Comedian ‘Nkɔmɔdɛ’ has died

Ghanaian Comedian Yaw Donkor, popularly known as Nkɔmɔdɛ has died.

Sources close to the family disclosed to that the comedian died at the Tema General Hospital around 11:15 am of liver failure, Friday.

He was bed-ridden and had suffered kidney, liver and bladder problems in the past.

He left Ghana for London in 2002 when he was at the peak of his career. There had been reports that he had been jailed in London for cocaine related issues but he refuted those claims. He said he owed some people some amount of money but he had sorted them out.

He later returned to Ghana and starred in a few movies before his unfortunate demise.

He won the Key Soap Concert Party Champion of Champions competition for three consecutive years.

Nkɔmɔdɛ defeated local comedian Kwadjo Buabeng also known as Bob Okala in 1996, to win it for the first time.

He beat another comedian called ‘Original 32’ to win the ‘Champion of Champions’ for the second time in 1997 and beat Agya Koo known as Kofi Adu, the third time.

Akosombo dam faces shutdown

The water level in the dam as of Friday, Dec. 11 stood at 243.55ft

The easing electricity crisis in the country may relapse as the Akosombo hydro generating plant faces a possible shutdown due to a drastic drop in the water level.

Water levels in the Volta Lake which supplies the dam keeps dropping drastically due to the harmattan season. As of Friday, December 11, the water level in the dam stood at 243.55 feet and a further drop of 3.55 feet will mean a total shutdown of the plant.

The minimum operating water level for the dam is 240ft, and at this level, authorities are required to shut the turbines to save the plant, TV3’s Odelia Ntiamoah Boampong reports.

A shutdown of the turbines could compound the electricity crisis which Ghanaians have been looking forward to it to ease, especially as they prepare for Christmas.

Meanwhile, the Power Minister, Dr Kwabena Donkor has assured Ghanaians the current load shedding would be over by the end of December due to the various interventions on the ground but many Ghanaians doubt that could happen.

The dam experienced its maximum water levels of 276.41 on November 2, 1974 and the lowest water level ever recorded was 235.76ft June 12, 1984. The Akosombo dam has been a major source of electricity power for the country over the last four decades.

Ghana’s generation mix now has 52 per cent hydro, 36 per cent thermal and 0.1 per cent solar. Independent Power Producers generate 12 per cent of thermal power.


Student dies from allegedly falling off a building at All Nations University

Student dies from allegedly falling off a building at All Nations University

A first year student of the All Nations University in Koforidua was found dead Wednesday morning at a unisex hostel on the school’s main campus, with claims he fell from the three-storey building.

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Ghana is not as corrupt as purported – Mahama

Ghana is not as corrupt as purported - Mahama

President John Mahama has chided the opposition and government critics for deliberately ‘distorting’ Transparency International’s report on corruption perception which allegedly ranked Ghana as second most corrupt in Africa.

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Gov’t pays journalists to focus on NPP crisis – Blay

Freddie Blay

The New Patriotic Party is claiming some journalists have been paid whopping sums of money by the John Mahama administration to keep their focus on the internal happenings of the NPP, as opposed to bad governance the people have been subjected to under the seven-year rule of the NDC government.

The acting Chairman of the NPP, Mr. Freddie Blay, made these comments at a press conference held at the NPP headquarters on Friday, to denounce what it claimed “the State-sponsored attacks on the New Patriotic Party”, in the wake of the dawn raid at the party’s headquarters on Monday, November 23.

According to the NPP Chairman, instead of the media focusing its attention on the incompetent Mahama administration, which has brought in its wake worsening economic hardships, rising levels of unemployment, high cost of living, a rapidly depreciating currency, ‘dumsor’, low business and consumer confidence in the economy, and growing levels of despondency amongst the populace, the media, surprisingly, has its focus rather on the opposition.

“These times, however, some journalists, by no means all, are paid to abandon their ethics and adopt a culture of silence over the way our country is being incompetently managed, keeping their attention rather on making the opposition unduly unpopular,” he said.

To President Mahama, Blay urged him to focus his energies on solving the myriad of problems he had placed on the people of Ghana, as opposed to his constant fixation on the NPP.

“The country is faced with serious challenges. We will suggest that President Mahama and his people redirect their energies towards at least attempting to confront those challenges. Hiring hoodlums, sending armed men, using state security apparatus to harass, intimidate, and provoke reprisal attacks is cheap, archaic and unimaginative!” he stressed.

“The NPP grossly deplores and condemns these crude tactics by powerful people of the State to create a constant state of diversion from the mountain of problems facing the country. We call on the good people of Ghana to join us to resist these growing threats to our democracy by the forces of darkness.”

To the State security agencies, including the Military high command, the Ghana Police Service and the Office of National Security, the NPP Chairman urged these institutions to conduct full-scale investigations into how and why and under whose authorization their own forces were involved in an attack on the offices of the opposition.

“The investigations must be conducted professionally, transparently, and without political interference or bias. Anyone who participated in the planning and execution of this attack must be held accountable. We must end this here, today,” he added.

Meanwhile, the police and the military have denied any involvement in the raid at the party’s headquarters.

Source: Ghana/

26 new HIV infections occur every hour – Report

The number of adolescent deaths from AIDS has tripled over the last 15 years, according to new data released today by UNICEF.

AIDS is the number one cause of death among adolescents in Africa and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally.

Among HIV-affected populations, adolescents are the only group for which the mortality figures are not decreasing.

In sub-Saharan Africa, the region with the highest prevalence, girls are vastly more affected, accounting for 7 in 10 new infections among 15-19 year olds.
However, among adolescents in that age group in the region, just over 1 in 10 are tested for HIV.

“It is critical that young people who are HIV-positive have access to treatment, care and support,” said Craig McClure, head of UNICEF’s global HIV/AIDS programmes, at the Critical Thinking Forum in Johannesburg today. “At the same time, those who are HIV-negative must have access to the knowledge and means to help them to stay that way.”

According to the data in UNICEF’s Statistical Update on Children, Adolescents and AIDS, less than half of children under 2 months old are tested for HIV. Only 1 in 3 of the 2.6 million children under the age of 15 living with HIV are on treatment.

The new data states that most adolescents who die of AIDS-related illnesses acquired HIV when they were infants, 10 to 15 years ago, when fewer pregnant women and mothers living with HIV received antiretroviral medicines to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. These children have survived into their teenage years, sometimes without knowing their HIV status.

However, since 2000, nearly 1.3 million new infections among children have been averted, largely due to advances in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

By 2014, 3 in 5 pregnant women living with HIV received anti-retroviral treatment to prevent transmission of the virus to their babies. This has translated into a 60 per cent reduction in AIDS-related deaths among children under 4 years of age since 2000. These efforts to eliminate mother-to-child transmission will help to change the course of the epidemic for the next generation of adolescents.

The data reveal that currently among adolescents (15-19):

• 26 new infections occur every hour; and

• About half of those living with HIV are in just six countries: South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, India, Mozambique and Tanzania.

Source: Starrfm Online

Mahama knows his running mate – Boamah

As groups within the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) lobby John Mahama to pick their preferred choice as a running mate, Communications Minister said the president has already settled on one.

Dr Edward Omane Boamah in a Facebook post said Mahama’s “mind is clear on his choice of a running mate for the 2016 general elections.”

A group of supporters of the NDC Thursday issued a statement to Mahama to select foreign affairs minister Hanna Tetteh as his running-mate for the 2016 elections.

According to the group, the Awutu Senya West MP will make a better vice president for the country than Kwesi Amissah-Arthur. The call comes on the back of a similar one by a group from the Volta region pushing for the candidacy of Speaker of Parliament Doe Adjaho for the veep slot.

According to Dr Boamah, Mahama will name his running mate when he meets the Council of Elders of the “great NDC Party and the National Executive Committee.”
Mahama was endorsed as the presidential candidate of the NDC last weekend after garnering 95% of the total votes cast.

Great rapport
It will be recalled that in October, Mahama said in a Radio Ghana interview that he enjoys “working with my Vice President. As head of the Economic Planning Committee, my Vice has initiated many policy interventions to keep this country running.

“He is also good in the day-to-day running of the state anytime I’m out of the country performing functions as the head of the ECOWAS or on an official mission for the country. Mr. Amissah Arthur really takes care of everything,” Mahama told the host Emmanuel Essel, Monday.

When asked if he will maintain Amissah-Arthur as his running mate for the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections, Mahama replied: “I think it is too early to mention my running mate even before I get elected.”

When pressed further about it, he said: “I know who he would be.”

Source: Ghana/