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Driver charged after colliding with police cruiser — twice

Ottawa·NewDriver charged after colliding with police cruiser — twiceA 21-year-old man faces 10 charges — including impaired driving — after he allegedly collided with the same police cruiser near Brockville, Ont., twice in less than 15 minutes.4 people injured in Saturday morning crashes near Maitland, Ont.Four people were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries Saturday morning after an allegedly impaired driver struck the same OPP cruiser twice in roughly 15 minutes. (CBC)A Mississauga, Ont., man faces 10 charges — including impaired driving — after he allegedly collided with the same police cruiser twice in roughly 15 minutes. OPP officers were following a westbound vehicle on Highway 401 near Maitland, Ont., on Saturday morning when the driver collided with a marked cruiser. The driver then fled the scene, police said. A short time later, the same driver collided with the same OPP cruiser and another vehicle on County Road 15, south of the highway. The suspect, the..

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Madina: Pedestrians Still Dodge Footbridges Despite Recent Arrests

More pedestrians are still using the speedways and crossing the road at unauthorized places at Madina Zongo Junction, at the risk of their lives, leaving the newly constructed footbridge idle. A visit by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) to the site on Friday showed that many pedestrians were avoiding the use of the footbridge. Those who spoke to the Ghana News Agency said the footbridge was too high and that they got scared when climbing it. Ms Regina Gyeketey, a pedestrian, said although she used the footbridge every morning, its height put fear in her and she had to drink a sachet of water before climbing it. She said despite the fear, she used it because it was safer than crossing the road using the speedways, noting that the motor accidents had become rampant on that stretch so she would not risk it. She said it would be prudent if the Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) of the Police Servcie resumed its operation of arresting pedestrians who crossed the road at unautho..

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We Predicted Rockfall On Aburi Road In 2006 – Mahama

The recent rockfalls on the Accra-Aburi road was predicted in 2006, a civil engineer, Mahama Abdullai has said. According him, after foreseeing that such rockfalls could occur in the future, proposals were sent to government to that effect. He added that the current rockfalls could have been prevented if government had taken an action then. “From 2007 to 2014 there was no slide. But we told government that we need to do a protection of a sort and they agreed and we submitted a rate. So we foresaw that thing in 2006 and wrote a proposal that we need to do this. I'm sure that if we had done it and the assemblies were also not giving approvals for those buildings, it wouldn't have happened,” he said. There have been two rockfall incidents on the Aburi – Ayi Mensah road, leading to a temporary closure of the Accra bound section. The latest rockfall was on Sunday, October 27, 2019. The Akuapem South District Assembly has been blamed for the rockfalls as it has been accused o..

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Gov’t To Push $600m Into Cocoa Sector

An amount of US$600 million is expected to be injected into the cocoa sector. According to the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the amount is to among other things help push Ghana's cocoa production to 1.5 million tones by 2027. “The Akufo-Addo administration acting through COCOBOD will inject a 600 million USD stimulus package into the cocoa sector through a Cocoa Productivity Enhancement Program which will among other things step up Ghana's production to 1.5 million tones by 2027.” He said the stimulus will target rehabilitation of plantations, improvement in storage and domestic processing, stimulation of local consumption as well as efforts to increase output on farms among others within a 7-year period. “The [Akufo-Addo] Administration believes that Cocoa, being a major pillar of our economy cannot be allowed to survive at its own pace. Cocoa farmers who have been the backbone of the Ghanaian economy already have good news for 2020 in cocoa price struct..

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MMDCEs Election Will Be Akufo-Addo’s Best Legacy – Franklin Cudjoe

The President of policy think tank, IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, believes the election of Metropolitan Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) will be President Akufo-Addo's best legacy. “…One of the most important legacies of Nana Akufo-Addo which is devolving power to people…I think is his best legacy by the way. If it [election of MMDCEs] comes to pass, what it means is that the assemblies will be much more empowered because now power will reside in the people. When that is done, I suspect persons who flout rules will be significantly dealt with,” he said. He was speaking on the back of the recent rock falls on the Aburi road which has led to the closure of a section of the road. According to Mr. Cudjoe, people will be empowered to speak up and share their opinions with the local authorities when there are issues in the communities, since they voted them into power. He made this statement on Citi FM's current affairs show, The Big Issue on Saturday. Backgro..

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Emmanuel Agyemang Takes Over Onua FM Mid-Morning Show

From Monday, 4th November, 2019, notable Ghanaian media personality Emmanuel Agyemang will take over the Mid-Morning Radio Show on Onua 95.1 FM from Gabriel Arko who has been assigned a new role at the station. The show which is aired live from 10am to 12pm is called “Ayekoo”. As part of restructuring to streamline programmes in order to bring more positive change to the station, other experienced media persons including Emmanuel Agyemang, Gabriel Arko who has been assigned new roles, former Adom Fm presenter and Dadi Fm mid-day presenter Dr Prekese have also joined the team of existing hardworking staff of Onua FM. On the Mid-Morning Show which begins tomorrow, 4th November, Emmanuel Agyemang is expected to bring a variety of music to the ears of listeners as well as engage, motivate and encourage listeners for a total amusement. Emmanuel Agyemang joined the media as a sound engineer in 2004 and travelled to Tamale to learn video editing in 2005. He was employed at Pigoma Studios..

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International Tourism Investment Confab Opens In London

The first day of the International Tourism Investment Conference (ITIC) was a powerful day, and a proud day for Dr. Taleb Rifai, Chairman ITIC, and Ibrahim Ayoub, Group CEO and Organizer. Tourism as a key economic driver and the Global financial driver, investment opportunities and challenges was the main discussion point at the London Intercontinental Parklane Hotel. The Hon. Najib Balala, minister of tourism of Kenya was seen to attend every session together also with the Hon. Edward Bartlett from Jamaica and the Hon. Minister of Tourism Memunatu Pratt from Sierra Leone. Gerald Lawless, former President and CEO of the Jumeirah Group and WTTC ambassador explained why opportunities for Africa and the needs of small Island nations were the focus of the event. Balala talked about the excellent work done in Kenya to achieve the latest growth in tourism while still, nations warn their citizens of possible security issues in his country. The minster thought there was a double standard. S..

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Nominations Open For Ghana Movie Awards 2019

Organisers of Ghana Movie Awards have officially announced the submission and closing dates for the 2019 edition of Ghana movie awards. According to the organisers, nominations will close on 20th November. Though it is not too clear when nominations were open but the closing date has been made available to the public, one could go by the date of announcement as the date of opening of nominations. In a post added to the posters released online, the organisers stated that they have compiled all the information required for filmmakers and the procedure to submit their movies successfully on the official website. In an interview with the Chief Executive Officer of the Awards Scheme, Fred Nuamah noted that the main awards night will be held in December but the venue will be announced later.

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Nigerian Blogger Linda Ikeji Names Shatta Wale As Her Favourite Artist

Famous Nigerian blogger, Linda Ikeji who is in the country for the Ghana bloggers summit has mentioned names of Ghanaian artists she’s familiar with. The mother of one and online journalist during an interview on Citi FM with AJ Sarpong said she knows Shatta Wale, Becca and Sarkodie very well but added that the SM boss is her favourite Linda, who seemed lost when some names of Ghanaian artists were mentioned to her, demonstrated that our artists really need to do a lot if they want to penetrate into the Nigeria market. Watch linda ikeji speaking to ghanaian bloggers below www.odarteyghnews.com

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India declares unprecedented air pollution emergency in Delhi

Schools in the Indian capital have been shut until early in the week due to alarming levels of pollution, with authorities declaring an unprecedented public health emergency in New Delhi and nearby areas. Residents woke up to worsening smog Sunday as air quality dipped to the season's lowest. The capital remained shrouded in a hazardous, thick layer of haze for a fifth consecutive day as farm fires from New Delhi's neighbouring states sent swathes of smoke into the capital, adding to the pollution. The air quality index (AQI) was recorded at an alarming 650 in the morning by one of the two government pollution monitors. An index of 500 is considered a “severe-plus emergency”. “It is like a gas chamber and we hope the air clears soon. But if the burning of farm stubble continues in the adjacent states of Punjab and Haryana it will just worsen,” Delhi's chief minister Arvind Kejriwal told RFI. A large number of the city's residents wore masks for morning walks and tra..

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