The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh has placed a ¢20,000 bounty on the killers of the incumbent MP for Mfantseman Constituency, Ekow Quansah Hayford.
In a statement issued by the Public Relations Directorate of the Service and signed by Supt of Police Sheila Kesse Abayie-Buckman, the Service said the money will only be given for credible information that will lead to the arrest of the perpetrators.
Mr. Hayford together with his driver was shot and killed after their car was attacked on the Nkusukum Mankessim-Abeadze Duadze road in the Central Region.
Eyewitnesses say the suspected armed robbers numbering about six started shooting at the MP’s vehicle when his driver attempted to drive through the robbery operation.
The driver was subsequently shot, resulting in him losing control over the vehicle.
The MP is then alleged to have introduced himself to the robbers which infuriated them. He was then shot twice.
While urging the public to remain calm, the statement also added that the IGP has dispatched a team of investigators from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to support the Central Region’s Crime Scene Team to investigate the incidence.
Emerging sensational Afro Reggae Dancehall singer Picoshantireleases a video of his banging hit song on Ranking Family’sfirst major Ghana-Jamaican project for the year dubbedGuidance Riddim album. The song which is entitled “Jah nuh go shame us” was produced by Shelly Vybz (who also doubles as an artist) in the Jungle Yard studio inside Mataheko a suburb of Accra. It touches on the life experiences of the artist and that of several other individuals struggling to survive or make it in life .
“Jah nuh go shame us” is one of 30 songs on a Ghana-Jamaicanreggae dancehall album dubbed Guidance Riddim album which was put together by Ranking Family Entertainment andlaunched on 13th March,2021. The audio which can be purchased or streamed on the Grinomusic app on Google play store has proven to be a household inspirational song on the lips of everyhustler on the streets of Accra.
It comes with a colorful video which was released on June 7th on YouTube. It seeks to encourage and motivate the average Ghanaian youth to work harder and look up to ALMIGHTY GOD in everything in spite of prevailing challenges and hardships in the country especially in these days that there is an out cry for the government to fix the economy of Ghana.
Originally born Asare-Addo Paul to Hannah Asare and the late Kofi Asare on May 15th in the mid 80s at Tudu in Accra, Picoshanti who is also known as World Cryah (Crier) and Gonggong Souljah is determined to put Ghana on the world map by winning international awards like BET,IRAWMA andGrammy for the country with his authentic Afro Reggae Dancehall music genre. Although he’s not signed to any record label at the moment, Picoshanti is greatly supported by his music group Souljah Gong Nation, Life empire and Ranking family movement.
The Guidance Riddim album has 25 Ghanaian artists including ace reggae dancehall legend Sugar Ranking,Linguakat,Jahlead,Bukom Dancehall, Method Ranking,Wanrow,Nature Ranks, Captain Cuk,Abashanty,Lasborn Royal ,Shelly Vybz and Picoshantiamong others and of course 5 Jamaican budding artists includingJah Dean,Ibrill,Firewit, Diago Baddis and Chemikal all singing on the Guidance Riddim engineered by Shelly Vybz.
“Jah Jah nuh go shame us” and “ e go be one day” ,the most catchy phrases in the song seems to be the magic that is making a lot of people gravitate towards the song “jah nuh go shame us”. Watch the video on YouTube and download the audio from Grinomusic and join in the fun and inspiration galore.
Chelsea have moved ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign wantaway Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, according to reports.
The Frenchman has a little over a year remaining on is contract that ends in June 2022 but the LaLiga giants could be forced to cash in on the defender should progress slow down over an extension.
Varane, who turned 28 on Sunday, has been a vital component of Zinedine Zidane’s side having started all but five of Los Blancos’ LaLiga and Champions League matches this term.
But according to Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo, Varane remains unconvinced about staying at Real and Chelsea are willing to pay the £61million needed to bring him over to Stamford Bridge.
The report says Real need to raise money to fund moves for star players such as Kylian Mbappe, and the expected arrival of David Alaba, also 28, on a free transfer from Bayern Munich can allow a current centre-back to leave.
Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be interested in Varane this summer as well as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has used several options at centre-back since arriving at the west London club in late January. Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 win at West Ham, while Cesar Azpilicueta and Kurt Zouma have also featured there.
The future of summer signing Silva, who joined from Tuchel’s former side PSG at the beginning of the season, is uncertain as his deal expires at the end of the current season.
Chelsea also have centre-back option Fikayo Tomori out on loan at Italian side AC Milan and the Rossoneri have already publicly expressed a desire to sign the Englishman permanently.
Varane can show Chelsea what they would be getting – should they decide to stump up the large fee for the Frenchman – in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final between Real and the Blues.
Zidane’s side host Chelsea at their Valdebebas training ground on Tuesday night before taking part in the return-leg at Stamford Bridge on May 5.
Since joining Real from Lens a decade ago, Varane has won three LaLiga titles, four Champions League trophies and four FIFA Club World Cups with the Spanish giants
Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry have become the first players to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame is the highest individual honour awarded to players by the League and celebrates the talent and achievements of standout professionals who have featured in the division since its creation in 1992. To be eligible, players must have been retired as of August 1, 2020.
Former Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United striker Shearer still holds the record as the Premier League’s highest scorer with 260 goals in 441 appearances across 14 seasons.
He won the title with Blackburn under Kenny Dalglish in the 1994/95 campaign and went on to score 148 times in the top flight during 10 years at his boyhood club Newcastle from 1996 to 2006.
The former England forward is a three-time Golden Boot winner and remains the only player to have reached 100 Premier League goals for two different clubs.
Shearer said: “When you look at some of the unbelievable players to have graced the Premier League – week in, week out, year in, year out – I feel very honoured to join the Hall of Fame. I have to thank all of my team-mates, as well as the managers and coaches that I’ve worked with.
“All I ever wanted to be was a professional footballer. It was my dream to do that, my dream to win trophies and my dream to score at St James’ Park, to wear the number nine black-and-white shirt and it was fantastic. I enjoyed every minute of it.”
Following his move to Arsenal from Juventus in 1999, Henry won the Premier League title twice and was a key member of the ‘Invincibles’ team which went unbeaten during the 2003/04 title-winning season.
The Frenchman won the Golden Boot award a record four times and scored a club-record 175 Premier League goals in 258 appearances for the Gunners.
He scored over 20 Premier League goals in five campaigns in a row between 2001 and 2006. Henry also surpassed Ian Wright’s total of 185 goals in all competitions to become Arsenal’s all-time record scorer (with 228) during his time in north London.
Henry said: “To be inducted alongside Alan Shearer as the two first inductees into the Premier League Hall of Fame is more than special.
“When I was young, I was just trying to make sure I could get a pair of boots and now we’re talking about the Hall of Fame. During my career I wanted to play hard and make sure I was fighting for the cause, because that’s all the fans want to see.
“If you asked me at the start of my career about entering the Hall of Fame, I wouldn’t have believed you. It’s an amazing honour.”
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry are two world-class players who lit up the Premier League throughout their time in the competition. Both players were capable of scoring every kind of goal, including some of the best we have ever seen.
“Shearer’s record 260 Premier League goals puts him at the top of a long list of exceptional goalscorers. The fact that record remains unchallenged today, 15 years since his retirement, goes to show what an achievement it was.
“Henry broke individual and team records during eight seasons with Arsenal when he became a footballing icon. He was a talisman in the ‘Invincibles’ team and his four Premier League Golden Boots during a five-year period reflect the impact he had.”
Shearer and Henry will feature in a special programme, which will be broadcast at 6pm on Monday evening on Sky Sports Premier League.
Kelly Cates will interview the two icons as they look back on their Premier League careers, with some special guests also making an appearance.
A shortlist of 23 additional nominees eligible to join the Premier League Hall of Fame in 2021 will be announced during the show, with fans invited to cast their vote from 7pm and help select the remaining six inductees to the 2021 Premier League Hall of Fame.
Manchester United fans breached security at their club’s training ground on Thursday as they protested against the Glazer family for the owners’ role in the failed European Super League plot.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was forced to speak to around 20 supporters after they blocked both entrances to the Carrington headquarters.
The protestors unfurled banners that read “51% MUFC 20”, “We decide when you play” and “Glazer out”.
The 51 percent is a reference to fans holding the majority of voting rights at a club, which is commonplace in German football.
They posed for photos outside the entrance to the main building and on the first-team training pitch.
“At approximately 9am this morning a group gained access to the club training ground,” a United statement said.
“The manager and others spoke to them. Buildings were secure and the group has now left the site.”
United have been under the American family’s ownership since they completed their controversial takeover in 2005.
The Glazers have never been liked by United fans but their reputation sank to a new low after their leading role in attempting to launch the European Super League.
United co-chairman Joel Glazer was named vice-chairman of the despised breakaway competition, which collapsed on Tuesday when all six Premier League clubs involved were forced to withdraw due to the furious public backlash.
In the fall-out, United announced executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward would leave by the end of the year, while Glazer admitted “we got it wrong” in an open letter to fans on Wednesday.
Glazer has not attended a United game in over two years and his apology speech marked his first communication with supporters in almost 16 years.
The letter read: “You made very clear your opposition to the European Super League, and we have listened. We got it wrong, and we want to show that we can put things right.
“Although the wounds are raw and I understand that it will take time for the scars to heal, I am personally committed to rebuilding trust with our fans and learning from the message you delivered with such conviction.
“We continue to believe that European football needs to become more sustainable throughout the pyramid for the long-term. However, we fully accept that the Super League was not the right way to go about it.
“In seeking to create a more stable foundation for the game, we failed to show enough respect for its deep-rooted traditions – promotion, relegation, the pyramid – and for that we are sorry.
“This is the world’s greatest football club and we apologise unreservedly for the unrest caused during these past few days.”
Solskjaer will face questions about the Super League for the first time since the collapse at his next press conference on Friday ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match at Leeds
Nabdam MP condemns gov’t for postponing COVID-19 vaccine administration
Government’s decision to reschedule the administration of the second dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine has attracted caution and criticism from the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nabdam, Dr Mark Kurt Nawaane.
Dr Nawaane, a Deputy Ranking Member of the Parliament’s Health Committee, observes that Ghana is at a crossroads owing to a ‘disappointing’ handling of the COVID-19 pandemic by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Government and warns that failure to implement the second-dose vaccination programme within the required period may crush the country’s hope of economic recovery.
“Ghana is at a crossroads and the uncertainty over a possible third wave from a mutant strain is real. The country has difficulties achieving a zero infection goal. Our inability to meet our timelines in implementing our vaccination program leaves the country’s hope for economic rebound in limbo,” the lawmaker cautioned.
His reaction is contained in a press statement issued hours after the government had announced at a press briefing that the second-dose vaccination exercise would be put on hold for four weeks.
The Education Minister, Yaw Adutwum, has refuted reports that the government has substituted eggs for students under the school feeding programme with mackerel imported from China.
Mr. Adutwum speaking to Francis Abban on GHONE TV on Thursday described the reports as propaganda adding that headmasters are given money to purchase the eggs so it’s impossible for anyone to suggest that eggs for the students have been substituted with mackerel.
Go and ask any headmaster, headmasters are given 30% of the feeding amount to buy perishables including eggs so nobody supplies eggs,” the Member of Parliament for the Bosomtwe constituency said, adding “Eggs are bought by headmasters and mackerels are supplied by buffer stock so it’s not possible to substitute eggs for mackerel. It’s propaganda.”
The Minister’s comments come on the back of reports that the Akufo-Addo government has awarded a contract to a Chinese company to import mackerel for students under the school feeding and cut the consumption of eggs.
The increase in egg consumption created an avenue for employment and further investment in poultry production by the local farmers but the sudden directive by the government had reportedly reduced the demand for eggs and on the verge of collapsing the local industry.
President of the Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers (GNAPF) Victor Oppong Adjei in an earlier interview on Starr FM slammed the decision by the government to substitute eggs for mackerel for students under the school feeding program.
“The supply of eggs to schools was helping the poultry industry. But we’re hearing of the importation of mackerel to substitute the eggs, which is very unfortunate. The nutrients in eggs help the brains so you can’t compare mackerels to them. There was no agreement but gov’t said eggs should be added to the school feeding program. It was last week we heard that the eggs are being substituted with mackerel. Which is unfortunate.”
He added “as we speak now farmers are selling their birds prematurely and if we don’t take care, it’s going to collapse the poultry industry. People have been saying eggs are not good but you can take 2 to 3 eggs a day which is still good for you. Eggs have good cholesterol so we are doing much education on it.”
According to him, storming the location was his only alternative to witness the incident and on his way, he saw a tricycle on the road with the driver.
Nana Akrofi I narrated that he went near the tricycle and saw some pieces of railway steel which were covered with plantain leaves.
He then called the police to arrest the driver and through interrogation, he revealed accomplices involved who were also arrested at the scene.
The suspects are now in police custody at Twifo Ati-Morkwa police station.
Abusuapanyin Kojo Ahinful, Central Regional Correspondent
Stolen railway steel
Police at Twifo Ati-Morkwa in the Twifo Ati-Morkwa District of the Central Region have arrested suspected three thieves and an Abobo Yaa driver for raiding railway steel at Twifo Nuamakrom through Assin Fosu.
Speaking to Central Regional Soireenews correspondent, Abusuapanyin Kojo Ahinful, the chief of Twifo Nuamakrom, Nana Akrofi I, explained that he received a call from an unknown person that people were cutting railway steel in his jurisdiction around 3 pm Friday dawn.
Nana Edu Afram X says settling the differences of each other will produce unity for the development of Apam
The Odikro of Apam in Gomoa West District in the Central Region, Nana Edu Afram X has urged all the heads of families to forgo differences and disputes and smoke peace pipe for development to prevail.
He noted, the seven formidable families in Apam are not on good terms which can affect future generations, therefore a union must form to ascertain a peaceful relationship amongst the families at Apam. He made these remarks during the launch of the Union of Heads of families ( Ebusuapanyinfo Nkabom kuw ) to spearhead development and progress at Apam.
Speaking to Central Regional Soireenews correspondent, Abusuapanyin Kojo Ahinful, the secretary of the union, Ebusuapayin Sampson Appiatse-Akorful assured unity amongst the families which can have an impact on descendants and Apam as a whole to end the family dispute tarnishing the development of the district capital.
Abusuapanyin Kojo Ahinful, Central Regional Correspondent
Manufacturer of ‘Quds Rise’ hopes 10,000 vehicles will be produced by next year in the crisis-hit Mediterranean country.
A Lebanon-made electric car has made its debut, the first time the Mediterranean country has manufactured an automobile, despite struggling amid a dire economic crisis with frequent power cuts.
The red sports car – named “Quds Rise”, using the Arabic name of Jerusalem – is the project of Lebanese-born Palestinian businessman Jihad Mohammad.
It’s the “first automobile to be made locally,” Mohammad told reporters on Saturday, at the unveiling in a parking lot south of Beirut.
It was built in Lebanon “from start to finish”, he said of the prototype, emblazoned at the front with a golden logo of the Dome of the Rock, the shrine in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam’s third holiest site.
The car is to cost $30,000.
Production of up to 10,000 vehicles is hoped to start later this year in Lebanon, with cars to hit the market in a year’s time, said Mohammad, the director of Lebanon-based firm EV Electra.
Mohammad, 50, said he set up the company four years ago after years abroad, employing Lebanese and Palestinian engineers among 300 members of staff.
He says his long-term goal is to compete on the international market for hybrid and electric cars, as well as to make sales in Lebanon.
But the unveiling comes as Lebanon struggles amid its worst economic crisis in decades, and imported car sales are at a record low, in part due to capital controls and drastic devaluation on the black market.
‘Step in the right direction’?
Dealers sold just 62 new cars in the first two months of 2021, almost 97 percent less than the same period a year before, figures released by the Association of Automobile Importers in Lebanon showed.
But Mohammad said potential Lebanese buyers would be offered the opportunity to pay for half the new electric car in dollars, with the rest paid in Lebanese pounds at an exchange rate better than the black market one, to be paid over five years without interest.
Lebanon also relies on fossil fuels for power generation, already insufficient for a population of around six million who suffer daily power cuts.
To power its new electric cars, the firm plans to set up around 100 recharging stations across the country connected to generators.
These could then be fuelled by solar and wind power generation, Mohammad said.
Independent energy analyst Jessica Obeid welcomed the innovation, but said the vehicles would only be environmentally friendly if the power sector underwent serious reform.
“The energy sector is the biggest contributor to Lebanon’s greenhouse gas emissions,” and already under pressure due to a shortage in dollars to import fuel, she told AFP news agency.
But, she added, “if the electric vehicles have solar charging stations, then this would be a step in the right direction”.
The Central Regional Police Command has assured residents of the Region, particularly those in and around Kasoa where there seems to be an upsurge of crimes that the command is ready to fight head on.
Giving evidence of the command’s preparedness to fight the disturbing levels of increasing crime rate in Kasoa, the Regional Police Commander, DCOP Mrs Habiba Twumasi Sarpong said personnel strength at both Kasoa and the Millennium Divisions have been augmented.
At a press briefing in Cape Coast on Wednesday 21stApril,2021, DCOP Habiba Twumasi Sarpong indicated that as part of the efforts to curb the menace of crime in Kasoa and its immediate environs, Police tents would be mounted in the town to increase police visibility.
Additionally, vehicular, motor and foot patrols have been intensified already while the Police in collaboration with opinion leaders are negotiating to form more community watchcommittees.
According to the commander, Media education and community engagements are ongoing within the two divisions and its environs while informants have been cultivated to help with information sharing.
In recent times, Kasoa, which is arguably the fastest growing community in the Central Region, has become the hub of all forms of criminal activities and a safe haven for hardened criminals.
In view of this, the decision of the Regional Police Commandto intensify Police activities in the town to augment the strength of the personnel would be a good step in the right direction.
A man believed to be in his early 40s has allegedly killed his own 3 year old brilliant son for money rituals.This incident happened in Akuma Village general area, Accra.
According to sources, the guy as been talking about rituals for money since his online fraud business was not fetching him like his peers. He then consulted a fetish priest who demanded for the life of his son.
The source said that, the boy(name withheld) was playing with his friends when the father called him to accompany him home and change his cloths. Suddenly, he pushed the boy to fall off the beach rocks which caused his death.
He then run to a group playing in the neighborhood and reported that he has killed his son. By the time it was confirmed true, the killer had vanished. He was arrested by the angry neighbors around Rawlings Park , trying to escape on a motor cycle bear chested. he has been handed over to the police for further investigations.
Bodycam footage provided by the police shows an altercation with a group of individuals outside a house before one of them – said to be Ma’Khia Bryant – appears to lunge at another member of the group with a knife in hand.
A police officer then approaches the group in the driveway and shouts “get down” before firing several shots, fatally injuring the girl.
The officer is heard saying in the footage: “She had a knife, she just went at her.” A bystander shouts that she was just a child.
Officials have said the officer opened fire in order to save the life of one of the girls. A woman identified in local media as Ms Bryant’s aunt said her niece was simply defending herself after being attacked.
Hazel Bryant was quoted by local TV station WSYX-TV as saying: “She was a good kid. Yeah, she had issues, but that’s OK. She didn’t deserve to die like a dog on the street.”
Speaking to local broadcaster WBNS-TV, Ma’Khia Bryant’s mother, Paula Bryant, said she was “hurt” by what had happened and that her daughter was a “loving girl”.
“This shouldn’t have happened,” she said, adding: “I want answers.”
Paula Bryant said her daughter, who had been staying at a foster home, was “looking forward to coming home”.
At a news conference, the interim chief of Columbus Police, Mike Woods, said an inquiry was being conducted by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
“At the conclusion of that investigation, the divisional police will conduct an administrative review of the actions of this officer and all officers at scene,” he said. “This is a tragic incident for all involved, but especially for the family of the female.”
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther described it as “horrible, heart-breaking” and a “tragic day in the city”.
“We know, based on this footage, the officer took action to protect another young girl in our community – but a family is grieving tonight.”
The White House linked the shooting – which happened about an hour before former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder in the May 2020 death of George Floyd – to “systemic racism”.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki told a news conference on Wednesday: “Her death came, as you noted, just as America was hopeful of a step forward after the traumatic and exhausting trial of Derek Chauvin and the verdict that was reached.
“So our focus is on working to address systemic racism and implicit bias head-on and, of course, to passing laws and legislation that will put much-needed reforms into place in police departments around the country.”
Chauvin, 45, was filmed kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes during his arrest last May.
The widely watched footage sparked worldwide protests against racism and excessive use of force by police.
Protesters gathered in Columbus on Wednesday afternoon near the home where the girl’s shooting took place.
Meanwhile, NBA megastar LeBron James encountered a fierce backlash after posting a tweet targeting one of the officers involved.
“YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY,” the basketball player wrote with an hourglass emoji over a photo of one of the white policemen at the scene of the teen’s shooting.
Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas tweeted: “Lebron [sic] James is inciting violence against an Ohio police officer. This is disgraceful and dangerous. Is the NBA okay with this? Is Twitter?”
The Los Angeles Lakers legend deleted the tweet and said he had sent it out of “anger”.
The FBI warned at the start of the Covid outbreak in the US that it expected a surge in hate crimes against those of Asian descent.
Federal hate crime data for 2020 has not yet been released, though hate crimes in 2019 were at their highest level in over a decade.https://emp.bbc.com/emp/SMPj/2.40.2/iframe.htmlmedia captionAnti-Asian violence: ‘I thought I wouldn’t make it’
Late last year, the United Nations issued a reportthat detailed “an alarming level” of racially motivated violence and other hate incidents against Asian Americans.
It is difficult to determine exact numbers for such crimes and instances of discrimination, as no organisations or governmental agencies have been tracking the issue long-term, and reporting standards can vary region to region.
The advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate said it received more than 2,800 reports of hate incidents directed at Asian Americans nationwide last year. The group set up its online self-reporting tool at the start of the pandemic.
Local law enforcement is taking notice too: the New York City hate crimes task force investigated 27 incidents in 2020, a ninefold increase from the previous year. In Oakland, California, police have added patrols and set up a command post in Chinatown.
In recent weeks, celebrities and influencers have spoken out after several disturbing incidents went viral on social media.
Here are some of the recently reported attacks:
An 84-year-old Thai immigrant in San Francisco, California, died last month after being violently shoved to the ground during his morning walk
In Oakland, California, a 91-year-old senior was shoved to the pavement from behind
An 89-year-old Chinese woman was slapped and set on fire by two people in Brooklyn, New York
A stranger on the New York subway slashed a 61-year-old Filipino American passenger’s face with a box cutter
Asian American restaurant employees in New York City told the New York Times they now always go home early for fear of violence and harassment
An Asian American butcher shop owner in Sacramento, California found a dead cat – likely intended for her – left in the store’s parking lot; police are investigating it as a hate crime
An Asian American family celebrating a birthday at a restaurant in Carmel, California, was berated with racist slurs by a Trump-supporting tech executive
Several Asian Americans home owners say they’ve been abused with racial slurs and had rocks thrown at their houses
The only Asian American lawmaker in the Kansas legislature says he was physically threatened in a bar by a patron who accused him of carrying the coronavirus
New York police arrested a man who assaulted a woman during a protest against anti-Asian racism
A grieving family received a hateful letter on the day of their father’s funeral, telling them to “pack your bags and go back to your country where you belong”
A school board candidate of Vietnamese descent in Portland, Oregon, found a note with the words “Kung Flu” on her doorstep
A medical worker of Filipino descent in Los Gatos, California was shoved to the ground from behind by an assailant who told her to “go back to [expletive] China”
What’s the situation in California?
Over six million Asian Americans live in California, according to the latest population estimates, by far the most in any US state.
They make up more than 15% of residents in the state.
The coronavirus hit the state hard and early, grinding its bustling cities and businesses to a halt. The virus has already claimed over 50,000 Californian lives.
From March to May 2020 alone, over 800 Covid-related hate incidents were reported from 34 counties in the state, according to a report released by the Asian Pacific Policy Planning Council.https://emp.bbc.com/emp/SMPj/2.40.2/iframe.htmlmedia captionAsian women made to “feel invisible” in America
Those numbers have since intensified in Orange County, where anti-Asian hate incidents are up by an estimated 1200%, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.
In neighbouring Los Angeles County, hate crimes against Asian Americans are up 115%, CBS News reported.
What’s the reaction?
Advocates for Asian Americans say the violence can be linked to rising anti-Asian sentiment in the US.
Some have directly blamed the anti-China rhetoric of former President Donald Trump, who often made mention of the pandemic as the “China virus” or the “kung flu”.
During his first week in office, President Joe Biden signed an executive action essentially banning the use of such language within the federal government.
And with Democrats now in control of both chambers of Congress, lawmakers and activists are calling for more attention and resources devoted to the issue.
In April, the US Senate voted to pass legislation meant to address the rise in Asian American hate crimes. The bill would designate an official at the US Justice Department to expedite reviews of violence and hate crimes related to Covid-19. It would also provide grants for state and local governments to improve their own reporting systems.
The bipartisan measure passed 94 to one. The bill will now head to the Democratic-controlled House, where it is likely to pass. https://emp.bbc.com/emp/SMPj/2.40.2/iframe.htmlmedia captionInside the lives of Asian massage workers: ‘How can we not be scared?’
At the state level, California lawmakers allocated $1.4m (£1m) in state funds to expand data collection, advocacy initiatives and resources for victims.
On the ground, there are more local efforts to combat the hate too.
In Orange County, neighbours stepped in to help out an Asian-American family after a group of teenagers repeatedly targeted them for months with little police intervention. Neighbours now stand guard outside the family’s home each night, the Washington Post reported.
Why is this happening?
These incidents are best explained by the “widespread omission” of Asian Americans within cultural conversations, according to Amanda Nguyen, an activist and the founder of the Rise civil rights not-for-profit organisation.
Although the Asian population grew faster than other major groups in the last US census, the community’s stories are not widely covered in the media and its concerns are not polled by political parties, Ms Nguyen told the BBC.
Some federal agencies do not even include the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in their definitions of racial minorities, she notes.
Ms Nguyen says that the people attacking Asian Americans since the pandemic began “can’t really differentiate and don’t care if we are X, Y or Z”.
“They have made us a scapegoat to enact their violence.”
For Ms Nguyen, the more visibility anti-Asian crimes receive, the better. She notes that laws can help solve the problem, but the US needs a cultural shift as well.
“We are in a moment of reckoning right now,” Ms Nguyen adds. “We have been systematically erased on every single level and people can start to combat that by educating themselves about us.”
With the start of the New Year, many of us have made resolutions to improve our health and fitness but i want to remind you that we are four months away now. While having specific health and fitness goals in mind is excellent, people often go to extremes to accomplish these goals. They try the newest fad diet or workout trend and often end up exhausting both their mental and physical energy.
This usually leads to either quitting altogether or reaching these goals and being unable to maintain them, ultimately resulting in burnout, failure, or injury. Because of this, I propose you ditch the extreme unrealistic goals and aim to change your lifestyle.
When you start to view health and fitness as a lifestyle rather than a part-time hobby or 30-day challenge, you develop behaviors that will improve many areas of your life.
Living a healthy lifestyle can inspire creativity and teach you discipline, adaptability, and balance.This will not only leave you looking and feeling better, but you will show up as a better version of yourself for the people in your life that truly matter.
🏃🏿♀️ *S/R WORKOUT* 🏃🏿♂️
"Your discipline count"
The Attorney-General, Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ministry of Education have filed reply in the case involving Master Oheneba Kwaku Nkrabea, a Rastafarian student denied admission by Achimota School.
When the case was called on Thursday, April 22, 2021, Madam Stella Badu, a Chief State Attorney, told the Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court, presided over by Justice Gifty Agyei Addo, that schools under GES could not be sued.
She said because Achimota School was under GES, the Board of the School did not file a response to the suit, hence A-G’s representation.
The Court, however, ordered that, the Board of the school file their reply within four days from today after being served Court’s proceedings for today.
It also served notice for the parties to file their responses to the substantive matter within seven days instead of 21 days to expedite action on the matter. The case has been adjourned to April 30, 2021. GNA