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Inside April 10, 2018 .qxp_Layout 1 4/9/18 9:15 PM Page 3 • Reports say more activists joined the squatters at the weekend French police clash with eco-activists in woods near Nantes FRENCH POLICE are trying to evict environmental activists from a wooded site in western France where a new airport was to have been built. Police used tear gas at the Notre-Dames-des- Landes site against hundreds of activists, who built makeshift barricades and set some ablaze. In January the government scrapped the controversial project to build a new airport near the city of Nantes. Local politicians had hoped the new hub would boost the region's economy. They blocked nearby roads to isolate the squatters, many of whom have been occupying the site illegally for years. Some protesters threw stones and other projectiles at the gendarmes, AFP news agency reported. One gendarme suffered an eye injury in the confrontation. Opponents of the airport project argued that it was too costly and environmentally damaging. The relatively light traffic at the existing Nantes airport did not justify it, they said İn January, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the project had to be abandoned, given the "climate of bitter opposition between two sides of the population that are nearly equal in size." BBC DAILY HERITAGE TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018 WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH World news in 4 stories N Korea-US talks: Pyongyang 'ready to discuss' nuclear programme NORTH KOREA has promised the US it is ready to discuss the future of its nuclear arsenal when the two nations' leaders meet, US officials say. Preparations for the summit have included secret, direct talks with North Korea, unnamed Trump administration sources said. US and North Korean intelligence officials are said to have spoken many times, and met in a third country. The unprecedented summit is slated to happen in May. It will be the first time a sitting US president has met the leader of North Korea. North Korea has already told South Korea it was prepared to address denuclearisation, but this is the first time assurances have been given to Washington directly, the US officials claimed. Details of the summit, including the timing and location, remain unclear. •South Korea says the North is prepared to discuss getting rid of its nuclear arsenal if its own safety can be guaranteed News of proposed talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un surprised many when it broke in March. It followed a year of threats, personal insults and nuclear brinkmanship between their respective leaders. The North has previously halted missile and nuclear tests during past talks, only to resume them when it lost patience or felt its demands were not being met. Nigeria's Buhari to run in 2019 elections NIGERIAN PRESI- DENT Muhammadu Buhari will be seeking a second term in office in elections due next year, his office has said. It ends months of speculation about whether the 74-year-old leader plans to run for re-election. His first term has been beset by poor health, which saw him spend months in the UK last year receiving treatment. Mr Buhari defeated former President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 election. He was the first opposition leader to defeat an incumbent in Nigeria. The announcement comes as he is due to travel to the UK on an official visit. He is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Theresa May and attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which starts on 16 April. Mr Buhari was on "medical leave" in the UK for three months early last year. He revealed after his return to Nigeria that "I have never been so sick", but did not disclose what he was suffering from. Mr Buhari will run under the banner of the ruling All Progressives Congress. The main opposition People's Democratic Party is yet to announce its candidate. He has been under fire from former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who in an open letter called on him not to seek re-election because of his age and alleged poor health. Mr Obasanjo added that he was disappointed with Mr Buhari, particularly because of what he called his poor handling of Nigeria's economy, the largest in Africa. Mr Buhari's spokesman said the president accepted the criticism in good faith, but it should be noted that significant progress had been made under his rule in tackling Nigeria's problems. The administration points to its fight against corruption and its military operations against Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which it says has "degraded" the group. BBC •Mr Buhari received treatment last year for an undisclosed illness 16 killed as gunmen blow up bank and attack police in Nigeria ARMED ROBBERS in central Nigeria used dynamite to blow up a vault in a bank, killing 16 people, a police spokesman told CNN More than 20 bank robbers were involved in the robbery Thursday in the remote town of Offa, Kwara State, the police told CNN. The men, armed with assault rifles, attacked three banks and fired at a police station. "They attacked the police station first and killed nine police officers," Ajayi Okasanmi, spokesman Kwara State Police told CNN. Seven people hit by stray bullets were killed in the operation that lasted for an hour, he said, adding that the robbers escaped. •Officers walk outside a police headquarters in northern Nigeria "They shot sporadically while they were trying to enter two banks in the area. We could not engage with them instantly to avoid injuring more civilians in the attack," he said. They broke into two banks but were unable get into other banks in the commercial area of the town, Okesanmi added. Residents told CNN the armed robbers who came in five vehicles shot at traders, injuring many while they escaped. Nigeria's Senate leader Bukola Saraki condemned the attack Friday on Facebook saying government remained relentless until the robbers were made to face the "full wrath of the law”. CNN

WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH DAILY HERITAGE TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018 05 Editorial Safety measures at workplace need review THE GHANA Mineworkers’ Union of Goldfields Ghana Limited has added its voice to the many who have called for a total overhaul of safety measures at workplaces to avert the unfortunate accident that occurred at Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, Ahafo, which claimed the lives of six workers and injured two others. In a statement signed by the General Secretary, Mr Prince William Ankrah, the union said “we, indeed, find this accident extremely unfortunate, considering the level of attention Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, as a business, attaches to matters of health and safety, and will stop at nothing to ensure that all employees work safely at all times. “We, therefore, deeply regret this development and wish to convey our heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families of our departed comrades and hope that the needed corrective measures are put in place to ensure a safer and secured workplace. “While we are yet to ascertain the true cause of the accident from the ongoing investigations being conducted by the Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission, we want to urge all our members across the mining sector, particularly in Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, to uphold the highest standards of health and safety and make every effort to work safely at all times.” A safety expert, Nana Yaw Akwada, who is the Executive Director at the Bureau of Public Safety, has also noted that the tragedy at Ahafo Mine requires urgent institution of a comprehensive public safety policy to ensure workplace safety. He told Joy News “all these happen because we do not have a tight-lipped policy and an adjoining (sic) bill that is supposed to regulate the industry “If we have a policy that is supposed to regulate the industry it will bring together the Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission, Factories Inspectorate Department, and the Plant Protection Services Department.” The DAILY HERITAGE agrees that a review of safety measures at workplaces in both the private and public sectors is necessary. Indeed, checks at some of our ministries, agencies and private entities indicate that more needs to be done to improve safety. In some cases, there are only one exit route in a company with over 50 workers. This is certainly sitting on a time bomb. The time to take a hard look at safety measures is, therefore, now. Disaster at Newmont Union calls for improved safety standards BY MUNTALLA INUSAH muntalla.inusah@dailyheritage.com.gh THE GHANA Mineworkers’ Union of Goldfields Ghana Limited of the Trades Union Congress has charged its members to uphold the highest form of safety standards at the their workplaces to avert accidents. The union, thus, urged “all our members across the mining sector, particularly in Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, to uphold the highest standards of health and safety and make every effort to work safely at all times.” According to the union, information reaching its Secretariat indicated that on Saturday, April 7, 2018, a mine accident occurred on the premises of Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, Ahafo, which claimed the lives of six workers and injured two others who are all workers of Consar Limited, a construction service company currently working on the “We, indeed, find this accident extremely unfortunate, considering the level of attention Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, as a business, attaches to matters of health and safety,...” Newmont’s Ahafo Mill Expansion Project. A statement signed by the General Secretary, Mr Prince William Ankrah, and copied to the DAILY HER- ITAGE yesterday, stated that, “We, therefore, deeply regret this development and wish to convey our heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families. “We, indeed, find this accident extremely unfortunate, considering the level of attention Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, as a business, attaches to matters of health and safety, and will stop at nothing to ensure that all employees work safely at all times. “We, therefore, deeply regret this development and wish to convey our heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families of our departed comrades and hope that the needed corrective measures are put in place to ensure a safer and secured workplace.” It added that, “while we are yet to ascertain the true cause of the accident from the ongoing investigations being conducted by the Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission, we want to urge all our members across the mining sector, particularly in Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, to uphold the highest standards of health and safety and make every effort to work safely at all times.”

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