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Gabriel Nata, on the court premises. Picture: EMMANUEL EBO HAWKSON

General News

The premises of the Accra Circuit Court was the scene of drama yesterday when a 20-year-old man charged with robbery started wailing uncontrollably.

Gabriel Nata was covered in bandages and plaster of paris (PoP) when he arrived on the court premises and had to be carried to the courtroom.

A 20-year-old man is in police grip for allegedly snatching a taxi from its owner at Opeikuma, near Kasoa in the Central Region.

The suspect, Kofi Panyin, a driver, and his two friends allegedly hired the services of a taxi driver (name withheld) from Winneba in the Central Region to Opeikuma.

Ms Maria de los Angeles Arriola Aguirre (left) presenting a document to Mr Dominic Nitiwul after the courtesy call. Picture: Maxwell Ocloo

General News

The Mexican Ambassador to Ghana, Ms Maria De Los Angeles Arriola Aguirre, has called for a closer collaboration between Ghana and Mexico in order to foster bilateral trade and commerce between the two countries.

Ms Aguirre said both countries had a lot in common and such a collaboration would enable them to share their rich experiences and become strong strategic partners.

The empty Ghana stand at the fair

General News

Ghana has been fined €14,301 (about GH¢67,000) for failing to participate in two international trade fairs in Frankfurt, Germany.

Messe Frankfurt,  organisers of Ambiente, a leading consumer trade fair in the world, levied the fine on the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) after it had paid €40,000 to secure exhibition space at the fair but failed to show up.

Mark Teiko Cudjoe (2nd right), the Western Regional Manager of the GWCL, briefing the media at the Bosomase intake

General News

The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has begun water rationing in the Sekond/Takoradi metropolis and other adjoining communities. The activities of illegal miners on the Pra River are said to have affected the inflow of water into the Daboase and the Bosomase intake point of the company.

Operations at the Bosomase intake point are also said to have been suspended due to a breakdown of a major pump at the station.

Bawku Presbyterian Hospital in the Upper East Region recorded 20 maternal deaths in the past two years.

Statistics from the maternity department of the hospital show that six mothers died in 2014 while 10 mothers lost their lives and babies in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

Members of Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism with the CEO of West Blue, Mrs Valentina Mintah, and other officials

Politics

The Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism has pledged its support for West Blue Consulting, a world-class business and IT-consulting firm helping in the implementation of the Ghana National Single Window project.

According to the committee, the work of West Blue was pivotal in helping the government to achieve its revenue targets at the ports and also create a facilitated trade environment in the country.

Mr Tamas Meszerics

Politics

The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) yesterday blamed the Electoral Commission (EC) for the tension and uncertainty during the collation of the results in the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections in the country.

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor

Politics

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has expressed shock and dismay at the recent interview granted by former President Jerry John Rawlings to the Daily Graphic for which Mr Kufuor accused his predecessor of making false allegations.

Former President Kufuor emphatically denied that late former NPP Chairman and former Speaker of Parliament, Mr Peter Ala Adjetey, warned him to drop a case against his son, Larry Adjetey, which he (Kufuor) subsequently obliged.

Mr Lloyd Evans (R) is challenging Mr Affail Monney (L),who is the incumbent GJA President and is going for another term.

Politics

Mr Lloyd Evans, President of the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ) has stepped down as the President of the group.

This is to enable him to campaign for the presidency of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), a statement issued in Accra on Monday by Mr Evans said.

Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe

Politics

A founder member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, has observed that the recent post-election violence in the country is inconsistent with President Akufo-Addo’s history as a rule of law proponent.

“It is unthinkable that one of the acts of lawlessness was the assault by civilians on a police officer within the Flagstaff House compound, the most secure facility in Ghana,” he lamented.

Prof. Delle addressing the press. Looking on is the First National Vice Chairman, Hajia Hamdatu Ibrahim

Politics

The National Chairman of the Convention People’s Party (CPP),  Prof. Edmund N. Delle, has called on the party supporters to join hands and work hard till the CPP wins political power again to relieve the country of its economic woes.

He said it was the CPP that brought independence to the country and capable of bringing an eternal economic freedom to Ghanaians.

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Prof Rolf Husmann (right) and Enrico Joebel (left) speaking to the participants after the workshop last Friday

Sports News

A total of 30 participants drawn from public universities have began a week-long training in the fundamental rules of blind football to help promote the sport in the country.

The workshop was organised at the D.G. Hathiramani Sports Hall of the Accra Stadium by the newly-formed Blind Football Federation for coaches, referees, players and support staff to promote the sport and to put in place a formidable team that will represent Ghana at  international tournaments in the future.

Yakubu Mohammed (right) scored the only goal for Kotoko against Ashgold yesterday

Sports News

Kumasi Asante Kotoko yesterday beat Ashantigold 1-0 in their rescheduled Ghana Premier League Week four fixture at the Len Clay Stadium at Obuasi.

Asamoah Gyan's injury woes continue to persist with his latest setback coming yesterday in an Asian Champions League match.

Ghana captain, Gyan suffered an injury during Al Ahli’s 2-0 defeat at Uzbek side Tashkent Lokomotiv on Monday night.

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Grid List

1. Work a service industry job.

You'll grit your teeth when customers make ridiculous demands, show up ten minutes before closing, or ruin a display you carefully put together, but work builds character and working a service job means you'll never be the kind of awful customer who makes employees cringe.

A Swedish politician has proposed what may be the most unique benefit heard of after he argued workers should be allotted a paid hour-long break so they could have sex with their partners.

Quartz reported that Per-Erik Muskos, a local council member for Övertorneå in northern Sweden, believes couples in the country do not get enough quality time together.

It takes patience, honesty, commitment and hard work to build a fulfilling relationship

Relationships

Blood plays three critical roles in our lives. First it transports gases waste products, hormones and heat. Second it gives us protection through the white blood cells which invade and destroy disease causing organism. Finally, it regulates our body’s acidity and our water balance.

Mr Moses K. Baiden (left) interacting with Dr Gideon Amenyedor (middle), while Mr Ernest De-Graft Egyir looks on. Picture: EBOW HANSON

Business News

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Chief Executives Network Ghana, Mr Ernest De-Graft Egyir, has urged entrepreneurs to take advantage of the vast opportunities presented by digitisation.

Mr Samuel Amegayibor, Executive Secretary of GREDA

Business News

Twelve out of the 31 banks in the country do not offer mortgage loans to customers, data from the Bank of Ghana (BoG) has shown. The data, which was released in the week ending February 17, showed that Access Bank, Capital Bank, Energy Bank, Fidelity Bank, First Atlantic Bank and First National Bank do not offer mortgage loans.

Others include GT Bank, NIB, Omnibank, Societe Generale Bank, Sovereign Bank and the Universal Merchant Bank.

Dr Abdul Nashiru Issahaku, Governor, BoG

Business News

Banks are paying an average of 11.9 per cent per annum as interest on deposits but charging their borrowers an average of 33.4 per cent as nominal interest on loans annually, data from the Bank of Ghana (BoG) on the annual percentage rates (APRs) and Average Interest (AI) of banks has shown.

While interest on deposits ranges from 4.3 per cent to 19.5 per cent, the APRs of the 31 banks surveyed by the Central Bank showed that interest and administrative charges on loans hovered between 20.3 per cent and 46.2 per cent within the survey period.

A couple of months ago, it was Sarkodie clashing with M.anifest, then followed the Wanlov the Kubolor versus D-Black tiff which set social media ablaze. The latest beef to hit the Ghanaian popular music scene is between the Dancehall King Shatta Wale and Kasahari lyricisit Yaa Pono.

Mr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, Minister of Information

Showbiz News

The second edition of the Ghana Muslim Achievers’ Awards (GMAA) was launched at the banquet hall of the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel, Accra last Friday. The launch of this year’s event which is under the theme, ‘Celebrating our own; the story of the Ghanaian Muslim’ was well attended.

Rappers EL and Medikal bagged the highest nominations at this year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) announced last Friday at the exquisite Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra.

Doan Thi Huong (left) and Siti Aisyah have said they thought they were taking part in a TV prank

International News

Two women implicated in the killing of the estranged brother of North Korea's leader are to be charged with murder on Wednesday, Malaysia's prosecutor says.

Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali said the women - from Indonesia and Vietnam - would be formally charged and could face death if convicted.

The United Nations has warned that large numbers of children are still risking their lives to make the dangerous journey from Libya to Italy.

Unicef says almost 26,000 children - most of them unaccompanied - crossed the Mediterranean last year.

The Spanish government has taken a radical step to arrest the country’s declining birth rate – by creating the position of a ‘Sex Tsar’. It’s part of a bid to encourage a baby boom and counteract the population slump.

Galician senator and demographics expert, Edelmira Barreria Diz, has been appointed government commissioner with special responsibility for challenging the nation’s sliding birth rate.

 

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