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WhatsApp group admins to face jail over fake news

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The administrators of group WhatsApp chats could be sent to prison, according to a new law. People who run accounts that see people share false or misleading information could be sent to prison under new rules meant to stop the spread of fake news in India.

The new rules hold the admin of any group accountable for what is posted inside of it. Both Facebook and WhatsApp allow one or more users to manage groups, deciding who is let into it and changing its name. Now those administrators will be responsible for ensuring that their friends and family continue to post true things in their group, according to the law in Varanasi. WhatsApp users – of which there are more than 200 million in India – have been told to only add people they personally know to conversations. The new rules were set out in a joint order by District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra and Senior Superintendent of Police Nitin Tiwari, and make clear that anyone breaking it could be referred to the police. “There are several groups on social media which are named on newsgroups and also groups with other names which are propagating news and information which is not authentic,” the order said, according to local reports. “These are being forwarded without cross-checking.” Instead, admins must monitor what everyone is posting and, as soon as something false is identified, make clear that it is wrong and remove the person from the group. They must also inform the police about the misleading information. If they don’t do so then they’ll be held responsible for the propagation of the fake news, the officials suggested. They must also not allow statements that hurt religious people to be posted on such groups. –

Source: Independent UK 

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Ekumfi Fruit Juice Hits Parliament

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There was excitement especially among Majority MPs in Parliament on Monday when the now popular Ekumfi Fruit Juice product known as “Eku Juice” popped up in Parliament during the 2020 budget debate.

The Minister for Information and MP for Ofoase Ayirebi, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, displayed the well packaged juice while contributing to the budget debate, focusing on the benefits of flagship programs introduced by President Akufo-Addo.

The Pineapple Juice from the Ekumfi Juice Factory is under the government’s One District One factory program.

Mr. Nkrumah told the House many of the flagship programs of the Government, including the factories under the 1D1F were yielding results.

“When we rolled out the 1D1F Program, there was a lot of mockery but that flagship program in addition to the stimulus package that was provided is beginning to bear fruit. I hold in my hands here Eku Juice from the Ekumfi Juice Factory soon to be rolled out onto the market. Another project of the Akufo-Addo administration in the Central Region which was subjected to so much ridicule, but today that flagship program is beginning to bear fruit” he said.

The $8 million project which officially commenced in March 2018 now has 400 workers including out-growers.

It is estimated that the Ekumfi Juice Factory would create 5,000 direct out-grower jobs within the community and its environs.

The factory can process about 300,000,000 packs of juice annually for the local and export markets and would generate close to GH¢530 million in revenue.

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9 REASONS WHY KWAME JNR IS WINNING THE NASPA PRESIDENCY AT KUMASI METRO

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Kwame jnr completed the university for development studies.  Upon our observations and queries, he is known to be a vocal and an outspoken personality. Ready to take upon himself leadership roles and deliver them to satisfaction.

Before everything else, this young man proved his capabilities before the vetting panel by topping the presidency category at the same time his score is the highest recorded by the vetting panel.

Kwame jnr thinks NASPA needs to wear a new face. A face that will wet the appetite of service personnel and those ready to serve. Below are his policies which he believes will make NASPA transform.

 

Policy 1. Rewarding NSPs

National Service Personnel at post work so hard they deserve special rewards for their love for service. This will be in the form of the formation of Awards and Dinner Committee The committee will be mandated to organise a credible awards scheme that will reward the nominated persons at a dinner ceremony to be attended by all NSPs in the Metro.

Policy 2 Preparing NSPs for life after service.


The order of the day is for graduates to finish their year of service and join the unemployed graduates association. With Numerous opportunities available, NSPs in Kumasi Metro will be well positioned for life after NSS.

i Microsoft office literacy workshop
The Service Personnel in metro will be trained to build their capacity in MS Office Suite. This can enrich their CV’s for job opportunities.

ii Developing Hand Skills
Workshops will be organised to train Interested NSPs on how to make liquid soaps and shower gels, install decoders, epoxy, biogas disgester, bead making, makeup artistry et all.
With these various certified hand skills, the vision of Kwame Jnr to prevent graduate unemployment within the Kumasi Metro can be achieved.

iii Scholarship for Masters and Further Studies opportunities.

Numerous universities outside Africa and within the continent provide opportunities for students to pursue higher learning. How to know and when to apply for these Universities is what makes the difference. Experts will be invited as Resource Persons to educate NSPs in the Metro on how to apply for studies abroad on fully paid, partly paid and with job opportunities in these Universities.

Policy 3 Kumasi Metro Business Pitch

 

In support of the 1 District 1 Factory, the government provides assistance and cash to support business ideas that can transform lives in the society and employ individuals. Kwame Jnr led NASPA will liaise with the KMA, Manhyia Palace, Office of the Regional Minister and the Government to launch a business pitch in the metro for NSPs. The winners of the competition will receive grants to materialise their ideas with a monitoring and evaluation team assigned to make sure their ideas are sustainable. Wo mp3 wei na wo p3 de3n?

Policy 4 Miss NASPA Kumasi Metro


Various beauty queens have positively impacted society with their abilities to give back. Miss Malaika, GMB, Miss Ghana are all beauty pageants organised in the country. Through the office of the NASPA Kumasi Metro Women’s Commissioner and in collaboration with the Center for National Culture Kumasi, this beauty pageant will prepare interested females to build their potentials and prepare them for higher contests like the GMB , Miss Malaika et all.

Policy 5 Educational Trips
The service year will be boring if there are no socials to add a touch of relaxation to it. Educational Trips will be organised mostly in the festive seasons to give interested NSPs in the Metro a feel of such recreational areas.

Policy 6 Fast track Biometric Birth Certificate and Passport

Through the office of the NASPA Kumasi Metro executives, biometric birth certificate and passport will be made available to service personnel within the shortest processable time.

Policy 7 NASPA Week Celebration

A fun filled NASPA Week Celebration will be organised this year. Talk of *clean up exercises, health walk and screening, cooking and eating competition, football matches, donations, movie night, glow in the dark party, et all This year, the best is yet to come. Let us vote for Kwame Jnr Essumang No1 on the ballot for NASPA President

Policy 8 Purchasing of Backup Plant for the Secretariat

Issues with uploading details of personal for the timely releasing of the monthly allowance can be heightened when the office faces power outages during working hours. This backup plant will go a long way to assist the secretariat in executing their duties in the best interest of the service personnel in the metro.

Policy 9 See something say something

With the latest exposé on sex for grades scandal by BBC, the NASPA Kumasi Metro will not take chances with “Sex for Upgrades” in the Metro. Through the office of the Women’s Commissioner, a support group will be set to help protect the ladies especially from some of these happenings. So if you See something, say something to protect our ladies.

The above policies are the first ever thing to happen to NASPA. Especially eiwi the business development and awards.

We think if voted for, may change and bring a face for NASPA….

 

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2020 Is Year Of Roads – Says Gov’t

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Government has announced its intention to embark on a massive road construction project in 2020, describing the coming year as “The Year of Roads.”

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, made the announcement in Parliament on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, as he presented the 2020 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Akufo-Addo’s administration.

The announcement comes after days of violent protests in some parts of Ghana over poor road networks.

“Today the cry everywhere in Ghana is about the poor state of our roads. It is an unprecedented cry and it makes you wonder where all the roads in the NDC’s Green Book are,” he bemoaned.

“Mr. Speaker, this is why we are going to focus more on fixing our roads across the country in 2020 and beyond. To get the road sector moving and contractors back to work, government will pay 80% of all contractors,” according to him.

“Mr. Speaker, Ghanaians want action on our roads, not words or plans or Green Book claims about what has been done. We intend to swing into action and let our work do the talking for us,” he added.

He said Government has identified critical roads across each of the 16 regions and construction would begin on all these critical roads soon.

He added that “Cocobod has also secured funds to continue with ongoing and new cocoa roads.”

According to him, work on these roads will also commence soon.

“As part of our new initiative to complement the traditional execution of road projects, we have launched the Accelerated Community Road Improvement Initiative,” he said.

Just this month, he said, the Ministry of Finance released funds to the 48 Engineers Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces, who are busy working on some roads in communities in Greater Accra.

The first phase of the Sinohydro arrangement, he announced, is finally taking off.

“We have also been able to mobilize the financing for over 150 roads nation-wide,” he said.

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