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Headline News- February 11 2015

Source:Mr. Larry
Wednesday 11-2- 2015

MAHAMA NOMINATES 4 NEW DCEs

President John Mahama has nominated four new District Chief Executives (DCEs), according to a statement signed and issued by Local Government Minister Julius Debrah on Tuesday.

PRINTING MACHINES OF DVLA BREAK DOWN

Some of the printing machines of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), have broken down causing the delay in the issuance of new driver’s licences since the middle of 2014.

PARLIAMENT TO INVESTIGATE SWISS ACCOUNTS OF GHANAIANS

The Finance Committee of Parliament says it will investigate reports that some wealthy Ghanaians have stashed more than $89 million in a bank in Switzerland.

PRESIDENT NOT IN BREACH OF CONSTITUTION- SPEAKER

The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, on Tuesday said President John Dramani Mahama had not breached the Constitution as he had not appointed more than the constitutionally mandated 19 ministers to his Cabinet.

TWO ‘GANGSTERS’ ARRESTED AT KNUST

Two gangsters suspected to be members of a syndicate which has been terrorizing residents, especially, students within the KNUST community in Kumasi have been arrested.

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AGENCY BILL PASSED

A bill to give legal effect to the establishment of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) was passed into law by parliament yesterday.

MOSQUITO GIRL COAT SHAMEFUL –SAYS NPP

The Minority New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Parliament has questioned the sense of dressing of the General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, in the international arena which it claims had caused a lot of embarrassment to the country.

AHANTA DCE SACKED

Information reaching Daily Guide indicates that some supporters of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Ahanta West constituency of the Western Region are not happy with President John Dramani Mahama’s decision to remove the District Chief Executive (DCE), Joseph Dofonyena from office.

BLACK STARS POCKET $2M

Each member of the Black stars left the seat of government, the Flagstaff House yesterday, US$25,000 richer.

POWER: WE’LL PAY MORE IF…

Mining companies in the country have said they are prepared to pay more than what they currently pay for electricity provided the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) will exclude them from load shedding.

WAVES OF DEMO TO HIT GOVERNMENT

The country is set to witness waves of demonstrations to protest the erratic power supply, popularly called ‘Dumsor’, and the worsening economic situation.

ASOGLI STATE BEGINS FASTING AND PRAYERS FOR DEVELOPMENT

The Chiefs and citizens of the Asogli State on Monday began a week’s fasting and prayers to seek God’s intervention for the socio-economic development of the Volta Region, especially Ho, the regional capital.

SIM BOX FRAUD: DR. TWENEBOAH STILL IN CUSTODY; FAIL

Former President of the Ghana Real Estate Developers Association (GREDA), Dr. Alexander Tweneboah is still in police custody, a day after he was granted bail because he is unable to meet the bail conditions.

OCCUPYGHANA WANTS TO KNOW 2015 INTERCONNECT CLEARING HOUSE – DO WE NEED IT?

OccupyGhana (OG) has been following the assertions from various stakeholders on the issues concerning the establishment in Ghana of an Interconnect Clearing House (“ICH”).

ALLOW COUNCIL OF STATE TO WITHER AWAY, IT IS UNNECESSARY – K.B. ASANTE

Retired Diplomat K.B Asante says the existence of the council of state is not “very necessary”.
The statesman who was speaking on Kumasi based Kapital radio opined that the Council of state had become a “ceremonial institution”.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GOVERNMENT, IMF TALK OIL PRICE FALL

Government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are now locked in discussions on government’s response to the fall in crude oil prices, as bailout talks progresses.

HFC CONFIRMS FEBRUARY 17 DATE TO REMOVE THREE DIRECTORS

HFC Bank has finally confirmed that an Extra Ordinary General Meeting will be held on February 17, 2015 to remove three directors from its board.

GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO IMPROVING BUSINESS CLIMATE

Dr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah, the Minister of Trade and Industry has reiterated government’s commitment to improving the Ghanaian business climate and economy through the promotion of investment and private sector development.

SEC PUSHES FOR LOCAL CASH

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) says public institutions should be made to raise at least 20 percent of their capital requirement on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) through the issuance of corporate bonds, as the country looks to retain some of the high interest paid to investors.

US EMBASSY, GNA SCHOOLS YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS

The US Embassy is collaborating with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) to create and develop a lasting network of young entrepreneurs to become change agents in the country.

ECOWAS AND WORLD BANK TO HOLD SECOND TRIPARTITE MEETING

The World Bank Group, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) on Tuesday, begun a two-day Tripartite Meeting in Accra to deliberate on issues pertinent to the socio-economic development of the ECOWAS Sub-region.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

US TO WITHDRAW TROOPS FROM EBOLA MISSION IN WEST AFRICA

The US military plans to pull out most troops from West Africa that had been deployed to help stem the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, the Pentagon said Tuesday, ending a five-month mission.

UN PULLS SUPPORT TO DR CONGO OPERATION

he United Nations is temporarily pulling support to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s planned military operation to drive out rebels after Kinshasa refused to sack two tainted generals leading the offensive, a UN official said Tuesday.

NEW VIOLENCE IN UKRAINE DIMINISHES HOPES BEFORE FOUR-WAY SUMMIT

Rockets killed more than 10 civilians and soldiers deep in Ukrainian government-held territory on Tuesday and rebels pushed on with an assault on an army-held rail junction, setbacks that showed Kiev’s position worsening on the eve of peace talks.

AHEAD OF ELECTION, CAMERON CALLS ON BUSINESSES TO BOOST WORKER PAY

Businesses must share the rewards of Britain’s economic recovery by boosting pay, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday, as they in return called for an early referendum on membership of the European Union to help reduce damaging uncertainty.

AMERICAN HOSTAGE MUELLER’S FAMILY,
U.S. GOVERNMENT SAY SHE IS DEAD

U.S. aid worker Kayla Mueller, held hostage by Islamic State militants for 18 months, is dead, her family said on Tuesday, but the circumstances were unclear and President Barack Obama vowed to hunt down the culprits.

EXCLUSIVE – PRIVATE EQUITY FIRMS TARGET TELECITY IN POSSIBLE 2.2 BILLION POUND DEAL :SOURCES

British data centre provider Telecity is being circled by private equity funds, sources familiar with the matter said, amid an increase in takeover interest in the FTSE 250 company since the departure of its chief executive in October.

AUSTRALIAN ANTI-TERROR POLICE SAY IMMINENT ISIS-LINKED ATTACK THWARTED

Australian counter-terrorism police said on Wednesday they had thwarted an imminent attack linked to Islamic State after arresting two men in Sydney and seizing knives, a video and a flag associated with the militant group.

UNITED STATES CLOSES ITS EMBASSY IN CONFLICT-HIT YEMEN

The United States is closing its embassy in Yemen, the Arabian peninsula state that is a front line in Washington’s war against al Qaeda, embassy employees and U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

SKY PAYS RECORD 4.2 BILLION POUNDS FOR TOP PREMIER LEAGUE RIGHTS, BT TAKES THE REST

Pay-TV group Sky has agreed to pay 4.2 billion pounds to show 126 live English Premier League matches a season from 2016 to 2019, pressured by fierce rival BT to smash analysts’ forecasts and secure the best games.

GREEK PM EASILY WINS CONFIDENCE VOTE, EU SHOWDOWN LOOMS

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras comfortably won a confidence vote on his plan to cancel a deeply unpopular bailout programme and challenge European leaders as both sides prepare for a showdown at meetings in Brussels this week.

FINANCE CHIEFS VOW ACTION TO BOLSTER GROWTH AT G20 MEET, GREECE WEIGHS

Finance officials from the Group of 20 leading economies sketched an uncertain outlook for global growth on Tuesday and vowed to use monetary and fiscal policy if needed to stem any risk of stagnation.

FOREIGN FIGHTERS STILL FLOWING TO SYRIA, U.S. INTELLIGENCE SAYS

The number of foreign fighters travelling to join the Islamic State or rival militant groups in Syria is continuing to grow, a senior U.S. counterterrorism official will tell a congressional hearing on Wednesday.

SPORTS HEADLINES

GHANA DEFENDER RASHID SUMAILA POWERS AL QADSIA TO NEXT ROUND OF ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Ghana defender Rashid Sumaila, was again influential as Kuwaiti side Al Qadsia recorded a narrow 1-0 victory against Al Wihdat in the Asian Champions league.

MULTI-MILLION BONUSES: IVORIAN PLAYERS TO GET HOUSES WORTH $52 000

Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara has splashed out over €3 million ($3.4m) in bonuses to reward the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations winners, the Sports Ministry announced on Tuesday.

ESPERANCE ANNOUNCE ‘EXIT SOLUTION’ SALE OF EMMANUEL CLOTTEY TO ASANTE KOTOKO

Tunisian side Esperance Sportive de Tunis has confirmed selling Ghana striker Emmanuel Clottey to Asante Kotoko.

THAI PREMIER LEAGUE SIDE NAKHON RATCHASIMA UNVEIL GHANA STRIKER DOMINIC ADIYIAH

Thai Premier League Nakhon Ratchasima has unveiled Ghana striker Dominic Adiyiah after the former AC Milan penned a lucrative contract. Adiyiah, who was 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup top scorer and Most Valuable Player, had earlier denied his move to Asia.

HEARTS FAN AZIZ FUTAH WANTS TO MOBILIZE FUNDS FROM FANS TO PAY OFF MAJORITY SHAREHOLDER TOGBE AFEDE XIV

A leading Hearts of Oak fan Abdul Aziz Haruna Futah is ready to lead a movement which will see supporters of the club pay off current owner and board chairman Togbe Afede XIV.

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