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Ghana’s total public debt rises to GH¢105.1bn but drops marginally in dollar terms

The country’s total public debt increased to GH¢105.1 billion as at the end of May this year, up from GH¢104.5 billion the previous month.

This represents 66.4 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) — the total value of goods and services produced in a country within a given year.

However, it is significant to note that in dollar terms, the debt profile of the country dropped marginally from US$27.5 billion in April to US$27.4 billion in May.

Graphic OnlineTue, Jul 19, 2016 Tue, Jul 19, 2016

S.C. convicts Montie FM for contempt

Accra, July 18, GNA - The Supreme Court on Monday convicted two radio panelists and the host of a talk programme ‘Pampaso’ together with the directors of an Accra-based radio station, Montie FM.

The five-member panel presided over by Justices Sophia Akufo convicted the defendants of contempt for threatening or scandalising the court, defying and lowering the authority of the court, and bringing the authority of the court into disrepute.

However, the court has deferred sentencing to July 27.

The defendants pleaded liable for the charges and asked the court for mercy.

Ghana News AgencyMon, Jul 18, 2016 Tue, Jul 19, 2016

Why the tax net must catch the churches as well

Of course, freedom of worship is an inalienable human right which encapsulated in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Consequently, freedom of worship has been given meaning in our 1992 Constitution. So, there is no permitted abridgment as to which religious sect one could join,---you have your inherent dignity and inalienable right to choose.

Tue, Jul 19, 2016 Tue, Jul 19, 2016

Pay more for power to save industry—Sorogho

The Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Mines and Energy, Alhaji Amadu Sorogho has said that there is the need for households to pay more for power than industry in order to save firms from collapse.

In a remark that is set to elicit criticisms from consumers who are already reeling from the recent increment in electricity tariffs, the lawmaker charged households to brace themselves to pay more for power saying: “the time consumers pay cheap for electricity is over.”

Mon, Jul 18, 2016 Tue, Jul 19, 2016

Angry mob besieges EC office in Cape Coast

Angry residents surrounded the Electoral Commission (EC)’s office in Cape Coast on Monday threatening to halt the on-going exercise to re-register National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) registrants whose names were deleted.

The exercise, which commenced on Monday, is to enable NHIS registrants whose names were expunged from the electoral roll in accordance with a court order to be re-registered.

The angry mob accused the EC of scheming to disenfranchise them by deleting their names as part of NHIS registrants even when they never registered with the NHIS cards in 2012.

myjoyonline.comTue, Jul 19, 2016 Tue, Jul 19, 2016

Gas export from TEN Fields to be fast-tracked

Operators of the Tweneboa-Enyenra-Ntomme (TEN) offshore oilfields are in discussions with government to fast-track export of gas for electricity generation ahead of schedule.

The discussions are progressing smoothly and TEN partners are hopeful that work would be expedited to ensure that wet gas in delivered to the gas processing plant at Atuabo ahead of schedule, Mr Charles Darku, Managing Director of Tullow Ghana, has said.

Tue, Jul 19, 2016 Tue, Jul 19, 2016

Ambassador Smith presents letter of Credence to Acting Governor General of Belize

His Excellency Lt. Gen. Joseph Henry Smith (Rtd) on Monday June 20, 2016 presented his Letters of Credence as Ghana’s First High Commissioner to Belize to the Acting Governor General of Belize, H.E. Carlos Perdomo at “Belize House” in Belmopan.

Ambassador Smith presented his Open Letters to the Minister for Natural Resources and Immigration, Senator Godwin Hulse, who stood in for Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister for Foreign Affairs who had travelled out of the country.

Tue, Jul 19, 2016 Tue, Jul 19, 2016

2016 Elections Will Be My Final Attempt At Presidency-Nduom

The flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party, (PPP) Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, has indicated that, the 2016 general election will be his last attempt at the presidency.

Dr. Nduom said he has done all he can over the course of his presidential bids and November will be his last attempt.

In an interview on the Citi Breakfast Show, the PPP flagbearer stated that, “This is the last opportunity for Ghanaians to recognize the person who can do the job. If this one passes by, I have done what I can. The rest is up to Ghanaians.”

Citi FMMon, Jul 18, 2016 Mon, Jul 18, 2016

Nduom can’t win 2016 polls – Lecturer

Although the acclaimed flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, has espoused great and workable business ideas as part of his campaign activities ahead of this year’s elections, Ghanaians are not ready to shift from their support of the two dominant political parties, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Eric Opoku-Mensah, a lecturer in political communication and presidential rhetoric at the University of Cape Coast, has said.

Class FM OnlineMon, Jul 18, 2016 Mon, Jul 18, 2016

Klottey Korle NDC: SC clears Zanetor

Dr Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings has been cleared by the Supreme Court to hold herself out as the parliamentary nominee of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the forthcoming general elections.

The Supreme Court also directed the High Court to deliver a ruling in that regard because an individual can only be a candidate after the Electoral Commission (EC) has opened the opportunity for filing. The apex court, therefore, said since the EC was yet to take that action, the argument of Dr Rawlings not being eligible did not hold water.

Class FM OnlineMon, Jul 18, 2016 Mon, Jul 18, 2016

Montie hearing: Contemnors found guilty

Contemnors in a case of threat against justices of the Supreme Court have been found guilty.

The court presided over by Justice Sophia Akuffo found the accused guilty for scandalizing the court, defying and lowering the authority of the court and bringing it into disrepute.

Two radio panelists, Godwin Ako Gunn and Alistair Nelson were cited for inciting hatred against, and threatening to kill, justices of the Supreme Court.

myjoyonline.comMon, Jul 18, 2016 Mon, Jul 18, 2016

Ghana calls for impartial action on all human rights violations

Ghana today (July13, 2016) urged the international community to act impartially in all cases of human rights violations.

"In order to maintain the credibility of the international human rights architecture, we must demonstrate through our actions that every citizen of the world deserves the same level of respect and protection", Ambassador Martha Pobee, Ghana's Permanent Representative to the United Nations stated in her address at the High Level thematic debate of the General Assembly in New York on "UN@70: Human Right at the center of the global agenda".

Fri, Jul 15, 2016 Fri, Jul 15, 2016

Ghana is first to complete mechanisms for African passport – Zuma

Ghanaians would wince, roll their eyes and suck their teeth when they hear Ghana is first of the 54 countries of the African Union (AU) to report back to the AU that it has completed mechanisms for the use of the continental passport proposed by the organisation.

Acquiring a passport in Ghana has become a case of a camel passing through the eye of a needle.

Fri, Jul 15, 2016 Fri, Jul 15, 2016

Nice attack: 50 people 'between life and death', says Hollande

Fifty people injured in the Bastille Day attack in Nice are in a critical condition "between life and death", President Francois Hollande has said.

At least 84 people died, including more than 10 children, after a lorry crushed them along 2km (1.2 miles) of the Promenade des Anglais on Thursday.

The driver, named by sources as French-Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, 31, was shot dead by police.
Guns and a grenade found inside the lorry were reported to be fakes.

President Hollande, who is in Nice, said the attack was of "an undeniable terrorist nature".

BBC News MagazineFri, Jul 15, 2016 Fri, Jul 15, 2016

We eat roads – Mahama tells critics

President John Dramani Mahama has retorted his critics who downplay his social intervention projects, which they say do not bring food to the table.

The commonly criticised project has been road construction, which has incidentally been a trump card of the government.

Reacting to this criticism that ‘we don’t eat roads’, the President in an interview with Radio Savannah on Thursday in the Northern Region, pointed out to the contrary that roads are literally food that can be eaten.

Thu, Jul 14, 2016 Thu, Jul 14, 2016

Government urged to intensify tax education

Accra, July 13, GNA - Nii Ayi Aryeetey, the President of Chartered Institute of Taxation Ghana, has called on government to intensify its tax education drive for all companies and the public for easy understanding and compliance.

He commended the efforts of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in educating the masses on tax issues, but said there was more education to be done since some of the populace were still not abreast with the tax laws.

Ghana News AgencyThu, Jul 14, 2016 Thu, Jul 14, 2016

Theresa May officially appointed British prime minister

* Theresa May is appointed Britain's prime minister by Queen Elizabeth following David Cameron's official resignation on July 13th
* Boris Johnson made foreign secretary, Philip Hammond chancellor

Theresa May has been appointed the UK’s second female Prime Minister in a private audience with the Queen at which she was invited to form a Government.

Thu, Jul 14, 2016 Thu, Jul 14, 2016

Price of commodities June inflation drops marginally to 17.1%

Government statistician, Dr. Philomena Nyarko attributed the drop to non-food inflation such as transport, education, housing, water, electricity and gas which dropped from 25% to 24.1%.

Inflation rate for the month of June this year declined marginally from 18.4 % to17.1%.

Government statistician, Dr. Philomena Nyarko attributed the drop to non-food inflation such as transport, education, housing, water, electricity and gas which dropped from 25% to 24.1%.

Wed, Jul 13, 2016 Wed, Jul 13, 2016

Sex-for-job comment: Parliament will summon Agyapong – MP

The leadership of parliament will summon the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong over his sex-for-job allegations against the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), in due course, Deputy Majority Leader Alfred Agbesi has revealed.

“Honourable Kennedy Agyapong is a Member of Parliament, and for that matter, we are in a certain environment governed by rules and regulations. Definitely leadership is going to call him and hear his side and how he feels about what he is doing,” he disclosed.

Class FM OnlineTue, Jul 12, 2016 Wed, Jul 13, 2016

Stakeholders support November 7 voting date

Accra, July 12, GNA - Political actors and stakeholders on Monday conveyed varied opinions on the proposed date for this year’s general election, questioning the Electoral Commission’s (EC) readiness to conduct the polls.

Though majority of them agreed to the new set day of November 7, they were worried that the EC does not have enough time and might to get the necessary funding to undertake the processes, leading to the elections, considering its nearness.

Ghana News AgencyTue, Jul 12, 2016 Wed, Jul 13, 2016