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NEWS HEADLINES -FRIDAY 8-5-2015

By MR LARRY
USA The Justice Department plans to investigate the Baltimore Police Department, a law enforcement source says. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Wednesday asked the department “to investigate if our police department has engaged in a pattern or practice of stops, searches or arrests that violate the Fourth Amendment.” Her request came almost a week after six Baltimore police officers were charged after Freddie Gray died in police custody.

MAHAMA ADVISES CELEBS OVER “DUMSOR”

President John Mahama has asked Ghanaian creative artistes not to allow the “division” in the national politics to spread to their industry.

GOV’T DETERMINED TO REDUCE MATERNAL, INFANT MORTALITY – LORDINA

The First Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama, has reiterated government’s commitment to invest in healthcare services to drastically reduce maternal and infant mortality rate in the country.

CHURCHES CALL FOR ACTION NOW TO FIX NHIS CHALLENGES

The Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference and the Christian Council of Ghana have called on the government to act swiftly to deal with challenges associated with the National Health Insurance Scheme and the energy crisis.

WE WANT CLEAR TIMELINES FOR RESOLUTION OF POWER CRISIS – AGI

The Association of Ghana Industries has called on the government to come clear on plans to resolve the power crisis in the country to enable industries to plan.

TWO ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY KILLING EXPATS
COURT ORDERS ALI-GABASS TO OPEN DEFENCE
MAN EARNS LIVING SELLING SNAKES

For most people just an encounter with the word “snake” in an article or an image on a television screen could send them running.

Yet for others, hunting snakes is not a big deal but a great way to earn a living.

WOMAN CALL THE SHOTS AT NIMA DIVISIONAL POLICE

It is hard to imagine a more difficult situation for a police officer than being assigned as the commander for the Nima District, an area perceived by many as a very tough zone.

MOTHERS, AYEKOO!
SSNIT RULES OUT SALE OF STC

The Social Security and National Insurance Trust says it has no intention of selling parts or its entire stake – 80 percent – in Intercity State Transport Corporation (STC) Coaches Limited, the public transport company.

2 ARRESTED OVER AMERICANS’ MURDER
Two persons, Obiri Yeboah, 49, and Anokye Frimpong, 24, have been busted in connection with the death of two African-American ladies in the Akwamu Traditional Area in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region.

KWABENA AGEPONG FIGHTS OVER FUFU STORY
WEEKEND SUN
ANOTHER DISASTER: KUWAITI FAMILY TURNS GHANA GIRL TO MONSTER

When in December 2014, she left the comfort of her home in Atebubu, in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana, 18-year-old Latifa Adams believed she was on her way to El Dorado. Her agents had told her that the Gulf State of Kuwait where she was heading was a country which streets are lined with gold.

GOD WILL PUNISH YOU! AGYAPONG CURSES DETRACTORS

In an unrestrained tirade, NPP General Secretary Kwabena Agyapong has summoned his internal detractors to God, predicting divine vengeance against those who are working to usurp his authority.

UNIVERSITY OF GHANA THROWS OUT DUMSOR VIGIL

Authorities at the University of Ghana have rejected the use of the school’s campus to host a vigil by some celebrities to protest the severe power crisis.

NHIS ACCOUNTANT COMMITS SUICIDE IN KINTAMPO

A 45-year-old accountant of the National Health Insurance Authority at Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo region has committed suicide.

NPP LEADERS MUST SHUT UP – FRED OWARE

Former vice chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Fred Oware has stated that the seeming division in the party is being fueled by a lot of misconceptions about certain individuals.

STUDENTS WARN HO POLY OVER GNUPS EELECTION

Students of Ho Polytechnic have given a 48-hour ultimatum to management of the Polytechnic to rescind their decision not to allow the institution to host the forthcoming GNUPS elections on their campus.

ABOUT 75 PERCENT OF ACCIDENT DEATHS DUE TO MISHANDLING

Unprofessional handling of car crash victims by volunteer rescuers has been identified as a major factor leading to the death of many of these victims.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

KOFORIDUATO GET A GARMENT FACTORY

A Sod-cutting ceremony had been performed for the construction of a garment factory for the Eastern Regional Branch of the Ghana National Tailors and Dressmakers Association (GNTDA) at Osabene near Koforidua.

BUSINESS CONFIDENCE DIPS FIRST QUARTER
After showing signs of recovery in quarter four of last year, business confidence has taken a nose-dive again as business owners are unsure when the debilitating power crisis that leads a list of hurdles confronting them with be resolved.

GOVERNMENT SPENDS 50 MILLION DOLLARS ON COASTAL PROTECTION PROJECTS

Coastal communities within three districts in the Western Region could now allay their fears of losing lifetime investment due to persistent tidal waves and sea erosion.

MP APPEALS TO GOVERNMENT TO RECONSTRUCT ROAD

Mr Jeff Tetteh-Kavianu, Member of Parliament for Upper-Manya Krobo Constituency, has appealed to the Government to reconstruct the roads in his constituency to boost cocoa production and transportation to market centres.

KNUST CENTRAL LAB TO SUPPORT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES OF INDUSTRIES

Local industries can access a modern science laboratory at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to enhance the research and development of new products.

GHANA’S CENTRAL SECURITIES DEPOSITORY TO GET NEW PLATFORM

In anticipation of the introduction of more capital market products to Ghana’s markets, the Central Securities Depository (CSD) Limited is moving to install a new CSD platform with expanded functionalities by October.

EUROPEAN BUSINESS ORGANISATION LAUNCHED

The European Union (EU) has launched the European Business Organisation in Ghana (EBO- Ghana) to deepen the trade and business ties between Europe and Ghana.

CONFERENCE ON PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP UNDERWAY IN KUMASI

A global capacity building conference on public-private partnerships (PPP), an arrangement to rope in private participation in public infrastructure development for accelerated national development, is underway in Kumasi.

BEIGE CEO COMMENDSBANK OF GHANA

The Chief Executive Officer of BEIGE Capital, Mr Michael Nyinaku, has commended the Bank of Ghana (BoG) for setting up the Collateral Registry backed by an efficient lending system.

RESTORE TAX EXEMPTION ON OVERTIME

The National Executive Council of the Maritime and Dockworkers Union of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called on government to restore the exemption of tax overtime for workers in the maritime sector in the interests of productivity and efficient operations.

GNPC TO FINALIZE US$400 MILLION ENI LOAN

The Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Alex Mould, has revealed that the state-run oil giant will soon be in the international market to finalize the transaction covering a $400 million dollar loan that will support new capital investments.

KWAHU RURAL BANK REGISTERS AN INCREASE IN DEPOSITS

Despite the economic challenges including erratic power outages facing the country, the Kwahu Rural Bank’s deposit grew from GH₵12.6 million in 2013 to GH₵14.3 million in 2014, an increase of 13.7 per cent.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

CAMERON POISED TORETURN TO POWER, LABOUR ROUTED IN SCOTLAND

Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives are set to govern Britain for another five years but fall just short of an outright majority, an exit poll showed, a result likely to trigger an in-out EU membership referendum.

UN TROOPS READY TO MOVE AGAINST DR CONGO REBELS

UN troops are preparing an offensive against Hutu rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo after plans for a joint operation with the Congolese army fell through, the UN peacekeeping chief said Thursday.

SANCTIONS LEAD TO SECURITY BREAKDOWN IN AFRICA

Economic sanctions placed on a number of African countries could lead to a breakdown of law and order in these nations, compounding their already fragile economies, participants at a recent security conference of East African countries in Khartoum heard.

SHY’ CONSERVATIVES MAY BE BEHIND UK ELECTION SURGE: EXPERTS

Exit polling which indicated a Conservative win in Britain’s general election Thursday surprised analysts who had predicted a closer vote and said the difference could be due to “shy”

RUSSIA SAYS DESTROYINGLIBYA MIGRANT BOATS ‘GOING TOO FAR’

Russia said on Thursday that Europe should model its planned operations to tackle migrant smuggling across the Mediterranean from Libya on anti-piracy patrols in waters off Somalia, but that it would be too extreme to destroy the boats used.

JAILED MALAYSIAN OPPOSITION LEADER’S WIFE WINS HIS PPARLIAMENT SEAT

The wife of jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has won his seat in a by-election, officials said on Friday, one of two votes held this week that were seen as a test of Prime Minister Najib Razak’s leadership.

NORTH KOREA WARNS OF ‘TARGETED STRIKES ‘ AGAINST SOUTH’S NAVY – KCNA

North Korea’s military warned on Friday of “unannounced targeted strikes” against South Korea’s navy, accusing the South of violating its territorial waters off the peninsula’s west coast, the scene of deadly naval clashes in the past.

HILLARY CLINTON WOOS TECHNORATI, DRAWS COMPARISON TO ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

Hillary Clinton makes the final stop on Friday on a California fundraising tour where she has courted technology titans for her 2016 campaign and where one of her admirers tried comparing her to fellow former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

SAUDI-LED COALITION VOWS TO HIT YEMEN’S HOUTHIS DESPITE TRUCE OFFER

Saudi-led forces said on Thursday they would respond harshly against Yemen’s Houthi rebels following attacks on citizens in border areas, hours after the kingdom offered a five-day humanitarian truce if the Shi’ite militia stopped fighting.

MEXICO NABS COP ALLEGEDLY INVOLVED IN DISAPPEARANCE OF STUDENTS

Mexican police arrested one of the senior police officers accused of involvement in the disappearance of a group of 43 student teachers last year, the country’s interior ministry said on Thursday.

SPORTS HEADLINES

I WILL NOT ATTEND HEARTS OF OAK GAMES IN ACCRA, GFA BOSS KWESI NYANTAKYI DECLARES

Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi has declared he will in the interim abstain from attending Hearts of Oak games in Accra over safety concerns.

LEAVING KOTOKO SAVED MY CAREER, SAYS WAFA GOALKEEPER FELIX ANNAN

West African Football Academy goalkeeper Felix Annan says his decision to leave Asante Kotoko has helped save his career.

OLLENU ASHITTEY RETURNS TO HEARTS OF OAK TRAINING AFTER EIGHT WEEKS OUT INJURED

Hearts of Oak have received a major injury boost ahead of their CAF Confederation Cup clash with Esperance with the return midfielder Ollenu Ashittey.

EX GHANA PRESIDENT J.A KUFFOUR ADMITS FORMER CLUB KOTOKO IS IN DECLINE

Former Ghana President John Kuffour admits Asante Kotoko have lost the shine that made it one of the feared clubs in Africa.

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