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HEADLINE NEWS..March 4 2015

PRESIDENT MAHAMA TO ADDRESS DELEGATES AT 8TH PAN AFRICAN CONGRESS

The President of Ghana, his Excellency President John Dramani Mahama will open the 8th Pan African Congress on Thursday, March 5, March 2015 at the Accra International Conference Centre at 9:00 a.m.

MAHAMA TO RETIRE AKUFO-ADDO IN 2016

Employment and Labour Relations Minister Haruna Iddrisu has said President John Mahama is poised to retire New Patriotic Party flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo from high level politics in 2016.

CHIEFS URGED TO SPEAK AGAINST ETHNOCENTRIC COMMENTS

Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Emmanuel Kojo Agyekum, has appealed to chiefs across the country to speak against ethnocentric comments that have the potential of destroying the peace and unity of the country.

TEIN UDS NAVRONGO CHAPTER CHASES BAWUMIA OVER ECONOMIC LIES.

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia unequivocally as usual outlined that the NDC government has destroyed the ever robust currency the NPP government left and that over our stay in office the cedi has depreciated by 50%. This was a true lie orchestrated by Bawumia to deceive the student body after superintending over gross incompetent economic policies in the era of the NPP government.

“ARROGANT ” AFARI GYAN CAN’T SWERVE PARLIAMENT – K T Hammond

Adansi Asokwa Member of Parliament K.T. Hammond has accused the Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan of “sheer arrogance.”

BLOWS IN NDC OVER MINISTERS

All hell broke loose at the Ashanti Region office of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) yesterday, as cracks in the governing party assumed a new dimension.

PRESIDENTIAL JET ON FIRE

The Presidential jet caught fire yesterday at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra yesterday when it was about to fly to Equatorial Guinea.

GRANDPA CAGED FOR 10 YEARS

Paa Kwesi Nduom’s Progressive People’s Party (PPP) doubts President John Mahama’s commitment and ability to tackle the increasing spate of corruption in his government.

ETHNIC BREAKDOWN BY 2010 CENSUS: EASTERN REGION IS NOT AKAN

Report from Ghana’s 2010 census shows the country s increasingly becoming cosmopolitan. There is the spread and presence of all the ethnic groups of the country across all its ten regions.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

2015 BUDGET LIKELY TO BE REVIEWED NEXT WEEK

Finance Minister Seth Terkper is likely to turn to Parliament in April to seek approval to revise the 2015 budget estimates.

BARCLAYS BANK RULES OUT LISTING ON GSE DESPITE GOV’T PRESSURE

Barclays Bank Africa Group has ruled out any possibility of listing its Ghana subsidiary on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) despite moves by Government to compel multinationals in the country to list the local bourse as soon as possible.

PARLIAMENT ASKS GOV’T TO HOLD ON WITH INTERCONNECT CLEARING POLICY

The Parliamentary Select Committee on Communications has asked the Ministry of Communications to do more consultations before proceeding with plans to implement the Interconnect Clearing House policy.

GHANA NETHERLANDS BUSINESS USINESS & CULTURE COUNCIL LAUNCHED

The Ghana Netherlands Chamber of Commerce & Culture (GHANECC) has been transitioned into Ghana Netherlands Business & Culture Council (GNBCC).

TRADE ASSOCIATIONS CANCELS INTENDED STRIKE

Members of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) on Tuesday called off their intended nationwide strike which was to take effect on March 4, 2015.

NDC FINANCIERS ANGRY WITH MAHAMA

Financiers of the National Democratic Congress are said to be licking their fingers for dolling out huge sums of cash for the party’s 2008 campaign.

GOVERNMENT AGREES TO EXTRA WELLS AT JUBILEE TO PREVENT DROP IN PRODUCTION

Government has given what Energy Minister Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, calls a very lengthy conditional approval for Tullow Oil to drill two additional wells at the jubilee oil fields in a bid to boost oil production and avert a feared slump.

MORE JOB LOSES PREDICTED

Professor Felix Asante, Director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research ( ISSER ) at the University of Ghana, has said the current energy crisis and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) bail-out programme could lead to job losses.

GOVERNMENT’S CREDIBILITY ON THE LINE OVER IMF DEAL

Skepticism over government’s commitment to the IMF deal is rising among the international business community amidst predictions that the substantial fiscal tightening that the Fund has prescribed will prove politically difficult to implement.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

Obama dismisses Netanyahu speech

US President Barack Obama reacts scathingly to a speech by Israel’s prime minister, saying it offers no viable alternative to his Iran policy.

Australian pair moved for execution

Two Australian drug-smugglers are transferred from Bali to another Indonesian island where they are due to be executed by firing squad.

U.S. military’s Mosul briefing inaccurate, misguided, Carter says

A U.S. military official who briefed news media about Iraq’s upcoming offensive to retake Mosul provided inaccurate information but should never have publicly discussed war plans anyway, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday.

Documentary on 2012 Delhi gang rape banned in India

A documentary film about the fatal gang rape of a woman in New Delhi in 2012 has been banned in India over concerns that derogatory comments made by one of the rapists could create an atmosphere of fear and tension, a police official said.

Iraqi forces try to seal off Islamic State around Tikrit

– Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and Shi’ite militiamen sought to seal off Islamic State fighters in Tikrit and nearby towns on Tuesday, the second day of Iraq’s biggest offensive yet against a stronghold of the Sunni militants.

Western leaders hint at more Russian sanctions over Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama and European leaders on Tuesday warned Russia that they were ready to step up sanctions if there were further violations of a ceasefire agreement in Ukraine, officials said.

Australian convicts transferred to Indonesian island for execution

Two convicted Australian drug smugglers were transferred on Wednesday from a Bali prison to an island for execution along with other foreigners, underlining Indonesia’s determination to use the death penalty despite international criticism

SPORTS HEADLINES

Dramani wants GH¢54,000 from Kotoko

The management of Kumasi Asante Kotoko are sweating to raise funds to pay the severance package for their coach, Mas-Ud Dramani, and also secure the services of his successor, with the club set to cough up about GH¢54,000 to settle Dramani who was ordered last month to proceed on a 120-day accumulated leave.

Hearts need GH¢180,000 for Senegal tie

Ghana’s representative in this year’s CAF Confederation Cup, Accra Hearts of Oak, revelling in their last Saturday’s qualification are dreading the financial cost involved in their next assignment which is said to be hovering around GH¢180,00 for the two-legged games against Olympic de Ngor.

NPC saves Ghana Amputee Football Association from expulsion

The National Paralympic Committee (NPC), Ghana, has saved the Ghana Amputee Football Association (GAFA), from expulsion from the World Amputee Football Federation (WAFF), for non-payment of affiliation fees.

Gyan secures draw for Al-Ain

It took a second-half penalty from Asamoah Gyan for Al-Ain to escape with a point from their AFC Champions League bout with Naft Tehran.

Awal makes AFC Champions League debut

The sorry state of our sports infrastructure

Last Saturday when the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL) held its annual inter-departmental games at the El-Wak Stadium in Accra, it was evident that portions of the important sporting edifice was in a state of disrepair and needed urgent renovation.

Borbor upbeat about Satellites’ chances

Ghana’s male Under-20 football team, Black Satellites, are heading for Senegal as one of the favourites to win the 19th edition of the African Youth Championship (AYC), with Coach Sellas ‘Borbor’ Tetteh admitting that it won’t be an easy adventure winning a fourth title, but they are ready for the challenge.

…………….. Mr Larry………………

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