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Insight: South Africa’s preparations for Lions tour Collapse Faf de Klerk on Lions, Sharks and Springboks 3. He might have settled at scrum-half, but de Klerk played at ten while in high school. He’s said that his boot was his biggest weapon at that age – and the impact on his box-kicking now is self-evident!4. At only 5ft 7in and 80kg (12st 8lb), de Klerk is usually always one of the smallest players on the field – he is even half an inch smaller than Springbok team-mate Cheslin Kolbe. However, he does not shy away from the physical aspects of the game.Faf de Klerk sprinting clear for the Lions against the Sunwolves (Getty Images)5. The beginning of his professional career brought disappointment, as he missed out on a contract with the Bulls and instead went to the University of Johannesburg on a scholarship.However, in 2014 he broke into Super Rugby with the Lions, winning Man of the Match in only his second appearance. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 6. De Klerk made his South Africa debut against Ireland in June 2016, starting all three Tests at No 9 as the Boks won the series 2-1.However, that year was an annus horribilis for the Springboks. South Africa lost eight games, including a humiliating 20-18 defeat to Italy. De Klerk was also sin-binned against Wales in the final match of the European tour for a deliberate knock-on.7. His childhood hero was Springbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen, whose physical and aggressive approach is mimicked by Faf’s own play. Both won Rugby World Cups with the national side. 8. Rassie Erasmus’s appointment as Springboks coach saw the scrum-half recalled to the national team after an 18-month absence in 2018. He scored a try in his first Test back, South Africa’s 42-39 comeback win over England that June.MORE ABOUT FAF DE KLERK Expand Insight: South Africa’s preparations for Lions tour Faf de Klerk on Lions, Sharks and Springboks 9. He told the BBC that his father emails Sale’s press office to get footage of each of his son’s games because it’s difficult to watch every Gallagher Premiership match in South Africa.10. De Klerk was one of the 27 Sale players and staff who tested positive for coronavirus at the end of the 2019-20 season. Find out more about the Sale Sharks No 9 Diminutive Faf de Klerk is driving the monstrous… The Springboks coaches face a juggling act ahead… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Faf de Klerk training in the week of the 2019 Rugby World Cup final (Getty Images) Diminutive Faf de Klerk is driving the monstrous Springboks pack Expand The South Africa scrum-half reflects on the highs… Diminutive Faf de Klerk is driving the monstrous Springboks pack Who is Faf de Klerk: Ten things you should know about the South Africa scrum-halfFaf de Klerk has been tearing up for Sale Sharks in the Gallagher Premiership since 2017 and was a key factor in South Africa’s 2019 Rugby World Cup triumph.Here are a few facts and figures about the scrum-half.Ten things you should know about Faf de Klerk1. De Klerk was born on 19 October 1991 in Nelspruit, a city in the north-east of South Africa close to the borders with Mozambique and Eswatini.Springboks No 8 Duane Vermeulen also hails from the city, which is known as Mbombela too.2. Despite every rugby fan knowing him as ‘Faf’, his first name is actually François. Faf is a common Afrikaans abbreviation for the name.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis17 Howard Lake | 16 May 2018 | News After hailing a cab to get to Windsor Castle, they posed with passers-by and shoppers before climbing aboard one of the Original Tour open top buses for a special tour around Windsor, including a view of the famous weekend home of Harry’s grandmother. Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said: “We’re delighted to see our ‘Prince Harry’ and ‘Meghan’ wearing wedding outfits from our Barnardo’s store. It shows the quality of the pre-loved clothes on offer at our shops and that you can find clothes suitable for special or even royal occasions.“We hope everyone had great fun getting a ‘sneak peek’ at our lookalike newly-weds and wish the real Prince Harry and Meghan Markle every happiness on their wedding day and the years to come.” All photos reproduced with permission from Tim Boddy Photography. 197 total views, 1 views today Advertisement Tagged with: Celebrity charity shops Humour wedding Barnardo’s have made the most of the upcoming Royal Wedding by using Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lookalikes to showcase pre-loved clothing around the streets of Windsor.Tourists and locals alike took a number of double-takes as they spotted ‘Prince Harry’ and ‘Meghan Markle’ walking around Windsor in the sunshine, riding an open-top bus, and visiting Wetherspoons pub, appropriately called The King and Castle.The bride wore a classic off the shoulder white dress with a train, while the groom wore a blue suit, all from a local Barnardo’s store in South High Street. The wedding dress cost just £79.99 – a fraction of the price expected to be paid for Meghan’s actual dress – while the groom’s outfit came to less than £60.Professional lookalikes Sarah Mhlanga, 35, from Cheshire, and Henry Morley, 28, from York, were helping the UK’s largest children’s charity to showpiece its pre-loved clothing. Photo: Tim Boddy PhotographyNot the royal wedding pricesThe clothes worn by models came from Barnardo’s retail stores.Megan:Wedding dress dress – 79.99Shoes – models own Bracelets -£3.99 HarryWedding suit – £44.99Tie – £2.99Shirt – 8.99Shoes – Models own 198 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis17 Photo: Tim Boddy Photography Lookalike royals promote Barnardo’s pre-loved wedding clothes Photo: Tim Boddy Photography Photo: Tim Boddy Photography About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Home Indiana Agriculture News Commentary: May the Circle Be Unbroken Commentary: May the Circle Be Unbroken Facebook Twitter Previous articleLivestock Grants Awarded to 18 Indiana OrganizationsNext articleSen. Stabenow: MFP Inequities Need To Be Fixed Before Possible Third Round Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Nov 18, 2019 SHARE SHARE History, heritage, and tradition are very important to people in agriculture. This is, in part, due to the rich history and heritage of farming and to the important role traditions play in farming operations and in preserving the culture and of rural communities. One of the strongest traditions is 4-H. The history, heritage, and tradition of 4-H was in evidence at the Indiana 4-H Foundation Scholarship Luncheon that I recently attended.High school students shared with me how their 4-H participation has changed their lives. Maria Turner from Posey County, who is pursuing a career as a large animal veterinarian, said her passion for animals was ignited by her first trip to her county fair. Katie Stam Irk told me the 4-H projects she did while growing up in Jackson County helped prepare her to become Miss America 2009.At the other end of the spectrum are the adult leaders. Most were 4-Hers themselves and now volunteer their time to run local clubs, judge projects, and do the thousands of little things that keep local programs running. Howard Conner of Pulaski County has been a 4-H volunteer for 50 years, with activities that ranged from running the small engine program to setting up bleachers at the county fair. Herman Monix has been involved in Lake County 4-H for 60 years and currently oversees a club that his mother started. This family tradition is common in 4-H. You don’t have to be talking with a 4-H person, youth or adult, before you will learn of the many family members, parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins that also been involved in 4-H.This kind of history, heritage, and tradition is rare in other sectors of our country today. With most of our society not living in rural areas or growing up in rural communities, participation in and appreciation for 4-H is lacking. National and state 4-H leaders are updating the programs that were originally created in a much different era. Today, 4-H is not just plows, sows, and cows; it is programs that deal with technology, community development, leadership, and citizenship. This trend will be vital if 4-H is going to continue.Most people in 4-H that I have encountered have a passion for the Clover. Yet, passion and tradition will not be enough. Active support is needed to keep programing going and growing and to demonstrate to local, state, and federal officials that funding for 4-H is vital for the future of our communities and our country. As the 4-H pledge states “I pledge my hands to larger service,” and that service need to be active support.The circle of 4-H youth to 4-H parent, to 4-H leader, to 4-H supporter must continue to ensure that our communities, both rural and urban, remain strong and that we have a new generation of leaders to guide our businesses, schools, and government, or, as the pledge puts it, “My club, my community, my country, and my world.” Facebook Twitter
Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti December 10, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media get off relatively lightly in post-election rioting, but for how much longer? HaïtiAmericas Another journalist murdered in Haiti Follow the news on Haïti Organisation October 11, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information November 14, 2019 Find out more News News News Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice RSF_en News HaïtiAmericas Receive email alerts June 11, 2019 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is worried about the dangers for Haitian and foreign journalists from the rioting that has shaken the country since the widely disputed results of the general elections were announced on 7 December.Although the media have so far been largely spared, we urge the supporters of the various parties and alliances to refrain from turning the media into hostages of their political rivalry. We have been concerned about several recent incidents involving journalists and we appeal for calm and for talks.Many of the angry protests have been staged by the supporters of singer and presidential candidate Michel Martelly, who – according to the official results – was narrowly squeezed out of the second round run-off by Jude Célestin of the INITE alliance, the candidate backed by outgoing President René Préval. Although accused of rigging the elections, Célestin is far behind the front-runner, former First Lady Mirlande Manigat.Ever since the announcement of the results, which have also been questioned by Haiti’s donors, supporters of the eliminated candidates have been expressing their anger by barricading streets with burning tyres. Radio Lebon FM, a local radio station based in the southwestern city of Les Cayes, was ransacked on the evening of 7 December, but it appears this was because its owner, Fritz Carlos Lebon, is an INITE senate candidate. Amid an increase in violence yesterday morning, Esther Dorestal of privately-owned Radio Métropole was stopped and threatened by young Martelly supporters in Port-au-Prince as she was travelling to work on a motor-cycle taxi. At the same time, people claiming to be protesters robbed Patrice Mérisier of Radio Galaxie outside the former headquarters of the Provisional Electoral Council.A cameraman employed by the online news agency Haiti Press Network was reportedly attacked outside the National Palace by people who accused his news media of supporting the rigging of the elections. The British news agency Reuters reported that one of its journalists was robbed.The barricades and riots are making it difficult for journalists to move about the capital, which has been in ruins since the 12 January earthquake. The Media Operations Centre which Reporters Without Borders and the Canadian company Quebecor installed nine days after the earthquake is normally very busy but has been virtually deserted since the start of the rioting.Photo: AFP to go further
Top of the News 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Business News More Cool Stuff Cover Story Catalina Island Summer Camp is a Kid’s Dream Come True From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, May 8, 2015 | 3:59 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Catalina Island summer camp is a magical experience full of adventure and excitement. The opportunities that the MSA shipboard program offers are unlike any other in the southwest. Campers get the chance to live aboard a 112-foot marine research vessel, The Wilderness Explorer, and conduct actual marine biology field science while exploring the various coves of Santa Catalina Island.Recreational activities include everything from snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking to games, lounging on the beaches of beautiful remote coves, and star gazing in the beautiful night sky far away from the city lights of Los Angeles.The accommodations aboard the ship are very comfortable, making for a nice personal space during the night. Each stateroom has it’s own private bathroom, offering more privacy than most vessels this size. The general use areas are spacious and very accommodating. With plenty of deck space, and a multi purpose area that quickly becomes our dining hall during meals. We will be enjoying professionally catered food during our incredible week at sea.From the moment each student arrives at camp they are encouraged to ‘dream big’, ‘persevere’ and ‘break your fears’. The MSA camp staff is passionate about working with empowering youth and making world changers every week with each child that comes out. More often than not, campers return from their week aboard The Wilderness Explorer with expanded horizons, reinvigorated dreams and goals for their future, and a deep sense of self worth and confidence.When asked what they were most looking forward to about Catalina Island summer camp 2015, long time staff member Miranda Prado told us “I am looking forward to another beautiful season with MSA. I love being apart of the MSA team because I know we make a difference in the lives of many, and I am so honored to be apart of this movement of world changers”. This is the sort of passion that the MSA program sparks in the hearts of all whom attend.The participants quickly recognize that they are somewhere that they are safe and free, able to experiment and develop new traits and skills. They can push themselves to overcome certain fears, inhibitions and limitations, continually hitting new levels of competence and high self-esteem.The camp environment is a safe place to allow the natural strengths and talents of each child to grow. Although only one hour across the channel, Catalina Island feels so isolated and remote, like a whole new world. This element of mystery allows the students minds to be free to imagine and visualize, perceiving a whole new paradigm of possibilities for their future.As each child becomes more competent in their skills, and confident in themselves, they quickly see their social lives improve. 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The breeding performance of Blue-eyed shags of known age (up to 12 yr old) was studied on Signy Island, South Orkney Islands for three seasons. Mate change between seasons was high (77.3%), was unaffected by the age of either partner, and was unrelated to prior or subsequent breeding success. Pairs nesting in the centre of the colony experienced greater social contact, poorer access to their nests, but less exposure to wind and high seas. The degree of social contact with neighbouring nests increased with the age of the male. Average clutch sizes were of 2.31-2.84 eggs, and in one season declined with laying date. The proportion of eggs which hatched also declined with laying date, by 1.5% wk-1. Chick survival (to fledging) was higher in broods hatched in the first third of the season (88.2%) than in the last third (75.2%), and late-laying females fledged 0.64-0.66 fewer chicks on average. Some 19% of the variation in laying dates could be explained by individual consistency between seasons. In contrast to many long-lived species, there was no relationship between female age and laying date. Average clutch sizes increased after 10 yr. Eggs laid by 10-12 yr olds were 15% smaller than those of 4-9 yr olds, as were chick hatching-weights. The mean number of chicks hatched and fledged per pair increased between three and five years of age, but showed no significant change thereafter.
Tags: Beaver/Brynnli Nelson/Delta/Juab/Linley White/Wayne Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPRICE, Utah-Friday, numerous Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network schools and athletes competed at the Carbon Invitational.The boys’ championship was won by the Grand Red Devils with 108 points, clearly ahead of second-place Delta with 66.5 points. Juab placed fourth overall with 54 points.For the girls, Juab won the crown with 101 points, outlasting second-place Carbon, who finished with 95 points. Delta placed third overall with 74.2 points.The meet commenced with the girls’ medley relay, which saw Union place first in a time of 4:20.23 with Juab finishing third.Grand’s boys won the medley title, with Juab placing second at a time of 3:50.34.Savannah Nielson of Delta won the girls’ 100-meter hurdles in a time of 16.53 seconds, with her teammate, Delta’s Adi Nielson winning the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 48.78 seconds.Delta’s Jaymen Brough again excelled in numerous events, winning the 110-meter hurdles (16.35 seconds) and high jump (6 feet 1 inch) crowns, while placing second in the 300-meter hurdles to Connor Guerrero of Grand.Derek Smith of Delta also fared well, finishing fourth in the boys’ 100-meter dash, with Madison Norris of Manti finished fifth in the girls’ 1600-meter run.Delta’s girls also did well in the 4 x 100 relay, which saw the Rabbits win the title in 52.73 seconds. This team consisted of Jordyn Nieson, Ashlee Nielson, Adi Nielson and Bridgette Christensen.Gunnison’s Jade Wimmer swept the 400-meter (59.96 seconds) and 200-meter dash (26.31 seconds) titles and Richfield’s Chaz Roberts placed third in the boys’ 800-meter run.In the girls’ 3200-meter run, Juab’s Maura Williams and Whitney Slater finished third and fourth, respectively.Delta’s girls also won the 4 x 400 relay, with the Rabbits posting a time of 4:17.11 as the team consisted of Ashlee Nielson, Adi Nielson, Savannah Nielson and Quincy Allred.The boys’ discus crown was won by Delta’s Chase Fowles with a toss of 121-06.50 feet, as he also won the shot put crown with a toss of 42-10 feet. Meanwhile Wayne’s Brynnli Nelson won the girls’ javelin crown with a toss of 120-02 feet.Juab’s Willow Kay won the girls’ long jump title with a leap of 16-01.25 feet. In the boys’ long jump, Wayne’s Wyatt Van Orden placed third and Trey Brough of Delta finished fourth, while Cole Marshall of Beaver placed sixth.Rhiannon West of Juab won the girls’ high jump with a leap of 5 feet 1 inch, with her teammates Emilia Anderson and Brooklynn Hunter placing fourth and fifth, respectively.Finally, the boys’ javelin title was won by Juab’s Jackson Rowley with a toss of 174-08 feet, with his teammate Bradley Brindley finishing third and Beaver’s Tyler Griffiths placed fifth.PROVO, Utah-Friday, at Brigham Young University’s Robison Track, Beaver represented all small schools in Utah at the BYU High School Multi-Steeple Event. The Beavers fared admirably, all things considered, as they were often paired against Class 6-A Pleasant Grove in many events.The Beavers were able to compete in the 2000-meter steeplechase (an amended version of the conventional collegiate 3000-meter steeplechase) while in this event, Beaver’s Samantha Williams and Sophia Almeida ran 8:03.32 and 10:00.05 respectively.In the boys’ 2000-meter steeplechase, Beaver’s Caysen Crum, Spencer Williams and Rhett Marshall placed fourth through sixth respectively.Beaver’s boys have placed third with 12 points overall in the standings.Meanwhile, Beaver’s girls also competed in the heptathlon, an event primarily reserved for collegiate athletes, but Linley White currently has 1787 points, with her teammate, Kaitlyn Hemond, posting 1191 points thus far.The meet will resume Saturday. April 21, 2018 /Sports News – Local Prep Track Roundup: 4/20 Written by
And this policy is not Kufuor’s only success. He has also been widely recognised, particularly in the international community, for the economic measures he has introduced in Ghana, many of which have involved increased international development, including the introduction in September of Ghanaian bonds, the first sold by a West African state. A further testament to the success of his economic policy is the award received by Ghana’s Finance Minister just last month from the World Bank, naming Ghana the Top Reforming African Country. But of course there is a downside to all this international recognition. The fact remains that Ghana is still a primarily subsistence agrarian economy and the injection of international money into the economy will not necessarily translate into development. The problems Ghana faces in such ambitious plans were recently chrystalised in the country’s preparation for the 2008 Africa Cup, which Ghana will host. Two new stadiums had to be built for the event, and contracts were issued to a Chinese company. Immediately a problem arose. In order to complete the stadiums on schedule, the normal technology transfer in such projects – that is, the training and use of local workers – would have to be sacrificed, and sacrificed they were. But Kufuor seems sanguine about such problems. He sees international investment only as a result of internal growth and does not admit to any dangers in his policies.Ghana is far from being a model country, and Kufuor follows suit. In terms of Africa, though, Ghana is a success story; in terms of politicians, Kufuor is earnest and, more importantly, successful. Pleasant though it is reminiscing, the President has not come to Oxford to be sentimental. He has come to talk about Africa. He is certainly qualified for the job. On a continent with many players, Ghana holds a central role. It was the first sub-Saharan colony in Africa to gain its independence in 1957, and is looked on as something as a role model for African states. It is a relatively stable country, having never experienced the civil wars or ethnic tensions so common in other African states. It also has a lot of potential; one of its primary exports is gold and a large oil field has recently been discovered. It could hardly be seen as short of natural resources. Indeed, Ghana is often hailed as one of Africa’s success stories. All this sounds rather positive and President Kufuor is rightly proud of his country and the role he and his party have played in its development. Kufuor’s accession to the title of President in 2000 marked a landmark in Ghana’s history; it was the first peaceful handover of power in the country’s short lifespan. But Kufuor’s time is coming to an end. Next year sees another round of Presidential elections for which he will be unable to stand, having served the two terms allowed him by the constitution. He seems content with this. In a country where the smooth and peaceful passage of power is looked on not only as a constitutional demand but as a normal occurrence this may seem unimportant, but it is clearly something the President wishes to emphasise. When I ask him how he feels about having to step down next year he answers firmly, “I entered knowing my time would be up and I tried very hard to use my time productively for the country, and I believe I chalked some successes, and I believe when the time is up I’ll step down.” In England this may sound like stating the obvious, but in Africa, where heads of state frequently ignore the constitution in order to maintain power, this is an admirable statement. Of course, the President’s serenity about the changeover may have a lot to do with his confidence in his party. Any suggestions that the opposition party may be making a comeback he poo poos as media propaganda. As proof he cites his government’s many successes. “If you went down to the ground to meet people they will tell you of the dramatic economic successes of the government, you would also see the infrastructure in terms of roads, energy, education and healthcare delivery, so many things.” The statement explains his confidence and seems impressive but a little too positive. Charming and earnest though the President appears, it is perhaps not only the opposition who have engaged with the media for its own purposes. By Sarah KentJohn Kofi Agyekun Kufuor, President of Ghana, arrived at the Union with fully twenty dignitaries and journalists in tow. It was an impressive, dignified sight. Or at least it was until the President was shown into a private room. Then pandemonium broke loose; suddenly everyone was running up and down the halls of the union, scrutinising very carefully the pictures on the wall and shouting to each other, ‘is that ’61? Have you found ’61?’ This may seem like strange behaviour from fully grown politicians, but there was reason behind the madness. What they were looking for was a picture showing the members of the Union in 1961, a picture which features the President. I was soon running up and down the halls of the Union, in what can only be described as an ungainly manner, leading Ghanaian officials on a wild goose chase along the corridors. Luckily I was prevented from making a complete fool of myself by a call to meet the President.I walk into the small room in the Union in which the President is being entertained and am immediately impressed. At 6 foot 3, a height that has lead to him being dubbed the Gentle Giant, Kufuor dominates the room, which he is clearly pleased to be in. For him this is not just a trip to Oxford, but a trip down memory lane.Of course back in 1961, Oxford was a very different place; men’s and women’s colleges were separate and even the men’s colleges closed at 11pm. If you stayed out after that time you were stuck outside the gates for the night. Though the President did not tell me if he was ever left out in the cold without a bed, he did say that his bedroom was not always much more comfortable than the streets. “The rooms were not central heated, my bedroom had no heating system whatsoever and the sitting room had just a very small gas stove. The winter was savage, really savage and all I could do was get myself blankets, lots of blankets. I literally slept with my suit on.” Whatever he maintains, Kufuor’s image is not squeaky clean. Although his government stands on a platform of ‘zero tolerance for corruption’, he has been accused of exactly that, and particularly of nepotism. Yet the President doggedly denies such accusations. When I ask him about it he is quick to defend himself, stating definitively “This is not true.” Of course, he cannot deny that his brother is the Minister of Defence and many of his in-laws hold prominent positions in the government, but the President is quick to defend himself on this count. He explains, “My direct brother, a very brilliant man, a very accomplished man, has been a parliamentarian since before I came to power and I believe he is qualified to be a member of parliament; my brother-in-law, perhaps the most senior politician in Ghana today. He contested me for the candidacy of our party to be president. If you take these two out I do not have a family member in the cabinet.” This sounds rehearsed but, sitting facing the President, his version of events is very compelling and I want to believe that he is the straight-down-the-line official he presents himself to be.This is almost certainly a naïve hope, but one I’d rather maintain than go down the road of the cynic. Either way, before judgement is passed, Kufor’s presidency must be put in perspective. Corruption is practically a given in any world leader’s assent to power, yet equally it must be acknowledged that he is one of the least corrupt rulers in Africa at the moment. His policy of zero tolerance certainly seems to have been effective. Ghana is currently ranked a joint seventh alongside Egypt as one of the least corrupt countries in Africa on the Corruption Perceptions Index. Given the number of countries in Africa this status is impressive.