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Stop stirring tension in Ghana Over the past two weeks, Ghanaians, both at home and abroad, have been treated to a heightened sense of tension, fear, trepidation and anxiety over a news item that the current government of President Nana Akufo Addo has signed a military agreement with the United States of America under which the latter is going to establish a “military base” in Ghana. The carriers and propagandists of this news gave all kinds of scenarios and information that sought to create the impression that the current government had “sold off” Ghana’s sovereignty and independence to the United States for a paltry sum of 20 million US dollars. The propagandists of the above news were led by leaders of the Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) who then organized what they had termed a “nation-wide massive demonstration” against the attempt by the government to “sell” Ghana to the United States. It turned out to be a few hundred bored people who had nothing to do with their time who thronged the streets of Accra. It became clear as the days went by and as they kept making noise that many of them had either not read the agreement itself or were being mischievous, plain and simple. Much as the few officials of the government, the Defence Minister and Minister of Information sought to explain matters to allay the fears of Ghanaians, the more noise the NDC leaders made with some even suggesting that the President should be “impeached” for “selling” Ghana to the United States for 20 million dollars. Another Opposition member of a defunct political party, HassanAyariga even offered to pay back the 20 million dollars the government is accused of collecting back to the US government. All these hype and dangerous rumor mongering have created too much unnecessary and needless tension in the country over the past two weeks. Finally, as reported in one of our lead stories in this issue, on Thursday night April 5th, 2018, President Akufo Addo addressed the nation and laid bare the facts of this Ghana-US Military agreement which the NDC claims has “sold” Ghana to the United States for 20 million dollars. As the President pointed out clearly in his address, nothing can be further from the truth in the propaganda mounted by the NDC apparatchiks. What they have been doing for the past two weeks is nothing short of heightened and dangerous hypocrisy. Why? This is because in all their extreme noise-making, the NDC never mentioned that the previous NDC governments under Jerry John Rawlings and John Dramani Mahama had signed very similar military agreements with the United States in 1998 and 2000 (under Rawlings) and twice in 2015 (under John Mahama). The difference between the 1998, 2000, 2015 agreements and the 2018 agreement signed by the NPP government just lies in the behavior and honesty of the Ghanaian leaders who initiated and signed these agreements. Whilst the NDC Presidents Rawlings and Mahama signed the agreements in secret, unknown to the Ghanaian public, Nana Akufo Addo’s government sought to have the people’s representatives in Parliament to see, debate and ratify this agreement before it goes into effect. The questions we wish to pose to the NDC and all like-minded propagandists are the following: Who is being honest with Ghanaians as far as these military agreements ae concerned, the NDC or the NPP? Who “sold off” Ghana to the Americans, if these agreements are “sell-outs”, the NDC or NPP? Why did the NDC in all their noise-making never mentioned that they had signed as many as three of such agreements before they were booted out of office? Who secretly negotiated with the United States and shipped two terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to live in Ghana, have their names changed, got Ghanaian wives and Ghanaian passports? Ghana is currently enjoying political stability and we strongly encourage all the actors on the political stage to approach our politics with honesty and respect at least for the intelligence of the ordinary Ghanaian. They should spare us the unnecessary and needless tension they try to create at the least opportunity.
Ghana has not signed any agreement for US Military Base in Ghana President Akufo Addo Declares! had defence and The President of security co-operation Ghana, Nana Addo collaborationswith DankwaAkufo Addo the United States of has denied that his America? How else government has would we have known signed an agreement that,in some instances, with the United we have provided States of America to them with facilities establish a Military for the movement Base in Ghana. Due of personnel and to the furore this equipment to help issue has generated, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo some of our neighbours who were The Ghanaian News is carring the facing security and health challenges? full speech of the President’s address to the nation on the night of Thursday And how else would we have exposed April 5th, 2018. the unspeakable hypocrisy of the Fellow Ghanaians, I have come into fraternity of some frontline politicians, your homes this evening to talk about who make a habit of running with the a matter that has generated a lot of heat hares and hunting with the hounds, who secretly wallow in the largesse of in our country these past days. the United States of America, whilst, at Last week, at the height of the furore the same time, promote anti-American triggered by the US-Ghana Military sentiments to a populist constituency? Co-operation Agreement, a good friend Submitting this Agreement to open of mine came to caution me on what he scrutiny now allows us to clear the called the “hazards of this democracy unhealthy fog that has clouded our thing”. He told me, just in case I relations with the United States of needed reminding that my predecessor America. as President,who had also been democratically elected, had chosen The conduct of Ghana’s foreign policy to avoid any possible controversy and its relations with the nations of the by signing and keeping secret some world has, happily, been, traditionally, agreements. So, why did I not follow above the passions of partisan politics. this precedent, instead of exposing the Allowing for the normal differences nation to all the hazards of the past few of approach, which will sometimes occur, our foreign policy has been days? consistently bi-partisan, and no My friend, no doubt, had a point. successor government has found the Indeed, I acknowledge that there are need to tamper with any Agreement of many very well-meaning citizens who a non-commercial nature, entered into would have preferred the peaceful by its predecessor. We respect the ageprocess of agreements reached behind old norms of international diplomacy closed doors, to the furore of the that, when a country has accorded past few days. Yet, far from being concessions and privileges to another, daunted, I take what has happened not these are not removed or altered to be symptomatic of the hazards of by a successor government, unless, democracy, but a show of the strength firstly,the conditions under which they of democracy in action. We are seeing were granted have been reversed; or, being displayed before our very eyes, secondly, there is proven evidence of not the triumph of disorder, but the abuse. value of openness in governance, and of the need, the crucial need, for My Government came to know that the people to be fully and accurately Ghana had entered into a Co-operation Agreement with the United States of informed. America, in 1998, 2000, and under the You cannot claim to believe in government of my predecessor in 2015. democracy unless you have faith in the We were satisfied that the conditions people, faith in their inherent goodness, which necessitated the Agreement, faith in their capacity to make the right namely the creeping threat to the peace decisions, given the right information. of the region, had not disappeared. It is this faith in the people that has If anything, the threat had increased shaped my entire political career, and and, therefore, the need had arisen for it is this faith that propels me to lead an continuing with our co-operation. open and transparent government. No suggestion had ever been made I was fully aware of how such that the United States of America agreements had been handled in earlier had abused any of the privileges or administrations, but I decided that, concessions granted under any of under my watch, any such agreements theseagreements, andit would, thus, should be subject to the appropriate have been deemed an unfriendly act to scrutiny of the people’s representatives attempt to deny them any concession in Parliament, in consonance with granted them under those agreements. the requirements of accountable governance and the teachings of Fellow Ghanaians, above everything the Constitution. After all, you, the else, the crux of the matter is this. Ghanaian people, had voted massively Ghana has built a formidable for change;therefore,there was simply reputation for its contribution to peaceno way my government would ever keeping around the world. Although keep hidden from you, the people, these peace-keeping operations have agreements of such a nature.I believe always been under the aegis of the that the fall-out from this decision only United Nations, no one doubts the fact shows the growing maturation of our that they have been made possible by the contributions largely of the United democracy. States of America. The Co-operation But for this decision to be open about Agreement, which has subsisted, which this agreement, how else would we, we have approved, can only enhance the peace the people of Ghana, have ever known the global effort to preserve cont’d on pg. 44 that,for several decades,Ghana has
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Senate Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill Bill C-45 passed at second reading The federal government’s bill to legalize recreational marijuana, after a tense few days of manoeuvring by Conservative senators hoping to derail one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s signature election promises. Bill C-45 passed at second reading by a vote of 44-29. That does not mean the bill is out of the Senate woods, however. It will now be scrutinized by five different Senate committees, which could recommend amendments, before returning it to the upper house for a final debate and vote by June 7. Thursday’s vote came
hours after Trudeau issued a veiled warning to senators that they should not attempt to thwart the will of Canadians or the government they elected on a platform that included legalization of cannabis. THE CANADIAN PRESS Sen. Yuen Pau Woo, facilitator of the Independent Senators Group, speaks to reporters along with Sen. Tony Dean, left, and Sen. Raymonde SaintGermain, following a vote on Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday. His warning reflected concern among Liberals
that the bill might not survive second reading — a concern triggered by Conservative senators, who were hoping to deliver a doublebarrelled embarrassment to Trudeau: upending his promise to legalize marijuana while demonstrating the folly of his efforts to reform the Senate into a less partisan, more independent chamber. Ordinarily, approval in principle, known as a second reading vote, is not a big hurdle and is dispensed with on the basis of a quick voice vote so that a bill can be sent to committee. But, in the case of C-45, the 33 Conservative
senators vowed to vote as a bloc against the bill and signalled their intention to insist upon a standing vote, where each senator’s vote is counted. Although the Conservatives no longer dominate the 105seat upper house, they had evidently hoped a handful of independent senators would join them and that — combined with a large number of absent independents who were travelling on Senate committee business — would be enough to defeat the bill. The leadership of the independent senators group scrambled to avoid that outcome, sending
a memo Wednesday urging all of its absent members to return to Ottawa in time for the vote and warning that the Conservatives would blame the independents if the bill was defeated. The vast majority of independents did make it back in time and all of them voted as a bloc, along with unaffiliated and Liberal independent senators, to send the bill to committee. THE CANADIAN PRESS Sen. Yuen Pau Woo, facilitator of the Independent Senators Group, leaves the Senate chamber, following a vote on Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, on
Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday. Conservative whip, Sen. Don Plett, said that proves the independents really make up a partisan caucus that’s whipped to do the government’s bidding, whereas he called the Conservatives “the most independent caucus” even though they too voted as a bloc. That said, Plett also predicted that some of the independents will ultimately support amendments to the bill or even vote against it. Sen. Yuen Pau Woo, the leader of the independent senators’ group, said it’s “not extraordinary at all” that all independents would vote to send the bill for thorough scrutiny by committees, which he characterized as doing their constitutional duty to give legislation sober second thought. But he too said that doesn’t mean they’ll all necessarily support the bill in the end, at least not as currently drafted. “I fully expect that senators from different sides will discuss amendments and that these will be considered seriously by the various committees,” he said. THE CANADIAN PRESS Senate pages close the doors before a vote on Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday. Sen. Peter Harder, the government’s representative in the Senate, also acknowledged that the bill still faces some potentially big hurdles. “This is a bill of high interest to the Senate. There are many issues to be dealt with,” he said. Prior to the vote, Conservative Senate leader Larry Smith said if the bill was defeated, it would be because Trudeau’s reforms mean the government can no longer rely on senators appointed by the prime minister to support government legislation; it wouldn’t be because of partisan games played by the Conservatives. “It has nothing to do with partisanship,” Smith insisted. “It has everything to do with Sen. Harder, as the government representative, trying to implement Prime Minister Trudeau’s new cont’d on pg. 10
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Canada’s new $10 note: reflecting on rights and social justice “I’ll never forget this day—I can’t, it’s written in history!” Wa n d a R o b s o n — t h e sister of social justice defender Viola Desmond, who appears on Canada’s new $10 bank note— was visibly emotional as the note’s design was revealed on March 8, 2018—International Women’s Day. Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen S. Poloz, Ms. Robson and Dr. John Young, President and CEO of the Canadian Mus eum for Human Rights, took part in the unveiling of the notein a ceremony at the Halifax Public Library.
millions of stories from women who have helped shape, build and influence our country,” said Minister Morneau. “But it’s an important story, because it shows that standing up for what we believe, whether it’s on the step of Parliament Hill or in a movie theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, can make our country and the world a better place for future generations.”
The new $10 note is also the first vertically oriented note issued by the Bank, which allows for a more prominent image of Viola Desmond Once the note enters and differentiates it from circulation in late 2018, the current polymer notes. it will mark the first time that an iconic Canadian The back of the note woman is portrayed on f e a t u r e s i m a g e s a regularly circulating a n d s y m b o l s t h a t Bank of Canada note. depictCanada’s ongoing pursuit of rights and M s . D e s m o n d w a s freedoms, including the selected by Minister Canadian Museum for Morneau after an open Human Rights—the first call to Canadians to museum in the world nominate iconic Canadian d e d i c a t e d s o l e l y t o w o m e n w h o c o u l d human rights;an eagle appearon the redesigned feather—representing the $10 bank note. ongoing journey toward recognizing rights and A successful Black Nova freedoms for Indigenous Scotian businesswoman, peoples in Canada; and Ms. Desmond defiantly an excerpt from the refused to leave a whitesCanadian Charter of only area of a movie Rights and Freedoms. theatre in 1946 and was subsequently jailed, “Respect, reflection, convicted and fined. dialogue—these are the Her court case is one values that Canadians of the first known legal aspire to, and this new challenges against racial note will help teach segregation brought forth Canadians, indeed anyone by a Black woman in who sees one of these Canada. bank notes, about the ongoing story of human “Viola’s is just one of
rights in Canada,” said Dr. Young. This new note includes some enhanced security features to help keep it safe from counterfeiting yet easy to use,ensuring that Canadians maintain trust and confidence in their money. “It is the Bank of Canada’s job to design, produce and distribute bank notes that Canadians can use with confidence and pride,” said Governor Poloz. “Bank notes are designed to be not only secure and durable, but also works of art that tell the stories of Canada. I am confident that you will agree that this new $10 note fits the bill.” Watch for the $10 note featuring Viola Desmond when it begins to circulate at the end of the year, and stay tuned for the launch of the next Bank NOTEable campaign, in which the Bank will reach out to Canadiansto seek input on the portrait subject and design of the next$5 note. Vi s i t b a n k o f c a n a d a . ca to learn more about the design and security features of Canada’s currency and follow the Bank on Twitter (@bankofcanada) for the latest news about Canadian bank notes. The Bank of Canada Museum is on Facebook! Follow, like and share the latest information about Canada’s new $10 bank note and much more: @ BoCMuseum
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Boisvenu, bluntly described the bill as a “piece of s---.” He later apologized for his choice of words. Earlier in the day, Trudeau said he expects the unelected Senate to scrutinize and suggest improvements to bills passed by the House of Commons. But he reminded senators that Canadians voted to end the criminal prohibition on cannabis when they elected his Liberal government. “It is very clear that this bill responds first to an electoral promise that we made very clearly
during the election campaign and for which Canadians voted,” he said following an event in New Brunswick. The criminal cannabis regime has not protected Canadian kids, who are among the highest underage users of marijuana in developed countries, and has put up to $7 billion every year in the pockets of organized crime, Trudeau said. “The current system does not work. ... This is not something that Canadians want to see continued.” Joan Bryden Canadian Press
Ontario Liberals promise free preschool child care in 2020 TORONTO -- Ontario’s Liberal government says it plans to offer free child care for thousands of preschoolers across the province starting in 2020, a promise that comes as it faces a looming spring election. Premier Kathleen Wynne, Finance Minister Charles Sousa and Education Minister Indira Naidoo-Harris unveiled the $2.2-billion dollar initiative on Tuesday at a school in Toronto. The new program sees the government pledging to fund the cost of full-day, licensed child care starting once children turn two-and-a-half. The funding would cover their care costs until they become eligible for full-day kindergarten. “No more anxiety about costs ... The freedom to choose when it’s time for mom or dad to go back to work. This is a big change,” Wynne said. “We’re playing the long game here, folks. This is the investment in the people of this province.” In Ontario, kids are eligible for junior kindergarten in the calendar year they turn four, and senior kindergarten the year they turn five. Wynne said the likely reception from critics will be similar to the reception that full-day kindergarten received when it was introduced, saying it’s unaffordable.
“It’s time to decide if we’ll keep going by making it more affordable to raise a child in Ontario and give every child the very best start or go backwards and cut programs that are making a real difference at a time when families need more support. That’s the choice that we’re facing right now.” Wynne said the announcement, made the day before the government tables its final budget ahead of the June election, is estimated to save families $17,000 a year. The government said the free childcare program was developed after consultations with parents and educators and on the advice of economist Gordon Cleveland. Tuesday’s announcement is the latest in a series of high-profile and big-ticket initiatives unveiled in the days leading up to the provincial budget. The government pledged millions to expand its OHIP Plus pharma-care program which currently covers drug costs for youth and will eventually extend to seniors as well. The province has also committed to extensive new funding for hospitals and mental health supports. The election is currently set for June 7. Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press
Bank of Canada holds interest rate, underlines ‘growing’ trade uncertainty OTTAWA -- The Bank of Canada kept its key interest rate target on hold Wednesday as it pointed to a climate of broadening, important unknowns around trade. In explaining its decision to maintain its benchmark at 1.25 per cent, the central bank noted that recent trade policy developments have created thickening clouds around the outlook for the Canadian and global economies. U.S. President Donald Trump recently added threats of steel and aluminum tariffs to an already uncertain context for Canada that includes concerns over NAFTA’s renegotiation and fears over competitiveness, following corporate taxcut announcements south of the border. “Trade policy developments are an important and growing source of uncertainty for the global and Canadian outlooks,” the bank said in its statement Wednesday. The Bank of Canada also noted fourthquarter growth was weaker than expected, largely due to higher imports, and that it’s still assessing impacts on housing markets from new policies, including recent changes to mortgage rules. But it also said global growth continues to be solid and broad-based, the economy is running at near capacity, inflation is close to target and wage growth has improved, although still remains below where many expect it should be. For the U.S., the bank predicted fresh government spending and the tax reductions would likely lift growth in 2018 and 2019. Ahead of the announcement, governor Stephen Poloz was widely expected to hold off moving the rate because of weaker economic numbers in recent weeks and the expanding trade uncertainty. Poloz has introduced three rate hikes since last summer, including an increase
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investing in the care that people need most. This includes access to dental benefits they don’t get from their workplaces, and creating free prescription medication for everyone under the age of 25, and everyone over the age of 65 years. The Premier shared the added benefits for seniors in Ontario, noting that our parents and grandparents deserve the best care possible, and the ability to stay in their homes for as long as they are able and want to. “That’s why we created a new $750 benefit for seniors that will help them with costs around their homes. This will ensure that they can stay in their homes for as long
as they want.” The Ontario government is also investing in 30,000 long-term new long-term care beds. That includes 5,000 spaces for culturally appropriate care in multicultural and Indigenous communities. “I do not believe that this is the time to make deep cuts to the services the people of Ontario rely on,” the Premier affirmed. “We will continue to expand free tuition so that more low-and middleincome students can go to college or university. We will raise the minimum wage to $15, and we will launch free preschool childcare in 2020 so families have the option to go back to work, if they choose.” OPO
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FOCUS Let’s Stop Gossiping and Cultivate the Habit of Reading By Joe Kingsley Eyiah, OCT, Brookview MS, Toronto, Canada
“Reading makes a full Man, Meditation a profound Man, Discourse a clear Man”-BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard’s Almanac “Anyone who will gossip to you, will gossip about you.”-Unknown The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines habits as “routines of behavior that are repeated regularly and tend to occur subconsciously, without one being conscious about them”. Furthermore, Wood W, Neal DT (2007) explains that, “habit formation is the process by which a behavior becomes habitual. As behaviors are repeated in a consistent context, there is an incremental increase in the link between the context and the action. This increases the automaticity of the behavior in that context” (“A new look at habits and the habit-goal interface.” Psychological Review, 114: 843–863). We form habits which are influenced by many factors. These include our culture, environment, religion, upbringing, status (economic, education, social) in society to mention a few. Some of the habits we form are good, others are bad or unproductive! For example, the ‘taken for granted’ Ghanaian habit of hospitality is good on ‘all Ghanaians’. However, the Ghanaian habit of ‘extravagant expenditure’ (money and time) on funerals is unproductive! Also, the habit of PHD (Pull Him Down) as practiced in Ghana politics is bad. In the same vein is the habit of ‘gossiping on the phone’, which has
become the lot of many a Ghanaian woman abroad. Gossiping: Wi k i p e d i a d e f i n e s gossip as an“idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others; the act is also known as dishing or tattling.” The Chinese have a saying on gossip which reads, “Four horses cannot overtake the tongue.” This saying underscores how fast and far an idle talk or rumor can travel or spread. It also implies how damaging gossip can be as seen in the social media of late, especially among Ghanaians around the world! Some Ghanaians have become rumor mongers (gossipers) to an ‘unimaginable degree’ which seek to destroy our society! Unfortunately gossip has become such a habit that we don’t give a lot of thought to why we do it. It can be a diversion for us from our own problems. It can give us something interesting to talk about or make us feel better about our own lives. But it is easy to see that gossiping isn’t a good thing to do. Ghanaians must stop the practice of gossiping and cultivate the habit of reading instead. The Habit of Reading: Did you know that READING can keep your
mind active and engaged well into old age? Reading is considered one of the best habits that one can inculcate in him. It leads one to knowledge! The old Good Book says that ‘for lack of knowledge my people perish’. Yes, knowledge i s p o w e r. T h o u g h knowledge comes to us in many forms, it best comes in the pages of a book. However, we won’t know until we read what is written in the pages. Therefore reading is the key to knowledge. It is said that the one who reads is a leader! As a parent and a teacher by profession I can’t overemphasize the importance of reading to the teaching and learning process. Teachers always encourage their students to read. And students who read a lot excel in the academics. It is good to catch them young with reading! My experience as teacher both in Ghana and in Canada has shown me that most Ghanaian children either don’t like reading or not encouraged to read. The root of this problem is that most Ghanaians (adults) have not cultivated the good habit of reading. Many Ghanaians read only when they are going to write tests which require reading or when they go to church; even at church many listen to the good readers! My observations in the classroom since 1973 have revealed that the best readers were and still are students who saw/see their parents reading. I therefore encourage all and sundry (especially educated Ghanaians) to cultivate the habit of reading.
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Some Benefits of Reading: There are numerous benefits to be derived from reading. Reading a good book can help you forget some of the problems in your life. One may question: why bother reading while in our present age there is television to give us all the news, and the movies and videos to entertain us? Well, according to author LeAnn R. Ralph, “Developing good reading skills does not only mean that you can read a novel or a nonfiction book or a magazine or newspaper, it also means being able to read -- and understand-a credit card contract or an insurance policy. Or the directions for putting together that new shelving unit you just bought. Or the instructions for how to install a new printer to
use with your computer. Or the qualifications you need to apply for a job or to take out a loan to buy a house. Or that article you found on the Internet advising consumers about the best, most economical car to buy.” Other benefits from reading include increasing one’s knowledge based on cultures around the world, which promotes better understanding and acceptance of other peoples. Reading also improves your vocabulary and use of words, and drastically improves concentration and focus. It is said that, the habit of reading ‘brings in lot of discipline and makes us consistent with the habit. We develop habit of learning that brings in scheduling and good management of time’. Moreover, consistent
reading improves the thinking process and makes one more creative. The Clarion Call: Let’s shun the bad habits of gossiping, spending countless hours watching movies and the like. According to author Bill Borcherdt, the best time to correct a bad habit is immediately, before it becomes established. May I use this forum to appeal to all Ghanaian parents to encourage their children to read for, ‘Reading makes a person more Knowledgeable.’ Let’s make our children more knowledgeable by reading to them if possible and get them to read to us frequently. There are a lot of good books out there for reading. If you can READ this, thank a teacher or the one who taught you how to READ. Thanks for READING this article!
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Winnie Mandela remembered as ‘gallant and brave’ By Edmund Agbeko, Toronto South Africa’s Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, an anti-apartheid campaigner and former wife of the late Nelson Mandela, has died aged 81. She died following a long illness that had kept her in and out of hospital since the start of the year, her family said in a statement. “She fought valiantly against the apartheid state and sacrificed her life for the freedom of the country,” the statement said. “She kept the memory of her imprisoned husband Nelson Mandela alive during his years on Robben Island and helped give the struggle for justice in South Africa one its most recognisable faces.” South African President Cyril Ramaphosa led the outpouring of grief for Ms MadikizelaMandela, paying tribute to her in front of a crowd of hundreds gathered outside her home in Soweto. “Winnie Mandela ... leaves a huge legacy and, as we say in African culture, a gigantic tree has fallen,” he said. “Winnie Mandela had a great impact on the African continent. She is fondly remembered as a very gallant and brave person.”
Locals of the Soweto neighbourhood and supporters of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) sang songs and danced in the rain as they remembered Ms Madikizela-Mandela. “It is very sad that we have lost a stalwart, who is an inspiration, who is still an inspiration even after her passing to all the women in South Africa,” ANC supporter Wendy Makhoba said. “We are here to mark this saddest moment in our history. “As young people, we grew up in this part of town and I know everywhere else in Africa [people will] say thanks to mama Winnie Mandela for the role she played in our struggle,” Themba Mbhele said. Together, Mandela and Ms Madikizela-Mandela were a symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle for nearly three decades. But Ms MadikizelaMandela’s activism was marred by convictions
for kidnapping and assault and allegations of corruption, and she was jailed several times for her part in the fight against white-minority rule. During her husband’s 27-year incarceration, Ms Madikizela-Mandela campaigned for his release and for the rights of black South Africans, suffering years of detention, banishment and arrest by the white authorities. In 1977, she was banished to a remote town, Brandfort, where neighbours were forbidden to speak to her. She was banned from meeting with more than one person at a time. The woman who returned to Johannesburg in 1985 was much harder, more ruthless and bellicose, branded by the cruelty of apartheid and determined vengeance. In an infamous 1986 speech she threatened “no more peaceful protests”. Instead, she endorsed the “necklacing” method of killing suspected informers and police with fuel-doused tires put around the neck and set alight.
Nelson and Winnie Mandela and political troubles that, accompanied by tales of her glamorous living, kept her in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. As evidence emerged in the dying years of apartheid of the brutality of her Soweto enforcers, the “Mandela United Football Club” (MUFC), her nickname switched from “Mother of the Nation” to “Mugger”. Blamed for the killing of activist Stompie Seipei, who was found
near her Soweto home with his throat cut, she was convicted in 1991 of kidnapping and assaulting the 14-year-old because he was suspected of being an informer. Her six-year jail term was reduced on appeal to a fine. Appearing at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) set up to unearth atrocities committed by both sides in the anti-apartheid struggle, Ms MadikizelaMandela refused to show
remorse for abductions and murders carried out in her name. Only after pleading from anguished TRC chairman, Nobel laureate and former archbishop Desmond Tutu, did she admit grudgingly that “things went horribly wrong”. In her later years, Ms Madikizela-Mandela had frequent run-ins with authority that further undermined her reputation. cont’d on pg. 15
FROM ‘MOTHER’ TO ‘MUGGER’ OF NEW SOUTH AFRICA For Ms MadikizelaMandela, the end of apartheid marked the start of a string of legal
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Doug Ford Declared Leader Low income residents to get a discount on cost of riding the TTC Of The Ontario PC Party MARKHAM, Ont. — A heated battle for the reins of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives that exposed deep rifts within the party continued to smolder even after Doug Ford was crowned the new leader on Saturday. Party president Jag Badwal announced the results seven hours later than scheduled, saying the former Toronto city councillor had narrowly eked out a win over former provincial legislator Christine Elliott on the third ballot. But Elliott, who had made her third bid to lead the party, released a statement early Sunday morning alleging there had been “serious irregularities” in the vote and vowing to investigate further. Her comments came after the party said it had reviewed certain aspects of the vote and cleared all issues before announcing Ford’s victory.
Low income residents are getting a discount on the cost of riding the TTC but a monthly metropass will still carry a price tag of more than $100 a month.
Doug Ford Ford made little mention of the review or the delays in his victory speech, focusing instead on the June election in which he will now face Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne. “The people of Ontario want the Ontario Liberals gone and they deserve nothing less,” Ford, who was flanked by Granic Allen, told the sparse but enthusiastic crowd in Markham, Ont., that remained to hear the results. cont’d on pg. 15
New rules for part-time employees begin in Ontario New “equal pay for equal work” rules are now in effect in Ontario, which require that part-time, casual, and seasonal employees be paid the same rate as their full-time colleagues if they perform the same job. The new rules came into effect on April 1 and are part of the province’s Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act -- the same legislation that raised the minimum wage in Ontario to $14 an hour on Jan. 1. The provision now in effect makes the province the first jurisdiction in North America to require equal pay for part-time employees. The new rules amend the p r o v i n c e ’s E m p l o y m e n t Standards Act to state that employers cannot pay a parttime or temporary worker less than the rate paid to full-time employees if they perform “substantially the same kind of work”, and if their performance requires “substantially the same skill, effort and responsibility” and if “their work is performed under similar working conditions.” The legislation allows for exemptions based on seniority, merit, or a “system that measures earnings by quantity or quality of production.” The Ontario government has said the new rules are meant
to protect temporary workers, noting that over the past 40 years, part-time work has grown to represent nearly 20 per cent of total employment. Under the new rules, all employees are entitled to request a review of their pay rate if they believe that they are not receiving equal pay to fulltime or permanent employees. The employer is required to respond to the request with either an adjustment in pay, or a written explanation for the discrepancy. The new act also protects workers against any repercussions for inquiring about their pay rate or asking other employees about their wage. Temp agencies, or Temporary Help Agencies are also affected by the new rules. They must now ensure that temporary employees are paid the same as full-time employees of the agency client when performing substantially the same job. The province has noted over the last 20 years, temporary help agencies have become “ubiquitous,” giving rise to a host of concerns, including the phenomenon of “permatemps,” in which workers are offered consecutive contracts rather than full-time jobs so they can be paid a lower rate with no benefits. CTV News
Starting tomorrow approximately 150,000 city residents who receive assistance through Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program will be eligible for a one-third discount on individual TTC fares and monthly passes. The discount, which will only be available to Presto card holders, will bring the cost of a single adult fare down to $2.00 and the cost of a monthly pass down to $115. “Introducing a program like this which gives a discount to a group of people who have previously been ignored has been tried a number of times since amalgamation and we
are sitting here today actually introducing and rolling out a program for those people,” Mayor John Tory said during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. “I am just delighted at the fact that we have moved forward to actually begin doing this and to provide a onethird discount, which is not insignificant.” The Fair Pass Program was first approved by city council during the debate over the 2016 budget. It is being rolled out in three phases. The first phase, which starts tomorrow, will make the discount available to Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program recipients while the second phase will make the discount available to residents receiving housing supports or child-care fee subsidies. The third and final
phase, scheduled to be rolled out in 2020, will then extend the discount to all residents with an income that is no more than 15 per cent above the poverty line. A staff report has previously suggested that the program will cost $4.6 million in its first year and $48.2 million by the time it is fully phased in three years later. “It is important that everyone in Toronto has access to public transit,” Tory said. “It is transit that connects people with opportunity and this infinitive will connect more Torontonians with opportunity more affordably.” In order to apply for the Fair Pass Program, residents will have to fill out an application and submit it to one of Toronto’s 15 employment and social services offices. CP24.com
Beware unlicensed airport taxi ‘scoopers,’ police warn Passengers arriving at Canada’s busiest airport are being warned to be on the lookout for “scoopers,” or unlicensed taxi drivers who plan to steal their business – and perhaps their luggage. Megan Schroeder almost got taken in by a “scooper.” The Toronto resident has landed at Pearson International Airport around midnight after a March break vacation, and headed for the taxi pick-up area. As she started walking through the doors, a man approached her. “He was wearing a suit, he looked pretty put together and I thought, ‘This must be a limo driver of some sort’,” she told CTV Toronto. The man told her he was a dispatcher, provided her with a reasonable quote for a ride to her area, and asked her to follow him upstairs to the Departures area, waiting with her as a car pulled up. “It looked like one of the limos, but I looked for the airport taxi license plate and I didn’t see one there. That was when I got a little suspicious,” Schroeder said.
Just then, a Peel Police officer pulled up behind the car. “And he said ‘This is an illegal taxi. you need to go back downstairs to get a proper taxi because they are going to steal your stuff’,” she said. Only licensed taxis and airport limos are allowed to pick up passengers at Pearson Airport, but Peel Regional Police say the issue of unlicensed taxis is an ongoing problem. While police can issue trespass notices and fine drivers $365 for picking up a passengers without authority, licensed taxi drivers say that hasn’t been much of a deterrent. “They steal our business,” says taxi driver Muhammad Mirza. “We are paying all the taxi insurance and they’re paying nothing.” The Greater Toronto Airport Authority uses a private security firm to deal with unlicensed taxi operators. One such officer even showed CTV Toronto a list of vehicles and license plates they are on the lookout for.
Schroeder says she has since learned about others who have been scammed by “scoopers.” In some cases, the passengers had to pay at the beginning of the ride, and then had their bags held hostage unless they paid again. Peel Police Const. Bally Saini warns that travellers should never accept transportation from anyone within the airport building but should instead follow airport signs and head straight to the taxi pick-up area. “The big thing is that when you are getting into an unlicensed taxi, you are putting yourself at risk,” Saini said. “If you get into an accident, you may incur your own medical charges and personal injury charges. If that person drives away with your luggage, you don’t have any information.” Schroeder saying she has learned her lesson and hopes to warn others to accept rides only from taxis bearing airport license plates. With a report from CTV Toronto’s Tracy Tong
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These are Africa’s most widely spoken languages Africa is home to over 2,000 languages Africa is the second most populous continent in the world and has several linguistic categories globally, with over 1500 different languages.
Scientists say they have traced the world’s 6,000 modern languages from English to Mandarin back to a single “mother tongue,” an ancestral language spoken in Africa
50,000 to 70,000 years ago. Below are some principal languages spoken on the continent. Languages spoken in Africa
Some of these languages are widely spoken across a recognizable area while others also found in the minority and are barely known if not within the spoken area.
Why 40% of Ghanaians who apply for UK visa are refused It has emerged that four out of every ten Ghanaians who apply for a United Kingdom Visa from Accra are refused. Ghana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Papa Owusu Anokmah, who revealed this to JoyNews says it is the case now because a number of Ghanaians who apply to visit the United Kingdom end up staying permanently in that country. Papa Owusu Ankomah says the Ghana High Commission in London attempted to intervene to get this 40 percent visa refusal rate reversed but it didn’t work because most applicants
African languages form part of four language groups, namely Afro-Asiatic, Nilo-Saharan, Niger-Congo, and Khoisan.
Doug Ford Declared Leader Of The Ontario PC Party cont’d from pg. 14 “We’re going to spend the coming weeks getting the party in fighting shape, because the people of this province are ready for change.”
fanfare that was expected earlier in the day when hundreds packed a hall expecting to celebrate the start of a new and more positive chapter in party history.
Instead, after a 4.5-hour delay, the chair of the party’s leadership election organizing committee dismissed the irate crowd Saturday evening with a terse statement about the need Elliott said she had won the for a review of the results and popular vote and the majority announced the issue would be of ridings, and noted that very resolved in the “short term.” few electoral points separated “There’s a review underway her and Ford in the final count. of an allocation of a certain She also said thousands of list of electors that needs to be party members were assigned resolved because it may have to incorrect ridings during the an impact on electoral votes,” voting process. Hartley Lefton said, his words “I will stand up for these increasingly drowned out by members and plan to investigate jeers and boos. Ford said he hadn’t spoken to Elliott, and vowed to hold a news conference “in the coming days” but gave no specifics.
the extent of this discrepancy,” Lefton dismissed assembled she said. party members from the hall Toronto lawyer Caroline they’d occupied since late Mulroney placed third in the Saturday morning, saying the race, while social conservative organization no longer had advocate Tanya Granic Allen access to the premises. finished last.
The governing Liberals were quick to denounce Ford, who is known for being the brother of late scandal-plagued mayor Rob Ford.
William Coleman, a staunch Ford supporter, said he was angry at the party’s handling of what should have been a turning point and worried the delays and confusion over who won could affect the party’s image at a time when it is striving to appear united and authoritative.
“The Conservative party is going into this election with more radically conservative policies than Mike Harris, Tim Hudak or Stephen Harper ever “If we’re going to win the ran on,” Liberal campaign co- general election ... stuff like this only makes things worse,” chair Deb Matthews said. he said. “The billions in cuts they are promising and the divisive Others appeared undisturbed, social conservative policies saying the hurdles would be they are championing will hurt long forgotten once a leader Ontario’s economy and change was chosen. our province for the worse.” “Whatever it takes, as long as Doug Ford’s victory was we get it right and then we’re announced after 10 p.m., behind whoever the candidate without any of the pomp and is,” said Jeffrey Thomson, a
longtime party member.
More than 64,000 votes were cast in the hastily organized leadership race.
The party uncovered issues with its structure, problems with its nomination processes, and dis c r e p a n c i e s i n i t s membership numbers, leading interim leader Vic Fedeli to declare he would “root out the rot” before handing over the reins to a new leader.
Cristine de Clercy, an associate professor of political science at Western University, said the party’s handling of the delays Saturday was “a dismal failure.” “This was pretty much the most mishandled party executive communication exercise I’ve ever witnessed on television,” she said. “This party is very clearly very fractured ... That made it even more important that this executive running this election had to be perfect ... Unfortunately the thing blew apart today.” The contest was launched in late January after former leader Patrick Brown resigned abruptly amid allegations of sexual misconduct that he has consistently denied. Brown tweeted his congratulations to Ford on his victory. “We are all behind our new leader and focused on our common goal of defeating the disastrous Wynne Liberal government,” he said. Mulroney, the only candidate to be nominated in a riding, also tweeted her support for Ford and said she would be back knocking on doors Sunday. “ To d a y, w e l e a v e t h i s convention united with one common goal, finally firing Kathleen Wynne,” she said. Saturday’s delay in announcing a winner was the latest in a long list of challenges that have plagued the party since
Fedeli calls for unity in the party The leadership race itself stirred strife and forced party brass to defend their decisions on a number of fronts. Chief among these were a number of complaints about the complex rules for the online vote, including repeated claims that the necessary voting documents sent via regular mail were not reaching party members on time. A lawyer even filed a request for a court injunction the day before the leadership convention seeking to delay the decision by a week to give more members a chance to receive their documents and cast a ballot, but a judge dismissed the request. A t S a t u r d a y ’s t h w a r t e d convention, Fedeli called upon the party to rise above the recent differences and pull together to defeat the Liberals in a scheduled June election. “Our work does not end today because whatever differences (we have) as Progressive Conservatives, our differences are small compared to everything that unites us,” Fedeli told the crowd before the announcement was due to be made. “The real campaign, the real test, still lies ahead of us.” The Canadian Press
falsify their documents. The Ghanaian High Commissioner to the UK was speaking to JoyNews’ Seth Kwame Boateng about the many reasons it is increasingly becoming difficult for Ghanaians to enter that country. The staggering 40 percent refusal rate contrasts the UK’s global average refusal rate of 14 percent. Ambassador Ankomah named factors such as forgery of documents; lack of adequate information regarding the availability of accommodation to applicants when they reach the UK; and the lack of evidence of sufficient funds to look after oneself on getting to the UK. Other factors include the depositing of large sums of money shortly before visa which raises eyebrows; and inconsistencies in information such as the amount an applicant earns, spends and saves, not tallying. Adomonline.com
Winnie Mandela remembered as ‘gallant and brave’ cont’d from pg. 13 ‘DEFINING SYMBOL’ OF ANTI-APARTHEID FIGHT Despite this, Ms MadikizelaMandela remained a venerated figure in the ANC, which has led South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994. The ANC, which was the main movement against apartheid, had lost popularity in recent years in part because of scandals linked to former president Jacob Zuma, who resigned in February. Mr Tutu, a periodic critic of the ruling party, noted her passing by describing Ms MadikizelaMandela as “a defining symbol” of the fight against apartheid. “She refused to be bowed by the imprisonment of her husband, the perpetual harassment of her family by security forces, detentions, bannings and banishment,” he said. Ms Madikizela-Mandela had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year, according to her family. She had back surgery a year ago. She had attended Easter services in Soweto over the long weekend. The family said it will release details of her memorial and funeral services when they are finalised. Credit: Reuters/AP
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IMMIGRATION AND SOCIAL ISSUES By: James A. Kwaateng, B.A. (Hons), LLB (Hons)
Not all Family Class Sponsorship Refusals are Worth-Appealing or Appealable Pursuant to section 63(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), a sponsor can file an appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board in cases of sponsorship refusals. And upon commencement of the appeal, the sponsor would be entitled to full the foreign national in reasons for the refusal. question is the sponsor’s However, section 64(3) spouse, common-law of the Act stipulates that partner or child. no appeal may be made under subsection 63(1) Section 64 of the Act, of the Act in respect again, indicates that of a decision that was appeals may not be made b a s e d o n a f i n d i n g to the Immigration Appeal o f i n a d m i s s i b i l i t y Division in situations o n g r o u n d s o f where the foreign misrepresentation unless national has been found
inadmissible on grounds of security, violating human or international rights, serious criminality or organized criminality. The Act also stipulates that sponsors of applicants seeking to remain in Canada such as members of the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class and applicants seeking permanent resident status on humanitarian and compassionate grounds may not have a right of appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division. They may however use judicial review to seek redress. Medical inadmissibility is another controversial area. Generally, a sponsor’s
born children who are raised overseas, with the freedom to move to Canada whenever they want.
Kerry Starchuk, of Richmond, B.C., says the problem is particularly acute at Richmond Hospital, where a child is born to a foreign mother approximately once every day. All of these children immediately become Canadian citizens, by virtue of the fact they are born on Canadian soil. A CTV investigation from 2016 also found birth tourism to be on the rise in Canada.
Dr. Xin Yong Wang, a family doctor at Richmond Hospital, says birth tourism is indeed commonplace there.
“There’s no document saying in 18 years how many people are going to arrive,” she said on T u e s d a y. “ A r e w e prepared for it?”
“A significant number of these patients are just here for their babies to have a Canadian passport,” he said.
He added that many patients also come over to Canada for the healthcare. “Most of the regions in China, they don’t provide the epidural “I think there has to be during labour,” he said. some kind of contribution here – some kind of Starchuk says the first connection,” she said of step toward addressing mothers who deliberately the issue is for the federal come to Canada to give government to study it in birth. She told CTV depth, before coming up Vancouver she’d much with an informed policy. rather see these mothers contribute to Canadian Starchuk has at least one society before reaping politician in her corner its benefits. She also in Joe Peschisolido, a raised concerns about Liberal MP for the riding the number of Canadian-
The foregoing and a few others are clearcut examples of nonappealable situations. Most other situations are appealable. But appealable cases are not necessarily winnable cases.
If your sponsorship was refused on grounds you were in receipt of social assistance for reasons other than disability, it may be advisable to refile the sponsorship when the situation is rectified or of Steveston-Richmond to correct the situation in East in B.C. Peschisolido the course of appealing. is listed as a sponsor on Starchuk’s petition.
B.C. petition calls for crackdown on ‘exploitative’ birth tourism A B.C. woman is petitioning the federal government to crack down on birth tourism, on the grounds that foreign women are deliberately having babies at hospitals in Canada, so their “passport babies” will have access to free healthcare, education and Canadian citizenship.
spouse, common-law partner or child being sponsored may not be inadmissible if their health situation would only cause excessive demand on health or social services and would not pose any danger to the public health or safety. That may not be the case in other categories of sponsorship.
Also, if the refusal is based on non-fulfilment of previous sponsorship undertaking, think twice before you appeal. If the refusal is related to legal validity of the sponsor’s marriage to the sponsored relative, the parties must assess the situation critically and determine if the situation is rectifiable without filing a new sponsorship application. The reasonableness of appealing against a negative decision based on DNA results or based on non-disclosure and/ or non-examination of a family member at the time the sponsor applied for permanent residence, is debatable. In most such cases, it may be advisable to have the file closed and use the appropriate method to re-file the application. Where a case looks
manifestly unwinnable at appeal, the parties should reassess the situation bearing in mind that the Immigration Appeal Division would entertain appeals in respect of the same application only once. If the opportunity to appeal is carelessly utilized, the sponsored relative’s chances of getting to Canada could be jeopardized. Sponsors and sponsored relatives are advised to obtain professional advice when and if they decide to appeal against negative immigration decisions. James A. Kwaateng is an Immigration Law practitioner with offices located at 168A Oakdale Road, Suite 4, Toronto, Ontario. For thorough discussion of your immigration and related social and legal issues, contact him at telephone number (416) 743-2758.
The petition calls birth tourism an “abusive and exploitive practice” that is “fundamentally debasing the value of Canadian citizenship,” while also placing a costly burden on Canadian taxpayers and the healthcare system. It urges the government to root out unregulated for-profit businesses built around the practice and eliminate them. S t a r c h u k ’s p e t i t i o n calls for the federal government to publicly denounce birth tourism, commit public resources to studying it and then implement “concrete measures to reduce and eliminate this practice.” In 2016, another petition launched by Starchuk picked up more than 75,000 signatures. “I’d like them to study the issue and see the complications,” Starchuk said. “Then we can make the decision on birth tourism.” With a report from CTV Vancouver’s Mi-Jung Lee
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Ghanaians in Toronto Celebrate Ghana’s 61stBirthday with Flag raising Ceremony & Dinner & Dance
cont’d from pg. 1
the Toronto City Hall and dinner/dance.Thehoisting of the Ghana flag on her 61st birthday at the City Hall took place on March 9, 2018. It was organized by the Consulate General of Ghana in Toronto in collaboration with the Ghanaian Canadian Association of Ontario (GCAO). The following day was the dinner and dance put up by the GCAO at the Verdi Convention Centre in Mississauga The Keynote Speaker for both occasions was His Excellency Joseph Ayikoi Otoo who is the Ghana High Commissioner to Canada. The Honorable Keynote Speaker during the flag raising ceremony which was well attended by other diplomats
(Consulate Generals of South Africa, Pakistan, Argentina, Uganda, Cambodia, the United Arab Emirates and Heritage Mauritius) traced the history of Ghana and praised the efforts of our forefathers intheir struggles to win independence from cont’d on pg. 61 Hon. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal
H.E. Ayikoi Otoo giving his speech
From left. Thomas Seshie, H.E. Ayikoi Otoo and wife
Anna Owusu Prempeh MC
From left: Sheriff (Luthansa Rep.), Patrice Malacort (Brussels Air), H.E. Ayikoi Otoo, Michael Anzu (Supreme Travels) and John Bosco Kpebesani Hon. Ibrahim Awal (3rd left), H.E. Ayikoi Otoo and wife (4th &5th left), Thomas Seshie and wife (6th & 7th left) and some of the Toronto Consulate
Award Recepients with Patrice Malacort (left)
Riffle winners: Fosters Addae and Jones Lumor (3rd & 4th) with Emmanuel Duodo, (left) Patrice Malacort (2nd left), Michael Ansu (right)
Invited guests and some community members at the dinner H.E. Ayikoi Otoo (in suit) dancing to the traditional Ga song
Clergy, Nananom and guests at flag raising ceremony @ City Hall
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GHANA @ 61 Celebration in Montreal, Quebec By Frank Oduro (Public relations office (PRO) of Ghana Canada House Inc)
As part of Ghana@61 Independence Day celebration, Montreal’s Ghana Canada House Inc in collaboration with the Christian Counsel of Ghanaian Quebec Churches, Tra d itional As s oc ia tions and the Bilal Islamic group organized an independence
day celebration event on Saturday the 17th of March, 2018. All community members, Associations, Churches and other groups were invited to participate in this historic event. The Theme for this year’s event was “INVESTING IN OUR
Richard Meseko (WorldRemit)
cont’d on pg. 60 Cutting of cake by Oseadeye Kwarteng Amaning I Montrealhene. Flanked by Nananom
Oseadeye Kwarteng Amaning I and his entourage
Cultural dancer Cutting of the anniversary cake by Philbert Johnson, Deputy High Commissioner and Eld. Donkor
Nananom and some guests Some community members
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Elder Richard Donkor, Chairman Fashion Show participants with Edem Dzirasah (right) Children with WorldRemit Reps.
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Nana Osei Tutu Nyamekese, Montreal Asantefuohene and Nana Serwaah Sikafuturo Ampem, Montreal Asantefuohemaa and their entourage
Community members behind the anniversary cake
Fashion Show models
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Living Word Assembly of God Easter Convention 2018 By Vernon Ayiku, Toronto The congregation of Living word Assembly of God celebrated Easter, with their annual four day Easter convention. Beginning on Thursday March 29th and ending on April 1st, the theme this year was simply, “Jesus.”Led by Rev. Isaac De-Graft Takyi, during each service different aspects of Jesus’ life were studied using both biblical and practical references. While any other year the convention’s highlight would be Easter Sunday service, this year the most noteworthy event was the two night stage production of the play Heaven’s Gate and Hell’s Flames. Heaven’s Gate and Hell’s Flames, is a touring evangelistic drama that has been performed around the world. This year Living Word’s drama team decided to produce their own version of the play, in what was their most ambitious project to date.
Happily both nights were a huge success, with people of all ages enjoying the production. Heaven’s Gate and Hell’s Flame, is a combination of several skits in which various characters are unexpectedly killed. Immediately after they are transported to Heaven’s Gates, where they find out if they are destined to spend eternity in Heaven, or if they will be exiled to Hell, the play is a powerful piece of work. After two exciting nights on the stage, the convention was concluded with Easter Sunday service; once again the place was full, as Rev. Isaac De-Graft Takyi concluded his series on Jesus. If you missed Living Words production of Heaven’s Gate and Hell’s Flames the entire play can be seen on Living Word’s YouTube Channel. You can also find all of the conventions services and previous services as well. Living Word’s YouTube channel streams live on YouTube every Sunday at 10:30am.
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Midlife ‘Wealth Shock’ Can Lead To Early Death, Study Suggests A “wealth shock” can hit you regardless of your socio-economic status. A big financial loss may shorten your life, a new study suggests. Middle-aged Americans who experienced a sudden, large economic blow were more likely to die during the following years than those who didn’t. The heightened danger of death after a devastating loss, which researchers called a “wealth shock,” crossed socio-economic lines, affecting people no matter how much money they had to start. The analysis of nearly 9,000 people’s experiences underscores well-known connections b e t w een m oney and well-being, with prior studies linking lower incomes and rising income inequality with more chronic disease and shorter life expectancy. “This is really a story about everybody,” said
lead researcher Lindsay Pool of Northwestern University’s medical school. Stress, delays in health care, substance abuse and suicides may contribute, she said. “Policymakers should pay attention.” Overall, wealth shock was tied with a 50 per cent greater risk of dying, although the study couldn’t prove a causeand-effect connection. The study was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers analyzed two decades of data from the Health and Retirement Study, which checks in every other year with a group of people in their 50s and 60s and keeps track of who dies. About 1 in 4 people in the study had a wealth shock, which researchers defined as a loss of 75 per cent or more in net worth over two years. The average loss was about $100,000.
That could include a drop in the value of investments or realized losses like a home foreclosure. Some shocks happened during the Great Recession of 2007-2009. Others happened before or after. No matter what was going on in the greater U.S. economy, a wealth shock still increased the chance of dying. Women were more likely than men to have a wealth shock. Once they did, their increased chance of dying was about the same as the increase for men. Researchers adjusted for marital changes, unemployment and health status. They still saw the connection between financial crisis and death. The effect was more marked if the person lost a home as part of the wealth shock, and it was more pronounced for people with fewer assets. The findings suggest a wealth shock is as dangerous as a new
diagnosis of heart disease, wrote Dr. Alan Garber of Harvard University in an accompanying editorial, noting that doctors need to recognize how money hardships may affect their patients. The findings come at a time when U.S. life expectancy has dropped for two straight years. “We should be doing everything we can to
prevent people from experiencing wealth shocks,” said Dr. Steven Woolf, director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health, who was not involved in the study. What exactly to do, however, may take more research, said Katherine Baicker, dean of the Harris School of Public
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Winnie Mandela: South African anti-apartheid campaigner dies at 81 South African antiapartheid campaigner Winnie Mandela has died aged 81, her personal assistant says.
Popular highlife musician Charles Kofi Amankwaa Mann known as C. K. Mann has died. According to GhanaWeb sources, he died Tuesday morning at GHAPOHA hospital in Takoradi. The Highlife legend has been battling with some medical conditions over three years.
Wi n n i e M a d i k i z e l a Mandela was the former wife of South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela. The couple - famously pictured hand-in-hand as Mr. Mandela walked free from prison after 27 years - were a symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle for nearly three decades. However, in later years her reputation became tainted legally and politically. Family spokesman Victor Dlamini said in a statement: “She died after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start
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He was 83-years old. Winnie Mandela, South African anti-apartheid campaigner of the year. “She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones.” Mrs. Mandela was born in 1936 in the Eastern Cape - then known as Transkei. She was a trained social
worker when she met her future husband in the 1950s. They were married for a total of 38 years, although for almost three decades of that time they were separated due to Mr. Mandela’s imprisonment. Despite their separation two years after his release, and their divorce in 1996, she kept his surname and maintained ties with him. BBC
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CK Mann was one of the iconic figures of High-life music best r e m e mb e r e d f o r t h e song, ‘Adwoa Yankey,’ ‘Mber Papa,’ ‘Medo Wo,’ ‘Araba Lucy,’ ‘Wode a Ne Me,’ among others.
Charles Kofi Amankwaa Mann known as C. K. Mann
He later impressed on the band’s owner, Anis Mubarak, to sign Paapa Yankson to the group.
Born in 1936 in Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana, CK Mann worked briefly as a seaman before joining Moses Kweku Oppong’s Kakaiku band. After familiarizing himself with the Ghanaian music scene, he joined Ocean Strings and led the band until 1965. When the band was disbanded, he joined
a newly formed band in Takoradi, The Carousel 7. His song “Edina Benya” shot him to prominence in 1969.
C. K. Mann added We s t e r n m u s i c a l instruments to Osode, the traditional music of Ghanaian fishermen rhythms. His music career spanned over four decades and won multiple awards for his songs. In 2006, Mann was awarded the Grand Medal
of Ghana during the 2006 National Honours and Awards Ceremony by President John Agyekum Kufuor in recognition of his contribution to Ghanaian music. Some of C.K. Mann’s popular hit songs Adwoa Yankey, Asem Asa, Mato Aboa, Medo Wo, Ahobrase, Mankyin Nyinsua, Araba Lucy, Okuan Tsentsen Awar, Mber Papa, Do Me Na Me Ndo Wo Bi, Obaa Amponsa, Megye Moho Dzi, Amoakua Dua, Adze A Aye Ama Me, Yebeyi Wo Aye, Meko Beebi, Asodzi Da Midi Ghanaweb
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Ghanaians in London dying of heart diseases - Research It has emerged that many Ghanaians living in the Greater London area of the United Kingdom are dying from heart related diseases in recent times. This has been attributed to severe pressure of work, marital issues and also pressures from back home in Ghana. A one-year investigation by Graphic Online’s correspondent in London, Nana Sifa Twum has revealed that, an average of 120 Ghanaians living in the Greater London area have died annually within the last three years. Out of the figure, about 75 percent of them died out of heart related diseases such as Cardiomegaly, Heart failure, Heart arrhythmia, Cardiomyopathy, hypertension, Acute myocardial infarction and aspiration pneumonia among others. Over 100 copies of their death certificates available to Graphic Online showing they died as a result of heart troubles put their ages between 30 and 60 and mostly male. In some cases, the over one yearlong investigations also revealed that immigration and financial issues triggered the heart problems of the deceased. Elizabeth, the wife of one James Yaw Owusu, who passed away at the Saint Bartholomew’s hospital in January this year of Cardiomyopathy, told Graphic Online that her husband overworked himself for the past seven years.
James worked more than 14 hours per day for six days every week, she noted. She said her husband had three jobs of three, seven and four hours each at different places of about seven miles apart and he had to struggle daily to be present at all times. Juana Manford also told Graphic Online in an interview that she barely saw her late husband at home. She said, she never set eyes on her husband, Arnold Manford, 48, who died at the Whipp Cross hospital in December last year for four weeks before his death. “All for him was work, work, work she never met me at home,” she acknowledged. Last January, Alex, a renowned Ghanaian driver, loved by many Ghanaians, a father of four, was on a taxi attending hospital for a checkup when he suddenly collapsed on the way. The Irish taxi driver had to call an ambulance crew to attend to him, but he died, before they got to the hospital. His untimely death was attributed to heart failure. It was also discovered that about 60 percent of the diseased worked with car hiring, security, cleaning and delivery companies. These areas of work are typically demanding.
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Ghana’s 61st Independence Anniversary Celebration by the GhanaianCanadian Association in Saskatoon From: Nafisa Adomaa Twumwaa & Paul Acheampong Boakye, Saskatoon
The Ghanaian-Canadian Association Inc. of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan organized a celebration to mark Ghana’s 61stindependence anniversaryon March 10, 2018 under the theme “Ghana BeyondAid”,
a theme chosen by the government of Ghana.The occasion was also organized with the objective to foster a greater bond of cooperation and integration among Ghanaians and Canadians in Saskatoon. This was also a way to socialize, exchange ideas about
Ghana and share beneficial information among members of the association. After a rendition of Ghana’s national anthem and national pledgea brief welcoming addresswas cont’d on pg. 60
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Ghanaians in Edmonton celebrated Ghana @ 61 By Staff Reporter, Edmonton
Saturday, March 17th 2018 at the Sawmill Banquet Hall 3840 76 Avenue West WN, Edmonton
Keli Tamakloe, President cutting the anniversary cake with children
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Keli Tamakloe with some invited guests Dancing Time
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PEOPLE AND PLACES
2nd birthday of Rhea Akua Donkor daughter of Lawrence Donkor and Yvonne Annobil at their resident on Saturday March 24, 2018
Golden birthday of Mrs. Olivia Takyi DeGraft on Sunday, March 11th 2018 at Living Word Assembly of God
Rhea with her parents Lawrence and Yvonne
Malaika Hits First Milestone The OseiBonsu Family in Winnipeg held a lavish OneYear Birthday Party for their daughter and granddaughter, Malaikaat their family residence in Winnipeg. Malaika is the daughter of Dr. KwakuAmpaduOseiBonsu and Cathy Narteywho are currently resident in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Mama Olivia cutting her birthday cake supported by her Maggie (left) and Mama Mary Osei-Mary
Swearing in of new executives for Mfantseman Cultural Assoc. of Toronto on Sunday Jan. 21, 2018 Miss MalaikaEbrekansoOseiBonsu
The OseiBonsu Family in a memorable foto shoot with Malaika
From Left to right is as follows; Mr. George BarnesVice President, Ms Bella De-Graft Stephens- Treasurer Mr. Abeku Vandyke- Organising Secretary, Mrs. Harriet Aikins-Mensah- President, Mr. Albert AikinsMensah- Gen. Secretary, Ms. Alberta Obiri YeboahPorter (Assist Obaapanyin)
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First Annual Women’s Conference of Ghanaian Canadian Association of Ontario
By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto The Ghanaian Canadian Association of Ontario Women’s Organization held its first conference on Saturday March 17, 2018 at the Parish hall of St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church on Kipling Avenue in Etobicoke. In attendance were professional women and some leaders in our community.
added that the essence and purpose of the conference is not only a matter of visibility to be known but it is a matter of ensuring that all perspectives of empowering, educating, acquiring knowledge as well as aiding in mentorship to assist in the growth of our community
are showcased. Rita gave a breakdown of the purpose of the conference as: supporting in professional advice and placement by referencing new and matured people where necessary; provide each other with emotional and mental
support; create resources to spur female initiatives with the Ghanaian community;and, guide and nurture our children through the Canadian system She recognized with delight, the presence of amazing professional Ghanaian women in the
community and expressed the hope that this is the beginning of greater things to come. She also expressed the hope that this conference “will contribute to build understanding, networking, and our
worth to us and to the community”. She strongly encouraged the women, especially the young ones present at the conference, to explore the values that bind us together. It is particularly important to engage on the issue of social and cultural norms cont’d on pg. 41
Rita Duah, President o f t h e o rg a n i z a t i o n welcomed all the participants on the first professional gathering of women in Ontario. She
Rita Duah, Organizer Cutting of 1st Conference cake
5th Annual Women 40 over Forty Absolutely Fabulous Women Awards & Gala By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto
Ghana Heritage Night at Toronto FC game Gabriel Odartei Founder and Managing Director Ghanalinx Multimedia Group (GMG)
Saturday March 3rd The Maple Leafs Sports Entertainment partnered with Ghanalinx Media Group to host the first annual Ghana Heritage
Night at the BMO Fields. Toronto FC 2018 season. The first game of the This took place at the s e a s o n w a s a g a i n s t home opener of the Columbus Crew who had defending Major League some notable Ghanaian Soccer (MLS) champions cont’d on pg. 41
Some Ghanaian funs with Harrison Afful after the games From left: Theresa Awuni, Janet Brakohiapa, Sylvia Morrison and Rita Duah - Recipients The Ghanaian Canadian Association of Ontario Women’s Organization held its first conference on Saturday March 17, 2018 at the Parish hall of St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church on Kipling Avenue in Etobicoke. In attendance were professional women and some leaders in our community. Rita Duah, President of the organization welcomed all the participants on the first professional gathering of women in Ontario. She added that the essence
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Ghanaian youth flag bearers at the games
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Frankly Speaking No-One should be allowed to destabilize our Democracy By: Dr. Michael Baffoe, Winnipeg, MB
On November 2nd, 2010, during the reign of the late President Prof. John Evans Attah Mills, I wrote an article that was carried by the Ghanaian news, published on Ghanaweb, and carried on ModernGhana.com. The article was a lamentation on the serious and dangerous political culture that had enveloped the nation Ghana. It was a culture of political insults. And it was happening right on the nose of the then President. And he started to participate actively in that culture of insults in Ghana’s politics. I was compelled to write that article when late President Mills all of a sudden realized that the situation of insults in Ghanaian politics was getting out of hand and he then started to complain. For the benefit of my treasured readers and followers, I reproduce that article from November 2010 to show that the canker of insults in our Ghanaian body polity has reared its ugly head again with the same impunity that had enveloped the nation by the year 2010. I will comment at the end of the article on how some people who were very close to then President Mills and were actively participating in the culture of political insults are the same people who are resurrecting the canker which poses real threats to our nation’s stability. Sit back, relax and read this piece from my piece in November 2010 when I directly addressed the late President Prof. John Evans Attah Mills: President, John Evans Atta Mills has expressed “amazement and strong worry” about what he sees as a deepening culture of insults that has tainted Ghanaian politics to the detriment of national development. According to the President, he is “bewildered by the tremendous waste of precious time by politicians who engage in abusive exchanges in the media instead of focusing on issues of national interest which affect the ordinary person”. President Mills made the statements at the inauguration of the renovated Accra-Tema rail line on Thursday, October 28, 2010. He said the use of insults by politicians corrupts the young generation and could constitute a disaster for societal development. He admonished that the focus should be on developing the country and improving the living standards for Ghanaians by providing good health care delivery, reducing poverty and enhancing education. Good and sensible talk and advice from the supposed Father of the nation!! But the big question is: Where has President Mills been living all this while? Has he been on the same planet with us? Since when did President Mills realize that insults had taken over the psyche and political culture of
candidate then. You were aware of, and heard all the insults your mentor Rawlings was heaping on his political opponents. You said nothing! And you did nothing!
the nation’s politics and that it has negative effect, not only on national development, but has the potential of corrupting the younger generation? I wish to pose a simple question to President Mills. If Ghanaian politics has been enveloped in insults, “Na who cause am?” A strong case can be made without any fear of contradiction by anyone that it is the President’s own party especially its “Father and Founder” Jerry John Rawlings who has developed and perfected the art of political insults. Before he lost the 2000 elections which brought Kufour and the NPP to power, then Presidential Candidate John Evans Attah-Mills was seen and regarded as a “gentleman”, “lover of peace”, (Asomdweehene) by most Ghanaians. Why? Because up to a certain point, he stayed out of the crude behaviour and culture of insults that his mentor Jerry Rawlings was perfecting and throwing around. President Mills, do you remember your mentor Jerry Rawlings insulting all the women candidates in the NPP during the 2000 elections campaign? Do you recall what your mentor Rawlings and his hoodlums did to former Bawku M.P, and former Minister of Tourism, Madam Hawa Yakubu? Do you remember the insults that your mentor Rawlings heaped on Takoradi M.P and former Women and Children Affairs Minister, Mrs. Gladys Asmah referring to her as “Philomena Kitingbe”?, (a derogatory description by a Hip-Life Musician of prostitutes). You were the NDC Presidential
Then out of the blue you, then Candidate Mills, decided that the insulting political behaviour was the way to go. Few months to the 2000 elections, you also started insulting people, your political opponents. Throughout President Kufuor’s eight-year term of office as President of the Republic of Ghana, Rawlings never ceased to insult him. He constantly and publicly called President Kufuor “a thief”, “a liar” and all kinds of names. You said nothing! And you did nothing!! As if to prove that you have then graduated from the Rawlings College of Insult Technology, you publicly declared during the 2004 elections campaign in which you were again your Party’s Presidential candidate that you will “consult Rawlings 24 hours a day, seven days a week”!! True to form and pattern, Rawlings has not stopped insulting people. Your party’s errand boys, veranda boys, “koko” boys, “goro” boys, foot soldiers, Ministers, M.Ps and others have all been on the warpath with insults against their political opponents since you came to power in 2009. You have said nothing! And you have done nothing!! And Rawlings has been directing a lot of insults at you personally making people wonder who was elected President of the Republic of Ghana. You have said nothing to him! And you have done nothing to him!! In fact your whole party under the command of its “Father” and “Founder” Rawlings has institutionalized a culture of insults into our politics and our national psyche. It has stuck! I wonder when you suddenly woke up to the fact that insults in our political fabric is bad. I really wonder where you have been living all this while. And one grim irony: you made your reference to the political insults when you were inaugurating the Accra-
Ghana Heritage Night at Toronto FC game cont’d from pg. 39 internationals like Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah and Lalas Abubakar. 12 Ghanaian youths participated as flag bearers during the opening ceremony and section seats in the stadium were allocated to the Ghanaian community at a discount price. After a hard fought game,
Toronto FC lost to Columbus 2-0. The Ghanaian supporters and fans waited after the game to meet with some of the Ghanaian players on the Columbus team for a meet and greet. The Ghana Heritage Night event was lead by Mr. Gabe Odartei, the CEO of Ghanalinx Media Group in collaboration with the Ghanaian-Canadian Soccer league.
Tema Railway line, a project started by the former Kufour’s NPP government. You actually did not even mention the fact that what your government has done to this project is to complete it from where the former government left off. But in the press reporting of your lamentations of insults in our politics, one of your party’s newspaper writers, Aaron Okyere, resorted to heaping insults on the NPP government for not been able to complete the railway line you were inaugurating. I am sure you have read the story. But true to your pattern, you have said nothing! And you have done nothing!! Recently, your Deputy Tourism Minister Kobby Acheampong, insulted the people of the Ashanti region as well as cocoa farmers when he told NPP General Secretary Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie that “‘the Kumasi thing’ was in him too much” and that he behaved like a “KookooaseKuraseni” to wit, an unrefined person from the cocoa growing areas. The cocoa grown by all these “nkorasefuo” is what has built Ghana as a nation. Most of the CMB scholarships were given to children of Fantes and Gas as well as Northerners who had nothing to do with cocoa production. After the “nkurasefuo” in the “kookoase” have built Ghana, your Ministers tell them now to “polish” up. And you say nothing! And again you do nothing?!! President Mills, you need to wake up! If Ghanaians are to take your admonitions to cut insults out of our politics seriously, you need to start from your own house, and your own party. You need to call the foul-mouthed Jerry Rawlings to order because he is a “saint” to most people in your party and
they believe and copy everything he does, including his insulting behaviour and foul-mouthing. Doing nothing and saying nothing about all these negative behaviours of your party folks and your party’s “father” and “founder”; letting your so-called “foot-soldiers” and “Goro Boys” loose on people they don’t agree with does not bode well for the stability of our nation and of its politics. If you show by example by putting your foot down and tell them that enough is enough of this bad behaviour, then Ghanaians can take your words and pretensions of worry about insults in politics seriously. We are watching!!! Whew!!!. What an irony! Speaking on Morning Starr Radio in Accra on Tuesday march 27, 2018, Mr. Koku Anyidoho, the deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Koku Anyidohowho was a close aid to the late President Mills and who was the chief architect of the political insults at the time, predicted of a civil revolt to unseat the Akufo-Addo administration. Mr. Anyidoho believes a series of activities to unsettle the AkufoAddo government will take off on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 with a planned nationwide demonstration. He issued the following chilling threatening words: “Somebody should tell Nana Akufo-Addo that history has a very interesting way of repeating itself. On the January 13, 1972 a certain Col. Ignatius Kutu Acheampong led a movement that removed the Progress Party from power. Busia was the Prime Minister and Akufocont’d on pg. 48
First Annual Women’s Conference of Ghanaian Canadian Association of Ontario cont’d from pg. 39 and to encourage a shared participation. Tw o p r o m i n e n t w o m e n were guest speakers namely Mrs. Di Scott, an Attorney and a Grief Counsellor (a psychotherapist) and Mrs. Ama De-Graft Johnson, a retired Anesthesiologist who has been recalled to mentor new anesthesiologist in Hamilton. Mrs. Di Scott workswith individuals who have gone through traumatic experiences with the loss of a loved one, serious accidents etc.She advised the women not to be afraid but to seek help when needed.
Mrs. Ama De-Graft Johnson in her speech encouraged and empowered the women, especially the young ones, to educate themselves, by forging forward to be successful by being strong and accept mistakes by correcting them and not seeing mistakes a s a d v e r s i t y. S h e s p o k e poignantly about her struggles, perseverance and resilience to reach her present position. Mrs. De-Graft Johnson urged the women to continue to be pillars of the communities. She promised that she will always be available when she is needed.
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The 21st Commonwealth Games Opens in Gold Coast, Australia By Staff Reporter, Australia The 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games has got underway with a spectacular opening ceremony on the beautiful Gold Coast in Australia. More than 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories are competing for 275 gold medals over the 11 days of competition. A crowd of 35,000 packed into the Carrara Stadium to witness the Opening Ceremony Aearlier heavy downpour of rain greeted the start of proceedings but that failed to dampen spirits. The crowd and athletes were then treated to a ceremony showcasing music and dance drawing on Australia’s history and traditions.
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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales at the opening Getty Images Ghana is represented at the Commonwealth Games by 71 athletes, 34 men and 37 women who are competing in 12 disciplines, with 35 technical men aiding them, with support from four medical doctors and 12 officials. Ghana has won a total of 57 medals in the history of the Commonwealth Games comprising 15 gold, 18 silver and 24 bronze medals.In the lead up to the Commonwealth Games, Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Pius EnamHadzide announced a $15,000 cash prize for any gold medal winner from Ghana.According to MrHadzide, who doubles as the Head of Ghana’s International Games Committee (IGC), his outfit decided that the government will contribute $5,000 to the total sum while an Australian philanthropist offered to contribute the remaining $10,000 for gold medal winners.
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Catherine Tait chosen as CBC/Radio-Canada president TV and film executive becomes 1st woman to hold top role at Canada’s public broadcaster Catherine Tait, now the CEO and president of CBC/ Radio-Canada, says she will work toward connecting the broadcaster with more audiences, taking advantage of ‘the power of digital’ in an age where ‘we’re flooded with content from outside Canada.’ (Sean Kilpatrick/ Canadian Press) Canadian television and film executive Catherine Tait has become the first woman president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly introduced Tait at a media briefing in Ottawa on Tuesday, saying she
is a “champion for Canadian content” who has “successfully navigated the sea of change from traditional media and communications through to today’s digital world.” Tait, 60, has worked in the film and television business in Canada and the U.S. for more than 30 years, including at Telefilm Canada in the 1980s as manager of policy and planning. From 1989 to 1991, she was Canada’s cultural attaché to France.
As president of Duopoly, an independent film, television and digital content company based in Brooklyn, N.Y., Tait helped provide business strategy services. Tait and film producer Liz Manne co-founded the company in 2002. In Canada, Tait was president of Salter Street Films from 1997 to 2001. The company produced the CBC mainstay This Hour Has 22 Minutes. She was also on the corporate governance committee at CHUM Ltd. from 2004 to 2007. cont’d on pg. 59
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No US military base in Ghana Former soldier Julius Maada Bio wins Sierra Akufo-Addo Leone presidential election cont’d from pg. 6
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Challenger Bio wins run-off vote, decades after being part of military force that seized power in 1992 coup Sierra Leone’s opposition challenger, Julius Maada Bio, has secured his first term in office as a civilian after being declared the winner of a controversial presidential run-off. Bio, a former soldier who briefly led a military junta more than two decades ago, won 51.81% of ballots in last month’s election, according to official results released left ballot papers from on Wednesday. 11,000 polling stations H e b e a t i n c u m b e n t uncounted. Samura Kamara, who The campaign was secured 48.19% of the characterised by ugly vote, ending a decade in verbal exchanges and power for Kamara’s All sporadic violence, with Peoples’ Congress (APC) Bio accusing the APC of in the poor west African using police to intimidate nation. his party. Bio was in a group of young soldiers behind a 1992 coup that would i n s t a l l t h e i r l e a d e r, Valentine Strasser, as the youngest head of state in the world, at age 25.
Police reported a string of attacks on candidates and supporters on both sides since the first round on 7 March – which Bio narrowly won – after which Kamara declared He later took power that “the safety and but agreed to step aside security of Sierra Leone in 1996 for an elected is in our hands”. civilian leader, and his Bio, a straight-talking subsequent apologies for retired brigadier, has his role in the junta appear blasted the government’s to have rehabilitated his closeness to China, while image. Kamara had presented The official results of the himself as a continuity vote had been delayed candidate. by a dispute over the method of tallying that Although international observers reported some
“issues” during the second round on 31 March which saw heightened security measures, the monitors declared themselves “satisfied” with the overall conduct of the Quite apart from how this Agreement poll. involves the military as an institution, it is worth pointing out that,virtually Earlier on Wednesday, since independence, Ghana has had r e p o r t s e m e rg e d o f very fruitful relations with a range K a m a r a s u p p o r t e r s of foreign embassies and major marching in the capital international institutions. These Freetown, tearing down include the United Nations, the World Bio posters and alleging Bank, the International Monetary “foreign meddling” in Fund, the African Development Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the vote. amongst others. All these agencies Security forces erected enjoy similar conditions as those which a c o r d o n a r o u n d the Co-operation Agreement offers to B i o ’s S i e r r a L e o n e the US military here. People’s party (SLPP) No one has dared suggest that headquarters, where granting these foreign embassies hundreds of supporters and international institutions these h a d a l r e a d y b e g u n concessions constitute an attack on the celebrating victory before sovereignty of Ghana. Nor has anyone the expected official also felt that the concessions have in any way worked against the interests results. of Ghana. Indeed, I have no doubt that One of the world’s poorest it would be the general consensus of nations despite huge all well-informed Ghanaians that this mineral and diamond nation has benefitted significantly from deposits, Sierra Leone the presence and activities of these institutions over the past decades. is recovering gradually from war and disease. Its economy remains It is clear to me that,if the people of fragile, with corruption Ghana knew the conditions under widespread in the former which foreign embassies and our British colony. friendly international institutions operate in Ghana, nobody would Political loyalties are have been surprised that a Defence o f t e n d i v i d e d a l o n g Cooperation Agreement would make ethnic lines and traumatic such provisions.Such knowledge memories of the 1991- would have spared many citizens the 2002 civil war run dee genuine anxiety and concern they have felt about the Agreement. It is my firm deep. The Guardian belief that the case for openness and transparency in our governance has been clearly demonstrated, and the argument conclusively settled by these events.
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But we have to take issue with the front-line politicians who have sought to mislead the people in this blatant manner, and those who, for mischievous purposes, leaked the document destined for the scrutiny of Parliament prematurely to a section of the media, who then went on to describe it as a “secret document”. could a document intended for How the consideration of Parliament be described as a “secret document”?How could anyone who has been in government and run the administration of this nation feign ignorance of the conditions under which Ghanaian troops undertake peace-keeping operations, or the conditions under which our country has collaborated with major international institutions? It is difficult to understand that such people, knowing what they do know, would set about so blatantly to confuse people, and go as far as calling for the overthrow of our democracy? A democracy that has become the beacon of good governance in Africa? A democracy that has survived for a
quarter of a century and encompassed even the most irresponsible episodes of ill governance,in a state of unity and stability? A democracy that has provided the framework for systematic developments in our social and economic welfare, and assured us of the longest, uninterrupted period of stable constitutional governance in our history? Surely, this is the kind of cynical manipulation by reckless self-seekers, which, in the fullness of time, the people of Ghana will acknowledge and condemn. And I am sure that as the facts become clear and widely available, and as the people come to terms with the evidence, they will reject the falsehood and deliberate attempts to destabilize our peaceful country. Truth is sacrosanct. So let me statewith the clearest affirmation that Ghana has not offered a military base, and will not offer a military base to the United States of America. Indeed, the United States of America has not made any request for such consideration and, consistent with our established foreign policy, we will not consider any such request. However, in consideration of the realities of our circumstances and the challenges to peace in our region in our time, we have deemed it prudent to continue the Co-operation Agreement with the United States of America. It is our firm belief that the Agreement will help enhance our defence capability, and offer an important layer of support in our common effort to protect the peace in our region. Fellow Ghanaians, let me conclude by saying how outraged I am by the defamatory comments from my political opponents, some of whose patriotism can be so easily questioned, that the sovereignty of this country has been sold by my government and myself. I will never be the President that will compromise or sell the sovereignty of our country. I respect deeply the memory of the great patriots whose sacrifice and toil brought about our independence and freedom. I have stood with you, the Ghanaian people, all my adult life, fighting for our individual and collective rights. Everything I have done, since assuming the great honour and privilege of serving you as President of the Republic, demonstrates that I remain focused on building a self-reliant, free, prosperous Ghana, which will be able to make her own unique contribution to the growth and development of Africa and the world. Let us concentrate and spend our energies on working together to achieve that goal of a happy and prosperous Ghana, and reject the hypocrisy of the naysayers who led our country into bankruptcy and the worse economic record of modern Ghanaian history. Let us rise above them, and build the Ghana of our destiny, the land of freedom, justice, progress and prosperity. May God bless us all, and our homeland Ghana, and make her great and strong. I thank you for your attention. Good night.
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How parents’ arguments really affect their children It is normal for parents to argue, but the way these disagreements affect children varies greatly. What can parents and carers do to limit the harm caused by their rows? What happens at home really does affect children’s long-term mental health and development. But it is not only the relationship between the parent and child that is important. How parents get on with each other also plays a big role in a child’s wellbeing, with the potential to affect everything from mental health to academic success and future relationships. But there is the chance for some good to come out of a “positive” row. In most cases, arguments will have little or no negative effects for children. But when parents shout and are angry with each other, when they consistently withdraw or give each other the “silent treatment”, problems can sometimes arise. UK and international research
conducted over several decades through observations in the home, long-term follow up work and experimental studies, suggests that from as young as six months, children exposed to conflict may have increased heart rates and stress hormone responses.
lasting effect on many children.
Rows about children
But in some cases, it is now thought that it could be the arguments that take place between parents before, during and after a separation that do the damage, rather than the break-up itself.
What does all of this mean for parents?
Infants, children and adolescents can show signs of disrupted early brain development, sleep disturbance, anxiety, depression, conduct disorder and other serious problems as a result of living with severe or chronic inter-parental conflict.
Similarly, it has often been assumed that genetics play a defining role in how children respond to conflict.
However, when parents engage in conflicts with each other that are frequent, intense and not resolved, children do less well.
And it is true that “nature” is central to a child’s mental health - playing a part in problems from anxiety, to depression and psychosis.
Even more so if the row is about children, for example where children blame themselves or feel at fault for the arguments.
These negative effects can include sleep disturbance and disrupted early brain development for infants, anxiety and conduct problems for primary school children, and depression and academic problems and other serious issues, such as self-harm, for older children and adolescents.
C h i l d r e n ’s a c a d e m i c performance can be affected by exposure to ongoing conflict Similar effects are also seen in children who are exposed to ongoing but less intense conflict, compared with children whose parents constructively negotiate or resolve conflicts. Nature or nurture? The impact on children is not always as might be expected. For example, divorce - and parents deciding to live apart has often been seen as having a particularly damaging and
One in 66 Canadian young people has autism spectrum disorder: feds TORONTO -- A new report says an estimated one in every 66 Canadian children and youth aged five to 17 has autism spectrum disorder. The report by the Public Health Agency of Canada is the first detailing the national prevalence of the neurodevelopmental disorder and is in line with estimates in the United States. Autism spectrum disorder is typically detected in early childhood and causes impairments in communication skills and social interactions, often combined with repetitive behaviours and restricted interests or activities. Boys are four to five times more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, than girls. The report includes data from six provinces and one territory and found prevalence
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But the home environment and the “nurture” they receive there can also be very significant. Increasingly, it is thought that underlying genetic risks for poor mental health can be made worse - or better - by family life. The quality of the relationship between parents appears to be central, whether or not they are living together, or if the children are genetically related to the parents or not - for example, if they were conceived using donor eggs or sperm, or adopted.
First, it is important to recognise that it is perfectly normal for parents and carers to argue or disagree with each other.
who feel isolated because of parental conflict can struggle to form relationships For decades, we have known that domestic abuse and violence can be particularly damaging for the children involved. But parents don’t even need to display volatile or aggressive
behaviour towards one another for damage to be done. Where they become withdrawn, or express low levels of warmth for each other, children’s emotional, behavioural and social development is also put at risk. The problems don’t end there. Not only are children affected in their own lives, but research shows that bad relationships can pass from one generation to the next. It is a cycle that needs to be broken if we want positive and happy lives for today’s generation of children, and the next generation of parents and families. Arguing in ‘private’ But there are factors which can reduce the harm caused. From the age of about two - and possibly from an even younger age - research tells us that children are astute observers of their parents’ behaviour. They often notice arguments even when parents think their children don’t, or believe they have protected them by arguing in “private”. cont’d on pg. 61
Scarborough health fair attendees told to contact doctor after needles reused Toronto Public Health is advising those who underwent blood glucose testing at a Scarborough health fair last week to follow up with their doctor after the needles used to do the testing were “not consistently changed.” In a statement emailed to CTV News, Toronto Public Health spokesperson Lenore Bromley confirmed that a complaint was filed following the Vision Infinite Foundation’s health fair at the Scarborough Village Recreation Centre, located at 3600 Kingston Road, on March 25. After further investigation, public health said it was determined that the lancets/ needles used to do blood sugar testing were mistakenly reused. . “While certain viruses carried in the blood, such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV can be passed through re-use of
lancets, the chances of these viruses being passed are very low,” Bromley said in the statement sent to CTV Sunday. She added that there is no risk to people who attended the fair but did not undergo a blood sugar test for diabetes. “TPH staff have followed up directly with those potentially affected through calls and also sent letters to notify them in writing of the matter and potential health risk. As a precautionary measure, TPH recommended for those individuals to follow up with a health care provider,” Bromley added. CTV’s infectious disease specialist Dr. Neil Rau weighed in on the incident and also said the risk of infection appears to be low. “Just being exposed to Hepatitis B doesn’t mean you’re going to come down with it. At most, about one in 30 people who are
exposed to Hepatitis B actually develop the disease,” he said. “So you have to have two bad things happen. You have to have somebody with Hepatitis B use the needle and then you have to have somebody who is exposed to Hepatitis B, actually come down with it. So you’ve already got to multiple two low-risk events, which means you are looking at a very low chance of something bad happening.” Public health, Bromley said, has contacted the event organizers, as well as their staff and volunteers, to investigate what type of training those involved have received surrounding infection control. “The event organizers have been extremely cooperative with TPH throughout the investigation,” Bromley said. Those who attended the fair can contact Toronto Public Health at 416-338-8400 for more information. CP24.com
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Provincial plan to slash cost of riding GO within Toronto should ease subway congestion: Tory A provincial plan to slash the cost of riding GO Transit within the City of Toronto will help to “relieve congestion” on overcrowded subway lines while also making transit more affordable for residents, Mayor John Tory says.
Tory made the comment during a news conference held to provide further details about the plan, which was included in last week’s provincial budget.
Once put into effect in early 2019, all GO Transit and Union-Pearson Express trips within city boundaries will be reduced to $3 for Presto card holders, which is identical to the cost of riding the TTC.
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Let us talk about removals or deportations By: Stephen A.Quaye. Removals or deportations of migrants from foreign countries by government security forces have become a big topic which we must talk about seriously. Two months ago, a news item from the Israeli government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, it would pay thousands of African migrants living illegally in the country to leave, threatening them with jail if they are caught after the end of this month, March 2018. According to the international news wire services Reuters, the plan launched last two months offers African migrants a $3,500 payment from the Israeli government and a free ticket to return home or go to “third countries”, which human rights groups identified as Rwanda and Uganda. Many African migrants who are working low pay jobs locals shun have protested the voluntarily deportation order by the government to the supreme court of Israel and United Nations human rights groups. Looking at the volatile security situation in the Middle East especially between Israel, Palestine, The Gaza Strip and all the Arab countries surrounding Israel, it would be proper to urge African migrants to take advantage of the voluntarily deportation programme and leave Israel in peace to other countries that may welcome them. The prime minister of Israel described the migration of African migrants into Israel as, “infiltration of these illegal migrants into southern Tel Aviv poor living neighbourhood as a threat to the country’s national security”. According to the story, a computer data base has been launched to track down 38,000 or more migrants living illegally in Israel and some 1,420 who are being held in two detention centers and deport them out from the country. Using a computer data base to track down illegal migrants means the government through its security forces checking all facts about illegal migrants in the country
and deports them after March 2018. This is not a joke at all. Seriously, it is not a comic event or exercise to take place and laugh at deportees. But a serious exercise that should serve as a wakeup call to the government of Ghana in fact to all African heads of states and their governments. Back home in Canada, the government through the security forces removed 8,200 failed refugee claimants, people who outstayed their travel, work or student visas or were considered a risk to public safety in 2017. The data, provided to Canada Broadcasting Corporation CBC News from Canada Border Services Agency CBSA, shows a similar pattern over the past six years. Accordingly, while 3,639 of them voluntarily complied with their removal order, the others were forced to leave with escorts or had their transportation costs paid by the government. WHAT IS REMOVAL OR DEPORTATION Removal as it is the common term in Canada when it comes to immigration issues is defined as the action of taking away a person or group of people out of the country. In other words as referred to deportation is the action of deporting a foreigner from a country or is the expulsion of a person or group of people from a place or country. No country not even our motherland Ghana will handle illegal migration lightly because it can open the country for crooks, gangs, fraudsters, war crime suspects, harden criminals and drug barons to cause economic and political instability. Quite recently, all witnessed how illegal migrants from China nearly polluted all the river bodies, destroyed forests and killed citizens who protested against their illegal mining activities in the country. Ghanaians are not crooks, gangs, and drug barons; harden criminals either living at home or in foreign destinations as they work hard to live responsible lives. However, due to the high influx of migrants into the
country due to stable political environment, the existing institutions are occupied creating joblessness for its citizens who are pulled to move to other countries such as Israel. Among this huge figure of illegal migrants definitely will include some Ghanaians who need help to get out of this deportation drag net. Alerting Ghanaians who might be living as illegal migrants in Israel or any other country do not mean telling them or advising the suspects to go into hibernation to avoid big chase from the security forces to arrest and deport. Rather, making them aware of how serious the issue is and the need to avoid being put behind the huge iron curtains and later removed from the country. The law about deportation in Canada says that, “the government has the power to deport people who are not lawfully allowed to stay in Canada. Again, “anyone who is removed from Canada on a deportation order cannot return to Canada without the written consent of the minister of immigration, refugees and the citizenship Canada.” In previous article about migration, I pointed out that if you enter the borders of United States of America [U.S.A] or Canada illegally, you should bear it at the back of your mind that the security forces are also prepared to deport or remove you from the country as it’s the common term used in Canada. Let the government of Ghana through the ministry of foreign affairs charge the high commissions, embassies as well as consulates to start educating Ghanaians in their countries of service on the need to stay out of the deportation drag net. Let us not ignore the issue of frustrations Ghanaians go through when migrated to other countries such as Israel, America and Canada and many other countries and the need to solve it. We must talk about this issue. Should Ghanaian illegal migrants in Israel leave the country in peace? Read my opinion in the next edition. To be continued.
First Annual Women’s Conference of Ghanaian Canadian Assoc. of Ontario cont’d from pg. 39 provide each other with emotional and mental support; create resources to spur female initiatives with the Ghanaian community;and, guide and nurture our children through the Canadian system She recognized with delight, the presence of amazing professional Ghanaian women in the community and expressed the hope that this is the beginning of greater things to come. She also expressed the hope that this conference “will contribute to build understanding, networking, and our worth to us and to the community”. She strongly encouraged the women, especially the young ones present at the conference, to explore the values that bind us together. It is particularly important to engage on the issue of social and cultural norms and to encourage a shared participation. Two prominent women were guest speakers namely Mrs. Di Scott, an
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Ghanaian Community in Manitoba Celebrates Ghana’s 61st Birthday From: Our Community Reporter in Winnipeg
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It was fun-filled evening
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Nana OkogyeamanDankwaAmeyawKokroko II (Dr. Michael Baffoe) delivers the KeyNote Speech
Mrs. Ama Bruce performs renditions of the Ghanaian and Canadian Mr. Charles Kankam and Mrs. L. Osei cuts the Anniversary Cake National Anthems
Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Logan ,Mrs Flor Marcelino delivers goodwill greetings to the community
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Dinner Time at the celebrations The Ghana Union Choir in one of their lively performances during the celebrations
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symbolic flight, the airline wants to help strive for a more genderinclusive world-also in Africa, the continent that the airline considers its second home. “It is very important to us that Brussels Airlines contributes to the International Women’s Day with this symbolic flight. Especially here in Africa, where women play an ever more significant role in pushing the continent forward.” - Rita Macedo, Country Manager Brussels Airlines in Ghana With female co-workers on all levels and in every department, including
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Lufthansa) operated all-women crew flights to Berlin, one of the busiest connections in the company’s network.
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Praise Temple of Christ International Easter 2018 By Emmanuel Ayiku, Toronto
Apostle Dr. Alex Osei Bonsu
Easter is an important festival on theChristiancalendar. Rev. Dr. Ose iBonsu Senior Pastor of Praise Temple of Christ International delivered the Easter message.The theme was ” The Power of the Resurrection.” He exhorted that; Christians should not be satisfied with the soundest knowledge of the
doctrines about Christ only. There must be a longing in our hearts, for these Pauline fivefold aspirations- No amount of programs, organizations, singing groups and activities can satisfy the longing of the heart, he added. Most
Christians these days depend more on humanleaders, Apostles, prophets, Pastors, Prayer Leaders etc. than knowing Christ. We need to know the Lord Himself, the Power of the Resurrection is the power of our transformation, and the
church is famished for the want of His presence. The cure for so many Ill’s in today’s church would be to enter the Lord’s presence and know that He is in us and we are also in Him. We dare not falter in pursuing these godly aspirations.
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Ghanaians in Calgary celebrates Ghana@61 From Staff reporter, Calgary, Alberta The Ghanaian Association of Calgary celebrated Ghana’s 61st independence event in Calgary at the Metropolitan Centre, Calgary. The event was well attended by over 300 Ghanaians. The Calgary Chief of Police, Chief Constable Roger Chaffin who was invited to speak was represented by Inspector Wattertson. Two previous presidents of the association, Ms. Margaret Adu and Mr. Anthony Manful were honored with Distinguished Leadership Awards for initiatives aimed at transforming the Association. The new president of the Association, Dr. Charles OdameAnkrah, in his speech reiterated the need to showcase Ghana to the outside world in a positive and vibrant way using our rich culture and traditions.
Dr. Charles Odame Ankrah, President
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Ghana @61 Independence Celebration in Hamilton, Ontario By Priscilla Ankamah Ghana Association of Hamilton came together to celebrate Ghana’s Independence on Saturday March 10 th 2018 to mark Ghana’s 61 st independence from the British on March 6, 1957. Ghana’s independence Celebration is well celebrated among Ghanaians both home and abroad including Hamilton. About 40 Ghanaians from HamiltonAncaster area attended the occasion from all ages. This was an occasion that saw many of Ghana’s favorite local foods on display including the very famous Jollof, Fried Red Plantain, Wakye with Shito sauce, Fufu, Kenkey, grilled meat and so on. Included in the celebration was a Ghana Trivia Questions “What do you know” where the women in the team successfully defeated the men’s team. It is sad to say this but our men were sore losers and didn’t take this well at all and we are hoping that next year they will come prepared with more knowledge about our motherland. The event also had a drumming circle time that showcased
some of our traditional songs and drumming skills. Thiscreated the joyous atmosphere that Ghanaians always cherish: laughing dancing. It is important that Ghanaians living in the diaspora engage in meaningful ways to showcase our traditions and to pass on our culture to the next generation. The President and Host, Mrs. Comfort Afari also open the floor for Ghanaians in the community who have businesses to introduce themselves and asked the Ghanaian Community to support and patronize our brothers and sisters businesses in the community. It was beautiful seeing Ghanaians having fun! We hope to continue this event going forward. It is also our hope that more and more Ghanaians living in and around Hamilton will join in on the celebration next year. Please visit the Ghana Association of Hamilton website on: www. hamiltonghana.ca and our Facebook page for information about the group and how to join. You can also call for information on: 905 517 8410
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Apostles’ Continuation Church International (ACCI) 2018 Easter Convention in Toronto By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto The 3-day Easter Convention of the Apostles’ Continuation Church International (ACCI) held in Toronto started on Good Friday March 30 and
climaxed with a special service on Easter Sunday April1, 2018. The convention was held at the Church’s premises on 10 Belfield, Etobicoke with the theme “Can any good thing come out cont’d on pg. 60
Dancing to the glory of God Clergy Apostle Charles Anokye Manu preaching and Deaconness Animah interpreting
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“NO TEARS ON EASTER” From: Stephen A.Quaye. The tears did not flow; noses did not run because there was no wailing by fellow Christians who congregated at various churches to mark the Easter Friday in Toronto-Canada on March 30, 2018. Dirges were not played nor sang which accompanies wailing and wiping of tears from the eyes of fellow congregants as usually observed in Ghana on such occasions.
of the church at shepherd. Members in humility went onto their knees, others bowing and lowering themselves before the lord during the praises and worship time as the worship songs created a serene atmosphere that made it
The noses were not running as usually seen on this day as members go through such situations to show sympathy for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ over two thousand years ago. As it is usually observed in Ghana where fellow Christians go to Church on this day to wail or sing dirge music to create mourning for the dead of Jesus Christ over two thousand years ago, great silence filled most of the Ghanaian churches auditorium in Toronto-Canada where the day was greatly observed.
The atmosphere was charged at Ghana Methodist Church of Toronto where members very happy of the resurrection of Jesus Christ declared that “Yes Jesus is risen indeed.” Summarizing all the activities of the Easter festivities, Very Reverend Joseph Owusu Atuahene, noted that the resurrection is more than just an event that happened once in history adding, “It is the source of power everyone can experience in his own life every day.” He observed that, the same power that brought Jesus from the death to life is available to every mankind, and if they will tap into it, they will see amazing transformation in their lives too.
possible for all to worship the lord.
Hymnals, canticles and praises sang created a few scenes where members showed a state of sadness but did not burst into tears as it used to be observed in the past, but they were at short intervals.
It was all joy when members of the Ghanaian Presbyterian Church of Canada, danced happily in circles before the altar waving their white handkerchiefs for the glorification of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Dressed in black, red and any other attire accepted in mourning the dead, fellow Christians gathered in various church auditoriums to worship as part of activities that marked the death of Jesus Christ on the Good Friday March 30, 2018.
Clad in their various church society uniforms, members reflected on the occasion where Jesus Christ rose from the dead with such a power to offer deliverance to all mankind.
Various church auditoriums were filled to capacity as even occasion worshipers; throng the church to join regular members in service by singing and taking the nine lessons on the cross as well as the fourteen Stations of the Cross as Jesus said before he gave up his ghost as written in the Bible.
How to experience the resurrection power in their lives every day, Reverend Atuahene reminded all to be willing to sacrifice by deciding to crucify their selfattitude and behavior, do not withdraw from impossible situations but rather face it till crown is obtained, live well with all people and not hate or discriminate and seek God’s favour and authority all the time. Very Reverend Joseph Owusu Atuahene leading the congregation made a declaration that when men say it is over, God takes over; and who God takes over, the battle is over. “On this resurrection Sunday, I speak into your life that God takes over every impossible issue in your life today” which received a deafening shout of Amen. He further declared, “May God grants your permanent solutions. May you succeed and prosper where others have failed and a more deafening shout of Amen was given to the declaration which brought the proceedings to a close.
Most of the streets in the city of Toronto were dead silent as non-Christians either stayed home to soberly reflect on the occasion with their family’s whiles Christians thronged the church to observe the occasion with many activities. Easter Sunday: The Church of Pentecost Canada headquartered in Toronto, held a joint Easter Convention to mark the occasion as members of its societies in the Greater Toronto Area [GTA], gathered at the main auditorium
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Ghanaian Congregation St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church Easter celebration Theme: “He is not here, for He has risen” Mtt. 28:6
Lighthouse Assembly of God Easter Convention Theme: The preaching of the Cross” 1 Cor 1:18 by Rev. Boniface Keelson
From left: Rev. Fr. Amuzu, Rev. Owusu Afriyie (Deacon), Rev. Fr. Alex Osei and Rev. Fr. Anthony Adusei Cross section of the congregation
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The Worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, seeks Global Peace cont’d from pg. 1 and chart a course to peace. The event, held under the theme “ Fundamentals of establishing lasting peace”, was well attended with about 1000 delegates from 31 countries including 570 non-Ahmadi guests comprising, Ministers, State Ambassadors, Members of Parliament, other dignitaries, guests and Media. The Ghanaian News had the privilege of being invited to this event in London, UK. His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad the world head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, the fifth Khalifa (Caliph) said the Ahmadiyya Muslim community would never cease in its efforts to spread peace in the world. He urged world leaders to “change their priorities” and to help ease the suffering of people, especially in developing nations. His Holiness condemned the international arms trade and said that those nations who were producing weapons being used in war-torn countries had “blood on their hands”. He also said that children born into extreme poverty or in areas of conflict were easy and vulnerable targets for terrorist recruiters. His Holiness spoke of the dangers of extremism amongst Muslims and the increasing threat of far-right nationalists. He refuted claims that Islamic teachings promoted any form of terrorism or extremism. He spoke about the continued efforts of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to spread peace and to promote mutual respect and tolerance, “Our faith demands us to try and urge people, in all parts of the world, whether rich or poor, whether powerful or oppressed, whether religious or irreligious, towards peace and justice.” His Holliness continued that, “People living in the world’s poorest nations do not concern themselves with the environment, or the latest figures on carbon emissions; rather, they wake up each day wondering if they will be able to feed
been razed to the ground. Thousands of buildings have reverted to dust.
Emphasizing the long-term consequences of poverty, His Holiness said:
“At the beginning, I mentioned that a major focus of the international community is climate change and a desire to keep the air that we breathe clean. Is there anyone who thinks that heavy bombardment has no effect on the atmosphere? Furthermore, if peace ever does prevail in the war-torn countries, their towns and cities will have to be rebuilt from scratch, and this in itself will be a huge industry that will cause an increase in harmful emissions and pollution. Thus, on the one hand, we are trying to save the planet, yet with our other hand, we are senselessly destroying it. In light of all of this, I firmly believe that world powers are being blinded by short-sightedness and tunnel-vision.”
“We must not consider such hardship as other people’s problems. Instead, we must realise that the result of such poverty has severe implications for the widerworld and directly affects global peace and security. The fact that children have no option, but to spend their days collecting water for their families, means that they are unable to go to school, or to attain any form of education. They are stuck in a vicious cycle of illiteracy and poverty that is seemingly endless and hugely damaging to society.” “Poor nations must not be looked down upon, rather we should consider them as part of our family – our brothers and sisters. By helping the developing nations stand on their own feet, and by giving their people opportunities and hope, we will actually be helping ourselves and safeguarding the future of the world.” Referring to the rise of nationalism and the threat of the far-right in the Western world, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad said: “Countless children are seeing their parents being killed in the most inhumane fashion and all they can do is wonder why their parents have been taken away from them. Thousands of women are left widowed, hopeless and vulnerable. What good can come of such devastation? All I see is a generation of children being pushed into the arms of those who seek to destroy the peace of the world.” His Holiness said that scores of young children and teenagers in conflict-ridden nations were being orphaned through airstrikes. Such youths were bound to react and were being drawn into extremism. “Instead of being in school, getting an education, so that they grow into decent, law-abiding citizens, the only education an entire generation of children is getting, is how to master grenades or rocket launchers, how to do suicide attacks and how to wreak havoc in the world.”
He also spoke of the repeated foreign policy errors made by certain Western countries. He said that the Iraq War had soon been exposed as based upon false pretences, whilst the intervention in Libya in 2011 had proven to be a complete failure resulting in the country becoming a “hotbed of extremism”. He said During the event, His Holiness presented Angelina Alekseeva, the representative of Dr Leonid Roshal, a noted paediatrician from Moscow, Russia and Chairman of international charity Fund to Help Children in Disasters and Wars, with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Prize for the Advancement of Peace in recognition of his outstanding medical and humanitarian services. Prior to the symposium on Saturday afternoon, there was a guided tour of the Mosque complex and a press conference held by His Holiness with the Media. His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad is the world leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, elected to office in Aril 2003. He is the 50th Khalifa (Caliph) of the Ahmadiyya Community following the death of the founder in 1908. He leads the global community that is now established in over 200 countries with tens of millions of members worldwide.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad further said: In many instances, it seems that the world has not learned from its past mistakes. It is widely accepted that the Iraq War of 2003 was unjust and based on false pretences, whilst Libya has descended into chaos and become a hotbed of extremism, since Western powers took action there several years ago. Despite this, big powers have not learned a lesson from this. Cities and towns have Emmanuel Ayiku (left) with one of the Peace delegates Emmanuel Ayiku (left) with a borough mayor in London and a friend
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Provincial plan to slash cost of riding GO within Toronto should ease subway cont’d from pg. 46 congestion: Tory riders who have to wait on overcrowded platforms and ride on overcrowded trains and for that matter wait while several trains pass by,” Tory said. “By making the GO system more affordable in Toronto we can proudly say that relief for transit riders is on the way. People will have a choice now to get downtown or to get to other places and we expect that many people will now choose GO trains, which will in turn provide earlier much needed relief beyond the relief that will ultimately be provided by the transit projects that we are working on.” In addition to reducing the cost of riding GO Transit within the City of Toronto, the province is also slashing fares to just $3 riders for riders travelling 10 kilometres or less elsewhere on the system. Speaking with reporters at the Willowbrook Maintenance Yard, Tory said that the fare discount is “a very, very significant initiative” both for the affordability of getting around in general as well as the future success of SmartTrack, which will see six additional stations built along existing GO train lines that run through the city.
“One of the key elements of SmartTrack always was that it costs the same as a TTC fare and this announcement is an important part of getting to that end,” he said. The cost of reducing GO Transit fares within the city is being partly paid for with proceeds from Ontario’s cap and trade program. In addition to the introduction of a flat $3 fare for trips within the City of Toronto or under 10 kilometres, the province is also reducing fares to between $3 and $6 for all trips between 10 and 20 kilometres. “There are some who are saying we are doing too much,” Premier Kathleen Wynne said during the press conference. “They would have us pull back, even though families are telling us right now that they need us to do more. They need us to step up and do exactly the kinds of thing that we are doing today with this announcement.”
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Former publisher is new chair The heritage minister also identified the new chair of the CBC board of directors as Michael Goldbloom, a former publisher of the Montreal Gazette and Toronto Star who is principal of Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Que. Goldbloom replaces Rémi Racine, whose latest term ended last year. He was first appointed as chairman in 2007. Three new board directors were announced as Suzanne Guèvremont, Guillaume Aniorté and Sandra B. Singh. Tait’s appointment is the latest in a series of moves the federal Liberals have made at the public broadcaster that began in 2016, when it boosted CBC funding by $675 million over five years.
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GHANA @ 61 Celebration in Montreal, Quebec cont’d from pg. 23 YOUTH FOR COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION”. As per the theme, the organizers f o c u s e d o n t h e y o u t h ’s contribution to our community transformation. Wo r l d R e m i t w a s o n e of our sponsors for this event and in a speech by t h e i r r e p r e s e n t a t i v e ( M r. Richard Meseko (Country Director)/Debby Macharia (North America Events and Engagement Consultant), they encouraged the Ghana house executives to reach out to the country director of WorldRemit for help and guidance on our investing in the youth for community transformation projects as he has had a lot of experience in this sector. They also shared with the community the 6 synonyms of worldRemit (Simplicity, Affordability, Convenience, Security, Speed(rapidity), Transparency.) The entire hall had colours of Ghana fully represented as well as rich Ghanaian traditional clothing, dance, music and culture was on display for the greater Montreal community. The Deputy Minister/Head of Mission in Ottawa Hon Philbert Johnson was in attendance. Also present was Mr. Ernest Nana Adjei (Counsellor/Head of Chancery and Diaspora) The Chairman of the occasion was Elder Richard Donkor who gave a very compelling speech on how we need to understand
that Ghana Canada House belonged to all of us. He also talked about how we needed the think about what we can do to help build our community at all times. He commended the efforts of the community members to unit and thanked all groups for their continued support and collaboration in building a solid Ghana-Canada community here in Quebec. The highlight of this year’s event was our Fashion show which showcased the works of designers and their creativity with our local prints. These designers are all members of our Ghanaian Montreal Community.
Canada adds 32,300 jobs as unemployment rate stays at record low of 5.8% OTTAWA -- The economy delivered 32,300 net new jobs last month as Canada generated a rush of full-time work that helped keep the national unemployment rate at its record low. Statistics Canada said Friday the jobless rate stayed at 5.8 per cent in March for a secondconsecutive month -- and for the third time since December -- to match its lowest mark since the agency started measuring the indicator in 1976. The only
other time the rate slipped to this level was 2007. The March gains were driven by a surge in full-time work. The labour-market survey showed the workforce added 68,300 full-time positions, while the number of part-time jobs decreased by 35,900. However, the data also reveal that 19,600 of the new employee positions were created in the public sector. By comparison, the number of private-sector
Ghana’s 61st Independence Anniversary Celebration by the Ghanaian-Canadian Association in cont’d from pg. 34 Saskatoon
The president of Ghana Canada House, Mr. Edem Dzirasah and offered by a member of GCAS Nii Okai Robertson Hosted the executive committee. New event for the evening. members of the GCA’s executive Committee were introduced Music was provided by DJ and charged to uphold and Khalid and DJ NetB. Memories defend the provisions of of this events were captured by GCAS constitution. In his Ed(Kwasi) Photography and acceptance speech on behalf of the sworn-in executives, Emma Studios. the President thanked all past On behalf of Ghana Canada executives of GCAS for their House and the Montreal various contribution towards Ghanaian Community we the Ghanaian community in Saskatoon. He admonished would like to Congratulate all gathered to help the new Ghana on its 61st Anniversary executives continue the good and Happy Independence day work started by the founding to all Ghanaians. fathers of GCAS. A short video of Ghana’s Special Thank you to the Event i n d e p e n d e n c e w h i c h Organizers, all our sponsors highlighted the struggles and and donors, Volunteers as well efforts of our forefathers to gain independence from the as all our participants. British colonial rulers was Photo credits to Ed(Kwasi) @ shown. In addition, highlights of the speech delivered by 514-265-7806
the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo DanquahAkufo-Addo under the theme ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ was read to the revellers. A fund raising activity to support the activities of GCA was held which raised about $1107.00. Funds were also raised through a 50/50 raffle. This was followed by the anniversary quiz challenge. GCAS provided a tablet for the winner of the challenge. The quiz generally covered questions from the video screened earlier and knowledge of Ghana’s independence and political history. Five contestants participated in the anniversary quiz; but none of them was able to take home the prize after several rounds of questions.To crown the anniversary celebrations was the cutting of the 61 st anniversary cake.
workers declined by 7,000. Average hourly wage growth, which has been under close scrutiny by the Bank of Canada ahead of interest-rate decisions, strengthened in March to 3.3 per cent, up from 3.1 per cent the previous month. The central bank, which will make its next rate announcement later this month, has repeatedly highlighted wage growth as a key indicator. Wage growth has been moving upwards since it bottomed out at 0.5 per cent in April 2017. Central Canada saw the biggest job gains in March as the two largest provinces -- Ontario and Quebec -- each added more than 10,000 net new positions. Quebec gained 16,000 net new jobs, including 28,600 full-time positions, while Ontario added 10,600 net new jobs, including 16,300 full-time positions. cont’d on pg. 67
Apostles’ Continuation Church international (ACCI) 2018 Easter Convention in Toronto cont’d from pg. 53 from Nazareth”, taken from John 1:46 Overseer Evans Oppong Nketiah of Montréal ministered on the Good Friday with Snr. Pastor John Arhin also of Montréal giving the ministration of the Word on Holy Saturday. Apostle Charles Anokye Manu, Apostle of ACCI, North America gave the exhortation on the climax of the convention on the Easter Sunday and preached on the theme “Your reproach has been rolled away.” He stated that when Phillip told Nathanael that he has seen Jesus, the Messiah who Moses and the prophets talked about, Jesus of Nazareth, Nathanael then asked whether anything good can come out of Nazareth. Apostle Anokye Manu then prophesied that before the end of the convention the Lord will change the lives of the congregation. He admonished the Congregation to always lean on God for He is good, and can change the destiny of the congregants. He ended that the resurrection power will change the perception of people who see you as a nonentity and asked the congregation to take Jesus as their savior and it will be well with them.
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cont’d from pg. 22
Ghanaians in Toronto Celebrate Ghana’s 61stBirthday with Flag raising Ceremony & Dinner & Dance
British colonial rule then. He pointed out that the spirit of freedom led our forefathers to struggle for Independence, and that,“coupled with the agitation of ex-servicemen and the 24th February 1948 Crossroad Shooting incident, which led to the callous killing of three ex-servicemen and the cataclysmic revolt by the general populace, left the British with no choice than to grant Independence to Ghana on 6th March 1957.” “The Leader of Government Business who became Prime Minister of Independent Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, built on the philosophy of the big six led by Dr. J.B. Danquah and by 1960 Ghana had become a full Republic with the position of Prime Minister transforming to that of President of the Republic of Ghana. The speaker said, “The first President and his government had the onerous task of building the country called Ghana. They embarked on huge infrastructural development and constructed in the educational sector, several primary, secondary, technical/vocational, polytechnics and universities across the country. “Other developments included massive Estate Housing, Roads and Harbors, Health Institutions and several industries. Agriculture was not left out with the formation of Farmers Brigade, State Farms and the construction of Silos for storage.” Such developmentsmade Ghana the envy of many countries. He turned to the issue of Ghanaians abroad and stressed the fact that, “Though during colonial era, and after independence and republican status, Ghanaians moved abroad in search of higher learning, large numbers of whom returned to the motherland, today, we have a large population of Diasporans in all fields from Architecture, Engineering, IT, Communications, Planning, Medicine, Law, Professors in Universities, Pharmacy, Management, the Military and even factory hands all across the globe particularly in Canada, Germany, the US, Great Britain, Netherlands and Nigeria. “Though some have acquired citizenship of the countries they permanently reside in, others have taken advantage of our Dual Citizenship Laws whilst others continue to consider themselves Ghanaians due to our Citizenship Laws which regard Ghanaian parentage as proof of Citizenship. It is for such individuals that Ghana Missions abroad annually celebrate our Independence Day.” H. E. Ayikoi Otoo drew the attention of Ghanaians in Diaspora to the efforts of the NPP government under the leadership of Nana Akufo-Addo in developing our present day Ghana. He said, “President Nana Akufo-Addo since his election and assumption of office has initiated three main strategies for development which include, restructuring institutions of governance, modernizing agriculture to enhance clear industrial policy and rationalizing the financial sector so that together we will attain his vision of Ghana Beyond Aid. “Government has abolished several nuisance taxes; engaged in revenue mobilization not necessarily through killer taxes; redefined basic education to include secondary and introduced free SHS which has resulted in a record numbers of ninety thousand more students gaining access to secondary education. The National Health Insurance Scheme is now performing efficiently and has become financially self- supporting. “In the area of fighting corruption, the President has appointed a Special Prosecutor to show its willingness to hold government officials accountable. Government is looking for investors by way of Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the sectors of road and railway developments with a view to improving our infrastructural deficits as well as mobility for goods and services and more importantly, access to neighboring countries particularly, La Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Togo in order to enhance trade.
“Government is also apart from initiating the One District One Factory policy, looking at strategic industries to be developed out of the abundant deposits of Bauxite and Iron Ore as well as Iron Ore and Manganese deposits for Aluminum and Steel Industry.” The speaker then hinted that his government would soon set up an Integrated Bauxite and Aluminum Development Authority to ensure the building of an Integrated Steel Industry. H.E. Ayikoi Otoo spoke about his perceived needs of Ghanaians in Diaspora which according to him range from setting up businesses back home, acquiring plots for development, remittances to relatives, registration of businesses, getting right information on what is happening in Ghana. He assured Diasporans that his office has put up links of several Ministries drawing attention to some Departments such as the Diaspora Relations Office - Office of the President, Registrar-General’s Department Online Business Registration, Lands Commission, Minerals Commission, Ghana National Petroleum Commission (GNPC), FreeZones Board, Ghana Tourism Board and the new Ministry known as Ministry of Business Development. There is also a link for collection of data of Ghanaians in the diaspora and for giving them the right to vote under ROPAA, he therefore urged all Ghanaians abroad to make use of the mentioned links and to take advantage and register massively so that we could be part of the decision making process in our motherland. In conclusion, H.E. Ayikoi Otoo said, “I have been engaging Canadian businessmen in the direction of investment but our diasporan policy also calls on me to woo our diasporan compatriots to look to Ghana as safe investment destination not discounting resettlements and reintegration (for those who are willing) so that together we can push the process of developments further and faster.
The Diaspora Office is ready and willing to assist diasporans who are desirous of taking a stack in Ghana and welcomes all without exception. “We ought not to be complacent nor rest on our oars in the task of nation building. I hereby therefore call upon all of you my fellow citizens, to re-dedicate yourselves to the success of Ghana and let it be said by others, as it was done in the past, when asked their nationalities, to say that they are Ghanaians when indeed they are natives of other African countries.” The Ghanaian Minister for Business Development, Hon. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal was the special guest of honor at the Independence Anniversary dinner and dance held at the Verdi Banquet Hall in Mississauga. The minister used the occasion to provide an elevated off script economic situation about Ghana. In an upbeat message he stated that, “it is projected that Ghana’s economic growth will be 8.5 percent. Inflation is tamed, investment growth has grown exponentially and opportunities abound for investment in Ghana.” There was a standing ovation for his upbeat message. At the dinner the GCAO recognized some individuals for their hard work and special contributions to the community. The awards recipients were Nana Fosu, Joe Kingsley Eyiah, Mavis Tekeper, Gabriel Odartei, Sandra Ofori, Ophelia Barnes and Vivian Ofori. One of the sponsors for the night, the Brussels Airlines made a video presentation of their business to Ghana and gave out two air tickets (Toronto to Accra and back) to be raffled at the function. Another sponsor which conducted raffle for the attendees was Wave (Send Money to Africa). All ladies who attended the dinner and dance were also surprised with gifts in recognition of the International Women Day. The hostess for the night was Ms. Anna Aidoo. She was very energetic and super exciting. Music was provided by DJ Shorty of Toronto.
How parents’ arguments really affect their children cont’d from pg. 45 What matters is how children interpret and understand the causes and potential consequences of conflicts. Based on their past experience, children decide whether they think conflicts are likely to escalate, potentially involve them, or could even pose a risk to family stability - a particular concern for some young children. and girls may react differently to their parents’ arguments They may also worry about the possibility of their relationship with their parents worsening as a result. Research suggests that boys and girls may also respond differently, with girls at greater risk of emotional problems, and
boys at greater risk of behavioural problems. Often, policies aimed at improving mental health among the young have focussed on supporting the children themselves, or in directly supporting parenting. But it could be that supporting the relationship between parents could also make a big difference to children in the short term, as well as better equipping them to form their own healthy relationships with others in the future. Where children have supportive relationships with relatives, siblings, other adults (eg teachers) and friends, these are important for children’s long-term healthy development. What happens at home
can significantly influence these relationships, for good or ill. Five top tips for
parents It is natural for parents to feel concerned about the impact their arguments may have on their children. But it is normal to argue or disagree sometimes, and in fact children respond well when parents explain or resolve - in an appropriate way - what an argument was about. Indeed, where parents successfully resolve a rg u m e n t s , c h i l d r e n can learn important positive lessons which can help them navigate their own emotions and relationships beyond the family circle. Helping parents understand how their
r e l a t i o n s h i p s a ff e c t children’s development sets the stage for healthy children today - and healthy families in the future.
About this piece This analysis piece was commissioned by the BBC from an expert working for an outside organisation. Prof Gordon Harold is the Andrew and Virginia Rudd professor of psychology and director, Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice at the University of Sussex. He recently published a comprehensive review of research in this field in the The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, which you can read online along with a detailed bibliography. BBC
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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
30 Gordon Mackay Rd, North York, ON, M9N 2V6
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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 Eternal Life Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable— if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
2. Focused Thinking Gives Ideas Time to Develop:Focused thinking is to love to discover, develop and deploy ideas.
“Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, in trade, in short in all management of human affairs.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great transcendental thinker can concentrate on an issue and think with clarity. Many This week our focus will be on people flit through life from the second way that successful one project to another spreading people think and also how one themselves so thin that they do can capitalize on good thinking nothing well. They never learn to change his life and destiny: to say “No” to the good so they “unleashing the potential of can say “Yes” to the best. Nonfocused thinking”. Someonehas focused thinkers toy with many revealed that the qualities activities but gives themselves needed to think like Sherlock passionately to nothing. Holmesthe great detective What can focused thinking do are: Intuition, Observation, for you as a focused thinker? Listening, Logic, Humility, and Focused thinking can do several Open-Mindedness things for you:
4. Focused Thinking Will Take You to the Next Level:The only way to get to the next level is to focus. No matter whether your goal is to increase your level of play, sharpen your business plan, improve your bottom line, develop your subordinates, or solve personal problems, you need to focus. Author HarryA. Overstreet observed, “The immature mind hops from one thing to another; the mature mind seeks to follow through.”
One of the great Philosophers, Bertrand Russell once asserted, “To be able to concentrate for a considerable time is essential to difficult achievement.” The great Sociologist, Robert Lynd also observed that “knowledge is power only if a man knows what facts are not to be bothered about.” What is focused thinking? John Maxwell explains:Focused thinking removes distractions and mental clutter so that you
3. Focused Thinking Brings Clarity to the Target
1. Focused Thinking Harnesses Energy Toward a Desired Goal: Focus can bring energy and power to almost anything, whether physical or mental. If you want to solve a difficult mathematics problem, focused thinking helps you break through to the solution. The greater the difficulty of a problem or issue, the more focused thinking time is necessary to solve it.
WHERE SHOULD YOU FOCUS YOURTHINKING? Does every area of your life deserve dedicated, focused thinking time? Of course, the answer is no. Be selective, not exhaustive, in your focused thinking. For John Maxwell that means dedicating indepth thinking time to four areas: leadership, creativity, communication, and intentional networking. For me it is Love, Lead, Learn, and Listen. You need to come up with your rule of four. Here are a few suggestions to help you figure them out: Identify Your Priorities in life, discover
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.
your strengthand develop your dreams.If you want to achieve great things, you need to have a great dream. SO THEN HOW CAN YOU S TAY F O C U S E D A S A BELIEVER TO UNLEASH YOUR FULL POTENTIAL? Here are SIX suggestions to help you with the process: 1. Remove Distractions Removing distractions is no small matter in our current culture, but it’s critical. How do you do it? First, by maintaining the discipline of practising your priorities. Don’t do easy things first or hard things first or urgent things first. Do first things first—the activities that give you the highest return. Second, insulate yourself from distractions. Third, secure a thinking place 2. Make Time for Focused Thinking Once you have a place to think, you need the time to think. Because of the fast pace of our culture, people tend to multitask. But that’s not always a good idea. 3. Keep Items o f F o c u s B e f o r e Yo u Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great transcendental thinker, believed, “Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, in trade, in short in all management of human affairs.”
Set Goals. 4. I believe goals are important. The mind will not focus until it has clear objectives. But the purpose of goals is to focus your attention and give you direction, but not to identify a final destination. As you think about your goals, note that they should be among other things: Clear enough to be kept in focus, Close enough to be achieved and Helpful enough to change lives 5. Q u e s t i o n Your Progress Take a good look at yourself from time to time to see whether you are actually making progress. Ask yourself, “Am I seeing a return for my investment of focused thinking time? Is what I am doing getting me closer to my goals? Am I headed in a direction that helps me to fulfill my commitments, maintain my priorities, and realize my dreams?” 1. Empower others to keep you accountable. To do well use these principles in your life always: I can’t know everyone, I can’t do everything, I can’t go everywhere, and I can’t be well-rounded. Our Biblical example of a focused thinker will be from the Apostle Paul. Philippians 3:5-14Living Bible “……….. Now I have given up everything else—I have found it to be the only way to really know Christ and to experience
the mighty power that brought him back to life again, and to find out what it means to suffer and to die with him. 11 So whatever it takes, I will be one who lives in the fresh newness of life of those who are alive from the dead.12 I don’t mean to say I am perfect. I haven’t learned all I should even yet, but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be.13 No, dear brothers, I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us. Paul’s absolute focus gave him a willingness to let go of the accomplishments and honors of the past. The Apostle Paul so narrowed his focus that he discarded not only the things he once counted as gain, but he counted everything as garbage for the sake of intimacy with Christ. What was Paul’s secret? According to John Maxwell, it was: Paul let go of those things that hindered him, he set his eyes on the ultimate price and he pressed forward with single minded passion. What one thing can you do this month to help you stay focused on your priorities?
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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.
JESUS Loves You
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 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.
Worship Hours Sundays (Mornings) 10 - 12:45pm Wednesday (Bible Study) 7 -8:30 pm Friday (All Night Prayer) 8-10:30pm Rev Moses Sarpong
Come and Experience the power of the Word Join us at 196 Toryork Drive(Corner of Weston/Finch)
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 -
- - - -
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 - 10a.m. - 1p.m. Wednesday - Bible Studies 8p.m. - 10p.m. Friday - Prayer / Deliverance - 7p.m. - 10p.m. Contact Lines: Tel: 416-321-2796 (Pastor's Res) 416-747-9225 (Church)
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
(Hwy 27/Steeles) Toronto, Ontario, M9W 6Y6 Email:
Rev. Douglas O. Ansah Pastor-in-charge
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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Sermon on Easter Sunday at Ghana Calvary Methodist United Church Toronto
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
“He is Risen” was the theme of the Easter service of Ghana Calvary Methodist United Church, Toronto on Sunday April 1, 2018. It was taken from Luke 24:6a. The Very Reverend Albert K Appiah, Minister in charge, reminded the congregation that three days before, Christians were commemorating the horrible and agonizing death of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on Calvary for the propitiation of sin. But today being the third day since he died and being the first day of the week, our mourning, wailing, sorrow and discomfort have been turned to perpetual joy where Christ is risen and not
only that, and seated at the right hand of God the Father. The Very Reverend Appiah continued that the “authenticity of Christ’s resurrection rests on Jesus’ death and burial and sealing of the tomb, the displaced stone and empty tomb, the undisturbed condition of the grave clothes, and the ten different accounts of His appearance after the resurrection”, he
added. He then asked what the practical lessons we can draw from this. If Christ is risen from the dead, Christians need to rise from our sinful behavior- lies, fornication, theft, corruption and the like. “We need to burry those sins and rise with Christ into a newness of life”. Very Reverend Appiah finally prayed that the power of the resurrection will transform our lives, heal all your diseases, usher you into your destiny. He charged that whatever has been a stone on your marriage, finances, business, job, education, ministry, health on your family be rolled over in Jesus’ name.
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Canada adds 32,300 jobs as unemployment rate stays at record low of 5.8% cont’d from pg. 60 For Ontario, however, the gain only represented a 0.1 per cent increase compared to the previous month. Quebec saw growth of 0.4 per cent. By percentage, Saskatchewan and Alberta each saw solid monthly growth. Saskatchewan’s labour force expanded 0.7 per cent, while Alberta’s grew 0.4 per cent. The youth unemployment rate dipped last month to 10.9 per cent, down from 11.1 per cent in February, following a net gain of 17,700 new jobs. By industry, goods-producing sectors added 21,700 positions, mostly in construction. Services sectors created 10,600 jobs, with the bulk of the increase coming from new positions in public administration. Compared with 12 months earlier, the national workforce grew 1.6 per cent following the creation of 296,200 jobs -- with the entire increase fuelled by 335,200 new full-time positions. But the latest numbers still suggest there are signs that Canada’s red-hot labour market could be starting to cool down, as widely expected. Statistics Canada said employment declined by about 40,000 jobs over the first three months of 2018 for a decline of 0.2 per cent. The Canadian Press
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)
"COME AND EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF GOD"
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
with Jonathan Baah Annobil
Full list of 2017 MTN FA Cup Award winners Hearts of Oak’s talisman WinfulCobbinah took home the biggest prize of the night as he was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the competition at the event held at M-Plaza Hotel in Accra on Wednesday night. His club Hearts of Oak won two other awards on the night – Best Team Supporters and Game of the Year – their grand finale loss to arch-rivals Asante Kotoko. Kotoko striker Sadick Adams won the top scorer award – a joint feat with Amidaus’ Isaac Amoah. Both players scored 5 each in last season’s FA Cup. Here is a fullest of award winners: Most Valuable Player WinfulCobbinah Most Promising Referee
Aston Villa forward Albert Adomah named in EFL Championship team of the season Ghana winger Albert Adomah has been named in the English Championship team of the season following his fantastic season with Aston Villa. The 30-year-old has been one of the key cogs for the Villans in the ongoing Championship season, scoring 14 times to propel the Birminghambased outfit 4th on the league standings.
side hence earning himself a place in the team of the season which was named on Tuesday. Adomah is joined by Wolverhampton Wanderers trio John Ruddy, ConorCoady and Ruben Neves as well as Fulham duo Ryan Sessegnon and Tom Cairney.
N o r w i c h C i t y ’s J a m e s Maddison, Bobby Reid of Adomah winger is currently the Bristol City and Derby County leading scorer for Steve Bruce’s midfielder MatejVydra all made
Daniel Akoto Coach of the Year Steven Pollack
the cut. Former Chelsea captain, John Terry completes the top 11 players in the English Championship this season. All nominated players in the various categories will be honored at the 2018 EFL Awards to take place on Sunday 15th April at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Source: Ghanasoccernet.com
Goal of the Year Isaac Amoah, Amidaus Professionals Fair Play Team Medeama SC Game of the Season The final – Hearts of Oak vs Asante Kotoko
English-born Ghanaian Eddie Nketiah named among 50 best teenagers in world football
Best Team Supporters Accra Hearts of Oak Match Commissioner of the Year Alhaji Abdul GaniyuLawal (Eastern RFA) Assistant Referee of the Year
The 18 year old Arsenal forward was ranked 18th on the list which features the game’s top talents born or after January 1, 1999.
Kennedy SarfoAdade Referee of the Year Mohammed Awal Top scorers Saddick Adams, Asante Kotoko; Raphael Ocloo, Okyeman Planners Best Defender Ibrahim Yaro, Medeama SC Most Promising Player David SandanAbagna, WA All Stars Special Awards Ashanti RFA, Western RFA, Ebenezer Twum Asante, MTN Marketing Manager; Evans Agyei, Danbort FC coach; Baba Malam Nuhu, Northern RFA; NiiAmooCudjoe, Management of M-Plaza Hotel.
Reported deportation of Ghanaian ‘journalists’ from Australia The Australian High Commission will continue to liaise with relevant authorities from the Government of Ghana on this matter ACCRA, Ghana, April 5, 2018/ -The Australian High Commission can confirm the Australian Border Force (ABF) has cancelled the visas of several dozen travellers from a variety of countries, including Ghana, who attempted to travel to Australia posing illegitimately as journalists, athletes or officials. While this situation is regrettable, anyone wishing to enter Australia, including athletes, team officials and the media, must hold a valid
English-born Ghanaian starlet Edward Nketiah has been named among Goal.com’s 50 best teenagers in the world.
visa and accreditation and must be deemed to be a legitimate visitor. The ABF is working hard to ensure smooth entry for legitimate Commonwealth Games visitors and for a safe and secure Games. The Australian High Commission will continue to liaise with relevant authorities from the Government of Ghana on this matter. Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Australian High Commission in Ghana. SOURCE Australian High Commission in Ghana
The highly rated striker has already proven himself a hit with Gunners fans, after netting a game-deciding double in a League Cup clash with Norwich in November, with his first goal for the club having come just 15 seconds after he had been introduced as a late substitute.
Patrick Kluivert’s son Justin, the Ajax winger was ranked number 1 with last year ’s winner Gianluigi Donnarumma in second place.
He has been tipped to go on to achieve even bigger things by Brazil star who’s also the his idol, Arsenal legend Thierry most expensive 16-year-old Henry.
in football history, Vinicius Junior was ranked 3rd with Holland’s Matthijs De Ligt and Manchester City’s Phil Phoden completing the top 5. By Daraja Mutari/ Ghanaguardian.com
Ghana’s Amida Brimah to feature in first NBA playoffs tonight Former University of Connecticut Captain Amida Brimah is set to play his first game in the NBA Gatorade League playoffs tonight. The 6 foot 11 inch Ghanaian is likely to suit up for Austin Spurs in a crunch game against Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The one off game takes place at Spurs HEB Center with a place in the next round of the postseason at stake; Vipers featured in the first round. Brimah led Austin to the Western Conference’s best earned a bye in the first round record which meant the team of the playoffs.
Vipers beat Texas Legends 107100 to progress to the second round and is set to roll out a trio of players from its NBA affiliate Houston Rockets. Zhou Qi, R.J. Hunter and Chinanu Onuaku have played for Rockets at certain points in the NBA season and are expected to feature tonight. Amida ended his maiden season in the G League as the top shot blocker after averaging 2.6 rejections per game. Source:basketballghana.com
The Ghanaian News March 2018
2018 Easter Convention – Church of Pentecost: North York Area
By Staff Reporter, Toronto
TETELESTAI, “IT IS FINISHED” based on John 19:30 was the theme for the 2018 Easter Convention scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, April 29-April 1 for the North York Area (GTA) of the Church of Pentecost. Four Districts including Mckeown, Peel, PIWC North York and PIWC Peel covering North York, Etobicoke, Brampton, Mississauga, Vaughan and Toronto Downtown participated in the convention. The main speakers included the National Head, Apostle Dr Emmanuel Owusu, the North York Area Head, Ps James Mckeown Quainoo and Prophet (Rtd) Benjamin Adobah from Ghana. All other ministers in the Area including Ps Joseph Fynn Sackey, Ps Lawrence Manu, and Overseer Philip Chemel alongside a few other Elders also ministered powerfully. Apostle Dr Owusu highlighted on the Cross and our Redemption. His teaching brought listeners to the realization that placing faith in Christ has a positive effect of (1) being bought from the slave market of Satan with the blood of Christ from all forms of sins and bondages, (2) being taken home- into the Kingdom of God (taken off the market place of sin and bondage), and (3) being set free- in a manner and fashion in which an ancient slave was freed. Ps James laid emphasis on the fact that our healing was included and completed on the cross when Christ shouted, TETELESTAI. Prophet Adobah reminded believers of the many benefits that we have received because of Christ’s death and resurrection on the cross which includes victory over sin, Satan, death, the grave, sickness and poverty. He also admonished Christians of the need for forgiveness and reconciliation in all spheres of life, especially in family circles. Attendance including children, youth and adults grew from 150 on Thursday to 970 on Sunday. Various singing groups and gospel artistes including the Children’s Choir, Mckeown Church Choir, Amma Bonsu, Dorothy Adu Poku and a mass choir ministered inspirational songs. Special prayers were offered for healings, Holy Spirit baptism and for Ghana. The Consul General of Toronto, Hon Thomas Seshie and
Prophet Benjamin A. Adobah (rtd.) Speaker
Celebrating the resurrection of Christ
Pastor Joseph Fynn-Sackey
Jennifer Adu Boateng
The clergy with the Consul-General (left) in white
his wife, Mrs Anna Seshie were the special guest of honor on Sunday. He brought warm greetings
Praise and Worship and assurance of hope in Ghana’s development, encouraged all to love one another and help rebuild Ghana to be the beacon of hope and the leader of development in Africa. He finally invited
prospective investors to approach the embassy regarding investments. Altogether, the convention was a great time of spiritual renewal, joyful celebration of the death and resurrection
of our Lord Jesus Christ, sound expatiation of the word Tetelestai and intensive prayers for the saints. And the presence of the Lord was very strong!!
The Ghanaian News March 2018
The Apostolic Church International 2018 Easter Convention & Celebration Party
By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto The Apostolic Church International held a 4-day Easter Convention in Toronto from Thursday March 29, 2018 and climaxed on Easter Sunday April 1, 2018. The theme for the Convention was “Prosperity in Jesus Christ “, taken from Isaiah 53:10. The preachers for the duration of the convention were Apostles Eric Aryee and John Kristensen, Pastor Cyril Williams, and Overseer AkwasiPeprah and Elder George Taylor. The message was “and the pleasure of the lord shall prosper in his hand”. Apostle NiiAryee exhorted that Jesus Christ was ALL that God has and gave ALL to man for salvation and redemption according to the gospel of John 3:16-17. Having Jesus in your life therefore, makes you prosper in character, in spirit in peace and above all in human relationships. Later on in the evening, the church organized a banquet at the Destiny
Banquet Hall, 4220 Avenue West, Woodbridge, Ontario. The purpose of the reception was to celebrate the goodness of the Lord, during which Apostle NiiAryee gave a very short exhortation. Some members and some guests were recognized and appreciated for their services to the church with 10 of them receiving plaques.17 others were given certificates. The Blessed Trinity Ministries were on hand to perform a dance recital. Pepertual Adjei presenting certificate The MCs were Adom and Solomon Antwi with Ms. Mavis to Eld. Magnus Frimpong Manso Tepke and Ms. Perpetual Adjei as the party coordinators
Solomon Antwi (l) and Adom MCs
Apostle Nii Aryee preacher flanked by Elders
Apostle Nii Aryee preaching and Eld. Taylor (interpreting)
Guests at the High Table
From left: Ali Jahangir, Mavis Tekpeki and Austin At the party
At the party
Blessed Trinity Ministries
Children at the party
The Ghanaian News March 2018
Evangel Assembly of God Easter Convention By Emmanuel Ayiku, Toronto At the Evangel Assembly of God Church a special Easter convention was held from March 29th to April 1st. at the Church premises on 314 Rexdale Boulevard, Etobicoke The speaker for the occasion was Rev. Dr. Vernon Leo Fernandes, Senior Pastor of Agape World Ministries and Founder TV station in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in East Africa known as Agape Television Network (ATN). Preaching on the theme “Jesus alive forevermore”(Rev. 1:18). Rev. Fernandes entreated his congregation to the true meaning of the resurrection, and referred them to Matthew 24:10 -13. And then shall many to be offended and shall betray one another but he that shall endure into the end, the same shall be saved. Rev. Fernandes urged Christians to deal with offences and not to harbor offences; because of offences John the Baptist was beheaded. After 4 days on stage the convention was concluded with praises and worship thanking God for seeing them through the period. The host Pastor Milton Ofei is also the Senior Pastor of the Evangel Assembly of God Church in Toronto.
Rev. Milton Ofei (l) and Rev. & Mrs. Bonful
Rev. Milton Ofei (l) and Rev. Dr. Vernon Leo Fernandes
Rev. Dr. Vernon Leo Fernandes, Guest Speaker and Michael Ansu
Rev. Dr. Vernon Leo Fernandes giving his message
From left: Rev. Milton Ofei, Rev. & Mrs. Bonful, Mrs. Priscilla Ofei
Congregation Cross section of clergy, elders and congregation
A section of the congregation
Rev. Dr. Fernandes
Cross of congregation