Thursday 27 July 2017
(AFP (eng) 07/13/17)
One person was killed and dozens more injured when a bus conveying Ghana's Asante Kotoko football team rammed into a stationary truck after a match, police said on Thursday. The crash happened at Nkawkaw, some 150 kilometres (95 miles) by road from Accra at about 10:00 pm (2200 GMT) on Wednesday, said Eastern region police spokesman Thomas Obeng Asare. The Premier League side was heading back to the central city of Kumasi after a 1-0 defeat to Inter Allies in the capital.
(Bloomberg 07/13/17)
A surge in Ghana’s oil output this year may do little to ease the West African nation’s fiscal strains as crude prices are lower than what it budgeted, eroding the gains from extra production. This year’s average Brent crude price of $52 a barrel is below the $56 forecast in the budget, which could complicate the state’s plans to narrow the fiscal deficit. Output is set to climb by more than a third in 2017 from a year earlier after Eni SpA started up the Sankofa field in May, and as production rises at Tullow Plc’s second project in the country. The world’s second-biggest cocoa producer plans to cut its fiscal deficit to 6.5 percent of gross domestic product this...
(APA 07/13/17)
Ghana's monthly inflation eased to 12.1 percent in June this year, APA learns Thursday. This represents a 0.5 reduction over the figure of 12.6 percent recorded in May. The trend shows a steady decline in the prices of goods and services over the last two months, which economic analysts have attributed to the policies being put in place by government to stabilise the economy. The Acting Government Statistician, Mr. Baah Wadie, has journalists in Accra on Wednesday that the decline was due to food and non-food inflation respectively. Ghana has been working hard to stabilise the prices of goods and services to create a congenial atmosphere of growth and prosperity.
(APA 07/13/17)
The players and officials of Kumasi Asante Kotoko Football Club were involved in a motor accident on Wednesday night after the mid-week league match in Accra, resulting in the death of one person. The identity of the dead person has not been revealed, but the police have confirmed the incident in on Thursday morning in Accra. It was gathered that the bus of the Porcupine Warriors ran into another vehicle at Nkawkaw on its way back to Kumasi. One of the officials was said to have died on the spot, while many others were injured, including journalists, players and coaches. The Porcupine Warriors lost the match by 0-1 to Inter Allies at the El-Wak Stadium in Accra. Meanwhile, the club...
(APA 07/13/17)
The WAFA football team on Wednesday took a three-point lead at the top of the league after beating Bechem United 2-0 at home. They lead the pack with 43 points and they have an outstanding match against AshantiGold FC. Aduana Stars remained in 2nd position with 40 points despite losing 1-3 to league defenders, Wa All Stars at Wa. Hearts of Oak reclaimed the 3rd position with a 2-0 drubbing of Berekum Chelsea, which propelled them to 36 points. Kumasi Asante Kotoko, however, suffered a painful 1-0 defeat at the El-Wak Stadium at the hands of Inter Allies, thereby pushing them down to the 4th position, a position they enjoyed for only three days. Liberty Professionals lost 0-1 at home...
(APA 07/13/17)
The Ghanaian press is awash on Thursday with stories on support to the cocoa production sector. The Daily Graphic says the Swiss Government is assisting Ghana to add value to cocoa produced locally. It said the two countries have also agreed to increase trade volumes in gold and cocoa. Ghana will provide cocoa while Switzerland will supply chemicals, pharmaceuticals and other products. The Ghanaian Times states that Ghana has signed a cocoa deal with Switzerland to undertake joint projects in the areas of cocoa processing in a bid to add value to raw cocoa beans. It reveals that Ghana is currently Switzerland's largest trading partner in sub-Saharan Africa. The agreement was signed at the Flagstaff House in Accra, seat of...
(APA 07/12/17)
Ghanaian Vice President (VP) Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, has revealed that his administration was making plans to indroduce non-custodial sentences to help reduce congestion in the various prisons across the country. Judges will be given the option of giving such sentences to also help reduce human rights abuses recorded in the prions. He made this known when he inaugurated the Prisons Council in Accra on Tuesday. The VP who is also the chairman of the council, urged them to champion the implementation of the non-custodial as that was the focus of this government. Dr. Bawumia noted that the Justice for All Programme, introduced to check unlawful detention of suspects in the prisons, which sometimes span more than the madated sentences, has...
(APA 07/12/17)
An undisclosed amount of money owed United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) by Ghana has resulted in the shortage of polio and measles vaccines, APA learns here. As a result, nursing mothers in Ghana would have to wait until next week to have their babies vaccinated against Polio and Measles, following the shortage of the vaccines in the country. This because Ghana owed the UNICEF, the international body that procures the vaccine across the globe, huge sums of money. The vaccines are usually administered to newborn babies to fight the deadly childhood diseases. The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare, has told Citi Fm, a local radio station on Wednesday that Ghana will soon receive such supplies...
(Cnbc Africa 07/12/17)
"Africa is an awakening giant," according to the former South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk speaking at the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul. The leader who oversaw the transition of his country's power to Nelson Mandela said Tuesday that the future looks bright for a continent previously blighted by war, famine and a lack of infrastructure. "I believe Africa is an awakening giant and, yes, it is not performing according to what we expected soon enough, but it will perform," he said. De Klerk believes that African countries are primed to take advantage of the world's growing size. "If we look at food shortages for the rest of the world with a growing population, Africa is the solution," he...
(Starrfmonline 07/11/17)
The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has challenged Ghanaian investors to take advantage of the business relations existing between Ghana and Sudan to make significant investments that would bring them appreciable returns. Dr. Bawumia, who threw the challenge when he hosted the Minister of State at the Ministry of Investment of Sudan, Mr. Osama Faisal Elsayed Ali at the Flagstaff House, said such collaboration would offer opportunities to consolidate good political and diplomatic relations. “I am happy about the Ghana-Sudan Expo which is ongoing and I hope the Expo shall strengthen the business relation between our two countries” Dr. Bawumia indicated.
(APA 07/11/17)
Ghana's National Security Council has warned the general public to be wary of the activities of some unscrupulous persons and organisations duping unsuspecting Ghanaians under the pretext of assisting them to secure visas and scholarships to study outside the country. A statement issued by the Council in Accra on Tuesday said that such organisations were in the habit of assuring their patrons that they would secure visas for them to study outside the country with particular reference to Eastern Europe. The Council therefore advised the public to be extra careful in dealing with such boards.
(Ghana Business News 07/11/17)
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday said he was prepared to put his presidency on the line in his quest to end the scourge of illegal mining to safeguard Ghana’s future. He said he was not worried whose ox was gored in the fight against illegal mining or galamsey, because he had the duty as the leader of the country to ensure the survival of the country as an entity. “But it has been said that I should be careful because many of these people voted for me and if I continue this exercise, they would not vote for me. “We have a duty to protect it for those who would come after us and if our river bodies...
(Graphic Online 07/11/17)
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGSP) organised a fashion exhibition last Friday for 400 young women who were trained by the ministry to display their locally made products. Fashion models took turns to showcase products such as men and women’s clothing, bags, dresses and bracelets made by young women from the northern part of the country. The training programme, which mainly focused on fashion, designing and creativity, was a collaboration between beneficiaries of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), Young Women Christian Association (YWCA), some entrepreneurs and owners of small-scale businesses. Purpose At the event dubbed “Experiencing the north”, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms Otiko Afisa Djaba, stated that due to the high...
(APA 07/11/17)
Ghana's National Service Scheme (NSS) has deployed a total of 2,106 service persons to support government's drive to promote agriculture and ensure food security in the country, APA learns here. Out of a total of 91,871 service persons deployed to the various sectors, 2,106 have been penciled for the "Planting for Food and Jobs" programme, initiated by the government to fight youth unemployment and create opportunities for the country to be self-sufficient in food production. The figures released by the NSS secretariat explained that 10 persons would be posted to each of the 216 districts across the country. They would serve the nation for a period of 10 months, effective from September 1. Ghana has been making various efforts to...
(APA 07/11/17)
The highlights of some key international relations issues between Ghana, the United States of America and Qatar dominate the headlines of Ghanaian newspapers on Tuesday. The Heritage newspaper says, "Ghana 'raps' Donald Trump", saying the move is to allow Ghanaian deportees to return home with their belongings. It states that documented Ghanaians living in the USA can heave a sigh of relief, following a move by the Ghanaian Government to negotiate with the Trump administration to allow the rest of the deportees from that country to come home with their belongings. The newspaper adds that the diplomatic move, if successful, will ensure that the deportees do not come home empty handed. The Ghanaian Times said that President Nana Addo Dankwa...
(APA 07/11/17)
Ghana's National Service Scheme (NSS) has deployed a total of 2,106 service persons to support government's drive to promote agriculture and ensure food security in the country, APA learns here. Out of a total of 91,871 service persons deployed to the various sectors, 2,106 have been penciled for the "Planting for Food and Jobs" programme, initiated by the government to fight youth unemployment and create opportunities for the country to be self-sufficient in food production. The figures released by the NSS secretariat explained that 10 persons would be posted to each of the 216 districts across the country. They would serve the nation for a period of 10 months, effective from September 1. Ghana has been making various efforts to...
(AFP (eng) 07/11/17)
As West Africa declares war on the market for expired and counterfeit medicines, start-ups are putting quality control in the hands of patients to stop them risking their lives trying to get well. Not only can such drugs fail to treat the diseases they are bought to combat, experts say, but they may encourage resistance to antibiotics and even cause death as diseases continue to course unchecked through the body. At an April meeting in Liberia, the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced a region-wide investigation into the trafficking of expired and counterfeit drugs, and a public awareness campaign. Traffickers in bad medicine prey on some of the world's poorest and most in need, who also face...
(Voice of America 07/11/17)
In the past five years, terrorist attacks have killed nearly 20,000 people across Africa. Two groups, Boko Haram and al-Shabab, accounted for 71 percent of reported incidents and 91 percent of fatalities. But, while these and other militant groups remain active, fatal terrorist attacks across the continent are on pace to fall for a second straight year, and the total number of attacks is running far below 2012 highs. These findings are part of VOA’s original analysis of data from ACLED, the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project. ACLED tracks political violence, protests and terrorist events across Africa. Their reports include attacks since 1997 based on data collected from local news media, government statements, non-governmental organizations and published research...
(AFP (eng) 07/10/17)
Brett Davies paced up and down the sloping sands of Kokrobite beach in Ghana, organising surfers from 20 different countries at his annual international competition. Along the beach, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) west of Accra, dotted with dug-out fishing boats, Rastafarians were selling T-shirts and small children were playing in the sand. Davies, 42, is leading the push to bring surfers to the West African nation as a way to help boost the country's under-developed tourism sector. The British national already runs a surf school at Kokrobite and has helped to bring surfing to Busua, near the border with Ivory Coast. "The greatest thing about surfing in Ghana is that we have uncrowded world-class waves that appeal to the...
(Graphic Online 07/10/17)
The issue in which the Members of Finance Committee of the Parliament of Ghana are being accused of collecting money in 2016 from the National Lottery Authority to deliberate on a lottery law, is under very serious consideration by the Leadership of the House. Prof Aaron Michael Oquaye, the Speaker of Parliament on Friday said “no one is sleeping,” and the matter is under very serious consideration by the Leadership of the House. He told the House that the leadership was examining all the parameters of the issue, and directed the leadership to within one week come out with an approach in dealing with the alleged scandal The Speaker’s directive follows concerns raised on the matter after Majority Leader Osei...

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