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Coach Kwasi Appiah being mobbed on his arrival at the Kotoka International Airport last Friday

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As I sat on the frontline at the Stanas Pub Centre inside the SCC suburb of New Weija, watching the El-Clasico between the two top La Liga giants, Barcelona and Real Madrid, last Sunday night, one question that came to mind was whether a Ghanaian coach would be brave enough to take a decision to keep a player who was bleeding profusely from his nose on the field of play for the whole 90 minutes.

Mr. Kenneth Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance

Features

The 2017 Budget Statement (“the Budget”) was delivered on the back of Government’s promise to move Ghana beyond aid and create the most business-friendly environment and people-centred economy in Africa to engender growth and create jobs.

The environment of weak economic growth comes at a time when the continent is in dire need of necessary reforms to boost investment and tackle poverty

Features

Economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is rebounding in 2017 after registering the worst decline in more than two decades in 2016, according to the new Africa’s Pulse, a biannual analysis of the state of African economies conducted by the World Bank.

Edmund Smith-Asante, a Daily Graphic reporter, making a presentation to Prof. Wang Sheng Liang, the President of the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, on behalf of the African journalists

Features

Developers of the anti-malaria artemisinin-based combination therapy, popularly known as ACT, have said the most effective way of eradicating malaria is by employing mass drug administration (MDA).

The anti-malaria vaccine, Artequick, was developed by the Institute of Science and Technology of the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (GUCM), which said its recommendation was not only based on the outcome of a successful project in the Comoros but by the acceptance by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2015 of MDA as an effective way of controlling malaria.

Insurance companies must live up to their responsibilities by ensuring that all their staff uphold appropriate ethical values

Features

In every insurance contract, it is imperative for both the insured and the insurer to demonstrate good faith towards each other. A couple of weeks ago, the principle of ‘Utmost Good Faith’ was reviewed, from the insurers’ perspective. In this issue, however, the focus is on the perspective of the client; showing how some insurance companies through their marketing officers or sales agents take advantage of clients with blatant deceit and false representation.

The paramedic team carrying Duke

Features

It was exactly 12:14 pm when I heard loud shouts, “Help, help, help.” I had just finished my GH¢20 fufu with palmnut soup and was about to enjoy a chilled cocoa drink.

Immediately, I left the drink on my table and ran towards that direction. It took me about three minutes to get there only to find a middle-aged man lying down with his eyes and tongue popped out.

A farmer irrigating his farm with the polluted water from the Birim River. Picture: GABRIEL AHIABOR

Opinion

 Mr Pascal Owusu’s six-acre vegetable farm is close to the Birim river in the Eastern Region.

The farm is irrigated with water from an old diesel-run pump, which draws the brown murky water from the contaminated river and sprinkles it on the neat row of pepper, tomatoes and okra.

One of the patrons being registered on to the National Health Insurence Scheme

Opinion

Institutional decline is like a staged disease: harder to detect but easier to cure in the early stages, easier to detect, but harder to cure in the later stages. An institution can look strong on the outside but may already be sick on the inside, i.e. dangerously on the cusp of a precipitous fall.

There have been companies that had once served as paragons of excellence but succumbed to the downward force of gravity. This means that no institution, like a human being, is immune to fall or death.

The writer

Opinion

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is one of the Bretton Woods institutions. The IMF is a specialised agency (has its own charter, governing structure and finances) of the United Nations that provides policy advice and financing to countries in economic difficulties and also helps developing countries achieve macroeconomic stability.

Through its economic surveillance, the IMF has become the foremost institution that multinationals and donors fall on to ascertain information with regard to the performance of a country.

A head porter carrying a dugged sand at a galamsey site in the Eastern Region

Opinion

Writinghas been my passion, it has been my occupation. After close to four decades of active writing, I was naturally and eagerly looking forward to retirement.

When on April 5, 2016 I bowed out of public service and, with it, an end to active journalism practice, I was elated because, finally, I have time to rest, so I thought.

Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta

Opinion

We have observed with a sense of amusement the controversy that has erupted as a result of the press conference held by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at which leading members of the main opposition party took issue with the recent long-term cedi-denominated bonds issued by the Government of Ghana during the first week of this month.

The very people that are responsible to put measures in place to ensure development and prosperity for all are bogged down in systems that aid their display of inefficiency and lack of innovation. Some can’t manage resources to improve the lives of their people.

Opinion

Of all the local delicacies we have, the ‘waakye’ brand is the most popular. It is only the ‘waakye’ stand that is notorious for commanding long queues of customers.

 



 

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Elizabeth Ohene - The Writer

Elizabeth Ohene

It used to say on my passport in the profession column that I was a Journalist. Now it says WRITER. The change from journalist to writer occurred in the early 1990s. The world had suddenly changed from the innocent place I had known where we journalists wore dust jackets with PRESS emblazoned on them as a form of protection in dangerous areas, to journalists becoming deliberate targets.

Elizabeth Ohene

Elizabeth Ohene

There are many things I want to write about today. The vetting by Parliament of nominated Ministers of State, the one-upmanship of the committee members is very much in your face. It does seem we must give them a crash course on how to conduct interviews to get something useful and interesting out of the nominees.

An IT system cannot add or deduct from votes obtained at the polling station and recorded on pink sheets

Elizabeth Ohene

I have toyed with transferring my vote to Ayawaso West Wugon which is the constituency in which I live in Accra. But somehow I haven’t summoned the courage to transfer my vote from Abutia which as the whole world knows, is my home town.

Without mincing words, it has taken too long to redesign and build effective storm drains. We are still constructing open drains instead of covered drains

Civic Realities

Frankly, anytime it threatens to rain, particularly in the capital city of Accra, our hearts never cease to beat unbearably. This is because of the fear of the unknown.

The capital city is always overwhelmed and simply not ready for the rain, be it small or heavy.

The attack on the Kumasi High Court by members of Delta Force, in particular, has saddened many Ghanaians and greatly embarrassed the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Civic Realities

Easter, the season to explore the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the greatest life changer in history, is in the air. Here in Ghana, as in many parts of the world, numerous activities have been lined up to mark the Holy Week.

However, while we want to celebrate Christ's period in peace, the rising force of impunity in our body politic has become a matter of great national concern which cannot be swept under the carpet.

Sonething seems to be going entirely wrong with politics and governance in the country. Acts of populism, in one form or another, seem to be on the ascendency and running rampant within the fabric of society.

Today, the nation is experiencing the emergence of vigilante groups and acts of hooliganism by groups hiding behind some political parties and some amorphous organisations to perpetrate their dangerous intentions.

Ajoa Yeboah-Afari

Native Daughter

With the long weekend coming up, as people prepare for the Easter break, I’m reminded of a question I have posed before in this column: why must television viewing in this country be a lottery or game of chance, a ‘cha-cha’?

During the coming holidays one supposes that most people will spend more time at home and therefore many more people would be expected to watch TV – that is, if they knew what interesting programmes the TV channels have lined up.

Ajoa Yeboah-Afari

Native Daughter

The current national focus on uprooting illegal gold mining also underscores to observers further question marks about the sector at the other end of the spectrum, concerning some of the major players and management issues.

Ajoa Yeboah-Afari

Native Daughter

It seems to me that one of the activities that should be marked on the national calendar for March, but which is overlooked by the calendar planners is ‘Glaucoma Week’; maybe because its importance is not appreciated by those in charge of such decisions.

A few individuals cannot decide to turn any prime land into malls or estates to make money.

Voice from afar

For the Philistines in high places in charge of purported government land, open spaces and museum sites are anathema to making money. Since the days of the Gold Coast Aborigines Rights Protection Society, land in this country has belonged to the chiefs and people.

The educational system we have adopted is not bad. But we have to admit that not all students can profitably proceed from ‘O’ Level to ‘A’ Level.

Voice from afar

Many comments are made almost daily about the role and effect of education.  But what is education? Philosophers have discussed the matter and have not completely satisfied all the thoughts.  I will leave the erudite discussion to the learned and academics.

Mr Tamas Meszerics Blames EC for Tension during the recent elections

Voice from afar

The old-fashioned diplomacy I learnt makes me react angrily when foreign diplomats openly interfere in Ghana’s internal affairs.  Therefore when I read the headline in the Daily Graphic of February 28 that “EU Observer Mission Blames EC for Tension during the recent elections” I hit the roof.

It may not be possible to annul the results but one lesson is that the use of the ballot paper could prove more reliable than electronic voting.

Thinking Aloud

The urgency of the hour calls for leaders of wise judgement and sound integrity, leaders not in love with money, but in love with justice; leaders not in love with publicity, but in love with humanity; leaders who can subject their particular egos to the greatness of the cause - DR MARTIN LUTHER KING.

From politicians across to religious and business leaders, the Judiciary and government machinery, we united in our condemnation of the pandemonium that was created at the court and enabled the convicts to escape last week.

Thinking Aloud

He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it. Plato. Members of the Delta Force in Kumasi, who were convicted with fines last Tuesday, for rioting and assaulting the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, have now become more wretched than the man they mauled.

Sometimes, tough measures are needed to implement policies and decisions in the public interest

Thinking Aloud

Do not worry when you are not recognised, but strive to be worthy of recognition — Abraham Lincoln. Finding a useful issue or topic to discuss every week is not an easy task and sometimes one goes blank, although there is no dearth of areas to write about.