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Headline News-16-1 – 2015

16-1 – 2015

GOVERNMENT OUTDOORS $200M YOUTH PROGRAMME

Government of Ghana, has in collaboration with development partners launched a $200 million national youth policy implementa¬tion plan (NYPIP).
NYPIP is to serve as a guideline to all government ministries, depart¬ments and agencies in the implemen¬tation of the National Youth Policy launched in August 2010 at Elmina in the Central Region by President John Mahama who was then Vice President under the late Prof Mills-led administration.

ECG TO ROLL OUT NEW LOAD SHEDDING TIMETABLE

Electricity consumers can expect a new load shedding timetable before the end of January 2015.

CJA: WE WON’T DEMONSTRATE TO PLEASE NPP

Pressure group, Committee for Joint Action has said it will no longer demonstrate to press home its demands because it believes the main opposition New Patriotic Party wants to take advantage of their demonstrations to hit at the government.

POLITICAL SABOTEURS’ CAUSED CENTRAL MEDICAL STORES FIRE – NDC CADRES

The United Cares’ Front (UCF) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it strongly suspects political saboteurs to be behind the fire outbreak at the Central Medical Stores in Tema.

AKUFO-ADDO CONSOLES OSU FIRE VICTIMS

The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, January 15, expressed his deepest condolences to the affected families of the January 2, 2015 Kuku-Hill fire disaster which resulted in the death of two children.

GWCL, GNFS IN BLAME GAME OVER HYDRANT AT CENTRAL MEDICAL STORES

The blame game has begun after the massive fire outbreak at the Ministry of Health’s Central Medical Stores in Tema.

KASOA RESIDENTS APPEAL FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Residents of two communities at Kasoa in the in the Awutu Senya Municipality of the Central Region have appealed to the government to build more public schools in the area to cater for their wards.

CJA COMMENDS MAHAMA FOR REDUCING FUEL PRICES

The Committee for Joint Action (CJA) has praised President John Dramani Mahama for the improvement in the management of the prices of petroleum products.

RUBY COCAINE DAZES NDC – NPP DECLARES

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has observed that the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) is dazed by the arrest and conviction of Nayele Ametefe aka, Ruby Adu Gyamfi, Ruby Appiah and Irene Tawiah, who carried 12 kilos of cocaine in her handbag to the Heathrow Airport in London on November 10 last year.

KOFORIDUA KIDS BURNT TO DEATH

Two children – Prince Alado, 8 and Mansa Alado, 7 were burnt to death while sleeping in a mud house behind the Polytechnic in Koforidua, the Eastern Regional Capital.

PRESSURE MOUNTS ON SIMNET OVER $45M CASE

As pressure mounts on SIMNET to drop its $45 million claim against the National Lottery Authority (NLA) in another judgment debt situation, Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) contributors are wondering if the GHȻ30 million already paid to SIMNET by a court order has actually been reported to the pension fund managers.

KKD NEEDS COMPASSION TO RECOVER FROM EMOTIONAL TRAUMA

Embattled entertainment icon and broadcaster, Kwasi Kyei Darkwah would need the help of the general public to overcome any psychological trauma he may be suffering and to regain his public image, Nii Teiko Tagoe, a psychologist and Life-Coach has suggested.
MORTUARY WORKERS THREATEN DEMO

The Tema General Hospital Mortuary workers are considering embarking on an industrial strike over poor conditions of service.

AKUFO-ADDO WIL WIN 2016 ELECTION – EIU FORECASTS

The December 2016 presidential election will feature the same presidential candidates from the two main parties that competed at the 2012 poll; John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) came out on top previously, but The Economist Intelligence Unit expect a reversal in 2016 with Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) forecast to win the presidency at his third attempt.

KKD NOW FREE

The Human Rights Court in Accra yesterday granted ace broadcaster Kwasi Kyei Darkwah bail on humanitarian grounds. The bail bond was set at GHȻ20,000 with two sureties to be justified.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

ECONOMY GROWS LOWEST IN 5 YEARS

The economy is in a dramatic slowdown. The Ghana Statistical Service has projected 2014 growth to fall to the 7.1 percent targeted.

OUTMUSCLED – INTEREST RATE PRESSURES BUILD ON BUSINESSES

Government’s 2015 debt plan which was announced in the central bank’s issuance calendar for the first half of the year – is set to further crowd out the private sector from the credit market, as government’s deficit financing from the domestic economy goes up by 50 percent from the 2014 figure.

GOVERNMENT TO TEAM UP WITH ORGANISED LABOUR, EMPLOYERS ON WAGE BILL NEGOTIATIONS

Government is set to team up with organized labour and employers to ensure a manageable wage bill as negotiations for 2015 minimum wage begins.

IMF to appoint new deputy managing director to handle operations

The International Monetary Fund plans to appoint a new deputy managing director who will for the first time focus on the day to day running of the global financial institution

WHO REGULATES THE BOGUS OIL AND GAS SCHOOLS?

They enrolled in their multitudes: some took loans, using family cocoa farms as collateral to pay for tuition on the back of a promise that they would be the welders, pipe-fitters, electricians and what have you when the US$850million Atuabo Gas infrastructure project began.

THIRD EDITION OF EOBS TO FOCUS ON EXPORTS

The Third Edition of the Ghana Economic Outlook and Business Strategy Conference (EOBS), will be held on January 21 in Accra, on the theme: “Diversifying Ghana’s Economy Through Sustained Export Trade.”

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY CALLS FOR BUSINESS UNITY

The Western Regional Chairman of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Issa Ouedraogo, has reiterated the need for the business community to work together in harnessing the numerous emerging business opportunities in the Region.

IMF BAILOUT PROGRAMME WILL CUSHION CEDI MORE – ANALYST

An Economic Analyst with Databank has expressed optimism that an anticipated programme from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will help cushion the Ghana Cedi against fluctuations on the currency market

GLOBAL ECONOMIC PROSPECTS TO IMPROVE THIS YEAR – WORLD BANK

Following another disappointing year in 2014, developing countries should see an uptick in growth this year, boosted in part by soft oil prices, a stronger U.S. economy, continued low global interest rates, and receding domestic headwinds in several large emerging markets, the World Bank Group has said in its Global Economic Prospects (GEP) report released last Tuesday.

MINISTER BREAKS GROUND FOR CONSTRUCTION OF LOGISTICS PARK

Mr Kweku Ricketts-Hagan, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, on Thursday broke the ground for the construction of a standard International Logistics Park on a 40-acre land in the Tema Port Free Trade Zone enclave.

BUSINESSMAN SUES GPHA OVER CONSTRUCTION OF BRIDGE

A Tema based businessman, Michael Yeboah, has dragged the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) and ACUMEN CONSTRUCTION, to a Tema High Court, praying for an order to stop the two from constructing a bridge to link a minor road in front of his house.

GOV’T DOESN’T OWE GHC1BILLION PENSION MONEY – SSNIT

The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) has denied reports that government has failed to pay contributions of public sector workers under the Tier-1 scheme

DIASPORA HEADLINES

PRESIDENT MAHAMA TO VISIT GERMANY

Ghana’s President His Excellency Mr John Dramani Mahama begins a three-day visit to Germany on Sunday, 18th of January 2015 at the invitation of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. According to a statement issued by the Ghana Embassy in Berlin signed by Her Excellency Akua Sena Dansua, His Excellency the President is schedule to meet the leadership of the Ghanaian Community in Germany, on Tuesday, 20th January 2015.

GHANA TOURISM PARTAKES IN 2015 VAKANTIEBEURS FAIR

As part of the ongoing efforts to revive and promote Ghana’s Culture, Arts and Tourism industry to the global tourism market, the sector has begun in earnest with the participation of ongoing 2015 Vakantiebeurs Tourism fair in the Dutch city of Utrecht.

DEBORAH ADDO, CEO OF INOVA MOUNT VERNON HOSPITAL HAS GHANA CONNECTION

We are on the brink of greatness here at Inova Mount Vernon, we will be a market leader” — these are the words of Deborah Addo — Chief Execute Officer (CEO) of Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria Virginia (IMVH) — during an interview with his writer.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

SOUTH AFRICA UTILITY ESKOM SAYS RESERVES EXHAUSTED, POWER OUTAGES INEVITABLE

South Africa’s power reserves are all but exhausted and rolling blackouts will be an inevitable part of life in the continent’s most advanced economy for up to three years, state-run power utility Eskom warned on Thursday.

FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY’ NON-NEGOTIABLE: HOLLANDE

PARIS – President Francois Hollande assured Muslims in France and abroad that his country respected them and their religion but would not compromise its commitment to freedom and democracy.

EX-COUP LEADER OPPOSES MADAGASCAR’S NEW PRIME MINISTER

A former president of Madagascar who plunged the Indian Ocean island into chaos after he staged a coup in 2009 on Thursday rejected the newly appointed prime minister, a military man, alleging procedural irregularities.

FIGHTING INTENSIFIES IN EASTERN UKRAINE

KIEV – Fighting escalated around the international airport in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk as pro-Russian separatists stepped up efforts to dislodge government forces and Ukraine’s military said two of its soldiers had been killed.

ISLAMIST REBELS KILL TWO POLICE OFFICERS IN NORTH SOMALIA ATTACK

BOSASSO, Somalia (Reuters) – Islamist fighters have killed at least two officers at a police post in a northern Somali town, rebels and police said on Thursday, as the militants, driven out of areas further south, make more frequent attacks in the semi-autonomous north.

REPUBLICANS STRUGGLE TO BLOCK IMMIGRATION

HERSHEY, Pa. – Republicans acknowledged that it will be difficult for the Senate pass a House of Representatives bill blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration initiatives, and vowed not to put security funding at risk in the process.

MOZAMBIQUE SWEARS IN NEW PRESIDENT, OPPOSITION STAYS AWAY

MAPUTO (Reuters) – Filipe Nyusi was sworn in as Mozambique’s new president on Thursday following his contested election victory last October, promising to modernize the economy and maintain peace in the east African state.

EBOLA OUTBREAK IN WEST AFRICA SLOWING DOWN – UN

An outbreak of Ebola that has claimed more than 8,400 lives in West Africa appears to be slowing down, though the battle to contain the disease is not over, the U.N. special envoy on Ebola said on Thursday.

PENTAGON TO DEPLOY 400 TROOPS TO TRAIN SYRIAN REBELS

The U.S. military is planning to deploy more than 400 troops to help train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State, along with hundreds of U.S. support personnel, a Pentagon spokesman told Reuters on Thursday.

BELGIUM SECURITY LEVEL RAISED

Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel says the country’s security alert level has been raised from two to three on a four-point scale, after security forces carried out about a dozen counter-terrorism raids

SPORTS HEADLINES

AFCON 2015: GHANA PLAYERS TO OBSERVE MINUTE’S SILENCE IN OPENER AGAINST SENEGAL

Ghana players will observe a minute silence when they open their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations campaign on Monday when they take on Senegal to honour a former top CAF official Slim Aloulou of Tunisia who died in his home country this week.

CAPE COAST STADIUM WILL HOST AFCON 2017 …… REX DANQUAH

Mr. Magnus Rex Danquah, member of the Ghana AFCON 2017 bid committee has said that the Cape Coast Sports Stadium will host some matches of the competition should the construction be completed ahead of time.

AFCON 2015: GOVERNMENT OF HOSTS EQUATORIAL GUINEA ACCUSED OF COVER-UP AHEAD OF KICK-OFF

The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations tournament kicks off in Equatorial Guinea tomorrow (Saturday) and critics say the government wants to use the event to make people forget about poverty and human rights violations in the country.

MIDDLESBROUGH BOSS RULES OUT WINTER SIGNINGS OVER ADOMAH

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has ruled out any possibility of signing an attacker this winter because of the array of forwards they have.

HEARTS AT KPANDO; KOTOKO FACE ADUANA STARS AS ASHGOLD WELCOME OLYMPICS

Accra Hearts of Oak and new entrants West Africa Football Academy (WAFA) will get the 2015/2016 First Capital Plus Premier League underway on Saturday, January 17, at the Kpando Park.
Hearts who are playing home away from home following disciplinary sanctions, are highly favoured to give the debutants a real baptism of fire and eventually carry the day.

REAL MADRID, CHELSEA SCOUTS TO WATCH BABA RAHMAN AT AFCON

FC Augsburg Ghanaian left fullback Abdul Rahman Baba is attracting interest from Europe’s biggest clubs.

Goal Ghana can exclusively reveal that scouts of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Chelsea will be monitoring the young left-back, who has been one of the best for Augsburg this season, at the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

KOTOKO OPEN TITLE DEFENCE AT ADUANA

Despite the apathy that has crept into the local league following the long delay, defending champions Kumasi Asante Kotoko,  will open their title defence on Sunday with a mouth-watering fixture against Aduana Stars away.

JERRY AKAMINKO MAKES PLAYING RETURN FOR ESKISERHIRSPOR

Ghana defender Jerry Akaminko played his first game for Eskiserhirspor in over six months in the friendly win over Qabala on Wednesday.

SEYCHELLES REFEREE CAMILLE TO HANDLE GHANA-SENEGAL CLASH

Seychelles match official Bernard Camille will be in charge of his second Ghana game in close to three months after being appointed to handle the Black Stars opening Group C clash at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations against Senegal on January 19.