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A view of the Tree Global Nursery in Koforidua in the Eastern Region. INSET: Mr Nicos Chronaios (left) holding one of the hybrid seedlings and demonstrating how it is planted

General News

More than 10,000 farmers from 447 cocoa-growing communities in four regions have benefited 560,000 hybrid cocoa seedlings.

This is to enable them to increase their yield and also produce high quality cocoa that will meet international standards.

Mr Ignatius Pumpuni, the Boadua District Cocoa Officer, answering a question at the rally

General News

The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has recruited and trained 125 workers in the Boadua Cocoa District in the Eastern Region to pollinate cocoa farms belonging to 864 farmers.

The nationwide pollination exercise is among measures being adopted by the government to reverse the declining cocoa yield which is on the average of 450 kilogrammes per hectare to a minimum of 2,000 kilogrammes per hectare.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has referred the petition calling for the removal from office of the Electoral Commission Chairperson, Mrs Charlotte Osei, to the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo.

Mrs Georgina Opoku-Agyemang

General News

There seems to be no end in sight to the crisis in the top echelons of the Electoral Commission (EC).

Various commentators the Daily Graphic spoke to were of the opinion that from all indications the EC’s credibility had been dented and that it required a probe into its affairs to clear the mess and restore its battered and bruised image.

Prof Chris Gordon (head of table) in a round table discussion with a delegate from Japan

General News

Scientists from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and their counterparts at the University of Ghana, on Monday held a seminar, to discuss how an improved cocoa production technology could be adopted in Ghana to boost cocoa production.

The technology is known as the Japanese-Brazilian System of Successional Agroforestry in Amazon, (SAFTA) and it combines the growing of permanent shade trees and food crops with cocoa on the same piece of land.

The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has suspended the capitation programme of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the Ashanti Region.

The suspension which takes effect from August 1, 2017 follows a directive from government.

Mr Freddie Blay at the NPP delegates congress in Bolgatanga

Politics

The acting National Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Freddie Blay, has charged the media to help expose individuals and groups of people, particularly within the opposition parties, who peddle lies and falsehood against the government.

He was of the view that the media had over the years remained professional, hence it should also help articulate the policies and programmes of the NPP government for the benefit of Ghanaians.

Mrs Justice Irene Charity Larbi

Politics

Litigants across the country have been advised to resort to the court-connected Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) means of resolving cases.

This is because it is by far easier, faster and less expensive than seeking arbitration in the traditional courts.

A justice of the Appeal Court who is in charge of ADR, Mrs Justice Irene Charity Larbi, gave the advice when she addressed a section of the media and relevant stakeholders at the launch of ADR Week in Ho last Monday.

Mrs Charlotte Osei, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission

Politics

A senior political science lecturer at the Department of Political Science of the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Edward Gyampo has admonished the three commissioners of the Electoral Commission (EC) to resign their positions willingly in order to save the integrity of the commission.

According to him, the resignation of Mrs Charlotte Osei, chairperson and her two deputies, Mr Amadu Sulley and Ms Georgina Opoku Amankwaa would protect the image of the commission from being dragged further into disrepute.

Chairman of the National Democratic Congress, Mr Kofi Portuphy

Politics

The Leader and the Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Kofi Portuphy, has stated that the implementation of the Representation of the People’s (Amendment) Act 2006 (Act 699) (ROPAA) raises a lot of questions and concerns which needs to be addressed before its enforcement.

Mr Portuphy said, for instance, issues with cost, transparency, polling agents among others militated against the implementation of the law.

Deputy Chairperson in charge of Corporate Services at the Electoral Commission, Madam Georgina Opoku Amankwaa

Politics

The Deputy Chairperson in charge of Corporate Services at the Electoral Commission, Madam Georgina Opoku Amankwaa has explained she will state her side on the allegations leveled against her when the opportunity is offered.

In a disclaimer dated Tuesday July 25, 2017, distancing herself from a purported press statement said to have come from her responding to allegations levelled against her by the chairperson of the EC, Mrs Charlotte Osei, and circulating on social media, Madam Amankwaa said she has not issued any such press release.

Mrs Charlotte Osei — EC boss

Politics

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Charlotte Osei, is to appear before the leadership of Parliament today for a discussion on the agitations at the commission.

She would also appear before the Committee of the Whole (an exclusive meeting of only Members of Parliament (MPs) to answer questions on the total amount that the EC collected from media representatives for covering the 2016 Election as well as replacement for lost or misplaced voter’s identity (ID) cards and how the amounts had been applied.

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Asamoah Gyan

Sports News

Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan says he joined Kayserispor to help the club win trophies and not to compete for individual honours.

Gyan, 31, joined Turkish SuperLig Kayerispor earlier this month on a two-year deal with the option of extending his contract for a further season.

BGC’s James Vifah receives the Man of the Match

Sports News

BGC and GTA both kept their places in the ongoing Greater Accra Cricket League after victories over Dilmah and City CC respectively at the Achimota Cricket Oval over the weekend.

BGC, playing Dilmah on Oval A, had to bat first after winning the toss. Their innings recorded 163-7 with James Vifah scoring Half a century (50), off 57 balls. In the bowling figures, Renju took 3-35 in six overs while Mukesh took 2-31 in six overs.

Hearts vs Kotoko

Sports News

Hearts August 6 THE Ghana Premier League is to go on a month’s break and resume on August 27 to allow the quarter finals of the MTN FA Cup to be honoured, as well as pave way for handlers of the Black Stars Team B to prepare adequately for the 2018 CAF CHAN qualifiers with Burkina Faso.

The Black Stars B Team, which is made up of players from the domestic league, will commence a one-week residential camping ahead of their two-leg qualifiers with Burkina Faso which will be played over a two-week period in August.

StarTimes, Africa's leading pay TV operator, has acquired exclusive media rights in Sub-Saharan Africa for FIBA's national team competitions during the period 2017-2021, including the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China.

Basketball's world governing body awarded StarTimes exclusive free and pay transmission rights across all territories of Sub-Saharan Africa for its leading tournaments.

Kylian Mbappe

Sports News

The football transfer world record is set to be smashed as Real Madrid are understood to have agreed a 180 million euro deal with Monaco for Kylian Mbappe.

Pending the potential 222m euro transfer of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, this move would beat the 105m euro record set by Paul Pogba last year as Los Blancos hope to seal the striker's signature in a matter of days.Set at 180m euros, Mbappe's fee will be split down to 160m euros up front with 20m euros worth of add-ons as the Frenchman pursues his career at Madrid, although the value of those variables may be higher, towards 30m euros.

Chelsea have sent Kenedy home from their pre-season tour following the Brazilian's social media comments before a match in China.

The club had "solemnly and sincerely" apologised after fans accused the 21-year-old of xenophobia and racism.

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Grid List

Divorces are known to break a heart or two but in one case in Japan, an extra 54 violins were left in tatters.

A woman has been arrested for destroying her former partner's violin collection and 70 bows, together worth 105.9m yen ($950,700, £770,000).

Most men stop buying gifts for their partners after marriage.

Relationships

Since the history of humanity men are known to be skilful hunters. A good hunter does all he can to capture his prey. If he has to go to the thick forest deep at night, stand still for hours, kneel or crawl on his belly he will do so till he captures his prey.

Men have kept their instinct to hunt but have now shifted their focus to hunting for women.

If you have ever looked at the achievements of others and thought “Wow if only I can do that!”, or if you have ever wished that you can perform better, earn more money, make more friends, have better health, achieve higher level of success and so on, then this is just for you.

You are capable of all of that, everyone has all the potential in the world to do whatever it is they dream of or want, especially when you put your focus with determination on your goals, it’s easier to attain greater heights.

Commercial gold production at the Prestea Underground Mine (PUM) is set to resume in October, this year, bringing into reality a revival process that started in 2002 by the Ghana subsidiary of Canada-based miner, Golden Star Resources Limited.

Twenty-three young men and women grouped into six start-ups are gearing up to convince an expert panel of judges in a final showdown on July 28, 2017 to grab the $100,000 grant on offer from oil producer, Kosmos Energy Ghana.

Mr Sumaila Abdul-Rahman

Business News

Actionaid Ghana has asked the government to revise the tax treaties granted to multinational corporations operating in the country.

This is to halt the harmful and generous tax breaks granted foreign business entities in the country.

The Berekum Police in the Brong Ahafo Region on Tuesday arrested Rashida Mohammed over her nude video which has been circulating on social media.

The 18-year-old was picked up Tuesday for interrogation into the publication of her naked video in which she is seen exposing her genitals.

Shatta Wale’s wife, Shatta Michy says she is unperturbed by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly’s (AMA) plan to demolish her pub at East Legon in Accra.

According to her, the attempt by the AMA to pull down her pub was a major contributor to joblessness in Ghana.

As humans, most times, we celebrate people only when they are dead and gone, and this phenomenon is prevalent in the entertainment fold.

The narrative of Ghanaians always celebrating the dead must change. Persons who truly deserve approbation must always be venerated while they are alive, and as songstress, Becca, celebrates 10 years in the music industry, it is worthy to celebrate her and her achievements.

Some 4,000 hectares (15.4 sq miles) of land have burned along the Mediterranean coast

International News

Wildfires in south-eastern France have forced the evacuation of 10,000 people overnight, officials say.

Hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to battle the fires near Bormes-les-Mimoses, in the country's Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.

The cost of the August 8 General Election on Kenya’s economy has started to emerge, with firms scaling down on production, investors holding on to their cash and neighbouring countries redirecting their cargo to Tanzanian ports away from Mombasa.

Vatican treasurer George Pell faces Australian court By Lucie Morris-Marr, CNN Updated 0209 GMT (1009 HKT) July 26, 2017 Vatican Treasurer Cardinal George Pell JUST WATCHED Vatican Treasurer facing sex assault charges Replay MUST WATCH Wikipedia founder launches anti-Fake News site Wikipedia founder launches anti-Fake News site Brexit must be stopped, says former UK diplomat Brexit must be stopped, says former UK diplomat DOJ nominee explains ties with Russian bank DOJ nominee explains ties with Russian bank Nobel chief demands to talk with laureate's widow Nobel chief demands to talk with laureate's widow Floods cause devastation in Asia Floods cause devastation in Asia US Navy fired warning shots at Iranian boat US Navy fired warning shots at Iranian boat Vatican Treasurer facing sex assault charges Vatican Treasurer facing sex assault charges North Korea threatens nuclear strike on US North Korea threatens nuclear strike on US Musk, Zuckerberg feud over future of A.I. Musk, Zuckerberg feud over future of A.I. Controversial trials underway in Turkey Controversial trials underway in Turkey Southern Lights captured from space station Southern Lights captured from space station Christian prays alongside Muslims in Jerusalem Christian prays alongside Muslims in Jerusalem Wikipedia founder launches anti-Fake News site Wikipedia founder launches anti-Fake News site Brexit must be stopped, says former UK diplomat Brexit must be stopped, says former UK diplomat DOJ nominee explains ties with Russian bank DOJ nominee explains ties with Russian bank Nobel chief demands to talk with laureate's widow Nobel chief demands to talk with laureate's widow Floods cause devastation in Asia Floods cause devastation in Asia US Navy fired warning shots at Iranian boat US Navy fired warning shots at Iranian boat Vatican Treasurer facing sex assault charges Vatican Treasurer facing sex assault charges North Korea threatens nuclear strike on US North Korea threatens nuclear strike on US Musk, Zuckerberg feud over future of A.I. Musk, Zuckerberg feud over future of A.I. Controversial trials underway in Turkey Controversial trials underway in Turkey Southern Lights captured from space station Southern Lights captured from space station Christian prays alongside Muslims in Jerusalem Christian prays alongside Muslims in Jerusalem Play Current Time 0:00 Duration Time 0:06 Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00Fullscreen Configuration Now Playing Vatican Treasurer facing... Source: CNN Vatican Treasurer facing sex assault charges 02:16 Story highlights NEW: Cardinal Pell will plead not guilty to historical sexual assault offenses, lawyer says He vehemently denies the allegations Melbourne, Australia (CNN)One of the most senior figures in the Vatican will plead not guilty to multiple charges of historical sexual assault offenses, his lawyer told an Australian court on Wednesday. Cardinal George Pell faced the Melbourne Magistrates Court Wednesday for his first hearing since the charges were made by Victoria Police last month. The 76-year-old, who has consistently and strenuously denied the charges, has been given a leave of absence from his role at the Holy See as Secretariat for the Economy while he fights the case in the city where he was once Archbishop. Cardinal Pell (C) walks with a heavy police guard from his barristers Robert Richter office to the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on July 26. Cardinal Pell (C) walks with a heavy police guard from his barristers Robert Richter office to the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on July 26. A huge media scrum followed Pell as he entered and exited the court house, requiring police officers to help clear the way for the cardinal. Both supporters and protestors crowded outside the Magistrates Court for a chance to see the cardinal. Wednesday's brief court hearing marked a significant moment in Australia, where Pell is the country's most senior Catholic. View image on Twitter View image on Twitter Follow Lucie Morris-Marr @luciemorrismarr The media scrum and police surrounding Pell as he walked to his barrister offices around the corner was an extraordinary scene. #pel 1:36 AM - 26 Jul 2017 13 13 Retweets 13 13 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy Pell is the most senior cardinal in the history of the Catholic Church ever to face criminal charges. The cardinal, who is being represented by one of Australia's leading criminal barristers, Robert Richter QC, has risen through the ranks from working as a young priest in Victoria to the third most powerful figure within the inner sanctum of the Vatican alongside Pope Francis. Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on March 3, 2016. Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on March 3, 2016.

International News

One of the most senior figures in the Vatican will plead not guilty to multiple charges of historical sexual assault offenses, his lawyer told an Australian court on Wednesday.

Cardinal George Pell faced the Melbourne Magistrates Court Wednesday for his first hearing since the charges were made by Victoria Police last month.