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The Dean of Graduate Studies, Institute of Local Government Studies, Dr. Eric Oduro Osae has indicated that President Nana Akufo-Addo’s meeting with the press on Tuesday was bias as the accountability focused on the executive only.

According to him, in democratic governance, as practiced in Ghana, accountability should not only be demanded from the executive arm.

University of Education, Winneba

Campus News

The University Teachers Association has described the court decision ordering the Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba and Finance Officer to step aside as an attack on academic freedom.

According to the Association, their members at the UEW campus who are currently on strike are being forced to work under what it described as “court imposed management.”

Speaking on Eyewitness News on Monday, President of UTAG, Dr. Harry Agbenu said they will resist such attacks.

Executive Director of the Center for Budget Advocacy Ghana, Vitus Azeem

Campus News

The Executive Director of the Centre for Budget Advocacy, Ghana, Vitus Azeem says there is no point for government to wait till individuals found culpable of embezzling state funds go on pension before retrieving these stolen monies.

He emphasized, if government is really committed to fighting corruption, individuals who are cited by the Auditor General in its report must be prosecuted.

According to him, government’s inability to gather courage to prosecute and retrieve stolen state monies immediately would also mean its inability to retrieve such monies from the end of service benefits of old and fragile people.

Prof. George K. T. Oduro

Campus News

The Pro Vice Chancellor of University of Cape Coast [UCC], Prof. George K. T. Oduro, has expressed worry about a High Court order directing the Vice Chancellor of University of Education, Winneba, Prof. Mawutor Avokeh, to step aside until a case brought against them is determined.

The order was part of reliefs granted for the interlocutory injunction sought by the plaintiff, Supi Kofi Kwayera, in the case brought against the University which insisted that the Vice Chancellor and the Finance Officer were operating under the institution’s defunct governing council.

The Court presided over by His Lordship Ato Mills- Graves also issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Ministry of Education to reconstitute the governing council of the University of Education, Winneba and also awarded an amount of GHS4,000 against the university.

New Kotokuraba Market

Campus News

Traders, who have been allocated stalls at the new Kotokuraba market have begun occupying the facility.

This follows a directive from the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly (CCMA) requiring them to occupy the spaces or risk losing them to other interested traders.

Monday, 17th July marks the deadline the traders have been given to occupy spaces allocated.

Prof. Hinson

Campus News

A former Head of the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the University of Ghana Business School, Professor Robert Ebo Hinson, has advocated the development of a comprehensive social media policy to harness the potential of the resource for national development.

In that regard, he said concerted national effort ought to be made to incorporate social media strategies into the holistic development framework.

"As the digital spaces are evolving, we need to also evolve policies at the national level to keep pace with how the technology is beginning to permeate our society.

Ten Chinese have been arrested in connection with illegal mining (otherwise called galamsey) at Tamso in the Tarkwa municipality in the Western Region.

They were arrested by a combined team of the police and some members of a voluntary group known as Against Environmental Degradation.

The identities of the Chinese are yet to be made known by the police.

Counsel for some concerned staff of the Electoral Commission (EC), Maxwell Opoku Agyemang, says he is not prepared to back down from the impeachment process they have initiated against the Chairperson of the EC, Madam Charlotte Osei, despite threats from her lawyers.

Madam Charlotte Osei, Wednesday, dared Mr. Opoku Agyemang and his clients who are demanding her removal from office by the President.

A diesel tanker has caught fire at Assin Dansame in the Central Region after running into a Metro Mass bus en route Kumasi.

The driver of the tanker and his mate are reported to have suffered various degrees of burns and in critical condition. They have since been taken to the hospital for treatment.

“Concerned Assembly members of CCMA”, a group which says it is fighting what it describes as the unfair distribution of stalls at the refurbished Kotokuraba market in Cape Coast has threatened to embark on another demonstration.

The demonstration which will be dubbed “We Shall Rise Again” according to a leading member of the group, Benjamin Agbenyeku is to mount pressure on the Central Regional Minister and the MCE of Cape Coast to follow an order of a court that gives the ideal plan for allocation of stalls.

A 36-year-old man, Nene Tetteh, believed to be the kingpin of a fraud and car robbery gang that operates in Accra has been arrested by the police.

A Toyota Fortuner and a Hyundai Santafe, believed to have been robbed from a judge and a banker respectively, have been retrieved from the suspect.

The suspect, who is said to have masterminded the car robbery operations under the pretext of being a car dealer, was arrested on July 14 this year.

The Job 600 building which contains the offices of parliamentarians has been shut down following last night’s fire which ravaged the 10th floor of the 12-storey edifice.

The development has caused massive discomfort to members of the House as many of them are seen stranded and wondering about, Starr News’ Ibrahim Alhassan reports from parliament.

Hearts of Oak joined brothers Asante Kotoko to mark the One Week observation of their late equipment officer Thomas Asare Obeng at Esreso in the Ashanti Region.

Corporate Affairs Manager Kwaku Sakyi Quashie, Communications Manager Kwame Opare-Addo, National Chapters Committee and Ashanti Regional Chapters Committee Executives were at the residence of the late Kotoko Equipment Manager to join the Kotoko family in mourning.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he might have to settle for only one more signing because of the "difficult" transfer window.

He suggested clubs were demanding inflated prices for players.

The Africa Cup Cup of Nations will be hosted by countries outside the continent with rich nations like China, Qatar or USA targeted to host while three countries are invited to participate guests, says a proposal to boost income.

The proposal to stage the competition outside the continent and inviting non-African teams to participate has caused a major uproar among football fans in Africa.

The Marketing and TV working group made this proposal at a symposium in Morocco to examine ways to improve the finances for the Africa Cup of Nations and attractiveness of the competition.

In what looks like a proposal from South Africa FA chief Danny Jordaan, USA, China or Qatar could be asked to host the African Cup of Nations in radical changes proposed Wednesday to give the continent's biggest soccer tournament the global exposure it craves.

The CAF executive committee member Danny Jordaan of South Africa said: "If you want to think globally, act globally."

The proposals were set out in a presentation to the Confederation of African Football by Philippe Antoine, as the spokesman for the Marketing and TV working group.

Antoine told delegates that "the idea of inviting three or four teams from other continents, in addition to 20 or 21 African teams taking part, was also seen favorably ... as was the hypothesis of a final tournament being staged, exceptionally, in a country of another continent."

Some of the ideas floated, like taking the African Cup to another continent or inviting non-African teams to participate, might be a little too radical for CAF to implement, at least right away.

For one thing, what would happen if a non-African team won?

All the proposals for the future of the African Cup were made at CAF's two-day meeting in Rabat, Morocco, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The meeting, an African soccer "symposium," was an opportunity for national coaches, former players and CAF officials to share ideas. FIFA president Gianni Infantino also attended.

Any changes would need to be formally approved by CAF's executive committee, which is expected to meet before CAF's special general assembly, a decision-making meeting, is held in Rabat on Friday.

But an add-on to that increase in teams was the suggestion that the 24 could be made up of 20-21 African teams and 2-3 "invitees" from other continents, while the final tournament could head out of Africa.

The focus appeared to be on Qatar, with the committee noting that the 2022 World Cup host country would have all the required infrastructure to hold the Cup of Nations in 2023.

Non-African teams and a non-African host aren't ideas that are likely to be implemented soon, though, if at all. And CAF has already decided the hosts for the next three Cup of Nations, including awarding the 2023 tournament to Guinea.

Source: ghanasoccernet.com

Chelsea have agreed terms with Real Madrid for the signing of striker Alvaro Morata, the Premier League club have announced.

The deal is now subject to agreeing personal terms with the player and passing a medical, according to the club.

The Spain international played last season at the Bernabeu after spending two years with Juventus.

"I am very happy," Morata told Marca after the deal was announced.

"God willing, tomorrow I will be at Chelsea, a club that has always admired me."

Morata, who had been wanted by a number of Europe's top clubs including Manchester United and AC Milan, scored 15 goals in 26 La Liga games, mostly as a reserve last season.

United had originally been favourites to land Morata, but turned to Lukaku after failing to come close enough to Real's reported £75 million asking price.

That left the way clear for Chelsea to step up their bid for the Spanish star, who has called this offseason a "strange" one for him.

"Again, I do not think I'm going back to Madrid, I find it difficult and for now it's not something that I am considering," Morata said.

"It was clear that the goal was to leave, it's been a fairly strange summer and until I pass the medical examination, I'm not going to be calm."

Despite making no secret of his desire to leave Real, Morata jetted out for the club's preseason tour to the U.S., from which he is now expected to return.

Despite his 15 league goals last season, he grew increasingly frustrated at his limited opportunities behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.

The deal will also be a timely boost for Conte who had endured frustration after failing to land either Lukaku or another potential signing, Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Source: Espn

CAF first vice-president and Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi has been ranked as 46th most influential football personality on the world.

Football is big business a global sport with multiple leagues and teams and international competitions all vying for your attention (and money).

But who wields the most influence in the game, those men and women who have some combination of money, authority and power to shape the sport?

The Cape Coast High Court 2 presided by Justice Dapaah has ruled in favor of Mr. M.N.S Doe who is contesting the eligibility of Mr. Roy Arthur as chairman of the Central Regional Football Association.

The court has therefore reinstated Mr. M.N.S Doe as the Central Regional Football Association Chairman and as member of the Ghana Football Subcommittee.

Dorcas Davies aka Dede Davies

E-news

ATL FM's Dorcas Davies known in showbiz as Dede Davies is contesting in the 2017 edition of Miss Tourism Ghana. The pageant is organized each year to select an ambassador for Ghana's tourism.

Miss Tourism Ghana Pageant is focused on promoting the majestic tourism paradise Ghana has. This is achieved by creating awareness about Ghana's tourism potential in order to get the inclusiveness of all.

Dede Davies is competing with twenty-four [24] other participants.

SpreadLove’s Christian Morgan has started his music career after chalking success in Talented Kidz 8 as 2nd runner up. He has released his first song entitled ‘Ebubro Nkosua’, produced by Quansty K. Stream.

Inspite of the concerns expressed at the seemingly low publicity of this year’s Pan-African Historical Festival (PANAFEST), Executive Secretary of the PANAFEST Foundation, Mr Rabbi Kohain believes it is going to be better than most years.

This is because the Foundation has put certain things in place to ensure that this year’s PANAFEST becomes a success story.

In an interview with Showbiz last Tuesday, Mr Kohain said “this year, we brought Media Majique on board as partners and they have helped to raise funds so I believe this year’s is going to be better than most years.”

The chairman of the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), Rex Omar, has explained that churches would be required to pay royalties on music they use for events and concerts they organise and not for what they use for their praises and worship in church.

The GHAMRO chairman said in an interview with Showbiz that there have been some misconceptions since his outfit made statements about churches and royalties and it was necessary to clear the air on the issue.

Kaywuu

E-news

UK-based Ghanaian Afrobeat artiste Kaywuu believes the Afrobeats music genre is going to take Ghana music far.

The artiste who recently released his latest single, Melanin produced by Tema based engineer MOG Beats, in an interview with Showbiz from his base in UK said Afrobeat music is putting Ghana music on the world market.

Luis Fonsi's Despacito has become the most-streamed song of all time, just six months after it was released.

The hit single has been played 4.6 billion times across all streaming services, overtaking Justin Bieber's Sorry, which previously held the title.

"What's happened with this song is just insane," said Fonsi, who hails from Puerto Rico and sings in Spanish.

In a latest twist to Tuesday’s fire that gutted the 10th floor of Job 600, Joy News has gathered smoke alarms fitted on the floor did not work at the time of the fire outbreak.

Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak has revealed on Joy FM’s Newsnite Wednesday he was on the floor with other leadership of the House when their attention was drawn to the fire.

The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has called on Parliament to enact a law against political vigilante groups that has in recent days become a threat to the security of the nation.

CODEO said such a law will help address the legal issues surrounding the menace of political party vigilantism in the country and enhance the country’s democratic credentials.

Businessman, Ibrahim Mahama

Politics

The Attorney-General (A-G) may drag former President John Mahama’s brother to court if investigations into tax underpayment by two of his companies are concluded.

Gloria Akuffo told Joy News Evans Mensah Tuesday she had reviewed an initial docket submitted to her office on Ibrahim Mahama's companies and has asked for further investigations to be done.

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) had cited the two companies - MBG Limited and Holman Brothers - for issuing dud cheques to clear a total of GHS12 million debt.

Obuasi Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Elijah Adansi Bonah

Politics

The Obuasi Municipal Assembly in the Ashanti Region has laid off 22 of its over 70 casual workers as part of strategies to safeguard its Internally Generated Funds (IGF).

The move is as a result of a recommendation by the Finance and Administration Committee after it conducted a headcount of casual workers paid by the assembly through its IGF.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Elijah Adansi Bonah, told the Daily Graphic in an interview that the assembly was receiving only 40 per cent of its IGF, a situation that called for the need to increase its tax collection.

An Accra High Court General Jurisdiction 5 has dismissed an application brought to it by Nana Obiri Boahen, Abronye and David Asante to dismiss a defamation suit brought before it by the National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Kofi Adams.

The presiding judge dismissed their application and slapped them with a cost of GH¢3,000.00.

The 2016 and 2012 flag bearer of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, has asked the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to put the elections behind him and work towards providing jobs for the mass unemployed youth.

In a tweet hours after the President's maiden media encounter last Tuesday, the PPP founder member reminded President Akufo-Addo that the 2016 general election was all about "jobs, jobs, jobs" so he should channel his energies into that.

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A 19-year-old Ghanaian University student Gabriel Opare has built a new search engine to rival Google and Youtube.

According to Opare, his new search engine, Mudclo, will challenge the dominance of YouTube.

Opare who is currently a full time-time sociology student of the University of Ghana, taught himself how to code by taking online courses during his free time.

No one takes a job with the intention of meeting the love of their life or starting a relationship with an attractive colleague in the office...but it happens all the time.

And why not? Thanks to the long-hours and competitive work environment, a number of people spend the bulk of their life at work. Their best chance of finding their future life-partner is within the four walls of the office.

Despite how focused, steely and disciplined one may be, we are only flesh and blood; and we are bound to answer when love calls.

What is “The Talk?”


The phrase “the talk” is used to refer to the conversation many parents have with their child or children about sex and sexuality, although it can (and ideally should) be more of an ongoing discussion rather than a single conversation. Topics covered during “the talk” can include information about what sex is, what risks and consequences can be associated with sex, why people have sex, how people make decisions regarding whether or when to have sex, and/or ways of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

In a latest twist to Tuesday’s fire that gutted the 10th floor of Job 600, Joy News has gathered smoke alarms fitted on the floor did not work at the time of the fire outbreak.

Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak has revealed on Joy FM’s Newsnite Wednesday he was on the floor with other leadership of the House when their attention was drawn to the fire.