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Fireworks At ‘Canada’ MP Trial




There was heated argument at the Cape Coast High Court in the Central Region on Wednesday when the case challenging the alleged dual citizenship of the opposition NDC MP for Assin North, James Gyakye Quayson, was called.

The court on April 21, 2021 had ordered the petitioners and the beleaguered NDC MP to file their written submissions, encompassing all their legal arguments and to return to court for a date for judgment.

Counsel for the petitioners, Frank Davies, complied with the court’s order but Abraham Amaliba, counsel for the NDC MP, refused to abide by the order to file the written submission to enable the court to determine the matter.

Mr. Amaliba rather came to the court asking that he had two applications to move.

His first application was an oral application, praying the judge, Justice Kwasi Boakye, to recuse himself on grounds that the judge had in the course of the hearing quizzed him (Amaliba) on whether the law requiring renunciation of citizenship was intended to be complied with before the filing of nominations.

He then submitted that by the said query, the judge had pre-determined the matter.

The court in refusing the application, noted that the respondent had opted to come by oral application rather than filing a written application setting out the basis of his application, and added that the statement alluded to by Mr. Amaliba was not contained in any record and he (judge) personally had no recollection of it.

In the absence of the respondent providing any evidence, the judge said the court could not grant the application.

The oral application was heard in camera, and the judge after the hearing updated the gallery when he returned to sit in open court.

The court then adjourned the matter until Tuesday, May 18, to hear the second application which relates to an application for stay of proceedings.

The petitioner, Michael Ankomah Nimfah, on January 6, 2021, applied for an interlocutory injunction to restrain the MP-elect from being sworn in and holding himself as MP for Assin North because he claimed the MP held Canadian citizenship.

The court granted the application, but in flagrant disregard for the court’s order, the MP-elect then was subsequently sworn in to be part of the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth of Republic on January 7.

In the substantive petition challenging the qualification to be an MP, the petitioner intimated per Article 94 of the 1992 Constitution, the Representation of the People Law, Act 284 and the CI 127, Mr. Quayson was not qualified at the time of filing to contest the 2020 parliamentary elections and should be disqualified.

The petitioner had claimed that as at the time Mr. Quayson was filing his papers with the Electoral Commission to enable him to go to Parliament, he was holding dual citizenship (both Ghanaian and Canadian), the 1992 Constitution expressly does not allow for all those aspiring to hold public office in Ghana.

The petitioners are therefore, asking the court to declare the Assin North Parliamentary election null and void, and order fresh election.

The MP has fought back, arguing that it is not at the time of filing to contest that should be used to disqualify a candidate.

He insisted that once the application to renounce the citizenship was set in motion, it was deemed to be effective, and has also held that it is at the time of being sworn as the MP, that the law applies.


VIDEO: Facebook CEO captured surfing with ankle bracelet that drives sharks away




Mark Zuckerberg goes surfing

The owner of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, is not taking any chances sharing the ocean with sharks.

In a latest video which has hit the internet he’s hooked himself up to a contraption that supposedly keeps them at bay.

Mark was out on his hydrofoil surfboard in Kauai, Hawaii Thursday, wearing an ankle bracelet called Sharkbanz.

The promise is that sharks don’t like what it emits, so they stay clear of surfers. The device sends out an electrical current that apparently drives sharks away.

Facebook CEO captured surfing with ankle bracelet that drives sharks away
Facebook CEO captured surfing with ankle bracelet that drives sharks away

But, there are other, more subtle deterrents.

His board has a zebra pattern underneath and the theory goes that sharks like seeing solid colours because it resembles food, so they’re not into stripes – which many believe is a good theory, but sounds a little sketchy.

Zuck posted video of him on the board, and he’s really good in the water.

It’s pretty choppy, but Mark stays up and bounces atop the swells. Report has it that he’s been surfing for years.



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US Vows to respond ‘irresponsible’ Russian Acts





The US secretary of state has told the BBC that the US will respond to reckless or aggressive acts by Russia.

Antony Blinken said the US was focused on actions such as the treatment of opposition figure Alexei Navalny, the Solar Winds hack and election interference.

“We would prefer a more stable and predictable relationship,” he said.

Mr Blinken was in the UK for a meeting of foreign ministers of the G7 group of industrialised nations.

A statement issued after the two-day talks criticised Moscow for its “irresponsible and destabilising behaviour”, particularly against Ukraine, and for cyber-attacks.

Mr Blinken echoed those sentiments on Thursday, offering support to Ukraine during talks in Kyiv with its President Volodymyr Zelensky, who said his country was under threat from Russian troops massed near its border.

image captionRussian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is in prison

The US and Russia have been long-term adversaries and remain far apart on major issues.

In February, US President Joe Biden said he had made it clear to Russian President Vladimir Putin “that the days of the United States rolling over in the face of Russia’s aggressive actions [were] over”.

But Mr Biden’s predecessor, Republican Donald Trump, said during his presidential campaign that he would get along with Mr Putin. He sought to improve ties while in office, a stance at odds with traditional Republican party policy.

A steady and dependable ally

By Jonah Fisher, BBC Ukraine correspondent

After the intrigue, phone calls and blackmail that dominated the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine – the presidency of Mr Biden was what many Ukrainians wanted. They are hoping for a steady and dependable ally.

Mr Trump was impeached in 2019 over allegations he improperly sought help from Ukraine to boost his chances of re-election. He was acquitted, but the saga certainly strained US-Ukraine relations.

Mr Blinken has promised to reinvigorate the relationship. He has been keen to stress that the US stood with Ukraine against Russian aggression, and has said that he is looking at ways of strengthening security co-operation.

To enhance its security, Ukraine would like to become a member of Nato – a military alliance of countries from Europe and North America. But there was little encouragement on that front, and Mr Blinken simply said that those aspirations had been discussed.

Mr Blinken told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme that the Biden administration was not trying to hold China back, stressing that the US was in favour of upholding a rules-based international system.

He said countries needed to look very carefully to see if China was investing in their strategic assets.

image captionThe Afghan army is still battling Taliban attacks

On Afghanistan, Mr Blinken insisted that the US was “staying in the game” and would remain engaged with the country despite its troop withdrawal.

The Biden administration has announced that the last US soldiers will leave by September.

Mr Blinken said regional powers might have to “step up” and use their influence and try to keep the country on a positive path.

Twenty years in Afghanistan – was it worth it?
What about Northern Ireland?

Asked about a possible trade deal with the UK and the situation in Northern Ireland, Mr Blinken said the administration remained very focused on peace in Ireland.

The secretary of state said that for President Biden it was important that “whatever is done, whatever we do, the gains of the Good Friday Agreement are sustained and we have the political and economic well-being of Northern Ireland in mind”.

Joe Biden has previously said that Brexit must not endanger the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which effectively ended Northern Ireland’s “Troubles”.

Post-Brexit trade arrangements for Northern Ireland have led to tensions there and contributed to the recent resignation of First Minister Arlene Foster.

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George Floyd’s family acknowledges Ghana’s support after conviction of Derek Chauvin




Philonise Floyd, the brother of George Floyd

The conviction of Derek Chauvin by a Minneapolis court is regarded around the world as a big feat in the fight against racism and injustice against persons of black origin.

All over the world, the murder of George Floyd was seen as attack on the black race and his vindication which came in the form of judgement by the jury against ex-police officer Chauvin is seen as a product of the collective effort of all black persons across the globe.

Ghana’s contribution to this fight was duly acknowledged by the family of George Floyd in their post-verdict speech.

Philonise Floyd, the brother of George Floyd disclosed that during the trial process, the family received calls and texts from some Ghanaians.

“I got calls, DMs from people from Brazil, Ghana, Germany. Everybody, London, Italy, they are all saying the same thing that we would not be able to breathe until you are able to breathe again. Today, we are able to breathe again,” he said.

George Floyd was gruesomely killed by then police officer Derek Chauvin who knelt on his neck for almost ten minutes on May 25, 2020.

Here in Ghana, a funeral ceremony supervised by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Arts was held in honour of the murdered African American.

On Tuesday, April 21, 2021, a twelve-member jury found Chauvin guilty on charges of: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Watch from the 32nd minute


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