We’ll crush anyone who attempts to make coup – Akufo-Addo

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President Akufo-Addo has stressed the preparedness of the government to build the capacity of the country’s security services to ensure the protection of the country’s territorial integrity.

“The government is determined to do everything within its power to guarantee the nation’s territorial integrity and ensure the safety of citizens,” he said.

He has, therefore, encouraged all Ghanaians to cooperate with the security services in the discharge of their duties.

President Akufo-Addo who made the call at Ghana’s 65th independence parade at Cape Coast in the Central region on Sunday, March 6, 2022, said when all the security services worked together, it would help to ensure the safety of all Ghanaians.

The 65th independence celebration was held on the theme: “Working Together, Bouncing Back Together”.

For President Akufo-Addo, when the country’s security is secured, the country could then channel its energies into building a prosperous nation.

The President however did not underestimate the challenges that the country will encounter in ensuring the protection of its territorial integrity.

He said when all the security services together with the citizenry worked together, the country would be able to overcome every security challenge.

Source: graphic.com.gh

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Presiding Member & Driver Honored On Independence Day By Aspiring NALAG President.

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NALAG President Hopeful, Hon.Kusi Kwaku Eric, has Honored the presiding member for Adansi North District in the Ashanti Region,Hon.Dominic Odame Kusi and Mr.Kwame Charles , experienced driver and also Chief driver for Adansi North District in the Ashanti Region for their experience work and commitment in the District.

Hon.Kusi Kwaku Eric, noted, his presiding member is a unifier and has good working relationship with him because he carries people along and he is committed to duty and encouraged colleagues Chief Executives in the country to emulate him and work closely with their presiding members in the Country for the development of the Nation.

He is therefore grateful to both for their work that has brought him this far.

Hon.Kusi Kwaku Eric made this clear that the independence day celebration is the best day to honor them since their work to the development of Ghana is unprecedented.

They were presented with citation for their excellent work towards the development in the district.

Hon.Kusi Kwaku Eric,who is also the District Chief Executive for Adansi North made mentioned that the chief driver has drove him for the past five years and emphasized that he is very experienced and committed to duty.

Source: Ayisah Foster

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Ghana To Support Saudi Arabia Host 2030 World Expo In Riyadh.

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His Excellency President Akufo Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana has expressed the endorsement of his country towards the bid of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to host Expo 2030.

He made this pronouncement during a meeting with His Excellency Ahmad Bin Abdul Aziz Kattan, Advisor at the Royal Court of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, who was in Ghana for a three-day visit.

During the courtesy call on the President at the Jubilee House, Mr. Ahmad Kattan conveyed to His Excellency President Akufo Addo and the people of Ghana the greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense (may Allah preserve them both) and the good people of Saudi Arabia, as well as wish the country more progress and prosperity.

During the meeting, both sides discussed the bilateral relations between the two States and ways of improving it in all fields to meet the expectations of both nations. The meeting also discussed new regional and international events and other issues of mutual interest.
His Excellency Ahmad Kattan expressed his profound gratitude to His Excellency the President of the Republic for his outstanding reception and more particularly his pledge to support the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s bid to host the 2030 Expo.

Expo 2030 is a proposed world’s fair to be held in 2030. Russia, South Korea, Italy, Ukraine and Saudi Arabia have submitted bids to hold the event. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has received several endorsements for its bid to host Expo 2030, with many countries in the African continent such as Djibouti, Zambia, Morocco and Mauritania pledging their support to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced the bid in October of 2021.

In November, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation pledged its support for Saudi Arabia. The Republic of Ghana’s pledge to support Saudi Arabia host this world’s fair comes within the framework of the outstanding bilateral relations between the two states, especially with the later being Ghana’s long standing bilateral partner in the Gulf region.


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Putin: Western sanctions are the “equivalent of a declaration of war”

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Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a series of threats against Ukraine and Western powers Saturday, as Ukrainian officials accused Russia of shelling evacuation routes out of two battered cities.

Ukrainian authorities said thousands of civilians remained trapped in the southeastern cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha and accused Russian forces of breaching an agreement to pause fire to allow safe passage out.

Putin, meanwhile, used a meeting with Russian flight crew members at an Aeroflot training center in Moscow, to make his first expansive remarks since the invasion nine days ago.

“The current leadership needs to understand that if they continue doing what they are doing, they put under question the future of Ukrainian statehood,” Putin said. “And if that happens, it will be entirely on their conscience.”

Putin also said Western sanctions were the “equivalent of a declaration of war,” and warned he would consider countries imposing a no-fly zone over Ukraine as “participants in a military conflict.”

President Volodymyr Zelensky and other Ukrainian leaders have repeatedly pleaded with NATO and Western officials to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine, a move which could prevent Russian forces from carrying out airstrikes against their country.

But NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday that a no-fly zone is not an option being considered by the alliance.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that establishing such a zone could lead to a “full-fledged war in Europe,” but added Washington would continue to work with its allies to provide Ukrainians with the means to defend themselves from Russian aggression.


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Police announce security measures for 6th March Parade

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The Ghana Police Service has called on the general public to observe the relevant protocols and guidelines, outlined for this year’s 65th Independence Anniversary Parade, to be hosted in Cape Coast.

This was contained in a statement on March 5, outlining the specific security arrangements by the Police.

In this regard, the Police described its measures as ‘stringent’; with the aim of ensuring an incident-free celebration, which will be hosted in Cape Coast, and across other designated venues in the country.

According to the Police, it will collaborate with other security agencies to maintain order on all parade grounds, nationwide.

“As part of the arrangements, there will be an additional deployment of Highway and Motorbike Patrols to augment the existing security deployment on all roads within the country. These arrangements have been networked and dovetailed into all police Regional, Divisional and Districts to ensure a holistic, security strategy for a peaceful anniversary celebration at all levels.

At Cape-Coast, where the national event will be held, the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) has made adequate provisions to ensure effective traffic management”, the Police stated.

To avoid a robbery-free incident, the Police also cautioned the general public, to be mindful of their personal security.

“We urge members of the public to be on the lookout for the safety of each other and draw the attention of the Police to anything suspicious for immediate intervention. We wish all Ghanaians a Happy Independence Anniversary”, the statement concluded.

Ghana will be marking her 65th Independence Anniversary celebration on Sunday, March 6, 2022, amidst the regular cheers and jamboree across the country. As part of the celebrations, President Akufo-Addo, will deliver an address to climax the celebrations.

The Annual Independence Day Parade is organize in the capital, Accra. However, in the last edition, it was shifted to Kumasi. With this year’s Parade to take place in Cape Coast, scores of traders have already expressed their satisfactory with the increase in patronage,

In earlier interactions with JoyNews, they indicated that, the sale of paraphernalia has seen a steady increase, with expectations of more sales on the day itself.


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Healthy Ways To Strengthen Your Immune System 

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Your first line of defense is to choose a heal lifestyle. Following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system working properly. Every part of your body including the immune system, functions better when protected by environmental assault and bolstered by healthy-living strategies such as:

  • Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get adequate sleep.
  • Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.
  • Try to minimize stress.
  • Keep current with all recommended vaccines. Vaccines prime your immune system to fight off infections before they take hold in your body.

Increase immunity the healthy way

Many products on store shelves claim to boost or support immunity. But the concept of boosting immunity actually makes little sense scientifically. In fact, boosting the number of cells in your body — immune cells or others — is not necessarily a good thing. For example, athletes who engage in “blood doping” — pumping blood into their systems to boost their number of blood cells and enhance their performance — run the risk of strokes.

Attempting to boost the cells of your immune system is especially complicated because there are so many different kinds of cells in the immune system that respond to so many different microbes in so many ways. Which cells should you boost, and to what number? So far, scientists do not know the answer. What is known is that the body is continually generating immune cells. Certainly, it produces many more lymphocytes than it can possibly use. The extra cells remove themselves through a natural process of cell death called apoptosis — some before they see any action, some after the battle is won. No one knows how many cells or what the best mix of cells the immune system needs to function at its optimum level.

Immune system and age

As we age, our immune response capability becomes reduced, which in turn contributes to more infections and more cancer. As life expectancy in developed countries has increased, so too has the incidence of age-related conditions.

While some people age healthily, the conclusion of many studies is that, compared with younger people, the elderly are more likely to contract infectious diseases and, even more importantly, more likely to die from them. Respiratory infections, including, influenza the COVID-19 virus and particularly pneumonia are a leading cause of death in people over 65 worldwide. No one knows for sure why this happens, but some scientists observe that this increased risk correlates with a decrease in T cells, possibly from the thymus atrophying with age and producing fewer T cells to fight off infection. Whether this decrease in thymus function explains the drop in T cells or whether other changes play a role is not fully understood. Others are interested in whether the bone marrow becomes less efficient at producing the stem cells that give rise to the cells of the immune system.

A reduction in immune response to infections has been demonstrated by older people’s response to vaccines. For example, studies of influenza vaccines have shown that for people over age 65, the vaccine is less effective compared to healthy children (over age 2). But despite the reduction in efficacy, vaccinations for influenza and S. pneumoniae have significantly lowered the rates of sickness and death in older people when compared with no vaccination.

There appears to be a connection between nutrition and immunity in the elderly. A form of malnutrition that is surprisingly common even in affluent countries is known as “micronutrient malnutrition.” Micronutrient malnutrition, in which a person is deficient in some essential vitamins and trace minerals that are obtained from or supplemented by diet, can happen in the elderly. Older people tend to eat less and often have less variety in their diets. One important question is whether dietary supplements may help older people maintain a healthier immune system. Older people should discuss this question with their doctor.

Diet and your immune system

Like any fighting force, the immune system army marches on its stomach. Healthy immune system warriors need good, regular nourishment. Scientists have long recognized that people who live in poverty and are malnourished are more vulnerable to infectious diseases. For example, researchers don’t know whether any particular dietary factors, such as processed foods or high simple sugar intake, will have adversely affect immune function. There are still relatively few studies of the effects of nutrition on the immune system of humans.

  1. There is some evidence that various micronutrient deficiencies — for example, deficiencies of zinc, selenium, iron, copper, folic acid, and vitamins A, B6, C, and E — alter immune responses in animals, as measured in the test tube. However, the impact of these immune system changes on the health of animals is less clear, and the effect of similar deficiencies on the human immune response has yet to be assessed.

So, what can you do? If you suspect your diet is not providing you with all your micronutrient needs — maybe, for instance, you don’t like vegetables — taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement may bring other health benefits, beyond any possibly beneficial effects on the immune system. Taking megadoses of a single vitamin does not. More is not necessarily better.

Improve immunity with herbs and supplements?

Walk into a store, and you will find bottles of pills and herbal preparations that claim to “support immunity” or otherwise boost the health of your immune system. Although some preparations have been found to alter some components of immune function, thus far there is no evidence that they actually bolster immunity to the point where you are better protected against infection and disease. Demonstrating whether an herb — or any substance, for that matter — can enhance immunity is, as yet, a highly complicated matter. Scientists don’t know, for example, whether an herb that seems to raise the levels of antibodies in the blood is actually doing anything beneficial for overall immunity.

Stress and immune function

Modern medicine has come to appreciate the closely linked relationship of mind and body. A wide variety of maladies, including stomach upset, hives, and even heart disease, are linked to the effects of emotional stress. Despite the challenges, scientists are actively studying the relationship between stress and immune function.

For one thing, stress is difficult to define. What may appear to be a stressful situation for one person is not for another. When people are exposed to situations they regard as stressful, it is difficult for them to measure how much stress they feel, and difficult for the scientist to know if a person’s subjective impression of the amount of stress is accurate. The scientist can only measure things that may reflect stress, such as the number of times the heart beats each minute, but such measures also may reflect other factors.

Most scientists studying the relationship of stress and immune function, however, do not study a sudden, short-lived stressor; rather, they try to study more constant and frequent stressors known as chronic stress, such as that caused by relationships with family, friends, and co-workers, or sustained challenges to perform well at one’s work. Some scientists are investigating whether ongoing stress takes a toll on the immune system.

But it is hard to perform what scientists call “controlled experiments” in human beings. In a controlled experiment, the scientist can change one and only one factor, such as the amount of a particular chemical, and then measure the effect of that change on some other measurable phenomenon, such as the amount of antibodies produced by a particular type of immune system cell when it is exposed to the chemical. In a living animal, and especially in a human being, that kind of control is just not possible, since there are so many other things happening to the animal or person at the time that measurements are being taken.

Despite these inevitable difficulties in measuring the relationship of stress to immunity, scientists are making progress.

Does being cold give you a weak immune system?

Almost every mother has said it: “Wear a jacket or you’ll catch a cold!” Is she right? Probably not, exposure to moderate cold temperatures doesn’t increase your susceptibility to infection. There are two reasons why winter is “cold and flu season.” In the winter, people spend more time indoors, in closer contact with other people who can pass on their germs. Also the influenza virus stays airborne longer when air is cold and less humid.

But researchers remain interested in this question in different populations. Some experiments with mice suggest that cold exposure might reduce the ability to cope with infection. But what about humans? Scientists have performed experiments in which volunteers were briefly dunked in cold water or spent short periods of time naked in subfreezing temperatures.  They’ve studied people who lived in Antarctica and those on expeditions in the Canadian Rockies. The results have been mixed. For example, researchers documented an increase in upper respiratory infections in competitive cross-country skiers who exercise vigorously in the cold, but whether these infections are due to the cold or other factors — such as the intense exercise or the dryness of the air — is not known.

A group of Canadian researchers that has reviewed hundreds of medical studies on the subject and conducted some of its own research concludes that there’s no need to worry about moderate cold exposure — it has no detrimental effect on the human immune system. Should you bundle up when it’s cold outside? The answer is “yes” if you’re uncomfortable, or if you’re going to be outdoors for an extended period where such problems as frostbite and hypothermia are a risk. But don’t worry about immunity.

Exercise: Good or bad for immunity?

Regular exercise is one of the pillars of healthy living. It improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and protects against a variety of diseases. But does it help to boost your immune system naturally and keep it healthy? Just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system.


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Our Polling Station Elections not credible – Musah Superior, NPP

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The Deputy C.E.O of Ghana Forestry Commission, who is aspiring to become the next General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party, Musah Superior have revealed that, the ongoing NPP Polling stations elections lacks credibility, transparency and fairness.

This reaction came after the the party had recorded series of election malpractices in various constituencies.

The former Temale Mayor has already stated that intimidation and mafia tactics are being played in the ongoing polling stations elections to favor some candidates.

He emphasised how these activities will affect the party toward 2024 general election.


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Thoroughly Investigate The Officer Who Caused Gun Scare In Court, Don’t Consider It Lightly – Security Expert

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Intelligence of the Ghana security forces such as the military, the police, CID, BNI etc have been urged to as a matter of urgency investigate the circumstances that led to a blow of gunshot in a courtroom some few days ago.
Very Reverend Jubilant Boakye Danquah aka J.B Danquah, former Chaplain for the USA military Hospital, security expert and expert in international politics who also happens to be a retired Senior Methodist Minister, has said.

According to him, blowing a trigger inside a courtroom during proceedings shouldn’t be something people must take lightly.
He said, even though the prison officer got injured and was subsequently admitted at a hospital, but there’s the need for us to investigate thoroughly into the matter since he could have done it with a different motive we’re not thinking of.

“Why must a prison officer escort prisoners to the courtroom without making sure his gun do not trigger to pose danger? Security officials should not rest the case.” He urged.
“Imagine if it had been directed to the people within the courtroom”.

A magistrate and other people in Accra Court Complex ran helter skelter during a court proceeding, thus after a prison officer had mistakingly blew a trigger. The prison officer who is said to have done the act not by intention got injured in the process and was subsequently sent to hospital for a treatment.

But reacting to the incident, Rev. J.B Danquah still maintains that the prison officer might have done the act under the influence of something else.

He also advised stakeholders to plant metal detectors inside the various courtrooms across the country.

Finally, the security expert and expert in international politics called on UTAG to reconsider its decision and call off the strike.
According to him, it’s time UTAG members consider the small enjoyment they get from the government, come to the negotiation table and end the strike.


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In NEW YORK, the North Bronx Church of Christ leaders cut the ribbon outside the church’s new $1.5 million building.

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The North Bronx Church of Christ leaders cut the ribbon outside the church’s new $1.5 million building in New York. Christians gathered on a recent Sunday for the dedication.

Shadrack Oppong — a student preacher at the Memphis School of Preaching, which is associated with Churches if Christ — gave a bilingual sermon dedicating the space to the Lord’s work. Reading a passage from Isaiah 2, he paused and repeated, “The house of God has been established.”

The decision to buy a building came from a place of conviction. 

The church, which was founded in 2015, had always been a mobile congregation — comprised of mostly Ghanaian immigrants — who met in rented spaces on Sunday mornings. 

Spaces also used, according to minister Paul Oppong, by secular groups for partying on the week nights. 

“Indeed, the reason for the purchase was because our congregation felt it was improper to rent temporal spaces on Sunday mornings that were used in ways very disrespectful to the Lord,” said Oppong. 

The 120-person congregation had partnered with the Solomon Foundation, a nonprofit that helps churches in the United States and Canada with loans and investments, to purchase their own permanent worship space. The North Bronx church paid the initial down payment of $200,000 to the former owners, a Bronx branch of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. “This church is very much into impacting the lives of the people through benevolent activities and the preaching of the Gospel.”

And the congregation is already putting the space to good use for their community. Boxes of relief items ­— clothing, food and water — are stacked in the church’s auditorium, waiting to be delivered to the victims of the recent Bronx apartment building fire, which killed 19 people and injured 44 others. 

“This church is very much into impacting the lives of the people through benevolent activities and the preaching of the Gospel,” Oppong said.


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Don’t Repeat Nyantakyi’s Mistakes – Elvis Afriyie Ankrah Cautions Kurt Okraku

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ormer Sports Minister under the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) government, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah has advised Mr. Kurt Okraku, the President of the Ghana Football Association to learn from the mistakes of his predecessor, Mr. Kwesi Nyantaky.

He said Kurt Okraku should not repeat the mistakes of his predecessor Kwesi Nyantakyi.

Mr. Nyantakyi has been banned for life from all football-related activities by FIFA after he was caught in the Anas Number documentary.

According to the former Sports Minister, it will be too premature to judge Kurt Okraku as he has not even spent a year as the GFA boss.

“Kurt Okraku has not spent even a year as the GFA president so let’s give him the opportunity to prove himself,” he told Kumasi FM

“Let’s together support him with prayers to succeed but he must learn lessons from his predecessor and make sure he does not repeat those same mistakes.”

Kwasi Nyantakyi was the GFA boss for nearly 13 years.


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