Sunday 25 June 2017
(AFP (eng) 06/23/17)
Former presidents, lawmakers and senior government officials in Ghana will no longer have special privileges for private travel to the United States, Washington's envoy has said. Until now, such individuals were able to take advantage of "protocol services" where they did not have to physically appear at the US embassy to obtain a visa. But on Thursday, US Ambassador Robert Jackson told members of parliament that the process had changed, sources in the legislature said. "If you are travelling for tourism or business that is not related to government business, you will be required to make a personal appearance, even with former presidents," he said.
(AFP (eng) 06/23/17)
Ghana's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the transfer of two former Guantanamo Bay detainees to the country was unconstitutional without parliamentary approval. Ghana had signed an agreement with the US government in January 2016 allowing the two ex-Guantanamo prisoners to live in the country. Later that year, two Ghanaians went to court over the transfer of the men saying that then-President John Mahama had acted unconstitutionally by accepting them. "It is hereby ordered that unless within three months the government submit the agreement to parliament...
(APA 06/23/17)
Ghana's Inspector General of Police (IGP) David Asante Apeatu has urged all police regional commanders to deal ruthlessly with all vigilante groups that break the laws in their respective regions irrespective of their political affiliations. He noted that it was about time the service cracked the whip because such groups have taken the law into their hands, indicating that their action should, however, not deter the police from protecting the citizens. Speaking at the maiden National Police Command Conference at...
(APA 06/23/17)
Former coach of the Ghana Black Stars Herbert Addo is expected to be laid to rest on Saturday, APA learns here. The coach, who died in March, is expected to be buried in Accra on Saturday. Addo had coached some prominent Ghanaian teams such as AshantiGold, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Accra Hearts of Oak and the WAFA Club, which is currently leading the Ghana Premier League table. He had on two occasions handled the senior national team as substantive and caretaker...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/23/17)
DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sadick Thenest remembers how his 8-year-old daughter had a narrow brush with death two years ago, when she contracted cholera after drinking contaminated water. “She was so gaunt, weak and had terrible diarrhea,” said the refugee from Burundi. “A slight delay in rushing her to hospital would have meant something else - but with God’s grace she survived.” The father of four, aged 35, is among thousands of refugees grappling with frequent outbreaks...
(APA 06/23/17)
Child-refugees at a camp in the west of Ghana have been targeted in an innovative two-way interactive educational scheme driven by satellite, becoming the first of its kind in the world. Through the aid of a satellite lessons were beamed back to 225 refugee children at the Ampain camp on Tuesday to coincide with the commemoration of World Refugee Day on Tuesday. The innovative learning scheme piloted by the UNHCR through the Varkey Foundation is aimed at regularly reaching such...
(APA 06/23/17)
Ghana stands the risk of losing $500 million grant from the Millennium Development Cooperation Challenge Account (MDCC) for failing to fight human trafficking, APA learns here. The Ghanaian Times reports here that the United States of America Ambassador to Ghana, who disclosed this, noted that Ghana's rating under Department of States in 2016 Trafficking in Prisons Report ranked it as Tier Two Watch List country, and this was the second time as well. It meant that Ghana did not meet...
(APA 06/23/17)
The Black Stars of Ghana are expected to leave Accra for the United States of America to play two international friendly matches in a row, APA learns here. The players are expected to play Mexico next week and USA on July 1 respectively. The team will be traveling without deputy skipper, Andre Ayew and his brother Jordan, following their request to be excused from the two games. Some Ghanaian players, who ply their trade the US, are expected to join...
(AFP (eng) 06/22/17)
Ghana's government is facing growing calls to keep its promises after it won elections on a pledge to stamp out corruption. President Nana Akufo-Addo and his administration have in recent weeks seen protesters take to the streets to raise awareness about the issue. In May, hundreds marched on the Economic and Organised Crime Office in the capital Accra with a petition calling for the arrest and prosecution of offenders, and for stolen money to be recovered. The action is similar...
(APA 06/21/17)
Ghana's Data Protection Commission (DPC) has started the process of dragging 177 defaulting institutions to court for failing to register with the commission under the new Data Protection Law. The Law mandates any company or institution in the country, which works with or collect biometric data to register with the Data Protection Commission, failure for which would result in court action. The Executive Director of the DPC, Mrs. Teki Akuetteh Falconer, has disclosed to the Daily Graphic that the affected...
(Voice of America 06/21/17)
WASHINGTON DC — On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of funding extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State. In response, Qatar said it was the victim of a policy of “domination and control” by its larger neighbor and that Saudi Arabia was, in fact, the one responsible for backing extremism. So what is the truth? Fundamentalist strains of Islam, including...
(APA 06/21/17)
The Senior national team, Black Stars, have resumed training in Accra towards two international friendly games against United States of America and Mexico respectively. They are scheduled to play Mexico on June 28 and USA on July 1. The team, under the guidance of returnee coach Kwesi Appiah, had a training session at the Accra Sports Stadium and is expected to continue training on Wednesday till they depart from Accra to the USA, where the games would be played. Coach...
(APA 06/19/17)
The Ghanaian Parliament on Monday approved the nomination of Justice Sophia Akuffo as the Chief Justice of the country. She becomes the 13th Chief Justice and the second female after Georgina Wood, the immediate past Chief Justice. The approval followed recommendations of the Appointments Committee of Parliament, which she appeared before last Friday. Presenting the report of the committee, Ghana's 1st Deputy Speaker, Mr. Joe Osei Wusu, said the committee approved Justice Akuffo’s nomination unanimously because she exhibited the competence...
(APA 06/19/17)
The Government of Ghana has announced a $100-million fund for youth development in the country. The Minister for Business Development, Mr. Mohammed Awal, who made this known, said his ministry would soon launch a National Employment Implementation Plan to that effect. “Capacity building is important to us in improving businesses. We also believe this will curb unemployment and make Ghana an entrepreneurial nation,” the Ghanaian Times report on Monday quoted the minister as saying. The report said that the minister...
(APA 06/19/17)
Ghana’s Ministry of Special Development Initiatives has announced the disbursement of $275 to the various political constituencies in the country to promote local development. The amount would ensure that each constituency received $1 million under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP), sector Minister, Mrs. Mavis Hawa Koomson, said in Koforidua in the Eastern Region. She noted that government was poised towards eradicating poverty and minimise socio-economic disparities in the rural parts of the country. “To attain this, the IPEP...
(APA 06/16/17)
Ghana's Chief Justice (CJ) nominee, Justice Ms. Sophia Akuffo, is being vetted by the Appointments Committee of the Ghanaian Parliament in Accra on Friday. The vetting, which was scheduled for Monday, had to be pushed to Friday by the Appointments Committee with the explanation that the vetting had to take place in order not to keep the position vacant for a long time. Ms. Akuffo has being quizzed by the legislators on issues bothering on judicial corruption, fairness in judgment,...
(APA 06/16/17)
Ghana’s Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs has initiated a programme to facilitate the pilgrimage of 100 Christians from Accra to holy land of Israel next month, APA learns here. The sector Minister, Kofi Dzamesi, who disclosed this at a press launch in Accra on Thursday, said his ministry was in talks with the Israeli Embassy in Ghana to agree on certain key elements to ensure a successful pilgrimage. He explained that given a big quota, the event could be established on the Ghanaian events calendar to ensure a well-organised activity. Mr. Dzamesi stated that would-be pilgrims have to solely bear the total cost of $2,700 per head. Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid, said government was...
(APA 06/16/17)
The round of 16 games of Ghana FA cup are expected to be honoured this weekend and Sunday with defending Champions, Bechem United, playing away to Berekum Chelsea. The tie is seen as one of the tough games following the two teams 1-1 drawn game in their premier league clash at home of United. Another game that promises more intriguing action would be between Medeama SC and Elmina Sharks at the Tarkwa T&A Park, with both teams aiming to gain...
(APA 06/15/17)
Ghana stands the risk of losing $13 billion in oil revenues if the price of the commodity continues to fall on the international market for the next two decades, a report by the World Bank has said. The Finder newspaper reports on Thursday that the World Bank report titled, "Fiscal Consolidation to Accelerate Growth and Support Inclusive Development", predicts that oil revenues will decline sharply by 2025 and cease altogether. The bank therefore advises the government to spend efficiently with...
(APA 06/15/17)
Ghana’s annual inflation dropped marginally to 12.6 percent in May 2017, against 13 percent recorded the previous month. Inflation is measured by the change over time in the general price level of goods and services that households acquire for the purposes of consumption. The Acting Government Statistician, Mr. Baah Wadieh, told a press briefing on Wednesday that this represents 0.4 percent decrease over the 13 percent recorded in April 2017. Wadieh explained that the marginal decline in the prices of...

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