Saturday, July 22, 2017

 Uber set to extend services to Kumasi by September 2017

Uber set to extend services to Kumasi by September 2017

Kumasi is the next city in Ghana to benefit from Uber services by close of the third quarter, this year, this is according to General Manger of Uber Sub-Saharan Africa, Alon Lits.

Mr. Lits said that the introduction in the Ashanti Region would be complete by September 2017.




The American multinational online transportation network has gained popularity since its inception in the Ghanaian transport space and is very well known for its reliability and affordability.

According to the 2014 World Bank reports, mobile phone penetration exceeded 100% in Ghana, compared to 1% in 2000, an indication that Ghanaians are more inclined now to information technology-enabled services than they were previously. The increasing availability of high-speed Internet, also facilitates the use of mobile applications such as Uber app.
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Highlife legend, Paapa Yankson passes on

Highlife legend, Paapa Yankson passes on

Highlife legend, Paapa Yankson is reportedly dead. According to sources close to the family, this report is true.




The late Paapa Yankson had been unwell for a while.

His recent public appearance was at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards where he was honoured with a “Lifetime Achievement Award”.

RIP King.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"I have spent over GH₵ 5million on charitable projects" - Gyan

"I have spent over GH₵ 5million on charitable projects" - Gyan


Gyan in an address at the unveiling of his latest project, the Asamoah Gyan Sports Complex disclosed that he has spent GH₵ 5million ($1,133,788.35) on such projects.

He also listed a vast array of projects across various sectors of the economy including health, education and infrastructure that he has undertaken in the country.

"Over the past five years, my foundation, the Asamoah Gyan Foundation has touched the lives of many Ghanaian in various ways and I have undertaken a large number of projects," Gyan said in an address at the unveiling of GHC 700,000 AstroTurf project on the campus of the Accra Academy school.



"We restored the water pumping system in Wenchi, we built a mechanised borehole at Hohoe Saint Francis Teachers Training College. We have donated equipment to the Ridge Hospital, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, the Mamprobi Hospital and the Children's Hospital Pampaso, Kumasi.

"We have supported students through sports, supported the Heart Centre at Korle Bu, registered the Suhim Blind Association of the National Health Insurance Scheme and provided them with walking sticks and talking watches.

"Again, we have supported and still support students with scholarships at all levels of education to the Master's level. By God's grace with the support of Ghanaians, we have spent GH₵ 5 million of charitable projects and employed over 200 through my companies," the Kayserispor striker stressed.

WASSCE 2017 results; The statistics

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released provisional results of candidates who took the 2017 West African Senior School Certificate Examination for School Candidates (WASSCE).

Statistics


A total of 289,210 candidates entered for the examination.

This figure is 5.45% higher than the 2016 candidature of 274,262.

The 2017 entry figure was made up of 147,591 (51 %) males and 141,619 (49 %) females.

The examination was conducted for 916 participating schools.

A total of 1,732 {0.60%) of the candidates who registered were absent from the examination.

The performance of the candidates in regard to the four core subjects are as follows:

• English Language: 155,077 {54.06%) obtained A1-C6; 73,409 (25.59%) obtained D7-E8 while 58,351 (20.35%) had F9;

. Mathematics (Core): 122,450 (42.73%) obtained A1-C6; 106,024 (37%) obtained D7-E8 while 58,070 (20.27%) had F9;

• Integrated Science: 125,204 (43.66%) obtained A1-C6; 84,851 (29.59%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 76,693 (26.75%) had F9;

• Social Studies: 149,806 (52.25%) obtained A1-C6; 69,795 (24.35%) obtained D7-E8 whilst 67,078 (23.40%) had F9.

Based on the provisional results, the performance at A1-C6 in Mathematics showed a marked improvement over that of 2016 (32.83% to 42.73%), while English Language recorded a slight improvement (53.19% to 54.06%). On the contrary, Integrated Science showed slight drop from the 2016 performance (48.48% to 43.66%).

Similarly, there was a drop in the performance in Social Studies (54.93% to 52.25%).

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WAEC Releases WASSCE 2017 Results. Check Your Results Here

WAEC Releases WASSCE 2017 Results. Check Your Results Here


The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released provisional results for the 2017 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).




A statement signed by Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, Head of Public Affairs at WAEC, said the Council will soon despatch the results to the schools and candidates are advised to contact their heads of school for their results


WASSCE leakages

Reports of widespread leakages in the examinations compelled WAEC to tighten its security measures. At least three papers according to WAEC, were “compromised”, but the council did not cancel any of the papers when the issue emanated.





WAEC said though it is in the process of dispatching the results to the various candidates “those who desire, may access their results at the Council’s website.”

The council is alerting members of the public especially candidates to be ware of impostors who promise to change examination results for a fee.

Based on the provisional results, the performance at A1-C6 in Mathematics showed a marked improvement over that of 2016 (32.83% to 42.73%), while English Language recorded a slight improvement (53.19% to 54.06%). On the contrary, Integrated Science showed slight drop from the 2016 performance (48.48% to 43.66%).

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"We’re using unorthodox methods to solve economic mess" - President

"We’re using unorthodox methods to solve economic mess" - President


The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated that due to the ‘desperate’economic conditions that persist in the country, his government has had to make several unconventional decisions to address those challenges.

According to him, despite his general knowledge of the country’s economic predicament prior to becoming president, he was still taken aback by the severity of existing challenges.

Speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday, the President reiterated he and his appointees’ readiness to deal with the issues that have stunted the country’s development, stating that many unusual and potentially unpopular steps had already been taken to address the situation.





“I knew that the biggest problem we faced on coming into office was the economy. But I can safely say that I was still shocked at the state of affairs we found. A very competent economic management team with Dr. Bawumia in the chair has initiated with my support, measures to solve the mess.

The desperate economic situation meant that we’ve had to take unorthodox but brave measures. There was never any chance that this government, voted into office with the mandate for change would dare to do things in the business as usual manner. The Asempa budget that the Finance Minister presented in March set the tone for the new ways of doing things that will transform our economy. It also provided the opportunity to deliver on some of the promises we made during the election campaign ” the President said.


Media

A $2.25 billion domestic bond was recently issued by the government, with 95% purchased by Franklin Templeton.

The first two bonds, totalling 1.13 billion dollars, was issued at 15 and 7 years period with the same coupon of 19.75%.

In addition, the Ministry of Finance raised the cedi equivalent of USD1.12 billion in 5 and 10-year bonds via a tap-in arrangement.

The government also announced that they intended to leverage part of the nation’s bauxite deposits in a $15bn partnership with China.

The Government has come under fire in recent months from a section of the public, particularly the opposition, for these policies that have been adopted in a bid to address the country’s economic concerns.

The Minority have suggested that the domestic bonds might have been marred by issues of conflict of interest while concerns have been raised about the prospect of leveraging the countries mineral deposit in the deal with China.

However, the President stated that his government was committed to ensuring that the decisions that had placed the country in such a dire economic state in the first place, are not repeated.



By: Edwin Kwakofi/citifmonline.com/Ghana