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  • 2 months Tullow Ghana holds maiden Supplier Development Seminar MyJoyOnline
     Tullow Ghana’s commitment to supplier development remains a key pillar of its Local Content activities. The company remains unfazed despite the spread of the novel coronavirus which has prevented direct physical contact among groups of people. The restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic has led Tullow Ghana to adopt creative and alternative approaches to its engagements with suppliers in Ghana. Many individuals, businesses and countries, are using innovative ways to keep learning, working and engaging and Tullow’s Local Content team is no exception.  Tullow Ghana’s supplier development seminars are usually held at a physical venue – ... more
  • 2 months UNIPASS system does not work, port operations now chaotic – Freight forwarders MyJoyOnline
    Technical Committee Member of the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders, Kwaku Okyere Darko has revealed that the new port operations system rolled out at the Tema Port, UNIPASS does not work and is causing a backlog of declarations in the system, slowing down processes. “Members are frustrated. People have collected money and importers are waiting for their goods. Those that have been able to clear theirs, are the ones that were processed in the old system and were migrated into the new system through the manual process,” he said on JoyFM’s Super Morning Show, Wednesday.  Although a pilot of the ... more
  • 2 months Ghana Health Service Council warns of herculean task ahead in Ghana’s Covid-19 fight MyJoyOnline
    The Ghana Health Service Council is warning of a herculean task ahead in Ghana’s Covid-19 fight as cases passes the 10,000 mark. The Council in a statement to celebrate health workers in Ghana who have been leading the battle against the virus said even though positive strides have been made, a lot more needs to be done. The statement was released just when Ghana’s coronavirus case count saw another big increase. The country now has 10,201 with 48 deaths, one of them, a 21 year old who had no underlying condition. A Pharmacist and fellow at Center for Democratic Development ... more
  • 2 months Prioritise research, data in manifesto formulation – Economists urge political parties ahead of elections MyJoyOnline
    Head of the Economics Department at the University of Ghana has called for the prioritisation of data collection in the formulation of manifestoes as Ghana inches towards the 2020 general elections. According to Prof. William Baah-Boateng, the importance of data, coupled with research in the development of a country cannot be over-emphasised in the transformation of an economy. He explained on PM Express June 4 that, it is essential to uphold this phenomenon as it guides in critical decisions made with regards to the execution of plans laid down in a manifesto, a step which remains pivotal after assumption of ... more
  • 2 months Landlords threaten to evict health workers over fears of contracting Covid-19 MyJoyOnline
    Some landlords at New Edubiase in the Ashanti region have threatened to evict health workers for fear of contracting Covid-19. According to the Medical Superintendent of the New Edubiase Government Hospital, the attitude of some landlords is worrying, especially at a time when health workers need the utmost support from citizens. Dr Allan Tiertoore indicated that the landlords are suspicious of potential spread of the virus by health workers to other tenants when they return home since they are in regular contact with patients. He threatened that if a single health worker is evicted it would compel the entire staff ... more
  • 2 months A vote against me is devilish – Bantama MP MyJoyOnline
    The Member of Parliament of Bantama constituency has described any vote against him in the upcoming New Patriotic Party parliamentary primaries as devilish. Daniel Okyem Aboagyein an interview on Joy News’ UpFront Wednesday indicated that he has done a lot for his constituency and has carried out his duties as he should. He therefore deserves to be given another opportunity to represent the NPP in the 2020 parliamentary elections for Bantama constituency in December. “A vote for me will be a fair vote. It will be a vote of appreciation for the hard work [I have] done. A vote for ... more
  • 2 months Hundreds of South Korea schools close again after reopening MyJoyOnline
    More than 500 schools closed again Friday to students after briefly reopening, as South Korea moves to stamp out a resurgence of the coronavirus in the capital, Seoul, and its surrounding metropolitan area. Parks, art galleries, museums and theaters operated by the government in the Seoul metropolitan area — home to about half the country’s population of nearly 52 million — have also been closed to the public for the next two weeks. Government hosted events in the metropolitan area will be canceled or postponed as well, Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said Thursday. The authorities have recommended that private academies ... more
  • 2 months World Vision donates sanitary items worth ₵97, 902 to communities in the Northern Region MyJoyOnline
    The World Vision Ghana has donated sanitary items worth ₵97,902 to some selected districts where the organization operates in the Northern Region. The items which includes, 750 pieces of hand washing equipment and 750 gallons of liquid soap was distributed amongst Gushegu, Savelugu, Saboba,  kassena, Bawku, Jirapa, Asutifi north, and Kintampo clusters. The Regional Operational Manager, Timothy Akanpabadai said the gesture is to support government’s effort to combat the novel coronavirus in the country. He revealed that the organisation has spent close to $650,000 on the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to support the Health Ministry, the Christian ... more
  • 2 months Justice for All facilitators want prison officers considered as frontliners MyJoyOnline
    Protector of Sentiments Foundation (POS) facilitating the Justice for All programme in prisons has called for the activation of a contagious disease allowance for prison officers across the country. The Non Governmental Organsiation (NGO) also wants prison officers to be considered as frontliners in the fight against Covid-19. Executive Director, Jonathan Osei Owusu, spoke to JoyNews when the foundation organised a short seminar for inmates and prison officers on safety protocols for Covid-19 at the Kumasi Central Prisons. He observed the pandemic could have grave impact on prisons and security in case of possible outbreak of the virus across various ... more
  • 2 months Why the NCA should tread cautiously on MTN’s significant market power case? MyJoyOnline
    The decision by the government through the Ministry of Communications and the National Communications Authority (NCA) to take measures to enforce the provisions of the Electronic Communications (EC) Act 2008 and the National Telecommunications Policy to address glaring disparities in market and revenue share in the sector should be done based on evidence and best practice as it could potentially become counterproductive. Whilst some Ghanaians including myself have become concerned about the Scancom MTN’s growing size in terms of market power and dominance, we must understand that the free and liberalized market rewards firms that innovate and invest. MTN has ... more
  • 2 months Our action was an overflow of emotions – Kwabre East NPP youth MyJoyOnline
    Members of the Kwabre East NPP youth who invoked curses and locked up party office during a protest at the weekends say their action was an overflow of emotions. The youth were protesting against the disqualification of their preferred aspirant, Lawyer Anthony Osei-poku in the party’s upcoming primaries. One of the leaders, Silas Baah Gyasi says if given the second chance they would not resort to that action again. “Some of the youth believed that it was the way to go and I think that in moments like this emotions do flare up, I think it is one ... more
  • 2 months Minority MPs condemn ‘rambo-style arrest’ of Apostle Kwabena Agyei MyJoyOnline
    The Minority in Parliament has condemned what it described as the rambo-style arrest of the self-acclaimed pastor who threatened to kill the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa. Apostle Kwabena Owusu Adjei who was arrested by the National Security Operatives yesterday has subsequently been remanded by an Accra Circuit court.  He was charged with ‘threat of death’, ‘offensive conduct conducive to the breach of peace’ and ‘possession of narcotics’. But addressing the press in Parliament, the Minority Spokesperson on Defence and Interior, James Agatha condemned the tactics used by the officials. He added that the National Security Operatives who ... more
  • 2 months Minority MPs condemn ‘rambo-style arrest’ of Apostle Kwabena Agyei MyJoyOnline
    The Minority in Parliament has condemned what it described as the rambo-style arrest of the self-acclaimed pastor who threatened to kill the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa. Apostle Kwabena Owusu Adjei who was arrested by the National Security Operatives yesterday has subsequently been remanded by an Accra Circuit court.  He was charged with ‘threat of death’, ‘offensive conduct conducive to the breach of peace’ and ‘possession of narcotics’. But addressing the press in Parliament, the Minority Spokesperson on Defence and Interior, James Agatha condemned the tactics used by the officials. He added that the National Security ... more
  • 2 months Communities in Adaklu connected to national grid MyJoyOnline
    More communities in the Adaklu District of the Volta Region have been connected to the national power grid under the government’s current Rural Electrification Project. This brings the total electricity coverage of the area to over 70 percent, with the remaining unserved communities expected to be connected soon. District Chief Exercutive (DCE) of the area Phanuel Kadey Donkor disclosed this when he paid a working visit to some of the communities to highlight the successes of the government and the Assembly’s projects in the area. The meeting, being replicated in all Assemblies, was under the auspices of the Ministries of Local ... more
  • 2 months Adaklu youth urged to venture into cultivation of cashew, the ‘new gold’ MyJoyOnline
    Youth in Adaklu have been encouraged to venture into the cultivation of cashew, the newly discovered ‘gold’ in the area. Chief Executive for the area, Phanuel Kadey Donkor says cashew has the potential to become the new cocoa for farmers in the area due to its economic benefits but only if the people will embrace its cultivation. He wants the youth in the area to take advantage of free seedlings distribution being undertaken by the Assembly to improve and venture into the business. The advice comes as the Assembly engaged 477 farmers, mostly women to work on a seedling bank to produce 200,000 ... more
  • 2 months Ghana’s Domestic Revenue: State of play and policy options after Covid-19 MyJoyOnline
    There are signs of imminent global recession as the Covid-19 pandemic causes serious economic damages across the world. Ghana is expected to grow 1.5 percent in 2020 according to the government and the International Monitoring Fund (IMF). Fitch, a rating agency however expected the economy to do slightly better with a growth rate of 2 percent in 2020. This means that Ghana may record her lowest growth in more than three decades. In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic will have significant implications for employment, poverty, and inequality and importantly, government revenue to do the necessary investments to ensure economic growth. ... more
  • 2 months Sekondi court remands suspects in defilement case MyJoyOnline
    A Sekondi gender-based violence court has remanded two accused persons alleged to have defiled a 14-year-old girl at Agona Nkwanta in the Ahanta West municipality into police custody for two weeks. The third accused who is 13-years-old has been asked to stay at the University of Cape Coast Juvenile cells to await processing for his sentence within a month by the Sekondi juvenile court. The three accused persons were charged on four counts, conspiracy to commit the crime of abduction, abduction of a child below 18 years, conspiracy to commit the crime of defilement and defilement of a child below ... more
  • 2 months Maggi brings fresh twist to popular African meals with new website MyJoyOnline
    Nestlé brand Maggi has launched a first-of-its-kind website in Central and West Africa offering fresh new twists to well-known African dishes. It is also serving up a second season of Yelo Pèppè – its popular online nutrition education drama series – on YouTube from June 8, 2020. The brand’s latest launches are just a few of the innovative ways Maggi is meeting its consumers’ digital and nutritional appetites, while also contributing to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. The Maggi website, which provides over 40 African recipes on an easy-to-use platform, can help families ... more
  • 2 months Institutions urged to help break myths and taboos on menstruation MyJoyOnline
    The Education Minister Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh has called for a collective approach by institutions to change the myths and other social perceptions on menstruation. He said in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic, there was the need to educate adolescent girls about menstrual hygiene and help deal with various misconceptions. The Minister was speaking at the Menstrual Hygiene Day Virtual Seminar to mark the World Menstrual Hygiene Day, which is celebrated annually in May. This year’s event dubbed “It is time for action” was observed using media interviews, short films, among others to sensitise females on good menstrual management practices. ... more
  • 2 months Parts of Jasikan Police Station roof ripped off by rainstorm MyJoyOnline
    The Jasikan District Police Station has had parts of its roof ripped off following a rainstorm on Monday evening. The most affected part of the building was the office of the District Criminal Investigations Department (CID), where all documents are kept. When JoyNews visited the station on Tuesday morning, documents were still soaked in water. Sources say the roof has been leaking for a while now but no steps have been taken to resolve until the downpour. The regional police commander, DCOP Paul Kwame Ayitey, told JoyNews the leaking roof would be attended to immediately. He also said ... more
  • 2 months Volta REGSEC directs MDAs to strictly enforce wearing of face masks in public MyJoyOnline
    The Volta Regional Security Council has directed all Municipal and District Assemblies to strictly enforce the mandatory wearing of face masks at the public places to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.  The Assemblies are to ensure ”No Masks, No Entry” signage are boldly displayed at the entrants of the various market centres, lorry stations and all public places. This was necessitated by the increase in cases count for coronavirus, which stands at 84, with the Council attributing the fast spread of the virus to none compliance of the World Health Organization’s prescribed preventive protocols.  A press release signed by ... more
  • 2 months Conditional access to free-to-air TV: Supreme Court delivers judgment on June 23 MyJoyOnline
    The Supreme Court is set to adjudicate on government’s plan to introduce conditional access to digital terrestrial television. The court will on June 23, decide on the constitutionality of the move after the Ghana Independent Broadcaster’s Association (GIBA) challenged same. The suit, filed in January 2020 raises questions of unnecessary restraint on the establishment and operation of private media in the country. The move, spearheaded by the Communications Ministry, through the National Communications Authority (NCA), would require television viewers to acquire a decoder before access free-to-air TV. The fee payable for the decoder would be the equivalent of television license. ... more
  • 2 months Police blame Santasi residents’ ‘intrusion’ for escape of 4 suspected robbers MyJoyOnline
    The Ashanti Regional Police command is blaming the public for disturbing a crime scene where they engaged an armed robbery gang. They said this led to the escape of some of the suspects. Two members of a six-armed robbery gang were gunned down by the police at Santasi a suburb of Kumasi on Tuesday. This was after the robbers had engaged the police in a shootout. The police were following up on intelligence that the group was planning an attack on some residents in the city. Police accosted them, resulting in a gun battle at about 6:45 pm on Tuesday. ... more
  • 2 months Asante Kotoko dissolves management team led by George Amoako MyJoyOnline
    Board chairman of Asante Kotoko Dr. Kwame Kyei has dissolved the club’s management team, including George Amoako who was Chief Exeutive Officer. This comes after the expiration of the initial three-year mandate handed to the management team. The official Twitter account of Asante Kotoko made the announcement earlier today and wished the outgoing members well. Club updateBoard Chairman, Dr. Kwame Kyei has dissolved the Management of the club following the expiration of his initial three-year mandate.Dr. Kyei has thanked them for their services and has also wished them well in their future endeavours. #AKSC #LetsFightCovid19 pic.twitter.com/Gh5FyxtqRK— Asante Kotoko SC (@AsanteKotoko_SC) ... more
  • 2 months Kweku Boateng Akuoko narrates how he got to design Akufo-Addo’s suits MyJoyOnline
    CEO of Brommon Bespoke, Kweku Boateng Akuoko, is one of the few fashion designers to have the President of Ghana as part of his clientele.  The fashionista has had the privilege of producing suits for president Akufo-Addo and his vice, Dr Bawumia.  Taking his turn on ‘Keeping It Real’ with Joselyn Dumas, Kweku Boateng Akuoko revealed how he got connected to two of the most respected Ghanaian public figures.  “One of the daughters approached me. She had obviously seen my work. She wanted me to do something for her father. I said of course…great. She called some weeks later and ... more
  • 2 months Levilimab beckons new hope for COVID-19 severe cases MyJoyOnline
    With hydroxychloroquine letting the world down at a time COVID-19 cases sprints towards unimaginable figures, scientists have been working harder to produce a cure. Russia which had recorded no case as at valentine day has recently been overwhelmed with over 400, 000 cases and 3,000 deaths. Their recoveries, almost half of the confirmed cases have been encouraging and their scientists seem to be doing something right. On Friday June 5, Russia’s ministry of Health registered a new drug, levilimab with the trade name ILSIRA. The drug in the class of antirheumatics or Rheumatism treatment drugs is produced by Russian company, ... more
  • 2 months George Floyd protests: The statues being defaced MyJoyOnline
    When anti-racism protesters in England pulled down the statue of a 17th Century slave trader and promptly dumped it in the deep waters of a harbour, the message was clear. Edward Colston’s ships are believed to have transported about 80,000 men, women and children from Africa to the Americas. But his memory has been honoured for centuries in his home city of Bristol, which benefited from his vast wealth. While the government condemned the act on Sunday, protesters said they hoped it signified change. “Statues are about saying: ‘This was a great man who did great things.’ That is not true, he ... more
  • 2 months VLK Djokoto: Asεsεgua – the throne of political authority MyJoyOnline
     The Office of the President, symbolically represented by the Asεsεgua, or throne, is the most powerful instrument of governance in our democratic society. The grip of poverty, ignorance and disease can only be loosened and eventually eradicated by the single purpose for which the Asεsεgua must be used: quality public administration. An emblem of Ghanaian sovereignty, the Asεsεgua represents a connexion between the sacrifice of our forbearers and the citizenry. The esoteric rite of the President’s installation expresses reverence for God and acknowledges dependence on our ancestors, without whose efforts, an independent Republic would have remained a figment of our ... more
  • 2 months Reports of CAF COVID-19 relief fund for GFA false- GFA Scribe, Henry Asante Twum MyJoyOnline
    The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has denied media reports that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is supporting member associations with Covid-19 financial reliefs. Reports in sections of the sporting media last week suggested, CAF was going to the aid of its member associations with some financial support. Some outlets even quoted figures expected to be received by the Association. The GFA, for instance, according to the reports was to receive $185,200 as its share of the relief funds from the continental body. But in an interview with Delali Atiase on Monday Night Sports on Luv FM in Kumasi, Henry Asante ... more
  • 2 months Anthony Joshua & Tyson Fury agree to two fights – Eddie Hearn MyJoyOnline
    British world heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have agreed to a two-fight deal, says promoter Eddie Hearn. Talks over an historic bout for the undisputed title began in early May. Joshua, 30, holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts while 31-year-old Fury is the WBC champion. “It’s fair to say [Joshua and Fury] are in agreement regarding the financial terms,” Hearn, who is Joshua’s promoter, told Sky Sports News. “We’re in a good place. It’s fair to say that, in principle, both guys have agreed to that fight. Two fights.” Fury expressed his delight at the news in ... more
  • 2 months Nana Romeo wants an apology from Wendy Shay MyJoyOnline
    Host on Accra FM, Nana Romeo says he is expecting Wendy Shay and people from her camp to apologise to him. This comes after the singer walked out on of interview with him when he repeatedly asked her if she was dating her manager and label boss, Bullet. Although Wendy Shay had answered no, Nana Romeo kept pressing her adding that he had evidence to the claim that the two were in a relationship. The singer said she was being asked “unprofessional questions” and walked out of the studio after apologising to the listeners and her fans. However, Nana Romeo ... more
  • 2 months Photos from NDC’s 28th Anniversary ceremony MyJoyOnline
    The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) held a flag raising ceremony to commemorate its 28th Anniversary, Wednesday. The NDC is a social-democratic political party founded by Jerry Rawlings, who was Head of State from 1981 to 1993 and then president from 1993 to 2001. In attendance was former President John Dramani Mahama who is the party’s 2020 flagbearer and other party executives. Meanwhile, former President Jerry John Rawlings was not present at the ceremony. The post Photos from NDC’s 28th ... more
  • 2 months Dean of UPSA Law Faculty, Kofi Abotsi schools journalists on media and the law MyJoyOnline
    Renowned Lawyer and lecturer, Ernest Kofi Abotsi shared valuable insights with a select number of media persons who participated in MTN Ghana’s Bright Story Series. The series was organised to empower participants in the area of development communication and journalism. Addressing participants at the virtual forum on the theme “The Media And The Law’, Lawyer Abotsi took participants through several topics regarding the legal and regulatory framework of media practice in Ghana. It included the 1992 Constitution, The Whistle Blower Act, Censorship Laws And Abolishment, The Right To Information Law, Electronic Communications Act and a host of many others.   ... more
  • 2 months NDC won’t accept the result of a flawed election – Mahama MyJoyOnline
    The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama says the party will not accept the results of the 2020 general elections should it deem the process as unfair. The party has participated in all elections in the Fourth Republic, he noted, adding they have accepted defeat each time they lost. But stressing on the disagreements between the NDC and the Electoral Commission (EC) on the voters’ register, Mahama warned the party may not accept the results of the upcoming elections. Addressing party members at the NDC’s 28th Anniversary; Mr Mahama promised that the party was committed ... more
  • 2 months Minister leads team to retrieve eight excavators from illegal mining sites MyJoyOnline
    The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, has retrieved eight excavators and mining-related equipment at some illegal mining sites in Tugakrom in the Suaman District of the Western North Region. The Minister was accompanied by some military personnel for the exercise. The team observed that about 100 acres of land had been destroyed by the illegal miners at Tugakrom and its environs. Mr Asomah-Cheremeh urged Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to prioritise the fight against illegal mining to help sanitise the small-scale mining sector. The Minister encouraged indigenes who wanted to venture into small-scale mining to apply ... more
  • 2 months Frontline health worker in charge of disinfection at UGMC shares experience MyJoyOnline
    Front line health workers have been lauded the world over for their efforts at containing the novel coronavirus. Sadly, some have paid the ultimate price but still, others are carrying the torch to keep the flame burning to save lives. One of such persons is Sarah Tetteh Yawo. The 22-year-old is responsible for non-medical care at one of the country’s Covid-19 isolation and treatment centre. Formerly a security guard, Ms Yawo now helps to disinfect the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC). She also helps doctors and nurses who take care of critically ill patients at the facility to ... more
  • 2 months Move to safer grounds – NADMO to people in flood prone areas MyJoyOnline
    People living in flood-prone areas within Southern Ghana, have been advised to move to safer grounds as the rainy season peaks in the South. “This is because, with more rains being expected, there is bound to be flooding in flood-prone areas, and one of the best means to protect life, is for people to vacate these areas during downpours.” Director of Communications at NADMO, George Ayisi told the Ghana News Agency that whilst NADMO was prepared for emergencies that might result from flooding, it was best to avoid and prevent those situations in the first place. He observed that currently, ... more
  • 2 months ICUMS records 1,452 transactions at land borders MyJoyOnline
    Integrated Customs Management Systems (ICUMS) has registered 1,452 transactions at the land frontiers since it was deployed. Out of this, 408 were direct imports into home use, 900 Temporary Vehicle Imports, 34 Warehouse, 20 Transit, and 9 Free Zones. Responding to concerns by some stakeholders, Mr. Emmanuel Ohene Assistant Commissioner of Customs who is the sector commander of Accra said payment is no longer made on the Bill of Entry (BoE) but rather a Bill of Tax is generated for the payment. “Whereas previously, a post-entry is required to update change in exchange rate, ICUMS does that automatically and generates ... more
  • 2 months Develop other sporting brands aside football – Asantehene 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 Mr. Kofi ... more
  • 2 months Akufo-Addo joins African leaders to mourn Burundi’s Nkurunziza MyJoyOnline
    President Nana Akufo-Addo has joined other African leaders to mourn Burundi’s late president, Pierre Nkurunziza. Akufo-Addo wrote tweeted on Wednesday expressing his “condolences to the government and people of the Republic of Burundi.” The Ghanaian people and I extend our deepest condolences to the Government and people of the Republic of Burundi, on the sad news of the death of their President, His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza. May his soul rest in perfect peace.— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) June 10, 2020 “May his soul rest in perfect peace,” Akufo-Addo said. Nkurunziza, 55, who has led Burundi for the past 15 years was ... more
  • 2 months Annual Inflation rate rises to 11.3 percent in May MyJoyOnline
    The year-on-year inflation rate increased to 11.3 percent in May up from 10.6 percent in April on food prices. The rate rose by 0.7 percentage points from the 10.6 percent recorded in April Professor Samuel Annim, Government Statistician, said on Wednesday. The month-on-month inflation between April 2020 and May 2020 was 1.7 percent. The Food and non-alcoholic beverages division recorded a year-on-year inflation rate of 15.1 percent, up 0.7 percentage points over the 14.4 percent recorded in April. Food contributed nearly 60 percent of the year-on-year inflation in April 2020. “This translates to food being the predominant driver of year-on-year ... more
  • 2 months EC needs to listen to concerns about new voters’ register – Afriyie Ankrah MyJoyOnline
    Director of Elections for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has expressed worry over the Electoral Commission’s adamance to heed to concerns raised by his party ahead of the compilation of the new voters’ register. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah in an interview on JoyNews’ AM Show, said it is “a practical impossibility for the Electoral Commission to register 17 million people” in the rainy season and within the coronavirus pandemic. Thus, the exercise could result in the exclusion of thousands of prospective voters. “Over time, a large number of Ghanaians will come to appreciate the concerns and position of the ... more
  • 2 months Facebook launches Messenger Kids across Sub-Saharan Africa MyJoyOnline
    Facebook is rolling out Messenger Kids, a video chat and messaging app that helps children connect with friends and family in a fun, parent-controlled space. Available to download from the Apple App and Google Play Stores, Messenger Kids has been designed for children between the ages of 6 to 12 years, with the app including two new features aimed at helping kids connect with their friends and family. Helping to shape the Messenger Kids app, Facebook has worked closely with Youth Advisors over the years, made up of experts in online safety, child development and media. Ahead of its launch, ... more
  • 2 months Freddie Blay: We are not each other’s opponent, it is a family affair MyJoyOnline
    The New Patriotic Party (NPP) goes into its 2020 Parliamentary Primaries in a couple of days, after having experienced delays and limitations brought about by COVID-19. The Party is excited about the numerous expression of interest by aspiring Parliamentarians in their quest to contest in this year’s internal elections, regardless of all the difficulties presented by the current challenges. The Party believes that the aspiring Parliamentary candidates including those who may have been displeased, are appreciative of the massive gains made so far under the leadership of H. E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, hence their strong desires to contest ... more
  • 2 months Marital Rape: Marriage is not consent MyJoyOnline
    It’s not inconceivable that most people cannot reconcile marriage and rape. To them, a husband cannot rape his wife. But guess what? Marriage is only a social contract that does not include perpetual consent to sex! The fact that you got married does not mean you’ve acquired unrestricted access to your spouse’s body. Marital rape happens when you have sex with your spouse without his or her consent. The issue of whether ‘marital rape’ is a thing or not shouldn’t pop up in conversation because one should understand that marriage is marriage and consent is consent – two separate ideas. ... more
  • 2 months Full text: Mahama’s speech at NDC’s 28th Anniversary ceremony MyJoyOnline
    Eye ZuEye Za On behalf of our great party, I thank you all who have joined us, at the NDC Party Headquarters, this morning, and all those watching from around the country and the world. The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is a great party. We have over the last 28 years done our beat, contributing enormously and living by our principle of Social Democracy, towards the development of our beloved country, Ghana. On the occasion of the 28th anniversary, on your behalf as faithful servants of this party, I send very warm felicitations and appreciation to all our forebears led ... more
  • 2 months CLOGSAG threatens strike should SSNIT refuse to pay its retirees MyJoyOnline
    The Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) has given the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) two weeks to come up with an acceptable payment of past credit to its current retirees else it will go on strike. Speaking at a press briefing Wednesday, the Executive Secretary of CLOGSAG, Isaac Bampoe Addo revealed that its members have received low credits contrary to directives by the National Pensions Regulatory Authority. Under Section 824 of the presidential commission on pensions final report it was envisaged that under the Tier-Two scheme “it will pay improved pension benefits especially the lump ... more
  • 2 months Police discovers illegal cannabis cultivation enclave in Boso MyJoyOnline
    The Police have discovered an illegal cannabis cultivating enclave in the Asuogyaman district of the Eastern Region. According to them, the enclave nestled between Boso and Peki around the Tome Mountains measured hundreds of acres. It took a joint operation by the National and Regional Drug Law Enforcement Unit of the Criminal Investigation Departments (CID), Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams and the Peki Divisional Police Command to discover the enclave. The area appeared to be a safe haven for the cultivation of the drug. Each and every plantation is demarcated with rows of corn. Hamlets were erected on ... more
  • 2 months Interview: Agyemang Badu on Hellas, injuries and Serie A return MyJoyOnline
    Football to some extent has returned. However, the full complement of the beautiful game will be realized sooner rather than later. La Liga resumes this week, the Premier League returns next week, the week after? Serie A will complete the return of mainstream football. When the league in Italy resumes, the focus unequivocally will be on the title race – one that has merely existed considering Juventus’ dominance in the past seven years. Beyond that, is the fanciful story of a team discreetly located on the north side of the meandering Adige River in Veneto, Italy. Hellas Verona have been ... more
  • 2 months At 50 killed in bandit attack on Katsina communities in Nigeria MyJoyOnline
    At least 50 people have been killed by bandits in attacks on five communities in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State. Dozens of bandits are reported to have attacked the communities of Kadisau, Kabalawa, Kwakware, Unguwar Wahabi, and Raudama on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, according to The Guardian. It is said, the bandits attacked the people of Kadisau in the evening when residents were preparing for prayers and killed about 30 of them. The bandits set houses and food stores on fire, and also stole domestic animals including cows, goats, and sheep. They also reportedly raped several women in ... more
  • 2 months This is not the time to compile new voters’ register – Dormahene to EC MyJoyOnline
    The paramount chief of Dorma in the Bono Region Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyemang Badu II has called on the Electoral Commission to rescind its decision to compile a new register for the December 2020 general elections. As Ghana grapples to contain the coronavirus, the chief believes the time is not right to compile a voters’ register. Speaking when the General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, paid a courtesy call on him to register the party’s displeasure at the EC’s insistence to compile a new electoral roll, Osagyefo Agyemang Badu II said the timing is wrong. ... more
  • 2 months Ghana lost ¢100m at the port in 3 days – Isaac Adongo MyJoyOnline
    Ghana lost ¢100 million at the ports in three days due to errors in the switch from port management system GCNET to UNIPASS. Isaac Adongo, the Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga Central who made this claim says the anomaly occurred from April 28 to April 30. The National Democratic Congress (NDC) legislator said the revenue loss has continued till June causing huge financial loss to the country. JoyNews/AdomNews · Ghana Lost 100million Cedis In 3days At The Port – Isaac Adongo According to Adongo, following all protocols for a transition and conducting “a pilot would have cleared the way for ... more
  • 2 months Implement ECOWAS Veterinary Pharmaceutical Protocol in livestock sector – Women in Poultry Value Chain MyJoyOnline
    The Women in Poultry Value Chain (WIPVaC) has called for the speedy implementation of the ECOWAS Veterinary Pharmacy Protocol in the country. The group, which is an umbrella organisation of women poultry value chain actors, believe that supporting the implementation of the ECOWAS  Veterinary Pharmaceutical Protocol will allow Ghana’s livestock sector actors to prioritise action that safeguards the development of the livestock value chain. The National President of the apex body of Women in Poultry Value Chain (WIPVAC-Apex), Victoria Norgbey said the government’s agricultural productivity programs such as the Rearing for Food and Jobs stand to increase its impact following ... more
  • 2 months Give me back my car, I’ll use it as a taxi – Shatta Wale to Joint77 MyJoyOnline
    Shatta Wale has asked his former militant Joint77 to return a Toyota Camry car he had bought for him. The Dancehall artiste’s decision comes after Joint77 had said Shatta Wale had not appreciated his efforts while he was in the SM camp. He had said on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM that he had the chance to record his songs when the ‘Melissa’ hitmaker takes a break. Joint77 also debunked Shatta Wale’s claims that he wrote every lyric on their collaboration Taking Over. The former militant said he was still grateful for what he had received from his former ... more
  • 2 months Africa CDC, Mastercard Foundation partner to deliver 1 million test kits, deploy 10,000 community health workers for COVID-19 response MyJoyOnline
    Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and Mastercard Foundation have partnered to respond to COVID-19.  Through its COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program, Mastercard Foundation is committing $40 million to the Africa CDC’sPartnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT).  These funds will be used to purchase 1 million test kits, as well as train and deploy 10,000 community healthcare workers and 80 surveillance rapid responders. The responders are to support contact tracing as well as strengthen the Africa CDC’s capacity to oversee a continental response to the pandemic. Africa CDC will undertake these COVID-19 response measures in partnership with the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET). PACT is anchored on the Africa Joint Continental Strategy for COVID-19 endorsed by the Bureau of Heads of State and government of the African Union to help limit COVID-19 transmission ... more
  • 2 months Completion deadline for Trade Fair redevelopment project unchanged despite Covid -19 MyJoyOnline
    The Ghana Trade Fair Company Ltd, (GTFCL) says it is sticking to the 2022 deadline for the completion of the redevelopment project despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. This was after an Appeals Court dismissed a contempt case against the Chief Executive and Chairman of the company for demolishing structure used as business premises by previous occupants of the trade fair site. The Court of Appeal on Monday 8 June 2020, dismissed the case indicating that the tenants had not proved “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the chairman and chief executive officer of GTFCL had committed contempt as alleged. ... more
  • 2 months Muhammad Ali: ‘Why is everything white?’ MyJoyOnline
    Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who died in 2016, explained how he used to ask his mother about white representation in an interview with Parkinson in 1971. He said he was a curious child who noted the plethora of white objects and people, including in literature, media and even household products and wondered why black people weren’t represented in the same way.  As well as a sportsman, Mr Ali was a civil rights campaigner and poet who transcended the bounds of sport, race and nationality. He died in Phoenix, Arizona, aged 74. The excerpt is from an interview Mr Ali ... more
  • 2 months Former astronaut becomes first person to visit both space and the deepest place in the ocean MyJoyOnline
    Just eight people have reached Challenger Deep, the deepest point of the ocean. More than 550 people have visited space. But only one person has done both: Kathy Sullivan. On Sunday, the NASA astronaut and oceanographer visited Challenger Deep, which sits at a depth of 10,928 meters (35,853 feet) in the western Pacific Ocean, as part of the Ring of Fire Expedition organized by bespoke adventure company EYOS Expeditions and undersea technology specialist Caladan Oceanic. Ahead of the expedition, EYOS invited three intrepid explorers, which they call “Mission Specialists,” to venture to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, where Challenger ... more
  • 2 months Veteran actress ‘Miliky MiCool’ has died MyJoyOnline
    Veteran actress Beatrice Chinery, popularly known as ‘Miliky MiCool’ has died. Speaking to Peacefmonline, brother of the actress, Robert Chinery, said she passed away on Wednesday, June 10 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. He said she had been ill for some months but things got worse and she was rushed to the Hospital but died upon arrival. Robert Chinery told the online portal that the 53-year-old died of complications from high blood pressure. Miliky MiCool is survived by two children. Beatrice Chinery with the cast of Jamestown Fisherman The veteran shot to fame for her role in ... more
  • 2 months Adom TV, Lil Win apologise to Dr Stephen Opuni over defamatory remarks MyJoyOnline
    Ghanaian actor, Lil Win and the Management of Adom TV have apologised to former Chief Executive Officer of COCOBOD, Dr Stephen Opuni, for defaming him on his popular TV show ‘Don’t Think Far News’ on Adom TV. Lil Win, known in private life as Kojo Nkansah, on March 24, 2018, showed numerous metal boxes in rooms which were filled to the brim with $100 bundles. Without any evidence, the actor cum TV host stated as a fact that the metal boxes filled with the notes were found in the house of Dr Opuni. He further alleged that Dr Opuni stole ... more
  • 2 months Dr. Clement Apaak: Our position on new register remains consistent MyJoyOnline
    I have spent a great deal of time to respond to the wobbly attempt by the NPP government and its paid assigns to question the commonsensical, pristine and nationalistic position of the NDC in opposition to the needless, unjustified and discretionary decision by the EC to compile a new voters register.  My decision to engage in this truthful exercise is to set the records straight, in light of the concerted attempt by the Nana Addo led NPP through its National Chairman, Freddy Blay, the Majority leader in Parliament, Ministers and Parliamentarians on the NPP side, to hoodwink Ghanaians by suggesting ... more
  • 2 months ‘Please pray for us’ – Archbishop Duncan-Williams appeals after son’s social media outburst MyJoyOnline
    The General Overseer of Action Chapel International, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams says recent development concerning his son; Daniel Duncan-Williams should not be used as click-bait on social media. This, according to him, is due to the fact that Daniel suffers from acute bipolar disorder. In a statement issued by the spokesperson for the family, Bishop Ebenezer Obodai said the significance of psychological health has become personal to the family since Daniel was diagnosed six years ago. He said, “Daniel has undergone the very best medical interventions, treatments and hospitalisations, yet he still experiences relapses when he does not continue on his prescribed ... more
  • 2 months Shatta Wale and ‘militant’ Joint77 clash on Hitz FM MyJoyOnline
    Dancehall artiste Shatta Wale and one of his former militants, Joint 77, took their disagreements that caused their separation to Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM. Their altercation came after Joint77 made some claims that did not sit well with his former boss. Among other claims, he said that although Shatta Wale supported him he hardly appreciated his efforts. Shatta Wale said the Joint77 and other militants were unappreciated of the efforts he made for them and have resulted to badmouthing him. Their disagreement spiralled after Shatta Wale began recounting things he had done for the group including, giving ... more
  • 2 months Afriyie Ankrah justifies NDC’s participation in EC’s pilot registration MyJoyOnline
    The Director of Elections for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has justified its participation in the Electoral Commission’s pilot registration for a new voters’ register. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah says their participation in the just ended exercise have informed their arguments against compilation of the new roll. Speaking to JoyNews’ AM Show Wednesday, Mr. Afriyie Ankrah mounted fresh claims of unpreparedness from the EC in their much desired quest. According to him, the machines – which the EC told them are new – broke down frequently during the exercise, raising questions on their authenticity and purported newness. He said ... more
  • 2 months Survey to track impacts of Covid-19 on households and jobs in Ghana begins MyJoyOnline
    The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank (WB) is conducting a survey to track the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 on households and jobs. The survey dubbed ‘Households and Jobs Tracker’ begins from June 9 -20. The households and jobs tracker will provide insights on how household lives and jobs are impacted by the pandemic.    The Households and Jobs Tracker is one of the three surveys being conducted by the Ghana Statistical Service and development partners on socioeconomic impacts of the coronavirus disease. Topics covered in this ... more
  • 2 months Man sues state for ¢5m over death of his wife 20 months after marriage MyJoyOnline
    On April 28, 2018, then 34-year-old publisher Mohammed Mustapha said his marital vows to his 30-year-old sweetheart Akua Nyarko Osei Bonsu. The famous vow “till death do us part” is always at the back of the mind of many couples who may well not know that it traces its roots to the Roman Empire of the first century. “That we will have a life full of happiness,” Mustapha’s response when I asked him about the thoughts on his mind on that memorable occasion when he was joined by friends and family. His mates from the Commonwealth Hall known ... more
  • 2 months Let’s reduce sea pollution – Frimpong-Boateng MyJoyOnline
    As the world mark’s World Oceans Day, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, has expressed worry about the human activities that adversely impact Ghana’s marine and coastal resources. Such activities include indiscriminate disposal of waste, particularly plastics and organic waste on beaches, indiscriminate sand winning and over fishing. He has, therefore, called on citizens to collectively take the responsibility to reduce land based sources of waste that enter the oceans. “We must be reminded that the oceans are the lungs of our planet; without the ocean there will be no life,” he said in a message ... more
  • 2 months How Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton films can ‘inspire’ young women MyJoyOnline
    Becoming, the Netflix documentary about Michelle Obama, was one of the streaming site’s Top 10 films when it was released a few weeks ago. Now another American First Lady, Hillary Clinton, has her own docuseries – Hillary. The four-hour show, consisting of interviews given by Clinton to documentary maker Nanette Burstein, explores all of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s life, from her activism in the 1960s, her marriage to ex-US President Bill Clinton, the Monica Lewinsky scandal and her unsuccessful attempt to become US President in 2016. Hillary puts forward the theory that the next generation of female leaders were galvanised by ... more
  • 2 months Ghana, Akufo-Addo get standing ovation at George Floyd memorial service in US MyJoyOnline
    Ghana and president Akufo-Addo got a special mention and a standing ovation during George Floyd’s funeral service on Tuesday. The family of the murdered African-American expressed their gratitude to Akufo-Addo and the people of Ghana for mourning with them. A resolution read by social impact leader and CEO of Ivy Inc. Ivy McGregor appreciated the Ghana’s solidarity with the family. “The family of George Floyd will like to acknowledge the…tribute from Akufo-Addo, the president of Ghana. “Yesterday, during the memorial, a video produced by the people of Ghana was broadcast for thousands of mourners as they paid their ... more
  • 2 months Absa achieves substantial completion in 3-year separation programme from Barclays MyJoyOnline
    Absa Group, one of Africa’s largest financial services providers, is celebrating substantial completion of its separation programme from Barclays PLC, three years after the start. The separation, one of the largest and most complex corporate programmes of its kind, followed Barclays PLC’s 2016 decision to reduce its shareholding in the African group to a minority position. Barclays became the majority shareholder in Absa in 2005 and the two groups subsequently integrated systems, processes and policies over time. “We are closing an important chapter in the more-than-100-year history of the Absa Group as we wind up the last few elements ... more
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