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Mr Osei Assibey (middle) with the three students, Kofi Konadu, Sarfo-Ansah Wonder and Osei Daniel, who won the trophy for the school, the headmaster and a staff member of the school

General News

The Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, Mr Osei Assibey Antwi, has said science and technology are the key drivers to the development of every nation.

He said the two underpin economic advances, improvements in health systems, education and infrastructure.

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.

Some of the beneficiary districts are New Juaben, West Akyem and Fanteakwa in the Eastern Region; Amansie West in the Ashanti Region; Wassa East in the Western Region and Asunafo North in the Brong Ahafo Region.

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.

A statement issued Wednesday and signed by the Director of Communications, Eugene Arhin, said the petition was referred to the Chief Justice in accordance with the provisions of Article 146(3) of the 1992 Constitution.

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.

Jihad Chaabanthe Marwako restaurant supervisor, standing trial for allegedly dipping the face of a female worker into pepper

General News

The Abeka District Court has adjourned judgement in the Mawarko pepper case to August 2, 2017 after lawyer for Jihad Chaaban, the accused, told the court his client had reached terms of settlement with the victim, Evelyn Boakye.

The court had set today, July 26, 2017 to give its judgement on the case but based on the new development, the presiding magistrate Ms Victoria Guansah said she would study the terms of settlement before coming out with the judgement.

Mr K.T. Hammond, MP for Adansi Asokwa

General News

A former Deputy Minister of Energy and sitting Member of Parliament (MP) for Adansi Asokwa, Mr K.T. Hammond, has filed an urgent motion for Parliament to rescind its decision to approve the AMERI power deal for gross misrepresentation.

A notice of the urgent motion, which was captured in yesterday's order paper, indicated that Mr Hammond wanted Parliament to rescind its decision to approve the Build, Own, Operate and Transfer Agreement between the government and the Africa and Middle East Resources Investment Group (AMERI Energy) for the installation of 10 GE TM2,500+ aero derivative gas turbines, operate, maintain, transfer and provision of support services that the House took on March 20, 2015 for reasons of gross misrepresentation.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s fight against corruption is likely to be sabotaged by some of his appointees, a former Minister of Justice, Martin Amidu has asserted.

According to him, those people “with clearly different and opposite criminal objectives” have clandestinely introduced some clauses into the special prosecutor’s Bill to limit the prosecutor from investigating certain kinds of corruption and also removing corruption from the jurisdiction of the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO).

Mrs Claudia Quintero Torbay (middle), Colombian Ambassador to Ghana together Mr Laudenar Aguiar (right), Brazilian Ambassador to Ghana, laying a wreath on behalf of the Americans at the George Padmore library

General News

A solemn wreath-laying ceremony was yesterday held to mark the beginning of this year’s Emancipation Day celebration and PANAFEST, with a call on people of African descent to return to their roots and redefine emancipation as economic freedom, instead of the usual rhetoric.

Under a cloudy sky at the W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Centre, the George Padmore Library and the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum in Accra, wreaths were laid on the tombs of Du Bois, Padmore and Dr Nkrumah for their roles in Pan-Africanism and the fight against colonialism.

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia welcoming President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta to Ghana. Pictures by Samuel Tei Adano

General News

The President of Malta, Mrs Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca arrived in Accra Tuesday night for a three day state visit to Ghana.

The visit is to help strengthen bilateral relations between Ghana and Malta as well as enhance economic cooperation and exchange products and services.

Every Ghanaian is very much aware of the narrative of Ghana being the second biggest producer of cocoa and that together with Cote D’Ívoire, they produce about 60 per cent of the total world’s production. It is also a fact that the two countries earn about a paltry US$5 billion in an industry that generates about US$120 billion.

There is a general feeling among Ghanaians that our roads have become death traps, judging from the number of road traffic crashes that occur every day.

As a result, many people no longer consider road travel a pleasurable experience.

Mimi Andani,the Director of GMAA

Editorials

The Golden Movie Awards Africa came off last Saturday and to say Ghanaian movies performed poorly will be an understatement. Out of the 28 awards in contention, Ghanaian movies won just four awards. Emphasis, just four awards.

Of course, this was to be expected. Prior to the awards night, very few Ghanaian movies received nominations. The consensus from the panel of judges was that the quality of movies from Ghana were simply not good enough.

Mr Kabral Blay Amihere presenting an award the overall best graduating KG2 pupil, Nathan Jayden Ofori Boateng

Education

A former Chairman of the National Media Commission, Mr Kabral Blay Amihere, has warned that the uncontrolled use of social media among children can affect their personality and character formation.

He said social media weakened the bond of inter-personal relations in the family and exposed children to countless destructive vices.

Mr Osei Assibey (middle) with the three students, Kofi Konadu, Sarfo-Ansah Wonder and Osei Daniel, who won the trophy for the school, the headmaster and a staff member of the school

Education

The Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, Mr Osei Assibey Antwi, has said science and technology are the key drivers to the development of every nation.

He said the two underpin economic advances, improvements in health systems, education and infrastructure.

The Chief Executive said this when Prempeh College, winners of the 2017 National Science and Mathematics Quiz (NSMQ), led by their Headmaster, Mr Samuel Kwadwo Fordwour, presented the trophy to him at an impressive ceremony in Kumasi.

Prof. Kwasi Yankah, the Minister in charge of Tertiary Education, congratulating one of the graduands

Education

The government has earmarked GH¢ 255.5 million, representing 32.33 per cent of the total Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) allocation, to expand access to tertiary education and accommodate the expected increase in demand due to the free Senior High School (SHS) policy.

The thieves posed aas mannequins

Odd News

In scenes usually reserved for the movies, a gang of thieves have managed to pull off quite the crime.

They got away with £10,000 worth of designer clothes from the Beales department store in Worthing – after posing as mannequins alongside real dummies.

Aziz could stand still for six hours a day and resist people’s attempts to make him move.

Odd News

Fifty four-year-old Abdul Aziz has a very peculiar job. He has been working as a living statue for over three decades. He’s been standing perfectly still for six hours a day and resisting people’s attempts to make him move, smile or pretty much flinch a muscle, anything that proves he is a living person. Nobody has ever been able to do it.

Aziz, fondly known as “India’s Statue Man”, has been performing his daily routine ever since 1985, soon after getting a job as a security guard at the VGP Golden Beach Resort in Chennai, India.

The doctors were shocked to find such number of contact lenses on one eye

Odd News

Upon checking her eyes, ophthalmologists spotted a large mass on one of her eyes, which turned out to be 17 disposable contact lenses that had apparently been in the eye for so long that they had become stuck together.

A more thorough investigation revealed another 10 contact lenses in that same eye. How someone could live with a whopping 27 contact lenses in her eye for years is still a mystery.

A nine-year-old infected with HIV at birth has spent most of their life without needing any treatment, say doctors in South Africa.

The child, whose identity is being protected, was given a burst of treatment shortly after birth.

They have since been off drugs for eight-and-a-half years without symptoms or signs of active virus.

Mr Akwasi Acquah delivering his address at the function

Health

Community Hospital Group, headquartered in Accra, is resolved to partner the government to provide quality and affordable health care nationwide.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the hospital, Mr Alexander Akwasi  Acquah, said the issue of providing quality health care should not be a matter for the government alone to solve but must be a subject of concern to private sector players as well.

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Health

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has offered a grant of $112,000 to three organisations to undertake water projects in rural and peri-urban communities in the country.

The project is expected to increase access to quality water production in the beneficiary communities.