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Damba Festival: Hundreds patronize Citi TV’s night of cultural dance exhibition in Tamale

Citi TV’s night of cultural dance exhibition at the Dakpema palace in Tamale was a night to remember as the event provided a rare opportunity to showcase the unique dances of Dagombas. Hundreds of residents including some foreigners thronged the palace after sunset on Friday to witness energetic dance performances such as Takai, Tora, Jera, Baamaya, and Simpa. Some of the dance groups included Duilbbla, Kpakpagyili, Simpa, Tahama and Tor. Citi TV organized the night of cultural dance exhibition to give this year’s Damba a unique flavour. Most of the patrons of the event were not disappointed. In an interview with Citi News, the residents described the exhibition as a moment to savour. “I hope and pray that more people like Citi TV will cover this kind of occasion. We have a lot to show Ghanaians and the whole world and so we thank you very much for coming,” a gentleman said. “We thank Citi TV so much for covering Damba Festival. This is the first time our festival has been covered b..

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Kirusa outdoors new platform that links businesses and customers

Kirusa, a global leader in communication solutions over data networks for consumers and enterprises, has reiterated that one of its key products, Kirusa Konnect, a cloud-based Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS), is poised to bolster customer engagement for enterprises in Ghana and Nigeria. Kirusa Konnect was developed to support businesses with the most appropriate communication tools and enable them to connect and reach more customers effectively. Kirusa Konnect, a self-serve portal, provides businesses with capabilities to engage with their customers over mobile channels through messaging, voice and rich media tools. The platform enables instant, two-way and interactive communication. The omnichannel framework of Kirusa Konnect allows businesses to conceive, execute and monitor customized communication campaigns. Businesses can mix and match from the following channels supported by Kirusa Konnect: IP Messaging and Chatbots: Enterprises can build chatbots to engage with cu..

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Civil servants warned to stay away from politics

Chairman of the Local Government Service Council, Nana Rex Owusu Ansah, has warned civil servants to stay away from engaging in politics while they serve in the public’s interest. He said that they should shun from assisting their District Chief Executives (DCEs) in their political agendas so that they do not undermine the trust and integrity that society has reposed in them. “You are not to assist your DCE in doing politics. Let the politics be done by the DCEs and your members of Parliament. Do not let their politics enter your office because the Local Government Service Council will not defend you when caught," he said. “It is the right of everybody to vote and we cannot prevent that,” he stated at this year’s consultative meeting of the Local Government Service Council held at Sogakope in the Volta Region, he said. “We are just saying you cannot participate in politics openly, by declaring your support for a particular political party in public,” he added. The chairman continued, “..

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December 17 Referendum: We were not consulted on National House of Chiefs’ position – Okyenhene

The President of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs has rejected the “purported” position of the national body on the December 17 Referendum. In a statement, the Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, said the reported position of the National House of Chiefs on making district level elections partisan, was not taken through due process. The National House of Chiefs in a statement on Thursday called on Ghanaians to vote No in the referendum. Justifying its position, the House said, “the framers of the 1992 Constitution had good reason for protecting our local government system from partisan politics and the rationale for new reforms has not sufficiently addressed the grounds for the exclusion.” But rejecting the statement as the position of the National House of Chiefs, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin said: “the Standing Committee of the National House of Chiefs has no record of deliberations on the matter.” “The Committee of the Whole House has not been informed or met on the mat..

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‘No Vote’ position doesn’t represent House of Chiefs’ view – Member of House of Chiefs

The chairman of the Governance Committee of the National House of Chiefs, Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II of Sefwi Anhwiaso in the Western Region, is displeased with a recent press release by the House’s Chairman, Torgbe Afede. According to Nana Gyebi II, the position expressed by the Chairman in which he called for a “no vote’ does not represent that of all the chiefs and must, therefore, should be disregarded. A press statement released on Friday under the signatures of the President, Togbe Afede XIV and the Vice President, Daasebre Nana Kwebu Ewusi VII said, the House was against the government’s proposition for the December 17 referendum. The statement said the House of Chiefs was concerned about the adverse effects of partisan politics on local level development if the proposition were to go through at the referendum. Nana Ogyeahoho Gyebi II, commenting on the release on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen Friday said the Statement did not represent the collective view of the House of Chiefs. He said i..

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Mourners remember toddler killed by falling air conditioner as sweet girl who loved to laugh

Toronto·NewMourners remember toddler killed by falling air conditioner as sweet girl who loved to laughDozens of mourners gathered at a candlelight vigil Saturday for a two-year-old girl who died after being hit by an air conditioner that fell from an apartment window earlier this week. Crystal Mirogho, 2, died after unit fell from 8th storey of Toronto Community Housing buildingCrystal Mirogho was just 2½-years-old when she was hit by a heavy window-mounted air conditioning unit that had fallen from the eighth storey of a Toronto Community Housing Corporation (GoFundMe)Dozens of mourners gathered at a candlelight vigil Saturday for a two-year-old girl who died after being hit by an air conditioner that fell from an apartment window earlier this week. Family and community members remembered Crystal Mirogho as a loving and sweet child who loved to laugh. Mirogho was just 2½-years-old when she was hit by a heavy window-mounted air conditioning unit that had fallen from the eighth stor..

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Residents displaced by highrise fire in North York won’t be allowed back in just yet

Toronto·NewResidents displaced by highrise fire in North York won't be allowed back in just yetHundreds of residents who’ve been displaced by a fire at a highrise residential building in North York have been told they won’t be able to moved back into their apartments just yet.York University opens emergency shelter facilities to assist residents, OEM director saysJennifer Omoruyi says she moved into the residential building, at 235 Gosford Boulevard, near Jane Street and Steeles Avenue West, in May with her three-year-old and five-month-old sons. ( Angelina King/CBC)Hundreds displaced by a fire that left one person dead at a highrise residential building in North York have been told they won't be able to move back into their apartments just yet. One person was found dead after the blaze. Charles Jansen, director the city's Office of Emergency Management, said before people can be allowed back in, investigations have to be carried out to determine the safety of the build..

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Ghanaian family demand whereabouts of missing ‘Observer’ from Chinese vessel

The family of Emmanuel Essien, the missing Ghanaian attached to a Chinese vessel as an Observer, is accusing government and police of failing to help them ocate their relative, five months since the case was reported. “I don’t believe the government and the authorities valued the work my brother was doing,” said James. “If they did, they would attach some seriousness and urgency to the investigation. We know nothing. We don’t understand how it can take so long,” a worried James, Emmanuel’s elder has told The Guardian. Emmanuel Essien went missing from the trawler Meng Xin 15 on July 5, 2019. He was a fishing observer, one of Ghana’s frontline defenders against an overfishing crisis that is among the worst in west Africa. According to The Guardian, Illegal and destructive practices by foreign-owned trawlers are draining the Ghanaian economy of an estimated £50m a year . Along its 350-mile coastline, overfishing has driven small pelagic species known as “people’s fish”, the staple diet, ..

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IITA-ACAI TO TRAIN 30,000 FARMERS IN FIVE STATES

About 30,000 farmers from Abia, Benue, Oyo, Ogun and Osun state will benefit from the training on the Six Steps to Cassava Weed Management & Best Planting Practices, says Godwin Atser, ACAI Digital Extension & Advisory Services Specialist. The trainings are aimed at empowering farmers with the knowledge to boost cassava and maize productivity and yield per hectare. This will subsequently increase farmers’ incomes, better their livelihoods, and create jobs for more people. The trainings are being done in close collaboration with state Agricultural Development Programs (ADPs) and other extension service providers. To ensure a seamless and successful dissemination of the Six Steps to Cassava Weed Management and Best Planting Practices tool, the team has developed videos and translated same into local languages – Igbo, Yoruba, and Tiv, targeting the respective zones. The ACAI team has also procured mini-projectors and mobile phones to empower extension service providers in the participatin..

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Protesters clash with police in Paris as Yellow Vest protests get underway

Overturned cars, paving stones and garbage fires -Place d'Italie, in the south of Paris, was the scene of sporadic outbreaks of violence on Saturday. Demonstrators, many clad in black and hiding their faces, set trash bins on fire and hurled projectiles at riot police while building barricades. Paris clashes Clashes also broke out between demonstrators and police near the Porte de Champerret in the northwest of the city as protesters were preparing to march across town toward Gare d'Austerlitz. Police also intervened to prevent a few hundred demonstrators from occupying the Paris ring road, according to Reuters TV footage. Paris police said 33 people had been arrested by 1030 GMT. The so-called yellow vest protests, named for the high-visibility jackets worn by demonstrators, erupted in mid-November 2018 over fuel price hikes and the high cost of living. The demonstrations spiraled into a broader movement against President Emmanuel Macron and his economic reforms. The protest..

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