StarrFM News Summaries from May 12, 2021
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Abandon 111 hospitals project; Focus on Neuroscience centre
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Abandon 111 hospitals project; Focus on Neuroscience centre


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A renowned Neurosurgeon at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has appealed to the Akufo-Addo led government to abandon the plan to construct some 100 new hospitals and focus on investing the money in the establishment of a neuroscience centre.

Dr Abdallah also slammed governments both current and previous for abandoning Ghana's biggest referral hospital describing it as criminal.

According to him, it is unheard of that a Hospital of Korle Bu's stature has only four ICU beds and a deliberate attempt has not been made over the years to expand the number of beds and monitors at the ICU. His comments come after the mother of the late Michael Kofi Asamoah whose brain condition went viral on social media, Cordelia Ama Selormey, shared her experience at the Korle Bu Hospital over how she lost her son due to the lack of basic equipment like the defibrillator.


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Chelsea Tayui to represent Ghana at Miss Universe 2021 in Florida
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Chelsea Tayui to represent Ghana at Miss Universe 2021 in Florida


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The winner of the 2020 Miss Universe-Ghana Chelsea Tayui is in the USA to represent Ghana at the 2021 edition of the annual Miss Universe international beauty pageant competition scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 16.

According to the National Director of Miss Universe-Ghana, Mrs Menaye Donkor Muntari, a unanimous decision between MALZ Promotions, organizers of the pageant in Ghana and Miss Universe International was taken to privately appoint a representative this year.

Twenty-five-year-old Chelsea Tayui was crowned in a private ceremony held at the Labadi Beach Hotel in September 2020.


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It's criminal Ghana doesn't have defibrillators in hospitals
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It's criminal Ghana doesn't have defibrillators in hospitals


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A Neurosurgeon at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Dr. Hadi Abdallah has expressed anger over the poor state of the country's neurosurgeon unit at the premier hospital.

Speaking to Francis Abban Wednesday, Dr Abdallah described as criminal the fact that specialist facilities do not have basic machines such as defibrillators which are used to restore a normal heartbeat by sending an electric pulse or shock to the heart.

His comments come after the mother of the late Michael Kofi Asamoah whose brain condition went viral on social media, Cordelia Ama Selormey, shared her experience at the Korle Bu Hospital over how she lost her son due to the lack of basic equipment like the defibrillator.


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Strongman endorses #FixTheCountry campaign with 'FixIt'
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Strongman endorses #FixTheCountry campaign with 'FixIt'


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Ghanaian rapper Strongman is out with a new song 'FixIt' to add his voice to the impending social media campaign #FixTheCountry.

Strongman also talks about other issues including unemployment, bad roads, increase in road accidents, among others.

He stressed the need for politicians to serve the citizens by honoring their campaign promises.


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Black Stars coach CK Akunnor to name squad for June friendly games
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Black Stars coach CK Akunnor to name squad for June friendly games


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Head Coach of the Black Stars Charles Kwablan Akonnor will name his Black Stars squad on Wednesday at the Conference Hall of the Ghana Football Association.

The Ghana coach will name the squad for two friendly matches that have been lined up for the team in the June International window.

The friendly matches have been arranged to replace the FIFA World Cup qualifiers that got postponed last week by CAF. Coach Akonnor and his Technical team will use the games to further assess players ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in September.


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President redeems $5000 promise to Black Satellites after Youth Championship triumph
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President redeems $5000 promise to Black Satellites after Youth Championship triumph


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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo through the Ministry of Youth and Sports has fulfilled a promise made to the victorious Under- 20 male national football team, the Black Satellites for winning the 2021 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations tournament played in Mauritania.

According to the Minister, the President promised to give each player an amount of US$10,000 with US$5,000 to be invested by the Ghana Life Insurance Company Pension Scheme for ten years adding that it has become a policy at the Ministry of Youth and Sports to provide insurance package to all national teams whenever they receive bonuses from engaging in competitions.

The Chairman of the Black Satellites Management Committee, Dr. Randy Abbey responded on behalf of the team by expressing extreme gratitude to the President of the country for such a motivation.


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Manchester City crowned English Premier League champions
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Manchester City crowned English Premier League champions


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Manchester City have been crowned 2020-21 Premier League champions after Manchester United's defeat to Leicester.

A late defeat to Chelsea last weekend as closest rivals United won at Aston Villa kept City's champagne on ice but they finally reclaimed the Premier League title from Liverpool before kicking a ball again as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were beaten 2-1 on Tuesday after making 10 changes to their starting line-up.

City have now won three Premier League titles and eight major trophies under Guardiola, who last year signed a new two-year contract to remain at the club until 2023.


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Koforidua: Court remands 31 Akanteng
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Koforidua: Court remands 31 Akanteng "galamsey Operatives'


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The brief facts of the case were that the accused persons are group of persons who carried themselves as operatives of the National Security.

He told the court that, the officers together with a team of police officers from the Eastern Regional Police command proceeded to the Akenteng portion of the Atewa forest reserve, near Osinease in the Eastern Region where the team met and rescued the accused persons from an angry youth at Akanteng.

The Prosecution said preliminary Investigations revealed that, the accused persons are group of persons who carried themselves as National Security Operatives whereas in fact, they are not.


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Church of Pentecost Commissions Ejura Camp Prisons
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Church of Pentecost Commissions Ejura Camp Prisons


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A multi-purpose prison facility funded and constructed by The Church of Pentecost at Ejura in the Ashanti Region has been commissioned and handed over to the Ghana Prisons Service.

The Interior Minister, Hon, Ambrose Dery, who was so overwhelmed with the gesture by The Church of Pentecost, applauded the leadership of the church for its vision and show of generosity.

With the construction of this magnificent prison facility, The Church of Pentecost has shown and demonstrated that the gospel is a living word, and that Christ hates sin but loves the sinner.


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Ghana Olympic Committee Board calls on President Akufo-Addo
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Ghana Olympic Committee Board calls on President Akufo-Addo


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The President of the Ghana Olympic Committee Mr.Ben Nunoo Mensah, led a high level delegation of the GOC board to meet His Excellency President Akufo-Addo.

Mr. Nunoo Mensah congratulated President Akufo-Addo on his re-election for another four-year term in office before proceeding to introduce the newly elected members of the Ghana Olympic Committee who accompanied the GOC President; including the President of Ghana Weightlifting and Deputy Secretary General Hon Jerry Shaib, Mr Fred Acheampong GOC Treasurer and Mr Abdul Hayye Yartey the Chairman of the GOC Communications Sub Committee.

President Akufo-Addo thanked the GOC President and his entourage whilst also wishing them well following their own recent election into offices of competence.


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A/R: Delta Force members arrested for attempting to remove Security coordinator
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A/R: Delta Force members arrested for attempting to remove Security coordinator


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Some members and founder of the disbanded pro-NPP vigilante group Delta Force have been arrested for attempting to forcefully remove the Ashanti regional security coordinator from office Tuesday.

The gang which claimed to be officials of the National Security stormed the premises of the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council for their illegal operation.

The regional minister Simon Osei Mensah who had picked intel on the plans of the group made security arrangement to thwart their actions.


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Citi FM's Caleb Kudah arrested for filming National Security building
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Citi FM's Caleb Kudah arrested for filming National Security building


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Gh indicates that Caleb was picked up for filming the premises of the National Security Ministry, which is a restricted security zone.

Seven heavily built armed officers also arrested another Broadcast Journalist with the station Zoe Abu-Baidoo, claiming she had received files from Caleb Kudah.

Zoe Abu Baidoo has been released but Caleb Kudah is yet to be released by the National Security.


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Businesswoman in court for defrauding 51 people over GHc999K
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Businesswoman in court for defrauding 51 people over GHc999K


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The Prosecutor, D G Bandah told the court that, the complainant Dora Boamah and the accused person are both businesswomen.

The accused person on receipt of the money and the 51 Ghanaian passports stated clearly that the visas will be ready in August 2019, but has since failed.

The accused person was subsequently charged with the Offences and arraigned before court.


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Uber, Bolt drivers in Kumasi threaten strike over low charges
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Uber, Bolt drivers in Kumasi threaten strike over low charges


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Some drivers of Bolt and Uber in the Ashanti region are threatening a week sit-down strike to demand better conditions of service.

The drivers took to the streets of Kumasi today to express their grievances with their ride-hailing app companies.

The concerns were in threefold; low charges swallowing their profits; poor security for drivers who are attacked by robbers and lack of proper government supervision for ride-hailing app companies.


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20, 000 PWDs receive wheelchairs from Govt.
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20, 000 PWDs receive wheelchairs from Govt.


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Government, in partnership with the World Bank, has handed over twenty thousand wheelchairs to the Ghana Federation of Disabilities Organisations as part of ongoing interventions to improve their livelihoods and wellbeing.

Handing over the wheelchairs at a brief ceremony in Accra on Tuesday May 11, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, assisted by the Minister of Health, Hon Kwaku Agyeman Manu and Dr Anthony Seddoh, World Bank Country Lead for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, said the donation was further evidence of Government's renewed commitment to building a fair and inclusive society, which ensures that all citizens share in the country's wealth and prosperity, irrespective of their background.

Some of the initiatives undertaken since 2017 include the presentation in 2020 of Ghs4 million to two thousand disabled men and women entrepreneurs under the Presidential Empowerment for Male Entrepreneurs with Disability and the Presidential Empowerment for Women Entrepreneurs with Disability respectively; and the handing over of 10,000 hospital beds to the Minister for Health for distribution across the country.


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'No fasting' policy: We'll mend the broken harmony
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'No fasting' policy: We'll mend the broken harmony


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The Spokesperson for the National Chief Imam Sheikh Aremeyaw Shuaib has called on Muslims and Christians who are agitated over the 'no fasting' policy at the Wesley Girls SHS to keep calm.

The Methodist Church which originally established the school back the decision of the school not to allow Muslim students to fast during Ramadan.

Speaking to Francis Abban on the Morning Starr, Sheik Shuaib said there is no need for Christian and Muslims to split heads over the development.


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Burkina Faso army 'kills 20 jihadists in new push'
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Burkina Faso army 'kills 20 jihadists in new push'


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The army and air force have been deployed in the North and Sahel regions since 5 May. A source said communication equipment, weapons, ammunition and vehicles had been recovered by the army, the AFP news agency reports.

On Monday the defence ministers of Burkina Faso and neighbouring Ivory Coast said they would step up their fight against the jihadists.

Vast swathes of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso are no longer under the control of the central governments.


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Chief Director of Interior Ministry welcomes new Immigration Commander for Greater Accra
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Chief Director of Interior Ministry welcomes new Immigration Commander for Greater Accra


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The Chief Director for the Ministry of Interior, Mrs. Adelaide Anno-Kumi has commended the newly posted Greater Accra Regional Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service, Deputy Commissioner of Immigration Mrs. Maud Anima Quainoo for hitting the ground running so quickly since her reassignment.

The Chief Director made these statements when the new Commander paid a courtesy call on her in her office in Accra.

As part of the ceremony, the new Commander, DCOI Maud Quainoo inspected and toured all offices at Regional Headquarters in the company of the Outgoing Regional Commander and the Administrative Team of the Command.


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NPP lifts suspension on Kwabena Agyapong
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NPP lifts suspension on Kwabena Agyapong


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The ruling NPP's National Executive Committee has lifted the suspension imposed on former General Secretary, Kwabena Agyapong.

Kwabena Agyapong has been under indefinite suspension for almost 6 years.

The National Executive Committee of NPP in September 2015 upheld the decision of the Disciplinary Committee to suspend indefinitely the National Chairman, Paul Afoko; 2nd Vice Charman, Sammy Crabbe; and the General Secretary, Kwabena Agyapong for working against the interest of the party in the run-up to the 2016 elections.


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Report: Gov't accused of misusing $2.1bn Covid cash on corrupt deals
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Report: Gov't accused of misusing $2.1bn Covid cash on corrupt deals


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A corruption risk assessment report by the Community Development Alliance and the Commonwealth Foundation, has cited the Akufo-Addo led government for spending over US$2.1 billion COVID-19 money on corrupt deals.

The report state that investigations conducted revealed that there were several irregular procurements in several of the contracts awarded.

The two companies were not legal persons in Ghana at the time of contract award, were not registered with the PPA, and did not go through tender.


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