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Thursday, November 18, 2010

ELECTIONS AROUND THE WORLD IN OCTOBER-NOVEMBERV

COMPILED BY MAKAFUI APEKU


MEXICO

Mexican president
Mexico's main opposition party, the Institutional Revolutionary Party PRI, appears to have been the biggest winner in elections for state governors, mayors and local deputies elections.
President Felipe Calderon's party and its allies seemed set to take some governorships held by the PRI.
Two candidate were killed during the campaign but the election day was peaceful. Voilence was recorded during the election season. Some 5,000 deaths so far this year have been blamed on drug-related violence and it has also touched the electoral process itself. Rodolfo Torre, a front-runner candidate for governor in the north-eastern state of Tamaulipas, was killed after gunmen ambushed his convoy on 28 June. Four of his aides also died.His brother, Egidio Torre, who replaced him as candidate, was elected governor.A mayoral candidate in Tamaulipas was also killed, while other candidates stepped down and 550 electoral officials resigned.
Sunday's elections were held in 14 of Mexico's 31 states, with 12 states choosing new governors. According to results so far, the PRI - which already held most of the governorships at stake - held on to six states and retook the states of Zacatecas, Tlaxcala and Aguascalientes."This election proves the PRI is the leading political force in the country," the party's president, Beatriz Paredes, told reporters.
However the National Action Party (PAN) and its allies were on course to win three states previously held by PRI.These include the southern state of Oaxaca, which saw months of at times violent protests in 2006 against the then PRI governor, Ulises Ruiz.
The PAN and its allies were also on course to win for victory in the central state of Puebla, and in Sinaloa, which is one of the areas hardest hit by drug-related violence. "These are historic victories," the PAN president Cesar Nava told the Associated Press.
"Sinaloa has a fundamental significance when it comes to Mexico's security. In Puebla and Oaxaca, the victory means a significant break with entrenched strongman politics."
The elections were seen as an unofficial referendum on President Calderon's crackdown on drug cartels. Turnout in Tamaulipas was reported to be low. Only a third of voters cast their ballots in Chihuahua, the most violent state, according to the Associated Press.
The PRI held power for decades until the 2000 election which was won by the PAN candidate Vicente Fox.
COTE D’ VOIRE

president Gbagbo
The second round of the Ivorian presidential election has been postponed. The election which was initially fixed for 21 november have been postponed for another one week 28 november 2010
speaking at the extraordinary meeting of ministers, the prime minister Guillaume Soro said the government agreed on the new date due to a proposal made by the independent electoral commission for more time to enable them to prepare adequately for the second round.
In the first round of the elections, president Gbagbo won 38.04% of the vote while Alassane Outtara (RDR) come second with 32.26% and Henry Conan Bedie came third with 25.01% .
USA

US president Barrack Obama
US president Barrack Obama( democrats) has lost the midterm elections in the house of congress.
The midterm elections, decide the balance of power in Congress over the next two years. The Republicans made sweeping gains as they won control of the House of Representatives, but the Democrats retained a slim majority in the Senate.
Going into the mid-terms, his Democratic Party had a majority in both houses. Having lost control of the House, the president will now have to work closely with Republicans as he tries to push through legislation.
However, things do not always go smoothly. A Republican-controlled Congress effectively shut down non-essential government services for short periods in 1995 and 1996 because President Bill Clinton refused to make certain budget cut.
Prior to the elections, the Democrats controlled 59 seats in the Senate (including two seats held by independents who caucus with the Democrats) and had a majority of 39 seats in the House. the Republicans have obtained a net gain of at least 60 seats in the House.
It would mark the largest gain for the Republicans since they won an extra 80 seats in 1938. It also surpasses the swing in 1994, when the Democrats lost 54 seats in the House.
In the Senate contest, the Republicans made gains but fell short of gaining the 10 seats needed to win control.
Even so, it will be harder for the Democrats to muster the 60 Senate votes they need to stop Republican delaying tactics.
The Republicans also gained at least 10 of the 37 governorships in contention.
It is up to the powerful majority leaders in both houses to set the legislative agenda. Committee chairmen are also chosen from the ranks of the majority party.
The current Congress will now return for a "lame-duck" session before newly-elected members take their seats in January.
One of the issues to be discussed is the extension of tax breaks introduced by George Bush, with Republicans calling on President Obama to extend them for the rich as well as the middle class.
Next year, Mr Obama will try co-ordinate with the Republican-led Congress, though he could also use his executive power more assertively if the Republicans try to block the Democratic agenda.
The president recently listed three of the areas where he might be able to work with a new Congress: reducing public spending, and immigration and education reform.Other issues, including environmental reform, are likely to be put on hold.President Obama may have to fight off attempts to repeal his healthcare reform.
Republicans have promised to try to unravel the reform either by repealing sections of it or retracting financing from key provisions. They could even try to replace the reform with their own bill, but President Obama can veto this.
The Republicans have also said they want to roll back financial regulation introduced by Mr Obama in the wake of the global financial crisis.
The elections are called mid-terms because they come half-way through the four-year term served by the president, though the polls are in fact for Congress - the two houses of the US legislature - and for some state governorships (gubernatorial elections).
The party of a sitting president often loses some seats in mid-term elections, particularly in a president's first term.
Since 1946, the average loss in a president's first term is 25 seats in the House of Representatives and three seats in the Senate. Truman (in 1946) and Clinton (in 1994) both lost 54 House seats, while Johnson (in 1966) lost 48.




TANZANIA

President Jakaya Kikwete
Voting has ended in Tanzania's presidential polls, and incumbent Jakaya Kikwete widely expected to secure his second and final term.
Mr Kikwete has been credited with boosting the nation's economy, but his opponents say he has failed to tackle widespread poverty.
His main rivals in the poll are Willibrod Slaa, a former priest, and university professor Ibrahim Lipumba. On Sunday, voters were also electing 239 members of parliament. More than 19 million people in the East African country were eligible to cast their ballots.
A total of 18 political parties were competing, with seven candidates vying for the presidency.President Kikwete, of the governing CCM party, was elected with more than 80% of the vote in 2005 and is now expecting to win again. On Saturday, thousands of his supporters danced and cheered during a rally in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
More than 50% of Tanzanians still live below the poverty line, according to the IMF.On Sunday, voters in the Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar - which enjoys a degree of autonomy from Tanzania - also went to the polls.
They were electing their leaders for the first time since a power-sharing deal was struck between Zanzibar's two main political parties.The agreement was aimed at bringing to an end the violence that erupted during Zanzibar's polls in 2000 and 2005.

BRAZIL




The election of Dilma Rousseff can largely be attributed to the broad popularity of President Lula
As the polls predicted, the second round of Brazil's elections has resulted in the election of the country's first woman president, Dilma Rousseff of the Workers Party (PT).
On 1 January 2011, President Rousseff will take the reins of the federal government, and the political base of her government will be a 10-party alliance constructed by her predecessor, outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
The election of Dilma Rousseff can largely be attributed to the broad popularity of President Lula and his policies of economic redistribution and social inclusion.
Ms Rousseff's highest level of support came from the majority of the population in households earning just under the equivalent of $800 (£500) a month.
The majority of the affluent - those in households earning more than $3,200 (£2,000) a month - supported opposition candidate Jose Serra of the Social Democratic Party (PSDB).
President Lula's policies of raising the minimum wage, expanding conditional cash transfers to the poor under the family allowance programme Bolsa Familia, and stimulating the creation of formal-sector jobs in an economy currently growing at about 7% per year ensured the popularity of his chosen successor - an administrator with no previous experience of elected office.
Brazil's more than 135 million voters appear to have opted for continuity, but politics can be surprising.
source BBC

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

IS THE NATIOTNAL MEDIA COMMISION A TOOTHLESS BULL DOG?


The most critical concern of news and information providers is the issue of press freedom, which was curtailed occasionally from the 1960s to the 1980s. The National Media Commission was established in 1993 as an independent watchdog organization to ensure that the government does not control or interfere with any media provider, private or state-owned. Today, the media in Ghana operate without major restrictions.

Even though the National Media Commission is suppose to be the watch dog I believe they have not done enough in that aspect of their responsibility. For instance not long ago the government asked the Director General of Ghana Broadcasting Corporations (GBC) to proceed on leave and his deputy was made the acting Director General. The 1992 Constitution of the Republic Ghana, chapter twelve, article 167, clause (c) state that The NMC is to insulate the state owned media from Governmental control. But they have also failed in this area as not to allow the decision of the government to be implemented

Again, The 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana chapter twelve, article 167 clause (b) mandated the National Media Commission to take all appropriate measures to ensure the establishment and maintenance of high journalistic standards in the mass media, including the investigation, mediation and settlement of complaints made against or by the press or other mass media. To summarize this clause, the NMC is supposed to maintain high standard of journalism but recently some journalist went below their profession, and dragging the profession into the ‘mad’ One of such journalist who received public condemnation and bashing is the editor of ‘the new punch’ news paper who is popularly known as ‘Baby Ansaba’ and some few others practice what is known as stomach journalism by writing falsehood stories for money. And the NMC did nothing about that even up to date or in other words the NMC failed to bring journalist who do not perform high standard of the profession to book.

The NMC is supposed to make regulations by constitutional instrument for the registration of newspapers and other publications, except that the regulations shall not provide for the exercise of any direction or control over the professional functions of a person engaged in the production of newspapers or other means of mass communication which is also mandatory from the 1992 constitution of the republic of Ghana. And I will like to congratulate the NMC for their hard work on this aspect of their function as a commission. Even though some media houses operate without due process and registration, the NMC is always up on their toes to make sure that all media and publication houses register through the constitutional instrument. Another area that the NMC has done well is the non interference of direction or control over the professional functions of the media houses

The National Media Commission is also responsible for promoting and ensuring the freedom and independence of the media for mass communication or information which is also mandated by the 1992 constitution of Ghana. But the NMC has done little in respect of this responsibility, about some few month ago the acting news editor of joy fm, Ato Kwamena Dadze was picked by the police because of news item which was aired on Joy fm and the then acting editor refused to disclosed his source of the information. The police alleged that the news caused fear and panic so the editor was arrested and the NMC only issued a press release on the issue and that was all. I believe the NMC has done little about this case and also doing little in terms of promoting freedom of the press and the media. Just some few days ago a lady came on one of Accra based radio station to reveal a horrific armed robbery rapped incident which was alleged to have occurred on the Kintampo- Tamale road. After some few days the lady and the presenter of the program on which the incident was aired was also arrested. Once Again the NMC looks down unconcern; I believe that this incident will not help in ensuring freedom information and of the media.

To conclude I will like to state it clear that the 1992 constitution does not give enough power to the NMC to function because the constitution does not give guidance as to what to do when the government and other media houses offend or goes contrary to the articles and clauses in the constitution. There should be sanctions to empower the NMC to prosecute or fine those who go against the rules and regulations.
The public should be educated about the work and functions about the National Media Commission to abreast the public about their work. To further more the Commission should have their representative in the 10 regions of Ghana to ensure efficient monitoring. I believe the NMC is in conflict of power with National Communication Authority (NCA) and I want their powers to be clearly stated, define and separated for the them to know who is suppose to do what and at what time.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

SHOULD GHANA GO FOR A LOCAL COACH OR FOREIGN COACH--- READ WHAT THE PEOPLE SAY


Patrick Aforleho – Driver
It is ridiculous paying a coach of that amount because we pay him and his translator with tax payers money which is too huge. None of our local coaches has ever received that kind of money but we continue to say we are looking for a class one coach. Every day we complain about economic hardships in the country but yet we pay huge amount to a coach who cannot communicate directly to his players.
I believe we should go in for a local coach because most of our players can speak the local languages and the coach can do his job easily with them. And if there is a foreign coach here in Ghana he should be paid in cedis not in dollars. Look at the amount that is being paid to our assistant coach who is a local coach, his salary is far less than what his translator even earns. We are discriminating against our own coaches.
The local coaches have all the materials that they can use to train the players. let’s not talk about respect here if anybody want to talk about respect, then let’s take a critical look at Sellas Tetteh who has set a world record. Has he ever complained about respect about the players before? The answer is a big no so base on this lets go for a local coach.
Kofi Adu Danso-Head of sports, Hot FM
In my view a coach is somebody who is able to communicate, train and select players for their right position so that they can deliver. I believe and support our local coaches can equally handles Ghanaian players. But at the senior level which is the Black Stars I don’t know why we always dump local coaches.
Football goes beyond playing on the field because you have to factor in psychological mentality of the players, our cultural sentiment and I believe the local coaches know the players very well with all these qualities and can equally mode our players into their formation in the national team.
I think the time has come for a local coach to handle the Black Stars, I also agree to the fact that our local coaches are not respected because of their own behavior towards the foreign based players. This is because they normally round to receive money and other incentives from the foreign players who play for the national team and I think that is what is causing their woes now.
To further more our local coaches do not go for refresher courses but they rather choose to remain stuck to where they are, these are the main reason why they are always overlooked. How many of the foreign coaches have ever won a cup for Ghana? None of them has ever help us in winning a cup, apart from 1991 and that one we all knew what went into it.
The four times that the Black Stars won the African cup of nations, they were all done by the success of the local coaches. So the case about people saying our local coaches cannot deliver is a blatant lair. We have coaches like Otia Kente, Jones Atikiofo and Nana Atena can also do more than what the current coach is doing. Even though Sellas Tetteh has been tried with the black stars, he suffered a little bit but I believe if we should give him more time he will improve.

Benedict Owusu – Sports Analyst, Asempa FM
a foreign coach like coach Milovan will be my favorite over the local coaches has done a lot for Ghana and if you talk about respect I think the national team will continue to give respect to the foreign coaches because will not look upon the players for any material gains. The foreign coaches have most of the material things like the players who are wealthy and they cannot be influence by any player.
The money that is being paid to the foreign coach is quiet ok because after he has taken us to the second world cup, rumors indicated that South Africa and some other countries made an offer of about $150000 which is on the higher side than what GFA is paying him now. And for me he has performed more than expected. None of the local coaches can match him up for that matter lets maintain the foreign coach for the Black Stars.

Friday, October 8, 2010

WHY FISHERMEN PRACTICE POLIGAMY



The national best fisherman in the year 2000 and the Volta Regional best fisherman in 2001, Mr. Francis Kordzoga Kpodo, who is popularly known as AMEN in the Keta district , is currently the chairman for Ghana canoe fishermen council and the chief fisherman in the Keta district, took his time to explain why fishermen mary more than one women.
In Ghana, many people especially fishermen who live along the coastal line and other water bodies marry more than one women or what is normally known as polygamy and many people keep asking why most fishermen marry more than one women.
Mr Francis Kordzoga Kopdo said the reason why he went into fishing was because he did not get the chance to complete his basic school education due to financial difficulties but that did not scare him rather he develop interest in fishing and took the profession seriously and God rewarded him as the national best fisherman as of that time . He said fishing started in the village about 247 years ago, he started his first net cast when he was about 16 years old and got his first fishing boat when he was 48 years old.
He also said the allegation that fishermen marry more than one women is true ,for a man to have a large family he is suppose to marry many women as he want, to give birth to children but that was the practice in the past, he quickly added that even though the practice still exist it is fading away gradually due to some factors like development of technologies and education. He went ahead to explain the reason why the practice still exist today.
In a fishing community one need to have a larger family to be able to do his work well, for instance the fisherman need boys who can help him cast the net at sea and he also need girls and women who can help clean and wash the fish anytime the fish are caught. Moreover it makes the fisherman popular in the community and it also gains the pride of the fisher for being a man.
He also said the reason why fishermen marry more than one woman is because in the past fishermen travelled along the coast and if they reach a particular town they settle and fish over there for some time and in the process they get marry to new woman they meet over there, and this continues until the fisherman realize that his family is growing big.
Amen said those who see fishing as inferior occupation should rethink again because if it is manage properly it turns out to be full of fortunes. he also advice the youth to focus on agriculture especially fishing.





He said polygamy should be changed since the practice is not good because one can be infected easily through sexual transmitted diseases like H I V AIDS and many others.
Mr. Kwabla Bucas, who is popularly known as Jupiter was the best regional fisherman in the year 2005 and the second best national fisherman in the year2007.
Mr. Kwabla Bucas said fishing started before he was born, he also said he was a trained mechanic but due to some kind of interest he developed for fish that was why he went into fishing. I like to fish because I like eating fish more than meat he said. Jupiter gave a brief history of his life and how he started fishing. When i completed form four. It is then that I decided to put myself into the fishing business. The biggest fish I saw was the white shark which my net caught in 1985 it was about 20 feet long and five feet wide.
He said, the saying which indicate that fishermen practice polygamy is true that even if fishermen practice polygamy they are not the first who started it, and that polygamy is practice in all aspect of human endeavor. He stated it clearly that he is also married to three women and he has about eight children and all are educated and the last born is in junior high school.
He said even though he is a Christian his religion stood against such a practice but he cannot do without the help of the women, he said his is even better than others because they marry like ten and above.He said challenges in polygamous marriage are very vague, some are fighting, quarrelling, numerous sickness and others
Mr. Kwabla Bucas concluded by saiying that polygamous marriage should modified in order to establish the number of women one can marry

Friday, October 1, 2010

pictures of asogli yam festival at HO





Thursday, September 30, 2010

ASOGLI YAM FESTIVAL ‘BOOMS’ BUSINESS AT HO


Ho came alive last weekend as the business activities of the town came to its apex during the celebration of the Asogli yam festival.
The festival brought so many activities like street jams, football gala, health walk, beauty pageant, healing of yam and other activities into the town.
The telecommunication industries were also not left out of the celebration as they took part in the festival. Their flayers and panapherelias were seen at every corner of the town, some of them erected giant screens and billboards to display their product.
Drinking bars and restaurant had their share of the festival as they also have to attend to customers who came from far and near to take part in the festival. Almost every corner of the street was filled with various companies displaying their product with loud music to attract their customers.
Another sector that saw the business boom was the art and craft centers as local and foreign tourist patronized local arts and craft like beads, paintings and other artifact during the festival. The transport industry was not left out as they also have a busy weekend transporting passengers from one destination to another.
Madam Gertrude Gosu, a teaching assistant at mawuli primary school in Ho, said this year’s festival was the best in them of business and people taking active part in it, she also recounted the previous festivals and said they were not interesting as compared to this year’s festival. She however said there are lot of expectation for next year’s festival because of the business boom they have witness in the town over last weekend festivities. She also expressed her surprised at the turn out of number of people who came from far and near to take part in the festival and said it is the best turn out so far.
Asogli yam festival is a festival celebrated by the people of Ho every year to outdoor the new yam and also to thank the gods for the New Year. The celebration normally takes three weeks and this year, it started from Saturday 11th September with sporting activities and came to its climax with the durbar of chiefs and people of Ho and it surroundings last weekend
Present at this year’s grand durbar of the three weeklong festival was the vice president John Dramani Mahama who was the guest of honor, grace the occasion and encourage the people of Ho to take part in the ongoing national census.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

HANDS ON DECK



It is sad and heartbreaking to hear our leaders and politicians playing the game of personality rather than the main issues and the problems we Ghanaians face every day. We actually waste time on issues that will not bring any development to our dear nation.
Just recently it was announced in the various media houses that the flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo was ignored at the Fetu-afahye festival which was celebrated at cape coast. The report indicated that he was over shadowed by the presidency who was also at the durbar grounds.
Cape Coast or the Central regional executives of the New Patriotic Party came out to indicate their displeasure about the whole incidence and condemned the organizers of the festival. Immediately, the Deputy Coordinator of the National Youth Council, Prince Derrick Adjei said Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo may not have been acknowledged during the Oguaa Afahye festival by President J.E.A. Mills because he was probably drowned in the crowd owing to his height and stature.
I see all this comment as unnecessary because they won't solve the water problems and energy problems that we face in our various houses,furthermore it will not solve the bad educational system that our senior high schools are facing now. Let’s stop the game of politics, insult and personal attacks focus on developmental issues. Ghana as a country should not be wasting time on such issue; we are yet to achieve so many things.
There is a popular saying that “time and tide wait for no man” so let’s use our time wisely.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

WEIJA LEPROSARUIM @60

Most Rev. Fr. Andrew Campbell, Chairman of the Lepers’ Aid Committee, has appealed to the Government to increase the subsidy given cured lepers in the country from its current amount which is GH 0.24 to GH 10 for an inmate per day.
Addressing the 60 anniversary celebration of the Weija Leprosarium in Accra, Fr Campbell said the subsidy which was last increased in 2006 from GH¢ 0.12 to GH¢ 0.60 pesewas per head per day, was later changed to GH¢ 8.00 per month.
He also appealed to the public to come to the aid of the lepers by texting to MTN code- 1966. He explained that users of other networks could also text to the same code number to contribute.
Rev Fr Campbell used the money he won from the television programme “Who want to be rich,” to organise the anniversary for the inmates.
He recounted the establishment of the La Beach Leprosarium on August 14, 1950, with 85 patients, adding that the site was later moved to the current location at Weija.
Rev Fr Campbell said on August, 27 this year, the Lepers Aids Committee would honour 13 institutions and individuals for their support to the leprosarium over the years. This would be followed by a special carols night on December, 20, to raise funds to build an assembly hall for the cured lepers at the Ho Leprosarium.
Father Campbell later donated five television sets worth GH¢ 1400 to Madam Gladys Adobea, Amar Fiakar, Confort Abena Asiedu, Nancy Ayawo, and Atiwo Mansah, all cured lepers and pioneers of the Leprosarium. He also donated 28 radio sets worth GH¢ 2,500 to the inmates.
Madam Gladys Adobea, the leader of the inmates, thanked Father Campbell for his support, love and concern, adding that they were transferred from La because of public stigmatisation.
Some individuals and companies used the opportunity to donate to the leprosarium. For instance Barron Distilleries Limited donated food items, insecticides, home appliances and medicinal items, worth GH¢ 5,000. Allship Company also donated food items and toiletries worth GH ¢10,000. Getty and Friends donated designer bags and food items worth GH¢ 2,700. Saint Francis Youth Choir also donated some food items and used clothing worth GH¢ 625.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A CRITICAL LOOK AT EX-PRESIDENT KUFOUR


I have been following the long awaited allegation against the then president Kufour when he was alleged of indulging in an extra marital affairs. An American Iraqi Ms Gizele Yajzi appeared from nowhere onto the media if my memories are correct in 2005.
She categorically said the former president was the father of her twins that she is having and the then opposition party NDC used it as a propaganda tool.
The lady in question also said she negotiated the African Regent Hotel popular known as "hotel wawa" for the former president and his son. She also said the former president owned some properties outside the country.
But today am finding it difficult to believe who is actually telling we Ghanaian s the actual truth, this is because the two people involved in this issue are telling us different stories.
During the celebration of the nine years repeal of the criminal libel law, the ex-president took the time to deny all the allegations leveled against him in 2005 by Ms Gizele Yajzi. He emphatically denied all the allegation leveled against him, he then challenged anybody who has any prove to come forward.
But on August 11 2010 Ms Gizele Yajzi rebutted ex-president Kufour press conference through the Accra based radio station popularly known as radio Gold, saying she will one day bring the children to Ghana. She also said the former president is “being promiscuous, for example he had a relationship with some women who worked with him. He did it every day; I think the only woman who did not have a relationship with him was his wife, because she was too old for him," She said.

According to Ms. Yazji, Mr. Kufuor's promiscuous habit even forced his wife, Theresa to ask for divorce some time ago. the question that i would like to ask is who is actually telling us we Ghanaian the truth about the famous "hotel wawa" and the alleged twins that ex-president Kufour fathered.
Makafui Apeku ( AUCC).

Friday, August 6, 2010

“I have a crush on Reggie Rockstone” - Eazzy


he hottest female artiste in Ghana now, Eazzy, has admitted publicly, that she has a crush on Hiplife grandpapa Reggie Rockstone. Watch Wengeze by Eazzy

The “Wengeze” hit maker said this when peacefmonline.com spotted her during an interview on the maiden edition of the “Late Night Celebrity Show” on etv Ghana.

Eazzy was put on the spot by Dzifa Smith, host of the show, to mention the name of a male celebrity she has a crash on. She said, she had said it before, and the first time, it brought her a lot of problems, but insisted she will say it again. Listen to Wengeze by Eazzy

“Yes I think I will give it to Reggie Rockstone. He’s got swag, he is handsome and he knows what he is about. So I give him that”, Eazzy, said on TV.

Asked what her biggest problem in the music industry is, Eazzy said discrimination is the biggest challenge in the Ghanaian music industry for her as a female musician. “I wish that people would embrace music like every profession, like a doctor or a teacher.

You know being a musician is a profession, so I wish people would show a lot of respect to it and know that being a female musician does not really mean it is all about the hype and the fame, but it is something that we love to do”. She said.

Eazzy, who celebrated her birthday on Sunday August 1, was surprised with a customized post birthday cake, on the show. She was joined by rap Doctor Okyeame Kwame, and singer/dancer Sherifatu Gunu, who were also on the show, to cut the cake.

Okyeame Kwame did a free-style rap for Eazzy, whiles Sherifa sang her own version of the popular “Happy birthday” song, for her on the show. Eazzy’s new “Wengeze” music video was premiered on the show, to climax the evening.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

INSECURITY AT DZOWULU

Dzorwulu is a suburb of accra which is developing at a faster rate due to it location at the middle part of accra.Dzorwulu holds porpulation of about 500 people.Dzorwulu is the second home for the vice president Jhon Dramani Mahamma and other public figures in Ghana. Eventhough Dzorwulu can boast of security officials who patrols the street and some corners of Dzorwulu at night, i can confidentially say they are finding it difficult in contolling the armed robbery sittuations which is on the increase in the community. Just recently the Vodafone landline cables in the area was disconected and was later stolen away without any trace. After exactly 4 days from that situation another cable was nalso stolen from the community but in a diffrent area. To furthermore about a month and a half earlier, some young men attacked a woman who was returning from her shop around 6 pm in the evening.They took all her money and valuable things but luckily for her she escaped unhurt.
Just after that incident another armed men went to the house of a business in the same area and looted most of his things, as if that was not enough they went to the next house and gunshot was the rhythem for the night.
This activities occcuring in the ommunity has put evevrybody into the state of fear and insecurity.
Most people are blaming the situation on a slum which is developing at north Dzorwulu on the VRA land . Reports indicate that an attempt to drive the scouters away from the land prove futile. The people of Dzorwulu are pleading to the city authourities and the Government to come to their aid befor the situation get out of hand or befor it turns into 'sodom and Gomora'.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

BUSTED OR KIDNAPPED

Sometimes i find it difficult to understand why humans act in certain ways. Just recently some journalist went to the ex- president house at Adjiringano a suburb of Accra to take picture for a publication for the insight news paper. Unfortunately it has been alleged that some men kidnapped BUSTED OR KIDNAPPED one of the journalist.
Upon contacting the office of the ex-president JJ Rawlings,the office have denied any knwoledge of such an act and the BIG question still remains on the lip of everybody that who actually gave out the others for the journalist to be BUSTED OR KIDNAPPED

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

BLACK STARS BACK IN GHANA

The Black stars of Ghana have arrived safely in Ghana yesterday around 11 pm local time at the Kotoka international airport following their heartbreaking defeat to the Uruguayans in the on going FIFA world cup . They were met at the airport by the deputy chief of staff, Alex Segbefia and some government officials.
A short welcome ceremony was held at the airport to welcome the Black Stars home. Surprisingly the airport was full to its capacity to the extent that the security officials were finding it difficult in controlling the supporters who came in their numbers to welcome the stars home. more to come

Friday, May 28, 2010

MY MANIFESTO

Mr. chairman, SRC, executives, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen. I am highly honored and pleased to stand in front of you here seeking your mandate to become the next AUCC SRC financial secretary. First of all I would like to congratulate miss yvone Appiah Kubby for her hard work but I am more than ready to take the SRC and the entire student to the river side so that we can all drink the water of life in AUCC.

Mr Chairman as I stand here I am saddened because our SRC do not have it own bank account. Just recently our current SRC lost 3.something million just because they were no bank account for them to keep the money in. ladies and gentlemen if I become the financial secretary I will open bank account for the SRC, not any bank account but an account that can yield interest for the SRC and that account will be the savings account.

Mr. chairman kindly permit me to do a little bit of calculations here. Mr. chairman if the entire student population in aucc is about 300 and a student pays 5 cedies as his or her dues per semester then (if we multiply 300x5 cedies) it means management will give us 15million per semester and in a year it will be 30million.Mr. chairman, ladies and gentlemen we all know that within a year SRC has so many activities to organized example is the SRC week, women’s week, sports and so on. it means our 30million dues will not even cover most of our programmes. ladies and gentlemen if I become the financial secretary I will continue to push for the increase of the SRC dues from management an agenda which the current SRC administration has started already.

Mr. chairman as a financial secretary one of my responsibilities is to take care of the SRC finances but if I become the next SRC finanacial secretary I will bring bussines into the SRC. business like selling of AUCC and SRC panaferellia, in every university they all have their books, files, pens,T’shirt and so on which they sell to their student and to anybody who want to buy. The proceeds from this and other business will help subsidize SRC activities and this will enable every student to take part in SRC programmes.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Relevance of mass comm. theories

Using examples discuss how relevant mass communication theories are to the 3 eras of civilization.

Mass communication began as a story telling age where listeners pass on stories on to new generation. An example of mass communication is radio, news papers, internet, and television.

Agrarian society is a culture or community in which agriculture is the primary means of subsistence; an economy that relies heavily on agricultural production.

An agrarian society is one that is based on agriculture as its prime means for support and sustenance. The society acknowledges other means of livelihood and work habits but stresses on agriculture and farming, and was the main form of socio-economic organization for most of recorded human history.

This was the common way for Medieval European countries to gain wealth. Change in agrarian practices occurred first in England in the 18th century, with the British Agricultural Revolution, and then subsequently later spread to the rest of Europe and the United States.

Only one modern example of a national agrarian experiment exists, the tyrannical efforts of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia from 1975 to their deposition by Vietnam in 1979. Sub-national agrarian movements include the Amish and Mennonites.

Agriculture or the agrarian is based on manual work and it is not useful to the mass communication theory because by then they live in small families.shanon and we.ver did this for mass communication, but because most of the agrarian community is based on stone age so the Shannon and weaver

Industrialization is the process of social and economic change whereby a human group is transformed from a pre-industrial society into an industrial one. It is a part of a wider modernization process, where social change and economic development are closely related with technological innovation, particularly with the development of large-scale energy and metallurgy production. It is the extensive organization of an economy for the purpose of manufacturing.

Industrialization also introduces a form of philosophical change where people obtain a different attitude towards their perception of nature, and a sociological process of ubiquitous rationalization.

There is considerable literature on the factors facilitating industrial modernization and enterprise development. Key positive factors identified by researchers have ranged from favorable political-legal environments for industry and commerce, through abundant natural resources of various kinds, to plentiful supplies of relatively low-cost, skilled and adaptable labour.

One survey of countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America and the Caribbean in the late 20th century found that high levels of structural differentiation, functional specialisation, and autonomy of economic systems from government were likely to contribute greatly to industrial-commercial growth and prosperity. Amongst other things, relatively open trading systems with zero or low duties on goods imports tended to stimulate industrial cost-efficiency and innovation across the board. Free and flexible labour and other markets also helped raise general business-economic performance levels, as did rapid popular learning capabilities.

Positive work ethics in populations at large combined with skills in quickly utilising new technologies and scientific discoveries were likely to boost production and income levels – and as the latter rose, markets for consumer goods and services of all kinds tended to expand and provide a further stimulus to industrial investment and economic growth. By the end of the century, East Asia was one of the most economically successful regions of the world – with free market countries such as Hong Kong being widely seen as models for other, less developed countries around the world to emulate.[4] The first country to industrialize was Great Britain during the Industrial Revolution

According to the original sector classification of Jean Fourastié, an economy consists of a "Primary sector" of commodity production (farming, livestock breeding, exploitation of mineral resources), a "secondary sector" of manufacturing and processing, and a "Tertiary Sector" of service industries. The industrialisation process is historically based on the expansion of the secondary sector in an economy dominated by primary activities.

The first ever transformation to an industrial economy from an agrarian one was called the Industrial Revolution and this took place in the late 18th and early 19th centuries in a few countries of Western Europe and North America, beginning in Great Britain. This was the first industrialization in the world's history.

The Second Industrial Revolution describes a later, somewhat less dramatic change which came about in the late 19th century with the widespread availability of electric power, internal combustion engines, and assembly lines to the already industrialized nations.

The lack of an industrial sector in a country is widely seen as a major handicap in improving a country's economy, and power, pushing many governments to encourage or enforce industrialization.

According to the original sector classification of Jean Fourastié, an economy consists of a "Primary sector" of commodity production (farming, livestock breeding, exploitation of mineral resources), a "secondary sector" of manufacturing and processing, and a "Tertiary Sector" of service industries. The industrialization process is historically based on the expansion of the secondary sector in an economy dominated by primary activities.

The first ever transformation to an industrial economy from an agrarian one was called the Industrial Revolution and this took place in the late 18th and early 19th centuries in a few countries of Western Europe and North America, beginning in Great Britain. This was the first industrialization in the world's history.

The Second Industrial Revolution describes a later, somewhat less dramatic change which came about in the late 19th century with the widespread availability of electric power, internal combustion engines, and assembly lines to the already industrialized nations.

The lack of an industrial sector in a country is widely seen as a major handicap in improving a country's economy, and power, pushing many governments to encourage or enforce industrialization.

After the Convention of Kanagawa, which was issued by Commodore Matthew C. Perry, had forced Japan to open the ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to American trade, the Japanese government realized that drastic reforms were necessary in order to stave off Western influence. The Tokugawa shogunate abolished the feudal system. The government instituted military reforms to modernize the Japanese army and also constructed the base for industrialization. In the 1870s, the Meiji government vigorously promoted technological and industrial development which eventually brought Japan to become a powerful modern country.

In a similar way, Russia suffered during the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War. The Soviet Union's centrally controlled economy decided to invest a big part of its resources to enhance its industrial production and infrastructures in order to assure its own survival, thus becoming a world superpower.

During the cold war, the other European socialist countries, organized under the Comecon framework, followed the same developing scheme, albeit with a less emphasis on heavy industry.

Southern European countries saw a moderate industrialization during the 1950s-1990s, caused by a healthy integration of the European economy, though their level of development, as well as those of eastern countries, doesn't match the western

In recent decades, a few countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa, such as Turkey, South Africa, Malaysia, Philippines and Mexico have experienced substantial industrial growth, fuelled by exportations going to countries that have bigger economies: the United States, Japan, China, and the EU. They are sometimes called newly-industrialized countries.[citation needed]

Despite this trend being artificially influenced by the oil price increases since 2003, the phenomenon is not entirely new nor totally speculative (for instance see: Maquiladora). Most analysts conclude in the next few decades the whole world will experience industrialisation, and international inequality will be replaced with worldwide social inequality

Information as a concept has many meanings, from everyday usage to technical settings. The concept of information is closely related to notions of constraint, communication, control, data, form, instruction, knowledge, meaning, mental stimulus, pattern, perception, and representation. In its most restricted technical meaning, information is an ordered sequence of symbols.

The English word was apparently derived from the Latin accusative form (informationem) of the nominative (information): this noun is in its turn derived from the verb "informare" (to inform) in the sense of "to give form to the mind", "to discipline", "instruct", "teach": "Men so wise should go and inform their kings." (1330) Inform itself comes (via French) from the Latin verb informare, to give form to, to form an idea of. Furthermore, Latin itself already contained the word information meaning concept or idea, but the extent to which this may have influenced the development of the word information in English is unclear.

As a final note, the ancient Greek word for form was "μορφή" (morf -> morphe, Morph) and also είδος eidos (kind, idea, shape, set), the latter word was famously used in a technical philosophical sense by Plato (and later Aristotle) to denote the ideal identity or essence of something (see Theory of forms). "Eidos" can also be associated with thought, proposition or even concept.

Information is a term with many meanings depending on context, but is as a rule closely related to such concepts as meaning, knowledge, instruction, communication, representation, and mental stimulus. Simply stated, information is a message received and understood. In terms of data, it can be defined as a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn. There are many other aspects of information since it is the knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction. But overall, information is the result of processing, manipulating and organizing data in a way that adds to the knowledge of the person receiving it.

Information is the state of a system of interest. Message is the information materialized.

Information is a quality of a message from a sender to one or more receivers. Information is always about something (size of a parameter, occurrence of an event, value, ethics, etc). Viewed in this manner, information does not have to be accurate; it may be a truth or a lie, or just the sound of a falling tree. Even a disruptive noise used to inhibit the flow of communication and create misunderstanding would in this view be a form of information. However, generally speaking, if the amount of information in the received message increases, the message is more accurate.

This model assumes there is a definite sender and at least one receiver. Many refinements of the model assume the existence of a common language understood by the sender and at least one of the receivers. An important variation identifies information as that which would be communicated by a message if it were sent from a sender to a receiver capable of understanding the message. In another variation, it is not required that the sender be capable of understanding the message, or even cognizant that there is a message, making information something that can be extracted from an environment, e.g., through observation, reading or measurement.

Communication theory provides a numerical measure of the uncertainty of an outcome. For example, we can say that "the signal contained thousands of bits of information". Communication theory tends to use the concept of information entropy, generally attributed to Claude Shannon, see below.

Another form of information is Fisher information, a concept of R.A. Fisher. This is used in application of statistics to estimation theory and to science in general. Fisher information is thought of as the amount of information that a message carries about an unobservable parameter. It can be computed from knowledge of the likelihood function defining the system. For example, with a normal likelihood function, the Fisher information is the reciprocal of the variance of the law. In the absence of knowledge of the likelihood law, the Fisher information may be computed from normally distributed score data as the reciprocal of their second moment.

Even though information and data are often used interchangeably, they are actually very different. Data are sets of unrelated information, and as such are of no use until they are properly evaluated. Upon evaluation, once there is some significant relation between data, and they show some relevance, then they are converted into information. Now this same data can be used for different purposes. Thus, till the data convey some information, they are not useful and therefore not information.

Relevance of mass communication in an information age. The mass or the people are able to access information at a faster rate, this is because the Shannon and weaver theory is useful here. They use technologies like telephone, television, radio, news papers in the spread of information at a faster rate than the early stage of life. Mass communication also help the masses in high accelerated development because of the easy access to information. Credibility and accuracy is also another relevance in mass communication because is not all the information which are lost, and in mass communication they make sure that they give accurate information.

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