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Aug 23, 2017
The Northern Regional Police Commander DCOP Ken Yeboah has denied claims that there is undue tension in Yendi. There were wide spread speculations that some unidentified persons had fired gunshots in the Municipality which was preceded by burning of old car tyres in the middle of the road near the community centre Monday evening. But DCOP denied the claims saying that there was no gun shots as reported by some media firms. He revealed to Nyankonton Mu Nsem that a group of young men following a power rationing exercise in the area yesterday, came out to burn the tyres.  According to him, the group were not related to the feud between the Abudu's and Adani's. He has cautioned the media be circumspective in their reportage over the current happenings in Yendi. DCOP Ken Yeboah called on Ghanaians to remain calm since there was no cause for alar.    
Aug 23, 2017
A contract has being signed between the Awutu Senya East Municipality and Landmark Construction Company of South Africa at the Flagstaff today. Representing the Awutu Senya East was the Metropolitan and District Chief Executive (MCE) and NDC Parliamentary candidate for the area Hon. Dr. Adams Nuhu, The signing was witnessed by the Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah and Coordinator for President Priority Projects. Landmark Company will construct a 250 bed municipal hospital, staff bungalows, 1000 affordable housing and dormitories and assembly halls for the president's community day senior school which will be converted into boarding facility in Ofankor. Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, Hon. Adams Nuhu congratulated President Mahama for his commitment to ensuring development in the Municipality. He also took the opportunioty to appreciate the efforts of Traditional authorities in the area for providing the Municipality with a 250 acre land for the project. He explained the project is ongoing in Ofankor because that was the only location they had an available  land. Hon. Nuhu Adams admonished residents to re-elect President Mahama so he continue to ensue the development of the area.
Aug 23, 2017
A witness reported hearing three gun shots at a California naval hospital, prompting a large response from police. The reported shots were heard in the basement of Building 26 of Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California. First responders and Navy units are on the scene clearing the building, which houses injured soldiers, the Navy confirmed in a statement. The hospital's Facebook page warned of a possible active shooter situation. The message advised people in the area to "run, hide or fight". There have been no reports of injuries, and an initial sweep of the building shows no evidence of a shooting. Naval dogs are doing a second search. The hospital complex is on lockdown and those inside have been ordered to "shelter in place", the Navy said. With over 6,500 personnel, the hospital serves wounded soldiers and serves as a training facility for nursing schools in the area. All personnel have been asked to stay away from the building. Local and military law enforcement and highway patrol are on the scene. Source: BBC
Aug 23, 2017
Kenyan forces have pulled out from two military bases in Somalia, including one attacked by militant Islamist group al-Shabab, residents have told the BBC. Al-Shabab fighters have seized the southern town of Badhadhe after the troops retreated, a local MP said. Soldiers also left el-Ade, where al-Shabab said it had killed about 100 Kenyan soldiers 11 days ago. A Kenyan army spokesman said troops were involved in a "normal operational manoeuvre" and not a withdrawal. Kenya, which contributes about 4,000 troops to the 22,000-strong African Union force battling the militants in Somalia, has not said how many of its soldiers died in the attack on el-Ade, which is in the south-western region of Gedo. If al-Shabab figures are correct, it would make it the deadliest attack on Kenyan forces since they crossed into Somalia in 2011. 'Under siege' Somali MP Mohamed Ismail Shurie told the BBC it was "unfortunate" that Kenyan troops had withdrawn from Badhadhe, some 100km (62 miles) from the border of the two countries. "We feel very bad that three years since it was liberated, Badhadhe has fallen to al-Shabab again," he said. The town had been under siege, with militants blocking almost all roads leading to it, says BBC Somalia analyst Abdullahi Abdi. Residents in el-Ade told the BBC they welcomed the pull-out from their town, as they had been subjected to constant harassment and air strikes from Kenyan forces since the assault on the base. Several civilians had been killed during the Kenyan operation, they added. In a BBC interview, army spokesman Col David Obonyo denied this, saying only an al-Shabab camp had been targeted. Kenya has said that the bombs used by insurgents at the el-Ade base were three times more powerful than that used by al-Qaeda in the 1998 US embassy attack in the capital, Nairobi, which left 224 people dead. Col Obonyo said some of the soldiers killed in el-Ade had been identified, but DNA tests were still being conducted to identify the rest. The BBC's Emmanuel Igunza reports from the Kenyan town of Eldoret that families there have been asked to provide DNA samples to help identify what are believed to be badly mutilated bodies. The families are anxious, and it has been a long and agonising wait for them, he says. Col Obonyo, who refused to divulge how many soldiers were killed or wounded in the el-Ade assault, said Kenyan forces were not "withdrawing from any of our positions in Somalia". "Nobody says we must be in that camp. We can operate from another site." Last week, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta told a memorial service for the fallen soldiers that Kenyan troops would stay in Somalia despite the attack. Source: BBC
Aug 23, 2017
The Volta region has recorded seven suspected cases of meningitis, Dr Yaw Ofori-Yeboah, Deputy Director, Public Health of the Volta Regional Health Directorate, has revealed.He said samples of all the cases have been sent for laboratory investigations whilst the patients were receiving treatment at health facilities in the region.Dr Ofori-Yebioah said the cases were from Sogakope, Keta, Ketu-North, Krachi-West and Nkwanta South.He said reports indicate that the result of the case from Sogakope is negative adding that the region’s surveillance system was working and there was no cause for alarm.He said the surveillance system was being strengthened to be more sensitive and called for public support.Dr Ofori-Yeboah said standard operation guidelines have been given to health facilities for the management of potential cases.He said the region’s Public Health Management Committee had begun a public campaign on the disease to let the public know its symptoms and the need to practice good personal hygiene.The northern part of Ghana is in the meningitis zone but some districts and communities outside the zone have reported cases in a recent outbreak.At least 32 people in the Brong Ahafo, Ashanti and Northern regions reportedly died having suffered from pneumococcal meningitis.Until now cerebro-spinal meningitis was the only known meningitis variant in the country and it occurs mainly in the northern parts of the country.Source: GNA
Aug 23, 2017
The National Association of sachet and packaged water producers will from Febuary 1, 2016 sell sachet water at 30 Gp. While the retail price for a bag of 30 will go for GHC 5. This was announced by the President of the National Association of sachet and packaged water producers, Magnus Nunoo, at a media briefing in Accra Tuesday. The increment according to the president of the association excludes the recent hikes in water. However the new pricing could be reviewed upwards very soon if the PURC does not come out to correct the deception that water supply rate has gone up by 67 percent, whilst in reality the commercial charge is 195%,'' Magnus Nunoo stated. Magnus Nunoo decried the increase in water read by the huge percentage when that of the breweries remains cheaper. Sachet water according to him used to read at GHC 3.8 per cubic meter but currently stands at GHC 11.2 per cubic water. Special Commercial [bottled water] moved from GHC 10.7 to GHC 50.7 pegging the total percentage at 400%. The association has therefore called on the PURC to with immediate effect come out with a fair pricing for all commercial and industrial users of water. Magnus Nunoo explained that the factors which they considered in their increment includes packaging materials which takes  (70%) of total cost of production, transport (18%), labour (7-10%) while electricity and water takes about a little over (5%). The water producers also raised concerns on why the PURC backdated the increment in utility in December when it was supposed to take effect January 1, 2016. Magnus Nunoo revealed they have written to trhe PURC over the disparity in the increment announced and the one been charged but the commission he said can not do anything about it because the percentage has already taken effect and gazetted.  
Aug 23, 2017
Mr. Kenneth Wujangi, the newly appointed Deputy Chief of Staff in charge of Operations at the Flagstaff House, has taken office. Mr. Wujangi, a Management and Integrated Rural Development Specialist, met with President John Dramani Mahama on Monday. He was appointed the Deputy Chief Chief of Operations at the Presidency in a recent Presidential reshuffle by President John Mahama.  
Aug 23, 2017
A member of the Public Accounts Committee and MP for North Dayi says there was no official letter sent to the Central Bank's Governor. Dr. Kofi Wampah to appear before PAC. Speaking in an exclusive interview with our parliamentary correspondent  Naa Darkuah Dodoo, the legislator said it will be untrue for anyone to accuse Dr. Wampah of turning down an invitation to appear before PAC. According to him, the letter of invitation was rather sent to the Finance Ministry to appear before PAC and come with officials of the Bank of Ghana. ''...No letter had gone to the Bank of Ghana and the Governor to appear PAC. What has happened is that the committee wrote to the Ministry of Finance to appear before it and in so doing come with officials of the BOG and it's on record that indeed they came with two officials. ''Even when the committee said they were satisfied with the levels of officials, the first deputy governor came and i think that is fair and so it is an untruth that Dr. Wampah was invited and he didn't show up.'' Hon. Goerge Loh indicated that no member of the committee can claim that they officially invited the governor. He also debunked suggestions by some members that the governor could be cited for contempt because he was not officially invited. ''...The committee as it stands now without a proper invitation and permission from the Speaker cannot and i underline those words, cannot cite the governor for comtempt because when you want to cite someone of contempt is a personal matter, so it should be directed at the person. The letter should have been addressed to Dr. Kofi Wampah,'' and should he have refused to appear before the committee twice then the Speaker's permission would be sought to supine him and if he refuse, then he can cited for contempt. Hon. George Loh stress that the boss of the Central cannot be sanctioned because there is no case pending against him.
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