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I wish I had the right to impose stiffer punishment on you – Judge to Aisha Huang

I wish I had the right to impose stiffer punishment on you – Judge to Aisha Huang

Ghana News, Health & Wellbeing
The judge who sentenced Aisha Huang, known as the Galamsey Kingpin, to four-and-a-half years in prison and a fine of GH¢48,000, Justice Lydia Osei Marfo, had expressed a desire for a more severe sentence if she had the authority. Justice Lydia Osei Marfo remarked that the crimes committed by Aisha Huang were serious and harmful to the State. While delivering her ruling on Monday, December 4, she explained that the prosecution of the Chinese national was carried out under Act 900, which previously set a maximum penalty of five years for engaging in mining activities without a license. Read also: Aisha Huang jailed 4 and half years for mining offences She noted that the limitations of the Act prevented her from imposing a lengthier prison term.https://cdn.vuukle.com/widgets...
GTA 6: Trailer for new game revealed after online leak

GTA 6: Trailer for new game revealed after online leak

International, Lifestyle & Social, Science & Technology
The trailer for the sixth game in the Grand Theft Auto series has finally been revealed after fans waited over a decade for news on the hotly anticipated game. Set in Miami-inspired Vice City, it is a story of love and crime between lead protagonist, Lucia, and an unnamed male. Rockstar unveiled the trailer 15 hours early, after it leaked online. It teases a 2025 release which means fans will still have to wait to play.ADVERTISEMENT The sixth main game in the series will be the sequel to 2013's smash hit GTA V, which became the second best-selling video game of all time, following Minecraft. There have been seemingly endless rumours and leaks for the past decade about GTA VI. The mere confirmation that a trailer was coming - an announcement of an announcem...
First-year SHS students to report to school today

First-year SHS students to report to school today

Education, Ghana News
Despite calls for a reconsideration of the reopening date, first-year senior high school students nationwide are expected to commence reporting to their respective schools today. In defiance of the pleas from parents and other stakeholders to extend the reporting date, citing various reasons, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has maintained the December 4 date. In response to these concerns, Parliament has urged the Minister of Education to contemplate rescheduling the reopening date to the first week of January instead of Monday, December 4. However, despite Parliament's appeal, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has declined the request.https://cdn.vuukle.com/widgets/quiz.html?version=1.14.0Advertisement In a statement, the GES emphasised that "It is the expectation of manage...
Rizz named word of the year 2023 by Oxford University Press

Rizz named word of the year 2023 by Oxford University Press

Education, International
Are you good at chatting up or flirting with potential partners? If so, you may already have rizz, even if you didn't know it. The Oxford word of the year, internet slang for romantic appeal or charm, is mostly used by young people. It was one of eight words on a shortlist, all chosen to reflect the mood, ethos or preoccupations of 2023. The list was narrowed down in a public vote, before Oxford lexicographers made the final decision. Other contenders ranged from Swiftie to beige flag to situationship. What is rizz, and do you have it? The word might not mean anything to you if you're not Generation Z. But it's used massively online, with billions of views of the hashtag "rizz" on TikTok. According to Oxford University Press [OUP], which publishes the Oxford Englis...
China: Human Rights Watch accuses Beijing of closing and destroying mosques

China: Human Rights Watch accuses Beijing of closing and destroying mosques

International
China is closing, destroying and repurposing mosques, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has alleged in a new report. The crackdown is part of a "systematic effort" to curb the practice of Islam in China, HRW said. There are about 20 million Muslims in China, which is officially atheist but says it allows religious freedom. Observers, however, say there has been an increased crackdown on organised religion in recent years - with Beijing seeking greater control.ADVERTISEMENT The BBC contacted China's foreign ministry and ethnic affairs commission for comment in advance of publication of the HRW report. "The Chinese government's closure, destruction and repurposing of mosques is part of a systemic effort to curb the practice of Islam in China," said Maya Wang, acting China di...

Mahama Ayariga petitions Parliament to probe delayed funds disbursement to aggrieved Gold Coast Fund customers

Ghana News
The Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga has petitioned Parliament to address the prolonged delay by the government in releasing funds to an estimated 61,000 customers of Blackshield Capital Limited, formerly known as Gold Coast Fund Management (GCFM). Mr Ayariga presented the petition on behalf of Charles Nyame (convenor), Bernard Agyekum, Nathaniel Mensah, David Opoku, and Rosemond Mensah Grunitzky, who are members of the "Aggrieved Customers of Defunct Gold Coast Fund Management" organisation. The petition urges Parliament to investigate the reasons for the government's failure to disburse funds to the customers of the defunct Gold Coast Fund Management. Additionally, the petition calls on Parliament to compel the government to fulfil its commitment to pa...
Death toll in Nkwanta shooting rises to 8

Death toll in Nkwanta shooting rises to 8

Features, Ghana News
The death toll in the ethnic clashes at Adele Challa and Akyode communities in the Oti Region has risen to eight. Several properties have been destroyed and residents have fled for safety leaving behind a ghost town. The region has witnessed tribal conflicts involving the Adele, Challa, and Akyode ethnic groups over land litigation issues. However, in recent times contention about a Yam Festival being organized by the Akyode people in the Nkwanta town led to fresh skirmishes.https://cdn.vuukle.com/widgets/quiz.html?version=1.12.3Advertisement Despite attempts by the Oti Regional Security Council to resolve the issue, skirmishes have continued to plague the town. On Tuesday, the Interior Ministry imposed a 13-hour-long curfew on Nkwanta township and banned the carrying o...
Sam Altman: Ousted OpenAI boss to return days after being sacked

Sam Altman: Ousted OpenAI boss to return days after being sacked

International, Science & Technology
OpenAI co-founder Sam Altman will return as boss just days after he was fired by the board, the firm has said. The agreement "in principle" involves a new board members being appointed, the tech company added. It comes after Mr Altman was sacked on Friday triggering an open letter from staff who threatened to resign unless he was reinstated. "I am looking forward to returning to OpenAI," Mr Altman said in a post on X, formerly Twitter. He added: "I love OpenAI, and everything I've done over the past few days has been in service of keeping this team and its mission together. He added the firm would build on its "strong partnership with Microsoft." Last week, the board decided to remove Mr Altman, which led to co-founder Greg Brockman's resignation, sending the star AI com...
OpenAI staff demand board resign over Sam Altman sacking

OpenAI staff demand board resign over Sam Altman sacking

Features, International, Science & Technology
Staff at OpenAI have called on the board of the artificial intelligence company to resign after the shock dismissal of former boss Sam Altman. In a letter, they question the board's competence, and accuse it of undermining the firm's work. They also demand Mr Altman's reinstatement. But Mr Altman now has a job at Microsoft and seems to want to stay. He and Microsoft boss Satya Nadella see OpenAI's success as vital, he added.ADVERTISEMENT "Satya and my top priority remains to ensure OpenAI continues to thrive," he tweeted. "We are committed to fully providing continuity of operations to our partners and customers. The OpenAI/Microsoft partnership makes this very doable." The sacking on Friday of a man who is one of the leading figures in artificial intelligence (AI) shock...
OpenAI to name ex-Twitch chief Emmett Shear as new boss

OpenAI to name ex-Twitch chief Emmett Shear as new boss

Science & Technology
OpenAI is reportedly set to name Emmett Shear as its interim chief executive just 48 hours after the chaotic firing of boss and co-founder, Sam Altman. The board dismissed Mr Altman on Friday, saying it had lost confidence in him, and named OpenAI's chief technology officer, Mira Murati, as its interim chief executive. But now Mr Shear appears set to be the latest boss of the company. Mr Altman helped launch the firm which created the popular ChatGPT bot. There was speculation he could return, reportedly following a backlash from staff and investors. But on Sunday evening, OpenAI's board said it "firmly stands by its decision as the only path to advance and defend the mission of OpenAI," according to an internal memo, seen by The New York Times. On Monday, Microsoft chie...

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