Hackers attack Ghana Election Commission Website

The website of Ghana’s Electoral Commission become the target of hackers as votes are counted after tightly contested elections. The Ghanian Election Commission said that the attempt to put up “fake results” have failed. In a tweet, the commission urged the people to ignore the “fake results” circulating on the social media.

“We deplore the attempt to hack the EC’s [electoral commission’s] website. Please respect the integrity and independence of the EC,” it said in a tweet.

The Electoral website was offline for about four hours. But the commission had not put up results overnight to avoid the generation of fake results.

Egyptian woman to go through weight reduction surgery in India

An Egyptian woman who claims to be the world’s heaviest woman at 500kg (1,102lb), will soon be travelling to India for weight reduction surgery. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 36, will be flown on a chartered plane to Mumbai where bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala plans to operate. The Indian embassy in Cairo had initially denied her visa request as she was unable to travel there in person. After the surgeon tweeted to India’s foreign minister, the situation has changed. India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is herself in hospital awaiting a kidney transplant, has quickly responded to offer help. Ms Abd El Aty’s family says that she hasn’t been able to leave home for the past 25 years. They claim that she weighs 500kg. If the claim about her weight is substantial, then that would make her the world’s heaviest woman alive in comparison to the  current Guinness record holder  Pauline Potter of the United States who weighed 292kg (643lb) in 2010.

Giraffes silently disappearing

A drastic drop in the giraffe population has been observed over the past 30 years. The world’s tallest land mammal is close to extinction. The numbers have gone from around 155,000 in 1985 to 97,000 in 2015 approximately according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The reason for this decline is due to the habitat loss, poaching and civil unrest in many parts of Africa.

Doctors and nurses call for a strike in Kenya

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has requested the doctors and nurses to end their strike which entered its third day on Wednesday. Around 5,000 doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dentists have participated in a national strike after Sunday’s negotiations failed between unions and government on wage increases. The unions are demanding a four-fold increase in doctors ‘salaries, and a 25-40% increase in nurses’ salaries. This was registered in 2013 by a collective bargaining agreement that has never been applied since then.

Many patients have passed away in public hospitals due to the dearth of adequate services according to hospital sources. Others were asked to shift to private hospitals. But the dilemma lies in the fact that majority of the population cannot afford.

President Kenyatta said while visiting a hospital in Eastern Kenya, “Good faith requires people to understand that we do not put the lives of our fellow Kenyans at risk, especially when there is an atmosphere where dialogue is already ongoing. Let us partner together, we will find a solution, but please let us not allow the innocent citizen to suffer, who has nothing to do with the problem.”

Tight presidential poll in Ghana elections

Ghana witnesses a tight presidential poll amidst long queues at polling stations. The election is a race between President John Mahama and veteran opposition leader Nana Akufo Addo. All seven candidates have pledged to keep the election process peaceful. But inspite of this, an opposition supporter died when a rally turned violent on Monday. Results are expected to come within the next three days.