Court Rules On Anas’ Case Against Ken Agyapong Oct. 11

An Accra High Court has set October 11, 2018 to give judgment in a defamation case against New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP Kennedy Agyapong.

Award-winning journalist and lawyer Anas Aremeyaw Anas is praying the court to rule in his favour in the GhC25 million suit.

When the case was called today July 18, 2018 the presiding judge Daniel Mensah agreed with all parties to set the judgment date after the legal break.

Lawyers for the Assin Central lawmaker have been praying the court to dismiss the suit “for lack of merit.”

However, the plaintiff claimed their application is not only an “abuse of the court” but an “abuse of the judge and his person” as well on the basis their application is “shocking, unimaginable and alien” to our judicial system.

“To the extent that per their application they seek to determine where Anas lives by questioning his address is amazingly unheard of,” counsel for Anas said in court.

Lawyer Kissi Adjabeng contended that Anas’ address which serves as his residence and office, is a popular place and easily identifiable, adding that his lawful Attorney Listowell Yesu Bukarson, is known, Ghanaian and resides in Ghana.

He further argued that the defendant and his lawyers should simply have gone to the General Legal Council and enquired from the lawyer’s roll call to see if there is a lawyer in Ghana called Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

“Who in this world does not know that there is an Anas Aremeyaw Anas who is and internationally acclaimed undercover investigative journalist?” he asked.

Background

Aside accusing Anas of being corrupt and a nation wrecker who should be hanged, the outspoken businessman and MP has also claimed that the celebrated journalist is a wife snatcher who has been having an affair with the wife of the late MP for Abuakwa North JB Danquah.

The attack towards Anas was sparked by the latest investigative work which has uncovered massive rot within the high echelons of football administration in the country.

The secretly filmed video showed, among other high officials, the President of the Ghana Football Association Kwesi Nyantakyi compromising their positions after they received or were promised cash rewards to bend the rules of the game.

The investigative piece which went a little beyond football was premiered to Ghanaians on Wednesday June 6,2018.

Meanwhile government has taken steps to dissolve the GFA following the content of the Anas video.

“Having regard to the widespread nature of the apparent rot involving top GFA officials, top NSA officials, match commissioners, football administrators and referees, Government has decided to take immediate steps to have the GFA dissolved. Government will shortly, thereafter, announce provisional measures to govern football activity in the country, until a new body is duly formed; and

“Government will communicate these decisions to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), and engage with been on these developments to chart a way forward for Ghana football,” the government statement said.

 

Source: Starrfmonline

Source: Political

Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly fights bedbugs

The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has vowed to fight bedbugs, which are parasitic insects, in Senior High Schools (SHSs) in Kumasi.

The KMA is fully aware that bedbugs have found their way into the campuses and dormitories of some of the SHSs in the city.

Besides, the assembly is aware that these bedbugs are making life uncomfortable for the students, who are on campus to study to brighten their future.

In this regard, Mr. Osei Assibey-Antwi, the KMA Chief Executive, has stated categorically that the assembly will get rid of the parasites very soon.

According to him, fighting the bedbugs is not a child’s play therefore the KMA would team up with other relevant bodies to achieve their aim.

He stated emphatically: “Most of the Senior High Schools in the metropolis have been invaded by bedbugs and this situation poses health hazards to students and members of staff in the schools. And it requires the combined efforts of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Water and Sanitation, the KMA and other stakeholders to deal with this menace”.

Mr. Osei Assibey-Antwi was presenting the KMA Executive Committee Report to assemblymen at the True Vine Hotel in Kumasi.

The programme, which was the 2nd Ordinary Meeting of the 3rdSession of the 7th Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, was massively graced by assemblymen.

The KMA Chief Executive recounted that the KMA had played crucial roles to make the invasion of bedbugs in the city a thing of the past.

He said he had realized that a joint action between the KMA and other stakeholders could help eradicate the bedbugs from the schools permanently.

He therefore entreated all and sundry to rally behind the KMA as it has started a crusade to get the bedbugs completely eliminated.

 

Source: Daily Guide

Source: Political

Court frees NCA suspect’s passport

An Accra High Court has ordered the registrar of the court to temporarily release the passport of Nana Owusu Ensaw, a former chairman of finance sub-committee of the National Communications Authority (NCA) to enable him travel.

Dr Ensaw, Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie, the immediate-past Board Chairman of NCA and three others are facing various charges, including causing financial loss to the state.

His lawyer applied to the court to release the passport because he had to travel for medical purposes.

Appearing before the court yesterday, Johnson Normesinu, who held brief for Samuel Codjoe, told the court that his client would travel in the third week of August 2018 for medical reasons and therefore prayed the court to direct the court’s registrar to release the passport.

He told the court that Dr Ensaw would be back in the country before the next court date which is October 16, 2018.

The Attorney General’s Office, represented by Sefakor Batse, a senior state attorney, did not oppose the application.

The court, presided over by Justice Eric Kyei Barfour, granted the application and directed the registrar of the Accra High Court (General Jurisdiction Division) to release the passport to the accused.

However, Dr. Ensaw was ordered to surrender the passport to the court by September 30, 2018.

Passport Seizure

An Accra High Court in December last year ordered Dr Ensaw and the other four accused persons to surrender their passports to the registrar as part of their bail terms.

The five accused persons are facing 16 charges, including causing financial loss to the state, conspiracy to steal, stealing, using public office for profit, money laundering, among others.

They have been accused of creating, looting and sharing a staggering $4 million among themselves under the disguise of procuring a cyber surveillance system, which they claimed was to be used for anti-terrorism in the country.

The presiding judge granted each of them bail in the sum of $1,000,000 with three sureties, who should be persons of substance and of good character.

The five were further ordered to submit their passports to the court’s registrar, and seek permission from the court in order to travel outside the jurisdiction during the trial.

The substantive case has been adjourned to October 16, 2018.

 

Source: Daily Guide

Source: Political

15 arrested in Takoradi after stowaway attempt

Six Ghanaians suspected of attempting to stowaway on board a ship at the Takoradi Port bound for Europe, have been arrested together with nine persons who assisted their botched escape.

Security personnel also arrested nine persons believed to have collaborated in the stowaway attempt.

They were arrested on July 18, 2018, by a combined team of National Security, Port Security, Immigration service, the Bureau of National Investigation and Marine Police personnel.

The Marine Police say the persons got access to the vessel by using bamboo sticks as a makeshift ladder to climb aboard the ship.

They are expected to be arraigned today [Tuesday], with charges of conspiracy to commit the crime of stowawaying contrary to section 23(1) of the criminal procedure code and Section 179(1) of the Shipping Act 645/2003.

Suspected syndicates

During a briefing on the matter by the Director of the Marine Police Unit, Seidu Iddi,  he also highlighted the threat posed by syndicates that recruit men who want to travel outside to Europe and America.

The police noted the arrest of one Douglas Ackon and Peter Armah who worked at the Takoradi port as dock laborers. They are part of the nine collaborators who assisted the six.

They collected GHc2,700 from one Alex Abeka under the pretext of assisting him to travel to Europe.

These two persons were reportedly aided onto a ship by two security personnel and workers of some shipping companies.

“They managed to get access to the port and entered into the vessel with the assistance of two security personnel. Also, some tally clerks of some shipping company’s facilitate the crime by arranging containers for the stowaways.”

“They actually supervise their entry into these containers, seal them to avoid detection and ensure they get to their destinations,” he said.

This particular group is believed to have facilitated 13 people who stowed away to Spain.

The Port of Takoradi is known for stowaways in times past, although the practice has largely reduced in recent times.

 

Source: Citinews

Source: Political

4 million risk losing India citizenship

India has published a list, which effectively strips some four million people in the north-eastern state of Assam of their citizenship.

The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a list of people who can prove they came to the state by 24 March 1971, a day before Bangladesh declared independence.

India says the process is to root out hordes of illegal Bangladeshi migrants.

But it has sparked fears of a witch hunt against Assam’s ethnic minorities.

Fearing violence, officials say that no-one will face immediate deportation.

They say that a lengthy appeal process will be available to all – even if it means millions of families will live in limbo until they get a final decision on their legal status.

Hundreds of thousands of people fled to neighbouring India after Bangladesh declared itself an independent country from Pakistan on 25 March 1971, sparking a bitter war. Many of the refugees settled in Assam, a state which now has more than 30 million people.

The Indian government considers those who arrived before the war began as legitimate citizens.

But this does not reassure Hasitun Nissa, who spoke to the BBC’s Joe Miller days before the list was published. She has never known a home outside the floodplains of Assam.

It’s where the 47-year-old schoolteacher spent her childhood, where she studied, where she got married and where she had her four children.

She said her family arrived in India before 1971 but she expected to be stripped of her Indian citizenship, and feared her land rights, voting rights and freedom would be in peril.

She’s not alone. Around four million Bengalis – a linguistic minority in Assam – have now fallen foul of the long, bureaucratic process.

As per the Assam Accord, an agreement signed by then PM Rajiv Gandhi in 1985, all those who cannot prove that they came to the north-eastern state before 24 March 1971, will be deleted from electoral rolls, and expelled.

But activists say the NRC is now being used as a pretext for a two-pronged attack – by Hindu nationalists and Assamese hardliners – on the state’s Bengali community, a large portion of whom are Muslims.

Like Hasitun, many Bengalis live in the wetlands dotted along the Bramaputra River, moving around when water levels rise. Their paperwork, if it exists, is often inaccurate.

Officials claim illegal Bangladeshis are enmeshed in the Bengali population, often hiding in plain sight with forged papers – and a thorough examination of all documents is the only way to find them.

But Bengali campaigner Nazrul Ali Ahmed is adamant that the NRC is serving another agenda entirely.

“It is nothing but a conspiracy to commit atrocities,” he told the BBC.

“They are openly threatening to get rid of Muslims, and what happened to the Rohingya in Myanmar, could happen to us here”.

Such alarming comparisons are dismissed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, which emphasises that the NRC is an apolitical task, overseen by the country’s secular Supreme Court.

The latest move to make millions of people stateless overnight has sparked fears of violence in what is already a tinderbox state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which rules the state, has insisted in the past that illegal Muslim immigrants will be deported.

But neighbouring Bangladesh will definitely not accede to such a request.

Chances are India will end up creating the newest cohort of stateless people, raising the spectre of a homegrown crisis that will echo the Rohingya people who fled Myanmar for Bangladesh

After human rights organisations began to express concern, the civil servant in charge of the NRC, Prateek Hajela, released a statement stressing that the law required him to make “no differentiation on the basis of religion or language” in determining citizenship.

Yet the prime minister has never been shy of expressing his preference for Hindu Bangladeshi migrants, whom he says should be embraced by India.

Other “infiltrators”, Mr Modi told a crowd in 2014, would be deported.

His Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is considering a bill that would enshrine the rights of Hindu migrants in law.

Indeed, a promotional song posted on Facebook by the NRC itself does little to calm the nerves of those worried about a Hindu nationalist witch hunt.

“A new revolution, to defeat the alien enemy, is beckoning,” a young woman sings, “bravely let us shield our motherland.”

Hardly the stuff you’d expect to hear about a democratic administrative procedure.

Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Assam’s law minister, and a member of the BJP, is in no doubt about the fate of those who have been rejected.

“Everyone will be given a right to prove their citizenship,” he told the BBC. “But if they fail to do so, well, the legal system will take its own course.”

That, Mr Bhattacharya clarified, would mean expulsion from India.

At present, that seems little more than a threat aimed at whipping up Hindu support for the BJP ahead of elections.

No deportation procedures have been put in place, and Bangladesh, already burdened by the Rohingya crisis, has shown no sign of being open to accepting a raft of new refugees.

Nonetheless, campaigners like Samujjal Bhattacharyya are clear that something must be done.

His organisation, the All Assam Students’ Union, has been agitating for the expulsion of illegal Bangladeshis – regardless of their religion – for decades.

If deportations don’t happen, he says, “The illegal foreigner will intrude upon the corridor of power. We are not prepared to be second-class citizens”.

Hasitun Nissa takes such rhetoric seriously.

She has firsthand experience of how authorities deal with suspected migrants.

For two years, her husband has been behind bars, leaving her the family’s sole breadwinner.

“We have never harmed Hindus. We can live peacefully side-by-side,” she says. “But I fear bad news will come.”

 

Source: BBC

Source: Political

Trump opens window into his rage with Mueller attack

Donald Trump is giving Americans a glimpse of the fury raging inside him as a pivotal moment nears for special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and different strands of political and legal vulnerability swirling around the President become ever more threatening.

Trump launched his most personal attack to date against Mueller in a tweet storm Sunday unleashed just two days before the special counsel’s office takes its first prosecution — that of the President’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort — to trial in Virginia.

“There is no Collusion! The Robert Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt, headed now by 17 (increased from 13, including an Obama White House lawyer) Angry Democrats, was started by a fraudulent Dossier, paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC. Therefore, the Witch Hunt is an illegal Scam!” Trump tweeted Sunday.

Trump’s tweets on Sunday represented his most specific attempt yet to discredit any findings of the Mueller investigation into alleged election collusion with Russians, following clear signs that his previous assaults have been effective in hardening the opinion of GOP voters against the probe.

The attacks are not simply a window into his own rage, they also represent a coherent hardball strategy to unite his ever loyal political base and other Republicans behind him. With 100 days to go until midterm elections, that could be tough for the GOP.

But they also have the effect of wresting attention from the President’s best hope of averting a Democratic rout in the election, the building narrative that he has unleashed a period of national prosperity, highlighted by economic growth rate of 4.1% in the second quarter of the year.

The President’s Sunday outburst came days after CNN reported that Michael Cohen, the President’s former lawyer, is willing to tell Mueller that Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump tower in which Russians were willing to hand over dirt on Hillary Clinton. The President has denied he knew about the meeting beforehand.

Also last week, it emerged that Allen Weisselberg, the longtime chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, has been subpoenaed in the federal criminal investigation into Cohen in a move that adds to a sense that a net is closing around the President’s inner circle.

And ironically, given the President’s chosen method of attack Sunday, The New York Times reported last week that Mueller was examining Trump’s tweets to see whether they show malicious intent to obstruct justice in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

“Is Robert Mueller ever going to release his conflicts of interest with respect to President Trump, including the fact that we had a very nasty & contentious business relationship, I turned him down to head the FBI (one day before appointment as S.C.??) & Comey is his close friend,” Trump said in a second tweet.

The President followed up with a third blast against Mueller.

“…Also, why is Mueller only appointing Angry Dems, some of whom have worked for Crooked Hillary, others, including himself, have worked for Obama….And why isn’t Mueller looking at all of the criminal activity & real Russian Collusion on the Democrats side-Podesta, Dossier?”

Trump’s trio of tweets were packed with inaccuracies and misrepresentations, but closely mirrored the conspiracy theories driven by his allies in conservative media that are designed to rough up Mueller and tarnish the credibility of his investigation to politicize any eventual allegations of wrongdoing he makes against Trump or members of his team.

It was not immediately clear what the President meant when he claimed there were conflicts of interests involving Mueller. The New York Times reported in January that the President claimed a dispute over membership fees had prompted Mueller to leave a Trump golf club in Washington in 2011 when he was FBI Director.

Ethics experts from the Justice Department determined last year when Mueller was appointed special counsel that his participation in the matters assigned to him is appropriate.

Trump’s attacks on Mueller followed yet another extraordinary assault on the media by the President after he broke details of a private meeting he had with A.G. Sulzberger, the publisher of The New York Times on July 20.

“When the media – driven insane by their Trump Derangement Syndrome – reveals internal deliberations of our government, it truly puts the lives of many, not just journalists, at risk! Very unpatriotic!” Trump tweeted on Sunday afternoon.

Taken together with the Mueller offensive, the tweet represented an escalation of Trump’s strategy to discredit the integrity and moral standing of any institution that will ultimately help to shape a national consensus on his conduct.

There has been no publicly available evidence that Trump or his subordinates knowingly conspired with a Russian effort to help him win power in 2016. But Trump’s constant attacks on Mueller will inevitably renew speculation about Mueller’s position and whether the President will attempt to fire him. Such a move could trigger a crisis of governance in Washington and test whether Republicans, who have largely been unwilling to challenge Trump in the Russia election interference drama and will hold the President to account.

Trump’s allies also sought to shred the credibility of Cohen, after the President’s former confidant turned against him, and following the airing last week of a tape obtained by CNN on which the two men discussed how they would buy the rights to a Playboy model’s story about an alleged affair Trump had with her years before he turned to politics.

In an interview on Fox News Saturday evening, the President’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said Trump’s legal team was investigating the tape of Trump and Cohen and suggested it might have been doctored.

On Sunday, on CBS “Face the Nation,” Giuliani said, “I don’t see how you can believe Michael Cohen,” and accused Cohen of violating Trump’s attorney-client privilege.

Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis issued a statement calling Giuliani “confused.”

“Mr. Giuliani seems to be confused. He expressly waived attorney client privilege last week and repeatedly and inaccurately — as proven by the tape — talked and talked about the recording, forfeiting all confidentiality,” Davis said.

The cresting intrigue about Mueller, Cohen and the President’s increasingly tetchy mood robbed the White House of a clean victory lap, following the positive economic data released Friday.

The 4.1% GDP growth rate figure will form the centrepiece of Trump’s midterm election argument to voters that he has unleashed a new age of American prosperity that Republicans hope will prove more important to their choice than the ominous developments in the Russia probe and the uproar perpetually whipped up by the President’s convention-shattering style.

 

Source: CNN

Source: Political

Tunisian airport workers threaten strike in tourist high season

Tunisian airport employees plan to strike on Wednesday and Thursday, disrupting the reviving tourist trade, unless the government meets demands for improved working conditions, a labor union official said yesterday.

Tunisia is in the midst of an austerity program agreed with foreign donors such as the International Monetary Funds. Government officials have rejected union demands for pay rises in a bloated public service which the IMF wants to trim.

“We decided to go on strike on Aug. 1 and 2 to protest at the government’s non-compliance with previous agreements,” said Mansif ben Ramadan, head of the airport workers union.

He said the union wants the government to upgrade working conditions and clear a debt of unpaid fees by state-run Tunisair and other airlines owed to the civil aviation body.

Ramadan did not elaborate on the demands but said talks were going on with the government, which had no immediate comment.

Tunisia has been praised as the only democratic success among the nations where “Arab Spring” revolts erupted in 2011. But successive governments have failed to trim its fiscal deficit and create economic growth.

The IMF program agreed in 2016 is worth about $2.8 billion.

Airport strikes would hit the tourism sector, which has recovered since two Islamist militant attacks in 2015 killed dozens of foreigners.

Some 3.229 million tourists visited Tunisia from Jan. 1 through to June 30, up 26 percent from the same period last year, according to official figures seen by Reuters this month. Tourist revenues climbed 40 percent to reach $522 million.

 

Source: Reuters

Source: Political

Long queues in first post-Mugabe poll

Long queues have formed at polling stations in Zimbabwe in the first general election since long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe was ousted.

Foreign observers have hailed the election as an opportunity for Zimbabwe to break with its repressive past.

The presidential election is expected to be a tight contest between the incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa and his main rival Nelson Chamisa.

Parliamentary and local elections are also taking place.

Polls give Mr Mnangagwa, who heads the ruling Zanu-PF party, a narrow lead over Mr Chamisa, who leads the MDC Alliance. Both leaders are running for the presidency for the first time.

On Sunday, Mr Mugabe, who first came to power after independence in 1980, said he would not vote for his successor.

Mr Mugabe, regarded as one of the last “Big Men” of African politics, was forced out of office last November by Mr Mnangagwa with the help of the military.

In Domboshawa village, about an hour’s car ride north of the capital, Harare, many had been in the queue even before sunrise.

The first group of voters were mainly elderly people but there were some youngsters too. A local primary school has been converted into a polling station for the landmark election. Surrounded by mountains and rolling hills, the villagers are in good spirits, chatting and laughing.

But the stakes are high. Zimbabwe’s future is in the balance and nothing is certain. It has been a hotly contested race but there is an air of optimism unlike the nervousness I’ve witnessed covering previous elections here.

“This election is different, there hasn’t been violence. It’s a good sign,” one voter tell me. After counting his vote, he say his prayer is that whoever wins, puts Zimbabwe first. “We have suffered enough,” he says as he walks off on to the winding dirt road.

Crowds whistled and broke into chants of “Chamisa” when the 40-year-old MDC leader cast his ballot on the outskirts of Harare, amidst a media scrum.

“We will win this election to the extent it’s free and fair… it’s a done deal,” he told the BBC.

In contrast, Mr Mnangagwa, thought to be 75, voted in a quiet polling station at a school in the central city of Kwekwe.

At one stage, he was seen taking his head out of the voting booth to check where he should put his cross on the ballot.

He tweeted that Zimbabweans should vote with “peace in our hearts”.

“We will sink or swim together,” he added.

The country is expecting a high turnout of first-time voters. Younger voters are expected to be key – almost half of those registered are under the age of 35.

Hundreds of international observers have been deployed to ensure the vote goes smoothly, but the opposition has repeatedly alleged irregularities in the voter roll.

They have also expressed concern over the security of ballot papers and voter intimidation in mainly rural areas.

However, the electoral commission insists that it has acted within the law, and will deliver a credible poll.

Liberia’s former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who is monitoring the poll on behalf of the US-based National Democratic Institute, told the BBC that the long queues showed that Zimbabweans were enthusiastic about voting, without any kind of repression.

“I think this is an exciting moment for Zimbabweans to change the course of their country through their votes,” she told the BBC.

European Union (EU) chief observer Elmar Brok said “transparent, credible and inclusive elections are crucial for Zimbabwe”.

This the first time in 16 years that EU and US observers have been allowed to monitor elections in Zimbabwe.

Mr Mnangagwa invited them to observe the poll as part of his attempts to end Zimbabwe’s isolation, and to secure investments to rebuild the shattered economy.

Mr Mugabe had a bad relationship with Western powers, accusing them of undermining Zimbabwe’s sovereignty and trying to topple hm.

There is an overwhelming sense, especially among young people, that Mr Mugabe, 94, is out of touch, and a new Zimbabwe is waiting to be born, our correspondent says.

On Sunday, Mr Mugabe gave a surprise news conference where he refused to support his former ally Mr Mnangagwa.

Mr Mugabe, who resigned in November after the military took control of the country, said: “I cannot vote for those who tormented me… I hope the choice of voting tomorrow will thrust away the military government and bring us back to constitutionality.”

He indicated that Mr Chamisa was the only viable candidate.

In response to the comments, Mr Mnangagwa accused his former boss of making a deal with the opposition.

“It is clear to all that Chamisa has forged a deal with Mugabe, we can no longer believe that his intentions are to transform Zimbabwe and rebuild our nation,” he said.

Mr Mugabe also denied that, as president, he had planned to hand the leadership to his wife, Grace, saying it was “utter nonsense.”

 

Source: BBC

Source: Political

Needs

We learned about three major needs of a man in the previous week as the need for sexual fulfillment been the first basic need.

The need for recreational companionship was known to be the second basic need of a man and the third need of a male in a relationship is an attractive woman. This week we will continue with two other basic need of a man and that of the female partner if space will permit. Below are the other needs of a man and that of a woman.

  1. The fourth basic need of a male is domestic support

A man needs a Heaven, a safe refuge where he can come at the end of the day where he can find peace and security. In short, he needs a supportive home environment. Males are wired by God to be providers for the home. Males are givers. When a man goes out and battles with life all day to support his family, the last thing he needs is to come home to family battles. With more and more in the workforce now, this issue of domestic support is even more important for both husband and wife. There are troubles enough in the “daily grind” without upheaval at home to add to the mix. Both the husband and the wife need to be sensitive to the issue of domestic support.

  1. Finally, a male needs admiration and respect

The problem is that so many men by the way they act and the way they treat women in their lives don’t deserve admiration and respect. However, that does not change the fact that they need them. Men are wired with the need to know they are admired and respected. They also have the responsibility to behave in an admirable and respectable manner.

Five basic needs of the female

Females are wired by nature to have the following needs fulfilled in a relationship.

  1. The number one need of a female is affection. Unlike a male, a female doesn’t need sex. She can certainly enjoy sex if it is with her husband and accompanied by a lot of affection. A woman cannot function properly without affection. The male in the relationship needs to make sure her affection needs are meet.

Affection means that he verbally and physically expresses his love, his care, and his support for her with both physical and non-physical activities: hugs, kisses, flowers, cards, gifts, extending common courtesies, showing little daily acts of thoughtfulness, and so forth.

  1. A female’s second greatest need is for communication and conversation. She wants-she needs- the man in her life to talk to her. Many men have a problem with this. Some have the mistaken notion that a real man is the silent type. A silent man is emotional starvation for a woman. She thrives on conversation. Usually, the end result or “bottom line” of conversation is not as important to her as is the process itself. So, men, talk to her. Listen to her. Take time to share with her, not just superficially but at the feeling level. The time invested will pay abundant dividends in a strong and healthy relationship.
  2. A woman’s third basic need is honesty and openness. Those two words make many men very nervous because they don’t like to talk openly. Being open and honest means being willing to share candidly to the fullest degree that is appropriate for the level of the relationship. Husbands and wives, for example, would normally share at a deeper and more intimate level than would a man and woman who were merely dating. Here is a tip for guys. The more open and honest you are with her, the more she will trust you and be drawn to you, because she interprets openness as love.
  1. A female’s fourth basic need is financial support. This may not be a major issue for a wife who works outside the home, but it is crucial for a wife who has chosen to stay at home, particularly if she is caring for children. These needs are interconnected. If the husband needs the domestic support of a comfortable home, the wife needs money to help make it that way. She needs to feel secure that the financial needs of her family are taken care of.
  2. The fifth need is family commitment. In other words, a wife needs to know that her husband is committed to their home and their marriage, that he puts her ahead of any other woman and puts their children ahead of any other children. She needs to know that he will give first priority to his family when making decisions on the commitment of his time. No matter who we are, male, female, married or single, the greater thing we can do to love our partner in any relationship is seek to understand his or her unique needs and then commit ourselves to meeting those needs.

The End.

 

Rose Corner with Rose HANSEY

Writer’s Email; rosehansey@gmail.com

Source: Political

Pedestrian safety: in light of pedestrian crossing and traffic lights

Everybody is a pedestrian: no matter who, where and when. Consequently issues that concern safety of pedestrians should be a matter that concerns everybody.

It is worthy to note that pedestrians are legitimate road users, and as such it is appropriate and prudent to provide safe and convenient pedestrian crossings and traffic lights to facilitate their mobility on the road. Crossing the road safely is the right of every pedestrian so it is crucial to observe the rules that guide facilitating the rights of the pedestrian.

Since the issue of pedestrians’ safety on the roads border on human life, the sixth target of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3 aims at halving the number of global deaths and injuries from traffic accidents.

Meanwhile, in Ghana, media reports on the facilities that enhance the safety of pedestrians across most metropolitan and municipal assemblies leave much to be desired. In a Joy News Agenda on damaged traffic control signals, out of a number of traffic control signals that have been installed in the Ashaiman Municipality, Accra, only one is functioning and thereby endangering the lives of pedestrians, especially children. While at the Palm-wine junction in the La Dadekotopon Municipality the traffic control signal at the intersection is dysfunctional; consequently lives are lost every now and then at the intersection.

It looks as if we live in a country where human life means next to nothing to individuals who work in the district, municipal, metropolitan and regional offices of the Urban Roads Department. And while this anomaly persists lives are lost by the day. The issue looks as if there’s nothing wrong if lives are lost as a consequence of negligence as well as dereliction.

In our country we have a negative trait that has permeated the very fabric of our sense of responsibility. While in some developed countries, officials who have oversight responsibilities over safety of the citizenry will resign for not performing a perfunctory function, officials on this side of the globe will give lame excuses such as the contractor says he has not received the full payment so the work is not done. What a shame? Should we allow pedestrians, especially school pupils, to die before we’re jolted into action?

In urban areas of this country where children cross the busy roads in the mornings and afternoons on their way to and upon return from school, the lives of these school children are in one danger or the other in the course of crossing these roads. A careful observation of the attitude of those driving or riding towards pedestrian crossings in the Wa Municipality is nothing to write home about.  Unfortunately, motorists usually spotted speaking on the mobile phone while they are drawing closer to a pedestrian crossing at top speed.

In apprehension these school children and other pedestrians are seen running across the pedestrian crossings. Sometimes one cannot blame the sense of apprehension of these pupils and other pedestrians who run instead of walking briskly across the road; since those motorists are on top speed. On some occasions one has to shout to these motorists in an attempt to remind them that it is important to slow down upon reaching a zebra crossing.

It’s true that most schools in the Wa Municipality have school buses which convey their pupils from their homes to the schools and back; while this is good for business, it is important that these private schools take the initiatives of providing wooden boxes together with green and red flags for pupils to use in drawing attention to motorists when they want to cross the roads. These boxes with the flags can be positioned at intersections across the municipality.

This will show that the schools are not only interested in the academic and business benefits of the children who attend their schools, instead they have interest in their safety on the roads too. In addition, the Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police, National Road Safety Commission and the Ghana Private Road Transport Union should embark on a campaign on educating the public and school children on the importance of pedestrian crossings.

Road safety experts argue that, “Pedestrians have a right to cross roads safely and, therefore, planners and engineers have a professional responsibility to plan, design, and install safe crossing facilities”. Thus, allowing accidents to happen because a traffic control signal is dysfunctional or the dereliction of the duty to educate the public on the importance of a pedestrian crossing is an infringement of the rights of everybody who crosses the road.

We can avoid the needless deaths!

 

Article: Alex BLEGE

The writer is a freelance journalist. kw.ameblege@hotmail.com/kwameselom12@gmail.com

Source: Political