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Don’t Attempt To Bribe Ghanaians In 2020 – Kwadwo Twum Boafo Warns NPP

The Former Executive Secretary of the Ghana Free Zones Board, Kwadwo Twum – Boafo has cautioned the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) not to attempt to bribe the electorates with state monies and resources in the upcoming 2020 general elections. He was speaking on the Alhaji and Alhaji political talk show on Pan African TV on November 2, 2019. The outspoken National Democratic Congress (NDC) member intimated that, “This government should not wait for next year to attempt to bribe the electorate because the electorate is wise. Whenever you talk about anything related to their overspending, this government will tell you, we are doing Free Senior High School (FSHS).” He also stressed that the President’s alleged renting of a private jet to fly around at $17,000 an hour instead of using the country’s own Presidential Jet is an absolute waste of the Ghanaian tax payer’s money and it is a terrible precedence for future governments. “It’s a terrible example for future governments that we a..

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NPP Treasurer Dead: We’ve Lost A Vibrant Leader — Women’s Wing

The Women's Wing of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Western Region has described the late Takoradi Constituency Treasurer of the party, Mark Ofori as a vibrant leader. Mark Ofori was shot dead by an unknown assailant on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Fijai. He was killed in his house around 1:00am. The family has confirmed that nothing was stolen from his house. The police has seen not made any arrest. In a statement issued and signed by the Western Regional Women's Organiser on behalf of the Wing, Mrs. Abena Kwallah expressed shock over the sad news. She added that "The vacuum created in our heart would be difficult to find a replacement". Below is the full statement: NPP WESTERN REGIONAL WOMEN'S WING - MOURNS LATE MR MARK OFORI We are with much pain, sorrow and wailing to mourn and sympathize with sudden demise of late Mark Ofori; the treasurer for Takoradi Constituency. The party has lost a vibrant leader, the vacuum created in our heart would be di..

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6 years on questions remain over murder of RFI journalists in Mali

RFI's Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were abducted and murdered near Kidal, northern Mali exactly six years ago. But as the UN marks the International Day to End Impunity against Journalists, the circumstances of their death remain unclear and none of the alleged perpetrators have been arrested. The two journalists were kidnapped and shot dead by armed men in Kidal on 2 November 2013 where they were covering the country's legislative elections. They had just interviewed the Tuareg leader, Ambery Ag Rhissa from the Azawad National Liberation Movement (MNLA). Their murder was claimed by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). The investigation into their deaths is advancing at a slow pace. But RFI journalists closely following the case have noted some progress relating mainly to telephone calls made around the time of the abduction. Among the dozens of numbers retrieved from detailed telecommunications bills, the most promising ones relate to phones found in the pick-up veh..

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France’s Atlantic coast braces itself for Storm Amélie

Eight départments on the Atlantic coast have been put on orange alert as Amélie, the first storm of Autumn, is expected to hit in the early hours of Sunday. Most storms in France are in the Autumn. Over the last 39 years there have been 39 storms in November. So they're regular but they differ in intensity. Amélie is a sweet-sounding name but Méteo France expects her to be powerful judging by the satellite images over the Atlantic. The weather office forecasts Amélie will hit the coast at around 1 a.m. on Sunday, bringing gales of up to 130km/h. Eight départements have been placed on orange alert (the second highest): Charente-Maritime, Gironde, Vendée, Charente, Landes, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Deux-Sèvres and Vienne. People in those areas are advised to be vigilant and avoid travelling around. The storm should subside by Sunday afternoon.

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UN chief warns impunity for crimes against journalists on the rise

United Nation Secretary General has warned of a rise in the scale and number of attacks against media workers in recent years, on the International Day to End Impunity against Journalists. Antonio Guterres urged the world to “stand up together for journalists, for truth and for justice”. The UN General Assembly designated 2 November as the International Day to End Impunity against Journalists after RFI journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were abducted and killed on that date in 2013 in northern Mali. The circumstances surrounding their death remain unclear and none of the alleged perpetrators have been arrested. “When journalists are targeted, societies as a whole pay a price,” said Guterres. “Without the ability to protect journalists, our ability to remain informed and contribute to decision-making, is severely hampered.” UN Secretary-General's message on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against JournalistsAccording to official statistics more than 1,..

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French soldier killed day after deadly attack on Malian troops

A French soldier was killed in Mali's volatile east near the border with Niger Saturday, a day after 49 Malian troops were massacred in the same area, underscoring the fragility of a region straddling several countries under increasing pressure from jihadist violence. Corporal Ronan Pointeau, 24, died after an armoured vehicle in which he was travelling hit an improvised explosive device (IED) near the city of Menaka, a statement said. Pointeau and his colleagues were escorting a convoy between the cities of Gao and Menaka. It had "no link" to Friday's devastating strike on Malian soldiers, also in the Menaka region, French military spokesman Colonel Frederic Barbry said. "This insidious attack shows the importance and bitterness of the fight against armed terrorist groups" in the border region straddling Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, the French defence ministry said. Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said she would be "visiting Mali very soon to hold discussions with Mali..

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IS claims responsibility for deadly Mali attacks on 50 soldiers

The Islamic State on Saturday claimed responsibility for a devastating raid that killed 49 Malian troops as well as a blast that led to the death of a French soldier who became the latest casualty in the conflict-torn region. The strikes underscored the fragility of an area straddling several West African countries battling increasing jihadist violence that has claimed hundreds of lives. Friday's assault on a Malian military outpost at Indelimane in the eastern Menaka region near Niger killed 49 soldiers, wounded three and left 20 survivors, the Malian Armed Forces (FAMa) said Saturday. "Soldiers of the caliphate attacked a military base where elements of the apostate Malian army were stationed in the village of Indelimane," the IS said in a statement on its social media channels. On Saturday, French corporal Ronan Pointeau, 24, died after an armoured vehicle in which he was travelling hit an improvised explosive device (IED) near the city of Menaka, a French defence ministry stat..

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B.C. event featuring Meghan Murphy moved to new venue over security concern

British ColumbiaB.C. event featuring Meghan Murphy moved to new venue over security concernThe organizer of a panel discussion on gender and sexuality says the location of the Vancouver event has been changed over possible security risks because of the views of featured speaker Meghan Murphy who drew protests at a Toronto public library earlier this week.She argues that allowing men 'to identify as women' undermines women's rightsMeghan Murphy, who drew protests at a Toronto public library this week over her views about transgender women, is a featured speaker at a Simon Fraser University event that had to be relocated. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)The organizer of a panel discussion on gender and sexuality says the location of the event in Vancouver has been changed over possible security risks because of the views of a featured speaker who drew protests at a Toronto public library this week. Prof. Mark Collard of Simon Fraser University said the senior director of campus security..

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Practical Leadership Training: Kandifo Institute Setting The Pace

Kandifo Institute, an economic, governance, and leadership think tank based in Accra, on Thursday held the maiden edition of its Leadership training series dubbed the LEADERSHIP HIVE. The event, which was held at its Head Office at West Legon in Accra, is a monthly series aimed at grooming and nurturing students, start-up CEOs, NGO workers, leaders of institutions, entrepreneurs to become the next generation of great leaders. The event was moderated by leading TV Presenter, PY Addo Boateng. The program drew students from various tertiary institutions in Accra including GIJ, Pentecost University College, AUCC among others. Participants were also given certificates of participation. At the end of the day, participants gained insights into the understanding of the four different DISC styles of Leadership, assessing what dominant behavioural traits are as well as developing one’s ability to bring out the best in other people and building a solid team for success. Kandifo Institute w..

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