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Students of the University of Cape Coast [UCC], has received the news on the rustication of 22 of their colleagues with mix reactions.

Majority have described the punishment as harsh and a deliberate attempt by the University to suppress the right of students.

Those who acknowledge the effect of the clash opines that, some senior members of the university should first be held responsible. One of the students speaking to ATL FM NEWS said, “I think the punishment is harsh, rustication for two and four semesters is too much, especially when majority of the executives were of present at the time of the event”.

UCC East Gate

Campus News

ATL FM News has cited a report by the disciplinary committee whose investigations and recommendations led to the rustication of twenty two (22) students of the Atlantic Hall of the University of Cape Coast [UCC].

The rustication followed established findings that found the twenty two students culpable for their role in the disturbances that occurred at Oguaa Hall after guests from University of Ghana and the KNUST had visited ATL Hall for their 55th hall week celebration in March this year.

According to the report, the eleven member disciplinary committee which was headed by the Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof. George K.T. Oduro was tasked to investigate the disturbances involving students of Atlantic Hall and their guests and recommend appropriate sanctions for the students who will be found in the wrong.

File Photo: UCC Students

Campus News

Head of Operations and Business Development at Mass Telecommunications Innovations (MTI) Ghana, Fred Kweku Amankwa Sarfo has entreated all students to make a conscious effort at renewing their minds towards their environment and look forward to making decisions that will help them become successful in life.

Speaking in an interview on the personality profile of 'A WEEK ON CAMPUS' last Saturday, Mr. Sarfo noted that students ought to know themselves very well in order to decide on what to pursue in life.

File Photo: Galamsey site

Central Region

More than $7 billion worth of gold obtained from illegal mining activities was smuggled from the country in 2016 alone, a Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Benito Owusu-Bio, has said.

Addressing a meeting with district chief executives (DCEs) and the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Kumasi last Friday, Mr Owusu-Bio said a substantial quantity of the gold was allegedly smuggled by foreigners who had gone to the mining sites to buy the mineral.

The Edinaman Senior High School (SHS) emerged winners of the 2017 edition of the Central Regional Science and Maths Quiz competition held in Cape Coast on Friday. They bagged 52 points to beat University Practice SHS which came second with 36 points, followed by Adisadel College with 28 points.

For their prizes, Edinaman received a trophy and a GH¢1,000.00 while University Practice SHS and Adisadel received GH¢ 600.00 and GH¢ 400.00 for placing second and third respectively.

By this feat, Edinaman SHS is tasked with a huge responsibility of performing exceedingly well at the national level as the region is the defending champion in the National competition and is hoping to retain the title this year.

Former President John Mahama

Central Region

The bane of agriculture in Africa is the disinterest of educated young people in the sector, Ghana’s former President, Mr John Dramani Mahama has said.

According to him, the perception that agriculture is not financially rewarding and not “cool” has made African youth turn their back to the sector.

Delivering a speech on the topic: “Agriculture is Cool: Engaging Africa's Youth” at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group in India on Monday 22 May, Mr Mahama said there was the need to make agriculture attractive for the African youth to increase their involvement in the sector.

Former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, Rev. Prof Emmanuel Martey

Ghana

Former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Rev Prof Emmanuel Martey says it was in former President Mahama’s administration that the illegal mining popularly called galamsey got out of hand.

Prof. Martey says President Mahama assured him his government was winning the fight against galamasey but things got worse.

Speaking to the media at the official opening of the Koforidua Branch of C4 Homeopathic hospital, the vociferous man of God said, “it is too early to say that the present administration is not doing well.

Government has banned the importation of 49 medicines, assigning their manufacture to local pharmaceutical companies.

The move by the government is seen a major boost to the local industry and is in compliance with the Africa Union’s Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa which aspires to strengthen Africa’s ability to produce high quality and affordable pharmaceuticals.

The plan was approved by the Heads of State and Governments at the AU Summit in Accra recently.

File photo: Galamsey site

Ghana

The Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) is unable to carry out maintenance works on its transmission lines within the Akwatia, Nsutem and Anyinam communities in the Eastern Region because of illegal mining activities (galamsey) close to the grid towers.

The activities of the illegal miners have severely undermined the structural integrity of the towers that support the conductors, making them highly vulnerable to collapse.

Maintenance works on the Akwatia transmission sub-station, built in 1965 to 161 kilovolt (kV) of power for distribution to communities in the catchment area of the sub-station have, therefore, been suspended.

The Western Cape is experiencing the worst drought in more than a century

Africa

South Africa's Western Cape province has declared a drought disaster as it faces its worst water shortage in 113 years.

Provincial leader Helen Zille said water will be harvested by drilling boreholes to serve key points like hospitals in Cape Town.

The alert will last for three months but could be extended if the crisis persists, she said in a statement.

Yahya Jammeh left the country in January after being voted out of power

Africa

The Gambia's former president stole "at least" $50m (£38.4m) from the state before he left the country in January, the justice minister has said.

Yahya Jammeh is accused of withdrawing the money via a state telecoms company. A court has ordered all his remaining assets in The Gambia to be frozen.

Mr Botha's website showcases various animals he had hunted across his career

Africa

A professional big-game hunter was crushed to death by an elephant that had been shot, according to reports in South Africa.

The Netwerk24 website said an elephant cow stormed a group headed by Theunis Botha in Zimbabwe on Friday.

The elephant was reportedly shot as she picked him up with her trunk, before she fell and died, crushing Mr Botha.

Rioters threw stones at a protest against Mr Trump's visit in the West Bank on Monday

World

US President Donald Trump is to meet the leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, on the final day of his visit to the Middle East.

Israel and the Palestinians have not held direct talks for more than three years and Mr Trump acknowledged it was "one of the toughest deals of all".

But in both the West Bank and Gaza, Palestinians held angry protests against the US president's visit.

Mr Temer was elected as vice-president in 2014 and replaced Dilma Rousseff a year ago

World

Brazil's President Michel Temer has asked the Supreme Court to proceed with an investigation against him for obstruction of justice and corruption.

His lawyers say that a secret recording that appears to incriminate him has been edited 70 times.

On Saturday Mr Temer filed a petition at the Supreme Court to have the investigation suspended.

South Korea's former President Park Geun-hye has pleaded not guilty at her trial for corruption, the latest stage in her dramatic fall from grace.

The ousted president faces charges including bribery, abusing state power and leaking state secrets. In her first appearance in public since her arrest in March, she arrived at court handcuffed in a prison van.

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