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West Africa: UN Ebola Mission Launched

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has officially established the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response and has instructed the advance teams for the first-of-its-kind operation to head to its base in Accra, Ghana, by Monday, 22 September. Following the unanimous adoption yesterday of a key resolution by the 193-Member UN General Assembly, and after Thursday's historic meeting of the Security Council, which declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to peace and security, Mr. Ban announced that he has now established the UN emegerncy response mission, to be known as UNMEER.


Topix.net | 21-Sep-2014 22:02

New Phobia goalkeeper eyeing Black Stars call-up

Accra Hearts of Oak new signing Seidu Muntawakilu admits he would relish a call-up to the Black Stars though he says he is not in a rush. The 19-year-old is the first-choice keeper for the Black Satellites and wants to progress to the senior ranks but admits he must work hard.


Topix.net | 21-Sep-2014 01:39

I support calls to sack CHRAJ boss - Amaliba fumes

A member of the ruling National Democratic Congress' legal team, Abraham Amaliba, has revealed government is unhappy with the recent case of waste of financial resources by Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice , Lauretta Lamptey. He said calls by persons for the removal of the CHRAJ boss are appropriate.


Topix.net | 20-Sep-2014 18:50

Sunyani police arrests an armed robber

The Brong-Ahafo Regional Police Command has arrested Sherrif Adams alias Alhaji Fresh, an alleged armed robber and an accomplice in the attack on the sales officer of Thonke Limited. The robbers took away about GHA 50,000 from the victim.


Topix.net | 20-Sep-2014 15:16

Herbert Addo not expecting local coaches to apply for vacant Ghana job

Accra Hearts of Oak head coach Herbert Addo is sure no home-based tactician will apply for the vacant Ghana coaching post despite the Ghana Football Association publicly advertising the role. The Ghana Football Association are working to fill the void created by Kwesi Appiah's sacking last week with the GFA reportedly receiving 18 applications from foreign-based trainers.


Topix.net | 20-Sep-2014 11:44

AMSCO, WTC support Ghana's human resource dev't

The African Management Services Company in collaboration with the World Trade Centre , Accra, is hosting a private sector breakfast meeting aimed at developing human capital in the private sector to promote the growth of enterprise in the country. The meeting also seeks to introduce AMSCO and the African Training and Management Services Project , a regional project of the United Nations Development Programme , to share experiences in using expert human resource in spurring the future growth of companies.


Topix.net | 20-Sep-2014 08:06

Ghana to re-hit single digit inflation by second h

Bank of Ghana officials have projected the nation's economy is to hit a single digit inflation rate again by the second half of next year, subject to world market price of oil and stability in the exchange rate. Mr Mollison Narh, Second Deputy Governor of the nation's apex bank, on Thursday said there had been positive signs of the open market operations of the Central Bank in the recent weeks with an appreciation of the local currency.


Topix.net | 20-Sep-2014 04:28

Ghana: Monetary Policy Committee Maintains Policy Rate At 19 Per Cent

The Monetary Policy Committee has decided to maintain the monetary policy rate at 19 per cent, Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Henry Kofi Akpenamawu Wampah, has announced. Dr Wampah, who was addressing the media in Accra, yesterday, after the 61st meeting of the MPC, said in arriving at the decision, the Committee took into consideration risks to growth and inflation, fiscal pressures and the volatilities in exchange rates, expected inflows from the Eurobond and the cocoa syndicated loan which would provide liquidity on the foreign exchange market and government's fiscal consolidation efforts which were expected to be strengthened under the International Monetary Fund programme, among others.


Topix.net | 20-Sep-2014 00:47

Non-Ghanaian retailers ordered to leave markets in 30 days

The Ministry of Trade and Industry has issued a 30-day ultimatum to non-Ghanaians in retail trade to leave 48 markets across the country where they mostly operate. In a public notice issued on Friday, the ministry stated that, "notwithstanding numerous interventions by the government to encourage non-Ghanaians engaged in retail trading in the marketplace to relocate, some non-Ghanaians have refused to comply with the directive."


Topix.net | 19-Sep-2014 20:57

Graphic journalist Daniel Kenu discontinues court case against ex Ghana striker Baffour Gyan

Graphic journalist Daniel Kenu has dropped all assault charges against brother of Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan, Baffour, on health grounds. The Kumasi-based journalist told the Kumasi Circuit Court in its hearing on Friday he wants to discontinue the case, in a move that surprised all gathered at the court premises.


Topix.net | 19-Sep-2014 17:50

Over 150 UCC students admitted over cholera, food poisoning

About 100 students of the University of Cape Coast have been admitted at the university's hospital in the Central region for cholera. Two people have so far been reported dead.


Topix.net | 19-Sep-2014 17:50

Mahama is Ghana's worst president'

Chairman of the Nigerian branch of the New Patriotic Party , Kofi Atiemo-Gyan says President John Mahama is the worst leader the country has ever had. "This is the worst government in the country's 57 years history of nationhood.


Topix.net | 19-Sep-2014 14:48

Appiah's honorary doctorate degree fake

The National Accreditation Board has discredited the honorary doctorate degree conferred on ex-Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah by the Day Spring Christian University of Mississippi. But the board says the university alongside three others- Pan African Clergy Council and Bible College, Global Centre for Transformational Leadership and the World Council for Evangelical Clergy- is uncertified to honour prominent individuals.


Topix.net | 19-Sep-2014 10:27

Second Lady Urges Ghanaians To Make "Heart Choices" In Order To ...

Second Lady Urges Ghanaians To Make "Heart Choices" In Order To Improve Their Health At The Official Launch Of The 14th World Heart The Second Lady Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur has urged Ghanaians to make" Heart choices" in order to improve their health for a quality life because a healthy heart keeps you strong. Mrs Matilda Amissah- Arthur made this known at the official launch of the 14th World Heart Day celebrations in Ghana under the theme : "At the heart of Health - join the global movement for better heart -healthy choices wherever you live, work and play."


Topix.net | 19-Sep-2014 06:13

Black Starlets Vice Chairman Rubbishes Age Cheating Claims

Vice Chairman of the Black Starlets management Committee, Winfred Kwaku Osei Palma has brushed aside claims indicating his outfit fielded unqualified players in the team's victory over Cameroon in the first leg of the final qualifier to the 2015 African U-17 Championships. The Cameroonian FA on Monday lodged an official protest against Ghana for allegedly fielding unqualified players in a game they lost 1-2 at home.


Topix.net | 19-Sep-2014 02:09

Ghana: Ashanti Region Leads in Road Accidents

THE ASHANTI Regional Police Commander, DCOP Kofi Boakye, has expressed concern over the increasing spate of road accidents in the Ashanti region and called on stakeholders to prevent fatalities on the roads. He said the Ashanti region recorded the lowest fatal accidents in the country, at the beginning of the year, but regretted that the trend has changed, making Ashanti region a leader over a period of four months, from June to September.


Topix.net | 18-Sep-2014 21:56

Seek approval before demolition exercises'

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, has directed Chief Executive Officers of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to seek its approval before embarking on any kind of demolition exercise in their communities. A statement signed by the Minister, Mr Julius Debrah, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, in Accra, on Wednesday, warned: "any Chief Executive of MMDA who flouts the directive will have him or herself to blame".


Topix.net | 18-Sep-2014 17:38

I have a crush on Prez Mahama -Afia

Loquacious TV presenter and actress, Afia Schwarzenegger, known for speaking her mind without as little as a look over her shoulder, says she has a crush on President John Mahama. According to her, she does not care what people will say about her because she finds President Mahama handsome and a gentleman.


Topix.net | 18-Sep-2014 13:25

Greetings to Kim Jong Un from President of Ghana

Kim Jong Un, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, received a message of greeting from John Dramani Mahama, president of the Republic of Ghana, on September 9. The president in the message said he was pleased to extend the warmest congratulations and fraternal salute to Kim Jong Un and the government and people of the DPRK on behalf the government and people of Ghana and on his own behalf on the occasion of the 66th birthday of the DPRK, September 9, 2014.


Topix.net | 18-Sep-2014 10:16

Anti-Trafficking Unit rescued over 200 people

Human trafficking has become the biggest challenge for developing countries as every year over thousands of people are trafficked either internally or externally with the promise to give them better jobs. These people, mainly children, young ladies and men, are usually used by the traffickers to achieve their selfish personal interests.


Topix.net | 18-Sep-2014 06:17

Bank of Ghana keeps policy rate at 19 percent

The Bank of Ghana has kept its key lending rate at 19 percent. Speaking at a news conference in Accra Tuesday, the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Henry Kofi Wampah, cited expected inflows from cocoa loan syndication as the main reason for keeping the rates unchanged.


Topix.net | 18-Sep-2014 05:12

Kasoa gets flyover; as better Ghana agenda takes shape

Regardless of the nation's current economic quagmire, John Mahama's NDC administration is still poised to deliver as the Kasoa road, famous for its terrible traffic congestion on the Accra-Cape coast highway, is to benefit from a $172 million flyover. The newly constructed interchange, according to Minister for Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, will have "an upper level flyover in the Accra-Winneba direction with an objective to remove the congestion at the intersection by allowing free and easy access to the main flyover from all four directions via a loop system."


Topix.net | 18-Sep-2014 01:56

Ghana Chamber Of Commerce And Industry Appoints Interim Regional Executives For Sekondi-Takoradi

Seven business men and women have been appointed as interim Executives of the Sekondi-Takoradi branch of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry . They are Mr. Issa Ouedraogo-B Bovid, Chairman, Rev.


Topix.net | 17-Sep-2014 21:42

Ex-Heart of Lions chief Frimpong-Manso returns to football management, grateful to Ghana FA

Ex-Heart of Lions chief Desmond Frimpong-Manso is expected to return to active football management after a four-month hiatus. The late Kwesi Frimpong-Manso, 67, was buried in Kumasi few weeks ago, to pave way for Desmond to launch a return to football management.


Topix.net | 17-Sep-2014 17:39

Business community in Ghana must stand united - Ouedraogo

The Western Regional Chairman of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce, Issa Ouedraogo, has called on the business community in Ghana to stand united in the midst of the challenges facing the business environment. Speaking to journalists in Takoradi, after being appointed as the interim Western regional chairman of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce, he said in unity lies the strength of the business class in Ghana.


Topix.net | 17-Sep-2014 13:24

Cholera outbreak in Ghana is unacceptable - " Union

The Health Service Workers Union , expressed worry about the alarming rate at which cholera is spreading in many parts of the country with its associated deaths. Mr Reynolds O. Tenkorang, Acting General Secretary of the Union said: "It is unacceptable for some Ghanaians to suffer and die from a preventable disease like cholera which is basically from filth".


Topix.net | 17-Sep-2014 09:23

Liberia: President Sirleaf Meets With Ghanaian President Mahama During a One-Day Solidarity Visit

President John Dramani Mahama has frowned on countries isolating Ebola affected countries terming it as not the best way to jointly fight the disease. According to an Executive Mansion release, the Ghanaian President said isolating countries will further compound the precarious situation especially trade and commerce thereby seriously affecting the economies of these countries.


Topix.net | 17-Sep-2014 05:22

New Ghana coach won't alter Uganda approach for return leg AFCON qualifier

Uganda do not host Ghana until November 15 after the two back-to-back 2015 Nations Cup qualifiers against Togo. Yet events in the four-time African champions backyard cannot pass without notice as they somewhat rub off Group E, which includes the Black Stars, Cranes, Togo and Guinea - Uganda's last victims of a 2-0 defeat at Namboole.


Topix.net | 17-Sep-2014 01:03

Ghana starts talks with IMF with public sector reform on agenda

Ghana opened talks with the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday, hoping to secure financial assistance to restore its fiscal balance but knowing the road to success runs through painful public sector reform. The government is in a stronger position than when it announced the talks in August because it launched a $1 billion Eurobond at a rate that surprised the market last week.


Topix.net | 16-Sep-2014 21:50

Ghana: IMF Mission Starts Discussions with Authorities on Possible Program

At the request of the Ghanaian authorities, a team from the International Monetary Fund will visit Accra on September 16-25 to conduct discussions on a possible IMF-supported program. On August 8, IMF Management received a formal request from the Ghanaian authorities to initiate discussions on an IMF-supported program.


Topix.net | 16-Sep-2014 17:39

Policy rate to remain at 19%

There are strong sentiments and optimism among financial sector players that the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Ghana will keep the policy rate at 19% as a response to recent instability in the forex market, which largely spiked inflationary pressures. The MPC has since yesterday begun a two-day policy meeting to deliberate on developments in the economy and determine the direction of the central bank's policy rate -- which signals interest rate trends.


Topix.net | 16-Sep-2014 13:32

Ghana likely to turn Iraq and Syria if... - Ken Ashigbey

Managing Director of Graphic Communications Group Ltd Mr. Kenneth Ashigbey has stated that the country is likely to experience what is happening in Iraq and in Syria if immediate steps are not taken to cease assaults on journalists. Speaking Monday on Adom Fm/ Asempa Fm's Burning Issues program, he described the month of September as "black September for journalists" in the country.


Topix.net | 16-Sep-2014 11:22

We Can't Arrest Asamoah Gyan - Police

The Police Administration has downplayed calls to arrest Asamoah Gyan, the captain of the Black Stars, over the disappearance of hiplife artiste Theophilus Tagoe, aka 'Castro the Destroyer'. The police have come under constant attacks by the general public over their failure to arrest Asamoah Gyan, aka Baby Jet, as the 'prime suspect' months after the disappearance of Castro and his lady friend, Janet Bandu.


Topix.net | 16-Sep-2014 09:21

AGI ramps up pressure on government

The Vice President of the Association of Ghana Industries , Ato Pamford, has assured businesses of the Association's continued efforts to get government to provide the needed incentives for local businesses and ensure adequate production of "Made in Ghana" goods. He said there is the need to encourage consumption of locally produced goods as concerns about the country's dependence on imported goods get the attention of policymakers following the recent fall in the cedi's value.


Topix.net | 16-Sep-2014 07:16

IMANI, OcuppyGhana recommend electoral reforms to EC, other stakeholders

Policy Think tank, IMANI Centre for Policy and Education and pressure group OcuppyGhana have proposed a 12-point electoral reform to the Electoral Commission . The two groups came up with the recommendations after a public forum last month, held at the Alisa Hotel in Accra.


Topix.net | 16-Sep-2014 03:02

Marcel Desailly Not Interested In Black Stars Coaching Post

Ex-France captain Marcel Desailly will not apply for the vacant Black Stars coaching job with confidants saying he is disinterested. Ghana's Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga visited Desailly at the Lizzy Sports Complex in Accra, a facility owned by the former Chelsea defender last month.


Topix.net | 15-Sep-2014 22:42

Mainstream Renewable Power Signs Deal To Build And Operate Ghana's First Utility-Scale Wind Farm

Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power today announces the signing of an agreement with Swiss wind farm developer NEK Umwelttechnik to purchase the 225 megawatt AyitepaWind Farm, located 40 kilometres from Accra on the east coast of Ghana. The project, which represents a total investment of USD525 million, is expected to reach financial close next year and start generating power early in 2016.


Topix.net | 15-Sep-2014 20:37

End "panic" measures undermining fight against Ebola - Ghana

Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama on Monday called for the easing of restrictions on West African nations fighting Ebola, saying "panic" measures had led to isolation and undermined the battle against the disease. Airlines have halted many flights into and around West Africa, where governments have closed some borders and imposed travel restrictions in a bid to fight an Ebola outbreak that has killed over 2,400 people.


Topix.net | 15-Sep-2014 20:37

Brazil 2014: Ghana Forked Out $20,000 To An Angolan Agent

Ghana forked out nearly $20,000 to an Angolan agent in Brazil for using his account to transfer funds to Brazilian service providers, while supporters stayed for the World Cup festivities in the South American country. Lawrence Acheampong, who did not have any official position in Brazil, told the Commission he was "the eyes, ears and voice" of the former Sports Minister, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah as he confirmed these revelations.


Topix.net | 15-Sep-2014 20:37

Mainstream Renewable Power Signs Deal To Build And Operate Ghana's First Utility-Scale Wind Farm

Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power today announces the signing of an agreement with Swiss wind farm developer NEK Umwelttechnik to purchase the 225 megawatt AyitepaWind Farm, located 40 kilometres from Accra on the east coast of Ghana. The project, which represents a total investment of USD525 million, is expected to reach financial close next year and start generating power early in 2016.


Topix.net | 15-Sep-2014 16:38

Load-shedding begins

Ghanaians have to brace themselves for another load shedding exercise as the Electricity Company of Ghana will this week release a guide for the management of load in the country. The time-table, which is expected to be quite similar to the one released in April this year.


Topix.net | 15-Sep-2014 14:27

Ghana Commercial Bank unveils new brand

The Ghana Commercial Bank Limited, a leading commercial bank in Ghana has unveiled its new brand identity at a colourful ceremony in Accra. The new logo marks the beginning of the next generation of GCB, which would be a dynamic force in the banking industry in Ghana.


Topix.net | 15-Sep-2014 10:11

Reclaiming power from NDC won't be easy - " Alan K

Aspiring Leader of the New Patriotic Party Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen has cautioned his party not to be complacent going into the 2016 elections but to present a formidable challenge in order to reclaim power from the National Democratic Congress . He admitted that reclaiming power from the 'umbrella' party will not be easy.


Topix.net | 15-Sep-2014 06:13

Mahama Promises 'Unprecedented' Prosperity In Ghana

President John Dramani Mahama says Ghanaians should be a little patient as they are about to enjoy a kind of "prosperity which has not been experienced in Ghana before". He said in a few time there will be a turnaround of the economy, a situation which will disappoint the pessimists of his government.


Topix.net | 15-Sep-2014 02:08

How to boost food production in Africa
ADDIS ABABA 15 September 2014 (IRIN) - Smallholder farmers, who hold over 80 percent of all farms in sub-Saharan Africa, are struggling to adapt to rapidly rising temperature and erratic rains, according to the 2014 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR), released on 3 September in Addis Ababa.
irinnews.org | 15-Sep-2014 02:00

Chamber of Mines want gov't to combat illegal mining

The Ghana Chamber of Mines says government must deploy all strategies to combat the illegal mining menace affecting mining communities. The President of the Chamber, Johan Ferreira, made the appeal when he led a six-member delegation from the Chamber of Mines to officially pay a courtesy call on the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Mr. Akwasi Opong-Fosu, in Accra to find ways of establishing partnerships between government and the chamber which will help improve the nation's mining industry.


Topix.net | 14-Sep-2014 21:57

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