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Nigeria Decides: Akufo-Addo Congratulates Buhari.

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo has extended warm congratulations to His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari for his second successive term, as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

According to President Nana Akuffo-Addo, the teeming Ghanaian people made an expression of approval and commendation to the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for peacefully re-electing President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term at the helm of affairs.

The President of the 4th Republic of Ghana made this expressions via his twitter feed after the The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria declared President Buhari as the President elect for Nigeria.

”The Ghanaian people, their government and I extend warm congratulations to His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) on his re-election, for a second successive term, as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in the elections of Saturday 23rd February, 2019” – He tweeted…

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari won a second term at the helm of Africa’s largest economy and top oil producer, the electoral commission chairman said on Wednesday, following an election marred by delays, logistical glitches and violence.

The president won by 3.9 million votes, having garnered 15.2 million to Atiku’s 11.3 million. The election turnout was 35.6 percent, the electoral commission said, which compared with 44 percent in the 2015 presidential election.

This is according to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s collated figure of votes from all the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory released on Wednesday morning.

Though INEC has not formally declared Buhari as the winner as of the time of writing this report, the President has met all the requirements the constitution requires a candidate to meet before such could be declared the winner.

According to the constitution, a presidential candidate must have nothing less than 25 per cent of votes cast in at least two-thirds or 24 states of the federation. The candidate should also have majority votes in the election.

With the figure released by INEC at the national collation centre in Abuja on Wednesday morning, the incumbent President has more than 25 per cent of the election in over 24 states. He also defeated his closest rival with 3,928,869 votes.

Atiku also had 25 per cent of the total votes cast in over 24 states but lost the poll when the simple majority rule condition is applied. While President Buhari won in 19 states, Atiku won in 17 states and the FCT.

By: Gerrard-Israel

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Jupiter’s Marble Image Released

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Jupiter, the “king” of planets in our solar system, is a hostile place you definitely wouldn’t want to visit. The gas giant is a swirling mass of storms that stretch hundreds of miles deep, and the larger storms on the planet like the Great Red Spot are large enough to swallow Earth several times over.

Despite its volatile nature, and the fact that nobody really knows what lies deep within the planet, Jupiter is still one of NASA’s favorite photography targets because it’s just so beautiful. Now, NASA is showing off a new, enhanced image snapped by the Juno spacecraft, and it’s pure eye candy.

The image might look like a single photo but, as NASA explains in a new blog post, it’s actually the result of three separate snapshots captured by Juno:

Juno took the three images used to produce this color-enhanced view on Feb. 12, 2019, between 9:59 a.m. PST (12:59 p.m. EST) and 10:39 a.m. PST (1:39 p.m. EST), as the spacecraft performed its 17th science pass of Jupiter. At the time the images were taken, the spacecraft was between 16,700 miles (26,900 kilometers) and 59,300 miles (95,400 kilometers) above Jupiter’s cloud tops, above a southern latitude spanning from about 40 to 74 degrees.

NASA uploads all of Juno’s “JunoCam” images to a web portal where citizen scientists can apply enhancements that bring out additional detail. In this case, a citizen scientist named Kevin M. Gill spent some time sprucing things up and the end result is the lovely view you see above (full resolution here).

Juno has proven invaluable to NASA during its over seven years orbiting Jupiter. The spacecraft has taught scientists about the planet’s intense currents and storms, and revealed that some of the planet’s most iconic features, like the Great Red Spot, are gradually dying.

Juno’s original mission timeline lasted seven years, but because the spacecraft was still performing well, NASA has since extended it until mid-2021.

Source: MSN

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Female Dragonflies Fake Sudden Death To Avoid Male Advances.

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In order to avoid males of the species bothering them for sex, female dragonflies fake their own deaths, falling from the sky and lying motionless on the ground until the suitor goes away.

A study by Rassim Khelifa, a zoologist from the University of Zurich is the first time scientists have seen odonates feign death as a tactic to avoid mating, and a rare instance of animals faking their own deaths for this purpose. Odonates is the order of carnivorous insects that includes dragonflies and damselflies.

Khelifa had been collecting the eggs of odonates in the Swiss Alps for experiments into how temperature affects larvae. But over the two summers he spent there, he noticed unusual behavior among female dragonflies of the species Aeshna juncea .

In a study published in the journal Ecology, he wrote that on July 5, 2015 “while I was waiting at a pond near Arosa, at about 2,000 meter elevation, I witnessed a dragonfly dive to the ground while being pursued by another dragonfly… the individual that crashed was a female, and that she was lying motionless and upside down on the ground.

“Upside down is an atypical posture for a dragonfly. The male hovered above the female for a couple seconds and then left. I expected that the female could be unconscious or even dead after her crash landing, but she surprised me by flying away quickly as I approached. The question arose: Did she just trick that male? Did she fake death to avoid male harassment? If so, this would be the first record of sexual death feigning in odonates.”

Khelifa notes there are few instances of animals faking their own deaths, with four others known to science. These include two species of robber fly, the European mantis and the spider speciesPisaura mirabilis, where the males fake death in order to avoid being killed after mating. One study describes the females of another species of dragonfly lying motionless—but researchers did not suggest it was faking death.

Over the next few months, Khelifa documented dozens of cases where females would crash land and play dead while being pursued by a male. He also looked at the reproductive behaviour of A. juncea to try to work out why females would do this.

His observations showed females would arrive at the ponds where the males were waiting to mate. Males would intercept females mid-air before copulating somewhere nearby. The male then flew away and the female laid eggs on her own, without any protection—unlike many other dragonfly species, where the male will guard the female.

“Females became vulnerable to male coercion at that time because conspecific males were constantly patrolling each corner of the pond looking for a mate,” Khelifa writes.

Further observations showed that the more male competition there was, the more likely female dragonflies were to fake their own deaths. In 86 percent of cases, females would crash to the ground. Those that kept flying “were all intercepted by a male.” “Of the 27 motionless females, 21 (77.7 percent) were successful in deceiving the coercive male,” he adds.

Khelifa suggested this behavior is common among the female of this dragonfly species, and that it could have evolved for a number of reasons: “On one hand, this behavior could have resulted from exaptation. Since death feigning already exists in the behavioral repertoire of dragonflies, females of the moorland hawker expanded the use of this anti-predatory function to avoid male coercion,” he wrote. “On the other hand, the origin of this exaptation is probably sexual conflict where each sex adopts reproductive strategies that best serve its own survival and reproductive success.”

Source: Newsweek

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Flt. Lt. Rawlings Urges Burkinabe To Work Towards Sankara’s Ideals.

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Former President Jerry John Rawlings has commended President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kabore for supporting the quest to create a lasting memorial park for late Burkinabe leader, Captain Thomas Sankara.

Making remarks after a solemn ceremony on Saturday to unveil a huge statue of Thomas Sankara at the Conseil de l’Entente in Ouagadougou where Sankara and twelve of his colleagues were assassinated on 15 October 1987, Flt Lt Rawlings who is the Honorary Chairman of the Sankara Memorial Committee, said Burkinabe must work together towards the progressive future Sankara envisaged for his people.

According to the former Ghanaian leader, Burkinabe should keep reminding themselves that noble people have died for their country, not only in the fight for independence but also in the fight for true freedom and justice.

The ceremony was addressed by President Kabore and other leading members of the Sankara Memorial Committee and attended by families of the late Sankara and the twelve who fell with him in October 1987.

Former President Rawlings who arrived in Burkina Faso on Thursday, February 28 earlier held meetings with the Sankara family and also chaired meetings with the Sankara Memorial Committee. On Friday he addressed a symposium where the main design of the Sankara memorial monument was unveiled.

After the unveiling of the statue on Saturday, the former President later took part in the closing ceremony of the 50th edition of the Pan African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO). Leading figures at the event included the Burkinabe President, Malian President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda.

The former President also called on the people of Burkina Faso not to allow the pain of the tragic circumstances that led to the demise of Thomas Sankara and some of his compatriots to be lost on the country.

The former President was equally grateful to the families of President Sankara and his colleagues for their presence at the ceremony.

By: Gerrard-Israel

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Ghana’s 62ND Independence Celebration: Ebenezer Mission Academy Pupils Commemorate Anniversary In Grand Style.

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Elegantly dressed in their beautiful traditional and African print attires, pupils of Ebenezer Mission Academy has commemorated Ghana's 62nd independence day anniversary in grand style at the school's premises in

Adentan, a suburb of the Greater Accra Region.

Aside the display of the country’s culinary art, the pupils of Ebenezer Mission Academy wore their local fabrics and African prints, which the country is famous for. The climax of the event was marked by the preparation some of local dishes, including Waakye and prayer of intercessory for the nation Ghana. The performance captured some of the virtues that the people hold in high esteem.

Using the image of a black and proud pupils, the display of the traditional dishes and beautiful traditional tells a story of a country that is generously endowed by nature and whose people are united and resilient. The occasion highlighted the tourism potentials of the country and beckons on the world to come and savor the enormous beauty of Ghana.

Ghana was the first country south of the Sahara to gain independence from British colonial rule and it was very significant in terms of the overall independence of Africa. As the great Dr Kwame Nkrumah proclaimed at exactly 12:00AM on 6 March 1957 at Independence Square: “ We have won the battle and again rededicate ourselves.

Ghana was the first country, where the British established oil plantations followed by Malaysia in the nineteenth century. The story goes that Mr Alexander Cecil Goff established the first oil palm plantation near the coast of Ghana in the early 1900’s. The Malaysians came to Ghana to learn about oil palm plantation cultivation, the production techniques and also took away seeds. Today Malaysia is the second largest exporter of palm oil and accounts for 39 % of world palm oil production accounting for over 10 billion USD of Malaysia’s gross national income. Ghana on the other hand saw a total collapsed of the palm oil industry.

Speaking to www.georgebritton.com’s Journalist Gerrard-Israel, the Assistant Headmaster of Ebenezer Mission Academy Mss. Sylvia Quarshie, stated that, the month March is noted to be a vital month in the history of Ghanaians, as it is the month the nation gained independence from it colonial master.

According to her, marking Ghana's independence day celebration ahead of 6th March and demonstrating the sense of the patriotism amongst the pupils, learners who are enrolled at the educational institution are to present themselves in African and Traditional print to commemorate the independence day celebration.

Mss. Sylvia Quarshie also revealed that, since the pupils of the educational institution are from a heterogeneous background and various cultural homes, dressing in the African or Traditional attire also has the objective of elevating the Ghanaian culture to its diaspora and the African descendent at large.

However, some learners enrolled at the educational institution expressed their pleasure in commemorating occasion. Form 3 student, Mss. Nyarko Sylvia, stated that, she is happy representing her culture to mark the anniversary. She urged her colleague and Ghanaians to champion of course of freedom and right.

Elimelch Seddoh also shared his experience, stating that, he wants the nation Ghana to relatively grow strong and be peaceful, adding that, Ghana is a great nation, so Ghanaian citizens should neglect any negative information and inculcate the sense of positivity on the minds of its patrons, urging them to have high hopes in the leaders.

Berryl Bortey Quami expressed her towards the management of the school, according to her, the management of the school has given them the opportunity to showcase demonstrate their God given talent to the world, she encourage her colleagues to also take up the mantle to elevate the Ghanaian culture.

Founder of Ebenezer Mission Academy, Apostle Patience Evelyn Sabuki reiterated that, in preparation towards Ghana's 62nd Independence Day Anniversary and the grace and love of God on the nation Ghana, there is a need to showcase their appreciation to God through their African and Traditional prints.

Apostle Patience Sabuki appreciated New Patriotic Party administration led by, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo effort in initiating the Free Senior High School policy, however, she made a plea to government allocate excess mechanisms to make the education sector more comfortable for students, to alleviate the level of illiteracy in the country.

In advocating for the construction of footbridges, pedestrian crossing, street lights and road markings, the Minister of God urged the government to fix the deplorable state of the roads, fix the footbridges and also provide road safety security to ease the stress students have in crossing the road to attain knowledge in schools.

Founder of Ebenezer Mission Academy, Apostle Patience Evelyn Sabuki later in her remarks, saluted the pupils for their roles in the actualization of the country’s Independence 62years ago. She stated that the struggle toward the Independence of Ghana was not carried out by Ghanaians alone, but also by every African within the territorial space.

By: Gerrard-Israel

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