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NEWS HEADLINES……………………..WEDNESDAY 24-6-2015

By MR LARRY

SUPREME COURT SHOOTS DOWN STATE

The Supreme Court yesterday took a State Attorney to the cleaners after rebuking him over the lackadaisical manner in which he handled a case involving a former Managing Director of the National Investment Bank (NIB) Daniel Charles Gyimah.

SODOM AND GOMORRAH BROUHAHA: SPEAKER DRAGS LOCAL GOVERNMENT MINISTER TO HOUSE

The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, has asked the Business Committee of Parliament to programme the Local Government Minister and Rural Development to appear before the House some time next week to brief members on the events leading to the demolition of Old Fadama slum in Accra.

DONATE Ȼ1 TO RESTOCK CENTRAL MEDICAL STORES

The Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) has appealed to Ghanaians to donate Ȼ1 each to help raise Ȼ50 million to restock the Central Medical Stores (CMS).

MINISTER HOT OVER WORLD CUP CHOP CHOP

The Justice Senyo Dzamefe Commission has recommended the E-volution International, introduced to the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) by Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, former Minister of Youth and Sports, should be investigated.

AFOKO FIGHTS FOR BAIL

An Accra central magistrate court has set July 7, 2015 for a ruling on whether or not to grant the bail application filed by lawyers for the two suspects standing trial over the murder of Adams Mahama, Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

NPP TOP GUNS IN FIERCE BRAWL AT INTERNET CAFÉ

Credible information on the Political Desk of the General Telegraph indicates that infighting among members of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is refusing to die naturally, as two top leading members are at each other’s throat.

OVER 14,000 SERVICE PERSONS FOR SANITATION TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MODULES

As the National Service Secretariat (NSS) gears up to release postings for the 2015/2016 service year, reliable information reaching The General Telegraph has it that a total of 14,405 service persons has opted for the national sanitation and urban traffic management modules.

DISTRICT ELECTIONS : DECLARE SEPTEMBER 1 A PUBLIC HOLIDAY

September 1, 2015 must be declared a public holiday in Ghana to encourage more people to vote in the local government elections, the Centre for Local Governance Advocacy has appealed.

JUNE 3 VICTIM DIES AT KORLE BU OVER ICU CARE

A victim of the June 3 flood and GOIL filling station explosion disasters at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra who was on admission at the Korle BU Teaching Hospital has died, Today can confirm.

RUSSIAN COMPANIES To PARTICIPATE IN GHANA’S ENERGY SECTOR

On June 22, Hon. (Mr.) Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, Minister of Energy and Petroleum, and Mr. Alexander Novak, Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, held an official working meeting on possible ways for boosting and strengthening cooperation in the energy sector in the Republic of Ghana.

FULANI HERDSMEN INVADE NSS FARMS AT DAWHENYA

Some Fulani herdsmen have invaded the National Service farm at Dawhenya destroying five hectares of maize.

AKUA DONKOR ESCAPES NPP MOB ATTACK

The founder and leader of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP) in the 2012 elections, Madam Akua Donkor, was chased away from the voting centre of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) at Tongo in the Talensi District in the Upper East Region by an angry youth of the NPP.

BANKSWITCH CONTROVERSY: DUFFUOR NOT LIABLE FOR CONTRACT ABROGATION – AKPABEY

Financial analyst Kudzo Akpabey has denied reports that he has accused former finance minister Dr Kwabena Duffuor for the cancellation of the controversial Bankswitch contract.

AFRIYIE ANKRAH, 3 OTHERS TO REFUND $30,000 WC CASH

Former Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah and three other persons have been asked to refund over $30,000 to the state.

LEAVE AMA TO DEMOLISH SODOM AND GOMORRAH – GRAPHIC BOSS

Managing Director of the Graphic Communications group Ken Ashigbey has appealed to political parties in the country not to interfere with the ongoing demolition exercise at Sodom and Gomorrah in Accra.

I DON’T NEED PRESIDENT’S PERMISSION TO PROMISE CONTRACTS – SPIO

In a defiant response, Trade and Industry Minister Ekow Spio Garbrah has stated he does not need a Presidential or Cabinet permission to write a letter promising a government contract to DICs that will help the Mahama administration pay a GHC197 million judgement debt incurred by the erstwhile Mills government against the state.

LORDINA MAHAMA SETS NDC ABLAZE

A visit to the Western Region recently by the First Lady, Lordina Mahama, has blown the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) apart.

SPIO’S EXPLANATION WEAK – CASELY-HAYFORD

Financial analyst, Sydney Casely Hayford has rejected explanations by Trade and Industry Minister, Dr. Ekwow Spio-Gabrah that he acted in good faith by asking destination inspection companies to advance government some $35 million to help settle a judgment debt.

BEEF UP SECURITY AT PARLIAMENT – MP CHARGES

Member of Parliament (MP) for Nkoranza North is calling for increased security at the premises of Ghana’s legislature after it was besieged by irate protestors who were displaced following a demolition exercise by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA).

ODODODIODIO NDC FIGHTS VANDERPUYE

Constituency executives of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) have launched a scathing attack on the Accra Metropolitan Assembly’s (AMA) chief executive accusing him of not being sensitive.

I AM ABOVE PROVISION OF TOILETS; I HANDLE BIG PROJECTS —MAHAMA

President John Dramani Mahama has said at Bekwai in Ashanti last week Thursday that the presidency has graduated from the provision of toilet facilities.

MAHAMA GIVEN 2-WEEK ULTIMATUM TO SACK DCE

National Democratic Congress (NDC) executives at Sefwi Akontombra in the Western Region have given a two-week ultimatum to President John Dramani Mahama to sack the District Chief Executive of the area, Peter Nkoa, else they will resign from their post as party executives.

YOU ARE SENDING THE PARTY INTO OPPOSITION – NDC TO MAYOR

Accra Mayor Alfred Oko Vanderpuije has incurred the wrath of NDC executives in the Odododiodio who say his non-negotiable stance on demolishing illegal structures at Accra’s biggest slum will send the governing party into opposition.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

PRESIDENT APPROVES CONSOLIDATED SECURITY INDUSTRY SCHEME

President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday announced that government has approved a consolidated security industry scheme, to ensure the legal framework that would allow security and exchanges commission to regulate commodity exchanges in the country.

DEVELOPERS AWAIT SEC ACTION ON HOUSING REGULATION

Housing developers are keenly awaiting the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) review of its unit and mutual trust fund regulations to allow fund managers invest more than 10 percent of their funds in the real-estate sector.

ADB DELAYS IPO

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has confirmed that the planned initial public offering of Agricultural Bank ( adb ) has been called off due to internal wrangling and court actions.

BANKS WARNED: CHEQUE FRAUD ON THE RISE

Latest figures from the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) show fraudsters attempted to cash more than GH¢923,883.86 using 26 cloned cheques at various banks last year.

NPA TO MONITOR APPLICATION OF PETROLEUM PRICING FORMULA

Moses Asaga, Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has said the Authority will monitor the application of the prescribed petroleum pricing formula to ensure that all service providers appropriately adhere to the formula.

GTA TO GET TOUGH ON ILLEGAL TOURISM OPERATORS

The Ashanti Regional Manager of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) Mr. Ekow Sampson has served a strong notice to operators in the hospitality and tourism industry operating without licence to begin the processes to become legally recognised or face being put out of business.

MAIZE TRADE RECEIVES FACELIFT IN B/A

Maize trade is expected to see a massive improvement. This follows the ongoing rehabilitation exercise at one of the largest trading points of the commodity in the country –Techiman Maize Market in the Brong Ahafo Region, B&FT has gathered.

CIVIL AVIATION ACT HEADS TO PARLIAMENT

Government is seeking to amend the existing civil aviation law to bring it up to speed with international standards, the Minister of Transport Dzifa Attivor has said.

GHANA’S INVESTMENT ACT QUESTIONED

The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Act, (Act 865) which requires foreign investors to invest between US$200,000 and US$1,000,000 in the form of equity before undertaking specific ventures in Ghana, has been questioned.

MONITORING OF ROAD WORKS TO BE INTENSIFIED

The Department of Urban Roads is to strengthen its monitoring and supervision wings to enable them to ensure value for money on road works across the country.

ECOBANK ENDS AFRICA EXPANSION SPREAD

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) has ended its advance spread across the continent and plans to consolidate on the existing operations in 36 countries.

KWAEBIBIREM RURAL BANK MAKES PROFIT

From a loss of GH¢406,654.00 in 2013, the Kwaebibirem Rural Bank made a profit, before tax, of GH¢86,155.00 in 2014.

OGUAA BASIC SCHOOLS GET SCIENCE RESOURCE CENTRE

Mr Ebo Barton Odro, Member of Parliament for Cape Coast North, has called on students at the basic school level to demystify the notion that science and mathematics are reserved for special people.

WOMEN EMPOWERED IN KASSENA-NANKANA WEST

Forty six women, drawn from two communities in the Kassena-Nankana West District, have been trained in soap making, to enable them become self-employed in that industry.

$50b LOST YEARLY AT GHANA’S PORTS – FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

Some 50 billion dollars in revenue is lost yearly through Ghana’s ports as a result of fraudulent activities by some importers, a financial consultant, Cudjoe Akwabi has said.

OMCS PEGS FUEL PRICES AT GH¢3.47

A number of Oil Marketing Companies (OMC) on Monday pegged the retail prices petroleum products at Filling Stations at GH¢3.47 per litre for petrol and GH? 3.37 per litre for diesel.

CONVENE EMERGENCY MEETING ON CEDI FALL– GUTA

The Joint Private Sector Business Consultative Forum, which includes the Ghana Union Traders Association (GUTA), has asked government to convene an emergency meeting on the falling Cedi.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

10 DEAD, 30 INJURED IN SUICIDE BLAST IN NE NIGERIA: RESIDENT

Ten people were killed at a market in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday when a girl thought to be aged just 12 detonated explosives she was carrying, a relative of one of the injured victims and a health worker told AFP.

S.AFRICA THREATENS TO QUIT ICC OVER BASHIR

South Africa threatened Tuesday to withdraw from the International Criminal Court after an outcry over the government’s refusal to detain Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on genocide charges.

AT LEAST 18 DEAD IN ATTACK IN CHINA’S XINJIANG

At least 18 people are dead after ethnic Uighurs attacked police with knives and bombs at a traffic checkpoint in China’s western Xinjiang region, Radio Free Asia reported on Wednesday.

U.S. AGENCY SPIED ON FRENCH PRESIDENTS – WIKILEAKS

The United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, WikiLeaks said in a press statement published on Tuesday, citing top secret intelligence reports and technical documents.

‘NORMANDY’ GROUP OF FOREIGN MINISTERS CALL FOR CEASEFIRE IN DONBASS – FABIUS

The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine expressed their concerns about the worsening security situation in the Donbass region at a meeting in Paris on Tuesday, France’s Laurent Fabius said in a statement.

IRAN PARLIAMENT BARS KEY NUCLEAR CONCESSIONS IN TALKS WITH BIG POWERS

Iran’s parliament passed a bill on Tuesday banning access for U.N. inspectors to its military sites and scientists, potentially complicating chances for a nuclear accord with world powers as a self-imposed June 30 deadline approaches.

HONG KONG’S PRO-DEMOCRACY STREET CAMPS COME TO A QUIET END

Hong Kong authorities began clearing away the last pro-democracy encampments near government headquarters on Wednesday, watched by a handful of demonstrators in a quiet but poignant end to nine months of street protests.

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT TO STRIP EXTREMISTS CHILDREN OF CITIZENSHIP

The Australian government will be able to strip the children of extremists fighting overseas of Australian citizenship under controversial legislation introduced into parliament on Wednesday.

GREEK GOVERNMENT CONFIDENT DESPITE BACKLASH OVER DEBT DEAL

Greece’s leftwing government expressed confidence on Tuesday that parliament would approve a debt deal with lenders, despite an angry reaction from some of its own lawmakers who accused it of caving in to pressure for more austerity.

U.S. CHARGES 17 MEMBERS OF COLOMBIA GANG WITH DRUG TRAFFICKING

The United States announced charges against 17 members of Colombia’s biggest criminal gang, Clan Usuga, on Tuesday for alleged involvement in drug trafficking and other crimes after a joint investigation with Colombian authorities.

STRIKE HALTS CHANNEL TUNNEL TRAFFIC, MIGRANTS TRY TO BOARD VEHICLES

Traffic was halted through the Channel Tunnel linking Britain and France on Tuesday after striking French ferry workers set fire to tyres, while Britain’s Foreign Office warned of migrants trying to get into vehicles queuing to enter the tunnel.

SPORTS HEADLINES

AZUMAH NELSON SET FOR NATIONWIDE TOUR

Ghana boxing legend Prof. Azumah Nelson begins a nationwide tour to educate and inspire high school students to aspire for greatness in the programme dubbed “Time With The Professor”.

WE WON’T SACK HERBERT ADDO – HEARTS

The call by fans of Accra Hearts of Oak for the dismissal of head coach, Herbert Addo, has hit a brick wall as the management of the club intends to keep him for the moment.

AZIZ TETTEH JOINS LECH POZNAN

Ghanaian midfielder Aziz Tetteh has joined Polish giants Lech Poznan after passing a medical on Tuesday morning, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

APPIAH CALLS ON BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER

The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr Jon Benjamin, has described Stephen Appiah’s testimonial match, which takes place on Saturday at the Accra Sports Stadium, as the best opportunity to commemorate the playing career and achievements of one of Ghana’s greatest ever players.

FRIMPONG IN LINE FOR COACHING BADGE

Former Ghanaian international and Enyimba legend Joetex Frimpong takes a significant step towards boosting his coaching career as he attempts to acquire the Uefa B badge in Switzerland.

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