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NEWS HEADLINES…….MONDAY 15-6-2015

By MR LARRY

GOV’T PAYS BILLS FOR JUNE 3 DISASTER VICTIMS

The government has made an initial payment of GH¢ 501,500 to four hospitals in Accra to cover the cost of medical treatment for the victims of the June 3, 2015 disaster.

FIRST LADY ELECTED OAFLA PRESIDENT

Ghana’s First Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama has been elected as the new President of the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) at the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of OAFLA in Johannesburg, South Africa.

SHOCKER! WHY BIG NAMES FELL IN NPP PRIMARIES

Delegates of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) shocked a number of incumbent Members of Parliament (MPs) at the party’s parliamentary primaries held in 245 constituencies across the country last Saturday.

GOIL Fuel STATION GRADED ‘A’ BY NPA

The GOIL Filling Station at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra that blew up on June 3, 2015, killing scores of people as a result, scored an A after a recent inspection conducted on it by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA).

GSA CALLS FOR REGULAR CALIBRATION OF HEALTH EQUIPMENTS

The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has expressed worry over the risks patients of health facilities are exposed to as a result of the irregular calibration of measuring devices and instruments.

KOFI JUMAH TO APPEAR IN COURT TODAY

The Police in Kumasi would arraign former Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Maxwell Kofi Jumah in court on Monday.

EU RESUMES BUDGETARY SUPPORT TO GHANA

The European Commission is to resume budget support disbursement to Ghana. The EU Ambassador to Ghana, William Hanna, who announced this at a meeting with government officials in Accra on Friday, said the EU would release in total €161.38 million of budget support to the Government of Ghana in the coming weeks.

SHOCKER IN NPP – 24 MPS CRASH

A strong wind of change blew aside scores of sitting MPs of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), especially in the Ashanti Region where not less than 15 MPs lost the party’s parliamentary primaries, held on Saturday.

KOFI JUMAH FREED

Former Member of Parliament (MP) for Asokwa, Maxwell Kofi Jumah, suffered the ordeal of spending the night in the Asokwa police cells on Saturday.

SHAKE UP IN NPP ‘WORLD BANK’ AS 15 MPS LOSE IN ASHANTI REGION

Delegates in the Ashanti Region, the stronghold of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), have sent a strong signal to persons representing them in Parliament that those who do not meet their expectations will be voted out.

BNI INVESTIGATES GH¢500,000 STOOL LANDS REVENUE FRAUD

The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) in the Western Region is investigating a case in which the District Coordinating Director (DCD) and the District Finance Officer (DFO) for Sefwi Akontombra are alleged to have been involved in fraudulent activities in respect of Stool Land Revenue which run into several thousands of Ghana cedis.

STOP THE ‘RAMBO STYLE’ CLOSURE OF FILLING STATIONS

The Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMCs) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers has condemned the wanton closure of retail outlets of its members in a “Rambo Style” by the Minister of Environment Science, Technology and Innovation, Mahama Ayariga.

NOGUCHI BOSS CRITICISES SUSPENSION OF EBOLA VACCINE TRIALS

The Director of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), Prof. Kwadwo Koram, has criticised the suspension of clinical trials of an Ebola vaccine, saying the country has missed a great opportunity.

UNICOF GENERAL SECRETARY UNDER PROBE

General Secretary of the Union of Industry, Commerce and Finance ( UNICOF ), John Esiape is being probed over $35,000 cash he is alleged to have received to fight the management of Agricultural Development Bank ( adb ).

KOFI JUMAH ARRESTED FOR DESTROYING VOTERS REGISTER

A former Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Maxwell Kofi Jumah, was last Saturday arrested for destroying a voter’s register during the New Patriotic Party’s primary at Asokwa in the Ashanti Region. He has since been granted bail.

MALLAM JUNCTION DRAIN TO BE RECONSTRUCTED

The drainage system at the Mallam Junction end of the N1 Highway, west of Accra, is to be reconstructed to permanently remove the impediments that have turned that area into a perennial flood prone area.

DEMOLITION OF UNAUTHORISED BILLBOARDS TO BEGIN TOMORROW

The Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) in collaboration with the police will from tomorrow begin dismantling all unauthorised billboards along major roads and highways in the Accra and Tema Metropolises.

GHANA IS BANKRUPT – NANA ADDO

The flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has attributed Ghana’s economic woes to mismanagement and widespread corruption within the government.

TACKLING FLOODS IS A CHALLENGE OF KNOWLEDGE, TECHNOLOGY ’

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor says in as much as the causes of recurring floods could be partly blamed on acts of indiscipline by some Ghanaians, dealing with the challenge goes beyond individuals.

BRAND BECCA TOO STRONG TO DIE

When prolific singer, Becca, parted ways with her management outfit, EKB Records, in March this year, many were those who wondered how she was going to cope without her long-term trusted team.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GOVERNMENT OFFERS US$1.5B STX GUARANTEE TO LOCALS

Government is prepared to extend to local housing developers the US$1.5 billion sovereign guarantee it offered to STX Ghana for the construction of some 300,000 housing units, Minister of State in Charge of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) Rashid Pelpuo has said.

GPHA SIGNS $1.5bn AGREEMENT TO EXPAND TEMA PORT

The Ghana Ports and Habours Authority, and Meridian Ports Services have signed a 1.5 billion dollar agreement for the expansion of the Tema Port.

GOV’T WOOS PRIVATE SECTOR

The government is seeking support from the private sector to enable it to complete a 1,030-flat affordable housing project at Asokore-Mampong in the Ashanti Region.

TOR, SAUDI ARAMCO COLLABORATE ON OIL REFINING

The Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) is entering into a strategic partnership with Saudi Aramco of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that will see TOR refining more than 60,000 barrels of crude oil daily.

MINISTER LAUNCHES STRATEGIC DEVT PLAN FOR WATER SECTOR

The Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing has launched a Water Sector Strategic Development Plan to provide a framework for achieving water and sanitation for all by 2025.

CENPOWER‘S PROJECT SWEEPS FOUR INT’L AWARDS

Cenpower‘s 350MW independent power plant, which is currently under construction at Kpone, near Tema, has been awarded the Best Infrastructure Project and two Best Power Deals of the Year.

OMCs CONDEMN CLOSING DOWN OF OUTLETS

The Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMCs) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers has condemned the wanton closure of retail outlets of members in a “Rambo style” by top officials in the industry.

BAWKU WITNESSING ECONOMIC BOOM

Economic activities in the Bawku Municipality and its environs is booming following the lifting of the ban of motorbike riding in the area, which is the main means of transport.

NIC REJECTS NEW THIRD PARTY INSURANCE RATE

The National Insurance Commission (NIC) maintains it will not change the new 800 per cent rate it plans to charge for Third Party Motor Insurance Policy.

JATI CREATES ENTREPRENEURSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

Junior Achievers Trust International (JATI) has launched a flagship programme to create opportunities for senior high school students to have hands-on entrepreneurial training and to kindle their interest in self-employment creation.

BUSES RAPID TRANSIT TO COMMENCE IN NOVEMBER

Operations of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), which uses specialised buses on dedicated lanes for fast movement within urban settlements, would begin in November.

VIETNAMESE TRADE MISSION TO VISIT GHANA

The first Vietnamese Trade Mission to Ghana would arrive in the country for a two-day visit from the June 15-June 16 to explore business opportunities.

FEW WOMEN CAN ACCESS FFORMAL SECTOR LOANS

Professor Amin Alhassan, Dean of Faculty of Agribusiness and Communication Science at the University for Development Studies (UDS) has stated that only six percent of women have access to formal sector loans for agricultural purposes.

PRICES OF GOODS IN ACCRA MARKETS GLIDE

Prices of food stuff at major markets in Accra have glided up slightly in the second week of June as against the same period last month.

ECOWAS GRANTS RLG GAMBIA ETLS APPROVAL

Mobile phones, computers and other electronic devices manufactured by Rlg Gambia have been given the approval to join the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS) by the regional economic grouping.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

SUDAN SAYS ALL ‘NORMAL’ BASHIR TO RETURN AFTER AU SUMMIT

Sudan insisted President Omar al-Bashir’s visit to Johannesburg for a summit was proceeding normally and he would return after its main meeting, despite a court order Sunday banning him from leaving South Africa.

CHAD’S HABRE SUFFERS HEART PROBLEMS AHEAD OF LANDMARK TRIAL

Chad’s deposed president Hissene Habre has suffered a serious heart problem while in detention in Senegal, his lawyer said on Sunday, days before he is due to go on trial for crimes against humanity in a landmark case for human rights in Africa.

SOMALI ISLAMISTS ATTACK KENYA MILITARY BASE, 11 MILITANTS, TWO SOLDIERS DEAD

Eleven Somali al Shabaab militants and two Kenyan soldiers were killed when the al Qaeda-linked fighters attacked a military base on Kenya’s northern coast near to the Somali border on Sunday, a local official and a military spokesman said.

BRITAIN PULLS OUT SPIES AS RUSSIA, CHINA CRACK SNOWDEN FILES – REPORT

Britain has pulled out agents from live operations in “hostile countries” after Russia and China cracked top-secret information contained in files leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the Sunday Times reported.

ISLAMIC STATE TURNS TO WIDESCREEN TV PROPAGANDA IN IRAQ

Islamic State militants have set up giant television screens in the Iraqi city of Ramadi and are using them to proclaim that they will seize more Iraqi territory after capturing the provincial capital last month, residents said.

U.S. PLANS TO STORE HEAVY ARMS IN BALTIC, EASTERN EUROPE – SOURCE

The United States plans to store heavy military equipment in the Baltics and Eastern European nations to reassure allies unnerved by Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and to deter further aggression, U.S. officials said.

HONG KONG BRACES FOR DEMOCRACY SHOWDOWN AS ELECTORAL REFORM VOTE LOOMS

Hong Kong is gearing up for a vote this week on a contentious electoral reform package backed by Beijing, with a weekend poll showing public support has shifted against the proposal amid renewed street marches by pro-democracy protesters.

CHINA PUTS SHIP DISASTER SURVIVORS AT 12, SAYS ALL 442 BODIES FOUND

Just 12 people survived the Yangtze River cruise ship capsizing in which 442 people perished, state media reported, giving a final toll for the disaster and blaming an earlier miscount of the survivors on confusion between government agencies.

LIBYA SAYS VETERAN ‘UNCATCHABLE ‘ MILITANT KILLED IN U.S. STRIKE

A veteran Islamist militant blamed for masterminding an Algerian gas field attack and running smuggling routes across North Africa, has been killed in a U.S. air strike inside Libya, Libya’s recognised government said on Sunday.

UK ASKING PRICES FOR HOMES HIT NEW HIGH AFTER ELECTION

The average asking price for homes in England and Wales hit a new record high as buyers returned to the market after last month’s national election, property website Rightmove said on Monday.

SPORTS HEADLINES

GRANT HEAPS PRAISE ON STARS

Ghana coach Avram Grant has heaped praises on his players after the Black Stars defeated Mauritius 7-1 at the Accra Sports Stadium in an Afcon 2017 qualifier.

ITALY LEGEND ROBERTO BAGGIO CONFIRMS ATTENDANCE FOR STEPHEN APPIAH TESTIMONIAL MATCH

Former Italy icon Roberto Baggio will be in Accra for Stephen Appiah’s testimonial match on June 27.

RATES FOR STEPHEN APPIAH TESTIMONIAL MATCH OUT

Organisers of the Stephen Appiah Testimonial Match, Primeval Media has released the rates for the match fixed for Saturday, June 27, at the Accra Sports Stadium.

DANIEL KOFI AGYEI DISCUSSES HIS CHARITY TOURNAMENT

The ex-Black Satellites midfielder is excited that his project to help young footballers in his area is progressing well and he hopes it will be bigger next year

SAMPDORIA WANT FREE AGENT MUNTARI – REPORTS

Italian Serie A side Sampdoria are poised to sign Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari who is a free agent.

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