Former US vice president Joseph R. Biden Jr. has announced his decision to run for president for the third time to challenge President Trump in 2020.
The 76-year-old Democrat politician who served eight years as Barack Obama’s vice president after more than three decades in the U.S. Senate made the announcement in a campaign video released Thursday morning.
The core values of this nation… our standing in the world… our very democracy…everything that has made America — America –is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States. #Joe2020 https://t.co/jzaQbyTEz3
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 25, 2019
Explaining his reasons for running, Mr. Biden began by recalling the white supremacist march through Charlottesville, Va., in 2017 and a counterprotest, and Mr. Trump’s comment that there were “very fine people on both sides.” In that moment, Mr. Biden said, “I knew the threat to our nation was unlike any I’d ever seen in my lifetime.”
“We are in the battle for the soul of this nation,” Mr. Biden said. “I believe history will look back on four years of this president and all he embraces as an aberrant moment in time. But if we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are, and I cannot stand by and watch that happen.”
Biden’s first major campaign event is set for Monday in Pittsburgh, where he is expected to speak about rebuilding an inclusive middle class, according to NBC News. Biden will then launch a multistate campaign tour with a focus on states with early voting, where he will hash out his vision for closing the divides that are driving Americans apart, NBC reported.
Akufo-Addo shuts down schools until further notice
The President gave the order when he addressed the nation on Sunday.
He said, “All universities, Senior High Schools and basic schools ie public and private schools, will be closed Monday, March 16, 2020, till further notice. The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication, has been tasked to roll out distance learning programmes.”
The President added that “BECE and WASSCE candidates will be allowed to attend school to prepare for their examinations but with prescribed social distancing protocols.”
Government bans church activities, funerals, other public gatherings
President Akufo-Addo as part of his address put a ban on all public gatherings including conference, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies and church activities and related events as part of measures to stop the spread of coronavirus in the country.
He said the ban will be in force for the next four weeks.
“I have decided in the interest of public safety and the protection of our population to review the public gathering advisories earlier announced as follows. Firstly, all public gatherings including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, sporting events and religious activities, such as services in churches and mosques, have been suspended for the next four (4) weeks. Private burials are permitted, but with limited numbers, not exceeding twenty-five (25) in attendance,” the President said.
Court jails Police officer 20 years for robbery
A Koforidua Circuit Court presided by Mrs Mercy Adei-Kotei, has sentenced a Police officer, lance corporal Seidu Gasty to 20 years imprisonment each on two counts of conspiracy to commit crime and to wit robbery and robbery.
The sentences are to be run concurrently.
The accused who was stationed at Akuse Police Station pleaded not guilty to both charges whiles a second accused, Kpornyo Seth Dodzi was acquitted and discharged for lack of evidence.
Assistant State Attorney, Mr Dickson Donkor, prosecuting, told the court that on March 26, 2018 around midnight a group of armed men numbering about eight of which some were armed with pump action guns and others with machetes besieged the Okwenya Shell filling station wearing mask and attacked two people who were at post as night security men.
He said the robbers instructed the security men to lie on the floor but one of them refused to comply with the order and as a result, he was subjected to severe beatings, but during the assault he saw someone who he identified as the accused, approaching where they were being assaulted.
The Prosecution said surprisingly, the accused joined in the assault as the attackers fired a gun to the head of one of the victims and again inflicted cutlass wounds on his forehead and his back.
Mr Dickson said the robbers then tied the victims on both hands and legs with belts and locked them up in a washroom, they then forced the main entrance to the supermarket opened, entered it, broke into an office safe and made away with an amount of GH¢ 37,851,000.
The prosecution said the owner of the filling station who is the complainant got wind of the robbery in the morning, visited the scene, met the victims locked in the washroom in critical conditions and rushed them to the Akuse Government hospital for treatment.
He said one of the victims was later referred to the 37 Military hospital for further treatment and when he was discharged later mentioned to the Police that on the day of the incident, he identified the accused Seidu, a Police officer and Kpornyo Seth Dodzi, a security officer at another filling station among the eight robbers who attacked them.
The Prosecution said on April 22, 2018, Detectives from the Regional CID acting on intelligence arrested these persons whom the victim had mentioned, and a search conducted on the accused led to the retrieval of one Brunei pistol mod 92 together with 2 magazines and three 1.8 mm ammunition, an axe, a knife, three pepper sprays, 10 wrist watches, a pair of handcuffs and a bayonet being possessed without lawful authority.
He said another search conducted in the room of Dodzi, the second accused at Trom, revealed eight BB live cartridges.
The Assistant State Attorney prayed the court to hand the accused a stiff punishment since he was a serving police officer who should have known better and protect the citizenry rather against such crimes, to serve as deterrent to others.
He also prayed the court to consider how the accused had shown no remorse and disrespect to the court throughout the trial and sentence him accordingly.
NEBS Education Travel and Tour to Sponsor BAMA 2020 artist of the year to Dubai
The event, which is being organised to reward Brong Ahafo music industry players and Outside Brong Ahafo who have contributed to the development of the music industry, BAMA is considered to be the biggest event on the entertainment calendar in Brong Ahafo.
Since its inception two years ago, the Brong Ahafo Music Awards has been embraced by all stakeholders in the music industry, including music artistes and producers, in the region and outside the region.
The organsiers revealed that their are a lot of companies to sponsor this year’s event but the one on board is NEBS Education Travel and Tour.
Details of the sponsorship packages from the company is to take the artist of the year to Dubai for shorting of music videos.
They also injected some money into the event to make it successful. The amount isn’t disclose but reports indicate that the amount involved is huge.
The organisers also announced that in addition to their various sponsorship packages, the company is sponsoring six categories out of the 31.
One key category being sponsored by the company is the artiste of the year.
The winner of these category with others will be taken to Dubai by NEBS Education Travel and Tour Consult
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BAMA, J black code, applauded the company for being the main sponsor and expressed his joy to have them on board.
“A Real Man Should Not Allow His Wife To Be Successful” – Man Says
The man identified as Prince Kellz on Facebook, said a woman having a job breeds pride, therefore real men know to stop their wives from working. He further advised that if the man wants his wife to work, he should open a business for her or place her on salary.
According to him, a real man must not allow her wife to be successful in anything she does.
He wrote: “A real man should not even dream for her (sic) wife to be successful. Cuz that’s the end of the marriage.
“Real men stop their wife work so that her pride will reduce. He will open business for her or place her on salary for peace to rain (sic).
“Naturally proof says that … The more woman makes money or gets successful is more she feels that there no need for a man in her life. And she will start developing rudeness, sturbon (sic), pride and more.
“Next, she will be threatening the man with divorce. Cuz she feels she can pay her bills now.”
Girl, 4, killed by her school bus in freak accident
The incident occurred at approximately 6:30 am when the deceased, Aisha Abdul Aziz and her seven-year-old brother had converged at a usual point near their home to be bused to school.
She reportedly tripped and fell while crossing the road and got trapped under the bus, witnesses had told Dailymailgh.com.
The deceased was confirmed dead by officers who arrived at the scene.
The suspect driver was immediately handed over to the police at Asokore Mampong to assist with investigations.
Asokore Mampong District Commander, DSP Jibril Bala, said management of Happy Royals Academy, the school the deceased attended, has also been invited for questioning.
For now we are still investigating. Dockets will be forwarded to the Attorney General for advise”, the Police Chief explained.
The school bus with registration number AS 6088 E has since been impounded by the police.
Correspondent, Jonathan Ofori, however, reports that the body of the deceased has been buried according to Islamic tradition.
Father of the deceased 37-year-old Abdul Aziz Muktar said he is devastated by the loss.
“I am saddened. But what can I do. I leave everything to God for now”, he sobbed.
Ghanaian lady appointed as program manager at Microsoft
Ms. Barley who joins the company as a programme manager is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder of Developers in Vogue.
Announcing her latest achievement on Twitter, Ivy wrote;
“Stoked to announce the next stage of my career growth: taking up a Program Manager role at Microsoft! I’m optimistic about the opportunity to make bigger impact at @Microsoft, while taking @devinvogue to the next level. Stay tuned for my journey.”
Stoked to announce the next stage of my career growth: taking up a Program Manager role at Microsoft!
— Ivy Barley (@ivybarley) March 10, 2020
Senegal Confirms First Coronavirus Case – Health Minister
The patient is a French man who lives in Senegal and flew back from France on Feb. 26, Health Minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr told reporters. The patient had since been in contact with his wife and two children and is now under quarantine in a hospital in the capital Dakar.
He passed a temperature check at the capital Dakar’s main airport on his return but developed a fever two days later and went to a private clinic for a check-up, the minister said. That clinic alerted the authorities who have quarantined him in Dakar’s Fann Hospital.
The patient had been in contact with his wife and two children, the minister said. It was not clear how many other people had also been in contact with him. Authorities are in the process of tracing the other passengers on the Air Senegal flight.
Fann Hospital was not reachable for comment.
The rapid spread of the new coronavirus has increased fears of a pandemic, prompting governments to step up control measures and sending global markets into a dive.
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