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As part of its contribution towards national discourse on the recently read budget by the finance minister, Ken Ofori Atta in parliament, the Department of Finance, School of Business of University of Cape Coast has held a post 2018 budget roundtable.
 
 The purpose of the discussion was to contribute some possible solutions to key policies and issues that were raised in the budget. 

All is set for the Maiden health Walk of the Campus Broadcasting Services (CBS) of the University of Cape Coast on Saturday, 18th November, 2017.

The Health Walk forms part of activities to celebrate the first year anniversary of the Campus Broadcasting Services Centre.

Government says 100,000 graduates will be employed next year in a programme dubbed the Nation Builders core Programme. The programme will be housed at the presidency under the President’s Special Initiatives.

This was one of the highlights of the 2018 budget presented by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta in Parliament on Wednesday. He says several transitional programmes run under the various government agencies.

Programmes such as the National Vocational and Training Institute [NVTI], Youth Employment Authority [YEA], among others have targeted non tertiary graduates.

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has encouraged young Ghanaian and African writers to write books that would help shape the thinking and perceptions of the younger generation.

Former President Kufuor said this when he launched a book titled, “Conversations with My Father” authored by renowned veteran journalist, Ajoa Yeboah-Afari in honour of her late father, Mr Boahene Yeboah-Afari, Ghana’s first Agriculture Minister and first Brong-Ahafo Regional Commissioner, in Accra.

The former President entreated researchers, students, educational institutions and individuals to patronise the book since it was educative and would positively impact on the society.

The Koforidua Technical University (KTU) has held a ceremony to officially admit 3,476 fresh students with a call for a more aggressive push towards the promotion of science and technology.

Professor Rexford Assasie, Dean of the International Programmes Office, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), said this was vital to avoid being left behind by globalization.

Five hundred and seventy-eight (578) of the newly enrolled students would be pursuing degree programmes, while 2,639 did courses, leading to the award of higher national diploma (HND) and the remaining 259, non-tertiary programmes.

The Director of Neurology and Development Clinic at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Prof Ebenezer Badoe, is encouraging people particularly in remote areas to dispel the notion that autism has a link with superstition.

Professor Badoe was speaking at the first session of the 4th Annual Autism Workshop organized yesterday.

The workshop is an initiative of the Child Health Improvement Program (CHIP) International, a US based non-profit organization which focuses on awareness, identification and training regarding autism and special needs children.

This year’s workshop which is a three day program is under the theme “Biomedical and nutrition intervention for autism“. It is a platform to educate people to think differently about the conditions of childhood developmental disorders.

The Department of Social Welfare says it is confronted with the challenge of finding foster parents for orphans and other vulnerable children in the Central region.

This is because most people who have approached the department prefer to adopt rather than serve as foster parents.

The Director General of the National Patrols Department of the Ghana Police Service, C.O.P Akuribah Yaagy has outlined the roles of the new concept of Community Policing Assistant in various electoral areas. 
 
C.O.P Akuribah Yaagy mentioned these roles in an address he gave at the Central Regional Police Headquarters on Thursday.

The Registrar of the Garden City University College at Kenyasi in the Kwabre East District of the Ashanti Region, Dr. Kweku Owusu Kwarteng, has commended government for the decision to grant tax reliefs to privately-managed tertiary institutions.

“It is something that is great for all private universities, great in the sense that it will give us resources to infuse into our programmes and capital expenditure, ” he said.

The world can only advance cohesion and solidarity amongst displaced persons and help create the right environment for a purposeful dignified life if there was access to education, President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has said.

Samuel Kofi Dzamesi

Local News

The Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs has ordered two claimants of the Ga Stool, Nii Adama Latse II and Nii-Ayi Bonte, to seize parading themselves as members of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs.

According to the Ministry, the two were inducted into the regional house of chiefs under unclear circumstances, hence nullifies their inclusion as members.

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has ignored an appeal from the Ministry of Information against disconnecting power to the state broadcaster, the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), in Kumasi.

The ECG on Thursday cut electricity supply to the state broadcaster’s transmission station at Asokwa for non-payment of accumulated bills to the tune of GHS 1.7 million.

Cape Coast Venomous Vipers will be playing Swedru Professionals in the finals of the Division Two Middle League on Sunday, 19th November, 2017 at the Swedru Sports Stadium.
 
Vipers will be hoping to bounce back to Division One after falling out to the second division a year ago.

A member of the family of the Founding Fathers of Accra Hearts of Oak, Emmanuel Nettey has warned if the leadership of the club does not submit to the spiritual demands of the family, the club will be plunged into more catastrophe.

Accra hearts of Oak has gone trophyless close to a decade now which many pundits are finding difficult to pinpoint the exact weakness of the Oak tree.

Former Black Stars captain John Mensah has been made the brand ambassador of Wealth Bankers Job Arena.

As a result, the strong defender has backed Wealth Bankers Job Arena, a subsidiary of Wealth Bankers, a member of Global Wealth Innovations’ network of about 20 companies in its quest to address unemployment in Ghana and beyond.

Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan is confident of leading the team to glory in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations before calling time on his international footballing career.

Ghana last tasted glory in the African Cup in 1982 where they defeated host country Libya 7-6 on penalties.

Egyptian Amr Fahmy has been named as the CAF General Secretary. He was proposed by CAF President Ahmad to the Executive Committee in accordance with the statutory provisions, and the Executive Committee approved his appointment during its meeting held on Thursday, 16 November 2017 in Rabat, Morocco.

Ahead of this weekend’s Madrid derby, CitiSports’ Daniel Koranteng looks at the evolution of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, who has risen to become one of the most important players at the Madrid club

Karim Abdul Razak, Mohammed Gargo, Michael Essien and Stephen Appiah are some of the most notable names which come to mind when you think of prominent Ghanaian midfielders, and one name will soon be fit to be considered in this elusive company.

Thomas Teye Partey has fast become one of Europe’s most talked about midfielders after his blistering form in 2017 for both club and country. The Atletico Madrid midfielder who after a slow start to his Atletico career has slowly worked his way into the plans of manager Diego Simeone, and is now just one start away from equaling his total tally from the previous two seasons combined. Partey is the embodiment of your typical African central midfielder, possessing immense physical attributes in addition to his exceptional technique. Standing tall at a height of 1.82m, Partey is also very imposing figure on the pitch with the added bonus of having in the aerial advantage over opponents.

Partey joined the 2014 La Liga Champions in 2011 as an 18-year-old from Ghanaian side Odometah FC but only made his first senior appearance for the side three years later in a home win against Espanyol after spending 2 years on loan at Mallorca and Almeria. Partey, in the last two seasons, has largely been used off the bench getting very limited time on the pitch. He made 9 starts in the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 seasons combined, but there was no doubt about Partey’s potential as he continuously showed glimpses of his abilities in the limited time he was given on the pitch.

Partey’s decision to accept a 5 year contract renewal from Atletico in the summer of 2017 came as a surprise to many who thought a move away from the club would’ve provided him more opportunities to shine. But fast forward to 2017/2018 and the Ghana international is almost the first name on the Atletico team sheet.

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Partey has started all but 3 of Atletico’s league games this season scoring twice and producing two Man of the Match performances. His 90th-minute winner against Deportivo this season summed up the sort of influence he’s had on the Madrid club this season. He has however been quick to praise his club manager Diego Simeone for his transformation this season. Simeone gave Partey his debut at the club and was the main reason why the Ghana international signed the contract extension with the club.

“Simeone allowing me time to develop was important and I had to wait for my chances. The manager spoke to me many times in the past to keep me involved and now I am playing more.

“He is great at motivating the players and makes it clear to us how he wants us to play and how we can continue to improve,” Partey said.

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Partey’s remarkable evolution has also been seen in his performances with the Black Stars. The midfielder who made his debut for the side in June last year under former Head Coach Avram Grant, has grown to become arguably the most important player for the Black Stars. He showed glimpses of his true potential at the AFCON this year where he was one of the standout players in the Black Stars team which lost in the semifinals to eventual champions Cameroon. He scored his first goal for the team in September in a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Congo at the Baba Yara Stadium grabbing a late equalizer for the team in a 1-1 draw. Partey then went on to cement his status as one of the Africa’s leading midfielders when his hat-trick against Congo days after, in the return leg of the qualifier helped Ghana to an impressive 5-1 win in Brazzaville.

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Partey is made up of the power of Essien and the attacking mind and drive of Yaya Toure. His tactical discipline and ability to read the game is what sets him apart from the rest. The central midfielder’s versatility has also come to light in recent weeks in his performances for the Madrid based side. As evidenced by the heat maps above, Partey has exhibited a tremendous versatile ability, akin to what Essien had in his prime days. In the game against Deportivo, he spent his 90 minutes powering up and down the right side of midfield; and in the game against Chelsea, he excelled playing centrally – a testament to his overall prowess as a midfield general. It seems that Simeone has finally found a way to fit his Ghanaian gem in his side, and this new role is working to perfection.

The story of Partey is one of sheer will and determination to succeed; the young man who left the shores of Ghana as a teenager, and had to adapt to a completely different culture and way of life, while having to focus on his football. From struggling to make the bench to becoming a fan favourite, Partey has arrived and the world is taking notice!

Source: citifmonline.com

Private legal practitioner, Maurice Ampaw has said most Ghanaian ladies love him because he is good in bed.
 
He said he is good when it comes to treating women very well. According to him, no lady can avoid him because he takes care of them.

First come 23 Grand Slam titles, then comes baby and then comes a fairytale wedding for Serena Williams. 
 
The tennis champion and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian tied the knot on Thursday in New Orleans at the Contemporary Arts Center surrounded by friends and family, according to multiple reports. And by friends and family we means guests like Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria, Ciara and sister Venus.

Rapper Edem has described criticisms by Mark Okraku Mantey regarding his request to the President for a stadium to be constructed in the Volta Region as ‘bogus’.

In a recent interview with Lexis Bill on Joy FM, the rapper opined that he had been underrated and marginalised as a musician because of his geographical background.

The CEO of the Volta Regime Music Group (VRMG) then requested that President Akufo-Addo build a stadium in his region in that interview.

The first runner-up of Big Brother Naija 2017, has revealed that she auditioned for the reality show eight times before she got the nod participate.

Bisola Aiyeola was also the third runner-up of the 2008 edition of the MTN Project Fame West Africa music reality show which was was won by Iyanya.

Recounting her journey to JoyNews’ MzGee, Aiyeola, who is now a Temple Management signee, described her journey as interesting but not without hitches.

Shirley Frimpong-Manso

E-news

Film director and producer Shirley Frimpong-Manso has bemoaned the seeming death of the sale of DVDs in Ghana.

According to her, the non-existent market for DVDs has hindered the growth of the industry because producers are unable to make sales after they finish shooting their movies.

Speaking in an interview with Myjoyonline.com after the press preview of her internationally acclaimed, ‘Potato Potahto” at Silverbird Cinema at the Accra Mall, the producer said the movie industry has simply taken a nose dive.

“The movie industry in Ghana has basically just taken a nosedive, it’s not been the same like the days of the ‘Perfect Picture’, the days of ‘A Sting in a Tail’ we seem to have had an upsurge and it suddenly went away,” she said.

Kuami Eugene

E-news

Kuami Eugene’s ‘Angela’ is not only enjoying air play. It has gotten 1 million views on Youtube.

This is a big deal for the up and coming artiste who was discovered in the 2016 MTN Hit maker.

In the history of Lynx Entertainment, Kwami Eugene’s ‘Angela’ is the first to have clogged 1 million views, beating Eazzy, Zigi, OJ Blaq, KiDi, Irene Logan, MzVee and Asem.

Haruna Iddrisu

Politics

The Minority Leader has hailed government’s proposal to reduce electricity tarrifs for the 2018 financial year but was doubtful the reduction will be any significant.

Haruna Iddrisu says just like how the excitement that greeted the proposed reduction of taxes on spare parts fizzled out, nothing much may come out of the proposed reduction in electricity tarrifs.

He was speaking to Joy News’ Elton John Brobbey, hours after the Finance Minister presented the 2018 budget on the floor of Parliament, Wednesday.

Former Deputy Finance Minister, Fifi Kwetey says most projects enumerated by the Finance Minister to be undertaken in 2018, are projects started by the Mahama administration and which were nearing completion as at December 2016.

According to him, the government under John Mamaha, had secured funding for the projects of which some had reached between 96% to 98% completion levels therefore, it was fitting for the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta to credit the previous administration with that.

Mr. Ofori-Atta in presenting the 2018 budget to Parliament for approval, highlighted some infrastructure projects to be undertaken by the Nana Akufo-Addo administration including the construction of some road networks.

Cassiel Ato Forson

Politics

Minority spokesperson on Finance, Cassiel Ato Forson says government's plan to hire 100,000 unemployed graduates in 2018 is a job-sharing ploy for party faithful.

He called the program to hire the youths as nothing but "job for the boys" after government branded the graduate unemployment levels a national security issue.

The 2016 election campaign was mainly about jobs. Since the Akufo-Addo government took over in January, there has been several acts of violence and aggression from party youths most of whom are unemployed.

The NPP admits these acts of violence  is down to a lack of jobs and has promised to address these frustrations.

Vice president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has extolled the virtues of the late Alhaji Aliu Mahama who deputized for president John Agyekum Kufuor.

Dr. Bawumia noted the late Mahama played an instrumental role in his transition into politics from the Bank of Ghana to serve as running mate to President Akufo-Addo.

“I did not only look up to him, but I considered greatly the supportive role he played to make the Kufuor administration a success.

“I am constantly minded by the enormous part he played in my consideration to become a politician when H.E Nana Addo Dankwa called on me,” Dr. Bawumia eulogised the late Aliu on the 5th anniversary celebration of his death.

Former Finance Minister, Seth Terkper has described the 2018 budget statement presented to parliament Wednesday by his successor Ken Ofori-Atta as challenged.

As a result, he told Francis Abban, the host of Morning Starr Thursday he feared for the country’s fiscal sustainability.

Reading the 2018 budget and policy statement which the government themed: ‘Putting Ghana Back to Work,’ Mr. Ofori-Atta rejoiced that the Akufo-Addo led government has turned around the ailing economy in the last 10 months.

Submitting that the policies implemented by the government are yielding results, he told the Legislative House that: “We resolved to be fiscally disciplined and respect the limits that parliament set for us [and] I am glad to report that we are on course to end the year with the fiscal deficit of 6.3percent from 9.4percent.”

Former Minister of Finance - Seth Terkper

Politics

A former Minister of Finance Seth Terkper is backing government’s drive to create more jobs in 2018.

The government has dubbed the 2018 Economic Policy Statement as “Adwuma Budget” aimed at dealing with the canker of the age-old unemployment.

In commending the New Patriotic Party government, Mr. Terkper suggested to Morning Starr host Francis Abban, the private sector must not be left out.

“It’s laudable to create jobs but provide incentives for the private sector to create jobs,” the immediate past Finance Minister advised.

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