Tech News Summaries for January 19, 2021
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S/C refuses Mahama's request for EC to answer 12 questions
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S/C refuses Mahama's request for EC to answer 12 questions


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A seven-member panel of the Supreme Court presided over by Justice Anin Yeboah has refused a request by lawyers of former President Mahama, the petitioner in the 2020 Presidential election case, to allow the Electoral Commission respond to some 12 questions they consider relevant to the matter.
In court on Tuesday, Lawyers of the former President John Dramani Mahama were seeking leave of the Supreme Court to allow the electoral commission respond to some 12 interrogatories to expedite the hearing of the election petition.
Lawyer for the EC Justice Amenuvor opposed the request and said what the petitioner is asking is already set out in the law and prayed the court to refuse the request.


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Kotoko announce partnership agreement with English Side Southampton
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Kotoko announce partnership agreement with English Side Southampton


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Southampton will share their industry-leading coaching expertise to help Asante Kotoko realise their ambition of building a sustainable Academy and pathway to the first team, with year-round remote support supplemented by regular visits to Ghana throughout the partnership from the club's International Football Partnership team.
Asante Kotoko's CEO, Nana Yaw Amponsah commented: "This partnership enables us to plug Asante Kotoko into Southampton in such a way that Kotoko functions like Southampton. Kotoko would have everything Southampton has but to a level that reflects our different budgets. I believe that with the expertise and resources available at Southampton, we can tap into this and develop our setup to look and feel professional like Saints."
Mark Abrahams, Director of Business and Community Development commented:"During these challenging times we're delighted to have agreed a long-term partnership to work with Asante Kotoko. Nana Yaw has a clear vision for Asante Kotoko to be a self-sustainable football club both on and off the pitch. We look forward to working with him and his team to support their development."


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Focus on homegrown policies or we'll return to IMF
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Focus on homegrown policies or we'll return to IMF


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Mr Terkper's comments come after Credit rating agency Moody's projected in its 2021 Sub-Saharan African Outlook report that Ghana's debt to GDP ratio will hit 80 per cent in 2021.
Moody's said "We expect most SSA sovereigns to see their debt burdens rise further in 2021. The average debt burden in the region will hover around 64% of GDP in the near to medium term compared to the 47% average in 2015-19", Moody's said.
"In SSA, higher external vulnerability indicators - which are a measure of short-term debt and upcoming external debt maturities against international reserves - will be more challenging for sovereigns outside of monetary unions. Zambia and Ghana will see the greatest EVI pressures, with 2021 levels forecast to be 509% in Zambia and 143% in Ghana".


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2020 Election petition: Pre-trial begins today
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2020 Election petition: Pre-trial begins today


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The Seven-member Supreme Court panel hearing former President John Mahama's petition over the 2020 election will resume the pretrial of the case today.
"In a statement after filing the petition, the party said:"The Petition was filed pursuant to the party's audit of the 2020 Presidential results and extensive consultations with the National Executive Committee and Council of Elders of the party.
"The Petition details serious violations of the 1992 Constitution by the Electoral Commission and its Chairperson and Returning Officer for the Presidential Election, Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa in the conduct of their constitutional and legal responsibilities. It seeks among others, a declaration from the Supreme Court to the effect that, the purported declaration of the results of the 2020 Presidential Election on the 9th day of December 2020 is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever".


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Collins Dauda's radio station Nananom robbed
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Collins Dauda's radio station Nananom robbed


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A local radio station owned by the Member of Parliament for Asutifi South, Alhaji Collins Dauda, has allegedly been robbed by unknown persons.
General manager, Eric Boateng revealed that the robbery incident happened over the weekend and he has since reported the robbery incident to the police station.
The Police has commenced investigations into the robbery incident.


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TEWU suspends strike
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TEWU suspends strike


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The National Executives of the Teachers and Educational Workers Union have suspended their five-day old strike.
According to them, they have reached the agreement with government, hence the need to suspend the strike action.
Some members including chairman of the KNUST branch of TEWU Charles Arthur have vowed to defend the strike.


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Mahama files motion asking EC to admit errors in results declaration
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Mahama files motion asking EC to admit errors in results declaration


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Former President John Mahama who is challenging the results of the 2020 polls has filed a motion at the Supreme Court asking the Electoral Commission to accept that it made mistakes during the declaration of results.
REQUEST TO ADMIT FACTS - JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA V ELECTORAL COMMISSION & ANO. The opposition NDC on December 30, 2020 filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the outcome of the presidential elections.
"The Petition details serious violations of the 1992 Constitution by the Electoral Commission and its Chairperson and Returning Officer for the Presidential Election, Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa in the conduct of their constitutional and legal responsibilities. It seeks among others, a declaration from the Supreme Court to the effect that, the purported declaration of the results of the 2020 Presidential Election on the 9th day of December 2020 is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever".


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COVID-19: UK, South Africa variants found in Ghana
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COVID-19: UK, South Africa variants found in Ghana


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A senior research fellow with the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens at the University of Ghana, Dr. Peter Kojo Quashie has revealed that the different variants of SARS-CoV-2 - the virus that causes COVID 19- identified in the country are those of the UK and South Africa.
"Recent genomic sequencing undertaken by our scientists have established that some arriving passengers tested positive for new variants of COVID-19. These passengers have all been isolated. Furthermore, work is ongoing to determine the presence and extent of spread of the new variants in the general population," Akufo-Addo said.
" A number of them are the UK variants and then we have at least one South African variant and there are some variants which look like that of the Brazilian but are not quite clear yet so I wouldn't put them as part of the Brazil variant but they have some of the mutations.


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Scholarships Secretariat interviews 55,000 free SHS students
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Scholarships Secretariat interviews 55,000 free SHS students


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The exercise which is in fulfilment of the promise made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last year, directing the Ghana Scholarships Secretariat to open its portal to give the free SHS graduates an opportunity to apply for a local scholarships for the payment of tuition or academic facility user fee for students wishing to enter any accredited local tertiary institution, whether public or private.
Addressing the issue of students who might have gone to their various schools and thus unable to take part in the interview process, Mr Agyemang said provision has been made for them to have their interviews done virtually.
Speaking to some of the students at the various interview centres, who were visibly happy to have been chosen to attend the interviews after a successful application, they said they will ensure that they make the President proud.


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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: The ultimate smartphone experience, designed to be epic in every way
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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: The ultimate smartphone experience, designed to be epic in every way


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Galaxy S21 Ultra joins the new Galaxy S series of devices and takes every part of that S21 experience to the next level.
With the UWB-enabled Galaxy S21 Ultra and Galaxy S21+, you can also use AR finder to drop virtual messages that let other Galaxy smartphone users know you need help searching for a lost item.
Galaxy S21 Ultra will be available in two bold colors featuring deluxe haze finishes: Phantom Silver: 256GB model with 12GB RAM, Phantom Black: 256GB model with 12GB RAM. Pre-orders for the Galaxy S21 Ultra begin January 22.


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Finding your inner Entreprenuer
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Finding your inner Entreprenuer


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We tend to put too much value on just ideas and that's the wrong approach because an idea is just the start, just the first and arguably the least of many hurdles to overcome until you milk actual value from said idea.
An idea is nothing until it becomes a profitable, worthwhile endeavour that lives and breathes OUTSIDE OF YOUR HEAD. It is important that a good entrepreneur understands that the sky is the limit when a good idea takes off properly, and hell is the bottom if that idea should fail and fall when badly executed.
Once you get a viable idea, you'd need to raise funds to turn that idea into a real business.


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Muntaka has defamed all Supreme Court judges with bribery claim
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Muntaka has defamed all Supreme Court judges with bribery claim


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The immediate past Chief Justice of Ghana Sophia Akuffo says Asawase lawmaker Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak has defamed all Supreme Court justices in the country with his bribery allegation.
The NDC lawmaker has claimed a Supreme Court judge made an offer through a phone conversation to a member of the NDC caucus in Parliament to vote for former Speaker Mike Oquaye during the Speakership contest.
Member of Parliament for Asawase, which have been widely published in the media, alleging that a Justice of the Supreme Court attempted to bribe an NDC female Member of Parliament to vote for Right Hon.


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Immeri Ghana holds 2nd anniversary
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Immeri Ghana holds 2nd anniversary


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Fast-growing direct selling company Immeri Ghana Limited has held its second year anniversary on January 15 and 16.
Vice President Immeri International Ms. Mary Queen Komoda told associates "You have achieved a milestone of 5017 new business partners in the year 2020 alone. now with a total of 9,000 Immeri Ghana members and growing."
Immeri Ghana Country Manager Mr. Daniel Annan, in a presser, said "In our quest to deliver the most unique opportunity of the most unique business platform in the country. Our Immeri growth university training honed our members to not just learn about how to economically benefit from doing the Immeri business, we as well fulfilled our commitment of sharing powerful training which will allow each of our members to learn more information by a thorough understanding of what the industry is all about. And yes it was in March when we first launched the business startup in Ghana and it was in the same month when we started our online leadership training initiated by Immeri corporate and top leaders."


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Mfantseman MP murder: We're analysing evidence
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Mfantseman MP murder: We're analysing evidence


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The Prosecution in the case in which eight accused persons have been arraigned in the murder of the Mfantseman Member of Parliament Ekow Kwansah-Hayford has said they are analysing the phone details of the accused persons.
ASP Fuseini added that, "We have received the itemized bill of the contacts of the accused persons and we are analysing them" before praying the court for two-week to enable them get the various reports.
While opposing to the bail application, ASP Fuseini said the accused persons have filed their alibi and when granted bail they will interfere with investigations.


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UG pollster appointed Director of Research at Jubilee House
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UG pollster appointed Director of Research at Jubilee House


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A political scientist with the University of Ghana Dr. Isaac Owusu Mensah has been appointed Director of Research at the Presidency by President Akufo-Addo.
Dr. Owusu Mensah was head of the lecturers at the University of Ghana whose polls projected victory for the president days before the polls.
In 2003, Dr. Owusu-Mensah completed his Master of Philosophy in Political Science also at the University of Ghana and in 2009, he was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science by the University of Ghana.


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National Security boss dies while undergoing COVID treatment
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National Security boss dies while undergoing COVID treatment


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Ghana's National Security Coordinator Joshua Kyeremeh has died while undergoing treatment for COVID-19, Starr News has learnt.
Starr News sources at the Ga East Municipal hospital in Accra, where the security capo was seeking treatment, said he died on Monday, January 18, 2020.
Mr. Kyeremeh has been National Security Coordinator since 2017 when he was appointed to the position by President Akufo-Addo.


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US-based Ghanaian Surgeon to complete $11m pharmaceutical plant in Ghana
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US-based Ghanaian Surgeon to complete $11m pharmaceutical plant in Ghana


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United States-based Ghanaian surgeon Dr Michael K Obeng is set to continue the construction of a multimillion-dollar pharmaceutical plant in Ghana.
"An award-winning, renowned Ghanaian American Harvard-trained plastic surgeon and a Global Health Strategist. Dr Michael K Obeng is a former Chief of Plastic Surgery, at St Elizabeth Boardman Health Centre in Ohio, US. A philanthropist, humanitarian, health-care consultant, and a true visionary, he has transcended barriers and all stereotypes; continuing to trail-blaze paths that many only dream of."
Ghana's pharmaceutical manufacturing sector directly employs 5,000 workers, 10 manufacturers account for 80% of the total industry output which in turn provides the springboard for Africa's economic integration and rapid growth.


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Afenyo-Markin hands over 14th Library to constituents
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Afenyo-Markin hands over 14th Library to constituents


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Member of Parliament for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo-Markin has handed a fully-furnished community library to the people of Winneba.
The library which was commissioned on January 15 brings the total number to 14 such projects undertaken by the lawmaker in the constituency.
Madam Sey assured the newly constructed library would be made available for all to ensure the optimum benefit.


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Afenyo Markin Builds, Hands Over 14th Library To New Winneba Community
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Afenyo Markin Builds, Hands Over 14th Library To New Winneba Community


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The Member of Parliament for Effutu Constituency, Alexander Kwamena Afenyo Markin has commissioned a multipurpose library for the people of New Winneba in the Effutu municipality.
The Library Board member, Miss Gifty Sey during the commission said: "We've also introduced an online learning management system to help schools within the communities." She together with the library board were thankful to Afenyo-Markin who "Has been using his fund to build libraries." Members of the Ghana Library Authority were presented with keys to the 14th library at the ceremony.


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Adobe Flash Player Is Finally Laid To Rest
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Adobe Flash Player Is Finally Laid To Rest


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Adobe Flash Player, the browser plug-in that brought rich animations and interactivity to the early web, has officially reached the end of its life.
Adobe will no longer offer security updates for Flash and has urged people to uninstall it.


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