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  • 2 months John Mahama: Withdraw Public Universities Bill MyJoyOnline
    What our universities need is a partnership. A partnership that fosters academic freedom, enhances their efficiency and also invests in research and development. The KNUST-INCAS Covid-19 rapid test kit innovation is one such outcome that is begging for support. Our academics and students need support to focus on their core mandates of creating and sharing knowledge, not a Public Universities Bill that seeks to control and undermine the independence of our intellectuals and other researchers in state-owned universities. The Bill as it stands does not only risk undermining academic innovation and ingenuity; it will also jettison decades of scholarly excellence and ... more
  • 2 months Sarkodie descends on African leaders in Twitter rant MyJoyOnline
    Rapper Sarkodie on Saturday descended heavily on African leaders, accusing them of complicity in the black race being “bullied.” “A lot of bullies target the vulnerable…and that’s the story of Africa. Till we fix our home together no black man is safe in the world…we lost our pride,” Sarkodie wrote. A lot of bullies target the vulnerable ( weak , poor , no home , no family etc ) … And that’s the story of Africa . Till we fix our home “Together” No black man is safe in the world … We lost our pride— Sarkodie (@sarkodie) June 13, ... more
  • 2 months NDC braces to assess NPP’s 2016 manifesto on Monday MyJoyOnline
    The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), will on Monday, hold a forum to assess the 2016 manifesto of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). The purpose of this exercise, the party says, is to compare the “numerous lofty promises” President Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP made to Ghanaians and the delivery of same. “The presentation, which will take place during the third edition of the NDC’s Weekly Press Briefing, will take place at Alisa Hotel, North Ridge, Accra, at 1pm,” the NDC wrote in a statement on Saturday. The NDC’s weekly briefing The biggest opposition party, as part of its campaign ... more
  • 2 months Atlanta police chief resigns over shooting of black man MyJoyOnline
    Atlanta’s Police Chief has resigned after the fatal shooting of an African-American who had fallen asleep in his car at a drive-through restaurant. Rayshard Brooks, 27, was shot by a police officer during a struggle on Friday, authorities say. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Erika Shields handed in her resignation on Saturday. Protesters in Atlanta took to the streets this weekend calling for action following Mr Brooks’ death. On Saturday evening, demonstrators closed down a major highway, Interstate-75, in Atlanta. Over the past three weeks, people across the US have already been protesting over the death of George Floyd, an ... more
  • 2 months More than 100 arrests after violent London protests MyJoyOnline
    More than 100 people have been arrested following violent protests in London on Saturday, the Met Police has said. Police were attacked by demonstrators, some of whom were far-right activists, after thousands gathered claiming they were protecting statues. PM Boris Johnson said: “Racist thuggery has no place on our streets.” An investigation is also under way after a man was seen urinating next to a memorial of PC Keith Palmer, who was killed in the 2017 Westminster attack. Separately on Saturday, a number of peaceful anti-racism protests were held in London and around the country. ‘Abhorrent’ Home Secretary Priti Patel said ... more
  • 2 months French police clash with anti-racism activists in Paris MyJoyOnline
    French police have clashed with activists protesting in Paris against racism and alleged police brutality. Police used tear gas against stone-throwing protesters who tried to hold a march that was banned. The rally is part is a worldwide movement inspired by America’s Black Lives Matter protests. It was organised under the banner “Justice for Adama”, after Adama Traoré, a young black man who died in French police custody in 2016. What happened in Paris? About 15,000 anti-racism protesters gathered on the Place de la République in central Paris early on Saturday afternoon. They chanted slogans such as “No justice, no ... more
  • 2 months Coronavirus: Fear of second wave in Chinese capital after market outbreak MyJoyOnline
    An area of the Chinese capital Beijing has been put under strict lockdown measures after the city’s first coronavirus cases in more than 50 days. The outbreak has been linked to the city’s largest wholesale market. A total of 45 people out of 517 tested at the Xinfadi market tested positive for Covid-19, a district official said. None were displaying symptoms. Lockdowns have been imposed in 11 nearby neighbourhoods, while 10,000 market staff will be tested. The authorities also want to test everyone who has had recent contact with the market as well as those living in the district surrounding ... more
  • 2 months UCC to limit students’ movement as finalists return on Monday MyJoyOnline
    Students of University of Cape Coast would not be allowed to wander from one Hall of residence to another as they return to campus on Monday. Major Kofi Baah-Bentum (Rtd) the Director of Public Affairs of UCC says as finalists return to campus to complete the semester and take their exit exams, movement from one Hall to the other would only be allowed if there is a pressing need to do so. JoyNews/AdomNews · UCC to limit students' movement as finalists return on Monday This, he told JoyNews’ Richard Kwadwo Nyarko, is aimed at preventing a potential spread or outbreak ... more
  • 2 months POS Foundation calls on government to fast track passage of Community Service Bill to decongest prisons MyJoyOnline
    The POS Foundation has called on the government to fast track the passage of the Community Service Bill and activate legislation for Probation and Parole. According to the facilitators for the Justice For All Programme, a review of the amnesty criteria to cover convicted non-violent drug users and petty offenders will significantly decongest Ghana’s prisons. Aside from the second chance to reform and as an alternative to incarceration as per best practice in other jurisdiction. The Executive Director – POS Foundation, Jonathan Osei Owusu made the call during a presentation of items to help the fight against the spread of ... more
  • 2 months A flooded house turned ‘fish pond’ at Aboabo MyJoyOnline
    At Aboabo in the Asokore Mampong Municipality of the Ashanti region, 14-year-old Ibrahim and his friends are on casual fishing expedition. The flood prone area has rendered this dwarf-walled house almost uninhabitable. A family of eight has interestingly managed to stay here since the situation worsened some 4 years ago. Fishes in nearby rivers have therefore found the compound a safe haven. This is one of the many houses in the vicinity battling with flood waters. Though some have abandoned their houses others are unfazed. The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly is therefore planning to ... more
  • 2 months I worry over my kids’ exposure to the harsh terrain of our politics – Suhuyini MyJoyOnline
    MP for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini has expressed worry over the tendency of his children to be exposed to what he describes as the ‘harsh terrain of politics’ in the country. Admitting that politics could be muddy waters sometimes, the politician fears his children, as young as they are, may be exposed to situations involving him that may bring hurt to them. “I worry about how they will deal with the harsh terrain of our politics…” he admitted to Edem Knight-Tay on Joy FM’s Home Affairs show. JoyNews/AdomNews · I worry over my kids’ exposure to the harsh terrain of ... more
  • 2 months Upper East Region to receive new traffic lights MyJoyOnline
    The Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta has assured the people of the Upper East Region of new sets of traffic lights to reduce road traffic accidents. He said all the malfunctioning ones in the Bolgatanga Municipality would also be fixed. Mr Amoako-Atta gave the assurance when he paid a working visit to the region to tour major road construction sites including the Bolgatanga-Bawku-Pulmakum stretch of road, the Tamne Bridge, the Bongo-Balungu Bridge among others. “We have selected several traffic lights in Bolgatanga, Bawku and Navrongo and we are mounting five traffic lights in Bolgatanga, three in Bawku and ... more
  • 2 months We must learn to live with floods – Settlements Studies expert MyJoyOnline
    Head of the Centre for Settlements Studies at the Faculty of Built Environment, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Professor Divine Ahadzie, says Ghanaians must learn to live with the perennial flooding situation in the country. According to him, community engagement is the way forward in dealing with floods which have become a global phenomenon. Tuesday morning’s downpour in Accra and other parts of the country saw many properties destroyed, with scores displaced and a life lost at Odawna. Speaking on NewsDesk on the Joy News channel, Prof Ahadzie said the structural or engineering approach to addressing the ... more
  • 2 months Western Regional Minister eulogises late Sekondi-Takoradi Mayor MyJoyOnline
    The Western Regional Minister says it feels surreal to realise his colleague and friend, Anthony Kobina Kurentsi Sam, has passed on after suffering from a short illness. According to Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, the late Mayor had been active on Wednesday, before going for a check-up at the hospital check. He said they had talked on Sunday, only for him to die less than a week after. “It shows how time flies so quickly and how we should all be in a hurry. We are extremely sad,” he stated. The Minister called the Mayor a hardworking man praising his work in ... more
  • 2 months Disqualified Assin South NPP Parliamentary aspirant goes independent MyJoyOnline
    A disqualified Parliamentary aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Assin South Constituency Joseph Kofi Damtse has declared his intention to go independent. He attributed his decision to a grand scheme orchestrated by some big-wigs of the Party to deny him the chance to contest Rev. John Ntim Fodjour, the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP). Mr. Damtse told GNA that the resolve by the Party executives to protect the sitting MP has grossly affected Party unity and cohesion among the rank and file. “Some so-called faceless big-men within the Party I have toiled and supported for decades think ... more
  • 2 months Western Region records increase in fire outbreaks MyJoyOnline
    The Western Regional Fire Service Command has from January 2020 to date recorded a total of 189 fire out breaks as against 182 cases last year. Out of the figure, five people lost their lives, while three sustained various degrees of injuries. ACFO Gaddiel Napoleon Amoah Ebonyi, Regional Fire Service Commander, who announced this during a press briefing at Fijai, a suburb of Takoradi, called on the people in the Metropolis to be extra cautious in dealing with fire outbreaks. He said it was unfortunate that people usually rushed to fire accident scenes without any precautionary measures and urged them ... more
  • 2 months Hohoe Municipal Hospital to undertake mass burial on June 26 MyJoyOnline
    The Hohoe Municipal Hospital in the Volta region is to undertake a mass burial of unclaimed bodies on June 26 to decongest the Hospital’s morgue. The Hospital has been keeping some bodies in its morgue since 2018 with no identified family or relative to perform the necessary rites for the collection of the bodies. Dr. Pius Mensah, the Medical Superintendent of the Hospital in a statement signed and copied to the media said the exercise had become necessary because, “these bodies were not embalmed posing health hazards to the mortuary attendants.” He said all attempts made to trace depositors did ... more
  • 2 months Discretion around declaration of assets weakens laws preventing corruption – CDD Ghana MyJoyOnline
    Director of Advocacy and Policy Engagement at the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development says sanctions the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has failed to create and enforce have made room for its operations to be run on discretion. According to Dr Kojo Asante, this does not help in the fight against corruption nor the promotion of equality before the law. “Since the propagation of the 1992 constitution, CHRAJ is yet to elaborate on sanctions. It does not promote any deterrence effect or prevention of corrupt acts or any acts that are seen as misbehavior in the public ... more
  • 2 months More than 50% of Ghanaians would be disenfranchised if old register is used on Dec 7 – David Asante MyJoyOnline
    Convener for the Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA), David Asante says without the new voters’ register many Ghanaians would be disenfranchised during the December 7 polls. Speaking on Newsfile, he said research conducted by LMVCA showed that names of persons who used the NHIA cards as proof of identity when registering for the voters’ ID, had been wiped out from the Electoral Commission’s system. According to him, following the Supreme Court’s ruling in 2016 that NHIA cards should not be used as proof of identity, 56,000 names along with their information were deleted from the EC’s database. Clarifying ... more
  • 2 months Reality Zone: Ghana can grow apples, good tidings MyJoyOnline
    The saying, “Never say die until the bones are rotten” reverberated well when I read the news about Ghana’s potential to grow apples.  For as long as I have lived, that possibility has always been dismissed with the emphatic assertion that our climate does not favour the cultivation of the fruit. Apples have continued to be imported into the country and despite the price, the fruit gets well patronised with a market for it even on the streets because of its dietary benefits.  Discovery of the year Excited with the news, I am prompted to propose a discovery of the ... more
  • 2 months Health Minister, Agyeman Manu recovering at UGMC after testing positive for Covid-19 MyJoyOnline
    Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman Manu is said to be recuperating at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) after testing positive for the coronavirus disease. Sources tell Joy News the Dormaa Central MP has been receiving treatment at the hospital for some time now. The 64-year-old Minister who is said to be in a stable condition and not in the ICU was reportedly admitted on Tuesday. Mr Agyeman Manu according to sources had tested positive for some time but was only brought to the hospital this week. According to the Health Ministry, he has taken some days off and ... more
  • 2 months Government distributes PPEs, hand sanitisers to tertiary institutions ahead of reopening MyJoyOnline
    Government has started the distribution of personal protective equipment (PPEs) and other sanitary materials to various tertiary institutions across the country. This comes ahead of the reopening of schools on Monday, June 15, 2020. The items worth over GH¢110,000 include face masks, Veronica buckets, hand sanitisers, and thermometers. Ghana’s Airforce under the supervision of the National Security is leading the distribution to the various regions for onward delivery. In total, about 254 tertiary institutions are expected to be served. President Akufo Addo in his 10th address to the nation on Ghana’s coronavirus situation eased the restrictions ... more
  • 2 months King Leopold’s legacy in DR Congo defended MyJoyOnline
    A member of Belgium’s royal family has defended the role played by King Leopold II in the exploitation of the colony that became the Democratic Republic of Congo. Prince Laurent – brother of the present King Philippe – acknowledged in an interview with the Sudpresse newspaper that abuses were committed in the Congo colony but not by his ancestor. He said King Leopold could not have hurt people there because he never went to Congo, though he owned it as his personal estate. The royal palace has not commented on the current debate about Belgium’s colonial past which saw severe ... more
  • 2 months Student leaders across Africa call for a phased reopening of schools MyJoyOnline
    In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, BridgeWide Africa, a social enterprise focused on research, training and advocacy in Ghana, provided the platform for student leaders across the African continent to discuss the impact of the pandemic on higher education in Africa. During the discussion, the leaders pooled from the Western, Eastern and Southern regions of Africa called for a hold on re-opening schools from basic to the tertiary level. They want authorities to hold on until an opportune time when there is a minimal record of case counts per country. They have, however, advised that in the case ... more
  • 2 months New budget needed to complete store project – Jasikan DCE tells traders MyJoyOnline
    The District Chief Executive for Jasikan, Lawrence Aziale has cautioned the youth in his district against engaging in acts of lawlessness. According to him, such efforts should be directed at fighting for development for the area, instead of rebelling against authorities. The DCE made the remarks following some confrontations when his office went to hand over about 30 lockable market stores to traders. The traders had argued that the front and back views of the building had to be paved with tiles before any handing over ceremony. The 30 lockable store project was started under the previous NDC government ... more
  • 2 months Nigeria governors declare emergency over rape MyJoyOnline
    Nigerian governors have declared a state of emergency over rape and violence against women and children in the country. This follows a spike in cases of gender-based violence during the recent lockdown imposed in some states to limit the spread of coronavirus. In a statement, the 36 governors strongly condemned all forms of violence against women and children, and said they were “committed to ensuring that offenders face the maximum weight of the law”. The chairman of the governors’ forum, Kayode Fayemi, said they have asked Nigeria’s police to provide a detailed report on action taken to strengthen their response ... more
  • 2 months Gambian man charged in US with torture of coup plotters MyJoyOnline
    A Gambian man living in the United States has been charged with torturing political prisoners in his home country following a failed coup in 2006. Michael Sang Correa, 41, was a member of a feared paramilitary unit known as the “Junglers”. It has been described as a “hit squad” for then President Yahya Jammeh. Mr Correa is said to have entered the US in 2016 as bodyguard for Gambia’s vice-president on a trip to the UN but did not return home. Soon afterwards, President Jammeh lost the presidential election. He initially tried to extend his 22-year rule but was forced out ... more
  • 2 months William Easmon: The certainty of uncertainty; role of leadership MyJoyOnline
    The world is full of people who are very certain—in politics, in religion, in all manner of things. In addition, political, religious, and social organizations are marketing certainty as a cure to all life’s problems. This is purely because the human brain according to neuroscientist is wired for certainty. But is such certainty possible? Or even good? The world has witnessed such uncertainty in the decades past and this seems to be the new normal – a new normal which has seen the great global recessions, the bursting of the dot com bubble, the introduction of AI, AR, Machine Learning ... more
  • 2 months Kelvyn Boy speaks against racism with Black Lives Matter single MyJoyOnline
    Kelvyn Boy has added his voice to the call for racial justice after the death of George Floyd in the hands of police officers in May with his new song Black Lives Matter. The Afrobeat artiste released a song he calls Black Lives Matter to preach against racism and the need for people to join in the fight for equality. “Colour is not a threat and racism is not the answer. We all have to know that. If you love me like yourself better show it [because] that is something they never told us,” he said in the song. Directed by ... more
  • 2 months Social media users react to Newsfile debate on NDC’s Green Book MyJoyOnline
    Hours after, news analysis program, Newsfile discussed NDC’s Green Book; the show has been trending number one on social media platform, Twitter. The Book, which according to the opposition NDC, details all the achievements made during their tenure in office has been widely disputed by the governing NPP. President Akufo-Addo during the commissioning of the Tema Motorway Interchange threw jabs at the previous administration by describing their calls to be credited for some infrastructure as unnecessary. According to him, their claims were mere fallacies which only exist in the Book. Debating the existence of some of the projects alleged to have ... more
  • 2 months NDC’s Spio-Garbrah finds love, proposes marriage MyJoyOnline
    Former presidential aspirant, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah has proposed marriage to the love of his life. In a viral video, the former Trade Minister who was dressed in all white knelt in front of Dr Awura Mansa and presented her with a ring. In the presence of family and friends, the former NDC presidential aspirant described her as a wonderful person whom he would love to spend the rest of his life with.  “This is the most beautiful ring I have found. I can’t just give it to you, I am required by customs to seek all blessings of this ... more
  • 2 months NDC can’t take credit for some projects in the Green Book – Pius Hadzide MyJoyOnline
    Deputy Information Minister Pius Enam Hadzide says John Mahama and the NDC cannot take credit for some of the infrastructure captured in the Green Book. According to him, some of those projects were done under the Kufuor government prior to the NDC’s takeover in 2009. Kpong Water Works, the Kwahu Ridge Water Project, Kumawu Water project, Konongo Water project, Wa Water project, Terminal 3 at KIA and the Cape Coast stadium are some of the projects he named could not be credited to the NDC. “If you read the 2007 budget you would notice that some of these projects ... more
  • 2 months Projects in Green Book ‘partly exist’ but are not unprecedented – Pius Hadzide MyJoyOnline
    Deputy Information Minister Pius Enam Hadzide says the Mahama administration’s much bragged about projects partly exist but are not unprecedented. According to him, there is nothing special about the projects as the former president only added to the projects and did not start some of them. He told Samson Lardy Anyenini host of Joy News’ Newsfile show Saturday that there is nothing special about the projects which have been described by the former administration as unprecedented. “The impression that the Green Book sought to create was to claim credit and posits that these were John Mahama projects. In fact, ... more
  • 2 months AY Poyoo and Honourable Aponkye fight over ‘Goat’ name in Sister Sandy’s ‘Ahosepe Court’ MyJoyOnline
    Honourable Aponkye born Ibrahim Issah Ampim is challenging new artiste AY Poyoo over the name ‘Aponkyi’ to wit Goat. The disappointed assemblyman turned musician said he does not appreciate AY Poyoo trying to claim he is the real Aponkyi (goat). However, to prove he is the real goat AY Poyoo walks around with a goat and once posted a photo of himself chewing leaves. Chewing some dope lyrics before I record the next banger #FaceOfGhRap #Washout pic.twitter.com/pdAOAyUfc1— AY POYOO – THE G.O.A.T (@ay_poyoo) May 13, 2020 To settle the issue, Adom TV’s Sister Sandy called the two to ... more
  • 2 months National President of UTAG faces impeachment for supporting Public University Bill MyJoyOnline
    The University of Ghana chapter of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has commenced an impeachment process against the National President. Prof. Charles Ofosu Marfo is said to be “consistently misrepresenting and sidelining UG-UTAG’s position on the Public University Bill in his public engagements.” In a statement signed by UG-UTAG President, Dr Samuel Nkumbaan he said reveals the National President is not committed to the withdrawal or rejection of the bill which is before Parliament. The Public University Bill, 2020 when passed gives the President, the powers to appoint Vice Chancellors and majority members of the University Council. This ... more
  • 2 months Gifty Anti launches new book ’50 nuggets @ 50′ on Joy Prime MyJoyOnline
    Seasoned broadcaster Gifty Anti has launched her new book ‘50 Nuggets @ 50’, on Prime Morning on the Joy Prime channel. 50 Nuggets launched The book consists of 50 life tips collated by Mrs Anti from her numerous experiences in her 50 years on earth. Divided into chapters, some of the nuggets include ‘Yes, I failed’, ‘The professional frienemies’, ‘My feminism and my religion’, ‘My political love affair’, ‘My singleness’, ‘Trusting a man’ and ‘Becoming Mrs’. Speaking to host Emefa Adeti, Ms Anti popularly called Oheneyere said she was motivated to write the book to encourage and inspire ... more
  • 2 months Samson’s Take: Osofo Adjei, Ernesto Yeboah – free speech and bail abuse? MyJoyOnline
    Today, I return to education I have given a number of times. Ghana may have, in 2001, abolished its law that criminalized speech. But why do some behave as though free speech as guaranteed in the bill of rights in the Constitution implies license to be utterly reckless in what they say? A breed of vile lacking-in-morals partisans, mercenary media practitioners and charlatans in cassock continue to encourage an ugly sub-culture of insults where issues are up for debate. They give some young people searching for guidance the impression it is okay to disrespect even accomplished elders and baselessly attack ... more
  • 2 months Playback: Newsfile discuses Akufo-Addo’s tagging of NDC’s Green Book, EC’s Constitutional Instrument MyJoyOnline
    On Monday, June 8 the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) took President Akufo-Addo on for saying projects in its famous Green Book are nothing but fantasies. Your most authoritative news analysis platform, Newsfile today took a look at the NDCs green book published before they left power. The host of the show Samson Lardy Anyenini and his panel also discussed the EC’s CI and how the supreme court’s decision would affect the new voter’s register. The post Playback: Newsfile discuses Akufo-Addo’s tagging of NDC’s Green Book, EC’s Constitutional Instrument appeared first on MyJoyOnline.com. ... more
  • 2 months Ghana records 262 new cases bringing Covid-19 tally to 11,118 MyJoyOnline
    Ghana has recorded 262 new Covid-19 infections bringing the tally to 11,118. According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), 58 more persons have recovered as the new figure in that regards increases to 3,979. No new death has been recorded since the initial 48. This means the country’s active cases have climbed up by 204 to 7,091, says the GHS website. Source: Ghana Health Service Regional Breakdown Greater Accra Region – 6,888; Ashanti Region – 1,989; Western Region – 909; Central Region – 584; Volta Region – 212; Eastern Region – 204; Upper East Region – 128; Western North Region – 79; Oti Region – 48; Northern Region – 37; ... more
  • 2 months JoyNews Weekly Wrap: Accra floods again, Covid-19 cases hit 10k as voters’ register brouhaha rages on MyJoyOnline
    Five years since the June 3 fire and flood disaster, history seems not to have thought Ghanaians a lesson as another downpour this week left some five people dead in parts of the capital. The Ghana Meteorological Agency said the nation should expect more. This weekend’s edition of the weekly wrap also highlights a rather grim milestone for the Ghana as the novel coronavirus case crossed the 10,000 mark. As of June 12, the total infections stood at 10,856, with 3,921 recoveries and 48 deaths. Meanwhile, treatment centres are stretched, some patients are being asked to go home. The National ... more
  • 2 months Family demands justice after police chase ends in death of 65-year-old mother MyJoyOnline
    A family in the Kwabre District of the Ashanti Region is demanding justice after a police chase of a commercial mini-bus (trotro) ended in an accident which claimed the life of their 65-year-old mother. According to reports, police pursued the mini-bus after the driver had allegedly flouted the directive to wear a face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus in public transport. In an attempt to outrun the police, the crashed into a stationary vehicle, the accident resulting in the death of Janet Adomako and seriously injuring other passengers on board. Close to a month after the accident, ... more
  • 2 months Ghana to evacuate stranded nationals in Germany June 21 to 25 MyJoyOnline
    Ghanaians stranded in Germany are scheduled to be evacuated from June 21 to 25. The exercise will be spearheaded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and the Ghanaian Embassy in Berlin. This forms part government’s effort to alleviate the plight of government’s of national’s home and abroad from the impact of the novel coronavirus. President Akufo-Addo some weeks ago announced the closure of land and air borders to curb the spread of Covid-19. Following the gradual easing of some restrictions, the administration has already conducted similar evacuation exercises from Kuwait and the United States. According to ... more
  • 2 months NPP Primaries: Plans underway to alter New Juaben South constituency album – Assibey-Yeboah alleges MyJoyOnline
    Member of Parliament (MP) for New Juaben South, Dr Mark Assibey-Yeboah has alleged that there are plans by some group of individuals within the constituency to alter the constituency album ahead of the parliamentary primaries of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) slated for June 20, 2020. In a petition, the Chairman of Parliament’s Finance Committee argued that there is heightened tension in the constituency and asked the leadership of the party to intervene. Citing portions of the 2020 parliamentary nomination forms which says “The photo album/register which was used to elect the constituency executive in February 2018 shall be ... more
  • 2 months George Floyd: Trump ‘generally’ supports ending chokeholds for police MyJoyOnline
    US President Donald Trump has said the controversial chokehold method for restraining some suspects should “generally speaking” be ended. Some US police forces have moved to ban chokeholds since the outbreak of anti-racism protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, an African American. Mr Floyd died after a white officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes. Mr Trump said it would be a “very good thing” to ban chokeholds but they may still be needed in some situations. The president’s comments come with Democrats and Republicans in the US Congress trying to hammer out the details of a ... more
  • 2 months Covid-19: Frontliner at El Wak Treatment Centre advise against stigma MyJoyOnline
    All over the world, the novel coronavirus is taking an unprecedented toll on health infrastructure. This pandemic has even overwhelmed developed countries with some of the best healthcare systems in the world crashing. At the core of the fight against this virus are frontline healthcare workers whose work has even become more dangerous in these times. In Ghana, there have been concerns by some of them about the lack of or inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required to aid them to perform their duties safely and effectively. It is therefore an undeniable fact that the role of ... more
  • 2 months Covid-19: Frontliners at El Wak Treatment Centre advise against stigma MyJoyOnline
    All over the world, the novel coronavirus is taking an unprecedented toll on health infrastructure. This pandemic has even overwhelmed developed countries with some of the best healthcare systems in the world crashing. At the core of the fight against this virus are frontline healthcare workers whose work has even become more dangerous in these times. In Ghana, there have been concerns by some of them about the lack of or inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required to aid them to perform their duties safely and effectively. It is therefore an undeniable fact that the role of ... more
  • 2 months NIA to distribute some 145,000 and 100,300 Ghana Cards in Volta/Oti Regions MyJoyOnline
    A total of 145,452 and 100,330 printed Ghana Cards are to be distributed by the National Identification Authority (NIA) to owners in the Volta and Oti Regions respectively. Assistant Commissioner of Immigration, Mr Francis Palmdeti, Head of Corporate Affairs of the NIA, who disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency in an interview said the cards could be collected at the point of registration. He said the total registered number for Volta and Oti Regions currently stood at 568,261 and 362,035 respectively. Mr Palmdeti said there would be a window of opportunity for mopping-up across the country ... more
  • 2 months SEC restores Monarch Capital’s license, rejects Black Shield’s, others MyJoyOnline
    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has restored the licenses of some fund management firms that applied for a review of decision but rejected others. This was after the commission established an Administrative Hearing Committee (AHC) to look into these cases and the firms that want their license revocation re-considered. Background On November 8, 2019, SEC revoked the licenses of some 53 fund management firms due to liquidity and regulatory breaches. It added that the affected companies failed to return clients’ funds, which remained locked up in contravention to the investment rules. The Commission added that these firms also ... more
  • 2 months Sekondi-Takoradi Mayor dies – weeks after his driver tested positive for Covid-19 MyJoyOnline
    The Mayor of Sekondi-Takoradi, Anthony Kobina Kurentsi Sam, has died, a few weeks after his personal driver tested positive for Covid-19. According to the presiding member of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly Kwesi Buckman, the mayor had been receiving treatment in Accra in an undisclosed health facility when he passed away. Mr Kwesi Buckman told JoyNews that while on admission the deceased was never allowed to speak to anyone and that “his phones were even off.” “Last week Wednesday he was even in the office, but I’m told he was taken to Accra for treatment and was prevented from speaking to ... more
  • 2 months Resolve captaincy issues with rotation policy – Kwasi Appiah MyJoyOnline
    Former Black Stars Coach, Kwasi Appiah has suggested that, captain’s armband should be rotated amongst at least three players in future when leadership crises comes to the fore. “I think the best way to sort out this captaincy issue is to rotate it amongst three or four players in future,” Appiah told Joy Sports. The teammates of Appiah in the 1992 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), notably, Abedi Pele and Anthony Yeboah have spoken about the disunity in camp during the tournament twenty eight years ago. The ‘Silent Killer’ as he was nicknamed by most of the current group of ... more
  • 2 months Court directs AG to file its witness statements in Ofosu-Ampofo trial within a week MyJoyOnline
    An Accra High Court on Friday directed the Attorney General (AG) to file the witness statement of the second prosecution witness in the trial of Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo and Anthony Kwaku Boahen by June 19, 2020. This followed an application to the court by Mr Ashong Okai, a Senior State Attorney for the prosecution to be given sometime to file the statements. Meanwhile the accused are challenging the constitutionality of the tendering in of some documents in the trial which included an audio tape at the Supreme Court. Counsel for Mr Ofosu-Ampofo, Tony Lithur told the Court that he would seek ... more
  • 2 months This week’s star snaps: Celebrities show off their babies MyJoyOnline
    In this week’s edition of star snaps, some celebrities are flooding their social media handles with photos of their kids. Many ladies have taken to doing the Say Cheese challenge since KiDi released his EP Blue. But, on Monday KiDi’s son, Zane, joined his dad to do the challenge.
    View this post on Instagram Sunday funday featuring my boss , Zane #SayCheeseChallenge A post shared by KiDi (@kidimusic) on Jun 7, 2020 at 11:02am ... more
  • 2 months 168 nurses and midwives test positive for Covid-19 MyJoyOnline
    The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwifery Association (GRNMA) has revealed that 168 of its members have tested positive for coronavirus across the country. According to the Association’s General Secretary, eight of them have recovered whilst one has succumbed to the virus. David Tenkorang-Twum who was speaking on Joy FM’s Top Story Friday, also added that several nurses and midwives have been exposed and are currently under mandatory quarantine. He described the situation as worrying since the health workers are the primary human resources assisting the country to combat the virus. According to Mr Tenkorang-Twum, the rise of infection amongst health ... more
  • 2 months Opuni trial: Court directs defence to move application for stay on June 18 MyJoyOnline
    An Accra High Court hearing the case of Dr Stephen Opuni, the former CEO of COCOBOD and two others has adjourned hearing of an application for stay of proceedings pending appeal to June 18. The adjournment was necessitated when it was discovered that Samuel Cudjoe, the Counsel for Dr Opuni was unwell according to Johnson Normesinu, who held brief for him. The pending application for stay of proceedings pending an appeal at the Court Appeal was expected to have been moved today, but due to the indisposition of Mr Cudjoe. The court on March 16, 2020, dismissed a motion seeking ... more
  • 2 months Ghana Navy gets new 16-unit accommodation block MyJoyOnline
    The Ghana Navy has commissioned a fully-furnished 16-unit accommodation block to serve as a transit residence for officers posted to Accra for operational and administrative duties. The Block, KP Fiadoo Lodge, was named after Rear Admiral Peter Kofi Fiadoo, the immediate past Chief of Naval Staff, will minimise the struggle to find decent accommodation for officers in transit. Each unit of the block, sited in the Naval Wardroom, near the Jubilee House, in Accra, comprise a bedroom, a hall and a kitchenette. Commissioning the facility, Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa, the Chief of Defense Staff, said it would also facilitate ... more
  • 2 months Over 200 fishing fisherfolk losing their livelihoods due to ‘saiko’ illegal fishing MyJoyOnline
    More than 200 villages along Ghana’s coastline rely on fisheries as their primary source of income. However, Ghana’s small pelagic fishery, crucial for food security and livelihoods, is on the brink of collapse following decades of over-exploitation. The illegal practice of ‘saiko’ fishing – the transhipment of fish at sea from industrial trawlers to local canoes – has had a particularly destructive impact on Ghana’s small pelagic fisheries. Joy News went undercover for several weeks in some of these vessels to capture the illegal fishing businesses that are said to have been suspended. He ... more
  • 2 months Manasseh Azure: If NDC loses the Supreme Court case against EC MyJoyOnline
    Dear DC You’re in court against the Electoral Commission (EC). You don’t want the Commission to compile a new voter register for the 2020 parliamentary and presidential election. Almost all civil society organisations in Ghana have issued a statement saying a new register is needless. Some well-meaning Ghanaians agree with you and the CSOs.  But the EC stands its ground. From the court proceedings so far, you’re arguing that even if the EC Should go-ahead to compile a new register, it should accept the current voter ID cards as one of the documents that make one eligible to register for ... more
  • 2 months Nkurunziza death: Burundi court rules to end power vacuum MyJoyOnline
    Burundi’s top court has made a ruling aimed at ending the power vacuum created by the sudden death of President Pierre Nkurunziza on Monday. The Constitutional Court said has that President-elect Evariste Ndayishimiye should be sworn in as soon as possible. Legally, the speaker of parliament, Pascal Nyabenda, should have become the interim leader. But the cabinet decided to refer to the court and now Mr Ndayishimiye is due to become president two months early. He was elected in May to replace President Nkurunziza, who had been in power for 15 years. Burundi’s top judges said that in the constitution ... more
  • 2 months New voters’ register not economically viable – Bawa Mogtari MyJoyOnline
    Aide to ex-president John Mahama has reiterated the NDC’s stance that there is no need to compile a new voters’ register ahead of the December general elections. Joyce Bawa Mogtari said the current register is credible and the Electoral Commission should rather focus on a limited registration. Speaking to Kojo Yankson Friday on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, the former Deputy Transport Minister said it does not make financial sense to compile a fresh register. “Do we even need [a new register], is it expedient? Is it economically viable? Is it a priority? That’s why the NDC says, simply no ... more
  • 2 months Police CID invites Hot FM hosts over Apostle Adjei interview MyJoyOnline
    The Police CID has invited three Hot FM hosts to help in investigations of Apostle Kwabena Adjei who allegedly threatened to kill the Electoral Commission Chairperson Jean Mensa. “Mr. Isaac Darko Boamah, Mr. Awal Saeed Mohammed and a certain ‘Gargantuan’ lady hosted and interviewed suspect” during which the death threats were issued, an invitation letter from the police said. The police said it would be appreciated if the three media practitioners would report to the CID headquarters on Monday. Apostle Adjei arrested The self-styled Man of God was picked up by National Security operatives after saying the EC boss would ... more
  • 2 months It was an interview not a courtroom – Wendy Shay speaks on walking out of interview MyJoyOnline
    Wendy Shay says she did not want to entertain Nana Romeo’s obsession with her supposed relationship with her manager – a reason she walked out during his interview on Tuesday. According to the singer, she had already answered the question and did not see the need for his persistence in getting “his truth” from her as if they were in a courtroom. “It was an interview and not a courtroom so I thought it wasn’t necessary to go further and entertain that thing,” she said on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM. Wendy Shay, on June 9, walked out of an ... more
  • 2 months Nana Romeo has no evidence I’m dating Bullet otherwise… – Wendy Shay MyJoyOnline
    Singer Wendy Shay says presenter Nana Romeo has no evidence that she is having an affair with her manager, Ricky Nana Agyemang, popularly known as Bullet. Speaking on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM, the Rufftown Records singer said, “if Nana Romeo had any evidence about me and bullet dating he would have released it already.” The ‘Uber Driver’ hitmaker walked out of an interview on Accra FM on Tuesday after host Nana Romeo questioned her relationship with her manager, describing the interrogation as inappropriate. Andy Dosty interviews Wendy Shay on Daybreak Hitz | Photo by Dennis K. Adu| Adomonline.com Reacting to this, Wendy Shay said ... more
  • 2 months Customs officials at Elubo border deny challenges with ICUMS MyJoyOnline
    Customs officials at the Elubo border – one of Ghana’s six land borders – have denied claims that there are challenges with the use of the Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS) in processing and releasing cargo vehicles into the country. This follows the circulation of a video in which dozens of vehicles are seen parked behind the Elubo border and are unable to be processed for entry into Ghana due to some challenges encountered by the newly deployed ICUMS at the land borders. A member of Parliament’s Trade and Finance Committees, Mr Isaac Adongo in a media interaction cited the ... more
  • 2 months Partey’s father ready to support son’s transfer decision MyJoyOnline
    The Ghanaian midfielder continues to be linked with a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano Jacob Partey, the father of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas, has stated he will accept whatever decision his son makes on his future at the club. The 26-year-old is one of the most-talked-about players in the transfer rumour mill, with a host of clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Juventus and Bayern Munich all linked with the Ghanaian . Arsenal, however, have reportedly been the most interested party, with Mikel Arteta keen to strengthen the midfield at the Emirates Stadium in a bid to be back as serious Premier League title contenders, something that has eluded ... more
  • 2 months Residents of Tatale threaten to boycott elections over bad roads MyJoyOnline
    Residents of Tatale in the Northern region have threatened to prevent political parties from campaigning in their constituency if government refuse to tar their road within two months. Leading a peaceful protest, the Tatale Concern Youth Spokesperson, Felix Kwame Gmayiwunor stated that the Tatale- Sanguli road was captured in the 2018 budget. However, the residents say they have not seen any road contractor on that stretch since 2016. “The nature of the Tatale- Sanguli road leads to losses, car damages, accidents and loss of human lives. “Due to the bad nature of this road, our ambulance finds it difficult ... more
  • 2 months Ghana Beyond Aid agenda instrumental for post Covid progress – Senior Minister MyJoyOnline
    The Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Marfo says the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda will be very instrumental in shaping the country’s progress after the Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking on the theme “Covid-19 and our match towards Ghana Beyond Aid: Turning adversity into opportunity”, the Senior Minister on Thursday noted that the policy should be devoid of partisan politics but rather encourage local participation. According to him “what is important now is setting a system of implementation. It should not be reduced into another talking shop. “We should not just be talking about it but we should find a way of getting these ... more
  • 2 months Merriam-Webster to redefine ‘racism’ after Missouri woman’s plea MyJoyOnline
    Merriam-Webster is revising its definition of racism after a Missouri woman’s emails claimed it fell short of including the systemic oppression of certain groups of people. Kennedy Mitchum, who lives in the St. Louis suburb Florissant, said people would argue with her about the definition of racism and she realized the problem was in the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, CBS affiliate KMOV-TV reported. “It’s not just disliking someone because of their race,” Mitchum wrote in a Facebook post. “This current fight we are in is evidence of that, lives are at stake because of the systems of oppression that go hand-in-hand with ... more
  • 2 months National Lottery Authority and GRA partner to launch VAT Raffle MyJoyOnline
    Two government revenue mobilisation institutions – the National Lottery Authority (NLA) and the Ghana Revenue Authority(GRA) – are set to launch the Value Added Tax (VAT) Raffle. The two institutions constituted a joint working committee for the development of the VAT Raffle Product April last year after signing an MoU. This is in pursuant to Section 5 of the Revenue Administration Act, 2016(Act 915), aimed at enhancing the revenue mobilization efforts of Government for national socio-economic development. A statement signed by Razak Kojo Opoku, Head of the Public Relations Unit of the NLA said the VAT Raffle, which is the ... more
  • 2 months 3 health institutions get Covid-19 support from Stanbic Bank MyJoyOnline
    Stanbic Bank has donated Covid-19 items to three health care institutions to help in their fight against the pandemic. The institutions are Ghana Health Service (GHS), Cardiothoracic Unit of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and 37 Military Hospital. The GHS got 5,568 units of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test kit, 5,504 units of Nucleic acid (RNA) extraction kit, and an Autopure 32A-Nucleic Acid Purification System all valued upwards of $100,000. The Cardio Unit and 37 Hospital each received 200 Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for their frontline staff. Chief Executive of Stanbic Bank, Alhassan Andani said the pandemic has taught ... more
  • 2 months MPs, parliamentary staff to undergo Covid-19 testing again MyJoyOnline
    Members of Parliament, press corps, staff and other regular visitors to the House will undergo a second round of Covid-19 testing next week. The decision is aimed at preventing a potential outbreak of the virus among legislators and the staff of Parliament. Anybody who would absent himself from the process would not be welcomed into the House thenceforth, Speaker Aaron Mike Oquaye told MPs, Friday. JoyNews/AdomNews · MPs, parliamentary staff to undergo Covid-19 testing again “If the person wants to endanger his or her life, you have no right to extend it to other people,” Prof. Oquaye said. Last month, ... more
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