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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.