Monthly Archives: August 2015

Manasseh’s Folder: Why we should back the doctors, and not gov’t

The first time I wrote about a strike action, I made many enemies. That was in August 2013, exactly two years ago. The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) announced strike on August 1, 2013, to protest unpaid salary arrears. Within 12 hours, the government resolved the issue and started paying their arrears that were pending since 2012. Impressive, isn’t ...

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Increase capitation grant – Headmasters demand

Some parents and heads of schools are asking for an increase in the budget allocation for capitation grant. The heads of schools also called for the timely release of funds from the authorities to ensure consistency in vetting the grant applications from schools to enhance transparency and improve service delivery. This was contained in a survey report on the Capitation ...

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Inflation rises to 17.9 percent

Year-on-year  inflation rate for July 2015 stood at 17.9 percent compared to 17.1 percent record­ed in June 2015. The monthly change rate in July 2015 was 2.3 percent, while that for June 2015 was 1.8 per­cent. According to Government Statistician, Dr Philomena Nyarko who presented the inflation figures to the media in Accra on Wednesday, while the year-on- year non-food ...

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Court hears suit against doctors today

An Accra Fast Track High Court is expected to hear a writ praying the court to declare the ongoing doctors strike illegal. The Ghana Medical Association has been on strike for about two weeks now over stalled negotiations on conditions of service. The doctors have refused to yield to pressure to resume work and go back to negotiations table as ...

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I will sue MUSIGA if elections do not come off – Appietus

Ghanaian sound engineer and music producer, Appiah Dankwah, popularly known as Appietus, has threatened to sue the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) if the upcoming elections are not held. According to him, it will be unfortunate if the musicians union fails to organise the elections meant to select new executives to man the affairs of MUSIGA. MUSIGA is scheduled to hold elections ...

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37 Hospital under pressure; appeals to NADMO for beds to accommodate patients

The 37 Military Hospital in Accra has sent an SOS to the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and other institutions to come to its aid as it has run out of beds for patients. The facilities of the hospital are overstretched in the wake of the strike by public sector doctors, leading to patients being referred to the nation’s premier ...

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Ashantis Are Dumb, Ewes Are Wicked, Northerners Are Unclean, And You Are Ethnocentric!

The White Americans believe that they are more superior to European whites, especially the British. In Europe, the British, Russians and Germans compete over who is greater. And all these men together believe they are superior to the African. But interestingly, the African man also thinks he makes a better human being, compared to another African in one way or ...

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Sir John on NPP Campaign Manager position: My favourite is Akufo Addo’s choice

Former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie says he trusts the party’s flagbearer, Nana Akufo Addo, to choose the best person to lead the party’s campaign in 2016. Mr Owusu-Afriyie, known popularly as Sir John, says the soon-to-be-named Campaign Manager for NPP should be someone who is a grassroots person. “We need a person who understands ...

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Building a city in Accra; the ambitious plan at Appolonia

Ghana is in dire need of planned city, one built to near perfection, engineered and built with strong development controls, comfort and luxury for its residents; one that is neither choked nor gets flooded when it rains; one in which houses and shops do not collapse at will because standards are set and are kept. To say that the centre ...

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European migrant crisis: Italy navy rescues 50 from dinghy

Italy’s navy says it has rescued 52 migrants from a sinking rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean, but about 50 others are missing. A warship was able to pick up about half of those on board. Another two people were rescued after being spotted clinging to a floating barrel. Meanwhile, migrants continue to arrive on the Greek island of Kos, where ...

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