Thursday, May 25, 2017

Court suspends the rustication of 18 out of 22 UCC-ATL students

The Cape Coast High Court has ordered the University of Cape Coast to halt its decision of rusticating 18 students indicted for their involvement in some clashes between Atlantic (ATL) and Oguaa Halls during a hall week celebration at the school months ago.

The 18, most of whom are hall executives were allowed to write the end of semester exams.

The court, presided over by Justice William Boampong also directed the school to allow the students write their examinations and carryout other academic activities.

The University of Cape Coast last week said it had suspended the students, most of whom are hall executives of ATL for their involvement in the clashes that led to one student reportedly being paralyzed. Three students were also stabbed in the bloody incident with some properties of the school being destroyed.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Stephanie Benson Reveals She Broke Her Virginity Few Hours To Her Wedding

Stephanie Benson Reveals She Broke Her Virginity Few Hours To Her Wedding

The Church’s stance on sex before marriage has been subjected to intense scrutiny lately since lots of people are of the belief that the principle has no place in the modern setup. Even recently two Ghanaian pastors have said pre-marital sex is should be allowed to ensure sexual compatibility between to save the rate of failed marriages.

Beautiful Ghanaian singer, Stephanie Benson, has disclosed that she had sex before marriage and it happened on the eve of the big day. The eccentric musician and sister veteran musician Akosua Agyapong continued that she and her fiancé, John, now her husband, agreed to refrain from sex but changed their mind a day to the wedding.
Speaking to Lexis Bill on Joy FM, Stephanie Benson said she considered several factors before agreeing to have sex with John.

She said, “I did on the eve of my wedding because I just thought that the whole anticipation of waiting on the wedding night because I know [he] will be drunk, whether you will be able to get it up, you don’t know, so I just thought that let’s just do it the day before”

Serena Williams Shares Pregnancy Photos

Serena Williams Shares Pregnancy Photos

Legendary world tennis star Serena Williams is relishing the joy of motherhood as she prepares to welcome her first baby. She shared a picture of herself whilst on a yacht in Florida.

Serena Williams and fiancé Alexis Ohanian have earlier said they are not interested in finding out the baby’s sex. “We’re waiting for a surprise,” Serena told reporters. “We call it ‘Baby.’ ”

She also revealed that where they’d be living once she gave birth was “the question of the hour,” but added: “I couldn’t be stuck in a more beautiful place.”

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

"How I made ¢1billion from GH¢27,000" - Dr. Nii Kotei Dzani

"How I made ¢1billion from GH¢27,000" - Dr. Nii Kotei Dzani

The entrepreneur wears glasses which ticks the perceptional box for wisdom in Ghana. His neat tie ends gently curving over his stomach to indicate a decent almost attractive potbelly - that ticks the box for bankers in Ghana.

With the height of Napoleon, the President of Ideal Groupe of Companies sat behind the Joy FM Personality Profile console without an ideal height.

And proceeded to share his life in the backside of Lolonyo in Ada brought him to the limelight of business - and lately a seat on the Council of State, as the youngest man.

Success may be an eraser of memories of poverty but for Dzani some very low points in his life were written with indelible losing his fisherman father as a boy.

Like the day he was so hungry before an examination and left with his brother to go roast some plantain in a farm. The papers had delayed in coming and the hunger pangs had magnified this delay in their stomach so it left such a long time waiting for the examiners.

The two brothers returned to find, it was left with only five minutes to the end of the exam. For the boy, missing a paper had the same mental depression as missing a flight.

"I wept like a baby," Dzani recounted the day his stomach was full of food but his eyes were full of tears.

Having lost his father, Dzani had always felt that education was his only real shot at escaping labouring on farms while his elder brother laboured on the lake for fish.

Today the only relic of his boyhood farm life is seen in his arms. Short, thick and quick.

When host Lexis Bill dug for more memories, the man who owns 13 business subsidiaries remembered the day he stopped asking his mother for anything.

He was in class five when he was sacked from school for owing fees, something he saw coming because he had told his mother a day before to find him his fees.

Disgraced in class and angry at his mom for her inability to get him the cash, Dzani said, "I didn't want to talk to my mother" and his mother could not bare the silent treatment from a class five son. She disappeared from sight for a while.

Dzani would later find his mother crying inside her bedroom in an emotional breakdown of her utter helplessness in pushing his son through school.

"I saw my mum crying and that was the day I prayed to God, I will never ask my mother for anything...and God has been faithful," he reminded a mental vow and got to work trying to carve out his own struggle for "independence now."

He recounted his second-degree homelessness - moving to live with one family member to another. Each stay was short-lived as the credit line of the magnanimity of his aunties and cousins waned.

"I stayed at so many places....if you stay with somebody for a while and the person gets fed up with you, you have to move out," he pointed out mistreatments which now.

"It is part of the training process. God will make you go through fire so that you can become a better person" he found value in unfair treatment Biblical Joseph style.

From farming-to-school model of living, Kotei became a pupil teacher at Mamobi prisons and gained admission to the University of Cape Coast in the Central region - psychologically crossing the finishing line of penury and pity.

Destiny would have agreed to re-negotiate his ambition if he felt that work at Barclays Bank Ghana is a height to settle for.

Barclays is a place to stop and settle. And yet this tranquilising mentality of cheap and easy satisfaction would have robbed him 2015 Banking & Finance Entrepreneur, Board chair of TV Africa, owner of eight companies, a seat on several boards and lately, a seat at the Council of State.

In short, the light of this country's talent would have been a blurrer burn, the living would be poor but the grave richer for unrealised potential.

"...the opportunities for growth at Barclays Bank was not there. They train you well but I was hungry for more" he said.

He had saved GH27,000 as at 2009 and later after quitting Canal as Business Development Manager, he set up a business advisory center renting space at Kingsway Shopping Arcade.

"The money couldn't do anything. you go to work every day and you are hoping for something to happen," he said.

His capital looked like all he had, but today he says the most important capital was his integrity.

That was how he set up Ideal Finance, which later acquired troubled Ezi Saving and Loans and saved jobs. It is now FirsTrust Savings and loans.

That was how he set up Ideal Trade, a commodity and trading firm. That is how he set up Westfield Offshore Consult, an offshore mining firm, and consultancy services

That is how he has an asset management firm, an Insurance brokerage firm and a pensions trust firm. All eight subsidiaries of Ideal Groupe assembled at a dramatic breath-taking space of five years.

That is how GH27,000 has grown into a net asset base of GH300 million and a total asset base of GH1 billion.


"You don't need capital to start a business. What you need is integrity. I did not inherit anything from anybody...I didn't go to a school of influence. But with a little integrity, people from all walks of life have supported me," he said.

An artisan fixing his window at his house in Ada sent in a text message praising his client's generosity.

Looking back on his struggles Kotei Dzani has a lot of gratitude to show to his uncle, CEO of NDK Financial services. And he owes great gratitude to even his feet.

Those pair of anatomical equipment that agreed to drag him through his sorry struggles.

"I had only one pair of feet would be dragging itself in the shoe. I had to cut Keysoap and fit it into the shoe'.

He would later need to wrap cellotape around a bar of key soap, stuck it into his tired wearing shoes just to prop up the sole enough to walk a few more months.

"I said one day I will buy shoes," he said.

Kotei Djani says today he has under 600 pairs of shoes to honour his feet for a choiceless faithfulness in a choiceless struggle.

And the feet in the shoes don't walk about when it can drive around. After journeying to school for many hours, nearly missing an exams, treking to find a new home, Mr. Dzani confesses his love for cars.

"I wake up at 1 am, pick my car and just drive and in the process of driving I will get ideas and when I come I just put them down and get to work"

"I have alot of cars. I love cars. I have alot of car" he bought time to count the number and finally settled on at least 20 cars," he said.

The last of eight children, the boy from Lolonya in Ada, the hassler in Nima, the Barclays bank employee has become an owner of a business empire.

And yet when you ask him his secret he stresses countlessly that "it is by the grace of God."

A complete answer for those who know it is but an insufficient explanation for others. A wholesale answer with the details in the retail.

It says it all but yet says little. Yet that it what it is.

The Lord has been my strength, I am nothing without God, God orders my steps', a constant refrain that punctuated every sentence of his own progress.
 22  University of Cape Coast students rusticated for Oguaa, ATL Hall clashes

22 University of Cape Coast students rusticated for Oguaa, ATL Hall clashes

From Joy News, Twenty-two students of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) whom investigations found culpable in the clashes between Oguaa and Atlantic (ATL) Halls during a hall week celebration have been rusticated.

The students, most of whom are executives of Atlantic Hall and organisers of the hall week have been rusticated for two and four semesters.

At least three students were stabbed in March this year at UCC following a clash between some irate students of the University of Ghana (UG), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and UCC.

A UCC student was paralysed after he was several stabbed while trying to enter his hall from night studies.

The student, Emmanuel Quarshie, 18, who is receiving medical treatment at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra told Joy News, he begged his attackers to spare him while they poured kerosene on his feet.

Mr Quarshie who said he is also asthmatic is optimistic that with time he would walk again.

An eye witness who narrated what happened said some residents of Commonwealth Hall of UG and Unity Hall of UCC who had been invited for a programme at ATL Hall ended up attacking residents of Oguaa Hall due to a misunderstanding.

The skirmishes, the witness said erupted when porters of Oguaa Hall refused to allow some naked Vandals, Unity and ATL students into the hall.

Several properties worth thousands of cedis belonging to Oguaa hall was destroyed as a result. The hall's bus and vehicles belonging to some lecturers were also vandalised.

The Central Regional police initially arrested some 22 students who were said to be involved in the clashes.

Authorities of the University promised to surcharge the students found culpable after police concluded its investigations.

Click here for the list of rusticated students.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

 Russia’s Supreme Court bans Jehovah’s Witnesses; labels them as extremists

Russia’s Supreme Court bans Jehovah’s Witnesses; labels them as extremists

Russia’s Supreme Court announced Thursday that it has banned the Jehovah’s Witnesses from operating in the country, ordering the religious group to close 395 of its local chapters.

The announcement came after the court accepted a request from the justice ministry that the religious organization be considered an extremist group.

The court also ordered the seizure of the group’s property.

Justice Ministry attorney Svetlana Borisova was quoted by the Interfax news agency in court Thursday as saying that the Jehovah’s Witnesses “pose a threat to the rights of the citizens, public order and public security.”

The Jehovah’s Witnesses claim more than 170,000 adherents in Russia. The group has come under increasing pressure over the past year, including a ban on distributing literature deemed to violate Russia’s anti-extremism laws. The religious group, which preaches door-to-door, rejects military service and blood transfusions.

Russian prosecutors have long cast the group as an organization that destroys families and spreads hatred, which it denies, according to Reuters.

The group said it would appeal the decision and if it is upheld, the case would be shifted to the European Court of Human Rights, the TASS news agency reported.

“We are greatly disappointed by this development and deeply concerned about how this will affect our religious activity,” Yaroslav Sivulskiy, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, said in a statement. “We will appeal this decision, and we hope that our legal rights and protections as a peaceful religious group will be fully restored as soon as possible.”

Once the Supreme Court ruling is appealed, it will only go into effect when the appellate court announces its decision.

Source: Foxx News
 Ibrahim Mahama ordered to pay GHc 12m to the Economic and Organised Crime Office

Ibrahim Mahama ordered to pay GHc 12m to the Economic and Organised Crime Office

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Engineers and Planners, Ibrahim Mahama has been ordered to pay about GHC12 million to the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) by May 8, 2017.

The amount represents duty for goods he cleared with dud cheques in 2015 plus interest. The interest on the amount was determined by the Ghana Revenue Authority.

The order was communicated to him on Friday morning at EOCO’s head office in Accra.

Mr. Mahama was on Tuesday invited by EOCO and interrogated for over eight hours, reportedly over new accusations of financial malfeasance.

Sources at EOCO said Mr. Mahama, the brother of former President John Mahama, had also been visiting the office on other charges.

He is the second high-profile person associated with the previous government being questioned by the intelligence unit after the former COCOBOD CEO, Dr. Steven Opuni.

Ibrahim Mahama was contracted under the erstwhile NDC government to execute various projects, notable among them being the construction of a field to house the Ameri power plant, and his alleged involvement in some cocoa road projects.

Delali Adogla-Bessa/