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Bedwetting: A Childhood Dilemma

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I am sure almost everyone would be familiar with the story of the eleven-year-old girl who was forced to sit on hot water by her grandparents because she wets her bed when sleeping. The enormity of the burns is gore and bizarre. One would wonder what results they expected to achieve with such a cruel approach to a psychological problem as this.



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Looking at the bigger picture, we know that a lot of parents are indeed frustrated by the problem of bed-wetting in older children who are expected to have good bladder control.

Looking back in the days when we were growing up, older children who bed-wet were called up when school is assembled. They were whipped by the teacher and hooted at by school mates. Some people have pepper and ginger smeared and stuck to their private parts, others are denied food and some are even made …

"Okada" In Ghana

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There is a lot of debate ongoing as to whether "Okada", a Nigerian term referring to the commercial use of motorcycles, should be allowed in the country or not.

Motorcycles are very important in our daily lives, especially places good roads are only a dream. They come in handy when roads become impassable to cars and huge market trucks.



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The debate is centered on their commercial use. I personally think it is bad and should not be allowed in Ghana! In a country where motor riders are notoriously known to flaunt traffic regulations, allowing motorcycles to be used for commercial purposes would create an eyesore. Many riders would be jostling for huge daily returns at the detriment of the people who patronize their services. This will create unnecessary competition among the riders.

The already bad situation we …

6 Kinds Of Social Media Users

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Social media these days are the new craze in town. You are either on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, and the list goes on and on. Some people have more than four or five social accounts for various sites. Those who often find it difficult to remember passwords have just one social medium of linking up with the social media community.
1. The Social Spies Most people use social media to catch up with friends and family members, including classmates, work buddies, and pseudo-friends. They just want a place to drive out boredom and loneliness. All they want is to just read updates from friends and loved ones and also see how they are going about their lives. They hardly communicate their own thoughts and feelings about anything happening in their environment. They are the reserved type. They often have fewer friends and fewer or no photos or posts on their timelines.

2. The Pious Ones There is another group of users whose main use of social media is to get motivational in…

Fire Outbreaks In Ghana: The Real Causes

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Ghana has already witnessed two fire outbreaks at the beginning of the year (1st and 2nd January), one in Accra (MTN warehouse on Spintex Road burnt down) and the other in Kumasi(parts of Kumasi market guttered). On the 12th of the same month (January), a fuel tanker got burnt when the driver tried to pass over a speed ramp at Anyinase, burning two people to ashes on the spot and destroying buildings. At the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, another fire broke out on the same day, destroying household property running into millions of Ghana Cedis.



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As if that was not enough for the day, another fire outbreak was experienced at the Tema Industrial Area, a fire which was described by many as explosive in nature (as the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) personnel themselves attested to this).
In recent times, Ghana has witnessed a h…

Sanitation In Ghana: An Attitudinal Problem

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"Accra faces waste management crisis" was a headline which appeared on the back cover of the 3rd January 2013 edition of the Daily Graphic, Ghana's premiere daily newspaper. I felt sad reading this 'news'. Ghana has been politically independent for 55yrs now, but still struggles to keep her environment clean due to indiscipline.

After 55yrs of independence, it is worrying to know that we have not yet found a better way to deal with this situation. I believe our problem with waste management has to do with a lack of commitment to dealing with this problem.


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We are in need of many things, and instead of us focusing on one thing at a time we want to tackle all at the same time. If sanitation is such a huge problem and a threat to life as we know it, why not concentrate our efforts on it and make sure …