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Daily Heritage November 8

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Quake Edition 186.qxp_Layout 1 11/7/17 9:40 PM Page 3 • The carcass is believed to be that of a fin whale Whale carcass washes up on Donegal beach THE CARCASS of what is believed to be a rare fin whale has washed up on a beach on Arranmore Island, County Donegal. A member of the public reported seeing the 20ft (6m) creature's body splayed across rocks on Saturday night. The whale's dead body may have been floating in the waters off the island for weeks before becoming beached, said Arranmore Lifeboat's Nora Flanagan. Fin whales are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Ms Flanagan said the carcass had washed up in a "shaded cove on the eastern side of the island." "If there was a high tide in the right direction and with the right wind it could be taken back out to sea and drop to the bottom of the ocean." She said the public have been urged not to approach the carcass. Dave Wall of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group said it appeared the whale had been dead for some time before being washed up on the shore. He said it is not unusual for fin whales to be spotted off the coast of Ireland. BBC DAILY HERITAGE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2017 WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH World news in 4 stories More oil cash needed in Nigeria's Delta to avert new conflict, says minister NIGERIA’S OIL minister will visit the Niger Delta this week in a bid to stave off a threat of more insurgent attacks in the area, and said that without more investment it would be a struggle to ease tensions and develop its main crude producing region. The Niger Delta Avengers, whose attacks on energy facilities in the region last year helped push Africa’s biggest economy into recession, said on Friday it had ended its ceasefire in its campaign for more of Nigeria’s oil earnings. “We’re constrained by cash,” Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, the minister of state for petroleum, told Reuters in an interview on Monday when discussing efforts to develop the Delta. “We’ve scurried around for some money just to begin the process.” He said he would meet representatives of the militants and other stakeholders during a visit to the region on Nov. 9. Kachikwu said a return to violence by the militants would be “mutually destructive”, adding: “I am sure that like they did the last time, when they see a concrete action plan they would listen.” Reuters •Nigeria's Minister of State for Petroleum Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu 'Zuma tell-all' author receives death threats THE AUTHOR of a controversial new book about President Jacob Zuma's alleged financial irregularities says he has received death threats. Jaques Pauw, investigative journalist and author of The President’s Keepers‚ says he was contacted on the telephone last night by an anonymous caller who told him: If you don’t stop writing about Jacob Zuma‚ you are going to be dead.” The author says it was the third death threat he has received since publishing his book. He told eNCA news how he is dealing with the threats: I was scared before the book got published… I've received death threats. I’m not overly concerned, but it is unnerving." Last week, South Africa's spy agency demanded the withdrawal of The President’s Keepers, saying it is "replete with inaccuracies" and contravenes the Intelligence Service Act. The State Security Agency threatened to go to court if NP publishers failed to withdraw the book, which alleges that Mr Zuma had for four months received a "salary" from a businessman - over and above his government-paid presidential salary - and had failed to declare it to the tax collection agency, the South African Revenue Services. After excerpts of the book were published in Sunday newspapers, Mr Zuma's spokesman issued a statement, denying any wrongdoing by the president and saying he was the victim of a "smear campaign". "The tax matters of the president are in order," the statement added. Pauw has since said he is prepared to seek punitive costs orders against that State Security Agency (SSA) if it approaches the courts for an interdict against him. The book has proven to be hugely popular, with News 24 reporting that the first print sold out on the day of the release and more are being printed. The author himself has even encouraged would-be readers who cannot afford to buy the book to enjoy PDF copies of his book circulating online: BBC Chinese fans prepare to welcome rich, powerful, 'free-spirit' Trump HE MAY be a divisive figure back home, but U.S. President Donald Trump will be landing in friendly territory when he arrives in Beijing on Wednesday, judging by Chinese social media. On platforms such as the Twitter-like Sina Weibo, Trump’s Chinese supporters, who admire his business success and a freewheeling style unconstrained by political correctness, are far more prominent than detractors. While no comprehensive survey has been done to assess the size and intensity of Trump’s popularity in China, several pundits suggest he has broad and vocal support. “Chinese people are impressed that he is extremely rich, he loves things splendid and magnificent, and he loves to show off. Not every billionaire is like that,” said Yin Hao, who translates American news and comedy clips for his nearly one million followers on Weibo. Yin said his translated Trump-related video clips sometimes attract thousands of comments, where some supporters engage in name-calling and invective in defending the president. ”They will keep posting comments to defend Trump, mock his opponents under all news clips that involve Trump, and rebuke any comments that are not in favor of Trump,” Yin said. Reuters •President Donald Trump

WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH DAILY HERITAGE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2017 Are we making progress in fight against Instant Justice? THE DISPLAY OF evil deed through meting out of instant justice to suspected thieves rears its ugly head every now and then. Instant justice, popularly known as mob action, is becoming too rampant in Ghana. Though the law is very explicit on the proper way of handling suspected thieves, some rascals in society take delight in meting out instant justice to people suspected of stealing one item or another. In some instances, innocent people are killed by these blood-thirsty Ghanaians who would not heed any caution to refrain from beating suspected thieves. Sometimes people are flogged to death, slashed with machetes, burnt with car tyres, beaten with blocks and stripped naked among other dastardly acts. And in most cases the perpetrators are left off the hook because nobody seeks justice for the victims. Some have defended instant justice by arguing that suspected thieves deserve to die because they would be let free by the police anyway if they were sent to the police station. That, in the view of the DAILY HERITAGE, is a mute argument laced with ignorance. Society is governed by laws; therefore the law enforcement agencies should be allowed to do their work, irrespective of their perceived challenges. Not long ago in Kumasi, a woman was stripped naked and kicked in the private parts for allegedly stealing GH¢ 1, 500.00. The lawless act which was recorded on video went viral on social media, further demeaning womanhood. The suspect was beaten mercilessly until she lost consciousness. But months down the lane, checks by the paper revealed that no one has been jailed for engaging in that barbaric act. In the case of Major Maxwel Mahama, which occurred in the Central Region, all the key suspects are facing trial which, in the view of the paper, is good to serve as deterrent. However, in other cases such as the Kumasi incident, we think more needs to be done to ensure justice is delivered to victims of instant justice. Kwabena Agyepong sues Wontumi BY MUNTALLA INUSAH muntalla.inusah@dailyheritage.com.gh THE SUS- PENDED General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, has sued the Ashanti Regional chairman of the party, Mr Bernard Antwi Boasiako, over defamatory comments made against him. Mr Agyepong, in his statement of claim, is asking the High Court in Kumasi to make an order “compelling the NPP regional chairman to pay an amount of GH¢ 400,000.00 as punitive damages to the plaintiff as damages for the defamatory comments against the defendant.” In a copy of the writ in the possession of the DAILY HERITAGE, Mr Agyepong • Demands GH¢ 400k for defamation •Bernard Antwi Boasiako, NPP Ashanti regional chairman is asking the court to make a declaration directed at the first defendant “to immediately cause to be retracted the defamatory statement via Nhyira FM, a Kumasi-based radio station, the medium he used in making the comments. •Kwabena Agyepong Mr Agyepong is also asking for “An order of the court compelling the first defendant to write a letter personally addressed to the plaintiff admitting his comments were untrue and unfortunate and given his tacit commitment never again to spew such falsehood and scandalous defamatory remarks on the person of the plaintiff. He is further asking the court for “An order of the court compelling the first defendant to pay an amount of GH¢ 400, 000.00 as punitive and exemplary damages to the plaintiff as damages for the defamatory comments (he the defendant said about the plaintiff.” Mr Antwi Boasiako is reported to have said in an interview he had with the station that Mr Agyepong worked to ensure the defeat of the ruling party ahead of the 2016 polls. “Over my dead body; I will never allow Kwabena Agyepong to get reinstated as the NPP general secretary. This cannot happen…. last year by this time, some people were working very hard to see the NPP lose the elections, and Kwabena Agyepong was one of them,” Wontumi told journalists. Mr Agyepong and his lawyers took the decision after the defendant rubbished an earlier letter from Mr Agyepong’s lawyers demanding an apology for the comment. Over my dead body; I will never allow Kwabena Agyepong to get reinstated as the NPP general secretary.

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