Showing posts from May, 2011

Judge condemns unsavoury media comments on rulings, April 9, 2011, front page

A Supreme Court judge, Mrs Justice Sophia O. Adinyira, has described some media comments and public debate on rulings by judges as sweeping, unsavoury and unwarranted.

The Judiciary, she stated, welcomed academic criticisms and reviews of its judgements, as they were good for the development of the country’s jurisprudence and would also make the Judiciary accountable.

some supreme court judges (left) Justice Adinyira (top)

“Though our 1992 Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and expression and the freedom and independence of the media, there are some limitations on the expression of these freedoms in the interest of national security, public order, public morality and for the purpose of protecting the reputations and rights and freedoms of other persons,” Mrs Justice Adinyira said when she swore in Mr Anthony Kodjo Batse, a government representative on the National Media Commission (NMC).

The judge’s comment comes on the heels of recent criticisms and demonstrations that followed…

Children with autism need special support, April 8, 2011, Spread

Fifteen per cent of Ghanaian children develop language or speech problems that affect their development and performance,  Dr Ebenezer V. Badoe, the Director of  Neurology/Developmental Services at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, has said.

“The situation therefore calls for the country's  policy makers to identify the needs of such children and incorporate it into the country's health and educational sectors,” he said.

Dr Badoe, who spoke  to the Daily Graphic in an interview on the fringes of the  2011 International Autism Policies and Practices Conference in Accra, said  the early childhood policy adopted by the country must seriously deal with screening children with language problems in order to develop the appropriate remedies for them.

Autism is a condition that affect children before age three and leaves them unable to form normal social relationships or develop normal communication. A child may become isolated from human contact and absorbed in a world of repetitive acti…

UG restructures undergraduate programmes

Top: Vice-Chancelor of the University of Ghana, Prof Ernest Aryeetey) Main: The Great Hall of the Univ.

THE University of Ghana, Legon, has restructured its undergraduate programmes in the Humanities and Sciences, with many new courses and programmes introduced and existing ones revised.

The Vice-chancellor of the university, Prof Ernest Aryeetey, announced this at its congregation held at Legon on Saturday.

He said the university had inaugurated a steering committee to oversee the process of creating a multi-disciplinary institute of applied scientific research to facilitate industrial transformation in Ghana and other parts of Africa.

Prof Aryeetey said the work of the institute was expected to be in areas including food processing and the development of materials for various production process, including packaging and environmental conservation.

In all, 4,408 students graduated, including 846 postgraduates, 21 doctoral candidates, 2,976 undergraduates and 565 diploma and cer…

2010 GJA Awards launched, April 1, 2011, Spread

THE 2010 Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Awards were launched in Accra yesterday, with the introduction of six new award categories to honour individual and institutional media excellence in the country.

The new awards, which are in the categories of Science, Oil and Gas, Anti-Narcotics, Social Security, Agriculture and Water, bring to 50 the number of awards up for grabs.

This year’s awards, which are the 16th since their inception and scheduled for August this year, will receive entries from April to May 9, 2011 and cover works published and broadcast from January 1 to December 31, 2010.

The awards to be contested for are Radio, Television and Print News Reporting, Features, Investigative Reporting, Photo-journalism, Sports, Arts/Entertainment and Domestic Tourism, the Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu Award for Business/Finance and Economic Reporting, Environment, Health, and Parliamentary Reporting.

Others are Anti-Corruption, HIV/AIDS, Political Reporting, Disability, Telecommunications, ICT…