Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
- Note these are unedited comment from the Ghanaweb.site.
Improve the standard of net work and stop all these crap.
We really appreciate your efforts in reducing cost of calls but it also makes no sense when one cannot make calls at crucial moments because of poor network services. Phones are not for the beauty of it but for making calls.
Arn, pls wake up.Have u ever seen a policeman taking a bribe b4? But u believe when people say it. Anyway r u an employee of mtn? Do u know what number portability is(ie migrating to another network and still use your number)let mtn try this for one day and see if the name MTN will ever exist
MTN, your comments or your publication is too technical for ordinary subscriber of MTN to understand. Tell the customer, you can make call to all MTN customer at this rate and stop the hide and seek you are doing
Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN) Ghana, has announced the launch of a new Innovative service named MTN Zone. The service, which runs on the per second billing plan, gives its Pay As You Go subscribers the opportunity to enjoy up to 100% discount day and night on calls they make to other MTN Ghana subscribers. A statement issued in Accra said MTN Zone subscribers have a flat tariff on all MTN to MTN calls when they register and subsequently receive messages that display dynamic discounts they enjoy at any point in time."In order to enjoy the benefits of MTN Zone, existing and new MTN prepaid customers simply need to register for the service by entering *135*1# and pressing the send or ok button on their handset. Alternatively, they could send 1 to SMS short code 135," the statement said. It said registration onto MTN Zone service was currently free of charge.The statement said subscribers also needed to enter *135*4# and press the send or ok key to activate the cell broadcast functionality on their handsets. It said the cell broadcast feature when enabled, gave MTN customers the opportunity to see the dynamic percentage discount they would enjoy when they initiate a call at that time and the discount would be applicable throughout the duration of the call. "This process is unique for each handset module," the statement noted.The statement urged customers who wanted further information on the service to call the MTN Customer Service toll free number 111. The statement quoted Mr. George Kojo Andah, Chief Marketing Officer of MTN Ghana as saying that "we are excited at what the team here at MTN Ghana has been able to provide after thorough research and development." He said this new service empowered MTN customers with more, choice and control over their cost of making calls, adding that the excitement the service had generated within one week was unparalleled in the industry in Ghana. "As usual we will lead the market in innovation and others can follow", Mr. Andah said. Mr. Andah said MTN regard its subscribers and their satisfaction as the key reasons for doing business and therefore the company kept on exciting subscribers with innovative products, services and value added packages.He noted that MTN Zone was only one of the solutions MTN would be delivering to its subscribers in Ghana, saying that since last year MTN subscribers in Ghana were able to call other MTN subscribers within West and Central Africa at the local rate. "Now we have made it even more exciting by enabling them to call the USA and Canada still at the local rate," Mr Andah added.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
However, Glo Mobile's management expressed gratitude to the NCA for the confidence reposed in the company and promised to "roll out aggressively" in the country "very shortly".
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Indeed, there is no doubt these sentences ignited a new sense of national consciousness against corruption and a judicial system ready to adjudicate matters based on the true principles of the rule of law as they languished in jail, only for the President to commute these sentences under his prerogative of mercy. Critics of these prosecutions and convictions argue that the judiciary is dependent and selectively prosecute to favor government. Critically, it is reasonable since the Attorney General, doubling as Minister of Justice is appointed by the President and sits in the cabinet. This arrangement questions the independence of the judiciary and it’s prone to selective justice. Why all most, all convicted corrupt public officials have their sentences commuted?
History is path dependant, according to research, I believe this explains why the PNDC as architects of the 1992 Republican Constitution, motivated by its absolute rule during their despotic days sought to cripple the judiciary by compromising her independence. Clearly, they’ve been victims of their history and as the wise adage goes ‘se woto adubone a ebika wa ano’.
Institutions and norms change, but gradual, I commend both NPP and NDC governments for leading legislations in the last couple of years aimed at addressing issues of corruption such as the Law of Causing Financial Loss to the State’ which the NDC argues they never used ’, Financial Administration Act, Internal Audit Act, The Public Procurement Act, the Repeal of the Criminal Libel Law and the Freedom of Information Bill’ which the government is yet to assent’, just to mention but a few of legislations dealing with corruption and good governance.
Indeed, fifteen years in a democracy, I believe Ghanaians would like to listen and vote on issues that would seem to be changing or improving upon our past history. I believe issues of making the judiciary independent’ creating an independent prosecution service to control selective justice’, Issues of political party funding and selection of candidates’ to ensure grass root participation and control the seemingly entrenchment and endorsement of bribery and corruption in selecting candidates which breeds sycophancy’, issues of revenue generation and innovative taxation strategies to curtail our over dependence on donor support and funding’ would be at the centre stage of political parties manifestoes’ which Kofi Wayo argues is a communist document and has no relevance now but rather a policy document is required’.
In conclusion, whiles I do not have the power to dictate how the President should dispenses with his prerogative of mercy as enshrined in article 72 of the 1992 Republican Constitution, I would want to believe, the exercise of such discretion is done to reflect and uphold good public policy and our common morality as a Nation.
By:Yaw Awuah Boadu Ayeboafo Tepa-Ashanti. www.ayeboafo.com
Monday, June 16, 2008
Ghana Football Association appoints 'Diego" Buchwald to take charge of the National Team-Black Star.
A 'supreme' source at the Ghana Football Association (GFA) told GNA Sports that Buchwald has signed a two-year renewable contract to manager the Black Stars.
The GFA is expected to outdoor the new coach next week. The source said both parties agreed on contractual terms when the coach was interviewed in Accra by his employers a fortnight ago. The GNA Sports can confirm that the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports is scheduled to meet the Federation later today, (Monday) ahead of the coach's unveiling slated for next Monday, June 23. Buchwald, 47, is expected to witness the Black Stars World Cup/African Nations Cup qualifier against Gabon at the Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra on Sunday.
Capped 74 times for Germany, the former defender previously managed Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds and Alemannia Aachen in his native country.As a player, his best career game was probably the final of the 1990 FIFA World Cup final when he effectively marked the Argentine creative genius Diego Maradona, earning him the nickname 'Diego'. Buchwald who succeeds French coach Claude Le Roy was also part of Germany's disappointing 1994 World Cup squad.Le Roy parted ways with Ghana last month when his contract was expected to have elapsed at the end of June citing personal reasons.The GFA head-hunted for the French's successor in a move that drew names including Klaus Toppmoller and former trainer Ralph Zumdick close to the vacant position. 16
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
As a world class Cyber Café operator in the entire West African sub-region, Busy Internet has provide it numerous clients including multinational companies with an excellent customer care service which is second to non in the whole of Africa and the world at large.
According to the General Manager of Busy Internet Estelle Sowah, one significant of Busy internet success in the ICT industry is the commissioning of another classic and state of the art cyber café in Tema which will take care of the internets needs of the business community in Tema and its environs.
In an interview, Ms. Sowah express confidence in the team made up of Business and ICT professional who will be manning the Tema Busy Internet branch.
Pictures from the launch of BusyInternet Tema Branch.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Sixteen months have passed since we first stood together on the steps of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois.
Thousands of miles have been traveled. Millions of voices have been heard.
And because of what you said - because you decided that change must come to Washington; because you believed that this year must be different than all the rest; because you chose to listen not to your doubts or your fears but to your greatest hopes and highest aspirations, tonight we mark the end of one historic journey with the beginning of another - a journey that will bring a new and better day to America.
I want to thank every American who stood with us over the course of this campaign - through the good days and the bad; from the snows of Cedar Rapids to the sunshine of Sioux Falls.
And tonight I also want to thank the men and woman who took this journey with me as fellow candidates for president.
At this defining moment for our nation, we should be proud that our party put forth one of the most talented, qualified field of individuals ever to run for this office.
I have not just competed with them as rivals, I have learned from them as friends, as public servants, and as patriots who love America and are willing to work tirelessly to make this country better.
They are leaders of this party and leaders that America will turn to for years to come.
That is particularly true for the candidate who has travelled further on this journey than anyone else.
Senator Hillary Clinton has made history in this campaign not just because she's a woman who has done what no woman has done before, but because she's a leader who inspires millions of Americans with her strength, her courage, and her commitment to the causes that brought us here tonight.
We've certainly had our differences over the last sixteen months.
But as someone who's shared a stage with her many times, I can tell you that what gets Hillary Clinton up in the morning - even in the face of tough odds - is exactly what sent her and Bill Clinton to sign up for their first campaign in Texas all those years ago; what sent her to work at the Children's Defence Fund and made her fight for health care as First Lady; what led her to the United States Senate and fueled her barrier-breaking campaign for the presidency - an unyielding desire to improve the lives of ordinary Americans, no matter how difficult the fight may be.
And you can rest assured that when we finally win the battle for universal health care in this country, she will be central to that victory.
Our party and our country are better off because of her, and I am a better candidate for having had the honour to compete with Hillary Rodham Clinton.
There are those who say that this primary has somehow left us weaker and more divided.
Well I say that because of this primary, there are millions of Americans who have cast their ballot for the very first time.
There are Independents and Republicans who understand that this election isn't just about the party in charge of Washington, it's about the need to change Washington.
There are young people, and African-Americans, and Latinos, and women of all ages who have voted in numbers that have broken records and inspired a nation.
All of you chose to support a candidate you believe in deeply.
But at the end of the day, we arent the reason you came out and waited in lines that stretched block after block to make your voice heard.
You didn't do that because of me or senator Clinton or anyone else.
You did it because you know in your hearts that at this moment - a moment that will define a generation - we cannot afford to keep doing what we’ve been doing.
We owe our children a better future. We owe our country a better future.
And for all those who dream of that future tonight, I say - let us begin the work together. Let us unite in common effort to chart a new course for America.
In just a few short months, the Republican Party will arrive in St Paul with a very different agenda.
They will come here to nominate John McCain, a man who has served this country heroically.
I honour that service, and I respect his many accomplishments, even if he chooses to deny mine.
My differences with him are not personal; they are with the policies he has proposed in this campaign.
Because while John McCain can legitimately tout moments of independence from his party in the past, such independence has not been the hallmark of his presidential campaign
It's not change when John McCain decided to stand with George Bush ninety-five per cent of the time, as he did in the Senate last year.
It's not change when he offers four more years of Bush economic policies that have failed to create well-paying jobs, or insure our workers, or help Americans afford the skyrocketing cost of college - policies that have lowered the real incomes of the average American family, widened the gap between Wall Street and Main Street, and left our children with a mountain of debt.
And it's not change when he promises to continue a policy in Iraq that asks everything of our brave men and women in uniform and nothing of Iraqi politicians - a policy where all we look for are reasons to stay in Iraq, while we spend billions of dollars a month on a war that isn't making the American people any safer.
So I'll say this - there are many words to describe John McCain's attempt to pass off his embrace of George Bush's policies as bipartisan and new.
But change is not one of them.
Change is a foreign policy that doesn't begin and end with a war that should've never been authorised and never been waged.
I won't stand here and pretend that there are many good options left in Iraq, but what's not an option is leaving our troops in that country for the next hundred years - especially at a time when our military is overstretched, our nation is isolated, and nearly every other threat to America is being ignored.
We must be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in - but start leaving we must.
It's time for Iraqis to take responsibility for their future.
It's time to rebuild our military and give our veterans the care they need and the benefits they deserve when they come home.
It's time to refocus our efforts on al Qaeda's leadership and Afghanistan, and rally the world against the common threats of the 21st century - terrorism and nuclear weapons; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease.
Change is realising that meeting today's threats requires not just our firepower, but the power of our diplomacy - tough, direct diplomacy where the president of the United States isn't afraid to let any petty dictator know where America stands and what we stand for.
We must once again have the courage and conviction to lead the free world.
That is the legacy of Roosevelt, and Truman, and Kennedy.
That's what the American people want. That's what change is.
Change is building an economy that rewards not just wealth, but the work and workers who created it.
It's understanding that the struggles facing working families can't be solved by spending billions of dollars on more tax breaks for big corporations and wealthy CEOs, but by giving the middle-class a tax break, and investing in our crumbling infrastructure, and transforming how we use energy, and improving our schools and renewing our commitment to science and innovation.
It's understanding that fiscal responsibility and shared prosperity can go hand-in-hand, as they did when Bill Clinton was president.
John McCain has spent a lot of time talking about trips to Iraq in the last few weeks, but maybe if he spent some time taking trips to the cities and towns that have been hardest hit by this economy - cities in Michigan and Ohio, and right here in Minnesota – he would understand the kind of change that people are looking for.
Maybe if he went to Iowa and met the student who works the night shift after a full day of class and still can't pay the medical bills for a sister who is ill, he would understand that she can't afford four more years of a health care plan that only takes care of the healthy and wealthy.
She needs us to pass health care plan that guarantees insurance to every American who wants it and brings down premiums for every family who needs it.
Maybe if he went to Pennsylvania and met the man who lost his job but can't even afford the gas to drive around and look for a new one, he would understand that we can't afford four more years of our addiction to oil from dictators.
That man needs us to pass an energy policy that works with automakers to raise fuel standards, and makes corporations pay for their pollution, and oil companies invest their record profits in a clean energy future – an energy policy that will create millions of new jobs that pay well and can’t be outsourced.
That's the change we need.
'Governed by fear'
And maybe if he spent some time in the schools of South Carolina or St Paul or where he spoke tonight in New Orleans, he would understand that we can't afford to leave the money behind for No Child Left Behind; that we owe it to our children to invest in early childhood education; to recruit an army of new teachers and give them better pay and more support; to finally decide that in this global economy, the chance to get a college education should not be a privilege for the wealthy few, but the birthright of every American.
That's the change we need in America. That's why I'm running for president.
The other side will come here in September and offer a very different set of policies and positions, and that is a debate I look forward to.
It is a debate the American people deserve.
But what you don't deserve is another election that's governed by fear, and innuendo, and division.
What you won't hear from this campaign or this party is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge, and patriotism as a bludgeon – that sees our opponents not as competitors to challenge, but enemies to demonise.
Because we may call ourselves Democrats and Republicans, but we are Americans first.
We are always Americans first.
Despite what the good senator from Arizona said tonight, I have seen people of differing views and opinions find common cause many times during my two decades in public life, and I have brought many together myself.
I've walked arm-in-arm with community leaders on the south side of Chicago and watched tensions fade as black, white, and Latino fought together for good jobs and good schools.
I've sat across the table from law enforcement and civil rights advocates to reform a criminal justice system that sent thirteen innocent people to death row.
And I've worked with friends in the other party to provide more children with health insurance and more working families with a tax break; to curb the spread of nuclear weapons and ensure that the American people know where their tax dollars are being spent; and to reduce the influence of lobbyists who have all too often set the agenda in Washington.
In our country, I have found that this cooperation happens not because we agree on everything, but because behind all the labels and false divisions and categories that define us; beyond all the petty bickering and point-scoring in Washington, Americans are a decent, generous, compassionate people, united by common challenges and common hopes.
And every so often, there are moments which call on that fundamental goodness to make this country great again.
So it was for that band of patriots who declared in a Philadelphia hall the formation of a more perfect union; and for all those who gave on the fields of Gettysburg and Antietam their last full measure of devotion to save that same union.
So it was for the greatest generation that conquered fear itself, and liberated a continent from tyranny, and made this country home to untold opportunity and prosperity.
So it was for the workers who stood out on the picket lines; the women who shattered glass ceilings; the children who braved a Selma bridge for freedom's cause.
'Time to turn the page'
So it has been for every generation that faced down the greatest challenges and the most improbable odds to leave their children a world that’s better, and kinder, and more just.
And so it must be for us. America, this is our moment.
This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past.
Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face.
Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love.
The journey will be difficult. The road will be long.
I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations.
But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people.
Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth.
This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals.
Thank you, god bless you, and may god bless the United States of America."
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
It is boom time for aspiring journalists and the various journalism schools (J-schools) across the country as 24-hour television news channels sprout every other month and a slew of magazines and newspapers hit the newsstands.But, in the midst of a media boom that has seen journalists' salaries soar as hiring managers try to fill newsrooms, there is a growing awareness of a long-ignored crisis in Indian journalism: an acute shortage of quality talent.
This might be surprising as there are around 200 colleges and universities that offer journalism programmes that are recognized by the University Grants Commission; some 400-500 additional colleges with other journalism programmes and 1,000-1,500 training programmes without degrees, according to S. Raghavachari, head of the department of broadcast journalism at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi.Are they prepared? Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. Journalism schools concede there is a gap in their training. But, sheer quantity has failed to deliver quality as far as the Indian journalism pipeline goes. Many of these programmes are taught by part-time journalists or professors who have not stepped into a newsroom in years. Much like journalism, journalism education in India has been an underpaid and not-well-regarded profession, often attracting those who opted out of newsrooms or were too old to be active journalists. "They have some fine teachers, but many have never stepped inside a newsroom and, therefore, are unable to provide relevant guidance," says Sunil Saxena, dean of the Online Centre for Media Studies, the first online school of journalism in India.
While some schools such as the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) in Chennai and seasoned educators such as Thomas Oommen, former head of the Times School of Journalism and now head of Malayala Manorama Group-run Manorama School of Communication, or Mascom, in Kottayam, Kerala, have produced enough hireable young journalists in the past, a spurt in media outlets has sparked a feeding frenzy that has created a significant shortage of well trained, entry-level journalists. In recent years, this has then created an acute shortage of mid- and very senior-level journalists.
According to a report by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, an industry lobby, India's print and broadcast industries are expected to grow at a compounded annual rate of 14% and 22%, respectively, until 2012. While print is estimated to become a Rs28,100 crore industry by 2012, television will be a Rs60,000 crore sector.
Even this kind of growth still leaves more headroom. According to industry estimates, some 222 million Indians read a publication of any kind and only 115 million households have access to television, leaving hundreds of millions who could become media consumers.
African media leaders recognise the need to embrace and integrate new technology into daily operations.
A legacy of weak communications infrastructure is not necessarily a handicap for information delivery.
The proliferation of cell phones in Africa, together with rapidly developing cell phone technology, provides one of the best opportunities to bridge the information gap among media consumers.
With technology developing faster than media laws, belligerent administrations may find themselves unable to stem the flow of credible information if content providers from the traditional domains of print and electronic media develop strong and mutually beneficial partnership agreements with the technical sector.
The possibility of every cell phone user becoming a content provider exists in today's digital society, potentially rendering censorship and media house closures lame-duck attempts to stem the free-flow of information.
While traditional media is far from dead, new technology offers the ability to reach those who have had little or difficult access to global, regional and local news streams up to now, and will in fact add value to existing traditional technologies.
Recent events in Kenya demonstrated the power of text messaging following the government's banning of live current affairs broadcasts.
Delegates recognise the need for a more robust approach to disseminating vital and credible information in Africa's zones of crisis, noting that in Zimbabwe
There are increased physical attacks, torture and other forms of intimidation against the general population but in particular against the media, civil, and human rights groups by ruling ZANU PF party supporters, the security forces and extra-legal militia ahead of the presidential run-off election in June.
Food distribution is amongst the weapons being used to influence voting patterns.
The MDC says that more than 40 of its supporters have been killed since the March 29th elections.
These acts of violence are meant to force the population to vote for President Robert Mugabe.
Delegates condemn this barbaric action and urge the Zimbabwean Government to respect the rule of law and the will of the people.
While in Ghana –
The Government is working to pass a freedom of information bill into an act which aims to empower the populace, more so media practitioners easier access to information. While the Ghanaian population is pleased with the prospects of an environment offering freer expression, there is general apprehension that the process is too slow.
The Ghana Government is therefore urged to finalise the process without any further delay.
And in South Africa
Delegates condemn recent and ongoing acts of xenophobic violence and in particular the government's slow reaction to publicly condemn and stem these horrific acts.
A more pro-active approach by the government and security forces, in concert with civil society, human rights organisations, medical service providers and the media, to operate as an efficient communications conduit is strongly urged.
Monday, June 2, 2008
MTN with it propaganda machinery like STRACOM, MEDIACOM etc would quickly move to stop you from letting the cat out of the bag. I remember when a radio station in Accra, I think Vibe Fm try picking up the issue up, I was told by deep throat source embedded with station that, even the CEO of the station was threaten by MTN executive including George Andah the Marketing Manager, that they would withdraw all MTN adverts running on the station should the CEO allow the Presenter to continue with MTN issue. Folks this is one out of the countless stories that shows how MTN takes Ghanaians for granted.
In a report recently posted on Ghana web, Miss Mawuena Dumor, Corporate Services Executive of MTN, Ghana, stated that the company had in recent times spent about 200 million dollars to upgrade its network infrastructure. She said the projects included the construction and activation of new cell sites and improvement of customer care working facilities, noting that these measures were aimed at helping the company to boost its capacity to process calls efficiently as the company's global portfolio increases.Miss Dumor was interacting with media personnel in the Ashanti Region at a forum in Kumasi.
Should we believe what Miss Dumor just said? All that I can say is Ghanaians are still watching you MTN. Time will tell.
Most people strongly believe that the Narcotic Control Board and other agencies are no up and doing to discourage others form dealing in illicit drugs left alone stamps it operations out of our societies. The police service and the judiciary have also had their share of the blame. The police institution has allowed greed to infiltrate their ranks thereby resulting in some of their officers been influence by huge sums of money from some of the drug barons who were apprehended and about to be face the full rigors of the law. Recent criticism over some few month in the year 2008 has been the lost of 47 parcels of substances believed to be cocaine from the store room of the Ghana Police Service. Ghanaians found it strange to believe that such an amount of cocaine got missing from a highly security store room, without even a trace from the CCTV security cameras mounted right in front of the security room. Were there not police personnel’ guarding the premises at which those 77 parcel of cocaine are kept? This and many question were on the mind of Ghanaians when the news broke to them. Unfortunately the reaction from the police service to redeem it image from public ridicule turns out to be more humiliating when two police were indicted for assisting harden drug baron to run away from arrest by the country’s security agencies.