Five motorists arrested for traffic offences

Accra,—The Airport Divisional Police Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) Thursday evening arrested five drivers near Aviation Social Centre for careless and inconsiderate driving, including driving in the middle of the road facing oncoming vehicles.

The offenders are Mr Ahiadoglo Godnows, driver of a Toyota Land Cruiser with registration number WR 2416 – 17; Mr Arthur Asafo-Agyei Adu, driver of a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado with registration number GT 489 – 15; Mr Abdul Bandaogo, driver of a Hyundai Sonata with registration number DV 6056 – 22.

Others are Mr Ntiedu George, driver of a Scion taxicab with registration number GR 1851 – 21 and Mr Emmanuel Kofi Buah, Member of Parliament (MP) for Ellembele, driving a Toyota Land Cruiser with Registration number GR 3533 – 20.

A statement signed by Chief Inspector Bright Kwabena Danso, Regional Public Affairs Unit and copied the Ghana News Agency said the first four suspects were duly processed to face court today.

It said, however, the MP for Ellembele, after his driver’s license was taken and was sent to the Police Station to be processed for court, failed to cooperate with the police and drove away leaving his driver’s license behind.

The statement said the Airport Police Command later contacted him at night on the telephone and asked him to report to the station today to be processed for court.

It said this morning, the MP reported at the station and had been duly processed for court.

The statement urged all motorists to abide by road traffic regulations to ensure the safety of all and cut down on the many road accidents.

“Everyone’s journey will also be faster if we all obey the road traffic rules,” it advised.

Source: Ghana News Agency

All road leads to Accra Sports Stadium tonight for 2022 President’s Cup

All is set for the 2022 President Cup to be staged tonight at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko, the two most glamourous clubs in the country will renew their rivalry tonight as they battle for supremacy.

The game will be played to honour President Akufo Addo with the Ghana League Club Association [GHALCA] serving as the organizers of the game.

The game has been scheduled to kick off at 18:00GMT.

Meanwhile, both clubs will pocket GH¢50,000 each as an appearance fee.

According to GHALCA, aside from the GH¢50,000 appearance fee for each club, Hearts and Kotoko will also take home 25% each of the total gate proceeds.

“Football is all about business and at the same time it brings us together, so the two clubs will take an appearance fee of GH¢50,000 each,” GHALCA Chairman, Kudjoe Fianoo told Graphic Sports.

“GHALCA, as organisers, will take 50 per cent and the two clubs will take 25 per cent each of the remaining 50 per cent.”

Gabriel Opoku Arhin has been appointed to officiate the game.

Referee Arhin will be assisted by Ali Timuah Baah (Assistant I) and Freeman Awuloo (Assistant II) while Philip Arthur Forson serves as the fourth official with Moses Abaidoo Mensah acting as the Match Commissioner.

Hearts and Kotoko last faced each other in the President’s Cup in 2019, with the Porcupine Warriors coming back from behind to record a 2-1 victory.

Source: Modern Ghana

Ghana needs to assess the usefulness and efficacy of laws on decriminalising petty offence

– The Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice says the country needs to assess the usefulness and efficacy of its laws on decriminalising petty offences through empirical studies.

Mr Alfred Tuah-Yeboah, Deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice, said an evidence-based approach to law would show whether the country was achieving the true aims of crime control that provided an environment for the peaceful pursuit of personal aspirations and wellbeing of members of society.

Mr Tuah-Yeboah was speaking at the National Conference on the Decriminalisation of Petty Offences in Ghana on the theme: “Decriminalising Petty Offences: The State, the Offender, the Society.”

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), Africa Office in partnership with the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) organised the event to discuss concrete steps that could be taken to mainstream decriminalization of petty/minor offences which fall under misdemeanors in Ghana into the ongoing justice sector reform programme.

He said the country had no categories of crime known as petty offence.

The Deputy AG said the approach would determine whether resources were focused towards maintaining safety and order.

The Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), only classifies offences as either misdemeanours or felonies, while misdemeanours are regarded as less serious, felonies refer to crimes of high seriousness.

Petty offences are those that inhibit the performance of life-sustaining activities such as movement, rest, trade, carrying out livelihood and engaging in hygiene related activities in public places.

Some of these offences are said to be found in Section 296 of Act 29 which criminalises actions such as throwing rubbish in the streets in subsection 1.

Others are committing a nuisance while in town in subsection 2, making loud noise to the annoyance and disturbance of any person in subsection 7 and idling in a public place in subsection 21.

The African Commission’s Principles on decriminalization of petty offences in Africa explains that petty offences do not refer to all the less serious or minor offences.

Mr Tuah-Yeboah said studies had shown that an incarcerated-based response to crime and punishment did not necessarily reduce criminality but might rather propagate cycles of wrongdoing.

He lauded the push to decriminalizing petty offences in Ghana and Africa, adding that “it is Government’s desire to listen to perspectives from various groups and work towards achieving the collective well-being without preference.”

Meanwhile, he said Government had made efforts to reduce the prison population through the “Justice for All Programme”.

Also, the Narcotics Control Commission Act 2020, (Act 1019) has removed the imposition of prison sentences for the personal use of narcotic drugs.

“Plea-bargaining arrangements in criminal cases are also at advance stages of consideration, and a news sentencing bill is undergoing preliminary review towards introducing alternative modes of sentencing such as community services,” he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GABBA launches the Accra Basketball League

Accra, March.4, GNA – The Greater Accra Basketball Association (GABBA) has launched the much-anticipated Accra Basketball League (ABL) at the De’lish Restaurant in Legon, Accra.

The competition which starts on Tuesday, March 8, would be held at the Prisons basketball court in Cantonment, Accra.

A total of 21 teams would battle it out in the men’s division two whiles the division one of both the male and female categories have nine teams each.

The division two is divided into three groups with each consisting of seven teams and the top two teams of each group at the end of the season will go head on in the playoffs to find the ultimate champion of the ABL division two.

The Vice President of the Ghana Basketball Association, Mr. Alex Kukula, who also doubles as the league director of ABL, unveiling the league expressed his immeasurable joy for the upcoming competition and the sudden growth of basketball in the country.

Other executive members of ABL who were present at the press launch were Mr. Ayitey Bulley, chairman of GABBA and ABL and Dr. Opoku Antwi Vice President of ABL.

Source: Ghana News Agency

itel A58 series affordable smartphones with big Screen, big Battery launched in Ghana

itel has announced its latest entry-level smartphone series in Ghana. Known as the Itel A58, the new device is coming as a successor, upgrade, and improvement to the A56. The A58 series includes the A58 and A58 Pro.

Both the Itel A58 and A58 Pro come to feature a 6.6-inches HD+ IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1612 x 720 pixels. Both smartphones are powered by a Quad-core UNISOC (Spread rum) SC7731E processor clocked at a speed of 1.3GHz. This provides a better and more immersive viewing experience.

While the A58 came with 1GB RAM with 16GB of storage, the A58 Pro packed a higher 2GB RAM with 32GB of storage. Both devices can be expanded up to 32GB using a memory card.

Both phones run on Android 11 Go Edition, pack a 4000mAh battery that supports a 21 days standby after one charge and long hours of usage. It also comes with a rear fingerprint sensor.

They both feature a 5MP lens which is supported by a secondary AI sensor on the rear, as well as a 5MP front-facing camera. Both smartphones are 3G enabled with no 4G support. Other connectivity options available include support for Bluetooth, Wifi, GPS, and USB connection.

The Itel A58 comes in black, green, and purple colors. It is available in retail stores at a starting price tag of about GHC474 here in Ghana.

The A58 series comes with other special offers such as free MTN 500MB data every month for six months. You get to receive free 1GB data and 1000Minutes call time from AirtelTigo. itel is giving you a hundred days warranty on the broken screen replacement.

Source: Ghana Web

Verna official water for Ghana 65th Independence

Twellium Ind company Ltd massive threw their weight behind this year’s Ghana 65th Independence Day celebration.

As the official water producing company for this year’s celebration,the company provided financial support and over Hundred thousand bottles (100,000) of the new verna mineral water which is eco friendly and low in sodium.

In addition to the package the company added over ten thousand cans of soft drinks.

The package was presented to the regional coordinating council in the presence of the regional ,mad Justina Assan, the chief director of the regional coordinating council, mad Awutu Adzagba who is the director for the department of gender,central region.

The director of operation office of the president,Dr Lord oblitey Commey and the mayor of the central region were also present to receive the package.

A representative from the company congratulated the team for the good work they have put in place to make the organisation of this years Independence Day celebration a success. He mentioned how excited they are to be part of the celebration and also took advantage to tell the dignitaries and the public as a whole the health importance drinking verna mineral water which low in sodium and it being eco friendly.

In an acceptance speech, the regional minister, Mad Justina Assan thanked the company for such an unprecedented gesture and also urged the general public to continue drinking verna mineral water as they keep changing people’s lives.

Source: Ghana Web

Chief of Tali appeals for vocational training centre to curb youth migration

Accra,- Naa Abdullai Alhassan Tali, the Chief of Tali in the Tolon Traditional Area of the Northern Region, has appealed to the Government to establish a vocational training centre in the community to give young women the entrepreneurial skills to be self-reliant.

That would help prevent them from migrating to the south to engage in menial jobs, including head porterage, commonly known as (kaya), he said.

“For some time now, I have been advocating for vocational training centres in Tali as a measure to curb young women from migrating to Accra, Kumasi, and other places to engage in kaya,” the Chief said.

“The only major source of livelihood in our community is agriculture. However, sewing, weaving, and craft-making could serve as alternative livelihoods for the young women to make them work here and become productive members of our society.”

Naa Tali made this known when a team of researchers called on him at his place to discuss how climate-induced migration and economic mobility are affecting the ability of the youth to contribute to productivity and the development of the area.

He said another challenge linked to life around the Tolon Traditional Area is water scarcity, which also forced the young people to migrate.

“I can’t say I’m proud of our source of water. The water quality is a primary concern for our people. Unfortunately, the people of Tali drink from the same water source, a dam, which has become muddy as we struggle over it with cattle.”

“And this water source is drying up. Climate change is affecting it, resulting in water scarcity and inhibiting access to many of our people.”

Throughout the Tolon District, waterborne illnesses spread through unsafe drinking water and that was a major health challenge affecting the productivity of residents, especially the youth, forcing them to migrate, he said.

“We are only asking for clean and safe water for our people and training centres to help the young ones become industrious in our community,” Naa Tali said.

Mr Muntaka Chasant, a Researcher and Social Entrepreneur, who led the team, said those issues were at the intersection of climate-induced migration, youth bulge and exclusion, and economic mobility.

He said his study of the area indicated that many of young women had only two choices – help in the farm or migrate south to engage in head porterage.

However, Tali was one of the areas at risk of the effects of climate change, he said, and that Tolon and nearby communities were semi-arid and received only a few months of rain each year, making agriculture a risky venture.

“This means that smallholder and subsistence farming practices in these areas heavily rely on rainfall, therefore, a slight change in the pattern could have significant impact on production and food security.”

Mr Chasant said to escape those living conditions, many young women went south to find jobs but a lot returned to their communities with neck and spinal injuries, having spent years head-carrying heavy loads.

He said a vocational training centre could provide skills for most of the young women to work and make ends meet while contributing to developing their communities.

On water scarcity, Mr Chasant called for urgent interventions to help the people of Tali, adding that; “Water is life and residents should not be denied this basic necessity”.

“Many young women, in an attempt to escape these harsh living conditions to Accra and other urban areas, only end up in environments where they are further marginalised.”

“Life appears harsh back home and even worse in the cities. We, indeed, have fewer resources to tackle these critical issues but neglecting them would only deepen regional inequalities.”

Source: Ghana News Agency

Premier League: China’s rights holder will not show games over Ukraine support

Chinese rights holders have told the Premier League they will not broadcast English top-flight matches this weekend because of the league’s planned shows of support for Ukraine, the BBC has learnt.

China is a close political ally of Russia, which has invaded Ukraine.

The Premier League has said it “wholeheartedly rejects Russia’s actions” and is set to show solidarity with Ukraine.

“We call for peace and our thoughts are with all those who have been impacted,” it added when announcing its plans earlier this week.

That will include captains wearing special armbands in Ukrainian colours, while stadium screens will display ‘Football Stands Together’ in front of the country’s blue and yellow flag.

Fans have also been encouraged to join “a moment of reflection and solidarity before kick-off at each game”.

When asked about the Chinese refusal to show matches, the Premier League declined to comment.

Source: Modern Ghana