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Bui Power Authority explains demolition Exercise
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Bui Power Authority explains demolition Exercise

The Bui Power Authority (BPA) says the recent demolition exercise at Lapla in the Banda District in the Brong Ahafo region is not based on tribal or political sentiments. A statement signed by Mr Fred Oware, Chief Executive Officer of BPA and copied Ghana News Express indicated that reports by some media organisations that the demolition exercise was based on tribal or political sentiments is completely misleading.  “BPA has been vested with the lands for the Bui Hydroelectric Project and charged with the duty of protecting all the lands, especially the buffer zone, which are the shores of the Bui Reservoir”. “Human occupation within the buffer zone has dire consequences on the Dam's operation as their activities increase sedimentation and siltation with their adverse consequence...
Government has not made a decision on re-opening of schools-Minister
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Government has not made a decision on re-opening of schools-Minister

Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah says the government has not made a decision on re-opening of schools. The clarification comes amidst calls by some teacher unions, civil society organisations and parents/ teacher associations, urging Government to consider re-opening schools. At his first national broadcast on measures to contain the COVID-19, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced that effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all public and private schools as well as universities across the country should be closed indefinitely. The Ministry of Communications in collaboration with the Education Ministry was tasked to roll out virtual or distance learning programmes for pupils and students while staying at home. Reacting to those concerns at the Minister's briefing o...
NBSSI outlines categories of qualified MSMEs for Business Support
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NBSSI outlines categories of qualified MSMEs for Business Support

The National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), has outlined the categories of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), which qualify to benefit from the Coronavirus Alleviation Programme (CAP) Business Support Scheme. Mrs Kosi A. Yankey-Ayeh, Executive Director, NBSSI, said MSMEs, which qualified for the CAP Business Support Scheme were micro enterprises with one to five employees, small enterprises with six 29 employees and medium enterprises with 30 to 99 employees. “Anyone who falls outside of the 99 employees is not qualified for this loan, the President has another initiative for larger businesses,” Mrs Yankey-Ayeh, said on Thursday, when she took her turn at the meet the press engagement to give an update on the CAP Business Support Scheme. The CAP Business Supp...
Yoruba Chiefs in Ghana, six others donate to the Covid-19 Fund
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Yoruba Chiefs in Ghana, six others donate to the Covid-19 Fund

The Yoruba Council of Chiefs in Ghana together with six other companies and entities have donated a total of three hundred and seventy five thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc 375,000.00) to the Covid-19 National Trust Fund to support their mandate of mitigating the impact of the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus, Covid-19, in Ghana on the needy and vulnerable.  The Yoruba Council of Chiefs in Ghana led by their Asiwaju (Leader), Alhaji Musah Baba, donated Twenty Thousand Ghana, (GHc 20,000.00) and five hundred (500) pieces of 5KG bags of rice.  The Government Board Chairpersons of State Entities under (SIGA), led by the Chairperson of the Minerals Commission, S. K. Boafo,  donated two hundred thousand Ghana cedis (GHc 200,000.00), to the fund.  Eckankar Ghana Satsang Soc...
Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) arrest four imposters
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Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) arrest four imposters

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) says it has arrested four persons posing as officers of the service. The four,  AB1 Arhen Ebenezer, Mustapha Maurris, Oscar Eshun and Stephen Zubbuy Matsi were arrested between Tuesday, May 5 and Tuesday, May 12, 2020. A statement issued and signed on behalf of the Director of Public Relations by R Omane-Agyei, Squadron Leader and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the first suspect, AB1 Arhen Ebenezer was arrested on Tuesday, May 5, by personnel from the Southern Command Headquarters of the GAF during a patrol at Katamanso in the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality. It said the suspect who was dressed in camouflage shorts and an olive-green vest, claimed to be at the Naval Base, Tema but further checks with the Eastern Naval Command for identification pro...
Luis Enrique: Spain boss says football without fans ‘sadder than dancing with your sister’
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Luis Enrique: Spain boss says football without fans ‘sadder than dancing with your sister’

Playing matches behind closed doors is "sadder than dancing with your sister", says Spain manager Luis Enrique. Germany's Bundesliga became the first major European football league to restart after the coronavirus shutdown when it resumed over the weekend. No fans are allowed, substitutes and coaches are spaced out at a distance on the bench, and players are not supposed to celebrate goals together. "It's very ugly," said former Barcelona boss Enrique, 50. "I watched the German football and it's lamentable. You can hear the insults and you lose the intimacy of the great moments." Speaking to Spanish basketball show Colgados del Aro, Luis Enrique added: "Playing matches without supporters is sadder than dancing with your sister." However, the Spaniard said he underst...
Mum drinks sperm smoothies to fight off coronavirus
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Mum drinks sperm smoothies to fight off coronavirus

A mother-of-two believes that drinking smoothies with a shot of sperm have helped to boost her immune system and is helping prevent coronavirus. Tracy Kiss, 32, says she’s not had a cold or flu for three years because of her concoction which is made using donations from her boyfriend and she takes three shots a week. Tracy, a personal trainer from Aylesbury, said: ‘I found a free and vegan-friendly alternative method to boost the body’s immune system. You don’t always know what is in pharmaceutical medicine – it is much better for the body to drink something that doesn’t contain chemicals. ‘It isn’t much different to a mother breastfeeding her newborn to give them the nutrients they need. It isn’t for everyone but it is packed full of vitamins and I haven’t had a cold or flu ...
Collapse of Capital Bank: Ato Essien wants charges dropped, moves to refund money to state
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Collapse of Capital Bank: Ato Essien wants charges dropped, moves to refund money to state

Lawyers of Willaim Ato Essien, the founder of the defunct Capital Bank, who is standing trial for allegedly collapsing the bank, has told the Accra High Court that their client is willing to refund GH¢27.5 million back to the state. The amount is what the state has accused Essien of using as business promotion and which he allegedly carried in jute bags to be distributed to some people Counsel for Ato Essien, Mr Baffour Gyewu Bonsu told the court Thursday that his client had already paid GH¢1.4 million of the GH¢27.5 million to the state, reports Graphic Online's court reporter, Emmanuel Ebo Hawkson. He said discussions were still ongoing with the prosecution and therefore the court should adjourn the case to enable the discussions to continue. The prosecutor, Mrs Mariana Appi...
Russia: Nurse reprimanded for wearing bikini under transparent PPE
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Russia: Nurse reprimanded for wearing bikini under transparent PPE

A nurse in Russia has been given a telling off for ‘non-compliance with the requirements of medical clothing’. The unnamed nurse, who is in her 20s, was pictured on a coronavirus ward for male patients in Tula, 120 miles south of Moscow, and the picture was spotted online by her bosses. She was called in for a meeting where she said that she was too hot wearing her normal uniform underneath the see-through plastic PPE she had been given. She also said that she didn’t realise how transparent the PPE was. The regional health ministry said that ‘a disciplinary sanction was applied to the nurse of the infectious diseases department who violated (uniform) requirements’. A patient said that there was no objection to her attire but there had been ‘some embarrassment’. Respondin...
Coronavirus in South Africa: Two-day-old baby dies
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Coronavirus in South Africa: Two-day-old baby dies

A two-day-old baby has died with coronavirus in South Africa - one of the world's youngest victims of the virus. The mother had tested positive for Covid-19 and the child subsequently tested positive, the health minister said. The baby was born prematurely and needed help with breathing, he added. The country's death toll now stands at 339, and the number of confirmed cases has climbed to 18,003. "Sadly we have recorded the first neonatal mortality related to Covid-19. The baby was two days old and was born prematurely," South Africa's Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said. "The baby had lung difficulties which required ventilation support immediately after birth. "We extend a special word of comfort to the mother of this child and salute the neonatologists, nurses and al...
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