|Posted by [email protected] on January 19, 2013 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
The United States is urging Ghanaians to accept the results of Ghana’s recent elections, even though the main opposition challenger for president has not conceded defeat, Agence France-Presse reported.
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According to Ghana’s election commission, 50.7 percent of voters cast their ballots for incumbent president John Dramani Mahama while slightly less than 48 percent of voters chose challenger Nana Akufo-Addo, who came in second, Voice of America reported. Mahama needed to win at least 50 percent of the vote to avoid a run-off.
However, Akufo-Addo’s party alleges that electoral workers conspired to rig the votes, Reuters reported. Hundreds of NPP supporters protested in front of the election commission building on Sunday until the police broke up the demonstration with tear gas.
According to VOA:
Akufo-Addo said Monday that his New Patriotic Party is compiling data from polling stations before deciding on how to precede.
International observers described the vote as transparent and peaceful, VOA reported.
"The United States congratulates President John Dramani Mahama and the people of Ghana for the successful election on December 7," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement, the AFP reported.
"This is the sixth successful presidential and parliamentary election since 1992, and further demonstrates the people of Ghana's commitment to democracy and the rule of law,” he continued. “The United States encourages all parties to accept the results and to use the appropriate legal processes to resolve any electoral disputes."
|Posted by [email protected] on January 19, 2013 at 11:50 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by [email protected] on January 19, 2013 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
10. You trust her
You have had difficulty trusting women your whole life. Then one day, you realize that you can trust the woman standing beside you. For the first time in your life, you don't think twice about opening up about personal matters or letting her take care of important objects; you know that you can turn your back to her and not worry. You even want to introduce her to your friends and family.
9. She gets along with your friends
She meets your friends one by one, and you get the eerie impression that she likes them and could actually get along with them. Better yet, she understands and encourages you to spend time with them and have your own life.
8. She has fun with your crazy family
You cringe at the thought of her meeting grandpa Joe and hearing about his sordid tales... but when the big day comes, you realize that she actually finds his stories funny. She seems to care for your parents and likes your siblings. She loves your friends and family.
7. You forget your friends
You always chose hanging out with the boys first and the girlfriend second, only now, playing pool and having some drinks with your buds isn't as interesting as it used to be. You prefer to see her and pass up the friends.
6. You forget about your ex
You've been thinking about the ex-girlfriend for some time now, until you meet the goddess that is her. From the time you first laid eyes on her, you seem to have finally turned a new page. You still look at other women, but it's just "looking".
5. You get mad when others debase her
Whether it's your friends, family or some stranger, you get irritated when people say mean things about your woman. You contemplate smashing their skulls, but opt to make them eat their words instead.
4. Chemical balance
You have so much chemistry oozing between the two of you that you have no choice but to give into temptation. She is on your mind at all times, and every time you go shopping alone, you end up buying her something. You can stare at one another and not say anything for hours; you have achieved "the comfortable silence".
3. You ask yourself where she has been all your life
She wants to know all about you -- the good and the bad -- and is not turned off by the latter. You envision yourself married to her and wonder what your kids would look like. While this thought would have made you nauseous years ago, it now brings a smile to your face.
2. You treat her
Your idea of cooking may have been delivery or microwave meals, but suddenly you'd love to fix up a five-course meal for her, serve her, wine and dine her, and then take her in your arms. You were once a cheapskate, but now spend all your discretionary income on her. You even clean your pad when you know she's coming over.
1. You find yourself unable to concentrate
Being productive at work has become increasingly difficult, listening attentively in class is a daunting task, and all you can think about is when you will see her next. As pathetic as it may be, you cannot wait to see her again, and you even consider calling her to let her know just that.
|Posted by [email protected] on November 12, 2012 at 2:40 AM||comments (0)|
(CNN) -- Taken at face value, a Barack Obama presidency should be a big deal for Africa.
On Election Day I attended an all-nighter organized in Lagos by the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to celebrate America's democracy. Two large screens relayed CNN's coverage while a succession of speakers -- including a recently re-elected Nigerian governor -- took to the stage to reflect on America and its democratic ideals.
Outside the hall sat a mock polling booth, where guests filled a ballot paper and dropped it in a box, watched over by life-size cardboard cut-outs of the two contenders.
In the early hours of the morning the results were tallied and announced. Obama took 219 Nigerian votes, to Mitt Romney's 30.
A friend standing with me when the results were announced couldn't help wondering aloud who those 30 people were who had chosen Romney over Obama.
As I pointed out in a recent CNN piece, Nigerians, like the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, have an "instinctive fondness" for Mr. Obama, and for an obvious reason: he is a "son" of the continent -- his father was born in Kenya; his grandmother still lives there.
Just before I left the event, a friend observed that he still hadn't found a single Nigerian who could point to any reason why they were rooting for Obama, beyond his African roots.
That obsession with Obama appears to obscure the fact that his predecessor -- the white, Republican George W. Bush -- demonstrated a more obvious commitment to the continent during his first presidential term.
In 2003, a few months after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Bush signed into law a bill establishing the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in fulfilment of a promise made during his State of the Union Address earlier that year.
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Under the terms of the plan, Bush pledged $15 billion towards fighting HIV/AIDS. In 2008 he renewed the commitment for another five years.
Before him, President Bill Clinton -- honored by the Congressional Black Caucus, months after he left office, as America's "first Black President" -- created the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), a landmark piece of legislation that opened up American markets to African countries.
Obama, on the other hand, has demonstrated what has been interpreted as a studied detachment towards sub-Saharan Africa. His only visit in his first four years, to Ghana in 2009, lasted less than 24 hours.
Dr. Folarin Gbadebo-Smith, Director of the Lagos-based Centre for Public Policy Analysis, argues that Obama is in a "conflicted position" -- compelled to exercise caution in his engagement with Africa "for fear that such a position will become ammunition in the hands of the lunatic right, Tea Party types and those who insist he is not an American and is really a Muslim."
But if the affection of the continent towards Mr. Obama -- at an all time high in 2008 when he first took office -- has cooled in the last few years (ostensibly as a response to his perceived nonchalance), his re-election appears to have reawakened the enthusiasm.
"We look forward to the deepening of relations between our two countries during your second term in office," Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki said in a congratulatory message. From Nigeria came a message by a presidential spokesperson, saying "President Jonathan looks forward to continuing to build on Nigeria and Africa's developmental collaboration with the United States in the next four years."
With the pressure of re-election now gone, Smith says "the second term would be a more opportune time for Obama to work with Africa."
While Michelle Obama visited the continent in 2011, the least that many Africans will be expecting from Obama during his second term would be a powerfully symbolic visit of his own to Africa.
But that trip, if it ever happens, would be the easiest of the Africa-focused tasks in the Oval Office in-tray. And it would also do little to clarify the monumental complexity of dealing with a rapidly changing African landscape.
For one, there's China's aggressive engagement with the continent, which appears to be happening at the expense of countries like America.
In 2009, Obama's first year in office, China overtook America as Africa's largest trading partner. America's discomfiture with that state of affairs bubbled to the surface most recently last August, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during a visit to Senegal, lamented that "the days of having outsiders come and extract the wealth of Africa for themselves, leaving nothing or very little behind, should be over in the 21st century."
There is also the aftermath of the Arab Spring. The murder of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya is evidence of how much things have changed in the region in the last two years.
And then there is the rise of extremist Islam in West Africa. In January 2009, Hillary Clinton told a U.S. Senate committee that "combating al Qaeda's efforts to seek safe havens in failed states in the Horn of Africa" would be a key part of America's Africa policy.
The years since then have seen the rise of Boko Haram in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, and of extremists in Northern Mali.
Last June, the White House unveiled a new sub-Saharan Africa strategy built around four "objectives": Democracy, Trade & Investment, Peace & Security, and Development. But it remains to be seen whether Obama will unveil an Africa project on a scale comparable to AGOA and PEPFAR.
Not that he is obliged to, anyway.
And with the American economy still in dire straits, and requiring full time attention, he is unlikely to get much backslapping at home for expending his energy on matters that have no direct bearing on America's near future.
|Posted by [email protected] on November 11, 2012 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, the first responders and the people of Ghana during this tragedy," a statement issued by the Embassy said. It said the Embassy had provided a 40 KV mobile generator with two 250 watts metal highlight lights to assist National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) personnel in their continuing efforts to locate and extract the remaining victims of the collapsed building. Nine people have so far been confirmed dead in Wednesday morning's disaster when the five-storey building collapsed. Mr Prince Billy Anaglate, Deputy Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Fire Service (GNFS), said 76 people had been rescued from the ruins of the building.
Meanwhile, a nine-man Israeli rescue mission yesterday joined the Ghanaian team at the disaster site to assist in locating and extracting any remaining survivors. The team, whose plane landed at 13:37 hours yesterday, was briefed by some Ghanaian officials at the site.
President John Dramani Mahama accepted an offer from Israel to help locate and extract any remaining survivors in the collapsed Melcom shopping mall disaster. A statement yesterday signed by Mr John Jinapor, Presidential Spokesperson, said the Israeli team would be working in close collaboration with the detachment from the Field Engineer Regiment of the Ghana Army currently at the site.
The rescue team includes the Field Engineer Regiment, GNFS, NADMO and other emergency institutions, including the Ghana Police and the National Ambulance Service.
Mr. Jinapor said the team would make an initial assessment of the site using special equipment and sniffer dogs that would help identify the locations of possible survivors or corpses. An additional team of about 150 with additional equipment including field hospitals, concrete cutters among others are on standby to move to Ghana should the initial assessment deem it necessary.
President Mahama on Wednesday suspended his campaign tour to the Upper East Region and flew to Accra following news of the collapsed building. Candidates of the other parties have also suspended their campaigns.
|Posted by [email protected] on September 4, 2012 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
Former president J.A Kufour is calling on the EC to create a fair and balanced atmosphere for the conduct of election 2012.
The Electoral Commission has come under a barrage of criticism from various interest groups including leading opposition party members, over the decision to create 45 new constitutions ahead of the December elections.
Members of the Minority in Parliament on Monday walked out during deliberations on the first of the mandatory 21 sitting days required for the maturation of the Legislative Instrument (L.I77) giving legal backing for the creation of the new constituencies.
Addressing a cross-section of the youth from around the country at a three day workshop organized by his foundation, the J.A Kufour Foundation in collaboration with the International Republic Institute, Mr. Kufour noted that any lack of fairness to parties contesting in the 2012 elections, could spark unnecessary tension and violent acts for the country.
The former President noted that “the national constitution says the Electoral Commission must be independent of the Executive, independent of the legislature and independent everybody. So the referee will there as somebody who is there to see to the success of the process from the beginning to the end".
“If we will have peaceful elections this year, it will depend on how the referee conducts itself above all”, Mr. Kufuor stressed.
He urged the participants to take advantage of the opportunities the Foundation presents to them, and learn more about leadership in order to influence their peers on campuses in other parts of the country.
|Posted by [email protected] on July 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
Tuareg silver is the most luxurious jewelry worn in most West African countries. Many Tuareg people who can afford to wear it will save it for only the most special occasions. The Tuareg people of the Sahara wear jewelry made out of this silver as an indicator of wealth, position, and origin. The highly esteemed Tuareg silversmiths create a wide array of jewelry objects that all tie together using the traditional berber markings that you will see on most of the Tuareg jewelry sold at Africa Imports. These etchings are clean cut, concise, geometrical and repeated over and over again through all of the Tuareg silver. In much of Islamic culture, realistic images are considered to be sacrilegious; hence the geometric patterns. The markings stand for ancient blessings of good fortune and symbols of protection for the wearer. This jewelry is so sophisticated and stylish, yet so full of African meaning. Tuareg silver itself is an alloy of silver and copper, which gives it a brilliant golden tone. This is not a sterling silver, and is sometimes made from silver dollars that have been melted. Click on the Tuareg Silver picture above to see all of Africa Imports Tuareg jewelry.
|Posted by [email protected] on January 13, 2012 at 2:40 AM||comments (0)|
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|Posted by [email protected] on January 13, 2012 at 2:35 AM||comments (0)|
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|Posted by [email protected] on September 30, 2011 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
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|Posted by [email protected] on September 25, 2011 at 5:45 PM||comments (0)|
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|Posted by [email protected] on September 24, 2011 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
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|Posted by [email protected] on September 24, 2011 at 10:50 AM||comments (0)|
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