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  • 2 weeks Ghana’s Covid-19 case count is now 5,530, with 674 recoveries MyJoyOnline
    Ghana has recorded 122 new positive cases of the novel coronavirus bringing it’s tally to 5,530, the Ghana Health Service has said. According to the Service, number of recoveries has increased from 514 to 674. These figures were announced by the Director of Public Health of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Badu Sarkodie at Information Ministry’s Press Conference, Thursday. He stated there are 62 new cases in the Ashanti Region, 57 more in the Greater Accra, two new cases in the Central Region and one in the Western North Region. Meanwhile, the death count stands at 24 with the death ... more
  • 2 weeks Prof Stephen Asare: Parliament cannot pass law to subvert constitutionally set retirement age MyJoyOnline
    I woke up to the news that the SC has decided the Ayine v Amidu case by a 5-2 majority against the plaintiff. It is good that this matter, albeit delayed, has ended. In a democracy, the Court has the last word and it has spoken. All other views are just that. I would have voted with the minority on grounds that Parliament has no authority to create a public service position that subverts the retirement age scheme stipulated by the Constitution. The Constitution creates two kinds of public officers, one who can be dismissed only for cause and the ... more
  • 2 weeks South Korea promises more privacy as it tracks contacts of new coronavirus cases MyJoyOnline
    South Korean health authorities said on Thursday they would revise their practice of publicizing the travel routes of coronavirus patients due to fears of a backlash against people who attended nightclubs at the center of a new outbreak. After weeks of nearly no new domestic coronavirus cases, South Korea has seen a new spike in infections centered around nightclubs and bars in some of Seoul’s most popular nightlife neighborhoods. Investigators have struggled to find around 2,000 people wanted for testing, an effort complicated by public criticism of the clubgoers, as well as concerns about discrimination as several of the clubs ... more
  • 2 weeks Novak Djokovic briefly quit tennis last year – wife Jelena reveals MyJoyOnline
    Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic told his family that he was quitting tennis after suffering a bad loss, his wife has revealed. The Serbian is considered one of the all-time tennis greats but spoke of quitting the sport to his wife Jelena last year after suffering a fourth round Miami Open defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut in March last year. Speaking in the latest episode of In Depth with Graham Besinger, the pair opened up on the impacts being a top-level athlete can have on their marital life. Jelena lifted the lid on the troublesome time last year in which ... more
  • 2 weeks My Community: Deprived family in Tuya receives support following JoyNews report MyJoyOnline
    What could cause a mother to leave her six-month-old daughter in the care of a five-year-old child to go in search of the day’s meal? While the answer to this question may be numerous and the ordeal farfetched, that was the reality of Little Rahina when JoyNews’ My Community team visited Tuya Primary School in the Mion District of the Northern Region. The destitute pupil struggles to carry her snivelling infant sister. Rahina taking care of her sister during JoyNews’ visit to Tuya Primary School in the Northern Region Their mother, Afiwa, explained that she could not allow the ... more
  • 2 weeks Elections, economy of African countries to be greatly affected by Covid-19 – Dr. Chambas MyJoyOnline
    With some general elections in Africa marked by tension and violence, the outbreak of Covid-19 in an election era is likely to increase the risk of confrontation and hostility. This is according to the special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas. In an address to the Rotary Club of Accra, Airport, Dr. Chambas who is also the Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and Sahel said these tensions will be directed at both presidential and parliamentary elections. “The political and security implications of the COVID-19 pandemic are becoming even more glaring with the ... more
  • 2 weeks Daniel Ricciardo signs for McLaren for 2021 Formula 1 season MyJoyOnline
    Daniel Ricciardo is to race for McLaren in 2021, the team have announced. The 30-year-old Australian will partner Briton Lando Norris, with Carlos Sainz expected to be confirmed imminently as a Ferrari driver from 2021. Sainz replaces Sebastian Vettel, whose departure from Ferrari at the end of this season was confirmed on Tuesday. “Daniel is another step in our long-term plan and will bring an exciting new dimension,” said McLaren Racing chief executive officer Zak Brown. “I also want to pay tribute to Carlos for the excellent job he has been doing for McLaren in helping our performance recovery plan. ... more
  • 2 weeks Six illegal bunkering boats arrested in Takoradi MyJoyOnline
    The Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) in collaboration with the Western Naval command and marine police Wednesday arrested eight persons suspected to be engaged in illegal bunkering. The arrest was made during a routine patrol on the sea to check activities of the Takoradi area. The eight are currently in the custody of Ghana marine police while the wooden boat called Dendey is at the anchorage at the Western Naval command. The wooden boat with the capacity of about 55,000 to 60 000 tons of oil was arrested Wednesday morning due to suspected illegal bunkering activities.The growing activities of these illegal ... more
  • 2 weeks Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli held at knifepoint in burglary MyJoyOnline
    Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli was held at knifepoint during a burglary in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Two men broke into the 24-year-old’s house in north London, where he is spending lockdown with his brother and their respective partners. Alli was threatened and punched during the incident and suffered minor facial injuries in a scuffle. The intruders stole items of jewellery including watches. Alli has handed CCTV footage to the police. “Thank you for all the messages. Horrible experience but we’re all okay now. Appreciate the support,” Alli posted on Twitter on Wednesday night. Spurs added: “We have ... more
  • 2 weeks Playback of government’s updates on measures in fighting coronavirus MyJoyOnline
    The Akufo-Addo government today updated the nation on some measures it is putting in place to fight the coronavirus pandemic. At a press conference led by the Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, goverment gave further clarification on the brouhaha surrounding the supposed opening of the hospitality sector. Also, an update on government’s engagement with stakeholders on potential post restrictions measures was given. Find the playback below ... more
  • 2 weeks South Africa to cautiously ease coronavirus lockdown MyJoyOnline
    South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has said in the coming days the lockdown imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic will be eased slightly, with more businesses and shops allowed to operate and fewer restrictions on exercise. The country has been the worst hit in Africa with about 12,000 confirmed cases and 219 deaths. In a live broadcast on Wednesday, Mr Ramaphosa admitted his government had made mistakes but said the country was in uncharted territory. He said had it not been for the almost eight-week lockdown, at least 80,000 people could have contracted the virus. Urging caution, he said if ... more
  • 2 weeks UN warns of extreme poverty in Africa post-pandemic MyJoyOnline
    The UN has warned that the economic downturn due to the pandemic could wipe out the gains of the last four years, at a cost of $8.5 trillion (£6.9 trillion) in economic activity. Its assessment of global prospects says that more than 30 million people are likely to fall into extreme poverty this year, mainly in Africa. The UN expects the rich economies to shrink more at 5%, but for the developing world even the more moderate decline predicted means a marked increase in poverty. For many of those countries, the report says, the costs of fighting the pandemic and ... more
  • 2 weeks Ahafo Region records first positive Covid-19 case MyJoyOnline
    The Ahafo Region has recorded its first positive case of the Covid-19 after several suspect cases. Since receiving an alert from the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic on May 12, 2020, the Regional Security Council (RESEC) and the Regional Public Health Emergency Management Committee have jointly implemented a range of preventive measures to stop a spread to the region. Key among these measures is the inter-agency coordination, laboratory testing, case management, social mobilisation, risk communication, and enhanced port surveillance within the region. The positive case under reference is that of a ... more
  • 2 weeks Manasseh Awuni: There’s ample evidence to prosecute Jospong case MyJoyOnline
    Dear Attorney General Gloria Akuffo, A fellow minister with whom you sit in Akufo-Addo’s cabinet has told me that the reason your ministry is not able to prosecute the Jospong Fumigation case is because you don’t have enough evidence to do so. I was not surprised because a statement from your outfit said same when the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) report on Zoomlion came up last year. I told him that it’s a BIG LIE. An average first year law student who understands the case and has the evidence available to you can secure conviction without ... more
  • 2 weeks Livestream of private burial service for Esther Victoria Sawyerr MyJoyOnline
    The Sawyerr family will Thursday morning hold a private burial service for Esther Victoria Sawyerr, the mother of Dr Valerie Esther Sawyerr, a Senior Policy Adviser to former President John Mahama and a Deputy Chief of Staff to late President John Atta Mills. Mrs Sawyerr is the mother of Dr Angela El-Adas, a medical doctor and former Director General of the Ghana AIDS Commission as well as Olive Yeboah of the Ghana Commercial Bank. She was the widow of an astute politician, Harry Sawyerr, who served as Transport, Communications and Education Minister in the Liman and the Rawlings administrations ... more
  • 2 weeks Taekwondo expert loses ¢500k suit against Multimedia Group, Asempa FM’s Moshosho MyJoyOnline
    A taekwondo expert, Norbert Amefu, has lost his ¢500,000 defamation suit against Asempa 94.7 FM sports host, Benedict Kwadwo Mensah, alias Moshosho and The Multimedia Group. The High Court (General Jurisdiction 6), which has been hearing the case since 2016, on Wednesday, delivered its judgment, dismissing the suit. Justice Kweku T. Ackah-Boafo awarded what he said was the nominal cost of ¢10,000 instead of ¢80,000 sought by lawyers for The Multimedia Group led by Samson Lardy Anyenini. The court upheld the defence that Mr Amefu could not prove his case and that the defendants didn’t err by warning parents and ... more
  • 2 weeks This New York pastor says his parish lost 44 people to coronavirus MyJoyOnline
    Raul Luis Lopez is No. 33 on a list that keeps growing. The 39-year-old restaurant deliveryman died last month in a New York hospital. And at Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan, he’s part of a devastating tally: Coronavirus Deaths from Our Parish. The list sits on the Rev. Fabian Arias’ desk, beneath the N95 mask he plans to wear to the next funeral he’s presiding over. There are dozens of names on it, and he fears soon there will be more. Arias and other church leaders say the pandemic has killed 44 people from their parish. Some were active members ... more
  • 2 weeks Court throws out application filed by presidential staffer against Multimedia Group in cars on auction case MyJoyOnline
    A High Court in Accra has thrown out two applications filed by Director of Political Affairs at Chief of Staff Office against investigative journalist Kwetey Nartey and Multimedia Group Limited. Frank Asiedu Bekoe filed a suit of ¢10,000.000 over the investigative story cars on auction. His lawyer, Gary Nimako Marfo, wanted the court to set aside Entry of Appearance filed jointly for the investigative journalist and MGL. In his application, he insisted that they had not been able to find Mr Nartey to hand him a copy of the suit since they filed it. He also wanted substituted ... more
  • 2 weeks Covid-19: Rejecting setting up of isolation centres puts families, community at risk – Dr DaCosta Aboagye cautions MyJoyOnline
    Chairman of the National Risk Communications and Social Mobilisation Committee for COVID-19, Dr DaCosta Aboagye has pleaded with Ghanaians to welcome the setting up of isolation centres in their communities as part of measures to help in the fight against Covid-19. This, according to him, will protect, not only persons suspected to have contracted the disease, but every other person living within the community and accordingly reduce the risk of spread. Speaking to the media on Tuesday, 12th May 2020 after a press briefing, Dr DaCosta Aboagye said the National Risk Communication and Social Mobilisation team is working closely with ... more
  • 2 weeks Kwaku Azar: Make 70 the mandatory retirement age, allow voluntarily retirement at 60 MyJoyOnline
    I woke up to the news that the SC has decided the Ayine v Amidu case by a 5-2 majority against the plaintiff. It is good that this matter, albeit delayed, has ended. In a democracy, the Court has the last word and it has spoken. All other views are just that. I would have voted with the minority on grounds that Parliament has no authority to create a public service position that subverts the retirement age scheme stipulated by the Constitution. The Constitution creates two kinds of public officers, one who can be dismissed only for cause and the ... more
  • 2 weeks British newspapers report a former actor is wanted in Ghana over Airbus bribery scandal MyJoyOnline
    There are reports in some UK newspapers that a popular British actor is being sought for questioning in Ghana in connection with the Airbus bribery scandal. According to the Daily Mail and The Sun, Philip Middlemiss, 55, is wanted by the Ghana Police for his role in the £5 million Airbus bribery scandal. He is among four others who are being investigated after being named by the aircraft manufacturer for their roles in the scandal. Read the report by ‘The Sun’ below: EX-Corrie star Phil Middlemiss is wanted for questioning by police in Africa over an alleged £5million ... more
  • 2 weeks British newspapers report a former actor is wanted in Ghana over Airbus bribery scandal MyJoyOnline
    There are reports in some UK newspapers that a popular British actor is being sought for questioning in Ghana in connection with the Airbus bribery scandal. According to the Daily Mail and The Sun, Philip Middlemiss, 55, is wanted by the Ghana Police for his role in the £5 million Airbus bribery scandal. He is among four others who are being investigated after being named by the aircraft manufacturer for their roles in the scandal. Read the report by ‘The Sun’ below: EX-Corrie star Phil Middlemiss is wanted for questioning by police in Africa over an alleged £5million ... more
  • 2 weeks Today’s front pages: Thursday, May 14, 2020 MyJoyOnline
    Daily Graphic -Amidu eligible as Special Prosecutor – Supreme Court rules -Man, 26, arrested for abusing son, 3 -Ghanaian, Uganadan scientists research into Covid-19 drugs Daily Guide -Supreme Court clears Amidu as Ayariga cries foul -Allotey ‘sees’ Atta Mills -Prostitute kills man after sex -Nominee judge wants regulatory action on social media The Daily Statesman Martin Amidu is qualified – Supeme Court throws out NDC’s Ayine over Special Prosecutor’s age -President revokes appointment of Tarkwa Nsuaem MCE -2020 population census rescheduled Business and Financial Times Newspaper -Double-digit inflation dashes hope of policy rate cut – Prof Quartey ... more
  • 2 weeks Former Highway Authority CEO backs calls for EC to shelve plans to compile new voters’ register MyJoyOnline
    Former CEO for the Ghana Highway Authority, Ing. Kwadwo Nyanpong Aboagye has added his voice to calls for the Electoral Commission to back down on its decision to compile a new voter’s register for the upcoming December 2020 parliamentary and presidential elections. Engineer Aboagye Nyanpong who is also the parliamentary candidate for the NDC in the Biakoye constituency in the Oti region thinks it is unnecessary and a waste of resources for the electoral commission to invest in the compilation of a new voters’ register in this difficult time of Covid-19. The Commission has, for the past few months drummed ... more
  • 2 weeks It is impossible to practice social distancing at sea – Fishermen Council MyJoyOnline
    The Ghana National Canoe Fishermen Council (GNCFC) has said practicing social distancing at sea is impossible. The nature of their work, they say, does not allow for the social distancing directive, which health experts believe is critical to the reduction of Covid-19 transmission in the country. Chief Fisherman for Osu Alata who doubles as an Executive Member of the GNCFC, Nii Djamodja made this disclosure on Adom FM’s current affairs show, Burning Issues, on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. He explained that the physical structure of the canoes requires a specific crew for efficient operation, hence the adherence to the use ... more
  • 2 weeks President nominates Benjamin Kessie as MCE for Tarkwa-Nsuaem MyJoyOnline
    President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has nominated Benjamin Kessie as the Chief Executive of the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Assembly in the Western Region.  This is in accordance with Article 243(1) of the 1992 Constitution and section 20(1) of the Local Governance Act, Act 936.  A statement signed by Hajia Alima Mahama, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, in Accra, on Wednesday, urged the Western Regional Minister Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, to liaise with the Regional Electoral Commission to conduct the confirmation process of the nominee. Mr Kessie obtained his Master’s Degree in Governance and Sustainable ... more
  • 2 weeks Photos of highway temperature checks in Bono Region amid Covid-19 MyJoyOnline
    As Covid-19 continues to spread at both regional and community levels, the government and its collaborating agencies in the health sector are adopting new strategies to battle its spread. In view of this, the Jaman South Municipal Health Directorate in the Bono Region has introduced some measures to check the transmission of the pandemic. The directorate deployed its personnel to various police barriers to test the temperature of commuters while police officers at checkpoints across the municipality strictly enforced the no-mask-no-entry protocols. The team on May 14, 2020, mounted a barrier at Drobo, a farming community in the ... more
  • 2 weeks Amidu’s verdict doesn’t endorse extended retirement age for public officeholders – Deputy AG MyJoyOnline
    Government has dismissed concerns that the Supreme Court verdict on Martin Amidu will open the floodgate for people who have passed the retirement age to be appointed to public office. Former Deputy Auditor General, Dr Dominic Ayine dragged the Special Prosecutor to court arguing Mr Amidu cannot hold office as Special Prosecutor because he is more than 65 years of age. The court in a majority 5-2 decision disagreed, dismissing the case. The Former Deputy AG expressed disappointment in the ruling by the country’s apex court but respected the decision awaiting the details of the judgment. Anti-raft campaigner ... more
  • 2 weeks Coronavirus may never go away, WHO warns MyJoyOnline
    The coronavirus “may never go away”, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Speaking at a briefing on Wednesday, WHO emergencies director Dr Mike Ryan warned against trying to predict when the virus would disappear. He added that even if a vaccine is found, controlling the virus will require a “massive effort”. Almost 300,000 people worldwide are reported to have died of coronavirus, and more than 4.3m cases recorded. “It is important to put this on the table: this virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away,” Dr Ryan told the ... more
  • 2 weeks SHS heads commend GES and Zoomlion as disinfection exercise reaches Bono Region MyJoyOnline
    Heads of second-cycle institutions in the Bono Regional and District Directors of Education have commended the Ghana Education Service (GES) and Zoomlion Ghana Limited for stepping in to fumigate and disinfect all Senior High/Technical, Vocational and Special public and private schools in the region. They believe the exercise is a strategic move by the GES and the Ministry of Education to curb the problems associated with bedbugs in the schools across Ghana. Headmaster of Twene Amanfo Day Senior Secondary Technical School, Gordon Ampong in commending the GES also appealed for the exercise to be sustained to run during ... more
  • 2 weeks SHS heads commend GES and Zoomlion as disinfection exercise reaches Bono Region MyJoyOnline
    Heads of second-cycle institutions in the Bono Regional and District Directors of Education have commended the Ghana Education Service (GES) and Zoomlion Ghana Limited for stepping in to fumigate and disinfect all Senior High/Technical, Vocational and Special public and private schools in the region. They believe the exercise is a strategic move by the GES and the Ministry of Education to curb the problems associated with bedbugs in the schools across Ghana. Headmaster of Twene Amanfo Day Senior Secondary Technical School, Gordon Ampong in commending the GES also appealed for the exercise to be sustained to run during ... more
  • 2 weeks Single window: ICUMS is Ghana’s best bet – Ghana Link MyJoyOnline
    Ghana Link Network Services, the company spearheading the deployment of the Integrated Customs Management Systems (ICUMS), says the new electronic system is Ghana’s best bet in deploying end-to-end single window.   It said ICUMS, which is the name of the Ghana version of Universal Pass (UNI-PASS), built by Korea Customs, is a new all-in-one customs management solution owned by government. Ghana Link Network Services Limited, with a 10-year contract with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, partnered Korea Customs to introduce UNI-PASS in Ghana. Public Relations Manager of Ghana Link Network Services Limited, Norvan Acquah-Hayford in a statement said ICUMS ... more
  • 2 weeks Senyo Hosi praises local workers constructing 100-bed Isolation and Treatment Centre MyJoyOnline
    The Managing Trustee of the Covid-19 Private Sector Fund has praised the local workmen and donors for supporting the construction of the 100-bed Isolation and Treatment Centre at the Ga East Hospital site. Senyo Hosi giving an update on the progress of work on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Wednesday, he could not hide how proud he is of his fellow Ghanaians working on a historical project. “Nobody’s done anything like this before at the pace we are getting things done so it’s a learning experience. One of the things that gives me pride is the professionalism and competence of ... more
  • 2 weeks Ghana Association of Bankers supports needy Muslims MyJoyOnline
    The Ghana Association of Bankers (GAB) has donated 500 family food packs, valued at GH¢6,500, to the Zakat and Sadaqa Trust Fund of Ghana, to enable them to support needy Muslim households to beat the Covid-19 crisis. Each pack contains gari, beans, salt, sugar, one litre of oil, five kilos of rice, six canned fish and five sachets of tomato paste, and would serve a household of four. Mr Victor Yaw Asante, Chief Executive Officer of the FBNBank, who made the presentation on behalf of the GAB, said they found it very important to assist the Fund in their selfless ... more
  • 2 weeks Playback: PM Express discusses the verdict and implications as Special Prosecutor is cleared 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. On today’s PM Express, Evans Mensah will host Deputy Attorney General and Justice Minister, Joseph Dinkiok Kpemka; former Executive Director, Ghana Integrity Initiative, Vitus Azeem and former deputy Attorney General and Justice Minister, Dominic Ayine. The guests will discuss the verdicts and implications of this court ruling. The show airs at 9PM ... more
  • 2 weeks Playback: PM Express discusses the verdict and implications as Special Prosecutor is cleared 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. On today’s PM Express, Evans Mensah will host Deputy Attorney General and Justice Minister, Joseph Dinkiok Kpemka; former Executive Director, Ghana Integrity Initiative, Vitus Azeem and former deputy Attorney General and Justice Minister, Dominic Ayine. The guests will discuss the verdicts and implications of this court ruling. The show airs at 9PM ... more
  • 2 weeks Leave me out of your issues with my father – Amidu’s daughter tells Ayariga MyJoyOnline
    The daughter of the Special Prosecutor has asked Bawku Central MP to leave her out of his legal issues with her father, Martin Amidu. Hagar Amidu said Mahama Ayariga’s claim that he drove with her in his car to Bawku as they discussed the issue was untrue. “Yesterday during the interview, I overheard him saying he is free with me and that he had a conversation with me on the matter, I’ve never ever sat in his car, I’ve never interacted with him. “I’m not part of it…It’s none of my business…I’m not a Special Prosecutor. He should deal ... more
  • 2 weeks Leave me out of your issues with my father – Amidu’s daughter tells Ayariga MyJoyOnline
    The daughter of the Special Prosecutor has asked Bawku Central MP to leave her out of his legal issues with her father, Martin Amidu. Hagar Amidu said Mahama Ayariga’s claim that he drove with her in his car to Bawku as they discussed the issue was untrue. “Yesterday during the interview, I overheard him saying he is free with me and that he had a conversation with me on the matter, I’ve never ever sat in his car, I’ve never interacted with him. “I’m not part of it…It’s none of my business…I’m not a Special Prosecutor. He should deal ... more
  • 2 weeks Government’s ¢600m stimulus package for SMEs woefully inadequate – Ghana Chamber of Commerce MyJoyOnline
    The Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry has described as woefully inadequate the GH¢600 million stimulus package for SMEs across the country.  Already, the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has bemoaned the said amount warning the development still leaves SMEs severely on the edge.  Addressing Ghana’s business community in a webinar series, President of the Chamber, Dr Nana Appiagyei Dankawoso 1 warned that disruptions in the growth of SMEs amid Covid- 19 will spell doom for the economy. “On average, the estimated financial cost of the pandemic on businesses differs and increases with firm sizes: micro-enterprise (GH¢22,500); small enterprise ... more
  • 2 weeks Drinking bars, night clubs remain closed – Ministry of Tourism MyJoyOnline
    The Tourism Ministry has issued a statement to nullify a circular earlier released by the Ghana Tourism Authority directing restaurants and other eateries to begin operating dine-in services. According to the Ministry, restaurants and other eateries cannot operate dine-in services. It stated that they can continue to operate takeout and delivery services only. The directive also applies to hotel restaurants. In a press statement earlier sighted by Myjoyonline.com, the Ghana Tourism Authority had given restaurants and eateries the go-ahead to operate dine-in services while observing “appropriate social distancing and hygiene protocols.” The restaurants were also to ensure “that not ... more
  • 2 weeks GREL supports host communities in fight against covid -19 MyJoyOnline
    The Ghana Rubber Estate Ltd (GREL) has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the Ahanta West Municipality of the Western Region to support the fight against Covid-19 in its host communities. The PPEs include 190 boxes of gloves, 2,600 homemade masks, 70 boxes of surgical face masks, 30 pieces of 5 litres hand sanitizers, 37 dustbins, 136 of 5 stars washing soap, 100 pieces tissues and 93 Veronica buckets. The items, which cost GH₵ 90,000 will be distributed to communities and other institutions in GRELs host communities to the Municipality’s preparedness towards the coronavirus pandemic. Presenting the items, the Corporate ... more
  • 2 weeks Dr Chambas’ address to Rotary Club on the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on West Africa and Sahel MyJoyOnline
    The Chairperson,Distinguished Guests,Ladies and Gentlemen, I am happy to join you today as we collectively seek to address one of the major threats of our times, the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope that you and your loved ones are all keeping safe and healthy as this pandemic continues to inflict pain and cause significant disruptions to livelihoods of families, communities and nations. The latest figures of the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), as of 4 May indicate 13112 confirmed cases and 301 deaths in the West African region with 2719 confirmed cases and 18 deaths in Ghana. In these difficult times, ... more
  • 2 weeks Serie A aims for 13 June restart subject to government approval MyJoyOnline
    Serie A plans to resume its season on 13 June if Italy’s government approves. The league’s general assembly met on Wednesday via videoconference and approved the date for resumption “in accordance with government decisions and medical protocols”. Clubs in the Italian top flight returned to training earlier in May but players can only train individually. Serie A was suspended on 9 March with 12 full rounds and four outstanding fixtures still to play. Juventus, chasing their ninth consecutive Serie A title, are top of the league, a point ahead of Lazio. Teams will be able to train collectively from Monday. ... more
  • 2 weeks MP assists Ayensuano District rainstorm victims MyJoyOnline
    About 700 inhabitants of Ayensuano District of the Eastern Region who were rendered homeless following a rainstorm have received support from their Member of Parliament, Aye Paye. The victims, mostly farmers, were given 500 bags of cement, 40 packet of roofing sheets and 40 boxes of nails. Some of the affected areas included Otoase, Akokrom, Dokorochiwa, Onakwa Ase, Kofi Pare, Kwaboanta and Govinakrom. Mr Aye Paye said the items were his personal contribution towards the welfare of the people and appealed to them not to build houses on waterways. Nana Kwakuvi Govina II, the chief of Govinakrom, expressed gratitude ... more
  • 2 weeks 4 arrested for dumping refuse along Madina-Aburi Highway MyJoyOnline
    The La-Nkwantanang Madina Municipal Assembly (LaNMMA) Sanitation Taskforce on Tuesday dawn arrested four people for dumping refuse along the Madina- Aburi Highway. The convicts, Joyce Stephen, 38; Elizabeth Tetteh, 55; Isaac Azawornu, 22; and Emmanuel Kpesese 34. The culprits were arrested between the Ritz Junction and Madina Redco areas during the exercise. Speaking to GNA, the Municipal Environmental Health Officer of LaNMMA, Joseph Quacoe said these persons were arrested for dumping refuse at unauthorized areas and would be processed for the sanitation courts. Mr Quacoe said the Assembly has a contract with Zoomlion under the sanitation improvement package where the ... more
  • 2 weeks CDD Ghana launches Manifesto Development Project MyJoyOnline
    Civil society organisation, Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), has launched a programme named ‘manifesto development project.’ The programme is aimed at asserting their authority as a research-led organisation and also to help in designing responsible manifestoes by political parties. The programme according to CDD-Ghana is also geared towards “Promoting Responsive and Responsible Manifestos for Inclusive Development.” The programme is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID). Announcing the launch of the project, Prof. Kwasi Prempeh who is the Executive Director of CDD-Ghana, said they are not attempting to force manifestoes on political parties. “We are merely providing a stage ... more
  • 2 weeks Newly constructed Tema Motorway interchange to open on May 16 MyJoyOnline
    The newly constructed Tema Motorway Grade Separated Interchange will be opened to traffic from Saturday, May, 16. The Roads and Highways Ministry acting through the Ghana Highway Authority which made the announcement said it will come out directional animations to guide motorists. It Ministry said, “the directional animations which have been developed will subsequently be broadcasted on all TV channels across the nation.” The five new interchanges were built on the Accra-Tema motorway as part of the expansion works on the stretch. In March this year, the Roads Minister, Kwasi Amoako Atta, said the current Tetteh Quarshie interchange will also ... more
  • 2 weeks MTN Ghana supports Eid-ul-Fitr celebration at Sekondi MyJoyOnline
    MTN Ghana presented bags of rice, cartons of vegetable cooking oil, assorted drinks and cartons of mineral water to the Chief Imam to aid in the celebration of the 2020 Eid ul-Fitr in Sekondi. Regional Senior Manager for MTN South West Business Prince Owusu Nyarko, extended season greetings from staff and management of MTN to all Muslims in the country. He said the donation was to share in the celebration of the Eid ul-Fitr and also to strengthen the relationship between his outfit and the Muslim community. Mr Owusu Nyarko said, “We pray Almighty Allah to see us through the ... more
  • 2 weeks Ghana’s Covid-19 cases goes up by 281 to 5,408 MyJoyOnline
    Ghana has recorded 281 more Covid-19 cases taking the national tally to 5,408, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said. On the Service’s webpage for Covid-19 update, it said 514 people have now recovered from the disease. Two more people have died from the disease taking the previous tally of 22 to 24. Greater Accra, Ghana’s epicentre, now has 4, 147 cases. Ashanti region has 726, Central, 192, Eastern 99, Western 61, Western North 56 and Volta 34. Upper East has a total of 26 cases, Oti 24, Upper West 21, Northern 19, North East two and Bono one. Savannah, ... more
  • 2 weeks Ghana’s Covid-19 cases go up by 281 to 5,408 MyJoyOnline
    Ghana has recorded 281 more Covid-19 cases taking the national tally to 5,408, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said. On the Service’s webpage for Covid-19 update, it said 514 people have now recovered from the disease. Two more people have died from the disease taking the previous tally of 22 to 24. Greater Accra, Ghana’s epicentre, now has 4, 147 cases. Ashanti region has 726, Central, 192, Eastern 99, Western 61, Western North 56 and Volta 34. Upper East has a total of 26 cases, Oti 24, Upper West 21, Northern 19, North East two and Bono one. Savannah, ... more
  • 2 weeks Taskforce for establishment of Ghana’s early warning centre inaugurated MyJoyOnline
    A 10-member Taskforce to draw up modalities and facilitate the establishment of a National Early Warning Centre in Ghana has been inaugurated at the Jubilee House, Accra. The Centre’s role will be to warn Government of threats to human security, propose appropriate action, and coordinate and ensure monitoring of the implementation of response to the warning as part of a broader effort by member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The ECOWAS Early Warning System aims primarily at guaranteeing human security and envisages the establishment of a fully integrated and functional early warning system within ... more
  • 2 weeks Prof Ransford Gyampo: NCA case – Verdict isn’t witch-hunting- MyJoyOnline
    The law on Causing Financial Loss to the State, according to those who initiated it, was never meant to be used against offenders. This is because it could retard initiative and render people overly cautious in not taking a financial risk, regardless of how pious their intentions may be. However, in the NCA case, it is quite instructive to say that this cannot be described as political witch-hunting. The Court ruling suggest, to my mind that, this was a pure case of collusion to milk the State. But because those convicted have through their lawyers indicated their intentions to appeal ... more
  • 2 weeks Ashanti Health Directorate sends more personnel to reinforce surveillance team in Obuasi MyJoyOnline
    The Ashanti Regional Health Directorate says it is sending more surveillance personnel to Obuasi to augment local effort to contain the spread Covid-19 in the area. It comes as Ghana’s case count hit 5,127 and Obuasi leads the chart in the region, by the last update on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. The mining town accounts for 272 of Ashanti Region 662 recorded cases. Regional Health Director, Dr Emmanuel Tenkorang, says the team from Kumasi will strengthen contact tracing, isolation and treatment. He reiterates they are to look at the progress and put in the necessary interventions so as to reduce ... more
  • 2 weeks Rashid Pelpuo, Wa Chief hail Yoni Kulendi’s Supreme Court nomination MyJoyOnline
    The Paramount Chief of the Waala Traditional Area, Naa Fuseini Saidu Peluo IV and the Wa Central MP, Dr Abdul-Rashid Hassan Pelpuo, have jointly sent a congratulatory message to Supreme Court Justice nominee Yoni Kulendi. The private legal practitioner is of the four persons who have been nominated by President Akufo-Addo to serve in the apex court. The lawmaker who happens to be a prince to the Wa Naa’s palace posted words of praise on his Facebook wall on behalf of the chief of Wa. “Wa Naa has asked me to add his voice of congratulations to you. Please go ... more
  • 2 weeks Registrar General’s Dept extends deadline for filing of annual returns for companies MyJoyOnline
    The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) says it is extending the deadline for the filing of annual returns from April 30th, 2020 to July 31st, 2020 for all companies whose Financial Year ended by 31st December 2019. The Department said “All other Companies who’s Financial Year ended any time before 30th June 2020 are expected to file by 31st December 2020.According to the Registrar General’s Department, the extension “has become necessary due to the increasing number of Coronavirus cases in the country, which has resulted in the inability of most Companies to hold their Annual General Meetings as scheduled.” In a ... more
  • 2 weeks Power producers to charge Getfund levy, NHIL and VAT on supplies to ECG MyJoyOnline
    The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has directed all electricity and power-producing companies in the country to apply the Getfund Levy of 2.5%, National Health Insurance Levy (NHIL) of 2.5% and Value Added Tax (VAT) at a standard rate of 12.5% on the value of power supplies to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG). According to the Authority, their attention was drawn to a letter purported to be an agreement between the erstwhile VAT Service and ECG and some power producers which stated that the VRA should zero rate supplies to ECG. This, the GRA, said is in contravention to the ... more
  • 2 weeks Ghanaians abroad are not being charged for data collection – Owiredu MyJoyOnline
    Ghanaian missions are not charging citizens abroad for collecting their data to help in executive decision making back at home. Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Charles Owiredu said reports that members of the diaspora community are being charged by Embassies and High Commissions are untrue. Speaking to JoyNews’ News Desk programme on Wednesday, Mr Owiredu said the data is simply to guide government’s decisions with pressure being mounted for Ghanaians to be evacuated. The Minority in Parliament, led by their spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Okudzeto Ablakwa has been calling for an evacuation since January 31. Rapper, Sarkodie who is also stuck ... more
  • 2 weeks Senegal reopening mosques and churches MyJoyOnline
    Senegal is easing coronavirus restrictions starting on Tuesday, including the reopening of mosques and churches. Mosques are now allowed to reopen for prayers during the holy month of Ramadan, and churches will also be allowed to accept worshippers. The night-time curfew has also been reduced by two hours and will now run from 21:00 to 05:00 local time. Markets and businesses, which have only been allowed to open a few days a week during the lockdown, will now only need to be closed for a day’s cleaning each week. In a televised address late on Monday, President Macky Sall said ... more
  • 2 weeks ‘Another Mother’s Day’ – Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s piece on childlessness MyJoyOnline
    Movie producer and director Shirley Frimpong-Manso has written an article for Mothers’ Day. This article is on the theme of childlessness and expresses the feelings of women with no children of their own. Titled ‘Another Mother’s Day’, it tells a story of a woman who had to listen to her friend, Abba, gush over her motherhood journey and the gift she received on the Day.
    View this post on Instagram My phone rang yesterday. My friend Abba was ... more
  • 2 weeks Page 22 of GFA financial statement found, over GH¢ 22K remains unaccounted for MyJoyOnline
    A part of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), financial statement for June 2019, which was presented to Congress by the Normalisation Committee (NC) in December 2019, and reported missing by Joy Sports, has been found. The June 2019 statement had no page 22, as noted by Joy sports upon careful study. A new financial statement following Joy Sports publication on Monday, May 11, 2020, has emerged and sighted by the team. The ‘crucial page’ which was not noted by Congress, has been added to the statement with its expenditure. However, over GH¢ 22,000 of NC’s spending remains unaccounted for. The ... more
  • 2 weeks Serena Williams reminisces about the first day she met her husband MyJoyOnline
    Tennis star Serena Williams has taken to Instagram to reminisce about the day she met her husband Alexis Ohanian and how their journey together began. According to her, she had not been open about having her husband share a table with her when they first met at a restaurant in Rome about six years ago. However, after Alexis Ohanian refused to leave when she asked him to, Serena was won over. Serena Williams shared a video to celebrate the anniversary of the trip. “This trip started in Roma 5 or 6 years ago lol I’m the worst with time lines. ... more
  • 2 weeks Exclusive report from Covid-19 autopsy room – JoyNews’ Latif Iddrisu shares experience MyJoyOnline
    Peeping through the windows of the autopsy room at the Ga East District Hospital; now designated as the centre for the treatment of coronavirus patients, I could see the brave and highly experienced Pathologists; Colonel Dr. Seth Attoh of the 37 Military Hospital and Dr Roxana P. Segborwotso, Head of Pathology at the Ga East District hospital neck-deep in the disembowelment of two bodies. Even from the outside, I could see the heavily stained surgical gloves of these heroes and two others, Michael Nii Ashittey, and Asar Ayare, the senior mortuary attendant, also playing their part as the team took ... more
  • 2 weeks Abused 3-year-old receives support from Joy FM listeners MyJoyOnline
    Some listeners of Joy FM’s award-winning Super Morning Show have pledged support to the three-year-old boy who was abused by his biological father in Kumasi. After a report by Adom FM, the case of the brutalised boy has received massive public attention with many condemning his harrowing ordeal. His father, Ebenezer Nana Bonsu, has disfigured the back of his son for bedwetting in what police describe as “senseless and unwarranted” punishment. According to the father, he beat up the young boy to discipline him for being stubborn. The abuse has left the little boy in a critical condition at the ... more
  • 2 weeks Oppong Nkrumah extols Ebo Whyte for impacting his life MyJoyOnline
    Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has lauded renowned Ghanaian playwright, James Ebo Whyte, for impacting his life. In a tweet, the Information Minister said: “James Ebo Whyte has been a voice in my life for over a decade. “He whips me, encourages me, challenges me, and pushes me. Uncle James thanks for the call tonight. James Ebo Whyte has been been a voice in my life for over a decade. He whips me , encourages me, challenges me and pushes me. Uncle James thanks for the call tonight. You have done more for me than u could ever imagine. pic.twitter.com/LuM3nBcUhb— ... more
  • 2 weeks 2 dead in accident at Gomoa Ankamu MyJoyOnline
     Two men met their untimely death when the taxi cab they were travelling in got involved in an accident at Gomoa Ankamu on Tuesday afternoon. Abdul Wasiu Hudu, Central Regional Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) who confirmed the accident said it occurred at 2.47 pm. He said fire officers at the Apam Fire Station were informed about the accident and so rushed to the scene. Mr Hudu said the team found a taxi cab with registration number GS 5436-19, which was travelling from Mankessim towards Accra lying on its roof with occupants trapped inside. He ... more
  • 2 weeks Medical professionals head to Obuasi to help combat spread of coronavirus MyJoyOnline
    The Ashanti Regional Health Directorate has revealed that reinforcement of medical professionals will be sent to Obuasi to help contain the spread of coronavirus in the area. Dr Emmanuel Tenkorang, Regional Health Director, said since Obuasi is the epicentre of the Ashanti region, strengthening contact tracing, isolating and treatment medical teams, has become very critical. “We believe that with these reinforcement measures that has been taken by the Obuasi Municipal and Obuasi East, will help contain the infection at Obuasi, so as to cut the infection rate and save the people. “The principle of tracing, testing, isolation and treatment will ... more
  • 2 weeks Afghan attack: Maternity ward death toll climbs to 24 MyJoyOnline
    The number of people who were killed in a militant attack on a maternity ward in the Afghan capital has risen to 24. Mothers, newborn babies and nurses were among the victims. At least 16 people were injured, the health ministry said. Tuesday’s attack in Kabul prompted widespread condemnation. No group has said it carried it out. In a second incident that day, a suicide bomber killed at least 32 people at a funeral in Nangarhar, in the east of the country. President Ashraf Ghani has ordered the resumption of offensive operations against the Taliban and other groups. He accused ... more
  • 2 weeks How Florence Nightingale paved the way for the heroic work of nurses today MyJoyOnline
    When Greta Westwood was 4 years old, she read a children’s book about Victorian nurse Florence Nightingale. Decades later, she still remembers being transfixed by the enduring image of the “Lady with the Lamp.” Westwood herself would go on to a distinguished nursing career of her own, starting out as a student orthopedic nurse in 1978. “From day one of putting the uniform on, I’ve never looked back,” she recalls. Although she left Britain’s National Health Service in 2017 after nearly 40 years, Westwood has recently returned to her local hospital in Portsmouth, in the south of ... more
  • 2 weeks Africa’s GDP to grow by $300b a year should countries adopt technology MyJoyOnline
    Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta says research has revealed that Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will grow by $300 billion a year by 2025 should African countries adopt digital technology. He said there is a need for African countries to fast-track policies and programmes towards leveraging technology for economic growth. “If we digitise as a continent, we can see 10 percent growth of our GDP because of technology. “South Africa reduced cost by 22 percent and revenues picked up in Rwanda by six per cent because of digital technology,” he said. Mr Ofori-Atta made these remarks when speaking at the launch ... more
  • 2 weeks Premier Health provides support for New Life Children’s Home MyJoyOnline
    While many dread the economic impact of Covid-19 on Ghana, the aged, women and children appear to be at the worst end of this global pandemic. At least 24 children in Ghana have tested positive for coronavirus with an estimated number of 9,200,000 others affected by Covid-19 related school closures, Unicef has said. The impact on children is likely to be worse, as the country keeps recording new cases with the case count now standing at 4012, Friday. Even though government’s social mitigation interventions, as well as support for small scale businesses are commendable, attention must be given to the ... more
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