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Northern Region’s high maternal deaths due to early marriages

Most maternal deaths recorded in the Northern Region are as a result of early marriages. In 2009, for example, 56 out of 96 maternal deaths recorded in the region were between 20-34 years, while in 2008 and 2007 the region recorded 68 out of 91 deaths and 59 out of …

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Farmers advised to control army worms

Mr. Mac Lawrence Ahiadu, Nkoranza South District Director of Agricultural Services, has advised maize farmers in the district to spray their farms with pesticides to control army worm infestation. Addressing the agricultural sub-committee of the district assembly on how to control the spread of army worms in the area, Mr. …

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K-Poly gets new Rector

The Governing Council of the Kumasi Polytechnic (K-Poly) has appointed Professor Nicholas N.N Nsowah-Nuamah as the new Rector of the Polytechnic. The appointment takes effect from November 1, this year. Professor Nsowah-Nuamah’s appointment followed the unanimous endorsement of the recommendation of a search committee instituted by the Council. A statement …

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Ghana will not fight sanitation challenge with enforcement

Even though Ghana is currently doing very poorly in achieving its sanitation MDG target with an abysmal national coverage figure of just 12.4 % as at 2008 (GDHS), enforcing sanitation laws which exist in the country’s statute books is not one of the options that government is considering in order …

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Fifteen rural banks marked for liquidation

Mr Okoh Sai, Director Banking Supervision Department of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), on Thursday revealed that fifteen Rural and Community Banks (RCB) have been categorized for liquidation. He said transactions of about 121 out of the current 136 RCB were considered practical and satisfactory according to a BoG banking …

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Government injects $20m into LEAP

Mr. Joseph Yieleh Chireh, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, says the government has injected $20 million dollars into the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) Programme to enable many vulnerable people to benefit. The amount, he said, was part of the $89.1 million loan facility the government took …

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Government urged to reduce import duties on rice importation

The Food and Beverage Association of Ghana (FABAG), has called on Government to reduce import duties on imported rice to discourage smuggling of the produce into the country. Mr John Awuni, an Executive Member of FABAG, at a press conference in Accra on Thursday said reducing import duties on the …

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Atlas Copco enters the mobile crushing and screening business

Atlas Copco Austria GmbH has acquired Hartl Anlagenbau GmbH, Austria, a company that manufactures and sells mobile crushers and screeners. The acquisition will enable Atlas Copco to enter the growing mobile crushing and screening market, thereby strengthening the Group’s offering in the areas of quarrying and recycling. Atlas Copco, a …

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Used auto parts delears to flush-out fraudsters

The Association of Used Auto Parts Dealers (ASUAPAD) on Thursday resolved to expose and flush-out fraudsters operating in the industry. “The operations of some fraudsters in the used auto parts business who usually collaborate with charlatan mechanics to take advantage of ignorant car owners is denting the image and sales …

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Experts call for overhaul of Ghana’s military training programmes

Panelists at a military leadership discourse have called for the overhaul of the officer training programmes of the Ghana Military Academy (GMA) to reflect current trends in the global security sphere. They argue that the interface between defence and development, coupled with the ever-changing security environment, demanded significant investment in …

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