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English Catholic teachers vote in favour of strike action

Toronto·NewEnglish Catholic teachers vote in favour of strike actionMembers of the union that represents teachers in Ontario’s publicly funded English Catholic schools from kindergarten to Grade 12 have voted in favour of authorizing a strike action.OECTA not yet in legal strike positionThe Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association announced Wednesday that 97.1 per cent of its members voted in favour of a strike. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)Members of the union that represents teachers in Ontario's publicly funded English Catholic schools from kindergarten to Grade 12 have voted in favour of authorizing a strike action. The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) announced Wednesday that 97.1 per cent of its members voted in favour of a strike. "The message we have sent to the government is loud and clear: Catholic teachers will not accept any agreement that would be detrimental to learning and working conditions in our schools," said OECT..

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‘Possible fatality’ as pregnant woman, child hit by GO train in Kitchener

Kitchener-Waterloo·Updated'Possible fatality' as pregnant woman, child hit by GO train in KitchenerPolice are investigating after a Go Train hit two people Wednesday afternoon in Kitchener.Injured woman, child airlifted to Hamilton hospitalsWaterloo Regional Police investigate Thursday afternoon after pedestrians were hit by a GO Train. (Carmen Groleau/CBC)Two people were injured in downtown Kitchener Wednesday after being hit by a GO train. Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aitkens confirmed to CBC News that a pregnant woman and her child were struck just outside the Kitchener GO Station near Lancaster Street West and Victoria Street North. Both have been airlifted to Hamilton. Ornge ambulance spokesperson Joshua McNamara told CBC a female patient in her 30's was being transported to Hamilton General Hospital with life threatening injuries, and a pediatric patient was being sent to McMaster University Medical Centre. Ornge said it will not be releasing an age or g..

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2020 Budget: Works On Cathedral Begins In March 2020

Construction work on the National Cathedral at Ridge in Accra is set to begin in March 2020. Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, announced this while presenting the 2020 Budget and Economic Policy in Parliament on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. He noted that procurement processes to select a contractor are expected to conclude by the end of 2019. “The Board of Trustees and the Secretariat have been established, and preparatory works for the construction of the Cathedral have begun,” Mr Ofori-Atta stressed. The Finance Minister said the interdenominational National Cathedral is to help unify the Christian community as a place of worship and promote the national conversation on the role of faith in building Ghana. “With the participation of various churches in the administration of the Cathedral, collective ownership of the project by the churches is envisioned,” Mr Ofori-Atta added. ---Myjoyonline.com

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2020 Budget: Gov’t To Invest In National Tech Centre

The Finance Minister has said Government plans to develop the country’s technological capability by investing in a national technological centre. The new technology initiative, which was announced at the presentation of the 2020 budget by Ken Ofori Atta in Parliament Wednesday, will be called the Ghana Design and Manufacturing Centre (GDMC). The centre will be the prime exhibition for “excellence in design, manufacturing and technology commercialisation,” the Minister said. GDMC will also facilitate the incubation of new technological industries and serve as a resource for national research institutions and private industry. According to the Finance Minister, investing in science and technology is the way forward to push for industrialisation and improve the country’s technological capabilities. The government’s plan for GDMC is said to potentially help achieve the government’s ultimate goal to compete globally with countries whose technological capabilities are advanced and devel..

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2020 Budget: GH¢12.2bn Spent On Policy Interventions In 3years — Ofori-Atta

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has said the Akufo-Addo led government has for the past three years in power spent more than GH¢12 billion on implementing key social intervention policies that have brought relief to Ghanaians. Mr. Ofori-Atta presenting the 2020 budget statement in Parliament said the amount includes spending on Free Senior High School, Planting for Food and Jobs among other policy initiatives. He argued that these initiatives have contributed to “putting monies in the pockets” of Ghanaians. According to him, from 2017 to date, these interventions by Government have put at least GH¢ 12.2 billion in the pockets of Ghanaians. Specifically, Free SHS has saved parents a total of GH¢1.8 billion with the last three years and that is money in their pockets; Planting for Food and Jobs has saved farmers a total of GHc844 million over the last three years for subsidized fertilizer and this is money in their pockets; A total of GH¢ 357 million have been put into the pockets ..

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Gov’t Grabs US$250m World Bank Cash For National Development Bank In 2020

The National Development Bank is expected to commence operations next year to provide access to cheaper and long-term funding to some key companies operating in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors. The Finance Minister delivering the 2020 budget statement to Parliament said the government is set to complete discussions with the World Bank and other development partners to capitalize the bank in 2020 for it to commerce operations. “We have secured US$250 million from the World Bank as initial capitalization to kick-start the operations of the NDB and an interim board was set-up. In view of the high level of interest generated, other donors such as DFID, KFW, AfDB are expected to provide additional capitalization for the Bank once it becomes operational in 2020.” “The National Development Bank as envisioned will refinance credit to industry and agriculture as a wholesale bank, and also provide guarantee instruments to encourage universal banks to lend to these specific sectors o..

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2020 Budget: Gov’t Has Failed To Properly Account For Oil Revenues — Seth Terkper

Former Finance Minister, Seth Terkper says government has failed to properly account for oil revenue generated since it came to power. Speaking on the 2020 Budget Statement and Economic Policy that was presented to Parliament Wednesday, he stated that the Finance Minister only presented figures on oil revenue to the public but did not tell Ghanaians what the monies were used for. “As we speak oil revenue is bringing in 4 billion. I think we should be confidently talking about what the oil revenue was used to do," Mr Terkper said on The Pulse with Daniel Dadzie. The Former Finance Minister stated that oil revenue generated now has not been properly used, stating that the government has failed to ensure proper investment with the money. He also compared the erstwhile John Mahama-led government to the current government and stated that although the Mahama government had one terminal during his tenure, oil revenue generated was used for developmental projects in the country. According..

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December Referendum: Prof Ahwoi Disagree With Afari Gyan On Partisan MMDCEs

There is no factual, reasonable basis for the proposal to elect members of district assemblies on a partisan lines. Professor Kwamena Ahwoi who has authored variously on Ghana’s decentralization system, says a referendum seeking to amend the constitution to allow political parties to sponsor candidates in assembly elections is completely unnecessary. The former Local Government Minister told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show host Daniel Dadzie the proposed referendum was founded on deliberate misinformation and confusion. A referendum is scheduled for December 17 to amend Article 55(3) of the constitution which bars political parties from sponsoring candidates for election to the district assemblies. The election at that level is completely non-partisan but the referendum is seeking to eliminate this constitutional bar. A member of the constituent assembly that put together the constitution with the provision, and former Chairman of Ghana’s elections governing body, the Electoral Commi..

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