Maltavator Challenge to commence in November

Accra- Malta Guinness, a premium malt drink producer, will in November begin their nationwide hunt for contestant, who will compete in this year’s Maltavator Challenge.

This year’s edition, which would be the second edition, would see constants vie for $20,000 reward as they showcase the physical and mental toughness in the challenge.

Ten contestants would be recruited from each of the four zones across the country to compete for a spot among the final 10, who would later represent Ghana at the Pan-African Maltavator Championship.

The ten Ghanaian contestants would battle it out with their counterparts from five other African countries; Ethiopia, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Kenya and Nigeria for the grand prize of $20,000.

Mr. Roland Ofori, Brand Manager of Malta Guinness, encouraged mass participation in this year’s event in order to get the best representation for Ghana at this year’s Africa challenge.

This year, Malta Guinness is inviting more contestants from even more countries to turn their goodness into greatness. In Ghana, we have opened it up to find the most enthusiastic and energetic Ghanaians to represent their nation, he stated.

Meanwhile, first regional challenge is set for November 3, at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra, with Takoradi, Kumasi and Tamale also hosting their challenge on the 10, 17, and 24, November, respectively.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Unemployed jailed for sexually abusing minor

Accra- An Accra Circuit Court on Thursday handed down a seven-year jail term to Benjamin Akuetteh aka Kwei Peh, unemployed, for sexually abusing a seven-year old girl at Kaneshie, a suburb of Accra.

Akuetteh pleaded guilty to the charge of defilement at the court, presided over by Mrs Rita Abrokwah Doko, who convicted him on his own plea.

When Akuetteh was asked if he had something to say before the court hands down the sentence, he pleaded with the victim’s parents to forgive him.

I beg the victim’s parents to forgive me, Akuetteh said.

Prosecuting, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Agnes Boafo, told the court that the complainant is a painter residing at Kosoa in the Central Region, whilst the victim resides at Kaneshie with her mother.

ASP Boafo said Akuetteh resided in the same vicinity with the victim and her mother, who the victim’s mother occasionally sends on errands.

Akuetteh took advantage of that and lured the victim to different places and defiled her on two occasions on October 6 and 10, this year, at about 1600 hours whiles her mother was away.

Prosecution said the victim’s mother suspected foul play and quizzed her, based on which she revealed her sexual ordeals.

The complainant arrested Akuetteh and escorted him to the Police Station where a medical report was given to her to seek medical care for the victim.

Prosecution said the convict, in his caution statement, admitted the offence.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Vodafone partners Kwese to introduce video on-demand

Accra- Vodafone Ghana has partnered multiplatform broadcaster, Kwese, to bring the video on-demand and live television (TV) content to the public through its video streaming service; Kwese Play.

The partnership would make it possible for Ghanaians to connect a Kwese Play digital TV device to Vodafone’s high speed ‘fibre-to-the-home’ or ADSL broadband service to access unlimited live entertainment.

It would also support Kwese Play to access unlimited bundle on Vodafone’s fixed broadband internet packages for consumers.

This was made known during the launch of the Vodafone Kwese Playstore in Accra as the leading-edge digital TV device powered by RokuTM to allow viewers access the world’s best video content using the Internet.

Kwese Play, which is sold for GH450.00 with a monthly subscription of G65.00, functions when it is connected to the TV device via its HDMI connector.

Ms Patricia Obo-Nai, the Director of Fixed Business and Customer Operations, said Vodafone was excited about the partnership, which would bring world-class entertainment content to its customers.

She said leveraging on Vodafone Ghana’s reliable and efficient internet broadband service would enable Kwese Play to deliver seamless video on-demand and live TV content to Ghanaians.

Ms Obo-Nai said the network’s high-speed internet connection would resolve problems faced by internet users in spending hours to download their favourite contents.

Mr Maxwell Dodd, the Country Manager of Kwese Ghana, said the application had introduced the most diverse video on demand content due to its strategic partnerships with the world’s leading providers including Kwese iflix, Netflix, YouTube, TED and RedBull TV.

He said Kwese Play would also launch over 200 streaming channels delivered on a single platform.

We pride ourselves as being an innovative broadcast network offering premium content to African viewers across multiple platforms, he said.

The introduction of Kwese Play in Ghana expands our product offering while bringing the best in general entertainment to Ghanaian households.

Mr Dodd noted that Vodafone fixed broadband subscribers could purchase the Kwese Play device and receive a month’s unlimited data to stream Kwese’s full live TV content bouquet and a complementary 12-month subscription to iflix as part of the package.

He urged the public to visit the nearest Vodafone store, www.fbb.vodafone.com.gh or kweseplay.tv for more information on the package.

Source: Ghana News Agency

ActionAid Ghana holds workshop on African Charter

Accra- ActionAid Ghana on Thursday held an expert meeting on Legal Analysis of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) in Accra to promote the adherence by states to the principles of democracy and human rights.

It is also to enhance the adherence to rule of law premised upon the respect and the supremacy of the Constitution and Constitutional order in the political arrangements of state parties.

The workshop is part of ActionAid Ghana’s efforts in mobilising civil society support for implementation of the African governance architecture, popularly known as the European Commission funded Pan-African Project.

The project is a three-year initiative being implemented by ActionAid in eight African countries – Ghana, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

The objectives of the Legal Analysis include assessing the Government’s performance and compliance on different areas of ACDEG in providing an overview of the country’s legal framework and how it is linked to its overall implementation.

Mr Sumaila Abdul-Rahman, the Country Director of ActionAid Ghana, said ActionAid was promoting ACDEG’s successful implementation in Ghana to set the country as a benchmark of political excellence, inclusive governance and efficient decision-making structure within Africa and the world.

He said the overall aim of the project was to increase and strengthen the role civil society organisations played in ensuring African Union (AU) member states were more democratic and accountable to their citizens.

This should be in alignment with legal instruments, institutions and process as enshrined in the African Governance Architecture, under which the ACDEG falls.

He said ActionAid Ghana, in partnership with ActionAid Denmark, had been working at promoting the popularity and operationalisation of the African Governance Architecture and ACDEG to enhance effective governance and democracy and guarantee sustainable development and equality in Ghana and Africa in general.

Mr Abdul-Rahman noted that the ACDEG was adopted by the AU as a roadmap in 2007 for effective governance, protection of human rights and enhancement of democracy adding that the Government of Ghana showed its commitment to the Charter by ratifying it three years later.

However, the promise of government to promote the Charter had not been totally fulfilled as knowledge of ACDEG and its 53 articles had not been popularised.

He said ActionAid Ghana, in working with other civil society organisations to promote ACDEG, had conducted a legal analysis of the status and extent of upholding democratic principles and implementation of the Charter in Ghana.

It also assessed the various legal frameworks in relation to ACDEG such as the 1992 Constitution and the Electoral Commission Act, 1993 (Act 4510).

Mrs Chris Dadzie, a Legal Practitioner/Human Rights Advocate and Educator, said preliminary legal analysis shows that Ghana has lots of laws that conform with ACDEG, especially in relation to governance.

She said the 1992 Constitution was replete with almost all the laws and provisions needed to run good democratic governance for the country.

She called for the Right to Information Bill to be passed into law to enhance free and easy access to information.

Madam Margaret Brew-Ward, the Advocacy and Campaign Manager of ActionAid Ghana, said apart from the national level activities, the NGO was also popularising the Charter in their project areas such as the Volta, Brong Ahafo and the Upper East regions.

He said very few people in Africa knew about the Charter, which was considered by the AU as very progressive to promote governance and the rule of law on the Continent.

Source: Ghana News Agency

State files 127 documents in SSNIT Trial

Accra- The State, on Wednesday, said it has filed 127 documents and a pen drive containing additional documents in a matter involving Ernest Thompson, former Director-General of Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) and four others.

Mrs Yvonne Attakora-Obuobisa, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), told an Accra High Court that the documents were filed as far back as September 24, this year.

The DPP, however, said she could not tell if all the five accused persons in the matter had been served with those documents.

The accused persons, through their respective lawyers, informed the court that they have not been served.

Defence counsels held that if the State, with all machinery at their disposal, took three months to file the documents then it was appropriate for the court to accord the accused persons with an equal opportunity and adequate time to prepare for their defence.

The DPP objected to the three-month period suggested by defence counsels saying they should be given six weeks to go through the documents and prepare for their defence.

The court, presided over by Mr Justice Henry Anthony Kwofie, gave the defence team eight weeks to go through the documents and prepare for their defence.

The matter was, therefore, adjourned to December 14.

Meanwhile the court has slated November 2, this year, to hear a motion filed by Caleb Kwaku Afaglo, former Manager of Management Information System at SSNIT.

Thompson is standing trial with John Hagan Mensah, an Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure Manager of SSNIT and later Operational Business Suit Project Manager, and Juliet Hassana Kramer, Chief Executive Officer of Perfect Business Systems and Silver Lake Structured Service Limited.

The rest are Caleb Kwaku Afaglo, former Manager of Management Information System at SSNIT, and Peter Hayibor, a General Manager / General Counsel for SSNIT.

Thompson and four others have jointly been charged with 29 counts of conspiracy, wilfully causing financial loss to the state and contravention of the Public Procurement Act.

They were said to have caused a loss of over 72 million dollars in Operating Business Suite Contract, which sought to provide state-of�the- art pension administration systems.

Afaglo has been additionally charged with defrauding by false pretences, possession of forged documents and altering of forged documents.

The matter follows investigations into the awarding of the controversial 72 million dollars Operating Business Suite contract for the development of a software to help SSNIT in its dealings with the pensioners.

The amount involved in the contract was initially 34 million dollars but it was later inflated.

Source: Ghana News Agency