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News Headlines …January 15 2015

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President Mahama desolves Transit Company Board.

Board of Metro Mass Transit company has been dissolved by President Mahama in a released issued by the Chief of Staff, Mr Prosper Biney. Both the Managing Director and the Deputy Managing Director have also been asked to step aside – TV3 Network.
NHIA’S STORMY WEATHER FINALLY SETTLES DOWN

After going through stormy weather for a while, the National Health Insurance Scheme seems to be gradually swimming to safety. It has been registering hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country as members of the scheme.

NDC GROUP MOUNTS PRESSURE ON NADMO COORDINATOR TO RESIGN

Pressure is mounting on the Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to resign his position as National Coordinator of National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO).
The call, which was first made by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Tema East, Titus Glover, is been backed by a group calling itself Concerned Branch Executives of National Democratic Congress.

GOAT GUINEA FOWL SEND MAN TO GRAVE

A 47-year-old driver was stabbed to death during a scuffle over a stolen goat and a guinea fowl at Adenta Sakora, near Accra.

KOFI ANNAN CALLS FOR PEACEFUL POLLS IN NIGERIA

In the presence of Kofi Annan, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, former President General Muhammadu Buhari and nine other presidential candidates yesterday adopted an inter-party agreement on non-violence and the acceptance of the results of the upcoming elections on February 14 and 28 2015.

WE SHALL DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY FROM GOVERNMENT — KWABENA AGYEPONG

The General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwabena Agyepong, has assured Ghanaians that the party will ensure that there is transparency and accountability in the financial management of the country

14 –YEAR-OLDS IN FAMILY PLANNING

Health officials at Pokrom in the Akuapem South District of the Eastern Region have now resorted to family planning methods as the panacea to controlling the rising trend of teenage pregnancy among girls aged between 14 to 16 years in the farming community.

CONTINUOUS ABUSE OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS WORRYING

The Volta Regional Director of the Department of Gender, Ms Lena Alai, has decried the continuous abuse of the rights of women and children despite relentless campaigns to address the problem

FOUR ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING GH¢102,207 ; BELONGING TO NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COUNCIL

Four persons, including two officials of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana (NMCG), have been arrested for allegedly stealing GH¢102,207 from the account of the council.

STUDENTS CAUGHT CHEATING IN EXAM WITH WHATSAPP, 56 SANCTIONED

Results of the licensing examination of 56 nursing trainees of the Holy Family Nursing and Midwifery Training College in Berekum in the Brong Ahafo have been cancelled.
This is because the students were found to have cheated in the examination hall using the whatsapp platform on their phones during the examination.

OUR LEADERS ARE BECOMING “IRRESPONSIBLE” – ALLOTEY JACOBS

Central Regional Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Allotey Jacobs, has lambasted the leadership of state institutions in the country for being “irresponsible” and has decried the tendency to read politics into every national issue.

NDC DESPERATELY RUNNING FROM SHADOWS OF NAYELE COKE SCANDAL – NPP

The main opposition New Patriotic Party has accused the governing National Democratic Congress of desperately seeking to absolve itself from complicity in the 12-kg Nayele cocaine saga which broke late last year.

GOVT’S INDEBTEDNESS TO SSNIT NEARS ¢1BILLION; WORKERS CRY FOR RETIREMENT BENEFITS

Government has defaulted in the payment of nearly one billion Ghana cedis to the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) Joy News can confirm.

“I’M NOT AN NPP MEMBER” – CASELY-HAYFORD

A leading member of pressure group #OccupyGhana, Sydney Casely-Hayford has dismissed rumours that he owes political allegiance to the main opposition New Patriotic Party.

IT SADDENS ME TO HEAR PEOPLE SAY TOR WORKERS WERE PAID FOR NO WORK DONE

The Public Affairs Manager of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), Aba Lokko has denied claims that workers were paid for not working when operations were halted at the refinery.

FARMERS CALL FOR MILITARY HELP TO STEM COCOA SMUGGLING

The Volta Regional branch of the Cocoa, Coffee and Sheanut Farmers Association has called for the deployment of a military task force to check the smuggling of cocoa from the region to Togo.

SITE OF GUTTED CENTRAL MEDICAL STORES DECLARED HEALTH HAZARD

The site of fire ravaged Central Medical Stores is now a dangerous health hazard, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned.

ANTWI-DANSO LAUDS GOV’T FOR NATIONAL SANITATION DAY

Dr Vladimir Antwi-Danso, Executive Director of the Centre for Local Governance Advocacy (CLGA), has lauded government for instituting the National Sanitation Day as part of efforts to encourage Ghanaians to clean their environs.

GHANA LOSES GHȻ237M IN MEDICAL STORES DISASTER

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that an estimated amount of over GHȻ237 million worth of items were destroyed by the ravaging fire at the Tema Central Medical Stores

MAHAMA CANNOT OWE A SUBJECT — WAYOE

The President of the Republic of Ghana, who is the supreme leader and the first gentleman of the state, can never be said to owe a subject under his rule, Lawyer George Tetteh Wayoe has declared

BUSINESS HEADLINES

SAMSUNG APPROACHES BLACKBERRY ABOUT BUYOUT

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd recently approached BlackBerry Ltd about buying the smartphone maker for as much as $7.5 billion in a play for its patent portfolio, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents seen by Reuters

DIGITAL MIGRATION: FINANCING HURDLE CLEARED …BUT COUNTRY TO MISS DEADLINE

The Chinese government has approved and signed the long-awaited loan facility agreement with the government of Ghana, paving the way for Ghana to complete its national digital terrestrial transmission project, B&FT has gathered

GLOBAL ECONOMIC PROSPECTS TO IMPROVE IN 2015

The World Bank Group’s Global Economic Prospects report says global economic prospects would improve in 2015, but divergent trends pose downside risks?

KANTANKA TO BEGIN COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION OF VEHICLES

After years of innovations, experiments and exhibitions, the Great Kosa Automobile Company Limited is set to begin commercial production of vehicles in Ghana.

FIX MESSY MECHANISED PAYROLL’

IMANI GHANA has called on government, its development partners and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to fix government’s messy mechanised payroll before starting the IMF bailout programme.

TAMALE AIRPORT READY BY SEPTEMBER

The Tamale Airport is expected to be completed by September 2015 for operation as a second international airport in the country.

NEW AIRLINE TO PROPEL ECONOMY

Contrary to earlier view expressed by civil society groups against Ghana’s planned acquisition of another National Airline, some experts in the industry have hailed the development, adding that a national carrier is long overdue.

NIC RULES OUT SANCTIONS AGAINST CMS OVER INSURANCE COVER

The National Insurance Commission (NIC) has ruled out any sanction against the Central Medical Stores (CMS) for failing to insure its warehouse which was ravaged by fire on Wednesday, 13th January, 2015.

APIREDE UNVEILS COMMUNITY BUSINESS MODE

Nana Saforo Okoampah III, the chief of Apirede in the Akuapem North Municipal Assembly in the Eastern Region, has unveiled his plans for his people which he described as sustainable entrepreneurial skills development training in tourism and hospitality services.

THE 2014 THIRD QUARTER GDP GROWS BY 5.1%

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the third quarter of 2014 stood at 5.1 per cent year-on-year compared to revised GDP of 4.6 per cent in the same period.

GHANA ECONOMIC OUTLOOK AND BUSINESS STRATEGY CONFERENCE LAUNCHED

Africa Business Media, publishers of Ghana Business and Finance Magazine, in collaboration with the Private Enterprises Federation, has launched the third edition of the Ghana Economic Outlook and Business Strategy conference.

INFLATION RATE ENDS 2014 AT 17 PER CENT

The year-on-year inflation rate closed 2014 at 17 per cent in December unchanged from the same level recorded in November.

FINANCIAL SERVICES TAX CONSULTATIONS NOT EXHAUSTIVE

Business Finder can authoritatively say that stakeholder consultations over the implementation of the financial services tax were not exhaustive enough as its reintroduction appears not to be catching on well.

STARBOW TO RESUME FLIGHTS TO TAMALE

Local airline Starbow has hinted to Citi Business News it will resume flight operations to Tamale in February, 2015 after its takes delivery of two new aircrafts this month.

WE WILL NOT SELL STAKE IN MMT & STC – GOV’T

Government has ruled out any move to sell its shares in Metro Mass Transport Limited (MMT) and Inter-City STC. The assertion follows calls for government to cede its shares if the two are to run efficiently. The two over the years have faced some level of operational and financial challenges.

BEIGE CAPITAL IS A SAFER OPTION TO INVEST YOUR FUNDS- MICHAEL NYINAKU

The Chief Executive Officer of Beige Capital, Mr. Michael Nyinaku has assured entrepreneurs and individuals interested in doing business with the savings and loans sector to consider Beige Capital as safe option to invest funds.

COURT BATTLES WON’T AFFECT OUR IMAGE – SEC BOSS

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has dismissed reports that the accusations of bias against it in the mandatory takeover of HFC bank by Republic Bank would tarnish its image and negatively impact the Ghana Stock Exchange.

GHANA’S ECONOMY PROBABLY GREW 4.2 PCT IN 2014: STATS OFFICE

ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana’s economy probably grew 4.2 percent in 2014, its statistics office estimated on Wednesday, slowing sharply from previous years as it felt the impact of falling commodities prices and a fiscal crisis.
The country enjoyed growth rates of around 8 percent for years on exports of gold, cocoa and oil, making it a magnet for investors who also liked its political stability, but its reliance on commodities has made it more vulnerable recently as global commodity prices fell.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

MADAGASCAR NAMES MILITARY MAN AS PRIME MINISTER

Madagascar’s president appointed a serving air commodore as prime minister Wednesday, two days after the government of the Indian Ocean island nation resigned over criticism of its handling of recurring power outages.

OBAMA, CAMERON VOW TO STAND FIRM AGAINST ISLAMIST EXTREMISTS

(Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed a united front on Wednesday against the threat posed by Islamist extremists and their “distorted ideology.”

SENEGAL BANS CHARLIE HEBDO AND LIBERATION DAILY

The Senegalese government banned the dissemination of Wednesday’s editions of the satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo and the French daily Liberation, both of which put a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on their front pages.

ITALY’S PRESIDENT TO LEAVE OFFICE

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has announced his retirement in a resignation letter, officials say.

NIGERIAN TROOPS REPEL ISLAMIST MILITANT ATTACK ON TOWN OF BIU

MAIDUGURI (Reuters) – Nigerian security forces repelled an attack by Islamist rebels on the northeastern town of Biu on Wednesday, killing several of the insurgents, witnesses and the military said.

AL-QAEDA IN YEMEN CLAIMS CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACK

A top leader of Yemen’s al-Qaeda branch has claimed responsibility for last week’s attack on Paris satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo when two masked gunmen killed 12 people, including much of the weekly’s editorial staff and two police officers.

LIBYA TALKS START IN GENEVA, UN AIMS FOR UNITY GOVERNMENT DEAL

GENEVA (Reuters) – U.N.-sponsored talks in Geneva between rival Libyan factions aim to reach a political settlement to form a unity government that a majority of Libyans can support, U.N. Special Envoy for Libya Bernadino Leon said on Wednesday, and he hoped armed factions would observe a cease-fire to support the process.

U.S. SECRET SERVICE DUMPING SENIOR OFFICIALS AFTER SECURITY LAPSES

(Reuters) – The U.S. Secret Service will remove four senior officials while another has opted to retire, the latest shake-up after a series of security lapses at the agency charged with protecting the president, an agency official said on Wednesday.

EBOLA DISRUPTION COULD SPARK FRESH FOOD CRISIS

As Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone battle the deadly Ebola virus outbreak and the world mobilizes to contain it, high food prices have been reported as farmers abandon their fields in the affected countries.

SPORTS HEADLINES

DAVID DUNCAN UNPERTURBED BY GREAT OLYMPICS THREAT

Ex-Black Starlets Coach David Duncan is unperturbed by Great Olympics’ threat to report him to the Ghana FA Status Committee, stating that there is no contract binding him to the club.

PROSPER KASIM UNDERGOES MEDICAL AND STARTS TRAINING WITH IFK GOTHENBURG

Inter Allies striker Prosper Kasim is undergoing a medical at IFK Gothenburg in Sweden ahead of his imminent move to the Allsvenskan club in April this year,DailySoccerGhana.com can exclusively confirm.

PLB BOSS REVEALS PURCHASE OF NEW STATISTICS SOFTWARE FOR PREMIER LEAGUE

Premier League Board Chairman, Welbeck Abra Appiah has revealed that the Ghana FA has procured a new software that will keep records of all the statistics in the 2014/2015 domestic top flight.

PUMA SIGNS NEW CONTRACT WITH GFA AHEAD OF AFCON 2015

PUMA today announced an extension of its partnership with the Ghana Football Association (GFA).The new contract sees PUMA continue as the technical supplier and official partner to the GFA for a further long term, during which PUMA will continue to supply playing kits, training apparel and equipment to all associated Ghana National Football Teams.

HEARTS AND OLYMPICS TO BE AFFECTED AS NSA FREEZES USAGE OF ACCRA STADIUM PITCH

Hearts of Oak and Great Olympics must start looking for a new venue to host their home games in the Ghana Premier League as the National Sports Authority has resolved to freeze the usage of the Accra Stadium pitch, DailySoccerGhana.comsources have revealed.

GNPC DENIES DOUBLING BLACK STARS AFCON BONUS

Headline sponsor of the Black Stars, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation has denied doubling the team’s Africa Cup of Nations winning bonus

WILFRIED BONY SEALS £25M MANCHESTER CITY MOVE

Wilfried Bony has completed his big-money move from Swansea to Premier League champions Manchester City.

TT BROTHERS TO SUPPORT DISABILITY SPORTS

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TT Brothers, Mr Isaac Tetteh, has promised to donate to the RichOff Disability Sports and Educational Foundation

BBC Headlines
FBI ‘foils plot to attack US Capitol’
The FBI has arrested an Ohio man for allegedly planning to bomb the US capitol in an Islamic State-inspired attack, according to court documents.

Free climbers reach El Capitan peak
Two US climbers – who spent more than two weeks scaling El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without climbing tools – reach the 3,000ft (914m) summit.

Colombia ‘ready for ceasefire talks’
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says his government is for the first time prepared to begin talks on a bilateral ceasefire with Farc rebels.

Inactivity ‘kills more than obesity’
A lack of exercise could be killing twice as many people as obesity in Europe, a 12-year study of more than 300,000 people suggests.

Sport
Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 Burnley
Tottenham Hotspur fight back from 2-0 down to beat Burnley and reach the FA Cup fourth round.

Mayweather & Pacquiao fight closer
Talks over a long-awaited fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have moved “in a positive direction”, agent says.

Fletcher could exit Man United
Scotland international Darren Fletcher may leave Manchester United in January, with West Brom reported to be interested.

………Mr Larry…………..

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