General News of Friday, 14 December 2018Source: Myjoyonline.comNew dawn as gov’t train ‘galamseyers’ to mine the right wayKojo Oppong Nkrumah, Deputy Information MinisterThe fight against illegal mining is being taken to another level as illegal miners, otherwise called galamseyers, will soon have no reason to operate illegally. The government is rolling out a new policy framework which would ensure all those engaged in small-scale illegal mining receive the needed training and licensing. ChallengesThe joint military and police team tagged Operation Vanguard consistently complaining that the persons they apprehend engaging in galamsey are not taken through the criminal justice system fast enough. The residents say the Operation Vanguard members extort monies from miners. Attacks on Operation VanguardJust Thursday, some Chinese galamseyers attacked members of the force in the Ashanti region.
December 14, 2018 10:52 UTC
General News of Friday, 14 December 2018Source: adomonline.comContinue dreaming – Ursula tells Mahama on his comebackFormer President John MahamaCommunications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, says the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is not at worried about the return of former president John Mahama. According to her, it would be suicidal for Ghanaians to hand over the administration of the country back to Mr Mahama. “John Mahama is not going anywhere. They were in a comfortable lead during the 2016 elections and trust me John Mahama and his party are still in a comfortable lead,” she said. Mrs Owusu-Ekuful was speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosiisen Thursday on the decision of former President John Mahama to contest the flagbearer slot of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
December 14, 2018 06:20 UTC
General News of Friday, 14 December 2018Source: citinewsroom.comFounders’ Day holiday a step towards national unity – Adom OtcherePaul Adom Otchere, Host of Good Evening Ghana TV ShowHost of Good Evening Ghana TV Show, Paul Adom Otchere, believes that moves by the government to have August 4th confirmed as a statutory public holiday in honour of the country’s founders is a step in the right direction and will help better unite the country. The government had laid an amendment to the Public Holiday Act before Parliament for some changes to the country’s holiday calendar. The changes are the introduction of January 7 to be celebrated as Constitution Day and August 4 as Founders’ Day. The government contended that celebrating the day as Founder’s day with Ghana’s independence achievement credited solely to Nkrumah was wrong as others including the Dr. J.B. Danquah also played key roles in the country’s independence struggle. But according to Paul Adom Otchere, the government has taken the right step in uniting the country that appears to be divided on such matters.
December 14, 2018 06:11 UTC
General News of Friday, 14 December 2018Source: ghananewsagency.orgEC selects colours for new regions referendumThe Yellow and Brown colors denote YES and NO respectively on the ballot paperThe Electoral Commission (EC) has selected Yellow and Brown colors to denote YES and NO respectively on the ballot paper for the December 27 referendum on the creation of six new regions - Ahafo, Bono East, Western North, North East, Savannah, and Oti regions. A statement signed by Mrs Jean Mensa, the EC Chairperson, and copied to the Ghana News Agency said YES was for those in favour of the creation of a new region, and NO for those not in favour. It said all eligible voters within each of the above mentioned areas, who intend to approve of the Creation of the new region were required to thumbprint beside the colour Yellow on the corresponding thumbprint space on each ballot paper, whiles those who disapprove of the creation of a region should thumbprint at the thumbprint space beside the colour, Brown. It said the sample ballot paper, which was attached to this statement, represents the true depiction of the colours of the issues to be voted upon in the referendum. "The public, especially voters and voter educators on the referendum processes are kindly requested to take note of this information and duly observe them in the events leading to the referendum," the statement said.
December 14, 2018 05:26 UTC
General News of Friday, 14 December 2018Source: Myjoyonline.comNCA warns defaulting radio stations to settle authorisation feesplay videoJoseph Anokye is the Director General of NCAThe Director General of the National Communications Authority (NCA) has disclosed that some radio stations are yet to settle their authorisation fee even after they were given a general amnesty last year. Joseph Anokye said while some of radio stations who almost had their authorisations revoked last year have come in to remedy the situation, others defaulting stations have not. The Authority also revoked completely the Authorisations of 21 FM stations whose authorisations had expired over several years and were operating illegally. The Communications Minister told Parliament that the authorisations of radio stations that were revoked will be re-issued to new applicants. In a related development, Mr Anokye said there is no way an FM radio station can operate in the country without the NCA’s knowledge.
December 14, 2018 04:18 UTC
General News of Friday, 14 December 2018Source: ghananewsagency.orgSpio-Garbrah’s default judgement against Chronicle newspaper succeedsEkwow Spio-GarbrahAn Accra High Court on Thursday entered a default judgment in favour of Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, a National Democratic Congress presidential aspirant against the Chronicle Newspaper. The court presided over by Justice Nicholas M.C Abodakpi in his ruling said the court has heard counsel for the plaintiff on the motion for a judgment in default of defence in plaintiff's favour. He said the court’s records show that the defendant through their lawyer though filed a notice of appearance but were yet to file a defence. According to the reliefs granted by the court the Chronicle Newspaper was liable and that the said publication was defamatory. The plaintiff sought restraining orders to stop the newspaper from putting out defamatory publications against him.
December 14, 2018 02:37 UTC
General News of Friday, 14 December 2018Source: Mynewsgh.comWomen in my constituency would curse me over GHC50 gift - Kennedy AgyapongKennedy AgyapongMember of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong has revealed that women in his constituency will rain curses on him should he organize an event and at the end of the day, pay each GH¢50 stipend. Unlike other areas where this amount is considered a life-changer, he observed that his constituents do not appreciate that as they expect to receive more in such instances. The maverick politician said he would have been a lawmaker for life in areas where these little amounts changed the lives of women if he hailed from those places wondering why his is different. But here, I have been made to understand even GH¢50 makes a difference in a woman’s life”, he disclosed. According to him, this is the only way they can develop themselves economically and fend for their families commending the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, for initiating policies that inure to the benefit of residents.
December 14, 2018 00:45 UTC
General News of Friday, 14 December 2018Source: Myjoyonline.comGovernment working on law to improve cybersecurity environment - Ursulaplay videoCommunications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful answering questions after the press conferenceThe Communications Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has disclosed that government is working on a law to improve the country’s cybersecurity environment. It is responsible for national cybersecurity awareness creation and cyber security incident coordination. The National Communications Authority and the World Bank contributed to the establishment of the Centre, which is responsible for national cybersecurity awareness creation and cybersecurity incident coordination. She disclosed that her Ministry is currently reviewing the National Cyber Security Policy and Strategy for Cabinet’s consideration and adoption in early 2019. The Minister explained that following from cybersecurity breaches suffered by some MDAs including the Data Protection Commission (DPC), Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) and Finance Ministry, the Cyber Security Secretariat developed advisories to helpMDAs improve their cybersecurity environment.
December 13, 2018 21:56 UTC
The two families have pledged to promote peace as the funeral of the late Mahamadu Abdulai begins in earnest in the Gbewaa Palace. According to Bugri, the community is basking in great jubilation in anticipation of a great funeral ceremony. After the funeral of Mahamadu Abdulai, the Andanis will takeover the Gbewaa Palace to organize the funeral of the late Ya Na Yakubu Andani. He died in March 2002 in a conflict with the Abudus which lasted for three days. After ten years, the chiefs came up with a roadmap part of which will have the two families perform the two funerals of their late overlords beginning with the Abudus followed by the Andanis.
December 13, 2018 21:22 UTC
General News of Thursday, 13 December 2018Source: classfmonline.comGunmen kill Prampram MankraloThe late Nene Atsure Benta IIIThe Mankralo of Prampram in the Greater Accra Region, Nene Atsure Benta III, was, on Thursday, 13 December 2018 killed by gunmen at Dodowa in the Shai Osudoku District. The Caretaker chief was returning from the Dodowa House of Chiefs, after a meeting when the gunmen opened fire on him. A few hours before he was killed, one Nii Nartey IV, who claims to be the stool-father of the now-deceased Mankralo, together with some Prampram Mankralo stool elders, held a press conference at Ashaiman at which they levelled some allegations against the murdered chief. The land guards, who were working on the orders of Nene Atsure Benta, fired some warning shots and threated to kill me if I did not reverse the de-stoolment rites. Those words would turn out to be his last to the media as he was shot en route to Prampram.
December 13, 2018 20:15 UTC
Indeed the NDC is taking Ghanaians for granted, for the simple reason that, Ghanaians have "short memory" as Mahama told us. APJ can forgive Sammy Gyamfi because he was then a small boy with little knowledge in politics. Again, what is the credibility of Sammy Gyamfi, who recently lied about his Excellency the president, Nana AddoDanquahAkufoAddo and was later seen running around begging and crying for forgiveness? Long Live Ghana!!! Long Live Nana!!!
December 13, 2018 20:15 UTC
General News of Thursday, 13 December 2018Source: citinewsroom.com1.2m digital addresses verified; 20,000 address deliveries recorded – UrsulaCommunications Minister, Ursula Owusu-EkufulGovernment says it has so far identified 11,000 properties through the national digital and property addressing system, GHPostGPS. According to the Minister, who addressed the press on Thursday, 1.2 million addresses have so far been verified. Mrs. Owusu Ekuful said Ghana Post is working hard to increase digital address generations. She further indicated that, although digital address generation is free, property tagging comes at a fee. Vokacom is partnering the Ghana Post Company Limited to roll it out, with the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) hosting the data.
December 13, 2018 19:30 UTC
General News of Thursday, 13 December 2018Source: www.ghanaweb.comSexual harassment policies should be popularised in the country – CHRAJ Commissionerplay videoThe Commissioner of CHRAJ, Joseph WhittalThe Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Joseph Whittal, has stated that sexual harassment policies should be popularised in every institution to put checks on sexual harassment cases. According to him, it is now a national requirement under the national anti-corruption plan that every institution should have such a policy because it has become the basis for protecting women in an era where sexual harassment is so pervasive. Mr. Whittal stated that there are no specific policies for institutions or workplaces to protect women from sexual harassment, however, the Labour Act requires that the employer takes action against harassment at the workplace. The Labour Act defines sexual harassment as any unwelcome, offensive or importunate sexual advances or request made by an employer or superior officer or a co-worker, whether the worker is a man or woman. Esther Tawiah, Executive Director of Gender Centre for Empowering Development (GenCED), on her part added that the main motive behind the forum is to decide on the labour laws and women’s rights because over the years, women’s rights are being violated at the work places.
December 13, 2018 19:18 UTC
General News of Thursday, 13 December 2018Source: 3news.comBallot designs for referendum out; Yellow for ‘Yes’, brown for ‘No’'Yes' is for those in favour of the creation of a new region and 'No' for those not in favourThe Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) has released the design of the ballots for the December 27, 2018 referenda. The civil exercise will be held in six areas across the country and it will determine the creation of six new regions. “The official colours that represent the issues to be determined are YELLOW for ‘YES’ and BROWN for ‘NO’,” the release signed by the Chairperson of the Commission, Jean Mensa, said. The creation of the regions is a manifesto promise by the New Patriotic Party (NPP). A GH¢20 million fund has been appropriated for the regions after an overwhelming support from the referendum.
December 13, 2018 18:45 UTC
General News of Thursday, 13 December 2018Source: Abdul Karim NaatogmahDagbon chieftaincy: Abudus occupy old Gbewaa PalaceRegional Minister, Chiefs at the old Gbewaa PalaceGovernment has officially handed over the Old Gbewaa Palace to the Abudu Royals in Dagbon to perform the funeral of the late Yaa-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV. The newly constructed structures at the Old Gbewaa Palace are meant for the funerals of the two late Dagbon Overlords. Ahead of the handing over ceremony, the Abudu family kick-started the much awaited funeral of the late Yaa-Naa Mahamadu Abdulai IV today (Thursday). YAA NAA MAHAMADU ABDULAI IV (1969 – 1974)Yaa Naa Mahamadu Abdullai IV, the 35th Yaa Naa of Dagb?? from Naa Nyagse, was born on 2nd March, 1949 to Yaa Naa Abdulai III (Gmarigon).
December 13, 2018 18:33 UTC