Court Injunction may stall 2016 election – EC
Two EC officers die in road crash
Ford Gift: CHRAJ report vindicates Mahama – Tony Lithur
Parties agree on policies to address youth unemployment
Ec accepts Akuffo Addo, Mahama and others nominations but defers filing fees.
QBS ( formerly BRT) disappoints passengers again
Family of octogenarian donates to atua health
Researchers find ‘miracle cure’ for baldness
WHO: 90% of worlds population breathe dirty air
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- Court Injunction may stall 2016 election – EC
The Electoral Commission (EC) has said the court injunction restraining it from collecting filing fees from presidential and parliamentary aspirants may have dire consequences on the 2016 polls.
- Two EC officers die in road crashcrash
Two Returning Officers of the forthcoming general elections died on the spot on the Sunyani-Techiman Highway when a Benz Tipper Truck loaded with sand veered off its lane and crushed into their Nissan Sentra Saloon car with registration number GC 4787 – 09 at about 3.25 pm Wednesday.
- Ford Gift: CHRAJ report vindicates Mahama – Tony LithurLithur
the ford gift he received from a Burkinabe contractor would finally be laid to rest once and for all following the dismissal of the petition on the matter by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).
- Parties agree on policies to address youth unemploymentunemployment
Nine political parties have identified increased investment in agriculture, robust technical and vocational education and training (TVET), and prudent government policies as the best policies to deal with the rising spate of youth unemployment in the country. The parties observed that youth unemployment posed the greatest threat to national security and sustainable development for which reason it needed to be addressed.
- EC accepts Akuffo Addo, Mahama and others nominations but defers filing fees.
The Electoral Commission has accepted the nomination documents of the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and other presidential aspirants for the 2016 elections
However, the commission has deferred accepting the filing fees of the aspirants following a suit filed by the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) regarding the filing fees.
- QBS ( formerly BRT) disappoints passengers againagain
The promised resumption of the Quality Bus System (QBS), formerly the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), which was halted temporarily on Tuesday following the non-registration and no insurance cover on the buses, failed to materialise yesterday
Commuters gathered at the various boarding points early in the morning anticipating the return of the buses for the continuation of the five days of free ride but no on the road.
After moments of waiting, frustrated patrons had to resort to their usual means of transport by either standing by the roadside or hurrying to the nearest lorry station to join mini- buses (trotro).
Family of octogenarian donates to atua health
As part of activities marking the 80th birthday of a philanthropist and businessman, Mr Sas George, his family has donated assorted items to the Female Ward of the Atua Government Hospital in the Lower Manya Krobo municipality in the Eastern Region.
- Researchers find ‘miracle cure’ for baldness
A cure for baldness could be on the horizon after a new drug was found to restore hair growth in around four months
The breakthrough offers hope to millions, specifically those people diagnosed with alopecia
The autoimmune disease causes patchy and, in some cases, total hair loss.
But scientists believe they could reverse the hair loss thanks to a new treatment.
And, the discovery marks the first step towards a cure for pattern baldness, with the next stage of trials investigating the drug’s effect on the most common form of hair loss in men.
The researchers at Columbia University Medical Center found 75 percent of patients with moderate to severe alopecia showed “significant hair regrowth” after taking the drug ruxolitinib.
By the end of the treatment the average hair regrowth among patients was 92 percent.
- WHO: 90% of worlds population breathe dirty air
Nine out of 10 people globally live in places with poor air quality, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said, blaming a worldwide air pollution crisis for being a major factor in millions of deaths per year.
In a new report released on Tuesday, the health agency said 92 percent of people live in areas where air quality exceeds WHO limits.
It also published an interactive map detailing the global “health emergency”.
“Some three million deaths a year are linked to exposure to outdoor air pollution,” the UN body said in the report, which was based on data from 3,000 sites across the world.
“Indoor air pollution can be just as deadly. In 2012, an estimated 6.5 million deaths (11.6 percent of all global deaths) were associated with indoor and outdoor air pollution together.”
According to WHO, almost all of the air pollution-related deaths are due to non-communicable diseases, such cardiovascular illnesses, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer.
And 90 percent of the deaths reportedly occured in low and middle-income countries, with nearly two-thirds of them occurring in WHO’s Southeast Asia and Western Pacific regions.
“Air pollution continues take a toll on the health of the most vulnerable populations – women, children and the older adults,” said Flavia Bustreo, assistant director general at WHO.
The problem is most acute in cities, but air in rural areas is worse than many think, WHO experts said.
Pollution “affects practically all countries in the world and all parts of society”, Maria Neira, head of the WHO’s department of health and environment, said.
“Fast action to tackle air pollution can’t come soon enough,” she added, urging governments to cut the number of vehicles on the road, improve waste management and promote clean cooking fuel.
“Solutions exist with sustainable transport in cities, solid waste management, access to clean household fuels and cook-stoves, as well as renewable energies and industrial emissions reductions.”
In March, the UN released a report saying that 80 percent of city dwellers across the world were breathing poor quality air, noting that only two percent of cities in low and middle-income countries had air which met the UN body’s standards.
“Urban air pollution continues to rise at an alarming rate, wreaking havoc on human health,” Neira said.
Source: Graphic Online