Madison Realty Capital Receives Strategic Minority Investment from ICONIQ

Expanded Partnership with ICONIQ Will Help Accelerate Firm’s Continued Growth

NEW YORK, June 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Madison Realty Capital, a vertically integrated real estate private equity firm focused on debt and equity investment strategies, today announced that ICONIQ Investment Management (“ICONIQ”) has made a strategic minority investment in the firm that will advance its long-term growth and success. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

Madison Realty Capital will leverage ICONIQ’s financial and strategic support to grow its global network of institutional relationships, expand upon its products and augment its team with top talent, while continuing to execute on its core competencies within private real estate debt and equity investing. Madison Realty Capital’s investment process, management, and day-to-day operations will remain unchanged.

Josh Zegen and Brian Shatz, Managing Principals and Co-Founders of Madison Realty Capital, said “We are pleased to establish this strategic partnership, and further our existing relationship with ICONIQ. This investment is a testament to the trust that we foster with our partners and investors. ICONIQ’s investing expertise and network are complementary to our own, and we look forward to expanding our footprint across the U.S., developing new relationships with top-tier borrowers, lenders, and developers, and accelerating the growth of our business to the benefit of our global, institutional investor base.”

Sam Kurtzman, Portfolio Manager at ICONIQ, stated, “Madison Realty Capital has developed an accomplished institutional platform with nearly two decades of experience investing across market cycles. The firm is one of the most active private real estate lenders in the U.S. and we believe continues to differentiate itself as a lender of choice for borrowers seeking flexible financing solutions with certainty of execution.”

Nugi Jakobishvili, Chief Investment Officer at ICONIQ, added, “The firm’s principals – Brian Shatz, Josh Zegen, and Adam Tantleff – have cultivated a strong culture and highly experienced team, and we look forward to working together to expand an already successful relationship to further the growth of Madison Realty Capital’s platform for years to come.”

ICONIQ’s investment follows a record year for Madison Realty Capital, which last year completed $6.4 billion in transaction volume across 72 deals and raised $2.08 billion for Madison Realty Capital Debt Fund V LP, the firm’s largest debt fund to date.

 

About Madison Realty Capital

Madison Realty Capital is a vertically integrated real estate private equity firm that, as of March 31, 2022, manages approximately $8.5 billion in total assets on behalf of a global institutional investor base. Since 2004, Madison Realty Capital has completed approximately $20 billion in transactions providing borrowers with flexible and highly customized financing solutions, strong underwriting capabilities, and certainty of execution. Headquartered in New York City, with an office in Los Angeles, the firm has approximately 70 employees across all real estate investment, development, and property management disciplines. Madison Realty Capital has been frequently named to the Commercial Observer’s prestigious “Power 100” list of New York City real estate players and is consistently cited as a top construction lender, among other industry recognitions. To learn more, follow us on LinkedIn and visit www.madisonrealtycapital.com.

Nathaniel Garnick/Grace Cartwright
Gasthalter & Co.
(212) 257-4170
madisonrealty@gasthalter.com

Hisense rehausse le divertissement à domicile pour le marché africain en lançant des téléviseurs ULED haute performance améliorés

LE CAP, Afrique du Sud1er juin 2022/PRNewswire/ — Hisense, fournisseur de téléviseurs et d’appareils électroménagers haute performance, a annoncé le lancement de quatre téléviseurs ULED de premier rang sur le marché africain : U80H ULED 8K Mini LED TV, U8H Mini-LED ULED 4K TV, U7H 120Hz Quantum ULED 4K TV et U6H Quantum ULED 4K TV. Les produits seront lancés sur le marché africain en juin 2022.

Hisense ULED TV lineup

La nouvelle série de téléviseurs ULED 2022 d’Hisense améliore grandement l’expérience offerte par ses prédécesseurs, élevant la qualité visuelle et sonore au niveau supérieur pour offrir des images extraordinaires, vives et immersives.

Avec quatre modèles de téléviseurs Mini-LED répartis sur deux séries, les consommateurs auront l’embarras du choix pour trouver l’écran qui leur convient le mieux. Les quatre nouveaux téléviseurs prennent en charge la technologie Quantum Dot Colour, qui plonge les utilisateurs dans un nouveau monde de couleurs qui se déclinent dans plus d’un milliard de nuances. Les modèles U7H et de gamme supérieure sont dotés des technologies Dolby Vision IQ et HDR 10+ Adaptive pour offrir de meilleures performances HDR dans toutes les conditions d’éclairage. En outre, les deux séries disposent de la technologie Full Array Local Dimming, qui utilise des zones de rétroéclairage LED pour ajuster le contraste, ou créer du contraste, en fonction de chaque image.

Le modèle U8H est muni d’un système sonore surround multicanal 2.1.2, offrant une expérience sonore immersive qui permet au spectateur de profiter pleinement de chaque moment sans distraction. De plus, les modèles U8H et U7H disposent d’une technologie sonore qui s’adapte à la pièce et génère intelligemment la courbe sonore la plus adaptée à la taille et aux matériaux de l’espace. Grâce à la technologie IMAX Enhanced, les modèles U8H et U80H 8K sont capables de reproduire l’image, le son et le spectacle du format IMAX dans le cadre confortable de la maison.

Cette année, Hisense propose également une expérience de jeu rehaussée dans les modèles U7H et de gamme supérieure. Prenant en charge HDMI 2.1 et certifiés AMD FreeSync Premium, les téléviseurs activent automatiquement les fonctionnalités HDMI avancées, y compris les modes VRR 120 Hz (taux de rafraîchissement variable) et ALLM (faible latence automatique), pour donner aux joueurs un avantage sur leurs adversaires.

Tous les modèles de 2022 sont alimentés par le nouveau système d’exploitation VIDAA U6 OS d’Hisense, le meilleur portail de contenu local et international. Pour une expérience encore plus simplifiée, les utilisateurs peuvent contrôler le téléviseur sans les mains, à l’aide de la télécommande vocale ou à l’aide des commandes vocales (jusqu’à une distance de trois mètres). Tous les modèles ULED ont obtenu la certification TÜV Rheinland relative à la protection de la confidentialité, ce qui signifie qu’ils offrent une expérience privée, sûre et sécurisée.

Soucieuse d’offrir des produits bons pour la maison et l’environnement, Hisense a lancé cette année des emballages écologiques, notamment une boîte en carton recyclable à 90 %.

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D’Addario Designates June 6, 2022, as #WorldStringChangeDay

Celebrate World String Change Day!

The world’s leading string company holds their inaugural string-themed holiday on June 6th

FARMINGDALE, N.Y., June 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — D’Addario, the world’s premier guitar string maker, is proud to announce the inaugural celebration of #WorldStringChangeDay on Monday, June 6, 2022.

As the world leader in guitar string innovation and quality, D’Addario is inviting musicians around the globe to celebrate the ritual and reward of caring for their instrument with a fresh set of strings.

“There’s nothing better than the feel and tone of fresh strings,” says acclaimed Brazilian Guitarist and Technician Lari Basilio. “It makes the playability smoother, the tone more vibrant, and inspires you again!”

Players on social media will be encouraged to show off how their instrument looks, plays, and sounds with fresh strings and dive into their own preferences and string-changing techniques.

Throughout the week leading up to #WorldStringChangeDay, Guitarists, Bassists, Ukulele, and Mandolin players across D’Addario’s worldwide artist roster, like Herman Li, Evan Taucher, Lari Basilio, JB Brubaker, Casper Esman, Mark Tremonti, and more will be sharing content around the importance of changing strings and maintaining your instrument.

“D’Addario strings have always been my go-to,” says Grammy-Nominated guitarist Michael Kiwanuka. “There’s just something about them that makes my guitar sound and feel the way it should. They’re the first step to achieving a great tone. With a fresh set of strings, I’m always inspired to pick up my guitar and play.”

As part of the new holiday, D’Addario will be hosting a giveaway via social media where players can post a story of them changing their strings for a chance to win a set of strings of their choice.

Musicians are encouraged to post on their social media pages using #WorldStringChangeDay to be a part of the conversation and have a chance to have their posts shared by D’Addario & Co.

D’Addario’s history of manufacturing guitar strings dates back to the 1600s in Salle, Italy. As part of their commitment to vertical integration, D’Addario manufactures more than 700,000 strings a day in Farmingdale, New York, made possible by their own in-house wire mill.

To learn more about how you can get involved, please visit: https://ddar.io/WSCD.PR

D’Addario & Company, Inc.

D’Addario is the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories, marketed under several product brands: D’Addario Fretted, D’Addario Orchestral, D’Addario Woodwinds, Promark Drumsticks, Evans Drumheads, and Puresound Snare Wires. A family-owned and operated business with roots dating back to the 17th century, D’Addario now has over 1,100 employees worldwide, and manufactures 95% of its products in the U.S. while utilizing Toyota’s Lean manufacturing principles. D’Addario musical accessories are distributed in 120 countries, serve more than 3,300 U.S. retailers, all major e-commerce sites, and are the preferred choice of musicians worldwide such as, Keith Urban, Zac Brown, Brandi Carlile, Dave Matthews, Gary Clark Jr., Chris Thile, Ry Cooder, Joe Satriani, Julia Fischer, Anderson .Paak, Kacey Musgraves and more.

The D’Addario Foundation believes in the power of music to unlock creativity, boost self-confidence, and enhance academics. D’Addario also reinforces its role as a social and environmental leader with initiatives such as Playback and PlayPlantPreserve.

Media Contact – D’Addario & Co, Inc.
Natalie Morrison (natalie.morrison@daddario.com)
https://www.daddario.com

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/94e60972-3b85-46fd-aa13-11bf42c8927d

D’Addario désigne le 6 juin 2022 Journée mondiale du changement de cordes (#WorldStringChangeDay)

Célébrez la Journée mondiale du changement de cordes !

Le plus grand fabricant de cordes au monde organise sa première fête sur le thème des cordes le 6 juin

FARMINGDALE, État de New York, 01 juin 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — D’Addario, le plus grand fabricant mondial de cordes de guitare, est fier d’annoncer la célébration inaugurale de la Journée mondiale du changement de cordes (#WorldStringChangeDay) le lundi 6 juin 2022.

En tant que leader mondial de l’innovation et de la qualité des cordes de guitare, D’Addario invite les musiciens du monde entier à célébrer le rituel et la récompense de prendre soin de leur instrument avec un jeu de cordes neuves.

« Il n’y a rien de mieux que la sensation et la tonalité de cordes neuves », a déclaré la célèbre guitariste et technicienne brésilienne Lari Basilio. « Cela rend le jeu plus fluide, la tonalité plus dynamique et vous inspire à nouveau ! »

Sur les réseaux sociaux, les joueurs seront encouragés à montrer l’apparence, le jeu et les sons de leur instrument avec des cordes neuves et à plonger dans leurs propres préférences et techniques de changement de cordes.

Tout au long de la semaine précédant la Journée mondiale du changement de cordes (#WorldStringChangeDay), des guitaristes, bassistes, ukulélistes et mandolinistes de la liste d’artistes internationaux de D’Addario, comme Herman Li, Evan Taucher, Lari Basilio, JB Brubaker, Casper Esman, Mark Tremonti et bien d’autres, partageront du contenu autour de l’importance du changement de cordes et de l’entretien de votre instrument.

« Les cordes D’Addario a toujours été mon premier choix », a commenté Michael Kiwanuka, guitariste nommé aux Grammy Awards. « Il y a juste quelque chose à propos d’elles qui rend la sonorité et les sensations de ma guitare telles qu’elles devraient être. C’est la première étape pour obtenir un tonalité parfaite. Avec un jeu de cordes neuves, je suis toujours inspiré de prendre ma guitare et de jouer. »

Dans le cadre de cette nouvelle fête, D’Addario organisera un jeu-concours via les réseaux sociaux, proposant aux joueurs de publier une histoire d’eux en train de changer leurs cordes pour une chance de gagner un jeu de cordes de leur choix.

Les musiciens sont encouragés à publier sur leurs pages de réseaux sociaux en utilisant le hashtag #WorldStringChangeDay afin de participer à la conversation et d’avoir la possibilité de partager leurs publications avec D’Addario & Co.

L’histoire de D’Addario en tant que fabricant de cordes de guitare remonte aux années 1600 à Salle, en Italie. Dans le cadre de son engagement en faveur de l’intégration verticale, D’Addario fabrique plus de 700 000 cordes par jour à Farmingdale, dans l’État de New York, grâce à son propre broyeur de câbles.

Pour en savoir plus sur la façon dont vous pouvez participer, veuillez consulter le site : https://ddar.io/WSCD.PR

D’Addario & Company, Inc.

D’Addario est le plus grand fabricant mondial d’accessoires pour instruments de musique, commercialisés sous plusieurs marques : D’Addario Orchestral, D’Addario Woodwinds, Promark Drumsticks, Evans Drumheads et Puresound Snare Wires. Entreprise familiale dont les racines remontent au XVIIe siècle, D’Addario compte aujourd’hui plus de 1 100 employés dans le monde entier et fabrique 95 % de ses produits aux États-Unis tout en appliquant les principes de fabrication au plus juste de Toyota.Les accessoires musicaux de D’Addario sont distribués dans 120 pays, desservent plus de 3 300 détaillants aux États-Unis, tous les principaux sites de commerce électronique, et constituent le premier choix de musiciens du monde entier tels que Keith Urban, Zac Brown, Brandi Carlile, Dave Matthews, Gary Clark Jr., Chris Thile, Ry Cooder, Joe Satriani, Julia Fischer, Anderson .Paak, Kacey Musgraves et beaucoup d’autres.

La Fondation D’Addario croit au pouvoir de la musique pour libérer la créativité, renforcer la confiance en soi et enrichir l’éducation.D’Addario renforce également son rôle de leader social et environnemental avec des initiatives telles que Playback et PlayPlantPreserve.

Contact auprès des médias – D’Addario & Co, Inc.
Natalie Morrison (natalie.morrison@daddario.com)
https://www.daddario.com

Une photo accompagnant cette annonce est disponible à l’adresse https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/94e60972-3b85-46fd-aa13-11bf42c8927d/fr

First CE-IVD marked AI solution for prognostic risk stratification of breast cancer patients.

Stratipath, a global leader in AI-based precision diagnostic solutions, today announced that its AI software for prognostic risk stratification of breast cancers, Stratipath Breast, is now CE-IVD marked.

Stockholm, Sweden, June 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Stratipath, a global leader in AI-based precision diagnostic solutions, today announced that its AI software for prognostic risk stratification of breast cancers, Stratipath Breast, is now CE-IVD marked. This paves the way for clinical implementation in the European Union. Based on the analysis of digital histopathology whole slide images, stained with haematoxylin and eosin (H&E) the software provides novel decision support to clinicians and enables precision medicine for more patients.

Stratipath Breast is the first EU regulatory compliant solution for risk stratification of breast cancer using AI-based precision diagnostics to analyse cancer tissue, and enabling identification of patients with increased risk of disease progression.

In contrast to traditional molecular tests, AI-based risk stratification enables faster turnaround times for results, provides new information at the point of diagnosis and reduces the need for expensive molecular testing, allowing for wider use and benefit to more patients.

“Stratipath Breast offers a faster and cheaper alternative to molecular assays, allowing more patients to have access to precision diagnostics. By using Stratipath Breast, clinicians can diagnose with support from prognostic information, while reducing laboratory time and costs,” says Johan Hartman, professor in pathology at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, and co-founder of Stratipath.

Histological tumour grade is a strong prognostic indicator of breast cancer. Grading of invasive breast cancer is performed on all invasive breast cancers based on morphological assessment, according to the Nottingham Histologic Grade (NHG), resulting in the low- to high-risk categories NHG 1, 2 or 3. But currently, more than 50% of all breast cancer patients are categorised as of intermediate risk (i.e NHG 2), which provides little clinical utility for treatment decision-making. The consequential over- and undertreatment of patients with early breast cancer has become one of the main challenges for treating physicians, and the clinical decisions are often dependent on expensive molecular assays that are not accessible to the majority of patients.

Using deep learning, Stratipath Breast enables cancer detection and classification of intermediate risk tumours into low- and high-risk groups, based on grade-related tumour morphology. The stratification comes from a rigorous scientific development process and validation using multi-source real-world datasets, comprising histopathology images and associated clinical outcome data.

The system measures risk-associated morphological patterns locally in the image and aggregates this information across the analysed tissue area to establish whether the tumour belongs to the high- or low-risk group. Results from Stratipath Breast provide prognostic information and are intended to be used as a decision support tool, together with other clinical and pathological information.

Stratipath Breast provides an optimal workflow through integration with leading digital pathology solutions. It can also be used on its own, via the Stratipath customer web portal. Access to Stratipath Breast will be provided as a Software as a Service solution, by a subscription or pay as you use model. Not marketed in the USA.

About Stratipath
Stratipath is a spin-out from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, bringing pioneering research in AI and precision medicine into clinical use. The company was founded in 2019 by Johan Hartman, M.D., PhD, Mattias Rantalainen, PhD and Fredrik Wetterhall with a mission to radically improve cancer treatment decisions and patient outcomes. Stratipath offers an AI precision diagnostic solution for healthcare and can offer an accelerated path for pharma and biotech companies to identify patients most likely to benefit from novel therapies.

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Lars Lengquist
Stratipath
+46 709574782
lars.lengquist.press@stratipath.com

 

UN Global Compact launches Africa Business Leaders Coalition to advance climate action and sustainable growth across the continent

The Africa Business Leaders Coalition brings together CEOs from across the continent to advance Africa’s sustainable growth, prosperity and development

New York, U.S.A., May 31, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Convened by the UN Global Compact, Chief Executive Officers from across Africa today announced the launch of the Africa Business Leaders Coalition (ABLC).

The Coalition will provide a platform for African business leaders to have a unified private sector voice as they actively and meaningfully engage to work on the continent’s most pressing issues through an organized, forward-looking, principles-based approach.

The Africa Business Leaders Coalition is a CEO-led initiative emanating from the UN Global Compact Africa Strategy 2021–2023, and is committed to advancing sustainable growth, prosperity and development in Africa by bringing measurable impact to its most pressing issues. The ABLC will work closely with the UN Global Compact Hub in Abuja and 10 Global Compact Local Networks operating across Africa.

Ahead of COP27 to be held in Egypt in November 2022, the ABLC will focus its efforts on sustainable development and ambitious climate action by bringing the perspectives of dozens of leading African CEOs and Board Chairs into the global conversation. This will culminate in an ABLC Climate Statement in support of COP27, anchored in the goals of the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Global Compact Ten Principles. ABLC members will be invited to sign on and announce credible commitments and actions through this Climate Statement.

Welcoming the founding members of the Africa Business Leaders Coalition, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed urged them to use their influence to drive change across the continent.  “This is  an opportunity to establish a holistic dialogue to reconcile the development needs of the continent with the need for ambitious climate action, jumpstart the renewable energy transition, and build resilience across the continent,” she said.

Launching the ABLC, Assistant Secretary-General and CEO of the UN Global Compact Sanda Ojiambo said: “Climate change presents a $3 trillion investment opportunity in Africa by 2030. But this potential will not be realized unless the private sector is involved. This Coalition has a critical role to play in ensuring the voice of Africa’s private sector is heard on the global stage to ensure the continent’s growth is not only sustainable but also green.”

The 11 founding members of ABLC include Herbert Wigwe, CEO, Access Bank, Nigeria; Brahim Benjelloun Touimi, Chairman, Bank of Africa, Morocco; Hichem Elloumi, Chairman and CEO, COFICAB; Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman, Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe; James Mwangi, CEO and Managing Director, Equity Group, Kenya; Karim Bernoussi, CEO, Intelcia Group, Morocco; Phuthi​ Mahanyele-Dabengwa, CEO, Naspers, South Africa; Yasmine Mohamed Farid Khamis, CEO and Chairman, Oriental Weavers Carpets Co., Egypt; Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom, Kenya; Fleetwood Grobler, President and CEO, Sasol, South Africa; and Amir Barsoum, Founder and CEO, Vezeeta, Egypt.

Members of the ABLC commit to upholding the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and becoming a UN Global Compact participant within six months of joining.

During today’s  launch, the founding members shared their commitment to sustainability across the continent, focusing on potential company commitments, the sustainability efforts they are making across their communities, a move towards more innovative and robust methods of climate finance, and a call to action for the global community.

The virtual launch event was also attended by leaders from the United Nations, including Abdulla Shahid, President of the United Nations General Assembly; Collen Vixen Kelapile, President, United Nations Economic and Social Council; Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations; Cristina Duarte, Under Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa to the UN Secretary-General and Sanda Ojiambo, Assistant Secretary-General and CEO of the UN Global Compact. They  joined together today to launch the ABLC with Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, UN Climate Change High-level Climate Champion for Egypt.

Boston Consulting Group is providing strategy and implementation support to the UN Global Compact for the Africa Business Leaders Coalition.  Today’s inaugural  meeting was Chaired by Sanda Ojiambo with support from Patrick Dupoux, Managing Director, Senior Partner, and Head of Africa, BCG.

Today’s  launch will be followed by six regional roundtable meetings in Abidjan, Cairo, Casablanca, Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi in June and July to discuss, shape and mobilize principled and sustainable business in Africa.

About the United Nations Global Compact

As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with Ten Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Our ambition is to accelerate and scale the global collective impact of business by upholding the Ten Principles and delivering the Sustainable Development Goals through accountable companies and ecosystems that enable change. With more than 15,000 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and 69 Local Networks, the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative — one Global Compact uniting business for a better world.

For more information, follow @globalcompact on social media and visit our website at unglobalcompact.org and Africa Business Leaders Coalition | UN Global Compact

Media Contact

Alex Gee

gee@unglobalcompact.org 

Dan Thomas
United Nations Global Compact
(212) 907-1301
media@unglobalcompact.org

Ada Coastal belt residents cry for a police post

Anyamam (Near Sege), June 01, GNA — Residents along the coastal belt of the Ada West District of the Greater Accra Region have bemoaned the lack of police posts and called on the Inspector General of Police to consider setting up a post there.

The residents explained that the lack of police posts was spearheading crime and insecurity in their coastal communities.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Ada, Mr. Philip Sai, the Presiding Member for the Ada West District Assembly said the police post would enable the police to respond to the high incidence of crime in the area and improve security and protection of life and property.

He noted that the communities were experiencing high rates of insecurity, stressing that the situation was a result of the absence of police stations.

“To maintain sanity in these communities, we appeal to the authorities to help us establish a police station here that would put people on their toes and to an extent clamp down on some of the ill behaviours among the youth,” he said.

Mr. Sai, who is also the Assembly Member for Anyamam Electoral Area, one of the coastal communities widely known for fishing activities, noted that the Ada West District Police Command was unable to honour crime invitations on time.

He explained that sometimes they complained about logistical support hence the urgent need to get a police post that was closer to the communities to curb criminal acts.

Some of the residents explained that it took them time to get to Sege, the District capital to report crimes, which allowed culprits to go unpunished.

“The Police issue is affecting us because sometimes when crimes happen you have to go to Sege to lodge a complaint, it’s far and by the time you get back the criminals might have completed their operations and left,” Mr. Amos Mantey, a fisherman at Akplablanya, near Sege reiterated.

He said thieves and wee smokers were currently breaking people’s doors, stealing money and other valuables.

Mr. Charles Nateh Abayateye, an Opinion Leader at Anyamam also indicated that due to the police station at Sege all the criminals are undertaking their heinous acts at the coastal belt.

“The younger ones are smoking and stealing, you can’t sleep at night because they want something to steal.

“Our phones, flat-screen televisions, and monies especially when there is a funeral in town,” he added.

He said there was the need for Anyamam as a Zonal Centre of the District to at least get a police post for other communities to depend on; “Because from Wokumagbe in Ada West to Pute in Ada East, there is no police station which is affecting us negatively.”

The affected communities include: Wokumagbe, Akplabanya, Anyamam, Goi, Lolonya, Kpetitsekope, Kablevu, Bornikope, Agbedrafour, Kpotusm, among others.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Family lifts body of 17-year-old lightning victim after 24 hours

Ho, June 1, GNA – The body of 17-year-old lightning victim in Ho has been removed for burial by family members. Superstitious beliefs had caused the body to lie untouched since the incident, which occurred on Monday.

Ho, June 1, GNA – The body of 17-year-old lightning victim in Ho has been removed for burial by family members.

Superstitious beliefs had caused the body to lie untouched since the incident, which occurred on Monday.

Personnel from the security, disaster management, paramedics, and environmental health agencies as well journalists visited where the body lay and looked on helplessly.

The scene became a focus of the public and held vehicular traffic that had to be managed by the police.

Rituals were led by a spiritualist from Adaklu, following, which the body was concealed in a body bag and then placed in a coffin.

Rejoice, mother of the deceased said he would be buried same day at Sokode Bagble in the Ho Municipality.

She however debunked speculations of theft as the cause of the perceived supernatural occurrence, and said oracles consulted by the family found her late son of no guilt.

“We wanted to know what killed him, and I am pleased to know that he did not steal from anyone, so the family’s decision now is to claim our son’s body for burial,” she said.

The event had become of public interest nationwide captured on several technological devices.

Mr Divine Bosson, MCE for Ho, visited the scene, and commiserated with the family.

Officers of NADMO provided the needed tools for the removal, while the police facilitated the corona documentation, and secured the large gathering at the scene of the incident.

The deceased, who is the first of five children, and a student of the Sokode Secondary Technical School, was among five hit by lightning during a brief rainfall while hawking coconut fruits.

The others, which included school children, survived the bolt, and were taken in by the ambulance service.

Source: Ghana News Agency