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Pensioners need more than 10% adjustment – Analyst to SSNIT
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Pensioners need more than 10% adjustment – Analyst to SSNIT

Director of the Africa Centre for retirement Research, Mashoud Abdallah,  has said pensioners need more than the 10 per cent adjustment made by the management of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT). Mr Abdallah said economic conditions of pensioners are worsening with many falling sick at a high rate hence SSNIT must have a second look at its operations to benefit the pensioners fully. “I have heard media houses reporting that SSNIT has increased pension by 10 per cent. No, that is not it. we have to look at the fix rate and the flat amount. It is best to say that SSNIT has increased monthly pension by 9.68 per cent plus a flat amount of GHS3.44. “There have been increased hospital visitation by pensioners and that adds additional cost...
AFCON 2021: Milovan backs Partey to prove critics wrong in Gabon game
Sports

AFCON 2021: Milovan backs Partey to prove critics wrong in Gabon game

Milovan Rajevac has backed Thomas Partey to demonstrate his exceptional qualities in the Black Stars remaining games at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. The Arsenal midfielder failed to impress, dropping an average performance in midfield as Ghana succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against Morocco on Monday. As one of the best players in the team, Partey is expected to shine and Rajevac perfectly understands. He admits the former Atletico Madrid man, like many others, was disappointing against Morocco but has not lost faith in him. The Serbian has urged Partey to dominate games, starting from Friday’s crucial encounter against Gabon. “We analyzed the match, Thomas maybe this match performance was not at his level but he’s a great player and will prove critics wrong. I t...
GWCL resorts to rationing water due to shortfall
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GWCL resorts to rationing water due to shortfall

The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has resorted to rationing water to meet demand in the wake of the dry season which has led to fall in water supply. The GWCL has described the move as a water demand management which, it says, will ensure equitable distribution of water to consumers across the country. It has, therefore, advised consumers to ensure the judicious use of water by, among others, avoiding indiscriminate watering of lawns with treated water, moderating the use of treated water for car washing by resorting to the use of buckets, instead of hosing, shutting all taps when not in use, in their various homes and offices. A press statement dated January 12 and issued by the Public Relations and Communications Unit of the GWCL said consumers were experiencing errati...
AFCON 2021: ‘Black Stars ready, well-prepared for Gabon’ – Rajevac
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AFCON 2021: ‘Black Stars ready, well-prepared for Gabon’ – Rajevac

Black Stars coach Milovan Rajevac says his outfit is ready for the upcoming AFCON 2021 matchday 2 fixture against Gabon. Speaking ahead of Friday’s game, the Serbian gaffer is hoping the four-time winners will put up a better performance after the defeat against Morocco. "We are trying to improve our performance, so expect us to play much better. We have studied Gabon and we're well-prepared and ready for the match tomorrow." Rajavac also revealed that captain Andre Ayew who sustained a head injury after crashing with a Morocco defender in the closing stages of the game is in contention to feature. He however refused to disclose whether the Al-Sadd forward will start or not.  "Dede Ayew will definitely be ready, but I never talk about my selection before the match,...
Rajevac expects to see Kudus in Black Stars camp soon
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Rajevac expects to see Kudus in Black Stars camp soon

Black Stars coach Milovan Rajevac says he expects to see Mohammed Kudus in Cameroon soon following reports that the midfielder has been cleared by Ajax to participate in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. “We are not sure about Kudus but we expect to see him soon, he is recovering and training so hopefully we see him soon,” Rajevac told reporters on Thursday ahead of Ghana’s second match. Kudus was expected to arrive on Wednesday and be ready for the crucial match against Gabon on Friday evening, but the youngster is still in the Netherlands. It was reported on Tuesday that the Ghana Football Association and Ajax have reached an agreement for the Dutch giants to release Kudus. Ajax are happy to allow Kudus join the Ghana squad after assessing him for a while following a rib i...
Emirates lifts travel ban on Ghana
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Emirates lifts travel ban on Ghana

Emirates Airlines  Emirates Airlines has lifted the travel ban placed on Ghana and some other African countries. The lifting of the ban starts today Thursday, January 13. A statement said “With effect from 13 January, Emirates will resume passenger services to and from Guinea, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana , Uganda and Angola. “Passengers travelling from Guinea, Uganda or Ghana with final destination DXB require 48hr PCR and 6hour Rapid PCR and PCR on arrival.” Emirates had earlier placed travel restrictions on selected African countries on entry and transit to Dubai following the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. “Affected customers do not need to call us immediately for rebooking. Customers can simply hold on to their Emirates ticket and when flights resume, get in ...
Setback For Gender Violence
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Setback For Gender Violence

Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah The Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah, has stated that the Judicial Service has taken reforms to minimise the incidence of gender-based violence in our society. He said among reforms taken are the establishment of specialised courts aimed at ensuring effective and efficient administration of justice for specific types of cases or offences. Speaking at the inauguration of Domestic Violence and Victim’s Support Unit One Stop Centre at the Police Headquarters in Accra, Justice Jones Dotse on behalf of the Chief Justice said these reforms have led to the establishment of the first gender-based violence court which commenced operation in January 2009, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the flagship programm...
Abetifi MP urges civil servants to be diligent in work
Politics

Abetifi MP urges civil servants to be diligent in work

The Member of Parliament for Abetifi, Bryan Acheampong, has charged civil servants within his constituency to apply diligence in their work and do away with acts of wickedness that hamper commitment to their duties. The MP was speaking at a Christmas lunch to appreciate the work of public servants in the Kwahu East District. “I have a belief that, just as it is expected of you to work diligently in this District, those from here who have travelled to other districts to work will also do a good job. We will progress as a nation if we all work well,” he said. Empathy According to the MP, there is the need for civil servants to show empathy in the discharge of their duties so as to foster societal growth. “There is a culture of us all being wicked towards each other becaus...
Ghana Debt Moves Deeper Into Distress as Investors Lose Patience
Business

Ghana Debt Moves Deeper Into Distress as Investors Lose Patience

Ken Ofori Attah, Finance Minister As the era of cheap money draws to an end, bondholders are no longer prepared to cut Ghana any slack. The West African nation’s dollar bonds have slumped 10% in 10 days, moving deeper into distressed territory as investors judge that re-financing debt in the Eurobond market won’t be an option when the Federal Reserve hikes rates and budget targets remain elusive. The extra premium demanded on Ghana’s sovereign dollar debt jumped on Wednesday to an average 1,105 basis points, from 683 basis points in September. Its $27 billion of foreign debt had the worst start to the year among emerging markets, extending last year’s 14% loss, according to a Bloomberg index.  Investors are questioning whether Ghana -- the region’s second-biggest economy ...
U.S. FAA issues impact notices on 5G wireless aviation
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U.S. FAA issues impact notices on 5G wireless aviation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began publishing notices early on Thursday that detailed the extent of potential impact of new 5G wireless service on sensitive aircraft electronics. The FAA has been in talks with airplane makers, airlines and wireless carriers to reduce the impact of new wireless service set to begin on Jan. 19. The FAA has warned that potential interference could affect sensitive airplane instruments like altimeters but on Wednesday reported progress. AT&T (T.N) and Verizon Communications (VZ.N), which won nearly all of the C-Band spectrum in an $80-billion auction last year, on Jan. 3 agreed to buffer zones around 50 airports to reduce the risk of interference. They also agreed to delay deployment for two weeks, averting an avia...
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