StarrFM News Summaries from January 23, 2021
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A1 Bread begins operations in America
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A1 Bread begins operations in America


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Popular indigenous bread production company A1 has begun operations in the United States of America.
"This expansion to the U.S. market is particularly unique because it is grounded on a special partnership arrangement with a major American bread company to ensure scale and penetration of the U.S. market at a faster rate."
"It further noted:"Last year, H.E. Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah toured the $3 million production site as well as retailers currently testing the A1 cake bread market in the tri-state area.


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Gallery 1957 to showcase works of Ghanaian painter Cornelius Annor
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Gallery 1957 to showcase works of Ghanaian painter Cornelius Annor


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Gallery 1957 is pleased to present works by Ghanaian artist Cornelius Annor in his first solo show, 'Family Affair' in Accra from January 27 to February 28 2021.
Launched by Marwan Zakhem on Ghana Independence Day, 2016, Gallery 1957 has since expanded across two gallery spaces within Accra, dedicating its programme to spearheading international exchanges between contemporary West African art practices and the rest of the world.
Gallery 1957's London space opened in October 2020 and provides a further platform through which to exhibit Gallery 1957 artists working across Africa and the diaspora.


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E/R: Farmer commits suicide on his farm
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E/R: Farmer commits suicide on his farm


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A farmer identified as Kudjo Awuah has reportedly committed suicide at Asseseeso - Akuapem in the Eastern Region.
Suicide remains a major Public Health Challenge worldwide.
According to the World Health Organization , close to 800 000 people commit suicide everyday globally, with many more people suicide attempts.


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EC, Akufo-Addo file witness statements to Mahama's petition
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EC, Akufo-Addo file witness statements to Mahama's petition


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The respondents in the 2020 presidential election petition at the Supreme Court have filed their separate witness statements and other processes as directed by the court.
In a separate witness statement file by the respondents, the Electoral Commission, which is the 1st Respondent in a 20-paragraph witness statement deposed to by the Chairperson of the Commission Jean Mensa among other things denied vote padding in favour of the 2nd Respondent.
"On the part of the 2nd Respondent in a witness deposed to the court by Peter Mac Manu, in a 35-paragraph witness statement said"the instant action is a ruse and a face-saving gimmick by the Petitioner after the Petitioner and some senior members of his NDC had prematurely pronounced outright victory in the election only to be badly exposed by results of the 1st Respondent.


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Bagbin rejects Majority's demand to halt vetting over revision of standing orders
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Bagbin rejects Majority's demand to halt vetting over revision of standing orders


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The Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has rejected a suggestion from Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu for vetting of newly nominated ministers to be suspended until the House adopts the revised standing orders.
Answering a question from North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa on the composition of outstanding committees during the adoption of the business committee report, the Suame MP argues composition of all other committees must be on ice until the new standing orders come into force.
Deputy minority whip Ahmed Ibrahim questioned the basis for any suggestion of suspension of vetting for the adoption of the new standing orders.


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COVID-19: Hydrogen peroxide provides immediate protection
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COVID-19: Hydrogen peroxide provides immediate protection


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In a Google survey to determine hydrogen peroxide use we noted that, even though the number of respondents was few, none using hydrogen peroxide had had COVID-19 or had tested positive for the virus.
Hydrogen peroxide is an important component in hand sanitizers recommended by the WHO. We are more emboldened to recommend the use of hydrogen peroxide to protect against COVID-19, alongside the public health protocols and other remedies being actively promoted by government.
To prepare 1% hydrogen peroxide from a 6% stock solution in the bottle from the pharmacy, take one part of hydrogen peroxide and add to it five parts of water.


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E/R: Dozens arrested for not wearing face masks in Koforidua
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E/R: Dozens arrested for not wearing face masks in Koforidua


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The Koforidua District Police Command has arrested dozens of people for flouting the compulsory wearing of nose mask.
Some of the suspects were not wearing nose masks at all while others had the masks in their bags and pockets.
Addressing the suspects, the Police Commander Chief Superintendent Raymond Erzuah said he was awaiting further directive from the Regional Police Commander whether or not to prosecute them or have them sign bonds.


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Samsung's Galaxy S21 now available for pre-order
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Samsung's Galaxy S21 now available for pre-order


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Galaxy S21 will be available in a variety of models, which are all 5G-enabled, comprise Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra, which includes the Galaxy Note series' famous S Pen for the first time, so you can find the perfect device to complement your personal style and needs.
Between January 22 and February 5, 2021, pre-orders will come with limited free gifts including the all-new Galaxy Buds Pro, Smart View Cover, and travel adapter for those who purchase the Galaxy S21 Ultra or Galaxy Buds Live, Smart View Cover, and travel adapter for the Galaxy S21+ or Galaxy Buds Live, Silicone Cover and travel adapter for the Galaxy S21 and a Galaxy SmartTag with every device purchased.
Customers will be pleased to receive the Galaxy Buds Pro or Galaxy Buds Live, which have captured the attention of audio reviewers and Galaxy fans worldwide.


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E/R: Farmer commits suicide on his way to farm
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E/R: Farmer commits suicide on his way to farm


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A farmer identified as Kudjo Awuah has reportedly committed suicide at Asseseeso -Akuapem in the Eastern Region.
Suicide remains a major public health challenge worldwide with Ghana's estimated suicide cases standing 1,500 annually.
According to the World Health Organization, close to 800 000 people commit suicide every day globally, with many more people suicide attempts.


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NDC's vetting threats don't scare me
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NDC's vetting threats don't scare me


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Minister-designate for Lands and natural resources Samual Abu Jinapor has said he is not concerned about threats by the minority in parliament to disapprove some of President Akufo-Addo's ministerial nominees.
The constitution of the appointment committee of parliament currently stands at 13-13 meaning equal representation from both sides of parliament, giving the minority group an equal say in the approvals.
"The president nominates and parliament gives prior approval. The framers of our constitution could have well have said the president nominates and that's it or they could have said that parliament would be responsible for the nomination and that will be it. I think that that constitutional architecture is one that I welcome very much in accord with separation of powers, checks, and balances, it's very perfect, I'm more than happy with it. Ministers are to be vetted, so will it be."


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EC files legal objections to Mahama's petition
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EC files legal objections to Mahama's petition


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The Electoral Commissions has filed a 22-point legal objection as per the orders of the Supreme Court to former President John Mahama's election petition.
The legal objections filed by the EC on Friday, January 22, 2021, said among other things that, the petition has not "Raised any reasonable cause of action."
Pending the determination of that review set to be heard on Jan 28, coupled with the court's decision to commence hearing of the petition on January 26, the petitioner has filed a stay of proceedings to the petition.


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Leningrad nuclear power plant tests diagnostics robot for reactor-enabled unit
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Leningrad nuclear power plant tests diagnostics robot for reactor-enabled unit


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A unique robot assigned with the task of performing diagnostics and repair of the wall lining and bottom of the cooling ponds of VVER-1200 reactor-enabled units was tested at the Leningrad NPP. The robotics device was constructed specifically for servicing new types of nuclear power plants.
"A robot that can inspect and repair the lining of the fuel pool, if necessary, will quickly eliminate leaks to maintain the design water level in it," - Aleksandr Belyaev, Leningrad NPP-2 chief engineer, noted.
The robot is ready for operation in the storage pools of Leningrad NPP Units 5 and 6.


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E/R: Dozens arrested for not wearing nose masks in Koforidua
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E/R: Dozens arrested for not wearing nose masks in Koforidua


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The Koforidua District Police Command has arrested dozens of people for flouting the compulsory wearing of nose mask.
Some of the suspects were not wearing nose masks at all while others had the masks in their bags and pockets.
Addressing the suspects, the Police Commander Chief Superintendent Raymond Erzuah said he was awaiting further directive from the Regional Police Commander whether or not to prosecute them or have them sign bonds.


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AfCFTA would be crucial in recovery from COVID-19
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AfCFTA would be crucial in recovery from COVID-19


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"A successful implementation of AfCFTA would be crucial. In the short term, the agreement would help cushion the negative effects of COVID-19 on economic growth by supporting regional trade and value chains through the reduction of trade costs. In the longer term, AfCFTA would allow countries to anchor expectations by providing a path for integration and growth-enhancing reforms."
"Furthermore, the pandemic has demonstrated the need for increased cooperation among trading partners. By replacing the patchwork of regional agreements, streamlining border procedures, and prioritizing trade reforms, AfCFTA could help countries increase their resiliency in the face of future economic shocks," the World Bank stated in a report titled: The African Continental Free Trade Area, Economic and Distributional Effects.
"In some parts of the world we get criticism. We get criticized and we are told that we are rushing things and that we are not quite ready. But I want to ask those who hold that view, tell me of a trade agreement where all countries are ready at the same time. I don't know yet. I have never heard of a trade agreement, where in that particular arrangement, every single country is ready on day one."


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Journalists hail Adutwum's nomination as Education Minister
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Journalists hail Adutwum's nomination as Education Minister


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The nomination of Dr.Yaw Osei Adutwum as Education Minister-designate by President Akufo-Addo appears to resonate with many Ghanaians with some taking to social media to hail the appointment.
Following his nomination by the President Thursday, some Ghanaians including popular journalists took to Twitter to hail his elevation.
Another media personality, Saddick Adams wrote: "Dr Yaw Adutwum. Education Minister nominate You can't hide a person with book knowledge, practical experience and common sense".


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Gold Fields appoints Chris Griffith as CEO designate


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The Board of Gold Fields has announced the appointment of Chris Griffith as the Chief Executive Officer designate and Executive Director of the company.
A graduate mining engineer from the University of Pretoria, he had joined Anglo American in 1990 from JCI. "Cheryl Carolus, Gold Fields' Chair person, welcomed Mr Griffith on behalf of the Board:"We are delighted that an experienced executive of Chris's calibre will join Gold Fields.
"Above all, Nick prioritised safety and wellness at all our operations and during his tenure Gold Fields has seen a marked improvement in its safety record. At the same time environmental, social and governance issues have been fully integrated into the day-to-day management of the business, further entrenching Gold Fields' vision of global leadership in sustainable gold mining."


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Zongo Ministry's only achievement was beautifying Akufo-Addo's Nima residence
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Zongo Ministry's only achievement was beautifying Akufo-Addo's Nima residence


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A member of the communications team of the National Democratic Congress, Benjamin Essuman, says the only achievement of the Zongo and the Inner City Development Ministry was the beautification of the President house at Nima in Accra.
Speaking on the Morning Starr, Mr Essuman said there was no need for the creation of the ministry in Akufo-Addo's first term adding that the president must not be praised for scrapping the ministry.
"Ghana a poor country had 126 ministers and such embarrassment was defended by the President who said he was in a hurry. Only God knows where he was in a hurry to. What was the achievement of a ministry like the procurement ministry? The only achievement of the Zongo ministry is the beautification of the president's entrance at Nima.".


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Adda was with us, not with NDC
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Adda was with us, not with NDC


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Supporters of the New Patriotic Party in the Chiana-Paga Constituency have affirmed that the immediate-past Member of Parliament for Navrongo Central, Joseph Kofi Adda, spent his time campaigning for the party with them, contrary to claims being made that he campaigned for the National Democratic Congress at Navrongo against the NPP. The testimonial from Chiana-Paga, one of the 15 constituencies in the Upper East Region, backs a press statement the NDC leadership had issued after the 2020 polls saying that the veteran lawmaker, who has been in charge of Ghana's Aviation Ministry for some time, never campaigned for the NDC in the Navrongo Central Constituency.
"We recorded a sad mood as our attention was drawn to a press conference by a section of the polling station executives and electoral area coordinators in the Navrongo Central Constituency in which they accused Hon. Joseph Kofi Adda of campaigning for the NDC candidate in Navrongo Central. This came to us as a surprise as Hon. Adda was engaged in a dawn-to-dusk campaign in Chiana-Paga. So, we are wondering when and how he got time to campaign for the NDC in Navrongo Central. His engagement was so conspicuous so we wonder what time he would have again to campaign for the NDC in Navrongo Central."
"The group or activists could have accused Hon. Kofi Adda of not campaigning for Madam Tangoba Abayage and better associate reasons for that but not to say Hon. Adda campaigned for the NDC parliamentary candidate. We think this is an attempt to malign the hard-earned reputation of Hon. Joseph Kofi Adda and it is most unfortunate," the group's statement said.


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Ministerial appointments must be rotated in NPP
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Ministerial appointments must be rotated in NPP


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Political Scientist and member of the New Patriotic Party, Dr Amoako-Baah, claims ministerial appointments must be rotated within the party.
"I'm not saying some people didn't do well but you have to bring in new faces because they're also party people. What I'm talking about is bringing in new people and taking some out not because they didn't do well but there are parliamentarians who worked hard and they deserve a chance too," Dr Amoako-Baah said.
He added "People should be allowed to choose who they want. The NPP has so many members and the appointments must be rotated."


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Oti Boateng students dine in the open as contractor abandons project
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Oti Boateng students dine in the open as contractor abandons project


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Over 600 Boarding Students of Oti Boateng Senior High School in Koforidua in the Eastern regional capital are compelled to have their dinning in the open due to lack of a dinning hall.
The school has no other facility to convert into temporal dinning hall for the students forcing them to have dine in the open even under harsh weather conditions.
Due to inadequate dining tables and chairs, students go to dinning in groups and in turns in the open.


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