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Akufo-Addo arrives arrives in Lusaka, Zambia for 3-day visit

General News

The President, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo arrived in Lusaka, Zambia Monday evening to begin a three-day state visit.

Graphic Online’s Victor Kwawukume reported that President Akufo-Addo was welcomed with a mix of two distinct cultures, from Zambia and Ghana.

Aquinas beats PRESEC, to enter grand finale with Prempeh and Adisco

General News

St. Thomas Aquinas on Monday evening beat Presbyterian Boys Senior High (PRESEC) and Kumasi High School in the third semi-finals to enter the final stage of the 2017 National Science and Math Quiz (NSMQ).

Prempeh College from the Ashanti Region put up a spirited performance to silence Mfantsipim School from Central Region and Mawuli School from Volta Region, at the semi-finals of the National Science and Maths Quiz on Monday.

Why rotten plantain used to prepare ‘kakro’ can give you cancer

General News

A former dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Ghana, Legon, Professor George Tawia Odamtten has cautioned the public against eating ‘kakro’ mashed plantain, made into balls and fried in very hot oil.

He said although eating 'kakro' is not bad, the manner in which it is prepared with soft plantain that are almost decayed or rotten can cause cancer.

Teachers and pupils of New Amanful Basic School, a fishing community near Takoradi, are yet to come to terms with the horror of how an Alsatian strayed into the school and killed a six-year-old class one pupil who was playing with his schoolmates on the school's compound.

The pupils were said to be playing when the dog attacked Bismark Adzie and inflicted serious injuries on him.

Some brave onlookers went to the aid of the victim, but he died hours later at the Kwesimintsim Hospital due to the deep wounds inflicted on him by the dog.

Adisadel College sails through semi-Finals

General News

The Adisadel College in Cape Coast has qualified for the grand finale of the 2017 National Science and Maths quiz (NSMQ).

They beat Ghana National College and University Practice Senior High School, all in Cape Coast to emerge winner in the first semi-final contest on Monday morning.

Prof. Edmund N. Delle & Former President Kufuor

Politics

The Convention People’s Party (CPP) has expressed concern over the statement made by former President John Agyekum Kufuor accusing the first President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, of having created a unitary state that did not tolerate varying ideologies. This was at a meeting of the International Democratic Union, an association of right-wing parties from all over the world.

Dr K. Kizza Besigy

Politics

Leader of the main opposition party in Uganda, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Dr K. Kizza Besigye, has said real development is the one that benefits all the people but not limited few.

Second from left Nana Kwabena Aborampah Mensah (cdd-Ghana) and Dr Kweku Afriyie (MP for Sefwi Wiawso and the Western Regional Minister, after the meeting

Politics

Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has organised an interface programme for the Member of Parliament (MP) and the people of the Sefwi Wiawso Constituency in the Western Region.

Former President Rawlings and Nana Konadu

Politics

Former President Jerry John Rawlings and his wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, have congratulated the Muslim community on the occasion of the feast of breaking of the fast, Eid-ul-Fitr.

Mr Daniel Bugri Naabu

Politics

The Northern Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Daniel Bugri Naabu, has appealed to the youth wing of the party at Walewale to remain calm.

This follows a riot by some NPP youth in the Walewale Constituency to express their displeasure over the appointment of a new District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area.

Dr Nana Ato Arthur

Politics

Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) should keep abreast of local economic development programmes to promote community participation and accountability to the people, the Head of Local Government Service (LGS), Dr Nana Ato Arthur, has urged.

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• In this women’s doubles game Immigration ladies (right) take on their counterparts from the Army (left in green)

Sports News

League leaders, Tesano Spinners who have 48 points, consolidated their position as champions of round one with emphatic wins over Navy(3-0) and Kings Royal

Academy(3-1), while defending champions Immigration  came home victors after trouncing third placed [email protected] 3-1 in a pulsating encounter.

Participants going ­through some exercising drills during the Olympic Day celebration last Saturday

Sports News

The President of Olympic Committee, Ben Nunoo Mensah, has urged the Ghana Education Service to make the Olympic Day celebration a part of school activities.

This, he says will enable the GOC teach youngsters the importance of adopting healthy lifestyles, as well as representing the nation at the highest level of sports.

The late Herbert Coach

Sports News

The mortal remains of the late Herbert Obuobia Addo were interred at the Aburi Methodist Cemetery last Saturday after a funeral ceremony that saw many pay their last respect to the one-time national soccer coach.

• Hearts Coach Frank Nuttal — Happy with his team’s performance

Sports News

Accra Hearts of Oak impressively overcame what was expected to be a tough game yesterday with an emphatic 2-0 win against Elmina Sharks at the Nduom Stadium at Elmina with Thomas Abbey and Kwame Kizito netting within a spate of three minutes.

Kotoko tame Wa All Stars (Library photo)

Sports News

Yakubu Mohammed described as  ‘great relief’ his goal that helped Kumasi Asante Kotoko record a 2-1 victory over Wa All Stars in their Ghana Premier League encounter at the Baba Yara Stadium last Saturday, as the team finally ended their winless streak at home.

Mohammed has had a frustrating season for the Porcupine Warriors, failing to meet the expectation in scoring the needed goals, but against Wa All Stars, he finally broke the jinx in memorable manner, scoring the winner which would also be Kotko’s 200th home goal in the GPL.

• Tom Strand — Oly Coach

Sports News

Liberty Professionals won the battle of Accra against Great Olympics with a painful 1-0 result that would re-ignite Olympics’ relegation woes.

Michael Ampedu’s strike on the 40th minute was enough to hand Liberty the crucial points and the breather from their relegation blues  and deepen  Olympics' woes, after their wasteful performance.

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Asamoah Gyan: I am not a good father, my family has only 50 per cent of my time

Relationships

Black Stars Captain Asamoah Gyan thinks that he can only become a good father to his family, when he retires from playing football.

In a television interview on the Delay Show, Gyan said his family currently gets about 50 percent of his attention, which he thinks was not enough.

Business suit care

Fashion

A lot of you who wear suits have requested for an article on how to clean and maintain your suits. The basic rule that must constantly be observed when cleaning your clothes is: READ THE LABEL CARE INSTRUCTIONS.

For instance, there are some clothes that should only be dry cleaned. The attached label on the clothes will indicate whether it should be dry cleaned, machine washed or hand washed.

Islamic dress code

Fashion

Islam instructs both Muslim men and women to dress in a modest way. For women clothing must cover the entire body, only the hands and face may remain visible.

Hopefully, this coming Monday Muslims across the world would be celebrating the Eid ul-Fitr. It is an important event for Muslims across the globe. The name translates into English as the ’festival of breaking of the fast’.

Mr Bonarh Sarpong (left), General Manager of M&K Gh Ltd, welcoming Mr Boakye Agarko, the Minister of Energy, to the International Paint, stand during the Oil and Gas exhibition at the AICC in Accra

Oil & Gas

The 8th Annual Ghana Summit Exhibition, a platform for companies to showcase their latest products, services and innovative solutions in the oil and gas industry, took place in Accra last Thursday.

Ms Torson-Hart (left) with Mr Yofi Grant

Business News

The President of the US-Ghana Chamber of Commerce, Ms Florence Torson-Hart, has urged the Ghana government to consider what she describes as “strategic branding campaign for Ghana” to increase the awareness of the abundant opportunities in the country.

Mr Emmanuel Kofi Nti (middle) stressing a point while Mr Stephen Antwi and others look on

Business News

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) says it wil release a list of selected spare parts that are exempted from duties following the Customs (Amendment) Act, 2017.

Parliament passed the Customs (Amendment) Bill, 2017 last week to exempt imported vehicle spare parts from duty.

The Act will favour importers and consumers of both new and used spare parts. However, imported vehicle tyres are not covered and so will continue to attract duties.

Remove confusion

At the Ghana-German Economic Association (GGEA) forum in Accra, the Commissioner General of the GRA, Mr Emmanuel Kofi Nti, said the release of the list would resolve the confusion in people’s minds about which parts were eligible.

The event was on the theme, “Operationalising the recent tax reliefs as contained in the 2017 Budget and review of the Value Added Tax (VAT) Amendment Act 2017.”

Mr Nti explained that all spare parts came with a Harmonised System (HS) code which helped in easy identification, but the list would specify which kinds of parts would enjoy tax exemptions.

“When the list comes out finally, irrespective of the sector, be it manufacturing or vehicle spare parts, they will all be zero rated,” he said.

The GGEA forum brought stakeholders and members of the GGEA together to deliberate on what needed to be done to provide a conducive atmosphere for businesses to thrive.


Reforms

Mr Nti indicated that the GRA was changing its face to become more customer friendly where taxpayers would be seen as ‘clients and customers’ and not just taxpayers, adding, “We want to get to a point where GRA would be seen as high level professionals.”

One of the reforms, he said, would be the establishment of a help desk to address the challenges of taxpayers, since they were key to the economic development of the country.

The Deputy Commissioner in charge of Policy and Programmes at the GRA, Mr Edward Gyamerah, assured clients that the GRA would always work in their interests, the reason for which some tax cuts were initiated by the government.

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The President of the GGEA, Mr Stephen Antwi, said the move to list all spare parts which were supposed to enjoy zero duties was laudable.

He said there was the need for clarity in the tax regime so that business owners would not be in doubt about their obligations to the state.

“The GRA must appreciate the challenges and the peculiarities these businesses are going through and try and see the kind of assistance they can give to them rather than always focusing on their tax collection,” Mr Antwi stressed.

Mr Antwi also welcomed the various tax cuts initiated by the government, noting that they were forward looking and would enhance business development.

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Apostle Kwadwo Safo Kantanka

Showbiz News

The exploits of philanthropist and founder of the Kristo Asafo Church, Apostle Kwadwo Safo Kantanka is what has motivated up-and-coming artiste, Zidor, to record a single in his honour titled, Safo Kantanka.

In the song, Zidor extols the virtues of the man who has numerous inventions to his credit including televisions, farm ploughs, automobiles as well as other industrial machines.

• Ben Adjei

Showbiz News

Gospel artiste, Ben Adjei, has launched his debut, Blessed Assurance album with the hope of reaching out to the youth on the need to live morally upright lives.

The ceremony which attracted dignitaries including  former Second Lady, Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur, and Francis Poku, a former National Security co-ordinator was held at the Christ The King Parish Hall last week.

• DJ Shiwaawa

Showbiz News

Sallahfest comes off today on Chapter O Street at Nima and DJ Shiwaawa is the official disc jockey to handle the turntables.

The event ‘powered’ by music group, VVIP, is an annual feast and musical festival. It  was launched on Wednesday, June 13, and promises to be the best of all  since its inception six years ago.

Landslide buries 112 people and 62 homes in Xinmo, China

International News

Torrential rains in the Sichuan Province South West of China, has resulted in a landslide that has buried a whole village – Xinmo, in the Maoxian County of China.

Situated in the middle of a mountain valley, the village succumbed to an avalanche of mud as the rains poured on Saturday morning, at about 02:30 hours GMT (10:30am local time).

More than 140 people are missing after a landslide in southwest China's Sichuan province buried more than 40 houses, the Chinese state-run broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported Saturday.

An Ikeja High Court on Thursday remanded an American citizen, Marco Ramirez, at Kirikiri Maximum Prison for allegedly defrauding three Nigerians in a $565,000 green card and investment scam. 

Mr. Ramirez was remanded following his not-guilty plea to a 16-count charge of obtaining money under false presences. He was arraigned by the EFCC. .