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  • 2 weeks You’ll learn a lesson if you’re jailed for not wearing mask – Agyeman-Manu warns MyJoyOnline
    Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Minister of Health has decried lack of adherence to practices aimed at stopping the spread of the new coronavirus among Ghanaians. He said the non-adherence spells doom for the fight against the virus and the defiance would not be tolerated further. Speaking at a press conference in Accra on Thursday, Mr Agyeman-Manu specifically highlighted non-wearing of masks. Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu “I’ve been thinking what else we can do to ensure strict compliance with these basic guidelines,” he said, adding that police would soon be arresting recalcitrants. “If you are jailed three months for not wearing a ... more
  • 2 weeks China Water and Electricity Corporation donates to Energy Ministry MyJoyOnline
    The China International Water and Electricity Corporation has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) worth about ¢100,000 to the Energy Ministry to help in the fight against Covid-19. The items were 20,000 pieces of face masks, 450 bottles and 20 small pieces of hand sanitizers and 300 packs of tissue. The Director of the Corporation, Xie Dahu said the country should not be ravaged by the pandemic and that the gesture was the Corporation’s contribution to help fight the virus. He expressed gratitude to the government for taking measures to help combat the pandemic. The Deputy Minister in charge of ... more
  • 2 weeks GARDJA engages editors on need to increase media reportage on cashew sector MyJoyOnline
    The Ghana Agriculture and Rural Development Journalists Association (GARDJA) has held an editors’ forum in Accra to encourage increased media focus on the cashew sector. The forum held at the Paloma Hotel in Accra on Monday is part of a cashew visibility project by the Association, which seeks to build knowledge of media persons on cashew sector. It was also aimed at exposing them to newsworthy issues in the sector. Deputy General Secretary of GARDJA Joseph Opoku Gakpo in his presentation explained that “the initiative also seeks to expose media persons to practical issues militating against the development of cashew ... more
  • 2 weeks Coronavirus Sanofi: French drug giant rows back after vaccine storm MyJoyOnline
    The French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi has rowed back on an apparent promise to prioritise the US market with any potential Covid-19 vaccine. Sanofi CEO Paul Hudson sparked a row by saying the US government had “the right to the largest pre-order because it’s invested in taking the risk”. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe responded by saying access for all was “non-negotiable”. Sanofi’s chairman has now vowed equal access for everyone. “I am going to be extremely clear: there will be no particular advance for any country,” Serge Weinberg told France 2 TV. He said Mr Hudson’s words had been distorted. ... more
  • 2 weeks Trickster arrested for stealing PPE MyJoyOnline
    A trader who feigned interest to help an Italian Police attaché to convey Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) valued at GHC10,800.00 to the Northern Region is in the grips of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). Stephen Oboripoan Uja, 34, is a yam seller at the Agbogbloshie Market whilst Enrico Biasutti is a Police attaché with the Italian Embassy. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ms Juliana Obeng, Head of the Public Affairs Unit of CID, told the Ghana News Agency on Thursday that the accused was assisting with investigations. She said in April this year, the complainant bought the PPE to be ... more
  • 2 weeks Trickster arrested for stealing PPEs MyJoyOnline
    A trader who feigned interest to help an Italian Police attaché to convey Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) valued at GHC10,800.00 to the Northern Region is in the grips of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). Stephen Oboripoan Uja, 34, is a yam seller at the Agbogbloshie Market whilst Enrico Biasutti is a Police attaché with the Italian Embassy. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ms Juliana Obeng, Head of the Public Affairs Unit of CID, told the Ghana News Agency on Thursday that the accused was assisting with investigations. She said in April this year, the complainant bought the PPE to be ... more
  • 2 weeks Rick Bright: ‘Ousted’ vaccine expert says US is facing its ‘darkest winter’ MyJoyOnline
    A former top US health official has told Congress the country could face its “darkest winter in modern history” because of the coronavirus. Rick Bright led the government agency trying to develop a vaccine, but was removed from his post last month. He has previously said he was ousted from the job for raising concern over a treatment being touted by President Donald Trump. The US leader dismissed him as a “disgruntled” employee. Mr Bright also told the House of Representatives subcommittee on health “lives were lost” because of government “inaction” in the early stages of the outbreak. He said ... more
  • 2 weeks Security Council worried over rising Covid-19 cases at Obuasi MyJoyOnline
    The Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has expressed worry over the upsurge in COVID-19 (coronavirus) disease cases at Obuasi. Obuasi, a mining community, has become one of the hotspots for the pandemic, according to the latest report released by the Ghana Health Service (GHS), a development creating uneasiness and anxiety amongst the populace. Currently, a team of experts from the GHS is currently at Obuasi trying to assess the situation there to subsequently provide an advisory to government. “The REGSEC has decided to hold an emergency meeting in order to find the way forward over the development,” Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah, ... more
  • 2 weeks Malaria treatment services must continue amid COVID-19 MyJoyOnline
    A health advocacy group, Youth Leaders for Health – Ghana on Thursday urged African governments to ensure that access to malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment services are not disrupted as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic. It has, therefore, called on the continent’s leaders to invest more in strengthening the health systems that are key to the fight against malaria and COVID-19. A statement issued by the group and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra said prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organisation analysis indicated that seven Commonwealth countries were already on the verge of ... more
  • 2 weeks Pregnant women with Covid-19 to receive antenatal care MyJoyOnline
    The Greater Accra Regional Health Directorate of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) on Thursday said pregnant women with  COVID-19 positive will receive both antenatal care and COVID-19 treatment. The Directorate, however, urged pregnant women to avoid contact with persons who are coughing or sneezing and use a tissue when they cough or sneeze. Dr Charity Sarpong, the Regional Director of Health Services, said this in a statement to celebrate the annual Child Health Promotion Week, which spans May 11 to 15. It is on the theme: “Promoting New Born and Child Health Services in the Wake of the COVID-19 ... more
  • 2 weeks Create platforms for dialogue in case Covid-19 disrupts elections – Dr Chambas MyJoyOnline
    The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has encouraged African nations to create platforms for dialogue and consensus-building in the event that coronavirus (Covid-19) disrupts already laid down schedules and calenders for elections in some countries on the continent. A number of African countries including Ghana are scheduled to go the polls. But with the coronavirus pandemic raging on across the continent, fears are that some nations may have to postpone their elections. While in some countries like Cote d’Ivoire it is ... more
  • 2 weeks Ghana CEO Summit postponed until further notice MyJoyOnline
    Chief Executives Network Ghana has announced the postponement of the 5th Ghana CEO Summit. Organisers of the Summit, which was scheduled to take place in Accra on 18th and 19th of May, say they may announce a new date. Founder and CEO of the Summit, Ernest De-Graft Egyir explained that this is due to the Covid-19 global pandemic which has compelled President Akufo-Addo to impose a ban on all public gatherings. This affects including conferences, seminars, workshops, sporting events, worship services and schools. A new date will be announced as soon as government and public health experts declare ... more
  • 2 weeks I don’t expect celebrities to charge professional fees when featured in Covid-19 campaigns – Tourism Minister MyJoyOnline
    Minister of Tourism, Creative Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng Gyasi has said she does not expect personalities in the creative arts sector to charge professional fees for featuring in campaigns on Covid-19. The initiative which is expected to be implemented under the auspices of the Ministry of Information and Creative Arts Council seeks to involve celebrities to leverage their influence in educating the public on the virus. “We recognize that people imbibe information differently and it is often easier to transfer information through artistic pieces, so the creative arts council is working with the Ministry of Information to come ... more
  • 2 weeks Hollard announces free Covid-19 cover for existing, new customers MyJoyOnline
    Life insurance company, Hollard Life Assurance, a subsidiary of Hollard Ghana, has announced a free COVID-19 cover for all its existing and new customers on individual and group policies. This, the company said is to help ease the burden of the pandemic on Ghanaians. At no additional cost, the complimentary Covid-19 cover will provide policyholders and their beneficiaries with financial support in the event of hospitalisation or death as a result of the novel coronavirus disease. Group CEO, Hollard Ghana, Patience Akyianu said, “These are not normal times. With COVID-19 and the uncertainty it presents, our customers want ... more
  • 2 weeks MTN Group reports 11.1% profit in first quarter MyJoyOnline
    MTN Group has announced a positive service revenue trajectory in the first quarter financial results for the year ended March 31, 2020. Speaking on the results MTN Group president and CEO, Rob Shuter said, “The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy have brought about unprecedented uncertainty, volatility and challenges which are impacting our markets at both the socio-economic and macro-economic levels. “The impact of the pandemic on our quarter one performance was not significant as lockdown restrictions for our consolidated subsidiaries were only implemented from the last week of March 2020. We continued to build commercial ... more
  • 2 weeks Social media users react to Flowking Stone’s ‘Best Rapper Africa’ MyJoyOnline
    Flowking Stone’s new song ‘Best Rapper Africa’ has gained the attention of music lovers across the country. This is mostly because the Kumasi-based artiste claims to not only be a better rapper than some current crop of rappers but also that he is best in Africa. Best Rapper Africa (BRA) has received many applause with some followers calling out to award schemes to recognise it in their next event. However, fans of Sarkodie are challenging Flowking’s claim of being the best rapper while their favourite is still around. The rappers who get flow but nonfa lyrics dem dey blowI no ... more
  • 2 weeks Kinaata, Joe Mettle, Efya and others to perform at VGMA Covid-19 Heroes Concert MyJoyOnline
    Organiser of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA), Charterhouse, is gearing up for its much-anticipated heroes concert. The event made possible by the Ghana Music Awards Foundation is aimed at celebrating frontline workers helping to treat and/or limit the spread of the coronavirus. Dubbed the Covid-19 Heroes Concert, the event will come off virtually on Sunday, May 17, at 9:30 pm. Artiste performing on the night include Kofi Kinaata, Efya, Diana Hamilton, Celestine Donkor, Joe Mettle, Kwesi Arthur, Adina and others. “The Ghana Music Awards Foundation will use music to rally a national applause for our Covid-19 HEROES; the ... more
  • 2 weeks Full text: Ofosu Ampofo on alleged EC ploy to rig election 2020 in concert with NIA MyJoyOnline
    Good afternoon distinguished friends from the media. It is my singular honour to welcome you all, on behalf of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), to this press conference. Today’s engagement may seem rather unusual to some of you, obviously because our nation is united in a collective fight against the deadly and devastating global Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), which has ravaged nations, including Ghana, killed and hospitalized thousands, and debilitated most economies across the globe. Indeed, the National Democratic Congress, led by our Flag-bearer, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, has deployed every human and material resource at our disposal in support ... more
  • 2 weeks Europe halts delivery of 10 million ‘poor quality’ Chinese masks MyJoyOnline
    The European Commission said on Thursday it has suspended the delivery of 10 million Chinese masks to member states and the United Kingdom after two countries complained about the poor quality of the batches they received. As part of its efforts to tackle the COVID-19 crisis, this month the European Union’s executive arm started dispatching the masks to healthcare workers. After the first batch of 1.5 million masks was shipped to 17 of the 27 member states and the UK, Poland’s Health Minister Lukasz Szumowski said the 600,000 items Polish authorities received did not have European certificates and failed to ... more
  • 2 weeks Bernard Nyarko’s mother opens up on touching details of son’s death MyJoyOnline
    Late Bishop Bernard Nyarko’s mother, Maame Yaa Konadu, has opened up on the pains her son had to endure prior to his death on May 2. According to her, the Kumawood actor at a point on his sickbed at the Ridge Hospital could neither eat nor talk. “He lay quietly on the bed most of the time and as a nurse who worked in the United States, I could see death close to him yet he assured me he will get well by May but….,” she recounted. In an interview on Adom TV’s Badwam, she disclosed her willingness then to lose ... more
  • 2 weeks Burna Boy claims he is worth $3.5 million MyJoyOnline
    Burna Boy wants everyone who cares to listen to know that he is worth more than $3.5 million. In a post shared via his Snapchat page Thursday, the music star laughed off the insinuation that he is worth $3.5 million. “They said I’m worth $3.5mill…That won’t even buy my cars. I might have to start doing some showing off. Nah. That’s not me. Imma just let u run with whatever ur blogs tell u. $3.5 tho. I’m dead,” he wrote. “Fun fact: By the time I recorded ”All eyes on me” I was dancing around that 3.5 level.” ... more
  • 2 weeks Davido celebrates his first daughter, Imade, as she turns 5 MyJoyOnline
    Davido has taken to his social media handles to celebrate Imade, his daughter’s fifth birthday. The ‘If’ hitmaker’s message tweets and Instagram posts were full of adoration with lots of love-struck smileys saying it is ‘IMADE DAY.’ Sharing pictures from her birthday celebration Thursday, the father of three wrote: “THE BIG 5!!! @realimadeadeleke !!! BIRTHDAY MY FIRST SEED IS 5 ! To God be the glory ! I love u babe [sic].”
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  • 2 weeks Students must be tested for Covid-19 when schools reopen – Heads of Bono Region schools advise MyJoyOnline
    Some heads of second-cycle institutions in the Bono Region have proposed that the central government ensures all students are tested for the novel coronavirus when schools re-open. In their opinion, such a move would help those infected by the virus to be isolated and treated. The heads of senior high schools in the Bono Region made the suggestion during a fumigation exercise by Zoomlion Ghana Limited. The exercise is a collaboration between Ghana Education Service and the waste management company and is geared towards dealing with bed bugs infestation in the schools. The eight-day exercise began on Tuesday, May 12, ... more
  • 2 weeks Government working on plans to lift ban on border closure to enable stranded Ghanaians abroad come home – Barbara Oteng Gyasi MyJoyOnline
    The Tourism Ministry has said the Foreign Affairs Ministry is working on plans to fly home Ghanaians who are stranded abroad. In an interview with Joy News’ Doreen Avio, Barbara Oteng Gyasi disclosed that government is aware of the frustrations and hardship celebrities stranded abroad are going through due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. “I know this is an issue which has gained public attention. We all recognise the position the people are in. You travel out of the country for a short period intending to come back home and then suddenly the borders are closed and ... more
  • 2 weeks Namibian president bans new cars for ministers MyJoyOnline
    Namibian ministers and government officials have been banned by the president from buying a new car for five years so that the money can be spent on dealing with coronavirus, a tweet from President Hage Geingob’s office says. Government will not order a new vehicle fleet for the Executive and Public Office Bearers for the period 2020-2025. Savings of 200 million N$ will be directed to urgent priority areas. Below is the statement issued by The Presidency to that effect: pic.twitter.com/6FLnAdf7xd— Hage G. Geingob (@hagegeingob) May 14, 2020 The measure will save $10.7m (£8.8m), the tweet says. It adds that ... more
  • 2 weeks Pregnant policewoman injured after vehicle rams into police station MyJoyOnline
    A pregnant policewoman, Mavis Amemesor sustained severe injuries after a Toyota Corolla crashed into the Asiakwa police station on Thursday morning. The constable was fleeing from the charge office when she stumbled and got hurt.  Police say, their colleague was rushed to the Osino government hospital where she is currently receiving treatment.  A statement by the Eastern Regional Police PRO, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh said, the driver, Leticia Awuah who was traveling with her 32-year-old boyfriend, Maxwell Awuah, failed to observe traffic regulations at the ADB bank and consequently hit the back door of a taxi with registration number GG ... more
  • 2 weeks Annual report on presidential staffers worrying, lacks credibility – Ablakwa MyJoyOnline
    The Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has expressed concerns about the annual report on presidential office staff presented to parliament by the Akufo-Addo led administration. According to the MP who is also a Ranking Member on Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, various irregularities in the report make its credibility questionable. “It is significantly strange to observe that when compared to the 2018 Annual Report, a number of Ministers of State are missing from the 2019 Annual Report. Ministers such as Yaw Osafo Marfo, Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Dan K. Botwe, Mavis Hawa Koomson, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei and Prof. ... more
  • 2 weeks Work set to resume on Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital’s abandoned 47-year-old maternity block MyJoyOnline
    President Akufo Addo is scheduled to be at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) on Friday to cut sod for work to commence on the abandoned 47-year-old maternity block at the hospital. The almost 1000 bed maternity and child health block started in 1974 was to help deal with the serious congestion on the existing facility. The blatant neglect of the project attracted public outcry after JoyNews’ special assignment documentary, “Next to Die” produced by Seth Kwame Boateng. The documentary highlighted how scores of babies and mothers were dying at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital due to ... more
  • 2 weeks I don’t expect celebrities to charge professional fees if featured in Covid-19 educational campaign- Tourism Minister MyJoyOnline
    Minister of Tourism, Creative Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng Gyasi says she expects industry players not to charge professional fees when they are featured in skits to educate the public on the Covid-19. The initiative which is from the Ministry of Information and Creative Arts Council seeks to make celebrities educate the public on Covid-19 because of the influence they have in society. According to the Minister, some funding will be made available for the technical production, but she hopes that those involved will not charge professional fees since everyone is fighting to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. ... more
  • 2 weeks There are so many positive ways to project yourselves- Tourism Minister to beefing female artistes MyJoyOnline
    Minister of Tourism, Creative Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng Gyasi has advised female artistes to promote the positive side of women and not use their weaknesses against themselves. For some weeks now, there has been an ongoing lyrical war between some of Ghana’s female artistes.  Shots have been fired from all angles by Eno Barony, Sista Afia and Freda Rhymes over who is better than the other.  However, these shots have not been devoid of insults, body shaming and personal attacks. A move which has received some backlash from the public. Adding her voice to the issue, the Minister said, ... more
  • 2 weeks Seven business ideas for the new normal MyJoyOnline
    The current set of circumstances create an ecosystem that happens to be the perfect condition for some enterprises to thrive and thrive really well. But that’s like discussing all the benefits of fire while your house is burning to ashes. It wouldn’t be the best time, would it?  Nonetheless, The New Normal will catalyse many pending changes that was told to be forthcoming while sparking the innovation of many brand new ways of conducting business. Take automation for instance. The trumpet on automation replacing the jobs of millions was sounded a long time ago. After seeing how this pandemic affected human resource, ... more
  • 2 weeks Explosion at Yagaba kills 2, 4 others injured MyJoyOnline
    Two persons have died with four others in critical condition after a faulty tyre they were fixing exploded on Thursday at Yagaba in the North East Region. The Member of Parliament for the area, Amadu Rauf Tanko, who confirmed the incident to JoyNews said, the incident occurred while local vulcanizers were servicing the tyre of a long truck vehicle transporting food supplies to Tamale. According to him, two mechanics died instantly at the scene. Those wounded included the truck driver and two of his colleagues. The victims, he indicates, have been taken to the Yagaba health facility for postmortem while ... more
  • 2 weeks Coronavirus global death toll passes 300,000 MyJoyOnline
    More than 300,000 people around the world have now died globally from the coronavirus, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University, as the pandemic passed yet another bleak milestone on Thursday. More than 4.4 million cases have also been recorded, according to the university’s count. Given the varied ways in which different countries report Covid-19 figures and the vast societal impact of the pandemic, the true number of infections and fatalities could be far higher. The towering death toll nonetheless captures a world slowed to a standstill by the virus, with governments just beginning to creep out of crippling lockdowns and powerhouses like the United ... more
  • 2 weeks You need ‘insult pills’ to survive as celeb in Ghana – Sista Afia MyJoyOnline
    Singer Sista Afia has shared with her followers what one must do to keep up with the pressure in the entertainment space. The singer sharing her experience regarding the challenges that come with being famous said, some people don’t care to rain insults on popular people for no apparent reason. To effectively deal with that, Sista Afia has recommended what she calls the ‘insults pill.” She said it is the surest antidote to survive as a celebrity in the country. Perhaps to drive the point home, Jeje hitmaker posted a photo of herself with the caption, “Insults are like pills in ... more
  • 2 weeks African Sovereign Wealth Funds to lose at least $19b due to Covid- 19 MyJoyOnline
    Covid-19 and its enormous economic repercussions on Africa is putting serious strain on the continent’s Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWF) – which collectively hold some $87 billion in assets under management.  Experts at advisory firm Konfidants – which publishes the African Sovereign Wealth Funds Index – are projecting that COVID-19 could result in African SWFs suffering combined losses of $19 billion in a best-case scenario and about $27 billion in the worst-case scenario.  Soaring COVID-19-related public expenditure and plunging global oil prices is severely crushing the fiscal health of the oil-exporting countries that hold 74% of African Sovereign Wealth Funds’ assets.  This ... more
  • 2 weeks Tragic: Caught in web of political vindictiveness? MyJoyOnline
    With Heavy Heart It has been three days and my heart remains heavy and my eyes still full of tears as I reflect on the judgment of the commercial high court presided over by Justice Eric Kyei Baffour in the case of “The Republic verses Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie and four others. My understanding is that on counts such as stealing, conspiracy to enrich self and money laundering, all the accused persons were found not guilty. The three convicted persons, Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie, William Tevie and Alhaji Osman, were convicted on counts of willfully causing financial loss to the state, misuse of ... more
  • 2 weeks Full text of NPP’s response to NDC on Election 2020 rigging claims MyJoyOnline
    PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE NEW PATRIOTIC PARTY (NPP), READ BY PETER MAC MANU, NATIONAL CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN DATE: 14TH MAY, 2020. Ladies and gentlemen of the media, good afternoon! We have invited you here this afternoon to respond to aspects of the National Democratic Congress’s (NDC) press conference that was held this afternoon. The main thrust of their argument is that the Electoral Commission (EC) and the National Identification Authority (NIA) are in a conspiracy to rig the 2020 elections in favour of the NPP. It is within the rights and competence of both the EC and the NIA to respond ... more
  • 2 weeks Right To Play donates PPEs, education materials to Ghana Education Service MyJoyOnline
    Right To Play Ghana has made a donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and education materials worth ¢532, 000 to the Ghana Education Service. The items were made up of 1,200 pieces of locally manufactured nose masks, 50 boxes of handwashing soap, 250 boxes of hand gloves, 7,000 pieces of hand sanitizer, 2000 pieces pens and 2000 pieces of pencils. The others include 4,000 copies of exercise books, and 4,000 copies of level-appropriate storybooks as well as 3,000 copies of specially designed communication material on Covid-19. The gesture made on Wednesday kickstarts the organisation’s Psychosocial Support project that would ... more
  • 2 weeks Amidu eligible to be Special Prosecutor; read Supreme Court’s full judgment MyJoyOnline
    The Supreme Court has in a majority 5:2 decision ruled that Martin Amidu is eligible to hold office as Special Prosecutor. The decision read by Chief Justice Anin Yeboah means the retirement age for employees of public service does not apply to the office of Special Prosecutor. Former Deputy Attorney General Dr. Dominic Ayine who filed the case said per the true and proper interpretation of Articles 190(1)(d), 199(1) and 295 of the 1992 Constitution, the retirement age of all holders of public offices created pursuant to Article 190 (1)(d) is 60 years, and not beyond 65 years. Here is ... more
  • 2 weeks Sheriff Quaye vs Michael Ansah trilogy postponed indefinitely MyJoyOnline
    The much-anticipated trilogy between Michael Ansah and Sheriff Quaye slated for May 30, 2020, has been postponed indefinitely, according to fight promoter, Alex Ntiamoah. The postponement is necessitated by the ban on public gatherings due to COVID-19 pandemic. “May 30, is definitely out the way,” the CEO of Box office promotions tells Joy Sports. “It is a very difficult situation because our business strives on events.” Alex Ntiamoah The two boxers were scheduled to fight in March earlier this year in a Commonwealth final eliminator to gain an opportunity to fight the Commonwealth champion, but a late ankle injury to ... more
  • 2 weeks We don’t need EC, NIA to win 2020 elections – NPP replies NDC MyJoyOnline
    The governing New Patriotic Party (NNP) has rubbished claims by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that it is conspiring with the Electoral Commission (EC) and the National Identification Authority (NIA) to rig the 2020 polls. At a press conference on Thursday, the National Chairman of the NDC Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo reignited his party’s disagreement with the decision to exclude the old voters’ ID from requirements needed to acquire the new one. Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo said this is a ploy to disenfranchise many voters; especially in the strongholds of the NDC; the biggest opposition party. “We don’t need the EC to rig ... more
  • 2 weeks The mystery of NDC’s vice-presidential candidate MyJoyOnline
    It will be a defining moment for the NDC when former president Mahama finally presents the name of his running mate in the 2020 election to the party’s Council of Elders and National Executive Committee but very interesting developments are already coming up ahead of Mahama’s announcement. What was purported last week to be the final shortlist of Mahama’s potential running mates, was described by the NDC leadership as a fictitious one. Some of the names still making the rounds include Dr. Kwabena Duffour, former Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Professor Kwesi Botchwey, former Minister of Finance and Economic ... more
  • 2 weeks U.N. warns of global mental health crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic MyJoyOnline
    A mental illness crisis is looming as millions of people worldwide are surrounded by death and disease and forced into isolation, poverty and anxiety by the pandemic of COVID-19, United Nations health experts said on Thursday. “The isolation, the fear, the uncertainty, the economic turmoil – they all cause or could cause psychological distress,” said Devora Kestel, director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) mental health department. Presenting a U.N. report and policy guidance on COVID-19 and mental health, Kestel said an upsurge in the number and severity of mental illnesses is likely, and governments should put the issue “front ... more
  • 2 weeks 13 persons prevented from using illegal border route at Nzemtenu, Western region MyJoyOnline
    Officials of the Immigration Service in Half Asini in the Jomoro Municipality of the Western Region have intercepted and prevented 13 persons who were leaving the country through unapproved route at Nzemtenu near Appollenu through Ghana’s Western border. The 13 persons include twelve Burkinabe nationals, a Ghanaian were intercepted and prevented from leaving Ghana to Ivory Coast on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, by a team of Immigration officers on their usual patrol at some unapproved routes in the district. The Western Regional Public Affairs Officer of the Ghana Immigration Service, Moses Manford Akakpo said, but for the swiftness of the ... more
  • 2 weeks Coronavirus vaccine should be ‘free of charge for all’ MyJoyOnline
    Past and present world leaders have urged that any eventual COVID-19 vaccines and treatments should be made available to everyone free of charge. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan were among more than 140 signatories of a letter saying vaccine should not be patented while the science should be shared among nations. The World Health Assembly (WHA), the policy-setting body of the World Health Organization, holds its annual general meeting next week. The signatories called on the WHA to rally behind the cause. “Governments and international partners must unite around a global guarantee which ensures that, when ... more
  • 2 weeks Playback: NPP responds to NDC’s election rigging claims MyJoyOnline
    The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has held a press conference to debunk claims by the opposition NDC that it is collaborating with the Electoral Commission and the National Identification Authority (NIA) to rig the December 2020 elections. The press conference was addressed by the newly elected campaign chairman for the NPP, Peter Mac-Manu. ... more
  • 2 weeks Covid-19 in West Africa: Credible information as a vaccine against misinformation? MyJoyOnline
    In the social media age, information spreads faster than any virus and there seems to be no vaccine against misinformation. As governments struggle to contain COVID-19, public service announcements and communication must focus on making citizens accept that the illness is a reality, giving them the knowledge to prevent and treat the infection and debunking myths and fake stories, which impact the effectiveness of the response. This could save many lives. If there is a thin line between love and hate, there is an even thinner line between fake news and reality, especially on social media. Along with the ... more
  • 2 weeks How China could emerge even stronger after Covid-19 MyJoyOnline
    It was an emotional reunion for Qi Xiaoyu, who was bouncing in anticipation even before Mickey and Donald padded into view. The 27-year-old nurse visited Shanghai Disneyland over 200 times between its 2016 opening and its closing in January due to the coronavirus. Qi says regular trips to the theme park boost her mental well-being, which has suffered over the 15 weeks she’s spent on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic. Her only respite has been dressing up at home in one of her 20-odd Disney princess costumes, she says, to escape the real world of death ... more
  • 2 weeks Photos of Tema Motorway Interchange 2 days before inauguration MyJoyOnline
    The newly constructed Tema Motorway Interchange is expected to be opened on Saturday, May 16. This is according to the Ministry of Roads and Highways and the Ghana Highway Authority. The project, which had a June 2020 deadline, saw part of the motorway being closed to traffic for construction works to be carried on. Financed by the Japanese government, the project is estimated to cost $57 million. Find pictures by photojournalist Samuel Moore who visited the location. ... more
  • 2 weeks Esther Victoria Sawyerr MyJoyOnline
    Esther Victoria Sawyerr, also known as Awuraa Adwoa Serwaa, was born on Monday, January 30, 1939, to John Calepto Bonaldi from Milan, Italy, and Mercy Sasraku alias Ama Wireduwaa, an Ashanti royal from Kokofu Mensaase.  When she was three years old, Esther’s father was recalled to Italy with his brothers to be enlisted for war, where he lost his life. Her granduncle, Joseph Kwabena Bawuah also known as ‘Bawuah Timbers’, a renowned timber merchant in Kumasi took upon himself the role of her father and executed it honourably. Her formative years were, however, spent in Accra under the care of ... more
  • 2 weeks Movie industry will bounce back – Adjetey Anang MyJoyOnline
    Multiple award-winning actor, Adjetey Anang says he is hopeful the movie industry will get back on its feet after the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking exclusively with JoyNews’ Becky, the actor said he is optimistic things will go back to normal once effective production works commence. “I believe strongly that the industry will bounce back. I think that this period has given us the opportunity to think deep to find creative ways on using various online platforms to sustain interest and keep our audiences entertained. “I believe once we are back to mainstream activities, this new aspect will be ... more
  • 2 weeks Actress Tracey Boakye welcomes new baby MyJoyOnline
    Actress Tracey Boakye has taken to social media to announce the arrival of her second child. The actress who had kept the pregnancy away from the public shared a photo of her baby bump on her Instagram handle. Tracey revealed that she has welcomed a girl. ““Thank you Lord. My second Angel is in! ITS A GIRL!” she wrote.
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  • 2 weeks Exclusion of old voter ID for EC registration a grand scheme to rig 2020 elections – NDC MyJoyOnline
    The opposition NDC has mounted fresh resistance to the Electoral Commission’s (EC) decision to exclude the old voters’ ID from its intended compilation of a new roll for the 2020 general elections. The NDC has already stressed its opposition to the compilation of the register arguing it is unnecessary. Addressing a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Accra Thursday, the National Chairman of the party, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo reignited their disagreement with the decision to exclude the old voters’ ID from requirements for the new one. Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo said this is a ploy to disenfranchise many voters; especially in the ... more
  • 2 weeks Madagascar President lashes out on WHO, says drink cures Covid-19 in 10 days MyJoyOnline
    Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina has lashed out on the World Health Organization (WHO) for being skeptical about the efficacy of the country’s Covid-Organics drink, purported to be a cure for the COVID-19 pandemic. Rajoelina has put his reputation and credibility on the line touting the medicine as a cure. Madagascar President blasts WHO, says drink cures COVID-19 in 10 days “What if this remedy had been discovered by a European country, instead of Madagascar? Would people doubt it so much? I don’t think so,” Rajoelina told FRANCE 24 and RFI . The drink is derived from artemisia – a plant ... more
  • 2 weeks Food and Drugs Authority attains Level 3 regulatory status MyJoyOnline
    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that Ghana’s Food and Drug Authority (FDA) has attained the level three regulatory status. The Country-Director, Dr Neema Kimambo presented the confirmation letter to the FDA through the Health Ministry. She said this makes the FDA in Ghana one of only two countries in Africa and 52nd in the world to attain the level three status. The Level three status is the second highest in the four-tiered WHO classification. The Ghana FDA was established in August 1997 under the Food and Drugs Law, 1992 (PNDCL 305B) mandated by the law to regulate ... more
  • 2 weeks Comptroller-General of Immigration promotes 5 officers for dedication to service in Covid-19 fight MyJoyOnline
    The Comptroller-General of Immigration (CGI), Kwame Asuah Takyi has promoted six junior officers for their dedication to duty in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement signed by the Head of Public Affairs at the Immigration Service, Supt. Michael Amoako-Atta, five of the promoted Officers serving under the Northern Regional Immigration Command (NRIC), on May 3, rejected a ¢1,900.00 bribe offered by 19 Burkinabes to be allowed entry into the country. According to the statement, they intercepted and arrested the Burkinabes at the Savelugu inland immigration checkpoint. Thiswasafter the foreign nationals had entered Ghana illegally through unapproved ... more
  • 2 weeks Singer Yemi Alade faults Buhari’s choice of top aide MyJoyOnline
    Nigerian singer Yemi Alade has waded into politics by criticising the appointment of Ibrahim Gambari as President Muhammadu Buhari’s new chief of staff. Mr Gambari is a retired diplomat who previously served in Mr Buhari’s military government in the 1980s. He replaces Abba Kyari, who died last month from coronavirus. Many people have objected his appointment basing their argument on the fact that he is 75-years-old. Yemi’s tweet reflects one of them. 75 years old as chief of Staff. God save Nigeria.— #WOMANOFSTEEL (@yemialadee) May 12, 2020 People have tweeted their support for her sentiment, but ... more
  • 2 weeks World economy to shrink by 3.2% – New UN report MyJoyOnline
    The United Nations (UN) Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) said that as of mid-2020, the gross domestic product (GDP) in developed countries will plunge to -5.0 per cent, while the output of developing countries will shrink by 0.7 per cent, the World Economic Situation and Prospect (WESP) report said. “The global economic outlook has changed drastically since the launch of WESP 2020 in January”, observed Elliott Harris, UN Chief Economist and Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development. The coronavirus has unleashed a health and economic crisis, unprecedented in scope and magnitude, with lockdowns and border closures paralyzing economic activity and laying ... more
  • 2 weeks Five nabbed for breaking border closure directive MyJoyOnline
    Five Burkina Faso nationals have been arrested by the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) for breaching President Akuffo-Addo’s directive on the closure of the national borders due to outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. The offenders, all males, aged between 15 and 32, entered into Ghana through an unapproved route at Hamilie in the Lambussie District of the Upper West Region. Mr Ibn Yussif Duranah Abdul-Mumin Seidu, the Upper West Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the GIS who revealed this to the Ghana News Agency in Wa, said the five persons entered into the country on two motorbikes with Burkina Faso ... more
  • 2 weeks Flowking Stone claims ‘Best Rapper Africa’ title in new song MyJoyOnline
    Rapper Flowking Stone, on Wednesday, surprised his fans with a new track called Best Rapper Africa (BRA). In the song, he detailed his journey in the music industry explaining that contrary to what many people say, he began his career with Lord Kenya and others. Flowking Stone said he has not been given half the attention the current crop of rappers have had, but, to be able to still stay in the game for as long as he has, it could only mean one thing; that he is the “best rapper in Africa”. He criticised fans of rappers who promote ... more
  • 2 weeks 24-yr-old social media influencer arrested for spreading fake news MyJoyOnline
    A 24-year-old has been remanded and awaiting trial for disseminating fake news on social media to incite the public to commit crime. Bless Amedegbe is reported to have made claims in a recorded video in which he incited the public to defy the imposed restriction directive by the President aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus in the country. In the said video which went viral during Ghana’s lockdown period, Bless claimed the Stay at home initiative was a hoax and it was a ploy by government to install 5G cables in the affected areas. According to him, these 5G ... more
  • 2 weeks Playback: NDC holds press conference on electoral issues MyJoyOnline
    The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has organised a press conference on matters relating to election 2020. The party claims there is “a ploy to rig the 2020 general elections in concert with the National Identification Authority,” and it will make its position on that known at the press conference. The press conference will be addressed by the National Chairman of the party, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo. ... more
  • 2 weeks Water supply will be restored soon – GWCL assures customers in Tema, eastern part of Accra MyJoyOnline
    The Ghana Water Company (GWCL) says its engineers are working diligently to ensure water supply is restored to consumers in Tema and the eastern part of Accra. In a statement, the Company said the current interruption of water supply in those areas is due to “some serious leakages detected along the main 42 inch transmission pipe-line from the Kpong Treatment Plant to the Tema Booster Station and along the motor-way to the Okponglo Booster Station.” This, the Company says, has resulted in the low pressures and intermittent flow being experienced by consumers. The affected communities include; Tema Industrial area, Tema ... more
  • 2 weeks Covid-19 has come to stay, let’s adjust to live with it – Kwaku Agyeman-Manu MyJoyOnline
    Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has urged Ghanaians to learn to live with the coronavirus because it has come to stay. He reiterated the need for strict adherence to the World Health Organisation (WHO) protocols because that is the means of survival. “The last time I came here, I made some factual statement that coronavirus has come to live with us. It will have nowhere to go and we’ll have to learn to live with it. “There is no medication that we can take, there is no vaccine against the virus but there are certain things we know we can ... more
  • 2 weeks Proposals from interest groups for lifting of restrictions doesn’t mean it has been lifted – Oppong Nkrumah MyJoyOnline
    The Information Minister says government has begun a series of engagements with various stakeholders to discuss potential restriction measures once the ban on public gatherings is lifted. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the measures are to ensure the safety of citizens while allowing for some level of normalcy in their daily activities. According to him, although these engagements are ongoing, it does not mean that current measures and restrictions put in place by President Akufo-Addo can be ignored or disobeyed. “The sports community, in particular football and golf has submitted proposals on potential easing up approach which could still protect ... more
  • 2 weeks Why do some banks record high non-performing loans in Ghana? MyJoyOnline
    Lenders grant loans to borrowers under agreed repayment conditions or terms. Whenever the borrowers default in the repayment of loan for a period of time the loan is said to be non-performing. Thus, a nonperforming loan (NPL) is a loan in which the borrower is in default on both interest and principal for a specified period. Whenever borrowers are unable to honor both interest and principal payments for a period of time usually 90 days in most cases, the loan is considered as a non-performing loan. Indeed, as   per the 2019 audited financials reports released by the 23 banks in ... more
  • 2 weeks There’ll be loss of sponsorship revenue if league is cancelled – GFA boss Kurt Okraku MyJoyOnline
    Ghana Football Association (GFA) President Kurt Okraku has indicated that there will be a loss of sponsorship revenue to clubs if the 2019/20 league season is cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Ghana Premier League and other competitions organised by the GFA have been on suspension since March, when the disease began spreading in the country. Since the suspension, the coronavirus cases continue to increase and there have been calls by a section of the public for the league to be cancelled. They want the GFA to take a cue from African countries such as Cameroon, Angola, Burkina Faso, ... more
  • 2 weeks Mauritius ‘declares victory in Covid-19 battle’ MyJoyOnline
    Mauritius has declared victory in the battle against coronavirus but says it has not yet won the war, the AFP news agency reports quoting the health minister. Health Minister Kailesh Jagutpal is quoted as saying that there are zero active coronavirus cases in the country and no new cases had been reported in 17 days. He said:Quote Message: We have won the battle thanks to the cooperation of the public, who understood that the government needed to take extreme measures, including complete confinement, and the closure of supermarkets and our borders. We have won the battle thanks to the cooperation ... more
  • 2 weeks I can compare Eno Barony’s works to 2Pac, Kojo Antwi – Bulldog MyJoyOnline
    Artiste manager Bulldog has said Eno Barony’s songs can be compared to that of Tupac, Bob Marley and Kojo Antwi. According to him, he has observed that the self-acclaimed rap goddess makes music that can transcend time – a quality he stated the above-mentioned celebrities have. “Go back and listen to Eno’s lyrics, I can easily compare her to the likes of Tupac, Bob Marley Kojo Antwi…she’s conscious,” he told RMJ on Showbiz Now on Joy Prime. Bulldog stated that it is important for every musician to aspire to create music that can be celebrated decades after they have been ... more
  • 2 weeks Registrar General’s Dept says companies may hold Annual General Meetings electronically MyJoyOnline
    Registrar General’s Department (RGD) has directed that companies may hold their Annual General Meetings (AGM) electronically. RGD in a statement said the move is in view of the Covid- 19 pandemic and the resultant restriction imposed under the Imposition of Restrictions Act 2020 (Act 1012) on public gatherings. Read statement below: GUIDELINES ON HOLDING OF VIRTUAL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS OF COMPANIES In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant restriction imposed under the Imposition of Restrictions Act 2020 (Act 1012) on public gatherings, pursuant to the power conferred by section 378(2) of the Companies Act 2019 (Act 992) on ... more
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