Bridgetown, June 15, GNA- Ghana is to send 375 qualified nurses to the Caribbean nation of Barbados to work in a number of their country’s government medical facilities to address the acute shortage of skilled caregivers. The arrangement was reached after a request was made to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo by the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Motley during bilateral discussions between the pair on Friday in Barnadian capital of Bridgetown. On his part, President Akufo-Addo indicated that “we have a surplus of nurses in Ghana, and placing them all in our public health system is one of my headaches. On the issue of renewable energy, President Akufo-Addo expressed Ghana’s desire to collaborate with Barbados, a country which is giant in that field, and reiterated Ghana’s commitment to increase the renewable energy component of her energy generation mix. As a demonstration of the close ties between Ghana and Barbados, the President expressed his commitment to the establishment of an Honorary Consulate in Barbados, with Barbados set to establish a High Commission in Accra by the end of 2019.
June 17, 2019 07:41 UTC
JERUSALEM, June 17 (Xinhua/GNA) — Israel’s government inaugurated on Sunday a new settlement in the annexed Golan Heights named after the country’s close ally, U.S. President Donald Trump. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled a sign with the name of the settlement, Ramat Trump, or “Trump Heights,” in Hebrew. The ceremony was held as part of a special cabinet meeting at the site, attended by senior ministers, officials with the Golan Heights regional council, and U.S. “We aregoing to establish a new settlement in the Golan Heights, a movethat hasn’t been taken many years… and to honor a great friendof the State of Israel, President Donald Trump.”He added that the move comes after Trump recognized in MarchIsrael’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, an originally-Syrianland. The U.S. president recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israelin December 2017, another controversial move defying theinternational standing on the issue.
June 17, 2019 07:07 UTC
Accra, June 16, GNA- By 2025, Nestle, a Nutrition Health and Wellness Company, through its Research and Development Centre hopes to come up with packages that are 100 per cent recyclable as part of solution plastic menace. This activity is part of Nestlé’s Volunteering programme known as “Nestlé Cares” and commitment to help protect the environment. The strategies being explored by the group, she mentioned included; behavioral change campaign, plastic reuse innovations and exploring recycling options. Mr Pwamang said government recognised that plastics, were a source of wealth and was working with stakeholders to develop a comprehensive strategy that would deal with the plastic menace. Already, the government was working to ensure that solid and liquid effluent from industries was treated before it was discharged into aquatic bodies.
June 16, 2019 12:56 UTC
Accra, Jun 16, GNA- A World Bank report released over the weekend has tipped Ghana to be the fastest growing mobile money market in Africa. According to the report, the mobile phone penetration created opportunities for expansion of financial services and increased the role of non-financial institutions as much as e-money issuers, positioning Ghana as the fastest growing mobile money market in Africa. The 45-page Report dubbed: “4th Ghana Economic Update”, which focuses on Financial Sector Development and Financial Inclusion, further stated that this dynamic development indicated the potential of digital financial services and payments to further enhance financial inclusion in Ghana. Speaking at the launch of the 4th Ghana Economic Update, Dr Henry Kerali, the World Bank Country Director in Ghana said Ghana’s economy had had a turnaround over the past two years. It noted that the growth was primarily related to the spread of mobile money and government facilitation of interoperability across payment instruments by establishing a mobile money switching solution.
June 16, 2019 12:45 UTC
Accra, June 16, GNA – The maiden Ghana-European Union Business Summit has ended in Accra with the European Union (EU) promising an external investment of 4.5 billion Euros of the EU Budget to Africa, to generate about 10 million jobs on the Continent. Mr Jyrki Katainen, the Vice President of the European Union Commission for Jobs, Growth and Investment, who announced this at the closing ceremony in Accra, said the Africa-European Alliance for Sustainable Jobs launched in September last year, considered job creation as key pillar for resolving job creation challenges in Africa. He said the Sub-Saharan Africa must create about 18 million jobs each year to absolve the teeming unemployed graduates and underlined the need to mobilise private sector investments to achieve that feat. Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, in an address, said the EU-Ghana business summit reinforced the common belief of enhancing partnerships. The two-day summit aimed at boosting private sector investment and stronger trade opportunities between Ghana and European Union (EU) for their mutual benefits.
June 16, 2019 12:45 UTC
Prampram (GAR), June 16, GNA- Mr. Micheal Kwetey Tetteh, Constituency Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress NDC in the Ningo –Prampram constituency says he is ready to unseat Mister Samuel Nartey George, the incumbent Member of Parliament(MP). In an exclusive interview with the Ghana New Agency, Mr. Micheal Kwetey Tetteh, blamed Mr. Samuel George for his unexplained disqualification to contest the 2015 local parliamentary primaries which he could have won. He accused the MP of betraying the trust of the people by not walking his campaign talk and even leading them into cynism and desperation but through his instrumentality, the trust for the party was building up and it is now obvious that, “Sam George is holding the seat in trust for me. “The Constituency Chairman said the NDC had become more attractive in the Ningo Prampram since he assumed the position as the constituency chairman. The Ningo – Prampram constituency has 37 electoral areas.
June 16, 2019 10:41 UTC
General News of Saturday, 15 June 2019Source: Myjoyonline.comRetired army officer criticises presser on Canadian girls’ rescueplay videoCol Festus Aboagye (rtd) is a respected security analystA retired army officer has dissected the nature and scope of a government press conference that followed the successful rescue of two Canadian ladies kidnapped in Kumasi. Col. Festus Aboagye (Rtd) said Saturday that the presser by Information minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, failed the test of comprehensiveness. “The operation [to rescue the Canadian ladies] didn’t start and end with the assault on the house [where the kidnapped ladies were being kept]. However, during a press conference on the rescue operation, the Minister sought to reject the claims government rescued the two Canadians with external assistance. Finally, Col Aboagye (Rtd) also faulted the failure of the government to allow police chiefs present at the presser to speak.
June 15, 2019 16:18 UTC
Entertainment of Saturday, 15 June 2019Source: citinewsroom.comLaunch of Shatta Movement fan club marred by clashesThe event which was expected to be peaceful turned bloodyThe launch of a Shatta Movement fan club at Ngleshie Amanfro in the Ga South Municipality of the Greater Accra Region on Saturday turned violent. A faction of Nii Kwashie Gborlor IV, Chief of Ngleshie Amanfro clashed with a faction of Shatta Wale’s father. Charles Nii Akramah Mensah, father of Wale was set to launch the Shatta movement fan club but an impending chieftaincy feud between the substantive Chief, Nii Kwashie Gborlor IV and Shatta’s father, said to be carrying himself as the chief of the area, marred the event. So he is telling people that he is coming to launch the fan club, but it is a lie. We will resist this issue of our land involving Shatta Wale’s father.
June 15, 2019 16:07 UTC
Business News of Saturday, 15 June 2019Source: www.ghanaweb.com‘Bank of Ghana cleaning up microfinance sector is in the best interest of Ghanaians’ – Banking expertplay videoHead of Retail Business at Societe General Ghana, Obed HoyahHead of Retail Business at Societe General Ghana, Obed Hoyah has defended the Bank of Ghana’s decision to sanitise the country’s microfinance, savings and loans institutions. About 386 insolvent microfinance and microcredit companies have had their licenses revoked by BoG. I don’t know of any country that has develop without the citizen’s saving money. So if you don’t have a number of citizens saving their money with banks, the banks are not also able to help grow the economy”. He continued by saying, once the financial environment is sanitized, it builds the confidence in people to save in banks.
June 15, 2019 15:56 UTC
Accra,June 15, GNA – Government in partnership with the National Council for Tertiary Education has released the new Tertiary Education Policy Reform to improve on the academic performance and governance of tertiary educational institutions. The aim is to provide a clear guideline for the ultimate structure, planning, development, regulation, operations, overall governance and accountability of the tertiary education system. The reform contains a Draft Bill for Harmonisation of Acts of Public Universities, Centralised Applications and Placements Service, Ghana Tertiary Education Commission, National Research and Innovation Fund, Tertiary Education Management Information System and UDS splitting into UTAS and UBIDS. On accountability, he said, the regulatory body shall have adequate mechanisms in place to demand accountability from tertiary education institutions, which the institutions shall abide by. He said the institutions shall also be subjected to quality assurance and accreditation at both institutional and programme levels.
June 15, 2019 15:56 UTC
Sports News of Saturday, 15 June 2019Source: footballghana.comGhana draws with South Africa in final preparatory game for 2019 AFCONGhana drew with South AfricaThe Black Stars of Ghana has drawn goalless with the Bafana Bafana of South Africa this afternoon at the Police Academy Park in Dubai in a friendly match ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Egypt. The Bafana Bafana who had their fair share of possession could not threaten their opponent and also had to settle for the goalless draw after the first 45 minutes. Ghana will spend on more week in Dubai to wrap up the pre-tournament training tour before moving to Egypt on Thursday, June 20, 2019, in anticipation to the start of the AFCON. They have been pitted in Group F where they will face the likes of Benin, Guinea Bissau, and defending champions Cameroon. The tournament will start on June 21 but the team will have to wait until June 25 before opening their Group with a match against Benin.
June 15, 2019 15:45 UTC
The 10 stations, which have each been fined GHS5,000, include Shell, Motorway Extension; Total, McCarthy Hill; GOIL Mile 11; Frimps Oil, Tetegu junction; GOIL, Galilea; Frimps Oil, Spintex Road; Glory Oil, Spintex Road; Allied Oil, Sakaman; Shell, Amanfrom West and Goodness Energy, Kasoa. In addition, two companies; Galaxy Oil, Spintex Road; and Agapet, Spintex Road, had broken the GSA seal without permission. “In summary, out of 65 stations visited, 55 delivered right quantities whilst 10 under-delivered,” the GSA said in a statement. In a statement, the AOMCs said the errant fuel stations have rectified the problem. “These credible and sustainable Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) mentioned, have since corrected the issues raised by the GSA during the audit of their retail outlets,” the statement said.
June 15, 2019 15:33 UTC
General News of Saturday, 15 June 2019Source: Graphic.com.ghHouse of Chiefs urges traditional rulers to help ensure national securityTogbe Afede XIV, followed by Kofi Dzamesi, & Mr Salifu Saeed, on their way to the meetingThe National House of Chiefs (NHC) has called on all traditional rulers to help the national security agencies to ensure peace and security in the country, following the recent kidnappings and the ethnic conflict at Chereponi in the North East Region. He was officially admitted to the National House of Chiefs. National SecurityAdding his voice to the need for security at all levels, the Minister of National Security, Mr Albert Kan-Dapaah, cautioned all members of the public to be security conscious and be observant of their surroundings. Following the emerging trend in the sub region, he said the Ministry of National Security, together with other security agencies, had embarked on a sensitisation programme to provide some security tips for the public. Indeed, in a way, our country’s social, economic and political fabric has been patterned, essentially, with the significant contribution of the Dagbon Kingdom,” Mr Dzamesi said.
June 15, 2019 15:22 UTC
General News of Saturday, 15 June 2019Source: classfmonline.comMPs' research assistants to demonstrate over 11-month salary arrearsParliament of GhanaResearch Assistants to Ghana’s 275 Members of Parliament have scheduled a demonstration within the enclave of the legislature over their 11-month salary arrears. In a notice of demonstration letter to the Speaker of Parliament, Prof Mike Oquaye, the research assistants said: “We humbly refer to the above subject matter and we humbly wish to inform you of a planned demonstration scheduled for the 20th day of June at the forecourt of parliament, the precincts of parliament and the environs of parliament by research assistants to honourable members of parliament”. “Respectfully again, we are not entitled to any allowance, emoluments or any other fringe benefits as research assistants. We are only entitled to our monthly salaries and we have to convey ourselves to work without any transport allowance as compared to other staff working in parliament. We only rely on our salaries for all our basic needs and this very issue of non-payment of research assistants’ salaries is really crippling us.
June 15, 2019 15:11 UTC
General News of Saturday, 15 June 2019Source: classfmonline.comForgive me; frustration got me – Parliament 'suicide man'The 35-year-old man was arrested after his failed suicide attempt in ParliamentThe 35-year-old man who tried committing suicide in parliament on Thursday, 13 June 2019, has apologized to President Nana Akufo-Addo, the Speaker of Parliament Prof Mike Oquaye as well as the 275 MPs and the whole nation. Kojo Mensah told GhOne TV that: “I want to apologize to, particularly my MP; I’m sorry for everything that I did, I did it out of frustration”. “I want to apologize to the members of parliament, the speaker and the President of the Republic of Ghana and [all] Ghanaians”, he added, explaining: “I’m really sorry for what happened because what led me to [attempt suicide in parliament] was...frustration." Mr. Mensah was arrested by Parliament’s Protection Unit as he tried jumping from the public gallery down into the chamber during that day’s sitting. He was in an NPP-branded t-shirt bearing the image of Kwesimintsim MP Joe Mensah.
June 15, 2019 14:48 UTC