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The Best Diet to Lower Your Colon Cancer Risk

Fruits, vegetables and fish can greatly lower your risk

Research has shown that what you eat can play a large role in your risk for developing colorectal cancer. A recent study also shows that a diet of mostly fruits, vegetables and a moderate amount of fish appears to offer the most protection against developing colorectal cancer.
The study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found a pesco-vegetarian diet — dominated by fruits and vegetables and including a moderate amount of fish —  is associated with a 45 percent reduced risk for colorectal cancers compared to people whose diets include meat.
Researchers at Loma Linda University analyzed the diets of nearly 78,000 people and then compared the diets to cancer incidence rates to estimate the number of people who might develop colorectal cancer.
They found vegans had a 16 percent lower risk for all colorectal cancers compared to non-vegetarians. Vegans do not eat any foods derived from animals, including dairy products such as cheese, milk and eggs.
The researchers also found that vegetarians had 22 percent lower risk of colorectal cancer compared to meat-eaters. In general, vegetarians avoid eating meat, but do eat dairy products or certain dairy products such as eggs.
But, the researchers found, the pesco-vegetarian diet appears to offer the most protection against colorectal cancer. A pesco-vegetarian is a vegetarian who also consumes fish and seafood.


Education minister slams teachers sleeping with students

Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has said his Ministry will take on any regional director of Education who fails to protect female students who are victims of sexual abuse by teachers in Senior High Schools across the country.
The Minister indicated that boarding schools cannot be used as brothels by male teachers who usually engage in sexual relationships with their female students.
His comments come after nine teachers of the Ejisuman Senior High School in the Ashanti Region have been interdicted following allegations of sexual assault on some female students of the school.
The Minister who was speaking at a meeting in Kumasi with Directors of Education and Heads of selected Senior High Schools (SHSs) expressed worry over the failure of some heads of schools and Directors of Education in taking steps to protect female students who are victims of sexual abuse.
He indicated that heads of schools should act in place of parents and must ensure the girl child is not a subject of sexual abuse.
“Though they are allegations, they are not allegations that should let us sleep. I am going to hold any Director of Directorate of Education responsible. If such an incident happen in your region and you don’t take steps to protect the kids, it is not about sacking the teacher, it is not about anything, it is about taking steps to protect the underage children. Please take note, if it happens in your school, take the appropriate steps. If you don’t, you have yourself to blame”, he warned.
Dr Opoku Prempeh further said heads of schools must find a lasting solution to the practice where teachers engage in sexual relationships with female students emphasizing that “our schools and our boarding schools are not brothels.”


96,000 homes in Tema cited for illegal electricity connections in 2017

The Manager in charge of Revenue Protection at the Tema Regional office of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Madam Cynthia Kyei Gyamfi has announced that about 96, 000 houses within Tema engaged in various forms of illegal connection last year.
She added that within the same period 97 customers were prosecuted and billed to pay for the power that had been stolen.
Speaking at a meeting with some media houses in Tema, Madam Kyei Gyamfi noted that the most prevalent recorded cases involved meter bypassing and meter tampering.
She said the company was able to recover about six million Ghana cedis out of about nine million one hundred and sixty-eight thousand that had been lost.
She said the level of illegal siphoning of power was realised when the company last year organised a routine house-to-house operation to check on its meters within some parts of the Tema region.
According to her the exercise formed part of efforts to ensure that customers pay for power they use and are deterred from stealing power.
She said “a report is currently being compiled by the headquarters to come out with a few issues and then we can bounce back to begin the next phase of the operation”
Madam Kyei Gyamfi added that customers who have been found culpable have been given time to pay their bills.
“The bills are such that customers don’t pay them at a go. It is not a mainstream billing so those who are found culpable are given a payment plan to settle their bills”


Your investments are secure in Ghana – Akufo-Addo assures investors

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says his government is keen on building the business-friendly economy on the continent and has assured potential private sector investors of the safety of their investments.
Speaking at the 6th Africa CEO Forum, held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on Monday, President Akufo-Addo stressed that “Ghana is endowed with great potential, where security and the rule of law are upheld, where investments are secure.”
President Akufo-Addo noted that over the last 14 months, his administration has focused its energy on building a resilient economy.
Some of these measures, the President noted are also bent at helping the country move from its dependency on foreign assistance – Ghana beyond aid – a mantra he has preached since he took office last year.
“We have put in place, in Ghana, since I took office, a monetary policy that has stabilised our currency, and has reduced significantly inflation and the cost of borrowing,” the president told the forum.
In order to create a Ghana that is “able to mobilize our own material and human resources to develop a strong economy, capable of generating prosperity for the mass of our people, and construct a Ghana no longer dependent on handouts and charity,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo, President Alassane Ouattara and President Emerson Mnangagwa with Bechir Ben Yamed, CEO of Jeune Afrique
He also indicated that “we have implemented a raft of tax cuts which has brought relief to businesses, and, at the same time, reduced substantially our fiscal deficit. These interventions are lowering the cost of doing business, and are shifting the focus of our economy from an emphasis on taxation to an expansion of production.”
President Akufo-Addo stated that the Ghanaian economy, with a growth rate of 3.6%, in 2016, the lowest in two decades, grew by 7.9% in 2017, and is expected to grow, in 2018, by 8.3%, which, according to the IMF, would make it the fastest growing economy in the world this year.
President Akufo-Addo also said a rapid growth of the private sector is an essential ingredient in realizing his government’s vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid.
“There are many projects in roads, railways, water transport, industry, manufacturing, agriculture, petroleum and gas, renewable energy, the exploitation of our mineral wealth of bauxite, iron ore and gold, and ICT, amongst others, which, if properly structured, can attract private sector financing,” he said.
“Key to attracting private sector investment is not only creating a conducive, business-friendly and peaceful environment but, also, fashioning a state machinery fit to be able to provide strong, regulatory support for private enterprise to thrive. That, for us, is the heart of the private-public-partnership, that can fast-track our development,” he continued.

President Akufo-Addo, President Alassane Ouattara and President Emerson Mnangagwa exchanging pleasantries with a section of participants
He further indicated that the aim of his government is to create a state machinery that can manage efficiently its fiscal and monetary responsibilities, that can reform its tax administration to ensure that all private sector operators discharge their full tax obligations to enhance domestic resource mobilization, and that can promote the rule of law.
“It is important that all of us make systematic efforts to turn our backs on the sad history of massive flights of capital out of our country and continent from unconscionable inter-company pricing and other practices, and lay the conditions for fairness in the administration of our economies,” he added.
He told the Forum, comprising African CEOs, bankers and investors that Ghana wants to participate in the global marketplace, “not on the basis of the exports of raw materials, but on the basis of things we make. We want to bring greater dignity to the lives of millions of people in Ghana. We want to build a Ghana Beyond Aid.”


NYA organises on-the-spot business registration at entrepreneurship summit

Anyone with a plan to own a business had a chance to register on the spot at the entrepreneurship summit organised by the National Youth Authority last Friday.
Through a collaboration with the Registrar-General’s Department, a desk was set up on the sidelines of the one day summit.
With a voter’s ID card or official evidence of identity, at least 55 participants at the highly patronised event were able to register. Several scores were also able to obtain guidance on the steps needed to be taken to register a business.
The on-the-spot registration was part of plans to encourage efficient and business-friendly response, to youth interested in stepping into the lonely path of entrepreneurship.

The Accra Digital Center where the summit was held, become an idea and solutions trading center as many young people shared their frustrations, their passions and questions to a well-assembled panel.
The panel was composed of top government officials including Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Delese Mimi Darko; Registrar General, Mrs. Jemima Oware and Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Emmanuel Kofi Nti.

The Registrar-General was particular is warning against the use of middlemen in regularising their businesses.
She said the office is more responsive to the public with an online portal service that fast-tracks the process of business registration.


GIPC poised to achieve US$10b FDI target this year

The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) has said it is confident of meeting its 2018 target of registering foreign direct inflows to the tune of US$10 billion.
The amount, when achieved would represent 100 percent more than last year’s target of US$5 billion by the Centre.
Out of the US$5 billion targeted last year the Centre pooled US$4.91 billion representing almost 100 percent of the target.
But GIPC’s CEO, Mr. Yofi Grant, addressing the media at the 1st quarter edition of the ‘Ghana On the Go’ CEOs Breakfast Meeting for 2018, on the theme, “Technology Transfer Regime in Ghana: The public and private centre convergence,” said investor confidence in the economy is still very high.
“We have met many of those investors who say we need reforms – most of which have begun, the digital addressing system, paperless port project to boost trade, and paperless business registration and still counting. These reforms, we will ensure are done to make Ghana a better place to do business,” he said.
He explained that technology transfer regime, is usually an agreement, backed by law with GIPC as the regulator and is a relationship between an indigenous company and its parent company abroad or external company, where there is a provision of some service from the external company to its local subsidiary in Ghana.
“So at the GIPC, there is the expectation that such services and agreements between the two companies must be registered and paid for, according to GIPC’s technology transfer regulation, 1992 (L.I 1547)” he said.
Mr. Grant however explained that many companies do not comply with such regulations, making the country lose out on monies which are supposed to be paid to the GIPC.
“A check from the GRA indicates a certain ‘big’ company in Ghana, with a powerful external partner has been making losses for the past six years yet they are still in business. Because they get compensated in many other different ways, etc.” he disclosed.
GIPC’s Head of Legal, Mrs. Naa Lamle Orleans-Lindsay, indicated, “It is important to ensure that the regulation is understood and what it is purported to do. The importance is that, many local companies contract these services with their foreign partners, and are charged for services rendered to them by their partners.”
She maintained that such charges, are sometimes so high that there must be a supervisor to check what the local company is paying for.
“That can only happened when such contracts and agreements are registered with the GIPC because in there is also the issue of transfer pricing,” she added.


Louis Vuitton names Ghanaian-American as new creative boss

Virgil Abloh, the founder of streetwear brand Off-White and Kanye West’s creative director, has been named the new menswear designer for French fashion label Louis Vuitton.
“I feel elated,” the 37-year-old told The New York Times, saying the opportunity was “always a goal in my wildest dreams”.
The news site says Abloh is one of the few black designers at the helm of a major French fashion house.
Others include Olivier Rousteing – the creative director at Balmain, and British designer Ozwald Boateng who led Givenchy men’s wear from 2003 to 2007.
Abloh will present his first menswear collection for Louis Vuitton in June at Paris Fashion Week.
Louis Vuitton chief executive Michael Burke praised the designer’s “sensibility towards luxury and savoir-faire” adding he would be “instrumental in taking Louis Vuitton’s menswear into the future”.


Radford University College to introduce LLB programme

Radford University College will soon introduce a Bachelor of Laws programme (LLB) in its academic curriculum.
Executive Chairman of the school, Nana Dwomoh Sarpong, announced this at its 5th congregation and 9th matriculation ceremonies in Accra.
He indicated that, management of Radford has sought approval from the Board of Trustees and work is progressing steadily for the Law programme in collaboration with its mentor institution, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
Nana Dwomoh Sarpong indicated that, they are committed to introduce curricula that will reflect present-day knowledge needed to transform the country and Africa at large.
He said Radford has introduced ‘Catch them Youth’ initiative as part of the school’s strategy to catch students young and develop their entrepreneurial abilities.
The Radford Executive Chairman noted that, the College has decided to set aside some seed money for students with bankable projects to ensure they bring their dreams to life.
“As a university college, we would invite banks to identify and support students and help them shape their concepts into full blown business plans” Nana Sarpong stated.
He added that, investors will also be invited to see the project work of students and finance them to cut down the growing unemployment rate in the country.
This plan, Nana Dwomoh Sarpong said is to reinforce their commitment to train entrepreneurs to help boost Ghana’s economy.
Meanwhile, a total of 183 students from seven departments graduated. 19 representing 10 percent first class, 96 representing 52% got second class upper, 64 representing 35%, and 4 representing 2% got second class lower and pass respectively.
President of Radford, Dr. Paul Effah, charged the graduates to be good ambassadors and put whatever they have learnt into practice.
“Radford has prepared you to be entrepreneurs for society and the world of work. Go there and create jobs for yourselves and others to demonstrate that you are a different breed of students equipped to help in the socio-economic transformation of the country” he stated.



Tema to get 60MW waste-to-energy power plant

Armech Africa Limited, a subsidiary of the Armech Group, is to construct a $300 million waste-to-energy (W2E) power plant in Tema to generate 60 megawatts of clean energy.
Armech Africa Limited, a designer and manufacturer of modern industrial processes, has therefore signed a Public Private Partnership Agreement with the Electricity Company of Ghana to that effect.
The project will be pre-financed by the Armech Group via Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, a Chinese Multinational Bank, without any Sovereign Guarantee from the Government of Ghana.
It will create over 1,500 direct and indirect jobs and will also increase access to green and renewable electricity and lower environmental hazards as well as exposure to harmful pollution.
The construction will be done by Energy China, one of the largest comprehensive solutions providers for the power sector and infrastructural project in China and the world.
Mr Andrew Quainoo, the Director of Armech Africa, revealed this to the press during a visit by a delegation of the Armech Group, after a two-day working tour of some selected landfill sites within the Greater Accra Region as part of preparations towards the construction of the plant.
He said Armech Africa had, since March, 2015, signed a Waste Feedstock Agreement with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development together with six other metropolitan and municipal assemblies in the Greater Accra Region.
They include Accra and Tema Metropolitan assemblies, Ga South, Ga East and the La-Dade Kotopon Municipal assemblies.
Mr Quainoo said the construction of the plant would significantly enhance environmental sustainability, improve public health, and limit the need for landfill sites, whilst producing the scarce baseload renewable energy.
He said his Company had the capacity to process the anticipated 3,000 metric tonnes of waste generated daily in the Accra Area to generate about 60 megawatts of clean energy through incineration.
“This project will represent the first waste-to-energy project in the Economic Community of West African States and there are plans to develop a second plant in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital”.
Mr Quainoo said an independent study had identified the grave danger to the communities of Greater Accra from toxic leachate, (bio-degraded waste that contains parasites and diseases, which seep from landfills into the water table and the constant emissions from landfill burning.)
He said the spread of malaria, the most common communicable disease, as well as other leading communicable diseases in Accra were associated with poor environmental sanitation.
Mr Quainoo noted that this intervention by Armech would go a long way to addressing the 3.5 million malaria cases recorded every year, with 900,000 of them being recorded amongst children of less than five years of age.
He said Armech planned to invest in 15 specialised drain cleaning tricks worth over one million dollars and materials collected from the drains shall be ultimately transported to the plant as extra feedstock.
Mr Quainoo called on the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, which is now mandated to solve the sanitation menace in the country to expedite action on the way forward as it is currently reviewing the contract signed with the assemblies.
He appealed to them to focus on the critical intervention that Armech was bringing on board to save the lives, property and provide employment for Ghanaians.
The Armech Group has partners including Banker Hughes, Qatar Petroleum, LAFARGE, ACCOR, EXXONMobil, Shell, Chevron, VEOLIA, and the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Defence.