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Court dismisses suit against GES over demotion of 92 teachers
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Court dismisses suit against GES over demotion of 92 teachers

A High Court in Accra has dismissed the suit of 92 head teachers of some basic schools in the Ga West and North Municipalities who were demoted and transferred by the Ghana Education Service (GES) for charging unapproved fees. Mrs. Justice Jennifer Abena Dadzie ruled that the Head teachers had not exhausted all their internal mechanism in addressing their issues. According to the court their salaries had not been reduced even though they were demoted. The court held that, the decision of the GES to advertise their positions and also to instruct the applicants not to reapply was well positioned within the mandate of the Service. The 92 Head teachers in the Greater Accra Region were contesting their demotion and transferred by the Ghana Education Service after they had charged u...
Four ex-officials of NSA to answer questions in AG’s report
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Four ex-officials of NSA to answer questions in AG’s report

The National Sports Authority (NSA) will extend invitations to some of its retired officials to answer questions on the questions raised in the Auditor-Generals report with regards to misappropriation of funds of the authority. Information gathered by the GNA Sports reveals that, the decision to invite the retired officials who served as Director Generals or in Acting capacity follows the duration of the accounts being queried. According to the AG's report, the misappropriation of funds was captured in the period between 2012 and 2017. In view of this, the invitations will be extended to Messrs Worlanyo Agrah, Joe Kpenge, and Robert Oduro Sarfo, with Madam Alice Attipoe, who also played an acting role during her tenure. The GNA Sports, however, gathered the NSA was not happy w...
Scientists testing possible benefits of Wiamoase “wonder” tree
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Scientists testing possible benefits of Wiamoase “wonder” tree

Research Scientists from the Crop Research Institute (CRI) are conducting studies to determine if the high-yielded fig tree at Wiamoase, in the Sekyere South District, can be cultivated in commercial quantities to boost the national economy. This comes in the wake of the discovery of the fig species after residents perceived it to be an apple tree planted by 19-year-old Yaa Asantewaa, five years before she passed on. Her parents say they continued to nurture the tree, which began to bear fruits about six months ago. However, Dr. Beloved Mensah Dzomeku, Principal Plant Physiologist at CRI, at Fumesua, in the Ejisu Municipality, told the Ghana News Express that, the physiological features of the tree pointed to that of the fig family. He said researchers would now conduct extens...
Ashanti Regional police on manhunt for robbers
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Ashanti Regional police on manhunt for robbers

The Ashanti Regional Police Command has mounted a search for a gang of robbers who attacked and killed three persons at Manso-Dadiese in the Amansie South District. The robbers, said to number about eight, fired indiscriminately during an operation to rob a gold dealer in the community, resulting in the death of three persons, including the driver of the District Chief Executive, Mr William Bediako. The driver, Mr Samuel Osei, together with some officials of the Assembly were returning from a community sensitization programme on the COVID-19 in the area, when the incident occurred. The other victims were Kwaku Miller, alias “Osofo” 25, and Kwaku Danso 60, who was said to be lying in front of his shop, when a bullet hit him. Four others who sustained various degrees of gunshot ...
Ghana NGO Coalition raises concern over children dying of COVID-19
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Ghana NGO Coalition raises concern over children dying of COVID-19

The Ghana NGO Coalition on the Rights of the Child (GNCRC) has raised concern over the increasing number of children infected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country out of which five have already died. This, according to GNCRC, suggests that parents are neglecting their primary responsibility of taking very good care of their children and protecting them from getting infected. The concern was raised in a press release issued and signed by Mr Barima Akwasi Amankwaah, National Coordinator of the GNCRC. The release, however, congratulated government for the successful initiatives geared towards the spread and containment of COVID-19 in the country. It said, beyond the rise of infections among children by the pandemic, there are other concerns that needed the immediate attention ...
Allow EC to execute constitutional mandate-Peace Council
Politics

Allow EC to execute constitutional mandate-Peace Council

The General Secretary of the National Peace Council, George Amoh, has appealed to all stakeholders especially political parties to allow the Electoral Commission to execute its constitutional mandate. He urged political parties and other stakeholders to allow the Commission to do its work without fear or favour. Mr Amoh’s comments follows a barrage of attacks on the EC by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) after the commission submitted a Constitutional Instrument (C.I) to Parliament for approval. In the C.I, the EC wants to make the Ghana Card and the passport the only documents required for registration into the voters’ register. The commission has also made provision for people who do not have any of the documents to register. However, they will need two people to guara...
Prof Ayee criticizes EC’s explanation on new voters’ register
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Prof Ayee criticizes EC’s explanation on new voters’ register

Prof Atsu Ayee of the Department of Political Science at the University of Ghana, is not convinced that the Electoral Commission (EC) has given cogent explanation for the compilation of a new voters' register.  “The EC needs to produce more convincing reasons why compilation of a new voters' register is needed, I am not sure if the current register is bloated and has there been a thorough audit of the register to see if it is bloated?” he quizzed. With the 2020 polls barely seven months away, EC is preparing to announce a new date for compilation of new electoral roll after an April schedule was scuttled by  Coronavirus disease and restrictions on movements. It stated current register is bloated and not credible for December parliamentary and presidential el...
Millions evacuated ahead of super cyclone
World

Millions evacuated ahead of super cyclone

India and Bangladesh are evacuating millions of people from coastal areas ahead of a super cyclone which is approaching from the Bay of Bengal. Cyclone Amphan is expected to make landfall in an area near the border of the two countries later on Wednesday. More than 20 relief teams have already been deployed, and several more are on standby, Indian officials say. The coronavirus outbreak is making it harder for officials in both countries to evacuate people in these regions.Amphan is expected to hit the coast with winds gusting up to 185km/h (115mph), forecasters say. Officials in Bangladesh fear it will be the most powerful storm since Cyclone Sidr killed about 3,500 people in 2007. Most died as a result of sea water surging in. While the storm's current wind speed is likel...
South Sudan’s VP Riek Machar, wife contract COVID-19
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South Sudan’s VP Riek Machar, wife contract COVID-19

The Vice-President of South Sudan, Riek Machar, who was part of a taskforce to fight coronavirus, is in self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19. Mr Machar said as several other members of the taskforce were infected a new team was taking over their work.His wife, who is Defence Minister Angelina Teny, some bodyguards and other staff also have the virus. Experts worry that decades of conflict has left South Sudan incapable of dealing with a surge in new infections.So far South Sudan has recorded 236 cases of Covid-19 and four deaths.Last week, the authorities announced the virus had reached an United Nations (UN) refugee camp in the capital, Juba, where some 30,000 people have sought seeking shelter and protection. A case has also been confirmed in a similar camp in nor...
Members of Parliament to undergo mandatory COVID 19 tests
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Members of Parliament to undergo mandatory COVID 19 tests

All Members of Parliament and staff of the Parliamentary Service are to undergo compulsory testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19), Speaker of Parliament, Prof Mike Oquaye has said.  "I have directed, on the authority of the Parliamentary Service Board, the Clerk and Parliament's Medical Officer to liaise with the appropriate institution to immediately conduct testing for all Honourable Members of Parliament and Staff of the Parliamentary Service for Covid-19," he said. Prof Oquaye said this in an address to welcome the law makers back from recess. He appealed to the MPs and the staff of Parliament to cooperate to make the exercise successful.   Ghana has so far recorded 5,918 COVID 19 cases with 31 deaths and 1,754 recoveries.Prof Oquaye appealed to the House to ensure that there is ...
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