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JUSSAG Calls Off Strike Barely 24 Hrs After Starting It

Barely 24 hours after embarking on a nationwide over unpaid allowances and poor conditions of service, the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSSAG) has rescinded its decision.

This comes  after a  meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Haruna Iddrisu.

The minister, according to myjoyonline, had earlier criticised JUSSAG for taking such a decision, arguing that they acted in a rush since they had scheduled to resolve the matter at a meeting soon  but was optimistic after the meeting saying JUSSAG will call off the strike. 

He is also reported to have hinted that government was soon going to make the judicial service an essential service to prevent them from embarking on another strike in the future.

He expressed his gratitude to the leadership of JUSSAG for acting in good faith and called on individual members of JUSSAG to return to work in order for the judicial system to work effectively.

The National President of JUSSAG, Alex Nartey, said they decided to call off the strike because government has shown enough commitment that their clothing, fuel and other allowances for the first quarter of this year will be paid by Monday, April 4, 2016.

He added that they will also commence negotiations on their conditions of service by Wednesday, April 6, 2016, following the release of a letter from president Mahama giving them the presidential mandate to do the negotiation.

AMA To Consult Spiritualists Over Rampant Fires In Accra

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) is planning to seek spiritual consultation to determine the cause of the frequent fire outbreaks in the capital.

According to the assembly's Chief Executive, Dr Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, although the necessary authorities have and are still carrying out investigations into the cause of some fires in the capital, “we will let the spiritualists, those in that area of operation, dialogue with this.”

Dr Vanderpuije’s comment comes in after Thursday night’s fire which ravaged the Vienna City Night Club at Circle.

The club is located directly opposite the Goil Filling Station near the GCB Towers which was razed down by fire on June 3, 2015 and claimed about 150 lives.

Speaking to Citi FM, Friday morning after touring the accident scene, Dr Vanderpuije noted that, “I think the most important thing at this stage is to look at the cause of the fire from the scientific point, the structural point, all the necessary points, aside from the spiritual point; so they will do their job and they will give us the report. Once we get the report, we will go from there…we will let the spiritualists, those in that area of operation to continue to dialogue with us to see what they need to do.” 

In the meantime, Dr Vanderpuije said his outfit would await the investigative report from the police and authorities from the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), as well as other security agencies

ER NDC Chair, Youth Organiser Banned From Okyehene's Palace

The Eastern regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Bismark Tawiah Boateng and  and his regional Youth Organizer, Apau Haruna Owiredu have been banned from entering the Ofori Panin Fie Palace  of the Okyehene by the Kyebi Executive Council.

The two NDC officials are alleged to have  insulted the Paramount Chief of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional area, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II and the Okyeman stool.

Mr Boateng supported by Apau Haruna Owiredu is reported  to have held a press conference to hurl invectives at the Okyehene after he as President of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs, led a group of chiefs  to inspect roads in the region most of which were in a bad state and questioned whether the eminent Chief was the sector Minister for him to have gone on such a tour.

The Council, in their bid enforce the ban, has written to the Eastern Regional Minister Mavis Ama Frimpong who is expected to pay a courtesy call on the Okyehene at his palace on Friday not to bring the two Ken to the palace..

Assistant State Secretary to Akyem Abuakwa Council, D.N Ofori Attah, who confirmed the ban told Kasapa FM's Fiifi Banson that the Council’s decision was to avert any unforeseen incident and ensure peace in the area during the Minister’s visit as many people especially the youth are angry at the two for disrespecting their leader.

“He [Tawiah Boateng] has not shown any remorse and apologized for the invectives he spewed on the Okyehene and as such he is not welcome to Okyehene’s palace.”

“This will serve as a punishment and deterrence to others who think they have the right undermine the sanctity and dignity of the Chieftaincy institution because the last time I checked it was a criminal offence to insult a chief, because as a leader of a regional branch of the ruling party, the first and foremost responsibility looking at the importance of the chieftaincy institution is to uphold its dignity", he added

See What Was Sold To This Man As An iPhone (PHOTOS)

Street hawking has always been part of us as Ghanaians and Africans but a much more recent additions to goods sold on the streets have been electronic gadgets, especially phones.

One does not pass by Tip-Toe Lane in Accra or Adum PZ in Kumasi without getting tempted to buy  a smartphone or feature phone, from these street sellers.

But the experience of one Nigerian young man should deter you.

He, according to madailygist.com, bought an iPhone from  the Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos but got home to find out it was just a Chinese Nokia with antenna  packed in an iPhone housing.

It's pathetic but one cannot but just admire their craftiness. Beware of these swindlers, they may be here too.

See photos of the supposed iPhone  below:

 

 

7-Yr-Old Girl Electrocuted During Heavy Rains In Ho

A class one pupil of the Mawuli EP Basic School in Ho, the Volta regional capital, tragically met her death on Monday during a heavy downpour.

Seven-year-old Daniela Akorfa Okai was electrocuted in her home during the rains that lasted over an hour., starrfmonline has reported.

Eyewitnesses, according to the report, said  Daniela was found stuck to a metallic television pole outside her home by her mother who had left the young girl in the porch to attend nature's call.

Upon her return, she tried to rescue her daughter but experienced a shock and called for help. It was later revealed that the pole was exposed to a naked electric wire on the building.

Daniela died few hours later after being rushed to the Ho municipal hospital for treatment.

Due to the nature of her passing, a burial was briefly organized Wednesday morning at her home in Soweto, a suburb of Ho.

Family members and colleagues as well as neighbours are still yet to come to terms with the unfortunate occurrence.

Properties you don’t have to pay property rates for in Ghana

In this post, I will make a presentation on types of properties exempted by law from paying property rates. The subject of properties exempted from property rates payments is one I’ve been working on over a few weeks now. Somehow, I got a push to publish it now, after I received a phone call on the subject, on Tuesday, March 29, 2016.


The phone call came from a gentleman who lives in one of the districts of Ashanti Region, and he asked me if a church is required to pay property rates. At the time the call came, coincidentally, I had gone to the head office Accra Metropolitan Assembly on Asafoiatse Nettey Rd, for a short meeting.

I explained to the caller what the law says in respect of a church and property rates payments. At the end of our interaction, we were both happy: he was grateful for a very helpful answer, and I was glad my writing has solved somebody’s problem.

In fact, I believe a good write up on the subject will be helpful to my readers and others. So, here’s what I’ve put together for those who need to know. It’s part of education I’ve given to rate-payers on several occasions working on property rates in Ghana’s biggest metropolitan assembly.

Clearly, Section 99 of the Local Government Act, 1993, [Act 462] spells out the types of properties exempt from payment of property rates as follows:

(a) the premises appropriated exclusively for the purpose of public worship and registered with the District Assembly;

(b) cemeteries and burial grounds registered with the District Assembly;

(c) charitable or public educational institutions registered with the District Assembly;

(d) premises used as public hospitals and clinics; and

(e) premises owned by diplomatic missions as approved by the Minister responsible for Foreign Affairs.

These are the kinds of properties exempted from paying property rates at this point in time. In the case of the church, for instance, the property that is exempted is its chapel, temple, or cathedral. It is that property which is used exclusively for the purpose of public worship. Other properties owned by the church are not part of those exempted. The non-exempted include manses, ministers’ residencies, mission houses, offices, and commercial properties and all properties other that the place of worship.

But, the law further grants some reprieve to owners or properties that have not been occupied for a certain period. The law, further down Section 99 provides that:

(4)Where it is shown to the satisfaction of the rating authority

(a) that premises in respect of which the owner is liable to the payment of rates have been unoccupied for a period of not less than three months in a financial year, and

(b) that notice has been given as required by subsection (5), the rating authority, may, on the application of the person who has paid the amount of the rate payable in respect of the premises, refund to that person the proportion of the amount paid that it may consider reasonable in the circumstances

(5) The owner of premises liable to pay rates shall notify the rating authority in writing within twenty-one days that the premises, if previously unoccupied, are occupied or, if the premises were previously occupied, that the premises are unoccupied.

(6) The owner of premises, who, having given a notice of non-occupation, fails to give notice of re-occupation required by subsection (5), commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding one hundred penalty units or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding three months or to both the fine and the imprisonment.

That’s all for properties exempted from property rates payments. I hope it’s helpful to you. You may post a comment in the comment box down the page. You may call me also, should you need further explanation, or just to give a comment.

laboneexpress.com

Tema Police Command mounts manhunt for 4 armed robbers over Sakumono beach incident

Tema Police Command has mounted a manhunt for four armed robbers who engaged them in gun battle at Sakumono beach in Community 3 on Easter Monday. The robbers, numbering about five, opened fire at the police for attempting to arrest them following a tip-off.


 

The patrol team then responded with fire and shot one of the armed robbers who were escaping the scene. The patrol team according to Adom News’ Kwame Yankah was providing security at Sakumono beach, Community 3 on Easter Monday.

A search conducted on the robber revealed a locally manufactured pistol, an empty AS cartridge and lady’s purse with two Samsung mobile phones. A statement signed by Tema Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Juliana Obeng, indicated that, the command put in place strategies to ward off any security threat before, during and after the Easter festivities. “The plan worked to near perfection until some gunmen decided to attack merrymakers at Sakumono beach,” she said.

According to her, the unidentified robber was taken to Police hospital for treatment but was pronounced dead by doctors on arrival. The body has since been deposited at the Police morgue for autopsy and preservation. Tema Regional Command is appealing to the public to help identify the deceased and whereabouts of his accomplices.

Adomonline 

Scores Injured As Atebubu DCE, MP Supporters Clash

Scores of people have been injured at Atebubu in the Brong Ahafo region after a brawl between supporters of the Member of Parliament for the area Sanja Nanja and the DCE Sampson Owusu Boateng, Star News has reported.

 Many properties have also been torched, the report also stated.

Meanwhile, the Atebubu Police Command is on a manhunt for supporters of the NDC who set the party office on fire on Tuesday.

According to the Police Commander for the Atebubu-Amantin, Chief Superintendent Joseph Dzinaku, his outfit has mapped out a strategy to arrest those who were involved in the destruction.

There had been tensions in the district since the current DCE Sampson Owusu Boateng contested and lost the NDC primaries to incumbent MP Sanja Nanja, who is also Owusu Boateng's predecessor as DCE.

 

primenews.com.gh

Gyankroma Akufo-Addo says dad really cool dude

The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has praised Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger. In an interview on Kasapa FM on the occasion of his 72nd birthday, Nana Addo credited Wenger with making Arsenal the great club that it is now.


 

He said without Wenger’s expertise and guidance, Arsenal would not be the globally competitive club that it is now.

Nana Addo is a staunch Tottenham fan, but his third daughter, Gyankroma Akufo-Addo, is an Arsenal fan.

Gyankroma told Kasapa FM in the interview that she and dad often argue over which of Arsenal and Tottenham was the better club.

Describing Nana Addo as a jovial father, Gyankroma said: “We are always having a lot of great jokes together.

“He’s my mentor, my teacher, my hero,” she added.

Kasapafmonline.com

51-Yr-Old Carpenter Hacks Off Son's Fingers

A 51-year-old carpenter is wanted by the police for allegedly cutting off son’s fingers at New Adansi Ayaase a suburb of Adansi Fomena in the Ashanti region, adomonline has reported.