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THURSDAY 25-6-2015

By MR LARRY

MAHAMA PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE

President John Dramani Mahama said on Wednesday that Ghana would support any process that would bring a lasting peace to the entire Middle East.

JAIL KORLE BU CEO, CHAIRMAN FOR CONTEMPT – DISMISSED DIRECTOR DEMANDS

The former Director of the Pharmacy Department of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has filed contempt proceedings at the Human Rights Court against the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the hospital and two others.

ASAMOAH GYAN CONTESTS UNIVERSITY STUDENT’S PREGNANCY

There is a raging controversy over the relationship between the Black Stars Captain, Asamoah Gyan, and a 21-year-old third year university student, Sarah Kwablah.

DESTRUCTION OF AYI MENSAH TOLLBOOTHS COSTS NATION GHC282, 000

An estimated GHC282, 000 in revenue has been lost to the state in a little over two months as a result of the non-existence of tollbooths at Ayi Mensah on the Accra-Aburi road.

DRAMA OVER ASAMOAH GYAN’S CIRL $4M FLOWN TO BRAZIL

It has been confirmed that Ghana’s Presidential jet was used to ferry $4 million cash to the Black Stars in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup, an act which subjected the country to international ridicule.

IMF CAN’T SOLVE GHANA’S PROBLEMS – OPPONG-NKRUMAH

The newly elected NPP parliamentary candidate for the Ofoase-Ayirebi constituency Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah has stated that he does not believe Ghana’s economic and social challenges can be addressed by foreign institutions.

KEN KURANCHIE, BLAKK RASTA FACE PARLIAMENT TODAY

Editor of the Daily Searchlight Newspaper Ken Kuranchie has also been invited by Parliament’s Privileges Committee over claims made by radio host, Blakk Rasta that over 80% of Members of Parliament smoke Marijuana or ‘wee’.

GOLD DEALERS CRY FOUL

Gold dealers in the country have expressed grave concern over the taking over of their business by some foreigners whom they accuse of money laundering.

POLICE BEEF UP SECURITY IN TAMALE

Northern Regional Police Command has beefed up security at the Tamale Volta River Authority (VRA) and NEDCo Commercial office, after some angry youth beseeched the premises and vandalised properties.

DISPLACED RESIDENTS OF OLD FADAMA CONSTRUCT MAKESHIFT STRUCTURES

Some of the people who were displaced as a result of the demolition of Old Fadama, also known as Sodom and Gomorrah, in Accra, have returned to the site. On a visit to the slum, the Daily Graphic saw some of the dwellers putting up structures in which they could lay their heads.

PRESSURE MOUNTS ON MAHAMA TO SPEAK ON BANKSWITCH

Former Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei, has mounted intense pressure on President John Dramani Mahama to speak on the Bankswitch judgement debt saga.

NDC LOSING GRIP OF VOLTA

Today can report that thousands of supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in eighteen (18) out of the twenty-six (26) constituencies in the Volta region have defected to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Progressive People’s Party (PPP).

NAKED DEMO TO HIT FLAGSTAFF HOUSE

Street protests in the country took a different turn yesterday as over 50 senior citizens in the Ashanti Regional capital braved early morning breeze to march against rising cost of living, the power crisis and the general economic hardship in the country.

SODOM & GOMORRAH SITS ON TIME BOMB

Chief Executive Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Dr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, has warned dwellers of slum community, Sodom and Gomorrah, about a looming danger of being submerged into the Korle-Lagoon should they refuse to evacuate from the area.

NO ONE CAN FORCE ME TO REVEAL MY BABY DADDY – SAYS MZBEL

Since getting pregnant and having her first biological child two years ago, speculation has been rife over who could possibly have fathered musician Mzbel’s son.

ACCIDENT VEHICLES TAKE OVER POLICE STATIONS

Today can authoritatively report that the various Police Stations and barracks in and around the national capital have turned into dumping grounds for accident vehicles and other means of road transport such as motorcycles impounded by the police for one or the other reason.

I’LL USE 25% OF My SALARYFOR EDU FUND – OPPONG-NKRUMAH

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate for the Ofoase-Ayirebi constituency is voting 25% of his salary, should he become MP, as seed money to set up an Education Trust Fund to enhance education in the area.

PROSECUTE WAEC OFFICIALS – DCE

District Chief Executive for Sagnarigu in the Northern Region is demanding the arrest and prosecution of officials of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) under whose watch some Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) papers leaked.

BUSINESS HEADLINES

GOVT ACQUIRES VESSEL FOR VOLTA LAKE

The government has acquired a $2.7-million vessel to operate on the Volta Lake. The vessel will augment river transport services on the lake.

GHANA COMMODITIES EXCHANGE LAUNCHED

Smallholder farmers and actors along the country’s agricultural value chain look set to rake-in more returns on their investments following launch of the Ghana Commodities Exchange Project.

GOVERNMENT TO REDUCE SUGAR IMPORTS

The government is pursuing an aggressive National Sugar Policy to ensure a reduction in the importation of sugar, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, has stated.

HOUSING DEVELOPERS AWAIT SEC ACTION ON REGULATION

Housing developers are keenly awaiting the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (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.

COCOA FARMERS SHOULD GET ACCESS TO FINAL PRODUCTS – CHIEF

Nana Amaniampong Boateng, Nkosuohene of Akyem-Kukurantumi, says it is not fair that cocoa farmers could not purchase the end product of due to cost.

GHANA NEEDS MAJOR LAND REFORMS — AMBASSADOR CRETZ

The outgoing United States Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Gene Cretz, has called for major land administration reforms in the country to help attract more investors into the country.

LG LAUNCHES POWER-SAVING AC

LG Electronics, a leading manufacturer of home appliances in the world, has promised to bring life changing experiences to its Ghanaian market following the launch of their new power-saving air-conditioner GenCool Inverter.

TISU GHANA INTRODUCES GHANA’S FIRST ONLINE PICK-UP STORE

Ghana’s online discount store, Tisu.com.gh, has introduced yet another first in the e-commerce business with the Tisu Pick-up Store.

NEWMONT GIVES GOVT GH¢50,000 FOR JUNE 3 DISASTER VICTIMS

NEWMONT Ghana, as part of its corporate social responsibility, has presented two separate cheques amounting to GH¢70, 000 to the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation.

ENTERPRISE GROUP POSITIONED FOR FUTURE

The group’s net revenues also rose to GH¢288.4 million as compared to GH¢230.9million in 2013.

GHANA MUST TAP FORTUNES OF TOURISM DEVELOP ECONOMY’

Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu Adjare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, has said in developing the economy, more investment is needed for the country to tap into its various tourism and creative arts attractions.

DR DUFFUOR TO SPEAK AT OXFORD’S St CATHERINE’S COLLEGE

Dr Kwabena Duffuor, the Minister of Finance in the Atta-Mills administration, has been invited by the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) and the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OxCarre) to speak at its 2015 conference on the theme:
Falling Prices, Rising Risks on June 25 and 26, 2015 at the University of Oxford’s St Catherine’s College.

POWER MINISTER UNABLE TO QUANTIFY EFFECT OF DUMSOR ON ECONOMY

The Ministry of Power cannot quantify the losses incurred by the country as a result of the energy crisis, according to the sector minister.

UT BANK DEPUTY MD RESIGNS

The Deputy Managing Director of UT Bank, Mrs Pearl Esua-Mensah, has resigned.
Her resignation takes effect from Friday, June 26, 2015.

STANBIC INCOME FUND TRUST RECORDS PERFORMANCE

Stanbic Income Fund Trust (SIFT) has for the second consecutive year outperformed its benchmark, recording a net return of 23.1 per cent in 2014.

STAKEHOLDERS DISCUSS LOCAL CONTENT IN MINING SECTOR

Representatives of government, civil society organisations, mining communities, and industry have discussed the governance around local content policies for Ghana’s mining sector, the Australian High Commission, said on Wednesday.

REROY GROUP ESTABLISHES ENERGY CONSORTIUM

Mrs Kate Quartey-Papafio, Chief Executive Officer of Reroy Cables Limited, a subsidiary of Reroy Group, has announced the establishment of a private sector-led Energy Consortium to help address the country’s energy challenges.

FIX STRUCTURE OF ECONOMY TO STOP CEDI FALL – GROUP NDOUM

The head of research at Group Ndoum says until the fundamental structure of the country’s economy is fixed Ghana’s wobbling economy will persist.

MTN ESTABLISHES TELECOM INNOVATION FUND AT KNUST

Ghana’s telecommunications giant, MTN, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to establish a GH¢300,000 Telecom Innovation Fund to support research into telecommunication and related issues.

WORK ON ICT PARK FOR BUSINESSES BEGINS SEPT .

Government has indicated that it will begin work on an ICT Park for business in September as part of efforts to support entrepreneurs operating in the ICT sector.

MTN GHANA GETS FIRST GHANAIAN CEO

Ebenezer Twum Asante will assume the position as the first Ghanaian CEO for MTN Ghana, effective July 1, 2015.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

UN TROOPS HELP ‘NEUTRALISE’ DR CONGO MILITIA

The United Nations said Wednesday that around a quarter of Congolese militia group the Patriotic Revolutionary Forces of Ituri(FRPI) had been “neutralised” after a three-week military operation.

CAR BOMB TARGETING UAE OFFICIALS KILLS 3 SOMALI SOLDIERS

At least three people were killed when a car bomb targeting military trainers from the United Arab Emirates hit their convoy in the Somali capital but the officials were unharmed, police said on Wednesday.

UGANDA POLICE BAN PUBLIC MEETINGS FOR PRESIDENTIAL CHALLENGER

Uganda’s police force on Wednesday barred a former prime minister from holding meetings to promote his challenge to President Yoweri Museveni for power, saying their party had not yet nominated a candidate.

GREEK DEBT TALKS STUMBLE BEFORE EU LEADERS GATHER

Negotiations to avert a Greek debt default stumbled on Wednesday and euro zone finance ministers accused Athens of refusing to compromise despite a deadline next week that could put it on a path out of the euro zone.

U.N. CALLS ON NETANYAHU TO ACT ON COMMITMENT TO TWO-STATE SOLUTION

The United Nations called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday to translate into action his commitment to a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, including halting settlement construction.

QUEEN ELIZABETH SAYS MUST GUARD AGAINST DIVISION IN EUROPE

Queen Elizabeth urged Europe on Wednesday to guard against division in the continent, at a state banquet in Berlin where Germany’s president declared: “the European Union needs Great Britain”.

OBAMA RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT CHINA’S CYBER, MARITIME BEHAVIOUR – WHITE HOUSE

President Barack Obama met with top Chinese officials at the White House on Wednesday, raising concerns about China’s “cyber and maritime behaviour” as well as its currency, technology and investment policies.

CHINA SAYS GETTING GOOD GLOBAL COOPERATION ON GRAFT FIGHT

China has been getting good international cooperation in its campaign to return suspected corrupt officials who have fled abroad, including tip-offs from overseas and help from the media, the Communist Party’s graft watchdog said on Thursday.

FRANCE PASSES LAW TO WIDEN EAVESDROPPING POWERS

The French parliament passed a law on Wednesday giving the state intelligence services more latitude to eavesdrop on the public, amid outrage over revelations that the United States spied on the last three French presidents.

EGYPT’S IMPRISONMENT OF JOURNALISTS AT ALL-TIME HIGH – CPJ

Egypt is holding the highest number of journalists behind bars since record keeping began, using the pretext of national security to crack down on press freedoms, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Thursday.

FIVE THAI STUDENTS DETAINED IN PAKISTAN RETURN HOME

Five Thai students detained in Pakistan for trying to board a plane with a pistol and ammunition have been freed and returned to Bangkok on Thursday, said Thailand’s foreign ministry.

SPORTS HEADLINES

GHANA SPENDS OVER $700,000 ON UNCLASSIFIED PAYMENT

A retired Ghanaian referee has revealed that referees accept bribes to determine the outcome of matches

GRANT INVOKES ANOTHER LEAVE

Avram Grant has taken a second leave of office, seven months into his job as coach of the Ghana national team.

KOTOKO EDGE ASHGOLD IN FA CUP

Kumasi Asante Kotoko resurrected their recent poor form after beating AshantiGold 2-0 in the quarterfinal stage of the MTN FA Cup at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Wednesday.

2015 GHANA BASKETBALL AWARDS SLATED FOR JULY

The second edition of the Ghana Basketball Awards takes place next month, organizers have confirmed.

LIONS BANNED FROM KPANDO STADIUM

The Ghana Football Association (GFA), Executive Committee has temporary banned Heart of Lions from using the Kpando Stadium as its home grounds with immediate effect.

RAMADAN MUBARAK

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