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  • 2 months George Floyd: Amazon bans US police use of facial recognition tech MyJoyOnline
    Technology giant Amazon has banned the police from using its controversial facial recognition software for a year. It comes after civil rights advocates raised concerns about potential racial bias in surveillance technology. This week IBM also said it would stop offering its facial recognition software for “mass surveillance or racial profiling”. The decisions follow growing pressure on firms to respond to the death in police custody of George Floyd. Amazon said the suspension of law enforcement use of its Rekognition software was to give US lawmakers the opportunity to enact legislation to regulate how the technology is employed. “We’ve advocated ... more
  • 2 months British Airways to sell art collection to raise cash MyJoyOnline
    British Airways is selling some of its multi-million-pound art collection to raise cash to help it through the coronavirus pandemic. The collection includes art by Damien Hirst, Bridget Riley and Peter Doig, with one work believed to have been valued at more than £1m. It is understood at least 10 pieces have been identified for sale, although exactly which ones is unclear. BA has seen a collapse in air travel and is set to cut thousands of jobs. Last week, BA boss Alex Cruz warned that the cash-strapped airline’s survival was at stake unless there was a drastic restructuring of ... more
  • 2 months Stop talking, you are causing tension – Supreme Court tells lawyers in voters’ register case MyJoyOnline
    The Supreme Court has told lawyers in the case relating to the compilation of new voters’ register to avoid granting media interviews. This the Court says has the potential of heightening the stakes in the matter for citizens in a manner that could potentially affect the peace of the country. The seven member panel comprising Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah and Justices Jones Dotse, Paul Baffoe Bonnie, Sule Gbagegbe, Samuel K Marful-Sau, Nene Amegatcher, and Professor Ashie Kotey specifically took issue with an interview the NDC’s Godwin Tamakloe had granted. Mr Tamakloe clarified it was an interview ... more
  • 2 months Stranded Ghanaians in UK to be evacuated on June 17 MyJoyOnline
    Ghana’s High Commission to the United Kingdom will on June 17, preside over the evacuation of stranded Ghanaians willing to fly back to Ghana. The stranded persons are to bear the cost of travel from the UK back home to Ghana. According to government, the evacuees upon arrival in Ghana will undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine. In a communique to the interested persons, the Commission said they would have to choose where they will be quarantined for either 14 or 21 days. Some of the named hotels include the Airport View Hotel, Alisa and Marriot Hotels. Government’s negotiated ... more
  • 2 months Netflix adds Black Lives Matter collection as new genre MyJoyOnline
    “Action,” “Comedies,” “Dramas,” and, now, “Black Lives Matter.” Netflix has added BLM as one of its content genres on the streaming service. On late Tuesday night, the company put the category under its “Genre” tab, which has a total of 24 different ways of sorting movies and TV shows. The genre will appear on the service globally. “When we say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ we also mean ‘Black storytelling matters,'” the company said in a tweet. “With an understanding that our commitment to true, systemic change will take time – we’re starting by highlighting powerful and complex narratives about the Black experience. When ... more
  • 2 months Eddy Khosa appointed General Manager of AH Hotel & Conferences MyJoyOnline
    The Board of Directors of AH Hotel & Conferences has appointed Eddy Rhulani Arnold Khosa as the General Manager of the hotel effective November 2019. For over 28 years, Mr Khosa has taken on a number of South Africa’s hospitality industry’s most significant challenges and made it his personal mission, having served as the National Chairman of Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA). His unique mix of strategic vision, passion, leadership skills and discipline, combined with his intimate understanding of the hospitality industry, make him the right person to lead AH Hotel. His special talent is that he possesses ... more
  • 2 months Jobberman Ghana offers free job listings for businesses MyJoyOnline
    Since the outbreak of coronavirus across the world and most especially in Ghana, companies have been forced to adjust and adapt to new changes to survive the pandemic. Leading talent recruitment agency, Jobberman Ghana announced that it has made the Job Listing option on its platform available free of charge to businesses of all sizes and industries during the period of the pandemic with the launch of its campaign titled #UnityInAdversity.  “These are challenging times for everyone and there’s a lot of uncertainty right now,” stated Kwaku Agbesi, Jobberman acting CEO. “But we want employers to know that ... more
  • 2 months Confederate and Columbus statues toppled by US protesters MyJoyOnline
    Statues of Confederate leaders and the explorer Christopher Columbus have been torn down in the US, as pressure grows on authorities to remove monuments connected to slavery and colonialism. A statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was toppled in Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday night. Statues of Columbus in Boston, Miami and Virginia have been vandalised. The movement has been sparked by the death in police custody of African American George Floyd. His death in Minneapolis has led to protests in the US and internationally against police brutality and racial inequality. Memorials to the Confederacy, a group of southern states that ... more
  • 2 months ‘This Is Us’ writer, Jas Waters, is dead MyJoyOnline
    The This Is Us family and the television community have lost a talented writer and a powerful voice. Jas Waters, a writer on the hit NBC family drama, has died at the age of 39.  The official This Is Us writers account confirmed the news on Wednesday.  “The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing. In our time together, Jas left her mark on us and ALL over the show,” the account wrote alongside a photo of Waters. “She was a brilliant storyteller and a force of nature. We send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones. She was one of us. ... more
  • 2 months Covid-19: Profile of virus in Ghana has changed – Dr Titus Beyuo MyJoyOnline
    Deputy General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr Titus Beyuo says the disease profile of Covid-19 in the country is changing. “We are getting to the phase where the disease is reaching to virtually every part of our society,” he said speaking on the Super Morning Show, Thursday. He added, “A lot more people who are coming in are having symptoms and that is not surprising because in the initial stage most of our testing was for people in enhanced surveillance” The practice of enhanced surveillance has gradually reduced and routine surveillance is instead being adopted. “What that ... more
  • 2 months National Household Registry to collect emergency data in 3 northern regions MyJoyOnline
    The Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR) is set to begin the collection of emergency data in the three northern regions. The move is part of measures by the Gender, Children and Social Protection Ministry to update its data on the poor and vulnerable in the regions. National Coordinator, Dr Prosper Laari said the Registry is targeting about 387,000 households in the Northern, North East and Savannah regions. As the Covid-19 pandemic has rendered many people vulnerable, there is the need to upgrade data on vulnerable groups to reflect the present status of target beneficiaries of social protection programmes. Out of ... more
  • 2 months Elizabeth Ohene: How Ghana paid tribute to George Floyd MyJoyOnline
    We do funerals well here in Ghana. When it comes to the rituals, music, clothes and ceremonies that accompany them, I can safely say that nobody does them better.  As I watched the funeral of George Floyd on television, I needed no reminding that most African-Americans can trace their origins to West Africa and grand funerals come easily to them. Or they have had to organise these painful funerals of their people so regularly that they have become well practised. George Floyd’s death in police custody has galvanised the Black Lives Matter movement During the Houston funeral on Tuesday, there ... more
  • 2 months ‘Tortured’ Zimbabwe politicians charged with lying MyJoyOnline
    Police in Zimbabwe have charged an opposition Member of Parliament and two activists with lying about being tortured in custody. The three women – Joana Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova – had been arrested and charged over their participation in a protest rally in May. The women alleged that police had subjected at least one of them to serious sexual violence, and were admitted to hospital with various injuries. Cecilia Chimbiri said they were subjected to beatings and sexual assault A spokeswoman for Zimbabwe’s opposition, Fadzai Mahere of the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance, said the three were re-arrested ... more
  • 2 months Coronavirus cases ‘accelerating’ in Africa MyJoyOnline
    The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating in Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. The WHO’s Africa regional director Matshidiso Moeti said it was spreading beyond capital cities and that a lack of tests and other supplies was hampering responses. But she said that it did not seem as if severe cases and deaths were being missed by authorities. So far Africa has been the continent least affected by Covid-19. South Africa had more than a quarter of the reported cases and was seeing high numbers of confirmed cases and deaths in Eastern Cape and Western Cape provinces, Dr Moeti told ... more
  • 2 months Stakeholders push for African Covid-19 treatment MyJoyOnline
    Politicians, medical practitioners, academics and other stakeholders are advocating for African governments to invest in traditional herbal treatment for Covid-19. They say the continent must not sit aloof as the rest of the world works to develop vaccines and treatment for the Coronavirus disease.   “We need an African solution to the global challenge. African leaders must be urged to look within for African solutions,” Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, member of parliament for North Tongu told a sitting of the house last month.   “In Ghana, we have had centuries upon centuries of known wisdom of herbal experts of repute who ... more
  • 2 months Spurs’ Alli banned for one match over coronavirus post MyJoyOnline
    Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been suspended for one match by the Football Association over a post on social media about coronavirus. Alli, 24, put a video on Snapchat in February in which he joked about the outbreak and appeared to mock an Asian man. The England international has also been fined £50,000 and ordered to under take an education course. He will miss Tottenham’s match at home to Manchester United on 19 June. Alli said: “In response to the FA decision, I would like to apologise again for any offence caused by my behaviour. “It was an extremely poorly ... more
  • 2 months Full text: Okudzeto Ablakwa’s statement in Parliament on George Floyd’s killing MyJoyOnline
    I am grateful to you Right Honourable Speaker for the opportunity to make this rather difficult and traumatic statement. On the 25th of May 2020, a day we on this continent observed as Africa Day – a fellow unarmed African American known as George Floyd was pinned to the ground by police officer Derek Chauvin who pressed his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds until he became unconscious and died.  The gruesome and extremely painful murder which was carried out in broad day light was captured on camera. The horrific video which will rank amongst ... more
  • 2 months Okraku appointing CK Akonnor as Black Stars coach is conflict of interest – Vanderpuye MyJoyOnline
    Former Sports Minister Nii Lante Vanderpuye says the Ghana Football Association (GFA)’s decision to name Charles Kwablan Akonnor as the head coach of the Black Stars amounts to a conflict of interest. The broadcaster turned politician believes there is the tendency of the coach serving the interest of the FA President whom many claim is the manager of the former AshGold boss. “Left to me alone, Kurt shouln’t have made that appointment,” the MP for Odododiodio constituency told Joy Sports. “With the sort of thinking that people within football have [I don’t think it is a good decision].” The appointment ... more
  • 2 months Half-caste is most derogatory term to describe a mixed-race – Juliet Ibrahim MyJoyOnline
    Actress Juliet Ibrahim is calling on Africans to desist from using the term “half-caste” to describe her and others of mix race origin. According to her, it is the most derogatory term to describe a mixed-race person or someone with mixed ethnicity. Juliet Ibrahim wrote on Instagram that many people who hold on to the term ‘half-caste’ do not see these Africans with lighter skin as “black enough” or even as a black woman. “Now this is exactly, what we are fighting to correct amongst ourselves and the world at large. I am a black woman! When I’m abroad amongst ... more
  • 2 months Photos from the burial of 5 Covid-19 victims MyJoyOnline
    The Public Health Directorate of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) today carried out a ‘supervised’ burial of five persons who died of Covid-19. The five add to 16 other burials already undertaken by the Assembly. The exercise leaves 27 outstanding bodies to be disposed off by AMA. JoyNews’ photojournalist, David Andoh who was at the ceremony said the five bodies were from the 37 Military Hospital and Greater Accra Regional Hospital morgues. Meanwhile, 48 persons have so far died from the disease with ... more
  • 2 months NPP Primaries: We delayed in engaging aggrieved aspirants – Sammi Awuku MyJoyOnline
    The National Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has admitted the party hierarchy may have delayed in engaging aspirants in the NPP primaries who harbour grievances. Sammi Awuku was, however, quick to add that they did not know the intention of these aspirants who were disqualified from the race. Speaking on Prime Morning on JoyPrime TV, he told host Daniel Dadzie that “sometimes the process delays so when during the engagement process people don’t express themselves early it brings some challenges.” The run-up to the NPP Parliamentary Primaries scheduled for June 20 has seen agitations in some constituencies ... more
  • 2 months Develop other sporting brands aside football – Otumfuo directs Kotoko Board MyJoyOnline
    The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has directed the new Asante Kotoko S/C Board of Directors to map up strategies for the development of other sporting brands aside football. The Board, he said, should come out with innovative products underpinning possible opportunities in disciplines such as basketball, boxing, tennis, athletics, amongst others. “Kotoko should expand beyond football and embrace other sporting disciplines which could be of utmost importance to the Club in terms of revenue generation, branding, and infrastructural development,” the Life Patron and Spiritual Owner noted. Otumfuo Osei Tutu, in a speech read on his behalf by Kofi Badu, ... more
  • 2 months Covid-19 Reliefs: 8 communities in Oti Region face water challenges MyJoyOnline
    JoyNews’ visit to some eight communities in five districts within the Oti Region has revealed that despite government’s attempt to improve water demand, supply, and access to potable water is a major challenge. Sources say various human activities are impeding access to free potable water as announced by the President in April 2020. Many residents either do not get access or would have to queue for water. Oti Regional correspondent, Peter Senoo has more in the report. The residents are appealing to government to address their concerns within the shortest possible time. The post Covid-19 Reliefs: ... more
  • 2 months ¢60k in 6 days: Breast cancer patient finally goes for treatment MyJoyOnline
    Six days ago, Agnes was imprisoned by poverty and trapped by disease. Every moment was spent in unbearable pain which made her unable to sit up on her own. To literally add insult to injury, her landlord served her with an eviction notice, because her rent had expired and she was in no position to pay her bills or cater for her two sons, aged 10 and 11. Her husband was nowhere to be found and her siblings had stated clearly they were in no position to support her get medical treatment. Agnes was living at the ... more
  • 2 months My mum gave me condoms when I started dating – Richie MyJoyOnline
    CEO of Lynx Entertainment, Richie Mensah, has revealed that his mother purchased condoms for him when he first started dating.  Taking his turn on ‘Keeping It Real’ published on Joselyn Dumas’ YouTube channel, the music producer said that his mother wanted him to have the needed protection when he decides to have sex at a young age. “When I started dating the first time, my mum bought condoms for me and said, ‘You are too young to be having sex but just in case you think about it, do it the safe way’,” he recounted.  While contributing to the topic, ... more
  • 2 months Focus on active Covid-19 cases, not cumulative numbers – Dr Aboagye MyJoyOnline
    The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service says the focus should be on active cases when discussing the country’s Covid-19 situation. Dr Patrick Aboagye said this reflects the number of people with the virus as the total case count is cumulative and using it for analysis may be misleading. Speaking to Roland Walker on JoyNews’ AM Show Thursday, he said the active cases reflect the actual situation in the country as this is made of total cases minus recoveries and deaths. He was addressing concerns of whether there is a need to worry as the country’s case count crossed 10,000 ... more
  • 2 months All is set for virtual Ghana Beverage Awards 2019 MyJoyOnline
    The planning committee of the Ghana Beverage Awards (GBA) has announced that all is ready for the fourth edition of the awards. The event will be organised virtually in adherence to the stipulated Covid-19 protocols and to ensure the safety of all its stakeholders. GBA 2019 will be streamed live on TV and online on June 13, at 6 pm. Under the theme “Inspiring Excellence in Ghana’s Beverage Industry” the awards aim to promote both local and foreign beverages as well as the participation of small-scale beverage enterprises in Ghana.  Nominations were closed to the general public and all ... more
  • 2 months Ernesto Yeboah charged, granted ¢100,000 bail MyJoyOnline
    Leader of Ghana’s leftist movement Ernesto Yeboah has been charged with the offence of failing to notify the police of a special event. He has been admitted to bail in the sum of ¢100,000 with three sureties; of which two should be public servants. The Economic Freedom Fighters over the weekend organised a vigil for the late George Floyd, who was killed by a white police officer who knelt on his neck. Although lawyers for Mr Yeboah argue that their client had informed the police, the police said the suspect and his Economic Freedom Fighters were in breach ... more
  • 2 months Accra Metropolitan Assembly supervises burial of 5 Covid-19 patients MyJoyOnline
    A team of 11 environmental officers is carrying out a ‘supervised’ burial of five persons who died of Covid-19. The five add to 16 other burials already undertaken by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA)’s Public Health Directorate leaving 27 outstanding bodies to be disposed off. Forty-eight persons have so far died from the disease with more than 10,000 others infected. Director of Public Health at the Assembly, Florence Kuukyi told JoyNews as of Thursday, 32 families had registered with the Assembly to take care of the burial of their dead relatives. “Before today, 26 families had registered with us, ... more
  • 2 months Coronavirus pandemic set to cost Premier League clubs £1bn in 2019-20 – Deloitte MyJoyOnline
    Premier League clubs face a £1bn reduction in their revenues in 2019-20 because of the coronavirus pandemic, says financial services firm Deloitte. The 20 English top-flight clubs had a combined revenue of more than £5bn for the first time in 2018-19. But this season has been on hold since March, and the 92 remaining matches will be held behind closed doors. And Deloitte’s Dan Jones expects “significant revenue reduction and operating losses” in European football. Deloitte says £500m of the reduction for Premier League clubs – in rebates to broadcasters and a loss of matchday revenue – will be “permanently ... more
  • 2 months Use existing register for December elections – Asah Asante to EC MyJoyOnline
    A senior lecturer at the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana has backed calls for the Electoral Commission to conduct the December general elections with the existing voters’ register. Dr Kwame Asah Asante said the EC should not be shy about beating a retreat after emphatically saying the register is not fit for purpose. According to him, those who have spoken against the compilation of a new register are well-meaning Ghanaians and not just doing out of political expedience. “They love Ghana and want things to go on well,” said Dr Asante said. He also argued going ahead ... more
  • 2 months Ecobank supports fight against Covid-19 with ¢1.3m MyJoyOnline
     Ecobank Ghana Limited, as part of its corporate social responsibility, has supported the Ghana Covid-19 Private Sector Fund with an amount of ¢1.3million. The donation which was in collaboration with Ecobank Foundation comprises a cash amount of ¢750,000.00, as well as the cost of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and 10,000 Covid-19 testing kits, all valued at ¢550,000.00.   The testing kits were donated to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, to be administered in collaboration with the Ghana Health Services under the auspices of the Ministry of Health. The PPEs are intended to support the Ga East Infectious ... more
  • 2 months 28.6% of government’s stimulus package applications are from Ashanti Region MyJoyOnline
    Ashanti Region has recorded the highest number of applications for government’s stimulus package dubbed the CAP Business Support Scheme (CAP BuSS). Some 28.6 per cent of total applications are Medium, Small, and Micro Enterprises (MSME) coming from the Ashanti Region, according to data released from the CAP BuSS online portal on June 5. It is followed by Central Region with 13 percent, then Greater Accra – 12 percent; Eastern Region – 11.5 percent, followed by other regions. Volta, Bono East, Western North, Ahafo, Upper East and West, Savanna, Oti, and North East regions; all recording less than 5 percent of ... more
  • 2 months How to watch tonight’s ‘Football Returns’ discussion on JoyNews MyJoyOnline
    A month ago, Joy Sports hosted a widely acclaimed panel for its ‘Football after COVID-19’ show, which explored the difficulties being faced by industry players by the virus. That show featured veteran Ghanaian journalist Kwabena Yeboah, English commentary heavyweights Peter Drury and Jon Champion, and respected South African broadcaster Robert Marawa. On Thursday night, Carlton Cole – a player with close to 300 Premier League appearances and seven caps for England – headlines another quartet on JoyNews. ‘Football Returns’ will explore the impending comeback of the major European soccer leagues, from the lenses of experienced hands. Also on the ... more
  • 2 months NDC amends voters’ register argument as court sets June 23 for judgement MyJoyOnline
    The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has withdrawn its request asking the Supreme Court to rule that the Electoral Commission does not have the power to compile a new voters register. This was after the court had asked the party to make a choice on which of its reliefs it wants to pursue. While counsel for the party Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe had wanted to confer with the party, the panel reminded him that as a lawyer in the case, he can decide what question the court answers. He opted to withdraw the request seeking to bar the EC ... more
  • 2 months Treatment, isolation centres are not full to capacity – Ghana Health Service MyJoyOnline
    The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said treatment centres designated to take care of patients with Covid-19 and isolation centres, are not full to capacity as rumours claim. He disclosed on JoyFM’s Super Morning Show, Thursday that the two isolation centres in Accra are rather full of space, enough to accommodate incoming patients. “We have two main isolation centres in Accra, Prampram, and the Pentecostal Convention Centre. Pentecost Convention has a capacity of 600. Currently, we have 480 people from Eastern, Central and Greater Accra Region,” while “Prampram is empty.” JoyNews/AdomNews · Dr Patrick Aboagye – Treatment, ... more
  • 2 months Rainstorms could cause power outages – ECG MyJoyOnline
    The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), the country’s power distributors, says the onset of the rains could cause power outages. It was, therefore, working tirelessly to strengthen and maintain a robust power distribution network. A statement issued by the ECG in Accra said the rainstorm and stormy winds would cause the falling of trees, billboards, and ripped roofing, and that could cause damage to electrical conductors, resulting in major outages. The ECG explained that the major outages that may occur would be transient trippings, and would be temporary interruptions. It, however, said permanent faults on its feeders would be rectified ... more
  • 2 months Livestream: Government’s forum on Covid-19 and Ghana Beyond Aid MyJoyOnline
  • 2 months Counsellor Lutterodt, wife welcome a newborn MyJoyOnline
    Controversial media personality George Lutterodt and wife, Abigail Naa Yemoley, have welcomed a newborn. Mr Lutterodt who took to social media to announce the birth of his son shared a photo of him holding the baby with a message to his wife. “Happy delivery day to my wife Mrs Counselor Lutterodt from Rev Counselor Lutterodt and my extended family members,” he said. Counsellor George Lutterodt holding his baby He further wished for ”long life and good health” from above for the mother of his kids while praying for divine blessing for her. The post Counsellor Lutterodt, wife welcome a newborn appeared first ... more
  • 2 months K-Del Poetry: No more a distant MyJoyOnline
    Today is the unknown future of the past;A manifestation of what was foretold.Are predictions justified? Green leaves turned dark,While the wombs which harbored our mothers glide silently into ashes. Only the black pots which boiled their herbs lie in our unforgettable memories,And our ignorance about tomorrow strikes fears and tremble into our hearts. *** Korku Delali is a young Ghanaian writer with a natural flair for creative writing whose works are a must read for both students and literary connoisseur The post K-Del Poetry: No more a distant appeared first on MyJoyOnline.com. ... more
  • 2 months Heavy security presence at Supreme Court as voters’ register case comes up MyJoyOnline
    There is heavy security presence at the Supreme Court ahead of a case between the Electoral Commission (EC) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) over the compilation of a new voters’ register for the December elections. The largest opposition party is seeking the court to stop the Commission from going ahead with the exercise. The NDC also says should the court allow the EC to compile the register, the existing voters’ ID card should be used as a means of identifying prospective voters. The EC contends that the current voters’ ID card is a fruit of a poisonous ... more
  • 2 months Iggy Azalea reveals she’s welcomed her first child MyJoyOnline
    Congrats to Iggy Azalea! The 30-year-old rapper has welcomed her first child, she confirmed on her Instagram Story on Wednesday.  “I have a son,” she wrote. “I kept waiting for the right time to say something but it feels like the more time passes the more I realize I’m always going to feel anxious to share news that giant with the world. I want to keep his life private but wanted to make it clear he is not a secret & I love him beyond worlds.” Iggy Azalea/Instagram Story Azalea did not share the identity of her son’s father, or her baby ... more
  • 2 months Football Returns: Gary Al-Smith hosts Cole, Beglin, Tshabalala, and Castello on PM Express MyJoyOnline
    A former footballer, a world class commentator, an international journalist and a representative of one of Europe’s top five leagues. That is the diverse lineup of panelists that will grace PM Express on Thursday night, live on the Joy News channel. Carlton Cole who played for England will be joined by Jim Beglin who is currently the commentator for the English Premier League, Carol Tshabalala who works with SuperSport and Premier League TV, and Guillermo Castello who is the La Liga rep for Ghana and Nigeria. Last time, the Joy Sports’ special edition of PM Express discussed the impact of ... more
  • 2 months Upper Dixcove chief perform rituals asking their gods to punish MP and NPP stalwarts MyJoyOnline
    The Upper Dixcove Traditional Council in the Ahanata West Municipality of the Western Region, on Tuesday, performed rituals asking their gods to deal ruthlessly with some NPP stalwarts and the MP for the area Kojo Kum. They accuse the MP of insulting the Paramount Chief of the area, Obrempong Hima Dekyi XIV and the chiefs of Ahanta in a WhatsApp chat with his supporters. Dressed in red and black war apparel, 48 chiefs from 48 communities under the leadership of the Upper Dixcove chief, chanted war songs, holding bottles of Schnapps and white ram in a ... more
  • 2 months Grammy Awards rename ‘Best Urban Contemporary Album’ category MyJoyOnline
    The Grammy Awards are undergoing some changes. The Recording Academy announced on Wednesday that they’ve voted to rename four categories ahead of the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. The first of the categories to change is Best Urban Contemporary Album, an award that Lizzo won at this year’s ceremony for her album, Cuz I Love You. The category will now be known as Best Progressive R&B Album in an effort to “appropriately categorize and describe this subgenre.” Now the Best Progressive R&B Album award will highlight more “progressive elements” of the genre, which could include elements of hip-hop, rap, dance and electronic music, as well ... more
  • 2 months Coachella and Stagecoach festivals officially cancelled for 2020 MyJoyOnline
    After initially being postponed until October, the 2020 Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals have officially been cancelled, ET confirms.  On Wednesday, Riverside County public health officer Dr Cameron Kaiser announced in a public health order that continuing health concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic would delay the festivals until next year at the earliest. The lineup for Coachella 2020 — which was originally scheduled for the weekends of April 10 and 17 — was set to feature performances from headliners like Travis Scott, Frank Ocean, Rage Against the Machine, Lana Del Rey, Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby and more. “I am concerned as indications grow that COVID-19 could worsen in ... more
  • 2 months Burundi power vacancy ‘to last a few days’ MyJoyOnline
    The Burundi government spokesperson Prosper Ntahorwamiye has told BBC Great Lakes they are still “consulting the constitutional court” on the succession of Pierre Nkurunziza. He said the court is “studying the power vacancy” and “will take a few days”. There is uncertainty over who is going to take over the presidency after Mr Nkurunziza died on Monday aged 55 after suffering a cardiac arrest The late president was preparing to hand over power to president-elect, Major General Evariste Ndayishimiye in August. According to the constitution, if the head of state dies in office then the speaker of the national assembly, currently Pascal ... more
  • 2 months Alicia Keys shares why her 20s were the ‘worst time ever’ MyJoyOnline
    Although Alicia Keys had her breakout hit, “Fallin,'” when she was 20 years old and subsequently rose to worldwide fame and achieved considerable critical success, the 39-year-old singer says she actually very much disliked that time in her life. Keys covers InStyle magazine’s July cover and says she definitely would not want to go back to her more youthful days. “I swear, I wouldn’t go back to being 20 if somebody paid me — it was literally the worst time ever,” she tells the publication. “I wanted to fit in so desperately. I was so blind, so dependent on everybody else’s opinions, so uncomfortable, so ... more
  • 2 months SSNIT pays over ¢59m difference in past credit due 19,918 pensioners MyJoyOnline
    The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) says it has paid the difference in Past Credit due its pensioners. According to the Trust, “the payments are as a result of implementing the agreement reached in a Memorandum of Understanding between government and sections of Organised Labour on the interest rate applied to the accrued Past Credit which is a one-time benefit for pensioners who are retiring under the National Pensions Act, 2008, Act 766. “Specifically, the accrued Past Credit grows at the full 91 – day Treasury Bill rate, compounded quarterly, until the date of payment to ... more
  • 2 months These films don’t help the racism conversation MyJoyOnline
    The world feels different right now and content is being viewed through a different lens. With conversation in our culture focused on systematic racism and the treatment of black people after the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police, some are reevaluating Hollywood’s on-screen depictions of racism. And we have to tell you, some of them have not aged well.On the heels of the news that HBO Max has pulled “Gone with the Wind” to add “historical context,” here are a few films that probably aren’t the most helpful if you are trying to learn more about race ... more
  • 2 months More Burkinabe migrants flout border closure directive MyJoyOnline
    The Upper West Regional Command of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has intercepted 13 Burkina Faso migrants at the Babile Inland Checkpoint in the Lawra Municipality. This was after the GIS arrested 13 Burkinabes on June 1, 2020, for sneaking into Ghana through unapproved routes at Hamile and one other at Tumu on June 6, 2020, for illegally entering into Ghana. A statement signed by Mr Ibn Yussif Duranah Abdul-Mumin Seidu, the Upper West Regional Public Affairs Officer of the GIS, and copied to GNA in Wa, said the illegal migrants comprised of nine males and four females, aged ... more
  • 2 months Upper West Region heads to reopen schools, pledge to ensure adherence to protocols MyJoyOnline
    Heads of schools in the Upper West Region are ready to follow the directive to reopen schools as announced by President Akufo-Addo. The heads are committed to ensuring security and prevent overcrowding of classrooms to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The headmasters made this known at a meeting organised by the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council to brainstorm on the best strategies or modalities to put in place for the reopening of schools to enable final year students be prepared for their examinations. According to them, they are poised to adhere to the social distancing and other protocols ... more
  • 2 months Today’s frontpages: Thursday, June 11, 2020 MyJoyOnline
    Daily Graphic Daily Guide The New Crusading Guide The Daily Statesman The Chronicle Business and Financial Times Ghanaian Times The post Today’s frontpages: Thursday, June 11, 2020 appeared first on MyJoyOnline.com. ... more
  • 2 months Security operatives didn’t plant weed on Apostle Kwabena Adjei – Seth Acheampong MyJoyOnline
    Chairman of Parliament’s Defence and Interior Committee Seth Acheampong has dismissed claims that security operatives who picked up Apostle Kwabena Adjei on June 9, planted illegal narcotic substances on him. He has been remanded in police custody after being charged with among others, ‘threat of death’ allegedly directed at chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensah, and ‘possession of narcotics.’ Minority Spokesperson on Defence and Interior James Agalga claims planting of marijuana on suspects by security operatives is a common practice. Mr Agalga believes that a similar situation in the pastor’s arrest will not be farfetched describing his right to ... more
  • 2 months 157 new cases bring Ghana’s Covid-19 tally to 10,358 MyJoyOnline
    Ghana’s number of Covid-19 cases has risen to 10,358. This represents an increase of 157 from the initial figure, according to the Ghana Health Service (GHS). 69 more persons have recovered from the virus bringing the total number of recoveries to 3,824. The GHS website, however, indicated that the number of deaths is still 48 as of June 11, 2020. Source: Ghana Health Service Regional Breakdown Greater Accra Region – 6,642; Ashanti Region – 1,799; Western Region – 778; Central Region – 539; Eastern Region – 198; Volta Region – 162; Western North Region – 74; Oti Region – 47; Upper East Region – 42; Northern Region – 37; Upper ... more
  • 2 months Dr Aning forecasts franchising of vigilantism to highest bidder ahead of elections MyJoyOnline
    Director at the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research for the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, has said the concept of vigilantism in Ghana is beginning to transform into services open to the highest bidder as the December polls draw near. According to Dr Kwesi Aning, the development must be critically assessed by the security agencies to ensure these activities do not escalate to mar the upcoming general elections. Some Ghanaians last year expressed concern about a government white paper issued on the back of the Emile Short report after the Ayawaso West Wuogon Commission of Inquiry which many said leaves much to ... more
  • 2 months Message from the Morning Man: Marcel MyJoyOnline
    An old girlfriend and I once spent a week in Paris. We had a wonderful hotel on the Rue de Seze – excellent in every way, except its lack of an in-house restaurant. Guests were served a brilliant breakfast but were left to fend for themselves the rest of the day. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it forced us to explore the city in search of nice, cheap food. Now, Paris is Paris, so, of course, you can’t walk two metres without tripping over a craftily cooked, scientifically seasoned, devastatingly delicious meal (I’m sure even the dog-food taste great), ... more
  • 2 months Trump rejects calls to drop Confederate base names MyJoyOnline
    US President Donald Trump says he will “not even consider” renaming military bases named for Confederate generals. He tweeted that the facilities were part of “a Great American heritage”. Mr Trump’s remarks follow reports that top military officials were open to changes amid nationwide soul-searching after the death of George Floyd. For many, symbols of the Confederacy – the slaveholding southern states that seceded, prompting the 1861-65 American Civil War – evoke a racist past. What did the president say? Mr Trump tweeted on Wednesday that bases named for Confederate generals “have become part of a Great American heritage, a ... more
  • 2 months Stay secure when shopping online – Follow these tips from Visa MyJoyOnline
    In the light of Covid-19 outbreak, and lockdowns, people’s lifestyle and shopping behaviour have changed dramatically. And while the increased availability of online shopping is convenient, it makes it more lucrative for scammers to trick buyers into paying for goods they won’t receive or obtain their personal information for financial gain. Visa, financial institutions, and payment providers work hard to keep consumers’ payments safe – using multiple layers of security to prevent fraud, protect data, and help them get their money back if someone uses their card without permission. Yet, fraudsters are counting on consumers to be distracted and let ... more
  • 2 months North East Region NDC accuses NSS boss of plotting violence in Yagaba and Kubori MyJoyOnline
    The National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the North East Region has accused the Chief Executive Officer of the National Service Secretariat (NSS) Mustapha Ussif, who doubles as the Parliamentary Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) of scheming to stir up tribal clashes and disturb the peace in the Mamprugu – Moaduri district ahead of the 2020 elections. The party sounded the alarm in a statement issued Wednesday, June 10, 2020, as tension continues to build up between some youth of Yagaba and Kubori after a controversy erupted following the termination of a road project awarded under the NDC ... more
  • 2 months Hollard launches first virtual insurance Chatbot to boost insurance accessibility MyJoyOnline
    Hollard Insurance launches the first virtual insurance chatbot in Ghana with the goal to make insurance more accessible to Ghanaians via popular messaging channels such as WhatsApp. The innovative product, called Hollard ChatInsure is currently hosted on WhatsApp, by an Artificial Intelligence (AI) chatbot, called “Araba Hollard.” Araba is the first virtual insurer in the country offering end-to-end insurance services all within the messaging application and without human intervention. Users simply save her number, 0242 426 412 and message her on WhatsApp to access her services. At launch, Araba offers renters and homeowners, Home and Home Contents insurance. They can ... more
  • 2 months Ghana Trade Fair Company Ltd wins contempt case filed by aggrieved tenants MyJoyOnline
    Management of the Ghana Trade Fair Company Ltd (GTFCL) has prevailed over a case of contempt filed against them by some aggrieved tenants of the site. The Court of Appeal ruled in favour for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Agnes Adu and her team following a demolishing exercise which led to the pulling down of some business structures on February 16, 2020. According to officials from GTFCL, their actions was in accordance of a High Court Ruling made on February 12, 2020 which allowed them to demolish those structures. Ruling The Court of Appeal in its ruling stated that ... more
  • 2 months Reflect on ability to provide solutions to world problems – Foreign Affairs Minister urges UN MyJoyOnline
    Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey is urging the United Nations (UN) to do a sober reflection on its ability to provide solutions to existing and emerging threats of conflicts, terrorism, and other problems that continue to afflict the world. Speaking during a high level virtual forum to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations on the theme “The UN Charter at 75; Multilateralism in a Fragmented World” she said “There is no gainsaying that the foundational principles of the UN have stood the test of time and remain relevant in tackling contemporary global challenges. However, we remain challenged ... more
  • 2 months Prof Divine Ahadzie: Re-engineer settlements, introduce community-based risk management to address perennial floods MyJoyOnline
    Once again, the rains are here and we have already started feeling the impact with the annual ritual of devastating floods across the country. The rains are yet to peak, yet the Meteorological Agency is already warning of potential catastrophe ahead. Listening to radio and TV commentary, it is becoming clear that the Government is now overwhelmed by the gravity of the annual phenomenon and may be losing hope. Communities are also getting frustrated, feeling that they have been failed by Governments of day in seeking to seriously address flooding as a national priority. Indeed the situation is becoming ... more
  • 2 months Using shortcuts to gain affluence not the way to go – S.K Boafo MyJoyOnline
    Board Chairman of the Minerals Commission has advised the youth in mining communities not to resort to the use of shortcuts to gain affluence or make money. Sampson Kwaku Boafo says that is not the way out for the next generation. According to him, most people are sick, while others have also died because they did not use the right method of mining. “The death of some people have been attributed to witchcraft but in reality, its the way in which we go about mining.” Mr Boafo was speaking at the launching of the Community Mining Scheme at Manso ... more
  • 2 months Covid-19 Private Sector Fund launches Anti-Stigma and Discrimination campaign MyJoyOnline
    The Covid-19 Private Sector Fund, with support from Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, NCCE, Ghana Psychological Association, Ghana Medical Association and Global Media Alliance has led an initiative to denounce stigma and discrimination against Covid-19 recovered persons, frontline workers and their family members through an awareness campaign dubbed, ‘Let Love Lead. End The Stigma.’ The ‘Let Love Lead, End The Stigma’ campaign seeks to change people’s mindset about Covid-19 and debunk myths and misconceptions about recovered persons and their family members. It also aims to reduce fear, communicate support for frontline workers and encourage everyone to play their role in the fight against stigmatization.  The campaign will take place in the form of radio and social media education, community outreaches ... more
  • 2 months Adom FM/TV/Online, Asempa FM celebrate fathers with ‘Me papa y3 tough’ on Fathers’ Day MyJoyOnline
    The Adom cluster brands of The Multimedia Group will on Fathers’ Day, June 21, 2020, celebrate all fathers working on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19. The Adom Cluster include the Multimedia Group subsidiary brands Adom TV, Adom FM, Asempa FM and Adomonline.com. The programme dubbed ME PAPA Y3 TOUGH to wit My Dad is Tough seeks to celebrate the men risking their lives on a daily basis to ensure the country is protected from the devastating effects of the pandemic. Ghanaians who wish to celebrate their fathers on this special day are encouraged to submit entries in order to win amazing ... more
  • 2 months Selorm Branttie: Ghana’s trade in ECOWAS – Re-aligning a history of incoherent trade policies to post-Covid-19 scenarios MyJoyOnline
    Save for three different years, Ghana’s economy has grown by at least four percent annually since 2000, pulling along with it a very vibrant informal sector (World Bank, 2020). This reflects in the retail trade landscape where about ninety-six percent of all retail activity has been in the informal sector (Deloitte, 2016). These retail centres are characterised by small shops in wooden enclosures or a few built up shops located in commercial enclaves or along major streets and roads across the country (Anku & Ahorbo, 2017). Formal retail trade has almost been an exclusive preserve of foreign ownership, starting from ... more
  • 2 months Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor: Supreme Court must telecast proceedings of case between EC and NDC over voters’ register MyJoyOnline
    In view of the high level of public interest in the above case before the Supreme Court, I am calling on the Chief Justice to order a Live Broadcast of proceedings in the matter in accordance with established principles and precedence. The outcome of this case before the Apex Court has far-reaching ramifications for every Ghanaian. Having regard to the spirit that led to the live telecast of the 2012 Election Petition case in 2013 involving the current President and the Electoral Commission and John Dramani Mahama, I will urge the Supreme Court (as presently constituted) to place the same ... more
  • 2 months Lewandowski helps Bayern beat Frankfurt to reach cup final MyJoyOnline
    Holders Bayern Munich beat Eintracht Frankfurt to set up a German Cup final against Bayer Leverkusen. Ivan Perisic’s stooping header was the only goal of a first half the treble chasers entirely dominated. Eintracht, the 2018 winners, improved after the break and Danny da Costa levelled moments after coming on. Robert Lewandowski scored the winner from Joshua Kimmich’s pass, with a goal initially ruled out for offside but awarded by the video assistant referee. That is the Pole’s 45th goal in only 39 games for Bayern this season. The final will be in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on 4 July, with ... more
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