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Biden Sworn In As 46th President

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Washington — Joseph R. Biden, Jr., has been sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, taking the reins of power at a perilous time in American history and urging a bitterly divided country to unite around defeating the deadliest pandemic in a century.

“This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day,” Mr. Biden said in his inaugural address. “Today we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause. The cause of democracy. The people, the will of the people, has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded.”

Noting that he was being inaugurated on the Capitol steps just two weeks after it was stormed by a “riotous mob,” Mr. Biden said the country has been reminded that “democracy is precious, democracy is fragile, and at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.”

Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office shortly before noon, when Mr. Biden officially became president. Mr. Biden addressed the nation minutes after Vice President Kamala Harris was first sworn in, making history as the first woman and person of color to become second in line to the presidency.

Mr. Biden takes over at a time of tremendous upheaval and division, fueled both by his predecessor and the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 400,000 Americans.

The inauguration ceremony was unlike any the country has ever seen, with a new president addressing an empty National Mall while thousands of National Guard troops stood watch over downtown Washington. The Mall was filled with thousands of small flags representing Americans who might otherwise have been in attendance, were it not for the pandemic.

Members of Congress, Supreme Court justices and outgoing Vice President Mike Pence were on hand to witness Mr. Biden’s swearing-in, with seats spaced apart to prevent the spread of the virus. Three former presidents — Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton — were also among those in attendance.

Former President Donald Trump, however, was not there, having left Washington earlier Wednesday morning. Mr. Trump instead addressed supporters before boarding Air Force One for the last time as president to fly to Florida. He is the first outgoing president in more than 150 years to not attend the inauguration of his successor.

Mr. Biden plans to quickly begin dismantling some of Mr. Trump’s signature initiatives with a slew of executive orders and actions set to be signed on Day 1. He becomes the first president to enter office without a single Cabinet secretary confirmed by the Senate.

Source: cbsnews.com

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Breaking News: “[COVID-19 Vaccines] Is Safe For All People So Everybody Should Take Advantage”-Ex President Mahama

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Former President Mahama, is the latest among high-ranking government officials including President Nana Akufo-Addo, to endorse the newly arrived COVID-19 vaccines which aims at eradicating the deadly pandemic globally.

He made his endorsement public after taking his jab of the COVID-19 vaccine together with wife, former first lady, Mrs. Lordina Mahama at the Police Hospital in Accra, Tuesday.

The former President implored all and sundry to toe in the same direction and to disregard any popular circulated news of the vaccine not being effective for the cure of the terror disease.

“Small pox has been eradicated, polio has almost been completely been eradicated and all those sicknesses has been eradicated and so vaccines are something that are useful to preserve our health, and so I think that people should discard all these rumours concerning vaccines.  I agreed to take this vaccine publicly to send a message to all that these vaccines are safe and that all the funny rumours that are going around on social media are just hoaxes and that people should ignore them”, he conscientized.

Also, the former President detailed his first experience after receiving his jab.

“Indeed, I hardly felt it going through my skin unlike other drugs when they push the plunger in. I mean[with] this one I can hardly feel the plunger so it is safe, it is not painful and everybody should take advantage” Mr. Mahama admitted.

Ex-President Mahama and wife Lordina Mahama after the vaccination at the Police Hospital in Accra on Tuesday

With the arrival of the 600,000 vaccines that touched down in the country during last month, about 43districts have been identified as epicentres in the country. Out of the 43, Greater Accra has 25, with 16 in the Ashanti Region, and two in the Central Region.

To this effect, Ghana Health Service has deployed from Tuesday March 2nd to March 15th this year to end the first vaccination campaign which aims at vaccinating 20million people with the support of some 12,471, vaccinators, 2,079 supervisors, and 37,413 volunteers.

This information was revealed during the President’s live telecast on “Measures Taken Against The Spread of Coronavirus” on Sunday (Feb.27).

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Government And Stakeholders Must Aid In Creating Wealth In The Creative Arts Industry- Hon. Awal Mohammed

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Minister-designate for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Hon. Awal Ibrahim Mohammed has said that there is a great need for the Ghanaian Government and stakeholders in the private sector to take interests and come together and work towards creating wealth in the creative arts industry.

According to the Minister-designate, the creative sector along with its artists must be supported to enjoy the enormous potential in the sector. In the Ministers quest to achieve this, he seeks to partner with movie makers to ensure that they produce enough quality films and series that will meet the demands of television stations. He announced that a $20million-dollar film studio will be built to become the hub for movie production in the West African sub-region.

Hon. Awal Mohammed explained that it frustrating that tourists visit the country and consume Western produced content instead of our local content. He said that tourists will spend more than 15% of their money on entertainment if there was much source of entertainment here.

“It is important that a significant percentage of content shown on television should reflect Ghanaian culture and norms.

“We want to build the studio to help us put out Ghanaian movie series so that primetime on TV should be at least 70% local content. We need to make our creative artists rich and strong. That will boost our creative industry,” he added.

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Inusah Fuseini Saga: Court Turns Over Inusah Fuseini To Police For Investigations

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Former Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, Inusah Fuseini has been handed over by the Kaneshie Magistrate Court to the Criminal Investigations Department of the police for questioning over failing to cooperate with police.

 This stems from his remarks of inciting candidate John Mahama to declare himself President and proceeding to form a parallel government after the 2020 Presidential election went out of his party’s favour.

On Monday, state prosecutor, Richard Amoah told the Kaneshie magistrate court that the criminal summons was for his refusal to cooperate with the police after several attempts to honour their invite had fell flat.

He upholded that his charge is for “offensive conduct” stemming from his remarks which to them is earmarked at “breaching the peace of the state”.

In a move to shoot down claims that his client had contempted the court, lawyer for Mr.Fuseini, Mr. Edudzi Tamakloe argued in court that his client’s refusal to honour the invitation was for not knowing what his client’s offense was.

He furthered saying that he wrote a letter to the police to inquire of his client’s offense and until now the letter is yet to be replied.

But contrastingly, Mr.Fuseni who played guest on Multimedia’s award-winning TV program,Newsfile over the weekend, had this to say concerning his court summons: “I am prepared…….”.

Judge Ama Adomako-Kwakye after listening to both arguments has ruled that the former legislator to succumb himself to the police for further investigations.

Together with his lawyer, they are at the headquarters of the CID for questioning, Joy News’ Kwesi Parker Wilson reports.

More to follow soon….  

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Italian Ambassador Killed In DR Congo Attack

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According to reports by CNN, The Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, has been killed in Goma alongside an Italian soldier after their car was attacked as they traveled in a UN convoy, the Italian Foreign Ministry has said in press statement.

“It is with deep sorrow that the Farnesina confirms the death, today in Goma, of the Ambassador of Italy to the Democratic Republic of Congo Luca Attanasio and of a soldier from the Carabinieri,” the ministry said in a statement.

The attack is believed to have been an attempted kidnapping, according to officials at the nearby Virunga National Park. Armed groups are known to operate in an around the park, which borders both Rwanda and Uganda. Militias also clash regularly in the east of the country, where a large UN force is struggling to keep the peace.

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