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Headlines March 2 2014

Alhaji Antiaye Tetteh ,COMMISSIONS ICT CENTRE

Alhaji Antiaye Tetteh, the Chief Executive of the Kpone-Katamanso District Assembly (KKDA) has commissioned a Community Information Computer Technology (ICT) centre for the Oyibi electoral area.

RECRUITMENT SCAM ATTRACTS HUNDREDS TO SIX POLICE DEPOTS

Hundreds of young men and women who turned up at five police training depots last Saturday for enlistment into the Ghana Police Service left disappointed.

ELECTION 2016 WON’T SCUPPER IMF PROGRAMME – Terkper

Finance Minister Seth Terkper has played down fears that the government’s expenditure in 2016, which is an election year, will dislodge its economic stability programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

EC MUST ANSWER FOR POSTPONEMENT OF DISTRICT LEVEL ELECTIONS – ODURO-OSAE

The Dean of Graduate Studies of the Institute of Local Government Studies, Dr Eric Oduro-Osae, says the Electoral Commission (EC) must be held responsible for violating a constitutional provision, resulting in the Supreme Court ruling that the commission halt the district level elections.

CLEAN CORRUPTION IMAGE AT FLAGSTAFF HOUSING – AKUFOADDO CHARGES MAHAMA

The Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo has expressed his disappointment that Presidency is now seen as one of the most corrupt institutions, according to an Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) survey.

I’M NOT IN RACE TO BECOME CAMPAIGN MANAGER

Mr Daniel Kweku Botwe , a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has said he is not in any race to become the campaign manager for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the party’s flag bearer for the 2016 elections.

BAWUMIA PUNCHES MAHAMA

Vice Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has questioned President John Mahama’s analogy in which the latter likened to the struggling Ghanaian Economy to the senior national soccer team, the Black Stars.

DEMO HITS NDC CHAIRMAN

There are deep cracks in the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Ashanti Region, which as a result, is jeopardizing the party’s much-talked-about one million votes target in the area in the 2016 presidential elections.

CHARGE EC FOR FINANCIAL LOSS – MARKIN

Alex Afenyo – MArkin , the lawyer who got the Supreme Court to cancel the March 3, 2015 District Assembly Elections, has accused the Electoral Commission (EC) of willfully causing financial loss to the State and challenged the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to open investigations into the commission’s conduct and prosecute anyone found culpable.

COURT ORDERS KROBO CHIEFS, YOUTH TO POSTPONE DEMONSTRATION AGAINST EC

Monday March 2, 2015, Odumase-Krobo: A Koforidua High Court has barred the Chiefs and people of Manya Krobo from going on their planned demonstration on Tuesday March 3, 2015 against the Electoral Commission.

FITCH, IMF DISAGREE OVER GHANA’S FISCAL CONSOLIDATION

Credit ratings agency, Fitch has casts doubt over some targets expected to be achieved in the three-year International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout programme for Ghana.

IMF BAILOUT IMPOSES MORE HARDSHIPS

Supplementary measures approved by Cabinet to make adjustment to the 2015 budget due to the dramatic decline in crude oil prices as well as the introduction of new taxes announced by President John Dramani Mahama in the State of the Nation Address have dire consequences for the cost of living in the country.

DRASTIC CUTS IN PUBLIC SPENDING ANNOUNCED

Government has announced a freeze on funding for new projects and loans, and drastic cuts in expenditure and travels by public officials as part of efforts to restrain public spending in the wake of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout of the economy.

RAWLINGS’ ASSOCIATE EXPOSES DR OBED ASAMOAH

The controversy surrounding the feud between former President Jerry John Rawlings and the late Vice-president Kow Arkensen Arkaah is refusing to die as one of Mr Rawlings’ close associates,, Mrs Valerie Sackey, Yao Asmaoah , a former Attorney General, in his new book entitled ‘The Political History of Ghana (1950-2013)’.

MAHAMA’S BROTHER WANTS TERKPER OUT?

The John Dramani Mahama-led administration which is in tatters is further being allegedly suffocated by his close blood relations.

SHOULD COUPLES HAVE JOINT BANK ACCOUNTS?

One of the trends today, especially when shoring up family finances in the Ghana, is the issue of keeping joint bank accounts among spouses.

SIXTEEN FULANIS FROM NIGER ARRESTED IN YENDI

Sixteen Nigerien Nationals without travelling documents have been arrested and detained in Yendi by a team of Ghana Immigration officers.

UEW TO START FIFTH CAMPUS AT TECHIMAN

The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) would soon start a fifth Campus in Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region to be called College of Distance Education and Extension Services.

ABL INAUGURATES $100 MILLION EXPANSION PROJECT

Accra Brewery Limited, ABL, a major beverage manufacturing firm, has inaugurated its new facilities which have been upgraded as part of a $100 million brewery expansion project.

TEACHERS TO ABANDON INVIGILATION OF WASSCE-2015

The 2015 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination is set to commence in March, 2015. This is one of the important events on the academic calendar of Ghana’s education system. It is crucial to give this examination all the attention it deserves- for it’s a criterion meant for the selection of deserving candidates to proceed to the tertiary level. But this year’s examination might suffer as many teachers across the country are not ready to accept the job as invigilators.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI MAKES MANAGEMENT CHANGES

Fred Attakumah, Managing Director of the Obuasi Mine of AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana) Limited, has assumed additional responsibility for Corporate Affairs at the mining firm.

IMF TO HALT BOG FROM FINANCING GOVERNMENT DEFICIT

The independence of the Bank of Ghana (BoG) is expected to be strengthened by gradually weaning the Central Bank from financing government’s budget deficit by 2016, staff leader of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Joel Toujas – Bernate , has affirmed.

SIC ACCUSED OF FLEECING INSURERS

The seven insurance companies that joined SIC to provide a credit guarantee bond that have rattled the insurance industry in recent times have accused the company of misleading them on the deal as an Accra High Court has committed SIC to pay GHȻ19.3 million to Ivory Finance.

DAUDA INSPECTS SAGLEMI HOUSING PRAMPRAM PROJECT

The Minister of Water, Works and Housing, Collins Dauda and officials at the Ministry last week Wednesday paid a working visit to the Saglemi Housing Project site at Prampram.

EXIMGUARANTY, USAID SIGN $500,000 AGREEMENT FOR AGRIBUSINESS CREDIT GUARANTEES

USAID-Financing Ghanaian Agriculture Project (USAID-FinGAP) has reserved an amount of $500,000 as grant to Eximguaranty Company Ghana Limited (Exim Ghana) to subsidize the cost of credit guarantee premiums on loans from financial institutions to agribusinesses in the rice, maize and soy value chains.

JOHN AWUAH IS NEW CEO OF UMB

The Board of Universal Merchant Bank (UMB) has appointed John Awuah as the new CEO of the bank.
Mr. Awuah is expected to lead “the next phase of the bank’s strategy”, according to a release from the UMB’s Marketing and Communications Department.

BUSINESSES TO GO ON STRIKE ON WEDNESDAY

The business community would on Wednesday March 4 close down all their shops and embark on a strike action against the proposed implementation of the Ghana Conformity Assessment Programme (G-CAP) and the Advance Shipment Information.

GOVTSECURES $145M FOR AGRIC SECTOR

The government has secured a $145-million credit facility from the World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to help transform the agricultural sector into a vibrant commercial sector.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

40 ALGERIAN POLICE WOUNDED IN ANTI-SHALE GAS PROTEST

Forty police officers were wounded in clashes with demonstrators opposed to shale gas exploration in the Algerian Sahara, the Interior Ministry announced.

THOUSANDS OF WOMEN MARCH FOR PEACE IN CONGO

Thousands of women staged a march for peace in the Republic of Congo’s capital Brazzaville Sunday as pressure builds over mooted constitutional changes that would pave the way for the president to extend his hold on power.

UN FEARS HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN KIDNAPPED IN SOUTH SUDAN

The UN children’s agency said Sunday it fears hundreds of boys were kidnapped last month in the northeast of South Sudan, raising suspicions that the abductors were from a pro-government militia.

BBC REJECTS RWANDA CRITICISM OVER GENOCIDE DOCUMENTARY

The BBC on Sunday strongly rejected findings by Rwandan investigators that it had broken the country’s law on genocide denial with a documentary on the 1994 massacres screened last year in Britain.

EMBATTLED LESOTHO PRIME MINISTER TAKES EARLY LEAD IN SNAP POLL

The results of Lesotho’s snap election following an alleged coup attempt last year trickled in slowly Sunday, with Prime Minister Thomas Thabane taking an early lead with a quarter of the vote tallied.

KERRY TO TACKLE LAVROV ON UKRAINE

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Russian counterpart ahead of the release of a UN report on human rights violations in Ukraine.

US POLICE SHOOT DEAD HOMELESS MAN

A video has captured the moment US police shot and killed a homeless man after an altercation in downtown Los Angeles.

ISIS RELEASES 19 ASSYRIAN CHRISTIAN HOSTAGES

(CNN)ISIS militants in northern Syria released 19 Assyrian Christian hostages Sunday, an activist group said.

NETANYAHU FLIES To U.S., SIGNS OF SOME EASING OF TENSIONS OVER IRAN SPEACH

The United States and Israel showed signs of seeking to defuse tensions on Sunday ahead of a speech in Washington by Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu when he will warn against a possible nuclear deal with Iran.

MORE THAN 30 ARRESTED AS HONG KONG ANTI-CHINA PROTESTERS SCUFFLE WITH POLICE

More than 30 people were arrested as a group of about 400 demonstrators in Hong Kong clashed with police in the latest sign of tensions caused by China’s influence in the city.

SPORTS HEADLINES

U-17: MALI DEFEAT SOUTH AFRICA TO WIN AFRICAN YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS

CAF U17 Championship Final
Result: South Africa 0-2 Mali
Date: 1 March 2015
Venue: General Seyni Kountche Stadium
South Africa lost 2-0 to Mali in the final of the U17 African Junior Championship on Sunday evening.

GHANA DEFENDER DANIEL OPARE SCORES AS HIS HEROICS IN TURKEY FOR BESIKTAS CONTINUE

Ghana defender Daniel Opare continued with his outstanding form for Turkish giants Besiktas on Sunday as he scored in their 2-2 draw against Bal?kesirspor at the Osmanl? stadium in Ankara.

HEARTS OF OAK THROUGH TO NEXT ROUND OF CAF CONFEDERATION CUP

Accra Hearts of Oak have reached the next round of the CAF Confederation Cup competition after their 1-0 aggregate win over AS Police of Benin.

GRASSROOTS RUGBY DEVELOPMENT IN GHANA ACTIVE IN SPITE OF CHALLENGES

One of the main priorities of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) is the development of youth or grassroots Rugby development, GRFU President, Mr. Herbert Mensah has said.

GHANA DUO AFRIYIE ACQUAH AND ALFRED DUNCAN HELP SAMPDORIA DOWN RICHMOND BOAKYE’S ATALANTA

Ghana duo Afriyie Acquah and Alfred Duncan were handed starting roles as Sampdoria rallied to beat Richmond Boakye’s Atalanta 2-1 on the road in the Serie A on Sunday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a speech today in Washington struck a conciliatory tone, saying that despite controversy surrounding his Tuesday address to Congress, Israel and the United States “will weather this storm.”

Polling has shown Americans disapprove of House Speaker John Boehner’s move to invite Netanyahu to speak to Congress without notifying the White House. That, and the timing of the speech so close to the Israeli election, has critics accusing Boehner and Netanyahu of politicizing the issue of Iranian nuclear talks.

But in his address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Prime Minister challenged those critics, insisting that his Tuesday speech is “not intended to inject Israel into the American partisan debate,” and reaffirming his support for President Barack Obama.

Netanyahu instead framed his congressional address as part of a “moral obligation” to sound the alarm on Iran, which he warned has “vowed to annihilate Israel.”

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