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Ghanaian-Canadian Awards Nite 2011 Claireport Place Banquet and Convention Center, Etobicoke in Toronto, was on Sunday 25th September 2011 filled with over 300 celebrants as a special 11th Year Anniversary event of the Ghanaian-Canadian Achievement Awards night was held. It was a glittering celebration of excellence! 31 outstanding individuals were honoured for their contributions to the Ghanaian community in Canada, our motherland Ghana and the Canadian society as a whole. The guest speaker was Mr. Arkoh-Forson, presently, a vice-principal at Dunbarton High School in Pickering, cont'd on pg. 9

Fred Tay Installed as Togbi Zonyira IV of Anloga By Staff Reporter

Mentoring our children is key to their success in life Mr. Arkoh-Forson charges community members By Staff Reporter

Togbi Zonyira IV

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Toronto, and the radio host of the popular programme “African Sunsplash” at 105.5 FM in Toronto, was recently installed as the Chief of Anloga Lashibi , in the Volta Region of Ghana. His stool name is Togbi Zonyira IV. The installation ceremony took place at Anlogah, the seat of paramouncy for Anlo State, on Saturday 28 July, 2011. The ceremony started at dawn by the seashore and later, Chiefs, accompanied by various Asafo groups from the Anlo State, came to perform “swearing of the oath” of the great Anlo State. Later, Togbi Zonyira IV was adorned in white calico, and paraded through the streets of cont'd on pg. 18

A Ghanaian-Canadian Educationist, has charged parents and community members to actively mentor their children and youth in the community since mentoring and active support of parents through guidance and resources are the best insurance plans to their attainment of successful careers in the future. Delivering the Key Note Speech at the 11th edition of the Ghanaian-Canadian Achievement Awards in Toronto on September 25, 2011, Mr Philip Kweku Arkoh-Forson, Vice Principal of Dunbarton High School in

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Pickering, Ontario, recounted with fond memories how his grandmother and other members of the community at his hometown of Odoben in the Central Region of Ghana made

a lasting impact on his life by guiding and mentoring him in his youthful days. “I am a product of mentorship by a large group of people – some of these people impacted my life purposefully and some did it without knowing. I grew up with my grandmother throughout the sixties and the seventies. I needed more than grandma’s care though that was indispensable. So it happened, and I do not know how, that I always found myself under the guidance and tutelage of young teachers who were new to Odoben, my hometown. Students in universities and senior cont'd on pg. 28


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Archbishop Duncan-Willams at Impact Conference 2011 A great move of God was experienced by all who attended Impact Conference 2011 “Removing Invisible Barriers” on October 16-18th, hosted by Bishop Bob and Lady Phidelia Tacky of the World Impact Church. The four services were packed to capacity as Archbishop Duncan-Williams, the main speaker, delivered two powerful themes “Removing the Veil, the Sunday morning and concluded with “The battle of words” the Tuesday evening. There was a great demonstration of the prophetic ministry of Prophet Gideon Danso as

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he ministered to the people with great accuracy. The last night of the conference Bishop Bob Tacky and the World Impact Church, honoured Archbishop Duncan-Williams, with an award and gift for continuously raising many sons and daughters to transform the world and advance the Kingdom of God. World Impact Church is located at 1274 Martin Grove Road, south of Rexdale Blvd. Sunday service time is at 10:30 am Tel: 416-745-7082, www.worldimpactchurch.org.

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EDITORIAL Publisher / Editor Emmanuel Ayiku Contributing Editors Dr. Michael Baffoe Joe Kingsley Eyiah Director of Operations Comfort Ayiku Community Reporter Jonathan Annobil Winnipeg Bureau Dr. Michael Baffoe

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Lessons from the sad end of Gadhafi in Libya The world watched in horror on Thursday October 20th, 2011 when the former self-styled “strong man” and dictator of Libya, Colonel Muamar Ghadafi was captured by Libya’s revolutionary fighters from a gutter, subjected to a humiliating treatment and eventually killed. That shocking event marked the ignominious end of the man who thought he was master of all he surveyed for a long period of forty-two years. In August 1969, the then young 27 year old Colonel in the Libyan Armed Forces shot his way to power by eliminating the former King Iddriss of Libya. He abolished the Monarchy and replaced it with a confused system of a pretentious “rule” known as Al Jahmarihya supposedly directed by “People’s Committees” known as “Legna Shabia”. Much as we regret the sad and degrading end of this tyrant, we hasten to add that his end and fate should be a great lesson to all the remaining dictators and tyrants around the world especially in the Arab world and in Africa. We can easily think of recent examples like the late Samuel Doe of Liberia, Charles Taylor, also of Liberia and Laurent Gbagbo of the Ivory Coast. It is said that those that make peaceful change impossible make violent change possible. Ghadafi ruled his countrymen for as long as forty-two years and saw himself as second to none. In the process he brutalized and eliminated anyone or group that gave any hint of opposition to his rule. Yes, when tyrants reach a certain stage in their lives and rule, they do not recognize the difference between reality and fiction, between fantasy and facts, between sycophancy, pretence and truth. As early as February, 2011 when the Libyan revolution was gathering steam, Ghadafi either pretended he did not recognize the truth of the end closing in on him or he was just plain mad. He told the BBC in an interview that the people demonstrating and demanding an end to his rule are youth who have been drugged by the terrorist group, Al-Qaeda. He proclaimed: “My people, they love me, they love me all”. What madness!! Everything has an end. The rule of every tyrant and dictator will surely come to an end one day, but do they have to wait that long to endure such humiliation before their exit and demise? Of course not! Yes, Ghadafi did quite a lot for his people in terms of infrastructural development. But the resources were not his personal property. He provided leadership, but when the people you are leading demand a change in leadership or direction, you need to realize that the time is up for you to take your bow and exit. This simple lesson was lost on Ghadafi and has been lost on a lot of Arab and African leaders. We believe that the Assads of Syria, the Musevenis of Uganda, the Mugabes of Zimbabwe, to name but a few, are paying close attention to the hard fact that it may be their turn...and soon. They better watch and take steps now to leave and spare their peoples any further bloodshed or destruction of the resources and landscapes of their respective countries.

Opinion/ Commentary Protecting Sub-Saharan Africa Migrants in Libya from Human Rights Abuses By Kwabena Akuoko Credible sources, including Amnesty International’s recent report indicate that the lives of Black migrants in post-Gaddafi Libya are routinely characterized by widespread human rights abuses based on unsubstantiated allegations of being the toppled leader’s mercenaries. The interim authorities in Libya, National Transitional Council (NTC) must step up to stop the rampant abuse of other Africans who have called the oil-rich country home for years. The NTC must understand that regardless of the prevailing circumstances, they have the legal and moral obligation to protect all residents in Libya. Sub-Saharan African migrants who have lived and worked in Libya for decades have now become the target of anti-Gaddafi forces’ acts of vengeance. Although the violent conflict has resulted in a regime change and freedom has finally come to Libya, Black residents in that country continue to be subjected to routine human rights violations. Suffice to say that it is despicable and reprehensible for Africans to be treated atrociously by fellow Africans in another part of Africa. In the aftermath of the fall of Gaddafi’s regime, Black migrants in Libya have not only been publicly humiliated, their basic human rights have also been habitually violated by the NTC’s forces. International rights organizations have for instance accused the NTC fighters of torturing and even killing some Sub-Saharan African migrants for allegedly fighting along with proGaddafi’s forces in the heat of violent conflict that brought about the demise of the old regime. The International Federation for Human Rights (IFHR) has for example contended that there have been widespread and systematic

abuses and racially motivated violence targeting Sub-Saharan Africans in Eastern Libya. The IFHR has further confirmed that scores of migrants who had fled Benghazi and other areas in Eastern Libya have been singled out and brutally assaulted with impunity. These poor migrants have so far been attacked, robbed, sometimes raped and killed. “The fatal amalgam of being black equals mercenary” as one report puts it, has been used to justify insults, termination of employment without pay, torture and other degrading acts committed by armed NTC forces against Black migrants. The continuation of arbitrary arrest and detention of Black migrants by a segment of the NTC forces cannot and should not be tolerated. Needles to point out that the Economic Community of West Africa States, African Union, the Arab League and international human rights organizations must work together to ensure that all migrants in Libya are protected from further violence and human rights abuses. The world community has huge undertaking to call on the new Libyan regime to cease the violence against vulnerable populations. It is in this context that I applaud the International Federation for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International’s call on the NTC to promptly respond to the numerous reports of abuses of foreign migrants, especially Sub-Saharan Africans and also investigate acts of different forms of violence that have been committed against the above-mentioned populations since the beginning of the conflict. The new regime in Libya although loose, fragmented and also provisional, needs to be reminded that it cannot be selective in protecting the people from abuses. Every government whether is an interim or long-term has an obligation to protect the rights of all the people within its territory regardless of citizenship or skin colour among others. More

importantly also, now that the international community, including of course African governments through the continental umbrella organization, the African Union have all recognized Libya’s NTC, the interim government has a responsibility to ensure that rule of law prevails. This means that Black African migrants who have hitherto lived and worked in Libya must be accorded the same fundamental rights as other Libyans. Anything short of rule of law and respect for the rights of all Libya’s residents regardless of nationality in my view is contrary to the ideals of free, fair and democratic Libyan society led by the NTC. After all, freedom and justice for all, rule of law and respect for human rights are the foundations upon which democracy rests. These ideals, I am sure also motivated Libyans to take up arms to liberate their country from Gaddafi’s 41 year-old tyrannical rule. Violations of peoples’ fundamental human rights such as arbitrary detention and unchecked violent assaults on the basis of unfounded allegations, skin colour or what may be construed as anti-migrants sentiments and others are not only appalling, such actions are against international law and standards. The fall of Gaddafi’s regime has ushered in new era of freedom that must be used as a springboard to rebuild a new Libya, which subscribes to international conventions and also treats all residents within its boundaries with fairness and human dignity. The responsibility to ensure that the rights of all Libyan residents, including migrants are equally respected squarely falls on the shoulders of the leaders of the interim National Transitional Council’s government.


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President Jonathan outlines vision for ECOWAS Nigerian President and ECOWAS Chairman Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, at the end of a two-day state visit to Ghana, has said his vision was to make the people of West Africa act as one family. He said in spite of the differences in languages and inherited cultures, the people of the sub-region should act and think with one purpose. President Jonathan stated his vision for the sub-region in a statement after Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration had conferred on him an honorary Doctor of Law degree, at a special congregation at the Institute in Accra, at the week-end. The visions are the creation of sub-region without frontiers, the provision of an enabling environment within which people ply their businesses and live in peace and to create a zone that is an integral part of the African Continent, where all human beings live in dignity and benefit from fair trade and mutual solidarity. He said though his term would expire in December, he would continue to collaborate with fellow leaders to push his vision to reality. President Jonathan reminded his colleagues of their duty to ensure that the people in the sub-region lived in peace and security and pursue the commercial activities without undue

Nigerian President and ECOWAS Chairman Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

hindrances imposed by their agencies. “The days when states dictate exclusively of interests and carve out boundaries and spheres of interest in commerce, industry and trade are veritably over” he said. He called on the countries in the region to use the state as an agent of change and progress explaining that the state must unleash the creative genius of the people and their unbounded energy and industry that gave rise to the trans-Saharan trade centuries ago and sustained the people for generations. President Jonathan urged Africans to look inwards rather than other lines for inspiration saying 94 we should rather look inwards to our past and present conditions to gain the needed motivation to move our collective project called ECOWAS forward,” president Jonathan said. He observed that for the first time, all the countries

in the sub region are in a democratic dispensation and expressed the belief of good signs and encouraging trends towards the full integration of the sub region .. President Jonathan maintained that the state still had a leading role in creating a conducive business environment which he said required that some part of the present holdings of resources in the hands of private individual firms must go to the state. President Jonathan commended GIMPA for grooming leaders for public services and urged students of the Institute to be a beacon of hope as they took their positions in various administrations and commercial enterprises of their countries. In an intervention, President Mills said Ghana and Nigeria who are formidable members of the Commission should build on the solid relationship to ensure stability in the sub region. During his visit President Jonathan held bilateral discussions with his Ghanaian counterparts, laid a wreath at the tomb of Dr Kwame Nkrumah in Accra, attended a state dinner organized in his honour by President Mills and interacted with the Nigerian community in Ghana. Ghana was the last leg of a three nation leg tour that took President Jonathan to Rwanda and Ethiopia. President Jonathan had since return home.

Princess Anne to visit in Ghana (UK High Commissioner in Ghana) This week we are very pleased that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, the daughter of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, will visit Ghana as part of a two-country visit to West Africa. This will be the most highprofile visit to Ghana from the UK this year. And it is the third visit by a member of the Royal family, and the second by HRH The Princess Royal, in the last 5 years. This reflects the continued interest amongst members of the Royal family in Ghana, in its future development, in its relationship with the UK, and in our mutual interests in the Commonwealth. A mix of tradition and

modernity will feature strongly in HRH The Princess Royal’s visit to Ghana. She will undertake a series of engagements designed to celebrate the strength and depth of the bilateral relationship. She will, for example, call on the President at Osu Castle, celebrate links between the UK’s and Ghana’s Armed Forces, and receive briefings on the work undertaken in support of Ghana’s continued development by the UK Government’s Department for International Development. In addition to acknowledging these existing strong links between our two nations, HRH The Princess Royal will have the opportunity to look at new areas of growth, for Ghana and for UK business. She will see how the

Tullow Oil-led operation is supporting the development of Ghana’s offshore oil industry, a key contribution to the rapid development of Ghana’s economy, and a pillar upon which Ghana’s remarkable dynamic growth is being built. Another important element of HRH The Princess Royal’s visit will be to highlight and thank those involved in maintaining the significant range of people-to-people links that underpin the bilateral relationship. HRH The Princess Royal will have the opportunity to visit the local operations of some of the charities and NonGovernmental Organisations of which she is patron – VSO, Opportunity International and cont'd on pg. 12

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African Writers Performs International Festival of Authors By William Doyle-Marshall Award winning authors from the African Diaspora are appearing at the 32nd annual edition of the International Festival of Authors taking place at Harbourfront Center, downtown Toronto. During the hectic literary event authors will read from their latest works; participate in panels or round table discussions as well as be

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Ontario, who was a GhanaianCanadian Achievement Award recipient for Excellence in Education in 2008. Dr. Isaac Odame, a nationally and internationally recognized expert on sickle cell disease who works with Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) Toronto, and Dr. Okraku a dentist, were honoured in the Professional Excellence category. Mrs. Anna Aidoo, a motivational speaker and host of “the Anna Aidoo Show”, Noah Boakye Yiadom who in 2001 received the Governor General’s Award for volunteer service, Ms. Bernice Adjei, nurse and teacher, who has been active in the community for over 20 years, Richard Boakye (Abrantie) host of Vibes Afrique and Co-host of Talking Drums show at CHRY 105.5 Fm Radio in Toronto, Mrs. Pascalle Tanty Soga, vice president of the Ghanaian Association of Ottawa, who also has been active in Ottawa for over 20 years, Johnson Osei (Yaw John), a social worker in Vancouver, BC. whose contributions to the cultural life of Ghanaian communities across Canada has also been immense and Ms. Alberta Lawson of Ottawa, Ontario, a senior banking officer at Bank of Nova Scotia, who has continued to serve her community since immigrating from Ghana in 2003 were honoured for Community Service. Mr. and Mrs. Mireku Asare of Afrocan Direct Import Inc. of Brampton, Ontario, Ms. Vida Mentu of God’s Glory Grocery

in Calgary and Paul Nsiah of Six Star Auto Mechanic were offered awards in Community Business. Nii Okai Robertson who has recorded 10 albums clinched the Hi-Life Music award as Isaac Wilson also known as “Minister Ike” whose album was among the top 10 in Ghana (2009 & 2010), Seth Boateng and Evelyn Antwi from Toronto, jointly bagged the Gospel Music award. Nana Amoako Gyampah, Sumankwaahene who has been a true exponent of Ghanaian Culture was given the Cultural Promotion award . Sumankwaahene electrified the whole hall with his antics as he tried to ward off the evil spirits in the room with his whisk, “bodua”. Miss. Stephanie Atuahene, who has gained admission to University of Toronto’s (U of T) prestigious business school, Rotman Commerce with a President’s Entrance scholarship, Mrs. Linda Okrah Boateng who graduated form Loma Linda University of Medicine in California USA with a degree in medicine, Kofi OpokuAmoah, matriculate from Ottawa University in 2010 with the degree honours Bachelors of Science with a specialization in Biochemistry, Miss. Ida Maise Famiyeh, 21 year old Pharmacy Program student of U of T who organized activities for minority high school students to pursue higher education and is involved in many organizations at U of T were also honoured for their academic excellence. In Sports category, Jamie Adjetey-Nelson who represented Canada at the XIX

Commonwealth games in 2010 and won gold in the decathlon event, Miss. Sandra Amoah who also won Athlete of the year award for 4 years in a row, an honour roll student with an over 80% average for 4 years, and Master Nathan Kyeame who won the Canadian U16 300m in 35.87 at the New Legion Canadian Youth Championship in Ottawa last August 2011 were honoured. DJ Akwasi Adjei, the first promoter to bring renowned Ghanaian artists for live performances to Canada was given the Entertainment award. Rocco Kusi Achampong who contested Toronto’s 2010 mayoral position as the youngest candidate, who also runs his own law firm on Bay street, Miss. Linda Arhin, Director, Business Development Personnel, Canadian Western Bank, and Julius Nyarko currently a senior financial analyst, Public Finance at Dominion Bond Rating Service (DBRS) Ltd., a credit rating agency where he rates corporate credits in the public sector were also honoured in the Young Professional Excellence category. Francis Kwadwo Owusu Jnr., Benjamin Asuako and Michael Boamah were given the Young Talent award. The Christ Redeemer Church Pastor-in-charge Pastor Eric Amoah gave the opening prayer after Mr. Joe Kingsley Eyiah’s introductory remarks for the night. Mr. Emmanuel Ayiku, Publisher /Editor of the Ghanaian News, thanked all who attended the event including all the sponsors for making the night a success. The MCs for the event were Mr. Kweku T. Ackaah-Boafo a lawyer by profession, and Ms. Lucy Crentsil a Ghanaian Gospel Artist and Assistant PRO of Ghanaian Canadian Association of Ontario based in Toronto. In attendance to grace the occasion

were Nana Adu Agyei Bonsafo III, Nsuta Omanhene, Nana Atuahene Karikari I, Nana Anokye Bresiamah, Toronto Asantefuohene, Nana Pokua Gyamfi Kumanini, Toronto Asantefuohemaa. Their entourage added colour and pageantry to the event with their colourful traditional customes. Consul General of Ghana in Toronto-Kwadjo Mawutor, Toronto-based lawyers Jason Schwarz, Anthony Stephen Benjamin also a Toronto Lawyer and Bishop Bob Tacky of World Impact Church, as well as a representative of the York Regional Police were also present. The Consul General in his brief greetings during the occasion admonished all Ghanaians to strive for excellency in all they do within the confines of the laws of the land wherever they reside. Nsuta Omanhene, Nana Adu Agyei Bonsafo III urged Ghanaians to educate their children very well and be law abiding citizens. He added that the honouring of the achievers was a good one. Mr. Kwadjo Mawutor also brought greetings from the government of Ghana and Ghana High Commission. Goodwill messages from The Right Hon. David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, Hon. Dalton McGuinty, Premier of

Ontario, Hon. Margarett Best, Minister of Health and Sports Promotion, Eric Jolliffe York Regional Police Chief. The event was sponsored in part by the following: PeelToronto Personnel Management, Jodal Health Care, Ontario Provincial Police, York Regional Police, Gloryland Shipping, Moneygram International Inc., Lakeside Estate Ghana, Afrocan Family Foods, Arrow Truck Sales, Police Foundation Department, CLP Fish, Central Market, Queen of Queen’s Beauty Supplies, Sam Auto, Six Star Motors, VMO Promotion Pays, John Anati, Anthony Stephen Benjamin, Bishop Bob Tacky of World Impact Church who donated the trophies for the recipients, Toronto Ghanaian Seventh Day Adventist Church, All Nations Full Gospel church, Ghanaian Presbyterian Church, Ghanaian Congregation St. John’s Anglican Church, Christ Redeemer Church, Bethel Prayer Ministry International, Jason Schwarz, Canada College and Disciple's Revival Church The national anthems of both Ghana and Canada were sang by Ms. Lucy Crentsil the co-host at the beginning of the event. Nii Okai Robertson also entertained the audience with authentic Ghanaian hilife music. The Ghanaian News once again is saying a big thank you to all.

Ghana will be world’s fastest growing economy in 2011 - IMF The International Monetary Fund has predicted that Ghana’s economy will be the fastest growing in the world this year. This was revealed at a briefing session by an IMF team visiting Ghana to conduct a review of the nation’s progress under the IMF’s Extended Credit Facility program. Leader of the team, Christina Daseking said Ghana’s economy is experiencing a tremendous growth stimulated by government’s fiscal consolidation and the burgeoning oil production. She said her prediction was based on the projections the IMF was making for the country. She however cautioned the immense growth would come along with some risks. The risks, she said, can arise from adverse economic development in the rest of the world. Risks can also arise internally resulting from issues such as overspending. The IMF’s prediction confirms an earlier report by the Economy Watch which also ranked Ghana as the fastest economic growing country in the world ahead of even China.

Meanwhile, Rapid Growth Markets (RGMs) including Ghana have been predicted to grow by 6.2% this year and by 5.9% in 2012 compared with 1.6% for the Eurozone this year falling to 1.1% next year. This is according to Ernst & Young’s latest quarterly economic forecast which offers insight on macroeconomic trends across 25 RGMs. According to the report, the dynamics of the global economy have changed with a new set of fast-growing markets challenging the position of the established advanced economies. The RGM’s selected based on the size of the economy and population, strategic importance for business and proven strong growth and future potential included Ghana and 3 other African economies, namely South Africa, Nigeria and Egypt. The report projects the Rapid Growth Markets to collectively grow almost four times more than the anaemic growth expected in the Eurozone. It adds the disorderly Eurozone debt crisis could however lead to growth in RGMs dropping to 4.1% in 2012. Joy Online


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5 confirmed dead in Accra floods Five people have been confirmed dead after torrential rain yet again exposed the poor drainage system in Ghana’s capital, Accra. One was said to have been electrocuted whilst attempting to rescue his fridge from the flood waters, NADMO boss Kofi Portuphy said. Four others have also been confirmed dead. President John Mills Wednesday morning began a tour of the capital to see at first hand the devastating effects the Tuesday night floods left in its choked drains. His first port of call was the Kwame Nkrumah Circle where floods have taken over the roads making them unmotorable. The president said government is concerned about the plight of the affected residents, Joy News Presidential Correspondent Seth Kwame Boateng reported. President Mills also assured residents to be calm. President Mills appealed to victims of the floods to remain calm as efforts are made to rescue and offer them assistance. “You have seen all of us here because of the concern

that we have for this rather disturbing situation. First of all, I’d like to convey our sympathies to those families who have lost individuals and I would want to repeat the appeal by the Minister of Interior, stay where you are so that you can derive the maximum benefit from the rescue efforts which are being made,” he said.

The president commended NADMO, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), the Fire Service, Engineers Regiment for their efforts at helping the flood victims. He assured that “the government will do everything in its power to bring this situation under control.”

Severe floods following massive rains that poured down on the southern part of the country this morning has virtually brought Accra to a standstill. Reports and distress calls from several suburbs of the capital indicate loss of lives and destruction to property, with many marooned on rooftops. Some roads have been cut off forcing commuters making their way to the city

center to find alternate routes. Accra Mayor Alfred Vanderpuije asked residents of the capital to avoid travelling to the city unless it was very necessary. Education Minister, Betty Mould-Iddrisu earlier this morning announced on Joy FM the closure of schools in the capital. She said the ministry was concerned about the safety pupils and teachers alike.

Deputy Transport Minister Dzifa Attivor also announced a suspension of rail services. A number of organizations in the capital have also had their premises flooded. The management of Ghana Post says the main Post Office in Accra will remain closed following flooding there. The Vodafone office near the Kwame Nkrumah Circle is also inundated. Joy Online

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Ghana Navy Receives Four New Ships Ghana is now better equipped to combat illegal activities in the country’s territorial waters with the arrival of four new ships, according to Defence Minister Joseph Henry Smith. “The Ghana Armed Forces will ensure the country’s territorial integrity and provide safe sea passage to all legitimate traffic while combating il-

legal activities, including bunkering, drug trafficking, poaching and pairtrawling,” he said at a ceremony to receive the four new fast patrol ships for the Ghana Navy at this port in Western Region (Province) Monday. The ships, manufactured by Poly Technologies Incorporated of China, were purchased by the government for the enforcement

of the country’s fisheries regulations and laws as well as for all military roles and other tasks to be assigned. The four ships, named GNS BLIKA, GNS GARINGA, CHEMLE and GNS EHWOR, were categorized as “Snake Class Ships” to portray the lethal nature of the platform to deal with anticipated threats.

Lt-Gen Smith said the arrival of the ships would place the Navy in better stead to deal decisively with illegal activities in Ghana’s waters and in the West African SubRegion in ensuring total peace and tranquillity. He said the rising incidence of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea was worrying and called for a vigorous interrogation by all stakeholders

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The Elementary Progress Report Card for TDSB Students. By Joe Kingsley Eyiah, OCT, Brookview Middle School, Toronto This November, parents of elementary students in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) would meet with their children’s teachers to discuss the details on the student’s first report card for the current school year known as the Elementary Progress Report Card. Obviously, parents are not too familiar with this new report card which has no scores on it which was initiated last school year! The Elementary Progress Report Card is designed to show the student’s development of the learning skills and work habits developed in the

Fall, and to bring to the fore the student’s general progress in working towards achievement of the curriculum expectations in all subjects. Learning Skills and Work Habits:

This section of the Report Card is more specific to the student’s learning skills as well as work habits and must be read carefully by all parents. This column is where the homeroom teacher or the staff advisor finds enough room to comment on the behavior of the student at school. It is divided into small columns under the following areas: R e s p o n s i b i l i t y, Organization, Independent Work, Collaboration, Initiative and Self-Regulation. These areas are described with the letters E for Excellent, G for Good, S for Satisfactory,

Princess Anne to visit in Ghana Latitude. And she will attend a special sports event between local schools linked to counterparts in the UK within the British Council’s schoollinking programme. HRH The Princess Royal’s visit to Ghana occurs at the same time as the meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government in Perth. Commonwealth Heads meet every two years to assess the work of the Commonwealth and to set its future course. This is an example of a shared interest between our two nations. And our two governments also share objectives for the current meeting – both the UK and Ghana want to ensure that the Commonwealth remains a relevant organisation, helping its members to tackle the challenges of the modern world, working in mutual support and promoting each other’s development. HRH The Princess Royal’s visit to Ghana comes at a tremendously exciting period for the UK, and for the UK/ Ghana relationship. With excitement and interest at high levels since the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in April, two spectacular events are planned for

2012. The first will be the celebration in June 2012 in the UK and across the Commonwealth of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Year – the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. This will be swiftly followed in July 2012 by London’s hosting of the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games – the Greatest Show on Earth. The Commonwealth’s 2 billion citizens will be cheering on their athletes at home, while many of them will visit the UK to experience the Games first-hand and the UK’s famous hospitality, energy and cultural and geographical diversity. This extraordinary sporting and cultural spectacle will be followed by Glasgow’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games in 2014. During this time, I am confident that the UK will show not only why it is one of the most exciting places to live, visit and work in the world, but also why it is such an open, connected, dynamic and creative country, that successfully combines history and tradition with modernity and innovation. And the UK/Ghana relationship will, over the next 12 months, develop in new and enhanced ways. As

Ghana prepares for its 4yearly elections, the UK will be ready to help support the democratic process, promoting bilateral trade to boost both of our economies, and finding new and innovative ways in which the people-topeople links can be recognised and harnessed. We hope to see many people at the London 2012 Olympic venues supporting Ghana’s athletes – for example Margaret Simpson in the heptathlon, Ghana’s “Black Bombers” in the boxing ring, and up and coming judo hopeful Trooper Emmanuel Nartey, serving in the British Army, in the dojo. The UK and Ghana already enjoy a special relationship, a unique friendship built upon deep social and cultural links. Both nations are steeped in a long history, separately and together. And both nations are adapting quickly to the challenges ahead of them. These challenges are shared – continued economic growth, climate change, the threat from crime and lawlessness, the abuse of human rights, strengthening democracy around the world. And the opportunities to work in partnership to confront those challenges are numerous.GHP

and N for Need Improvement depending on the student’s learning skills and work habits exhibited. Subjects, Strengths/ We a k n e s s e s / N e x t Steps: The next most importation section on the Progress Report Card is the area designated for the various subjects where teachers check designated boxes as Progressing With Difficulty, Progressing Well and Progressing Very Well. There are no scores or marks given in this Report Card. There is a space for each subject/strand where the teacher comments on the student’s progress in that subject. Such comments should identify the strengths and weaknesses of the student in that area of study. Since the expectation comments are mostly general it is incumbent upon the

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teacher to indicate a NEXT STEP for the student. Parents must ensure that the student goes or is taken through that “prescribed” (next) step by the teacher to achieve success. Note: According to the TDSB, “The first Provincial Report Card (with scores and marks) will report on student’s achievement from September to February and the second Provincial Report Card will report on student’s achievement from February until June. It must be noted that though the Elementary Progress Report Card has no marks on it, it is a fair assessment of the student’s progress at school in the early part of the school year. It therefore affords parents the opportunity to conference with their children’s teachers on

how best the students could be encouraged to work hard towards achieving the curriculum expectations during the academic year. Parents must take the Elementary Progress Report Card seriously as they have always done with the Provincial Report Card in the years past. It is hoped that, ‘Report Cards will be used to encourage students to set goals for learning, help teachers establish plans for teaching and assist parents to support learning at home. The next report card (Term 1) will have scores (marks) on it and would clearly demonstrate what has been the outcome of the combined efforts of teachers and parents in assist the student to succeed or to achieve their goal set during their progress report conference!

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TALKING FINANCES Steps to Financial Acquisition By: Gabriel Quayson, Toronto This article will deal with three 3 simple words that have a major role in financial acquisition. If you’re interested in obtaining a sizeable financial gain and achieving real success, I know it will help you. The words of interest are Fantasy, Theory and Fact. The basis for this concept is that everything has its origination in the form of a Fantasy, which some adventurous soul dares turn into a theory and then becomes bold enough to turn into a fact. This entire transition, of course, is the result of the highest form of no-limit, positive thinking available. Yet the cautious guy may construe this as erratic behaviour. Give this a serious thought for a moment. The idea of moon landings, communicating via a fax machine, email communication, traveling on supersonic jets or construction of high rise condominiums all seemed like sheer fantasy a very short time ago. Today, they are almost considered commonplace. Why? How did these things come about? The mind is the most marvellous instrument ever created. The only difficulty with the mind is that it has no instruction manual. Most discover the appropriate usage of the mind

by try and error. Once an individual discovers the proper usage of the mind, they are able to transform their lives to any level they want. We have all heard stories of homeless individuals being transformed into CEOs and multi-millionaires in very short periods of time. How does that happen? To achieve any sizeable financial gains, you must regard your mind as the driver of your life and you must accept it as the leader of the body that is able to direct the body to make all things possible. Fantasy The entire universe is filled with unexplainable energy - a creative form of energy. We are not fully sure how the energies interact with each other. Imagination is one of our mental faculties and it is the one we use to fantasize. An active imagination is able to build clear and vivid images. The most important step in building your fantasy is that you do not concern yourself with how your fantasy is going to become a reality. A self development instructor named, Bob Proctor, indicated that “in fantasing, where the resources will come from is of absolutely no concern to you. Let the image evolve freely in your mind. Build the picture in color ... feel it, smell it, taste it,

touch it ... all through the aid of your imagination”. In achieving your financial objective, fantasy is equated with brain storming. This is the concept of writing as many imagined ideas/fantasies down as possible with absolutely no concern regarding its achievement. The intent is to get the ideas/images out of the most advanced computer ever built: your mind, and onto paper. The idea will flow freely if you are not inhibited by the thought of its achievement. In the usage of fantasy, a real life story of a homeless individual in the early 1980s, in Christopher Paul Gardner became CEO of his own Stock brokerage company in 1987. Currently, a multi millionaire and the basis of Will Smith’s movie “The Pursuit of Happiness” Theory Upon completion of the fantasy/brain storming, turning it into a theory requires you to answer two very important

questions: (1)Am I Able? (2)Am I Willing?

reading hours of self development books.

You could very easily be thinking, “Yes, But!” At this point, it’s important to remember that you are stepping out of your comfort zone and attempting to go beyond the boundaries that your old belief system confirms you... and whenever that happens, doubt, immediately followed by fear, enters the picture. To be able to answer this question in the affirmative—”Yes, I am definitely able,” does not mean that you have to know how it will happen. There is no way that you could know how it will happen...you have never done it before, it’s a brand new experience. The Wright Brothers didn’t know how to fly when they fantasized themselves doing it! They just believed they could.

The minute you answer— ”Yes, I am able!” and “Yes, I am willing!” ... your fantasy moves to the next phase of creation and becomes a theory in your consciousness and, at this point, it turns into a goal. Fact The final stage of success achievement is the process of turning your fantasy that has become a theory into fact. From this point on, it becomes a lawful process. As you turn the image over to your universal subconscious mind by getting emotionally involved with the image, the laws of the universe kick into gear and begin to turn that image into physical form. Many laws of the universe start to take your images and begin to move it into form with and through you. The law of Karma will provide you with some productive fruits from seeds planted years ago. The law harvest will allow you to be patient and receive money at the appropriate time. The law of sacrifice will prevent laziness and short cuts. The law of attraction will provide you with an unexpected help or the hidden hand of help. The law of faith will keep you moving forward during difficult times. With the image(s) fully implanted in your mind, it gives

The second question: Are you willing? Are you willing to pay the price? Are you willing to make the sacrifices that will be required to turn your dream into a reality? And you know that there will be sacrifices. Studies have shown that most people think “sacrifice” is giving up something. That’s not true. Sacrifice is merely releasing something of a lower value (undesirables) to make room for something of a higher value(desirables), ie: replacing TV hours (Jerry Springer) with

your body required activities in pursuit of imagined objective. Your daily actions are directed by the need to move closer to the objective. This action will then help you avoid distraction and non-productive time wasting activities. Instead of being a leaf in the wind with no direction, you become like a tree root with unwavering pursuit of water, because the survival of the tree depends on it. The change in behaviour combines with many universal laws, you will be provided with things necessary to achieve your objective. Although you have no way of knowing exactly how it will move into form, faith and your understanding of the laws will create a knowing within you that it must move into form. This is the very process that has taken humans out of the cave and into outer space travel. Let your mind play. Fantasize a much better form of life than you presently enjoy. As per the great book “ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO THE ONE THAT BELIEVES.” My challenge to you is to imagine the possibility of turning your annual income into your monthly income without increasing your work hours. Others have done it, why not you? In conclusion, it is fitting to end with a famous quote by Napoleon Hill when he proclaimed: “what your mind can conceive, and your heart will believe, you can achieve”.

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Rev. Winnie Manu Launches a new Church Welcome Home Evangelistic Ministries

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Guest speaker, Pastor Desiree Sills of Agincourt Pentecostal Church

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The installation of Togbi Zonyira IV

Anlogah in a palanquin before taken to the palace. OUTDOORING OF TOGBE ZONYIRA IV: The outdooring ceremony later took place on Saturday 20 August, 2011 at the Market Square at Anlogah. Many Chiefs were present to administer the oath required from newly installed Chiefs. Some of the Chiefs present were, Togbi Boni, who deputized for the Awomefia, Togbi Sri III and Awadada, Togbi Awusu Agbesi II, Togbi Avege III and Togbi Dzisam VDufia of Nolopi-Abolorve. Many important personalities

and cultural groups were on hand to grace the occasion. The following week, a large entourage of Zonyira Royal Family of Anlogah, led by Togbi Zonyira IV, travelled to Togo to thank the Zonyira-Keme families at Be and Baguida for their support during the installation and outdooring ceremonies. The group also had the opportunity to meet Togbi Agbati Komlavi Raphael, Chief of Be, and Togbi Koffi Gassou IV, Chief of Bagiuda. The settlement of Zonyira-Keme families in Togo could be traced to Agoe-Adzigo war where Togbi Zonyira I of Anlogah excelled . After the war, he settled in Togo, married three wives and begat many children.

Togbi Zonyira IV and his mother at the palace

Togbi Zonyira IV and Queen Zonyira sitting in the palace

cont'd on pg. 22

Togbi Zonyira IV receiving the Minister for Sports Mr. Kofi Humado and wife

Togbi Zonyira IV at the Global Evangelical Church, Anlogah for Thanksgiving Service

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On Sunday October 9, 2011, the youth in the Ghanaian community abandoned their dinner plans and hit the road to Amansie Multicultural Centre to celebrate Connecting Paths Canada’s (CPC) Sport Awards and Empowcont'd on pg. 20

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erment Conference. During the event, awards were given to participants and volunteers of the CPC soccer and tutoring programs who demonstrated extraordinary commitment and efforts during the 2011 soccer season and the 2010 academic year. Dignitaries and community leaders who participated in the presentation of the awards included the two keynote speakers Mr. Kodjo Mawutor, Consular-General of Ghana and Mr. Errol Gibbs, an author and international motivational speaker, Mr. Emmanuel Ayiku, Editor/Publisher of Ghanaian News, and Apostle F.Y. Agyemang (The Apostolic Church Int). After learning about CPC’s initiatives and challenges in expanding their programs, True Sports Foundation, contributed $10,000 to its work. At the same time, Forzani Group (owners of Sports Check ,Athletes World & National Sports), a sport merchandize company, provided substantial soccer equipments with an estimated value of $5,000 to CPC soccer program. About 150 young community members benefited from the donation. It was through these generous donations that CPC was able to operate a summer soccer camp for the youth residing in Brampton. Indeed, it was a spectacular event: from the elegant and dazzling décor to the exquisite performance, the mind stimulating speeches and the mouth-watering food. Connecting Paths Canada, not only provided athletic activities for the youth, but the association also implemented Ready-ToLearn (RTL), a free after school tutoring and homework club for the youth in Brampton. In his final remarks, Franklin Taylor, the President of CPC stressed the need for community members to volunteer their services and time to CPC’s programs, notably, the ReadyTo-Learn Tutoring program. This program resumed again on September 20, 2011 in Brampton and will run until the end of the 2011/2012 academic year in June. Interested volunteer tutors can contact Joseph Boachie, the Program Coordinator at (647) 409-9306 or gyasikofi@yahoo.ca for more information.

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GHANA-Where 2 weeks’ remand gets you 8 years in jail Groups struggle to clear cases in nation with only 14 legal aid lawyers PAUL CARLUCCI AND JAMILA OKERTCHIRI SPECIAL TO THE STAR

Soloman Attoh shakes his head and sums up his life: “Suffer,” he says, his stormy face puckered with frustration, “Suffer, suffer.” In 2002, when he was a 21-year old cab driver, Attoh says he decided to help some men steal some goats. Ghana was still a long way from middle income status and, like most people he was poor and needed the extra money. “We were in the process of putting the goats into my taxi when the police came and arrested us for stealing” he says. “They collected everything from us and we were taken to the police cells. We were taken to the court, and I was given two weeks on remand.” But two weeks slowly became eight years. In the Eastern Region’s Nsawam prison, he shared a cell with other people awaiting trial. Guards hurled insults at them. Malaria,

tuberculosis and HIV were met with occasional administrations of expired medicine. In March 2010, Attoh was released through a government-sponsored program called Justice for All, never having been to trial. He’s now a thin, persevering man of 30. He has no job and he’s still hungry. “What I am going through now is very difficult,” he says “and I think that if I don’t restrain myself and contain my hunger, I will go back to those activities that took me to Nsawam.” And there’s the rub. Government and nong o v e r n m e n t a l organizations have been chipping away at Ghana’s remand prisoners disaster. According to the prison service’s 2009 annual report, there was a daily average of 3,767 prisoners in remand that year, a 10 per cent reduction from the year before. In 2010, according to an official from Ghana’s Legal Aid Scheme, there were a total of 1,746.

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“The person who has stayed the longest was somebody who had been arrested in February 1993, one month after our constitution came into force,” says Legal Aid Scheme director Alhassan Yahyah Seini. And as of March 2009, he was still in prison without trial, for most of the time without even a valid warrant. He got out early this year.” But there’s still a big problem once the men are released. After spending nine years in remand and sleeping in a cell stuffed to three times its capacity, Edward Coffie, 35, is free – and broke. “Since I came out, I haven’t found any job to do,” he says.

Edward Coffie, nine years - no trial Coffie, 35, spent nine years in a cell stuffed to three times its capacity.

Attoh and Coffie have few government programs at their disposal. They’re too old for the National Youth Employment Program. There’s the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Program, but neither of them is elderly, severely disabled, or a single parent with an orphan or vulnerable child. “You try to give some rights to a person,” says Tufuor. “You are free. At the same time, there is no social security there. There is nothing. “A human being needs to survive. It’s the first rule of nature. He will commit a crime again.” from Toronto Star

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Today, the Zonyira-Keme family in Togo is about a hundred thousand. SPEECH BY TOGBI ZONYIRA IV DURING HIS OUTDOORING CEREMONYATANLOGA ONSATURDAY,AUGUST20, 2011. Awomefia of Anlo,Togbi Sri III, Awadada of Anlo, Togbi Awusu Agbesi II, Togbiwo, Mamawo, Ministers of State, Invited Guests, my proud and hardworking warriors of Anloland, I am highly honoured to represent the Zonyira Royal family to welcome all of you to this important and memorable event. This event is memorable because for the second time in the history of Anlogah, the illustrious Chiefs, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters stood up with one voice to say “no to illegal acts” in Anlo. Today the real and genuine owner of the

Zonyira Royal stool is in your midst to claim what rightfully belongs to the Zonyira family. The Zonyira Royal Family, under the leadership of Togbi Zonyira IV, wishes to extend hands of friendship to every member of the Anlo family to join us to develop the Anlo State. We are all here today because of the courage and bravery of some family members and illustrious sons and daughters of Anlo. I call the following; the late Amega Sakiteh Gogui, Amega Gbetor Awute Adzraku, Amega Kodzo Agbaga, Amega Agbayiza Tokota,Amega Bebli Amekpor, Amega Tetteh Zonyra, Amega Kwasi Dziedzorve, Amega Tetteh Atakli Zonyra, Amega Kwasi Gbolo Tokota. May they rest in perfect peace. Amen. I also congratulate the courage of Agbotadua Boni, Togbi Avege III, Togbi Dzisam V, Mr. A. K. Deku ( former Inspector General of Police), Mr. D.D. Deku, Mr. Vincent Kwasi

Adzraku, Mr. Seth Zonyira, Mr. Zor Zonyra, Mr. Elinam Dziedzorve, Mr. Courage Alorvor, Mr. Barnas Tay. These important chiefs and elders toiled relentlessly to make this event a reality. Lastly, I extend my profound appreciation to my mother Minawo Apeamenyo who wholeheartedly agreed to sacrifice me to assume this throne. I also thank my wife Mrs. Evelyn Glawu-Tay and the entire Glawu and Fiadzo families for their help and support. Before I get to the very core of my speech, I will like us to observe a minute’s silence in memory of the fallen heroes of the Anlogah chieftaincy riots. They sacrificed their lives on November 1, 2007 so that peace would prevail in Anlo State. They are: Israel Ahadzi, Menko Tugba, Israel Amenume, and Mama Senyo. I also want us to remember Mr. Sylvanuis Sorkpor who passed away this week. Shall we all rise up to honour our martyrs? cont'd on pg. 39


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Winnie Manu Opens a New Church “Welcome Home Evengelistic Ministries" By Staff Reporter

Sunday October 23, 2011 at Cheyne Middle School in Brampton. Friends, Family and Community members gathered for the opening of a new Church. “ Welcome Home Evengelistic Ministries”. The new church is led by Rev. Winnie Manu In attendance was the Hon. Kyle Seeback MP for Brampton West, who performed the cutting of the Ribbon-cutting ceremony. There were Praises and Worship by the Worship team.

uniqueness and generosity of God. “God Is Mindful of Man”, she said. In Psalm 8: 3-4 David the Psalmist asked this question, “When I consider the heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars which thou hast ordained; What is man that thou art mindful of him?

Delivering the Sermon under the theme “The Uniqueness Of Our God And His Generosity To Man”, the Guest Speaker Pastor Desiree Sills of Agincourt Pentecostal Church (APC) admonished the believers to be mindful of the wonders,

A special recognition certificate was presented to Rev. Winnie Manu by the Hon. Kyle Seeback, MP for Brampton West. There was a reception after the Church service with special food served and cutting of a dedication Cake.

She said God is Unique, He Is the Only True God. He is the only way.

Why Ghana Doctors Went On Strike VibeGhana The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) Has Shown Enough Good Will to the People of Ghana, Government and ‘the Independent Government Body’- FWSC I start my arguments by quoting Robert Tracinski; ?”We take our doctors — and the instant availability of their life-saving knowledge and skills — for granted…If we make war on the rights of our doctors, we have no right to rely on them to keep working.” – 2003 The declaration of Strike by GMA has lead to a lot of chaos in our beloved country Ghana. In this chaos, politicians have been able to throw dust into the publics’ eyes misinforming them and inciting them through propaganda and sentimental outbursts that may be regretted in the near future. This has therefore lead to public outcry and insults on the men of the noble profession some of these insults are so demeaning to the dignity and essence of being in such a profession. And this shakes the very foundation of our existence as countrymen. What happened to ‘…bold to defend forever, the course of freedom and of right… Make us…, fearless, honesty. And help us to resist oppressors rule with all our will and might forevermore’? Everybody is crying foul and blaming doctors for the loss of lives. It must be put on record that, the GMA has shown that we are so concerned about the well being of Ghanaians that we had to endure 18months of fruitless and insulting negotiations.

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But the 1 million dollar question is, the people that were voted to cater for the wellbeing Ghanaians, how much of such concern have they shown? I pray that the reader would analyze the following facts carefully and answer the above question. You may have heard the charge “the current SSSS is ‘unscientific’” a lot from the GMA side of the debate. Well here are the cracks of the issues and reasons why the SSSS is unscientific, not objective, unacceptable and unfair. And therefore, the imminent strike. 1. DISCREPANCIES For migration to the Single Spine Salary Scheme (SSSS), all jobs were evaluated based on 13 point criteria to give some objective basis for the value to be placed on each job. These included Level of training, Level of experience (here’s where the number of years you’ve worked comes in), Amount of physical effort, Amount of mental effort, Hours of work (160 hours a month) Risk exposure Consequences of error, etc. In some of the categories, other employees in the health sector scored higher than doctors. Example, the mortuary man scored highest in risk exposure, the Chief Medical Assistant (a Medical Assistant is a person trained for about 6 months to perform simple, basic diagnos-

tic functions and act as a stop gap measure for areas where there is no doctor) scored 15 points for level of experience while an MO (Medical Officer) scored about 5 in both categories. Putting all the points together, a Chief Medical for example got 669, while the MO got 791. Interestingly by the FWSC’s scientific criteria these two employees ended up at different levels level on the spine but as follows, the Chief Medical Assistant had been placed on 22H and the MO at around 21L i.e. three (3) places below the Chief Medical Assistant. When GMA protested and asked for an explanation none was given. GMA wrote to Ministry of Manpower and Labor, FWSC, NLC, MOH, Office of the president, not even one letter was replied until the strike begun. And the explanation that finally came was: “they’ve worked longer”. And of course GMA countered with “but that has already been captured in your evaluation, under ‘level of experience’ criteria and yet the MO still outscored the CMA in the overall total. Then the next response that came was that it was due to “soft factors”. GMA basically asked, “What the heck that was? Then the FWSC came back and said “intrinsic factors”, and GMA asked, “okay what are some of these factors?” No response. Not the Labor Commission, FWSC, NOBODY has been able to give a reasonable response or explanation to the rationale behind that

anomaly. 2. ISSUE ON MARKET PREMIUMANDRELATEDMATTERS After the 13 point criteria were used to calculate base salary, a second part called the MARKET PREMIUM is added to the base salary. The Market Premium was supposed to be made up of 3 factors: The extra hours you worked (because SSSS was for every Ghanaian worker so it was calculated based on a Mon-Fri, 8-5pm, 40 hour work week, so all extra duty hours wasn’t captured in the raw SSSS base pay); Also your scarcity (i.e. how few/many your are, thus the demand for your services as per market forces) and One other factor called ‘Other Incentives’. This was done for every job evaluated by the FWSC. For doctors however, the FWSC decided to take out the scarcity factor, because according to them (FWSC), our scarcity has resulted in our extra duty hours of work. As debatable as that was, GMA decided not to make any issue out of that. Then again we were also denied the so called ‘other incentives’ for no apparent reason. This meant that for the market premium, we would only be evaluated using the extra hours of work. Now when it came to calculating our market premium based ONLY on the extra duty

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Doctors call-off strike Medical Doctors have called off their almost three-week old strike with immediate effect. Assistant General Secretary of the GMA Dr. Frank Siribuor confirmed the decision in an interview with Nana Bobie Ansah, host of Asempa FM’s political talk programme Ekosii Sen. He said the decision was informed by the countless appeals by well meaning groups including the Ghana Peace Council, Christian and Moslem groups, civil society groups across the country. He said considering the many appeals, it was not worth it continuing with the strike and urged all doctors to return to duty as leaders continue negotiations with the Fair Wages and Salary Commission. He said they also had to return to duty to

demystify the notion that they are mass murderers. Whilst returning to work, he was hopeful their grievances would be met. Dr. Siribuor however lamented what he said were unjustified criticisms against them. Critics most of whom were government spokesperson, condemned the strike by the doctors with some calling the leaders of the GMA as mass murderers. Dr Siribuor said those criticism were misplaced. He also confirmed that the GMA met president John mills on Sunday over the same matter. He was however not ready to divulge the full details of the meeting, except to say that President Mills had counseled them to follow the due process of the law.

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50% of maternal mortality due to lack of blood for transfusion An estimated fifty percent of maternal mortalities recorded in Accra are as a result of the none availability of blood for onward transfusion to the pregnant women who need it. This is according to the Manager of Donor Services, at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Blood Bank, Tetteh Carboo. Mr. Carboo who made the disclosure on Multi TV’s current affairs show pm: EXPRESS also indicated that less than one percent of Ghanaians donate blood across the country adding that “the percentage is so small you can’t even compute”. Biomedical experts contend that if at least 1 percent of Ghanaians donate blood, the country would not have to grapple with acute blood shortage at the blood bank of the nation’s premiere hospital. The blood bank at the Korle- Bu Teaching Hospital has once again being hit by an acute shortage of blood – a development which is not new to the department. Explaining the cause of the intermittent shortage of blood at the blood bank, Mr. Carboo noted that the problem was due to demand outstripping supply “all the time”. The Korle Bu Teaching Hospital alone requires 100 units of blood daily with the entire Greater Accra region needing 250 units of blood daily “because we are supposed to supply all other clinics in the region and even to the Eastern and Volta regions and this

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doesn’t happen because we don’t have enough. The reason being, the source of blood is from me and you. If we don’t donate, there won’t be blood”, Tetteh Carboo told pm: EXPRESS Host Nii Arday Clegg. It is regrettable that Ghana has never achieved a 50 percent voluntary blood donation status, with the percentage fluctuating between 28 and 45 percent despite other African countries like Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Togo having achieved 100 percent status. Ghana is only able to collect about 40,000 units of blood annually despite the requirement for blood hovering around 100,000 units annually. The Blood Bank at Korle-Bu can hold 2,000 units of blood at any given time which can be stored for up to 35 days. According to Mr. Carboo, the solution to the acute shortage lies in Ghanaians being altruistic donors. “You walk in, donate and end of story; but no, we want to come in and donate for money, we want to donate for milo, we want to donate for hampers, we want to donate for T-Shirts and when we cannot supply these things, we cannot sustain their interest”. He stressed that it has become very problematic that the Ghanaian keeps looking forward to material benefits before committing to donate blood instead of thinking of the ultimate objective which is to save lives. For now, the pervading

practice is for donors to be given cards which afford them ready blood at inopportune times, preferential treatment when they visit the hospital and also free medical screening every time they donate. Inviting the public to patronize the emergency donation exercise being organized by Joy FM on Saturday, Mr. Carbbo assured the public that donating blood does not deplete one’s stock, adding that a pint of blood is almost like one sachet water and every human being has about 11 pints in them. To become anemic, one would have to lose close

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Manufacturing Investment Helps Secure New Jobs For Ontarians McGuinty Government Helping Company Com“This is an exciting developpete In Global Market

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Celestica is transforming its Toronto facility to focus on higher-growth markets, which will create and protect approximately 650 highly-skilled jobs for Ontario families. These new jobs will build upon the 97,700 net new jobs that have already been created in Ontario so far this year alone.

* Based in Toronto, Celestica delivers innovative supply chain solutions to a number of markets and employs approximately 35,000 people around the globe.

The province is partnering with Celestica to continue to diversify its markets and maintain its competitiveness in the global marketplace by expanding its services to include: * solar panel manufacturing for clean energy * specialized electronics for aerospace and defence * commercialization and aftermarket services, including tablets, smart phones, and other personal communication devices. Partnering with business and supporting the advanced electronics manufacturing industry are key components of the McGuinty government’s plan to create and support new and existing jobs for Ontario families, and to strengthen local economies.

ment in the history of one of our local companies. We look forward to the impact the business expansion will have on the electronics manufacturing industry, as well as on regional and local economies.” ? Kathleen Wynne, MPP for Don Valley West “Ontario maintains its commitment to creating jobs and growing the economy. Award-winning Celestica is among a growing number of Ontario companies that have distinguished themselves in the global marketplace for their commitment to productivity and R&D, and their superior customer service.” ? Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Innovation “Through our global operations network and expertise in engineering and supply chain management, we enable our customers to innovate and compete in a highly competitive and global marketplace. We are pleased to receive support from the province to help maintain an advanced manufacturing capability in Canada.” — Mike Andrade, Senior Vice President, Diversified Mar-

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secondary schools enjoyed my company. I was humorous and they found me precocious from my elementary school days. I spent time with them after school and served them. I ran errands for them. These people were unknowingly investing in a young life that would be transformed into being a teacher and mentor others. I also believe my very life motivates some youth”, he recounted with emotion. Mr. Arkoh-Forson, who was recognized and received an award at the 2008 Awards ceremonies, paid glowing tribute to the award recipients recognizing them as people who have been mentored or who have persevered without any formal guidance and have attained recognizable heights in their own lives and within the Ghanaian-Canadian community. He challenged parents, community elders and the youth to take advantage of the great opportunities that are available in Canada. “Living in Canada means those who have poured into your lives, or the lives some of you have invested your time and energy in are not neces-

sarily of Ghanaian birth. We are therefore pleased to be in this country that has opened her arms for all who will apply and qualify to live within its borders and enjoy the multicultural benefit herein”, he said. He noted the great delight parents and mentors feel to see the fruit of their toil in those they have devoted their time and resources to who are being recognized at the Awards ceremony. “Their lives”, he said, “have been enhanced by your guidance, labour and resources”. Your efforts have not been in vain. It is therefore obvious that when we pour out our lives or sow into other people’s lives, we will reap pleasant fruits. If there is an area with more beneficial result for investment, it is in our children. Mr Arkoh-Forson also admonished parents and the youth not to aim for only those “visible” professions of becoming lawyers, doctors, engineers or going to the moon. “Uncountable number of professions” he said, “are available to them but we can only guide them to make the right choices when we visit the schools, contact Guidance Counselors, being

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Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Young Offenders will do More Harm than Good By Kwabena Akuoko, MSW, RSW, Toronto

The Harper government recently utilized its new parliamentary majority to curtail debate on the tough-on-crime bill it had tabled in the House of Commons at beginning of the current session. The proposed law, which consists of nine different crime legislations dubbed omnibus crime bill, is formally known as Safe Streets and Communities Act. A mandatory minimum sentences provision is at issue with the proposed law, which is pending before the Conservativesdominated Justice Parliamentary Committee for a rubberstamp approval process. The expected-to-pass bill is the hallmark of the government’s criminal justice policy to move forward with its hyped law and order agenda. It is essentially an across-the-board reform of the entire criminal justice system, including the administration of youth justice. Mandatory minimum sentences will thus become integral part of how certain juvenile offenders are dealt with during the sentencing phase of their involvement with the justice system. The concept will be applicable to all convicted offenders, but imposing custodial sentences on minor juvenile lawbreakers will do more harm than good, it will more likely drive them into a life of crime because imprisonment often ignores offenders’ rehabilitative needs. Mandatory minimum sentencing is about imposing a required minimum term of punishment, usually incarceration on the convicted offender. But criminal justices experts caution that implementation of mandatory minimum sentences will be costly with enormous negative impact on the justice system. The Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA), which specifically deals with young offenders, will for example face major reforms to accommodate the mandatory minimum sentences provision. No wonder several advocacy groups, including the Canadian Bar Association have expressed deep concerns about the pending legislation’s overreliance on incarceration and constraints on judges’ discretion to ensure fair outcomes of cases. Mandatory minimum sentences differ profoundly from sentencing guidelines. Under the current Canadian sentencing guidelines for instance,

judges are guided by sentencing principles and have discretion to impose appropriate punishments on convicted offenders. The fundamental principle of sentencing is that a sentence must be proportionate to the gravity of the offence and the degree of responsibility of the offender. This principle suggests that the punishment should fit the crime, and that an offender should not be treated more harshly than the crime warrants in order to deter others, incapacitate or rehabilitate the offender. In addition to the underlying principle that a sentence must fit the crime, there are other purposes of sentencing, including deterring others from committing crimes; deterring a particular offender from reoffending; incapacitating an offender from committing more crimes; rehabilitating the particular offender and providing reparation for harm done to victims or society. These are the core principles, which the current regime of the juvenile justice system under the auspices of YCJA function. Unfortunately however, the Safe Streets and Communities Act will in most cases supersede all other considerations. It will take away judges’ discretionary powers and compel them to impose custodial sentences on repeat juvenile lawbreakers regardless of the minor nature of their crimes. This practice represents a departure from sentencing guidelines in which sentencing discretion relating to the term of imprisonment remains with judges. The premise behind mandatory minimum sentences is that the imposition of a minimal custodial sentence on a crime will help reduce the occurrence of the crime because of the severity of the sanction, and will ensure society’s denunciation of serious crimes. Criminal justice experts however contend that mandatory minimum sentences, while popular and appealing to public sentiments are

not effective in combating crimes. The concept is not particularly helpful in responding to youth crime because it tends to focus more on deterrence through incarceration and ignores rehabilitation as postsentencing intervention. It is therefore not surprising that the concept of minimum sentences otherwise referred to as “three strikes law” has become the source of controversy in many United States’ jurisdictions where it has been in existence for years. Low-level repeat offenders are routinely incarcerated in places like California, Arizona, Florida, etc. And hence critics refer to the proposed legislation as Canadian version of “three strikes law” in which minor, but repeat offenders receive unwarranted custodial sentences resulting in overcrowding of prisons. Under the current YCJ’s sentencing guidelines, when a youth who is accused of crime is convicted, the court imposes appropriate sentences. Youth sentences may include a sanction of performing a community service, a probation period with or without supervision, an intensive support and supervision program, an open or secure custody and supervision order, a deferred custody and supervision order, a fine, conditional or absolute discharge and also a restitution order. Essentially, judges who have wellrounded knowledge of the cases before them use their own discretions to impose appropriate sentences and incarcerations tend to be the last resort. Although the Safe Streets and Communities Act will not entirely eliminate the current sentencing guidelines for juvenile offenders, but where both statutory mandatory minimum sentences and sentencing guidelines co-exist, the former will triumph. The Conservative government’s tough-on-crime agenda packaged as Safe Streets and Communities Act is ideologically or politically driven and punitive in nature. It will unfairly punish low-level repeat offenders. The law is flawed, inherently unjust and ineffective in preventing crimes because it is mainly punitive based, and will likely penalize already disadvantaged populations, especially poor and minority young offenders. The proposed law will turn minor and repeat young offenders into hardened criminals.

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The African Woman By: Abena Kwatemaa Offeh-Gyimah

Can I borrow your thoughts? I want to know what you think How you see things From that obscured perspective I want to know your dreams, hopes and ambitions I want to know the struggles you face on a daily basis And the quiet devastating moments in your life that leave its own profound dilemmas I want to know how you made the transition from girlhood to womanhood without shedding tears of innocence I want to know what influenced you to make that compelling choice about moving away from places and spaces that makes you feel inferior Give me an insight into your complex culture and oftencontradictory family structures

Tell me about the choices, the hard decisions you make on a daily basis Tell me how you impress and move those around you, how you eloquently reveal truth in every little thing Tell me how you raised consciousness in your community Walk me through your tales of self-sacrifice, carrying burdens that won’t seem to set you free Can you give me your strength and power to stand up against those who oppress me? How do you achieve your sense of self in a system measure, calculated to destroy you? I want to possess only half of your knowledge, strength, purity, and spirituality Can I borrow your thoughts?

Why Goal Setting is so Important for Students By Kwaku Wirekoh-Boateng

It is often said that one of the most profound human experiences is that of discovering our life’s purpose. This sense of purpose drives us to realize our better selves and become the best we can be. In school, successful students are those who strive for this ideal by setting tangible goals that can be achieved through diligent effort. In order for students to realize their academic potentials, it is essential that they develop a habit of goal setting. No one ever floats to success. While academic failure is often attributed to low learning aptitude, I believe that the bulk of our students who perform poorly in school do so not because they lack intelligence but because they lack direction. It is not uncommon to find young Ghanaian youth in the GTA who have no academic ambi-

tion or aspirations. Especially among males, this unfortunate fact is increasingly becoming commonplace. Given this reality, it is little wonder that many of our students continue to fall through the cracks of the educational pipeline. The importance of goal setting in academics can hardly be overstated. Goals provide benchmarks against which students can measure their performance and progress. Effective goals provide guidelines that lead toward a desired outcome. Absent such guidelines, it becomes easy to veer off track and lose focus of priorities and responsibilities. If you have no objective to reach for, you are more likely to give in to influences such as negative peer pressure. In order to create a more conducive environment for academic success, parents must help their children cultivate the practice of setting and working towards tangible and achievable goals. This small step proves immensely fruitful in the long run. It is important to keep in mind that the setting of shortterm academic goals are but a means through which broader aspirations are achieved. It does not constitute an end in

itself. In this sense, it serves as a roadmap to get to your destination. This broader concept of destination is often absent in students who perform poorly in school. Without clarity of purpose, it is practically improbable to develop goals and adhere to them. It is, therefore, necessary for our young students to develop a purpose in order to cultivate a habit of setting goals and striving for excellence. Undoubtedly, the development of a sense of purpose in students is not a panacea that will cure all the ills of the education system. Indeed, the lack of interest in school among many black youth is perhaps but a symptom of a systematic problem. Even so, for many atrisk youth, this sense of direction can still go a long way toward improving academic standing. When you develop aspirations, you become motivated to work towards your goal. That motivation helps sustain the enthusiasm and interest students need in order to excel. At some point, every student has to determine his or her own objective for going to school, and that broader objective should inspire hard work and diligence.


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BUSINESS Self Employment-Career Option By Eddie Twumasi Smith Bsc(Hons) Chem Eng, MBA,CGA

Statistic Canada September 2011 report indicated that there were 61,000 new jobs created in September 2011. This made unemployment rate drop from 7.8% in August 2011 to 7.1% in September 2011. Not a bad rate considering USA national unemployment rate is around 9.1% within the same period. From the Human Resource & Skills Development of Canada September 2011 report, the average unemployment rate across major cities in Ontario ranges from 7.9% to 8.9%, not a good story compared to provinces like Alberta with unemployment rate below 5.0%. Putting these statistics in context, a good portion of these newly created jobs were from selfemployed individuals across the country. By and large, the private sector and Canadians economy is providing the stimulus for self made businesses or private enterprises to flourish. The potential for this trend growing is very high. This begs the question; is the government not creating new jobs anymore? One economic school of thought posits that the government will have to spend in various sectors of the economy to create more jobs to be able to drop unemployment to a bearable minimum. This approach will, in no uncertain terms, increase the deficit of Canada. Lessons from our south neighbor (USA) losing their triple A Standard & Poor’s’ rating and the European financial crisis does not make this option plausible economic strategy. A second economic school of thought, which is what the Harper conservative government is adopting, is to reduce spending as well as cutting taxes in key areas of the economy to stimulate growth and development. One of the key areas benefiting from current government economic policies is self employment. This and subsequent articles will seek to provide an insight into some economic opportunities for self employment and how we can learn from successes of others in Canada. Self employment by definition is employment owned and managed by an individual or a group of persons with an objective to make a profit or break-even. Self-employment however does not come on a silver platter; however require some soul searching, preparation and looking for an opportunity but in the end can be very rewarding. The following are some guidelines among many others on how one can get started with hunting, pursuing an opportunity and translating opportunities into reality: Franchise Start Ups There are many franchise opportunities and some are very good. But they all have a measure of risk. You can approach a franchise broker such as Frannet. They will attempt to match you up with a franchise concept. Frannet have been in business since 1987 advising clients who want to transition from traditional employment to self-employment. Frannet provides the following services: • Perform a thorough search for franchise opportunities that fit your personal profile and expectation. • Determine the best business for your unique goals and skills. • Build a business and invest in yourself. • Meet your high expectations and implement a plan.

• Understand the pros and cons of owning a business. • Receive expert advice 100% free. Source: www.Frannet.com The service is free for the franchisee the expenses are paid by the franchisor. Someone with a business concept or model, Frannet can assist in fine tuning and matching your business concept with a Franchisor who will provide the steps and start up resources into a given industry. Frannet gets paid by the Franchisor and at no cost to the Franchisee. Ongoing Business Purchase The second option for self-employment is buying existing business with established clientele base or resources. The following are some of the tips one should consider if your preferred route is buying established business: Search and Find Opportunity Websites like http:// Canada.businessesforsale.com is a good start for someone looking to buy established business by industry or location and reinventing or revamping existing business. There are however some risks associated with this option and one will have to perform thorough due diligence. The following are some suggestion worth considering: 1) Ensure it is being sold for the right reasons, look at the financial statements and understand it. 2) One can buy the existing business by either Asset Purchase or Stock/Share Purchase. Mark Warner of Woodridge Asset Management suggests for the sale of a business the Asset Purchase is certainly the best and easiest option for both seller and buyer. 3) In some cases, a seller may want to under report income or do a stock/share sale or the seller may wants assets valued low for tax reasons. Which invariably will be to the advantage of the seller paying lower taxes (income and capital gain taxes) but to the disadvantage of the buyer. Because of these complexities and challenges, it is always advisable to find a lawyer and a good accountant for professional advice. Government web sites are surprisingly good and easy to use for information. 4) Pricing A privately-owned business is often its owner’s most valuable asset. According to business valuation advisors spardata, owners misjudge the value of their company by 58.9% (A 2010 study found just one in ten owners accurately estimated (within 5%) their company’s value; the median error was 58.9%; one guess was off by 1,000%! Most owners use ‘rules of thumb’ to value their business. It is true that rules of thumb are easy to use but rules of thumb are always wrong! Their flaw is they assume one business is identical to every other business in that industry – which is clearly ridiculous since every business is as unique as a fingerprint. It is therefore risky to accept owner’s valuation without an independent advisor providing sound and economic basis for the price of a private owned business. Entrepreneurial Start Ups cont'd on pg. 39

Buying a business How and What to do By: Jayson Schwarz

ensure your books are set up properly, help draft the business plan, advise you and discuss financial and tax issues, etc.

Ok, so you have decided to purchase a commercial building, a restaurant, a dry cleaner, a franchise, a business and you have never owned a business before . . . how and what do I do? Firstly, make sure you are not undercapitalized. In my over thirty years of law practice I have seen more businesses fail because they were leveraged to the hilt and did not have enough equity then for any other reason. All it took was one bad period and they could not survive because they did not have the cash resources to do so. Secondly, make sure you know something about the business you want to go into or the real estate you want to purchase. In other words have some experience. If you do not have any get some!! How? Go work for someone in the industry or a few someones until you get a good idea of what works and what doesn’t. Ask questions, keep notes and read. Yes read! Go to the library, Government publications, the internet and learn about the industry and the business. Research the area if it is real estate based and what is planned for the future. There will be many articles and people to speak to if you look hard enough.

Jayson Schwarz

Thirdly, if you do not understand accounting take some simple accounting courses . . . Why? Good question. If you cannot read financial statements how can you figure out if the business you want to buy is what you think it is. One of the most important things as a business owner that you need is knowledge of every aspect of your business and finance is one of them most critical. We hire bookkeepers but who says they are accurate, honest, careful or dependable. You need to know what is going on before you buy and after you buy to keep your business properly on course. Fourthly, professionals. Find a good lawyer and a good accountant as this one-two punch is one of the foundation blocks of your business. You lawyer will help you with correct structure within which to operate your business; drafting the Agreement of Purchase and Sale and the purchase your business, your lease, etc. Your accountant will

I recommend you find an experienced commercial real estate agent to present the offers amendments etc. after they have been drafted by your lawyer because this professional makes a living ensuring deals close and he will understand all the nuances of the negotiation. Once these hurdles are overcome identify a target business and study it. Watch the comings and goings. How many people a day go in and out etc. Once you are satisfied get all of the data you need to prepare your offer. The Offer or Agreement of Purchase and Sale is probably the most important document in the purchase process. Think of it as the blueprint for the deal. It requires a great deal of forethought and planning in order that you get what you think you bought. Your lawyer is the proper person to draft this Offer in order to ensure you are protected. Jayson Schwarz is a Toronto business lawyer and partner in the law firm Schwarz Law LLP. If you have questions look on the web at www.schwarzlaw.ca.

Jayson Schwarz Law Office Barristers and Solicitors Schwarz Law LLP is a full service law firm, offering sound and practical professional advice in the areas of Business Law, Corporate, Commercial, Real Estate, General Litigation, Personal Injury, Construction Liens, Immigration and Estates and Tax Planning. Schwarz Law LLP is also associated with law firms in Providenciales (Turks & Caicos Islands), Kansas City, Missouri (USA), Accra (Ghana) & Montreal, Quebec. Jayson Schwarz is also a foreign referral associate of Cyrus Ross International (Europe). As a result, through our network of associated firms, we can provide national and international solutions as required.

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Isaac Weds Francillia in grand style at Manor Golf Club at Kettleby on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 The wedding was officiated by Rev. Frank O. Adu of Ghanaian Presbyterian Church. It was well attended by family members, friends and wellwishers

The Groom's father (middle) and the Uncle (left)

The Aunties of the bride with the couple

The Groom's men The newly wed - Isaac and Francillia Lighting the candle

The family members of the newly wed

The bride's maids

The couple standing by the cake

The Aunties of the bride with the newly wed couple

The entire family of the newly wed from Canada and USA at the wedding

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St. John's Anglican Ghanaian Congregation held its Annual Harvest and Fundraising Event on Sunday October 16th 2011 at the Church premises on 2125 Weston Road

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Lawyer Alexander Benjamin in handshake with Nsutamanhene

Nana Adjei Bonsafo IV, Nsutamanhene with Nananom

Mr. Emmanuel Ayiku

Mr. Phillip Arkoh Forson

Mr. Joe Kingsley Eyiah

Nsutamanhene and Nananom traditional dance

Rev. Eric Amoah Academic recipient

From left Mr. & Mrs. Hodoh, Mr. & Mrs. Ayiku

Cultural Promotion recipient and wife with Nana Atuahene Karikari I

Young Talent recipients with Dr. Tay

Young Professionals recipients with York Regional Police representative

Hilife Music recipi Mr. Sam Kabu Asa

Some of the recipients with some invited guests and organizers Some of the invited guests Gospel Music recipients with Rev. Adu-Anane

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Volunteers from Police Founndation with Mr. Ayiku and Mr. Hausman

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Sports recipients with Mr. Yaw Obeng

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PEOPLE AND PLACES John Patrick Eyiah's Graduation

Patrick Eyiah graduated from York University with bachelor degree in science and nursing. Patrick with mom and dad Mr. & Mrs. Eyiah and children

Ghanaian youth at High School Graduation

From left Jeffrey Kankam, Abigail Aquino-Annobil, Hilda Agyei-Addo, Francine Boateng, Kirby Wiafe, Rosie Mensah all from Monsignor Percy Johnson Catholic Secondary School on graduation day, Friday Oct. 21 2011

Ordination of Deacons & Deaconesses at the Heritage Ghanaian SDA Church October 23, 2011

Mrs. Charity Owusu and Yvonne Annobil after obtaining their Masters in Social Work @ York University on October 5th 2011

Group picture of Deacon and Deaconesses

From left Rev. Mr. Eleanor Adu-Anane, Apostle Dennis Awuku, Rev. & Rev. Mrs. Owusu at Ghanaian Women's Prayer Conference 2011 Rev. Winnie and Friends at the launching of Welcome Home Evangelistic Ministries


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Ghanaian Women’s fasting and Prayer Conference 2011 By Jonathan Annobil

The last of two Ghanaian Women’s Fasting & Prayer Conference 2011 was held at Lighthouse Assembly of God Church on 595 A Trethewey Drive, Toronto. It took place on Monday, October 10, 2011

Thanksgiving Holiday in Canada. The theme was “Let us give thanks unto the Lord” taken from Psalm 107. The guest speaker was Senior Pastor Rev. Isaac Takyi DeGraft of Lighthouse Assembly of God Church. He admon-

ished the participants to keep in mind that no matter what predicament we find ourselves in, we should still give thanks

to the Lord for His goodness toward us. After the sermon, Pastor DeGraft led the congregation in

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WORLD NEWS Gadhafi’s death a new era for Libya Moammar Gadhafi, who ruled Libya with an iron fist for 42 years until he was ousted by his own people, was killed Thursday October 20, 2011 when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown, Sirte, the last major bastion of resistance two months after his regime fell. The 69-year-old Gadhafi is the first leader to be killed in the Arab Spring wave of popular uprisings that swept the Middle East, demanding the end of autocratic rulers and the establishment of greater democracy. ”We confirm that all the evils, plus Gaddafi, have vanished from this beloved country,” interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril said in the capital of Tripoli. “Clearly, this day marks a historic transition for Libya … Yet let us recognize, immediately, that this is only the end of the beginning,” said United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon later Thursday. “This is the time for healing and rebuilding, for generosity of spirit, not for revenge.” Gadhafi’s death decisively ends a bloody regime that had turned Libya into an international pariah and ran the oilrich nation by the whims and brutality of its notoriously eccentric leader. Libyans now enters a new era, but their turmoil may not be over. The former rebels who now rule as the NTC party are disorganized, they face rebuilding a country stripped of institutions, and have already shown signs of infighting, with divisions between geographical areas and Islamist and more secular ideologies. Early reports from fighters said Gadhafi had been barricaded in with his heavily armed loyalists in the last few buildings

they held in his Mediterranean coastal hometown of Sirte, furiously battling with revolutionary fighters closing in on them Thursday. At one point, a convoy tried to flee the area and was blasted by NATO airstrikes, but Jibril specified Gadhafi was not killed by the strike. Most accounts agreed Gadhafi was shot to death by fighters. Fighters in Sirte rolled Gadhafi’s body on the pavement, according to footage aired on Al-Jazeera, TV. The goaded Gadhafi was stripped to the waist and his head was bloodied. The killing or capture of senior aides, including possibly two of Gadhafi’s sons may ease fears of diehards regrouping elsewhere — though cellphone video apparently of Gaddafi alive and being beaten may inflame Gadhafi’s sympathizers. Gadhafi’s body was then paraded through the streets of the nearby city of Misrata on top of a vehicle surrounded by a large crowd chanting, “The blood of the martyrs will not go in vain,” according to footage aired on Al-Arabiya television. The fighters who killed Gadhafi are believed to have come from Misrata, a city that

suffered a brutal weeks-long siege by Gadhafi’s forces during the eight-month long civil war. Abdel-Jalil Abdel-Aziz, a doctor who was part of the medical team that accompanied the body in the ambulance to Misrata, said Gadhafi died from two bullet wounds, to the head and chest. “You can’t imagine my happiness today. I can’t describe my happiness,” he told the Associated Press. “The tyranny is gone. Now the Libyan people can rest.” Celebratory gunfire and cries of “Allahu Akbar” or “God is Great” rang out across the capital Tripoli. Cars honked their horns and people hugged each other. In Sirte, the ecstatic former rebels celebrated the city’s fall after weeks of bloody siege by firing endless rounds into the sky, pumping their guns, knives and even a meat cleaver in the air and singing the national anthem. Libya’s justice minister confirmed later Thursday that Gadhafi’s son and one-time heir apparent, Seif al-Islam, had been captured wounded by revolutionary fighters and is in a hospital after being shot in the leg. Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam also told the Associated Press by telephone that Muatassim Gadhafi, his father’s former national security adviser, was dead. Senior NTC official Abdel Majid Mlegta told Reuters that DNA tests were being conducted to confirm it was Moammar Gaddafi who the rebels killed. Most likely he would be buried in Misrata by Friday, according to Muslim custom. Libya’s new leaders had said they would declare the

country’s “liberation” after the fall of Sirte. The death of Gadhafi adds greater solidity to that declaration. It rules out a scenario that some had feared — that he might flee deeper into Libya’s southern deserts and lead a resistance campaign against Libya’s rulers. The fate of some top figures of his regime remains unknown, but their ability to rally loyalists would be deeply undermined with Gadhafi’s loss. Sirte’s fall caps weeks of heavy, street-by-street fighting as revolutionary fighters besieged the city. Despite the fall of Tripoli on Aug. 21, Gadhafi loyalists mounted fierce resistance in several areas, including Sirte, preventing Libya’s new leaders from declaring full victory in the eight-month civil war. Earlier this week, revolutionary fighters gained control of one stronghold, Bani Walid. By Tuesday, fighters said they had squeezed Gadhafi’s forces in Sirte into a residential area of about 700 square yards but were still coming under heavy fire from surrounding buildings. In an illustration of how heavy the fighting has been, it took the anti-Gadhafi fighters two days to capture a single residential building. Reporters at the scene watched as the final assault began around 8 a.m. Thursday and ended about 90 minutes later. Just before the battle, about five carloads of Gadhafi loyalists tried to flee the enclave down the coastal highway that leads out of the city. But they were met by gunfire from the revolutionaries, who killed at least 20 of them. Col. Roland Lavoie, spokescont'd on pg. 54

30 more MPs for rebalanced House of Commons Quebec will get three more seats in the House of Commons under proposed legislation announced Thursday by the Conservative government. Quebec is getting more seats than originally planned to ensure the province’s representation in the Commons matches its share of the country’s population. Tim Uppal, minister of state for democratic reform, announces his government’s proposed Fair Representation Act in Brampton, Ont. Thursday. Marie Morrissey/CBC Ontario will get 15 more seats, British Columbia and Alberta six each and Quebec three under the Fair Representation Act announced by Tim Uppal, minister of state for democratic reform, at a news conference in Brampton Thursday morning. “Canadians living in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta have become significantly

underrepresented as their populations have grown,” said Uppal in prepared remarks. “The Fair Representation Act delivers on our government’s long-standing commitment and moves every single province towards the principle of representation by population.” What factor is most important to seat distribution? Take our survey. That will bring the total number of seats in the House of Commons to 338 from the current 308. Stéphane Dion, the Liberals’ critic on democratic reform, criticized the Conservatives for the way in which news of the proposed seat changes have trickled out over the past few months, and called for the provinces to be involved in the redistribution. “Democratic reform is not a game and must be done in coordination with the provinces.

Now that a proposal is before Parliament, the Conservatives must commit to allowing Members of Parliament and Senators the time to fully study the impacts of this Bill,” Dion said in a statement Thursday. The NDP said it would respond to the prosposed legislation Thursday afternoon. The Conservatives had proposed to add seats in only the three fastest growing provinces: Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper repeated the government’s position, which was included in the party’s election platform. He said the government made three promises about representation in the House. “First of all, that we would increase the number of seats now and in the future to better reflect the growth of Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta,

the growth of those provinces and their population,” he said in Peterborough, Ont. “That secondly, we would make sure that the number of seats for the small provinces did not fall, that they were protected, and that the proportional representation of Quebec would also be protected, proportional according to population. Those are our three commitments, and we intend to bring forward legislation that respects those commitments.” The party’s platform guarantees Quebec won’t drop below 75 seats. Quebec has 75 of 308 seats right now, or 24.4 per cent. July Statistics Canada numbers show Quebec had a population of 7,979,663, or 23.1 per cent of the country’s population. Under the new distribution, the province would have 23.1 per cent of the seats in the House of Commons. CBC News

Arthritis costs Canada $33B a year Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in Canada, putting serious strain on public health care and the economy, according to a new report. Thursday’s report by the Arthritis Alliance of Canada estimated that osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis costs the Canadian economy $33 billion last year in direct health-care costs and indirect costs such as lost productivity. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common inflammatory joint disease. iStock The report’s authors said currently more than 4.4 million Canadians live with osteoarthritis, a progressive joint disease that occurs when damaged joint tissues are unable to normally repair themselves, resulting in a breakdown of cartilage and bone. More than 272,000 people are living with rheumatoid arthritis, the most common inflammatory joint disease. “Too many people dismiss arthritis as an old person’s disease,” said Dr. Dianne Mosher, a rheumatologist in Calgary who heads the group and was one of the lead authors on the report. “Canadians need to understand that these diseases are painful and debilitating. They can affect anyone, at any age.” People with arthritis can have trouble walking and standing, and chronic pain can disturb sleep and lead to fatigue and depression, Mosher said. In 30 years, the more than 10 million or one in four Canadians is expected to have osteoarthritis. The report’s authors propose four potential steps to mitigate the burden of the disease and

manage its impact on the healthcare system and economy: * Increasing access to total joint replacement. * Decreasing obesity rates by 50 per cent since obesity is a major risk factor for osteoarthritis. * Developing adequate pain management strategies for hip and knee osteoarthritis. * Early diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with medications. The group is seeking greater awareness about arthritis. “In our specialty, our patients don’t die,” said Dr. Claire Bombardier, director of the rheumatology division at the University of Toronto. “Our patients live in pain and often in silent pain, invisible pain, and it becomes obvious when they break down. They have to stop working or their husbands leave them. There are all sorts of impacts on life: people have to move house [because] they aren’t able to go up and down stairs, they’re not able to go to the toilet, they need other people to help them.” The Arthritis Alliance, which released its report at a scientific conference in Quebec City, is calling on government policy-makers, the corporate sector and the insurance industry to join with advocacy groups in creating a national strategy to reduce the burden of arthritis on Canadians. At the conference, delegates will spend two days discussing the report and topics including the future of the arthritis community, inflammation in chronic disease, the patient experience, rarer forms of arthritis and personalized medicine.

Ontario Tory’s bid for Speaker disappoints Hudak Major blow for PCs Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP Frank Klees turned down positions in the shadow cabinet. Ontario’s Liberals may end up with a virtual majority despite falling one seat short after a Progressive Conservative announced Tuesday he would be running for Speaker of the legislature. Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak said he offered Frank Klees two prominent critic portfolios to keep him in the opposition benches but was turned down.

“We’re surprised and disappointed that Frank has decided this is a better approach for him,” Hudak said after unveiling his shadow cabinet. “I had hoped that Frank would be there with us.” The move is a major blow for Hudak, who made some gains in the Oct. 6 election but lost the race for premier despite going in with a significant lead. If Klees wins, the Tories and the NDP will lose their majority 54 seats, ending up with 53 seats between them, the same as the Liberals. Klees, who had run unsuccessfully against Hudak in the Tory cont'd on pg. 51


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Esi Edugyan: Celebrated by the West, Unheard of in Ghana By Kwesi Tawiah-Benjamin, Ottawa In her own words, she was sorting out “the pee and poo” of her new baby when the telephone rang. It wasn’t an unexpected hour for the phone to ring, but the news was quite unexpected or perhaps not expected at all: She had been nominated for the Man Booker Prize, the most honourable literary award in the Commonwealth. And it’s not just a citation and a plaque to take home; the eventual winner bags a handsome 50,000 pounds ($82,000). That was a harbinger of greater things to come. Three more nominations for other prestigious literary prizes have followed: The Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction award and the GovernorGeneral’s award. Esi did not win the Booker, Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an

Esi Edugyan

Ending, won. But she could sweep all three Canadian awards if Half Blood Blues, her latest work, triumphs over Patrick DeWitt’s The Sisters Brothers. Half Blood Blues, a story about racial dilemmas set in Berlin, Paris and Baltimore, is her second. The first, The Second Coming of Samuel Tyne, was selected by the New York public Library in 2004 as a book to remember. Esi has been

reviewed by almost every important newspaper or literary journal. Here in Canada, she is an icon. Back in her home country, she is a virtual unknown. But she may be our finest literary treasure…at least at present…What is the name of that intelligent Ghanaian writer who got near being nominated for the Man Booker? Let Israel name him. Esi is a rare breed in the world of letters. A first book is usually a mere knock on the door. The literary door is made of thick translucent brass. The hardest knock is usually not heard at all. When it is most audible, it is heard only by the person who is doing the knocking. Often the door is shut right in their faces when it seldom opens. Esi’s first didn’t have to knock; it was a knockout–to remember. The second knocked on the doors of Booker, and even on the doors

of the Governor-General of Canada. How are the mighty born? Esi is only 33, a new mother to a mixed race baby born to poet/ novelist partner Steven Price. At 33, she looks like any 33 year old. And like every 33 year old young woman, she may have a craving for many things 33. Photos of her printed by the western press show a young lady with a searching look in her eyes. In her winter overcoat with long lapels, she could pass for any young person walking the asphalted streets of New York or Victoria…with or without a swagger or perhaps with a grin. But unlike many 33 year olds, her words make a booker sense. In her Victoria home in British Columbia, Canada, Esi houses what looks like a public library. She walks into the facility with a cup of tea, and ‘get lost in a book.’ She is either reading or has just

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finished reading. It doesn’t fall from the skies; perspiration and a painful discharge of energy go into the making of the mighty and the great. Throw in divine favour…for Christian measure. The creative Ghanaian brain! We are a creative people. Mind you, Esi Edugyan is Canadian-Ghanaian or Ghanaian-Canadian, depending on where the moon shines on a particular windy summer. With a Caucasian husband and a mixed race child, Esi is probably a bit of many things colour. Connoisseurs wonder whether Half Blood Blues, the setting of which was shaped during her visits to Germany, mirrors these realities. Samuel Tyne is a story about a Ghanaian immigrant in the West. Reviewers have tried to establish a connection between Tyne and the complex dynamics of modern western immigration, which Esi’s Ghanaian immigrant family typifies. There is such a thing as starting a book and finishing it. It is

possible to develop the plot of a good story from an uncompleted structure in Kasoa, set in Brooklyn or say topsy-turvy Toronto, and embellished with realities of life in former apartheid South Africa. The human brain, no matter where it finds itself, has enormous power to dream dreams worthy of a booker. Yet, location, more than potential, counts a lot in the making of the African Great. Did Canada or the United States, where Esi took her first degree, shape her creative personality in a way that Kosoa will never be able to do? Still, many have won international awards from our local Ghanaian setting. Setting, friends, setting (both in place and time), is important. Of course, a certain Mr Kofi Akpabli wrote about Ghanaian traditional soups and good old Akpeteshie, and won a CNN award for his efforts. The Pan African Writers Association in Accra is yet to reward Akpabli’s Akpeteshie, even though PAWA knows the local gin better than the CNN inAtlanta. Setting, my ‘brethers’ and sisters, is sometimes all the Booker there is.

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May they rest in perfect peace. Many years ago, our forefathers journeyed through unfriendly and enemy territories to finally settle on the land we call today, , Anlo. Today our forebears are mourning relentlessly in their graves because the solid foundation upon which the Anlo State was established is being gradually demolished with greed and perpetual infighting. In this 21st Century, it is lamentable that Anlogah, which is the seat of paramouncy has no Community Centre, a modern library, a museum, well decorated historical sites and last but not the least, an Awomefia Palace, that can attract foreign dignitaries. For the Anlo State to regain its lost glory, the Elders have to put all their differences aside and speak with one voice. Our Elders must understand that if the State is fragmented, governments will continue to marginalize us and we would eventually lose our respect and dignity. Moreover, my fear is that if our Elders continue to remain silent on matters that touch the very core of our existence, the Anlo State may collapse and we will lose our language and culture. Eventually, we will become slaves on our own land, thereby undermining the purpose of the “Notsie Exodus.” My proud people of Anlo, have you forgotten so soon the motto of this State which is “Naketi deka no dzo me bi nua?” What happened to the peace which is the bedrock of Anlo State? Where are the factional fighting, protracted legal tussles, senseless killings and decades of hatred leading us? Where are the warriors of Anlo? How long can we remain silent when we all know that our houses are on fire? When one travels round the

world, one will realize that the Chinese, Japanese, Indians, Americans, Koreans and other countries have unique cultures which they always fight to protect. It is however distressing to note that in the whole of Anlo State and other parts of Ghana, our cultural heritage and important cultural sites are being desecrated with vigorous impunity on a daily basis. Today, as I speak many important shrines have been left unattended, without leaders. My proud people of Anlo, I do not claim to be more intelligent than anybody present here today. However, as a concerned son of Anlo State, I believe in the saying that “the welfare of the crocodile is of paramount concern to the alligator.” Therefore, if I refuse to speak I will also perish. When I look at the faces of all present here today, I can see hope, pride, prosperity and happiness. However, as I look at the horizon, I can see Amega Gemedra, Amega Venya, Amega Tsali, Amega Tsala, Togbi Sri and others in their war regalias, in a miserable posture. The message from these Anlo warriors is that, “if you attach absolute reverence to the shrines and cultures of our forefathers, and also permit genuine priests to perform the legitimate rites as demanded by the traditions of our forefathers, NOBODY can stand on your way.” Politicians and the youth are waiting for us to show good leadership and lead this beautiful State into a paradise of hope, prosperity, and progress. My special appeal to the youth is to exercise patience. You have proved beyond reasonable doubts through your deeds where your loyalty lies. You fought gallantly as Ambassadors of Anlo culture to save this

State on November 1, 2007, when Nyonyo Agboada backed by over 200 armed policemen stormed the Anlogah Shrine to illegally proclaim himself the Awomefia of Anlo State. Although similar illegal activity happened in the Ga State in Accra, it did not happen in Anlogah because of your gallantry. As this State is going through tumultuous times, we need more of your support to enable us reach the “Promised Land.” However, if you allow yourselves to be used by our detractors over “30 pieces of silver,” you may not live long to enter the paradise we intend to build for ANLO. The journey will not be easy but with your moral, social, and intellectual support we will succeed! Our Elders say that “if you overpower a venomous viper, you have to severe its head.” My address will not be complete if I fail to touch on the most important issue that has undermined the unity of Anlo State for far too long: The Awomefia dispute. Let’s ponder on this: Abraham Lincoln tried six times to be the president of America, but failed. He finally succeeded in his seventh attempt. During his presidency, America regained her glory and he (Lincoln) was also instrumental in the abolition of slavery. My proud people ofAnlo, don’t you think we should give the new Awomefia the opportunity to prove himself like Abraham Lincoln? Maybe he could become another “Abraham Lincoln” for Anlo State and Ghana. The courts and lawyers in Ghana are feeding fat on the sweat of hardworking Anlos. Currently, there are thousands of Anlo cases pending in the various courts in the country. These monies used by the various litigants could be used for

development projects , especially when we complain everyday that there are no employment opportunities in the area. The government cannot solve all our problems. In many communities in the country, facilities such as Community Centre, library, Palace, school blocks etc. are built by the people themselves. With proper leadership, we can build these facilities in few years. My proud people of Anlo, “the ship” of Anlo State is sinking with great intensity. Let us give peace a chance and embrace the future with hope. Before I end my speech, I will like to refresh your memories with the last words of Togbi Sri I “Evil doers are the ruin of nations.” Set your children on the right path, for they are the nation tomorrow. We are living today but tomorrow we are not. In the virtue of our children will lie, the growth of our country in wisdom, love and bravery. Obedient children are the ornaments of their parents and the whole of the nation. Sapphires and coral are they and pearls and gold, and the adornment of their fatherland in the virtue is wisdom itself through which the people thrive It increases the joy of life beyond the grave. Truly, he who lives according to god’s law is a pillar of the State. Therefore, my children let every crime be punished and the wayward corrected. The liar must acknowledge the sovereignty of truth. Debt must be discouraged. Theft, adultery and the evil practices of sorcery must never be tolerated in our land of Anlo. Therefore, for every young man who refuses to reform, we will prepare a place at the Fifth Landing Stage Togbiwo, Mamawo, My proud people of Anlo, Invited Guests, I thank you all for leaving all your businesses aside to assemble here to make this ceremony a success. God Bless Anlo State and God Bless Ghana. Thank you all.

Self Employment-Career Option cont'd from pg. 31

This third option is normally what people with vocational or trade skills pursue. With entrepreneurial start ups, e.g. Electricians, Building Developers etc start from the ground up building every step of the business up with owner’s personal or family resources. Some people are able to start an entrepreneur by identifying unique opportunities for services within an industry or services for a given company as a subcontractor. Small Business Financing S m a l l Business Canada Loans comes from banks and it is backed by government. It is secured against the assets of your business and is used to fund asset purchase, up to 90% of value of assets. You personally end up on the hook for a max of 25% if everything goes belly-up, which is kind of useful. SBC loans CANNOT be used to fund goodwill or franchise fees, etc. When you go to the bank, be prepared for surprises. Some banks will finance franchises – but NOT in the food sector. Some bankers are adverse to perishable goods and are not willing to take such risk. Some banks have financing term for 5 years with an option to renew for 5 more, or 10 years with two 5-year options, or whichever combination makes the best deal for both parties. You have to pay fees every time you sign, and in

addition you typically pay a 9% of gross-sales royalty (6% for license, 3% for advertising). For more on small business financing programs in Canada, please visit the website: www.ic.gc.ca. As I conclude this article, a friend of mine suggested selfemployment is not for everyone. As much as this may sound true, I beg to differ. Our system of education has modeled us to believe in government or corporate employment without looking at the option of self-employment critically. Even though the self employment option has its own risks and challenges, my next article will delve into the key traits needed for transition from corporate/government employment to selfemployment, market segmentation and product/ service strategies that small business can adopt to survive turbulent times or competition from established businesses. I will end with a quote from the Good Book: “…without vision, the people perish”. Winston Churchill once stated that “to have a vision without an action is like daydreaming and to have an action without a vision is like passing the time”! Finally, we as a community should start thinking beyond our comfort living of traditional employment and start looking beyond with a vision to own and operate our own businesses.


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Frankly Speaking Of Governments, Dictators and Barking Dogs: The Rawlings Doctrine By Dr. Michael Baffoe the anger of the soldiers away from the market women.

The former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings, has said that if a government or leadership treats people like dogs, such leaders should not be surprised if the people start barking. Really? Hear who is talking about governments treating its citizens like “dogs”. This man Rawlings never ceases to amaze me. I have passed the point of taking him seriously but I think his behaviour is of great irritant and annoyance to all descent and right-thinking Ghanaians who lived to experience his madness during his 19-year rule over Ghanaians. “Treating people like dogs?” No single person and government in Ghana’s history have treated people worse than dogs than this man called Jerry Rawlings. Speaking to a group of young students at the Uni-

versity of Ghana, Rawlings shockingly stated that he tolerated the public flogging of naked market women during the extreme madness period of the 1979Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) and the PNDC days from 1981 to 2000 which he led because some of those women threw urine at his soldiers. He added that he ordered the destruction of the Makola Market at the time because he needed to redirect

Mr. Rawlings, who was addressing students at the University of Ghana on Friday, said inasmuch as he was pained by the flogging of the women, he could not have stopped it because the market women were disrespectful towards the men in green uniform hence they incurred the wrath of the soldiers. “You can’t imagine how pained I was when I will look across and I will see some of the Makola women being flogged, but I had to tolerate it for a while,” the former president confessed. “Why do you think that I ordered the breakdown of Makola? The ‘kalabule’ was so intense; the Makola women were the ones selling antibiotics, anything” , he said.

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Rawlings continued: “During that period their hatred against the soldiers was so bad, soldiers could not go to the elite shopping places like the UTC or Kingsway then. Soldiers would go and ask for the prices of whatever it is and ask for reduction and these women would get so angry. ” That was the extent of disdain they had for us”. Holy John!!! This man ordered all these extreme human rights abuses to be unleashed on our mothers, sisters, grandmothers and aunties and thirty-two years later he has the nerve to stand in front of university students, many of whom were not born at the time, to justify his madness. And he has the insulting nerve to complain that the current government is treating him (Rawlings) and his family as dogs. The reference to “dogs” was his reaction to a speech given by the General Secretary of his NDC Party, Mr. Asiedu Nketia, a.k.a “General Mosquito”, a former close confidant of Rawlings. Readers may recall that in 2006, Rawlings ordered the severe beating of the former Chairman of the NDC, Dr. Obed Yao Asamoah, during the party’s delegates’ congress in Koforidua when Obed sought to challenge the candidacy of Rawling’ hand-picked nominee, Prof. Attah Mills. The beating and humiliation that Obed Asamoah and his group suffered led them to break away from the party to form their own political party known as the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP). After five years, Dr. Asamoah and a faction of the DFP decided to return to the NDC fold.

In receiving Dr. Asamoah and his group at a “welcome” ceremony, Asiedu Nketia, the General Secretary of the party stated that Dr. Asamoah and his group were welcome back to the NDC claiming that the conditions that drove them away from the party, including a great “barking dog” have been tamed and eliminated away from the party and were no longer an issue or threat. This reference to a “barking dog” was interpreted by all political observers and the media as a direct reference to Jerry Rawlings. Rawlings and his supporters have been so incensed by these remarks by Asiedu Nketia that they have called on him for his public apology to Rawlings and his resignation from the NDC party. The above reference of Rawlings to “barking dogs” is therefore his reaction to the statement by Asiedu Nketia. Let us take Rawlings on the issue of treating people like dogs. Anyone who was alive in 1979 and lived and experienced the madness and extreme human rights abuses of Rawlings from his AFRC days to his second coming from 1981 to 2000 will be very angry hearing Rawlings complaining about treating people like “dogs”. Apart from stripping women naked, marching them under the scorching sun by drunken and drugged soldiers to public parks and bus terminals to flog them on tables, Rawlings and his clique killed so many people that Ghanaians lost count. He ordered the abduction and killing of three High Court Judges including a woman nursing a

three-month old baby. They burnt their bodies in the fields near Dawhenya. Their crimes? They had presided in judgements in cases that were not favourable to Rawlings or his friends. And he has the nerve to complain about governments treating people like dogs? No-one can challenge Asiedu Nketia, the General Secretry of the NDC for describing Rawlings as a “dog”. Asiedu Nketai has been the closest confidant of Rawlings. He made him the General Secretary of the party. In reaction to his comments, the Rawlings family lamented that Asiedu Nketia has stabbed them in the back because they are the ones that used to feed and clothe him. They said that he used to even sleep on their veranda at times. Really? This means that the man knows the Rawlingses very well. The Akans have a saying that if the frog comes from under the pond to announce that the water down there is hot, no-one can challenge him because it is the authority down there. For someone as close to the Rawlings to say that he is a dog is no accident. It only confirms what we all know and have known all along. We only hope and pray that this man called Rawlings will be sober enough to shut up and spare Ghanaians the agony of being constantly reminded about the madness he unleashed on Ghanaians during his 19-year dictatorship on Ghanaians. Or is he afraid that his turn of the Ghadafi “treatment:” and fate is coming soon? We will see!!!

Ghanaian Women’s fasting and Prayer Conference 2011 cont'd from pg. 37

sing to praise the Lord. A number of Pastors and Church Leaders were all on hand to support the conference. They included Pastor Dennis Awuku of Bethel Prayer Ministry International who gave the Benediction, Rev. & Rev. Mrs. Owusu, Rev. Douglas OwusuAnsah, Rev. Kito, and Pastor George Fogap of Back to the Kingdom International Ministries. The Vote of thanks was given by Sister Janet Owusu Ansah. The MC for the conference was Rev. Eleanor Adu-Anane. The next prayer conference will be held in May 2011 which will be the 10th anniversary of the conference.


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PARENTAL FAVOURITISM; DOES IT EXIST?

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View Point Raising Confident Children By Golda Abena Quayson

Every parent wants their children to be happy, self confident which in turn makes most of their lives easy. Self confidence is a key ingredient to a successful life, especially for children growing through their difficult teenage years. The skills they acquire before and during their teenage years can determine their coping skills in early adulthood. What can we do to make sure that our children have it to go through these life challenges? It appears that every parent want their children to have a better start in life than they ever did when they were going up. Considering the whole process of acquiring or been confident, one must understand the feelings of insecurity which gives rise to low self-esteem and lack of confidence. Everybody is born with some level of self-esteem, but it needs nurturing. Sparing the rod doesn’t spoil children, but sparing words does: lack of praise or approval can ruin a child’s life. As parents we must realize that the challenges of parenting is how do we face it or handle it difficult situations when a child goes or does something wrong. Some parents do use words that are very harsh to criticize their children, some do handle it very well, but we must remember that harsh criticism goes a long way to damage them mentally. Bruises heal eventually, but psychological wounds are likely to scar the mind forever. Let us examine some of the issues that cause low self esteem which leads to lack of confidence. The first is social withdrawal: situations when you notice that your child has withdrawn socially. They get into anxiety and emotional turmoil which make them very confused and disor-

ganized. When children lack social/life skills and self confidence, they are usually afraid to improve their basic life skills or to take chances at learning new things. Another issue is depression and/or bouts of sadness. This condition can be serious and it can even lead to some serious crisis. The child at this stage is engulfed in what we call less social conformity. He/she cannot conform to any set values. They tend to feel and live in isolation. Some children in such situation acquire eating disorders, not eating properly or overeating because they do not care about themselves. They lack the ability to accept compliments. They cannot accept the fact of satisfaction or sense of accomplishment even in situations when they do something nice. They are unable to see themselves squarely and to be able to treat themselves fairly. They rather dwell or rather accentuate the negative comments and dwell on them. They exaggerate concern over what they imagine other people think about them. They in turn practise selfneglect, treating themselves badly but NOT other people. They turn to worry whether you have treated others badly, but accept when people treat them bad. They are reluctant to take on any new challenges. Such children are reluctant to put self first or anywhere that causes inferiority complex. They do not trust their own opinion and rely on others. There is no motivation and they expect little out of life for themselves. They are prone to try to give on life very easily when the going gets a little tough. Now let us look at some few pointers that will help us to instill confidence in our children. Communication is vital, yet there is often a huge gap between intention and perception. We see ourselves instilling values, whereas children feel our views are forced upon them. Children need more encouragement whenever the opportunity arises, rather than criticism, or indiffer-

Communit y Concer ns Community Concerns Parental favouritism; Does it exist?

ence, which is even more chilling. Well, teaching is Doris Osei Bonsu, Crisis Counselor, a good way to learn someToronto thing, and by encouraging our children’s confidence, Parental favouritism is just what it sounds parents can improve their like; one child is given preference over own self-esteem. the other siblings. The idea of parental As parents it is our duty favouritism can sometimes be divided in to help our children to our minds between real and perceived. build a solid foundation for When we believe parents exhibit a real their future we therefore preference for one child over another need to acquire more we become outraged and sympathetic knowledge on how to towards the child and when it is the perhandle these situations ception of the other children our sympawhen they arise in our thy lies with the parents. One’s percepchildren’s lives. For a child tion of one’s reality is not only true but to be psychologically and can be a basis for rivalry in many family physically healthy their relationships. core needs have to be fulfilled. Human beings have In order to qualify parental favouritism, some basic needs and it giving preference of a child over their is even more demanding siblings has to be consistent. For exfor children. We need to ample, one child being asked to do the give and receive attention; other’s chores because their sibling is there is the need to look sick is probably not favouritism. One after your body; the need child having to do all the chores on a for meaning, purpose and daily basis, while their brother or sister goal-setting. There is also sits and plays video games however, is. the need for a connection to something greater than Before writing this article, I interviewed ourselves (God); the need a couple of siblings separately which for creativity and stimulachild they think their parents favoured tion; the need for intimacy and they were all quick to answer and and connection to others; refer to the other brothers or sisters. the need for a sense of Their reasons for each child’s selection control. Others are the differ but the interesting thing is they all need for a sense of status believe it existed. and recognition from others and the need for a I, like many others, belief that good sense of safety and secuparenting is about giving a child what rity. we think they need physically and emoOf course, it is likely that tionally. What we don’t realize is how at any one time, one or easily this simple parenting approach can more of these may be plant the seeds of favouritism in a child’s slightly lacking in your life, mind. without dire consequences. However, in the There are different explanations as to long-term, they must all be why one child may be favoured over the catered for one way or other. These divisions can be by the folanother. I think you must lowing; love yourself before you love another. By accept* Birth Order: In some cultures, parents ing yourself and fully befavour the oldest child because they are ing what you are, your first born and heir to the family. This simple presence can tends to apply more to sons than daughmake others happy. It’s ters surprising how many persons go through life withYoungest child is favoured because they out ever recognizing that are the “baby” of the family and partheir feelings toward other ents believe they are protecting them people are largely deterfrom being bullied by their oldest sibling mined by their feelings even when they are big enough to detoward themselves, and if fend themselves or they are the ones you’re not comfortable that started the trouble in the first place. within yourself, you can’t Middle children are rarely favoured, unbe comfortable with othless they do something really outstanders. ing. Some psychologists are studying it As parents we need to so they know why the middle child is lead by positive examples: most of the time less favoured. They call We need to be comfortit “middle child syndrome”. able with ourselves and be able tom pass the same to Sometimes parents who were bullied by our children. When the older siblings as a child are more likely children see us beaming to take the sides of the younger child and bristling with confiregardless of whether he or she is the dence they will also learn trouble maker or not. to be confident in themselves. Gender: If there are several of one sex than the other, the sibling with a differ-

ent gender from the others will probably be the “favourite”. Sometimes, that child may also feel not liked by the parent depending on the culture; because they would be expected to cook, and clean after her brothers. On the other hand if it is a boy he would be treated like he is more important than their sisters and in some cultures they are seen as heirs to the family. Personality: In some cases one child may be funnier or more talented than the others, making them the favourite. Parents are enormously proud of a child who excels in academia and may find themselves alienating their other children. Whilst these parents may feel it is important to encourage hard work and acknowledge success, the other children may interpret it as parents loving that child over them. Occasionally, parents may have a child that naturally requires more care and attention than the others, because they’re disabled or psychologically damaged than the others. This may sometimes still seem unfair to the other children. But this is necessity rather than favouritism. While the parents are thankful, the other children may feel less important to their parents. The question here is, how do parents deal with the issue of favouritism? First as parents we have to take an honest look at our individual situations and distinguish perception from reality. As parents I believe we love all our children but certain situations like the above make us favour some over others. Hence, better communication can correct ill- conceived idea that we love some of our children over others. We have to bear in mind that our children are watching the way we interact and deal with each of them. A child likes to know they are just as important as their siblings and they need to see that from their parents as well. However, what if it is real? Could it be possible that you love one child because she is a look alike of your partner who treated you well and died? Experts believe that parents who are honest to themselves, who recognize that they feel more favourably towards one child over the other can begin to manage their feelings well. Parental favouritism can have a huge impact on children even when they become adults. The favourite will probably be spoiled; they will throw tantrum if they don’t get their own way. The other child will usually be bitter and cynical about relationships and family life or have selfesteem issues. Parental favouritism is a personal, difficult family issue. Hopefully, as parents become aware that both real and perceived favouritism is an issue, they will also realize it can be dealt with effectively.


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Lifestyle Ask The Doctor By: David Yaw Twum-Barima, MD, MSc, FRCPC

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

Water: How much should you drink every day? Water is essential to good health, yet needs vary by individual. These guidelines can help ensure you drink enough fluids. How much water should you drink each day? It’s a simple question with no easy answers. Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years, but in truth, your water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live. Although no single formula fits everyone, knowing more about your body’s need for fluids will help you estimate how much water to drink each day. Health benefits of water Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can

exercise. During long bouts of intense exercise, it’s best to use a sports drink that contains sodium, as this will help replace sodium lost in sweat and reduce the chances of developing hyponatremia, which can be life-threatening. Also, continue to replace fluids after you’re finished exercising. * Environment. Hot or humid weather can make you sweat and requires additional intake of fluid. Heated indoor air also Water: How much should you can cause your skin to lose moisture during wintertime. drink every day? Factors that influence water Further, altitudes greater than 8,200 feet (2,500 meters) may needs You may need to modify your trigger increased urination and total fluid intake depending on more rapid breathing, which how active you are, the climate use up more of your fluid reyou live in, your health status, serves. and if you’re pregnant or * Illnesses or health conditions. When you have fever, vomitbreast-feeding. * Exercise. If you exercise or ing or diarrhea, your body engage in any activity that loses additional fluids. In these makes you sweat, you need to cases, you should drink more drink extra water to compen- water. In some cases, your sate for the fluid loss. An extra doctor may recommend oral 400 to 600 milliliters (about 1.5 rehydration solutions, such as to 2.5 cups) of water should Gatorade, Powerade or suffice for short bouts of exer- CeraLyte. Also, you may need cise, but intense exercise last- increased fluid intake if you ing more than an hour (for ex- develop certain conditions, inample, running a marathon) cluding bladder infections or requires more fluid intake. urinary tract stones. On the How much additional fluid you other hand, some conditions need depends on how much such as heart failure and some you sweat during exercise, types of kidney, liver and adand the duration and type of renal diseases may impair exglasses of water a day.” That’s about 1.9 liters, which isn’t that different from the Institute of Medicine recommendations. Although the “8 by 8” rule isn’t supported by hard evidence, it remains popular because it’s easy to remember. Just keep in mind that the rule should be reframed as: “Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day,” because all fluids count toward the daily total.

drain your energy and make you tired. How much water do you need? Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water. So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day. What about the advice to drink eight glasses a day? Everyone has heard the advice, “Drink eight 8-ounce

Generally if you drink enough fluid so that you rarely feel thirsty and produce 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) or more of colorless or light yellow urine a day, your fluid intake is probably adequate. If you’re concerned about your fluid intake or have health issues, check with your doctor or a registered dietitian. He or she can help you determine the amount of water that’s right for you. To ward off dehydration and make sure your body has the fluids it needs, make water your beverage of choice. It’s also a good idea to: * Drink a glass of water or other calorie-free or low-calorie beverage with each meal and between each meal. * Drink water before, during and after exercise. Although uncommon, it is possible to drink too much water. When your kidneys are unable to excrete the excess water, the electrolyte (mineral) content of the blood is diluted, resulting in low sodium levels in the blood, a condition called hyponatremia. Endurance athletes, such as marathon runners, who drink large amounts of water, are at higher risk of hyponatremia. In general, though, drinking too much water is rare in healthy adults who eat an average American diet.

cretion of water and even require that you limit your fluid intake. * Pregnancy or breast-feeding. Women who are expecting or breast-feeding need additional fluids to stay hydrated. Large amounts of fluid are used especially when nursing. The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink 2.3 liters (about 10 cups) of fluids daily and women who breastfeed consume 3.1 liters (about 13 cups) of fluids a day. Beyond the tap: Other sources of water Although it’s a great idea to keep water within reach at all times, you don’t need to rely only on what you drink to meet your fluid needs. What you eat also provides a significant portion of your fluid needs. On average, food provides about 20 percent of total water intake. For example, many fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and tomatoes, are 90 percent or more water by weight. In addition, beverages such as milk and juice are composed mostly of water. Even beer, wine and caffeinated beverages — such as coffee, tea or soda — can contribute, but these should not be a major portion of your daily total fluid intake. Water is still your best bet because it’s calorie-free, inexpenReference: Modified from sive and readily available. Mayo Clinic Housecall, 2011 Staying safely hydrated

Why Ghana Doctors Are On Strike hours, the FWSC asked us to bring our proposal. So GMA did a survey and came to the conclusion that different doctors work different numbers of extra duty hours, so an average 289 hours a month was calculated. The FWSC decided slashed it down to 201 (because according to the FWSC we will use some of the 289 hours for breakfast, lunch and supper; some will be spent to transit various parts of the hospital; bathing; and even our “conjugal time” i.e. the time we will spend having sex with our partners. It must be noted that there was no objective/scientific basis for determining the time span for these randomly chosen activities (for example, how do they know how long each doctor can last during the so-called “conjugal activity”?) and besides am I expected to have sex whilst on duty? GMA did not protest against any of these. After that, the FWSC went back in caucus and decided that “doctors are physically present at the hospitals for only about 100 of those hours, the remaining time they are on call and so they will pay fully for the 100 hours and pay only 25% of the on call time. This worked out to 120 hours, in other words expecting the remaining 80 or so hours to be for free after all those deductions. I must state emphatically that I work a minimum of 12 hours a day including weekends and holidays i.e.

for 28 days and if my math serves me right, that translates to a minimum of 336 hours a month. After all the cheating above, our market premium in monetary value came to 2.1 but we made concessions and reduced it to 1.62 with FWSC during the negotiations. The FWSC later came back to present to GMA that they(FWSC) upon consultations with their ‘bosses’ have decided as follows, 0.81 for junior doctors and 1.0 for senior doctors. GMA therefore protested as it became clear that we were being taken for fools due to our silence on almost every matter. But of course everything was unto deaf ears. Even when the strike started and GMA was asked to go back to the negotiation table, the FWSC brought the exact same 0.81 which had been the reason for the strike. The GMA executives therefore got agitated and enquired whether the FWSC was serious about negotiating at all. This was at the Wednesday 13th October 2011 meeting. The outcome of this meeting was reported to NLC on Monday 17th October, 2011, after which the FWSC and GMA were given another 48hrs by the NLC to try and broker an agreement. In fulfillment of this directive, GMA and FWSC met again on Wednesday, 19th October, 2011. At this

meeting the position of FWSC on the market premium moved from 0.81 for the junior doctors’ to 0.82 and then finally to 0.85. The senior doctors’ proposal was moved from 1.0 to 1.02 and then finally to 1.05. GMA now decided to move from 1.62 to 1.5 and 1.0 for senior and junior doctors respectively. When it became obvious that a consensus could not be reached, GMA suggested that the exact minute of the meeting should be signed and copies sent to the NLC and also to the press as a press statement saying that the two bodies could not come to an agreement because of the reasons above. This led to Mr. Graham Smith’s refusal to sign the minutes (which incidentally was taken by THEIR OWN SECRETARY AND LAWYER) and he walked out of the meeting in anger. 3. PROMOTION As per the rules under single spine, every 5 years everyone is supposed to be promoted (unless of course there is a reason for otherwise). Now on the Nurses track and everyone else’s track, their promotions came with multiple pay leaps, sometimes 2 or 3 places leap forward. So for example, after 5 years a nurse could leap from say 20H to 22L pay grade. But for doctors, the leaps were strictly in only half bar increments, i.e. from 20H to 21L

after every 5 years. And when GMA asked Mr. Graham Smith, “why the nurses were galloping along the nation’s spine and doctor’s were being made to crawl inch by inch? No reasonable explanation was offered talk less of a scientific one. All he could say was that doctors are “already skewed towards the top”. Secondly, A District director of Health Services (DDHS) was not originally captured on the SSSS. When the FWSC realized this, they hurriedly and arbitrarily decided to just ‘fix’ the DDHS at the top level of the spine (without any job evaluation as per the 13 point criteria used for everyone else). The truth of the matter is that, any Health professional can become a DDHS i.e. Pharmacists (as in the case of Suhum Kraboa Coaltar district), Nurses (formerly in East Akyim District), Lab Technologists, Doctors and so on. GMA therefore complained about this ambiguities, lack of fairness and unscientific approach with regards to placement of government workers in the health sector on the SSSS, and therefore made the counter proposal that, a person appointed as the DDHS should still be receiving his/her salary based on where he/she is originally placed before appointment, and then have a special package for being a DDHS. So that if a PNO for example at

say grade 22H becomes a DDHS, a fixed package is added to that pay for her being a DDHS. And this would even make it easier for that person to return to their salary when he/she steps down or is sacked or whatever. For example, the Vice Chancellor of any public University does not have a change in his salary. He receives whatever he was getting before, and an extra package is added unto his pay for being VC. When he vacates that post, he leaves that extra package behind. Again, Mr. Graham Smith and his cohort were unable to provide an explanation for such placement and also rejected the counter proposal. THE COUNSEL OF STATE FIASCO: The GMA executives went there as per the Counsel of States’ (CoS) invitation, only for the CoS to start chastising them even before the meeting began. Meanwhile, some of the members of the CoS had gone on air the night before and totally condemned and rubbished the strike, when they KNEW they had a meeting with the GMA the following day. So after the chastisement, Dr Adusei (the GMA Veep) stepped in and finally explained in detail all the reasons as above. The meeting place became silent as the CoS could not say a single word back. So the chairman just told them that

they would talk to the President and try to resolve the issue. After about 24 hours they (CoS) called the GMA executives for another meeting. GMA executives were quite happy thinking there was finally a break through. Only for them to get there to be told that they had been unable to reach the President. And then they told them (with a subtle hint of intimidation) that it was a losing battle GMA was fighting and that they were going to be forced into compulsory arbitration at the NLC and that once it got there, they would be breaking the law by not calling off the strike and so would all be liable for jail time. The GMA Execs just thanked them for their “warning” and just left. So far the GMA has also met the following groups of bodies, showing clearly that if anybody is more than willing to dialogue and compromise, it is the GMA: 1. Ghana Conference of Religious Bodies For Peace on Monday, 17th October, 2011 2. The Parliamentary Select Committee for Health on Tuesday, 18th October, 2011 It is worth noting that all these bodies have promised to facilitate the resolution of the issues as soon as practicable.


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Ace radio sex educationist and presenter, Akumaa Mama Zimbi, born Joyce Dongotey-Padi, has started what can be described as a campaign against those who find delight and believe in the idea of having sex before marriage. For several years, the veteran actress has been noted for promoting a good sex lifestyle. But this time, she seems to have shifted her attention to the appropriate time to have good sex; and according to her, that is after marriage. Mama Zimbi has hence been begging young girls and unmarried individuals to stay away from sex prior to marriage. She implored ladies to close their thighs and be watchful of men who were always s ready to have sex, pleading with men to flee the temptation of women until marriage. Mama Zimbi, who has been hosting ‘Odo Ahumasuo’, an adult education sex programme on Adom FM, has taken her cause to social network, Facebook. She recently posted, “How many guys have toasted, tested and tasted you and promised that they will marry you? Close those beautiful thighs of yours, and save

“Let her know that you are a changed guy now and you refuse to always give in to her temptation. Flee and let her know that no marriage no sex,” she said to the guys. Zimbi’s comments have generated a lot of varying opinions on Facebook. While some supported Akumaa’s call against sex before marriage, others kicked against it. “Mama Zimbi please don’t pollute the minds of our ladies let them enjoy themselves,” one Adjei Augustine commented. “No tasting no buying. If you won’t allow me to taste then how can I know the palm wine is flesh and taste nice?” another guy, Danny White questioned. A lot of couples say they live together before marriage to see if they are compatible as they don’t want to divorce later. Unconfirmed statistics however show that those who live together before marriage are more likely to get a divorce than those who do not. Mama Zimbi was last in the news for telling Beatwaves that she witnessed live a couple having sexual intercourse. Akumaa is also the CEO of a widow’s organization called Widows Alliance Network (WANE) which has over the years focused on sustaining the economic development of widows and educating them as well. GNA

Sekondi-Takoradi, now called the oil city of Ghana, is experiencing a surge of child prostitution. Activists say the menace has increased since the Jubilee oil find, with girls being drawn in from Ghana and other West African countries. Lurking in the dark under a neem tree at about 11pm, some 20 meters from the Zenith Hotel in Takoradi, was a young girl who was almost half-naked. Clad in a transparent white T-shirt covering only half of her buttocks, the little girl’s breasts were exposed. The black high-heeled shoes she wore matched her Rasta hairdo. “What is this girl up to at this ungodly hour of the night?” I soliloquized. Then, immediately, I remembered what a high-profile social worker had earlier told me about these ladies of the night. “I don’t think it’s a new phenomenon,” said Deborah Daisy Kwabia, the metropolitan director of the Department of Social Welfare. She added, “Just that it’s increasing! With the influx of people, the place becomes a melting pot of various cultures, foreign and local. When the living conditions become hard, you have to make a living. Parents will push their children into it; the children themselves will go into it; and others will become jaded as a result of their peers.” Araba Menseiwa is 12 years, nine months old, but has taken to prostitution and plies her trade around Zenith Hotel and Beach Road in Takoradi. Sometimes, she goes to ‘Komfo Ase’ in Sekondi. Her colleagues all have their special hotspots, which they keep changing depending on the trend of the business. Araba claims she is the only girl of her parents and comes from a village in the Eastern Region. She told DAILY GUIDE she didn’t know her father and lost her mother a year ago. “I repeated class four and after failing to make the grades the third time, I stopped

school,” she said, adding, “No one looks after me. A senior friend introduced me into this trade.” She said she makes GH¢5 for each round of sex, and special clients sometimes offer her GH¢10 or more. She has been working for seven months, and is yet to accept an invitation outside the Zenith. Her nightly income was between GH¢30 and GH¢50, apart from tips. As a minor, Araba is being coached by a senior prostitute she named only as Nancy, who offers her room at Zenith Hotel and takes a fifth of her proceeds every night. The issue of child prostitution among girls has similar implications on boys who are under 18 and are also streaming into the metropolis and indulging in homosexuality. A section of the Children’s Act of 1998, Act 560 (18) sub part II under Care and Protection states that a child is: •in need of care and protection frequents the company of any reputed thief or reputed prostitute •residing in a house or part of part of a house used by any prostitute for the purpose of prostitution, or is otherwise living in circumstances calculated to cause, encourage or favour seduction or prostitution of or affect the morality of the child. The Act further states that if the Department of Social Welfare has reasonable grounds to suspect child abuse or the need for care and protection, it shall direct a probation officer or social welfare officer, accompanied by the police, to enter and search the premises where the child is kept to investigate and remove the child to a place of safety for a period of not more than seven days. Girls like Araba who are in the age bracket of 12 and 14 years are into prostitution all over the oil city of Takoradi. They look for cash from their clients, some of

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The child prostitutes have had their fee also revised from GH¢2 to GH¢5 in January 2011 when Ghana started pouring oil from its Jubilee Field. Comfort Osei Gerning, foster mother of Mercy Foundation, a non-governmental organization dealing with street children, child labour, and child prostitution, as well as abused women and children, said the situation is becoming precarious. “Because of the oil, the girls have turned to prostitution,” she said, adding, “And we have some boys who have turned to homosexuality.” Some of the girls initially troop to Sekondi-Takoradi from the villages to engage in menial jobs like dish-washing in the chop-bars, selling of ice water, or housekeeping. When they find out that their income cannot meet the high cost of living in the twin city, they go into prostitution, with some of the boys becoming shoplifters and homosexuals. “The girls, because they don’t have anything, the men at the chop bar harass them, give them small money so they become girlfriends,” Gerning remarked. “Because of that, they don’t go to school, because they are receiving money. They have their freedom, because they are receiving money. They eat on their own and stay on their own.” It was also gathered that in some of the senior secondary schools in the metropolis, the students have formed prostitution clubs like ‘Lovers, Black Touch’ and discuss all sorts of pornographic issues and watch films of that nature as well. Mercy Foundation is said to have tried to assemble some of the girls doing menial jobs in the metropolis and training them in making batik, tie and dye, soap, hairdressing and sewing to prevent these young ones from being dragged in prostitution. Challenges And Addressing The Issues What are government officials, civil society groups or non-governmental organizations doing to minimize child prostitution in society, particularly within the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis? Social workers lack the necessary logistical and financial support to address the issue holistically, according to Erasmus Asiedu, Western Regional head of Protection and Promotion of Child Rights, Department of Social Welfare in Sekondi. Currently, the department is aware of the problem con't on pg. 59

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Police Foundation Department Award Presentation

$10,000 scholarship award presentation was held on September 25, 2011. Mr. Roberto Hausman, president of the Police Foundation Department presenting one $10,000 award to Gabriel Odartey, a recipient of the award. Looking on is Mr. Emmanuel Ayiku, Editor/Publisher of the Ghanaian News

Akwamuman Association of Ontario

A Clarion Call Odeneho Nana Kwafo Akoto sons and daughters of Akwamu traditional area in the Eastern Region of Ghana, resident in Ontario and their families and all people who recognize their historical, cultural and spiritual ties with Akwamu are kindly requested to come together urgently to consider and discuss plans in support of development projects and other relevant issues in Akwamu State. Contacts: Barima Darko Margaret Owusu Comfort Ennin Augustina Dampare Faustina Owusu Ansah

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Interment of Samuel Gakpetor who passed away on Sept 23, 2011at Beechwood Cemetary, Concord on Monday 17, October 2011

Celebration of life of Madam Rose Akosua Oye Amoako, 78 by children and relatives at Amansie Multicultural Centre, Saturday Oct. 22, 2011

Mr. Kwasi Broni & wife Gladys Donkor celebrated the lives of their mother Mary Agyekum and father Peter Addo Donkor respectively @ Amansie Multicultural Centre Sept. 24, 2011

Ontario Tory’s bid for Speaker disappoints HudakFrank has declined that posi-

cont'd from pg. 39

leadership race, said his decision in no way reflected dissatisfaction with his leader or with the PC campaign. “I’m not crossing the floor. I’m a Progressive Conservative. I always will be,” Klees said in an interview. “I’m looking at this next number of years. I don’t know how long this government will survive, but I do know that it is going to be challenging at times and I felt the best way I could make my experience available to the legislature is in the role of Speaker.” Klees also dismissed suggestions that he would be helping the Liberals, even though in the case of a tie, the Speaker traditionally supports the government. “I’m an independent thinker and I’ll continue to be guided by that,” said Klees, who represents the riding of Newmarket Aurora. “While convention is that [the Speaker] would cast the vote with the government, that’s not a rule — the speaker always has the prerogative to cast a vote based on what he or she believes is the right thing to do, and I’ll conduct myself accordingly.”

Both Hudak and the New Democrats had vowed not to put any candidates forward as Speaker, which would force the Liberals to put a candidate forward and further weaken their numbers. Major role offered: Hudak Hudak acknowledged Klees’ decision will make things more challenging for the opposition, and said he worked hard to keep Klees among his ranks, even offering him one of the most important roles available: the “Jason Kenney of the PC caucus.” The job, which references the federal minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism, will be particularly important after the Tories failed to make any inroads in the Toronto area — the very same ground that helped the federal Conservatives win a majority mandate earlier this year. “We won the election outside of Toronto but we got our butts handed to us in Toronto, and we need to change that,” said Hudak. “That’s why the role of outreach for our caucus and citizenship and immigration will be very important as well to reach out to new communities.

tion.” Hudak denied that the decision reflected poorly on his leadership or suggested any disarray in his party, saying simply: “Frank is Frank.” Tory insiders fumed at the move, however, saying it was a nasty manoeuvre that came as a shock, especially after everyone agreed not run at last week’s caucus meeting because it was equivalent to crossing the floor. The Liberals may support the bid, said a senior Tory, but Klees shouldn’t expect any votes from his fellow Tories. “There’s a lot of very angry Conservatives out there and very angry caucus members,” said the source, adding that Klees was effectively handing the Liberals a majority. The Liberals have yet to nominate anyone for Speaker but will be putting forward names even though Klees has now given them the option to keep all their 53 members firmly planted on their benches. The New Democrats unveiled their own shadow cabinet Tuesday, giving all 17 members a posting and promising each of the critics will hold the Liberals to account. The Canadian Press


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People and Places

North American Queenmothers

Ga-Adangbe cultural group Nananom at African Jamboree

Mrs. Evelyn Ankomah Cobbinah and friend Ghanaian ladies showing their latest styles

Afrafranto Band

Sankofa cultural groupe, USA Ghanaian ladies after church

At CEANA picnic

Mama Zimbi and friends

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Rt. Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Martey, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana visits Ghanaian Presbyterian Church in Toronto Sept. 25, 2011 Rt. Rev, Prof. Emmanuel Martey, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana Moderator with the Church Brigade

Moderator with the section of the church Moderator with the Church Choir

Ghanaian Presbyterian Church Band launches maiden CD/DVD By Jonathan Annobil

Singing songs of praises to give thanks to God during church services all the time is spiritually soul uplifting. It is in this vein that the Ghanaian Presbyterian Church Band launched its maiden 10 track CD/DVD titled “Monda Nyame Ase�, (Give Thanks to God) on Sunday October 23rd, 2011. The launching took place after the normal service with the Church Band dishing out some cuts from their debut album. Then Nana Adwoa Asare introduced the chairperson and invited guests. Nana LaKumi Sasraku I, chairman in his remarks exhorted the congre-Dr. La-Kumi, Chairgation to support the Church Band in their quest to minister andman of the occasion evangelize through the release of its maiden album.

Rev. Frank O. Adu Chairman and supporters

A brief information on the album project and special recognition of cont'd on pg. 64

Congregation

Church Elders

Church Band with Rev. O. Adu

Church Choir

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Organic Potash Corporation engages J&P Engineering Ltd, for the production and development of mobile kilns Organic Potash Corporation (CNSX: GOP) (“OPC” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce that the Corporation signed a contract for the production and delivery of proprietary kilns J&P Engineering Ltd. J&P is a highly regarded engineering and fabrication firm located in Ghana. The initial order will be for 818 kilns, to be delivered as required by OPC, an anticipated delivery of the first 18 kilns is expected by the end of the fourth quarter 2011 Mrs. Heather Welner, President and CEO stated “This is a significant milestone in Organic Potash Corporation’s history as the kilns are vital pieces of equipment used in the conversion of organic agricultural waste into ash. This ash will then be processed into 99%+ pure potassium carbonate. After much

consideration, we selected J&P Engineering Ltd., because of their expertise and experience in designing and building custom machinery and equipment as these kilns must, and will, maintain the integrity of the patented licensed technology. This is the major step forward in commencing production About J&P Engineering Ltd. J&P Engineering Ltd., provides its clients with innovative engineering solutions with the emphasis on safety, costs and schedule. J&P’s professionals will be the forefront of new technologies, clientdedicated, and uphold the highest professional standards in the practice of engineering. As a professional firm J&P Engineering Ltd., works within relevant and widely accepted international engineering codes and practices such as ASME, AWS, AWWA, API, IEE, BS. For further information, please visit the company website at www.jnpengineeringgh.com

About Organic Potash Corporation Through its proprietary patented technology, Organic Potash Corporation produces 99%+ pure potassium carbonate (potash) from the ash of agricultural waste in particular, cocoa husks. The purity of the company’s potassium carbonate will allow Organic Potash Corporation to target multiple industries including the Agricultural and Pharmaceutical industry. Organic Potash Corporation is headquartered in Toronto Ontario and its shares trade on the Canadian National Stock Exchange under the trade symbol “GOP” For further information, please visit the company website at www.organicpotash.com For further information please contract Mrs. Heather Welner President and CEO Tel: (905) 452-8060 E-mail: heather.welner@organicpotash.com Web: www.organicpotash.com

Gadhafi’s death a new era for Libya cont'd from pg. 39

man for NATO’s operational headquarters in Naples, Italy, said the alliance’s aircraft Thursday morning struck two vehicles of pro-Gadhafi forces “which were part of a larger group manoeuvring in the vicinity of Sirte.” The Misrata Military Council, one of the command groups, said its fighters captured Gadhafi. One fighter who said he was at the battle told AP Television News that the final fight took place at an opulent compound for visiting dignitaries built by Gadhafi’s regime. Adel Busamir said the convoy tried to break out but after being hit it turned back and re-entered the compound. Several hundred fighters assaulted. “We found him there,” Busamir said. “We saw them beating him (Gadhafi) and someone shot him with a 9mm pistol ... then they took him away.” Military spokesman Col. Ahmed Bani in Tripoli told Al-Jazeera TV that a wounded Gadhafi “tried to resist (revolutionary forces) so they took him down.” “I reassure everyone that this story has ended and this book has closed,” he said. After the battle, revolutionaries began searching homes and buildings looking for any hiding Gadhafi fighters. At least 16 were captured, along with cases of ammunition and trucks loaded with weapons. Reporters saw revolutionaries beating captured Gadhafi men in the back of trucks and officers intervening to stop them. In the central quarter where Thursday’s final battle took place, the fighters looking like the same ragtag force that started the uprising eight months ago jumped up and down with joy and flashed V-for-victory signs. Some burned the green Gadhafi flag, then stepped on it with their boots. They chanted “Allah akbar,” or “God is great” in Arabic, while one fighter climbed a traffic light pole to unfurl the revolution’s flag, which he first kissed. Discarded military uniforms of Gadhafi’s fighters littered the streets. One revolutionary fighter waved a silver trophy in the air while another held up a box of firecrackers, then set them off. “Our forces control the last neighbourhood in Sirte,” Hassan Draoua, a member of Libya’s interim National Transitional Council, told The Associated Press in Tripoli. “The city has been liberated.” In Benghazi, where in February Gaddafi disdainfully said he would hunt down the “rats” who had emulated their Tunisian and Egyptian neighbours by rising up against an unloved autocrat, thousands took to the streets, loosing off weapons and dancing under the old tricolour flag revived by Gaddafi’s opponents. Mansour el Ferjani, 49, a Benghazi bank clerk and father of five posed his 9-year-old son for a photograph holding a Kalashnikov rifle: “Don’t think I will give this gun to my son,” he said. “Now that the war is over we must give up our weapons and the children must go to school. “But Gaddafi was a terrible dictator and this was the only way to get rid of him. We want everything people have in free countries - want people to live in peace as you do across the Mediterranean where life doesn’t require the machinegun.” In Ottawa, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that Canada will contact its allies to prepare for a quick end to its Libyan military mission now that Gadhafi is dead. “Our government shall be speaking with our allies to prepare for the end of our military mission in the next few days,” Harper said in a statement to reporters in which he also welcomed the news of Gaddafi’s death. “The Libyan people can finally turn the page on 42 years of vicious oppression and continue their journey to a better future,” Harper said. Canadian Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard has headed the NATO mission. Reuters and the Associated Press


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PLACES OF WORSHIP DIRECTORY The Apostolic Church Int'l.

Ghana Methodist Churches in Canada ( SOCIETIES UNDER THE GHANA METHODIST CONFERENCE)

The Apostolic Church International (Toronto Assembly) is a Branch of The Apostolic Church in Ghana

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The Superintendent Minister-In-Charge

invites you to worship with us

Apostle F.Y. Agyemang (Area Supt. Canada-Wide)

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

9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. TORONTO CENTRAL ASSEMBLY Pastor: 905-791-8190 Cell: 647-218-1052 Church: 416-740-1979 94 Kenhar Drive, Unit 39 & 40, North York, Ont. BRAMPTON ASSEMBLY 270 Rutherford Road, Unit 10 Brampton, Ontario, L6W 3K7 HAMILTON ASSEMBLY 801 King Street East Hamilton, Ontario, L8M 1A8 MONTREAL ASSEMBLY Elder Eric Frimpong - 514-748-1545 Church 514-279-6565

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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

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THE KING IS COMNG! (2) “And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion and His kingdom is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, “What have You done?” (Daniel 4:34, 35 NKJV) This article “The King is coming! (2)” is the final part of last month’s, entitled, “The King is coming! (1)” King Nebuchadnezzar of ancient Babylon, has had another dream and Daniel, one of his subjects had been invited again to interpret the dream. Just before the prophet concluded his interpretation he revealed to the King that the monarch was going to lose his mind and live in the bush like an animal, eating grass like oxen for seven years until the King acknowledged that, “The Most High rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomever He chooses.” After the seven years of his terrible experience, Nebuchadnezzar recognized God as the Ruler of the universe. Zechariah 14:9 pre-

sents God as the “King over all the earth.” The Prophet Isaiah saw Him in His majesty in heaven and recorded the following, “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory! And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: ‘Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.’” (Isaiah 6:1-5 NKJV) Isaiah’s vision of the Lord affirmed that the Lord God is not only King of all the earth, but of heaven, the unseen world, and the rest of the universe. One of the most important roles of any king is that of a judge and the duty of a judge is to preserve or enforce order in society by praising the lawabiding and punishing the lawless. The Lord God would not be King without playing the role of a Judge. The Lord is described as “Holy” in the vi-

sion of Isaiah and holiness simply means separation from everything that is evil and dedicated to doing or tolerating everything that is good. The question that arises in our mind, is; if God is absolutely holy as stated above, why is there so much evil in His universe? This appears to be a tough question but the Bible addresses it. Evil originated with the most powerful angelic being, Lucifer, who rebelled against the Lord and was able to deceive a large number of angels to join him as Isaiah describes below: “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides

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and some of the locales it inhabits. But officials say resources are too few to take significant action. The department cannot shelter them, since the only reception centre for child labour, child prostitution, street children, which are inter-related, is in Accra and even lacks space to manage its current inmates. Mr. Asiedu stated that it is incumbent on the government to resource the Department of Social Welfare to ensure the safety and welfare of such children, but needs the cooperation of other non-governmental organizations and philanthropic bodies to make the exercise a reality. He observed that if the human potential of children involved in prostitution, with its first cousins child labour and street life, is not addressed appropriately, the future of these children could be jeopardized. The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) sub-committee chairman on Social Service, John Davis, said the sub-committee had been visiting schools and other establishments to sensitize them on the dangers of child labour, child prostitution and street children. Radio talk shows and discussions are also ongoing, but Mr. Davis hinted that as a result of the increase in child prostitution, many girls continue to drop out of school. Statistics he provided indicated that in 2010, 52 pregnancy cases were recorded in the metropolis and five illegal abortion cases, adding, “This can be attributed to child prostitution in the metropolis.”

Causes And Effects Faustina Otabil, Assistant Regional Director of Department of Children, told DAILY GUIDE in an interview that child prostitution is a reality in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis and attributed the major cause to child neglect by some parents. “Some parents don’t bother where the children sleep, what they eat or wear,” she said, “Neither will they think of their education, but just leave them to their fate thus, pushing them into prostitution, child labour and life in the street.” Such children, especially girls, find solace in men who can provide them with some basic needs and consequently sleep with them while others indulge in child prostitution for a living. “Some men who behave like vultures, when they see rotten things, go for them. So if parents neglect their girlchild, they give some men the chance to do what they like with them” Ms Otabil never ruled out that child neglect also leads to teenage pregnancy, which is also common in some communities in the SekondiTakoradi metropolis. “Giving birth is not the end of it,” she added. “Parents must look after their children and monitor their movements and activities”. She told DAILY GUIDE that her outfit sometimes seeks opinions from children and that there was an instance in a coastal fishing community where a research conducted by the Department of Children revealed that some

parents refused to give the children fish if they don’t go to the beach to look for fish to supplement the family cooking. “In such a case, the girl-child is compelled to look for fish from some fishermen at the beach, and this usually drags them into having sex with the fishermen who are able to meet that need,” Ms Otabil added. Solutions She hinted that the Department of Children was working in collaboration with the Social Services Sub-committee of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly to sensitize schools and committees on the need for parents to look after their children. Radio talk shows, sensitization visits to the communities and schools in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis and drawing their attention to the dangers of child neglect and prostitution are going on vigorously. Parents and guardians are also advised regularly to protect their children against child labour, child prostitution and life on the streets. They are to ensure they check the movements of their children and monitor their activities closely. The security agencies, in collaboration with stakeholders of child rights and care organizations, should ensure that wooden structures and areas where child prostitution is rife are destroyed and periodic swoops conducted to minimize the menace. Parents and guardians who neglect their children, leading to child prostitution, should be brought to book by cont'd on pg. 63

of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.” (Isaiah 14:12-15 NKJV) Lucifer succeeded in deceiving the Adam and Eve, to rebel against the Lordship of God by telling them that they could also be like God if they would disobeyed God’s word (Genesis 3:4-6). The idea that man could become like God and therefore, would not be accountable to any higher authority was revealed in his behavior throughout human history. “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5) God almost destroyed humanity from the face of the earth with flood during the time of Noah, yet the generation after the flood of Noah refused to submit to the Lordship of God: “And they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the earth.” (Genesis 11:4) That was a direct rejection of God’s command given to Noah and his sons after the flood. “So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.’” When man repeatedly refuses to submit to the rule of the Lord, he rather submits to the worship creatures instead

of the Creator (Romans 1:1825.) Man’s rebellion against God’s will, has brought untold tragedy upon the human race in line with the divine principle of sowing and reaping stated by Prophet Hosea, “They sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind.” (Hosea 8:7) King Solomon also asked rhetorically, “Can a man take fire to his bosom and his clothes not be burned.” (Proverbs 6:27) Again Proverbs 13:15 reads, “Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.” The good news is that the loving God who is not interested in the destruction of mankind created in His own image sent His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to restore the broken relationship with the living God through Christ’s death and resurrection. While many still reject God’s only means of salvation for humanity, millions have expressed faith in Christ, thus accepting the divine pardon. God’s righteous nature would not let Him overlook sin, therefore, any rejection of His terms of pardon requires that divine punishment for sin must be carried out; “Behold all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine; the soul who sins shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4) Interestingly, the Lord Jesus, the Savior, said, “For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father.”

(John 5:22, 23; 2 Timothy 4:1) The time for God to deal finally with evil in His universe and introduce eternal righteousness is approaching very fast, for the signs to that effect are everywhere today for all to see in the form of worldwide increase in armed conflicts, natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, destructive wind patterns, famine, strange diseases, the breakdown of social order, general rejection of what is good and the acceptance of what is evil. These are some of the signs that will precede the Lord Jesus’ coming to consummate the salvation of those who trust in Him and bring divine judgment on those who reject God’s pardon. To receive God’s pardon, follow Paul’s instruction in Romans 10:9, 10: “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Paul, an avowed enemy of Jesus of Nazareth, met the risen Savior on the road to Damascus and his life was so transformed that he was willing to lay down his life for the privilege of knowing the Savior. Thousands of Jesus’ followers today are willing to die for their faith than to deny the only Savior of the world, who is coming to rule as the King of kings and usher in the everlasting Kingdom of righteousness. (Daniel 2:44; Luke 1:32-33)

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

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

Senior Pastor: Rev. Joseph Osei-Amoah

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


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

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

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

Worship Schedule: Sunday Class Meetings: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Church Service: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Wednesday Midweek Service: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Friday Prayer Meeting: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Saturday Youth Musical & Computer Lessons Fellowship Meetings Choir Practice, Singing Band Practice

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Lighthouse Assembly of God Church Senior Pastor: Isaac Takyi De-Graft Starting from the 6th December 2010 Exclusive English Service: 8:00am - 10:00am School of the Light: 10:00am - 10:45am Exclusive Ghanaian Service : 10:45am - 1:00am Tuesday(Time with the Holy Spirit) 10:00 am-12:30 pm Wednesday(School of Ministry) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm -Torontonians Thursday(School of Ministry) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Bramptonians Friday(Time in His Presence) 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Every First Friday is Special Youth Service 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Every Fouth Friday is Half Night Service: 9:00 pm - 12:30 am

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Venue: 445 Eddystone Avenue, 2nd Floor For further information please call Tel: 647-351-8155 Cell: 647-700-5062 Secretary: 647-704-4904 We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. (Col.1:28)

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Place of Worship: 95 Milvan Drive (Off Finch/Milvan) Sunday Wednesday Friday

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

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Peace Light Ministries

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Toronto 10 Belfield Road Tel: 416-247-6629 Scarborough Assembly 1632 Midland Ave., M1P 1C2 Tel: 416-288-1333 Pastor In-Charge: Pastor Patrick Antwi Contact: 647-402-4708

Montreal Assembly 378 Cremazie East Montreal, Quebec, H2P 1E5 Tel: 514-271-9083 Pastor-In-Charge: John Arhin Contact: 514-274-2978

Praise Temple of Christ International

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

Snr. Pastor: Apostle Osei-Bonsu

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

336 Gary Ray Drive @ Signet

TIME OF WORSHIP

Rev. Augustine Adu-Anane

Apostle Charles Anokye-Manu

Website: www.apostlescontinuation.org

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

Tel: 416-839-1662 / 647-892-9412 LOCATION: 100 Penn Drive, Unit #3, North York, Ont. M9L 2A9 Happy are those who work for PEACE, for God will call them His children Mtt: 5:9

Worship Schdule Sunday Worship - 10 am - 12:30 pm Wednesday - Bible Study - 7 pm - 9 pm Friday - Prayer Meeting - 8 pm - 10 pm Second and last Friday of each month All Night Prayer Meeting 8 pm - 12 midnight

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Let's Think Family - By Rev. Dr. Samuel Kisseadoo THE CHALLENGE OF LONG DISTANCE MARRIAGES AND ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS – PART I Gone are the days when populations were small, with people clustering in little towns and villages, and moving around for short distances. In the past almost everything revolved around each person’s home and family members, plus a few nearby friends. Today things have changed drastically and dramatically. We are scattered all over the place, and have spread ourselves all over the globe! Urban sprawls keep proliferating as we aggregate in bigger cities and larger communities where the atmosphere is rife and ripe for our economic pursuits, modernization orientation, wider doors of opportunities, and technological taste. Human dispersion is now more common with people from developing and underdeveloped countries more than folk from the developed world who in the past spread more around the world as missionaries and explorers. It appears that the majority of “modern explorers” are now from the less developed world, who are “discovering” the developed world. People from less rich nations are travelling in large numbers to seek for green grass in richer and more developed nations of the world. Technology by way of online dating and telephone or e-mail dating communications have promoted long distance courtships and marriages to large extents, and even encouraged people to employ the help of friends and family members who act as “surrogates” to assist them in selecting partners for proxy courtships before the partners finally see each other physically. Whether one partner has traveled abroad or to another location in the same country, any form of separation of lovers for long periods

of time is not a very pleasant and fulfilling experience. I was a student for one year in the Netherlands followed by another academic term in Scotland, and in all cases my wife was left back home without being by my side. Granting that you fervently love each other as husband and wife, I can testify that it is not the best experience that I will recommend to anyone unless there is no other option that could replace the necessity of the months of separation, typically when the romance is burning hot in a new marriage. TESTIMONIES OF ABANDONED AND DISTRESSED PARTNERS The problems and challenges of long distance relationships, which were not originally planned for, have become gigantic challenges for men and women in our generation, and created an intense atmosphere of loneliness, and an unparalleled tendency for partners to be frustrated and unfaithful. The hunger for love, conversation, companionship, adequate communication on issues, care, support, and romance, plus sexual starvation, have driven many men and women (in particular) into unclean acts of fornication and adultery, and irresponsible acts of marital unfaithfulness, and also produced unfaithfulness in commitments to serious dating and courtship of many single people. The long-distance separation cancer has already eaten deep into the marriage and family fabric of our societies, and taken a huge toll on marriages, families, and relationship, and has consequently succeeded in breaking down many marriages, families and

homes, torn apart courting mates and their beloved fiancées, and painfully shattered otherwise sweet relationships that had a tremendously bright future. Here are just a few examples of some of the heart-rending complaints and appeals I have received from people (especially women): ? “Please advise me as to what I can do now. My husband left me and our two children to work for a short time overseas and return, but 17 years have passed, and he shows no signs of returning. I am not able to join him either.” ? “I need your help. My fiancée left me to work in a city overseas 7 years ago. He still says she wants to marry me, but is not making me know what plans he is actively making for our engagement (or customary marriage) and blessing of the marriage after that. He does not want to return anytime soon, and he is not making concrete plans for me to join him. When I ask him about it, he keeps giving me the excuse that he wants to be sure his immigration papers are in good shape before performing the customary rites to marry me traditionally, and

later bless the marriage. Please what do you suggest I should do?” ? “Our father left our mother and us (the children) several years ago to another country. He does not call or write to us anymore. We hear rumors that he has married a lady in that country. Please could you find a way of contacting him for us?” ? “My lady fiancée that I love so much left for Europe to visit for some months, prepare for our marriage, and return for us to marry and live happily together. After a while I heard rumors that she was flirting with another man. She would not tell me the exact truth, but I realized the changes in her telephone communication. After a while she told me she was no more interested in our relationship. My heart was broken. She got pregnant with that new boyfriend, who later abandoned her. Now she cries and pleads with me on phone that she is sorry, and wants to return and marry me. Should I accept her back?” ? “Please I need your help. After my husband left me for Europe, I found myself in the arms of my former boyfriend again, in serious adultery with him. I know it is terribly bad, but I am emotionally and mentally caught in it and cannot stop. What disturbs me most is that my innocent husband who does not know what is going on, is still so faithful, very supportive, very romantic towards me, and very caring. The stupid thing I find myself also doing is that I use some of the money that my husband sends to me, to provide the needs of my adulterous old boyfriend. I am still a Christian who actively goes to church, and have my

daily devotion with God. Please help me. I feel bound in sin.” ? My fiancée left for Europe to look for better opportunities that will enable us to settle down in a good marriage. I went over for us to bless our marriage there but could not stay for a long time and had to return to my country in Africa because I did not possess the right papers to do so. I tried to obtain the visa to join her but had no success. She was unwilling to return home for us to plan our lives together, and began to accuse me of messing up with her original dreams of living abroad for some years even before we married. Every conversation began to turn into disrespectful insults, accusations and arguments. Our communication started to dwindle down until rapport broke down and virtually burned to ashes. Before I knew it, she was pregnant with another man whom she decided to live together with, whom she calls her new husband, while our marriage had not been dissolved. The ultimate tragedy I dreaded had to occur —— steps for divorce, with no possible earthly chance of reconciliation. BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS The stories of people who have traveled overseas or to distant localities in the same country and broken the love relationships with their fiancées and married other people are now too alarming, and constitute huge challenges in the present century! Many women in particular are walking around in developing nations (and in some developed ones too) with deep hurts and wounds they are still nursing from emotional

and mental damages from their estranged lovers. It is even more devastating when the women were left at an early age, and have waited for some years for the fulfillment of their marital dreams to no avail, and some have now passed the age when they could get younger men to marry them. Some ladies have waited until they have now reached their menopause! Many children have grown up without any fatherly (and sometimes motherly) love and training. Both sexes are guilty, but men in particular have done a lot of such damage to women. Some women have also deceived and disappointed their men, by running away from them to marry or flirt with other men after the men managed to get them overseas to join them, mainly because of money, worldly goods, fame, immigration papers, bad temper and disrespectful female character, and pleasure. Some men have likewise done the same harm to women who toiled to get them overseas for the marriage and family life of their dreams. All of us need to repent, resolve, and make firm commitments to be honest with our marriages and romantic relationships, and educate ourselves to prevent and solve the problems we have accumulated (and still creating) to our detriment and possible demise. PARTNERS WITH POOR COMMITMENT AND IMPURE LIFESTYLES IN MARRIAGES AND ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS There are several others (mainly wives) whose husbands have decided to reside overseas with no immediate cont'd on pg. 63

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plans to return to their motherland. It is interesting that some spouses in developing countries consider it a great pride to have the mate (usually husband) being in another developed country, and brags with the money and materials the spouse sends home. The man visits the woman and the children from overseas for about 2 weeks to one or two months, and does so once a year, every other year, or even once in 3-5 years. Some become separated several miles apart in the same country, and see each other once or twice a month, or even once in several weeks or even months depending on the distance and extent of commitment, cost of travel, or job responsibilities. They ignore the warning signs of a failing marriage or courtship until their differences and conflicts accumulate into barriers that divide them. Consequently, the fire dies in their fellowship, tension mounts as every conversation turns into a fight, then they finally grow apart and carelessly destroy the entire relationship. A few women who have their own irresponsible past lifestyles before marrying, or who are ignorant about what real marriage and family life ought to be, and do not therefore care about such a distant and very weak relationship. But, this kind of delinquent lifestyle of living your own selfish kind of life and using a partner for your needs as you please, is a huge problem and a challenge for the majority of women in particular who console themselves with the children they have, and the money plus material resources that the man sends to them from his location. We have to admit, however, that this kind of estranged relationship is really no marriage at all! The negative mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical impacts on the children that typically affect their maturity and character, plus the emotional and physical plus social and spiritual blessings that the couple are missing, are too enormous to calculate. Naturally, men are like gas stoves (that easily ignites) so far as sex is concerned, although a number of women also become sex addicts especially after immoral practices. All of us know that women can stay for very long periods without engaging in sex, but many men cannot control themselves and endure that way. Nagging question: How many men (as well as some women) can endure such long separation and still keep their sexual sanity and purity without adultery, pornography, prostitution, lewd movies, drinking, drugs, strip clubs, lies, uncaring attitude, abandonment, and loose lifestyles? Some people who are scared of prevailing diseases resort to the application of artificial sex toys and masturbation for carnal satisfaction without any consideration for the inevitable defilement that accompanies such impure acts, plus loss of focus and loss of the productive meaning of sexual satisfaction. They do not also consider the violation of God’s rules for holy living and the spiritual plus eternal consequences that will confront them after death. At the end of their lives, they would know (before their de-

parture) the incalculable harm they would have inflicted on their partners and on themselves, and the great damage they would have done to their families. YOUR MARRIAGE OR RELATIONSHIP COMES FIRST. MAKE REASONABLE AND PRACTICAL MUTUAL CONCRETE PLANS BEFORE TRAVELING The couple or the man and his fiancée should engage in serious discussions to unite and agree firmly on plans for their marriage or relationship, and not just simply travel and take up appointments in other countries or far-away cities to satisfy only their personal interests and simply focus on pursuing their personal ambitions. One major issue is that of immigration papers (visa and any necessary documentation) required for any person to reside in a particular foreign land, and for the spouse or fiancée to be able to join the partner. Some people who have travelled in the past do not disclose the whole truth and give the full or true picture to those desiring to travel. Many aspiring immigrants have later found out that it is often tougher and more complicated than they thought things were going to be, and the frustrations are enormous. Some people pass through the legal means to obtain or prolong their stay overseas, but all of us know about the bizarre stories that are concocted, and unplanned foreign marriage alliances of all kinds that are often resorted to and forged to obtain permits to work and to prevent any imminent return to the homeland according to the existing laws. In the processes of working out the complexities of all these, tragic marital unfaithfulness, breaking of promises, and sudden turn of events worsen an already fragile and rocky relationship resulting from the long separation. Some people have all the required papers or means for the partner to come over, but they get caught up in the tentacles of misguided friends or their own extended family distractions, selfish pursuits, and typically immoral relationships that quench their first love and draw their minds and hearts away from the original commitment they made to their partners. Some people do not originally intend to stay for a long period, but when the tantalizing glamour of worldly goods and the vast array of opportunities for achievements begin to sweeten the heart and weld themselves into the mind, the focus and priorities can gradually shift for the lonely spouse to become less important back home. The usual argument and excuse is: “I need some time to prepare and equip myself properly before I return home, and I am doing all these in the interest of all of us.” The frustration and often anger and anxiety finally give way to the erosion of love, trust, faith, hope, and any desire to continue in the courtship or marriage. There have been heart-rending instances where some spouses have either ended up

living together and even having babies with women or men whose help they sought to stay in the city where they are working in the same country or overseas, and have callously told the partner: “Well, since I have tried every means and cannot help you to come over and join me, I suggest that you find someone else to marry back at home if it still bothers you, and if you will continue to pester my life with this issue.” Some people even callously cut off all communications permanently, change their phone numbers and e-mail address, move to another location, and wickedly leave the spouse in limbo. Both men and women are guilty of all these, but the habit or frequency is more with men who leave the women and go for other ladies where they reside away from home in their native country or in another country. Some spouses or fiancées can diabolically communicate in deceptive ways to keep the other partner in suspense for years and waste his or her time. In many instances, one partner (typically the woman) is compelled by the loneliness and frustrations, or attacked by the devil in the mind, to be lured by someone else into another romantic affair that ends up in the abrogation of the old original relationship or marriage for the substitution of the new one. This is often fueled by poor communication and verbal abuse or constant argument and tension on phone and in emails or text messages between the two people, which is worsened by pressure from family members and misguided friends who negatively influence the fiancée or spouse to forget about the partner and go for a better one. TO BE CONTINUED Obtain more detailed information on this topic from Dr. Kisseadoo’s Book “Challenges Of Modern Men And women In Relationships”. Tune in to JOY 99.7 FM in Accra, Ghana on Saturdays at 5:30 am – 6:00 am (Ghana Time) or US Eastern ST 1:30 am – 2:00 am March to MidOctober, or 12:30am – 6th Nov. 2011 to March 2012) and listen to Dr. Kisseadoo’s broadcast “Hope For Your Family”. Access on the Internet using MYJOYONLINE.COM, and click on “Live Radio”. Obtain Dr. Kisseadoo’s books online from: RedLeadBooks.com or Amazon.com using his name. Contact him in the USA (1-7577289330) for copies of all of his 14 books, free counseling and prayer. Visit his website: www.fruitfulministriesint.com for essentials that will enrich your relationships and ministry. Use DrSamuel Kisseadoo to access his Wall on Facebook. Copyright Oct. 2011 Rev. Dr. Samuel A. Kisseadoo (Professor of Biology, USA. International Evangelist. Ordained & Licensed Minister. Teacher, Conference Speaker). Founder and President, Fruitful Ministries International Inc. (Evangelistic & Teaching Ministry). 6 Red Robin Turn, Hampton, Virginia 23669, USA. Tel.1757-7289330 Email: kisseadoo@msn.com

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the agencies concerned so that the appropriate punishments or fine are meted out to them to serve as a deterrent to others. The Traditional Touch The Paramount Chief of Eastern Nzema Traditional Area, Awulae Amihere Kpanyinli II, commenting on child prostitution, attributed the problem partly to parents who shirk their responsibility. “Why should men give birth to children and leave them on their own to suffer without looking after them?” he asked. “Our tradition of giving birth to as many as children as one prefers without recourse to proper family planning is a

major contributory factor to child prostitution.” Awulae Amihere, whose traditional capital is Atuabo in the Western Region, believes in the maxim; “Do things within your limit” and “Better do one thing right than do many things wrong”. He advocated stiffer punishment in the Children’s Act towards irresponsible parenting and wished the district, municipal and metropolitan assemblies could enact stiffer by-laws or sanctions on those who abuse and neglect children. “Those days when traditional rulers had the power

to mete out punishment to such offences, hardly did one hear of child prostitution or see street children,” he said. “Yes, foreign culture, coupled with the law courts, has changed most of our traditional values and norms and the results are glaring.” This paramount chief, who has stayed and worked in America for nearly 20 years, said if Ghanaians did not go back to their roots and respect their cultural heritage, but continued to copy foreign culture, which had no bearing on our African identity, “we must blame ourselves for child prostitution, homosexuality and other vices.” Daily Guide

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Around the Ghana Sports Scene

with Jonathan Annobil

Badu vital for Udinese ing over the position of such an influential player but he excelled in the deep-lying position.

lead his country win the U-20 Fifa World Cup. Not only did they reach the final, but Badu scored the winning penalty, which saw Ghana become the first African nation to win the U-20 World Cup.

Stringing together a run of impressive displays, Badu now owns a first team slot in Francesco Guidolin’s side; a manager who has managed to bring out the best in his young Ghanaian.

His impressive displays, strong temperament and hard work on the field saw him earn praise from onlookers all around the world.

At the tender age of 20, Udinese’s Emmanuel Badu is already turning heads throughout Europe as his fine displays at club and national level have left many impressed with his on-field capability. Born in Berekum, Ghana, in December 1990, the versatile midfielder started off his career at Berekum Arsenal in 2007. His first and only season at the club saw him earn much praise where he was named in the Ghana Premier league All Star

team for that season. At the age of 18 Badu underwent trials at Middlesbrough and Wolves before signing a six-month loan contract with Recreativo de Huelva, once Berlin FC had bought his full ownership. A year later he was on the move to the Italian peninsula to join the Friulibased club Udinese, as well as earning a call up in to the Black Satellites squad where he helped

Prince Tagoe scores his first goal in Turkey

Badu not only brings versatility to the squad in his ability to play defensively and offensively, but he provides power and grit that is needed for a squad which is relatively new to European football.

Malu ‘Mpasinkatu, a Sky and SportItalia commentator at the time, described the budding African as a player that “doesn’t consider failure as an option, and is among the most promising midfielders of entire competition, primarily because of his completeness and his technical ability”.

His prominent physique, accelerating pace, high endurance level and discrete technique often sees the 5ft7 star come off on the better end of a challenge.

Badu has since found his way into first team football as a Zebretta, where he replaced the famous icon Gokhan Inler.

The passion, power and prominence Badu provides to the Bianconeri has undoubtedly made him a vital player to the squad that seems to be excelling both in Europe and in the Italian league. mtnootball.com

Many feared that he wouldn’t be able to cope with the pressure of tak-

Glo Premier LeagueStandings

Ghana striker Prince Tagoe slammed his first goal in his first start for Turkish club Bursaspor when they drew 1-1 with second-placed Orduspor on Wednesday. The Black Stars attacker reminded fans of his predatory instinct when he scored in the away league game. A beautiful header from the Ghanaian player put his side in thew lead until the home side drew level on the stroke of full time. Tagoe headed home the opener just before halftime but his goal was cancelled out late in the game.

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Team

MP W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

Pts

1

Asante Kotoko

3

2

1

0

7

3

4

7

2

Hearts of Oak

3

2

1

0

3

1

2

7

He was substituted after the hour mark to boost the defence of the club but they could not stop the high flying Orduspor from getting the late goal.

3

Edubiase

3

2

0

1

5

4

1

6

Prior to Wednesday

4

All Stars

3

2

0

1

4

3

1

6

5

Aduana Stars

3

2

0

1

2

1

1

6

6

Dwarfs

3

1

2

0

4

2

2

5

7

Berekum Chelsea

3

1

2

0

3

2

1

5

8

Mighty Jets

3

1

1

1

3

3

0

4

9

Heart of Lions

3

1

1

1

2

2

0

4

10

AshantiGold SC

3

1

1

1

3

5

-2

4

11

Medeama Sporting Club

3

1

0

2

3

3

0

3

12

Wassaman United

3

1

0

2

2

3

-1

3

13

Berekum Arsenal

3

1

0

2

3

4

-1

3

14

Liberty Professionals

3

1

0

2

2

4

-2

3

15

Tema Youth

3

0

1

2

1

3

-2

1

16

Bechem United

3

0

0

3

4

8

-4

0

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night’s game, the former Partizan Belgrade striker’s previous appearances for Bursaspor have all come as a substitute in six league matches. Tagoe joined Bursaspor at the start of the season from Hoffenheim after spending a highly successful loan spell with Partizan where he won the league and Cup double. With his performance, Tagoe is now expected to get his first start in the league in the next game as he moves closer to his mission of settling in at the club by the end of the year. Bursaspor are in mid-table with a third of the season gone in the League. There was a minute silence for those killed in the recent earthquake in Turkey before the start of the game.

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all those involved in making this project possible was given. After which Rev. Frank Adu, Minister-in-charge unveiled and dedicated the album by leading the congregation in special prayers. He then invited the first 20 people to buy the CD at a special price of $500.oo each. The Church Band then entered the church in groups, singing and waving white handkerchiefs all dressed in colourful kente costumes. Then they

performed 3 tracks of the 10 track album. Elder Appiah Kubi then took over the auction of the CD which went well beyond expectation. He really encouraged the congregation to support the event by purchasing the CD. Nana Lakumi Sasraku I, in his closing remarks invoked the blessing of God on all those who purchased the CD. Elder Rose Mensah then gave the vote of thanks to bring the launching to a satisfactory end. The MC for the event was Sister Diana D. Arhin.


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Victor Kwame Gyabour weds Mary Kyei-Sah at Church of Pentecost on October 9, 2011 The marriage ceremony was performed by Rev. Joseph Fynn-Sackey, Toronto District Pastor of the Church of Pentecost. It was a beautiful afternoon full of excitement and joy from family, friends and love-ones who came to grace the occasion.

Mr. & Mrs. Gyabour

Victor and Mary with Rev. Joseph Fynn-Sackey signing the marriage register

Victor and Mary with Rev. Fynn-Sackey, family members and friends

Victor and Mary with Rev. Fynn-Sackey and family members

Mr. & Mrs. Gyabour with their twin daughters

Send-off party organized by Apostle Dr. Emmanuel Wwusu Bediako for Mr. & Mrs Juatuah at the Church of Pentecost on Thursday Sept. 29, 2011

Victor and Mary and family members

Marriage blessing of Billy Amponsah and Rose Boakye at the Church of Pentecost on Sunday, Sept. 25 2011

Mr. & Mrs Juatuah with Apostle Dr. Emmanuel Owusu Bediako and family and friends

The Church of Pentecost National Evangelism Conference

Apostle Dr. Emmanuel Owusu Bediako with Pastors, Elders and Deacons


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