Berliner Tageszeitung: Criminal complaint in Berlin, Germany, against Elon Musk and Twitter for possible fraud to the detriment of users

Berliner Tageszeitung: Criminal complaint in Berlin, Germany, against Elon Musk and Twitter for possible fraud to the detriment of users

Berliner Tageszeitung: Criminal complaint in Berlin, Germany, against Elon Musk and Twitter for possible fraud to the detriment of users

BERLIN, May 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BERLINER TAGESZEITUNG reports today that a criminal complaint has been filed with the Berlin public prosecutor’s office against Elon Musk, file number: 253 UJs 1012/23, alleging that Musk charged Twitter users on their credit cards but blocked them without giving any reason.

Source: https://www.BerlinerTageszeitung.de/wirtschaft/269895-criminal-complaint-in-berlin-germany-against-elon-musk-and-twitter-for-possible-fraud-to-the-detriment-of-twitter-users.html

“Blocking user accounts is a daily occurrence at Twitter, but the fact that they then continuously charge money to users’ credit cards makes the matter explosive and is currently occupying the Berlin Public Prosecutor’s Office (Federal Republic of Germany). In any case, the question arises as to how much power a medium like Twitter can be granted at all and when the regulatory authorities should intervene to protect Twitter users.”

Incidentally, this is not the first time Elon Musk has been investigated, as there is also currently an investor lawsuit against Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The lawsuit is about Musk’s tweets in August 2018 with the premature announcement that he wanted to take the electric car company off the stock market and had secured the financing to do so. It later emerged that there were no firm commitments from investors.

“Elon Musk lied,” said a lawyer for the plaintiffs.

US Judge Edward Chen (Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California) had already found in the 2022 trial that Musk’s statements in the tweets had not been true.

“We will continue to monitor the case closely and report further developments as new information becomes available. It remains to be seen how the criminal charges against Elon Musk and Twitter will develop and what the consequences might be.

From a factual point of view, it should be noted that according to Article 48 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, the presumption of innocence applies to defendants and accused persons, which must also apply in the case of the criminal charges against Elon Musk for “suspected fraud to the detriment of Twitter users”.

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Economic woes dash job prospects in low income countries: ILO

In its new Monitor on the World of Work report, ILO shows that while in high-income countries, only 8.2 per cent of people willing to work are jobless, that number rises to over 21 per cent in low-income countries – or one in every five people.

Low-income countries in debt distress are worst affected, with more than one in four people who want to work unable to secure employment.

Widening jobs gap

ILO’s Assistant Director-General for Jobs and Social Protection, Mia Seppo, said that global unemployment was expected to fall below pre-pandemic levels, with a projected rate of 5.3 per cent in 2023, equivalent to 191 million people.

However, low-income countries, especially those in Africa and the Arab region, were unlikely to see such declines in unemployment this year.

The 2023 global jobs gap, which refers to those who want to work but do not have a job, is projected to rise to 453 million people, she said, with women 1.5 times more affected than men.

Africa hit hardest

The UN agency further indicated that Africa’s labour market had been hit the hardest during the pandemic, which explained the slow pace of recovery on the continent.

Unlike wealthy nations, debt distress across the continent and a very limited fiscal and policy space, meant that few countries in Africa could put in place the kind of comprehensive stimulus packages they needed to spur economic recovery, ILO explained.

Inadequate social protection

Ms. Seppo stressed that without improvement in people’s employment prospects, there would be no sound economic and social recovery. Equally important is investment in welfare safety nets for those who lose their jobs, the ILO senior official insisted, which is often inadequate in low-income countries.

According to the agency’s research, boosting social protection and expanding old age pensions would increase gross domestic product (GDP) per capita in low and middle-income countries by almost 15 per cent over a decade.

Social investment benefit

The annual cost of such measures would be around 1.6 per cent of GDP – a “large but not insurmountable” investment. Ms. Seppo suggested that the amount could be financed by a mix of social contributions, taxes and international support.

“There is an economic gain to investing in social protection”, she said.

Ms. Seppo also insisted that the need to create fiscal space for social investment in low-income countries should be considered “with urgency as part of the ongoing global discussion on the reform of the international financial architecture.”

Prepare for the future of work

While the unemployed divide projected by the report was worrisome, it was “not inevitable”, Ms. Seppo said, and the right concerted action on jobs and social protection funding could support a recovery and reconstruction which leaves no one behind.

In calling for improved capacity to develop “coherent, data-informed labour market policies” that protect the most vulnerable, the ILO senior official insisted that these should have an emphasis on upskilling and reskilling the labour force to prepare it for a “greener, more digital world of work”.

Source: EMM/ UN

About 30 vehicles renew insurance during NIC enforcement exercise

Wa, (UW/R), May 31, GNA-About 30 vehicles with expired insurance policies were compelled to do instant renewal of their insurances following a road safety enforcement exercise by the National Insurance Commission (NIC), and its partner institutions and departments in Wa. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) and the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) also enforced other road safety regulations during the exercise to ensure strict compliance. Some insurance companies in Wa were also present during the exercise to help vehicles that had their insurance expired to renew them instantly before they could continue their journey. Mr Frederick Boakye-Yiadom, the Assistant Upper West Regional Manager of the NIC, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview after the exercise that it would be a regular activity and entreated drivers to ensure their road safety documents were up-to-date before they used the roads. ‘We are checking the vehicles’ road worthiness, insurances, and licenses of drivers to ensure the roads are safe for users. It is going to be sustained and would be a frequent exercise. Those who were lucky to get off the hook today, next time they may not be lucky so they should start working on their insurance’, Mr Boakye-Yiadome indicated. He observed that though drivers’ compliance level to the insurances law was high, the NIC was working to ensure a hundred per cent compliance. Mr. Thomas Zumeh, the Upper West Regional Director of the DVLA, explained that the exercise was also to remind the vehicle owners and drivers of the need to comply with the road standard rules. ‘Some drivers can forget to renew their licenses, so we are serving as reminders and to sensitise the motorists to do the needful. Complying with the road traffic regulations is not optional, it is mandatory’, he added. on his part, Mr Zachariah Laari, the Acting Upper West Regional Head of the NRSA, said vehicle insurance was important as it guaranteed vehicle owners of minimising their loses in time of any eventuality such as road accident. ‘Get your insurance to be valid, your license and road worthy certificates should be valid because at the end of the day, that is what will make the roads safe for us’, he said. Mr Kwesi Ganddibu, a driver, was sad that he had to do instant renewal of his vehicle insurance, though he had paid money to an insurance company in Techiman for its renewal but was not yet been done.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Prioritise feeding of Ghanaians over tobacco production – CSOs

3Accra. May 31, GNA – The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) and the Institute of Leadership and Development (INSLA) have called on the government to prioritise feeding of the citizenry over the production of tobacco. This was in statement jointly issued by the civil society organisations and copied to the Ghana News Agency as they join the globe to commemorate the 2023 World No Tobacco Day, which falls today, May 31, on the theme: ‘We need Food not Tobacco.’ Mr Issah Ali, the Executive Director of VALD said according to Tobacco Tactics of the University of Bath in 2014 stated that 2,545 metric tons of tobacco were produced in Ghana, covering 0.04 per cent of agricultural land. He said the 2023 global campaign was aimed at raising awareness about alternative crop production and marketing opportunities for tobacco farmers and to encourage them to grow sustainable, nutritious crops. He stated that the campaign was to call on governments and policymakers to step up legislation, develop suitable policies and strategies, that would provide favourable market conditions for tobacco farmers to shift to growing food crops that would provide them and their families with better life. ‘It also seeks to expose the tobacco industry’s efforts to interfere with attempts to substitute tobacco growing with sustainable crops, thereby contributing to the global food crisis. Tobacco use continues to be the leading global cause of preventable deaths. ‘Its influence extends into all corners of the globe, threatening lives and livelihoods and endangering the health and prosperity of developed and developing nations alike,’ Mr Ali stated. He added that tobacco consumption has contributed to climate change which has affected the environment, through deforestation and population, thereby hindering the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Executive Director stated that Article 17 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control dictates that parties shall, in cooperation with others and with competent international and regional intergovernmental organisations, promote, as appropriate, economically viable alternatives for tobacco workers, growers and individual sellers. ‘It is therefore recommended that nations venture into economically sustainable alternatives to tobacco growing (alternative livelihoods). Tobacco, which is perceived as being economically viable, has led to farmers shifting from the growing of agro-products to the growing of tobacco which will lead to a reduction in the number of cash-crops produced,’ he stated. Mr Benjamin Anabila, the Director of INSLA stated that worldwide, there are over 1.3 billion people who use tobacco; the majority of whom live in resource-constrained countries. ‘Each year, tobacco claims the lives of more than eight million people, including 1.2 million lives lost from exposure to second-hand smoke. Unless urgent action is taken to reverse this global epidemic, tobacco will kill as many as one billion people this century, making it one of the greatest sources of preventable deaths and diseases. He said COVID-19 pandemic has also brought the dangers of tobacco further to the fore, leading millions of people worldwide to want to quit. Mr Anabila stated that the growing food crisis is driven by conflicts and wars, climatic shocks, and the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that structural causes like the choice of crop also have an impact, and a look into tobacco growing reveals how it contributes to increase food insecurity. ‘Across the globe around 3.5 million hectares of land are converted for tobacco growing each year. Growing tobacco also contributes to deforestation of 200,000 hectares a year. Land used for growing tobacco then develops a lower capacity for growing other crops, such as food, since tobacco depletes soil fertility,’ he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Veteran Ghanaian writer Ama Ata Aidoo passes on

Accra, May 31, GNA – Professor Ama Ata Aidoo, a renowned Ghanaian author, poet and playwright has passed on at age 81. Prof Ata Aidoo who has had an illustrious career spanning over five decades died on Wednesday morning May 31, 2023. Kwamena Essandoh, the family head in a statement said: ‘The Family of Prof. Ama Ata Aidoo with deep sorrow but in the hope of the resurrection, informs the general public that our beloved relative and writer passed away in the early hours of this morning Wednesday 31st May 2023, after a short illness. ‘Funeral arrangements would be announced in due course. The Family requests privacy at this difficult moment.’ Prof Ama Ata Aidoo was recognised as one the most prominent African writers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Born on March 23, 1942 at Abeadzi Kyiakor near Saltpond in the Central Region, Prof. Ama Ata Aidoo attended the Wesley Girls’ High School and University of Ghana. The writer, whose work, written in English, emphasised the paradoxical position of the modern African woman.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Two assemblies in Volta receive orientation on citizens’ participation approaches

Ho, May 31, GNA- Officials of Ho Municipal and Adaklu District in the Volta Region have participated in a one-day orientation on citizens’ participation in decision making processes which served as a key element of the good governance system. Mr Daniel Alimo, Development Consultant, and facilitator of the programme, noted that increasing citizen participation was crucial to democratic governance. He said the aim of citizen participation was to make citizens more directly involved in addressing problems facing their communities, noting that grassroots participation was the rationale for ‘putting decentralisation into practice.’ Mr Alimo said citizens take ownership when they are allowed to participate in any programme, and that it also allowed for the inclusion of the masses in governance as well as enhanced inclusive development. The training was organised by the Global Action for Women Empowerment (GLOWA), a Non-Governmental Organisation. Miss Rosemond Ewoenam Atutonu, Executive Director for GLOWA in an interview with the Ghana News Agency after the engagement said the training formed part of the Organisation’s Action for Voice and Inclusive Development (AVID) project. The project is under the title: ‘We Matter! Empowering Rural Women and PWD constituents to take positive actions to participate actively in the local governance processes for improved livelihood.’ It is being funded by Flora and Hewlett Foundation through STAR Ghana Foundation under the Action For Voice, Influence And Inclusive Development (AVID) small grant. The 15-month project is being jointly implemented by GLOWA in partnership with Ghana Federation of Disability (GFD), Volta chapter and Adaklu POWER Women’s Group and would be executed in seven communities within Ho Municipal and Adaklu District in the Volta Region. Miss Atutonu said the orientation was to build the capacity of the participants on strategies and approaches in identifying underserved populations to be involved in development processes in their communities. ‘It was also to empower them to engage their community leaders and members to take up responsibilities in initiating development projects to complement government’s effort,’ she said. Mr Eugene Doe-Amegayibor, Planning Officer of Adaklu District told GNA the training had enlightened him on the relevance of community engagement and how to ensure effective grassroot participation.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NPP Presidential Race: Alan Kyerematen picks up nomination form

Accra, May 31, GNA – About fifty market queens from Kumasi in the Ashanti Region Wednesday thronged the New Patriotic Party’s Office at Asylum Down in Accra to pick Up a presidential nomination form for John Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen. Mr Kyerematen, a former Minister of Trade and Industry, is seeking to lead the NPP as the flag bearer after three previous failed attempts. The market queens, led by Nana Serwaa, the Market Queen of tomato traders in Kumasi, picked up the form on behalf of the former Trade Minister after paying the GHS50,000 nomination fee. They were accompanied by some leading members of the Party, including Mr Ayikoi Otoo, a former Attorney General, Mr Yaw Buaben Asamoah and Mr Ohene Ntow. Speaking to the media after picking up the form, Mr Asamoa, a former Communications Director of the NPP, described Mr Kyerematen as a man of integrity, adding that, with him, the presidency was ‘on a serious path to the right place’. ‘This is a man you can take to the bank, his word is as good as his contract. He has served the people diligently and you can’t find anything wrong with his character, his competence or his credibility,’ he eulogised. Mr Asamoa said Mr Kyerematen was the only one who could transform the economy. He added that, with him in charge, the country would build a ‘$60 billion economy’ based on value addition and industrialisation. ‘He (Alan Kyerematen) has proven it. He is not promising, he’s proven it, he is going to do it. He his a man of action,’ he said. The NPP, on Friday, May 26, opened nominations for the election of its presidential candidates for the 2024 general election. The one-month exercise, which is expected to end on June 24, 2023, kick-starts the processes for the final leg of the Party’s internal elections to elect a presidential candidate for the 2024 general election. The NPP has set Saturday, November 4, 2023, as the date for its presidential primaries to elect a flag bearer for the general election. However, if more than five candidates file to run in the primaries, the Party will call a Special Congress on August 26. Mr Kyerematen is one of the eight aspirants who have so far picked up the nomination forms to contest the Party’s presidential primaries. Already, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Mr Boakye Kyeremateng Agyarko, a former Energy Minister, Mr Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, a former General Secretary of the NPP and Mr Francis Addai-Nimo, a former Member of Parliament for Mampong, have all picked forms to contest the flag bearer slot of the Party. The rest are Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku, an Economist cum corporate executive, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, a former Minister of Food and Agriculture and Mr Kwadwo Poku, an Energy Expert.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Government to consider establishing a PHEF – GHS

Accra, May 31, GNA. Dr Franklin Aseidu-Bekoe, Director for Public Health at the Ghana Health Service (GHS) says the Government is considering the establishment of a Public Health Emergency Fund (PHEF) to ensure timely and quick response to unplanned public health threats. He said although there were no pencilled timelines on when the fund would be established, the need to have a clearly defined fund for PHEF is a priority for the GHS. Dr Asiedu-Bekoe told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that Ghana had done well in response to epidemics over the years, but the absence of an earmarked fund for public health emergencies made the national response somehow inadequate. ‘We do not have an established fund for public health emergencies normally, we try to mobilize resources when there is an outbreak. So, assuming we have a big outbreak, we are going to have a challenge mobilizing resources,’ he said. The Director for Public Health stressed that it was necessary for Ghana to have a designated fund for public health emergencies to enable Ghana to respond faster to epidemics, saying, ‘If we are able to prevent an outbreak at source, we will be able to prevent it from escalating. He said the government was also considering buying country insurance from the African Risk Capacity (ARC) group to fall on when there is a public health emergency and was also exploring ways to expand the COVID-19 levy into a PHEF. The African Risk Capacity (ARC) group is a specialized agency of the African Union (AU) established to help African governments improve their capacities to better plan, prepare, and respond to extreme weather events and natural disasters, through collaboration and innovative financing. Dr Asiedu-Bekoe said the COVID-19 pandemic exposed gaps in emergency preparedness in Ghana, and the government was engaging stakeholders to address the challenge of public health financing in Ghana. He said the response to public health emergencies had, however, improved over the last two years with an efficient and comprehensive surveillance system. ‘By virtue of COVID-19, we have tried to make our surveillance system electronic through an Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR), platform. We have also strengthened our Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) both at the national and regional levels, ‘he said. With reference to lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic and other disease outbreaks, the World Health Organisation (WHO) say countries, communities, and organizations must be able to respond immediately and effectively to potential health threats and emergencies caused by any hazard. It said for public health emergencies, ‘readiness is essential.’ ‘Readiness is the interface between longer-term preparedness actions and immediate response to emergencies, these actions should aim to build, improve and sustain the operational capabilities of countries, to respond to risks to public health, and ensure sustained capacity on the ground,’ it said. The WHO says investment to prepare health systems for extreme pressure does not only ensure their capacity to cope in a crisis, but also reduces harm, and finance for national health systems should also be sufficient to ensure financial resilience in crisis. According to the WHO, the case for investing in improved emergency prevention, preparedness and response is strong and countries need to include activities for health emergency preparedness in national budgets and health system financing plans.

Source: Ghana News Agency