Pascal Rock-NyamadorWrites……GHANAIANS; PEACE LOVING PEOPLE INDEED!

I sit here lost in my thoughts, waiting for the dust to settle before I can comment on this barbaric act by fellow humans on another. Here we are at that crossroad again and I have loads of questions and cannot be answered. Ghana is indeed not worth doing anything for, let alone being killed for.

I won’t send any condolences to Capt. Mahama’s widow, his kids and the family. Coming from a stranger like me, it means nothing, will no nothing and what is not worth anything ought not be given or offered. Well, the harm has been done already and the usual “Justice will be served” mantra will be poured out and that will be it.

When I imagine Capt. Mahama’s kids ask their mum when next their dad is gonna come home? When that young mother of two sits and reflects upon the dreams they hoped and strive to see come to fruition, it saddens me.

How this man died will forever haunt us as a country and I can tell you without any fear that “We brought this upon ourselves”. I don’t have to wait for the Police to carry out any investigations into the incident because chances of them finding anything out is lost out on them already with their military interference excuses already.

Questions, questions and more questions, but i’ll ask just one.

*How on earth will a well trained military captain stationed in a community for 3 weeks not know his jogging route in broad daylight?

If indeed his platoon is their in connection.

​The Assembly man who orchestrated the mob action on captain Maxwell grabbed. A thorough search in his house revealed possession of ammunitions. I’m asking oo, what is one man doing with all these?

*JJ Rawlings speaks following murder of soldier*

Former president Jerry John Rawlings has expressed his condolences to the family of Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama.

The former president, who is himself an ex-soldier, sent his sympathies in a statement released by his office.

_“Your loss is a loss to the whole country. Your husband, son and brother lost his life serving his country”,_ he said.

The former president also called on soldiers across the country to keep calm and desist from avenging their colleague’s death.

“Taking the law into our hands in the manner the perpetrators of the act did was an act of cruelty. However, I implore the affected institution to remain calm as the security agencies investigate the matter. When the law does not seem to be giving people justice, such acts of cruelty resulting in the unfortunate loss of innocent life, is the end result.

I call on the security agencies and the law courts to inspire confidence in the populace by acting swiftly and effectively when crimes are committed in our communities. 

The recent acts of violence in Somanya and Kumasi cannot be taken in isolation. They go to expose a weakness in the general response to crime,”_ former President Rawlings said.


Kenyan’s prettiest female gangster shot dead by police

One of the arguably prettiest female gangsters in Nairobi, Kenya, has been brutally killed. The mother of one, wife of a fellow gangster, was caught robbing members of the public in Kayole. She was shot in the face after exchanging fire with the police.

The lady known as Cleah Addi Vybz was killed by police officers as revealed by a famous police officer based in Kayole

The officer also known as Hessy wa Kayole updated the Kayole Crime Free Facebook page revealing Cleah was among two who were killed on Tuesday, May 9,, during a shootout in Kayole. She was in the company of three other suspects who were robbing members of the public in broad daylight.

The deceased Cleah was the wife to a fellow gangster known as Mwani and had an adorable baby boy together. She participated in the robberies and always accompanied the husband, who was always in hiding, carrying and ferrying weapons.

The no-nonsense cop announced her demise saying he warned her but she never heeded his advice. He further warned other gangsters including Mwanii of ending up in the same fate soon if they fail to change from their notorious behaviour.

Osama Bin Laden’s son threatens US over father’s death

Osama Bin Laden’s son, Hamza has reportedly threatened the US over his father’s death. Personal letters seized in the raid that killed bin Laden show that his son, Hamza, is set on avenging his father’s death. Hamza recently released a message threatening US in his father’s language.

According to news reports, Osama bin Laden’s son, Hamza is reportedly seeking revenge for his father’s death and is poised to become the new leader of Al Qaeda. Former FBI agent, Ali Soufan, while speaking to CBS News in an interview said: “He tells him that…he remembers ‘every look…every smile you gave me, every word you told me.”

Soufan also said that Hamza considers himself “to be forged in steel.” When he was younger, Hamza was used as a propaganda tool in his father’s videos in which he was seen sometimes holding a gun. The agent added that he had even started to sound like his father. Soufan said: “His recent message that came out, he delivered the speech as if it’s his father, using sentences, terminology that was used by Osama bin Laden.” Hamza is believed to be about 28 years old and has been named as a “specially designated global terrorist” by the U.S., as he has recorded four audio messages in the last two years aimed at the U.S.

“He’s basically saying, ‘American people, we’re coming and you’re going to feel it,” Soufan said. “And we’re going to take revenge for what you did to my father. Iraq, Afghanistan’. The whole thing was about vengeance,” Soufan concluded.

Otiko Will Remain A ‘Murderer’ Until…. – Sam Pee Yalley


Former Ghana’s High Commissioner to India, Sam Pee Yalley says until the security agencies delve deep into the Otiko Djaba and Bugri Naabu verbal altercation and bring closure to the matter, the Gender Minister will forever remain a murderer in his (Yalley’s) eyes.

Otiko and the Northern Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bugri Naabu has been in the media following their vicious trading of accusations and counter-accusations which started on Friday, May 5, 2017, after the former reportedly met the party’s women organizers in the Northern Region without the consent of the latter.

The Gender Minister alleged that Bugri Naabu engages in corrupt activities by collecting monies, goats, cows and other things from people with a promise of getting them the School Feeding programme job.

However, Bugri Naabu denied the allegations and accused her and the Upper East Regional Minister, Rockson Bukari of plotting to kill the late NPP’s Upper East regional chairman, Adams Mahama.

The two leading figures were subsequently hauled before the National Executive Council of the party, reprimanded for their actions and made to render an unqualified apology for their public gaffe. 

According to Otiko she reacted to Bugri Naabu’s comments against her because, she felt disrespected. 

Because I am a woman he feels he can bully me…but I apologise to all Ghanaians for what happened,” she said.

Bugri Naabu on the otherhand described the allegation as a ‘slip of tongue’ but apologized nonetheless to Rockson Bukari, for suggesting that he connived with others to murder Adams Mahama.

Portions of his apology letter said “I write to sincerely and unreservedly retract wholly my comments about your client (Rockson Bukari) in an interview I granted Accra-based Radio XYZ. I note, most regrettably that those rather unfortunate comments have since Monday 8th May, 2017, gained wide publicity and may have implications for an ongoing trial in the High Court.”

But commenting on these happenings, Sam Pee Yalley strongly indicaed that until investigations are conducted to exonerate Otiko Djaba, she still remains a murderer in his mind.

“…until this matter is settled Otiko Djaba will remain in my mind as a murderer forever…I do not think that apology can erase the allegation of murder. It is in the interest of both Otiko and Bugri Naabu to face an enquiry to clear their name…” Sam Pee Yalley said during a panel discussion on Radio Gold’s Alhaji and Alhaji, Saturda
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“Technical Universities Key To Industrialisation Agenda” – President Akufo-Addo

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reiterated the commitment of his government towards the prioritisation of technical education and the skills development of students in the country’s senior high and tertiary institutions, as it holds the key to the country’s industrial development.


According to President Akufo-Addo, “if the ambitions we have for this country are going to come into fruition, a great deal of it depends on what is going to happen in places like this. You are going to be at the centre of the industrial revolution of our country. That revolution needs to happen now if Ghana is going to make progress.”

The President noted that “all those countries in the world that used to be like us, but are now places of prosperity and development, became so because they paid a great deal of attention and committed a lot of resources to the development of their educational system, especially the development of their technical and scientific education.”

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Sunday, 14th May, 2017, when he addressed students of the Ho Technical University, at its auditorium, at the climax of his 2-day visit to the Volta Region. 

The President stressed that if Ghana is to emulate the successes of the Asian tigers, especially countries who gained their independence around the same time as Ghana did, then technical institutions must have priority in the country’s educational expenditure. 

It is for this reason, he said, that the process of reorganising and re-prioritising the country’s educational expenditure is on-going, evident in the 2017 Asempa Budget ensuring a substantial increase in the budgetary allocation to the educational sector. 

Technical education, the President indicated “is the key to our future. Whatever we can do to support your development, to make it relatively easy for you to study hard and to get the information to be able to contribute to the progress and development of the country, the Akufo-Addo administration is going to do exactly that.” 

President Akufo-Addo continued, “We cannot continue to be raw material producing and exporting countries, depending on the production of unprocessed cocoa or unprocessed gold. There is no future in that for us as a people. We will continue to be poor if we go down that line. We must make a systematic effort to change the structure of our economy. We cannot do it unless we have people like you primed and ready to assist the process of transformation.”

Completion of school projects

Government, the President said, is committed to the completion of projects such as the Industrial Art building, the housing project for faculty staff and the completion of the residence for the Vice Chancellor of the Ho Technical University, the three projects of priority of the institution. 

With the administration of President Kufuor responsible for “80% of the infrastructural development at this university”, the Vice Chnacellor of the University indicated that not much has been done, in terms of infrastructural development, for the school. 

“So it would be very fitting if I carried off from where he (President Kufuor) left off. That is a commitment I am making to you, and I am going to do exactly just that,” he said, to a rapturous applause from students of the institution, adding that “it will be my pleasure to come here and commission these uncompleted projects before my four years are over”.

Stay united as a people 

President Akufo-Addo urged the students, and by extension all Ghanaians, to “remember that we are part and parcel of the same dream. The men and women who sacrificed to make it possible to get our freedom had a vision of Ghana as a beacon, and the light of the world. We have to hold onto that vision”.

Ghana, President Akufo-Addo added, “is a rich country. If we agree that we will govern ourselves in an intelligent, modern and progressive manner, eschew corruption, look at best practices, put aside tribalism, insist on excellence that we are not going to be satisfied with second best but only the best, that promise of Ghana is going to be realised in our time.”

He continued, “We are going through difficulties now because of things that happened in the past. Don’t let us allow the past to constrain our future. Let us believe that we are capable of leaving the past behind and soldering on to that bright future that beckons for us. If we have that belief in ourselves and we translate it into action, in 10 years time, none of us will recognise the Ghana of today. We will see a new Ghana of progress and prosperity, and you are going to be beneficiaries of that new Ghana.”

​Ghana loses US$50m to cyber crime

​Ghana loses US$50m to cyber crime

Nigeria recorded the highest figure of US$550 million, followed by Kenya and Tanzania

A report by Kenyan-based IT firm, Serianu Limited, has revealed that the economy lost a total of US$50 million to cybercrime in 2016.

The report dubbed ‘Achieving Cyber Security Resilience: Enhancing Visibility and Increasing Awareness,’ shows that five African countries lost a combined US$895million to the menace–comprising an indirect loss of $537m and direct loss of $358m.

The breakdown of the report shows that Nigeria recorded the highest figure of US$550 million, followed by Kenya and Tanzania with US$175 million and US$85 million respectively. Ghana and Uganda also recorded US$50 million and US$35 million respectively.

The report further reveals that insider threats, which refer to fraud involving information or employee abuse of IT systems and information, are a bigger security threat compared to outsiders for African organisations.

Worryingly, the report states that mo

ons in Africa are ill-prepared to deal with information security threats.

“This is brought about by lack of sufficient budgets, lack of skilled professionals and lack of visibility within the organisation.

Security professionals are struggling to demonstrate business value to senior management because they are providing very technical operational metrics whereas business managers are looking for more business-oriented metrics.

Lack of practical regulatory guidance from industry regulators and government is leading to poorly implemented and unenforceable security controls since they are not local focused but rather copied and pasted regulations,” the Serianu report states.

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It is also reported that ICT security expenditure in African countries is estimated to grow from approximately US$1.24 billion in 2015 to US$3.6 billion in 2020.

To achieve this, the Serianu report recommends that African countries need to harden their infrastructure and services to enhance the resilience of the underlying foundation and combat information security threats.

“African countries need to enhance the security competencies of technology users and ICT security practitioners. This will ensure that there is greater adoption of essential security practices among technology users and ensure that ICT security practitioners have adequate knowledge and capability in managing ICT security risks.

Given the borderless nature of cyber threats, it is important for African countries to continue working closely with international counterparts and also encourage cross-border collaboration within the continent,” the report states.

Efforts by Ghana

It is reported that a good number of private and public companies in the country are not security conscious, thereby, making them susceptible to cyber-attacks.

The websites of the Vice President of Ghana, the National Communication Authority, and the National Information Technology Agency have all been compromised by hackers recently.

It is against this background that the Ministry of Communications in 2014 drafted the Ghana National Cyber Security Policy and Strategyto serve as a roadmap for securing the country’s cyberspace as well as to boost investors’ confidence. The policy was approved by cabinet in November last year

​Key senators say they have no evidence that Trump Tower was wiretappedwww.washingtonpost.com


Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, and Committee Vice chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., left, listen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, as Director of National Intelligence-designate Dan Coats testifies at his confirmation hearing before the committee. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee joined the chorus of lawmakers stating they are not aware of any current evidence supporting President Trump’s claim that his campaign headquarters were wiretapped during the presidential election.
Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Thursday released a joint statement with the ranking Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner (Va.), stating that they have not seen data supporting Trump’s claim.
“Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016,” they said.
Burr and Warner are leading the Senate investigation into Russia’s suspected interference in the 2016 elections to aid Trump. They are also examining alleged ties between Trump aides and Russian officials. They were joined last week and again on Wednesday by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) — leading a similar investigation in the House — who also stated that he has not seen evidence to support the president’s complaint that his offices were wiretapped during the campaign.
Nunes, who served on Trump’s transition team, declared flatly Wednesday that there was no evidence that Trump Tower was wiretapped while Trump was a candidate.
“I don’t think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower,” Nunes said. He added that if you are taking Trump’s tweets literally — which he advised people not to do — then “clearly the president was wrong.”
Trump admitted Wednesday night in a Fox News interview that he had no solid proof that then-President Obama ordered surveillance of  phones at Trump Tower in New York during last fall’s campaign.
Trump said he based his accusation, which he leveled March 4 in a series of tweets, on a couple of news reports referencing wiretapping generally.
“I’ve been reading about things,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News Channel. Trump said that after noticing an article in the New York Times and commentary by Fox anchor Bret Baier, Trump said he told himself, “Wait a minute, there’s a lot of wiretapping being talked about.’”
In the interview with Fox host Tucker Carlson, Trump maintained that information would soon be revealed that could prove him right, but he would not explain what that information might be. He said he would be “submitting certain things” to a congressional committee investigating the matter and that he was considering speaking about the topic next week.
“I think you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks,” Trump said.
Tensions have flared in recent days between lawmakers and the Justice Department on the subject of Russia — especially over FBI Director James B. Comey’s approach to providing Capitol Hill with information about the bureau’s probe into Russia’s activities in the 2016 campaign.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) is holding up the confirmation of deputy attorney general nominee Rod J. Rosenstein until Comey testifies before his committee on the scope of the FBI’s Russia probe. And Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Crime and Terrorism subcommittee, sent Justice Department officials a letter last week asking for evidence of any wiretapping warrants or applications. Graham threatened Wednesday to subpoena that information.
Grassley became animated in an interview Wednesday in speaking on the subject.
“It doesn’t matter whether you have a Republican or Democrat president, every time they come up here for their nomination hearing . . . I ask them, ‘Are you going to answer phone calls and our letters, and are you going to give us the documents we want?’ And every time we get a real positive ‘yes’! And then they end up being liars!” Grassley said, screaming into the phone during an interview with The Washington Post.
“It’s not if they’re treating us differently than another committee. It’s if they’re responding at all.”
The tension could break into the open Monday during a House Intelligence Committee public hearing on Russia. The hearing will feature Comey and Adm. Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency. It will provide a rare chance for lawmakers to grill the FBI director and other officials in a public setting on the allegations that Russia intervened in the campaign in an attempt to tilt it toward Trump.
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Schwarzenegger for Senate?

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170309_schwarzenegger_white_house_gty_1160.jpgArnold Schwarzenegger’s entry into the 2018 Senate race “would give Arnold the stage to jam Trump for the next 16 months,’’ according to one veteran GOP strategist who spoke on condition of anonymity. | Getty
SAN FRANCISCO — Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger — the “Terminator” action hero who made “I’ll be back” one of filmdom’s most iconic phrases — may be mulling a political comeback, according to several GOP political insiders in California.
The prospect of Schwarzenegger’s return to elected politics in a 2018 U.S. Senate run — possibly as an independent — is generating increasing buzz in state Republican circles, fueled by the former governor’s seeming ability to get under the skin of President Donald Trump on social media.
The president’s caustic tweets about Schwarzenegger, the recent host of “Celebrity Apprentice,” and their running feud has sparked talk that the intensely competitive Schwarzenegger — a seven-time Mr. Olympia world bodybuilding champ — may be interested in more than merely a verbal posedown with Trump.
His entry into the 2018 Senate race — when Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein would be 85 years old and up for reelection — “would give Arnold the stage to jam Trump for the next 16 months,’’ according to one veteran GOP strategist who spoke on condition of anonymity.
It would also enable Schwarzenegger to draw a contrast with the president on key issues, including climate change, political reform and even immigration.
Schwarzenegger spokesman Daniel Ketchell did not rule out a possible Senate run when asked to respond to the speculation.
“Right now Gov. Schwarzenegger’s focus is on using his platform to bring some sensibility and coherency to Washington by fighting for redistricting reform, like we did in California,’’ Ketchell told POLITICO via email Thursday. “We are keeping all of our options open as far as how we can accomplish that.”
Schwarzenegger, who as governor pursued political reforms including the “top two” primary system and a redistricting commission, has recently launched a major drive to end gerrymandering, a tradition he argues has benefited only partisan politics and gridlock — not the voters.
On Facebook,Schwarzenegger has taken both parties to task on the issue, warning that “Republicans and Democrats are incredibly skilled at screwing over the voters — and keeping them in the dark about their trickery.”
The attacks on both major parties is leading some to suggest Schwarzenegger, a lifelong Republican, may be eyeing a future role as an independent candidate.
Longtime California politics watchers say a Schwarzenegger return to the political stage would be riveting — and is entirely plausible.
As a candidate, “he would become an instant player,’’ not only on political reform but also on his signature issue of “cap and trade and climate change,’’ said political analyst David McCuan of Sonoma State University. “[Schwarzenegger is] someone who could play a huge role if Republicans wanted any hope of having relevance in California.’’
Republicans currently lag Democrats by nearly 20 percentage points in voter registration in the state, having lost ground since Schwarzenegger held office from 2003 to 2011.
McCuan notes that, more than a decade before Trump’s presidential run, it was Schwarzenegger’s shocking 2003 recall victory in California — as a political outsider who issued a call to “Sweep Sacramento Clean’’ — that served as a template for political revolution.
“He was going to “Drain the Swamp” before Trump even had that language,’’ McCuan said.
But Schwarzenegger supported Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the Republican presidential primary and refused to vote for Trump in the general election. Trump returned the favor in January by mocking Schwarzenegger after the new “Apprentice” show debuted in early January, tweeting that it “got swamped” in the ratings.
The two have continued their running feud since then, with Schwarzenegger criticizing Trump for bypassing former California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado for agriculture secretary and knocking Scott Pruitt, Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, for leaving open the possibility that the administration could undermine California’s vehicle emission standards.
Schwarzenegger also ripped the president’s initial executive order barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, calling aspects of its implementation “crazy.”
Last weekend, it was Trump’s turn to respond. In the same tweetstorm in which he accused former President Barack Obama of tapping his phones, Trump took a shot at Schwarzenegger.
“Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show,” the president tweeted.
Bill Whalen, who served as speechwriter and strategist for former Gov. Pete Wilson, described a political climate in which Trump and Schwarzenegger would both disrupt and “feed off each other.”
For the president, he noted, tweeting about Schwarzenegger usually sends the media off on a distracted goose chase that draws attention away from more serious inquiries like Russia connections. For Schwarzenegger, the president’s attention “gives him relevance.”
But Whalen noted that a Schwarzenegger Senate run would have its own hurdles. “First, he’d have to get past Dianne Feinstein,’’ he said, noting that the challenges would be greater for an independent candidate under the top-two primary system that Schwarzenegger himself backed.
Veteran GOP political consultant Luis Alvarado, founder of California-based Luis Alvarado Public Affairs Consulting — and a strong #NeverTrump Republican voice leading up to the election — says the timing might be right for a Schwarzenegger political move.
“In politics after Donald Trump, nothing is crazy any longer. We’re in the third dimension here,’’ he said. “Arnold Schwarzenegger, who actually has more political experience than Trump, would certainly seem to fit a mold to what some of the electorate would find attractive.”
And the so-called Governator’s return to politics would be seen by many Republicans as “almost like a silver bullet” to counter the president, Alvarado said.
“Donald Trump has had the ability to manipulate all the news and cameras to him, and Arnold Schwarzenegger would be like kryptonite, or an anti-matter device, that would somehow restore balance in this universe of madness.”
By CARLA MARINUCCI.