ghanaian women converged at the Ghanaian Presbyterian church, Toronto 51 High Meadow Place to participate in the annual Ghanaian Women’s Fasting and Prayer Conference. It was held on Monday May 21st 2018 (Victoria Holiday) from 9 a.m. to 12 noon under the theme “Free Gift of God) taken from Romans 6:23. The prayer conference began with the praise and worship segment to prepare the congregants spiritually led by Evangelist Agartha Akua Mansa. Rev. Mrs. Eleanor Adu-Anane who was the moderator for the conference then introduced Auntie Susie Barning who read the Word of God after which the guest preacher Rev. Dr. Charles Mantey of Disciples Revival Church then mounted the podium to give his exhortation. He reminded the congregation that the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is life everlasting. He added that Christianity is by grace and that when we become Christian we have to put off the old nature and turn on the new nature in Christ. We have to live according to the Word of God. Also we have to adhere to God who came down in the form of man (Jesus). Our thoughts can have effect on our lives and as such we have to eschew negative thoughts.
After his sermon, Rev. Dr. Mantey then led the congregation in a series of prayers dedicated to setting us free from destructive spirits, welfare of our youth, churches etc. The intercessory prayers were interspersed with soul lifting songs. Eleven first time comers attended the conference. The next conference will be on Thanksgiving holiday, Monday October 8, 2018 at Living Word Assembly of God, 139 Millwick Drive, Toronto.
Men who came to support the women
Rev. Dr. Charles Mantey, Speaker From left: Rev. Boniface Keelson, Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Mantey, Rev. Dr. Augustine Adu-Anane, Rev. Eric Amoah
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First time attendees
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Living Word Assembly of God Couple’s Night By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto Living Word Assembly of God in celebrating Mothers’ Day organized a Couples’ Dinner at the Claireport Convention Centre on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Special guests of honour were Rev. Dr. Paul Frimpong Manso and Rev. Dr. Paul Djane, General Superintendent cont’d on pg. 41
Rev. Dr. Paul Frimpong Manso
Rev. Dr. Paul Djane
Rev. & Mrs. Ofei
Rev. & Mrs. Osei Amoah
Rev. & Mrs. DeGraft Takyi
Rev. & Mrs. Bonful
Mr. & Mrs. Osei
Mr. & Mrs. Boateng Mr. & Mrs. Atopre
Mr. & Mrs. Asante
Ms. Josephine Owusu
Mr. & Mrs. Mensah Pastor & Mrs. Opoku
Mr. & Mrs. Pollus
Mr. & Mrs. William Oppong & Esther Adjei
Ms. Victoria Yankey Rev. & Mrs. Frimpong
Mr. & Mrs. Karikari Mr. & Mrs. Agyekumhene
Mr. & Mrs. Debra Grant
Mr. & Mrs. Damson
Mr. & Mrs. Oppong Mr. & Mrs. Kutuadu
Mr. & Mrs. Oteng Tawiah
Mr. & Mrs. Ferguson
Mr. & Mrs. Oppong-Kyekyeku
Mr. & Mrs. Atta Mr. & Mrs. Obeng
Mr. & Mrs. Marfo Mr. & Mrs. Asiedu
Ms. Afua Konadu
Maderine and Frederick Mr. & Mrs. Ayiku Ms. Patricia Obiri Yeboah
Mr. & Mrs. Ampong
Mr. & Mrs. Boateng
Mr. & Mrs. Ofori
Group picture of mothers
Mr. & Mrs. Asiamah
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PEOPLE AND PLACES Agnes Gaze clebrates 60th birthday
In celebrating her 60th birthday on Sunday May 20th 2018 Agnes Gaze went to church to thank the Lord. She then went to Aspostle’s Continuation Banquet Hall 10 Belfield Toronto her birthday party
Agnes Gaze Cutting her birthday cake supported by family and friends Rev. Dr. Paul Frimpong Manso, Gen. Supt. Assembly of God Ghana (3rd L) and Rev. Milton Ofei, Senior Pastor Evangel A/G praying for Agnes Gaze during church service
Agnes Gaze on the dancing floor with friends and well-wishers
Kwabena Boateng launches 2nd album “Mo Ne Yo”
Agnes Gaze dancing Bor bor bor with friends and well-wishers
World Press Freedom Day Toronto City Hall - Rotunda By Rosemary Sadlier O Ont
By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto
Kwabena Boateng a.k.a Bro. Kobee launched his 10 track album titled “Mo Ne Yo” (Well Done) on Sunday 13th May 2018 at the Ghanaian Presbyterian Church, 51 High Meadow Place, Toronto. Most of the Ghanaian musicians in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) were on hand to support Bro. Kobee to launch his album. Kwabena Boateng has been active on the gospel music scene in Canada for some time. Obaapa Christy and Jack Alolomi, prominent gospel artistes in the gospel industry in Ghana were featured on some of the tracks on this soul inspiring album. All the 10 tracks on the album are sung in Twi. Bro. Kobee during the launching was dressed as Michael Jackson of blessed memory and did not disappoint those who attended as he rendered some tracks from the album.
From left: Tony Ruprecht, Councilor Jim Karygiannis, Mayor John Tory, Thomas Saras, CEO NEPMCC
His first album was “Ka Bi Ma Me” also a soul inspiring song, The album “Mo Ne Yo” is now in the community stores.
“ O n Wo r l d P r e s s Freedom Day 2018, I call on governments to strengthen press freedom, and to protect journalists. Promoting a free press is standing up for our right to truth.” — António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General When you do what needs to be done to make a difference, to raise the awareness of others, and you face risks in the process, you are not only following your passion,
Kwaabena Boateng (center) with Chairman and co-chair
but also pursuing your calling and every day that you try to raise awareness, to tell others what is actually going on, you may not be fully embraced and at another extreme, may face violence for your efforts. I was very humbled to have been selected as one of the first Canadians to be deemed a Global Defender for Human Rights* and this was due to my efforts over decades to raise awareness about
Black History and women’s rights through my speaking, writing or advocacy. I was not paid for being likely the longest serving head of a Provincial Heritage Organization. However, there are others who have had costs that were greater than financial, in order to follow their passion, in order to speak their truth. Many of them are journalists; many of them are ‘ethnic’ journalists. cont’d on pg. 41
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Ordination Service for Rev. Seth Boateng By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto Reverend Seth Boateng was ordained at a simple but impressive ordination service at the Apostlesâ€™ Continuation Church International (ACCI), 10 Belfield Road Toronto on Sunday May 27, 2018. The Clergy of ACCI present as well as distinguished guests clergy were introduced followed by scripture reading by Luther Boateng and memory verse were also read by Daniel Boateng both children of Rev. Seth Boateng. Josephine Boateng daughter of Rev. Seth Boateng also did a solo dance performance and received thunderous
applause from the congregation. The music ministry then rendered a special song for Rev. Seth Boateng who before his ordination was leader of the music ministry. Dr. Rondo Thomas, the pastor at the Toronto Christian Centre and the Vice President of Canada Christian College charged Rev. Seth Boateng and presented his certificate to him which was followed by the laying of hands on him by Dr. Rondo Thomas and Apostle Charles Anokye Manu supported by the clergy of ACCI. Aps. Anokye Manu then anointed Rev.
Dr. Rondo Thomas Seth Boateng and wife and officially acclaimed him to be part of the clergy of ACCI. Apostle Anokye Manu then gave a short biography of Rev. Seth Boateng to the congregation. Thanksgiving and testimony were given by Elder Johnson Acheampong and Deaconess Selina Acheampong, parents of Rev. Seth Boateng. It was followed by a short
Laying of hands by Dr Thomas & Aps. Anokye-Manu of Rev. & Mrs. Boateng video clip of Rev. Seth Boateng. The Closing prayer was said by Pastor Paul Mensah of ACCI Edmonton.
Dr. Rondo Thomas (l) and Aps. Anokye-Manu
Rev. & Mrs. Boateng (r) and parents Mr. & Mrs Acheampong Montreal delegation
Praise Time Some Ghanaian community Gospel Singers ACCI Clergy
Josephine Boateng dance performance
Luther (l) & Daniel Boateng with Dcn Animah
Thanksgiving by Eld. Johnson Acheampong and family
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Carassauga 2018: Mississaugaâ€™s Festival of Cultures opening ceremony at Africa pavilion By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto The 33rd Carassauga-Festival of Cultures 2018 (the largest multicultural festival in Ontario) was held from the 25th to the 27th of May 28, 2018 in the City of Mississauga. The official opening was held at the Africa pavilion which is hosted by People of Motherland on Friday May 25th 2018. The ceremony took place at the Hershey Centre-Main Arena Stage on 5500 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga, Ontario. There was a kaleidoscope of color and cultures showcased in the electrifying Parade of Nations taking part in the festival.
Bonnie Crombie, Hon Peter Fonseca, MP Mississauga East-Cooksville, who brought greetings from Prime Minister Trudeau, former Mayor Hazel McCallion, some Mississauga City Councilors as well as the Board of Directors of Carassauga led by its chairman Marek Ruta.
The ribbon was cut by all the special guests at the event. The Premier visited some of booths in the Africa pavilion. The MC was Randy Persaud, Vice Chair, Marketing of the Carassauga Board.
33 countries were represented in 32 pavilions at 10 locations throughout Mississauga. Every year four African countries are selected to host the 3 day event and this year the onus fell on Botswana, Namibia, Cape Verde and Republic Democratic of Congo. Visitors to the Africa pavilion were treated to sumptuous and authentic African cuisine, drinks, fashion, sculpture, music and dance. As part of the event, visitors learn about African traditional huts/habitation through workshops. Cutting of ribbon by Premier Kathleen Wynne (center) and Mayor Crombie and VIP On hand for the official opening ceremony were Premier of Ontario, Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Mississauga Mayor
From left: Premier Wynne (2nd left), Ruta, Chairman Board of Director Carassauga and Mayor Crombie
Premier Wynne charting with Olga one of the organisers
King and queen of West Africa and one of the co-chairs
King of West Africa pouring libation
Cultural performance at closing ceremony
Wings of Passions Children Choir
Marek Ruta and Ex-Mayor Hazel at the opening ceremony
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Frankly Speaking The “Holier than Thou” Jerry Rawlings need to give Ghanaians a Break By: Dr. Michael Baffoe, Winnipeg, MB
The “Boom” man is at it again! Former military ruler, so-called Ghana’s “strong man” and later converted born-again “constitutional ruler”, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings has been terrorizing Ghanaians for a whole nineteen years that he ruled Ghana, a greater part of this period, “by force”. He has not spared the good people of Ghana the mind-boggling emotional trauma and terror since he left office officially in January, 2001. During the era of President Kufour that immediately followed his rule, Rawlings always found the opportunity to insult and lambast the Kufour government or Kufour’s person. This was the time when Rawlings “earned” his “boom” accolade. His speeches and public utterances have since been characterized as “boom” speeches. It must be noted that these “boom” speeches of Rawlings have never been positive. They have always been attacks, mostly vicious on his political opponents or perceived “enemies”.
When President Kufour and the NPP exited power in 2009, Rawlings turned his blazing “boom” guns on his former Vice President and then President of his own Political Party, Prof. John Evans Attah Mills. He attacked, insulted, bullied and shamed the then President Mills at the least opportunity until he died in still unexplained circumstances. Even in death, Jerry Rawlings did not allow the late President to rest in peace. He continued to attack and insult the dead man at any given opportunity. After a lot of public outcry and condemnation, Rawlings backed off a bit on his attack on the late President.
He then turned his guns on his own party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC). That was OK since he founded that political party and he had every right to berate them for any perceived wrong-doing. This attack on his political party and their perceived wrongdoing has led to a lot of tension and ill-will from some of his party members towards him. It is ironic and interesting to note that former President Rawlings take takes offence, infact he gets very hurt when members of his party attack him for their own perceived wrong-doing about his behavior towards them. It is ironic that Rawlings has, contrary to his form and behavior, found real favor with the current President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo. Rawlings has been uncharacteristically mute about Nana Akufo Add. We all know that Rawlings hates the New Patriotic Party that Nana Akufo Addo leads with a passion. But surprisingly, i f n o t s h o c k i n g l y, he has refrained from “booming” Nana Akufo
Addo. On the contrary, he has refocused his “boom” guns on former President John Agyekum Kufour who left office nine years ago, after whom has two Presidents, all belonging to Rawlings’ own party served. He has been saying very unpleasant things about Kufour which have no factual basis.
has never found a place in his heart to forgive President Kufour for ending Rawlings’ long h o l d o n p o w e r. H e therefore makes excuses and finds any opportunity, real or misplaced, to insult President Kufour. These attacks have been annoying and reckless on the part of Rawlings to say the least.
We all know for a fact that the reign of President Kufour was one of the best, if not the best, in Ghana’s political history. He was a gentle, respectable man of honor and rightly earned the title of “gentle giant”. It can be said with all certainty and without fear of any contradiction that President Kufour’s eight years rule was far better in terms of development and stability of the nation called Ghana than the nineteen years that Rawlings spent in power under three different governments that he presided over: the AFRC (June to September, 1979), the PNDC (1982 to1992), and the NDC (1993-2001). It is clear that Rawlings
In a latest salvo just a week ago, Rawlings got at it again in his unprovoked attack on President Kufour. During a courtesy call on the chiefs and people of Mepe in the North To n g u C o n s t i t u e n c y in the Volta Region, Rawlings again sought to play the dangerous and misguided tribal card that he used during his reign to divide Ghanaians. He suggested that former President Kufuor, during his time, tried to sideline Ewes in the military and left the Volta Region undeveloped. To say the least, that is a dangerous level of untruth. Kufuor’s government developed the Volta Region much more and better in eight
World Press Freedom Day Toronto City Hall - Rotunda cont’d from pg. 38 Thomas Saras found the National Ethnic Press and Media Council in order to speak his truth. At one point, faced with incarceration in his own country, he ultimately came to Canada. His own lived experience and his passion for the truth, no matter the cost, naturally propelled him to consider this matter for others like him. For example, Iranian journalist Mohammad Bagher Samimi, was put in jail for his work more than once. He suffered a heart attack during one of his stints in jail, but he too, would not be silenced. He is a member of the National Ethnic Press and Media Council and continues to speak his truth. A t t h e Wo r l d P r e s s Freedom Day event hosted by the NEPMC, and following a musical
interlude, former politician Tony Ruprecht praised the NEPMC and Thomas Saras for his determination to work on behalf of ethnic media for many years. Mayor John Tory spoke and joked that he is running for office again, so he cares about media. Taking a more serious note, Tory indicated that “democracy can not exist in a positive sense without the transparency of the press.” He went on to say that recently, journalists were killed “seeking out the truth where the truth is very difficult to seek out.” A number of special presentations were given out to honour the NEPMC for its ongoing efforts. After the several artists performed, MPP Sue Wong greeted the attendees. Also speaking was another former politician, Joe Volpe noting that it is always “us, each and every one
of us is essential if we speak truth to power.” NDP Provincial candidate for St. Paul’s Jill Andrew claimed that ‘she did not see ethnic stories as being on the periphery,” and, how important “representation matters because when you don’t see yourself, you don’t exist.” “Ethnic press is the foundation of our democracy.” The value of a free press is that it provides the checks to the the stated position of policies and politicians. It holds them accountable and ensures that we have action on the things that matter to us, or the reasons why they have not happened. A free press, one that is fully able to investigate curious activities helps to uncover practices that might need to be changed. This is the value of the free press: public accountability,
raising of awareness and it has the ability to just keep you informed of what is going on around you. Those working in this compelling field do so because they have been affected by challenges to freedoms in their lives or because of their hope for improvements for everyone with the details that can be provided. Freedom of the press also needs to mean the freedom for those working as journalists, and the photographers, to be able to do their work without threats to their security through violence or coercion. Freedom of the Press means better awareness for you. We are truly grateful for those who have suffered and those who have created elements that benefit us all. It is them, standing for our right to truth!
years than Rawlings did in all his nineteen years. To try to soften this attack on Kufour, he added former President John Mahama for the insulting attacks by suggesting that Mahama was a ‘rogue’ Mahama who superintended the misappropriation and looting of lands he (Rawlings) personally negotiated for a project to be established at Volor in the North Tongu area. He called President Kufour an “evil” whom he, Rawlings would not like to see when he Rawlings goes to Heaven. Whoever convinced Rawlings that he was going to go to heaven for all the crimes and atrocities that he committed during his long reign in Ghana’s politics? Rawlings needs to spare Ghanaians all these nonsense and attacks on the good persons of very honorable persons in the country. Our county is now peaceful and we do not need any “boom” man to mess the stability up again!
Couples’ Night at Claireport Convention Centre cont’d from pg. 35 and Assistant General Superintendent of Assemblies of God Ghana respectively as well as Rev. & Mrs. Osei-Amoah. Rev. Dr. Frimpong Manso spoke about practical ways of couples spicing their marriage. He said couples should be open to each other and should not neglect the physical needs of each other and focus only on the spiritual side. Rev. Dr. Djane and Rev. Joseph OseiAmoah also shared their marriage life to the couples at the dinner. Sumptuous dinner was served after the speeches by the special guests. In attendance were Rev. & Mrs. Ofei and Rev. & Mrs. Bonful. Roses were presented to mothers by spouses after much dancing by the couples. It was really a night to remember as the couples really enjoyed the night.
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Trump imposes steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, rejecting Trudeau’s pleas President Donald Trump has hit Canada, Mexico and the European Union with tariffs on steel and aluminum, a move that will damage Canadian companies and the relationship between the two allies as they continue negotiations over the future of NAFTA. Mexico and the E.U. immediately announced plans to retaliate with tariffs of their own. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has said it plans to respond but has not yet said how.
U.S. President Donald Trump had given Canada, Mexico and the European Union two temporary exemptions from the tariffs but those are now set to expire at midnight. (POOL / GETTY IMAGES) The official justification for the tariffs is national security. The Trump administration, however, made it clear Thursday that the president is actually acting because the talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled.
into the list of those who will bear tariffs,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters.
in response to Canada’s argument that national security is an unreasonable rationale.
Trump had given Canada, Mexico and the European Union two temporary exemptions from the tariffs. The second exemption was set to expire on Friday. Though his allies had pleaded for more time, Ross announced “Those talks are taking that the administration longer than we had hoped. would now impose tariffs There is no longer a very on all three at midnight. precise date when they may be concluded, and “Governments will say therefore they were added what they say,” Ross said
The tariffs are 25 per cent on steel, 10 per cent on aluminum. They have the effect of making Canadian products more expensive for American customers, in theory compelling them to use American products instead. But some are likely to continue to use many Canadian products even at higher prices. Analysts said U.S. producers can-
not meet all the domestic demand. “In the broad, it should not be terribly damaging to Canada. Because the United States does rely on Canada for substantial steel and aluminum imports, and that can’t be replaced quickly, if at all. But for specific firms and for specific steel and aluminum products, the immediate impact could be significant,” said Scotiabank deputy chief economist Brett House. cont’d on pg. 57
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Pride, the chief cause of crimes in our time By: Stephen A.Quaye.
Stephen A.Quaye. When one sit back and carefully assess events currently going on in the world, he will conclude that there is no peace anywhere. Breaking news of civil strives in nations keep coming in. Reports of youth involvement in narcotic drugs, attempts of coup d’états and many more no more makes life peaceful and comfortable. What are dominating the news now are youth gang activities, hard crimes that are distasteful and resulting in contracting deadly diseases, disgraced and finally death. A careful research will leave one with the discovery of the fact that all the committed crimes which are creating fear for mankind are caused by pride. A book titled “Dealing with the evil powers of your father’s house” authored by a Nigerian Evangelist Dr. D.K.Olukoya, teaches about pride and the dangers it holds for one. Teachings about pride and how to be humble and respectful at all levels, reassess your thinking, understand and check actions caused by pride which turned good angels to demons and God threw them down from heaven. God created Lucifer the Greek word is pride simply revealing and likened to something s w elling like a balloon. Therefore anyone who is full of pride tries to appear above his level, a simple index of self-exaltation. It has been observed that anyone who is full of pride tries to raise his shoulders highclear picture of swelling. Dress abnormally, talks by heart and always doing things which in reality contrast or conflict in simple good things. Because pride is extremely bad, several other sins are attached to it for example one will not steal if he is never propelled by pride. Pride gives one a feel of being superior to others or being over priced oneself. Anyone who is full of pride want to take on a stature that is larger than his, begin to feel that he is above others simply because he thinks he is bigger or richer than others. It has been observed that proud people are always filled with contentions, strife, division, wrangling, vitriol disorder and the like. When proud persons talk
How blind people in Bethlehem-Palestine, work and are independent By: Stephen A.Quaye.
about their academic degrees or certificates, it will make you sick. Some proud show off that they are specifically qualified so they must frame their certificates and hang them around their necks. Why can’t they show some respect to me? They should have known or recognized that I have a master’s degree. Why should I be grouped with all these uneducated folks? Pride. Why they didn’t put my name on top of the list? Pride. Some ministers of God even go to the extent of saying “why are people saying faint amen to my prayers?” Others also say, “I cannot use any vehicle unless it is air-conditioned, I know my class. Pride. Pride has assumed new dimension making it simple for one to feel it is possible to be proud of things like immorality, spiritual gifts, abilities, talents, dressings and many more. Because of pride our young brothers and sisters are swelling above their stature taking to arm robbery, contract killings, destruction of properties and life. Proud boys put their panties under their buttocks and walks abnormally. Proud men put on feminine hairstyles and do things in the opposite that results in disgrace, disease and death. We the present generation shall leave this world one day and it will continue to revolve with new people with different ideas but with the same saying that the youth are the future leaders. So looking at their lifestyles now is easy to say how life will be on earth after we have joined our ancestors. Therefore it bestow on us to rise up and change the tide to raise responsible future leaders for peace and order after we have filed out and not be blamed. Let us help the youth to understand that pride mislead one to destruction therefore the need for them to remain humble. They should seek education in various professions to elevate them to higher heights and not allow pride to destroy their lives. They should be made to understand that when they are humble, it will kill the feeling to dress haphazardly, wield arms, and use drugs to rob at gun point or partaking in raping innocent girls. When they are humble in fact, they will hate all sorts of criminal activities that will not let our community develop in peace. We have to let them know that they have the highest opportunity to enjoy as lawyers, doctors, educationists, peace officers, politicians and many more provided they take their studies serious. Let us act now since time did not wait for Jesus Christ who was sent by God to save mankind from his sins and will never wait for us.
There often seems to be a misconception that the only thing blind people do is…be blind. They don’t just sit at home decked out their blind garb, hovelled up their pyjamas and dropping curry down their shirts. It is detrimental to their overall identity to assume that if a vision-impaired person says he is going to work, they must be going to the streets to beg for alms or the center for the blind. People with varying capabilities of sight are able to lead lives that don’t revolve around blindness. Yes, they might have keen interests in issues surrounding blindness or want to rally around in support, but that doesn’t mean they do not want to get out to workshops to do something with their hands, feet’s, mouth and heads now and again. It is not able bodied people who can do something with their sights, hands, feet, mouth and heads and have fun. The visually impaired or the blind persons too can invent, discover and have fun albeit. I can appreciate that it is difficult to really know a person’s situation, but making face value assumptions, whether they are a product of society or not isn’t going to help anyone. Blind people do not exist in the outside world, even if they aren’t holding a cane. Like most things, blindness exists on a scale and what you know about one blind person certainly is not going to apply to another. Certainly, in Ghana and other parts of Africa and some Asian countries, most people living with blindness or the visually impaired what they do is… be blind, deck out their blind garb, lining up on streets and beg for alms. That can never be applied to some visually impaired or blind persons living elsewhere on the globe. This was discovered when as part of my pilgrimage to Bethlehem-Palestine, “The City of Bread” I visited “House of Hope”, the center which houses blind people as well as children with special needs. Here it was learnt that, House of Hope was founded in 1963 to help the blind and the special need children or mentally retarded in the Bethlehem District which now has a workshop for the blind who produces brushes and brooms. These blind or visually impaired persons together with the special need children are
trained to produce painting brushes and brooms that are sold to the Bethlehem City Council to clean the streets and also for painting walls to keep the city clean all the time. Mrs. Nisreen Ghatta sare Khalil, secretary to the center in an interview, disclosed that the center also have a school for the special need children and the blind that trains them on several professional skills and religion. She said,” the foundation serves over 25 students and also have a dormitory to house them to make sure we train them to become employable and not dependent on society”. Demonstrating their acquired skills, Jaffa picked a wood, inserted it into a machine, fixed the brush strips, pressed an operation button and within a minute a sweeping brush was ready for use. To the joy of all, Jaffa sung “Soon and very soon we are going to see the king “praising God that although he is blind what he does is… not blind. The secretary for House of Hope, urged all both Christians and non-Christians to pray for God to grant them strength to continue serving the unfortunate children. “Also, we appreciate a kind donation from the churches, organizations, fellowships and individuals to help us keep the good work we are doing for God” such a touching message. All over the world, it is
estimated that 36 million people are blind and 253million more are visually impaired, but these numbers could triple by 2050 due to the world’s growing and ageing population. Yet with sufficient investment, 75% of blindness and visually impairment could be cured or prevented. The main uncorrected causes are refractive errors, which affect at least 123million people, and cataracts, which affects 65million. If you are touched to support HOUSE OF HOPE ministries, you can send your love gift direct to their account in Jerusalem: Mercantile discount bank, Account name: House of Hope Account#61-257559 I B A N # N I S ; Il480176380000003257551 Switch code: BARDILIT 638, Salah eddin Street East Jerusalem, Israel. FROM THE USA: Write chegues payable to CAM, On the memo write 4Hhope Address: CAM P.O. Box 9037 Charlottesville. VA 22906 OR TO ISRAEL: HOUSE OF HOPE P.O.BOX 11670 Gilo Jerusalem 91116 Israel. Phone: 011 972 2 2742325 Fax: 011 972 2 2740928 Email: info@hohbethlehem. org www.hohbethlehem.org. God bless you all.
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STIs on rise in Canada; social media, dating apps possible factors TORONTO -- Rates of sexually transmitted infections are continuing to rise across Canada, say public health experts, who point to a number of possible reasons for the uptick in cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis. “In general, all the sexually transmitted infections have been increasing in the last 20 years,” said Dr. Jason Wo n g , a p h y s i c i a n epidemiologist at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), who tracks cases of sexually transmitted infections, or STIs. The growth of dating apps is one suspected culprit, though no studies have been conducted to prove a link between online hookups and the spread of STIs, said Wong. “But logically, it’s easier to find sex and easier to find anonymous sex than it was before, which makes it harder for public health to track outbreaks when you don’t know who’s the contact for people that may have been exposed,” he said. “The technology certainly serves to be a quicker interface to connecting with sexual partners.” Wong also said more people appear to be
having condomless sex, including those in the gay community, who once were at the vanguard of safe-sex campaigns in response to the HIVAIDS epidemic.
of April, and there were over 100 reported cases across the province.”
“But with HIV treatment being really so effective now that it’s essentially a chronic disease, the concern around contracting HIV has really decreased a lot and that potentially is diving the reduction in condom use,” he said.
There’s been a slow increase in cases of chlamydia in Nova Scotia since 2007, though no rapid jump in the number of infections as seen with gonorrhea, said Arnason, noting that syphilis cases have been declining since 2013, following an outbreak among men who have sex with men in 2009.
Last year, the province recorded 3,295 cases of gonorrhea, a dip from the roughly 3,700 a year earlier, but a major jump from 2012, when only 1,400 cases were reported. On the other side of the country, Nova Scotia has also noticed a steady rise in gonorrhea and chlamydia cases since 2016, primarily in the Halifax area, said Dr. Trevor Arnason, regional medical officer of health for the central zone, which includes the provincial capital. “In 2018, we are seeing slightly more than double the number of case reports than we’d expect based on the three previous years of data for the province,” he said. “Normally we would expect around 50 cases reported by the end
About 85 per cent of those were recorded in and around Halifax.
Along with reduced condom use, Arnason said there’s a concern about the growing number of people engaging in sex with multiple partners, possibly facilitated by social networking sites and dating apps. “ We k n o w t h e v a s t majority of our cases are diagnosed in the under-30 age group and many of them are diagnosed at university or college sexual health clinics,” he said Monday from Halifax, which is home to several post-secondary institutions. With young girls and many boys in Canada being vaccinated against human papillomavirus -a major cause of cervical
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cancer -- and changes to guidelines advising that lower-risk women be tested less often for that malignancy than previously recommended, there is likely less screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia, Arnason said. Such STI testing was often performed at the same time as a Pap smear.
“Again, we don’t have any certainty, but there is concern that people are not getting tested as frequently and that is driving a long-term trend of increased transmission.” Nationally, statistics confirm bacterial STIs are on an upward trajectory in jurisdictions across the country. Alberta,
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Britain’s largest family to welcome 21st child The mother of Britain’s largest family is pregnant with her 21st child just months after she and her husband vowed the 20th baby would be their last. The new girl will join Noel and Sue Radford’s other children: Chris, Sophie, Chloe, Jack, Daniel, Luke, Millie, Katie, James, Ellie, Aimee, Josh, Max, Tillie, Oscar, Casper, Hallie, Phoebe, and Archie. A boy, Alfie, was lost when Mrs Radford was 23 weeks pregnant in 2014. The baby will be almost 30 years younger than the oldest child, Chris, who was born when Mrs Radford was just 14. News of the family’s next arrival was announced on social media, with an Instagram photo of Mrs Radford’s baby scan followed by the revealing
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A Saskatoon man says he was cut on the forehead and suffered a concussion after an axe came flying through his truck’s windshield.
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Fraudulent immigration consultant gets 7-year jail sentence for bilking thousands from clients A Toronto woman convicted of bilking tens of thousands of dollars from multiple clients in a fraudulent immigration scheme over three years was given a seven-year jail term on Tuesday. Angelina Codina, 60, was found guilty by a jury of five offences under the federal Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in November 2017. Due to time already served in custody, Codina’s jail term amounts to five years. An Ontario Superior Court judge also ordered Codina to pay just over $30,000 to four former clients from whom she took money.
cation. Due to the seriousness of these offences, the Crown recommended the sentence for each count be served consecutively.
Codina was convicted of four counts of advising clients on immigration matters without proper authorization and one count of misrepresenting facts on an immigration application. The Crown asserted that Codina “deliberately targeted” 10 vulnerable people as a fraudulent immigration consultant between September 2011 and January 2014, making “false promises” that she’d help their relatives immigrate to Canada. Crown prosecutor Lynda Trefler had asked the Ontario Superior
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STIs on rise in Canada; social media, dating apps possible factors cont’d from pg. 45 accounting for two-thirds of infections, says the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Between 2010 and 2015, chlamydia rates increased by almost 17 per cent. Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported S T I i n t h e c o u n t r y. About 19,845 cases were recorded in 2015, a jump of more than 65 per cent from 2010. Males had higher rates than females, with the highest number of cases among those aged 15 to 29, PHAC says. From 2010 to 2015, the rate of infectious syphilis in Canada increased by almost 86 per cent. In 2015, a total of 3,321 cases were reported, with nearly 94 per cent occurring among males; those aged 20 to 39 had the highest rates and men who have sex with men were among those at most risk. While the three STIs can
be successfully cured with antibiotics, untreated chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease in females, affecting f e r t i l i t y. U n t r e a t e d , syphilis can cause damage to the brain, nerves, eyes, cardiovascular system, bones and joints. In extreme cases, it can be fatal. And when it comes to gonorrhea, Wong of the BCCDC said doctors are keeping an eye out for a rare strain of the bacterium that’s become resistant to one of the standard antibiotics long used to treat the disease, which turned up in a Quebec woman last year -- the first such case in North America. About a half-dozen cases have been reported worldwide, notably in Japan and elsewhere in Asia. The Quebec woman had not travelled to Asia, but her boyfriend had been in Thailand and China and had unprotected
sex in both countries, researchers reported. As a result, Wong said public health officials are closely monitoring gonorrhea cases “because we do have some concerns that our treatments are not going to be effective anymore.” Prevention is key, he said, stressing that condom use is among the best ways to protect against infection. “It’s not just the bugs we have to think about, it’s networks of people and how they connect with one another and thinking about what we can do to prevent people from getting these infections or getting complications,” he said.
“Codina’s behaviour not only affected the victims, but also impacted the immigration system and society at large,” Trefler said in February. She added that Codina profited “substantially” from the crimes and her conduct demonstrated a “continuing pattern” of exploiting vulnerable people. Codina, who was arrested by the Canada Border Services Agency in May 2014 and represented herself during the trial, has maintained her innocence on all counts. Codina obtained her Canadian law licence in 1983 and has swindled multiple people in the past. She was suspended from practising in Ontario after she was convicted of fraud and the falsification of books for stealing $20,000 from the province’s legal aid plan in 1997. She was disbarred
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Valedictory Service in honour of The Most Rev. Mrs. Titus K. Awotwi Pratt on Sunday, May 27th 2018 at Ghana Methodist, Toronto The preacher was The Most Rev. Titus K. Awotwi Pratt (BA, MA) and Very Rev. Albert K. Appiah as Liturgist. Rev. Don Gibson, Supervising Minister for Calvary United Methodist Church was also in attendance. Individuals, organization and circuit presented gifts to Most Rev. & Mrs. Awotwi Pratt.
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Mother’s Day celebration across the Ghanaian Community Toronto May 13, 2018
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Evengel Assembly of God Annual Harvest By Staff Reporter, Toronto
This year's annual Harvest of the Evengel Assembly of God held on May 20th 2018 at the Church premises was Graced by a special guest Rev Dr. Paul Frimpong Manso the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Ghana.. In his sermon, Rev Frimpong focused on the need for every Christian to give freely. The Harvest event was to raise funds for a new Church building.
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Deanna Sgro running to become our MPP in Humber River—Black Creek Deanna Sgro, a lawyer, business leader and community volunteer, is running to become the next MPP for Humber River—Black Creek. “I am excited and honoured to be running to serve our community as Member of Provincial Parliament. Our riding needs a dedicated, hard-working and compassionate representative fighting for us at Queen’s Park. It would be an honour to be elected as MPP, representing the same riding as my mother, the Hon. Judy Sgro, our long-time Member of Parliament,” said Deanna Sgro. Deanna Sgro is a lawyer, working as General Counsel and Vice-President Corporate Services at a North American-leading customer management firm, which employs over 600 workers in the GTA. Sgro was born and raised in Toronto. She attended local schools in the community, and graduated from Madonna, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School, where she earned both a law degree and Masters of Law. She is a practising lawyer and leader in the community, including fundraising for the Mackenzie Health Foundation and volunteering Law Help Ontario. “We have a plan to support our community. We will invest in the care and opportunity local residents need and deserve. Our thoughtful, bold plan builds on the work that has already been achieved as government,” Deanna explained. “By continuing to expand transit with the Finch West Line, we will build on the historic achievement of the Spadina subway extension to Vaughan, which added three local TTC stops to serve our community. By raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour on January 1, we will build on the leadership that raised the minimum wage this year to $14 an hour. By bringing in free prescriptions for seniors, we build on the historic expansion of health care through OHIP+, which leads the entire country by offering free pharmacare to children and youth.” She further spoke to her plan, saying, “I am proud to be running on a platform that celebrates past achievements like free tuition for 235,000 students, full-day kindergarten and new child-care spaces, and looks to the future with free preschool child care, increased supports for seniors and more long-term care beds.” Deanna concluded, saying, “We cannot afford to go backwards on transit expansion. We need to keep rent control and continue to work to ensure residents have access to affordable housing. I look forward to the final week of the campaign, running on a positive and progressive agenda.” For more information: www.vote-sgro.com.
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FOOD AND RECIPES Compiled by Nana Ama
Beef Grill Khebab Ingredients
Tuo Zaafi with Ayoyo stew 10 qts Ayoyo leaves 2 qts Salt Peter (Potassium nitrate)
Marinade Ingredients: 1/3 cup olive oil 1/3 cup soy sauce 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar 1/4 cup honey 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 cup Powdered Fish 1 cup Powdered Okro 2 pinches Dawadawa 2 qts Pepper 2 qts Onions 1 qt Fish seasoning
Kebab Ingredients: 1 1/2 lbs top sirloin steak, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes 1 large bell pepper 1-2 medium red onions 1/2 to a pound button mushrooms About 20 bamboo or wooden skewers
2 qts All purpose spices 4 qts Meat (Beef) 1 cup Palm oil 3 qts Tomatoes 2 qts Salmon
Method 1 Marinate the meat: Mix the marinade ingredients together in a bowl and add the meat. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, preferably several hours or even overnight. (Heck, I've kept the meat marinating for a couple days, still great.) 2 Soak skewers in water: Soak the wood or bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before grilling. This will help prevent them from completely burning up on the grill. 3 Thread the meat and veggies onto the skewers: Cut the vegetables into chunks roughly the width of the beef pieces. Taking care not to poke yourself, thread the meat and vegetables onto double bamboo skewers. One way to do this safely is to put the piece that you are trying to pierce on a cutting board, and then push the skewers through the piece to the board. Using double skewers will help you turn the kebabs on the grill. If you keep a little space between the pieces, they will grill more evenly. Paint the kebabs with some of the remaining marinade. 3 Grill on high, direct heat: Prepare your grill for high, direct heat. Grill for 8 to 10 minutes, depending on how hot your grill is, and how done you would like your meat, turning occasionally. 4 Let rest: Let the meat rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Banku and Grill Tilapia
2 qts Herrings 1 cup Cassava flour 1 cup Corn flour
Chop the ayoyo leaves into smaller sizes. Boil water, add chopped onion, powdered fish, powdered okro and dawadawa. After 5 minutes add ayoyo leaves and salt peter
Don't cover, stir continuously until ingredients become very soft. Add salt and seasoning. Allow to simmer for 3 minutes and soup is ready. Cut meat into desirable sizes. Wash and put meat in big saucepan over moderate heat.
Blend onion, ginger, garlic and add to meat. Add salt and seasoning and cover meat to steam for 5-10 minutes Heat pan over medium high heat until hot and then add the olive oil. then add the chicken
Fry on one side until browned and then flip. Brown the second side and then transfer the meat to a bowl. Add chopped onion and garlic and saute until tender and starting to brown.
Add grinded pepper, tomato puree and stir intermintently. Wash salmon and herrings. Then add to stew. After 6-10 minutes, add spices and allow to cook.
Taste for salt and add some chopped onions. Finally add fried meat and allow to simmer for 3 minutes.Fetch some corn flour and add cold water. Then mix thoroughly to form a solution.
Boil enough water and add corn flour to cook for 5-10 minutes. Fetch some of the solution into a separate bowl. Mix dry corn dough and cassava dough and Add mixture bit by bit to the boiling corn dough and stir thoroughly to prevent any lumps.
Add the corn dough solution you fetched aside to the Tuo Zaafi to make it soft and stir. After 15-20 minutes of stirring the Tuo Zaafi, you turn of the heat.
Serve Tuo Zaafi with stew and soup.
Ingredients Fresh large sized Tilapia Natural spices for seasoning your Tilapia (ginger,garlic, rosemary, cloves etc) Corn dough Cassava Dough Salt to taste Fresh Tomatoes and pepper Bulb onions Follow this procedure Start off with your Tilapia Clean your Tilapia, descale it and spice it with your preferred natural spices. Leave for some minutes for the fish to be well seasoned. (well well). Then put on the grill and into the oven. From time to time, be glazing the fish with oil and turning as and when needed so as to not get stuck on the grill or burning, and get well cooked. Make sure your hands are thoroughly clean before you begin with the banku. Mix and mash your portions of corn and cassava dough in a pot of water, making sure to take out all lumps and fibre pieces in it. Do this until the mixture is paste-like, with an extremely smooth consistency Add a pinch of salt. Put your paste on fire and stir with your wooden stirrer (banku â€˜taâ€™). Stir gently until it starts to thicken. With time, it gets thicker and thicker and gathers at the bottom of the wooden stirrer. You would have to apply more force here as it gets harder with time. Reduce the heat, hold the pot in place with a napkin or sackcloth and start to beat through with the wooden spoon. Do this for about 6 minutes with brief stops in between Use the wooden spoon to create perforations in the thick mass, add water, increase the fire and cover to cook. By now your Tilapia should be ready or almost ready. Keep glazing and turning intermittently. Wash your fresh tomatoes, pepper and bulb onions. Grind as many as you would prefer in an earthenware masher (Some like theirs hot, others not so hot) slice some onions on the side. Salt to taste. Check on your banku and make sure the water does not fully dry up. Repeat the kneading process until smooth. When smooth to your satisfaction, use a smaller bowl to shape the banku into preferred serving sizes.
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“The level of tariffs to be applied will reflect the damage caused by the new U.S. trade restrictions on EU products,” the European Commission said in a statement. President European Jean-Claude Juncker called Trump’s move as “protectionism, pure and simple” and announced a World Trade Organization challenge.
Mexico said it would impose retaliatory tariffs on steel, pork, apples, grapes, cheeses, and other U.S. products. The European Union has vowed to hit back on numerous products, floating possible retaliatory tariffs on dozens of U.S. products made in politically important states, many of them agricultural products. They include rice, beans, orange juice, cranberries, bourbon, jeans, motor boats, shoes, makeup and cigarettes, plus various steel products.
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Canada Fires Back Against Trump’s Steel, Aluminum Tariffs The Canadian government is imposing dollar-for-dollar tariff “countermeasures”. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada is imposing dollar-for-dollar tariff “countermeasures” on up to $16.6 billion worth of U.S. imports in response to the American decision to make good on its threat of similar tariffs against Canadianmade steel and aluminum. The tariffs, which apply to a long list of U.S. products that includes everything from flat-rolled steel to playing cards and felt-tipped pens, will go into effect July 1, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told a news conference Thursday. “This is $16.6 billion of retaliation,” Freeland said. “This is the strongest trade action Canada has taken in the post-war era. This is a very strong response, it is a proportionate response, it is perfectly reciprocal. This is a very strong Canadian action in response to a very bad U.S. decision.” Exemptions expire Friday Freeland made the announcement alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following word from the White House that the U.S.
will slap tariffs on Canadian, Mexican and European Union steel and aluminium as of midnight Thursday night. She called the U.S. measures illegal and counterproductive, and both she and Trudeau expressed how hard it is to imagine how Canada could ever be a national-security threat to an ally as close and important as the United States. “That Canada could be considered a nationalsecurity threat to the United States is inconceivable,” said Trudeau, adding that the people of the U.S. are not Canada’s target, and that the federal government would far prefer that its hand not be forced. Canada, Mexico and Europe had been exempted from import duties of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum when they were first imposed in March, but those exemptions will expire as scheduled on Friday. “The government of Canada is confident that shared values, geography
and common interests will ultimately overcome protectionism,” Trudeau said. “We will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests.” The government of Canada is confident that shared values, geography and common interests will ultimately overcome protectionism. Justin Trudeau Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed Thursday that the United States would end the temporary exemption on Canadian, Mexican and European Union steel and aluminum as of midnight, as scheduled. That means that President Donald Trump will be face to face with a number of leaders who have taken retaliatory action against the U.S. when he makes his closely watched Canadian debut at the G7 next week in Quebec. While the tariffs have had “major, positive effects” on industry jobs and workers, “the Trump Administration’s actions underscore its commitment to good-faith negotiations with our allies to enhance our national security while supporting American workers,” the White House said in a statement. Canada, Mexico and Europe had been exempted until June 1 from import duties cont’d on pg. 66
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Ghanaian arrested for protesting by first lady The arrest in Ghana of a student who staged a placard protest metres away from First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo has caused outrage on social media. Reginald Sekyi-Brown held up the placard with the inscription #OpenUGMCnow, a reference to the University of Ghana Medical Centre, while the first lady was at a sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of a pediatric intensive care unit at a teaching hospital in Ghana’s capital Accra. The OpenUGMCnow is a campaign about the failure of government to open the $217m (£163m) medical centre for public use because of an impasse between the university and the health ministry over who will manage the facility. In a video circulating on social media, the student walks up to the podium while the first lady delivers a speech, catches her eye as she pauses briefly to look at his placard before continuing with her speech. Moments later, the student campaigner was arrested and detained at
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Statement by Spokesperson Clayton M. Mccleskey on the Elimination of Trachoma in Ghana and Nepal The World Health Organization (WHO) recognized the Republic of Ghana and the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal for eliminating trachoma as a public health problem. USAID congratulates the Governments of Ghana and Nepal on this tremendous success. USAID began supporting the Government of Ghana’s efforts to eliminate trachoma in 2006, including technical and financial support for mapping the disease, the delivery of 1.1 million treatments of azithromycin donated
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Districts. Highlighting a commitment to self-reliance, the Government of Nepal funded all eye surgeries through a national network of specialty hospitals and clinics.
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Hawaii lava crosses key highway, destroys utility poles Lava crossed a key highway in the mostly rural district of the Big Island where Kilauea volcano was erupting, local authorities in Hawaii said Tuesday.
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Highway 132 connects the commercial centre of Pahoa with smaller towns and farms in the Molten rock trapped at least one person who was rescued by authorities. The Kilauea volcaarea. no has been unleashing danger on the remote, Hawaii County said lava destroyed the local rural southeastern side of the island for nearly electric utility’s equipment on the highway, a month, displacing thousands of residents, which knocked out power to Vacationland and destroying 37 houses and forcing businesses Kapoho Beach Lots neighbourhoods toward to shut down. the coast. Lava was shooting up from cracks in the ground Hawaii Electric Light Co. said it was evaluating and blowing strands of volcanic glass. how to provide power to these communities once the eruption is over but it won’t be able Explosions at the summit were sending small bursts of volcanic ash as high as 15,000 feet to finalize a plan until the area is stable. (4,570 metres ). The eruption has so far destroyed more than Wind was carrying volcanic glass, gases, pollu400 of its utility poles, the company said.
tion and ash particles to other parts of the island. Authorities on Tuesday advised residents to minimize exposure to avoid irritation to skin and eyes and breathing problems. A new fissure has opened, bringing the total number of cracks spouting lava to 24 since the volcano began erupting on May 3, Hawaii County Civil Defence said. Lava also has covered two wells at a geothermal plant. County officials said the plugged wells were stable and being monitored, and no dangerous gases have been released, such as hydrogen sulfide — a colorless, flammable gas that can be emitted by volcanoes or when organic matter and waste break down. Ormat Technologies, a Nevada company that owns the Puna Geothermal Venture plant, said it could not assess the extent of the damage to the wells. The facility produces roughly one-quarter of the Big Island’s daily energy supply. After weeks of scientific updates on the volcano, the U.S. Geological Survey took a lighter tone as it responded to a question on Twitter about whether it would be safe to roast marshmallows over volcanic vents. “We’re going to have to say no, that’s not safe,” the agency’s volcanos account replied Monday, saying if the vent was belching volcanic gases, such as sulfur dioxide or hydrogen sulfide, the roasted marshmallows “would taste bad.” The gases generally smell like rotten eggs. Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park has been closed for 19 days and has no water due to damaged utility lines, said Jessica Ferracane, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service. The Associated Press
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United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa): Regional Strategic Meeting West Africa Commits to Mobilizing for Massive Participation in the Upcoming Africities Summit in Marrakesh, Morocco, November 20-24, 2018 The United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) (www.UCLGa.org) held its regional strategic meeting for West Africa at the Tang Palace Hotel in Accra, Ghana, May 28-29, 2018. The meeting was organized in collaboration with the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG). This gathering was the fourth UCLG Africa strategic meeting. Previous strategic meetings were held in Nairobi, Kenya, April 10-11, 2018 for the East Africa region; Libreville, Gabon, April 16-17 for the Central Africa region; and Walvis-Bay, Namibia, May 7-8 for the Southern Africa region. All fifteen countries in the West Africa region participated in the meeting: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. Delegates included presidents from the national associations of local governments, leaders from the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA) and permanent secretaries of the national associations of local governments. The meeting was officially opened by the HonourableHajiaAlimaMaham, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Ghana, in the presence of the Honourable Ishmael Ashitey, Regional Minister of Greater Accra; HonourableNii Felix Anang, Mayor of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly and President of NALAG; and Mr. Jean Pierre ElongMbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa. Other participants included key stakeholders from local governments in Ghana such as Dr. Frederic Varenne, the Representative of the European Union Delegation in Ghana; Executive Secretary from the Inter-Ministerial Coordinating Committee on Decentralization, Ing. SalifuMahama; the head of the Local Government Service Secretariat, Dr. Nana Ato Arthur; the Coordinator of the Ghana Urban Management Project, Mr. Aloysius Bongwa; the Director of the Ghana Urban Institute, Prosper Dzansi; and the President of the Ghana Association for Public Administration and Management, Dr. GiftyOforiwaGyamera. The HonourableHajiaAlimaMahama expressed her pleasure that the Accra meeting was scheduled to discuss the progress of decentralization in the West Africa Region and would strategize on ways to enhance the effective implementation of decentralization policies and good governance in local government as well as address the emerging challenges encountered in the day to day management of communities. She then declared the meeting officially open. Proceedings were chaired by the HonourableNii Felix Anang, President of NALAG and moderated by Mr. Jean Pierre ElongMbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa. At the opening session, members were presented with the main agendas that local and regional authorities of Africa would discuss. These included Agenda 2063 of the African Union; the African charter on democracy and elections; the African charter on the values and principles of public service; the African charter on the values and principles of decentralization, local governance and local development; the African Union protocol on women’s equality; and the creation of the high council of local authorities as a consultative body of the African Union. - At the Africa level, participants were called upon to consider the urgency of having their respective countries sign and ratify the African charter on the values and principles of decentralization, local governance and local development. Since its adoption by the heads of state and government of
the African Union in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea in 2014, the charter has been signed by 13 countries but ratified by only 3 countries (Madagascar, Burundi and Namibia) with none from West Africa. The Charter will become a legal instrument of the African Union when it is signed and ratified by 15 countries and filed with the African Union Commission. Participants resolved to set up a special committee that will visit the different countries of the region to speed up the signing and ratification of the charter. - At the global level consideration was given to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda; the Sendai Protocol on disaster management; the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development goals; the Paris agreement on climate change and the New Urban Agenda. It was advised that local and regional governments should intervene on these agendas to localize the goals and objectives; plan the way forward for their implementation; and to conduct a process of measuring, reporting and verifying what they were doing regarding their implementation. Participants were then introduced to the New Urban Agenda adopted by the UN in Quito in October 2016, taking into consideration the fact that like other regions of the world, Africa is urbanizing at a rapid pace and that its urban population would be 1.2 billion people within 30 years. Decision makers were challenged to change their attitudes and to accept urbanization as a fact and address the issues of urban growth in Africa, which would translate into the growth of slums and informal settlements. It would be essential that employment was addressed and that jobs were provided for the 300 million young people who would enter the labour market in the ensuing years, given the fact that the majority of city dwellers are young people under 20 years old, hence the insistence that local and regional government leaders take bold steps now. The time has come for local authorities to take the lead in managing the urban challenge. DrAliouneBadiane, former Director of the Programme Division of UN-HABITAT emphasized the need for: - Advocating for the advancement of decentralization and the setting up of an enabling environment for local and regional governments actions and initiatives. - Reforming the legislative framework of urbanization with a special focus on land regulation to boost land supply and to contribute to the densification of the urban fabric - City planning involving all urban dwellers, including informal settlement urban dwellers - Radically revitalizing the financing mechanisms of local and regional governments with new arrangements for enhanced mobilization of resources, access to loans and the financial market and innovative partnerships, including that with the private sector; the 3Ps (Public Private Partnership or Public People Partnership); or 4Ps (Public, Private, People Partnership). The meeting then reviewed the status of UCLG Africa’s membership in West Africa. Membership declarations were expected from UCLG Africa in the region, but of the 15 members only 8 had complied. 7 were yet to complete the survey and promised to send the required information to the West Africa Regional Office of UCLG Africa. This was followed by a session in which participants exchanged information on the state of decentralization in the West Africa Region and the need to lobby national governments to ‘walk the talk’ by effectively implementing the transfer of financial and human resources to local governments; enhance the representation of women in local government; and to recognize the role of local
authorities in the fight against climate change and corruption, pointing out the need for capacity building of local authorities and citizen participation in local governance. In West Africa, women were still under represented in local government and the financial transfer of resources was still low. On the issue of gender, Senegal had made the most progress with regards to total parity. Local government budgets represented on average, between 3 -7% of the national government budgets across the region. During the second day of the meeting, participants were informed about UCLG Africa’s programs and network. Among the highlights were: the African Cities Development Fund whose launch is expected to take place at the coming Africities Summit in Marrakesh, Morocco; the UCLG Africa Climate Task Force that was launched during COP 23 in November 2017 in Bonn, Germany; and the launch of the African Local Government Academy, ALGA. ALGA, which is intended to boost the capacities, professionalism and ethical behaviourof local and regional government administrations across the continent, offers an Executive Masters course for senior staff of African local governments and a series of specialized courses delivered through the ALGA colleges. ALGA’s courses, as well as its Executive Masters, are delivered by its anchor institutions across Africa; with two based in Ghana. ALGA has also concluded a series of agreements to form part of the most important networks of training and research institutions in the world. It provides training and capacity building courses for all of UCLG Africa’s networks. These include: the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA); the network of City Managers (Africa MAGNET); the network of City Chief Finance Officers (Africa FINET); the network of City Chief Technical Officers (Africa TECHNET) and the network of Human Resource Managers of African Local and Regional Governments (Local Africa HRNet). Also discussed was the setting up of a local authority transparency and integrity index. To achieve this, municipalities were invited to create a website to disseminate key information to their citizens. Participants also received information on UCLG Africa’s Pan Africa Peer Review. Participants were informed about the launch of three main campaigns from the three-year action plan of REFELA (2018-2020) namely: African Cities without Street Children; African Cities Zero Tolerance to Violence Against Women; and African Cities Promoting Women’s Leadership and Economic Empowerment. Participants committed to support these campaigns across the region and promised to encourage as many cities as possible to subscribe. This was followed by a presentation of the 8th edition of the Africities Summit to be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, from November 20-24, 2018 on the theme, ‘The transition to sustainable cities and territories: The role of local and regional governments of Africa’: This theme was proposed by leaders from local Africa to address the implementation of Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030 at city and territorial level. Over 5,000 people are expected to participate in the Africities Summit. Online registration for the conference is now open on the Africities website, www.Africites.org and for the Africities Exhibition at www.SalonAfricites2018.com. Members from West Africa were encouraged to start the mobilization for the summit. They were also informed that the general assembly of UCLG Africa will take place on November 23, 2018 as part of the summit and that each region should start caucusing in order to designate its candidates to a seat on UCLG Africa bodies. Candidatures will be received by the UCLG Africa secretariat on November 22, 2018, by 17:00 hours. www.Africities.org
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PLACES OF WORSHIP DIRECTORY
Ghana Methodist Churches in Canada ( SOCIETIES UNDER THE GHANA METHODIST CONFERENCE) The Superintendents Minister-In-Charge invites
to worship with us Toronto Society Very Rev. Joseph Owusu Atuahene Minister-in-charge
Place of Worship: 19 Penn Drive, North York, Ont. (off Finch Av./Milvan)
Very Reverend Albert K. 416-743-4555 (Office) 905-216-2323 (Residence) Appiah, Minister in-charge Day and Time of Worship: Ghana Calvary Methodist United Church, Toronto Sunday: Bible Class Meeting: 10:00 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. Church Service: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Jericho Hour Prayer Meeting 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Wednesday Mid-day Prayer - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 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.
Worship Schedule: Sunday Church Service - Akan: English Service
- 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Friday - Prayer Meeting: - 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Calgary Methodist - 403-603-2864 Edmonton Methodist - 587-336-1223 Ottawa Methodist - 613-823-2291 Vancouver Methodist - 416-833-1615
In Montreal at: Place of Worship: 6870 Rue de Terreborne, Montreal, Que, H4B 1C5
Day and Time of Worship Sunday Divine Service: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Friday Prayer Meetings: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Contact: Rev. Joshua C. Doughan - 514-542-0871
SERVICES ARE CONDUCTED FOLLOWING THE TRADITIONAL GHANA METHODIST LITURGY. PLEASE COME AND JOIN US. WE HAVE A PLACE FOR YOU. GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU
Disciples Revival Church Healing & Deliverance Centre Rev. Dr. & Rev (Mrs) Charles Mantey Founders/Senior Pastors
- Organizational Meetings Choir Practice, Singing Band Practice
Venue of Worship 65 Mayall Avenue, Toronto, Ontario Tel: 416-614-6110 / 647-341-7305 Email: gcmuc.org Hamilton Society Stoney Creek United Church (Chapel) 1 King Street West, Stoney Creek, Hamilton Contact: 289-244-5914, 289-700-6815, 289-698-1388
CHRIST REDEEMER CHURCH
Pastor-in-charge: Pastor Eric Amoah Tel: (416) 748-1242 Cell: (416) 300-9970 Church Services Sunday Service: Bible Study: 10 a.m.-11a.m. Worship Service: 11a.m. - 1p.m. Wednesday: Bible Study 6:30p.m.-7:30p.m. Friday Night Prayer: 8p.m.-10p.m. Pastor Eric Amoah Location: 4 Racine, Unit 9 (Kipling/Rexdale)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.disciplesrevivalchurch.org
SUNDAY SERVICE - Morning - 10:00 am
Heaven In My Heart Ministries 100 Penn Dr, Unit #3 Rev. Eleanor Adu-Anane, Oversea and Founder MRE, ECE
Mid-Week Service Wed: Bible Study & Prayer: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Friday: Youth Service 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Friday: Adult Intercessory Prayer - 7:00 - 9:00 pm For deliverance & healing, come to Disciples, a Church that caters to your needs Do visit our website and sign up for the Pastor's monthly newsletter
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Time of Worship: Wednesday: Bible Studies 7:00pm to 8:30pm Friday: Prayer Meeting 8:30pm to 11pm st 1 . Friday of every month: All Night Prayer Meeting & Deliverance 9pm to 2am Rev. Mrs Eleanor AduSaturday: Youth Meeting: 2pm to 4pm Anane MRE, BA, RECE For Counselling & other Choir Practice: 3pm to 5pm matters contact the Pastor Sunday: Christian Education: 9am to 10am 647-892-9412 or Celebration: 10:30am to 12:30pm 905-846-6257 Mailing Address: 2 Berwick Avenue Brampton Ontario, L6Z 2P6,
FOOD FOR LIFE
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Bringing the Gospel to our Community by Rev. Isaac DeGraft Takyi THINKING YOUR WAY INTO HEALTH, WEALTH AND LIFE ETERNAL “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it…” Luke 14:28
What is the Value of Realistic Thinking to the Realistic Thinker? It is essential to note that realistic thinking will not undermine your belief in people, nor will it lessen your ability to see and seize opportunities. Rather, it will add value to you in many ways, such as:
People who have a sense of peace that their priorities are in the right place also have a sense of humility and a realistic view on life. Patrick Lencioni
1. Realistic thinking In our thinking journey, based on the Bible and John Maxwell’s two books “How Successful People Think” and “Thinking ForChange”, we have looked at what thinking is all about and what right and good thinking can do for us. We have so far looked at three different thinking skills that godly successful people think. We have looked at the fact that successful people think big picture, arefocused, and creative thinkers. This month we shall seek to recognize the importance of Realistic thinking. Many people seem to think that realistic thinking is negative thinking, especially men and women who are naturally positive. It is not unusual for those who avoid realistic thinking to make decisions based on “idealistic thinking” without adequate consideration of
the realities they face. I pray that we will not be part of that, for such decisions often result in disappointment. Here are some examples of idealistic and realistic thinking, according to John C. Maxwell: Idealistic Thinking says: • I c a n m a k e everyone happy. • People like change. • It is enough if the leader takes care of people. • Good leadership makes tough calls unnecessary. But Realistic thinking says: • T h e r e w i l l b e conflict. • P e o p l e r e s i s t change. • People must be developed to be effective. • Tough calls must always be made.
has the potential to minimize the negative consequences of the decisions you make. Realistic thinking provides the basis for good strategy for you Realistic thinking is a catalyst for change, a great change, and a better change in your life Realistic thinking provides a great sense of security to you Realistic thinking gives you credibility with your firm, family, friends and even foes. Realistic thinking provides a firm foundation to build upon for life.
Ghanaian Presbyterian Church of Montreal
Minister: Rev. Stephen Azundem
Services: Sunday 10:00AM – 1:00PM Divine Worship Service Wednesday 7:00PM – 9:00PM Teaching Service (Bible Study) Friday 7:00PM – 9:00PM – Prayer Service
Tel (office): 514 278 8109 Tel (Cell): 514 660 2422
1345 rue Lapointe St. Laurent, QC, H4L 1K5 Location: At the Corner of O’Brien and Poirier.
We find great realistic thinkers in the Bible, like Nehemiah, Daniel, Esther and Jesus Christ; but we will focus onPaul as a realistic thinker and Samson, as the idealistic thinker. In 2 Corinthians 7:2-16, the apostle Paul turned to Titus when he needed someone to see a problem realistically and come up with solutions. Paul sent Titus to both Corinth and Crete to deal with messy situations. Titus’ ability as a problem solver was based on his ability as a realistic thinker. Let us Consider some characteristics of realistic thinkers and see which ones you might identify with: 1. They anticipate problems 2. They discover the real issue 3. They accept the facts 4. They see the big picture 5. They consider their options 6. They develop an action plan based on reality In Judges 13-16we read of the sad story of an unrealistic thinker although graciously anointed. Samson had the potential to be a great leader. But his story is
filled with failure. He is the perfect example of one who refuses to become a realistic thinker. Consider some characteristics of Samson and learn your lessons: 1. He failed to listen to wise counselors 2. He refused to learn from his mistakes 3. He was reactive and not proactive. 4. He was impulsive 5. H e f a i l e d t o consider the consequences of his actions. How do we improve as Realistic Thinkers? Here are five strategies we can implement to improve our realistic thinking as revealed by John Maxwell in his books: 1. D e v e l o p a n appreciation for the truth 2. Do your homework 3. T h i n k t h r o u g h the positives and negatives 4. Picture the worstcase scenario 5. A l i g n y o u r thinking with your resources Self Assessment 1. Do you agree or disagree that a realistic thinker must have a
2. Which statement below best describes you? £ I do not engage in realistic thinking. £ I do not like realistic thinking. £ I let someone else do realistic thinking. £ I do realistic thinking only after I am in trouble. £ I continually make realistic thinking a part of my life. £ I encourage my key leaders to do the same. 3. Are you now facing a problem that needs to be solved or a decision that needs to be made? 4. What steps will you take to be sure you have a realistic view of the issue? 5. Before you make a key decision, how can you build a solid foundation on facts, so you can think with certainty?
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I AM ALPHA & OMEGA MINISTRY INT'L We invite you to worship with us Church Service: Sunday Worship: 10.00a.m. - 12.30 p.m. Wednesday Bible Studies: 6.00p.m. - 7.30 p.m. Friday Prayer Meeting: 7.00p.m. - 9.00 p.m.
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Bishop John Mensah
Bethel Prayer Ministry Int'l 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
100 Penn Drive, Unit #6, North York, Ont.
Cell. 416-400-8211 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)
Etobicoke, Ont., M9w 5S5
Harvest Christian Church Invites you for a wonderful time with the Lord
ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH 314 Rexdale Blvd. Etobicoke, Ont. M9W 1R6 Tel: 416-242-7950 Fax: 416-242-8573
Worship Hours Sundays (Mornings) 10 - 12:45pm Wednesday (Bible Study) 7 -8:30 pm Friday (All Night Prayer) 8-10:30pm
Church Activities Pastor in Charge Rev. Milton Offei
Sunday School: Church Service: Sunday Evening: Wednesday Bible Studies: Friday Prayer Meeting:
10a.m. -11:00a.m. 11a.m. - 1:30p.m. 7p.m. - 8:30p.m. 7p.m. - 8:30p.m. 7p.m. - 9:00p.m.
Rev Moses Sarpong
Come and Experience the power of the Word Join us at 196 Toryork Drive(Corner of Weston/Finch)
It’s Harvest Time So Reach Out And Make A Difference
It’s A Great Commission!
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The Apostolic Church Int'l. The Apostolic Church International (Toronto Assembly) is a Branch of The Apostolic Church in Ghana Apostle Nii Aryee (Area Supt. Canada-Wide)
Meeting Schedule Sunday (Worship) Wednesday Teaching Service Friday Prayers Friday: Monthly All Night Service Saturday : Movements -
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10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Field Superintendent contact: 416-454-6141 (cell) 905-913-2037 (Res)
CONTINUATION CHURCH INTERNATIONAL (CANADA)
168 Rexdale Blvd.,
North American Headquarters: 10 Belfield Road Toronto, Ont., M9W 1G1 Tel: 416-247-6629 Fax: 416-247-5308
Etobicoke, Ontario, M9W 1P6 Church Office 416-740-1979 Field Secretary: Pastor Cyril Williams - 416-875-9616 Apostle Charles Anokye-Manu
Lighthouse Assembly of God Church
2017: LIBERTY IN THE SPIRIT 2 Corinthian 3:17
SUNDAY SERVICES: 10:00 am-1:30 pm Ghanaian Service WEEKDAY SERVICES: Wednesday - Bible Studies Friday - Prayer Service LOCATION:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 7:00 pm -9:00 pm
42 Steinway Blvd. Unit 1&2
Tel: 416-740-1200 Fax: 416-740-6435 firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http:/www/lighthouseag.ca www.lighthouseagtoronto.org
Rhema Power of Grace Chapel Int'l
Worship Service Bible Studies Service All Night Service Deliverance
63 Howden Rd., Unit 'F' Scarborough, ON, M1R 3C7 Tel 647-850- 0142 Fax 416-945- 9445
Sunday Divine Worship Twi Service - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Multicultural Service - 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday - Midweek Service Friday - All Night Service
8p.m. - 10p.m. 10p.m. - 1a.m.
Contact Lines: 416-321-2796 (Pastor's Res) 416-747-9225 (Church) Cell: 647-921-2414
Tel: 514-271-9083 Pastor-In-Charge: John Arhin
Contact: Res: 450-687-4916 Cell: 514-654-6178
Immanuel Assembly of God Church, Scarborough Sunday School: 9:30am -10:30am Church Service: 10:30am - 12 noon
350 Deerhide Cres, North York, ON Rev. Bishop Joe Bonnah
378 Cremazie East Montreal, Quebec, H2P 1E5
Place of Worship:
10 Belfield Road Tel: 416-247-6629
Invites all Christians, Non-Christians and members of the community to join us worship the Great Jehovah
Days And Time of Worship
- Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wednesday 9:00 p.m. - Friday 9:30 p.m. - Saturday 4:00 p.m.
Worship With Us At These Branches In Canada
Pastor-in-charge: Rev. Boniface Keelson
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LOCATION Don Montgomery Community Centre 2467 Eglinton Ave. E. Scarborough, Ont., (Kennedy/Eglinton Subway Station) For more info contact:
Email: email@example.com Website: immanuelaog.ca.
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Canada Fires Back Against Trump’s Steel, Aluminum Tariffs cont’d from pg. 58
Welcome Home Evangelistic Ministries Affiliated with the Evangelical Church In Canada
Gen. Overseer & Founder: Evang. & Prophetess Winnie Manu BRE, M. Div.
New address: Heart Lake United Church 85 Sandalwood Pkwy E. Brampton, ON Sunday Morning Worship Celebration start from 1:30 pm Wednesday Discipleship class is 7pm Friday Prayer meeting is 7pm Contact Info: Tel: 647 210 7057 Fax: 905 495 4789 Website: www.wheministries.org
of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum when they were first imposed in March. Barring an 11th-hour reprieve, those exemptions will expire as scheduled. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, campaigning in advance of the June 7 provincial election, savaged the U.S. president as she called the tariff measure short-sighted and urged Trudeau “to take the strongest retaliation possible to protect our workers” and industry. “I think that we’ve all had just about enough of Donald Trump.... He doesn’t seem to get that his bluster and his bullying are costing people real jobs — in his own country, in Canada and in Ontario,” Wynne said. “I really believe that now the time for talk is done. Donald Trump is a bully and the only way to deal with a bully is to stand up and push back and we have to do that.” During a conference call early Thursday, Ross shrugged off questions about the U.S. facing possible retaliation, or whether the move would negatively affect the G7 meeting. And he said that while he was looking forward to continuing negotiations, the U.S. is making its decision on national security grounds — a justification Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has dismissed as absurd. In the case of Canada and Mexico, Ross said the decision was based on a lack of progress in the ongoing talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement. “As to Canada, Mexico, you will recall that the reason for the deferral had been pending the outcome of the NAFTA talks,” he said. “Those talks are taking longer than we had hoped. There is no longer a very precise date when they may be concluded” so they were added to the tariff list, he said. If Canada and Mexico choose to take retaliatory measures, it will not affect the
ability to keep renegotiating NAFTA as a separate track, he added. ‘If any of these parties does retaliate, that does not mean that there cannot be continuing negotiations,” Ross said. “They’re not mutually exclusive behaviours.” G6-plus-one The long-threatened tactic is sure to cast a pall over the G7, with some observers saying a G6-plus-one scenario is already shaping up, with Trump as the outlier. Ross played down the divisions. “There are periodic disagreements between any two countries on any given set of topics. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it derails other discussions at all,” he said. “It all depends on how the various parties react to the circumstances.” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who will be at the G7 table with the seven other country leaders, expressed strong opposition to Thursday’s decision. “The EU believes these unilateral U.S. tariffs are unjustified and at odds with World Trade Organization rules. This is protectionism, pure and simple.” Trump had been widely expected to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminum imports after failing to win concessions from the European Union. Canada and its European allies have spent recent days making a concerted effort to head off the move. Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron made their cases separately Wednesday to dissuade Trump, who is using a national-security clause in U.S. trade law to justify the move. Trudeau and Macron will meet next week in Ottawa before the G7 to talk strategy. Suggest a correction * Canadian Press
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Christian Hope Ministry Int'l Invites You All To Come Worship With Us Apostle-in-charge: Apostle Twumasi Ankrah
Apostle Twumasi Ankrah
Tel: 647-916-0780 / 647-703-9717 TIME OF WORSHIP: Sunday 10:30 am - 1:30 pm Tuesday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Friday 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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)
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Transformation Centre Assembly of God Church, Mississauga Join us on Sundays for worship at: Venue: Clarkson Community Centre (Margaret Marland Room) Address: 2475 Truscott Drive, Mississauga, Ont (Southdown Rd/Truscott Dr. on Winston Churchill Blvd/Truscott Dr.
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 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"
Praise Temple of Christ International 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 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Apostle Osei Bonsu
Contact: Pastor Isaac K. Bonful Tel: 289-814-5482 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.transformationcentreag.ca "...Be transformed by the renewing of your mind..." Romans 12:2a
For information call: 905-840-7387, 647-208-1093 416-209-9136, 647-710-2573 Pastor Appiah Jacob
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Around the Ghana Sports Scene Black Maidens draw hosts Uruguay in U-17 Women’s World Cup Ghana’s Under 17 women’s national team have been drawn alongside hosts Uruguay in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup later this year. The Black Maidens, are also paired with Finland and New Zealand in Group A of the tournament which will take place from 13 November to 1 December. F u l l Ghana advanced to the final of the 2018 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup on Sunday after a 19-0 aggregate win over Djibouti in the final qualifying round second leg tie.
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DC United’s female coach Mavis Appiah stresses on importance of FIFA grassroot course Coach of BrongAhafo based Division Two side DC United Mavis Anane Appiah has expressed delight after going through the FIFA Grassroots programme. Mavis who is one of the few female coaches managing a male team in the country said the course is good for unearthing future football stars for the country. “In modern football, education is key so we have to try as much as possible to get kids in school interested in the game of football”, was what the DC United coach told Ghanafa.org after the just ended FIFA Grassroots course held at the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence in Prampram. Coach Mavis who is a graduate of the University of Education-Winneba, added that being a trained teacher has had a lot of influence on her coaching career. “Being a teacher and being a coach is same so each time I go on the pitch am motivated to impact football knowledge into my players just as I would have done in a classroom”, Ms Appiah added. Further explaining her decision to take up coaching as a profession, the young female coach said “I decided to do my teaching
on the field because, I love football as a person and I want to develop as many players for our national teams”. She added that her father, who is a coach himself, played a huge role in her interest in football as well as her decision to take up coaching. “I take pride when it’s mentioned that a female coach has been able to produce players into the national teams with players like Arko Mensah who was in the last U17 team, Solomon Oblitey all having been trained by me”. “My ambition is to be the first female coach of the Black Stars to give women the confidence to aspire to greater positions in football”, the 27 year old trainer added. DC United FC have made it to round of 64 stage
of this year’s MTN FA Cup Competition and coach Mavis Appiah’s will know their next opponents after Tuesday’s Live draw in Accra. Mavis who played football herself at the University level, recently received a scholarship to pursue a Master’s Degree in Coaching Education at the Ohio University in USA. She is expected to leave the country later this year to begin her studies at the University. She was one of the few female participants at the five-day FIFA Grassroots course which ended with a football festival on Saturday May 12. GFA President KwesiNyantakyi and other top officials of the Association were in Prampram for the football festival and the closing ceremony. Ghanafa.org
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Black Satellittes host Algeria in AYC Qualifier The Black Satellites will wrap up preparations for their African U20 qualifying match against Algeria this afternoon at 4pm today at the Cape Coast stadium. The National U20 male team will take on their Algerian counterparts in the second leg tie which has been scheduled for Sunday May 20 in Cape Coast The first leg match between the two sides in Algiers last weekend ended goalless. Coach Jimmy Cobblah’s blend of former U17 stars
and some foreign based youngsters are poised to seal a win in the return encounter to make it to the next stage of the qualifiers. The 2009 FIFA U20
World champions could face either Gambia or Benin in the final round of the qualification stage. The 2019 African U20 Championship will be played in Niger. Ghanafa.org
Black Stars beat Japan 2-0 in international friendly Stand in captain Thomas Partey got the opener in Ghana’s 2-0 over Japan in their international friendly played in Nissan stadium in Yokohama on Wednesday. Emmanuel Boateng got his first goal for the senior national team when he converted from the spot in the 51st minute to increase the tally for Black Stars. The Japanese were using the game as part of their preparations for the upcoming FIFA World Cup to be staged in Russia where they will face African side Senegal in the group stage.
Coach Kwesi Appiah also used the game to test his team’s preparedness for their upcoming 2019 AFCON qualifying matches later this year, after missing out on next month’s World Cup. German based AkwasiO-
kyere, Nana Ampomah and Isaac Sackey all got their debut for the Black Stars in the match against the Blue Samurai. The Black Stars will now face World Cup- bound Iceland on June 7 in another friendly. Ghanafa.org
UD Levante star Emmanuel Boateng scores on Black Stars debut UD Levante’s in-form striker Emmanuel Boateng continued with his impressive scoring form in Ghana’s 2-0 win over Japan in an international friendly game on Wednesday. The 21-year-old was at the centre of everything positive that came Ghana’s way against the Blue Samurai at the Nissan Stadium on Wednesday. Ghana opened the scoring through Atletico Madrid’s midfielder Thomas Partey in the 9th minute with a fantastic free-kick after Emmanuel Boateng was brought down by Tomoaki Makino.
The West Africa giants sealed victory in the 51st minute courtesy Emmanuel Boateng, who converted from the spot after he was hacked down by veteran Japan goalkeeper EijiKwashima in the penalty box.
83rd minute by Bayern Munich’s high-flying forward KwasiOkyereWriedt. He is expected to keep his position in the team when Ghana play another World Cup bound Iceland on Thursday, June 7.
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Winnipeg’s Daniel Sackey Ups his game to the NCCA Division One Basket Ball By Dr. Michael Baffoe, Winning A lot of Colleges and Universities were competing to recruit Daniel, but he decided to settle with the Indiana university-based Valparaiso Crusaders. He’ll attend Valparaiso on a full scholarship and intends to study athletic therapy.
Wi n n i p e g - r e s i d e n t Ghanaian-Canadian Daniel Sackeyis on the upward roll hoping to make a big mark in the NCAA Division One Basket Ball. He has announced his commitment to join the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team in Indiana in the United States, starting from the Fall of 2018. Daniel Sackey previously attended Kelvin High School in Winnipeg, played with the Winnipeg Wolves Basketball Club and for Team Manitoba. He recently wrapped up his senior season playing with Thornlea Secondary School in Markham, Ontario in the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association. Although his team, Thunder, were knocked out of the OSBA championship, Sackey was named to the league’s first all-star team. Speaking of his time with Thornlea, Sackey said: “It’s been great. A lot
On his dreams and plans at Valparaiso Crusaders, Daniel had this to say: “The number one goal in my first year is to get to the NCAA tournament. Being
a point guard, I want to change the program and I can be really useful from the jump.”The last time Valparaiso played in the NCAA tournament was in 2015, and Sackey acknowledges that coming in as a freshman to drive the team is a lofty ambition, but it’s one he’s intent on reaching.”I owe it to myself, I owe it to my parents and all the sacrifices they’ve made, I owe it to my family, and my grandmother that if I’m going to do this I need
to give it my all,” he said. Daniel credits his foray into Basket ball to his uncle, Stephen Tackie, who coached a number of teams around Winnipeg.”…I would always go to the U of W practices, my brother’s high school practices, and I would always go to the games.I saw how fun it was, I saw how passionate guys were for it, and I learned to love basketball.”
Daniel in Super Action of ups and downs this season but mostly a lot of ups.I’ve learned a lot of things. I’ve learned how to be more of a leader. I’m the oldest on the team now so I’m taking that role in teaching the younger guys and being a role model for them,” he added.”I think I’ve proven myself on a bigger
stage and showed that it doesn’t matter what size I am, I can be doing what I’m doing regardless,” he said. On March 18, Sackey was also named to the BioSteel All Canadian Team and played in a showcase event on April 8 and 9 in Toronto.
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