Tech News Summaries for October 22, 2020
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AASU condemns attack on Nigerian protestors as continent marks Human Rights Day
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AASU condemns attack on Nigerian protestors as continent marks Human Rights Day


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In a press statement issued by the Secretary-General, Peter Kwasi KODJIE, to commemorate the African Human Rights Day today, he called on the Nigerian government to bring the police and military antagonism against demonstrators to an immediate end.
He said, "On this day, we remind ourselves as a Continent, our various engagements to ensure that all people can gain equality, dignity and freedom. Today, as we commemorate Human Rights Day in Africa, the situation of African students and youth remain grim. We could say that it is arguably the most challenging period in the realisation of human rights".
"Human rights in Nigeria is under attack by a government-mandated to protect its people. Police brutality and military antagonism have become the order of the day in recent times in that country, resulting in several lives being perished and many others sustaining injuries. Institutions that are supposed to be guardians of the people have now become warriors ending lives at will. We the students of Africa use this medium to tell the Nigerian government that its response towards peaceful demonstrations is heinous, heavy-handed and uneven, acts uncharacteristically of a supposed guardian".


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Opinion: Change Akufo-Addo in December or suffer the consequences
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Opinion: Change Akufo-Addo in December or suffer the consequences


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From 7th January 2017 when Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo took over the reins of political leadership in the country key State and Public Institutions and Agencies that hitherto collaborated and worked for the common good of Ghana and Ghanaians suddenly became compromised and bastardized, and no longer acted to uphold the national public interests, and rather started pursuing and promoting parochial interests of NPP members and NPP party interests.
Suddenly the ranks and upper echelons of the Security Services had been infiltrated by rabid vigilante surrogates of NPP whose loyalty was first and foremost to Nana Akufo-Addo and NPP. Ghana's State and Public institutions had become hijacked and taken over by NPP apparatchiks and NPP loyalists, and Nana Akufo-Addo had succeeded in corrupting State and Public institutions with destructive NPP elements.
In the Media, Nana Akufo-Addo used the Communications Minister and the National Communications Authority to target and close down some Media houses generally deemed to be critical of NPP. Some key journalists have also been subjected to harassment and hounded by NPP activists.


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Beyoncé's 'King Already' wouldn't be as popular with another act
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Beyoncé's 'King Already' wouldn't be as popular with another act


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Fast-rising Ghanaian afro-RnB singer Ssue says Beyonce's 'King Already' song wouldn't have been popular as it has become if she had done it with any other artiste aside Shatta Wale.
Gh Ssue who is geared up to release her debut album, 'Bambaya Fire' on October 30 said she wants to work with Shatta Wale because he doesn't try to copy Jamaicans, though he is a dancehall musician.
The first single off the forthcoming album 'Bo Me Nkomode' featuring highlife legend Pat Thomas is already out.


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Ursula commissions refurbished children's park in Dansoman
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Ursula commissions refurbished children's park in Dansoman


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Member of Parliament for the Ablekuma West constituency Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has commissioned a multi-purpose children's park at Tunga in the Dansoman municipality.
A basketball court, volleyball court, etc according to the Mp will be constructed to replace the damaged ones, before the year runs out.
Speaking at the launch the Minister for Communication who is seeking re-election as MP told the media "The children's park hasn't seen any maintenance or refurbishment since it was constructed over twenty years ago, And it was in a deplorable state, particularly the children's playground. All the rides were broken and yet the children were still playing on the rides."


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Ghana will suffer if violence in Nigeria escalates
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Ghana will suffer if violence in Nigeria escalates


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Former Power Minister and Member of Parliament for Pru East, Dr Kwabena Donkor, has called on the Akufo-Addo led government to do everything possible as ECOWAS chairman to ensure peace in Nigeria.
The Pru East MP believes the comments by the ECOWAS Chairman could have been stronger and condemn the brutalities of individuals protesting for a better government.
The governor of Nigeria's commercial hub, Lagos, has announced an indefinite 24-hour curfew in the state saying that protests against police brutality have "Degenerated" into violence.


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Opinion: Akufo-Addo lacks credibility for a second term
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Opinion: Akufo-Addo lacks credibility for a second term


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Once upon a time, Mr. William Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo attempted three times to become President of Ghana.
Little did these hardworking Galamseyers know that it was cheap political talk by Akufo-Addo just to win over their votes? Today, Nana Akufo-Addo has collapsed businesses of Galamseyers and handed over their equipment and looted gold to NPP supporters and NPP vigilantes.
AGYAPA/ ASAASE. As though the PDS corruption scandal was not enough and did not excite Nana Akufo-Addo as the biggest looting scam in Ghana's history, because Nana Akufo-Addo and his Akyem Mafia Sakawa squad then proceeded to deliver the ASAASE/ AGYAPA corruption scandal which qualifies as the only perpetual "Create, Loot and Share" corruption scandal in the World.


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Akyem Batabi Church collapse: Death toll rises to 16
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Akyem Batabi Church collapse: Death toll rises to 16


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The death toll in the church building collapse at Akyem Batabi in the Eastern Region has risen to 16.
The collapse of the uncompleted three-storey church building occurred Tuesday at about 2:30 pm.
Prophet Akoa Isaac has told Police in his statement that he was sick and lying in his residence on the same compound of the Church when he heard the collapsing of the church.


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V/R: Pay attention to our roads now -Weta chiefs to Akufo-Addo
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V/R: Pay attention to our roads now -Weta chiefs to Akufo-Addo


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The Chiefs and people of the Weta Traditional Area have called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to as a matter of urgency expedite action towards the asphalting of some major roads within the area.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony of the Ketu North Municipal hospital at Weta on Tuesday, 20th October, 2020 the Paramount Chief of the area, Torgbuiga Akpo Ashiakppor VI told the President that vehicular and human movement in the area would increase once the hospital start full operation, thus the need for government to pay attention to the roads.
Torgbuiga added that, "Mr. President, the road network within the Weta Traditional Area linking its environs is of major concern to the users and since this is the year of roads, a programme very dear to my heart, we are calling on you to help put the following roads in good shape for us in good time. The Agbozume through Ehi to Dzodze road, Weta through Ehi to Penyi, Weta main town to the rice farm site and many others contained in the document I would serve you with."


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GMA Webinar Series: Experts In Digital Media Share Insights On Political Communication Ahead Of Election 2020
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GMA Webinar Series: Experts In Digital Media Share Insights On Political Communication Ahead Of Election 2020


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The fourth edition of the GMA Webinar Series has brought together experts from both industry and academia to discuss the influence of digital media on the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
"Mr. Eli Daniel Wilson, Head of Digital, Global Media Alliance, shared insights on how political parties can use Whoopro, a new app which allows organisations to meet and employ influencers for their campaigns to reach their audience;"One advantage that digital and social media offers is the ability to fully track what is being said about your brand or campaign.


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Pope Francis calls for civil union laws for same-sex couples
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Pope Francis calls for civil union laws for same-sex couples


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Pope Francis has called in a new documentary for the creation of civil union laws, giving his clearest support to date for the rights of same-sex couples while breaking from the official teaching of the Roman Catholic Church.
Officially, the church teaches that homosexual sex acts are "Disordered." Francis's predecessor, Benedict XVI, called homosexuality an "Intrinsic moral evil." In 2003, under John Paul II, the church issued a lengthy document laying out the "Problem of homosexual unions." The document, issued by the Vatican's doctrinal office, said that "Legal recognition of homosexual unions or placing them on the same level as marriage" would amount to "The approval of deviant behavior."
"The Church cannot support the acceptance of objectively immoral relationships. Individuals with same-sex attraction are beloved children of God and must have their personal human rights and civil rights recognized and protected by law. However, the legalization of their civil unions, which seek to simulate holy matrimony, is not admissible."


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Ghana is ready for AfCFTA
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Ghana is ready for AfCFTA


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The Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen has given assurances that given the structures in place, Ghana is ready to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area.
"I say we are ready on two grounds. First, we have introduced institutional frameworks that make us ready and I believe you recall that the President has introduced an inter-ministerial facilitation team made up of critical sector ministers who are supposed to provide strategic guidance and support to make Ghana ready for the AfCFTA. There is national steering committee that is coordinating and guiding the support that will be given to the private companies and other stakeholders."
President of the Association of Ghana Industries, Dr. Yaw Adu Gyamfi expressed the readiness of industries under the association in utilizing the opportunities presented by the AfCFTA. He described the citing of the AfCFTA Secretariat here in Ghana as huge opportunity for Ghanaian businesses to leverage on the production of goods and services for export.


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Reactivate Atuabo Free Port if you win
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Reactivate Atuabo Free Port if you win


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Some Chiefs in Nzema have appealed to the National Democratic Congress Presidential Candidate to reactivate the botched Atuabo Free Port Project.
Speaking at Nkroful in the Ellembele Constituency of the Western Region, Chief of Nkroful Nana Kwesi Kutuah V asked that the next NDC government reactivate the multi-million dollar free port project.
In his response, the Flagbearer of the NDC in the December 7th polls assured the chiefs and people of Nkroful Atuabo that when voted into he will do all that he can to reactivate the Atuabo free port project.


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Samsung Becomes Top Five In Interbrand's Best Global Brands 2020
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Samsung Becomes Top Five In Interbrand's Best Global Brands 2020


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Samsung announced today that it has become number five in the Best Global Brands 2020 list announced by Interbrand, a global brand consulting company, with its largest-ever brand value of USD 62.3 billion.
Samsung ascended to the global top five in three years after reaching number six in the list of Best Global Brands 2017.


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Lekki Massacre: No fatality recorded
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Lekki Massacre: No fatality recorded


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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says no death was recorded in the Tuesday night attack in the Lekki toll gate area of Lagos State.
Sanwo-Olu, who admitted that soldiers opened fire on #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate area last night in a bid to disperse them, said he is currently engaging the leadership of the Nigerian Army on the development.
"We personally visited the hospitals that took in these patients. 10 patients at the General Hospital in Lagos, 11 patients were at the two locations of the Reddington Hospitals both in Lekki and Victoria Island," he said, adding others sets were at various hospitals in the Lekki area.


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Youth in Afforestation Programme has generated over 81k jobs
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Youth in Afforestation Programme has generated over 81k jobs


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The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh has disclosed that the Youth in Afforestation programme that was launched by the President Akufo-Addo in August 2018 has so far generated about 81,362 jobs.
The Minister said, "To create jobs for the youth whiles ensuring sustainable management of the natural resources, the following interventions were undertaken from 2017 to date: Linking Youth Employment to plantation development, Providing alternative livelihood programmes for communities in mining areas and forest-fringed communities, Facilitation and Promotion of Community Mining Scheme".
Mr. Asomah-Cheremeh said the Community Mining programme that seeks to promote responsible mining within mining communities is expected to create 126,000 jobs effective June 2020.


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My second term will focus on skills training and jobs
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My second term will focus on skills training and jobs


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The NDC's John Dramani Mahama says his next government will focus on initiatives that will create and provide jobs, and also introduce free Technical and Vocational Training.
According to the former President, the NDC will continue to provide the needed infrastructural and development projects that it is noted for, but his main focus will be on skills training and providing jobs.
Speaking at Bonyere in the Jomoro Constituency of the Western Region, Mr. Mahama said the NDC's one million jobs plan and free TVET and National Apprenticeship Programme are important because the failure to create jobs for the teeming youth could prove disastrous for the nation.


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Slain MP begged his attackers to follow him home for money
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Slain MP begged his attackers to follow him home for money


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The court hearing the case against the suspects in the murder of the late Mfantseman MP Ekow Kwansa-Hayford has been told by police prosecutors that the lawmaker begged his alleged killers to follow him home for money because he had run short on cash.
"So they pounced on him and collected his Samsung galaxy 850 mobile phone and demanded money. The late MP told the robbers that he had used up all his money as he was returning from campaign tour. He pleaded with them to take him to his house to give them money but they refused and shot him, killing him instantly," Chief Insp.
According to him, among those who were shot happen to be the late MP who was identified after the robbery incident when police got to the crime scene.


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ECOWAS C'ssion to Nigerian Security
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ECOWAS C'ssion to Nigerian Security


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"ECOWAS Commission notes with concern that demonstrations by Nigerian youth calling for police reform, particularly the abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police, accused of misconduct by those demonstrating, have turned violent. ECOWAS Commission expresses its condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives during the protests and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.While ECOWAS Commission recognizes the right of citizens to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and protests, it is also of the view that those rights should be exercised in a non-violent manner."
"In this regard, ECOWAS Commission calls on all protesters to remain peaceful in the conduct of their demonstrations. It also urges the Nigerian security operatives to exercise restraint in the handling of the protests and act professionally," the statement signed by the ECOWAS Commission President said Wednesday.
ECOWAS PRESS RELEASE. #ENDSARS PROTESTS IN NIGERIA. ECOWAS Commission notes with concern that demonstrations by Nigerian youth calling for police reform, particularly the abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police, accused of misconduct by those demonstrating, have turned violent.


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TikTok steps up crackdown on hateful content, including LGBTQ+ conversion therapy, white nationalism


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TikTok, in a blog post Wednesday, pledged to do more to tackle hateful content on its platform, promising to remove content that is hurtful to the LGBTQ+ community, linked with white supremacists and neo-Nazis, and spreads misinformation about Jewish, Muslim and other communities, marking another escalation in an ongoing effort by social media companies to crack down on harmful content and misinformation.
TikTok said it would be stepping up efforts to tackle hateful content adjacent to neo-Nazi and white supremacist ideologies, which the company says it already works hard to remove, including white nationalism and white genocide theory.
Facing calls from lawmakers and campaigners, are grappling with a growing epidemic of hateful and untruthful content on their platforms and often find themselves treading a fine line between accusations of censorship and allowing hate and lies to spread. Misinformation and conspiracy theories have become especially problematic in the context of a global pandemic and the upcoming election in the U.S., with TikTok previously banning content promoting the QAnon conspiracy, joining Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook that are cracking down on accounts linked to the conspiracy theory.


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#EndSARS: Akufo-Addo calls for calm in Nigeria
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#EndSARS: Akufo-Addo calls for calm in Nigeria


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Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo who doubles as the Chairman of ECOWAS has called for calm in Nigeria following the chaos that has erupted between protestors and security officials.
The statement comes in the wake of calls on ECOWAS President Nana Akufo-Addo to comment on the chaos in Nigeria.
"ECOWAS Commission notes with concern that demonstrations by Nigerian youth calling for police reform, particularly the abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police, accused of misconduct by those demonstrating, have turned violent. ECOWAS Commission expresses its condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives during the protests and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.While ECOWAS Commission recognizes the right of citizens to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and protests, it is also of the view that those rights should be exercised in a non-violent manner."


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