Royal Philips Road show in Africa: Ghana to Get a Digital Display of its Historic Monument from Royal Philips Electronics

Ghana's Independent Monument since A.D 1957

Ghana’s Independent Monument since A.D 1957

The Dutch electronics giant, Royal Philips has announced that is giving Ghana a digital display of its historic monument at the country’s city square in the capital, Accra.

This according to Philips is a spectacular illumination of Ghana’s iconic Black Star Monument with its latest LED lighting technology, boosting the beautification of the city of Accra and cutting energy consumption by 80%.

Ghana’s iconic Black Star Monument is one of the most important landmarks in Ghana and the place is revered by most Ghanaians and Africans in general as the place for the emancipation of the African people from colonialism.

The area also includes a city square which is also one of the largest city squares in Africa. It was built by Ghana’s first President, Kwame Nkrumah in 1957 and was dedicated to Africans who were being colonized by Western imperial powers at the time. Ghana was the first country in Sub-Sahara Africa to gain independence in 1957 from the Great Britain.

The Dutch diversified Technology Company is showcasing its LED lighting solutions in Ghana as part of its fifth consecutive pan-African Cairo to Cape Town Road show.

The road show according to Philips focuses on key challenges facing Africa today and the need for energy-efficient lighting. Philips has therefore committed to lighting up and illuminating iconic monuments in every city it has visited during the road show with its latest LED technology, lighting makeover of historic and well-recognized monuments across the Ten African Cities it has projected to cover during the road show.

Philips said its digital LED lighting technology creates more light, while making it more focused and controlled. This state-of-the-art lighting system will allow the Black Star Monument to minimize light spill by directing the light exactly to where it is needed; emphasizing the vertical elements of the structure.

The company also added that has provided all aspects of the LED lighting at the monument, including design consultation, management of the installation with local contractors, programming, commissioning and overall project management.

Chief Executive Officer of Philips West Africa, Abdallah Hussein said in statement copied to the NationalTurk that his company is very proud to have brought innovation to Ghana which would benefit the country.

“The spectacular lighting of the Black Star Monument in Accra demonstrates the incredible advances that are being made in the efficiency and beauty in lighting, we are very proud to have placed its know-how and technology at the service of this iconic monument and contributing towards the preservation of Ghanaian heritage”.

“For us the challenge was to devise effective lighting while respecting the authenticity of this monument. The lighting really had to enhance the beauty of the site without at any time overwhelming it. We are very proud of the final result; this reflects how Philips’ lighting innovations provide completely new opportunities to policy makers and governments to enhance city beautification and at the same time contribute to energy saving”, Mr. Hussein said.

The new lighting solutions from Philips will highlight and enhance the architectural, structural quality and aesthetic beauty of the city of Accra, making it one of the most iconic cities in Africa.

Ghana’s city square attracts a lot of tourists around the world and tourism expert say this innovation by Philips would increase the number of tourists to Ghana.

Tourism is one of the areas in the economy the Ghanaian government has targeted of exploring to be able to attract investors and tourists all over the world into the country.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa Tourism News

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Kenya Ivory Seizer: Ivory Tusk Bound for Turkey Seized in Kenya

About 1,600 pieces of ivory were counted in the consignment and its market value is around $1.4m

About 1,600 pieces of ivory were counted in the consignments which were seized in the port city of Mombasa in Kenya

 

Officials of the Custom Exercise and Preventive Service in Kenya have seized a large consignment of Ivory which was bound for Turkey at the coastal port city of Mombasa.

The four tonnes of ivory were hidden inside sacks of sesame seeds in order to deceive port officials to be able to ship the Ivory to its destination.

The Kenyan Wildlife Service said more than 1,600 pieces of ivory were counted in the consignment and its market value is around $1.4m.

Kenya Wildlife Service President, Arthur Tuda said the ivory was found during two separate searches on different days at the port city of Mombasa.

“The ivory came through the Kenya-Uganda border stashed in sacks, and they were hidden in two 4ft containers, export documents declared the containers as carrying sesame seeds,” he said.

But customs official said smugglers sometimes ships Ivory Tusks through countries not normally associated with demand for ivory and thereafter, ships it to Asia where demand for Ivory is believed to be very high.

Searches at Mombasa port were being increased in a bid to stop smugglers from evading and violating laws on Ivory.

In January this year, two tones of ivory worth around $1m were seized in Mombasa port while in transit from Tanzania to Indonesia.

In July too, officials seized large consignment of some 770 pieces ivory tusk hacked out of elephants which had come from neighboring Uganda and was bound for Malaysia.

The Kenyan government and many African nations have banned trade in ivory which made poaching subsequently declined but there has been a rise in the illegal practice in recent years with poachers resorting to other methods in perpetuating their trade.

Kenya has recently taken a more aggressive stance against poaching as it tries to combat a surge in demand for ivory from Asia.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species has also banned the trade in ivory in 1989 but in recent years poaching has increased across sub-Saharan Africa with criminal gangs slaughtering elephants for ivory markets in Asia.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News

 

 

Boko Haram has staged a strong comeback by killing 87 civilians after the Nigerian military raided it camp and killed 150 of the militants on Wednesday.

Boko Haram killed 87 civilians in the town of Benisheik in Bono State

Boko Haram killed 87 civilians in the town of Benisheik in Bono State

Boko Haram has staged a strong comeback by killing 87 civilians after the Nigerian military raided it camp and killed 150 of the militants on Wednesday.

Local officials say the attack happened in the town of Benisheik in Bono State, which is some 70km west of the state capital, Maiduguri. Pictures posted on Facebook by local reporters showed women crying and wailing for dead relatives in the town.

The militants were said to have drove into the town in about 20 pick-up trucks with heavy weapons including an anti-air craft guns mounted on them.

Others too disguised themselves in military uniforms and set up checkpoints outside the town, shooting to dead those trying to flee the town from the attack. Most of those killed were said to be vigilante groups who help the military in tracking down Boko Haram.

Communications with Borno state have been severely disrupted since May, when a state of emergency was declared in Borno and two neighboring states.

Local reporters say Violence in northeast of the country has intensified over the past two months, as the militants fight back against the military operation that is backed by president Goodluck Jonathan.

President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in 3 northern states on May 14, and deployed thousands of troops to halt the insurgency, acknowledging that militants had taken control of some towns and villages in the north.

Borno state governor Kashim Shettima described the killings to reporters on Thursday as “barbaric and un-Islamic”, and pledged financial assistance to relatives of the victims.

The military said on late Wednesday that it attacked Boko Haram camp in Bono State and killed 150 of them including the commander of the group.

But political analysts say it appears that Boko Haram is taking revenge against vigilante groups, adding weight to fears that the strategy may trigger an escalation of the violence.

Boko Haram is believed to have carried out a wave of bombings and assassinations since 2009 which have cost an estimate number of over 4,000 lives, and saying it wants to establish an Islamic state across Nigeria.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News

African World Cup Qualifiers: Ghana Eliminates Zambia from Brazil 2014

Ghana beat Zambia 2-1 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi

Ghana beat Zambia 2-1 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi to reach the playoff of Brazil 2014 World Cup

Ghana beat Zambia 2-1 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in the second capital, Kumasi on Friday evening, which provided one of the best entertainments in football.

The victory secured by the Black Stars ensures that they have booked their place in the playoff of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers in Africa.

An 18th-minute controversial header by Abdul Majeed Waris of Spartak Moscow gave the hosts an early lead before Juventus’ Kwadwo Asamoah doubled the lead  just after the hour mark to give Ghana a precious home win over Zambia, who were in a must-win situation to advance to the final round.

Zambia pulled one back in the 72nd-minute through a carpet shot by Nathan Sinkala of TP Mazembe but the visitors could not go any further.

Ghana’s squad witnessed the return of stars Michael Essien and Andre Ayew, who returned after a long absence to help the team avoid any upset against the 2012 African Cup of Nations winners.

Ghana won their group D with 15 points while Zambia finished second with 11 points. Sudan is set to host Lesotho in the final of the Group D game on Sunday. Both sides have two points.

The rest of the final face of the group stages will be decided on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Group A: Saturday: Central African Republic v Ethiopia (Brazzaville), South Africa v Botswana (Durban)

Group B: Saturday: Sierra Leone v Equatorial Guinea (Freetown), Tunisia v Cape Verde (Rades)

Group C: Saturday: Gambia v Tanzania (Bakau), Ivory Coast v Morocco (Abidjan)

Group D: Ghana 2-1 Zambia (Kumasi, played), Sunday: Sudan v Lesotho (Omdurman)

Group E: Saturday: Burkina Faso v Gabon (Ouagadougou), Niger v Congo-Brazzaville (Niamey)

Group F: Saturday: Kenya v Namibia (Nairobi), Nigeria v Malawi (Calabar)

Group G: Sunday: Zimbabwe v Mozambique (Harare), Tuesday: Egypt v Guinea (Alexandria)

Group H: Sunday: Benin v Rwanda (Porto Novo), Tuesday: Algeria v Mali (Blida)

Group I: Sunday: Cameroon v Libya (Yaounde), Togo v DR Congo (Lome)

Group J: Saturday: Angola v Liberia (Lubango), Senegal v Uganda (Marrakesh)

Issaka Adam / NationalTurk Africa Sports

 

 

Kenya ICC Row: Kenyan Parliament Officially Accept Motion to Leave the ICC

The Kenyan Parliament has accepted a motion to quite the ICC

The Kenyan Parliament has accepted a motion to quite the ICC

Kenyan Members of Parliament have officially approved a motion to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) following an emergency debate between the government and the opposition.

Opposition Members of Parliament boycotted the vote but the bill will be introduced back to the house in the next 30 days for it to be finally ratified.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has charged President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President, William Ruto with crimes against humanity following violence that broke out after disputed elections in 2007, in which more than 1,000 people were killed and 600,000 displaced.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto were on opposite sides during the 2007 election but formed an alliance for the last ended elections to beat long time opposition leader, Raila Odinga.

The Kenyan parliament is dominated by the Jubilee coalition formed by the current ruling government and opposition leader, Raila Odinga described the pulling out of Kenya from the ICC as “capricious” and “ill-considered”.

But the majority leader in parliament, Adan Duale told reporters after the bill was accepted that the United States of America had refused to sign the Rome Statute which establishes the ICC to protect its citizens and soldiers from potentially politically motivated prosecutions, and that Kenya should follow the same trend.

“Let us protect our citizens, let us defend the sovereignty of the nation of Kenya, the President and the vice President were lawfully elected and the government would take steps to immediately withdraw from the Rome Statute’’, Mr. Duale stated.

Meanwhile, the ICC spokesman Fadi El Abdallah told the BBC African Service that Kenya’s withdrawal would have no bearing on the cases against the two men.

“A withdrawal has an effect only for the future and never for the past, the ICC will go ahead to press charges against the two men and their failure to cooperate with the ICC could lead to International Arrest Warrant issued against them’’, he said.

In May this year at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, the African Union strongly accused the ICC of hunting Africans because of their race.

The International Criminal Court was set up in 2002 to deal with genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. The Rome statue establishing the ICC has been ratified by 122 countries including 34 countries in Africa.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News

South Africa Mine Strike: Massive Mine Strike Grips the Republic of South Africa

Massive mine strike has gripped South Africa

Massive mine strike has gripped South Africa

Labour Union groups in the Republic of South Africa have said that some 80,000 gold miners in the country have gone on an indefinite strike to call for increment in their wages.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called for a 10% wage rise but their demands have been kicked against by mines authorities. Mines authorities say they can afford 6% but it has been rejected by the workers.

President Jacob Zuma has appealed to the mineworkers to accept the offer amid looking for a solution to avert a stoppage that will hurt Africa’s largest economy.

Analysts say the strike by the mineworkers could cost South Africa more than $30m a day in lost of output that will be a significant blow to the South African economy.

Mine authorities also say it could lead to gold mines closing and thousands of jobs being lost, following a fall in the price of gold on the work market.

Spokeswoman for gold producers grouped in the Chamber of Mines, Charmane Russell told the Reuters African Service that the miners are determined not to go to work until their demands are met.

“It has officially started. There are people who have not gone underground, they wants their demands met at all cost’’, she said.

There were unsubstantiated claims that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said it is determined to end the culture of low pay to mineworkers dating back to the apartheid. Apartheid which was the rule of only the minority whites ended in 1994, Nelson Mandela led the struggle.

According to government statistics, the average South African miner’s monthly pay including personal allowances and benefits is estimated to be around 15,840 rand ($1,500) at the end of last year.

But analysts say mineworkers see that they are due a bigger share from the multi-billion-dollar industry establishment by the mines companies which is largely owned by the whites.

South Africans were shocked last year when police shot dead 34 platinum miners during an unofficial strike at the Marikana Mine close to the city of Rustenburg.

Issaka Adams NationalTurk Africa News

 

 

 

 

 

Blaise Compaore Assassination Attempt: Burkina Faso President Survives Deadly Assassination Attempt

President Blaise Compaore  survived an assasination attempt over the weekend

President Blaise Compaore survived an assasination attempt over the weekend

Officials in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou have told reporters that President Blaise Compaore has survived an assassination attempt by a fugitive ex soldier.

Romuald Tuina, an ex-deserted soldier of the Regiment Security at the Presidency (RSP) was reportedly to have broken into the Presidential Palace over the weekend unnoticed by the presidential guards.

Mr. Tuina was said to have then opened fire on the office of the president but a quick response by the security forces, shot him dead instantly.

The Fasozine Newspaper quoted deputy prosecutor of the Burkina Faso High Court, Blaise Bazie as saying that Mr. Tuina was shot because he had tried to break into the Presidential Palace and carry out what was believed to be assassination of the president.

“A former soldier named Romuald Tuina was killed in the crossfire between military and him on the night of August 30, 2013, he was wearing a military uniform improperly and tried to deceive the vigilance of a sentinel and had attacked a guard regiment of presidential security and nearly got the President”, Mr. Blaise Bazié told the Fasozine Newspaper.

Romuald Tuina on 11 April 2012 was said to have robbed a bank in a broad daylight in Ouagadougou and carried more than seven million CFA francs and fled to neighboring Cote d’Ivoire.

The fact that a wanted soldier could successfully penetrate presidential security has raised concerns about the efficiency of the country’s security situation especially at the Presidency.

President Blaise Compaore came to power in 1987 in a bloody coup d’état in which the then-president, Thomas Sankara was assassinated.

But Mr. Compaore has insisted that Sankara’s death was an accident, but the circumstances surrounding Sankara’s death was never being investigated.

Mr. Compaore reversed many of the Sankara’s policies, claiming that his policies were a rectification of the Burkinabe revolution.

Burkina Faso attained full independence from France on 5 August 1960. The person who spearheaded the independence was Maurice Yameogo, the then leader of the Voltaic Democratic Union (VDU) and later became the first President of the country.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News