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NEWS HEADLINES TUESDAY 12-5-2015

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VEEP MAKES A STOP OVER AT ATTA MILLS FARM

Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur over the weekend made a stopover at the Atta Mills Farm in Shama in the Komenda Eguafo District in the Central Region.

MAHAMA, OUATARRA CONFER OVER BOUNDARY DISPUTE

Presidents John Dramani Mahama and Alassane Ouattara have decided to engage in a process aimed at achieving cooperation between their countries as prescribed by the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the law of the Sea (ITLOS).

MAHAMA WON ON HIS OWN MERIT – RAWLINGS

Ghana’s former President, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings says an impression that he at a recent meeting confessed to not campaigning for President Mahama in 2012 was twisted.

GA CHIEFS : BAN ON NOISE-MAKING DOESN’T AFFECT GENERATORS

Spokesperson for the Ga traditional council Nii Commey says generators are excluded of the list of noise-making activity banned as the area begins observance of an annual cultural custom.

MAN BEHEADS UNCLE’S WIFE

A young man who allegedly beheaded his uncle’s wife at Nsuaem Number Two in the Bosome Freho District in the Ashanti Region was put before the Bekwai Magistrate Court yesterday.

‘DUMSOR’ VIGIL ORGANISERS, POLICE, GA TRADITIONAL COUNCIL TO MEET TODAY

The police, organisers of the ‘dumsor’ vigil and the Ga Traditional Council are scheduled to meet today to take a decision on whether the vigil should go ahead or not, in the view of the ban on noise-making in the Ga State.

I’LL JOIN ‘DUMSOR’ DEMO – LA WULOMO

Attempts by the unseen hands of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration to use Ga chiefs to torpedo the impending protest march by celebrities, against the worsening power crisis, appears to have backfired.

I QUITENERGY COMMISSION DUE TO ENDEMICCORRUPTION – KOFI WAYO

A former board member of Ghana Energy Commission has revealed that he voluntary stepped down from the commissions’ board due to the endemic corruption in the activities of the state institution.

2 SISTERS DIE IN LOCKED CAR

Residents of Medoma near Kumasi were on Saturday thrown into a state of melancholy when two siblings died through suffocation in a locked car.

MILLS DEATH SAVED NDC – RAWLINGS

Former President Jerry John Rawlings believes the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) would have been sitting in opposition if it had presented the late John Evans Atta Mills as the party’s presidential candidate for the 2012 general elections.

GRA SEIZES 3,951 VEHICLES AS OWNERS FAIL TO PAY DUTY

The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has seized 3,951 vehicles imported into the country through the Tema and Takoradi ports last year because the owners could not pay the required duties.

FATE OF QUALIFIED NURSES AND MIDWIVES IN LIMBO

The National Executive Board (NEB) of the Ghana Nurses and Midwife Trainees’ Association (GNMTA) is demanding explanations from government as to why their postings have been delayed.

OCCUPYGHANA CALLS ON GHANAIANS TO SUPPORT #DUMSORMUSTSTOP VIGIL

In line with OccupyGhana’s support for citizens to voice out their concerns as part of their civil rights, we are calling on all Ghanaians to throw their weight behind these concerned Ghanaians in the creative industry who have decided to add their voices to speak out against the current Dumsor crisis and stage a vigil called #dumsormuststop.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

WORKERS URGED TO OBSERVE LABOUR LAWS

Mr Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, has urged workers to discard the notion that strikes are the only language the government understands when making demands.

BOG CLOSES DOWN DKM

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has suspended the operations of DKM Diamond Microfinance Company Limited for violating the Banking Act.

PPPs CRITICAL IN ADDRESSING INFRASTRUCTURE DEFICIT’

The Minister of State in Charge of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), Hon. Rashid Pelpuo, has said the increasing pressure on the country’s finances makes the use of PPPs imperative in addressing the growing infrastructural gab, which now stands at over 1.7 billion investments annually for the next 10 years.

LOCAL AIRLINES PREPARE FOR PARTNERSHIPS

Indigenous airlines are readying themselves to take advantage of opportunities to partner large foreign airlines in codeshare and interline arrangements as they submit to an IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

SPECIAL PETROLEUM TAX CHOKES OMCS

The Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMC) says government’s approach to collecting the 17.5 percent tax on petroleum products is threatening to push some its members out of business.

MPC TO HOLD POLICY RATE AT 21%

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Ghana is expected to vote to keep its policy rate, for the second time this year, at the present 21 percent – in line with government’s objective to tame inflation which continues to drift further away from targets.

GOVERNMENT INVESTMENTS GO UNMONITORED

The Controller and Accountant Generals’ Department (CAGD) failed to track and capture in its accounting books government’s equity investments totaling È»1.822 billion, the 2013 Auditor General’s report has shown.

BOG GIVEN 45 DAYS TO REPORT ON ADB BANK SAGA

The Bank of Ghana has up to 45 days to come out with findings about allegations of conflict of interest in the sale of ADB Bank properties and bad governance issues within the bank.

MAKE GROUP LIFE INSURANCE COMPULSORY

The country’s insurance industry is pushing for the concretization of some provisions in insurance laws for companies to take a compulsory insurance cover for employees who die on the job or become unable to work due to critical illness or permanent disability resulting from accidents to receive compensation.

MINING INDUSTRY FACING DECLINING GRADES – STUDY

A study by Steward Redqueen and the African Centre for Economic Transformation has revealed that the Ghanaian mining industry is faced with declining grades.

BEST FARMERS AGAINST FREE DISTRIBUTION OF FERTILIZERS

Mr Tackie Tawiah, the 2014 best district farmer in the Prestea Hunni -Valley District, has called on government to halt the free distribution of fertilizers to farmers.

UNICOF CONVINCED BEYOND DOUBT ADB MANAGEMENT MUST STEP ASIDE

The Union of Industry, Commerce and Finance Workers (UNICOF) says new revelation by Joy News on the ADB furniture acquisition justifies their demand that the ADB management must step aside.

ACCESS BANK LAUNCHES HIGH INTEREST ‘GOAL’ ACCOUNT

Access Bank has launched a high interest bearing account known as the ‘Goal’ account to encourage more people to save.

WVG INTERVENTION IMPROVES FOOD SECURITY IN UPPER EAST

Majority of farmers in the operational areas of World Vision Ghana (WVG) in the Upper East Region who adopted the Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration Technology (FMNR) have had their crop production increased.

ECOBANK GHANA REVENUE JUMPS 45 PER CENT IN 2014

Ecobank Ghana posted a 45-per cent growth in 2014 revenue to GH₵ 857.7 million, compared with GH₵ 589.76 million in 2013.

STAKEHOLDERS REVIEW CREW PROJECT IN ACCRA

Stakeholders have met to review an advocacy plan of the project, Competitions Reforms in Key Markets for Enhancing Social and Economic Welfare in Developing Countries (CREW project) in Accra.

UT BANK MAKES NEW APPOINTMENTS

The Board of Directors of UT Bank has appointed Mr Stephen Antwi-Asimeng, as Chief Operations Officer and Ms Gillian Slater as Chief Finance Officer of the bank.

INVEST HERITAGE FUND IN LOCAL ECONOMY-LECTURER

A lecturer at the Department of Accountancy and Finance School of Business of the University of Cape Coast Dr John Gatsi has called for the diversification of a percentage of the heritage fund in key sectors of the country’s economy.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

TWO CAMEROON SOLDIERS KILLED’ FIGHTING BOKO HARAM NEAR NIGERIA

Two soldiers from Cameroon have been killed and at least two others wounded in an attack by Boko Haram fighters near the Nigerian border, security sources told AFP on Monday.

FOREIGN NATIONALS IN SOUTH AFRICA LAUNCH TRADE UNION

Foreign nationals living in the republic of South Africa have formed a trade union. South African United Foreigner Trade Union (SAUFTU) was launched in RandburgJohnnesburg.

OBAMA WITHDRAWS NOMINATION OF AMBASSADOR TO SOMALIA

US President Barack Obama on Monday withdrew the nomination of America’s first ambassador to Somalia in 24 years, the White House said.

LIBERIA CELEBRATES END OF EBOLA

Thousands of Liberians gathered Monday to celebrate the end of Ebola after the country was officially given the all-clear from an epidemic that has killed more than 4,700 people.

C.AFRICA RECONCILIATION FORUM CALLS FOR ELECTIONS TO BE DELAYED

A forum seeking to restore peace in the Central African Republic on Monday called for the country’s upcoming presidential and legislative elections to be delayed to give the transitional authorities more time to organise the closely-watched polls.

GERMANY FLOATS GREEK REFERENDUM ON REFORM, OTHERS DOUBT TIMING

EU paymaster Germany suggested on Monday that Greece might need a referendum to approve painful economic reforms on which its creditors are insisting, but Athens said it had no such plan for now and others warned a vote could delay vital aid.

KING’S ABSENCE FROM U.S. SUMMIT SHOWSSAUDI DISPLEASURE OVER IRAN PUSH

The Saudi king’s absence from a regional summit to be hosted by President Barack Obama shows how Gulf states, displeased by what they see as U.S. indifference to Iranian meddling in the Arab world, may hesitate to bless any nuclear deal with Tehran.

FIVE MILLION SYRIANS AT HIGH RISK OF EXPLOSIVE WEAPONS – STUDY

About 5.1 million Syrians are living in areas at high risk from explosive weapons, some of which fail to detonate and so will pose a deadly threat for years to come, aid group Handicap International said.

CAMERON TOUTSVOTE WIN AS MANDATE FOR ‘TOUGH ‘ EU RENEGOTIATION

Prime Minister David Cameron touted his election victory as a strong mandate to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the European Union, as his party proclaimed on Monday a new-found unity over the traditionally divisive issue.

POLISH PRESIDENT IS RUNNER-UP IN FIRST ROUND VOTE – OFFICIAL RESULTS

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski was pushed into a second place spot by a conservative challenger in Sunday’s presidential election, and must now face him in a run-off on May 24, official results showed on Tuesday.

SPORTS HEADLINES

SCHALKE ‘SACKS’ KEVIN-PRINCE BOATENG

Bundesliga side Schalke 04 have thrown Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng out of its squad with ‘immediate effect’, the German outfit announced on Monday.

PURE JOY CHARGED ON THREE COUNTS OF MISCONDUCT

Pure Joy Stars have been charged for misconduct on three counts in respect of their GN Bank Division One League match against Danbort played on May 3, 2015.

GIDEON QUARTEY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF GHANA AMATEUR BOXING FEDERATION

Gideon Kwarte Quartey of Dade Boxing Club has been elected President of the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation (GABF) after beating Kumasi based Eugene Nyarko Appiah.

BEREKUM CHELSEA SETTLE INDEBTEDNESS TO WAFA TO FREE ITSELF FROM RELEGATION THREAT

Berekum Chelsea have paid $70,000 to settle its indebtedness to West African Football Academy in an ordeal which almost plunged the Blues into relegation.

BOLGA ALL STARS CHARGED FOR FANS MISCONDUCT

Bolga All Stars have been charged in respect of their GN Bank Division One League match against Berlin played at April 26.

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