StarrFM News Summaries from August 7, 2020
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Santol Energy opens Weija branch
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Santol Energy opens Weija branch


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Santol Energy, one of the fastest growing indigenous oil companies in the downstream sector, has opened its newest branch at Weija, in the Greater Accra Region.
The opening of the Weija branch brings the total number of branches of Santol Energy to 16, spread across the country.
Notwithstanding the advent of COVID-19 pandemic which has generally led to reduction in sales due to less movement of people within the downstream oil sector, Santol Energy continues to invest more to beat the expectation of its growing clientele.


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Ivorian President Ouattara to run for third term
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Ivorian President Ouattara to run for third term


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Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara has said he will run for a third term in October's general elections.
The opposition party Ivorian Popular Front has called the decision "Deplorable", according to Reuters news agency.
FPI is the party of Ivory Coast's former President Laurent Gbagbo.


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Cameroon's Italia 90 World Cup team to get promised houses
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Cameroon's Italia 90 World Cup team to get promised houses


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Cameroon's famous side that reached the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy will finally get the houses promised to them by President Paul Biya 30 years ago.
Three of the players, Louis Paul Mfede, Benjamin Massing and Stephen Tataw have already died.
The long wait was because a list of 44 names was submitted, instead of 22 players on the team.


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Politicization of education system cause of WASSCE violence
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Politicization of education system cause of WASSCE violence


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Former president John Dramani Mahama has attributed the current happenings at the ongoing West African Secondary School Certificate Examination, WASSCE to the politicization of Ghana's education system by the current administration.
While condemning the acts of violence by the students, Mr Mahama blamed their actions on government's bid to claim ownership of the candidates as well as giving them false assurances of passing the examination with past questions.
"When you politicize our education system this is what you will see, the candidates are not anyone's candidates, they are our candidates."


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WASSCE: 14 students sacked; 3 teachers interdicted
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WASSCE: 14 students sacked; 3 teachers interdicted


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The Ghana Education Service has dismissed some 14 final year students who are believed to have caused chaos and destroyed properties in their respective schools in the wake of the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination.
WAEC in a statement also noted it will not hesitate to sanction students and teachers of the school if they are found culpable in the rioting at their premises.
The Headmaster of Bright SHS on Thursday incited students numbering about 1000 to attack WAEC external invigilators for not compromising for his students to cheat.


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Free SHS has come to stay
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Free SHS has come to stay


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Former President John Mahama has urged Ghanaians to dismiss suggestions that he will cancel the free SHS policy if he wins the December polls.
"Free SHS has come to stay. If anyone comes to you that I, John Mahama, the son of E.A. Mahama is going to cancel FREE SHS, tell that person he or she is a bloody liar."
The policy enables all eligible secondary school students to attend public secondary schools free.


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Watch Ato Forson's "evil" ways to forestall violence in Ajumako


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The Central Regional Branch of the New Patriotic Party, has sent a notice to the Regional Police Command, profiling a series of violent activities allegedly orchestrated by the Member of Parliament for Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam, Casiel Ato Forson, and urging them to at all times monitor his movements to forestall any violence that may be unleashed on the people.
In furtherance of his alleged vicious activities, Mr. Forson was accused by the NPP for busing non-indigenes to Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam to get registered in the voters registration exercise and vote for him in the December 7 Parliamentary elections to retain the seat for himself and the NDC. A case in point, the NPP noted, was "Where a bus-load of Ato Forson's non-indigenes who had been contracted from the Gomoa area to come and register in the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam Constituency so that they could vote for Ato Forson and the NDC was arrested by the police at Gomoa Dominase".
"Some of these Ato Forson Landguards were those who were arrested by the police at YAN Guest House in Mankessim during the Voters Registration Exercise. These Ato Forson Landguards/Machomen were numbering about two hundred and were always seen in Urvan/Coastal buses and pick-up vehicles moving from registration centre to another creating scenes, beating people and causing all forms of violence within the constituency", Takyi Mensah explained.


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Parliament approves GHC11.8b supplementary budget
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Parliament approves GHC11.8b supplementary budget


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Parliament has approved 11.8 billion cedis supplementary budget amidst protest from the minority over Covid-19 expenditure.
The NDC MPs also argued the 11.1 billion cedis out of the 11.8 billion being sought by the finance minister in his supplementary budget has already been spent with no transparency.
According to the minister, approval of the supplementary budget will help initial measures to ensure the economy recovers from shocks from the Covid-19.


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Deliver justice without fear or favour
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Deliver justice without fear or favour


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President Akufo-Addo has charged three newly sworn-in Justices of the Court of Appeal to carry out their duty of adjudicating cases without fear or favour, affection or ill-will.
"To our new Justices of the Court of Appeal, it is important to bear in mind that the growth of our nation demands that we have a judiciary that commands the respect of the people by the quality of its delivery of justice as well as the comportment of its judges," President Akufo-Addo said.
President Akufo-Addo will at a subsequent ceremony also swear-in three other Court of Appeal Justices, Justice Eric Baah, Justice Richard Adjei Frimpong and Miss Cynthia Pamela Akotoaa Addo, which will bring the number of newly appointed Court of Appeal Judges to six.


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WASSCE: Bright SHS no longer examination centre
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WASSCE: Bright SHS no longer examination centre


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The West Africa Examination Council has relocated its examination centre from the premises of Bright Senior High School to the Ofori Panin Senior High School following the student riot that occurred at the centre on Thursday.
"The Council strongly condemns the behavior of the proprietor and candidates of Bright SHS as reported and wishes to caution that such unruly behaviour contravenes Section 8 of the WAEC Act, 2006 which frowns on and sanctions acts of assault on examination officials."
"In order to ensure the integrity of the examination and safeguard the lives of examination officials assigned to the centre, the Council has decided to, in the interim, relocate the centre from Bright Senior High School to Ofori Panin Senior High School effective Saturday, 8th August, 2020," WAEC said in a statement Friday.


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Go for debt forgiveness
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Go for debt forgiveness


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The Institute for Fiscal Studies has urged government to seek debt forgiveness from its major creditors to contain the country's debt service expenditure, as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens an already fragile fiscal position.
"Given the country's poor and delicate fiscal position, which has dramatically worsened due to COVID-19 and some of the policy choices of the government, we recommend that the government should immediately seek debt reliefs, including debt forgiveness, from its major creditors so as to minimise the enormous size of the country's debt service expenditure, which is consuming the biggest chunk of the country's revenues," Providing further justification on the need to reduce the debt burden, Dr. Boakye stated that there is the need to free up fiscal space to allow for spending on developmental projects", he said.
Dr. Boakye further noted that the structure of the country's debt - made up of more commercial borrowing than non-concessional as it was in the late 90s - makes it more difficult to achieve forgiveness on the scale as witnessed during the HIPC era, he added the country must still try to explore whatever options there are.


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NDC drags Akufo-Addo to UN over ethnic profiling
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NDC drags Akufo-Addo to UN over ethnic profiling


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The opposition National Democratic Congress has filed a complaint of ethnic profiling against the Akufo-Addo administration at the United Nations, General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia has revealed.
Mr. Asiedu Nketia in an interview Kasapa 102.5FM Friday condemned the use of the military and added that he has successfully gathered evidence of ethnic profiling to make the NDC's case before the UN a solid one.
"What we've realized is that the Akufo-Addo government is embarking on ethnic profiling and discriminating against one tribe when you speak a particular language(Ewe) you're declared non-Ghanaian. This is a very serious issue which shouldn't be toyed with, the same thing is happening in Rohingya. It is a condemnable international crime and so as I speak to you the NDC has reported the matter to the United Nations(UN). The UN says we have no evidence to back our case so we should collect evidence and submit same."


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WASSCE: Bright SHS Proprietor arrested
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WASSCE: Bright SHS Proprietor arrested


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The Headmaster of Bright SHS on Thursday incited students numbering about 1000 to attack WAEC external invigilators for not compromising for his students to cheat.
According to the WAEC officials, the school also use other students who impersonate to write the exams on behalf of students who are not academically good.
WAEC deployed biometric system to verify identity of each candidate at the Exams Hall an exercise the Proprietor of Bright SHS rejected on Thursday and incited students against WAEC officials leading to the assault on the invigilators and Journalists.


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Asante Kotoko unveils Nana Yaw Amponsah as new CEO
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Asante Kotoko unveils Nana Yaw Amponsah as new CEO


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Ghanaian club Asante Kotoko has confirmed the appointment and officially unveiled astute football administrator Nana Yaw Amponsah as its Chief Executive Officer for the next three years.
Mr Amponsah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Political science from the University of Ghana, Legon and a Master's Degree in Sports Law and Practice from the Leicester DE Monort University, UK.Nana Yaw Amponsah until recently was the Owner and President of Phar Rangers football club.
Nana Yaw Amponsah is expected to transform the one time Giants of African Football, Asante Kotoko with the support of the newly constituted 12 member Board of Directors of the club led by Dr Kwame Kyei.


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WASSCE violence: Temper justice with mercy
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WASSCE violence: Temper justice with mercy


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A former Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the University of Developmental Studies Prof David Miller has called on authorities to be lenient in disciplining students who engaged in violence in the ongoing WASSCE. On Thursday, a reporter with the Daily Graphic in Koforidua, Damalie Emmanuel Pacome, was attacked by students of Bright Senior High School in Akyem Kukurantumi.
The students holding knives, cutlasses, sticks and stones chased the Journalist who was in the school to verify reports of attacks on invigilators by the students.
The students also clashed with invigilators over alleged intimidation.


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Atiwa East: Men in NPP Pick UP beat EC officials, one severely injured
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Atiwa East: Men in NPP Pick UP beat EC officials, one severely injured


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Some violent men in NPP branded Pick UPs in Atiwa East Constituency of the Eastern Region have attacked two Officials of Electoral Commission.
The men attacked the EC officials - Okyere Prince and Saviour Ametefe - took away their registration materials from them and absconded.
Same men in NPP branded Pick Up marauding in the area were recently accused of allegedly invading homes of duly registered applicants they claim to be aliens to seize the Voters ID cards.


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STMA gets new Mayor; Akuapim North MCE, Amansie S. DCE sacked
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STMA gets new Mayor; Akuapim North MCE, Amansie S. DCE sacked


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President Akufo-Addo has nominated a former Takoradi Constituency chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party Abdul Mumin Issah as the new Metropolitan Chief Executive for Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly.
The nomination of Chairman Mun, as he is affectionately called, comes following the unfortunate demise of the late mayor Anthony KK Sam.
The Akuapim North Metropolis and Amansie South District chief executives have also been removed from office by the President.


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Trump: US firms must end links with TikTok and WeChat
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Trump: US firms must end links with TikTok and WeChat


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President Donald Trump has told US firms they have 45 days to stop doing business with TikTok and WeChat, claiming the Chinese apps are a threat to national security.
The executive orders against the short-video sharing platform TikTok - owned by Chinese firm ByteDance - and the messaging service WeChat - owned by the Tencent conglomerate is the latest measure in an increasingly broad Trump administration campaign against China.
The US president says the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration and the US Armed Forces have already banned TikTok on government phones.


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Akufo-Addo has taken Ghana's democracy 28 years back
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Akufo-Addo has taken Ghana's democracy 28 years back


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Former President John Mahama has accused President Akufo-Addo of setting Ghana's democracy back.
"This particular tragedy is in the destruction and politicization of our institutions. A judiciary that lacks impartiality, an oppressed Parliament, a pliant Electoral Commission, an Auditor General hounded out of office, a misused military, anti-corruption institutions in bondage, an intimidated media, and a terrified moral society. These constitute the tragedy of the four years of Akufo-Addo's administration."
"He has set our democracy back twenty-eight years. This is what makes it a patriotic duty for all patriotic Ghanaians to join hands to rescue our nation," he wrote on Facebook Friday.


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COVID-19: Death toll now 206
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COVID-19: Death toll now 206


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Seven more Ghanaians have died of COVID-19 since Thursday bringing the country's total death toll to 206.
Confirmed cases of the virus in Ghana stand at 40,049 with 36,638 recoveries.


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