Power Barge To Arrive in September

The first of two power barges to mitigate Ghana's power crisis is now expected to arrive in Ghana in September this year and not April as was originally anticipated.

Deputy Power Minister John Jinapor confirmed the rescheduling of the arrival date in an interview with Joy News, Wednesday.

He said the delay in completing the necessary paperwork for the barges led to the shift in date.

Government has signed a contract with Turkish company, Karpower to manufacture two emergency power ships to help solve Ghana's energy crisis.

Power Minister Dr Kwabena Donkor said the first barge was to arrive in Ghana in April.

However an official of Karpower, Patrick Odrisco, told Joy Business' Daryl Kwawu his company cannot meet the April deadline.

Odrisco hinted the earliest time they will be able to complete the first barge is September.


Dating Older Women Isn't Bad - EL

Popular rapper EL has revealed that he once dated an older woman and that he finds nothing wrong with it.

According to the 2015 VGMA Best Rapper, the woman was about five or six years older than him and very beautiful.

However, he had to let go of the relationship because she had to travel out of the country and he wasn't ready for a long distance relationship.

"I have been with an old woman and there is nothing wrong with it. I am just being hon­est. Yeah, I have dated an older woman before. She was about five or six years older than me; it wasn't that drastic. She is beautiful. We still talk to this day. She is presently outside the country but then she was in Ghana," he said on ZTV on Wednesday.

"We dated briefly three years ago. It didn't last for too long; a few months and she had to go and I don't do long distance. I was then in my late 20s and she was in her early 30s," he added.


KKD May Be In Trouble Again!

The Attorney General, Marrietta Oppong-Brew has disclosed that the rape case against broadcaster Kwasi Kyei Darkwah (KKD) may not be over yet. It was only dropped because the alleged victim was unwilling to testify.

The state filed a Nolle Prosequi Wednesday, indicating the state was no longer interested in prosecuting KKD, who was standing trial for allegedly raping Miss Ewuraffe Orleans Thompson.

The Airport Police arrested KKD on December 27, 2014 after a 19-year-old lady, Miss Ewuraffe Orleans Thompson, accused him of raping her in a hotel washroom.

State prosecutors had vowed to prosecute KKD even though the alleged victim, 19-yar-old Ewuraffe Orleans Thompson had written to them declaring her disinterest in the case.

They, however, beat a retreat when the case was called Wednesday.


'Child Actor' Prevented From Writing WASSCE

Young actor Emmanuel Darko, known as Cartoon in popular TV series Afia Schwarzenegger, was on Monday prevented from writing one of his papers in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Emmanuel was one of eight final year students of St John's Grammar Senior High School in Accra who were prevented from writing the paper Monday.

The students were prevented from writing their Christian Religious Studies paper by school authorities because they showed up at the exam centre in bushy hair.

Young Darko, together with his mates, was filled with anger and disappointment over the school authorities’ decision but said they had no choice than to resit the paper next year.

The actor and his colleagues speaking to Joy News alleged that there were other students who wore artificial nails and eye-lashes but were allowed to write the paper.


Ghana's Energy Crisis To Last Longer

Government's numerous promises to end the power crisis will once again be far from fulfillment as emissaries sent to Turkey to find out the state of the power barges that would ease the crisis have come home empty handed.

According to a member of Parliament’s Finance Committee, Kwabena Amankwaa Asiamah, one of the emissaries, the power barges are still under construction.

This means the current load shedding exercise which has led to loss of lives, jobs, closure of businesses and affected the lifestyles of citizens may persist for a while longer.

Power Minister Dr Kwabena Donkor had in February this year listed the Turkey barges as one of the major interventions to ease the energy crisis in the country.

Numerous deadlines and promises by government officials, and allied institutions to resolve the crisis have all been broken.

But Dr Donkor sounded reassuring on his first public statement after he was appointed Power Minister.


South African High Commission Receive Arson Threats

Four persons on Friday threatened to burn down the South African High Commission in Accra in the heat of the xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa.

South Africa's High Commissioner to Ghana, Ms. Lulama Xingwana, who disclosed this to the media in Accra on Monday, said the Commission has been receiving threats from persons she did not name.

She said four men stormed the High Commission's premises on Friday and forcefully tried to enter the offices but their effort was thwarted by the security attachment at the Commission.

“After that, they threatened that they will be coming back to burn the High Commission’s offices,” Ms. Xingwana revealed.

She said the threats have been reported to the police, “and we have received the support from the police to make sure that the premises are safe”.

The Commission has staff who are both Ghanaians and South Africans and must all be protected, Ms Xingwana said.


University Lecturers Join NPP 2016 Campaign

Some senior staff of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have stepped forth to mobilize intellectuals for active and open participation in frontline politics on the bill of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Under the banner, “KNUST NPP Frontliners”, the group has the goal of helping the opposition party to offer policy alternatives and ideas to help improve the country’s socio-economic development.

“Our main aim is to organize KNUST NPP faithful who will serve as a think-tank ready to serve the party to win power in 2016 and beyond,” stated Dr. Kwabena Boadu, Chairman of group at the inaugural ceremony.

“Our vision is to be recognized as an elite group of supporters to influence policy direction. Our mission is to serve as an interface between the party and the electorate in explaining party policies and canvassing for votes”.


Insurers advised to target informal sector

The Insurance Commission has re-emphasized the need for insurers across the West African sub-region to target the informal sector.

According to the commission, the growth of the sector and the country at large is greatly dependent on the informal sector since they form the greatest part of the population.

Speaking at the 37th Annual General Meeting and Education Conference of the West Africa Insurance Companies Association, the Commissioner, Lydia Lariba Bawa said innovation is key in this regard.

Insurance products and services in the WIACA region tend to predominantly focus on the formal sector businesses and white collar workers.


IMF Expecting Release of Frozen Funds To Ghana

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, says she expects Ghana's donor partners to release withheld funds now that the country has signed up to a 3-year programme.

Responding to a question posed Joy Business at the IMF/World Bank Spring meetings in Washington DC, Ms Lagarde said a Fund programme usually has a catalytic effect on countries whose funds have been frozen by donor partners.

"When a country has signed a program, has negotiated the terms and conditions and agreed to what is going to be good for its development, it generally always triggers on the part of other bilateral institutions, of other bilateral lenders, financing that sometimes had been frozen or locked, pending negotiations. So, this is a typical result that we see from program conclusions", she said.

The country's donor partners have held up some 500 million dollars because of concerns with the management of Ghana's economy.


Budget For Mass Cocoa Spraying Exercise Slashed

Government has cut back on the budget for chemicals meant for the mass cocoa spraying exercise, a Member of Parliament for Akim Oda has revealed.

William Agyepong Quaitoo insists the reduction in the budget has dire implications on the country's cocoa production targets.

His revelation follows reports of massive diversion of chemicals meant for the mass cocoa spraying exercise.

On Monday, Luv FM's Erastus Asare Donkor reported of a cocoa chemical diversion scandal that has hit the Ashanti Region.

The scandal fingered some high profile police personnel, with the Abuakwa Police alleged to be colluding with middlemen to divert and sell cocoa chemicals meant for cocoa farmers.

The chemicals bought with meager government funds were to be distributed to the cocoa farmers for free as part of the mass cocoa spraying exercise to increase production of the commercial crop.


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