Monday, November 11, 2013

Coach Bob Bradley laments Egypt"s lack of strikers ahead of Ghana clash

Coach Bob Bradley laments Egypt Egypt coach Bob Bradley[/caption]

Egypt coach Bob Bradley is bemoaning the lacking fire power in his team ahead of their World Cup playoff second-leg match against Ghana.

The Pharaohs are in desperate need of goals to turn the seemingly already won ties around on November 19.

Egypt must score five unanswered goals against the Black Stars in order to qualify for their first ever World Cup finals since 1990.

The highly unexpected result is now being compounded with coach Bob Bradley’s admission of lacking strikers in his side.

“I included Shikabala in the Egypt lineup for the Ghana encounter to put stress on the opponent’s defence,” the American trainer said.

“Egypt’s squad suffers a lack of sharp strikers, as Gedo, Amr Zaki and Zidan are away from playing for a long time.”

The Pharaohs will however have to make do of what they have by the time the Black Stars zoom into Cairo for the second-leg clash.

They will begin preparations towards the game to be played at the Air Defence Stadium in Cairo on Tuesday.

Source Ghana Soccer News

Coach Bob Bradley laments Egypt"s lack of strikers ahead of Ghana clash

Kofi Adams: Mahama"s swift dismissal of Victoria Hammah laudable

Kofi Adams: Mahama Kofi Adams[/caption]

The deputy General Secretary of National Democratic Congress Kofi Adams has lauded President Mahama for acting swiftly on the Vikileaks saga.

Kofi Adams in an interview on Breakfast XYZ said the president acted responsibly to restore confidence in his government among Ghanaians.

Mr. Adams however dismissed calls by the NPP USA branch for Victoria Hammah to be arrested over the content of the tape.

“What the NDC party and government have done in this matter is to indicate that anybody who belongs to us or given opportunity to serve in our government must have such primary objective to better the lot of the people he/she is supposed to serve, anything beyond that would not be tolerated”.

“I think that the President has acted swiftly, has acted rightly to send a message to his appointees that whether you mean it or not you may not have to engage in such utterances” Mr. Adams said.

Meanwhile, the executive committee of the Ablekuma West constituency of the NDC has described the swift dismissal of Victoria Hammah as harsh and shocking.

In a statement by the deputy constituency organizer Dickson Lekey “recommended a more sober reflection on the issue so that there can be a fairer and thorough understanding of the matter”.

Kofi Adams: Mahama"s swift dismissal of Victoria Hammah laudable

NPP-USA: Arrest Victoria Hammah

NPP-USA: Arrest Victoria Hammah Victoria Hammah[/caption]

The US branch of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) says dismissed Deputy Communications Minister, Victoria Hammah, must be arrested over her comments that Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister, Nana Oye Lithur, secretly met the Justices that sat on the election petition case before the final verdict was delivered.

Hammah was fired Friday after a secret tape was outted on which a voice resembling hers, was heard hinting that Oye Lithur played a role in the Supreme Court ruling that went in favour of the Respondents in August.

Oye Lithur has denied the allegation in a statement but the NPP-USA believes an “arrest” and “interrogation” of Hammah are in order.

On the leaked tape, the purported voice of Victoria Hammah is also heard vouching to make at least US$1 Million while in politics.

The same voice, together with her interlocutor, also described one of Nana Oye Lithur’s Deputies, Rachel Appoh, as “ugly, unintelligent and egoistic”.

Source XYZ Ghana News

NPP-USA: Arrest Victoria Hammah

Angry Hammah family deny coercing driver to accuse Rachel Appoh

Angry Hammah family deny coercing driver to accuse Rachel Appoh Victoria Hammah[/caption]

The Family of the embattled former deputy Communications Minister, Victoria Hammah is angry at media reports that they coerced the cousin-driver of Miss Hammah to confess to Radio XYZ to having been contracted to record his boss.

Over the weekend, Lawrance Quayson told XYZ News Presidential correspondent, Kwame Danso Acheampong in an exclusive interview at his Dansoman residence that the deputy Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister, Rachel Appoh contracted him to record Victoria Hammah in exchange for a US Visa and 2,000 Ghana cedis.

He revealed in the interview that he had been recording Victoria Hammah for over three months now.

Hours later, a section of the media in Accra reported that Quayson claims he was forced by the family of Victoria Hammah to grant that interview to XYZ News.

But the family of Victoria Hammah is upset with the reports.

Brother of Victoria Hammah, Laud Hammah in an interview with XYZ News on Monday said he was surprised to hear Mr. Quayeson make those allegations on another platform after he wholeheartedly confessed his sins.

Mr. Hammah vehemently denied the allegations adding that no member of his family has attempted to coerce the Mr. Quayeson to accuse anyone or make the statements he made in the earlier interview with Radio XYZ.

Victoria Hammah was sacked on Friday by President Mahama after a leaked tape on which a voice purported to hers claimed that she was going to stay in politics until she made 1 million dollars.

Source XYZ Ghana News

Angry Hammah family deny coercing driver to accuse Rachel Appoh

Friday, November 8, 2013

Prof George Ayittey: Ghana’s Government is broke

Prof George Ayittey: Ghana’s Government is broke Professor George Ayittey[/caption]

Economist Prof George Ayittey says Ghana’s Government is broke.

“We have a Government which is broke. It doesn’t have any savings”, the retired Economist said Thursday.

According to him, “the Government has been borrowing a lot of money. Fitch recently downgraded Ghana bonds from a B+ to a B and we have a situation where the country is drifting and we don’t know where we are going”.

He said while tax revenue and grants amount to Ghc17 billion, recurrent expenditure is Ghc15.5 billion and capital expenditure is Ghc5 billion with arrears and interests of Ghc 4 billion, which mean the Government has no savings. “It’s spending more than its revenue”.

At a press briefing on ‘the state of the Ghanaian economy and proposals to reverse the downward trend’, the retired Professor of Economics at the American University and Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said the Government has inherited a “huge structural deficit problem” coupled with “a scourge of corruption” which are further plunging the country’s economy into the abyss.

He said the President must make difficult political choices in order steer the economy back on track.

Source XYZ Ghana News

Prof George Ayittey: Ghana’s Government is broke

Victoria Hammah"s Cousin leaked her secret tape

Victoria Hammah Victoria Hammah[/caption]

XYZ News can confirm on authority that the Driver, who secretly taped Victoria Hammah’s personal conversations, is a Cousin to the sacked former Deputy Communications Minister.

Victoria Hammah’s brother, Laud Hammah, confirmed the information to XYZ News and said the vickyleaks saga has worsened divisions within the family.

The Driver is currently in the custody of the Bureau of National Investigations.

Laud Hammah said the Driver has not only betrayed Victoria Hammah but the entire Hammah family.

He said the family has discovered that the same Driver has been secretly recording him (Laud) as well as his junior brother Paul Hammah.

He said Victoria Hammah’s story will be told later because it is a far bigger story than what it appears to be.

Victoria Hammah was sacked Friday by President John Mahama after she was heard on the leaked tape saying she will not quit politics until she has bagged US$1million.

She also denigrated Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Rachel Appoh as a “loud, ugly, senseless and egoistic” woman who has always been needlessly fighting her boss Nana Oye Lithur.

Source XYZ Ghana News

Victoria Hammah"s Cousin leaked her secret tape

Victoria Hammah biography

Victoria Hammah biography Victoria Hammah[/caption]

Victoria Hamah is a public spirited women’s rights campaigner with strong background in national politics and a sound record of professional media experience.

A member of the Government Communication Team, Victoria Hamah was a member of the formidable NDC Youth Campaign Team in the 2008 general elections.

A Branch Women’s organiser, she was very instrumental in the 2008 constituency campaign that ensured the capturing of the Parliamentary seat from the then incumbent NPP.

Victoria matches her political life with an outstanding media career that in part accounts for her high level of public recognition. Producer and hostess of Compare the Records a political talk show that interrogates comparatively policy initiatives and developments of the current and immediate past regime. Co-Hostess of the famous Real Talk show on TV3 she is now hostess of Chocolate Factory on Cine Afrik on Multi TV – a talk show that addresses the psychological, emotional and the general conditions that underscore intimate relationships.

Victoria Hamah is Executive Director of The Progressive Organization for Women Advancement (POWA), a Network of public spirited youth dedicated to protection of Women’s Rights as a link to broader social justice causes. POWA has participated in several gender conferences in South Africa, Nigeria and the United States relating to entrepreneurship, Conflict and Wars, refugee crisis, violence against women, HIV / AIDS, Reproductive Health and Poverty.

A former student leader Victoria Hamah was an executive officer of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) with the responsibility as National Women’s Organiser.

Victoria Hamah has several publications in local and international journal and periodicals to her credit, graduated from the University of Ghana in the year 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and currently pursuing Bachelor of Law (LLB) at the University of London. She has also enrolled for a Masters of Arts programme in Human Rights and Global Ethics at Leicester University.

Victoria Hammah biography