General News of Saturday, 18 August 2018Source: www.ghanaweb.comFree SHS, Double Track system are the boldest educational initiatives – UEW VCSome boarding students report to schoolActing Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, Rev. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni has commended government for taking what he calls the boldest decision in the country’s educational sector with the introduction of the free SHS policy and its accompanying Double Track system. Prof. Afful-Broni says the University of Education is committed to the cause of the Free SHS policy and announced plans by the University to absorb the first batch of the free SHS system. The Acting VC commended government for introducing the double track system. According to him, the double track system is an internationally acclaimed system that breeds quality and ensures equity.
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General News of Saturday, 18 August 2018Source: ghananewsagency.orgTourism Ministry to launch magazine to project Ghana’s cultural heritageCatherine Abelema Afeku, Minister of Tourism, Arts and CultureThe Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture would on August 31 launch a new magazine entitled “See Ghana Magazine” and Tourism TV, to highlight and project the country’s tourism attractions and cultural heritage. The Minister also mentioned the hosting of the African Tourism Leadership Forum slated for August 30-31 in Accra, with six African ministers confirming their participation. AFRIMA is designed to promote the distinct rich African music worldwide, engaging millions of fans by propelling African music to glorious pinnacles beyond the borders of Africa. She said the Ministry had decided to project a festival from each region because those festivals could project the rich cultural heritage of Ghana. Earlier this year, the Ministry organised the West African Integrated Travel and World Tourism Day.
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General News of Saturday, 18 August 2018Source: Graphic.com.ghKatanga, Conti protesters petition Otumfuo over mixed-gender hallsThe walk through some streets of Kumasi and presented their petition to Otumfuo at Manhyia Palace. The Alumni and students of University (Katanga) and Unity (Conti) Halls, of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), on Friday went on a protest over the decision of the university authorities to convert the two all-male halls into mix-gender halls. The walk through some streets of Kumasi and presented their petition to the Chancellor of the university, the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at the Manhyia Palace. The alumni and students of these halls are kicking against the management decision to convert these halls into mixed halls as part of plans to solve accommodation problems facing students and also to help increase female enrolment. The decision has since been met with strong objections, particularly from the two main all-male halls University Hall, also known as Katanga and Unity Hall, known commonly as ‘Conti.’
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General News of Friday, 17 August 2018Source: Sir CoffieFear grips residents of Agbobloshie over pending demolitionMost structures in Agbobloshie are made with woodResidents of Agbobloshie are living in fear after the announcement made by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) which stated the commencement of the demolition exercise. These structures in the communities; Agbogloshie, Sodom and Gomorrah are mostly built with wood. Mitsughana.com confirms that a team of taskforce from AMA stormed the community on Wednesday to mark several houses which would be demolished during their exercise. Some police and media men had to run for their lives as the irate youth chased them with machetes, sticks and stones. Mitsughana.com calls on government to take a second look at the situation to avert a repetition of the June 2015 bloody incident in the country.
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General News of Friday, 17 August 2018Source: Myjoyonline.comMahama was a 'reckless driver'; drove NDC to defeat – Bagbin lamentsFormer President John MahamaThe Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has impugned the leadership qualities of ex-president John Mahama. Comparing him to a "reckless driver" the flagbearer aspirant of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) says he perceived disaster for the party during John Dramani Mahama’s tenure as president. Because I could see afar that this driver was driving recklessly and he would get into an accident. Describing the administration as an “animal farm” he has consistently held that the former president was the reason the NDC lost the 2016 elections. Out of the six who have shown interest in the topmost position of the party, Mr Bagbin believes he is the party’s best bet.
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General News of Friday, 17 August 2018Source: mynewsgh.comBawumia, Samira jet off to Mecca for pilgrimageplay videoVice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia with his wife Hajia Samira BawumiaVice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has left Ghana for the Holy Land of Mecca in Saudi Arabia to perform this year’s pilgrimage. A statement from the office of the Vice President signed by Frank Agyei-Twum reveals that the Second Lady, Hajia Samira Bawumia accompanies the second gentleman of the land for this holy exercise in Saudi Arabia. Read the full release below;Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia leaves for HajjThe Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, departed Accra for Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Friday 17th August 2018 to perform the Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj. Vice President Bawumia, accompanied by his wife, Hajia Samira Bawumia, will join thousands of Ghanaians and millions of Muslims around the world in performing this year’s Hajj. While on the Pilgrimage Vice President Bawumia will use the spiritual exercise to among others pray for the people and nation of Ghana and request Allah’s blessings for GhanaThe Vice President returns to Ghana on Monday 27th August, 2018.
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Mensah loved democracy profoundly – Akufo-Addoplay videoPresident Akufo-Addo speaking during the final funeral rites of the late J.H. Mensah had a profound attachment to democratic values, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has said. The President said Mr Mensah “subscribed fully with the concept of development in freedom, the mantra of the Dankwa-Dombo-Busia political tradition.”He added: “…J.H. Mr Mensah began working as an assistant inspector of taxes in 1953 while the Gold Coast was still under colonial rule. J.H Mensah, until his death, was a founding member of the governing New Patriotic Party.
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General News of Friday, 17 August 2018Source: 3news.com575 birth certificate applicants overcharged to receive a refund of GHC30 eachEach of the applicants were charged 50 cedis as against the approved fee of 20 cedisThe Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has been ordered to refund to some 575 birth certificate applicants in Suhum in the Eastern Region who were overcharged. The Collection Officer at the Suhum office of the Birth and Death Registry was cited in the 2016 Auditor General’s report as having charged birth certificate applicants 50 cedis each instead of the approved 20 cedis fee, TV3 correspondent Chatherine Frimpongmaa reported. The Committee thus asked the Ministry of Local Government under which the Birth and Death Registry falls to consequently refund the excess charge to the 500 applicants. It also recommended to the Ministry to sanction the officer in question, which the Ministry said it will consider. Acting Registrar of Birth and Death, Kingsley Asare Addo has meanwhile said the Registry have put in place measures to digitize their operations, which will among other things remove some of these issues faced by applicants.
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General News of Friday, 17 August 2018Source: citinewsroom.comWe’ll eject Agbogbloshie squatters despite protest – AMAGilbert Nii Ankrah, Head of Public Affairs at A.M.AThe Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has indicated that it will go ahead with its planned demolishing exercise at Agbogbloshie despite protests by squatters in the area. The exercise, when embarked upon, will affect over 1000 structures along the railway line, spanning from the Accra Breweries Company to the Agbogbloshie station in Accra. A similar exercise conducted at Old Fadama in 2015, led to the destruction of about 1000 structures and a subsequent riot. In the past, the AMA has pulled down illegal structures in areas such as Odaw River, Korle Lagoon, Old Fadama among others. The Assembly maintains that, the construction of structures without permits is also an offence punishable by law.
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Music of Friday, 17 August 2018Source: nydjlive.comEpixode sings about taking GHC700 for Ebony’s Tribute ConcertGhanaian dancehall artist Epixode is the latest musician to deny allegations that he took an amount of GHC700 for performing at the late Ebony’s Tribute Concert. Unlike many others, Epixode put his response in a classic masterpiece titled Wagon. He denied taking any money and mentioned Ogee, late Ebony’s hype man as his witness. The dancehall artist also pieced various voices of Edem, DKB and others as they expressed their frustration at allegations that they took money. Listen to the single from below.
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General News of Friday, 17 August 2018Source: citinewsroom.comSpecial Prosecutor, EOCO deny seizing Mahama Ayariga’s carsEOCO says it has not seized vehicles belonging to Mahama Ayariga, Bawku Central MPThe Office of the Special Prosecutor and the Economic and Organized Crimes Office (EOCO) have denied seizing vehicles belonging to Bawku Central Member of Parliament, Mahama Ayariga. The two investigative bodies have said they are treating the vehicles as exhibits in an ongoing investigation against the MP. The Special Prosecutor’s Office and EOCO are investigating Mahama Ayariga for possible tax evasion in the importation of the three luxury vehicles. Earlier media reports suggested that EOCO had seized the three vehicles from the legislator. Martin Amidu earlier reported Mahama Ayariga to the Economic and Organized Crime Organization (EOCO) for attempting to obstruct his investigations.
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General News of Friday, 17 August 2018Source: classfmonline.comCabinet approved GHC67m Construction Pioneers payment - MemoFormer Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Marietta Brew Appiah-OpongIt has emerged that a Cabinet memo dated 19 July 2013 gave approval for the payment of some GHS67 million judgment debt to Construction Pioneers (CP). The Cabinet memo stated that at the eighth Cabinet Meeting which was held on 25 July 2013, Cabinet considered a memorandum by the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice requesting for approval for the payment of a negotiated sum owed to Construction Pioneers. “After discussing the memorandum, Cabinet gave approval to the request”, the memo added. This was pursuant to the Settlement Agreement dated March 18, 2010 executed between then-Attorney-General, Betty Mould-Iddrisu and Construction Pioneers. Cabinet, in response to the memorandum, directed the AG to invite Construction Pioneers for an agreeable term of settlement; this was contained in a second Cabinet memo dated 17 May 2013, according to Daily Graphic.
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General News of Friday, 17 August 2018Source: Starrfmonline.comUEW dismissals: No chaos on campus – Acting Vice ChancellorSacked Vice-Chancellor of UEW Professor Mawutor AvokeThe acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) Reverend Professor Anthony Afful Broni has rubbished reports that the University is in a state of chaos following the dismissal of five of its principal staff. The Acting Vice-Chancellor, however, disputed any report of insubordinations or chaos in the University following the dismissals. “I’m saying to you that what we stand for and what we do as a university is known to everybody. “What we are doing is speaking for itself and there’s no need for us to go out and make any more noise. This is why, when people make noise about people, people keep coming because they know what UEW stands for.”
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They were in the area as part of the University Students Association’s annual congress which was being held at the University of Cape Coast. A student leader, Joshua Asafu, told Class91.3FM’s mid-day news 12Live that the incident happened between 6 and 7PM while the Face of USAG contestants took photos at the beach. The deceased were Sarah Kwarteng of the University of Education, Mampong Campus; and Lily Ampofua Asiedu of the University of Ghana. By the time they had rescued the third person [Lily], she had already passed on. They are yet to find the fourth person [Sarah]”, Joshua recounted.
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General News of Friday, 17 August 2018Source: primenewsghana.comTrade Ministry to pay GHC1,081,000 judgement debt to former CEO of GTFACarlos Ahenkorah, Deputy Trade and Industry MinisterThe Ministry of Trade and Industry has offered to settle a judgement debt of GHS1,081,000.00 incurred by the Ghana Trade Fair Authority (GTFA) following an action brought against the company by its former CEO, Esther Ofori. Esther Ofori had brought the action against GTFA for refusing to pay her benefits at the end of her tenure of office. In some related judgement debt payment, the 2016 Auditor-General’s report has disclosed that the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice made payments to the tune of GHS 67,380,718.20 to Construction Pioneers (CP) as judgement debt without Cabinet’s approval. Also, The Ministry of Gender and Social Protection says it has repaid its judgment debt of GHS 236,000 owed to PC Doors Company following a court action by the company against the Ministry. The judgement debt was incurred as a result of delay payment by the African Development Bank (AfDB) to PC Doors Company, which had supplied vocational tools to the Ministry for a skill development project.
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