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NEWS HEADLINES THURSDAY 14-5-2015

By MR LARRY

PRESIDENT INAUGURATES NDC WORKING COMMITTEES

President John Dramani Mahama has called on members of the working committees of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) to bring their talents to bear on the work of the party to make it successful in the 2016 Elections and beyond.

ELECTION 2016: MAHAMA HEADS NDC POLITICAL COMMITTEE

President John Dramani Mahama and his Vice Kwesi Amissah-Arthur have been named as leaders of the Political Committee of the ruling National Democratic Congress.

NDUOM LASHES AT EC FOR NOT CALLING POLITICAL PARTIES TO ORDER

The 2012 presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PP), Papa Kwesi Nduom, has criticised the Electoral Commission (EC) for not fully carrying out its constitutional mandate.

TEN CHINESE NATIONALS IN COURT FOR POSSESSION FIREARMS

Ten Chinese Nationals were on Wednesday remanded in police custody by an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly possessing firearms without lawful authority.

CELEBS MUST FOCUS ON ENERGY CONSERVATION NOT VIGIL – OFOSU AMPOFO

A former local government minister Samuel Ofosu Ampofo has directed celebrities spearheading a vigil against the incessant power supply in Ghana to rather channel their energies into a campaign for energy conservation.

TWO CHILDREN TRAPPED IN VEHICLE BURIED

There was shedding of tears and wailing at Meduma in the Kwabre East District in the Ashanti Region yesterday during the burial of two siblings who were trapped in a stationary car last Sunday.

GHANA’S EDUCATION REMAINS “ROBUST” – MINISTER

Ghana’s Education Ministry believes until the methodology used in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recent school rankings is outlined, it will be erroneous to conclude that Ghana’s education system is poor.

JOBS FOR NDC BOYS – SPIO LEADS TEAM

As the failing economy hits Ghanaians hard, with its attendant increase in the rate of unemployment, the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) is creating a job avenue for its teeming supporters.

NDC’s JOB CREATION POLICY DISCRIMINATORY – NPP

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has described the governing National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) plan to use a party’s committee to create jobs for its members as unfair.

SUPREME COURT RULES ON FCUBE CASE TODAY

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Supreme Court of Ghana will today, May 14, 2015 give its final judgment on the case of Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE) involving the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), the plaintiff, and the Attorney-General (A-G), the defendant.

ALLIANCE TO REACH 25MILLION FARMERS WITH CLIMATE-SMART AGRICULTURE

The Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance (CSA) has been launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with a goal of reaching 25million farm households by 2025.

GES THREATENS TO CRACK WHIP ON COMMUNITIES THAT ATTACK TEACHERS

The Ghana Education Service has warned it will be compelled to sanction communities where teachers are assaulted or attacked.

ADA SPEAKS AT LAST

The controversial YFM presenter, Adaeze Onyinyechie Ayoka aka Princess Ada, who has been on admission at the Police Hospital after incriminating herself by staging her own kidnapping and gang rapping, has finally given out her statement to the police.

REASONS FOR MY DISQUALIFICATION ‘FRIVOLOUS ’ – AHENKORAH

The disqualified New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary aspirant for Tema West Constituency, Carlos Ahenkorah has described as “frivolous” reasons for his disqualification.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

NEW AGRA PROJECT TARGETS 10,000 FARMERS

Over ten thousand smallholder farmers, mostly women and youth, are set to benefit from an Enhanced Integrated Soil Fertility Management (EISFERM) project being funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), and implemented by the Tumu Deanery Rural Integration Development Programme (TUDRIDEP).

STMA RECEIVES 500,000 DOLLARS TO ENHANCE DEVELOPMENT

The Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) has received 500,000 dollars from the International Business Machines (IBM) to enhance development within the assembly.

GOVT ADDS 12 BILLION CEDIS TO THE COUNTRY’S DEBTS

It appears efforts by government to reduce the country’s rising debts are not yielding the needed results.

INFLATION INCHED UP IN APRIL

The inflation rate for April 2015 stood at 16.8 per cent with an increase of 0.2 per cent from the 16.6 per cent recorded in March.

MMDAS COLLECTING REGISTRATION OF BUSINESS FEES ILLEGAL – CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF TAXATION

President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation Ghana Mike Kofi Afflu is accusing Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) of committing an illegality by collecting Registration of Business fees from small and medium scale enterprises in the country.

ADB PAYS Ȼ5.6M AS RENT

The Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) is in the midst of a storm over the payment of a Ȼ5.6 million six-month rent advance, which is about a monthly rent of Ȼ1 million, including furnishing, for an office space at the New Accra Financial Centre (AFC).

VIVO ENERGY GHANA HONOURS ITS RETAILERS

Vivo Energy Ghana, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants, has rewardedits retailers, quality marshals and a territory manager at a special ceremony held in Koforidua in the Eastern Region.

REPUBLIC BANK NOW HAS MAJORITY SHARES IN HFC

Following a successful offer to the shareholders of HFC Bank (Ghana), Republic Bank has announced an increase in its shareholding in HFC Bank to 57.11 percent.

NCA TO IMPLEMENT ICH FOLLOWING COURT RULING

The National Communications Authority (NCA) says it will go ahead with the implementation of the the Interconnect Clearing House (ICH) following a court ruling on its implementation today.

MTN TO INVEST GH¢460 MILLION ON NETWORK EXPANSION

The leading telecommunications company in Ghana, has stated its intention to increase its investments by GH¢460.00 million this year.

BANK OF GHANA INCREASES ITS POLICY RATE TO 22 PERCENT

The monetary policy committee of the Bank of Ghana has increased its policy rate by a 100 basis points.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

BURUNDI ARMY DIVIDED AFTER COUP ATTEMPT, PRESIDENT OUT OF COUNTRY

Burundi’s armed forces chief announced Thursday that an attempted coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza had failed, although the claim was quickly denied by opponents of the central African nation’s leader.

EX-CHAD LEADER’S ATROCITIES TRIAL TO OPEN IN DAKAR ON JULY 20

Former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre’s trial in Dakar for torture, war crimes and crimes against humanity will begin on July 20, the special tribunal set up to judge him said Wednesday.

CALLS GROW FOR INQUIRY ON SEXUAL ABUSE BY UN PEACEKEEPERS

Nelson Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, joined prominent activists on Wednesday to call for a full inquiry on sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers and personnel following the furor over alleged child sexual assaults by French troops in the Central African Republic.

MALI REBELS TO INITIAL PEACE DEAL

Mali’s Tuareg-led rebel alliance will Thursday initial a peace accord that was drawn up with the government to bring stability to the conflict-hit west African nation, Algerian mediators and the rebels said

OBAMA SEEKS TO REASSURE GULF ALLIES ON IRAN, SECURITY AT SUMMIT

President Barack Obama will seek to convince Gulf allies including Saudi Arabia on Thursday that the United States is committed to their security despite deep concern among Arab leaders about U.S. efforts to broker a nuclear deal with Iran.

ATTACK ON GUEST HOUSE IN AFGHAN CAPITAL KILLS AT LEAST FIVE

At least one gunman attacked a guest house popular with foreigners in Kabul on Wednesday killing at least five people, including an American and two Indians, in a bold assault that showed Afghanistan still faces security challenges.

DEATH TOLL FROMPHILIPPINE FACTORY FIRE RISES TO 72 – FIRE OFFICIAL

The death toll has risen to 72 in a fire that gutted a rubber slipper factory in the Philippine capital of Manila, a firefighter said on Thursday, as police vowed swift action against those responsible for the mishap.

NO SIGN OF MISSING U.S. AID HELICOPTER AFTER SECOND NEPAL QUAKE

A daylong search failed to find a missing U.S. Marine helicopter on Wednesday, a day after the second Nepal earthquake in less than three weeks killed scores and triggered landslides across the Himalayan nation.

HEZBOLLAH, SYRIAN ARMY MAKE BIG GAINS IN BORDER BATTLE

Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Syria’s army made big advances against insurgents in mountains north of Damascus on Wednesday, Hezbollah and Syrian state media said, shoring up President Bashar al-Assad’s grip on the border zone.

U.S. MARINES LOOK TO NURTURE INTEGRATED ASIA-PACIFIC AMPHIBIOUS FORCES, CHINA EXCLUDED

The U.S. Marine Corps is bringing together foreign commanders from amphibious forces deployed mostly in the Asia-Pacific for a conference aimed at taking initial steps to integrate their operations, with China excluded from the event, according to officials and planning documents.

SPORTS HEADLINES

GHANA TO EARN $42,000 IF THEY WIN COSAFA CUP TITLE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Ghana’s Local Black Stars will walk away $42,000 richer if they win the 2015 COSAFA Cup, the organisers of the regional football tournament have revealed.

GIANTS ENERGY DRINK COMPANY BLUE JEANS ENERGY OFFER GHC 30,000 FINANCIAL REWARD TO HEARTS TO EDGE PAST ESPERANCE IN CAF CONFEDERATION CUP

Each Hearts player will be GH ¢1,000 richer if they secure qualification to the group phase of the CAF Confederation Cup.

BLACK STARS PLAYERS TOOK $100,000 LOANS PRIOR TO 2014 WORLD CUP

Some members of the Black Stars squad at the 2014 World Cup took loans prior to the Brazil 2014 world cup, former Youth and Sports Minister has disclosed.

CRITICS MUST PROVE THAT I CAN’T WIN GPL- BASHIR HAYFORD

Ashanti Gold has a four point cushion at the summit of the First Capital Plus Bank Premier League after the first round of the 2014 / 2015 season.

EX-BLACK STARS COACH KWESI APPIAH TALKS FOOTBALL AND THE PASSING AWAY OF CECIL JONES ATTUQUAYEFIO

Former Black Stars Coach Kwesi Appiah has described the late Cecil Jones Attuquayefio as a born winner and says he was his role model growing up.

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