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2016 Radio And Television Personality (RTP) Awards Opens Nominations

Big Events Ghana, organizers of the annual Radio and Television Personality (RTP) Awards have released the nomination forms to open up for the filing and submission of 2016 (6th) edition of the awards by media houses and broadcast journalists, commencing the process and activities preceding the main event this year.

The forms are open to Radio and Television personalities, media houses, who have endeared themselves to the hearts of listeners, viewers and media critics – and have excelled in their respective fields within the year under contention.

The eligibility year for the 2016 RTP Awards is August 2015 to June 2016. Interested persons and media houses should visit the page (website), , download, fill and submit the forms and send to
The organizers would also want to call on all private and independent production houses to also follow the procedure/process and apply for the 6th edition of the Awards to be held at the Accra Intern…

Ghana Tourism Authority blows GHC11m hotel levies on cars

The Hotel Association is accusing the Ghana Tourism Authority of misappropriating the one percent tourism levy.

The Tourism Development levy is the one percent of the cost payable by a patron of a tourism facility.

According to the Association, monies supposed to be used for the development of the tourism and hotel sector is being used to purchase vehicles for the Authority.

As at June 2016, the fund had accrued GHC22 million since it was instituted in 2012. About 87 per cent of the collection was from the hotel industry, while drinking bars, car rentals and others collected about 13 per cent.

The Hotel Association is angry the fund managers have spent about GHC11 million of the monies on operational expenses with a large amount used to purchase pick up vehicles.

According to them, even though its members are the major contributors to the fund, it has not received any direct benefit for the past four years.

“No monies have been spent, not GHC1 appears to have been spent on the…

AU Fails To Elect New Leader

The African Union (AU) on Monday July 18 at its 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government meeting, being held in the Rwanda, failed to elect a new leader to head the body.

None of the three candidates was able to get the required two-thirds majority of votes.

The three candidates that contested were Uganda's former Vice-President Specioza Wandira Kazibwe, Botswana’s former Foreign Affairs Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi and Equatorial Guinea’s former Foreign Affairs Minister Agapito Mba Mokuy.

The failure of the meeting to elect a new leader for the regional body means the current AU President Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will continue until a new president is elected in January.

The AU meeting kicked off on 17 July 2016 at the Kigali Convention Centre (KCC), with a call for unity and love for the continent. The opening ceremony was marked by a symbolic act of Pan-Africanism with the launch of the African Union (AU) passport aimed at facilitating f…

Ghana wins African Gender Award

Ghana has been recognised as one of the continent’s top performers in the advancement of the economic and social rights of women.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hanna S. Tetteh (MP), received the African Gender Award for Ghana at the Kigali Summit of the African Union.

Sponsored by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank, the African Gender Scorecard measures the performance of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
 Ghana was scored with other countries on social, economic, political and civil rights.

Ghana, under President John Dramani Mahama, has been working to lift the economic rights of women with the enhancement of small loans for market women and traders, increase in LEAP benefits and continues to ensure equitable representation of women in government.

Cabinet recently approved the Affirmative Action Bill. When approved by Parliament it will serve as an additional intervention to advance the frontiers …

Turkey ex-air chief Akin Ozturk 'admits' to coup plot

A former Turkish air force commander has confessed to planning last week's attempted military coup, the state-run Anadolu news agency reports.
Gen Akin Ozturk was quoted as having told interrogators that he "acted with intention to stage a coup".
Photographs of the general published by Anadolu appeared to show several injuries to his head and upper body.

The general had earlier denied any involvement in the coup attempt and insisted he worked to stop it.
Anadolu earlier reported that he was one of 70 generals and admirals who had been detained. Eleven had so far been placed under arrest, it added.

More than 8,000 police officers were also suspended and forced to hand over their weapons as part of a purge of officials suspected of involvement.

Source: BBC

“Vodafone 1-2-Free” Adds New Twist To Customer Satisfaction

Vodafone Ghana has introduced an innovative daily offer called “Vodafone 1 - 2 – Free” which gives prepaid customers free 60 minutes to call Vodafone numbers or 5 free minutes to call other networks, after every second call.

This means that prepaid Vodafone customers who subscribe to this offer can enjoy every third call for free regardless of the number of minutes spent on the first two calls.

It is a classic response by a progressive telecommunications company – that is always on the lookout for ways to ensure customers are satisfied and are comfortable with the relationship with the network.  In the current dispensation, where customers have access to the greatest choice possible; telcos have their work cut out for

 them to ensure the attraction and retention of customers. And Vodafone Ghana is clearly leading the way in Ghana.

Sharing the rationale for the new product, Agnes Emefa Essah, Marketing Director of Vodafone Ghana said:

“We are excited that once again we are able to del…

I'm a proud dog - Bulldog replies Shatta Wale

Former manager and confidant of self-acclaimed Dancehall King, Shatta Wale, Bulldog has responded to insults thrown at him by the former.

In an interview with Delay on the Delay Show aired last Friday, Shatta Wale referred to Lawrence Asiamah aka Bulldog as a dog.

“Bulldog is a dog, he comes in and off sometimes, that is why he barks.”

Bulldog responding to him via social media said, even if he is a dog, he is a proud one.


Insults will get you this far! Intelligence will take you to the next level. There’s a fine line… I pray you discern the difference… #grateful #thywillbedone #?killdemwithlove #sikanhyira"

Police Barracks: 16 Rooms Razed By Fire

sixteen rooms at the Block H of the police barracks around the 37 military hospital area have been razed by fire.

The inferno, which started around 8am on Monday July 18 took firemen close to four hours to put out, after residents had tried unsuccessfully to douse the flames.

Class News’ Ridwan Karim Dini Osman, who visited the area, reported that residents were unable to salvage anything. No casualty was recorded. Ridwan said one lady who was preparing to get married had all her bridal dress and items consumed by the fire.

Residents, however, said they suspected the fire was started by an electric spark.


TV3's Veronica Kwablar makes CNN Multichoice awards finalists

Chair of the independent judging panel Ferial Haffajee, today announced the prestigious CNN MultiChoice African Journalists 2016 finalists.

The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Competition is the most prestigious and respected Award for journalists across the African Continent.

Its objective is to reinforce the importance of the role of journalists in Africa's development and to reward, recognize and encourage journalistic talent across all media disciplines.

This year, the competition received 1637 entries - a record number - from 38 countries across the continent, including French and Portuguese-speaking Africa.

Tony Maddox, Executive Vice-President and Managing Director of CNN International said: “This year has seen a record number of entries for the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards, from a diverse array of countries across the continent. The passion which African journalists display for telling compelling and top class stories knows no bounds. Once more, CN…

GITMO 2: Joy FM's Kojo Yankson lied over AG's comment - NMC

The National Media Commission has found JOY FM's Morning show host guilty of unethical reportage in a story he attributed to the Attorney General regarding the two Guantanamo Bay ex-convicts in Ghana.

Kojo Yankson had said on his show in January that the Attorney General Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong had admitted to him that she was not consulted in the decision to bring the two former inmates to Ghana.

The AG who contested the claim petitioned the NMC over the matter.

The NMC in a statement Monday said Mr. Yankson could not substantiate his claim when he appeared before the committee that investigated the matter.

“The National Media Commission has ruled that the content of a broadcast by Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Host Mr. Kojo Yankson on January 13 2016 about two GITMO detainees was misleading to the public and not fair to Mrs. Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice.

“At the Commission’s Complaints Settlement Committee hearing on July 13, 2…

“I’ll end Fulani menace” - Akufo-Addo assures Agogo residents

The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured residents of Agogo, in the Asante Akim North constituency, that when, God-willing, he is voted into office in this year’s elections, he will put in place measures to ensure that the ‘Fulani menace’ is curbed once and for all.

Agogo, in recent years, has arguably been the worst hit by the activities of Fulani herdsmen whose cattle have destroyed farmlands of farmers. This development has led to several clashes between the herdsmen and local farmers, resulting in the loss of lives.

This situation, according to Nana Akufo-Addo, is unacceptable as other countries across the world have put in place policies, which have meant that, such clashes have been forestalled.

“Brazil has a population of 200 million people, and 213 million cattle. There are more cattle in Brazil than human beings. However, ranching and the implementation of policies have ensured that this situation has not …

"I’m where I am because of Danny Nettey" - Joe Mettle

More tributes continue to pour in from Ghanaians and across the world after the demise of popular Ghanaian worshipper, Danny Nettey.

Ghanaian gospel singer and writer, Joseph Oscar Mettle, better known on stage as Joe Mettle says he would not be where he is had it not been for Danny Nettey.

“He taught me how to love God and put my life at the service of others,” he said.
Mr Nettey, 42, died on the dawn of Friday, 15 July 2016 at 2:00a.m.

His family confirmed Mr Nettey died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital on Friday.

A family statement said: “The cause of death is currently unknown and will be established after an autopsy [has been] completed. Information regarding his funeral arrangements will be announced by the family in the coming days.”

Speaking on the Joy FM’s Walk with Jesus programme Sunday, Joe Mettle said Mr Nettey is that person who would share with you the “deep things of the Lord.”

“I’d say that as an individual and as a worship leader he made me,” he said, addin…

Amazing Treats To Expect At The Cake Fair

The news of the Cake Fair is one that struck Ghanaians in their taste buds, eagerly awaiting the 30th July. In anticipation towards the big day at Fiesta Royale Hotel, we decided to snoop around and find out what finger-slurping goodness awaits patrons.

iBakes would display their wide range of specialty cupcakes, birthday cakes, wedding cakes, as they prove why they are "Where cakes live".

Randa cakes and more will awaken your taste buds with their special chocolate cake flavor, while Crumbs and Layers, bring in their specialty red velvet cake flavor.

The mouth watering goodness continues with Creamy Bakes' specialty vanilla bean, deluce and butterscotch flavored cake. Pink Panda's champagne cream cake and Lunch Box Gh's Oreo, baileys, and coconut cakes will definitely leave you confused with choice.

The cake fair promises to spoil you with choices and leave your taste buds in a limbo, as it would be Ghana's largest congregation of cake vendors and l…