Over the past four decades, a huge amount of effort has gone into cleaning America’s heavily polluted waters. Is all of that progress about to be undone?
Peter Gleick is a member of the US National Academy of Science and the president-emeritus of Pacific Institute

In deep joy of admiration and pleasure of satisfaction, we, fellows of the Network of Young Mentees of Bagbin, NYMB-Ghana, wish to officially use this opportunity to congratulate our mentor, Hon. Alban S.K. Bagbin, Second Deputy Speaker of Ghana Parliament, and MP for Nadowli/Kaleo Constituency, for once again making us proud with his very recentachievement, DOCTOR OF LAWS, Honoris Causa, LLD, h.c., awarded to him by the University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ghana, in recognition of his well distinguished and luminous roles in shaping the growth of democratic governance in Ghana through the legislative arm of government, The Parliament of Ghana.

The second meeting of the First Session of the Seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana came to an end on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. However, the second meeting, which began on a cordial note, hit the rock at the tail-end of the session.

Former President, Jerry John Rawlings’ name is ringing everywhere this week. It’s ringing in Axim (down southwestern part of Ghana) and it’s ringing in Zabzugutatale in the north. Over 38 years ago, the Rawlings’ ring tone was much-sought after and it seems it is loud today too.

A wonderful thing about observing and analyzing the human mind is that there is a seemingly infinite variety of phenomena to observe and analyze. I sometimes wonder if it is even remotely possible to master this subject but, even if it is not, at least it provides an unending source of ‘entertainment’.

Once again, the President has proven to the citizenry, that he is the leader who is determined to lead the country on the trajectory of socio-economic transformation, personal liberties and economic freedoms. Addressing the media at the Jubilee House, the Presidential Seat, on 18th July, 2017, he made it clear of his resolve and drive to bequeath to the current and successive generations, a very robust economy and a prosperous nation.

We must not look at the shooting death of a white woman by a black male police officer (both who seem to have been immigrants) and think to ourselves that somehow this tragedy is worse than the thousands of police shootings the nation has had to confront since Eric Garner was killed three years ago this week and Michael Brown was killed three years ago next month.

The reggae legend, Bob Nesta Marley of blessed memory ever said in of his songs that if you have knowledge through education, no one can take it away from you or steal it from you. It is often times said that education makes a woman more attractive and beautiful as well as men more gentlemanly and respectable. Many countries lay a great emphasis on education for the people.

My daughter’s unborn sibling is in the freezer, to be made into a real human being at a later date, should we decide to do another round of IVF. The fertility clinic contacted me recently to remind me that it’s still there. As if I had forgotten.

Meet Kofi, a twelve-year-old boy who works at a gold mine in the Central Region. On Monday Kofi is working to bring home some money for his parents and five siblings. By Wednesday he is dead. His body is dragged out from the crumbled remains of the mud wall that had collapsed in the large open pit he was working in. Kofi will never grow up. He will never become a doctor, an engineer or a teacher; a violently extinguished flame, Kofi’s light is one that will never be added to the fire of Ghana’s economy.

When I first heard Akuffo Addo proclaim his flagship policy of one district, one factory during the campaign trail for the 2016 elections, I became dumbfounded for a while as I struggled to wonder why a center-right political party will bother to institute a program that only the far left does. I began to conceive maybe the proclamation is part of the regular political gymnastics that we have seen of recent times in Ghana just to woo voters.

I do not hate the homosexuals nor will ever hate them. God loves humanity and desires for everyone to live free from sin though he has given us the free will of living.

Women, forgive me for niching my message today. This is not intended to create division. It’s just another aspect of the truth. Let’s just follow. I will entreat every man born of a woman to read this write-up and be blessed as we mount war against the enemy attacking our men and lynching them before their time.

Meisie Nkosi has come a long way since her days selling boiled eggs at bus stops. The former school teacher received an entrepreneurial award for her guest house, Bella Bonni. The guest house owner was awarded the title of Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year in the Sanlam/ Business Partners annual competition. The ceremony was held in Johannesburg last year.

In 1932, Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein conducted a correspondence subsequently published under the title ‘Why War?’ See ‘Why War: Einstein and Freud’s Little-Known Correspondence on Violence, Peace, and Human Nature. In many ways, this dialogue between two giants of the 20th century is symbolic of the effort made by many humans to understand that perplexing and incredibly damaging feature of human experience: the institution of war.

Has Hon. Kennedy Agyapong become a pain in the neck? If indeed he has, then what caused such a philanthropist who vowed to die for NPP and his country to suddenly become an excruciating pain in the arse of NPP? It is an open secret, a public knowledge of course, that Hon. Kennedy Agyapong has done immense lot for the NPP to come to power.

The National Science and Maths Quiz NSMQ has been able to capture the hearts of Ghanaians, in the way and manner only the Blackstars were able to, and I would like us to think and reflect on these issues suitable for this moment before the fire dies out. So having been on campus when the competitions begun, I was at one of the outdoor socialisation games held for the schools involved.

TODAY is 57 years since Ghana attained a Republican status. On July 1, 1960, Ghana adopted the first Republican Constitution and we have since grown as a country to have the Fourth Republican Constitution. On that day 57 years ago, the Queen of England ceased to be the Head of State of Ghana and Dr Kwame Nkrumah became the first President of the Republic.

Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s embattled president, faces renewed pressure to step down this weekend after a series of media reports detailed links between elected officials and a family of tycoons accused of holding undue sway over his administration.

When Terry Gobanga – then Terry Apudo – didn’t show up to her wedding, nobody could have guessed that she had been abducted, raped and left for dead by the roadside. It was the first of two tragedies to hit the young Nairobi pastor in quick succession. But she is a survivor.

US President Donald Trump has launched an extraordinary attack on a female news anchor's alleged plastic surgery.He said MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" during a visit to his Florida golf resort Mar-a-Lago.In a Twitter salvo, Mr Trump also assailed Brzezinski's MSNBC co-presenter Joe Scarborough.

It appears that accountability is not part of a Ghanaian way of life, and, consequently, many a Ghanaian tends to approach his/her duty lackadaisically. Somehow, a sizeable number of Ghanaians take delight in the usual Ghanaian mantra: ‘hire to retire’ (stay in the post regardless of abysmal performances).

It is often said that it is only a good and conscientious mother who can love an ugly child. The Akan also have a saying that nobody points to the direction of his/her father’s hometown with his or her left hand. Which is why it ought to come as absolutely no surprise that Ms. Samia Yaba Nkrumah would so mercilessly tear into former President John Agyekum-Kufuor for telling a visiting delegation from the International Democratic Union (IDU) that paid a courtesy call on him at his office, in Accra, that Nkrumah was the one who effectively destroyed democratic political culture, the way we presently know it and have it in Ghana (See “ ‘Nkrumah Was Not a Dictator’ – Samia” Classfmonline.com / Ghanaweb.com 6/26/17).

Although Jerry Rawlings is on official retirement,his history and happenings in the country suggest that he could still play potent role in the country's politics. Since his earliest days in power, Mr Rawlings has demonstrated that he doesn't necessarily needs powerful titles to exert reasonable control over the nation's politics.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Kwabre East, Francisca Oteng Mensah, has called on the government to dedicate more funds for research into sickle cell disease to help reduce the risk of the disease in the country.

It is a tragic measure of the depravity of human existence that genocide is a continuing and prevalent manifestation of violence in the international system, despite the effort following World War II to abolish it through negotiation, and then adoption and ratification of the 1948 Genocide Convention. https://treaties.un.org/doc/publication/unts/volume%2078/volume-78-i-1021-english.pdf

I just finished listening to a speech given in London by Ghana's President. There is no doubt that Nana has the right motivated spirit and vision for Ghana. Whether he can pick up a sinking ship is another matter. Ghana has sunk too far-

Once upon a time, news broke that one of Ghana’s topmost musicians was getting married. Was that news? Yes, it was. When a celebrity is dating, it is news. When they are getting married, it is news. When they have children, it is news. If their children turn out to be geniuses like Okyeame Kwame’s son, it is news.

A 17-year-old student of William and Mary College in the United States, Samantha Boateng, is set to build a second library at Asuodei, a village one hour away from Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. This new library’s location holds a special place in the heart of Samantha Boateng because 50 years ago her grandfather built a school for this same community that she will be adding on to.

If you want your wife to be a woman who doesn’t keep so many friends, a woman who makes sure the house is in order, a woman who makes sure that you are well fed, one responsive to your sexual needs and naughty in bed when need be: then you simply want a Jennifer Lomotey for a wife

I'm an ardent fan of Stonebwoy for some personal reasons but I enjoy Shatta Wale's tunes any day and any time. Over the years, these two artistes have made the Dancehall brand more competitive and attractive.

 

Indisputably, the first thing you see is my complexion but beyond that, I am a human being just like you. For decades now, Persons with Albinism experience high levels of stigma and are constantly ridiculed in our society. In addition to this, there are a lot of superstitious and misguided beliefs associated with albinism.

When Gadhafi was president, Libya was one of the preferred and favourite place for Ghanaians, not only because it was easy to get a job but also because Libya was a gateway to Southern Europe. Things have changed a lot after Gadhafi’s overthrow and death. Most Africans now run the risk of being killed in Libya.

At the beginning of April this year, the Government of Ghana seemingly took a giant stride in its ongoing efforts to deepen the country’s capital market and substantially expand its constricted fiscal space with the introduction of 15 year cedi-denominated treasury bonds. Prior to the issuance, the longest tenured bonds issued on the domestic market by government had been 10 year bonds.

Oh death what have you done to Barbara’s sunshine?. Major, Captain Maxwell Mahama, rest in perfect peace. My eyes have been on Mrs. Barbara Mahama since the day the Major’s death was published. I really felt for her loss. Although I never knew the Major in person, I simply cannot withhold my tears. What of his beloved Barbara!!!.

When President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement, he acted in concert with 22 Republican senators, who collectively receive $10,694,284 in contributions from the coal and oil industries.

It is a nauseating ritual of massive political failure that Ghana’s longest-reigning strongman shamelessly continues to celebrate every year, in a wistful attempt to self-righteously evoke memories of a mutiny falsely disguised and insolently paraded around the country as a corruption-cauterizing revolution

Illegal mining known in Ghanaian local parlance as “Galamsey” (corrupted from gather and sell) is a serious issue in Ghana as it is linked to environmental degradation. Ghana Armed Forces deployed some military personnel to curb galamsey at Denkyira Obuasi, in the Central Region of the Republic of Ghana. Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama met his untimely death in the Town when he was wrongly tagged as an armed robber.

On June 3, 2015, the entire nation was thrown into a state of shock and mourning, following the heavy downpours that claimed over 150 lives. The flood disaster brought myriad of hardship to a huge number of Ghanaians after hours of rainfall.

As ‘mental health’ issues gain more attention, sympathetic and otherwise, in a wide variety of contexts and countries around the world, the opportunity for inaccurate perceptions of what causes these issues, and how to treat them, are likewise expanded.

Victor Smith, the career freeloader and economic parasite who was made High Commissioner to Britain by former President John Dramani Mahama, if memory serves yours truly accurately, says that he cannot forgive Chairman Jerry John Rawlings because the founding-father of the country’s main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) threw his weight behind then-Candidate Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the lead-up to the 2016 general election.

“And for you the ladies, don’t waste time. Marry. Get married. Now that you are professionals, you need to marry since you can support your husbands. If you don’t do it early enough, you will have difficulties finding someone later. You know you are not like the men; they have time, but we have to think about giving birth and so on.

How can African countries prosper when prices of its human and natural resources are dictated by aliens? 1972 was the last time Arab oil embargo helped Africans call their price. Before that Kwame Nkrumah made effort to cartel cocoa producers but failed because South American countries could not hold on any longer. Jaja of Opobo in 1871, well before Nkrumah, boycotted the British middle men and renegotiated oil price and other products directly with Europe.

It is maliciously disingenuous for opposition political cynics like Mr. Johnson Asiedu-Nketia to pretend as if it was only then-Candidate Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who made electioneering campaign promises in the lead-up to Election 2016 that could not be fulfilled within a temporally short span.

Innocence makes us amenable to seek the truth: although we are nothing more than a subject of thoughts, trust your heart. Everyone sees the truth in proportion to the clarity of his or her heart; thus, it is the heart that opens the mind to learn but not the other way round. Well, this may sound naive, but it surely worth it.

The USA Embassy of Ghana this week stated they own money to ECG (Electricity Company of Ghana) for the past two years ready to pay once they receive correct bills. The Embassy of China in Ghana had written a short while ago to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressing their displeasure about the handling of their citizens involved in illegal mining “Galamsey”.

One inevitable outcome of the phenomenal violence we all suffer as children is that most of us live in a state of delusion throughout our lives. This makes it extraordinarily difficult for accurate information, including vital information about the endangered state of our world and how to respond appropriately, to penetrate the typical human mind.

A Former Prostitute Credits Psychology For Helping Change Her Life. She Runs A Rehabilitation Center To Help Others Do The Same. Just released from prison at age 38, Norma Hotaling was determined to leave behind her past life of prostitution, homelessness and heroin addiction--at least 20 years of it.

“If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family (nation)”. Dr James Emmanuel Kwegyir-Aggrey Mother's Day is an annual event which falls on different days, depending on the country where it is celebrated.

A woman is an express image of God. She was taken from the rib of the man. She was named by the first man, Adam who chose to call her, a woman meaning a bone of my bones and the flesh of my flesh. She was everything Adam was looking out for in a partner. She was created to be the help mate of the man.

He has held a remarkable number of portfolios under his belt, as it were. But that has not helped the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to acquit itself creditably vis-à-vis the latter’s contribution to the advancement of the country’s socioeconomic and cultural development. At least not in the books of the overwhelming majority of the Ghanaian electorate that gave the faux-revolutionary Rawlings-founded political machine the massive jack-booting that the NDC received in last December’s polls.