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HEADLINE NEWS – NPP DEMO IN ACCRA (FEBRUARY 18 2015)

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The largest opposition party in Ghana, the NPP are mobilizing for a large demonstration in the capital , Accra today. The demonstrators will be led by Nana Addo, the flagbearer of the party.

WE NEED STRONG BONDS BETWEEN PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTORS –PRESIDENT

President John Mahama has called for a strong engagement between the public and private sectors to address the negative effects that the ongoing load-shedding exercise is having on local businesses and industries.

LORDINA CALLS FOR QUALITY HEALTHCARE DELIVERY

Mrs Lordina Mahama, the First Lady said she recognizes the importance of health to the social and economic well being of the people of Ghana as they contributes significantly towards the health needs of the people.

PRESIDENT MAHAMA TO OBSERVE GAMBIA’S 50th ANNIVERSARY

President John Dramani Mahama will join the Government and People of The Gambia to observe the 50th Independence anniversary celebration today.

DISTRICT LEVEL ELECTIONS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN PRESIDENTIAL – EC

Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), on Tuesday said district level elections were more important than presidential and parliamentary elections and urged women to participate fully in the impending elections.

ESRESO TIMPON YOUTH ATTACK POLICE STATION

Irate youth of Esreso Timpon in the Nyinahin District in the Ashanti Region last Sunday attacked the local police station and burnt down part of the facility.

MAHAMA MUST BE A MAN AND RESIGN – URSULA OWUSU

“If they can’t fix our problems they should do the honourable thing and get out so that those who can fix the problems will come and fix it.”

STATEMENT : IGNORE THE NPP: THEYARE OPPORTUNISTS – PPP

The New Patriotic Party has decided to demonstrate against the current power crisis tomorrow [today]. Indeed while it is their right to embark on such a venture, I am of no doubt it is a deceptive action. What they are doing is to engage in electioneering campaign under the pretext of a demonstration.

CABINET RECONSTITUTED

The President, Mr John Dramani Mahama, has reconstructed his Cabinet. In an official communication to Parliament, the President has replaced the Minister of Water Resources Works and Housing with the Minister of Power on the list of ministers who constitute the cabinet.

KUMASI TRADERS SLAP KOJO BONSU

Business activities at the Kejetia Bus Terminal in Kumasi on Tuesday morning came to a standstill when traders at the place openly displayed their fury over attempts by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to relocate them for rehabilitation works to take place.

ECG TO CUT POWER TO RIDGE HOSPITAL

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Accra West Region, has threatened to disconnect Ridge Hospital over GHȻ333,664.18 debt.

ALLEGATIONS ARE FALSE, MALICIOUS – SHC MD

The embattled Managing Director (MD) of the Stare Housing Company (SHC) has broken his silence for the first time describing as malicious, baseless and unfounded allegations of financial impropriety and maladministration leveled against him.

ECOWAS MINISTERS TO DELIBERATE ON PERSONS WITHOUT NATIONALITIES

The Government of Cote d’Ivoire and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) would jointly host the first Ministerial Conference on Statelessness in West Africa from February 23 to 25, in Cote d’Ivoire.

CHINA GRANTS FREE ENTRY TO GHANAIAN DIPLOMATIC /SERVICE PASSPORT HOLDERS

The People’s Republic of China on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ghana to grant free entry visas to Ghanaian diplomatic and service passport holders.

ILLEGAL FOREIGN GOLD BUYERS FLEECING GHANA – PMMC

It is estimated that foreign traders in gold who have illegally invaded mining communities and are buying gold directly from small-scale miners as well as exporting the gold themselves are fleecing the country of hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

NPP, AKUFO-ADDO READY FOR DEMO TODAY

All is set for the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to lead frustrated Ghanaians to hit the streets of Accra today, to protest the hardships foisted on the people by the Mahama-led National Democratic Congress administration.

NPP MPS ARE NOT IN BED WITH NDC

The Minority leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has rejected claims that they are in bed with government.

LECTURERS IN SHORT SUPPLY IN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES

All the major public universities in the country are now reeling under the shortage of teaching staff as they compete for a shrinking pool of young talent, at a time when policy makers have tightened qualification requirements into the teaching field.

3 OFFICIALS DISMISSED OVER ROT AT MASLOC

Three officials of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) have been dismissed for the various roles they played in the GHȻ1 million fraud at the centre.

COLLINS DAUDA SACKED FROM CABINET

The Minister for Water Resources Works and Housing, Collins Dauda, has been dropped from the cabinet and has been replaced by the new Minister of Power, Dr Kwabena Donkor.

2 CHOP GHȻ506,000 AT BIBIANI ASSEMBLY

Two officials of the Bibiani District Assembly in the Western region have been arrested by the police for allegedly embezzling an amount of GHȻ506,000 belonging to the assembly within the period of two.

ENERGY MINISTRY BLOWS $2M ON LUXURY CARS

The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum (MoE) spent $1,745,159 (GHȻ5,584,508 at the current exchange rate) on 38 luxury vehicles when there was no budgetary provision for the purchases.

UNEASY CALM AT BUI DAM

The current national energy crisis is likely to be worsened following threats by employees of the Bui Power Authority (BPA) – operators of the Bui hydroelectric dam – to demonstrate against the management of the company.

MEDIA COMMISSION MULLS REGULATIONS ON DISTRICT LEVEL ELECTION COVERAGE

The National Media Commission says it is considering regulatory measures to address the low media coverage of the district assembly elections.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

CHINESE GOVERNMENT GIVES 17 BUSES TO GHANA

The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Ms Sun Baohong on Tuesday presented 17 ZhongTong buses to the Ministry of Transport for onward distribution to state institutions which need them.

DELAY IN IMF DEAL A MAJOR WORRY

Government’s delay in reaching a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on an economic programme has the potential to cause irreversible damage to the economy, an economist has warned.

NEW KOTOKA AIRPORT TERMINAL TO BEGIN MARCH

The Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) is to begin construction of a third terminal, to be known as Terminal Three, at the Kotoka International Airport by March 2015, BFT sources have said.

POWER CRISIS : COCA COLA , CADBURY , OTHERS TO SACK WORKERS

Some workers of Coca Cola, Mantrac, Cadbury Ghana, Fan milk and other companies are expected to lose their jobs as the energy crisis deepens, Starrfmonline reported Tuesday

CHINESE FIRMS SUES GOVT OVER DIGITAL MIGRATION CONTRACT

Chinese firm, StarTimes, has dragged the Communication Ministry to court over what it has described as unlawful termination of its contract.

GHANA ACCRUES $281 MILLIONIN FIRST HALF OF 2014 FROM OIL

Ghana received in excess of 281 million dollars as total proceeds from liftings from crude oil for the second half of 2014.

NPA CONSIDERS HEDGING PETROLEUM PRODUCTS FROM MARCH

The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) is planning to hedge petroleum product imports for local consumption, subject to approval by the Finance Ministry.

POULTRY PRODUCTS DEALERS DISPLEASED WITH POOR PACKAGING OF LOCAL BIRDS

Wholesalers and retailers of local poultry products in the country are refusing to purchase chicken products from Ghana Broiler Revitalisation Project (GHABROP).
Their refusal is as a result of what they described as “poor packaging, branding and consistency”

KFC,AFRIKIKO CHARGED FOR NON-PAYMENT OF TOURISM LEVY

Food Services Company, KFC and Recreation Centre, Afrikiko both in Accra have been have been charged for non-payment of the Tourism Development Levy, over two years since its inception.

ACTIS LAUNCHES $1.9BN PAN-AFRICAN RENEWABLE ENERGY PLATFORM

Actis, the global pan-emerging market private equity firm, today announced the launch of a pan-African renewable energy generation platform, Lekela Power. Actis is investing alongside Mainstream Renewable Power, the global wind and solar developer, which will own the other 40% of the platform.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

Explosions, gunfire hit opposition rally in southern Nigeria

Five explosions and a burst of gunfire hit an opposition rally in the town of Okrika in southern Nigeria’s oil producing Rivers state on Tuesday, wounding several people, witness and the governor of the state said

Record flow of migrants likely this year: EU border chief

A record number of migrants look set to flow into Europe this year, with human traffickers becoming increasingly aggressive as they take advantage of chaos in Africa and the Middle East, the EU borders chief said.

Africa must talk to teens about sex to avert new AIDS crisis: TRFN

Foundation) – The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa will explode again unless parents and teachers start talking to teenagers about sex, experts warned on Tuesday.

EU patience frays as Greek PM refuses ‘blackmail’

A war of words between Greece and EU paymaster Germany escalated on Tuesday with Athens’ new leftist prime minister rejecting what he called “blackmail” to extend an international bailout and vowing to rush through laws to reverse labour reforms.

Putin tells Kiev to let troops surrender as Ukraine ceasefire unravels

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Kiev to let its soldiers surrender to pro-Russian rebels, who spurned a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and fought their way on Tuesday into the town of Debaltseve, encircling thousands of government troops.

Executives say Conservative election win better for business – poll

British company executives would overwhelmingly prefer Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives to win a national election on May 7, according to a poll published on Tuesday.

Bin Laden told of al Qaeda suspect’s plot in ‘chilling’ letter: U.S. prosecutor

A U.S. prosecutor told jurors at the terrorism trial of accused al Qaeda operative Abid Naseer that his plan to bomb a shopping centre in England in 2009 was described in a “chilling” letter recovered during the military raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Warplane strikes at western Libyan town Zintan

A war plane carried out air strikes on a western Libyan town allied with the internationally recognised government on Tuesday, in what officials charged was an attack by the rival government controlling Tripoli.

Syria willing to suspend Aleppo air strikes for six weeks

The Syrian government is willing to suspend its aerial bombardment and artillery shelling of the northern city of Aleppo so that a local ceasefire can be tested, the United Nations mediator on Syria said on Tuesday.

SPORTS HEADLINES

KUJO FIANO ADMITS ADANSIMAN DERBY WITH EDUBIASE WILL BE TOUGH

Chief executive officer of Ashanti Gold football club Kujo Fiano, admits they face a colossal task when they travel away to New Edubiase this weekend.

RICHARD ATTOH – OKINE APPOINTED PATRON OF GHANA BOXING AUTHORITY

Richard Attoh -Okine has been appointed a Patron of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA). According to Patrick Johnson, Secretary General of the GBA, the decision was taken at the executive board meeting on January 20, 2015 in Accra.

HAILE GEBRSELASSIE TO LAUNCH MILLENNIUM MARATHON IN GHANA

Ethiopian Marathon legend Haile Gebrselassie is expected in Ghana on March 10th, 2015 to launch the first ever international marathon in Ghana.

SPORTS MINISTER COMMENDS GHANA CRICKET ASSOCIATION IN FUNDS RAISING

The Minister of Youth & Sports Hon. Mahama Ayariga has commended the Ghana Cricket Association for finding its own funds for its programmes and activities and not solely relying on the government for support.

RASHID SUMILA MISSES OUT ON ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGE SLOT WITH AL QADISA

Rashid Sumaila and his Kuwaiti side Qadsia SC missed out on qualification to the Asian Champions League Group stage after conceding in extra-time to lose 2-1 to Saudi side Al Ahli on Tuesday.

GOOOAL! GIDEON BAAH SCORES FOR HELSINGIN JALKAPALLOKLUBI IN LEAGUE CUP

Ghana international Gideon Baah made a crucial impact in a league game for his Finish side Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi.

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