Eazzy to release new album on iTunes

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Eazzy to release new album on iTunes
These days more Ghanaian musicians are now into releasing their albums on iTunes, instead of depending on making sales from only the sale of physical copies of their albums.

According to StarrFMOnline ; ‘Emergency’ star, Eazzy, is set to release her brand new album on iTunes on Dec 1, 2014.

The singer is determined to keep the contents of the album a secret although it is expected that her collaborative efforts on “Emergency” with Stonebwoy and EL on “Sometin Lost” will make it on the list.

The iTunes-album-release is fronted by Africori, a UK based music Distribution Company.

Eazzy is also working hard on two music videos she will release that same day.

EnterGhana | Eazzy to release new album on iTunes

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AFRICAN LEADERS ARE NOT DOING ENOUGH — KNUST POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURER

African-Union  As Africa marks A.U. Day, a Political Science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has advised leaders to strengthen and champion democracy on the continent.
Mr. Mohammed Abass believes democracy is the way forward towards achieving peace and stability on the continent which is part of the core mandates for the establishment of the A.U.
Speaking in an interview with David Apinga on Focus FM, the lecturer articulated that, “a lot has been achieved in liberating the continent from colonial rule and the level of development in the areas of education and health is worth celebrating”.
He however opines that, “the real challenge is how we can institutionalise our democracy which we are struggling to achieve including Ghana; we keep referring to Ghana’s democracy as an infant one. Instead of talking about peace and stability, we should talk about democracy which is the instrument that can actually give us this peace and stability”.
Mr. Abass thinks African leaders should do more to help their countries and questions what they have been able to achieve after the strides of the forefathers who established the organisation.
“that is where if u reflect on, then of course we can’t raise our heads high, the challenges are enormous and efforts do not match up,” he lamented.
He also counselled all and sundry to play active roles in helping African leaders to solve the enormous problems faced by the continent adding that, “in our case so many things has to be done simultaneously; democracy, at the same time economic development, liberating our people from self imposed slavery, poverty etc. Ours is quite involving and the leaders need help from civil society, international community so that together we can make progress”.

By David Apinga, Focus FM, KNUST, Kumasi

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KATANGA HALL MEMBERS WITHDRAW CASE FROM COURT

The plaintiffs in the case involving the failure of KATANGA

Hall to vote in the just ended SRC elections have agreed to discontinue the legal case against the SRC and its Electoral commission.

In a letter dated May 10, 2012 copied to Focus fm, signed by the Registrar of the Kumasi Circuit Court, it states that the Plaintiffs: Odame Sarpong, Chairman of the KATANGA Hall Judicial Committee; Amofa Kofi Atta, an affiliate of KATANGA Hall; and Ato Assan Jnr, also an affiliate of the KATANGA Hall have decided to discontinue the suit filed against the Defendants: Students Representative Council (SRC); and the Electoral Commission of the SRC.

Responding to issues leading to the withdrawal in an interview with Bernard Buachi on Focus fm, the SRC President, Mr Philemon Laar noted that, “it is time to think about the solidarity of the student front and this is not a victory for the plaintiffs nor the SRC but a victory of common sense which tells us to solidify the student front and be united than ever before.”

The SRC President also advised the new executives to comply with the SRC constitution and always champion the welfare of students.

Meanwhile the Chairman of the KATANGA Hall Judicial Committee, Odame Sarpong, tells Focus News , there will be no further arbitrations but still believes the SRC constitution has been breached by the SRC EC in refusing first year KATANGEES from voting.

According to him, they decided to withdraw the case because of the consequences in delaying the handing over and for the interest of the greater student body advising that, “students of the university are intelligent and should not be taken for granted. When you try to put in your own personal interest and gains ahead of the constitution that you have sworn to defend, then you should know that, there are people there who will not take it and will always take the matter up.”

By David Apinga, Focus FM, KNUST, Kumasi

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RESEARCHERS CALL FOR THE PROTECTION OF ‘VANISHING’ FROG SPECIES IN GHANA

The theme permeating all presentations at this year’s ‘Save the Frogs Day’ at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is the need for the protection of endangered amphibian species, some of which are only found in Ghana.

The programme took place on April 28, 2012 and was celebrated simultaneously by 36 countries worldwide.

Organised by Save the Frogs International, a non-governmental organisation, the Vice President, Jonathan Toursan, enunciated that the organisation was founded to solve the global environmental problem of amphibian extinction. He says amphibians are important bio-indicators which need to be protected and cautioned against the use of Atrasine which destroys the existence of frogs.

In a speech about endangered frog species in Ghana, Co-founder and Executive Director of Save the Frogs Ghana, Mr. Gilbert Adum, emphasised the need to protect amphibians especially frogs. He added that, “globally 2000 amphibian species are threatened with extinction and it has been estimated that 32% of Ghana’s amphibians may not survive this century”.

The Ecologist noted that 5 endemic species of frogs are recorded to exist only in Ghana and cautioned against the destruction of the Atiwa Forest which has the Togo Slippery Frog , the closest relative to the largest frog in the world. Save the Frogs Ghana is therefore appealing to government to convert the Atiwa Forest into a national park.

“It is called the Togo Slippery Frog and the largest population in the whole world is found at the Atiwa Hills. Now, they are trying to mine the place for bauxite which will lead to the loss of these frogs. We have collected signatures of over 200 people and will have presentations at the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and Forestry Commission. We want them to understand that, it is important to create Atiwa Forest into a national park,” the Frog expert added.

The Chairman for the Board of Directors, Save the Frogs Ghana, Prof. William Oduro also stated that KNUST has started the movement to protect frogs and their habitat. He says the long term goal is to affect positive change in policies that will be beneficial to the environment and humans. He was however quick to add that the main challenge of the organisation has been with the mindset of some Ghanaians in accepting the importance of frogs and conserving their habitat.

In some parts of the Northern Region, frogs are harvested for food and serves as a source of income to the hunters. As parts of efforts to discourage over harvesting of these frogs, Save the Frogs Ghana is embarking on a bee – keeping training programme to provide alternative livelihood for these people.

The Bee – keeping Trainer for the organisation, Ms Jacqueline Kumadoh, disclosed that the programme has already started in the Northern Region and in Atiwa and will soon be expanded to other areas.

 

By David Apinga, Focus FM, KNUST, Kumasi

awintida@scientist.com

 

GRASAG THREATENS YABRε DEMO OVER UNPAID THESIS AND BURSARIES GRANT

The Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) has expressed anger about the failure of government to pay thesis and bursary grant to members of the association and has thus hinted on a nationwide demonstration if the issue is not resolved.

GRASAG said while it is grateful to the government for the 100 percent increase this year, members wish to register their displeasure about the delay in releasing the money.

The thesis and bursary grant is a fund allocated by government to lessen the financial burden of post – graduate students in the country but the association has questioned if the objective is being achieved, as most students struggle to complete their projects due to the recurring delay in the payment of the grant over the years.

At a press conference held at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi on Thursday April 27, the National President of GRASAG, Dr. Samuel Bert Boadi – Kusi noted that GRASAG has engaged in several dialogue and negotiations which have all proved futile and contrary to the assurance by the Minister of State in charge of scholarships at the Office of the President, Hon.  Kwadjo T. Likpalimor, that the payment will be made by Friday April 20, 2012; the monies have still not been released.

He explained that the academic year of the public universities in Ghana ends by May, 2012 and the late arrival of the money hampers the research work undertaken by the students.

“It has a lot of serious implications for the graduate student. Some go to the extent of having to borrow monies in order to collect data from the field. If we are interested in nation building, we need to invest in the graduate student and the quality of research,” Dr. Boadi – Kusi added.

According to the GRASAG President, they have been left with no choice than to speak the only language which government understands.

“GRASAG hereby serves notice of its intended plan of action emanating from an emergency senate meeting as follows:  2nd May 2012, we will have a final press interaction on the matter; 7th May 2012, a demonstration to be staged in Accra which will be entitled “ YABRε DEMONSTRATION”. Until the thesis and bursary grants are paid, we will not relent in our efforts to use every legitimate means at our disposal to get what is due us”.

By David Apinga, Focus FM, KNUST, Kumasi

GOVERNMENT MUST SET UP POLICY FRAMEWORK TO BRIDGE GAP BETWEEN ACADEMIA AND INDUSTRY

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The subject matter permeating all presentations at a seminar and job fair organised by the School of Business at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is the need for an effective collaboration between academia and the corporate world.

The fair was held on March 1, 2012 at the campus of the KNUST as part of the 6TH Annual Business Week of the School on the theme: “Bridging the gap between Academia, Industry and Government”.

Addressing participants at the programme, the Managing Director of Barclays Bank Ghana Ltd, Mr. Benjamin Debrah, noted the need for government as major stakeholders to provide a policy framework for the educational sector which will target areas steering the economy.

“Too often policy is geared towards the sectors that the government will like to develop as supposed to sectors driving the economy. For example, recent Gross Domestic Product figures suggest that services sector is of growing importance. Have we revised our education policy to reflect this? ” he questioned.

The banking mogul also emphasised the need for government to encourage industry players to create linkage with academia by providing incentives such as tax reduction.

“If the money I give for research for instance is treated as tax deductible when I declare my results, it will encourage me to do more than I currently do,” Mr. Debrah added.

The Managing Director also acknowledged the inability of research conducted by the universities to meet industry problems. He therefore proposed a system that should be instituted for lecturers to take jobs in industries during sabbatical to keep them abreast of industry problems.

“When lecturers take sabbatical, they go to universities in other countries to teach; what about taking a sabbatical and going into the industry to actually learn the needs of industry so that you can reflect that in your teaching work,” he advised.

Presenting a speech on the role of academia, the Provost of the College of Arts and Social Sciences, Prof. S.K. Afrane, admitted the need for the universities to be dynamic in order to meet changing trends of the modern corporate world.

The professor is therefore calling for the review of academic curricula of business schools in Ghana.

“I propose that, curriculum of business schools should be redesigned to make a large number of students practical entrepreneurs. There should be a shift from head knowledge to more use of hands”.

By David Apinga, Focus FM, KNUST, Kumasi

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2ND INTERNATIONAL OPEN ACCESS CONFERENCE LAUNCHED IN KNUST

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BioMed Central in partnership with Computer Aid Foundation have organised a two- day Open Access Africa Conference at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

Currently, Sub- Saharan Africa remains the least developed region of the world in the area of research. This is partly attributed to inability of research centres in developing countries to pay for the high cost of online journal access as well as subscriptions to print versions.

It is in this regard that BioMed Central, a UK based open access publisher has launched a campaign to address this problem in ensuring the widespread dissemination of scientific research with a set of initiatives designed to encourage African researchers to publish their work in open access journals.

Through Open Access, users will have no subscription barriers to journals and full advantage of the internet can be utilised to allow universal access to these journals.

Launching the programme on October 24, 2011, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. William Otoo Ellis in a speech, noted that avenues to make information available without charges for African researchers are a good initiative.

“Therefore any platform that makes available scientific information for sharing must be supported. In this respect , Open Access to research information that enables the immediate and permanent dissemination of online full-text articles and the archiving of scientific research results for all to read and use, free of charge with benefits of lower costs, greater accessibility and better prospects for long-term preservation of scholarly works must be fully embraced,” he added.

In an interview with Focus Fm’s David Apinga, the Head of Marketing and Digital Sales at BioMed Central, Carrie Calder said, “the aim of Biomed Central is to promote scientific research information access in Africa. The traditional module for scientific literature means people have to pay to get the content of such information and it is not everybody that can afford to pay to access information that they need. Biomed Central is therefore using Open Access to publish information and make access free for users in Africa”.

The conference is targeted at researchers, librarians and scientists all over the world and hosted by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, the only university in Ghana with open access institutional repository and the first African foundational member of BioMed Central.

 

By  David Apinga, Focus FM, KNUST, Kumasi.

awintida@scientist.com

 

VODAFONE LAUNCHES ULTRA MODERN INTERNET FACILITY IN KNUST

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Telecommunication giant Vodafone has commissioned its first ultra modern campus cafe with one of the best internet speeds in Africa on the campus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

Commissioning the facility, Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Ghana, Kyle Whitehill said his organisation believes that education is the key to Ghana’s future. The internet cafe is therefore tailored to meet the needs of users and enhance collaborative learning and research so as to build the capacity of individuals in the area of education.

He stressed that, “we are very confident that this facility will meet your every educational and lifestyle need. We believe that it will improve the quality of teaching, learning and research in this university, while catering for the needs of customers in the region as well”.

The cafe which promises to bring the best Vodafone 3G experience has a 200 plus seating capacity with more than 150 seats slated for WiFi users,  a 38 user section ideal for group work that requires access to online research and 5 round tables for one-on-one discussions.

According to the Chief Executive, Vodafone also believes in providing equal opportunities for all and encouraged female students to build their curiosity in engineering. In relation to that, six brilliant female students from the College of Engineering were provided scholarships.

The Vice Chancellor of KNUST, Prof. William Otoo Ellis expressed his gratitude to Vodafone for building one of the biggest internet facilities on the continent on the campus of KNUST.

He also thanked Vodafone for providing scholarships worth Gh¢ 6,000 to students during the just ended 45th Congregation of the KNUST and for supporting students with bursaries and laptops.

 

By David Apinga, Focus FM, KNUST, Kumasi.

awintida@scientist.com

GHANA TO RECORD TRADE SURPLUS 1ST TIME IN 20 YEARS

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The Rector of West End University, Prof. Kodwo Ewusi has predicted a trade surplus for the country by the end of 2011.

In a keynote address on the problems of middle income status of a nation, Prof. Ewusi said, “Ghana for the first time in 20 years will record a trade surplus”.

He was speaking at the 1st Annual Economics Conference at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology on the theme: Expectations for Ghana as a middle income economy.

The former director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) noted that most sectors are contributing positively to the economy.

He cited the Cocoa Marketing Board’s announcement that cocoa production this year will hit a target of 1 million tonnes.  According to the Economist, gold production is also increasing at a fast pace and he believes increase in income has resulted in the rise of activities in the financial and insurance sectors.

The Professor opines that the impact of oil production will be felt strongly in the export sector. This he believes in combination with the increase in other sectors will propel the country to record a trade surplus by the end of the year.

 

By David Apinga, Focus FM, KNUST, Kumasi.

awintida@scientist.com

 

 

GHANA TO ATTAIN PER CAPITA INCOME OF $4800 BY 2015

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A former director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) has projected that Ghana will achieve a real per capita income of $4800 by the year 2015.

Delivering a keynote address, Prof. Kodwo Ewusi said by exceeding $4000, Ghana will become a true middle income country. The Rector of West End University College was speaking at the 1st Annual Economics Conference at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology on September 19, 2011.

He explains that according to World Bank figures in 2010 for classification, middle income nations have been grouped from $1006 to $3975; $3976 to $6285 and $6286 to $12785. This represents lower middle income, middle-middle income and upper middle income respectively.

Ghana currently falls under lower middle income and he believes the production of oil will propel the nation into middle-middle income status by the next four years.

“Because of the oil, Ghana is going to be a true middle – middle income nation by the year 2015. If oil did not come in, Ghana will remain in the lower middle income for a long time,” he reiterated.

Prof. Ewusi also noted that Ghana will achieve the 1st Millennium Development Goal of reducing poverty by 50%. He however stated that Ghana must pursue the objective of reducing the poverty rate to less than 9%.

He said, “Ghana is slated to achieve the millennium goal by reducing the poverty rate from 56% in 2000 to 26% in 2015. Poverty rate reduced to 28% in 2008 but we do not have to be alluded in complacency. With oil, I will recommend that the government should target to reduce the poverty rate to a single digit by the year 2020 because even at the present rate of  28%, 7 million Ghanaians are desperately poor and population will still cause people to be poor even at a poverty rate of 10%”.

By David Apinga, Focus FM, KNUST, Kumasi.

awintida@scientist.com