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NEWS HEADLINES……….WEDNESDAY 18-3-2015

KUMASI NDC MARCH FOR 1 MILLION VOTES

Hundreds of NDC supporters are rejoicing in the streets of the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi, over what they say is a remarkable track record of development under President John Mahama.

KOREA DONATES HEALTHCARE EQUIPMENT TO FOUR VOLTA DISTRICTS

Korea Foundation for International Health Care (KOFIH) Tuesday presented motorcycles, tricycle-ambulances and medical equipment to the Volta Regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in Ho.

FORESTRY COMMISSION ACQUIRES SIX VEHICLES TO FIGHT ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES

The Forestry Commission is considering setting up a Forestry Court to be dedicated to prosecuting offences that militate against the sustainable management of forest resources.

MARTIN AMIDU BREAKS SILENCE ON WOYOME’S ACQUITTAL

Former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr Martin Amidu has broken his silence on the acquittal and discharge of business man Alfred Agbesi Woyome.

POLICE RECRUITMENT SCAM: MASTERMIND JUMPS BAIL – È»5,000 BOUNTY ON HIS HEAD

The Police Administration has offered a Ȼ5,000 bounty to any member of the public with information that will lead to the arrest of Alifa Adams, alias Cassidy of Baaba, a 27-year-old unemployed.

AG REPLIES AMIDU : I WILL NOT BE MOVED BY DIVERSIONARY TACTICS FROM ANY QUARTER

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong has denied accusations that she omitted the Supreme Court declarations that affected Austro-Invest and the then Attorney General, Mrs Betty Mould-Iddrisu, whose conduct in facilitating the payment of the over GH?51million to Alfred Agbesi Woyome were also declared unconstitutional when she filed the entry of judgment in the case.

LANDLORDS , TENANTS , SHORT-CHANGING ECG

The illegal activities of some landlords and tenants at Kasoa near Accra are leading to the loss of huge sums of money to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

GHANA’S GENDER MINISTER, HON. NANA OYE LITHUR, AND LA MCE, RITA SOWAH TO RECEIVE AWARDS IN LONDON!!

The 4th Annual Women4AfricAwards will take place on Saturday 9th May 2015, at the very prestigious Great Hall in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, this year’s awards will be honouring a plethora of amazing African women representing over 15 African countries.

LAW SUIT AGAINST MAHAMA IS A LOST CASE –LAW LECTURER

A senior law lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr. Poku Adusei says the suit by one Emmanuel Noble Kor accusing the president of illegally varying gratuities of the country’s superior judges is dead on arrival.

NATIONAL SECURITY DENIES FREEZING TIMBILLA’S ACCOUNTS

The National Security Council Secretariat has denied freezing the accounts of Commissioner of Police (COP) Mr Patrick Timbilla who is on interdiction for his alleged complicity in a police recruitment scam.

PROSECUTE PUBLIC OFFICIALS WHO FACILITATED PAYMENT O WOYOME – NPP

The Patriotic Party (NPP) has urged Ghanaians to demand the prosecution of all government officials who connived and facilitated the payment of Ȼ51.2 million to businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome.

COTVET HOLDS A ROLE MODEL ADVOCACY WORKSHOP

The Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) has held a role model advocacy workshop to define how role models can be used to positively influence perceptions about Technical, Vocational Education & Training (TVET).

FARMERS COMMEND GOVT FOR REINTRODUCTION OF FERTILIZER SUBSIDY

Members of the Concerned Farmers Association of Ghana, have commended the government for the reintroduction of the fertilizer subsidy in the country.

ASHIGBEY COMMENDS PRESIDENT FOR DIRECTIVE ON LOCAL PRINTING OF TEXTBOOKS

The Managing Director (MD) of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), Mr Kenneth Ashigbey, has lauded President John Mahama for direction that all the six million textbooks that the government intends to distribute to public schools in 2015 should be printed locally.

NHIA PROPOSES 1% INCREMENT IN NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE LEVY

The NHIA says the 2.5% Health Insurance Levy which has been in existence for 10 years is no longer enough to support the key social intervention scheme.

WHY HAVEN’T WOYOME’S ACCOMPLICES BEEN PROSECUTED – NPP

The New Patriotic Party says the recent banter between the Attorney General and Alfred Agbesi Woyome is a poor attempt at diverting attention of the public from the key issue of retrieving the Ȼ51 million illegally paid to the businessman.

GOV’T DIVERTING HEALTH INSURANCE FUNDS INTO INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS – DR. RICHARD ANANE

Former Health minister is questioning government’s decision to dissipate funds meant for the implementation of the National Health Insurance Scheme on infrastructure projects.

GRAB BETTY OVER WOYOME CASH – NPP

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is pushing for the arrest and prosecution of state officials who facilitated the payment of the controversial Ȼ51.2 million judgement debt to self-styled acclaimed financier of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Alfred Agbesi Woyome, including former Attorney General Betty Mould Iddrisu.

KKD TRIAL BEGINS

Baring any last-minute hitches, showbiz icon Kwasi Kyei Darkwah aka KKD is expected to appear before an Accra Fast Track High Court to stand trial over alleged rape charges.

€33M LOAN FOR MILITARY JET

The government yesterday tabled a purchase of agreement in Parliament for the acquisition of C-295 CASA Aircraft and related equipment estimated to cost the nation €33 million.

MOVE TO RETRIEVE WOYOME CASH WAS SCUTTLED BY JUDGE

The move by government to retrieve a Ȼ52 million judgement debt paid to Mr Alfred Agbesi Woyome, a businessman was torpedoed by the Supreme Court judge, The General Telegraph has been reliably informed.

WATER MINISTRY NOW A CABINET PORTFOLIO

The Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing now has a Cabinet portfolio following changes in ministerial appointment by President John Dramani Mahama.

PRIVATIZATION OF ECG IS A DONE DEAL; NO TURNING BACK – DR. GRAHAMA NOTES

Although there is an extremely important reason to kick against privatizing the operations of the Electricity Company of Ghana, the public outcry would come to a naught because the executive and legislature have committed the nation without thinking through, Dr. Yao Graham analysed.

PROSECUTE WOYOME’S ACCOMPLICES – NPP DEMANDS

The New Patriotic Party is calling on Ghanaians to demand the prosecution of all officials who aided in the “create, loot and share” business, which enabled MR Alfred Agebsi Woyome to receive dubious judgement debt payment of È»51.2 million.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

WE WON’T PAY DUTIES IF ASHI IS IMPLEMENTED – BUSINESS COMMUNITY DARES GOVERNMENT

Government’s tax revenue projection faces a major threat as importers have resolved not to pay duties and tolls at the ports once the implementation of the Advance Shipment Information (ASHI) system commences.

GE OIL & GAS ANNOUNCES $850M ORDER WITH ENI

General Electrical (GE) has announced the booking of an $850 million order across its Oil and Gas business for the supply of equipment to the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) block in Ghana.

MAKE THE PRIVATE SECTOR AN ENGINE OF GROWTH-TOP GHACEM OFFICIAL TELLS GOV’T

The Strategy and Corporate Affairs Director of GHACEM, Rev. Dr. George Dawson-Ahmoah, has appealed to the government to walk the talk of making the private sector an engine of growths.

MTN GHANA CONSIDERING LISTING ON GSE – CEO

MTN Ghana is considering a local stock exchange listing as a way to increase local ownership.

BDCS ADVICE GOVERNMENT TO STAY OUT OF PRICING

Bulk Oil Distribution Companies (BDCs) have said if government decides to opt out of bearing forex losses incurred by oil importers through its pricing policy, then it may as well stop intervening in pricing.

GHANA TO HOST WORKSHOP ON DATA USAGE

Ghana in collaboration with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) would host a Regional Workshop on Data Usage to strengthen development cooperation management systems at the country and the regional levels.

ABII SAVINGS/LOANS OPENS SEVENTH OFFICE IN TAKORADI

The Banking Supervision Department of the Bank of Ghana (BOG), has commenced modalities to ensure full adoption of International Financing Reporting Standards by Non-Banking Financial Institutions.

48,000 TONNES OF ILLICIT PALM OIL FLOOD MARKET

Over the past six years months, about 48,000 tonnes of substandard palm oil has been illegally imported into the country without appropriate duties, industrialists from the oil sector have said.

ACCESS BANK TAKES WOMEN’S BANKING TO NEW HEIGHTS

Access bank has introduced a new banking service, ‘W’ aimed at inspiring, connecting and empowering young professionals and business women in the country and beyond.

GHACEM OPENS DEPOT AT TECHIMAN

GHACEM Limited has inaugurated a new depot at Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region with a storage capacity of about 60,000 bags of cement (3,000 tonnes).

SOCIETE GENERALE INTRODUCES SECURITY SERVICE

The Management of Societe Generale Ghana has introduced the Privilege Safe Deposit Box to meet the security needs of its high net worth clients.

TARIFF DISTORTIONS WARD OFF INVESTORS

Distorted tariff regime is a huge disincentive for investment in Ghana’s power sector, especially in the generation and transmission sub sectors, according to the Ghana Growth & Development Platform (GGDP)

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

TWO DUTCH PEACEKEEPERS KILLED IN UN HELICOPTER CRASH IN MALI

Two Dutch United Nations peacekeepers were killed when their Apache attack helicopter crashed in northern Mali, the Dutch military said, calling it an accident.

LIBYA GENERAL VOWS TO TAKE BENGHAZI, URGES FOREIGN SUPPORT

Libya’s new army chief Khalifa Haftar on Monday promised his forces would seize Benghazi from Islamist militias within a month and called for wider support from the international community.

MOROCCO, UAE SIGN ‘ANTI-TERROR’ ACCORD

Morocco and the United Arab Emirates signed an accord Tuesday to cooperate in the “battle against terrorism,” notably against the Islamic State group, Morocco’s official MAP news agency reported.

MALI REBELS HOPEFUL OF ‘DECISIVE’ MEETING ON PEACE DEAL

Mali’s Tuareg-led rebels voiced hope Tuesday that their next meeting with international mediators would prove “decisive” for a peace deal that has been stalled for months.

STAGEIS SET FOR A FOURTH TERM FOR ISRAELI LLEADER

After a bruising campaign focused on his failings, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a clear victory and seemed all but certain to form a new government, though he offended many in the process.

U.S. LOSES DRONE OVER SYRIA, WHICHCLAIMS TO HAVE BROUGHT IT DDOWN

The United States lost one of its Predator drone aircraft over northwest Syria on Tuesday, U.S. officials said, as Syrian state media reported its air defenses brought down the spy plane in the government-controlled Latakia province.

U.S.-CUBA TALKS ON RESTORING DIPLOMATIC TIES END ABRUPTLY

Officials had hoped for an agreement before both Presidents Obama and Castro attend the Summit of the Americas in April.

IRAN AND U.S DIFFER ON OPTIMISM ABOUT NUCLEAR TALKS

Contrasting assessments were delivered Tuesday in Switzerland as the deadline neared for a framework agreement on limiting Iran’s disputed nuclear program.

LARGEST PRESBYTERIAN DENOMINATION GIVES FINAL APPROVAL FOR SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

A majority of the church’s regional bodies have now endorsed a change that broadens the definition of marriage.

VIETNAM CALLS FOR ‘SELF-RESTRAINT’ IN DISPUTED SOUTH CHINA SEA

Vietnam and Australia called on Wednesday for “self-restraint” in the South China Sea and warned against the unilateral use of force, an obvious reference to China’s increasingly aggressive presence that has stirred concerns across the disputed region.

SPORTS HEADLINES

AYC 2015: WE HAVE THE QUALITY BEAT ANY TEAM-GHANA U-20 SKIPPER OWUSU BEMPAH

Skipper of Ghana’s U-20 side Owusu Bempah has shrugged off suggestions that Nigeria are favorites for their semi-final tie this afternoon by saying Ghana has the quality to beat any team.

GHANA TO PLAY MALI AT THE STADE CHARTLEY IN PARIS

Ghana’s international friendly against Mali on 31 March will be played at the Stade Chartley in Paris, GHANASoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

MTN FA CUP: WAFA, BIRIM DC UNITED THROUGH TO ROUND OF 32

The MTN FA Cup Round of 64 matches kicked off on Monday with Premier League side WAFA brushing aside third tier side Emmanuel FC by a 3-1 scoreline in their match which was played at the Tema Stadium on Monday.

KING FAISAL APPLIES FOR STAY OF EXECUTION PENDING APPEAL

Division One League club, King Faisal Football Club has filed before the GFA Disciplinary Committee an application for a stay of execution pending the outcome of their appeal which they filed on Tuesday 17 March, 2015.

…………… Mr Larry………………