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“Everyone Wants Me To Run” – Donald Trump Hints About Running For President Again in 2024

Former US President, Donald Trump

Donald Trump has dropped another hint about running for president again in 2024, saying a run for office would “make a lot of people very happy”.

In an interview with NDTV to be broadcast in full later today, Trump said in an excerpt of an interview: “Everyone wants me to run. I am leading in the polls.”

“In every poll, in Republican polls and in Democrat polls, and I will make a decision in the very near future, I suspect. And I think that a lot of people are going to be very happy,” he added.

The Republican 76, also repeated false claims that the 2020 election in which he lost to current President Joe Biden was rigged.

“There is tremendous proof, there is tremendous evidence,” Trump said.

Trump is currently under investigation for potential mishandling of classified documents, with the FBI raiding his Florida home last month. He has since denied wrongdoing and called the raid “one of the most egregious assaults on democracy in the history of our country”.

In a speech on Saturday September 3, in Pennsylvania, he hit back at assertions by Biden that he and his supporters are undermining US democracy, calling Biden an “enemy of the state”.

He wrote: ‘Someone should explain to Joe Biden, slowly but passionately, that MAGA means, as powerfully as mere words can get, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

‘If he doesn’t want to Make America Great Again, which through words, action, and thought, he doesn’t, then he certainly should not be representing the United States of America!

‘If you look at the words and meaning of the awkward and angry Biden speech tonight, he threatened America, including with the possible use of military force. He must be insane, or suffering from late stage dementia!’

 

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Examination Timetable: Students start exams on September 26

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Provisional examination timetable released by the management of the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED) indicates that students of the university will sit for their end of second semester examination from Monday, September 26, 2022.

The published provisional timetable which is not expected to change drastically will end on Friday, October 10, 2022.

Commencing the exams will be all Level 200 students who will be writing Trends in Educational and School Management between 8am and 10am. This will be followed by all Level 300 students sitting for the paper; Educational Measurement. Concluding the day’s activity from 2.00pm to 5.00pm will be a section of Level 100 and Level 400 students who will be writing specifics papers relating to their department.

The first day of the final week of the examination will be concluded with Level 300 students writing their specific departmental programmes which will see BSc Information Technology Students sitting for their Artificial Intelligence papers.

Meanwhile, this examination marks the successful completion of the 4-year course of studies for students who were admitted in the 2018/19 Academic year.

Students are advised to visit notice boards to have first hand information on the examination and abide by the examination rules during the conduct of the end of second semester examinations.

 

Click on the link below for the full Provisional Examination Timetable

PROVISIONAL END OF SEMESTER 2 EXAMINATIONS TIMETABLE FOR REGULAR PROGRAMMES, 2021.2022 ACADEMIC YEAR FOR

Records shattered at SRC Inter-Hall Debate Championship as All-Female Team sweeps gold

ADS Debate Champions for 2022
Miss Lisa (Left) & Miss Doreen (Right)

An all-female team made up of Miss Doreen Oppong and Miss Lisa Amankwah has been crowned Champions of the 2022 SRC Inter-Hall Debate Championship at the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED).

The team, representing Opoku Ware II Hall, was able to outwit and dazzle the adjudicators with the amount of research conducted in the space of 15 minutes, following the release of the motion which reads “THBT we should give our love ones the benefit of the doubt” in the grand finale only after making it to the breaks (semi-finals) by the teeth of the tongue.

Following a 15 minutes deliberation at the end of the debate, Miss Doreen and Miss Lisa whose role was to debate as the Closing Government in the British Parliamentary (BP) style of debate adopted by all tertiary institution won on a 4 – 1 Split Decision.

In the Public Speaking Category, Abdul-Malik representing Atwima Hall was crowned Champion. Other categories acknowledged by the organisers of the tournament were Public Speaking Judges’ Awards and Debate Adjudicators Awards which went to Joyce Opoku representing Autonomy Hall and Adade Adasin of the Atwima Hall respectively.

The 2-Day tournament which ran from Saturday, September 3 to Sunday, September 4, 2022 was keenly contested by a total of 16 teams which forms part of the 2022 SRC WEEK CELEBRATION and as well, offers a preparatory advantage ahead of the 2022 Ghana University Debate Championship (GUDC).

According to the Organiser of the tournament, Osei-Wusu Franco, he is overwhelmed by the performances put up by the contestants and the new records that have been chalked by individuals and teams.

Meanwhile, McDonald Yeboah, the awarding officer entreated participants to persist in their trainings and avail themselves for tournament such as this which serves as a ground to sharpen their skills.

President of AAMUSTED Debate Society (ADS), Mr. Gideon Ganah expressed his utmost appreciation to the Patron of the Association, Dr. Baba Campion for his role as a father and an advisor to their society. He equally appreciated the support extended to the Society by the Week Celebration Committee headed by Agyen Asamoah Richard (Krystal).

 

Below is the full list of wards

DEBATE FINALIST

Team                                                                                           Position

Doreen Oppong & Lisa Amankwah (Opoku Ware)           Champions

Emmanuel K. Tandoh (Auto) & Maxwell T. Kubi (O.W)  1st Runner-Up

Ishmael P. Abakah & Sylvia T. Amisare (Autonomy)       2nd Runner-Up

Rubben Okyere & Precious Oppong (Autonomy)             3rd Runner-Up

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING AWARDS

Speakers                                                                                 Position

Abdul-Malik (Atwima)                                                        Champion

Ishmael Paps (Autonomy)                                                 1st Runner-Up

Wilhelmina Maisie (Atwima)                                            2nd Runner-Up

Gideon Ganah (Autonomy)                                                3rd Runner-Up

Erich Odonkor (Atwima)                                                    4th Runner-Up

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING JUDGES’ AWARDS

Judges                                                                                     Position

Joyce Opoku (Autonomy)                                                   Champion

Lisa Amankwah (Opoku Ware)                                         1st Runner-Up

Ibrahim Mariam (Autonomy)                                            2nd Runner-Up

Ernest Osei (Autonomy)                                                      3rd Runner-Up

Justice Asare-Baffour (Opoku Ware)                                4th Runner-Up

 

DEBATE ADJUDICATORS AWARDS

Judges                                                                               Position

Adade Adasin (Atwima)                                                Best Judge

Awal Mohammed (Opoku ware)                                 2nd Best Judge

Bright Amponsah                                                            Best New Judge

Georgina Quansah                                                          2nd Best New Judge

 

Utility tariffs increment takes effect today

Utility tariffs increment takes effect today
Utility tariffs

The new tariffs for utility services announced by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) will take effect from today, Thursday, September 1, 2022.

The new tariffs include a 27.15% increase in electricity and 21.55% increase in water.

The utility service providers had requested for drastic upward review of tariffs to help them recover and sustain their operational cost.

Ghanaians have argued that the economic conditions would make it difficult to pay for such services.

In an interview with Citi News, however, the General Manager in charge of External Communications at ECG, Charles Nii Ayiku Ayiku appealed to the public to bear with the rise.

“I think that Ghanaians should understand and help us. The tides in the current economy are not hidden. We know that globally, we have all been affected, so they need to support the company.”

PURC  announced the increases after utility companies including the Electricity Company of Ghana and Ghana Water Company Limited proposed an increase in tariffs by 148% and 334% respectively.

PURC however explained that the decision was arrived at after rigorous analysis and extensive consultations with industry players, as well as an assessment of the economic conditions of consumers.

The ECG had proposed that its tariffs be increased by 148% for 2022 and with 7.6% average adjustments between the periods of 2023 to 2026.

The proposed sharp increase, according to the ECG, was due to the gap between the actual cost recovery tariff and PURC-approved tariffs as well as the cost of completed projects.

The GWCL also argued that while the average tariff per cubic metre in 2019 was 1.27 USD, the same was reduced to USD 1.13 as a result of cedi depreciation.

The GWCL said this had affected its ability to carry out repairs and replacements of aged and obsolete equipment and pipelines.

 

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KNUST rejects accreditation infractions in Auditor General’s report

KNUST rejects accreditation infractions in Auditor General’s report
KNUST

The management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has described, as inaccurate, portions of the Auditor General’s report that said only 61 out of 360 programmes in the institution had been accredited.

According to the University Relations Officer, Dr. Daniel Norris Bekoe, the University has fully complied with regulations by Ghana Tertiary Education Commission.

Dr. Daniel Norris Bekoe argued that the university cannot be blamed if the body responsible for working on accreditation for those existing programmes had not done its job as expected.

“We have submitted over 468 applications for existing programs, so when the documents are with GTEC, and it hasn’t worked on it, there is a little delay. That is not to say, the university is running unaccredited programs. KNUST existed long ago before the setting up of the National Accreditation Board and GTEC so most of these programs we are talking about have been running for over 70 years. So how can one say that, these programs that have trained some of the finest brains in this country are unaccredited?”

The Auditor-General’s report for 2021 noted that for the schools, “accreditation expired or requires re-accreditation during the period under review.”

The report revealed that 374 academic programmes at the University of Ghana are unaccredited.

The 299 programmes at KNUST were also not accredited.

At KNUST, out of the 360 programmes run by the University, only 61 were accredited, 190 were sent to National Accreditation Board (NAB) for accreditation and re-accreditation with 109 yet to be sent to NAB for accreditation.

The Auditor-General recommended that the Management of the University should “expedite action for accreditation and re-accreditation of all new and expired academic programmes respectively.”

KNUST was also asked to “liaise with Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) to take retrospective accreditations to cover all the non-accredited certificates issued to students.”

The Auditor-General recommended that the school should stop running programmes that were not accredited to avoid sanctions by NAB.

Bono East chiefs appeal to Akufo-Addo for return of police in Nkoranza

Bono East chiefs appeal to Akufo-Addo for return of police in Nkoranza
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Traditional leaders in the Bono East Region want President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to help restore police services in the Nkoranza Municipality.

The chiefs say the withdrawal of police personnel from the municipality is affecting law and order.

Speaking at a meeting with President Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House, President of the Bono East Regional House of Chiefs, Pimapim Yaw Kagbrese said residents of Nkronza are now living in fear.

“The absence of police services in the municipality has led to an increase in criminal activities and has also disrupted economic activities. Traders are afraid to go to Nkoranza to do business, and this is causing huge losses to farmers because their produce is left to rot on their farms.”

Personnel of the Ghana Police Service at the Nkoranzaa Divisional Police and District Headquarters were withdrawn by the Municipal Chief Executive.

The move was to ensure the safety of police after youth of the area attacked the station to protest the death of a robbery suspect, Albert Donkor.

The incident also led to six persons sustaining injuries.

The youth of the area had alleged that Albert Donkor was killed by some police officers who picked him from his home into a private vehicle after the deceased raised alarm that he had seen an officer involved in a robbery operation.

However, the Police Service insisted that the deceased was rather an armed robbery suspect who was killed in an anti-robbery operation.

The police had claimed that Mr. Donkor was a robbery suspect, but the locals believed the young businessman was targeted and killed by the police because he witnessed a robbery incident involving a police officer on the Nkoranza-Kintampo road.

They blocked major roads and burnt tyres to register their displeasure over the death.

 

Persons detained for destroying NDC Northern Regional office granted GH10,000 bail.

Persons arrested over destruction of NDC Northern Regional officer granted GH¢10k bail
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Seven individuals who were detained in connection with the vandalism at the NDC’s Northern Regional office have been released on bail with two sureties totaling GH10,000 cedis from a Tamale circuit court (NDC).

The individuals were accused of planning a crime, engaging in armed rioting, and causing illegal damage.

The accused are allegedly among those who flocked to the NDC headquarters last week in order to wreck havoc.

The accused, however, entered a plea of not guilty to the crime.

According to the information we have, the attack on the office was caused by the party’s vice-chair, Adolf Ali, being named acting regional chairman for the region until a real chairman is elected.

The office was attacked after the party’s regional chairman, Chief Alhaji Ibrahim Mobil, passed away.

According to reports, there was shooting at the location.

Don’t fail; your Presidential Charters could be revoked – Nana Addo to private universities

Don’t fail; your Presidential Charters could be revoked – Nana Addo to private universities
Nana Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said government will not hesitate to withdraw the Presidential Charters given to private universities if they fail to meet the required standard.

The President said government through the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) will monitor the activities of private universities across the country.

President Akufo-Addo gave the caution when he presented Presidential Charters to the Catholic University, Presbyterian University and Methodist University at the Jubilee House.

“The president may on recommendations of the Commission through the Minister revoke or amend the Charter if the President recognizes that the revocation or amendment is in the best interest of tertiary education in the country. The universities should therefore bear in mind that they will be closely monitored, especially in areas of concern as outlined by GTEC”.

Cabinet approved the establishment of the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission to be the regulator of all tertiary institutions in the country.

The Commission, among other things, ensures that the period associated with the granting of a Presidential Charter for private universities to award their own degrees is no longer a problem.

Many private universities in the country are affiliated with public universities who award degrees on their behalf, as it often takes years for private universities to have the authority to award their own degrees.

What is required for a Presidential Charter?

In Ghana, every newly-established university has to operate for a minimum of 10 years under the supervision of relatively older, established universities which will award degrees on the new university’s behalf.

Universities that have been mentored for the minimum number of years can then apply for independence, a process which ends with a comprehensive assessment of the institution, its programmes, facilities and finances being presented to the Minister of Education for onward recommendation to the President of Ghana.

When an application is approved by the President, he then grants that institution a Charter, which enables it to award its own degrees, diplomas and certificates.

A Charter is also a sign of recognition that a university has consistently met quality checks and requirements, and no longer needs to be directly supervised. 

More pressure mounts on Auditor General to protect public purse

More pressure mounts on Auditor General to protect public purse
Auditor General

A citizens’ group –  Coalition for Democratic Accountability and Inclusive Governance is demanding immediate action from the Auditor General in exercising his powers to protect the public purse.

The Coalition is angry that the Auditor General has failed to take action against persons implicated in the 2019 and 2020 audit reports.

The Auditor General released its 2021 report on Tuesday, but the Coalition is dissatisfied that no action has been taken on the previous reports.

The Director of Advocacy and Policy Engagement at CDD-Ghana, a member of the Coalition, Dr. Kojo Asante, tells Citi News that they will sustain public pressure on the Auditor General until action is taken.

“We are going to picket at the Auditor General’s Office on Monday, and we are entreating Ghanaians to join us. We have to start insisting that the right thing is done if we are really serious about protecting the public purse and fighting corruption. It doesn’t have to be about paying lip service, and we are going to put pressure if we don’t get answers and then advise ourselves on what next course of action to take”, he said.

In the report, the Auditor General cited 19 past and current judges of Ghana’s superior courts for acquiring state vehicles – a move that contravenes Regulation 158 of the Public Financial Management Regulations, 2019 (L.I. 2378).

Among other things, the audit showed that lapses in the management of public finances led to losses of GH¢1,080,913,824 in 2021 by Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

These financial irregularities, the Coalition for Democratic Accountability and Inclusive Governance maintain, cannot be allowed to fester.

“The reason we are angry is that, there is a clear determination of misappropriation of funds, yet we have not seen the Auditor General exercising his powers of surcharging disallowances. There is no basis why these surcharges and disallowances should not be applied because that is the only way to discipline people so when people are doing these kinds of things, they are wary that they are going to be held responsible if they do not follow the rules.”

 

Shell customer threatens lawsuit over purchase of diluted fuel at Atimpoku

Shell customer threatens lawsuit over purchase of diluted fuel at Atimpoku
Michael Appiah.

Michael Appiah Acheampong, a middle-aged man who unknowingly purchased diluted fuel at a Shell Filling station near Adomi Bridge at Atimpoku in the Eastern Region, has threatened to take legal action against the company.

The National Petroleum Authority has already shut down the Shell filling station where the incident happened for investigations to commence.

Social media went ablaze on Monday, August 29 after Mr. Acheampong went viral on social media after posting a video on Facebook complaining about the diluted fuel.

The video received national attention, leading to the National Petroleum Authority’s decision to shut down the filing for the investigation to begin.

However, after Citi News quizzed him as to whether he will be considering a court case, Michael indicated that he will be taking such action because the management of the station knew about the water-laced petroleum products but decided to still sell to unsuspecting customers.

“The car just started shaking, and then the engine went off, and so we had to guide it to a stop. What would have happened to us if we were speeding? That is how fleeting life was in just seconds over somebody’s negligence and could have caused our lives. When I got back to the filling station, the manager was aware that the fuel was diluted because he had been told. I asked him whether he had checked the fuel, and he said no. So I told him to get a clear bottle and fetch a little to see, and so I videoed him fetching it, and we all saw the distinct separation between the two. I’m definitely taking them on.”

He further advised the management of Shell Group of Companies to be stern on quality control and called for the punishment of workers who were negligent in their duties.

“I don’t think it’s a one-off situation. It’s not an isolated situation, but I do sincerely feel that they need to feel it this time around. They need to be made an example of. They need to take their quality control seriously and also the authorities in charge need to be punished for their negligence”.

However, Shell in a statement explained there was heavy rainfall on the day of the incident, causing water to sip in the area of operation at the station.

The company added it halted operations after it discovered the water contamination and is assisting affected customers.

The Head of Quality Control at the National Petroleum Authority Saeed Kuti, however, explained that apart from the shutdown of the station, measures have been put in place to prevent a recurrence of the situation.

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