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GHANA: ANATOMY OF A COUP D’ETAT

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I am of the belief that, until we come to have those very uncomfortable discourses about the real national character that we seek for Ghana, we would continue to gloss over the fundamental differences that split our nation in two halves, not only by approach to achieving a common goal, but by the goals themselves.

A CARA player (19) closes in on his opponent in the first of leg their CONFED Cup match played at the Baba Yara Stadium on 11th February, 2018. Kotoko won by a lone goal.

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Kotoko in recent times are outmuscled by clubs in transfer dealings. Some of these clubs in the past served as feeder clubs for Kotoko. Players now prefer to play for such clubs just because they are offered better opportunities by such clubs than Kotoko. When was the last time a Kotoko player had a call up to play for the Black Stars?

Igniting The Creative Arts Industry - Kweku Sintim-Misah (KSM)

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There should be a national agenda that will ensure the efficient integration all the various fields, and this cannot be done without the active participation of all the vital stakeholders. I have a firm believe that the a well-structured creative arts industry can be the backbone of the nation's drive toward the proper branding of GH and the real driving force behind boosting tourism.

24th February, 1966: Ghana’s Day of Lies

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Verily speaking, today marks the ‘Dark Days in Ghana’. February 24, dubbed by reactionaries as ‘Ghana’s Days of Liberation’ is but ‘Ghana’s Day of LIES’. Indeed, the lapse of time has not taken place of evidence, and has it neither gathered enough sand upon falsehood to equal with truth.

Accreditation of Holistic Medical Schools

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Accreditation is a form of independent, professional certification that focuses on schools and programs in a particular field. Accreditation of naturopathic and holistic medicine schools and programs therefore assures you and your parents that the school adheres to high quality standards--an important fact when it comes to dealing with people's health

Fundraising Campaign - Mansa Musa Epic Theatre Production

Opinions

Our first priority is to launch an integrated fundraising campaign with options for advance ticket purchase and project investment. To this end, here are our first steps (My thoughts are in parenthesis. Please feel free to suggest alternatives):

Hon. Alhassan Suhuyini sympathises with families of Abuga Pele and Philip Assibit

Ghana News

When asked whether they deserve any sympathy for making the nation lose money, he answered that they are humans, so it is only human to feel sympathy for someone in such a situation.

Mahama Ayariga Saddened By Abuga Pele's Imprisonment

Ghana News

Some Ghanaians think that the judge should have tampered justice with mercy, but others also think it is a good step that will aid in fighting corruption because it will deter others from engaging in acts of corruption.

Rashid Pelpuo expresses shock at Abuga Pele's incarceration

Ghana News

According to him, Abuga Pele was diligent with his work. He, however, does not what transpired in the course of his work that has led to his current fate.

Rawlings picks NDC membership card

Ghana News

The ongoing national re-registration of members will close officially next Wednesday, February 28, according to the party.

Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin Amidu (M), Pres Akufo-Addo (R), and VP Dr Bawumia (L).

Ghana News

Mr. President, I wish to assure you that the propaganda about witch-hunting will not daunt me from prosecuting all corruption crimes without reference to political considerations, as you had yourself admonished, once a suspected offender is established by investigations to have committed offences prosecutable in the national interest. I will treat crime as crime and nothing else.

Newly appointed Special Prosecutor, Mr. Martin Amidu (L) shakes hands with VP Dr. Bawumia with President Akufo-Addo (M) looking on.

Ghana News

“We expect the Special Prosecutor to discharge his duties vigorously, with courage, without fear or favour, ill-will or malice, in accordance with the rule of law. The establishment of this Office is for a high purpose, and must not, under any circumstances, be used as an avenue for persecution or vengeance,” he said.

Merck Foundation commits to building cancer care capacity in Africa and developing countries.

Health

Merck Foundation Marks ‘World Cancer Day’ this Year in Uganda and Tanzania. Merck Foundation conducts their post-training evaluation for their first graduate of ‘Merck Oncology Fellowship Program’ in Tanzania. Following the ‘We Can. I can’ theme of ‘World Cancer Day 2016-18’ Merck Foundation commits to building cancer care capacity in Africa and developing countries

Sex Hurts. Help! - NYT photo.

Health

Pain that is more persistent affects 7 to 22 percent of women, and up to 45 percent of menopausal women and 60 percent of cancer survivors report pain with sex. Pain with sex is up there in prevalence with migraine and low back pain, and yet it is woefully understudied and rarely discussed. The number of articles indexed in PubMed, a search engine for scientific literature, for dyspareunia is 3,694, and the number for erectile dysfunction, one type of sexual problem for men, is 19,796.

Doctors Warn of Heart Risk From Some Breast Cancer Therapies

Health

Health experts are stepping up warnings as more cardiac side effects of some breast cancer treatments come to light. In its first guidance on the issue, released on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, the American Heart Association urges that women and their doctors carefully weigh the risks and benefits of any therapy that may cause heart damage.

A Diet Strategy That Counts Time, Not Calories. Photo credit - wsj

Health

“Whether you call it intermittent fasting, or time-restricted feeding, part of this strategy is to connect your mind and body.”

Novartis Foundation and Ghana Health Service announce successful integration and scale-up of telemedicine program. Copyright image courtesy of Nana Kofi Acquah/scidevnet

Health

National coverage of telemedicine services is expected to be possible by 2019

File - In this June 1, 2017 photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt after speaking about the Paris climate change accord in the Rose Garden in Washington.

Health

Smoke rises from buildings following bombardment on the village of Mesraba in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, on February 19, 2018. © Hamza Al-Ajweh / AFP

World

At least 250 civilians have been killed since the escalation began on Sunday, among them dozens of children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

IS group claims deadly church attack in Russia's Dagestan

World

An unidentified gunman fired at worshippers at the church in the town of Kizlyar in the mainly Muslim region, local press reports said.

Police inspect the site of a deadly explosion in Oruro, Bolivia, Feb. 14, 2018.

World

An ally of Morales publicly implied that opposition forces were behind the attack, while opposition members urged government supporters to refrain from blaming anyone without evidence. Bolivia has seen very little political violence over the last 12 years and a politically motivated bombing would be highly unusual.

Israeli police recommend Netanyahu face charges for bribery, fraud and breach of public trust

World

Police issued a statement saying they had "sufficient evidence" to issue the recommendations, which now go to the attorney general for a decision on whether to pursue an indictment against the prime minister. The deliberations on whether and how to move forward are expected to take weeks or even months.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, North Korea's nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong attend the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea February 9, 2018. Yonhap via REUTERS

World

The prospect of talks comes after months of tension between Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, with U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un trading insults and threats of destruction amid tightening sanctions from the United Nations.

The crash site of Russian passenger plane outside Moscow, February 11, 2018. STRINGER / Reuters

World

The Russian Ministry for Civil Defense said the plane crashed in the Ramenskoye area, which is around 25 miles southeast of Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport. Russian emergency services were on the scene, with over 150 people deployed to deal with the incident, the ministry said.

Komla Dumor Award 2018: Seeking a rising star of African journalism

Africa

It will be made to an outstanding individual living and working in Africa, who combines strong journalism skills, on-air flair, and an exceptional talent in telling African stories with the ambition and potential to become a star of the future.

This photo shows the school in Dapchi in the northeastern state of Yobe, Nigeria, where dozens of school girls went missing after an attack on the village by Boko Haram, Feb. 22, 2018.

Africa

President Akufo-Addo (R) shakes hands with a member of the Togolese delegation (back to camera).

Africa

An issue that was raised by the Coalition of 14 Opposition Parties, on the return to the plenary, was the need for the state to hold on to planned local and parliamentary elections, and referendum until the dialogue had considered and taken decisions on the Electoral and Institutional Reforms contained in the Rules of Procedure.

The event will encourage dialogue on how to strategize and mobilise valuable African resources that are critical to shaping the continent’s emerging economies

‘DEAL 2018’ trade show in Dubai set to propel the African leisure and amusement industries

Africa

Upcoming retail clusters and high demand for family entertainment concepts will drive the industry to the next level.

South Africa's new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, delivers his State of the Nation address in parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Feb. 16, 2018.

Africa

He was sworn into office on Thursday, a day after Zuma was forced to resign after his ruling African National Congress finally turned against his turbulent presidency.

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Ghana's Black Queens win WAFU tournament

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A second minute strike from Janet Egyir was all it took the 2015 All Africa Games champions to deny the Ivorians the chance of winning the tournament in their backyard.

Ghana's Black Queens have been crowned the champions of the maiden edition WAFU Zone B women's tournament after beating hosts, Cote d'Ivoire 1-0 in the final game on Saturday.

Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu

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There is no need worrying again to either travel outside or pay a huge amount of fees to study holistic medicine outside. It is now here in Ghana and this is made possible by the partnership between Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine in Cyprus rated amongst the Top Five Alternative medicine schools in the USA by Shannon Walker in 2012 inforBarrel and Dr. Nyarkotey Alternative Medical College located in Dodowa-Akoto House.

The Da Vinci College operates a modular degree system by which degrees are obtained via a process of credit accumulation. Modules are self-contained units of teaching, learning and assessment which usually run for one semester. Modules are worth a fixed amount of credit, so if you pass the module you gain the appropriate number of credits which then count towards your degree.

Each module is assessed in the semester in which it is taught. Assessment will normally comprise of examinations, continuous assessment or, in most cases, a combination of these. Students who fail the assessment for a particular module are offered an opportunity to be re-assessed.

Passing a module entitles the student to receive credits for that module. Students will also receive a grade for each module taken which will appear on the individual Diploma awarded for that module, as well as on the transcript given to the student upon completion of their studies.

Here is a summary of the curriculum for the Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine – DSc (HM). Based on the fact that Anatomy and Physiology and Pathology have been covered in undergraduate courses, then there are 8 modules required in total for completion, plus the Doctoral Dissertation. Seven of these are from the Compulsory List, and one topic is chosen from the Elective List – making 8 modules in total, along with the Doctoral Dissertation and the clinical practicum which is also compulsory:

Compulsory courses required (unless exemption is awarded):

Anatomy and Physiology

Pathology for Natural Medicine

Clinical Nutrition – Part 1

Herbal Medicine

Bach Flower Remedies

Naturopathic Medicine – Part 1

Energy Medicine and Bioresonance

Detoxification and Toxicology

Electives List:

Homeopathic Medicine

Su Jok Therapy

Iridology

Clinical Nutrition – Part 2

Naturopathic Medicine – Part 2

Holistic Psychology

Live Blood Analysis

Naturopathic Sexology

Urinalysis and Body Fluids

Sclerology

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

The Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine consists of many separate modular courses covering a whole spectrum of health topics – each of these modular courses is a stand-alone and can be taken as an individual Diploma Course with Certification. This encourages the student to implement this knowledge-base in clinical practice as soon as they have completed each Diploma course, as they will have the Certification to prove that they have passed these exams for the said course.

The modular course structure based on distance-learning allows the student to work at their own pace while working elsewhere without having to disrupt family or working life. The student can even work while they are travelling as most of the course materials are in downloadable files that can be stored on the hard disc of the computer. There are hundreds of pages of reading material with each course.

There are also many interactive videos and documentaries to watch and you can even copy these directly to your laptop and watch them while on a plane. There are also hundreds of links to many other sources of helpful information – these courses have taken many years to write and develop and are at a cutting-edge level that is difficult to match.

The courses should ideally be taken in sequential order to benefit from prerequisite knowledge required to build on. The College and its courses have been accredited by the Pastoral Medical Association in the USA, and registered with the Complementary Medical Association (CMA) in the UK, as well as the Affiliation of Ethical and Professional Therapists (AEPT) in the UK. It also has obtained full professional board accreditation from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners in the USA.
Students in Ghana are eligible to be members of the Alternative Medical Association of Ghana (AMAG)
Expertise
It is very rare to find a College that takes all these modalities and more and puts them into a Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine course – this is the essence of this course – you will not only be studying homeopathy or herbal medicine or naturopathy, but in fact you will study enough of each to be able to practice as a competent Holistic Health practitioner, dealing with many health issues that using only one healing modality will not be able to help.

This is made possible because the Founder and Academic Dean of the Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine, Dr. George J Georgiou, Ph.D.,N.D.,DSc (AM).,MSc.,BSc has been studying natural methods of health for over 25 years and has amassed degrees and diplomas in the biological sciences, clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy, Su Jok acupuncture, energy medicine, iridology, sclerology, live blood analysis, thermography, clinical psychology and clinical sexology, along with a lot more training in other modalities of healing, as well as many research interests and publications.

Not only did he spend a life-time studying all these topics in depth, but he has applied this knowledge by building a bespoke Holistic treatment centre called the Da Vinci Holistic Health Centre in Cyprus that uses all these modalities and more and sees patients from all over the world, specializing in the treatment of chronic disease. Students taking the Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine will be able to spend time undertaking clinical work at this cutting-edge Holistic Centre as part of their requirements.

To understand more about the Holistic Model and Dr Georgiou’s work at the Center read his latest book entitled: Curing the Incurable with Holistic Medicine

Course Completion

To gain maximal benefit from your studies, it is recommended that the student plan to take at least two, but preferably three courses per semester (4 chronological months). There are a total of 8 Diploma courses required to complete the D.Sc (HM), making for approximately 1,600 physical hours of study. The average student should be able to complete all nine compulsory courses to be awarded the Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine in about 12 – 18 months. A maximum of 60 months is allowed for completion for students with heavy work commitments.

If the Bachelor of Science in Holistic Medicine is completed, then the Doctoral degree can be began immediately without further ado.
Medical students usually study for just about 4,200 physical hours in the entirety of their course – most of the academic study is crammed into the first two years – they also have practical work on top of this. The Bachelor of Science in Holistic Medicine covers 9 courses which comes to a total of 1,800 hours (9 x 200 hours = 1,800). This means that 200 hours per course is equivalent to about 12 hours physical study per week.
If a student decides to go on to complete the Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine, there will be a further eight courses to complete, chosen from the electives (8 x 200 hours = 1,600 hours), along with the dissertation of about 20,000 words. The Bachelors and Doctoral level will result in close to 4,000 hours of study which is what most medical schools cover.
Clinical Practicuum

Doctor of Science in Holistic Medicine students will have an opportunity to study with Dr. Georgiou at the Da Vinci Holistic Health Centre and will be able to get hands-on training in all aspects of the holistic healing arts. This will be the students opportunity to see the application of everything they have learned on real patients with real diseases.

There is also the flexibility of studying in other Holistic Centers closer to home, but these must be assessed by the College before being certified to accept students.

Take this opportunity for the low fees for Ghanaians compared to what the main college charges in Cyprus and Start your enrolment now at the College’s affiliate in Ghana by calling Dr. Nyarkotey on 0541090045 or pick a form at Dodowa Akoto House, Dangme News Office.

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Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu is a Research Professor of Prostate Cancer and Holistic Medicine –faculty lead- Holistic Urology, Da Vinci College of Holistic Medicine, Larnaca City, Cyprus. He is the National President of the Alternative Medical Association of Ghana (AMAG). A registered alternative Medical practitioner with specialty in orthomolecular oncology, Prostate Cancer Policy maker and researcher. He can be reached on 0541090045. E mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.