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Friday, July 31st, 2015


Two to pay ECG 19,000 cedis for illegal connection

Two enterprises in Cape Coast have been surcharged over 19,000 by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) for illegal connection and use of electricity. The two, the Community Gardens at Bakaano and the Nii Doudu Boutique at Brofoyerdur are commercial customers of the ECG. The two were rounded up in surprise checks on Saturday night in the communities. The Community Gardens has been surcharged to pay 13,810.60 cedis while the Nii Doudu Boutique will pay 5,434.49 cedis. They have a week to pay the monies. The Central Regional Public RelationsRead More

NHIS registered 1.5m poor people in 2014

The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) registered one million, five hundred thousand, three hundred and twenty four (1,500,324) extremely poor people across the country in 2014 for free. The figure which covers the period between January and December, 2014 is an improvement on 2013’s performance and the best since the inception of the Scheme. It represents about 70% of the total indigent population in Ghana. According to the Ghana Living Standards Survey Round Six (GLSS 6), Ghana has about 2.2 million extremely poor people. 1,230,602 extremely poor people were registeredRead More

Chelsea sign Ghana left-back Baba Rahman

Chelsea have sealed the transfer of Augsburg defender Baba Rahman. Having seen Brazilian left-back return to Atletico Madrid this month after just one season at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinhohas splashed the £15.8million from that deal on the Ghanaian defender. Baba, who is just 21 years of age, has attracted a lot of attention of from a host of leading European clubs after a breakthrough season with in the German top flight last season with Augsburg. Chelsea have agreed to pay a fee in excess of €25m to sign the formerRead More

Father jailed 20 years for incest

A 35-year old mechanic who had sex with his four year old daughter was on Tuesday sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by an Accra Circuit Court. This was after Kofi Akorful was found guilty on the charge of incest by the court presided over by Mrs Rita Agyemang Budu at the end of the trial. Prosecuting Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Moses Atibilla said the complainant was a trader and the mother of the victim whiles Akorful lives with the complainant and victim in a wooden kiosk at Darkuman. AccordingRead More

17-year-old serial rapist arrested

Police at Taifa in Accra have arrested a 17-year-old boy suspected to be a serial rapist. The suspect was nabbed Thursday night after he attempted to rape a middle-aged woman. The Police retrieved a knife, scissors and a screw driver from the suspect. Residents claim he recently raped another lady at knife point. Mother of a lady who escaped his attack Friday dawn told Starr News the experience was horrifying. “On Wednesday he entered the room while we were sleeping then my daughter started shouting but he asked her toRead More

Ghana becoming unattractive to foreigners – Immigration Service

Official statistics from the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) show that the West African country is no longer attractive to visitors. There was a 10% drop in the number of foreigners who visited Ghana in 2014 as against figures recorded in 2013. The GIS recorded 547,263 in 2013 as compared to 503,996 in 2014, representing a reduction of 49,449 at the Kotoka International Airport. Officials believe the drop was due to the Ebola scare which rocked West Africa and the incessant power supply popularly known as ‘dumsor’. Others have also indicatedRead More

Pastor dies from snake bite after handling it during church service

A 60-yr-old pastor from Kentucky has died from snake bite which he suffered during a church service. According to the Kentucky sheriff’s office, John David Brock ofStoney Fork was handling a snake during a Sunday service at a Pentecostal church in Jensen. Snake handling at religious services is most common in Southern Appalachian states. The basis for the practice is a passage in the Gospel of Mark. (AP) Authorities say Brock was bitten on his left arm and refused medical treatment. The sheriff’s office says Brock went to his brother’sRead More

Court dismisses West Blue case against government

A Court has dismissed the case by a private freight forwarder Michael Kweku Djan, who is taking on government in what he says is clear breach of the 1992 Constitution by sole sourcing the National Single Window and Risk Management System Project to West Blue Ghana Limited. According to the ruling of the court even though the court the action brought before it by the applicant was a preemptive one and could not hold his demands. The court also over ruled an objection by the attorney general questioning its jurisdiction to hearRead More

Ebola vaccine results ‘remarkable’

A vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus has led to 100% protection and could transform the way Ebola is tackled, preliminary results suggest. There were no proven drugs or vaccines against the virus at the start of the largest outbreak of Ebola in history, which began in Guinea in December 2013. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the findings, being published in the Lancet, could be a “game-changer”. Experts said the results were “remarkable”. This trial centred on the VSV-EBOV vaccine, which was started by the Public Health Agency ofRead More

No justification for a new register — NDC

The National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Kofi Adams, has stated that the demand by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for a new voters register for the 2016 election has no reasonable justification. ‘’So far, there has been no justifiable reason from any political or civil society organisations except the NPP, and what needs to be done is for the parties and others to support the Electoral Commission (EC) and its new boss to complete the reform process that has been agreed upon by all stakeholders,’’ Mr AdamsRead More