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Sat
09
May

Man weeps in court after beating up policeman

The Ejisu Magistrate’s Court witnessed drama when a taxi driver accused of attacking police personnel and damaging cell gate begged for pardon in tears.

The thirty-seven-year-old rasta, Akwasi Opoku, nick-named ‘Ejisu Most Strongest,’ knelt in the dock, and pleaded with the magistrate to temper justice with mercy.

He was joined in court by his wife and their two-month-old baby in his second appearance on multiple charges, having been convicted of one earlier on the first day, Tuesday.

Opoku faced four counts of causing damage to the police cells, breaching traffic regulations, resisting arrest and assaulting public officers.

He pleaded guilty to causing damage but pleaded not guilty to the three other counts. The court sentenced him to a fine of ?3600 or 18 months' imprisonment in default.

Sat
09
May

“Dumsor” is an Accra pandemic – David Oscar

Comedian David Oscar believes the current outrage over the ongoing power crisis is a bit exaggerated.

Describing it as an "Accra pandemic" and not a "national disaster," the comedian does not understand why people are becoming excessively emotional about the subject.

On Joy FM's Ghana Connect programme, Friday, Oscar said he had traveled to some regions within the past month and can say on authority that the power outage which has now been christened in Ghana, dumsor, is not as severe in other regions as it is in Accra.

He mentioned Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, Koforidua in the Eastern Region, Volta Region and Cape Coast in the Central Region as some of the places he visited where the situation was not as bad as it is being made to seem.

The comedian had already courted anger amongst some of his colleagues for criticizing a planned procession by celebrities against the power crisis.

Sat
09
May

The NPP is still United

A Deputy General Secretary of the opposition NPP has dismissed suggestions that the party is confused, divided and just not ready to govern given the internal wrangling.

Nana Obiri-Yeboah told Joy News “we are more united than Manchester United”, promising that a return to power in 2016 is inevitable.

The NPP spent the week in the media for the wrong reasons after the National Chairman Paul Afoko and General Secretary Kwabena Agyapong were missing in a Steering Committee meeting on Monday.

The meeting which was not supposed to attract much media attention but it did because of the loud absence of the two leaders.

Called by the first Vice Chairman Freddie Blay, the rare absence of the two has informed passionate internal party bickering. General Secretary feels his authority is being usurped.

Sat
09
May

Dumsor vigil: On-The-Run refuses Yvonne Nelson, others

Barely 12 hours after organisers of the upcoming #?dumsormuststop vigil announced, On-The-Run, as the new venue for the event, managers of the station there are saying no!

Manager of Total Ghana, owners of On-The-Run, say organisers of the vigil have not contacted them and therefore they cannot use their premises for the event.

This is the second venue in the past 24 hours that has turned down the request by Yvonne Nelson, Sarkodie, DKB and other celebrities to hold a vigil to protest the current power crisis.

The organisers were forced to change an initial venue of the University of Ghana after authorities of the university opposed the use of the school’s campus for the protest against the power crisis, referred to locally as ‘Dumsor’.

Thu
30
Apr

No conditionalities attached to IMF bailout – Veep insists

Vice President Paa Kwasi Amissah-Arthur has insisted there are no conditions attached to Ghana’s IMF bailout, insisting “the IMF does not have conditionalities any longer”.
 
According to the Vice President, the agreement reached between the country and the IMF on economic reforms are in line, and not in conflict with Government’s own strategies to stabilize the economy. Some economists have raised alarms over the IMF’s conditions accompanying a bailout of $940 million granted to Ghana.
 
There are fears that the Fund’s conditions for public sector employment rationalization will lead to job cuts. There are also fears of further reduction in government expenditure.
 

Thu
30
Apr

Hiawa jailbreakers Rearrested

The Western regional police have re-arrested three convicts who broke jail three days ago at the Hiawa prison, Joy News has learnt. The three broke jail on the 28 April 2015.
 
The three convicts' identities became known when locals in the town caught the three stealing diesel; which they claim they were going to use to engage in galamsey.
 
The locals reported them to the police, who swooped in to arrest the three. The Western Regional police is preparing to give full details of the case. The jailbreak is the fifth reported incident this year.
 
Three recorded in the Ashanti region and one in the Volta region including the latest incident in the Western region. The reported frequency of jailbreaks has been blamed on poor police supervision and weak physical state of Ghana's prison cells, some dating back to colonial Gold Coast.

Thu
30
Apr

Oko Vanderpuije charges African city authorities to ensure decent living

The Mayor of Accra Alfred Oko Vanderpuije has challenged City Authorities in Africa to strive to bridge the development gap to ensure decent living for all.
Speaking at the second Africa urban infrastructure investment forum in Luanda, Angola the mayor stated that City Authorities in Africa have an obligation to deliver basic services to the people irrespective of the circumstances.
The Mayor who was speaking on the theme innovative solutions to bridge the urban infrastructure gap made a strong case for city authorities to lay special emphasis on educational infrastructure. The forum will propose concrete steps to be taken to maximize the effectiveness of urban infrastructure development.
Alfred Oko Vanderpuije urged city authorities to adopt a vision of commitment in advancing the course of humanity.

Thu
30
Apr

Woman in labour Sacked From Hospital For Not Shaving Private Part

A midwife at Koforidua Zongo Health Centre in the Eastern Region has allegedly turned away a woman in labour for failing to shave her private parts.

Bushira Safinau, 25, was reportedly ordered by the midwife to go home and shave before she can be assisted to deliver at the health centre.

Heavily pregnant and restless with pain, the victim pleaded with the nurse to assist but her plea was rejected.

Unable to bear the discomfort and pain, she decided to go back home but delivered on her way.

The incident has infuriated members of the Zongo community in Koforidua, who describe the midwife’s conduct as unprofessional.

They say the unavailability of a professional hand to assist their pregnant neighbour during the delivery could have caused her death.

They added that the midwife responsible for the insensitive action should not be allowed to go scot-free.

Thu
30
Apr

2.9 million SSNIT membership records digitized

The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) is expected to migrate over 2.9million membership records onto the OBS platform by the end of this year as part of its Operational Business Suite project (OBS).

The whole idea is to “convert all documents from paper to digital and to have a backup of digital information,” said Martin Benjamin-Addy, project lead of the Digitisation centre.

The OBS project is a tool to manage and enhance core operational activities, which include registration of employers; establishments and employees/workers; contribution-management; compliance enforcement; and payment of benefits.

At a media facility tour to the Contact Centre, Data Centre and Records Department, officials of SSNIT indicated their resolve to move from the manual way of doing things to digital, and so effectively serve the customer.

Thu
30
Apr

Ghana Experienced 4 percent Economic Growth in 2014

Ghana’s economy grew by four percent for last year. That’s according to the final GDP estimates released by the Ghana Statistical Service.

The 4 percent is the final growth for 2014 after it projected a 4.2 percent growth when it gathered about 70 percent of data for calculating the GDP estimates.

According to the Government Statistician, Dr. Philomena Nyarko, the reduction was influenced by declining import.

“The indications are that there were lower imports volumes in 2014 than earlier estimated. Marine fishing output also declined considerably," Dr. Nyarko said.

The services sector, had highest share of the annual GDP with 49. 6 percent, followed by industry with 28.4 percent, and agriculture with the least share of 22 .0 percent.

However, in terms of growth, services had a 5.7 percent growth, agriculture 4.6 percent, and industry, 0.9 percent.

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