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Otumfuo pacifies gods

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 31, 2009

A large number of sheep were slaughtered at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi, the official seat of the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, on Thursday afternoon. Dubbed ‘Nsumangoro’, the special rites were performed to pacify the over a hundred gods of the Ashanti Kingdom. The flock of sheep were slain by Otumfuo Osei Tutu II himself in the presence of the entire members of the ‘Nsuman’ Division of the Ashanti Kingdom. The blood of the exterminated sheep was sprinkled on the ground to appease the gods for their protection of the Asantehene and members of the kingdom during the past decade. The special programme, which was not open to the public, formed part of activities marking the 10th anniversary celebration of Otumfuo’s ascension to the Golden Stool.

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More Americans say they have no religion

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 30, 2009

Study finds percentage of Christians in the nation has declined.  The Associated Press. A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that the Roman Catholic population has been shifting out of the Northeast to the Southwest, the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all. Fifteen percent of respondents said they had no religion, an increase from 14.2 percent in 2001 and 8.2 percent in 1990, according to the American Religious Identification Survey.  Northern New England surpassed the Pacific Northwest as the least religious region, with Vermont reporting the highest share of those claiming no religion, at 34 percent. Still, the study found that the numbers of Americans with no religion rose in every state.

“No other religious bloc has kept such a pace in every state,” the study’s authors said.

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Nigerian Gang of four arrested

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 30, 2009

Four Nigerians, suspected to be part of a robbery syndicate, have been intercepted and arrested by officers of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) at the Sameye border post in the Western Region.  The four, Chimez Auguston Onya, Ikella Ubiajunima, Mohammed Jessica and Chinde Ike, were suspected to be part of a gang who chloroformed unsuspecting victims or injected them into unconsciousness on commercial vehicles and then robbed them off their personal belongings.

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Israel took the Susu money and God did not stop him

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 30, 2009

The Police have since December 2008 been searching for Israel Aduah, managing director of Blessed God Financial Services, a “susu” collection firm. He is suspected of theft of several millions of contributor deposits, which he collected from Apam, Kasoa, Ashalley Botwe, New Fadama, Israel Junction, Tema and Nkawkaw. His mobile phone is switched off and he packed out of his residence after he collected the money and now he has disappeared. Israel, the name means “Prince of God”, after the Almighty re-named Jacob (Genesis 32:28) is remarkable, in that he is five feet 2 inches tall and a man of the cloth. To steal from a financial services institution named “Blessed God …. ”, trusted by humans, who deposited hard-earned small susu monies with your collection firm, you must indeed be someone with fortitude. This act of crossing over to the “devil’s side” I find totally bemusing. If the irony is lost on you, let me elaborate.

By Sydney Casely-Hayford

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Michael Essien launches website

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 30, 2009

The sensation Chelsea and Ghana super star Michael Essien has launched an official website to get him closer to his numerous fans both home and abroad.

The website was launched on Tuesday 24 March at England before he enplaned to Ghana for the Benin encounter for the World and Africa Cup qualifications respectively. The “bull” as he is affectionately call because of his strength and resilience has been described as media phobic hopes to use the website to share more with the fans. “This website was opened to draw my fans closer to me, we will share more when they log on and will get any information about me,” he said.

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BlackBerry services launched by Tigo

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 30, 2009

Millicom Ghana Limited, Ghana’s second largest telecommunications company and operators of Tigo, has launched its BlackBerry Bold mobile phone and Blackberry service.  The BlackBerry Smartphone devices, developed by Research In Motion (RIM), have taken convenience to another level for business travellers. These phones allow easy access to email accounts as well as text messaging and surfing on the internet, making it easy to communicate with a large group at once.

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Former speaker owes Ghana over $300,000

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 30, 2009

An inventory of the items suspected to have been taken away by the former Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Ebenezer Begyina Sekyi-Hughes, when he vacated his government approved residence has revealed an interim loss of close to 4 billion old cedis or an esimated over $300, 000 to the state. The document, made available to Citi News, indicates that the cost is minus some items yet to be costed including beds and mattresses purchased for the residency and rooms and imported items icluding furniture, hand-wooven carpets and rugs. Citi News sources in Parliament reveal that a generator that was taken away by the former Speaker has, however, been returned.

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The chilling story of a Tamale mother Butchered & left for dead

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 27, 2009

Her home was being burnt down. Scores of armed men were pouring petrol everywhere, smashing the skulls of dogs. She ran 400 yards down the road to flee from a machete-wielding mob, who were firing gunshots behind. They chased her to a neighbour’s room. Pulled her down the wardrobe and started hacking her, aiming to split her skull, which she protected with her arms. They butchered her arms like a cow’s thigh on a butcher’s table.
Slashed her legs as she sought to escape. Leaving her for dead, as blood splashed all over her attackers, one inserted a metal bar inside her private parts, swearing his stars for not having the privacy to cause more sexual damage.

This is the story of Sadia Seidu, a victim of the recent clashes in Tamale, who is currently receiving treatment at the 37 Military Hospital.

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$37m Ghanaian drugs busted in Hamburg

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 27, 2009

German customs stumbled across 28 million euros (37 million dollars) worth of illegal drugs hidden amongst seven tonnes of pineapples in Hamburg harbour, officials said yesterday.  “While unloading a ship from Ghana, we came across a container full of pineapples meant to be delivered to a fashion boutique in Western Germany,” custom official, Dietmar Schulze said.  “It seemed bizarre that a clothing store would order 15 tonnes of pineapples so we launched an investigation.”  Scanning and searching the container revealed that it contained five and a half tonnes of marijuana as well as 18 kilograms hashish—both preparations of cannabis. Schulze said it was the biggest drug bust for more than 15 years.

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Ga Mantse disagrees with Ga youth

Posted by Business in Ghana on March 26, 2009

The Ga Mantse, King Tackie Tawiah III, on Wednesday condemned the actions of individuals and groups purporting to be speaking for the Ga people on land issue.

He told a cross section of the media that while the Council share the feelings of Ga people being alienated from their land, it would however not condone the activities of individuals and groups agitating for the release of Ga lands.

King Tackie Tawiah said, on such issues, the Ga Traditional Council held the supreme right to speak on behalf of the people and it was distressing that the land issue was taking political colouration.

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