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Headline News February 12 2015

BE PATIENT WITH MAHAMA OVER DUMSOR – KUFUOR’S ’ SON

Edward Kufuor, son of former President John Agyekum Kufuor has asked Ghanaians to be patient with the Mahama administration over the erratic power situation in the country.

ALLEGED GAY SAVED BY NIMA POLICE

There was heavy police presence at New Town, Abavana Down and Mamobi, all suburbs of Accra, yesterday following an attack on a man accused of engaging in homosexuality.

WE DDON’T KNOW WHO AIRLIFTED SUPPORTERS TO EQUATORIAL GUINEA – AYARIGA

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mahama Ayariga has revealed that government has no idea which individual or company airlifted some Black Stars supporters from Ghana to Equatorial Guinea for the just ended African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

GOVERNMENT BLOWS GHȻ18.5 ON STARS, SUPPORTERS CHOP $6M

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mahama Ayariga yesterday announced to Parliament that the government spent a total of $4,774,519 and GHȻ3,242,580 (amounting to GHȻ18.5m) on the Black Stars during the just-ended Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Equatorial Guinea, raising concerns from the Minority that the money spent was not subjected to parliamentary approval.

ONE YEAR ON, SUWEIBA PURSUES ‘DEAD BABY’

It’s been a year since 36 year old madam Suweiba gave birth at the Komfo Anokye Hospital and she is yet to know the whereabouts of the body of the baby officials say was stillborn.

LET’S ALL JOIN HANDS TO FIGHT FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION—HON GRACE ADDO APPEALS

The Member of Parliament for the Manso-Nkwanta constituency, Hon Grace Addo has called for a concerted effort from all stakeholders to wage a frantic war against the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the country.

MINORITY DEMANDS YEA FUNDING SOURCE

The Minority in Parliament has charged the government to reveal its source of funding to sustain the newly passed Youth Employment Agency Bill.

POLICE HOSPITAL ASSURES PATIENTS OF QUALITY SERVICE DESPITE CRITICISMS

The Police Hospital says it still remains one of the country’s best health care delivery centres despite recent criticisms from users of the facility.

POLICE RESCUE CHILDREN LOCKED UP BY PARENTS FOR 3 YEARS

The Kotobabi Police in Accra Wednesday rescued five children allegedly locked indoors by their parents for the past three years.

COURT STOPS ODIKE

An Accra Fast Track High Court has granted an order restraining Akwasi Addai, popularly called Odike from interfering in the affairs of the United Front Party (UFP) – the party which standard bearer he was in the 2012 general elections.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

PRESIDENT MAHAMA MEETS ECONOMIC ADVISORS ON IMF BAILOUT DEAL

President John Mahama on Wednesday met the Presidential Advisory Group on the Economy (PAGE) to review the ongoing negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

JANUARY INFLATION SLOWS PRICE FALLS

Ghana’s annual consumer inflation slowed to 16.4 percent in January, from 17.0 percent the month before due to stable food prices and a fall in oil prices, the statistics office said on Wednesday.

GHANA COCOA MAIN CROP PURCHASES DOWN 23.9%

Cocoa purchases declared to Ghana’s industry regulator reached 494,960 tonnes by Jan. 29 since the start of the main crop, down 23.9 percent from Jan. 30 last year, industry regulator Cocobod said on Tuesday.

AMA EXCEEDS REVENUE TARGET-MAYOR

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), exceeded its revenue target by four million Ghana cedis, in 2014.

The Assembly budgeted for 26 million Ghana cedis and collected 30 million Ghana cedis through an intensive revenue mobilization drive to generate more funds to expand the scope of its development projects.

INFRASTRUCTURE FUND BOSS PRIORTITISES ENERGY SECTOR

The chairman of the newly inaugurated Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIlF) Ato Ahwoi has earmarked the deteriorating energy sector as one of their immediate task they intend to tackle in a bid to raise funds to streamline and augment it.

ENERGY COMMISSION TO BAN UNCERTIFIED ELECTRICIANS

The Energy Commission from February 25,2015 would ban electricians without wiring certificate from the Commission. It is part of measures to regulate the operations of electrical engineers to uphold professional standards and protect life and property.

INFRASTRUCTURE BOARD ONLY A BORROWING MACHINE; NOT A SOLUTION TO GHANA’S CRISIS

The newly inaugurated Ghana Infrastructure and Investment Board (GIIB) is not the panacea to Government’s sinking infrastructure development.

PRESIDENT MAHAMA INAUGURATES GHANA EXIM BANK TASKFORCE

President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday stated that the establishment of a Ghana Export and Import Bank (EXIM) would move the country from import dependent to a large scale exporter.

BUDGET FUNDING TO DELAY

Ghana’s budget execution is set to delay as major sources of funding are held up, awaiting finalization of a programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which is now slated for the end of March this year.

JOBS IN DANGER

The outlook for industry this year seems gloomy as the woes of businesses continue to deepen by the day.

DECLINING CRUDE PRICES HITS TULLOW OIL PROFITS

Oil exploration firms are now feeling the heat from the declining crude oil price, as they release their financial results for last year.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

OBASANJO DUMPS JONATHAN FOR BUHARI

President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign has suffered its most dire setback yet as his protégé in the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), General Olusegun Obasanjo (rtd), has publicly dumped him for Maj Gen Muhamadu Buhari (rtd) of the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC).

‘DRASTIC DECLINE’ IN MEDIA FREEDOM WORLDWIDE

Media freedom suffered a “drastic decline” worldwide last year in part because of extremist groups such as Islamic State and Boko Haram, the watchdog group Reporters Without Borders said in its annual evaluation released Thursday.

EGYPT COURT BEGINS RETRIAL OF JAZEERA JOURNALISTS

An Egyptian court is to begin a retrial of Al-Jazeera journalists Thursday, including a Canadian awaiting deportation, after an appeals court said their initial trial failed to show Muslim Brotherhood links.

EBOLA CASES ON THE RISE FOR SECOND WEEK: WHO

The number of new Ebola cases in west Africa rose for the second week running after a previous fall, including a “sharp increase” in Guinea, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

LEADERS HOLD UKRAINE PEACE TALKS AS FIGHTING SURGES

The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine held peace talks in Belarus deep into the night, while in Ukraine pro-Moscow separatists tightened the pressure on Kiev by launching some of the war’s worst fighting.

GREECE ,EURO ZONE FAIL TO AGREE ON DEBT, TO TRY AGAIN ON MONDAY

Greece’s new leftist government and its international creditors failed to agree on a way forward on the country’s unpopular bailout and will try again on Monday, with time running out for a financing deal.

THOUSANDS PROTEST AGAINST HOUTHI RULE IN YEMEN AFTER EMBASSIES CLOSE

Yemenis in the capital Sanaa and the central city of Taiz held the largest protests yet against a takeover by a Shi’ite Muslim militia group on Wednesday after the United States, Britain and France shut their embassies over security fears.

BANK OF ENGLAND TO PLAY DOWN DEFLATION FEAR WITH NEW FORECASTS

Bank of England chief Mark Carney will probably say on Thursday that British inflation will soon go negative, but the scale of its predicted bounce back might make investors rethink how long interest rates will stay at a record low.

UK may follow U.S. lead if pursues HSBC over tax Wed, Feb 11 (Reuters) – British authorities may follow a trail set by their U.S. counterparts in investigating allegations that HSBC’s Swiss private bank helped its customers dodge taxes, lawyers say.

SCOTS NATIONALISTS SAY WANT END TO AUSTERITY AS PRICE FOR UK POWER SUPPORT

The Scottish
National Party said on Wednesday it would demand an end to austerity and billions of pounds in more British government spending if the opposition Labour Party needed its support to govern after a UK-wide national election on May 7.

COSTACONCORDIA CAPTAIN SENTENCED TO 16 YEARS FOR 2012 SHIPWRECK

The former captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Wednesday for his role in the 2012 shipwreck, which killed 32 people off the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio.

EU LEADERS TO URGE STRICTER BORDER CHECKS IN COUNTER-TERROR DRIVE

European Union leaders are set to call on Thursday for stricter checks on travellers entering the passport-free Schengen area and increased information-sharing as part of a revamped counter-terrorism strategy following the Paris attacks.

OBAMA ASKS CONGRESS TO AUTHORISE U.S WAR ON ISLAMIC STATE

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday sent Congress his long-awaited formal request to authorise military force against Islamic State, meeting swift resistance from Republicans as well as his fellow Democrats wary of another war in the Middle East.

INSIGHT -SHIFTING GOAL POSTS ON EMPLOYMENT MAY SIGNAL SLOWER FED RATE HIKES

Officials at the Federal Reserve are debating a historic shift in one of its core economic gauges that could lead the central bank to move even more slowly than now thought once it lifts its rates from rock bottom levels.

SPORTS HEADLINES

GHANA MIDFIELDER RABIU MOHAMMED HAILS INCONCEIVABLE TEAM SPIRIT IN GHANA’S CAMP DURING AFCON

Ghana midfielder Rabiu Mohammed, took to micro-blogging website instagram to credit Black Stars team unity and spirit in the just ended Africa cup of nation’s tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

FIAMENYO’S ABSENCE WAS DUE TO ILLNESS-HEARTS COACH HERBERT ADDO

Hearts of Oak Coach Herbert Addo, has revealed his in-form striker Gilbert Fiamenyo, missed the 2-1 defeat to New Edubiase due to illness.

ASHGOLD CRUISE ON AS HEARTS & KOTOKO FALL

Soccer miners, AshantiGold fc extended their lead on the First Capital Plus Premier League (FCPPL) table to five clear points after beating local rivals and defending champions Asante Kotoko 2-1 at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium on Wednesday.

RESULTS AT GLANCE AFTER WEEK SEVEN;

AshantiGold 2-1 Asante Kotoko

Medeama SC 3-2 Great Olympics

Berekum Chelsea 4-2 Bechem United

Hearts of Oak 1-2 New Edubiase

WAFA 2-0 Liberty Professionals

All Stars 0-1 Hearts of Lions

B.A United 1-0 Hasaacas

Inter Allies 2-0 Aduana Stars

……………… Mr Larry……………..

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