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Obama says Iraq took ‘promising step’ nominating new PM

US President Barack Obama has said the nomination of Haider al-Abadi as Iraq’s prime minister-designate is a “promising step forward”. He acknowledged that Iraq had been through “difficult days”, and urged its political leaders to work together. Earlier on Monday, Iraq’s president asked Mr Abadi to form a new government, snubbing the incumbent Prime Minister Nouri Maliki. Mr Maliki said ...

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Ethical to use untested Ebola drugs, says WHO

Untested drugs can be used to treat patients infected with the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization says. The WHO said it was ethical in light of the scale of the outbreak and high number of deaths – over 1,000 people have died in west Africa.. The statement was made after its medical experts met in Switzerland on Monday to ...

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Ghana Atomic Energy Commission Board inaugurated

The reconstituted Board of Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) was inaugurated on Monday, to provide direction to Management to help mitigate the myriad of challenges facing the country and ensure sustainable development. The seven-member Board which is chaired by Dr Albert W. N. Q Barnor has Dr Walter A. Alhassan, Ms Isabel Boaten, Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso, Professor Francis K. A. ...

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A-G chases Woyome Gh₵51 million

The Attorney-General’s Department has initiated moves to fully recover GH¢51.2 million from businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome. “We received a certified copy of the Supreme Court judgement directing Woyome to refund the GH¢51.2 million to the state last Thursday and we are currently studying it,” the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, said in an interview in Accra ...

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Times are hard – Rawlings laments

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has decried the state at which prices of goods and services in the country keep increasing. According to him, a carton of milk which used to sell at GH¢35 is now selling at GH¢60. Speaking at the presentation of some food items to boxers Braimah Kamoko, alias Bukom Banko and Michael Ayittey Okine, alias Ayittey ...

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Threats to freeze salaries unfortunate – POTAG to Ablakwa

The Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana (POTAG) has called the bluff of the Ministry of Education over threats of a likely freeze of their salaries. POTAG has blamed their prolonged strike on government’s poor management of the issues involved. Polytechnic teachers have been on strike for months in demand for the payment of their book and research allowance. The strike ...

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Starbow airplane forces emergency landing after catching fire mid-air

me passengers who were on board a Kumasi-bound domestic airline,  Starbow say they have been left traumatized after the plane on which they were travelling caught fire mid-air. The aircraft left the Kotoka International Airport in the morning but had to return to safety shortly after take-off. Kennedy Bomfeh, a passenger on board the aircraft told Joy News he saw what appeared ...

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IMF bailout is a wrong move – Asabee

A flagbearer aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Stephen Asamoah–Boateng has criticized government over its decision to go to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a financial bailout. According to the former Minister under the erstwhile Kufuor administration government made a mistake by rushing to the IMF when there are people in this country who can help the nation ...

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Obama: Too early to send Ebola drug to Africa

US President Barack Obama said it is “premature” to send an experimental medicine for the treatment of Ebola to West Africa, as Liberia declared a state of emergency amid an outbreak that shows no signs of slowing. Obama said on Wednesday that he lacked enough information to green-light a promising medicine called ZMapp that was already used on two American ...

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