Liz Truss has announced her resignation as prime minister.
At a press conference at No 10 Downing Street on Thursday afternoon in front of dozens of reporters, she said she came into office at a time of “great economic and international instability”.
She added: “I recognise…given the situation I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative Party.”
Truss the briefest serving PM in UK history
Liz Truss has been in office for just 45 days – the shortest tenure of any UK prime minister. The second shortest-serving PM was George Canning, who served for 119 days after dying in 1827.
Trouble began when her first Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, spooked the financial markets with his mini-budget on 23 September.
Since then, Conservative disquiet has morphed into widespread anger within the parliamentary party.
Her stepping down today follows dramatic scenes in the House of Commons last night over a vote on fracking. Calls for her to go kept growing in the hours afterwards.
Muted response on markets to resignation
There has been a muted response on the markets after Liz Truss announced she was resigning as prime minister.
The pound rose initially in the immediate aftermath of the statement before settling back at around $1.12.
Before she delivered her statement, one analyst said the markets were “watching in a kind of stunned, open-mouthed horror” at political events.
Jeremy Hunt, who recently replaced Kwasi Kwarteng as Chancellor, has confirmed he will not stand to be the next Conservative leader and UK prime minister.
Meanwhile, Labour leader Keir Starmer has demanded a general election “now” after Liz Truss announced her resignation as prime minister.
CEO Of Access Bank, His Wife, His Son And 3 Others Die In Helicopter Crash In California
A Nigerian banker, his wife, and his son are among the six people who died in a San Bernardino County helicopter crash Friday evening, as the aircraft was en route from Palm Springs to Boulder City, Nevada.
Six passengers were confirmed onboard by the FAA with early Saturday morning reports stating that “no survivors have been located.”
The Eurocopter EC 130 helicopter, with six people on board, crashed around 10 p.m. local time, east of the 15-Freeway near Nipton, which is just west of the Nevada border.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash and its circumstances.
Dr. Herbert Onyewumbu Wigwe,57, CEO of Access Bank, had professional ties to Nigeria, serving as a Board Member of Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company and a member of the Advisory Board for Friends Africa. His wife and son along with Abimbola Ogunbanjoa, a former chair of Nigerian Exchange Group, died in the crash CBS News confirmed.
The identities of the other two people on board the helicopter have not been confirmed.
Watch the National Transportation Safety Board give details on the accident in a media brief below.
Source: CBS News
Telecel Group Takes Over After Acquiring 70% Shares In Vodafone Ghana
Vodafone Group Plc has completed the transfer of its 70% majority shares in Vodafone Ghana (Ghana Telecommunications Company Limited – GTCL), to the Telecel Group after successfully obtaining all the necessary regulatory approvals, including the agreement of the Government of Ghana, as a minority shareholder.
This is the most recent major change for the Ghanaian telecommunications company since 2008 when Vodafone Group Plc purchased a controlling interest in GTCL and established Vodafone Ghana.
Telecel is an Africa-focused telecommunication company, with a brand founded in 1986, operating primarily in Africa and converging telecommunication with fintech, e-commerce, and tech startups. The completion of the agreement to acquire Vodafone Ghana by Telecel Group presents an opportunity for further innovation and continued delivery of unparalleled services to Ghanaians.
Operations of Vodafone Ghana and its three subsidiaries; National Communication Backbone Company Limited (Vodafone Wholesale), Vodafone Ghana Mobile Financial Services Limited (Vodafone Cash), and the Vodafone Ghana Foundation, will continue operations uninterrupted while embracing exciting new possibilities.
‘This acquisition is a testament to our enthusiasm and positive outlook for the Ghanaian market, which we view as a vital market with unlimited potential for digitalization and innovation in Africa. Telecel Group is eager to develop and bring forward-thinking offerings to our subscribers, enterprises, and communities in Ghana. We look forward to a transformation journey of Vodafone Ghana with the contribution and growth of its human capital.’ stated Malek Atrissi, Telecel Group’s COO.
Vodafone Ghana assures its customers and stakeholders of their unwavering commitment to continuity across all services and products. Vodafone Ghana’s CEO, Patricia Obo-Nai said: ‘We are fully committed to delivering excellence across all facets of the business and providing our customers with innovative products and services.
Dr Grace Boadu Of Grace Gift Herbal Clinic Confirmed Dead
Dr Grace Boadu of Grace Gift Herbal Clinic has been reported died.
The sad news was first published on the internet by Kessben FM on its social media platforms.
As reported, Dr Grace Boadu passed away just a few hours ago after battling a prolonged illness.
Ghanaians on the internet have taken to their various social media timelines to sympathise with the bereaved family.
The country has lost a great heroine and philanthropist. Recall that just last November, she donated Ghc10,000 to the ‘Heal Okomfo Anokye Project’ initiated by Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
“Things We Do For Love” Star, Vincent E. McCauley Reported Dead
Vincent E. McCauley, a Ghanaian actor well-known for his role in the popular 90’s television series Things We Do For Love has died.
The news of his death was confirmed by colleague actor and friend Adjetey Annang.
Popularly referred to as Max in the TV Series, the actor is said to have died on Monday, January 15, 2024.
It is immediately unknown the cause of his death.
Vincent McCauley also starred include other movies including “Games People Play”, “Fortune Island”, “Office Palava”, “Living With Trisha: House of Secrets” and “The Idiot and I”.
Since the news of his death, tributes have poured in from far and near.
Sharing the news, Adjetey Annan, who was also known as Pusher, a rival to Max in the 90’s series, Things We Do For Love wrote;
“The tight hugs, the smile, the bulging eyes, the new words…we barely have recovered from losing Marlene (‘Lois’: your cousin in the series) and another member of the #thingswedoforlove family #vincentmacauley bids farewell,💔…not what we imagined beginning a new year…what deep pain! Rivals on set “Pusher & Max” since 1999 but cool guys off set. Thank you for being a part of the family and paying your dues very well. Rest in perfect peace brother🙏 Our deepest condolences to the family.”
Other celebrities have taken to social media to express their condolences.
R.I.P to a Ghanaian screen legend
Vincent McCauley💔 pic.twitter.com/6fiS1Jnqtc
— Silverbird Cinemas Ghana (@SilverbirdGhana) January 18, 2024
Popular Waakye Seller Auntie Muni Has Died
Celebrated waakye seller Auntie Muni has passed away.
According to Asaase Radio, Auntie Muni passed away on Wednesday 3 January at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) in Accra after a short illness.
Speaking to Benjamin Offei-Addo on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Wednesday (3 January), Auntie Muni’s son Arafat said she will be buried in Tamale today.
“Mummy was sick, she was complaining of pain, so we took her to the SNNIT Hospital…., there were complications, so she asked that they discharge her.”
“When they discharged her, after two days, we realised she was still not feeling well. So we rushed her to the University of Ghana Medical Centre for medical attention and this morning at 3 am she passed away,” Arafat said.
CEO Of JAF Links Travel, Christian Juliet Marks Her 50th Birthday With A Grand Thanksgiving Service
The beautiful and powerful entrepreneur celebrated her birthday today, December 28, 2023, at the Presbyterian Church in Osu-Accra, where she was joined by her illustrious husband, three children, family, and friends.
She was seen wearing a stunning golden beaded dress with a glittering fascinator, donned with ribbon and sliver-like heels.
Other eminent personalities such actresses Joselyn Dumas, Stacy Amoateng and other distinguished personalities outside Ghana were all present to share in her milestone.
Christian Juliet’s 50th birthday was a very wonderful golden Jubilee celebration of happiness, serenity, love and success.
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Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ SHS 2003 Year Group Donates 12- Seater Flush Toilet To Alma Mater At 20 Years Anniversary Ceremony
The 2003 Year Group of Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ Senior High School on Saturday 11th November, 2023 celebrated their 20 years anniversary after completing school.
As part of the anniversary commemoration, the old students of the prestigious all female school donated a 12- seater flush toilet to one of the houses in the school named Yaa Sarponmaa House ( House 8)
Talking to the media present, the president of the association Ms. Erica Edem Senayah, divulged that her Year group was motivated to donate a lavatory in a quest to enhance proper hygiene and sanitary conditions in the school. She says this is the first time any of the year groups from Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ Senior High School has embarked on a comprehensive infrastructure project.
Dr Louise Carol Serwaa Donkor , National Coordinator for The National Alternative Employment and Livelihood Programme , a former school prefect and member of the 2003 year group also launched ‘The Girls Leadership Academy ‘ an initiative designed by her to groom students within the school for prominent leadership roles.
The three day anniversary ceremony commenced from Friday 10th November with a mentorship session to Sunday 12th November ,2023 climaxing it with a Thanksgiving Service at Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ SHS assembly Hall.
Watch Photos from the event below:
Mobile Web Ghana’s Africa Digital Skills Conference 2023 Records Outstanding Participation
Mobile Web Ghana, in collaboration with Ghana Dot Com and Keap, is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the fourth annual Africa Digital Skills Conference 2023, its most impactful to date.
The event, which took place online from November 7th to November 9th, 2023, saw an unprecedented increase in active participation across the African continent.
This year’s conference had a total of 7,162 session attendees, which is more than double the previous year’s figure of 2,997.
Attendees at the sessions came from 53 different countries, demonstrating the continent’s growing digital synergy and interest. The conference was led by 40 trainers, each of whom provided unique insights and knowledge in a variety of emerging and highly relevant digital fields.
Key digital skills such as data analysis, graphic design, digital marketing, social media marketing, programming, and product development were among the digital skills taught.
These essential digital skills are the foundation of the modern digital economy, and this will enable the youth to positively contribute to the continent’s growth story.
“We are thrilled by the high participation in this year’s Africa Digital Skills Conference,” said Florence Toffa, director of Mobile Web Ghana. This overwhelmingly positive response attests to changing digital needs and quantifies the value of this conference to Africa’s expanding digital ecosystem.”
The fourth annual conference’s success demonstrates Mobile Web Ghana and its partners’ unwavering commitment to promoting digital empowerment among African youths.
It also highlights the potential for digital learning platforms to scale their impact and equip African youth with the skills they need to navigate and thrive in the digital economy.
The Africa Digital Skills Conference 2023 further confirms the advancement and potential of digital learning in Africa, and the organisers eagerly anticipate the fifth edition next year.
About MobileWeb Ghana
Mobile Web Ghana is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting digital literacy and entrepreneurship among Africa’s youth. Their influential training, partnerships, and events help to shape Africa’s expanding digital economy.
Apateim Methodist Basic School Receives Learning Materials From The Shidaa Foundation
The Shidaa Foundation led by Canada-based Ghanaian entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mr. Roland Akwensivie has donated learning materials to Apateim Methodist Basic School in the Nzema East Municipal in the Western region.
On Tuesday, November 7, 2023, the foundation donated an electric wheelchair, reading books, pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, binders, colored pencils and crayons, calculators, mathematical sets, and school bags.
In an interview with Wyse Brain of Wyse Promotions, Mr Roland Akwensivie disclosed the reasons why he chose Apateim for this particular donation.
“Apateim was identified as an area with a significant need for educational support. This was based on factors such as economic conditions, access to educational resources, and the number of underserved children in the community. The foundation identified Apateim as an area where the donations would have the most impact”, he said.
He also appealed to the general public to support the Shidaa Foundation.
“The Shidaa Foundation welcomes support from individuals and organizations to help advance its mission of empowering underserved youth and improving education. Contributions can take various forms including donations, in-kind donations, volunteering, partnerships, advocacy, sponsorship, and community engagement”, he added.
The mission of The Shidaa Foundation is to advance education and empower underserved youth to reach their full potential. The foundation is dedicated to providing educational support, resources, and opportunities to children in need, ensuring that they have the tools to succeed in their academic journeys.
The vision of The Shidaa Foundation is to create a brighter future by making education accessible and igniting hope in underserved communities. The foundation aspires to touch the lives of as many children as possible, kindling their love for learning and providing them with the necessary tools to succeed. It envisions a world where education is a transformative force, breaking down barriers and empowering youth to realize their dreams.
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