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20-1-2015

CNN: Shiite Houthi rebels have overtaken Yemen’s presidential palace, the country’s minister of information told CNN.

The Prime Minister’s residence was also under attack, said Information Minister Nadia Sakkaf.

She called the situation “the completion of a coup,” adding that “the President has no control.”

Fighting was earlier reported around the presidential palace in the capital, Sanaa. Heavy clashes Monday between government forces and Houthis — Shiite Muslims who have long felt marginalized in the majority Sunni Muslim country — ended in a ceasefire.

Source…Mr Larry

WAEC TO DESTROY CERTIFICATES IN ITS CUSTODY FOR OVER 10YRS

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says it will at the end of this month begin destroying certificates of private candidates that have not been collected for over 10 years.

YOU’RE NOT A DEBT COLLECTOR – ACEP TELLS POWER MINISTER

Power Minister Dr Kwabena Donkor was not appointed into his new Ministry to go on a debt collection spree, energy think tank African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) has said.

ECG CONSTRUCTS NEW WAREHOUSE AT BOADI

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is putting up a new warehouse at Boadi, near Kumasi, to serve its Ashanti Regional offices.

BLAME HUMAN ‘VULTURES’ FOR GHOST NAMES NOT CONTROLLER – PROF GYAN BAFFOUR

A former Deputy Minister for Finance under the Kufuor administration, Professor Gyan Baffour has come to the defense of the Controller and Accountant General (CAGD) over the ghost names in the public payroll system.

AMOATENG INTRODUCED NAYELE TO DRUG BUSINESS –TWUM BOAFO REVEALS

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Freezones Board (GFZB), Kojo Twum Boafo, has given an interesting dimension to the Cocaine Angel’s case, accusing ex-Member of Parliament (MP) for Nkoranza North, Eric Amoateng, an ex-drug convict, as the one who introduced Ruby Adu-Gyamfi aka Nayele Ametefe into the illegal cocaine trade.

NAPO: MAHAMA IS KING OF ALL ‘DUMSOR’ PRESIDENTS

President John Mahama’s Government has had the longest tenure of erratic power supply, locally referred to as ‘dumsor,’ Manhyia MP of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh has asserted.

IRATE YOUTH VANDALISES PAKYI CHIEF’S PALACE

Disgruntled youth of Pakyi No 2 in the Atwima Kwanwoma District last Saturday went on rampage and vandalised the chief’s palace.

MERKEL SUPPORTS MULTINATIONAL FORCE

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has welcomed the proposal by ECOWAS for the establishment of a regional force to fight Boko Haram, saying the European Union (EU) will be ready to contribute funds to support the operation.

MORE ‘WAHALA’ FOR CONSUMERS

The power situation in the country is not expected to improve any time soon, following the continued reduction in the water level of the Akosombo Dam and inconsistent supply of gas from Nigeria.

FUGITIVE RIDER ARRESTED IN NIGERIA

A dispatch rider who allegedly bolted with GH?120,000 belonging to his employee to start a business in Nigeria is now in the custody of the Cantonments Police.

MAN, 55, BOY, 4, BURNT TO DEATH

A 55-year-old man was in the early hours of yesterday (Monday) burnt to death in a lotto kiosk which also served as his place of abode at Ashaiman.

ODIKE ARRESTED THREATENS TO SUE

The 2012 Presidential Candidate of the United Front Party (UFP), Akwasi Addai, popularly called Odike, was yesterday arrested by operatives of the Police Criminal Investigation Department, CID headquarters.

MAHAMA TAKES DUMSOR TO GERMANY

President John Dramani Mahama is pleading with the German government to help in resolving the problem of blackouts Ghana has been experiencing for the past two-and-half years.

TEMA FIRE SHOCKER

It has been established that the fire that gutted the Central Medical Stores in Tema could have been avoided if officials in charge had implemented fire protection strategies recommended by an expert.

INSURANCE SAGA: GIA FIGHTS MOH

The Ghana Insurance Association (GIA) has challenged the Ministry of Health (MoH) to produce evidence to the effect that private insurers declined insuring the ministry’s assets when they were approached to do same.

GHANA’S VOTERS’ REGISTER IS CREDIBLE – EC

Ghana’s voters’ register is neither bloated nor over bloated, it is statistically very credible and reliable for the conduct of any national and local elections, the Electoral Commission (EC) has said.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

MASLOC GIVES LOANS TO KPANDO TRADERS

The Chief Executive Officer of Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), Mrs Sedina Tamakloe Attionu, has disbursed a total of GH¢73,800.00 as loans to traders at Kpando in the Volta Region to expand their business.

SIC MD FORCED TO STEP ASIDE; REPLACED BY DEPUTY MD

The Deputy Managing Director of the State Insurance Company (SIC) in charge of Technical, Kwei Mensah Ashidam, is now the acting boss of the insurance firm.

SSNIT HALTS PLANS TO REMOVE HFC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Plans by Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) to remove some directors on the board of HFC Bank have been halted.

RICKETS HAGAN DEFENDS TAX BREAKS

Deputy trade and Industry Minister, Kweku Ricketts Hagan has said tax breaks and other incentives that government extends to multinationals are meant to drive foreign direct investment into the country, and that they help develop the country in the long run.

CEDI STAGGERS AGAINST MAJOR CURRENCIES

The local currency registered its biggest weekly loss against the Swiss Franc as the move by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) to remove a cap in place since 2011 led to the Franc soaring globally.

TULLOW AWAITS APPROVAL FOR EXTRA WELLS AT JUBILEE

Government is yet to give approval for Tullow Oil to drill additional infill wells at the Jubilee oil field, which is meant to boost oil production.

‘COMMODITY EXCHANGE WILL COME ALIVE THIS YEAR’

Work on the proposed Ghana Commodity Exchange, designed to provide ready market for grains and cereal producers, has resumed after two years idling on the shelf, the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Kweku Ricketts-Hagan, has assured.

AFRICA WORLD INTRODUCES NIGHT FLIGHTS TO KUMASI

Africa World Airlines (AWA) would, on Friday, January 23, launch two daily night flights from Accra to Kumasi.

GHANA CEDI REMAINS ROBUST

The Ghana cedi is expected to remain robust against the major international trading currencies, in the wake of the country’s readiness to sigh a three programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) by the end of February this year.

ESOKO CALLS FOR MODERNIZATION OF GHANA’S AGRICULTURE

Esoko, a private company that provides information and communication services to farmers, has called for the modernization of Ghana’s agricultural sector to make it more vibrant and productive.

GRA PREPARES TO IMPROVE TAX COLLECTION

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) is optimistic of improving revenue collection with the introduction of new measures and innovative applications it has developed as part of its modernization and revenue collection enhancement strategy.

DECEMBER INFLATION REMAINS FLAT

Ghana’s annual inflation was unchanged at 17.0 percent in December, underlining the fiscal problems that have prompted the government to engage in talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on a financial assistance programme.

BANKS RIP-OFF CUSTOMERS

Commercial banks in the country are charging their customers more than 1000 percent of the GH?1.50 they pay to the clearing house, the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems Limited (GhIPSS), for express cheque clearing services.

IMPORTERS RESIST CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT

Importers in Ghana are set for a legal showdown with the Ghana Standard Authority (GSA) over the proposed implementation of the Ghana Conformity Assessment Programme (G-CAP).

WITHDRAWAL OF SUBVENTION AMOUNTS TO SHIRKING RESPONSIBILITY

The plan to withdraw government’s subvention from some state agencies beginning this year has attracted mixed reactions from some civil society organizations

DIASPORA HEADLINES

FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER CONGRATULATES PEOPLE OF GHANA FOR ELIMINATING GUINEA WORM DISEASE

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and The Carter Center congratulate Ghana on being certified by the World Health Organization this week as having eliminated Guinea worm (Dracunculus medinensis), a water-borne parasitic disease poised to be the second human disease in history to be eradicated.

MAHAMA AND NDC HAVE FAILED GHANAIANS – NPP-USA PUBLIC SURVEY

In October last year NPP-USA conducted a survey that sought to find what Ghanaians all over the world viewed as the most critical characteristics of their leader.

CHARLIE HEBDO: GHANA’S FRENCH EMBASSY ON HIGH TERROR ALERT

The French Embassy in Ghana is on high alert as throngs of Muslims around the world hold protests against the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad by the French satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo

ASHISH THAKKAR, SARA YEBOAH, CNN PICK AFRICA YOUTH AWARDS

The Africa Youth Awards, an annual award scheme to recognise the hard work of young Africans is pleased to announce the deserved honourees of its first edition.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

IMF SLASHES 2015-2016 WORLD GROWTH FORECAST

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday sharply cut its 2015-2016 world growth forecast of only six months ago, saying lower oil prices did not offset pervasive weaknesses around the globe.

ZAMBIANS VOTE IN SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Zambia goes to the polls Tuesday in a tightly contested race to elect a president after a ruling party power struggle following the death of Michael Sata in office last year.

UN SECURITY COUNCIL BACKS AFRICA FORCE TO FIGHT BOKO HARAM

The UN Security Council urged central African countries on Monday to step up plans for a multinational force to fight Boko Haram, in its first overall response to the threat posed by the Nigerian jihadists.

FOUR DEAD AS ANTI-KABILA DEMO QUASHED IN DR CONGO
At least four people, including two policemen, were killed in Kinshasa on Monday, the government said, after security forces clashed with thousands protesting moves to allow President Joseph Kabila to extend his hold on power.

POPE ANNOUNCES FIRST AFRICAN TRIP

Pope Francis announced Monday he will make his first visit to Africa later this year with stops in Uganda and the restive Central African Republic.

GUINEA’S CONDE URGES IMF TO CANCEL DEBT TO SPEED EBOLA RECOVERY

Guinean President Alpha Conde, whose country was among the worst hit by the deadly Ebola outbreak, on Monday urged the International Monetary Fund to cancel the nation’s debts to help in its recovery.

SPORTS HEADLINES

AFCON 2015: BLACK STARS SUFFER 2-1 LOSS TO SENEGAL

Ghana opened their campaign in Group C of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations with a 2-1 defeat as the Black Stars failed to tame the Teranga Lions at the Stade Municipal Mongomo on Monday.

MOHAMMED GARGO: “AVRAM GRANT’S 3-5-2 CAUSED GHANA’S DEFEAT”

Retired Black Stars defender Mohammed Gargo has blamed Avram Grant’s new 3-5-2 system for Ghana’s 2-1 defeat to Senegal in the opening AFCON 2015 Group C encounter in Mongomo on Monday.

JOHN ANTWI HANDED 4-GAME BAN AND $800 FINE BY EGYPT FA

Ghana’s Ismaily striker John Antwi has been handed a four-match suspension and a fine of $800 for unsporting behavior.

NSA CLEARS OLYMPICS TO HOST LIONS AT ACCRA STADIUM ON WEDNESDAY

The National Sports Authority to allow Great Olympics to use the Accra Sports Stadium pitch for the Ghana Premier League match-day two fixture against Heart of Lions on Wednesday.

AFCON 2015: ALGERIA THUMP SOUTH AFRICA 3-1

Algeria came from a goal down to beat South Africa 3-1 in a 2015 African Cup of Nations encounter at the Estadio de Mongomo in Equatorial Guinea on Monday evening.

KOTOKO SET TO APPOINT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Asante Kotoko is preparing to appoint a Technical Director for Head Coach Masud Dramani ahead of the Porcupine Warriors’ CAF Champions League campaign next month, DailySoccerGhana.com sources have revealed.

GHANA CYCLING TEAM PREPARE FOR SOUTH AFRICA CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Ghana Cycling Federation will honor this year’s Africa cycling championships to be staged in the city of Pittsburgh-South Africa in February.
According to a Press Release sent by Dennis Moore PRO of the Ghana Cycling Federation, the event will be an assemble of the huge cluster of African pedalists to fight for honors and pride in the sport.

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