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Zimbabwe legalises marijuana cultivation, but the farming is not affordable

Zimbabwe is the second African country after Lesotho to have legalized the cultivation of Marijuana in large quantities for “Medicinal and Scientific Use,” but the money required of interested farmers to acquire license is huge enough to scare citizens from venturing into the cultivation.
On Friday, April 27 the southern African country declared it legal to grow the narcotic herb which was hitherto an illicit drug whose possession in Zimbabwe could lead to a maximum imprisonment of 12 years.

Zimbabwe’s Health and Child Care Minister Dr. David Parirenyatwa was reported to have said in a Government Gazette that: “Production of Cannabis” is “for Medicinal and Scientific Use Regulations.”

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Policeman killed by robbers in Tarkwa

A group of armed robbers shot and killed a policeman on escort duty at Tarkwa in the Western Region yesterday.
Lance Corporal Duku Nicholas, the deceased, was shot while escorting an Indian businessman in Bogoso late Sunday evening.

After shooting the police escort, the robbers took away GHS 900, 000 from the Indian businessman identified as Rajinder Singh.

The robbers later abandoned the vehicle they used in the operation, a Nissan Rogue with registration number GE 411-16, at the outskirts of Tarkwa.

The incident is the latest in a wave of attacks recorded in one week in some parts of the country.

Last week two people were killed in four separate robbery attacks at Weija, in the Ga South Municipal district of the Greater Accra Region.

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Deputy Speaker calls for ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy against illegal miners

Ghana’s security agencies should be given the power to shoot anyone caught engaging in illegal mining practices, the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu has clamoured.
In recent years Ghana has chalked some successes in the fight against illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey.

Government has made the menace one of its primary aims, and has put in place measures to ensure that the country does not lose any more lands and water bodies to such illegal operations.

Last year, an anti-galamsey taskforce made up of police and military named Operation Vanguard was launched to fight the activities of 'galamseyers' and to protect the environment.

The task force has since made many arrests, although there are still some illegal miners who have proved to be recalcitrant.

The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament believes the best way to stop the act is to give the Police the power to shoot offenders.


BoG governor under pressure to resign

The Bank of Ghana Governor, Dr Abdul-Nashiru Issahaku, has come under intense pressure from the economic team of the incoming New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration to resign over idealogical difference.

Dr Issahaku was appointed early this year by the outgoing government of President John Mahama after the then governor resigned before his term.

Ghana's constitution guarantee's the four-year mandate of the governor and also insulate him from political control.
He was promoted to the position ahead of Mr Millison Narh, who is the second deputy governor.

But former Finance Minister and a Member of Parliament’s Finance Committee Dr Anthony Akoto Osei (NPP MP) believes Dr Issahaku is strongly aligned with the Mahama-led administration.

“If I were in his position, I will voluntarily step down considering his strongly political leaning to the outgoing government,” he said, as quoted by the Business and Financial Times (B&FT).


Ghanaian Media Doing Too Much Politics – Prez Mahama

According to the president, the extent of press freedom being enjoyed in the country has contributed to the country having “27 million presidents who think they know the job better.”

President John Mahama has described as worrying the “over-concentration on politics” in the Ghanaian media landscape to the detriment of “all other things like climate change, culture, women’s empowerment”.

According to the president, the extent of press freedom being enjoyed in the country has contributed to the country having “27 million presidents who think they know the job better.”

Mr Mahama made this known while addressing dignitaries across the globe at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) conference in Paris on September 26.

He was speaking on ways the on the role of access to information in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


"Stop The Campaign On Social Media" - Sammy Awuku

Sammy Awuku, the National Youth Organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has warned the party’s youth not to over-rely on social media for the campaign ahead of the December polls. According to him, the youth must stop such moves and rather get to the electorates and convince them to vote for the party in the general elections.

“NPP youth must stop the campaign on social media platforms such as Whatsapp and let’s get to the ground to campaign to help win the floating voters which will enable us to secure the first-round electoral victory that we are craving for,” he said.

Mr. Awuku made this known at the Youth Wing Conference of the Ashanti Regional branch of the NPP held at the Georgia Hotel in Kumas.

Party stalwarts such as Dr. Boakye Agyarko, Ayisi Boateng, Nana Bee, among others were present at the event, which was aimed at energising the youth for victory on December 7.


Juliet Ibrahim Bids Nii Odoi Mensah Farewell

Ghanaian actress, Juliet Ibrahim has bid an emotional farewell to Nii Odoi Mensah who died on Monday.

The former Ghana Actors Guild president reportedly passed on in China where he was undergoing a Kidney transplant. Doctors had declared his two kidneys as incapable of functioning to keep him alive.

It would be recalled that Juliet Ibrahim made a donation to Nii Odoi Mensah when the latter in 2015 announced he was suffering from a chronic kidney failure and called for financial assistance.

The actress who set up her foundation as part of her social responsibility towards society, has since its inception been donating to people with various afflictions, focusing on people with kidney failure especially.

Few hours after news of his death went viral, Juliet Ibrahim posted a picture of the former actor with the caption, "Rest in peace my dear Nii odoi Mensah. You tried so hard, it wasn't easy it wasn't easy but God knows best."


Grammys: Morgan Heritage Beats Ghana's Rocky Dawuni

Ghanaian Reggae star, Rocky Dawuni has lost out to Jamaican Reggae group, Morgan Heritage at the 58th edition of The Grammys.

The group beat contenders; Barrington Levy, Jah Cure, Luciano and Rocky Dawuni to scoop the "Best Reggae Album" accolade with their "Strictly Roots" album today (February 15) at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

The group had a fruitful year in 2015. Aside releasing the "Strictly Roots" album, the group went on an album Europe tour dubbed "Strictly Roots Tour" where Ghana's Stonebwoy had a chance to perform with the legendary band.

Rock Dawuni is the first Ghanaian to be nominated for The Grammys. His Grammys nominated album "Branches Of The Same Tree" has also topped several charts and hit no. 10 on Billboard charts.


Michael Essien Returns To Stamford Bridge

Former Chelsea player Michael Essien returned to Stamford Bridge for the Boxing Day game against Watford

Ghanaian midfielder and former Chelsea player Michael Essien visited Stamford Bride on Saturday to watch the English Premier League Boxing Day fixture.

Chelsea who sacked Jose Mourinho after a poor run of form entertained Watford at home with new boss Guus Hiddink in charge.

Essien was denied the joy of seeing his former club take all three points as Watford held the Premier League Champions to a 2-2 draw.

Diego Costa opened the scoring for Chelsea with Troy Deeney leveling from the penalty spot for Watford tem minutes later.

Odion Ighalo put Watford ahead after the interval before Costa completed a brace to put Guus Hiddink’s side level at 2-2.

Oscar missed an opportunity to put Chelsea ahead from the penalty spot as both teams shared the spoils with a 2-2 score line.


Becoming MP Will Help Me Show Appreciation To People Of Tarkwa-Nsuaem - Kwame Dzokoto

Ace comedian and the popular Eziban television show presenter, Seth Kwame Djokoto has said that his desire to go to the Ghanaian parliament stems out of the fact that he has become a national showbiz icon through the support of the people of Tarkwa Nsuaem and the most appropriate way to show his appreciation to them is to harness his lobbying skills and connections he had acquired over the years to bring development to Tarkwa and its environs. 
According to him “posterity will one day judge me of what I did for my people in Tarkwa after, through their support in my days as a young radio presenter through to lifting me up to the status of a national”. 
He said, even though my activities and days in the entertainment and showbiz was a form of public service, going into politics “will help me provide direct service and support to my people”.


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