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PURC annouces new tariffs

PURC New Tarrifs

PURC New Tarrifs

PURC annouces new tariffs: water to go up by 52%, electricity 78.9%
The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC)has announced a 52 percent increment in water and 78.9 percent increment in electricity tariffs effective October 1.

This announcement comes after the service providers made a strong case for an increment.

The three main power companies in the country, the Volta River Authority (VRA) Ghana Grid Company and the Electricity Company of Ghana (GRIDCO) have been asking for 150% tariff increment to help them run efficiently but the regulator after consultation with stakeholders reached this consensus.

PURC hopes the tariff adjustments will assist the utility service providers to undertake critical investment to ensure the availability of adequate and reliable water and electricity supply.

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Bill Gates: Control-Alt-Delete was a mistake

By Doug Gross , CNN September 26, 2013

Microsoft president Bill Gates demonstrates Microsoft's Windows 95 program from his automobile prior to a press conference in Paris in September 1994.
(CNN) — If you pressed Control-Alt-Delete to log on before reading this, Bill Gates says he’s sorry.
The Microsoft founder says the triple-key login should have been made easier, à la Apple’s Macs, but that a designer insisted on the more complicated step.
“We could have had a single button. But the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t want to give us our single button,” Gates said Saturday during to launch a Harvard a question-and-answer session University fund-raising campaign. His comments have gained attention since a video of his Harvard Q&A was posted on YouTube on Tuesday.
Smiling, Gates tried to follow through on the thought, noting it was a basic security feature. But he eventually surrendered to common sense.

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We’ll reduce youth unemployment drastically – Mahama

General News of Friday, 27 September 2013 Source: Daily Graphic
John Mahama UN
President John Dramani Mahama yesterday declared the government’s determination to deal with the challenge
of youth unemployment in the country.
One of the programmes being rolled out by the government to tackle unemployment, he said, was the creation of
the Youth Jobs and Enterprise Development Fund to provide young people with entrepreneurial skills and access
to funds to establish businesses or expand existing ones.
Addressing the 68th United Nations (UN)General Assembly in New York, President Mahama said either
establishing or expanding existing businesses, more new employment opportunities would be created by the youth
and for the youth.

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No pay for illegal strikers — Employment Minister

General News of Friday, 27 September 2013 Source: Daily Graphic

The Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Nii Armah Ashietey, has cautioned workers who stage
illegal strikes to stop the practice, else they would have to forfeit their salaries for the period that they do not
work.
Mr Ashietey gave the warning at a symposium held in Tema to mark the 20th anniversary of the Textile, Garment
and Leather Employees’ Union (TGLEU) .
The theme for the celebration was: “Salvaging Ghana’s Economy: The role of Trade Unions”
He quoted the Labour Act to support his statement.

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