Daily Heritage – Pupils take to gambling in Ho.
There is a growing phenomenon of children indulging in gambling in HO in the Volta Region as a result of the emergence of the ‘slot coin’ jackpot machines within the regional capital, Daily Heritage observations have revealed.
The machines brought into town by a Chinese company and stationed at popular joints including barbering shops and drinking bars across the Ho municipality, are widely patronized by young teenage boys, who in some cases are seen at the centers during school hours and late evenings.
A second year Junior High School pupil told the Daily Heritage that, the game is an easy way to make some cash for food at school, aside the fun of it.
“The first time I played with GH₵0.50 and won GH₵15.00 I used the money to feed myself in school,” he narrated.
The phenomenon has become a source of concern to many residents in the regional capital, some of who fear the children may cultivate other social vices such as stealing and alcoholism, if they are allowed to continue with the practice.
Judges angry…over salary slash
Over two hundred and fifty Magistrates and Circuit judges in the country are up in arms with government over what they describe as reduction of their salaries without recourse to them.
According to them, though their conditions of service were approved as far back as 2012 under the leadership of President John Evans Atta Mills on March 21, 2012, in a new letter authored by Chief of Staff, Mr. Julius Debrah on May 26, 2016, a new service condition which has reduced their salaries has been approved.
Speaking to the Court Reporters yesterday after a crunch meeting with the judges, the representative of the Magistrates and Circuit Court Judges, His Honour Mr. Aboagye Tandoh, said the new letter should be “withdrawn” immediately.
“I want to reiterate that our conditions of service were approved four years ago and they have been implemented and we have been paid and for us there is no problem with regards to our conditions of service. That is why I am saying that you (Chief of Staff) cannot review our salaries without recourse to us. We are saying it should be withdrawn.”
Ghana’s cocoa collateralized…for US$2bn loan
The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has been given approval by Parliament to collateralize 645,162 metric tonnes of cocoa to enable it raise a loan facility of US$2 billion for the 2016/2017 cocoa crop season at an average Free on Board (FOB) price of US$3,100.00.
The approval of the facility will enable COCOBOD raise adequate funds to purchase cocoa beans from farmers through license buying companies for the crop season.
Presenting the Finance Committee’s report on the floor of Parliament yesterday for approval, Chairman of the Committee, James Klutse Avedzi stated that the facility has a commitment fee of 35% on an interest margin of a landing inert-bank borrowing rate plus 0.675% of 0.725%, and a legal cost of US$66,000.
Mr. Avedzi said COCOBOD is expecting an average price of US$3,100 per metric tonnes FOB price, adding that this gives estimated revenue of US$2.79 billion and about 72% of the amount represents the US$2 billion facility currently being secured.
JUSSAG calls off strike
The Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSSAG) has called off its 10-day-old nationwide strike after parties in the case “concluded on a framework with government and management in addressing our demands.”
At a press briefing to end the strike, the national president of the Association, Mr. Alex Nartey appealed to members of JUSSAG to resume work while leadership sees to the implementation process of their consolidated salaries.
“Following our letter referenced JUSSAG/HQ/050/16 and dated 31 May, government and management of the judicial service subsequent to a meeting with the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Judiciary and further deliberations with the Judicial Secretary and the Hon, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, the national executive council of JUSSAG has concluded on a framework with government and management in addressing our demands.
“In view of the above, we are inclined to call-off our industrial action effective Wednesday June 1, 2016 to aid the government’s presidential committee to begin deliberations.
“We therefore, appeal to all members of JUSSAG to resume work while leadership sees to the implementation process of our consolidated salaries,” he stated.
Don’t give out your nude photos to your lovers – Counselor Luterodt
The outspoken Counselor George Lutterodt has criticized the increasing trend of leaked sex tapes and pictures and warned couples to desist from the habit of making and sharing such content among themselves.
“Any man or woman who requests for your nude picture because they have missed you is calling you a harlot, prostitute and has disrespected you. If a man truly respects you, he will never ask you to send him a nude picture. This is disrespect to womanhood.”
“If you miss your partner, you have to physically go to them, you do not request for a sex video, which will one day become a shame to them,” he added.
“All these distant relations that people request videos and pictures have led people to become lesbians and homosexuals because they begin to fondle themselves and this leads to other things,” he said.
He warned men to be wary of women who voluntarily record and send such videos to them.
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