The Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission declared August 1 – December 1 as the closed season for wildlife in Ghana. This declaration implied that no hunting during this season, no capturing of wild animals or destroying of any wildlife species.
A month into the closed season and we still have some more months to observe the closed season till the season is opened for hunting.
The purpose basically for the closed season is to give room for wildlife to breed since the nation’s wildlife resources is on the decline. This period is where most wild animals mate, give birth and nurse their infants. Observing it thus allow the wildlife to continue their existence.
However, Mrs Exorm Amtordo Erskine said only grass-cutter can be hunted in the closed season but individuals are expected to have a valid license from the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission.
Open season starts from December 2 – July 31st,2020 but the public in the wildlife enterprise is expected to obtain a license before hunting in the open season.
The general public is expected to help in the observance of the closed season. Defaulters can be punished by law. Hunting in the closed season can result in one being arrested, searched, seizure of wildlife and confiscation. Conservation officers are authorised to arrest defaulters and present them before a Magistrate court within 24hrs after the arrest.
In some other places, they can be charged to a tune of $5000 and be imprisoned for 3 years.
Endangered and Nearing extinction species.
Aside the grass-cutter that is allowed by law to hunt during the closed season, there are some wildlife to look out for since they are endangered and nearing extinction.
According to Harriet Nimmo, a zoologist with more than 20 years’ experience based in South Africa, she has listed some endangered species and near extinct wildlife in Africa.
6.African Wild Dog
These wildlife species may not be easy to come across but the vast wildlife of Ghana hasn’t been fully explored. There is some slim chance of coming across any of them. The public will do the nation a great service to report such sightings to the nearest office of the forestry and wildlife commission.
UDS SRC LOOSES FIGHT?…. DEMONSTRATION SUSPENDS
The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) of the Navrongo campus of the University for Development Studies has strongly stated it will resist any attempt by management of the institution to upwardly adjust academic fees.
The council says the school in the last two years has seen increment in fees and that, another attempt to make an inflation will be unfair, unconstitutional and against the regulatory policies of the National Council for Tertiary Education.
Speaking at their “Who Is Speaking The Truth” press conference held at the school premises Wednesday, President of the Council, Raymond Korbla Otivi, stated that any “unjustifiable fee inflation” the University authorities would come out with will be met with fierce resistance from the student body.
He questioned why the authorities would want to increase fees when the facilities of the school are nothing as compared to what students in other universities in the southern part of the country enjoy, even though they pay comparatively low fees.
Mr. Raymond Korbla Otivi said: “per history and records, we are to pay something for the management of the facilities that we use and that is the basics for the academic facility user fee. We know that. But what is happening currently, our managers of tertiary institutions have turned it into a different thing altogether. And we want to use this press conference to send a signal and make government aware of what is happening in UDS. If there are increments and they say universities must increase fees, UDS should never increase fees. No matter the kind of services they provide for us, we are telling the whole world that UDS doesn’t have any right to increase our school fees. This is because our Academic Facility User Fee (AFUF) has been inflated two or three times in the last two years and we have been paying this same amount”.
Curvy high school students disqualified for ‘swimsuit violation’
‘Curvy’ High School Swimmer Disqualified for Swimsuit ‘Malfunction’ — Feminists Cry ‘Body Shaming’
A high school swimmer in Alaska was denied victory at a swim meet Friday because of a “uniform violation,” triggering accusations of sexism and racism.
Breckynn Willis, a 17-year-old state champion swimmer for Dimond High School in Anchorage, emerged from the water after a dominating performance in the 100-meter freestyle. But the male referee immediately disqualified Willis, ruling that her swimsuit was exposing too much of her butt.
An official at the meet, Annette Rohde, told the Anchorage Daily News that a female referee said the bottom of the teenager’s suit “was so far up I could see butt cheek touching butt cheek.’’
Rohde recalled that after the meet she warned the referee, who has not been identified, “This is going to blow up.”
The referee did not respond to requests for comment by local press.
However, as Rohde predicted, the disqualification became a hot topic in Anchorage and the Alaskan swim and dive community. Then, on Saturday, a woman who coached Willis when she was younger blogged about the incident in a Medium post, and it became national news.
“In a world where young girls are told at every turn that the skin they’re in is not good enough for a thousand reasons, the last thing we need to do in youth athletics is add to that unhealthy dialogue,” wrote Lauren Langford, who coaches swimming at Anchorage’s West High School. “If you do not like the way that swimsuits fit on these girls’ bodies then don’t look; they are minors, children, and no one should be looking at them anyway.”
“All of these girls are all wearing suits that are cut the same way,” Langford later told the Washington Post, referring to the school-issued one-pieces. “And the only girl who gets disqualified is a mixed-race girl with rounder, curvier features.”
“We have a term for it — it’s called a suit wedgie,” she added, of the way the Willis was wearing the suit. “And wedgies happen. It’s uncomfortable. No one’s going to walk around that way intentionally.”
Breckynn Willis and her sisters had faced criticism for overexposure before
Langford’s outrage was echoed by feminists and other social-justice-oriented commentators on Twitter, many of whom cried “body shaming.”
“We treat women like garbage,” said Washington Post foreign affairs reporter Emily Rauhala in response to her colleagues report.
We treat women like garbage https://t.co/ve2SuirZ1l
— Emily Rauhala (@emilyrauhala) September 10, 2019
Rep. Judy Chu, a California Democrat, declared: “Stop. Policing. Girls’. Bodies.”
Stop. Policing. Girls'. Bodies. https://t.co/4u78OuuQJp
— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) September 10, 2019
Transgender cyclist and activist Rachel McKinnon reacted withcharacteristic belligerence.
Fuck this bullshithttps://t.co/gA00dvwORA
— Dr. Rachel McKinnon (@rachelvmckinnon) September 10, 2019
As of Tuesday afternoon, the news did not seem to have infiltrated conservative Twitter, which tends to be less sympathetic to identity-based claims of injustice.
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, the governing body for high school athletics in Alaska, all female swimmers must cover their buttocks and breasts and all male swimmers cover their buttocks.
Rohde and a local swim coach told the Daily News on Monday that they had never seen Willis deliberately adjust her swimsuit to make it more revealing. Whether or not that matters is disputed.
However, the Post reported Tuesday that Willis has been criticized for alleged overexposure before. Last year, a parent took a photo of her from behind and shared it with other parents as proof that girls on the team were wearing inappropriate swimwear.
Meagan Kowatch, Willis’ mother, told KTUU on Monday that the referee who made the call had previously embarrassed one of her two other daughters by critiquing the fit of her suit during a meet. She called for Willis’ victory to be reinstated and for the referee to be barred from officiating her daughters’ future races.
Also Monday, Anchorage School District officials announced that they are reviewing the referee’s decision, saying the disqualification “appears to stem from a difference of opinion in the interpretation of the rules governing high school swim uniforms.”
UG’s Lofty Joins Accra Metro NASPA Race.
Bright Lambong-Lofty a young and energetic man who is aspiring to be the National Service Personnel Association Organizer for Accra Metro. He is a former student of the University of Ghana who will be serving his one-year civil service at the Parliament House of Ghana. Lofty is a man of integrity and possess skills that strategically positions him to operate in the organizing sector of the association.
A little background check on who Lofty is revealed he has had previous experience as an organizer for his hall back in school. In his tenure, he helped organise one of the mega hall weeks on UG campus. He is also very entrepreneurial having a brand that is manufacturing bottled liquid soap and hand washes for domestic and other purposes. He is also one of the able hands that have brought the Ghana Universities Chamber into existence.
On the 5th of August, BRIGHT LAMBONG-LOFTY in his press release officially declared his intention to contest for the office of NATIONAL SERVICE PERSONNEL ASSOCIATION (NASPA)
ORGANIZER for Accra Metro.
He “considers it a great honour to serve the interest of his fellow personnel within the district. In view of this pledging a decorous campaign, one that will reflect honesty and respect in all our dealings to all and sundry.”
Being a multifaceted individual, Lofty stands tall to run for president but surprisingly he sees himself well suited and efficient for the role of an organizer.
When asked, he said “Organizers are the unrecognised hands that steers the affairs of any organisation from the back stage. Yes the President becomes the face of the organisation but without an up to task organizer, not only will the association face unnecessary challenges but the president stands in a position of being rediculed openly. So for me, working behind the scenes to make everyone happy is well suited”
Lofty is a trusted hand that can put smiles on faces of NASPA Accra Metro. U believe with time people will see what he possess and endorse his candidacy.
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