Journalists urged to protect rights of lesbians and homosexuals

Kumasi- Journalists have been urged to help protect and defend the fundamental human rights and freedoms of lesbians and homosexuals, as enshrined in the 1992 constitution.

Mr. William Nyarko, the Executive Director of the Africa Center for International Law and Accountability (ACILA), an NGO, said the Constitution guarantees the rights and freedoms of every Ghanaian including lesbians and homosexuals.

We must know how to separate the act from the rights, he stated, saying abusing the rights of lesbians and homosexuals was a breach of the supreme law of the land.

Mr. Nyarko gave the advice when interacting with Journalists at separate training workshops in Sunyani, and Kumasi, organised by ACILA, an organisation incorporated under the United States Law to advocate accountability and justice for victims of crimes.

Forty-five selected Journalists from Ashanti and Brong-Ahafo Regions benefited from the training in Kumasi, whilst 30 news editors and radio presenters benefited from the Sunyani one.

The workshop was aimed at improving the reporting skills of the participants on human rights, and they were taken through topics such as international human rights conventions and key human rights abuses and discrimination.

Mr. Nyarko strongly condemned same sex marriage, which he said was against the Ghanaian culture, but added that lesbians and homosexuals also had the right to movement, life and to form association.

He underscored the need to empower and expose Journalists and media practitioners in general to basic human rights laws and conventions to enable them to serve as the voice for the voiceless.

Human rights abuse, Mr. Nyarko said remained a serious form of crime against humanity, hence the need for the media to be trained in the subject, in order not to use their pens and airwaves to stigmatise victims in the course of their constitutional duties.

ACILA, he added works to protect vulnerable people such as girls, women, children, albinos, lesbian, homosexuals and people with disabilities.

Source: Ghana News Agency

US First Lady Visits Kenyan Orphans and Elephants

U.S. first lady Melania Trump Friday visited two Kenyan orphanages — one for children, one for elephants — as she neared the end of a week-long tour of Africa.

Trump stopped by the elephant orphanage on a visit to Nairobi National Park, a nature preserve located just a few kilometers south of the Kenyan capital.

Park rangers told the first lady about steps Kenya is taking to conserve the elephant and rhino populations, which have been decimated by poachers. Another 11 rhinos died in July from drinking salty water after a transfer to a new Kenyan sanctuary.

A new Chinese-built railroad running through the park also has been a source of controversy. The project, which split the park in two, was backed by the government over the objections of conservationists who complained of inadequate environmental impact studies.

On Friday, Trump fed a baby elephant using a giant bottle, then got a small bump from another pachyderm as she tried to administer another feeding. Neither the first lady nor the young elephant was injured.

During a 90-minute tour of the park, where she caught glimpses of hippos, a giraffe and other animals, Trump got out of the car to look at an ivory burn site, where the material has been destroyed to discourage the trade in elephant tusks.

After the visit to the park, Trump visited a Nairobi orphanage known as The Nest, which cares mainly for children whose parents have been incarcerated.

Trump’s first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady have included visits to Ghana and Malawi.

Egypt will be her final stop on the four-nation tour to highlight child welfare, education, tourism and conservation.

Trump’s visit includes promoting the work of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the funding of which President Donald Trump has twice proposed slashing by nearly a third. Lawmakers, however, have not approved those requests.

Source: Voice of America

US First Lady Visits Kenyan Orphans and Elephants

U.S. first lady Melania Trump Friday visited two Kenyan orphanages — one for children, one for elephants — as she neared the end of a week-long tour of Africa.

Trump stopped by the elephant orphanage on a visit to Nairobi National Park, a nature preserve located just a few kilometers south of the Kenyan capital.

Park rangers told the first lady about steps Kenya is taking to conserve the elephant and rhino populations, which have been decimated by poachers. Another 11 rhinos died in July from drinking salty water after a transfer to a new Kenyan sanctuary.

A new Chinese-built railroad running through the park also has been a source of controversy. The project, which split the park in two, was backed by the government over the objections of conservationists who complained of inadequate environmental impact studies.

On Friday, Trump fed a baby elephant using a giant bottle, then got a small bump from another pachyderm as she tried to administer another feeding. Neither the first lady nor the young elephant was injured.

During a 90-minute tour of the park, where she caught glimpses of hippos, a giraffe and other animals, Trump got out of the car to look at an ivory burn site, where the material has been destroyed to discourage the trade in elephant tusks.

After the visit to the park, Trump visited a Nairobi orphanage known as The Nest, which cares mainly for children whose parents have been incarcerated.

Trump’s first-ever visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady have included visits to Ghana and Malawi.

Egypt will be her final stop on the four-nation tour to highlight child welfare, education, tourism and conservation.

Trump’s visit includes promoting the work of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the funding of which President Donald Trump has twice proposed slashing by nearly a third. Lawmakers, however, have not approved those requests.

Source: Voice of America

Joel Nettey is President-elect of the International Advertising Association

Accra- The International Advertising Association (IAA) has elected Ghana’s Joel Edmund Nettey, as Senior Vice-President of the Association for the period of 2018-2020.

Mr Nettey, as Senior Vice-President is by the IAA structure, the President-Elect, and will assume the office of the Chairman and World President of the IAA for the 2020 � 2022 period.

He is the Immediate Past President of the Advertising Association of Ghana and Vice President � External Communications, IAA Global.

Mr Nettey is the Chief Executive of The NINANI Group, which comprises ReZultz Advertising, Interactive Digital, Touchpoint Magna Carta, Brand Alert and Innova DDB Ghana.

I am honoured and deeply humbled by the opportunity to serve at the highest level of the IAA. The confidence reposed in me by this election is gratifying. My election is a recognition of the development of marketing communications on the African continent, especially when my election also comes at a time where the IAA is repositioning itself as a global compass for marketing communications.

Although this task seems huge, with the help of God and the support of the executives and all members of the IAA, I know we will discharge our duties creditably for the furtherance of the IAA, Joel said.

He added, I dedicate this recognition to my predecessors at the IAA, Reginald Laryea, for his pioneering role and Norkor Duah, for the commitment that has seen the IAA begin to grow across Africa.

Mr Nettey is a savvy and well-acclaimed management, marketing, and marketing communications professional and a leader of Ghana’s marketing communication industry.

He was recognized several years ago by The Network Journal (TNJ) USA as one of the 20 Young Achievers across Africa, in its maiden Forty Under 40 Africa Awards.

The International Advertising Association (IAA), which celebrates its 80th birthday this year, is headquartered in New York and was founded in 1938 to champion responsible marketing.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Joel Nettey is President-elect of the International Advertising Association

Accra- The International Advertising Association (IAA) has elected Ghana’s Joel Edmund Nettey, as Senior Vice-President of the Association for the period of 2018-2020.

Mr Nettey, as Senior Vice-President is by the IAA structure, the President-Elect, and will assume the office of the Chairman and World President of the IAA for the 2020 � 2022 period.

He is the Immediate Past President of the Advertising Association of Ghana and Vice President � External Communications, IAA Global.

Mr Nettey is the Chief Executive of The NINANI Group, which comprises ReZultz Advertising, Interactive Digital, Touchpoint Magna Carta, Brand Alert and Innova DDB Ghana.

I am honoured and deeply humbled by the opportunity to serve at the highest level of the IAA. The confidence reposed in me by this election is gratifying. My election is a recognition of the development of marketing communications on the African continent, especially when my election also comes at a time where the IAA is repositioning itself as a global compass for marketing communications.

Although this task seems huge, with the help of God and the support of the executives and all members of the IAA, I know we will discharge our duties creditably for the furtherance of the IAA, Joel said.

He added, I dedicate this recognition to my predecessors at the IAA, Reginald Laryea, for his pioneering role and Norkor Duah, for the commitment that has seen the IAA begin to grow across Africa.

Mr Nettey is a savvy and well-acclaimed management, marketing, and marketing communications professional and a leader of Ghana’s marketing communication industry.

He was recognized several years ago by The Network Journal (TNJ) USA as one of the 20 Young Achievers across Africa, in its maiden Forty Under 40 Africa Awards.

The International Advertising Association (IAA), which celebrates its 80th birthday this year, is headquartered in New York and was founded in 1938 to champion responsible marketing.

Source: Ghana News Agency