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Inside February 7, 2018 .qxp_Layout 1 2/6/18 7:57 PM Page 3 •The Palestinian child is held by his mother in Dora hospital in Gaza City Gaza health facilities face closure due to fuel shortage - U.N FUEL FOR emergency generators that keep Gaza’s hospitals and sanitation services operating will run out within 10 days, the United Nations said on Tuesday in an appeal for immediate donor support. The shortage stems from a dispute between Gaza’s dominant Hamas Islamist group and the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority (PA). Both signed a unity deal in October but have failed to finalize the details of political powersharing. So far generators have stopped at three of Gaza’s 13 hospitals and 14 of its 54 medical centers, said Ashraf Al-Qidra, the Hamas-appointed spokesman for the impoverished territory’s Health Ministry. Officials at the affected facilities said they were directing seriously ill patients to other health facilities and operating at limited capacity. Reuters DAILY HERITAGE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH World news in 4 stories SA postpones Zuma State of Nation speech SOUTH AFRICAN President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation speech in parliament has been postponed, as pressure grows on him to resign. Parliament speaker Baleka Mbete made the announcement, without giving a new date for the address that had been scheduled for Thursday. The ruling ANC earlier called a meeting of the party's top body for Wednesday to decide the president's future. Mr Zuma, 75, has resisted calls to quit over corruption allegations. He was replaced as party leader by his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, 65, in December. He is now the front runner to succeed him as president. Earlier on Tuesday, the Nelson Mandela Foundation urged Mr Zuma to step down. South Africa had seen "systematic looting" under Mr Zuma's rule, and he "must go sooner rather than later", the foundation said in a statement. In a statement, Ms Mbete said recent "calls for disruption" of a parliament meeting on Thursday "caused us great concern". Therefore the decision had been taken, she said, to "create room for establishing a much more conducive political atmosphere in parliament". •President Jacob Zuma has been resisting calls to leave office She said that "with this in mind", Mr Zuma was approached about postponing the address, but "when we met the president, we then learnt that he was already writing to parliament to ask for the postponement". Mr Zuma's office later said in a statement that "the president has requested the postponement due to certain developments". South Africa's main opposition parties, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), had been pushing for the postponement of Mr Zuma's speech. BBC Poland President Duda 'will sign' controversial Holocaust bill POLAND'S PRESIDENT says he will sign a controversial Holocaust bill, despite angry protests from Israel and the United States. Andrzej Duda defended the legislation, which will make it illegal to accuse Poland of complicity in such Nazi crimes committed under occupation. The Polish government says it aims to stop the Polish nation or state being blamed for the atrocities. But Israel has raised concerns it could stifle the truth about the involvement of some Poles. There are also fears Holocaust survivors could face criminal charges for giving testimony that incriminates Poles. In a speech on Tuesday, Mr Duda said the bill "protects the Polish interests... protects our dignity, the historical truth, so that we could be judged fairly in the world, so that we would not be slandered as a state and as a nation". But he said the Polish state bore no responsibility because it ceased to exist following the invasion by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. He said there had been no systematic collaboration of Polish institutions. BBC •President Andrzej Duda says Poland has the right "to defend historical truth" Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai 'critically ill’ ZIMBABWE'S MAIN opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is critically ill in a South African hospital, reports say. Local media quoted family sources as saying the 65-year-old former prime minister - who is being treated for colon cancer - is suffering from weight loss, exhaustion and muscle thinning. During his political struggle against ex-President Robert Mugabe, he has been beaten and imprisoned numerous times. Mr Tsvangirai heads Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party. He has been in and out of hospital since June, receiving treatment in a Johannesburg hospital for cancer. He returned to the hospital early last month. Mr Tsvangirai's health deteriorated rapidly on Monday, family sources told Zimbabwe's Bulawayo24 news website on Tuesday. He had lost appetite and had difficulty eating or swallowing fluids, the sources said. Mr Tsvangirai also reportedly had breathing problems. Meanwhile, an MDC party source was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying that Mr Tsvangirai "is critically ill and we should brace for the worst". Mr Tsvangirai's spokesman, Luke Tamborinyoka, said the MDC leader was "stable but the nation should keep on praying". BBC •Mr Morgan Tsvangirai founded the opposition MDC party in 2000

WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH DAILY HERITAGE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 Time for the unemployed to think outside the box IT IS a known fact that most successful entrepreneurs dared to be different from the onset and took hard decisions by thinking outside the box. Born on October 28, 1955, William Henry Gates III, popularly known as Bill Gates showed extreme interest in computer programming at age 13 and by thinking outside the box as he grew older built the world's largest software business, Microsoft with his friend and later business partner, Paul Allen. As far back as 1970, Gates at age 15 with his friend developed “Trafo-Data,” a computer programme that monitored traffic patterns in Seattle and netted $20,000 for their efforts. He eventually became the richest man in the world. Not long ago, the DAILY HERITAGE carried the inspiring story of three University of Ghana students who are into bread baking business to avoid joining the teeming graduates languishing at home after four years of university education. Kingsley Darkey, then in level 300-Business Administration; Kumi Richard, a level 300 Political Science and Adult Education and Kofi Tenkorang, a graduate are the bakers of delicious PBM Bread. According to the three, who are best of friends; their passion to cook drove them to go into bread baking though they were still in school. The three were currently the laughing stock on campus, but chances are that they would be very successful in life because they have begun thinking outside the box. The point is, merely following the crowd is a recipe for mediocrity. We need to think beyond the ordinary for success. We, therefore, wish to urge our youth to challenge the status quo to avoid being part of the crowd looking for jobs after university education. Ghanaians march against fuel prices today BY ROSEMOND B. ADDAI OVER EIGHT worker unions across the country will today demonstrate against government over hike in fuel prices. According to the unions, government’s failure to reduce taxes on petroleum products is responsible for the recent secret rampant increases in fuel prices in the country. Mr Duncan Amoah, executive member of Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC), in an interview with the DAILY HER- ITAGE complained bitterly about the high prices of fuel and urged the government to do something about it. To achieve their aim, the unions will today hit the streets by converging at the Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle through some principal streets of Accra to the Arts Centre after which another petition would be submitted to the Ministries of Energy and Finance, Parliament and Office of the President. He said killer taxes on petroleum products and attendant hikes in prices of fuel were affecting many businesses in the country. “Individual pockets are also being affected,” he stated. He said “we need to draw government’s attention to the rising cost of fuel in the country. We have on several occasions indicated to the government our position on taxes. We still insist that the Special Petroleum Taxes (SPT) at this point has overstayed its course and must be scrapped to bring some relief to all of us.” Mr Amoah lamented that The government should scrap the SPT immediately because fuel prices are at all time high. anytime oil prices go up, fuel prices also go up and is compounded by the SPT. “For a developing country with income not paid in dollars, a litre of fuel is above one dollar. We think that something must be wrong with the pricing template and we think that it should be reviewed immediately. “On Wednesday (today) we will express our civil rights against specific government policies and taxes that continue to lead to difficulties. We will do one for Accra then in Kumasi and Brong Ahafo; drivers are very eager to demonstrate, they do not want to be left out,” he stated. He lamented that though Ghana and Nigeria trade from the same international oil market, the price of petrol in Nigeria is the GH¢ 10.00 equivalent of the Naira, but is GH¢ 20.00 in Ghana. He attributed this to taxes such as the SPT imposed on petroleum products. “The government should scrap the SPT immediately because fuel prices are at all time high, he stated.” According to Mr Amoah, the expectations of Ghanaians were that the SPT would have been scrapped by now because the price is around $70 on the international market. The unions expected to demonstrate are True Drivers Union, COPEC Ghana, Concerned Drivers Union, Ghana Importers and Exporters Union, General Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union, Committed Drivers Association and Industrial and Commercial Workers Union.