President of the Ghana-Russia Business Development Council (GRBDC), Dr. Awutu Boateng, is calling on the Government of Ghana to initiate moves to rescue some Ghanaian nationals in Russia.
Dr. Awutu Boateng, in an interview with Kwami Sefa Kayi on the Monday’s edition of Peace FM’s ”Kokrokoo”, disclosed how some Ghanaians, particularly men, are suffering at the hands of these Eastern Europeans.
The sad aspect of the situation, he asserts, is that these Ghanaian victims cannot return home due to legal consequences or fear of a jail sentence.
Dr. Awutu Boateng recounted how the men get to Russia believing their hook up with a Russian lady on the internet will lead to marriage, only to realize that they are about to be turned into sex objects.
The GRBDC President further revealed that upon reaching Russia, these Ghanaians are confined and locked up in a room without opportunity to go out or live a better life.
“Most of the men take these ladies as their girlfriends on websites so they send them invitations . . . so when they’re lured into the country they have no papers so can’t do any work. They are locked in rooms and they use them very well, they can be forced to sleep with more than three (3) women a day . . . it’s very pathetic . . .” he told Kwami Sefa Kayi.
He added that in most cases they don’t only sleep with the women who invited them but also service their friends sexually against their will.
“They don’t heed to advise when they’re coming for the Russian visa . . . that is what they are going through, some of them over there,” he sadly said on Peace FM.
He disclosed that some footballers are also victims.
“Some agents mostly recruit footballers into the country for trials but after they are disqualified the players refuse to return and after the expiration of their visas it becomes a problem . . . “
“ . . They are there in the Russian villages where you’ll have to travel by air for about 9 to 10 hours, if by train you’ll have travel for about 5 to 10 days before you go to see them, they are just there . . . “
According to him, the reason why some of these Ghanaian nationals cannot return home is because it is difficult to leave Russia when one’s Visa, which is usually for 30 days, expires; hence their resort to this life threatening adventure.
Dr. Boateng thus wants government’s attention drawn to the predicament being faced by some Ghanaians in Russia.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre(GIPC) Yofi Grant has hinted of plans by Boeing to establish an office in Ghana.
According to the GIPC boss, the American multinational corporation is looking forward to having an establishment in Ghana to service planes in the sub-Saharan region and Africa as a whole.
Speaking to GhanaWeb on the sidelines of the IEA’s Dialogue with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Thursday, the GIPC boss Yofi Grant told GhanaWeb that Boeing has already engaged Ghana on plans to set up in the country.
“We have had discussions of having an office in Ghana to service planes in the sub-region and also in Africa. Those discussions are ongoing.”
This is part of the numerous moves by foreign corporations to have their feet in the country, he added.
The Republic of Ghana, in November 2019, announced its intention to re-launch an airline starting with 787-9 Dreamliners.
The country signed a memorandum of understanding at the Dubai Air Show covering three of the airplanes valued at $877.5 million according to list prices.
Plans put in place by both parties called for the airline to launch operations in the first quarter of 2020 and take its first three airplanes directly from Boeing.
“There is a growing demand for air travel to and from Ghana, and we believe the advanced 787-9 Dreamliner gives us an efficient and flexible machine to launch a regional network and eventually serve international destinations in the future,” Joseph Kofi Adda, Minister of Aviation said.
Adda says the carrier, to be based in Accra, would establish the capital city as a strategic hub that serves cities across West Africa. Future routes would include destinations in Europe, North America, and Asia and the long-term plan is to open the airline to private investment and operation.
In 2019, the World Investment Report showed that Ghana received the largest amount of foreign direct investment (FDI) in West Africa beating Nigeria, with $3 billion in investments.
Ghana’s Embassy in Belgium capital Brussels, has been ordered by its banker to withdraw all its money so that the bank will proceed to close the embassy’s accounts.
The ING Bank has not given any reason for the decision to close the embassy’s accounts, but says the decision is irreversible. The embassy has up to November 12, 2020, to withdraw all its money to another bank.
Ghana’s Mission in Brussels has four accounts with the bank. They are:
1. Main Euro Account, a current account,
2. Main Euro Account, a business account,
3. Special collections account,
4. Retention Fund account, which is used for the internally generated funds of the embassy.
The ING Bank said its action is premised on Article 59 of the bank’s General Regulations. The said article states:
“Without prejudice to the provisions stipulated by specific agreements or regulations, in particular the Special Regulations for Payment Transactions, for Transactions and services covered by these Regulations, both the Client and ING may – without being required to justify their decision – terminate all or part of the business relationship they have entered into, subject, where appropriate and at the request of the other party, to compensation for any loss suffered as a result thereof, which the other party shall substantiate. The party which wishes to terminate its business relations shall notify the other party of its decision in writing…”
“At the embassy, we received a letter out of the blue from our bankers in August, that they had decided to trigger an article. When you open an account with the bank you sign that agreement. That article states that both parties can abrogate the agreement without any justification or explanation. They asked us to remove our money and put it in another bank. That’s how they put it,” Ghana’s Ambassador to Belgium, Sena Siaw Boateng, told reporter in an interview.
The ambassador said she and the embassy’s accounting officer met with their relationship banker of their branch to try to get the bank to reverse the closure decision, but that did not yield any results.
“We were told that it was a decision from the bank’s headquarters. We got a call five days after, and we were told that the decision was final and irreversible. So, this is where we are. No further explanation from the bank,” she added.
The embassy’s relationship banker said the bank only triggered Article 59 in “extreme cases” and when that happened, the decision was often irrevocable.
Ambassador Sena Siaw Boateng said the only option now was that the embassy would find a new bank and withdraw all its moneys before the November 12 deadline.
Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey told this reporter that the incident had come to the Ministry’s attention and steps were being taken, together with the Controller and Accountant Department, to open an account with a different bank for the embassy before the deadline.
Sources close to the Foreign Ministry had told this reporter that the closure of the account was as a result of financial malfeasance in the embassy, but both the minister and ambassador have refuted this allegation.
Ambassador Sena Siaw Boateng said Belgium was a cashless country so every transaction or expenditure left traces, which made it extremely difficult for financial malfeasance.
She added that the bank accounts in question were used strictly for official transactions of the embassy and were mainly used to receive monies that came from the government of Ghana to the embassy.
She said the bank had not closed individual accounts of the ambassador and other staff of the embassy.
Madam Ayorkor Botchwey, said their investigations so far pointed strongly to one possible reason for the closure of the accounts.
She said Ghana had been blacklisted by the European Union for non-compliance with money laundering and terrorism financing regulations and that placed further burdens on banks that dealt with transactions from such countries.
The banks are required to do enhanced due diligence on transactions from blacklisted countries such as Ghana and report on such transactions, which places additional cost on the banks, the minister explained.
“Our checks tell us that this is why the account has been closed,” Shirly Ayorkor Botchwey said.
Ambassador Sena Siaw Boateng said her checks with other embassies whose countries are on the EU’s blacklist revealed that their transactions were being subjected enhanced scrutiny by their bankers.
“I think the bank is just being proactive to ask us to stop. We have our funds coming from Ghana, not from any suspicious sources. We do not receive funds from Ghana into our personal accounts. Even when it’s a personal account, you can be interrogated but they [the bank] cannot interrogate Ghana,” she said.
The Foreign Minister said government was taking steps to resolve the issues that had put Ghana on the European Union’s money laundering blacklist and was hopeful that the issues would be resolved soon.
There are many ways to have a flat stomach – some are tougher than others, but we have to keep in mind that not all of these methods are completely healthy, not to mention “hungry” diets that ultimately harm the health of the whole body
The best choice for effective weight loss and maintenance results is to use natural remedies that activate digestion and metabolism.
We offer you the 6 best drinks for weight loss:
Lemon has powerful properties that help detoxify the entire body. All you have to do is pour 8 cups of water into the pan and when it reaches the boiling point, add the lemon, cut in half, with the peel. Heat over low heat for 2-3 minutes, strain the liquid and drink it warm on an empty stomach before going to bed. If you want to sweeten it, add some honey or stevia.
This tea has the ability to burn all the toxins that are present in the body, that is, it has antitoxic and diuretic properties, so you will not only eliminate the bacteria that cause damage to the body but also eliminate excess fat. It is recommended to drink a small glass of green tea 30 minutes before each meal, as well as in the evening before bedtime.
Cinnamon is known as a natural fat burner and glucose regulator, on the other hand, cinnamon stimulates the digestive system. Put the water on the stove and when boiling, add a little ground cinnamon, turmeric, and cocoa. It is recommended to drink before dinner and before bed, you can add some milk and honey.
These seeds contain a lot of fiber and give the body a feeling of absolute satiety. Make milk or flax smoothies and drink it before breakfast and between meals as a nutritious breakfast.
Pour 3 tablespoons of flax seeds over a glass of warm boiling water and leave for 1-2 hours. Then put this liquid together with the seeds in a blender, add some honey and grind until smooth. You can add fruit to this drink.
Mineral and purified water
It is important that during the day you drink enough water. Fat will accumulate as it is impossible to eliminate toxins and waste from the body due to lack of water. The skin also suffers from dehydration.
It has many beneficial properties for the body as it not only makes us lose weight but also regulates cholesterol, triglycerides, eliminates inflammation, cleanses the body, etc. Just add some fresh ginger to your meal or drink.
41 UHAS-trained doctors, the first cohort to graduate from the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery programme of the UHAS School of Medicine, were among 416 newly qualified doctors and dentists inducted by the Ghana Medical and Dental Council (GMDC) on 30 September.
The 416 newly qualified practitioners, recruited as house officers this year, join 293 foreign-trained counterparts and others who also passed the GMDC exams and were inducted earlier in the year, to enter the Ghana health care system this year. That number is expected to rise to over 1000 when additional medical students from other institutions complete their final exams and are inducted.
The afternoon induction ceremony was preceded by a morning seminar that included talks on ethics and medical jurisprudence, as well as the law regulating medical and dental practice in Ghana.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Gyapong and Prof. Harry Tagbor, Dean of the School of Medicine, led a UHAS delegation, comprising faculty of SOM, to the ceremony.
Many have written about bananas several times… They are great for slicing and adding to cereals, making into smoothies, putting in bread and muffins and even eating plain. Because they are fruit, they must be healthy – but how healthy?
This seemingly insignificant fruit is an incredible source of essential vitamins and minerals. With it, you can fight disease, sleep better and keep your body healthy and strong. Take a look at seven amazing things bananas can do for you.
Fight Insomnia Bananas are a great source of tryptophan. Try to eat one in the evening if you are having trouble sleeping. If you like peanut butter, you can spread a little on a banana for an extra tryptophan boost.
Regulate Your Stomach Bananas also contain prebiotics and probiotics, according to WebMD. Prebiotics are food for probiotics, helping your stomach keep alive and well those good bacteria that are needed for proper digestion.
Replace Sports Drinks Harvard Medical School reports that bananas are a great source of carbohydrates, potassium, manganese, and magnesium (to name a few) actually better for athletes than sports drinks to replace the nutrients burned during exercise. Since bananas have no added sugar and are rich in antioxidants, they should be considered as an effective alternative to sports drinks.
Fight Heart Disease The antioxidants available in bananas are directly linked to reducing the risk of heart disease. It is recommended to add bananas into your diet.
A Source of Nutrition Bananas are an energy force that contains “Potassium, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, folate, niacin, riboflavin and B6.” This fruit is almost better than multivitamins.
Regulate Diabetes Green bananas contain a large source of resistant starch, which helps diabetics to be more sensitive to their insulin. The greener the banana, the higher the amount of resistant starch the banana has. However, a word of caution, because all of this works is not yet fully understood because it has not been sufficiently studied. Talk to your doctor if you want to try green bananas.
Reduce Cramps The potassium contained in a banana may be just what you need to reduce the cramps you experience with PMS or after a long workout. If you also have a problem with bloating during PMS, the vitamin B6 contained in bananas has an effect on that as well.
With so many wonderful benefits, find ways to add this yellow fruit to your diet. You can eat a banana for breakfast, lunch, and dinner or as a snack.
RULING ON THE APPLICATION OF INTERLOCUTORY INJUNCTION ( HIGH COURT, ACCRA )
Plaintiff applicants, Festus Enyan represented himself and on behalf of the others
1st Respondent(NPP) was absent, since it’s presence is not relevant to the ruling
2nd Respondent, Hon Andy Appiah-Kubi was represented by Pius Nimako Yeboah
RULING DETAILED; This case concerned the ruling on application for Interlocutory injunction filed by the plaintiff applicant’s Lawyer Samson Lardy Anyenini on their behalf against the 1st Defendant( NPP) and the 2nd Defendant( Hon. Andy Appiah-Kubi) to restrain, their servants, agents, privies or assigns or howsoever designated from proceeding with or in any way whatsoever conducting, supervising or dealing with or participating in any processes touching and concerning further activities or dealings towards the election or selection of 1st Defendant’s (NPP) Parliamentary Candidate for the Asante Akim North Constituency of the Ashanti Region for participation in the General Elections in December 2020 pending the determination of the suit…, and for a further Order to 2nd Defendant ( Hon. Andy Appiah-Kubi) not to participate in any activities towards and for the purpose of electing or selecting a Parliamentary Candidate for Asante Akim North Constituency…
The High Court Judge relied on the court rules and principles of law in ruling on the application for Interlocutory injunction, the High Court refused to grant the Injunction as the court considers just.
The Court set out the following legal factors for its ruling;
That the case of the plaintiff applicants was frivolous and had not demonstrated that they had a legal or equitable rights which a court should protect.The court held that, the plaintiff applicants stated in their application for Interlocutory injunction, that they noticed the fraud act ( their names removed from the album ) since 2016. The court find that they did not act accordingly, inform appropriate bodies or sort legal action per their claim. Therefore the equitable doctrine which states, He who seeks equity must do equity was breached, equity does not relieve a person of the consequences of his or her own carelessness and delay
That the plaintiff applicant’s couldn’t respond or challenge the 2nd Defendant ( Hon. Andy Appiah-Kubi ) Affidavit in Opposition as well as his Statement of Case containing full Legal Authorities and Evidence.
The court therefore admitted that, Election has been held at Asante Akim North Constituency relying on the attached evidence( Final Declaration of Results Forms ), the plaintiff applicant’s could not oppose it. The status quo was maintained to avoid any irreparable damage to the 2nd Defendant (Hon Andy Appiah-Kubi).
The court couldn’t grant an injunction on Election which has already been held. It was admitted and on the court records that 2nd Defendant ( Hon Andy Appiah-Kubi) had not receive any Writ or Summons before and on the primaries ( day of the election). The plaintiffs applicant’s couldn’t oppose same.
The court held, that it would not be convenient and appropriate in the face of the law to grant an injunction considering the balance of convenience principle and therefore refused to grant the application of injunction to restrain the Defendants.
The case was adjourned sine die (without a date or without a time fixed)