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Climate Change ‘fights’ rice farmers in Northern Ghana “Rice production in to reduce by 36 per cent, farmers abandoned their fields due to lack of rains”

 A Ghana News Agency Feature by Albert Oppong-Ansah


     Tamale, Dec. 30, GNA - Thousands of people in the southern part of Ghana wailed when they lost properties worth several millions of Ghana Cedis and 14 human lives following a seven hour torrential rainfall in October this year.


     The devastating flood cut-off electricity and telecommunication supply in many areas and forced the closure of schools and shops in the Accra and Tema metropolitan…


Added by Albert Oppong Ansah on December 30, 2011 at 8:30 — No Comments

Labour Pains of Women in the Wilderness

An estimated 7,900 women die each year from preventable and treatable causes during pregnancy and childbirth in Kenya, while many more suffer disabling injuries such as obstetric fistula while giving life. Kenya is among the 13 African countries with a maternal mortality ratio of less than 500 deaths per 100,000 live births

‘In this 21st century, when medical science and gender empowerment are rising progressively, “no woman should die giving life”, declares Thoraya Ahmed Obaid,…


Added by alexander mwanzia mutua on December 22, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments

EU’s development policy, challenges and dilemmas

By Rodica Pricop

Last weekend in Warsaw, the EU representatives together with leaders and activists from Africa, Asia-Pacific and Asia as well as Nobel Peace Prize winners debated the state of play of human rights and democracy in the world during the EU Development Days, organized by the Polish Presidency of the 27-member block. The major debates revolved around the Arab Spring and the way in which aid for development can lead to democracy, good governance and human rights. The forum…


Added by Rodica Pricop on December 21, 2011 at 12:33 — No Comments

“Television” a Bad Friend of Children

“Television” a Bad Friend of Children


Media refers to various means of communication e.g television, radio and newspapers are different types of media. Now media is considered more…


Added by syed mohsin ali naqvi on December 14, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

Visa Survey: Europe, Top Pick of Wealthy Tourists to Celebrate Xmas Holidays

 By Tengku Noor Shamsiah Tengku Abdullah

Added by TENGKU NOOR SHAMSIAH T ABDULLAH on December 14, 2011 at 13:51 — No Comments

Renowned News Fabricator, Stephen Glass, Claims He Now Wants to be a Lawyer

It has been recently reported that Stephen Glass, a former journalist, whose career fell to pieces after it was discovered that most of his stories…


Added by Hanna McLean on December 6, 2011 at 11:30 — 3 Comments

Presenting Blottr: The People Powered News Source

In a world where citizen journalism is becoming more and more prevalent and seemingly simpler, do you often find yourself wondering, “What kind of resources are out there that can help me get started?” 


Well, look no further! Recently, I came across a fantastic citizen…


Added by Hanna McLean on December 5, 2011 at 15:00 — No Comments

Is Macedonia facing another ethnic war!?

In this century of technological wonders and civilized societies you would think that images like these are a thing of the past and the only war is the one won through means of diplomacy and a lot of talking. It turns out that in my lovely country called Macedonia, things are not so civilized after all.



Added by Elena Nikolovska on December 1, 2011 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Usage of Judiciary in Accessing Basic Human Needs and Rights by Syed Naeem Uddin October 3, 2011

A large number of the countries in developing world are plagued by corruption, violence and

incapable governments. The current generation has grown with a sense of injustice from

enforcement agencies, people’s lack of awareness and lack of access to the justice. There

justice. The most corrupt and critical mechanism of the troubled states are the law are many…


Added by Syed Naeem Uddin on November 28, 2011 at 3:34 — No Comments

Slap Biz politics: What's the future?

When a commoner named Harvinder Singh slapped Union Agriculture minister and a seasoned politician Sharad Pawar, as he was returning from a public function on the 24th of November 2011, the nation glued to their television sets shockingly as most of the electronic channels played the shot again and again. Mind you this was the third such attack in recent weeks. Few days back, Prasant Bhusan, a member of team Anna and a noted lawyer was beaten by an unknown person for his alleged comments on…


Added by Pratigyan Das on November 27, 2011 at 16:45 — 1 Comment

Funding Alert! Announcing a New Documentary Journalism Fund!

Hey all you video journalists! You don't want to miss this. This is for YOU:

Amsterdam, November 23rd 2011 – Today at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) a major new partnership was announced at a panel dedicated to the discussion of new funding.  The Bertha Foundation is investing in BRITDOC's future, joining the Board of Directors and launching two new funds worth £1.5 million…


Added by Hanna McLean on November 24, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments

Journalists and bloggers from ex-USSR countries speak out: Highlights from the Forum of European and Asian Media

On November 21-22 the 6th Forum of European and Asian Media (FEAM) was held in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. Over 250 top managers, editors, journalists and bloggers from traditional and new media of CIS countries, the Baltic states, and Georgia shared their views and opinions. Here are some of the highlights from the forum as tweeted in English. Hope you will find them useful.…


Added by Valery Levchenko on November 22, 2011 at 16:00 — No Comments

Turkey vs. Iran: The Battle for Influence

Even before the Arab Spring, the Turkish government has been carefully positioning itself to emerge as a new regional hegemon, hoping to play an even more critical role in Iraq and the larger Middle East. The U.S. plans to withdraw all combat forces from Iraq by the years end while nations of the Arab Spring—Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya—face the challenge of nascent governments, post-revolution reforms, and violence including in Syria along Turkey’s own borders. A distinct power vacuum is…


Added by Alakbar Raufoglu on November 22, 2011 at 0:30 — No Comments

Occupy the Budget

Occupy the Budget

By Rodica Pricop

The government is preparing for the adoption of the poorest budget after 2008, next week. An austerity budget, revised and approved by the IMF, whose target is to achieve a drastic cut of public expenditure in order to secure a deficit of 1.9 per cent of GDP. The only problem is that the burden of austerity is not going to be equally shared between everybody…


Added by Rodica Pricop on November 19, 2011 at 10:09 — No Comments

Zambian Couple In Leaked Porn Video Risks Jail

A young Zambian female student at the prestigious Zambia Centre for Accountancy Studies (ZCAS) in the capital city, Lusaka, risks being sent to jail for five years along with her male partner with whom she filmed a sex video which found its way onto a hardcore pornographic website.

The couple and those who shared the link to the porn website are now being…


Added by Gershom Ndhlovu on November 17, 2011 at 19:30 — No Comments

Ghana strives to meet MDGs maternal health target

By Albert Oppong-Ansah- 



Tamale (Ghana) Nov. 12, Xinhua-Antenatal care from health professionals increased from 92 percent in 2003 to 95 percent as at 2008, however, geographical differences in the components of antenatal care persist.

In the Northern Region, for example, only 47 percent of the women were provided with information on signs of pregnancy complications compared to that of the 90 percent in Western Region.

The proportion of women who…


Added by Albert Oppong Ansah on November 14, 2011 at 15:02 — No Comments

Ghana strives to bridge gender disparities

By Albert Oppong-Ansah

TAMALE, Ghana- Xinhua-The huge gap between men and women in Africa in governance and policy making may soon be a thing of the past in Ghana with the development of an Affirmative Action Law now in legislative process by the ministry responsibly for women and children's Affairs.

The bill is designed to address the continuous gender gap and discrimination in economic, social, political and educational arena between the male and female, Zakari-Saa Patrick…


Added by Albert Oppong Ansah on November 14, 2011 at 14:54 — No Comments

Urgent need for Family planning in the North.

From Geoffrey Buta, Tamale.Ghana.                                                                                     Photo: Geoffrey Buta

Parents in the Northern Region have been advised to undergo family planning to reduce the increase of child birth which has attributed to the poverty situation in…


Added by Geoffrey Buta on November 14, 2011 at 13:45 — No Comments

Heisenberg uncertainty principle in defense of news agency reporting

On both sides of the communications barricades news agency reporting is often compared to producing commodities. At RIA Novosti top editors often use the phrase 'sausage factory' to illustrate our way of making newswires. There are two strong points in favor of such approach – consistency of content and balance of its accuracy.

Heisenberg uncertainty…


Added by Valery Levchenko on November 13, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments

The story behinds, a free portfolio service for journalists

I launched last month after finding that there was no easy way to collate my cuttings together online. It offers journalists a free, easy-to-use and beautiful way to showcase their work – here’s a quick overview of how I did it.


I’d never describe myself as a coder – I’m a journalist fascinated by technology, a bit of a geek maybe, but definitely not a programmer. If you asked me to write an iterative…


Added by Nicholas Holmes on November 12, 2011 at 11:45 — 2 Comments

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