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Inside February 14, 2018 .qxp_Layout 1 2/13/18 8:41 PM Page 3 •Spinal fluid is obtained by inserting a needle into the spinal canal Pakistan gang 'stole spinal fluid from women’ PAKISTANI POLICE have arrested four people accused of stealing spinal fluid from women. The suspects told women they had to provide blood samples to qualify for financial assistance from the Punjab government, police told BBC Urdu. However, they extracted spinal fluid instead, and attempted to sell it on the black market, police added. The gang is thought to have stolen spinal fluid from over 12 women, including a teenager. "It appears the gang has been active in the Hafizabad area for some time," regional police officer Ashfaq Ahmed Khan told BBC Urdu's Shahzad Malik. One member "went around posing as an employee of the District Headquarters Hospital, telling his victims they would need to provide blood samples in order to qualify for the Punjab government's dowry fund". "But instead of taking them to the hospital to obtain their 'blood samples', he would take them to the house of a female member of the gang to perform the procedure," Mr Khan added. BBC DAILY HERITAGE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018 WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH World news in 4 stories Uzbek man pleads guilty in Stockholm terror trial South Africa: ANC decides Zuma must go ‘urgently' SOUTH AFRICA'S ruling African National Congress (ANC) has formally asked President Jacob Zuma to resign "for the sake of the country". But despite the ANC's top leadership deciding to "recall" him "urgently", the scandal-hit Mr Zuma was still in power on Tuesday. He is expected to respond to the request on Wednesday, an official said. He had already told them he was •Jacob Zuma has been president of South Africa since 2009 AN UZBEK man on trial in Sweden has pleaded guilty to carrying out a lorry attack which killed five people in Stockholm last April. Rakhmat Akilov, 39, admitted driving at high speed down a pedestrian street, the country's worst terrorist attack. His asylum claim had been rejected in 2016. He had expressed sympathy for the Islamic State (IS) group. He appeared in an underground Stockholm court, in handcuffs and clad in a green prison uniform. Survivors and relatives of victims can watch a live stream screened next door. Rakhmat Akilov fled the scene after crashing the stolen beer lorry and was arrested several hours later on the edge of Stockholm. He confessed during police interrogation Under Swedish laws on terrorism, prosecutors must prove that he intended to harm the state. IS did not say it was behind the attack. Jihadists had used vehicles in previous attacks - in the French city of Nice and in Berlin in 2016 and on Westminster Bridge in London in 2017. BBC willing to stand down in the next three to six months, the official added. Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, has been dogged by corruption allegations. But he has so far resisted increasing pressure to quit since December, when Cyril Ramaphosa replaced him as leader of the ANC. Ace Magashule, the ANC's secretary-general, told reporters the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) decided the removal should be "treated with urgency". "The NEC has noted South Africa is going through a period of uncertainty and anxiety as a result of unresolved matter of transition," he said. Mr Magashule said the country needed to build on the feeling of "renewed hope" felt after the election of Mr Ramaphosa as ANC leader. "It is obvious we want Comrade Ramaphosa to come in as the president of South Africa," he added. He said the president was expected to respond to the NEC's decision on Wednesday, although they had given him no deadline. BBC • Police took this photo of Rakhmat Akilov when he was arrested •Swedish investigations revealed that some of the children were homeless Unicef 'admits it failed children raped in CAR’ THE UNITED Nations children's agency, Unicef, has admitted it failed to support children who alleged they were raped by French peacekeepers in the Central African Republic, the Guardian reports. The United Kingdom newspaper points out that the statement, which was issued by Unicef Netherlands, is the first public acknowledgement of Unicef's shortcomings. Unicef was put in charge of looking after the children who alleged they'd been sexually abused. But, the Guardian says, in March 2017, a Swedish investigative revealed that some of the children were homeless, and not being cared for by Unicef. The newspaper goes on to say that at the time, the agency said it didn't realise the children were on the streets, but later said it was trying to find them and offer support. BBC

WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH DAILY HERITAGE. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018. 05 Editorial Accra floods again! IN SPITE of all the efforts by successive governments aimed at avoiding floods in the nation’s capital, Accra particularly at a major market centre like the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, the city witnessed flooding again after a few hours of downpour yesterday morning. The rains yet again exposed the poor drainage system in parts of the city, mostly the business centres. A drive through some parts of the capital revealed disappointing spectacle of garbage scattered on various roads. The uncultured behaviour of people dumping garbage into gutters led to scattering of refuse on roads due to the overflow of many gutters. Reports indicate that the over two-hour downpour created great discomfort for motorists and commuters. A visit by the DAILY HERITAGE to some parts of the capital revealed that there was a halt in business activities since most traders and workers struggled to find their way around the city. At the Kaneshie market, the paper observed that people had taken advantage of the floods in the area to make some money for themselves. “When we woke up this morning, we saw that the place had flooded and people were finding it difficult to go to their workplaces. “As citizens we thought of helping so we decided to carry them at our backs and help them cross, but we take GH¢ 2.00 from them for our efforts,” one of the human carriers told the paper. We think that minimising the impact of floods is a shared responsibility. The DAILY HERITAGE therefore urges all to play a role in this quest by desilting our choked gutters, avoiding discharge of garbage into drains and above all, being each other’s keeper by reproaching nation wreckers who litter indiscriminately. Accra floods again! BY JULIET OPPONG THE POOR drainage system in some parts of Accra was again exposed after a heavy downpour yesterday causing floods in some parts of the city, mostly the business centres. The over two-hour downpour, which started in the early hours of Tuesday, February 13, created a lot of discomfort for motorists and commuters who tried to go about their normal activities. A visit by the DAILY HERITAGE to some parts of the capital revealed that there was a halt in business activities since most traders and workers were finding their way to their places of work, while others tried to reorganise their property. At the Kaneshie market, the paper observed that people had taken advantage of the floods in the area to make some money for themselves. While some provided structures to help people cross over the floods, others, who were referred to as ‘human carriers’, took the risk of carrying people at their back for GH¢ 2.00. Explaining the situation to the DAILY HERITAGE, Kwame Frimpong, a human carrier, said they were disturbed by the development, hence their decision to help them cross over. “When we woke up this morning, we saw that the place had flooded and people were finding it difficult to go to their workplaces. “As citizens we thought of helping so we decided to carry them at our backs and help them cross, but we take GH¢ 2.00 from them for our efforts,” he told the paper. On their safety, Mr Frimpong said, “we are young men and most of us live around, so we know where there’s a gutter, hole, or a ditch. We are not totally safe but we have decided to take the risk. “This is not the first time. Every time it rains, this place gets flooded so when we see people struggling, we come in to help them at a fee and they are willing to pay any amount because the water is very dirty and as such, they don’t want to step in it,” he added. As at the time of leaving the scene, there was no member of the National Disaster Management Organisation, or personnel from any of the security service to provide assistance. At the Obetsebi Lamptey roundabout, the paper observed • Commuters struggle to find their way around that there was heavy traffic which was as a result of some portions of the street which were flooded. Vehicles were limited to one lane while the rain flood took over the other lane, thereby making it impossible for vehicles to move freely. A driver, who expressed his frustration to the paper, pleaded with the government to put measures in place as the rains set in. “If care is not taken we might lose lives anytime it rains. We go through this thing anytime it rains, it is bad for a country like Ghana,” he told the paper.

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